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A handy new gif compares legroom on major US airlines

first_img Monday, August 22, 2016 TORONTO — Which U.S. airline offers the most legroom? One handy gif shows you at a glance.CNN used data from SeatGuru and measured average numbers across coach/economy seats to create an informative gif that compares legroom on major U.S. airlines.Credit: lifehacker.com.According to CNN: “Measurements are for the smallest configuration offered on two common, comparable single-aisle aircraft: the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737. All numbers for economy class seats.”So which airline reigns supreme? Jet Blue is tops at 34”, an impressive 6” more than Spirit Airlines, which offers a paltry 28” of legroom. << Previous PostNext Post >> A handy new gif compares legroom on major U.S. airlines Travelweek Group Posted by Sharelast_img read more

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US travel uncertainty continues with school boards accessing future student trips

first_img Tweet Monday, February 27, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: America, Donald Trump, Trend Watch TORONTO — Schools across Canada are grappling with the uncertainty of U.S. travel restrictions and how that affects upcoming student trips across the border.A travel ban instituted by President Donald Trump on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries and Syrian refugees may be on hold as it works its way through the U.S. justice system, but Canadian schools remain concerned with how foreign-born students will be treated at the border.Jim Cambridge, superintendent of the Sooke School District in British Columbia, said there are a number of trips planned for sports, music and educational purposes in the coming months that are being reconsidered.While the refugee population among students in the Vancouver Island district is small, Cambridge said the board must make a decision based on safety and also ethical considerations.“The board is concerned some students may be stopped at the border, and if that’s the case, they want to examine whether or not they’ll support any trips to the States right now,” he said.The B.C. School Trustees Association is advising them on what student groups can expect at the border based on information from both U.S. and Canadian border agencies, he said.One of the board’s concerns is fairness to students who may not be allowed to cross the border, he said.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthEven if specific trips may not involve students affected by the ban, Cambridge said the board will have to decide whether to take a stance on the ban anyway, recognizing there are students within the district who are being discriminated against due to new U.S. travel policies.“That’s what the board needs to wrestle with is the more ethical decision about whether some trips can go and some can’t or whether they all can’t or can,” he said.The board meets Tuesday to discuss the issue, and Cambridge said some schools have begun looking at Canadian cities as a “Plan B” in the event trips are cancelled.Sooke trustees have looked to neighbouring school boards and other areas of the country to help inform their decision.The Greater Essex County School Board in southwestern Ontario decided earlier this month to cancel a handful of trips over concerns of safety and equity.The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board sent a letter to parents to confirm whether their children will participate in upcoming trips across the border to determine whether plans should go ahead.Students in the Pembina Trails School Division in Winnipeg participate in many international trips, but superintendent Ted Fransen said a recent decision to cancel one, although rushed, was made easily.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsThe track team at Acadia Junior High School was required to submit a deposit on Jan. 30 to participate in a competition in Minnesota, days after Trump signed his executive order.Unsure about how policy would affect students on the team, they chose to opt out of the race.Since the ban has been blocked by the U.S. courts, Fransen said two other trips to the States have since gone ahead.Trump has vowed to bring in a new travel ban order to replace the one that the American courts have suspended pending a legal challenge by Washington State and Minnesota. It’s not clear when the new order would be issued.The Pembina Trails school board isn’t considering new rules around travel in light of the situation in the U.S., even if another ban is implemented.Fransen said he knows principals, teachers and students within his diverse district all value inclusivity, and a board-wide rule isn’t necessary.“I just can’t imagine that we would get a request from a school principal to approve a trip to the U.S. where students in the group wouldn’t be allowed to go,” he said. “That would be counter to our culture.” U.S. travel uncertainty continues with school boards accessing future student trips By: Linda Givetash Source: The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Windstar to debut new and longer cruises in Asia next fall

first_img SEATTLE — Windstar has ramped up its Asia offerings by adding new sailings in fall 2018.Its Asia Collection now includes five new sailings, while five additional sailings have been added to its Star Collector Voyages in Asia. Itineraries range from 14-34 days, and all include free daily laundry.New for next fall, the seven-day ‘Singapore & Siam Holiday’ begins with an overnight stay in Singapore before sailing to Penang, Malaysia where guests can visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site in colonial George Town and ride the Langkawai Gondola to get a bird’s eye view of the rainforest. The itinerary also includes a visit to Ko Yao Noi, Thailand, known for its aquamarine waters and rural villages, as well as an overnight stay in Phuket.Also new is the seven-day ‘Taste of Siam & Singapore’ New Year’s Eve cruise, which sails from Phuket to Singapore, stopping in Malaysia along the way. Highlights include a visit to Ipoh, the fourth largest city in Malaysia, and a visit to the UNESCO city of Malacca.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksThe 16-day ‘Aleutians & North Pacific Crossing’ sails between Seward, Alaska and Tokyo, Japan. This cruise emphasizes the less frequented ports of call, and retraces the route of the Russian-America fur trade. Visitors will enjoy sportfishing in Kodiak, kayaking in Sand Point, and visit Dutch Harbor, the only deep-water port in the Aleutians.While Windstar’s 10-day ‘Grand Japan’ itinerary was originally announced solely for the spring of 2018, Windstar has now added two new fall 2018 sailings on this already wildly popular itinerary. Fall colours promise to be spectacular, along with fewer crowds during this less-visited but no less gorgeous time to explore Japan and South Korea.For another take on Japan, the 11-day ‘Pop Culture Kings of Asia’ highlights over 17 UNESCO sites. It begins in Tokyo and ends in Beijing, and includes highlights such as Shimizu (home to Mount Fuji), Shiraito Waterfall, Hiroshima and sailing to South Korea where the dormant Hallasan Volcano await.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerAlso not to be missed is the 11-day ‘Comprehensive China Exploration’, which features overnights in Shanghai, Taipei and Hong Kong. Considered a foodie’s dream come true, guests will sample oyster pancakes in Taiwan’s night markets, eat dim sum in Hong Kong, and sip locally brewed beer in Qingdao. They’ll also enjoy shopping in Old Shanghai and explore the 36 bridges that connect Zhoushan, also known as the ‘Venice of china’. Friday, August 11, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Windstar to debut new and longer cruises in Asia next fall Share Posted bylast_img read more

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Ensembles Circle of Excellence gala honours top producers

first_img Share Tags: Ensemble Travel Group Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Ensemble’s Circle of Excellence gala honours top producers Thursday, October 19, 2017 DALLAS — Ensemble Travel Group recognized its top-producing members in Canada at the organization’s annual Circle of Excellence Gala, during the 2017 Ensemble Travel Group International Conference at the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion.Ensemble Co-President Lindsay Pearlman said 2016 was the best year in our company’s history from a North American profit-sharing perspective, “and this elite circle of members was a driving force behind that success.”Pearlman added: “A huge congratulations to them for this outstanding achievement and for supporting our preferred partners in such a significant way.”The organization’s top producers in Canada based on 2016 sales of Ensemble preferred partners (in alphabetical order) are:Cruise Connections Canada Ltd., VancouverCruisePlus Management. Ltd, Lantzville, B.C.Escapes.ca/Skyland Travel Inc., VancouverIxtapa Travel, SaskatoonJubilee Tours & Travel Ltd., Burnaby, B.C.TierOne Travel Inc., CalgaryTravel Masters, VancouverTravelOnly, Brantford, ONTully Luxury Travel, Mississauga, ONUcruising of Unionville, Markham, ONThe Agency Excellence Award, based on member engagement of the organization’s events, technology, marketing, and specialty partners was awarded to Orion Travelinx of Burlington, ON.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backMeanwhile the Highest Growth Award went to the following members in Canada for achieving the highest year-over-year growth (regionally) based on 2016 preferred partner sales compared to 2015: MPH Travel, Inc., Toronto; Top of the World Travel, Yellowknife; The Great Canadian Travel Company, Ltd., Winnipeg; and Voyages Encore Travel, Inc., Montreal.‘Beyond Boundaries’, a new awards category introduced in Dallas, was established to recognize members who exemplify many of Ensemble Travel Group’s core values. “Ensemble aspires to reach beyond traditional boundaries and embrace new and collaborative ways to inspire our members to reach their fullest potential,” said Co-President Libbie Rice. “At conference we honour those members who exemplify these principles and reach beyond their potential to be agents for change in a complex world. These members embrace social responsibility and community engagement and pursue excellence in extraordinary ways. It is with great pride that we celebrate those trail blazers with our Beyond Boundaries award.”More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Winners of the Beyond Boundaries Award from Canada are: Cruise Vacations, Winnipeg; Agence de Voyages La Para Travel, Montreal; and Departures Travel, Victoria.last_img read more

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Now open Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

first_imgNow open: Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach Wednesday, May 9, 2018 Posted by Tags: Alohilani Resort, Hawaii Travelweek Group center_img WAIKIKI BEACH — One of the world’s most famous shorelines – Waikiki Beach – has welcomed its newest gem, the highly anticipated Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach.The upscale property, which was five years in the making, says Vann Avedisian, Principal of Highgate Holdings, celebrated its grand opening on May 8 with the announcement of a new partnership with Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI). The non-profit organization is committed to returning the indigenous koa, milo and sandalwood trees back to Hawaii.From this new partnership, Alohilani guests are encouraged to take part in reviving the endangered hardwood species and native ecosystem to Hawaii by planting their own tree at Alohilani’s forest on Gunstock Ranch. Guests can then track their tree throughout its lifetime through drone imagery and a radio-frequency identification chip that records everything from genetic makeup and health to the circumstances of the planting. Scenic tree plantings include horseback riding, helicopter and UTV tours.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise rates“Our objective was to develop a contemporary resort in the heart of Waikiki Beach, creating something the market has not seen,” says Avedisian. “We couldn’t have found a stronger partnership than Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative as it represents the Hawaiian principles of respect for and stewardship of the land. The partnership provides our guests with the opportunity to experience and contribute to the rebirth of Hawaii’s indigenous forests.”Aside from its eco-friendly focus, Alohilani also offers some of the most exclusive dining and amenities in Honolulu. Debuting with the hotel’s grand opening is Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s second restaurant, Momosan, which follows the February opening of Morimoto Asia. Located just steps from the sand, Momosan is a fun streetside ramen restaurant that pairs noodles and Yakitori with sake and beer selections.Other selling points of the resort include the see-and-be-seen pool deck featuring private cabanas and fire pits, the 280,000-gallon saltwater Oceanarium, which houses more than 1,000 indigenous marine animals, a dramatic lobby, infinity pool, over 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, two rooftop full-size clay tennis courts, batting cages and training turf, sunset yoga and TRX classes overlooking the ocean, and the Island Club and Spa. Also, later this year, Alohilani will roll out its own self-styled Waikiki beach club.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthFor more information go to alohilaniresort.com. << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharelast_img read more

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Disappointing outlook from Delta drags down airline stocks

first_imgDisappointing outlook from Delta drags down airline stocks By: The Associated Press Tags: Delta Air Lines, Stocks Share DALLAS — Airlines stocks were pummelled Thursday after Delta Air Lines Inc. trimmed its revenue forecast for the fourth quarter, renewing investors’ fears that airlines will squander the savings they are reaping from the recent drop in fuel prices.Delta shares plunged nearly 9 per cent, their worst one-day showing since 2012, to close at $45.61.The parent companies of American Airlines, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines all dropped about 5 per cent or more.Delta, the nation’s No. 2 carrier by traffic, said that a closely watched figure of revenue per mile rose about 3 per cent in the fourth quarter, a half-point lower than Delta predicted last month and a full point below its October forecast.The Atlanta-based airline said prices for tickets sold close to departure – often at higher prices – rose less than expected in late December.Delta said travel demand remained healthy, but its revised revenue outlook fanned fresh fear of weaker airline pricing power seeping into 2019, especially if global economic growth slows.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksAirlines raised fares to cover surging fuel prices during the first nine months of 2018, but fuel prices have fallen sharply since early October, which could encourage fare wars by lowering one of the airlines’ major expenses.“In the past, the airlines have competed away gains from lower fuel as they reward customers with lower fares,” Cowen analyst Helane Becker said in a note to clients. “With oil trending lower in recent months, investors are worried this time will not be different.”JP Morgan analyst Jamie Baker said stock-market volatility could be hurting airline bookings. He said gloomy financial headlines – the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has dropped 14 per cent in the last three months – make people less likely to plan a lavish vacation. Friday, January 4, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Minor Vargas fraud trial begins in US

first_imgNo related posts. Minor Vargas, head of a Costa Rican company accused of a $670 million insurance fraud scheme, lied to investors about the firm’s financial assets and stability, a U.S. federal prosecutor told a jury Monday in a trial held in the U.S. state of Virginia. But a defense attorney said the government lacks evidence in the case, Life Health Pro magazine reported on Tuesday.The jury heard opening statements in the trial of Vargas, who is charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. The trial is expected to last several days.Vargas, held in custody in the U.S. since January 2011, was president and majority owner of Provident Capital Indemnity Ltd., which agreed Friday to plead guilty to a single count of mail and wire fraud conspiracy.Provident sold bonds guaranteeing funding for life-settlement companies, which buy life insurance policies from insured people at less than face value and collect the benefits when those people die. The government says Provident sold bonds based on fraudulent financial statements from 2004-2010, with $40 million going directly into the company’s bank account.“This case is about lies,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Dry told the jury. He said Vargas told investors that Provident had hundreds of millions of dollars in assets that had been verified by an independent auditor, and that it had “reinsurance agreements” providing an extra layer of protection – all of which was untrue.In Costa Rica, Vargas became a publicly prominent person by founding magazines and newspapers. He was also involved in professional soccer as president of Saprissa, one of the top teams in the country.He later bought two soccer franchises and began a synthetic turf business that won several contracts for replacing soccer fields for local professional teams Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Labelling not easy for organic food vendors

first_imgNo related posts. From the print editionOn Saturday mornings, in the north-central San José neighborhood of Barrio Aranjuez, the Feria Verde (a farmers market) abounds with succulent mangoes and passion fruit, crisp lemongrass and basil, delicate pastries and coffee. These particular groceries that exchange hands from farmers to patrons come from fruit and vegetable farms that are organic or “in transition” to organic.But not all of the market’s vendors have a legal organic certification, even if they grow their fruits and veggies without a trace of chemicals. Of the 60 vendors at Feria Verde, 25 sell produce, 25 sell prepared foods like sandwiches and pastries, and 10 others sell things like jewelry and eco-friendly cleaning products. Of the 25 produce vendors, less than half them have received organic certification from the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG).Since it opened in 2010, Feria Verde has been trying to get all of its produce vendors certified as organic by MAG. But ministry officials constantly send back paperwork asking for corrections. MAG officials are concerned with the applications’ terminology and how Feria Verde is using a different certifying program that hasn’t yet been utilized by other producers in the country.In Costa Rica, fruits and vegetables can be certified as organic by two processes: through a handful of third-party certifying agencies recognized by MAG, or via the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS).Organic certification through PGS is cheaper and requires less paperwork, making it attractive to organizations like Feria Verde that are primarily run by volunteers. Organizations also have the ability to be stricter than national organic requirements.In countries like Brazil, most organic certification is achieved through PGS programs. Faviana Scorza, the market’s sole full-time organizer who has attended conferences in Brazil to learn more about PGS programs, said the concept is new to many Costa Rican officials. “We want all farms in the market to be certified by the government’s legal organic definition,” said Leland Westie, a Feria Verde shopper and coffee vendor. “There is a common end solution we are all working toward, and that is food security and healthy communities.”The World Health Organization defines food security as the ability of all people to access sufficient, safe, nutritious food in order to maintain a healthy and active life. This can’t be done with just one small group of people, Westie explained, and he and other market vendors and shoppers want to work alongside MAG, farmers, consumers, nonprofit organic certification agencies and international organizations to take small steps toward creating a healthy, local food system (see stories, Pages W4-5).Organizers said that while the Feria Verde continues seeking government certification, it will offer high-quality, chemical-free products, even if they aren’t legally organic.Scorza said Feria Verde is trying to get organic certification through the PGS program, which requires farm visits by vendors and consumers to ensure that organic requirements are being implemented. For Feria Verde, that would require small teams of consumers to become more involved in local food production, and market vendors would have to visit farms to inspect organic practices. In general, all organic regulations call for crop rotation, buffer zones separating farms that use chemicals and no use of genetically modified substances, fertilizers or herbicides, among other rules.Feria Verde President Rolf Ruge said organizers already submitted a third set of corrections to MAG, and they are still waiting for a response.“The current administration has been very inattentive to our certification attempts,” Ruge said. “But we will continue to work with them.”Ministry officials said they are supportive of local organic markets and organizers’ efforts to obtain organic labeling. In a press release, Agriculture and Livestock Vice Minister Tania López said she encourages Feria Verde and other farmers markets to move toward their goals. Mauricio Chacón, manager of MAG’s National Organic Agriculture Program, said small groups of people practicing organic farming can help change some practices of conventional farming, but organic products won’t become a majority in the national food system.“Each person can do a little, like buying organic [foods] when they’re available,” he said. “Price shouldn’t be the only value we put on food, but organics will not dominate food systems in my lifetime, because conventional agriculture has at least a 25 percent higher production rate than organic agriculture in most crops.”Change can also come with education, Chacón said, and this is something Feria Verde is doing well.“When people understand more about their food and how many chemicals are used in some products, they will likely pay more,” he said. “So we learn and do the best we can; that’s all we can ask, especially of those making a living in agriculture.”Chacón is currently working on public policy for organic food by collaborating with universities and other sectors to help teach consumers and farmers about agricultural systems and how organic cultivation works.This month, vendors at Feria Verde began paying a $2 fee to help fund teams of sellers and customers traveling to farms to verify that organic practices are being followed, a requirement of PGS certification.Every Saturday, from 7 a.m.-1 p.m., organic food lovers flock to the Feria Verde, even if not all vendors are certified as organic. Scorza said Feria Verde already ensures that producers implement “agro-ecological practices,” which she said are stricter than organic certification requirements. Current practices include crop diversification, native and heirloom seed use, biological pest control, reforestation, water protection, humane treatment of animals and farm-generated fertilizers and composting systems.“Organic doesn’t mean only growing without chemicals,” said Breyner Paniagua, who has been selling vegetables at the market since it opened two years ago. His booth is a favorite for those seeking leafy greens like arugula, romaine lettuce or kale. “We are involved in conscientious agriculture,” he added.Paniagua and other vendors said they want the fair to be able to market itself for what it is: a collection of family farmers doing the best they can to bring pesticide-free products to the table. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Magnitude56 earthquake rattles El Salvador

first_imgSAN SALVADOR – A strong, magnitude-5.6 earthquake shook El Salvador Wednesday, causing panic across the country, although officials did not receive reports of any injuries.The earthquake was recorded by seismographs at the National Service of Territorial Studies (SNET) at 17:45 local time, with an epicenter located 40 km south of Puerto de La Libertad, south of the capital, San Salvador.The earthquake was felt “throughout the country,”  Jorge Meléndez, general director of civil protection, told Radio Nacional, adding that based on preliminary reports from officials, no major damage was reported.Carlos López, a spokesman for the Red Cross, said the quake “caused alarm,” and in some parts of the capital people flocked to the streets in panic.With a focal depth of 52 km, the earthquake was caused by a collision of the Cocos and Caribbean plates in the Pacific, a preliminary report from SNET said. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Health Ministry confirms first locally transmitted case of chikungunya virus

first_imgOver the weekend, the Public Health Ministry confirmed the first local case of the chikungunya virus in the Pacific coastal town of Parrita. This marks the first time the mosquito-borne virus has been locally transmitted in Costa Rica, according to Dr. Daniel Salas of the ministry’s health surveillance department.The news agency EFE reported that a mosquito likely transmitted the virus to the 56-year-old woman via a houseguest who had traveled to the Dominican Republic and came down with the virus there, according to María Ethel Trejos, health surveillance director for the ministry.Salas told The Tico Times that the presence of the virus has led the Health Ministry to step up fumigation efforts in and around Parrita, located between the tourist hotspots of Jacó and Manuel Antonio National Park. to stop its spread. The doctor said that people should clean up trash, tires and pots where standing water accumulates, in order to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.Chikungunya is a virus transmitted by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, and shares many of the same symptoms as dengue: high fever, headaches, muscle and joint pains, nausea and rashes. The symptoms, however, are more aggressive than dengue and can persist for up to 10 months.The first confirmed case of the virus in Costa Rica was in July, when a French tourist who had traveled to the Dominican Republic tested positive. So far during 2014 there have been 18 confirmed cases of chikungunya and one case under review; all imported, until now.There have been 115 confirmed cases of the virus in Central America this year, but more than 16,000 suspected cases, mostly in El Salvador, according to figures from the Pan American Health Organization (PDF). The virus, originally from Tanzania, has been found across the Caribbean, especially in the Dominican Republic, Central and South America, and in the United States. Facebook Comments Related posts:Health officials testing first two cases of Ticos who could have the chikungunya virus Number of chikungunya cases in El Salvador tops 16,000 First death from chikungunya virus reported in Nicaragua Costa Rica registers 2 new cases of chikungunya virus, bringing total number to 47last_img read more

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WATCH Joel Campbell scores again in Arsenal win

first_imgHappy for the blessing of the goal … Great victory to advance to the next round pic.twitter.com/cO3LZlHmm4— Joel Campbell (@joel_campbell12) January 9, 2016 Campbell had never scored before for Arsenal in the regular season coming into this year, his fifth with the club. His resurgent 2015-2016 season has helped lift Arsenal to a first place ranking in the English Premier League and given once-skeptical manager Arsene Wenger a reason to keep putting the 23-year-old Costa Rican into the rotation.“He shows slowly, game by game, that he has the talent to do it,” Wenger told reporters last month. “If you look at his numbers since he played, you look at the number of goals he has scored and the number of assists he has given, you can say it is much better than people think it is.” Joel Campbell’s goal that levelled the scores. pic.twitter.com/URv5LG4khX— ModernArsenal (@ModernArsenal) January 9, 2016 Joel Campbell scored his third goal of the season for his English Premier club Arsenal in a 3-1 win over Sunderland in the third round of the annual FA Cup on Saturday. The Gunners were down 1-0 early when the Costa Rican forward answered by sending home a Theo Walcott cross in front of the box.center_img As injuries have piled up to star players in front of Campbell like forward Alexís Sánchez, the Costa Rican national has stepped up with three goals in 11 appearances.Reports circulating in the British media recently have said Arsenal could re-sign Campbell to a weekly contract of £60,000, or roughly $87,000 per week.Campbell was subbed off in the 80th minute of Saturday’s match after the Gunners had already established a decisive 3-1 lead. Arsenal now advances to the Final 16 of the FA Cup, where it will meet the winner of Newport and Blackburn. Facebook Comments Related posts:Joel Campbell scores his first goal for Arsenal in 5-1 thumping WATCH: Joel Campbell scores in Arsenal’s friendly against MLS All-Stars WATCH: Joel Campbell continues breakout season with amazing performance against Liverpool WATCH: Costa Rican stars Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas shine in Wednesday league contestslast_img read more

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Unrest in Costa Rica over Education Ministry new valueadded tax

first_imgRelated posts:As he reaches a year in charge, President Alvarado addresses Legislative Assembly President Alvarado visits Germany, meets with Chancellor Angela Merkel New tax brackets for the new tax year Finance Ministry issues warning ahead of shopping season The President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, supported the continuity of the Minister of Public Education, Edgar Mora, despite demonstrations led by students from 80 schools against Mora’s management.The President said that he will decide “when his confidence is interrupted.”“Edgar today is a member of the Executive Branch. We have to keep working. I have to talk to him about what has happened in the sector and how we project what is coming. For me, the most important thing has to do with transferring trust. We need to generate social peace,” Alvarado said.The President took the opportunity to denounce false news that has sparked some of the demonstrations of the different sectors.“I make a respectful call on information and the way we are informed, because in the last few days, there has been a mass of disinformation or false information that does not help in that democratic and peaceful construction,” the President said.For example, Alvarado denied that there is a directive to celebrate International Pride Day in schools, this Friday, June 28, as was alleged by some students who protested.“Many of the concerns that they express and that are seen in the valid demonstrations of young people are based on things that do not correspond with us or that we are not doing. For example, when the issue of concern about the issue of bathrooms is expressed: there is no guideline to do that, that is not in the interest of this government of this president, of this government,” said the President.The theme of the bathrooms refers to a Protocol for the Attention of Bullying against the LGTBI Population in schools and colleges, which includes the possibility that the trans population use bathrooms according to the gender with which they identify.Although the President noted that there is disinformation behind the motives that triggered the demonstrations, he did not identify who are the culprits of that campaign, unlike the Minister of Education.Mora said he would ask the Supreme Electoral Tribunal to investigate the New Republic Party for allegedly summoning students to demonstrate in the northern zone.“Of what has happened and the elements that are there, I, as President of the Republic, will not enter into political-party issues or anything like that. It does not correspond to me; what corresponds to me is to take the reins of this country for all,” President Alvarado said.President Alvarado calling for calmAlvarado also took the opportunity to call for calm, given the different social movements and demonstrations that have occurred over the past days.He lamented what happened at Casa Presidencial on Tuesday afternoon, when a group of fishermen passed security barriers and tried to enter the premises violently.The fishermen wanted to express concerns and potential repercussions of the new Value Added Tax (VAT), which will go into effect July 1.The president assured that he would be willing to speak with the fishermen.“I am willing to meet with different sectors, but that is a productive dialogue of results and not in a framework of what happened days ago in Casa Presidencial,” he said.Nationwide unrestDuring the last days, different sectors have raised their criticism and discontent with the government.For example, in addition to the students and fishermen, truckers protested the Value Added Tax (VAT), saying it will put them at a disadvantage compared to their Central American competitors.Wednesday, there was a confrontation between students of the Liceo Cuatro Bocas de Upala and National Police officers. The students, who were demonstrating against Education Ministry officials, closed the school with locks, and when they refused to open the building, the director called the National Police.In several videos circulating on social networks, a physical confrontation is observed between the police and the minors.This is compounded by an incident that occurred in the Legislative Assembly early Wednesday, when an explosive detonated in the vicinity and broke a window in the office of Deputy Zoila Rosa Volio, of the National Integration Party.Semanario Universidad LogoThis story was originally published by Semanario Universidad on June 27, 2019. It was translated and republished with permission by The Tico Times. Read the original report at Semanario Universidad here. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Costa Rica reports more deaths from tainted alcohol dengue cases on the

first_img Facebook Comments Two more people died last week due to methanol poisoning, Costa Rica’s Health Ministry reported.The deaths, which occurred in Santa Bárbara de Heredia and Santa Cruz de Guanacaste, brought to 25 the number of people who have died since June as a result of tainted alcohol. The Health Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health says 59 people in total have suffered from methanol poisoning over that period.The Health Ministry has expanded its health alert to include nine different brands of liquor. While the alert remains in effect, do not drink liquor sold under the following brands: “Guaro Montano;” “Guaro Chonete;” “Guaro Cuerazo;” “Guaro Sacheto;” “Guaro Gran Apache;” “Aguardiente Estrella Roja;” “Aguardiente Barón Rojo;” “Aguardiente Timbuka;” and “Aguardiente Molotov.”Symptoms of methanol poisoning may not appear immediately. They include acute abdominal pain, acute headache and ataxia (lack of coordination of body movements), according to the Health Ministry.The United States Embassy has said it is “not aware of any U.S. citizen illness or death due to consuming adulterated alcohol in Costa Rica.”Costa Rican authorities have seized more than 55,000 bottles of liquor and closed 10 establishments suspected of selling tainted liquor.* * * *Dengue cases on the rise in Costa RicaThe Health Ministry is reporting a sharp uptick in dengue throughout Costa Rica,  particularly in the North Central and Huetar Caribbean zones, which alone have tallied 2,000 new cases in recent weeks.The most affected cantons are: Sarapiquí (960 cases this year), Pococí (288), Guácimo (176) and Alajuela Central (165). The Health Ministry also highlighted Aguas Zarcas, Turrialba and Jacó as areas with rising affectation.“Central America is suffering a significant rise of dengue cases, and our country is not far behind as we have a 160% increase in cases compared to 2018,” said the Director of Health Surveillance, Rodrigo Marín. “Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are the countries that report cases, including dozens of deaths. In this situation, we call vehemently to the population to give a frontal fight against the mosquito that transmits dengue, eliminating all possible breeding grounds of our homes and communities.”On a more positive note, the Health Ministry says there has been a reduction in cases of Chikungunya and especially of Zika, which has dropped from 295 cases from January-July 2018 to 89 cases over the same period this year.Help reduce your risk of mosquito-borne diseases by:Eliminating standing water on your property.Apply mosquito repellent on exposed skin.Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.Use mosquito nets. Related posts:Health Ministry expands list of liquor brands suspected of causing methanol poisoning Health Ministry again expands list of methanol-tainted liquor, updates death count Costa Rica in sanitary alert due to respiratory illnesses Updates: Health Ministry suspects 19 deaths due to adulterated alcohollast_img read more

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Robbers break into huge Philippine mall

first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Four benefits of having a wireless security system Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Philippine police say robbers broke into one of the world’s largest shopping malls and fired shots to spark panic among shoppers and cover their escape after taking jewelry from a shop.Police Senior Superintendent Florendo Quibuyen says no one was injured in the daring late Saturday robbery at the SM Megamall in a suburb of the capital, Manila. Investigators were trying to identify two of the robbers, whose faces were caught on security cameras. Quibuyen said Sunday that the robbers used an iron wrench to shatter glass showcases and take the jewelry.SM Megamall attracts between 500,000 to almost 1 million shoppers a day.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

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German woman convicted for killing her 5 newborns

first_imgBERLIN (AP) – A German court has convicted a woman of manslaughter and sentenced her to nine years in prison for killing five of her newborn babies.The 29-year-old woman, whose name hasn’t been released in keeping with German privacy rules, turned herself in to authorities last September. Prosecutors said then that she killed the infants shortly after giving birth in secret at home or in the woods because she worried her husband would leave her if she had any more children. The state court in Flensburg, on Germany’s border with Denmark, convicted her Thursday of five counts of manslaughter, the dpa news agency reported. Prosecutors had sought a 10-year sentence and the defense a seven-year term.The babies were born between 2006 and 2012. The woman has two living children.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 4 sleep positions for men and what they meancenter_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

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Australian child abuse inquiry sits for first time

first_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Gillard said the Royal Commission was an important “moral moment” for the nation.“It is going to require our country to stare some very uncomfortable truths in the face,” she told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories The inquiry was unlikely to achieve its deadline set by the government of late 2015 because so many people wanted to give evidence, he said.McClellan said he expected at least 5,000 people will want to give evidence, but the actual number could be much higher.“The task we have is large; the issues are complex,” McClellan said.“But we are now in a position to actively begin the work of gathering the stories and examining the responses of institutions,” he added.Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the commission in November in the face of a string of sexual abuse accusations against priests and claims of a Roman Catholic Church cover-up.The New South Wales state government had ordered an inquiry a week earlier into allegations of a sexual abuse cover-up by Catholic priests in the Hunter Valley region north of Sydney. Victoria state officials had also begun investigating a separate series of priest sex abuse allegations in their state.Since the federal inquiry was announced, more than 6,000 people have contacted staff in writing or by phone.The government has offered free legal advice to people who want to make submissions to the inquiry before public hearings begin after September. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – The head of an Australia-wide commission looking into allegations of child sex abuse in state and religious institutions as well as community groups said more than 5,000 victims are likely to give evidence of their harrowing experiences.Justice Pete McClellan chairs a bench of six commissioners who on Wednesday started a powerful government-appointed inquiry known in Australia as a Royal Commission. Witnesses can be compelled to testify and risk imprisonment for lying.last_img read more

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