Saint Lucias SLAM is back with discounted rates for travel agents

first_imgTags: Saint Lucia Share << Previous PostNext Post >> SAINT LUCIA — The Saint Lucia Tourist Board’s annual travel agent incentive program SLAM (Saint Lucia Agent Months) is gearing up for a July start. Now in its seventh year, SLAM’s aim is to showcase Saint Lucia to visiting travel agents so that they have an intimate knowledge of the island. It is also an opportunity for the agents to conduct site inspections at various hotels.“Travel agents are vital to the success of any tourist destination, a fact that the Saint Lucia Tourist Board never loses sight of,” says the SLTB. The SLAM promotion runs through Nov. 30 and includes special rates on accommodations, tours and attractions. A wide range of hotels and resorts are participating in SLAM and they include: Alize Inn, Anse Chastanet, BLU St. Lucia, BodyHoliday Saint Lucia, Coco Palm, Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, Harmony Suites, Hotel Chocolat, Jade Mountain, La Dauphine Estate, Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort, Rendezvous, St. James’s Club Morgan Bay, Sugar Beach – A Viceroy Resort, Ti Kaye Resort & Spa and Villa Beach Cottages.Travel agents can also take advantage of tours and attractions provided by Rainforest Forest Sky Rides/Adventures St. Lucia, Botanical Gardens and Diamond Falls among others. SLTB’s Director of Marketing – USA, Kelly Fontenelle-Clarke, lauds SLAM as “a great way for the travel agents to experience the destination while they get updated on all the product offerings that Saint Lucia has to offer their clients”. An added bonus of SLAM is that agents can save 50-70% off published fares via WestJet Vacations when they book and travel by Dec. 15. Blackout dates will apply. Interested agents should call WestJet at 1-877-664-3205 to take advantage of the airline’s travel agent discount program.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoFor more information about SLAM click on the Travel Trade link at Saint Lucia’s tourism sector is poised to undergo significant expansion within the next few years. A number of major hotel projects will see the island’s tourism room stock increase by 2,000 rooms over the next four years. Already for this year, the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa has opened its doors with 455 rooms in two hotels one catering to families and the other, adults only. Serenity Villas at Coconut Bay Resort, has also unveiled its 36 luxury villas and the Harbour Club is to open in September with 117 rooms.Work will begin on the Fairmont Saint Lucia Resort in Sabwisha, Choiseul in September this year. This resort will be a unique space that integrates local nature, a low-rise building complex and a wide range of recreational facilities. The hotel will include 120-five-star hotel rooms, 37 villas, three restaurants, a spa, commercial areas for local producers and traders and three swimming pools.The Reduit beach will be redeveloped and will become the home of a luxury five-star dual branded hotel called Curio by Hilton. This property will be built where the Rex Resorts was previously located. The Curio by Hilton will feature 500 luxury rooms; 350 rooms assigned to the Hilton and 150 assigned to the Curio by Hilton. Work on this property will begin within the last quarter of 2017.Work should also commence on the Honeymoon Bay Resort in Cannelles very soon, says the SLTB. This resort will consist of two hotels. The first is a 250-room 5-star luxury, family all-inclusive hotel and the second is an 80-room, 5-star luxury hotel. This resort will feature an 18-hole golf course and clubhouse and a museum.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterMeanwhile Range Developments signed an agreement with Saint Lucia’s government to acquire the Black Bay lands and develop Black Bay into an integrated master planned luxury touristic community. The Black Bay Master Development will consist of a luxury branded hotel and villas with other amenities set on 180 acres on the southern tip of the island. The hotel is expected to have 180 rooms and will be the central anchor of the Black Bay Master Development. Initial site works are expected to commence in the fourth of quarter of 2017 or the first quarter of 2018 and the hotel is expected to be complete by the end of 2020.Sandals Resorts International has confirmed plans to add a fourth resort on Saint Lucia. The property will offer 350 rooms and suites inclusive of the exotic Sky Pool Butler Suites, all-butler signature swim-up Rondoval Suites and an infinity-edge sky pool bar. Groundbreaking for the project is set to begin in 2018.In addition to hotel developments the island is also looking to create and capitalize on the concept of village tourism. Eight fishing villages will be transformed into unique tourism villages based on their attributes and strengths, says the SLTB. Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Saint Lucia’s SLAM is back with discounted rates for travel agentslast_img read more

NCL extends Canada At Par pricing until Sept 30

first_imgNCL extends Canada At Par pricing until Sept. 30 Share Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Travelweek Group Tags: Norwegian Cruise Linecenter_img Posted by TORONTO — Norwegian Cruise Line has extended its Canada At Par Pricing Sale until Sept. 30, giving Canadians even more reason to book a cruise in 2017 and 2018.The sale applies to departures from New York, Boston, Florida and more to destinations such as Bermuda, the Caribbean, Europe, Canada & New England, and Australia & New Zealand. Plus, when clients book any stateroom on select 2017 and 2018 sailings, they’ll receive special discounted pricing in Canadian dollars.Itineraries include:The seven-day Bahamas & Florida from New York onboard Norwegian Breakaway to Orlando, Great Stirrup Cay (Bahamas), NassauThe seven-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami onboard Norwegian Escape to St. Thomas, Tortola, NassauThe 10-day Canary Islands, Spain & Morocco from Barcelona onboard Norwegian Spirit to Casablanca, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands), Funchal (Madeira), Granada and Alicante (Spain)The seven-day Bermuda onboard Norwegian Breakaway from New York & Norwegian Dawn from Boston, with three days in Royal Naval DockyardThe 10-day Australia & New Zealand Sydney to Auckland onboard Norwegian Jewel to Melbourne, Burnie, Tasmania, Wellington, Napier, Touranga, Bay of Islands, AucklandThe seven-day Western Caribbean from Tampa onboard Norwegian Dawn to Cozumel, Costa Maya (Mexico), Roatan, Bay Islands, Harvest CayeMore news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsA deposit must be made to lock in at-par pricing at the current rate. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. The South Caribbean community would like to thank Evi, Monica, Shiloh and Adriana, José, Heriberto and Antonio for cleaning up the base of Margarita Road in Cocles. What has long since served as an eyesore and community health hazard is now a gorgeous garden, prepared, cleaned, designed and planted with love. Neighbors, please bring your trash in large, tied bags on Mondays, once a week. Let’s keep this area clean.This newest cleanup effort comes as part of a wave of community initiatives to reduce, reuse and recycle more effectively. Many local businesses (Punta Uva Pulpería, ATEC, Tasty Waves Cantina) cut down on waste by offering purified water refills. Jungle Love and Bread & Chocolate have also stopped selling bottled water at their restaurants. The Echo Books community in Cocles tore down its pre-existing trash bin to replace it with something more structurally sound and attractive. Volunteers in Playa Negra installed recycling bins along the road in June. These measures improve the area for everyone.On Saturday, Aug. 4, OM’s monthly SurfAsana takes place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Drop off and pick up is at OM beside Cabinas El Tesoro in Cocles; parents, please arrive on time. The program includes yoga and surf free for children aged 5-13. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers are welcome. Send your children with sunblock, lunch and their own surf or boogie boards. OM provides snacks, juice, water and some equipment. Be prepared for yoga, beach games, surfing and fun.Also this weekend at the Centro de Cultura, join the regular salsa classes. Every Saturday and Sunday starting at 6 p.m., tunes will blast from down Main Street.  The class costs ₡1,000 ($2) per hour. Come sizzle with the salsa beats. Wear comfortable clothes, and bring water and maybe a sweat towel.-Kristin Gilbert  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgBelize City – Police in Belize are looking for antivirus pioneer John McAfee for questioning in relation to the murder of another U.S. man on the island of Ambergris Caye.McAfee is “sought for questioning in a homicide investigation,” police investigator Marco Vidal, who visited the former millionaire’s house on Sunday, told members of the press. Vidal belongs to the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU), a branch of the Belize Police Department that investigates organized crime.GSU agents raided McAfee’s mansion in search of drugs and weapons some six months ago. McAfee was detained for several hours and released in that incident. He said a local politician had falsely accused him of drug trafficking after McAfee declined to contribute to a political campaign.Now, McAfee is sought for questioning in connection with the murder of Gregory Faull, 52, originally from the U.S. state of Florida. A domestic employee discovered Faull’s body Sunday morning in his house on Ambergris Caye. Faull was killed Saturday night, police said.In the house, investigators found “a 9 mm shell casing, consistent with Faull’s wound,” police spokesman Rafael Martínez said.A police report said there were no signs of forced entry and a laptop and cellphone were missing.According to the tech site Gizmodo, Faull and McAffe recently had several disputes stemming from McAffee’s alleged erratic behavior.McAfee, a computer programmer who invented McAfee antivirus software, has lived in Belize for the past four years. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. The Costa Rican government requested additional measures from the International Court of Justice at The Hague on Monday following the accusation last week that Nicaragua has beenaltering the mouth of the San Juan River in the disputed border area known as Isla Portillos.“Nicaragua’s actions are in a class of their own because they not only represent a violation of the court’s provisional measures stated on March 8, 2011, but also because they violate national territory and seek to reconfigure the mouth of the Río San Juan,” said Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo, according to an official statement.  Castillo, who accompanied Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla to New York to participate in the United Nations General Assembly, said that Costa Rica “has no other option other than to return to the court to halt these actions [by Nicaragua] as quickly as possible.”In October 2010, Nicaraguan troops occupied part of Isla Portillos, also known as Isla Calero, as part of an effort to dredge a canal between the San Juan River and the Los Portillos Lagoon, near Costa Rica’s northeastern Caribbean coast. Isla Portillos is a protected wetland under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.In an attempt to remove the Nicaraguan forces, Costa Rica appealed to the world court, and in March 2011, the court issued a decision forbidding civilians, military personnel or police from either country to enter the disputed wetlands.Costa Rica has repeatedly complained that Nicaragua continues to flaunt the world court’s ruling.“Costa Rica requests that the Court suspend all dredging or any other work, and specifically the cessation of any kind of work in the additional artificial canals,” according to the petition presented to the court Tuesday morning.Furthermore, they request that the court allow “Costa Rica to conduct remediation efforts in the disputed territory, in the two new canals and surrounding area, as needed to prevent irreparable [environmental] damage.”In her speech to the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday, Chinchilla will speak about what Costa Rica calls “Nicaragua’s expansionist policy” and will ask for support from the international community to defend the integrity of its territory, according to sources traveling with the president.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgOut with the old, in with the new.  Facebook Comments I left my camcorder on a bus. Justleft it. Nobody slashed my bag while I napped. No one slipped a hand through the zipper. One minute, I was looking at footage I’d taken in San José, the next minute I was stepping off the bus in Alajuela. As soon as the bus accelerated, coughing clouds of diesel into the air, I realized what I’d done and started to run.“No está aquí,” said the driver, when I finally tracked him down. He shrugged and grimaced. “Alguien la tomó.” Not here. Somebody took it. He even mimed the act of picking up my camcorder and walking off with it.I didn’t take this news lightly. I was willing to run across all of Alajuela, find the terminal, search every bus, track down the same driver, question him, then interrogate two station agents and a janitor before giving up. The camera wasn’t fancy – a $300 Canon Vixia, about the size of a soda can – but that was $300 I didn’t want to spend a second time. The camera had accompanied me across hundreds of miles of bike trails and deep into the Rocky Mountains. To just abandon it on the TUASA express was the height of stupidity.But so it went. The camera was gone, and I would have to buy another. No problem, though. There were stores in the Central Valley, right?Video cameras, however, there are not. I visited Gollo stores. I browsed the aisles of Wal-Mart. I tracked down every Radio Shack in a four-canton radius. No camcorders. There were cameras, yes, and sometimes even really nice cameras, but nothing in the way of digital video. Visit after visit, the conversation went like this (in Spanish):ME: Good afternoon. I’m looking for a video camera.VENDOR: Ah… a video… camera?ME: Correct. For taking video.VENDOR: Ah… well, we have these.(Shows display case full of point-and-shoot cameras, the kind you would dangle from a key ring).ME: Okay, not what I need, but thank you.VENDOR: With pleasure. Pura vida.What began as a mild inconvenience grew into a study in Tico microeconomics. Nearly every electronics store I visited had a special glass case filled with cheap little cameras. Some stores even had high-end DSLRs, Canons and Nikons galore, with which I could comfortably shoot a wedding. But camcorders didn’t seem to exist. It dawned on me that here in Costa Rica, there was simply no demand for them.“Not many people shoot video here,” a Tica friend told me, herself a studied photographer. “If they want video, they use their regular cameras.”It also occurred to me that shooting video is only half the story: In order for moving pictures to have meaning, you have to edit your footage as well. As a part-time video journalist, I had taken this for granted for many years. After all, I have a decent computer with exceptional RAM. I have Final Cut Pro and all the imaging software I can handle. In the U.S., these are reasonable commodities; any Burger King cashier could save up and buy an iMac on Amazon within a few months – the package would arrive at the front door. Not so in Costa Rica. Not everyone has access to Amazon. Indeed, not everyone has a coherent address. What was the point of having a really nice camcorder if all you did was fill up memory cards with random takes?In stark contrast, Tico photographers are everywhere. In every park, on every beach, there are native Costa Ricans screwing 50mm lenses onto their 7Ds and contorting their bodies to photograph flowers with maximum depth of field. Since arriving in Costa Rica, I have spoken with no fewer than five people about the joys of maximum bokeh on a 1.8 F-stop. I have met photography students and working photographers and amateurs who happen to know more about cameras than I do. One friend showed me his back room, where a laundry sink was bolted into the wall.“This would make a great dark room,” I said.“It would be perfect,” he said, “if only anybody shot film anymore.”We hung our heads in reverence for that lost art.After a full week of searching, I started to feel desperate. I had some video assignments coming up and no equipment to capture them. Meanwhile, the loss of my Vixia had humiliated me; I have traveled widely, often in crime-addled regions, and never lost so much as a comb. What would I forget next? My phone? My passport?My boss offered words of comfort. “I lived with a burner [temporary phone] for like 3 years,” he wrote me in an email. “Finally when I got a new iPhone, within 3 weeks I had left it in a cab. $1,000 mistake. So, you’re not alone, man!”Mistakes happen, I finally conceded, though not before bitching for days to my wife. “Nobody’s sick,” Kylan said. “Everything’s okay. You’ll get another one.”But would I? After a visit to the Escazú Radio Shack, where I assumed camcorders would be stacked in mountains, the clerk only shook his head.“The Multi Plaza,” he intoned. “You should go to the Escazú Multi Plaza. They’ll have it.”I was new in the neighborhood and had never heard of the Multi Plaza. What was the magical place that everyone whispered of? How could I get there? And was it known for camcorder wholesalers, or should I dare not to dream?At long last, Kylan and I spent a Saturday seeking out the Multi Plaza, which – as everyone in Escazú knows – is really just a colossal shopping mall. Throngs of people filled the concourses and escalators, and had I not known about a Sony store in the Multi Plaza’s deepest bowels, we might have roamed for hours.In the great corporate war among camera manufacturers, Sony had barely crossed my radar. My entire experience vacillated between Canon (my brand) and Nikon (the rival). They are practically identical in every way, except for styles and features that only pros would obsess over. When I think of Sony, I think of videogames and widescreen TVs, not home video equipment. But if it shot in dependable hi-def, what did it matter?The manager was Felipe, a bright-eyed college kid who hoped to visit the U.S. within the year. The entire staff was young, and they were as professional as four-star hoteliers. After a few volleys of decent Spanish conversation, they switched to English.“It helps us a lot to speak English,” Felipe said. “We like when Americans come here, because we have a chance to practice.”The Sony camcorder I purchased was similar to the Canon Vixia I ordered from Amazon two years earlier, give or take some anatomy. What had cost $300 in the U.S. cost about $350 here, plus a new SD card, without which the camcorder would be useless. But the salesmen didn’t just hand me the camera and walk off; they opened the box, removed each item and displayed it.“This is the battery pack,” said a technician. “So you have power in the camera.”The tutorial wasn’t necessary, since I had used all sorts of cameras over the years and knew the drill, but after so much searching, I appreciated the old-world salesmanship. If the Sony guys could have handed me the camcorder on a velvet pillow, they probably would have.Now I’m back in business – new gear, just as compact, with a slightly better resolution. And a lesson learned: In Costa Rica, gringos might be surprised by what is and isn’t available. I was astonished that the one thing I had lost was the one thing I couldn’t easily find.This time, it’s not leaving my sight. Robert Isenberg No related posts.last_img read more

Just hanging out for Semana Santa

first_imgA red-eyed tree frog hangs from a plant near La Fortuna in northeast Costa Rica. The red-eyed tree frog has become a Costa Rican icon as a result of its ubiquitousness and its beauty. The nocturnal frogs can be found during the daytime, sleeping under leaves. Facebook Comments Related posts:Flying over the Osa Peninsula Brazil tribes declare war on illegal loggers in Amazon Puerto Limón 13 photos from Costa Rica’s annual Good Friday procession through the capitallast_img

Costa Rica great Paulo Wanchope insists Ticos will keep surprising the world

first_imgSANTOS, Brazil — Assistant coach Paulo Wanchope on Monday said Costa Rica have more surprises in store for heavyweights Italy and England after their shock defeat of Uruguay.The ex-Premier League star — and arguably the best player to ever play for Costa Rica — backed the underrated Central Americans to “keep surprising the world” after they floored Uruguay 3-1 to raise hopes of escaping from a tough Group D.“It’s a big surprise for the world — everyone expected either Uruguay or Italy or England to go through,” Wanchope told reporters after a training session at Santos Stadium.“For us, it wasn’t a surprise because we know the great talent that we have. We will keep working and keep surprising the world.”Goals from Arsenal’s Joel Campbell, Óscar Duarte and Marco Ureña downed Uruguay on Saturday and put European giants England and Italy on notice.And Wanchope, a hit at Derby Country, West Ham and Manchester City during his extended stint in England, said his side are ready for anything the high-profile Azzurri and Three Lions can throw at them.“We’re not surprised at anything. We’ve been looking at England for so long,” said Wanchope, when asked what he made of the attack-minded team that went down, 2-1, to Italy.“For me, especially, I do like the way they play, I do like the talent of [Adam] Lallana, [Dean] Sturridge, [Wayne] Rooney, [Steven] Gerrard. They’re very good going forward and they have good, solid defenders.”He said he expected England to improve in their second game against Uruguay, potentially setting up a crunch final group match when they face the Costa Ricans next week.“I think they could do better against Uruguay, I really do think that. But we will concentrate on our game and we will see what we can do against England in the last game,” said Wanchope.Costa Rica finished the Uruguay game with no yellow cards and no new injuries, meaning they will be at full strength for Friday’s game with Italy.Goalkeeper Keylor Navas said the team making detailed preparations to face an Italian team that includes the masterful Andrea Pirlo and Mario Balotelli, who scored the winner against England.“The next game is going to be very important for us,” Navas said. “We’re going to have to do everything right.”He added that he hoped Italian Gianluigi Buffon, one of his personal goalkeeping heroes, would recover from injury. Facebook Comments Related posts:Are you ready for Costa Rica vs. the Netherlands? 32 fascinating facts about Tico football Costa Rica’s last hurrah in historic World Cup run What I’ll tell my daughter about La Sele, 2014 Argentine Ricardo ‘El Tigre’ Gareca likely will be Costa Rica’s next national football coachlast_img read more

Local franchises look for investors at open house in San José

first_imgRelated posts:Johnny Rockets opens third location in Costa Rica Costa Rica’s restaurant franchise sector plans new openings, more jobs Chili’s opens fourth restaurant in Costa Rica IHOP looking for investors to open in Costa Rica Six local franchises on Thursday will display their business models in hopes of attracting investors at an open house sponsored by theNational Franchise Center, part of the Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce.“The event aims to provide franchise owners with the opportunity to grow by offering investors a space to learn about their business models,” CENAF director Karol Fallas Estrada said.Participating companies are Pan American Language Center; Curious Minds, a private preschool and daycare;  Hamburguesía, a gourmet burger restaurant; La Fonda Azteca, a Mexican food restaurant; BJX by Neotech, a gadget and mobile accessories shop; and Petcafé, a veterinary clinic and pet shop. Investment opportunities are available for up to $120,000.All of these companies were developed with assistance from the National Franchise Center during a four-year process, and currently they all are consolidated businesses, Fallas said.“Those in search of new business opportunities will find in our open house a more suitable environment for really getting to know the business models of these companies, unlike a regular franchise fair,​​ where time and space is more limited,” Fallas added.The open house will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and entrance is free to the public. Companies offering financing options for businesses will also participate.Costa Rica’s franchise sector grew by 12.7 percent in 2014, according to CENAF. A total of 34 new franchises launched operations last year; 12 of them were Costa Rican businesses. CENAF estimates that the franchise sector generated close to 28,000 jobs last year. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

COD 1559 Riverside Condominium Escazú For Sale

first_imgPrice: $139,900COD: 1-559Email: realestate@ticotimes.netPhone: +(506) 2258-1558Province: San JoséCantón: EscazúConstruction: 108m2Bedrooms: 1Bathrooms: 2This one bedroom unit has just been reduced from $230,000 to $179,900 a for quick sale. Next Image Generalities:The city lies at an elevation of 1,101 meters above sea level on the northeast slopes of the Cerros de Escazú, 9 kilometers west of the national capital city of San José. The climate is moist tropical: it is not unknown for Escazú to experience rainfall on a day in which San José is dry and sunny. November and December frequently bring high winds.A Modern City:Escazú is one of the wealthiest places in Costa Rica, with many expensive restaurants and shops and it has some of the most exclusive shopping and dining in the country. It has new developments, like Avenida Escazú, which holds the country’s first IMAX theater. Avenida Escazú is a modern outdoor mall/center. This mall has many international brands like Max Mara, Women’s Secret, Cortefiel, and Adolfo Dominguez, and the country’s first Starbucks. Another unique feature of Escazú is it holds the most luxurious mall in Costa Rica, Multiplaza Escazú, which is home to many big international brand names like Zara, Armani Exchange, MNG, Guess, Lacoste, Tiffany and Co., Carolina Herrera, Salvatore Ferragamo, among others. Many locations in the city are prized for their scenic views. This area is one of the most developed parts in the metropolitan area, populated by families with high incomes. Escazú contains many apartment blocks and residential areas.Over the past couple of decades, Escazú has become an expatriate enclave: several embassies have their residences located here, including the residence of the US ambassador, and the Dutch and British ambassadors. The past few years have seen a significant influx of newly arrived foreigners from North America, South America, and Europe. It is home to many bars and restaurants, especially those of the more chic (and expensive) variety. Rents and prices reflect this and Escazú is the most well-known upscale location in Costa Rica. Here, one can find English movie theaters and even a luxurious country club. There are also many fine restaurants and dining areas in this part of town with excellent nightlife. Banks, pharmacies, shops, grocery stores, and even an 18-hole championship golf course can be found here, along with one of the biggest and most modern shopping malls in Central America, Multiplaza. info heading info content No related posts. Great unit in one of Escazu’ s best tower projects….The unit includes all the furnishings and owner financing is available with the following terms and conditions:30% down paymentOwner financing at 7% for 10 yearsAmenitiesAs you browse through the list of standard inclusions, you will realize why we consider Riverside Condominiums to be the best address in Costa Rica. Style and elegance are incorporated into each and every aspect of Riverside. Riverside residents enjoy the essentials: security, convenience, location, and a quality of life second-to-none. Here is a sampling of the amenities Riverside has to offer:Recreation•Racquetball Court•Tropical – Style Swimming Pool•Whirlpool with waterfall•Green Area•Pavilion•Outdoor shower facilities by pool•Exercise room with showers and saunaAmbience/Lifestyle•Panoramic terraces with exceptional views•Bordered by a picturesque river•Exuberant tropical gardens elegantly landscaped•Artwork in the gardens (historic 10 foot anchor, replica of New York City)Technology•Structured wiring in the condominiums•Cable TV, Internet access•Broadband Internet connection•Minimum of three phone lines•Intercom system within the complexSecurity and Convenience•24 hour perimeter security service•Underground garage with elevator access•Automatic gates•Emergency power generator•Emergency water reserve tank•Anti-seismic US standard construction•Ample visitor parking See this and other listings in the new Tico Times Real Estate section here. Facebook Comments Previous Image read more

PHOTOS Hundreds turn out for San José Womens March

first_imgRelated posts:The election was over, and yet we marched Women’s March events planned across Costa Rica Saturday VIDEO: New Costa Rican documentary explains forced Central American migration President Solís: ‘If you want to get through a border, you’ll be able to sooner or later’ Hundreds of people packed the streets of San José today for a demonstration of solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington. The U.S. event, which inspired hundreds of “sister marches” across the United States and around the world, was organized to express opposition to positions of newly inaugurated U.S. President Donald Trump.Organizers indicated before the San José march that partisan messages, including specifically anti-Trump signs or slogans, were discouraged, and that the event’s mission was to promote “peace, inclusion, strengthening the Social Security System (Caja), public employment and a nonreligious state.”Events took place around Costa Rica, including a barefoot protest on Playa Guiones in Nosara, Guanacaste, early Saturday morning.Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of London, Paris and other cities worldwide on Saturday. In the United States, march organizers around the country estimated that more than two million people had participated. Final counts were still being evaluated at press time, but organizers had estimated turnouts of more than half a million each in Washington, New York and Los Angeles, and huge gatherings in Boston, Miami, Denver, Seattle and Philadelphia as well.Donald Trump took office on Friday, Jan. 20. AFP / Ezequiel Becerra AFP / Ezequiel Becerra AFP / Ezequiel Becerra AFP / Ezequiel BecerraCheck out The Tico Times’ story on this morning’s march in Nosara. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements “There’s no suspect and we’re trying to find out the motive now … how it could get in there, and why,” he said.Nuclear officials said they had received no threats.Nyman said investigators were analyzing witness statements and security camera footage of the vehicle’s movements. He declined to give more details.Power utility Vattenfall said the clay-like, fist-sized explosive was found on a fire extinguisher in the forklift during a routine check as it entered the high-security enclosure, where the four reactors are situated, from the plant’s adjoining industrial area.“To me, it looked like the size of a fist,” Ringhals spokesman Gosta Larsen said, noting that the small gray mass would have been difficult to spot if the sniffer-dogs had not found it.There was no danger of explosion because the material did not have a detonator or triggering device, police and nuclear officials said. They insisted that even if it had exploded, the damage would have been minimal and would not have affected the plant.Police combed the outer enclosure of the Ringhals plant _ an area the size of 150 football fields _ but found no indication that the explosive had been brought in through or over the surrounding fencing, Gith Thedvall, a local police spokeswoman, said. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, said it was aware of the incident and was in touch with Swedish authorities but declined to comment further.The Swedish government has not commented on the incident, saying that it would wait for the outcome of the police investigation.Ringhals, with more than 3,500 workers, is Sweden’s largest power plant, producing 28 Terawatt-Hours a year, or supplying around 20 percent of the country’s electricity.It is located near Varberg in Halland, some 70 kilometers (45 miles) south of Sweden’s second-largest city, Goteborg.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Sponsored Stories “So it must have been brought in by someone who came through the control gates,” she said, referring to the gates at the plant’s outer enclosure.Wednesday’s incident prompted Sweden to increase its security alert at the country’s three nuclear plants, including Forsmark and Oskarshamn.Police temporarily cordoned off the area immediately surrounding the forklift, but the find did not cause any other exceptional measures at the plant, officials said.“It’s serious that someone tries to bring in explosives to a nuclear plant,” Larsen said. “But it was a really stupid thing to do because there’s a 100 percent certainty that it would have been discovered. It would never have made its way through.”Critics slammed the plant and Sweden’s nuclear industry after the incident, saying it shows how vulnerable atomic power stations are.David Persson, a spokesman at the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, said the agency considers the incident serious but doesn’t want to draw any conclusions or plan to tighten its guidelines or rules until police have established what actually happened.“We’re following this closely. There definitely shouldn’t be any explosive materials near a nuclear plant, but it’s positive that they found it,” Persson said. Associated PressSTOCKHOLM (AP) – Two days after nuclear officials found a small amount of explosives on a forklift on the grounds of Sweden’s largest nuclear power plant, police said they still had no clues about possible perpetrators or how the material got there.Officers completed a search of the plant’s premises in the morning, but found no other explosives, police spokesman Tommy Nyman said Friday. Comments   Share   4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

first_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Check your body, save your life Four benefits of having a wireless security system Sponsored Stories BEIJING (AP) – A coal mine explosion in eastern China has killed at least 14 people just days after a blast in the country’s southwest left 44 dead.The official Xinhua News Agency said dozens of miners were working when the blast ripped through the Gaokeng Coal Mine in Jiangxi province’s Pingxiang city at midday on Sunday.Xinhua said 23 escaped or were rescued and 14 were confirmed dead. It said one miner remained missing Monday and 11 workers were hospitalized. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img Comments   Share   A blast in Sichuan on Wednesday killed 44 people, the highest single accident toll for the industry in nearly three years.China has the world’s deadliest coal mine industry. Safety improvements have reduced deaths in recent years, but safety rules are often ignored and accidents are still common.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

first_img Comments   Share   The koala’s visit was captured by security cameras, and the footage released by the Western District Health Service on Tuesday.“He was quite relaxed, just sort of checking everything out, and then he sort of came back past the doors and they opened and he went on out again,” Kelly said. “He wasn’t stressed at all. It was nice to just watch him poke around there for a little while.”The Health Service’s CEO nicknamed the creature “Blinky Bill,” after a fictional koala first popularized in a series of children’s books.Although Australia’s famously unique fauna occasionally ends up in odd places — a crocodile wandered into a Northern Territory bar a few years ago, for example — Brigid says the hospital has never had a koala visitor before.“This is a first for us,” she said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SYDNEY (AP) — Staffers at an Australian hospital’s emergency department received a rather unusual late night visitor — a koala.The marsupial casually strolled through the automatic doors of Hamilton Base Hospital in Victoria state at 3:30 a.m. on April 20, said Brigid Kelly, spokeswoman for the Western District Health Service.Surprised staff, not wanting to put any pressure on the animal, watched from a distance as it wandered around the emergency department’s waiting room for about three minutes before showing itself back out. Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

first_img 5 ways to recognize low testosterone How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation The opening of the crossing is seen as a humanitarian gesture by Egypt ahead of the Muslim’s holy fasting month of Ramadan.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egypt opened its borders with the Gaza Strip for the first time in months Saturday, allowing Palestinians to enter and leave the isolated coastal strip.The Rafah border crossing will operate for six hours a day for the coming three days and 15,000 people Palestinians have applied to exit to Egypt, said Maher Abu Sabha, head of the Gaza side of the crossing. He said those were humanitarian cases and included medical patients, students and Arab residents whose residency permits were about to expire. However, he said only 1,500 of those were actually expected to pass through. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Rafah is Gaza’s only gateway to the outside world with no Israeli control. Egypt has kept it mostly closed since the militant Hamas group seized control of the coastal strip in 2007. The closure worsened after Egypt’s military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood member, in 2013. Hamas is an offshoot of the Brotherhood.Egypt has opened the Rafah crossing in both directions only five days this year. Last month, it allowed the return of Palestinians stranded in Egypt.Outside the crossing, hundreds of Palestinians struggled for a chance to ride one of the buses that would go inside the crossing. One hopeful traveler, Khaled Abu Okal, 27, was a doctoral student at a university in Malaysia who came to visit his family after last summer’s war and has been unable to leave since.“If I cannot make it through this time, I will lose just another (academic) year,” Okal said. “I already lost one.”Outside the hall, a woman and her children sat in the dirt with tears in their eyes. Mother Youssra Abu Qouta said she wants to take her two daughters, ages 9 and 11, for treatment in an Egyptian hospital.“I come here every time the crossing opens, but no luck,” she said. “We are thrown here like dogs.” Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologylast_img read more

Ukraines selfdefense units look for the enemy within

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Ibrahim and like-minded activists denied those in Kulikove Pole had any connection to subversive activities.“The blasts, these are likely the work of solo operators,” Ibrahim said. “They imagine that they are doing something that will benefit us somehow, whereas in fact they are only doing us harm.”When not patrolling the streets or trying to apprehend petty criminals, the Ukrainian patriotic groups also indulge in low-level intimidation of anti-government, pro-Russian groups.A press conference in Odessa last week given by the lawyer of a jailed Kulikove Pole activist was mobbed by a group of muscled men, who heckled and laughed throughout the proceedings. One man seen in the room was a leading figure in Panevsky’s organization.Nadezhda Melnichenko, a reporter with Odessa-based news site Timer, whose editorial line is strongly critical of the current government, said such petty harassment is commonplace.“There is nobody here for them to physically attack, but the appearance of young men with powerful bodies has a certain intimidating effect,” Melnichenko said outside the press conference hall.Panevsky argued that with the country fighting a war against what most Ukrainians believe to be an external aggressor — Russia — there is no room for squeamishness about going after those perceived to be a threat. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “It’s very important to look after every small piece of land, every millimeter of Ukraine,” Panevsky said. “We can’t allow anybody to denigrate or destroy our national values.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Odessa lies more than 500 kilometers (300 miles) west of the front line in east Ukraine, where government troops are mired in a war of attrition against Russian-backed separatists. Still, anxiety about a second front emerging here is fueled by regular news of arrests of people suspected of plotting militant anti-government activities.Panevsky says authorities aren’t doing their job and units like his are stepping in. “The fight against separatism should be carried out by the security services, which are completely corrupt and compromised,” he said.His organization comprises 300 active volunteers, but that he can draw on hundreds more in the event of mass unrest, Panevsky said. The hardcore members of the unit gather for light arms training at a camp outside Odessa at the weekend.The legal status of such self-defense units is unclear, and some in the city speculate that they may be set on a collision course with authorities nervous about the presence of unaccountable armed gangs.By Panevsky’s own admission, his unit’s activities clearly cross into legally questionable territory. While giving a tour of his group’s headquarters, he showed a dank basement room where he said detained people are sometimes kept. Pressed about the whereabouts of the captured pro-Russian activist, Panevsky demurred and said the man would soon be released. He quickly changed the subject, instructing underlings to organize a honey-trap drug purchase to catch a small-time pusher. It was unclear whether the suspected separatist agitator was in fact detained.Odessa has not been spared its share of unrest. The city tipped into bloodshed in May last year, when clashes between pro-unity and pro-Russian activists culminated in 48 deaths. The bulk of those deaths occurred after the pro-Russian crowd was cornered in a trade union building that was later set alight.Those events had an almost instantaneous chilling effect on the activities of Russia-leaning activists. Those who agree to speak publicly are wary about labels that they fear could attract attention from authorities.“When somebody says that I am pro-Russian and they are pro-Ukrainian, it feels as though they want to annul my Ukrainian citizenship,” said Maurice Ibrahim, a leading figure in the anti-government Kulikove Pole movement in Odessa. Kulikove Pole is named for the city square where the activists habitually congregate.Ibrahim’s background is a vivid illustration of the eclectic mix of interests encompassed by the movement that militates for Ukraine to develop closer ties with Russia instead of the West. He left behind the civil war in his native Lebanon in the mid-1980s to study in Odessa, and stayed. He became a Ukrainian citizen 10 years ago. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home ODESSA, Ukraine (AP) — Striding through headquarters, Todor Panevsky gleefully announced that comrades in his self-defense unit had detained a pro-Russian separatist sympathizer in this picturesque port city.“We’ll ask him a few questions and then we’ll hand him over to the security services,” said Panevsky, a portly part-time opera singer who has refashioned himself as the commander of an armed patriotic vanguard against secessionist sentiment in Odessa. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall For Ibrahim, the appeal of the pro-Russian camp stems from his radical left-wing political views. Others in his movement cleave to more emotive issues of ethnic ties to Russia, language rights and the perceived notion — energetically propagated by Kremlin media — that the Ukrainian government is pursuing a far-right agenda.Citizens of Odessa predominantly speak Russian, the lingua franca that unites a city renowned for its rich and long history of ethnic diversity. The promotion of a loudly Ukrainian nationalistic message smarts with those Odessans who take pride in their distinctive identity.Moscow’s hand is seen behind much of the violent trouble that has hit Ukraine over the past year, including in Odessa.In April, the Security Service of Ukraine announced it had detained 10 people suspected of planning to set off explosions in the city. The security services said the group was found in possession of bomb-making equipment, guns and flak jackets. Officials claimed the men were being coordinated by the Russian special services, although it offered no evidence.Odessa’s regional branch of security services told The Associated Press it could divulge no information on people currently facing charges of separatist activities, but it did say that no Russian citizens have been arrested. In this photo taken on Thursday, June 25, 2015, members of a self-defense unit carry out exercise drills in a location outside Odessa, Ukraine. Odessa lies more than 500 kilometers (300 miles) west of the front line in east Ukraine, where government troops are mired in a war of attrition against Russian-backed separatists. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)n 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories last_img read more

first_imgTelePresence room in Sydney International ‘face-to-face’ meetings now possible Starwood team Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. unveiled Australia’s first publicly available Cisco TelePresence meeting room at Sheraton on the Park Sydney on Wednesday.The launch of the virtual meeting room was in conjunction with the launch of the same room more than 9000 miles away at the W Chicago City Center in the United States.The Cisco TelePresence rooms, developed in partnership with Tata Communications, are set to change the face of virtual conferencing for businesses across the world that do not have personal access to such facilities.Screens in the room, which face a stretch of table, are designed to show life-size and real-time images of participants on the other side of the world with voice-activated cameras.Guests and corporate clients attending the launch in Sydney and Chicago were given the opportunity to experience the TelePresence meeting suite through a virtual, interactive meeting between the two cities.In both locations, participants sat at a table and met “face-to-face” with others using ultra-high definition video and superior audio on a high-speed internet connection.The two properties are the first in Starwood’s global portfolio to feature this facility and are available to the public at a per hour rental rate.Starwood said it planned to build Cisco TelePresence rooms in 10 of its properties worldwide with the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers and Sheraton Centre Toronto to come online in the next few months.“We intend to make telepresence available to as many users as possible with our global network of public telepresence rooms and our suite of managed telepresence network services for businesses” said Tata Managed Telepresence Services Director Peter Quinlan.“This opening is just the first step in that direction with many more in other key markets soon to follow this year”last_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W. The Mercer 2011 Quality of Living Survey has ranked Auckland the third most liveable city in the world, following European cities of Vienna and Zurich.Last year placed fourth, New Zealand’s harbour side city was credited for a good surrounding environment of parks and beaches and a wide selection of restaurants. “This is an outstanding result for the destination.  Auckland has performed consistently well in this survey, but to jump to third spot and be the only Southern Hemisphere city ranked in the world’s top 10 is an excellent achievement,” Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED) manager Jason Hill said.Auckland was on show with the recent Rugby World Cup 2011, which saw the region enjoy a strong growth in visitor numbers of 28 per cent in September and October compared to last year.  Along with New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup win, this is yet another achievement the country can be proud of.    “The liveability of a city typically makes it more attractive for visitors and we expect to see this reflected in positive levels of visitor satisfaction,” Mr Hill said.  last_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P With the number of Malaysian tourists visiting the Maldives growing each year the country’s tourism body is working to lure 10,000 Malaysian visitors annually by 2014.The Island also expects to boost the country’s economy by generating US$250million in tourism revenue in the next couple of years, the Sun Daily reported.Maldives Tourism, arts and culture deputy minister Mohamed Maleeh Jamal said 6,555 Malaysians travelled to the Island on holiday last year and 1,700 Malaysian visitors in the first four months of 2012.“The resort Island, which only takes a four hour flight from here, offers affordable holiday prices from US$1,500 ranging from budget to luxury,” Mr Mohamed Maleeh said.Mr Mohamed Maleeh said the Maldives welcomed 400,000 tourist arrivals a year, 24 percent of whom were Chinese.“The number of Chinese tourists, including Malaysian Chinese, to the Maldives is expected to set a new high in 2012. We see them as an important market,” He added.Highlighting the importance of tourism to the region, Mr Mohamed Maleeh said around 40 percent of the government’s budget was financed through tourism which also contributed to the regions foreign exchange earnings.last_img read more

Helloworld launches InStore portal

first_imgWith Australians set to spend an estimated AUD$16.4 billion on online retail in the 12 months to December 2014, helloworld has launched its latest initiative to grow its agents’ share of the e-commerce revolution.A new section on its website that provides online information on exclusive in-store deals and which then directs consumers to their nearest brand carrying agent to book these deals.Helloworld chief executive officer Elizabeth Gaines, said this is a strategic milestone in the ongoing implementation of the omni-channel strategy which widens the chief executive Jeremy Reitman, said we are making it easy for consumers to browse and book helloworld exclusive deals.“Complementing our mobile-friendly online site, our innovative In-Store Tab will drive customers to our award-winning network of agents and to our suppliers,” Mr Reitman said.The In-store Tab on is device optimised and caters to the increasing consumer demand to access travel information anywhere, anytime.“Consumers enjoy a richer, more informed travel research experience and are able to browse a broader selection of products at the time of choosing from helloworld’s all-inclusive packages, including overland tours and small group cruises. Then to book, they simply enter their postcode and are directed to their closest agent.”“This platform will continually be enhanced so that we can best meet the needs of our agents and consumers. We’re determined to make it easy for consumers to find our agents, to deliver on our omni-channel capabilities and to increase the profile and productivity of our network,” Mr Reitman said.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more