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The world according to Travel Detective Peter Greenberg

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first_imgPROVIDENCE, RI — Anyone who’s heard CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg talk about the travel industry knows he doesn’t mince words.At Collette’s Global Travel Forum, taking place in Providence, RI this week, Greenberg had a few choice things to say about airlines, OTAs and selfie-obsessed travellers, and he let loose in a hilarious and insightful keynote address.Greenberg says there’s still a place for traditional travel retailers and suppliers, now more than ever.His rapid-fire presentation hit on everything from airlines, hotels and cruise lines to the importance of bringing the art of conversation back to selling travel.Here’s a round up of some of his quotes and insights, from his keynote speech on day 1 of the Collette forum on June 21:“All the technology in the world can never take over from common sense.”“The U.S. Department of State now has travel advisories for every country in the world. Americans are cowering in their own homes.”“Today is National Selfie Day. We have become a society that is obsessed with documenting ourselves. Who thinks a great photo has to include you in it?”“America has become home of the brave, land of the fee.”“The unofficial motto for airlines seems to be ‘We’re not happy until you’re not happy’. The travel experience has been degraded on an almost exponential basis.”“Marriott is opening a new hotel every 14 hours. For Hilton, it’s a new hotel every 16 hours. Airbnb now controls 7% of the world’s rooms.”Greenberg says in his experience, talking to travellers, “they don’t want to hear that India is incredible, or Barbados is beautiful.” They want practical, helpful information about getting to and travelling in that country. “We’re forgetting there’s an audience out there that wants a conversation. That’s where you come in. You can be proactive. You can initiate that conversation.”“It’s not about the rate, it’s about the value, it’s about asking all the questions that they need to ask. That’s transformative.” He adds: “My transformative technology is my mouth and my ears. We’ve gone full circle.”“Three words: genuine, authentic, curated. Yes, I can hear you groaning. You’ve already heard these words too much. But that’s what people want.”Greenberg told a story about a hotel he stayed at recently, likening it to the dilapidated, creepy hotel in the movie The Shining. “There was blood on the wall. There was stuffing coming out of the couch. The door handle fell off in my hand.” Just as the bellman was about to leave, he gave Greenberg his card, to call him if he needed anything. “And there was a line on his card that said ‘Post a good review on Trip Advisor and get 10% off’. They were incentivizing me to lie.” Instead of posting a review, he showed the card during one of his TV travel segments and told the story.OTAs got popular “because people didn’t want to have a conversation. They wanted technology to take its place.”“Kids stay free deals, eat free deals, resort fees, free parking – online bookings don’t always tell you about things like that.”“Anyone who tells you ‘there’s an app for that’ – they’re lazy.”“Fear is the worst 4-letter word.”“We’re going to see unbelievable brand consolidation. Marriott is just the beginning.”“I still have a subscription to the printed version of the OAG and I can find a flight faster in that thing than anyone can online.”“You need to initiate and transform the conversation. Without that, the technology will kill you.”“We have to figure out a way to reinvent the conversation. We have to initiate and continue that conversation. You shared with [your clients] something they didn’t know and that’s why they came back to you.“We have too many people chasing fire trucks and not enough people explaining fire.” Posted by The world according to ‘Travel Detective’ Peter Greenberg Share Friday, June 22, 2018 center_img Travelweek Group Tags: Collette, Peter Greenberg << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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No major damage after Willa says Puerto Vallarta

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first_img Posted by Share Tags: Hurricane Willa, Puerto Vallarta PUERTO VALLARTA — Following the passage of Hurricane Willa earlier this week, Puerto Vallarta has announced that operations are returning to normal.After an extensive evaluation of the city by the Civil Protection and Fire Department, it was determined that the risk of storm surges and winds has been significantly decreased, and that Puerto Vallarta’s tourism infrastructure was left with no major damage. This includes: Licendiado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport, which has remained open; trans-national roads; and the marina, cruise port, and Pier Los Muertos, which provides access to areas south of Puerto Vallarta such as Yelapa.City services will also be back to normal, including schools and garbage collection. Cleaning crews and public works and public services personnel have begun clearing debris left by high winds and waves.According to Adrian Bobadilla, head of Civil Protection and Puerto Vallarta’s Fire Department, a total of 587 tourists and 62 locals were housed in city shelters because they were in high-risk areas, mostly around local bodies of water. He also mentioned that many locals opted to stay with family members while some hotels conducted voluntary evacuations according to their own contingency plans.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedHurricane Willa briefly reached Category 5 strength on Monday, with winds of 260 kph, before weakening to Category 4. Officials said up to 8,000 people were evacuated from low-lying areas, mostly in Sinaloa state. Friday, October 26, 2018 center_img Travelweek Group No major damage after Willa, says Puerto Vallarta << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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New ₡5000 ₡10000 and ₡50000 bills to circulate in August

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first_imgCosta Rica’s Central Bank announced Tuesday that it will circulate three new banknotes of ₡5,000 ($10), ₡10,000 ($20) and ₡50,000 ($99) in August.Once the new bills are out, the old ones will need to be exchanged in banks. Beginning in December, only the Central Bank will exchange them.All new banknotes display images of former presidents: The ₡5,000 note is yellow and has the image of Alfredo González Flores, the green ₡10,000 bill shows three-time President José Figueres Ferrer and the ₡50,000 – purple – portrays the image of another three-timer, President Ricardo Jiménez Oreamuno.Following an introductory campaign for the new bills, Central Bank authorities explained that these also include security features to prevent counterfeiting, for example, translucent watermarks, color-changing shapes and textured images. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica circulates new ₡1,000 and ₡2,000 bills Old banknotes lose their value from January 1 Central Bank issues new improved ₡5,000 banknotes Central Bank: That ₡5,000 counterfeit bank note message is fakelast_img read more

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Tourism sector extends ad buy during World Cup quarterfinals

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first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica to cash in on 2014 World Cup with TV, print publicity around the world Tourism officials approve first licenses for use of country brand ‘Essential Costa Rica’ Costa Rica hopes La Sele will bring home a trophy, along with more tourists Costa Rica TV spot competes in World Tourism Organization contest La Sele’s historic qualification for the quarterfinals round of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil prompted the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) to extend the airing of a TV ad campaigncurrently promoting the country as an ideal destination for tourism, trade and investment.The 30-second spot was launched on June 11 on TV stations in the U.S., Spain, Germany, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Netherlands and France, along with print and online ads.ICT Promotions Director Ireth Rodríguez said “the country is experiencing a historic moment” that makes it imperative to add promotions that reach millions of World Cup viewers who are talking about Costa Rica.“The national team’s great performance is a big opportunity for the country and the entire tourism sector including airlines, travel agencies and other sectors who see this important event as a boost for business,” Rodríguez said.The “Essential Costa Rica” country brand was launched last September and already has been presented to officials and tourism entrepreneurs in several countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas.ICT officials estimate the new promotion will reach some 14 million people, as the spot will be broadcast in English, German, Spanish and French.This will be the last advertising investment for Costa Rica at the World Cup, meaning that if La Sele beats Holland on Saturday, the ICT will not spend more on future matches.Watch the ICT spot:last_img read more

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La Nueva Prensa Serving the community of Nicaraguans in Costa Rica

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first_imgRelated posts:What do Ticos really think about foreigners in Costa Rica? N.Y. Times to cut 100 newsroom jobs Costa Rica regulators order Facebook page removed over advertising it deems sexist and blasphemous New York creates ID card for all, even immigrants without previous documentation In a print industry marked by downsizing because of the Internet, one small newspaper in Costa Rica seems to be hitting its stride, thanks to a largely untapped readership base and content that helps meet the needs of a large immigrant community.La Nueva Prensa may only sell about 3,000 copies a month at ¢200 each, but its popularity is gaining among the Nicaraguan immigrant community in this country.The Spanish-language monthly covers immigration and human rights issues, among other topics, and is increasingly becoming an informative bridge between Nicaragua and Costa Rica.Founded in late 2007, La Nueva Prensa started as a four-page black-and-white newspaper with a monthly circulation of 500 copies. It was sponsored by small barbershops in San José and Nicaraguan sodas, the local version of small family-run restaurants. Today, it has grown to 16 color pages, and it has a website and social media networks including Facebook.According to the National Statistics and Census Institute, 287,766 Nicaraguans reside in Costa Rica, about 75 percent of all foreigners living here, according to a 2011 census.La Nueva Prensa was created to meet the needs of a community that traditionally doesn’t use social media networks, La Nueva Prensa Editor Alonso Mejía told The Tico Times.Mejía, a correspondent for Nicaragua’s El Nuevo Diario, moved to Costa Rica from Managua eight years ago.“Back then I worked in roofing. I came here like a lot of immigrants – to work in construction. I didn’t have immigration documents,” he said.The idea to start a newspaper was his, along with journalist friend Julio Acuña, who died shortly after the business started.“Along with Julio, I began to interact more with literary and journalism circles. When you have a passion, you try to make it work,” Mejía said. “I collaborated with publications, but they wouldn’t hire me because I didn’t have residency. That’s when we decided to start our own newspaper.”The two didn’t have much money, but they “took a risk,” Mejía said. “We visited small Nicaraguan sodas to ask for support, and that’s how we started.”Mejía took charge of the paper’s content, but he also had to learn to design, sell advertising and meet with clients. La Nueva Prensa Editor Alonso Mejía. Fabiola Pomareda/The Tico Times‘Tico-Nica’ readershipLa Nueva Prensa covers immigration, labor rights, cultural activities, the Nicaraguan economy and politics, and current events. Costa Rican writers collaborate on its cultural content.“I think there is little information available here on the immigration issue, which is a fundamental topic in a country that receives so many immigrants,” Mejía said.He noted that media in both countries often exploit immigrants in sensationalist news reports that foster “xenophobia, stereotypes and the negative perception that ‘Nicas’ are here to steal and rob.”“But those reports are sporadic, and in reality there are thousands and thousands of Nicaraguans who are here, working for very low salaries,” he added.Mejía describes La Nueva Prensa’s target readership on the Web – via a website and social media networks – as “Tico-Nica,” which refers to “the Nicaraguan who grew up here as a kid or who was born here to Nicaraguan parents, is in high school or university, and who uses Facebook.”But La Nueva Prensa’s readers in the street, in a word, are “immigrants.” They often are older than 30 and include women who work as domestic employees and in sodas, and men who work as private security guards and as construction workers.The paper’s readership is growing, and that has helped draw advertisers including Western Union and Importadora Monge, and telecom providers Móvistar, Claro and the Costa Rican Electricity Institute’s Kolbi.Three employees sell the paper for ¢200 an issue ($0.37), and the company profits ¢100 per paper.Readers can find La Nueva Prensa at bus stops in La Carpio, in San José’s Parque La Merced, and at the long lines outside of the Immigration Administration and the Nicaraguan Embassy. In La Carpio, papers also are delivered door-to-door. They’re also sold in Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica’s border town next to Nicaragua, as well as Alajuela and Cañas.In the beginning, it was difficult to reach the paper’s target community, Mejía said, because many Nicaraguans who immigrate to Costa Rica come from a rural culture that doesn’t read a lot.“It was tough at first because it was hard to reach people. But now, as we walk hand-in-hand [with our readers], it’s incredible how people seek us out,” Mejía said. “They look for our newspaper, they ask us when the next edition will be out, they call us from the ticket window at the bus stop in La Carpio. We’ve managed to reach people, and now a culture of reading La Nueva Prensa is developing.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Costa Rica calls on UN Security Council to address fighting in Gaza

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first_imgForeign Minister Manuel González repeated Costa Rica’s desire for an immediate ceasefire and urged the United Nations Security Council to take responsibility for ending the violence in the Gaza Strip, during a press conference at the Casa Amarilla Monday afternoon.The minister’s message came on the same day that Israel and Hamas announced a 72-hour truce starting Tuesday.After meeting with President Luis Guillermo Solís earlier in the day, González said he met with ambassadors from Security Council member states with diplomatic missions in Costa Rica, including permanent members the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, France, and China, and non-permanent members Argentina, Chile and South Korea.“We insisted that they take all the necessary steps so that the Security Council acts and immediately puts this topic on their agenda,” he said.The foreign minister hedged whether the statement would gain any traction with the world powers, adding that it was their turn to act.“[Costa Rica] cannot remain a silent witness to what is happening,” González said.González also used some of his strongest words to date against Hamas, which he criticized for its “extreme and fundamentalist” policies.González said that Costa Rica would not call its ambassador to Israel in Tel Aviv, Rodrigo Carreras, back to Costa Rica for consultation about the war in Gaza that has lasted more than four weeks and claimed the lives of more than 1,800 Palestinians in Gaza and more than 60 Israelis so far. Casa Amarilla released a statement last week saying that Carreras would return to Costa Rica briefly for personal reasons until Aug. 14.AFP contributed to this report. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s Solís joins UN secretary-general in call for immediate ceasefire in Gaza conflict Costa Rica expresses outrage to Israeli ambassador over Gaza violence Israel launches ground operation in Gaza How to save Gazalast_img read more

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US drug czar approaches challenge from a different angle as a recovering

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first_imgRelated posts:White people are more likely to deal drugs in the US, but black people are more likely to get arrested for it Medical marijuana opponents’ most powerful argument is at odds with a mountain of research Drug policy in Central America criminalizes poverty, says Costa Rica Public Security Minister OAS chief urges new approach to failed ‘war on drugs’ LYNN,Massachusetts — The United States’ top drug control official had a confession.Michael Botticelli was seated on a tattered purple couch in an old Victorian here, just outside of Boston. Above his head was a photo of Al Pacino as a drug kingpin in “Scarface,” and gathered around was a group of addicts who live together in the house for help and support. On one door hangs a black mailbox labeled “urine,” where residents must drop samples for drug tests. Botticelli is listening to their stories of addiction and then offered this:“I have my own criminal record,” he said.“Woo-hoo!” one man yelled after Botticelli’s declaration. The crowd burst into applause.The nation’s acting drug czar has a substance abuse problem.Botticelli, 56, is an alcoholic who has been sober for a quarter century. He quit drinking after a series of events including a drunken-driving accident, waking up handcuffed to a hospital bed and a financial collapse that left him facing eviction.Decades later, Botticelli is tasked with spearheading the Obama administration’s drug policy, which is largely predicated around the idea of shifting people with addiction into treatment and support programs and away from the criminal justice system.Botticelli’s life story is the embodiment of the policy choice and one that he credits with saving his own life.The approach at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has been, Botticelli said, a “very clear pivot to, kind of, really dealing with this as a public health-related issue of looking at prevention and treatment.” He now heads an office that has shifted away from a “war on drugs” footing to expanding treatment to those already addicted and preventing drug use through education.Botticelli became the acting director of drug-control policy earlier this year, about a year and a half after he came to Washington to be former drug czar Gil Kerlikowske’s deputy. The White House has not formally nominated him to take over the job permanently. It is a job that has previously been held by law enforcement officials, a military general and physicians. But for now, it is occupied by a recovering addict.The nation is in the midst of an epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse. The number of drug overdose deaths increased by 118 percent nationwide from 1999 to 2011, most of it driven by powerful prescription opioids and a recent shift that many users are making away from prescription drugs to heroin, which can be cheaper and more accessible.Drug trends and issues tend to vary geographically, making a sustained national effort difficult. Insurance companies often do not cover inpatient treatment and an obscure federal rule restricts the expansion of addiction treatment under the Affordable Care Act. The White House is also grappling with the legal, financial and political implications of medical and legalized marijuana. Botticelli’s office has taken the administration’s toughest stance against legalization.“Part of this is, ‘How do we look at solutions that work for the entirety of the drug issue?’” he asked. “And not just the entirety of the drug issue, but the entirety of the population?”Botticelli is trying to expand on some of the programs he used at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where he was director of the state’s bureau of substance abuse services. They include allowing police to carry naloxone — a drug commonly known as Narcan that can reverse a heroin overdose — and helping people who have completed treatment find stable housing and jobs.Botticelli spends much of his time on the road, meeting with state and local officials. He visits treatment programs where he is, by all accounts, treated like a rock star by people with substance-abuse issues, a group he calls “my peeps.” While Botticelli easily shares his struggles, those who worked with him said that he doesn’t let it dictate policy.“He was very good at separating his story from the work, which I think allowed him a little more objectivity,” said Kevin Norton, chief executive of Lahey Health Behavioral Services in Massachusetts.Botticelli drank in high school and college, and he once got fired from a bartending job after repeatedly telling the manager he couldn’t work, only to show up as a patron. In the 1980s he moved to Boston, where he spent most of his time outside of work at the Club Café, a legendary Boston gay bar. Along with a group of regulars, Botticelli would stay well into the next morning, knocking back drinks and ridiculing people who were heading into the gym below the bar for an early workout.“A lot of the center of gay life, particularly in urban areas, focused on bars,” Botticelli said. “And so that’s where you went to socialize, to meet people.” Michael Botticelli was an alcoholic who went into treatment after he was rear-ended a disabled tractor-trailer on the Massachusetts Turnpike more than 25 years ago. His life story dovetails with the approach the Obama administration is taking toward drug-addiction, that putting people in treatment is better than sending them to jail. Photo by Michele McDonald for The Washington PostIn May 1988, Botticelli was drunk when he left a Boston bar and drove west on the Massachusetts Turnpike. What happened next is hazy: He may have been reaching for a cigarette in the console of the car. Botticelli’s car collided with a disabled truck. He remembers being placed on a stretcher and put in an ambulance.Hours later he woke up in the hospital, handcuffed to a bed. A state trooper stood sentry in his room. Botticelli was lucky: His injuries consisted mainly of bumps and bruises. He was taken to the state police barracks, booked and had his license suspended.“At some level I knew I had a problem,” Botticelli said. “But at another level, because my license was taken away, I thought that my problems were solved. Because I wasn’t drinking and driving anymore, so how could it really be an issue?”The case was continued without a finding after Botticelli paid the fines and restitution associated with the case. It is no longer a matter of public record. Botticelli had to ask his brother for the money to make the payments, but his downward spiral continued that summer. He ended a relationship and drank heavily, despite going to a court-ordered course on the dangers of drinking and driving and a 12-step recovery group.“I felt that because I wore a suit to work and a lot of the other people in the class came from more blue collar jobs, that somehow I was better and I didn’t have a problem. There was a sense of arrogance about me,” he said.Botticelli’s path to recovery began in, of all places, a bar. He met a man who acknowledged that he was an alcoholic. The two swapped stories and went on a date. The romance didn’t materialize, but they remained friends. Botticelli was soon after served an eviction notice and called his brother, who asked if Botticelli was an alcoholic. Botticelli talks with his hands, one of them often nursing an iced coffee.“I finally said, ‘Yes,’ ” he said. “I remember distinctly thinking to myself, ‘If I say I’m an alcoholic, there’s no going back.’”Botticelli’s friend took him to a 12-step meeting in downtown Boston. The following night Botticelli stepped into the Church of the Covenant in Boston, a neo-gothic sanctuary with Tiffany glass windows. In the basement there was a 12-step recovery program for gays and lesbians.“That’s the first time that I raised my hand and said that my name was Michael, and I was an alcoholic, and that I needed help,” he said. “At that point people kind of rally around you.”Botticelli stuck close to that group, attending meeting after meeting and avoiding his old haunts, going so far as to cross the street when walking past the Club Café. He said he learned something then that has guided him since: Identify with people who have a problem, but don’t compare yourself.Botticelli had worked in higher education since finishing graduate school but pivoted toward a career in public health. He started working on AIDS issues and then turned toward helping others with addiction issues. He eventually felt comfortable going to bars and not drinking. He met his husband, David Wells, at one in 1995. They got married in 2009.One of Botticelli’s recent trips took him back to Boston earlier this month. Soon after arriving, he was smoking a cigarette outside a Starbucks when a woman had a question: Why are there burly agents standing around? (He gets a protective detail). They chatted; she told Botticelli she was addicted to prescription painkillers, progressed to heroin and became homeless. She began recovery months earlier and started working at Starbucks the week before.“And that was like ‘Oh my God, our work is done here,’ ” Botticelli said in the back of a black SUV that weaved through the streets of Boston. “Anything else was going to pale in comparison to just listening to people’s stories.”Botticelli’s day was packed with meetings on what he called his home turf. There was a roundtable with more than a dozen doctors, nurses, law enforcement agents, elected officials and others. He met with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who is also an alcoholic. Botticelli had sandwiches with law enforcement agents who spoke about the massive spike in heroin addiction. Here in Lynn, a city of 91,000 people, there were 188 opiate overdoses and 18 deaths in 2013; as of July 31 there were 163 overdoses and 20 deaths.Botticelli hugged and shook hands people at the home here, and spoke to the men about the struggles of addiction and finding what he called a bridge job — something that you do while getting better to make money and get back into the workforce.“Don’t be ashamed to work at Dunkin’ Donuts,” one of the men, Pat Falzarano, said. Botticelli nodded.Hours later, Botticelli stood outside of the church where his recovery started and marveled at how he got from there to the White House.“When I first came here was, all I wanted to do was not drink and have my problems go away,” he said, choking up. “I’m standing here 25 years later, working at the White House. And if you had asked me 25 years ago when I came to my first meeting here if that was a possibility, I would’ve said you’re crazy. But I think it just demonstrates what the power of recovery is.”© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Keylor Navas Real Madrid clinch La Liga title in Spain

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first_imgESTO ES LO BONITO DEL FÚTBOL.ATAJADA de ORO. KEYLOR NAVAS. pic.twitter.com/AkvkZd86pM— Edwin Contreras Ussa (@EdwinUssa) May 21, 2017 GoalkeeperKeylor Navas became the first Costa Rican player to win a Spanish League championship following Real Madrid’s 2-0 victory against Malaga on Sunday.Real Madrid won its first La Liga title in five years, and the team’s 33rd. The win over Malaga allowed the capital’s squad to reach 93 points, 3 more than former champion Barcelona, which placed second after its 4-2 victory over Eibar, also on Sunday.This championship with Madrid is the fifth title for Navas with Los Blancos. He also won the 2014 UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup in 2014 and 2016, and the 2016 UEFA Champions League.Following the match, Keylor talked to the media displaying a newly clean-shaven head.  The Tico said he dedicated the title victory to children with cancer or other diseases.“I pray to God for all of them to recover from their illnesses. For all of the kids fighting cancer. For their families, for those who keep fighting. This title is for them,” Keylor told reporters. Related posts:VIDEO: Keylor Navas’ save is Best of the Season in Spain Costa Rica scores key victory over Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup Qualifying Costa Rica humiliates the United States 4-0 in World Cup qualifier Keylor Navas and Real Madrid tie 1-1 with rival Barcelona in dramatic Clásico Keylor Navas presentó su nuevo look tras ganar la Liga Española con el Real Madrid. “Para todos los niños que luchan contra enfermedades” pic.twitter.com/XBpWQqutsf— Boll Sports ® (@BollSports) May 21, 2017center_img The matchMadrid star Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first goal in the first minute of the game. Karim Benzema added the second at 55′.Keylor contributed to Madrid’s win with six saves. The most outstanding occurred 20 minutes into the game, when the Tico deflected a potent shot near the corner of the goal.Malaga tried to score throughout the match, but Keylor and his defens were always there to keep their sheet clean. Malaga’s last attempt came in the 89th minute, with a potent shot that hit the pole.The Tico will now have the chance to win another title on June 3 when Real Madrid plays in the final of the 2017 Europe Champions League against Italy’s Juventus.Navas’s fellow Costa Rican star Shirley Cruz will also be playing in a Champions League final this year: Cruz advanced to a remarkable third final with Paris St. Germain. The Parisians will take on Cruz’s former club Lyon on June 1. In 2011 and 2012, Cruz won consecutive Champions League titles with Lyon.Watch Keylor’s amazing save Sunday: Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Tunisia to extradite exLibyan prime minister

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first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 ways to recognize low testosterone The vital role family plays in society Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous ofcenter_img Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Several international organizations including Human Rights Watch have spoken out against the extradition because of the perceived risks involved.Al-Mahmoudi was the last head of government under former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, who was killed last year.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressTUNIS, Tunisia (AP) – Tunisia’s Justice Ministry says it will extradite former Libyan Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi Al-Mahmoudi _ currently being held in Tunis _ back to Libya.Official Mondher Bedhiafi told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Al-Mahmoudi’s extradition will take place in the coming weeks.Al-Mahmoudi was arrested last September in southern Tunisia for crossing the border, en route to Algeria, without permission from Tunisian authorities.last_img read more

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Puma issues profit warning on European slowdown

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first_img Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img As a result it said full-year earnings will “decrease significantly” from last year’s (EURO)230.1 million.Puma is also lowering its full-year revenue outlook _ predicting growth in the mid-single digit range, down from the previous forecast of a high-single digit increase.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates BERLIN (AP) – Sportswear maker Puma has warned that profits will fall sharply this year as business in Europe suffers in the wake of the continent’s debt problems.Puma, majority owned by French-based PPR SA, said Wednesday that first-half net earnings will be about 13 percent lower than a year ago, and that it will speed up cost-cutting efforts in response, incurring one-time charges of some (EURO)100 million ($122 million) in this year’s second half. Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Slovenia hot air balloon claims fifth victim

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first_imgLJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) – Authorities say a woman who was injured in a hot air balloon crash in Slovenia last month has died, bringing the death toll from the accident to five.Police said Thursday that the woman had died two days earlier. They gave no other details.The hot air balloon carrying 32 people for a panoramic tour on Aug. 23 was swept in stormy winds and crashed in a ball of fire outside Ljubljana, killing four people and injuring 27. The official STA news agency says initial findings from the investigation showed that the balloon repeatedly hit the ground and a tree before catching fire and coming down.Authorities have issued a temporary ban on hot air ballooning following the accident.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 5 ways to recognize low testosterone How do cataracts affect your vision? Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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Berlin airport in new setback over flight route

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first_img Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project BERLIN (AP) – A court has delivered another setback to Berlin’s problem-plagued new airport, striking down a planned flight route for departing planes because it passes close to a small nuclear research reactor.The Berlin administrative court ruled Wednesday evening that planners failed to assess sufficiently the possible risks of a plane crash or terrorist attack when drawing up the route over Berlin’s Wannsee suburb. It acted on complaints from residents and local councils. The legal battle over approach and takeoff routes comes on top of technical troubles at the new airport’s terminal. Those have forced officials to delay its opening four times _ most recently earlier this month.The airport was originally scheduled to open in late 2011, but now appears unlikely to be in service before 2015.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories The vital role family plays in society Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top Stories last_img read more

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4 militants killed in Algeria

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first_img Check your body, save your life New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Al-Qaida’s North African arm, AQIM, is based in Algeria.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The vital role family plays in societycenter_img ALGIERS (AP) – Algerian authorities say four armed Islamic extremists have been killed in a shootout with soldiers southeast of the capital.A security service statement Saturday says the fighting occurred overnight in Sour El Ghozlane, 120 kilometers (70 miles) from Algiers.The four were in a car heading south when soldiers stopped them and the shooting began, the statement said.Algeria’s army has been fighting extremists for two decades, but tensions recently have been concentrated much farther south, in the desert close to the Libyan border. Sponsored Stories Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Patients with chronic pain give advicelast_img read more

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US Iran roll the dice diplomatically and get a nuclear deal

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first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The vital role family plays in society Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helpcenter_img FILE – In this July 14, 2015 file pool photo, Secretary of State John Kerry, talks with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, as Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif background second left, sits next to European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, during a plenary session at the United Nations building in Vienna, Austria. A torturous 2 WASHINGTON (AP) — The talks themselves were a groundbreaking and risky proposition when U.S. and Iranian officials met secretly in the sleepy Arab kingdom of Oman, archenemies feinting for a diplomatic opening. The opposing sides had barely spoken to one another in three-plus decades.But after a torturous 2 Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

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Red Cross warns against false use of its emblem in Cameroon

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first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The Red Cross warned Wednesday that its emblem is being falsely used in violence-plagued parts of Cameroon and threatened legal action.Some humanitarian agencies in Cameroon’s north and east are using the well-known red cross on a white background without permission, said Nicolas Mbako, director of operational development at the Cameroon Red Cross.“The danger which arises from such illegal use is the reduction of the protective value of the emblem there by putting in peril all humanitarian assistance,” Mbako said. The organization fears that its volunteers could end up targeted by combatants if they lose confidence in the emblem. Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 0 Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Cameroon’s eastern border is sheltering about 200,000 refugees from Central African Republic, it said. The country’s north hosts close to 80,000 people fleeing Nigeria’s Boko Haram insurgency and 100,000, internally displaced persons.Emmerencia Moussa of Cameroon Self Reliance, a relief agency helping the refugees, says their workers sometimes pose as Red Cross volunteers to avoid a possible attack from insurgents or Cameroonian soldiers who might mistake them for attackers.“Nobody has ever told us not to use the red cross signal and when we use it nobody disturbs us. We put it in our cars, we put it in our office and nobody disturbs us,” she said.Mbako said that abusers can and will be prosecuted if necessary. “International laws and the Cameroon penal code severely punishes anyone who abuses international emblems with fines and prison sentences,” he said.The Red Cross is a humanitarian organization helping those caught up in armed conflicts around the globe.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

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Holland America line wins nine 2010 readers choice awards from

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first_imgSource = Holland America Premium Cruise Line Earns Accolades for Top Itineraries, Best Private Island and Most Eco-Friendly Honors Holland America Line, a leader in defining the premium cruise experience, recently was awarded nine 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards including Best Eco-Friendly Cruise Line and Best Private Island for Half Moon Cay, its exclusive paradise in the Bahamas, from Porthole Cruise Magazine, one of the world’s leading cruise travel publications. Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards are determined by thousands of the publication’s readers who vote on their favorite cruise lines in a wide variety of categories including Best Private Island, Best Shore Excursions and Best Itineraries.“Porthole Cruise Magazine is the top source of cruise and destination content for novice and veteran travelers alike,” said Bill Panoff, publisher and editor-in-chief of the magazine. “Our readers appreciate the quality and overall cruise experience that a premium line such as Holland America Line delivers every day.”Holland America Line’s 2010 “Readers Choice Awards” include:Best Eco-Friendly Cruise LineBest Private Island (Half Moon Cay)Best Alaska ItinerariesBest Northern Europe ItinerariesBest Central/ South America Itineraries (including Panama Canal) Best Canada/ New England Itineraries Best Shore ExcursionsBest Medical Facilities Best Overall Facilities for Physically Challenged Passengers“Holland America Line is delighted to win these prestigious awards from the readers of Porthole Cruise Magazine,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. “We are proud to be recognized for our in-depth cruise itineraries, enriching shore excursions, environmental commitment and an unforgettable premium cruise experience on board.” Half Moon Cay Receives Best Private Island Honors For the past 10 years, Porthole Cruise Magazine has awarded Half Moon Cay its Best Private Island Award. Half Moon Cay features 15 beach front air-conditioned cabanas, a natural 700-acre lagoon and endless fun-filled excursions for nature lovers and adventurous travelers alike. Here guests can enjoy fascinating excursions on the island including horseback riding by land and sea, snorkeling and swimming with stingrays in a secluded cove, biking tours, the AquaTrax watercraft adventure tour and parasailing.Top Itineraries Garner Top HonorsHolland America maintained its leading position as the cruise line with the Best Alaskan Itineraries. In 2011, the line will sail seven ships on 13 unique itineraries, highlighted by scenic cruising in Glacier Bay National Park, Hubbard Glacier in Yakutat Bay and Alaska’s renowned Inside Passage.  Holland America Line also received top honors from Porthole Cruise Magazine recognizing its Canada/ New England voyages on ms Maasdam and ms Eurodam that explore the historic seaports and stunning fall foliage of the region. The line’s 2011 itineraries range from seven to 13 days and will feature 24 sailings between May and October. This year marks the first time the line has earned a Readers Choice Award for its acclaimed Northern Europe itineraries aboard seven of the line’s 15 ships, including the newest addition to the fleet, ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Port calls featured in the Northern Europe sailings include Copenhagen, Denmark; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Bergen, Norway; and Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Rounding out the honors garnered for top itineraries are the line’s Central/South American voyages, a series of sailings that explore the region’s natural beauty, indigenous cultures, full transits of the Panama Canal and scenic cruising on the mighty Amazon River. Eco-Friendly Initiatives, State-of-the-Art Medical Facilities Holland America Line won the Most Eco-Friendly Cruise Line award for its commitment to responsible environmental practices for a range of comprehensive and innovative fleet-wide programs. The programs emphasize waste reduction and recycling, use of cleaner-burning propulsion technology and cutting-edge cleaning solutions.  Holland America Line also has a history of embracing new environmental technologies such as shore power while ships are in port and becoming the first cruise line to install state-of-the-art, level-four water treatment systems and implement a whale strike avoidance program.  Completing the awards, Holland America Line received recognition for its accessibility and medical facilities.  Holland America Line ships accommodate guests with a variety of special needs including those requiring wheelchairs, scooters or service animals, those who have sight or hearing impairments, and those using oxygen. Each ship is equipped with a medical center carrying much of the standard equipment found in North American hospital emergency departments.last_img read more

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LOT – a powerful brand in the Polish market

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first_imgLOT has received the Superbrands 2011 trophy. This prestigious award was presented to the Polish air carrier during Sunday’s ceremonial gala in Warsaw. The Superbrands 2011 trophy was accepted at the ceremonial gala in the Warsaw Sheraton hotel on LOT’s behalf by Dorota Haller, marketing and product director of the company. This distinction is granted to the world’s most powerful brands, which offer their clients the highest standard of services, maintain strong reputations and who stand out among the competition. “This award is proof of the fact that LOT, as a ‘citizen of the world’ is a consistently powerful brand with a tremendous tradition, and is able to compete with the best” – said Dorota Haller, marketing and product director of LOT Polish Airlines. “We have the most important elements – ambition, creativity, flexibility and effectiveness in our operations.I am very pleased that LOT Polish Airlines has received recognition once again.These awards motivate us to move forward with our work and to be consistent in building what we marketers call ‘brand equity’ – the essence and value of the brand”, added Dorota Haller. The Superbrands title is awarded by the independent organization The Superbrands Ltd., which is active in over 80 countries around the world. Among its main aims is to promote and award companies whose brands are a testimony to their high standards of customer service and who enjoy a strong reputation on the marketplace, among consumers and businesses alike. Director D.Haller from LOT Polish Airlines with Superbrands 2011 trophy Source = LOTlast_img read more

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Tourism Aus Jetstar shakeon Asia growth

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Tapping into the growing Asia market, Tourism Australia has teamed up with Qantas subsidiary, Jetstar to expand the Aussie brand in the Asia Pacific region.The three year, $10 million agreement signed yesterday will see the two Groups invest up to $1.6 million per year in joint marketing, digital and social media activities targeted towards attracting travellers in Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand.Spending the first $2 million on rebuilding Australia’s Japan based arrivals, Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy said the deal was an ongoing focus on Asia and was a new approach targeting Japanese travellers.Currently Australia’s fifth largest source market, the two Groups said by promoting Aus’ attractiveness as a destination they hope push Japan travellers up to second place in Australia’s top arrivals list.”Jetstar broke the mould in the Japan market with the launch of their low fare operations to Australia in 2007, which stimulated a new generation of travellers to visit Australia,” Mr McEvoy explained.“With Jetstar Japan launching domestic services within the world’s third largest economy in 2012, Australia will become more accessible than ever to holidaymakers from some of Japan’s key cities.”Tourism Australia said in an online statement that the Group aims to building Japanese spending from AU$1.5 billion in 2010 to AU$2.7 billion and AU$3.3 billion by 2020.Jetstar Group chief executive Bruce Buchanan explained that achieving goals would mean transforming Aussie’s appeal into actual bookings down under.“This new strategic alliance will be a hugely important platform from which to take our marketing message further into Asia, and on the back of significant increases in aviation capacity,” Mr McEvoy said.According to Tourism Australia figures, Aus welcomed up to 350,000 Japanese visitors for the year ending August 2011, 11 percent less than the previous 12 months. last_img read more

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Aussies heading to Tahiti

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J The number of Australian travellers preferring to visit Tahiti has almost doubled this year, with the region experiencing a 43.5 percent jump in Aussie arrivals in February this year.Compared to the same month last year, the French Polynesian island’s figures saw February to be the busiest month for Australian arrivals, a figure increased by Tahiti’s natural appeal, according to Tahiti Tourisme Australia representative Robert Thompson.Mr Thompson noted that the escalation in arrivals occurred outside of Aussie peak travel months from September to November. “We haven’t seen February numbers like this since 2002 – it’s really quite remarkable,” the Australian representative said. “The summer spike is most likely due to a combination of factors including the ongoing strength of the Australian dollar, but also a run of holiday packages with enticing value adds like upgrades to overwater villas and half board.”last_img read more

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Amadeus study reveals the future traveller

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first_imgA new industry report, detailing the way people will travel by 2030, identifies six types of future travellers, including one that will structure entire holidays around how shareable their trip is on social media.Future Traveller Tribes 2030: understanding tomorrow’s traveller, released by Amadeus, identifies the six categories, or traveller tribes, as: social capital seekers, cultural purists, ethical travellers, simplicity searchers, obligation meeters and reward hunters.Amadeus Asia Pacific president Angel Gallego said today’s traveller should not be segregated into demographic groups of age, nationality or income.“With Asia Pacific set to lead global travel growth through to 2030, it is particularly critical for all providers, buyers and sellers of travel in the region to truly understand these emerging ‘traveller tribes’,” Mr Gallego said.Social Capital Seekers will base their entire holiday around how shareable it is on social media and will rely heavily on peer recommendations to validate their travel choices.Cultural Purists will seek holidays which force them outside of their comfort zone to experience an unfamiliar culture.Travellers who choose holidays based on moral grounds and include volunteering or eco-sustainable activities in their trip are known as Ethical Travellers.Simplicity Searchers will leave all the planning to a third-party and will seek bundled offers that ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.Driven by a specific travel purpose, Obligation Meeters are travellers who have a limit on time and budget and will opt for smart technology to remove the hassle of travelling.Finally, Reward Hunters are travellers who want to indulge in a premium holiday, rewarding them for the time and energy spent on their working life.The research was conducted through interviews and workshops with industry experts and consumers from relevant markets including Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea.The report draws on consumer research by Future Foundation and takes a psychological approach to the idea rather than a demographic method.Future Foundation director Nick Chiarelli said the research not only demonstrates the changes in the type of experience travellers will seek in the future, but also how they will engage and buy within the industry.“Over the next 15 years the desire to share travel experiences will be profound, and so too the impact of sharing on inspiration and purchase trends will grow,” Mr Chiarelli said.“As consumers in developed markets approach a post-material era we expect a much greater focus on, first of all, experience, and second of all, ethics, both environmental and social, to significantly influence people’s travel choices and behaviours.”In June this year, a complementary report will be released examining how the industry can cater to the needs of each of the six traveller tribes identified in the report.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more

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