Passenger with loaded gun in bag causes a Christmas headache at Orlando
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Airports, Orlando, Travel Alert Source: The Associated Press Share Wednesday, December 27, 2017 Passenger with loaded gun in bag causes a Christmas headache at Orlando airport ORLANDO, Fla. — A passenger tried to bring a loaded gun in a carry-on bag at Orlando International Airport causing a long back-up at checkpoints during the Christmas holiday rush.Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Tari Koshetz told The Associated Press the passenger was carrying a Ruger with a separate magazine loaded with 10 rounds of .22-calibre ammunition. The incident caused a backup at the busy airport early Tuesday morning.Koshetz says it was the 91st weapon intercepted by TSA officers at Orlando’s airport this year.Orlando police spokeswoman Michelle Guido tells local news outlets the passenger has a valid Florida concealed weapons license. Federal law, however, prohibits passengers from carrying weapons through airport checkpoints. Guido says the passenger will be charged with carrying a concealed firearm in a place prohibited by law.The passenger’s name wasn’t immediately released.
Registration opens for NARATs Ultimate Egypt fam May 2229
Posted on January 9, 2018 TORONTO — NARAT’s ‘Ultimate Egypt’ deluxe fam includes return flights from Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, plus connecting flights are also available from other major Canadian gateways.The educational program explores an iconic in-demand travel destination that’s also home to one of the world’s greatest ancient civilizations, says NARAT.Participating agents will see the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Sphinx, the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Kom Ombo, Edfu, Philae, Karnak, Abu Simbel and the historic port city of Alexandria. Agents can also extend their fam with a stay at the Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh at the Red Sea. Fam activities include excursions to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, a visit to the Papyrus Institute and traditional bazaars that date back to the Middle Ages.The Ultimate Egypt Deluxe also includes a sail down the Nile, giving participating agents a chance to experience one of the world’s top voted river cruises.Cost of US$1,925 per agent, plus $150 taxes, includes international airfare from Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, domestic flights in Egypt, five-star hotel and cruise accommodations, comprehensive touring with professional Egyptologist guide and meals. The program is escorted throughout by a Canadian tour director.More news: TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamFam spots are limited and subject to availability. Connecting flights for agents travelling from other cities are available on request. Agents are permitted to bring one companion subject to space availability. To request a fam application agents are asked to call 1-877-BY-NARAT (1-877-296-2728), ext. 111 or e-mail email@example.com. Share Registration opens for NARAT’s Ultimate Egypt fam May 22-29 Tags: Egypt, NARAT << Previous PostNext Post >>
Update Hola Sun has flight details for returning passengers
Share Flight status can be found on the GTAA website at https://www.torontopearson.com/en/flights/schedules/.Hola Sun and its destination representatives have been working diligently along with Cubana Airlines to provide updated information as quickly as possible to passengers.More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemHola Sun Holidays is also in the process of negotiating with other airlines to add more air seats for the summer flying season. DEPARTURE: Friday May 25CU190Depart Havana (HAV) 14:45Arrive Toronto (YYZ) 18:00 Update: Hola Sun has flight details for returning passengers DEPARTURE: Sunday May 27CU180Depart Havana (HAV) 07:00Arrive Toronto (YYZ) 11:00 Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Cubana, Hola Sun, Plane Crash << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, May 25, 2018 TORONTO — Hola Sun wants agents to know that Cubana Airlines is still providing the return flights on May 25 and May 27 for Hola Sun passengers currently in destination.There are two flights scheduled to depart from Havana to return passengers to Toronto.Cubana Airlines is providing all transfers from each destination to Havana.Today’s flight is returning passengers from Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Santiago de Cuba and Havana.Sunday’s flight is returning passengers from Varadero, Cayo Santa Maria and Holguin.Here is the newly updated flight information for passengers that are in destination:
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Costa Rican diplomat kidnapped in Venezuela
A Costa Rican diplomat was kidnapped Sunday night in Venezuela, the Foreign Ministry confirmed. The kidnappers are asking for a large ransom in exchange for Guillermo Cholele, who was taken by strangers while walking toward his car.Costa Rican Ambassador to Venezuela Nazareth Avendaño, in Caracas, said the embassy received a phone call about the kidnapping and the ransom amount, and that the kidnappers ensured that Cholele remains in good health.Avendaño said via the press release that there would be no other comments on the incident at this time, and authorities in Caracas and San José are taking the situation “very seriously and have begun speaking with security authorities and leaders” in Venezuela about coordinating the safe return of Cholele.The kidnapping occurs three months after Mexico’s ambassador to Venezuela and his wife were kidnapped in the Venezuelan capital. The couple was freed unharmed less than than 24 hours later. Kidnappings and crime in general have remained on the rise in Venezuela in recent years. Between July 2008 and July 2010, 23 kidnappings per day were reported, according to the National Institute of Statistics. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Are the eggs on your plate freerange
From the print editionJenny Brown slipped a piece of notebook paper onto the table. The 8-1/2 by 11-inch rectangle is the size of home for some egg-laying hens, she explained. Most factory-farmed chickens are kept cramped and constrained, and the discomfort is unmistakable. The chickens struggle to turn around. They can’t lift their wings. They like to lay eggs in privacy instead of in the same room as dozens of other chickens. And hens enjoy pecking at objects at their leisure, but because of the cages’ constraints, they end up attacking each other.“They’re unable to express their natural behavior and it makes them feel stressed out,” Brown said, adding that scientific tests have confirmed this.Brown, Costa Rica’s representative for Humane Society International, received the go-ahead six months ago to study the availability of cage-free, or free-range, eggs in Costa Rica. Part of her mission is to convince Costa Rican restaurants and hotels, especially in the tourism sector or in expat communities, to switch from factory-farmed chickens to cage-free eggs. The goal is not to convince all of the ubiquitous Costa Rican sodas – small mom-and-pop restaurants serving traditional Tico fare – to make the shift, but rather to focus on businesses that are more likely to have greater demand.The trend toward free-range eggs received a huge boost in publicity last month. Burger King, one of the world’s largest fast-food chains, announced that 100 percent of its U.S. restaurants would serve cage-free eggs by 2017. The burger-makers – who use hundreds of millions of eggs per year – become the latest and largest egg users to announce the change. Wal-Mart, Costco and Unilever (owners of Hellmann’s mayonnaise), also produce 100 percent cage-free eggs, among others. Due to momentum in recent years, the Humane Society of the United States decided to push cage-free eggs abroad. The organization, which played a large role in swaying Burger King to go cage-free, selected four locations to promote the program. Humane Society International initiated the agenda in the populous countries of Brazil, India and Mexico, and in tiny Costa Rica.Cynthia Dent, regional director of Humane Society International, said Costa Rica was selected due to its health-conscientious reputation. The country attracts two million tourists a year, and many come from the U.S. and Europe, two countries leading the upswing in interest in cage-free eggs. Here in Costa Rica, Dent said, a movement toward more health-conscientious diets is taking shape. Two major egg-producers, Avícola Huevo Criollo and La Yema Dorada, raise a limited number of cage-free chickens, but it’s a hard sell for companies, as many Costa Rican residents remain unaware of huevos de pastoreo (free-range eggs), and don’t understand the logic behind it due to lack of promotion.Another complication for Humane Society International is that the country lacks a certification process for cruelty-free food products. Vendors at local farmers markets sell what they say are cage-free eggs, but there’s no inspection outside of the Humane Society’s program. Still, the fact that a market exists in Costa Rica for these eggs is encouraging, she said.“We don’t have the numbers behind it,” Dent said. “That’s the problem, nobody has numbers behind it. But that said, there’s something important happening about people thinking about what they’re eating, and that just sort of gave us a green light to implement this.”The list of places with cage-free eggs remains small and incomplete. Brown tackles the one-person operation of finding places that have cage-free farms. Even while she finds more restaurants and hotels interested in switching to products from naturally raised chickens, a concern is that supply from producers is limited. A mitigating factor is that a carton of 18 cage-free eggs costs about 60 cents more than factory-farmed eggs, Brown said. In the U.S., a carton would cost at least $1 more.The cage-free sites she’s discovered so far are on the Nicoya Peninsula in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, in Puerto Viejo on the southern Caribbean coast and in most vegetarian restaurants in the Central Valley (the ones that are not vegan, which do not use eggs at all).Several supermarkets carry cage-free eggs made by manufacturers. Wal-Mart has its own store brand of the eggs. Automercado and Perimercado also offer free-range eggs (from companies Avícola Huevo Criollo and La Yema Dorada, respectively).Eggs laid by hens allowed to roam free do not have any additional nutritional benefits, studies show. Nevertheless, consumers of cage-free eggs note one qualitative difference: “People tell me they taste better,” said farmer Alfredo Alfaro, who runs a small free-range farm in Nicoya. He sells his eggs to sodas and restaurants in towns on the peninsula’s southern tip, a tourist hot spot. In Puerto Viejo, Tom Franklin runs Bread and Chocolate, a popular bakery and restaurant that uses some 300 eggs a week. His eggs arrive from cage-free farms at two locations in the Caribbean province of Talamanca.“I’m always interested in buying the most local stuff I can, and the most organic stuff,” Franklin said. In the capital, the eatery Oasis chose to switch to cage-free eggs after Brown talked to owner Stephanie McNeil about the practice. “Truthfully, we were not using them not because it is difficult, we didn’t do it because we didn’t know about it,” McNeil said.The menu at Oasis emphasizes healthy foods, with fish and chicken, but no red meats. The dessert options include egg-heavy delectable like tiramisu and coconut flan. New menus announcing that these items are made with cage-free eggs are on the way.Brown said that’s been one of her most befuddling discoveries: Even restaurants that always have used free-range eggs don’t mention it on their menus. She explains to owners that there are business benefits to telling customers menu items are made with cage-free eggs.“[Customers] don’t know that they’re buying what we consider a higher quality product [with a] higher level of animal treatment,” Brown said. “Once [customers] get that, [they] start talking to their friends about it. And we want that word of mouth.” Facebook Comments No related posts.
The art of chocolate Costa Ricanstyle
Gabe Dinsmoor The tempering, molding, settling, cooling, filling and decorating of chocolate is all part of a delicate and precise art. And it’s especially tricky in the hot, humid climate of Costa Rica. Yet Soriano and Fernández have it mastered. After a workshop tour, visitors are seated on an open-air patio, where the founders lead a tasting and detail the history of how cacao became chocolate. “It’s not just a money-making business they run here,” said guest Jutta Daubenberger. “They run off the inspiration and materials Costa Rica gives them.”Don’t forget to pet the residence’s hound, a chocolate Labrador, Mochaccino, and make sure to try the white chocolate truffle covered in dark chocolate with lime zest and basil.All tastings are made by reservation several days in advance. For more info, call 2268-1335 or visit www.sibuchocolate.com Facebook Comments James Burleigh, 3, with his dad on Father’s Day. From the print editionThe first sensation is a wave of nutmeg. Next, cardamom and cinnamon ripple across the tongue. Then, the final flavor of chili blooms in the back of the throat. This procession of taste is brought on by the signature spicy chocolate truffle made at Sibú Chocolate in San Isidro de Heredia.Last Sunday a handful of people gathered to celebrate Father’s Day at this eco-chocolate workshop for a private tasting and lunch. During these events, co-founders Julio Fernández and George Soriano introduce visitors to the complicated history of chocolate. They guide through its Central American origins to refining in Europe to commercialization around the world.“Everyone knows Costa Rica for her coffee,” Fernández said. “Sure, it’s been cultivated for a few hundred years after it came here from Africa, but remember that cacao has been consumed for more than 3,000 years.”I won’t give away too many of the details – you should visit yourself – but here are a few things to know about Sibú Chocolate. The founders, one historian and one journalist, have traveled the world learning the art of making chocolate. They studied in France, Italy, Canada and the United States, among other countries. “Then we brought it all back to our little kitchen and began experimenting with local flavors and working with different farmers,” Soriano said.They began making chocolate in San Isidro de Heredia in 2007, where they developed an unwavering dedication to the sustainability of their chocolate workshop. Their cacao is 100 percent organic and Costa Rican. Their seven employees are all from the Heredia region. Even the timber used to build their patio is from non-native cypress trees from the property. “Here we have three priorities,” Fernández said. “The first is world-class chocolate, second is our use of organics and third keeping everything local.”The chocolate hacienda is settled into the hills, 20 minutes from San José, overlooking looking the town of Coronado. The residence gazes up at the Irazú Volcano and Braulio Carrillo National Park.“We plant only native plants here and it’s especially important with the national park so close,” Fernández said, as he pointed out seven different orchids on one tree.One aspect of the luxuriance of chocolate, like perfume, is the packaging. Beautiful boxes and wrappings have symbolized a good product from the days when kings and queens ate bonbons from chests of gold, Fernández said. Sibú Chocolate is slightly more modest in its attractive tan and brown box made from a coarse fiber. The boxes are actually 95 percent discarded cacao shells and 5 percent recycled paper.“This is probably the first chocolate to purposefully wrap its goods in garbage,” Fernández said. Gabe Dinsmoor No related posts. Leah Booker, 9, learns to make a bar.
Lady Gaga Saga Ends Pop star confirmed for Nov 3 in Costa
No related posts. A poker face no more. Superstar Lady Gaga will present her glitzy show for the first time in Costa Rica.The performance will take place on Nov. 3, a Saturday, at the National Stadium in La Sabana, west of San José. Tickets go on sale for the general public Aug. 20.The tour stop was posted simultaneously on Lady Gaga’s Facebook page and on the Facebook page of Costa Rican promoters RPMTV. The announcement came after months of speculation, and will be the pop sensation’s only stop in Central America.At the beginning of June, the Costa Rican Sports Institute announced that the National Stadium had been reserved for Lady Gaga for either November 2, 3 or 4. RPMTV would not confirm the concert date. Still, this seemed to all-but-confirm Lady Gaga’s arrival to the isthmus.But earlier this month, when Lady Gaga announced her Latin America tour, Costa Rica was not included on the list, giving Tico fans a reason to fret. Last week, RPMTV, put up a countdown on their Facebook page that ended Monday morning when – after a brief delay – the San José concert spot was made official.The flashy singer and dancer best-known for her outlandish outfits (i.e.: she once wore a suit made of meat) and chart-topping hits like “Poker Face” and “Just Dance” has garnered millions of fans worldwide. The Grammy-winner is the most popular Twitter user with almost 28 million followers.The “Born This Way” tour includes shows in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Producers hope to attract fans from the rest of Central America to the Costa Rica show. The year-old stadium has a capacity of 35,000. Tickets will not be cheap.The cheapest go for ₡28,000 ($56), while grandstand VIP tickets cost ₡92,000 ($184). Tickets will have a service charge between $10 and $20 depending on the location in the stadium.English glam rock group The Darkness and DJ Lady Starlight will open for Lady Gaga. The Darkness scored a hit in the United States with the song “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” in 2003 before breaking up in 2006. The group reunited in 2011 and began appearing in a bizarre Super Bowl commercial at the beginning of this year. DJ Starlight is a Manhattan-based friend of Lady Gaga.Lady Gaga’s tour began on April 27, in Seoul, South Korea. She will complete the European leg before heading to Mexico City. The tour has not been without controversy. Due to the concert’s raunchy production, demonstrators have protested outside performances, and a show in Indonesia had to be cancelled despite tens of thousands of tickets sold.Prices (include service charge):The Pit – VIP: ₡102,000 ($204)Grandstand – East/West: ₡87,000 ($174)The Pit – Regular: ₡36,000 ($72)Grandstand – South: ₡33,000 ($66) Presale: Credomatic cardholders will have access to a presale from Friday until Sunday at 3 p.m.General Public Sale: Tickets go on sale for the general public on Monday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m.Tickets are available through www.laboleteria.co.cr. Call 2549-5030 for more information on ticket point of sales. Facebook Comments
Marlin biting daily in Southern Zone
After spending weeks on the bottom of the totem pole, the Pacific Southern Zone came alive this week. Marlin has become a daily occurrence. The fish are not monsters; they run 200-300 pounds apiece. But for an angler who has never felt the power of these fish, it is quite an adrenalin rush.There are also a few dorado and sails roaming the southern waters, but the dorado has not returned in the pre-red tide numbers that were around a couple of weeks ago. Matapalo Rock and Iguana reef were on fire Thursday with big roosterfish, snapper and amberjack. Sheena Branton from Ft. Lauderdale released a 60-pound rooster and brought a 40-pound amberjack in for dinner.Quepos and the Los Sueños area also reported marlin and a sail here and there. There weren’t many boats on the water, but an angler checked in at Primo Tackle in Herradura and reported a good bite of small dorado at Punta Leona. Guanacaste was quiet this week.The ocean kicked up on the Caribbean side, slowing the tarpon fishing despite the many fish remaining in the area. Eddie Brown reported a good snook and snapper bite at the Tortuguero river mouth, and to the north, anglers were still taking snook off the beach at Agua Dulce north of Barra del Colorado.The red tide that has been scattered all along the Pacific side has been clearing up in most areas, and the fishing should continue to improve. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Murder trial against US woman underway
No related posts. The murder trial of U.S. citizen Ann Patton began Monday in the Southern Zone canton of Pérez Zeledón. Prosecutors allege the woman murdered her husband, John Bender, in order to steal millions of dollars worth of fine jewels.Bender was found shot in the head on Jan. 8, 2010, at the couple’s luxury home south of Costa Rica’s capital, Noticias Repretel reported.On Monday, Patton delivered an opening statement at the start of the four-day trial, which will include the testimony of 25 witnesses. Facebook Comments
Strategy aims to eliminate child labor in Costa Rica by 2020
Related posts:Labor Ministry receives 147 complaints over Christmas bonuses New plan aims to boost medical tourism industry in Costa Rica New jobs program aims to put a dent in Costa Rica’s unemployment rate High court reverses moratorium on pineapple growing in Los Chiles Costa Rica registers the lowest number of child workers in Central America, the International Labour Organization (ILO) reported on Friday, although the agency said more efforts are needed to keep kids in school.According to Costa Rica’s National Household Survey, 47,400 minors aged 5-17 – totaling 4.6 percent of Ticos that age – currently work in some type of job.Representatives from the Labor Ministry, the ILO and the Telefónica Foundation discussed the report during a forum held in San José ahead of the celebration of the World Day Against Child Labor, on June 12.Some 70 members of child protection and aid groups attended the event.The majority of working minors in Costa Rica are employed in agriculture, street vending and other commerce. Nearly 41,000 work in trades that are prohibited for minors, and some 25,000 teenagers aged 15-17 work jobs considered dangerous, the report adds.Esmirna Sánchez, the Labor Ministry’s director of workers’ protection, said officials are aware that there likely are more cases, as working minors usually do not admit they are being paid for certain jobs when questioned by ministry inspectors.Formal complaints do not seem to be helping, either. Costa Rica’s Child Welfare Office receives an average of only six complaints per month of child worker cases, according to the agency’s executive president, Ana Josefina Güell.Participants in the forum agreed to outline by next year a plan for making Costa Rica a country free of child labor, with clear and specific goals by the year 2020. The ILO and Telefónica Foundation also pledged to support the plan technically and financially.“It is urgent to eradicate this scourge that keeps pushing children away from the classrooms and sends them into a reality that is not consistent with the stage of life they are supposed to be living,” Labor Minister Víctor Morales said.“These kids should be in school enjoying their childhood and forging a better future instead of risking their health, their physical and mental development,” he added.ILO representatives noted that Guatemala currently has the highest child labor figures in the region, with at least 850,000 working minors, followed by Honduras with 350,000, Nicaragua with 240,000, El Salvador with 163,000 and Panama with 50,710. Facebook Comments