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Teachers and public health care workers march to the Legislative Assembly

first_imgNo related posts. Employees of the Social Security System, or Caja, and members of the High School Teachers’ Association (APSE) joined a protest Tuesday morning in downtown San José.A march began at 10 a.m. outside the National Children’s Hospital and continued to the Legislative Assembly,  where hundreds of demonstrators began arriving at noon.Caja employees called on officials to pay off government debts to the public institution. They said the march would not affect care at health care facilities. But the Caja’s media office said patient care at Calderón Guardia Hospital and Hospital México, both in San José, had been affected. Reports in other provinces estimated support for the nationwide strike as moderate. The daily La Nación reported that patients waited in line for four hours to obtain medicines at Hospital México. The Caja media office said 76 staff members of Hospital Mexico joined the strike. But the press office for the hospital told La Nación that 327 employees, including 22 who work in the pharmacy, participated in the protest. In addition, 40 surgeries were cancelled at the hospital.Teachers unions also participated in the demonstration to draw attention to President Laura Chinchilla’s “Plan B” fiscal reform proposals, and against “the corruption of politicians,” referring to a recent scandal involving contractors hired to build a route along the border with Nicaragua.Chinchilla said she “does not understand the reasons for the protest.” She criticized APSE’s latest move and called the group’s motives “suspect.” The president accused APSE of blocking “any measure” her administration puts forward. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Ricas former world champion boxer gives birth to daughter

first_imgRelated posts:World’s fastest man Usain Bolt partying in Costa Rica Beyoncé reunites with Destiny’s Child in Costa Rica for Kelly Rowland’s wedding ‘Thor’ actor Chris Hemsworth takes Ice Bucket Challenge during Costa Rica vacation Costa Rican boxer Tiquito Vásquez shoots for world title in Brooklyn Ex-world champion boxerHanna Gabriels gave birth to a daughter at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.Her publicist told the daily La Nación that the child and mother are in good health at CIMA hospital in Escazú, southwest of the capital. Her husband,  Bryan “Tiquito” Vásquez, – also a Costa Rican boxer – accompanied Gabriels in the hospital room. Earlier in the day, the couple posted to Hanna Gabriels Facebook page a photo in the hospital with the caption “Ready to have a baby.”Gabriels held the World Boxing Organization light-middleweight title until February 2013, when she was knocked out by Dominican fighter Oxandia “La Loba” Castillo. Gabriels became pregnant shortly after the loss. The Tica boxer said she hopes to get in the ring to earn back the championship by the end of the year.UPDATE:  Gabriels and Vásquez announced that they named their daughter Mia. Here’s a family portrait from Gabriels’ Facebook page: Boxers Hanna Gabriels, Bryan Vásquez and their new-born daughter Mia. (Via Hanna Gabriels Facebook page) Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Rican health officials seek preventive alert for chikungunya virus

first_imgRelated posts:Health officials testing first two cases of Ticos who could have the chikungunya virus Tourism sector, Traffic Police launch campaign to prevent spread of dengue and chikungunya Costa Rica registers 2 new cases of chikungunya virus, bringing total number to 47 Double jeopardy: Costa Rica’s Health Ministry reports 2 people were infected with both dengue and chikungunya Health Ministry officials will ask the National Emergency Commission (CNE) to issue a “green alert” to draw attention to the spread of chikungunya after 13 patients tested positive for the virus in the country.The Health Ministry’s director of health surveillance, María Ethel Trejos, and its general director of health, Priscilla Herrera, on Monday evening said they would submit the preventive alert request to the CNE later this month. Included in that request will be a list of strategies to prevent the virus from spreading.“We’ll approach the issue as we did during the influenza outbreak, with specific guidelines for schools, health care centers and work places,” Trejos said. The goal is to “help people understand that we all have a role [in preventive action], and no one should wait for ministry staff to eliminate mosquito breeding sites on their own.”All 13 chikungunya cases here involve people who contracted the virus while traveling abroad. Two patients – one who contracted the virus in Haiti and another in the Dominican Republic – were referred to rheumatology specialists due to the severity of symptoms, Trejos said.The youngest patient is 4, and all are from the provinces of Cartago, Alajuela and San José.Herrera recommended that travelers avoid countries with a high number of chikungunya cases, such as the Dominican Republic.“If the number of cases continues to increase [in Costa Rica], it will have a significant financial cost,” Herrera said, referring to a potential increase in lost days at work and school, and a possible drop in tourism, a current trend in the Dominican Republic.The chikugunya fever is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. The disease – like dengue – causes fever, severe muscle and joint pain, headaches, nausea, fatigue and rashes. Chikugunya symptoms are more aggressive than dengue symptoms and can persist for up to 10 months. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Panama celebrates Independence Day

first_imgRelated posts:Beyoncé and 4 other celebrities who visited Costa Rica during 2014 Costa Rican Embassy opens to public for Washington’s annual ‘Passport DC’ festivities Ayahuasca, the sacred jungle vine that lures Westerners to the Amazon Honduras to convert US-built airbase into airport for capital A parade of soldiers marches through Casco Viejo on Nov. 3 to celebrate Panama’s Independence Day. Also translated as “Separation Day,” the holiday commemorates Panama’s secession from Colombia in 1903. Panama City was filled with day-long events, although much of the population vacated for the beaches. The celebration comes in the middle of a flurry of Panamanian holidays, including Día de los Difuntos (Day of the Dead, Nov. 2), Flag Day (Nov. 4),  Colón Day (Nov. 5), and a second Independence Day (from Spain) on Nov. 28. In a letter from John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state said, “The Republic of Panama has much to celebrate this year. You marked the 100-year anniversary of the Panama Canal. Your government created the Panama Bilingue initiative which will significantly increase educational exchanges between our two nations. And you inaugurated a new president after a spirited campaign. … On this day of celebration, I send best wishes to all Panamanians. Felicidades!” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Spirit Airlines to fly San JoséHouston four times per week starting next

first_imgRelated posts:United Airlines announces more nonstop flights to Houston and New York during Christmas season More flights coming: Delta adds Minneapolis and LA routes to Costa Rica JetBlue announces new flight to Costa Rica from Boston starting in November Travelers in Costa Rica can pay departure tax at airports for 3 more months The U.S. discount carrier Spirit Airlines said Monday it would open four weekly flights between San José and Houston beginning on May 28, 2015.The airline plans to open the new route to Costa Rica as part of its expansion in Latin America, the company said. Flights will use an Airbus A319 and A320 with the capacity to accommodate 178 passengers.Alberto López, general manager of the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT), said the carrier’s announcement is important for the country as it will be the first flight of a low-cost airline from the central region of the U.S. to Costa Rica.“Texas is the third largest state where the best traveler prospects for our country live, which means its residents have a high interest in visiting or returning to Costa Rica. This new route and four weekly flights will increase the number of seats available and the number of tourists visiting our country,” López said on Monday evening.ICT studies show that Texas has 2 million residents who could be considered as top prospects for tourism in the region.“Texans are seasoned travelers with high income and higher education levels,” the ICT claims.Official reports also state that during the first nine months of this year, some 740,000 U.S. travelers entered the country by air with a tourist visa. U.S. tourists who entered Costa Rica in 2013 remained on average 10.4 nights and spent an average of $1,232 during their stay.Spirit’s announcement adds to five other airlines that have scheduled new flights to the country. Avianca, AeroMéxico, JetBlue, Delta and United will increase flights to the country’s two international airports, Juan Santamaría, outside the capital, and Daniel Oduber, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste.Last week, German carrier Condor started its third weekly flight to Costa Rica, and Cubana de Aviación on Sunday resumed nonstop flights to Cuba.Thomson Airways and Southwest Airlines confirmed new flights in 2015, while Turkish Airlines and VivaColombia currently are in negotiations for opening routes to Costa Rica. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Argentina defends legal action over Falklands oil

first_imgRelated posts:Argentina to declassify Falklands War files Argentina announces end of forex restrictions New government, same claim over Falklands in Argentina Argentina starts talks with ‘vulture’ creditors LONDON, United Kingdom — Argentina on Friday defended its decision to take legal action against companies exploring for oil off the Falkland Islands, the latest twist in a tense sovereignty dispute with Britain.Last week, the Argentine government said it had launched legal proceedings against three British firms — Rockhopper Exploration, Premier Oil and Falkland Oil and Gas Limited — and two from the U.S., Noble Energy and Edison International.“Argentina will use the full force of national and international law to prevent Argentine resources from being exploited,” Argentina’s Secretary for the Malvinas Daniel Filmus told a press conference at the London ambassador’s residence.Britain and Argentina fought a 74-day war over the Falklands in 1982 which killed 649 Argentine troops, 255 British service personnel and three islanders.Argentina claims it inherited the remote South Atlantic islands, which it calls the Malvinas, from Spain when it gained independence.But Britain argues it has historically ruled them and that the islanders should have the right to self-determination.Britain’s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond accused Argentina of “bullying” by taking legal action Friday.“It is an outrageous piece of bullying and threatening against the Falkland Islanders’ perfect right to develop their own economic resources,” Hammond told Sky News television.“Argentina needs to stop this kind of behavior and start acting like a responsible member of the international community.”Filmus and Argentina’s ambassador to London, Alicia Castro, said they were shocked by British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon’s claim last month that Argentina posed a threat to the archipelago.Fallon announced that the Falklands’ military defenses would be boosted with a £180-million ($268-million) program over 10 years in response to the “continuous intimidation” from Argentina.“Whoever says that Argentina is posing a threat to the inhabitants of the Malvinas Islands is lying,” Castro said.Read also: Argentina to declassify Falklands War files Facebook Commentslast_img read more

COD 2916 Mountain view estate in Heredia

first_img Previous Image Next Image info heading info content See this and other listings in the new Tico Times Real Estate section here. Facebook Comments No related posts. Price: $454,000COD: 29-16Email: realestate@ticotimes.netPhone: +(506) 2258-1558Province: HerediaCantón: BarvaLand: 3500m2Bedrooms: 4Bathrooms: 4Parking: 4Located in San Pablo of Barva, Heredia, this property is only 15 min. away from Heredia’s largest mall, Paseo de las Flores, but offers privacy and great mountain views. Surrounded by Heredia’s forest this property offers a peaceful lifestyle with great indoor accommodations.The house is equipped with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, living room, formal dinning room, studio, open kitchen integrated with a family/TV room, service bedroom, spacious terrace and two-car garage with space for two more on the driveway. The master bedroom occupies the entire second floor, very spacious with an office, walk-in closet and master bathroom with Jacuzzi. The property also offers an independent one bedroom, one bathroom guest house.The house has beautiful finishes in stone, wood, granite and tile. As well as unique features on windows, stairs and ceiling.The house sits on a 997 m2 property with a beautiful garden and if desired, it can be bought with the continuous lot of approx. 2500 m2 more of tropical garden filled with fruit trees, lighting, sprinkler system and security cameras. All for $598,000!Perfect for living in the mountain suburbs of Heredia! read more

VIDEO Costa Rica head coach Paulo Wanchope brawls with security guard at

first_imgThe short, winless era of Paulo “Busta-Chop” Wanchope as head of Costa Rica’s men’s football team has taken a strange and abrupt turn. On Tuesday night during an Under-23 pre-Olympics match between Costa Rica and Panama, Wanchope was involved in an ugly scuffle that could very well cost him his job. Related posts:FIFA-Gate: Costa Rica football federation says US ‘mistaken’ in Eduardo Li wire fraud allegation World, meet Ms. Sloth Kong. Swiss prosecutors probe 53 ‘suspicious’ FIFA cases Real Madrid thrown out of Spanish Cup over ineligible player, federation confirms “@MiDiarioPanama: [Noticia del momento] La pelea que protagonizó Wanchope en Panamá.”— La Portada (@LaPortadaSPORT) August 12, 2015 The security guard takes on the much taller Wanchope with an impressive flying kick. He then forces the head coach of Costa Rica’s “La Sele” to take a seat while the scuffle continues. Both men were then held back by more security guards and fans.Wanchope, who is 0-4-5 as the head coach of Costa Rica’s men’s national team, should have known better than to lose his temper – after all, Costa Rica is known as a peaceful nation. Plus, Mexico’s now former head coach, Miguel Herrera, was sacked late last month for a fight with a reporter in a U.S. airport.Also not helping is the fact that Wanchope has yet to establish the same credibility as a coach that he had as a player for La Sele. The 39-year-old coach took over for former manager Jorge Luis Pinto in February and has been unable to live up to expectations set by a historic World Cup run in Brazil last year.See also: Costa Rica’s top 10 goals of all time Facebook Comments According to Panamanian media, a stadium security guard told Wanchope that he could not enter the field towards the end of Costa Rica’s 0-0 tie with Panama, prompting Wanchope to become visibly upset. What followed is shown in the video above, as Wanchope is pushed into a child protecting the field. He then turns around and slaps a short, bald security guy.Who fights back:last_img read more

Extremely dangerous Hurricane Patricia threatens Mexico coast

first_imgRelated posts:Superstorm Patricia weakens as it soaks Mexico For Mexico, Hurricane Patricia hit just the right spot El Niño intensifying, could rival strongest in recorded history With COP21 talks in Paris moving forward after attacks, Latin America climate-change policies remain unclear Hurricane Patricia is expected to make landfall Friday. (Courtesy NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center)MEXICO CITY – Hurricane Patricia spiraled toward Mexico’s Pacific coast on Thursday, threatening to mushroom into an “extremely dangerous” major storm before making landfall, forecasters said.Patricia grew from a tropical storm to a hurricane before dawn and was packing maximum sustained winds of 155 kilometers (100 miles) per hour, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.The Miami-based forecasters warned in their latest bulletin that the Category 2 storm in the five level Saffir-Simpson scale was expected to reach the coast on Friday “as an extremely dangerous major hurricane.”Hurricane Patricia was located 460 kilometers (285 miles) south of Manzanillo, in Colima state, and 385 kilometers from another major port further south, Lazaro Cárdenas, Michoacán state.Mexican authorities have urged people to take precautions and stay informed about the storm’s progress.Patricia is expected to produce 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 centimeters) of rainfall accumulations, with isolated amounts of 20 inches (50 centimeters) over the states of Jalisco, Colima, Michoacán and Guerrero, which could produce flash floods and mudslides, the U.S. center said. (Courtesy NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center) Facebook Commentslast_img read more

5 questions for Costa Rican artist Luciano Goizueta

first_imgLuciano Goizueta’s love for science, self-awareness and art combine in colorful, texturized acrylic works inspired by scientific phenomena. Goizueta studied architecture for six months at the Technology Institute of Costa Rica (TEC) and then graphic design at the University of Costa Rica (UCR), but never finished because illness forced him to spend a significant period of time in isolation. During that time, he began developing his artistic career through painting, photography, and drawing.At only 34, he has participated in exhibitions in Argentina, Canada, China, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Panama, Switzerland and the United States. On a sunny, warm morning, accompanied by the delightful jazz melodies playing in Goizueta’s studio in Escazú, The Tico Times sat down with the artist to chat about his life and work. Excerpts follow.What do you most like to photograph?Everything. I’m obsessed with the idea of truly understanding the velocity of time. Usually you think that time’s longer than what it is, because during the present moment, time seems longer, but when you seek the future or the past, it becomes smaller, like a snail. Photography is a way in which I can document that path through that snail. The more information you have, the more possibilities you have to access the past. What I’m most interested in is capturing everything that has to do with the city, but the abandoned city, the uninhabited city. I like to explore the B side of a city: the waste, the things that are left behind such as cars, motorcycles and dumps.I also like to photograph the things that happen on a daily basis, looking at what your everyday routine was five years ago and how different it is now. It’s that idea that you’ll never get to experiment that precise moment again, and it is composed by a lot of structures that are very temporary. It’s very interesting to see what we take for granted in those paths that we travel in order to get from point A to point B. Right now I’m working on a series called “From A to B,” which is a documentation of the path I travel every day from my house to the studio and backwards at a certain hour. I take photographs of what’s going on in front of me, and afterwards I turn it into a drawing.How do you choose the theme of each series?The series’ themes have generally appeared after I’ve worked on a piece. Usually I get interested in something, paint it and then work on it. After that I choose which ones go together. Now I do it more [deliberately]… having an idea and then begin working from that point onward.Either way, all the ideas you have are linked to one another. Nothing is spontaneous… when you’re interested in something, it’s because there was a path you traveled to reach that place and that moment. From that point on you’ll get immersed in it and dedicate more time to it, and it’ll become more complex. There’s an inevitable natural process. Goizueta explores the idea of abandonment in cities. (Courtesy of Luciano Goizueta)What do you like to explore on an artistic level within your work?Everything can be included. I’m very interested in phenomena that maybe are not so related with art. I’m not very interested in being immersed in the art world per se. Of course I’d like to participate in a biennial or in an exhibition, but that’s not where my main focus lies. I’m very interested in science, physics, biology, time and all the different things I want to focus my attention on.I’ve got all these ideas about the educational formation of a person. Going to school and college is great, but actually switching into the idea of, “OK, I learned all of this and now I’m going to leave it all behind” is not that simple. You’re already impregnated [with that system] and it’s very difficult to get out of it. You’re constantly discovering new things. That’s nothing new. However, it’ll be more yours and in that sense it’s more valuable…. I never studied painting, and I try to avoid the structure of things.What is your research process?I research through observation. I often draw everything, and drawing is observing in detail… Lately I’ve been very interested in physics, especially about a self-taught physicist called Nassim Haramein. He has done a lot of physics predictions related with subatomic particles and very complex quantum physics; he has been questioning quantum physics since the beginning. He talks about this idea that physics contemplates the human being within its mathematics… the universe can be understood in the same way as a person or an atom. Haramein has this theory about a fractal universe. What we have are particles with the same complexity, but different sizes. An atom is as complex as the universe, the galaxy and a cell. Goizueta often creates detailed collages. (Courtesy of Luciano Goizueta)How do defragmentation and chaos theory relate to your work?Decontextualization is something I like to do. I like to take objects out of their context in order to eliminate things and leave an object out of its context. Then, there’s the idea of defragmentation… It’s about a lot of images that get filtered and can create another image, like a collage. Regarding chaos theory, I think the theory is a mere excuse to say that chaos does not exist. What exists are randomness generators based on a lot of information, from factors including climate and the stock exchange. To generate a sense of randomness, it must be completely linked to a structure. Nothing can be random and chaos does not exist…. Order leads to chaos and chaos leads to order. When things are ordered they tend towards disorder, but when things are completely disordered they tend to find a logical order.Read more Weekend Arts Spotlight interviews here.Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at Facebook Comments Related posts:5 questions for blues musician Steve Arvey 5 questions for Costa Rican street artist MUSH 5 questions for a Costa Rican singer 5 questions for a couple of clowns in Costa Ricalast_img read more

Meet the Costa Rican woman who saved 300 lives in Guatemala

first_img Facebook Comments When Fuego Volcano erupted in Guatemala on Sunday, June 3, a Costa Rican working in the area was ready to act.Evelyn Ordóñez is the manager at La Reunión Golf Resort Hotel and Residences in Alotenango, Guatemala,  according to the Guatemalan media organization Nómada. Ordóñez, 46, has worked in the tourism industry for 25 years, and has been at La Reunión since 2014.When she saw volcanic activity beginning on Sunday, Ordóñez made the call to evacuate a full two hours before the peak explosion. She coordinated the prompt removal of 300 people, thus saving their lives, Nómada reported.“When I saw the simultaneous explosions from the hotel’s lobby, I understood they were not the usual ones [we had seen] before. We began evacuating at 11:30 [am] and finished at 12:55 pm when I left. We evacuated 300 people, all alive, but what happened in the community is very painful,” Ordóñez told Nómada in an interview published on Wednesday. The manager had to interrupt her interview with Nómada twice in order to help people at shelters in the community. She said her primary interest was to create awareness about the situation and how to help.“Please help spread that there’s still life. Please make donations in cash. Many people need to be buried in a dignified way. People are the most important asset and they must die with dignity. We’ll rise up and we’ll move on. We’ll shine like the sun again,” Ordóñez told Nómada.As for how to help, Ordóñez emphasized that people in Guatemala can provide food, personal hygiene items, clothing, boots and mattresses.“There’s a collection center in Alotenang  called Monja Blanca where you can give all the help needed. We need hygiene articles, shoes, preferably boots, mattresses, blankets and food more than anything. Your help is deeply appreciated and we’ll make the distribution and transportation with the logistics that La Reunión has for its workers, families and affected communities,” Ordóñez told Nómada. Authorities in Guatemala: search for survivors ‘almost impossible’ Related posts:Sorrow and gratitude in the shelters of Guatemala Guatemala Fuego eruption is over: officials Authorities in Guatemala: search for survivors ‘almost impossible’ Guatemala continues search for volcano victims as more eruptions occurlast_img read more

Greek army chief resigns cites ethics dignity

first_img Comments   Share   ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greece’s army chief of staff unexpectedly resigned Wednesday, just hours before a top government meeting on military policy. A statement from the Army said Lt. Gen. Constantinos Ziazias resigned for “reasons that touch on ethics and dignity, both his own and of the army,” but did not elaborate further.Ziazias, 57, was appointed nine months ago, just before the previous Socialist government stepped down. Changes of government in Greece are routinely followed by new top military appointments, and the current three-party coalition took over last month. But it was not entirely clear why Ziazias quit as chief of staff. How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Opposition parties reacted to the resignation by accusing the conservative-led ruling coalition of trying to interfere in the appointments of army officers, a charge Defense Minister Panos Panayiotopoulos denied.The resignation came just before Wednesday’s planned meeting of Greece’s council on foreign policy and defense, convened under Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. Panayiotopoulos said the council decided to replace Ziazias with Lt. Gen. Constantinos Ginis.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Quick workouts for men More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

Propeller of 1946 US plane crash in Swiss glacier

first_img How do cataracts affect your vision? Swiss newspaper Der Bund reported three young climbers found a piece of the propeller about three kilometers from the crash site in late July.The plane went down in poor visibility on its way from Austria to Italy with four crew members and eight passengers, causing some injuries but no fatalities.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) GENEVA (AP) – Mountain rescuers have recovered the propeller of a U.S. Air Force plane that crashed in November 1946 on a glacier in the Bernese Alps.The crash of the Douglas C-53 Skytrooper on the Gauli Glacier marked the first time a rescue mission used an aircraft to land on a glacier and led to the creation of Switzerland’s air rescue services.The propeller was removed Thursday from the glacier and taken to nearby Gauli hut at 2,205 meters (7,234 feet). New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top Stories center_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img read more

US stocks open lower as China fails to halt market slide

first_imgA man walks past a screen showing the Hong Kong share index at a brokerage firm in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. The Hang Seng Index has dropped in morning trading following more big losses on mainland markets. Chinese stocks led a slump in Asian markets on Wednesday as the sell-off in Shanghai intensified and Greece’s future in the euro remained highly uncertain. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) Sponsored Stories NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening lower as investors worry about China’s ability to stem a stock market slide there.The Dow Jones industrial average declined 132 points, or 0.7 percent, to 17,649 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time.The Standard & Poor’s 500 gave up 13 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,068. The Nasdaq fell 32 points, or 0.7 percent, to 4,965.Stocks fell 6 percent in Shanghai despite the Chinese government’s latest efforts to shore up the market. Chinese stocks have plunged in the last month but are still up 70 percent over the past year. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Parents, stop beating yourself up Check your body, save your life European markets were broadly higher as talks continue on Greece’s debt woes.United Continental lost 1.5 percent after grounding all of its flights in the U.S. due to computer problems.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

Netanyahu British FM spar over Iran deal disagreements

first_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too Netanyahu got in the last word, criticizing the deal’s gradual lifting of sanctions, saying it would allow Iran to foment “more terrorism.” Hammond said the conversation would continue during their meeting.The spat comes a day after Hammond told the British Parliament that Israel wants a “permanent standoff” with Iran.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister and the British foreign secretary have publicly sparred over the deal on Iran’s nuclear program.Speaking to journalists ahead of a private meeting Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond veered off prepared remarks to argue over the Iran deal.Netanyahu, a staunch critic of the agreement, said the deal’s failure to address Iran’s calls to annihilate Israel was “perplexing.” In a retort, Hammond said the deal is limited to Iran’s nuclear activities.center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Patients with chronic pain give advicelast_img read more

A380 glitch causes 23hour delay for Qantas passengers

first_imgA Qantas plane carrying 450 passengers finally departed Melbourne this morning after a 23-hour delay.The airline’s brand new A380 was scheduled to operate a Melbourne-to-Los Angeles service at noon yesterday when a technical glitch occurred with its fuel indication light.While engineers tried to fix the problem, passengers were forced to remain onboard for four hours.Qantas told passengers that it would take too much time if they disembarked as they would have to be re-screened a second time due to the heightened security procedures for flights going to the US.However, by the time the A380 was fixed, crew had exceeded their allowable working hours, forcing the flight to be rescheduled until this morning. “We have apologised to our customers and we have provided them with accommodation overnight for those that require it” Qantas spokeswoman Olivia Wirth told ABC.”A day’s delay unfortunately has been the result of a number of defects with the aircraft” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

Global air demand strengthens in March IATA

first_imgDemand for both international air travel and air freight continued to improve throughout March. Passenger demand was 10.3 percent higher in March than a year earlier, up from a 9 percent rise in February, and cargo demand rose 28.1 percent from 26.3 percent.These figures represent the fourth month in succession that year-on-year growth in freight demand has exceeded 20 percent, and the third month that passenger demand was over 5 percent.According to The International Air Transport Association (IATA) these results indicate that demand is now growing at a faster pace than capacity. This drove the passenger load factor — a measure of capacity usage — to a record 78.0 percent in March, and the freight load factor to 57.1 percent.These are strong gains, but IATA Director-General Giovanni Bisignani said that the data is being compared to March 2009, which was the low point for international air travel during the recession.  “March results show that the pace of the upturn is strong. But the trauma of the recession is not over. The industry has lost two years of growth, and passenger and freight markets are still 1% below early 2008 highs. “Nonetheless, the pace of improvement, based on an improving global economic situation, is much faster than anybody would have expected even six months ago.”The strong traffic recovery is expected to show a dip in April as a direct result of the eruption of an Icelandic volcano that saw the shutdown of large portions of European airspace for a week.  “European carriers were already showing the weakest recovery from the financial crisis through March. “The volcanic ash crisis hit the weakest part of the industry the hardest. The majority of the US$1.7 billion in lost revenues was by Europe’s carriers. “Passenger confidence is not affected and we expect a quick rebound. The combined impact of lost business and added costs will certainly hit the bottom line,” said Bisignani. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

Winners of 20102011 Malaysia Tourism awards announced

first_imgChris Evans, Managing Director, New Horizons Holidays Source = Tourism Malaysia Local Australian operator wins award for excellence Tourism Malaysia has announced the 2010/2011 winners of the prestigious Malaysia Tourism Awards, with local WA tour operator New Horizons Holidays among the award recipients. The winners collected their awards in front of the King and Queen of Malaysia, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Haminah Hamidun and Tourism Minister Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen, at an awards ceremony in Kuala Lumpur in late December 2011. New Horizons Holidays won the Innovative Foreign Tour Operator award, for the Oceania region. This is the second time New Horizons Holidays has received this prestigious accolade, and is a reflection of the company’s dedication to providing unique holiday experiences in Malaysian destinations including Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Sabah, and Sarawak. The award was received by Managing Director, Chris Evans (picture attached). A total of 39 recipients were presented with awards for excellence, across a range of tourism sectors including hotels, tour operators, MICE and media. Individual recipients included food ambassador Datuk Redzuawan Ismail (popularly known as Chef Wan) and internationally-acclaimed shoe designer Prof Dato’ Jimmy Choo, who were awarded the Minister of Tourism’s Special Award for promoting Malaysia abroad.At the awards ceremony, Tourism Minister Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen urged industry players to practice sustainable Green Tourism in an effort to grow the industry without sacrificing nature, culture, or heritage. In recent years the Ministry of Tourism has developed standalone community based ecotourism products and destinations, including the homestay programme which was launched in 1995 and is continuing to grow in both scope and popularity. For more information on Malaysia please visit or For a full list of winners from the 2010/2011 Malaysia Tourism Awards please visit  last_img read more

Travel bookings to get more mobile study

first_imgOnline travel bookings are becoming more mobile (Image Mark Harada)   Mobile travel bookings are expected to triple by 2013, signalling a slight, but not insignificant shift in the way travel is booked online, a study by travel research firm PhoCusWright has found. According to the study, gross travel bookings made in the United States on mobile devices reached nearly US$2.6 billion in 2011, representing 2.4 per cent of all online travel purchases.And over the next two years, that share is anticipated to grow to over $8 billion, or 6.5 per cent of all internet bookings. Although its share of the total travel market will remain “small” over the next two years, the dollar value being transacted on Smartphones, tablet computers and other portable gadgets is “substantial”, says PhoCusWright communications director and senior analyst Cathy Schetzina. “The mobile platform is clearly changing traveler behavior, yielding incremental bookings in addition to the expected channel shift,” Ms Schetzina remarked. “And as merchandising capabilities improve, travel companies will have an even broader range of mobile revenue opportunities.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

Virgin link three frequent flyer programs

first_imgIn a move to provide global benefits to Virgin customers Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia has announced that all three airlines have merge their frequent flyer programs.The new program will enable customers earning points on any Virgin airline the ability to use them to travel to any Virgin destination in the world.Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson said Virgin entered the airline business three decades ago to provide great value and a wonderful experience.      “Today’s travelers still choose Virgin for the same reason because we do things differently. I am thrilled that we can now reward our loyal guests with the ability to fly around the world on Virgin. Yes indeed, Virgin goes all the way!” Mr Branson said.Virgin America President and CEO David Cush said operating as a new U.S. airline their customers from the beginning believed they could create a better travel experience.“As we prepare to mark our fifth year anniversary, we are thankful to the travelers who got us where we are today and excited to take their benefits to the next level with global rewards and continued Elevate® program enhancements in 2012 and beyond.”  Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti said one of the key drivers for customers when choosing an airline is a great frequent flyer program.“One of the most important features for our frequent flyers is the ability to earn and redeem points and enjoy status privileges wherever they fly, and we are pleased to offer our guests the opportunity with leading airlines such as Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic.” Virgin flyers can now earn and redeem credit on any Virgin Airline anywhere Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more