Grouse Mountain in BC is officially on the market

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Grouse Mountain in B.C. is officially on the market Michael Smith Share VANCOUVER — Grouse Mountain, one of B.C.’s most popular ski resorts, is up for sale.The CBC reports that after 40 years of being owned by the Vancouver-based McLaughlin family, Grouse Mountain Resorts has announced it is selling its operations and 485 hectares of property. The land, however, does not include ‘The Grouse Grind,’ the popular hike that leads up to the mountain.Grouse Mountain brings in approximately 1.3 million visitors annually, and features 26 runs and four chairlifts. During the summer months, the resort offers a disc golf course and an open-air gondola.The news comes on the heels of Colorado-based Vail Resorts’ purchase of Whistler Blackcomb last month for $1.4 billion.According to Julie Grant, spokesperson for the Grouse Mountain, “it’s business as usual and our passholders.”center_img Tags: British Columbia Posted by Tuesday, September 20, 2016 last_img read more

Crystal announces 2020 deployment schedule for oceangoing ships

first_imgSpring and Autumn Asia sailings aboard Crystal Symphony, with concentration in Southeast Asia, Singapore, China and Japan.Specialized itineraries focusing in the Middle East and India, available on both ships, with calls in Mumbai and Cochin and cruising the Bay of Bengal; exploration of Bahrain, Muscat, and Aqaba, as well as Dubai and Abu Dhabi.A total of 25 Mediterranean sailings, with many seven-day options aboard both ships that cater to busy schedules or are easily combinable for extended journeys. Destinations encompass the region’s long-favored locales, as well as less explored spots like Sardinia and Corsica, plus several “gateway” destinations that afford close proximity to bucket-list sites.Eventful European and British Isles voyages, aligned with premier world events and occasions, with overnights set in Edinburgh, Scotland scheduled around the annual Military Tattoo and Fringe Art Festival; in Monaco for the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix; and Baltic and North Cape sailings at the height of the summer solstice in the land of the midnight sun.New Trans-Atlantic crossing route with calls in Barcelona and Málaga, Spain; Ponta Delgada and Praia da Vitoria, Azores; St. John’s and St. Anthony, Newfoundland, site of the UNESCO-listed L’Anse aux Meadows; and Saguenay, Québec, home to the spectacular Saguenay Fjord.A 33-day warm-weather winter escape aboard Crystal Symphony across the Pacific, which visits the long-beloved Hawaiian Islands, as well as less explored destinations like the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Philippines.Exotic, warm-weather Holiday cruises, far-reaching and close to home, with Crystal Symphony sailing from Hong Kong to Laem Chabang/Bangkok and spending New Year’s Eve in Singapore; and Crystal Serenity cruising the tropical islands of the Caribbean for a warm-weather winter holiday.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perks Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises 2020 deployment highlights include:A return to the Seychelles from late January through March, with nine new seven-day itineraries sailing round-trip from Mahé, highlighting the adventurous pursuits in the natural paradise, with UNESCO-protected wildlife preserves and world-class snorkeling and diving.New historically significant itineraries exploring the Rose City of Petra, Egypt and the Holy Land on a nine- or 11-day journey; Cyprus and the Greek Isles of Mykonos, Delos, Paphos, Santorini and maiden call Naxos on a nine-day journey; and the United Arab Emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi; Sir Bani Yas Island UAE; Manama, Bahrain and Doha, Qatar on an eight-day journey.24 combinable seven-day voyages along the Dalmatian Coast, Aegean and Adriatic, with immersive itineraries focused on Croatia, Greece and the Cyclades, showcasing the millennia of UNESCO sites and treasured monuments mingling beautifully with modern towns and seaside villages.A “Dubai Holiday Extravaganza” sailing round-trip from Dubai, with two overnights in the spectacular city for the annual New Year’s Eve celebration, plus calls to Khasab, Muscat, Doha and Sir Bani Yas Island. Monday, April 30, 2018 MIAMI – With 2020 just two years away, Crystal has unveiled the year’s deployment schedule for its ocean-going vessels: Crystal Symphony, Crystal Serenity, and yacht Crystal Esprit.The new comes two months following the announcement of its 105-day 202 ‘Epic Empires & Idyllic Isles’ World Cruise aboard Crystal Serenity, which spans the Southern Hemisphere from Miami to Rome. In all, 64 Crystal Cruises sailings and 44 Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises sailings will explore the oceans of the world.Itineraries for 2020 will be open for booking on May 1, 2018.Crystal Cruises 2020 deployment highlights include:Overnight stays in 55 cities around the world, with at least one overnight stay on nearly every voyage. These stays are often in embarkation and disembarkation destinations, allowing for convenient extension of travelers’ vacations. These include overnight stays for both ships in Livorno, Tuscany, and overnights in Hong Kong and Singapore for Crystal Symphony. Posted by Crystal announces 2020 deployment schedule for ocean-going ships Travelweek Group Maiden calls in Pohnpei, Micronesia; Majuro, Marshall Islands; Hambantota, Sri Lanka; Mooloolaba, Australia; Airlie Beach, Australia; and Alghero, Sardinia, Italy. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Air Canada inaugurates MontrealLisbon seasonal flights

first_imgAir Canada inaugurates Montreal-Lisbon seasonal flights Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada, Lisbon, Montreal, Rougecenter_img Posted by Friday, June 15, 2018 MONTREAL — Air Canada’s new summer service from Montreal to Lisbon is now underway, part of the carrier’s strategy to grow Montreal as a key hub in its expanding global network.The three-times weekly Air Canada Rouge seasonal Lisbon service runs through Oct. 27.Flights are operated with B767-300ER aircraft with Premium Rouge and Economy Class service and are timed to optimize connectivity from across Air Canada’s network through Air Canada’s hub in Montreal.Flight AC1960 departs Montreal at 8:45 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in Lisbon at 8:10 a.m. the next day. On the return leg flight AC1961 flies out of Lisbon at 9:45 a.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, returning to Montreal at 12:10 p.m.“With first flight celebrations to Tokyo, Bucharest and Dublin over the past two weeks and today’s first departure to Lisbon, Portugal, Air Canada further solidifies its position as a leading global carrier,” says Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesBuilding on Air Canada’s current success in the Portuguese market, the new Montreal-Lisbon route solidifies the airline’s presence in the summer leisure market from Montreal, he adds.“Additionally, enhancements to our year-round services to Casablanca and Lima demonstrate Air Canada’s ongoing commitment to grow Montreal as an important hub in our global network. Together, these new and enhanced services will provide customers greater comfort and choice, as well as the ability to conveniently connect onward through our extensive North American and International network.”In 2018 Air Canada is launching 10 new destinations from Montreal: London, Windsor, Victoria (Canada); Tokyo-Narita, (Japan); Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Baltimore (U.S.); Dublin (Ireland); Lisbon (Portugal) and Bucharest (Romania).last_img read more

Choice Hotels Book to Build campaign on now through May 26

first_img TORONTO — Choice Hotels Canada’s third annual Book To Build campaign is now underway.In 2018 the campaign raised $115,000 and this year Choice Hotels Canada is aiming even higher with a goal of raising $145,000, with 100% of the proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity Canada.“We make it a priority to give back to the community and it’s very important to us as a company,” says Brian Leon, President, Choice Hotels Canada. “Working with Habitat for Humanity allows us to build homes alongside families in need of housing and we are thrilled to be bringing back this initiative for a third year.”Guests at any of the 150 participating properties will have a portion of their rooms proceeds donated to help families in need of affordable housing, members of the Choice Privileges loyalty program are also able to donate their points.To date the Book To Build campaign has raised $219,000, with the goal of raising $500,000 over the next three years. The campaign runs from now until May 26.”Affordable homeownership provides families with strong foundations to build better opportunities for themselves,” says Mark Rodgers, Habitat Canada’s President and CEO. “Each year this campaign continues to grow and thanks to the efforts of Choice Hotels Canada and all those involved, we’re able to continue to help even more families in communities across the country.”For more information on Book To Build, visit << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, May 16, 2019 Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img Choice Hotels’ Book to Build campaign on now through May 26 Tags: Choice Hotels, Giving Back Posted bylast_img read more

Bus fares reduced starting Thursday

first_imgBus fares all over Costa Rica decreased Thursday for 592 routes, after new rules were set for the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court.ARESEP spokeswoman Carolina Mora warned that bus companies that do not implement the cuts could receive fines of up to ₡1.3 million ($2,575).She asked users to report bus companies that are not applying the fare change. Reports can be made by telephone at: 8000-273-737 or at ARESEP’s Facebook page. Riders have already reported bus companies from the provinces of Cartago and Alajuela.The most recent fare adjustments were approved in April for 696 bus routes. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Paper plane photo exhibition takes flight in Barrio Amón

first_img“Foto Conquista en Vuelos de Papel” Luna Lin asks visitors toher photo exhibition in Libros Duluoz to test their boundaries and explore. The exhibition titled “Foto Conquistos en Vuelos de Papel” (Photo Conquests on Paper Planes) shows photos from her travels superimposed on to the pages of a French copy of the book “1492.” Naturally the book is about Christopher Columbus and conquering the New World, as well as the quest to push the limits of the known world.Like many travelers, Lin learned about foreign lands – both fictional and real – in books she read growing up. Her camera lens became a way for her to conquer those lands and experience an outside world first introduced to her through literature. In the exhibit, paper planes – made from the pages of “1492” and with a cutout of Lin’s head pasted to the top of each aircraft – are strung up across the center of the indie bookstore in downtown San José. The planes lead to the 100 images mounted on the walls of Libros Duluoz.Some photos show silhouettes of animals while others capture bustling metropolises. Lin also clipped out words from “1492” and chained them together to describe the exhilaration that comes from travel (and reading, too). Photos were not limited to major cultural sites like New York and China, but also she included images from Costa Rica. Explore anywhere and everywhere, Lin said.She spoke with The Tico Times about her first solo exhibition. Excerpts follow:On why she chose a book about Christopher Columbus to print her images:The book that I had is in French and called “1492,” obviously the year implies discovery, travels. It talks about the voyages of Christopher Columbus and the conquest, and it’s more pronounced.I didn’t conquer places, I conquered mostly pictures. Through the lens, I am able to steal situations, moments, places, time, etc. The book more than anything is discovery and adventure and what one experiences through travels.On how “1492” helped support her project:I chose the book because I owned it and the texture of the pages is exquisite, and with aging, it has a very pretty color. It gives ideal support for photos and for hanging them on the wall without having to resort to more expensive frames or materials, and it is a book that allows me to use all recycled materials.On how she chose the photos in the exhibition:Most of the photos are from recent trips. … There is one from six years ago, only one from a trip to China. I believe some people mistake it with photos from Chinatown [in San José]. … There are photos of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, also there are photos from Costa Rica. Here is the INS building with the barbed wire, … they are not only photos of foreign lands.On the exhibition’s message to visitors:How wonderful it is to travel, what one learns and discovers, that’s what I enjoy. There are certain things that one wants that you cannot buy. My form of taking them is with a photograph.“Foto Conquista en Vuelos de Papel” runs through Sept. 18 at Libros Dulouz in Barrio Amón (Avenida 7, Calles 3 and 5). For more information, visit “Foto Conquista en Vuelos de Papel” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Tamarindo Talk

first_imgThere is now a beautiful miniature golf course right here in Tamarindo. Located just past Dragonfly Restaurant on the road immediately behind Hotel Pasatiempo, the 18-hole mini-golf called Bolas Locas is open for family and friends seven days a week from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. The attraction is reasonably priced, at $7 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Want to check it before heading over? Go to CEPIA honcho Laetitia Deweer who has been selected as a Fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI), a branch o the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She will represent Costa Rica along with three others, and share her experiences in social progress as well as her vision about the economic and social development of this country and Central America.Be aware that Ciclo Corea, the bike shop in Santa Cruz, has a branch in Villareal to sell bicycles, accessories and do repairs as well as organize tours. You will find the place at the cross from Tamarindo to Villareal. Email or call 2653-4679 or 8917-9654.-Ellen Zoe Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Exhibit Imprenta la Paz an homage to the printing press

first_imgRelated posts:Here’s why you shouldn’t miss Costa Rica’s International Book Fair John Ross and the responsibility of being a ‘rebel reporter’ Dogs may have evolved to handle our bad tempers Mobile library brings books and more to Limón communities In 1830, Costa Rica received a remarkable gift from Philadelphia: a printing press. Until then, all documents had been handwritten, and not a single book or pamphlet had ever been published on Costa Rican soil.Such is the inspiration for “Imprenta la Paz” (roughly, “Printing Peace”), an exhibit at the National Library in San José. The exhibit opened April 23, to coincide with World Book Day, a global celebration of literacy and publishing.“Today we celebrate books and literature, the magic door through which we can know other worlds,” said Manuel Obregón, Costa Rica’s culture minister. “Thanks to the expansion that books made possible, one incredible machine [designed to] reproduce text and images in the 15th century precipitated the first true cultural revolution.”Tucked into the basement of the National Library, “Printing Peace” displays a smorgasbord of early Costa Rican publications, mostly leaflets, books excerpts and newspapers. Bibliophiles and historians alike will delight in these pages, which chronicle such events as the Costa Rican revolution of 1836 and a report about a new pipeline in 1858. One of the many historical documents exhibited under glass. Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times“This exhibit is a tour of bibliographic jewels,” said Olga Rodriquez, director of the National Library System (SINABI). “Here represents the importance of Costa Rica’s treasured literature, guarded by this century-old institution.”Indeed, the National Library itself turned 124 years old this year, having been founded on April 18, 1890. The library’s website also celebrated five years online, with significant upgrades in the past year. According to SINABI, the library contains a digital database of more than 96,000 documents. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Strolling the Art Walk circuit

first_imgAs soon as you walked onto Avenida Escazú for the Art Walk, art was there to amuse you in every way possible. Art was present in this circuit in every style.The Tico Times spoke to several of the artists participating in this festivity.Avenida Escazú is collaborating with businesses to engage creatively every member of the family. For one weekend it became a space in which everyone could exploit their artistic side.As we began our walk through this magnificent fair, we stumbled upon a children’s storyteller. Many children were enjoying the stories told by Javier Marín. They were all really concentrated on his performance while they enjoyed the beautiful evening. Storyteller Javier Marín entertains kids at the Art Walk on Avenida Escazú. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesWe continued with the tour and met many artists who explained their work. Colombian artists Rocío Villamizar and Joyce Sutton, and Costa Rican artist Alejandra Chaves all use similar techniques in their art and have been taught by Costa Rican artist Max Rojas.Villamizar works with acrylics and oil on canvas and mixed media. She considers her work modern art.Chaves also works with acrylics on canvas.“The art field is very limited and you have to appreciate the opportunities you get,” Chaves explained.Sutton works mostly with acrylics on canvas. She plays with light, shadow and plain colors.We continued through the path of the Art Walk and found interesting pieces by local artisan Inge Kitzing. Her work consists of both paintings and chairs done with recycled materials. The chairs are mostly animals that would brighten up a children’s space. They are very functional. Painters Alejandra Chavez and Rocío Villamizar. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesAlejandra Castetbon, owner of Velas de la Cigarra, makes hand-made candles in every size and shape.As we continued, we saw art being created out of a classic toy: children, young people, and adults were building art pieces made out of Legos at the Legos store.Local fashion designers were also a part of this Art Walk. The store Espacio had its own pop-up store in which various Costa Rican brands were selling their products.Among them was Makalo Swimwear, which was started by Costa Ricans Erika Ávila and Valeria Maroto. Alejandra Castetbon, owner of “Velas de la Cigarra,” creates candles of different shapes and sizes. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesAs we crossed the street, we met with another artist, Felipe Asencio, showing off several large portraits. Asencio mostly works with charcoal and acrylics.We then continued our journey through Klaus Steinmetz’s art collection from different artists. The art pieces exhibited were addressed to a widely varied audience. Steinmetz’s collection consists of contemporary and modern art.Delta Vitro Arte was one of the smaller, yet very creative businesses. It creates art products, including jewelry, portraits, wind chimes and watches, out of eco-friendly materials such as glass and vinyl. Their work has been recognized by the Ministry of Economy for its focus on recycling.The Underground section of the Art Walk was a must of the tour. This part of the walk, housing creative art collective Diseño Gourmet, was literally underground.The collective shared this space with students from the Universidad Nacional. Here several students had the opportunity to exhibit their artwork and expose themselves in the art environment. Painter Joyce Sutton. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesFinally, our last stop was at the stand were artists such as Silvia Durán, Ileana Cubero, and Leda Astorga were selling their art pieces. Durán makes sculptures out of marble, cocobolo wood and greenstone. The work she showed mostly depicted the female figure.Cubero paints using a palette knife and bright colors. She always incorporates a bicycle in her work as a symbol of Costa Rica.Astorga displayed a series of silly, fat women. She uses gesso for her sculptures, and oil and acrylics on canvas for the paintings. Astorga’s purpose is to show the cheerfulness of people and their love for life.The Art Walk journey ended there and all the participants had one goal in mind: get their work exposed as much as possible. Painter Ileana Cubero includes bicycles in all her paintings, showing the history of this means of transportation. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:PHOTO ESSAY: Don Tina, the cabuya master Pope Francis in Cuba: Mass before a packed Revolution Square Arcadio Esquivel exhibits his best-known comic, ‘Wences’ World’ PHOTOS: Guanacaste celebrates 192 years of being part of Costa Ricalast_img read more

Hurricane Otto Two myths swept aside in a single night

first_imgIn 2005 while I was doing a practicum at a newspaper in Spain, I overheard a designer pass off as fact a story about Costa Rica; I couldn’t help but eavesdrop in the hallway. The designer said that on that “Caribbean island,” when a hurricane came, everyone gathered in Saprissa Stadium and started blowing in the opposite direction until the danger had passed. According to the story, this worked very well, and that’s why there was never any news of hurricanes in Costa Rica.I didn’t say anything because I didn’t know whether to laugh or get angry, and because I thought the story was only an exaggerated version of what Ticos think about ourselves: that we can scare off a hurricane with the sheer windpower of the Virgin of Los Angelees, or that divine forces prefer us above other countries more frequently punished by natural disasters.We can say now that that myth has been swept aside. It was ripped away by the winds of more than 150 kilometers per hour that brought us Hurricane Otto on Nov. 24. This was the first time that a hurricane’s eye and heart had entered our national territory, according to historical records. This time we must not have blown quite as hard as we did in 1988 when Hurricane Juana came to call – or maybe the Virgin of Los Angeles, because of her many devotees in Nicaragua, chose this time to protect that country, where the hurricane caused no deaths and only isolated damage.Let’s remember what we felt on Thursday afternoon, before we knew Otto would be tragic. We knew the hurricane had made landfall on Nicaragua’s southern Caribbean coast and we thought that, once more, we had dodged a bullet. I read some comments of frustration and criticism leveled at the government’s preventive operations, arguing that these were excessive. In the Central Valley the light rain and breeze were almost pleasant. If not for the hard work of authorities and the media, we would have thought it was a delightful afternoon, because the roads were even clear of traffic.Bah – a hurricane isn’t such a big deal. Look! There are no problems on the Caribbean coast. The waves on TV were the usual, except that they were narrated in anxious tones by some of my colleagues. At 5 p.m. we felt victorious as a country, blessed by the angels and by La Negrita. I remember reading jokes, messages of relief and thanks, questions about the “alarmist” preparations of President Luis Guillermo Solís.What’s more, I interviewed a serious official from the National Emergency Commission (CNE) who said that while the alert was maintained, the initial scare had passed. I included this comment in a story I wrote for El País with the title “El huracán Otto perdona a Costa Rica” (“Hurricane Otto pardons Costa Rica”) and I sent it off at dusk. A few minutes later I let them know that they should hold the story for a moment, that there were reports from the Northern Zone. I saw those reports in not terribly reliable sources, but it was better to wait. Just a moment, just a moment, almost ready. Let’s see…At that very moment the tragedies were occuring. A swollen creek ripped an 8-month-old baby from the arms of his mother. A river took a house, two or three, as if they were made of paper. In one of those houses was a mother and her son. A river rushed out as if drunk from consuming so much water and vomited brown debris all over a town where nearly 17,000 people live. Upala, with the upaleños inside, was torn down the way a sand castle is torn down when a wave comes, with one difference: no one expected it. Let’s be honest. In Upala, no one expected this, and in the Central Valley we didn’t think the Northern Zone was so vulnerable, mostly because we often forget that the Northern Zone exists.That’s why at 5 p.m. on Thursday we thought that Costa Rica had made it through unscathed, because the Central Valley had made it through unscathed, and our priority areas as well. That was good, of course, but the hurricane continued its path toward the Pacific, carrying various towns with it. We found out little by little – through a news report, a desperate and anonymous WhatsApp audio clip, a stranger’s post on Twitter. (Of course, I don’t think there are too many upaleños on Twitter.) Later came the official confirmations, the facts and the presidential announcement: “There are people dead and missing.” The face of President Solís was a face of sadness and rage.At that point I did send my news to Madrid: Hurricane Otto had not pardoned Costa Rica after all.The second myth had been torn down. Costa Rica is much more than the Central Valley and the regions that the Central Valley decides to watch in any given situation. Costa Rica lost its undefeated record in hurricanes, on one of its neglected flanks. Otto sank its poisoned arrow in Costa Rica’s heel, on the edge of the map, so far and so close.At dawn on Friday, at first light, we began to see our tragedy. The press and the government brought us scenes of destruction, everything that had happened while here in the Central Valley we thought we were undefeated, invincible or “blessed.”That’s when we remembered that we are also one people; that we, too, are the people of our coasts and borders; that we have more accents, more geographies and more realities than we sometimes realize. The after-the-fact solidarity we have seen in the past few days is good evidence of this.We also remembered that there are more political leaders we need to hold accountable, because I suspect that even local leaders are vallecentralistas in their preventive logic and wait for San José to provide, order and aid. For example, I wonder if the mayor of Upala and others did their due diligence in preparing their towns for the hurricane.The good thing is that now we are more conscious of our map, less naive about the dangers that a changing Mother Nature brings us. The bad thing is that we are learning the hard way. The very worst thing would be to keep tripping over the same stone.Read our complete Hurricane Otto coverage here.Álvaro Murillo is an experienced journalist who specializes in political coverage and has written for La Nación, Semanario Universidad and El País. In “No Sugar, Please,” his twice-monthly column, he explores politics in its broadest terms, from the halls of government to community life. Connect with him on Twitter. Facebook Comments Related posts:Make Costa Rica great again? Political renewal is needed – but it can’t be forced January’s here and the gloves are off: Costa Rica’s true campaign begins Deaths, disappearances in northern Costa Rica in aftermath of Hurricane Ottolast_img read more

Costa Rica swears in its first woman Chief Prosecutor

first_imgOn Monday afternoon, Emilia Navas became the first woman in Costa Rican history to be elected Chief Prosecutor.Navas, 53, has led the Prosecutor’s Office as an interim since October 2017, when her predecessor, Jorge Chavarría, was suspended in relation to the unfolding investigation of alleged corruption. Navas proceeded to make headlines through what was acclaimed as decisive action in that case, popularly known as the cementazo because it centers on the importation of Chinese cement, and in others.The 22 judges of the various chambers of Costa Rica’s Supreme Court voted unanimously to elect Navas over the other candidate, Ronald Segura.Navas said in a statement from the Judicial Branch that corruption and organized crime will be her priorities during her term, which ends in 2022. Related posts:BREAKING: Costa Rican prosecutor dies after shooting at his home Investigation continues into causes of plane crash in Costa Rica President is safe after confrontation with protesters The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Jan. 14, 2019 How Costa Rica’s cement market became a hotbed of intriguecenter_img Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Egypt allowing Palestinians freer entry

first_imgAssociated PressCAIRO (AP) – Egypt is allowing freer temporary entry for Palestinians into the country in an unprecedented move that eases long-imposed travel restrictions, particularly on Gazans, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said Monday.The decision has caused confusion among the security agencies here _ and appeared to bring some resistance. Some officers at the airport refused to implement the measures, an airport official said, in a sign of how deeply some in the security forces view the Palestinians as a potential threat. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates “We are planning for more procedures to facilitate the movement of the Palestinians but there are no plans to cancel the visa requirement if Palestinians want to enter Egypt,” Othman said.A Palestinian official in Cairo said more easing of restrictions are being negotiated. He and airport officials in Cairo spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.Palestinians have generally been subjected to strict Egyptian travel requirements that have kept many of them, particularly after the 2000 uprising against Israel, from entering the country. The situation became more complicated as Egypt under Mubarak closely coordinated its security plans with Israel, and observed the blockade on the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip.After a partial easing of the blockade Egypt allowed a limited number of Gazans out of the territory on humanitarian grounds. Most were subjected to the “deportation” unless they had visas to stay in Egypt.The director of the border crossing in Gaza, Maher Abu Sabha, said more than 20,000 Gazans are on a two-month waiting list to exit the territory.Another Egyptian border crossing said more than 600 Gazans have already crossed into Egypt and less than 200 returned to th seaside strip Monday. The official speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media said the number of those who benefited from the easing of restrictions is not yet determined. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Until now, any Palestinian under 40 was escorted by security agents to or from the Gaza border to ensure they spent no time in Egyptian territory. Palestinians saw the practice as a humiliation, especially since it often meant detention at the border or airport for up to three days, often in small rooms alongside criminals, as they waited for an escort.The new measures end the procedure and allow Palestinians to cross through Egypt on their own arrangements, allowing them to stay in the country for up to 72 hours to do so. The measures came into effect early Monday, and took many security agencies by surprise because it came before a formal announcement was made.An unidentified Egyptian official at the Rafah crossing separating Egypt and Gaza confirmed to the official news agency MENA that the “deportation” policy had been “abolished” at the crossing.The official also said an existing black list for Palestinians barred from entering Egypt or traveling abroad is currently under review. Some on the list date back to the 1970s, following Egypt’s peace deal with Israel.Egypt’s ambassador to the West Bank, Yasser Othman, said transiting Palestinians must have Palestinian national identification and passports, or a proof of residency in a third country. After years of such strict treatment, many Palestinians in Gaza were hopeful but skeptical there will be a change of treatment.“Imagine yourself locked in a small room in the basement of the airport, not allowed to smoke, eat or go to the bathroom except after approval from a security official,” said Youssef Ramadan, a 36-year old merchant from Gaza who often travels to China through Egypt. “Humiliation is not the word. It is a nightmare.”He spent 36 hours in such conditions on his way back from China in May.“It’s time to end this and forever. It makes no sense to travel all over the world then Egypt, an Arab country, treats you like an animal.”___Associated Press Writer Ibrahim Barzak contributed to this report from Gaza City, Gaza Strip.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Even as some officials initially denied any easing, airport officials said seven Gazans were allowed into Egypt by dawn Monday without the usual restrictions.The changes appeared to be a gesture to the Palestinians after separate meetings last week between Egypt’s new president, Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and the leader of Hamas, Khaled Mashaal, whose group controls Gaza.Egypt’s powerful security agencies have monopolized policy-making toward the Palestinians for years, generally working closely with Israel and taking a tough line for fear of Hamas and the spread of militancy. But security forces have been shaken since the fall last year of Hosni Mubarak _ and now particularly with the election of an Islamist as his successor. The initial reaction from some officials could reflect fear the president was moving into their usual spheres of power.The new measures ease the situation for those living in Gaza, which has been subject to a 5-year-old Israeli blockade keeping them penned into the tiny, Mediterranean coastal territory. The only non-Israeli outlet from the strip is through Egypt, and for years Cairo assisted the blockade. Even after Egypt officially opened the border crossing it imposed heavy restrictions. Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

Myanmar monks protest Bangladesh attacks

first_img 0 Comments   Share   The attacks came as sectarian relations remain tense in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, where clashes in June between members of the Buddhist community and Rohingya Muslims of Bengali origin left about 90 people dead.About 300 Buddhist monks in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, staged a similar protest Wednesday outside the regional office of the United Nations.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – More than 100 monks in Myanmar demonstrated Friday at Bangladesh’s embassy to protest recent attacks against Buddhist temples and homes in Myanmar’s South Asian neighbor.The Buddhist monks staged the protest in reaction to Sept. 30 riots in Bangladesh’s coastal district of Cox’s Bazar. Thousands of Muslims there set fire to at least 10 temples and 40 homes due to anger over a photo of a burned Quran posted on Facebook, allegedly by a Buddhist. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Top Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairylast_img read more

Key dates in Hugo Chavezs political life

first_img 0 Comments   Share   Dec. 15, 1999 _ Venezuelans vote to accept a Chavez-backed constitution. It changes country’s name to Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, lengthens presidential term from five years to six.July 30, 2000 _ Elected to new six-year term.April 11, 2002 _ Gunfire erupts as protesters demanding Chavez’s resignation march toward presidential palace; 19 people killed. Dissident generals oust Chavez. Interim government throws out constitution.April 14, 2002 _ After huge protests by Chavez supporters, loyal army officers rescue Chavez, restore him to power.Aug. 15, 2004 _ Venezuelans overwhelmingly vote “no” in referendum asking if Chavez should leave office immediately.Dec. 14, 2004 _ Chavez signs agreement with Fidel Castro that evolves into leftist Bolivarian Alliance bloc as other Latin American and Caribbean nations join.Sept. 7, 2005 _ Creates Petrocaribe agreement to sell oil on preferential credit terms to more than dozen countries.Dec. 4, 2005 _ President’s allies win all 167 seats in legislature as opposition parties boycott election.Dec. 3, 2006 _ Re-elected to six-year term, capturing 63 percent of vote.Dec. 2, 2007 _ Voters reject constitutional amendments proposed by Chavez, setback for his drive to transform Venezuela into socialist state. Feb. 15, 2009 _ Chavez wins referendum that allows him to run for re-election indefinitely and vows to remain in power for at least another decade.Sept. 27, 2010 _ In congressional elections, Chavez’s allies lose two-thirds majority that has allowed them to ignore opponents in rewriting fundamental laws and appointing key officials. His allies retain majority.Dec. 17, 2010 _ Outgoing congress grants Chavez power to enact laws by decree for 18 months.June 10, 2011 _ Chavez undergoes surgery in Cuba for pelvic abscess.Feb. 26, 2012 _ Chavez has second operation to remove tumor from same location in pelvic region.July 9, 2012 _ Chavez announces he is “totally free” of cancer.Oct. 7, 2012 _ Chavez wins new six-year term with 55 percent of vote.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Key events in Hugo Chavez’s political life:Feb. 4, 1992 _ Army paratrooper Lt. Col. Chavez leads botched coup against President Carlos Andres Perez.March 26, 1994 _ After two years in jail, Chavez and fellow plotters set free when President Rafael Caldera dismisses charges.Dec. 6, 1998 _ Chavez wins presidential election, promising to seek “third way” between socialism and capitalism. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairylast_img read more

Vietnam sentences minority activists in crackdown

first_img Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments   Share   Check your body, save your life Court officials declined to comment.The villagers were convicted of contacting an exile group in the United States to help recruit more members for their own religion and establish a separate state for ethnic minority people in four Central Highland provinces.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – A Vietnamese court has sentenced eight people to long prison terms for attempting to establish a separate state for their ethnic minority. The case brings the number of people convicted of national security crimes to 46 so far this year.The Vietnam News Agency reported Wednesday that eight villagers aged 32 to 73 were convicted of “undermining national unity policy.” The People’s Court in Gia Lai province sentenced them to between three to 11 years in prison at the one-day trial Tuesday. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

McCain Graham Time running short for Egypt

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairycenter_img But as we said again this week in Cairo, we find it difficult to describe the circumstances of Morsi’s removal from office as anything other than a coup. Unsuccessful leaders in a democracy should leave office by losing elections.Both senators said the only solution is for Egypt to adopt a form of open democracy that would allow all of its citizens to have a voice, including those who once supported Morsi.The call for democracy comes amid concerns that a vindictive Egypt that does not utilize democracy could isolate certain groups and lead them to radicalization, similar to what happened to the Muslim Brotherhood. Repeating the worst mistakes of the past now will only condemn Egypt to a future of protracted instability and stagnation, while creating a new generation of radical recruits for terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda.McCain and Graham also called on the Egyptian government and military to recognize the need to protect all citizens and attempt to embrace them instead of seeking out ways to get even. The senators also called for the release of political prisoners.In closing, McCain and Graham called for continued support of Egypt by the United States. 1 / 11Demonstrators against Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi shoot fireworks during a protest at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, July 26, 2013. Prosecutors opened an investigation of ousted President Mohammed Morsi on charges including murder and conspiracy with the Palestinian militant group Hamas, fueling tensions amid a showdown in the streets between tens of thousands of backers of the military and supporters calling for the Islamist leader’s reinstatement. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober PHOENIX — Time is running out for Egypt to resolve its inner conflicts, senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham wrote in an opinion piece.The column, originally published by the Washington Post, was written after McCain and Graham visited Cairo.In the piece, the senators said they are concerned that time is running out for Egypt, which has been embroiled in political crisis since former president Mohamed Morsi was forced out of office. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonalast_img read more

Obama Amtrak derailment a tragedy that touches us all

first_imgEmergency personnel gather near the scene of a deadly train wreck, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, after a fatal Amtrak derailment Tuesday night, in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. Federal investigators arrived Wednesday to determine why an Amtrak train jumped the tracks in a wreck that killed at least six people, and injured dozens. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) Check your body, save your life “Along the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak is a way of life for many,” Obama said. “From Washington, DC and Philadelphia to New York City and Boston, this is a tragedy that touches us all.He commended first responders and said the effort to help passengers reaffirmed Philadelphia’s spirit of brotherly love.Vice President Joe Biden said in a statement that he has spent decades in Washington commuting via Amtrak to and from his home in Wilmington, Delaware. “Amtrak is like a second family to me, as it is for so many other passengers,” Biden said.“I’ve come to know the conductors, engineers, and other regulars — men and women riding home to kiss their kids goodnight — as we passed the flickering lights of each neighborhood along the way. Our thoughts are with every person who is grieving right now from this terrible tragedy,” Biden said.___Follow Nedra Pickler on Twitter at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the derailment of Amtrak Train 188 “is a tragedy that touches us all.”In a written statement, Obama offered prayers to the families who lost loved ones and the passengers beginning to recover. He said he and the first lady were “shocked and deeply saddened” to hear of the derailment.The Northeast Regional carrying 238 passengers and five crew members derailed in Philadelphia shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday. The accident has closed the nation’s busiest rail corridor between Washington and New York as investigators try to determine what happened. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Top Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Spain Father of African boy found in suitcase freed on bail

first_img Comments   Share   Quick workouts for men Police images of the scanned case, showing the boy curled up inside, drew international attention and highlighted the harrowing plight of migrants trying to reach Europe.Ouattara, who lives with his Ivory Coast wife — the boy’s mother– legally in Spain, said through his lawyers he knew nothing of the suitcase plan, believing his son was to be brought in with a visa. He was arrested entering Ceuta hours after the boy was discovered.The Moroccan woman remains in detention.The father was allowed to leave jail after his wife paid 5,000 euros ($5,650) in bail at the court in Ceuta.Francesco Luca Caronna, a member of the law firm acting for the family, said Tuesday that Ouattara remains charged with human rights abuse against a foreign citizen.“If he had known his son was to be brought in in a case he would never have allowed it,” said the lawyer. “He is a victim of migrant traffickers.”Ouattara must surrender his passport and appear before the court each month until the trial, which is not expected for several months.The father and mother live legally on the Spanish Canary Island of Fuerteventura and had been trying to bring over their children, according to Caronna. The lawyer said an 11-year-old daughter was allowed in recently but Ouattara’s monthly salary fell short of the amount required for two children. It was then that the father set about looking for a visa, Caronna said.Spanish authorities last month granted the boy a temporary residence permit.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall MADRID (AP) — The father of an Ivory Coast boy caught being smuggled into Spain in a suitcase last month has been freed on bail, allowing the family to be reunited.A court ordered Ali Ouattara freed Monday hours after his 8-year-old son was allowed leave a youth center where he was cared for after being discovered May 7 by border police in Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta. The boy had been hidden in a suitcase carried by a Moroccan woman not related to the family. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Four benefits of having a wireless security system Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Malaria killed more people than usual in Ebola outbreak

first_imgExperts based their conclusions in part on things like how many people with malaria symptoms were seen at health clinics in four regions hardest hit by Ebola, and how many malaria medicines were given out. They compared that to regions without Ebola and concluded there were about 74,000 probable malaria cases that went untreated.Malaria is the leading killer of children in Guinea.Since the Ebola outbreak was first identified in the forests of Guinea in March 2014, officials estimate the virus has killed more than 2,400 people in the country. In 2013, about 15,000 people in Guinea were killed by malaria, according to Nets for Life Africa, a U.S. charity.Mateusz Plucinski of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who led the study, said it was difficult to say how many people among the 74,000 suspected cases might have died of malaria but that it was probably “substantially higher” than the number of Ebola deaths. The research was paid for by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative. It was published online Tuesday in the journal, Lancet Infectious Diseases.In an email, Franco Pagnoni of the World Health Organization said “the collateral damage of epidemics is a known phenomenon” and that aid workers should try to lessen such effects. He said it was possible Ebola could have also caused spikes in malaria cases in the other countries heavily affected by Ebola, which could have undermined previous efforts to curb malaria. Sponsored Stories Health officials also worry the stress of the Ebola outbreak on Guinea’s weak health system also resulted in a drop in vaccination coverage, putting the country at risk of a resurgence of diseases like measles and polio.____Online: Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Patients with chronic pain give advice New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like LONDON (AP) — Malaria likely killed many more people than usual in the West African nation of Guinea during last year’s Ebola outbreak, a new study suggests, as tens of thousands with potential signs of the mosquito-spread disease probably shunned health clinics.The early symptoms of malaria — a fever and body aches — are similar to Ebola. Health workers said many people with malaria were afraid of catching Ebola at a medical facility or being mistakenly sent to an Ebola clinic. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

5day humanitarian ceasefire starts in Yemen

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies All the officials spoke anonymously because they are not authorized to brief reporters.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Security officials and residents of Sabr said the situation on the ground has quieted after the cease-fire took effect.The Yemeni troops fighting in Sabr had been training since April in military camps in al-Buraiqeh, the port city west of Aden, military officials from the Saudi-led coalition said. Saudi, Emirati, Egyptian and Jordanian military advisers there have set up the camps and trained hundreds of fighters, they added.The fighters also received over 300 armored personnel carriers from the United Arab Emirates by sea. These sophisticated carriers are largely driven by non-Yemenis, the military officials said. Two Emirati officers have been killed in battle in Yemen since the Saudi-led coalition’s latest offensive, known as the “Golden Arrow,” started on July 16.Al-Buraiqeh is also home to the Yemeni Fourth Military Base, which is in charge of all military operations in Aden.The foreign military advisers, officials said, arrived in al-Buraiqeh by sea more than a month ago and serve as intermediaries between the Yemeni troops and the coalition leadership in neighboring Saudi Arabia. They also supervise the distribution of weapons and give coordinates for coalition airstrikes, military officials said. Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Two previous humanitarian truces in Yemen did not hold.U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the coalition’s announcement of the cease-fire and urged the Houthis and other parties to suspend military operations and “maintain the humanitarian pause for the sake of all the Yemeni people,” Ban’s spokesman said. Ban also urged all sides “to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to all parts of Yemen.”Earlier on Sunday, Saudi-backed Yemeni troops and their allies clashed with Houthi rebels in a strategic town north of the port city of Aden, security and military officials from both sides of the conflict said.The pro-government fighters had withdrawn from the town of Sabr earlier in the day after fierce battles with the Houthis. They returned hours later following the arrival of military reinforcements and wrested control of a large portion of the town, security officials said.The officials said five pro-government fighters were killed and 15 wounded in the battle. Local medical officials said eight rebels were killed and 20 wounded.The running battles in Sabr, which is on a key supply route, have lasted for more than a day after troops stormed it in their push north from Aden toward the strategic military base of Al-Anad, which is held by the rebels. SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led coalition airstrikes came to a halt in Yemen early Monday after a five-day humanitarian truce went into effect, witnesses and security officials said.However, ground fighting broke out almost immediately in the restive city of Taiz following random shelling by Shiite Houthi rebels in three neighborhoods, they said.Security officials said ground fighting has also erupted in Marib province and in the area surrounding the strategic al-Anad military base in Lahj province. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Random shelling by Houthis and their allies hit northern and western areas of the port city of Aden after the cease fire, security officials and witnesses said.The Saudi-led and U.S.-backed coalition of mainly Gulf Arab countries has been waging an air campaign since March against the Iran-supported rebels, who control most of northern Yemen and the capital, Sanaa.The pause declared by the Saudi-led coalition began at 11:59 p.m. (2059 GMT, 4:59 p.m. EDT) Sunday. It is intended to help allow humanitarian aid to be delivered to ease the suffering of civilians in the Arab world’s poorest country.The coalition made the unexpected announcement about the humanitarian pause on Saturday. The statement, carried on Saudi state media, said the coalition will cease military operations, but that it will respond should Houthi rebels or their allies conduct any military actions or movements.The rebels, known as Houthis, have expressed doubt over the truce. One Houthi official said it will likely mark “the beginning of a new war.” Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi, the head of the Houthi’s Revolutionary Council, said Sunday that the group had not received official notification of the truce from the United Nations. Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more