Oregon pot growers eye potential for tourism alongside vineyards

first_img MEDFORD – Marijuana could join vineyards and pear orchards as Rogue Valley agricultural mainstays in southwest Oregon and draw in more tourists, pot growers say.“I was a parent who said, ‘Don’t smoke this crap,’” Dewey Wilson, 61, told the Mail Tribune, noting that a decade ago he considered legalization of marijuana unimaginable. “I never thought this would happen. I’ve come full circle on the issue.”Wilson, who’s growing 1,100 cannabis plants with a potential value of more than $2 million along the Rogue River, said he and his son began smoking marijuana for medical reasons.He spent $2.5 million to buy the property last year and has spent another $500,000 on equipment, including surveillance cameras. He’s also converted an old barn that once housed cows to be used for tourism if the state allows it. He calls his farm Tomato Hill Co., or THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana.The Oregon Liquor Control Commission says Jackson and adjacent Josephine counties have about half of the 258 indoor and outdoor grow sites in the state. And Jackson County has about a third of all the large commercial outdoor marijuana operations.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthCommission Chairman Rob Patridge said it’s not clear when supply might outpace demand for marijuana in Oregon. The state estimated that about 520,000 people in Oregon use pot, with the average weekend user consuming about 2 ounces a year.The result is cattle farms being converted to grow marijuana crops.“This is the old agriculture transitioning into the new,” said Brent Kenyon, a consultant for growers, including Wilson’s farm.The owner of Green Valley Wellness, Michael Monarch, said he expects the commission will issue more licenses over the next year.“There’s about another 600 (applications) in progress right now,” he said. “It takes a long time to get it right, and it’s complicated navigating through all the steps.”Like Wilson, he expects more tourists visiting the area for the wine and pot industries.“It’s mayhem now – it’s the wild West,” Monarch says. “But the dust will settle.” Tags: Oregon Share Oregon pot growers eye potential for tourism alongside vineyards Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Monday, September 26, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Fathom offers 100 savings on DRCuba cruises ahead of transition

first_img The Canadian Press Share Tags: Cuba, Dominican Republic, Fathom << Previous PostNext Post >> MIAMI — After receiving permission last month to visit Cuba on cruises scheduled to go to the Dominican Republic, Fathom has announced it is offering US$100 savings on six upcoming week-long voyages that will visit the DR and Santiago de Cuba, the second largest city in Cuba.The voyages were originally scheduled to sail only to Amber Cove in the DR. Now, Fathom’s Adonia will call at Santiago de Cuba during the second day of each cruise before sailing onward to the Dominican Republic.When booked between Jan. 14 and Jan. 20, travellers may reserve these dual-destination Dominican-Cuban cruises at prices starting at $499. The offer is applicable for all staterooms during cruises departing on Feb. 26, March 12 and 26, April 9 and 23, and May 7.During the voyage’s first stop, travellers can participate in people-to-people programs arranged and sponsored by Fathom, during which they can spend a full day in Santiago de Cuba interacting with locals and discovering the sights. The seven-day voyages allow passengers to deeply immerse themselves in local arts, history and culture and at the same time participate in social impact experiences that make a profound difference.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksImpact activities in the DR include planting trees, helping a women’s cooperative produce artisan chocolates, and building water filters for local homes.Pricing for Fathom’s seven-day ‘Cultures of Caribbean’ itineraries to the Dominican Republic and Santiago de Cuba start at $499, excluding taxes, fees, port expenses and gratuities and Cuban visa, and include all meals on the ship and lunch in Santiago de Cuba, lunch during Dominican Republic impact activities, onboard experiences and select on-the-ground activities. The required Cuban travel visa is $75 per person and gratuities are estimated at $80.50 per person. To secure a spot on future sailings, a fully refundable $300 per person deposit is required for all cabin categories and occupancy levels. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.In November, Carnival Corp. announced that Fathom will be ceasing cruise operations in June. Fathom’s ship, the Adonia, will be returned to the P&O Cruises fleet. It will transition into a shoreside-only experience in mid-year.center_img Fathom offers $100 savings on DR/Cuba cruises ahead of transition Posted by Monday, January 16, 2017 last_img read more

Carnival Cruise Line adds 13 new Journeys voyages in 201819

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Carnival Cruise Line adds 13 new Journeys voyages in 2018-19 Share MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line has expanded its popular Carnival Journeys cruise series with 13 new seagoing adventures departing in 2018 and 2019.The new 12- to 14-day voyages will depart from homeports along the East and West Coasts and the Gulf of Mexico, and follow on the heels of previously announced nine- to 15-day Carnival Journeys cruises departing in 2017-18.Guests sailing on Carnival Journeys cruises can participate in unique onboard activities and cultural opportunities at various ports of call that focus on a broad range of topics, including photography, cooking, arts and crafts and social media. There’s also a 1980s-themed ‘Throwback Sea Day’ that’s available.“Our Carnival Journeys cruises have proven enormously popular with guests who enjoy both unforgettable landside experiences and one-of-a-kind onboard enrichment activities that this unique program offers,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival president. “We’re thrilled to expand Carnival Journeys with these 13 new voyages that showcase some of the world’s most captivating destinations.”The 13 new Carnival Journeys voyages include:Carnival Splendour: 14-day Alaska cruise roundtrip from Long Beach, departing Aug. 25 to Sept. 8, 2018, visiting Hubbard Glacier, Icy Strait Point, Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau and Sitka, Alaska, as well as Victoria, B.C.Carnival Breeze: 14-day Southern Caribbean voyage departing Galveston on Sept. 16, 2018, calling at Grand Cayman, Aruba, Curacao, Grenada, Barbados, Dominica and St. MaartenCarnival Splendour: three 14-day Hawaii cruises roundtrip from Long Beach departing Oct. 13, 2018, Dec. 1, 2018 and Jan. 12, 2019, visiting Maui, Honolulu, Kona and HiloCarnival Freedom: 14-day Panama Canal voyage roundtrip from Galveston, departing Oct. 28-Nov. 10, 2018, visiting Montego Bay, Aruba, Curacao and Cartagena prior to a partial transit of the Panama Canal and followed by Limon and CozumelCarnival Breeze: 14-day Southern Caribbean voyage operating roundtrip from Port Canaveral on Nov. 3, 2018, with stops at St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, St. Maarten, Tortola and San JuanCarnival Pride: 14-day Southern Caribbean cruise roundtrip from Baltimore, departing Nov. 4, 2018, calling at Grand Turk, Aruba, Curacao, Barbados, St. Lucia and St. MaartenCarnival Ecstasy: 12-day Southern Caribbean cruise roundtrip from Charleston, departing Nov. 10, 2018, featuring Amber Cove, Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten and San JuanCarnival Miracle: 14-day Panama Canal voyage roundtrip from Tamp, departing Dec. 2, visiting Cozumel and Limon prior to a partial transit of the Panama Canal followed by Cartagena, Aruba, Curacao and Ocho RiosCarnival Pride: 14-day Southern Caribbean voyage roundtrip from Baltimore, departing Jan. 6, 2019, visiting St. Thomas, Antigua, Grenada, Dominica, St. Maarten, San Juan and Grand TurkCanrival Sunshine: 13-day Southern Caribbean cruise roundtrip from Port Canaveral on Jan. 12, 2019, calling at Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan and Amber CoveCarnival Freedom: 14-day Southern Caribbean sailing roundtrip from Galveston on Jan. 19, 2019, featuring Grand Cayman, Aruba, Bonaire and Cartagena prior to a partial transit of the Panama Canal and followed by Limon and Cozumelcenter_img Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Tags: Carnival Cruise Line << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Next step in Goways succession plan with appointment of new COO

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Goway Travel Monday, February 5, 2018 John FeenaghtyTORONTO — John Feenaghty has been named to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer of Goway Travel as the company focuses on long-term plans including the gradual retirement of Goway’s founder and President, Bruce Hodge.Feenaghty’s mandate includes growth in all areas of the company, spearheaded by an anticipated surge in UK/Europe volume.As reported in the Nov. 16, 2017 issue of Travelweek, Hodge says his goal is to grow Goway’s UK and Europe business to be as big as the company’s Downunder business – that includes Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific islands – in 3 years.Goway Travel’s UK/Europe division is now headed up by industry veteran Craig Canvin.Goway is also looking at the ultimate development of a North American program. The latter will mean Goway offers ‘the world’, and includes plans to open wholesale offices in Australia and the UK.Feenaghty has 25 years of experience across a variety of travel industry fields. His most recent tenure was with Flight Centre Travel Group in Australia where he held a number of senior roles over his 14 years. His broad experience covers retail, wholesale, product, e-commerce, operations and marketing.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaStarting out in the RAAF as a flight steward nearly 30 years ago, John moved from hospitality to travel, with a career at the Queensland Government Travel Centre in Brisbane. A few years followed with Thomas Cook retail, Sunlover Holidays, and a short stint in the U.S. with an Australian travel specialist.In 2003, he took over the Marketing division of Flight Centre’s emerging wholesale brand Infinity Holidays for several years. This evolved into key roles across the company, including GM of Quickbeds.com, SVP Product & Marketing at Liberty Travel (USA based) and GM of Product & Marketing with the Infinity Group.“During my time in the USA, I was well aware of Goway, and am looking forward to moving back to North America to assume this role for such a well-respected company,” said Feenaghty.Feenaghty will also oversee the rise of Adam and Bronwyn Hodge, as they assume senior leadership roles in the business. Bruce’s wife Claire, from South Africa, was a passenger on his last European tour, joined him a year after starting Goway. All four members of the Hodge family contribute to the success of Goway.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaHodge launched Goway in 1970 in Toronto. A former research economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia and European camping tour leader, he initially operated his fledgling business out of a two-bedroom apartment, and worked in a peanut butter factory at night to maintain cash flow.These days Goway has offices in Toronto, L.A., Vancouver, Sydney and Manila, a staff of over 300 people and a reputation for providing customized experiential travel arrangements to long-haul globetrotters.With the appointment of Feenaghty and other recent high-level executives, Hodge said he is not slowing anything down at Goway. “We are improving a well-oiled machine that is not only picking up speed but knows where it is going,” he said.In 2020 the company will be celebrating its 50th anniversary.“All I see are opportunities,” said Hodge. “I only wish I was 10 years younger.” Travelweek Group center_img Share Posted by Next step in Goway’s succession plan with appointment of new COOlast_img read more

How perceptive is Canada compared to other countries Take the quiz here

first_img Posted by Thursday, September 13, 2018 Share Travelweek Group How perceptive is Canada compared to other countries? Take the quiz herecenter_img TORONTO — Way to go, Canada! We’re not as ignorant as other countries of the world.According to a new survey from Ipsos MORI, Canada ranks 32nd in The Perils of Perception 2017 survey. The good news? The United States fared even worse in 23rd place.The study, says Ipsos, highlights how wrong the online public across 38 countries are about key global issues and features of the population in their home country. A total of 29,133 interviews were conducted between Sept. 28-Oct. 19, 2017 via the Ipsos Online Panel system.“Across all 38 countries in the study, each population gets a lot wrong,” said Bobby Duffy, Managing Director of Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute, London. “We are often most incorrect on factors that are widely discussed in the media, such as deaths from terrorism, murder rates, immigration and teenage pregnancy.”Duffy added that there are multiple reasons for these errors, “from our struggle with maths and proportions, to media and political coverage of issues, to social psychology explanations of our mental shortcuts or biases.” But based on previous studies, he added, “this is partly because we overestimate what we worry about: the more we see coverage of an issue, the more prevalent we thing it is, especially if that coverage is frightening or threatening.”More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?South Africa received the dubious honour of being the most inaccurate in their perceptions, with Brazil and the Philippines rounding out the top three.Here is the complete list:South AfricaBrazilThe PhilippinesPeruIndiaIndonesiaColombiaMexicoTurkeySaudi ArabiaArgentinaItalyChileJapanMalaysiaFranceSouth KoreaHungaryNew ZealandNetherlandsHong KongPolandUnited States of AmericaRussiaGermanyAustraliaChinaSingaporeIsraelGreat BritainBelgiumCanadaSerbiaMontenegroSpainDenmarkNorwaySwedenHow well do you think you know your stuff about Canada’s top issues? Take the Ipsos quiz here: http://perils.ipsos.com/quiz/index.html Tags: IPSOS, Statistics << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Security and tourism issues dominate meeting between Costa Rican and Honduran presidents

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rica’s President Laura Chinchilla and the president of Honduras Porfirio Lobo met Thursday in San José to discuss opportunities for collaboration in the fight against drug, arms and human trafficking, as well as tourism strategies.Lobo said he is looking forward to work on these issues and noted the need for countries where drugs are consumed “to take measures to discourage drug trafficking and commerce.”He expressed interest in the Costa Rican tourism development model and also the country’s experience in areas such as health care, bilingual education, job creation and security for tourists.Chinchilla said she is willing to share experience with Honduras in sustainability, ecotourism and rural tourism.She also stated that “the region’s nations must implement tourism strategies that combine the strengths of each country to offer them as a ‘package’ to foreign tourists.”The presidents agreed to meet again in November to follow up on these matters. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Dominicans freak out over Obamas gay ambassador pick

first_imgIf confirmed, Brewster will be the first openly gay ambassador to the country, a prospect that is not going over well with some segments of this conservative Christian country of 9 million people. Local reports indicate that church leaders are pressuring the government to reject Brewster’s nomination and calling on the faithful to dress in black on Monday in solidarity against him.Praise Christian Church Pastor Sauford Medrano is quoted in Diario Libre as saying that Brewster could cause “the U.S. promotion of gender beliefs in the country.” That supposedly violates a general education law in the country that “all the Dominican education system is based on Christian principles.”The report was flagged by FP reader and Dominican expat Will Williams, an architect in New York City. He said he witnessed the animosity toward the ambassador in a visit last weekend. “I could confirm myself that the opposition has been even worse from what have been reflected in the news,” he said. “As a Dominican, I feel ashamed this is happening in my country. … The evangelical church is convoking the general public to reject this ambassador. … [It’s] asking the public to show a black band, black banner or ribbon on cars or dress showing rejection.”In a statement to FP, Monica Trasandes, director of Spanish Language Media at GLAAD, defended the president’s pick. “We stand with LGBT advocates in the Dominican Republic, who are calling on leaders to quit categorizing their country’s population as homophobic,” she said. “We hope that James Brewster will help educate those still adversely affected by homophobia and applaud the work of LGBT advocates in the Dominican Republic.”When news of opposition to Brewster first began, the Dominican Embassy in Washington told FP that the country supports the president’s pick. “The Dominican Republic is a democracy with a vibrant media and a wide diversity of opinions on every conceivable topic,” the statement read. “However, it is the position of the Government of the Dominican Republic that a person´s sexual preference is strictly a personal matter and it looks forward to working constructively with Mr. Brewster in his official capacity once his nomination is approved by the U.S. Senate.”In June, the AP spoke with Catholic and evangelical church leaders who opposed the nomination. “If he arrives, he’ll suffer and will be forced to leave,” Vicar Pablo Cedano, told the AP. He said the pick showed “a lack of respect, of consideration, that they send us that kind of person as ambassador.” Rev. Cristobal Cardozo, leader of the Dominican Evangelical Fraternity, said the appointment was offensive. “It’s an insult to good Dominican customs,” he said.Brewster was a fundraiser for Obama and currently works at the Chicago consulting firm SB&K.© 2013, Foreign Policy Facebook Comments WASHINGTON, D.C. — Opposition to U.S. President Barack Obama’s nominee for ambassador to the Dominican Republic reached a fever pitch this week as religious organizers stage a “Lunes Negro” or Black Monday protest against James “Wally” Brewster. No related posts.last_img read more

Nicaragua prohibits entry of Costa Rican officials to disputed border area

first_imgImmigration officials from Nicaragua on Tuesday prevented a group of Costa Rican inspectors from assessing environmental damage at Isla Portillos caused by the excavation of two artificial canals, said Environment Vice Minister Ana Lorena Guevara.Experts from the Environment Ministry and the Foreign Ministry arrived at the site for a two-day visit following orders issued by The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) last month.Costa Rican officials were trying to access Isla Portillos, a small wetland of some 1.2 square miles, that both countries claim as their own before the ICJ.On their arrival, Nicaraguan military told the group that they would only allow them to enter the site as long as they were accompanied by members of the United Nations Wetlands Convention (RAMSAR) or by Nicaraguan environmentalists. The Costa Rican officials gave up and headed back.Guevara explained that the group’s visit was in compliance with an ICJ ruling that ordered Costa Rica to assess environmental damage caused by dredging works performed by Nicaragua to build the canals, as well as “to propose possible mitigation measures, in coordination with RAMSAR experts.” The UN group had previously said they would visit the wetlands in Feb. 2014.In the same ruling, the ICJ ordered Nicaragua the repair the canals and to immediately cease all works in the area.Former guerrilla leader Edén “Comandante Cero” Pastora, in charge of dredging project, commenced repairing the two canals Nov. 28. “We currently are filling the 150 meters canals, which I mostly cleaned of water lilies and other aquatic plants … There are some 50 men in the area with shovels, moving sand and covering the canals,” Pastora said at the time.The Costa Rican mission intended to evaluate whether Nicaragua has complied with the ICJ orders.On Tuesday, the ICJ reported on its website that next Friday the Court’s President, Justice Peter Tomka, will read the ruling on the conflict between the two nations.The ruling will resolve the claim by Nicaragua that the construction of a road parallel to the Río San Juan caused damage to the river, which functions as a natural border between the two countries.Costa Rica sued Nicaragua for several invasions by military and civilian groups of its territory.In addition both countries dispute sovereignty over the wetlands of Isla Portillos, which Nicaragua calls Harbour Head. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Cuba pays tribute to Che Guevara on his 87th birthday

first_imgRelated posts:New report includes paper on what Cuban economists might learn from Costa Rica Cuba’s Christmas surprise for Caracas Will Cuba rejoin the IMF? Cuban capitol building is renovation in marble and symbolism Facebook Comments HAVANA, Cuba – A score of objects offered to the Cuban-Argentinean revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara was placed on display for the first time as part of an exhibition inaugurated on Sunday, the date of his 87th birthday, at the mausoleum where he is buried in Cuba.The exhibit “Never so alive” is part of a program to celebrate the 87th anniversary of his birth, said Maira Romero, director of the Ernesto Che Guevara Memorial in Santa Clara, 270 km east of Havana.Celia and Ernesto Guevara March, two of Che Guevara’s four children with Aleida March, attended the inauguration of the exhibit, which is showcasing 23 of more than 900 objects that people from different countries have brought as offerings to the legendary guerrilla fighter since the memorial opened its doors in 1997. The memorial includes a mausoleum, a plaza and a museum, and it is one of Cuba’s most visited sites.Among the objects included in the “Tribute” collection, there is a red flower sent by a friend of María del Carmen Ferreyra (Chichina Ferreyra), Guevara’s first official girlfriend, and a silver vase offered by Bolivian Lena Vicente, daughter of Casildo Condori, known as “Victor” in Guevara’s guerrilla in Bolivia.Other objects include 10 flags, one of them representing the struggle of “the disappeared” in Rosario during the last dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1983), made by Argentinean artist Fernando Traverso, and a handkerchief from the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo donated by their president, Hebe de Bonafini.“Throughout the years many people have paid homage to him in a very special way, by bringing, as a sign of admiration and respect, poems, songs, letters, flowers, flags, personal items, medals, children’s drawings, oil paintings, candles,” Romero said.The tribute to Guevara this month included lectures and conferences about his life and works, as well as other exhibitions throughout the island.Guevera was born in Rosario in 1928, and along with Fidel Castro, he participated in the guerrilla war in the Sierra Maestra, on the east side of the island, where he became a commanding officer. After the revolution’s triumph in 1959, he held different positions in the Cuban government, among them, he was president of the Central Bank.Guevara was murdered on October 9, 1967 in Bolivia, a day after getting caught by the Army. After his death, the guerrilla team he led in this country disappeared.last_img read more

From the Weeping Woman to the Naked Gringo a guide to Costa

first_imgRelated posts:Tico Times #TBT: The one millionth Tico Throwback Thursday: Roosevelt’s fishing trip to Isla del Coco Throwback Thursday: Bulls from 1981 Throwback Thursday: Making cocktails with Cacique Creepy tales are all a part of folklore.Halloween is not considered a traditional holiday in Costa Rica, but the lore here is rich in scary stories. Although few people truly believe in haunts these days, it never hurts to pay attention. It has been said that these tales are based on incidents that took place in the colonial era, and they are repeated as warnings to follow the straight and narrow. Or else…La SeguaCentral America’s own version of the Sirens. Young men (and perhaps some older ones too) would be riding home on their trusty steed after a late night at the canteen or roadhouse. But then, there along the roadside he comes upon a damsel in distress. And she’s quite fetching. Being a chivalrous fellow, the man helps her climb on the back of the horse and and they start off.Along the way he becomes aware of foul odors and hefty snorting from his passenger. He turns around, and sees that the femme fatal has turned into La Segua, a monster with the head of a putrefied horse.If he doesn’t succumb to a heart attack, he vows to change his flirtatious ways, settle down and marry the plain but respectable girl next door. He also vows to never help a stranger in need again. It’s a somewhat dubious lesson. Although, to be fair, The Tico Times does not condone picking up hitchhikers. “La Segua” A theatrical interpretation of La Segua (Photo Courtesy of Compañía Nacional de Teatro)El CadejoAnother tale from the colonial era, this story is of a defiant young man whose father decides to teach him a lesson. If the young man continued in his life of sin, the father – who was also a wizard, apparently – promised to turn his son into a dog. And not just any canine but a big, black, hairy dog with red eyes and goat feet. So a goat-dog, basically. Which is much worse than a regular dog. The creature also is condemned to dragging a chain behind him (did you know leash laws actually started in the colonial period?). The son ignored his pop’s advice and soon he turned into the devil dog, Cadejo.Many souls swear to have heard Cadejo rattle his chain and growl as they made their way home on rural roads in the dead of night.The Headless PriestGee, life in colonial times must have been wild. There are several versions of headless clerics. Here are some of the most popular versions:One story features a man of the cloth who had his head lopped off over a married lady in his parish. It wasn’t the hand of the Almighty who smote him but the lady’s husband, who ripped the parson’s noggin from his neck. He killed him on the altar just as he was consecrating the host. The headless priest wanders the country looking for his loss cabeza. In Cartago, residents allege this ghost appears in the ruins of the cathedral, which was destroyed by an earthquake, rebuilt and destroyed a second time. A vengeful god seems to shake the earth beneath the church each time it gets rebuilt, and the cathedral remains in ruins to this day.San Ramón has its own version. The priest there loved to gamble and had amassed quite a fortune. He had to make a trip to Nicaragua and secretly buried his hoard under a tree in San Ramón. On his trip, the priest was decapitated. But concerned about his assets, he returned, sans head, to keep an eye on his treasure. To this day he hides in the bushes to see that nobody steals it.In Patarrá, another headless priest hides in the bushes around the church to scare sinners into changing their ways. Because he is hidden in the foliage he is difficult to see, but churchgoers feel his presence. Another tale tells of a priest who was beheaded by the Inquisition for being a skirt chaser and roams the countryside looking for his head. The question is, how many headless priests reside in Costa Rica? That is some powerful Catholic guilt.The Oxen-less CartThis tale too has several versions. Back in 1700s, when San José was just getting settled, it was surrounded by woods. But the trees yielded plenty of timber for the growing town, and part of the woods was reserved for building a church – the most important construction of any community.However, not everybody was satisfied and one man, on the sly, cut and carried off the wood to make himself a new oxcart. It was to be the sturdiest oxcart in town, and everybody was going to be so jealous about this rad new oxcart. He even thought about painting some sick flames on the side of the cart, but before he had a chance Saint Joseph had his vengeance. The patron saint of the city took a tough stand against the wood thieves. As punishment, he forced the thief to roam around the country in his cart until the end of time. The oxen, innocent of any wrongdoing, were released. But the oxen-less cart rumbles along night after night. It is said that the man died years ago but his cadaver remains in the cart. The story concludes with a warning that to look at the cart will result in instant death.Nobody living can claim to have seen the cart without oxen plod by because they were all too afraid to look, but many people claim to have heard it.La LloronaLa Llorona is a weeping woman who wanders along rivers searching for her lost child. There are several versions of this story, but all center around a young woman who, against family wishes and community standards, had a child outside of marriage. In one version she is a young girl from the country who works in a house in San José. There, she is seduced by the owner of the house, who subsequently rejects her when the woman gets knocked up.Ashamed and fearful, she returned home to her parent’s disapproval. On a rainy night she threw the baby into the river. Now and forever, La Llorona walks the shores trying to find her infant and make amends. Her cries of remorse are often heard near rivers.Another version describes her as an Indian maiden who falls in love with a Spanish conquistador. Although they want to get married, her father is against it. But when the maiden gets pregnant, the father throws the baby into a waterfall, where it is carried away. And the tearful Llorona must wander the banks of the country searching for her child.As far as images go, interpretations of La Llorona might be the most frightening. We did a Google image search for you. Click here if you dare.The tale hasn’t been forgotten. In 2019 you can watch the movie “The Curse of La Llorona” and see the legend come to life.Macho ChingoMacho Chingo was either a Gringo or a German who liked to saunter around naked in Atenas due to the heat. (In some versions of the tale he inexplicably wears a necktie.) The word macho is used for blondes with light complexions, while chingo is slang for naked. The foreigner still likes amble through the streets of Atenas in his birthday suit, and there’s even a hill named after the Macho Chingo. But now he’s a ghost. And not just any ghost … a naked ghost.El Puente de PiedraIn Grecia, there is a bridge called Puente de Piedra. Satan constructed this bridge at the behest of a wily Costa Rican who needed to cross the river. The Costa Rican, with no faith in MOPT to get the job done, chose instead to barter his soul if Beezlebub would build a bridge of stone. But the devil had to finish it before the cock crowed at dawn.The devil got busy hauling stones from the river and stacking them to form the bridge, and when he had only one more space to fill, the Tico grabbed a rooster that wandered nearby and squeezed it, making it crow. Thus he cancelled the contract, and outwitted the Dark Lord Satan himself. By looking up at the bridge from down below you can see the space where the last stone should have gone.This story was originally published on Oct. 28, 2013. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

AP PHOTOS Runway looks at London Fashion Week

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix (AP) – Newcomers and established designers alike took audiences on flights of fancy on Day 2 of London Fashion Week on Saturday.Briton Jasper Conran delivered a surprisingly fun and youthful collection, while John Rocha wowed the crowd with the sheer technique that went into his sculptural creations.Moschino Cheap and Chic showed a full catwalk presentation for the first time at London Fashion Week.Here’s a look at photos from Day 2 of London Fashion Week: Top Stories Comments   Share   (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Brazils first black Supreme Court president

first_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories Barbosa was born in 1954 in the small town of Paracatu in Minas Gerais state, where his father worked as a bricklayer.When he was 16 Barbosa went to the capital, Brasilia, to study. He worked as a cleaner and a typesetter at the Senate to pay for his studies at the University of Brasilia’s law school.After graduating he was hired by the Foreign Ministry and served three years at the Brazilian Embassy in Finland.A former federal prosecutor, Barbosa taught law at Rio de Janeiro State University and was a visiting scholar at the Human Rights Institute of Columbia University’s law school in New York and the UCLA law school in California.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Patients with chronic pain give advice Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Over the past several weeks he gained national and international renown presiding over a high-profile corruption trial involving a congressional cash-for-votes scheme. The court has convicted 25 people including the former chief of staff of ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.President Dilma Rousseff, members of her Cabinet, state governors, congressional leaders and several sports and entertainment personalities were present at Barbosa’s swearing in.“The multiculturalism that characterizes the Brazilian people is evident here today with Joaquim Barbosa heading the highest court of the land,” said Ophir Cavalcante, president of the Brazilian Bar Association in a speech during the swearing in ceremony.Barbosa as Supreme Court president “has a strong symbolic impact for Brazilian blacks,” Valter Silveiro, coordinator of the Center for Afro-Brazilian Studies of the University of Sao Carlos, said. “The new generations of blacks will have the opportunity that my generation never had _ of seeing a black man presiding over one of the three branches of government.”Silveiro said Barbosa’s history, background and achievements “strengthen affirmative action programs that try to increase the presence of blacks in the country’s universities.” Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Associated PressBRASILIA, Brazil (AP) – Brazil’s Supreme Court is now headed by a black justice for the first time.Joaquim Barbosa was sworn in on Thursday. He became the only black ever to serve on the court when he joined it in 2003, even though more than half of the country’s 192 million people identify themselves as having African descent.Barbosa, 58, was elected in October to a two-year tenure as Supreme Court president. His election was a foregone conclusion since the court’s presidency always goes to the justice who has served on the bench the longest. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Burundians vote in parliamentary elections marred by unrest

first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Top Stories Relatives and friends carry the coffin of Masumbuko Prime Abduli, from his home for burial in Bujumbura, Burundi, Sunday, June 28, 2015. At least two people were killed in overnight attacks that they believe were carried out by Burundian police, witnesses said Sunday as the country prepared for legislative elections despite an upsurge in violence. Mohamed Masumbuko said his brother, Masumbuko Prime Abdul, was killed in a grenade attack, his “face completely shredded.” He blamed the police for the attack on his neighborhood. It was not immediately possible to get a comment from the police, who have previously blamed an escalation of violence on protesters opposed to a third term for President Pierre Nkurunziza.(AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza) Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility About 3.8 million people are expected to vote, according to the electoral commission, but it appears a boycott by 17 opposition groups will keep the turnout low, especially in Bujumbura.The voting is taking place despite calls by the international community for a postponement until there is a peaceful environment for credible elections. The African Union said on Sunday that it would not observe the polls because the necessary conditions have not been met for free and fair elections.Despite international pressure, Nkurunziza’s government insists that an indefinite postponement of the elections would create a dangerous political vacuum that might cause even more chaos.Bujumbura has suffered unrest since the ruling party announced on April 26 that Nkurunziza would be its candidate in presidential elections scheduled for July 15.Nkurunziza’s supporters say he is eligible for a third term because he was chosen by lawmakers — and not popularly elected — for his first term, and the constitutional court has ruled in the president’s favor.The street protests boiled over in mid-May, leading to an attempted military coup that was put down quickly.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundians are voting in parliamentary elections marked by an opposition boycott and the threat of violence as police battle anti-government protesters in the capital.Gunfire and at least one grenade explosion could be heard in some parts of Bujumbura as voting started at 6 a.m. Monday, said witnesses. There is heavy security across the city.In the Musaga neighborhood, which has seen violent protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term, few civilians were seen at the polls as mostly police and soldiers lined up to vote. No one was injured when a grenade exploded in the middle of the main road in Musaga, sending residents scampering for safety, said witness Pacifque Irabona. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Aus market stays strong in England

first_imgThe strong Aussie dollar continues to push Aussies into England, with VisitEngland finding figures from down under remaining strong.A New York based spokesperson, Emma Thomas told e-Travel Blackboard that Australia continues to be the region’s top market and expects numbers to grow over the coming years as the country prepares to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games.“With the exchange rate, the Australian market is really strong,” she said.“Fortunately it remains really high and is a priority for us to see growth from the region.”Ms Thomas said as Decade of Sports commences in England, with the country planning to host up to six major sporting events over nine to ten years, the number of Aussies visiting areas outside of main tourists areas are expected to grow.“A lot of Australians that have been to England have seen London and they want to try something new and areas out of the city are where they will be heading,” Ms Thomas said.“There are no language barriers so it’s easy for them to do so.”The tourist board’s spokesperson added that the Queen’s recent visit down under and the Royal Wedding have helped usher in more visitors from Australia.She described the recent growth as a “good prelude” to what’s expected as major events commence next year.As well as the Olympic Games, next year England will play host to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee which celebrates her 60 years on the throne, the Olympic torch relay, Charles Dickens 200th birthday, Cotsworld Olympicks, the Sinking of the Titanic, World Shakespeare Festival, Stratford-upon-Avon, the opening of the Harry Potter Studio Tour, WorldPride and the London 2012 Festival. Domestic travel has also picked up according to Ms Thomas, with home stay developing into a “cool” travel.She explained that the dollar “made it easy” for locals take a weekend holiday and visit regions across the country.“The people have really embraced domestic travel over the year and they’ve realised how beautiful the country is,” she added. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Virgin and Skywest form corporate alliance

first_imgVirgin Australia said the alliance is an important strategy to increase competition Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P In an effort to offer customers an enhanced travel experience Virgin Australia has today announced plans to expand its alliance with Skywest Airlines.The partnership will offer corporate customers a single solution for their air travel needs, including scheduled and charter services to regional, domestic and international destinations. Virgin Australia and Skywest received interim approval from the ACCC for the expanded alliance, which would enable the two airlines to jointly contract with corporate customers. Virgin Australia Group Executive of Commercial Liz Savage said the agreement would improve the airline’s ability to meet the growing demand from the resources and mining industries. “By working more closely with Skywest we will be able to provide integrated travel solutions that are tailored to the individual needs of corporate customers,” Ms Savage said.“This will mean a range of benefits including more competitive pricing, enhanced flight connections and a higher quality overall travel experience.“We will also be able to extend our Velocity Frequent Flyer program to Skywest’s charter services, meaning joint corporate customers can earn frequent flyer Points and Status Credits on those services and access preferred seating, priority check-in and Virgin Australia lounges.”Ms Savage added that the alliance is an important part of the airlines strategy to increase competition in the Australian corporate travel market. The ACCC’s interim approval will allow Virgin Australia and Skywest to begin working together on the new alliance immediately. last_img read more

TravelManagers to focus on agents support

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J. Building and improving the network is the number one priority for TravelManagers in 2013, according to the group’s general manager Michael Gazal.Speaking at the agency’s National Conference held in Fiji over the weekend, Mr Gazal told agents that a key strategy for group’s head office next year will be to focus on supporting the network by “clearly understanding” what agents value.In line with the 2013 conference theme, ‘working together to make a difference’, he said while it is important to improve and grow to compete in the market, the agency would benefit from adding value that supports personal travel managers (PTMs).“We only know what we know,” he explained.“But a key strategy for me is to clearly understand what you value, not what we think you value.”Improving margins and gaining access to better deals will also be on the list of things to improve in 2013 as well as getting increasing famil opportunities.According to the company’s head, in 2012 the agency’s network experienced seven percent organic growth compared to 2011, with agent numbers increasing from 300 to 370.For more information click back onto e-Travel Blackboard tomorrow.  Meanwhile, Kim Wudko also unveiled a new partnership between the agency group and Cruiseco, giving agents access to more deals in the growing sector.Click here for more on the new agreement, otherwise click here to check out pictures from day one of the annual conference. last_img read more

RollsRoyce we fell short in the Qantas A380 incident

first_imgAlthough Rolls-Royce admits it “clearly fell short” in the Qantas A380 incident two years ago, it has learned and applied the lessons learned to prevent a similar type of event from occurring in the future.As the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ASTB) unveiled its final report into the failure of a Trent 900 engine on board a Qantas flight flying on the 4 November 2010, Rolls-Royce director engineering and technology Colin Smith said the company holds “much regret” over the “serious and rare event” and ensured the company was continually striving towards meetings “high standards of safety, quality and reliability”.Revealed today, the Bureau’s report highlighted that the No,2 engine on the Qantas A380 flying over Batam Island, Indonesia en route Singapore to Sydney, failed shortly after takeoff from Changi Airport.The engine failed as a result of an incorrectly manufactured oil feed stub pipe, which resulted in fatigue cracking of the pipe and sent oil into the engine during the flight, causing an internal fire.This fire then led to one of the engine’s turbine discs fracturing and then rapidly over speeding before it burst, broke free of the engine casing, and impacted the A380’s airframe, according to the report.Despite damage to the aircraft and the engine, the plane’s pilot managed to safely return and land the aircraft at Changi Airport without any major injuries to staff and passengers.As part of the report and its own findings, Rolls-Royce has made modifications to the engine software to prevent a turbine disc from bursting as a result of over-speeding, introduced better quality assurance processes with supporting training and improved manufacturing and design procedures.Source = ETB News: N.J.last_img read more

Garuda Indonesia undergoes restructure

first_imgIn response to market conditions and in line with the airline’s ongoing development, Garuda Indonesia has announced the introduction of a new “Quick Wins program”.Following the weakening Indonesian Rupiah as well as other factors which have affected the performance of international airlines around the world, Garuda Indonesia will implement several crucial measures as part of a short term strategy to increase its overall performance.The airline will focus on increasing its “Revenue Generator” in order to optimise revenue potential, restructure and mange costs to increase efficiency, and refinancing by implementing measures to secure its financial condition.Under the new structure, Garuda Indonesia will also discontinue its service between Brisbane-Denpasar, effective from 1 February 2015, as well as reduce flight routes between Jakarta-Haneda, Denpasar-Haneda, postpone the opening of new routes, including  Jakarta-Nagoya and adjust flight schedules to various destination cities in Australia and Europe.Moreover, Garuda Indonesia will adopt a fleet management program that will see the early termination of several aircraft, subleasing of aircraft, and reduction of business class seats from 12 to eight on its Boeing 737-800NG, in order to increase seat capacity in economy class of up to 15-20 percent and reducing costs.Overhead costs will also be reduced by up to ten percent by adjusting costs that do not yield any additional value and by increasing employee productivity.Source = ETB Travel News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img read more

Austrian Airlines to rejuvenate their fleet

first_imgAustrian Airlines to rejuvenate their fleetIn a bid to rejuvenate their fleet the Austrian Airlines board has purchased 17 almost new Embraer 195 aircrafts with a list price of almost $900 million.The first commercial flight is planned for January 2016 after 200 pilots are retrained to operate the aircraft once the first of the aircrafts are delivered in August.Andreas Otto, Austrian Airlines chief commercial officer explained that “some 900 jobs are directly connected to this investment program,” the largest investment in Austrian aviation history.The new aircrafts are considerably larger than the Fokker aircraft, which it will replace over time, now offering 120 seats as compared to 80.They are also far more fuel efficient using 18 per cent less fuel per aircraft seat and are far younger with an average age of four years, as opposed to the aging Fokker fleet with an average age of 21 years.The aircrafts have been purchased from Lufthansa CityLine who will receive Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen jets from Eurowings.Source = ETB Travel News: Peter Gollagherlast_img read more

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