Swoop adds 7th aircraft ahead of summer 2019 schedule

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Share CALGARY — Low cost carrier Swoop has released its summer 2019 schedule in full with new destinations, domestic markets, two new transborder markets and an extension of two international routes.Swoop says it’s adding London ON, Kelowna B.C. and Oakland CA. The new domestic markets include service between London, ON and Halifax six times per week and daily service from London, ON to/from Abbotsford and Edmonton. Service between Kelowna and Winnipeg will be offered three times a week. The schedule also sees the return of the seasonal route between Abbotsford and Winnipeg four times per week.Edmonton will get increased transborder capacity with three times weekly flights to/from Oakland, CA and a weekly flight to/from Orlando.Swoop will also continue its Hamilton service to Montego Bay and Cancun, with a weekly return flight throughout the summer.Among the routes that will end for the summer are Hamilton to Puerto Vallarta and Tampa Bay, and Abbotsford to Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán. Edmonton to Mesa will take a short hiatus and suspend service at the end of May, before resuming Oct. 5, 2019.“The summer 2019 schedule focuses on realizing economies of scale,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop.  “We have created a schedule that leverages our existing network while expanding to a limited number of strategic destinations.”All of the nonstop flights are available for travel from April 28 through Oct. 26. Tuesday, January 22, 2019 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: 2019, Schedule, Summer, Swoop Swoop adds 7th aircraft ahead of summer 2019 schedulelast_img read more

Tax Administration to close more businesses this week

first_imgNo related posts. Some 36 businesses, including supermarkets, department stores, bars, restaurants and hotels, may be closed by the Tax Administration in coming days due to tax violations.Last week, the office closed 38 businesses for allegedly failing to pay taxes, and on Monday, officials resumed operations that could end in the closure of 74 businesses.Tax Director Carlos Vargas said the businesses are accused of late payments, billing irregularities or failure to report sales tax.“We want to send the message that we will apply the law to everyone who does not fulfill their obligations,” Vargas said.Businesses must remain closed for five days. Facebook Commentslast_img

Bilingual employment fair seeks to fill 6700 jobs

first_imgNo related posts. The Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE) will organize the ninth edition of its annual job fair next month at the Antigua Aduana facilities, in downtown San José.The fair is scheduled for Feb. 8-10 and will bring together some 50 local and international companies in the services, medical, education and recruitment industries.Companies will be seeking employees fluent in English, Portuguese, Mandarin, German, Dutch, French and Japanese.“The companies involved in the CINDE Job Fair are leaders in high-tech sectors. There also will be recruiting companies seeking candidates for different companies,” CINDE Executive Director Gabriela Llobet said.The fair will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Feb. 8-9 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Feb. 10. Admission to the event is free and companies will only take digitally formatted résumés. Some job interviews might be conducted at the fair, organizers said.Participating companies include: Ace Global, Amazon, Amba APL, Auxis, avVenta, Bank of America,  BASS, Baxter, Boston Scientific, Citi, Concentrix, Convergys, Covidien, Curtiss Wright, Dell, Deloitte, DO Gestión de Talento, Sykes, Dole, Emerson, Ernst & Young, Experian, First Data, Fiserv, Grupo STT, Hospira, HP, IBM, Language Line, National Instruments, Pacific Interpreters, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Procter & Gamble, St. Jude Medical, Startek, Teleperformance, Thomson Reuters, Trade Station, Unilever, VMWare, Western Union, Wizard, WNS, Volcano, Akamai, BASF, ULatina, UAM and ULACIT.For more info, see the fair’s website at: http://jobfaircr.wordpress.com. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

US burger chain to open first Costa Rica location

first_imgRelated posts:Smashburger opens first Latin American restaurant in Costa Rica Starbucks buys coffee farm in Costa Rica Another fast-food chain closes in Costa Rica IHOP looking for investors to open in Costa Rica California-based burger chain Johnny Rockets will open its first restaurant in Costa Rica – one of two in the region – in August.The new eatery will be located at Mall Lincoln Plaza food court in Moravia, north of the capital.Desarrollos Gastronómicos Internacionales, owner of the local franchise, expects to add new restaurants in Escazú, southwest of San José, and in the provinces of Heredia and Alajuela by next year.The Costa Rica location will open simultaneously with one in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, as the company also owns the rights to open restaurants in that country, as well as in Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador.Each restaurant will create 30-40 direct jobs and requires an investment of some ₡250 million ($500,000). Most of the materials will be imported from California “to ensure that customers have the same experience as walking into a restaurant in the United States,” Antonio Burgos, a spokesman for the company, told the weekly El Financiero.Johnny Rockets is a themed restaurant brand depicting 1950s and ’60s U.S. burger joints. There are 300 locations in 30 states in the U.S. and in other 16 countries. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

A new era begins

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Attacks on Mexico journalists surge, says rights group The Guardian names Costa Rican journalist among ‘young climate campaigners to watch’ ahead of Paris 2015 Welcome, Pope Francis, and please forgive us our goofs The Tico Times partners with La Prensa to bring more coverage from Nicaragua Welcome to the new Tico Times.After months of research, design, redesigns, tweaking and developing, we bring you our modern site that works across every platform (the site looks beautiful on a smartphone, by the way). We’re not done yet, either: Expect more changes and innovative features in coming weeks and months. This is only our minimalist beginning, but we feel it’s a rather attractive one.When we last redesigned ticotimes.net in 2010, we still published a print version of the newspaper, and, unfortunately, the website came second. With this redesign, we bring you the first step in what will be a constantly evolving publication. The site will be capable of keeping pace with technological innovations – and the latest news.Redesigns can appear overwhelming, and we encourage you to explore the site and see how it works. It shouldn’t take long to adjust. The new Tico Times will improve the way you get the news from Costa Rica and the region. That being said, if you notice any glitches or errors or have any other comments, email us at feedback@ticotimes.net. We’ll be monitoring the inbox, and doing whatever we can do ensure the site’s launch is a smooth experience for readers.With this new look and delivery platform, we can change the way we cover the news. We’ve transformed from a weekly print newspaper to a 24-7 digital publication. You’ll no longer have to wait for tomorrow morning’s paper to see what’s going on today. Updates throughout the day will alert you about everything from major breaking political scandals to videos of an incredible goal by Costa Rica’s national soccer team. The context and analysis that always has set The Tico Times apart from other media hasn’t been forgotten either. There’ll be more of that, too.Creative director Haime Luna collaborated with our digital team to build a website that’s designed for the reader. Our vision for the redesign was to take the charisma of The Tico Times from the days of yore and combine it with the sleekness and functionality of a cutting-edge website. We believe our longtime readers will appreciate that. And we’re excited to welcome new readers to an award-winning paper with a 57-year legacy.Here’s a quick primer on what to expect with The (new) Tico Times:Cleaner article pages, bigger photos and responsive designThere is a lot of white space in the design. All the latest newspaper redesigns love white space, and so do we. We’ve wielded white space and crisp fonts to make stories easier to read. The layout gives our photos more pop. The new gallery function allows our most vivid, exciting photos to receive the large space they deserve.Our redesigned logo is smaller, in order to place the emphasis on our content. That’s not to say we didn’t put any effort into redesigning the new logo – quite the contrary.During the last Tico Times redesign, the iPad didn’t even exist. On our mobile phones, Tico Times stories were unreadable. The new site has a responsive design that automatically adapts to the device you’re using. Stories  look great on any platform – whether it’s a cellphone, tablet or massive desktop monitor. Try it out!Easier to find the news you want to readWe’ve created a navigation system that permits readers to move fluidly through the site. After reading a story, you won’t need to trek back to the home page to find the latest news. Instead the latest articles will appear in the left-hand column, which scrolls separately from the main site.All new articles appear on the site’s main page. You’ll no longer need to search through murky special sections to find a brand-new hotel review or a recent business report. The page’s header has a search bar to help you find stories in our archive. The infinite scrolling design allows you to effortlessly move through headlines and articles.Follow stories with The Tico Times newsletter and social mediaGet Costa Rica news delivered straight to your inbox every weekday morning with our revamped Tico Times newsletter. The service is free and all you need to sign up is an email address.You can also keep track of Costa Rica news through our social media platforms. We have Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Tico Times site includes buttons that make it simpler to share favorite stories.Commenting is backWe want to bring discussions back to The Tico Times website (and away from our Facebook page). Starting today, you can comment on stories again. We soon will be adding a registration system for commenters to log in through a Facebook, Twitter or WordPress account. Editors will monitor comments to try to ensure civilized, intelligent conversations.More great features to comeWe’re still planning a host of updates. You’re currently viewing the barebones version of the site. It’s only going to get better from here on out.Our forthcoming features include: an overhauled classifieds page, a calendar and events section, a Costa Rica traveler’s guide, recommended articles, long-form stories (watch out tomorrow for reporter Lindsay Fendt’s story on jaguar-human conflict), photo stories, expat advice columns, expanded business coverage and of course, gifs.Give us your feedbackWhether you’re a new reader or have been with us from the start, welcome to our new site. Let us know your thoughts. Love it? Hate it? Find a glitch? Let us know at feedback@ticotimes.net. (Please try to be constructive in your criticism.)Continuing a legacyIt’s no secret that the main impetus behind this redesign was necessity. We couldn’t survive without a change. The old site lacked many of the capabilities that a modern news publication needs. The business was unsustainable. The old website had disparate, jarring ads that bothered readers and advertisers alike. The redesign incorporates ads organically into the layout. It’s a lovely look. A special thanks goes out to our advertisers, who were willing to take this leap with us.Our objective won’t change. Since our founding in 1956, nothing for The Tico Times has been more important than producing top-quality, uncompromising journalism. In 2014, we plan to bring you more investigations, fascinating feature stories, credible advice columns, smart opinions and a less boring approach to the news – all with an eye for seeking the truth. We’ll show enthusiasm when we find something awesome, call someone out when they’re distorting the facts and keep you informed on all the latest in Costa Rica. That’s substance with style.This is not just an exciting time for The Tico Times, but also for Costa Rica. There are plenty of stories to look forward to in 2014, including presidential elections, La Sele’s return to the World Cup, the future of the Moín port project, and so much more.The new Tico Times will be there to cover it all. Thanks for reading.last_img read more

Tamarindo Airport closed due to safety concerns

first_imgTAMARINDO, Guanacaste – Air traffic to and from the Guanacaste beach town of Tamarindo has been temporarily suspended due to growing safety concerns regarding the condition of the runway.In a notice released Friday, May 16, Costa Rica’s Civil Aviation Authority announced the airport will close immediately through June 30, at which point the runway will be inspected again.For the tourism-based community of Tamarindo and its neighboring beach towns, the airport closure is a blow to the local economy, locals residents and business owners say.“It’s not just my business – Nature Air and Sansa can’t fly – it hurts everybody,” said Guido Scheidt, owner of Auto Gyro America, which offers gyrocopter flights and classes out of the Tamarindo Airport. “The whole town – restaurants, hotels – we will all suffer if we can’t come up with the money to fix the safety issues to at least get the runway reopened temporarily.”Scheidt called upon local businesses to come together and start a fund to fix the immediate problems with the runway – namely potholes and other debris cluttering the airstrip.“I don’t think it will take a ton of money to repair it, just enough to get up to code,” Scheidt said. “What I’m trying to do is get the community involved to raise money and create a fund to reopen the airport for the transition period before we can move to a new runway, owned and run by the government.”According to Scheidt, there is an ongoing, two-year discussion with Reserva Conchal, a large real estate conglomerate in the Flamingo area (15-minutes from Tamarindo), about donating a piece of their land to the government to open a public airport for the Tamarindo area.“If Conchal donates the land, then the aviation authorities can build a new runway,” Scheidt said. “The authorities have the money to build a very nice airport, however, they can’t do this on private land – they need to own it – due to a legal issue.”Land rights were also involved in the recent decision to temporarily close the Tamarindo Airport.Currently, the airstrip is located on private land owned by the Grupo Diria – land the hotel group plans to eventually transform into a full-size golf course with residences for sale.The privately owned runway generates little income, and according to Scheidt, with no one else helping to raise funds, it would make no sense for Diria to shell out money for reparations when there are long-term plans to move the airport.“The government said the runway needed to be fixed so it no longer had any safety concerns, but since no one else is donating money to fix it and it doesn’t make any money for the Diria, they had to let the government close the runway until the community can come up with the money.”Scheidt hopes that with the support of the community, local business owners will generate funds to quickly fix the runway to the point where Diria will allow the government to reinstate air traffic for the interim period until a new airport is complete – something he estimates could take at least two to three years, if not more.But there is good news – Civil Aviation’s specific safety concerns include minor issues such as potholes and rocks obstructing the runway – all problems Scheidt believes can be fixed at a reasonable cost.“Our goal is to come together and find enough money to reopen the runway and keep it safe and running until the new airport is built,” he added. “Everyone has an interest in this.”As of Saturday, May 17, Civil Aviation had not yet published an official notice about the closing on its website (http://www.dgac.go.cr/). However, officials at the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Liberia – the next closest airport to Tamarindo – did tell Scheidt the announcement should be up early next week.A call to Grupo Diria for comment had not been returned as of Saturday. The Tico Times will update this story as more information becomes available. Facebook Comments Related posts:Good news for travelers: Costa Rica’s airport exit tax (finally) will be added to ticket prices Travelers in Costa Rica can pay departure tax at airports for 3 more months 7,000 travelers stranded by Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría Airport closure Costa Rica’s health tourism market topic of upcoming forumlast_img read more

Felix Pastorius descendant of music dynasty to jam at Jazz Café Escazú

first_imgWith his scruffy face and dressed-down demeanor,Felix Pastorius seems as relaxed onstage as a musician could. Yet as he plucks the strings of his bass, Pastorius wears an expression of focused curiosity, as if he is discovering the riffs as he goes. If a jazz fan saw the Floridian artist perform and had no idea who he was, Pastorius would seem effortlessly skilled. Related posts:PHOTOS: Grinding out the blues over the weekend, Barrio Amón ‘felt like New Orleans’ The Prague Ballet, an international blues festival, and other happenings around Costa Rica Hey NFL, are you out of your #$@% minds? Tico stand-up, founding father, and other happenings around Costa Rica Pastorius arrives in Costa Rica this week to play a two-night engagement at Jazz Café Escazú, southwest of the capital. At only 31 years old, Pastorius has played with the decades-old Yellowjackets, but for this concert he will arrive with his own quartet, The Social Experiment. If you’re familiar with the Pastorius dynasty – which goes back to his grandfather, the acclaimed drummer Jack – this concert should make you swell with nostalgia. But any jazz fan should appreciate Pastorius’ long, free-form jams.Felix Pastorius and The Social Experiment perform Sept. 25 & 26 at Jazz Café, Escazú. Fri. & Sat., 9 p.m. 20,000 ($40). Info: Jazz Café website. Facebook Commentscenter_img But a serious jazz fan would probably know that Felix Pastorius is the son of John Francis Anthony Pastorius III, the acclaimed funk bassist known for his nickname “Jaco.” Jaco Pastorius collaborated with the Weather Report and Joni Mitchell, earning global acclaim for his musicianship before his accidental death in 1987. Friends and fans have long remarked about the uncanny similarity between father and son.last_img read more

Group criticizes US screening of asylum seekers from Honduras

first_imgAmong the deportees Long interviewed in Honduras, soon after they were flown from Texas in U.S. immigration custody, were a man who had been shot and nearly killed by strangers in an apparent gang initiation rite, and a woman who had seen her mother murdered during a gang shootout outside a carwash and cafe.“I was selling candy and nuts at a shop, and I saw some men with guns. They started shooting at me for no reason. Only God saved my life,” recounted the man, identified only as “Marlon,” who was reached by cellphone this week in the city of San Pedro Sula. After six months in a hospital, he said, he went into hiding, then decided to flee the country after his brother -in-law, a tortilla seller, was shot dead for refusing to pay a monthly gang “war tax.”According to Human Rights Watch, “Marlon” was caught and detained twice at the U.S. border this year. He said he tried to tell officials what had happened to his family but was deported anyway. “The men told me, ‘I’m sorry, but we can’t do anything for you,’ ” the man recalled. He said he is now in hiding with various relatives. A security contractor hired by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Mesa, Arizona, prepares to handcuff Honduran immigration detainees before their deportation flight bound for San Pedro Sula, Honduras. ICE operates 4-5 flights per week from Mesa to Central America, deporting hundreds of undocumented immigrants detained in western states of the U.S. John Moore/Getty Images/AFPIn the second case, a young woman identified as “Alicia” said she went to meet her mother at a clothing shop when some armed “criminals” appeared, apparently looking for someone else. “They killed my mother right in front of me,” she said in a video that is part of the report. “I have been fleeing ever since because I know they are looking for me.”Soon after the murder, “Alicia” fled to the U.S. border. She said she told officials there about it but did not have any proof of the crime with her. She was deported in August. Last month, Long obtained her mother’s death certificate, a photo of her bloody corpse and local news articles about the shooting.Adults who try to enter the United States illegally are not given the same rights as children who arrive alone, who are given shelter and allowed to remain in the custody of relatives while awaiting immigration hearings. Most adults are kept in custody and processed for deportation unless they can make a convincing case that they would face harm or persecution if sent back.Critics of lenient immigration policy note that illegal immigrants frequently concoct false stories to gain admittance to the United States and assert that the vast majority should be deported. They say that both the explosion of gang violence in Central America and the surge of unaccompanied children welcomed at the border have given adult migrants extra impetus to make up tales of suffering and threats.But some experts on Central America say the plague of criminal violence has become so widespread, particularly in Honduras, that few communities are safe. Pro-immigrant groups complain that the Obama administration, under pressure from conservatives, has hiked its deportation figures by speeding up removals of adults who arrive at borders illegally or commit other crimes. A security contractor frisks a female immigration detainee from Honduras ahead of a deportation flight to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. John Moore/Getty Images/AFP© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Mexico has key role in confronting surge of Central American migrants Central American child migrant crisis ‘one of the greatest tragedies,’ says Costa Rica’s Solís US nation-building efforts should be in Central America, not Iraq and Afghanistan Nearly three quarters of US citizens think their country should shelter (not rush to deport) unaccompanied minorscenter_img WASHINGTON, D. C. – Adults who flee gang violence in Honduras and reach the U.S. border illegally are being swiftly screened and deported back to dangerous conditions without adequate opportunity to explain why they fear being sent home, the advocacy group Human Rights Watch charged in areport released early Thursday.The report, based on interviews with Honduran migrants who were recently deported or are still in U.S. custody, called the system for assessing such asylum claims at the border “seriously flawed.”Read the report here. “In its frenzy to stem the tide of migrants from Central America, the U.S. is sending asylum seekers back to the threat of murder, rape and other violence,” said Clara Long, a researcher who authored the report. Long visited Honduras several times this fall and spoke with 25 people who had just been deported, as well as 10 who were still in U.S. immigration custody. A refrigerated unit at a morgue in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, contains five bodies, all the result of killings that took place before lunchtime on June 3, 2014. Photo by Sean Sutton/Panos Pictures for The Washington PostBeyond anecdotal reports, Human Rights Watch said it had obtained U.S. government records that showed that, during 2011 and 2012, “the vast majority of Hondurans, at least 80 percent,” were put on a fast track for deportation from the border, and less than 2 percent were allowed to speak to an asylum officer about their fears of returning home.The group said the 2 percent figure for Hondurans granted “fear interviews” was among the lowest for all nationalities. For illegal immigrants who arrived from China during the same period, 66 percent were given asylum interviews on arrival; the numbers for Nepal and Bangladesh were even higher. The worldwide average was 21 percent.Experts familiar with immigration procedures said migrants detained at the border are asked a series of questions about their motives for fleeing and personal circumstances.If they express fears of returning home, they may be referred to an asylum officer, who asks more detailed questions and decides whether they should be allowed to stay and apply for permanent protection. Spanish-language interpreters are available during those so-called “credible fear” interviews.Human Rights Watch acknowledged that people have “mixed motives” for fleeing Central America, including poverty and the hope of being reunited with relatives in the United States. But the report also said that many, especially Hondurans, were “acutely” afraid of gang violence and threats and that some of their stories, “if true, should qualify them for asylum.” A man lies dead June 4, 2014 in Honduras’ capital, Tegucigalpa, after gunmen drove up and opened fire while he was reading a newspaper with his car door open. The man was shot 13 times at close range outside his workplace. The reason for the killing was unknown, but many businessmen have been slain for failing to pay fees extorted by the gangs. Photo by Sean Sutton/Panos Pictures for The Washington PostThe report said that all the deportees interviewed expressed fear of being returned, but that less than half had been referred to an asylum officer and almost all had been “summarily deported” under new or previous legal orders.Honduras has one of the world’s highest per capita murder rates, and it has become notorious as a hub of armed gangs that fight over drug trafficking, extort civilians for money and take violent reprisal if they fail to pay, and force their own members to commit violent assaults or be killed themselves.last_img read more

Elena Poniatowska Mexican student massacre reminiscent of concentration camps

first_imgMIAMI – The famous Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska, who visited Miami for a writers’ fair, on Sunday called the likely massacre of 43 students a “great shame” for Mexico, and compared it to her memories of the horrors of German concentration camps.“Having 43 young people assassinated in this way – not just assassinated, but burned like garbage, as if they were shit – is a great shame, not just for me personally, but for the whole country,” she said at a meeting with journalists during which she became overwhelmed with emotion over this “terrible” issue.“How will the country face the world after this, because it reminds us of the concentration camps, the Second World War, the annihilation of human beings,” said the 82-year-old writer and journalist who last Sunday inaugurated the Miami Book Fair, considered the most important literary event in the U.S.Mexico has been overwhelmed with emotion ever since the disappearance of 43 students in Iguala, Guerrero, at the end of September. It is feared they were assassinated and incinerated, which has led to violent protests and the worst crisis the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto has faced since taking office at the end of 2012.Recommended: Amid routine ‘disappearances,’ Mexico reels over 43 missing students Students of Ayotzinapa paint graffiti during a protest to demand the safe return of 43 students who went missing in southern Mexico, after an attack by gang-linked police on Sept. 26, in Chilpancingo, Guerrero state, Mexico, on Nov. 14, 2014. Pedro Pardo/AFPA horrible step backwards“What has happened in my country, in addition to being a tragedy, is a horrible step backwards,” said Poniatowska, the leftist activist who was awarded the prestigious Cervantes prize in 2013, considered the Nobel Prize of Spanish-language literature.Poniatowska, who first came to fame with her book “La noche de Tlatelolco” (“The night of Tlatelolco”), about the massacre of at least 44 students by the Mexican military in 1968, said she never thought that it could ever happen again.“I was convinced there would never be another massacre. Of course, the fact is that this is a country where this kind of thing can happen, because death always lingers close when there are a lot of guns,” she said, while citing the “high” level of governmental corruption and the “abysmal” differences between rich and poor as other factors impeding progress in Mexico.She went on to say that “as a mother, a human being, and a woman” she is against vandalism during the protests, but admits to seeing some justification because “there comes a time when the people’s desperation is enormous and rage is understandable.”One day she would like to write about what’s happening, despite the fact that in Mexico she is often considered “the widow of all disgraceful disasters,” said the writer, for whom her “country’s reality is like Shakespeare,” and tragedy is the daily name of the game.See also: Mexico horrified by suspected massacre, incineration of 43 students Elena Poniatowska speaks in Chicago on Oct. 2, 2008, during the 40th anniversary of the Tlatelolco student massacre of 1968 in Mexico. David Boddiger/The Tico TimesMemories and anecdotesPoniatowska, a descendent of the last Polish king and born in Paris in 1932, said that ever since her arrival in Mexico at the age of 10 she became interested in the downtrodden, which figure prominently in her work, because they had much more interesting things to say than those of her own social class.“What impressed me the most [upon arriving in Mexico] was seeing barefoot people in the street. They walked that way so as not to be seen, to not be a bother. They felt that they were nothing, nobody, and that really caught my attention, and I suppose it must have hurt me,” said the writer, who won the Rόmulo Gallegos prize in 2007 for “El tren pasa primero” (“The train passes first”) and the Alfaguara Novel award in 2001 for “La piel del cielo” (“The skin of the sky”).In sharing her thoughtful and entertaining words, which she used to invoke anecdotes and memories of her long, full life, she didn’t shy away from praising better-known writers, many of whom she came to know personally, such as Nobel Prize winners Octavio Paz, of Mexico, José Saramago, of Portugal, and Gabriel Garcia Márquez, of Colombia.She considered Márquez, who died last April, a “simple” and “friendly” person, whom she never had reason to believe was presumptuous.Poniatowska is the guest of honor of the Latin American program of the Miami Book Fair. The week-long fair offers a varied and rich cultural agenda that includes almost 500 authors – both Latin and otherwise, and expects to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors as it always has. A man holds a poster as he takes part in a protest on Nov. 13, 2014. The parents of 43 students who are missing and feared to have been killed began a protest road tour of Mexico last Thursday to pile pressure on the already under-fire government. Pedro Pardo/AFPSee all of our coverage of the Mexico student massacre hereAlso recommended: Remembering the Jesuits: Seeking justice in El Salvador after a quarter-century Facebook Comments Related posts:Outrage at likely Mexico massacre spreads to Acapulco Mexico horrified by suspected massacre, incineration of 43 students Mexico’s feeble police vetting ended in 43 vanished students Clashes as Mexicans hold rally for 43 missing studentslast_img read more

The Tico Times Weekly Digest Feb 25 2019

first_imgRelated posts:The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Jan. 14, 2019 The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Jan. 28, 2019 The Tico Times Weekly Digest: March 04, 2019 The Tico Times Weekly Digest: April 1, 2019 This week in Costa Rica (Feb. 25, 2019):————————————-Featured News Stories————————————-Guaidó-appointed ambassador takes possession of Venezuelan embassy in Costa RicaAt Costa Rica’s request, Guaidó-appointed ambassador temporarily leaves embassyÓscar Arias’ Crucitas case dismissed; prosecutor plans appealCosta Rica’s Health Ministry confirms three imported cases of the measlesThousands affected by water shortages in Costa RicaSaprissa defeats Mexico’s Tigres UANL behind Venegas goalHerediano beats MLS champs Atlanta United, 3-1Announcing The Tico Times’ next Deep Dive – Costa Rica’s Southern ZoneThe Tico Times launches Patreon with perks for donors—————————————-Follow The Tico Times—————————————-TwitterInstagramFacebook Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Updates Health Ministry suspects 19 deaths due to adulterated alcohol

first_imgCosta Rica’s Health Ministry last week issued analert over liquor that has been sold to the public containing deadly amounts of methanol.Friday, the Health Ministry said it attributes 19 deaths in June and July to methanol poisoning, though the information is “preliminary as investigations continue.”Authorities are confiscating alcohol sold under the following brands: Guaro Montano; Guaro Gran Apache; Aguardiente Estrella; Aguardiente Barón Rojo; Aguardiente Timbuka; and Molotov Aguardiente.The Health Ministry says the Guaro Montano, Timbuka Aguardiente and Molotov Brandy brands have all been registered for legal sale in Costa Rica, suggesting vendors are — perhaps unknowingly — selling counterfeit products.The 19 deaths comprise 14 men and five women. Seven occurred in San José province; four in Cartago; three in Limón; two in Guanacaste; one in Heredia; and two remain unclassified.The Health Ministry recommends the following:Do not consume or purchase the aforementioned liquor brands until the health alert is lifted.Report to the Ministry of Health (denuncias.drpis@misalud.go.cr) if you have symptoms of methanol poisoning after consuming alcohol. Via the Health Ministry.Donald Corella, head of emergency services at Calderon Guardia Hospital in San Jose, was quoted in the daily La Nacion saying that six people who were treated at his hospital had died, while four others survived but suffered “very serious after-effects” ranging from irreversible total blindness to brain lesions that cause tremors similar to Parkinson’s disease.President Carlos Alvarado said he “deeply regrets” the lives that have been lost and has instructed the Health Ministry and other authorities to collect “all possible data” in order to determine who is responsible.Lamentamos profundamente las vidas que han sido cobradas a causa de la venta de bebidas con licor adulterado con metanol. He instruido al @msaludcr y demás autoridades a recabar todos los datos posibles para sentar responsabilidades.— Carlos Alvarado Quesada (@CarlosAlvQ) July 20, 2019According to the World Health Organization, a trace amount of methanol is common in fermented drinks. However, higher concentrations — such as when methanol is added deliberately to alcohol — can be deadly.Symptoms of methanol poisoning may not appear immediately. They include acute abdominal pain, acute headache and ataxia (lack of coordination of body movements), according to the Health Ministry.“After a variable period of time, victims start to develop headache, vomiting, abdominal pain and vertigo. They may start to hyperventilate and feel breathless,” WHO says. This story was last updated at 8:45 a.m. Sunday with information from AFP and President Alvarado.  Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica issues sanitary alert over adulterated alcohol Vegetables grown near erupting Turrialba called safe to eat Following legalization, just 1 clinic signed up to offer IVF Costa Rica in sanitary alert due to respiratory illnesseslast_img read more

Papua New Guinea charges 29 alleged cannibals

first_img Sponsored Stories Associated PressCANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Authorities have arrested 29 people accused of being part of a cannibal cult in Papua New Guinea’s jungle interior and charged them with the murders of seven suspected witch doctors, police said Friday.Madang Police Commander Anthony Wagambie confirmed a report in The National newspaper that said the cult members allegedly ate their victims’ brains raw and made soup from their penises. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Police will gather more witness statements before pressing charges related to the cannibalism allegations, he said.Cannibalism was part of traditional culture in Papua New Guinea, where human flesh was known as “long pig,” and survived in isolated pockets into the latter part of the 20th century while the country was under Australian colonial rule.Wagambie, 36, said he had never heard of a previous case of cannibalism in his lifetime.He expected police would make around 100 arrests over the weekend for cult-related crimes.Four of the seven victims were murdered last week, Wagambie said, adding that no remains had been recovered.“They’re probably all eaten up,” he said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home “They don’t think they’ve done anything wrong; they admit what they’ve done openly,” Wagambie told The Associated Press by telephone.He said the killers believed that their victims practiced “sanguma,” or sorcery, and that they had been extorting money as well as demanding sex from poor villagers for their supernatural services.By eating witch doctors’ organs, the cult members believed they would attain supernatural powers and literally become bullet-proof, he said.“It’s prevalent cult activity,” Wagambie said. He said he believes there could be between 700 and 1,000 cult members in several villages in Papua New Guinea’s remote northeast interior. All of them might have eaten human flesh, he said.According to the report in The National, which is published in Papua New Guinea, 28 men and women appeared in a Madang court on Tuesday. Wagambie said they were charged with willful murder.It was not clear what happened to the 29th suspect. Murder is punishable by death in Papua New Guinea, a poor South Pacific island nation.Wagambie said the suspects were not required to plea to the murder charges and were being held in custody. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

Belgian killed in Philippines suspect arrested

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top holiday drink recipescenter_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Garbo said Wednesday that the suspect is believed to have harbored a grudge against Florent. He says the man is believed to have plotted late Monday’s murder and arson in Danao township all by himself.Firefighters who put out the blaze discovered Florent’s body inside the shop.The Belgian had a Filipino wife. His hometown was not immediately known.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Philippine police officials say they have arrested a man who has confessed to killing his 68-year-old Belgian employer with an ax and then setting a fire to cover up the crime.Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo says the 29-year-old Filipino admitted he hit Steegmans Florent several times in the head with an ax at the Belgian’s Internet cafe in central Bohol province before setting the shop on fire. Patients with chronic pain give advicelast_img read more

Buddhist ceremony honors dead in Khmer Rouge grave

first_imgDO DONTREI, Cambodia (AP) – More than 100 people have attended a Buddhist ceremony honoring the dead in a freshly uncovered Khmer Rouge mass grave in rural Cambodia.Buddhist monks led prayers and people came with offerings of food and drinks Thursday, five days after about 20 skulls and bone fragments were unearthed at the site of a former Khmer Rouge prison.Village chief Chheng Theng said the offerings were meant to give sustenance to the souls of the dead “because we know they died hungry.” Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories center_img Parents, stop beating yourself up New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like An estimated 1.7 million Cambodians died of torture, starvation, medical neglect, hard labor and execution during the Khmer Rouge’s 1975-79 rule.Historians and researchers say thousands of bodies could be buried at the site in northwestern Cambodia. It was one of nearly 200 Khmer Rouge prisons.(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 Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Another life sentence for Argentine exdictator

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Patients with chronic pain give advice Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top holiday drink recipescenter_img BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Argentina’s last dictator, Reynaldo Benito Bignone, has received another sentence of life in prison, this time for human rights violations involving detainees inside the Campo de Mayo military base.As many as 5,000 so-called subversives were held inside the base during Argentina’s 1976-1983 dictatorship. Most were killed and made to disappear.This trial ended with the 85-year-old Bignone convicted of illegal arrests, kidnapping, robbery, torture and murder against 23 of the detainees, including seven women who gave birth inside the clandestine prison. Bignone is already jailed for other crimes, but the additional conviction pleased Gaston Mena, whose mother gave birth to a sibling who was probably illegally adopted after the mother was killed.Mena said the sentence provides “closure, but we keep looking for my brother or sister.”(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Top Stories Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Obamas trade quest in Congress trails him across Atlantic

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of In addition to the summit events at Schloss Elmau, a one-time artist retreat turned luxury spa, Obama met privately with British Prime Minister David Cameron and joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel for beer and sausages in a nearby town.Obama and his advisers voiced confidence in the trade push, but the effort faces a deeply uncertain future. The president’s own Democratic Party is largely opposed to legislation that allows Congress to reject or approve, but not change, trade deals negotiated by the administration. In an unusual political role reversal, the president’s reservoir of support has come from his Republican opponents.If Obama succeeds, it would boost the prospects for Congress eventually ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, a 12-nation consortium that includes G-7 partners Japan and Canada. The other G-7 nations — Britain, France, Germany, and Italy — have a stake in a U.S.-European Union trade deal that is on a slower course.Richard Fontaine, president of the Center for New American Security, said that a failure to grant Obama the negotiating authority could affect his trade agenda. Fontaine said other nations probably would view U.S. lawmakers’ decisions as “a proxy for American engagement in the world.” How men can have a healthy 2019 With the end of his presidency closing in, Obama has made finishing the Asia-Pacific pact a central part of his legacy. And analysts warn that a failure to follow through on that goal would have damaging effects.“That’s going to be a major setback for the president and his agency, his legacy,” said Matthew Goodman, a former Obama administration official and current scholar at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. “I think it would be catastrophic for the U.S. position in Asia, in particular.”Negotiations over the Asia-Pacific pact are nearing a conclusion, but the U.S.-European Union talks have proceeded more slowly and could well slip beyond Obama’s presidency. The presidential trade authority, if approved, probably still would apply, given that it would have a six-year lifespan.British officials said Cameron was pushing G-7 leaders to reach a deal by year’s end. Merkel, in an interview with German television, said she wanted to work on the agreement “at top speed.” In another interview, she said she and Obama discussed trade in their private session “because the American president also knows that there are certainly reservations in Germany.” Among opponents of Obama’s push for the negotiating power, a chief concern about the European trade pact is that it could water down financial regulations. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has argued that if the U.S. and European Union harmonize their financial regulations, it could lead to a race to the bottom and undermine a 2010 U.S. law that tightened restrictions on big banks.Warren and others warn that given Republican opposition to that law, a future GOP president could use the trade deal to purposefully weaken the restrictions.___Associated Press writers Jill Lawless in London, David McHugh in Elmau, Germany, and Jim Kuhnhenn in Washington contributed to this report.___Follow Julie Pace at http://twitter.com/jpaceDCCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. While the Senate already has sided with Obama, the House is another matter. Just 18 Democrats have expressed support publicly, and that is short of what the White House is believed to need in order to supplement affirmative GOP votes.Four of those lawmakers traveled with Obama to Germany: Reps. Gerry Connolly of Virginia, Jim Himes of Connecticut, Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas and Mike Quigley of Illinois. Their invitation appeared aimed both at rewarding lawmakers backing one of Obama’s priorities and showing G-7 leaders that he is getting some Democrats to join the effort.Democrats are under intense pressure from labor unions, liberal organizations and others opposed to the Asia-Pacific pact because they believe it would hurt U.S. workers and weaken environmental standards. Anti-free trade demonstrators were among the groups protesting near the summit site.Obama has insisted the deal is “the most progressive trade deal in history” and would be a boon for the American middle class. White House spokesman Josh Earnest acknowledged that the G-7 leaders have been carefully watching the debate unfold in the U.S. He said Obama’s message to them is that lower trade barriers will benefit citizens in all countries that are party to the trade agreements. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies ELMAU, Germany (AP) — President Barack Obama’s politically fraught trade quest in Washington trailed him across the Atlantic Sunday, as he met with world leaders anxiously watching a debate on Capitol Hill that could impact the status of economic pacts with the Asia-Pacific and Europe.The leaders spent more than an hour privately discussing trade issues as they opened a two-day meeting of the Group of Seven leading industrial nations. The talks in the majestic Bavarian Alps coincided with the delicate debate in Washington over giving Obama the authority to move trade agreements through Congress more quickly. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories last_img read more

EU official Hungarys immigrant flow like in Italy Greece

first_img How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation “Hungary is under pressure. We were talking so far about Italy and Greece, now we added Hungary,” Avramopoulos said after meeting Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto. Avramopoulos said that the EU considered the problem in Hungary “the same way we approached and we are facing the situation in the Mediterranean.”Hungary will receive nearly 8 million euros ($8.9 million) from the EU to help it cope with the migration issue, tents to temporarily shelter the migrants and further assistance to register and screen migrants and refugees, the commissioner said.Legitimate claims for asylum must be honored, “but those who abuse the asylum system or come illegally without a valid right to stay should be sent back,” Avramopoulos said. “Europe is standing by Hungary.”Avramopoulos also addressed Hungary’s disputed plan to build a 4-meter (13-foot) high fence on its southern border with Serbia to stem the migrant flow.Despite efforts to coordinate migration matters, the EU could not “deprive member states from adopting their own policy as far as border management is concerned,” Avramopoulos said. However, he said a “unilateral” solution “will only shift the problem to the next neighboring country, it will not solve it.” Check your body, save your life BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The pressure faced by Hungary from flows of migrants and refugees is similar to what Greece and Italy are facing with migration across the Mediterranean Sea, the European Union’s top migration official said Tuesday.Dimitris Avramopoulos, the EU commissioner for migration, said that the number of migrants arriving in Hungary was “unprecedented” and that a common solution needed to be found. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories center_img Comments   Share   Szijjarto defended the fence, though the government has yet to say when construction will begin.“In the case of such unprecedented immigration pressure, setting up a physical barrier is a must,” Szijjarto said, adding that over 67,000 illegal migrants had entered Hungary so far this year.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories European Commissioner in charge of migration, home affairs and citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, left, is guided by Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto during their meeting at the foreign ministry in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (Lajos Soos/MTI via AP) Mesa family survives lightning strike to home The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more

Politicians must deliver on promises tourism jobs at risk

first_imgTourism bodies have warned long term investment in Australia’s tourism industry is crucial to half a million jobs and claim recent statistics are indicative of a once strong industry, floundering. The June Overseas Arrivals and Departures figures compiled by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed the gap between Australians travelling overseas and international visitors coming into Australia grew beyond one million for the first time in a 12 month period. “These figures underscore our fears that the tourism balance of trade deficit could reach AUD7.3 billion for the 2009-10 financial year and rise to AUD9 billion in 2010-11,” Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) director Christopher Brown said. “Until May 2008, we had always had more international visitors to Australia that Australians travelling overseas in a 12 month period, but those days are long gone.”According to the ABS figures for June, arrivals for the 2009-10 financial year were up 2.7 per cent compared to a 15.9 per cent jump in international travel by Australians.Mr Brown called on politicians to actively invest in tourism product, infrastructure and marketing.”This is not just a drain on the tourism industry, it’s turning into a massive drain on the Australian economy,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.“We’ve seen election commitments from both sides on some of these issues, but [these] figures show the need for significant long-term funding for Australia’s $92 billion tourism industry” he said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

AIMEing for 500 buyers

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Next year’s AIME exhibition is set to be one of the largest Melbourne, with the organisers expecting to see up to 500 buyers networking, sharing and purchasing at the major business event.Event director Sally de Swart told e-Travel Blackboard this week that every year international and domestic buyers are invited, with organisers expecting to see up to 30 countries in attendance next year. Ms de Swart said the majority of international buyers will be based in the Asia Pacific region.“So if they say they want buyers from New Zealand, we are attempting to get a good percent from New Zealand.”Targeting exhibitors’ needs, Ms de Swart said that would mean AIME “can reach the right market to recruit buyers”.Receiving interest are buyers from India and China, with Ms de Swart revealing that a portion of this year’s international buyers will come from the two countries while the US will make a small contingent of the foreign group.New additions to the exhibitors’ side are also expected next year, with the addition of American Express along with a few smaller and new companies.Meanwhile major Japanese exhibitors are attending separate from their JNTO umberella while the Marriott will exhibit on its own stand for the first time.  Hong Kong will also be back but twice the size as it has “generated overwhelming interest at this year’s event”.The event director added that organisers have “made so many changes” to next year’s event to increase networking opportunities and maximise the benefits of attending and exhibiting.Looking for more hours to showcase their product, Ms de Swart said next year hospitality sessions will be held after the last meeting of the day on Tuesday to avoid overlapping with meetings.She said prime networking hours will be between 4.30pm to 6.00pm on the Tuesday.2012 the Club Night will be replaced by twentieth birthday celebrations, with Ms de Swart explaining the company wanted to offer exhibitors and buyers networking opportunities in a quieter atmosphere.“We are not hosting the Club Night this year but trying something different, it will still be an evening event but a little earlier and it will allow buyers and exhibitors to network without trying to talk over music.”Other changes next year will also be the addition of a new restaurant on the floor, the SingaporeXpress, hosted by Singapore while education sessions will also get a makeover this year with six new sessions that address challenges faced by attendees.“We are adding strength to our educational,” Ms de Swart said.“Working with new association partners, the new sessions will target and address the challenges of their members.”AIME will be held in Melbourne over 21-22 February 2012.last_img read more

Premium Customer Service Value cement 1 position

first_imgSource = Travelscene Corporate Luck had nothing to do with Surry Hills’ based corporate travel agency Spencer Travel being voted Australia’s Best Corporate Travel Agency at the National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) 2012 for the thirdtime in a row. Since starting the highly successful business in 1988, Penny Spencer has focussed on delivering service excellence, innovation and dedication to corporate and leisure clients. “Thoroughness with a smile and total professionalism are the hallmarks of Spencer Travel along with being available when our clients needs us, regardless of when that might be,” Ms Spencer said. “Our commitment to our clients and to ourselves is to go above and beyond.” “Being voted Australia’s Best Corporate Travel Agency for the third year running is proof positive that we’re doing exactly that. I’m incredibly proud of the service and support we provide to our business and leisure clients and we work hard to ensure we surpass their expectations in everything we do.” As a proud Member of Travelscene Corporate, Australia’s largest group of premium independent travel management companies, we are able to support our corporate clients with market leading technology and support plus all the benefits that flow from being part of Australia’s leading network of independent travel agents. Ms Spencer said the Best Corporate Travel Agency title capped a year of strong achievements. “This year has been all about working with our clients to achieve their objectives,” Ms Spencer said. “The businesses we deal with are looking to be moreeffective, organised and productive and our focus is to help our clients do just that with their travel spend. Businesses are not only assessing howthey travel, but also whatthey are spending on travel.” “As an independently-owned Member Agency of Travelscene Corporate, we’re ideally placed to offer the services, solutions and technology to companiesto achieve the optimum travel solution with the support of premium customer service.” “Plus, through our Membership of Travelscene, and the strong relationships we enjoy with key industry players, when and if there’s a major disruption such as a natural disaster or strike we’re able to take advantage of those relationships to minimise the impact on our clients.” last_img read more