More travellers flying for business instead of leisure says new survey

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share Tags: Business Travel, Trend Watch More travellers flying for business instead of leisure, says new surveycenter_img NEW YORK — The majority of air travellers are travelling for business, not leisure, with most booking air tickets directly with airlines and via online price comparison websites.These are just some of the findings in the GlobalData Travel and Tourism Survey 2017-2018, which was based on the surveyed opinions and expectations of 362 global travellers in April 2017.Here’s what the survey found:Globally, the majority of air travellers are travelling for business purposes rather than leisure.The majority of travellers in the age group 18–24 years select online price comparison websites for ticket bookings.Travellers with annual income between US$100,001 and $150,000 are most likely to use airline websites for ticket bookings.The highest numbers of travellers with annual income less than $20,000 opt for economy class when traveling abroad.Of travellers who are above 65 years, 46% shopped 4–7 times at duty-free airport retail outlets in the past 12 months.On average, 47% of female travellers shopped at duty paid airport retail outlets.The majority of travellers across all age groups spend 15 minutes or less at duty paid airport retail outlets, especially the 18–24 years age group.Competitive prices and last-minute gifts are key factors motivating travellers to purchase at airport retail stores.The highest percentage of travellers purchased food and beverages from airport retail stores for consumption at the airport during the last year.The highest number of travellers prefer PC/Laptop when booking air tickets for travel abroad.On average, 46% of female travellers shopped at duty-free airport retail outlets.The majority of travellers purchased food and beverages from airport retail stores for consumption at the airport in the last 12 months.Competitive prices and last-minute gifts are the key factors motivating travellers to purchase at airport retail stores.Of travellers, 41% indicate that they intend to travel to the U.S. by air in the next 12 months. Travelweek Group Tuesday, May 30, 2017 last_img read more

Qatar Airways dropping plan to buy stake in American Airlines

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> By: David KoenigSource: The Associated Press Share Qatar Airways dropping plan to buy stake in American Airlines Tags: American Airlines, Qatar Airways Thursday, August 3, 2017 DALLAS — Qatar Airways says it is dropping an attempt to buy a big stake in American Airlines, an audacious bid that had received a chilly reception from American.Qatar Airways said Wednesday that the investment no longer meets its objectives.American Airlines said it respected Qatar’s decision to withdraw, and added that the turnabout would not make any difference in American’s plans.Qatar said in June that it planned to buy an initial stake of up to 4.75 per cent of American’s stock, but Fort Worth, Texas-based American said Qatar’s goal was to get a 10 per cent stake.It was an odd move. The two airlines are on opposite sides of a nasty fight that has big U.S. carriers complaining that they are unfairly undercut on fares because Qatar and two other fast-growing Middle East airlines get illegal subsidies from their governments.Qatar Airways had said it wanted to be a passive investor and not take an active role in setting strategy at American, the world’s biggest airline. But on Wednesday, Qatar said it changed its mind after a review of the deal’s finances and American’s reaction.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsAmerican CEO Doug Parker had given a chilly public response to the overture, calling it puzzling and not particularly exciting. Parker said Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker approached him about an investment during a secret meeting at an airline-industry conference in a Mexican resort city.Parker vowed that despite the prospect of Qatar becoming a large shareholder, American would continue to fight Qatar, Emirates and Etihad Airways over the allegations of unfair government subsidies. The Middle Eastern airlines deny getting illegal subsidies.In July, American ratcheted up the tension by announcing that it was dropping seat-selling partnerships with Qatar and Etihad because of the subsidies dispute.On Wednesday, American spokesman Matt Miller said Qatar’s decision not to invest “in no way changes the course for American.” He said American “couldn’t be more excited to keep our focus” on serving customers.Qatar said in a statement that it would continue to look for opportunities to invest in airlines around the world to develop “the best possible travel experience for its customers.”More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthShares of American Airlines Group Inc. fell 65 cents, or 1.3 per cent, to $50.41 in midday trading.last_img read more

Transat has clients covered for trips to DR hotspot

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Transat has clients covered for trips to D.R. hotspot Sharecenter_img MONTREAL — Transat’s wide range of product to Puerto Plata offers diversions for all tastes, from spa treatments, water sports and hiking to boat tours and museums.Along with its plentiful resort options, Transat wants Puerto Plata-bound travellers to know about all the things to see and do in this D.R. hot spot.The Malecon is a must, says Transat. Visitors can stroll or bike along the promenade and be surrounded by the views of the beach and hang out at local shops, bars and small eateries.For clients more interested in nature, Damajagua Falls is a great option. Led by a guide, visitors here hike and swim their way up through the waterfalls and take in the beautiful views.For a completely different vibe, Puerto Plata’s Monster Truck Safaris are another way to explore the D.R. countryside and meet its people. Travellers can motor through sugarcane fields and rivers, sample fresh fruit and coffee at a local fruit plantation and meet a Dominican family at their home.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upAlso popular, the cable car to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres treats adventurers to vast panoramas of the city, fertile valleys and lush mountains. Tags: Air Transat, Puerto Plata, Transat, Video Travelweek Group last_img read more

TravelBrands new BDM has retail wholesale experience

first_img Travelweek Group MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands has added Charlotte Antill to its team of Ontario BDMs, hiring the industry veteran to oversee TravelBrands’ partnerships in Ontario’s West and North divisions.“Charlotte has extensive travel experience, not only in account management but also in retail and business development,” says Shannon Smith, Director of Sales for Ontario. “We believe Charlotte will have great success working with our wonderful retail partners within the assigned Ontario Market and helping them grow their business with TravelBrands. We are very excited to have Charlotte join our TravelBrands sales team.”Antill got her start in the travel industry as travel agent for Uniglobe Travel and Global Travel. From there, she became a sales representative for Transat Holidays and a manager for Robert Q Travel.She can be reached at charlotte.antill@travelbrands.com. Share Tags: New Hires, TravelBrands Friday, June 7, 2019 center_img Posted by TravelBrands’ new BDM has retail, wholesale experience << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Costa Ricas Chinchilla gets lowest approval rating on record

first_imgCosta Rican President Laura Chinchilla is themost unpopular president in over 20 years, according to a survey published Monday in the daily La Nación. Six out of 10 Costa Ricans rated the president’s performance as “poor” or “very poor,” the lowest approval rating since the polling agency Unimer started collecting results in 1991, according to La Nación. Only 9 percent of those surveyed rated the National Liberation Party (PLN) leader’s performance as “good” or “very good.”According to Unimer, President José María Figueres was the last president to hold the ignoble honor with a 57 percent disapproval rating in 1995.Another 31 percent rated Chinchilla’s work as “moderate.”Anyone who has opened a newspaper during the last two years can see that the president’s term has been rife with corruption scandals and general discontent.Most recently, the president’s administration has been ensnared in a conflict-of-interest scandal involving a Chinese-funded oil refinery expansion in Moín, Limón, on the Caribbean coast, a trip to Peru on a private plane owned or operated by someone with alleged ties to drug trafficking, and strikes from teachers and public-sector unions.Chinchilla’s government also hit a bump with the bloated $40 million Route 1856 highway along the northern border with Nicaragua, and the failed improvement project to the San José-San Ramón highway.The president is not likely to get any sympathy from her predecesor, President Óscar Arias. Over the weekend, Arias slammed her governance in a video from Repretel. Chinchilla served as Arias’ vice president and minister of justice during his most recent term in office, from 2006 to 2010.While the president’s plunging approval ratings don’t bode well for her remaining time in office, they may have a lasting affect on Ticos.According to a 2012 survey from the Latin American Public Opinion Project at Vanderbilt University, Costa Ricans reported their lowest support for democracy and the political system since the group started collecting data in the 1970s.LAPOP’s report cited Chinchilla’s perceived performance and corruption as the two principle causes of Tico’s falling opinions of democracy and their political system.Chinchilla ends her four-year term as president in May 2014. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

The National Theaters birthday symphonic Beatles and other happenings around Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:A rainbow run, a pop-up store, and other happenings around Costa Rica The Prague Ballet, an international blues festival, and other happenings around Costa Rica Guitar Festival, French cinema, and other happenings around Costa Rica Shakespearean ballet, outdoor tango, and other happenings around Costa Rica National Theater Celebrates 117 YearsThe National Theater is the cultural epicenter of Costa Rica, and this year the institution is celebrating its birthday in style: a parade, public concerts and poetry readings, plus workshops and guided tours. How much does this all-day festival cost? It doesn’t – almost the entire anniversary is free to attend.Anniversary party takes place Oct. 26 at the National Theater and Plaza de la Cultura, downtown San José. 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Free. For a full schedule, see our preview of the event. Courtesy RedCulturaMusic: “Poesía Hecha Canción”The Mexican performer Alejandro Filio brings his unique combination of acoustic music and storytelling to the National Auditorium for a one-night recital.Concert takes place Oct. 24 at the National Auditorium, former penitentiary, San José. 8:30 p.m. ₡26,000 ($52). Info: RedCultura.Cartago Theater FestivalCatch up to 10 different Spanish-language plays at this potluck theater festival in Cartago.El Festival de Teatro takes place Oct. 24-26 at the Casa de la Ciudad, downtown Cartago. ₡3,000 ($6) per show; ₡6,000 ($12) for three shows. Info: Casa de la Ciudad Facebook page.Music: Tribute to the BeatlesThe Philharmonic Orchestra of Costa Rica recreates Beatles classics on a symphonic scale.“Tributo a Los Beatles” takes place Oct. 26 at the National Theater, downtown San José. 8 p.m. ₡10,000 ($20). Info: National Theater website.Dance: This Is Not an EightDrawing together students and choreographers from the National University, this festival, whose idiomatic name roughly translates to “It’s not that complicated,” takes place in three different locales: the Teatro de la Danza, the Central Bank Museums, and the Barva Recycling Center.“Esto No Es un Ocho” takes place Oct. 24 – Nov. 9 at various locations, San José. ₡2,000-4,000 ($4-8). Info: RedCultura. Courtesy RedCulturaArt: 75 Years of PhotosBrowse decades of photojournalism at this striking exhibit, thanks to Spain’s Agencia EFE – the fourth-largest wire service in the world.“EFE: 75 Años de Fotos” continues through Dec. 7 at the National Museum, San José. Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ₡1,500 ($3). Info: Museum website.Film: Hitchcock FestivalThe Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center hosts this four-evening homage to the “master of suspense.” Catch such classics as “Vertigo” and “The Birds.”The Hitchcock Festival screens Oct. 22-25 at the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center, Los Yoses. Wed., 6 p.m.; Thu. & Fri., 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. Free. Info: RedCultura.Theater: “The Cross”Following a violent shooting in La Cruz de Alajuelita, the community reacts in Fernando Rodríguez’s award-winning new play.“La Cruz” is performed through Nov. 30 at the Vargas Calvo Theater, downtown San José. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. ₡5,500 ($11). Info: National Theater website.Art: “A Chronicle of Interventions”Learn about U.S. incursions in Central America, thanks to this provocative group show co-produced with London’s revered Tate Gallery.“Una Crónica de Intervenciones” displays at TEOR/éTica Gallery, Barrio Amón. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Info: TEOR/éTica website.Art: “Creative Portals”The students of St. Clare High School flaunt their creative skills at the National Gallery in an exhibit that showcases more than 60 artists.“Portales Creativos” continues through Oct. 25 at the National Gallery, Former Penitentiary, San José. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. Info: National Gallery website.Theater: “The Sheperd’s Martyrdom”Learn about the life and death of Archbishop Óscar Romero in the National Theater Company’s revival of Samuel Rovinski Gruszco’s 1987 drama.“El Martirio del Pastor” continues through Oct. 28 at the Antigua Aduana, Barrio Aranjuez. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 & 6 p.m. ₡5,000 ($10). Info: National Theater Company website.Enamoráte de tu ciudadYes, you can go gaga for San José – especially when the Culture Ministry is sponsoring Enamorate de tu ciudad, or Fall in Love With Your City, a year-round celebration of art, culture and urban parks. Check out the event site for news on games, workshops, presentations and surprise performances.Fall in Love with Your City takes place on Saturdays in various parks in downtown San José. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info: Enamorate de tu Ciudad website and Facebook page. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Vaccination campaign against influenza to start this month at public hospitals

first_imgCosta Rica’s Social Security System, orCaja, will launch its annual vaccination campaign against seasonal influenza on April 27, hoping to double the number of people who get the vaccine.Health Ministry officials want all people between 6 months and 2 years old to get a flu shot, along with people over 60 years old, pregnant women and people with respiratory problems or chronic deseases.Flu cases in Costa Rica mostly occur during the rainy season that runs from May to November. The number of cases usually spikes from July to September, according to Caja records.Caja’s medical authorities expect to vaccinate a total of 715,000 people: 650,000 adults and 65,000 children, Caja Immunization Program coordinator Vicenta Machado Cruz said.Previously the vaccine was given only to people over 65 and to those with cancer, diabetes, heart and lung problems, or other chronic diseases. Last year a total of 300,000 Costa Ricans got the flu shot.Expanding the population to be vaccinated will cost an estimated $3 million. In 2014 Caja invested some $800,000, Caja Executive President María del Rocío Sáenz Madrigal said.The campaign will continue until May 30 at all Caja hospitals and community clinics (EBAIS).People who are not within the high-risk population but want to get vaccinated as a preventative measure can buy the vaccine at private pharmacies. Facebook Comments Related posts:Social Security System launches anti-influenza vaccination campaign AH1N1 virus blamed for 7 deaths in Costa Rica this month Costa Rican health minister: Auto accidents are a public health issue Costa Rican experts seek to curb increase in breast cancer cases, deathslast_img read more

TEORéTica exhibits challenge and confound

first_imgRelated posts:TEOR/éTica offers different views of urban life Group show ‘Valoarte‘ surprises and impresses at Avenida Escazú TEOR/éTica revisits ugly politics in ‘Chronicle of Interventions’ Photo exhibit documents Costa Rican diversity Everywhere you look in Costa Rica, there is aguachimán watching the street. He might be sitting in a chair. He might be pacing back and forth. He might even be asleep. But rarely do you see a guachimán wearing a cape and mask, ready to fight crime.Without looking at the artist’s statement, it’s hard to tell where Carlos Llobet Montealegre intends with his new exhibit, “Superhéroes y Sus Ficciones Urbanas” (“Superheroes and Their Urban Fictions.”) When you see the life-sized murals of guachimanes spray-painted against the wall in TEOR/éTica gallery, their bodies outlined with comic book costumes, the images could seem reverent or satirical – or maybe both.This ambiguity has always been the most challenging aspect of TEOR/éTica, the small, avant-garde gallery in Barrio Amón. Following the pugnacious exhibit “A Chronicle of Interventions,” whose themes were clear and didactic, TEOR/éTica’s latest displays are comparatively hard to figure out. The gallery is showcasing several artists simultaneously, but there seems to be no “blue note,” no connective concept or point. There are several exhibits running concurrently, including “Superhéroes” and “Teramorfosis,” but they all blend sloppily together. Each piece must be taken individually, and even then, visitors may feel lost.One of the more coherent works is Pamela Hernández’s “Patrones,” a quilt made of government documents. Each payday, nearly every legal worker in Costa Rica receives órdenes patronales, little receipts for their payments into the national healthcare system, and Hernández has cleverly sewn them into a single sheet of dot-matrix text. But why has she done this? To criticize Costa Rican healthcare as impersonal? To turn something dreary and bureaucratic into a joke? Hernández uses materials that are inherently political – they signify citizens’ participation in government affairs – but the product is not. If we must decide how to react, Hernández doesn’t give us much to go on.The same goes for Michelle Ferris and Róger Muñoz’s video installation, which occupies a corner of the gallery’s first room. You step inside a small booth, which is dark except for a black-and-white video projection on the floor. As you stand there, the floor seems to slide away, disorienting the visitor. But the patterns are difficult to make out. They are too abstract to identify. Not surprisingly, this installation is called “Sin Nombre” (“Untitled”).Despite its diminutive size and unassuming location, TEOR/éTica is one of the most respected galleries in Costa Rica. Its curators attract collaborators from all over the world, and many of its shows have been smart, edgy, and moving. They have done a terrific job representing women, multi-ethnic and LGBT artists. But this particular cycle is not impressive. Slapping a Superman logo on the chest of a guachimán is cute, but it would work better as the cover of a punk album than as fine art.TEOR/éTica is best known for painting its exterior with a diverse range of murals. Some of these murals have been so provocative that passersby have defaced them. Various artists have decked the walls with raw data, cartoon animals, and Chinese characters. Most recently, an artist covered the walls with childish drawings, the kind of monstrous characters an angry kindergartner might dream up. These figures may be honest and imaginative, but they’re also ugly and sophomoric. In a city full of eye-catching public art, these murals are just obnoxious. Sometimes art is hard to get. Other times, it’s not worth getting.“Superhéroes y Sus Ficciones Urbanas” and “Teramorfosis” display through May 16 at TEOR/éTica Gallery, Barrio Amón. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. Info: TEOR/éTica website. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Army deployed over Peru mining project violence

first_imgRelated posts:Peru fights gold fever with fire and military force One American hunts for emeralds in Colombia. But many want to stop him Another huge and open iron mine is carved out of Brazil’s rain forest To conserve the Amazon, the forest must become an economic ‘asset’ LIMA, Perú — Peruvian troops have been deployed to help maintain law and order after weeks of deadly protests over a controversial mining project in the country’s south, the government said Saturday.A government resolution said the army had been sent into Islay province to “ensure control, maintain internal order and prevent acts of violence” linked to the Tía María copper mine.Troops would help local police protect local facilities including ports, roads, bridges and tunnels, Justice Minister Gustavo Adrianzén told RPP radio.The move comes after weeks of violence linked to the mine. A farmer died from gunshot wounds after a clash with police on April 22, while another protester died on May 5.The unrest claimed a third fatality on Saturday, with confirmation of the death of a policeman who had been injured during a clash with protesters on Wednesday.A total of 160 police have been injured in protests, according to the Interior Ministry.Protesters are demonstrating against the project by Mexican-owned copper firm Southern Peru, which they say will pollute their water and damage agriculture.Local residents, who have opposed the project for years, have been protesting since March 23. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

COD 1042 Luxury Living in Valle del Sol Santa Ana For Sale

first_img https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20141208154940949.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20141208155607051.jpg No related posts. Price: $800,000Email: realestate@ticotimes.netProvince: San JoséConstruction: 530m2Land: 610m2Bedrooms: 4Bathrooms: 5 or moreTwo-story building includes:Main floorSkylight at entrance for better illumination.Full bathroom for visitors, adjacent to the office.Office with fine furniture, desk, A/C and Murano lamp.Spacious main dining room.Big living room with two lamps of cut crystal and gold coating.Informal living room with bar area (including bar furniture).Changing room for visitors using the Jacuzzi.Roofed Jacuzzi for up to 10 people.Informal dining room with tennis court view.Compartment under the stairs for delicate goods.Kitchen with granite counter, very well illuminated, bright color furniture, instant hot water, food disposal, dishwasher, and a counter in the center for different purposes.Built-in cupboard for supplies.Bedroom with full bathroom for the maid.Ample laundry room with clothes lines.Garage for two cars in the back side of the house. The garage is decorated with the same elements of the rest of the house.BBQ area with smoke extractor. This area is connected with the garage by sliding doors to convert it into a spacious party room.Garden.Side area next to the garage. This space works perfectly as a parking area when having parties.Ample windows with sieve for better ventilation.High roof for a better circulation of the air.Upper level:TV room.Two bedrooms with closets.A full bathroom with bathtub hydro-massage and shower. This bathroom is shared by the two bedrooms of the west side of the second floor.A third bedroom with walk-in closet and full bathroom.Ample master bedroom with bathtub hydro-massage and shower, two double sinks, indirect lights, and a dressing table for ladies.Big walk-in closet in the master bedroom.Central A/C system for the upper-level only.“Shut” to drop the clothing into the laundry area.There are garden areas in front and on the east side of the house. In the front of the house there is a bench to take advantage of cool evenings or to wait for the school bus or visitors. The garbage disposal is constructed with cement and an iron top. The driveway runs through the front of the house to facilitate visitors’ arrival, so they are close to the main door, especially useful on rainy days. There are spotlights in front to illuminate and highlight the house, three additional compartments to keep tools, garden equipment, etc., a machine room for the water heater and the pump to send water throughout the house in case of scarcity, fans in two upper rooms (if A/C is not used) and in two main bathrooms, in the terrace (BBQ area), in the informal living room and in the informal dining room, speakers in several social areas of the house, intercommunication among rooms and the kitchen, electric gate at the entrance of the garage side street, tall fence in the back side of the property with razor wire, 24/7 security services, two gas tanks for the Jacuzzi, dimmers in several areas of the house, two telephone lines (2282-1111 and 2282-1212) and paving decorated area in front of the house.The house is given with no drapes but there are curtain rods.Asking price: $800,000 (An appraisal was done recently and could be shown to interested parties.)Maintenance fee: $181 monthly.Municipal taxes: $352 every three months (March, June, September and December). First quarter of 2015 is paid.Corporations tax: $187 per year (2015 is paid).Luxury home tax: $ 1,240 per year (2015 is paid).See this and other listings in the new Tico Times Real Estate section here. Facebook Comments https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20141208155237305.jpg Previous Image https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20141208155516246.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20141208154904818.jpgcenter_img https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20141208155322533.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20141208160504384.jpg info heading info content https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20141208155022219.jpg Next Image https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/img20141208154744414.jpglast_img read more

Sun sand waves dog bliss

first_imgRelated posts:PHOTOS: Celebrating independence in Limón It’s not a proper Costa Rican outdoors adventure unless you’re teetering on a bridge Ocean-gazing under the dome Costa Rica dreamin’ May your Sunday bring you as much happiness as this dog is experiencing in the surf. (OK, maybe half as much; it’s hard to compete with dog happiness.) Read more about Costa Ricans and their furry friendshere.Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay  series? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to kstanley@ticotimes.net. We’d love to see the sights with you. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Urban flocks Part 2 5 more common birds of San José

first_imgSee Part 1 of this series: Urban flocks (Part 1): 5 common birds of San JoséWe continue this month with a look at five more birds that are common in the trees, telephone wires, rooftops, and sidewalks of San José: Crimson-fronted Parakeets on the UCR campus in San Pedro. In Costa Rica, this species can be identified by its long, pointed tail and a variable amount of red on the forehead. (Courtesy of Jorge Solís Campos)Crimson-fronted Parakeet (Psittacara finschi)Spanish & Costa Rican local names: Perico Frentirrojo, Cotorra, Chucuyo, Perico Colilarga, Perico de Palmera*A few parrot species can be found in San José, but the Crimson-fronted Parakeet is by far the most common. These birds are an energetic bunch, flocking in groups to building eaves and trees with an incessant chatter that can be deafening if you find yourself next to a tree full of them. Here’s the sound of a flock flying overhead (some taxonomic authorities refer to this species as Finsch’s Parakeet/Aratinga finschi):Although this species is abundant in San José, it’s actually quite special in that it’s a regional endemic: its entire range extends only from Nicaragua to western Panama. It belongs to the Psittacidae family, along with parrots and macaws. The Rufous-collared Sparrow can be distinguished from similar birds by its gray-and-black crested head. (Via Rodolfo Walker/Flickr)Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis)Spanish & Costa Rican local names: Chingolo, Comemaíz, PirrísYou can’t walk very far down a sidewalk in San José without running into a pair of Rufous-collared Sparrows hopping around on the ground or flitting between bushes. Like most members of its family, this species has a conical bill ideal for cracking seeds and grains, hence its local name Comemaíz. It belongs to the Emberizidae family, along with finches, buntings, and other New World sparrows. Its vocalizations include a whistled song: The Tropical Kingbird can be distinguished from similar birds in Costa Rica by its notched tail. (Via James Diedrick/Flickr)Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus)Spanish & Costa Rican local names: Tirano Tropical, Pecho AmarilloLike the Great Kiskadee we described in Part I, the Tropical Kingbird belongs to Tyrannidae, the tyrant flycatcher family, and is one of about a dozen birds known as pecho amarillo in Costa Rica. Flycatchers are known for, well, fly catching. Like many of its relatives, the Tropical Kingbird frequently hunts flying insects by making quick flights known as “sallies” and returning to the same perch, as this bird is doing: The Rufous-tailed Hummingbird is distinguished from other Costa Rica hummers by its combination of a rufous (reddish-brown) tail and green breast. (Courtesy of Raul A. Vega Vega)Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl)Spanish & Costa Rican local names: Amazilia Rabirrufa, GorriónCosta Rica is home to about 50 of the roughly 340 known hummingbird species, and this one is the most common in the gardens and open areas of the Central Valley. The Rufous-tailed Hummingbird is highly aggressive and territorial at bunches of flowers, readily chasing off other hummers. They have a variety of vocalizations, including this song:Hummingbirds make up the Trochilidae family, and occur only in the Americas. As one might expect from the size of their feet, they can’t really walk, but can shuffle sideways along a perch. The White-winged Dove can be told apart from similar doves and pigeons by its white wing stripe, which is usually visible on the folded wing. (Via Laura Gooch/Flickr)White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)Spanish & Costa Rican local names: Paloma Aliblanca, ArroceraThis species is about the same size as the common city pigeon (Rock Pigeon) and much larger than the Inca Dove. Like many other doves and pigeons – which collectively make up the Columbidae family – the White-winged Dove forages for seeds, grain and grit largely by walking (not hopping) on the ground, its head bobbing. Its throaty call is often transliterated as ‘who-cooks-for-you’:* All Spanish and local species names are taken from the Asociación Ornitológica de Costa Rica.Check out other “Into the Wild” columns here.Originally published on Sept. 14, 2015.Robin Kazmier is the former general manager of The Tico Times Publications Group, editor of various field guides and natural history books, and author of National Parks of Costa Rica (with photographer Greg Basco).  Facebook Comments Related posts:Urban flocks (Part 1): 5 common birds of San José Urban flocks (Part 2): 5 more common birds of San José Urban flocks (Part 1): 5 common birds of San José Grab your binoculars: It’s Christmas Bird Count season in Costa Rica!last_img read more

United States sending Costa Rica 407 million to fight narcotrafficking and crime

first_imgThis story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Costa Rican authorities arrest 10 suspected of drug trafficking, announce Colombian partnership The United States is expected to send more than $40 million to Costa Rica to help the country fight narcotrafficking and organized crime, the Foreign Ministry announced.The funding, which is part of a budget signed by U.S. President Donald Trump, amounts to a 33-percent increase over last year, according to the Foreign Ministry.The news was announced Saturday in a press release.“It is our police officers who, with their work, demonstrate day-by-day their commitment to the security of the country and to the region,” the Costa Rican Ambassador to the United States, Fernando Llorca Castro, said in a statement.In the press release, the Costa Rican government thanked the United States for the continued partnership:The Government of Costa Rica thanks the Government of the United States for the confidence this cooperation package shows toward Costa Rica. It is also a testament to the increasingly strong ties between both countries, as well as to the US Ambassador in Costa Rica, Sharon Day, and the embassy team, for the leadership, commitment to Costa Rica, and the bilateral security priorities which are essential for the successful execution of the projects carried out with this cooperation.Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in the United States to stem what he calls “an invasion of drugs and criminals coming into our country” through its border with Mexico. However, illegal border crossings into the United States are already decreasing, according to The New York Times.Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado travelled to the United States during his first trip abroad after his May 2018 inauguration. His meetings with U.S. officials highlighted “priority issues for our administration,” including citizen security and fighting organized crime.Costa Rica’s Public Security Ministry last week announced a partnership with Colombia in which officials from the South American country will help to bolster preventative security measures.“Uniting efforts is essential to protect the country in the fight against common crime and organized crime,” said Luis Carlos Castillo Fernandez, the Deputy Minister of Public Security.center_img Related posts:Police discover 33 illegal landing strips along Pacific coast Defendants captured aboard supposed drug vessel accuse U.S. authorities of torture Costa Rica sentences four members of Mexican jewelry thief gang ‘Los Mazos’ to prison How Costa Rica is affected by US aidlast_img read more

Tico Times TBT 2006 Arenal Volcano lava flows

first_imgRelated posts:Ash from Turrialba Volcano keeps falling on the Central Valley Turrialba Volcano again spews ash and vapor Following recent crime wave, Solís announces new investment in San Carlos police force TIMELINE: A recent volcanic history of Costa Rica Arenal Residents Live in Harmony with Active Volcano Arenal Volcano’s July 1968 eruption destroyed three small villages, killed 87 people and wiped out 232 square kilometers of crops and livestock.The stratovolcano has remained dormant over the last decade, but for years, La Fortuna’s 8,000 residents made their peace with the consistently active volcano to form a delicate harmony.Pictured here are lava flows in 2006.Read more in The Tico Times archives here:center_img Photo by Matthew.landry at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 2.5, Link Facebook Commentslast_img read more

2 British men drown while rafting in south India

first_img Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths NEW DELHI (AP) – A police official says two British men have drowned after their raft overturned and capsized in a river in southern India.Police superintendent Anupam Agarwal said Saturday that police divers have fished out the bodies of the two men from the Cauvery River.Ian Turton of York and Michael Easton of London were rafting on the Cauvery when their boat was swept away in the rapids, hit some rocks and capsized. The vital role family plays in society Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   center_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too A search was launched when the men did not return to their hotel. Agarwal said the bodies and the raft were found Friday.He said the men’s families have been notified and the bodies are being sent to the U.K.Turton, 45, was working for Tenneco Automotive, an American company. Easton, 62, was a research scientist with the energy giant Shell.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

Iceland president reelected for record 5th term

first_img Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates (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 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist The election Saturday hinged on how politically active the president should be. Iceland is a parliamentary democracy in which the president has traditionally been seen as a figurehead. However, the president can refuse to sign into law bills passed by parliament, triggering a voter referendum. Grimsson was the first president to wield that power.In a preliminary count, Grimsson took 52.2 per cent of the vote. Closest challenger Thora Arnordsdottir, who ran on a platform that the president should not have political views and play an active role in promoting business, had 33.8 per cent.In his New Year’s Address, Grimsson insinuated that he would not seek re-election, but decided to after being urged by a petition signed by 30,000 Icelanders. He has repeatedly said he believes he owed it to the Icelandic people to run again.Iceland’s banking sector ballooned to nine times the tiny nation’s annual gross domestic product in a decade of boom, before collapsing under the weight of debt in October 2008. The country’s three main banks collapsed in a single week.The failure of Icesave, an online subsidiary of Landsbanki bank, left 340,000 British and Dutch citizens out of pocket. Both Britain and The Netherlands reimbursed their citizens’ deposits and are still seeking repayment. Voters rejected the government-backed deal to repay them last year in a referendum _ sending the dispute to an international court. How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Associated PressREYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) – Iceland’s President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, who turned his ceremonial office into a position of power and rejected a deal that would have put taxpayers on the hook for $5 billion to Britain and the Netherlands, has been re-elected to a fifth term.The vote makes him the longest-serving president in Icelandic history. Heavily criticized after the financial crisis for cheerleading the overheated business sector, he earned back support from ordinary Icelanders and became a symbol of defiance by refusing to sign legislation that would have made taxpayers pay back British and Dutch deposits in a failed online bank.last_img read more

Campari moves into Jamaican rum market

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The vital role family plays in society Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix ROME (AP) – Campari Group, the maker of the bright red Italian aperitif, says it has acquired a controlling stake in Jamaican rum maker Lascelles deMercado from the troubled Caribbean conglomerate CL Financial Ltd.Campari said Monday it had agreed to buy CL Financial’s 81.4 percent stake and would offer to buy the rest of Lascelles’ shares. The total price for all Lascelles’ shares is $415 million (about (EURO)330 million). The company’s brands include Appleton; White, Wray & Nephew and Coruba. Patients with chronic pain give advicecenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Campari has been on a global shopping spree for more than a dozen years as it seeks to expand the 150-year old company beyond production of its eponymous brew of herbs into new spirit and beverage lines. Lascelles marks its third-largest acquisition.Trinidad-based CL Financial received a government bailout starting in 2009.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

Argentinas YPF Russias Gazprom talk strategy

first_img 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day His message: Foreign partners are more than welcome in Argentina, but YPF will go it alone if it must.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Argentina’s state-controlled YPF energy company reached a strategic accord Tuesday with Russia’s Gazprom, the world’s leader in natural gas production.YPF announced no specifics following the meeting in Moscow led by YPF President Miguel Galuccio and Gazprom board president Alexey Miller, but said the accord could lead to partnerships with the Russians in drilling for shale oil and gas in the South American country, as well as more supplies of Russian liquefied natural gas for Argentina’s energy-hungry economy. Argentine President Cristina Kirchner and her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had set Tuesday’s strategy session in motion during their encounter in Mexico during the last G-20 summit.“It was a positive meeting and another open door to move forward with the ambitious goals we have set for ourselves,” said Galuccio, who brought to the meeting Juan Garoby and Pablo Vera Pinto, his top executives for non-conventional resources and international finance. “Gazprom is the most important gas company in the world and we’ve found points in common to rapidly explore a shared collaboration.’Galuccio is on a global road trip in search of partners and plans to talk to America’s major oil companies in the U.S. later this month.YPF’s immediate goals include reversing years of production decline and increasing oil and gas output by 32 percent in five years. It also hopes to invest $37 billion in the world’s third-largest shale reserves, after U.S. and China. Analysts have predicted that YPF can only meet its goals with outside help, but the five-year plan Galuccio unveiled last week would have YPF pay for most of the development by reinvesting its own revenues. 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Peugeot in talks to sell bulk of logistics unit

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Parents, stop beating yourself up Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Patients with chronic pain give advice PARIS (AP) – French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen says it’s in exclusive talks to sell a controlling stake in its logistics business to Russia’s national railway for (EURO)800 million ($1 billion).The carmaker says in a statement Thursday the talks with JSC Russian Railways could see the Russian firm take a 75 percent in GEFCO, one of Europe’s leading automotive logistics businesses.PSA Peugeot Citroen says the deal would help GEFCO expand into China, India and Latin America, in addition to accelerating its growth in Eastern Europe and Russia.center_img Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Last year GEFCO made (EURO)3.8 billion in sales. It employs 10,300 people and specializes in transport of parts and vehicles for the car industry.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Check your body, save your lifelast_img read more

US insists Kerrys broken leg wont hinder Iran talks

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility He had been receiving treatment at Geneva’s main medical center, HUG, and was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital after he returned home to Boston. Kerry, an avid cyclist, had hip replacement surgery several years ago. The fracture was near the hip, leading to speculation that his recovery would be lengthy and prevent him from being as involved in the Iran negotiations as he has been over the past two years.The State Department sought to tamp down such suggestions, saying that Kerry is committed “to pursuing an aggressive recovery schedule” and had spent much of Sunday and Monday on the phone with colleagues, including President Barack Obama and counterparts, including the French, Spanish and Iranian foreign ministers. Kerry had spent six hours with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif on Saturday in Geneva before his bike accident.“Secretary Kerry’s main focus for the month of June remains squarely on the Iran negotiations,” spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters. “His injury does not change that. He and the entire team are absolutely committed to the same timetable and are working toward June 30th as the deadline for these talks.” WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry returned to Boston Monday for surgery on his broken leg, as U.S. officials insisted his injury would not hinder his participation in nuclear negotiations with Iran.With an end-of-June deadline for an Iranian deal fast approaching, the 71-year-old Kerry left Geneva aboard a U.S. military plane accompanied by his orthopedic surgeon, Dennis Burke, and additional medical personnel. Officials said Burke is expected in the coming days to perform surgery on Kerry’s right femur, which Kerry fractured Sunday in a bicycle accident when he struck a curb and fell on a regular Tour de France route located southeast of the Swiss city. FILE – In this March 16, 2015 file picture U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, rides a bike after a bilateral meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister in Lausanne, Switzerland. Kerry is in stable condition in a Swiss hospital after suffering a leg injury in a bike crash outside Geneva Switzerland on Sunday, May 31, 2015. (Jean-Christophe Bott,Keystone via AP, file) Kerry himself expressed optimism as his plane took off from Geneva, saying on Twitter that that was eager to return to work.“Look fwd to getting leg set & getting back to @StateDept!” he tweeted. “Meantime, work goes on. Big thanks for well-wishes. #Onward.” In a French-language tweet, Kerry thanked the local Swiss and French police and emergency workers, calling them “real professionals.”The State Department referred questions about Kerry’s treatment and recovery time to his physicians.But Harf stressed that Kerry expects to participate in person in upcoming rounds of negotiations with Iran.At the White House, spokesman Josh Earnest appeared less certain but maintained that Kerry’s broken leg wouldn’t derail the talks.“We do continue to believe that we have the time and resources necessary to pursue and hopefully complete the Iran negotiations,” Earnest said, expressing confidence that Kerry will continue to play a “critically important and leading role” with hopes of completing the deal by the end of the month.He said, however, that it was unlikely Kerry would be able to return to his previous pace of travel for the talks. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation The broken leg has already altered his travel plans.Kerry had planned to travel to Madrid on Sunday for meetings with Spain’s king and prime minister, before spending two days in Paris for an international gathering to combat the Islamic State. He will now participate in the Paris conference remotely.Kerry had been taken by helicopter to the Geneva hospital following the accident on Sunday after a paramedic and a physician who were traveling in his motorcade at the time of crash provided him with immediate attention. X-rays confirmed the extent of his injury.His regular government plane returned Sunday night to the United States carrying much of his staff and reporters who had accompanied him on the trip. He had hoped to leave later in the day on a plane fitted with special medical equipment.Kerry’s cycling rides have been a regular occurrence on his trips. He often takes his bike with him on the plane and was riding that bicycle Sunday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more