WestJet matches Air Canadas move with new Econo Lowest fare

first_img Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Travelweek Group WestJet matches Air Canada’s move with new Econo (Lowest) fare Posted by Tags: Low-Cost Carriers, WestJetcenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share CALGARY — WestJet has introduced a new basic economy fare, Econo (Lowest). The move comes one week after rival Air Canada launched its Economy Basic fare and amid a tightening ultra low-cost carrier market that already includes Flair Airlines and, by June 2018, WestJet’s own Swoop and potentially upstart ULCC Canada Jetlines.“As WestJet transitions to a global airline, we want our guests to have more choices when it comes to their travel experience. That’s why today, we launched our basic economy fare called Econo (Lowest),” says WestJet.“Econo (Lowest) is designed for the value-seeking guest who doesn’t travel often. We want to attract travellers who are looking for low cost fares without any added amenities. This unbundled fare option offers access to WestJet’s network and great guest experience for less, making it easier for even more Canadians to travel.”Several airlines have launched basic no-frills fares within the past couple of years, including British Airways, Air France KLM, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesAir Canada announced its own Economy Basic fare last week. Now available on select routes and flights within Canada, the new fare class is billed as Air Canada’s lowest fare. The airline says the new Economy Basic is a restricted fare for Economy Class passengers looking for the lowest price, but with fewer options than Economy Tango fares.last_img read more

Big rollers Eldorado buys Caesars in deal valued at 17B

first_imgBig rollers: Eldorado buys Caesars in deal valued at $17B Share Tags: casino, gaming, Las Vegas << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, June 24, 2019 By: The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Eldorado Resorts will buy Caesars in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $17.3 billion, creating a casino giant.The acquisition Monday puts about 60 casinos and resorts in 16 states under a single name, one of the biggest gambling and entertainment ventures in the United States.“Together, we will have an extremely powerful suite of iconic gaming and entertainment brands, as well as valuable strategic alliances with industry leaders in sports betting and online gaming,” Eldorado CEO Tom Reeg said in a prepared statement.The company, which will be called Caesars, will be led by Reeg, along with Eldorado Chairman Gary Carano. It will be based in Reno Nevada, where Eldorado is based, with a “significant corporate presence” in Las Vegas, where Caesars is based.Eldorado will pay $8.40 per share in cash and 0.0899 shares of Eldorado stock for each Caesars share, or $12.75 per share. The transaction values Caesars at about $8.6 billion, and Eldorado will pick up about $8.8 billion of the casino’s debt.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthShareholders of Eldorado Resorts Inc. will hold about 51% of the company’s outstanding stock, with Caesars Entertainment Corp. shareholders holding the remaining and 49%.Earlier this year, billionaire Carl Icahn revealed an enormous stake in Caesars and pushed for fundamental changes at the company. Caesars, which operates more than 35 casinos in the U.S., emerged from bankruptcy protection in late 2017, but it’s been struggling since.Casinos have seen a tremendous uptick in revenue, however, with the broad legalization of sports betting.Eldorado said Monday that it’s also reached a real estate agreement with VICI Properties Inc. in which VICI will acquire the real estate associated with Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, Harrah’s Laughlin Hotel & Casino, and Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel & Casino for approximately $1.8 billion. Other terms of the deal include VICI being given right of first refusals for whole asset sale or sale-leaseback transactions on two Las Vegas Strip properties and the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?The Eldorado-Caesars deal is targeted to close in the first half of next year if approved by gaming regulators and shareholders.Caesars’ stock jumped 12.2% before the market open, while shares of Eldorado fell 6.6%.last_img read more

Costa Rica antidrug comissioner warns of possible terrorist attacks

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rica’s anti-drug commissioner, Mauricio Boraschi, announced a state of alert for the country’s airports, borders and ports against a possible terrorist attack, the daily La Nacion reported Thursday.Boraschi said the alert stems for an anti-terrorist network that counts the United States, Chile and Brazil as members. Boraschi told La Nacion the threat is attributed to the Lebanese Islamic group, HezzbolahNo specific country was mentioned as a target in the warning, the anti-drug commissioner said. Boraschi added that Costa Rican officials will be keeping a special watch on “migration flows” and that security forces and emergency workers would be prepared to coordinate efforts in the even of an attack through Friday morning when the alert expires, La Nacion reported. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Creating with nature Green building basics

first_imgFrom the print editionFor local architect Rodrigo Carazo, green building means simply “adapting to our natural surroundings without damaging or destroying it,” through a “constant process of learning, adapting and experimenting.” To Alberto Negrini, an architect and professor of environmental design, green building is a process of “relearning to live with nature.” He believes that true environmental design must spring from the surrounding nature and culture. The final objective of environmental design, he said at a recent symposium at the National University, “is achieving happiness arising from people living in harmony with their environment.” Roberto Meza, an engineer specializing in certifying green buildings, aims even higher, positing that green building and design should not only avoid harming the environment, but also should actively work to restore and improve it: “We have to move from causing less harm to doing more good.” Where all agree is that there is no established path to building sustainably; creativity, innovation and cooperation among those involved in a project, rather than following established formulas, are most important for achieving good results. Designers also agree that while green building seeks ambitious ends, it’s simpler than it sounds, often involving applying common sense or rediscovering traditional approaches to living with the environment.In addition, because each building is in a different setting and responds to the needs of different inhabitants, none should be exactly alike. All green designers and builders also stress that green building, if done right, can be less expensive in both the short and long term. At minimum, experts say, green buildings should strive to minimize the use of energy in both the construction and operation of buildings, use other resources such as water rationally, avoid the use of toxic materials and otherwise cause reduced impacts on the environment. Improving existing buildings to make them more environmentally friendly is also an important element of green building. Form and functionWhile the use of environmentally friendly building materials and devices to save water and energy are part of green building, most experts say that more important are basic design elements that don’t require added investment or gadgetry. In a tropical climate, eliminating or reducing the need for air conditioning (often more than 60 percent of a building’s energy costs) is one of the most important goals, most easily achieved by ensuring cross-ventilation and minimizing exposure to sunlight. In Costa Rica’s Central Valley, for example, this could entail creating a long and narrow building along an east-west axis, so that prevailing north-easterly winds ventilate all of the rooms, while the building, because of its orientation, would receive little direct morning or afternoon sun. Wide eaves, porches, awnings and the planting of shade trees serve the same function of preventing sunlight from heating the interior of a building. High ceilings, with ventilation in the roof and near the tops of the walls, can also make for cooler interiors.In a very hot and wet climate, houses can be built on stilts to increase air circulation and reduce exposure to moisture. Conversely, a house in a hot, dry climate can be built close to the ground with thick walls, in order to use and conserve the coolness of the earth. Green architects and builders are quick to point out that these features are elements of traditional construction in Costa Rica and around the world, showing that green design is nothing new, although much of it has been forgotten for a time.Green building materialsWhile perhaps less crucial than basic design, the choice of building materials is very important in determining the ecological and aesthetic impact of a building. Following are some of the more popular options for green building in Costa Rica:• Wood. In Costa Rica, the use of wood in construction is undergoing a rebirth. Once among the most common building materials, the use of wood dropped off steeply over the past decades as reinforced concrete became the norm, while supplies of native wood dried up because of indiscriminate harvesting, waste and destruction of forests.More recently, builders, architects and – more importantly –  their clients, have rediscovered the beauty, usefulness and practicality of wood. Meanwhile, thinking among many environmentalists regarding the widespread use of wood as a building material has taken a sharp turn; once seen as a threat to forests and biodiversity, it is now more likely to be perceived as a potent element in the fight against climate change because of wood’s ability to trap carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in long-lasting buildings, furniture and other goods. However, assuring the supply of wood for construction without threatening natural forests and wildlife is still a challenge. While reforestation is helping meet growing demand, Costa Rica must import wood to meet demand, mostly from South America.  Where the provenance of wood is unknown, the use of certified wood is recommended by green building experts to ensure that it has been grown and harvested with due regard for the environment.• Bamboo. Most of what holds true for wood is doubly true for bamboo. Once widely used by traditional cultures in the Americas and elsewhere, the impressive qualities and beauty of bamboo as a building material are being rediscovered and widely applied by green architects and builders (TT, Sept. 30, 2011). Moreover, because bamboo, which is a grass, not a tree, grows very quickly, it is even more effective as a buffer against climate change than wood, while production can be more easily increased to meet demand. Like wood, bamboo must be properly selected, treated and utilized to avoid rot or damage by insects.• Concrete.  Because the process of making concrete is energy-intensive, releases large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and also requires large-scale mining of rocks and minerals, the massive use of this material in construction – now the norm – is highly damaging to the environment. However, because of its low cost, strength and versatility, very few architects or builders would be willing to renounce its use altogether. In fact, most green buildings use concrete to a greater or lesser degree.  Minimizing its use, however, is a goal most green designers share.The cement industry worldwide has responded to criticism by making a significant effort to reduce carbon emissions and improve mining practices. (Holcim, a leading cement manufacturer, houses its local offices in an impressive green building in Alajuela.) However, despite significant progress, even including the marketing of “green” cement, the process of making concrete, as even its advocates admit, is inherently polluting. That the industry has invested so much effort and money in improving its image and processes, however, is a good indication that the green building movement is here to stay.• Earth.  In hot climates, one strategy for green, low-energy building is to create more massive structures that will retain nighttime coolness throughout the day. Traditionally, adobe and stone structures in Latin America filled this role. While concrete block has largely taken the place of these materials, it does not retain coolness to the same degree, and is environmentally unfriendly in comparison. As an alternative, green designers and engineers have created building systems using blocks made of compacted earth, bags filled with soil, and variations on traditional adobe or earthen structures. • Foam. A similar strategy of building to retain coolness, but in lightweight form, is represented by systems using styrofoam, usually based on a metal frame or mesh and coated with sprayed-on cement. These systems are extremely efficient in maintaining temperatures. According to Diego Estrada, general manager of Panelco, a Costa Rican manufacturer of such systems, living in a home built with foam is like “living in an ice chest.” They are also versatile and inexpensive compared to many other building methods. However, one common criticism is that styrofoam, once manufactured, is difficult to dispose of, and will last for hundreds of years beyond the probable life span of the building.• Metal. While the manufacture of steel and aluminum is energy-and resource-intensive and polluting, the judicious use of these materials to build lightweight structures – ideal for a mild climate like Costa Rica’s – saves a great deal of energy and resources compared with traditional concrete construction. These buildings often incorporate broad expanses of glass, along with panels of wood, fiber-cement or other materials. • Reutilized and recycled materials. A basic tenet of sustainable building is to reuse or recycle materials whenever possible. Thus, wood, brick, stone, windows and doors from older structures are salvaged and reused, and new products made from recycled materials, such as steel and aluminum, also are used.  Another basic precept is to use local materials wherever possible, to avoid the added cost and pollution incurred by shipping. Water and EnergySaving water, while less critical in rainy Costa Rica than other parts of the world, is still important, and will become more so if Costa Rica, as predicted, becomes hotter and drier as a result of climate change (TT, Aug. 12, 2011).  Elements of green building that could contribute to saving water include systems to collect and use rainwater for household use and irrigation, reusing of water from sinks, baths and washing machines for irrigation (to this end, using biodegradable soaps and detergents is very important), as well as conservation measures such as reduced-flow nozzles in sinks and showers and double-flush toilets. Landscaping with native plants accustomed to the cycle of dry and rainy seasons requires less or no irrigation.Many options for saving – and producing – energy for homes and other buildings exist, and will be the topic of next month’s Sustainable Living section. No related posts. Green Building ResourcesArchitects/DesignersMario Carazo: www.carazoarquitectos.comBruno Stagno: www.brunostagno.infoPietro Stagno and Luz Letelier: www.luzdepiedra.comAdrián Bonilla: bambooosiris@gmail.comBuilding MaterialsEco Materiales: www.ecomaterialescr.comGreen Center: www.greencentercr.comGreen Pages Directory: www.paginasverdescr.comPura Verde Directory: www.pura-verde.comGreen Building CertificationLEED:Roberto Meza, Sphera Consultants: www.sphera-sbc.comCosta Rica Green Building Council: www.costaricagbc.orgRESET: Herberth Méndez, FUDEU: hmendezh@fudeu.orgAlexandra Rodríguez, INTECO:  arodriguez@inteco.or.cr Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Foreign Ministry to send Paul Watson extradition request to German authorities Tuesday

first_imgNo related posts. The Foreign Ministry will send a formal request Tuesday to the German government for the extradition of embattled ocean activist Paul Watson, the daily La Nación reported.Watson, founder and president of the group Sea Shepherd, was arrested in Germany on May 13 on charges stemming from a 2002 high-seas confrontation between Watson’s ship and a Costa Rican fishing vessel, the Varadero I, allegedly illegally finning sharks off the coast of Guatemala. Watson was released on bail and has remained in Germany awaiting extradition orders from Costa Rica. Watson has claimed that a $20,000 contract has been taken out on his head for his activities against poachers and illegal shark finning, and that he could be killed if extradited to Costa Rica (TT, May 20).The Foreign Ministry will submit the extradition request along with the accusation of attempted shipwrecking to Costa Rican diplomats in Germany to be presented to authorities there, La Nación reported. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Heavy rains expected Wednesday for much of Costa Rica

first_imgSource: IMN Facebook Comments 29 Max Min Caribbean Central Pacific The National Meteorological Institute (IMN) announced that a low-pressure system will bring more rains to Costa Rica starting on Wednesday.Approaching weather systems will increase humidity levels and will generate atmospheric instability and strong winds, the IMN forecast said. A tropical depression over Central America at midweek will cause a significant increase in rains starting Wednesday and lasting into the weekend.Heavy rains and lightning storms are expected in the Caribbean, northern and mountainous regions, while moderate showers characteristic of the rainy season are expected in the Central Valley.Higher temperatures will be felt in the Pacific regions, with an average of 32 degrees Celsius, while temperatures in the Central Valley are expected to fall to 15 C.Temperatures for this week (Celsius) North Pacific Region Central Valley 30 32 19center_img 32 Northern Zone No related posts. 18 32 19 South Pacific 29 18 20 15last_img read more

Pope warns Latin America against legalizing drugs

first_imgPope Francis, third from right, celebrates mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil’s most revered Catholic shrine, in Aparecida, Sao Paulo State, on Wednesday. The first Latin American and Jesuit pontiff visited Aparecida to lead his first big mass since arriving in the country for a week-long visit of which highlight is the huge five-day Catholic gathering World Youth Day. Gabriel Bouys/AFP RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Pope Francis warned Latin America against legalizing drugs on Wednesday, delving into a hot topic in his home region after celebrating the first public mass of his landmark visit to Brazil.The Argentine-born pontiff, who has championed the cause of the poor and vulnerable, drew a line against drugs as he met crack addicts and inaugurated a rehab ward at a Rio de Janeiro hospital run by Franciscan monks.“The scourge of drug trafficking, which favors violence and sows the seeds of suffering and death, requires of society as a whole an act of courage,” Francis said as rain fell on the Saint Francis hospital.“A reduction in the spread and influence of drug addiction will not be achieved by a liberalization of drug use, as is currently being proposed in various parts of Latin America,” he said on the third day of his weeklong trip to Brazil for a Catholic youth festival.Hours earlier, Latin America’s first pope urged Catholics to reject the “ephemeral idols” of money, power and success as he led mass at a revered shrine in neighboring São Paulo state.Drug violence has killed more than 70,000 people in Mexico alone since 2006 while narcotrafficking continues unabated across the region, fueling calls for a rethink of the U.S.-backed war on drugs.Guatemala’s president has called for the legalization of drugs, a vision shared by ex-presidents in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia but opposed by the U.S. and Mexican governments.Uruguayan President Jose Mujica has proposed legalizing marijuana in his country.But the pope said society must fight the underlying problems of drug use by “promoting greater justice, educating young people in the values that build up life in society, accompanying those in difficulty and giving them hope for the future.”The 76-year-old pope visited the hospital after flying back from a mass at the Shrine of Our Lady Aparecida in São Paulo state, where more than 200,000 people braved the cold rain to greet him.After entering the basilica, the visibly moved pope held a statue of the dark-skinned Virgin of Aparecida, the country’s patroness whom Francis himself reveres.“It is true that nowadays, to some extent, everyone, including our young people, feels attracted by the many idols which take the place of God and appear to offer hope: money, success, power, pleasure,” he said in his homily.“Often a growing sense of loneliness and emptiness in the hearts of many people leads them to seek satisfaction in these ephemeral idols.” No related posts.center_img The pope is seeking to re-energize his flock during his first overseas trip since his election earlier this year.The region is home to 40 percent of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, but Brazil has seen its flock dwindle while Evangelicals gain ground.The church’s pedophilia and financial scandals have also alienated many Catholics.It was in Aparecida in 2007 that the then-cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio led a bishops’ panel that drafted a document with a strong social and political appeal for the poor in Latin America.An estimated 15,000 people packed the basilica for Wednesday’s mass while another 200,000 gathered outside, with 5,000 police and soldiers providing security.Last Sunday, authorities found and destroyed a homemade explosive in a parking lot bathroom, but the Vatican said it was no cause for concern.After the mass, the pope stepped out to bless the crowd and announced he would return in 2017 on the 300th anniversary of the statue’s discovery by three local fishermen.“We want Francis’s example to bring renewal to the Church, which sorely needs it,” said 47-year-old José Antonio Rocha, who stood for hours outside to see the pope pass by in a Popemobile.The pope’s visit to Aparecida went smoothly after a tumultuous start to his trip.His arrival on Monday saw crowds swarm his car and touch him. Later that night, police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of people protesting the $53 million spent on his visit.Then, on Tuesday, Rio’s subway broke down for two hours, causing chaos for throngs of pilgrims heading to a mass inaugurating the weeklong World Youth Day festivities.On Thursday, the pope will visit a slum and then address hundreds of thousands of young Catholics on Copacabana beach. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Honduras approves law that allows for the shooting down of suspected drug

first_imgTEGUCIGALPA — Honduras’ Congress has passed a law authorizing the air force to shoot down unidentified planes suspected of carrying drugs over the Central American country, legislators said.The legislature voted overwhelmingly Friday night to pass the “air space protection law” even though Honduras is a signatory of an international treaty that forbids downing of civilian aircraft, congressional vice president Marvin Ponce told AFP.Ponce said the law authorizes planes to be shot down if they fail to file flight plans or abide by civil aviation rules.“If an unidentified or unauthorized aircraft is detected, it will be subjected to the progressive use of force, through investigation, interception, pursuit and in its maximum use the definitive neutralization of threat, which will be ordered by the secretary of defense,” the law states.The United States reportedly suspended sharing of radar intelligence with Honduras after the Honduran air force shot down a suspected drug plane in June 2012.Central America is major transit point for drugs moving north to the US market on small aircraft and boats, according to US officials.Defense Minister Marlon Pascua, in an interview with the newspaper La Tribuna, said Honduras has cut the movement of drugs through its territory by 74 percent since mid-2010. Facebook Comments Related posts:Honduran brothers charged in cocaine-trafficking case Quietly, Cuba, US have been on same team against illegal drug trade Fabio Lobo: Honduras’ drug trafficking presidential son? Scandal-plagued Honduras needs dramatic overhaul, say analystslast_img read more

Could a sharkfinning trial restore loophole in Costa Rica law

first_imgRelated posts:Judge’s ruling opens the door to legalized shark finning in Costa Rica, conservation groups say Judge orders Costa Rica gov’t to reimburse ship captain for seized shark fins High-profile shark-finning trial continues this week Could judicial decisions unravel Chinchilla’s conservation legacy? Facebook Comments A Puntarenas court will reconvene Friday for a shark finning trial that could re-establish a gruesome loophole in the law that bans finning in Costa Rican waters.The case started in 2011, when a boat belonging to the case’s defendant, Taiwanese-Costa Rican Kathy Tseng Chang, docked in Puntarenas, on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast. Fishermen on Tseng’s boat had allegedly carved out all of the meat, bones and innards of 36 sharks, leaving only the spinal column with the fins attached by strips of skin. Tseng claims that the meat was used for bait and as food for the crew, both legal when fishing sharks.The practice of shark finning is credited with the decimation of more than 90 percent of the world’s sharks, and it fuels the demand for shark-fin soup, an Asian delicacy that can fetch more than $100 a bowl.  To save room in the hulls and maximize profits, fishermen often slice off the sharks’ fins and toss the bodies overboard. Landing shark fins without a body attached has been illegal at Costa Rican docks for more than a decade.After word got out about Tseng’s fishing expedition, the president of the Pacific Coast Fishermen’s Union, Javier Catón, filed an official complaint that the fins were not “naturally attached” to the shark’s body per Costa Rican Law. The complaint prompted the Puntarenas Prosecutor’s Office to open an investigation.Three years later, the case is now seeing light in court and assistant prosecutor Tatiana Chaves says a non-guilty verdict could have broad consequences for shark-finning as a whole.“If the court does not condemn this practice it is possible that people could interpret that to mean that it is legal to bring in sharks in this manner,” Chaves said. “I do not think that would happen, but it is a possibility.”In case of a not-guilty verdict, the legality of Tseng’s finning method is left open to interpretation. It would be up to the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (Incopesca) to decide whether or not to allow future boats to land sharks in the same condition as on Tseng’s boat, Chaves said.Luis Dobles, executive director of Incopesca, originally authorized Tseng’s ship to unload its cargo, and is under investigation for a related case. Dobles has denied wrongdoing and mantained that Tseng’s actions were legal.“Using shark meat as bait could be considered an integral part of shark fishing,” Dobles wrote in the resolution that allowed Tseng’s ship to dock. “There are not methods that exist to verify that that is actually what the meat was used for.”Environmentalists fear that regardless of enforcement, the uncertainty of a not-guilty verdict would bring back many of the boats that had left Costa Rica following the passage of stricter regulations.“If [Tseng and Dobles] both get away with this then we can start expecting a wave of Taiwanese ships to arrive in Costa Rica that had left,” said Randall Arauz, president of the ocean conservation organization Pretoma. “We will be the jokes of the whole world. That will happen.”If Tseng is found guilty she will face a fine and up to one year in jail, a penalty Chaves said the defendant would be unlikely to serve due to prison overcrowding. The verdict could come in as early as today.“People don’t consider it a very important crime here,” said Chaves, “but even if the case does not effect shark finning directly, it is important that we send a message that we will not tolerate this in our waters.”last_img read more

Costa Ricas last hurrah in historic World Cup run

first_imgRelated posts:In Costa Rica, pride for La Sele’s historic World Cup play Snapshots from the Web of Costa Rica’s historic World Cup win VIDEO: Even in defeat, Costa Rica celebrates What I’ll tell my daughter about La Sele, 2014 ¡Invictos! Un país entero orgulloso de #LaSele y el mundo entero reconoce esta hazaña #CRC— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) July 5, 2014 Facebook Comments “It’s too bad that we didn’t win,” said Kevin Mora, 24, “but it’s a great example for future world champions in the next generation to get inspired by what the Sele did today.” A Costa Rica fan cries following La Sele’s loss to the Netherlands in the World Cup quarter finals. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Though the game didn’t start until 2 p.m.,San Josefinos in Costa Rica’s capital city woke up to the sound of vuvuzelas. By the afternoon, Costa Rica’s first appearance in the quarterfinals of the World Cup had completely paralyzed the city.East of the capital in San Pedro, college students from the nearby University of Costa Rica gathered en masse at bar Terra U, where a line wrapped around the block to get in to the already packed two-story building. Overflow from the other bars flooded the streets of San Pedro, blocking cars and taxis from reaching the main road.“La Sele is getting better every time,” said 25-year-old Alexander Acevedo. “We are making rivals of giants, we are destroying world champions.” Sele fans packed bar Terra U in San Pedro to watch the Ticos take on the Dutch. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesPolice dressed in full riot gear stood guard at the entrance to the capital’s traditional celebration spot, the Rotonda de la Fuente de Hispanidad, but frequently wandered from their post to stare at a large TV screen facing the road.Further west, in the city’s center, thousands of fans packed into the Plaza de la Democracia to watch the game on a big screen. A red, white and blue grim reaper stood with his scythe among the crowd, repeatedly shouting for the heads of the Dutch players. Another man in a pirate hat covered in voodoo dolls approached the screen, placing a live rooster on the stage as if offering it to the football gods. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesDraped in flags and donning red La Sele jerseys, the fans watched as their team battled against a much bigger Dutch squad, holding them scoreless for an incredible 120 minutes of regular and overtime play.Before the game headed into extra time, violence erupted near the front of the Plaza de la Democracia. Three men fell to the ground after being stabbed by unknown assailants as police in riot gear streamed into the crowd, pushing fans into a wide semi-circle around the injured men.Most fans seemed unfazed by – or unaware of – the bloodied men laid out in the plaza, and continued cheering as the Ticos headed into a penalty shootout. Others, presumably close to the incident, left the plaza crying. Paramedics arrived on scene to carry out the injured fans on stretchers, and shortly after police retreated, the crowd rushed towards the stage to continue watching the game. The crowd in the Plaza de la Democracia goes crazy as the Costa Rican national soccer team heads into penalty kicks with Holland. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesAs the game passed to penalty kicks, the plaza grew quiet. One fan crossed himself, evoking the divine, as tears silently rolled down his cheeks. As the first goal slid past substitute Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul, the crowd went wild. But when Ticos Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umaña missed their penalty shots, and Sele goalkeeper Keylor Navas was unable to add a save, there were loud groans.Defeated, some left the plaza. Others stood still, shocked. Three men near the stage broke out into tears. Many fans shouted, “¡Viva la Sele!” and then marched to the Rotonda de la Hispanidad to celebrate what has been an historic run.Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís tweeted: “Undefeated! An entire country proud of #LaSele and the entire world recognizes the feat.”last_img read more

COD 25101 House in an excellent location in Escazú for sale

first_img Next Image Price: $450,000COD: 25-101Email: realestate@ticotimes.netPhone: + (506)2258-1558Province: San JoséCantón: EscazúConstruction: 320m2Land: 320m2Bedrooms: 5 Or MoreBathrooms: 4.5Parking: 3This spectacular house is a wonderful opportunity. It’s located in one of Costa Rica’s most prestigious areas and is only 300 meters from Escazú’s Country Club. Escazú is an up and coming city full of opportunities. This house is ideal for families as the property is more than 600 m2 and includes an area for BBQs, a rancho, a separate apartment, space for 3 cars and a maid’s quarters.Features:The house is 320 m23 car garageRancho with BBQ6 bedrooms4.5 bathroomsMaid’s quartersLaundry roomLarge dining/living roomsKitchen with granite countertopsAvailable furnishedSeparate apartment that can be rented out https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-101-05.jpg Previous Image https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-101-02.jpg No related posts. https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-101-07.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-101-04.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-101-01.jpg info heading info content https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-101-03.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-101-06.jpg See this and other listings in the new Tico Times Real Estate section here. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Recycling drive collects 12 tons of plastic falls short of Guinness World

first_imgCosta Rica regulates use of plastic in public institutions Related posts:Nearly all seabirds will have ingested plastic by 2050 Costa Rica lawmakers want to ban nonbiodegradable plastic shopping bags Plastic bag pollution is daunting but has an easy solution, says environmentalist Costa Rica launches quest to replace most single-use plastic by 2021 Facebook Commentscenter_img An eight-hour recycling drive in La Sabana, San Jose, collected more than 400,000 plastic bottles this Sunday.The drive, spearheaded by the Ecolones initiative, collected 12 tons of plastic but fell short of the world record, according to La Nacion.The current Guinness World Record for most plastic bottles collected in eight hours is 25 tons. The record was set by Bisleri International Pvt Ltd. in Mumbai, India back in 2015. That drive collected 23,538.90 kilograms of plastic bottles and while all the bottles weren’t collected in eight hours, they were all weighed and recycled within that timeframe.The bar for animal-led recycling is a bit lower. Tubby, a Labrador from the United Kingdom, holds the record for most bottles recycled by a dog. Tubby has collected and crushed more than 26,000 bottles in six years.last_img read more

Covering Santa Teresa

first_imgThe Tico Times visits Santa Teresa Facebook Comments Part of our editorial team has arrived in Santa Teresa. This week The Tico Times is scattering in search for interesting stories all around the popular destination.Want more information on the project or have any suggestions for us? Please visit this page:center_img Related posts:Another culinary trip around the world Gardeners of the forest: The tapir in Costa Rica Musical theater in Costa Rica: teaching passion A fun night at Bebedero: liquor, sex talk and morelast_img read more

Portugal pilots warned of 70000 homing pigeons

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Airplane pilots in Portugal have been advised to fly with special care after 70,000 homing pigeons were released in Spain to participate in a race back to their homes in Portugal.Portugal’s national civil aviation authority issued a warning after consulting with the Portuguese Federation of Pigeon Fanciers, which had traveled to the eastern Spanish city Valencia with trucks towing trailers specially equipped to release the birds all at once on Saturday. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Check your body, save your life Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories center_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The federation wants to see which pigeon returns home the fastest. The aviation authority has asked pilots to be vigilant when flying below 2,000 feet (610 meters) in continental Portugal’s airspace over the weekend.The aviation authority said pigeons could fly in groups of between five and 20 birds as they navigate their way.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

Indonesia plane crash death toll 141 as search effort ends

first_imgRescuers search for victims at the site where an Indonesian air force transport plane crashed in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The Hercules C-130 plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in the country’s third-largest city on June 30. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Dozens of family members gathered at Adam Malik Hospital on Wednesday. Outside its mortuary, more than 100 wood coffins were arranged in rows and women cried and screamed the names of loved ones killed in the disaster.A group of students from a Catholic high school in the city screamed hysterically as a body bag was opened, revealing the badly bruised corpse of classmate Esther Lina Josephine, 17, clasping her 14-year-old sister.“She looks like she wanted to protect her younger sister,” said the school’s principal, Tarcisia Hermas. “We’ve lost kind and smart students who had so many creative ideas.”Hermas said the sisters were traveling during school vacation to see their parents in Natuna, where the father of the teenagers is stationed with the army.Adam Malik Hospital spokeswoman Sairi M. Saragih said more than 60 bodies have been identified.Indonesia has a patchy civil aviation safety record and its cash-strapped air force has suffered a series of accidents. Between 2007 and 2009, the European Union barred Indonesian airlines from flying to Europe because of safety worries.The country’s most recent civilian airline disaster was in December, when an AirAsia jet with 162 people on board crashed into the Java Sea en route from Surabaya to Singapore. There have been five fatal crashes involving air force planes since 2008, according to the Aviation Safety Network, which tracks aviation disasters. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s air force promised Wednesday to investigate whether the aging transport plane that crashed into a city neighborhood, killing 141 people, was violating rules by carrying non-military passengers who paid for their flights. A local military commander said the search for bodies has ended.The dead included all 122 on the plane, including military personnel and family members, and people in a residential area of Medan city where the C-130 Hercules crashed shortly after takeoff on Tuesday, North Sumatra police Maj. A. Tarigan told TVOne station. Interviewed at Adam Malik Hospital, Indra Bakara said his cousin was one of the civilians on the flight and paid about 1 million rupiah ($75) to go to Natuna. As he spoke, the dead woman’s mother, Nacita Batubara, wept and shouted her daughter’s name, wailing that she had driven her to catch the plane.“Lack of transportation to Natuna has forced us to go there by military flight, no choice,” Bakara said. “But now we realize we cannot expect any compensation or insurance or even an apology from the military over this accident.” He said he was unaware of regulations prohibiting most civilians on military flights.Riski Ananda, a 20-year-old university student, said his friend Musyawir paid a small administrative fee to board the flight at Pekanbaru in Sumatra along with other university students heading to Natuna. Students in Pekanbaru often use military flights to visit families who may be military or civil servants on the islands.Air force chief Air Marshal Agus Supriatna told reporters the C-130 was only authorized to carry military personnel and their families. He said he would investigate allegations of paying passengers.A copy of the manifest seen by The Associated Press shows 32 passengers with no designation. The rest are described as either military or military family members. In some circumstances, civilians such as government officials or researchers can get authorization to fly on military planes, according to Supriatna. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Top Stories Sponsored Stories ___Associated Press writers Stephen Wright and Ali Kotarumalos in Jakarta, Indonesia, contributed to this story.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said has ordered a “fundamental overhaul” of military weaponry.“We have to be involved from the beginning in design, production, operations, training, maintenance and elimination of aged weapons,” he told reporters in Depok, West Java.Indonesia’s military has a longstanding reputation for corruption and has never totally accepted its reduced status after the fall of dictator Suharto in 1998 forced soldiers out of politics. It is engaged in a recurrent turf war with police over internal security roles and illicit money-making opportunities. Low wages also foster corruption among officers and the rank and file.At the crash site, a backhoe has been digging at the pile of smoldering concrete where the plane hit. The impact shattered a large building that local media said contained shops and homes, and set vehicles alight.The crash of the aircraft occurred only two minutes after it took off from Soewondo air force base.Witnesses said the plane was flying low and flames and smoke streamed from it before crashing. Supriatna, the air force chief, has said the pilot told the control tower that he needed to turn back because of engine trouble and the plane crashed while turning right to return to the airport. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   4 must play golf courses in Arizona The final death toll may not be determined for some time. Body parts were also retrieved from the rubble and transported to a hospital in two body bags.The cause of the accident is not yet known but the pilot was trying to return to the airport because of an engine problem. At Adam Malik Hospital where bodies were taken, regional military commander Edy Rahmayadai told reporters that the rescue operation involving hundreds of soldiers and police had finished.The C-130 was carrying many more passengers than the military first reported. Initially, the air force said there were 12 crew members on the 51-year-old plane and did not mention passengers. It then repeatedly raised the number of people on board, indicating confusion about how many people had boarded and alighted during a journey covering several cities.Relatives and friends of some victims said they had paid for their flights. Hitching rides on military planes to reach remote destinations is common in Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago that spans three time zones. The military has previously promised to crack down on the practice.The plane had traveled from the capital, Jakarta, and landed at two locations before stopping over at Medan on Sumatra, one of Indonesia’s main islands. On the doomed leg of the journey, its final destination was the remote Natuna island chain. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Israeli leader says world caving into Iran at nuke talks

first_imgIran’s state-run Press TV cited Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as calling the U.S. an “excellent example of arrogance.” It said Khamenei told Tehran university students to be “prepared to continue the struggle against arrogant powers.”Netanyahu says that Iran “does not hide its intentions” and warned the world against placating it.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s leader says Western powers are “caving” into Iran even as the Islamic Republic keeps railing against them.Responding to the Iranian supreme leader’s call to continue the struggle against the United States regardless of the outcome of nuclear talks, Benjamin Netanyahu says Sunday his country will not accept such a reality.Nuclear talks in Vienna aimed at placing restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for a lifting of sanctions continue. The talks have already gone past four deadlines. Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Comments   Share   The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Top holiday drink recipes New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

AVIS adds excellent incentive to Scholarship of Excellence Award

first_imgGeorge  Proos and Professor John Jenkins. The Avis Travel Agent Scholarship of Excellence will now be awarding its 2010 winner with a year’s worth of study at the Southern Cross University, in addition to its line-up of prizes which is now valued at over $40,000.The addition of the tuition at Southern Cross University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management is a natural progression for the scholarship programme, according to National Agency Sales Manager, Jenny Lorkin, who told e-Travel Blackboard the $10,000 investment by SCU would provide agents the opportunity to carve out a clearer career path.“Hopefully this will attract a different level of travel agents; perhaps the people that haven’t applied before, maybe this will give them momentum to do so,” she said.“The formal education for travel agents is usually part of the job, not part of a degree.”Now in its 14th year, the annual scholarship has strived to provide travel agents with the opportunity to grow personally and professionally, and has maintained its longevity due to support from management who see it as a key involvement with educating and providing what could be, inaccessible mentoring, to talented travel consultants.  “Our past winners have been from different stages in their career,” Ms Lorkin said, however they share the determination to provide exceptional customer service, according to Avis Travel Industry Manager, Russell Butler.The five questions Avis has prepared this year reflects the current industry environment, with Ms Lorkin adding that the “applicants themselves lift the bar.  Every year we get some spectacular applications”. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M Avis Australia Vice President & Managing Director George  Proos and Avis Travel Industry Manager Russell Butler with Professor John Jenkins, head of Southern Cross University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management in Lismore. Agents interested in applying must do so before 8 June, with the award ceremony this year taking place on August 5th at the Four Seasons, Sydney.The 2010 winner will receive: Two Qantas Business Class return tickets to New York and six nights’ luxury hotel accommodation, seven days’ car rental from Avis, foreign exchange products valued at $750, free tuition for the first year of a three-year Bachelor of Tourism Management course at Southern Cross University (value $10,000), four ICCA cruise training modules, a personal online behavioural profile and three consultation sessions with a Polonious Resources business coach, a one year honorary position on the Avis Travel Agents Advisory Board, and a tour of Avis’ World Headquarters in New York and site visits to US agencies.EARLY REGISTRATION INCENTIVE: Every working day between April 21 and May 10, one registered agent will receive a $50 shopping voucher.  To apply, visit: www.avisscholarship.com or click here last_img read more

Malaysia Airlines wins Asias Leading Airline and Asias Leading Bu

first_imgAsia’s Leading AirlineMalaysia Airlines’ Regional Senior Vice President, South Asia, Mr Azahar Hamid with World Travel Award’s President, Mr. Graham Cooke. Malaysia Airlines has been recognized as “Asia’s Leading Airline” and “Asia’s Leading Business Class Airline” by over 185,000 industry professionals in a global poll conducted by the World Travel Awards. Since its inception in 1993, the winners of the award are selected by industry professionals from over 160 countries who cast their votes for companies they consider to be the very best in travel, tourism as well as hospitality products and services in Asia. Malaysia Airlines Regional Senior Vice President, South Asia, Mr Azahar Hamid said, “We are delighted to be acknowledged by travel professionals as Asia’s leading airline. We are committed to continuous service improvement and delivery, and these awards are testament to the hard work and outstanding performance of employees in providing Malaysian Hospitality to our guests.” “To deliver what matters most to our customers, we collate customer feedback from all touch points including internal and external surveys, reports from the crew after each flight, and through the customer relations unit,” he added. Malaysia Airlines has won a string of awards in 2010. This year, the airline was accredited with “Staff Service Excellence for Asia Award 2010” and “World’s Best Economy Class Award 2010” by Skytrax. It is also recognized as the “Best Airline in Southeast Asia” by GT Tested Awards, Global Traveller Magazine and ranked 7th in the Top 10 Airlines Worldwide category for Best in Travel Poll 2010 by Smart Travel Asia. Source = Malaysia Airlineslast_img read more

Evason Ana Mandara Nha Trang a winner in Tourism Alliance Awards 2010

first_imgWhile Six Senses Ninh Van Bay won Resort of The Year 2010 at the Tourism Alliance Awards in Ho Chi Minh City recently, sister property Evason Ana Mandara across the water in Nha Trang, won The Best Spa of the Year 2010, both of which are great accolades for both resorts.Evason Ana Mandara is located in the resort centre of Nha Trang, in Vietnam, the only resort in Nha Trang located directly on the beach.  Ana Mandara’s Six Senses Spa presents a Vietnamese experience of specialty treatments together with an extensive menu of traditional therapies, and provides a truly relaxing and revitalising experience to rejuvenate the senses. Skilled therapists create sensory journeys for guests with a range of holistic wellness and pampering treatments using only natural products and spa menu offerings include, Spa Journeys, The Touch of Body The Touch of Beauty The Touch of Well-being Men’s Spa Journeys Junior Spa Journeys Classes and Workshops Complimentary Holistic Activities Monthly Promotions and a Wellness Consultant.For more information visit: http://www.sixsenses.com/evason-ana-mandara-nha-trang/Six-Senses-Spa.phpA Report by John Alwyn-Jones, e-Travel Blackboard Special Correspondent Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.A.J.center_img It is designed to reflect the image of a traditional Vietnamese village, being also an oasis of calm and quiet, yet its exclusive location affords city-centre access through its private tropical gardens, which offer simplicity, serenity and refinement together with spectacular views of Nha Trang Bay.Evason Ana Mandara has just 17 villas that contain 74 superb and well-appointed guest rooms that combine traditional Vietnamese touches with locally-inspired architecture and modern conveniences, with rooms either situated in the plush tropical gardens or with breathtaking sea views across the bay to ensure an unforgettable experience. All rooms have their own private terrace along with all the usual five star comforts and some with direct beach access – just stunning!last_img read more

Fiji Me to stay

first_imgThe Fiji Tourism Board is confident its long-term marketing campaign ‘Fiji Me’ will continue, despite an audit undertaken by the Board to find best ways to spend marketing budgets, according to CEO Jo Tuamoto. According to Mr Tuamoto who was in Sydney this week, the four year strategy has maintained its relevancy and consistency, but audit results in September may reveal the tourism board will need to evolve the branding in certain key markets. With an F$23.5 million budget for global marketing, producing a return of F$15.5 in tourism spending, Mr Tuamoto said the audit will target current and new outlet models, rather than advertising branding. “This is the first time we have undertaken an audit of this kind … it will give us an indication of what we need to do for our outlet model strategy,” he said. “We need to focus on our core, strategy will come in and out, but irrespective of that, it is a consistent message.” Only in January, Fiji Tourism created their own Facebook page which has since received 30,000 ‘fans’, but according to Mr Tuamoto the delay in social media strategies was due to budget constraints. “We’ve never had adequate funding and couldn’t have propelled it,” he said. Presenting the destination as an ideal family holiday, Mr Tuamoto said their biggest concern this year is would-be-visitors defecting to USA due to increased capacity, price and the strong Australian dollar. “We promote quality tourism, we won’t have overcrowding like other destinations,” Tourism Fiji Australian General Manager, Paresh Pant said. “Our advantage is we can use Fiji’s appeal … a Fiji experience is different.  It still shines across as a good getaway de-stress market”, Mr Pant said. Mr Pant added that its favourable flight capacity for time-poor travellers puts the destination a step above other short haul markets. Fiji Tourism Board Paresh Pant & Jo Tuamoto in Sydney this week Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.Mlast_img read more