WestJet ramps up service out of YHM with Edmonton Halifax Winnipeg routes

first_img Wednesday, November 16, 2016 CALGARY — Hamilton will be seeing a lot more of WestJet next year – 40% more exactly. The airline has announced that it will be increasing capacity out of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport by 40% in 2017 with the return of nonstop service to Edmonton and Halifax, as well as a new route to Winnipeg.Four-time weekly service to Edmonton returns Jan. 16 until Oct. 28, while daily service to Halifax returns Jan. 16 until Oct. 28. Three-time weekly service to Winnipeg starts Jan. 17 and ends on Oct. 26.By January, WestJet will offer 27 weekly departures to seven nonstop destinations out of Hamilton to meet increasing guest demand.“We are pleased to hear that WestJet will be expanding its domestic service offerings from John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport starting in 2017,” said Vijay Bathija, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, President & CEO. “These services will provide more options for passengers in Hamilton and the surrounding area seeking to experience the ease and convenience of flying from Hamilton International to a number of popular Canadian destinations.”More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsFrom Halifax Stanfield International this winter, the airline will offer 19 daily flights on 15 routes. Year-over-year in January, the airline will have added more than 15% additional capacity out of Halifax.“It’s great to see WestJet growing in our region once again following their successful expansion of air service last year. Providing our passengers with additional travel options remains one of our top priorities and we look forward to WestJet continuing to play a crucial role in achieving our objective,” said Joyce Carter, Halifax International Airport Authority President and CEO.With the addition of the nonstop Winnipeg-Hamilton route, WestJet will offer 25 daily flights on 20 nonstop routes from Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.In addition, WestJet is now Edmonton International Airport’s largest air carrier with almost 75% more seats than the next largest carrier. Overall, passengers in Edmonton have a total of 55 daily departures to 28 different destinations to choose from.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAll flights will be operated on Boeing 737NG aircraft. For more information go to westjet.com/hamilton. Posted by Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img WestJet ramps up service out of YHM with Edmonton, Halifax & Winnipeg routes Tags: Edmonton, Halifax, WestJet, Winnipeg << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Niagara Falls man convicted of acting as an agent without registration

first_imgNiagara Falls man convicted of acting as an agent without registration TORONTO — A Niagara Falls resident has pled guilty and was convicted of acting as a travel agent without registration.According to TICO, Pawel Jedruch has been convicted of one count of acting or holding himself out as being available to act as a travel agent, without first being registered as a travel agent by the Registrar, contrary to the Travel Industry Act, 2002, specifically advertising travel services to consumers via the Internet and/or in a community newspaper.He was sentenced to a fine in the amount of $5,000, plus Victim Surcharge Fee, for a total of $6,250, payable over a period of 24 months.Jedruch operated in Niagara Falls and elsewhere in Ontario. The offence occurred between March 2015 and October 2015. In compliance with section 4(1)(a) of the Act, since October 2015 Jedruch has been employed by and selling travel services on behalf of an Ontario registered travel agent. Share Posted by Friday, May 5, 2017 center_img Tags: TICO Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Red tide prompts Gov Scott to direct US15m in funds to Gulf

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Florida, Red Tide, VISIT FLORIDA Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Red tide prompts Gov. Scott to direct US$1.5m in funds to Gulf Coast TALLAHASSEE — Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in seven counties along Florida’s southern Gulf Coast that have been overrun by the toxic algae bloom known as red tide, and ordered US$1.5 million to be spent on various clean-up efforts and to help impacted businesses. Red tide is common in this area but this year is particularly bad. The toxic algae bloom has spread throughout the Gulf of Mexico, drifting in the water since it began in October 2017. Stretching about 240 kilometres, it’s affecting communities from Naples in the south to Anna Maria Island in the north and appears to be moving northward. The algae turns the water toxic for marine life. Why this year’s red tide is so intense is up for debate. Some researchers have noticed aggressive blooms after hurricanes. Irma swept past Florida’s Gulf Coast in the summer of 2017 and a period of red tide affected Florida after the powerful 2004-2005 hurricanes. Although this isn’t peak tourist season for the Gulf Coast, red tide is affecting tourism. Gov. Scott said in a statement Monday: “As Southwest Florida and the Tampa Bay area continues to feel the devastating impacts of red tide, we will continue taking an aggressive approach by using all available resources to help our local communities. “Today I am issuing an emergency declaration to provide significant funding and resources to the communities experiencing red tide so we can combat its terrible impacts.”The seven counties are Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas.“While we fight to learn more about this naturally-occurring phenomenon, we will continue to deploy all state resources and do everything possible to make sure that Gulf Coast residents are safe and area businesses can recover,” he said.Governor Scott said he has directed VISIT FLORIDA to begin developing a marketing campaign to assist Southwest Florida communities that will start following this year’s red tide blooms. He added that VISIT FLORIDA will create a $500,000 emergency grant program to assist local tourism development boards in counties affected by the naturally-occurring red tide. With files from The Associated Press Sharelast_img read more

Paquera jungle luxury at Vista las Islas

first_imgFrom the print editionFor its lack of an army and ostensible peacefulness, Costa Rica is sometimes called the Switzerland of Central America. But Swiss expat Thomas Kohli doesn’t see any similarity whatsoever. “It’s like the apple and the orange,” Kohli says.Maybe that’s because he owns a hotel ensconced in remote jungle on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. Switzerland is many things, but a wild, hot jungle it is not.Five years ago, Kohli and his wife fell in love with the pleasant, dry heat and the magnificent Paquera views. They bought some land and dreamed up three projects – a condominium complex, a housing development and a posh hotel aptly named Hotel Vista las Islas, which has since become the grandest digs in the area – Paquera’s first luxury hotel.Up a steep dirt road and behind a security gate just a seven-minute drive from the ferry terminal, the property perches regally on a hilltop overlooking the jungle, the gulf, the ocean, several islands and even the distant mainland. With almost no other development in sight, the view feels very old-school Costa Rica, even when you’re taking it all in from the infinity pool or its swim-up bar. Howler and white-faced monkeys, deer, frigate birds and other wild animals roam the property, and rays and fish can be observed playing in the tide.Behind its apricot-colored walls, the hotel’s 17 rooms are spacious and adorned with teak trimmings and photographs of Costa Rican frogs. They all have their own balconies and ocean views, and even their enormous tile showers have windows overlooking the bay. Those views are particularly mind-blowing in the rainy season when the hills pop with greenery and migrating humpback whales can be spotted in the distance. Vista Las Islas owner Thomas Kohli leads extreme ATV tours.Clayton R. Norman The poolside restaurant serves up tasty treats from the sea, including a mouthwatering tuna sashimi, fantastic ceviche and a hearty seafood pasta. The restaurant’s terrace is also where you’ll be taking your three-course, complimentary breakfast, and that includes the traditional gallo pinto as well as Swiss pancakes and fresh fruit with oatmeal.A relatively new Costa Rican destination, Paquera only found its place on the map several years ago, when two large ferries began transporting passengers from the port town of Puntarenas to the Nicoya Peninsula. When he bought his 53 hectares five years ago, Kohli says he didn’t realize this would happen – but he’s pretty glad it did.His jungle getaway attracts families and couples seeking tranquility, but also outdoor  sports and adventure. Although it’s one of the least-developed areas on the peninsula, Paquera still features plenty of outdoor activities for travelers: kayaking, boating, sportfishing, scuba diving on Tortuga Island and hiking in the steamy jungle of the Curú National Wildlife Refuge are among the most popular. Visitors have also been known to golf, go horseback riding and take guided ATV tours to a remote waterfall (complete with a killer rope swing) and to an abandoned stretch of jungle beaches.If the later outing strikes your fancy, talk to Kohli. He moved from Bern, Switzerland, to indulge his wild side, and he’s not just the owner of Vista las Islas – he’s also the ATV tour guide. Facebook Commentscenter_img No related posts.last_img read more

Court OKs Moín port project

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica to sell new roya-resistant coffee variety Environmental agency to decide fate of Costa Rica’s Moín Port expansion Environment Ministry and Riteve team up to reduce vehicle emissions Court rejects final appeal against Moín Port expansion; construction to start within 2 months From the print editionThose behind an expensive plan to overhaul the Atlantic coast’s port system celebrated this week as judges ruled against two lawsuits that could have impeded the project. A Costa Rican administrative court on Monday decided in favor of a $1 billion port renovation project in Moín, on the northern Caribbean coast. The unions that filed the suits are regrouping and already intend to present more measures to try to halt the venture, which they perceive as a threat to their livelihood.  The project, worth an estimated $992 million, will permit Dutch company APM Terminals to modernize the Atlantic coast’s dilapidated ports. The 33-year contract gives APM Terminals permission to construct and operate a new port called the Moín Container Terminal.The 173-page ruling rejected two simultaneous lawsuits filed by the National Banana Workers Chamber and the Atlantic Port Authority union, which attempted to annul the largest private concession contract in Costa Rica’s history. The plaintiffs argued that the contract was granted without the completion of proper economic, technical and environmental studies.  Judges disagreed, stating that the court did not see any violations and the concession would stand between APM Terminals and the government.Paul Gallie, managing director of the project for APM Terminals, said in a statement the ruling “affirms the transparency and legality of the concession process.”Allan Hidalgo, of the Atlantic Port Authority (Japdeva) added, “The court’s decision regarding the docks shows that the government has done everything in good standing.”President Laura Chinchilla, who signed the contract in August 2011, also praised the verdict.“This is excellent news for the country and for the province of Limón in terms of investment, generating employment and revitalizing the economy,” Chinchilla said in a press release. “This will help us continue working for the development of the province and improving the future for residents. Furthermore, the port will lift Costa Rica from the shameful position that we occupy worldwide for port infrastructure.”The World Economic Forum’s global competitiveness report on port infrastructure ranks Costa Rica 137th of 142 countries. Government officials believe the construction and operation of the terminal will lead to thousands of new direct and indirect jobs in Limón, the country’s poorest province. Testimony concluded July 6, and judges had until Tuesday to rule on the case. But unions had been working on other lawsuits to block the project even before the verdict arrived.Ronaldo Blear, head of the port workers union, said his organization already is preparing new legal measures to stop the project including appealing the ruling, according to CRHoy.com.They also filed a separate lawsuit chall-enging the concession’s constitutionality.The new port will take in enormous Post-Panamax ships that can hold up to 12,000 containers. The current docks only can accept ships that hold a couple thousand containers.The deadline for completion of the first phase is 2016, with construction set to start in late 2013.Master planThe billion-dollar dock is one part of Japdeva’s four-step plan to renovate the Caribbean coast’s port structures. The new dock will take in all container ships that arrive at the Atlantic coast. The already-existing Moín port will handle general cargo. The port of Limón would cater exclusively to cruises and yachts. Finally, the National Oil Refinery (RECOPE) has begun to expand its petroleum port in Limón.This week, Costa Rica began dredging to extend the oil dock, according to a statement from RECOPE. The RECOPE dock upgrade is slated to start in mid-August, with the works carrying an approximate price tag of $13.6 million. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

A womans passion for Tai Chi and chai tea

first_imgNo related posts. Visit Salazar on Saturdays at the farmers market Feria Verde in Barrio Aranjuez and Kilometro Cero in Escazú. Learn more about her products at http://chaideligia.blogspot.com or http://curubanda.blogspot.com. Facebook Comments From the print editionLigia Salazar has two passions that sound funny together: Tai Chi and chai tea. She teaches the Chinese martial art during the day, then she goes home and mixes inventive, flavorful tea concoctions. In the evening, when the inspiration strikes, Salazar will toss around some combination of ginger, cloves, vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, peppercorns and anise – most of which are organic and locally grown – hoping to create a new and delicious tea. The idea is that when it drips across the tongue, it will stimulate both taste buds and curiosity.  “I hope that people work a little more in the kitchen, learning to understand these spices,” Salazar said.Her tea business, which she runs out of the Feria Verde in Barrio Aranjuez and Kilometro Cero in Escazú, got its start almost by accident. Salazar had always been fond of blending spices to create teas, and friends often asked her to bring the chai to their parties. Last Thanksgiving, upon being asked to create tea for yet another party, Salazar instead opened her own line of chai materials. Since then, her business has grown to the point where she creates holiday specials, including a chai liquor for Mother’s Day. In addition to set mixes of spices, Salazar sells individual spice packets for people to create their own combinations. “Not everyone likes anise, or the peppercorns,” she said, “and so many dishes can be enhanced by a little chai inspiration.” For instance, Salazar prefers and creates chai without black tea or sugar. But she encourages customers to buy those separately and add them to taste. She also suggests making a hot chai tea with coconut milk and cold one with lemon. Chai can also be used to spice meats and desserts.In addition to teaching Tai Chi and mixing chai tea, Salazar also dedicates some of her time to Project Curubanda, an initiative in the northwestern province of Guanacaste to preserve heirloom blue corn. “This is an incredible food in its nutrition and tradition that could be lost soon,” Salazar said. “People are growing this crop less, not because it’s more difficult to cultivate, but because of  a lack of demand.”Salazar sells a corn pudding, atole, from the blue corn and hopes to expand to other recipes that her grandmother passed down. With her family roots in Guanacaste, Salazar wants to see this native seed around for many more generations.There are three phases, she says, in which interested blue corn growers should be educated about organic cultivation. Then they will work for organic certification from the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry and then create a cooperative to market the corn.Both the chai and blue corn products have recently received the Health Ministry’s approval and a commercial number, enabling Salazar to sell her products in stores and restaurants.last_img read more

Teachers unions call for a strike on Friday

first_imgThe High School Teachers’ Association (APSE) called for a national strike on Friday and from 11 am  teachers will meet in La Hispanidad roundabout, East of San José, to march to Casa Presidencial where they expect to deliver a list of demands to President Laura Chinchilla.APSE president Beatriz Ferreto said the goal is to mark the international day of women and also “criticize labor policies and changes the government intends to apply in salary bonuses and incentives.”The government through a press release sent from the Labor Ministry dismissed the strike call and said they have been open to dialogue with union groups. “We do not understand how it is that unions’ representatives are calling for a strike Friday, when they formally confirmed that on Thursday they will be presenting a proposal to improve salary policies, and now they call for a strike without even sitting at the table to discuss the document,” said Labor Minister, Olman Segura Bonilla in the statement.Ferreto even asked parents not to send their children to schools, as “all the country’s teachers will join the protest.” However other teachers’ unions as the National Association of Educators and the Costa Rican Education Union have not yet confirmed whether they will participate in the march.The purported draft bill would cut extra salary incentives that are exclusive to educators, including higher severance pay than most public workers, annuities, extra pay for work outside of the classroom (grading homework at home, for example), and “exclusivity” pay, which is a salary bonus so that teachers don’t take a second job. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Catholics in Guatemala set sawdust carpet world record

first_imgRelated posts:PHOTOS: A Holy Week children’s procession in Heredia Fewer cantons to enforce dry law during Easter holidays PHOTOS: Palm Sunday in an indigenous Guatemala town Catholics look to hold their ground to rising number of evangelicals in Latin America GUATEMALA CITY — Thousands of Guatemalan Catholics broke their own Guinness record for the world’s longest sawdust carpet Thursday with a multi-colored masterpiece stretching down the main avenue of the capital’s historic center.Completed in anticipation of Easter, it was more than 2,000 meters long (6,600 feet) and constructed of dyed sawdust and flowers.The carpet, considered a piece of temporary art, was constructed over the course of seven hours by 5,000 volunteers who began work in the early hours. They used 54,400 kilos (120,000 pounds) of sawdust.“Thanks to all who have made possible the longest sawdust carpet in the world,” said Archbishop Óscar Vian, who joined a procession in which youth volunteers carrying two images of Jesus passed over the multi-colored surface.“At a moment when Guatemalans unite and take on a common objective, we can demonstrate great things,” said Victor Martínez, a member of Guatemala City’s municipal council.Guatemala City’s first record-breaking carpet last year was an initiative to invite Pope Francis to visit.The pope has not yet confirmed he will come. People walk in Guatemala City on Thursday beside a 2,012 meter-long carpet of flowers and colored sawdust. AFP Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Las Ticas beat Mexico 10 advance toward Canada 2015 World Cup

first_imgThe Costa Rican national women’s football team on Thursday night shocked favorites Mexico, a team that came into the CONCACAF Group B opening match at full throttle and expecting to score early.The strategy nearly worked as La Sele appeared nervous in the early minutes of the game, with El Tri maintaining the ball mostly on Costa Rica’s side of the field.Seven minutes into the match in Kansas City, in the U.S., Mexico’s Veronica Corral tested Tica goalie Dinnia Díaz, who managed a diving save that quieted the mostly Mexican fans at the stadium.A minute later, Melissa Herrera raced to the right to force Mexican keeper Cecilia Santiago out of the goal area.  Herrera sent a ground shot that bounced off the left post, but Carolina Venegas was waiting to knock it in.Match highlights, courtesy of CONCACAF. Costa Rica’s goal is at the 0:40′ mark:  La Sele maintained that momentum, dominating ball possession and running an aggressive offensive charge, led by captain Shirley Cruz.In the 11th minute, Cruz nearly scored with a shot over the crossbar. She was in on at least three other plays that ended in plays wide of the posts. Herrera also came close to scoring in the 40th minute with a shot that keeper Santiago sent out of the lines.The half ended with Costa Rica up 1-0, but it could have been much worse for the Mexican squad.El Tri again came on strong at the start of the second half, and for 15 minutes of play it appeared that an equalizer was inevitable. The Mexican tactic seemed to be shoot from wherever and whenever.In the 57th minute, Verónica Pérez challenged Tica keeper Díaz again with a shot that Díaz deflected over the crossbar with one hand.Las Ticas played solid defense during Mexico’s second-half offensive, and little by little, Costa Rica regained control of the game. Wendy Acosta, Cristin Granados and Lixy Rodríguez all came close to scoring on Mexico.It was a key win for Las Ticas – their first against Mexico in a World Cup qualifying match – who now face Jamaica and Martinique in upcoming matches. Previously, Mexico had beaten the Costa Rican women’s team in 1998 and 2002. If they manage to advance, it would be the first time Las Ticas qualify for the World Cup, to be held in Canada next year.La Sele will face Jamaica on Saturday night in Bridgeview, Illinois. On Thursday, the Reggae Girls beat Martinique 6-0, to join Costa Rica at the top of Group B with three points each.Also Saturday, Mexico will take on Martinique for a chance to keep their qualifying hopes alive.Group A matches began on Wednesday in Kansas City, with the U.S. beating Trinidad and Tobago 1-0, and Haiti beating Guatemala, also 1-0.Haiti will face Trinidad and Tobago on Friday, and the U.S. will play Guatemala.Costa Rica 1 – Mexico 0LineupsCosta Rica: Dinia Díaz, Dinia Sáenz, Carol Sánchez, Daniela Cruz, Lixy Rodríguez, Cristin Granados, Shirley Cruz (Mariana Benavides, 84′), Melissa Herrera, Raquel Rodríguez, Wendy Acosta (Gabriela Guillén, 73′) y Carolina Venegas (Fabiola Sánchez, 60′). Coach: Carlos Avedissián.Mexico: Cecilia Santiago, Ariana Romero, Bianca Sierra, Paulina Solís (Alina Garciamendez, 38′), Mónica Alvarado, Liliana Mercado (Tanya Samarzich, 46′), Lydia Rangel, Sandra Mayor, Mónica Ocampo, Verónica Pérez y Verónica Corral (Luz Duarte, 76′). Coach: Leonardo Cuéllar.Goal:1-0: Carolina Venegas (8′) Related posts:Costa Rica’s Ticas one match away from FIFA World Cup Canada 2015 Costa Rica draws with Spain 1-1 at FIFA Women’s World Cup opening match in Canada FIFA Women’s World Cup: Brazil’s only goal is enough to eliminate Costa Rica 6 top Costa Rica sports stories of 2014center_img Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Keith Richards says Sgt Pepper was rubbish

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:The ‘Fifth Beatle’ Andy White dies at 85 Michael Jackson fans: 20 unfinished tracks are stored on sound engineer’s computer Santana and Neil Young aren’t coming. Untangling the great, Deadhead acid test mess Reggae royalty with a new rhythm: Ky-mani Marley NEW YORK – Half a century later, the famous rivalry between The Beatles and The Rolling Stones may not be over.Stones guitarist Keith Richards in a new interview has denounced “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” the 1967 album by The Beatles famed for its experimentation.Richards told Esquire magazine that the Fab Four “sounded great” when they stayed true to their original sound but “got carried away.”“Why not? If you’re The Beatles in the ’60s, you just get carried away — you forget what it is you wanted to do,” he said.He said of “Sgt. Pepper”: “Some people think it’s a genius album, but I think it’s a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like ‘Satanic Majesties.’”He was referring to “Their Satanic Majesties Request,” the Stones’ psychedelic album that came out in 1967 shortly after “Sgt. Pepper” and which Richards has previously described as the Stones’ work of which he is least proud.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aU0si_ernM&list=PLAwDi6KYdZqREMhQkVgVYdp8FXCNzfCHrThe Beatles recorded “Sgt. Pepper” after retiring from touring and the album has often been seen as a historic moment in turning pop albums into broader artistic concepts.Moving away from The Beatles’ pop roots, “Sgt. Pepper” takes influences from a range of genres including Indian classical music after guitarist George Harrison traveled to India and became enthralled by Hindu philosophy.Richards next month is releasing “Crosseyed Heart,” his first solo album in 23 years.The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were global superstars in the 1960s, inevitably leading to talk of a rivalry between the well-mannered Fab Four and the grittier Stones.Some music historians, however, believe that the supposed rift was more the result of marketing and press scrutiny rather than any deep-seated animosity between the artists.Watch The Beatles describe their work in this “Making of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” video:last_img read more

Very safe neighborhood in Pozos Santa Ana For Sale

first_img https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1107-07.jpg Next Image info heading info content https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1107-04.jpg No related posts. https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1107-06.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1107-1.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1107-02.jpgcenter_img https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1107-08.jpg Price: $170,000COD: 1107Email: realestate@ticotimes.netPhone: +(506) 2258-1558Province: San JoséCantón: Santa AnaConstruction: 204m2Land: 170m2Bedrooms: 3Bathrooms: 2.5Parking: 2Ideal house for raising your kids!Very safe neighborhood with 24/7 security in Pozos de Santa Ana.170m2 land, 204m2 built (second story built 7 years ago).No mortgage on the house.3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, beautiful patio.Garage for 2 cars.4km away from the best schools in Escazú (“Mountain View”, “Saint Mary”, “West College”, “Washington”, “Royal”, “Like House”)See this and other listings in the new Tico Times Real Estate section here. Previous Image https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1107-05.jpg Facebook Comments https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/1107-03.jpglast_img read more

More heavy rains will hit Costa Ricas Pacific coast this week red

first_imgTwo more tropical waves are expected to hit Costa Rica’s Pacific coast this week. The first will hit Thursday, and the National Emergency Commission (CNE) announced a red alert for the districts of Cóbano, Lepanto and Paquera.A yellow alert has been issued for the cantons of La Cruz, Santa Cruz, Nicoya and Nandayure, and the districts of Barranca, El Roble and Pitahaya.The second tropical wave is expected to hit over the weekend and will primarily affect the Central Pacific, Southern Pacific and Central Valley. CNE President Alexander Solís, warned that the ground in areas such as the northwestern province of Guanacaste is still saturated due to last week’s rains.There were 13 reported deaths throughout Central America last week due to heavy rains, including one in Costa Rica. Nearly 1,000 people were evacuated last Friday after heavy rains led to flooding in Guanacaste and Puntarenas. There were also landslides reported throughout the country.Videos from last week’s floods: Facebook Comments Related posts:Cold front claims fourth victim in Costa Rica Costa Rica feels the chill from North America’s cold snap More heavy rains expected this weekend, red alerts issued Heavy rains lead to mass floods in the Pacificlast_img read more

Crowds cheer Guaidó as opposition leader returns to Venezuela

first_imgRelated posts:UN says Venezuela crisis worsened by sanctions Guaido vows to oust Maduro as thousands of Venezuelans protest Nearly a quarter of Venezuelans need urgent aid: internal UN report Read: Int. Contact Group declarations on Venezuela following meeting in Costa Rica Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó was cheered by thousands of flag-waving supporters chanting “Yes, you can!” as he returned to Caracas on Monday, defying the threat of arrest by embattled President Nicolás Maduro’s regime.“We know the risks we face, that’s never stopped us. The regime, the dictatorship must understand,” Guaidó told the crowd.“We’re stronger than ever, let’s carry on in the streets, mobilized.”Just before his arrival, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence sent a warning to Maduro to ensure Guaidó’s safety.“Any threats, violence, or intimidation against him will not be tolerated & will be met with swift response,” Pence wrote on Twitter.Supporters, media and the ambassadors of allied countries mobbed Guaidó on his arrival at the international airport in Caracas before he headed into the city and a tumultuous homecoming by thousands of supporters.There, the self-declared acting president announced a new protest march for Saturday to ramp up the pressure on Maduro.“All of Venezuela will return to the streets. We will not rest one second until freedom is achieved,” said Guaidó, recognized as interim president by more than 50 countries.Venezuelans holding aloft flags, crosses and portraits of their young leader chanted: “Guaidó! Guaidó!” and “Yes you can!”Before returning he had warned Maduro against trying to detain him, saying it would be “one of the last mistakes” he would make. Handout photo released by Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido’s photography service showing him and his wife Fabiana Rosales (R) at the International Simon Bolivar airport upon their arrival in Maiquetia, Vargas state, Venezuela on March 4, 2019. (Donaldo Barros / Juan Guaido’s Photography service / AFP)Direct challengeGuaidó left Venezuela 10 days ago in an unsuccessful bid to force through desperately needed humanitarian aid stockpiled in Colombia.He then went on a tour of regional allies Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Ecuador.Guaidó ‘s reappearance in Venezuela poses a direct challenge to socialist Maduro, who had said the opposition leader would face justice when he returned.Maduro must decide whether to arrest Guaidó for defying a travel ban — thereby provoking strong international condemnation — or allow him to enter unmolested, which would undermine his own authority, analysts say.When he left Venezuela on February 23, Guaidó said the military had helped him cross the border into Colombia, even though he was under a travel ban.The high command has professed absolute loyalty to Maduro, however, and troops have blockaded border crossing to prevent the entry of humanitarian aid, supplied mostly by the United States.Guaidó has said some 300,000 people are at risk of death without those supplies of food and medicine.Venezuela is in the midst of economic upheaval after four years of recession that have plunged many into poverty. Demonstrators throw stones after a truck with humanitarian aid was set on fire at the Francisco de Paula Santander international bridge Bridge linking Cucuta, Colombia, and Urena, Venezuela, during an attempt to cross over the border into Venezuela, on February 23, 2019. (Raul Arboleda / AFP)Hyperinflation has obliterated salaries and savings, while 2.7 million people have fled the country since 2015, according to a UN estimate.Guaidó, who heads the opposition-led National Assembly, stunned the world on Jan. 23 when he proclaimed himself Venezuela’s acting president.He acted after the legislature declared Maduro a usurper and illegitimate over his May 2017 re-election, which was widely criticized as fraudulent. Maduro’s new term in office began on January 10.Guaidó wants to oust Maduro, set up a transitional government and call new elections.He says he has not ruled out any measures to achieve that aim, while U.S. President Donald Trump has repeated that “all options are on the table.”Guaidó must “now look for an idea around which to maintain hope,” Felix Seijas, an academic and director of Delphos pollsters, told AFP.“He has to make the moves that will keep the international community from taking more radical action like an intervention.”‘Maduro at permanent risk’ Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro demonstrate in Caracas on February 27, 2019. (Ronaldo Schemidt / AFP)Maduro enjoys strong support from Russia, which accuses Washington of interventionism, and China, which is concerned over the fate of billions of dollars in loans to Maduro’s regime.The socialist president warned last week that Guaidó should “respect the law” and would have to “face justice” upon his return.European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini warned Maduro on Saturday that detaining Guaidó would incur “a major escalation of tensions.”“Guaidó has grown so much politically that they haven’t been able to touch him, in the traditional ways… which is to put him in prison or force him to flee the country, harass him,” said political analyst Luis Salamanca.Separately, Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera sharply criticized UN rights commissioner Michelle Bachelet — Chile’s president from 2006-2010 and 2014-2018 — on Sunday for failing to condemn Maduro for human rights violations.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. 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UN Aid worker held hostage in Sudan is released

first_img Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories LONDON (AP) – A United Nations agency says an aid worker held hostage in Sudan’s South Darfur region for almost three months has been released.The World Food Program said on Wednesday that Patrick Noonan had been held for a total of 86 days, but was now being cared for by the organization after he was freed from captivity.Noonan, a British logistician for the WFP, was taken hostage on March 6 by a group of armed men, along with his Sudanese driver, who was later released. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homecenter_img Comments   Share   WFP executive director Ertharin Cousin said in a statement that Noonan’s capture has been “a great strain on his family.”Britain’s Africa minister Henry Bellingham said the U.K. had thanked Sudan’s government and the governor of South Darfur for their efforts to help secure Noonan’s release.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Check your body, save your life New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

Rwanda denies UN charges of help for Congo rebels

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Men’s health affects baby’s health too New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths GOMA, Congo (AP) – Rwanda denies U.N. charges that it helped create, arm and recruit for Congo’s latest eastern rebellion in a 131-page rebuttal filled with descriptions such as absurd, nonsensical and “demonstrably false.”The report dated July 27 and published Saturday on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs claims to disprove a June report by a U.N. Group of Experts. It provides alibis for officials accused of helping organize the rebellion. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Top Stories center_img Rwanda denies training Rwandan soldiers to support the rebellion saying its Kanombe barracks “cannot host the training of recruits.”The 3-month-old rebellion has the rebel army deserters in control of the strategic town of Rutshuru and all towns along the 75-kilometer (50-mile) route north from the provincial capital of Goma, which is held by soldiers backed by U.N. peacekeepers with helicopter gunships.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img read more

Dubai flights snarled by fog airport malfunction

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Chris Garton, the airport operator’s senior vice president for operations, said the problem was a loss of power to a backup system needed to keep runway lights working. Although the main electrical supply was not cut, authorities decided to halt flights as a precaution because of dense fog that had settled over the city.“We like to have a backup for reasons of safety,” Garton said.The fog later cleared and flights resumed less than two hours later, though officials said it would take time to clear the backlog of delays.Rapidly expanding Dubai International Airport is the region’s largest air hub, and the world’s fourth busiest in terms of international passenger traffic. It handled 37.8 million passengers in the first eight months of this year.Garton described the malfunction as unusual and said the cause is under investigation. The airport’s main power supply comes from the city’s electrical grid, though backup electricity is produced on site, Garton said.Many of the flights listed as diverted or delayed belonged to Dubai-based Emirates, the region’s largest carrier. The airline was not immediately able to say how many flights were affected, but says it regrets any inconvenience caused. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Several flights were also listed as delayed at the nearby airport in Sharjah, which is home to budget carrier Air Arabia. It did not respond to a request for comment.In the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways said it canceled two flights and temporarily diverted six arriving planes to other airports.Dense morning fog is not uncommon in the United Arab Emirates, particularly in the autumn and spring.Local media reported numerous traffic accidents on the main highway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The busy road has been the scene of deadly chain-reaction pileups during foggy conditions in recent years.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) AP Business WriterDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Flights were snarled at the Middle East’s busiest airport in Dubai early Wednesday after a backup system needed to deal with heavy fog failed, forcing airlines to divert dozens of planes.The airport operator, Dubai Airports, said it shut the facility’s two runways during the busy morning rush at 6:45 a.m. About 50 flights were rerouted to other airports in the region, including Abu Dhabi, Dammam in Saudi Arabia, and the Omani capital Muscat. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

Qantas faces own nightmare Christmas strike

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/293c5/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=132&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=ada84479″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Qantas may be facings its very own Christmas strike over the festive period with engineers in Sydney, Brisbane and Avalon promising to each walk off the job for five days across December and January.Qantas has acknowledged the action, but says that the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia (APESMA) will not impact its Christmas or New Year flights.Engineers are taking industrial action as they feel their demands over fatigue management and professional recognition are not being met. “There have been occurrences where in a 24 hour period, some senior engineers at Qantas were required to respond to critical complex engineering issues with less than 5 hours sleep between jobs,” said APESMA.Industrial action began from Thursday, but Qantas says it will not budge because of “scaremongering” tactics, and that demands for a 26% pay increase over three years is unreasonable and unsustainable.“The announcement by union officials refers to sporadic action that has been going on for some time, but has not disrupted Qantas operations and will not do so in the future,” said David Epstein, Qantas Group Executive Government and Corporate Affairs.“There will not be any disruption to our operations and our customers can travel with confidence… Aircraft will not be grounded or delayed and safety will, as always, remain our top priority.”Qantas says that discussions with the APESMA will continue. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more

Reform needed for travel industry MCCA

first_imgThe Ministerial Council of Consumer Affairs (MCCA), which met in Canberra on Friday, has acknowledged the need for reform of travel industry regulation in Australia in view of “the adoption of the National Tourism Accreditation Framework”.  According to an MCCA communiqué, a new regulatory framework would need to “foster ongoing consumer confidence in the sector” as well as “enhance consumer protection, business compliance and financial capacity, and competition and innovation”.“While there are clearly some more discussions to take place to fully understand what will happen next, I think it is reasonable for members to take this as a very clear signal that the Ministers wish to move to reform the regulations of the travel industry,” the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) chief executive Jayson Westbury commented.Although the message from Canberra “is good news for AFTA and very good news for the travel industry”, Mr Westbury has warned that reform would not be swift.“Remember that all states and territories around Australia will have to repeal/amend legislation and this will take some time,” Mr Westbury said.The council also supported further development of the proposed Travel Industry Transition Plan as a “pathway to an industry-wide regulatory approach”, complementing efforts to promote consumer confidence and quality.The MCCA comprises Commonwealth, State, Territory and New Zealand Ministers responsible for fair trading and consumer protection. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

Olympic overshadows leisure tourism in London

first_imgThe Olympic Games may attract a range of sport enthusiasts but based on previous events may also hurt leisure tourism into London next year, according to the European Tourism Operators Association (ETOA). The research released online by the Association discovered that a canvass of up to 38 London based operators found that leisure tourism is forecasted to experience “significant downturn” throughout next year.The survey said that July and August are already witnessing a 60 percent fall in bookings, while the actual period of the Games is running 95 percent below normal levels.With bookings falling 20 percent short for the rest of the year, ETOA executive director Tom Jenkins said it was common for destination to experience a decline in leisure demand during an Olympic year.“Clients tend to think that a city has priorities other than being a place to visit for a normal holiday, so some of this was to be expected,” Mr Jenkins said. “But this tendency is becoming absolute as the hotel rates climb in July and August. “During the Olympic period itself, there is currently almost no demand from regular tourists. “For foreign visitors there is near total displacement by the Games.”Although VisitBritain has confirmed on multiple occasions that the city and its surrounding regions are well equipped with beds to handle an influx of visitors, Insight Vacations president John Boulding added that a major concern amongst leisure travellers is that the Olympics will see all hotels booked out.According to the report, London has up to 125,000 hotel rooms to fill and figures shows that the Athens Olympics only welcome 25,000 foreign Olympic visitors per night during the Games. Are you heading over or sprinting away from London during the Games? Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Australias tourism reputation at risk

first_imgOnline footage of a drunken clash between a French women and Australian bus commuters which was picked up by global news sites may threaten Australia’s reputation as a welcoming destination, an expert has claimed. Social media expert and author Laurel Papworth has claimed the already-languishing tourism industry in Australia is at risk from the revelations of social media.“Social media is lifting up the rocks and showing what’s really happening underneath,” Ms Papworth said.“Our reputation as being a light, friendly place to go for good times is changing and we have a darker soul we need to fight against, which is being highlighted by social media.”According to Ms Papworth, Tourism Australia will have its work cut out for it.“We just need a couple more of those kinds of videos on social media and we’ll see a massive drop-off in tourists,” Ms Papworth said.Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy denounced the racially offensive videos and insisted Australia was still a safe and viable destination for international visitors.“Most Australians will utterly deplore these images which, as we all know, are not an accurate reflection of how Australians treat international visitors… the truth is that Australia is an extremely safe place to visit,” Mr McEvoy said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Shocking racial attack may harm Australia’s inbound tourism industry.last_img read more