Oprah had the time of her life on HAL Alaska cruise and

first_imgOprah had the time of her life on HAL Alaska cruise and these photos prove it Tags: Holland America Line Thursday, July 27, 2017 Travelweek Group SuperSoul 100 Member Angela Davis had guests on their feet and moving to her empowering words during a spiritually enriching performance. Another SuperSoul 100 Member, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter India.Arie, took to The Mainstage for her powerful SongVersation performance.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTWhile sailing to Victoria, British Columbia, breast cancer survivor Jayne Jamison (Senior Vice President/Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer, O, The Oprah Magazine) led more than 150 walkers on a non-competitive 5K walk on deck to help raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Holland America Line, O The Oprah Magazine, and cruisers raised more than $10,500 for five international cancer organizations.After viewing scenic Glacier Bay, Oprah Winfrey took to Eurodam’s Mainstage to host A Conversation with Oprah. Speaking at two full-house engagements, Winfrey shared her journey to success, her self-proclaimed Year of Adventure and the desire for this cruise to be the start of something meaningful for those on board. Sharecenter_img “We are in the business of trying to expand the way people see themselves and their lives, and that’s what travel does,” explained Winfrey. “I want it to be more than just a trip. I want it to be the start of something big that started with this adventure of a lifetime that fuels and feeds in a way that is grand and deep and wide.”More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesOn what it meant for Holland America to be part of the event, Orlando Ashford, president of HAL, said: “The first cruise in our partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine was tremendous. The energy and inspirational atmosphere on Eurodam was felt by all and truly something special. The incredible caliber of talent and performances on the Share the Adventure Cruise exceeded expectations, and we leave this week with a lifetime of memories and lessons on how to live your best life.”The July 15 cruise was the first of several special cruises with Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine. Four additional Adventure of Your Life cruises with SuperSoul 100 Members (to be announced) will set sail as follows:Nov. 29, 2017 – 11-Day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on ms KoningsdamMarch 3, 2018 – 7-Day Tropical Caribbean roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on ms Nieuw AmsterdamAug. 11, 2018 – 7-Day Alaska roundtrip from Seattle on ms EurodamOct. 28, 2018 – 7-Day Eastern Caribbean roundtrip Fort Lauderdale on ms Nieuw Amsterdam Posted by SEATTLE — Oprah Winfrey is all for living your best life, which is exactly what she did while sailing onboard Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam to Alaska.Holland America Line and ‘O, The Oprah Magazine’ Share the Adventure Cruise set sail from Seattle to Alaska on July 15, bringing together renowned visionaries for a week of ‘O-mazing’ talks and activities.Throughout the voyage, guests took part in morning meditation with yoga instructor Sara Ivanhoe and learned about healthy eating with ‘Impatient Foodie’ founder Elettra Wiedemann. ‘O, The Oprah Magazine’ editor-in-chief Lucy Kaylin and editor-at-large Gayle King shared a peek behind the scenes of the award-winning magazine, while books editor Leigh Haber led conversations with Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth Strout for the first-ever O’s Reading Room. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Sunwing Travel Group makes the FP500 list

first_img Monday, August 14, 2017 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted by TORONTO — The Sunwing Travel Group has been included on Financial Post’s ranking of Canada’s top 500 earning corporations for the first time.The FP500 is an annual listing of the 500 largest corporations in Canada based on revenues from the previous year. Research and rankings are collected and distributed by FPInfomart, a division of CanWest Digital Media.“We’re very pleased to have been included in this year’s listing,” said Stephen Hunter, President and CEO of Sunwing Travel Group. “The Sunwing Travel Group has experienced significant growth across our lines of business in a highly competitive industry, and we attribute much of that success to the dedication of our employees, the support of our travel retail partners, and the innovation and value we’ve created through vertical integration.”Employing over 17,000 people internationally, the Sunwing Travel Group is North America’s largest vertically-integrated travel business and has been recognized on the PROFIT 500 list of Canada’s fastest growing companies for the last 13 years consecutively, said Hunter.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongEarlier this year Sunwing Travel Group was also included on Forbes’ ranking of Canada’s 300 Best Employers, an accolade determined through anonymous surveys submitted by employees. Sunwing Travel Group makes the FP500 listlast_img read more

Iberostar Fontana di Trevi set to open in 2019

first_img Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Tags: IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts TORONTO — Iberostar says the opening of its first hotel in Rome, set for 2019, is the latest step in its strategy to boost its city hotels segment.Situated in the heart of the Italian capital in a historic building next to Rome’s most famous fountain, and just off Via del Corso, the Iberostar Fontana di Trevi will open next year with five-star status following renovation work.The hotel is housed in a six storey 19th century building that combines Renaissance and Neo-Renaissance style elements, according to reports. In addition to the 67 rooms and a wide range of exclusive services, the hotel will also feature a “spectacular” rooftop terrace – the perfect venue for admiring Rome’s skyline, says Iberostar.The inclusion of the Iberostar Fontana di Trevi in Rome brings the number of properties in the company’s city hotel portfolio to 10, joining those located in New York, Miami, Lisbon, Havana, Madrid, Barcelona and Budapest.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyIt also represents a further move forward in its city hotels expansion strategy, designed to boost the company’s presence in the world’s leading tourist capitals with hotels offering prime central locations that reflect the authenticity and charm of the cities they are located in, providing guests with unique experiences.Says Aurelio Vázquez, the Iberostar Group’s Chief Operations Officer: “We are really excited about this new project. Rome is one of the top international destinations attracting both business and leisure travellers, and Iberostar Fontana di Trevi is designed as a boutique hotel tailored to cater for both types of guest. The building is truly unique and boasts a matchless location, and we are working hard to offer first class services and facilities that will guarantee guests a memorable stay with us in Rome.” Iberostar Fontana di Trevi set to open in 2019 Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Breathless Tulum Resort Spa slated to open in 2021

first_img Share MEXICO CITY — AMResorts and Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe are bringing Breathless Resorts & Spas to Tulum, Mexico.AMResorts will oversee brand management, sales and marketing of the resort.“Our strong relationship with Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe demonstrates ALG is the right resort brand management partner for owners seeking to maximize their investments through our powerful distribution channels,” says Javier Coll, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of ALG.“As Tulum welcomed more than 300,000 visitors this summer alone, we are excited to expand our presence in one of Mexico’s top travel destinations.”Breathless Tulum Resort & Spa is expected to open in 2021 with 300 suites and gourmet dining, 24-hour room and concierge services, an unlimited premium beverage program, daily refreshed mini bar, daytime activities, live nighttime entertainment and included taxes and gratuities. A “stunning” beach club will raise the bar to a new level in the entire region, says the company.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochure“Breathless is the perfect match for Tulum, as it is the first to offer all the services and amenities of a Grand Tourism category property in the area, which will allow more sophisticated travellers to reach this destination,” said Francisco Zinser Cieslik, Executive Vice President of Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe.The companies first announced their partnership earlier this year, co-branding three resorts in Punta Cancun, Los Cabos and Nuevo Vallarta under AMResorts’ new brand, Reflect Resorts & Spas and Krystal Grand.AMResorts has 54 resorts in its current portfolio, plus 10,000 rooms under development. Meanwhile with this deal Group Hotelero Santa Fe’s portfolio will reach 28 hotels and 6,932 rooms in 18 cities across Mexico, including hotels currently in construction or expansion. Breathless Tulum Resort & Spa slated to open in 2021 Posted by Tags: Breathless Resorts & Spas, Openings & Renovations, Tulumcenter_img Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Arenal Report

first_imgNo related posts. In just two days, on Sun., Dec. 9, Ladies of the Lake is holding its 3rd Annual Art Show/Christmas Bazaar Fundraiser. Please help us help others. Donations of the following items are needed: new or used clothing, shoes, books and magazines, CDs and DVDs, household items, knick knacks, kitchen utensils, furniture, bedding, appliances/electronics ( if not in working order, please let us know ), in other words, anything saleable.Drop off locations for donations: for the Tilarán/Tronadora area, Rene Aoki of Re/Max Rico Realty is accepting donations at their office on Tronadora Road 200 meters from the turn-off of the Lake Road (follow the signs). For the Nuevo Arenal area, Marisol at the Iguana Tropical Bar and Grill (formerly Rumours) will take your donations. The Iguana is located next to Banco de Costa Rica across from the service station.If you have items to donate that you would like picked up from your home, call Ruth Fountaine at 8371-3015 or e-mail lol3rdbazaar@yahoo.com. Spaces are available for artists/artisans, specialty take-away foods, services, local activities, or hold your own garage sale. Space rental is $10 per table. Proceeds go to support local community outreach.The Bazaar will be located indoors at the huge salon area of Plaza del Café on the Lake Road opposite the turnoff to Sabalito/Tierras Morenas starting at 11 a.m. Thanks to Ruth Fountaine for her assistance with this report.–William & Jean Priestjean_pri@msn.com Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Ricas Chinchilla meets with Cuban President Raúl Castro

first_imgThe presidents of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, and Cuba, Raúl Castro, met in the framework of the Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), held in Chile, to discuss regional issues. The two nations will head that organization along with Chile, the current chair holder.Cuba will chair the forum starting this week, and Costa Rica will assume leadership in 2014.The two leaders discussed cooperation agreements in education, culture, health and the environment.The meeting is the first to occur between the presidents of both nations after decades of broken diplomatic relations, which were restored on March 18, 2009.On Jan. 10, Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo signed in Havana a cooperation agreement that includes areas such as education, political consultation, science and technology, professional development and ecotourism, to be developed in the near future. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Costa Rican lawmakers give themselves vacations on Easter Holy Week

first_imgRelated posts:4 lawmakers attempt to boost their teachers’ pensions by calculating them based on higher Assembly salaries Why May 1 is much more than Labor Day for Costa Rica’s government Why May 1 is much more than Labor Day for Costa Rica’s government Costa Rican lawmaker resigns following accusations of sexual harassment Lawmakers will take time off from their duties during Easter Holy Week, which this year takes place April 14-18.The proposal for lawmakers to enjoy a full week vacation was unanimously approved Monday evening by all 43 legislators present at the full Legislative Assembly session.Lawmakers this year returned to work on Feb. 4, after a 46-day vacation period they approved to enjoy Christmas and New Year celebrations and also to participate in the presidential election campaign.Assembly President Luis Fernando Mendoza said progress on the daily agenda in recent weeks allows the lawmakers to take a break during the holy days. “The Assembly has done its job, we have fully complied with the daily agenda,” he said at the end of Monday’s session.However, Mendoza acknowledged that the pause might delay the voting on several key bills pending approval.“We’re going to move forward [with pending bills] as much as we can before leaving for vacation, mostly the discussion and approval of key agenda items such as the appointing the ombudsman or a bill to regulate biomedical experiments in the country,” he added.The 2010-2014 legislative period will end on April 30, and 57 new lawmakers will take office on May 1. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Chile bombings shake Latin Americas model nation

first_imgNothing like the whiff of cordite to set a society on a forensic soul-searching mission: Two explosions in Chile last week — one near aSantiago metro station, the other in a supermarket in Viña del Mar — have shaken this mostly peaceable nation like an Andean temblor and left much of Latin America perplexed.Violence is hardly new in Chile, and almost routine this time of year, when Chileans remember the coup d’etat of Sept. 11, 1973. Though it’s been 41 years, the wounds are still fresh from the military dictatorship that lasted until 1990, took more than 40,000 lives, and “disappeared” many more.But unlike the odd petard in the night set off by vandals or millenarian misfits, the latest attacks were more deadly — the one in Santiago injured 14 people, some of them seriously. For the first time since the fall of General Augusto Pinochet, talk of “terrorism” headlines the news, prompting some Chileans to argue that the authorities should weigh reactivating the junta’s intelligence police. Police investigators are still scouring the rubble for clues and suspects.Few nations have done as much to disarm the social and political ordnance that lies strewn across Latin America. This land of 17.4 million boasts one of the highest per capita incomes in the region, and also the best performance by school children, a minuscule illiteracy rate, plunging poverty and a culture of political civility that has kept the country stable, democratic and prosperous even as government toggles from the staunch right to socialist left.Look closely, however, and the Andean idyll seems like a dream deferred. Chile’s achievements are enviable for Latin America, but Chileans no longer want to be merely the best among the least. Many are dogged by their status as the last among best. Chile has the worst income inequality in the high-income nations of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Its 15-year-olds scored below average on OECD standardized problem solving tests, placing 36th of 44 among these elite nations. Tourists walk at the Cerro Astillero, which overviews the port of Valparaíso, Chile, on Sept. 13, 2014. Valparaíso is one of the most important South American ports on the Pacific Ocean. Martin Bernetti/AFPChile is right to be proud of its hybrid education system, which turned over public schools to private initiative and saw universities multiply and the number of students rise 10-fold since the 1980s. But the market-friendly solution also forced students into taking exorbitant loans. Millions of students hit the streets in 2011, bringing the government of then-President Sebastián Piñera almost to its knees. Bachelet, a socialist, rode the rebel wave to the ballot box promising free universal education, which her legislative majority has just brought a step closer by passing a sweeping tax reform.With the economy slowing, however, business leaders are underwhelmed — not least over the prospect of losing the Taxable Profit Fund, or FUT, which allows companies to decant earnings into reinvestment. Bachelet’s critics say that slashing the FUT will slow growth and curb investment.Maybe so, but Chile’s corporate elite has its own problems. For starters, it’s less clear just how the FUT has kicked in to the Chilean economy. In a recent visit to Chile, Ricardo Hausmann, the former chief economist for the Inter-American Development Bank told Revista Capital that despite the $270 billion corporate honey pot, Chile’s private sector has “one of the lowest rates of research and development in the OECD.”The larger problem may be one of complacency. Despite Chile’s reputation as the most open economy in Latin America and its 150 years of plumbing the Andes for copper, it is still not a global player. “If Chile were so good at extracting minerals, there would be Chileans mining abroad,” Hausmann said.Of course, protesters don’t get juiced over innovation and no one sets off a bomb because of lackluster productivity. But the seething in September is an unsettling reminder for Latin America’s model country that there is much left to be done.Margolis is Brazil bureau chief for Vocativ.© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:Sentencing in Chile begins to bring closure in 41-year-old murder cases of US citizens Frank Teruggi and Charles Horman Latin America, Israel trade after trading insults One dead in latest Chile bombing After 30 years, mother hopes for justice in son’s murder during Chilean protestlast_img read more

US President Obama hopes to stoke optimism in farewell union address

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. President Barack Obama will use his final State of the Union address Tuesday, one of the last grandstand occasions of his presidency, to define his legacy and make the case for optimism amid an angst-ridden election race.Seven years ago, a youthful President Obama’s first address to the U.S. Congress surprised some with gloomy talk of shaken confidence, a weakened economy and uncertain times ahead. His farewell State of the Union address may surprise for its optimism.Senior White House officials promise an unorthodox speech. Obama will ditch the traditional hour-long laundry list of the year’s legislative priorities and instead look beyond his presidency.For a president who has leaned heavily — critics say too heavily — on dazzling rhetorical skills to push his agenda, it will be one of the last chances to define his presidency before a national audience.Around 30 million viewers are expected to watch live, an audience that may only be matched during the Democratic nominating convention later this year, when he passes the torch to the next presidential hopeful.To reach the broadest audience, Obama’s aides will amplify his message across print, television and innovative digital platforms like Medium and Genius.Obama will list his administration’s achievements, from health care reform to gay rights to a nuclear deal with Iran to a pending trans-Pacific trade deal.But he will also stress the distance traveled since the throes of the Great Recession and speak to a present he will portray as rich in promise.“It’s about the power of possibility,” said a senior White House official. “It’s looking beyond his time in office,” in an attempt to “elevate the country.”The speech, under construction since the autumn, will also challenge U.S. listeners to address unfinished business, from dealing with racial tensions to gun violence to drug abuse. White House officials admit it is a risky strategy. For a president with a year left in the Oval Office, misjudging the nation’s mood could make him look cripplingly out of touch.The political backdrop is a shrill and hyper-partisan 2016 election campaign that has tapped into fears about terrorism, as well as middle-class malaise spurred by a lost decade of wage growth.Obama is unlikely to dwell on the 2016 election race directly, but in embracing optimism, the White House hopes to draw a sharp contrast with Republicans.“We think that there is a lot of noise coming from one party,” said one aide,  insisting the negativity of the campaign trail does not represent the broader nation.If Obama manages to kindle a sense of optimism, supporters hope it could help define a political epoch, much as Lyndon Johnson did when declaring a “war on poverty” or when John F. Kennedy announced the moonshot. U.S. President Barack Obama is applauded by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the conclusion of his first State of the Union address on Jan. 27, 2010 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Mandel Ngan/AFPA hostile CongressObama has long thought of his presidency in such historic terms. But the broad sweep of his speech is also born of necessity. He faces a hostile Republican Congress, united only in its disdain for him and his agenda.Obama can expect some bipartisan support for a call to enact criminal justice reform, but efforts to close the notorious prison at Guantanamo Bay or improve ties with Cuba will require unilateral executive action.He will rely on symbolism and the bully pulpit to press for tighter gun-control laws, which Republicans fiercely oppose.The White House says one seat in the first lady’s guest box will be left vacant for “victims of gun violence who no longer have a voice – because they need the rest of us to speak for them.”Republican criticism is likely to focus on Obama’s handling of foreign policy, in particular the rise of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.Offering a preview of the Republican response, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan accused Obama of “doubling down on the same failed foreign policies that have made the world a more dangerous place.”“The president of the United States should be an optimist,” said Danielle Pletka of the conservative American Enterprise Institute. “Don’t slam him for wanting great things for our country.”“Slam him for not talking about how the last seven years have seen an almost unprecedented decline not simply in our nation’s security, but in our ability to combat enemies near and far.” Facebook Comments Related posts:10 key quotes from Obama’s final State of the Union speech President Obama’s speech was a wholesale rejection of Trump’s worldview State of the Union is Obama’s bid to persuade his constituents of progress Obama’s brutal assessment of the rise of Donald Trumplast_img read more

Venezuela opposition drops deputies to break deadlock

first_imgRelated posts:Venezuela pro-government political figure shot dead Struggles loom as Venezuela opposition vows to fix crisis Venezuela opposition launches fight to oust government Rare good news in Venezuela: beer is back CARACAS — Venezuela’s opposition moved Wednesday to try to break the country’s political deadlock by removing from the state legislature three of its deputies rejected by the government.The move raised the prospect of an end to more than a week of tense squabbling over the composition of the congress in the crisis-hit OPEC oil producer.The opposition bowed to a ruling by the Supreme Court which ordered three of its lawmakers to be suspended while it investigates charges of electoral fraud against them. In a session of the assembly, opposition lawmakers voted to accept a request from the three to give up their seats while they defend themselves in the case.“We have no problem in saying it. Let it be noted that we are complying” with the court injunction, said the speaker of the assembly, Henry Ramos Allup.The opposition MUD coalition says the court is under the influence of President NicolÁs Maduro, whose side sued the three lawmakers for electoral fraud. The opposition accuses him of using it to block them from taking up the full two-thirds majority which could enable them to launch constitutional steps to drive him from office.The MUD vowed to launch measures within six months to force Maduro from power when it defiantly swore in all its deputies last week.Wednesday’s move was a retreat from that swearing-in, apparently aimed at unblocking the standoff in the assembly.Venezuela, the country with the world’s largest oil reserves, has sunk ever deeper into economic crisis as crude prices have plunged in recent months. The recession and what analysts say is the world’s highest inflation rate have fueled discontent with Maduro, whose term runs until 2019.Maduro’s socialist PSUV party lost its legislative majority for the first time in nearly 17 years in elections last month. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

5 questions for Panamanian band Señor Loop

first_imgHaving no expectations while creating music, and simply enjoying the creative process of exploring sounds: that’s the essence of Panamanian bandSeñor Loop. For almost 20 years, the band, known for its contagious and rhythmic Latin alternative rock music, has seen musical composition as a process that should happen naturally.“Señor Loop’s story is a story about the [band’s] evolution. About learning. A family’s story over almost 20 years,”  vocalist Lilo Sánchez told The Tico Times. “[It’s about] a movement in Panama that did not exist before, and unleashed other things within the younger generations. It’s a cultural phenomenon.”Since the beginning of their journey as band, they’ve released four different albums: Señor Loop Vol. 1 (2000), Madretambor (2004), MCMLXXXII (2008) and Vikorg (2013). The foursome – made up of Lilo Sánchez (vocals and guitar), Iñaki Iriberri (guitar, keyboard  and vocals), Carlos Ucar (bass) and Chale Icaza (drums) – has traveled to Colombia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States.During the Costa Rican visit they’ve just concluded, they played an electro acoustic session at El Steinvorth in downtown San José, and two concerts at Jazz Café Escazú and Jazz Café San Pedro. On a warm morning at Hotel Presidente in the city center, The Tico Times sat down and spoke with the group members about their life and work. Excerpts follow.Why did you name the band Señor Loop?LS: That was something that happened without us noticing it.II: We were called to play at a concert…LS: And we had no name yet. Señor Loop was this relaxing thing we had, a sort of imaginary boss because we didn’t have a boss. We worked together. Iñaki had a company with another associate called Loop Audio, so we didn’t really have [anyone to answer to]. We were young and we only wanted to go to the beach.Señor Loop was a way to control ourselves and try to work. When we were invited to play it was like: ok, Señor Loop presents… then Señor Loop became a group. We realized, 12 years later, that we couldn’t change the name. When you’re Tom Cruise, you’re already Tom Cruise. You can’t do anything about it. It’s another story that it simply happened and became a monster without us having control over it. Related posts:5 questions for Cuban pianist Leonardo Gell – ‘I believe in love and effort’ 5 questions for composer Pieter Schlosser – ‘The idea is to extract the emotion’ Pop icon Prince dead at 57 5 questions for Costa Rican DJ Esteban Howell Why do you like coming to Costa Rica so much?LS: First, because there’s love and an energy that attracts us. The first trips I did were to Costa Rica because we live next to each other and we could afford it. Afterwards, Señor Loop started and there’s a big love between Señor Loop and Costa Rica. You also have great coffee.Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at kstanley@ticotimes.net. Facebook Commentscenter_img What does music represent for you?LS: For me it represents everything: where I’ve been able to get in life and the places I’ve gone to. All of the people I’ve met. All the great moments. Work. Learning. Without music there wouldn’t be life for me.CU: Even though professionally I work on something else, for me music is the most important thing. It’s my passion, and I think about it 24 hours a day.II: For me, music is life. From the moment I wake up, I’m recording and making music of all sorts. It may be recording, commercial things, television or whatever. My work is about music all day long.CI: Music is a great gift because not everyone has it, so because you have this special thing, you have to do it responsibly. Duke Ellington would say that he received a calling… It’s mysterious. Not everyone can do it. Señor Loop during its concert at Jazz Café Escazú on Sept. 29. (Courtesy of Pablo Cambronero)What’s the creative process for your albums?LS: Ahhhh. For every album there are different processes. Complicated processes of logistics, but mostly, they’re processes in search of something. Each of us seeks different things.For example, Iñaki records and mixes the albums. He’s looking for the album to sound great, but I’m seeking to sing in the best way possible as well as making the guitar sound as I want it to. That also applies for the bass and drums. Everyone is trying to do their best in the moment.II: We also need to escape our jobs and the city. We always go to a friend’s house in the mountains. It’s a super nice place like Monteverde, but not as pretty. We go to Cerro Punto and stay there with no worries. We always try to look for that.LS: The albums have never been recorded in a studio. For example, we go for dinner at Carlos’s in-laws house, go in the living room and say: wow, this living room is great. Suddenly, we ask if we can record there. Maybe the guitars or the drums were recorded [in a house] at the beach.This happens because in those places there are no studios, or we had no money for studios and no one will do the job as well as Iñaki.II: There’s also communication.LS: With low ego levels.How did you create the song El Mono y la Culebra (The Monkey and the Snake)?LS: Very interesting question. [Our collaborator] Jonathan Harker comes into this process. This song was ready: we thought about it, but we had no words for it. We couldn’t do it… Jonathan appeared one day, imagined the story, and wrote it down with Iñaki. I came by the next day, read the story and was like: what? It was incredible. We just went on with it.II: The album was ready and everything was very organic and simple… I wanted to make a loop out of something with a piano, and it came out. We put a beat to it, recorded it, and there was the snake’s mode from beginning to end.LS: This song is a hit with children. It’s incredible. All the kids go crazy. In ten or fifteen years we’ll do a reunion just to play for the kids and their parents.Listen to Señor Loop’s El Mono y la Culebralast_img read more

South Africa Fair highlights continents art

first_imgBut it is art inspired by Africa’s socio-economic woes and political upheavals that attracts buzz among visitors.A life-size elephant made from trash draws a steady stream of admirers who pose for pictures. The pachyderm, with wire mesh to hold the plastic junk in place, is an example of how many African artists use everyday items to make art.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) JOHANNESBURG (AP) – The Johannesburg Art Fair showcases artists, galleries and museum collections from across Africa.The fourth annual fair, from Sept. 7 through 9, displays work designed to provoke debate on Africa’s pressing social issues.As well as more traditional mediums for artists, the Johannesburg art fair includes modern video and electronic installations. Flashing neon lights and sculpted glass heads attract the attention of the crowd. Men’s health affects baby’s health too The vital role family plays in society Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 treatments for adult scoliosiscenter_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Top Stories last_img read more

Tourist safety in Vietnams famed bay questioned

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   “I love this country, but I am worried about safety,” Chai said in a telephone interview Friday from Halong Bay. “The government should be responsible for this.”Each day, up to 10,000 tourists from around the world sail Halong Bay, a UNESCO heritage site three hours east of the capital, Hanoi. For many, it’s the highlight of their trip to this scenic Southeast Asian country. But at least four deadly accidents over the last 10 years and many more alarming safety incidents recounted on travelers’ blogs have led to allegations that tour companies are cutting corners.The hundreds of boats that sail the bay are of varying quality, from luxury wooden junks to much more basic vessels.At the bottom end of the market, two-day tours can be booked for as little $80 in some travel agencies in Hanoi’s tourist-clogged Old Quarter.The Taiwanese tourists had booked their cruise with one of the more expensive and well-regarded companies, Halong Paradise Cruises.The company declined to comment for this article, saying it was too busy looking after the families of the victims.Authorities say they are investigating Wednesday’s incident and will charge the boat’s captain. Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated PressHANOI, Vietnam (AP) – HANOI, Vietnam (AP) _ By the time Michael Chai spotted the other boat bearing down on his craft, it was too late to shout a warning to the captain, and the vessels collided. Within a few seconds, he and 17 other Taiwanese tourists were plunged into Vietnam’s Halong Bay, without life jackets, fighting to survive.Five people in the party of tourists drowned in Wednesday’s accident, trapped under the hull of their capsized boat, raising fresh questions over safety standards in one of Vietnam’s most visited attractions. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Last year, 12 people from nine nations died when their boat sank in Halong Bay early in the morning as those on board slept. The captain of the boat was sentenced to 10 years in jail, the chief engineer to eight. An investigation into the accident found that crew had forgotten to close a valve that allowed the vessel to take on water after a pipe in the engine’s cooling system broke.In Wednesday’s accident, Chai said the holidaymakers were returning to their cruise boat on a smaller, “shuttle” vessel after touring a cave in the bay. The tour guide was joking with them and there was no sign of danger when the shuttle craft was struck by a larger tourist boat operated by another company.“I was the first person to see the boat coming, but it was too late, it was right next to me already,” Chai said. “The boat sank in less than five seconds.”Chai said that people were trying to save themselves in the water, but that one of the strongest swimmers in the group _ a former Taiwanese navy officer _ had been knocked unconscious in the accident and couldn’t help.Chai said there were no life jackets on the shuttle boat.“There should have been better safety procedures. On the big boat and our boat, there were no medical or emergency supplies,” he said. “How can you run a company like this?” Parents, stop beating yourself up Luong Dinh Long, a tour operator in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, said he feared the accident would drive away tourists.Long said that after last year’s deadly accident, the authorities tightened safety measures that included a requirement that new boats be made of metal, not wood.“I’m surprised that this accident happened to a luxury cruise company,” he said. “These accidents have a big impact on the Vietnamese tourist industry.”Last year, some 6 million tourists visited Vietnam, 360,000 of them from Taiwan. Tourism is a vital industry in the developing country, providing foreign currency and jobs to many thousands. In Taiwan, the government issued a notice to tour agents to try and ensure the safety of the boats on the packages they sell. The impact of the accident in Taiwan was felt harder because three Taiwanese tourists also died Wednesday in a boating accident in the Philippines.Canadian tourist Deb Haugh said she was planning to visit Halong Bay from Hanoi, but wouldn’t stay the night.“We will go on a day trip, wear our life jackets and hope for the best,” she said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Algeria forms commission to study attack

first_imgErrorOK.. ErrorOK Four benefits of having a wireless security system 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The official adds that the Ministry of Energy, meanwhile, is working with British and U.S. experts to review the damage to the Ain Amenas gas complex and determine when or if production can start anew.The head of the plant told visiting journalists Thursday that he expected at least one of the three gas units would go back into production “soon.”(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) – An Algerian official says a high ranking commission headed by the prime minister has been formed to investigate the terror attack on a gas complex that resulted in dozens of foreign workers being killed.The commission includes members from the ministries of defense, interior, foreign affairs, labor and energy, the official said late Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Top Stories Comments   Share   5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

12 times this year people tried to open plane doors in China

first_imgLast week, tourism authorities publicly shamed Beijing resident Zhou Yue by putting him on a national blacklist for rude behaviors. Upset with flight delay, Zhou forcibly opened two emergency doors on a domestic flight in January, and he was late administratively detained for 15 days.In one case last year, a man pulled the handle to open an emergency door to let in fresh air while passengers were boarding the plane in the eastern city of Hangzhou, according to media reports.Piao is the first person in China to face a criminal charge for the wanton act, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said. No verdict was announced on Monday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The man, identified only by his family name of Piao, stood trial Monday on the charge of endangering public safety in the northeastern city of Yanji, the administration said in a statement.Piao opened an emergency door on an Asiana Airlines flight on Feb. 12 when the plane was taxiing, causing the emergency slide to eject and prompting the flight crew to take emergency measures to halt the aircraft, the administration said.His act caused the flight to be delayed for four hours and severely disrupted the airport operations, the administration said. Earlier media reports said Piao mistakenly raised the handle of the emergency door and was administratively detained for 10 days.Passengers have opened emergency doors without authorization 11 other times in 2015 at airports throughout the country, the administration said.The acts “have severely hurt aviation safety, disrupted flight operations and caused ill social impact,” the statement said.There is no data available for previous years, but the attention paid in China to the current incidents suggest such acts were rare or non-existent in the past. Authorities appear to be publicizing recent cases as a way to educate the public and stop such acts. Top Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories center_img How men can have a healthy 2019 Comments   Share   BEIJING (AP) — Chinese air travelers have tried opening emergency doors without authorization 12 times in barely four months on planes that were taxiing or at a standstill, and one man was put on trial in the country’s first such legal case, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said Monday.There is no immediate explanation for the apparent spike in the behavior this year, although Chinese are traveling in record numbers, many of them flying for the first time and lacking basic aviation safety knowledge. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonalast_img read more

Burundi 6 die in clashes between police and protesters

first_imgBUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Six people have been killed as protesters clashed with security forces in a neighborhood southeast of the capital, Bujumbura, police said.Five protesters and a policeman were killed in the confrontation, Burundian police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said.He said the police were trying to disarm protesters in Mutakura when they came under attack and used lethal force to disperse the attackers. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home There was also a separate grenade attack targeting police in the area in which seven civilians were wounded, he said.Police recovered military equipment, including two machine guns and ammunition, during the operation, Nkurikiye said.Burundi has been hit by violence since the announcement in April that the ruling party had nominated President Pierre Nkurunziza to be its candidate in presidential elections set for July 15.Protesters say Nkurunziza must go after serving two terms, the maximum allowed under the country’s constitution. But Nkurunziza’s supporters say he is eligible for a third term because he was chosen by lawmakers — and not popularly elected — for his first term, and the constitutional court has ruled in the president’s favor.At least 77 people have died in street protests opposing Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term, according to rights activists. Hundreds more have been wounded.The street protests boiled over in mid-May, leading to an attempted coup.On Monday, Burundians voted in parliamentary elections despite persistent calls from the international community for the polls to be postponed until the country is peaceful enough. Results are expected to be announced later this week. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories Top Stories Comments   Share   Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Niue Wins Best Booth at BFTE

first_imgSource = Niue Tourism The efforts of the Niue Tourism team paid off at the Bula Fiji Tourism Exchange (BFTE) last week where they were awarded ‘Best Booth’ of the event.Rather than enjoying relaxing time in the sun on their first free day in Fiji, the Niue Tourism team including Hayden Porter, Vanessa Marsh, BJ Rex and Susie Williams dedicated the day to collecting materials to decorate their booth.The team scoured the streets of Nadi for rocks, fernery and a picnic table and Vanessa even spent the evening hand weaving a traditional Niuean mat.The result was a booth that replicated one of the island’s most popular locations – Limu Pools. To complete the illusion, the walls and floor of the booth were plastered with a panoramic photographic image of Limu.Susie says, “The booth looked fantastic and I felt honored to be there representing not just Niue Tourism, but also the people of Niue whom I am sure would have been beaming with Pacific pride.”Susie commented that there was a “real buzz” around the Niue booth, both in terms of its design and about the destination. “We noticed a marked interest and knowledge from buyers about Niue compared to last year, particularly from leading Australian wholesalers as well as representatives from the UK and USA,” says Susie.“We also had a lot more formal requests for appointments than we did last year.”The team’s efforts were rewarded on the final day when they were announced as winners of ‘Best Booth’ and awarded the prize of a free booth space at next year’s BFTE. Niue Tourism Development Manager Hayden Porter says that they intend to use the free booth as additional space at the event to help create double the impact. Niue tourism team at Niue boothcenter_img Niue Boothlast_img read more

CTM completes US expansion

first_imgCorporate Travel Management (CTM) has announced the completion of its acquisition of the USA-based, R&A Travel.The purchase, originally announced in May this year, is part of the company’s expansion into North America and according to managing director Jamie Pherous will help the Group meet the needs of its client base, by offering USA services to those based in Australia and New Zealand.“We are now in a position to offer a highly-personalised service offering across the USA, Australia and New Zealand, which matches local cultural needs, underpinned by a best-in-class offering,” he said. According to the company, R&A returned a Total Transaction Value of up to $110 million last year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img

Study industry left behind in the technoworld

first_imgOutdated payment methods costing the travel sector. The travel industry will likely be left behind in the growing technological world, according to a new study, which found hidden fees from use of out-dated payment systems and methods to be costing the sector.Payment solutions group, eNett and PhoCusWright found agents, wholesalers and tour operators are facing several challenges in their ability to compete because many are yet to fully embrace new payment methods.According to the group’s research, hidden costs behind manual processing, reconciliation and reporting, foreign exchange, delayed cash-flow and supplier default are creating burdens for the industry, at a time where many are under pressure to cut costs and increase margins.“One such example is the cost of reconciliation, with agencies turning over $1million and $5million requiring one part time staff member to manage reconciliation, fraud, chargebacks and related functions,” the study reported.Additionally, research found using outdated systems could cause agents to miss out on unpaid commissions.eNett managing director Anthony Hynes said a business’ ability to succeed in the current environment was dependent on how “well-placed it is to control costs, minimise risk, utilise its data and ultimately enhance revenue”.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: NJlast_img read more