Security high in Brussels after explosion at citys central station

first_img BRUSSELS — Security was high around Brussels rail facilities Wednesday the morning after a man blew up an explosive device at the city’s Central Station in yet another attack this week in a European capital.The man was shot by soldiers after detonating a small device there late Tuesday in what prosecutors are treating as a “terrorist attack.” He lay still for several hours while a bomb squad checked whether he was carrying more explosives and later died. No one else was hurt.Central Station re-opened at 0800 (0600 GMT) Wednesday. A police command car and several officers were still at the station, an Associated Press photographer said.Burn and blood marks remained on the floor at the scene, as workers continued to clean up and paint the area.Belgium has been on high alert since suicide bombers killed 32 people at the Brussels airport and a subway station on March 22, 2016.Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon suggested to state media that a second, larger device at the scene did not go off.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next month“The big blast did not happen,” Jambon said. He refused to provide details or to identify the suspect.Belgian media say the suspect was a 37-year-old man from the Molenbeek neighbourhood, the home and transit point for many of the suspects linked to bloody attacks in Brussels and in Paris in November 2015.Jambon told VRT broadcaster that it is important to address security concerns but avoid over-reacting.He warned “against a society where we always and everywhere will be checked. If we do that, it would be fulfilling the aim of the terrorists.”“If you protect yourself everywhere against anything, in the end we will end up in a police state,” said Jambon, before taking part in a meeting of Belgium’s national security council.Belgium’s Crisis Center said Wednesday that it sees no need to raise the national security alert level, which has been on its second-highest rung for more than a year.It said that no public events would be cancelled but that additional police and troops have been mobilized.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaFederal prosecutors, who examined the scene at the Central Station overnight, were due to hold a press conference at 0900 GMT. Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Security high in Brussels after explosion at city’s central station By: Lorne Cook and Raf CasertSource: The Associated Press Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Brussels Airlines, Travel Alertlast_img read more

Avalon introduces new Tulip Time cruises for 2020

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Avalon Waterways, Savings Share Avalon introduces new Tulip Time cruises for 2020center_img TORONTO — Nothing says spring like ‘Tulip Time’ and with that in mind, in 2020 Avalon Waterways will unveil five cruises – including three new itineraries – perfectly timed for early season departures when the crowds are small and the blooms are bountiful.“Every year the fields of Holland transform into a colourful wonderland of beauty,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “It’s a spectacle every world traveller should try to witness up close, at least once. And in 2020, we’re giving our guests more opportunities to marvel at the beauty of those seven million blooms.”Next year Avalon Waterways will offer a new eight-day Tulip Time in Holland & Belgium, new eight-day Tulip Time Highlights and 15-day Grand Tulip Cruise of Holland & Belgium itineraries.Avalon’s new eight-day Tulip Time in Holland & Belgium vacation begins in Amsterdam and ends in Brussels with opportunities to bike the river banks of Arnhem, take a guided walk through a mill and bake a local pie called a vlaai, spend time admiring ancient architecture in Namur, stroll through the romantic streets of the ‘Fiery City’ of Liége, visit the Grote Markt in Antwerp and meander along the Lower Town Streets of Brussels.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe river cruise company’s other new eight-day escape – Tulip Time Highlights – begins in Brussels with opportunities to explore the cobblestones, canals and cosmopolitan charisma of Ghent – or alternatively, Bruges – a “last post” ceremony in Bossuit, a guided walk of the Delta Works, time spent in Rotterdam, an immersion in Dutch history in Zaandam, tulips, tulips and more tulips in Haarlem and ends with the spectacular sights of Amsterdam.The 15-day Grand Tulip Time Cruise of Holland & Belgium combines both new cruise itineraries, giving travellers an in-depth vacation featuring windmills, waterways and waving fields of flowers.Other tulip-focused itineraries include the eight-day Tulip Time Cruise and Tulips of Northern Holland itineraries.Also in 2020, using Avalon’s new Your Way options, travellers can choose to add on land exploration to the start or end of their cruise with three options: An Avalon Waterways land extension; a Monograms independent vacation package or a Globus escorted touring vacation.  Both Monograms and Globus are sister companies to Avalon, ensuring a seamless transition between the cruise and the pre- or post-tour.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programs“With our new Your Way program, we’re making it easier for travellers to extend their river cruise vacation with land itineraries that are perfectly suited to their preferences and budget,” said Hoffee.  “In addition, with our exclusive onboard Avalon Choice on each and every river cruise itinerary, our guests have their pick of the widest array of included excursions, from classic sightseeing to immersive discoveries and active adventures.”For more details agents can check out Friday, April 5, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

La Estancia Argentina A San José meat retreat

first_imgFrom the print editionThe people of Argentina seem to have thought up 1,001 ways to make animals taste delicious, and the idea has spread. The latest Argentine restaurant to open in Costa Rica did so just a month ago in Barrio Amón, in downtown San José. La Estancia Argentina now serves up all the meat one can imagine, including its own smorgasbord of the finest beef and pork concoctions thought up in the South American country. The menu lets one choose steaks like flank and flap or stranger delicacies like mollejas (calf thymus and pancreas) and chitterlings (pig intestines).La Estancia Argentina fills a moderately-sized space on a street perpendicular to the enormous National Insurance Institute building. Replete with romantic arches and inlaid brick, the restaurant is also defined by a large window that leads out into the street, inviting a comfortable draft. The menu’s selection will appease the most serious of carnivores. The restaurant does have lighter choices, a few salads, a couple fish dishes and poultry selections such as chicken milanese. La Estancia Argentina also offers beef milanese, a tender Argentine tradition. However, we decided to go right for the signature dish – the Argentina barbecue.  La Estancia’s dining area. No related posts. Gabe Dinsmoor Hunks of meat are laid out on a barbecue known as a parilla (the more expensive, juicier cuts are imported from Argentina). While we waited for the chef to cook up the meat, we placed an order for carpaccio, an appetizer that takes little time to prepare. The thinly sliced (although we would’ve preferred it even thinner) raw beef topped with capers, served as a pleasant warm-up for the barbecue.All meals also come with bread and a trio of sauces: Spicy chimichurri, a pesto and pico de gallo. Drinks to wash down the lunch or dinner include a thirst-quenching lemonade, Argentina’s favorite caffeinated beverage, mate (in teabag form) and Malbec wines.When the main course arrived, the barbecue’s presentation looked overwhelming. It’s difficult to make so many cuts of meat placed together look glamorous, but their appearance does make one’s mouth water. Four slabs of ribs cover a third of the plate. The rest of the space was taken by chunks of sweet bread, strips of flank steak, chorizo and blood sausage. Spices and boiled potatoes accompany the platter. Take a deep breath and go for broke. The barbecue comes either as a meal for two people or four people, and it’s more than enough food to satisfy one’s hunger. Ordering such a tempting smattering of meats can ruin the idea of “saving room for dessert.” But here the desserts are recommended.Several traditional treats are on the menu. We chose a Don Pedro. Our waiter carried over a heap of sparkling vanilla ice cream drizzled with walnuts – and because every Argentine dish seems to want to toughen you up – the ice cream also is drenched in whiskey. The dessert refreshes, an invigorating complement to finish off a superb sampling of Argentina’s renowned carne.PricesNote: Prices on the menu do not include the 10 percent service tax.Salads: ₡4,900-5,600 ($9.80-11.20)Appetizers: ₡3,260-6,300 ($6.50-12.60)Chicken: ₡6,250-7,900 ($12.50-15.80)Beef: ₡5,900-7,900 ($11.80-15.80)*Prices for meat cooked on the parillada depends on the cut and whether it’s imported.Argentine barbecue for two people:₡21,500 ($43)For 4 people: ₡39,000 ($78)Desserts: ₡2,750-3,950 ($5.50-7.90) Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Return of the humpbacks

first_imgUVITA, Puntarenas — All was tranquil on the rolling, open sea as guests aboard a small skiff peered in all directions. A few brown booby birds soared just above the emerald green water, and just a few fluffy clouds hung in the light blue sky. Just when those aboard the boat were being lulled into a reverie, forgetting what they had even come to see, off in the distance, an expulsion of water shot into the air.The passengers cried out, and the captain directed the boat toward the spray, which had come from the blowhole of a female humpback whale. When the boat got close enough to the surfacing whale, its bumpy face, smooth dorsal fin and distinctive, white-tipped tail took turns coming into view. “She’s incredible,” one man said, barely able to believe his eyes. There were about a dozen people on board, and every one of them was snapping photos. It only got better when the boat captain pointed out that she was nursing her calf, which was also gigantic.   It was all part of the yearly Whale and Dolphin Festival held off the southern Pacific coast of Uvita, and this was the festival’s fifth iteration. The celebration also included fairgrounds with rides and vendor stalls, as well as nighttime concerts featuring some of Costa Rica’s top artists. But the whales are the big draw, as this is the best time of year to see them. The whale tours actually operate year round, said boat pilot Antonio Hernández, who is originally from Limón, on the Caribbean coast, and has been doing the job for 25 years. Although visitors don’t often see breaches or tail-exposing dives, sometimes they do get lucky, Hernández said.A two-hour tour costs $40 per person, with longer, more expensive tours offering trips to nearby islands. Though the tour includes the possibility of seeing dolphins, they are much less common, according to Hernández. On Saturday night, one of the most famous Costa Rican rock bands, Gandhi, performed a free concert on the beach. Composed of fanatic teenagers, older Costa Ricans and families with small children, the crowd thoroughly appreciated the show, temporarily neglecting a series of booths near the stage offering gifts, smoothies, churros and falafel sandwiches.During the daytime activities, a nonprofit group focusing on protecting marine life, the Keto Foundation, participated. Corey Kane David Palacios has been studying whales in Costa Rica for 11 years.  “The festival is a way to get people to come into the area to teach them about the biology, ecology and conservation of whales,” David Palacios from the Keto Foundation said in a phone interview.Palacios has been studying whales in Costa Rica for 11 years. The humpbacks seen during the September whale festival are from a group that has traveled from their feeding grounds near Antarctica, he said, a one-way journey of approximately 8,000 kilometers. The whales use the tropical waters for breeding and raising their calves, according to Palacios, then they return to Anarctica to feed. This group hung around in Uvita from July to October.A second group is popular in Uvita from March to April, having migrated from feeding grounds along California and Oregon.Palacios said the calves born near Uvita will experience substantial growth rates, adding 40 kilograms of mass per day, and two to three centimeters in length. The humpbacks will eventually grow to 25-40 tons and 14-17 meters in length. The rapid expansion comes from the mother feeding her calf an average of 200 liters of fatty milk per day.The most famous characteristic of humpbacks is the male’s song. These songs can reach up to 20 minutes in length and have been an insight into the humpback’s intelligence. Corey Kanecenter_img The fifth annual Whale and Dolphin Festival kicked off last weekend.  Courtesy of Whale and Dolphin Festival “Studies suggest they make the song to attract females and to announce to other males,” Palacios said.Palacios further explained that the songs serve an important role in defining territories for males in open water, where no natural borders, such as shores, exist to separate the competitive males.These lengthy songs will change over the course of a season, according to Palacios, with whales improvising the ends of songs, and often adopting sounds they have heard over a season. As Palacios explained, this phenomenon can be seen on a larger scale, because humpbacks traveling in Africa will have a different song dialect than whales traveling the Pacific coast of America.When songs fail, the males fight, hitting each other with their fins and backs, according to Palacios.Palacios said that while the days of serious commercial fishing are over for humpbacks, many threats still remain. Illegal fishing continues, and other sea commerce indirectly affects whales.Heavy shipping traffic collides with whales, said Palacios. For example, blue whales have collided with ships around Sri Lanka. Net fishing and other forms of trawlers can ensnare dolphins and whales. Costa Rican courts recently banned new licenses on shrimp net fishing, citing the entanglement and harm caused to numerous marine species.Palacios noted that for humpbacks, even the noise of the shipping traffic can create problems, blocking out their ability to hear other whales. Palacios said that whales often have a strong loyalty towards certain locations but also feel the need to live and travel in the company of others.“Because of this, it’s really important for countries to follow the guidelines for conservation,” Palacios said. Facebook Comments A tour boat encounters a humpback whale.  No related posts.last_img read more

Delta announces seasonal Costa RicaNew York flight

first_imgNo related posts. U.S. airline Delta announced this week new seasonal service from JFK International Airport in New York to Juan Santamaría International Airport in Costa Rica.Daily flights will be scheduled from Dec. 19 to March 31, 2014, and Saturday-only flights from April 1-Aug. 16.The new flight schedule is already available for booking at the company’s website.According to a Delta press release, new service is possible because of a $1.4 billion renovation of JFK International Airport’s Terminal 4, which began operating on May 24.Delta also operates a new daily nonstop flight between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Costa Rica’s capital, which began in July. Delta operates 40 flights a week during high season, connecting the cities of San José and Liberia, in the northwestern province of Guanaste, with several destinations in the United States. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

5 things to know about Costa Ricas gigantic Palmares Festival

first_imgRelated posts:193 people arrested in less than a week at Palmares Festival PHOTOS: The best of Palmares Tope 2016 Body artists show their stuff at Paradise Tattoo Convention After three-year hiatus, Blues Festival plays in Guanacaste Each year in January, Ticos descend on the sleepy coffee town of Palmares, northwest of San José, for the country’s most rowdy fiesta. Palmares hosts a traditional Costa Rican festival with bullfights, horse parades and carnival rides, but also brings in famous international acts and way more beer than is probably necessary.Foreigners unfamiliar with the festival shouldn’t miss out either. Even if bobbing along to the international dancehall hit “Temperature” surrounded by drunk teenagers isn’t really your scene, the Palmares Festival still has plenty to offer.Festivities kick off Jan. 15 with events every day through Jan. 26. Here are a few things to know about the festival before you go so that you can enjoy it while still maintaining your dignity.1. More than a fifth of the country will attend. Sean Paul will be there, too.Festival organizers estimate that 1 million people will show up to this year’s festival. That’s about 20 percent of Costa Rica’s population. Organizers expect 60,000 alone to turn out for Jamiacan dancehall/reggae artist Sean Paul’s concert. Paul will close the festivities with a free concert on Jan. 26.Big crowds can mean big fun, but they also mean traffic and packed hotels. Most events do not have advanced tickets, but tickets are available for the Festival del Humor stand-up routines online and at any Maxi Pali.2. You can get drunk. You can even ride a drunk bus.*With beer consumption rivaling Oktoberfest, Palmares is known internationally as a giant boozefest. Costa Rican beer label Imperial now sponsors the festival so you can be sure you will not get thirsty.Officially, security will not allow inebriated guests into the festival, but in practice, hardcore Palmares partiers book *mini-buses with designated drivers and get plastered on the hour-long drive from San José. Find a listing for your own party bus here.3. You can chase bulls. But don’t do that. It’s dangerous and stupid.Like every other Costa Rican civic festival, Tico-style bullfights are the event’s centerpiece. Unlike Spanish or Mexican bullfights, Costa Ricans do not kill the bull. Instead they allow dozens of improvised rodeo clowns, improvisados in Spanish, to enter the ring and taunt the toro, sometimes getting killed themselves.Watching strangers get launched into the sky by bulls is amusing, but think twice about getting into the ring yourself. At last year’s Palmares Festival, a 28-year-old improvisado died after being tossed by a bull and breaking his neck.4. Watch out: Thieves abound.The drunk and merry make easy targets. You want to drink your weight in Imperial? Ok, but don’t bring that $1,200 camera you just got for Christmas and expect to still have it when you leave. And don’t leave valuables in your car.Police will be out in force at the festival along with private security and 26 surveillance cameras. Transit police also will be monitoring the roadways for drunk drivers.5. If you can only choose one event, go to the tope.A Costa Rican tope is a horse parade. Cowboys get dressed up in their tack and ride horses along a predetermined route through town. Think thousands of people on horses, in one big cluster.The Palmares tope is one of the country’s most famous, with cowboys from all over the country turning up to show off their riding skills and sometimes other talents, for instance, this man dances on top of his horse. Facebook Commentscenter_img Schedule of EventsParade: A parade with clowns and floats starts in Parque de Palmares Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m.Tope: The tope starts at noon Thursday, Jan. 16.Tico bullfights: Bull events will run for the entire festival,  Jan. 16-27. starting at 3 p.m. each day.Festival del Humor: Stand-up from some of Costa Rica’s best comedians, including Alex Costa, Doña Merry, y Coco y su Pandilla. Friday, Jan. 17, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets can be pre-purchased at any Maxi Pali or online.Festival Ranchero: Mexican actress and singer Aida Cuevas will perform Saturday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 2453-1414.Concerts: Jorge Villamizar, J Balvin and Gaites play Sunday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. Sonámbulo and Sean Paul will play a free concert starting at noon on Jan. 26.Festival Infantil: Raffles, games, contests and other activities for children. The event happens Tuesday, Jan. 21, starting at 9 a.m.Carnival: Music and performances take place Friday, Jan. 24, starting at 4:30 p.m.last_img read more

New app offers updates on Costa Rica tides wind conditions

first_imgA new application for mobile phones and devices will offer information on Costa Rica’s sea conditions along both Caribbean and Pacific shores, as well as around Cocos Island.The free app is called MIO-CIMAR and was created by experts from the University of Costa Rica‘s Center for Research in Marine Sciences and Limnology (CIMAR).Every Monday and Thursday CIMAR experts update information on waves, tides and any ocean and weather phenomenon that may pose a threat for coastal areas, UCR reported in a press release.Animated graphics and maps show wave height, direction and duration, and also display data on average wind speed, gust strength and direction.The tool also provides information about ocean currents and ocean temperatures from Mexico to Colombia.The app is available for download for users of both Google Android devices and Apple’s iOS operating system.CIMAR oceanographer Omar Lizano said the idea for the application came after National Coast Guard officers told them they could use an app to alert them to any situation that could represent a threat while they’re on the open sea.“Now Coast Guard officers as well as all Costa Ricans can be informed and prepared for all situations,” Lizano said.The app also provides historical information and scientific articles published by CIMAR experts.Watch an explanatory video of the MIO-CIMAR app (Spanish only): Facebook Comments Related posts:Big waves expected at Costa Rica’s central Pacific beaches this weekend Big waves expected at Costa Rica’s northern Pacific, Caribbean beaches Big waves expected to hit Costa Rica’s southern Pacific beaches over the weekend Big waves, rip currents hit Pacific beacheslast_img read more

Costa Ricas marginalized get chance to shine at Homeless World Cup

first_img“When a homeless person gets involved in football, they build relationships and become teammates who learn to trust and share,” the organization writes on its web site. “They have a responsibility to attend training sessions and games, to be on time, and to be prepared to participate. They feel that they are part of something larger than themselves.”In order to qualify for the Homeless World Cup’s rosters, a player must meet at least one of the following criteria: Has been homeless at some point after September, 2014; Enrolled in drug or alcohol rehabilitation center; Homeless immigrant without positive asylum status; Receiving his/her main income working as street paper vendor.Players must also be more than 16 years of age, according to World Cup rules. Monge said his players range in age from 20 to 35 years old.In addition, no athlete is eligible if he or she played in a previous World Cup. Each participating country can have a mixed roster of men and women, but it must have two teams of four players each: one goalie and three players in the field.Monge said the Listening to Homeless Association starts each year with a 16-person roster before designating eight who will travel to the tournament. The other half is placed in workshops and rehab clinics, he said.The Municipality of San José estimates that around 1,800 people in Chepe are homeless.Costa Rica is listed in Group C alongside five other teams, including Italy and Canada. The World Cup runs Sept. 12-19. Facebook Comments It may look small with just four players on each team defending shrunken goals on pint-sized fields, but the impact that organized street football has on the world’s homeless populations is anything but tiny.In trying to empower its less fortunate citizens through football, Costa Rica’s Listening to the Homeless Association will bring an eight-person roster to the Homeless World Cup in Amsterdam next month to compete against 47 other countries.José Luis Monge Fernández founded the association in 2008 and has taken a team to the World Cup every year since. In that span, he’s been able to take rehabilitating drug addicts and impoverished immigrants from Costa Rica to places like Italy, Poland, Brazil, and Chile.“It’s a struggle but it’s one that you have to keep fighting,” Monge said. “When I started they called me crazy, but we’ve had some success and now I’m even coming out with a book.”The new book entitled “Del Cartón al Avión,” or “From the Cardboard Box to the Airplane,” details Monge’s seven-year journey of showing homeless Costa Ricans the world through football and the many roadblocks along the way.The Costa Rican Institute of Sports and Recreation (ICODER) funds the money for plane tickets to the World Cup and other events like the Street Football American Cup, which Costa Rica won in 2012. But in terms of food, housing, and equipment, the association is largely on its own. Monge said they get no private sponsorship and have minimal capital to spend on basic amenities.However, the Homeless World Cup Organization, which has hosted the charity tournament since it began in 2003, pays to feed and house the athletes for the entirety of the week-long event. Related posts:Costa Rica’s Homeless World Cup team aims to change how we see homelessness Costa Rican boxer Tiquito Vásquez shoots for world title in Brooklyn Dakar Rally opening stage cancelled due to weather WATCH: Joel Campbell continues breakout season with amazing performance against Liverpoollast_img read more

Stabbing rampage leaves 5 members of USCosta Rica family dead

first_imgThe deceased are a 56-year-old businessman from the United States, his 38-year-old Costa Rican-born wife and three of the couple’s children, authorities said, ages 12, 8, and 6.“All of them had stab wounds,” Public Security Minister Gustavo Mata told Telenoticias Channel 7 earlier in the day.Public Security Ministry spokesman Carlos Hidalgo said preliminary information received points toward the motive being a personal conflict between the suspect and the 56-year-old male victim. Later, at the news conference, authorities said the wife had reported a domestic violence complaint against the suspect.According to authorities, a neighbor heard a child crying in the home Tuesday morning and called the police. The attack likely occurred 48 hours before that, with the surviving victims left alone at the scene until police arrived. (Google Maps)The community of Matapalo is located 260 kilometers northwest of Costa Rica’s capital, San José, and about 15 km north of the popular tourist beach town of Tamarindo.Judicial Investigation Police agents were still investigating the crime scene late Tuesday afternoon.Tico Times reporter Zach Dyer contributed to this story. This story is developing. Follow updates at Facebook Comments Read an update to this story hereUpdated at 5:10 p.m. on TuesdayAt a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Director Walter Espinoza of Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation Police described the few details known so far about the grisly slaying of five members of a family, including three children, in the northern Pacific community of Matapalo, in Guanacaste province.Two other minors — a 4-year-old girl and a 7-month-old girl — were injured and taken to La Anexión Hospital in Nicoya. The daily La Nación reported that both surviving children were in stable condition but that the 4 year old was anemic from blood loss caused by cuts to her chest. The infant was dehydrated but otherwise uninjured. They were later taken to the National Children’s Hospital in San José.Police said a suspect, a Nicaraguan man named Adrián Salmerón Silva, is still at large, and he may have fled to neighboring Nicaragua. Police requested assistance from Nicaraguan authorities. Para fines policiales buscamos este sujeto, Adrián Salmerón Silva, nicaragüense, sospechoso de homicidio múltiple.— Seguridad Pública (@seguridadcr) February 16, 2016center_img Related posts:Love triangle turned deadly in case of slain US-Costa Rica family Michigan fugitive John Saatio to be extradited Saturday Arrests made in case of murdered Dutch couple and laborer On eve of historic sex tourism trial, Cuba Dave is optimistic he’ll be acquittedlast_img read more

Announcing News and Brews a Tico Times event

first_imgRelated posts:Where to drink craft beer in Costa Rica VIDEO: Couple brews mead in Alajuela Costa Rica craft beer festival highlights quality over quantity Legal skirmishes cause rifts in Costa Rica’s craft beer industry In downtown San José, a man in rubber boots is carefully measuring grains to be transformed into his award-winning beer. In Cartago, another man is glued to his cell phone, trying to persuade investors to give him the money he needs to expand his brewery.Near Escazú, a third is sitting in front of a computer, daydreaming about how to turn his beer-making passion into a full-time job.And that’s just in the Central Valley.The craft beer revolution is in full swing in Costa Rica. The number of small breweries here has grown tenfold in just the past four years — to around 40 today.We at The Tico Times want to be part of this revolution, and we want you to be part of it, too. So on May 14, we’re hosting a community event “News and Brews: A conversation about Costa Rica craft beer.”It’ll start with a roundtable discussion with some of the instigators and difference makers in the local craft beer movement, followed by Q&A from the audience.Then participants can sample beer from our eight invited brewers and breweries — Costa Rica’s Craft Brewing Co., Cervecería Primate, Treintaycinco Fábrica de Cervezas, La Micro Brewing Co., Hoppy Ideas Craft Brewing Co., Costa Rica Meadery, La Cofradía Brewing Co. and TicoBirra — and chat with them about their craft. Heck, we might even drink beer during the panel discussion.This is the first of what we hope will be periodic events for English-speaking Ticos and foreigners with a curious mind and a desire to connect with and learn from their community.Tickets are available through our online store or at The Tico Times offices in Barrio Amón, San José. Space is limited and you must purchase your ticket in advance.Also, keep a lookout for our reporting on Costa Rica’s beer industry in the coming weeks.Full details for the event are below. We hope to see you there! Design by Haime Luna“News and Brews: A conversation about Costa Rica craft beer”What: A panel discussion with key players in the local craft beer industry moderated by a Tico Times reporter. Beer and mingling to follow.Price: ₡10,000 ($19), includes a Tico Times commemorative tasting glass and three vouchers for 5 oz. samples. Additional vouchers will cost ₡500. Tickets can be purchased through our online store or in person at our offices in Barrio Amón.Place: Steinvorth, Calle 1 entre Avenida Central y Avenida 1, San JoséDate/Time: Saturday, May 14, doors open at 5:00 p.m., panel discussion starts at 5:30 p.m. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Serbia defeats Costa Rica 10 at the 2018 World Cup

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica fans descend on Saint Petersburg A guide to watching the World Cup in Costa Rica Costa Rica, Brazil battle rumors of tension and injury before high-stakes matchup World Cup 2018: Two Costa Rican fans travel to La Sele’s rival countries A guide to watching the World Cup in Costa Rica The early-morning Father’s Day gift many Ticos had been hoping for did not materialize this morning: despite a wide-open first half, Costa Rica was dominated by Serbia in the second and lost 1-0 in its opening World Cup 2018 match. Serbia’s defender Dusko Tosic (C) and Serbia’s defender Aleksandar Kolarov (L) celebrate their victory at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Costa Rica and Serbia. Emmanuel Dunand / AFPStar goalkeeper Keylor Navas turned in a strong performance for La Sele as expected, but was unable to stop a powerful free kick by Aleksandar Kolarov in the second half. Costa Rica had no shots on goal until the final minutes.Serbia takes the lead in Group E; the other two teams in the group, Brazil and Switzerland, face off later today. Costa Rica will play Brazil on June 22 at 6 am Costa Rica time. Costa Rica’s players leave the pitch following their defeat in the Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Costa Rica and Serbia Fabrice Cofrini / AFPcenter_img Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Sittin by the dock of the Golfo

first_imgRelated posts:Announcing The Tico Times’ next Deep Dive: Costa Rica’s Southern Zone Wild and untamed: Our Southern Zone Deep Dive Tico Times #TBT: The train in Golfito Facebook Comments Our Southern Zone Deep Dive continues, with our journalists getting in touch with the cultural heritage of San Vito, exploring the mangroves of Sierpe by night, basking in the beauty of Drake Bay and talking with residents of Golfito about the past, present and future of this unique city.Stay tuned for more, including this Sunday’s Digest, brought to you from the heart of Golfito.last_img

Brazil Senate committee OKs gay civil unions

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) – A measure allowing same-sex civil unions passed its first legislative step in Brazil’s Congress, where it has lingered for 16 years.The human rights committee in Brazil’s Senate approved a measure Thursday that would change law to say a civil union is between two people, without specifying gender. It doesn’t approve gay marriage.However, Brazil’s judiciary has already cleared the way for gay marriage in the nation, setting national precedent. Last year, the top court approved civil unions for same-sex couples. State courts have since allowed those unions to become full-fledged marriages.The bill is sponsored by Sen. Marta Suplicy, who says legislators need to put into the penal code what courts are already allowing.The bill must pass other Senate committees before going to a full vote.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

British court blocks sex criminals removal to US

first_imgThe judges said that commitment to the program would be in “flagrant denial” of Sullivan’s human rights.Sullivan, a dual U.S.-Irish citizen, is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl and sexually molesting two 11-year-olds in Minnesota in the 1990s. He escaped to Ireland as prosecutors prepared to file charges, and while staying there was convicted of sexually assaulting two 12-year-old girls.Authorities finally caught up with him two years ago in London, where he’d moved using an Irish passport that spelled his last name in Gaelic as “O’Suilleabhain.”The British judges made clear in an earlier decision that they would have supported Sullivan’s extradition had it not been for the sex treatment program, which they described as among the toughest in the United States.The Minnesota program, which began in the mid-1990s, allows civil courts to commit a person for sex offender treatment if a judge decides the person is sexually psychopathic or sexually dangerous. As of April 1, 641 people were in the program.The High Court justices outlined a litany of concerns, noting that offenders don’t have to be mentally ill to be committed; their offenses don’t have to be recent; and in some cases, those placed in the program don’t even have to have been convicted of any crime. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates They said they would pursue criminal prosecutions if he returns to the US.Peter Wold, Sullivan’s criminal defense attorney in Minnesota, said the British judges had balked at the prospect of indefinite detention. “That offended them, and it should offend a lot of people, to have the prospect of people being committed with no end in sight,” he said.Michael Hall III, the attorney representing the three alleged victims in Minnesota, said it was unfortunate that Sullivan wouldn’t be held accountable by law enforcement.“Now, really the only avenue available to his victims in the U.S. is through the civil courts,” he said.Hall’s clients sued Sullivan in January. Sullivan’s attorney had asked that the case be put on hold pending a decision on extradition on criminal charges, but Hall said he anticipated the lawsuit would now go forward.Hall said he expected a civil jury to award “significant punitive damages” against Sullivan _ though he conceded there could be difficulties enforcing a judgment if Sullivan remains in Britain.___Associated Press writers Cassandra Vinograd in London and Amy Forliti in Minneapolis contributed to this report. The judges added they’d seen no evidence that anyone had ever been released from the program since it began in its current form in 1988.“There is a real risk that if returned, Mr. Sullivan will be the subject of an order of civil commitment,” the judges said in the June 20 decision, adding that placing him in the program would be a flagrant denial of his rights.They gave U.S. officials a week to guarantee that Sullivan wouldn’t be enrolled in the program, but when no assurances were made, the extradition proceedings were dropped Thursday.The program has been criticized for holding people indefinitely. A 64-year-old man became the first person to be granted a provisional discharge in more than a decade earlier this year when he was allowed to move into a Minneapolis-area halfway house. Only one other person was ever released from the program, and he was soon taken back into custody on a violation.In Minnesota, two county prosecutors said they were disappointed by the decision. The statement from Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said it was “not in the interests of public safety” for them to commit to keeping Sullivan out of the program. 0 Comments   Share   Associated PressLONDON (AP) – Britain’s High Court on Thursday blocked a U.S. government bid to extradite a sex criminal to Minnesota, saying the state’s restrictive treatment program for sex offenders was far too draconian.Judges Alan Moses and David Eady endorsed 43-year-old Shawn Sullivan’s appeal against extradition after U.S. authorities refused to guarantee that Sullivan wouldn’t be placed in Minnesota’s civil commitment program, which provides for the indefinite detention of people found to be “sexually dangerous.” How do cataracts affect your vision? Top Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementslast_img read more

Oil prices spike on Russia sanctions fears

first_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Parents, stop beating yourself up New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top holiday drink recipes Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement (AP) – Oil prices jumped nearly two dollars a barrel Monday as Russia’s military advance into Ukraine raised fears of economic sanctions against one of the world’s major energy producers. Natural gas prices surged at the prospect of a decrease in global supplies.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for April delivery was up $1.92 to $104.51 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Friday, the Nymex contract added 19 cents to close at $102.59. Brent crude, a benchmark for international varieties of crude, was up $2.88 to $111.95 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.“The lion’s share of (Russia’s) 5 million barrels per day of oil exports go to Europe, so it is hardly surprising that Brent has risen in response to the conflict, even though the risk of actual delivery outages is small,” said analysts at Commerzbank in Frankfurt.In other energy futures trading on Nymex:_ Wholesale gasoline rose 6.08 cents to $3.0382 per gallon._ Heating oil added 6.97 cents to $3.086 per gallon._ Natural gas climbed 7.8 cents to $4.687 per 1,000 cubic feet.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Markets were responding as thousands of Russian troops solidified control over Crimea in the Ukraine. The U.S. warned Sunday that Moscow could face economic penalties unless it retreats.“Ultimately the market wants to know to what extent the West will impose economic sanctions on Russia if there is bloodshed and further deterioration,” IG market strategist Chris Weston said in a report.The military advance into Crimea, a predominantly Russian speaking region that is friendly to Moscow, came after protesters ousted Ukraine’s pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych, over his decision to turn the country toward Russia instead of the European Union. Yanukovych fled to Russia after more than 80 people were killed in the protests in the capital Kiev, but insists he’s still president.Russia was the world’s second-largest producer of oil in 2012, accounting for 12.6 percent of global supplies, according to the International Energy Agency. It was also the world’s top exporter of natural gas in that year, the IEA said, so any economic sanctions taken against Moscow would limit world supply and push up prices.“It is natural gas fundamentals which are probably more exposed to the current crisis, given Ukraine’s key role as a transit country for Russian natural gas supplies into the European Union,” analysts from JBC Energy in Vienna said in a note to clients. “However, an unusually mild winter has left most European gas inventories at the highest seasonal levels in years, meaning that markets would be relatively well prepared for any kind of supply disruption, in the short term at least.” Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

Activists say USled coalition airstrike kills 7 in Syria

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Abu al-Hassan Marea, an activist who is currently in Turkey near the Syrian border, also said he was told by other activists in the area that seven members of the same civilian family were killed.The Islamic State-affiliated Aamaq news agency reported that a man, his wife and five children were killed Sunday by two coalition airstrikes that targeted their home in the village.There was no immediate comment from U.S. officials. A statement by the U.S.-led Combined Joint Task Force issued Sunday said the coalition carried out five airstrikes near Kobani that struck four Islamic State tactical units, destroying two militant vehicles and two mortar systems.The coalition has been targeting the Islamic State group in Syria since September, though military officials say they’ve limited their targets to avoid civilian casualties. In late May, U.S. authorities acknowledged likely killing two children in a November airstrike, the first of four ongoing U.S. military investigations into allegations of civilian casualties over airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group and other extremists in Iraq and Syria.Human rights groups have estimated that far more civilians have been killed in U.S. and coalition airstrikes since operations began than what U.S. officials have said. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies BEIRUT (AP) — An airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo has killed seven family members, including a couple and their five children, activists and the Islamic State group said Monday.The airstrike on the Islamic State-held village of Dali Hassan, south of the Kurdish town of Kobani, was reported by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which said that an entire civilian family was killed. How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories last_img read more

AP PHOTOS Marijuana clubs sprouting up in Uruguay

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies ___Associated Press photographers and photo editors on Twitter: © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Uruguay legalized the drug in 2013, and over the last year has steadily implemented various aspects of the law. Late last year, the government began registering growers clubs, which are allowed to cultivate up to 99 plants and can have a maximum of 45 members.The clubs, which are sprouting up in Montevideo, often include giant greenhouses where members can grow plants to their liking and, of course, smoke a joint or two to test a harvest. Members can receive up to 1.4 ounces (40 grams) per month.While the law has brought many smokers out in the open, the clubs do have several strict regulations. For example, it’s illegal to be a club member and home grower at the same time or join more than one club.Joining Canabico Sativa requires a $400 enrollment fee and then monthly payments of $92. Much of that goes to maintaining the equipment needed to grow top quality weed. The club has dehumidifiers, fans, air conditioning units and carbon filters, all to nurture every step of the plants’ development.Joaquin Fonseca, president of Canabico Sativa, said after each harvest members decide which variety produced the best buds.“We have very high quality here,” he said. “And I’m happy because I get to smoke it.” 0 Comments   Share   5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top Stories MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — To hear Juan Vaz tell it, a successful marijuana club in Uruguay is akin to a five-star restaurant.“Today, we have to whet the palates of club members,” said Vaz, the technical adviser of Club Canabico Sativa in Montevideo, the small South American country’s capital. “We have to introduce them to the world of gourmet cannabis, which is the differentiator in our club.”center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 In this May 25, 2015 photo, Alvaro Calistro, president of the Manga Rosa Social Club, smokes a joint in the living room of his house where his has a marijuana club in Montevideo, Uruguay. The clubs, which are sprouting up around Montevideo, are essentially giant greenhouses where members can grow plants to their liking and, of course, smoke a joint or two to test a harvest. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico) New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

Hong Kong election bill faces likely defeat by lawmakers

first_img Sponsored Stories But under guidelines laid down by China’s central government, voters would only be able to choose from a set of candidates screened by the panel.Pro-democracy leaders have blasted the plan as “fake democracy,” saying the central government is breaking its promise to eventually grant genuine universal suffrage to the city, a special administrative region of China.Hong Kong’s government needs the support of at least two-thirds of the 70 lawmakers, or 47 seats, to win approval when it goes to a vote, which is expected by the end of the week. But lawmakers from pro-democracy parties, who hold 27 seats, have vowed to use their power to veto it. They entered the legislature chamber with mock ballot boxes each marked with an X, signaling their intention to vote against the plan.Outside the legislature, pro-establishment demonstrators played Chinese communist anthems while pro-democracy activists chanted “definitely no to fake democracy.”“I know that this government proposal is a lie,” said pro-democracy protester Brandy Yau. “There’s no chance that we’ll be able to vote for who we really want for our chief executive, so that’s why we have to be against this voting proposal.” Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Comments   Share   5 ways to recognize low testosterone The looming defeat would mark the close of the most tumultuous year in Hong Kong since Beijing took control in 1997 after a century and half of colonial rule. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets last year to protest the central government’s election screening requirement in demonstrations that made world headlines.For 11 weeks, activists camped out on major thoroughfares in three neighborhoods to demand greater electoral freedom but eventually left the streets after exhaustion set in and Hong Kong’s unpopular leader, Leung Chun-ying, refused to offer any concessions.Authorities are bracing for the possibility of violent protests as the vote nears, though that prospect may be overstated given the likelihood of a defeat for the government. Legislature officials have raised the alert level and authorized police to deploy inside the building.A police risk assessment indicated “a likelihood of the Legislative Council complex being stormed by radical groups in the next couple of days,” legislature president Jasper Tsang said Tuesday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Check your body, save your life Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong election reform proposals that sparked massive street protests last year in the southern Chinese financial center are set to be presented Wednesday to lawmakers, who will likely vote them down.The proposals tabled for a legislature debate would allow the former British colony’s top leader to be chosen by voters through direct elections rather than by a 1,200-member panel of Beijing-friendly elites. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Melissa Block to step down from NPR All Things Considered

first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Patients with chronic pain give advice New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img WASHINGTON (AP) — NPR says Melissa Block is stepping down as host of the flagship newsmagazine “All Things Considered” after 12 years anchoring the national broadcast.The public radio network said Monday that Block will become a special correspondent for NPR, producing profiles, long-form stories and series on critical issues of the day. Block will also guest host NPR programs and develop podcasts from her reporting. NPR has not announced who will replace Block. “All Things Considered” is co-hosted by Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish. The newsmagazine draws about 12 million listeners a week. Block’s last broadcast is Aug. 14.Block is a 30-year veteran of NPR. She joined the network in 1985 as an editorial assistant for “All Things Considered.” She later became a senior producer and New York correspondent for NPR.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   4 must play golf courses in Arizona Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more