UPDATE Venezuela Shop Owner Says Looting Like War

first_imgThe Latest on the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):3:40 p.m.A woman whose butcher’s shop was ransacked in violence overnight in Venezuela says the attack was like “a war.”Liliana Altuna says looters armed with guns and knives attacked about 30 businesses in the community of El Valle over the course of five hours.An officer tried to help but Altuna says police were unable to stop looters from breaking the windows of her business and violently grabbing refrigerators, lamps, security cameras and anything else they could seize.The looting and other violence following two days of massive protests has left at least 12 people dead. Overall, 20 people have been killed this month in unrest that erupted after the Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed.@RichardBlancoOf @unidadvenezuela @hcapriles @alcaldeledezma @la_patilla @ReporteYa @enpaiszeta @liliantintori @CaraotaDigital La guardia disparando contra las csas. Si puede RThttps://t.co/5RF0O5dnM9— *Susysu* (@Susanna_Susysu_) April 20, 2017– / 15 ___3 p.m.Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami says the country is facing what he calls an “unconventional war” led by opposition groups working in concert with criminal gangs.He said on Friday that claims by the opposition that government forces were responsible for launching tear gas at a maternity hospital during a protest are just another attempt to demoralize a people who have “decided to break ties with the bourgeoisie forever.”At least 20 people overall have been killed this month in the South American country in unrest that has erupted since the government-stacked Supreme Court briefly gutted congress of its last vestiges of power.The move made three weeks ago was reversed amid a storm of international criticism.Opposition members say they have no intention of slowing protests demanding new elections and criticizing a government they deem a dictatorship responsible for triple-digit inflation, rising crime and food shortages.____1:30 p.m.Authorities in Venezuela say 12 people were killed overnight following looting and violence in the South American nation’s capital amid a spiraling political crisis.The Public Ministry confirmed the deaths Friday and said another six were hurt.Most of the deaths took place in El Valle, where opposition leaders say 13 people were hit with an electrical current while trying to loot a bakery protected by an electric fence.Tens of thousands of people opposed to Venezuela’s socialist government took to the streets on Thursday in ongoing protests demanding elections and denouncing what they consider an increasingly authoritarian government. They were met by tear gas and rubber bullets as they tried to march to downtown Caracas. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/21112340/venezuelavideo.mp400:0000:0002:42Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Police Forces in Venezuela are throwing tear gas into crowds of protesters Thursday evening April 20, 2017center_img Sharelast_img read more



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Go back to the enewsletter Rocky Mountaineer is se

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterRocky Mountaineer is set to add seven newly built GoldLeaf Service rail cars on its Western Canadian rail routes for the 2019 season. The world’s largest privately owned luxury train company will add four rail cars to its fleet in April, with three additional cars coming later in the season. The bi-level rail cars feature oversized glass-dome windows and a separate dining area for guests travelling through the Canadian Rockies.To meet the growing demand from travellers worldwide, Rocky Mountaineer partnered with the Swiss rail car company Stadler to engineer and then build the new equipment at its facilities in Germany, keeping guest comfort and experience at the forefront throughout. This project marked the largest capital investment in Rocky Mountaineer’s history. The remaining three cars will join the fleet in 2020, bringing the company’s total to 26 bi-level GoldLeaf rail cars and 16 single-level SilverLeaf rail cars to mark Rocky Mountaineer’s 30th anniversary as a luxury tourist company.Photo credit: Vincent L Chan“These new GoldLeaf rail cars will allow us to welcome even more guests on board our trains and offer increased availability across our most popular dates and routes,” said Steve Sammut, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rocky Mountaineer. “We were intentional in designing these new cars to offer the same exemplary guest comfort across the entire fleet, while also making numerous engineering enhancements behind the scenes that reflect our goal of constantly enhancing both the experience and efficiency of our service.”The new GoldLeaf rail cars feature:Dimmable domed windows: The upper-level windows use a suspended particle device layer, which can be dimmed to moderate the intensity of incoming sunlight. This is similar technology to what is used in luxury yachts and business jets.Redesigned galley kitchens: The galleys feature upgraded ovens and stovetops, electrical grills, eco-friendly dishwashers, and optimal preparation spaces for meal preparation.Custom-designed seats: The heated composite-leather seats recline without impacting the guest seated behind and can spin 180 degrees to create more social seating.Enhanced ride quality: The cars feature other technical features that enhance the overall guest experience, including improved suspension design.Each GoldLeaf rail car seats 72 guests. The new cars will be added to the trains travelling on two of Rocky Mountaineer’s routes: First Passage to the West, a two-day rail journey between Vancouver and Lake Louise or Banff; and Journey through the Clouds, a two-day rail journey between Vancouver and Jasper.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more



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