American Airlines celebrates 75 years of flying to Canada

first_imgAmerican Airlines celebrates 75 years of flying to Canada Waheeda Harris Tags: American Airlines << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share TORONTO — American Airlines gathered an intimate group of employees and business partners in Toronto yesterday to celebrate a milestone: 75 years of flying to Canada.Raising a glass of champagne to toast the airline’s history and success, American Airlines’ Donna Paladini toasted the country and its current roster of employees which was American Airlines’ first international flight on June 24, 1941. The DC3, named ‘Flagship Toronto’ started the airline service to Toronto. In 2016 American Airlines is serving nine cities in Canada, with 400 weekly departures and 60 daily flights from Canadian airports to the U.S.Celebrating its 75 years in Canada, American Airlines recognized the longtime contribution of tenured Canadian employees, including three in attendance last night at the evening soiree at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Chantal Boucher (37 years with American Airlines), Esther Dowds (40 years) and Catherine Turner (42 years and the most senior employee in Canada) were honoured as was recently retired senior employee Pierre Cote.L-R: Richard Muise, AA Director Canada Airport Operations; Donna Paladini, AA Vice President of Stations and Canada; Catherine Turner, AA tenured employee; Esther Dowds, AA tenured employee; Chantal Boucher, AA tenured employee; Jerry Caler, AA Managing Director of NE Region and CanadaAs a token of appreciation from American Airlines employees in Canada, a donation of $10,000 was made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaWith over 300 employees in Canada, and 200 based at Toronto Pearson Airport, American Airlines pioneered many changes to Canadian airports, including the introduction of U.S. pre-clearance. Recently, American Airlines, the second largest carrier based at Toronto Pearson Airport after Air Canada, has renovated its check-in areas, updated its technology and is currently undergoing refurbishment to its Admirals Club lounge, part of the ongoing changes happening at Terminal 3.As the largest airline in the world, American Airlines celebrated 30 years of flying out of Montreal Trudeau Airport in 2007 and in 2017, will celebrate its 30th anniversary of flying from Vancouver International Airport.The event was held at Fairmont Royal York Hotel, see Wednesday, October 5, 2016 About Latest Posts Waheeda HarrisA traveller from a young age, Travelweek contributor Waheeda Harris is pop culture obsessed, loves spicy food and is happy to wander around our planet with her camera in hand. Latest posts by Waheeda Harris (see all) Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Edge stars of JetSet3 fam – April 23, 2019 Unleash the power of cross-company digital transformation to revolutionize your CX – February 8, 2019 On location: Cabo San Lucas welcomes the stylish Riu Palace Baja California – December 20, 2018last_img read more

Its bonus time with Paul Gaugin Cruises onboard credit for select sailings

first_img Posted by Share Travelweek Group Wednesday, November 30, 2016 BELLEVUE, WA — Paul Gauguin Cruises is offering a holiday bonus of up to US$650 in shipboard credit on balcony staterooms on select voyages when booked by Dec. 31.  As an added incentive deposits have been reduced to $250 per person.Shipboard credit can be used for spa treatments, retail purchases or shore excursions.  Shipboard credit varies by itinerary and by balcony stateroom category:$250 shipboard credit per balcony stateroom, categories C and D, on seven-night Tahiti & the Society Islands voyages$400 shipboard credit per balcony stateroom, categories B and above, on seven-night Tahiti & the Society Islands voyages$400 shipboard credit per balcony stateroom, categories C and D, on 10-night Society Islands & Tuamotus voyages, 10- or 11-night Cook Islands & Society Islands voyages, and 12- and 13-night Fiji, Tonga, Cook Islands & Society Islands voyages$500 shipboard credit per balcony stateroom, categories B and above, on 10-night Society Islands & Tuamotus voyages, 11-night Cook Islands & Society Islands voyages, and 12- and 13-night Fiji, Tonga, Cook Islands & Society Islands voyages$500 shipboard credit per balcony stateroom, categories C and D, on 14-night Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands voyages, and 16- and 17-night Fiji/Bali voyages$650 shipboard credit per balcony stateroom, categories B and above, on 14-night Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands, and 16- and 17-night Fiji/Bali voyagesMore news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsPaul Gauguin Cruises is also offering savings of 50% off standard all-inclusive cruise fares on all voyages, plus included airfare from L.A. on m/s Paul Gauguin itineraries. See It’s bonus time with Paul Gaugin Cruises; onboard credit for select sailings Tags: Paul Gauguin Cruises, Promotions << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Goways South Pacific Sampler is back

first_img Posted by TORONTO — Goway Travel has reintroduced its three-stop vacation to New Zealand, Australia, and Tahiti. The South Pacific Sampler is a 13-day vacation package with airfare included, starting at $4,579 departing from L.A.Clients will cruise in Auckland’s harbour, take a walking tour through Sydney’s most historic neighbourhoods and discover Tahiti’s lush interior in a 4×4. There’s also free time for travellers to explore at their own pace.Goway has 10 exclusive departures for this trip, operating between November 2017 and May 2018. Packages include roundtrip airfare on Air Tahiti Nui (and partner airlines) to Auckland, Sydney, and Tahiti, all transfers, 10 nights’ first-class accommodation, and sightseeing tours in each destination. Add-on airfares are available from multiple gateways in both Canada and the U.S.“This sampler is the perfect introduction to the South Pacific. In just two weeks globetrotters can explore three iconic cities at an unbeatable price and with exclusive value-adds not found anywhere else,” says Bronwyn Hodge, Goway Islands General Manager. “One of the challenges for travel professionals selling these popular destinations is finding availability. We have removed that barrier by guaranteeing space for each departure.”More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsSavings are valued up to $2,000 per couple when compared to a similar packages available online, she says.Clients are urged to hurry; with space limited to 10 seats per departure, “this vacation sells out quickly”, says Hodge. Call 1-800-667-6601 to speak with a Goway agent. Share Goway’s South Pacific Sampler is back << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Travelweek Group Friday, September 22, 2017 Tags: Asia Pacific, Goway Travellast_img read more

IBEROSTAR has reopening dates for Los Cayos resorts

first_img Travelweek Group PALMA DE MALLORCA — IBEROSTAR Cuba reports that in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma all the company’s hotels in Havana, Varadero, Trinidad and Santiago de Cuba are once again fully operational, while the chain’s hotels in Los Cayos, the region most severely affected by the storm on the island, will be reopening for business on Nov. 1.The IBEROSTAR Ensenachos, IBEROSTAR Daiquiri and IBEROSTAR Playa Pilar hotels will be reopening for business on Nov. 1 following a series of improvements to their facilities.The IBEROSTAR Mojito is set to open on Nov. 15.“Despite the recent severe weather conditions, this destination has now recovered and is operating at its full potential. The Cuban authorities have expressed their confidence that the high season, which regularly runs between November and April, will once again produce excellent results,” says the company.More than a month after Hurricane Irma, which hit the island’s northeast coast particularly hard, and thanks to the support and ongoing, coordinated work of the Cuban authorities to get the destination back to normal, the country’s occupancy forecasts remain unchanged, adds Iberostar.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJ“Cuba has always been a key destination in our portfolio and a firm favourite with our guests from around the world,” says Aurelio Vázquez, Chief Operating Officer for IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts.He adds that as part of its expansion plan for the island, Iberostar will be increasing its portfolio to a total of 20 hotels by the end of 2017, and has set a target of 12,000 rooms by 2020. “We are determined to continue channelling our efforts into this destination and are eager to boost our presence in the country, bringing the number of rooms we offer up to 12,000 by 2020.” Tags: IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Posted by IBEROSTAR has reopening dates for Los Cayos resortscenter_img Share Monday, October 23, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Flight Centre Independent launches brand new fully bookable website for nonGDS agents

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Flight Centre, Sphere Flight Centre Independent launches brand new fully bookable website for non-GDS agents Undaunted by the brisk icy weather, many of Flight Centre Independent’s best and brightest gathered in Toronto this past weekend for FCI’s Annual Cross-Canada Meetup. Neither wind nor rain (nor snow, nor sleet) could keep the agents from networking with their colleagues and celebrating the host agency’s 10th anniversary with plenty of news about new products, including a new fee model and a new fully bookable website.FCI agents from nearly every province convened in Toronto on April 13 and 14 for the Meetup, at Flight Centre’s flagship Travel Centre in downtown Toronto, said FCI General Manager Lee Zanello in a post-event interview.This year’s Meetup featured the launch of new booking tools, new marketing initiatives and a new fee model that gives agents the ability to customize and better control their program expenses. The weekend also featured the inaugural independent Partner Appreciation Awards.“We had an outstanding event and our agents in attendance raved about the relevance of the content to their business and the quality time they were able to spend with our partners,” said Zanello.“It has been an incredible winter season, capped off with successive best months ever for total sales in both February and March. Sales and profit growth is very strong and FCI will finish this year with our best financial results ever and more agents earning more than they ever have before.”Bookings are looking “very strong” for the months ahead and the efficiencies FCI is bringing into the business will only help boost those numbers, Zanello added.FCI currently has 272 Independent Agents across the country and is looking to reach 1,000 agents by 2023.Andrew Jones, Director of Product and Supplier Relations for Cruise for Flight Centre; Ramon Jacinto with NCL (voted Best Cruise Partner as part of FCI’s Partner Appreciation Awards); and FCI General Manager, Lee Zanello.“We are currently bringing on 12-15 new agents every month with next to no turnover so these numbers are very achievable. It’s important to note that growth, for us, does not just mean adding to the number of agents we have, but growing the support base underneath those agents so that our agent experience and the support they receive remains our top priority.”Bringing in the resources and real estate from the Flight Centre leisure business “is only setting the stage for an even greater agent experience in the years ahead,” he added.One of the biggest announcements at the event was a fully bookable website where FCI agents can easily access Flight Centre’s globally procured air contracts, commissionable rates and ancillary products.Flight Centre has always been a GDS-based company with retail agents who are knowledgeable in Sabre forming the backbone of the leisure business, says Zanello.But, he adds, fully half of FCI’s Independent Agents do not use a GDS.The brand new fully bookable website was launched with those agents in mind. “This is a game changer for those agents who don’t work in the GDS environment and we are so proud to launch it next month.”Andrew Jones, Director of Product and Supplier Relations for Cruise for Flight Centre; Hektor Kaczuga with Avalon Waterways (voted Best River Cruise Partner as part of FCI’s Partner Appreciation Awards); and FCI General Manager, Lee Zanello.FCI’s new fee model was very well-received, he adds, moving from a standardized monthly fee to a model that allows agents to choose their own fee and level of support that fits their business needs.“The entry-level fee model gives an agent absolutely everything they need to run their business while the upper tiers offer value-adds that can help an agent grow their profits and marketing reach within their community.”Gavin Miller, VP of Leisure for Flight Centre Canada, gave the keynote speech at the event, talking about the power of a marketable brand like Flight Centre. “He said there’s no other host agency that is going to take out national advertising every week and every month that you can then sell directly to your clients,” said Zanello. “While Independent Agents can absolutely be white-labelled within FCI, being in proud partnership with such a powerful brand that is already alive in the consumer’s consciousness can only help build trust and awareness in an Independent agent’s business.”Using the new fee model, Independent agents can now establish relationships with nearby Flight Centre Retail locations, adds Zanello. “This can come in very handy for meeting with clients face to face, attending product sessions and having a better touch with local reps as well as more local and immediate feedback when it comes to sales strategies and product recommendations. There is not a host agency in Canada that can compete with our footprint of over 120 teams and over 800 agents that are now integrated resources Independent agents can take advantage of, all while maintaining full independence and control over their business with no oversight or accountability to the teams in the shops.”Flight Centre’s Laptop Lounge, where agents can book one-on-one time with support staffZanello adds that partnering in this way with a nearby retail Flight Centre location is “absolutely not mandatory … but an excellent resource for an [FCI] agent who sees the value in it.”The event also saw the launch of the iHub by Flight Centre concept, a communal workspace where Independent agents can take advantage of office space without having to wear the overhead on their business. The pilot program will be implemented in the coming months at the Flight Centre Travel Centre at the corner of King and Spadina.One of the other major announcements was the introduction to FCI agents of Independent by Liberty Travel, FCI’s sister brand in the U.S. that launched in January 2018. “Where we have 10 years of experience as a host to help shape and guide their business, they have a lot of resources and technology that we can start to leverage here in Canada. Working closely together with our American counterpart will mean greater supplier relationships and innovations in technology that will be absolutely groundbreaking in the Canadian host-agency marketplace. I am very excited for what the next 6 to 12 months holds for our agents!” Thursday, April 19, 2018 center_img Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Swoop turns one year old today

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> About Latest Posts Jason Gouveia Latest posts by Jason Gouveia (see all) Costa Cruises debuts redesigned ‘Costa Extra’ portal for travel advisors – July 24, 2019 You can slide to your gate at this world-class airport – July 10, 2019 Swoop turns one year old today – June 20, 2019 Share Swoop turns one year old today Jason Gouveia Posted by Tags: Swoop CALGARY — Swoop is turning one today and is marking the milestone by looking back on a year of significant growth.Since its launch on June 20, 2018, the ultra low-cost carrier has grown from five to 16 destinations, spanning four countries including the U.S., Jamaica and Mexico. This year as part of its 2019 summer schedule, Swoop is expanding its domestic network to include London, ON and Kelowna, B.C.“With 365 days of flying and over one million traveller flown, we are proud to be Canada’s preferred ultra-low-cost airline, enabling dreams, reunions and providing the pleasure of ultra-low-cost travel to both new and repeat travellers,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “Our travellers’ stories speak for themselves and we have so many reasons to be thankful for their trust and support. We can’t wait to see what year two brings.”Since its first flight, the airline has welcomed more than one million travellers onboard, he adds. Based on a 2019 survey of 23,830 Swoop passengers, 89% said they have already recommended Swoop to a friend or colleague, while 94% said they like the airline’s unbundled service model. Of those surveyed, 90% felt their Swoop travel experience provided good value, and 92% said Swoop met or exceeded their expectations. Thursday, June 20, 2019 last_img read more

Foreigners can pay for drivers license directly at Roadway Safety Council offices

first_imgThe Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) have enabled foreigners to pay driver’s license fees directly in the Roadway Safety Council offices in La Uruca, northwest of San José.Depending on their immigration status, some temporary or permanent residents were previously unable to pay this fee in the public banking system, as dictated by local requirements. MOPT authorities also announced that they are working on a unique code called DM (Migration Document) to be used in the electronic systems of every public bank. “This code will allow foreigners to process all fee payments with a valid ID,” Hugo Jiménez, director of Road Safety Education, explained. For more info, call the Road Safety Council at 2206-7773. Facebook Comments Related posts:Prosecutor’s office releases most detainees arrested in alleged driver’s license fraud scheme Judicial police arrest 70 suspects in alleged driver’s license fraud scheme No more mandatory email registration for drivers, Constitutional Chamber rules Costa Rican transit officials say higher fines in 2015 will help reduce roadway accidentslast_img read more

San Ramón en Acción

first_imgCome one, come all. After months of soliciting, collecting, sorting and organizing, we are pleased to announce the opening of the doors for our Gran Venta de Libros. The book sale takes place on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Regional Museum in central San Ramón. The book sale will feature a collection of more than 5,000 used books, CDs, DVDs, and other educational materials. We thank all who have donated books, time and effort, and encourage readers and friends to visit us this Saturday.We expect thousands of people to attend the Gran Venta de Libros, and to take advantage of one of the best selections of used books in Costa Rica. Most books will sell for {1,000-2,000 ($2-4), and admission is free. This will be a community event and will also include various activities, food and beverages from the museum’s 1930 Café.  Proceeds from the sale will be distributed to two beneficiaries: El Museo Regional and the Hogar para Ancianos.  We have the books, now all we need is you. For more information, visit The Community Action Alliance, in cooperation with El Museo Regional de San Ramón, is starting an English Conversation Club beginning May 22. Each conversation group will be hosted by native English speakers and will include up to six participants. The groups will meet once per week at the Regional Museum for six weeks. The cost is {10,000 ($20) per six-week session and includes all materials. All proceeds will benefit the Region Museum and the Community Action Alliance Escuelas Scholarship Program. For a complete schedule of sessions and more information, contact Dave Scott at or go to–Mike Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Six women killed Wednesday in Guatemala

first_imgGUATEMALA CITY – Separate acts of violence on Wednesday resulted in the death of six women, including three minors, south of the capital and in the eastern part of the country, Guatemalan police reported.Two girls, aged 6 and 12, appeared with signs of apparent strangulation on a neighborhood street south of Guatemala City.In a nearby area, the body of a woman approximately 35 years old was found shot in the face and gagged with duct tape. Shortly after, another body with signs of violence appeared a few blocks away, the report said.In La Unión, in the department of Zacapa, 205 kilometers east of capital, a mother and her 16-year-old daughter were shot dead outside a school, local fire rescuers said.“Today Guatemala is grieving. We demand prompt clarification of the crimes,” a statement from the Survivor Foundation, a group that denounces violence against women in Guatemala, said.Guatemala faces a wave of violence – mainly related to drug trafficking and gangs – that left more than 5,000 dead in 2012, one of the highest murder rates in Latin America, according to official figures.According to police data, 700 women die violently each year in that country. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Chinchilla Train route to Alajuela will be ready in a year

first_imgOn Monday, President Laura Chinchilla announced that a new train route connecting San José with the province of Alajuela will be ready on April 11, 2014, a projected delay of four months. Chinchilla made the announcement during an official inauguration ceremony for the project in Alajuela.Officials from the Costa Rican Railroad Institute (INCOFER) previously said the train would be set to begin next December, but construction delays postponed the route’s opening.“This project is part of my administration. We already built the train to Belén [Heredia], and now we’re almost there with [the train to] Cartago,” the president said.Also on Monday, the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) announced fare prices for train service from the capital to the province of Cartago. The new fare will cost ₡495 ($0.99), and seniors will ride for free.INCOFER had requested a ₡570 ($1.15) fare, but both technical and financial studies done by ARESEP concluded that the cost should be lower, because the type of train that will provide the service is different from  that proposed in the initial project.Trains are expected to begin operating along the new Cartago route later this month or in early May.Two cars with a capacity of 90 passengers per trip will cover the San José-Cartago route. INCOFER estimates that some 5,400 passengers per day will use the new service.The route is 19.8 kilometers (12.3 miles), and trains will make 12 daily trips, Monday through Friday. The first train will leave Cartago at 5:30 a.m., and the last one will depart from San José at 6:40 p.m. The schedule was designed to meet passenger demand during peak hours in the mornings and afternoons, officials said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Fun, action on Alajuela Museum tour Kid-friendly “Tales of Kings” plays in Alajuela Alajuela smokers have new reason to quit Alajuela Celebrates 228th Anniversarylast_img read more

Gallup Central America is the worlds happiest region despite skyhigh homicide rates

first_imgDespite high crime, murder rates, persistent poverty and income inequality, Latin America and one of its most troubled regions, Central America, reported the highest levels of satisfaction in the world.The results came in an annual poll of 138 countries published by Gallup on Wednesday. Costa Rica reported the sixth highest level of happiness in the world, with 82 percent of respondents saying they were happy. Paraguay led the world with a score of 87 percent. All surveyed Central American countries ranked in the top 11 worldwide, with Panama being second. Belize was not included in the survey.The overwhelming majority of Latin American and Caribbean countries ranked high, with Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela also in the top 10. The lowest countries in the region were Jamaica and Haiti at 64th and 121st respectively. The United States ranked 24th, with 78 percent saying they were happy.Central Americans saying they are happy comes in contrast to a number of recent studies stating the region is wrecked by high murder rates and misery. The United Nations reported that Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala remained among the world’s leaders in murder rates in April. A researcher at the World Bank noted that 30 percent of the world’s murders happen in Latin America despite having only 9 percent of the world’s population.A study by the libertarian think tank the Cato Institute also ranked a number of Latin American countries as miserable, according to economic factors such as unemployment, inflation and gross domestic product growth. The study, published in May, ranked Venezuela as the worst out of a group of 89 countries. Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica all ranked highly on the misery index at 19th, 20th and 21st, respectively.Other economic studies, from the United Nations and the World Bank, have shown that poverty and income inequality continue to persist in the region, though progress has been made.This year’s poll from Gallup continued a trend, where Latin America and Central America remains at the top. In 2013, Paraguay was also the happiest country. The six Central American countries polled all ranked in the top 13. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Ricans rank 2nd in the world for well-being, just behind Panama, says Gallup Costa Rica outscores US in 2014 Social Inclusion Index Kidnappings in Mexico surge to the highest number on record Costa Rica, Latin America home to some of world’s happiest people, surveys saylast_img read more

Teaser trailer heralds Jurassic sequel

first_imgRelated posts:‘Festival Under the Stars’ to screen third edition in Puntarenas Bullfights, punk bands, and other happenings around Costa Rica PHOTOS: Bulls, beer and injuries at Costa Rica’s annual Zapote festival Beach races, ballet, and other happenings around Costa Rica Understand that this is just a teaser trailer for “Jurassic World,” a movie slated to be released in June 2015. The real trailer will air during the Thanksgiving Day football games.The fourth installment of the “Jurassic Park” science fiction series has weathered a lot of creative clashes over the years, but Legendary Pictures and Amblin Entertainment finally settled on indie wunderkind Colin Trevorrow to direct the picture. Hard to say how “Jurassic World” could possibly top Sam Neill speaking a raptor language with a prehistoric throat bone, but the movie is likely to be seen by nearly everyone on earth.The franchise has a fairly well-known Costa Rica connection: “Jurassic Park” author Michael Crichton found inspiration in Isla del Coco, the nation’s remote Pacific island and the basis for Isla Nublar. Parts of the first movie are set in Costa Rica, although most of the film was shot in Hawaii. Facebook Comments It’s been 13 years since anybody visited Isla Nublar to take a whirlwind dinosaur tour. The last time a local T. rex snacked on human flesh was “Jurassic Park III,” a remarkably well-received sequel to the Michael Crichton-Steven Spielberg franchise, although most dinosaur buffs expected that to be the end of it. Truly diehard fans held out for another chapter, as unlikely as that seemed. But Hollywood never seemed satisfied with any scripts. After all, the first “Jurassic Park”was released more than decades ago.Then this happened:last_img read more

Mexico sets greenhouse gas target for UN climate talks

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica climate avenger takes questions on Reddit Small but vocal turnout in Costa Rica for global climate march A Paris climate change talks primer for Costa Rica Whales under threat as climate change impacts migration MEXICO CITY,Mexico — Mexico became Friday the first developing nation to submit targets for U.N. climate change talks in December, pledging that its greenhouse gas emissions will peak in 2026 before falling. Facebook Commentscenter_img Mexico follows the European Union, Norway and Switzerland in presenting commitments that nations must make public by March 31, providing the backbone for a global climate deal in Paris.The Mexican government’s plan foresees emissions peaking in 2026, with greenhouse gases falling 22 percent and black carbon dropping 51 percent by 2030.“It’s a very ambitious target, but joining our efforts…we are convinced that we can reach it,” Environment Minister Juan José Guerra Abud told a news conference.The global talks will seek a pact that will enter into force by 2020 to further the U.N. goal of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-Industrial Revolution levels.The United States applauded Mexico for being the first major emerging economy to submit its so-called Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, with the White House saying it was “setting an example for the rest of the world.”“Mexico’s target to peak its emissions by 2026 and drive them down thereafter is a landmark step in the global transition to a low-carbon economy,” the White House statement said.U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto also announced a high-level bilateral task force to “further deepen policy and regulatory coordination in specific areas,” including clean electricity and promoting more fuel-efficient automobile fleets in both countries.last_img read more

At Costa Rica hospital dog therapy becomes part of treatment for child

first_imgA group of trained dogs are now officially part of medical treatment for young patients at San Vicente de Paul Hospital in Costa Rica’s Heredia province.The four-legged therapy began as an experimental program in October 2012, but good results led to the signing of an agreement for an official canine program, hospital spokeswoman Yomayra Méndez Rodríguez said.Golden and labrador retrievers will soon visit children once a week for one hour, bringing happy dog love and a touch of furry TLC.“It may seems like a limited time, but we must take into account that it is an intense activity for dogs, because children get excited around them,” Méndez said.Hospital doctors found that therapies with trained dogs provide many benefits for patients including mood improvement that reduces stress, anxiety and blood pressure.“We even noticed that after therapy children are more willing to take their medications and can better undergo treatments or medical procedures,” Méndez told The Tico Times.The dogs belong to the nongovernmental organization Dejando Huella (Spanish for “making an impression”). A group of 10 professionals including psychologists, occupational therapists and veterinarians conduct their training and work at the hospital. Therapy takes place in a special hospital room called the cuarto de las sonrisas, or room of smiles, a play area for children. Therapists also bring the dogs to the rooms of bedridden kids.Hospital Director Roberto Cervantes said the program has proven to have a positive effect on patients, particularly children who struggle with loneliness or depression due to being far from home. Doctors have reported that dog therapy also is highly constructive for kids who face prolonged hospitalization or who are victims of child abuse.Méndez said future plans include research to determine the benefits of dog therapy on specific patients, such as those with specific physical or mental disabilities. They also are evaluating options to use the therapy with elderly patients. Therapy takes place in the hospital’s playroom, and therapists also take the dogs to the rooms of children who are unable to leave their beds. (Via Dejando Huella Facebook) Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica seeks improved treatment for autism Faulty electrical system forces closing of all operating rooms at San José’s Hospital Mexico Costa Rica’s palliative care program among best in Latin America, study finds Costa Rica’s poor live longer than poor in the US, study findslast_img read more

Help The Tico Times celebrate Valentines Day by sharing your story

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Help The Tico Times celebrate Valentine’s Day by sharing your story The Tico Times’ second book pays homage to Costa Rican life and language What to do this Valentine’s Day Tico Times readers share their #CostaRicaLove Give us some lovin’.Do you have a story of love (romantic or platonic) with a Costa Rican connection that you’d be willing to share? Did you fall in love here, get hitched here, move in or out of the country for love, or make a decision here that avoided you some heartache down the line? Does your Costa Rican love story involve a son or daughter, a cherished friend or host family? If you’re Costa Rican yourself, all your love stories fit the bill, and we’d love to hear them.Email us at (no more than 500 words, please; if you’d like to share a photo, we’d love that, too). We’ll be assembling some of the comments to share on el Día del Amor y la Amistad, and each person who sends in their story will be entered in a raffle for a free copy of “Love in Translation: Letters to My Costa Rican Daughter,” by Tico Times Managing Editor Katherine Stanley Obando.May the celebrations commence!last_img read more

Former Tico Times publisher recalls Dalys account of Arias misconduct

first_imgRelated posts:Óscar Arias, Costa Rica’s former president and a Nobel Prize winner, accused of sexual assault, per reports Who is Óscar Arias? Óscar Arias visits prosecutor’s office, declines specific comments on allegations Why Now: Oscar Arias accusers explain why they waited to come forward Emma Daly was a reporter with The Tico Times in 1990 when she alleges Óscar Arias, then serving his first term as Costa Rica’s president, groped her. The Washington Post first reported that Daly said Arias “ran his hand between her breasts and exclaimed, ‘You’re not wearing a bra’” after she approached to ask him a question in a hotel lobby.  Daly joined several other women who have accused Arias of sexual assault, misconduct or harassment after a criminal complaint against Costa Rica’s Nobel Laureate became public Tuesday. But Daly says Arias’s alleged behavior was not a secret, even in the 1990s.“But who would I have complained to?” Daly said. “I think they would have laughed at me for complaining about just being touched by some guy.” After all, Daly recalls, she had faced unwanted advances numerous times throughout her career. Many women in Costa Rica have had similar experiences with “men of his age,” she says. “I was outraged, but it wasn’t the first or the last time that someone put their hands on me against my will,” she said. “But it was the first time by a president. “[…] It definitely pissed me off, but you are constantly walking that line of wanting access to people because you needed them for your story and trying not to put yourself in any particularly dangerous situations.” Dery Dyer, The Tico Times’ former publisher and editor, remembers Daly telling her about the alleged incident soon after it had transpired. In an email to The Tico Times, Dyer said that “[w]hat was particularly maddening about Emma’s encounter was Arias’ abuse of his power as Presidente de la República vs. a young woman who was obviously dependent on staying in his good graces because of her work.” “In those days, viejo verde stuff was part of the culture, and nobody would have thought to question it beyond the disgusted head shake,” Dyer wrote. “All we did was keep spreading the word among colleagues so that women could be on their guard with him.” Viejo verde is Spanish slang used to describe an older man who is perceived to act inappropriately around younger women. “I’m really glad [Daly] came forth with her story. It’s never too late,” Dyer said.Daly says she felt a duty to go public with her account after reading Alexandra Arce von Herold’s accusation of sexual assault, which was first published in Semanario Universidad. Arias “categorically” denied allegations of sexual assault, saying he had “never acted in a way that disrespected the will of any woman.” His lawyers declined comment on any further accusations that had not been filed as criminal complaints, according to La Nación.On Tuesday, La Nación quoted an advisor to Arias who said the politician had allegedly “approached me, took my hand and put it on his erect penis.”On Wednesday, The Tico Times spoke with Marta Araya Marroni, who accused Arias of making multiple unwanted sexual advances over the course of several weeks in 2012. The allegations have shaken Costa Rica and darkened the reputation of the country’s two-term president and only Nobel Laureate. Daly says she understands why Costa Ricans might feel disappointed with the accusations given Arias’s international renown. “[Arias’s] work in Central America was extraordinarily important,” Daly said. “Pulling together the Central American peace plan and really helping to end those wars, he undoubtedly did incredible work and saved many, many lives.“Having an incredible résumé doesn’t give him the right to grab people when he feels like it.” Editor’s note: Katherine Stanley, Managing Editor of The Tico Times, worked in the Office of the President during Oscar Arias’ second presidency and provides English-language speechwriting services for Arias. She has recused herself from all reporting and editorial decisions for any story involving Arias, including this one.Correction: A previous version of this story said Arias was Costa Rica’s only two-term president. Other presidents have served multiple terms. This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Waterfalllike rain eases in Japan but 28 dead

first_img Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The intense rain occurred as far north as the ancient capital of Kyoto, where rainfall exceeded 90 millimeters (3.5 inches) per hour _ a condition in which rain cascades in such torrents that seeing ahead becomes impossible.Evacuation orders were gradually being lifted, allowing most residents to return home by late Sunday.Fukuoka prefecture said that as of Monday, damage there extended to more than 4,300 homes, 800 roads and 20 bridges. At least 518 landslides were recorded, and more than 2,700 people had evacuated their homes, it said in a statement.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at How do cataracts affect your vision? Associated PressTOKYO (AP) – Most of the quarter-million people who fled massive flooding in southwest Japan were able to return home by Monday, but the danger had not fully passed from record rains that have killed at least 28 people.Thousands of homes and hundreds of roads were damaged, and hundreds of landslides were reported. The military airlifted food by helicopter to stranded districts.The rain “was like a waterfall,” Yoko Yoshika said in Yamaguchi prefecture (state). “It was horrible.” 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familycenter_img Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Yoshika, wife of an award-winning Hagi-yaki style potter, said workers used a bucket relay with plastic pails to get rid of the water flowing into their shop.In Yame, a city of 69,000 in Fukuoka prefecture, dozens of people were stranded by the flooding.“Our region gets hit with heavy rain every year, but I have never experienced anything like this,” city employee Kumi Takesue said.“Rice paddies and roads all became water so you couldn’t tell what was what,” she said, adding that she had to wade in knee-high water, even near her home, which was not as hard hit as other areas.Kyodo News service said 28 people have died and police were searching for four missing people in the three prefectures of Kumamoto, Oita and Fukuoka, from the heavy rainfall that began Thursday. Nationwide tallies of the dead and missing were not immediately available.Weather officials warned people to be careful even in areas where rain had subsided because the land was still mushy and prone to landslides. More rain was possible later Monday.Even as some of the water subsided, homes and farms on the southern island of Kyushu, hardest hit by the flooding, were still getting food shipments, although mostly by land, local officials said. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   Top Stories last_img read more

Qatar opens diplomatic office in Gaza

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Hamas’ rival, President Mahmoud Abbas, who lives in the West Bank, is seen internationally as the Palestinian leader.Abbas has long had rocky relations with Qatar, whose Al-Jazeera satellite channel is often critical of the Palestinian leader. Qatar often frequently hosts Hamas leaders.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – In a boost to Gaza’s Hamas government, the Gulf state of Qatar said on Sunday it opened the first diplomatic office in the isolated territory since the Islamic military group took power five years ago.Qatari officials said the office is not a formal embassy. Instead, it will oversee hundreds of millions of dollars in aid projects Qatar is funding.Nonetheless, it is headed by an ambassador and marks a key stamp of legitimacy for Hamas, whose takeover of Gaza in 2007 has never been internationally recognized. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

UK downgrades threat posed by N Ireland terrorists

first_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   However, she warned that the threat of attacks by IRA dissidents in Northern Ireland itself remained set at severe, the second highest point on the scale, which indicates an attack is highly likely.May said that Britain’s domestic spy agency, MI5, which is responsible for setting the terrorist threat levels, had made the decision “based on the very latest intelligence, considering factors such as capability, intent and timescale.”Dissidents from the Real IRA faction last attacked the British capital in August 2001, when a midnight car bomb in a West London nightspot wounded 11 people. Over the previous year the Real IRA had car-bombed a BBC building, bombed a bridge spanning the River Thames and fired a Russian anti-tank rocket at the headquarters of Britain’s overseas spy agency, MI6.Experts suggest that the failure of IRA dissidents’ to attack London since then reflects the increased resources handed to British police and security agencies in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and the 2005 suicide bombings on London’s transport network.The downgrading of the threat level follows a successful operation by British police and intelligence agencies to protect the London Olympics _ despite fears that the high-profile event would be a target for al-Qaida linked terrorists or Republicans dissidents. Top Stories “Despite the change which has been made today, there remains a real and serious threat against the United Kingdom from terrorism and I would ask the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the police,” May told lawmakers in her statement.Britain issues separate assessments of the threat from al-Qaida-related or international terrorism, and for risks linked to dissident Irish Republican Army members. It also publishes separate alert levels for the threat to mainland Britain, and to Northern Ireland itself.May said the threat to the entire U.K. from international terrorism was regarded as substantial _ the third point on the scale, meaning an attack is a strong possibility.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Associated PressLONDON (AP) – The threat posed by Northern Ireland-related terrorism to the British mainland was downgraded Wednesday from substantial to moderate _ the second lowest setting on the five point scale, Home Secretary Theresa May said.May, the country’s top domestic security official, said in a statement that the latest assessment was that a “terrorist attack is possible, but not likely” to be carried out in England, Scotland or Wales by Irish Republican Army dissidents.last_img read more