A find in Dominical The Jolly Roger

first_imgHot Sugarcane chicken wings at the Jolly Roger. Troubadour wings at the Jolly Roger. Lindsay Fendt These weren’t the dry, sick-looking wings I had become accustomed to in this country, nor were they the overly large drumstick imitations that I had learned to like in San José. These were perfectly shaped, meaty wings, dripping with glistening sauce.I reached for the Hot Honey Garlic first and bit into the wing, immediately covering my face with sauce. This is the way wing eating should be, messy. It was easy to see why this flavor was the restaurant’s most popular. It was spicy, but not too spicy, with just the right amount of garlic kick. The Troubadour was a different type of wing all together. It wasn’t dripping with sauce, but seasoned with lime and pepper, giving it a sour and tangy taste. The troubadour was the least spicy of our three plates, but still provided plenty of flavor.Finally came the Hot Sugarcane, my personal favorite of the night. The wing’s sweet sauce was not gooey like that of the hot garlic; it had crystallized in a crunchy shell over the skin. While definitely packing some spice, this wing’s primary flavor came from the sugar, leaving a sweet aftertaste. We greedily chomped down all 30 of the delicious wings, and had there been any available space left in my stomach, I would have ordered more. After the meal, I sat happily licking sauce off my fingers. I had finally found the Costa Rican wings of my dreams. Facebook Comments While on assignment in Dominical, I was immediately drawn to a sign off the Costanera Highway for the Jolly Roger, a restaurant promising the best wings and beer in town. So, the day after the sign sighting, Tico Times Weekend Editor Ashley Harrell and I made the treacherous hike up dirt mountain road in our rented (and ill-equipped) Rav4.The remote location seemed unlikely for a restaurant, but the reason for the backwoods trek soon became obvious. Perched on the edge of a hill, the open-air restaurant had one of the best ocean views in Dominical. Unfortunately, the words “beer and wings” had distracted us from the hours posted on the Jolly Roger’s sign. The restaurant is closed on Sundays. We made our way back down the hill disappointed, vowing to return the next day.We made the scary drive again the next night, in the dark, in the rain, with high hopes that our repeat effort would be rewarded. We weren’t disappointed.The Jolly Roger proudly displays its offerings of wings and burgers on a wall over its kitchen. For $9, you get ten wings and can choose from 19 different flavors.We placed an order for three flavors, 30 wings, an ambitious task for two diners accustomed to taking down ten wings at the most. Selecting from the columns of flavors with strange names like Habanaro Holla Boy and Bollywood, we chose the restaurant’s most popular, the Hot Honey Garlic, our waiter’s personal favorite, Troubadour and the alluring Hot Sugarcane.While we waited, we chose from the restaurant’s fairly extensive beer menu, which listed imports like Stella Artois and Leffe Blonde alongside ubiquitous Costa Rican brews. While we waited, the restaurant filled with a steady stream of expat regulars and tourists, and as time passed I worried that our waiter had forgotten us.The service wasn’t perfect. We waited far too long for our food, and we had to flag down the waiter for more drinks, but the wait was worth it. When our three plates of wings finally came out, I knew my Costa Rican wing prayers had been granted.center_img During college I found myself plopped down in front of every NFL game that my sports-crazed friends’ basic cable packages could access, and I still attend any football party I’m invited to. The reason for my seeming fanaticism isn’t the sport itself, though. Football found its way into my heart through my stomach, and the promise of Sundays and Mondays filled with beer and wings.This year marked the first autumn, and the first football season, I have spent out of the States, and while I haven’t missed the hours spent watching the games, the loss of my favorite culinary vice has stirred up more than a few bouts of homesickness.There are a few restaurants in San José with passable wings, and accompanied with a cold Pilsen or Imperial they can satisfy most of my intense wings cravings. But I had yet to encounter anything that compares to my favorite wings restaurants back home. Lindsay Fendt No related posts.last_img read more

GandocaManzanillo Refuge renamed to honor slain Costa Rica conservationist

first_imgAccording to Costa Rica’s National Nomenclature Committee, as of Monday,the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge will officially be known as the Jairo Mora Sandoval Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge.The renaming of the refuge honors slain turtle conservationist Jairo Mora, who was killed May 31 while patrolling Moín Beach, on the northern Caribbean coast, to protect nesting leatherback turtles and their eggs.Though the Environment Ministry originally planned to designate a protected area at Moín and name it for the conservationist, Mora’s family, originally from Gandoca-Manzanillo, requested their son’s homage to be closer to home. Located seven miles south of Puerto Viejo on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, the 12,382-acre-park is a popular nesting spot for green, hawksbill, leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles. Mora grew up near the park and learned conservation at a young age from his grandfather, who was instrumental in founding the refuge, according to Mora’s friends. He died at the age of 26, the victim of an attack by known turtle poachers, who target Moín Beach during turtle nesting season to steal eggs and sell them on the black market for $1 a piece. Two months after the attack, which also targeted four foreign volunteers who escaped unharmed, police arrested eight suspects in the killing. Seven remain in custody pending trial. Poachers can earn up to $100 a night during nesting seasons. Customers of the illegal trade wrongly believe sea turtle eggs have aphrodisiacal powers when consumed.  No related posts. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Former Venezuelan boxing champion Antonio Cermeño kidnapped and killed

first_imgPdte @NicolasMaduro lamentó la pérdida del ex campeón mundial Antonio Cermeño pic.twitter.com/VIYImQMZJz— Delcy Rodríguez (@DrodriguezVen) February 26, 2014 Related posts:Fugitive Venezuelan opposition leader surrenders at rally Venezuela’s Maduro caught between pragmatism, ideology Maduro picks new scapegoat for Venezuela’s problems Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo López gets nearly 14 years prison Cermeño had been working as a trainer and took part in government programs to disarm the population in this country with rampant violent crime and promote sports as a way to keep young people away from street life.Authorities did not say what the motive of the kidnapping might have been nor clarify what happened to the family members abducted along with him.Civic organizations estimate an average of 65 people are killed violently each day in Venezuela, making it one of the most violent countries in Latin America. Facebook Commentscenter_img CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan boxing champion Antonio Cermeño has been abducted in Caracas and killed, local authorities said.Cermeño was a World Boxing Association super bantamweight and featherweight champion in the late 1980s and ’90s.Cermeño, 44, was kidnapped along with his family Monday in eastern Caracas and his body was found Tuesday along a highway in the northern state of Miranda.President Nicolás Maduro sent a tweet lamenting his death.last_img read more

Unlikely friendship blossoms across front lines in Israel and Gaza

first_imgNETIV HA’ASARA, Israel – When the rockets start falling and fighter jets buzz the skies, Roni Keidar and Maha Mehanna know they can lean on one another for comfort.They are neighbors and close friends, and they call and text throughout the day and late into the night, checking to be sure the other has survived the latest round of fire between Israel and Hamas.But despite sharing a war zone — and all the horror and fear that goes with it — they can’t visit now. Keidar is Jewish and lives in a small farming community in southern Israel. Mehanna is Palestinian and lives in the sprawl of Gaza City.In one telephone call Saturday, a loud boom could be heard on the line, so close the two were not sure on which side of the border fence the explosive had fallen. “I think it’s your side,” Mehanna told her Israeli friend. “Hitting our side?”Keidar paused a moment. “Yes,” she said. “I think you’re right.”Theirs is a rare, almost impossible, friendship. Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza are more isolated from each other than ever before, and that has made the wartime bond between Keidar and Mehanna a subject of curiosity, scorn, suspicion and no small measure of amazement.To some Israelis who have heard her voice on Israel’s news broadcasts, Mehanna is the face of Gaza — except that she remains faceless. In an interview Saturday, she agreed to speak openly about her friendship with Keidar and her views of the conflict, but she declined to allow photographs or video that might be circulated on the Internet. “I will speak from my heart, but these days are dangerous,” she said.Keidar faces no such threat but still must contend with questions about how she can befriend the enemy.“My daughter lost her best friend to a Qassam attack,” Keidar said Saturday above the incessant beep of a cellphone app that send out alerts each time a rocket is on its way. “She’ll say, ‘Mom, I’m proud of what you’re doing, but I’m just not there.’ ” Despite recent military actions between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza, Roni Keidar, 70, seen Saturday in her backyard in Netiv Ha’asara, Israel, remains good friends with a Palestinian woman, Maha Mehanna, who lives a few miles away in Gaza City. Washington Post photo by Griff WitteNor are many Israelis, especially after five days of nonstop fire that have, if anything, only intensified calls within Israel for a ground assault aimed at routing Hamas, the Islamist militant organization that governs Gaza.The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Saturday to call for a cease-fire, but both sides have brushed off the pleas. Israel escalated its air assault Saturday, raising the death toll in Gaza to 151, including many women and children. More than 960 people have been wounded, according to the Gazan Health Ministry.An early-morning airstrike by Israel leveled one of the oldest mosques in central Gaza, which the Israeli military alleges was being used to store rockets.The Israeli air force also destroyed a small treatment center for the disabled, killing two women with severe disabilities and sending two others into intensive care. Standing among charred wheelchairs in the wreckage, the center’s director, Jamilah Eliwa, said, “Can anyone in the world explain to me why you would kill my patients?”Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli army spokesman, said authorities were looking into what he called a “clearly tragic” incident.Israel said 18 Israelis were injured by rocket fire Saturday, including several people who were treated for shock. More than 85 rockets were fired toward Israel, though many were knocked down by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system. Israel reported rocket fire from across its northern border with Lebanon late Saturday night and responded with artillery fire.Keidar, who describes herself as a proud Zionist, has lived in a cooperative farming community on a leafy bluff about 800 yards from the Gaza border for more than 30 years. For much of that time, Keidar could travel freely to the occupied Gaza Strip — she learned to drive there — and Palestinians ventured to Israel to work the farms, including one run by Keidar’s husband, Ovadia.But recent years have brought little but separation and war. As an Israeli, Keidar is now forbidden from visiting Gaza. Mehanna can only come to Israel with a special waiver to get medical treatment for her nephews, who suffer from a rare immune disorder.It was on one such trip three years ago that Mehanna met Keidar, who was escorting Palestinians as part of her volunteer work with Other Voice, an organization that promotes Israeli-Palestinian dialogue.The two hit it off and have maintained their friendship through many rounds of fighting. They’ve bonded over their shared fate: to live with the constant threat of death from above.“When I’m out walking with my grandchildren, the entire time I’m thinking, ‘Where are we going to run if there’s an alert?’ ” said Keidar, a youthful-looking 70-year-old who, despite nearly a lifetime in Israel, still speaks with the distinguished British inflections of her London youth.Lately, she’s spent a lot of time with her husband in the small concrete shelter off her kitchen. Her children and grandchildren have fled the area.But Keidar acknowledges that in many ways, she has a good life compared with that of Mehanna and her fellow Gazans, who have no refuge when the missiles start falling.“We don’t have sirens, we don’t have shelters,” said Mehanna, a 43-year-old translator who lives with her elderly parents in a middle-class neighborhood of Gaza City. “If you go outside, it’s not safe. Inside, it’s not safe.” Palestinian men search through the rubble of a house following an Israeli air strike that killed 18 people of the same family in Gaza City, on July 13, 2014. The Palestinian death toll from Israel’s Operation Protective Edge hit 162 after its deadliest day, which included a strike that demolished a disability center and killed a 2-year-old child and a 73-year-old woman. Thomas Coex/AFPMehanna said most Israelis don’t understand the true level of suffering that residents of Gaza experience. Voices from Gaza are rarely heard on Israeli television, though Mehanna’s has been the exception since the media learned of her friendship with Keidar. Ordinary Jewish Israelis are almost entirely absent from Palestinian broadcasts.The lack of exposure helps explain the lack of empathy that many Israelis and Palestinians feel toward each another.But that’s not a problem for Keidar and Mehanna. They talk several times a day and exchange a constant stream of text messages — particularly when the fighting is at its most intense.“Please let me know how you are coping. Hugs,” Keidar recently wrote to her friend in Gaza as an Israeli drone buzzed ominously overhead.“I pray and cry most of the time,” came the reply. “I don’t see an end to this madness. Please take care and stay safe.”The two friends don’t talk about who is to blame for the violence. “We agree there is no military solution to the conflict,” Mehanna said. “Israel has proven they can’t win and the Palestinians have proven they can’t lose.”They do talk, however, about how the violence might end — through dialogue, understanding and leaders who make rational decisions.“People say I’m a dreamer,” said Keidar, a golden dove pendant draped around her neck. “But the dreamers are the ones from Hamas who think you can drive Israel into the sea, or the people in Israel who think you can just bomb and bomb the people in Gaza until they’re down on their knees. Neither will ever happen.”Keidar has a different kind of dream: to visit her friend in Gaza and to meet her family.“I know that day will come,” she said. “But until then, why all the pain and heartache?”Booth reported from Gaza City. Washington Post staff writer Ruth Eglash in Netiv Ha’asara and Post correspondent Islam Abdel Karim in Gaza City contributed to this report.© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Israel launches ground operation in Gaza Latin America, Israel trade after trading insults How to save Gaza Attack on Gaza school kills 16, sparking West Bank protestslast_img read more

The New York Times calls for marijuana legalization

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – The New York Times called for the legalization of marijuana on Saturday, ina bold editorial comparing the federal ban on cannabis to Prohibition.The prestigious publication said pot laws disproportionately impact young black men and that addiction and dependence are “relatively minor problems” — especially when compared with alcohol and tobacco.“It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished,” the newspaper said.“It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol. The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.”Noting that the editorial board reached its conclusion after much discussion, The Times described the social costs of marijuana laws as “vast.”Citing FBI figures showing there were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012 — far higher than for cocaine, heroin and their derivatives — it said “the result is racist, falling disproportionately on young black men, ruining their lives and creating new generations of career criminals.”While advocating for a ban on marijuana sales to those under 21, the paper also said the “moderate use of marijuana does not appear to pose a risk for otherwise healthy adults.”The call comes just weeks after recreational pot sales began in the western U.S. state of Washington, which followed Colorado’s decision to let people buy marijuana with no medical prescription.And earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill making New York the 23rd state to legalize marijuana for medical use.In another recent move reflecting growing public support for easing marijuana laws, the House of Representatives voted in May to bar federal authorities from raiding medical marijuana facilities or growers in states that have legalized its use. Elizabeth Owens protests on the steps of New York City Hall in support of the proposed Fairness and Equity Act, which would attempt to reform racially biased arrests in regards to marijuana possession in New York state, on July 9, 2014 in New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFPCall sparks reader reaction The Times editorial, titled “Repeal Prohibition, Again,” kicks off a series of pieces on the issue by members of the editorial board and invites readers to weigh in.The first have already done so, with their views posted on the newspaper’s website.E.S. Lawrence, a self-described 20-year veteran high school teacher, expressed concern about children getting access to the substance, describing it as a “gateway drug” with detrimental effects on memory and learning.“It’s NOT a benign drug. As long as there’s a danger of pot being acquired by children, I’m against legality,” Lawrence posted.But Emmett Hoops argued that legalization would allow for both taxation and regulation, adding that “mere decriminalization keeps profits in the hands of criminal gangs.”“It is beyond ridiculous to keep marijuana illegal while tobacco and alcohol kill scores every day in our state,” Hoops, from New York, posted.In January, President Barack Obama made headlines when he said smoking pot was no more dangerous than drinking, though he called the practice a “bad idea.”In comments to The New Yorker magazine, the U.S. leader also noted that poor minority youths were more likely to get prison time for using marijuana than their richer counterparts.However, he stopped short of calling for legalizing the drug at the federal level. Facebook Comments Related posts:Medical marijuana opponents’ most powerful argument is at odds with a mountain of research Colombia president supports allowing medical marijuana 92 percent of California patients say medical marijuana works Global drug policy isn’t working. These 100-plus organizations want that to change.last_img read more

Faced with a 500000 Caja debt La Condesa Hotel closes firing 140

first_imgRelated posts:San José business group including former fugitive Luis Milanés closes 103-year-old hotel and 2 casinos Tech support company Motif closes operations in Costa Rica, laying off 90 workers El Gallito stores close after 106 years in business; more than 200 employees dismissed US company Suttle to relocate its Costa Rica operations to Minnesota A ₡266 million ($498,000) debt with the Costa Rican Social Security System, or Caja, has prompted the indefinite closure of Heredia-based La Condesa Hotel. A staff of 140 employees has been let go.Employees were notified of their dismissal on Monday. Two days later, some sought legal assistance at the Labor Ministry, saying they had not been paid for September. They also claimed not to receive any information on severance pay.The Caja ordered the hotel closed on Sept. 19. Hotel owners responded by agreeing to make a partial payment of ₡87 million ($163,000) to keep the business operating, Caja Collections Director Luis Diego Calderón said. That payment was due on Sept. 30. Owners missed that payment and on Monday notified staff of the decision to close.Following the Sept. 19 Caja order, hotel administrators canceled special events, and in a written message, informed customers the hotel was unable to refund reservations in the near future.Several messages on the hotel’s social media profiles on Wednesday stated that customers were not notified of cancellations or the refund process for pre-visit payments.The hotel’s Facebook and Twitter pages haven’t been updated since Sept. 19, and attempts to contact hotel representatives on Wednesday evening were unsuccessful.The only update is a message posted on the hotel’s website stating that it is out of business until further notice due to a Caja order, and that “this situation also affects the Internet host.”Inquiries should be sent by email to: hotelvillaslacondesa@gmail.com, the message states. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Following public outcry Costa Rica temporarily blocks exports of hammerhead shark fins

first_imgCosta Rica’s Environment Ministry on Tuesday issued a decree suspending for six months the issuance of permits to export hammerhead shark fins followingan outcry from environmentalists who charged the government with violating the spirit of international agreements aimed at protecting the endangered species.The executive president of the Environment Ministry’s National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), Julio Jurado – also a board member of The Tico Times – said that SINAC would not issue additional export permits for shark fins until criteria are defined that ensure potential exports will not further endanger the marine animals, a process that could take up to six months. See related: Environmentalists demand Costa Rica block exportation of hammerhead shark finsThat criteria, he said, will include a report to determine whether the commercial exploitation of hammerhead sharks is possible without further threatening the species’s survival. The government’s official position will be based on that report.The hammerhead shark is included in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and Costa Rica was one of the most influential voices promoting its inclusion on the list.However, on Feb. 16 SINAC authorized the company Smalley Development S.A. to export hammerhead fins, sparking a controversy that quickly spread on social media and culminated in a signature drive targeting President Luis Guillermo Solís and his administration.Costa Rica’s Oceanography Institute then filed a complaint with the Comptroller General’s Office arguing that SINAC had authorized the export of shark fins, which they said is prohibited by legislation.Environment Minister Edgar Gutiérrez, however, rejected the argument by environmental groups and clarified that the administration had not authorized the practice of shark finning, which consists of cutting and removing a shark’s lucrative fins while the animal is still alive and then tossing the animal overboard to die.Experts say the practice of shark finning – driven by Asia’s demand for shark fin soup – has decimated shark populations worldwide, bringing several species to the brink of extinction.For several years, Costa Rica served as a hub for the brutal trade, until laws were finally passed outlawing the practice.Gutiérrez said SINAC only had authorized shipments of fins that had been landed with the fins still attached to the bodies, in line with Costa Rican law. The sharks had been captured as bycatch in the fishing industry, he added. Facebook Comments Related posts:Environmentalists demand Costa Rica block exportation of hammerhead shark fins American Airlines says it won’t ship shark fins anymore Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson turns to human rights commission to block Costa Rica’s legal chase Could tide finally be turning for shark fin demand in China?last_img read more

Costa Rican hotel owners demand increased security following tourists murder

first_imgRelated posts:African, Cuban migrant children in limbo at Panama-Costa Rica border Refugee program for Central Americans ‘still on the drawing board’: US official A letter to our readers Fleeing Nicaragua: Fight another day Hotel owners in Costa Rica demanded Thursday that the government take greater responsibility for the safety of tourists following the murder of a Venezuelan-American, a crime that shook the Central American country.“If the country were acting consciously in its security policy for visitors, it would have clearer migration rules, it would be imprisoning criminals and providing greater protection to sites frequented by tourists,” the Costa Rican Hotel Chamber (CCH) said in a statement.The CCH added that “these basic premises are not being met.”The hotel sector was dismayed by the murder of tourist Carla Stefaniak, 36, whose body was found on Monday with knife injuries and a severe blow to the head.The police detained as a suspect a 32-year-old Nicaraguan who had been working as a security agent at the hotel where Stefaniak stayed, in the mountainous town of San Antonio de Escazú, southwest of San José.[Editor’s Note: Stefaniak had been residing at the Hostel Villa LeMas, which she had booked through Airbnb.]The business owners recognized that they too shoulder part of the responsibility in guaranteeing the safety of the tourists who visit the country.The Minister of Tourism, Maria Amalia Revelo, insisted that hotels should be more cautious with the staff they hire.“Employers need to be more careful with the people they hire for security functions,” Revelo said. “The law requires verification that the person has a regular immigration status.”The suspect detained following Stefaniak’s death had entered Costa Rica illegally.Last August, a Mexican and a Spanish woman were killed in separate incidents while visiting Costa Rica, cases that damaged country’s image as a tourist destination. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Televisa profit grows 415 percent in 3rd quarter

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Televisa’s revenue in the latest quarter totaled 17.36 billion pesos ($1.35 billion). That’s an 8.7 percent increase from 15.96 billion pesos a year earlier.The company says the growth in revenue was boosted by sales of packages offered by cable television companies.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments   Share   MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexican broadcaster Televisa says its profit rose 41.5 percent in the third quarter on the strength of gains from pay-TV subscribers.Grupo Televisa SAB is the world’s largest producer of Spanish-language TV programs. It also owns Mexico’s biggest television network.The earnings report released Wednesday says Televisa had a profit of 2.86 billion pesos ($222 million) in the July-September quarter. That compares to after-tax earnings of 2.02 billion pesos during the same period of 2011. Check your body, save your lifelast_img read more

6 arrested in extortion plot on Berlusconi

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Comments   Share   ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-889-0130 ErrorOK Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Berlusconi’s attorney, Nicolo Ghedini, told reporters he spoke to the hostage-takers that day and refused to give them any money until he saw the documents.Apparently that’s all that was needed to free Berlusconi’s treasurer, Giuseppe Spinelli. Police later identified the ringleader by his red and black sneakers _ colors of his favorite team AC Milan, which Berlusconi owns.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) ROME (AP) – Italian police have arrested six people accused of trying to extort ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi for (EURO)35 million ($45 million) in exchange for documents they claimed could help him in a legal case.Milan police squad chief Alessandro Giuliano said Monday that three of the six had held one of Berlusconi’s closest advisors hostage for 11 hours in his home last month until he reached Berlusconi by phone to demand the money. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Check your body, save your life Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Haiti president defends first 2 years in office

first_img Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Marc pointed to a newly paved road in the Delmas district of the capital, where he lives, as one of the administration’s concrete accomplishments. He also hoped the government would be able to bring down the cost of basic food staples.Martelly’s critics showed their disdain for the president the past two years by organizing street protests, including one Tuesday, and by criticizing him on the Senate floor. But there has been no sign of a united front in the opposition.A potential opposition figure has emerged in Aristide, who made his first public appearance last week as part of trip to court to answer questions for a judge investigating the unresolved case of a slain journalist. The two-time president had not openly ventured from his home since returning from exile in 2011, and his motorcade through the capital drew thousands of supporters.A leader in Aristide’s Lavalas political party said it wants to run in still unscheduled legislative and local elections.The vote was supposed to have been held in late 2011 but was delayed because of infighting, the holdup frustrating Haiti’s international partners. A nine-member electoral council was created last month but has yet to announce a date for the vote. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019center_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober He also said he opposed the division that has long been a hallmark of Haitian politics and invited former leaders Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Jean-Claude Duvalier to meet with him.“It’s for you all that I’m working,” Martelly told a crowd of several thousand people on the plaza in front of where the National Palace stood before it collapsed in the devastating 2010 earthquake. “A lot of things are starting to happen.”As one of his biggest accomplishments, he pointed to a school program that he said has enrolled more than a million children by covering their tuition. There have been no independent studies to verify the number and critics have said they believe the number of students enrolled in the program is lower.Martelly, a former pop star known as “Sweet Micky” who was famous for his raunchy stage antics, spent his first year trying to install a government with an opposition-controlled Parliament. The second year was largely spent trying to implement government projects, many of them heavily focused on courting foreign investors and tourists.“I’m happy that we have a government that’s finally thinking about development,” said Jean Marc, a 28-year-old who sported a pink Martelly T-shirt that read “Victory is always for the population” _ a slight variation on a government slogan. PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Haitian President Michel Martelly defended his administration Tuesday as he marked two years in office, pointing to a national school-tuition program, social protection projects and the return of tourism as his leading achievements.Pacing on a stage in downtown Port-au-Prince, Martelly ad-libbed for about 30 minutes about his government’s accomplishments that were detailed in a 500-page book that he held aloft. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Quick workouts for men Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

OMalley calls death penalty ineffective

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley says he respects the verdict of the jury in the Boston Marathon bombing case but remains opposed to the death penalty and considers it “ineffective.”The potential Democratic presidential candidate says in a statement Friday that he hopes Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) never enjoys a “moment of freedom.” Tsarnaev was sentenced Friday to death for the April 2013 bombing. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How do cataracts affect your vision?center_img O’Malley says the death penalty’s appeals process is “expensive and cruel to the surviving family members.”He says most of the public executions around the globe are conducted by North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, China and the United States and that the U.S. “does not belong in that company.”As governor, O’Malley led the push to repeal the death penalty in Maryland.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Comments   Share   last_img read more

Administration would give prisoners access to student grants

first_img Check your body, save your life The inmates don’t pay tuition, and books and supplies are provided at no cost, according to the partnership.“Getting a college education takes an incredible amount of hard work,” Amy Roza, director of the partnership, said in an interview. “The program helps with skills like critical thinking and problem solving.”About 70 percent of students in the program are first-generation college students, Roza said.Goucher is part of the Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison, based at Bard College in New York. Wesleyan University in Connecticut and Grinnell College in Iowa also are part of the consortium.Education Department Undersecretary Ted Mitchell this week called Pell grants “one of the key levers that we have” to increase the college completion rate.Advocates for expanding federal student aid to prisoners point to societal benefits. A 2013 Rand study found that inmates who took part in education programs behind bars had 43 percent lower odds of returning to prison than inmates who had not. Supporters say the correctional education programs are cost-effective compared with the costs of re-incarceration.Reps. Donna Edwards, D-Md., and Danny Davis, D-Ill., introduced legislation in May that would reinstate Pell Grant eligibility for federal and state prisoners. At the time, Edwards said it would go a long way to helping curb the nation’s high incarceration rate through education. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Previewing the program, Duncan said Monday that the administration wants to develop “experimental sites that will make Pell grants available” to inmates to help them get job training and secure a productive life after they are released.Asked for more details, Duncan told reporters in a call after the speech, “Stay tuned.”Department spokeswoman Dorie Nolt declined to disclose any specifics on the length of the program, which prisoners would be eligible and how it would work.Congress passed legislation in 1994 banning government student aid to prisoners in federal or state institutions. By setting up the proposed “experimental sites,” the administration would be seeking to get around the ban with a pilot program.The experimental sites section of the Higher Education Act of 1965 gives federal officials flexibility to test the effectiveness of temporary changes to the way federal student aid is distributed. The tests could give the Education Department data to support possible revisions to laws or regulations.More than 2 million students now receive Pell grants, according to Duncan. The maximum award for the 2015-2016 school year is $5,775.On Friday, Duncan and Lynch will visit Goucher College’s Prison Education Partnership at the Jessup facility. More than 70 students are enrolled in Goucher College through the partnership, which began classes for prisoners in 2012 and does not receive public funding. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — Some federal and state prisoners could soon be eligible for federal student aid to take college courses while behind bars.The aid would come in the form of Pell grants, which are for low-income people and do not have to be repaid.The Education Department confirmed Tuesday that it would conduct a limited pilot program to give prisoners access to the Pell grants. The official announcement was scheduled for Friday, when Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch visit the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, Maryland. The prison has a partnership with nearby Goucher College.center_img Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Agents still vital for intl bookings

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Travellers are returning to the more traditional form of booking an international trip with up to 55 percent of Australians using an agent to book overseas holidays last year.Roy Morgan figures found that although the figure was up from 53 percent of Aussies who used an agent for an international booking in 2010, it still remains below the 68 percent high of 2007.The company’s international director of tourism, travel and leisure Jane Ianniello explained that statistics emphasised the importance of an agent when it comes to booking a long-haul trip which tend to require complex itineraries. “The Roy Morgan Travel Agent Monitor shows that Australians taking long- or medium-haul overseas holidays to destinations such as Europe, the United States or the Middle East have recently increased their usage of travel agents when making a booking,” Ms Ianniello said. Last year up to 31 percent of Aussies used an airline to book their overseas trip down from 33 percent the prior year. Despite the commitment to agents, bookings on sites including Wotif and Webjet also continue to esculate with now 12 percent of travel trips booked online compared to seven percent in 2007. “The latest Roy Morgan State of Nation Report shows early signs of a move back to more caution in the Australian population,” she cautioned. “Whether the move back to travel agents is part of a larger shift occurring in the population or more of a reaction to recent airline disruption is important for all in the travel industry to understand and monitor.”last_img read more

Malaysia Airlines returns to Darwin

first_imgMalaysia Airlines has announced it will resume flights between Darwin and Kuala Lumpur, almost 11-years since the carrier suspended flights on the route.Commencing November this year, the airline will utilise its B737-800 on five weekly services between the two cities.NT Chief Minister Adam Giles said the airline’s return is a “great vote of confidence” and reflects ongoing work to attract international carriers.Additionally, the Chief Minister expects the service to strengthen ties with the growing Asia market and Malaysia.The five services per week will add an extra 800 additional inbound weekly seats to the Territory.Malaysia Airlines is also the third international airline to serve Darwin, following Silk Air and Philippine Airlines.Source = ETB News: N.J. Malaysia Airlines returning to Territory skies.last_img read more

Cebu Pacific to go nonstop from Sydney to Manila

first_imgCebu Pacific will introduce non-stop A330-300 flights from Sydney to Manila this September, heralding the entry of the airline into the Australian market.The first flight will take off on the 9th September, with flights running a four times a week between Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Manila Terminal.The new flights will operate Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, departing Sydney at 11:3am and arriving into Manila at 5:30pm.Cebu Pacific general manager long haul division for Cebu Pacific Air, Alex Reyes said that the new flight connections would be beneficial for Filipino and Australian people.“We are very excited to launch this route, and boost travel to and from Australia with our low fares. Filipino expats can visit family and friends more often,” Mr Reyes said.“Australians looking for superb beach destinations now have more options that rival Bali and Phuket,“The inbound market for Filipino tourists visiting Australia also has great potential.”Cebu Pacific is the largest Philippine LCC, offering flights to 34 domestic destinations and 26 destinations outside of the Philippines. This includes other long-haul destinations Dubai and Kuwait.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

North Koreas vision for an underwater hotel at Wonsan

first_imgThe North Korean government plans to turn its eastern city of Wonsan into a tourist mecca including the building of an underwater hotel,according to the country’s government mouthpiece. the Pyongyang Times.Underwater hotel, flower park, international meeting hall, exhibition and exposition hall, stadium and development areas will be built on the Kalma Peninsula which can host 1400 hectares and a 100 000-capacity, The Guardian reported.The North Korean press refused to elaborate on the cost or nature of the underwater hotel and no plane has been given as to how the hotel and facilities will be financed.There has also been development of other tourism infrastructure  for Wonsan, with the release of plans for an AUD $200 million airport by a Hong Kong design firm.There are many doubts about the viability of the underwater hotel in the Wonsan plan, with a similar hotel construction in Dubai to cost AUD $300 million before it was cancelled.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

Expedia acquires Travelocity

first_imgSource = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman Expedia has agreed to purchase fellow travel booking site Travelocity for USD$280 million in cash.It is only two years after the two companies forged a marketing and technology partnership.Expedia will takeover Travelocity from the company’s current parent, the Sabre Corporation.The acquisition will furnish Expedia with another well-known name in the travel industry, and Travelocity will join the growing list of Expedia operated travel booking sites, including Hotels.com, Hotwire and CarRentals.com.The New York Times reported that the tie-up is the logical follow-up to a 2013 agreement between the two travel sites, in which Travelocity used Expedia’s technology for its American and Canadian websites.Expedia’s chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, said that the strategic marketing agreement has been a marriage of Travelocity’s strong brand with Expedia’s best-in-class booking platform.“Evolving this relationship strengthens the Expedia Inc. family’s ability to continue to innovate and deliver the very best travel experiences to the widest set of travelers, all over the world,” Mr Khosrowshahi said.last_img read more

SeaDream a vast arc of Mediterranean

first_imgSeaDream a vast arc of MediterraneanSEADREAM Yacht Club has 9-days from October 23 this year tracking a vast arc of the Mediterranean coast from Rome’s port of Civitavecchia in the east, the Italian Riviera’s Portofino in the country’s north, Monte Carlo and St Tropez in the Mediterranean’s north-west – with an overnight in St Tropez – then Barcelona and Valencia in the west, and finally Malaga on Spain’s Costa del Sol.And the price for the whole 9-days starts from US$4948pp twin-share including ocean-view accommodation, wines with lunch and dinner, open bars with premium brands, gratuities, a golf simulator, use of power and sail water-sports where locally permitted, mountain bikes for shore explorations, and all port charges and taxes.The sailing is also one of SeaDream’s popular Wine Voyages that include a number of exclusive activities led by wine experts and winemakers including complimentary onboard Wine Tastings. There are also optional visits to wineries in premium wine regions, and an optional Winemaker Dinner, which are all at an additional cost.Source = SeaDream Yacht Clublast_img read more

HRG combines Consulting and Business Intelligence divisions globally

first_imgHRG combines Consulting and Business Intelligence divisions globallyHRG, the award winning global travel management company, has combined its Consulting and Business Intelligence divisions. The result is a global team of consulting and analytic experts able to provide clients with a range of services to optimise their travel programmes.These include strategic programme evaluation, sourcing, process and policy advisory, and utilising new reporting solutions to help drive compliance and improve traveller buying behaviour.The new global service will be led by Dan Raine as Global Director of Consulting.The premise for the newly combined team is simple. Built around a four step process that is designed to help clients optimise their travel programmes, as follows:–          Step 1: Identify savings opportunities and gaps in the programme through scenario modelling and benchmarking against peers and industry–          Step 2: Use the data to Identify and implement changes to the travel programme–          Step 3: Educate and inform travellers on the changes and wider benefits, challenging them and the decision makers to make the right choices–          Step 4: Track the success of programme compliance and savings, utilising HRG Consulting’s suite of reporting toolsDan Raine comments: “The chance to bring together the data management expertise that the Business Intelligence team possesses with the leading industry knowledge that our Consulting team is renowned for is an exciting opportunity. Users of the global service will benefit from best in class analysis and new reporting solutions together with our market leading advisory and sourcing skills.“This combined offering together with the four step approach that we have designed will improve the analytical strategy to the creation, implementation and development of a travel programme. Users will reap the benefits of increased compliance, additional savings and fully optimised travel programmes.” HRGSource = HRGlast_img read more