Cayman Airways appoints AirlinePros for distribution services

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group MONTREAL — Cayman Airways has appointed AirlinePros as its BSP Administrator for the Canadian market, thus strengthening its North American outreach.According to AirlinePros Canada Director Karl Muller, nearly 25,000 Canadians visited the destination in 2016 for its world-class water sports, dining options and luxury accommodations.“The Cayman Islands is a very exciting destination to visit, with more and more Canadians considering it as their top choice vacation spot,” he said. “Cayman Airways offers a strong product with competitive fares and quality flight services.”The airline accepts is bookable in the main GDS platforms – Sabre, Amadeus, Worldspan and Apollo – and agency commission is 4% with ticketing that includes interline on Cayman Airways published fares. Cayman Airways appoints AirlinePros for distribution services Wednesday, April 19, 2017 center_img Share Posted by Tags: AirlineProslast_img read more

Coming in June Karismas ultraluxe Villa Casa Del Mar

first_img MIAMI — New luxury digs will soon debut on the shores of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, and by the looks of it, it promises to be a real showstopper.Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ brand new Villa Casa Del Mar, set to open in June, features nearly 12,000 square feet of luxury accommodations, all of which is situated on a white sand beach and surrounded by natural beauty. It is the fourth and latest offering within the Karisma Villas collection of Gourmet Inclusive properties, comprising Villa Esmerelda, Villa Carola and Villa Maroma and offered as part of Karisma’s esteemed Connoisseur Collection.Inside the six-bedroom, six-bathroom Villa Casa Del Mar, guests will find two common living areas, a formal dining room, a fully-equipped granite gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a robust wine cellar stocked with vintage selections, high-end modern furniture, a wellness gym, and a kids’ playhouse with areas allocated for crafts, storytelling and video games.Other luxe amenities include a private pool, Jacuzzi, a dedicated dining and entertaining space, a brick pizza oven and lush gardens. There are also private terraces, LCD flatscreen TVs with cable and satellite, DVD players, high-end bath and beauty amenities, aromatherapy and pillow menu. The master suite, spanning nearly 750 square feet, comprises an interior Jacuzzi for two, walk-in closet, double sofa, oversized balcony, private marble bathroom with rainforest shower and a four-car garage.TV RoomGuests are also treated to a dedicated staff and personal Majordomo, available 24 hours a day to assist with everything from unpacking and repacking, to grocery shopping, meals, event planning, child care, reservations, booking activities, excursions, car transfers, turndown service and more.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaVilla Casa Del Mar is immediately adjacent to Karisma’s family-friendly Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya by Karisma, a premier boutique hotel. Guests are invited to enjoy the resort’s amenities and grounds, which include six restaurants, swim-up bars (including the destination’s only frozen top tequila bar), multiple pools, the Vassa Spa, Azulitos Playhouse by Nickelodeon, as well as the Nickelodeon Experience, which gives kids the chance to interact with their favourite Nickelodeon characters.As part of the Connoisseur Collection, guests of the new Villa will have access to 24-hour room service, a daily restocked beverage fridge, personalized pre-arrival service, complimentary Wi-Fi, on-site non-motorized water sports, king-sized beach day beds and nightly entertainment. Additional premium amenities include a private chef, exclusive lobster candlelight dinner, private DJ lounge party, roundtrip limo service for airport transfers, monogrammed bathrobes and the option to take a five-hour private yacht trip for up to 20 adults or a deep sea fishing excursion for up to eight adults.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionBookings for Villa Casa Del Mar are now open for stays starting June 1. Rates start at US$4,337 per night for up to 12 guests. Share Tags: Karisma Hotels & Resorts, Luxury Travel, Mexico Travelweek Group Monday, May 1, 2017 center_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Coming in June: Karisma’s ultra-luxe Villa Casa Del Marlast_img read more

Tourists may soon be fined for doing this one thing in Venice

first_imgTourists may soon be fined for doing this one thing in Venice VENICE — Come sit, and take a load off. Just not in Venice, says the city’s mayor.In a bizarre attempt to curb overtourism, Mayor Luigi Brugnaro will pitch a new proposal to the city council next month that will ban people from sitting down in undesignated parts of the city.If the vote passes, anyone caught parking their behinds in no-sitting spots could be slapped with a hefty fine that ranges from €50 and €500.That’s one expensive rest stop!Unbelievably, sitting down is already banned in several high-traffic areas of Venice, including St. Mark’s Square and on the steps of Rialto Bridge. But the new rule would extend the ban city-wide to anywhere there isn’t already a chair or a bench, reports the Mirror.If passed, the sitting ban will follow several other initiatives Venice has taken to crack down on tourist behaviour. These include preventing new takeaway outlets from opening for the next three years and banning large cruise ships from docking by 2021. The council’s #EnjoyRespectVenezia campaign, launched last year, also prohibits public picnics, jumping into canals, littering, feeding pigeons and riding bicycles.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedAlso big no-no’s in Venice? Camping, placing padlocks on bridges and wearing inappropriate clothing.Speaking to The Independent, Paola Mar, Venice’s councillor for tourism, said: “The message we have to get through is that we’re not joking.”No kidding, but you have to admit it all sounds pretty funny. Travelweek Group Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Sharecenter_img Tags: Venice << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bylast_img read more

TPI is Playa Hotels Resorts 2018 Host Agency of the Year

first_imgTPI is Playa Hotels & Resorts’ 2018 Host Agency of the Year Tags: Playa Hotels & Resorts, TPI Posted by Monday, February 25, 2019 Travelweek Group center_img Share TORONTO — Travel Professionals International (TPI) has won Playa Hotels & Resorts’ 2018 Host Agency of the Year award.The award is based on numerous factors including sales, growth potential, reported bookings and a commitment to Playa Hotels & Resorts as a preferred partner, says TPI CEO Zeina Gedeon.“TPI is thrilled to be named Host Agency of the Year by Playa Hotels & Resorts. Our advisors can sell their products with confidence and we know that we have an incredible Playa Hotels & Resorts team here in Canada to work with, it’s a win-win for us all.”Adds Gedeon: “It has been an spectacular year for TPI, being recognized as Host Agency Partner of the Year for Norwegian Cruise Line, Sandals Resorts host of the year and now Playa Hotels & Resorts. It is a true testament to our Advisor’s commitment to delivering extraordinary vacation possibilities to their clients.”Rose Cosentino, Vice President, Sales – Canada for Playa Hotels & Resorts, says the awards are “an opportunity to recognize and host the-best-of-the-best travel advisors and partners who have supported Playa Hotels throughout the year. We are so proud of our partnership and relationship with TPI and the amazing talented travel advisors who show their support that allowed TPI to win hands-down top selling home-based agency for Canada.” << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Government to punish protest leaders for damage caused during demonstrations

first_imgNo related posts. President Laura Chinchilla said Thursday her administration would seek an amendment to the law to hold people who convene public protests responsible for any damage that occurs during demonstrations.Chinchilla said she is disappointed by violence on Tuesday when a group of bikers damaged vehicles and clashed with frustrated drivers who were trying to circumvent blocked streets. They were part of hundreds of bikers protesting against an increase in the cost of mandatory circulation permits – known as marchamos – for 2013.The president insisted that the only condition the government has to negotiate is “for them [bikers] to refrain from blocking streets or attacking innocent citizens.” She also said she does not oppose street demonstrations “as long as they are done in a peaceful way.”Eugenio Badilla, coordinator of the Civic Committee of Motorcyclists, on Wednesday threatened a third street demonstration of “unpredictable consequences.”“To sit down and talk to these groups is a slap in the face of Costa Rican people. That is something we will not do,” Presidency Vice Minister Francisco Marín said on Thursday. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Rica to tighten gun control

first_imgNo related posts. Two years ago, 32 women, 48 children and 172 men were killed by firearms in Costa Rica.Those statistics glow from backlit posters on Avenida Escazú, southwest of the capital, and overlook highways in Curridabat, east of the city, emblazoned on giant billboards. “The goal is to inform people that firearms in general have a negative effect,” said Randal Arias, director of the governance and justice program at Costa Rica’s Peace and Democracy Foundation and manager of a new campaign designed to inform citizens about gun violence. “The focus is on protecting the family.”The awareness campaign, which launched last week, is in conjunction with new gun law reforms put on the table by President Laura Chinchilla.“What Costa Rica wants to say is that we can we can face criminality and violence with policies of the state and with an intelligent dialogue with the community,” Chinchilla said at a press conference last week.The reforms currently are facing a vote in the Legislative Assembly. If passed, the changes would allow only one gun per home, prohibit the carrying of a firearm in a bar or school, blacklist anyone with a history of domestic violence from owning a gun and raise the penalty for owning an illegal firearm to up to eight years in prison.  Chinchilla also announced that 3,675 firearms currently in government custody will be destroyed.While Costa Rica has long had one of the lowest crime rates in Central America, violent crime has been on the rise. According to the Judicial Investigation Police, the use of firearms in assaults grew 59 percent between 2005 and 2011, and 42 percent in crimes in general. The use of guns in murders grew 3 percent from 2011-2012.“These reforms are not coming from nowhere,” said Max Loría Ramírez, vice minister of peace and justice. “We have been talking about these reforms for years.”The Costa Rican government is not the only actor seeking gun reform. A huge portion of the money for the awareness campaign came from the private sector, civil associations and the Canadian government.“It is impossible to put an official number on it right now,” Arias said. “The private sector has put in more than $100,000, but it just keeps coming in and that is really the most beautiful thing.”With the extra money the group is launching a social media campaign and several television spots. The messages focus on the three groups viewed as the most vulnerable to gun violence: children (due to gun accidents), women (domestic violence) and young men (delinquency and gangs). “This campaign was launched in the context of new reforms, but it takes more preventative action,” Arias said. “The proposed laws want to control people’s actions through obligation, but the campaign is meant to appeal to people’s morals and conscience.”The reform bill is in a legislative commission, and Loría believes it will pass quickly through the assembly.“We are very optimistic that these changes will have a real effect on crime,” he said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

US Secretary of State John Kerry congratulates next Costa Rican President Luis

first_imgU.S. Secretary of State John Kerryput out a release this morning sending regards to Costa Rica’s President-elect, Luis Guillermo Solís. Kerry highlighted the historically friendly relationship between the U.S. and Costa Rica in his brief remarks. The statement is four paragraphs of the gentle palaver you would expect in this type of diplomatic situation.We reproduced Kerry’s full statement below:We congratulate Luis Guillermo Solis on his election as the next President of Costa Rica.The partnership between the United States and Costa Rica has a long history, and reflects many issues of common interest, including energy, education, citizen security, job creation, and economic growth.As President Obama made clear during his visit last year, the United States and Costa Rica share a close friendship based on a commitment to democratic values and human rights.We stand ready to build on those common values with the Solis administration in the years to come. Facebook Comments Related posts:CID-Gallup poll shows Araya might avoid presidential election runoff Oscar Arias confirms he will vote for Johnny Araya in the runoff Costa Rica’s runoff campaign season ended Sunday with Solís pressing supporters to get out and vote Luis Guillermo Solís voters hopeful for change as Johnny Araya supporters hold out for Sunday’s electionlast_img read more

COD 1016 Beautiful home for sale or rent in Escazú reduced from

first_imgSee this and other listings in the new Tico Times Real Estate section here. https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/casa-de-jonathan-11.jpg info heading info content https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/casa-de-jonathan-6.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/casa-de-jonathan-3.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/casa-de-jonathan-10.jpg Previous Image Next Imagecenter_img Reduced from $1,100,000 to $750,000COD: 1016Email: realestate@ticotimes.netPhone: + (506)2258-1558Bedrooms: 3.5 with additional bedroom/officeBathrooms: 3.5Lot: SJ-052284-1983 880.52 M2Construction Area: 544 M2PROPERTY FEATURES:Custom, unique house in Escazú.Newly refurbished and painted.Within 1 mile of U.S. Embassy Residence and numerous shopping centers.Loft TV/music room.Beautiful living room with floor to ceiling windows, fireplace, and 3-story ceiling.3 split levels.Additional TV room, spacious kitchen and internal green areas.Installed satellite, cable, Internet and 4 landlines.Fully established front and back yards.Brand new washer, dryer and refrigerator.Two-car carport with room for two additional cars within the electric gate.Back stone-floored covered patio.SECURITY:Gated community with roving guard service.Steel reinforced external doors.Electric fences.External motion sensors and alarm system.CCTV external camera monitoring system.Safe neighborhood.RENTAL OPTIONS:Available immediately.Armed guard walk-through every half hour evenings and weekends.Gardening service.Cleaning service.English-speaking landlord lives next door with staff for maintenance needs. https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/casa-de-jonathan-9.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/casa-de-jonathan-12.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/casa-de-jonathan-14.jpg No related posts. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Bolivia announces plans for nuclear research complex

first_imgLA PAZ, Bolivia — Bolivia announced plans Thursday to build a $300 million nuclear complex, including a research reactor, with Russian technology and help from Argentina. Facebook Comments Related posts:Bolivian president asks to see child born to ex-girlfriend Will the Nicaragua Canal ruin the ‘Galapagos of Central America’? Nicaragua can’t stop dreaming of a canal Bolivians rebuff Evo Morales, in latest blow to Latin American leftcenter_img President Evo Morales told reporters the center will include a cyclotron for radiopharmaeuticals, a multi-purpose gamma irradiation plant and a research reactor.The project has drawn criticism from opposition politicians and raised public fears over the environmental impacts of the project.But Morales insisted, “It poses no risk to humans or to Mother Earth.”“It doesn’t contaminate the ground, nor water, nor air.”The government initially planned to establish the research complex on the outskirts of La Paz, but protests by residents of the area last month scrapped that plan.The government now plans to build the complex on a 20 hectare (50 acre) site in Los Altos, an industrial city adjoining La Paz.Bolivia signed an accord earlier this month with the Russian state company Rosatom to support the project.Bolivia has previously signed nuclear agreements with France and Argentina, and the International Atomic Energy Agency has said it will help the Bolivians establish world-class security standards.In October 2010, Morales announced agreements with Iran to use its technology to build a nuclear power plant in Bolivia, but nothing has been said publicly about it since.last_img read more

Meet Daan Roosegaarde Youre always a voluntary prisoner of your own imagination

first_imgIs it possible for humanity to live sustainably with nature and technology?Daan Roosegaarde, a young artist, innovator and architect from the Netherlands, and with his group of designers and engineers, are on a quest to answer that question – and to create what they call the Landscapes of the Future. His projects include the Smog Free Project, Van Gogh Path, Waterlicht and Windlicht, which address issues such as water and air pollution, and producing clean energy.Roosegaarde, 37, studied art at the Institute for the Arts in Arnhem and the Academy of Fine Arts in Enschede. He then obtained a master’s degree in architecture at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. In 2007 he founded Studio Roosegaarde in the Netherlands and later opened offices in Shanghai, China. In 2016 he was named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders; and Artist of the Year in the Netherlands; and a Creative Changemaker by Forbes and Good 100. In addition to multiple design awards, he has given lectures at TED and international mass media such as The New York Times, CNN, Bloomberg, Wired, Artsy, China Daily, Impactmania and Dezeen have written about his marvelous work creating a better world for the future.During the seventh International Design Festival’s (FID) at the Antigua Aduana in San José, Roosegaarde spoke about how humanity must cope with these new challenges we’re facing in order to create a sustainable world.Roosegaarde granted The Tico Times a special interview during his visit. As we strolled through the Antigua Aduana’s plaza, Roosegaarde spoke with us about his life and work. Excerpts follow.Why did you choose to become an artist and an innovator?You don’t choose to be an artist. It just sort of happens. I think it was always this desire to make myself more connected to the world that was around me. I grew up in these hard concrete houses, and it always felt so sterile and static. I always wanted to make it more interactive, more personal and more open. That’s when I started to use technology in order to make it happen.How did you discover that you were interested in the relationship between nature, technology and humanity?I live in the Netherlands, below sea level, so everything that you see is planted. The whole country already has this relationship between nature and technology: without it, we wouldn’t survive and exist. For me, [nature and technology] have a lot of similarities, the growth, the evolution, the trial and error, but somehow, we don’t see it like that. Technology is functional and nature is something you go on a Sunday to look at: you go to the forest. I wanted to create a more natural experience. (Courtesy of Francisco Cubillo)When you decided to become an architect, what type of buildings did you want to design?I just started to look a lot at architecture. I took the train and went to all the beautiful old-school buildings, from Ponte Old in Rome to more modern architecture to the Japanese architects in Tokyo, and that helped me a lot to think. Then I started to make this more interactive art and architecture and we started to connect it with more social topics like clean air, clean water, and clean energy.Afterwards, the scale became much bigger. That’s where we are right now. In a way I’m coming back to architecture, and that’s really good.How do you create a concept that balances art, technology and humanity?I don’t think of these kinds of divisions. You try to make proposals for the future, what you want the future to look like. You don’t want to think in terms of opinions; you want to work on proposals. Some projects are a bit more practical, like Smog Free, and some are more poetic, like the Waterlicht with the blue light. It depends on the context or my personal obsession. It depends on what I think is really important at that moment. During Roosegarde’s visit to Costa Rica as speaker for the FID, the artist, architect and innovator discussed how we can overcome our fear of technology. (Courtesy of FID, via PMEimages.com)What is your research process?If you make something, it’s like a taste in your mouth [makes gesture of touching his tongue with one of his hands]. You don’t know the ingredients. You start to read, to write, to travel, to experiment, and it’s the same way when you make a pancake. The first pancake always fails. You make mistakes, and in the end you have your top chef cook a star dessert that you can share. It’s a lot of trying and shooting and experimenting.Sometimes people ask us a question, like a mayor from a city, a government, a private collector or an airport, but sometimes we commission ourselves. For example, for the Smog Free Project, there was no request. We spent our own time imagining it, and now everybody wants it. At the beginning no one wanted it.Which has been the response of politicians and governments to the Smog Free Project?In the beginning they were very risk-averse, so they had a lot of questions because it was something new. Since the successful launch in Beijing, we’ve had serious talks with India, Kazakhstan, Paris, and London. At the beginning it was not the case.What plans have you made with all these countries and cities you mentioned?It’s going to be a Smog Free campaign. It’s not just a tower, but also Smog Free bicycles, a Smog Free symposium and a workshop with students, so it will be a series of events for the upcoming three to five years. What’s the most complex project that you’ve done?I think the Windlicht was very difficult to do. Although it looked really simple, it was really complex, and the Smog Free as well. The Waterlicht was actually quite easy because you don’t need that much material and nature does most of it. The wind and the humidity bring it to life because the wind always changes, even in the same evening. It keeps changing because nature changes. We got a lot of gifts from nature there.In the end, it doesn’t matter because it’s about the interaction you have with the audience. They don’t care if it was difficult or easy [to make].Regarding nature, how do you make sure that everything goes well when projecting your work?You do a lot of tests and prototypes, indoors and outdoors, as well as simulations in the computer. You know that when you start with an idea it can completely change. It grows. Every project fails somewhere, but in the end we always manage. That’s part of the project.Since the Windlicht was the most difficult one, how did you manage to do the rays of light?You had to match the two floating points. The windmill was moving and the blades were moving, so you have to sort of create a stable connection and it was quite difficult.How do you measure the exact points were everything meets?You have a series of sensors, tracking software and cameras, and they feed the software. The software calibrates how they send the lights, but it has to be very precise because if you miss a blade, the line just keeps on going. You first send a test signal with lights, the light reflects and it’s all in a millisecond. Once you received that signal, then you send the visual light. What was the process to create the Waterlicht and the Van Gogh Path?It was actually a request from the Dutch Water Board. We were playing with several ideas to create water. In [mid] process we had to [come up with an idea] to visualize it and we did some tests and it really worked. While we were testing, people were walking by and they were like: “Holy shit, the dike is breaking. We’re being flooded.” We never imagined that it would become so popular in that way. It became a really mesmerizing experience for many, and a beautiful scene. The government was really happy because finally people were starting to realize the work they were doing. Before, everyone took it for granted.The Van Gogh Foundation came to us to celebrate Van Gogh’s 125th [birthday] and it was specific for the spot where he lived and worked from 1883 to 1885. They came to me and said: “Can you make something to make the area more alive?” We got to work and I wanted to do something practical, poetic, with lights. We did that quite fast. I think we did it in ten months. How does your work combine math, nature, science, and art?I think the world is about making new connections, so you can never solve a problem if you only look at it one way. I always need to make things that trigger diversity.[Through culture and art] is the only way [to improve the world] because it’s not working the way that it is right now. We should come up with new proposals and that’s a design challenge. You can show how it can be done differently and you show the beauty of it in the hope that people accept it fast, so you can progress.In your lecture here you mentioned the fear that we as humans have of technology. How can we overcome it or create a balance with it?I think technology is a great tool. Right now we’re sitting in front of a computer screen feeding our hopes, dreams, and fears to Facebook and Twitter, and that’s sort of weird. The machines should help us, and the machines that we have are killing us, like the cities and the cars. How can we learn to use it to our own advantage?You have to learn to approach it differently. For example, it can be used to make cities clean again, promote cycling and all of these kinds of things. I like to use it this way.Regarding these new technologies and topics, how do you think Costa Rica is doing?I think it’s weird when you look at the city we’re in right now. There’s a real separation between city and nature, so we don’t learn from nature in that way, to make our city more energy friendly or more human. There’s no real connection, in a way. I think that a good city would try to integrate them much more… and clean water, clean energy, clean air. (Courtesy of Francisco Cubillo)How can we start to implement these new technologies in Costa Rica?It starts with something very simple. Start putting the layers of solar panels anywhere you can find. That’s a low-hanging fruit. It’s a simple step. You need to be ambitious. You have the [2021] carbon neutral target, which you’re not going to make, but it’s good to have this sort of great ambitions and at the same time trigger the minds of the young people here so that they also begin to think in the new ideas for proposals.Since we’re not going to make the carbon-neutral goal, how can we reorganize?I don’t know. Maybe it’s something we decide in a conference like this together. What we want, what we think is feasible. Don’t wait for the government to make the decision. It’s up to you.Finally, what inspires and motivates you to continue working with these innovative ideas for the improvement of the world?I think you’re always a voluntary prisoner of your own imagination. You look around and wonder, why are we always doing it like this? Why can’t we do it like that? So it sort of starts out of this irritation or wonder. Then you start to create.If it goes right, sometimes you need to learn and start over again, but it’s fascinating to take hold of the world around you and see what happens. To see what works and what doesn’t work. What technologies have you developed through these projects?I think with every project we develop new technology. Sometimes it was an optimization that was already there. Sometimes it was something completely, new and you always work with a team of designers and external experts to make it happen and make sure that it works and remains working. That’s also very important. Facebook Comments Related posts:2017 International Design Festival to feature wide range of guests Highlights from the Design Fest’s first Parque La Libertad edition How the International Design Festival boosts San Jose’s economy VIDEO: Inside the International Design Festival 2017last_img read more

Thanksgiving 2017 Where to dine in Costa Rica

first_imgOn Thanksgiving Eve, we’re happy to share a selection of dinner options awaiting you tomorrow to help you celebrate along with your loved ones. Don’t miss out on these delicious meals on Thursday Nov. 23:The Sheraton Hotel will serve dinner at the Ivory Bar with various appetizer options such as a mixed salad with citrus, pumpkin seed, sundried tomatoes and olives; vegetable phyllo tart with arugula bouquet; veal and pork country pate with escarole and cranberry compote; and onion and almond cream with prosciutto tuile. After the appetizers, choose from a rosemary maple-glazed salmon with wild rice; scallop and shrimp risotto with spinach and saffron cream; turkey breast stuffed with corn bread, chorizo, pine nuts and dried cranberries and carrot puree; or beef tenderloin with gorgonzola dolce sauce and fig sauce, and brussels sprouts and sage sautéed potatoes.For dessert, enjoy a delicious traditional pecan tart served with vanilla crème fraiche; pumpkin crème caramel with Vodka fig syrup; apple cranberry and walnut crumble with red wine sauce; or caramel semifreddo with roasted pears and apricot sauce. ($45 per person, tax included. Make reservations at 4055-0500 or reservas@sheratoncr.com. The dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. with music by Mali.)The Barceló Hotel will offer a special dinner at its Anfora Restaurant, with an epic menu featuring a variety of appetizers, various meats served with accompaniments and dessert. ($45 per person, tax included. Make reservations at 2220-2034 x 715.)The Hotel Alta will offer a traditional dinner with a spectacular view in Escazú, including Waldorf salad, roast turkey, vegetables and sage served with red cranberry sauce, green beans, sweet potato and mashed potatoes with gravy, and lemon or pumpkin pie for dessert. It includes a glass of wine per person. ($40 plus tax. Reservations at 2282- 5248, by email at info@thealtahotel.com or at this link 6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.)Denny’s, with locations around the Central Valley, will offer a full turkey and dressing dinner, turkey stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce with two side servings of your choice and bread. This can also be served with a cup of wine and pumpkin or pecan pie. (₡15,850 /approximately $25, or ₡10,150/$20 for just the turkey plate.) As a special menu, Denny’s will be offering a pumpkin cream pancake breakfast that includes two pumpkin pancakes with creamy pumpkin sauce served with two eggs and hash browns and two bacon strips or two sausages (₡6,950 / approximately $13). If you only want dessert, you can ask for a slice of pecan or pumpkin pie (₡4,700 / approximately $9) or an entire pecan or pumpkin pie (₡18,000 / approximately $36).The final holiday offering is in Quepos, on the Central Pacific coast, at the Marina Pez Vela’s Runaway Grill. This meal by the sea will feature roast turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, fresh vegetables, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. (Reservations recommended at 2519-9095.) Facebook Comments Related posts:Thanksgiving feasts, festivities abound in Costa Rica 2016 Delicious eats for your holiday celebrations Dining options for your New Year’s celebrations ‘Tunnel of Science’ dazzles in Desamparadoslast_img read more

This week in the Peace Corps Día del Negro y Afrodescendientes

first_imgRelated posts:This week in the Peace Corps: Building sustainable recycling projects This week in the Peace Corps: Cooking like a Costa Rican This week in the Peace Corps: Bricks to Bread – A success story This week in the Peace Corps: Lessons from indigenous communities in Limón province Día del Negro, as it is known locally, is my favorite holiday I have had the joy of celebrating during my Peace Corps service in Costa Rica. Early in the morning on Aug. 31, I headed to a local celebration in Limón Province with a few fellow volunteers. I did not fully know what I was getting myself into.I had never attended or celebrated the holiday before but was blown away by the festivities. I feel incredibly fortunate to have shared the experience with fellow volunteers and the lovely Peace Corps Costa Rica (PCCR) Nurse Jennifer who was born and raised in Limón.Thanks to the hospitality of the U.S. Embassy, we had the pleasure of meeting U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day over breakfast at the start of the day. We spoke with her about Costa Rican culture and met other members of her team. Peace Corps Costa Rica Volunteers and President Carlos Alvarado. (Photo courtesy of Peace Corps Costa Rica)We shared stories with her about our time in service and discussed current community projects. As we spent more time with the ambassador, we found that she was ready to laugh, dance, and enjoy all the celebrations the festival had to offer.Apart from our time spent with Ambassador Day, one of the highlights of the day was meeting the President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado. We were surprised at the President’s willingness to immerse himself into the crowd the way he did during the parade, meeting many people face-to-face.As one can imagine, there were many people on all sides attempting to get the president’s attention. Among all the chaos, took a picture with President Alvarado and Vice President Epsy Campbell Barr, shook their hands, and exchanged a few words.The day’s festivities concluded with a parade. We rode the U.S. Embassy float and danced for hours to a live jazz band. Parade participants were dressed in beautiful traditional Afro-Caribbean garments and everywhere we turned it seemed we were surrounded by people having so much fun, smiling and dancing along to the Caribbean music. The atmosphere was overflowing with love and happiness.I am grateful that I was able to be a part of the celebrations of Día del Negro y Afrodescendientes. It was a remarkable experience to see the locals of Afro-Caribbean descent display their unique heritage and culture through music, food, wardrobe, and, above all, community unity.The Peace Corps photo series in The Tico Times Costa Rica Changemakers section is sponsored by the Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA), a proud financial supporter of Peace Corps Volunteer projects nationwide. Learn more here. To donate to support the Peace Corps Costa Rica, visit the official donation page. Volunteers’ last names and community names are withheld from these publications, per Peace Corps policy.Connect with the Peace Corps Costa Rica on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Brought to you by the Costa Rica USA Foundation (CRUSA). Brought to you by the Costa Rica USA Foundation (CRUSA). Courtesy of CRUSA Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Smoke bombs briefly cripple Montreal subway system

first_img Sponsored Stories MONTREAL (AP) – Police say smoke bombs were set off at multiple points in Montreal’s subway system, briefly cutting off service and creating a nightmarish morning commute.Quebec Premier Jean Charest condemned the attack, saying he hopes the guilty parties are found.The incident occurred near the peak of Thursday morning rush hour. Most service was restored just after 10 a.m. (1500 GMT).Subway service has been interrupted in recent weeks as the city deals with student protests over tuition increases. Thursday’s subway shutdown caused long lineups at bus stops and increased traffic under a heavy drizzle.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The difference between men and women when it comes to paincenter_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health too New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

Polish leader hails reconciliation with Germany

first_img Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) – Poland’s foreign minister said Wednesday that a decades-long effort at reconciliation with Germany, once a historic foe, “is pretty much done” and the two neighbors “are now at a stage of consummating” the relationship.The comments, in English, by Radek Sikorski underline the strong friendship that has developed between two countries whose ties were long defined by occupation, warfare and oppression. The words also come half a year after Sikorski got huge attention with a speech in Berlin calling on Germany to use its power more decisively to stem the economic crisis in Europe. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The vital role family plays in society 0 Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice It would have once been unthinkable for a Polish leader to call for a more powerful Germany _ and Sikorski’s doing so sparked the anger of some Poles. Still, his tone shows just how far the relationship between the two European Union members has evolved more than 70 years after Nazi Germany invaded Poland and subjected the country to a brutal occupation that killed 6 million Polish citizens.Sikorski spoke Wednesday during a discussion in Warsaw alongside Henry Kissinger, the 89-year-old former U.S. Secretary of State. The event was billed as a debate, but the two generally agreed when asked about Europe’s foreign policy before an audience that included diplomats and academics.Sikorski was asked about the strong support many Poles are showing for the German national football team as its gears up for a semi-final match against Italy at the European Championship on Thursday.“It must have something to do with the fact that we have Polish players on the German team,” Sikorski answered. “But I would say that the job of reconciliation with Germany is pretty much done. We are now at a stage of consummating the actual Polish-German alliance.”Sikorski noted that Germany and Poland are allies in NATO and the EU that do “daily business” with each other on a whole range of issues. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Noting that Germany is Poland’s largest trade partner, Sikorski described the friendship between Warsaw and Berlin as “a very intimate relationship.”In more proof of the improved relationship, the former Polish President Lech Walesa said he supported Germany when it defeated Greece in a quarterfinal match last week.Walesa told Wednesday’s issue of the daily paper Metro that he switched his allegiance to Germany “for the first time in my life.” Poland, a co-host of Euro 2012, has already been eliminated.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementslast_img read more

Amnesty condemns use of torture in Tajikistan

first_imgALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) – Amnesty International condemned Thursday the routine use of torture and beatings at detention facilities in the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan.The rights group said in a report detailing a series of cases of abuse that victims of ill-treatment and their families are often afraid of reporting their experiences for fear of police reprisals.“The torture methods used by the security forces are shocking: electric shocks, boiling water, suffocation, beatings, burning with cigarettes, rape and threats of rape,” said Amnesty’s Tajikistan researcher Rachel Bugler. “The only escape is to sign a confession or sometimes to pay a bribe.” Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Prosecutors said this trial is the first of its kind under recently implemented legislation.Amnesty’s recommendations included notifying detainees of their rights during detention and maintaining proper records to provide safeguards against torture and other ill-treatment in custody. It also called for the creation of an independent body to oversee security forces.“These are the steps that will bring Tajikistan closer to the rule of law and closer to fulfilling its international obligations,” Bulger said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Earlier this year, lawmakers in the former Soviet republic on Afghanistan’s border approved changes to the criminal code that made torture an offense punishable by prison sentences of between five and 15 years.But Amnesty’s Bugler said officials’ promises to uphold human rights have not been kept in practice. Bugler said authorities unofficially create incentives for torture by positively assessing law enforcement officers on the basis of the number of cases they solve.Authorities acknowledge that there have been some incidents of torture, but have denied the problem is endemic in the mainly Muslim nation of 7 million people.The Prosecutor General’s Office has said it received 26 reports of torture last year, of which it confirmed five cases.Tajikistan has for a number of years undertaken a sustained campaign to clamp down on any perceived signs of Islamic radicalism. Amnesty said members of Islamic groups are included among those subjected to ill-treatment in detention.In a landmark case for Tajikistan, a court in the southern Khatlon province this week began hearings in the trial of a policeman accused of driving an underage detainee to suicide after subjecting him to mistreatment during interrogations over a case of theft. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Top holiday drink recipes Sponsored Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img read more

Romney declares Jerusalem to be Israels capital

first_imgJerusalem is a flashpoint in the region. Both Israelis and Palestinians have claimed rights to the city.Romney says the United States must be “unapologetic ambassadors” to push to advance the values that the United States and Israel share. Romney says the United States will always stand with Israel, including its insistence that Jerusalem be the cornerstone of Israel.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories JERUSALEM (AP) – Mitt Romney is calling Jerusalem “the capital of Israel” and is pledging to stand with the U.S. ally.The U.S. presidential candidate says in a speech in Jerusalem that America must stand with Israel. The Republican says both countries believe in democracy, the rule of law and opposition to Iran becoming a nuclear power.Romney also is calling Israel “the startup nation.” Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Sponsored Stories center_img How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates How men can have a healthy 2019 More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementslast_img read more

Philippines eyeing joint sea patrol with neighbors

first_imgMANILA, Philippines (AP) – The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia are considering joint patrols of their sea borders to combat piracy, smuggling and the movement of al-Qaida-linked militants, a top defense official said Thursday.The proposal was discussed when Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin met earlier this week with his Indonesian and Malaysian counterparts, who traveled to the Philippines to visit their troops involved in efforts to strengthen a cease-fire between Filipino forces and Muslim guerrillas in the south. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation The Philippines has considered joint naval patrols with either Indonesia or Malaysia in the past but a three-way effort would vastly improve security in the volatile region, Gazmin said.The Southeast Asian nations share sea borders where human and arms smuggling, piracy and the movement of militants from al-Qaida-linked have long been a concern.In 2000, Abu Sayyaf gunmen crossed the border in speedboats and snatched 21 European tourists and Malaysian and Filipino workers from Malaysia’s Sipadan diving resort and brought them to jungle strongholds in the southern Philippines, where the captives were later ransomed off.Indonesia has also been concerned with the smuggling of firearms from the southern Philippines to Indonesia, where they could fall in the hands of Islamic militants.Gazmin said authorities from the three countries would study the proposed joint naval patrols, along with real-time information exchanges and rapid-response arrangements to deal with emergencies at sea and cross-border crimes.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top holiday drink recipes Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Top Stories last_img read more

UN panel warns of climate credit market collapse

first_img Sponsored Stories But prices for climate credits have dropped recently because of uncertainty about countries’ commitments to future emissions reduction.The Bonn, Germany-based UNFCCC said Monday the CDM has helped cut about 1 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions and resulted in huge investments to poor countries over the past decade.___ http://www.unfccc.org Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project BERLIN (AP) – A U.N.-appointed expert panel says international efforts to encourage investment in green technologies could collapse if countries don’t boost the market for `climate credits.’The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change says governments need to restore investors’ faith in so-called carbon markets, including the U.N.’s Clean Development Mechanism.The CDM allows developing countries to earn credits from measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They can then sell the credits to rich nations seeking to meet emissions reduction targets. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist How men can have a healthy 2019last_img

3 killed in inmate hunt shootout near US border

first_imgPIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico (AP) – Authorities in Mexico say three gunmen have been killed after attacking police hunting for inmates who joined in a mass escape from a prison near the U.S. border.The Coahuila state prosecutor’s office says the gunmen were in a truck in a residential area of the border city of Piedras Negras when they fired on state police officers Thursday who were helping look for some of the 131 prisoners who fled a nearby prison early in the week. Investigators have yet to determine whether the dead gunmen were escapees. The statement says the truck matches records of a vehicle stolen in San Antonio, Texas.Authorities say the Zetas drug cartel orchestrated the prison break apparently with the help of prison personnel. Three escapees have been recaptured so far.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they meancenter_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 0 Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

Chavez announces new Venezuelan Cabinet

first_img Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The vice presidential job has assumed new importance because of Chavez’s recent struggle with cancer and rumors have circulated that Maduro is being groomed as his successor.Jaua will be the ruling party’s candidate for the governorship of Miranda, Venezuela’s second largest state, which is the power base of Henrique Capriles, the rival Chavez beat in Oct. 7 elections.Among the Cabinet changes was the appointment of Gen. Nestor Reverol as the new minister of the interior and justice, replacing Tareck El Aissami, who will run to be governor of Aragua. Reverol had led Venezuela’s anti-drug body.Adm. Carmen Melendez is the new head of the Office of the Presidency, replacing Erika Farias, who will seek the governorship of the west-central state of Cojedes.New ministers of information and communication, agriculture, the environment and indigenous peoples were also sworn in.In the swearing-in ceremony aired on state television, Chavez called on his new ministers to continue “the fight to transform the old capitalist and bourgeoisie state … into a socialist state.”He also called for greater government efficiency.Chavez won 55 percent of the vote in the election, beating Capriles by 11 percentage points. Chavez has been in power for almost 14 years and his new term is for six more years. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Associated PressCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez swore in his new vice president and six other Cabinet ministers on Saturday, less than a week after winning a new mandate to extend his self-styled Bolivarian revolution.Former Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro replaced Elias Jaua as Chavez’s vice president. The 49-year-old Maduro, a burly former bus driver, is considered the member of Chavez’s government with the closest ties to Cuba’s Fidel and Raul Castro. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonalast_img read more