Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Tags: Airports, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Feb. 14 designated as opening day of SVG’s long-awaited airport Share Posted by TORONTO — It’s been a long time coming, but the new Argyle International Airport (AIA) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will finally make its grand debut on Feb. 14.Originally slated for a 2015 opening and pushed back several times due to construction delays, the new airport is now considered the largest capital project that has ever been undertaken in the history of the country. It will replace the existing ET Joshua Airport, which will close simultaneously.To celebrate the long-awaited occasion, a charter flight has been organized by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority in collaboration with GG Tours in Toronto. A Sunwing 737-800 aircraft will go down in history as the first international flight to land at AIA from Canada.Flights WG262 is scheduled to leave Pearson International Airport at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 14, and arrive at AIA at 3:40 p.m. WG263 will depart AIA at 4:55 p.m. and land in Toronto at 9:45 p.m. On Feb. 21, the return trip flight will operate on the same schedule.More news:? Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsThe new airport is expected to increase accessibility to this multi-island destination and be a key economic driver for the country, attracting direct flights from Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and more, fuelling investments. It boasts a 9,000-foot runway designed to accommodate aircraft as large as the Boeing 747-400s. The 171,000 square-foot terminal will be able to handle 1.5 million passengers per year, more than five times the capacity at ET Joshua, and offer 23 commercial spaces, three restaurants and several spots for kiosks. << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group
Travelweek Group Tags: TICO Share TORONTO — Save the date for TICO’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), set to take place on June 26 in Mississauga.This year, TICO will be holding an election for one Retail, Wholesale or Marketing Group position on the TICO Board of Directors. A Nominations package will be sent to all registrants and is also available on TICO’s website, tico.ca.Nominations must be received at TICO no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on April 20, 2018. Those wishing to run for election are reminded to allow for sufficient time to obtain the required Criminal Record Check, which must be submitted with the Nomination Form by the deadline date.Ballots will be sent to Member Registrants and the results will be announced at the AGM.“Industry representation on the Board of Directors remains an important governance role in support of TICO’s vision, mission and mandate,” said Richard Smart, TICO President and CEO. “I would like to encourage registrants who wish to participate on a dynamic Board to submit nomination forms. Following the passing of the new consumer protection legislation in December 2017, there remains an opportunity to contribute to a new regulation in support of this important legislation.”More news:? Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?The AGM will take place at the Corporate Event Centre (5110 Creekbank Road) in Mississauga, Ontario at 5:00 p.m. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. Friday, March 23, 2018 Posted by Nominations open for TICO Board of Directors position, results to be announced at AGM << Previous PostNext Post >>
Tags: Club Med Share Posted by Club Med’s Travel Agent Day countdown kicks off today with prizes & incentives TORONTO — What’s better than Travel Agent Day? How about a whole month dedicated to travel agent appreciation, starting today with Club Med.Club Med says it’s celebrating Travel Agent Day (May 1) early this year by recognizing the dedication and professionalism of its valued travel partners with a month-long event running April 1 – 30.Throughout April agents can visit Club Med’s Travel Advisor Calendar, a dedicated website with daily targets to hit for a chance to win prizes, including a grand prize offering the winner a chance to attend the opening event of the new Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda in the D.R., opening December 2019.The Travel Advisor Calendar is a continuation of the same appreciation program offered last year but with a different name, says the company.Starting today, Club Med will also use the Travel Advisor Calendar name in its communications and Great Advisors reward program (formerly Great Agents).“We are very proud and grateful to be represented by talented, loyal and motivated travel professionals,” says Jacinda Lowry, National Director of Sales for Club Med. “The Travel Advisor Calendar is an extended celebration of these dedicated individuals and Club Med’s way of thanking our travel partners for their daily contributions to the brand’s success.”More news:? Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyThe Travel Advisor Calendar has no time limits or deadlines to play, so advisors can go back through days they may have missed and play in past challenges.Each week the most active participants will have the chance to win 12,000 points for the Great Advisors rewards program, equivalent to two free nights at a Club Med resort in Florida, Mexico or the Caribbean.At the end of the month, the advisors that participated in the most challenges will be entered into a draw for the grand prize: a spot at the opening event for the new Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda. Travelweek Group Monday, April 1, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Facebook Comments Some Costa Rican fisherman thought they caught the big one Wednesday morning before the Coast Guard showed up to hook them.The Public Security Ministry announced that the Costa Rican Coast Guard and Drug Control Police seized over a ton of wrapped cocaine onboard a sport fishing boat off the country’s southern coast near Golfito, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.Authorities detained three Costa Ricans and seized 2,116 pounds of cocaine wrapped in 46 black bags. The three Ticos did not have prior criminal records.The ton of cocaine was left out at sea by traffickers and later fished out of the water by the three Costa Ricans, according to a statement from ministry. Law enforcement speculated that the drugs would be brought ashore and exported out of the country, leaving some for domestic consumption.So far in 2014, police have confiscated more than 4,800 lbs. of cocaine. Costa Rica had a record-breaking year in 2013 for cocaine seizures, with law enforcement seizing 21.8 tons of cocaine. Related posts:Costa Rican Coast Guard captures fast boat with 1.3 tons of cocaine Coast Guard chases down boat carrying at least 1.4 metric tons of marijuana Airport police arrest Tico with more than a kilo of cocaine Costa Rica takes down more suspects in cocaine trafficking network run by Italian mafia
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Facebook Comments Wikimedia CommonsThe Internet is full of strange and bewildering neologisms, which anyone but a text-addled teen would struggle to understand. So the fine, taxpayer-funded people of the FBI — apparently not content to trawl Urban Dictionary, like the rest of us — compiled a glossary of Internet slang.An 83-page glossary. Containing nearly 3,000 terms.The glossary was recently made public through a Freedom of Information request by the group MuckRock, which posted the PDF, called “Twitter shorthand,” online. Despite its name, this isn’t just Twitter slang: As the FBI’s Intelligence Research Support Unit explains in the introduction, it’s a primer on shorthand used across the Internet, including in “instant messages, Facebook and Myspace.” As if that Myspace reference wasn’t proof enough that the FBI’s a tad out of touch, the IRSU then promises the list will prove useful both professionally and “for keeping up with your children and/or grandchildren.” (U.S. tax dollars at work!)All of these minor gaffes could be forgiven, however, if the glossary itself was actually good. Obviously, FBI operatives and researchers need to understand Internet slang — the Internet is, increasingly, where crime goes down these days. But then we get things like ALOTBSOL (“always look on the bright side of life”) and AMOG (“alpha male of group”)… within the first 10 entries.ALOTBSOL has, for the record, been tweeted fewer than 500 times in the entire eight-year history of Twitter. AMOG has been tweeted far more often, but usually in Spanish… as a misspelling, it would appear, of “amor” and “amigo.”Among the other head-scratching terms the FBI considers can’t-miss Internet slang:AYFKMWTS (“are you f__ kidding me with this s_?”) — 990 tweetsBFFLTDDUP (“best friends for life until death do us part) — 414 tweetsBOGSAT (“bunch of guys sitting around talking”) — 144 tweetsBTDTGTTSAWIO (“been there, done that, got the T-shirt and wore it out”) — 47 tweetsBTWITIAILWY (“by the way, I think I am in love with you”) — 535 tweetsDILLIGAD (“does it look like I give a damn?”) — 289 tweetsDITYID (“did I tell you I’m depressed?”) — 69 tweetsE2EG (“ear-to-ear grin”) — 125 tweetsGIWIST (“gee, I wish I said that”) — 56 tweetsHCDAJFU (“he could do a job for us”) — 25 tweetsIAWTCSM (“I agree with this comment so much”) — 20 tweetsIITYWIMWYBMAD (“if I tell you what it means will you buy me a drink?”) — 250 tweetsLLTA (“lots and lots of thunderous applause”) — 855 tweetsNIFOC (“naked in front of computer”) — 1,065 tweets, most of them referring to acronym guides like this one.PMYMHMMFSWGAD (“pardon me, you must have mistaken me for someone who gives a damn”) — 128 tweetsSOMSW (“someone over my shoulder watching) — 170 tweetsWAPCE (“women are pure concentrated evil”) — 233 tweets, few relating to womenYKWRGMG (“you know what really grinds my gears?”) — 1,204 tweetsIn all fairness to the FBI, they do get some things right: “crunk” is helpfully defined as “crazy and drunk,” FF is “a recommendation to follow someone referenced in the tweet,” and a whole range of online patois is translated to its proper English equivalent: hafta is “have to,” ima is “I’m going to,” kewt is “cute.”One would hope the people tasked with investigating federal crimes could decipher that kind of thing through context clues… but the Internet is a vast, dizzying place! And both the law and law enforcement, as many, many recent cases have attested, lag painfully behind technology and technology culture — to the detriment of people in those spaces who need help.So while I might wanna (want to) LMSO (laugh my socks off) over this glossary, it’s actually kind of serious, when you TOTT (think on these things).? 2014, The Washington Post Related posts:You can fight the NSA by ‘resetting the Net’ Liberty Reserve founder Arthur Budovsky pleads not guilty in New York Violence against women in the age of new technology What happened to the 15 people the Internet hated most in 2015?
Related posts:Talent and good policy are key targets for improving Costa Rica’s competitiveness, forum experts say Costa Rica attracts over $2 billion in foreign direct investment in 2014 Apple working to complete streaming music deal with record labels before June 8 ‘Star Wars’ smashes Christmas Day box office record Christie’s sold a painting by Pablo Picasso Monday night for $179.4 million, far exceeding both the firm’s expectations and the previous record for the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction.The 1955 painting, “Women of Algiers” (Version “O”), is just one of several prized pieces going on sale during the May auction season. Bloomberg reports that dealers are putting art worth an estimated $2.3 billion up for auction over a period of two weeks this month. On Monday night, the auction house also sold Alberto Giacometti’s “Pointing Man,” a 1947 sculpture, for $141.3 million.Christie’s had expected to sell the sculpture for $130 million and the Picasso for $140 million. Until this week, the most expensive work to sell at auction had been Francis Bacon’s triptych of the artist Lucian Freud, which went for $142.4 million in 2013.Paintings are fetching even higher prices away from the auction houses. A portrait of two Tahitian women painted by Paul Gauguin in 1892 sold privately for almost $300 million earlier this year, according to The New York Times. That was apparently the most anyone has ever paid for a work of art.Figures like these will certainly raise eyebrows, especially at a time when investors worldwide have jitters about high prices in stocks, bonds and other assets. Some art collectors may be remembering the market’s last contraction, which began in 1989 and lasted several years. Prices took more than a decade to recover.“Is the art market now in a bubble? Is the bubble about to burst?” the economist Nouriel Roubini, who famously predicted the financial crisis of 2008, wrote in a note to investors earlier this year. “These questions are now being raised about the art market.”They are difficult to answer. A work or art isn’t like a bond or a share of stock. It doesn’t have a yield or a price-to-earnings ratio. There is no hard way of measuring how much it’s worth. As a result, art is vulnerable to “fads, fashions, manias — and potentially bubbles,” as Roubini wrote. Gauguin’s “When Will You Marry Me?” (Courtesy Beyeler Foundation/Wikimedia Commons)Yet there are other explanations for the vast sums these works have been fetching. Art appeals to an ever larger class of the world’s very rich, who may be hesitant to put their significant wealth in more conventional assets given lingering uncertainty about the health of the global economy and rapid swings in global currency values.Economists debate whether art is a sensible investment. It generates similar returns to stock markets over the long term, according to Michael Moses, one of two experts behind the widely cited, proprietary Mei Moses family of art-market indexes. There have also been periods when art has yielded poor returns, though, particularly over the past 20 years, when stocks have done much better.The price that people will pay to appreciate a fine painting in their homes, or simply to schmooze at galleries and fairs with talented and creative types along with well-heeled patrons like themselves, may be high enough to deter investors who don’t enjoy these aspects of collecting.“I don’t think you should be investing in art purely for investment purposes,” said Kathryn Graddy, an economist at Brandeis University. “You’ve got to like art.”The price of art does not rise and fall with prices in the stock market, making it attractive to those who think stocks could lose value.Investors worldwide have been seeking safe bets for years, bidding up prices for German bonds and land in London. For a sophisticated investor who makes careful purchases, art offers another kind of sanctuary. Even if Picasso, Giacometti and van Gogh generate only mediocre returns in the short term, their work has already stood up to the judgment of history, and is likely to retain its value for generations.“Does it outperform inflation? Certainly,” Moses said. “Is it a wealth preserver? Yes.”Not only are there more buyers who can afford art, but the difference between the merely prosperous and the fabulously wealthy is increasing as well, as global wealth becomes more concentrated.That fact could account for the exceptional performance of another sector of the art market: works priced over $10 million.These masterpieces have been selling fast, in contrast to more modestly priced works. In other words, the art market appears to be polarizing between an extremely wealthy group of buyers who are paying ever higher prices for pieces like the Women of Algiers, and those who aren’t rich enough to afford them.In this way, the market for art resembles the one for consumer products more than the stock market. In groceries, clothing and more, vendors that cater to a smaller, wealthier group of customers have been more successful. Perhaps art dealers are also rushing to satisfy a clientele with the means to be more discerning in their demands.“If you’re rich and you’ve got a lovely house, you need to have nice things to hang on the wall,” Shirley said.? 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments
Related posts:Beyoncé reunites with Destiny’s Child in Costa Rica for Kelly Rowland’s wedding In Guatemala City’s Zone 4, a new effort at urban renewal Smitten while in Cuba? Better call the love detective before you commit US, Cuba agree to let airlines begin ?ights It could be anytime between noon and four, and my stomach grumbles. I pad barefoot down the cool marble stairs and pop into the kitchen at the Palazzo Margherita, in southern Italy. I raid plates of cheese, smear hunks of bread in jam, ask for sweets and leftover tangerine juice, even though dinner’s fresh pastas and sauces are well under way.This deliciously languid, come-as-you-are ease is rarely the province of a five-star European hotel, especially one with a celebrity pedigree. But this hotel is owned by Francis Ford Coppola, Hollywood’s most legendary family man, and he wants you to make yourself comfortable here in his ancestral home of Bernalda, smack in the middle of boot-heeled Italy’s arch.Coppola never meant to be a hotelier. He just liked taking his family on vacation. Some of the items on the table at the Palazzo Margherita. Bloomberg News photo by Colleen ClarkAfter falling in love with the jungle while filming “Apocalypse Now” in the Philippines, he decided to get a little piece of it closer to the United States. In the early 1980s, Coppola picked up a run-down lodge in the mountainous rain forest of newly independent Belize and outfitted it with four-wheel drives, good beds, and, perhaps apocryphally, the country’s first pizza oven and espresso machine to entertain his brood in style.“What I realized afterwards was that I was accidentally creating the infrastructure for a hotel,” he says over the phone from his Napa, Calif., home. The 20-room Blancaneaux Lodge opened in 1993.Four more properties followed?–?another on the beach in Belize, and the rest in the seemingly disparate locations of Argentina, Guatemala, and, of course, Italy. A fifth, based out of a French Quarter mansion in New Orleans, has been in development limbo for years. What unites them?“Just me and my family,” Coppola says. “They’re all things that we love, food that we find wonderful, places that are chosen not out of practicality or anything sensible, but just out of love.”For Coppola, family, travel, and work are inextricably linked. His earliest memories are of the cross-country road trips his father, a flutist and composer, would take the family on in the 1940s and ’50s.“My father had a habit of writing a song for every location we were in?–?a song for Amarillo and a song for the Ozarks?–?and we kids would have to sing a song for every location we were in,” Coppola recalls.He has created similar memories for his children.“My dad bought a 1913 Model T Ford, and we drove it from San Francisco to Bolinas, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge,” son Roman Coppola says over the phone from the set of “Mozart in the Jungle,” the show he created with cousin Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers. “It overheated and broke down, but it was the most wonderful adventure.”Coppola always brought his family along on shoots?–?his daughter Sofia’s earliest memories include living on a chocolate plantation during the filming of “Apocalypse Now” –?and those adventures became family lore, filtering into his children’s future films and artistic sensibility. Consider Sofia’s classic meditation on Tokyo, “Lost in Translation,” and Roman’s coming-of- age “Moonrise Kingdom” (co-written with director Wes Anderson and starring Schwartzman).It’s here, squarely in this intersection of travel, family, and storytelling, that the Coppola family’s hotels sit.“Ultimately, a resort is a movie. The place is the setting?–?the ruins, the body of water?–?the city is the star, the staff is the cast,” Coppola says.His hotels all manage to feel at once intimate and sublime, a backdrop for a grand adventure meticulously curated as only a filmmaker can. But because they double as family homes, there’s something effortless and familiar, from the staffing to the subtle design choices. It’s a relaxed sort of luxury?–?the best kind.“They’re all things that we love, places chosen not out of practicality or anything sensible.” Francis Ford Coppola speaks at a ceremony posthumously honoring audio pioneer Ray Dolby with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in Hollywood, California, on Jan. 22, 2015. Mark Ralston/AFPCoppola recently came to New York for what was supposed to be a speech for travel journalists. But in typical fashion, he transformed it into a dinner party, arriving at the homey Il Buco restaurant with a multigenerational brood, including his 98-year-old Uncle Kiki (an opera composer), his aunt (a former ballerina), and a flurry of nieces. Sofia popped in for a hug when she dropped off her mom. And Francis invited everyone to stay for dinner while he spun family yarns with Uncle Kiki.They sat by candlelight, a two-man stand-up routine, trading well-worn tales of Francis’ first trip to Bernalda. At the age of 20, he showed up in town and introduced himself as a Coppola. He was immediately surrounded by cousins (and cousins of cousins), hugged, and fed.“I was trying to figure out where the hell am I going to sleep tonight?–?there were no hotels,” he said.Eventually they sent him home with his newlywed cousins. He shared a bed with the groom, while the bride slept “who knows where, in the barn.” And he never forgot the warmth of the reception. A farmer makes mozzarella with milk from the massería’s prized cows. Bloomberg News photo by Colleen ClarkYou go to Tuscany and Amalfi for those big beautiful postcard views, but Bernalda is for escaping the tourist circuit. What you may trade in brain-melting beauty, you gain in chance encounters at the local gelatería, the cinematic purr of everyday life. Fifteen minutes away there’s a beach, where fishermen pull up with their boats and grill up the day’s catch fresh, right on the sand.It’s easy to settle in, which is the point.Coppola’s purchase of the Palazzo in 2004 grew out of his family connections there – “The five thousand million cousins in Bernalda felt that I should own it,” he jokes?–?and became a family project with designer Jacques Grange, opening as a nine-suite hotel in 2012. It’s his Godfather property, a family business, spanning generations.“We approach each hotel as though it’s a family home, so it’s our custom to let each kid have input as to how they want their space to be.”The result? Blushing pink walls and hand-painted frescoes in Sofia’s room echo a summer palace. Geometric floors and a vintage Grand Prix poster (found by Sofia) lend Roman’s suite a masculine deco flavor. And Tunisian tiles in the patriarch’s suite pay homage to Francis’s mother.“My wife and children are such creative people, and their particular points of view really come through. So I love to stay in Sofia’s room. And Sofia loves to stay in Roman’s room to experience more of his personality,” Coppola says.The Palazzo also traces family history further back.“My grandfather Agostino was known in Bernalda as ‘Salta Balcone,’ or ‘Jumps Balcony,’ because he was always trying to get into houses to have affairs with the maids,” Coppola says, noting that he thinks the Palazzo was the site of an affair with one such woman called Palmetta. Now the servants’ quarters have been dubbed the Palmetta room, and Agostino’s portrait hangs there above his childhood bed.The Coppola family has already started contributing to the Palazzo’s story arc?–?Sofia celebrated her wedding in the garden in 2011, and Roman’s son ate his first birthday cake in the courtyard. And that familial warmth infused every aspect of my four-day stay there, from a lazy breakfast beneath Sofia’s lemon tree to rainy-day movies in the salon to a rustic alfresco lunch that the Palazzo arranges at a nearby farm (pizza in the grass with the workers, generations of whom had toiled here).Now Francis has turned his eye on a new family project.“We have a beautiful property in New Orleans that I have always wanted to make into an inn for artists, a sort of French- style creative auberge,” he says. “We have a building, but we don’t have the right to create a hotel. But in a city like New Orleans, you never know what can happen.”And after that?“A hotel in Corsica, a resort in Sardinia, the Colombe d’Or in the south of France. I love Dublin, I love Ireland, I love everywhere. I love this magnificent, diverse earth that we have, where you can’t look out in any direction and not see beauty,” he says.“It’s part of this incredible experience of life.”? 2015, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments
Next Tuesday is a day many Cuban migrants in Costa Rica have been waiting for ever since they left the island to try to reach the United States andgot stuck at the border with Nicaragua. The Costa Rican government announced that the first flight of Cuban migrants will leave on Jan. 12 for El Salvador — the first stop on their journey north — out of Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste.Under an agreement among?Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and the U.N. International Organization for Migration, Cubans with transit visas in Costa Rica — nearly?8,000 people — will be allowed to buy a $555 ticket that includes transportation from the shelter where they are staying to the airport, a chartered flight to El Salvador, and then non-stop bus transportation with food through Guatemala and into Mexico.The Costa Rican government had originally announced that families would leave on the first flight but then backtracked. Immigration Administration Director Kathya Rodríguez said that minors would not be allowed on what’s being called a “test flight,” citing safety concerns for families traveling an untested route.And untested it is. Authorities involved in the negotiation repeated several times that the situation was “unprecedented” and the “first of its kind.”If all goes well, children between 2 and 12 years old will eventually pay $350 each for the trip. Infants?will travel for?free.The first group of migrants out will be determined by the order in which their temporary transit visas were issued.Once in Mexico, each Cuban migrant will be granted a 20-day temporary transit visa at no cost. But they will be on their own for?reaching the U.S. border, said the IOM’s Costa Rica director, Roland de Wilde.“It’s important to remember that these migrants left their country voluntarily,” de Wilde said?during?the news conference Wednesday. “In Mexico they will surely find the transportation options that they want. I understand there are many options in Mexico.”Foreign Minister Manuel González stressed that the Jan. 12 airlift will be a “test flight” and would not guarantee any additional flights until regional leaders?meet?to assess its success sometime before Jan. 18. If all goes well, additional charter flights will be organized out of Daniel Oduber International Airport and Juan Santamaría International Airport in Alajuela. A shelter for Cuban migrants in Costa Rica near the border with Nicaragua. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times‘Having a visa is not the end-all, be-all’Drug gangs and kidnapping rings?make the journey through Mexico to the U.S. one of the most dangerous migrant corridors in the world. Authorities said Wednesday that the temporary legal status granted to the migrants would help keep them out of danger from organized crime and corrupt officials.But Everard Meade, director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego in California, said he was doubtful a Mexican transit visa would offer much protection.“Just having a visa doesn’t make them immune to the same dangers faced by Central American migrants,” Meade said.He?called the gap in the airlift’s plan once the migrants reach Mexico a “black hole.”Meade said that the visas might offer some protection from shakedowns by corrupt cops or soldiers?near the border but not necessarily from organized crime, especially along the route that follows the Gulf of Mexico. Organized crime targets people based on their perceived vulnerability, Meade said, and migrants — regardless of their legal status — are easy?targets.Criminals often kidnap migrants to extort money from family members in the U.S. who have been sending them cash for the trip. Some migrants may also choose to hire smugglers to get them through the perilous border area to U.S. soil, regardless of their immigration status in Mexico, he added.Still, Meade said that unlike Central American migrants in Mexico, who are often stigmatized on racial or economic grounds, Cubans may enjoy some preferential treatment because of close relations between the island and Mexico and the well established Cuban community in Mexico.The U.S. Embassy in San José told The Tico Times in an email statement Tuesday that it was aware of the airlift agreement but did not comment further. Foreign Minister Manuel González did not specify any role in the deal played by the U.S. — where the migrants plan to seek?asylum under the Cuban Adjustment Act — when asked by The Tico Times?during Wednesday’s press conference.González?cited U.S. immigration law that gives special privileges to Cuban nationals as one of the reasons why this small country made a herculean effort to house and feed the migrants.“Whether or not it’s just, it’s the law,” González said of U.S. immigration policy toward Cubans. “That’s the way it is.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Cuban migrant airlift set to continue but could take months Why some Cuban migrants aren’t trying their chances with smugglers Central American countries agree to safe passage for Cuban migrants marooned in Costa Rica Stranded Cuban migrants say goodbye to Costa Rica as airlift begins
Related posts:San Carlos hackathon aims to boost women’s roles in technology development Bacardi to open support services center in Costa Rica Talent and good policy are key targets for improving Costa Rica’s competitiveness, forum experts say Intel hiring for new Costa Rica operation In 2014, Intel closed its assembly and shipping facility in Belén, northwest of San José, where 1,500 employees worked in the assembly and distribution of computer components. Recently?the company disclosed that 2,000 full-time employees now work at the Intel facility in Belén, and the company has projected to increase its payroll?due to theexpansion of its operations in Costa Rica.At present, Intel Costa Rica focuses on two major areas: its Research and Development Center, which includes the Laboratory Testing Facility, and the Center for Global Services, as well as several support groups. The company now requires that its employees be college graduates, such as?engineers and others trained for specialized positions in administration, finance and human resources.The?Center for Research and Development currently is the country’s largest division and is dedicated to design, prototype, testing and validation of IT solutions and software development. In this department,?1,250 people?make up a number of different sub-departments that perform increasingly complex and specialized tasks, to keep up with the advancement of technology. The groups of engineers at the facility in Belén are in direct coordination with company divisions around the world, with the mission to assist in the development of new technology products that will be introduced to the market in the coming years.The other major group working at the?Global Services Center has?600 employees?who perform specialized tasks that are vital to the operation of the day-to-day corporate global business. For example, in this department, wages for more than 56,000 Intel employees are paid every month, representing about $8 million in salaries per year. Financial statements are prepared and presented for auditing for the Global Services sector, and 75 percent of the $141 million of Intel’s production throughout the Americas is?reflected in the financial statements that are prepared in Belén.See also:?From classrooms to the office, Intel addresses high-tech gender gap in Costa RicaIntel Costa Rica is in a phase of?much value-added services that greatly impact the company’s growth. Timothy Scott, manager of government affairs and public relations for Intel Costa Rica, recently said, “We have shown that we have the human talent necessary to execute increasingly complex positions in terms of finance and human resources. It is noteworthy to mention that the group of leaders at the center in Belén consists of 100 percent Costa Ricans.”The Global Services Center maintains a continuous focus on innovation, and many processes are designed and implemented from the facility in Belén. Recently a group of Costa Ricans at the Global Services Center collaborated with the integration plan of the firm McAfee, which is now known as Intel Security.Working alongside the Center for Research and Development and the Global Services Center?are two specialized centers of?support groups with 150 employees.Intel Costa Rica?currently has about?60 open positions for its operations?at the Research and Development Center as well as the Center for Global Services in Belén. The company is offering positions for application developers, systems analysts, network engineers, tax analysts, operations managers and other areas, including information technology, auditing and a call center. Interested parties can send their résumés via the website?Intel.com/jobs.The author, Tom Rosenberger has lived and worked in Belén, Costa Rica, for 23 years, inspecting land, homes, condominiums and commercial buildings for clients who want to purchase existing property or build new construction in Costa Rica. You can contact him at: tom@CostaRicaHomeBuilder.com. Facebook Comments
Related posts:Construction to begin soon to curb heavy traffic on Circunvalación beltway Transit police confiscate hundreds of license plates for failure to pay marchamo La Platina bridge will partially reopen next week Finally! Public Works Ministry reopens La Platina bridge The seemingly never-ending works on “La Platina” bridge will continue to frustrate Costa Rican motorists this week as another prolonged closure looms. Officials from the?Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) announced Tuesday that the heavily trafficked?bridge will be closed for 24 hours beginning Thursday morning at 9 a.m.Known commonly as “La Platina,” the bridge over Virilla River?is part of the General Ca?as Highway connecting San José with Alajuela province, and is the major route from the capital city to Juan Santamaría Airport. Traffic coming from Alajuela and the airport will be closed off from 9 a.m. Thursday until 9 a.m. Friday, while traffic coming from San José toward Alajuela will be stalled from 10 p.m. Thursday until 5 a.m. Friday, according to a MOPT press release.Continued construction?on the bridge goes in line with a long history of promises to widen the bridge and create more lanes. President Luis Guillermo Solís is the third Costa Rican president to promise that the bridge would be widened under his or her tenure. Since 2009, the bridge over the Virilla has been a headache for drivers and politicians alike, leading to numerous accidents and fatalities on the roads, while spurring on?firings and lawsuits within the government.The current project that is estimated to cost nearly $14 million seeks to add one lane each way, augmenting the total to six lanes going over the bridge.MOPT officials advised drivers traveling to and from San José and Alajuela during the closure to commute by public bus and train in order to avoid worsening the inevitably bad traffic that will occur.Solís administration multitasker Mariano Figueres, who has been appointed as the project’s supervisor, said at a Tuesday press conference at Casa Presidencial that construction work on the bridge has undergone more delays, extending the construction period by up to 60 days. Figueres deflected blame from MOPT, saying that the cause of the delays?is Hurricane Otto and the resources it has required from the government in wake of its destructive path. Facebook Comments
Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project For troubled BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion Ltd., the stilted dialogue in Nigerian English sounds like money in the bank. The mobile phones made by RIM hold the dominant market share in both Nigeria and South Africa, two of the biggest economies on the African continent. Now opening an office in Nigeria, RIM hopes to hold onto that African advantage as its sales in Western nations tumble, company officials say.“This is one of the fastest growing mobile markets in the world,” said Robert Bose, RIM’s regional managing director for the Middle East and Africa.In Nigeria, two out of four smartphones are BlackBerry models, company officials said Tuesday during a news conference in Lagos, citing market research. The number of Nigeria smartphone users is expected to grow from 4 million at the end of 2011 to 25 million at the end of 2016, according to forecasts by Informa Telecoms & Media.How Nigeria became enthralled with BlackBerry begins with the collapse of its state-run telephone company. Fixed, landline telephone numbers now barely exist in Africa’s most populous nation with more than 160 million people. Mobile phones now fill that void, with those who can afford it often carrying two or three handsets as networks routinely drop calls. And as the nation’s power supply remains erratic at best and people work a variety of jobs, the hard-keyed BlackBerry fills the void left by the absence of functional offices. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated PressLAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – In a film recently made in Nigeria, a man stops a beautiful woman, suavely trying to get her to talk to him. Instead she pouts her lips and looks down at her hands, barely able to hold all of the BlackBerry phones she owns.“If you really want to talk to me, get me a BlackBerry Bold 3 … then and only then, you can talk to me,” the woman says in the now-infamous Nollywood film “BlackBerry Babes,” which follows the hijinks of beautiful women in short skirts manipulating their way to getting new mobile phones. Yet challenges remain. In Nigeria, the government currently faces a growing threat from a radical Islamist sect and secret police routinely watch and harass opposition leaders and journalists. Bose repeatedly declined to say whether Nigeria had asked for access to information from BlackBerry or demanded servers be set up in the country to monitor traffic. Other nations in the past have made similar demands of RIM. Some messages may still be encrypted, so it’s not clear what nations could pull from it.For now, though, RIM hopes to continue ride on its wave of popularity in Africa. And for the film “BlackBerry Babes,” Bose simply said: “We’re actually flattered by it.”___Online:Research In Motion Ltd.: www.rim.com___Jon Gambrell can be reached at www.twitter.com/jongambrellAP. The phones’ prices also make ownership a sign of status as well in a nation where most earn less than $2 a day. Business partners routinely communicate over BlackBerry’s message service and the young incessantly share their gossip.“I think people equate having a BlackBerry to a certain level of success,” Bose said.For some, BlackBerry remains the only constant means of accessing the Internet, while 94 percent of phone owners regularly use its messaging service, the officials said.The Nigerian and African experience for RIM comes as the mobile phone manufacturer faces tougher times elsewhere. RIM’s software is still focused on email, and is less user-friendly and agile than iPhone or Android. The company’s attempts at touch screens largely failed and its applications lag behind its competitors.RIM’s U.S. share of the smartphone market dropped from 44 percent in 2009 to 10 percent in 2011 according to market researcher NPD Group. The company still has 78 million active subscribers worldwide.“There’s been a tectonic shift” away from hard key BlackBerry phones in North America to touch screen phones, Bose said. To halt a similar march here, Bose and others announced they will open an office in Lagos, as well as set up operations around the country to allow users to come in and update their phones’ software for free. The company also has plans to offer applications for sale by having mobile phone carriers bill the user, rather than require credit cards, said Waldi Wepener, RIM’s regional director for East, Central and West Africa. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Comments ? Share ? The difference between men and women when it comes to pain
Parents, stop beating yourself up CANNES, France (AP) — As the Cannes Film Festival gets set to open, two trends seem clear: The women are coming — and the selfies are going.Festival chief Thierry Fremaux has fielded questions about female directors and self-photography since he announced the lineup last month — and revealed that he considered selfies the “ridiculous” scourge of the red carpet.The festival that mixes Hollywood heavy-hitters and art-house auteurs kicks off Wednesday with French director Emmanuelle Bercot’s “Standing Tall” — the first time in more than 25 years that a female filmmaker has taken the prestigious opening slot. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Fremaux says English is the global lingua franca but thinks most filmmakers will continue to work in their mother tongues.“When a film (is) shot in Latin America, with a subject matter very, very Argentinian or Chilean or Brazilian — they need to be in their own language,” he said.A day before the opening, as work crews prepared to roll the red carpet over the steps of the Palais des Festivals, Fremaux wished for good weather to cement Cannes’ image as a sun-kissed playground of cinema and sensuality.“The nightmare is to have rain the first day,” he said. “Then people think that the festival was rainy, even if sometimes only one rainy day. But it looks like we (will be) quite lucky.”He also hopes his discouragement of selfies will take hold.“Last year it was a problem,” Fremaux said. “Every single person shooting three pictures of himself during the (procession) of the red carpet for the films. There’s 2,000 seats, so we were late.”Fremaux says he was pleased to see a top fashion magazine agreeing with his judgment and declaring: “it’s over. If you want to be fashionable, please don’t do a selfie.” ___Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/JillLawlessCopyright ? The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The official banner depicting actress Ingrid Bergman is seen between trees ahead of the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. The festival opens on Thursday, May 13 and runs until Sunday, May 24. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) Comments ? Share ? Sponsored Stories Fremaux, who has overseen the festival since 2001, knows the choice won’t silence criticism of an event that remains — like the film industry — male-dominated. There are only two women among the 19 directors competing this year for Cannes’ top prize, the Palme d’Or, although there are more among the scores of other films screening at the 12-day festival.Fremaux insists “it’s not totally true” that women are underrepresented at Cannes.“For the selection we pick films, artists — not men and women, young and old,” he said Tuesday. “But I don’t want to say that it’s not a problem. It is a problem. We need more women, more female directors, in world cinema.”He said the conversation needs to take place year-round, not just during the film festival, “to go to the roots of why, as we have a lot of female singers or female novelists, we don’t have so many female directors.”This year’s lineup is also notable for the number of films by non-Anglophone directors that are in English, including Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth,” which stars Michael Caine, and Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s New York-set “Louder Than Bombs.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 ways to recognize low testosterone
Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top holiday drink recipes Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The GOP libertarian streak, favoring individual liberties and opposing government intervention, seems particularly pronounced in newer GOP arrivals to the Senate from Western states. It’s also a feature of some of the tea party-backed Republicans in both the Senate and the House. Taken to extremes it can amount to an isolationist worldview and Paul has softened some stances as he campaigns for president.“Montana has a very populist streak, wary of big government,” Daines said in explaining his stance. “It’s not necessarily a Republican or Democrat issue … it crosses the partisan divide.”The USA Freedom Act would preserve the NSA’s ability to query phone company records in search of terror connections, while maintaining other surveillance powers set to expire. But it looks short of votes to pass, as does a two-month extension of existing law supported by Senate GOP leaders. That’s left Senate leaders weighing a potentially even shorter extension. Without congressional action, bulk collection and all the other programs within the Patriot Act expire at the end of this month.For some of the Republicans allying themselves with Democrats on the USA Freedom Act, it’s not an entirely comfortable place to be. Lee sent out a mass email to supporters on Thursday asking them to sign a petition opposing the NSA, claiming that “liberals” were seeking to continue government spying — even though it’s his own party’s leaders who want to keep the current program running unchecked. And Cruz responded to a reporter’s question about the unusual coalition on the issue by remarking: “I certainly hope we see a whole lot more Republicans” joining those like him who back the USA Freedom Act.Yet similar left-right coalitions could resurface on other issues, including medical marijuana and criminal sentencing reform. Paul and Leahy are already working together on a bill, opposed by key Republicans, to limit the use of mandatory minimum sentences.“It’s just a reality we have to deal with. We’ve got people in different places,” said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., a member of GOP leadership. “This is not going to be the only issue where that’s true.”Copyright ? The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Comments ? Share ? New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Other Republican backers of the legislation include GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Dean Heller of Nevada, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Steve Daines of Montana, joining most Democrats. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., like Cruz a candidate for president, takes it even further and wants the program to expire entirely, rather than be overhauled.“Bipartisanship can be about two people believing in the same thing but just being in different parties,” Paul said as he held the Senate floor for nearly 11 hours earlier this week to protest the NSA bulk collection program. “You can have true, healthy bipartisanship, Republican, Democrat, independent coming together on a constitutional principle.”Paul was joined during his long stand on the Senate floor by a parade of lawmakers of both parties, but primarily Democrats, who each took a turn speaking to give the Kentuckian a break.“We’re not usually on the same page about a lot of things, but our constituents on the right and left feel very passionately that if they’re not doing anything wrong that the government shouldn’t be in their business,” Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico said after backing Paul up on the floor. “It’s not a left-right thing — it’s as true in Taos, N.M., as it is in Kentucky.” WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress’ debate over domestic surveillance is scrambling partisan divisions in the Senate as libertarian-minded Republicans defy their leaders to make common cause with liberal Democrats.Tea party conservative Sen. Mike Lee of Utah is pairing with liberal stalwart Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont to push for Senate passage of the USA Freedom Act, which would end the National Security Agency’s collection and storage of domestic calling records after a six-month transition period. Already approved by the House on a large bipartisan vote, the bill could come to a vote in the Senate on Friday, but is opposed by GOP leaders who prefer to extend the existing call collection program unaltered. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement
Top Stories Comments ? Share ? As close as brothers, the two have helped one another make the most of the limelight since that encounter in 1963 in the colonial city of Salvador, coming together periodically to write songs, produce one another’s albums or perform. The two 72-year-olds are continuing that relationship with a joint tour of 10 European countries from June 25 to Aug. 2.At a rehearsal Wednesday in Gil’s Rio de Janeiro studio, the two seemed almost like twins: Small and thin and strikingly handsome, they were dressed in similar blue and white button-down shirts, often said the exact same phrases at the same time and were constantly finishing — or, sometimes, correcting — one another’s sentences.Without Veloso, Gil said, “I would have been a very different artist than the one I became.”“Without him,” Veloso said, “I might not have done music.”Together, they spearhead the avant-garde tropicalia movement, a musical revolution that challenged Brazil’s 1964-85 military dictatorship and helped secure the country’s privileged place on the world music map. Their politically tinged songs, with far-out aesthetics and eclectic sounds, blended elements of traditional Brazilian music with rock and roll. It also landed them in prison for two months, under house arrest for four and then got them exiled to London for around three years. They don’t compose according to any established pattern. Sometimes Gil writes the lyrics, sometimes Veloso does. Sometimes one writes the music alone, other times they conjure it together. That’s pretty much always how it’s worked, they said.One thing has changed with age: their bodies. Fans hoping to see them tearing around the stage like a pair of hyped-up Energizer bunnies as they did well into their 60s will be disappointed.Both have been banned from jumping on doctor’s orders, Veloso because of a herniated disk, Gil due to a torn retina suffered during a particularly jarring jump at the Rock in Rio music festival.“I had to put silicone in my eye, but just in my eye,” Gil said with a chuckle. “All of that because of my hopping.”But as long as they do quieter, more meditative shows, there’s no saying how long they may keep touring.“Travelling is more tiring than playing. The problem isn’t the concert. The problem is the airport,” said Veloso.Asked whether retirement was on the horizon, he responded, “I never thought about it.”___Follow Jenny Barchfield on Twitter: www.twitter.com/jennybarchfield They lived together in Britain, cementing their ties by marrying sisters. And though those marriages are both ancient history, the two say they continue to regard one another as family.Their careers have taken very disparate turns. Gil served as culture minister for five years under former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Veloso starred in Spanish director Pedro Almodovar’s 2002 hit “Talk To Her.” But both continued to churn out album after album, and they’ve kept gravitating back together.“Friendship is about choice. You pick, you select,” said Gil, who won a Grammy in the world music category in 2005. “In our case it’s all about that. We like to be friends. We’ve chosen to be friends.”“We’ve never really fought,” said Veloso, in his hallmark, gentle sing-song timbre. “When we get together to collaborate, there’s no tension.”During their European tour, the pair will be on stage all alone: Just two men, each with his guitar. Between them, Gil and Veloso have released more than 80 albums and they said the bulk of the concert playlist will likely be pulled from that extensive repertory, though they may also compose some new tunes, should inspiration strike. Copyright ? The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A university student by the name of Caetano Veloso struck up a conversation one day with a fellow student, a budding musician with a local TV gig. It was a chance encounter that helped change the face of Brazilian music and launched a friendship that has continued for more than half a century.Veloso says he might not even have become a musician if it weren’t for the influence — and guitar lessons — of Gilberto Gil. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Brazilian singers Gilberto Gil, left, and Caetano Veloso give an interview at a recording studio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. As close as brothers, the two have helped one another make the most of the limelight since meeting in 1963 in the colonial city of Salvador, coming together periodically to write songs, produce one another’s albums or perform. The two 72-year-olds are continuing that relationship with a joint tour of 10 European countries from June 25 to Aug. 2. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) 5 treatments for adult scoliosis
There has been criticism of the government’s handling of security, especially since tourists had clearly become a target after the museum attackers killed 22 people in March.President Beji Caid Essebsi revealed Tuesday morning that heightened security measures had been scheduled to be put in place just days after the beach attack.“It is not a perfect system — it is true we were surprised by this affair,” he told France’s Europe 1 radio. “They took measures for the month of Ramadan but they never thought the attack would be on the beaches against tourists and the system of protection was set to start July 1.”Armed tourist police are to be stationed at hotels and army reservists called up in a bid to staunch damage to the vital tourism industry — a lifeline for the Sousse region.At least 25 of the victims were British in the approximately half-hour rampage from the beach through the hotel, according to the latest figures from Tunisia’s Ministry of Health. The ministry said 33 of the 38 victims have now been identified, also including 3 Irish, 2 Germans, a Belgian, a Portuguese and a Russian.The fury of the attack was evident days later. A trail of blood from escaping tourists ran along the sidewalk to the gate of a hotel down the road. The caked pool of blood where the attacker was gunned down near a bend in the road was intact and the white walls lining the street were pocked with bullets. “It has been confirmed that the attacker trained in Libya with weapons at the same period as the Bardo attackers,” said Rafik Chelli, the secretary of state for the Interior Ministry. “He crossed the borders secretly.”Chelli said Seifeddine Rezgui, a 24-year-old who obtained a Master degree in electrical engineering, left his studies at Kairouan University and sneaked into the western Libyan town of Sabratha in January — when the two young men who carried out the museum attack in Tunis were there.Sabratha, the site of Roman ruins, is one of several places in chaotic Libya where radical groups have training camps. The Islamic State, which has a strong Libyan presence, claimed responsibility for the beach resort attack.There has been no previous indication that Rezgui had left Tunisia.Rezgui has been portrayed as a good student. He received his one-year Masters degree, at one point liked break dancing and even getting a certificate, and practicing Kung Fu, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and asked not to be identified.A fellow student in Kairouan, Saidi Fedi, 25, described him as a model of magnanimity — but a member of the student branch of Ansar al Sharia, an Islamist group, But the presence of radical groups in Libya increases the threat level to its Tunisian neighbor, as does the approaching end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and its “night of destiny,” which falls in mid-July this year.It is a night that holds risks, said the person with knowledge of the investigation.The “night of destiny” is considered a propitious time for good actions, which for jihadis means killings, said Mathieu Guidere, an Islamic scholar at the University of Toulouse.Tunisia has struggled since its 2011 revolution to maintain the fragile democracy it has managed to put in place — the only one to emerge from the Arab Spring uprisings. At the same time, it is has seen the highest number of its citizens, some 3,000, head to Syria and Iraq to fight with radical jihadi groups, including the Islamic State group. They usually travel via Libya, getting training on the way. Increasingly, they have trained there before returning to carry out attacks in Tunisia. Tunisia’s most well-known Islamic radical Seifallah Ben Hassine, fled to Libya in 2013 taking many supporters with him into exile.Guidere, who tracks Islamist groups, cited the Soldiers of the Caliphate of Tunisia, a recent group linked to the Islamic State group, as the most likely suspect behind the Sousse attack. It claimed responsibility for the Bardo Museum attack. The small group, he said, is made up of some of the 400 to 500 returnees from Syria and Iraq. People lay flowers and scarves in tribute to three club soccer fans who lost their lives in the recent Tunisia beach massacre, in memory of Patrick Evans, Adrian Evans and Joel Richards, at Walsall soccer club Banks’s Stadium in Walsall, England, Monday June 29, 2015. The British Home Secretary Theresa May is scheduled to arrive in Tunisia Monday for talks on addressing the extremist threat, in the wake of the beach massacre which has left at least 15 Britons confirmed dead so far, Prime Minister David Cameron announced. (Joe Giddens / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT – NO SALES – NO ARCHIVES TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The student who massacred tourists in a Tunisian seaside resort trained in a jihadi camp in Libya at the same time as the two men who attacked a leading museum in March, a top security official said Tuesday, enforcing the notion of a link between the two assaults and raising fears of more attacks from an underground world clawing at this North African nation’s budding democracy.Investigators were searching nationwide for accomplices in the attack that killed 38 tourists and questioning a handful recently detained. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “Seif participated in the meetings … on a lower level. He was not one of the leaders,” Feidi said in an interview, referring to the university’s Islamic Youth group.“He was the least radical of the group in which he was active. He was one who took part in the debates, and he accepted different views. He didn’t argue aggressively,” Feidi said. “He didn’t answer with anger” when debating with students who supported the Syrian government. “He didn’t do anything that could give us a clue.”The head of post-graduate Institute for Applied Sciences and Technology, attended by the attacker expressed equal shock.“We informed the police so they could be sure of his identity and personal data,” said Karim Ben Elgharat. “We didn’t see anything strange about him. He was a good and assiduous student.”The invisibility of the attacker, like those who carried out the Bardo attack, is for Tunisia and elsewhere, the biggest challenge in preventing terrorism.The spokesman for the Interior Ministry, Mohamed Ali Aroui, said it was not immediately clear whether Rezgui trained in the same group as the Bardo attackers or whether they were linked to the Islamic State organization. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Comments ? Share ? 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Friday’s attack was not the first in a hotel in Sousse. Two years ago, a gunman with a suicide belt strapped around him assaulted a beach hotel in the downtown area, but killed only himself.___Rosa reported from Kairouan. Elaine Ganley contributed to this story from Paris. Paul Schemm contributed from Rabat, MoroccoCopyright ? The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Mesa family survives lightning strike to home
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L Qantas have introduced a revised set of standards for re-assessing international tickets under its International Ticket Reissue Policy.Effective July 5 this year, the procedures will be GDS-compatible as well as allow the refund of any fare difference where a passenger moves from a higher season to a lower season within the same fare type.It will “enable more efficient and streamlined handling of ticket re-assessments and reissues”, said the carrier.The new standards will also feature the change fees required by each carrier when there are two or more carriers’ fares are combined on one ticket and changes are being made to both fares.An “equal/higher fare value” rule will also apply to the new ticket when a change is made to the fare construction points of a non-refundable or partially-refundable fare.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M Trafalgar is riding high on the success of its UK and Europe programme, announcing a new At Leisure itinerary with hopes to change market perception from coach touring to guided tours.Trafalgar announced Tuesday its new, diverse collection of over 100 itineraries, including an all new At Leisure style of guided holiday. At Leisure combines elements from guided holidays and weaves into it the essentials of independent travel, the company said. The new programme looks to build on strong forward bookings, which are up 70 per cent on 2009 levels and well above their record year in 2008. “Trafalgar is a niche product, competing with others but ours is very diverse with over 2,000 itineraries,” Trafalgar managing director, Paul McGrath said. Mr McGrath said At Leisure gives clients three things that they deemed were key: “Travellers want choice; freedom and flexibility; and authentic experiences.” “We need to be relevant with consumers and travel agents, and after focus groups we listened and now launch the new product in a new touring category. “We are changing our terminology, moving away from escorted tours to guided holidays – which is what it really is. “Cruising is the fastest growing market and we believe At Leisure is that conversation we need to have with our clients.” The new programme features a more relaxed start to the day, with longer stopovers in major cities for a chance to do some independent travelling. “At Leisure offers a more leisurely pace – for instance, the earliest departure is at 9am.? Hotels that have been selected are more resort style, we provide more spare time, and longer stays at each destination,” Mr McGrath said. Trafalgar also announced an expanded Be My Guest programme in 2011, offering more activities in more destinations throughout Europe. The programme is an “all-encompassing experience” with more personal experiences of food, people, culture and traditions. “Be My Guest continues to be popular with clients, and is offered in the programme exclusive to Trafalgar Tours,” Mr McGrath said. “For example, in Provence, our guests will enjoy a winery tour led by the family-owners of the estate, with the chance to sample the wine produced on-site. Later, the group will sit with the family to feast on a delicious freshly prepared lunch of typical Provencal dishes overlooking the picturesque landscape.” Featured in the new At Leisure brochure is a nine-day Royal Britain tour, an eight-day Madrid, Seville & Barcelona itinerary, and an eight-day Budapest, Krakow & Berlin package. Trafalgar managing director, Paul McGrath with a new brochure
LAN has been named “Airline of the Year 2010” in the prestigious AirFinance Journal Awards.? The title recognises excellence in financial administration.? LAN Airlines CFO Alejandro de la Fuente said: “We are very proud to be receiving such an inspiring award. This is an acknowledgement of the solid, successful and consistent financial strategy LAN has developed.”The latest addition to LAN’s award cabinet is a significant honour, as AirFinance magazine is one of the most respected expert journals in the air transport industry.? The award judges included representative of banks, investment institutions, and the airline industry. Source = LAN Airlines