Share New Delhi — Most people would rather forget the food they ate on a plane, but seconds will be asked for at Hawai Adda.Nothing is remarkable about this small restaurant, located in the city of Ludhiana in northern India, except for the fact that it is set in a recycled Airbus 320 that once flew for Air India. Opened last month and taking over a year to complete, the name literally translates to ‘airport’ in Hindi.According to Mashable, Parampreet Singh Luthra, director of New Delhi-based Hands Hospitality and the innovator of Hawai Adda, got the idea from the Maharaja Express, a gourmet food and travel experience inside a train in New Delhi. Luthra wanted to retain as many of the aircraft’s original parts as possible – including its one million wires – so he hired experienced engineers and airline support staff at the start.A smooth takeoff wasn’t in the cards, however, with a few hiccups reported in late 2015. According to Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, the project ran into trouble for disregarding fire safety norms, while another report claimed the airplane’s wings were too close to Ludhiana-Ferozepur national highway, a potential traffic hazard. Still, Luthra denies these issues ever occurred and was given the go-ahead from the government.More news: Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Serving pure vegetarian food, Hawai Adda seats 72 guests with an additional café, bakery and a kitty hall seating 40 more people. All original elements of the plane were kept, excluding the furniture. It is now considered India’s first airplane restaurant, adding to the country’s long list of unique eateries that also includes a jail-themed restaurant in Chennai, and another resembling a cable car in Bangalore. No sign of crappy airplane food on this Airbus-turned-restaurant << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Air India The Canadian Press Thursday, February 2, 2017
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Source: The Associated Press Thursday, August 24, 2017 MIAMI — Harvey regained tropical storm strength as it drifted in the Gulf of Mexico toward Texas early Thursday and forecasters said it could become a hurricane.A hurricane warning was issued for the Texas coast Thursday morning, covering an area from Port Mansfield to Matagorda.The storm’s maximum sustained winds had increased to near 45 mph (70 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center said additional strengthening was expected and Harvey could become a hurricane by Friday, when it’s expected to approach the southern Texas coast.As of 5 a.m. EDT, the storm was centred about 370 miles (595 kilometres) southeast of Port Mansfield and was moving north near 10 mph (17 kph).In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered the State Operations Center to elevate its readiness level, making state resources available for possible rescue and recovery actions. Abbott also pre-emptively declared a state of disaster for 30 counties on or near the coast to speed deployment of state resources to any areas affected.More news: Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Emergency officials Wednesday asked residents along the upper Texas coastline to move or prepare to move inland. Those in low-lying areas were urged to seek higher ground, and those elsewhere were told to monitor official announcements closely.A hurricane watch was in effect for Texas from Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass. A storm surge watch was in effect from Port Mansfield to High Island.On South Padre Island, people filled sandbags and loaded them into cars and vans Wednesday to take to protect exposed homes and businesses. Others in the forecast path of the storm sought out generators, plywood and other goods from hardware stores. Meanwhile, rice farmers in coastal Matagorda County moved quickly to harvest their crops. Tags: Texas, Travel Alert TS Harvey regains strength in Gulf of Mexico Share
Share Tags: Air France, Jet Airways, KLM Thursday, November 30, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group NEW YORK — In what is being called a first in Indian aviation history, Air France-KLM and Jet Airways have signed an ‘Enhanced Cooperation Agreement’ to develop operations between Europe and India.This landmark agreement builds upon the partnership that was established between the three airlines in 2014. It was most recently expanded in 2016 with an extensive code-share agreement for connections between Europe and North America and Jet Airways’ hubs at Mumbai and Delhi in India via Air France-KLM’s hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.“Air France-KLM and Jet Airways are launching the first cooperation agreement of its kind on the India – Europe market, one of the markets at the heart of the group’s strategy for the coming years,” said Jean-Marc Janaillac, Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM. “We are innovating within the airline industry by offering connections between two partnerships for the first time: our enhanced cooperation agreement for India – Europe with Jet Airways and the Air France-KLM and Delta Air Lines’ Europe – North American joint venture.”More news: Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalJanaillac went on to note that through this agreement, Jet Airways, Air France, KLM, and, Delta Air Lines will connect India to a vast transatlantic network via the Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol hubs.“With over 1,200,000 customers carried between India and Europe by the Group and our Indian partner, half of whom are travelling onward to North America, we are confirming our ambition to offer customers an enhanced network, and a unique, seamless product tailored to their needs with the best products and services.”The enhance cooperation agreement will see the three airlines working together to develop their commercial and product offering. Customers will thus benefit from multiple travel options and seamless service throughout the three partners’ networks, which span 44 cities in India and 106 destinations in Europe.For the 2017-18 winter season, Air France, KLM and Jet Airways operate 64 weekly flights between the Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol hubs and four destinations in India (Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai).More news: Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksFrom Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Air France and Jet Airways operate 33 weekly frequencies to Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai and Chennai.From Amsterdam-Schiphol, Jet Airways and KLM operate 31 weekly frequencies to Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. Air France-KLM and Jet Airways sign landmark agreement to increase capacity between Europe & India << Previous PostNext Post >>
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Earn up to $250 bonus commission with Trafalgar’s new Groups incentive Posted by Thursday, March 22, 2018 Travelweek Group TORONTO — To help agents earn more and save time while planning group travel, Trafalgar has announced a new dedicated Groups team as well as lucrative commissions on group bookings.The new initiatives are part of the company’s ongoing #AgentsFirst commitment, which emphasizes Trafalgar’s dedication to its loyal Canadian agents.With this new incentive, agents who book 9+ passengers will receive $150 in bonus commission. Those who book 16 or more will receive $250.“Trafalgar continues to support our Canadian agents for a very successful 2018 selling season with our group bookings and our enhanced, dedicated Groups team,” said Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar Canada. “We can create customized group itineraries across six continents including the upcoming 75th D-Day Landings anniversary in 2019 and faith-based travels across significant European sites.”Moreover, Trafalgar has further enhanced its Groups Department, with Groups Sales Manager Liz Raposo leading the team. She has worked with Trafalgar for the past six years, with a total of 18 years in the Canadian travel industry.More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksThe Groups team can create custom itineraries anywhere in Europe, Britain & Ireland, USA & Canada, South America, Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan and Israel.“There are lots of opportunities to build small groups for the 2018 selling season since we can customize, create and work along with our trade partners to help focus on their client’s needs,” said Raposo. “Agents booking an allocation or a custom group can expect a seamless booking experience for any type of travel including family, friends, faith-based trips along with our Oberammergau trips for 2020.”For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tags: Trafalgar
Tags: U River Cruises Posted by TORONTO — Following news of its official name change, U River Cruises has announced the launch of two new themed cruises in Germany this summer aboard The A.The tailored themed itineraries – ‘Tattoo on U’ and ‘U in Drag’ – are enhanced versions of the ‘Germany’s Finest’ eight-day voyage that sails from Frankfurt to Regensburg, with a focus on topics that emphasize U’s ethos as a sexy and fun cruise experience.“The themes coincide with everything our U brand stands for, which is encouraging our guests to completely let go, be confidently themselves and meet new like-minded traveller along the way,” said Ellen Bettridge, CEO and President of U. “It’s important for us to continue to innovate in ways that inspire our guests and provide them with experiences that they won’t find anywhere else. The launch of these two cruises is just the beginning for our themed concepts onboard U.”U in DragDeparting July 6, 2019, this voyage features celebrity drag queens Jiggly Caliente, Darienne Lake and Phi Phi O’Hara, stars of the hit TV show ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’. In addition with several onboard performances throughout the sailing, the itinerary includes interactive activities co-hosted by the queens, such as a karaoke night, drag makeup lessons, an exclusive bar crawl at one of the ship ports and more.More news: CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionTattoo on UDeparting Aug. 17, 2019, this cruise will sail with celebrity tattoo artists Steven Tefft, winner of Season 2 of the show ‘Ink Master’; Reese Hilburn, seen on Spike TV’s hit show ‘Tattoo Nightmares Miami’; Bobby Moss; leading tattoo model Heather Moss; and tattoo expert Paul Gambino for a week dedicated to all things ink. Highlights include an onboard welcome party with the artists, a tattoo parlour crawl in one of the ports, contests to win a free tattoo from one of the artists onboard and $200 towards a favourite tattoo shop, brunch Q&As and more.U’s themed itineraries include open bar throughout the cruise, three daily meals, select shore excursions, complimentary Wi-Fi, onboard local U hosts, and other popular activities such as mixology classes, silent discos, a local DJ, paint & wine classes, and rooftop yoga.Earlier this week, the cruise line announced that it is changing its name from U by Uniworld to simply U River Cruises, a move that Bettridge says was made to differentiate between the two brands. Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Travelweek Group Share U River Cruises debuts new drag & tattoo themed cruises << Previous PostNext Post >>
No related posts. BOGOTA – US President Barack Obama urged leftist guerrillas on Monday to lay down their weapons and reach a peace deal with the government of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in an interview broadcast on local radio.Colombia’s government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels launched peace talks in Oslo on October 18 aimed at ending their nearly five decades of conflict.“My hope,” said Obama, “is that we can create a Colombia that is peaceful and prosperous, and that the FARC lay down its arms and recognize that, even though there are disagreements with the government, they should engage in a political process.”Obama, speaking to W Radio, said that the United States has “worked closely with the Colombian government for many years now to try to bring peace to Colombia, and we have seen significant progress.”Colombia has received some $8 billion in US military aid over the past decade in the so-called Plan Colombia, aimed at battling drug trafficking and rebel groups.US officials have made it clear that Washington fully supports Bogota’s effort to reach peace with the FARC. “We’re very… supportive of their effort to get to the peace that they deserve,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on October 17.“We’re obviously not involved, we’re not in the middle of it,” she added. “But we are being briefed regularly by the Colombians.”When peace talks were announced in early September, Obama congratulated Santos for demonstrating “an unwavering commitment to seeking a durable peace and ensuring a better life for all Colombians through its security and social inclusion policies.”In the interview broadcast Monday, Obama also said that the drug trafficking that helps fund the insurgency is not only a Colombian problem, and that it should be dealt with as a regional problem.Obama acknowledged that work needed to be done to reduce the US demand for illegal drugs.Colombia is one of the world’s top producers of coca, the source plant for cocaine. Facebook Comments
You don’t need to knock three times and whisper low, but you will need a good sense of direction and a tough set of wheels to find Sabor Español, a culinary hideaway tucked behind Playa Bahía Ballena, south of Uvita.Open just since the beginning of the year, this rustic restaurant is enveloped by jungle foliage at the edge of a muddy beach road. The décor is simple – a few potted plants, ginger flowers atop five wood tables with comfortable chairs, and a sleepy house dog curled up in a corner. At night, flickering candles cast a romantic glow. But what’s packing the locals in – even on an off-season Sunday night – is the authentic Spanish food.Owner/chef Heriberto Jutglar is from Barcelona; his wife and restaurant manager Montserrat (Montse for short) Álvarez is from Ibiza – two places where people know a lot about seafood. Monteverde residents may remember the couple’s first restaurant, which ran for five years there. It’s no surprise that the star of the new Sabor Español menu is paella for two, either all seafood (₡6,500, or $13, per person); mixed with seafood, chicken, pork and vegetables (₡7,000, $14), or all vegetables (₡6,000, $12).The secret to the success of these paellas is the genuine saffron-infused Spanish rice, nutty and flavorful with garlic, olive oil and all the juices of clams, shrimp, fish, octopus and crab. There’s also a seafood version made with Catalan-style fideua, thin noodles instead of rice (₡7,000, $14).You’ll wait half an hour to 40 minutes for your paella to develop those flavors in the traditional cast-iron paella pan. But the time passes pleasantly, especially if you order a jar of cool sangria (1/2 liter ₡3,500/whole liter ₡6,500, $7/$13), full-bodied, with chunks of drunken tropical fruits adding just the right amount of sweetness. There’s also a respectable and affordable wine list heavy on Spanish and Chilean wines (₡10,000 to ₡16,000, $20-$32), plus a pleasant and rare option of a half-bottle, just right for two (₡5,500, $11).If you have a really hearty appetite, start off with the cold Andalusian Gazpacho (₡3,000, $6), thick and spicy. If you’re with friends who like to share, there are some tempting, tapas-style appetizers: Spanish omelet (₡3,500, $7), spicy “Brave” potatoes slathered in garlicky aioli (₡3,000, $6); and clams in a beer sauce (₡3,000, $6).If you can’t persuade anyone to share paella with you, other standout seafood choices are the whisky-flambéed shrimps with sweet cream (₡8,700, $17.40) and fish of the day with clams in a white wine sauce (₡6,500, $13).Back on land, there’s lomito (sirloin) prepared with a reduction of grapes with red wine (₡9,500, $19) or bathed in a white wine sauce with green peppers, cream and mushrooms (₡9,300, $18.60). On the poultry side, the sauces are even more intriguing: mango flambéed with rum or an anise-flavored curry sauce. There’s also a skewer of chicken, banana and bacon served with the red wine and grapes reduction (₡7,800, $15.60).For light appetites or lunches, try the stuffed avocados with tuna and whisky-flambéed shrimps (₡3,800, $7.60). The same soused shrimps show up in a salad along with cucumber, peppers and avocadoes (₡3,500, $7). As refreshing as it sounds, the typical salad has peppers, avocado, pineapple, papaya, grapes and mango (₡3,500, $7) dressed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and aromatic herbs.Montse presents the dishes with panache and a dazzling smile, and a dash of personalized solicitude. At lunch, my friend Jill and I asked Montse for her dessert recommendation. We couldn’t decide between crepes with Nutella or crepes with mora (blackberries), so she suggested her favorite – a perfect combination of both (₡2,300, $4.60). Late one night, my partner Peter and I ordered the mixed paella, which prompted Heriberto to come out of the kitchen to advise us that might be a little heavy at nighttime, so we compromised on a customized, lighter version with more chicken and seafood than pork.Be sure to make a reservation, especially for dinner. It would be a shame to plow through the jungle in the dark and not be rewarded with a table and a taste of Spain.Going there: On the Costanera, drive about 1 kilometer south from Uvita and turn right at the sign for Playa Ballena; Cabinas Gato are on the corner. Drive toward the beach about 600 meters and turn left at the sign for Sabor Español. You’ll find the restaurant about 1 kilometer along a pot-holed dirt road, beside the Cabinas Esme. Sabor Español is open noon-4 p.m., 6:30-9:30 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. 2743-8312/8768-9160; email@example.com. Prices include 13 percent tax; tipping optional. Facebook Comments Montserrat Álvarez serves up paella at Sabor Español. Dorothy MacKinnon No related posts.
Agents of Costa Rica’s Drug Control Police (PCD) on Tuesday morning arrested nine suspects accused of belonging to a criminal organization dedicated to smuggling drugs into Europe.Public Security Minister Celso Gamboa said at a press conference that the arrests took place in 10 simultaneous raids conducted in the provinces of Limón, Alajuela, Puntarenas and San José.Detainees include six Costa Ricans, one Colombian, one Dominican and an Israeli. According to Gamboa, the suspects belong to a gang that includes three men arrested in Limón last week.In a central Pacific beach condo in Jacó owned by an Israeli with the last name Shoya, agents found a hydroponics lab with 70 marijuana plants and 15.621 doses of LSD. A hydroponic marijuana lab allegedly run by an Israeli man in the central Pacific beach town of Jacó. The lab was raided Tuesday morning, May 20, 2014. The Tico TimesThe PCD said the gang was led by a Colombian man with the last name Higuita, 47, and consisted of 12 people (11 men and one woman).In a previous raid in Limón on May 16, police seized 778 kilos of cocaine, three firearms and $593,400 and ₡3.4 million ($ 6,600) in cash.According to the PCD, the Colombians were responsible for receiving and storing the drugs sent from their country via the Caribbean Sea.The Israeli man was a link to Europe, mostly the Netherlands, where he traveled frequently to close deals and collect payments, the investigation alleges.Two Dominicans with the last names Sierra Tejeda and Soto Santana were responsible for hiding the drugs inside yucca and pineapple shipments, with the help of six Costa Ricans identified as Víquez Ramírez, Miranda Campos, Montero Picado, Rojas Guzmán, Guzmán Picado and Rose Mitshore. The Tico TimesThe investigation began last year, and initial evidence against the group was found during a seizure in the Netherlands of 16 kilos of cocaine in January, also hidden in a pineapple shipment, Gamboa said.Chief Prosecutor Jorge Chavarría said the raids helped dismantle an entire gang and expose their operations in the country. One of a series of police raids across the country on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Cops dismantled an international drug smuggling ring. Here police are seen raiding a site in San Carlos de Guapiles, near the Caribbean coast. The Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s 3-pronged strategy scores high against drug trafficking, says Coast Guard chief After lengthy investigation, Costa Rican police seize drug plane, 400 kilos of cocaine and $1.5 million cash Suspected Colombian cartel leader secretly flown out of Costa Rica on DEA plane US seizes $12 million of drugs in Caribbean
A majority of National Liberation Party (PLN) delegates on Saturday elected ex-President José María Figueres Olsen, who ruled Costa Rica from 1994-1998, to chair the party for the next four years.Figueres, the son of the PLN’s founder, José Figueres Ferrer, beat former minister and ex-lawmaker Francisco Antonio Pacheco Fernández by a 89-46 vote. Pacheco represented the bloc of liberacionistas who are aligned with former two-term president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Óscar Arias Sánchez.The PLN’s new leader downplayed whether he is considering a presidential bid for 2018, although in recent statements he said “it was a possibility.”Figueres stressed that he would focus on strengthening the weakened party ahead of upcoming municipal elections in 2016 and the presidential election in 2018.“We have a tough job ahead. The party needs to be reborn, it needs to be rejuvenated, we need to modernize it with the sole purpose of make it useful for Costa Rica,” Figueres told members of the media following the party vote.Arias appeared deeply surprised by the outcome, commenting that he had preferred someone who could foster internal party neutrality, “which is something that is not going to happen now.”“Everyone knows that José María Figueres likely will run for president,” Arias said, adding that despite the delegate vote, his followers represent the largest group within the PLN.Jorge Pattoni Sánchez, who was Johnny Araya’s vice presidential running mate last year, was elected as Liberation’s vice president. Fernando Zamora Castellanos was elected secretary general, and Shirley Calvo Jiménez will be the vice secretary general. Current lawmaker Paulina Ramírez Portuguez won the post of treasurer, and Marco Cercone Cabezas will be vice treasurer.Juan Alberto Corrales Ramírez and Silvia Rodríguez Sibaja were elected as monitoring board members.The 60-year-old former president returned to Costa Rica in December 2011 for the first time in 11 years, after moving to Europe following a scandal involving French telecom Alcatel, which allegedly paid Figueres nearly $1 million in consulting fees in exchange for lobbying for the company in Costa Rica. While Figueres was never charged with a crime, many believe the payment was highly irregular. Facebook Comments Related posts:Ex-President Figueres returns to Costa Rica Figueres is back in Costa Rica Is Figueres going to run for president? Lawmakers Await Figueres’ Arrival
Related posts:UN cancer agency sees a risk in Roundup and other pesticides Awaiting a court decision, anti-GMO activists gain symbolic ground Costa Rican court hands GMO opponents a victory by declaring permitting process unconstitutional Lawmakers begin discussions on bill that would place a moratorium on GMO crop production in Costa Rica PARIS, France — Like nicotine for humans, certain pesticides seem to hold an addictive attraction for bees, which seek out tainted food even if it may be bad for them, research showed Wednesday.Not only did bees show no signs of avoiding neonicotinoid-laced food in lab tests, they seemed to prefer it, a study published in the science journal Nature found.“We now have evidence that bees prefer to eat pesticide-contaminated foods,” study author Geraldine Wright of Newcastle University said.This suggests “that like nicotine, neonicotinoids may act like a drug to make foods containing these substances more rewarding,” she said.Neonicotinoids are lab-synthesised pesticides based on the chemical structure of nicotine. They are widely used to treat crop seeds — designed to be absorbed by the growing plant and attack the nervous system of insect pests.Previous research, however, has linked them to scrambling memory and navigation function in bees, affecting the little pollinators’ ability to forage.Bees have been hit in Europe, North America and elsewhere by a phenomenon called “colony collapse disorder,” which has alternatively been blamed on mites, a virus or fungus, pesticides, or a combination of factors.Read our story about the film “Vanishing of the Bees”Bees account for 80 percent of plant pollination by insects — a function estimated to be worth at least $153 billion a year globally.Pending clarity on the safety of neonicotinoids, a topic that is fiercely debated among scientists, environmentalists and agrochemical producers, the European Commission put a two-year restriction on their use in bee-attracting plants starting December 1, 2013.A second study carried out by Nature on Wednesday found further evidence of risk for some bee species from neonicotinoids, which come in three types: clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. Scientists in Sweden sowed eight fields with clothianidin-treated canola seeds, while another eight were untreated.“The most dramatic result that we found was that bumble bee colonies almost didn’t grow at all at the…treated sites compared to the control sites,” project coordinator Maj Rundloef of Lund University said.There were also fewer wild bees in the contaminated sites, but honeybee colonies did not appear to be affected.‘Like a drug’In the other study, Wright and her team used hundreds of bumble bees and thousands of honeybees in lab experiments. They allowing the bees to feed freely from either a sucrose solution with a neonicotinoid added to floral nectar, or one without.“Foraging-age bees of both species did not avoid any of the concentrations of any of the three neonicotinoids,” Wright told AFP by email. “Instead, they chose to feed on tubes containing either imidacloprid or thiamethoxam,” she said.Bees did not exhibit a preference for the third type, clothianidin.“I believe that the experiments show that these compounds have a pharmacological effect on the bee’s brain,” she said.This means that even if alternative food is provided for bees in areas where pesticides are used, a solution suggested by some, the insects may prefer to forage on the contaminated crops anyway. Facebook Comments
Related posts:Crocodile that attacked U.S. surfer captured in Tamarindo Crocodile warning signs in Costa Rica have decreased bad encounters with tourists, Environment Ministry reports UPDATE: Green alert declared as Turrialba Volcano ashfall intensifies Death of crocodile in traditional Costa Rican activity stirs controversy Following two crocodile sightings in three days at the recent World Surf League event in the central Pacific coastal town of Esterillos, Costa Rican lawyer and activist Walter Brenes says he’s fed up with the government’s inability to control the exponential growth of croc populations near the country’s beaches.Brenes, who is the co-founder of the Orange Wave company that organized the Essential Pro QS event earlier this month, told The Tico Times he plans to sue Costa Rica’s Environment Ministry (MINAE) and the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) for not taking necessary actions to limit crocodile populations. He said the appearances of crocs at the beach at Esterillos was “the last straw,” and the government should be responsible for conducting studies and making preventive plans.“I live in Playa Hermosa, and I always see crocodiles at the beach when I’m surfing here,” Brenes said. “I know that crocodiles can be in the ocean, but it’s not rational that the government refuses to help at all with this issue. They can’t be so protective of the animals that they put humans in danger and risk tourism dollars.”Although Essential Pro QS organizers were expecting help from MINAE and coast guards throughout the event, Brenes said the government never lived up to its end of the deal in watching for crocs and protecting the surfers. But the bigger issue, Brenes insisted, is that the government’s conservation laws prevent any action against the crocodiles; in Costa Rica, it is illegal to hunt them.Crocodile populations have exploded in recent years. A 2011 report from the Central American Crocodile Specialists Association said that MINAE has to be responsible for the removal and transfer of crocodiles from the Tempisque area in Guanacaste, where crocs tripled in population from 1996-2011, coinciding with urban developments and loss of habitat for the crocs.Though representatives from MINAE did not respond to multiple requests for comment, Juan Bolaños, a SINAC consultant in the Tempisque, told The Tico Times in August that the government is making the proper efforts to limit crocodile attacks.“There needs to be an institutional effort to get control of the population,” Bolaños said. “Any aggressive crocodiles need to go.”In July, a U.S. man had his leg amputated after a crocodile attack in Tamarindo’s Playa Grande Estuary. It was the third such attack since 2013. Brenes, whose lawsuits are in part singling out Tamarindo, said that there are more than 80 crocs living in the area, which has the capacity for just 30. As in other waterways across the country, the crocodiles are beginning to move more and more from the rivers to the sea as they search for food.“By the time we realize that this is the exception and not the rule, the crocs will already be living in the sea and not the river,” Brenes said. “They’re hungry and they need to hunt in different areas, while having no predators that go after them.”Brenes suggests that Costa Rica open up regulated hunting on crocodiles in places like Tamarindo, the Tempisque, and the Tarcoles River in Puntarenas. MINAE could allow up to 20 killings a year to curb numbers and then capitalize off the leather and scales to provide value for the hunts, Brenes said.“If you can’t hunt them and if they don’t have direct competitors, then there is nothing to do and it’s going to keep growing,” Brenes said. Facebook Comments
On Saturday, Costa Rica en la Pared is leading participants through the streets of San José for an exploration of the city’s street art in its 5th and 6th Safari of Urban Art Tour. They will look for graffiti and civil art, as well as wall art.Sponsored by Selina San José, participants will get the opportunity to receive an impression of the local culture and art scene.Within three hours, participants will walk through the diverse neighborhoods of Carmen (Barrio Otoya, Amón, La California, and Escalante), followed by an art workshop with national artists.They will also receive lunch of a vegetarian, vegan or meat option. Textured details have become a characteristic of MUSH’s work. (Courtesy of Manfred Valverde)Date: Saturday, October 13Times: 9am – 12pm or 12pm – 3pmPrice: ₡16,000 colonesStarting point: Selina San José Salvadoran street artist Dunkest (pictured in the background) paints graffiti as a means to ease his anxiety. (Courtesy of Dunkest)Sign up now, as there are only 20 spaces per tour:Whatsapp: +506 8706-6502Email: firstname.lastname@example.org People watch graffiti artists at work in San Pedro. Ezequiel Becerra / AFPThis story was written at Selina co-working spot.You have come across unique street art? Send us your favorite photo: email@example.com! Facebook Comments Related posts:Strolling the Art Walk circuit VIDEO: This weekend’s Transitarte Festival The art and humor of Hugo Díaz lives on at an Alajuela exhibit
Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments Share The vital role family plays in society Top Stories LONDON (AP) – Britain’s Prince Andrew has rappelled 785 feet (239 meters) down the side of Europe’s tallest building to raise money for charity.The 52-year-old’s stunt began on London skyscraper The Shard’s 87th floor and finished on the 20th, and took him 30 minutes.Following the descent Monday morning, the prince said: “I will never do it again.”Andrew was part of a group of about 40 participants raising funds for the Outward Bound Trust and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The prince _ chairman of the trustees of the Outward Bound Trust _ raised 290,000 pounds ($460,000).Following the stunt, Andrew told reporters the “difficult bit was actually stepping out over the edge,” but said his training with the Royal Marines had given him the confidence.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean
Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Once built, the data center will employ just 20 people _ a few skilled computer technicians as well as security personnel, to make sure nothing stops the computers from humming along.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The vital role family plays in society Top Stories Sponsored Stories Comments Share SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – Google Inc. has chosen a site just outside the capital of Chile for its first data center in Latin America.The $150 million project will house computer servers capable of storing vast amounts of information.It’s a win for Chile, which has campaigned to attract high-tech businesses in recent years. Google says it picked the site in suburban Quilicura because of the skilled workforce and infrastructure and business-friendly regulatory environment. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix How do cataracts affect your vision? 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches
The network of caves attracts thousands of tourists each year who come to see the glowworms, an unusual species with a bioluminescent glow similar to that of a firefly.Another American tourist died at the same intersection in February.New Zealand cars drive on the left side of the road. Tourists have been known to revert to the opposite side in traffic emergencies.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments Share Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – A New Jersey couple’s honeymoon has ended in tragedy with the husband killed in a car crash near a popular New Zealand tourist attraction.Police inspector Leo Tooman says the 31-year-old man died and his 28-year-old wife of four days was critically injured when their car collided with a truck Thursday morning. He says the couple failed to yield at an intersection near the Waitomo Caves. How do cataracts affect your vision?
_ New restrictions were imposed in May, after two F-22 pilots went on the CBS program “60 Minutes” to express their continued misgivings.The Air Force says the F-22 is safe to fly _ a dozen of the jets began a six-month deployment to Japan in July _ but flight restrictions that remain in place will keep it out of the high-altitude situations where pilots’ breathing is under the most stress.One of the working group’s proposed fixes, a backup oxygen system, is expected to be in place by the end of the year. And the Air Force, which blamed the oxygen shortage on a faulty valve in the pilots’ vests, says a fix to that problem is also in the works. The working group also proposed changes in warning systems to alert pilots to system failures and urged enhanced tracking of potential health hazards to pilots and ground crew caused by the materials used to bolster the aircraft’s stealth _ two more issues the Air Force investigations would later focus on.More broadly, the Air Force now concedes that while its own experts were tackling the F-22’s issues, it was too aggressive in cutting back on life-support programs intended to ensure pilots’ safety. It is now in the process of rebuilding them. The F-22’s gradual return to regular flight operations follows an exhaustive investigation over the past year by the Air Force, NASA, experts from Lockheed Martin, which produces the aircraft, and other industry officials.But the documents obtained by AP show many of the concerns raised in that investigation had already been outlined by the working group that was formed in 2002, when the fighter was still in its early production and delivery stage.It called itself RAW-G, for Raptor Aeromedical Working Group, and brought together dozens of experts in life support, avionics, physiology and systems safety, along with F-22 aircrew and maintainers.The group was founded by members of the F-22 community who were concerned about how the unique demands of the aircraft could affect pilots. The fighter can evade radar and fly faster than sound without using afterburners, capabilities unmatched by any other country. It also flies higher than its predecessors and has a self-contained oxygen generation system to protect pilots from chemical or biological attack.According to the Air Force, RAW-G was created at the suggestion of Daniel Wyman, then a flight surgeon at Florida’s Tyndall Air Force Base, where the first F-22 squadron was being deployed. Wyman is now a brigadier general and the Air Combat Command surgeon general. Associated PressKADENA AIR BASE, Japan (AP) – Years before F-22 pilots began getting dizzy in the cockpit, before one struggled to breathe as he tried to pull out of a fatal crash, before two more went on television to say the plane was so unsafe they refused to fly it, a small circle of U.S. Air Force experts knew something was wrong with the prized stealth fighter jet.Coughing among pilots and fears that contaminants were leaking into their breathing apparatus led the experts to suspect flaws in the oxygen-supply system of the F-22 Raptor, especially in the extreme high-altitude conditions in which the $190 million aircraft is without equal. They formed a working group a decade ago to examine the problem, creating an informal but unique brain trust. In the meantime, the F-22s in Japan must fly under 44,000 feet so that the flawed vests will not be required, and are on a 30-minute “tether,” meaning they must be within 30 minutes of an emergency landing site.“While we cannot eliminate risk from flight operations, we are confident the F-22 is safe now and on a path to being as safe as any other fighter we fly,” Sholtis said.The Air Force says there have been no breathing-related incidents in the F-22 fleet since March 8, though the aircraft has marked more than 9,000 sorties, or 12,000 flight hours, since then.“We won’t ever bury anything if there are issues, but so far, none,” said Brig. Gen. Matthew Molloy, an F-22 pilot and commander of the 18th Wing on Japan’s Kadena Air Base. “This airplane is absolutely vital to our national security.”The F-22’s woes have been especially troubling for the Air Force because it is in many ways its showcase aircraft _ and its most controversial. At $190 million apiece, not counting development costs, it was lambasted in Congress as an overpriced luxury item not suited to current conflicts.But the flurry of investigations into its safety problems have also revealed a more fundamental issue within the Air Force itself: decades of budget-cutting and outsourcing that severely compromised its expertise on what kinds of physiological problems pilots might face when flying in the extremely demanding conditions posed by its most advanced aircraft. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments Share Internal documents and emails obtained by The Associated Press show they proposed a range of solutions by 2005, including adjustments to the flow of oxygen into pilot’s masks. But that key recommendation was rejected by military officials reluctant to add costs to a program that was already well over budget.“This initiative has not been funded,” read the minutes of their final meeting in 2007.Minutes of the working group’s meetings, PowerPoint presentations and emails among its members reveal a missed opportunity for the Air Force to improve pilot safety in the 187-plane fleet before a series of high-profile problems damaged the image of an aircraft that was already being assailed in Congress as too costly. F-22 production was halted last spring and the aircraft has never been used in combat.Among the problems reported after the working group’s warnings:_ In 2008, pilots began reporting a sharp increase in hypoxia-like problems, forcing the Air Force to finally acknowledge concerns about the F-22’s oxygen supply system._ Two years later, the oxygen system contributed to a fatal crash. Though pilot error ultimately was deemed to be the cause, the fleet was grounded for four months in 2011. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories “The cost was considered prohibitive in light of other items that people wanted funded for the F-22,” said Kevin Divers, a former Air Force physiologist who spearheaded RAW-G until he left the service in 2007 and the group disbanded.Divers believes the cost would have been about $100,000 per aircraft.The link between oxygen saturation at lower altitudes and the recent spate of hypoxia-like incidents at high altitudes remains a matter of debate, and other contributing factors are likely. Both the Air Force and NASA, however, now concur that the F-22’s oxygen schedule needs to be revised.At a House subcommittee hearing this month, Clinton Cragg, the chief engineer for NASA’s Engineering and Safety Center, said the current schedules provide too much oxygen at lower altitudes _ as RAW-G warned _ and also agreed with RAW-G that testing was insufficient “even back to the beginning of the program.”Lt. Col. Tadd Sholtis, a spokesman for the Air Combat Command at Virginia’s Langley-Eustis Air Force Base, the home base for the F-22s deployed in Japan, said the RAW-G group was not meant to last indefinitely. He said it was set up to help officials at Tyndall get up to speed on the medical aspects of flying the F-22, and disbanded “after several meetings and a safe transition to regular F-22 operations at Tyndall.” But even in the last days of the group, its members were identifying more work that needed to be done. In an email to Divers before RAW-G’s final meeting, Wyman said health hazards for F-22 pilots and ground crew needed more study.“I am interested in the potential physiologic/health issues related to flying and fixing the F-22s,” he wrote. He added that increased gravitational forces during accelerated turns, high speeds and high altitudes, noise and the “low observable” materials used to give the aircraft its stealth qualities “might lead to new health issues.”By then, the F-22 was just one of the aircraft that concerned RAW-G. Minutes from the final meeting include “action items” identifying potential issues with the F-35 and the CV-22 Osprey, and a suggestion that RAW-G’s work continue with higher-level oversight so that it would have more clout. But after Divers left the service, no one took up the torch.The Air Force says it believes improvements now being put into place make the planes safe to fly under limited restrictions. It is now refitting all pilot life support gear, redesigning the vests so that modified versions can be introduced in the fall, and adding the automated backup oxygen system in the cockpit by the end of the year. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project By the time RAW-G got going, some pilots were already experiencing a problem called “Raptor cough” _ fits of chest pain and coughing dating to 2000 that stem from the collapse of overworked air sacs in the lungs.The group concluded that the F-22’s On-Board Oxygen Generation System _ or OBOGS _ was giving pilots too much oxygen, causing the coughing. The more often and higher the pilots flew after being oxygen-saturated, group members believed, the more vulnerable pilots affected by the condition would be to other physiological incidents.RAW-G recommended more tests and that the F-22’s oxygen delivery system be adjusted through a digital controller and a software upgrade.“The schedule would provide less oxygen at lower altitudes than the current schedule, which has been known to cause problems with delayed ear blocks and acceleration atelectasis,” the technical term for the condition that leads to the coughing, according to the minutes from RAW-G’s final meeting.RAW-G members had spent two years pushing for the change in the oxygen schedule _ the amount of oxygen pumped into pilots’ life-support systems _ but the necessary software upgrade never came through. “Over the past 20 years, the capabilities and expertise of the USAF to perform the critical function of Human Systems Integration have become insufficient,” Gregory Martin, who led the study into its oxygen problems for the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board investigation that began in 2011, told the House subcommittee.Martin said the program’s decline cost the Air Force expertise on life support systems, altitude physiology and pilot health and safety. He said that was compounded by “inadequate research, knowledge, and experience for the unique operating environment of the F-22.”Maj. Gen. Charles Lyon, the Air Combat Command’s director of operations, concurred with those conclusions at a news conference last month. “We probably overshot the mark on how much downsizing we did in this study of physiology,” he said.Divers considers the demise of RAW-G to be emblematic of that decline.“The RAW-G became a brain trust, for sure, and it pushed various things that otherwise would have been completely ignored or not even brought up as an issue,” Divers said. “All of that died in 2007.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center The vital role family plays in society Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement
Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The cities selected for the first phase were Atlanta; El Paso, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; Miami; and Los Angeles.The Justice Department says up to six districts will be picked for the next phase, which will feature increased advanced training and streamlined coordination. Teams will be compromised of federal prosecutors and investigators representing different agencies.Lynch said the program’s results so far were “extraordinary.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top holiday drink recipes Comments Share Sponsored Stories Top Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is announcing a new phase in efforts to combat human trafficking.Attorney General Loretta Lynch says federal officials are looking for cities to participate in the next phase of a program aimed at streamlining trafficking investigations and prosecutions.The idea is to build on an initiative from 2011 that officials say has resulted in more trafficking cases and convictions.
Source = Hotels Combined HotelsCombined.com has been awarded 2nd place in the 2010 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Program ceremony, held last Friday. The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Program, now in its tenth year, ranks the 50 fastest growing public or private technology companies, based on percentage revenue growth over three years (2008 to 2010).“The 2010 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 group of companies have shown resilience, recorded high revenue growth and harnessed new technologies to build their business and continue to grow even when market conditions were difficult. HotelsCombined.com is one such example of entrants in the Technology Fast 50, with excellent growth and a wide base of users from all over the world”, said Joshua Tanchel, leader of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 Program.Director of Business Development for HotelsCombined.com, Yury Glikin, commented, “We are very happy to be recognized for our growth and achievements by the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Program. I strongly believe that our success should be attributed to our people, who work tirelessly to continuously improve the site and service whilst striving to give our visitors what they want – a simple, transparent and easy-to-use hotel search engine.”
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Although plans to adjust international operations were made with the intention to boost profits, confidence in Australia’s flag carrier hit an all time low as unions organise strikes and shares fall to $1.42. Notice that up to 1000 jobs would be made redundant trumped Qantas’ news to restructure its overseas business last week, pushing its shares down three cents and forcing unions to prepare a “no confidence motion” against the carrier’s board and chief executive.In a notice to Qantas shareholders posted on the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) website, the move, that required the approval of up to 100 shareholders, was carried out because of the drop in shares as well as the lack of indication that the 2009 halt on paid dividends would be removed.“There is no reason to believe that the trend of no dividends and declining share price will be arrested,” the notice read.“Shareholders cannot afford this current leadership and should register a vote no confidence in accordance with the resolutions set out below.”The notice comes only days after the ALAEA announced weekly one hour stoppages for its members commencing 25 August until 16 December this year. Walk-outs will take place once a week on night shifts, with different days designated for various locations.Members rostered to work in Brisbane Line Maintenance during the period will stop work on Mondays, Sydney Domestic Terminal will strike on Tuesdays, Adelaide on Wednesdays, Sydney Base Maintenance or Sydney Aircraft Maintenance will cease duties on Thursdays and Melbourne Line Maintenance will walk off on Fridays.ALAEA federal secretary Steve Purvinas explained that it would not continue talks with Qantas’ head of line maintenance operations Gavin Harris because he remains out of the loop in regards to the company’s future.Mr Purvinas stated that the head of line admitted he was unaware of the changes until a few days before the announcement.“The ALAEA advised management that we thought it a non-productive exercise continuing without Alan [Joyce] or persons who are aware of what the company have planned over the life of the Agreement in attendance,” he said.Although the union advised that its members would be available to work over-time to cover all stoppages during the period, Qantas group executive Olivia Wirth said the carrier is assessing its contingency plan to minimize damage.Ms Wirth added that the union’s demands were unreasonable and would render the carrier less competitive if it were to agree to pay engineers eight hours worth for up to one hour of work while other workers go on strike.“No Australian company would accept this,” Ms Wirth said.“What incentive would the union have to reach an agreement with workers earning significantly more money while on strike?“We want to reach a fair and reasonable negotiated outcome with our workers but we cannot accept demands from the union of a guarantee that no changes be made to outdated maintenance work practices, and that no productivity enhancements be introduced.”