Cirque’s LUZIA inspires travel to Mexico Posted by TORONTO – Cirque du Soleil unveiled LUZIA in Toronto last night, after opening in Montreal in April, taking guest on an imaginary journey to Mexico. The performance was supported by the Mexico Tourism Board, which hopes viewers will be inspired to travel to Mexico after watching the memorizing show depicting the country’s culture and landscape.Cirque de Soleil describes the LUZIA show as “taking you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul. Freely inspired by Mexico, LUZIA is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich, vibrant culture of a country whose wealth stems from an extraordinary mix of influences and creative collisions – a land that inspires awe with its breathtaking landscapes and architectural wonders, buoyed by the indomitable spirit of its people. The tableaux of LUZIA weave an intricate, contemporary mosaic that awakens your senses and transports you to a place suspended between dreams and reality.”More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next month“The LUZIA show is a great way to tour around Mexico because you will discover the monarch butterflies, Day of the Dead, Mexican cinema, local food, cenotes (sinkholes) and many more inspirational aspects of the country. The show goes all around Mexico, so agents can actually encourage their clients to book those kinds of experiences in destination very easily. It’s a fantastic way of connecting travel with an amazing Cirque du Soleil show,” says Rodrigo Esponda, Regional Director for North America, Mexico Tourism Board.“We are working with travel partners to create incentives that have a direct connection to the show, so if they book trips to Mexico, clients can be entered to win tickets to the show. In another consumer contest, consumers can actually win trips to Mexico to see the experiences they are seeing at the show,” he added.LUZIA will be playing in Toronto until Oct. 16. Share The Canadian Press Friday, July 29, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Posted by New! Fly Nonstop to Seoul Tags: Air Canada, New Routes, Seoul Share Travelweek Group Exploring South Korea just got easier with the introduction of Air Canada’s new nonstop flights linking Toronto and Seoul on Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.Air Canada started offering this fast service to help Canadian travellers reach one of Asia’s hottest cities and meet growing demand for service to Asia’s most desirable destinations. The new flights complement Air Canada’s nonstop service out of Vancouver.The new year-round nonstop flights operate between Toronto Pearson International Airport and Seoul’s Incheon International Airport. The city is innovative, creative and tech savvy, while still proudly displaying its traditions and customs. Now that round-the-clock Seoul is a powerful force in the global economy, travel to South Korea is expected to continue to grow.For the corporate market, the nonstop Boeing 787 Dreamliner service ensures a restful flight so that business travellers can hit the ground running when they arrive refreshed in Seoul. For leisure travellers, the nonstop flights are ideal with no connections, and no hassles. The smooth flight is the first step to a relaxing vacation.The introduction of nonstop flights between Toronto and Seoul is part of Air Canada’s ongoing expansion of international services.To learn more or book seats on Air Canada’s new nonstop service please visit aircanada.com/agents. Tuesday, November 1, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Posted by MIAMI — Itinerary changes and cancellations forced by the recent hurricanes are expected to result in an estimated US$0.10 to $0.12 per share reduction in Carnival Corporation & plc’s fourth quarter earnings, however President & CEO Arnold Donald says cumulative bookings for the first half of 2018 are “well ahead” of 2017 on both price and occupancy.“Our record results, coupled with strong booking trends, have more than offset the anticipated earnings impact from these weather disruptions, enabling us to raise the mid-point of our guidance and positioning us to achieve the higher end of our previous earnings guidance range,” said Donald. “Our performance affirms conviction in our company’s inherent ability to deliver sustained double digit return on invested capital in 2018 and beyond. We remain on track to achieve record cash from operations of $5 billion this year, and to continue to distribute cash to shareholders through steadily increasing dividends, currently totaling $1.2 billion annually, and opportunistic share repurchases, which are approaching $3 billion cumulatively over the past two years.”More news: Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedCarnival Corp.’s Q3 net income is US$1.3 billion, versus $1.4 billion in Q3 2016, while adjusted net income was up from 1.4 billion to $1.7 billion.The corporation’s Q3 revenues totalled $5.5 billion, higher than the $5.1 billion in 2016.“We delivered another consecutive quarter of strong operational improvement and another third quarter adjusted earnings record,” said Donald. “Our ongoing efforts to create demand well in excess of measured supply growth helped to drive 5% higher cruise ticket pricing.”Donald added, “After the earthquakes in Mexico and a very challenging series of hurricanes, our thoughts are with all of those impacted and we are actively contributing to the relief and rebuilding efforts in the Caribbean and the southern U.S. through monetary and other support. Many people throughout these areas have been impacted and several ports are temporarily unavailable. Fortunately, our owned destinations including Amber Cove, D.R.; Cozumel, Mexico; Mahogany Bay, Honduras; Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays, Bahamas, as well as more than 40 other ports, plus all those in Mexico, are fully operational and welcoming guests.” Tags: Carnival Corporation Carnival Corp.’s bookings for first half of 2018 “well ahead” of 2017 Travelweek Group Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>
Tags: Britain & Europe, New Itineraries, Princess Cruises SANTA CLARITA, CA — Princess Cruises has gone all out for its 2019 Europe program, which features 130 destinations, five ships, 85 itineraries, 211 cruise departures and 30 ports of call.Going on sale on Dec. 14, 2017, the program features noteworthy itineraries in Northern Europe, including the cruise line’s return to Greenland on Pacific Princess, new departures out of Dublin aboard Crown Princess, and the chance to see the Northern Lights in Norway on Sapphire Princess, which will sail its longest season ever out of London.All cruises include the line’s award-winning Local Connections program, bringing storytellers aboard to share their personal insights about upcoming ports.As a new benefit under the Princess Cruises Captain’s Circle loyalty program, guests who have reached Elite status can secure their booking a day earlier than the general public, which goes on sale Dec. 14. A reduced deposit of 10% is available for bookings made by Aug. 31, 2018.Highlights of the 2019 Europe season include:New itineraries and Cruisetours:Greenland & Iceland (with Optional Edinburgh Military Tattoo) 18-day voyage on Pacific Princess, roundtrip from London (Dover), calling to Greenland, Iceland, and Edinburgh (Rosyth)Search for the Northern Lights 12-day voyage on Sapphire Princess, roundtrip from London (Southampton), with an overnight in Alta and a late-night stay in TromsoScandinavia & Russia 11-day sailings from Helsinki (in addition to Copenhagen and Berlin (Warnemunde)Grand Mediterranean and Grand Western Mediterranean 11-day voyages on Emerald Princess, combinable for a 22-day Grand Mediterranean Collection voyageSpanish Passage & Panama Canal 29-day Adventure from Barcelona to Los Angeles on Emerald PrincessMore news: War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upNorthern Europe:Scandinavia & Russia 11-day sailings from Copenhagen, Berlin (Warnemunde), or Helsinki on Ocean Medallion-enabled Regal PrincessScandinavia & Russia 14-day sailings from London (Southampton) on Sapphire Princess or from London (Dover) on Pacific PrincessBritish Isles 12-day sailings on Ocean Medallion-enabled Crown Princess, with roundtrip departures from London (Southampton), Paris/Normandy (Le Havre), or DublinOvernight stays in Dublin on select British Isles sailings, in addition to late departures from Belfast on every 12-day British Isles sailingMediterranean:Emerald Princess offers 58 sailings in the Mediterranean, ranging from seven to 22 days and departing from Barcelona, Rome (Civitavecchia), and Athens (Piraeus)More Ashore late-night stay in Chania (Crete) and Mykonos on every seven-day Mediterranean & Aegean and late-night stay in Barcelona and Genoa on every seven-day Mediterranean on Emerald PrincessTwo unique 14-day itineraries from London (Southampton) to the Western Mediterranean on Sapphire PrincessEuropean Explorer 10-day sailings between Rome (Civitavecchia) and London (Southampton) on Sapphire Princess, combinable with the 27-day Mediterranean & Southeast Asia voyages between Rome (Civitavecchia) and Singapore for an epic 37-day Indian Ocean & Europe Grand AdventureMore news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthEurope Cruisetours:To further enhance guests’ European vacation, Princess Cruises is pleased to offer four unique cruisetours to choose from in 2019:NEW – Highlights of Spain: Offered with the seven-day Mediterranean or 11-day Grand Western Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona, visiting Madrid, Valencia, Toledo and featuring the sights and tastes of SpainRing of Kerry: offered with the 12-day British Isles cruise, includes a traditional Ceili dinner and highlights the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney and CorkClassic Italy: visit Venice, Florence and Rome’s greatest sights: Venice’s St. Mark’s Square and Doge’s Palace, Rome’s Coliseum and Vatican museums, the Duomo and Michelangelo’s sculpture of David in Florence. All sights are offered with the seven-day Mediterranean & Aegean cruise or the 11-day Grand Central Mediterranean cruiseImperial Treasures: brings guests to Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Berlin for a memorable introduction to these historic European cities and is offered with the 11-day Scandinavia & Russia cruise. Princess’ 2019 Europe season opens for bookings on Dec. 14 Posted by Share Thursday, November 30, 2017 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
Thursday, January 18, 2018 MAURITIUS — Cyclone Berguitta is expected to make landfall in Mauritius mid-day Thursday morning, local time, bringing with it 120 km-per-hour winds.The category 3 cyclone has already destroyed crops and taken out power to parts of the island nation. Thousands of residents are holed up in government storm shelters after being warned by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre to avoid risky areas where landslides and flooding are likely to occur.The airport and port were both closed on Jan. 17, the same day authorities raised the alert to class III. The Airport of Mauritius said it will remain closed until further notice.The last cyclone to hit Mauritius was Cyclone Hollanda in February 1994, which killed two people and caused $135 million in damage. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Travel Alert Travelweek Group Mauritius airport closed until further notice as cyclone bears down
350 passengers, 20 minutes: Lufthansa launches biometric boarding at LAX Tags: Airports, Lufthansa, Technology Share Monday, March 19, 2018 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by LOS ANGELES — Lufthansa’s one-step biometric boarding is now available at LAX and the airline says it will introduce biometric boarding at more airports across the country.Lufthansa reports that it received “very positive” feedback from guests and boarded approximately 350 passengers onto an A380 in about 20 minutes.How does it work?Self-boarding gates with facial recognition cameras capture passengers’ facial images as they approach the deviceThe image is securely sent to the CBP database for real-time matching and verificationAfter a successful, instantaneous match within a few seconds, the system recognizes the passenger as ‘boarded’The passenger no longer needs to show a boarding pass or passport at the gateThe LAX pilot project is in collaboration with Lufthansa Group’s IT partner, Amadeus, as well as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Los Angeles World Airports Authority (LAWA).“The increasing need for airlines, airports and authorities to offer faster and more convenient processes for guests to move through the airport creates a unique opportunity for the use of biometrics,” said Bjoern Becker, Senior Director, Product Management Ground and Digital Services for Lufthansa. “Lufthansa strives to enhance the customer experience by applying advanced technologies and innovative solutions. This is a further step towards achieving that goal.”More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsHe adds that with ever-increasing passenger volumes and airport infrastructure limitations, biometrics are becoming a key element to speed up the airport process while ensuring passenger safety and security. In the U.S., airlines will not need to create and maintain their own biometric database as it can rely on data provided from a central source – the CBP – for efficiency and accuracy.Amadeus, the provider of Lufthansa’s Passenger Service System (Altéa) which includes the Altéa Departure Control solution, developed the biometric enhancement together with Lufthansa.Following the trial in Los Angeles, Lufthansa intends to expand the pilot program to additional U.S. gateways and other passenger touchpoints.Last year, over 1.6 billion passengers boarded planes using Amadeus Altéa technology.“Biometric boarding has enormous potential to make the travel experience easier and less stressful,” said Guido Haarmann, Managing Director, Central & Eastern Europe, Airlines, Amadeus.“We anticipate that in near time, biometric boarding, as well as other aspects of the air travel experience, will be widely utilized across the U.S. and beyond,” added Becker.
TORONTO — In 1984, the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) held its first convention in San Francisco with the mission to expand LGBTQ tourism globally and be a resource for queer travellers — and the agents, tour operators, hotels and tourism bureaus eager to attract them.For the 35th anniversary, the Annual Global Convention will be in Toronto on May 9-12 with the main programming unfolding at the host hotel, the Westin Harbour Castle. Off-site parties are also planned at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, the Fairmont Royal York and Casa Loma.Attendees can expect a gathering of leaders in LGBTQ-welcoming travel who are coming to Toronto to share ideas, discuss trends and make connections that will help grow business. The IGLTA committee promises an opportunity for both established travel professionals and newcomers to the LGBTQ market to benefit from three days of educational sessions and networking events.“Supporting LGBTQ travel carries both social and economic benefits for the travel industry,” says John Tanzella, President/CEO, IGLTA when asked about the importance of learning about LGBT travel. “The LGBTQ community travels often so it’s a lucrative segment, but they’re also savvy and loyal, rewarding businesses that understand their needs and connect with them in an authentic way. We’ve seen time and again how destinations and travel businesses that welcome all travellers come out ahead of those that do not.”More news: CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionA major highlight of this year’s conference will be the Voyage fundraising event presented by Disney Destinations at the Fairmont Royal York on the Friday. It will include a silent auction, cocktails, a networking dinner and the IGLTA Honors, presented with the support of Visit Philadelphia, which celebrates those who have improved the global landscape of LGBTQ tourism. Among this year’s recipients is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who’s being honoured for advancing LGBTQ travel worldwide. It has yet to be confirmed whether he will accept his award in person; in the event that he is unable to attend, Randy Boissonnault, Prime Minister Trudeau’s LGBTQ2 Liaison, will accept on his behalf.The Voyage event will also be attended by well known Canadian athletes, including Olympic gold medal winner Mark Tewksbury, as well as the cast of the Toronto-filmed Queer as Folk. IGLTA convention registration is not required to attend Voyage and tickets can be purchased at iglta.org/convention/rsvp/voyage/.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaRegistration for Annual Global Convention is open up until the start of the conference with a new pass allowing participants to register for just the Friday. For more, visit iglta.org/convention. Tags: LGBT Travel << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Michael Smith Share Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to be honoured at upcoming IGLTA conference in Toronto Friday, April 20, 2018
Maritime Travel named one of Canada’s Top 25 Best Employers Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Tags: Aon Canada, Awards, Halifax, Maritime Travel Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> HALIFAX — Congratulations are in order for Maritime Travel, which was just named one of the Top 25 Best Employers in Canada for 2019 by Aon Canada.Revealed in Aon’s annual study, the results are based on the opinions of more than 200,000 employees across approximately 240 different Canadian organizations from every sector. Organizations that scored in the top 25% and have more than 400 permanent Canadian employees achieved Platinum Level.Maritime Travel is the only Atlantic Canada-based company to win the Platinum award.“Our travel counsellors are among the best and most knowledgeable in the business,” said Chairman and CEO Rob Dexter. “They are our strength. To know they are among the most highly engaged workforces in the country is particularly rewarding.”The primary requirement for being recognized as a Best Employer is creating and sustaining highly engaged employees, something that’s measured by asking employees at participating organizations directly through a survey. According to Aon’s definition, employees are engaged when they “say, stay and strive.”More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthOther benchmarks include employee’s perceptions of senior leadership, people-manager effectiveness, enabling employee productivity, and valuing and appreciating employees.The Best Employers study is now entering its 20th year. Posted by
Norwegian updates passengers on Hamilton-Dublin route following 737 MAX suspension << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Travelweek Group NEW YORK CITY — Norwegian’s new service from Dublin to John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport will operate as normal, despite the suspension of Boeing 737 MAX operations by European aviation authorities.The airline provided an update to customers flying on the new route from March 31.Since the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX, the airline has re-routed customers and offered the chance to rebook or receive a full refund free of charge if they no longer wish to travel. It is also combining flights and reallocating aircraft within its own network to keep cancellations to a minimum and minimize inconvenience for its customers.On March 13, Norwegian announced it would temporarily deploy a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to operate daily flights between Dublin Airport and New York (Stewart). These flights will continue to operate under a temporary schedule, but as from March 31 Norwegian will temporarily operate additional services from Dublin Airport using a Boeing 737-800 to cover other affected routes, including the launch of the new Canadian service.More news: Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedHere are additional details for Dublin-Hamilton customers:Norwegian’s brand-new service from Dublin to Hamilton will operate as normal using a Boeing 737-800 from March 31Customers booked on flights D8 1840 from Dublin to Hamilton, and D8 1841 from Hamilton to Dublin will be able to travel on the airline’s newest route for the start of the summer seasonThe ETOPS-certified 737-800 will operate the Hamilton to Hamilton route, 4x per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The aircraft will also be used on flights between Dublin and Providence on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.Norwegian continues to temporarily withhold further sales of all routes operated by the 737 MAX in light of the suspended operations of the aircraft. The airline will provide further updates to customers booked to travel on affected routes beyond April 10. Posted by Share Tags: Dublin, Hamilton, New Routes, Norwegian Air
Roberto Cantillo’s art work. Courtesy of Wilberth Cantillo The polite, young prodigy said he usually paints for two to three hours per day. A piece of his artwork can take between several weeks and several months to complete, depending on the size and complexity. But Cantillo said the activity relaxes him and he much prefers it to watching television.“I’m very proud of my work, and happy too,” he said.Meanwhile, he still finds time for schoolwork, and he says he someday hopes to study biology to complement his artistic vision. On days he doesn’t feel like painting, the young artist hangs out in the yard with friends or rides his bicycle. The child painter has created such a name for himself, though, that even when he wants to blend in with the rest of the crowd it can be hard.“Walking down the street, people stop and want to ask him about his work,” his father said. “Others are always wanting to chat with him on Facebook.” That buzz has created a market for the paintings, which are selling now for $100-$300. Someone in Germany recently learned of Cantillo’s work, and bought a painting. Facebook Comments From the print editionRoberto Cantillo Salas started to draw before he could walk. At age 3, when he began to pen the walls of his family’s Puriscal home in the Central Valley with creative sketches, his father knew he’d better invest in drawing paper and a set of colored pencils for his son. Now, five years later, the young Cantillo has won several awards, including the top prize at the National Student Art Festival in 2010. In 2011, the young artist participated in the EmbrujArte, a culture and art fair in Escazú, southwest of San José. This year he was invited to the International Art Festival in Costa Rica.His paintings depict the natural flora and fauna of Costa Rica.“It’s something really extraordinary,” said his father, Wilberth Cantillo. “He’s going to be one of the best painters in the world.” No related posts.
No related posts. The head of Casa Presidencial’s press office, Mario Aguilar, resigned on Friday, Communications Minister Carlos Roverssi told The Tico Times.Roverssi said the announcement took him by surprise.“For me it’s surprising. Don Mario sent me a letter saying that for personal reasons he decided to return to the Legislative Assembly. Of course, I respect his decision,” Roverssi said.Aguilar became head of President Laura Chinchilla’s press office in March 2012, following the departure of Emma Lizano. Before moving to Casa Presidencial, in the southeastern San José district of Zapote, Aguilar worked in the Assembly’s press office.Roverssi moved to Casa Presidencial in June from the Foreign Ministry, after former Communications Minister Francisco Chacón resigned amid a scandal related to a presidential flight tied to a Colombian businessman with suspected drug cartel links.Also on Friday, Roverssi fired two Casa Presidencial journalists, Carlos Mora and Tatiana Herrera. Aguilar said the firings contributed to his decision to leave.“I didn’t agree with [the firings], especially in Herrera’s case, as [Roverssi] did it without consulting me,” Aguilar told The Tico Times.Roverssi defended the move, saying, “I’m making personnel adjustments to build a team of people with whom I have always worked and whom I know well.” Facebook Comments
How do you get permission to paint a portrait of the Pope? Most of us wouldn’t have any idea where to start, but Juan Manuel Delgado found a simple solution: He wrote the Pope’s sister on Facebook.Today, Delgado is the creator of two portraits – one of Pope Francis and the other of Pope John Paul II – and the latter will debut at the National Stadium on Sunday, for the late pontiff’s canonization.“I’m a huge perfectionist,” Delgado said in a phone interview Friday. “I always say to myself that you have to dream big. I thought that this would be a big challenge. I knew I could do it.”At only 26 years old, Delgado has lived an accelerated life: A native Tico, his family moved to Canada when he was 3 years old. He started an apprenticeship with Peter Schwartzman, an acclaimed Ottawa-based artist and architect. Schwartzman encouraged Delgado to study architecture as well, which he pursued at Carleton College.Three years ago, Delgado returned to Costa Rica, and he experienced culture shock as a fresh-faced tourist might.“The adjustment was tough,” he recalled. “Culturally, [Costa Rica] is different than Canada. There’s much more rain. There was also the language. I understand Spanish perfectly, but I have difficulty speaking. My parents always spoke to me in Spanish, but I never responded in Spanish.”Still, Delgado felt ambitious. “I decided to focus on art,” he said, “which was my dream since I was a kid.”Delgado has always been religious, and he decided to try something outlandish: He wrote to the Pope’s sister, María Elena, on Facebook. Delgado says that Elena was new to Facebook, so she took nearly a month and a half to reply. In her response, she directed Delgado to Pierre Nguyen, the Vatican’s ambassador to Costa Rica.When Delgado received an official invitation to fly to the Vatican, meet Pope Francis, and paint his portrait, he asked for two months to prepare. When he finally arrived in Rome, Delgado received an intimate audience with the Pope: “I was just five meters away from him the whole time,” he said. “Painting a portrait is the most difficult kind of painting you can do. You have a real connection with your subject, after hundreds of hours in private. Everything was so special. Coming back from that journey, I received a lot of love and support from Costa Ricans.” Delgado presents his Pope Francis with his completed portrait in Rome. Courtesy Juan DelgadoDelgado also produced a second portrait, of John Paul II, using a printed blessing his father had received two decades prior. “I started looking at photos on the Internet,” Delgado said, “but they all showed [John Paul] as an old man. I didn’t want to paint him when he was old, but when he came to our country.” Delgado noted that John Paul II visited Costa Rica on March 2, 1983.Career aside, the young artist sees his portraiture as a kind of spiritual journey. “I grew up with [John Paul II] being Pope,” he said. “He was someone who was loved by everyone, of all ages and all faiths. I think it’s important to have faith in God. I grew up religious. I always went to church in Canada … I wanted to celebrate such a historic moment for Costa Rica.”Post-Vatican, Delgado is already racing after new projects. The Supreme Court commissioned a work of important historical figures, which will display in mid-June, and the Central Bank of Costa Rica commissioned him for a work on the subject of poverty, which will be displayed in San José in November.“I wanted to paint a portrait of President Obama,” Delgado said. “But I haven’t received a response yet.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Pope Francis meets the Castros after mass on iconic Havana square In Castros’ home region, Pope Francis praises Church ‘sacrifices’ Pope Francis arrives for historic first US visit Pope Francis tells bishops that clergy abuse must not be repeated
Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica banana workers affected by Nemagon still waiting on compensation High levels of fungicide found in pregnant women living near banana plantations Expansion of monoculture farming could mean extinction for some tropical birds Nicaraguan coffee farmers seek creative solutions to drought, climate change After 13 years, Costa Rica finally has a regulation guaranteeing payment of physical and psychological damages for nearly 14,000 banana workers who were exposed to the banned pesticide Nemagon. The decree by President Luis Guillermo Solís was published in the government newspaper La Gaceta on Monday, the last step before a law can go into effect.Between 1967 and 1979, thousands of workers in banana fields owned by foreign companies in Costa Rica and across Central America were exposed to the nematocide Nemagon, also known as DBCP, a chemical that has been proven to cause myriad health problems including sterility, cancer, miscarriages and genetic deformities. Costa Rica banned the importation of the chemical in 1979.A law has been on the books since September 2001 promising compensation for the former banana workers, but until Monday there was no mechanism by which to pay them. In October, the government announced its intention to pay the medical bills for thousands of people exposed directly or indirectly to Nemagon.“Our intention is to finally resolve these families’ situation and clear the debt that the State owes them,” said Presidency Vice Minister Ana Gabriel Zúñiga in a statement on Tuesday.Zúñiga announced Tuesday that the decree signed by President Solís would pay a percentage of victims’ medical bills based on their years of exposure to the pesticide. Payments could range between 25 percent of someone exposed to it for less than a year to 100 percent for those with exposure for five years or more. Damages would be paid both for physical harm caused by the pesticide, specifically sterility, as well as moral damages to family members for personality disorders caused by the chemical.The government reported 13,925 cases that had been approved for payment by the National Insurance Institute (INS). Another 9,233 cases are still pending for children of affected banana workers, and 1,742 for spouses. More than 11,000 cases were dismissed, according to figures from the INS. The Tico Times requested dollar figures from INS on Tuesday but they were not immediately available. This post will be updated with any new information.
Related posts:Another huge and open iron mine is carved out of Brazil’s rain forest China throws Brazil multi-billion dollar lifeline for jets, oil DEA agents open Rio de Janeiro office Brazil’s ban on WhatsApp is lifted less than 24 hours after it began RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — As if she weren’t already famous enough, the final catwalk show Wednesday at São Paulo Fashion Week by Brazilian “über model” Gisele Bündchen has launched a blitzkrieg of tributes in her home country.At just 34, the supermodel who since 2002 has been rated by Forbes the world’s highest earner is to retire from the catwalk, 20 years after her first show. All week, Brazilians have been remembering one of the country’s biggest success stories.And celebrating Bündchen’s world-beating career provides a welcome lift for a national pride punctured by the national soccer team’s 1-7 semi-final drubbing by Germany in the World Cup Brazil hosted last year. By coincidence, Bündchen’s family is of German descent. She grew up one of five sisters in the small town of Horizontina, in the south of Brazil where most German colonization took place.Brazil needs good news. Right now, Gisele is it. With the possible exception of world surf champion Gabriel Medina, Brazilian sports stars in recent years have been hit and miss. The former standout of the BRICS economies is facing a likely recession. And a humiliating corruption scandal centered on state-controlled oil company Petrobras just keeps getting worse — João Vaccari, treasurer for the ruling Workers’ Party, was arrested earlier Wednesday in connection with “Big Oil,” as it has been dubbed.But Bündchen just keeps winning. Forbes calculated that Gisele, as she is known in her home country, has earned $386 million since 2001 — or $427 million if U.S. inflation is factored in. Last year she was made the face of Chanel No. 5 perfume, replacing Marilyn Monroe, whose image had been used to advertise the brand. Chanel got director Baz Luhrmann to direct a lavish commercial to celebrate.And she is married to American football star Tom Brady — of recent Costa Rica waterfall-jumping fame — with whom she has two children. The New England Patriots quarterback was pivotal in this year’s Super Bowl victory, and his wife and children were in the stadium to celebrate.Even better, Gisele was the bigger earner, according to Forbes, earning $47 million last year compared to Brady’s $33.1 million. She may have dated Leonardo DiCaprio, but this Brazilian beauty is nobody’s trophy blonde.“It is a privilege to be doing my last fashion show by choice and yet still be working in other facets of the business,” Bündchen wrote on Facebook Wednesday.São Paulo photographer Luciana Faria, 27, shared an interview with Gisele, illustrated with a photo of the model and her distinctive cheekbones at just 15 years of age, shot outside São Paulo’s municipal market. In a caption, she summed up the feelings of many in two words: “Queen G!”—Phillips is The Washington Post’s correspondent in Rio de Janeiro. He has previously written for The Times, Guardian and Sunday Times.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments
Related posts:Trump leads Republicans but Democrats thump him, new poll shows Macy’s is latest company to dump defiant Trump Donald Trump under fire yet again, this time for sexist and vulgar Clinton gibes Bernie Sanders’ CAFTA reversal pledge worries Costa Rica businesses WASHINGTON D.C. — After jihadists used his tough remarks about Muslims in a recruitment video, Donald Trump refused to back down, saying in remarks aired Sunday, “I have to say what I have to say.”The Republican presidential hopeful made the comments on CBS’s “Face the Nation” after a U.S. monitoring group said that his call for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. had been used in a video by Somalia’s extremist Shebab group.Trump’s call for a total, if temporary, ban had drawn criticism around the globe, including from Hillary Clinton, the frontrunning Democratic candidate, who said his remarks were used by radicals in recruitment videos — a suggestion Trump aides had sharply denied.In the new video, the Al Qaeda-affiliated Shebab uses an excerpt from Trump’s Dec. 7 speech — made after an attack by a radicalized couple in California killed 14 people — to encourage Western Muslims to wage jihad, the SITE Intelligence Group reported.After describing Trump’s call for a ban, the video goes on to say, “The West will eventually turn against its Muslim citizens.”Asked about it on CBS, the Republican frontrunner seemed to shrug his shoulders.“What am I going to do?” Trump asked. “I have to say what I have to say. And you know what I have to say? There’s a problem. We have to find out what is the problem. And we have to solve that problem.”He said his stance had drawn wide support, and he pointed to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and said, specifically citing the case of Brussels, that many nations were “shutting down cities that had never had a problem before.”“Maybe it’s not politically correct,” Trump said, but “there’s a big problem out there.”Trump’s inflammatory remarks last month sparked global outrage.During a Democratic debate last month, Clinton accused Trump of being “ISIS’s best recruiter,” referring to the self-described Islamic State group, and said radical jihadists were “showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.”Trump accused her of lying, but Clinton’s spokeswoman insisted that his remarks were “being used in social media by ISIS as propaganda.”U.S. media outlets were unable to find any footage to back up Clinton’s initial claim.The Shebab, who were driven out of Mogadishu in 2011, are fighting to overthrow Somalia’s internationally backed government, which is protected by 22,000 African Union troops. Facebook Comments
Si usted conoce un estimado del monto de los fondos públicos afectados por favor indíquelo aquíEstimate of the public funds affected Correo ElectronicoE-mail Fecha de Nacimiento Date of birth Descripción de los Hechos Description of the facts No se han adjuntado documentos de pruebaThis indicates no documents have been attached Si conoce personas que podrían ampliar o aportar otros elementos sobre los hechos denunciados, puede agregarlos aquí. Debe señalar al menos un medio para localizar a las personas citadas en su denuncia.If you know people who could contribute or expand on other elements of the reported facts, you can add them here. Indicate a way to locate the people cited in the complaint. The process can also be done in person at the San José offices. Institución o empresa para la cual labora actualmenteCompany or institution you are currently working at Menor de Edad Are you a minor? In Costa Rica, a criminal complaint can report workplace harassment, a home invasion or sexual assault, among other crimes related to the state. Any person who is in Costa Rica — adult or a minor, national or foreign — can file one.You can submit a criminal complaint in a variety of ways, including through your local police station or Prosecutor’s Office (Fiscalía), the tourist police or — as the United States Embassy recommends — the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ). Each government institution handles different types of criminal complaints. Three institutions that offer an online portal or form are the Comptroller General (Contraloría de la República); the Ombudswoman’s Office (Defensoría de los Habitantes); and the Public Security Ministry (Ministerio de Seguridad Pública), which provides this online form.The Ombudswoman’s online portal features questions in Spanish, but responses can be submitted in English (scroll down to “How To” for a complete translation of the questions asked). For the Comptroller General, you can stop by their San José office in Sabana Sur (scroll down to “How To” for all directions and links), call the office, write an email or a letter, or submit a form through the online portal.The Comptroller’s portal focuses on complaints about misuse of public funds, but the institution will also receive criminal complaints and refer them to the appropriate institution, and officials from the office told The Tico Times they are prepared to provide assistance to English speakers.The complaint should contain a description of the facts in a precise, clear and complete manner with sufficient detail to allow further assessment. The complaint should be guided by the following questions: (1) What happened? (2) Who is the alleged perpetrator? (3) How did it happen? (4) Where did it happen? (5) Why did it happen? It is also necessary to include names, circumstances, places, dates, details about the event being denounced, an estimate of any economic damage (if applicable), and evidence such as documents or witnesses. The life of a criminal complaint in Costa RicaNo matter what institution receives the complaint, after it is filed, a number is assigned to track the status of the complaint. The office handling the complaint determines the facts of the case under the guidelines of the state. If accepted, the complaint could be further investigated or transferred to an internal unit within the government.Investigations are carried out if there are enough elements to pursue a conviction. While this differs in every case, the clearer, more detailed and precise the information provided, the more elements the office will have to pursue an investigation.If a complaint being reviewed is outside the scope of competence of the department to which it was submitted, authorities will give advice to the person filing the complaint so the situation can be solved in an appropriate manner.Anonymous criminal complaints can be filed, but if anonymity limits the ability for further investigation, authorities may ask the person filing the complaint for more information; otherwise, the denuncia may be archived. Confidentiality will be maintained if there is danger to the moral or physical integrity of the person filing the complaint. In cases of sexual harassment, people with HIV or AIDS, or minors under 15 presumed as either victims or perpetrators, confidentiality is guaranteed. When the age of the minor is equal or greater to 15 but under 18, the person filing the complaint will be consulted regarding their confidentiality in the case.There is currently no legal deadline for a complaint to be made, though there may be a statute of limitations for investigations or further legal action. Once the case is concluded, the person who filed the complaint will be informed about what the state has established.How to submit a criminal complaint in Costa Rica The following steps will guide you through submitting a criminal complaint through the Ombudswoman’s online portal. Although the questions are in Spanish, you may answer in English.To reiterate, a criminal complaint can also be filed through your local police station or prosecutor’s office, the tourist police and the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ). The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens report crimes to the OIJ and contact the Embassy for assistance.However you submit a denuncia, you will be asked similar questions to those found in the Ombudswoman’s portal, translated below. ¿Deseo que mi Denuncia sea Confidencial? Do you want your criminal complaint to be presented as confidential? Apartado Postal Post Office Box Numero de TelefonoTelephone number Institución donde ocurrieron los hechos (Lista)A list where the events occurred You can send the same information to the following institutions, among others, to initiate a criminal complaint: Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ): firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 2295-3644; or fax 2295-3114.The Comptroller: email@example.com; phone 2501-8000 or 2501-8025; or fax 2296-6764.The Public Security Ministry (MSP): Via this online form.Verbal reports can also be made in person. Here is a link to all OIJ offices in Costa Rica, many of which are open 24 hours a day. The Contraloría General de la Republica offices are located in Sabana Sur, San José, off the intersections of Avenida 12 and Calle 50. Here is a map with contact information for all prosecutors’ offices across Costa Rica.Disclaimer: The Tico Times consulted the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) and Comptroller General’s Office for this story. However, we are not lawyers and this should not be considered legal advice. This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5% Club. If only 5 percent of 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 DirecciónDirection to this place Número de IdentificaciónIdentification number from one of these documents Nombre y Apellidos First and Last Names Tipo de Identificación Type of Identification: You can choose from an identity or resident card, passport or others. Lugar o medio para la cual labora actualmente Place you are currently working Digite el nombre en caso de que no se encuentre en la lista anteriorIf not in the previous list, type out the accused’s name Fax Denunciante Fax Ha denunciado este caso ante otras instancias? Puede señalarlas en este espacioHave you denounced this case in other instances? You can bring them up in this space. 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After the war he moved to Frankfurt and was a co-founder of its Jewish Community.Green party leader Claudia Roth said Germany had lost “a great fighter for humanity and democracy” in Lustiger.His cause of death was not immediately announced.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates BERLIN (AP) – Germany’s Central Council of Jews says Holocaust survivor and scholar Arno Lustiger has died at age 88.Council President Dieter Graumann said Wednesday that Lustiger, who died Tuesday, will be remembered for his research on Jewish resistance to the Nazis and of non-Jews who helped save Jews from the Holocaust.Polish-born Lustiger survived several Nazi concentration camps and a death march in the final days of the war from an Auschwitz subcamp to another camp before escaping and being rescued by American troops. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Top Stories Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 0 Comments Share More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements How men can have a healthy 2019 Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family
Quick workouts for men The decision not to sell the controversial item linked to the 1981 assassination attempt on the former president was praised by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation in California.“We are very pleased with this outcome and wish to thank the consignor and PFC AuctionsÂ for their assistance in this matter,” said John Heubusch, executive director of the foundation.He said he was pleased the late president’s blood will be kept “out of public hands.”The vial had been taken from a laboratory that tested Reagan’s blood for lead in the days after he was seriously wounded by a would-be assassin.“While we contend that the removal of the vial from the hospital laboratory, and the U.S. auction sale in February 2012, were not legal acts in our opinion,Â we are grateful to the current custodian of the vial for this generous donation to the Foundation,” Heubusch said.Reagan’s family, his foundation and his surgeon had earlier this week criticized the proposed sale.Online bidding on the item had reached about $30,000 when the sale was suspended. It had been set to conclude Thursday evening.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressLONDON (AP) – An auction house on Thursday cancelled the sale of a vial containing dried blood residue said to be from Ronald Reagan, announcing that the seller will instead donate the item to the late U.S. president’s foundation.The PFC Auction house, which is based in the Channel Islands between England and France, said in a statement that the seller had obtained the vial legally at a U.S. auction earlier this year but had decided against proceeding with Thursday’s auction. Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments Share How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation
LONDON (AP) – People around the world will be able to discover whether they have a royal connection _ at least below stairs _ with publication of 250 years of records listing staff who served the British monarchy.Employee records from royal residences including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle are being put online Friday to coincide with this weekend’s celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The lists range from the 17th-century reign of King Charles II until 1924. They include more than 50,000 employees, from household servants to the esoterically titled Moletaker, Chocolate Maker to the Queen and Keeper of the Lions in the Tower.The records previously could only be viewed by appointment at Windsor Castle. They have been digitized by the Royal Archives and genealogy site http://www.findmypast.co.uk. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories 0 Comments Share (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Top holiday drink recipes
Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family “The journalists are angry about the situation,” Nikiza said. “They feel that this decision is incompetent … and should not be respected.”Ruvakuki, who reported for Radio France Internationale, was sentenced along with 13 others for their alleged role in an attack in which gunmen killed more than 30 people at a bar in a town near the border with Tanzania last September.The court’s decision has been criticized by the Committee to Protect Journalists, which said in a statement Wednesday from Nairobi, Kenya, that an appeals court must acquit Ruvakuki.“Ruvakuki’s defense counsel said the judges had not been impartial during the trial that the government was pressuring the court to find a conviction, according to local journalists,” the statement said.According to CPJ, “the verdict was based on Ruvakuki’s November 2011 trip to a rebel-held area along Burundi’s border with Tanzania, during which he recorded an audio statement from Pierre Claver Kabirigi, a former police officer who claimed to be the leader of a new rebel group, the Front for the Restoration of Democracy-Abanyagihugu.”Burundi, among the poorest countries in the world, is slowly recovering from years of violence that often threatens to degenerate into civil war. It is also one of the most dangerous places for journalists to work, with independent reporters frequently clashing with the state. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Associated PressKAMPALA, Uganda (AP) – A Burundian journalist said Friday that a group of independent reporters would consider staging street protests over the conviction this week of a radio reporter on terrorism charges stemming from a deadly attack on a bar last year.Georges Nikiza, a freelance reporter who is a prominent member of an association of independent journalists in Burundi, said a court’s decision to give a life term to Hassan Ruvakuki was politically motivated and would be actively challenged in court and elsewhere. He said the association members would boycott government functions, including upcoming celebrations marking 50 years of independence for Burundi. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Last year Burundi’s National Security Council recommended that the government ban civil society groups and media organizations that had commented unfavorably on the attack for which Ruvakuki was jailed, Nikiza said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments Share New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like