Hawaiian airlines flew record number of passengers in 2018

first_imgHawaiian airlines flew record number of passengers in 2018 Monday, January 21, 2019 It was a record-breaking year for Hawaiian airlines, which welcomed 11,840,178 passengers in 2018, a 2.9% increase over the previous year.This record number of passengers marks 14 consecutive years of growth as the airline continues to expand its network and fleet.Last year, Hawaiian took delivery of nine A321neo aircraft in 2018, bringing the total size of its A321neo fleet to 11 aircraft. The A321neo will help the airline build upon its already strong U.S. West Coast presence, including new daily nonstop service to Maui’s Kahului Airport from Portland, Sacramento and San Diego international airports, as well as to Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport from Long Beach.On April 4, Hawaiian will also begin new 5x/week nonstop service to Honolulu from Boston’s Logan International Airport.Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 14 years, as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Now in its 90th year of continuous service, it is Hawaii’s biggest and longest-serving airline, with nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities (12) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img Tags: Hawaii, Hawaii TWD, Hawaiian Airlines << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bylast_img read more

US man nabbed for growing hydroponic marijuana

first_imgNo related posts. Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) on Tuesday arrested a U.S. man with the last name of Blackburt, 37, on suspicion of growing hydroponic marijuana in a house in the province of Heredia, north of the capital.Police officers entered Blackburt’s home after being alerted by neighbors that the front doors to the house were left open.Once inside, officers discovered a hydroponic marijuana operation, with several plants, lamps, air conditioning, gas stoves and fertilizer bags.Police seized 300 hydroponic marijuana plants almost two feet tall, as well as $10,000 and ₡20 million ($40,000) in cash.Blackburt was arrested when he arrived at the house and remains in custody. Facebook Commentslast_img

The descent of man in a womens world

first_imgThe new composition of the Commons had just been announced, showing a substantial increase in the proportion of women, and every pub in the queendom was afire. There were, of course, no women present, as it was the custom in the U.K. to relegate women to the Lounge Bar while the men debated important questions in the inaptly-named Public Bar, an arrangement which, oddly enough, had been instituted by anxious wedded women solicitous of the moral well-being of their husbands.The fight started when Gomer Davis made a speech welcoming the new dispensation, pointing out that it was about time for a change, since men had been in charge for several million years, and had made a right cock-up of it. Gomer was subsequently carted out with a concussion, but his words lingered. “I’m tellin’ yer, there’s a time to fight and a time to flee, and this ain’t the time to argue ‘bout it. There’s not a one on yer can bear a babe, an’ every cell in thy’sis powered by a engin that thy Ma put there, not thy Dad.” He was, of course, referring to the Mitochondria, which breaks down ATP to the di-phosphate, thereby releasing energy to keep you going.It is not an argument that appeals to men, as it can be used to demonstrate that, contrary to Genesis, females came on the scene long before men were invented to jazz up the live-birth figures. It has also been employed to bolster the age-old female complaint that men have taken advantage of the necessarily accepting nature of females, since they have to put up with an essentially foreign body inside theirs in order to fulfill the old promise of eternal life. So every language ties women to the stove and the sink: Housewife, Chatelaine, Hausfrau, Ama de Casa etc., and precedent must be respected.So here we are, in a drunken brawl, arguing the toss as to whether we should give them a chance, when the die has already been cast. Men are here solely to initiate conception, which can now be done with the prick of a needle or an electrical jolt, so that they are as relevant as a spare bride at a wedding.So Men, have a care what you wish for, as it might come hideously true, and an all-women planet could be a lot worse than half-n-half. Facebook Comments “Listen to me, ye’re jest a binch o’ knukleheads.” Casey, having just put away a round dozen of Whitbread’s Best, was not just eloquent, but combatively so. The argument was about the State of Man in an increasingly feminine world, and opinion was almost equally divided as to what, if anything, we should do about it. No related posts.center_img Jack O’Brienlast_img read more

PHOTOS Life along the Costa RicaNicaragua border

first_imgLOS CHILES, Alajuela — We left San José around 9 a.m. in a rented car and headed towards the north of the country. The mission was to explore the infamousRoute 1856, also known as “la trocha fronteriza,” and check out the new border crossing between Costa Rica and Nicaragua at Las Tablillas and what it might mean for the region.It’s not a long trip by car from San José to Los Chiles: an hour to the town of San Ramón, and from there, about 2 ½ more hours north.Along the border near Las Tablillas, Costa Rican police officers patrolled on ATVs, looking for illegal crossers. Officers know that plenty of people walk across the border undetected. “It is impossible to stop them all,” Officer Baez said. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times We head east on the road and see kids walking in school uniforms, and farmers, trucks and tractors from the pineapple fields. We come upon a group of workers selecting pineapples and loading them onto a big 18-wheeler. They explain that the road has helped pineapple transportation and tell us the road is exclusively for Costa Rican vehicle use.“Nicaraguans walk on it, nobody cares, but Nicaraguan vehicles can’t drive on it, this is Costa Rica,”  Antonio, a truck driver, said.Despite their praise for the road, the group told us that it was still impossible to get to the next town because of collapsed bridges. We decided to see for ourselves, and after less that a kilometer, we hit the first one. It looked like someone had tried to fill the gap in the road with an empty truck container, but it had sunken down and caved in, leaving large gaps on either side. It was, indeed, impossible to cross. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/the Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Most illegal crossers from Nicaragua get taken back across the border. Some make a first stop at the Costa Rican migration office in nearby Los Chiles. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Timescenter_img Alberto Font/The Tico Times In the afternoon, a spectacular sun sets beyond the central plaza in Los Chiles, while residents of all ages play and chat. Along the bank of the nearby Río Frío, tour boats are parked and people lounge around. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times It was getting late, so we started heading back to Los Chiles. On the way, in between the pineapple fields, we found a group of very poor shanties. I went to talk to one family. They said they were squatters who moved away from the border because they knew they’d eventually get evicted.In fact, last week Costa Rican authorities advised squatters living near Las Tabillas that they had five days to move out. By law, nobody is allowed to live within 2 kilometers of the border. Many people ignore the rule, but since Route 1856 was built, some moved to land along the road.At another shack, Doña Josefa explained that she and her family had never owned a house or land, so they just move from one place to another. She said she has many kids and grandkids, some of whom go to school, while others stay home, helping with the little ones, or work in the pineapple fields.“We hope some day the government will give us a piece of land where we can build our house and not have to move from one place to another,” she said hopefully. “This road has made transportation easier for us, but it’s very hard to live if you don’t have a place.” Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times The next morning, we head for Route 1856. The previous administration started the road, but construction was halted before completion due to corruption allegations and an international lawsuit filed by Nicaragua, alleging environmental damage to the San Juan River from construction runoff.Here, the road runs right along the border with Nicaragua, but it took us awhile to find it. After driving through small towns and big pineapple fields, we finally hit what we thought was the right road.We parked and I crossed the road to ask a group of people at a small “pulperia,” “Is this the ‘trocha?’”“Yes,” one of them responds.“And where is the border?” I asked.“The road is the border,” he said. “Right now you’re in Nicaragua.” The border hardly exists in this remote place. Local residents cross from one country to the other without even noticing it. Even in Los Chiles, people say the vast majority of the population has a Nicaraguan background. Until recently, more commerce was done between Los Chiles and other towns in Nicaragua, rather than in Costa Rica, locals say.But the new border checkpoint is changing that, as it’s changing the lives of locals who previously thought little about national boundaries. 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President Solís carries little clout with legislature says official report

first_imgRelated posts:President Solís announces goal to create 217,000 jobs during his term President Solís gets good grade from most Costa Ricans as first 100 days pass Costa Rica’s Solís claims $112 million in losses from corruption in speech highlighting first 100 days of his administration Presidential fashion: Best 5 outfits President Solís sported in 2015 Being president of Costa Rica isn’t what it used to be. The official State of the Nation Program put out abruiser of a report Tuesday that said President Luis Guillermo Solís’ administration lacks the political clout to move its priorities through a fractured legislature.The Solís administration has been the least effective at getting new legislation passed of any government in the past 25 years, according to the report, which is put out by the leaders of Costa Rica’s public universities.The administration proposed 315 bills during the 2014 extraordinary session, when the administration sets legislative priorities, but only got eight passed – a 2.5 percent success rate. The report compared those numbers with the 1994-1995 legislative session, when José Figueres Olsen was president of Costa Rica. During that session, the legislature passed 34.6 percent of the Figueres administration’s proposed bills.The report also criticized the current legislature, calling out the Legislative Assembly and its mosaic of political parties for low performance.Politics aside, the report said homicides, unemployment, public demonstrations and inequality were all up in 2014 compared to the last several years.Casa Presidencial, responding to – but not denying – the assertion that the president has little sway in the legislature, said that the Solís administration was faced with “unprecedented” circumstances. “Never before has an administration had such a small ruling party faction that also happens to be in the most fragmented Assembly in the history of Costa Rica,” the statement said.The president’s office also took issue with the report’s statement that 2014 saw 587 public demonstrations, the highest number in the last 22 years. The administration said that the protests were in reaction to the out-going Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014) administration, and noted that Solís didn’t take office until May 2014.The report acknowledged that the majority of protests occurred during the end of the Chinchilla administration and “slightly” dropped off after Solís took office. Still, the president has struggled with several large demonstrations against his government – from public sector unions, teachers, dockworkers and private car service drivers.Crime and poverty upThe report also addressed the spike in homicides in recent years. Homicides were up 16 precent last year, from 411 in 2013 to 477 in 2014, according to police figures cited by the report. This raised the country’s homicide rate to 10 per 100,000.The State of Nation report said the dismantling of the El Indio crime ring led to a wave of violence as criminals battled for territory in the resulting power vacuum. San José has seen the most homicides of any canton, followed by Desamparados and Limón.Some of the report’s other findings:Poverty increased 1.7 percent between 2013 and 2014, reaching 22.4 percent of the population; Extreme poverty remained at roughly 6.7 percent.Costa Rica’s inequality measure, the GINI index, dropped 1 percent but remained at a “rather high” 0.516, according to the report.Job growth will likely lag behind economic growth — even under ideal economic conditions — for the period 2015-2021.But it wasn’t all bad:More young people are graduating high school, the report found.Infant morality is down.Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that unemployment, under the most optimistic forecasts, could reach 4 percent for the period 2015-2021. That figure is incorrect. The text has been changed accordingly. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Riteve vehicle inspection rates not going up

first_imgThe cost of getting your vehicle inspected in Costa Rica will not be going up next year, despite attempts to raise the charge more than 200 percent.The Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) rejected Spanish private contractor Riteve SyC‘s request to increase rates for mandatory vehicle inspections — for the 10th consecutive year.Riteve had asked for a 205 percent hike in inspection rates, but ARESEP again argued that it was impossible to evaluate the request because Riteve failed to explain how the proposed rates were calculated.That is the same answer the agency has given to all Riteve’s requests since 2005, the year it approved the last increase in rates.Riteve spokeswoman Jennifer Hidalgo said Friday that the company had received ARESEP’s notification, but she declined to address the rate hike rejection. “The company has already expressed its position regarding our petition to ARESEP,” she said.Riteve has said in the past that its contract with the Costa Rican government states that the Public Works and Transport Ministry is responsible for defining the rate-setting model, but that MOPT has failed to do so.Earlier this week, Riteve officials said that if the regulatory agency had approved all of the company’s previous rate hike requests, this year’s proposed increase would have been just 1 percent, equivalent to ₡287 ($0.50).See the full list of RTV rates by vehicle type here. Facebook Comments Related posts:Riteve wants to hike the price of mandatory car inspections by 200 percent Riteve vehicle inspection rates to go up starting July Mandatory vehicle inspection agency seeks up to 200 percent increase in prices Regulatory agency rejects increase in vehicle inspection rateslast_img read more

Mourners pay last respects to Gerardo Cruz 22yearold who exposed street harassment

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica protesters march against street harassment Finally some upbeat news for family of Costa Rica’s good Samaritan Gerardo Cruz Citizen groups want street harassment criminalized in Costa Rica Street harassment critic Gerardo Cruz dies Mourners gathered Friday evening and Saturday morning to pay their last respects to Gerardo Cruz, the 22-year-old Costa Rican man who became a national hero for his stance against street harassment of women. Cruz died from a heart attack Thursday, six weeks after he was stabbed twice by assailants near his home.A wake for Cruz was held at the Jardines del Recuerdo Funeral Home in Desamaparados, just south of San José, on Friday evening. On Saturday morning, around 100 mourners accompanied the casket from Desamparados to Tres Ríos, where Cruz was buried. The funeral procession for Gerardo Cruz, Saturday, Nov. 21. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesCruz became the center of a national discussion about catcalling and sexual harassment of women in public places after he posted a video to his Facebook page of him confronting a man who allegedly tried to film up a woman’s skirt in San José. The video went viral, and after Cruz was brutally attacked on Oct. 7 on his way to a media interview about his action, people assumed it was retaliation.Police have said they don’t think the two incidents are related, and that Cruz was the victim of a violent robbery.Nevertheless, Cruz’s story inspired several marches and a movement to criminalize street harassment.Since the attack on Cruz, his parents and other family members have largely focused on Cruz’s recovery. They have urged authorities to find the perpetrators, whatever their motives.“Everybody is innocent until proven otherwise, and there is no evidence that can relate Gerardo’s death with the video he made,” Cruz’s uncle Allan Soto said on Saturday. “But such a big coincidence has the whole family thinking.”Cruz’s mother, Ana Patricia Barquero, said, “The person who killed my son is in the streets and we are not going to rest until the police find him, we don’t care if it’s related to the video or not.” Gerardo Cruz’s mother, Ana Patricia Barquero, talks to the press outside the Desamparados Church, Saturday, Nov. 21. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Cuban migrants spend a month in camps as regional leaders fail to

first_imgRelated posts:President Solís, church leaders discuss Cuban migrant crisis The fate of thousands of Cuban migrants will be determined at a Quality Inn Crisis at the border: Costa Rica weighs its options after Nicaragua violently turns back Cuban migrants Stranded Cuban migrants say goodbye to Costa Rica as airlift begins LIBERIA, Guanacaste — Juan Carlos Rubio, a 32-year-old Cuban factory worker, couldn’t get his age right on the first try.“I’m 33, no, 32. I turn 33 on Jan. 11,” he told The Tico Times with a smile at the Bethel Church shelter here where Rubio and 75 other Cuban migrants have been living for the last month. “My plan is to celebrate it in the United States.”But Rubio’s chances of making it to the U.S. in time for his birthday got slimmer Tuesday evening when the latest attempt by the Costa Rican government to negotiate a pathway through Central America for the migrants fell apart. Belize’s refusal to receive the migrants means that thousands of Cuban migrants will remain — for the time being at least — stuck in temporary shelters as the holidays approach.Foreign Minister Manuel González, who is preparing to visit Cuba with President Luis Guillermo Solís on Dec. 14, said that the Costa Rican government is “deeply disappointed” with Belize’s decision, according to a statement from the ministry.“Without a doubt, this decision significantly complicates the situation for the Cuban migrants in Costa Rica and postpones their exit from the country,” González said Tuesday evening.The Foreign Ministry urged Cubans who are thinking of traveling to the U.S. through Central America to avoid leaving now. Costa Rica does not have the means to house the growing number of Cubans, the Foreign Ministry said . According to figures from the Immigration Administration, more than 4,300 Cubans with temporary transit visas are in Costa Rica and roughly 3,400 are staying in 14 different temporary shelters — like the one Rubio is in at Liberia. An estimated 100 Cubans arrive daily at Costa Rica’s southern border with Panama.Costa Rica has been housing Cuban migrants since mid-November when Nicaragua closed its border to them on Nov. 15, with Nicaraguan soldiers pushing back several hundred migrants with truncheons and tear gas. Nicaragua’s refusal to let the Cubans pass on their way to the United States exacerbated an already complicated situation. A camp for Cuban migrants in Costa Rica. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesCentral American countries require Cubans to have entry visas, including Costa Rica. But faced with a sudden influx of migrants, Costa Rica started issuing temporary transit visas to the migrants with the hope that they would continue on their way to the U.S. where they enjoy preferential immigration status.Belize’s government said that the subject of Cuban immigration was a regional issue that should be addressed by all the countries in the isthmus. But the first go at a regional solution fell flat. A meeting of foreign ministers from the Central American Integration System, or SICA, on Nov. 25 did not resolve the crisis. In the following weeks, Guatemala announced that it would not receive the migrants, and on Dec. 3. Mexico said it would receive them but that they had to pass through another country first.As regional leaders continue to play hot potato with the migrants, life in the camps drags on. Here at the Bethel camp outside downtown Liberia, lines of colorful laundry drying in the sun crisscross the open space around the camp. Portable toilets at the far fence supplement the handful of restrooms and wash stations. A police officer is stationed at the gate to the camp, which closes at midnight.Men and women look for chores or other tasks to keep themselves occupied. One group of men started clearing brush around a fence. Another sat in the shade talking as a man gave haircuts with an electric razor. Those with smartphones used Facebook and WhastApp to keep in touch with family. Others lounge in the heat on National Emergency Commission stamped foam mattresses, surfing YouTube to pass the time.The main pastime is listening to the news, hoping for word of when they will be able to leave.“You spend the days listening to the news,” said Yuniesky Martínez, a 33-year-old electrical engineer. “Bad news can change everyone’s mood. But when there’s something positive people get excited. They’re ready to move forward, make something of themselves.”Liudmila Pérez, a 25-year-old high school Spanish teacher back in Cuba, mopped the floor in the room she shared with three other people. The boredom was the worst part, she said.The Costa Rica government “covers our basic needs. Nothing luxurious but all the basics,” said Esmirdo Pérez, 50, who was cutting grass with a machete. “The Costa Ricans have been too nice to us,” he said.No one wanted to talk about it much but the possibility of passing Christmas in the migrant shelter loomed over many, including Pérez.“I hope there’s no one here by the 24th.” Cuban migrant Daury Leal, 39, holds 11-month-old Yeryko Boza, the son of a fellow migrant, in a refugee camp in Liberia. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Panama Papers secret accounts of the rich and powerful

first_imgBelow are some of the main allegations made in Sunday’s release based on documents from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca:— Banks, companies and aides close to Russian President Vladimir Putin secretly shuffled as much as $2 billion using offshore companies, gaining hidden influence in the country’s media and automotive industries. The Kremlin has accused the ICIJ of launching a misleading “information attack.”— Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson and his wife used an offshore company, Wintris Inc., to hide millions of dollars of investments in three major banks during the financial crisis. He has denied any wrongdoing but faces a vote of no confidence this week.— Two leaders who have staked their reputations on pushing for transparency — Chinese President Xi Jinping and British Prime Minister David Cameron — have at some point had family links to offshore companies.— Several other world leaders, including the king of Saudi Arabia, as well as the children of the president of Azerbaijan and of the prime minister of Pakistan, also control offshore companies.— Mossack Fonseca worked with at least 33 people and companies blacklisted by Washington because of business links to Mexican drug lords, terrorist organizations or rogue nations, including North Korea. One supplied fuel for planes the U.S. alleges Syria’s regime used to bomb its own citizens.— The firm’s customers include Ponzi schemers, drug kingpins, tax evaders and a U.S. businessman convicted of traveling to Russia to have sex with underage orphans, who signed papers for an offshore company while in jail.— The files also identify a convicted money launderer who claimed he’d arranged a $50,000 illegal campaign contribution used to pay the Watergate burglars, 29 billionaires from Forbes’ rich list, and martial arts film star Jackie Chan.— FIFA’s ethics committee member Juan Pedro Damiani had business ties with three men indicted in the corruption scandal engulfing football’s governing body — former FIFA vice president Eugenio Figueredo as well as Hugo Jinkis and his son, who are accused of paying bribes for broadcast rights in Latin America.— The world’s best football player, Lionel Messi, and his father own a shell company, Mega Star Enterprises, previously unknown to Spanish investigators probing the Barcelona forward’s tax affairs.— Suspended UEFA chief Michel Platini, who is serving a six-year ban from football for over a $2 million payment from FIFA president Sepp Blatter, turned to Mossack Fonseca to help him administer an offshore company created in Panama in 2007.— More than 500 banks, their subsidiaries and branches have worked with Mossack Fonseca since the 1970s to help clients manage offshore companies. UBS set up more than 1,100 and HSBC and its affiliates created more than 2,300. Facebook Comments PARIS — World leaders, stars of the pitch and screen and dozens of billionaires were among those named and shamed in what looks to be the biggest ever leak of inside information in history.Covering 40 years of emails, financial records and passport details, an investigation by more than 100 media groups shows how some of the world’s most powerful people have secreted away their money in offshore jurisdictions. Related posts:Panama and ‘Panama Papers’ law firm under the media’s lenses Football: Messi denies tax evasion in Panama Papers scandal Iceland premier resigns in Panama Papers scandal Quiet tip unleashed Panama Paperslast_img read more

National Police Property crime down in Limón from last year

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Ricans report increasing safety concerns; 2016 is set to become most violent year on record Government announces increased security measures to curb recent crime wave Salvadoran man deported from United States suspected in murder at San José hotel Men caught with one ton of drugs in Costa Rica allowed to walk free, police say The number of property crimes in the Caribbean province of Limón fell during the first six months of this year compared to figures from 2016, theNational Police confirmed this week.The report comes from the police’s Analysis and Statistics Department and also includes data from the Judicial Investigation Police.The inform states that police received a total of 2,512 complaints for property crimes. The figure represents a 13.6 percent drop, or 394 complaints fewer than those recorded in the same period of 2016.Property crimes in the report include complaints for robbery, home robbery, burglary, vehicle theft, auto burglary, and theft of livestock.Crimes by typeBurglary is the crime that saw the largest decrease in the inter-annual comparison. Police agencies received a total of 220 complaints in the past six months, representing 57 more — or 20.5 percent — less than in the same period last year.Armed robbery fell 13.7 percent. Police recorded 327 complaints this year, and 379 in 2016.Figures of vehicle theft in the Caribbean province also went down from 151 in the first half of 2016 to 115 this year, a 23.8 percent drop.The report noted that crimes against property also declined slightly across the country. Between January and June 2016, police precincts in all seven provinces received a total of 28,310 complaints for property crimes. The figure for the same months this year fell to 27,812.That represents 498 complaints less across the country, or a decline of 1.8 percent.Boost in securityGovernment efforts to bolster security in Limón followed a shootout on a Caribbean beach that left five people dead on Oct. 2, 2016. Top Public Security Ministry officials met in the province on Oct. 5 and pledged to enforce a plan to curb the wave of violence in the region.As a first action, National Police Director Juan José Andrade sent 400 additional police officers to conduct patrols at the province’s most conflict-ridden neighborhoods.Public Security Minister Gustavo Mata promised at the time that extra police surveillance would continue in the province until they manage to control the situation. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Local Keeps introduces Costa Rican artisans to the world

first_img JohnHowardcoloredtoucan_big https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/JohnHowardcoloredtoucan_big.jpg While visiting farmer’s markets and ferias, Galit Flasterstein realized she could use her passion for locally made goods to showcase the talent of the Costa Rican people. Today, that idea has become a reality through Flasterstein’s new startup, Local Keeps. Co-owned with her husband, Eric Scharf, the online marketplace already features more than 1,000 Costa Rica-made products and is introducing artisanal Tico goods to the world. And it’s doing so in a way that supports Costa Rican artisans and consumers alike. “Local Keeps brings you close to the country and its people by curating and recommending the finest expressions of every product,” Flasterstein says. Local Keeps’ strategy is targeted curation coupled with a global audience, and it all starts from their headquarters near San José. The Local Keeps team explores markets and fairs across Costa Rica to find unique, memorable products. The Local Keeps staff builds relationships with each company — called “Makers” — to test their creations and ensure ethical business practices. If satisfied with the results, the artisanal “Keeps” appear on the Local Keeps catalogue, an e-commerce store that delivers to tourists and travelers in Costa Rica and worldwide. From mango-seed necklaces, to traditional chorreador coffee-makers, to hand-stitched bags, Local Keeps highlights Makers with a passion for Costa Rica. They promote small businesses that are eco-conscious and give back to their Tico communities. 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Flasterstein hopes Local Keeps will contribute to Costa Rica’s economy by helping artisan  companies — some as small as a single person — tap into a global market. Since sales began earlier this year, Local Keeps has already seen signs of a positive impact. During a recent trip to Costa Rica, for example, one woman fell in love with a unique all-natural deodorant. After returning home, she purchased a year’s supply through Local Keeps. The international connection was a significant sale for a Costa Rican Maker who previously didn’t market online or abroad. With Local Keeps, tourists and travelers can receive authentic Costa Rican products wherever they are in the world — from Liberia (Guanacaste) to Liberia (Africa), from San José (Costa Rica) to San Jose (California). Whether you want to remember a Costa Rican adventure or experience a taste of pura vida from afar, Local Keeps connects Tico Makers with a global audience. And every high-quality Keep comes tested and approved, with the personal touch of a small-business artisan.“There’s so much excitement when a product goes abroad,” Flasterstein says. “But even as we grow, we want to keep it personal.” To learn more, or to explore the Local Keeps catalogue, visit LocalKeeps.com. This story was sponsored by Local Keeps. 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6th graders made porn video at Mexican school

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family He said an investigation is being conducted by his department and the teachers union to determine whether any adults were involved.Kantun said the teacher who uses the classroom did not appear to have been present when the video was made. He said no disciplinary action has been taken against any students or teachers as of yet. He said the students involved are being given psychological counseling.The incident occurred in late April at a grade school in the town of Calkini, which is in a relatively conservative and heavily Indian area. Three boys are seen on the video engaging in oral and anal sex recorded on a cellphone by a fourth person, apparently another student.The mother of one of the boys saw the video on the Internet and notified authorities, Kantun said. He said the video had since been taken down.Authorities didn’t announce the students’ ages, but sixth-graders in Mexico are generally 12 or younger.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How do cataracts affect your vision? Sponsored Stories Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) – Authorities in Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Campeche said Wednesday they are investigating how a porn video was made by sixth-graders inside their school.State Education Department spokesman Omar Kantun said the video was apparently made in an empty classroom during recess in late April.“It is real, the case is real, the video exists,” Kantun said. “The Education Department is very concerned.” Top holiday drink recipes 0 Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementslast_img read more

Ethiopia starts peace talks with separatist rebels

first_imgADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) – The Ethiopian government and separatist rebels say they have started negotiations.Ethiopian officials and representatives of the Ogaden National Liberation Front, or ONLF, met in Kenya for peace talks last week, the rebels said in a statement Saturday.Although the rebels said the peace process has been months in the making, it was not clear if negotiations gained momentum after the death of former leader Meles Zenawi, whose government considered the group a terrorist organization. Bereket Simon, Ethiopia’s communications minister, confirmed that peace talks are going on. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Comments   Share   Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The rebels want to create an independent state in Ethiopia’s Ogaden region, which is inhabited by mostly ethnic Somalis. The ONLF is blamed for an attack in 2007 on a Chinese-run oil field in which scores were killed in Ogaden.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

UN Polar bears among species to be hotly debated

first_img Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Scanlon says the unregulated, illegal wildlife trade ranges anywhere from $8 billion to $20 billion a year.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology GENEVA (AP) – Nations will be asked to decide whether the polar bear should be considered an endangered species because of global warming.The U.S. proposal to increase the protection given to polar bears was among 67 proposals submitted before Friday’s deadline for consideration by CITES, the Geneva-based International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon told reporters the polar bear plan and proposals to better combat the illegal trade in elephant ivory and rhino horn are expected to be among the most contentious items at the treaty talks next March in Bangkok.last_img read more

UN official urges US to fight new marijuana laws

first_imgVIENNA (AP) – The head of the U.N. drug watchdog agency is urging U.S. federal officials to challenge the decriminalization of possessing small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and over in Washington and Colorado.While marijuana remains illegal under federal law, both states legalized possession of up to an ounce in November and are setting up rules to govern growers, processors and retailers.Raymond Yans of the Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board said in a statement Thursday that Washington is obliged to ensure nationwide implementation of a drug convention “to which the United States is party” and which bans recreational marijuana use. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Sponsored Stories Top Stories Comments   Share   The vital role family plays in society The INCB has no enforcement ability.U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said last week the Justice Department has not yet decided whether to sue to block the measures..(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

Olympic torch blasts into space ahead of Games

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Russia’s Mikhail Tyurin, NASA’s Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata of Japan beamed at the crowd as they carried the lit torch aboard the Soyuz rocket.For safety reasons, the torch will not burn when it’s onboard the space outpost. Lighting it would consume precious oxygen and pose a threat to the crew. The crew will carry the unlit torch around the station’s numerous modules before taking it out on a spacewalk.The Olympic torch has flown into space once before _ in 1996 aboard the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis for the Atlanta Summer Olympics _ but will be taken outside the spacecraft for the first time in history.“It’s a great pleasure and responsibility getting to work with this symbol of peace,” Tyurin told journalists on Wednesday ahead of the launch.The torch will remain in space for five days. Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazanskiy, who are currently manning the International Space Station, will take the flame for a spacewalk on Saturday, before it is returned to earth by three astronauts on Monday.The four-month Sochi torch relay, which started in Moscow on Oct. 7, is the longest in the history of the Olympics. For most of the 65,000-kilometer (39,000-mile) route, the flame will travel by plane, train, car and even reindeer sleigh, but 14,000 torch bearers are taking part in the relay that stops at more than 130 cities and towns. Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Last month, the Olympic flame traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker. Later this month it will sink to the bottom of the world’s deepest lake, Lake Baikal, and in February it will reach the peak of Mount Elbrus, at 5,642 meters (18,510 feet) the highest mountain in Russia and Europe.The torch will be used to light the Olympic flame at Sochi’s stadium on Feb. 7, marking the start of the 2014 Winter Games that run until Feb. 23.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Parents, stop beating yourself up Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 must play golf courses in Arizona MOSCOW (AP) – A rocket carrying the Olympic flame successfully blasted off Thursday from earth ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.NASA Live TV showed the rocket, emblazoned with the pale blue Sochi 2014 logo, launching from the Russian-operated Baikonur cosmodrome on a clear morning in Kazakhstan.The torch will make its way to the International Space Station before being taken into space itself _ making it the Olympic flame’s first spacewalk in history.last_img read more

Australia to revoke citizenship of Australianborn jihadis

first_imgBut critics argue that Australia should prosecute and imprison its terrorists rather than shunt them to other countries.Many Australians charged with or suspected of terrorism crimes are the Australian-born children of parents who fled conflicts in Lebanon and Afghanistan.The 17-year-old son of a Syrian-born doctor arrested at the family home in Melbourne city two weeks ago became Australia’s latest accused terrorist. Police allege he had three pipe bombs concealed at the house and was planning an attack soon.The teen, whose name cannot be released, became the 23rd suspect charged with terrorism-related offences in Australia since September when the national terrorism threat was elevated to the second highest level because of the Islamic State danger. A third of the terrorism charges in Australia filed since the al-Qaida attacks on the United States in 2001 have come since September.Islamic State militants have had conspicuous success in recruiting in Australia, which has 24 million people. The majority are Christian while 2 percent are Muslim.The London-based International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence estimates that between 100 and 250 Australians have joined Sunni militants in Iraq and Syria. The center estimates only 100 U.S. fighters have arrived from an American population more than 13-times larger. Dual nationals could also lose their Australian citizenship, while Australians without claim to another nationality could not.“The principle for us, which is very important, is that we don’t render people stateless,” Dutton told Sydney Radio 2GB.Australia can currently only revoke citizenship in cases of fraud in the citizenship application or where an Australian citizen joins the armed forces of another country to fight Australia.Because the Islamic State movement is not recognized as a state, membership is not a ground for losing Australian citizenship, Dutton said“I can hardly walk down the street without people saying: ‘Why do you let these people back into our country? They come back more radicalized,’” Dutton said.“They are a huge threat to Australian citizens. We should act and that’s what the government is doing,” he added.George Williams, a University of New South Wales constitutional law professor, said the Parliament could probably change the law on revoking citizenship without any constitutional obstacle. The Australian constitutional makes no mention of citizenship and contains no protections for its citizens akin to the U.S. Bill of Rights. Counterterrorism units were posted at Australian airports after the terror alert was raised in September. The government said on Thursday 288 passengers had been prevented from leaving Australia on security grounds since then.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Sponsored Stories CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia plans to strip citizenship from Australian-born children of immigrants who become Islamic State fighters in its crackdown on homegrown jihadis, a minister said on Thursday.The government wants to change the Citizenship Act to make fighting for Islamic State in Syria and Iraq a reason for losing citizenship, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said.The government also wants to adopt the British legal model by revoking the citizenship of extremists who are Australian-born children of immigrants or an immigrant, forcing them to take up citizenship in the birth country of their parents, or parent, Dutton said. Parents, stop beating yourself up Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019 Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Puerto Rico governor says declaring bankruptcy was option

first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories ErrorOK ErrorOK Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Garcia said he has since rejected the proposal in favor of the current push to get rules that would allow only Puerto Rico’s public agencies to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 9. A U.S. House committee is studying the issue amid growing concerns about the government’s ability to repay its debt.Declaring complete bankruptcy for the whole island government would not have been good for Puerto Rico, Garcia said.“It’s not something that’s being considered right now,” he said. “It would have been less than impossible to obtain approval for such a measure, but we have to be responsible and evaluate everything that’s on the table.”Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress, criticized Garcia for pursuing such a proposal in private.“It’s an irresponsible move that greatly damages Puerto Rico’s image before Congress and the financial markets,” Pierluisi said.Garcia returned last weekend from an official trip to Washington, where he met with U.S. legislators to talk about the Chapter 9 bankruptcy proposal and other issues.Puerto Rico’s Government Development Bank, which oversees the island’s debt transactions, has warned that the government could have to shut down in the coming months if new measures to generate revenue are not taken. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor confirmed Wednesday that his administration recently pursued a proposal to request that the U.S. Congress allow the island’s heavily indebted government to declare bankruptcy amid an economic crisis.Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla’s public acknowledgement of the proposal comes as the U.S. territory struggles with $72 billion in public debt amid a nearly decade-long economic slump. Garcia recently signed a bill to increase the island’s sales tax from 7 percent to 11.5 percent and to create a new 4 percent tax on professional services. The sales tax increase goes into effect July 1 and the new services tax on Oct. 1, with a transition to a value-added tax by April 1.Legislators are now debating a proposed $9.8 billion budget that calls for $674 million in cuts and sets aside $1.5 billion to help pay off Puerto Rico’s debt. The budget has to be approved by June 30.___Danica Coto on Twitter: www.twitter.com/danicacotoCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Honduras charges No 2 in congress with fraud in scandal

first_imgFILE – In this June 12, 2015 file photo, demonstrators protest corruption outside the U.S. embassy, demanding the resignation of Honduras’ President Juan Orlando Hernandez in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The investigation into the fraudulent sales of medicines to the government has brought thousands of Hondurans into the streets in protest the past two weeks. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio, File)n Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Comments   Share   Top Stories Together with her father and two siblings, Gutierrez owns Astropharma, a company that she said is a wholesaler of medicines made by pharmaceutical companies. She told local television she was surprised by the charges and would prove her innocence.The charges came one day after the army took over Honduras’ public hospitals and medicine stockpiles. The president announced that soldiers would perform an inventory to guarantee medicines get to those who need them and to discover if there are shortages of any medicines.The public health system scandal involves alleged embezzlement that cost the Social Security Institute as much as $120 million. At least some of the money went to finance governing party political campaigns, including Hernandez’s.The scheme involved selling overpriced and in some cases defective medicines to the government. Eleven cases have been identified in which it appears women died after taking defective drugs.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Honduras charged the vice president of the nation’s congress with fraud, falsification of documents and crimes against public health in a widening corruption investigation Thursday.The investigation into the fraudulent sales of medicines to the government has brought thousands of Hondurans into the streets in protest the past two weeks.Congress vice president Lena Gutierrez, a member of the governing National Party, has been a federal legislator since 2009. From 2010 to 2014, she was No. 2 under congressional leader Juan Orlando Hernandez, who is now Honduras’ president. Patients with chronic pain give advice How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Millions across India world take part in Yoga Day exercises

first_imgTens of thousands of schoolchildren, bureaucrats, homemakers, soldiers and ordinary folk took part in the exercise, which was repeated in all Indian state capitals. In Modi’s home state of Gujarat, public yoga events were organized at nearly 30,000 places, state officials said.“We are not only celebrating a day, but we are training the human mind to begin a new era of peace and harmony,” Modi told participants. “This is a program for the benefit of mankind, for a tension-free world and to spread the message of harmony.”In Taipei, more than 2,000 participants rolled out mats and performed 108 rounds of the “sun salutation” — the sequence of yoga poses often practiced at the beginning of a routine as the sun rises.“They give themselves a piece of time to observe their mind and their heart, which I think in the modern society we need a lot,” said practitioner Angela Hsi.Fazel Shah, an Indian pilot working for a Middle Eastern airline, rushed from the airport on his stopover in Taiwan to join the event.“Isn’t it awesome? I mean, just look at the number of people who are here, embracing it,” he said.He said yoga was probably born in India but belongs anywhere. “If you go up from where I am and look from the sky down, you don’t see borders, you don’t see religions, you don’t see nationalities, you just see one group of people. So, I just go down and meet up with them, that’s all”. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Quick workouts for men Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober NEW DELHI (AP) — Millions of yoga enthusiasts bent and twisted their bodies in complex postures across India and much of the world on Sunday to mark the first International Yoga Day.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had lobbied the U.N. to declare June 21 as the global Yoga Day, spread his mat among rows of people, including his Cabinet members and foreign diplomats, at New Delhi’s main thoroughfare that has been transformed into one sprawling exercise ground. Similar events were held in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and other places.Many believe that yoga, the ancient form of exercise, is the best way to calm the mind and the best form of exercise for the body.Indian officials said more than 35,000 people participated in the New Delhi event that was also an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest single yoga class at a single venue. Guinness representatives said they hired more than 1,500 members of a global accounting firm to count the number of participants at the Delhi venue.India’s Defense Ministry said that soldiers on the Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battleground in the Himalayas, and naval cadets on navy ships at sea also would be participating in the Yoga Day events.Although Modi’s message was one of peace and harmony, many in India were concerned that the push for yoga was an attempt by Hindu groups to give a boost to Hinduism.In the run-up to Yoga Day, many Muslims objected to the government’s exhortations to join in the public exercise programs. Some Muslim leaders said yoga was a Hindu practice.The government quickly dropped a plan for the “sun salutation” exercise, which many Muslims found objectionable because it implied the sun was a deity. Also dropped was the Hindu “om” chant. A young Exile Tibetan practices yoga at the Tibetan Children’s Village School in Dharmsala, India, Saturday, June 20, 2015. Sunday, June 21, marks the first International Yoga Day, which the government of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is marking with a massive outdoor New Delhi gathering. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia) Some Christian groups were upset that the mass yoga sessions were being held at a time when they usually attend Sunday Mass.Others were skeptical about the time and money spent by the government on Yoga Day.“The government organizes these hyped-up events,” said Sumita Rani, a primary school teacher in South Delhi. “Last year was the Clean India Campaign. What came of it? This city is as filthy as ever.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories last_img read more