60 of the best bites in Myrtle Beach with 60 More Days

first_img Share MYRTLE BEACH — Visit Myrtle Beach’s annual ‘60 More Days of Summer’ promotion has a culinary flair this time around, featuring flavours from award-winning chefs and restaurants in the Myrtle Beach area.“The last few years we’ve seen sort of a culinary renaissance across the Myrtle Beach area with award-winning chefs and amazing restaurants catering to every discerning palate,” said Scott Schult, Executive Vice President of Marketing for Visit Myrtle Beach. “As we share all the reasons to visit during the fall season – the weather, the warm waters, the affordability, and of course, the beaches – we wanted to add one more reason to the list: the impressive and perhaps surprisingly diverse culinary scene.”Featured bites run the gamut from mango gazpacho at Chive Blossom and bourbon BBQ cobia at Wahoo’s Fish House, to liquid nitrogen tuna at The Chemist and Low Country egg rolls at the Pier House at 2nd Avenue Pier.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upA list of all 60 Bites is at visitmyrtlebeach.com/restaurants/60-more-days-of-summer/.Foodie visitors can also engage in several culinary experiences in Myrtle Beach, including kayak fishing with Blackriver Outdoors Center followed by a fall-exclusive option to cook the fresh catch at Marshview Marina in Murrells Inlet, grits making at L.W. Paul Living History Center, crabbing off the Myrtle Beach State Park pier and a rice cultivation boat tour at Brookgreen Gardens.Clients can also book stay-and-dine packages during the months of September and October at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. The AAA four-diamond resort is offering a two-night stay with breakfast each morning and a three-course dinner at Waterscapes Restaurant each night for $478 per couple.Also part of the ‘60 More Days of Summer’ campaign, any person born in the year 1956 can enjoy attractions and restaurants at prices reflecting the year of their birth. The ‘Get Carded’ promotion requires a valid ID and is good during September and October at participating venues across the Myrtle Beach area.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaFor more information go to VisitMyrtleBeach.com. Posted by Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Travelweek Group center_img 60 of the best bites in Myrtle Beach with ‘60 More Days of Summer’ << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Myrtle Beachlast_img read more

Video Real life Snakes on a Plane scenario shocks plane full of

first_img Share Video: Real life ‘Snakes on a Plane’ scenario shocks plane full of passengers Tuesday, November 8, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bycenter_img MEXICO CITY – Samuel L. Jackson’s worst nightmare just came true, with new video of a real live snake slithering into the cabin of an Aeromexico plane.According to Huffington Post Canada, passengers on a commercial flight from Torreon to Mexico City on Sunday were given the shock of their lives when a bright green serpent came slithering out of the overhead bin. In a scene straight out of the Hollywood thriller ‘Snakes on a Plane’, the slimy reptile was caught on video emerging from the ceiling before partially dropping down into the cabin.Aeromexico said in a statement that the plane was given priority landing in Mexico City, where workers “secured the reptile.” The airline is currently investigating how the snake came to be in the cabin and is taking measures to avoid it from ever happening again. No word yet on what these measures entail, but we’re hoping it involves Samuel L. Jackson coming to the rescue.Frightening moment on an Aeromexico flight when a large snake fell from overhead mid-flight. https://t.co/e6bXLFv9A4 pic.twitter.com/OHgCdeQSUW— ABC News (@ABC) November 7, 2016 Tags: Aeromexico The Canadian Press last_img read more

New swimup rooms debut at Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort replacing 4 categories

first_img Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Here’s what the Crystal Lagoon Walkout Swim-up Club Level and Crystal Lagoon Poolside Luxury rooms have to offer… CRYSTAL LAGOON WALKOUT SWIM-UP CLUB LEVELThis newly renovated room is located on the ground level of the Mon Repus, Vieux Fort, Prasline or Roseau buildings. Guests can enter through their private walkout patio, just steps from the Crystal Lagoon pool. The bedroom includes a king-size bed, smart TV, an in-room refrigerator stocked with spirits and wine. The bathroom features a large bathtub and shower combination with tile and bathroom fixtures. As an exclusive Club Sandals room, a dedicated concierge is available to handle any special requests and reservations, such as spa appointments. CRYSTAL LAGOON POOLSIDE LUXURYLocated on the second level of the Mon Repus, Vieux Fort, Prasline or Roseau buildings, the romantic Crystal Lagoon poolside rooms offer relaxing setting from a private balcony. The bedroom includes a king-size bed and smart TV, with a bathroom featuring a large bathtub and shower combination with tile and bathroom fixtures. For refreshments, the room includes Robert Mondavi varietal wines and a refrigerator stocked with bottled water, juice, soda and local beer. For more information, agents can contact their local Sandals Business Development Manager, call Inside Sales at 1-800-545-8283 or visit  www.sandals.com/halcyon-beach. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Sandals Resorts TORONTO — Two new room categories are now available at Sandals Halcyon Beach, both offering an idyllic setting along the Caribbean’s longest pool, unveiled earlier this month.Crystal Lagoon Walkout Swim-up Club Level and Crystal Lagoon Poolside Luxury are now available to book at the Saint Lucia resort.As part of this enhancement, Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort’s Honeymoon Hideaway Luxury Poolside Room, Honeymoon Hideaway Walkout Poolside Room, Halcyon Hideaway Deluxe Room, and Halcyon Hideaway Deluxe Walkout Room will be terminated, effective immediately. Guests currently booked in these categories will be automatically upgraded accordingly, says the company. New swim-up rooms debut at Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort, replacing 4 categories Share Posted by Travelweek Group last_img read more

TPI Transat team up to offer STEP fam in Portugal

first_img Share Travelweek Group TORONTO — Travel Professionals International (TPI) and Transat Holidays stepped up for travel advisors by jointly offering an exclusive Specialized Travel Education Program (STEP) trip to Portugal.TPI offers two in-destination training programs annually, and the STEP program is designed to assist its advisors to improve their knowledge of product and drive additional sales and revenue.According to Shelly Monroe, TPI Advisor from Kentville, NS, who attended the recent STEP trip, there’s an increasing demand for people interested in going to Portugal. “It is a host destination right now. I saw firsthand how much it has to offer. There are a lot of long-stay apartment-style rentals in the beautiful Algarve area. It is a great alternative and somewhere new for my snowbird clients that want a change from going to Florida every winter.”Monroe was also impressed with the quality of hotels that agents visited during site inspections, both in the Algarve region and in Lisbon. “The rooftop lounge and deck at the Mundial hotel in the heart of Lisbon with its spectacular backdrop of the castle and city was a highlight for me.”More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsWith Transat Holidays hosting the Portugal STEP trip, Senior Business Development Representative Susan Kooiman travelled alongside TPI Advisors on the fam as they travelled from the Algarve to Lisbon.“We took in some beautiful sightseeing and visited some great hotels. Our week together was an overall success!” she said. “The group was amazing and everyone learned a lot about the Transat Long Stay program for the winter and our Portugal program in general.”TPI host Lisa Geddes, Manager of Professional Development, Atlantic Canada, added: “Having these types of exclusive TPI fam trips allows the advisors from across the country to share great ideas and best practices for sales and marketing along with seeing a new destination and experience the culture of the destination. After travelling to Portugal, the TPI Advisors are well equipped to make recommendations on the areas of Portugal to visit and what to do while there.”Geddes also added that TPI is planning other exciting STEP trips during its 25th anniversary year in 2019, including ones in Australia with Goway, and Cambodia with G Adventures.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthIn order to join a TPI STEP trip, TPI advisors must provide a full marketing plan to support their plans on how to promote each destination to their clients to ensure future sales. Tags: FAMs, Portugal, TPI Monday, December 17, 2018 center_img Posted by TPI & Transat team up to offer STEP fam in Portugal << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Vision appoints new regional manager Western Ontario Leisure Travel

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Vision appoints new regional manager, Western Ontario, Leisure Travel Tags: New Hires, Vision Travel Solutions Monday, January 7, 2019 center_img Posted by TORONTO — Vision Travel Solutions has announced the appointment of a brand new regional manager for Western Ontario, Leisure Travel.According to Lynda Sinclair, senior vice-president, leisure travel, the company has welcomed Robin Dunn to the newly-formed position.In her new role, Dunn will be responsible for the overall operation and performance of 12 locations in western and south-central Ontario, which number some 90 staff in total.Dunn, who most recently spent five years in experiential group travel, brings with her over 30 years’ experience in the travel industry.“I’m thrilled to be taking on this new role,” said Dunn. “Vision is such a powerful company in the travel world, and we are all very much enjoying having that additional influence and buying power.”Vision Travel currently numbers 50 locations across Canada and is the top-producing agency group for the Virtuoso luxury travel association. Travelweek Group last_img read more

Windstar to launch firstever Australia and New Zealandintensive voyages

first_img Share Travelweek Group Tags: Australia, New Zealand, Windstar Cruises Tuesday, July 9, 2019 Posted bycenter_img SEATTLE — For the first time in its history, Windstar Cruises is offering immersive itineraries to Australia and New Zealand, departing in 2020/2021 aboard the newly renovated Star Breeze.“We’ve had a tremendous focus on adding new destinations in recent years, with an 85% increase in new ports of call,” said Windstar President John Delaney. “Announcing cruises to an entirely new continent on small ship voyages, as only Windstar does them, is a major move for the company and exciting news for our guests who are seeking out new places to explore.”A total of six new itineraries will sail throughout Australia and New Zealand on the transformed 312-passenger Star Breeze, an all-suite ship that will soon undergo a comprehensive renovation as part of Windstar’s $250 Million Dollar Star Plus Initiative for all three of its Star Class ships. The Star Breeze will boast a new pool and surrounding deck area, two new dining venues for a total of five, a redesigned world-class spa and fitness centre, and 50 new suites.AUSTRALIAThere’s also the Cairns to Melbourne itinerary featuring stops in some of the country’s most iconic destinations, including the Great Barrier Reef. On what to expect while aboard an Australia cruise, Melissa Witsoe, Product Manager of Windstar Cruises, said: “Our cruises in Australia will deliver both the wild and sophisticated sides, exploring remote reaches like Middle Percy Island, as well as offering an overnight in cosmopolitan Sydney with time to see the famous sites there including the UNESCO Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Bondi Beach.”More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaWitsoe, who along with her team scouted many of the new ports personally, added that Cairns to Melbourne is really rare as an itinerary: “It’s a unique offering in the cruise world, and one of the ways Windstar will approach sailing in this region different.”NEW ZEALANDItineraries such as a roundtrip Auckland sailing will provide overnights in Wellington and Christchurch, as well as visits to smaller places such as the wine-producing region of Hawke’s Bay. Guests will enjoy such highlights as an authentic Hāngi meal, a Maori show in Rotorua in the Hells Gate region, and a wildlife cruise in Dunedin.COMBINED CRUISESFor guests looking to enjoy and experience both countries, Star Breeze will offer two cruises sailing between Auckland and Sydney with sightings of kiwis, koalas, and kangaroos. This cruise will feature classic locations like Melbourne, and also take in smaller ports such as Phillip Island. Guests can also enjoy a high-speed Catamaran cruise to Whitehaven Beach in Whitsunday Islands National Park.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthSIGNATURE EXPERIENCESThe Australia and New Zealand cruises will be the second region where the cruise line launches its award-winning Signature Expeditions, which are currently available on its Alaska itineraries. The Signature Expeditions program provides in-depth insight with active enrichment for travellers to develop an understanding of the destination from beginning to end. For example, in Tasmania expedition leaders will lead guests on a guided hike to scenic Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park.Bookings are now open for Windstar’s Australia and New Zealand sailings in 2020 and 2021 with a total of nine departure dates available. Six new cruises Down Under will set sail aboard Star Breeze and run from November 2020 to February 2021 beginning at US$4,599 per guest, double occupancy.Additionally, the 148-passenger Wind Spirit is expanding its South Pacific reach in winter/spring 2020 and will also be visiting Australia.To learn more about cruising with Windstar, visit windstarcruises.com. Windstar to launch first-ever Australia- and New Zealand-intensive voyages << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Costa Rica victim advocate arrested for sexual assault

first_imgThe prosecutor in charge of the Office of Civil Defense for Victims in Costa Rica was arrested Wednesday on charges of sexual abuse against two subordinate employees, said Attorney General Jorge Chavarría.The official, Max Chinchilla, also faces charges of sexual and workplace harassment against three other employees, Chavarría said in a press conference.The attorney general indicated that the women claim to have been victims of abuse from Chinchilla for several years, but they did not come forward until Tuesday.The Office of Civil Defense for Victims is in charge of promoting civil actions on behalf of criminal victims of crimes.The arrested prosecutor was placed in custody at the order of a judge, said the prosecutor in charge of sex crimes and domestic violence, Eugenia Salazar, who will ask for precautionary measures that the prosecutor has no contact with the victims and must sign in with a court every 15 days. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Breast cancer survivors race for a cure in Costa Rica

first_imgIn bright pink, breast cancer survivors jogged with their families and friends around Sabana Park to raise awareness for the disease and money to fight it.The fourth annual ¡Corre por mí! (“Run for me!”) took place Sunday morning in west San José. Participants run one and four kilometers or take part in a more leisurely paced walk around the park. A wheelchair course also was available. Registration fees went toward funding equipment at the rehabilitation center for breast cancer patients at the Hospital Calderón Guardia. The Cancer Patient Foundation is sponsoring the race.According to organizers, more than 5,000 people signed up for the event.  Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting Costa Rican woman. The Costa Rican Social Security System reported that there were1,206 cases of breast cancer and 262 deaths from the disease in 2011. Early detection is key for surviving the cancer. Part of the purpose of ¡Corre por mí! is to encourage women to receive mammograms. Some 45 percent of breast cancers in the country are caught at an intermediate or late stage, which can greatly reduce the chance of survival. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Lawyer asks human rights court to sanction Costa Rica over sluggish response

first_imgNo related posts. Fed up with years of delays, a lawyer representing several people who won their challenge against a decade-old ban on in vitro fertilization is asking the San José-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights to sanction the Costa Rican government for not complying with the international court’s order.Boris Molina, lawyer for 12 of the 18 people who sued the Costa Rican government for denying them access to in vitro fertilization, sent a letter to the court today asking for sanctions. The lawyer argued that the payment of damages by the government was not sufficient recompense, and that the assembly must pass a law that legalizes and regulates IVF in Costa Rica, reported AmeliaRueda.com.According to the lawyer, the court can issue a verbal sanction or file a formal petition with the Costa Rican government. He added that stronger measures could be taken if the legislature misses the latest deadline, Dec. 21, reported AmeliaRueda.com.The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights determined that the ban on in vitro fertilization, a process where a human egg is fertilized outside the women’s body, constituted an arbitrary interference to the right to private and family life, the right to found a family, and the victims’ right to equal protection, according to a press release from the IACHR.The IACHR issued a merit report in August 2010 and gave the Costa Rican government two months to report on its actions. The IACHR granted the government three extensions to respond before filing a complaint with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, according to court documents.The IACHR ruled that Costa Rica should implement the technique, make it available through the public health care system, and have lawmakers draft a law regulating its practice. When Costa Rica failed to act on the commission’s recommendations, the IACHR sent the case to the court in July 2011.  Since 2010, Costa Rica has missed every deadline to address the recommendations, including one last month.Costa Rica is the only country in the Western Hemisphere to outlaw the fertility treatment. The country passed the ban in 2000 under pressure from the Catholic Church and conservative lawmakers.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Venezuelans flock to Panama to escape Maduro economy

first_imgPANAMA CITY – Leonardo Zambranok, who moved from Venezuela almost three years ago to take a marketing job with Procter & Gamble Co. in Panama, has watched the wave of violent protests back home and says he knows he made the right choice.“Everyone said I was making a big mistake because they were still making a lot of money,” said Zambranok, 27, who like other Venezuelans fleeing economic and political instability thought the move would be temporary. “Now it’s more insecure than ever and you’re starting to see young people want to move away like crazy.”An exodus that began under the late President Hugo Chávez has gotten a boost under Nicolás Maduro, who vowed to extend his predecessor’s socialist policies after winning elections last April. Venezuelans in Panama predict that a new wave of young, middle-class job seekers will follow them in the wake of shortages of basic goods, accelerating inflation and anti- government demonstrations that have claimed at least 41 lives since February.With close cultural ties, more open immigration laws and plentiful jobs, Panama offers some advantages over traditional destinations like south Florida, Venezuelans say.Panama’s immigration agency said 233,921 Venezuelans entered the country to work or visit last year, up from about 147,000 in 2010. That compares with approximately 223,000 non- immigrant and immigrant visas issued to Venezuelans by the United States last year, according to the State Department. Venezuelans seeking work in Panama often come on a tourist visa and change their status later.For Venezuelans, Panama also offers many of the trappings of home. There are dozens of Venezuelan-run restaurants, yoga studios and bakeries in Panama City. Cable television packages include Globovision, a Venezuelan channel that has sparred with the socialist government since Chavez.Recommended: Desperate for coffee in CaracasCars sporting signs with “SOS Venezuela,” a slogan of anti-Maduro protesters, are regularly seen around Panama City. At pick-up soccer games in the capital, Zambranok said conversations bounce from hardships at home to opportunities in the new locale, with more acquaintances reaching out for work.“Our culture is about relationships, where you know a guy who knows a guy who can help you,” said Zambranok. He shows a photo of a friend standing in front of mayonnaise jars at a Caracas supermarket, taken amid recent shortages. “This is big news when you can get mayonnaise. It’s absurd.”Venezuela’s Information Ministry didn’t respond to a message left by Bloomberg News regarding emigration to Panama and other countries.Under Maduro, Venezuelan inflation has surged to 57 percent, the highest in the world. More than one in four basic goods was out of stock in Latin America’s fourth-largest economy in January, according to the central bank, which has stopped publishing up-to-date scarcity data. The government last month let the bolivar weaken 88 percent in a new currency market, part of a move to increase dollar supplies in South America’s biggest oil exporter.Wedged between Colombia and Costa Rica, Panama has lured workers with economic growth that has averaged about 9 percent per year since 2008 as completion nears on a $5.25 billion expansion of its signature canal. That’s prompted investments in banks, mining and real estate, including a new Hard Rock hotel, and created more jobs.“We’ve had to open up our immigration policy to attract more skilled labor,” Panama Finance Minister Frank De Lima said in an April 9 interview. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, center, speaks during a meeting at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas on Feb. 26, 2014. AFP/PresidenciaAs unemployment levels hover near a record low of 4.1 percent, Panama’s immigration agency said this month that it has legalized about 50,000 foreign workers since 2010 in a series of open registrations, called “melting pots.” Of the 5,072 foreign workers approved in the April melting pot, 603 were Venezuelan, the fourth-highest number after immigrants from Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.The government also eased requirements to gain residency for immigrants from more than 40 nations deemed friendly to the Central American country. Citizens from the United States and elsewhere can work in Panama or start a business by opening a $5,000 local bank account.Venezuela is not on that list. Even so, Panama has “seen an increase of Venezuelan investment, companies and entrepreneurs in the last couple of years,” De Lima said.Santiago Medina, a 27-year-old Venezuelan stock broker living in Panama, said any aspirations to return home have been dashed by Maduro.“I’d love to go back, but there are too many unknowns right now,” said Medina, who moved to Panama in 2008 and works at Banco General. “I’m way more comfortable here.”Panama experienced a surge of Venezuelan brokerage license applications after Chávez’s 2010 crackdown on financial firms, which sent 11 traders to jail. Eight of 12 firms applying for licenses at the time were from Venezuela, according to Panama’s security regulator.While Medina and Zambranok had visas sponsored by their employers, other Venezuelans said they found jobs initially while under their six-month tourist status and then applied to work legally.Zambranok, who jumped at a transfer offer when his company expanded their offices in Panama City, said the transition has been far easier than it would have been in south Florida.“Panama is still Latin America, it’s a lot more relaxed here,” he said.With assistance from Pietro D. Pitts, Corina Pons and Nathan Crooks in Caracas.© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:Showdown looms for Venezuela, as protest leader Leopoldo López vows new march Venezuelan cartoonist fired after sketch slamming health care Venezuela’s crackdown on sales of everyday goods risks alienating loyalists Maduro picks new scapegoat for Venezuela’s problemslast_img read more

Newlook Costa Rica football team headed in right direction 3 thoughts from

first_imgA collective sigh of relief emanated from the stands of San José’s National Stadium when the Costa Rica national men’s team, known as “La Sele,” netted its first win in 11 months on Tuesday. Despite new head coachÓscar Ramírez’s mere three weeks on the job, the man they call “Macho” already has Costa Rica football trending upwards.The 1-0 win over Uruguay reaffirmed the optimism that was generated from a competitive, 0-1 loss to world power Brazil on Saturday. And though all of La Sele’s problems are not suddenly solved, Ramírez said he’s satisfied with how quickly his team has been able to adapt to his style of play.“Understanding that we faced two world champions in three days makes me much more content with where we’re at,” he said.Following two more warm-ups against South Africa and the United States next month, La Sele will begin World Cup qualifying play, starting with Haiti on Nov. 13. Besides the Haitians, Costa Rica’s regional qualifying group includes Jamaica and Panama.In light of Ramírez’s successful debut this past week, here are three thoughts as to why Costa Rica seems to be on the right path as it heads towards the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Óscar Ramírez has already put his footprint on a defense that looks to be vastly improved in a few weeks time. Jeff Zevelansky/AFPDefense and ball control are priorities againComing into his current job, Ramírez’s resume made it very clear that the coach stresses great defense everywhere he goes. Under former head coach Paulo Wanchope, Costa Rica was usually able to find rhythm on offense but never had consistent answers on defense and in the midfield.In his first two games, “Macho” implemented a five-man backline, anchored by Cristian Gamboa on the right-end and solidified by Giancarlo González in the middle. Against the Brazilians, early miscues were quickly corrected to shut down one of international football’s most feared attacks. Against Uruguay at home, Ramírez’s squad looked even more in control as it quickly put out any offensive sparks from the Uruguayans and was able to bottle up possession. With sharp passing and improved communication all over the field, Ramírez’s strategy emphasizing possession came alive in a beautiful way on Tuesday night.It’s not exactly as refined as the famous “Tiki-taka” style that recently guided Spain’s national team through its most decorated era, but it’s a dependable style that should lead Costa Rica to many more victories under Ramírez. Leading up to the friendlies, González told reporters that Ramírez has demanded more effort from the defense and the midfield, putting all the focus on ball control.“With him, even the tiniest of details are covered because he knows that’s how we’re going to win,” he said. “We’re all getting used to his style of play, which basically calls for a lot of ball possession.”Costa Rica’s defense may not yet be back at the level it was playing at in the 2014 World Cup, where it completely shut down some of the game’s best attackers, but the early returns from Ramírez’s first two games are promising.https://vine.co/v/etpZQ1JW9AKLa Sele’s stars are in position to make playsJust because more attention is being placed on the defense doesn’t mean Costa Rica is going to be boring to watch. When the team’s two most potent offensive threats – Joel Campbell and Bryan Ruíz – combined to score the lone-goal against Uruguay on Tuesday, it was clear that La Sele’s playmakers are still going to have plenty of opportunities to dazzle.Campbell, in particular, stuck out by proving that he remains Ramírez’s top option at striker. The 23-year-old Arsenal forward is often criticized for his streaky play, but when he’s at his best, Campbell is a master creator who requires total attention from opposing defenses. An expert dribbler and reliable passer, he has enough tools to swing a game’s outcome by himself.The other star who has shined early on in Ramírez’s new system is midfielder Celso Borges. Against Brazil and Uruguay, the veteran was again the engine that created a stable rhythm for Costa Rica’s offense. The 27-year-old Borges not only flashed his ability to facilitate, he also had a couple of goal-scoring opportunities in this week’s friendlies.Coupled with budding young talents like Johan Venegas and Ronald Matarrita, the skill level on this selection may be higher than ever. ¡Ganamos! #LaSele 1, Uruguay 0 #CRCURU #AhoraNosTocóEnCasa pic.twitter.com/xS7hiFWbL8— FEDEFUTBOL (@FEDEFUTBOL_CR) September 9, 2015 Related posts:Costa Rica’s La Sele throttles Jamaica 3-0 Costa Rica seeking revenge against the United States Costa Rica humiliates the United States 4-0 in World Cup qualifier Costa Rican Men’s National Team hopes to make history again in Mexicocenter_img Full strength still to comeAs La Sele’s top names begin to stand out again, its worth noting that Costa Rica’s best player hasn’t suited up in the red and blue since June. Even without Keylor Navas, the goal remains in good gloves with capable replacements Esteban Alvarado and Patrick Pemberton. But the eventual reinsertion of the Real Madrid star into the starting goalkeeper spot will only better Ramírez’s defense, giving the backfield some room for error in front of one of the world’s best stoppers.On the defensive end, Costa Rica has also been without Bryan Oviedo as the Everton back continues to battle injuries. However, Oviedo’s latest setback was only supposed to keep him out for a matter of weeks, meaning he should be plugged into the starting lineup for the Oct. 8 home friendly against South Africa. His addition, at the very least, gives “Macho” another talented option on the backline and could make for a shutdown unit alongside Gamboa and González.On top of the two missing pieces on defense, coach Ramírez also plans to recover a nice tool for his offense when David Ramírez returns from his two-game suspension. The young Saprissa striker was the most consistent threat during the Wanchope era, and should provide even more firepower next to Campbell and Ruíz. 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Costa Rica files criminal complaint against samesex couple who married due to

first_imgRelated posts:President of Costa Rica raises LGBT flag over Casa Presidencial Taboo on LGBT blood donation lingers, according to survey Costa Rica grants first gay common-law marriage in Central America Casa Presidencial presents gay common-law marriage bill The director of Costa Rica’s Civil Registry has filed a criminal complaint alleging unlawful marriage against two women who were wed here in July because the registry mistakenly had listed one of them as a man. A complaint also was filed against the couple’s public notary, the registry official announced on Monday.“We believe that the people [involved in the case] were aware that marriage between people of the same sex warrants a complaint to be filed,” Civil Registry Director Luis Bolaños said. “Articles of [Costa Rica’s] Penal Code could have been violated.”Laura Florez-Estrada and Jazmín Elizondo were married on July 25 by notary Marco Castillo, who inscribed the act in the Civil Registry.Florez-Estrada, 28, was born in Peru, has Spanish nationality and has lived in Costa Rica for six years. She is the sister of José María Villalta, a former lawmaker and 2014 presidential candidate for the Broad Front Party. Elizondo, 24, is a Costa Rican, and due to a clerical error has been listed her entire life in the Civil Registry as a man. Castillo heads the pro-LGBT rights group Movimiento Diversidad. Former presidential candidate José María Villalta was a parade marshal for Costa Rica’s Diversity March in 2014. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesDue to the registry error, it was the first time in Costa Rica that a same-sex marriage was formally acknowledged by the government. In a separate case, a judge had previously legally acknowledged a same-sex civil union between two men based on a youth law that prohibits discrimination.According to Bolaños, Costa Rica’s Criminal Code calls for a prison sentence of up to six years for those convicted of unlawful marriage. He said he would ask the Government Attorney’s Office to request a judge to annul the marriage. He added that Elizondo would be notified on Monday that the Civil Registry error that lists her as a man would be corrected.The couple, however, has vowed to legally fight those actions in order to set a legal precedent for same-sex couples in Costa Rica. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

The tides of Latin American populism

first_imgMEXICO CITY – Demagogues and populists like U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and French National Front leader Marine Le Pen are setting Western politics alight. But in Latin America, populist leaders are losing support: Argentina’s Cristina Kirchner has just beenvoted out of office; in Venezuela, President Nicolás Maduro’s Socialists suffered a resounding defeat in midterm elections; and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff now faces the prospect of impeachment. Many are speculating that the “pink tide” of populism, which has pushed the region to the left over the last 15 years, now is turning. But is it really populism that these countries are rejecting?In fact, citizens seem to be driven less by ideology than by their frustration with burgeoning economic challenges, which have been caused largely by a situation over which their leaders have little control: the end of the commodity boom that began early this century. When that boom, which was sustained by China’s seemingly insatiable appetite for raw minerals and food, came to an end in 2012, sharply falling prices devastated Latin America’s exporters.Brazil, despite its large domestic market and strong industrial sector, took a serious hit. The situation was even worse for Argentina and Venezuela, both of which depend heavily on commodity exports – mainly soybeans and oil – not only to finance imports, but also as their main source of government revenue. Considering the enormous social programs to which these countries’ governments were committed, it did not take long for the price collapse to take its toll. Venezuela kept spending until the money simply ran out. Argentina’s growing deficits led to inflation, devaluation and recession.Of course, regimes with different ideological inclinations might have had different spending habits, potentially cushioning the blow from the commodity-price collapse. In Brazil, in particular, spending was out of control, even if Rousseff’s government managed to disguise it for a while. (It is, incidentally, the methods used to disguise it that now have Rousseff in trouble.)Under Rousseff, inflation mounted and the real’s exchange rate plunged; large “white elephant” infrastructure projects were launched and then abandoned; and the effort to reduce interest rates artificially led to a consumer credit bubble. By contrast, Rousseff’s predecessor, Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva – a leftist icon from her same Workers’ Party – did largely adhere to macroeconomic orthodoxy, even as he expanded social-support programs.In any case, the bottom line is that, as a hostile global environment brings to the fore their leaders’ economic mismanagement, Latin American voters are becoming increasingly disenchanted. They are not necessarily rejecting left-wing leaders; rather, they are rejecting incumbents of all stripes. The majority just happen to be of the left. Isabel Galleguillos, 50, works in her own open-pit copper mine in La Loíca, Chile. She was Chile’s first woman with her own mine. Pablo Bigorra/AFPConsider Chile and Peru, both of which depend heavily on copper exports. With the price of copper having dropped precipitously, both countries’ leaders are likely to suffer electorally. The fact that Peru’s president, Ollanta Humala, is more moderate than Chile’s Michelle Bachelet will not really matter. Likewise, falling banana and oil prices will create the same political challenges for the leftist firebrand Rafael Correa in Ecuador, as will falling coffee, oil and coal prices for Colombia’s centrist president, Juan Manuel Santos.That said, there is a certain sense of the chickens coming home to roost for Latin America’s left-wing leaders, who have had a good run since Venezuela’s late president, Hugo Chávez, took office in 1999. Some of them – including Lula in Brazil, as well as successive leaders in Chile and Uruguay – governed sensibly and responsibly. Others were too focused on ideological rhetoric to do much good. But, regardless of their performance, these parties continued to win elections (some fairer than others), based on the view that they were leading the way toward economic progress. As has lately become clear, that progress stemmed not from “realistic” governance, but from favorable international economic conditions.Now that the backlash against incumbent governments has begun, however, ideological debates are certain to intensify. Leftist governments like those in Argentina and Venezuela have long adopted polarizing policies, especially on issues such as violence, solidarity with pariah countries (Cuba for Venezuela; Iran for Argentina), and corruption – policies that may now be challenged or reversed by new leaders.The Venezuelan case is especially intriguing. The opposition, despite holding a majority in the National Assembly, knows that it must negotiate with the executive branch, which is still led by Maduro. But it cannot compromise across the board.One of the key challenges the opposition faces is what to do about the massive transfers of wealth to Cuba that began in 2004. Through opaque mechanisms like subsidized oil prices and overpayment of Cuban doctors, security personnel, and teachers, Venezuela has been bailing out Cuba’s decrepit economy for more than a decade. Although the opposition has long vowed to cut off aid, the last thing that the United States wants to see today is a Cuban collapse, as immigration from the island has already doubled in the last year.In this context, it seems possible that the U.S. will end up pushing Venezuela’s opposition not to cut off oil to Cuba, even as it pressures the government to free political prisoners and pursue fairer and more transparent governance. Meanwhile, Maduro’s allies in Latin America will begin losing or leaving power, as the left relives the region’s centuries-old drama: commodity prices rise and fall, bringing governments with them.Jorge G. Castañeda, former Foreign Minister of Mexico (2000-2003), is Professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University.© 2015, Project Syndicate, www.project-syndicate.org Facebook Comments Related posts:Latin America’s populist collapse cheered with foreign inflows Latin America’s anti-corruption crusade Saving Central America Brazil billionaire Andre Esteves arrested in Petrobras probelast_img read more

La Sele continues to struggle falls to Colombia 31

first_imgRelated posts:Ramírez announces a National Team lineup with a few surprises Ready for Costa Rica Ex-Uruguay star Gustavo Matosas will lead La Sele Mexico defeats Costa Rica 3-2 in international friendly One of La Sele’s shining moments happened right there, at the Red Bull Arena, a little over a year ago.Those 13 months seemed like a distant memory Tuesday as the Costa Rican Men’s National Team fell to Colombia, 3-1, in a friendly at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.It was at that venue where La Sele dominated the United States as part of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. It was at that venue where thousands of Costa Rican fans had, on that September day, made Red Bull Arena feel as if some mysterious force had picked up the entire stadium and placed it in La Sabana.There was none of that magic for the Ticos on Tuesday night, and those special moments have recently become far less common. Since beating the United States that night in New Jersey, La Sele has played 17 times and won just twice.The struggles continued against an overpowering Colombian side that dominated with eight shots within the first 25 minutes, including two that called into action Costa Rica’s star goalkeeper, Keylor Navas.Navas was excellent all evening, but the South Americans scored a deserved opening goal in the 30th minute when Carlos Bacca evaded Christian Gamboa and beat the keeper to the near post.Amistoso Colombia vs. Costa Rica pic.twitter.com/5C7vvsB3vp— Deportes Repretel (@deporterepretel) October 17, 2018Gamboa made amends just before halftime, delivering a cross that Kendall Waston headed in for the equalizer in the 44th minute.GOOOL de La Sele, Kendall Watson (44) | Colombia 1 – Costa Rica 1 pic.twitter.com/kfhKy2VnNr— Deportes Repretel (@deporterepretel) October 17, 2018But the South American retook the lead for good in the 72nd minute as Juan Hernández, left unmarked, knocked home a rebound moments after he entered as a substitution in his debut for the Colombian national team.GOL colombiano, Juan Camilo Hernández (72) | Colombia 2 – Costa Rica 1 pic.twitter.com/4jeifq2r4s— Deportes Repretel (@deporterepretel) October 17, 2018The 19-year-old Hernández ended the match emphatically with a second tally in the game’s final minute.When Costa Rica next takes to the pitch, it will do so under a new manager. FEDEFUTBOL last week named ex-Uruguayan star Gustavo Matosas as its new permanent managerMatosas will coach the team in its final fixtures of the calendar year, Nov. 16 against Chile and Nov. 20 against Peru. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Roman holiday UK boy 11 flies without passport

first_img Comments   Share   The boy, who is known to be fascinated by transport and has a history of catching free rides on trains and buses, was sent back to Manchester on the return flight, Craig said.For the airport, airline Jet2.com and the British government, Tuesday’s incident was an embarrassing breach of security days before the start of the Olympics.Ben Vogel, editor of HIS Jane’s Airport Review, said he wasn’t familiar with all the details of the Manchester incident but said it’s a fundamental security principle that people aren’t allowed aboard an aircraft if they have no right to be there _ whether or not they passed through a security scanner.“It’s not good, is it?” he said. “It is a security breach, if a non-threatening security breach.”An undisclosed number of security staff employed by the airport and airline employees have been suspended while authorities investigate.“This is an unusual and serious breach and we are keen to find out what has gone on,” said the government’s transport secretary, Justine Greening.Airport manager Craig, however, said “it’s not technically a breach of security” because the boy did go through the normal security scan. Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements “He just sat there chatting away about how he’d been trying to run away from home,” Swayne was quoted as saying. “He seemed quite innocent, really, and I don’t think it had sunk in how serious the situation was.”The newspaper said the boy had run away from his mother while they were shopping and then made his way to the airport two miles (3 kilometers) away.Airport officials described the boy as big for his age and on CCTV footage he appeared confident and betrayed no nervousness as he moved through the terminal.Jet2.com issued a statement saying it had launched “a full investigation into what is a serious incident.”Jet2.com, owned by Dart Group PLC, is a European budget airline which operates 188 routes to 53 destinations. The airline traces its origins to a company founded in 1971 to fly flowers from Guernsey to the U.K. mainland.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Associated PressLONDON (AP) – The 11-year-old boy didn’t have a passport, didn’t have a ticket, didn’t have a boarding pass, and got all the way from England to Italy on his own.For him, the 1,000-mile (1,700-kilometer) journey was a great adventure _ and his excitement led to his discovery.“He was chatting away about being off by himself,” and passengers alerted the cabin crew, Russell Craig, a spokesman for Manchester Airport, said Wednesday. Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain “The boy was no threat to the aircraft,” he said. But he admitted the boy passed through five security checks before boarding the plane.The first check came when he entered the secure area where an airport security officer is supposed to verify that the traveler has a boarding card or a staff pass.“The boy arrived at security at a time when it was extra busy, there were a lot of families traveling,” Craig said. While it’s common for one member of a family to present all the boarding cards, he said, the officer failed to count to ensure that the number of cards matched the number of people going through.The airline was responsible for four further checks on boarding, Craig said: for a passport, for boarding pass, another check at the aircraft door for a boarding pass stub with a seat assignment, and a final passenger count after everyone had boarded.Manchester Airport is the third busiest in the United Kingdom after London Heathrow and London Gatwick. The security staff is hired and managed by airport officials.The Manchester Evening News quoted Sarah Swayne, a passenger on the return flight, as saying the boy didn’t seem to be fazed by the fuss he had caused.last_img read more

Wheel you marry me Europe has crush on cycling

first_imgIronically, Copenhagen’s pioneering city bike system was scrapped Wednesday after city officials decided to redistribute funds to other cycling initiatives.TWO-WHEEL PARKING:So you’ve cycled to town. Now where do you park? Europeans are creative in this respect, chaining their bikes to lamp posts, street signs and drainpipes, or just parking them in random clusters on street corners. But theft is a major concern.To create order, some cities have built ambitious parking lots for bicycles, typically close to major transit hubs like train stations. Amsterdam has come up with some of the most eye-catching solutions, including a high-tech rack that works a bit like a jukebox. You put your bike in the rack, and it revolves underground. When you want it back, it rotates yours back to the surface. It doesn’t seem to be a big hit among Amsterdam’s cyclists, though. It only has space for 50 bikes and access is often blocked by bicycles parked in front of it.COCKTAIL TRANSPORTATION:For people living far from the city center, getting to work by bicycle alone may not be time efficient. That’s why many European countries encourage mixed-mode commuting, allowing cyclists to bring their bicycles onto trains or subway cars. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Less than two decades later, scores of bike-sharing programs have been launched in Europe and beyond. The most recent ones are high-tech, with customers using smart cards or even mobile phones to unlock bikes from docking stations. A milestone was reached when Paris introduced its “Velib” program in 2007, showing that bike sharing works also in a major metropolis. With more than 20,000 bikes it’s the biggest system in Europe.London’s bike-sharing system has registered more than 17 million bicycle hires since it started two years ago.“In places where cycling wasn’t a big part of transport _ like Paris or London _ it’s been a real game-changer. It’s normalized cycling,” said Julian Ferguson, a spokesman for the European Cyclists’ Federation.U.S. cities including Washington D.C., Minneapolis, San Francisco and Boston now have bike-sharing programs. A system with 10,000 bicycles that was supposed to open in New York this year has been delayed and is expected to launch in 2013. But the fastest growth is happening in Asia where some of the world’s biggest bike-sharing programs have been introduced. The Chinese city of Hangzhou has a system with 60,000 bicycles. Associated PressCOPENHAGEN (AP) – Cycling through the heart of some European cities can be a terrifying experience as you jostle for space with cars, trucks and scooters that whizz by with only inches to spare.Thankfully for bicycle enthusiasts, a movement is afoot to create more room for cycling in the urban infrastructure.From London’s “cycle superhighways” to popular bike-sharing programs in Paris and Barcelona, growing numbers of European cities are embracing cycling as a safe, clean, healthy, inexpensive and even trendy way to get around town. http://www.hovding.com/en/film/CARGO BIKES:The daredevil bike messenger weaving through traffic with Tour de France-like determination is gradually being replaced by a clumsier, but more practical, cycling equipage: the cargo bike. Many of these bicycles look odd because they are custom-made to carry packages of particular shapes and sizes. They usually have a wide flat area in front of the seat. Some are designed to serve as billboards for companies, like the “sperm bike” used by a Danish sperm bank to transport sperm to fertility clinics in Copenhagen.But it’s not just for show. Amid efforts to cut down on carbon emissions, transport officials have started discussions on how to make more use of cargo bicycles across the European Union. The European Cyclists’ Federation estimates that 25 percent of all urban goods could be delivered by such bikes.E-BIKES:Electric bikes are one of the hottest cycling trends in parts of Europe. Also known as e-bikes or pedelecs, they are fitted with a small electric motor powered by a rechargeable battery, which can give you a nice boost when cycling uphill.It’s not a new invention: bicycles powered by electricity have been around for more than a century. But sales have taken off with the development of lighter and higher-capacity batteries and sexier designs. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone London opened four “cycle superhighways” in 2010, which basically amount to a blue lane for cyclists on the edge of city streets. Copenhagen’s approach is more ambitious, seeking to keep bicycles and motor vehicles physically separated as much as possible. The Danish capital plans 26 such routes _ the first of which opened this year _ building on bicycle-friendly features that have been in place for years.Stop lights are adjusted to the rhythm of bicycles, not cars. Intersections have foot rests and hand rails so that cyclists don’t need to put their foot down when they stop. The route is lined with air pump stations and trash cans that are tilted for easy access from the saddle.“A cycle highway is where cyclists get highest priority, with few obstacles and as few stops as possible,” said Marie Kaastrup, a Copenhagen city official in charge of bicycle programs.BIKE SHARING:Bike sharing, or “city bike,” services that offer bicycles for short trips in the downtown area have come a long way since the first large-scale program started in Copenhagen in 1995. That concept was simple: deposit a coin to release a bicycle from any of a number of bike racks across the city _ like unlocking a shopping cart at the supermarket _ and get your coin back when you return the bike (not necessarily to the same rack). 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix China is the dominant market, with more than 100 million e-bikes on the streets. But sales are surging rapidly in Europe, especially in Germany but also in the Netherlands, where about one in five bicycles is electric, according to industry reports.___Ritter reported from Stockholm. AP writer Toby Sterling in Amsterdam contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Comments   Share   Austria’s next generation of high-speed train, expected to arrive in 2013, will have a bicycle compartment for six bikes per train car.In the Netherlands, you can use the same smart chip card you use to catch a train or tram to get a bike from a sharing system and cycle the last part of the journey.BICYCLE CHIC:Today cycling in Europe is embraced by people of all social classes and political persuasions. But a new subgroup has emerged: the cycling hipsters. They don’t just consider the bicycle as a means of transport, but a fashion statement. Danish-Canadian photographer Mikael Colville-Andersen has captured this phenomenon in his Cycle Chic blog, showing Europeans looking oh-so-stylish on their vintage two-wheelers or aerodynamic racing bikes. An unwritten style rule for the cycling fashionista: the color of the helmet should match that of the frame. http://www.copenhagencyclechic.comAIRBAG HELMETS:Speaking of helmets, many cyclists don’t wear them, saying they look bad and ruin hairdos. Two Swedish designers came up with a solution that protects both head and hairstyle: an inflatable airbag that you wear around your neck in a collar. It’s a lot more inconspicuous than those traditional egg-shaped helmets _ until it ignites. If you have an accident, the airbag inflates in a fraction of a second and wraps around your head. You’ll hit the ground looking like an astronaut, but at that point you probably don’t care. The price tag of 4,000 Swedish kronor ($600) may be discouraging, though. After all, you can only use it once. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Check your body, save your life Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, and the Danish capital, Copenhagen, are the pioneers of this movement, and serve as role models for other cities considering cycling’s potential to reduce congestion and pollution, while contributing to public health.The trend is catching on also outside Europe, says John Pucher, a professor of urban planning at Rutgers University in New Jersey and co-author of a new book titled “City Cycling.” Pucher says urban cycling is on the rise across the industrialized world, though Europe is still ahead of the pack.“Americans make only 1 percent of their trips by bike compared to 26 percent in the Netherlands, 18 percent in Denmark, and 8-10 percent in Belgium, Germany, Sweden, and Finland,” Pucher told The Associated Press, citing official statistics.But you don’t need statistics to realize that cycling is in vogue. From airbag helmets to e-bikes, here are some the ways the bicycle renaissance has hit the streets of Europe:CYCLE SUPERHIGHWAYS:They’re not anything as spectacular as multiple-lane expressways for cyclists, but city planners believe they’re central to the bicycle revolution: They combine bike paths with bike lanes on regular streets to give pedaling commuters a smooth ride from the suburbs to the city center. Top Stories Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Austrian Jewish leader says antiSemitism growing

first_img(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The vital role family plays in society Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Sponsored Stories VIENNA (AP) – The leader of Vienna’s Jewish community says the number of anti-Semitic incidents in Austria reported to his office have doubled over the past year and adds that Jews are under duress elsewhere in the EU as well.Oskar Deutsch tells the Kurier newspaper that the Jewish community registered 135 such incidents last year, compared to 71 in 2011.In comments published Monday, he named Hungary, Sweden, Norway, Finland, France and Greece as the EU countries where Jews are most under threat, adding that fearful Jewish families in Hungary have recently started to immigrate to Austria. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 4 must play golf courses in Arizona How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Abuse of 10yearold causes others to speak out in Paraguay

first_img“If I had seen protests like this before, maybe I would have spoken up sooner, or maybe it wouldn’t have happened to me,” said the girl, who is not being identified in line with The Associated Press policy of not naming the victims of sexual abuse.She said her mother confronted her stepfather, who denied the abuse and still lives in the house. The girl said she is now physically strong enough to fend off his advances, but for a few years she was afraid of men and ate heavily — at one point she weighed 89 kilograms (196 pounds) — to make herself less attractive.“I try not to be at home so I don’t have to see him,” she said through tears. “He makes me sick.”About 600 girls 14 or under become pregnant each year in this country of 6.8 million people. Studies by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control say thousands of children in the United States also give birth each year.In Paraguay “these cases are very common. What’s needed is the political will to get us out of this hole,” said Britez de Mendoza, who runs the shelter in Ciudad del Este.In the case of the 10-year-old, the girl’s stepfather, who is accused of raping her, was arrested over the weekend and placed in isolation to prevent other inmates from attacking him. The girl’s mother is being held at a female prison for neglecting to take care of her daughter. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 0 Comments   Share   “When the other children play, this girl wants to play, too,” said Britez de Mendoza, who attended a rally to demand stiffer penalties for sex abusers. “She is still a child.”Monday’s rally in Ciudad del Este drew 200 people under the banner of “No More Abuse!” and participants said it was unprecedented in this city with little culture of social protest. Another protest was held in the capital of Asuncion.The rallies came amid a fierce debate over what is best for the 10-year-old rape victim who is being denied an abortion. In Paraguay, the procedure is banned in all cases — even rape — except when the mother’s life is in danger.The decision to not give the girl an abortion has sparked international and local condemnation, with United Nations human rights experts on Monday blasting Paraguay for failing to protect her.“The Paraguayan authorities’ decision results in grave violations of the rights to life, to health, and to the physical and mental integrity of the girl as well as her right to education, jeopardizing her economic and social opportunities,” the four experts said in a statement.Looking on at Monday’s protest in Ciudad del Este, a 17-year-old told The Associated Press she had been repeatedly raped by her stepfather from the time she was 9 until she was 14, when she told her mom about the abuse. CIUDAD DEL ESTE, Paraguay (AP) — The fate of a pregnant 10-year-old has not only become a national debate in Paraguay but has underscored what activists say is a problem with child rape in this poor South American nation and led other victims to speak out.Cristina Britez de Mendoza is the director of a shelter for troubled youth in Ciudad del Este, a gritty and bustling town of 350,000 that sits across the border from Brazil and Argentina. She said many of the children she works with have been sexually abused, such as a 12-year-old girl who gave birth last month. The girl lives at the shelter with the baby. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility A child holds a sign that reads in Spanish “Sexual child abuse never again, screams without voice,” at a demonstration in front of the Attorney General’s office in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, Monday, May 11, 2015. Paraguayans have debated what should happen to a 10-year-old pregnant girl who was raped. The girl’s mother has asked for an abortion, but health officials have ruled it out. The stepfather who raped the girl has been arrested. (AP Photo/Peter Prengaman) Top holiday drink recipes Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation In response to the calls for a therapeutic abortion for the girl, Paraguayan Health Minister Antonio Barrios has responded that she is in good health at a hospital and that the pregnancy, at five months, is too advanced.The president of the country’s Episcopal Conference, Msgr. Claudio Gimenez, decried the possibility of a therapeutic abortion, saying Paraguay is already split over the case.“Some want to legalize abortion, the killing of an innocent who still is in a period of gestation,” he said. “And for the other side, those who oppose that idea.”Some protesters said they thought the controversial case of the 10-year-old is the tip of the iceberg.“How many thousands of other girls are raped and we just don’t hear about it because they don’t have the baby or don’t report it?” said Sebastian Martinez, 34._____Associated Press reporter Pedro Servin contributed to this report from Asuncion, Paraguay.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

AFTA is cautiously optimistic about 2010 tourism outlook

first_imgAFTA is cautiously optimistic about the year ahead, following a report by the Australian Government’s Tourism Forecasting Committee (TFC), which predicts improvements across all key tourism segments.  The report forecasts that inbound tourist arrivals in 2010 will increase by 4.3 percent to 5.8 million, outbound travel is expected to increase by 4.1 percent and domestic visitor nights are predicted to rise up to 2.3 percent.  The TFC report also includes predictions for inbound, domestic and outbound tourism figures for the long term.According to the report, inbound tourist arrivals are expected to increase by 4.9 per cent in 2011 and 4.7 per cent in 2012, increasing at an average annual rate of 3.5 per cent between 2008-18.Domestic visitor nights are predicted to rise by 1.0 per cent in 2010, but this figure is expected to decrease at an annual average rate of 0.1 per cent between 2007-17.The report also indicates that total tourism consumption is likely to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 1.3 per cent between 2008-18 reaching at an estimated $105 billion in 2018 in real terms. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/29366/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more