Montreal sees record cruise traffic in 2017

first_img Thursday, January 4, 2018 Tags: Montreal, Trend Watch << Previous PostNext Post >> MONTREAL — More than 50 ship arrivals brought more than 114,000 passengers to Montreal last year, up 33% over 2016 and up 140% compared with 2011.The growth resulted from more cruises stopping to mark Canada’s 150th birthday and the 375th birthday celebrations of Montreal’s founding and the cruise industry’s interest in adding new destinations.The preliminary results were released Wednesday at an event awarding the gold-headed cane to the captain of the container ship Ottawa Express.For 179 years, the cane has been given annually to the first ocean-going vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover. Source: The Associated Press Montreal sees record cruise traffic in 2017 Sharelast_img read more

SEEing is believing with brand new lineup of Sandals Beaches fams

first_imgS.E.E.-ing is believing with brand new lineup of Sandals, Beaches fams << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Sandals Share Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — Sandals Resorts has launched a new series of 17 Sandals Educational Experience (S.E.E.) travel agent fam trips from July through October 2018, all with no land cost.The company says its new series of S.E.E. fam trips invites agents to not only learn through interactive resort updates and presentations but also “to personally experience everything that Sandals & Beaches has to offer their clients”.A total of 17 S.E.E. fam trips are available this summer and fall, with three to four nights at various properties including Sandals Grande Antigua, Sandals Grenada, Sandals Barbados, Sandals Montego Bay and Beaches Turks & Caicos.Each itinerary includes a mix of scheduled activities and free time for agents to enjoy the resorts.Space is limited and agents are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment. Registration takes place exclusively on Sandals’ travel agent portal under the ‘Events’ section.Air is not included and Sandals says agents should wait to receive confirmation before securing their flights.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesTo take part in a fam agents are required to complete a Certified Sandals Specialist (CSS) workshop and book and register at least one booking on the travel agent portal.Here’s the schedule:JULYJuly 7 – 10: Sandals Grande AntiguaJuly 22 – 25: Sandals GrenadaJuly 29 – Aug. 1: Sandals GrenadaAUGUSTAug. 11 – 14: Sandals Grande AntiguaAug. 27 – 30: Sandals Grande St. LucianAug. 28 – Sept. 1: Sandals South Coast and Sandals Montego BayAug. 29 – Sept. 1: Sandals Grande AntiguaSEPTEMBERSept. 8 – 12: Beaches Ocho Rios and Sandals Montego BaySept. 10 – 13: Beaches Turks & CaicosSept. 15 – 19: Sandals South Coast and Sandals NegrilSept. 17 – 20: Sandals Regency La TocSept. 27 – 30: Sandals BarbadosSept. 30 – Oct. 4: Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals South CoastOCTOBEROct. 1 – 4: Beaches Turks & CaicosOct. 5 – 8: Sandals BarbadosOct. 27 – 3: Sandals Regency La TocOct. 29 – Nov. 1: Beaches Turks & CaicosMore news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTFor more information, agents can contact their local Business Development Manager or call Inside Sales at 1-800-545-8283.* This article was updated at 4 p.m. on May 1 to reflect revised information from Sandals Resorts. Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Posted bylast_img read more

Sunwing invites clients to Extend Your Summer with brand new sale

first_imgTags: Sunwing Posted by Travelweek Group Sunwing invites clients to ‘Extend Your Summer’ with brand new sale Sharecenter_img TORONTO — Sunwing wants to make it easy for clients looking for a last-minute summer escape, with a new sale offering up to 50% off Sunwing vacation packages to many of the tour operator’s top resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.The sale runs until Aug. 17 and includes convenient weekend departures from airports coast to coast including Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary.Included in the ‘Extend Your Summer Sale’ is Vista Sol Punta Cana resort in the D.R. Set in tropical gardens, the laid-back resort boasts an upscale spa, three pools and a range of included activities such as kayaking, snorkelling and boogie boarding. There’s also plenty of evening entertainment.Another Sunwing favourite resort, Viva Wyndham Azteca in Riviera Maya, offers an array of activities including the Viva Fit program that features yoga, volleyball, soccer, windsurfing, trapeze and even rock climbing. Guests can walk to Playa del Carmen’s 5th Avenue from the resort to enjoy the shops and entertainment, and get even more out of their stay with exchange privileges at neighbouring resort, Viva Wyndham Maya.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureIn Jamaica, vacationers can enjoy free and unlimited access to the thrilling water park at Sunscape Splash Montego Bay, which features a full-size pirate ship and fort, a lazy river and 250-foot waterslides. << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, August 13, 2018 last_img read more

Via Rail warns of delays through Montreal

first_imgVia Rail warns of delays through Montreal Friday, August 24, 2018 The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharecenter_img MONTREAL — Via Rail says passengers travelling through Montreal could experience delays starting Aug. 24 because of infrastructure work in the city.The passenger rail company says reconstruction of the Turcot Interchange requires that a portion of the track and signals be relocated and there could be delays of up to 45 minutes.Disruptions will affect travellers on trips between Montreal and Toronto, Quebec City, Ottawa and Senneterre/Jonquiere through Aug. 29.Previously booked customers will be notified of the delays and can obtain a refund or change their dates of travel if desired. Tags: VIA Rail Posted bylast_img read more

Boeing aims to finish software fix to 737 Max in September

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> By: The Associated Press Friday, June 28, 2019 Boeing says it expects to finish work on updated flight-control software for the 737 Max in September, a sign that the troubled jet likely won’t be flying until late this year.The latest delay in fixing the Max came a day after the disclosure that government test pilots found a new technology flaw in the plane during a test on a flight simulator.The plane has been grounded since mid-March after two crashes that killed 346 people. Preliminary accident reports pointed to software that erroneously pointed the planes’ noses down and overpowered pilots’ efforts to regain control.A Boeing official said Thursday that the company expects to submit the software update to the Federal Aviation Administration for approval “in the September timeframe.” The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Boeing has not publicly discussed timing of the update.Once Boeing submits its changes, the FAA is expected to take several weeks to analyze them, and airlines would need additional time to take their grounded Max jets out of storage and prepare them to fly again.Airlines were already lowering expectations for a quick return of the plane, which has been grounded since mid-March.Southwest Airlines, the biggest operator of Max jets, announced Thursday that it has taken the plane out of its schedule for another month, through Oct. 1. Earlier this week, United Airlines pulled the plane from its schedule through early September.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaWhile Boeing engineers continue working on the plane’s software, company lawyers pushed Thursday to settle lawsuits brought by the families of dozens of passengers killed in the October crash of a Lion Air Max off the coast of Indonesia and the March crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max near Addis Ababa.Boeing and the families of Lion Air Flight 610 victims agreed to mediation that could lead to early settlements. However, the families of some Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 passengers are resisting mediation.“There are many families here who will not want to participate in mediation until they know what Boeing knew, when they knew it, what they did about it, and what they’re going to do about it to prevent this kind of disaster from occurring again,” said Robert Clifford, a Chicago lawyer who filed lawsuits on behalf of nearly two dozen victims of the Ethiopian crash.Meanwhile, at a meeting Thursday in Montreal of regulators and airline representatives, the head of the International Air Transport Association, Alexandre de Juniac, made an appeal for co-ordination between aircraft operators and regulators.De Juniac and his airline group are trying to repair the fragmented regulatory approach to the Max. In March, other countries grounded the plane despite the FAA’s initial view that it was safe even after a second crash.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsRegulators in Europe, China and Canada have indicated they want to conduct their own reviews of the FAA’s 2017 certification of the plane, which could further complicate and delay the Max’s return to flying.Requirements for additional pilot training could also affect the timing of the plane’s return.Boeing wants computer-based instruction, and FAA technical experts agree that would be sufficient. Others believe pilots need to practice with the new Boeing software in flight simulators.Earlier this month, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who landed a crippled airliner safely on the Hudson River in 2009, told a House subcommittee that pilots should get simulator training.That, however, would pose a problem for Boeing and the airlines _ it could take weeks or months to find simulator time for every pilot who flies the Max. Southwest and American Airlines each have thousands of Boeing 737 pilots, but neither airline has a Max simulator. Boeing has one in Miami and a similar machine in Seattle.FAA’s acting administrator, Daniel Elwell, says the agency has not made a final decision about training.Shares of Boeing fell $10.92, or 2.9%, to close Thursday at $364.02. Share Tags: Boeing 737 MAX Boeing aims to finish software fix to 737 Max in Septemberlast_img read more

Meet Trafalgars new Sales Manager for BC Yukon

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by TORONTO — Trafalgar has announced a new Sales Manager for British Columbia & Yukon.Xenia Slosarcikova, who brings with her over eight years of international work experience focusing on marketing and sales in travel, tourism and hospitality, will be covering a six-month paternity leave for Oben Sert.Prior to her new role, she worked for a luxury tour operator in the United Kingdom, travel retailers in Europe and Canada, luxury resorts in Mexico and, most recently, as a Sales and Marketing Manager for a hotel chain in downtown Vancouver.On joining the Trafalgar team, Slosarcikova said: “My lifelong passion for travel has led me to Trafalgar and its wonderful team of dedicated travel professionals. I look forward to connecting our industry partners and travel agents to the most iconic moments that anyone can only experience on Trafalgar itineraries. The world is a wonderful and inspiring place, so who better to explore it with than the world’s leading travel brand?”More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAnita Emilio, Vice President of Sales, Trafalgar Canada, welcomed Slosarcikova to the team. “We are very delighted to have Xenia join our Trafalgar and Costsaver tribe in the Canadian market and our continued #AgentsFirst commitment. Xenia brings a wealth of knowledge to the travel industry and we know she will be a tremendous asset to our loyal agents in the British Columbia & Yukon area during Oben’s paternity leave.”Slosarcikova can be reached at or via telephone at 1-800-834-5677 ext. 8497435. Share Thursday, August 1, 2019 center_img Tags: Sales Manager, Trafalgar Meet Trafalgar’s new Sales Manager for BC & Yukon Travelweek Group last_img read more

A report and slideshow from the Venice Biennale

first_img Facebook Comments No related posts. By Filippo Tattoni-Marcozzi | Special to The Tico TimesVENICE, Italy – Against a backdrop of sunshine and showers, the 55th Biennale di Venezia opened triumphantly with a multicultural bazaar of National Pavilions, collateral events and grand exhibitions, amidst the usual tourbillion of dinners and cocktail parties to celebrate the most important gathering of contemporary art in the world.Venice comes to life during this period and in every corner of its sensational maze of canals, palazzos, churches, museums and hidden courtyards, you can experience what is believed will represent the most current and prominent display of mankind’s intelligent expressions. Even more so this year, as the theme set by the curator, Massimiliano Gioni, refers to the exhibitions as a cumulative effort at creating a sort of “Encyclopaedic Palace.”The main exhibition, divided between the spaces at Arsenale and Giardini, attempts at creating a wunderkammer of artists’ aspirations, spiritual inclinations and creative sensibilities, all directed at their eternal struggle as depictors of the mystery of the role of humanity. It is in this context that Gioni offers us rooms filled with a sort of ethnographical survey of artistic knowledge and utopias.The model of the “Palazzo Enciclopedico del Mondo,” conceived by Marino Auriti in the 1950s as a museum to showcase the entire range of humanity’s achievements, from the wheel to the satellite and from ancient artifacts to vanguard art, sets the tone for the journey. It is in this context that we navigate through photographs of elaborate African hairstyles by the Nigerian Okhai Ojeikere; ceramic figurines painstakly conceived by the Japanese Shinichi Sawada, who is affected by a grave form of autism; lush and densely patterned tapestries by the Senegalese Papa Ibra Tall; and the bright, synthetic costumes captured by Phyllis Galembo’s photographs, depicting the playful ritual of masquerades and dressing up around the world.Spiritualism and the supernatural are key in the canvasses of Swedish artist Hilma af Klint, as is the fragility of the human body in the sculptures of “Venetians” by the Polish Pawel Althamaer, and also in the elaborate glittering Voodoo banners by unknown Caribbean artists.Enigmatic depictions of obscure rituals and myths also seem to inform the patterned tapestries by Enrico David and the small doll-like sculptures by John Outterbridge. Extremely philosophical but equally mathematical is the codification of spiritual experience and metaphysical knowledge in the chalk drawings on black paper by Rudolf Steiner, while voyeurism into the mystery of human relationships are obsessions for Russian photographer Nikolay Bakharev in his black and white intimate family pictures and portraits of lovers and for Kohei Yoshiyuki in his stolen shots using an infrared camera at night in a park while capturing sexual disinhibition of occasional lovers.Female identity is the main interest running throughout the treads and sinuous lines of the works by both the Romanian Geta Bratescu and the Italian Marisa Mertz; two of the most influential of their generation, and in an emotional ceremony Mertz was awarded a lifetime achievement Golden Lion by the jury. Yes a jury, because although it seems that art should be impossible to judge, the Biennale is in fact a contest.National Pavilions compete to interpret the theme and showcase the most intriguing, best-curated, original and/or exciting show. The winner was this year a first timer: The Pavilion of Angola. In the extraordinary setting of 18th century Palazzo Cini, the Angolan curators conceived an extremely elegant and engaging installation where piles of prints depicting non-descriptive spots of the capital Luanda were neatly organised on the floor. Since years of war has left the city with no soul nor clear identity, the audience was invited to propose a new one by selecting the images they most wanted to keep and arranging them in their own folder compiling their own interpretation of the future Luanda.Another first time hit is the Pavilion of The Holy See inspired by the biblical story of Genesis. Three artists attempted the visual representation of the three central themes: Creation with the poetic interactive videos by Studio Azzurro allowed viewers to engage directly with the personal stories of ordinary people by touching the screens; De-Creation with the large black and white photographs of discarded architectures by Josef Koudelka; and Re-Creation with the ‘frozen iced paintings’ and ‘dust paintings’ by Lawrence Carroll. Extremely well-curated also is the Italian Pavilion. An ideal journey trough Italian contemporary identities, history and landscapes, real and imaginary, exploring the complexity and layers trough the sublime photographs of an entire generation of artists like Luigi Ghirri, Mimmo Jodice, Gabriele Basilico and Olivo Barbieri who described the vacuum and the alienation of humanity in post war Italian landscapes.Similarly beautiful is the Spanish Pavilion with a large sculptural installation occupying the entire interior of the 1922 building interacting with its architecture. It consists of mounds of different construction materials, rabbles of sawdust, bricks, shattered glass and rocks organically conquering the rigid space and making it visually impossible to penetrate it.Costa Rica’s second year was well perceived. The installation at Ca’ Bonvicini saw four artists in four separate rooms, although with no apparent correlation between themselves the artists all commented on the limitations and at times juxtaposition between democracy, geography and dreams. Priscilla Monge’s room was the most successful with an installation of school desks facing the large window on the canal. On the marble tops of each desk she carved enigmatic phrases resonating like oracles left for posterity, but also new mottos meant to inspire a different kind of education.But the Biennale is not only about Pavilions; some of the best exhibitions can also be enjoyed in the major art spaces around the city. Francois Pinault returned to the Punta della Dogana bringing another group of sensational works from his personal collection. An amazing installation by Rudolf Stingel at Palazzo Grassi is a must see where an oversized kilim carpet engulfs the entirety of the space, floor to ceiling, dwarfing the viewer and allowing a magical journey through new spaces.Sublime also ‘Fragile’ at Fondazione Cini curated by Mario Codognato, displaying the creations of some of the most interesting artists who used glass with diverse and contrasting intentions from Duchamp to Penone, Beuys to Hirst. Once again the exhibition curated by Axel Vervoordt at Palazzo Fortuny is a masterpiece of museography. Bringing together Tapies’ canvases of his last 20 years together with works from his personal collection he gives us a glimpse of the personal world and inspiration trough the eyes of the master himself.A perfect excuse to cross the Atlantic: the 55th Venice Biennale runs until 24 November 2013.last_img read more

Candidate Johnny Araya says hes willing to meet Nicaraguas Ortega

first_imgNational Liberation Party (PLN) presidential candidate Johnny Araya cracked a bit of the ice between Nicaragua and his possible administration Wednesday when he told reporters he would be willing to meet with Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega to resolve several pending border disputes between the neighboring countries.“They say that courtesy doesn’t mean you’re not courageous, and yes, I’d be willing to meet with the president of Nicaragua. I believe Costa Rica should not renounce dialogue,” Araya told reporters, according to the daily La Nación.Araya’s comments are the latest in what is shaping out to be a more outspoken foreign policy platform for the presidential candidate. Araya took to Twitter on Feb. 14 after tensions flared between opposition leaders and the government of Venezuela that week, urging the Costa Rican government to offer political asylum to opposition leaders there and demanding Leopoldo López not be jailed.The ruling party candidate’s comments came during a meeting with Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo, Public Security Minister Mario Zamora, and other officials at the Foreign Ministry Wednesday to discuss border and security concerns.The candidate qualified his olive branch on Twitter, saying that he would only seek dialogue with Ortega if the Nicaragua leader “demonstrated respect for [Costa Rica’s] national sovereignty.” Citizen Action Party candidate Luis Guillermo Solís met with Castillo on Feb. 11. Solís told reporters after his meeting with the foreign minister that he would not open dialogue with Ortega while the two countries remained embroiled in border disputes:“As long as there is a claim from President Ortega on Costa Rican territory, my responsibility as a presidential candidate, political leader and eventually as president of the republic does not permit me to speak with him. […] We have an obligation to continue improving ties but not at the presidential level.”Costa Rica and Nicaragua have several borders disputes pending with the International Court of Justice at The Hague. On Monday, Costa Rica asked the world court to determine its maritime boundaries with Nicaragua after the two countries failed to reach an agreement over oil concessions in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea claimed by both nations. In 2010, Costa Rica asked the court to rule on Nicaragua’s alleged invasion of the Isla Calero wetlands, also known as Isla Portillos, near the countries’ Caribbean frontier.President Laura Chinchilla’s administration has maintained a chilly relationship with Ortega, including when the Nicaraguan leader suggested the International Court of Justice would eventually grant Nicaragua the Costa Rican province of Guanacaste in August 2013. Bluster aside, Ortega has expressed interested in reaching out to whoever wins the runoff election. Facebook Comments Buscaría el diálogo con Nicaragua sí y sólo sí Ortega demuestra respeto por la soberanía nacional. No podemos renunciar a esa posibilidad.— Johnny Araya (@Johnny_Araya) February 26, 2014center_img Related posts:Can Nicaragua survive the crisis in Venezuela? Nicaragua’s Ortega wants control over all of the country’s forests Nicaraguan opposition has little chance of defeating Ortega As Nicaragua elections approach, banned opposition decries Ortega’s budding dictatorshiplast_img read more

Here is every single way that Costa Rica can qualify for the

first_imgUPDATE:Costa Rica did it the easy way. The Ticos beat Italy, 1-0, on Friday. Costa Rica is in the knockout round for only the second time ever, matching the success of the 1990 team.La Sele, thanks to its six points and large goal differential advantage, likely will top Group D and face the second place team in Group C on Sunday at 2 p.m.Before that Costa Rica will play England on Tuesday at 10 a.m. That match is almost meaningless, with England eliminated following Costa Rica’s win and La Sele needing to suffer a huge collapse to not claim the top spot in Group DOriginal story follows below:Costa Rica has Uruguay’s star striker Luis Suárez to thank for the team’s good fortune. After sitting out the Costa Rica match (due to a knee injury), he scored both goals in Uruguay’s 2-1 victory over England on Thursday. That victory has the Ticos sitting pretty atop Group D heading into the Italy match and for the final group stage matches next week.Costa Rica-England and Italy-Uruguay play simultaneously at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. The winner of Group D takes on the second place team in Group C (currently Ivory Coast). The second place team in Group D will play the winner of Group C (likely Colombia).Here’s how a win, draw or loss against Italy and England would affect Costa Rica:Scenario breakdown for qualification:IF COSTA RICA BEATS ITALY: Costa Rica advances. This almost guarantees the Ticos the top spot in the group, thanks to their large advantage in both points and goal differential.The Ticos likely would win the group even with a loss to England, thanks to holding several tiebreaker* advantages over Italy and Uruguay.IF COSTA RICA DRAWS ITALY AND BEATS/TIES ENGLAND: A tie with Italy and a win against England obviously puts Costa Rica through. The Ticos would win the group, too, if they maintain their tiebreaker advantages over Italy.If Costa Rica ties its final two matches, the Ticos would advance to the second round. Whether Costa Rica wins the group would depend on the result of Italy-Uruguay.A tie against Italy eliminates England, likely demoralizing the English for its final match against Costa Rica.IF COSTA RICA DRAWS ITALY AND LOSES TO ENGLAND: Costa Rica still would qualify in this situation as long as Italy beats Uruguay.If Uruguay wins or ties Italy, then this gets a bit tricky. Costa Rica would be eliminated in this situation, only if an already-eliminated England beat the Ticos so badly that they lost their goal differential advantage over whoever finishes second out of Uruguay and Italy. Currently, Costa Rica maintains a one-goal advantage over Italy and a three-goal advantage over Uruguay.There’s also a possibility of Costa Rica tying in goal differential with the second place team in the group. Then everything gets really complicated, and possibly the team that advances could come down to a coin flip*. We won’t get into that here, since it’s an extremely unlikely scenario.IF COSTA RICA LOSES TO ITALY AND BEATS ENGLAND:  Costa Rica advances as long as Italy defeats or ties Uruguay. La Sele would finish second in the group.A three-way tie at the top of Group D is possible if Uruguay beats Italy in this situation. But Costa Rica likely would advance in this situation too, almost certainly maintaining a tiebreaker over either Uruguay or Italy.IF COSTA RICA LOSES TO ITALY AND DRAWS ENGLAND: Costa Rica advances as long as Italy beats Uruguay.If Uruguay and Italy tie, Costa Rica advances as long as La Sele maintains its tiebreaker advantage over Uruguay.If Uruguay beats Italy, Costa Rica would be eliminated in this situation.IF COSTA RICA LOSES TO ITALY AND LOSES TO ENGLAND: Costa Rica could still advance! With Uruguay’s defeat of England, Costa Rica could qualify even if La Sele lost its final two matches. First Italy would have to beat Uruguay, then Costa Rica must maintain its tiebreaker advantage over England and Uruguay in the three-way tie for second place.A team with only three points last qualified for the knockout round in 1998 (Chile thanks to three draws).Of course, La Sele doesn’t have to worry about any of that if the team can just beat the Italians.*Tiebreaker scenarios:1) Overall goal difference2) Overall goals scored3) Head to head in games between those teams4) Goal difference in games between those teams5) Goals scored in games between those teams6) Drawing of lots Facebook Comments Related posts:Joel Campbell and the Ticos against the world: Dates and local times for every group stage match World Cup upsets focus fans on football instead of protests In Costa Rica, one big party following spectacular World Cup win A rebuttal to Wall Street Journal editor’s call for US World Cup fans to ignore Costa Ricalast_img read more

Embattled ridesharing Uber faces global crackdown

first_imgRelated posts:Lawmaker wants to legalize Uber in Costa Rica after another legal blow to the company Uber Costa Rica drops fares 20 percent and some drivers aren’t happy ‘Uber get out,’ say protesting Uruguay taxi drivers Uber supporters say court case could legalize ride-hailing service in Costa Rica BRUSSELS, Belgium – Controversial ride-sharing service Uber faces a crackdown by governments around the world and protests by angry taxi drivers, but the company insists it is driving forward into the future.Executives on trial in Paris, office raids in Amsterdam, rape allegations in New Delhi: The world has apparently turned on the Uber “revolution.”“We must reject [Uber’s] law of the jungle,” which “amounts to modern slavery,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said this summer after violent taxi protests in Paris helped secure the suspension of the group’s cheaper UberPop service.“The Uber problem is complex … and costs lots of jobs to taxi drivers,” said Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff after violence in Brazil against Uber drivers, including a kidnapping in São Paulo.See: Lawmaker wants to legalize Uber in Costa Rica after another legal blow to the companyBut despite the fightback and a growing pile of legal challenges, Uber maintains that the “sky is the limit” with a growth trajectory that “is going to be phenomenal.”“We have been doing this for five years. We’re in 60 countries, it’s a movie we see time and time again,” Mark MacGann, Uber’s Head of Public Policy in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, told AFP.“We were just as controversial in the U.S. 18-24 months ago as we are in places like Brussels, Barcelona, Berlin today,” he said.Today, Uber is Silicon Valley’s most visible startup with a market value of $50 billion. It is present in 340 cities with three million trips taken daily, according to the company’s latest figures.Uber does not employ drivers or own its vehicles, but instead uses non-professionally licensed contractors with their own cars. It therefore considers itself a player in the “sharing economy,” which allows the drivers to operate their own business.Once they have an account, users can call an Uber car with a couple of swipes on their smartphone, instead of having to book a taxi or waiting on a street corner waving their arm.Taxi operators say it represents unfair competition because Uber drivers can flout the rules and restrictions that regulate the professionals.The firm is led by the hard charging CEO Travis Kalanick, a 39-year-old Californian who has accused city authorities of being beholden to taxi monopolies.The regulated taxi industry “feels threatened by our high quality service and quick response time,” Kalanick said in a 2013 interview with AFP. NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 16: New York City taxi drivers hold a rally in front of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office to protest against recent inroads made by the Uber car service on September 16, 2015 in New York City. Calling Uber’s business model dangerous to worker’s full time employment, the drivers joined with the New York Taxi Workers Alliance in demanding that the state begin to regulate private car services. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFPEurope is Uber’s biggest battleTown by town, Uber launched its service first in the U.S. and quickly elsewhere, often in brazen violation of local laws. But the resistance it has faced in Europe is the company’s biggest battle yet.Two French Uber executives arrested in June face up to two years in prison as well as fines of up to €300,000 ($340,000). They had their court date postponed this week to February, but that small legal victory came in an otherwise tough few days for Uber.On Tuesday, police raided the company’s European headquarters in the Netherlands, while in London, officials proposed a 27-page set of regulations that Uber said “made no sense.”In response, Uber launched a massive petition campaign, just as it has done in Brussels where last week its cheaper UberPop option was ordered shut within 21 days.“It is true from a regulatory perspective and a political perspective, Europe is certainly more challenging than the United States,” MacGann, a 20-year lobbying veteran, told AFP.In Germany, Europe’s biggest market, a court in March ordered the company to stop its service outright.To fight back, Uber has turned to the European Union to help undo the bans and filed complaints against Germany, France and Spain.Regulations in most of Europe “are outdated and not fit for purpose,” MacGann said, while acknowledging that Germany and Spain, as well as Italy, “may end up being the final frontier for Uber.”In Asia, however, Uber remained very “bullish.”Uber set up its India operation in September 2013 and now operates in nearly a dozen cities across the country.But in New Delhi, authorities this month maintained a ban against Uber, inflicted after a driver was charged with raping a passenger.In China, the region’s top economy, MacGann said “Uber is the underdog,” with 40 percent of the market.Read more of our Uber coverage here Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Rica confirms measles cases in children of United States citizens

first_imgCosta Rica is enacting a National Surveillance Protocol after confirming two cases of measles, the Health Ministry announced Thursday afternoon.The Health Ministry had announced four suspected cases earlier Thursday and had sent specimens to labs for confirmation.The symptoms were reported in children aged between 3 and 10 years old in Cóbano, Puntarenas, the Health Ministry said in a statement. The children were not vaccinated against measles by their parents, who are United States citizens, the Health Ministry said. The Health Ministry believes the virus was imported to Costa Rica by a United States citizen who left the country March 12.“There will not be an epidemic of measles in our country,” said Daniel Salas Peraza, the Minister of Health, citing the country’s vaccination initiatives. “But obviously, we don’t want any child to suffer from measles or face the complications measles can cause.”The children displaying measles symptoms are part of a family with nine children and remain under strict quarantine, the Health Ministry said. The organization is determining who the family may have come in contact with to decide what additional preventative measures are needed. “All parents whose child exhibit symptoms that could be measles […] should consult medical assistance immediately to determine if it’s measles and to take necessary measures,” the Health Ministry said. The Health Ministry believes there is no relationship between the four suspected cases and the French family that reintroduced measles to Costa Rica last month. Those cases, Costa Rica’s first since 2014, also involved an unvaccinated child. “There is a vaccine at one year, three months and another upon starting school, and they are essential to prevent measles in the country,” the Health Ministry said. Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in mucus and can spread through coughing and sneezing. The virus can also survive for two hours in an airspace where the infected person has coughed or sneezed, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).The CDC estimates measles killed 500 people annually in the United States before a vaccine was developed in 1963.The CDC recommends “all children get two doses of MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age.”This story was updated at 4 p.m. with confirmation of measles from the Health Ministry. ​​​​​​This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5% Club. If only 5 percent of our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.​​​​Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica studies longevity of its centenarian citizens French family in Costa Rica that had been quarantined for measles leaves hospital Vaccinating children against measles is ‘an obligation’ for adults in Costa Rica Zika virus total surpasses 100 cases in Costa Ricalast_img read more

Antinuke anarchists claim Italy shooting

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Roberto Adinolfi was shot in the leg Monday near his Genoa home by an unknown masked gunman, who fled as a passenger on a motor scooter. Adinolfi, who was released from the hospital on Friday, is the CEO of Ansaldo Nuclear, a division of the state-controlled Finmeccanica company.In the claim, the anarchist group, known as the FAI, listed Adinolfi’s role in promoting nuclear energy as the reason for targeting him and said that it would continue its campaign against Finmeccanica, a defense and aeronautics company.The FAI has previously claimed responsibility for letter bombs sent to Italy’s Equitalia tax collection agency, including one that wounded the organization’s director last December.A letter containing small amounts of explosive powder was received Thursday at the main office of Equitalia in Rome, the news agency ANSA reported. No one was reported harmed.Equitalia has come under more mainstream pressure in recent weeks amid media reports of a rash of suicides and other public acts of desperation among businessmen in financial difficulty.The desperate acts have brought to the fore the issue of slow payments from the state to private businesses, and the inability, to date, of businessmen to count the balance owed them from the state against their tax bill. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   ROME (AP) – An anti-nuclear anarchist group that previously targeted Italy’s tax collection agency claimed responsibility Friday for shooting and wounding the chief executive of a nuclear engineering firm earlier in the week.The Informal Anarchist Federation’s Olga unit said it would continue to carry out other “actions” in the claim sent to leading daily Corriere della Sera, which posted it on its website.last_img read more

ACLU files suit against Puerto Rico police

first_imgAssociated PressSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Puerto Rico’s police department was hit with a federal lawsuit on Wednesday as the American Civil Liberties Union accused officers of using excessive force and violating civil rights during demonstrations organized by university students and public employees.The lawsuit alleges that Superintendent Hector Pesquera has encouraged a pattern of violence against demonstrators. It seeks an injunction to force the department to create a policy on how to handle demonstrations and use of force, and to establish a system that makes it easier to file complaints and for authorities to document alleged excessive use of force. The lawsuit is on behalf of the Central Federation of Workers and the student council of the University of Puerto Rico’s Rio Piedras campus. It states that the alleged abuses began in 2009 during protests over government layoffs and university cutbacks.“There was a purpose behind the police abuse, behind the beatings,” said Ramon Vargas, president of the university student council. “If you are going to protest, you are going to be beaten, you are going to be persecuted, you are going to be arrested.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Men’s health affects baby’s health too The police department has pledged to make reforms and adopt measures recommended in a scathing report issued by federal prosecutors last year that accused police of corruption, illegal killings and civil rights violations. The new suit aims to make certain reforms mandatory.“We are not willing to simply accept expressions of goodwill,” said Marjorie Lindblom, an attorney with New York-based law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP, which filed the suit with the ACLU.Pesquera took over in April, long after the incidents that prompted the suit. Lindblom said he was named because he would be responsible for overseeing the changes the plaintiffs demand.He said in a telephone interview that the department already has developed a use-of-force policy approved by federal justice officials. He said 15,000 of the department’s 17,000 officers, which is the second-largest U.S. police force, have already been trained under the new policy.Pesquera, who previously served as director of the FBI office based in Puerto Rico, said he also has appointed a 33-member committee to analyze and implement the federal Justice Department’s recommendations.“I’ve been here for two months and we have taken extremely aggressive steps to reform the police,” he said. “We have made a commitment … We are not going to violate anyone’s civil rights.” Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

US starts landmark Agent Orange cleanup in Vietnam

first_imgAssociated PressDANANG, Vietnam (AP) – Fifty years after American planes first sprayed Vietnam’s thick jungles with Agent Orange to destroy enemy cover, the United States began for the first time cleaning up dioxin left from the chemical defoliant.A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday at a former U.S. air base in Danang.Dioxin, a chemical linked to cancer, birth defects and other disabilities, has seeped into Vietnam’s soils and watersheds, creating a war legacy that remains a thorny issue between the former foes nearly four decades after the Vietnam War ended. Comments   Share   Washington has been slow to respond. Since 2007 it has given about $60 million for environmental restoration and social services in Vietnam, but this is its first direct involvement in dioxin cleanup.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img read more

Medicinal marijuana labs eye Uruguay after law

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Top Stories El Observador also says that Canada’s government has started talks to import marijuana from Uruguay for medicinal purposes.Uruguay’s law doesn’t consider the possibility of exporting pot, although it could be included after a government commission rules in April.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) – Foreign firms want to open laboratories in Uruguay to study the potential uses of medicinal marijuana now that the weed has been legalized in the South American country.Uruguay’s Congress recently approved creation of the world’s first national marketplace for legal marijuana. The government will oversee production, sales and consumption of the drug.Presidential Spokesman Diego Canepa said Monday that foreign labs have told the government they’d like to set up there. Canepa is quoted by the local daily El Observador as saying that “Uruguay will become a hub for biotechnology.”center_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Four benefits of having a wireless security system How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

APGfK Poll Can Supreme Court be fair in health law case

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Many people in the United States doubt that the Supreme Court can rule fairly in the latest litigation jeopardizing President Barack Obama’s health care law.The Associated Press-GfK poll finds only 1 person in 10 is highly confident that the justices will rely on objective interpretations of the law rather than their personal opinions. Nearly half, 48 percent, are not confident of the court’s impartiality. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The poll found sharp splits on whether Congress should intervene.Two-thirds of Democrats think Congress should amend the law to save the subsidies, but only 31 percent of Republicans shared that view. Half of independents want Congress to update the law if necessary, while 41 percent think it should be kept as is.Leading congressional Republicans have said they would step in to prevent health insurance markets from unraveling, but they have not spelled out details.It is estimated that 15 million to 17 million adults have gained coverage since the fall of 2013, when the law’s big insurance expansion began. But the nation is divided over Obama’s major domestic policy achievement.The poll found 27 percent of Americans support the law, while 38 percent oppose it and 34 percent say they neither support nor oppose it.___The AP-GfK Poll of 1,077 adults was conducted online April 23-27, using a sample drawn from GfK’s probability-based KnowledgePanel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.___Online:AP-GfK Poll: http://www.ap-gfkpoll.comCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “That lawsuit should have never made it this far,” said Hal Lewis, a retiree from Scranton, Pennsylvania.“If they rule for the people who are bringing the suit, it could be close to the destruction of Obamacare in this country,” added Lewis, who once edited a local newspaper in his city.Lewis is one of the relatively few people — 13 percent — who say they are closely following the case, called King v. Burwell.Opponents of the law argue that as literally written, the law only allows the federal government to subsidize premiums in states that have set up their own insurance markets, also known as exchanges. Most states have not done so, relying instead on the federal website.The Obama administration says opponents are misreading the Affordable Care Act by focusing on just a few words. When the legislation is read in context, it’s clear that lawmakers wanted to help uninsured people in every state, the administration maintains.If the court sides with the plaintiffs, it’s estimated that 8 million to 9 million people across more than 30 states could lose coverage. They would be unable to afford their premiums without the subsidies, which are keyed to household income. A decision is expected late in June. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes The poll found that a bare majority, 51 percent, wants Congress to amend the law to make it clear that people are entitled to help regardless of what their state leaders do.But 44 percent prefer that Congress leave the law as is and let states decide whether they want to create insurance exchanges that would allow their residents to receive subsidies.“It suggests there’s a political opening for Republicans to offer a way for people to continue receiving subsidies through some sort of state arrangement,” Blendon said.State leaders would have to move fast. Some legal experts say it would be only weeks before the subsidies dry up; others say it’s possible the administration could continue payments through the end of this year.Ethan Levesque of Augusta, Maine, said he is troubled by the federal law’s requirement that virtually all U.S. residents get health insurance or risk fines from the IRS.“I feel like it should actually be the determination of the states to decide health coverage,” said Levesque, a customer service representative for a telecommunications company.“There is definitely nothing wrong with health care whatsoever, but it’s the way that this has been presented to people that I have problems with,” he said. Comments   Share   In a twist, the poll found that opponents of the law, who tend to be politically conservative, have less confidence in the objectivity of a court with a conservative majority. Among foes, 60 percent are not confident, compared with 44 percent of the law’s supporters.“That is incredibly powerful that a court associated with conservative views is not well trusted by Republicans,” said Robert Blendon, who tracks public opinion on health care at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Blendon said the law’s opponents may be remembering the court’s 2012 ruling in which Chief Justice John Roberts cast the key vote to uphold the law.Regardless of how the public feels about the court’s internal deliberations, a majority wants the justices to allow subsidies to continue flowing in all 50 states, an opinion in line with the administration’s position.Fifty-six percent said the court should keep the subsidies without restriction, while 39 percent said the financial aid should be limited to residents of states that set up their own health insurance markets.It’s less clear what people would want Congress to do if the court were to side with the law’s opponents. A ruling for the plaintiffs would invalidate health insurance subsidies in states without their own exchanges. Many of those states have Republican governors and legislatures that have resisted the health care law.last_img read more

ExFIFA vice president Warner arrested granted 25M bail

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How do cataracts affect your vision? “I have been afforded no due process and I have not even been questioned in this matter,” he said in a statement. “I reiterate that I am innocent of any charges. I have walked away from the politics of world football to immerse myself in the improvement of lives in this country where I shall, God willing, die.”In a brief phone conversation with The Associated Press, Warner declined to comment further and said he did not have enough information about his sons’ guilty pleas to comment. “I can’t say anything about what I don’t know about.”Warner represents the constituency of Chaguanas West in Parliament. His term is due to expire when the session ends June 17.Later, he told TV6 that U.S. authorities “know where to find me” and added “I sleep very soundly in the night.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Sponsored Stories FILE – In this Thursday, June 2, 2011 file photo, suspended FIFA executive Jack Warner gestures during a news conference held shortly after his arrival at the airport in Port-of-Spain, in his native Trinidad and Tobago. Warner was one of the 14 people indicted Wednesday May 27, 2015 in the U.S. on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Shirley Bahadur, File) Top Stories center_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner was expected to spend Wednesday night in jail after surrendering when police issued an arrest warrant at the request of U.S. authorities, who filed corruption charges against him and 13 others tied to international soccer.Warner appeared in court, where a judge read 12 charges against him and then granted him $2.5 million bail on certain conditions, including that he surrender his passport and report to police twice a week. Warner did not enter a plea and is scheduled to appear in court again July 12. Comments   Share   5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Police said there was a delay in processing Warner’s bail and he was expected to spend one night in jail.The attorney general’s office in Trinidad and Tobago said it had been working with the U.S. Justice Department for about a year regarding the investigation of Warner, who was forced out of FIFA in 2011 over a bribery scandal.Warner, who is an opposition member of Parliament in the twin-island nation, can be extradited to the U.S. under a bilateral treaty following a hearing. He also previously served as Trinidad’s national security minister.“Mr. Warner is entitled to a fair extradition process and both the requesting and requested States intend to abide by the provisions of the treaty to ensure that Mr. Warner’s rights are respected,” the attorney general said in a statement.Earlier in the day, Warner denied any wrongdoing, as he has previously when confronted with allegations that he enriched himself while an official with the global soccer governing body and as a president of CONCACAF, the federation’s North American regional organization.Warner left soccer in 2011 to avoid FIFA sanctions during the organization’s presidential election. He said he was not questioned in the investigation that led to the indictment, as well as to the guilty pleas by two of his sons on related charges.last_img read more

Albania holds local polls key to launch EU membership talks

first_img Sponsored Stories “The June 21 election test, almost a year after getting the country’s candidate status, should serve as our main investment in launching the membership negotiations with the European Union,” President Bujar Nishani said Friday in a call for participation.About 3.4 million voters were eligible to cast their ballots in the country’s seventh local elections since the fall of communism in 1990 to elect 61 mayors and 1,595 municipal counsellors. There were no immediate official figures on the turnout.Voting started Sunday at 7 a.m. (0500 GMT) and ended at 7 p.m. (1700 GMT), although some stations remained open after that to allow people waiting in line to cast their ballots.About 6,000 police officers were deployed near 5,300 polling stations and hundreds of army special troops were guarding government buildings and embassies. Initial reports suggested the voting had proceeded peacefully in most places with only a few minor acts of violence.Officials from the governing Socialists and the opposition Democrats called on counting commissioners to be careful and fair in the process, which has previously been marred by differences and efforts of manipulation.The focus is on the mayor of Tirana, where a 37-party coalition led by Prime Minister Edi Rama’s Socialists has nominated former social affairs minister Erion Veliaj, while the 15-party opposition led by outgoing Mayor Lulzim Basha’s Democrats tapped parliamentarian Halim Kosova as its candidate. TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanians on Sunday voted in local municipal elections, a key step in their efforts to launch membership negotiations with the European Union.Last year, Albania was granted EU candidate status and now Tirana is expecting to get approval for the launch of full membership negotiations.Besides tangible results in the rule of law, the justice system and the fight against crime and corruption, Brussels also expects free and fair elections in post-communist Albania, where they have always suffered from violence or manipulation and political squabbling. Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Check your body, save your life Patients with chronic pain give advice Following the polls, the country will change its local governance to only 61 town halls instead of the previous 373 town halls and communes in an effort to cut expenses and increase the independence of local authorities.Around 200 international observers are monitoring the polls. They will report preliminary findings on Monday.The law says results must be revealed no later than three days after the vote.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

Qantas flight aborts midair after landing gear fails

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> A Qantas plane bound for Shanghai was forced to circle Sydney for more than three hours yesterday after its landing gear failed to retract.Flight QF129 operated by an Airbus 330 had taken off at 11:30am carrying nearly 200 passengers, but once in the air the captain found an issue with the landing gear.In a statement released yesterday, Qantas Group Executive Government and Corporate Affairs Mr David Epstein said the captain had been unable to fully retract the aircraft’s landing gear and subsequently had to burn fuel before returning to Sydney Airport.“The service was unable to continue to Shanghai because the drag on the landing gear would have resulted in fuel being burned in excess of the volume required to complete a non-stop flight” said Epstein.“Following procedure, the captain circled the aircraft over the Tasman Sea for approximately two hours in order to burn fuel and ensure that it was below its maximum landing weight.Qantas said the aircraft landed safely at 3pm and that it was not an emergency situation or landing as there was no safety issue at any stage.Passengers, baggage and cargo were then transferred to a replacement aircraft departing for Shanghai, arriving five hours later than scheduled.last_img read more