PEOPLE Unique Vacations Gary Sadler receives Jamaicas Honour of the Order of

first_img Gary C. Sadler, Senior Vice President of Sales of Unique Vacations Inc.TORONTO — Well-known travel industry veteran Gary C. Sadler, Senior Vice President of Sales of Unique Vacations Inc., an affiliate of the worldwide representatives of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts, has received the Honour of the Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer, for his outstanding contribution to Jamaica’s tourism and hotel industry.Sadler will be invested with the insignia of the Order at the Ceremony of Investiture on National Heroes Day, Oct. 16, at King’s House in Kingston, Jamaica.Sadler, who recently celebrated his 25 years of achievements with Unique Vacations and Sandals Resorts, is no stranger to the Canadian travel industry. Sadler started his career with Sandals as a Playmaker before being transferred to Canada in 1992 to assume the role of Sales Representative, Ontario. He then moved west to Vancouver to pioneer the Western Canadian market.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksHaving conquered Western Canada, Sadler was promoted to Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for the northeast U.S. Sadler returned to Canada in 1998 to accept the position of Director of Sales and Marketing, which he held until 2007 when he was again promoted to Vice President – Canada.He returned to the U.S. in 2008 to lead sales efforts in the Americas. Working under the direction of Sandals Resorts’ Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Sadler is responsible for the largest sales force of any resort company in the Caribbean, with a team of 125 sales professionals in the U.S., Canada and 22 countries in Latin America. Posted by Travelweek Group [PEOPLE] Unique Vacations’ Gary Sadler receives Jamaica’s Honour of the Order of Distinction Share Wednesday, August 9, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Belmond sold to LVMH for 26 billion

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by TORONTO — Belmond Ltd., which comprises some of the world’s most prestigious hotels, has just been sold to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.The French luxury goods company acquired Belmond for US$2.6 billion, or $25.00 per Class A share in cash. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first half of 2019, subject to the approval of Belmond’s shareholders and clearance by the relevant competition authorities.Established over 40 years ago with the acquisition of Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Belmond currently owns and operates a global collection of 46 hotel, rail and river cruise experiences in 24 countries. Some of its iconic properties include Cap Juluca in Anguilla, Hotel Splendido in Portofino, Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, and Maroma Resort & Spa in Mexico. Its legendary trains include the likes of the Belmond Royal Scotsman and the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.Through this acquisition, LVMH will significantly increase its presence in the ultimate luxury hotel market.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsOn what Belmond will bring to the LVMH brand, Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH, said: “Belmond delivers unique experiences to discerning travellers and owns a number of exceptional assets in the most desirable destinations. Its heritage, its innovative services, its excellence in execution and its entrepreneurship resonates well with the values of the Group and is complementary to our own Cheval Blanc maisons and the Bvlgari hotels activities.”Roeland Vos, Belmond’s President and Chief Executive Officer, added: “Today’s announcement is the result of the strong execution of our strategic vision that builds on our pioneering legacy and is an exciting development for all stakeholders, including our employees. We are confident that, as part of LVMH’s world-class family of brands, Belmond’s ability to deliver timeless, one-of-a-kind luxury experiences will reach new levels.”In the 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2018, Belmond recorded total revenues of $572 million and adjusted EBITDA of $140 million. Tags: Belmond, LVMH, Sales Travelweek Group center_img Friday, December 14, 2018 Share Belmond sold to LVMH for $2.6 billionlast_img read more

Norwegian Air postpones delivery of Airbus planes

first_imgNorwegian Air postpones delivery of Airbus planes Posted by COPENHAGEN — Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air says it is postponing the delivery of Airbus aircraft to reduce its capital expenditure by approximately US$570 million in 2019 and 2020. The Oslo-based airline says in a statement that it has reached an agreement with Airbus for the rescheduling of part of the order book, including both A320neos and A321LRs. Norwegian said Wednesday it was “a result of a dialogue” with the European plane manufacturer and was in line with its strategy of shifting its focus from expanding capacity to increasing profitability. The carrier, which has struggled to make profits, recently started offering premium budget fares to capture some of the lucrative market for transatlantic business travel. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Tags: Norwegian Air Sharelast_img read more

Has it been 10 years already Oasis of the Seas gets ready

first_imgTags: Cruise, Oasis, Royal Caribbean International Posted by MIAMI — The legendary Oasis of the Seas will mark its 10-year anniversary with a multi-million upgrade that includes new dining concepts and the ‘Perfect Storm’ trio of waterslides along with the Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea.When it debuted in November 2008 Oasis of the Seas was the first to introduce Royal Caribbean’s seven-neighbourhood concept and AquaTheater entertainment venue.Passengers sailing on the reimagined ship after the 63-day reno wraps up will find a reimagined, Caribbean-inspired pool deck that will feature a Splashaway Bay kids aquapark and The Lime & Coconut signature bar; Quantum Class staple, Music Hall; and new waterslides.Debuting alongside this lineup will be the cruise line’s first barbecue concept, Portside BBQ, and dedicated karaoke venue Spotlight Karaoke.The reimagined Oasis will set sail on Nov. 24, beginning 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Royal Caribbean’s new Terminal A in Miami.When Oasis heads to NYC in May 2020 it will be the largest ship to sail from the New York area. Oasis will reposition to its new summer home at Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey, offering 7-night sailings to The Bahamas with visits to Royal Caribbean’s newly transformed private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay.“When Oasis of the Seas debuted as the world’s largest and most groundbreaking cruise ship a decade ago, the typical cruise vacation as the world knew it was forever changed. Today, our Oasis Class ships continue to lead the industry and attract vacationers new to cruising,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “Now with the opportunity to disrupt the industry once again, we’ve gone all-in with our biggest and boldest amplification yet. Oasis will turn heads when she arrives to Miami this November and the Northeast in May 2020.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesTOP DECK DIVERSIONSThe reimagined Pool and Sports Zone will feature new ways to relax, celebrate and plunge into adventure, says Royal Caribbean, joining the popular twin FlowRider surf simulators, nine-deck-high zip line and twin rock-climbing walls. At 10 storeys, the Ultimate Abyss is the tallest slide at sea, while The Perfect Storm is an action-packed trio of multi-storey waterslides known as Typhoon, Cyclone and Supercell. Splashaway Bay with a Splash Pad for tots, is also on its way, with three waterslides, water cannons, fountains, pools and the first-ever twin drench buckets.At the center is the new Caribbean-style pool deck with The Lime & Coconut, sure to become one of the liveliest spots on board, day and night, with poolside cocktails, DJs and live music across two locations.Oasis will also deliver a larger variety of seating and shade on deck, including casitas, daybeds, hammocks and swing seats, new whirlpools on the top deck, and a refreshed Solarium for the adults.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT  << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Has it been 10 years already? Oasis of the Seas gets ready for US$165 million ‘amplification’ DININGNew dining venues will further diversify Oasis’ 23 specialty and complimentary options. Portside BBQ will offer an authentic, meat-packed menu inspired by the best-in-class barbecue across the U.S., says the cruise line. There’s also Mexican grab-and-go fare at El Loco Fresh. Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade will anchor the lineup in the Boardwalk neighbourhood. And Sugar Beach will have more than 220 types of candy and a new walkup ice cream window.BARS & NIGHTLIFEThe upgrade will add the new Spotlight Karaoke on the Royal Promenade, plus live music venue Music Hall, first introduced on Quantum of the Seas. And a duo of robotic bartenders will mix, muddle, stir and shake cocktails nonstop at the Bionic Bar.FAMILY FAVOURITESAdventure Ocean will receive a total makeover, with newly designed areas organized by activity type. Returning offerings include a nursery for the youngest of travellers, and a specialized area with programming for kids three to five years old. The hangout for teens includes a hidden entrance, gaming lounge, movies, music, and a new, laidback outdoor deck. There’s also a new glow-in-the-dark laser tag game, Clash for the Crystal City, and the new Royal Escape Room – Mission Control: Apollo 18. Sharelast_img read more

More Canada say American Queen Steamboat Co Victory Cruise Lines

first_img TORONTO — American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines are looking to grow their presence in the Canadian market with a new partnership with Cruise Strategies Ltd.Cruise Strategies, led by company president and CEO Vanessa Lee, will serve as the Canadian market representatives for both lines. AQSC and VCL are headquartered in New Albany, IN. AQSC completed its acquisition of VCL in early 2019.Lee says the partnership will help the two cruise lines meet the demands of its current market in Canada, and grow market share here as well. “I have followed the acquisition of the two Victory ships in recent months and the overall increased interest in small ship cruising, as well as the emergence of the Great Lakes as a burgeoning destination,” says Lee. “Canadians are also keen to see more of America’s rivers and enjoy coastal voyages, as well as exploring their own-at-home marvelous small towns and marquee ports on our Great Lakes.”Lee recently toured the newly upgraded M/V Victory I. “It was a delight to see the new appointments and the quality improvements to her and sister ship M/V Victory II. We have great confidence these two small beauties will offer a great inclusive experience for Canadians to sail amongst some of the most amazing places in Ontario, Quebec and the United States.”AQSC chairman and CEO John Waggoner says American Queen Steamboat Company “is thrilled to partner with Cruise Strategies to grow our presence in the Canadian market”, adding, “for many, traveling on our authentic paddle-wheelers or exploring the Great Lakes region, is the trip of a lifetime, and we look forward to offering these experiences to a broader audience.”More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesAQSC has been operating river cruises since 2012 and currently sails three vessels: American Queen, American Duchess and American Empress. Joining the fleet in 2020 will be the American Countess. Early booking savings of up to US$1,800 per stateroom ($900 per guest) are available on select 2020 voyages booked by July 31, 2019. Ask for offer code 2020EBD1.Here’s a look at the AQSC fleet…AMERICAN QUEENAmerican Queen is billed as the largest, most opulent riverboat in the world. Longer than a football field and six decks in height and laced with gingerbread trim, American Queen journeys through the heartland offer a unique perspective of American history, culture and landscape with convenient departures from some of America’s most iconic river port cities including Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis and Minneapolis.American Queen – Outside Stateroom with Veranda (Cat. B)AMERICAN DUCHESSAs the first all-suite paddle-wheeler in the U.S., American Duchess offers large accommodations, vaulted ceilings, fine dining options, beautiful decks for strolling and premium amenities. Unique to the American Duchess are the spacious Loft Suites complete with full bathroom, small dining area, lounge with a queen sofa-bed and desk area, a private balcony and an upstairs loft area with a semi-private bedroom, a full bathroom and generous closet space.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”AMERICAN EMPRESSThe largest overnight riverboat west of the Mississippi River, the American Empress follows the trail of Lewis and Clark on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. AMERICAN COUNTESSAmerican Countess is scheduled to join the fleet in April 2020. Built from an existing hull, the American Countess underwent significant reconstruction, including lengthening the vessel by 60 feet. The American Countess will offer the same heartland and deep South six-to-15-day itineraries as American Queen and American Duchess.American Countess debuting in April 2020More information about American Queen Steamboat Company is at or call 1-888-749-5280.Victory Cruise Lines, acquired by American Queen Steamboat Company in early 2019, operates M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II, identical 202-guests ships sailing North America’s coastal regions. Victory Cruise Lines operates all-inclusive cruises to the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway, Canada and New England. Victory IA new build, the M/V Ocean Victory, carrying 180 guests, is on order for 2021 to sail in Alaska and B.C. Sales for Ocean Victory will open in July 2019. Savings of up to US$4,800 per stateroom ($2,400 per person) are available on select 2019 departures booked by June 30, 2019. Ask for offer code 2019VICTORYEBD.Early booking savings of up to US$1,200 per stateroom ($600 per guest) are available on select 2020 voyages booked by September 30, 2019. Ask for offer code 2020VICTORYEBDMore information about Victory Cruise Lines is at or call 1-888-907-2636. More Canada, say American Queen Steamboat Co. & Victory Cruise Lines Share Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Tags: AQSC, Victory Cruise Lines << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

US Labor boss pushes for immigrants rights

first_imgFrom the print editionWASHINGTON, D.C. – Labor Secretary Hilda Solís, 54, took her seat on Capitol Hill in 2009 as the first Hispanic woman to serve in the U.S. Cabinet, but growing up in Los Angeles, Solís didn’t meet such applause.As a senior at La Puente High School east of Los Angeles, her guidance counselor hinted she wasn’t exactly college material.“He told me I was best suited for office work and suggested that I become a secretary,” recalled Solís, who would one day follow her counselor’s advice – only not in a way he could have imagined at the time.The ambitious student, raised along with six other children by her Nicaraguan mother and Mexican father, went on to earn degrees from the California State Polytechnic University and the University of Southern California, and entered politics in 1992.As congresswoman, Solís represented California’s 31st and 32nd districts in the House of Representatives from 2001-2009. At a June 11 signing ceremony at Labor Department headquarters, the Hispanic pioneer met with the ambassadors of Ecuador, Honduras, Peru and the Philippines. Under the partnership agreements signed that day, the department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) as well as its Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will cooperate with the local consulates of all four countries, reaching out to migrant workers in the United States with information about U.S. health, safety and wage laws.“The Department of Labor has already had such an agreement with Mexico since 2005. That’s really where the basis of this comes from,” Solís said. “I took it a step further, working with the Mexican Embassy and its consulates around the United States to get other Latin American countries on board,” she added.Eventually, the embassies of Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala and India agreed to participate. The latest group brings the total number of countries in the program – known in Spanish as “Podemos Ayudar” (We Can Help) – to 10.“Honduras is extremely pleased to sign these letters of arrangement with the Department of Labor, WHD and OSHA,” Honduran Ambassador Jorge Ramón Hernández said. “It marks an important step forward in the cooperation between our governments that will promote the respect and defense of migrant workers’ rights.”The Labor Department would like to add Vietnam and several other Asian countries to the list, as well as expand its efforts around the Caribbean.“Many of their people are working here but aren’t aware of their rights,” Solís explained in order to emphasize the fact that this also includes undocumented immigrants – a position for which she’s taken considerable heat from Republicans and Tea Party activists alike. Early on, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) questioned why taxpayers would spend money to ensure that illegal workers get help from the Labor Department while millions of unemployed Americans can’t find jobs.“The role here is to elevate the protection of workers overall, and to let some of these industries know that they have an obligation to play by the rules,” the labor secretary said. “Many of these businesses are fully versed in these laws as well.”Solís said that since taking over at the Labor Department, she’s hired more than 300 investigators fluent in Spanish, Vietnamese and Haitian Creole, as well as other languages, who go into the field and meet with workers. The goal is to minimize on-the-job injuries and wage violations by letting foreign workers here know their rights.Getting the embassies involved, she said, “is a new way of doing business with existing resources that are already here in Washington. It’s an amplification of current rules and laws, empowering these communities and the churches, community-based organizations and other various entities that work with them.”Solís noted that the program is not targeted at farm workers but rather service workers in construction, hotel and restaurant industries that tend to hire immigrants, particularly Hispanics.“For example, we know that fatalities in the Hispanic community are very high in the construction industry,” she pointed out. “We’re rolling out different campaigns with OSHA: Protect yourself while you’re working outside, whether you’re a car-wash employee, an outdoor sales rep or even a restaurant employee working over a hot stove.”Solís said the program has paid off in the form of other dividends.“I knew the president of El Salvador [Mauricio Funes] when he was a congressman. And I’ve visited Nicaragua and worked out a labor agreement, under which the ILO [International Labour Organization] will help monitor for better worker protection in the garment industry.”She added: “We’re working with the ILO to see how we can set better standards, so that when garments are being produced, you know they are going to have some kind of seal of approval saying they were not made by children or abused women. That’s a whole new set of standards that began under the Clinton administration, and we’re trying to expand that effort.”A Los Angeles native, Solís is the third oldest of seven siblings — four sisters and two brothers; her parents met in citizenship class and married four years earlier. Her father, U.S.-born Raúl Solís, moved to Mexico at an early age and came back to the United States, where he worked on farms, on a railroad and as a shop steward for the Teamsters Union at a battery recycling plant in California’s San Gabriel Valley.Her Nicaraguan-born mother, Juana Sequeira, spent 20 years working the night shift on the assembly line at toy manufacturer Mattel. She was a member of United Rubber Workers and was also an outspoken advocate for improved working conditions.Labor issues were a common theme at the family dinner table – but so was the importance of doing well in school.“My parents knew that the only way for their children to have a better life was to get an education,” Solís recalled. “Without their moral and spiritual support, I know I couldn’t have achieved so much. I was the first person in my family to go to college. I was a good student in high school, but I didn’t think about college. No one in my family ever had.”Maybe that explains why education is such a critical factor in her approach today to dealing with the nation’s 8.2 percent unemployment rate – which she considers her most urgent priority as labor secretary. At present, more than 12 million U.S. residents are jobless, yet 3.7 million jobs remain unfilled across the country.“We need to match qualified job seekers with jobs that are available now. So my department is making major investments in America’s community colleges and in worker-training programs in areas like science, technology, engineering and math, so we can out-educate, out-innovate and out-build our global competitors in the 21st century,” she said.“At the same time, we cannot allow any worker to be denied their rightful pay or sacrifice their life for their livelihood. If we allow a few unscrupulous employers to exploit and underpay their workers, it sends a message that it’s OK to do in order to compete,” she added.“That’s why we’re partnering with consulates to make sure all workers in America are treated fairly and paid fully for the work they do. We understand that many migrant workers in America are afraid to report mistreatment because it can lead to more abuse, the loss of their job or deportation. We’re making it easier for immigrant workers to come forward by partnering with the institutions where they are most likely to go for help, their country’s own consulates.”In 2010, the Wage and Hour Division concluded 26,486 cases, finding more than $176 million in back wages for 209,814 employees. Hispanics filed a big portion of those claims because many came from construction, janitorial jobs and the poultry industry – all sectors in which Hispanics tend to be overrepresented.Yet Solís is adamantly opposed to the idea of states like Arizona and Alabama playing the role of immigration cop. In those states, at least 70,000 jobs have been lost due to draconian laws that not only give police officers the right – but also make it a requirement – to check on the immigration status of people they pull over.“You see industries suffering there. What happens to the businesses, the farmers, the grocery-store owners, the people who live and work in the community who now have to close their doors? It has a devastating domino effect. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been lost because people have left.” While pro-business groups have long viewed Solís as working against their interests and siding with big labor, on one issue she appears to agree with the U.S. business community: free trade.Asked if the recently ratified free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea – which were bitterly opposed by the AFL-CIO and other unions – have helped or hurt U.S. workers, she said the agreements were a “win-win” for all the countries.“For our farmers and ranchers here in the United States, the agreements will increase exports of agricultural products. From aerospace to electronics, it will increase American manufacturing exports, including those produced by our small businesses, and they will help level the playing field for American automakers,” Solís told The Tico Times, adding that “we insisted that Congress include a robust Trade Adjustment Assistance program so American workers who are negatively impacted by shifts in global trade can get high-quality retraining to thrive in the growth industries of the 21st century. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Shakespearean ballet outdoor tango and other happenings around Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Valentine’s Day, lyrical boleros, and other happenings around Costa Rica Design Festival, Marine Corps picnic, and other happenings around Costa Rica Christmas cheer, oxcart parades, and other happenings around Costa Rica Cowboys, coffee, and other happenings around Costa Rica Dance: “Romeo and Juliet”The age-old Shakespearean drama about star-crossed lovers receives a balletic interpretation, thanks to Prokoviev’s magnificent score. This touring Russian Classical Ballet production stars 35 individual dancers on the National Theater’s mainstage.“Romeo y Julieta” performs March 21 & 22 at the National Theater, downtown San José. Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. ₡17,000-47,000 ($35-135). Info: National Theater website.Life in Color“World’s Largest Paint Party” combines electronica music with exploding pigments at Pedregal.“Life in Color” takes place March 21 at the Pedregal Event Center, Belén. 3 p.m. ₡25,000 ($50). Info: SpecialTicket. Music: Beat KaestliThe sensual Swiss singer arrives in San Pedro to perform jazz standards.Beat Kaestli performs March 21 at Jazz Café, San Pedro. 10 p.m. Free. Info: Jazz Café website.Le Pique-NiqueFrench-style picnic hosted by the Alianza Francesa.Le Pique-Nique takes place March 22 in La Sabana Park, San José. 12 p.m. Free. Info: Alianza Francesa Facebook page. “Vanishing of the Bees”Investigative journalist Maryam Henein presents her film about “colony collapse disorder,” a pandemic problem with global consequences. Narrated by Ellen Page with Spanish subtitles.“Vanishing of the Bees” screens at Finca Rosa Blanca, Heredia. 4 p.m. Info: Event Facebook page.Dance: Live Tango in the PlazaTango dancers converge on downtown San José, demonstrating Argentina’s sensual baile de amor.El Tango Vive la Plaza takes place March 25 in the Plaza de la Domacracia, downtown San José. 7:30 p.m. Free. Info: GamCultural.center_img Arab Arts FestivalA combination of belly-dancing, synchronized dance, and light gymnastics, the sixth Arab Arts Festival showcases hundreds of performers.Festival de Artes Árabes takes place March 20 & 21 at CENAC, downtown San José. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ₡2,000 ($4). Info: GamCultural.Art: “Superheroes and their Fictional Cities”If you were always as intrigued by Metropolis and Central City as you were by Superman and The Flash, this new exhibit by Carlos Llobet Montealegre is sure to fascinate.“Superhéroes y Sus Ficciones Urbanas” displays through May 16 at TEOR/éTica Gallery, Barrio Amón. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. Info: TEOR/éTica website.Theater: “La Bruta Espera”Three short plays by Argentinean dramatist Julio Chávez are performed at the Vargas Calvo black box theater, courtesy of the National Theater.“La Bruta Espera” continues through April 26 at the Vargas Calvo Theater, downtown San José. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. ₡2,500-5,500. Info: National Theater website.Art: “Microcosmos”Experimental paintings by Rolando Faba make their debut at the José Luis López Escarré Gallery.“Microcosmos” continues through May 8 at The National Theater, downtown San José. Free. Info: National Theater website.Onion FestivalCelebrate all things onion at this week-long agricultural festival in Santa Ana.Feria de la Cebolla continues through March 22 at the Sports Plaza, downtown Santa Ana. Daily, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Free. Info: Official website.Theater: “Blood Wedding”The classic Lorca tragedy plays at Teatro Espressivo.“Bodas de Sangre” is performed through March 29 at Teatro Espressivo, Curridabat. Fri. & Sat., 6 p.m. ₡7,500-10,000 ($15-20). Info: Teatro Espressivo website. An Albrecht Dürer print demonstrate’s the artists many trademarks: stark lines, epic imagery, extreme texture, and cryptic symbolism. Robert Isenberg/The Tico TimesArt: Albrecht Dürer, Renaissance GeniusClassical German printer Albrecht Dürer receives a stunning retrospective at the Central Bank Museums.“Alberto Durero: Genio del Renacimiento” is on display through April 26 at the Central Bank Museums, downtown San José. Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ₡5,500 ($11). Info: Museum website.Art: Painting and Photography in San RamónCatch two different exhibits this Saturday in San Ramón: “Transformación,” a series of paintings by artist Jorge Luis Capezas, and “Liquors Were Your Origin, Culture is Your Destiny,” a collection of antique photos.Opening Feb. 21, 4 p.m. Both exhibits will be displayed through March 21 at the José Figueres Cultural Center, San Ramón, Alajuela. Info: Cultural Center website.Theater: “I’m Not Going to Carry This Corpse”Teatro Arlequín presents a deadly new comedy of errors, written by Luis Daell Barth.“Este Muerto no lo Cargo Yo” continues through March 22 at Teatro Arlequín, downtown San José. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m; Sun., 6 p.m. ₡5,000 ($10). Info: Theater Facebook page.Art: “Ricardo Ávila: Urban Observer”See city life in a whole new way through Ricardo Ávila’s unique landscapes.“Ricardo Ávila: Observador Urbano” continues through March 29 at the Museum of Costa Rican Art, La Sabana. Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. Info: Museum website. A statue of “Mobile Suit Gundam” stands in the middle of the National Gallery’s new exhibit. (Courtesy of The National Gallery)Anime ExhibitTo celebrate 80 years of diplomatic relations with Costa Rica, the Japanese embassy presents an exhibit on Japanese cartoon art at the National Gallery.“Japan: Kingdom of Characters” continues through March 29 at the National Gallery, former penitentiary, downtown San José. Mon.-Friday, 8 a.m. –4:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. Info: National Gallery website. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

US signs trade deal with Argentina during Obama trip

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina – The United States and Argentina sealed a major trade deal on the first day of President Barack Obama’s visit Wednesday, bolstering the efforts of his counterpart to end a decade-and-a-half of international financial isolation.After talks in Buenos Aires between Obama and new President Mauricio Macri, the White House announced the signature of the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement and support for Argentina’s full participation in the IMF and other key international financial institutions.Macri won elections in November, ending 12 years of leftist and crisis-ridden rule by the late Nestor Kirchner and his wife Cristina, who reveled in political enmity with Washington.Obama is keen to help shore up the new president, spying a chance to put Argentina on a firmer financial footing and creating a new ally in the region.“The United States welcomes President Macri’s efforts to strengthen Argentina’s ties to the international financial system and engage with multilateral economic fora,” the White House said.The White House also announced that six trade delegations would visit Argentina and technical assistance to help support reforms. Bystanders gather at the Monument to the Carta Magna and Four Regions of Argentina, located in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, to catch a glimpse of U.S. President Barack Obama’s motorcade on March 23, 2016. Eitan Abramovich/AFPArgentina is Latin America’s third-largest economy, similar in size to Sweden, Nigeria or Taiwan. But a $100 billion default in 2001 made it a financial pariah, effectively shut out from international capital markets.Macri has tried to quickly clear billions’ worth of remaining claims from holdout bond holders. A deal has been agreed but has yet to be ratified. Until the issue is resolved, Argentina is frozen out of the International Monetary Fund, making investment difficult.Obama had traveled from Cuba — where citizens are among the most pro-U.S. in the hemisphere despite government suspicions and Cold War tension — to a country where anti-U.S. sentiment is rife.George W. Bush was the last U.S. president to visit Argentina. But his 2005 trip to a regional summit sparked mass protests, rioting and arrests. Facebook Comments Related posts:Argentina to borrow $15 billion to pay creditors Obama, Castro hail ‘new day’ for US-Cuba relations Costa Rica to ‘take a hard look’ at its diplomatic missions, foreign minister says after meeting with US Secretary of State Kerry Argentina opposition attacks Macri over Panama Paperslast_img read more

Romney US Israel differences embolden enemies

first_img Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Obama has, at times, broken with Israel’s leaders and called on Israel to follow through on its commitments, such as to halt building of housing settlements.Romney says he would never criticize Israel and would be a steadfast ally to the Jewish state.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family JERUSALEM (AP) – Mitt Romney says any public differences between the United States and Israel only embolden adversaries.The U.S. presidential candidate says it is a “basic truth” that the United States and Israel will always stand together.Without mentioning the tensions between President Barack Obama and Israel’s leaders, Romney suggested in a Jerusalem speech Sunday that the diplomatic differences only encourage Israel’s enemies. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

ExFIFA vice president Warner leaves jail in ambulance

first_imgBut a short while later, Warner donned a cap and a garland of flowers to give a lengthy, defiant speech before a crowd of raucous supporters in the district he represents as an opposition member of Parliament.“If I have been thiefing FIFA money for 30 years, who give me the money? How come he is not charged? Why only persons from Third World countries have been charged?” Warner said, drawing hoots and applause from partisans wearing green-colored shirts of his Independent Liberal Party.Warner surrendered to authorities Wednesday and was granted a $395,000 bond but spent the night in jail. He faces eight counts in the U.S., including conspiracy to defraud and to engage in racketeering. He has not entered a plea and is expected to appear in court in July. A judge ordered Warner to surrender his passport and report to police twice a week.Warner was forced out of FIFA in 2011 over a bribery scandal but has denied any wrongdoing.Trinidad’s attorney general, Garvin Nicholas, said the U.S. has two months to issue a formal extradition request. He said his office has been working with the U.S. Justice Department for about two years on the investigation of Warner.U.S. justice officials allege, among other things, that Warner received three payments totaling $10 million in 2008 from an unidentified, high-ranking FIFA official. They said the money was deposited in a U.S. account controlled by Warner. FILE – In this Thursday, June 2, 2011 file photo, suspended FIFA executive Jack Warner gestures during a news conference held shortly after his arrival at the airport in Port-of-Spain, in his native Trinidad and Tobago. Warner was one of the 14 people indicted Wednesday May 27, 2015 in the U.S. on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Shirley Bahadur, File) Authorities say the money was allegedly offered to secure Warner’s vote and help give South Africa the right to host the 2010 World Cup over Morocco. South Africa’s sports minister on Thursday denied any wrongdoing by his country’s government.Warner also faced scrutiny from FIFA over a sports complex he built in Trinidad more than a decade ago with financial help from the organization and whose ownership has been disputed. The Centre of Excellence features a soccer field, a pool and several meeting halls, including ones named after FIFA President Sepp Blatter and former South Africa President Nelson Mandela.Messages left with the center’s officials were not returned. The center regularly hosts conferences, weddings, soccer matches and other events.___Associated Press writer Danica Coto in San Juan, Puerto Rico, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner left a Trinidad jail by ambulance Thursday, a day after he was charged in a U.S. corruption case that has led to the arrests of more than a dozen international soccer officials and businessmen.Judicial officer Ibrahim Ali said the 72-year-old Warner complained of exhaustion and was not able to face questions from reporters gathered for several hours outside the jail in this twin-island Caribbean nation off the coast of Venezuela. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 must play golf courses in Arizona How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories last_img read more

Solar systems weirdest dance scene The moons around Pluto

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a chaotic dance going on at the far end of our solar system, involving Pluto and five of its closest friends, a new study finds.Hubble Space Telescope images of Pluto, its largest moon Charon, and tinier moons Styx, Nix, Hydra and Kerberos show the odd rhythmic gyrations of the six distant objects in a dance unlike anything in our solar system.What makes it so odd is that there’s a double set of dances going on. First, Pluto and Charon are locked together in their own waltz “as if they are a dumbbell” with a rod connecting them, said study author Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute in California. It’s the solar system’s only binary planet system, even though Charon isn’t technically a planet, he said. Pluto, too, is no longer considered a full planet. “It’s pretty darn weird,” Showalter said.But Pluto and Charon aren’t alone, and that’s where it gets more complicated.The four little moons circle the Pluto-Charon combo, wobbling a bit when they go closer to either Pluto or Charon, being pushed and pulled by the two bigger objects.Those four moons orbit Pluto-Charon in a precise rhythmic way, but with a twist: They also interact when they near each other. So it seems like they all dance to one overarching beat but not quite in the same way, just doing their own thing, said planetary scientist Heidi Hammel of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy.“It’s kind of like you’d see at a Grateful Dead concert,” Hammel said. She wasn’t part of the study, but praised it as giving a glimpse of what might be happening in other distant star systems where there are two stars and planets that revolve around them, like the mythical Star Wars world of Tatooine.With the tiny moons wobbling and flipping over in an unpredictable and chaotic way, if you lived on Nix or Hydra, the sun would come up in different parts of the sky, if at all on some days, Showalter said.“It’s a very strange world,” he said. “You would literally not know if the sun is coming up tomorrow.” Sponsored Stories Check your body, save your life Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories NASA’s $700 million New Horizons spacecraft will arrive in the Pluto system in mid-July after a nine-year 3 billion mile flight that started before Pluto was demoted to dwarf-planet status.___Online:Hubble Space Telescope: Borenstein can be followed at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Romania PM who had surgery abroad will return in 2 weeks

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s prime minister who is facing a corruption probe says he will return to Bucharest in two weeks after having knee surgery in Turkey.Premier Victor Ponta has been criticized, including by members of his own ruling Social Democratic Party, for spending too long out of the country recovering from the knee operation.Prosecutors say he is suspected of forging receipts for work he did as a lawyer from 2007-2008 while he was also a lawmaker and of receiving payments from another lawyer whom he later appointed as a minister three times. Ponta denies wrongdoing. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Top Stories He told B1 television station late Sunday he would be back in Romania “without a wheelchair or crutches” in two weeks on doctors’ recommendations after his June 15 operation.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Parents, stop beating yourself up Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Comments   Share   last_img read more

Obama most frustrated by gun control debate

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img He says the nation’s inability to resolve the issue is “distressing” but that he intends to keep working on it.Obama’s interview with the BBC was recorded Thursday afternoon, hours before a deadly shooting at a Louisiana movie theater.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the issue that has left him “the most stymied” is the debate over gun control.Obama tells the BBC he is “frustrated” that the U.S. does not have “commonsense gun safety laws, even in the face of repeated mass killings.”Obama says that while fewer than 100 Americans have been killed by terrorism since September 11, 2001, tens of thousands have been killed by gun violence. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Chinese state media snipe at Obamas Africa trip

first_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help The U.S., it said, is “taking China as a rival in Africa.”In contrast to China’s steady and fair-minded interactions with Africa, the U.S. “obviously lacks a consistent Africa policy,” said the paper, published by the ruling Communist Party’s flagship People’s Daily. It cited what it said was Obama’s “cold shoulder” to the continent during his first term as an example of U.S. inattentiveness.The official Xinhua News Agency took a similar tone, criticizing what it described as ineffective U.S. aid programs for Africa while touting China’s own projects, largely in roads, dams and other infrastructure.“Obama may have to work even harder if he wants to build his legacy on a continent where U.S. commitment has long been questioned,” Xinhua said.Obama huddled with Ethiopia’s leaders Monday for talks on counterterrorism, human rights and regional security issues, including the crisis in neighboring South Sudan.His visit to Ethiopia, the first by a sitting U.S. president, followed a stop in Kenya, his late father’s homeland.China’s economic ties with Africa have soared in recent years, with two-way trade in 2013 — the last year for which figures were available — hitting a record $200 billion, mainly in Chinese imports of African oil, copper and other raw materials. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home BEIJING (AP) — China’s state media are pouring cold water on President Barack Obama’s visit to Africa, saying U.S. attention to the continent is largely due to concern over China’s booming influence there.The Global Times newspaper said Monday that “offsetting China’s growing influence in this continent and recovering past U.S. leverage” were major factors in Obama’s visit. U.S. trade with Africa has fallen, meanwhile, hitting $85 billion in 2013.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

IOC meetings begin 2022 Winter Games venue top of agenda

first_imgPresident of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach chairs the IOC Executive board meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,Tuesday, July, 28, 2015. Malaysia is hosting the 128th International Olympic Committee executive board meeting where the vote for the host cities of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games and for the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games will take place. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself up South Sudan, which split from Sudan and became independent in 2011, could be formally approved by the full IOC session beginning Friday. It would become the 206th country — the latest after Kosovo — to gain Olympic recognition. This would allow South Sudan to send a team to Rio next year.At the 2012 London Olympics, South Sudanese marathon runner Guor Marial competed as an independent athlete under the IOC flag.On Friday, representatives from Almaty and Beijing will make final presentations to the IOC before the vote. If Beijing wins, the Chinese capital would become the first city to host both a Winter and Summer Games.Also Friday, either Brasov, Romania or Lausanne, Switzerland will be chosen host city of the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics.Local media, meanwhile, reported that the president of the Olympic Council of Malaysia, Prince Tunku Imran, said he had discussed with his Singaporean counterparts the possibility of the two countries submitting a joint bid for the 2028 or 2032 Olympics.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img The difference between men and women when it comes to pain KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The International Olympic Committee executive board meetings have begun, setting the stage for Friday’s vote to decide which city will host the 2022 Winter Games.The choice between Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan is the centerpiece of the weeklong meetings in the Malaysian capital.The executive board and later the full IOC membership will also receive status updates on preparations for next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Rio has been beset by concerns over its polluted waterways, including the venues for the sailing and rowing events. Tokyo last week scrapped the original design of a new Olympic main stadium because of soaring costs which reached $2 billion. Construction was supposed to begin in October, but will now not begin until early next year.As the 15 members of the IOC’s executive board began meeting Tuesday, they discovered that Boston had dropped out of the bidding for the 2024 Olympics.Beset by poor communication, low public support and an active opposition group, the U.S. Olympic Committee decided to cut ties with the east coast city. With a Sept. 15 deadline for official submission of candidates, the USOC could turn to Los Angeles as a new bidder.“We were all excited when (Boston) was announced, but it seems to have stumbled since,” IOC vice president John Coates, a key player in the organization of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, told The Associated Press on the way into Tuesday’s meeting. “But it’s better to face up to these things early if you don’t have full public support.”The executive board was expected to consider, among other items on the agenda, whether to give recognition to South Sudan.last_img read more

The Critics claws are out Air NZ slammed for cougar campaign

first_imgAn Air New Zealand campaign that portrays single middle-aged women as ‘cougars’ who seduce young men has been slammed by women’s rights groups and rape prevention organisations. The online promotion portrays the mating habits of the mature single woman in a Discovery Channel-style documentary clip complete with David Attenborough-esque voiceover. The video clip shows a so-called cougar “starving itself on sparse vegetation during the day then hunting large slabs of meat at night” by preying on a young man at a bar. Despite the man’s attempts to ward off the cougar’s advances, she has “not tasted fresh meat for days” and drags her prey to an inner-city apartment. In the ad, the women aged from their 30s to 50s routinely prowl bars in search of young prey in their 20s, many who “pretend to be gay” to avoid them. The promotion encourages women 35-plus to send in photographs of themselves partying with their “cougar mates” to go in the draw to win a flight and ticket to a sporting event. New Zealand’s Rape Prevention Education has called the online campaign appalling, disgusting and degrading to women.”We have also had complaints from male survivors who have been raped by women and they are very distressed that their situation is being laughed at and made out to be humorous,” said director Kim McGregor. An airline spokeswoman said the campaign was supposed to be “light-hearted” but admitted that some older women had taken offence to it. “(They) felt it was an unfair kind of blanket comment,” she said. Many others didn’t seem to mind, however, with 60 women signing up to go in the draw to win the flights, tickets and “cougar costumes” to attract the attention of young males. Do you think the Air New Zealand cougar campaign is appropriate?  Share your thoughts below A still from the Air NZ online cougar campaign Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

Consumer watchdog puts another airline in the crosshairs for collusion

first_imgKorean Air has become the latest airlines targeted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for collusion in the air cargo industry.Korean Air has become the 12th carrier investigated by the ACCC, and it’s not yet known whether or not the carrier will fight the charges which allege that between 2001 and 2006, the carrier entered into arrangements which “had the purpose or effect of fixing the price of a fuel surcharge, a security surcharge and a customs fee”.Similar allegations from the Department of Justice in the United States were not fought by the Korean Flag carrier, and subsequent fines of US$300 million were levied against the airline.In Australia, the ACCC has ordered some AU$41 million against carriers including Qantas, British Airways and Air France-KLM.Currently Singapore Airlines Cargo, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Garuda Indonesia, and Thai Airways are fighting their charges in separate court cases.e-Travel Blackboard understands that the investigations are still not yet over and other airlines could still be implicated in the Australian investigations.Long-spanning, these investigations are currently being examined all around the world and have been taking place by different consumer watchdogs since mid-2006. <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more

WA to host Qantas Australian Tourism Awards 2011

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Western Australia will host the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in March 2011.Speaking at the 2010 Tourism Council WA, ‘You’re the Voice Conference,’ Tourism Minister Liz Constable said: “These awards give WA the chance to recognise the best of our industry and highlight the importance of providing visitors with consistently high quality products and services.“The State Government is putting its support behind the event by becoming an official sponsor in 2011.”Hosted by the National Tourism Alliance, The Qantas Australian Tourism Awards are attended by the individual State award winners as well as tourism industry leaders and Federal and State tourism ministers.This year’s awards ceremony is expected to attract about 600 interstate visitors from across the country’s tourism industry.“By bringing the best of the national tourism industry to Perth, we can show them why WA is truly an extraordinary place to visit,” she said.“I encourage our tourism industry to continue to deliver exceptional products and services to ensure we are well represented in the 2011 tourism awards.“Tourism is a key economic driver for the State and it is great to be able to host this premier event.” <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

Wrong way go back BA averts disaster after runway mixup

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F British Airways has been ordered to review its airfield inspections process after a Boeing 777 took off from St Kitts on the wrong runway.The aircraft left the Caribbean island with 87 passengers on board on a section of runway that was not long enough for a Boeing 777, an accident report said. Subsequently, the aircraft was left with approximately 1,220 metres (1,334 yards) of take-off room, 695 metres (760 yards) less than if it had departed from the correct intersection. The mix-up, which was labelled as a “serious incident” by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch occurred on a BA flight to Antigua on 26 September last year.According to the accident report, the 39 year old BA co-pilot realised the mix-up when he saw grass at the end of the runway under the plane’s nose.”At this time he realised that something was not right and realised that, although the aircraft was airborne, the end of the runway was closer than normal,” the AAIB said.A number of failings, emerged from the report including: airport authorities not installing any taxiway or holding point signs at St Kitts, the crew not discussing their taxi routine and the crew misidentifying taxiway Bravo for taxiway Alpha. The report also revealed that it was the first time the captain and co-pilot had operated to or from St Kitts and the trainee air traffic control officer didn’t the flight crew they were at intersection Bravo.Earlier this week British Airways was involved in another gaffe were passengers onboard a Hong Kong bound aircraft were told they were going to crash. last_img read more

UKs industrial cities take centre stage

first_imgMore foreign visitors are visiting cities like Edinburgh and Manchester Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P While London retains its position as the top international destination in the UK, a recent study has shown that cities like Edinburgh, Liverpool and Bristol are fast gaining popularity.A study conducted by VisitBritain analysing the number of overnight stays by overseas visitors in UK cities found that there is an increased interest in Britain’s industrial cities.Unsurprisingly, London continues to keep its number one place with the city welcoming 15.2 million international visitors in 2011, followed by Edinburgh in second place with 1.3 million.Manchester comes in at third place with 936,000 visits, up 15 percent on 2010, Birmingham sits in fourth place with 732,000 visitors, while Liverpool in fifth place also enjoyed a 15 percent rise in overseas visitors.VisitBritain strategy and communications director Patricia Yates said more and more international visitors are venturing outside of London and discovering other cities.“These results confirm international visitors who might come here because of the global appeal of London are starting to appreciate our vibrant cities outside the capital, and the very different offerings of Edinburgh Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester,” Ms Yates said.“In such a key year to showcase Britain, and all that our visitors can experience here, VisitBritain’s GREAT image and tactical campaigns in key inbound markets ensures that tourism growth, economic benefits and jobs are delivered right across Britain.”last_img read more