first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share Tags: Eurail, Promotions Friday, November 18, 2016 center_img NEW YORK — Through Dec. 31, Eurail is making it even more affordable for travellers to book their 2017 European vacations with a promotion that includes 20% off all Eurail passes.With the discount, One Country Passes start at $58, Select Passes for two, three or four bordering countries start at $126, and Global Passes that allow travel through any of Eurail’s 28 member countries start at $286. These generous savings are on top of the regular year-round perks that come with purchasing a Pass, like no luggage fees, no pricey airport transfers, city centre arrivals, and children 11 years of age and under travel free.Other benefits of a Eurail Pass include free access to VIP lounges in the main train stations of Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, plus 50% off on tripwolf’s Unlimited Packages, including travel guides for over 600 destinations.Eurail Pass holders also get more than 35% off a Global Roaming SIM Card Package covering 31 countries within Europe, plus a 20% discount for both standard and special fares of all ferry routes operated by Grimaldi Lines connecting Greece, Spain, Sicily and Sardinia.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksA 50% Hotelcard AG discount is exclusively offered to Eurail customers, as well as a 20% discount on city sightseeing bus tours in Genova, Firenze, Livorno, Milano, Napoli, Padova, Pisa, Roma, Torino, Trieste and Verona.A complete list of pass benefits available for each country is available via the free Eurail Rail Planner App: eurail.com/plan-your-trip/rail-planner-appThis year, Eurail extended the Pass purchase period from six to 11 months prior to departure, meaning Europhiles can buy now, save now and travel later. Eurail Passes are available from a worldwide network of Authorized General Sales Agents. For more information visit: eurailgroup.org/eurail-vendors. Eurail offers 20% discount on all passes purchased through Dec. 31 Posted bylast_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. Beginning August 29, the Volcano Brewing Company will be closing its doors up in Arenal and shifting its beer making operations to a spot right next to its sister property, Tamarindo’s Witch’s Rock Surf Camp. Enjoy their flagship Witch’s Rock Pale Ale and Gato Malo Dark Ale beers fresh from the new location right next to the camp. In addition, check out the new brewpub menu at the new location that includes gourmet burgers, grilled shrimp, steak and other locally sourced dishes that go great with that beer.There are some changes going down at Country Day School Guanacaste. The facility is transitioning to a nonprofit school, and will retain its U.S. accreditation and maintains all permits from Costa Rica’s Education Ministry. Of course, as a nonprofit, there will be a need to raise funds and will start with money donated from parents interested in furthering their children’s schooling. Country Day School Guanacaste will be open for the 2013-14 school year, and has record enrollments expected. For more information call 2654-5042, email info@cds.ed.cr or go to their website at www.cdsgte.com.A couple of new things going on in Huacas: First is Rancho Guaymy, under the new management of Sonia Vallejos, there is a selection of free bocas, typical food, fresh seafood and wood-oven pizza. Located 150 meters west of SuperCompro, check out the karaoke every Friday at 8 p.m. And if you are looking for a new motorcycle, or just need repairs, you’ll want to go to Tecni Repuestos Huacas, 1 kilometer on the road towards Tamarindo. Call Rodolfo Rodríguez at 2653-6841 or email him at hondahuacas@gmail.com. -Ellen Zoe Goldenellenzoe@aol.com Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgFormer U.S. President William J. Clinton (1993-2001) will visit Costa Rica next Tuesday, July 1, as part of the inauguration of a new medical research and teaching facility at the Universidad Latina in San Pedro, east of San José.Clinton, an honorary ambassador for Laureate International Universities, makes his visit as part of Universidad Latina’s 25th anniversary celebrations.Laureate operates two private universities in Costa Rica, the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica and the Universidad Americana, also known by its acronym, UAM. The network runs 75 universities in 30 countries around the world.Clinton, founder of the eponymous foundation, will speak with Universidad Latina Chancellor Clotilde Fonseca about leadership and entrepreneurship in the 21st century on Tuesday after a private tour of the new five-story health care facility.This is not “don Bill’s” first visit to Costa Rica. The 42nd U.S. president visited the country in 1997 to attend the Summit of the Americas. During the same trip he and then Frst Lady Hillary Clinton visited Braulio Carrillo in office and again in 2012 for the Sustainability and Happiness Business Forum. Facebook Comments Related posts:Former US President Bill Clinton lauds Costa Rica, urges students to make most of their futures How the Clintons went from ‘dead broke’ to rich Talent and good policy are key targets for improving Costa Rica’s competitiveness, forum experts say National Instruments to hire 170 new workers at Costa Rica operationlast_img read more

first_imgAs Costa Rica’s gasoline prices reach record highs, politicians are scrambling to find a way to curb costs at the pump. Members of the leftist Broad Front Party (FA) think the answer lies in a Venezuelan oil-sharing scheme, Petrocaribe.FA lawmakers claim that admission into Petrocaribe would reduce gasoline prices by up to 26 percent, according to the news website CRHoy.com. Analysts and some lawmakers, however, doubt the alliance’s ability to significantly affect the costs in Costa Rica.Founded in 2005 by former Venezuela President Hugo Chávez (1999-2013), Petrocaribe allows member nations to purchase oil from Venezuela for as little as 5 percent up front and pay back the remainder at a fixed low rate over the next 25 years. The alliance, related to ALBA, the Venezuelan-lead  Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas, includes Venezuela, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic and several other smaller Caribbean countries.FA lawmaker Jorge Arguedas told the daily La Nación that the proposal from Petrocaribe would finance 50 percent of Costa Rica’s oil purchases during the next 25 years at a fixed 1 percent rate and a three-year grace period. Arguedas added that the debt could be paid back in Tico goods and services, not only cash.Juan Carlos Hidalgo, Latin American policy analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., told CRHoy.com that gasoline prices were unlikely to significantly drop if Costa Rica were to join the alliance, noting that the international price is affected by a number of variables outside the control of Petrocaribe, including the National Oil Refinery’s operating costs. He opined that if Solís wanted to reassure investors about his government’s support for foreign investment, joining the Chávez-era alliance would send the wrong message.Ruling Citizen Action Party lawmaker Ottón Solís told CRHoy.com that he supported the move as long as entering the alliance did not involve supporting Venezuelan policies.Presidency Minister Melvin Jiménez told the daily La Nación that the government would consider the plan along with several other options in a committee set to convene in August.President Luis Guillermo Solís shot down a proposal in June from the Public Services Regulatory Authority to cut gasoline taxes as a way to reduce prices, citing the country’s growing deficit. Solís has said he does not plan to raise taxes in the near term, but his administration has stressed improving collection on existing taxes, including gasoline.Just because Petrocaribe is closely connected with Venezuela and the Chávez era doesn’t mean that it’s the exclusive prevue of leftists. Former Costa Rican President Oscar Árias (1986-1990 and 2006-2010) floated the idea of joining the oil alliance as a way to cut oil prices, La Nación reported. The proposal fizzled under President Laura Chinchilla’s term (2010-2014).A decision from the executive branch’s committee is expected in January 2015. Facebook Comments Related posts:Panel warns of Central America’s increasing dependence on Petrocaribe Cheap gas might not be the best thing for Costa Rica, says President Solís Amid shortages, Venezuelans turn to informal networks Venezuela’s Maduro secures another $5 billion loan from China for oil sectorlast_img read more

first_imgSee also: Waze partners with San José to improve city traffic“It’s a nightmare.”That’s how Eduardo Carvajal describes the Costa Rican way to give an address.“If I want to give the address of my office I say ‘Okay, go to the ice cream cone shop in Curridabat then drive 100 meters south and 50 meters east,” Carvajal said.He’s part of the team of volunteers who mapped Costa Rica in Waze, a crowdsourced traffic and navigation app. Carvajal, whose day job is running a software company, has made hundreds of thousands of edits to Waze’s map of Costa Rica.Fellow volunteer Felipe Hidalgo spent 50 hours a week for almost two years helping to map the country. Hidalgo has made 378,000 edits to maps in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Cameroon, St. Helena Island, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago. He described the work as addicting. Since the mapping of Costa Rica was completed, he scaled back to 10-15 hours a week.“I was crazy about it, and my wife was so mad with me, I used to go to the bed and take the computer with me,” Hidalgo recalled.Carvajal and Hidalgo weren’t paid for the hours they’ve spent annotating and labeling roads and landmarks on satellite images of Costa Rica, or vetting the edits other Waze users have made. But the duo, and other Waze power users who were interviewed for this story, describe it as fun and rewarding work.“Some people ask ‘Why do you work for free? Why do you spend so many hours a week doing this mapping?’ ” Hidalgo said. “You feel good about knowing that the people who drive around every day save time because you are investing your time in fixing the roads and doing this mapping.”“We don’t receive any money, but for us, everybody in Costa Rica uses Waze — believe me — for me it’s more important than all the money on the Earth,” Carvajal said.The country was mapped completely by volunteers who wanted to make it easier for their countrymen to get from point A to B. The app is especially popular in the capital, San José, boasting 300,000 active users. On one day earlier this month — Oct. 17 — users reported nearly 47,000 incidents, which include things such as a traffic jam, an accident or hazard.“It’s one of the top five markets in terms of absolute numbers, and that’s even though we have like 4.5 million people,” said Sebastián Urbina, Costa Rica’s vice minister of transportation. A traffic jam during rush hour on San José’s Paseo Colón. Ronald Reyes/The Tico TimesWaze, which began as an Israeli start-up, was purchased by Google last year.Waze became the dominant mapping system because it’s free to use, and was superior to alternatives, such as Google Maps and GPS, which lacked real-time data and the level of detail that Waze came to have.The app is especially popular because of the unique challenges of navigating Costa Rica.“Most of our streets don’t have road names so a lot of the addresses end up being very much next to some kind of landmark associated with it, and that’s how we give directions,” Urbina said. “There’s never been good maps generated to be able to get to where you’re trying to go.”Waze has become such a part of the culture that businesses will even list their addresses in advertisements as locations that can be searched for on Waze.If inviting friends over for a party, it’s common to share a Waze hyperlink to one’s address through a WhatsApp group or a Facebook event.That way a driver doesn’t have to know every landmark in the country, a feat that’s especially challenging for young people and tourists.Costa Rica’s government recently partnered with Waze as part of its Connected Citizens campaign to share information with Waze on road closures. So if Urbina has to close a highway due to a storm, that information is automatically shared with Waze, and drivers using the app are all instantly aware.“I’m trying to leapfrog the technological development that a lot of cities go through. More developed cities have invested significant amounts of money in traffic cameras and in road sensors. It’s very expensive and although we have some traffic cameras they’re very, very limited in the city,” Urbina said. “And I don’t have the money to build up as many as I would need to have proper management. So this level of connection, crowdsourcing and community-based collection allows me to leapfrog that whole development stage for the cities to be able to start, and be able to make the same type of decisions that other cities do without actually having to go through that level of investment.”He also plans to use Waze to identify when the police department should send officers to direct traffic, and to measure how effective each officer is at improving traffic jams.“We dispatch the police officer and then Waze is going to tell us, ‘Oh now traffic flow is better.’ So we link that improvement to that officer. And then we’re able to generate data associated with not just can we improve it by sending an officer, but how good is that officer at improving. So we rank the officers and decide where we send them,” Urbina said.As positive an impact as Waze has had, the service has inadvertently empowered some dishonorable behaviors. One Costa Rican Waze user highlighted the usefulness of being able to share where police officers are located.He explained how a driver who may have had one drink too many could know what streets to avoid. Or a driver who is violating San Jose’s tag days — where certain license plates aren’t allowed on streets on given days — can avoid a ticket by steering clear of certain intersections.Watch a trippy data visualization video of a single day of San José traffic on Waze here.© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Waze partners with San José to improve city traffic Waze now gives Costa Rica drivers advice on skirting vehicle restrictions Smartphone app helps locate, review gas stations in Costa Rica Startup wants to make navigating Costa Rica’s public transportation an easy ridelast_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Guatemala’s Pérez Molina clings to power despite unprecedented pressure to resign Guatemalan legislative commission recommends lifting President Pérez Molina’s immunity Guatemala prosecutor confident President Pérez Molina will be removed from office, charged with graft In Guatemala’s capital, little enthusiasm for country’s next president Recommended: Guatemala’s former President Pérez Molina to stand trial Dec. 21; until then, jailGUATEMALA CITY – A millionaire businessman battling to reach the runoff in Guatemala’s turbulent presidential election alleged Thursday that the down-to-the-wire ballot count from the first round has been falsified by fraud.“The signs of fraud are blatantly obvious,” said conservative candidate Manuel Baldizón, who four days after the vote is still locked in a neck-and-neck race for runner-up with former First Lady Sandra Torres of the social democratic party.He alleged a “double counting system” was in place — a claim the country’s top election official said was baseless.It was the latest twist in a race already rocked by months of protests against ex-President Otto Pérez Molina, his 11th-hour resignation and arrest on corruption charges, and the surprise first-round win of comedian and political outsider Jimmy Morales.With 99.07 percent of the ballots counted from Sunday’s election, Morales had 23.85 percent of the vote, Torres 19.76 percent and Baldizón 19.65 percent, officials said. That means Morales, a conservative, will face either Torres or Baldizón in a runoff on Oct. 25. But with just 5,523 votes separating the latter two, the race remains too close to call, officials said.See: In Guatemala’s capital, little enthusiasm for country’s next presidentA ‘friend’ told himBaldizón said his campaign has requested the results sheets from all 2,700 polling stations.“A friend said to me, ‘They’re stealing the election from us,’” he said.Electoral tribunal chief Julio Solorzano dismissed the allegation.“If they believe there’s fraud, let them prove it,” he told journalists.Election officials have said they will finish reviewing the ballot count Friday and announce the results at a press conference.Former President Pérez Molina, meanwhile, appealed a judge’s ruling to jail him pending trial. His lawyer said jailing the retired general violated his rights and was unnecessary because he did not pose a flight risk.Prosecutors and investigators from a U.N. commission tasked with fighting high-level graft in the Central American country accuse Pérez Molina of orchestrating a scheme in which businesses paid bribes to corrupt officials in exchange for illegal discounts on their customs duty.The scheme collected $3.8 million in bribes between May 2014 and April 2015, including $800,000 each to Pérez Molina and jailed ex-Vice President Roxana Baldetti, prosecutors allege. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica returns with full-strength lineup in last step toward World Cup qualifying Costa Rica humiliates the United States 4-0 in World Cup qualifier Costa Rica scores key victory over Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup Qualifying Costa Rican Men’s National Team hopes to make history again in Mexico From the first minute of Costa Rica’s dominating 3-0 win over Jamaica at National Stadium in San José Tuesday, the sudden change was obvious.It wasn’t just La Sele’s dramatic difference in play from Friday’s lackluster 1-1 tie in the first part of the team’s World Cup qualifying doubleheader against Jamaica, but a clear disparity in talent between La Sele and a solid Jamaican side that was on full display for a sold-out home crowd.After almost scoring on two occasions in as many minutes to open the game Tuesday, Costa Rica broke into the net in the fifth minute when star midfielder Celso Borges headed in an early goal.La Sele, which looked so passive during Friday’s game on the island, continued to dictate the pace from there, not allowing Jamaica’s speed to play much of a factor at all.Most importantly, the ball was constantly at the feet of Costa Rica’s playmakers. Whether it was Borges making decisive passes, Joel Campbell pushing the ball downfield, or Bryan Ruíz finding openings in the defense, La Sele’s best talents overpowered Jamaica in every way.In the 36th minute, Ruíz scored Costa Rica’s second goal when he cleaned up a deflected miss by striker Marco Ureña. Just as with Borges’ goal, the Ticos had three tries in as many minutes in a stretch where they were applying a flurry of pressure on Jamaican goalie Andre Blake.Really no comparisons can be made between Friday’s game and Tuesday’s near-perfect showing. Every area that looked flawed for La Sele in Jamaica was turned into a piece of art in San José. The passing was more precise, the transition to each level was so fluid, and there was a sense of urgency that just didn’t exist in the first leg.After not traveling to Jamaica, midfielder Johan Venegas scored in the 76th minute, just three minutes after subbing in, giving Costa Rica the 3-0 lead.In the teams’ first match, the Reggae Boyz killed La Sele with long lobs from the midfield, trying to take shots with their fast strikers. Ramírez’s defense put the clamps down on it in a hurry on Tuesday. In the 15th minute Oscar Duarte, the Spanish La Liga defender who didn’t play Friday, made a great clear of one such long volley. And when the Reggae Boyz were able to get past the five-man backline, it was superstar goalie Keylor Navas who played hero yet again for La Sele. Twice in the 17th minute, the Real Madrid keeper made clutch saves at the goal to keep a clean sheet.Navas was certainly helped by the middle of the defense that was anchored by Duarte, Kendall Waston, and Friday’s goal-scorer Johnny Acosta. Their physicality helped to neutralize Jamaica’s speed, as they were able to keep most everything in front of them Tuesday night.Costa Rica keeps its three-point lead ahead of second place Panama in their group of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, remaining just one point away from clinching a spot in the hexagonal, where the final six teams meet to fight for a spot in the 2018 World Cup. La Sele will not continue qualifying play until a Sept. 2 game against Haiti, the group’s last place team. Costa Rica then finishes the round robin back at home on Sept. 6 against Panama, which it beat 2-1 last November. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgFAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The first of eight court-martial trials was set to begin Tuesday for U.S. soldiers accused of hazing a Chinese-American recruit over his ethnicity until he killed himself in Afghanistan.Sgt. Adam Holcomb of Youngstown, Ohio, will be the first of eight men to go before a military court in Fort Bragg. Young faces a slew of charges, the most serious of which is negligent homicide, and could get nearly 18 years in prison if convicted on all counts. His case was set to start around 1 p.m. after the judge delayed the original morning start time, without giving a reason, court spokesman Thom McCollum said. Top Stories Elizabeth OuYang, president of the New York chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans, a nonprofit advocacy group that worked with the Chen family, said the community wants justice for Chen. OuYang has called for military reform.“This death could have been avoided, and we were fighting two wars at the time,” OuYang said. “To have Pvt. Danny Chen’s life wasted in this fashion is inexcusable. It could have been prevented and no soldier, including Asia- American soldiers’, life is dispensable like this.”The military is preparing for an influx of Chinese reporters and international media attention.Chen was a member of the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division based in Fort Wainwright, Alaska, but was under the command of a Fort Bragg general in Afghanistan. Maj. Gen. James Huggins requested the trial be transferred to Fort Bragg, which military officials said worked out better logistically. Chen’s family also lobbied for the trials to be held stateside..(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 0 Comments   Share   Military officials say 19-year-old Danny Chen shot himself last year in Afghanistan after weeks of emotional and physical abuse. According to court documents, Chen was kicked, dragged from his tent and had sandbags tied to his arms.He was called racial slurs and forced to speak to his fellow soldiers in Chinese, according to his family, with whom he shared details of his ordeal. For months, beginning during training, soldiers in his platoon peppered him with racial insults such as “Jackie Chen” and “Dragon Lady,” his family said. On the day he died, they say he was forced to crawl about 100 yards across gravel carrying his equipment while his fellow soldiers threw rocks at him.He had been deployed for two months when he was found dead in a guardhouse.Eight soldiers are facing charges ranging from dereliction of duty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with Chen’s death.Besides Holcomb, four other soldiers are also charged with negligent homicide. The judge’s decision in Holcomb’s case could be an indicator for the other soldiers.Chinese-American community members, elected officials, documentary filmmakers and supporters of the Chen family held a news conference Monday in Manhattan’s Chinatown, where Chen was born and raised. Many of the group members were making the 10-hour drive to Fayetteville for the trial. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementslast_img read more

first_imgThe international community has depended on countries like Kenya and the Seychelles to prosecute pirates who attack off East Africa. Somalia has been in conflict for two decades, and piracy is one of few opportunities to make money.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Kenya’s Court of Appeal says the country’s courts have jurisdiction to try Somali pirates caught on international waters.In 2010, the High Court ruled that Kenyan courts can only deal with offenses that take place within the territorial jurisdiction of the country.On Thursday The Court of Appeal said universal jurisdiction allowed all states to prosecute pirates despite location of the offense and nationality of perpetrators. The judges say piracy off the coast of Somalia has affected economies of many nations, including Kenya, and they must ensure criminals have no safe haven. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The opposition party says youth backing the governing APC party threw stones, seriously injuring seven people. The ruling party, though, accuses opposition supporters of attacking people and trying to burn one man’s house down.Sierra Leone was ravaged by an 11-year-long brutal civil war that ended in 2002.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision? Top holiday drink recipes Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) – Authorities in Sierra Leone say serious pre-election violence broke out over the weekend, leaving at least 10 people wounded.The fighting in the diamond-rich Kono District comes just weeks before voters head to the polls for presidential and legislative elections in this West African nation.Police Superintendent Saidu Jalloh says violence broke out Saturday in Kono, the home district of the incumbent vice president. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories last_img read more

first_imgTOKYO (AP) – Japan’s defense minister says Tokyo is seeking talks with the United States to update their mutual defense guidelines and expressed concern over China’s increasingly assertive maritime policies.Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto told reporters Friday he would like to see the talks begin next month and cover a wide range of issues, including a review of what measures the countries could take in emergencies. He cited concerns over China’s growing naval power, along with terrorism and cybercrimes. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement For the past few months, Japan and China have been locked in a dispute over a group of small islands in the East China Sea.Under a postwar mutual security pact, the United States is obliged to help defend Japan if it is attacked. The U.S. has about 52,000 troops stationed in Japan.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories The vital role family plays in society 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Comments   Share   last_img read more

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies It didn’t matter that she had not even been in Liberia during the epidemic. Nor did it matter that Liberia was declared Ebola-free more than a month ago.“It’s not just affecting people who are in the country — it’s all of us who have Liberian passports,” said Pailey, an academic, activist and author who is based at SOAS, University of London.“This constant stigmatization of the country has implications for our post-war economic recovery and for our post-Ebola economic recovery,” she said. “It’s almost like we’re a pariah.”The World Health Organization declared Liberia Ebola-free in early May. Still, fear of the deadly disease still reigns in many places, causing students to miss out on scholarships abroad, and keeping relatives from attending weddings and funerals.The virus can only be transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone showing Ebola symptoms, but many countries remain wary of visitors from West Africa. Before strict controls went into place in Monrovia last year, a Liberian-American man was able to fly to Nigeria while sick, sparking an outbreak there.Liberia borders Guinea and Sierra Leone, where Ebola cases continue to appear, so some other countries are still screening travelers from Liberia since it is still highly vulnerable to a reappearance. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Robtel Neajai Pailey hadn’t been back home to Liberia since Ebola engulfed the country’s capital in July, fearful that doing so could make it harder for her to travel as countries around the globe clamped down on visitors with West African passports.So it was a mix of shock and anger earlier this month when she couldn’t get a visa to attend an important meeting in the United Arab Emirates that had been months in the making. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breachescenter_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall While restrictions are slowly lifting, the changes are coming too late for many.Simankan Kouroumah’s father died in Senegal but because of the Ebola restrictions he could not have his father’s body sent back to Guinea by plane. Instead, he tried to bring the corpse home by land, determined to give him a proper funeral.At the border, officials refused to let the vehicle pass.“After a day at the border under the hot sun his body started decomposing,” says Kouroumah, a 32-year-old university professor in Conakry. “I asked the local villagers to help me bury my father there. There weren’t even 10 people there. He was buried like a thief or a pauper. It still haunts me.”___Associated Press writers Jonathan Paye-Layleh in Monrovia, Liberia; Clarence Roy-Macaulay in Freetown, Sierra Leone; and Boubacar Diallo in Conakry, Guinea contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Ebola returned to Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, this week after being absent for 18 consecutive days, officials there said. A young man sick with the disease in another part of Sierra Leone ran away from a quarantine area and came to Freetown, Patrick Fatoma, a spokesman for the National Ebola Response Center, told The Associated Press.“We at NERC are extremely disappointed and we are now actively conducting contact tracing and surveillance exercises,” he said Friday, adding that as of two days ago there were 19 Ebola patients in treatment centers across the country.The United States this week announced it is scaling back its screenings of arriving Liberians, Liberia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said, though Liberians will still have to enter the United States through one of five selected U.S. airports. They also must still leave contact information with authorities on arrival, said David K.B. Akoi with the Liberian ministry.The number of flight options remains slim for people wanting to fly into or out of Liberia. Only one of the airlines that withdrew its service at the height of the crisis — Kenya Airways — has resumed service since the epidemic was declared over. It joins the two carriers that never left — Royal Air Maroc and Brussels Airlines. Five other carriers have yet to resume service.last_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2a402/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Travellers catching U.S. bound flights from more than a dozen countries now face increased security screenings following new rules issued by the Obama administration on Sunday.The U.S. Transportation Security Administration that individuals flying into the U.S. from or through nations which are “state sponsors of terrorism or other countries of interest” would be required to go through enhanced screening.The move follows the recent failed Christmas Day attack on a Detroit-bound flight by a Nigerian man. While the TSA did not single out any countries, it does list on its website Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria as state sponsors of terrorism.The Washington Post reported that Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen had been confirmed by a senior administration official as terrorism-prone nations or countries of interest to U.S. intelligence agencies.Since yesterday, travellers with passports from those ‘terror-prone’ nations or travelling from them have had to undergo enhanced screening technologies, a full-body pat down and have their carry-on bags searched before boarding their international flights into the U.S.Travellers will also have to go through full body scanners if they are departing from countries that have the equipment.The new rules, which the TSA says contributes to “effective aviation security”, have sparked debate from both sides of the fence about profiling.The Civil rights group American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee legal director Nawar Shora told the Examiner that the new rule unfairly cast suspicion on all citizens of certain nations. “I understand there needs to be additional security in light of what was attempted on Christmas Day” he said.“But this is extreme and very dangerous. All of a sudden people are labeled as related to terrorism just because of the nation they are from”Two days before the new rules took effect across the globe, a retired U.S. general appeared on Fox News Saturday supporting profiling. Retired Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney said “very serious, harsh profiling” was necessary and singled out all 18-28 year old Muslim men to be “strip searched” at airports.last_img read more

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1ff8a/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Jetstar has pledged to give its passengers what they paid for and compensate them if it doesn’t.The Qantas offshoot has launched a new 10-point customer charter it claims is the first in the aviation industry in Australasia and southeast Asia.The customer charter Your safety is our highest priority We commit to provide the lowest fares with our ‘Price Beat Guarantee’ Our team are always here to help, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week We’ll let you know your choices if your flight is changed before you travel We’ll keep you updated and provide options if things don’t go to plan on the day You will get what you paid forYou can have confidence in how quickly we will respond to an issue You can have confidence in how quickly we will refund your money We share your passion for protecting our environment We commit to the privacy of your personal information Jetstar has promised that if it breaches the charter and a customer contacts the airline, Jetstar will provide affected customers with travel vouchers valued at $50 to $100 in local currency for each breach.The charter, called the Jetstar Customer Guarantee, applies across Jetstar’s operations in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.Jetstar said the charter would sit alongside the airline’s “Conditions of Carriage” and would not replace standard conditions applying to fares.Jetstar chief executive Bruce Buchanan said,”We want to really break that nexus in consumers’ minds and say we can deliver the lowest fare in the market place and deliver excellent customer service.”But we’re not arrogant enough or not humble enough to say we get everything right.”Mr Buchanan said the guarantee had legal enforceability because “it’s a promise that we make to customers”.Breaches of the charter would be determined by an internal Jetstar “customer care” team.Should there be a dispute over whether there had been a breach, customers had other complaint resolution options open to them.Jetstar would publish the complaints and its response to them.”We’re trying to be very transparent about its … not something that we’re making lip service of,” Mr Buchanan said.The charter would undergo constant review, with input from a panel of customers and staff, and consumer advocacy experts.Jetstar said that under the charter it was committed to acknowledging complaints within 24 hours of receipt, and to responding to complaints and processing refunds within 15 business days.Mr Buchanan said Jetstar staff would not be penalised should there be a breach of the charter. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

first_imgPacific Pearl The travel industry is delighted to hear Carnival Cruises’ news to relocate a fourth vessel to the Pacific region this December operating under the P&O brand in Australia and New Zealand.Not since the days, prior to P&O acquiring the Sitmar brand, have we seen more than two P&O ships operating permanently in these waters.For cruise aficionados this is a dream come true. Who could have believed that the popularity of cruise holidays could grow to the multi-million dollar business it is today.As a destination we have matured, and with the most modern fleet of “Superliners” ever operating from our shores, is a testament, and milestone to the growing cruise market Down Under.Formerly Ocean Village Two, Pacific Pearl will relocate from Europe this November and undergo a multi-million dollar refit in Singapore with Australian and New Zealand passengers in mind.After a three week dry-dock refit the Pacific Pearl will sail to Australia and onto Auckland for the December 21st naming ceremony. The Pearl will sail a short summer season ex Auckland before returning permanently to Sydney on 03 February 2011.Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia, said at last Monday’s media conference that people interested in following the progress of the Pearls transformation can follow her online at the ship’s blog http://pacificpearl.pocruises.com.au P&O’s Pacific fleet includes the Pacific Sun, Pacific Dawn, Pacific Jewel and from December, the cruise line’s latest superliner, Pacific Pearl. (Image courtesy of P&O Cruises) Source = e-Travel Blackboard: R.Mlast_img read more

first_imgUp to 2,000 tourists have been left stranded at the Lukla Airport in Nepal for over a week after thick fog caused airlift visibility issues from the mountain late last month. The airlift which usually carries up to 500 people per day to and from the capital Kathmandu was forced to cease operations on 31 October, keeping up to 3,500 people waiting to be air lifted out for more than week, The Telegraph reported. Last night up to 400 tourists were airlifted out of the mountain located 9,000 feet above sea level with thousands more are still awaiting rescue.”Although we don´t have actual figure, there are still 3,500 people stranded at Lukla including more than 2,000 tourists,” Trekking Agents Association of Nepal  president Mahendra Singh Thapa said.According to the source, travellers have been forced to camp out in tents on the airstrip, sleep in dining rooms and monitor food intake to deal possible supply shortages.As well as arranging flights to pick-up passengers, the Nepalese Army has also been called in to fly its MI-16 helicopters to the rescue. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

first_imgQantas has reassured travellers that the A380 is still 100 percent safe to fly despite minor cracking in the aircraft’s wing rib brackets.According to the airline, the crackings are located in brackets connecting the wing rib to the skin of the aircraft and of the 4,000 brackets built into the A380 the airline located cracks in fewer than 10 locations.Since, the airline has repaired the damages and has returned all three aircraft to service with Airbus confirming that the cracks pose “no risk whatsoever to the safety of A380 operations”.“Qantas has not been ‘forced to ground’ aircraft – like every other A380 operator, we are complying fully with a regulatory requirement,” Qantas group executive Olivia Wirth said.  “No more than one Qantas A380 has been taken out of service for inspections at any one time.  “The inspection schedule for A380s has been planned in advance and there has been no disruption to Qantas services.“As each subsequent Qantas A380 approaches 1,300 flights it will be inspected and, if necessary, repaired.  “The A380 is 100 per cent safe to fly.  It remains the most popular aircraft in the Qantas fleet.”The airline also said that the cost of repairs would be covered by Airbus under warranty arrangements and noted it would discuss additional costs related to the process with Airbus separately. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

first_imgSource = Carlson Wagonlit Travel Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), a global leader specialised in managing business travel and meetings and events, today announced it has been awarded with the prestigious title of Best Corporate Travel Agency 2012 in the TTG Travel Awards for 2012. This is the third time that CWT has received this award, winning in 2002 and 2007.The announcement was made at last night’s 23rd Annual TTG Travel Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner held in Bangkok, Thailand. Lisa Akeroyd, vice president Global Program Management, CWT Asia Pacific attended the event and accepted the award for CWT.The TTG Travel Awards have been recognising the best of Asia Pacific’s travel industry since 1989 and are organised annually by TTG Asia to honour top-performing organisations that have consistently proven to the industry their commitment to service excellence. CWT was voted as the Best Corporate Travel Agency  by  the  readers  of  TTG  Asia,  TTG  China,  TTG  India,  TTGmice  and  TTG-BTmice  China  for 2012.Kelly Kuhn, CWT President Asia Pacific said “It is always an honour to be recognised for our commitment to excellence and delivering the best travel services to our customers”.She went onto say “this award would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of my inspiring team across Asia Pacific”. last_img read more

first_imgThe board added it expects to find a permanent replacement by 31 March, however, in the meantime SAA’s low-cost subsidiary, Mango chief executive Nico Bezuidenhout will act as the interim boss. Earlier this month, SAA was awarded the 4-Star Airline ranking for 2013 by Skytrax. Acting CEO suspended after receiving allegations.Image: Cheapflightzimbabwe.co Click here for more information. South African Airways (SAA) board of directors placed the airline’s acting chief executive, Vuyisile Kona on suspension, after receiving allegations against the temporary head honcho. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J. Although details of allegations are yet to be revealed, the suspension, which came into effect on 11 February 2013, allows the airline to investigate accusations, Bloomberg reported.last_img read more

first_imgPilots leave aircraft and 166 pax in the hands of hostesses. Image: PFG Two Air India pilots have been suspended after allegedly putting a plane carrying 166 passengers from Bangkok to New Delhi in autopilot and leaving airhostesses in charge as they took a nap in business class.The pilot and the co-pilot reportedly gave two cabin crew members instructions on how-to fly the A320 before falling asleep, The Daily Mail reported.However, the duo were quick called back to take control of the aircraft when the hostesses accidently switched autopilot off.A senior member of the airline’s cabin crew, brought the issue to India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, after witnessing the incident.Air India has confirmed air staff were in change of the cockpit for up to 20 minutes, however, sources say it was more than 40 minutes.Although pilots are able to leave the aircraft in autopilot, they are still required to monitor the aircraft’s flight path.“It is a serious matter,” Mr Mishra said.“We are investigating the case.”Source = e-travel Blackboard: NJlast_img read more