Month: August 2019

Hobbit fueled tourism up 20 in New Zealand

first_img Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Tags: New Zealand WELLINGTON — In New Zealand there are twice as many cows as people, but it’s the hobbits that are really making hay.According to figures released Wednesday, tourism has overtaken dairy as the nation’s top earner of overseas dollars. And tourism officials say the success of the fantasy movie trilogy “The Hobbit” has helped.The dairy industry is struggling to recover from a slump in prices, while a record 3.4 million visitors arrived in New Zealand in the year ending September. The Pacific nation is particularly popular among tourists from Australia, China and the U.S.Spending by international tourists was up by 20 per cent in the year ending March when compared with the previous year, according to Statistics New Zealand. That follows a 17 per cent rise the year before.Kevin Bowler, the chief executive of Tourism New Zealand, said people were drawn to New Zealand by its spectacular landscapes and its outdoor lifestyle. The “Hobbit” movies showcased some of that scenery and were heavily marketed overseas.“The result was a heck of a lot of interest in New Zealand,” he said.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyOne survey showed 16 per cent of tourists cited the movies as influential in their initial interest in New Zealand.Directed by Peter Jackson, “The Hobbit” trilogy built on the success of his earlier, critically acclaimed trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings.” The six movies earned a total of nearly $6 billion at the box office.Bowler said planned increases in flights from the U.S. and growing economies in Asia boded well for the future. The challenge, he said, would be providing enough accommodation and ensuring tourists can savour their individual experiences.The industry got another boost this week when “Lonely Planet” named the relatively unknown Taranaki region as a place to visit in 2017. The travel guide noted an offbeat gallery there dedicated to the late artist Len Lye.John Matthews, who chairs the Len Lye Foundation, said he was “surprised and delighted” with the inclusion.But while tourism is booming, income from dairy products has fallen by 22 per cent over the past two years, Statistics New Zealand says.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Dairy farmer Jessie Chan-Dorman, who runs 950 cows on her farm near Christchurch, said most dairy farmers have been losing money in recent years as prices for milk powder have hit record lows.That’s due to softening demand in China for premium infant formula coupled with a glut in the worldwide supply.Prices have begun rising again but Chan-Dorman said she remains cautious about whether that will last. It will take several years for most farmers to recover their losses, but she said she hopes many built more resilient businesses as a result.Some farmers are cashing in on the tourism boom by offering home stays or hunting trips.New Zealanders have long been outnumbered by their farm animals. With a population of 4.7 million people, the nation is also home to 29 million sheep and 10 million cows. And zero hobbits, of course, unless you count those on the big screen. Posted by The Canadian Press center_img Share Hobbit fueled tourism up 20% in New Zealand << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Just a few more days to book Trafalgars 2018 Europe at 2017

first_img Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Travelweek Group Posted by TORONTO — Trafalgar’s 2018 Europe & Britain Preview pricing is available until Sept. 24, allowing clients can secure next year’s holiday at 2017 rates, plus save an additional 10%.Clients must be booked by the deadline to secure 2017 prices for 2018 travel. Clients can also save an additional 10% on select departures with an Early Payment Discount if paid by Jan. 11, 2018.Past Trafalgar guests receive 5% off their 2018 land price, and when booking two or more trips of 7 days or longer, they save an additional 2.5%.The best price guarantee comes with a standard $200 deposit and if the price goes up with the launch of the 2018 Europe and Britain program, Trafalgar says it will honour the lowest price. If the price is lower, the difference will be refunded.“We would like to secure clients’ spots for on our best-selling 2018 guided vacations, which are booking up very quickly since travelling to Europe is in high demand, bolstered by our stronger Canadian dollar,” says Wolf Paunic, President, Trafalgar Canada. “Our valued agents can increase their 2018 sales in these final days of our Europe and Britain Preview offer by acting fast and providing their expertise and recommendations to their clients.”Paunic says top selling 2018 Preview trips include three of Trafalgar’s 17 immersive Italian guided vacations:Rome Explorer: This new 8-day guided vacation is “perfect for first time visitors to Rome who want to explore the city in-depth”. Guests will explore Rome, the Vatican City, and Tivoli with a Local Specialist including visits to the ancient sites of the Colosseum and the Roman Catacombs. A cooking experience includes a visit to the local market and sampling focaccia before learning how to make pasta the Italian way.Best of Italy: This 13-day trip comes with city tours in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence, plus a Be My Guest experience dinner at a family run restaurant on the secluded Isola Madre island on Lake Maggiore. Trafalgar’s ‘Authentic Accommodations’ take guests to the romantic Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria, which opened in 1907 on the exclusive Lido di Venezia, and to Il Cantico, which is just a few minutes’ walk from the Vatican.Southern Italy and Sicily: On this 10-day guided vacation guests venture from Rome to the historic hill-town of Monreale. There’s also a visit to the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino, and a chance to see the excavations at Pompeii and tour the impressive ruins of the ancient Greek Theatre at Taormina. Other highlights take guests to experience the rustic fishing village life in Mondello, to a Be My Guest experience at a wine farm at the foot of Mount Etna, and on a cruise to the isle of Capri.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsFor more information, agents are asked to contact their local Sales Manager, or visit trafalgar.com/can/offers/preview-2018. Just a few more days to book Trafalgar’s 2018 Europe at 2017 pricescenter_img Tags: Britain & Europe, Promotions, Trafalgar Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Marriotts new vision for Sheraton already has investors onboard

first_img Share BETHESDA, MD – Ever since the Starwood merger in 2016, the revitalization of the Sheraton brand has been a “top priority” for Marriott International. Now, the brand is one step closer to a full transformation following a special presentation to owners and investors earlier this week.While at the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference in New York, Marriott presented the its brand strategy as well as its signature focus on guest experience, hotel operations and design philosophy. A 4,200 square-foot vignette at the Conference has brought Marriott’s vision to life, allowing investors to experience the transformation plans firsthand.The results have already created big buzz in the industry, with owners committing an estimated half a billion dollars in renovations of hotels across the U.S. As of now, 25% of Sheraton hotels globally have committed to renovations, with some already underway.“We knew that the way to restore this incredible brand was focus and collaboration with our hotel owners,” said Arne Sorenson, President and CEO of Marriott International. “We wanted to build on Sheraton’s rich legacy of sitting at the heart of communities across the globe, but also to create a differentiated positioning and compelling proposition for our owners. With our Sheraton transformation plan, we’ve put together all of the pieces of the equation to work cooperatively with our owners to set this iconic brand on a new, disciplined and successful path. We are ready, our vision is clear and the energy is robust for Sheraton.”More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthTina Edmundson, Global Brand Officer, Marriott International added: “Marriott International is well positioned to deliver a comprehensive strategy for Sheraton’s brand transformation and we already have great momentum. This is the first time in years that the brand has been above competitive benchmark in both rate and occupancy. We have improved brand standards, increased group bookings, and have ramped up our business engine over the last year as a first step in a multi-phase, multi-year plan, leveraging our experience in revitalizing lodging brands.”Since joining Marriott International as part of the acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts in September 2016, Sheraton has exited 6,000 rooms with another 2,000 expected to depart by the end of the year. During the same period, 5,000 rooms have been signed to the portfolio. Intent to recommend for the brand has already increased 2 points year-over-year and market share has grown for the first time in years.System-wide, Sheraton generates US$9.2 billion in property revenue globally. Sheraton’s portfolio currently consists of nearly 450 open hotels with 80 additional projects in the pipeline in 72 countries and territories. By 2020, the brand’s footprint is expected to expand to 90 countries. Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Marriott’s new vision for Sheraton already has investors onboard Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Tags: Marriott Interntaional, Rebranding, Sheratonlast_img read more

Hot weather in Greek capital shuts down Acropolis

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> By: The Associated Press Thursday, July 4, 2019 ATHENS — Greece’s most famous archaeological site, the Acropolis in Athens, has shut down to visitors for four hours because of hot weather in the capital.The antiquities authority said the Acropolis would remain closed to visitors from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday if temperatures in Athens rose above 36 C (96.8 F), with a real feel of about 40 C (104 F). Hot weather was also forecast for Friday, and authorities said the Acropolis would also shut for four hours that day if those temperatures were reached.The hilltop UNESCO World Heritage site, which includes the 2,500-year-old Parthenon, is Greece’s most popular tourist attraction, with 3.15 million visitors last year. Tags: Greece, UNESCO Hot weather in Greek capital shuts down Acropolislast_img read more

New corruption scandal hits Costa Rican government transport minister resigns

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla asked for the resignation of Transport Minister Francisco Jiménez on Friday for allegations of corruption committed during the construction of a controversial 160-kilometer highway near the Nicaraguan border.Chinchilla said that according to complaints, two senior officials “had received gifts” from businesses involved in construction work on the road parallel to the San Juan River. which forms the border between the two countries. The Costa Rican government invested $40 million in the first stage of construction on the road.The president described the allegations at a news conference, but she did not directly allude to Jiménez. The minister said he will leave the position Friday.“I met with him to discuss the complaints and I asked him to resign. There is strong evidence of corruption,” said Chinchilla, whose administration has been plagued by scandals recently, including one last month that brought down the finance minister, who was accused of altering declarations about his properties in order to pay less taxes.The road near the border will facilitate movement for Costa Ricans who previously had to travel by river, which belongs to Nicaragua. The Nicaraguan government accused Costa Rica before the Central American Court of Justice, alleging that work on the road caused environmental damage, particularly to the San Juan River.The court ordered Costa Rica on Jan. 17 to suspend the works to protect the river’s ecosystem. Costa Rica dismissed the ruling from the tribunal – whose authority Costa Rica does not recognize – and reiterated that the government will continue the project. “I feel outraged by what happened, and I’m saying to the inhabitants of the area that we are not going to permit this project to be paralyzed by scandals,” Chinchilla said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Rica Health Ministry may turn to fines to combat sprawling cases

first_imgAs the rate of dengue cases continues to rapidly rise, the Health Ministry might start looking to people’s wallets to combat the outbreak.“What we need is a different response [from the public] because when we arrive to fumigate, people aren’t going after the hatcheries themselves,” said Health Minister Daisy Corrales at the Casa Presidencial on Tuesday. “Based on our experience with tobacco, people seem to respond well to fines,” she observed.The ministry has been organizing awareness campaigns and teams have been fumigating areas with high numbers of mosquitoes, which pass the disease to humans. But as the number of cases continues to increase, the public health department has struggled to find other solutions.Corrales said that one control campaign discovered 16 “hatcheries,” or stagnant pools of water where mosquitoes can lay their eggs and multiply, in the same house.Dengue cases nationally are up over 250 percent from the same period last year, according to data published by the Health Ministry on its website.Figures collected up to July 6 reported 14,929 cases of dengue nationally, compared to 4,116 in 2012.José Luis Garcés, a doctor at the Health Ministry who works on dengue, told The Tico Times that the total number of cases as of July 25 was 22,055. Garcés added that there have been five deaths attributed to dengue in Costa Rica so far this year.Pacífico Central and Chorotega reported the highest incidences of dengue, according to the July 6 data. The cantons of Nicoya, Puntarenas, Pérez Zeledón, Orotina and Pococí also reported high numbers of cases.Costa Rica has been struggling this year with the highest number of dengue cases in Central America, according to Corrales. The head of the Health Ministry did not offer a specific reason for the explosion of dengue cases compared to past years, saying that it was a combination of factors including the tropical climate, rains and the public’s lack of effort.Costa Rica is not alone in its struggle with dengue. Dengue cases have surged around the world, from Central America to Thailand.   Despite the rising number of cases, Corrales insisted that the ministry’s recommendations, when followed, are effective.“Counteracting this situation is a human act and we see results” when people follow the recommendations, she said.Ticos may not have to worry about fines any time soon. Corrales noted that any kind of monetary punishment would have to be approved by the Legislative Assembly first. Facebook Comments Related posts:Dengue numbers finally drop in Costa Rica Dengue fever deaths climb to 12 in Nicaragua Costa Rica’s government issues warning on dengue outbreak, reports 14,000 cases in 2013 Rainy season increases worries over dengue feverlast_img read more

Lego wins brandinfringement lawsuit against Costa Rican company

first_imgRelated posts:With deadline looming, only 12 percent of Costa Rican businesses have paid corporate tax Costa Rica constitutional court rules in favor of state-run company’s right to block Facebook users Tax on Costa Rica corporations is unconstitutional, says court Tourism entrepreneurs oppose license, royalty payments to canopy patent holder Lego Group, makers of popular plastic toys, won a brand infringement lawsuit against a Costa Rican company that was illegally using Lego’s name in the country.The suit by the Billund, Denmark-based company prompted Costa Rica’s National Registry on Feb. 11 to block Multiservicios Lego PZ from conducting any business transactions or legal procedures using the brand name.Gabriela Miranda Urbina, an attorney at Oller Abogados, said the Danish company hired the firm in April 2013 to pursue the lawsuit, which was filed on July 15, 2013, after an investigation at Costa Rica’s corporate registry offices and in Denmark.Juan León Campos and Julio González Fallas, owners of the infringing Costa Rican company, claimed the word Lego in their trademark was formed by using two letters of their last names (León and González). To avoid confusion, they said, the company “decided to add the PZ part.” They also argued that the company would not sell toys in Costa Rica.However, Miranda pointed out that Costa Rican law prohibits trademark theft irrespective of a company’s products.Miranda’s firm also filed similar complaints against three other companies that allegedly use the Lego brand name. Rulings in those cases are expected in coming days.The Lego brand was registered in Costa Rica in 1970, and the only official distributor of the popular toy products is Universal. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Catholics look to hold their ground to rising number of evangelicals in

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s Catholic Church to take more activist role on environment following Pope’s call to action Pope Francis meets the Castros after mass on iconic Havana square Pope Francis tells bishops that clergy abuse must not be repeated Pope Francis kicks off Mexico tour addressing drug trafficking and violence Millions of Catholics across Costa Rica are preparing to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday, but their numbers are dwindling, according to several studies. As more than 500 million Catholics living in Latin America trickle away from the Church of Rome, many are turning to other denominations, especially evangelicals sects.Long the dominant religion in Latin America, Catholicism has been facing a slow but steady decline in adherents by roughly 1 percent per year, according to figures from the Latin American Public Opinion Project. In 2012, the overall percentage of Catholics in the region stood at 65 percent compared to nearly 90 percent of Latin American’s population in the early 1980s.Costa Rica is no exception to this trend, according to a survey released by CID Gallup in late March. In January, Gallup conducted home interviews with 1,200 adults in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic. The survey had a margin of error of +/-2.8.Every country surveyed by CID Gallup found double digit losses for Catholics in Central America and the Dominican Republic. According to a survey released by CID Gallup in March on religion in Central America, 19 percent of Ticos born Catholic have left the faith. Today, 67 percent of Ticos surveyed identify as Catholic.Evangelicals, meanwhile, are picking up some of these erstwhile Catholics. The survey found that 12 percent in Costa Rica were born into an evangelical faith while 25 percent identified as such in January, a 13 percent increase.The remaining eight percent surveyed was reported as not having a faith.This migration from Catholic to evangelical is even more pronounced in the Dominican Republic (27 percent), Honduras (26 percent), Nicaragua (23 percent) and Guatemala (21 percent).Rev. David Solano, a sociologist and director of the Juan XIII School, acknowledged the trend away from Catholicism in the region: “We see this as a pastoral challenge.” Evangelical faithful pray for peace and for the end of violence in Tegucigalpa, on July 3, 2013. Orlando Sierra/AFPOne issue is the relationship Catholics have with their pastor compared to evangelicals. The CID Gallup survey found that 66 percent of evangelicals in Costa Rica reported having a close relationship with their pastor compared to 58 percent of Catholics. Solano said that the Catholic Church in Costa Rica needs to shake up its attitudes toward its congregations. He echoed Pope Francis’ call for priests to leave their comfort zone and meet people in the streets or where they live as opposed to waiting for the faithful to come to them for mass.Solano added that the universal church’s strong numbers in the region were weakened in part by globalization’s exchange of new ideas as people look to other expressions of faith, including Protestantism.“We need to reassess how we’re carrying out our pastoral work in the church. Something is happening in the space between what we propose as a church and how people are living with it on a religious level,” Solano told The Tico Times.Pope Francis, an Argentine and the first Latin American head of the Holy See, has not been blind to the shift away from the church. The pope made headlines when he was quoted saying that the church had become “obsessed” with issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and abortion. The Latin American pope also has stressed a greater focus on social justice and serving the poor during his brief tenure.The CID Gallup survey also found that Costa Rican Catholics are the most receptive to the pope’s efforts to “open” the church on issues like communion for divorced couples (71 percent in favor compared to the next highest support, 58 percent in Nicaragua), allowing women to become priests (59 percent versus 55 percent in Honduras), and allowing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to participate in the church (61 percent versus 41 percent in Nicaragua).Solano said that Pope Francis is a popular figure among many Catholics and non-Catholics alike, but that it is too early to know if the Argentine has started to stem the tide away from the universal church.Rigoberto Vega, executive director of Evangelical Alliance, said that their growth in numbers is due to people’s desire to have a personal experience with God. Vega said that they have seen greater interest in the more personalized, participative and less ceremonial approach to spirituality that the Protestant faith offers.“When a person has a personal experience with Christ, it changes their perspective. It changes their life,” he said.This effort has taken the shape of massive proselytization campaigns. On a national day of prayer in May 2014, Vega claimed that 5,000 volunteers brought 12,500 people to their first evangelical service. Another is planned for May 30.Despite growth relative to Catholics, Vega said that growth for evangelicals has “stagnated” at roughly 1 percent per year for the last 10 years. Vega said the evangelical movement continues to grow but faces an uphill battle against a more secular society, “a loss of moral and spiritual values.”The Catholic Church’s approach seems to be taking some hints from the success of the evangelical movement, according to evangelical leadership. Both Vega and Solano said that they approached their outreach “canton by canton.” Solano did not agree with the characterization that the Catholic Church’s renewed outreach was copying the efforts of evangelicals, phrasing it instead as a “return to the roots of the early Christians in the Gospel.”Solano opined that many find themselves on the borderline of their faith, acknowledging that religion might not perfectly fit their life, but said that was no barrier to the sacred.Said Solano: “People can be far from the church without being far from God.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Rica propane fracas still at stalemate

first_imgThe love-related legal conflict over Costa Rica’s largest distributor of cooking gas appeared far from over Monday as threats of a mass layoff of company workers came and went.The company, Gas Zeta, has left thousands of customers in limbo – or eating cold dinners — since a Texas judge ordered its divorced owners, Miguel Zaragoza and Evangelina López, to split their assets. Costa Rican and U.S. judges have yet to agree on just who owns what part of the company.Gas Zeta is responsible for supplying just over 70 percent of the national propane market and the conflict has left customers nationwide scrambling to find gas for nearly three weeks.On Monday morning, the company’s lawyer, Sergio Artavia Barrantes, who was appointed by Zaragoza’s camp, said the firm was laying off 275 employees who failed to show up for work at two distribution plants. The measure, however, was cancelled on Monday evening when Artavia said the firm reached an agreement with Labor Vice Minister Harold Villegas Román and set a Thursday deadline for employees to return to their jobs.Who’s the boss?Employees of Gas Zeta have complained of being caught in the middle of the divorce dispute and left to wonder about their job security with few concrete answers. On Monday morning, before the layoff was cancelled, a group of some 50 employees demonstrated in front of the Supreme Court in downtown San José, demanding their labor rights be respected.Felipe Mejía, a worker representative, confirmed Monday evening that none of them had received any notification of their alleged layoff, and said they were hoping the Supreme Court will soon issue a ruling on the company’s ownership.“Customers should be aware that there is a judicial process pending resolution and any publication reporting alleged decisions on workers’ rights…is against the country’s legal system,” Mejía said.The human resources manager on López’s side of the company, Ana Irene Villalobos Brenes, told The Tico Times that the layoff warning was false, as workers have kept working at the company’s other plants.“We all are looking forward to the courts settling the dispute and ruling on who owns the company as soon as possible,” she said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Divorce trial in U.S. causes cooking gas shortage in Costa Rica Costa Rica government works to normalize propane distribution after couple’s divorce causes supply lag Consumer group warns of explosion danger with cooking gas cylinders Proposed change in pricing model would increase cooking gas costs by 72 percent, officials claimlast_img read more

Costa Rica seeks to ban child beauty pageants

first_imgLawmakers in the Legislative Assembly’s Commission on Childhood, Adolescence and Youth on Tuesday approved the drafting of two bills aimed at expanding the rights and protection of minors in Costa Rica.The first bill seeks to prevent all forms of sexualization of children, including a proposed ban on child beauty pageants, modeling events and any public event that promotes the sexualization of minors.Following Tuesday’s vote, bill sponsor Humberto Vargas of the Social Cristian Unity Party said that legislative efforts are “an apology for the physical, psychological and mental abuse of children and adolescents.”Vargas said these types of contests and shows promote an overt sexual image of young girls who are subjected to competitions that are adult-oriented and serve only for commercial gain.“Research in countries such as the U.S. and France found that these contests and public shows only promote young girls as objects and encourage sexualization and eroticization of minors,” Vargas said.The bill calls for a total ban on beauty pageants and modeling for minors, even with the consent of a child’s parents. For people found guilty of organizing or hosting such events, it calls for fines of up to 14 minimum wages – more than ₡5 million ($9,000). Funds collected from the fines would go to Costa Rica’s Child Welfare Office.Rights for sick childrenCommission members also approved the drafting of a bill to protect the interests of children with serious illnesses. The initiative aims to help parents of children with serious health conditions by granting them the right to paid sick leave, and in some cases, financial aid.National Children’s Hospital Director Olga Arguedas said parents who must care for children in serious or terminally ill condition often are forced to take unpaid leave, use vacation days, or quit their jobs because currently there is no law granting the benefit of sick leave with the purpose of caring for a child.The approved draft provides parents the right to take paid sick leave and receive a subsidy for the time required to care for a child with a severe illness or for a period determined by the attending physician.That permission would be renewed every 30 days and could be lifted before a deadline based on medical criteria.Arguedas told lawmakers that according to Children’s Hospital statistics, the benefit would be provided to a maximum of 200 patients per year.Both drafts will now move forward for discussion and voting in a first round of debates by the full Assembly. Facebook Comments Related posts:No free dental checkups for self-employed workers who owe the Caja, Sala IV rules Is Costa Rica an affordable option for expats and medical tourists with Alzheimer’s disease? Female Alzheimer’s researchers band together Costa Rica to extend same-sex couples equal rights for public health insurance, care accesslast_img read more

Australia trial over 1963 spousal rape charge OKd

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Comments   Share   CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Australia’s highest court has found that a man can be tried for raping his then-wife almost 50 years ago.The High Court on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that a husband could be guilty of raping his wife in South Australia state in 1963. The judges were split on the decision five to two.The man, who cannot be named, had argued that in 1963, a husband could not rape his wife because the law considered that through marriage she had given consent. The High Court had not ruled otherwise until 1991. How do cataracts affect your vision? The man was charged with rape in 2010 after South Australia lifted the statute of limitations.A judge then delayed his trial until the question over spousal rape was resolved.(Copyright 2012 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 milkcenter_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories last_img read more

2 months later massacre haunts Syrian town

first_imgThe army has not returned since the April raid. Local activists still organize protests, though many fewer people attend, and rumors of impending military incursions often terrify residents.Most of the dead rest in a long mass grave on the village’s east side, their names scrawled in marker on cinder block headstones. Preceding most names is the honorific “hero martyr.” One inscription for the unidentified bodies reads simply “four people.”“Most of them were my friends,” said Abdullah Ghazzal, the English student, walking among the graves. He pointed out the grave of his 44-year-old brother, shot dead that day.“They also burned down his house,” he said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Two months later, the destruction remains, but most residents are gone. Locals estimate that about two-thirds of the town’s 15,000 people have left. Most don’t expect them to return.“There is nothing for people to come back to, and they worry that if they rebuild, the army will destroy it again,” said resident Bassam Ghazzal, who lost more than 20 members of his extended family in the attack. “People don’t want to become refugees twice.”The destruction in Taftanaz, seen by an Associated Press reporter, provides an on-the-ground example of the huge price paid by Syrian communities that have chosen to defy one of the Middle East’s most brutal autocracies.Since the start of the anti-Assad uprising in March 2011, the regime has responded to unrest with brute force, dispatching snipers, troops and tanks to quash dissent. Activists say more than 14,000 people have been killed since, many of them civilians.In general, the violence has not stopped the uprising, emboldening protesters, galvanizing international condemnation and leading many in the opposition to take up arms.Taftanaz tells a different story. It is a place where overwhelming force appears to have not only crushed a burgeoning protest movement but struck a blow against a community that may never recover. In many ways, Taftanaz, a jumble of simple concrete homes surrounded by golden wheat fields some 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the northern city of Idlib, tells the story of Syria’s uprising, writ small.Residents had long complained of state neglect and corruption that left many living in poverty, Ghazzal said. So when protesters inspired by the successful uprisings against autocrats in Tunisia and Egypt took to the streets in Syria, they followed along, first demonstrating for change in April 2011.Local security officers quickly ended the protest, but the town organized more, sparking further crackdowns and arrest campaigns by regime authorities, Ghazzal said.The Syrian army raided the village three times in the next four months, Ghazzal said. During a June raid, Ghazzal’s cousin was shot dead at a regime checkpoint while trying to flee, making him the first of the town’s “martyrs.”Others followed. Some in the town took up arms, and an October clash between the army and local rebels killed five residents. Other residents buried them and held another protest the same day, Ghazzal said.Then all was quiet until April 3, when tanks shelled the town from four sides before armored cars brought in dozens of soldiers who dragged civilians from their homes and gunned them down in the streets, witnesses said. The soldiers also looted, destroyed and torched hundreds of homes, bringing some down on their owners’ heads. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories center_img Associated PressTAFTANAZ, Syria (AP) – The main street of this once-bustling Syrian farm town now stands eerily quiet, its shops charred black from arson, its shoppers replaced by cats roaming the rubble of homes destroyed by tank fire.At dawn on April 3, Syrian forces shelled the town in the first volley of what residents say was a massive assault after a string of large protests calling for the end of the regime of President Bashar Assad. Soldiers then stormed in, torching homes and businesses and gunning down residents in the streets. By the time they left on the third day, at least 62 people were dead. Comments   Share   Videos shot at the time show tanks posted near the town’s entrance and huge columns of smoke rising throughout the area. Photos of the dead show bodies torn apart by shrapnel, charred by fire, crushed under rubble or with bullet holes in their chests, foreheads and temples.Local activist Abdullah Ghazzal, a university student in English, says 62 people were killed during the attack, four of them burned beyond recognition. Two others have never been found.Residents are unsure what sparked the assault. The town had only a small rebel presence, though fighters from the area had killed soldiers at nearby checkpoints or destroyed regime tanks, said local fighter Sahir Schaib. Rebels also blew up nine regime tanks as they left the town, mostly with homemade bombs planted along the roads.He suspects the regime sought to stop the town from emerging as a protest center, especially since it is near a military base.“There were lots of villages around that had just started protesting and they wanted to say, `This is what we can do to you,’” Schaib said. “They committed the massacre to teach the whole region a lesson.”The Syrian government rarely comments on its military actions and blames the uprising on armed terrorists acting out a foreign conspiracy. It bars most reporters from working in the country, and the AP was able to visit Taftanaz only after entering from a neighboring country. Sponsored Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona The price of Taftanaz’s defiance is obvious around town. Homes have been reduced to rubble. Most shops along the town’s main street are shuttered, their thick metal doors scarred by shrapnel and gunfire. Black soot lines the windows of others. Yet others lie collapsed in piles of bricks and mortar.“They took what they took and burned what they burned,” said Abu Eissa Ghazzal, 75, another member of the extended Ghazzal family. Standing near his torched grocery store on the ground floor of a three-story building, he despaired for the future.“They didn’t leave me a single nail,” he said.His younger brother had built the building after working for two decades in Saudi Arabia and lived with his family in the top two floors, Ghazzal said. Now all had been torched, and his brother and family had fled to a refugee camp in Turkey.His older brother lived across the alley and refused to leave his home when the army came. When the attack was over, rescue teams found the 81-year-old man’s body still in his home, burned to a crisp.“Now there is nobody left,” he said. “Who is going to rebuild all of this, now that all of those with children have left?” Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img

Romney says reporters can cover Israeli fundraiser

first_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family One of those expected to attend is Sheldon Adelson, the American casino mogul who’s pledged to spend more than $100 million to defeat Democratic President Barack Obama.Donors at the event were asked to contribute $50,000 or to raise $100,000. Romney advisers say the event is expected to raise more than $1 million.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) – U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney has reversed course and will let reporters cover his remarks to donors at a fundraiser in Israel.Romney’s campaign says the typical group of reporters will be allowed to cover a high-dollar fundraiser at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem on Monday morning.The campaign had said on Saturday that it planned to prevent the typical coverage of a fundraising event in a public space. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

Key Pakistani institutions snub visiting UN team

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Most of the relatives who spoke to the U.N. blamed law enforcement and intelligence agencies for taking their loved ones, said de Frouville. Many claimed they were threatened by officials when they tried to register cases or testify, he said.Some government officials who spoke to the group downplayed the number of people missing, saying many of them were criminals in hiding, had joined militant groups or had been abducted by non-state actors, said de Frouville.The U.N. welcomed steps taken by the government and the Supreme Court to set up commissions to investigate missing person cases, but relatives of victims complained that many of the cases remain unsolved and alleged perpetrators are rarely convicted, said de Frouville.“The working group, despite its repeated requests, has received no information related to convictions of state agents in relation to acts of enforced disappearances,” said de Frouville.He concluded his statements by recounting a conversation he had during his visit with a victim’s mother, who said, “If your child disappeared, what would you do?”“This question summarizes the ordeal families are going through,” said de Frouville. Quick workouts for men Four benefits of having a wireless security system Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The visit was also clouded by complaints from lawmakers who claimed the group’s presence was a violation of the country’s sovereignty.“Relatives of the disappeared persons have the right to the truth, the right to justice and the right to reparation,” one of the working group members, Olivier de Frouville, said during a press conference in Islamabad. “It is the duty of the state of Pakistan to take all necessary measures to make those rights effective.”Pakistani human rights organizations have long accused law enforcement and intelligence agencies of snatching citizens and holding them without charges or killing them and dumping their bodies, allegations officials have denied. The number of cases spiked over the past decade as Pakistan partnered with the U.S. to fight al-Qaida and also battled domestic insurgencies by the Taliban and separatist groups in southwest Baluchistan province.Some claim that 14,000 people are still missing in Baluchistan alone, although the provincial government recognizes less than 100, said de Frouville. Political and human rights activists have also allegedly been targeted, he said.The group met with a variety of judicial and government officials, including Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. It also met with NGO representatives, lawyers and relatives of victims. Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Associated PressISLAMABAD (AP) – Key Pakistani institutions have snubbed a United Nations team invited by the government to investigate thousands of people who were allegedly detained by law enforcement and intelligence agencies and are said to be still missing.The group pressed the government and judiciary to do more tackle the problem of missing persons as it ended a 10-day research trip Thursday. But the lack of cooperation it received raises questions about how much impact the visit will have. The Supreme Court, military and main spy agency refused to meet the group. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

Coptic cleric says he will sue Israeli police

first_img 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 A dozen church leaders in the Holy Land later signed a letter expressing concern over the incident.El-Orshalimi says he will not remain silent and will “take this issue to court because of all the pain that I suffered.”Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Friday the officers involved are being questioned. He said police will work to prevent such incidents in the future.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Parents, stop beating yourself up New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement JERUSALEM (AP) – An Egyptian Coptic cleric who was mistreated during Orthodox Easter services is threatening to sue.Video supplied to The Associated Press shows Israeli police shoving Arsanious el-Orshalimi and putting him in a headlock. The incident took place during Orthodox Christian Holy Saturday in Jerusalem’s Old City earlier this month. The event drew thousands of people to the area, and hundreds of Israeli police were on guard. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Bosnia digging up what could be biggest mass grave

first_img The vital role family plays in society Comments   Share   Most of the victims were killed in their villages and brought to this location to be buried, but teams have also found bullets in the grave which indicates that some were brought here alive and that this was also an execution site, prosecutor Eldar Jahic said, citing evidence and witnesses.Near the grave, Vahida Behlic, 51, was sobbing as she watched forensic experts dressed in white uniforms and green rubber boots carefully lifting bones from the site, where skeletons were piled on top of each other. She came from Slovenia, where she has lived with her family since she escaped her native village of Zecovi, near Prijedor.Behlic came with her husband and son because she thinks one of the skeletons could be of her mother Fatima who was 60 when Serb soldiers came, dragged her out of the basement and shot her in front of her house.“I heard the story from a witness who survived because his own grandmother threw herself on him and covered him with her body,” she said.A boy back then, the witness arrived in Slovenia injured but told her what he saw.“He said 32 people were killed that day. Standing here, I have the feeling they are watching us from down there.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories (Copyright 2013 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 facilitycenter_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober TOMASICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) – Two decades after Serb soldiers conducted house-to-house searches in a campaign of ethnic killings in Bosnia, forensic scientists are digging up what could turn out to be the largest mass grave from the 1992-95 war.So far, the remains of 360 people have been found at the Tomasica mass grave discovered in September near the northern town of Prijedor, far more than expected, authorities said Thursday. The number is expected to rise and could one day surpass the 629 bodies found at Crni Vrh in Srebrenica. Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy The Missing Persons’ Institute said the Tomasica grave is linked to a secondary one found in 2003 about 10 kilometers (six miles) away, where 373 bodies were extracted. Authorities believe the perpetrators of the killings moved parts of the remains from one grave to the other in a bid to hide the crime. In some cases, remains from the same person have been found in both graves.Institute official Mujo Begic said he expects more remains to be found at the Tomasica site, and the bodies are of Bosniak and Croat men, women and children killed in their villages during the war.“Together with the relocated ones, the number of the bodies here indicates the biggest mass grave so far found in Bosnia,” Begic said. “We have found some identification documents in the grave, so we know who these people are.”The grave covers over 5,000 square meters (53,820 sq. feet) and is 10 meters (about 30 feet) deep.Tomasica is near Prijedor, which was a site of severe crimes against humanity committed by Christian Orthodox Serbs against Muslim Bosniaks and Catholic Croats. Many of the victims were killed in one of the three Nazi-style concentration camps Serb authorities had set up near Prijedor. Authorities hope some of the 1,200 still missing from the area are now found in the Tomasica grave. The remains will be definitively identified through DNA matching from samples provided by living relatives. How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

Death toll in Yangtze River capsizing tops 400

first_imgForensic teams are using DNA matching to identify the remains, but haven’t said how long the process would take.On Saturday night, relatives were taken by bus to an area just upriver of the now-righted ship, where they burned incense and tossed flowers into the Yangtze in memory of the dead.The Eastern Star disaster became the country’s worst since the sinking of the SS Kiangya off Shanghai in 1948, which is believed to have killed anywhere from 2,750 to nearly 4,000 people.China’s deadliest maritime disaster in recent decades was the Dashun ferry, which caught fire and capsized off Shandong province in November 1999, killing about 280 people.Meanwhile, a TV station, Jiangsu Satellite, canceled the popular dating show “If You Are the One” and the rest of its entertainment shows on Saturday for three days because it was “in deep mourning,” it said.___Associated Press writer Louise Watt and news assistant Henry Hou in Beijing contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Passengers’ relatives have raised questions about whether the ship should have continued its voyage after the storm started in a section of Hubei province and despite a weather warning earlier in the evening.The death toll rose to 406 overnight after hundreds of bodies from the Eastern Star were found Friday and Saturday, including that of a 3-year-old girl in the top deck, officials said. Another 36 people were listed as missing, CCTV reported, citing rescue authorities.Hu Kaihong, the vice director-general of the press bureau of the State Council Information Office, told a news conference that authorities had requested that river traffic and others along the river to alert them if they noticed any floating bodies.Hu said authorities were increasing their efforts to search for the missing and had expanded the target area from the middle reaches of the Yangtze more than 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) downstream to Shanghai.The boat had more than 450 people aboard, many of them elderly tourists, for a cruise from Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing.Fourteen people survived, including three pulled out by divers from air pockets in the overturned hull on Tuesday.Disaster teams put chains around the hull and used cranes to roll the banged-up, white and blue boat upright and then gradually lift it out of the gray currents of the Yangtze on Friday. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Comments   Share   JIANLI, China (AP) — Hundreds of bodies retrieved from the Eastern Star pushed the death toll above 400, China’s state broadcaster reported Sunday, as disaster teams expanded the search of the Yangtze River for dozens more missing in China’s deadliest maritime disaster in nearly seven decades.Authorities have attributed the overturning of the cruise ship late Monday to sudden, severe winds, but also have placed the captain and his first engineer in police custody. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies A cruise ship sails past the capsized Eastern Star ship, background, after being lifted by cranes on the Yangtze River in Jianli county of southern China’s Hubei province, as seen from across the river from Huarong county of southern China’s Hunan province, Saturday, June 6, 2015. Disaster teams are searching the now-upright ship bobbing on the water for more bodies, making it China’s deadliest boat disaster in nearly seven decades. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) Top Stories Quick workouts for men Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Paraguays Senate votes to end soccer confederation immunity

first_imgThe third Argentine wanted in the case, Alejandro Burzaco, who has dual Argentine-Italian nationality, turned himself in to Italian police on Tuesday.___Associated Press writer Almudena Calatrava in Buenos Aires, Argentina, contributed to this report.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 Sponsored Stories ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay’s Senate voted Thursday to repeal a law giving immunity to the headquarters of South America’s soccer confederation, the latest fallout from a sweeping U.S. investigation into an alleged bribery scheme in FIFA.The Senate’s unanimous decision sent the bill on CONMEBOL’s immunity to President Horacio Cartes, who has said he supports it. The measure was approved last week by the House of Deputies. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top holiday drink recipes Leoz, president of CONMEBOL between 1986 and 2013, once bragged that only the Vatican enjoyed the same kind of “immunity and total privileges” that the organization’s headquarters enjoyed.“The police can’t come in, nor can an investigating judge, nobody as long as this law is in force,” Leoz told Argentine sports newspaper Ole in 2012.Leoz is currently under house arrest. Through his lawyer, he has said he is innocent and will fight extradition to the U.S.The organization’s headquarters is still open. A call seeking comment Thursday was answered by a receptionist who said no executives were in the office or available to comment.Also on Thursday, two of the three Argentines wanted in the U.S. investigation petitioned an appeals court in Buenos Aires to remain free while officials consider U.S. requests for their extradition.Lawyers for Hugo Jinkis and his son Mariano said their petition was presented to the Federal Court of Appeals. The U.S has requested their extradition, which can be a lengthy process in Argentina.Lawyers Francisco Castex and Jorge Anzorreguy told reporters that their clients remain in Argentina but didn’t provide more details. The Jinkis are owners of Full Play, a sports marketing and broadcast company. They are accused of paying millions of dollars in bribes for rights of Copa America games. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk “I approve repealing the immunity because, as I said many years ago in this same chamber, CONMEBOL and FIFA are a mafia,” said Sen. Juan Carlos Galaverna from the governing Colorado Party.Later in the day, the Vatican suspended an agreement with CONMEBOL calling for the donation of $10,000 for every goal scored in the federation’s Copa America tournament that began this week for an educational program set up by Pope Francis. A Vatican statement said the program would not take any funds until the investigation is clarified. The deal involved CONMEBOL, the Argentine Football Association and Tele Red Imagen SA, owner of the television rights to the tournament.The moves come amid a major bribery scandal and investigation into the operations of FIFA, the international governing body for soccer. One of 14 soccer officials indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice was Nicolas Leoz, a Paraguayan and former FIFA executive committee member. He was also a former long-time president of CONMEBOL.Leoz lobbied Paraguay’s legislators in 1997 for the law making the headquarters exempt from legal intervention. The immunity includes protection from the kinds of raids that happened in May at FIFA and CONCACAF headquarters in Switzerland and Miami. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

China expresses displeasure with Turkey accepting Uighurs

first_img Sponsored Stories The group of Uighurs, mostly women and children, arrived in Istanbul on Tuesday and are being settled in the central city of Kayseri, which has a strong Uighur community.Turkey has ethnic and linguistic ties to the Uighurs, members of a Muslim ethnic minority in China’s far west Xinjiang region. The group has complained of cultural and religious suppression as well as economic marginalization under Chinese rule.Relations between China and Turkey have been strained over Turkish media reports that Uighurs were banned from worshipping and fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.Beijing is also waging a war against terrorism in Xinjiang, where ethnic violence has left hundreds of people dead over the past two years. It has blamed religious extremism for the violence.The 173 people were among about 250 Uighurs who were held in Thai camps after fleeing China. Seyit Tumturk, deputy head of the World Uyghur Congress, has said he hoped the remaining refugees would also be allowed to leave Thailand.___This story corrects the number of Uighurs to 173 instead of 174.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home BEIJING (AP) — Beijing expressed displeasure with Turkey on Friday for accepting 173 ethnic Uighurs who fled China.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the Uighurs had left China illegally, and that Beijing opposes “any actions that aid and abet, or even support illegal migration.”“We believe that the international community should share common responsibility for combating and preventing illegal migration,” she told a regular news briefing. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonacenter_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories last_img read more

Taiwan pledges 1M to help build Eisenhower Memorial in DC

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility ___Follow Brett Zongker on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DCArtBeat .Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Other nations also made contributions to the creation of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center for the Performing Arts.The Eisenhower project has been in the planning stages for 15 years since Congress created a federal memorial commission to lead the effort. Last week, the group won final approval for the memorial’s design by architect Frank Gehry, despite criticism from Eisenhower family members in recent years.Gehry designed a memorial park with statues of Eisenhower as general, as president and as a young man from Kansas. A large metal tapestry would serve as a backdrop, depicting the Kansas landscape of Ike’s boyhood home.Congress already has appropriated $60 million for design and planning, of which $17 million is still on hand. President Obama’s 2016 budget proposal included $68 million more for construction. But Congress has not yet approved any funding. Lawmakers have cited complaints over the design.Uncertainty surrounding the design in recent years has delayed private fundraising as well, Reddel said, but now that effort will begin in earnest. The commission said it hopes to raise $20 million to $25 million to supplement congressional funds.___Eisenhower Memorial: http://eisenhowermemorial.gov Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top holiday drink recipes New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies WASHINGTON (AP) — Taiwan is pledging $1 million to help build a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington as the project organizers begin a fundraising campaign to complete the monument.The gift being announced Tuesday marks a critical phase for the Eisenhower Memorial after 15 years of planning. Organizers must determine whether they can raise the money needed to build the long-delayed monument. They hope to raise at least $20 million privately and build support in Congress for additional construction funding. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis This year’s 70th anniversary of the end of World War II is a fitting time to recall Eisenhower’s accomplishments as a military general and president, Taiwan’s economic and cultural representative to the U.S., Lyushun Shen, wrote in a letter to Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, the memorial commission’s chairman. Eisenhower “holds a very special place in the hearts of the people of Taiwan,” Shen wrote, citing Eisenhower’s support for Taiwan’s security.“President Eisenhower’s legacy is to be credited all the way through for generations to come,” Shen said.Historians and organizers behind the Eisenhower Memorial effort said they found Eisenhower’s reputation around the world rivaled that of any other U.S. president. They have been introducing the memorial plans to various nations and hope others will support the project as well.“Eisenhower is arguably the most international of all presidents,” said retired Brig. Gen. Carl Reddel, executive director of the memorial commission. Eisenhower’s legacy “in many ways resonates today more abroad than it does in the United States because Eisenhower’s impact was so fully international.” FILE – In this June 19, 2013 file photo, a portion of a model of a memorial honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower is seen during a public meeting of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission on Capitol Hill in Washington. Taiwan is pledging $1 million to help build a memorial honoring U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington as the project organizers begin a fundraising campaign to complete the monument. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) Comments   Share   last_img read more