NewLeaf Flair Airlines offer Calgary flights for the holiday travel season

first_img Tuesday, October 18, 2016 TORONTO — NewLeaf Travel Company and Flair Airlines are set to launch seasonal routes from Calgary starting Dec. 16.Passengers will be able to fly to and from YYC Calgary International Airport to Abbotsford, Hamilton, Halifax and Moncton. The routes are available for a limited time, between Dec. 16 and Jan. 8. Tickets are now on sale.“We actually didn’t anticipate to be operating from Calgary within the first five months of operation, however there is a big demand from Calgarians. So, we are thrilled to provide Southern Albertans with low fares for the holiday season. We have had tremendous interest and support already so we are anticipating great success … and who knows, there could be more for the region,” said NewLeaf Travel Company President & CEO, Jim Young.Regular domestic flight service will be offered seven days a week during the holiday period. Included in this schedule are the following airports: Abbotsford, Kelowna, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Halifax and Moncton. Some flights during the holiday season are nearly sold out, added Young. Tags: Calgary, NewLeaf Travel Posted by Sharecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> NewLeaf, Flair Airlines offer Calgary flights for the holiday travel season Travelweek Group last_img read more

Long weeks of runway repairs short fuses at Pearson

first_imgTags: Toronto Pearson Airport TORONTO — Seven weeks of runway construction at Toronto’s Pearson Airport wrap up May 16 but it could be a long last few days ahead as airline delays, cancellations and long lineups continue and passenger frustration mounts.WestJet’s Executive VP, Operations Cam Kenyon issued a statement letting passengers know they weren’t alone in their frustration. “I want to personally apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced during this construction event,” he said. “We aim to create a remarkable experience with every flight, and for every guest who flies with WestJet. Unfortunately, recent experiences for some of our guests travelling in and out of Toronto Pearson have been somewhat short of remarkable.”Kenyon noted that the repair project, upgrading Pearson runway 05/23, is on schedule to be completed by May 16, after which service will be back to normal. “We are working to make things better, and as always our commitment is to improve and to continue to offer all our guests a remarkable experience,” he said.WestJet says the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) initially communicated to all airlines that they expected minimal impact on schedules, dependent of course on weather, during the construction period. “Therefore, at the outset of this project no reductions in capacity (arrivals and departures) were planned by the GTAA or Nav Canada and air carriers operating in and out of YYZ did not significantly adjust their schedules to reduce capacity,” says the airline.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsAs it turned out, unfavourable weather, high demand in peak periods and Nav Canada’s adjustment to optimum runway configurations for the construction meant YYZ operations were significantly impacted over the last couple of weeks.A statement from GTAA President and CEO Howard Eng noted that travellers “may have experienced some inconvenience in the form of travel delays or increased aircraft noise in recent weeks as a result of major repair work … if you were affected by this work, we apologize.”Runway 05/23 is Pearson’s busiest runway, said Eng. The last major reconstruction of 05/23 was performed 12 years ago, in 2005.Planned work originally necessitated two closures of this runway, one in April-May 2017 and a second closure in the fall of 2017. Toronto Pearson has expedited its rehabilitation work so that the runway can be returned to service on May 16 at 6 p.m.“For more than a year the GTAA, the airline community and our air navigation service provider, Nav Canada, have worked collaboratively to carefully plan this rehabilitation work. Regrettably, weather conditions this April were unseasonable, and this, combined with a number of other factors that affect airport operations, means that certain flights operating to and from Toronto Pearson were delayed.”More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaA report from the Toronto Star says the runway repair project has caused more than 1,000 flight cancellations and delays, impacting every one of the more than 65 airlines flying out of Pearson. There are now questions about who is financially responsible for compensating passengers forced to book hotels nights or other inconveniences as a result of the delays and cancellations. Travelweek Group Posted by Sharecenter_img Long weeks of runway repairs, short fuses at Pearson << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, May 9, 2017 last_img read more

TravelBound is migrating to Bedsonline branding booking platform

first_img ORLANDO — FIT specialist TravelBound is rebranding under the Bedsonline name and shifting over to the Bedsonline booking platform.TravelBound, the retail brand of GTA, has been under the umbrella of bed bank wholesaler Hotelbeds, which owns Bedsonline, ever since Hotelbeds bought GTA last summer. The deal also included U.S.-based Tourico Holidays.TravelBound exclusively serves the travel community in North America and the new branding will include an enhanced offering to travel advisors, says the company.“Following the integration of GTA and Tourico Holidays into its parent Group, TravelBound customers are now able to benefit from an exclusive and significantly enhanced product portfolio of hotels, a significant proportion of which are directly contracted, enhanced commercials for agents with standardization of commission structure, and a platform specifically designed to drive growth in the highly competitive travel retail space.”As part of the change to the Bedsonline brand, a migration plan will begin shortly to educate TravelBound clients about the benefits of moving onto Bedsonline’s booking platform.The newly enhanced Bedsonline platform, powered by TravelBound, now offers travel advisors globally the following benefits:Diverse and competitive product portfolio: Over 170,000 hotels globally available (with over 90,000 of those directly sourced, making the content both unique and competitively priced, and with better filters to navigate the inventory online), 24,000 transfer routes and 18,000 activities.Powerful and user-friendly technology: Best-in-class search engine designed specifically for the needs of travel advisors allows users to filter and compare results in a flexible and practical way, including intuitive email, enhanced vouchers and PDF functions.70% of existing customers cite the platform as a top factor in choosing the service. Bedsonline’s parent Group is the only distributor to operate its own cloud-based, open source data centre and handles up to 1.5 billion searches per day.Local knowledge combined with a global offering:  increased sales team support to front line offices across North America with industry know-how ready to take care of all the needs of customers.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionThe newly revised customer offering will be accompanied by a global brand refresh for Bedsonline that will include a new logo and brand identity.Additionally, the sales team will kick off a campaign to introduce customers – both existing Bedsonline customers and those moving over from TravelBound – to this newly revised offering through sales meetings, presentations, and webinars, details of which will be published soon.TravelBound customers will have sufficient time to transition at their own pace and both workshops and technical support will be on hand to support a seamless migration.James Phillips, Director, Retail Travel Agents AMPAC at Hotelbeds Group, says: “We anticipate that by the end of the year, we’ll have most of the integration work completed on the Bedsonline platform so that customers may experience the fully integrated product. The platform comes with a number of benefits: intuitive search and filtering functionality, an increased amount of content, and will solve the voucher issues we have heard over the years.”He added: “Additionally, we’re standardizing our commission structure on the Bedsonline platform, offering our partners true earning opportunities as opposed to the tiered approach that existed before. Just as important, our customers will have richer sales support in large part due to the opportunities the integration has offered.”Tommy Ryder, Head of Sales, Regional Manager, Bedsonline | TravelBound, adds: “We remain 100% committed to the travel advisor community. We have focused our efforts on retaining much of what is loved from TravelBound and combining that with Bedsonline’s world-class technology. Our travel partners can expect an increased focus on training and education efforts, in person and virtually, as we help them navigate the tools that will help do what they do best – sell travel.” Travelweek Group Tags: Bedsonline, Travelbound Posted by TravelBound is migrating to Bedsonline branding, booking platformcenter_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, November 9, 2018 last_img read more

Carnival Panorama completes sea trials in the Adriatic Sea

first_img MIAMI — New ship Carnival Panorama successfully completed its sea trials in the Adriatic Sea earlier this week in anticipation of its inaugural cruise from Long Beach on Dec. 11, becoming the line’s first new ship on the West Coast in 20 years.Currently in the final stages of construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, Carnival Panorama had a full contingent of officers, technicians and engineers on board who tested the ship’s sophisticated technical, mechanical and navigation systems.“Carnival Panorama is a wonderful addition to the fleet and she passed all of her maneuvers and tests with flying colours. We can’t wait to welcome guests aboard this beautiful ship,” said Carnival Panorama Captain Carlo Queirolo.As the newest ship in the fleet, Carnival Panorama will offer innovations such as the first Sky Zone trampoline park at sea and a new ChooseFun WaterWorks aqua park inspired by the line’s Chief Fun Officer, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, as well as popular onboard venues like Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse Brewhouse, featuring BBQ favourites created by Food Network star and longtime partner Guy Fieri and craft beers brewed on board.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesCarnival Panorama will also offer a variety of accommodation choices, including the tropics-inspired Havana area with colourful staterooms and its own Cuban-themed bar and pool; Family Harbor with extra-roomy staterooms and the Family Harbor Lounge; and luxurious Cloud 9 Spa staterooms with special amenities and privileges.Following an inaugural three-day voyage to Ensenada, Carnival Panorama will launch year-round seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Long Beach Dec. 14. The week-long itineraries will visit Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan. Monday, July 22, 2019 Posted by Carnival Panorama completes sea trials in the Adriatic Sea Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Adriatic Sea, Carnival Panoramalast_img read more

Costa Rican astronaut becomes first Hispanic member of US Astronaut Hall of

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rican astronaut Franklin Chang was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon. Chang, 62, is the first Hispanic astronaut to enter the hall of fame.“To be recognized by those who you admire is even more powerful than just to be recognized at all,” Chang said, at his induction ceremony.The Costa Rican-born astronaut began training at NASA in 1980, and partook in his first space flight in 1986. He would finish his career with seven space flights, tied for the most ever.Astronaut George Nelson introduced Chang at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.Nelson told the audience about how the Costa Rican came to the U.S. without knowing how to speak English. Chang later earned a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a plasma physicist before joining NASA and being launched into space.Nelson said Chang “seemed to be the most comfortable astronaut, seemed to fit up there.” Chang spent more than 1,600 hours in space.In 2005, Chang left NASA to start his own business, Ad Astra Rocket. The technology company is working to create a plasma engine, which could revolutionize space travel and make it easier to travel to far off places like Mars.During his induction speech, Chang thanked in Spanish his mother, who was in attendance, and his wife, Peggy, among others. He showed his appreciation for Costa Rica and the United States for supporting his dreams.“I am the product of two cultures,” Chang said.The 11th class of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame also included Kevin Chilton, the military’s highest-ranking astronaut, and Charles Precourt, former chief of the NASA astronaut corps. Chang, Chilton and Precourt all logged hours on the Russian Mir space station.The hall of fame counts 82 astronauts among its inductees including Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Alan Shepard. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

No protests against President Chinchilla in Guanacaste celebration

first_imgNo major incidents deterred President Laura Chinchilla from celebrating the 188th anniversary of the annexation of the Northwestern province of Guanacaste.Nicoya Mayor Marco Antonio Jiménez, who did not participate the celebration, had announced days ago that civil groups would be on the streets“ in protest against government neglect of the province.” But this did not occur.During the celebration, president Chinchilla signed a decree to declare top priority “a project for the full electrification of the province.”The only protests were peacefully conducted in the cantons of Cóbano, Paquera and Lepanto, where people are asking the Legislative Assembly to have a referendum, which would allow the communities to choose whether they belonged to the province of Puntarenas or that of Guanacaste.Chinchilla said that the project is of high interest for her administration, but in order to be more forward, her government  need to negotiate with lawmaker Agnes Gómez (National Liberation Party) to withdraw some 500 motions filed against the project.On July 25, 1824, the province or “Partido de Nicoya,” residents voted to make the region today known as Guanacaste, part of Costa Rica. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Costa Rican cops dismantle burglary gang that targeted beach homes

first_imgAgents from the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) and the National Police on Thursday arrested seven alleged members of a gang linked to at least 30 reports of burglary targeting beach homes in the Pacific provinces of Guanacaste and Puntarenas.The arrests were made during nine simultaneous raids in the southern San José suburbs of Patarrá and Río Azul, and in Tilarán and Cañas in the province of Guanacaste.During the joint operation the OIJ seized flat-screen TVs, video cameras, computers, cellphones, clothing, tools, weapons and ₡2 million ($3,700) in cash.The alleged burglars mostly targeted empty beach homes in popular tourist areas such as Osa and Tamarindo, but OIJ officials believe they may have participated in recent burglaries at businesses and homes in nearby areas like Cañas and Tilarán.Two of the detainees allegedly bought the stolen items and sold them at a pawnshop in the capital.OIJ Director Francisco Segura said that two other men with the last names Calderón and Serrano were arrested a few weeks ago, and are believed to be members of the same gang. Police linked those suspects to a string of robberies at beach homes in the Southern Pacific region.The suspects were transported to the Prosecutor’s Office, which requested preventive detention, Segura said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Human head found in Costa Rica river likely belongs to Nicaraguan man attacked by crocodiles US man missing since May, last seen in San José Red Cross officials suspect missing hiker may be inside gold mining tunnels Crocodilian hide-and-seek: Caimans evade capture in San José parklast_img read more

Fernando Carballo exhibit showcases 40 years of technique

first_imgRelated posts:Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates 20 years of provocative exhibition Tico photo series to debut at Sarajevo peace festival ‘Cathedrals of Soccer’ worships the stadium Art exhibit shows intersection of printed money, history, and nationalism “Cazando Mariposas” (“Hunting Butterflies”) shows Carballo’s peculiar mingling of realistic portraiture with a surreal twist. Courtesy RedCulturaIt’s one of the miracles of art: If you know what you’re doing, you can skip the brush and just dribble paint directly onto paper. The paint plops into lines and curves, drips and splotches, until – voila! – a woman’s face emerges, as human and alive as a painting can be.Such freeform painting is just one of the techniques Fernando Carballo has used over the past four decades, along with drawing and traditional brushwork. Now 72 years old, Carballo is a revered artist in Costa Rica, where he has won awards for his canvases. This month, Casa del Artista has dedicated its gallery to a Carballo retrospective; simply titled “Graphic Exposition,” the display showcases 15 of his works.If you happen to be passing through the neighborhood of Guadalupe anyway, the Carballo collection is worth a visit, especially if you have never heard his name. What’s striking about Carballo is that he has tried a variety of styles and media: “Muchacha Bonita” is the portrait of a young woman, a kind of line drawing made from dripped paint. In contrast, “Espalda Masculina” (“Masculine Back”) shows a shirtless man’s shoulder blades. His musculature is richly colored and shaded with colored pencils. The two portraits seem completely dissimilar, as if created by two very different artists.Yet all of Carballo’s work shares a single trait: it seems slightly unreal. Even his most realistic figures, like the one in “Personaje” (“Character”), is somehow warped or exaggerated. The bald, naked man in “Personaje” is realistically rendered overall, but he has a huge, beckoning hand, like a homunculus in a bad dream. “Madre” (“Mother”) is the haunting image of a woman, drawn in stark pen-and-ink, with a stoic face and bulbous lower belly. Carballo imaginatively renders her curvature, from sharp nose to baby bump, with the anatomical freedom of Frank Frazetta. Many of the other figures look like Freudian doodles, playfully sexual though never exactly erotic.The Carballo exhibit is the perfect excuse to visit Casa del Artista, an art school operated by the Museum of Costa Rican Art. With a name like “Artist’s House,” you might expect a rundown potting studio in a converted mill, the kind of dusty little workshop you find in quaint U.S. towns. But Casa del Artista is headquartered in a spacious, spotless, super-modern building. The school hosts hands-on classes in every kind of medium. If you have artistic aspirations and you speak even a lick of Spanish, the course catalogue is worth a gander.In this sense, Carballo’s work is the perfect installation for the school’s lobby. He demonstrates the range of draftsmanship a single artist can attempt. Try everything, he seems to suggest. Something’s bound to turn out right.“Exposición Gráfica de Fernando Carballo” continues through June 30 at Casa del Artista, Guadalupe. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Info: Museum of Costa Rican Art website. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

4th of July Picnic Pride Parade Calypso Festival and other happenings around

first_imgRelated posts:A tattoo convention, Russian ballet and other happenings around Costa Rica A golf tournament, 100 interventions and other happenings around Costa Rica Final World Cup showdown, viral theater, and other happenings around Costa Rica Christmas cheer, oxcart parades, and other happenings around Costa Rica Fourth of July PicnicHot dogs! Games! “The Star-Spangled Banner”! Celebrate Independence Day with the U.S. expat community on the grassy outskirts of San José. Hosted by The American Colony Committee, the Fourth of July Picnic has been a beloved annual celebration since 1961. Read more about this all-American event here.The picnic takes place July 4 at the Cervercería Nacional, near the Juan Santamaría International Airport, outside San José. Gates open from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., entrance costs ₡5,000 ($10). For more information, visit the American Colony website.World Cup: Costa Rica vs. GreeceCosta Rica begins a new round at the World Cup by battling Greece this Sunday. Time to bust out that vuvuzela.The game starts at 2 p.m. Visit designated “fan zones” in the Plaza de la Democracia or Avenida Escazú for public hi-def screenings. Check out all of our World Cup coverage by clicking on the hashtag #Brazil 2014.LGBT Pride ParadeCelebrate sexual diversity at this massive, all-inclusive event. The parade features floats, music, and ornate costumes. Read our preview here.Parade takes place June 29 on Paseo Colón, downtown San José. 10 a.m. Free.Canada DayIt was on July 1, 1867, three British colonies united to become Canada. While “Le Fête du Canada” doesn’t receive a massive celebration, and the Canadian Embassy already had a private celebration on July 27, consider sending kind words to your favorite Canadian expat.Canada Day takes place July 1.Music: Sonámbulo Psícotropical and 11:11Costa Rica’s favorite tropical jam band plays El Observatorio in San José, with amazing indie upstarts 11:11 opening. If you haven’t seen 11:11, check ’em out!Concert is June 27 at El Observatorio, Los Yoses, 9 p.m. Entry: ₡3,000 ($6). Info: Facebook event page. Courtesy the BioFestivalMusic: BioFestival 2014This festival incorporates both music and environmental workshops in the Caribbean slope town of Pococí. Catch the last two days of this green-themed event.Festival continues through June 29 at Casa de la Cultura in Pococí, Guapiles, Limón Province. Free. Fri., 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sat., 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun., 12 p.m. Info: RedCultura site.Music: Vocal RinseA cappella sextet Enjuague Vocal plays three-night engagement in Jacó.Enjuague Vocal performs June 27-29 at Teatro Jacó, downtown Jacó, Puntarenas. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. General, ₡5,000 ($10). Residents and Students, ₡3,500 ($7). Info: Teatro Jacó website.Music: Leaf.fm Music FestivalThanks to the phone app “Leaf.fm,” San José hipster club Steinvorth hosts eclectic musical artists this weekend, including Zópilot!, Sr. Tijeras, Passiflora, and others.Leaf.fm Music Festival plays June 28 at El Steinvorth, downtown San José. 9 p.m. ₡3,000 ($6). Info: Steinvorth website. Courtesy Festival CalypsoMusic: Second International Calypso FestivalOne of the Caribbean’s most revered musical genres gets center stage this weekend, thanks to the International Calypso Festival. Artists include Johnny Dixon, Cantoamérica, Calypso Limón Legends, and many more.Festival performs July 4-6 at the Alfredo Gonzales Flores Park, Cahuita, Limón Province. Musicians perform all day. Free. Info: Event Facebook page.Theater: “The Sad Girl and the Madman”This drama won Best Latin American Play at the Escena Viva theater festival. Catch this Spanish-language production produced by The National Theater Company.“El Loco y La Triste” performs June 27-29 at Teatro 1887, downtown San José. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. ₡4,000 ($8). Info: RedCultura.Theater: “The Drummer” Children’s FestivalThis children’s festival incorporates puppets, skits and storytelling. The story takes its name from Juan Santamaría, Costa Rica’s famous war hero and drummer boy.El Tamborcillo Festival performs June 29 – July 13 at the Juan Santamaría Museum, Alajuela. Daily at 6 p.m. ₡500 ($1). Info: RedCultura.Good Deeds: Reusable Bag Day at Auto MercadoBring a reusable shopping bag to Auto Mercado to help the environment.Auto Mercado will encourage reusable bags on Sat., June 28.More Good Deeds: Animal Rescue CollectionDrop off food, medicine, pet shampoos, and anything else that might help our furry friends. Hosted by Rescate Animal.Collection takes place June 27 at the Law School, UCR Campus, San Pedro. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Info: Rescate Animal Facebook page.Art: “Dirty Game”Costa Rican artist José Miguel Rojas González explores the nature of winning and losing in this subversive series.“Juego Sucio” continues through Oct. 11 at the Central Bank Museum, Plaza de la Cultura, San José. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. ₡5,500 ($11). Info: Museos Banco Central website. Courtesy the Central Cultural de EspañaExhibit: “Cathedrals of Soccer”This photographic exhibit illustrates the beauty of the soccer field – not the game itself, but the stadiums where games take place.“Catedrales del Fútbol” continues through Aug. 1 at the Spanish Cultural Center, Barrio Escalante. Mon.-Thu., 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; Fri., 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Free. Info: Centro Cultural de España website.Theater: “Run for Your Wife”What’s worse than one dysfunctional marriage? How about two? Teatro El Triciclo presents this polygamous farce by Ray Cooney. See how the jokes translate in a Spanish-language production.“¡Corre Por Tu Mujer!” plays at Plaza Tempo, Barrio Lujan, San José. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. ₡5,000 ($10). Info: Teatro El Triciclo website.Art: “The Day We Became Contemporary”The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design celebrates 20 years of cutting-edge arts with a comprehensive, retrospective showcase.“El Día Que Nos Hicimos Contemporáneos” continues through Sept. 5 at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Downtown San José. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Residents ₡1,000 ($2), foreigners ₡1,500 ($3), students ₡500 ($1). Info: MADC website.Drawings by Fernando CarballoMaster draftsman displays his diverse body of work at Casa del Artista.Exhibit continues through June 30 at Casa del Artista, Guadalupe. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Info: Official website.Art: “A Family Portrait of Helvetica”This dual exhibit features a fascinating exploration on the typeface Helvetica, by artist Mimiam Hsu.“Retrato Familiar en Helvética” and “Ojalá el Sol Me Esconda” display through June 28 TEOR/éTica Gallery, Barrio Amón. Free. Info: TEOR/éTica website.Art: Great Painters ExhibitPaintings by Picasso, Matisse, Renoir and Andy Warhol arrive in Costa Rica. Presented by the National Gallery, this collection incorporates 158 artworks and celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Costa Rican Center of Science and Culture, based in the former penitentiary.“Herencia del Arte” takes place April 28–June 28 at the National Gallery in Barrio México. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. Info: National Gallery website.Theater: “Journey to the Center of the Earth”The classic Jules Verne science-fiction story receives an innovative Spanish-language adaptation at Teatro Espressivo. Enjoy this family-friendly afternoon adventure.“Viaje al Centro de la Tierra” takes place May 8-July 13, Teatro Espressivo, Tres Ríos, Cartago. Sat. & Sun., 3 p.m. ₡6,000 ($12). Info: Teatro Espressivo website.Theater: “Baroque Café”A variety of Spanish-language one-act plays make up this comic revue.“Café Barroco” takes place through July 6, Teatro Espressivo, Tres Ríos, Cartago. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. ₡5,000-10,000 ($10-20). Info: Teatro Espressivo website.Enamorate de tu ciudadYes, you can get gaga for San José – especially when the Culture Ministry is sponsoring Enamorate de tu ciudad, or Fall in Love With Your City, a year-long celebration of art, culture and urban parks. Check back for games, workshops, presentations and surprise performances.Fall in Love with Your City takes place on Saturdays in various parks in downtown San José. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info: Enamorate de tu Ciudad website. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Smallscale fishermen team up to better protect coastal marine resources

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica Ombudsman’s Office pushes for better marine conservation More calls for reform of the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute PHOTO GALLERY: A changing tide for Costa Rica’s artisanal fishing communities Solís signs tuna fishing decree, but will it help Costa Rica’s oceans? Facebook Comments Dozens of fishermen from both of Costa Rica’s coasts gathered in the auditorium at the Casa Presidencial in San José Friday to celebrate the creation of a government-sponsored network of fishing communities. The new plan unites into one group the 10 Costa Rican coastal towns that have special community-managed fishing zones. The group is called the National Network of Responsible Fishing Areas.First formed in 2008, Responsible Fishing Areas are coastal zones that hold special economic importance to their surrounding communities and are co-managed by the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (Incopesca) and the local fishing sector to help prevent overfishing. More than 100,000 hectares of Costa Rica’s ocean territory are designated as Responsible Fishing Areas.“No one knows the environmental state of their oceans better than the people who have lived there their entire lives,” said Incopesca’s new executive president, Gustavo Meneses, in a speech at the event.In Costa Rica, coastal communities are among the most impoverished areas in the country. According to Meneses, the fishing areas are designed both to help preserve the coastal environments and preserve fishing resources for the people who rely on them. The new network will help create alliances between the Responsible Fishing Areas so that the communities can take on larger hurdles — like illegal fishing — together.“We can’t fight this battle alone,” said David Chacón, president of the Fishing Cooperative of Tárcoles. “Together we are stronger.”Recommended: Obama will propose expanding Pacific Ocean marine sanctuarylast_img read more

Frances most famous white supremecist JeanMarie Le Pen booted from his farright

first_imgPARIS, France — Jean-Marie Le Pen, France’s elderly, far-right master provocateur, was booted out of the National Front (FN) he founded on Thursday after a high-profile feud with his daughter and party leader Marine.In a dramatic move, the FN’s executive committee questioned the 87-year-old for three hours and voted to exclude him over inflammatory comments that proved too much for Marine Le Pen, pushing him out of a party he led for close to four decades.But he immediately announced his intention to appeal the decision in court.“There is indignation, there is sadness, it’s always trying when one has the feeling of not having made any mistake, of having expressed one’s opinion as a politician,” he told the iTele television network.“I’m a father, so when unfair attacks come from my family, from my daughter, I am more affected than if it were an unknown opponent,” he said, adding he felt he was the “victim of an ambush.”A gifted orator with a taste for controversy, Le Pen had for years been an irritating thorn in the side of his daughter, who took over the party from him in 2011 and had tried to steer it away from the overt racism and anti-Semitism of its past.The final straw came in April when the elder Le Pen rehashed familiar comments about gas chambers being a “detail” of history and said France should get along with Russia to save the “white world.”Marine Le Pen openly split with her father, saying he was committing “political suicide,” and later suspended him from the party.‘Multiplying mistakes’ But the octogenarian firebrand showed little interest in going quietly, successfully challenging his suspension in court and barging onto the stage during a major FN rally in May.In a sign of how deep the rift with his daughter had become, he told a local newspaper on Sunday that he would not vote for her in 2017 presidential elections.Marine and her deputy, Florian Philippot, stayed away from the meeting of the party’s executive committee to ensure “total impartiality.”“Jean-Marie Le Pen kicked off a process of which he knew the outcome by multiplying mistakes over many weeks, which could only lead to this kind of decision,” Marine said in a statement after the decision was announced.The former Foreign Legionnaire’s inflammatory speeches had made him the figurehead of France’s far right since he co-founded the FN in 1972. And even after he handed over the reins to his daughter, he continued to come out with controversial statements, such as asserting that the Ebola virus could “solve” the immigration problem within three months.Born fighterThe FN had been on something of a roll, having scored unprecedented election results in the past two years, notably coming first in European polls in 2014.A struggling economy and growing distaste for mainstream politics has helped the FN, with Marine Le Pen skillfully repackaging the party’s traditional dislike of outsiders as opposition to the EU and defence of secularism.But Jean-Marie Le Pen has been an awkward reminder of the group’s roots — a “parasite” on the party, in the words of Philippot — when it should be focusing on regional elections in December.Always keen to position himself outside the mainstream, Le Pen’s provocative rhetoric nonetheless brought the party to the forefront of politics after a slow start in the 1970s — even reaching the second round of presidential elections in 2002.That seemed to mark the high-water mark of his chauvinistic appeal, however, as a stunned France responded with days of anti-racism rallies that helped his unloved centre-right rival Jacques Chirac back into office.The older Le Pen can still count on support from a die-hard rump within the party, and the man who became an orphan in his teens and survived the brutal wars of Indochina and Algeria is a born fighter.In a newspaper column this week, the FN patriarch said: “One thing is certain … the political line that I have represented for decades will not disappear from the national scene.” Facebook Comments Related posts:NBC dumps Donald Trump after incendiary remarks on Mexicans For Mexicans, the Donald Trump candidacy is getting scarier Nowhere to go: A day at a Costa Rica migrant shelter Solís touts Costa Rica’s treatment of migrants, refugeeslast_img read more

UPDATE US affluenza teen arrested in Mexico

first_imgUpdated at 4:45 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 29GUADALAJARA, Mexico — A notorious Texas teenager has been detained in Mexico with his mother, weeks after holding a “going-away party” and fleeing probation imposed for a deadly drunk-driving crash, officials said Tuesday. A handout photo released by the Jalisco State Public Prosecutor’s Office of U.S. “affluenza teen” Ethan Couch at the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Sate, Mexico on Dec. 28, 2015. AFP/Fiscalia de Jalisco Related posts:US ‘affluenza’ teen wins Mexico deportation delay US Marshals offer $5,000 reward for ‘affluenza teen’ turned fugitive Mexico deports US ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch Human rights group calls for legal action against ‘erotic vacation provider’ Facebook Commentscenter_img Ethan Couch, 18, and his mother Tonya were arrested at an intersection in the Pacific resort city of Puerto Vallarta on Monday night, the Jalisco state prosecutor’s office said.They were handed over to the National Migration Institute after they “could not prove their legal status in Mexico,” the office said.A migration official told AFP they will likely be sent back to Texas this week, but no date has been set.A photo released by state prosecutors shows Couch with his hands behind his back and shirt open. His hair has apparently been dyed black and he sports facial hair.In Texas, authorities said the mother and son team had “carefully planned” to get out of the country.Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said investigators had learned that “what we suspected all along had happened, that they had planned to disappear, that they even had something almost akin to a going-away party before they left town.”“Our suspicion that his mother was assisting and helping him was proven true, we believe,” Anderson told a news conference.‘Affluenza’ defenseIn 2013, the teen crashed his pickup into a group of pedestrians and another vehicle, leaving four dead and several seriously injured. Couch, who was 16 at the time, had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit.The son of millionaire parents made headlines during his trial when a psychologist testifying on his behalf claimed he suffered from “affluenza.”The term, coined from affluence and influenza, implied that financial privilege made him unable to understand the consequences of his actions.Couch pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter. Prosecutors had sought a 20-year prison term, but the court handed him a surprise sentence of mental health treatment and a decade of probation.The leniency shocked many Americans, especially because the teen expressed no remorse and did not spend a single night behind bars.The hunt for Couch began a few weeks ago after he missed a mandatory meeting with his probation officer.He seemed to have disappeared after the emergence of a video showing Couch at a party taking part in a drinking game, which violated the terms of his probation.The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service joined the search after authorities put Couch on the country’s most wanted list, offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.Sheriff wants prisonSheriff Anderson said Couch will be placed in a juvenile detention facility once he returns to the United States and that an arrest warrant was issued for his mother.Anderson said “intelligence information” indicated that Couch and his mother had driven across the border.He said he hoped that Couch’s case would now be transferred to an adult court.“I would like for him to be held accountable as I’ve said all along. I don’t think 10 years’ probation was appropriate for killing four innocent people and driving at three times the limit of alcohol in his blood,” the sheriff said.Ricardo Vera Lira, a National Migration Institute official, said Couch and his mother were “calm” while in custody at a migration facility in Puerto Vallarta.“They’re very pleased. They have a television in the reception area and a library with books,” Vera told AFP, adding that their departure date is unknown because flights are full because of the holidays.last_img read more

Namibia No more oil gas exploration licenses

first_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Check your body, save your life Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img JOHANNESBURG (AP) – Namibia’s government says it will stop issuing licenses for companies to explore for oil and gas toward the end of this year.The government news agency NAMPA quotes Mining Commissioner Immanuel Mulunga as saying he still expects major oil companies to come to Namibia using existing licenses. Mulunga said his office still is processing a large number of new applications for areas with low prospects. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Sponsored Stories He said the government had started its open licensing system in 1999 but now is shutting it down because it has too many companies exploring its coast line.Mulunga said Namibia has attracted a “critical mass” of international oil companies and has issued 41 oil and gas exploration licenses.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

Somali Islamic center eulogizes American jihadi

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “Here they are today being killed in cold blood at the hands of those who belong to jihad … and the world is watching,” the tribute said, according to SITE Intel Group.“One wonders who will be next,” the eulogy said. “And more importantly, who will be responsible for the blood of those brothers?”Hammami, whose nom de guerre was Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki, or “the American,” was reported killed in southern Somalia following months on the run after falling out with al-Shabab’s top leader. The extremist from Alabama had been reported dead before, only for him to resurface. Al-Shabab rebels said on Thursday Hammami was slain in an ambush but presented no proof of his death.In an interview last week with Voice of America, Hammami said he had left al-Shabab and acknowledged he was being hunted down by his former allies within the rebel group. “I haven’t been part of al-Shabab for quite a while now,” he said.In that interview Hammami accused al-Shabab’s leader, Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr, of violating the principles of Islam and of trying to kill him. Asked if he would consider returning to the U.S., the militant said that was “not an option unless it’s in a body bag.” Somalia has long been an attractive destination for foreign fighters, and al-Shabab counts several hundred foreigners among its ranks, including about two dozen Somali-Americans from Minneapolis recruited over the past several years. Terrorism experts said Hammami’s killing may discourage other would-be jihadis from the U.S. and elsewhere from traveling to Somalia.___Muhumuza reported from Johannesburg.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories In the past year Hammami had been critical of al-Shabab’s leadership and freely shared his views in Internet videos and on Twitter, making him a marked man. The first serious attempt on his life came in April, when Abu Zubeyr _also known as Godane _ ordered the killings of several of Hammami’s associates.Hammami, an Arabic speaker, moved from Alabama to Somalia and joined the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab rebel group in about 2006. He fought alongside al-Shabab until they had a falling out amid increasing tension between Somali and foreign fighters. He first expressed fear for his life in a March 2012 web video that publicized his rift with al-Shabab.Along with Adam Gadahn in Pakistan _ a former Osama bin Laden spokesman _ Hammami was one of the two most notorious Americans in jihadi groups. The FBI put Hammami on its Most Wanted Terrorist list in 2012 and in March offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture. U.S. prosecutors had charged Hammami with providing material support to terrorists.Hammami grew up in Daphne, Alabama, a community of 20,000 outside Mobile, the son of a Christian mother and a Syrian-born Muslim father. His YouTube videos that featured him rapping and his presence on Twitter made him one of the most recognizable and studied U.S. foreign fighters. The vital role family plays in society Men’s health affects baby’s health too New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – American jihadi Omar Hammami was murdered “in cold blood,” a Somalia-based Islamic center said, backing up reports that the militant from Alabama was killed Thursday by his rivals within the Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab.The Islamic World Issues Study Center published a tribute online in which it describes the killings of Hammami, 29, and two other militants as a “tragedy,” saying al-Shabab should be “directing their arrows at the enemies of the group,” according to a report issued Saturday by SITE Intel Group, an American private company that analyzes terror threats. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Comments   Share   last_img read more

Barclays bank to cut 1700 jobs in Britain

first_img Top Stories The bank said in a statement Thursday that “as a result of technological changes, we will be able to provide better service for our customers with fewer staff.”The Unite trade union called the job cuts among cashiers, branch managers and other staff “a colossal mistake.”(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) LONDON (AP) – Barclays bank plans to cut 1,700 jobs from its network of British branches, about 5 percent of the total workforce.Britain’s second-largest bank says it is seeking to make the cuts through voluntary buy-outs. It currently employs 33,600 people at 1,577 branches in Britain.Barclays said “the way in which our customers access their banking services is changing rapidly,” with people using computers and smartphones for everyday banking and paying fewer visits to branches. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milkcenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

Egypt TV cleric in Qatar urges referendum boycott

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – A famous pro-Muslim Brotherhood TV cleric based in Qatar has issued a fatwa saying it is forbidden to vote in Egypt’s constitutional referendum.Egyptian cleric Youssef el-Qaradawi issued the opinion Tuesday, a day before Egyptians abroad are set to vote on the draft charter. Voting in Egypt is scheduled to start Jan. 14.A prior constitution approved under former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was suspended after the military removed him from power following mass protests. Patients with chronic pain give advice Top Stories Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology El-Qaradawi says Morsi’s ouster was a military coup and that any act that gives the new government legitimacy, including voting in the referendum, is forbidden by religion.Over the weekend, Egyptian officials summoned Qatar’s ambassador to Cairo to express concerns about the Gulf state’s criticism of Egypt’s decision to designate the Brotherhood a terrorist organization.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

AFTA markets agents

first_imgAustralian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) has unveiled its latest marketing images, urging agents to use the photos which promote the benefits of booking and organising travel with agents.Incorporating the slogan, ‘Without an AFTA travel agent, you’re on your own’, the marketing images focuses on couple retreats and the possible consequence of arranging flights and accommodation online. The ‘Before… Afta’ theme depicts a couple on their honeymoon disappointed by the hotel they booked alone, compared to the ‘Afta travel agent’ experience which has them enjoying their romantic holiday. The images and slogan collaborate to “highlight the point that booking through an AFTA travel agent will ensure that your travel needs are met”, an AFTA statement read.Images can used for marketing purposes after submitting a request form located on the AFTA website. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

TSA urged to rethink small knives on planes

first_imgTSA allows small knives and previouslybanned item back on board. “A knife may not bring down a plane down, but it could take out a flight attendant” – just one of the comments being made by the US travel industry, after the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) revoked regulations against bringing certain items on board.From 25 April 2013, travellers will be allowed to carry knives that do not lock and have blades that are 2.36 inches or six centimetres or less in length, bats, hockey sticks, ski poles, two golf clubs and billiard cues in their permitted carry-on luggage and into the cabin.Although the TSA said the decision was made to promote “better focus” on finding “higher threat items”, the industry says it doesn’t take an explosive to cause serious issues mid-flight.American Airlines has reportedly told the TSA to reconsider its decision, and requested a collective discussion on alternations that will “affect our crewmembers and customers”, Dallas News reported.“The safety of our people and our customers is paramount and we will continue to support policies that keep the airspace safe, and allow customers to move through the screening and security process as quickly and safely as possible,” American Airlines senior vice president of government and regulator affairs Will Ris said.“But we encourage the TSA to reassess its proposed revisions to the prohibited items list, scheduled to take effect April 25, to ensure that any and all changes have been thoroughly reviewed and vetted.”Meanwhile, a former flight attendant, David said although flight attendants are trained to handle certain situations on board, there have been many occasions which could have “been escalated to a more severe level of knives were involved”.As well as staff concerns, David added that passengers should also be wary because they could end up “sitting next to someone who becomes agitated and whom happens to have a knife and tries to use it”.Welcome changes or urgently reconsider? Where do you stand on having small knives on board? Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J.last_img read more

Agents booking further ahead

first_imgWhile the lead time for hotel bookings has increased, last minute bookings by travel agents are also on the rise, according to data analysis released by Excite Holidays.Excite Holidays revealed a 21 percent upsurge in hotel bookings made nine months in advance during the first quarter of 2013, compared with the same period in 2012.52 percent of all hotel bookings were made 10 months ahead of departure, while accommodation reservations made five months in advance of departure dropped by approximately 9 percent.“But that’s not to say that we’re not seeing last minute bookings come through from travel agents,” Excite Holidays chief executive George Papaioannou said.When compared to last year’s figures, there has been a 22 percent jump in last minute hotel bookings made seven to fourteen days prior to departure by agents for the first quarter of 2013.The standard of hotels booked is also switching, noting an 18 percent increase for 4.5 star properties during the first quarter of 2013, compared to the same period 2012.“Holidays are an important feature of people’s lives and these figures show that travellers are again willing to spend,” Mr Papaioannou said.“The increased lead time for bookings only shows that they are booking way in advance so they can get the dates and accommodation they want before it gets sold out.”Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. Last minute bookings also on the rise.last_img read more

Qantas pushes for LATAM venture

first_imgQantas also partnering with NSW Government for marketing campaign. Qantas Airways is examining the possibilities of enhancing its partnership with LATAM Airlines.Qantas currently has a code-sharing agreement with LATAM and is exploring the potential of a joint venture with the South American airline, The Australian reported.“It would be great but we would have to work out what is the art of the possible,” Qantas International chief executive Simon Hickey said.There may be regulatory difficulties following the merger between LAN and TAM to form LATAM.The Australian carrier is also expecting a strong boost once code-share partner American Airlines completes its merger with US Airways, creating the world’s largest airline.In relates news, Qantas and the NSW Government signed a AU$30 million, three-year partnership to help promote Sydney and regional NSW on a global level.“We will be aggressively targeting big spending leisure and business travellers from overseas which will be a boon for our hotels, restaurants and retail sector,” NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell said.Qantas and Destination NSW will match each other, dollar for dollar, creating inbound and domestic marketing campaigns and key events with a strong digital focus.“It’s great to see our national airline, based in Sydney and with a strong intrastate regional network, focusing more of their tourism spend in New South Wales,” Tourism Industry Council NSW general manager Andrew Jefferies said.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T.last_img read more