first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, January 4, 2017 Tags: Air France, Toronto Pearson Airport Two planes clip wings at Pearson Airport The Canadian Press center_img MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — The Transportation Safety Board has been called in to investigate a minor accident involving two passenger planes Tuesday evening at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane clipped an Air France plane while taxiing to its gate at about 6 p.m. ET.Greater Toronto Airports Authority spokeswoman Natalie Moncur says a wing tip of the PIA plane hit a wing tip of the Air France plane, which was parked at a gate at Terminal 3.No one was injured and the damage is relatively minor.Passengers on the PIA plane finally picked up their bags after waiting an hour on the plane and another four hours in the terminal. Share Posted bylast_img read more

first_img TORONTO — Uniworld’s ‘River Currents’ has gotten an upgrade, giving Canadian agents even more reason to take advantage of the online booking engine.Six new features will be rolled out, all designed to bring the travel agent community the most expedient booking technology. Agents will notice the following upgrades with the revamped platform:The ability to book U by Uniworld journeys onlinePayments, either a deposit or full payment, can now be madeAgents can view River Cruise day-by-day itineraries and inclusionsJourney bookings can be made in dual currencies, including Canadian dollarsFull pricing breakdowns will be available for viewingNew and improved mobile-friendly user interface and booking experience for agents“There are exciting times ahead and 2018 is gearing up to be a fantastic booking year and our goal is to assist our loyal agent partners to effectively grow their river cruise business with Uniworld,” said Michelle Palma, vice-president of field sales for Uniworld in North America. “Many of our River Current’s new features implement suggestions from our partners and Uniworld has been listening. We’re happy to offer agents the necessary tools and resources to make it a seamless booking experience including the ability to book in Cdn or USD currency, depending on the needs of their clients.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterNew features and enhancements are expected in the coming days and weeks. Uniworld’s agent booking platform rolls out 6 new features Travelweek Group Posted by Monday, January 22, 2018 Tags: Education, Uniworld << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_img TORONTO  — Trafalgar is getting into the festive spirit with the launch of its 2018/2019 Christmas Spectaculars European program, featuring three handcrafted trips that highlight Europe’s most magical holiday markets.“Christmas in Europe is an absolutely bucket list experience and what better way to connect with the magic of the season than an in-depth experience to some of the world’s most iconic Christmas markets,” said Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar and Costsaver. “While travelling on one of Trafalgar’s Christmas Spectaculars programs, clients will truly enjoy The Good Life with the festive charm of enchanting holiday décor, traditional tasty treats and spectacular winter wonderland landscapes.”The trips are as follows:Christmas Markets of Austria, Germany and Switzerland: Clients will arrive in Vienna where they’ll join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour and visit Christkindlmarkt for delicious gingerbread and ‘Glühwein’. They’ll also stop in Salzburg for a walking tour of Mirabell Gardens and the Old City before arriving in Munich for two nights.Festive St. Petersburg and Moscow: This seven-day guided vacation includes highlights like a folklore show, a scenic high-speed train ride to Moscow, a visit to Moscow’s Christmas Market and a sightseeing tour of St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin.German Christmas Market: While on this eight-day adventure, clients will arrive in Frankfurt before journeying to the medieval walled town of Rothenburg. Highlights include the famous Christkindlesmarkt, the UNESCO World Heritage town of Weimar, Dresden’s Striezelmarkt (Germany’s oldest Christmas market), and an exclusive visit to the Berlin TV Tower before it opens to the public.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongFor more information go to Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Tags: Trafalgarcenter_img Posted by Thursday, August 9, 2018 Three ways to do Christmas in Europe this year with Trafalgarlast_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. CARACAS – Venezuela’s Supreme Court on Wednesday said President Hugo Chávez could indefinitely postpone taking the oath of office for a new presidential term, and that his current administration could continue to govern in the meantime.A panel of seven magistrates unanimously upheld the constitutionality of a delay amid a national debate over whether the cancer-stricken Chávez had to at least temporarily hand over power if he was unable to take the oath of office on Thursday, when his new term is to begin.“The oath-taking of the re-elected president can be carried out at a time after January 10 before the Supreme Court, if it is not done on the said day before the National Assembly,” the court stated.In the meantime, officials of the current administration “will continue fully exercising their functions under the principle of administrative continuity,” the ruling said.Supreme Court President Luisa Estella Morales, who read the decision, also ruled out convening a medical board to assess the health of the president, who is in Cuba recovering from a fourth round of cancer surgery.“At no time has the Supreme Court considered there is merit to convening a medical board,” she said.“President Chávez, this honorable assembly grants you all the time that you need to attend to your illness and return to Venezuela when the unexpected cause [of your absence] has disappeared,” assembly speaker Diosdado Cabello said.Opposition leaders argue that the constitution requires the president to be declared temporarily absent, and the presidency should be turned over to Cabello on an interim basis.But the president’s top aides, including Cabello, disagreed, saying there would be no transition of power.Chávez, 58, will have been absent from the country for a month on Thursday. He has been out of public view for the longest stretch of his 14 years in office, prompting widespread uncertainty as to his condition.Government officials have said he is recovering from complications from surgery, including most recently a severe pulmonary infection that had resulted in respiratory complications. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgOn Monday afternoon, Costa Rica’s Public Security Ministry and the Environment and Energy Ministry (MINAE) announced an agreement to allow lookout posts to be installed in national parks along Costa Rica’s borders, according to a press release.Public Security Minister Mario Zamora said the posts in Tortugero Conservation Area, Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge, and Tamborcito wetlands, among other protected areas, were not in response to recent news stories about threats against park rangers in places like the Osa Peninsula or Limón.Rather, it has more to do with Costa Rica’s panache for conservation: “For the first time, the land where we need to build these outposts is on land controlled by MINAE,” Zamora said, adding that there was an urgent need to improve security infrastructure along Costa Rica’s borders.In a press release, Zamora highlighted the need to guard the nearly 100 acres under protection from a conservation and security perspective. According to the public security minister, the outposts will be paid for out of the ministry’s budget and staffed by National Police. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

first_imgSome 180 business leaders from 30 countries are signed up for the 15th edition of the Buyers Trade Mission (BTM), taking place Sept. 17-19, Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) announced.The event will be held at the Hotel Real InterContinental in Escazú, southwest of the capital, and aims to connect businesses offering products and services with international buyers.Some 250 Costa Rican companies – mostly small and medium-sized – will offer export products.The volume of business at the BTM has steadily increased in recent years, according to PROCOMER. The 2010 edition led to $35 million in business deals. In 2011, that figure increased to $38 million, and in 2012, deals reached $40 million.Participating companies will present products in agricultural, food, metalworking, construction, plastics, chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors, as well as products for the aerospace and automotive industries.Lectures by international participants also will be offered free to the general public. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

first_imgA total of 12,654 Tico expats on Feb. 2 will vote from abroad to elect a new Costa Rican president for the first time in the country’s history.President of the Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) Luis Antonio Sobrado on Friday confirmed that polling centers will be enabled in 52 consulates within 42 countries.Also for the first time ever, voters in 31 countries – 98 percent of the total from abroad – will vote using an electronic system consisting of an ultrabook computer and a printer. TSE officials will personally deliver the devices to those consulates with at least 50 registered voters.Consulates with less than that number of voters will use paper ballots that also will be transported by TSE personnel from Costa Rica.Each polling center will have a board of at least three poll workers including a TSE official and volunteer citizens. If there are no volunteers, consulate or embassy staff will serve as poll workers.To cast a vote each person must present valid identification (cédula or passport) to a poll worker, who then will enable the voting software on the computer by entering a password that will be generated for each voter.Once the password is approved, the presidential ballot will be displayed on a touch screen, where the voter will select a candidate or choose to cast a blank vote.The system then will prompt the voter to confirm his selection and then it will print a receipt that will be inserted into a ballot box.In case the computer fails or the software becomes inoperable, the TSE official will be able to print paper ballots to continue the voting process using a pen.Sobrado confirmed that TSE will invest a total of ₡131 million ($262,000) in the logistics to allow Tico expats to vote in their countries of residence. That’s some ₡5,000 ($10) per voter.Consulates with the largest number of registered Tico voters are New York with 2,657, Los Angeles with 1,487, and Miami with 1,153.Those with fewer votes are in Belize (3), Trinidad & Tobago (4) and India (6), and there are no Ticos registered to vote in Jamaica.According to the Constitution, Costa Ricans voting abroad will be allowed to vote on the presidential and vice presidential races, but not to elect lawmakers.The results will be announced Feb. 2 at 6 p.m., Costa Rica time. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:276 people arrested so far during Semana Santa Costa Rica’s Holy Week vacation off to a deadly start Costa Rica Holy Week deadliest in 10 years Woman records video of man reaching down her shirt on bus; receives no help from driver On Saturday, the night before Easter, Costa Rica marks the traditional “Burning of Judas,” where Catholics set flame to effigies of Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Jesus and led to his crucifixion.Though rooted in religious lore, the tradition is upheld less by devout catholics and more by teenage pyromaniacs in Costa Rica. Last year police were called to 446 effigy burnings and arrested 54 people.For those out of town for the holidays, the Public Security Ministry also released warnings to residents to prepare for an increase in burglaries over the holiday weekend. Police will increase their rounds in urban areas for the Thursday and Friday holidays, Security Minister Mario Zamora told Spanish-language news site Amelia Rueda.According to Zamora, robberies generally increase during Semana Santa due to the high volume of people leaving the Central Valley for vacation. Data from the Judicial Investigation Unit (OIJ) says that there were 157 reported break-ins during last year’s holy week. To prevent robberies, the Public Security Ministry will have 660 cars and motorcycles patrolling the streets Thursday and Friday. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_img Price: $149,000Web: www.bluewaterpropertiesofcostarica.comEmail: info@bwpcr.comPhone: +(506) 2653-4668 / 2653-6779Toll Free: 1-866-670-0258Province: GuanacasteLot: 11.5 hectares This Pacific Heights property is 11.5 hectares, 29 acres, and offers views of the Pacific Ocean, various mountains and valleys, and is close to the town of Potrero. The property could be subdivided into 10-15 parcels ranging from 1.25 acres to several acres. It is also a great area for those interested in horseback riding. Simply put, there is nothing in this price range in Pacific Heights.Check out all of our offerings in our new real estate section here Facebook Comments No related posts. Next Imagecenter_img Previous Image info heading info content read more

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. — The Obama administration in recent months has rolled out a new but little-known program that allows Central American immigrants who reside legally in the United States to bring family members to the country.The new policy applies to children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador who face harm from violence and other dangers. Admission is also possible for spouses and grandchildren of immigrants in some cases.The U.S. State Department and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services implemented the program in December. Vice President Joe Biden first announced it at a summit on economic development with Central American leaders in November, but the administration has barely promoted the initiative domestically aside from posting announcements and details on agency Web sites.Officials say the change is necessary to prevent children from risking their lives to cross the border and protect them from exploitation by smuggling networks.The new policy applies exclusively to Central Americans because of a 2008 anti-trafficking law that emphasizes protection of minors from that part of the world.Under the reunification program, at-risk children can qualify for refugee status, putting them on a path for green cards, resettlement assistance and eventually U.S. citizenship. Those who don’t meet the requirements can become eligible for parole, which allows them to reside in the United States without the other benefits.An official for the State Department, which shares responsibility for the program along with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said the policy change provides a “safe, legal and orderly alternative to the dangerous journey that some children were undertaking to join parents.” A young boy joins faith leaders and activists in a protest against immigrant deportations in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., on July 31, 2014. Karen Bleier/AFPThe new refugee program has garnered relatively little attention compared other executive actions President Barack Obama has taken in recent months. Some immigration advocates were unaware of the plan until federal officials e-mailed them about it in early February, according to a Boston Globe article that month.Critics say the president shouldn’t have implemented the reunification program without legislation, but officials contend that the administration announced its intentions in an August 2014 report to Congress and when Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson briefed lawmakers about proposed refugee admissions in September.Immigrant parents can apply for the refugee program if they have legal status in the United States — including temporary legal status — or if the government grants them deferred action under the suspended executive actions that Obama announced in November.The children must go through interviews with USCIS officers in their native countries to determine whether they qualify as refugees and undergo DNA testing to prove a relation to the parents, in addition to completing security checks and obtaining medical clearance.The State Department said 329 individuals had applied for reunification as of Thursday. The agency said no applications have been approved yet.Unaccompanied children from Central America began streaming to the United States at an alarming rate in 2012, around the time Obama announced plans to defer deportations for certain immigrants who were brought to the country illegally.Between 2012 and 2014, the number of immigrant minors apprehended at the border more than quadrupled, rising from 13,600 to more than 60,000.The sudden wave of undocumented children took a heavy toll on federal resources and caught the government unprepared, but the surge has slowed considerably in recent months. Border Patrol agents said many immigrants misunderstood the 2012 deferred-deportation policy, according to a previous Washington Post article.Recommended: Fix the immigration crisis at its rootThe administration took steps to curb the influx, including building new processing centers, increasing border security and urging Central American leaders to discourage people from making the trek north. U.S. President Barack Obama arrives to announce executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House on Nov. 20, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Jim Bourg/AFP/PoolObama announced plans in November to defer deportation for an estimated 4 million undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal residents who have lived in the country for at least five years.Conservatives lashed out at the administration for changing major immigration policies without congressional approval. The White House contends that Obama used his executive authorities in the same manner as past presidents, including Republicans.A federal court ordered a temporary hold on the program in February after 26 Republican-run states challenged the executive actions. The Justice Department is appealing the decision, but Obama has agreed to comply with it.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Obama: US will make immigration ‘more fair and just’ Immigrants find themselves torn between hope, defeat on Obama’s plans Obama to request $1 billion from Congress to help Central America Central American leaders offer plan to slow child migrant surgelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Comments See also: UCR students race toward cinematic glory in only 48 hoursFilm buffs, prepare yourselves: over the next week, as a wave of “shnit International Shortfilmfestival” events unfold in cities all over the world, San José will be the only host city in Central America, and will offer four days of the best short films from around the world.The festivities kick off today Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. with an inauguration ceremony at Cine Magaly in eastern San José, followed by a party, and will continue with different events until Oct. 11 (check out the whole program here).The Shortfilmfestival started 13 years ago in Bern, Switzerland, and has since spread to other cities. The festival will be held simultaneously in this year’s chosen cities, or “playgrounds,” which are: Buenos Aires (Argentina), Moscow (Russia), Cape Town (South Africa), Bangkok (Thailand), Cairo (Egypt), Kyoto (Japan), and San José, which became a shnit playground in 2011. Here, activities are organized by the deleFoco Audiovisual Group. The 12 days of the international program include five during which films are presented at the eight “playgrounds,” five during which a selection of the best films are screened at movie theaters around the globe, and a final two days when the winners of the festival are presented at the “Grand Finale” in New York.The competition includes international and national categories; all contenders were selected by the artistic direction in Bern, Switzerland. This year’s international jury includes the Costa Rican filmmaker Neto Villalobos, known for his latest film, “Por las plumas.”Recommended: 5 questions for a Costa Rican filmmaker – ‘I’m hungry to make movies’“What I think is the value of Costa Rica being part of the shnit is that it is another window for national production, not only for people here to watch short films from all around the world, but also for people in other countries to watch Costa Rican short films,” Villalobos said.In the San José iteration, a national category, “Made in Costa Rica,” will feature twelve Costa Rican films that will compete for the people’s choice award and a jury’s choice award. The fim selected by the jury will represent Costa Rica at next’s year International Playground Favorites. The jury is made up of directors Alexandra Latishev and Iván Porras, and photography director Fernando Montero. Among the short films selected are “La Cacería,” by Erick Pérez; “Pique Tico,” by Pablo Solís; “Zafiro,” by Andre Robert; and “Por Delante,” by Jorge M. Rodrigo.This year’s festival also includes two new events. The first, “Peeping shnit,” is a selection of the best erotic short films, and will take place Oct. 8 at 10:30 p.m. “Playground Favorites 2014,” a selection of the best films from last year’s festival, including the Costa Rican film “Funeral,” by Alejandro Bonilla, will be screened Oct. 9 at 4:30 p.m.In addition to screenings, the festiva will offer parties and workshops for attendants: today’s inaugural party will be held at El Observatorio, across from Cine Magaly, and the same location will host the second party on Oct. 9 honoring national talent after the “Made in Costa Rica” presentation. The official party to mark the end of the San José festivities will take place at the Hoxton, in San Pedro.Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about audiovisuals with two workshops, “From the idea to the script” with Ariel Escalante y Gustavo Fallas, in Oct. 8 at 9 a.m., and “Implementation of ‘After Effects’ in audiovisuals” with Sergio Castro, Oct. 9 at 9 a.m. There will also be a lecture, “The post-production secrets of ‘Adobe’,” with professor Leonardo Fallas, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. Both workshops and the talk will be held at Veritas University in southeastern San José. Both workshops and the talk are free activities, but require registration before the event.Find more information about the festival and workshops at the shnit Website, or call 2224-4696. Related posts:UCR students race toward cinematic glory in only 48 hours ‘Festival Under the Stars’ to screen third edition in Puntarenas Highlights of the shnit International Shortfilmfestival New Costa Rican movie explores ‘the happiest place in the world’last_img read more

first_imgBy a narrow margin, voters in Bolivia have rejected a constitutional change that would have allowed leftist Evo Morales, South America’slongest-sitting president, to run for a fourth term and potentially extend his rule to 2025.Exit polls Sunday predicted the ballot measure was headed to defeat, but the final tally was close, with the “No” vote winning by 51-to-49 percent margin, and 99.7 percent of votes counted as of midnight Tuesday.Morales acknowledged the defeat in a televised statement Wednesday morning, assuring supporters that the “fight against capitalism and neoliberalism” would soldier on.“We’ve lost a battle, but not the war,” he said. “This isn’t the end of Evo.”After a decade in power, the loss was first electoral setback for the otherwise-popular Morales, 56, a former coca grower and native Aymara speaker who is the first Bolivian president elected from the country’s long-downtrodden indigenous majority.But even Morales was not immune to the anti-incumbent climate sweeping South America, where leftist leaders have dominated elections for more than a decade by promising to redistribute wealth and boost social spending, buoyed by strong global demand for the region’s commodity exports.Now the party is ending, and even the most successful South American leaders are paying the price. Bolivian President Evo Morales answers questions from members of the press at Quemado Palace in La Paz, on Feb. 22, 2016. Aizar Raldes/AFPUnlike Argentina and Venezuela, where entrenched leftist parties were thrown out amid deep financial troubles, Bolivia’s economy is still projected to a grow 4.5 percent this year. But many Bolivians have grown weary of Morales, who took office in 2006, and a spate of recent scandals. Voters in the region are also increasingly skeptical of attempts to remove democratic checks on power, said Michael Shifter, president of Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington think-tank specializing in Latin America affairs.“Even Evo’s supporters, who credit him for the country’s progress in recent years, wanted to send a message that three terms in power is more than enough, and it’s healthy for someone else to take charge,” Shifter said. “Bolivia under Evo may have shown some authoritarian tendencies, but it has a democratic system, and it’s natural and normal for people to want change and a fresh political environment after such a long stretch of one man in office.”“Evo should now begin to groom a successor, but he seems to be resisting that,” Shifter added.Morales was reelected to a third five-year term in 2014 with 60 percent of the vote. Mixing fiery socialist speeches and denunciations of U.S. “imperialism” with far more quiet pro-business prudence, he built new roads and gas pipelines while also accumulating up one of the world’s biggest cash reserves. This pleased everyone from rural Bolivian quinoa farmers to Wall Street bond traders.But a wave of scandals appeared to hurt his proposed constitutional change to lift term limits. In recent months, Morales, acknowledged that he had fathered a child in 2007 with a girlfriend nearly half his age. The baby did not survive. The woman later got an executive job working for a Chinese company with almost $500 million in government contracts, and Morales claimed he no longer had a relationship with the woman despite appearing with her in a recent photo.Powerful indigenous groups in the country have broken with him too, accusing Morales of abandoning their plight, and the president was also hurt by a video last year that showed him ordering an aide to bend down and tie his shoelaces.Sunday’s ballot measure lost by just 115,000 ballots out of 5.2 million cast, and it’s possible Morales could float a similar referendum in the future, before his current term expires in 2020. The region’s negative economic outlook does not bode well, but Shifter said Morales should not be underestimated.“Hugo Chávez, too, suffered a setback in 2007 when he lost a vote to abolish term limits – only to come back later to get it passed,” Shifter said. “Evo is resourceful. He did not lose reelection – he just lost a referendum that would have allowed him to run again in 2019.”© 2016, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Three steps Venezuela must take Corruption scandal stokes anger in bitterly divided Brazil Lula dealt new blow as Brazil prosecutors charge him over assets Venezuelan protests seek Maduro’s ousterlast_img read more

first_imgHungry for turkey and all the fixings? A wide array of options are available for Thanksgiving revelers this year. Here are just a few of the best spots for a holiday feast on Thursday, November 24:The Barceló Hotel will offer a special dinner at its Anfora Restaurant, with an absolutely epic menu. For traditionalists, roast turkey, sweet potatoes with marshmallows and pumpkin pie; for non-traditionalists, a dizzying array of other specialities including BBQ ribs with tamarind sauce, lemon panacotta and a Churchill tres leches ($45 per person, tax included. Make reservations at 2220-2034 x 715).Denny’s, with locations around the Central Valley, will offer a full turkey and dressing dinner, glass of wine or beverage of your choice, and a seasonal dessert: Pecan or Pumpking Pie (₡13,950 colones/approximately $25, or ₡9,150/$16 for just the turkey plate).Santa Ana’s Studio Hotel offers an elaborate menu includes creamy squash soup, various salads, turkey in cherry sauce and Virginia ham in orange sauce, wild rice and sweet potato with marshmallows. A side dish of mushrooms, zucchini and cherry tomatoes and a Christmas roll dessert round out the meal ($40 per person plus tax, or $20 plus tax for children).Fancy dinner by the sea? Gabriella’s Steak, Seafood and Pasta at Marina Pez Vela, Quepos, will serve their turkey alongside walnut and mushroom dressing, garden vegetables and cranberry sauce, topped off by cheesecake or a walnut brownie (₡18,500/$33 per person or ₡9,000/$16 for children over six; six and under eat free. Reservations recommended at 2519-9300).Also in the Marina, Z Gastrobar has planned a green tropical salad, roast turkey with gravy, honey glazed carrots, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and pumpkin cheesecake. Yum ($30 per person, limited seating; reserve at 2777-6948).The final Marina holiday offering is at the Runaway Grill, with roast turkey and dressing, smashed potatoes, roasted veggies, salad and orange-cranberry relish. Finish up with pecan or sweet potato pie and coffee ($25 per person; reservations recommended at 2519-9095).The Hotel Alta will offer a traditional dinner with a spectacular view in Escazú, including Waldorf salad, roast turkey, vegetables and your choice of dessert ($35 plus tax, or $15 plus tax for children under 12. Reservations at 2282- 5248, by email at or at this link).And if all that tryptophan leaves you feeling a little groggy, never fear: Café Britt is offering Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on their coffees, chocolates and other products guaranteed to put a little spring in your step. Stay tuned here and you might even rack up even energy to tackle those turkey sandwiches.From all of us at The Tico Times, Happy Thanksgiving! Facebook Comments Related posts:Delicious eats for your holiday celebrations Dining options for your New Year’s celebrations WATCH: Making tamales in Costa Rica PHOTOS: Christmas 2015last_img read more

first_imgWith the International Arts Festival (FIA) just behind us, it’s time to keep celebrating Costa Rican culture in all of its expressions. On the docket for the coming months are concerts, festivals and more. Here’s a partial guide.(Are beloved traditions or new events from your city or town missing from our list? We’re eager to share much more information with our readers, especially regarding events outside greater San José. Would you like to be a Community Liaison and help us keep track of what’s going on in your neck of the woods? Contact 5, Paseo de los Estudiantes, Barrio Chino, San José: Visitors to the International Tamal Festival can sample tamales from various locations in Central and South America. Exhibits, stands, conferences and workshops about tamales with the goal of conserving the region’s culinary heritage. Entry is free. Info: 4001-6590 or 6198-6259.May 5, Anfiteatro Coca Cola, La Guácima, Alajuela: The renowned Mexican ranchera singer Alejandro Fernández will delight fans at Parque Viva. Tickets at, ₡25,500 ($45) to ₡80,000 ($142).May 12–13, Teatro Nacional, San José: The National Theater will offer free guided tours throughout the theater, open to the public, 9 am-5 pm. Info:, 2010-1100.May 17, Anfiteatro Municipal, Cartago: If you’re a fan of Dragon Ball Z, this concert by the Youth Orchestra Chamber of Costa Rica, Banda Zukia and Hyper Foofie is for you. 7 pm. ₡8,000 ($14) to ₡14,000 ($24). Info: 20, Parque de Sarchí, Alajuela: Enjoy films and fresh air at the Movie in the Park event in the central park of Sarchí, renowned for its lovely sculpture gardens. Free. 7 pm. Also offered on June 24.June 2, Amón Solar, Barrio Amón, San José: The first-ever Victoria Fest will feature national and international bands, artwork, photography and short films. ₡5,000 ($10). 5 pm. Info: 8-10, National Stadium, San José: Sample mouthwatering chocolates from all over Costa Rica. Free. Info:, 7290-0035, 7055-0055.June 30, Centro de Eventos Pedregal, Heredia: Ozuna performs for the first time in Costa Rica. Tickets at from ₡26,500 ($47) to ₡56,500 ($100).Looking for a club or organization to join in your community? Check out our list here. Facebook Comments Related posts:What to do during the high season: a few of our favorite summer events What to do in Costa Rica: concerts, culture and love around the country Ballet performance raises funds for low-income patients and families W22 Galería hosts ‘Escazú Project’ exhibitlast_img read more

first_img Comments   Share   Amazon deforestation slowed and hit its lowest recorded level from August 2010 through July 2011, the latest annual period measured, when 2,410 square miles (6,240 square kilometers) were felled.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Greenpeace said it based its accusations on observations made by its own field investigators and on information obtained in reports from Ibama, Brazil’s environmental protection agency.“In researching JBS’s business practices, Greenpeace has found, once again, numerous new cases of JBS purchasing cattle directly and indirectly from farms involved in illegal deforestation, invasion of protected areas and indigenous lands, and also of farms using slave labor,” the group said in a statement.JBS rejected those accusations out of hand.“The information mentioning JBS in the report are false, misleading, incorrect, and lead society to make wrong judgments,” the company said in an emailed statement. “For this reason the company will take judicial action against Greenpeace and search for all legal means to obtain compensation for material damages.”After hours calls to Ibama were not returned.The Greenpeace report comes just two weeks before the United Nations’ Rio+20 sustainable development conference, where preserving the Amazon will be a big topic.In 2009, JBS SA and three of Brazil’s other major meatpackers and leather exporters signed Greenpeace-brokered agreements with officials in some rural states promising to remove from their supply chain any cattle raised in a manner that led to illegal deforestation or relied upon the work of people mired in debt-slavery conditions.center_img Those agreements came after scathing Greenpeace reports that outlined links Brazil’s biggest meat companies had with suppliers relying on illegal practices to raise their herds. Major retailers at the time, such as Nike Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Carrefour SA, said they would cut ties with any companies that couldn’t clean up their supply chains.Similar agreements have been struck in recent years with big soy suppliers and traders working in Brazil, such as Cargill Inc., Archer Daniels Midland Co., Bunge Ltd. and Louis Dreyfus Commodities. The clearing of Amazon lands to make way for soy farms is also a top cause of deforestation.Sen. Katia Abreu, a leading voice of the agriculture caucus and the president of Brazil’s National Agriculture and Livestock Federation, said the nation’s ranchers and farmers are cooperating with the government to reduce rainforest destruction _ and that it is working.“In 2004, the Brazilian government adopted the commitment of reducing deforestation by 80 percent,” Abreu told reporters Wednesday while traveling in Paris. “At the end of last year, eight years before the deadline, we have already almost reached that goal.” More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men Associated PressSAO PAULO (AP) – Greenpeace on Wednesday accused JBS, the world’s largest meatpacker, of not honoring a 2009 agreement in which the Brazilian company pledged to protect the Amazon rainforest by not buying cattle from suppliers who raise beef on illegally deforested land.JBS denied the claim and said it would take legal action against Greenpeace, saying the environmental group’s report could potentially cause a loss in sales. JBS didn’t indicate what sort of damages it might seek. Top Stories last_img read more

first_img“The more unstable Guerrero is, the better it is for the criminals,” Benitez said.Electoral officials have said they will go ahead with Sunday’s elections as planned, but that they don’t want to militarize the elections.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Comments   Share   5 treatments for adult scoliosis Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Members of a teachers union march towards scores of police in riot gear surrounding the office of the National Electoral Institute, in Chilpancingo, Guerrero State, Mexico, Friday, June 5, 2015. The confrontation ended peacefully. Radical groups and unionized teachers have vowed to block Sunday’s voting for the lower house of congress, nine governorships and hundreds of mayorships. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Violence ahead of the Sunday elections for Congress, governorships and mayorships has already claimed the lives of three candidates, one would-be candidate, and at least a dozen campaign workers or activists.But unlike the years from 2010 to 2012, when the violence appeared to come largely came from drug cartels, radical movements now appear to pose the greatest threat.Radical teachers on Friday burned or attacked the offices of five political parties in Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of Chiapas. They broke into the offices, ransacked the contents — computers, paperwork and furniture — and burned it in the street.In the southern state of Guerrero, unidentified assailants tossed an explosive device at the offices of the conservative National Action Party, damaging the windows.There have been tense moments in recent days as army and police forces faced off with protesters intent on breaking into electoral offices to burn ballots, as they have done in recent days.“I think this is the worst (election violence) in a lot of ways,” said Jesus Silva-Herzog Marquez of the Monterrey Technological University. “We didn’t have this level of violence even in 1994, when we had elections at the same time as the Zapatista guerrilla conflict.” 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government announced Friday it was sending army troops, marines and federal police to southern states to protect polling places as violence threatened the country’s midterm weekend elections.The decision came after radical teachers attacked the offices of political parties in the southern state of Chiapas, burning the contents, and vowed to block the voting.The deployment is “aimed at ensuring all Mexicans can go to the polls peacefully,” Mexico’s Interior Department said in a statement. It said troops would be sent particularly to southern states and Oaxaca, where many of the attacks and ballot burnings have occurred. The teachers have issued wildly ambitious demands, including 100 percent pay hikes and the end of a constitutionally-mandated teacher evaluation system.In the colonial city of Oaxaca, teachers have burned ballots and blocked gasoline distribution facilities. Their leaders told local media they would block elections, even if they got the pay hikes.“They are using pressure, not to get any demand met, but rather to block the elections, that is their goal,” said Raul Benitez, a security expert at Mexico’s National Autonomous University.In 2010, a drug cartel assassinated a leading candidate for governor in the northern state of Tamaulipas, and also killed several mayors. In this year’s elections, it is not yet clear whether the killing of a candidate in Michoacan and another on the outskirts of Mexico City were related to drug violence. Two contenders for mayorships were also killed in Guerrero, where it appears more likely that criminal gangs were involved.“I think organized crime isn’t getting involved in these cases, except in Guerrero,” said Benitez, suggesting the drug cartels may be happy to see the radical movements causing disturbances that would draw police attention away from the gangs.last_img read more

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober MOSCOW (AP) — About 1,500 people have taken part in a Moscow rally to protest what they say is insufficient funding for science and against pressure on a foundation that gives grants to science projects.The peaceful rally Saturday came two weeks after Russian authorities placed the Dynasty Foundation on its list of foreign agents. Under a widely criticized law, a non-governmental organization that receives funding and is deemed to be involved in political activity must register as a foreign agent. People gather at a rally against existing science and education policies in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 6, 2015. Demonstrators, holding a posters and textbooks, rallied in support of the Dynasty Foundation which develops fundamental science and education in Russian, and which has been added to the list of Russian organizations considered foreign agents. The law doesn’t prevent such organizations from working, but many see the requirement as oppressive because the term “foreign agent” is often seen as pejorative.Dynasty head Dmitry Zimin, whose fortune funds the foundation, has been quoted as saying he will close the foundation because it was placed on the list.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologylast_img read more

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The 48-year-old president had the operation on Friday after experiencing “intense discomfort.” Doctors said it was the only option. They said he was fully healthy and in charge after the surgery.Pena Nieto said he has been advised to lower his fat intake going forward and to limit exercise over the next few weeks.The sudden illness forced Pena Nieto to cancel plans to travel to Guatemala on Friday for a regional summit of national leaders.It was his second surgery since taking office in late 2012. In July 2013, he underwent surgery to remove a thyroid nodule, which showed no signs of malignancy.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 FILE – In this June 12, 2015, file photo, Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto addresses the media during an EU Mexico summit at the EU Council building in Brussels. Pena Nieto has been released from the hospital on Sunday, June 28, after undergoing surgery to remove his gallbladder at Mexico’s Central Military Hospital. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File) Top holiday drink recipes MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto left the hospital on Sunday after undergoing surgery to remove his gallbladder.Pena Nieto was released from the Central Military Hospital at midday, telling the press he is feeling “very good” and thanking doctors and nurses for their professional care. He said he is maintaining his normal schedule, including receiving a visit by Spanish King Felipe VI on Monday.last_img read more