December 20

Peruvian Detained with Drugs Belongs to Shining Path

first_img One of the five Peruvians detained in Bolivia on 28 June on drug-trafficking charges is a member of the Shining Path armed group, Bolivian Interior Minister Sacha Llorenti affirmed on 1 July. “We can confirm that one of the individuals arrested in Pelechuco belongs to the Shining Path terrorist group; we are exchanging further information with the Peruvian authorities,” Llorenti said at a press conference. Pelechuco is a border town north of the binational Lake Titicaca, where five Peruvians and a Bolivian who were transporting cocaine were detained on 28 June. The minister did not specify the name of the supposed Shining Path member, although several local media outlets affirmed that it was believed to be Ulser Pillpa Paitán, “Comrade Jhony.” Three of the detained Peruvians were wearing the uniform of the Bolivian anti-narcotics police, according to the Bolivian anti-drug force, which indicated that they were surprised while trying to make an illegal seizure of forty-three kilograms of cocaine from the other three detainees, supplanting the authorities. The agency did not specify which detainees were the ones who were transporting the drugs and which were disguised as Bolivian police officers. The six individuals involved in the drug case are being detained in La Paz. Shining Path, a guerrilla group, emerged in Peru in 1980 and had its period of greatest activity up to 2000, when its chief leaders were taken prisoner or died in combat, following a ferocious confrontation with the state that left around seventy thousand dead. At present, a residual group of between two hundred and three hundred men operates in a coca-growing area in southern Peru. By Dialogo July 06, 2011last_img read more

September 25

Boracay boat fare hike to start next month

first_imgBORACAY – Boat commuters from Caticlanjetty port going to this fame-island resort should brace themselves as theCaticlan Boracay Transport Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CBTMPC) will now charge higherboat fare starting next month. CBTMPC is shifting from wood to technologically-advanced hull materials for faster, efficient, and resilient fiber-reinforced plastic boats. (With a report from Akean Forum/PN) CBTMPC is also charging a charterrate of P1,000 from 6 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. for one-way trip to Boracay Island forthe first 10 passengers and P30 regular rate for additionalpassengers. For night time, chartered trip will cost P2,000 from 6 p.m. to10 p.m. and P2,500 from 10 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.  Passengers with discounted cards will only pay fare of P25 from 6 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and P30 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.   The fare hike will counter rising fueland maintenance costs of fiberglass-made boats of the cooperative – thesole public boat transport group operating the Caticlan to Boracay Islandroute. Tourists, residents and guests, who will disembark to Tambisaan port or Cagbanport in Boracay Island from mainland Malay, will pay P30 from the previous P25from 6 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. center_img Boat commuters will be charged P40 from6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and P50 from 10 p.m. to 5:45 a.m.  Last year, a notice for change for passenger rate was filed by CBTMPC chairman Godofredo Sadiasa and duly approved by Maritime Industry Authority in Iloilo City. These wooden-hulled passenger boats are the main transportation mode between Caticlan to Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan. The boat cooperative in the world-famous island will impose a fare hike starting October. BOY RYAN ZABAL/AKEAN FORUMlast_img read more

September 25

‘BRING BACK CHECKPOINTS’ | Defensor to IPPO: Pandemic not over yet

first_imgDefensor said there must be checkpoints in every town. * residents of Iloilo City and the province of Guimaras travelling therefrom, and into the province/PN Sangguniang Panlalawigan member June Mondejar, chairperson of the Provincial Board’s Committee on Public Order and Security, agreed with Defensor and pointed out several provisions in EO No. 118 that policemen must enforce such as quarantine passes that anyone leaving their houses must have. * persons granted passage to the airport for travel abroad, or from the airport to the border, provided that, the travel within the province shall be non-stop from the border to the airport or vice versa The liquor ban was contained in Section 14 of Defensor’s Executive Order (EO) No. 118 placing the province under GCQ. This left the province with only two active COVID-19 cases left as of May 24. * government official / personnel travelling in the performance of their function Defensor deemed the liquor ban an important component of the community quarantine, pointing out to the unpredictable behavior of inebriated people; physical distancing may not be followed strictly. Of these 20 cases, 14 already recovered while four died. Checkpoints appeared to have ceased on May 16 when the province transitioned from enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to general community quarantine (GCQ), said Defensor. Iloilo has 42 municipalities and one component city, Passi. As of yesterday, Iloilo had 20 confirmed COVID-19 cases since March this year, data from the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 showed.center_img Physical distancing is a precautionary measure against COVID-19. People can catch it from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales, thus keeping considerable distance from one another is highly recommended. In fact, according to Mondejar, only the following are exempted from travel restrictions as identified by Defensor’s EO: “May ginabantayan pa kita,” said Defensor, and he was not just referring to people who are possible carriers of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) but also to those violating the liquor ban he imposed throughout Iloilo. “Damo nagabakal and transport sang liquor,” he pointed out. Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN ILOILO – The Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) should continue operating checkpoints across the province, according to Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. “The selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving, dispensing, and transporting of alcoholic beverages such as whisky, brandy, gin, vodka, rum, cocktail, wine, champagne, beer and such other intoxicating drinks shall be prohibited,” read Section 14. * medical personnel and health / humanitarian workers who shall be performing functions in relation to COVID-19 in the province * other persons transported through the efforts of the national government upon conduct of the necessary protocols and in concurrence with the receiving local government unit * overseas Filipino workers and locally-stranded individuals (LSIs) returning to the provincelast_img read more

August 17

The Ritz Carlton awarded Balis Leading Resort 2018

first_imgThe Ritz-Carlton awarded Bali’s Leading Resort 2018The Ritz Carlton awarded Bali’s Leading Resort 2018The accolades continue for The Ritz-Carlton Bali, with the luxury Bali beachfront resort named as Bali’s Leading Resort at the highly-esteemed World Travel Awards on September 3rd 2018. “The Ritz-Carlton Bali is committed to creating the experience of a lifetime, through stunning accommodation, world class cuisine and superlative service from our team of Ladies and Gentlemen. It is both a thrill and a deep honor that our commitment to excellence has been recognized with this prestigious award”, says General Manager Karim Tayach.The announcement came at the star-studded World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2018 in Hong Kong. Known as the travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscars, the illustrious awards are voted for by travel and tourism professionals, as well as business and leisure travel consumers worldwide. The Hong Kong event was one of six on the World Travel 25th anniversary “Grand Tour’ which celebrates the world’s outstanding travel brands, with over 9000 nominees across six continents.The highly acclaimed Ritz-Carlton Bali Resort which incorporates the magnificent cliffs and private white sandy beach of Nusa Dua has already been the recipient of several prestigious awards this year. At the World Luxury Awards in July it won Luxury Beach Resort Spa, Luxurious Scenic Setting, for its signature fine dining restaurant, Bejana, and best Luxury Beachside Restaurant for The Beach Grill.About The Ritz-Carlton, BaliLocated on a stunning beachfront combining with a dramatic clifftop setting, The Ritz-Carlton, Bali is a luxurious resort offering an elegant tropical ambience. Featuring tranquil views over the azure waters of the Indian Ocean the resort has 279 spacious suites and 34 expansive villas, providing the sheerest of contemporary Balinese luxury. Along the foreshore are The Ritz-Carlton Club®, six stylish dining venues, an indulgent and exotic marine-inspired Spa, and fun, recreational activities for children of all ages at Ritz Kids.  A glamorous beachfront wedding chapel, makes an idyllic setting for destination weddings, while a range of outdoor event venue and extravagant spaces provide the perfect scene for celebratory events and wedding reception in Bali. Well-appointed conference venues, luxurious meeting spaces, customizable residential packages and experienced organizers also entice those looking to create inspired MICE Tourism events in Bali. Whether work, pleasure or romance is on the agenda, The Ritz-Carlton, Bali is the place to make memories that last a lifetime. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, LinkedIn. Source = The Ritz-Carlton, Balilast_img read more