Peer support can academic success

first_imgSANTA CRUZ, Guanacaste – Over the past couple of months, I have met some amazing students in Villareal’s Cindea night school, in Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, during Acción Joven’s workshops. I recognized during the workshops that most students had a more serious view about their education than some of the students I met and observed in the day school. Some shared this view because of life experiences that required them to choose between night school and “no school.”These life experiences ranged from needing to support their families at home, having a child, and many others needing to work. The sacrifice of working or supporting a family during the day and going to school at night demonstrated a high commitment level that most students in the Cindea have towards attaining their high school diploma. For one student, the baccalaureate serves as a gateway to a better life for her and her child.Here are three students that are making some of the same sacrifices to make a better life for themselves and their family. Meet Costa Rica’s future lawyer and doctors: Brenda had the opportunity of attending school in the provincial capital of Guanacaste, Liberia, at the university-sponsored colegio for a brief period, but had to transfer to the Cindea because her parents could not afford the overall costs.Angela, the future lawyer, transferred from Cartegena to the Cindea because she believed that the educational atmosphere allowed her to focus more on completing her studies, while helping at home during the day.Finally, Karen attended the Cindea for the past three years, and the Liceo de Villareal day school, three years prior. What is unique about her story is that she started attending the Cindea when she became pregnant.For some girls who are 12-13 years old, having a child can be a life-altering event that forces them to leave school to care for the child; however, Karen decided that she would continue her education.As each student spoke about their individual efforts to achieve their dreams, the interconnectedness of their dreams and their organic support network became clear. The organic development of their support network is critical to helping them complete their education.Because the students share the common experiences of attending the Cindea, living close to one another, and a desire to attend university, among other things, they have a shared understanding of each other’s respective struggles and commitments. Because of this bond, they are able to challenge each other to keep pressing forward.Reflecting on the various classes I have visited (led by Acción Joven staff and colegio professors), I am reminded of the power of “classroom engagement.” When used, it can forge support structures beyond the classroom, allowing students to reassure each other through their daily interactions inside and outside the classroom. Teachers must purposefully find ways to foster an environment to allow students to create these peer support structures in the classroom.As teachers create these environments, they will be able to harness a network of peer support groups to help ALL students achieve their goals inside and outside the classroom.Questions of the WeekWhat techniques can teachers use to create the environment for students to develop peer support groups?What can be done outside the classroom to continue to promote and develop these support groups? Fundación Acción Joven aims to prevent student dropout for teenagers who attend public high schools located in communities of high social risk. This is done through the implementation of projects designed by the educational community, and executed with the help of different stakeholders such as private enterprise, government entities, other nonprofits and volunteers. FAJ currently has offices in San José, Guanacaste, Limón and Puntarenas, and works with 10 different high schools in those regions. Get involved by visiting, emailing, or calling our San José office at: 2271-4407.As a current graduate student in Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, Timothy Evans has worked to combine a decade worth of youth development experience with data analytics to positively impact communities within the U.S. This international experience is providing him with invaluable tools and best practices that allow for organizations such as Fundación Acción Joven to change communities globally. Facebook Commentscenter_img No related posts.last_img read more

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Gunfiring drone built by US teen under investigation

first_imgNEW YORK — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it was investigating an online video that shows an alleged home-made “drone” firing a handgun in the Connecticut countryside.The 14-second video called “Flying Gun” shows a homemade multi-rotor hovering off the ground, buzzing furiously and firing a semiautomatic handgun four times at an unseen target.It was posted on YouTube on July 10 and has been watched nearly two million times. It was filmed by 18-year-old Austin Haughwout from Clinton, Connecticut. Related posts:Drone hits small plane over Costa Rica park Snowdenfreude Drug scanners sit unused as drugs pass through Limón port The technology at the heart of the Apple-FBI debate, explained Haughwout is studying for a degree in mechanical engineering. Neither he nor police could be reached for immediate comment.“The FAA will investigate the operation of an unmanned aircraft system in a Connecticut park to determine if any Federal Aviation Regulations were violated,” it said in a statement.“The FAA will also work with its law enforcement partners to determine if there were any violations of criminal statutes.”But Haughwout’s father denied his son had built a drone, which he said are pre-programmed. He said this device was manually controlled.“People have been playing with RC (remote-controlled) toys for many decades,” he told AFP by telephone.“The proper name for this is an RC quadcopter. The media keeps using the inappropriate word because it helps you to generate fear,” he added.Haughwout said the FAA had made no contact with his family.“I don’t understand why people are making such a big deal of it. It’s not like it’s anything new,” he said.“He’s a mechanical engineering student. He builds all different kind of things.”Recommended: Drones could help spot illegal fishing around Costa Rica’s Cocos IslandBut Peter Sachs, an advocate for the safe and responsible use of drones in civilian life, criticized the venture and insisted the device was “a drone in every sense of the word.”A gun-firing, civilian drone damaged efforts to promote the safe and responsible use of unmanned aircraft for peaceful recreational, commercial and humanitarian purposes, he said.“It shows drones in a bad light,” he told AFP.Sachs, who is also a lawyer, said he would not be surprised if a federal agency took action but said the problem was “finding out which law he may have violated.”A federal violation against careless and reckless operation of an aircraft was perhaps the only possibility, he said.Proposed rules have yet to be passed and have not caught up with the advances in technology.“Drones are a bit ahead of the law at the moment, they don’t fit neatly into any of the existing categories,” said Sachs.Though the United States was a pioneer in the use of drones — formally called unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs — on the battlefield, Sachs said the U.S. civilian market was “essentially a third-world nation when it comes to drones.”The FAA is poised to miss a September deadline for a final set of rules to govern civilian drones in crowded U.S. skies — prompting industry fears that the United States is falling behind other countries in developing high-value UAV technology.In Switzerland, the postal service has begun testing parcel deliveries by drones. In the Indonesian capital, police deployed drones for the first time this year to monitor traffic.Online retail giant Amazon, which is a major player in the development of UAVs for civilian missions, wants to introduce  delivery by drone less than 30 minutes after an order is placed.It has insisted on a significant change to the proposed US drone regulations, namely a rule that small UAVs can only be flown in full view of their operators on the ground.Amazon disagrees with the FAA’s claim that flying drones beyond the line of sight is a major safety concern. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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5 questions for Costa Rican musician Debi Nova

first_imgRelated posts:5 questions for a French artist in Costa Rica: Jacques Hervot 5 questions for Costa Rican artist Alejandro Villalobos 5 questions for a Costa Rican arts and culture manager 5 questions for a Costa Rican art historian, gallery owner and critic Music as a way of life, a career, and a path toward achieving big dreams: that’s what drives the Costa Rican musician, composer and singer Deborah Nowalski, better known as Debi Nova. Her love of music and remarkable discipline have led to success, and she says the obstacles along the way have all been worth it.“After so many years, I look back and I love what I do,” she told The Tico Times. “I enjoy getting on stage. I love singing, connecting with people, and composing.”She began playing the piano at the age of four, then took a step toward transforming her passion into a career at the age of 17, when she moved to Los Angeles to study at the University of California (UCLA). She released her first album, “Luna Nueva” (“New Moon”), in 2010. Her single “Drummer Boy” reached fifth place on the Billboard dance charts.In 2014, she released her second album “Soy” (“I Am”) and in 2017 her third album “Gran Ciudad” (“Big City”). She received the MTV Chiuku Agent of Change Award for her work in the United Nations’ UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign, and serves as an ambassador by the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA).Nova has collaborated with international artists such as Franco de Vita, Sean Paul, Sergio Mendes, the Black Eyed Peas, Mark Ronson, Belinda, RBD and Ricky Martin, as well as Costa Rican musician Manuel Obregón. In 2014, Nova was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award.On a sunny, warm morning at Cala Luna in Langosta Beach, Guanacaste, The Tico Times sat down with Nova, 37, and spoke about her life and work. Excerpts follow.How do you create your music?Most of the songs I compose on the piano, and the guitar. For “Gran Ciudad,” we recorded it in Río de Janeiro with the Brazilian producer Mario Caldato. We recorded everything in a block, all of the instruments at the same time. We recorded it in six days.[For that album] the melody came first. Sometimes it was a group of chords that I liked… It is a bit of the story of how I got to Los Angeles when I was 17 years old and what it meant to go to a different world in search of a dream. Debi Nova joyfully plays the piano during her presentation at the Tamarindo Art Wave Festival. Courtesy of René Valenzuela / Upgrade ComunicaciónCould you tell us more about that?It was intense. I was 17 years old and with great enthusiasm about creating a musical career. I obviously… found many obstacles and difficulties. Those first three years were very hard and lonely. At the same time, it was something that gave me an impulse to keep learning and getting stronger toward that big change.I was far away from my family, and making a life in Los Angeles was complicated… I had relationships with people who sometimes take advantage of you. I had the obstacles that occur in a big city where you don’t know anyone and have to defend yourself.How do you compose a piece?Generally there are phrases that capture me and that’s what I write down on some notepad, but it mostly happens in the moment. Sometimes you just sit down and nothing that you like comes out. It’s making decisions in the moment and being present. Blissful Debi Nova giving her audience a lovely performance. Courtesy of René Valenzuela / Upgrade ComunicaciónWhat does it feel like to represent Costa Rica as a musician?It’s very nice. I feel there’s a lot of talent in the country and that maybe the world hasn’t had the opportunity to hear what going on, so if I can contribute a little grain of sand for people to have curiosity and listen to more [Costa Rican] music, I really feel very honored.What was your experience at the Tamarindo Art Wave Festival playing with Manuel Obregón?Well, I live half-time in Tamarindo since 2012. Tamarindo has been very good to me and this is the second time we’ve done this. Last time I also played with Manuel, and thanks to that many nice things emerged. Actually, Manuel played a song called “Hábito” on my album thanks to the fact that we connected here at the Tamarindo Art Wave Festival.Check out Debi Nova’s song and video “Hábito” (Habit) from her latest album Gran Ciudad: The Tamarindo Art Wave Festival held its second edition on Jan. 25 – 27 at Tamarindo Beach, Guanacaste, where both national and international artists gathered for three days full of musical and artistic festivities.Read our #SoyMigranteCR feature, which featured Debi Nova and other Costa Ricans proud of the immigration in their family trees.Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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In Costa Rica friends didnt fight over politics those days are gone

first_img Facebook Comments Just 14 years ago, Costa Rica was the Latin American countries where people were least willing to argue with their best friends over politics. Just 14 years.The Latinbarometer statistics in 2004 placed Costa Ricans in first place in this regard during the administration of President Abel Pacheco, years when the wall of bipartisanship was broken and citizens’ desire to break with the old model began to manifest themselves. Guatemalans, Brazilians, and Ecuadorians followed us. The nationality most willing to fight over politics? Venezuelans, in the year of the referendum that sought to remove Hugo Chávez from power.The question that the Latinbarometer asked in 2004 alluded not only to partisan politics, but also to social politics. The historic rivalry between the National Liberation Party (PLN) and Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC) provoked few discussions. The protests about “the ICE Combo” – which showed massive frictions between the “statist” and “neoliberal” model, a bit before its maximum level with the referendum about the Central American Free Trade Agreement with the United States in 2007 – were already in the past.Still in the future was the 2010 election, marked by the presence of a woman candidate promoted by the administration of President Oscar Arias; she would later sever that bond and remind us that the PLN has different faces, but those issues were foreign to the majority of the population. Non-career politician Luis Guillermo Solís wins Costa Rica presidential runoff in a landslide Maybe we must accept that our digital spaces exaggerated the arguments, but these spaces are part of our reality. We should’ve had a device to measure how much energy we’ve dedicated to the electoral discussion in 2018 and how much hostility we exchange. Of course, we believe we’re not arguing about politics, but about “my religion,” my human rights, my values, my phobias, my family, my church… But everything is politics, and almost nothing is partisan.We’re driven to “holy” fights with family and friends. We no longer belong to that society from 2004 that preferred to argue over soccer. We’ve changed. I suspect we’re less happy, and that this influences our political landscape, with so little partisanship, but so essential, so primary. “I’m not defending Fabricio Alvarado, no; I’m defending my values, my family story.” Or, “I’m not from the PAC, I would never be, but I feel that a part of my national identity is being snatched away,” and things like that.We’re a more unequal society, grumpier, more distrustful. As Costa Ricans we’re now  under the Latin American average when it comes to a belief that we can trust each other. That’s what 2017’s Latinbarometer has to say.That’s how we got to an election between “Fabricio” and “Carlos,” an unthinkable second round, toxic and dangerous. No matter who wins, we’re already different. We see each other differently. We have now exited the WhatsApp group or we’ve blocked that person who contradicted us. Or I was eliminated from their Facebook friends, or from life itself.Read Alvaro Murillo’s “No Sugar, Please” columns here.Álvaro Murillo is a journalist who specializes in political coverage and has written for La Nación, Semanario Universidad and El País. In his Tico Times column “No Sugar, Please,” he explores politics in its broadest terms, from the halls of government to community life. Connect with him on Twitter. The heart of Fabricio Alvarado, part I: Pocora, Limóncenter_img The 2014 campaign brought evidence that many Costa Ricans could easily change their political affiliation in a matter of weeks, and that party flags had become mere accessories, venerated by only a few. There was a second round, it’s true, but Luis Guillermo Solís’s triumph was obvoius since the week after the first round, so much so that his rival Johnny Araya ended up withdrawing from the contest.There was an ideological discussion in 2014, especially when the leftist Broad Front was picking up in the polls. The importance of the moral values also appeared, mixed with religion, but no determinant results emerged. The two months between rounds turned out to be too much time, because everything was already resolved: the Citizen Action Party (PAC) would get to power, ending decades of alternating PLN and PUSC. Our bipartisan system is dead and buried, we said, but nothing was going to make us fight about politics within our inner circle.Then 2018 arrived, and we’re screwed. Politics has become an enormous bag of emotions and prejudices, discrimination and religions, anguish and fears. I know that these things also existed in the past, but I’ve never been in such an toxic environment. Faces of Sunday’s vote in and around La Carpio Related posts:Goodbye, Fabricio! Evangelical Alliance lawyer: Costa Rica should reduce limits on religious propaganda Poll: Fabricio Alvarado holds slight lead in Costa Rica Images from a busy, hot Election Day in Costa Ricalast_img read more

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Guanacaste school selected as finalist in global water competition

first_imgThe Niños del Sol School in Playas del Coco, a beach town in the northwestern Costa Rican province of Guanacaste, has been chosen as a finalist in the Grades of Green Spring 2018 Water Challenge.The program is a global competition in which 136 student leaders at 40 schools from across the world design new ways to lead water conservation and water quality efforts in 33 cities and eight countries, Grades of Green told The Tico Times in an email.The kids at Niños del Sol designed an innovative student-built graywater filtration system that seeks to clean water that drains from sinks, fountains and other sources. The system allows the water to be used safely in the school garden, thereby reducing the school’s water footprint.In addition, kids at the alternative school are educating their community about the everyday actions that residents can carry out to save water, from taking shorter showers to eating less meat.For more information, visit the school website or the Niños del Sol project page at Grades of Green. The children from the Niños del Sol School in Playas del Coco were accepted for the Grade of Green’s Spring 2018 Water Challenge program in order to develop projects for the water conservation of their community. Courtesy of Joshua P. Wittman Facebook Comments Related posts:Kids Saving the Rainforest: the Costa Rican initiative that’s gone global Bright as a veranera Costa Rican entrepreneur launches swimwear line to empower women This week in the Peace Corps: Moving Out in Costa Ricalast_img read more

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APM Terminals Moín inaugurated aims to turn Costa Rica into Central American

first_imgCosta Rica inaugurated its new cargo terminal in Limón on Thursday which will turn the country into the Central American leader in port connectivity and will allow for receiving of larger ships than those that can cross the Panama Canal, said those responsible for the work.The container terminal of Moín, in the Caribbean city of Limón, was built by the Dutch APM Terminals with an investment of $1 billion. The company will be in charge of the administration of the port for the next 30 years.“My message is one of optimism, because the container terminal is a reality,” said President Carlos Alvarado when participating in the inauguration of the new port, considered the most modern in Central America.The president insisted on the need to accompany the new infrastructure with other projects that will take advantage of the benefits offered, such as the extension of Route 32, which connects Limón with San José, and the construction of an electric railroad for the Caribbean.“Being leaders of connectivity in the region means that we have better conditions for moving merchandise and receiving larger ships,” said Kenneth Waugh, director of the terminal.He specified that the new port will be able to receive super- or post-Panamax vessels, with a capacity of up to 13,000 standard-size containers.With this, Waugh said, Costa Rica will be able to receive large vessels from Asia with merchandise for other Central American countries that do not have the capacity to receive ships of that size.Construction on the Caribbean terminal began in 2016 in a public-private partnership and was a priority infrastructure project for the Central American country. Related posts:Costa Rica allocates $3.35 million for port infrastructure in Limón Moín cargo terminal will not be ready in January Opening of Moín container terminal postponed to 2019 Construction to begin on new terminal at Limón Airport ​​​​This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.​​​​Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentscenter_img Inside Limón’s plan to develop as a tourist hotspotlast_img read more

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Vatican mystery intensifies bones found in grave

first_imgIn 2008, Italian news reports quoted De Pedis’ ex-girlfriend as telling prosecutors that Orlandi had been kidnapped by the Magliana gang on the orders of Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, the late U.S. prelate who had headed the Vatican bank and was linked to a huge Italian banking scandal in the 1980s. Marcinkus had always asserted his innocence in the scandal and the Vatican at the time of the allegation said the woman’s claims had “extremely doubtful value.”In a lengthy statement last month, Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi insisted the Holy See had done everything possible to try to resolve the case.Pietro Orlandi said the move to exhume the tomb was a step forward in the investigation, and he hoped it showed a new willingness on the part of the Vatican to cooperate fully and show full transparency about what it knows.“I think it’s something very positive, both from the point of view of the Vatican and the prosecutors,” he told reporters.Speculation has long swirled around the location of De Pedis’ tomb, since it is buried in a prominent church alongside important Catholics _ an unusual final resting place for a reputed local mobster. Sant’Apollinare is right next to the elegant Piazza Navona in Rome’s historic center. As the exhumation went on in the crypt a priest was solemnly celebrating Mass upstairs in Latin. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   5 ways to recognize low testosterone Orlandi was 15 when she disappeared in 1983 after leaving her family’s Vatican City apartment to go to a music lesson in Rome. Her father was a lay employee of the Holy See.De Pedis, a member of Rome’s Magliana mob, was killed in 1990. His one-time girlfriend has reportedly told prosecutors that De Pedis kidnapped Orlandi, and an anonymous caller in 2005 told a call-in television show that the answer to Orlandi’s disappearance lay in his tomb.Amid a new push to resolve the case, the Vatican said last month it had no objections to opening the tomb. On Monday, Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the inspection of the De Pedis tomb was `’certainly a positive fact” aimed at carrying out `’all possible steps so the investigation could be completed.`’The prosecutors’ office can continue to count on the full collaboration of the church authorities,” Lombardi said in comments to reporters.The scene Monday outside the Sant’Apollinare basilica was hectic, with television cameras jostling for views inside the chapel and the adjacent courtyard of the Opus Dei-run Pontifical Holy Cross University, where forensic vans came and went.center_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Associated PressROME (AP) – Forensic police swarmed the crypt of a Roman basilica on Monday to exhume the body of a reputed mobster as part of an investigation into one of the Vatican’s most enduring mysteries: the 1983 disappearance of the teenage daughter of one of its employees.Medical experts took samples from the remains of Enrico De Pedis and also took boxes of old bones from the nearby ossuary, according to a De Pedis family lawyer, as part of the investigation into whether Emanuela Orlandi may have been buried alongside him. An overwhelming stench filled the air as medical personnel in white pantsuits and masks mingled with priests in black clerical garb and ducked into a blue tent where samples of De Pedis’ remains were believed to have been brought.Lorenzo Radogna, a De Pedis family attorney, told reporters outside that investigators had found some 200 containers with bones near De Pedis’ tomb in the ossuary, and that they would be tested in the coming days and weeks. Initially, the ANSA news agency reported the boxes had been discovered in De Pedis’ casket itself but later said they were found in the nearby ossuary.Orlandi’s brother, Pietro, who was at the scene, said samples from De Pedis’ body had been taken for further tests and the tomb re-closed. He said the corpse was in relatively good condition, but there was only one body _ that of a male _ inside the casket.There had initially been speculation that Emanuela Orlandi’s kidnapping was linked in some way to an assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II, which had occurred two years earlier, and the jailing of the gunman, Ali Agca.Doubts have also been cast on whether the Vatican itself had cooperated fully with the investigation. Among those in the adjacent courtyard speaking with medical personnel was the rector of the basilica, Msgr. Pedro Huidobro, who oddly enough was a coroner before being ordained a priest.De Pedis’ casket is expected to be moved to another location for reburial in the near future, Radogna said.___Follow Nicole Winfield at Top Stories How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img
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Pakistan shuns physicist linked to God particle

first_img“This would be a great vindication of Salam’s work and the Standard Model as a whole,” said Khurshid Hasanain, chairman of the physics department at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad.In the 1960s and early 1970s, Salam wielded significant influence in Pakistan as the chief scientific adviser to the president, helping to set up the country’s space agency and institute for nuclear science and technology. Salam also assisted in the early stages of Pakistan’s effort to build a nuclear bomb, which it eventually tested in 1998.Salam’s life, along with the fate of the 3 million other Ahmadis in Pakistan, drastically changed in 1974 when parliament amended the constitution to declare that members of the sect were not considered Muslims under Pakistani law.Ahmadis believe their spiritual leader, Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who died in 1908, was a prophet of God _ a position rejected by the government in response to a mass movement led by Pakistan’s major Islamic parties. Islam considers Muhammad the last prophet and those who subsequently declared themselves prophets as heretics.All Pakistani passport applicants must sign a section saying the Ahmadi faith’s founder was an “impostor” and his followers are “non-Muslims.” Ahmadis are prevented by law in Pakistan from “posing as Muslims,” declaring their faith publicly, calling their places of worship mosques or performing the Muslim call to prayer. They can be punished with prison and even death. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Check your body, save your life 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   The president who honored Salam would later go on to intensify persecution of Ahmadis, for whom life in Pakistan has grown even more precarious. Taliban militants attacked two mosques packed with Ahmadis in Lahore in 2010, killing at least 80 people.“Many Ahmadis have received letters from fundamentalists since the 2010 attacks threatening to target them again, and the government isn’t doing anything,” said Qamar Suleiman, a spokesman for the Ahmadi community.For Salam, not even death saved him from being targeted.Hoodbhoy said his body was returned to Pakistan in 1996 after he died in Oxford, England, and was buried under a gravestone that read “First Muslim Nobel Laureate.” A local magistrate ordered that the word “Muslim” be erased.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Their plight _ along with that of Pakistan’s other religious minorities, such as Shiite Muslims, Christians and Hindus _ has deepened in recent years as hardline interpretations of Islam have gained ground and militants have stepped up attacks against groups they oppose. Most Pakistanis are Sunni Muslims.Salam, a child prodigy born in 1926 in what was to become Pakistan after the partition of British-controlled India, won more than a dozen international prizes and honors. In 1979, he was co-winner of the Nobel Prize for his work on the so-called Standard Model of particle physics, which theorizes how fundamental forces govern the overall dynamics of the universe. He died in 1996.Salam and Steven Weinberg, with whom he shared the Nobel Prize, independently predicted the existence of a subatomic particle now called the Higgs boson, named after a British physicist who theorized that it endowed other particles with mass, said Pervez Hoodbhoy, a Pakistani physicist who once worked with Salam. It is also known as the “God particle” because its existence is vitally important toward understanding the early evolution of the universe.Physicists in Switzerland stoked worldwide excitement Wednesday when they announced they have all but proven the particle’s existence. This was done using the world’s largest atom smasher at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, near Geneva. Salam resigned from his government post in protest following the 1974 constitutional amendment and eventually moved to Europe to pursue his work. In Italy, he created a center for theoretical physics to help physicists from the developing world.Although Pakistan’s then-president, Gen. Zia ul-Haq, presented Salam with Pakistan’s highest civilian honor after he won the Nobel Prize, the general response in the country was muted. The physicist was celebrated more enthusiastically by other nations, including Pakistan’s archenemy, India.Despite his achievements, Salam’s name appears in few textbooks and is rarely mentioned by Pakistani leaders or the media. By contrast, fellow Pakistani physicist A.Q. Khan, who played a key role in developing the country’s nuclear bomb and later confessed to spreading nuclear technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya, is considered a national hero. Khan is a Muslim.Officials at Quaid-i-Azam University had to cancel plans for Salam to lecture about his Nobel-winning theory when Islamist student activists threatened to break the physicist’s legs, said his colleague Hoodbhoy.“The way he has been treated is such a tragedy,” said Hoodbhoy. “He went from someone who was revered in Pakistan, a national celebrity, to someone who could not set foot in Pakistan. If he came, he would be insulted and could be hurt or even killed.” More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressISLAMABAD (AP) – The pioneering work of Abdus Salam, Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate, helped lead to the apparent discovery of the subatomic “God particle” last week. But the late physicist is no hero at home, where his name has been stricken from school textbooks.Praise within Pakistan for Salam, who also guided the early stages of the country’s nuclear program, faded decades ago as Muslim fundamentalists gained power. 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S Africas Zuma wont fire minister over scandal

first_imgJOHANNESBURG (AP) – South Africa’s president says he won’t fire the education minister over a scandal that saw thousands of the country’s schools remaining without textbooks for up to seven months.Jacob Zuma told local station Talk Radio 702 on Monday that he first seeks a thorough investigation to determine whether minister Angie Motshekga is to be held responsible for the mishap.The government this year failed to deliver books in the northeastern Limpopo province affecting _ according to the country’s main opposition party _ some 5,000 schools. With students in Limpopo still waiting for new books, reports emerged that a government official and service providers dumped and destroyed old textbooks there, provoking a public outcry against the government’s mismanagement.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Parents, stop beating yourself up More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

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Air France flight to Beirut diverted to Damascus

first_img Comments   Share   The spokeswoman _ speaking on condition of anonymity, citing company rules _ said air traffic control suggested the plane land in Jordan, but it didn’t have enough fuel. Instead, it touched down in Damascus.After refueling, it went to Cyprus, where passengers spent the night.The plane plans to head to Beirut on Thursday.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Check your body, save your life Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement PARIS (AP) – Air France says a flight to Lebanon’s capital was forced to land briefly in Syria after protesters blocked the road leading to the Beirut airport.A spokeswoman said the plane took off Wednesday from Paris, but was diverted when it was an hour from Beirut because of concerns passengers would be trapped if it landed.Syria’s civil war has ignited long-simmering tensions in Lebanon in recent days, including the protests that closed the airport road. Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

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Swindler of French aristocrats gets 8 years

first_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Associated PressPARIS (AP) – A man described as a modern-day Rasputin was convicted Tuesday of brainwashing three generations of an aristocratic French family for nearly a decade, swindling them of their fortune and their turreted manor.Thierry Tilly, who was sentenced to eight years in prison by a court in Bordeaux, became a confidante of the landed Vedrines family in 2000 in a case that has both riveted and shocked the nation. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The case raised echoes of another controversial trial involving France’s richest woman, 90-year-old L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, who was swindled by a French tax lawyer into handing over a private Seychelles island to him._____Thomas Adamson can be followed at Hinnant can be followed at Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Over nine years, the man who local media dubbed “the guru” manipulated the family of 11 _ aged from 16 to 89 _ into believing there was a secret masonic plot against their lives, according to court testimony.Family members were so convinced of his story that they locked themselves inside their chateau for several years, terrified they would be killed. They sold their possessions _ including the family manor _ and handed over (EURO)4.5 million ($5.7 million).French media reported that the money was poured into a fake Canadian charity that Tilly claimed was set up to pay the Vedrines’ “protectors.”The French-born Tilly was convicted of arbitrary detention, using violence against vulnerable people and abusing people weakened by “psychological subjection.”“Eight years is a small price to pay for what he did to our family and children,” Christine de Vedrines, a family member who had alerted police to Thierry, told the Sipa news agency on Tuesday. “The trial is behind us and we will do everything to rebuild.”His accomplice, Jacques Gonzalez, was sentenced to four years in prison.Tilly’s lawyer had argued that the family from the 13th-century village of Monflanquin in southwestern France had acted willingly. Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day How men can have a healthy 2019 “These 11 family members aren’t ill, have their feet on the ground, a level of self-awareness. Eleven people manipulated by mysterious forces by a single man? The legal basis for case is weak,” lawyer Alexandre Novion told The Associated Press.Novion denounced testimony about the family’s mental state, saying a man’s freedom should not depend on “an old Freud tome found in a psychoanalyst’s attic.” He also said Gonzalez _ and not Tillly _ was the ringleader and absconded with all the money.Although Tilly was deemed mentally stable during his trial, French media have reported that he has a history of lies and exaggerations. Tilly claimed before the Bordeaux court that he was a member of the Habsburg dynasty, that he once almost played football for Marseille, and that he knew former French President Francois Mitterrand.Tilly remained defiant despite the conviction, saying he is a British citizen and will take his case to the European Court of Justice.“(The trial) has only just begun,” Tilly declared.His lawyer, meanwhile, said he was not aware that his client was a British citizen. But during the time the family was under Tilly’s sway, the group apparently moved briefly to Oxford with him. Tilly was arrested in Switzerland. Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

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Businesses resume after Thai protests scaled back

first_imgBANGKOK (AP) – Thailand’s political crisis is far from resolved, but Bangkok had at least one reason to breathe a temporary sigh of relief Monday: Major intersections barricaded by the protesters reopened to traffic for the first time in six weeks.That’s good news for businesses _ including those that support the demonstrators, and for drivers who have faced blocked roads and traffic even more snarled than usual during the occupation of half a dozen of the capital’s major arteries. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches But Rattanaporn said this time, it would take a while for businesses to recover.“Customers, especially the foreigners, are not returning yet at this point,” he said. “It’s going to take some time before it became lively around here again. Still, it feels good to see cars running outside and coming in to Siam Square.”Sri Somdee, 60, who sells school uniforms near MBK, a shopping mall that is popular among both Thais and foreign tourists, said she was “very relieved” protesters were gone.“I know they are fighting for their cause but they were bringing businesses down with them,” he said.The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, which operates the public city buses, announced it was resuming normal service on 21 bus routes after having lost 94 million baht ($2.88 million), or about 21 percent of regular revenue since January. Another 20 routes are still disrupted by dotted protest encampments across the city.On Monday, an alliance of seven private sector organizations, including the Federation of Thai Industries, a major bankers’ association and the Tourism Council of Thailand, said they were in favor of negotiations between the protesters and the government in order to end the conflict and the “severe” damage to the economy. “Should the conflict be prolonged, it would definitely bring about the crisis of confidence among various foreign investors. It would further erode the country’s competitiveness and its economic and trade opportunity in the region,” the group said in a statement.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   “I’m really glad they moved out,” said Rattanaporn Intarit, who owns a boutique selling nightgowns and women’s clothes at Siam Square, a vibrant commercial and shopping area in the city center. “I don’t care why they did it, but I’m just glad they’re gone and I hope the economy will be better.”The protesters have struggled unsuccessfully for months to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down and make way for an unelected council to institute anti-corruption reforms. Sporadic violence has killed 23 people and injured more than 700, and over the last several weeks, protest sites had been attacked almost daily.On Monday, two grenades were thrown at the Criminal Court’s building in northern Bangkok but no one was injured, according to court officials.So far, the army _ which has staged 11 coups since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932 and is seen as sympathetic to the demonstrators _ has shown little appetite for intervening. Most believe the real battles will now take place in court.Yingluck faces several legal challenges that could force her from office, and has to contend with a judiciary which has a record of hostility toward her and her political allies. Last week, Thailand’s anti-graft commission began proceedings to charge Yingluck with negligence for allegedly mishandling a government rice subsidy program. Yingluck could eventually face impeachment by the Senate or criminal charges if the National Anti-Corruption Commission delivers a final ruling against her.Although protesters are still blocking the roads near Yingluck’s office at Government House, and a stretch of road leading to a government office complex in northern Bangkok, they began packing up Sunday to leave several other major intersections.On Monday, the city center reopened for traffic, with cars and pedestrians moving into areas once barricaded with sandbag walls and steel gates that were patrolled by self-appointed protest guards who searched vehicles and bags of those passing by.The dwindling number of demonstrators moved their to central Bangkok’s Lumpini Park, turning what was once a beautiful urban green space into a sea of tents.Rattanaporn said the impact from the current round of street demonstrations was “the worst” he had seen since he opened his shop 11 years ago. 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Glitch shifts position of International Space Station

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Two Soyuz spacecraft are docked at the station, and one of them is scheduled to return three of the six crew members to Earth this week. Roscosmos did not specify which capsule had the malfunction, but said the landing would go ahead as planned.Tuesday’s problem follows the failure of a Soyuz booster rocket, which in addition to launching the manned Soyuz spacecraft also is used to send Progress cargo ships to the space station.A Soyuz rocket carrying a Progress suffered a breakdown after a launch in April, prompting Russia to delay the landing of the three crew members and the launch of a new three-person crew. The landing, originally planned for last month, was rescheduled to Thursday.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 Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories MOSCOW (AP) — A glitch at the International Space Station on Tuesday caused its position in orbit to change, but the crew was not in danger, the Russian space agency said.Roscosmos said the engines of a Soyuz spacecraft docked at the station unexpectedly started during testing of the radio system that controls the docking procedure.Steps were taken to stabilize the station and specialists were now working to determine what caused the engines to start, the agency said.center_img Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The difference between men and women when it comes to pain 5 ways to recognize low testosterone New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

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177 million consumers flock to Flight Centre in 2009

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X Flight Centre has reaffirmed itself as the most popular travel agent in Australia for another year, this time welcoming 1.77 million holiday-seekers into their stores.In a newly released survey from Roy Morgan, it seems that 10% of Australians have used Flight Centre to book a holiday in the last 12 months.  Coming in second is online accommodation provider with 7.1% of consumers.Third and fourth positions hold much smaller market shares, with Webjet sitting at 3.2% of Australians and with 2.7% of Australians.“Flight Centre dominates the market and is one of the few ‘bricks-and-mortar’ travel agents to maintain its customer base over the past four years against the rapid growth of online-only travel agents such as, Webjet and,” said Jane Ianniello, Roy Morgan International Director Research.“Although 50% of Australians book at least part of their overseas holidays in person compared to 13% for domestic trips, 49% now book some portion via internet websites, and this percentage is increasing.”Interestingly, customers had the highest loyalty to the online travel portal, with 77.8% of past users saying that they would consider using them again. Roy Morgan conducts its Travel Agent Report every 12 months ending September.Most popular travel agents used for a holiday in the last 12 months <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=ada84479″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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Intrepid TUI form PEAK Adventures

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Intrepid Travel and TUI Travel PLC have announced the formation of PEAK Adventure Travel Group, an alliance of independently managed adventure travel specialists. PEAK will combine Intrepid with TUI’s global portfolio of adventure brands, forming a strategic venture of 20 businesses with a combined revenue of AUD400 million. Intrepid co-founder Darrell Wade has been named chief executive of PEAK, with TUI’s John Wimbleton announced as chairman of its board.”With the adventure travel market set to grow significantly in the coming years, this new venture will firmly position PEAK Adventures as the sector’s global leader,” PEAK Adventures chief executive Darrell Wade said.  “In addition to providing a one-stop shop for adventure experiences, the  creation of an independently managed company offers enormous potential to introduce new products for agents to sell while cost synergies across the business will potentially deliver greater value holidays to a fast-growing sector.” PEAK Adventures will look to provide new opportunities for growth including new products, markets and destinations through a multi-channel and multi-brand strategy.  Brands included in the venture are Adventure Tours Australia, Gecko’s, Guerba, Intrepid Travel, Oz Experience, Peregrine, Pinnacle Tours, Sawadee and TrekAmerica, among others.last_img read more

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Feb arrivals top 2010

first_imgTrend estimates for short term arrivals into Australia are up 3.6 percent for February, compared to the same month last year.The increase comes despite seeing a 0.4 percent drop compared to January estimates from 500,500 people to 498,400, according to figures released by the ABS.Meanwhile, short term resident departures from Australia during February this year received a 0.4 percent increase in trend estimates compared to January from 609,500 to 612,300.With February departures standing at 8.8 percent higher than the same month last year, NRMA Travel and Leisure chief executive Keith Stanley said in a recent NRMA survey that the strong Australian dollar has more Aussies booking postponed trips overseas. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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New Zealand hits record visitor number

first_imgInternational visitor numbers hit 2.6 million for the first time Tourism New Zealand has reported that a hike in visitor arrivals for the month of December 2011 has resulted in visitor arrival numbers hitting 2.6 million, an all time annual high.Figures reveal that for the month of December, arrivals were 364,165 increase of 5.4 percent year on year, while holiday arrivals were up 2,100 and arrivals for MICE were up 1,200.Statistics New Zealand’s International Travel and Migration figures reveal 2.6 million visitors visited New Zealand in 2011, up three percent from 2010.Tourism New Zealand’s Chief Executive Kevin Bowler said many operators may look back on 2011 as a tough year, but the figures indicate that “New Zealand held its own in what was a year of contrast.”“The highs were really high for some operators, with the Rugby World Cup 2011 providing a needed boost, but the lows mostly over the first half of the year were extremely low.” Mr Bowler said that the figures indicate just how strong the sector is performing and to end the year in growth is an outstanding outcome. “Over the course of the year, total stay days increased 2.2 per cent to 51.6M and holiday stay days were only slightly down 0.9 per cent,” Mr Bowler said.The biggest source of visitors to New Zealand was Australia, up 6.7 per cent year on year, but there was also a significant increase in visitors from Asia, up 14.5 per cent. Arrivals from China were up 29.9 per cent. “We are also starting to see positive signs out of the Korean market with total arrivals up 2.7 per cent this month and holiday arrivals up 11.8 per cent after a very weak year since the February Christchurch earthquake,” Mr Bowler said. “As 2012 gets into full swing, we’re expecting to see continued strong performances from Australia and most parts of Asia.  Mr Bowler added that despite the continuing challenges from markets such as USA and Europe they remain crucial to the company and a priority to their marketing priorities. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

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B777s to replace SWISS A340 fleet

first_imgSWISS to phase out A340s in favour of new long-haul aircraft. SWISS International Air Lines’ long haul operations are set for a makeover, as the carrier phases out its A340 fleet in favour of six Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.Commencing 2016 onwards, the aircraft will replace the A340 on ultra-long range routes to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Johannesburg and Singapore.Investing up to CHF1.5 billion on new aircraft, SWISS head of sales and marketing international Arved von zur Muehlen said this week, although the A340 was a “good and reliable” aircraft, new planes would sit in line with the carrier’s seat and long haul growth.Meanwhile in other SWISS news, the airline also announced its 2012 results, reporting a two percent increase in operating activities to CHF5,033 million from CHF4.927 million in 2011.Despite the rise, the group’s operating profits fell 31 percent to CHF212 million from CHF306million made in 2011, citing a difficult market environment for the drop.Mr Muehlen said although 2011 and 2012 proved to be challenging years for the industry, 2013 is set to be a “positive year”, but suspects fuel prices may continue to impact airline profits and operating results.“Last year on average oil price was the highest in history,” he explained.“If you look back 15-20 years ago, the cost of fuel for an airline was 12-15 percent but nowadays it is about 30 percent.”In May this year, SWISS Air Lines will launch a new non-stop service between Zurich and Singapore, a new route Mr Muehlen said will bring new value and options to the Aussie market.Click here for more information. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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High achiever Dubai well on track

first_imgFurthermore, with Dubai winning the bid to host Expo 2020 which in itself expects to bring in 25 million visitors between October 2020 and April 2021, the city is hopeful it may even exceed its Vision 2020 target. Since announcing its Tourism Vision 2020 at last year’s Arabian Travel Mart (ATM), Dubai has already taken significant steps towards achieving its target of reaching 20 million annual visitors by 2020 and becoming the world’s most visited city. “Whether its gastronomy, outdoor activities, beaches, shopping or our events scene, the Dubai experience is extraordinary which is what sets it apart and what we must ensure every potential tourist knows.” Speaking at the Arabian Travel Mart in Dubai, His Excellency went on to say that while Dubai is already seen as a must visit destination, an ongoing drive to innovate will lead to a constant reinvention of the visitor experience, creating one that is unrivalled anywhere else in the world. “The Tourism Vision for 2020 has given everyone in the tourism industry a clear and collective focus, which has been embraced to the fullest by both the public and private sectors, which is the key reason behind Dubai’s tourism growth today – and this first year is just the beginning,” His Excellency Helal Saeed Al Marri, chief executive officer of Dubai World Trade Centre and director general of DTCM said. A variety of new events, theme parks, festivals and attractions are in the pipeline such as IMG World, Dubai Safari Project and Blue Water Island, which will feature the world’s biggest eye rotating wheel.     Definitely not one to do things by halves, the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) have outlined why, albeit ambitious, it is a realistic goal, and have announced Dubai is already well on target towards Tourism Vision 2020. This means that Dubai will continue to constantly see more attractions, events, hotels and world leading infrastructure and services in order to offer holiday experiences unlike anywhere else, for both first time tourists and repeat visitors alike. Since the Tourism Vision 2020 was welcomed, a number of strategies and legislative changes have been implemented by the government in order to promote and accelerate visitor growth, including a new hotel rating system, focusing on up and coming markets, enhancing traveller experience and making Dubai even more accessible through easing visa regulations and developing and improving airport facilities and transport infrastructure. Plenty of hotels are also in the pipeline, with DTCM incentivising hoteliers to build more three and four star hotels, and with hotel guest numbers reaching 11 million in 2013, a 10.6 per cent growth on the previous year, it may indicate Dubai will achieve its target of 20 million visitors. Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img read more

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The Battle of Brisbane delivers winwin for Queensland

first_imgThe Battle of Brisbane delivers win-win for QueenslandPremier Annastacia Palaszczuk today congratulated Queensland’s newest world champion as the state celebrated a massive windfall from the Battle of Brisbane.The Premier said Jeff Horn – a school teacher from Acacia Ridge – defeated boxing legend Manny Pacquiao to claim the WBO Welterweight world championship.“Jeff has done this in front of more than 51,000 fans at Suncorp Stadium and an estimated TV audience of 500 million in what was the biggest fight in Australian history,” Ms Palaszczuk said.“We backed this fight because we knew it had the potential to bring thousands of international and interstate tourists to Queensland.“Not only did we see our local hero win the world title, Brisbane hotels were more than 90 percent full, close to 20,000 tickets were sold to international and interstate visitors and the weekend delivered a $25 million boost to our economy.“The Battle of Brisbane delivered a massive win-win for Queensland.”“A sporting event of this size is the perfect warm-up for what is to come – the Bledisloe Cup in October, the Rugby League World Cup final in December and of course, the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April next year. Our major events program inject $600 million into our economy. That’s good news for Queensland businesses and Queensland jobs.”Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones said the sporting spectacle of the Battle of Brisbane would not be forgotten.“Jeff now stands as a world champion boxer having defeated one of the greatest fighters of all time in Manny Pacquiao,” Ms Jones said.“We are all proud of his achievement and we wish Jeff all the best as he celebrates his famous victory and prepares for the next step in his career.“This event also provided a unique platform to showcase the best of Queensland to the world and inspire visitors to experience the best address on earth.“There is no doubt Queensland is Australia’s premier events destination and the Palaszczuk Government is determined to build on that momentum.“This event was made possible thanks to our partners Tourism and Events Queensland, Brisbane Marketing, Suncorp Stadium and Duco Events.”Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Brisbane congratulated Jeff Horn on his victory and the city’s economy would also benefit from the massive worldwide publicity generated from hosting this major event.“Jeff is now a world champion and I am proud that this humble boxer from Brisbane has made history and had such a great victory,” he said.“Not only did Brisbane successfully stage the biggest boxing match in Australian history, our New World City was showcased as a destination of choice to a global audience of hundreds of millions.“Brisbane has been promoted heavily around the world during the past week and today’s major event has further confirmed our growing reputation as a destination for live events.Duco Events’ Dean Lonergan said the event had exceeded expectations in every way.“2 July will go down in history as the day a new Australian sporting superstar was born,” Mr Lonergan said.“Everything about this event has exceeded our expectations and it has been such a privilege to bring this event to the people of Queensland and Australia.“Congratulations to Manny, but as Jeff’s promoters, we want to say how proud we are of him and how he performed today. Jeff rose above huge expectation and handled himself with huge professionalism and pride.“It has been such a privilege for Duco Events to bring this event to the people of Queensland and Australia.” Tourism and Events QueenslandSource = Tourism and Events Queenslandlast_img read more

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