New York- Here is what happens when Journalists are under heavy deadlines to be the first ones to beat the world to the news without checking their sources and crossing their dots. A monumental blunder happened and it should be worthy of a correction by AP. This was the case with this mislabeled photo that was published by the giant Associated Press, and is now being picked as is and shared by various news organizations around the world. Above the picture the headline in bald letters screams error of the first kind: “King Mohamed VI of Morocco, left, and FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter”. Below the headline the time and date stamp of the news release with the name Matthias Shraeder December 21, 2:03 PM AP Sports. The following caption was written below the picture: “King Mohamed VI. of Morocco, left, and FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter arrive for the third place soccer match between Guangzhou Evergrande FC and Atletico Mineiro at the Club World Cup tournament in Marrakech, Morocco, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)” The person in the picture is Not the King of Morocco but the Moroccan Minister of Youth and Sports Mr. Ouzzine and the person next to him was correctly identified as the President of FIFA Mr. Joseph Sepp Blatter.King Mohammed appears in the following picture along with FIFA president entering the pitch of Marrakech stadium. Mistakes like this tend to happen in the news world, but not one of this reckless nature. Hopefully AP will realize this blunder and correct the caption.
ArcelorMittal Dofasco has made a $1 million donation for the renewal of technology programs at Mohawk College.The donation will go towards the construction and renovations of 120, 000 square feet of technology labs and classrooms at Mohawk’s Fennell campus including 90,000 square feet of newly-built structures.“Mohawk College’s commitment to renewal of technology education makes our partnership even stronger and we know The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation will deliver for students, employers, the City of Hamilton and the Province of Ontario,” said Sean Donnelly, President and CEO, ArcelorMittal Dofasco.The college is expecting enrollment in high-demand technology programs to increase from 3,500 to 4,000 full-time students.Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie says the donation supports the largest renewal of labs and classrooms in the college’s 50-year history.
Camfil Farr APC has announced major updates to its popular line of Gold Series cartridge dust and fume collectors. The revamped line features a number of design changes and cosmetic enhancements plus an expanded menu of options to ensure a clean workplace in all types of industrial environments. “We’ve made these changes to uphold our mission statement – to supply the best dust collector from an end-user and maintenance standpoint,” said President Lee Morgan.Combining rugged modular construction with high performance and ease of service, Gold Series collectors come with a 12-year warranty and are guaranteed to meet applicable emission standards. The re-designed Gold Series collector now has a reinforced door with double-thick hinges, easier-to-operate hardware and a single flat inside panel to create a smooth, air-tight gasketed seal. A taller inlet collar accommodates larger fans with adequate clearance, and fans are equipped with a damper actuator handle that allows the user to see from ground level whether the damper is in open or closed position. Inside the collector, the gaskets have been moved to the edges of the pan so that no dust builds up on top of the vertically-mounted filters during operation. The collector also offers enhanced aesthetics, now featuring gold valves and hardware and a new “Built Like a Safe” logo featured prominently on each housing module.The new-generation Gold Series collector incorporates an expanded list of accessories and options, many of which have also been updated. These include re-designed long-life filter cartridges available with new media choices, a wider selection of hopper configurations, new touch screen controls for energy savings and enhanced filter cleaning, integrated or remote safety monitoring filters, a high performance spark diverter inlet, and a new diaphragm silencer that reduces the noise level by 8 decibels. A wide selection of explosion protection devices are also offered for inlet and outlet explosion protection and explosion venting.
Joey Gibson, founder of the group Patriot Prayer, wants his supporters to get out the vote in August. He’s one of several Republican candidates seeking to unseat three-time incumbent Sen. Maria Cantwell — even if, as he said when he announced his candidacy, it would “take a miracle” for him to win.“Make sure you are registered to vote in the State of Washington,” reads a post on his “Joey Gibson For U.S. Senate” Facebook page from July 2.Gibson’s plea to voters sits at odds with the candidate’s own record, however. According to Clark County voting records, the first — and only — election that Gibson voted in was the 2016 general election.When asked why he didn’t vote prior to 2016, Gibson aired some common grievances: he felt like his vote didn’t matter; he felt like the system was rigged; he felt like Republicans and Democrats were working together.Donald Trump, on the other hand, “was an outsider… someone who the Republicans and the Democrats hated,” Gibson said, adding that seeing Trump’s supporters being attacked in the streets by protestors “fired me up in a way that I’d never been fired up.”
Let’s talk about the great match that Cristiano Ronaldo had this Saturday against Napoli, he didn’t score a goal but was Juventus’ man of the match.After a rocky start on his new spell for Juventus in Serie A, Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo finally felt like himself during this Saturday’s match against Napoli and he didn’t even feel the need to score a goal. It was the most crucial match of the month for the Italian giants, they were going to clash against the one club that could virtually threaten them on their intentions to win the eighth consecutive Serie A title.Napoli was coming in great shape with their new manager Carlo Ancelotti completely killing it since the start of the competition, but Juventus now has Cristiano Ronaldo and this was the perfect day for him to prove that he really came to give his best in order to keep enlarging his already astronomical legend in world football.The match began with a complicated setback for the Vecchia Signora as Dries Mertens opened the scoreline during the first half after a Jose Callejon assist, Juventus needed to come back from behind in order to get those three points and Cristiano was fortunately having an inspiring day. He was playing his best football coming from both sides of the field, Massimiliano Allegri already reckoned that Ronaldo is reaching that sweet spot and he gave him a free pass to roam all around the field.📹 Re-live tonight’s #JuveNapoli win 🔛 #JuventusTV ➡️ https://t.co/w0hFSIAFZD 💪 pic.twitter.com/9RJwqkCuZr— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 29, 2018Cristiano started with a bang during the first half by responding to Napoli’s opener with an excellent cross to Mario Mandzukic’s head, the Croatian striker was perfectly positioned for that clinical assist from the Portuguese player and Juventus started cruising from that moment forward. Before halftime, Cristiano was very close to scoring his goal from a free kick that the goalkeeper could barely reject and the other Juventus players didn’t get there in time to score on the rebound.But the best from Ronaldo was saved for the second half, which was when he really did unleash his best football and Carlo Ancelotti wasn’t able to come up with a plan to stop him. Suddenly after the break, the Napoli players realized that Cristiano Ronaldo was being multiplied as he appeared absolutely everywhere on the field in almost every single play.It was only a matter of time before Juventus would get ahead in the scoreline as they were virtually the only team on the pitch during the second half, all thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s stellar performance. This was officially the game in which Italy welcomed the best version of the Portuguese player, and he didn’t even need to score a goal.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.Playing a part in all 3️⃣ goals tonight 🔥🔥🔥#CR7JUVE 👏👏 #ForzaJuve ⚪️⚫️ #JuveNapoli pic.twitter.com/gzMgTmZxIp— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 29, 2018The next big moment in the second half came as Paulo Dybala attempted to take a ball in the final third but got on Ronaldo’s path, he left the ball to the Portuguese forward and Cristiano released a potent long-range strike that hit the post and rebounded. Fortunately for Juventus during that play, Mandzukic and his killer instinct were very close to the goalkeeper and he just needed to get in there to push the ball in for his second of the night thanks to the number ‘7’ once again.Near the end of the match, there was a corner kick that Cristiano managed to connect with his head, but the strike was going outside and Leonardo Bonucci was forced to intervene to make the goal count. Just like that, Cristiano Ronaldo was directly involved in all of Juventus’ three goals with an assist on each of them but he only intended to do that on the first goal. The other two assists will count as such but Ronaldo really attempted to score, only he wasn’t lucky enough to do so.Either way, Cristiano was very happy with the result and mostly with his influence in what is the most important game of the season for Juventus so far. Juve goes six points clear of Napoli with this result, all thanks to Ronaldo.Which of Juventus’ goals did you like the most against Napoli? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
India’s trade ministry has proposed cutting the import duty on gold to 2 percent from 10 percent, according to a government note, but a finance ministry official said it was unlikely to go through.Huge gold imports pushed India’s current account deficit to a record $190 billion in 2013, prompting the government to raise its duty on imports to 10 percent, an all-time high.Imports have since come down sharply and the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Thursday launch a plan to further cut purchases by mobilising tonnes of the metal stored privately. To lower physical demand, India will also launch a sovereign gold bond.The trade ministry is keen on a duty cut for both gold and silver to help local jewelry makers source cheaper supplies, according to the note calling a meeting between trade and finance ministry officials.A finance ministry official, however, said there was no immediate possibility of a cut.”It will be counter-productive if the duty is cut,” said the official, who declined to be named. “The government will see if the schemes work and then take a decision. But nothing will be done immediately”.India is aiming to tap an estimated pool of 20,000 tonnes of gold lying idle in homes and temples and release it into the banking system through a monetisation scheme, and reduce investment demand for physical bars and coins through the bond scheme.”If the duty is reduced by 8 percent, why would any individual invest in the bond programme or subscribe to the gold monetisation scheme?,” said Sudheesh Nambiath, lead analyst at GFMS, the metals research and forecasts team in Thomson Reuters.”I am sure the finance ministry, which is very keen to get the schemes rolled out, will keep that in mind before a duty cut decision.”
IANSPatanjali Ayurved Limited (PAL), the FMCG company backed by yoga guru Baba Ramdev, continues to be a big spender on television commercials, much more than Cadburys India, ITC and Amazon Online. Recently, Ramdev revealed plans to expand PAL’s footprints to Bangladesh, African countries and even Pakistan.Read: Patanjali food park to come up in Nagpur, may create 10,000 jobs”I (referring to Patanjali Group) have been to Nepal, will be going to Bangladesh and African countries and one day will go to Pakistan as well. We should help poor countries. If poverty of Pakistan is eradicated, that country will never be the enemy of India,” the PTI quoted him as saying at the 7th Bhartiya Chhatra Sansad held at Pune.”No MNC comes here to give you money, they have no love for India. They are here to earn profits. They bring Re 1 with them and take back Rs 100 with them. It is because of Patanjali, all these MNCs have sleepless nights,” he added.The company recently got a rating upgrade from ICRA for its Rs 300 crore fund-based facilities.Data published on Friday by tracking agency BARC India for the week ended January 13, 2017 showed that PAL was the third big spender, behind bigger rival Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (HUL) and Reckitt Benckiser (India) Ltd. The company has been ranking as one of the top five spenders on TV advertisements for many weeks now.Explaining the rating upgrade for PAL, ICRA said that the company has been growing steadily over the past few years. Its turnover rose sharply from Rs 2,007 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 4,812 crore next financial year and was Rs 3,600 crore in the first seven months of the current fiscal (FY2017).”The rating factors in PAL’s robust revenue growth…supported by increasing brand penetration through strengthened marketing in the recent past and strong following of Baba Ramdev; continuous new product introduction giving the company one of the widest product portfolio amongst the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) players operating in India; and competitive pricing for its products,” it said in its explanatory note.Over the past few months, PAL has been on an expansive spree, setting up facilities and food parks at Sonitpur, Assam and Nagpur, Maharashtra, apart from signing an agreement to develop herbal forests in Panchkula, Haryana.On Friday, HUL shares closed almost flat at Rs 861 apiece, while the BSE Sensex ended 274 points lower at 27,034.
Al Ortiz | Houston Public MediaTexas State Senator Rodney Ellis (left) and Juan ‘Chuy’ Hinojosa (right) participated in the symposium about the Texas Fair Defense Act organized by the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.The Texas Indigent Defense Commission hosted a symposium on the Texas Fair Defense Act in commemoration of the fifteenth anniversary of its passage.The event was held at the Harris County Fourteenth Court of Appeals, located in downtown Houston, and Texas state senators Rodney Ellis and Juan ‘Chuy’ Hinojosa were two of the main guests.Ellis and Hinojosa were the leading sponsors of the bill in 2001 when they were members of the Texas Senate and House of Representatives, respectively.The Texas Fair Defense Act established statewide standards for the criminal defense of low income Texans through measures such as the timely appointment of an attorney and compensation for experts who work on cases with indigent defendants.It also created the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.James Bethke, who is its executive director, points out that “since the inception of the Fair Defense Act there’s been approximately 17 or 18 new public defender offices established across the state.”Data compiled by the commission indicate that in the last five years in Harris County more than 60 percent of felony cases involving low income Texans, on average, were defended by attorneys that were appointed based on the standards set by the law.But there are still challenges, such as some counties being more effective in designating lawyers for misdemeanor cases.Ellis, who was the leading sponsor of the bill back in the Texas Senate, highlights another area where there’s room for improvement.“Caseload problems and workload issue problems,” Ellis adds, “we still have too many lawyers who are given too many cases.”The Department of Justice, DOJ, was also represented at the event.Lisa Foster, who heads its Office for Access to Justice, noted the DOJ has provided a grant for the Commission and Texas A&M University to study the effects of the law more thoroughly. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share 00:00 /01:33 X
By Aya Elamroussi, Special to the AFROHuge crowds poured into the streets of Washington D.C. on Mar. 24 for the March for Our Lives – an event devoted to pushing for gun control and ending gun violence. The rally was organized by survivors of the Valentine’s Day mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 students dead.When 11-year-old Noami Wadler of Alexandria, Va. took the stage at the rally, she urged the nation not to forget Black women who fall victim to gun violence and receive far less attention. “I am here today to acknowledge and represent the African-American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper, whose stories don’t lead on the evening news,” said Wadler, who is Black.Children and their parents were out in force at the rally. (Photo by Aya Elamroussi)“I represent the African-American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential.”As the crowd roared Wadler added, “For far too long, these names, these Black girls and women, have been just numbers. I’m here to say, ‘Never again’ for those girls too.”The fifth-grader’s eloquence shed light on a conversation that usually doesn’t garner adequate attention from national news media: Black voices and gun violence. A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last summer shows that Black women were more likely to be killed. The study also found that Black women were the most likely of any racial group to be shot to death.Parkland shooting survivor, and now activist, David Hogg said he is critical of the lack of minority representation in media coverage. In an interview with Axios, Hogg, who is White, was asked what the biggest mistake the media made in covering the Parkland shooting. “Not giving Black students a voice,” he said. “My school is about 25 percent Black, but the way we’re covered doesn’t reflect that.”Laura Boyd, a native of Southeast D.C., told the AFRO that Black people are represented as the ones who are being violent. “I feel like people don’t expect Black people to step forward because we are known as being the ones [who] are being violent,” Boyd said.Boyd, 20, said she marched because the issue of gun control has touched everyone around the world regardless of race, color or religion. Kensley Casey, also 20, of Prince George’s County marched because “it’s the right time right now,” she told the AFRO. “It’s unfortunate that we have to march just because somebody dies,” Casey said. “We shouldn’t have to tell people that guns should not be in schools. People should already know this.”Boyd also said that gun violence isn’t just in schools. “There’s gun violence everywhere,” Boyd said, “in neighborhoods, in houses, on the street.”Boyd brought her two younger cousins with her to the march – Areiona Johnson and Layla Aughtry. Johnson, 10, said she marched because the world needs to be protected. “Donald Trump is making the world feel really unsafe . . .” Johnson told the AFRO. “I need to be here to protect the world, my family and my school.”Johnson is in the fifth grade and attends KIPP DC.Aughtry said people don’t want to see their kids killed. “They just come to school to learn. They don’t want to come to school and get shot up,” Aughtry said.Aughtry, 8, said she also participated in her school’s peace rally on Mar. 23, which protested gun violence. Aughtry attends KIPP DC Quest Academy.Casey added that the Black Lives Matter movement has helped raise Black voices in the gun control debate, but it’s still not enough. “They [will] listen eventually.”
Kolkata: Derek O’Brien, Trinamool Congress spokesperson and the party’s Rajya Sabha MP, has criticised BJP national president Amit Shah for “circulating lies about Bengal to reap political benefits.”On the other hand, senior TMC leader Chandrima Bhattacharya said a legal notice is likely to be served to Amit Shah for “deliberately circulating lies.” The TMC in all probability will resort to legal step if Shah does not tender apology. On Facebook Live, O’Brien said: “The body language of Amit Shah shows that the BJP is really scared and so it had to take recourse to lies”. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedComing down heavily on Shah, O’Brien said he had given information on Kanyashree project “wrongly to mislead people.” He said Shah had alleged that the state government had copied Kanyashree project from the Centre’s Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao. Incidentally, Derek said the Kanyashree scheme in Bengal was introduced two years before Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and till date, the state government has spent Rs 6,000 crore giving benefits to almost 60 lakh girls. The Centre, under Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBeti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme has spent Rs 600 crore for the entire country. “BJP president should know what he is saying,” O’Brien remarked. It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee had asked party leaders to vehemently counter lies and half-truths which the BJP is circulating on social media. She had also instructed party leaders to hold meeting places within 72 hours where the BJP had organised rallies to counter their lies politically which the BJP leaders are circulating deliberately. Accordingly, a huge rally under the leadership of Suvendu Adhikari will take place in East Midnapore on Sunday. Derek further maintained that Shah has wrongly said that “Mission Nirmal Bangla” is a copy of the Centre’s Swachh Bharat mission. He said: “Shah should know that Mission ‘Nirmal Bangla’ was started in 2013 much ahead of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan which started on October 2, 2014. Nadia was the first district in the country to become Open Defecation Free. More than 95 percent of the districts in Bengal have become ODF.” O’Brien also added that the BJP national president has stated that there is no industrial growth in Bengal. The real picture is that Bengal’s growth is 11.4 percent which is more than the national growth at 4.4 percent. “The state ranks first in MSME, ease of doing business and skill development,” he said. Rebutting Shah’s claim that no Durga and Saraswati pujas are allowed in Bengal, Derek said more than 30,000 community Durga pujas are held in Bengal and Saraswati puja is held in more than 10,000 schools. Moreover, a grand carnival is held on Red Road every year to showcase immersion. Demolishing Shah’s claim that cows are being smuggled through the Indo-Bangladesh border, Derek stated that the border fencing is the responsibility of the Home Ministry.
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, December 2, 2016 Tags: TICO Travelweek Group Posted by TORONTO — Here’s your chance to have your voice heard! TICO will be holding Open Forum Sessions to gain insight from industry members about the Travel Industry Act, 2002 and Ontario Regulation 26/05.Led by the Ontario Government, the goal of the review is to increase regulatory efficiency, improve consumer protection, and reduce regulatory burdens on business.According to TICO, “these sessions are an opportunity for you to receive some valuable information as well as ask questions, provide feedback and network with your peers.”TICO will present information on the all-in-pricing requirement that comes into force on Jan. 1, 2017 and will review the consultation process. It will also present a number of priority issues and welcome feedback from attendees on areas such as registration, financial requirements, the Compensation Fund, e-Commerce and education standards.Sessions are free of charge and all Ontario travel agency owners and travel agents are welcome to attend.More news: War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upLocates and dates are as follows:Jan. 10: Toronto/Mississauga, TICO Offices (2700 Matheson Blvd E, Suite 402, West Tower), 4:00-6:30 p.m.Jan. 11: Scarborough, Radisson Hotel Toronto East (55 Hallcrown Place), 4:00-6:30 p.m.Jan. 24: Toronto/Mississauga, TICO Offices (2700 Matheson Blvd E., Suite 402, West Tower), 2:00-4:30 p.m.Jan. 26: London, Delta London Armouries (325 Dundas St), 4:00-6:30 p.m.Feb. 8: Cambridge/Kitchener, Four Points by Sheraton (210 Preston Parkway), 4:00-6:30 pmSnacks and refreshments will be provided at each session. More sessions will be held around the province in early 2017 and will be announced shortly.Agents can confirm their attendance by emailing TICO at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Dec. 16. Space is limited.For more information, contact Susan Janko at (905) 624-6241 ext. 233 or email email@example.com. Share Have your say at TICO’s Open Forum Sessions
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 CHICAGO — Boeing says it will pay US$100 million over several years to families and communities affected by two crashes of its 737 Max plane that killed 346 people.The company announced today that some of the money will go toward living expenses and to cover hardship suffered by the families of dead passengers.Boeing faces dozens of lawsuits over the accidents.Relatives of passengers on a Lion Air Max that crashed off the coast of Indonesia agreed to try to settle through mediation, but families of passengers killed in an Ethiopian Airlines crash are waiting until more is known about the accidents.Preliminary investigations point to the role played by new software that pushed the planes’ noses down. Boeing is updating the software. Max jets have been grounded worldwide since March. Share By: The Associated Press Boeing to pay US$100 million to crash families, communities Tags: boeing << Previous PostNext Post >>
Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The attackers carried guns in backpacks, and one wore a belt of explosives. They rode in a taxi through a police checkpoint to a parking lot and sat at a cafe and ordered lemonades, witnesses told The Associated Press. The taxi driver, suspicious after they refused his offer to help with the packs, alerted police.When a policeman approached, the bomber tried to hug him, but the policeman wrestled away. Seconds later, he detonated the explosives, and the others pulled automatic weapons from their bags and opened fire wildly, sending a small group of European tourists running for cover, the witnesses said.The attack followed one this month outside the famed Giza Pyramids in which gunmen killed two policemen. The violence points to a change in tactics by Islamic militants against the government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. For two years, attacks have been centered in the Sinai Peninsula, mostly by a group that has sworn allegiance to the Islamic State group and largely focused on retaliation against police and soldiers.A campaign against tourism, one of the main sources of foreign revenue, could deal a blow to el-Sissi’s promises to repair Egypt’s economy.Tourism has just started to show signs of recovery after plunging in the turmoil since the 2011 uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The first five months of this year saw tourism revenues up 9 percent from the same period last year, Tourism Minister Khaled Ramy said. LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — Militants tried to attack the ancient temple of Karnak in southern Egypt on Wednesday, with a suicide bomber blowing himself up and two gunmen battling police. No sightseers were hurt in the thwarted assault, but it suggested that Islamic extremists are shifting targets from security forces to the country’s vital tourism industry.The violence left the bomber and one gunman dead, the other wounded and arrested, and four other people wounded. The temple was not damaged. Quick workouts for men New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments Share Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Another cafe employee, Abdel-Nasser Mohammed, said the taxi driver reported his suspicions about the men to police. As the three walked away, a policeman approached them, leading to the tussle between the officer and the bomber, Mohammed said.The bomber triggered the blast near a public restroom, and the other two opened fire. One ran toward the visitors’ center, and a policeman shot him in the head, Mohammed said.Tourist shop owner Sheik Ahmed Abdel-Mawgoud said he been standing near the restroom only seconds before the blast.“When the explosion happened, I ran for cover and told my friend, a tour guide, to run with the tourists with him. I screamed at him, ‘Terrorism!’” he told the AP.The exchange of fire with police lasted several minutes, witnesses said, and two policemen were among the wounded.Only a handful of tourists and Egyptians were in the temple at the time, security officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.AP video of the scene showed what was believed to be the remains of the bomber covered with a black sheet with pools of blood nearby.The monument “is safe and unaffected and visitors continue to arrive,” temple director Mohammed Abdel-Aziz told the AP. Four groups of foreigners visited after the attack. Ramy said he expects the slow recovery to continue despite the attack, and he underscored how police had thwarted it.“Security forces were there. It’s a very important message to everyone,” he told the AP on a flight from Cairo to Luxor.Mohammed Sayed Badr, the governor of Luxor province, said the attack was “an attempt to break into the temple of Karnak.”“They didn’t make it in,” he said.But witnesses noted it was civilian bystanders who alerted police to the threat.Karnak, one of Egypt’s biggest attractions, is a giant complex of temples, statues, obelisks and columns built by pharaonic dynasties alongside the Nile. The oldest sections date back nearly 4,000 years.Access to the site is through a gate and a roadblock, leading to a parking lot and visitors’ center hundreds of yards from the ancient structure, which is reachable only on foot.The waiter who served the men said only one spoke to him and had an accent from northern Egypt, while the others stopped talking when he approached. When they paid their bill, he said he refused to take their tip.“They looked scary. … One of them had really bad eyes,” said the waiter, who asked to be identified only by his first name, Ikrami, for fear of problems with police for talking to the media. Three major German operators, TUI Deutschland, the Germany branch of Thomas Cook and L’TUR, said they are temporarily canceling excursions to Luxor, but stressed that most of their customers are at Red Sea resorts or on Nile cruises.“We have no reason to advise against traveling to Egypt at the present time, since the German Foreign Ministry hasn’t changed its security guidance,” said L’TUR spokesman Thomas Pluennecke. “But, as a precaution, we have stopped all excursions to Luxor. Of course we take the situation seriously.”___Associated Press writers Maggie Michael in Cairo and Frank Jordans in Berlin contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The attack coincided with a major regional economic summit, hosted by el-Sissi at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.Luxor is home to some of Egypt’s most famous ancient temples and pharaonic tombs, including that of King Tutankhamun. The city has been one the sites hit hardest by the sharp downturn in foreign visitors since the 2011 uprising.Before the turmoil, tourism accounted for as much as 20 percent of Egypt’s foreign currency revenues, with as a high of 14.7 million visitors in 2010.After the uprising, those numbers plunged to 9.6 million, and then fell lower in 2013 after Morsi’s ouster. Tourists have been coming back slowly, with revenues jumping to $4 billion so far this year, compared with $1.9 billion in the same period in 2014.Beach resorts in southern Sinai and along the Red Sea coast have drawn most of the visitors, with cultural sites like Luxor seeing only a trickle. Most tourists in the searing heat of the summer months come to Luxor only for a one-day trip from the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.Wednesday’s attack is likely to result in cancellations in bookings for Luxor, although the blow is cushioned by the fact that it is low season and most tourists stay away until October. There was no claim of responsibility, but the attack bore the hallmarks of Islamic militants who have operating in the Sinai Peninsula.Last year, the main Sinai-based insurgent group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, which has destroyed archaeological landmarks in Syria and Iraq, viewing them as idolatrous.The violence in Sinai accelerated and spread to other parts of Egypt following the 2013 military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. The militants say the attacks are in retaliation for a massive crackdown on Islamists in Egypt.A senior security official said investigators are looking to see whether the Luxor attackers are Egyptians and whether it marks an expansion of the violence to southern Egypt, which was a breeding ground for the militants of the 1990s and 2000.In the 1990s, Islamic militants targeted tourism to try to undermine the economy. The deadliest attack was in Luxor in November 1997, 58 people were killed at the 3,400-year-old Hatshepsut Temple.The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters, said the new breed of militants were unknown to the authorities. But he said the latest attack was a qualitative shift in the militants’ target. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of
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