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These nuts wont kill you says CTA

first_imgTags: Canadian Transport Agency Monday, July 25, 2016 The Canadian Press Share These nuts won’t kill you, says CTAcenter_img A Canadian Transportation Agency study says air travellers with severe allergies to peanuts, nuts or sesame seeds face little risk from other people on a plane who may be eating snacks containing those products.The probe, which was launched following a directive by former transport minister Lisa Raitt, consulted experts on the risk of allergic reactions due to inhalation or skin contact on aircraft with 30 or more seats on domestic and international flights.Its findings, recently posted to the agency’s website, concluded there was “little to no evidence of a risk of allergic reactions” from touching or breathing in nut particles.“Only accidental ingestion posed a risk of a serious allergic reaction,” a summary of the findings states.The report recommends airlines continue following mitigation measures, such as buffer zones for allergic passengers and announcements to nearby seatmates, similar to ones that were part of a directive the agency issued to Air Canada in 2011 following complaints from two customers.But the study’s recommendations would actually shrink the buffer zone in economy class from a row on either side of the passenger to just the row where the allergic passenger is seated.Rhonda Nugent, whose daughter has a severe peanut allergy and was one of the original complainants, wants airlines to make a general announcement to the whole plane that an allergic passenger is on board. She also wants passengers to refrain from eating foods containing nuts during the flight.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksNugent says her now 16-year-old daughter always avoided the bathroom when they flew because they didn’t want to risk skin contact with nuts.“If somebody eats peanuts, and we all know how unclean people are, and they go to the bathroom and they touch every seat on the way down, and then she goes behind them and then she comes back and puts her hand in her mouth, she could easily have an anaphylactic shock,” said Nugent, speaking from Conception Bay South, N.L.The report only recommends seatmates within a buffer zone should be asked to refrain from eating peanuts, nuts or sesame seeds.Other recommendations suggest passengers with concerns about allergic reactions be allowed to wipe down their seats themselves, and that flight crews be trained to recognize an allergic reaction.Air Canada says on its website that it will not make a general announcement to all passengers about buffer zones for allergic travellers. Only passengers within the zone will be informed, the airline’s policy states.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at sea“We believe this is the most effective way to provide a safe environment for our customers with allergies and still reasonably balance the diverse needs of our 41 million global customers we transport each year,” Air Canada spokeswoman Angela Mah said in an email.Westjet says on its website that it makes a cabin-wide announcement requesting passengers not open or consume any products containing nuts or nut products during the flight if they have an allergic passenger on board.The transportation agency says the report will be used for advice on future cases and new policies. The agency will also review its previous directives on accommodating passengers with severe nut allergies.Nugent says it’s terrifying to know your child’s life could be at risk in the air and she can’t understand why the transportation agency won’t require airlines to ask passengers to not eat nuts.“I can assure you, if one of those people making that decision had a child with an allergy such as peanuts, which is deadly, they would not make that decision,” she said. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


Airbnb signs 2nd major partnership deal in the Caribbean

first_img Wednesday, December 14, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> KINGSTON — Following news last month that Airbnb signed a groundbreaking agreement with the Aruba Tourism Authority, the homestay accommodations leader has once again made headlines for signing a similar deal with the Jamaica Tourist Board.The agreement, made on Dec. 13, will promote tourism to the island and position Airbnb for continued growth in the destination.“Jamaica has so much to offer travelers seeking authentic experiences due to the diversity of our tourism product. With this partnership with Airbnb, we will be able to offer a renewed focus on community-based tourism which highlights our biggest asset – our people,” said Jamaica’s Director of Tourism, Mr. Paul Pennicook. “We foresee a great partnership with Airbnb and look forward to exceeding their client’s expectations in the Home of All Right.”Added Shawn Sullivan, Airbnb’s Public Policy lead for Central America and the Caribbean: “Whether you come to Jamaica for the beaches, the country’s fascinating history and culture, amazing food or warm people, Jamaica has something to offer everyone. We look forward to continuing our work with everyone involved in promoting Jamaica as a top travel destination. Airbnb travelers seek unique and authentic travel experiences and Jamaica offers just that.”More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthThere are 4,000 listings in Jamaica and the average earnings for a host on the island is US$2,500 per year. Posted by Airbnb signs 2nd major partnership deal in the Caribbeancenter_img Share Travelweek Group Tags: Airbnb, Jamaicalast_img read more


Price break on Luxury Gold Premium Journeys with Insights 2018 Europe preview

first_img Posted by Share Tags: Insight Vacations Travelweek Group Wednesday, June 28, 2017 center_img Price break on Luxury Gold, Premium Journeys with Insight’s 2018 Europe preview TORONTO — Insight Vacations’ 2018 Europe Preview program includes seven Luxury Gold journeys and eight brand new ‘European Discoveries’ Premium Journeys, for a total of more than 80 of the company’s most popular European itineraries in all.Between now and early September 2017, clients can lock in guaranteed 2017 pricing for 2018 journeys with a $200 per person deposit on any of the itineraries featured in the Preview program.In the instance that the 2018 price is lower than in 2017, Insight Vacations will refund the difference.Clients can also save a further 10% through the Early Payment Discount Program if they pay in full by Jan. 11, 2018. Clients who secure their place through the Preview program will also be the first to have access to a suite of exclusive airfare offers when Insight Vacations’ 2018/19 Europe & Britain program is launched in September, before they are released to the general public.Past guests of Insight Vacations or its sister brands may also receive an additional 5% discount with Club Bon Voyage, or opt to apply it to any of the featured air deals.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedItineraries covered by the Preview promotion include:European Discovery: The new 18-day ‘European Discovery’ is billed as a well-placed escorted journey offering the ideal mix of sightseeing and time to relax.Mediterranean Journey: Clients booking this new 18-day itinerary will join a foodie walking tour through Paris in a group small enough to fit into the tiniest of patisseries, embark on a tour of some of San Sebastian’s finest pintxos (tapas) establishments, and savour a fine selection of wines in Bordeaux and Tuscany.European Rhapsody: This new 12-day journey of Europe’s imperial cities culminates in with a Celebration Dinner in Venice.See and for details. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


Aeromexico restructures its fares

first_imgTags: Aeromexico << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Thursday, March 8, 2018 Aeromexico restructures its farescenter_img MEXICO CITY — Aeromexico is bringing in new Branded Fares for passengers travelling to and from Canada and U.S. and within Mexico. The new fare structure now includes Basic, Classic, Flexible, AM Plus, Comfort, and Premier fare options.The Basic fare, following the global trend to basic economy fares, offers no preference for specific seats, no changes, and no checked baggage.The Classic fare allows passengers to select both their own and their companion’s seat. With this fare passengers also have the option of purchasing additional services and ancillaries.Flexible fares for domestic flights give flight change flexibility at no additional cost, plus other benefits such as No Show with no extra fee.AM Plus offers priority check-in, boarding and deplaning, extra leg room and more baggage space.Comfort fares for transborder flights include priority check-in, boarding and deplaning and more space for personal baggage.Premier fares provide the most flexibility, exclusive snacks and beverages, priority check-in and boarding, full flatbed seats on selected routes, and change of date and itineraries free of charge.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionSee for more information and details on each Branded Fare. Posted by Travelweek Group last_img read more


Flight cancellations pile up after wintry storm ices much of the US

first_imgFlight cancellations pile up after wintry storm ices much of the U.S. Southeast Share CHARLOTTE — A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday – causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses to hundreds of thousands of people.Accidents on snow-covered interstates caused major delays, hundreds of flights were cancelled and drivers in North Carolina and Virginia got stuck in snow or lost control on icy patches. Meanwhile, kids and the young at heart took advantage of the early winter snow with snowball fights, sledding and snowmen.Police in North Carolina and Virginia said they’d responded to hundreds of snow-related traffic accidents as of Sunday afternoon, as cars, trucks and tractor-trailers all struggled with the snow and ice.North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper strongly urged residents to stay off the roads Sunday, asking drivers not to put lives of first responders needlessly at risk. Cooper said emergency crews, including the National Guard, worked overnight to clear traffic accidents on major roadways.“Stay put if you can,” Cooper said. “Wrap a few presents, decorate the tree, watch some football.”More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalFive members of a dive team searched the Neuse River in Kinston, North Carolina, for a missing truck driver Sunday after a tractor-trailer ran off a road and into the river, WRAL-TV reported.Governors and local officials in several states declared emergencies ahead of the storm crossing several Southern states, which hit portions of North Carolina and Virginia particularly hard.Virginia State Police said Interstate 81 in far southwest Virginia was particularly dangerous, with snow coming down faster Sunday afternoon than crews could clear it. Police said several tractor-trailers slid off the highway.Officials warned residents to prepare emergency kits and stay off roads in impacted areas. Several schools districts in North Carolina and Virginia announced they’ll be closed Monday.“Virginians should take all necessary precautions to ensure they are prepared for winter weather storm impacts,” said Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.The National Weather Service said a “prolonged period of snow” began late Saturday and would last until Monday in the region, with the heaviest snow expected in northwest North Carolina and southern Virginia. Some areas of North Carolina and Virginia saw more than a foot (30 centimetres) of snow by Sunday afternoon.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaMore than 300,000 power outages were reported across the region with the majority of those – about 240,000 – in North Carolina, according to Parts of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia also saw outages.Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the sixth busiest airport in the country, said American Airlines reduced its operations, with more than 1,000 flights cancelled on Sunday.American Airlines also issued a travel alert for nine airports throughout the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Virginia, meaning passengers may be able to change travel plans without a fee.Travellers were advised to check their flight status before heading to the airport. Cancellations were reported on flights from as far as the Midwest. << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bycenter_img Monday, December 10, 2018 Travelweek Group Tags: Snow Storm, Weatherlast_img read more


FlamingoPotrero News

first_imgNo related posts. Recently, Riester Foundation Board member Tom Ortega and his wife, Stacia, son, Wyatt, and daughter, Reid, visited Costa Rica to see two projects the foundation sponsors. They were enthusiastic about touring the Riester Reserve, which is one mile south of Punta Islita, and the turtle conservation project on nearby Corozalito Beach.The foundation has planted more than 1,000 flowering and fruiting trees on the reserve over the past three years. As a result, white-faced monkeys, kinkajous and coatis have returned to the reserve, along with several new species of birds. At Corozalito Beach, the foundation’s efforts to protect turtle nests have resulted in an increase in baby turtles returning to the sea. We are very happy for Tom and his family’s visit and we want them to know how much we appreciate Riester Foundation’s conservation efforts here in Costa Rica. You can read more about Riester at try authentic Mexican food at The Garden Grill Restaurant, 100 meters before Kikes Place. Take-out is available starting at 4 p.m. Call 8407-8927 for more info.Potrero/Surfside resident Jen Dalton is the new owner of finca Tierras Nativas, located near Llanito. She has made it her mission to use her farm as a resource for community activities. Recently she held a community fundraiser, 1st Annual Dog Show, at the farm. A horse rescue center on the property provides for the care and rehabilitation of injured horses, and an equestrian school offers a Keys to Communication Horse Clinic on July 14-15. It’s open to all levels of riders, and a Kids Horse Camp on July 16-18, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. caters to beginners and experienced riders. The camp costs $50 per child per day. For more, contact Jen at 8816-2970 or visit her Facebook page.–Babe Facebook Commentslast_img read more


Human rights court to rule on Costa Rica in vitro fertilization case

first_imgThe Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) is expected to issue a ruling this week on a case brought against the government of Costa Rica for banning in vitro fertilization (IVF).Costa Rica banned the procedure 12 years ago, and now the court will define whether the practice should be allowed, if it should be included in public health services and if the country must change current legislation.In banning the practice, the government argued a pro-life stance, saying the definition of the beginning of life is established in the country’s constitution. The Attorney General’s Office is representing the government as a defendant in the case.The government’s main arguments for banning IVF questioned the use of multiple embryos in the process. Costa Rica also argued that IVF is not the most viable alternative for people unable to conceive, and the state questioned the high cost the procedure would have on the country’s public health care system. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican legislators face criminal suit for failing to pass IVF law Costa Rica to pay $420,000 for banning in vitro fertilization Evangelical lawmaker Justo Orozco to preside over commission studying IVF bill Does Costa Rica’s in vitro ban clash with its reputation as a civil liberties leader?last_img read more


Jacó Happenings

first_imgNo related posts. Kathleen Kidwell from the Centro Prenatal nonprofit educational and crisis pregnancy center for women in Tarcoles needs donations of anything babies use. Greatly appreciated are gently used baby clothes, toys, baby slings and baby backpacks, car seats, baby cribs and furniture. We also appreciate new clothing, bottles, diapers, pacifiers, thermometers and medications.All donations will receive a tax deduction certificate upon request and they will pick up any donations. Please call Kathleen at 8426-4937 if you would like to assist.Friday May 24, the Funky Fresh Trio of Josh Quinlan, Patrick McDevitt and Alejandro Castano will be joined by the Cuban Saxophonist in a performance of Jazz Funk at Teatro Jacó at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $15. Later in the month, the Spanish version of “Las Heridas Del Vento” will be at Jacó’s Ttheater at 8 p.m. on May 31, June 1 and June 2. The play stars Leonardo Perucci and Arturo Campos. The play tells the story of David, a young man who seeks the true story of his father after he finds some love letters addressed to him. $10 general admission, $20 VIP. For more information, visit Esterillos Beach Run 10K, held completely on sand, will take place just 20 minutes south of Jacó Beach, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 25. Cost is $20 and inscriptions can be made by calling 8391-3976.  It is also the Punto Surf Quarter Series Metropolitanas 2013. Inscriptions are $25. For more information, email new spots to check out on the oceanfront in Jacó Beach: The Lowtide Lounge is now open upstairs at Bohio Bubbas, with Happy Hour from 5-6 p.m. and The Point Beach Bar and Grill is located on the south side, oceanfront. For more info, visit–Christina Facebook Commentslast_img read more


After another march with protesters Leopoldo López gives himself up to Venezuelan

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Showdown looms for Venezuela, as protest leader Leopoldo López vows new march Fugitive Venezuelan opposition leader surrenders at rally Venezuela looks set to lock away prominent opposition leader Leopoldo López Costa Rican lawmakers urge political asylum for Venezuela opposition Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López is now in police custody. Here’s a picture of López giving himself up to Venezuela’s national guard, just as he had promised to do in prior days. UPDATE: And another photo: Leopoldo López se entrega a la justicia durante protesta en Caracas— el Nuevo Herald (@elnuevoherald) February 18, 2014 Leopoldo López se entrega a la Guardia Nacional venezolana #Venezuela— (@abc_es) February 18, 2014 Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez hands himself over to security forces: witnesses #breaking— Reuters World (@ReutersWorld) February 18, 2014last_img read more


Costa Rica National Police seize 7000 bottles of illegal hooch

first_imgNational Police officers in the Caribbean canton of Pococí, Limón, over the weekend seized 7,000 bottles of adulterated liquor and shut down two local bars that sold them.The liquor was fabricated from non-distilled alcohol, it had no indication of its alcoholic volume and many impurities were visible inside the bottles, “likely due to lack of appropriate hygiene during its preparation,” a police report stated.The joint operation was carried out by officials from the Health Ministry, Labor Ministry, the Pococí Municipality, the National Liquor Factory, National Production Council, the Tax Administration, Fiscal Control Police, and agents of the Judicial Investigation Police.Police officers said that the operation was conducted after receiving reports of various shipments of smuggled liquor in the area. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican cops confiscate tanker truck loaded … with boozelast_img read more


Costa Rica court finds US expat Ann Patton not guilty in third

first_img Facebook Comments Update: Monday, Sept. 7, 12:36 p.m.PÉREZ ZELEDÓN, San José – How would it feel to hear you’ve just been acquitted of a murder – twice? A three-judge panel on Monday morning acquitted U.S. expat Ann Patton of a murder charge in the 2010 shooting death of her U.S. husband, the wealthy financier John Bender, citing reasonable doubt, according to court spokeswoman Andrea Marín.This was Patton’s third court trial. Bender, her husband, was found dead from a gunshot wound to the neck in the couple’s opulent jungle mansion in the remote community of Florida de Barú, Pérez Zeledón. Patton has always maintained that Bender, who died of a gunshot wound, committed suicide. Prosecutors have already said they plan to appeal the verdict.Patton told The Tico Times she is still looking for the words to describe her nightmarish ordeal:[I’m] not yet feeling the relief. It takes some time to assimilate what the news was. My gut has been telling me all along that this third time I would actually be heard and that the evidence would be evaluated correctly. It’s impossible to say that I’m happy after five years of this, but yes, I’m relieved. There’s a lot left to do, but at least the question mark over my head is halfway erased.Patton was acquitted in 2013, but an appellate court ordered a retrial that was held in May 2014. The 2014 trial found Patton guilty and she was sentenced to 22 years in prison. Patton served nine months in El Buen Pastor prison in Desamparados, south of San José, before an appellate court in Cartago threw out the guilty verdict in February and ordered the retrial that started on Aug. 10. U.S. citizen Ann Patton, center, listens as judges find her not guilty of murder, in a Pérez Zeledón courtroom in Costa Rica on Sept. 7, 2015. The Tico TimesCosta Rican authorities still have Patton’s passport, and she said she has no intention of leaving the country illegally. Patton said she knows there is a possibility that prosecutors will file an appeal, but she is confident that judges had crafted a ruling that will survive an appeal.“To face this a fourth time, I have a hard time even seeing that. But it’s academically possible. My hope is that the verdict will be strong enough so that an appeal cannot be written or won’t be accepted and that it can end now and Jon can finally rest,” Patton said.Her lawyer, Fabio Oconitrillo, appealed to the prosecutors to reconsider any appeal: “After a third time of being told they’re wrong, they need to move on. But it’s also clear that this is a personal case for the prosecution and they’re going to exhaust all they resources they can.”Pérez Zeledón Prosecutor Edgar Ramírez has already confirmed the defense’s fears. Ramírez told The Tico Times that they would appeal the case again, hoping for what would be Patton’s fourth trial.“We do not share the opinion of the judges,” Ramírez said, speaking for the Prosecutor’s Office. “This was not a suicide, there is no doubt. The only one who could be responsible is Ann Maxim Patton.”Ramírez defended the decision to appeal the verdict and said that Patton could get a fair trial despite the fact that it would be her fourth for the alleged murder if the appeals court overturns the verdict. “The Costa Rican system is extremely fair,” he said.Patton, meanwhile, said that she is going to start addressing several pending issues that she has been unable to manage because of the countless trials and appeals. Among the list is an ongoing lawsuit against her previous lawyer for control of her late husband’s estate, including the 9.65-square-mile property where she and John Bender lived, and the 5,000-acre Boracayán wildlife sanctuary in southern Costa Rica.The Prosecutor’s Office also has impounded $7 million worth of precious stones that were found at the couple’s home during the investigation into Bender’s shooting death. Costa Rican officials claimed that the jewels were smuggled into the country and that the couple did not pay taxes on them.“My hope is that the verdict will be strong enough so that an appeal cannot be written or won’t be accepted and that it can end now and Jon can finally rest,” Patton said, “Costa Rica is my home.”See: Ann Patton on her new trial: ‘It is my opportunity to finally, hopefully, get true justice’Michael Krumholtz reported from Pérez Zeledón. Zach Dyer reported from San José.Read the verdict (in Spanish) Related posts:US expat Ann Patton faces third murder trial in Costa Rica  High-profile murder retrial underway in Costa Rica for US expat Ann Patton CBS to air documentary questioning Costa Rica’s murder conviction of US expat Ann Bender Ann Patton on her new trial: ‘It is my opportunity to finally, hopefully, get true justice’last_img read more


Court of Justice Nicaragua owes Costa Rica 380000 must retire troops

first_imgThe International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague ruled Friday that Costa Rica owns the north side of Isla Portillo and that Nicaragua must end its military presence in the area.The ruling also determined the marine borders between the two countries.“By establishing a military camp in Costa Rican territory, Nicaragua violated Costa Rica’s sovereignty,” the UN court ruled in an unanimous decision.The court also ordered Nicaragua to pay Costa Rica $380,000 as compensation for environmental damage to protected wetlands on the San Juan River, which lies on the border between the Central American nations.This figure was well below the $6.7 million demanded by Costa Rica for the harm done to the area.“The court concludes that the total amount of compensation to be awarded to Costa Rica is $378,890.59,” stated Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf.Managua has until April 2 to pay the amount, after which it will incur a higher rate of interest, the judge said in the Court’s firs-ever compensation ruling for environmental damage.Nicaraguan ambassador Carlos Argüello said his country was pleased with the outcome.“We consider this to be a fair assessment of the court,” he told AFP. “From the outset, President [Daniel] Ortega had stated that Nicaragua was willing to compensate was fair and reasonable, but Costa Rica’s proposal, Costa Rica’s request, was quite exaggerated,” Argüello said.The dispute centers on a tract of land known in Costa Rica as Isla Portillos and in Nicaragua as Harbour Head, a biological preserve lying in a border area long disputed by the two countries.The compensation ruling came more than two years after the ICJ found that Costa Rica had sovereignty over the area, basing its ruling in part on an 1858 treaty between the two countries.The ICJ said Nicaragua had violated its neighbor’s territory in 2010 by sending a small military contingent to set up an outpost there.It also undertook dredging in the San Juan river and excavated three canals in the sensitive wetlands area.String of disputesIn December 2015, the court reproached Nicaragua for violating Costa Rica’s right to navigation in the waters and ordered the two countries to negotiate an amount of compensation.But the neighbors failed to reach a deal, so the issue trundled back to the ICJ so judges could set the compensation amount.The case is one of several disputes between the two countries that have ping-ponged back and forth at the UN’s highest court, which was set up in 1945 to rule on border and territorial disputes between nations.The two countries first held negotiations in 1976 to try to reach an agreement on the border that broadly follows the San Juan river, but talks have dragged on.The case was first lodged with the ICJ in 2014, when Costa Rica maintained it had “exhausted its diplomatic means” to resolve the row. Facebook Comments Related posts:Court ruling close at hand on Costa Rican, Nicaraguan borders Nicaragua pays Costa Rica for environmental damages Costa Rica asks international court to prevent further occupations from Nicaragua Damaged wetlands recovering along Costa Rica-Nicaragua borderlast_img read more


Costa Ricas Keylor Navas hits the red carpet at Cannes

first_img Facebook Comments PHOTOS: Thousands audition for Keylor Navas movie Costa Rica’s star goalkeeper and Real Madrid stalwart Keylor Navas is used to playing before tens and thousands of spectators, and millions more on TV – but he admitted to some serious nerves when he had to climb the famous staircase in Cannes, France, where he presented the film based on his life, “Hombre de Fe” (“Man of Faith”).Asked by the press which experience caused more pressure, the red carpet or the Champions League Final he’ll play in at the end of this month against Liverpool, Navas said: “It’s a complicated question. I already know what a Champions Final is like, but the stairs today are new – they make me a little nervous.”The Costa Rican arrived at La Croisette after a 6-0 victory over Celta the night before in Real Madrid’s next to last Spanish League game of the season. Clarín: Keylor is a superhero, and La Sele is our armycenter_img Related posts:The pride of Costa Rica is UEFA’s Goalie of the Year Keylor Navas moves up in Champions League record book The best photos from Costa Rica’s loss to Tunisia – and the afterparty Clarín: Keylor is a superhero, and La Sele is our army Navas appeared along with Costa Rican director Dinga Haines and his wife, Andrea Salas, to present the biopic, which follows Navas from his infancy in his native Pérez Zeledón, through his extraordinary success with the Costa Rican Men’s National Team at the 2014 World Cup, to his arrival at Real Madrid.Navas, several of his teammates and Real Madrid coach Zinédine Zidane appear in the film, in a scene in which they are gathered in the locker room before a game.The goal of the film, which premiered in Costa Rica in December, “was not to add to my image, but rather to show people that with faith and the help of God,” they can achieve their dreams, the athlete told the press, impeccable in a white shirt and blue suit. The devout Christian added that the film is dedicated to children, to give them “a seed of faith.”The 97-minute film was not a part of the Cannes Film Festival, but was presented by Costa Rica at the Film Market, a parallel event, in hopes that it will be distributed in other countries.It will premiere in Spain on May 22 and in Mexico on June 1.last_img read more


Whats going on at Crucitas

first_imgÓscar Arias, Costa Rica’s former two-term president and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, was accused Monday of sexual assault.But the internationally recognized politician has also been mired in controversy surrounding a 2008 executive decree he issued that allowed Industrias Infinito S.A. to begin construction of an open-pit gold mine at Crucitas in northern Costa Rica.Arias’s decree deemed the mine “in the public interest” despite a 2002 court ruling that had established a moratorium on open pit mining. Costa Rican courts in 2010 voided Industrias Infinito S.A.’s authorization due to environmental concerns.Since then, the region has been harmed by illegal gold miners eager to cash in on the area’s massive quantities of the precious metal. Industrias Infinito S.A. hoped to extract 800,000 ounces of gold over 12 years at their Crucitas mine.In 2015, Roberto Dobles Mora, the Environment Minister under Arias’s administration, was given a three-year suspended sentence for breach of public duty for his role in approving the gold mine in Crucitas. An appeals court later overturned that ruling and ordered a new trial against Dobles.Last August, Chief Prosecutor Emilia Navas presented criminal charges against Arias for breach of duty, reopening a probe into whether the then-president failed to uphold his responsibilities by signing the 2008 decree.After a preliminary hearing, the court is now deciding whether Arias, Dobles and others will go to trial over the Crucitas case.In September 2018, the National University (UNA) conducted a study that identified “very probable” and “significant” environmental damage that had been caused by illegal mining at Crucitas. The report warned of “important affectation of the aquatic ecosystem, both local and downstream,” and researchers planned additional long-term monitoring of the area.In late January, police raided the Crucitas mine as part of a days-long “megaoperativo,” a strategy during which all of the country’s police target high-crime, high-profile areas.The operation — code name “Lapa 1” in reference to the green macaw, which is native to the area — included national and judicial investigation police, immigration officials, transit officers, park rangers, health personnel and the Red Cross, according to Luis Carlos Castillo, the Deputy Minister of Public Security.The megaoperativo led to dozens of arrests, and the shutdown of living quarters and tunnels used by illegal miners. “Lapa 1” also targeted land-owners who live near the mine and allegedly hire people to extract and market gold.Finally, authorities increased road checks and committed to maintaining a higher level of vigilance in the area “as long as is necessary,” according to a statement from the Public Security Ministry.Crucitas is located in the northern Alajuela canton of San Carlos, more than 100 kms north of San José.Preliminary hearings for the Crucitas case closed in late January. Arias is waiting to learn whether he will be required to stand trial.Information from AFP was used in this report. ​​This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.​​​​Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Oscar Arias’s Crucitas case dismissed; prosecutor plans appeal Mercury contaminating Crucitas water, threatening ecosystems, warns UNA study Óscar Arias, Costa Rica’s former president and a Nobel Prize winner, accused of sexual assault, per reports Former Tico Times publisher recalls Daly’s account of Arias misconductlast_img read more


Hamas military chief topped Israels wanted list

first_img Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona During nine years as leader of the Hamas Izzedine al Qassam Brigades, Jabari largely stayed out of the public eye. His highest profile appearance came in October 2011, when he escorted the captured Israeli soldier, Sgt. Gilad Schalit, out of Gaza in a swap for about 1,000 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.In a public appearance late Wednesday, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called Jabari “the military chief of staff of Hamas.”Jabari was born in 1960 in Gaza City. He began as a member of Abbas’ Fatah movement, but switched his allegiance to Hamas during his time in Israeli prisons.After Israel released him in 1995, he worked for a Hamas-run support group for prisoners. In 1998, he was jailed by Palestinian security forces in Gaza for his involvement with the Hamas military wing. Jabari was released two years later, after Israel shelled Gaza prisons as part of its crackdown on a Palestinian uprising.In 2003, Jabari became the de facto commander of the Hamas military wing after then-chief Mohammed Deif was seriously wounded in an Israeli attack. Jabari survived four attempts by Israel to kill him. In 2004, an air strike on Jabari’s house killed his son, Mohammed, a brother and three other relatives. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005 but still controls its airspace, seacoast and all but one of its land crossings.Hamas has ruled Gaza with an iron hand since the 2007 takeover, deepening the political split with Abbas. Repeated attempts at reconciliation have failed.The takeover deepened the isolation of Hamas and prompted the group to rely increasingly on Iran and Syria. Jabari was instrumental in developing the Hamas military arsenal and the group’s networks in Iran, Sudan and Lebanon.The Hamas founding charter calls for the destruction of Israel, though the group has been grappling with its political direction in recent years.Founded in Gaza in 1987, Hamas carried out scores of suicide bombings in Israel, killing hundreds of Israelis, but halted most such attacks several years ago. Gaza militants, including those from Hamas, have fired thousands of mortars and rockets at Israel in the past decade, drawing Israeli retaliation.Jabari was considered close to Hamas hard-liner Mahmoud Zahar, a Gaza strongman. In 2011, Jabari wrote in a Hamas publication that “as long as the Jews occupy our land, they have one thing (in store), death, or they leave the occupied Palestinian territories.”center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Comments   Share   Associated PressGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – The shadowy Hamas military chief killed in an Israeli missile strike Wednesday had long topped the Jewish state’s most-wanted list for masterminding a string of deadly attacks.One was the 2006 capture of an Israeli soldier in a complex cross-border raid that killed two other soldiers.Ahmed Jabari, a former history student who spent 13 years in Israeli prisons, also commanded Hamas fighters during a 2007 takeover of Gaza in which they drove out forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.last_img read more


Italian police block white supremacist website

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Prosecutors in Rome launched the investigation after the group published blacklists of religious leaders, politicians, journalists and judges citing their support of immigrants. They also published lists of prominent Jewish citizens.The four were arrested in the northern city of Milan and in Frosinone and Pescara in central Italy.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous ofcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix ROME (AP) – Italian police have blocked access to a white supremacist website and arrested four people for allegedly inciting racial hatred and spreading anti-Semitism.Authorities on Friday blocked Stormfront, a white supremacist website based in the United States, and shut down its Italian-language forum.They also confiscated knives, batons and baseball bats as well neo-Nazi and Fascist propaganda, including pamphlets and banners emblazoned with swastikas, in searches of properties mostly in northeastern Italy. Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more


Filipino corruption witness pledges to return loot

first_img Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Originally among those facing corruption complaints, Tuason later was allowed by the Department of Justice to become a state witness after offering to disclose details of the alleged large-scale graft. She said she decided to return recently from the United States, where she hid for months, despite the risks because she felt so guilty.“I really actually even felt like I was Judas Iscariot,” Tuason said when asked by senators why she had a change of heart. “I don’t want to die with 80 million Filipinos hating me. I don’t want to die with my grandchildren being ashamed of me.”Tuason told the senators she handed kickbacks from bogus government livelihood projects to prominent Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, son of an ousted president, and Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile’s chief of staff. She said she personally delivered stacks of money that were so heavy she once had to use a trolley bag to deliver them.The two senators have strongly denied any wrongdoing.The corruption scandal has outraged many in the poverty-stricken Philippines. TV footage and images of those implicated basking in luxury sparked such an uproar that hundreds of thousands of ordinary people joined a protest in Manila last August. Department of Justice officials filed the first major corruption complaints in September against Estrada, Enrile and a third senator, Ramon Revilla Jr., who also denied any wrongdoing, following the public outcry over the alleged plunder of millions of dollars intended for anti-poverty and livelihood projects. Others facing corruption complaints were former lawmakers and a wealthy businesswoman.Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said at the time that the complaints accused the lawmakers of conspiring with dummy aid organizations to funnel millions of dollars in government funds to non-existent agriculture and livelihood projects and received huge kickbacks in return.The kickbacks were part of $141 million transferred from 2007 to 2009 to dozens of questionable private organizations, according to a government audit that was part of the evidence used against the lawmakers.(Copyright 2014 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 Patients with chronic pain give advice Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement MANILA, Philippines (AP) – A star witness in a corruption scandal implicating powerful Philippine lawmakers publicly acknowledged her role Thursday in deals that defrauded the government of large amounts of anti-poverty funds and pledged to return nearly $1 million in kickbacks she received from corrupt deals.Businesswoman and socialite Ruby Tuason testified at a televised Senate committee hearing that she decided to tell the public what she knew of the corruption and the alleged involvement of two prominent senators after watching the misery of many poor Filipino survivors of a powerful typhoon last November. Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more


French conservatives reject mayor who wants to ban Islam

first_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home France has an estimated 5 million Muslims, most of whom are moderate and fear being associated with terrorism after deadly attacks by Islamic radicals in January.Several UMP members called the comments unacceptable. The conservative party said it plans to exclude him.The party is led by former President Nicolas Sarkozy.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How men can have a healthy 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona PARIS (AP) — France’s main opposition conservative party, the UMP, is seeking to punish a mayor in its ranks who called for banning Islam, the country’s No. 2 religion.Robert Chardon, mayor of the southern town of Venelles, tweeted an appeal to ban Islam on Thursday night. Later he was quoted by Le Monde as proposing a plan for Muslims to practice their religion “in their country of origin.”last_img read more


AP PHOTOS In Iran female motocross racer jumps barriers

first_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies In this photo taken Friday, June 5, 2015, Behnaz Shafiei rides her motocross bike during her training session while fans watch riders at a racetrack near the village of Baraghan, some 19 miles (30 kilometers) west of the capital Tehran, Iran. For motocross rider Shafiei, she only set out to fly over the dirt hills of race tracks, but instead found herself jumping over the cultural and legal barriers woman face in the Islamic Republic. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi) BARAGHAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian motocross rider Behnaz Shafiei’s passion for hurdling over dirt hills has led her to leap cultural and legal barriers in Iran, where women are banned from riding motorcycles in public.“When two days pass and I do not ride my motorcycle, I get really ill. Even the thought of not having a motorcycle someday gives me an awful feeling,” Shafiei said on the outskirts of Iran’s capital, Tehran. “Sometimes, I think to myself, ‘How did people in the past live without a motorbike?’ Is life without a motorcycle possible?” Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here are a series of images by Associated Press photographer Vahid Salemi of female Iranian motocross racer Behnaz Shafiei.___Associated Press photographers and photo editors on Twitter: © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. It almost became a reality for 26-year-old. In Iran it remains illegal for women to ride motorcycles in public. Conservative clerics also denounce the idea of women attending men’s sporting events.But Shafiei and five other women worked hard to get official identifications from Iran’s Motorcycle and Automobile Federation to allow them to race on amateur tracks. They still don’t have access to Iran’s only standard motocross track at the Azadi Sports Complex in Tehran, so they often race on the capital’s outskirts.On a recent weekend, Shafiei drew a crowd when she took off her helmet, part of gear received from international sponsors. Women crowded around to take snapshots with her.“I did not know that it was a woman riding until I noticed her hair,” housewife Mahnaz Rahimi said. “It took me by surprise that a woman can be so courageous. I don’t have the guts to do such a thing.”Shafiei fell in love with motorcycles 11 years ago when she saw a woman in the country running errands on a small bike.“My goal is to be a pioneer to inspire other women,” she said. “Together, we can convince authorities to recognize women’s motorcycle racing.”center_img The vital role family plays in society Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Sponsored Stories last_img read more


Cyclone Yasi closes Cairns Townsville Airports

first_imgCyclone Yasi closes in on Northern Qld. Source: BOM Cyclone Yasi intensified to a category 5 overnight and is expected to hit between Innisfail and Cardwell at approximately 10pm this evening. Moving steadily and without deviation, Cyclone Yasi is more powerful than previous devastating Cyclones, Larry and Tracy. 300km/hour plus winds are set to hit at high tide which is expected to create ocean storm surges of up to four metres causing possible flooding, particularly south of where the cyclone hits land. Cairns and Townsville Aiports ceased operation at 10:00am this morning until further notice and all major arterial roads in the region are expected to be closed due to dangerous driving conditions. In a media conference this morning, QLD Premier Anna Bligh said that road workers are prepared to open up arterial roads as soon as it is safe to get into affected areas but to be wary that it will take at least 24 hours after the cyclone hits land before it weakens. With the eye of the storm taking approximately one hour to pass, the Premier has urged residents and tourists that this is not an indication of time to leave shelter. Whitsunday resorts including Club Med Lindeman Island evacuated staff and guests yesterday in preparation for Cyclone Yasi and Qantas has released the following statement:Latest information as at 8.30am AEDT 2 February 2011Weather conditions associated Tropical Cyclone Yasi may result in the cancellation of Qantas and QantasLink services to/from Townsville and Cairns on Wednesday 2 February 2011. Qantas will contact affected customers directly to arrange for them to be re-accommodated onto alternative services. Qantas is closely monitoring weather conditions and further updates will be available on The following options are available to Qantas customers holding a valid 081 ticket for travel to/from Townsville, Cairns, Mackay, Longreach, Hamilton Island and Moranbah who wish to make changes to their booking for travel up to and including 6 February 2011.Passengers may, without fee:Re-route travel via the most direct routing using Qantas.Return to the origin port via the most direct routing using Qantas.Rebook to alternative Qantas or QantasLink flights.Retain the value of the ticket in credit for future travel within 12 months from the original ticketed date of departure. If the new fare is more expensive than the existing ticketed fare, the fare difference is payable by the passenger. Applicable ticket taxes may apply.Refunds will be offered where travel has not commenced and fees waived for tickets issued prior to 1 February 2011 for travel between 1 February 2011 and 6 February 2011.Defer travel as per the conditions outlined below.Conditions:All changes to travel dates must be made prior to departure.Changes to Domestic fares permitted on day of departure.Changes are permitted to tickets issued prior to 1 February 2011 for travel between 1 February 2011 and 6 February 2011.New travel dates must be within ticket validity.If the same booking class is not available, the lowest booking class within the same cabin may be booked (eg Business or Economy).Any third party costs/penalties, such as hotel or other ground operator fees incurred will not be waived by Qantas.All other rules and conditions of the ticket remain unchanged.This policy also applies to customers who are booked on Codeshare flights operated by Qantas.Frequent Flyer Redemption Tickets:Passengers travelling on redemption tickets are entitled to the same options and conditionsas listed above.Note: Passengers on partner airline services are able to re-book or re-route subject to redemption seat availability only. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Alast_img read more