May 5, 2013 |
MAE WANG, Thailand - As we sat together on a long, narrow raft of bamboo, Alexa Pham dipped her hand into the quickly moving river. "It's the really simple things," she said with a long breath, "that make it beautiful here in Mae Wang. " Two wiry boatmen, steering with long poles, navigated the raft beneath the branches of overhanging trees, around boulders and through bars of late-afternoon sunlight. The men are part of Pham's staff, hired from the hill tribes and Burmese refugee communities of northern Thailand.
April 29, 2013 |
CAIRO - Hold the martini, please. With fanfare and cheers from Islamists, the first nonalcoholic hotel in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Hurghada has opened, a testament to a new political culture, which seeks at the very least a veneer of piety in a nation caught in the fury of upheaval. Egypt is mired in political and economic problems. It drifts from crisis to crisis and is headed for a dangerous summer of power outages and gas shortages. Such temporal annoyances, however, have not dissuaded conservative Islamists from trying to bring the nation in closer sync with the Koran.
April 26, 2013 |
Two Lanai resorts are offering “Stay Longer” packages that make them more affordable. The deals come at the same time as two airlines add flights to the island that sits less than 10 miles west of Maui . The Four Seasons' Manele Bay and the Lodge at Koele have had recent improvements. The Manele Bay property now features Nobu by the Pool, where guests can enjoy spicy tuna rolls, fresh sashimi roku and other delights created by celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa . From May 8 to Sept.
April 26, 2013 |
The Lakers' locker room was an inexplicably steamy 77 degrees an hour before their playoff game. Yeah, they felt the heat. They got pushed off the court by the San Antonio Spurs and almost surely will be ejected soon from the Western Conference playoffs after an 120-89 loss Friday at Staples Center. Fans booed in the second quarter, somehow sensing this could be the Lakers' worst home playoff loss ever. It was. No longer holding that title was a 106-77 loss to Portland in the 2000 Western Conference finals.
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April 23, 2013
Robert W. Edgar Six-term Pennsylvania congressman Robert W. Edgar, 69, who represented Pennsylvania for six terms in the House of Representatives, served as president of the Claremont School of Theology and went on to lead the public interest group Common Cause, died Tuesday after collapsing while exercising on a treadmill at his home in Burke, Va., according to his wife, Merle. Edgar, a liberal Democrat, was elected in 1974 in a large class of newcomers that went to Washington after the Watergate scandal.
April 23, 2013 |
The Cinco de Mayo holiday is celebrated throughout the United States and Mexico with various fiestas, but only in Los Cabos, Mexico, will celebrants eat, drink and make merry this year with a 492-foot-long pan dulce. The giant confection, containing 600 eggs, 441 pounds of flour and 99 pounds of sugar, is being baked by chef Manuel de Luca to mark the relaunching of the De Cortez Restaurant at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort . “We embrace the challenge of finding new ways - like this pan dulce - to surprise and delight our guests,” said Renato Mendonca, general manager of the resort, adding that the plan is to serve the iced sweet bread ”with hot chocolate, of course.” The pan dulce -- a chewy, Mexican bread with a sweet, decorative topping - will be served to hotel guests, Cabo visitors and the community. The beachfront Sheraton Hacienda del Mar resort has five restaurants and five bars, four infinity and cascading swimming pools, the Cactus Spa and Fitness Center , and a wedding chapel. De Cortez Restaurant is relaunching with an updated look and menu.
April 21, 2013 |
The gilt-trimmed high-rises of Waikiki offer a seductive escape from L.A. But those who rent a car - a convertible, please - - can find a simpler side of Oahu on the North Shore, an hour or so away, where locals and tourists carry surfboards instead of Louis Vuitton purses (real or fake) and debates about where to eat focus on which food trucks serve the best garlic shrimp. Residents call it "the country," and they want to keep it that way. Haleiwa is the only real town on the North Shore, and it's mainly a line of one-story beach shops, cafes, bars and shave-ice outlets along the highway.
April 17, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- At least two rockets landed in the Israeli town of Eilat on Wednesday morning, police said, and residents of the Red Sea resort community reported a number of explosions as well as an air raid siren. No injuries were reported. A battery of the Iron Dome missile defense system was recently deployed in the area following intelligence pointing to possible rocket attacks by jihad activists in Sinai. The system did not intercept the rockets that landed in a construction site and an open space shortly after 9 a.m. local time.
April 16, 2013 |
A new hotel and several other tourist facilities are scheduled to open during the upcoming year in Riviera Nayarit , one of Mexico 's newest coastal developments. Several resorts in the region, which is north of Puerto Vallarta, also plan to add rooms or make other improvements. "Riviera Nayarit has seen remarkable growth in the development of tourism infrastructure and offerings since our inception in 2007," said Richard Zarkin, public relations manager of Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.
April 12, 2013 |
Dear Liz: I try to watch out for my neighbors, a married couple in their early 90s. Two of their three sons, who are both in their 60s, want them to get a reverse mortgage. The couple's house is paid off as well as their cars. They pay all their monthly bills with Social Security and his pension. They have a living trust as well. Neither I nor the couple see any reason or upside but the sons are pressuring. Any input? Answer: A reverse mortgage is typically a last-resort option for elderly people who are strapped for cash and who have few options for generating income other than tapping their home equity.