Disney launches 2 new deals just for Canadians

first_imgDisney launches 2 new deals just for Canadians Travelweek Group Monday, September 19, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share TORONTO — Disney Parks (Canada) has two new promotions for Canadian residents only, for both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.At Walt Disney World Resort, Canadian residents save 25% on 4-Day or longer tickets for all four theme parks. “Now’s the time to experience more magic for less, with special savings on multi-day tickets and upgrades to Park Hopper and Water Park Fun & More Options,” says the company. More information is at Disneyworld.ca/Tickets.At Disneyland Resort, Canadian residents save 25% on 3-day or longer tickets. See Disneyworld.ca/Tickets.last_img read more

TPI unveils new logo at annual conference

first_imgTPI unveils new logo at annual conference Share Monday, November 28, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Travel Professionals International (TPI) has announced that after 22 years, it has updated its brand and launched a new logo, which was unveiled at the 2016 TPI Annual Conference, ‘Sea Change’.“Our new brand is a reflection of our legacy of 22 years in the travel industry. TPI’s brand is synonymous with excellence, integrity, and strong relationships. Our network of over 800 travel advisors are truly professionals who have earned the title ‘advisor’ by always exceeding expectations for their clients. Today, our brand retains these same key elements with a new modern style.”The refreshed look builds on TPI’s previous logo while evoking feelings of the ‘Golden Age’ of travel. This new logo reawakens the feelings of the past in a fresh way, as countless studies reveal that more and more travellers are realizing the value of a travel advisor.“Today, advisors heard about how we’re continuing on our innovative journey – expanding on enhanced programs and margin growth for existing advisors – and focusing our recruitment efforts to bring on highly-qualified travel advisors to our team to better increase our buying power for the benefit of all advisors. Continuing on that journey today, we were excited to present a refreshed branding for TPI”, Chia continued.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongThe 2016 TPI Annual Conference welcomed nearly 200 TPI travel advisors, guests, staff and travel partners. It was presented by TPI and its preferred partners, including Celebrity Cruises, Air Canada, Air Canada Vacations, Allianz Global Assistance and Transat Holidays, among others.center_img Posted by Tags: TPI Travelweek Group last_img read more

Costa Rica and Panama will ask for 30 million to construct border

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rica and Panama will ask for $30 million from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration in order to construct a bridge over the Sixaola River dividing the country.Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla and Panama President Ricardo Martinelli met on the Costa Rican side of Sixoala to discuss the plan, while inaugurating a temporary bridge that connects Costa Rica with Guabito, in Panama.The new structure is “a sign of brotherhood and good fellowship between the two nations and their governments,” said Martinelli, according to the official presidential website.Chinchilla and Martinelli, “signed a letter to the heads of the bank, to ask about the financial conditions for the construction of this bridge, which would cost 30 million (dollars),” the statement added.The temporary structure opened Friday. The 244-meters-long Bailey bridge will have a lifespan of five years, which will help facilitate the flow of tourists between the countries. Chinchilla said that her intention is to start construction on the new route before her term ends May 2014. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Rica proposes 20year prison sentence for starting fires in protected areas

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rica’s President Laura Chinchilla presented on Thursday a draft bill that would establish prison sentences of up to 20 years for arsonists who set fires in national parks and other protected areas.Chinchilla said she would send the bill – known as the “Fire Bill” – to the Legislative Assembly in coming days. She also signed a decree formalizing the government’s strategy to combat forest fires for the next five years.As a financing mechanism, the initiative calls for new taxes on bottled water and tourism.Environment Minister René Castro said the bill also includes measures to promote responsible care by landowners of vacant properties.Officials also announced they will use ₡100 million ($200,000) to rent helicopters and gyrocopters to monitor forest fires.According to government statistics, of 490 fires in the past five years, only seven had natural causes.In 2012, a total 34,000 hectares of forest burned, representing a cost of ₡690 million ($1.3 million). Facebook Commentslast_img read more

US Embassy in San José celebrates Fourth of July tips hat to

first_imgRelated posts:Dueling Anthems: ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ vs. ‘Hermosa Bandera’ White House names Democratic donor as nominee for ambassador to Costa Rica VIDEO: Barbecuing with Lucas Withington PHOTOS: The American Colony’s 55th annual Fourth of July picnic Facebook Commentslast_img

Magnitude69quake strikes southern Mexico northern Guatemala kills at least 2

first_imgRelated posts:Magnitude-7.3 earthquake off El Salvador coast shakes Central America On Guatemalan mountainside, hopes are washed away with the rain PHOTOS: Chile recovers from quake ‘nightmare’, 11 dead so far Lessons from 2010 Chile earthquake saved lives this week, say experts Updated at 3 p.m. on MondayPALENQUE, Mexico – A strong, magnitude-6.9 earthquake rocked parts of southern Mexico and Guatemala on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring more than 40 others.The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake — initially measured at a magnitude of 7.1 — struck the Pacific coast of Mexico’s Chiapas state at about 1124 GMT at a depth of 60 kilometers (37 miles).The epicenter was located just two kilometers from the Mexican town of Puerto Madero, and 200 kilometers from Guatemala City.About 10 minor aftershocks were recorded. No tsunami warnings were issued for the area.In Mexico, a 51-year-old man died in the town of Huixtla, near the border with Guatemala, after a wall fell on him at his home, the Chiapas state civil protection department said in a statement.Six others were injured in the state when shelters collapsed on them, it added, without offering details on the severity of the wounds.In Guatemala, a newborn baby died in a hospital in western San Marcos when part of a ceiling caved in, President Otto Pérez Molina told a press conference.Pérez Molina added that an elderly woman had died from cardiac arrest, but it was not immediately clear if the death was related to the quake.The Guatemalan president also said that 35 people had been injured, two of them critically. He added that so far, 70 homes had been reported damaged, more of half of them beyond repair.Guatemala issued an orange alert, and classes were canceled in five departments as a precaution. Authorities were still taking stock of the damage and investigating possible deaths and injuries. Some roads were blocked by landslides triggered by the quake.In Mexico, buildings and highways were cracked, and mountain roads collapsed, authorities said. At the airport in Tapachula, ceilings caved in, but flights were still operating.Authorities were assessing damage in other areas of Chiapas, one of Mexico’s poorest states.Pérez Molina and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto were to meet on Monday as previously scheduled to discuss immigration issues. The pair were expected to discuss the quake.Temblors could be felt some 670 miles away in parts of Mexico City, where “for the moment there are no damages or injuries,” Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera said.The quake also was felt in El Salvador, where no injuries or damage were reported.Mexico is prone to seismic activity, with earthquakes occurring most often along the Pacific coast.Western Guatemala was rocked by a magnitude-7.4 earthquake in November 2012. Forty-four people were killed. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Asexual unveils darker aspects of female sexuality

first_imgRelated posts:National Gallery celebrates 20 years with dynamic ‘Heritage’ exhibit Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates 20 years of provocative exhibition Dinosaurs, The Elephants, and other happenings around Costa Rica Man Yu celebrates 10 years of hyper-realistic artwork at the Club Unión In many ways, “Asexual” echoes the mood and aesthetic of Trier’s films. Each multimedia piece is dark and dispiriting, an experimental mixture of photography, drawing, and even thread sewn crudely into the paper. The portraits are raw and explicit. “Asexual” does not share the erotic beauty of Georgia O’Keeffe’s flowers or the sensual awakening of Anaïs Nin. “Asexual” is raw and unpleasant – and even bitterly funny.The imagery focuses on three major themes: the secrecy of female sexuality, the physical challenges of womanhood, and society’s peculiar demands on women. The masturbation-themed “Pescando Placer” (“Fishing for Pleasure”) shows fingers and crevices, but neither face nor context. The moment seems covert. “No Comás” (“Don’t Eat”) shows a woman’s lips hovering near a naked female groin. None of these figures looks caged, but neither do they seem free.Perhaps the most provocative collage has less to do with sexuality than with the body’s inevitable rebellion. “Secando Cuerpo” (“Drying Out the Body”) shows a withered female torso with dismissive Xs drawn over her bust. The piece examines common perceptions of the female life cycle: A woman may spend decades of menstruation and male attention, love and lust, pleasure and pain, and just when she’s figured everything out, menopause strikes, and society deems her sexually irrelevant.Like Trier’s films, “Asexual” offers an extreme vision. Trier’s characters are routinely victims of sexual malevolence, so it’s no wonder that “Asexual” would focus on the bleaker aspects of female sexuality. But it’s heartening to see a female artist respond to a male artist responding to a female worldview. If you decide to see “Nymphomaniac” at Cine Magaly, you will have to walk past Hollander’s collages. Check them out when you enter, and when the film is over, give them a second viewing. You will likely see them in a whole new way.“Asexual” continues through Sept. 18 at Cine Magaly, Barrio Escalante. Mon.-Sun., 1-10 p.m. Gallery free. Info: Cinema Facebook page. Facebook Comments The Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier has been called a great many things, but rarely is he known as an “inspiration.” Phobic, depressive and disdainful of anything American, Trier has created such hopeless dramas as “Dogville,” “Antichrist” and “Melancholia.” If Trier inspires anyone to do anything, it’s probably to sit in an unlit room and ponder the futility of life.But artist Mariana den Hollander Miranda doesn’t see it that way. When Hollander saw Trier’s latest film, the controversial “Nymphomaniac,” the story moved her to create a series of collages. Entitled “Asexual,” the exhibit is now on display in the lobby of Cine Magaly.If “Nymphomaniac” sounds like naughty fun, you might want to prepare yourself. Rampant sex looks a little different through the lens of a Scandinavian nihilist:last_img read more

Why Hong Kongs protests are a very big deal

first_imgRelated posts:Immigrants find themselves torn between hope, defeat on Obama’s plans Prosecutor who accused Argentine president is found dead Cuban dissident held briefly in Panama ahead of summit China throws Brazil multi-billion dollar lifeline for jets, oil The protests taking place in the heart of Hong Kong, Asia’s most prominent financial center, present what some commentators consider the biggest challenge to Beijing since the 1989 Tiananmen protests. For two consecutive nights, protesters have massed in some of the city’s busiest areas and refused to budge despite police firing multiple rounds of tear gas to disperse the crowds.The immediate impetus for the demonstrations is new measures proposed by China’s authorities that would limit who Hong Kongers can elect in 2017 elections. But the political earthquake shaking the former British colony is centered on a far deeper fault line: the struggle for freedom and democracy in China and the ability for Beijing’s authoritarian rulers to cope with the aspirations of 7 million Hong Kongers. Here’s what you need to know.What is the relationship between Hong Kong and China?Hong Kong, which comprises a number of islands and a coastal strip east of southern China’s Pearl River Delta, was a British colony for more than a century and a half before a negotiated deal between London and Beijing handed the territory over to China in 1997. It became a “Special Administrative Region” (SAR) of China under a unique set of conditions, dubbed “one country, two systems”: Hong Kongers were granted a range of freedoms far greater than what is allowed on the Chinese mainland. The city maintains its own immigration and customs policy, its own police force, courts and laws, modeled in part on what existed in colonial times. The British also extracted a somewhat nebulous guarantee from the Chinese that Hong Kong would be permitted a “high degree of autonomy” for 50 years after its return to China.Despite the fears of many doom-mongers, Hong Kong after 1997 remained much the same as Hong Kong before the handover. It was administered by China but with a long leash: Hong Kongers commemorate the June 4 anniversary of the Tiananmen protests every year with mass vigils and marches. Freedom of press and assembly has been preserved, and the city still gets top marks in the region for its rule of law and protection of human rights. Hong Kong has something of a democratic political system, with myriad political parties taking up seats in a legislative assembly that, while beholden to Beijing’s interests, is not wholly cowed by them.But in recent years, Hong Kongers have grown increasingly concerned with China’s long shadow and fear that Beijing will steadily undermine the SAR’s unique freedoms and dismantle the “one country, two systems” model. Recent protests have highlighted attacks on Hong Kong’s freedom of speech as well as the growing influx and influence of mainlanders in the territory. Hong Kongers, many of whom are first- or second-generation descendants of Chinese who fled Communist rule, see themselves in some respects as a people apart from the rest of China. It all came to a head earlier this month when Beijing announced that Hong Kong’s next leader, known as the chief executive, would come only from a slate of candidates vetted by Chinese authorities ahead of planned elections in 2017. A pro-democracy demonstrator gestures after police fired tear gas towards protesters near the Hong Kong government headquarters on Sept. 28, 2014. Xaume Olleros/AFPWho are the protesters?The protests have involved a convergence of various movements: the organizers who launched #OccupyCentral, Hong Kong’s (in many ways more successful) equivalent of the U.S. Occupy Wall Street movement, which was directed as much at the city’s own business elites as it was at Beijing; Hong Kong’s traditional pro-democracy groups, including many that are active during annual June 4 protests; and a huge outpouring of university and high school students, galvanized by the arrest on Friday of a 17-year-old student leader.They are calling for the resignation of Hong Kong’s current chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, considered by critics to be a Beijing proxy, and want to see free, direct elections allowed in the territory. They say they plan to press these demands through peaceful civil disobedience. The protests have been marked by propriety and peacefulness, with activists recycling trash in the middle of demonstrations and school kids dutifully doing their homework while conducting a sit-in.How is Beijing reacting to this?Awkwardly. China’s state media censored news of the protests, while authorities also blocked access to social media sites such as Instagram, on which Hong Kong protest hashtags were trending. They also condemned the “unlawful occupation actions” taking place in Hong Kong and suggested a foreign hand was guiding radicals mobilizing in the streets. Leung has branded the protests “illegal” and urged Hong Kongers to engage in “rational” dialogue with their local government. A police officer looks at a line of pro-democracy protesters rallying in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong on Sept. 28, 2014. Alex Ogle/AFPWhat will happen next?The protests appear to be growing. Wednesday and Thursday mark a national holiday in China, and many expect what takes place on those days to define the current unrest. If the sit-ins and demonstrations continue with the intensity they’ve already shown, there’s a chance that local security forces could crack down more violently than they have so far, including perhaps using rubber bullets. That sort of violent response could be a disaster for Hong Kong’s government, which would face mounting pressure from the territory’s voluble civil society and media.For China’s rulers, the choices seem more clear. They’ve already signaled their lack of interest in allowing a true democracy to flourish in Hong Kong. State media in the past have pointed to the arrogance and “racism” of Hong Kong’s anti-Chinese activists; an influential Chinese commentator notoriously labeled Hong Kongers “dogs of British imperialists.” China is unlikely to allow the protesters to win many concessions.For many years now, optimists have seen Hong Kong’s present as China’s future. Just as its capitalistic dynamism helped incubate economic transformations that spread from nearby south China through the rest of the mainland, Hong Kong’s more open political system was supposed to be a guide for a liberalizing China. The current unrest will test whether that narrative has any truth — or if the former British colony will remain a thorny exception to a Chinese leadership wholly bent on consolidating its grip on power.© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Tico standup founding father and other happenings around Costa Rica

first_imgComedy: Hernán JiménezHernan Jimenez is one of the most successful stand-up comedians in Costa Rica, as well as the director of the acclaimed dramedy “El Regreso.” His latest routine is “¡Así Quien No!” (“Who is Not Like This?”), and if you have a good grasp of Spanish and Tico culture, Jiménez’s ultra-local riffs pack a wallop.“Así Quien No” takes place Jan. 5 & 6 at JazzCafé, Escazú. 8 p.m. Mon. & Tue., 8 p.m. 10,000 ($20). Info: JazzCafé website.Exhibit: “Juan Rafael Monge”Recognized for his muttonchops and paternal demeanor, Juan Rafael Monge is widely considered the Abraham Lincoln of Costa Rica. The National Archives displays images of this founding father to the public.Exhibit continues through Feb. 28 at the National Archives, Zapote. Free. Info: Archives website.Music: Blues JamKick off 2015 with a healthy dose of down-home music, thanks to the AmonSolar Blues Jam.“Jam de Blues” takes place Jan. 5 at El Sótano, Barrio Amón. 8 p.m. 2,000-3,000 ($4-6). Info: El Sótano Facebook page.Art: Clearly Costa RicaCombining realistic animal portraits with abstractly patterned scenery, Nathan Miller’s art is a colorful illustration of Costa Rica’s outdoors.Exhibit on display at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, near Liberia, Guanacaste. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. Info: Gallery website.Exhibit: “Tomás Povedano and Costa Rican Cash”The Spanish artist Tomás Povedano already had a shining career before his moved to Costa Rica and designed the national currency. Catch this numismatic retrospective at the National Bank Museums.“Tomás Povedano y Los Billetes de Costa Rica” continues through Aug. 1, 2015, at the National Bank Museums, downtown San José. Openly daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ₡1,500. Info: Bank Museums website. Facebook Comments Art: “Super Moderno”When the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design reopens its doors on Jan. 5, take the opportunity to catch “Super Moderno,” a series of paintings, sculptures, and multimedia installations that challenge tradition ideas of art.Exhibit continues through Feb. 14 at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, downtown San José. 1,500 ($3). Info: center_img Related posts:Flamenco superstars, Soda Stereo tribute, and other happenings around Costa Rica Palmares festival, Allende play, and other happenings around Costa Rica Comedy homage, massive DJ party and other happenings around Costa Rica Fairy tale ballet, Hitchcock films, and other happenings around Costa Ricalast_img read more

COD 2917 Excellent industrial warehouse in Heredia For Rent

first_imghttps://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/29-17-01.jpg Previous Image Facebook Comments https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/29-17-04.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/29-17-03.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/29-17-06.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/29-17-07.jpg info heading info content Next Image https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/29-17-05.jpg Price: $14,990 monthlyCOD: 29-17Email: realestate@ticotimes.netPhone: +(506) 2258-1558Province: HerediaCantón: San PabloConstruction: 2346m2Located on the main road to San Isidro, this winery is in an important industrial complex of warehouses. The property features: roofed warehouse of 2,346 m2, 1,175 m2 of parking, 302 m2 of offices, spacious platform and a security gate, for a total of 3,879 m2. The platform fits up to 4 containers at one time, there are bathrooms with showers and toilets, and phone lines are available and access to three-phase electricity. See this and other listings in the new Tico Times Real Estate section here. No related posts. https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/29-17-02.jpglast_img read more

UPDATED Six cyclists struck by car during Guanacaste race

first_imgCyclists demand better protection on Costa Rican roads On Sunday, Oct. 22, elite Venezuelan athlete David Yáñez was struck and killed by a drunk driver as he participated in the San José Half-Marathon. Yáñez, who had been living in Costa Rica for about five months, was hoping to earn prize money to send back to his family in Venezuela. The driver attempted to flee the scene but was apprehended by police almost immediately.The driver in the David Yáñez case was released the day of the incident, though he is not allowed to leave the country and must sign in once a month while the investigation is underway. Updated on Nov. 2 to reflect new information about the circumstances of the accident that took place on Oct. 29. It has been a year of terrifying Sundays for Costa Rican athletes.On Sunday, as cyclists in San José commemorated the nine-month anniversary of the deaths of four riders in a January hit-and-run – and exactly one week after a runner was killed by a drunk driver during the San José Half-Marathon – six cyclists were struck by a car during a race in Guanacaste.The six professional racers were participating in the final round of the Nicoya Classic on Sunday morning when the accident took place, according to Costa Rican cycling news website CRCiclismo. All six – Daniel Jara, Fabricio Quirós, Paulo Vargas, Dylan Castillo, Leonardo Campos and Manuel Larios – survived the accident but were treated for fractures and other injuries.Witness and coach Gilbert Tencio, who was riding in a car behind the racers, told CRCiclismo that “the car tossed them into the air like dolls.”According to CRCiclismo, police tests showed the driver was not under the influence of alcohol.In the immediate aftermath of the accident, confusion surrounded its circumstances: CRCiclismo reported that the driver of the car allegedly ignored traffic police indications; however, both the cycling website and the daily La Nación also reported that the cyclists may have crossed into the car’s lane just before impact.The plot thickened when video from the car’s hood cam, published by Channel 7 News (Teletica) on Monday, showed that the car did pull to one side as directed by traffic police at the start of the race, but then continued driving on the right-hand side once an initial group of cyclists passed by. After coming around a curve, the car collided with the cyclists who were riding head-on towards the car in the right-hand lane. A number of vehicles were travelling in the opposite lane. A screenshot from the hood cam video as published by Telenoticias. Teletica via FacebookFinger-pointing has continued: Teletica reported Tuesday that the race organizers blame the driver, while the driver says he will seek damages and blames the Traffic Police and the race organizers. Chepecletas via FacebookJust over 200 km away in San José on Sunday, a group of cyclists and their supporters gathered in Desamparados, south of the city, and rode toward the town of Tres Ríos to the east of the capital, stopping at the place where, on Jan. 29 of this year, four cyclists were hit by a drunk driver as they began an early Sunday morning ride to Irazú Volcano.The accident took place at 4:11 am just outside Wal Mart on the road known as the old highway to Tres Ríos. Three of the cyclists died at the scene, and a third died within days at the hospital. The driver fled the scene, but police later found the vehicle and identified the driver.The case against the driver in the Tres Ríos case is still being processed. Drunk driver kills Venezuelan athlete during half-marathon in Costa Ricacenter_img Facebook Comments Related posts:UPDATED: Six cyclists struck by car during Guanacaste race Canadian team wins Costa Rica’s first international ice hockey tourney Even Justin Trudeau is excited about Costa Rica’s first-ever international ice hockey tourney Mexico’s Tigres defeat Costa Rica’s Herediano to advance in Champions Leaguelast_img read more

UN official cites violence against Latin women in spread of HIV

first_imgRelated posts:Another handy herb for a Costa Rican garden pharmacy Troubling increase of cancer in Latin America Costa Rica prosecutors charge 5 members of alleged organ trafficking ring Plant one of these trees for Arbor Day The virus that causes AIDS is continues to spread among women and the gay community in Latin America, due largely to the violence and discrimination that afflict both groups, according to a United Nations official.“The rise in the number of infections is occurring among young women and gay men, both of whom live in situations of discrimination,” Luiz Loures, deputy director of the UNAIDS program, told AFP.Because they are discriminated against, he added, people in these groups sometimes shun society and do not take part in prevention programs.Across Latin America, the overall number of infections of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which causes AIDS, has been stagnating, a worrying phenomenon when compared to other regions such as Africa where it is in decline.Loures, who holds the rank of UN Undersecretary General, was in San José this week to take part in a forum organized by ICW Latina, which brings together women living with HIV.At the forum, he drew a clear link between high rates of violence among young Latin women and high HIV rates.“Our statistics clearly show that where there is violence, there is HIV,” he said, adding that “women who suffer violence may have an HIV risk 30 to 50 percent higher than those who do not.”He added that more than 30 percent of young women in Latin America say they have suffered physical or sexual violence, a rate he called “very high, and very concerning.”Worrying levels of violenceIn fact, women in Latin America – particularly in Mexico and Central America – face the highest rates of violence of women anywhere in the world, according to a report by the UN Women office.The other problem is the difficulties many women face in obtaining needed care or information on reproductive health, with 42 percent of women in some countries saying they have suffered discrimination in health centers, Loures said.“This is a permanent problem and it leaves a black mark on the region,” he said. “Until we reduce violence and discrimination, there is no way to stop the new infections” of HIV.In 2016, some 540,000 women in Latin America were living with AIDS, and of them, 73,000 were between the ages of 15 and 24, according to UNAIDS. Throughout the region, a total of some 1.8 million people carried the virus.This year, an estimated 27,000 new HIV infections will afflict women in the region, 28 percent of all new cases, the organization said.Loures noted that Latin America was the first region in the world where a movement arose in civil society to demand treatment for HIV patients, leading some governments to guarantee treatment. However, he said that Latin countries will have real difficulty in reaching a UN goal of eradicating infections by 2030.While many people with HIV were being treated, others were yet to be served, he said.“We need to do much more,” Loures said. “We have to do a better job of ending violence against women, which for me is a more important epidemic than that of HIV.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Earthquake in Costa Rica was un despiche total Tico says

first_imgRelated posts:Earthquake jolts five provinces in Costa Rica Earthquakes felt across Costa Rica on Sunday Two Good Friday quakes rock Costa Rica Strong earthquake rattles Costa Rica, Panama overnight on Tuesday Leave it to Costa Ricans to turn an unnerving nighttime earthquake into immediate fodder for a nationwide joke.After a magnitude 6.7 earthquake rattled the country at 11:23 p.m. Tuesday, an unnamed Cartago resident called into Channel 7 TV News to describe how he had experienced the tremor.“En Cartago fue un despiche total,” he said, using a (slightly) vulgar Tiquismo, or Costa Rican expression, to report things were a total mess.As the caller spoke, the network showed video footage of a seemingly unaffected Costa Rican street.The lighthearted moment was a hit on social media, with many Ticos adopting the Tiquismo as their saying of the day — or noting that “despiche total” was a disappointingly accurate description of their lives.And as authorities confirmed the earthquake hadn’t caused major damages or injuries, the Cartago resident’s dramatic report gave us all the chance to share a laugh.Read more in The Tico Times:Read: Actual reporting on the earthquake Read: Learn Costa Rican slang Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Israelis celebrate 65 years of independence

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Critics of the statistics note that the bureau does not count the some 4.2 million Palestinians under Israel’s control in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.________Follow Hadid on twitter.com/diaahadid(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) JERUSALEM (AP) – Israelis celebrated 65 years of independence on Tuesday, with over a million people pouring into national parks despite unusually blustery weather.As flags fluttered from windows, street lamps and buildings across most of the country, families braved whipping winds and rain to indulge in the holiday’s traditional pastime _ the park barbeque.At formal state celebrations in recognition of the military, the country’s leaders kicked off festivities to the tune of old pop standards, reminding their countrymen of the Jewish state’s adversaries as air force jets cut across the skies of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.center_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Top Stories President Shimon Peres, who at one point sang in duet with entertainer Keren Peles, said Israel must remain vigilant of militant groups at its borders _ Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Palestinian Hamas in Gaza. He also said wars fought by the Israeli army were justified.“We overcame, because of the bravery of our soldiers. Their wars were just. Their weapons were pure. Seven times, in less than seven decades, they tried to destroy us. Seven times, we overcame and were triumphant,” he said. He also described Iran’s clerical leaders as “mad.”Military chief Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz said Israel’s army will continue to defend its citizens until “the day that peace comes.”Congratulations poured in from around the world, including from Washington.“A free and independent Israel has had no greater friend and ally than the United States,” said U.S. President Barack Obama. “Our two nations stand together because it makes our countries safer, stronger and more prosperous and it makes the world a better place,” he said in a statement sent to reporters.Meanwhile, the army closed down crossings into the country via the West Bank and Gaza Strip for Palestinians, except for humanitarian cases. It citied heightened security concerns. The festivities, which began Monday night, come just a day after the country mourned its war dead during its annual Remembrance Day commemorations.The striking contrast between the somberness of Remembrance Day and the joy of Independence Day is intentional, meant to remind Israelis of the sacrifices made to create and defend the Jewish state, which is then celebrated with ecstatic joy.In one Jerusalem park, children dashed about with blue-and-white Israeli flags draped around their necks like capes while the smell of grilled meat wafted over the crowds from portable grills.For Israel’s Arab population however, there is little love for a holiday many feel has come at their expense. It was their ancestors who were vanquished in the war that gave birth to Israel in 1948, when most Palestinians fled or were forced to flee the territory.Instead, a minority hold their own annual ceremony, gathering on the land of a Palestinian village razed during the 1948 war to commemorate their loss. Thousands on Tuesday flocked to the site of Khubeizeh, now in northeast Israel, waving the red, black, white and green Palestinian flag and denouncing the Jewish state.To mark Independence Day, Israel’s bureau of statistics reported that the country’s population had just crossed over 8 million, with some 6 million Jews and 1.6 million Arabs, many who identify themselves as Palestinians. Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

Russia officially opens 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

first_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The ceremony was a celebration of Russia and presented President Vladmir Putin’s version: a country with a rich and complex history emerging confidently from a rocky two decades and now capable of putting on a major international sports event.Friday also marked the beginning of an Olympics that many fear is subject to a terrorist attack. While thousands of Russian security officers have been brought to the resort town to protect both athletes and spectators from Muslim unrest in Russia.In what could be the first clear terror threat to the actual games Friday, a passenger attempted to hijack an Istanbul-bound flight, saying there was a bomb on board. He wanted the plane diverted to Sochi.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Sponsored Stories Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Comments   Share   4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home PHOENIX — The 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, were officially opened Friday.The Opening Ceremony began about 9:15 a.m. Arizona time. Sochi is 11 hours ahead of the Valley.Just after the sun set over the Caucasus Mountains and along the seashore just outside Fisht Stadium in the wet-paint-fresh Olympic Park, Russian TV star Yana Churikova shouted to a crowd still taking their seats: “Welcome to the center of the universe!”last_img read more

AP PHOTOS Indigenous festival in Peruvian rainforest

first_img How do cataracts affect your vision? Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories In this June 22, 2015 photo, Ashaninka Indian women skim fat from the meat of a cow in the village Otari Nativo, Pichari, Peru. The cow was donated by municipal authorities to mark the 44th anniversary of the community’s founding. The community’s men then smoked the large amounts of meat for festival-goers to consume. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) Comments   Share   It was the fifth beauty contest held among annual festivities marking the founding of the Ashaninka community of Otari Nativo, which is in a valley near the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro rivers in the world’s largest coca-growing region. The Ashaninka people number in the tens of thousands and live mostly in the rainforests of Peru.In addition to the standard Ashaninka dress, the contestants also showed off a shorter, midriff-baring summer version that can be used for swimming. Multiple strands of colored beads crisscrossed their chest like bandoliers.Other activities included an archery competition for men and women as well as a contest for drinking the fermented juice of the cassava root. The community’s men smoked large amounts of meat for festival-goers to eat.For Ashaninka men, a woman’s beauty is determined in part by her hair — the longer, the better — and whether she can cook a tasty cassava dish, said community member and translator Marishori Samaniego.A sense of humor is also important in determining attractiveness, said psychologist Leslie Villapolo, who has worked with the Ashaninka.Participants were each asked two varying questions about local geography and politics, such as to identify nearby rivers or to name Peru’s president, who is Ollanta Humala. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall OTARI NATIVO, Peru (AP) — Gathered in the middle of the Amazon forest, the participants in the beauty contest wear the simple brown dresses of the Ashaninka indigenous woman, their faces dotted in a traditional design with a red dye extracted from a spice called achiote.“The little red dots are my happiness,” said Beysi Anaya, a 17-year-old who won last month’s competition after traveling three hours by car from her native valley community of Sampantuari. She was crowned with a small straw hat featuring a long red feather.center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories During the latest competition in late June, a few young men smiled and used their cellphones to take pictures of the contestants. Community members — some in Western clothing and others in native dress — danced to music from a local band.Anaya was pleased with her win, but said she wants to study agronomy to help improve the cacao, coffee and achiote crops grown by her community.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

Trains buses automobiles but not planes this season survey

first_imgTwo out of five air travelers would rather take another form of transport over this holiday season, the U.S. Travel Association has said, and according to Airlines for America, U.S. air travel will drop by an average of 20,000 people a day between 15 December 2011 and 4 January 2012 compared to the same period last year.The U.S. Travel Association cites the frustrations of air travel in a period when over half of surveyed air travelers are flying with gifts.The association has thus again called for airlines to “remedy the carry-on chaos…clogging U.S. airports” by changing luggage policies “to include in the price of a ticket the costs associated with checking one piece of luggage”.The TSA is also being called upon to expand its PreCheck trusted traveler program to more travelers.”Our research shows that reducing hassle without compromising security will encourage more Americans to fly — as many as two to three additional trips a year — leading to an additional $85 billion in spending that would support 900,000 American jobs,” U.S. Travel Association president and CEO Roger Dow said.43.3 million air travelers are expected to fly on U.S. carriers over the 21day period, Airlines for America has said, a one percent drop over last year.However, flights will still be full, particularly between 21-23 December, 26-30 December 26-30 and 2-3 January. So, I guess the question is, if Santa Claus had to pay for excess baggage would he avoid flying too? Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

AA takeover could see Americanless OneWorld

first_imgAA is the sole American carrier in the OneWorld alliance The OneWorld global airline alliance could find itself without a representative U.S. carrier if a takeover bid by Delta Air Lines for beleaguered American Airlines (AA) were to eventuate and be successful.According to media reports, Delta, which is a member of SkyTeam, is amongst the potential buyers assessing bids for AA’s parent company, AMR Corporation, which also include private equity firm, TPG Capital and US Airways Group.    “Clearly it would be quite negative for all the OneWorld alliance carriers because you’d assume American would be converted to SkyTeam, leaving Oneworld without a U.S. representative airline,” Macquarie analyst Russell Shaw told Deal Journal in Australia, whose flag carrier Qantas is a founding member of the alliance. Similarly, a successful bid for AA by US Airways could see American Airlines converted to the world’s largest alliance, Star Alliance, of which US Airways is a member carrier.   Meanwhile, AA has announced that it will be ending flights between Dallas and Burbank, CA on February 9, as well as flights between Chicago and New Delhi on March 1, leaving American Airlines without a presence on the Indian subcontinent. In addition to closing operations at Burbank and New Delhi airports, AA said it would be separately cutting a further 150 jobs in February. American Airlines and AMR Corporation, which filed for Chapter 11 protection on November 29, said the changes weren’t related to its bankruptcy but rather in response to market pressures to become more efficient. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

Fiji Airways starts new flights to LA

first_imgBeginning on June 25, 2015, travellers will have the option to purchase round-trip flights from Los Angeles to Wellington, New Zealand with Fiji Airways.Fiji Airways’ managing director and CEO Stefan Pichler, said New Zealand is an incredibly important market for Fiji Airways, and the new flight option is a testament to Fiji Airways’ strong performance there.“The introduction of this new route reflects our commitment to the New Zealand market, and in growing our global network,” Mr Pichler said.The Los Angeles-Wellington route is made possible by the addition of direct flights from Nadi, Fiji to Wellington.The new Los Angeles- Nadi- Wellington route opens up an additional 328 seats per week between Fiji and New Zealand.United States visitors using Wellington as their New Zealand point of entry have increased by 35 per cent over the last two years.Wellington residents traveling to Fiji and to the United States have grown by more than 20 per cent over the same period.The weekly flight will be complemented by a permanent additional service beginning June 2015.Fiji Airways operates up to 13 weekly services between Fiji and Auckland and Fiji, and two weekly services between Nadi and Christchurch, which will double in capacity next winter.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more