LAX to get scanners to speed up security

first_imgLAX to get scanners to speed up security Share LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles International Airport will be getting new fingerprint and iris scanners for passengers who want to speed through security lines.The Los Angeles Times reports Saturday that biometric screening company Clear will install kiosks by the end of March in Los Angeles and at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.The company’s kiosks can confirm a traveller’s identification in seconds. Passengers must pay an annual $179 fee to enrol and use the system.Clear Chief Administrative Officer David Cohen says travellers who use the kiosks can head more quickly to the Transportation Security Administration’s screening.The company already operates in airports in San Francisco, Washington and New York. Tags: Airports, California, TSA Source: The Associated Press Monday, January 30, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

W Hotels makes India debut with trippy kaleidoscopic resort in Goa

first_imgW Hotels makes India debut with ‘trippy’ kaleidoscopic resort in Goa << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1 2 3Next Tags: India, Marriott Interntaional, W hotels Posted by Share Photos credit: W HotelsNEW YORK — W Hotels Worldwide has announced the opening of W Goa on Vagator Beach.“It’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting for our newest W Escape than Goa, with its electrifying nightlife, vibrant fashion scene, and colorful culture,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “As our first location in India, this highly anticipated debut from the W brand promises to be unlike any other hotel in India, combining the bold design and dynamic lifestyle programming that W is known for with a uniquely Goan-twist.”Goa has witnessed vast changes in the influx of visitors over the past decades, from hippies in search of paradise, to New Age devotees, followed by purveyors of psytrance, and the yogaphiles and Burning Man disciples. These days it’s renowned as a beachside playground for Bollywood stars and world travellers alike.WOW VillaSituated between the jungle and the coastline of Vagator Beach, W Goa features 160 guestrooms, including Villas, Chalets, a Marvelous Suite and an Extreme WOW Villa (the brand’s take on the Presidential Suite). A one-hour flight from Mumbai and a 90-minute drive from Goa International Airport, the property overlooks the Arabian Sea and spans 25 acres of exotic sandy beach set against the backdrop of a 500-year old Portuguese fort.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at sea“With a rich natural environment intertwined with its strong cultural roots and eclectic scene, Goa remains a favorite destination for the Indian community; while at the same time continuing to garner international spotlight,” said Rajeev Meenon, Chief Operating Officer, Asia Pacific excluding China (APEC), Marriott International. “W Goa is set to inject a fresh vibe into the local hospitality scene with the brand’s game-changing style, modern guestrooms, amplified entertainment, and innovative cocktails – all infused with the irresistible mystique of Goa.”Features of the hotel include:‘Trippy’ Kaleidoscopic DesignImagined by interior design house Design Wilkes and architects Eco-ID, W Goa combines the rustic and dramatic landscape of Goa with an exuberant spirit that is unique to W Hotels. The grand entrance features huge, unframed doors that are perpetually open and adorned with art by Goan artist Subodh Kerkar, representing the lunar phases and a nod to Goa’s full moon party culture. Just steps away, behind the reception pods adorned with white Capize shells, is a massive street art mural by Indian artist M. Narayan featuring imagery that celebrates the culture of Goa.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesFor the interiors, the team at Design Wilkes celebrated the local and foreign cultures of Goa, incorporating rich colors and fabrics across the hotel. Each guestroom is decorated in a psychedelic look and feel with ‘trippy’ hues of purples and blues creating a kaleidoscopic melding of color throughout. Many fixtures – from foggy metal closet doors to the ‘beaten’ metal drawers in the bathroom – are purposefully designed so that guests cannot clearly see themselves, but rather just their shape and movements. Each guestroom features a chandelier that looks as though the lights are melting from the ceiling, and each bathroom features a mirror adorned with the shape of the Bodhi Leaf, which is often associated with enlightenment.Spectacular Room Travelweek Group last_img read more

Ultimate road trip New ferry will allow Canadians to drive to France

first_img The Canadian Press The new ferry service was supposed to start May 15, but the port authority in Fortune hasn’t been able to scrape together enough money to upgrade its wharf.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programs“I think they’re still about a million dollars short,” Penwell said. “So they’re looking to the provincial government and the (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) to see if they can come up with a bit more money … So far there’s been no resolution.”Negotiations with federal and provincial officials are ongoing, but Penwell said a temporary solution is in the works, though he isn’t sure when the wharf will be ready. Tags: Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador << Previous PostNext Post >> “It’s like a piece of France right next door,” Fortune Mayor Charles Penwell said Tuesday.“The language is different from what we’re used to in Newfoundland, but it’s very similar … to the (language spoken in) the Basque region of France. It offers traditional French food, French atmosphere, and the music and song of France. It’s unique. This archipelago is indeed a part of Europe that’s right next to our border.”More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksPenwell said St-Pierre-Miquelon – about the size of Honolulu and home to about 6,000 French nationals – doesn’t get the attention it deserves.“We get frustrated,” he said in an interview from Fortune, population 1,400. “I think there’s a fair number of people even in Newfoundland and Labrador who don’t realize it’s there.”The smallest of the islands, St-Pierre, is the most populated, with colourful clapboard homes on tidy, winding streets. Tourists can take advantage of fine French wines – at reasonable prices. There’s a regular midday siesta and access to smaller boats that serve the larger, sparsely populated islands of Miquelon and Langlade. Posted bycenter_img Wednesday, May 2, 2018 FORTUNE, N.L. — If all goes well, Canadians will soon be able to drive to a little-known corner of France.The French islands of St-Pierre-Miquelon, just off the south coast of Newfoundland – North America’s last vestige of colonial New France – have long attracted adventurous travellers seeking an unusual European experience.But the ferry that links Fortune, N.L., with the windswept archipelago 40 kilometres away only carries walk-on passengers in the spring and summer months.Later this year, however, the tiny French territory plans to start using two new ferries that can carry up to 15 cars, 200 passengers and three tractor-trailers year-round. Ultimate road trip! New ferry will allow Canadians to drive to France Sharelast_img read more

Court rules in Air Canadas favour in expired passport case

first_img By: The Canadian Press TORONTO — A man whose Canadian passport expired while he was abroad cannot recover any of the costs he racked up after Air Canada refused to let him board his return flight, an Ontario court has ruled.In its decision, the small claims court found that Gerald Gartner was the author of his own misfortune because he should have ensured his document was valid before trying to fly back to Toronto from St. Lucia.“The plaintiff was responsible for failing to check his own passport,” Deputy Judge David Dwoskin said in his ruling in Ottawa.“Air Canada determined in good faith that it was required by applicable law or government regulation … to refuse to carry the plaintiff.”The case arose in January last year when an Air Canada gate agent prevented Gartner from boarding his return flight because his passport had expired while he was there. He tried showing the agent his driver’s licence, health card and birth certificate – to no avail.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsGartner sued Air Canada for the $8,062.23 he said he spent in courier and other costs getting a renewed travel document as well as for a hotel and taxi fares. Among other things, he alleged Air Canada was in breach of contract by barring him from the flight he had reserved, and negligent in failing to train its out-of-country employees properly on the constitutional right of Canadian citizens to enter the country.In its defence, Air Canada pointed to its terms and conditions of carriage, which, among other things, state that a valid passport is required for return travel to Canada.The carrier also told court the Canada Border Services Agency had instructed airlines that gate agents can only accept valid passports as an international travel document and passengers cannot board a flight without one.While border officials may allow travellers who have arrived in Canada to use other documents to enter the country, airline personnel are neither border agents nor trained as such, Dwoskin said.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyThe judge also found Gartner’s damages claim for more than $8,000 to cover the expenses he incurred for a new passport and a “lengthy stay at what appears to be a premium hotel” in St. Lucia to have been excessive.Despite losing his case, Gartner did escape having to pay Air Canada any of its trial costs. Dwoskin said that was because of the “novel circumstances of the case and the public interest respecting the issues raised.”He did say he would reconsider the costs issue if either side could show it had made a reasonable offer to settle before trial. Thursday, May 30, 2019 Tags: Air Canada, Passport Share Court rules in Air Canada’s favour in expired passport case << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Costa Ricas Solís to skip Nicaragua during upcoming Central America tour

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s president-elect rules out drug legalization during his term Obama announces members of US delegation who will attend Luis Guillermo Solís inauguration 9 things we can expect from Costa Rica’s new president, Luís Guillermo Solís President Solís gets good grade from most Costa Ricans as first 100 days pass Costa Rican President-elect Luis Guillermo Solís kicks off on Tuesday a tour of Central America and the Dominican Republic to invite regional leaders to his May 8 inauguration. But he won’t be stopping in Nicaragua to meet with Daniel Ortega.“Evidently, don Luis [Guillermo Solís], with the diplomatic experience he has, believes that given the [two countries’] bad relations and statements by the Nicaraguan president he shouldn’t visit [Nicaragua],” incoming Presidency Minister Melvin Jiménez told news site ameliarueda.com on Sunday.However, Solís, a former historian and foreign relations expert, is expected to send an official invite through the Nicaraguan Embassy in San José, and he has “maintained a dialogue through the ambassador so that [Ortega] will be present,” Jiménez added.“We hope [Ortega] will attend the May 8 inauguration ceremony,” he said.Costa Rica and Nicaragua have three pending cases before the International Court of Justice at The Hague – two filed by Costa Rica and one by Nicaragua – over ongoing border disputes.Jiménez said Solís would listen to regional leaders’ expectations during the upcoming trip to Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic, ameliarueda.com reported.“It is tradition for the president-elect to visit the countries of the region to reaffirm the spirit of integration,” Jiménez said.Last Monday, Solís announced the first 21 members of his Cabinet, a team that combines technocrats, academics and entrepreneurs. Within a week, he is expected to announce the rest of his administration, including the foreign minister.Solís, a 55-year-old former professor, was elected president during an April 6 runoff, winning an unprecedented 78 percent of the vote against losing ruling party candidate Johnny Araya, the former long-term mayor of Costa Rica’s capital, San José. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Winning on the cheap Solís campaign spent a quarter of what Araya

first_imgCampaign spending results reveal that Luis Guillermo Solís and the Citizen Action Party (PAC) won Costa Rica’s 2014 presidential elections despite being outspent by a substantial margin.PAC spent the third most of any party, behind the National Liberation Party (PLN) and the Libertarian Movement Party (ML), according to results obtained by the Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE). The PLN and its candidate, former San José mayor Johnny Araya, spent $10.8 million compared to Solís’ figure of $2.8 millon. ML and its nominee, Otto Guevara, had the worst return on its investment, spending $4 million and coming in fourth in a first-round vote in February.PLN outspent PAC in virtually every category, especially in staff salaries, where it maintained almost a 10-to-one advantage. However, PAC reported spending $64,000 on Internet advertising and web design compared to PLN’s $28,000. Prior to February’s Election Day, Solís said that his strong online and social media organizing would help vault him to victory.Of the top five parties, PAC and FA were the most efficient with their elections spending, getting one vote for every $2.55 and $0.72 spent, respectively. FA’s numbers are misleading, as the TSE did not have their spending reports from January and February. ML had the worst performance on its campaign dollars, spending $10.10 for every vote received. This analysis included votes for president and the Legislative Assembly on Feb. 6, and did not include votes in the runoff election in April.The TSE figures track spending by parties from October 2013 until the end April. Explore the full spending results below. The comparison with the U.S. election only includes spending from Costa Rica’s top five parties. “Office costs and supplies” refers to rent, electricity, computers, vehicles, fuel and other similar expenses. Learn About Tableau Facebook Comments Related posts:A look at Costa Rica’s 2014 elections Johnny Araya to launch ‘gratitude tour’ next week Costa Rica’s runoff campaign season ended Sunday with Solís pressing supporters to get out and vote Non-career politician Luis Guillermo Solís wins Costa Rica presidential runoff in a landslidelast_img read more

Selena died 20 years ago – why were still talking about her

first_imgRelated posts:Kevin Johansen and The Nada to join illustrator Liniers in live art-music show in Escazú Singer-songwriter Kevin Johansen makes everyone feel good in Costa Rica debut Leonard Cohen announces new album for 80th birthday Mathematics tracks the hip-hop ‘revolution’ For at least one day every year, Selena-ness is next to godliness.That’s because March 31 marks the anniversary of the death of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, the Latin pop star and Queen of Tejano, who was murdered by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, 20 years ago.Across the U.S. state of Texas Tuesday, fans remembered Selena with talent shows, concerts, movies, look-alike contests, even memes that feed Selena’s iconography and keep it alive. There’s so much of it that University of Texas professor Deborah Paredez published “Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory” in 2009, hoping to understand what made Selena and her music so meaningful to so many, especially after her death at age 23. “Selenidad” refers to the cultish following that enveloped her.Earlier this year, Selena’s hometown of Corpus Christi announced plans for the first annual Fiesta de la Flor, a music festival held in her honor that kicks off April 17. In 2005, the 10th anniversary of her death, more than 70,000 people filled Houston’s Reliant Stadium to see “Selena ¡VIVE!,” a concert which included performances from Gloria Estefan, Paulina Rubio, the Kumbia Kings — the band led by Selena’s brother A.B. Quintanilla — and Los Dinos, the band Selena fronted. According to Univision, it was the highest-rated Spanish-language television special ever. There are smaller, unaffiliated celebrations such as the Gone But Not Forgotten Selena tribute, a celebration Saturday in Dallas’s Oak Cliff neighborhood. And of course, there’s the 1997 biopic starring Jennifer Lopez that still draws exuberant tweets from Selena fans when it re-airs. Selena’s grave site in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Wikimedia Commons)The alt-weekly San Antonio Current revisited her memory in its latest issue with a deep-dive cover story. All issues were quickly snapped up. The Selena Museum, housed in her family’s Q Productions studio, was closed Tuesday in her honor.Selena’s legacy has been burnished in unexpected ways, too, from the success of bachata superstar Romeo Santos to the styling of 17-year-old Kylie Jenner, whose life never even overlapped with Selena’s.“Like Selena, I was Tejana and grew up in south Texas,” the Texas professor Paredez said in an interview produced by her publisher, Duke University Press. “I knew, as a Tejana, among other Latinos, you’re certainly not seen as cool. You’re sort of seen as the backward, country cousins who can’t really dance. And so I was really interested in how she became so tremendously popular, just among even among other — a range of Latinos — even within the hierarchies of Latino culture. I was amazed that she was able to find such a tremendous following. … Part of that happened through her own virtuosity, part of it happened through the size of her body and the way it signified different kinds of body types in Latino America. Part of it happened through marketing, all kinds of forces, certainly.”One of the things that characterized the mystique of Selena in the 1990s was that she could be an enormous superstar, and yet simultaneously unknown to vast swaths of America. The context of her fame was not unlike the king of bachata, Romeo Santos. Bachata is rooted in the sugarcane fields of the Dominican Republic, and for a long time, carried similar bumpkin associations that Tejano has. They both share influences from cumbia. Historically, it’s seen as traditional, as poor people’s music. Wrote Ana Castillo in The Nation in 1995:“Selena’s life, not death, offered joy to so many who admired her — from field workers to the urban unemployed, poor brown and countless others who elsewise may have given over to despair. Because of her example and because of the ground she broke, although exoticized, relegated to subculture status, perceived as foreign in the country of her birth yet sticking stubbornly to the language of her heart, I am certain that the void she has left will be filled with a new Selena.”But Santos is young, handsome and fashionable, and holds fast to his Dominican and Puerto Rican roots — he told the New York Times last year, when he sold out Yankee Stadium (not once, but twice) that he had little interest in recording an English-language album. Instead, he’s brought artists such as Drake and Nicki Minaj to bachata. From left, Suzette and Marcela Quintanilla listen as Abraham Quintanilla speaks during the “Selena °Vive!” press conference on Feb. 3, 2005 in Houston, Texas. Frank Casimiro/Getty ImagesLike Selena, he has the it-factor, imbuing bachata with hipness and making it appealing to young Latinos with roots that span Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.But Selena’s influence on modern culture extends past her musical legacy and into one that centers around aesthetics. Just take a look at recent pictures of Kylie Jenner. While the whole of the country is enveloped ’90s nostalgia, for everything from acid-wash denim — dear lord, why — to a renewed interest in Timberlands, either Jenner or the people styling her have zeroed in on some of Selena’s classic looks and translated them for Jenner.The hair, and her much-discussed lips, in matte red, scream “Selena,” albeit in the much more heavily contoured manner that she and her sisters so often favor.In a shoot this month for Remix Magazine, Jenner was styled in a white bustier and high-waisted pants to evoke the memory of Selena’s distinctive stagewear.Before she died, Selena set her sights on crossing over, recording “Dreaming of You,” her English-language album that was released posthumously in 1995. And cross over she did — “Dreaming of You” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart. But rather than her singles from “Dreaming of You,” it’s the ear-wormy goodness of “Como la Flor” or “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” that have lived on, and that remain in rotation at Latin stations all over the country, and that can be heard blaring from car stereos everywhere, but especially in her hometown of Corpus Christi.“There is never going to be another Selena,” Lopez said in an interview with Billboard. “And as far as music goes, that’s what’s beautiful about artistry. Somebody is going to come along and move the world in a different way.” © 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Commentscenter_img Así recordamos a la inolvidable Selena a 20 años de su muerte. Fotos http://t.co/Ew9w5J2q1T pic.twitter.com/izN1lN5FPL— People En Español (@peopleenespanol) March 31, 2015last_img read more

Costa Rica finishes work to close artificial canal built by Nicaragua in

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica begins mitigation of Nicaragua’s canal work in disputed area Nicaragua claims ‘cleaning’ of the Río San Juan follows world court order Nicaragua’s Pastora calls Costa Rica’s latest accusations ‘a bunch of lies’ aimed at boosting President Solís’ image Costa Rica seeks $6 million in environmental damages from Nicaragua in border dispute Costa Rica successfully blocked an artificial canal that Nicaragua opened in 2013 in disputed territory near the mouth of the San Juan River, Costa Rica Foreign Affairs Minister Manuel González reported Wednesday.The canal is one of several sources of an ongoing border conflict between Costa Rica and Nicaragua that’s scheduled for final hearings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) next week.González said the work to block the canal prevented major environmental damage that would have been virtually impossible to repair.Read all our coverage of the Nicaragua-Costa Rica border disputeThe canal, if completed, would have channeled water from the San Juan River, which is in Nicaragua, into the Caribbean. The area is considered sensitive wetland habitat of international importance.The repair work done by a 62-member Costa Rican environmental crew consisted of blocking the canal at a 19-meter wide spot by piling 900-kilo sand bags across the water in three rows, González told reporters.The Foreign Affairs Minister reported that Nicaraguan military personnel observed the work from that country’s territory.González expressed optimism about the upcoming hearings before the international court.“We believe the legal and technical position (Costa Rica) has held for almost five years…is quite solid,” González said.The conflict between the two neighbors erupted in 2010 when Costa Rica took Nicaragua to the ICJ, accusing it of having militarily invaded Costa Rican territory and caused environmental damage.Nicaragua dismissed the allegation and, in turn, accused Costa Rica of violating its sovereignty and causing environmental damage to the San Juan River by building a road that runs parallel to its bank.last_img read more

Costa Rica to regulate IVF after long row

first_imgCosta Rica’s president will issue a decree to finally regulate in vitro fertilization after a long legal battle, he said Wednesday.President Luis Guillermo Solís said his office will issue regulations by September to comply with a regional court ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.“I am going to take action since I do not want Costa Rica to face sanctions a second time” over failure to comply with the November 2013 ruling, Solis said.See: Inter-American Court of Human Rights demands answers from noncompliant Costa RicaCosta Rica, a mostly Catholic Central American nation that takes pride in its respect for civil liberties, has long been the only country in the Americas that bans the procedure.Costa Rica has a date with the court of Sept. 3 to explain how it is complying with the ruling lifting the ban on the reproductive technology.But its lawmakers, who should normally issue the regulations, will not be able to make the deadline given the still-controversial nature of the procedure, Solís said.In vitro fertilization was banned in Costa Rica in 2000 under pressure from the Catholic Church. Some opposing couples sued the government over the ban. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican president presents draft decree to legalize in vitro fertilization Costa Rica’s Supreme Court strikes down decree on IVF legalization, orders lawmakers to act Costa Rican plaintiffs disappointed, but not surprised, by president’s IVF proposal Costa Rica’s Supreme Court to hear challenges to anti-IVF lawmakerslast_img read more

Pinochet carried out targeted assassination in Washington

first_imgNewly declassified U.S. documents reveal that the late Chilean Gen. Augusto Pinochet was directly involved in a deadly 1976 car bombing that targeted Orlando Letelier, a political opponent, in Washington, D.C.The documents, including a strongly-worded memorandum to President Ronald Reagan in 1987 from then-Secretary of State George Shultz, point the finger directly at Pinochet, who had come to power in a 1973 coup backed by the United States that ousted socialist President Salvador Allende. The general then presided over a ruthless campaign against leftists that involved the disappearance of suspected activists, torture and mass killings.The documents were presented by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Chile’s President Michele Bachelet, whose father had died following his time in one of Pinochet’s prisons and who herself lived through detention and exile.“We have long known that the Chilean secret police/intelligence service was behind this brutal act, perhaps the only clear case of state-supported terrorism that has occurred in Washington, D.C.,” Shultz wrote to Reagan in a now-declassified memo dated Oct. 6, 1987.“It is not clear whether we can or would want to consider indicting Pinochet,” Shultz wrote. “Nevertheless, this is a blatant example of a chief of state’s direct involvement in an act of state terrorism, one that is particularly disturbing both because it occurred in our capital and since his government is generally considered to be friendly.”Shultz added: “While some in the [U.S. government] had previously believed that Pinochet had ordered the murders, and there were strong signs that he was involved in the cover-up, the CIA has never before drawn and presented its conclusion that such strong evidence exists of his leadership role in this act of terrorism.”Read The Tico Times’ special series: Pinochet’s arrest rememberedSenior figures within the State Department and the CIA were attempting to convince Reagan of the need to push for greater democracy in Chile. Despite his hideous record of rights abuses, Pinochet remained an ally of the West’s inveterate Cold Warriors, including Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.“This document is clearly the holy grail of the case,” said Peter Kornbluh, author of “The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier of Atrocity and Accountability” and director of the nonprofit National Security Archive’s Chile Documentation Project at George Washington University. In a statement, he called on the CIA to release further information of what it knew of Pinochet’s operations, and particularly the Letelier assassination.Letelier, who had served as a senior minister in Allende’s government, was killed Sept. 21, 1976, when a bomb in his car exploded on Massachusetts Avenue while he was en route to his job at a Washington think tank. A 25-year-old colleague accompanying him also died.Pinochet eventually stepped down in 1990 after a popular referendum rejected his continuing in power, paving the way for a more democratic Chile. At the time of his death in 2006, a majority of Chileans believed he should be prosecuted for human rights crimes.© 2015, The Washington PostRead the declassified documents here.  Facebook Comments Related posts:Sentencing in Chile begins to bring closure in 41-year-old murder cases of US citizens Frank Teruggi and Charles Horman After 30 years, mother hopes for justice in son’s murder during Chilean protest Chile to try former secret police for diplomat’s death Chile charges 7 in Pinochet-era death of photographerlast_img read more

ICE seeks annulment of 112 million payment to Italian company

first_imgThe state-owned Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) asked for an annulment of the mediation proceedings that require the institute to provide a large payment to the Italian company Enel Green power for additional expenses in the construction of a hydroelectric plant.The ICE announced in a statement on Tuesday that it has asked the Supreme Court of Justice to annul an order from the International Center of Conciliation and Mediation (CICA) that the ICE pay $112.5 million to Enel Green in additional costs for the construction of the Chucás Hydroelectic Project.The plant, located on the Tárcoles River, 50 km west of San José and with a 50-megawatt capacity, is valued at $107 million.In its request, the ICE argued that one of the three members of the arbritration panel should have recused himself from the case because of profesional connections to Enel Green.The CICA finding indicated that the costs of the project increased because of flooding and landslides that obliged the construction company to suspend work for three months, and that the ICE is responsible for that increase.The ICE, however, argues that the agreement with Enel Green was a Build-Operate-Transfer contract (BOT) under which the Costa Rican government committeed only to purchase the generated energy, and is free of responsibility for additional construction costs.“It is notable that the Arbitration Court is unfamiliar with the criteria of our own [Costa Rican] courts, which have reiterated that, because of the nature of BOT contracts, the contractor assumes construction risks,” ICE Legal Director Julieta Bejarano said in the statement. Facebook Comments Related posts:Power overload in Panama causes outage in Costa Rica Regulator approves decrease in electricity rates for next quarter Government charters flight to bring Costa Ricans home from Puerto Rico The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Jan. 14, 2019last_img read more

STORY REMOVED BCEU–VaticanGay Marriage

first_img Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Comments   Share   5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about Pope’s meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury. The story was mistakenly resent on Friday. The same story was originally filed on June 14, 2013.The AP(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

Greek leader optimistic bailout deal will be reached soon

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister said Friday he is optimistic his cash-strapped country will soon reach an agreement with its international creditors, averting a potential default.Speaking in Parliament, Alexis Tsipras said Greece was doing everything it could to reach a deal with its creditors in Europe and the International Monetary Fund.“I am optimistic we will soon have a good outcome,” he said. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Men’s health affects baby’s health too Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments   Share   A woman walks on Pnyx hill in front of the ancient Acropolis of Athens, on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Cash-strapped Greece scraped together a 200 million-euro ($222 million) repayment to the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday amid signs its long-stalled bailout negotiations were making some progress. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) Sponsored Stories “I’m happy to say that in the last few weeks there has been more progress in the talks, they’ve been very constructive, intensified,” he said in Rome after meeting his Italian counterpart Pier Carlo Padoan.“But we are not there yet so the Eurogroup on Monday … will not be decisive,” he said. “We will need more time.”Tsipras said that whether a deal was reached was now a question of political will among the country’s creditors.“There is no technical issue of whether there will be an agreement. It is only (a question of) political will,” Tsipras said. “The political will is … whether Europe will tolerate, not a left-wing government but democracy in the country in which it was born.”Not reaching a deal, he said, would hurt Europe.“Europe cannot bear less democracy, and the crime against democracy in the place in which it was born will not be silenced.”With chances for an actual deal on Monday slim, Greece hopes that an acknowledgement of progress will pave the way for some form of intermediate support. The European Central Bank, for example, could increase its support for Greek banks. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Negotiations between Greece, other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund have faltered for months, since Tsipras’ radical left government won elections in January on promises of repealing austerity measures, including pension and salary cuts and tax hikes, that have accompanied the country’s bailout.Greece desperately needs an agreement so creditors can release the final 7.2 billion euro ($8.1 billion) installment of its 240 billion euro bailout. It is scraping together reserves from local governments and state entities to be able to meet a repayment to the IMF next week and to pay pensions and salaries.Initial hopes that an agreement could be reached by May 11, when eurozone finance ministers are to meet, have faded.Germany will be heading to the Monday meeting “with very restrained expectations. We will see how things stand,” said German Finance Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger, whose country is the largest single contributor to Greece’s bailout.Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister who heads the eurozone’s group of finance ministers known as the Eurogroup, said progress had been made in talks but there was still a way to go. ____Geir Moulson in Berlin and Luigi Navarro in Rome contributed.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 academies Top Stories last_img read more

AFTA National Travel Industry Awards 2010 Winner – Qantas Holida

first_imgSource = Qantas Holidays The team at Qantas Holidays are celebrating our wins at the AFTA 2010 National Travel Industry Awards, held at the Westin Sydney Hotel on 10 July 2010. Qantas Holidays collected the awards for Best Wholesaler – International Product and Best Sales Executive – Industry Supplier, Kim Knight.Chris Rankin, General Manager Qantas Holidays says “Being awarded the Best Wholesaler- International Product and Best Sales Executive – Industry Supplier in Kim Knight is a fantastic result. It reinforces the fact that we are an Industry leader committed to supporting our agents. We would like to thank all the agents who voted and continue to support us”.It has been a very eventful year for Qantas Holidays with the launch of the Adventures Program in May, our travel agents rewards program Trip’s 1st Birthday in June and the expansion of the Cruise Program most recently in July.For the latest news, specials and incentives from Qantas Holidays, click here to discover more.Please go to http://www.afta.com.au/AFTANTIA for a full list of the awards and their winners.last_img read more

Strike pain in Spain falling on planes

first_imgSpain faced major travel chaos and mass protests Wednesday as its first general strike in eight years was held amidst anger over government measures to cut unemployment and fuel the economy. Unions are fighting cuts across Europe and plan protests in 12 countries including Ireland, Italy and Portugal, the European Trade Union Confederation said in a Bloomberg report. However, the walkout was expected to draw a weak response, given the fear generated by the 20 per cent unemployment rate and the government’s measures already viewed as inevitable.Even so, the strike was expected to result in widespread disruption to transport services, although the unions last week struck an unprecedented deal with the government to ensure minimum services, Mysinchew.com reported. The deal provides for a minimum of 20 to 40 per cent of international flights and 10 per cent within the Spanish peninsula. It will allow 20 per cent of high speed trains and 25 per cent of district trains, including 30 per cent for morning rush hour. No regional or long-distance trains are guaranteed, the report said. Spanish national flag carrier Iberia said it would operate 35 per cent of its flights. Irish low-cost airline Ryanair said it has cancelled all its Spanish domestic flights and most of its international flights for the day. The budget airline has blamed what it calls “the failure of the Spanish government to ensure minimum service guarantees for non-Spanish airlines’ flights”, Irish website BreakingNews.com reported.The strike in Spain coincides with union action in Brussels, Athens and other European cities as austerity measures bite across the continent. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Clast_img read more

Thousands affected by Qantas strikes

first_imgMore updates as news comes to handQantas has been forced to cancel up to 28 flights tomorrow as the Transport Workers Union (TWU) plans a four hour strike starting at 5.00am.With a further 27 other flights expected to experience delays of up to 35 minutes, the carrier said up to 6,100 passengers can expect disturbances.A statement from the carrier read that despite disruptions, its contingency plan has allowed it to reduce the full impact of the strikes, that will see up to 3,800 baggage handlers, ground staff, catering, freight and other transport employees walk off the job. Qantas added that operations could be affected for an extra two days, with the TWU implementing a 48 hour ban on a range of administrative duties after industrial action.“We  apologise  to  our  passengers  who  will  be  caught  up  in  this  strike  action  from  the  Transport Workers  Union,” Qantas Group executive Olivia Wirth said.   “The  TWU is  intent  on  causing  disruptions  to  Qantas  passengers  and  we  are  doing everything we possibly can to reduce the delays and cancellations.”Qantas passengers have been urged to check the carrier’s website for flight cancellations and delays. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Time for Taiwan to tempt Japan

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P In an effort to entice the Japanese to travel to Taiwan for their food, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau will launch a “Time for Taiwan” promotion showcasing Taiwanese cuisine in Tokyo.Taiwan Tourism Bureau director general David W.J. Hsieh along with a group of top Taiwanese Chefs will travel to Tokyo to present creative Taiwanese cuisines at the Hotel Okura on the 18 May 2012, the China Post reported.The Group of top chef’s include Chen Chao-Iin winner of the golden award at a competition held at the 2011 Taiwan Culinary Exhibition; Shih Chien-fa, chairman of Chinese Gourmet Association; Hsu Chuan-hui, a famous chef in southern city of Tainan, and other selected young chefs. The Tourism Bureau is hopeful that through the Taiwan-Japan promotion both regions can work together to increase two-way visitor arrivals to three million this year.According to statistics released by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau Japanese visitor arrivals in Taiwan reached a record 1.29 million last year.The increased interest and visitor arrivals from Japan are partly attributed to the efforts the tourism Bureau made to invite 1,000 Japanese to tour Taiwan after the 11 March earthquake and Tsunami.This combined with follow-up promotion efforts from the Tourism Bureau has contributed to the increase in Japanese tourists to Taiwan last year.last_img read more

Qantas announces strong full year report

first_imgQantas announces strong full year reportQantas today announced its strongest profit since before the Global Financial Crisis, a $505 million capital return to shareholders and a Boeing 787 Dreamliner order to start a new era for Qantas International.For the 12 months to 30 June 2015, Qantas reported an Underlying Profit Before Tax of $975 million and a Statutory Profit Before Tax of $789 million. The underlying result is a turnaround of $1.6 billion compared with financial year 2014, including Qantas’ best ever second half performance, with all segments of the Qantas Group reporting robust profits and returning their cost of capital.The driving force behind the result was progress with the Qantas Transformation program, which realised $894 million in transformation benefits during the year and saw Qantas meet its target of paying down more than $1 billion in net debt. As a result, Qantas has reached its optimal capital structure – enabling it to resume shareholder returns while continuing to invest in growth and renewal.Chief executive Alan Joyce said the milestone acquisition of the next-generation Dreamliner for Qantas International marked the scale of Qantas’ turnaround and signalled a new phase of renewal and growth.“We are halfway through the biggest and fastest transformation in our history,” Mr Joyce said. “Without that transformation, we would not be reporting this strong profit, recommencing shareholder returns, or announcing our ultra-efficient Dreamliner fleet for Qantas International.“We have reshaped our business for a strong, sustainable future – and because we moved quickly and made tough decisions early, we have strong foundations to build on.”A capital return of $505 million, equivalent to 23 cents per share, is proposed to be paid to shareholders in early November 2015. The payment is subject to shareholder approval at the Qantas Annual General Meeting on 23 October 2015 of the capital return and the related share consolidation.“The financial discipline we have applied means we can reward our shareholders, who have been both patient and supportive throughout our transformation,” Mr Joyce said. “We’re delighted to make this announcement today.”Qantas will acquire eight Boeing 787-9 aircraft, to be delivered from calendar year 2017 and gradually replace five older Boeing 747s.“New aircraft types have always unlocked opportunities for Qantas,” Mr Joyce said. “When our red tail Dreamliners start arriving in two years’ time, their incredible range and fuel-efficiency will create new possibilities for our network.“For customers, the Qantas Dreamliner’s improved cabin pressure, larger windows and technology to reduce turbulence will deliver the world’s best travel experience.” Fly QantasSource = Qantas Grouplast_img read more

Malaysia Airlines today launched official presence on WhatsApp

first_imgMalaysia Airlines today launched official presence on WhatsAppMalaysia Airlines today launched official presence on WhatsAppMalaysia Airlines (MH) today launched ourofficial presence on WhatsApp, enabling customers to receive their flight booking confirmation and flight status directly through the popular messaging app. Malaysia Airlinesis the first airline in Malaysia and the fifth in the world to integrate with the WhatsApp Business solution.This follows the launch of three otherdigital solutions, MHguardian, MHfeedback and MHchat back in April 2018 and in line with our digitalization strategy.Malaysia Airlines will continue to look at products and services that enhance the customer experience byallowing our guests to receive important updates such as gate, check-in,boarding or schedule notifications via the messaging app. This new platform is offered in addition to the airline’s traditional methods of communication of email and SMS.Malaysia Airlines’ Group Chief Executive Officer Izham Ismail said, “We are extremely excited to be the first in Malaysia and one of the first in the world to offer this new service on WhatsApp. The WhatsApp Business solution will enable us to reach out to more passengers as WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging applications with more than 1.5 billion users worldwide. The new service will further enhancethe customer experience for todays always connected customers.”He added, “Malaysian Hospitality is not just about the service. It is about making the journey stress-free andconvenient for our passengers.”Malaysia Airlines’ customers can opt in to this service by sending any WhatsApp message to the number +603 8777 4570Source = Malaysia Airlineslast_img read more

Sri Lanka Tourism observes an influx of online booking

first_imgThe Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau Rohantha Athukorala said with 2014 registering 15.1 million guest nights with tourism receipts recording 2.2 billion USD, the informal sector is coming out at a staggering 7.3 million guest nights, which is almost touching 50% mark as per analysis prepared by the country’s top analysis JB Securities.This is expected to grow further given the explosion of the online booking companies and with more travellers wanting to book online he said when addressing the Annual General meeting of the Guides Association of Sri Lanka where he was the Chief Guest at the event.Previously Athukorala had asked the private sector to be patient for another 3-4 months since they had waited six years for current provisions. He had said, “Only once the new ad agency, PR agencies- market wise, Digital Marketing Company are been selected under the Government procurement process adhered, that we can practice professional destination marketing. Just attending trade fairs, inviting journalists and initiating travel agents to come to Sri Lanka might generate the numbers but it does not build imagery and brand equity in the targeted travellers. There must be a healthy balance between the Push and Pull. We are just skewed to Push for the last four months. To be honest, I feel sad for Sri Lanka Tourism where the private sector has invested billions of rupees on infrastructure whilst global brand building has not happened in a balanced manner but that the reality. But I commit to you that I will make the Sri Lanka Tourism Bureau the best destination marketing unit in the world.”Overall tourism numbers have registered a 14.5% growth in the first five months of 2015, with overall tourism receipts crossing 1 billion USD as per the Central Bank whilst BOI confirmed that Leisure approvals as at end May was Rs 4.1 billion rupees.last_img read more