Thursday, December 8, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Unique festivals, events highlight Peregrine’s new Limited Edition trips Tags: Peregrine Adventures Travelweek Group Posted by TORONTO — Peregrine Adventures has introduced seven new Limited Edition itineraries timed for key commemorations and noteworthy festivals in 2017, such as the 10-year anniversary of the world’s largest literary festival and the 60-year anniversary of Colombia’s Medellin Flower Festival.The new Limited Edition trips are now available for booking and include four-star accommodation, in-country transport, meals and activities. All of the new Limited Edition tours will also include one-of-a-kind experiences ranging from traditional dinners with local families to hot air balloon rides and hidden waterfall hikes.Part of The Intrepid Group, the Peregrine Adventures brand offers small group travel experiences ideal for people aged 45 and over, who want a deeper connection with the places they visit, comfortable four-star accommodation, English-speaking local leaders and private transport.“We are excited to formally introduce this collection of Limited Edition itineraries to celebrate some of 2017’s more unique and culturally significant events,” said Leigh Barnes, Regional Director, Peregrine Adventures North America. “Peregrine prides itself on enabling travelers to see lesser-known parts of the world. These new itineraries allow travellers to mark and revel in events important to the local people.”More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backHere are the seven Limited Edition festival and commemoration itineraries for 2017:Jaipur Literature Festival & Kipling’s BundiTake in Agra’s Taj Mahal and explore the tiger-filled jungles of India’s Ranthambore National Park. Walk the step wells in Bundi as Rudyard Kipling once did as you continue on to the Jaipur Literature Festival. Departs January 12. Thirteen days from $2,835 per person.Peru Inti Raymi FestivalSee how modern Incas celebrate their heritage at Inti Raymi, one of the most significant festivals of the Inca calendar. Experience not one, but two, visits to the iconic Machu Picchu in celebration of winter solstice. Departs June 6. Twenty-one days from $4,445 per person.Jane Austen’s EnglandMark the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen on this literary journey into her life and legacy. Explore destinations in England significant to her life, including her birthplace, Steventon, and Bath, the setting for two of her novels. Departs June 12. Eight days from $3,100 per person.Colombia & The Medellin Flower FestivalCelebrating its 60th anniversary in 2017, the Medellin Flower Festival in Colombia is the place to go for a flower-filled journey. Spend time in local flower farms in Medellin and wander the historic heart of Bogota. Departs July 25. Fourteen days from $2,870 per person.More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongThe Western Front-France & BelgiumThis tour commemorates the centenary of the Third Battle of Ypres, the battle that would turn the tide of WWI. From Paris to Ypres, clients explore the dramatic history and events surrounding the end of this war. Departs July 31. Eight days from $2,990 per person.Jordan Explorer-Perseid Meteor ShowerGiven the role astronomy plays in Arabic culture, plan to take in the annual Perseid Meteor Shower from Jordan. Departs August 10. Eight days from $2,075 per person.Goroka Show, Papua New GuineaDiscover the cultural diversity of Papua New Guinea on this festival-focused adventure with a focus on the Goroka Show, one of the world’s largest tribal festivals. Departs September 13. Seven days from $3,830 per person.See peregrineadventures.com.
Posted by TORONTO — Goway has released its 2018-19 World’s Most Idyllic Islands & Boutique Cruising brochure featuring Tahiti, Fiji, Cook Islands, Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius, Bali, The Greek Islands and Croatia.Goway Islands General Manager Bronwyn Hodge says boutique cruising “was incredibly popular this year, which is why we have put an emphasis on new cruise product for this market.”In Tahiti Goway has added the four-day Haumana cruise sailing between Bora Bora and Taha’a with just 24 passengers.In Croatia, Mini-Cruises, which sail between Split and Dubrovnik, were a top seller and offer great value for money, says Hodge. “We now feature both a 3-day and 6-day option. In the Greek Islands, we added the 8-day Jewels of Cyclades, part of the Variety Cruse line.”Deluxe hotel product continues to be a focus as well. Goway has added new luxury product this year including the Fiji Marriott Momi Bay which opened in April 2017. This contemporary property features over-water bure villas, giving guests direct access to the tidal lagoon. Also available through Goway, the InterContinental Hotel Thalasso in Bora Bora enhances the luxury experience by adding four, two-bedroom Overwater Brando Suites, as well as Overwater Pool Villas which include a private plunge pool on the split-level decks.More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterIn the Indian Ocean, Goway has added the Four Seasons at Anahita in Mauritius, and the Four Seasons Seychelles.Also included in the 52-page brochure is a range of island resorts from boutique to ultra-luxury, sample vacation packages and extension ideas.Hodge says Goway’s IslandEscapes specialists can customize romantic escapes, such as honeymoons and destination weddings, plus family vacations, diving, adventure packages, and beach stays for any client on any budget.Goway can also arrange international airfares, inter-islands flights, excursions, spas and more, plus clients can choose to escape on an island stopover en route to Downunder, Africa or Asia. Travelweek Group Goway launches 2018-19 World’s Most Idyllic Islands brochure Share Wednesday, December 27, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>
<< Previous PostNext Post >> LAS VEGAS — Police say a hunter’s trip home hit a snag in Las Vegas after security screeners found a dead cougar in his luggage.No crime was committed because the man had a hunting tag. But police Lt. David Gordon told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Transportation Security Administration agents held the man at McCarran International Airport late Tuesday to confirm the validity of the Utah hunting tag.His name and where he was headed weren’t released.Airport spokeswoman Melissa Nunnery says the man ended up shipping the cougar carcass home, not on the airplane.Gordon says it’s not a crime to transport legally possessed game on an airline flight. But he says airlines can refuse to transport certain items. Share Source: The Associated Press Thursday, December 28, 2017 A cougar in your luggage? Hunting carcass found at airport Tags: LOL, WTF
No related posts. Hours after the United States Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, Udi Ofer of the American Civil Liberties Union spent his evening in a Unitarian church in Summit, N.J., training nearly 40 members how to persuade three local Republican lawmakers to endorse same-sex marriage.Less than two days later, leading Christian conservative Ralph Reed was on a conference call with nine donors and representatives of allied organizations discussing how to mobilize the money and resources to fight same-sex marriage activists not only in New Jersey but also in states including Iowa and Oregon.Gay rights activists are pushing ahead with a well-financed, coordinated campaign that aims to legalize same-sex marriage in about a dozen key states within three years. But they face fierce resistance from conservative groups and their allies in state legislatures and U.S. Congress who hope to stymie any momentum coming out of the past week’s rulings on the issue.This pitched political battle — which has cost each side millions of dollars and is poised to escalate further — will help determine how broadly same-sex marriage is adopted over the coming decade or longer. It is also likely to play a major role in state and national elections in the near-term, as activists on both sides fight to win over the Republican voters and elected officials who are key to deciding the fight.In two landmark decisions Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for federal recognition of legally married same-sex couples and gave an opening to California that allowed it to resume such unions there.“Even before that moment, we were at work mapping the path forward toward expanding marriage equality,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry. “We have our plans to get to a majority of Americans living in a freedom-to-marry state by 2016 and to grow public support to 60 percent by 2016. … We know we have the momentum, now we just have to do that work.”But Reed, who heads the Faith & Freedom Coalition, said gay marriage activists are overstating their political advantage, given that 29 states define marriage as only between a man and a woman.“You’re very hard-pressed if you look at the map and see how they move the bar much further,” Reed said, comparing it to the push for an Equal Rights Amendment four decades ago. “A public-policy movement that was viewed as inevitable in 1976 was by 1982 dead and finished.” “They’ve been highly successful,” Tina Fetner, a sociology professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, said of the conservative movement. “What’s happened is highly historic, but lesbian and gay activists aren’t winning everything they fight for. In fact, it’s probably the other way around.”Both sides agree that a half-dozen states will be pivotal over the next three years, with several more potentially in play after that. Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico and Oregon rank as the top near-term targets for gay rights activists, while opponents of same-sex marriage are hoping to gain ground in Indiana and Iowa.The campaigns vary depending on the state. On Friday, Oregon United for Marriage announced that it would soon start an effort to collect the 116,284 signatures needed to place an initiative on the 2014 ballot overturning a constitutional amendment and replacing it with the right to marry a member of the same sex. In New Mexico, which does not explicitly prohibit or permit gay marriage, a lower-level court is considering a same-sex marriage case that is probably destined for the state Supreme Court. And in Hawaii, activists began working sympathetic legislators last week on legislation to replace the state’s civil union law with a same-sex marriage statute.Two of the most intense battlegrounds are New Jersey and Illinois, where same-sex marriage proponents hope to eke out legislative or court victories by the end of the year.New Jersey allows civil unions, which became law after the state Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that gay couples must be provided with the same rights as heterosexual ones.The legislature approved a same-sex marriage bill last year, but Gov. Chris Christie, Rep., vetoed it and has shown no sign of changing his position. Last week, Christie also criticized the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA as “incredibly insulting” to those who had passed the federal marriage law.The issue could complicate Christie’s drive for reelection this fall. His Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono, who is far behind in the polls, immediately began attacking him on the issue last week. State lawmakers are also weighing whether they can override Christie’s veto before a January deadline.Lambda Legal plans to file a motion in New Jersey Superior Court this week arguing that the state’s civil unions are not equal to marriage because same-sex couples will be denied the sort of federal benefits that those married in New York, Delaware and elsewhere now stand to receive.Gay rights groups held a rally in Trenton on Thursday, after which officials from the ACLU and Garden State Equality met with Senate leaders inside the state Capitol. By Friday morning, Ofer, the state ACLU’s executive director, was on the phone with his lobbyist lining up which legislators the group would visit in the coming week.“Given the Supreme Court ruling, New Jersey is now the epicenter for the next big battle for marriage equality,” said Ofer, whose group will file an amicus brief to Lambda Legal’s motion.Anna Little, who leads the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s New Jersey chapter, spent Friday at the state Capitol as part of a “lobby day” on behalf of heterosexual marriage. The meetings have gone well, she said, “but we can add to it by involving pastors” who sympathize with her side’s position.“There’s a lot of faith in church leaders rather than government leaders,” she said.Mobilizing pastors is also a key part of the conservative strategy in Illinois, where the state House adjourned last month without taking up a marriage bill that had passed the state Senate. The state legalized civil unions in 2011.“We defeated the Illinois efforts working with African American pastors,” said National Organization for Marriage spokesman Thomas Peters.David Smith, executive director of Illinois Family Institute, said his group has held four breakfasts with pastors since January under the title, “How should the church respond to the same-sex marriage debate,” and has another planned for July 9. The group has also distributed more than 30,000 copies of the booklet “What Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Has Done to Massachusetts,” including more than 7,000 printed in Spanish.On the other side, about a dozen groups — including the Urban League, the GOP-funded American Unity Fund and the Service Employees International Union — have launched discussions to work together on Illinois Unites for Marriage, and they are about to hire a state campaign manager.Same-sex marriage opponents hope to gain ground in Indiana, which has yet to enact a constitutional ban, and in Iowa, where same-sex marriage is legal after a court ruling in 2009.Peter Sprigg, a senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, said a ballot initiative in Indiana defining marriage as between a man and a woman represents “the best opportunity for us to advance our beliefs in a positive way.”Conservatives will also push for a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, sponsored by Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., although its chances are slim to none in the Democratic-controlled Senate.Within a couple of years, the skirmishing could move to Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Virginia, activists say.Many Republican politicians, meanwhile, are sitting on the fence. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, has endorsed same-sex marriage, but his spokesman said Friday that he did not plan to participate in a ballot initiative overturning his state’s ban. And while some current New Jersey Republicans have voted in favor of same-sex marriage, none showed up at Thursday’s rally in Trenton.“The key to full marriage equality now resides in the hands of Republican leadership and Republican elected officials,” ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero said last week.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Still fighting: Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed is mobilizing money and resources to fight same-sex marriage activists in New Jersey, Iowa and Oregon. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP
Related posts:UCR poll: Araya, Villalta, Solís neck-and-neck as campaigns close What keeps Johnny Araya awake at night? Johnny Araya’s 5 biggest campaign mistakes National Liberation Party inundates social media networks with calls to get out the vote Following the suspension of presidential candidate Johnny Araya’scampaign, the National Liberation Party has wasted little time in interring his name with his bones. The new social media campaign for the April 6 election makes no mention of Araya, and instead hopes to attract votes using the slogan “Orgullo Liberacionista” or “Liberation Pride.”It is understandable that some members of the PLN would like to forget Araya, the candidate who received the lowest percentage of support of any presidential candidate in Costa Rican history. Even his brother Rolando managed to win more in his first round finish in 2002. Increasing his infamy, Johnny Araya abandoned his own party’s supporters and the Costa Rican electorate by refusing to participate in the second round campaign. But would the PLN now have voters forget that Araya was after all their choice? Does PLN pride require collective amnesia of their own responsibility in the selection of this presidential candidate?Perhaps the PLN faithful are proud that despite being responsible for the first-round electoral debacle, their campaign manager, Antonio Álvarez Desanti will nonetheless continue to grace the political stage as one of the leaders of Liberation’s faction in the legislature. Unable to control the overspending of a campaign, he nonetheless will now participate in budget decisions for the entire country. And should the country be proud? Will the pride voters feel for PLN come from their love of economic adviser Leiner Vargas, whose creative repurposing of the economic theory of the “free rider” changes its meaning from a problem to an opportunity? On March 12, 2014, National Liberation Party faithful pay tribute to José “Pepe” Figueres Ferrer at his grave in Finca La Lucha. (Yensy Aguilar Arroyo/PLN Facebook page)Vargas suggested that PLN voters not be deterred by a lack of party transportation to bring them to the polls. Instead, they simply should use the Citizen Action Party’s cars, hitching a ride with the political party that did not misspend all of their funds on a lavish campaign party at the end of January. And should their party members be proud? The youngest member of the PLN’s incoming legislative faction is another point of pride for all. Possessing all the political acumen of a sorority pledge, Silvia Sánchez’s first interview with the press revealed an ignorance staggering even by the nepotistic standard of the party legislative candidate list, which makes the municipality of San Ramón look like an ethical local government. Should the nation feel pride in another PLN decision well made?Perhaps the PLN’s new slogan refers to the pride the electorate feels in the political governance of the last eight years? It is the pride that comes from remembering the “tough on crime” president’s use of an alleged drug trafficker’s airplane to fly her and her entourage to a wedding in Peru. Or possibly the pride in recalling the graft scandals linked to the trocha, a road and bridge project whose elements washed away in the rain more quickly than PLN has forgotten Johnny Araya? Or is it the nearly constant train of Cabinet member resignations and financial misconduct investigations of PLN congressional members that should invoke Tico pride?Can the PLN be proudest of all of the waning economy and persistent poverty they have failed to successfully address? They also seem to think their apathy to growing citizen inequality is a source of pride evidenced by the government’s recent authorization of a measly $2.32 raise for public-sector employees making $162 a week or less. An amount more than consumed by the rise in gas prices, toll charges, and train fares caused by the recent run-up of the U.S. dollar, this “raise” would not even fund a Liberation Pride celebration breakfast of gallo pinto.For “Liberation Pride” to resonate with voters, the voters must either have been sleeping for the last decade or have the political knowledge of a Silvia Sánchez regarding the state of the nation. I doubt either is true of the average Costa Rican voter. The PLN seems to have forgotten that just as many voters abandoned Johnny Araya because he is the standard bearer for Liberación as those who abandoned PLN because of Johnny Araya. Shakespeare was right. While “the good is oft interred with the bones, the evil that men (and women) do lives after them.” The National Liberation Party is about to discover that pride – even Liberation Pride – “goeth before the fall.”Gary L. Lehring is a professor of government at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. He is on sabbatical in Costa Rica. Read more of his columns by clicking on the hashtag #Elections 2014. Facebook Comments
Related posts:Guantanamo closure plan suffers setback over US site for detainees 6 Guantanamo detainees turned over to Uruguay US prepares to ramp up transfers from Guantanamo White House finalizing plan to close Guantanamo prison WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. military prison inGuantanamo Bay should be shut down before President Barack Obama leaves office, Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Thursday, saying the facility is a “rallying cry for jihadi propaganda.”He said the Department of Defense was actively searching for an alternative detention facility.“This is not something, in my judgment, that we should leave to the next president,” Carter told reporters at the Pentagon.He said he and the White House were on the same page when it comes to closing the prison, as Obama promised to do before being elected and which he is now making a final push to accomplish.“As long as this detention facility remains open, it will remain a rallying cry for jihadi propaganda,” Carter said. “It’s expensive and not something the president wants to leave to his successor.”He said defense officials had been assessing Fort Leavenworth, in Kansas, and the Navy Brig in Charleston, South Carolina as possible destinations for prisoners.“We will also be assessing other sites in the coming weeks,” he added.Any transfers of the prisoners to sites within the continental United States are likely to be highly controversial in Congress, but Carter said his department is working on putting together a concrete plan for lawmakers to consider.“Our responsibility is to provide [Congress] with a plan that they can consider that is a responsible one so that people … can make up their minds,” he said. Facebook Comments
Related posts:Missing Mexico students not among 28 in mass grave Mexico’s Peña Nieto pledge to find students falls short for families Slaying of Mexican journalist, activist and 3 others a professional hit, says victim’s family lawyer Mexico police, protesters clash ahead of grim anniversary of 43 missing students MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s sprawling capital changed its official name on Friday as it launched steps to become virtually like a federal state.For the past two centuries, the city has been known as “DF” from its official name of Mexico Distrito Federal, or Federal District.But now the city of nearly nine million will be known as Ciudad de Mexico, or CDMX.That is the Spanish version of what the city is already called by English speakers: Mexico City.Just like the U.S. capital of Washington, Mexico City is distinct from the various states that make up the rest of the country, and it is closely controlled by the federal government which is based there.Under its new status it will acquire some of the same functions as Mexico’s 31 regular states, with a constitution and congress holding legislative powers over public finance and security.It will also gain access to large sums of federal funding. Its mayor will become like a state governor in all but name.The transformation began on Friday when President Enrique Peña Nieto signed the reform into force.The process will be officially completed next year when the city’s new constitution is due to be approved.The federal government’s influence over the leadership of DF has been a source of controversy among city politicians.Peña Nieto’s rivals complain his allies will hold undue sway over the assembly that is due to start drawing up the new Mexico City constitution this year. Facebook Comments
Architect Javier Salinas’ plan for a looming, concrete tower to house Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly in downtown San José seems to get more criticism the closer the project gets to breaking ground.In January 2013, Salinas won a contest to design a replacement for the current building, which health officials have ordered closed on numerous occasions. His first design had to be scrapped because the cost to build it was too high. The new plan — for a 17-story “concrete monolith,” as Salinas calls it — has come under a storm of criticism since its unveiling in March 2015.San José residents and fellow architects have expressed doubts regarding the building’s design and functionality, singling out potentially sky-high energy costs and interrupted views for neighboring buildings.Writing for the Costa Rican newspaper El País, Marité Valenzuela, a city councilwoman from San José’s Carmen district, offered up a harsh critique of the building design.“This building, which looks more like one of those concrete trash cans you see here in the parks, projects images of rejection, separation and inaccessibility to people that isn’t in accordance with the high-reaching, democratic aspirations of our country,” Valenzuela wrote. Architect Javier Salinas took part in a conversation over his plans to build the new Legislative Assembly building at Veritas University in Zaptoe on Thursday, April 14, 2016. (Courtesy of Mauricio Campos Díaz)At a roundtable conversation at San José’s Véritas University last Thursday, Salinas defended his project while fielding questions from fellow architects and students at the university’s architecture school. After scrolling through a slideshow that included pictures of the Eiffel Tower and the Great Pyramid of Giza, Salinas came to a slide with an image of one of Costa Rica’s iconic stone spheres with the word “Solidarity” over it. Salinas said his building is a symbolic ode to Costa Rica’s democratic solidarity.“Roots are another symbol that are expressed in this building,” he said. “For such a small country we have great pride …. This new Assembly is meant to represent all the citizens of this country.”In local news stories and on social media (there’s even a “NO to the new Legislative Assembly building” Facebook group), many have said that the windowless building does not evoke democracy. Critics also say natural light and ventilation in the building will likely be minimal.Salinas said Thursday that the patio on the top floor will receive plenty of sunlight, and opens downward like a well dropping 70 vertical meters. He also showed photos of angled divots in the new design, which he released in March 2015, which he said would provide air circulation.“Everything is calculated in regards to sunlight and ventilation coming into the building,” he said. “We worked with a team of specialists to do all the scientific steps required to make sure there would be enough natural light and air.”Salinas’ original design was to be made mostly of glass, but the high cost and lack of needed permits sent him back to the drawing board at the beginning of 2015.In the redesign, the exterior would be made entirely of concrete walls, which Salinas said is a much cheaper alternative.Julio Cedeño, an engineer whose company Novatecnia is supervising the construction project, defended Salinas at Thursday’s event, saying he has limited resources to work with.“There’s an economic limitation here,” Cedeño said. “It’s not like Salinas and his team have a blank check to work on the design.” The new building would be near the Legislative Assembly’s current location. (Javier Salinas Arquitectos e Ingenieros Consultores Asociados S.A.)Bruno Stagno, founder of the Tropical Architecture Institute and a former professor of Salinas, took part in the roundtable discussion Thursday. He said his doubts stemming from photos he saw in the media were reaffirmed during Salinas’ slideshow presentation. Stagno said a building made entirely of concrete is a bad match for Costa Rica’s tropical climate.“Concrete is not going to work for you,” Stagno told Salinas. “In climates where we don’t have much variation like in the Central Valley, buildings don’t need more insulation. What they need is shade to make sure the sun’s radiation doesn’t bear down on them. In this, the sun is going to heat up the walls and this heat is going to always be transmitted inside.”He added that the “well” that allows sunlight into the building will remain dark for most of the day. Veritas University in Zapote hosted a discussion between building designer Javier Salinas and fellow architects from Costa Rica. (Courtesy of Mauricio Campos Díaz)The project, which is being primarily financed by the Bank of Costa Rica, is set to cost ₡52 billion, or $97.3 million, according to a Legislative Assembly press release. In terms of layout, the 50,000-square-meter building consisting of 17 floors, in addition to four basement floors. It will house offices for the country’s 57 lawmakers, an assembly room, and offices for each political faction.Now that the checklist of permissions from a litany of state institutions is nearly complete, construction is supposed to begin in the next few weeks and is expected to conclude in 2018.The only approval that is still up in the air is that of the National Technical Secretariat of the Environment Ministry (SETENA). Cedeño said at Thursday’s debate that developers expect SETENA to sign off on everything in the very near future, possibly as soon as this week.Residents like Valenzuela have accused Salinas’ firm of being overly secretive about the project. She said no one really knows if certain permissions, like those required by the Health Ministry, are still pending because both the government and the developers are staying quiet.“The public still has no idea what is going on with this building,” Valenzuela told The Tico Times. “The developers have been keeping information back and that’s unconstitutional.”Architect Salinas said Thursday that contractual details restrict what information he can release to the public.“I can’t give all the information because now is not the time to divulge all of that,” Salinas said. “Soon everything about the project will be out in the public but right now we’re limited in giving out information.” An artist’s rendering of the street view of the new Legislative Assembly building planned for downtown at the intersection of Calle 15 and Central Avenue. (Courtesy of Mauricio Campos Díaz)Cedeño from Novatecnia said his company is working with Salinas to be more efficient in providing updates about the project’s development, saying they had begun putting an emphasis on transparency.Fellow architect Álvaro Rojas, who presided over the jury that ultimately selected Salinas to do the project, also expressed his concerns with Salinas’ plan on Thursday. Like Stagno, Rojas taught Salinas at Véritas. He said he has told his former pupil that he worries about the lack of shade and the building’s massive size that could block views.“Javier chose the symbolism of solidarity and democracy, but this sacrifices other symbols important to our country and ends up blocking the view,” Rojas said.Rojas poked fun at Salinas’ allusions to some of the world’s greatest monuments in his slideshow presentation, saying that philosophical and theoretical emphases like solidarity and democracy can lead to oversights in more practical purposes.Despite his doubts, Rojas appeared to lend his support to his former student.“Even the pyramids of Egypt and the Eiffel Tower were under scrutiny when they were being built,” Rojas said. “Hundreds of years later people worship them. I’m sure the same thing will happen with Javier’s building.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Barrio Chino aims to be San José’s next big food spot ‘Impossible to stop’ construction of polemic legislative building, says Assembly president Legal skirmishes cause rifts in Costa Rica’s craft beer industry The Tico Times event gives inside look at — and taste of — local craft beer scene
Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican computer engineer awarded a Pulitzer Prize Bad rainy season leaves dozens dead in Central America Various INCOFER routes suspended after two trains collide head on BREAKING: Costa Rican prosecutor dies after shooting at his home Giannina Segnini, an award-winning investigative journalist from Costa Rica, has been named as the Columbia Journalism School’s first Knight Chair in Data Journalism.The Knight Chair is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its commitment to data journalism education, according to a news release from Columbia.Segnini heads a new three-semester M.S. in Data Journalism at the school, a program with a curriculum drafted in response to a Knight Foundation-funded study that showed gaps in data journalism training across the United States.“We’re witnessing a time of both renewed commitment to the journalistic mission across borders and increased attacks on the press aimed at undermining investigative reporting,” Segnini said in the statement. “Data journalism is playing an important role in contributing to the first and fighting against the latter. I’m thankful for the Knight Foundation’s support in recognizing the importance of data journalism education and honored to be part of the Knight Chair program.”The Knight Chairs initiative supports 26 leaders in journalism working to improve education for journalists in the United States.A 2001-2002 Harvard Nieman Fellow and winner of the prestigious García Márquez Award for Excellence in Journalism, Segnini helped bring the practice of data journalism to Latin American newsrooms. At the helm of the daily La Nación’s leadership team, she led efforts that uncovered multiple cases of international corruption, including the Alcatel bribery scandal and Finnish bribery case that involved two former Costa Rican presidents.Segnini also obtained scores of WikiLeaks cables from open-information advocate Julian Assange, which were the source of several La Nación stories. She resigned from La Nación during a management dispute in 2014.More recently, Segnini participated in the Pulizer Prize-winning Panama Papers investigation, and worked with Univision to oversee a project focused on the poor regulation of cruise ships. Her collaboration with Univision won the Ortega y Gasset prize for best multimedia coverage.
Related posts:Costa Rica prepares for a blast of music: its first-ever Nrml Festival After vibrant first weekend, International Arts Fest continues through April 15 5 questions for a Costa Rican musicologist, composer and writer 5 questions for a Costa Rican musician, dancer and model Since its creation in 2010, the Spanish musical and socio-cultural group Bloko del Valle seeks to be an agent of social change through music.Their latest efforts were seen by dozens of spectators during their presentation at 2018’s International Arts Festival (FIA). The group performed its show “Drums for Coexistence” with a group of children from the low-income community of Tirrases, Curridabat, just east of San José. The show’s message: music and percussion can be tools for change. One of the presenters having fun while playing the drum. Gregory Calvo / The Tico Times Boko del Valle has presence in Kenya, Tenerife, Spain and Cabo Verde. Gregory Calvo / The Tico Times The colorful drums of the Boko del Valle group. Gregory Calvo / The Tico Times The Avenida Central, the capital, has been this group’s stage. Gregory Calvo / The Tico Times Enjoying the moment. Gregory Calvo / The Tico TimesGregory Calvo is a journalism student at the Universidad Latina of Costa Rica. Passionate about photojournalism. 2017 winner of the European Union’s “Europe through My Lens” contest in Costa Rica. Instagram: @gregorycalag Facebook Comments
More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories BEIJING (AP) – Chinese state media say a toxic gas leak caused by chemicals used nine years ago to combat the SARS epidemic has forced more than 800 workers to evacuate from a downtown office building in east China’s Hangzhou city.The official Xinhua News Agency reported Friday that the gas came from a stockpile of chlorine dioxide powder. It was used as a disinfectant in 2003 during the SARS scare but was never disposed of. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Comments Share Xinhua says white smog filled the 19th floor of the building on Friday morning, causing panic.Xinhua quoted the fire department as saying no one was injured. It did not say what caused the chemicals to leak.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Patients with chronic pain give advice Ban will later visit Srebrenica, the site of the worst massacre in Europe since World War II, where 8,000 men and boys were killed by Serb forces.(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 improvements Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) – Before carrying the torch in London, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon went for a symbolic run in the Olympic Stadium in Sarajevo, the city that hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics.Ban carried a torch Thursday morning as he ran alongside Sarajevo’s marathon runner Islam Djugum, who even during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war trained daily but only after dark to avoid snipers.Ban said he will carry Sarajevo’s spirit of resilience and reconciliation to London because here he saw a city that has risen from ashes and ruins and is now pulsing with “real life”. Parents, stop beating yourself up 0 Comments Share New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology
This is the second major mass killing in Kazakhstan this year. Fourteen border guards and a park ranger were shot dead in May at an outpost near the Central Asian nation’s border with China.A soldier was arrested and confessed to the murders, but later retracted the confession.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Comments Share Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) – Police in Kazakhstan say they are seeking to track down those responsible for the killing of 11 people in a national park near the commercial capital, Almaty.The Interior Ministry said Tuesday that 100 police officers are combing the Ile-Alatau national park, located in the foothills of mountains that form the fringes of Tian-Shan range.The 11 bodies were found Monday, and officials say several of them bore stab wounds. One was a park ranger well known for his fight against poaching. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories
Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Some people have predicted a similar downturn in some economic sectors, such as real estate, once the peso cash ban is enacted. The bill would take effect 90 days after it is signed into law and published.“We know some sectors of the economy are worried, like the auto industry and the jewelry industry,” said Sen. Alejandro Encinas of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party. But he added that “as long as we don’t effectively combat money laundering and dismantle the financial power of organized crime, the problem of violence and drug trafficking won’t disappear from our country.”Despite the potential pain, legislators said it was the only way to fight drug cartels.“There is no way to go after organized crime, if not to hit their finances,” said Sen. Cristina Diaz Salazar, a member of President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top holiday drink recipes 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories The fact that the law took two years to move through Congress illustrates the sensitive nature of such rules in a society where small businesses and retailers, as well as gangsters, have long conducted many of their transactions in cash.In 2010, President Felipe Calderon originally proposed rules to bar all cash real estate purchases as well as cash purchases of cars, planes and other goods for amounts exceeding 100,000 pesos ($7,700). But congress watered down that proposal.Sen. Roberto Gil, of Calderon’s conservative National Action Party, said the legislation now going to Calderon for his signature into law “has achieved a healthy and reasonable balance between the need to inhibit the use of cash and the normal development of our country’s economic activity.”The law would also require notaries, brokers and dealers to report the forms of payment in purchases above the $38,750 limit. Similar reporting would be required for credit card payments when monthly balances exceed 50,000 pesos ($3,875).Mexico implemented strict limits on cash dollar transactions in 2010 that limited the amount of dollars a person could exchange to about $1,500 a month in most cases. Those limits hurt travelers, as more banks decided to get out of the cash dollar exchange businesses, leaving less competition and higher spreads among the few remaining players. Comments Share MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico’s Senate passed a bill Thursday banning large cash transactions as part of an effort to fight money laundering that experts estimate may amount to around $10 billion per year in Mexico.The bill forbids buyers and sellers from giving or accepting cash payments of over a half million pesos ($38,750) for real-estate purchases. It also forbids cash purchases of more than 200,000 pesos ($15,500) for automobiles or items like jewelry and lottery tickets.
Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day In addition to withholding money from Honduras, the U.S. military has stopped sharing radar information with the Honduran air force after learning that suspected drug flights were being shot down.Honduran historian Rodolfo Pastor said the responsibility lies at the highest levels.“For years we have been saying Honduran soldiers and policemen are murderers,” he said. “In the end, it is their officers and the highest civilian officials who have ordered murder and justified covering them up who are truly responsible.”___Associated Press writer Alberto Arce reported this story in Tegucigalpa and Martha Mendoza reported from Santa Cruz, California.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated PressTEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) – U.S. officials are demanding answers after learning soldiers trained, vetted and equipped by the U.S. government chased down and killed a teenager in Honduras, where the U.S. is already withholding tens of millions of dollars in police and military aid over concerns about human rights violations.Ebed Yanes, 15, was killed the night of May 26 after driving through a military checkpoint. His father, Wilfredo Yanes, a mild-mannered organic food supplier, tracked down the soldiers, eventually uncovering an allegedly high-level attempt to hide evidence. Further, his quest led to new information reported this week that the unit in question was supported by the U.S. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories 0 Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Earlier this year, the U.S. began withholding funds from Honduras after reports alleged that a newly appointed national police chief had ties to death squads. U.S. law prohibits assistance to foreign military units that violate human rights with impunity.Ebed’s death, officials said, is not a new trigger for withholding funds, but instead yet another disturbing incident raising concerns in the U.S. government about support for the current Honduran police and military. Other issues include the killings of human rights activists, journalists and opposition lawyers.Until now, U.S. officials have not specified how much money is being withheld, but on Wednesday a State Department official speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter said the withholding may reach $50 million, including $8.3 million in counter-narcotics aid, and $38 million under the Central America Regional Security Initiative.That amounts to about half of all U.S. aid to Honduras for 2012, including humanitarian assistance.“This is one of a number of killings involving members of Honduran security forces that Senator (Patrick) Leahy is asking the State Department about,” David Carle, a top aide to Leahy, said in an email. “The incident with Ebed Yanes was a tragedy and we urge the Honduran government to assure the perpetrators are brought to justice,” State Department press adviser William Ostick said Wednesday.Ostick said U.S. Ambassador Lisa Kubiske in Honduras had discussed the case with the Honduran special prosecutor for human rights and the country’s armed forces shortly after the May incident and “encouraged them to investigate the case fully.”The U.S. had vetted the unit, and then provided it with a Ford 350 truck that was used to chase the teen from the checkpoint. Under U.S. law, all foreign units who receive military or police assistance are vetted before receiving any equipment or training.Ostick said the U.S. expects individuals and units receiving U.S. support to have “the utmost respect for human rights throughout their careers.” He said the U.S. government is helping the Honduras strengthen its internal affairs and insists that officials accused of wrongdoing be investigated.The vetting begins at the U.S. Embassy, where individuals or units nominated for training or assistance are entered into an internal State Department database, called the International Vetting and Security Tracking system. They check governmental, nongovernmental and media reports on human rights abuses. In some cases the embassy also runs the names through local police and government offices for critical information. Embassies sometimes interview victims when there are indications that government forces have been involved in a gross human rights violation. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Leahy, a Vermont Democrat who is chairman of the Senate’s State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Subcommittee, has put a hold on some of the U.S. aid for Honduran military and police forces until his questions are answered.Three soldiers have been charged in the case, one for murder. It is a violation of Honduran law to shoot at people who do not pose a threat.The U.S. sent the leader of the squad, Josue Sierra, to cadet leader training last year at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly the School of the Americas, a Defense Department institute at Fort Benning, Georgia. Sierra was allegedly the first to fire at Yanes, according to court reports, and was in charge of the truck. He has been charged with attempting to cover up a crime and violating official duties.Lt. Col. Reynel Funes, who allegedly ordered the soldiers to cover up evidence by swapping out their weapons at the armory, attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, in 2006 and the then-School of the Americas in 1984. Funes was being interrogated by prosecutors this week, along with two top military colonels, Juan Giron Reyes and Jesus Marmol Yanes. None have been charged. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis
Comments Share Top Stories Sponsored Stories ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) – A moderately strong earthquake struck near Mexico’s Pacific coast resort of Acapulco on Wednesday, causing cracks in some buildings and knocking bricks and plaster off other structures.The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake at 7:38 a.m. (8:38 a.m.; 1238 GMT) had a magnitude of 6.2. It was centered near the Pacific coast and about 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of Acapulco.No significant injuries were reported, but a chunk of ornamental plaster work fell off the facade of one hotel on Acapulco’s once-glamorous main boulevard. Cracks were found in the walls of a university in Acapulco and a concrete entrance gate at a local military base collapsed, said Victor Torres Ruiz, the spokesman for the state government of Guerrero, where Acapulco is located. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mexico City is vulnerable even to distant earthquakes because much of it sits atop the muddy sediments of drained lake beds that quiver as quake waves hit.The magnitude-8.1 quake in 1985 that killed at least 6,000 people and destroyed many buildings in Mexico City was centered 250 miles (400 kilometers) away on the Pacific coast.(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 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The vital role family plays in society An apartment block also suffered structural damage, according to Constantino Gonzalez Vargas, head of the state civil defense office.Ezequiel Baltazar was driving his daughter to school in Acapulco along with his wife when the quake struck and a large chunk of rock fell from the hillside onto the trunk of his car.“Fortunately, my wife and my daughter are OK. They just were panicked,” Baltazar said.Ruben Lopez, who was visiting Acapulco from Mexico City, said he was doing early morning exercises on the beach when the quake hit.“It felt like I was sinking into the sand,” Lopez said.A second, smaller quake followed 24 minutes later. The USGS calculated the magnitude of the aftershock at 5.3.Traffic lights went out in the city, causing traffic jams, and fears of more possible aftershocks prompted some schools in Acapulco to send children home for the day.Buildings swayed in Mexico City, 170 miles (280 kilometers) to the north, and some people evacuated office buildings as an earthquake alarm sounded. On the city’s main boulevard, one man injured his leg as he rushed out of an office building.Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said there were no reports of damage or serious injuries. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 ways to recognize low testosterone
Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s first lady visited the Yasukuni Shrine honoring the country’s war dead, including convicted war criminals, this week in a move that risks outraging neighboring countries that suffered under Japan’s World War II aggression.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife Akie does not hold political office, but her visit could be seen as symbolic. Visits by politicians to Yasukuni have in the past angered China and the Koreas. Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Photos posted on her Facebook page showed Akie Abe standing in front of Yasukuni on Thursday, and said she was thankful for the peace and prosperity that Japan has today.“I prayed at Yasukuni,” she wrote. “My heart aches when I read the letters and wills (the soldiers) wrote their families. What could their feelings have been as they perished in the battles.”Although dozens of lawmakers pay their respects at Yasukuni for festivals and other special days every year, Abe and most Cabinet ministers have stayed away to avoid criticism.Abe has sent religious offerings on such days in recent years, but last went to Yasukuni in December 2013.The lawmakers deny they are condoning war and say they merely want to pay respect to those who sacrificed their lives for their country.But Yasukuni — a statuesque monument in the middle of Tokyo, with giant cherry trees and flocks of doves — is seen by many as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism. Many feel Japan has not yet expressed enough remorse or apology for historical atrocities.Akie Abe referred in her Facebook post to commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII this year — a milestone the government highlights. Top Stories Quick workouts for men Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of “Seventy years since the war ended, Japan has a big role to play,” she wrote, echoing the sentiments of her spouse.Abe says Japan is ready to play a bigger military role globally, helping the U.S., its most important ally. Abe’s policies have been welcomed by Washington. And his ruling party has won recent elections relatively easily.But some Japanese are worried about getting dragged into international conflicts. Since WWII, Japan has not sent troops to war zones, although it has helped with peacekeeping and other backup operations.__Akie Abe on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/akieabe?pnref=lhcFollow Yuri Kageyama: http://twitter.com/yurikageyamaCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
How men can have a healthy 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “Gaza is definitely showing tremendous frustration,” Shikaki said.A majority, 63 percent, expressed dissatisfaction with “achievements compared to human and material losses” in the 2014 Gaza war that killed over 2,200 Palestinians and 73 people in Israel. Fighting devastated parts of Gaza and reconstruction has been slow, causing many there to ask if it was worth it.Of those polled, 63 percent said they support launching rockets at Israel while a blockade is in place. The same number said they favor indirect talks between Hamas and Israel to negotiate a long-term truce in exchange for lifting the blockade.Israel and Egypt imposed the blockade on Gaza after Hamas seized the coastal territory from forces loyal to Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2007, arguing it prevents Hamas from getting more weapons.Hamas has ruled Gaza with an iron fist since, leaving Abbas governing parts of the West Bank.Only 30 percent said they can criticize Hamas without fear. In the West Bank, 32 percent said they could freely criticize Abbas.Despite the numbers, the poll found that if free elections were held today with just Abbas and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh competing, Hamas would win in Gaza and Abbas in the West Bank, both by slim margins. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments Share JERUSALEM (AP) — Gaza residents are unhappy with the territory’s Islamic militant Hamas rulers and by its war with Israel last summer, a new Palestinian poll released Tuesday shows.The poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research shows that half of Gaza residents want to emigrate, compared to 25 percent in the West Bank.The center’s director, Khalil Shikaki, said the 50-percent immigration figure in Gaza is higher than ever before and that among young people it is even higher, about 80 percent. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 must play golf courses in Arizona The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research polled 1,200 people in early June for the report, with a 3-percent margin of error.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories
The vital role family plays in society San Fermin’s media office said he was gored in the armpit, and Webster told The Associated Press from his hospital bed that he hasn’t decided whether he’ll run again because he first needs to discuss the issue with his wife.Also gored were a 27-year-old Californian identified by the media office only by his initials, D.M.O., and a 30-year-old Briton with the initials A.B.O. Neither was in serious condition.Three other Americans were among the eight others injured, most with bruises from falls and crowd crushes during the nationally televised run that lasted just over two minutes.The nine-day fiesta in Pamplona, which features 24-hour street partying, was made famous in Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises” and attracts thousands of foreign tourists.The daily runs see people dashing with six bulls along a narrow, 930-yard (850-meter) course from a holding pen to the city’s bullring. The bulls are then killed by professional matadors in bullfights each afternoon.Bull runs are a traditional part of summer festivals across Spain. Dozens are injured each year, mostly in falls.Two men have died recently after being gored by bulls in Spanish festivals — one Saturday in the eastern town of Grao de Castellon and another June 24 in the southwestern town of Coria. Quick workouts for men In all, 15 people have died from gorings in Pamplona since record-keeping began in 1924 for the San Fermin festival.___Ciaran Giles reported from Madrid. Associated Press Writer Alan Clendenning contributed to this report from Madrid.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories An assistant to a Spanish mounted bullfighter waits on the sidelines during a horseback bullfight at San Fermin Fiestas, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Monday, July 6, 2015. Revelers from around the world kick off the festival with a messy party in the Pamplona town square, one day before the first of eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 0 Comments Share Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Two Americans and a Briton were gored and eight other people were injured Tuesday as thousands of daredevils dashed alongside fighting bulls through the streets of Pamplona on the first bull run of the annual San Fermin festival, organizers said.Mike Webster, a 38-year-old occupational therapist from Gainesville, Florida, was gored as he ran with the bulls in Pamplona for the 38th time in 11 years. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall
Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Mbabazi was a member of Museveni’s former rebel movement and was once seen as a possible successor to Museveni after holding several Cabinet positions over the years. Museveni fired Mbabazi as his prime minister last year amid reports that Mbabazi was exploring a possible presidential run.After Mbabazi announced last month that he would seek the presidency as a member of the ruling party, he was denounced by some party officials who want Museveni to run unopposed.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 Comments Share Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was arrested as he traveled from Kampala to a town in eastern Uganda where he planned to consult with his supporters. Police had warned he faced arrest if he proceeded with the trip without first getting the support of the ruling party, of which he is a member, but Mbabazi insisted that as a presidential aspirant he needed no one’s approval to consult across the country.Police took “preventive action” against Mbabazi, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, an assistant inspector general of police, told reporters Thursday.“He is now under incarceration,” Kaweesi said.The two arrests show that Museveni’s government “has not yet come to terms with the idea of political competition,” said Livingstone Sewanyana, who heads the watchdog group Foundation for Human Rights Initiative.“Anyone who threatens Museveni’s power base definitely will face the same treatment. It doesn’t matter whether you were once bedfellows,” he saidThe arrest of Mbabazi, a former ally of long-serving Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, could stoke political tensions here as Museveni tries to remain the undisputed leader of his party. Museveni has led Uganda since taking power by force in 1986. Critics increasingly describe Museveni as authoritarian, accusing him of using the security forces to keep a firm grip on power. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police on Thursday detained two of the president’s top challengers, an opposition leader and a former prime minister who last month announced he would seek the presidency.Three-time presidential candidate Kizza Besigye, who is frequently detained over his political activities, was arrested outside his home near Kampala, the Ugandan capital, as he headed out to address a rally, his aide Francis Mwijukye said. Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like