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PEOPLE Muller returns to Silversea as VP Corporate Incentive Sales

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first_img Thursday, October 13, 2016 Share Tags: People, Silversea Cruises [PEOPLE] Muller returns to Silversea as VP Corporate & Incentive Sales Travelweek Group center_img Posted by MIAMI — Freddy I. Muller has rejoined Silversea Cruises VP of Corporate & Incentive Sales for the Americas. Muller will be responsible for overseeing the cruise line’s corporate and incentive business and strengthening relationships with meeting and incentive travel partners throughout the Americas. He will be based in the company’s Miami office, reporting to Mark Conroy, Managing Director for the Americas.Muller held a previous position with Silversea as Director of Charter & Incentive Sales for six years. He began his career in group sales at Celebrity Cruises, and brings over 23 years of incentive sales and marketing experience within the global travel industry, most recently as director, charters, meetings & incentives at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.He also brings corporate and group incentive sales experience from Kerzner International, Club Med and Miami Air International.“We are delighted to be welcoming Freddy back as part of the Silversea family,” said Conroy. “His diverse sales expertise will lend to the solidification of Silversea as a leader in corporate and incentive travel.” << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Air France creating lower cost airline to better compete

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first_img PARIS — Air France plans to create a new budget airline in hopes to better compete with Mideast carriers and low-cost rivals.Parent company Air France-KLM said in a statement Thursday that the new airline would focus on routes where Air France is struggling against cheaper competition.It said the airline would run long-haul flights for tourist and business travel. It would use Air France pilots who volunteer to work under new rules “adapted to its competitive position.” Air France staff have protested job cuts and other cost-cutting in recent years.CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac is presenting the plan Thursday to the works council.In quarterly results Thursday, Air France-KLM noted a “highly uncertain” global context and “special concern about France as a destination” after deadly extremist attacks. Tags: Air France, KLM Air France creating lower cost airline to better compete Thursday, November 3, 2016 Share Source: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Istanbuls new airport is the largest project in Turkeys history

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first_img Travelweek Group Istanbul’s new airport is the “largest project in Turkey’s history” TORONTO — In a bid to get airlines to resume flights to Turkey, the Turkish government has announced a brand new airport in Istanbul, set for completion in October 2018.Upon opening, all scheduled flights flying into and out of Istanbul Atatürk Airport will be diverted to the yet-to-be-named airport, at which point Atatürk will then be used primarily for charters and private jets.Located north of Istanbul Atatürk Airport on Turkey’s European side, the new facility will be more than twice the size of London Heathrow, spanning a total of 7,594 hectares and accommodating 150 million passengers per year. Abdullah Nergiz, Airline and Cargo Marketing Director of Istanbul New Airport, who briefed media and industry partners yesterday at Turkish Airlines’ Toronto office, described the airport as the “largest project in Turkey’s history.”After winning an open auction for the new facility, a consortium comprised of five different companies will head up operations for the next 25 years. Construction phases will be “triggered by passenger numbers,” said Nergiz, with phase one to include four runways. A 400-room airport hotel (still unbranded), a 30,000 square-metre food and beverage area, a separate harbour and a dedicated subway line are also planned. Further down the road, beyond the year 2025, Nergiz also hinted at a possible high-speed railway directly connected to the airport.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT“There are currently 56 airlines that fly into Atatürk Airport. With this new airport, we want to see other carriers flying to Istanbul,” said Nergiz. “In the past two years, many airlines have cancelled flights to Turkey, including Air Canada. Hopefully, the new airport will get them to come back.” << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bycenter_img Friday, May 26, 2017 Share Tags: Turkeylast_img read more

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Sunwing has September promo for Huatulco Puerto Escondido

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first_imgTags: Sunwing Friday, September 1, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group TORONTO — Until Sept. 30 agents can earn 4% bonus commission and receive STAR Agent Reward Points that convert into cash for all new bookings to Huatulco and Puerto Escondido with Sunwing.Plus, each time an agent makes a booking to any participating resort, they’ll gain a ballot for a chance to win an all-inclusive vacation for two to Huatulco. The more bookings agents make, the more chances to win. A seven-day vacation package will be given away each week during the promotion.All participating resorts are offering special offers during the month, from limited-time savings and complimentary room upgrades to resort credits of up to $500 per couple and special welcome amenities.Huatulco’s National Park is a recognized UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Travellers seeking adventure can snorkel above colourful reefs, kayak through rapids, go horseback riding along the beach, or enjoy some quiet fishing.Huatulco’s neighbour, Puerto Escondido, offers beachgoers a laid-back vibe and the perfect relaxing retreat with its golden sands, along with a variety of exotic wildlife like several species of sea turtles. The area is also popular for many watersports such as surfing and its waters are ideal for all skill levels.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterSunwing is partnering with a number of top-rated resorts including Barcelo Huatulco, Camino Real Zaashila Huatulco, Park Royal Huatulco, Dreams Huatulco Resort and Spa, Hotel Villablanca, Secrets Huatulco Resort and Spa and Posada Real Puerto Escondido to offer reduced rates on select vacation packages during the month.Clients can also take advantage of resort credits at Barcelo Huatulco, Dreams Huatulco Resort and Spa and Secrets Huatulco Resort and Spa. Holiday Inn Huatulco guests get a potential free marine-view room upgrade (based on new bookings departing Dec. 19, 2017 – April 30, 2018) while couples that choose Las Brisas Huatulco can take advantage of discounted massages and a free romantic dinner.For more details on the current promotion visit sunwingagents.ca.center_img Sunwing has September promo for Huatulco, Puerto Escondido Posted by Sharelast_img read more

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Air Transat enhances pet policy dogs and cats now allowed in Economy

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first_img Posted by Share Thursday, July 19, 2018 Travelweek Group Tags: Air Transat, Petscenter_img MONTREAL — Here’s a big plus for pet owners: Air Transat has just announced that it is now offering Economy class passengers the chance to travel with their pets in the aircraft’s cabin.Designed the provide passengers with greater peace of mind, the enhanced policy allows cats and dogs 10 kg (22 pounds) or less (including the weight of their cage) on the vast majority of the carrier’s flights. Caged animals must be placed under the seat in front of passengers.In the event an allergic passenger is seated close to an animal, accommodating measures will be taken once onboard.Travellers interested in this new service are invited to reserve their pet’s place through the Information and Seat Selection Center at 1-877-TRANSAT. They can also make reservations upon arrival at the airport, however the number of animals allowed to travel in the cabin is limited.The price per flight, per animal in cabin is $50 for domestic, South and U.S. flights, and $90 for Europe flights.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamOnly cats and dogs are allowed on Air Transat flights.For more information go to https://www.airtransat.com/en-CA/Travel-information/Special-services/Pets-and-service-dogs. << Previous PostNext Post >> Air Transat enhances pet policy; dogs and cats now allowed in Economy cabinlast_img read more

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More than 200 fines on first day of new traffic law

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first_imgNo related posts. More than 200 violations to the new traffic law were cited by traffic police on Friday, the first day of its implementation, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) informed.The fines were mainly due to vehicles lacking a mandatory inspection and motorcyclists not wearing reflective clothing, according to a report issued by MOPT at 3 p.m.The only fines that were not enforced were those involving motorists entering the center of the capital San José with the day’s excluded license plate numbers. The new law requires that specific sites where the restriction applies must be described in an executive decree.Therefore, restrictions are likely to go back into effect next week after President Laura Chinchilla signs the decree.The new traffic law published Friday in the official newspaper La Gaceta was approved by lawmakers in September and signed by Chinchilla on Oct. 4.In September 2011, the Legislative Assembly voted on a first version of the bill, which included maximum fines of up to ₡468.780 ($920), but the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, struck down the law, saying the penalties were disproportionately high.The main changes, therefore, are the reductions in the amount of fines.Now the highest is ₡280,000 ($560) for those exceeding 120 kilometers per hour or driving under the influence of alcohol. The limit on blood-alcohol level was set at 0.60 grams per liter of blood.In addition, there is a change in the points system, meaning the driver accumulates negative points instead of losing those assigned.Fines issued by roadside cameras will be reinstalled in February 2013. In a first stage, the electronic system will be back on four national routes and on the Circunvalación, a belt route around the center of San José. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Arenal Report

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first_imgThere will be two spay/neuter clinics this month. The first is scheduled for Aug. 29 in Nuevo Arenal atMaelin’s home – a block north of Banco National, turn right and look for the purple driveway. Appointments start at 9 a.m. There will be four veterinarians working, including Drs. Mario and Ana Christina. The fee is 7,000 ($14) per animal. Please remember not to feed your pet for at least 12 hours prior to surgery. Donations are being sought for the puppies recently rescued from horrible conditions at a local “puppy mill.” As of yet, the puppies have not been adopted to permanent homes.The second clinic is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 31, and will be held at the communal in the town of Chachagua. There are 56 animals already signed up, with only four openings remaining. The fee at the Chachagua clinic is 5,000 per animal, with discounts to families who own more than one pet. For further information, call Gloria Dempsey at 8389-4025. Volunteers to assist at the clinics are always welcome. No experience is necessary, and there is plenty to do.Repair work continues on the massive landslide that collapsed the road to La Fortuna. There is a usable one-lane along the edge of the 100-foot deep hole that is being filled with tons of rock in gavion baskets. An estimated two months will be required to bring the roadbed back to level so a permanent surface can be applied.The August meeting of the Arenal Garden Club was held at club president Victoria Torley’s home. The war room in the basement of the White House has not seen the kind of strategic planning (Defcon-4) as plotted against two yard and garden pests known to all: leaf cutters and fire ants. Every possible deterrent was explored from gasoline (not recommended) to mixing the two types of ants together by the shovelful so they will kill each other’s nests. Remember sitting in Bio-101 hearing about pheromones and wondering what in the world has this to do with my life? Hormones, yes! But pheromones?  Well, it turns out that knowledge of pheromones is the basis for one of the most effective and environmentally friendly means of controlling leaf cutter ants. Garden club members left vowing to utilize every control method discussed short of explosives, with results to be shared at the next meeting, Sept. 9.–William & Jean Priestjean_pri@msn.com Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Education Ministry promises to pay most teachers by Monday night

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first_imgEducation Ministry officials on Monday announced that payment of a backlog of public teachers’ salaries mostly would be completed by 9 p.m. tonight, hopefully resolving a tense situation that led to an ongoing nationwideteachers’ strike last week.That strike continues, and a group of 100 teachers demonstrated Monday morning in front of the ministry in downtown San José, blocking Calle 16, one of the busiest roads in the capital. Traffic Police arrived at the protest site, but no arrests, injuries or damages were reported.The strike began on May 5 after approximately 7,000 teachers had not received full payment of their salaries, some since February. Education Ministry officials blamed the error on a change in a computer system used for payments.At 1 p.m. on Monday, union leaders met to outline further actions planned for Tuesday, following a meeting with Education Minister Sonia Marta Mora.Although most of the backlog will be resolved by Monday night,  38 foreign teachers will not be paid due to problems with personal information or identification documents.The ministry published a list of those teachers on its website, and asked them to contact the ministry’s human resources department to verify personal information.Ana Doris González, president of the High School Teachers Association, said teachers will continue protesting in the capital and in other regions of the country until everyone is paid. Facebook Comments Related posts:Public teachers’ strike to continue next week Unions members vote against deal to end teachers’ strike Teachers divided over resuming strike negotiations As teacher strike continues, government announces plan to distribute back paylast_img read more

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More than 85 percent of Limón residents support new port terminal poll

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first_imgRelated posts:UPDATE: Atlantic ports paralyzed after dockworkers go on ‘indefinite’ strike Limonenses weigh in on Moín Port expansion and the ongoing dockworkers strike Solís administration, striking dockworkers at loggerheads over port concession Longshoremen suspend strike to protect paychecks A solid majority of Limón residents say that a $1 billion APM Terminals port project will be a positive thing for the impoverished region, according to a survey from Borges y Asociados.The poll results came out soon before the government announced it would restart negotiations with striking dockworkers on Thursday morning.Of 250 respondents interviewed by phone, 69 percent said the new terminal in Moín would bring more jobs to the region. More than 88 percent said the port project would have a “positive effect” on residents. The survey results were published Tuesday afternoon by APM Terminals.The poll was conducted with residents 18 and older in the Limón canton between Aug. 21-26. It has a 95 percent confidence level and a margin of error +/- 6.2 percent.Paul Gallie, general director of APM Terminals for Central America, said, “The new JAPDEVA [Atlantic Port Authority] Container Terminal in Moín is a Costa Rican government project that we’re sure will promote competition in the country and socio-economic development in Limón.”Costa Rica’s port infrastructure is among the worst in Latin America, ranking 115th out of 144 countries surveyed in the 2015 World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report. The hopes of many in the Caribbean province, the poorest in Costa Rica, have been pinned on this project that promises to deliver a world-class port.“A project of this magnitude is going to generate jobs, demand for services, procurement for materials and will serve as a motor for development in Limón during the construction phase,” José Rossi, president of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE), told The Tico Times. Beyond construction jobs, the port project is expected to create demand for secondary services that would create more employment.Rossi said that it was important that the terms of the 2011 contract be respected if Costa Rica were to continue courting foreign investment. He said the promise of the new port was an important factor when businesses think about investing here. The docks in Limón handle some 80 percent of Costa Rica’s international commerce.“It would be unthinkable that this project not move forward,” Rossi said.On Wednesday, Labor Minister Victor Morales said the government would restart negotiations with the Port Authority union, SINTRAJAP, on Thursday morning, as the strike entered its eighth day. Morales had suspended dialogue after demonstrators in Limón burned pictures of President Luis Guillermo Solís and some of his ministers Monday after SINTRAJAP walked out of negotiations in San José.The government has proposed $760 million in new equipment and infrastructure for JAPDEVA, as well as road improvements to Route 32 connecting San José and Limón, and other projects in the region. Morales said Wednesday that the government’s offer had not changed since it was first proposed Monday.The Solís administration has ardently supported the contract language as it is written, including a clause granting APM Terminals a 33-year concession to service container-only ships at its new facility.Since the strike started on Oct. 22, police and demonstrators have clashed several times. Authorities have encountered 50 road blocks during the evenings, sometimes involving burning tires or rocks thrown at police, according to a statement from the Public Security Ministry. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Relatives and friends of LGBT Costa Ricans speak out in new campaign

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first_imgRelated posts:US Postal Service to issue stamp this week honoring gay rights pioneer Costa Rican court upholds gay rights in professional associations Casa Presidencial presents gay common-law marriage bill PHOTOS: A look inside Costa Rica’s San Rafael Prison Costa Rica’s Ombudsman’s Office launched its latest human rights campaign Wednesday in support of LGBT people. The only thing missing was LGBT people.Instead, the campaign focused on friends and family of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Allies shared their stories of how they came to accept their LGBT loved ones and made their case for greater acceptance for LGBT people in Costa Rican society.“We should support and work with families to build a more solidarity world, one that’s more humane and fair for all people: friends, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters, and sons and daughters, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Ombudswoman Montserrat Solano Carboni, according to a statement from her office.The campaign also encouraged people to sign a petition in support of equal rights and protections for Costa Rica’s LGBT population.The videos were produced with support from the public relations company La Tres. Public funds were not used to produce the videos, according to a statement from the Ombudsman’s Office.This is the latest in a serious of video campaigns from the Ombudsman’s Office, including others to prevent violence against children, raise awareness about elderly Costa Ricans, and an anti-crime initiative.Read: Costa Rica’s changing definition of family hits cookie commercial Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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WATCH Real Madrid star Keylor Navas makes Tico teens wish come true

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first_imgBilly Orozco is a 16-year-old Costa Rican who is unable to walk due to cerebral palsy, but he loves football and, above all, his idol: Costa Rica’s Real Madrid goalkeeperKeylor Navas.Spanish telecom company Movistar flew Billy and his family to Madrid last month and arranged a special meeting with Navas.The family spent three days in Madrid from Nov. 25-28, where they enjoyed tours of the capital’s main attractions. The biggest surprise, however, was a Santa Claus who was handing out gifts on a random street. Suddenly, Santa Claus removed his costume and it was Keylor.Navas first learned of his Tico fan in October, and at the time he sent Billy an autographed jersey. Keylor’s father, Freddy Navas, personally delivered the jersey at Billy’s school in Santo Domingo in Heredia, north of Costa Rica’s capital, where he is currently finishing 10th grade.Billy’s favorite hobby is playing football with his friends, and he always plays goalie, sporting Keylor Navas’ #1 jersey from Real Madrid.Watch a video of Billy’s surprise (in Spanish):  Read more Keylor Navas stories here Facebook Comments Related posts:WATCH: Keylor Navas records another shutout for Real Madrid Keylor Navas puts on a show in Real Madrid win Keylor Navas’ coach at Real Madrid sacked, Spanish media report WATCH: Keylor Navas takes flight to make a miraculous diving savelast_img read more

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From Russia to Costa Rica This is a blessed country

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first_imgThe tropical warmth and natural beauty of Costa Rica brought Виталина Матросова (Vitalina Matrossova) and her family here from Russia 12 years ago, at the age of 20.Matrossova, along with her parents and brother, immigrated from the Republic of Karelia, a federal subject of Russia located near Saint Petersburg. The family had first visited Costa Rica four years earlier to escape the cold and explore the beaches of Guanacaste, which they had discovered on a travel program on TV in Russia. They liked it so much that they eventually decided to make a permanent move.Matrossova was able to adapt quickly by learning Spanish and speaking it fluently. She studied law at the University of Santo Tomás, although she never worked professionally as a lawyer; she’s now studying fashion design and creating her own clothing line. She married a Costa Rican and they have a daughter who shares both Costa Rican and Russian culture; they live in Santa Ana, west of the capital.The Tico Times sat down and spoke with Matrossova about her life. Excerpts follow. Why did your family come to Costa Rica?We first came here to travel and [my parents] loved it because of the nature, the beaches, the ocean… They thought that they could build their own business here, and slowly, the idea of leaving everything behind developed. My parents decided to sell everything in Russia and come to Costa Rica, after my brother and I finished high school.I didn’t know that economically and politically things were very difficult in Russia. At the time, some of my parents’ lands were taken away and they feared communism. Those political issues [probably] made them think about moving… My father always had a business of his own, so he knew that sustaining a business here would be easier.What type of business was your father in?He used to sell all sorts of things. My father has always been very entrepreneurial, so he used to sell clothes and jewelry. Here, he opened a jewelry store in San Pedro [east of San José]. He sold jewelry with semiprecious stones at different prices that were accessible for everyone. Some were semiprecious stones mounted on silver and gold and others were fantasy jewelry, but all of them were brought from Russia.What about Costa Rica caught your family’s attention?The nature and the warmth all year round. In Russia it’s winter all the time and it’s very cold. The temperature can reach -30 degrees Fahrenheit and the heating system doesn’t always work… if there are gas problems in Russia, the heating system won’t function. Here in Costa Rica we loved the warmth and the people. The people here are very friendly and welcoming, whereas in Russia they’re colder. People here enjoy life more, the smaller things.What cultural changes did you notice between Russia and Costa Rica?It’s a big change. I love the people here in Costa Rica, but I did notice that men are sometimes machistas. At the beginning, when I went to San José, men would not respect my space. Maybe it’s because I was used to the culture in Russia: people are strict. People probably became that way after the war, because people learned that everything must be done no matter what, and that it’s often hard to get things. Maybe it’s also something family-related. I was taught to do things correctly and comply with what I was told to do.Now that you have been studying fashion design, which are some of the things that you’ve noticed about the way in which people dress here?When I came here I asked myself: if in Costa Rica it’s summer all year round, why don’t women use summer clothing every day? I noticed most of the time they were wearing pants, boots or jeans. That surprised me a lot when I arrived here, especially when I went to Avenida Central for the first time. In Russia we’re always waiting for summer to come in order to use our summer clothes and put away our coats.People in Russia are also very classist. Here, people dress simply, in shorts and flip flops. You can see a politician or doctor, relaxed, wearing these types of clothes. In Russia, people from a certain social status would never allow themselves these types of things. Things are more rigid over there, and these things influence your conduct directly, because if you don’t comply with certain standards, they’ll value you based on what you wear, live or have… not on who you are. In my opinion, it’s very different here.What are some of the benefits you’ve obtained from living here in Costa Rica?Here you can build and sustain businesses very easily. There are not as many bureaucratic [requirements] as in Russia. In Russia you’ve got taxes all over the place for every single thing. Besides that, here you can go to the beach at any moment.Right now in Russia there are many programs about Costa Rica, so I’m always asked about the crocodiles, beaches, Guanacaste, the birds, and exotic flowers. Only now have people in Russia started to learn more about Costa Rica. Before, you’d say Costa Rica and no one knew where it was.When my father told us we were going to Costa Rica, I asked him were it was. I was surprised when I found a really small country on the map, but I think Costa Rica is a really blessed country. There’s no military and that’s very important because in Russia many people lose their loved ones due to that. It’s obligatory and your family can’t escape it. Here, I sometimes feel that people don’t appreciate that [there’s no military]. It’s a peaceful country and people don’t know what a war is truly about, or [what it’s like] when a son goes there and dies. They’re 17 or 18 years old when they leave, so they’re basically children.How does the military influence Russia?They teach you that you’ve got to honor your country and patriotism, but as things have changed in the world, the values are not the same anymore. Patriotism is not the same as it was before. The main purpose behind this was to prepare men to defend their nation… But people suffer… mothers, siblings, and the men themselves who go to war. These men sometimes go without any warning, so it’s very difficult for families.Thankfully, there are no wars going on right now. My cousin is in the military now and he’s very happy. He says that it’s not the same as it was before. He says they’re not scaring him, and he learns lots of things.Would you like to share your or your family’s coming-to-Costa Rica story? Contact us at kstanley@ticotimes.net or share a post or video with the hashtag #SoyMigranteCR.Read more stories of Costa Rican immigration here. Facebook Comments Related posts:A letter to our readers Museum inaugurates design exhibit featuring San José’s oldest shops From Syria to Cartago: One immigrant’s four-generation family business in Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport at a crawl with stricter passport checkslast_img read more

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Thousands evacuated in Guatemala as volcano erupts then stops

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first_imgRelated posts:Following Trump, Guatemala begins process to move embassy to Jerusalem Meet the Costa Rican woman who saved 300 lives in Guatemala Guatemala continues search for volcano victims as more eruptions occur Guatemala Fuego eruption is over: officials Guatemalan authorities declared a red alert and evacuated around 4,000 people Monday after the Fuego volcano erupted for the fifth time this year, sending bursts of ash and lava down the mountain before its activity decreased and then stopped.Memories are still painfully fresh of the volcano’s eruption in June, which swept away villages and left nearly 200 people dead and 235 missing.The Institute of Volcanology’s director Pablo Oliva said the volcano’s activity level had dropped significantly by late Monday.A spokesman for Guatemala’s disaster management agency CONRED had earlier said it decided to evacuate the municipality of Escuintla and two other districts. Some 4,000 people were taken to temporary shelters as a precaution.The spokesman, David de Leon, said the eruption became increasingly violent after it began Sunday morning, leading to fears for the safety of the thousands of people who live on the slopes of the 3,763 meter-high (12,246 feet) mountain.A column of ash rose about 1,000 meters above the crater and areas west of the volcano —35 kilometers (22 miles) from Guatemala City — were under a barrage of gas ash and fiery rocks, CONRED said.As the volcano’s activity fell back to normal parameters, evacuees were asked for the sake of cautiousness to return home on Tuesday by bus.A previous eruption on October 12-13 was characterized by increasingly loud booms and lava flow. On that occasion, 62 people were evacuated from their homes as a precaution and a highway around the mountain was closed.Many of those evacuated on Monday said they had feared a repeat of the deadly June eruption.“We were scared and that’s why we evacuated,” said Miriam Garcia, from the village of El Rodeo which was largely spared the deadly eruption.Oscar Juarez from El Rodeo said: “You have to get out as soon as possible because when that (volcanic material) comes close, you no longer have time to leave, even if you run, because it comes very fast.”Activity inside Guatemala’s two other volcanoes, Pacaya and Santiaguito, has increased in recent months but they have not entered the eruptive phase. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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A look at recent US drone strikes in Pakistan

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first_imgMAY 23Four suspected militants killed in strike on a compound in Datta Khel Kalai village in North Waziristan.MAY 24Strike on militant hideout kills 10 suspected militants near Mir Ali in North Waziristan.MAY 26Four suspected militants killed in hit on bakery in Miran Shah in North Waziristan.MAY 28Five suspected militants die in strike on a vehicle and house close to Datta Khel in North Waziristan.JUNE 2Strike on a motorbike near Wana in South Waziristan kills two suspected militants.JUNE 3Ten suspected militants killed in strike in Mana Raghzai village in South Waziristan.JUNE 4Strike on a house near Mir Ali in North Waziristan kills eight suspected militants.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements (AP) – The U.S has carried out a flurry of drone strikes recently after a lull, and officials are trying to determine whether the latest hit killed al-Qaida’s second-in-command. Here is a look at drone strikes over the past month and the tolls from them, according to Pakistani intelligence officials.MAY 4Eight suspected militants killed in a strike that hit a house in the Dra Nishtar area of North Waziristan Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself up New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familycenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

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Lanvin Paul Smith give a strong menswear finale

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first_imgTo see the veteran take to the stage was a rare event: He turns 90 next week and this may well be one of his last shows.In other collections, bold design was back.Paul Smith used color with masculine confidence.The British designer championed a vivid palette with a new carrot shape silhouette in trousers.In the strongest show of the day French house, Lanvin defiantly bucked the trend for spring-summer and went monochrome.LANVINThe house moved in a new, contrasting direction, trumpeting a techno black and white early-1980s silhouette that harked back to the end of Glam Rock.Waists were high and belted Sunday, baggy shirts with rolled short sleeves sported retro V-necks, and some models wore Elton John shades.Where was the color, ubiquitous in most other menswear shows this season?“I didn’t try to create anything to set a trend,” Lanvin’s creative director Alber Elbaz said backstage.Here the brightness came in glam rock metallic sheen, reaching its most flashy in a traffic-stopping single breasted silver suit.It signaled a different, confident voice in this season’s fashion conversation.Adam Ant could well have been sitting in the front row.“It’s about contradictions, contrasts,” said Elbaz. Top Stories Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths _____Thomas Adamson can be followed at http://Twitter.com/ThomasAdamsonAP Comments   Share   These certainly abounded _ though they never detracted from the overall unity of the show.Tensions were created by black on white, matte on sheen, and even some 1960s fitted suits that varied the Roxy Music silhouette.The models all strutted on a plaftormed catwalk, influenced, Elbaz explained, by a desire “to elevate fashion.”With this forward moving show, in that goal he was successful.PAUL SMITHPaul Smith’s went through the rainbow for a bold spring summer menswear collection for 2013.Peach, forest green, rose pale blue, vermilion and lemon yellow filed past on models like successive tones on a color wheel. The statement was: This season’s man is happy, confident, and proud of it.There was some clear study done on finding the ideal palette: one ensemble in yellow ochre, terracotta, mint green and pale blue simply blossomed.Strong shouldered-fitted suits with skinny pants hit the trend button, but also featured alongside a new carrot silhouette in the pant, with billowing pockets.Print also featured strongly in fabrics splattered with dissected rose images.But did the show’s brightness lack a manly edge? There’s no need to worry.“If my customers come into my showroom, they’ll still find the navy blues, the rent payers,” said Smith backstage. “These bright colors are for a show of 12 minutes of impact, just a statement.” Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Smith _ a designer with a strong business mind _ clearly understands how to design for men: softly, softly is the key.“With (menswear) clothes for me it’s about nudging not shoving.”PIERRE CARDINIt was a long-awaited comeback.The legendary designer, famed for dressing the Beatles in collar-less jackets and taking high fashion to communist China, celebrated his long career with his first menswear catwalk show in several years, showcasing his signature space-age designs.It was by far the most exhaustive menswear collection of the season, with a staggering 138 retro looks.If none of the clothes felt very contemporary _ chunky sweaters, collar-less suits and retro space age neoprene jackets _ this was perhaps unsurprising: The designer turns ninety next week.But despite his age, and a resume that spans 65 years, retirement is not in his vocabulary.“Aesthetics is simply my craft,” said the designer backstage, “I’ve still got gasoline for tomorrow.”The multimillionaire, who worked at Dior in his twenties, has not been slowed by age.“I was the youngest couturier in Paris when I started, and now I’m the oldest. It’s extraordinary, I’m still here!”center_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements AP Fashion WriterPARIS (AP) – The final day of spring-summer 2013 menswear shows saw the return of legendary designer Pierre Cardin.Sixty-five years after he first burst onto the fashion scene, on Sunday guests were treated to a rare celebration of the designer credited with inventing Paris menswear in the first place.Cardin is the last survivor of the post-War Parisian couturiers, which include the likes of Christian Dior, Elsa Schiaparelli and Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 must play golf courses in Arizona 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

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Romney Newsweek cover first for wimp critique

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first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements JERUSALEM (AP) – Mitt Romney says that if he worried about what reporters thought of him, he wouldn’t get much sleep.He says he’s sleeping just fine.The U.S. presidential candidate tells CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he isn’t sweating the upcoming Newsweek magazine cover that leads with “Romney: The Wimp Factor.”He says the media tried a similar criticism of President George H.W. Bush. Romney says Bush “was a pretty great president” who was not a wimp. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories A 1987 Newsweek profile featured a profile of then-Vice President Bush with the title _ “Fighting the `Wimp Factor.’”Asked whether he had ever been called wimp, Romney says the Newsweek cover is a first.Romney is in Israel on an international trip set to introduce him on the world stage.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Parents, stop beating yourself up Top Stories How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img

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Missing teen found dead in Norway 2 suspects held

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first_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Police said two men aged 37 and 64, who were not named, were arrested on suspicion of murder.Norwegian broadcaster NRK said the suspects rejected the allegations.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Top Stories OSLO, Norway (AP) – Norwegian police say they have found the body of 16-year-old girl who went missing a month ago and arrested two men suspected of killing her.The search for Sigrid Schjetne had been making headlines in Norway since she disappeared on Aug. 5 on her way home from a friend’s house in Oslo.Police confirmed Tuesday that a body found in a forest outside the capital a day earlier was that of Schjetne. They did not release the cause of death. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

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Villages as laboratories in debate on Africa aid

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first_imgSachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York, says that villagers in Africa are stuck in a poverty trap, and with the right help can escape it for good.But he has critics. Some say the project creates dependence, that its advances may be no greater than the rest of the country in question and cannot be sustained once the project ends.Now Sachs has scored possibly the project’s biggest coup to date _ $18.1 million from the British government’s Department for International Development to help 30,000 people in northern Ghana _ which, with government and local contributions, comes out to about $150 dollars per person per year over five years. But it also presents Sachs with a challenge, because the British agency is spending $3 million of the money on a 10-year evaluation of the project to measure its impact, sustainability and value for money. It’s the first independent evaluation, and the critics say it’s long overdue.Even though he acknowledges the program hasn’t been rigorously evaluated, former British Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell has faith in it. Accompanying Sachs on the visit to Nabari, he said: “The British government only funds programs which deliver.” He said its contribution “will have a remarkable effect on northern Ghana, a place where there is deep poverty even by African standards.” But how, Clemens asked, can “low cost” be judged if full expenditure figures for all the projects aren’t published? The full figure is critical for knowing whether the money could have been better spent elsewhere, he said. “That’s the whole point. it’s to figure out what to do with scarce aid resources.”Sachs said releasing those figures served no purpose. “We are not trying to demonstrate what the Earth Institute can do. We are trying to demonstrate what can be done on the ground at a certain cost, with a certain budget, in a certain way.” Some also think Sachs’ approach encourages dependence. Dambisa Moyo, Zambian-born author of “Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How there is a Better Way for Africa,” wrote in a Huffington Post editorial: “The aid interventions that Mr. Sachs lauds as evidence of success are merely Band-Aid solutions that do nothing to lift Africa out of the mire _ leaving the continent alive but half drowning, still unable to climb out on its own.” Sachs said he is being unfairly targeted given the level of waste that exists in the aid sector. He said much of the progress being made throughout Africa is “precisely because of the kinds of interventions that we’ve been championing and calling for,” such as more fertilizer better seeds, malaria-preventing bed nets, and trained community health workers.  Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sachs says his project is different from the 1970s venture, mainly because of technological advances.“What we are doing was not tried before and could not have been. … The earlier programs did not include computers, email, internet for data management, systems control, mapping, monitoring, banking, payments, health care, teaching, process control, value chains and countless more areas,” he wrote in an email. Clemens and his co-author Gabriel Demombynes, a senior economist at the World Bank in Nairobi, have published papers and editorials over the years claiming the project is overstating its impact. They say it boasts of gains in indicators like child mortality, without noting these are insignificant compared to changes happening at a relevant regional or national level. That should be the critical question for every project like this one – “what would have happened if the project hadn’t come along?” Clemens said.Sachs acknowledged in an interview that his project’s evaluations have lacked the rigor of a randomized control trial, but said he is using interventions that have already been proven to work. “This would not be satisfactory if we were introducing a new untested medicine. I wouldn’t take the medicine myself,” he said. “But if what we’re really trying to do is show communities that at low cost it’s possible to do a number of important and proven things, and here are some ways to do that, I think this can play an important role.” Since the Millennium Village project was launched in Kenya in 2006, Sachs’ vision has twice put him on TIME Magazine’s list of the year’s most influential people, and he is an adviser and friend of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who wrote a laudatory account of a visit last year to a Millennium Village in Malawi.“In a community that once could not feed itself, a giant warehouse was almost bursting with tons of surplus grain,” Ban wrote. “By using high-yield seeds, better soil management, and proper row planting, the community has more than tripled its crop production, and villagers who previously were hungry grain buyers are now food-secure grain sellers.”But Michael Clemens, a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Global Development, says a similar project called Integrated Rural Development was attempted in the 1970s and 80s by the World Bank and failed because it could not survive without donor funding.Clemens, who researches ways of making aid more effective, sees a similar fate awaiting the Millennium Villages. “How likely is it that without the lavish expenditures of a New York-centered philanthropist-funded organization, the project can continue for long?” he said in an interview. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Comments   Share   Top Stories Sponsored Stories  Sachs’ continues to attract funding and support for the project. “He’s one of the most charismatic, persuasive people in the world. I’ve seen people bend over crying at his speeches,” said Clemens. “He knows how to move people, and that’s a beautiful thing.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Lately, however, Nabari and 33 neighboring villages are in the spotlight, brought together as a single “Millennium Village” as part of American economist Jeffrey Sachs’ ambitious effort to demonstrate that with the right guidance and seed money, Africans can rise out of poverty and become self-sustaining.While this West African country is benefiting from new oil wealth, mining and industry, life for many in the districts of West Mamprusi and Builsa, some 500 kilometers (300 miles) from the capital, Accra, consists of understocked food markets, poor health and low school attendance.“This is a hardworking community. and with new technologies and new ways to do things, poverty can be ended in this region,” Sachs told more than 1,000 villagers in Silinga, a village near Nabari, when he visited in August, accompanied by Ghana’s new president, John Mahama.The 14 Millennium Villages in Africa are part of a global anti-poverty initiative launched under U.N. auspices in 2000. The goal is to bring people like Dokurugu out of poverty with a big push of assistance that will wean them off aid after several years. The villages get fertilizer and improved seed, irrigation canals, clinics and health workers, school meals, roads and better access to markets. Associated PressNABARI, Ghana (AP) – In the village of Nabari on northern Ghana’s dry savanna, 80-year-old Wudana Dokurugu lives with other widows in a clump of mud huts. They farm maize and soybeans in impoverished soil, and say their food never lasts to the next harvest.“When I run out of food I go fetch firewood and sell it for one cedi ($0.50) a bundle,” said Dokurugu. That’ll buy her a bowl of dry maize. Anyone getting sick will likely not have the $2.50 fare to the nearest hospital, about 15 miles away. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Former Arizona Rep. 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Argentina Pan American Energy to invest 34B

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first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Argentina is trying to combat an energy deficit that has forced it to import billions of dollars’ worth of fuels each year.Pan American Energy was responsible last year for 18 percent of Argentina’s daily oil production and 18 percent of the country’s daily output of natural gas.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Argentina’s Pan American Energy says it will spend $3.4 billion on natural gas exploration and output in the country over the next five years.A statement issued Friday says the company struck a deal with the Argentine government to boost the price it will get for natural gas to $7.5 per million British thermal units.The company says the agreement is similar to one recently reached between the government and YPF, which is Argentina’s state-run energy company.center_img Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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Aquino Philippines to fly usual routes over disputed reefs

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first_img Top Stories “We will still exercise our rights over our exclusive economic zone,” he said, adding that the “bottom line is, it has to be clear, we will defend our rights to the best of our abilities.”Aquino pointed to the disparity in the military strength of China and the Philippines, saying China should not bully a smaller country because it would hurt its image as it tries to create goodwill with its trading partners.The Philippines is pursuing international arbitration and diplomatic efforts to try to resolve the territorial dispute with China.When asked about what coordination the Philippines is having with the United States, a key military ally, to address the problem, Aquino said the two countries are helping each other but that he could not reveal details.Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin told reporters he will meet with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter at the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii on Wednesday to discuss concerns over China’s apparent attempt to impose an ADIZ in the area.“We will ask the extent of help they can give us … because right now we are the one being bullied,” he said. “Let us see what assistance they can give us to more or less keep us safe from harassment.” Gazmin said Filipino and Japanese defense officials were also discussing the possibility of transferring Japanese military equipment to the Philippines, which has one of the most ill-equipped armed forces in the region.China said Thursday that it is entitled to keep watch over airspace and seas surrounding artificial islands it created in the South China Sea, following an exchange in which its navy warned off a U.S. surveillance plane. The United States said that its own aerial patrolling was in accordance with international law and that it will seek to preserve the ability of not just the U.S. but all countries to exercise freedom of navigation and flight.Philippine military officials have said China has challenged its air patrols at least six times since last month, with a recording asking the planes to leave the Chinese military area to avoid misunderstanding.China’s construction has intensified frictions in the South China Sea, where Beijing’s expansive claims to the waters and reefs overlap with those of the Philippines, Taiwan, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How men can have a healthy 2019 Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine aircraft will continue to fly their usual routes over disputed reefs in the South China Sea, the country’s president said Monday, defying China’s challenges to its planes and those of the United States.President Benigno Aquino III told reporters there is no declared air defense identification zone over the area and “we will still fly the routes that we fly based on international law.”last_img read more

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