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first_img Tuesday, April 11, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> SEATTLE — Seabourn’s Extraordinary Opportunity Event offers savings on select cruises available for booking through June 13, 2017, for departures June 2017 through May 2018. Added values and benefits vary on select voyages, which include: Complimentary Three Veranda Suite category upgradeComplimentary Veranda for Ocean view category upgradePremium suite shipboard credit of US$1,000 per suite ($500 per person)Shipboard credit offer of $400 per suite ($200 per person)Air credit per person for roundtrip flights booked through Seabourn’s Flight Ease program“For travellers who are planning a vacation either later this year or in 2018, our Extraordinary Opportunity Event entices with excellent values and amenities so that they can experience an unforgettable vacation on the newest and finest ultra-luxury ships at sea,” said Seabourn President Richard Meadows. “With four ships under operation and our newest ship, Seabourn Ovation, set to sail in spring 2018, guests will have many opportunities to take advantage of these special offers while choosing from hundreds of ports on all seven continents with Seabourn.”More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaSeabourn’s Extraordinary Opportunity Event applies to select worldwide cruises in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Antarctica and Patagonia, Atlantic Crossings, Arabia & India, Asia, Canada & New England, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, South America, and more. Please visit Seabourn’s website for a complete listing of voyages, savings and amenities.Air credits and other promotional amenities are available on select voyages and subject to availability. Certain other restrictions apply. Travelweek Group Extraordinary Opportunity savings with Seabourncenter_img Share Tags: Seabourn Posted bylast_img read more

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first_img Posted by Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Mid-market clients can soak up Los Cabos’ luxe vibe and still get value Travelweek Group Tags: Luxury Travel, Mexicocenter_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Los Cabos’ biggest market out of Canada is still the West but the destination is also making inroads with travellers from Ontario and the east, says Rodrigo Esponda, Managing Director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board. “We need more Canadians especially from the Toronto area. And we’re going to get them,” he said to cheers at last night’s industry event at the Shangri-La Toronto.Tour operators, travel agents and the media came out to hear the latest Los Cabos news from Esponda, a well-known face in Toronto from his stints as Director, Canada and Regional Director, North America for the Mexico Tourism Board. He stepped down from his MTB post in September 2016 “and Los Cabos called me the very next day”.Now based in Los Cabos, Esponda says the destination is known for its luxury boutique hotels and has a very high appeal for the luxury market. When he first got his new job, he toured some of Los Cabos’ top properties, asking about rates. “They would tell me the rate was $3,500 per night. And I would ask about occupancy, and it was 65%. It’s incredible.”More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemNew resorts opening soon (or open now) include Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos, Krystal Grand Los Cabos and Montage Los Cabos. More big-name luxury brands opening properties in Los Cabos over the next few years range from Nobu to Ritz-Carlton Reserve, and Four Seasons to St. Regis.“Los Cabos has 16,000 rooms right now and will grow by 4,000 more over the next few years,” said Esponda. “The destination has been growing in a very sustainable way.”While many of Los Cabos’ resorts skew high-end, there are moderate options too, he added. About 70% of the resorts are EP.Already home to 15 golf courses, including the only Tiger Woods-designed golf course, Los Cabos is getting four more in the near future. The destination is also a major draw for sport fishing enthusiasts. And, increasingly, brides and grooms. “It’s a dry climate – no humidity. Brides love it,” said Esponda. Los Cabos gets 350 sunny days per year.Mexico Tourism Board’s Susana Moreno and Cesar Mendoza.The Mexico Tourism Board’s new Regional Director, Canada was also at last night’s event. César Mendoza, in the job since March 2017, is no stranger to Toronto, have lived and worked here from 2000 to 2008 with the Mexico Trade Commission. From 2010 to 2014 he was headed up the Mexico Tourism Board’s Vancouver office, then did three years at the Washington, D.C. office.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaMonth over month, from April 2016 to April 2017, Canadian visits to Mexico were up 17%, said Mendoza. Projected growth for the Canadian market for 2017 is 8 or 9%, he added. “The Canadian dollar has appreciated against the peso, so that’s helping us. Our goal is to bring in more Canadians and increase our market share.”The MTB also wants to differentiate Mexico from other sun spots, emphasizing new destinations and new product. “We all have beaches. Mexico also has culture and beautiful historic cities and incredible dining.”Mendoza also knows that the Canadian market is price-sensitive. “At the end of the day, we want to promote the value of Mexico. Not just the price.”last_img read more

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first_img Share The Danube’s newest addition: Uniworld’s S.S. Beatrice Waheeda Harris Posted by Tags: Uniworld << Previous PostNext Post >> BUDAPEST — It took 140 days to transform Uniworld’s River Beatrice into the S.S. Beatrice, renovated from bow to stern for her inaugural, and Travelweek got to see the results on a spring cruise just as the season’s white and pink blossoms were adorning trees throughout Eastern Europe.Uniworld Cruises launched its fifth super ship last month, taking passengers on a ‘Highlights of Eastern Europe’ sailing along the Danube River from Budapest, Hungary, through Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and ending in Bucharest, Romania. All in all the S.S. Beatrice will sail on six Uniworld itineraries in Eastern Europe this season.Onboard the cruise with Travelweek, CEO and President Ellen Bettridge was part of the S.S. Beatrice’s debut, spending two weeks onboard prior to the first sail, working with the crew to get her ready for passengers. “I saw how much our team cares and how excited and proud they are of the ship,” said Bettridge. She’s also proud to boast that 93% of Uniworld staff return every season.At the helm of Uniworld Cruises since 2016, Bettridge was previously with Silversea and Azamara Cruises, and appreciates the differences of working with river cruise ships. “It’s more accessible since the majority of our ships are in Europe … and I feel like I am more connected with the brand and the people.”The Uniworld experience is a unique balance of modern, inviting and comfortable, says Bettridge, which each ship having its own distinctive décor and featuring cuisine inspired by the destinations as well as locally-sourced wine.Floral arrangementsOne of the hallmarks of Uniworld Cruises is the art displayed on board, on loan from Uniworld owner the Tollman family’s private collection. On the S.S. Beatrice, guests can view works by Picasso, Signoretto and Calder.Boutique shoppingThe new décor features light wood, shades of blue, marble floors and mirrored walls, like with the new mid-ship staircase and Murano chandelier. This elegant lobby area includes reception, concierge and gift shop, connects to the stateroom hallways lined with Picasso prints and access to onboard options such as the fitness centre, Serenity Spa, sun deck and Wolfgang’s bar and lounge, where passengers can enjoy libations and evening entertainment such as lectures, dance groups and live music.Grand entranceAll staterooms have been refreshed with new linens, textiles, furniture and feature Savoir Beds from the UK company of the same name, just like sister brand Red Carnation Hotels.Suite accomodationsThere are now connecting staterooms, a welcome option for families and friends, and the addition of three new suites: two 310 square foot Grand Suites and an Owner’s/Royal Suite, at 390 square feet, with a Matisse displayed on its newly-wallpapered walls. Each room includes details such as refillable water carafes and bottles, candy dishes and fresh flowers.Grand suiteOverseen by Director of Culinary Operations Bernhard Zorn, S.S. Beatrice’s dining options include Mozart’s, the ship’s main restaurant with a menu reflecting seasonal flavours and recipes from Mrs. Tollman herself.Mozart’s, the ship’s main restaurantThere are also two new dining options: the 18-seat Schubert’s for afternoon tea and Austrian cuisine for lunch and dinner; and Max’s, a steakhouse with its own dry ager (an additional cost of 50 euros for dinner), which is also used for cooking classes.Cooking class at seaGuests can also choose a progressive dinner option during their voyage (only offered on super ships), an extra-charge experience that enables passengers to dine in different areas of the ship hosted by the captain.Wolfgang’s bar and loungeThe fertile fields of Eastern Europe are in abundance after a few days spent in Budapest. Highlights include the old town of Osijek, Croatia, one of the most heavily bombed regions during the 1990s civil war, where passengers learn local history and visit an organic farm for a traditional Croatian lunch.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesThis kind of inclusion is de rigeur for Uniworld tours, which for each port usually includes options for a coach, walking and cycling tour. Bikes are onboard and can be used at any port by passengers. Altogether Uniworld offers 75 exclusive tour experiences for passengers.The next days are in Serbia, visiting Belgrade with lectures from a local historian to detail the complicated history of the Balkans. The second port makes history as the S.S. Beatrice is the first river cruise ship to dock at the medieval castle of Golubac Fortress. The afternoon is spent sailing through the Iron Gates, the memorable gorge area of the Danube which leads to Bulgaria.Stopping in Vidin, passengers can hike the rock formations of Belogradchik or visit Port Cetate, a Romanian art and cultural centre while the next day is in Rousse, Bulgaria, nicknamed ‘Little Vienna’ because of its 19th century architecture or hike the nearby hill towns and monasteries.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”On the last day the ship docks in Giurgiu, Romania and passengers are transported to Bucharest to explore history and the Art Nouveau and Baroque architecture, the last destination on the Highlights of Eastern Europe journey. About Latest Posts Waheeda HarrisA traveller from a young age, Travelweek contributor Waheeda Harris is pop culture obsessed, loves spicy food and is happy to wander around our planet with her camera in hand. 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first_img Share Tags: Mazatlan, Mazatlan Tourism Board, Mexico Mazatlán’s new website is a one-stop shop for travel info Thursday, August 2, 2018 Travelweek Group center_img MAZATLAN — Mazatlán Tourism Board has launched a brand new website designed for both consumers and the travel trade.GoMazatlan.com offers “quick and easy access” to essential tourism information, and supports the tourism board’s brand messaging of ‘Stories Make the Best Souvenirs’. It’s information-rich, visually impactful and meant to influence the traveller to consider booking their next quick getaway or extended holiday o Mazatlan, which according to Marco Garcia Castro, Secretary of Tourism for the state, is experiencing a renaissance of late.“With all of the improvements made, including enhancements to our four-mile long oceanfront promenade and bike path, a restored Centro Histórico that preserves our French, Italian and German architectural roots, new parks and city centers, delicious local and international cuisine and much more, it was a logical next step to redesign our website to showcase all that is new and better in and around Mazatlán,” he said.Features of the new website include:New and colourful photography and videoUpdated creative content about Mazatlán’s hotels, resorts, restaurants, tourist attractions, activities and nearby places to exploreNew ‘Souvenir Stories’ section where visitors can submit their own souvenir stories and upload photos of their visit to MazatlánA ‘Snaps’ section featuring thousands of photos shared across social media supporting #SouvenirStoriesUpgraded and improved Calendar of EventsActive newsroomRegistration page to sign up to receive an e-newsletter, sweepstakes and special offersMore news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksFor more information visit GoMazatlan.com. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_imgSpring 2020 launch for Riviera River Cruises’ new MS Geoffrey Chaucer Posted by Tags: Riviera River Cruises Tuesday, July 2, 2019 Travelweek Group center_img Share FAIRFIELD, CT — Riviera River Cruises has announced that it will launch the new all-suite MS Geoffrey Chaucer in spring 2020. The 443-foot Geoffrey Chaucer will accommodate 169 guests on itineraries on the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers and Dutch waterways. Riviera will have 13 five-star ships in 2020, including the Geoffrey Chaucer, and none older than six years. Deluxe balcony suite onboard Riviera River Cruises’ MS Geoffrey Chaucer“At Riviera River Cruises, we take pride in maintaining the youngest fleet of ships in Europe, and we’re excited to continue this tradition with the launch of the new MS Geoffrey Chaucer in 2020,” said Marilyn Conroy, Riviera River Cruises’ VP Sales and Marketing North America. “This will be our sixth all-suite ship and, like our other new ships in recent years, it also includes a second restaurant, giving guests their choice of dining experience.”Superior suite onboard Riviera River Cruises’ MS Geoffrey ChaucerConroy adds that the Geoffrey Chaucer’s 88 suites will be a minimum of 172 square feet. The ship will accommodate 169 guests and 44 crew. Diamond and Ruby Deck suites will bring the French balcony inside with views from floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass windows. Deluxe Balcony Suites on the Diamond Deck will feature floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors that open onto a small private balcony.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upMore details are at rivierarivercruises.com or call 1-888-838-8820. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_imgPresident Laura Chinchilla on Tuesday swore in Edgar Ayales as finance minister in a brief ceremony at Casa Presidencial, in the southeastern San José district of Zapote.Ayales will focus on containing public spending, boosting foreign investment and improving tax collection, Chinchilla said. He will also push for new laws to reign in government spending and curb the country’s growing fiscal deficit, following a failed fiscal reform package promoted by the president.“As finance minister, I want to build bridges and find solutions,” Ayales said. “Although it is now harder to reach consensus, I hope to reconcile combative positions, and with my contribution, to give the country a little bit back of what it has given to me and my family. The challenge is big, but I can contribute to achieving these objectives in the two remaining years of this administration,” he said.Ayales’ experience includes designing macroeconomic programs for Central American countries, and participation on the boards of international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. He also was deputy director of the IMF’s Statistics Department for more than a decade.He replaces Fernando Herrero, who resigned April 2 amid a scandal over alleged tax evasion and insider deals with government institutions. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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first_img“Uncomfortable,” is how Rojas responds when asked how he feels to be recognized by Ticos who consider him a hero.Some 200 people gave him a full hero’s welcome in his hometown of San Antonio de Escazú, southwest of San José, on Friday, June 8.A band played and gigantes danced when he arrived at the San Antonio park from Juan Santamaría International Airport.Rojas doesn’t drive. He rides the bus, and now the world recognizes him, even on public transportation.“I appreciate it,” he said, blushing. “But I’m generally very shy.”He is enjoying spending time with his wife and two sons. His youngest son turned 1 on May 6, a day Rojas spent acclimatizing at Camp 3 at 7,200 meters (23,600 feet). At that point, it was the highest he’d ever been. He sang “Happy Birthday” to his son over a satellite phone.Rojas is getting back to work, too, planning hikes with his company, Pico Tours. But he’s also thinking about the next challenge. It’s a toss-up between trying to focus on climbing the tallest peak on each of the world’s continents – he’s already climbed two, Everest and Aconcagua in South America – or trying to climb all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks, of which he’s already climbed one – Everest. “You have to look for ways to make things happen,” the Tico mountaineer said, when asked what advice he would give other aspiring Costa Rican climbers. “You have to have discipline and be constant, and you have to train. And you have to love what you do.” Facebook Comments From the print editionAt 8:20 p.m. on May 24, Warner Rojas set out from Camp 4 on the southern face of Mt. Everest to become the first Costa Rican to stand atop the world’s highest summit.He and his team of Nepali sherpas and foreign climbers led by David Hamilton of Jagged Globe Expeditions started climbing that morning at 6 a.m. and spent the afternoon resting at Camp 4, 7,950 meters (26,000 feet) above sea level.“We tried to sleep but it was impossible,” Rojas, 40, told The Tico Times in an interview in San José this week. “The whole team was anxious to leave.”Rojas ate two small cans of tuna and a granola bar and tried to drink as much water as he could.At 7:30 a.m., the team started preparing to climb again. When they left at 8:20, they had 898 meters (2,900 feet) left to climb.“After about two and half hours of climbing, we encountered the first bodies,” Rojas said.The bodies were those of Chinese and Canadian climbers who died a week before at nearly 8,200 meters (26,900 feet) – two of 10 fatalities on Everest this year.“After that, beside the trail there were two more bodies of two people who had been dead a few years,” Rojas said. No related posts. Warner Rojas poses in the freezing cold while waiting to ascend Mt. Everest. Courtesy of Warner Rojas Alberto Font Hundreds of Ticos welcome climber Warner Rojas upon his arrival at Juan Santamaría International Airport June 8. Above 8,000 meters, the human body is essentially dying with every step. Low atmospheric pressure means oxygen molecules are more widely dispersed in the air and each breath is a struggle to collect enough of those molecules for lungs to push into the bloodstream. Swelling of the brain and fluid buildup in the lungs are common at these altitudes and can quickly become fatal, as can cold and exhaustion.When someone dies on Mt. Everest, it becomes costly and dangerous to retrieve the body. Many remain where they fall, mummified by the dry air and sub-zero temperatures. Of the second pair of bodies Rojas’ team encountered, one had been reduced by stinging winds and time to little more than half a corpse.Another 100 meters above, the team encountered the body of a South Korean climber still clipped to fixed ropes teams use for safety when heading for the summit.“You could see his face, how he died there, and you had to unclip yourself from the rope and step around him and clip back in,” Rojas said.Good Decisions“On the morning of May 19, I told David [Hamilton] that I would accept whatever decision he made,” Rojas recalled.An accident in which a sherpa from the Jagged Globe team was injured a few days earlier had set the team back some 24 hours. When team leader Hamilton was making the decision whether to make a push from Camp 3 for the summit in a window of good weather projected for May 20, team members knew they might not get another chance.Stacks of other climbers were staged at Camps 2 and 4, waiting to make for the top of the world. Hamilton decided to turn back.“It hurt,” Rojas said. “Honestly, it hurt to the point of tears, tears of anger and frustration, to know that I couldn’t go up that mountain, and that so many other people were going to try. That was the emotional part of me.”At the moment Hamilton made the decision to head down, there were more than 700 climbers and sherpas on the route, according to Everest blogger Alan Arnette.  Bottlenecks of climbers at critical points on the South Col Route, which the Jagged Globe team was on, can cause long delays at places where the climbing becomes more technical and slow. Time is a critical element in a summit bid on Everest. Arriving at the peak early in the morning is considered the safest strategy, as afternoon storms on the mountain can turn deadly for exhausted climbers trying to make their way back down.“The rational part of me said, ‘You can’t go up because, one, the weather, and two, there are too many people, which can cause death for sure,’” Rojas said.Balancing emotion and a clear head is important in the big mountains, and Rojas said he knows how to make appropriate decisions for himself. His wife, he said, told him she feels more worried when he leaves their home in Escazú to go into San José than when he was on Everest.“I had promised her,” he remembered, “that I wouldn’t put my life in danger, that in whatever moment I encountered any type of danger, I would turn around.”The day after the team returned to base camp, Hamilton called them together and gave the news of what had happened on the route to the summit: As many as 11 people were either missing, injured or confirmed dead on the mountain. Later, that number would drop to 10 when a climber feared dead after spending the night stranded on the mountain was discovered alive.Light on the HorizonAt about 1:30 a.m. on May 25, Warner and the sherpa climbing with him stopped between points on the route known as the Balcony and the South Summit, which is not quite the true summit. They rested and replaced their empty bottles of supplemental oxygen with new ones.Around 4:30 a.m., the sun began to brighten the horizon beyond the Himalayas.“It was an important psychological relief,” Rojas said. “To be climbing and to see the sun.”An hour later, they reached the South Summit, and Rojas couldn’t feel his feet.Beyond the South Summit climbers face a knife-edge ridge with a 50-degree slope to one side and a 2,400-meter (7,900 feet) sheer drop on the other.Rojas now faced his own decision. His biggest fear, he said, had always been that his feet would freeze, leaving him incapacitated.“When I arrived at the South Summit, I couldn’t feel my feet, but I also knew that I had to go on. From that point, nobody can bring me down if I my feet are frozen and I can’t walk.”Rojas and his sherpa had made good time and were ahead of the other members of the Jagged Globe team. They had oxygen and they had enough time, barring any accidents, to reach the summit and then start the descent.“I decided that I wasn’t going to turn around from the South Summit,” Rojas said. “I would go down from the true summit.”At 5:56 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, Warner Rojas became the first Costa Rican to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.“We took about 10 minutes on the summit,” Rojas said. “My camera didn’t work, but my sherpa had one. There was a lot of wind and it was very cold. I couldn’t feel my toes. They were frozen.”They headed down the mountain, stopping at Camp 4 to rest and for Rojas to use a satellite phone to call his wife and give her the news that he reached the summit and was in good health for the descent.Also, thankfully, his toes thawed.Homecominglast_img read more

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first_imgA friend came over recently and asked about buying our car. It was the eighth offer we’ve had this past year. But the car is not for sale.Furthermore, the car is more than 30 years old – not old enough to classify as an antique, but definitely an old car. Why so much interest?This is a Toyota Land Cruiser, which was the most popular car in Costa Rica when it was mostly a rural country, and you needed four-wheel drive to get through the rainy-season mud and the dry-season dust. That was back when roads were mainly made of dirt.Land Cruisers are simple cars. They bounce and are hard on the hinder, and the roaring motor turns conversations into shouting matches. They have no power steering, no power brakes, no air conditioning and no PBS. You strain yourself trying to park and you tend to push going up grades. This car could write its memoirs.Yet strangers make offers on the car?In the parking lot, a security guard approached as I locked up. Was I parked wrong? An illegal maneuver? In some important person’s spot? No. He wanted to buy the car.Putting up fliers for a spay-neuter campaign in our area, I idled along while my young, pretty companion taped up fliers and talked to dog owners. Meanwhile, a man on a motorcycle buzzed back and forth. “You have a novio,” I teased my companion. Then, while she went into the school to talk to the teacher, the admirer stopped at the driver side window and asked, “How much you want for this car?”These cars may be old but they have advantages. Being head and shoulders above others, they are easy to spot in parking lots. Although that’s not always such a break. Parking in the shade of a leafy tree, a low branch crunched in the right front corner of the roof. Now I park in the sun.Being a tall car, the roof never got washed. Who’s going to see it?  Until I parked at a shopping center with a second floor walkway and looked down. Someone had actually written láveme on the roof. Now we get out a ladder to wash the whole car.Over the 30 years our car has seen a lot and carried cargo not normally carried by cars. For instance, five sacks of chicken manure. Bumping up the rutted road the cargo shifted, blocking the back door. After studying the problem a few minutes, our young neighbor plunged in and crawled his way across all that manure and opened the door from the inside. He emerged ashy gray and covered with feathers.Coming back from a dance at our village turno, at least 13 teenagers jammed their way into the back of the car. They didn’t seem to mind cuddling back there. Unforgettable, too, is the time three adolescent girls thought it fun to open a bottle of Coke and watch the geyser spray the inside of the car. Those girls now have kids of their own but the Coke stains are still on the ceiling.Also fascinating were the bean stalks that grew inside the car after someone spilled a bag of frijoles. The car is green but I never thought it would become a greenhouse. That car has also transported a body to the morgue. You don’t do that in a BMW.Now that we have good bus service, it’s easier to take a bus into town, so the car spends most of its time in the garage. The last time I drove it, I had to clear away the cobwebs less anyone think the windows had lacy curtains. Cobwebs, beans and bodies, the car still passes the Riteve test each year.Like the Cruiser’s counterpoint in England, the Land Rover, Toyota’s model was born of necessity following World War II. Japan was in rubble and dependable heavy duty vehicles were needed to help in the reconstruction. Toyota’s first Jeep BJ was built in 1951 and test driven on Mt. Fuji. With the Korean War under way, Toyota began full production in 1954 when they were renamed Land Cruiser. With the growing demand, Toyota opened assembly plants overseas including one in Pavas, Costa Rica, which was closed during the 1980s.These old cars, with their diesel fumes, raucous motors and stick shifts, are not too popular around San José. They are not city cars! But go out to the rural areas of Alajuela, San Ramón, Cartago or the Northern Zone, and you will see a colorful line of aging but worthy Land Cruisers.And they are not for sale. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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first_imgClassical musicians from around the world have flocked to Costa Rica for the annual Credomatic Music Festival. Latvian violinist and conductor Gidon Kremer and German organist Arndt Martin Henzelmann are among the highlights at this year’s festival, along with the Baden-Württemberg Accordion Youth Orchestra, which features the world’s best accordion players between the ages of 16 and 27.The festival opened over the weekend with performances at Villa Caletas near Jacó, on the central Pacific coast, and Gaia Hotel & Reserve in Manuel Antonio, also on the Pacific coast. Here’s a schedule of all the upcoming events:Tuesday, Aug. 6Weiss-Mery Duo: A presentation from flautist Dawn Weiss and guitarist John Mery, who will play works from Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Kennan, Giuliani and Piazzolla, 7 p.m., Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural.Baden-Württemberg Accordion Youth Orchestra: Orchestra director Silke d-Inka will lead the youth orchestra through works by Brahms, Bizet, Shostakovich, Pizzolla and Ginastera, 7:30 p.m., Teatro Espressivo Pinares.Wednesday, Aug. 7Mannis-Archilés Duo: Flautist Francesco Mannis and guitarist Ana Maria Archilés present work by Molino, Ibert, Corma, Moner and Piazzolla Euterpe, 7 p.m., Hotel Alta.Thursday, Aug. 8Mannis-Aguilar Duo: Pianist Elena Aguilar Gasulla and flautist Francesco Mannis present work by Donizetti, Gaubert, Taktakishvili, Ferran and Mower Euterpe, 5 p.m., National Theater.Organ and Soprano Concert: Organist Arndt Martin Henzelmann and soprano Katrin Klingbiel play works by Bach, Pachelbel, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Rheinberger, Dvorak and Lemmens, 7 p.m., Metropolitan Cathedral of San José.Friday, Aug. 9Vibraphone concert: Kremerata Báltica and Andrei Pushkarev perform music by Vivaldi, Pelecis, Chaikovsky and Pizzolla, 7 p.m., Sueño Azul Resort, Sarapiquí.Organ and Soprano Concert: Organist Arndt Martin Henzelmann and soprano Katrin Klingbiel perform music by Bach, Pachelbel, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Rheinberger, Dvorak and Lemmens, 7:30 p.m., Las Mercedes Church, Grecia.Saturday, Aug. 10Baden-Württemberg Accordion Youth Orchestra: Orchestra director Silke d-Inka will lead the youth orchestra through works by Brahms, Bizet, Shostakovich, Pizzolla and Ginastera, 5 p.m., Playa Blanca in Punta Leona.Weiss-Mery Duo: A presentation from flautist Dawn Weiss and guitarist John Mery who will play work from Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Kennan, Giuliani and Piazzolla, 5:30 p.m., Hotel Villa Caletas Zephyr Palace.Mannis-Archilés Duo: Flautist Francesco Mannis and guitarist Ana Maria Archilés present work by Molino, Ibert, Corma, Moner and Piazzolla Euterpe, 5:30 p.m., Hotel Le Caméléon, Puerto Viejo.Siempre Estaciones: Music inspired by the different seasons with Gidon Kremer and Kremeratica Báltica on violin and Andrei Pushkarev on the vibrophone, 8 p.m., National Theater.Sunday, Aug. 11Weiss-Mery Duo: A presentation from flautist Dawn Weiss and guitarist John Mery playing music from Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Kennan, Giuliani and Piazzolla, noon, Hotel Tirol.Baden-Württemberg Accordion Youth Orchestra: Orchestra director Silke d-Inka will lead the youth orchestra through works by Brahms, Bizet, Shostakovich, Pizzolla and Ginastera, 5 p.m., Restaurant El Patio.Wednesday, Aug. 14Orchestra Presentation: Kremerata Baltica, Dzeraldas Bidva, Leva Paukstyte, Ingars Girnis, Vidas Vekerotas and Peteris Cirksis present music by Philip Glass, Mozart and Gershwin, 6 p.m., Sarapiqui Rainforest Lodge.Mannis-Archilés Duo: Flautist Francesco Mannis and guitarist Ana Maria Archilés present work by Molino, Ibert, Corma, Moner and Piazzolla Euterpe, 7 p.m., Earth University in Guácimo.Orchestra Presentation: Kremerata Báltica, Dainius Peseckas, Madara Petersone, Ruta Lipinaityte, Simona Venslovaite, Santa Vizine, and Dainius Rudvalis, play music by Taneyev, Latenas and Bizet, 7 p.m., Hotel Si Como No.Piano Concert: Teresita Gómez plays music by Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin and Colombian composers, 8 p.m., National Theater.Thursday, Aug. 15Orchestra Presentation: Kremerata Baltica, Andrei Valigura, Ieva Pranskute, Marie-Helen Rannat, Skaiste Diksaityte, Zita Zemovica, Olga Zhukova, Anton Zhukov and Andrei Pushkarev present work by Bartok, Rossini, Hiller, Reinfeldt, Jachaturian and Piazzolla, 5:30 p.m., Hotel Cristal Ballena in Bahía Ballena.Weiss-Mery Duo: A presentation from flautist Dawn Weiss and guitarist John Mery playing music from Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Kennan, Giuliani and Piazzolla, 5:30 p.m., Club de Playa in Reserva Conchal, Guanacaste.Quintet Concert: Aulos Yi ChangSu, Han Jieun, Yim Junghee, Kim Hyeongchan and Shin Joohee play music by Milhaud, Sweelinck, Taffanel, Agay, 7 p.m., Templo Parroquial de San Ramón in Alajuela.Baden-Württemberg Accordion Youth Orchestra: Orchestra director Silke d-Inka will lead the youth orchestra through works by Brahms, Bizet, Shostakovich, Pizzolla and Ginastera, 8 p.m., Palmares.Friday, Aug. 16Quintet Concert: Aulos Yi ChangSu, Han Jieun, Yim Junghee, Kim Hyeongchan and Shin Joohee play music by Milhaud, Sweelinck, Taffanel, Agay, 7 p.m., Hotel Alta, Santa Ana.Saturday, Aug. 17Orchestra Presentation: Kremerata Báltica, Dainius Peseckas, Madara Petersone, Ruta Lipinaityte, Simona Venslovaite, Santa Vizine and Dainius Rudvalis play music by Taneyev, Latenas and Bizet, 3 p.m., Hotel Villa Blanca.Orchestra Presentation: presentation of music by Philip Glass, Mozart and Gershwin by Kremerata Báltica, Dzeraldas Bidva, Ieva Paukstyte, Ingars Girnis, Vidas Vekerotas yand Peteris Cirksis, 5:30 p.m., Hotel Villa Caletas Zephyr Palace.Orchestra Presentation: Kremerata Baltica, Andrei Valigura, Ieva Pranskute, Marie-Helen Rannat, Skaiste Diksaityte, Zita Zemovica, Olga Zhukova, Anton Zhukov and Andrei Pushkarev present music by Bartok, Rossini, Hiller, Reinfeldt, Jachaturian and Piazzolla, 7 p.m., Hotel Borinquen in Rincón de la Vieja, Guanacaste.Quintet Concert: Aulos Yi ChangSu, Han Jieun, Yim Junghee, Kim Hyeongchan and Shin Joohee play music by Milhaud, Sweelinck, Taffanel, Agay, 7 p.m., Hotel de montaña El Establo, Monteverde.Baden-Württemberg Accordion Youth Orchestra: Orchestra director Silke d-Inka will lead the youth orchestra through works by Brahms, Bizet, Shostakovich, Pizzolla and Ginastera, 8 p.m., National Theater.Sunday, Aug. 18Quintet Concert: Aulos Yi ChangSu, Han Jieun, Yim Junghee, Kim Hyeongchan and Shin Joohee play music by Milhaud, Sweelinck, Taffanel, Agay, 5 p.m., INBioparque.Mannis-Archilés Duo: Flautist Francesco Mannis and guitarist Ana Maria Archilés present work by Molino, Ibert, Corma, Moner and Piazzolla Euterpe, noon, Hotel Montaña de Fuego, La Fortuna. 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first_imgRelated posts:Meatless Monday initiative launches in Costa Rica VIDEO: This is how you cup coffee Delicious eats for your holiday celebrations Fishy dreams: Turning passion into Poke with Canadian chef William Ayre As you plan the menu for feeding your family, have you considered serving moreguaro?The Costa Rican Chamber of Restaurants (CACORE) on Tuesday unveiled its 2015 Gastronomic Laboratory, in which 24 restaurants have pledged to use local but unconventional foods, including nontraditional cuts of meat, plants native to Costa Rica and yes, Costa Rica’s cane-sugar firewater, Cacique’s guaro. A Cacique guaro concoction was offered at the 9 a.m. news conference. Karl Kahler/The Tico Times“The purpose of the plan is to integrate those national, local ingredients that have not been included on menus in restaurants,” said Alfredo Echeverría, director of the Epicurean Gastronomy Club. “In other words, we’ve been producing ‘globalized’ food.”In March, Vice President Ana Helena Chacón released a statement from Casa Presidencial declaring Costa Rican cuisine a matter of public interest. The National Plan for Sustainable and Healthy Costa Rican Gastronomy seeks to promote the consumption of diverse, nontraditional local foods as an expression of national cultural identity.“We’re planting the seeds for Costa Rica to have a sustainable and healthy gastronomy,” said Alejandro Madrigal, the executive director of CACORE, at a news conference Tuesday in San José. Alejandro Madrigal, executive director of CACORE. Karl Kahler/The Tico TimesA list of 22 native plants that will be used in the Gastronomic Laboratory includes tacaco, a small squash endemic to Costa Rica; cubaces, which are large beans; ñame, a root vegetable; and more familiar items like avocado, cacao and guayaba.“We’re making history at this moment, because it’s a process of evolving and maturing,” Echeverría said. “Some of these ingredients have not been and are not easy to find. … That’s what we’re proposing through this laboratory: to provoke the search for these ingredients that are not traditionally used in restaurants’ recipes.” Alfredo Echeverría, director of the Epicurean Gastronomy Club. Karl Kahler/The Tico TimesSome of the recipes developed by participating restaurants include nectar of Cacique and cas, a type of guava, a caramelized guayaba salad with a wine and blackberry dressing and ceviche made from palm heart and sweet papaya.CACORE suggests the ingredients, but leaves cooking techniques to be evaluated by customers, who will ultimately decide if a given combination of flavors works, Echeverría said.“This is an experiment,” he said. “This is a laboratory.” Some of the foods on display at the news conference. Karl Kahler/The Tico TimesJorge Figueroa, president of CACORE, said Costa Rica has to take advantage of its own biodiversity in cooking, and make the country’s cuisine a matter of national pride.“I believe Costa Rican gastronomy, in 15 or 20 years, will be on the same level as Peruvian, Mexican or Italian food,” he said. “There’s no doubt.”Contact Karl Kahler at kkahler@ticotimes.net. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:Caja Executive President steps down at President Solís’ request Doctors’ Association backs down from mandatory medical fees Study: Costa Rica improves healthy life expectancy Caja to stop printing social security slips starting next year Facebook Comments Costa Rica’s Social Security System (Caja), which manages the country’s socialized health care system, announced Monday a $42 million plan for infrastructure improvements in Guanacaste province.The money will finance facilities in Bagaces, Liberia, and Santa Cruz, some of which will begin construction in the first quarter of next year.Dr. Mario Ruiz Cubillo, medical manager of the Caja, said in a statement that the investment will support the country’s strategy to promote healthy living and will complement efforts to increase the early detection and control of chronic noncommunicable diseases. According to Casa Presidencial, the financing will be used at the following locations in the Chorotega region, which encompasses much of Guanacaste province:Emergency Department at the Enrique Baltodano Briceño HospitalCarrillo Type 1 Health Area HeadquartersType 1 Health Area Headquarters in Liberia Nicoya Type 1 Health Area HeadquartersHeadquarters of EBÁIS Type 1 in La Costa, Carrillos (EBAÍS is a public community health clinic managed by the Social Security System.)Headquarters of EBÁIS Type 1 in Guadalupe, LiberiaPeriodic Visit Post in Sabana Grande, NicoyaEBÁIS remodeling of Cuajiniquil de La CruzHeadquarters of EBÁIS Villa Real, Santa CruzHeadquarters of EBÁIS Barrio Unión, CañasHeadquarters of EBÁIS Sámara, NicoyaDialysis and palliative care unit module in CañasIn Liberia, the Enrique Baltodano Briceño Hospital will be equipped with medical devices to provide renal replacement services in peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis therapies. A new facility in Santa Cruz will provide comprehensive health care, including emergency services, ultrasound and x-rays and a clinical laboratory.In Bagaces, the Caja will construct new EBAÍS, or primary health clinics.Additionally, the Caja said it is offering residents of Cañas, Carrillo and Tilarán tests for early HPV detection, due to Guanacaste province having among Costa Rica’s highest rates of cervical cancer.Dr. Mario Ruiz said that “no woman” should die from a disease “that is 100% preventable.”last_img read more

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first_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family How do cataracts affect your vision? New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Top Stories AP Fashion WriterMILAN (AP) – Donatella Versace has always put up a good fashion fight.For next summer she outfits a man facing today’s tough world with clothes fit for an ancient Roman arena.“The new gladiators are the young. I would like to see them fighting for a goal,” she told reporters ahead of her Saturday night show, which closed the first day of menswear preview showings in Milan for summer 2013. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona To underline her point, the designer opened the show with a bare-chested model sporting a gilded warrior belt, wrestling trunks and high-laced centurion sandals fashioned in contemporary sneaker fabric.Throughout the show, Versace came back to the gladiator theme, decorating T-shirts and tunics with gilded embroidery, pairing the centurion sandal with evening wear and offering the Roman-inspired boxer robe as a lightweight overcoat.When she wasn’t in the combat arena, Versace drew inspiration from the Memphis Group _ the 1980s furniture movement which opted for a colorful style in contrast to conventional home furnishings.She used famous graphic prints to liven up classic suits as well as summer shirts and tote bags.Noting that the Italian group rebelled against the then prevailing minimalism, the flashy designer quipped: “Who better than me to give the movement a new fashion twist?”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementslast_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Marine Sgt. Kevin Maloney of Hollywood, Florida, holds a U.S. flag during the unveiling ceremony of a plaque dedicated to his fallen comrades Cpl. Charles McMahon and Lance Cpl. Darwin Judge who were the last U.S. servicemen killed by enemy fire in Vietnam, at the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Thursday, April 30, 2015. On the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, a group of former U.S. Marines who were there on that day gathered at the site of the old U.S. Embassy, now the U.S. Consulate, for the ceremony for McMahon and Judge who were killed when their post near Tan Son Nhat Airport was hit by a rocket on April 29, 1975. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Check your body, save your life HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) — In a story April 30 about the last Marines to leave Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War, The Associated Press reported erroneously that two Marines killed April 29, 1975, at the defense attache compound in Saigon were the last U.S. servicemen to die in the war. They were the last U.S. service members killed by enemy fire in the country. At least six others died later as part of the war, either at sea off the coast of Vietnam or in Cambodia. AFTER THE WAR: Potratz went on to practice law.REMEMBERING THE LAST DAY: “We had no exit from the roof. The only way that we were going to go out was up. It was just dead silent for literally hours — about two hours — and when the sun came up, and you looked around and there were no helicopters, we didn’t know what was going on.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories A corrected version of the story is below:Memories of the last US Marines out before Saigon fellUS Marines recall final hours before Saigon fell, reflect on life 40 years laterBy MARGIE MASONAssociated PressHO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) — Snapshots of the Vietnam War, from three U.S. Marines who were among the last to leave Saigon as it fell on April 30, 1975:___NAME: DON NICHOLAS, 62.HOMETOWN: Green, Ohio.EXPERIENCE WHEN SAIGON FELL: Nicholas was sent to the attache office to guard millions of U.S. dollars before the cash was burned and the compound blown up by the Americans to keep the enemy from raiding it and obtaining classified documents. He later stood watch at the embassy and was shocked when a Vietnamese man, desperate to get into the compound, ran a spike from the gate into his foot as he climbed over the wall. Others began offering “anything and everything” to get inside.AFTER THE WAR: Nicholas became a doctor, but then joined the Army in 2004 and went on to fight in both Iraq and Afghanistan.ABOUT RETURNING: “I didn’t want to come back,” Nicholas said, lowering his head as tears filled his eyes. “My daughter sent me. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories “You know, the people seem to be the same. I don’t really notice any cowering because the communists are here or the police are going to beat me in the head if I say the wrong thing. I think 58,000 people (U.S. dead in the war), for what? That part angers me.”___NAME: KEVIN MALONEY, 62.HOMETOWN: Hollywood, Florida.EXPERIENCE WHEN SAIGON FELL: Early April 29, 1975, Maloney found the bodies of two fellow Marines killed in a rocket attack at the defense attache compound — the last U.S. service members killed by enemy fire in the country. Later he helped load buses with Americans looking to get out of Saigon. Vietnamese tried to get on, and he let in one little boy with light brown hair and his mother, thinking the child’s father was a GI.AFTER THE WAR: Maloney became a commercial pilot.ABOUT RETURNING: “I wanted to come back. There was a before-and-after moment in my life. When you go through an event like that, you’re never quite the same as you were before.”___NAME: DOUGLAS POTRATZ, 60.HOMETOWN: Fullerton, California.EXPERIENCE WHEN SAIGON FELL: Potratz also helped guard the embassy and was on the second-to-last helicopter out. Men’s health affects baby’s health toolast_img read more

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first_imgTOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. are expanding their recalls over problem air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. by another 6.5 million vehicles.Toyota said Wednesday it was recalling nearly 5 million more vehicles globally for the air bag inflator problem. Some 637,000 of the vehicles are in the United States. In Japan, it is recalling nearly 1.4 million vehicles.The recall affects 35 models globally, including the Corolla subcompact, RAV4 sport utility vehicle and Tundra pickup, produced from March 2003 through November 2007. ___Follow Yuri Kageyama: http://www.twitter.com/yurikageyamaCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. In the latest recall, front passenger and front driver-side air bag inflators can deploy abnormally, or rupture, and put a person in a crash at greater risk.This is different from an earlier problem with Takata air bag inflators that deployed with too much force, which has affected a range of automakers including Honda Motor Co., Chrysler, BMW and Ford Motor Co. At least six people have died worldwide due to that defect.When combined with the earlier recalls, Toyota’s Takata-related recalls have ballooned to 8.1 million vehicles.Tokyo-based Honda, which has recalled the most vehicles because of Takata air bag problems, said it was studying the new problem and hasn’t made a decision yet about expanding its recalls.Nissan recalled an additional 1.56 million vehicles globally for the new Takata problem, with 326,000 of them in North America, 563,000 in Europe and 288,000 in Japan.Nissan’s Takata-related recalls have now grown to about 4 million around the world.The latest affects the Sentra compact, Caravan van and X-Trail sport utility vehicle, made from 2004 through 2007, Nissan said. The automaker said it will test the inflators and replace them as needed.Toyota said it will replace the problem inflators on the driver side with inflators made by Daicel Corp., another Japanese supplier. Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Toyota will continue to use Takata “since we have not at this point identified parts from a different supplier that are compatible,” the company said in a statement.Takata has not been able to keep up with demand for replacement inflators.NHTSA, the government authority in the U.S., which oversees recall, as well as Takata and the auto industry, have been trying to pinpoint what’s causing the inflator problems.“Toyota’s focus remains on the safety and security of our customers,” said Dino Triantafyllos, chief quality officer at Toyota Motor North America.Takata has been fined $14,000 per day by NHTSA since Feb. 20 for allegedly dumping documents on the agency without the legally required explanation of what’s in them. The fines have reached about $1 million.Takata has denied it is not cooperating fully with the investigation.Even before the latest recalls, 10 automakers recalled more than 17 million cars and trucks in the U.S. and 22 million worldwide because of the Takata air bag problem. There could be as many as 30 million vehicles with Takata air bags in the U.S. alone.The Takata air bag problems began surfacing about a decade ago. Takata uses a different kind of inflator propellant from rivals, ammonium nitrate, which can burn too fast if subjected to prolonged exposure to airborne moisture. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

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first_img Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Sturgeon called the talks “constructive,” and said the two agreed that previously drawn up plans to transfer greater governing powers from London to Scotland should be implemented as soon as possible. But she said she and Cameron disagreed on whether Scotland should control all of its tax and spending policies.Scotland has its own parliament and government, which decide policies on topics including health care, justice and education, but it must defer to the central U.K. government in London on broader issues such as defense, immigration and fiscal policies. The two share the same currency — the pound.Cameron has pledged to introduce legal changes that would allow the Scottish government to control some policies including the rates of income tax in Scotland and some welfare spending.That does not go far enough for Sturgeon, however. She says Scots want to take more substantial control over their economy, including the right to decide their own minimum wage, employment laws and business taxes.Sturgeon’s party upended Britain’s political landscape last week when it swept 56 of Scotland’s 59 seats in the 650-seat U.K. Parliament. That surge made the SNP the third-largest bloc in the House of Commons — after Cameron’s Conservatives and the Labour Party — a force that Cameron cannot ignore. The prime minister said he remained committed to delivering a stronger Scottish parliament, and would consider “sensible suggestions.” But he also pledged to keep the four regions that make up the U.K. — Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland — together in one united nation.“I’m a great believer that in our United Kingdom we want a strong Scottish parliament. But we also want the solidarity between the different parts of the U.K. and I don’t want to lose that,” he said.The SNP failed to realize its dream of making Scotland an independent country last year, when Scots voted 55 percent to 45 percent to remain inside the U.K. in a historic referendum. But since then the party’s popularity has surged, not diminished, and Sturgeon argues that support clearly shows Scots want a sea change in British politics that listens to their aspirations.Sturgeon said Friday that Cameron had a choice to make about how he responds to the strong vote for her party.“He can act as if it is business as usual and nothing has changed, and people will draw their own conclusions from that,” she said. “They will think that Westminster isn’t capable of listening or responding.” Check your body, save your life 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Patients with chronic pain give advice New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron talks to staff during a visit to a tea factory in Stockton-on-Tees, England, Tuesday May 12, 2015, his first engagement outside London since winning the general election. (Scott Heppell/Pool Photo via AP) LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday he would consider handing over more power to Scotland, but stopped short of agreeing to demands from Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to grant the territory full fiscal autonomy.Cameron and Sturgeon met in Edinburgh for their first talks since Britain’s national election last week, in which Sturgeon’s pro-independence Scottish National Party gained unprecedented national influence. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

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first_imgFILE – This Aug. 14, 2014, file photo shows child-proof refill bottles of liquid nicotine at Salt Lake Vapors, in Salt Lake City. House Republicans are pushing to ease proposed government regulations for companies that sell e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products, a move that Democrats charge could lead to unsafe products on the market. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are pushing to ease proposed government regulations for companies that sell e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products, a move that Democrats charge could lead to unsafe products on the market.A spending bill approved by a House subcommittee Thursday would prevent the Food and Drug Administration from requiring pre-market reviews of e-cigarettes that already are on the market. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Comments   Share   Public health groups said the legislation would hamper the FDA’s ability to prevent tobacco companies from marketing the new products to kids, and Democrats said before the panel’s vote that the change would reduce regulation on the industry at the same time that e-cigarette use is skyrocketing.The bill “is nothing short of a giveaway to the tobacco industry,” said New York Rep. Nita Lowey, the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee.FDA’s proposed rules, expected to be finalized in the coming months, are aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry.E-cigarettes are plastic or metal tubes, usually the size of a cigarette, that heat a liquid nicotine solution instead of burning tobacco. That creates vapor the user inhales.The nicotine-infused vapor of e-cigarettes looks like smoke but doesn’t contain all of the chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes. Some smokers use e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking tobacco, or to cut down. However, there’s not much scientific evidence showing e-cigarettes help smokers quit or smoke less, and it’s unclear how safe they are.Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said the House language could keep products on the market that appear to be targeted to children, like cigars and e-cigarettes in a variety of candy and fruit flavors. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober As part of a broader rule regulating e-cigarettes for the first time, the agency has proposed that e-cigarette brands marketed since February 2007 undergo those pre-market reviews retroactively once the final rule is approved. Companies would have to submit the applications within two years of the final rule, and then the FDA would ensure that the product is “appropriate for the protection of the public health.” If not, the agency could take it off the market.In addition to e-cigarettes, the FDA rules and the House legislation would apply to other unregulated tobacco products such as cigars, hookahs, nicotine gels, waterpipe tobacco and dissolvable tobacco products. The FDA already regulates cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco products.Republicans said the pre-market review would be a lengthy and expensive process that could drive companies out of business. Alabama Republican Rep. Robert Aderholt, who sponsored the bill, said the provision is just a technical change that would keep the newer products under FDA oversight but allow them to be regulated in the same way as older tobacco products. The legislation would not affect the FDA’s proposal to ban the sales of the products to minors and would still allow certain product standards. Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, said the FDA regulations could hurt small businesses.“This proposal does not remove the FDA’s ability to regulate vapor products,” Conley said. “The FDA will still have the full authority to make science-based regulatory decisions on the manufacturing, marketing and sale of these products.”The FDA would not comment on the legislation, but FDA spokesman Michael Felberbaum said the rules are important consumer protections.“When finalized, the rule will represent a significant first step in the agency’s ability to effectively regulate tobacco products and, as we learn more about these products, the agency will have additional opportunities over the long term to make a positive difference in the public health burden of tobacco use in this country,” Felberbaum said.___Follow Mary Clare Jalonick on Twitter: http://twitter.com/mcjalonickCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 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 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Viva Macau Airlines will be suspending flights between Macau-Sydney for nine months, after 28 March 2010.The decision to temporarily suspend Sydney services has enabled the carrier to boost its presence to Victoria, adding an extra weekly service on the Macau-Melbourne route.  This represents a 50% increase in direct flight capacity between Melbourne and Macau from 28 March 2010.Dr Reg Macdonald, Viva Macau Airlines CEO said, “We are delighted to be increasing our flights between Melbourne and Macau. “Since we commenced in December our flights have been full. It made commercial sense to put additional flights where there is good demand and support.”“While it is disappointing to suspend flights to Sydney, we will maintain peak season flights and will actively monitor the route for recommencement of year-round services. “Of course Viva Macau has committed to carrying all passengers that have booked on our Sydney-Macau flights through March 2010. “And flights will be available again from December 2010.” added Dr Reg Macdonald.Viva Macau Airlines will operate three weekly services between Melbourne and Macau, from March.  Flights will depart Melbourne at 9.15am and land in Macau at 5.00pm. Return flights will depart Macau at 8.15pm and arrive in Melbourne at 8.00am the next day.The additional flights to Melbourne, Viva Macau Airlines is offering celebratory fares from only AUD389 for a one-way Economy Class ticket and AUD799 for a one-way Business Class ticket.For inquiries and reservations, please visit www.flyvivamacau.com. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1a625/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2adb9/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.F A proposed Tasman alliance between Air New Zealand and Virgin will reduce competitiveness and negatively impact Wellington’s tourism industry and economy, according to Wellington Airport.The airport has made a submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) after concerns that New Zealand’s regulatory approach is unable to properly assess what impacts a loss of competition may have.Competition and net benefit claims made by the airlines will be tested by the ACCC, something from which they have been exempted from under competition law by New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Act. Wellington Airport CEO Steven Fitzgerald said he is concerned about the likely impact a concentrated market will have on tourism and the Wellington economy.There are currently three airlines operating scheduled trans-Tasman services from Wellington. An alliance would leave only two competitors on the Wellington-Sydney route, and only one airline operating the Wellington-Brisbane route.Fitzgerald admits that the alliance proposal states benefits for business travellers, such as better connectivity, but warns of the adverse effects it will have on more budget-conscious travellers.“Affordable travel is critical to the wellington region’s economy, and a reduction in passengers on the Tasman would have a direct impact on the tourism industry, especially on inbound tourists who are very sensitive to price and are critical to Wellington’s economy,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgNew owners of the Big Pineapple have closed the national icon for renovations, hoping to reopen for Christmas with a new product set to attract more people to the coastal Queensland region.The Bowden family purchased the land earlier this week for an undisclosed amount of money and said they will revamp the Big Pineapple’s operations, planning to add an Australian motor racing exhibit, local media reported.Chris Bowden told ABC News that while the family has plans to renovate the area, they will not be disposing of the 15 metre high Big Pineapple.“The sundaes are going to have to shuffle over but they’re definitely not going away,” Mr Bowden said.“Then in their place is going to be a bunch of really nice old race cars that we’ve collected over the last 30 years.”Sunshine Coast Cultural Heritage Reference Group Chair Councillor Anna Grosskreutz welcomed plans of the transformation, hoping to attract a new kind of tourist to the area.“We definitely need a new tourist attraction on the Sunshine Coast,” Cr Grosskreutz said.“This will bring motoring enthusiasts to the Sunshine Coast.”Initial news of the purchase caused concern for groups who had prepaid visits to the attraction including a group of retirees from Sydney who booked with Flight Centre to travel to the site in the coming weeks.“We have heard unofficially we will get a refund,” Flight Centre spokesperson told local media.Mr Bowden said part of the collection includes the car Dick Johnson drove in Bathurst 1980 when he hit a rock as well as Allan Moffat’s 1969 Coca-Cola 302 Trans-Am Mustang.“It’s by default our greatest marketing tool- there’s yet to be found anyone in Australia who doesn’t know exactly where the Big Pineapple is or at least have a rough idea it’s on the Sunshine Coast, so we’re quite happy to take it on,” Mr Bowden said.“Our current plans move along the lines of giving the site a much needed birthday [party] and restoring it back to something I can recall from my childhood.”Up to twenty people have lost their jobs since the sale, minus a few who were asked to stay on to care for the 10 koalas, dingo, donkey, llamas, owls and other farm animals that have taken up shelter in the area. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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first_imgSource = HotelsCombined.com HotelsCombined.com has been awarded 9th place in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific 2010 Ranking, which recognizes technology companies both public and private, that have achieved the fastest rates of annual revenue growth in the Asia-Pacific region during the past three years (2008 to 2010).Director of Business Development for HotelsCombined.com, Yury Glikin, commented, “We are very pleased to be recognized by Deloitte for our growth and success, to place in the top 10 in the Asia-Pacific region is a great achievement. Our goal is to continuously improve our site and service, whilst striving to give our visitors what they want – a simple, transparent and easy-to-use hotel search engine.”Damien Tampling, Deloitte’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications lead Partner in Australia, said, “It was encouraging to see Australia improved its standing in a number of key areas in the Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific 2010 Ranking. It has been a great year for Australian technology companies – the fact that two Australian companies made the top ten is indicative of the progress the sector has made in recent times.  And to have 15 Australian companies in the top 100 is also a great result, given the very competitive nature of the industry.”last_img read more

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