Sandals Royal Caribbean opens the books on 12 more luxury overthewater suites

first_img Monday, September 19, 2016 Posted by Travelweek Group Sandals Royal Caribbean opens the books on 12 more luxury over-the-water suitescenter_img TORONTO — Sandals Resorts is now taking bookings for 12 new Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Honeymoon Bungalow at Sandals Royal Caribbean, for arrivals starting Feb. 1.“Due to the popularity of the Caribbean’s first-ever Over-the-Water Villas, Sandals Resorts announces 12 additional Over-the-Water Bungalows at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica.The new Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Honeymoon Bungalow room categories are now available for sale,” said the company.The over-the-water bungalows feature glass vision floor panels and lit water, so guests can enjoy underwater views at any time. Couples can also see the ocean from their private outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tub or on their over-water hammocks. Every bungalow has hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings and custom crafted king-size beds. Bungalows are also equipped with a smart TV, a large ceiling fan and bathrooms with his and hers sinks, a large backlit mirror with mosaic tile and a walk-in rain shower.Outside the private patios feature an extended sun deck, outdoor shower, sun loungers and a bistro set for two. Couples also get Butler Elite service, 24-hour room service and a private water taxi to take them to and from the resort. Rates start at US$2,652 per night.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsFor more information see http://www.sandals.com/main/royal/rj-over-the-water-suites/. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Teachers rule with Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels Appreciation Rates

first_imgTeachers rule with Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels’ Appreciation Rates Share Posted by LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL — In recognition of teachers and school support staff, the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida are offering ‘Teach Appreciation Rates’ for stays from now through Sept. 30, 2017.Available to preschool, daycare, kindergarten-college teachers and support staff in Canada and the U.S., the rates provide the chance to take in all the Disney parks nearby at a discounted cost. The hotels are within an easy walk to Disney Springs and also provide shuttle transportation every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World Theme parks, two water parks, and at night to the Disney Springs area.Plus, as a bonus, guests at these hotels also receive the 2017 Disney Springs Passport booklet featuring exclusive discounts and specials from Disney Springs merchants on entertainment, shopping and dining. Participating merchants include House of Blues Restaurant, Rainforest Café, Wolfgang Puck Express and Sephora.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyThe Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels’ Teacher Appreciation Rates are:B Resort & Spa – Disney Springs® Resort Area: rates from $79 per room, per nightBest Western Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs® Area: rates from $72 per room, per nightDoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – Disney Springs® Area: rates from $135 per suite, per nightHilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – Disney Springs® Area: rates from $125 per room, per nightHilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs® Area: rates from $98 per room, per nightHoliday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs® Area: rates from $95 per room, per nightWyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs® Resort Area: rates from $72 per room, per night.Visiting also provides the opportunity to take in such special events as the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, from Aug. 31-Nov. 13; Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom Park, from Aug. 25-Nov. 1: and Disney Night of Joy on Sept. 8 and 9, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedPlus, the all-new Pandora – The World of Avatar opens May 27, 2017 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Inspired by James Cameron’s blockbuster film “Avatar,” the immersive, awe-inspiring land features stunning floating mountains, cascading waterfalls, and a lush rainforest complete with glowing fauna and flora. << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Travelweek Group Tags: Disney, Promotions Wednesday, May 24, 2017 last_img read more

TEORéTica revisits ugly politics in Chronicle of Interventions

first_imgFor the past couple of years, the art gallery TEOR/éTica in Barrio Amón has painted and repainted its façade with large, eye-catching murals. Drivers cruising down the gallery’s San José street have seen every kind of painting, from giant Chinese characters to fantastical animals. The curators cleverly use the outside walls as part of the exhibit space, catching the attention of passersby and luring them inside.“A Chronicle of Interventions” is by far the most provocative so far: The “mural” is a printed list of U.S. incursions in Latin America. Arranged as a timeline, the chronicle begins more than a century ago and continues to the present day. There are famous operations, like Bay of Pigs and the Invasion of Grenada. Some are more obscure. But each item is composed in English, the lettering stark and difficult to ignore.It is significant that someone vandalized the mural shortly before the exhibit even opened, and although there has been no incident since, it is easy to believe that the image stirred some bitter feelings. The subject itself is bitter. Latin America spent half a century in violent upheaval that was largely sponsored and encouraged by outside powers. Bold U.S. claims on the region’s countries date back to the Mexican War, and the reach of U.S. imperialism in the Western Hemisphere – open and covert, economic and military – is incalculable.TEOR/éTica is hosting “Chronicle,” a joint project with the Tate Gallery in London. The Tate is one of the most respected art edifices in the world, and it is a great testament to TEOR/éTica that the tiny gallery has earned such a big-name collaboration.How you react to “Chronicle” depends on what role you think art should play in politics, and vice versa. Content isn’t the problem: If you visit TEOR/éTica in the near future, it is probably because you have an aversion to the CIA-backed death squads and the artificially enhanced civil wars of the 1960s-80s. You probably don’t swoon over Oliver North or Henry Kissinger. The “Chronicle” exhibit caters to English-speakers already critical of U.S. foreign policy. If you bother to see “Chronicle,” it is probably because you already share the exhibit’s perspective.But is conceptual art a smart way to “effect change” and “seek social justice,” as human rights activists are always saying? When you see the exhibit’s flow-chart about the United Fruit Company, which explains how the corporation used its resources, is this really “art,” or is it more like a large-scale infographic? The mural, created by artists Óscar Figueroa and Andreas Siekmann, is powerful and eye-opening, but you may wonder what the difference is between this kind of art and an installation at a history museum.In Naufύs Ramírez-Figueroa’s video, three dancers wear costumes shaped like colonial buildings while three elder men play the marimba behind them. Unless we read the artist’s statement, most of us will have no idea that the buildings represent traditional architecture in Guatemala, which has been systematically destroyed over the years. The performance art is alarming, especially when the dancers strip off their costumes and stand naked, then hurl smoke bombs into the room. Yet some patrons might find this piece both heavy-handed and pretentious. The message isn’t subtle, nor is it even comprehensible if you don’t already know its context.TEOR/éTica accepts this risk, because the truth is, Latin America has long been a wellspring of political art, and “Chronicle” is a fine bearer of that torch. From the diehard socialist Diego Rivera to Brazil’s Theater of the Oppressed to Cuba’s many exiled poets, artists in Latin America have long demonstrated that creative expression can be a life-or-death experience. “Chronicle” takes an important message and explores it from many angles. These artists are probably not facing firing squads for their work, which is a good thing; but they are reminding us that their predecessors did. Paint the wrong fresco in the wrong country under the wrong U.S.-backed dictator, and an artist could vanish forever.•If you stop by TEOR/éTica, make sure to see the adjacent exhibit, “¿Y Qué Fue De Cocorí?” (“And What Happened to Cocorí?”). To understand it, you need to know about the 1947 Costa Rican novel “Cocorí,” by Joaquin Gutiérrez. Written for children, the story is a kind of folk tale about a Caribbean boy named Cocorí and a blonde girl on vacation. The story itself is fairly sweet, like a Caribbean “Little Prince,” but the novel is commonly perceived as racist and stereotypical, not unlike a minstrel show.You’ll have to decide for yourself whether the novel itself condescends to Afro-Caribbean people, but Marton Robinson’s installation is a shocking illustration of how the media continue to represent dark-skinned Costa Ricans. Here you’ll find magazine covers, newspaper articles, antique posters, and at least one advertisement for slaves, all representing dark-skinned people in conspicuous ways. Some of the images are old, but many were printed in the past few years.Like “Chronicle,” the message of “Cocorí” is unambiguous, especially if you have read the source material. But “Cocorí” is particularly claustrophobic, because the installation is built into a tiny, windowless room. When you see a photograph of Barack Obama and the headline “Presidente Negro,” it’s chilling, not just because of the word used to describe him, but because it suggests an exoticism, an otherness, that divides him from mainstream society. People in the U.S. must face their tortured race-relations every day. The struggle to reconcile blacks and whites in the U.S. is world-famous. But like the chronicle of interventions, we must remember that such hostility exists everywhere, even here. Robinson is courageous to say so.“Una Crónica de Intervenciónes” continues through Feb. 22 at TEOR/éTica, Barrio Amón, San José. Free. Info: Gallery website. 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Ramsar delegation arrives in Nicaragua to survey wetlands along proposed canal route

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican officials: We still have little information about Nicaragua’s Grand Canal plans US concerns grow over possible Nicaragua Canal land expropriation, ambassador says Financial, environmental questions plague Nicaragua canal project Farmers protest planned $50 billion canal in Nicaragua MANAGUA, Nicaragua – A delegation representing theRamsar Wetlands Convention has arrived in Nicaragua to evaluate the potential environmental consequences of construction of a massive interoceanic canal through the San Miguelito wildlife refuge in the southern region of the country, Nicaragua’s Environment Minister Juana Argeñal said Wednesday.The delegation is headed by Ramsar’s Americas adviser, María Rivera, and responds to an invitation by the government of Daniel Ortega, Argeñal told local state-run media.After meeting with government officials and representatives of the canal concessionaire, HK Nicaragua Development Invesment (HKND), Rivera said it is “very, very positive that Nicaragua has called the convention” to study the San Miguelito wetlands. According to the Ramsar adviser, all signatory countries are obligated to inform the convention about “any type of threat to a Ramsar site.”The Ramsar Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that seeks national and international cooperation to protect wetlands across the globe. The delegation will present its findings and recommendations after visiting the refuge.San Miguelito, in the southern department of Río San Juan, spans 43,000 hectares and houses 30 percent of the country’s bird species, as well as a large number of amphibians. It is located along the proposed 278-kilometer canal route, which officially broke ground on Dec. 22, 2014 with the start of a few access roads.The canal will cross Lake Cocibolca, Central America’s largest freshwater lake, despite growing opposition from environmentalists and other opponents, who accuse the government of irresponsibly launching the massive project without completing a comprehensive environmental impact assessment. That study currently is directed by the British firm Environmental Resource Management (ERM), which promised to issue conclusions in March or April.The Great Canal of Nicaragua will require a minimum investment of $50 billion, according to  HKND.Related: Journalists harassed, detained in latest chapter of Nicaragua canal saga Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Volcanic ash rains on central Ecuador blanketing farms

first_imgRelated posts:Turrialba Volcano spews more ash over Costa Rica’s Central Valley in Easter eruption Turrialba Volcano: Weather has helped prevent spread of ash VIDEO: Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano launches ash 800 meters into the sky Turrialba Volcano again spews ash and vapor MACHACHI, Ecuador — Ash from Ecuador’s Cotopaxi Volcano rained down on a dozen villages in the country’s central Andean region Saturday, where agricultural output has been marred by a blanket of soot from explosions that began a week ago.The volcanic activity, which began August 14 after 138 years of silence, continued into Saturday with “steam emissions and a moderate load of ash” the country’s Security Ministry said.From the nearby capital of Quito, home to some 2.3 million Ecuadoreans, a gray column two kilometers (1.2 miles) high could be seen billowing above the crater.The volcano, which towers to 5,897 meters (19,347 feet) high, is considered one of the most threatening in the region — both because of its size and because it is so close to well-populated towns.In the village of Machachi, one of the towns hardest-hit by the volcano, farmers are struggling against the eruptions’ aftereffects.“The cows have nothing left to eat because all the ash is on the grass, which is bad for them because it gives them fever, diarrhea and it stops their milk production,” villager Nelson Pila told AFP.At least a dozen villages and part of southern Quito, which is located just 45 kilometers from Cotopaxi, have been affected by ashfall, the ministry said.The ash “burns crops, dries them, and they are lost,” María de los Ángeles Gualotuna, a 36-year-old farmer and livestock breeder, told AFP.The government, which declared a 60-day state of emergency, has sent livestock feed to the area and is preparing an evacuation plan in case the situation worsens.Around 500 people were evacuated from the volcano’s surroundings last weekend.“There is a lot of dust, all day the steam comes out of the mountain and burns the throat and eyes,” Oswaldo Díaz, a 60-year-old Machachi resident told AFP. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Rica appeal of Patton not guilty verdict would have little to

first_imgHours after a three-judge panel in Pérez Zeledón found U.S. expat Ann Patton not guilty on Monday of murdering her husband, the prosecutor said the government would appeal the verdict — for the second time. If the prosecutor’s appeal were to be successful it would lead to Patton’s fourth trial for the same crime.“This isn’t over,” Prosecutor Edgar Ramírez told The Tico Times.But some criminal lawyers doubt that Patton will face another trial in the 2010 shooting death of her late husband John Bender.A 2014 ruling by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, precludes another trial for Patton now that she has been found not guilty twice by different courts, according to criminal lawyer and University of Costa Rica law professor Javier Llobet. Costa Rica does not have a prohibition against double jeopardy, but Llobet said there are limits on the state’s ability to continue appealing a case.A 2006 reform to the criminal code included an article prohibiting the Prosecutor’s Office from appealing a second acquittal. In 2010, a law was passed that struck that article from the criminal code. But in 2014, Sala IV ruled that the 2010 law was unconstitutional.Sala IV then reconstituted the 2006 language limiting prosecutor appeals. Sala IV justices said there should be a “reasonable limit” on the state’s ability to continue pursuing appeals with which it does not agree. Without these limits, the justices wrote, defendants could not be guaranteed their right to a speedy trial and would be left in perpetual legal limbo that also could become disproportionately expensive.“The state cannot act as a persecutor ad infinitum,” the justices wrote in their resolution.Former prosecutor Steven Ferris — who is a Tico Times board member — said that Ramírez’s pledge to appeal the ruling in the Patton case before the full verdict had been released was a “bold” move. After three trials and two acquittals, Ferris said a fourth was not possible.Ramírez said his office would review the full sentence — expected on Sept. 14 — before crafting the government’s appeal. He said the Prosecutor’s Office would not be satisfied “until justice is done for John Bender’s death.”The initial verdict released Monday afternoon by the court in Pérez Zeledón found Patton not guilty of murder charges in the 2010 shooting death of her husband. Patton has always maintained her innocence and said that her husband, John Felix Bender, shot himself.Patton told The Tico Times after her acquittal Monday that she hoped “the verdict will be strong enough so that an appeal cannot be written or won’t be accepted and that it can end now and John can finally rest.” Facebook Comments Related posts:U.S. expat Ann Patton to face fourth murder trial Ann Patton on her new trial: ‘It is my opportunity to finally, hopefully, get true justice’ US expat Ann Patton faces third murder trial in Costa Rica  Ann Patton in new battle with Costa Rican government over $7 million in seized gemslast_img read more

Fifth of Costa Rica sextuplets dies following surgery

first_imgGabriel González, the youngest of Costa Rica’sfirst set of sextuplets, who were born prematurely in May, died Saturday night in San José’s Hospital de la Mujer. Gabriel is the fifth of the sextuplet siblings to die from complications.Doctors told daily La Nación that Gabriel had been taken to the hospital last week to undergo surgery. After returning to neonatal care at the Hospital de la Mujer he caught a cold, which resulted in his sudden death.The sextuplets’ mother, Silvia Villegas, had complications during the birth of her first child. She and her husband, Juan González, lost the child several hours after his birth. After that, Villegas had trouble getting pregnant so the couple turned to artificial insemination and fertility treatments for their most recent pregnancy. The couple did not rely on vitro fertilization, which is still illegal in Costa Rica due to court challenges.The birth of so many babies at once put a strain on Costa Rica’s healthcare system. Not one medical facility in the country had the capacity to deal with so many premature babies at once, forcing the siblings to be delegated to different hospitals throughout the capital. The sextuplets’ birth spurred new guidelines from Costa Rica’s Human Fertility Commission. The guidelines are designed to decrease the chance of having multiple babies through artificial insemination to 10 percent.Valentina, the only surviving sextuplet, left the hospital on August 10 after two months and 23 days in the hospital and remains at home. Facebook Comments Related posts:Second of Costa Rica’s sextuplets dies from respiratory complications Fourth of Costa Rica’s sextuplets dies of infection Costa Rica’s sextuplets drive regulation of fertility treatments President Solís legalizes IVF despite doubts from the Cajalast_img read more

Death toll at 43 as wild weather tears across parts of US

first_imgGARLAND, Texas — Texas reeled from rare December tornados Monday, as days of storms battering a vast region stretching from the southwestern U.S. to Canada claimed at least 43 lives.Hundreds of flights across the area have been canceled, and with portions of major highways flooded or snowed under, the storm system is wreaking holiday travel havoc for millions of Americans.The National Weather Service is warning of blizzards, freezing rain and flash floods in the next days, all part of a powerful storm system fueled by unseasonably warm air that began in the deep south last Wednesday.The NWS said Monday that 21 states — from New Mexico to as far north as Michigan — are under a weather watch or warning.The governors of New Mexico, Texas and Missouri declared states of emergency for all or parts of their states to handle storm damage on Sunday. Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia earlier took similar measures.Texas tornados kill 11At least 11 people were killed as tornadoes struck the heavily populated Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in Texas, according to authorities who searched house-to-house Sunday for additional victims.The rare December twisters flattened homes, knocked cars off of highways and flipped big-rig trucks like toys. The NWS said that at least nine twisters touched down in the region late Saturday.Hardest-hit was the Dallas suburb of Garland, where authorities confirmed eight fatalities after a tornado packing winds of up to 200 miles (320 kilometers) per hour bore down on the city.City officials said this is only the second time since 1950 that such a powerful tornado struck the area.Aerial footage showed rows of flattened homes, while others had roofs blown off and windows shattered. Some 600 buildings were damaged or destroyed, officials said.“We’re going to look at every house and every car to try to make sure we find everybody,” Garland Mayor Douglas Athas told CNN.Tornados are common in the U.S. midwest in the spring, but rare during  winter.Three other storm-related fatalities occurred northeast of Dallas, the Collin County sheriff’s department told AFP.State governor Greg Abbott told reporters that snow and ice was causing power outages in northwest Texas, while central Texas was facing flood risks and the east was bracing for the possibility of more tornados.Snow, ice, floodingThe storm dumped rare heavy snow in eastern New Mexico, a situation Governor Susana Martinez described as “dire.”Martinez activated the National Guard for disaster assistance, and urged residents to stay off the roads.The governor reported more than 16 inches (40 centimeters) of snow has fallen in parts of the state, “with drifts as high as eight feet, making roads impassable in several counties.”Authorities even closed down I-40, a major highway linking the city of Albuquerque with neighboring Oklahoma.State police said that parts of the highway were obstructed by stranded big-rig trucks. Police estimated that up to 600 trucks were trapped on the highway, some parked on the side, the Albuquerque Journal reported.In Missouri, Governor Jay Nixon said that at least eight fatalities due to flash flooding were reported in his state.“I urge Missourians in flood-affected areas to stay alert, avoid travel if possible and never drive into a flooded roadway,” he said.In nearby Mississippi, where Governor Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency to deal with flooding, “severe storms” are forecast through Monday, the state Emergency Management Agency said.The agency also reported 10 storm-related deaths.Illinois reported five deaths, while eight others were killed in southern states on and before Christmas Day.And one person drowned Sunday in Alabama floodwaters, local officials said.More weather miseryThe NWS forecast blizzards and heavy snow for eastern New Mexico, Oklahoma and northern Texas, with snow expected to eventually reach the tornado-damaged Dallas area.The temperature in Dallas on Saturday, when the twisters struck, was an unseasonable 82 Farenheit (28 Celsius) — but weather forecasters said it will plunge to 32 F (00 C) by late Monday.“A major winter storm system will continue to bring a plethora of weather impacts ranging from heavy snow and blizzard conditions to severe weather and flooding,” the NWS said early Monday.“The storm system will gradually pull away by Tuesday, but flooding and treacherous travel could linger into midweek.”Conditions are especially perilous in places unused to heavy snowfall such as New Mexico, where urban areas lack snow removal equipment, and few drivers are experienced at driving safely in snow and ice.To deal with icy conditions pounding their state, Oklahoma closed some roads and sent out trucks to salt major arteries, local media reported Monday.More than 200 flights were canceled when the Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop for the Dallas International Airport on Sunday.Flights were delayed and canceled at the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma, as in other airports across the affected region. 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Keylor Navas to bolster La Sele lineup for World Cup qualifiers against

first_imgFor the first time in his six-month reign as head coach of Costa Rica’s national team, Óscar Ramírez will have a lineup at his disposal that is very near full-strength.Ramírez announced his 25-man roster Thursday for a two-part World Cup qualifying leg against Jamaica.The biggest news from an announcement void of any real surprises is the return of star goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who has not played with “La Sele” since an Oct. 5 loss to South Africa.Navas’ five-month hiatus from the national team has often been attributed to conflicts with his club, Real Madrid, which would presumably not want to risk injury to its multi-million-dollar investment.When asked if there was any plan to rest Navas for one of the two games against Jamaica, scheduled to take place later this month, just days before Madrid’s epic showdown against league-leader and rival Barcelona, Rodríguez shook his head.“Costa Rica comes first,” he said. (Courtesy of FEDEFUTBOL)La Sele is currently holding on to a lead in Group B of regional qualifying play for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with its 2-0 mark coming from wins over Panama and Haiti last November. A pair of wins over Jamaica, on March 25 in Kingston and March 29 at home in San José, could seal Costa Rica’s fate to move on to the next round and be closer to becoming one of four CONCACAF teams to qualify for football’s most important tournament.If La Sele can qualify for the next round, known as the hexagonal, before having to play Panama and Haiti again in this stage’s round robin, Ramírez said it would give him the opportunity to experiment with new lineups and strategies going forward.“The idea is to get the six points that give us the necessary amount to be in the hexagonal so that in the last games I can see new people,” Ramírez said. “That would give me certain leeway for managing things in the future.”Aside from Navas, other big names in the most recent lineup include captain Bryan Ruíz, star striker Joel Campbell, and midfielder Celso Borges, who is returning from a gruesome ankle injury that he suffered in November in Costa Rica’s first World Cup qualifying match against Haiti.Some names that may be lesser-known to the common fan, like Ronald Matarrita, Randall Azofeifa, and Kendall Waston, are also returning after having played brilliantly in recent matches for La Sele, proving they have Ramírez’s confidence.The 51-year-old coach said that this specific lineup should be able to combat Jamaica’s athleticism and speed.“Their innate athleticism is difficult to manage but I want to neutralize it by playing our brand of football and spreading the field,” he said. “It’s also an issue of speed that is actually something I want to exploit, despite the fact that they are really strong in that area.”The major omission from the call-up is Everton defender Bryan Oviedo, who was recently hospitalized with a chest infection. Though he is expected to return to English Premier League action soon, the 25-year-old, who has been plagued with injuries throughout his career, will not travel to Costa Rica for the games against Jamaica.Midfielder Yeltsin Tejeda, who has been a mainstay on La Sele, starting every game of the 2014 World Cup, will also be held out with an injury, Ramírez said Thursday.Jamaica and Costa Rica will kick off their first match on Friday, March 25 at 6 p.m. Costa Rican local time from Kingston, Jamaica. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica returns with full-strength lineup in last step toward World Cup qualifying La Sele announces 23-man roster for Copa América tournament Costa Rica scores key victory over Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup Qualifying Costa Rica seeking revenge against the United Stateslast_img read more

Our new Print Edition is here Heres where to find it

first_imgOur second Special Print Edition isnow available online or at points of distribution around the country, chock full of new content as well as special features from our site. Thank you to all the freelancers, sponsors and advertisers who made the edition possible.Please join us for our upcoming April edition: as an advertiser or sponsor, a writer, photographer, videographer or community liaison (contact us at kstanley@ticotimes.net for more information). If you’d like to be a distributor of our free Print Edition, contact us at cvargas@ticotimes.net. And if you’d like to pick up a copy, here is a list of the first locations around the country where you can find one. We’re distributing now, so more locations will be added in the coming days.Don’t live near any of these locations? Download the full print edition here.Alajuela:Colegio Maria Inmaculada (Grecia)Restaurante Cero Stress (Santa Gertrudis Grecia)Farmacia CentralCafetería Delicias (Grecia)Feria del Agricultor (Grecia)Geovanny Chaves, Expat Facilitator (San Isidro de Grecia) – 8583-7870Coopearsa (Sarchí)Casitas Tenorio B&B (Bijagua)Tenorio Lodge (Bijagua)Restaurant Las Tinajitas (Bijagua)Pizzeria El Barrigón (Bijagua) – next to the Soda Las Tinajitas. On the main road, 35 meters south of the Musi BakerySuper Paika Supermarket (Bijagua)Hotel Río Celeste Lodge (Bijagua)Puntarenas:Marina Pez Vela (Quepos): Runaway Grill and Double Hook BarSerenity Boutique Hotel (Quepos)Tentacion Cafe QueposThe Tackle Shop QueposMagic Moon Hotel (Quepos)Hotel Tres Banderas (Quepos)Hawg and Bills Restaurant (Quepos)Hotel Mango Moon (Quepos)Hotel La Mansion (Quepos)Sansa at the AirportWacky Wanda’s Bar (Quepos)Hidden Bay Realty (Quepos)Hotel Villa Bosque (Quepos)Barba Roja (Manuel Antonio)Hotel Costa Verde (Manuel Antonio)Restaurante El Avión (Manuel Antonio)Hotel Parador (Punta Quepos)Restaurante Café del Mar (Manuel Antonio)Hotel San Bada (Manuel Antonio)Jungle Beach Hotel (Manuel Antonio)Hotel Vela Bar (Manuel Antonio)Cabinas Espadilla (Manuel Antonio)Restaurante Marlin (Manuel Antonio)Croc’s Coffee Shop (Jacó)Panadería Artesanal (Jacó)Bohío Café (Jacó)Crocodile Bay (Puerto Jiménez)Sansa (Puerto Jiménez)Nature Air (Puerto Jiménez)Monteverde Coffee Center (Monteverde)Taco Taco (Santa Elena)La Pensión Santa ElenaSúper MontañaSan JoséRestaurante Don WangHotel BalmoralAurola Holiday Inn HotelHotel Sleep InnRestaurante Tin JoGolfitoRestaurante Mar y LunaFish HookLicorera Nuevo MilenioSupermercado PearsonCasa RolandDeposito Libre Comercial GolfitoCartagoHotel Rio Perlas (Orosi)Hotel Quelitales (Cachi)Hotel El Guarco (Cachi)Chana’s restaurante (Paraiso)Nila Restaurante (Paraiso)Hotel Tapanti Media (Orosi) Facebook Comments Related posts:Our Print Edition is here! Here’s where to find it Here’s where to find The Tico Times in print Our 2018-2019 High Season Print Edition is here! What should I pack on my trip to Costa Rica?last_img read more

The Tico Times visits Puerto Viejo

first_img Facebook Comments Advertise with Us Reach international and Costa Rican tourists with Puerto Viejo features in The Tico Times — the only English-language news source in Costa Rica with online, video, audio and print options. Our editorial team will visit Puerto Viejo from Dec. 8-16 for in-depth coverage of one of Costa Rica’s most beloved destinations. We’d love to hear your stories and work with your business! For information on potential stories, contact alex@ticotimes.net, 7194-5256.Showcase Your Business in our Costa Rica Directory – Free Trial NowList your business in our new nationwide directory so that our 105,000-strong community of Costa Ricans, residents and tourists can find your services easily. Three-month free trial; $199 per year in 2019.Connect with Your Target Audience – Starting at $99  Publish a photo from your business with information/links on ticotimes.net and all our social media, including a $25 boost for the demographics you want to reach.Sponsor Our Popular Video Features – Starting at $199Host our film crew for our Weekly Digest video news show, placing your business front and center throughout the broadcast. Includes a 10-second ad within the video and a $50 boost for the demographics of your choice. Or sponsor How to Surf in Puerto Viejo video. Partial sponsorships available on all videos.For more information, contact: Felipe Mena, fmena@ticotimes.net, 8890-9394,View Our Media Kit Here. center_img Related posts:PHOTOS: A walk in Cahuita National Park Coming in December: a special Tico Times Print Edition Headed your way: a second Special Print Edition Construction to begin on new terminal at Limón Airportlast_img read more

Pic of the Day Finally a goal

first_imgRelated posts:Four Seasons Resort hosting job fairs across Costa Rica The energy of sound Fighting, escaping, hoping: Fleeing Nicaragua Tico Times #TBT: The train in Golfito Facebook Comments Costa Rica found some much-needed offensive firepower Sunday night in a 4-0 victory over Nicaragua.La Sele scored early and often, a welcome sight for a team that had done so only once over its four previous games.With the commanding win, Costa Rica is atop Group B and has put itself in position to advance to the tournament’s quarterfinal round: Via Gold Cup.Costa Rica faces Bermuda on Thursday in Frisco, Texas, and Haiti next Monday at Red Bull Arena outside New York City.Read: Costa Rica opens Gold Cup with dominating win over NicaraguaRead: Nicaraguans, Costa Ricans celebrate Gold Cup 2019In the featured photo, Bryan Oviedo gets La Sele on the board early with his 7th-minute strike. Watch the goal below:¡Gooool de #LaSele ! Bryan Oviedo anota al minuto 6.En vivo por: https://t.co/AtWSj8kadL pic.twitter.com/MbKkuvahbC— Teletica Deportes (@TeleticaTD7) June 17, 2019last_img read more

Trapped Chinese coal miner rescued after 17 days

first_img How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates BEIJING (AP) – A Chinese coal miner has been rescued after being trapped underground for 17 days by an underground flood that killed at least 10 others.State television and the official Xinhua News Agency say rescuers brought 39-year-old Si Li out of the Junyuan No. 2 Coal Mine in the northeastern city of Hegang on Saturday. The reports Sunday said he was hospitalized in stable condition.Xinhua said 28 miners were in the mine when it flooded May 2. Ten died, three are still missing and the rest escaped as the water rose or were rescued shortly after the disaster.center_img 0 Comments   Share   China Central Television said Si survived in part by eating straw bags used in the mine.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How men can have a healthy 2019 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

Swiss police 5 Germans killed in Alpine accident

first_img Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths GENEVA (AP) – Swiss police say five people who died mountaineering near the Italian border were German, and they included two teenagers.The climbers successfully reached the 13,155-foot (4,010-meter ) Lagginhorn summit in southern Switzerland Tuesday, but plunged several hundred yards (meters) to their deaths on their descent. A sixth member of the group, who had stopped before reaching the summit because he didn’t feel well, alerted authorities.center_img Top Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Police in Valais canton (state) said Wednesday all five victims were German citizens. They included the survivor’s 14-year-old daughter and 20-year-old son. A 44-year-old man, his 17-year-old son and a 21-year-old acquaintance also were killed.Police say initial investigations show that the climbers were not roped up at the time of the accident. Authorities are working to determine the cause.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Putin opposes the wearing of headscarves at school

first_imgAsked to comment on the issue, Putin clearly voiced his opposition to headscarves at schools, saying that Russia is a secular state and must create equal conditions for all its citizens.At the same time, Putin sought to calm passions raised by the dispute, saying that authorities must show a due respect to followers of all religions.“We have a secular state, and we must proceed from that,” Putin said at a meeting with supporters.Other countries also have faced debate over the issue.This month, police in Azerbaijan clashed with citizens protesting a ban on the wearing of headscarves in the mainly Muslim ex-Soviet nation’s secondary schools.In Europe, France and Belgium have banned the wearing of headscarves or face-covering Islamic veils in public, as have some towns in Spain and elsewhere.Putin said Russia should learn from the decisions of such countries. “We must have a look at how such issues are solved by our neighbors in European countries, and all will become clear,” he said.An estimated 20 million of Russia’s 143 million people are Muslims, and they make up the majority of the population in many regions, including the oil-rich province of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan, as well as Chechnya and neighboring provinces in the volatile North Caucasus. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) – President Vladimir Putin spoke out Thursday against the wearing of headscarves in Russian schools in his first public comment on a potentially explosive issue.Putin’s statement follows a recent incident in Russia’s southern region of Stavropol during which a school principal forbade girls from Muslim families from wearing headscarves to class. Their parents protested and the principal said she was threatened. Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Parents, stop beating yourself up Comments   Share   Putin said that with Russian Orthodox believers making up a majority, any departure from secular rules in public life could eventually lead to the infringement on the rights of followers of other religions. “It would be better if all people feel equal,” he added.If the dispute over headscarves escalates in Russia, it could fuel tensions between the federal government and Chechnya and other Muslim-dominated provinces.Chechnya’s Kremlin-backed leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has imposed a tight Islamic dress code on females. Girls and women are strongly advised to wear headscarves in public.Kadyrov’s feared black-clad security forces have used paintball guns, threats and insults against those failing to obey.The Kremlin has relied on Kadyrov, the ruthless Chechen strongman leader, to stabilize the region after two separatist wars since 1994 and turned a blind eye to his campaign for enforcing Islamic rules as well as massive rights abuses.Putin said Thursday that one possible way out of the headscarves dispute would be the introduction of school uniforms.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

Japan govt paper calls for strengthened military

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement A final report is expected at the end of this year.“This will guide the focus of the direction that the Self Defense Forces should be heading going forward,” said Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said, outlining key components such as boosting warning and surveillance capabilities, amphibious functions, integrated transport, and anti-ballistic missile response.On Thursday, Tokyo expressed unease over Chinese military and maritime activity near a group of islands that Japan controls but China also claims.Japan had scrambled fighter jets Wednesday to keep watch on a Chinese early warning plane flying over international waters between Japan’s southern Okinawa island and an outer island relatively close to the disputed area. Around the same time, Japan’s Coast Guard reported the appearance of four Chinese coast guard vessels near the disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Now that he is back in power, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants the previous defense policy of the more moderate Democratic Party-led government revised to give Japan’s military more freedom and strength.The report repeatedly cited China’s military and maritime activity as threats to regional peace and stability, and urged Japan to step up its capability to respond.“China’s military trend includes high-handed actions that could trigger unforeseen situations, and has become security concerns to the region and international society including our country,” the report said. “National security environment surrounding our country is increasingly aggravating.”The paper said Japan should increase its surveillance capability and consider using drones, or unmanned surveillance vehicles capable of wide-range, high-altitude monitoring around the clock. The paper also proposed creating a marine force with amphibious functions to defend disputed islands in the East China Sea.It said the Japan-U.S. security alliance remains “the cornerstone” of Japan’s defense policy and urged Japan to step up its ability to respond to ballistic missile attacks amid concerns about North Korea’s nuclear and missile development. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility TOKYO (AP) – A defense paper released Friday by Japan’s hawkish new government calls for an increase in the country’s military capabilities and a more assertive role in regional security due to increased threats from China and North Korea.If implemented, some of the changes outlined by the interim Defense Ministry paper would be a major shift in policy for a military that is currently limited to self-defense and is banned from operating in overseas combat zones under a pacifist constitution. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Top Stories Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Iran to teach dronehunting to school students

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards paramilitary units plan to teach drone-hunting to school students, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday.The report by pro-reform Etemad daily quoted Gen. Ali Fazli, acting commander of the Guard’s Basij militia, as saying the new program will be taught as part of a “Defensive Readiness” lesson in high schools from late September.He did not elaborate but the plan suggests students would be taught how to track and bring down drone aircraft by hacking their computer systems. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Iranian hardliners have long sought a larger role for the military in the country’s education system. Students at both junior and senior high schools currently take courses focusing on “civil defense.”Iran captured a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel drone in 2011 after it entered Iranian airspace. Since then, Tehran says it has seized more U.S. drones, including a Boeing-designed ScanEagle.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

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Tiger prepares pilot training base

first_imgTiger Airways has released plans to set up a new Cadet Pilot training programme, enabling pilots to receive qualifications tailored to the carrier’s requirements.The programme expected to launch before the end of this year, will allow up to 100 new pilots to learn airmanship, safety management, airline economics and fuel efficiency procedures, Asia Travel Tips reported.“While we continue to attract significant numbers of qualified pilots from other airlines, we believe that the time is now right to plan the launch of our own tailor made Cadet Pilot training programme, to be operated in conjunction with a major aviation training establishment,” Tiger Airways Holding group chief executive Tony Davis said.   “Tiger Airways will be growing its fleet to almost 70 aircraft by 2015, and the Cadet Pilot training programme will provide a significant number of the pilots required to operate these new aircraft.”According to the source, the airline is yet to decide on the location of the training base, however, Singapore and Australia are among the options. Tiger currently employs up to 240 pilots and has a fleet of up to 24 Airbus A320 aircraft. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Tiger recruits former Qantas pilot

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J An ex-Qantas pilot has been recruited to manage and advise grounded carrier, Tiger Airways on airline safety.Industry veteran Captain Chris Manning has been appointed to the role of Safety Advisor today, to ensure the carrier is following the highest levels of operational safety management across the company.The move comes after the Civil Aviation Authority of Australia (CASA) deemed the carrier “a serious and imminent risk to air safety” and forced the airline to suspend its operations in Australia earlier this month.Tiger chief executive Tony Davis said Captain Manning’s expertise would continue to ensure the carrier focuses its operations on achieving the “highest levels of safety”. “Today’s appointment is another step towards reassuring the industry and the public that Tiger Airways is committed to a safe, viable, and long term future in Australia,” Mr Davis said. Captain Manning takes the role effective immediately and according to the carrier, he began his career in the industry as a cadet pilot with Qantas in 1970.According to a CASA statement released early this month, Tiger will remain grounded until 1 August this year.last_img read more