Extra commission until March 31 with TravelBound

first_imgExtra commission until March 31 with TravelBound Tags: Travelbound Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img NEW YORK — FIT specialist TravelBound has a bonus commission deal for all March bookings, for travel now through the end of August.TravelBound is offering 2% bonus commission on all bookings through March 31, for travel until Aug. 31. “Whether agents need to book a weeklong stay in Italy, a hotel transfer in Thailand, or a brewery tour in New York City, they’ll earn a 2% bonus commission on all bookings,” says TravelBound.The offer excludes third party inventory and group bookings. For terms and conditions see gotravelbound.com. Travelweek Group Wednesday, March 14, 2018 last_img read more

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TravelBrands praises agents Without them there is no TravelBrands

first_img Friday, April 13, 2018 Travelweek Group Posted by TravelBrands praises agents: “Without them, there is no TravelBrands” Sharecenter_img Tags: TravelBrands WOODBRIDGE — There was no mistaking who the VIPs were at TravelBrand’s Agent Appreciation Event in Woodbridge, Ont. last night: the travel agents who President and CEO Frank DeMarinis referred to as the key to the company’s success.For three years running, TravelBrands has hosted these celebratory events across the country to show its appreciation for its retail agent partners. At last night’s Woodbridge stop, approximately 650 agents were in attendance, with 2,500 attending in total across all featured cities (Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Woodbridge, Calgary and Vancouver).When asked how the annual event has grown over the years, DeMarinis tells Travelweek that the company has placed an even bigger focus on travel agents, “if that’s at all possible!” He adds that TravelBrands continues to put a strong emphasis on its technology “so that we can provide agents with top notch tools and services when it comes to bookings.”The company, which is coming off a stellar winter season, has updated “many aspects of our organization”, says DeMarinis, “to support our goals of helping agents work smarter, not harder.” Coupled with the tireless efforts of its agent partners, he says the diversity in the company’s brands and product offerings is what gives TravelBrands a defining edge.“Our Sun business has done exceptionally well from both an FIT and package business perspective. But our growth stems from numerous product streams such as cruises, Europe and the USA. They all sustain and contribute to our continuous expansion,” he says.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTWhile on the cross-country roadshow, the company showcased many new updates and changes to the organization, including Intair, Exotik Journeys, Sunquest, Experiences by TravelBrands, Lujure, Access and Cruise. To reflect TravelBrands’ strategy, the updated Exotik Journeys brand offers the same product lines with a stronger market presence.“Let me explain. In Quebec, we are branding the Specialty division Exotik Tours. In the rest of Canada, we are branding it under Exotic Journeys. Both Exotic Tours and Exotik Journeys offer the same product lines, including Exotik and Boomerang Tours,” says DeMarinis, adding that the two brands are “one and the same”.To celebrate this updated branding, agents can receive 15% commission on all products booked from April 1-30 for travel at any time.Other highlights at last night’s event was the newly released Experiences by TravelBrands brochure, which features 10 specialized collections, three of which were unveiled this year (Culinary, Health & Wellness, and Lujure Villas). Plus, agents gained more insight into the company’s redesigned Access platform, which DeMarinis says has a “better flow, new look and feel, and is easy to navigate”. With the updated platform, agents now have the option to search by landmark or hotel, and can also preview sales emails with the option of sending up to six hotels and activities directly to clients.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Travelweek also asked DeMarinis about Sunquest’s dynamic packaging, which allows agents to choose from three airlines as well as the duration of stay they want, whether it’s three, five, seven or more days. As the only tour operator to offer this extensive product line, Sunquest is appealing directly to agents with such increased flexibility.“TravelGenie packages offer agents the opportunity to sell a customized package to all destinations in the world, with any airline that flies to that destination (we have over 80 airline partners) and whatever duration of stay. Our buying power allows us to offer your favourite carrier, at the best rates,” says DeMarinis. “Plus, we have over 300,000 properties in our portfolio, from traditional chains to high-end properties, boutique hotels and everything in between.This dynamic packaging, adds DeMarinis, has been a hit among agents who love its ease of booking, its flexibility and the commissions they’re making off it. And considering the fact that agents represent a significant majority of TravelBrands’ business, keeping them happy is essential.“Travel agents are the key to our success,” he says. “Without them, there is no TravelBrands.”The remaining Agent Appreciation Events will take place in Calgary on April 16 and Vancouver on April 17. For more information go to travelbrandsaccess.com. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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WestJet Hope Air team up for WestJet Thanks Giving hope video

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Charity, Hope Air, WestJet << Previous PostNext Post >> CALGARY — In celebration of Thanksgiving this coming weekend, WestJet and WestJet Cares for Kids charity partner, Hope Air, teamed up to help patient Leora Wildi say ‘thank you’ to those who supported her throughout her health journey.‘WestJet Thanks: Giving hope’ follows Leora, now 23, who was diagnosed with two types of bone cancer at the age of 14. Her cancer treatment caused serious and life-long complications that has required more than 50 trips from her hometown of Prince George, B.C., to Vancouver for specialized medical care.Cancer-free for eight years and counting, Leora is now speaking out about how Hope Air and WestJet played an integral part in her recovery. She’s also able to thank some of those who helped her on her health journey by bringing them together “for a very special day”, says WestJet.“This Thanksgiving, our goal is for Leora’s story to inspire everyone to give thanks to those who have helped them through their own life journeys,” said Richard Bartrem, WestJet’s Vice-President Marketing Communications. “By working alongside Hope Air and providing the gift of flight we are helping bridge the gap for thousands of Canadians who need to travel for medical care. We hope by sharing Leora’s journey we can bring more awareness to this critical charity so other patients like Leora can access the healthcare they need.”More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsHope Air CEO Doug Keller-Hobson adds: “WestJet is an important and valued partner in helping Hope Air ensure that all Canadians have access to the medical care they need, despite distance or cost of travel. We thank WestJet for this unique opportunity to raise awareness of Hope Air’s vital and important work.”WestJet and Hope Air have been working together since 1996 to assist Canadian families with medical needs. In 2007, Hope Air became one of WestJet Cares for Kids founding partners. Hope Air coordinates flights for individuals of all ages, with a variety of illnesses and health concerns.Almost one-third of Hope Air clients report that they would postpone or cancel their healthcare appointment if Hope Air was not able to provide them with a free flight.center_img WestJet, Hope Air team up for ‘WestJet Thanks: Giving hope’ video Share Thursday, October 4, 2018 last_img read more

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Flamingo Beach to get new Coast Guard station

first_imgIn an event organized by the Costa Rican government and the U.S. Embassy last Wednesday, the first stone was placed for the construction of a new Coast Guard in Flamingo, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste.Located in front of the old Flamingo marina, the station was donated by the U.S. Southern Command and will be finished by November 2013.The project will include dorms for Costa Rican Coast Guard officers, restrooms, a kitchen, a dining room, air conditioning and a floating dock, among other features.Public Security Minister Mario Zamora, Costa Rican Coast Guard Director Martín Arias, U.S. Southern Command Rear Adm. Charles Michel, U.S. Ambassador Ann S. Andrew and Santa Cruz Mayor Jorge Chavarria attended last week’s ceremony. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Arenal Report

first_imgWith the NFL season in full swing, so too is theboca buffet at the Sunset Grill for the Monday night and Thursday night games, as well as all day Sunday. The huge, widescreen T.V. can be viewed from tables on the deck outside, or if you prefer, gather around the spacious bar where the action is. Master sushi chef Oz is stateside for his annual check-up with the V.A., so sushi lovers around Arenal are hoping for his speedy return. Symptoms of SW (Sushi Withdrawal) rank right up there with crystal meth, heroin, and America’s acknowledged favorite, cocaine, for inducing anti-social behavior. The recommended antidote for SW is equal parts of ginseng and ginger steeped in 2 oz. of sake taken three times daily.The Tropical Iguana Bar and Grill also offers boca and drink specials for football games, both NFL and World Cup when Costa Rica has a game. The 5-for-3 beer offering during Costa Rica’s game with the U.S. helped assuage the pain of Gringos disappointed by Costa Rica’s victory.Moya’s Place recently featured an evening of mellow songs by Los Caballeros Sin Caballos. The duo of Ed Yurica on bass guitar and Scott Schillereff (guitar and vocal) evoked memories that swept the tapestry of Time from the 1930’s forward. Their performance culminated in a brilliantly artistic blending of continuous onscreen images of Vincent Van Gogh’s great masterpieces with the haunting melody of “Starry, Starry Night” sung gently and with great feeling by Scott. At the end, in the darkened room, the mesmerized crowd remained silent for a few breathless seconds before erupting in a crescendo of applause in appreciation for the magic of the moment.October 2 marked the 78th birthday of legendary Arenal Pioneer John Nicholas. He and wife Cathy were one of only six Gringo families around the lake when they opened their B+B (Chalet Nicholas). There were no phones and no paved roads back then, so every evening a sequence of calls on CB radios was made to ensure that everyone was O.K. Once a week they would meet for breakfast at Hotel Mary in Tilarán to swap stories and catch up on what was happening. John’s birthday party is scheduled for Oct. 27 to start at 4 p.m. at Natalie and Pascuale’s baronial mansion. Call to let Natalie know if you’ll be there.-William & Jean Priestjean.pri@comcast.net Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Another Honduran journalist murdered bringing total since 2003 to 45

first_imgTEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – A Honduran reporter who went missing over the weekend has been found dead, the 45th journalist killed in the Central American country since 2003, officials said on Monday.Herlyn Espinal, 33, who worked as a correspondent for the daily television program “Hoy Mismo” was found dead in his car in Santa Rita near the northwestern city of San Pedro Sula, authorities said.Espinal was reported missing Sunday when he failed to come home after dining at a local restaurant with friends.Honduras, in addition to being one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, is the world’s most deadly, with 79 homicides per 100,000 according to national crime statistics. Facebook Comments Related posts:Making the invisible, visible: In Nicaragua, women journalists call for equality Honduran journalist travels to Costa Rica to denounce death threats, beating back home Honduran lawmaker arrested in road rage shooting death Attacks on Mexico journalists surge, says rights grouplast_img read more

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As Guatemalas political crisis deepens citizens reawaken

first_imgA 2009 WikiLeaks diplomatic cable revealed Baldizón wooed members of Congress from the official UNE party by offering them $61,000 to switch allegiances. Another cable describes him as having “little substance to his politics.”But perhaps the most damaging allegations are those contained in a 2011 report by Washington-based think tank Insight Crime claiming that Baldizón’s family made its fortune by trafficking archaeological artifacts in the northern department of Petén. Insight Crime also alleged that his party’s mayoral candidates in Petén were funded by drug cartels.The accusations have led to widespread perception that Baldizón’s administration is just as likely to be tainted by corruption and ties to organized crime as that of Pérez.Baldizón’s reputation has also suffered since he filed a lawsuit against Juan Luis Font, a respected journalist and director of Contrapoder magazine, after it revealed that the presidential candidate had plagiarized large sections of his 2014 book “Rompiendo Paradigmas” (“Breaking Paradigms”).Paradoxically, the polls show 75 percent of Guatemalans have a favorable opinion of disgraced former president Alfonso Portillo, who returned to the country in February after serving a prison sentence in the U.S. for conspiring to use U.S. banks to launder $2.5 million in bribes from the Taiwanese government.Despite his tainted past, Portillo enjoys considerable support among disenfranchised rural and urban Guatemalans due to the fact that he imposed price controls on basic foodstuffs, subsidized electricity rates for the poor, increased the minimum wage and challenged monopolies.In contrast, under the Pérez administration, the chronically-underfunded public health care system hit an all time low, with three of the country’s major hospitals grinding to a standstill this year after they ran out of food and medical supplies. Pérez has also failed to deliver on his pledge to reduce crime rates, while a shortage of gasoline has prevented police agents from attending emergency calls.Many of the homemade placards waved by demonstrators during the country’s recent wave of protests referenced the fact that while “La Línea” was allegedly pocketing Q2 million ($260,000) a week, the country’s hospitals, schools and police stations are broke. Facebook Comments Related posts:Guatemala’s former vice president charged in customs fraud ring, ordered held in prison Q&A: Nobel laureate Rigoberta Menchú hails Guatemala’s ‘great awakening’ Guatemala’s Pérez Molina resigns after judge orders him to face corruption charges Guatemala presidential candidate quits race alleging fraud GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — Guatemala’s growing protest movement against government corruption continues unabated despite Vice President Roxana Baldetti’s decisionto step down on May 8.On Thursday, the Guatemalan legislature voted in as the new vice president Alejandro Maldonado, a Constitutional Court judge and career politician with a history of right-wing politics.It’s been a month since the U.N.-supported International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) uncovered a massive customs fraud network known as “La Línea” that was allegedly led by Baldetti’s private secretary Juan Carlos Monzón. Since then, thousands of Guatemalans have demonstrated across the country on several different occasions, demanding the resignation of Baldetti and President Otto Pérez Molina, and an end to the graft and crookedness that has long characterized Guatemalan authority.Students from four different universities have called for another peaceful march against corruption for this Saturday. In an unprecedented show of unity, middle- and upper-class students from the country’s top three private universities will take to the streets alongside students from the state-funded University of San Carlos under the slogan “Indifferent and silent never again.”The demonstration will begin in front of the Guatemalan Supreme Court — a commonly-used protest gathering point, which on this occasion holds symbolic weight. One of the court’s judges was recently tainted by the scandal.On May 8, the U.N. anti-impunity commission CICIG arrested three lawyers representing key defendants in the case and accused them of running a “Law Firm of Impunity” that bribed corrupt judges to make unjustified decisions favoring organized crime groups. Wiretap recordings show how the three lawyers bribed Judge Marta Josefina Sierra González de Stalling in exchange for her granting unguarded house arrest instead of prison for some of the defendants, and reduced bail.According to investigators, two of the defendants paid Q250,000 ($32,000) each, while four others paid Q200,000 ($25,000) each. In light of the evidence, CICIG filed a request for the judge to be removed from the case and impeached.The judge’s sister-in-law and president of the criminal chamber of Guatemala’s Supreme Court, Blanca Aida Stalling Dávila, was also mentioned in the recorded conversations.“We are here, we haven’t abandoned you at all, you know that,” businessman Luis Mendizábal told one of the defendants in a conversation recorded by CICIG on April 16. “Blanca Stalling is behind all of this and they [the law firm], have very good connections, we’re working on that.”Stalling insists that the names of the two judges were mixed up, and she agreed to cooperate with investigators in hopes of clearing her name.Mendizábal — a controversial figure who was involved in a bizarre murder mystery in 2009 — is also accused of being part of  “La Línea” and is currently on the run.The new ‘Guatemalan Spring’The fact that the current protests have been organized on Facebook and Twitter under the hashtag #RenunciaYa has led to comparisons between Guatemala’s peaceful demonstrations and the protests in Egypt’s Tahrir Square that brought down the Mubarak regime in 2011. Aerial view of a protest in Guatemala City against President Otto Pérez Molina and Vice President Roxana Baldetti for the recent corruption case involving high-level officials, on April 25, 2015. Carlos Alonzo/AFPIn a country where a recent history of repressive military rule has instilled a deep fear of political activism in many Guatemalans, observers have labeled the new youth-led citizen movement “a Guatemalan spring.”The country has already lived through one spring — seven decades ago. In 1944, Guatemalans ousted dictator Jorge Ubico and elected a reform-minded professor, Juan José Arévalo, who, along with his successor, Jacobo Árbenz, instituted a series of progressive social, economic and political changes that lasted until Árbenz was forced to resign and abandon the country (in his underwear) in 1954.Now, the sense of collective outrage that brought about that first spring seems to be back. As of Thursday evening, 29,000 people had made an online pledge to attend Saturday’s protest.Most surprisingly, the recent demonstrations have joined together sectors of society that don’t normally mix — wealthy oligarchs and leftist artists; human rights activists and regular citizens. Many are voicing their frustration and discontent not only with the current administration but with the entire political class.Still, four months before the country holds general elections, many Guatemalans feel disheartened by what they regard as a lack of options for change.Manuel Baldizón, presidential candidate for the Democratic Freedom Revival (LIDER) party, is still leading the polls. A right-wing populist, Baldizón promises to introduce the death penalty and a regressive flat tax. The most recent poll, conducted by Prodatos and published by Guatemalan daily Prensa Libre on May 4, shows 32 percent of Guatemalans would vote for him.He is closely followed by Sandra Torres, candidate for the center-left National Unity of Hope (UNE) party and former first lady to Álvaro Colom, with 31 percent of intended votes. Alejandro Sinibaldi, who defected from President Pérez’s Patriotic Party in the wake of the customs fraud scandal and has yet to choose another party, sits in third place with 23 percent of intended votes.Although Baldizón is still in the lead, his popularity has stagnated, and on May 9, during a party rally held in the colonial city of Antigua, a scuffle broke out when protesters clashed with LIDER sympathizers.Baldizón’s campaign slogan, “Le Toca” (“It’s his turn”), has been morphed by social media users into #NoTeTocaBaldizón (It’s not your turn Baldizón).last_img read more

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Feds say theyre finally going after bad guys on Wall Street

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – Twenty-five years ago, lawyers for the George H.W. Bush administration were rounding up more bankers than you could fit in a whole fleet of stretch Hummers. The feds threw no fewer than 1,706 defendants in the slammer amid the savings-and-loan debacle between 1988 and 1992, and charged many more. The U.S. Justice Department was prosecuting “the major corporate insiders — CEOs, presidents, shareholders, directors and officers,” wrote Lee Rawls, an assistant attorney general under Bush, in response to a Government Accountability Office questioning whether even that was enough.Whoever was right, this era’s prosecutions of white-collar crime seems to pale in comparison. Just a handful of junior employees have been convicted in connection with the implosion of markets in mortgage-backed securities seven years ago. A jury acquitted two Bear Sterns managers, and a Credit Suisse officer named Kareem Serageldin pleaded guilty and accepted a prison sentence. (Serageldin supervised 70 people at the multinational bank, which now employs roughly 47,000.)That’s about it, a consequence of the fact, prosecutors say, that what many on Wall Street did was risky and dubious but not illegal. And as a result, for years, the Obama administration has been eschewing criminal trials in favor of billions of dollars in fines and other concessions from big banks.But now, they are suggesting they may change their approach. This week, the Justice Department issued a memorandum urging prosecutors to put corporate leaders in the financial sector and other industries in the dock for any criminal wrongdoing.The seven-page memorandum calls on prosecutors to focus their attention on sending the individual leaders of companies that break the law to prison, not just on negotiating with firms for fines and a promise of better behavior in the future. The document reminds prosecutors conducting those negotiations to encourage companies to surrender incriminating evidence against their officers, no matter how senior.Wall Street shrugsWhile praising the tough talk in the document, experts on white-collar crime said not to expect a spate of new cases in the headlines. They noted that serious obstacles still confront prosecutors in these complex and demanding investigations.“On Wall Street, I suspect today’s announcement was greeted with a shrug,” said David Uhlmann, a former federal prosecutor.The Justice document also requires that any settlements with corporations granting individual defendants immunity from prosecution be approved by a U.S. attorney or assistant attorney general. It is signed by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, who discussed white-collar crime in a speech at New York University on Thursday.“It is our obligation at the Justice Department to ensure that we are holding lawbreakers accountable regardless of whether they commit their crimes on the street corner or in the boardroom,” she said, according to prepared remarks. “We cannot allow the flesh-and-blood people responsible for misconduct to walk away, while leaving only the company’s employees and shareholders to pay the price.”Negotiating a settlement with the firm, rather than trying the individuals who make it up, can have advantages. Global financial institutions in particular seem willing to cough up vast sums of money to avoid a trial. Firms can also agree to improve their future operations.Yet the pages upon pages of bloodless legalese that can result from these negotiations do little to mollify an outraged public, or, in the view of lawmakers and critics, really achieve justice. In her speech, Yates said that Americans were losing confidence in the justice system.“You get into a situation where you say, ‘Aha! The murder occurred in the library. It was the candlestick.’ But you never get whether it was Col. Mustard,” said James Cox, a law professor at Duke University.In the case of financial institutions, focusing on individuals rather than firms could also be a way to avoid disrupting the global economy.Some banks, former Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress in 2013, are “so large” that “it does become difficult for us to prosecute.”Federal prosecutors may be less worried about that now. They extracted guilty pleas from half a dozen big banks this spring (though not from individual bankers). Traders around the world shrugged off the announcement.But most of all, many experts argue, companies can easily circumvent their agreements with prosecutors when it comes to their future actions. The threat of prison is a better guarantee of good behavior, the reasoning goes.“If there’s one thing a white-collar criminal fears, it is prison,” said the Hon. Jed Rakoff, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York who has criticized the department’s past approach.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Citigroup pays $180 million to settle hedge fund fraud case Europe, US markets rally on China rate cut China’s journey from new normal to stock market crisis epicenter Petrobras top management resigns in Brazil corruption caselast_img read more

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Costa Rica inaugurates third meeting of International Contact Group on Venezuela hosted

first_imgCosta Rican president Carlos Alvarado inaugurated the third meeting of the International Contact Group (ICG) on Venezuela on Monday night at Casa Amarilla in San José. Seated next to Foreign Minister Manuel Ventura Robles, Alvarado highlighted Costa Rica’s involvement in both the ICG and the Lima Group and stressed the importance of a nonviolent resolution to the crisis in Venezuela. The Costa Rican politicians were flanked by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in addition to representatives from 11 European and Latin American nations. “This is a space that looks to facilitate, from the international community, a way for the Venezuelan community find a pacific solution to the difficult situation they endure,” Alvarado said.“Costa Rica is honored to have the presence of the delegates who are here today.” President Alvarado speaks during the third meeting of the International Contact Group on Venezuela. (Jacob Spetzler / The Tico Times)During the ICG gathering, which will end Tuesday, the group will analyze the recent escalations in Venezuela and discuss appropriate next steps. Both the ICG and the Lima Group have called for a peaceful and democratic resolution to the crisis in Venezuela, where soaring inflation has forced 2.3 million people to flee the country since 2015, according to the United Nations. Nicolás Maduro was inaugurated for his second term as Venezuela’s president in January, but 50 nations — including Costa Rica — have instead recognized Juan Guaidó as the South American country’s president. Last week, pro-Maduro forces stopped a coup attempt by Guaidó. Speaking after Alvarado on Monday night, Mogherini said urgent action is needed to avoid the humanitarian crisis from growing further. The United Nations expects some 5 million Venezuelans to flee the country by the end of 2019. Mogherini said a solution to the crisis must be spearheaded by Venezuela, but noted the international community has an obligation to help.“The worsening of the crisis in recent days means that our joined efforts are even more important,” she said.Outside Casa Amarilla, approximately a dozen protesters — many carrying Venezuelan flags or wearing the country’s colors — gathered to implore the ICG to take forceful action. Demonstrations outside the International Contact Group meeting in San José. Jacob Spetzler / The Tico Times“Venezuela needs liberty immediately, not continued dialogue,” said Freddy Ayala, one of the protesters. The Tico Times will have further coverage from Tuesday afternoon’s press conference featuring ICG representatives. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica absent as Lima Group begins meeting on next steps in Venezuela crisis International community has ‘duty and responsibility’ to help Venezuela, ICG says Costa Rica again voices support for new elections, peaceful transition in Venezuela Contact Group pushes for progress on Venezuela impasselast_img read more

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What are dental implants and why are they better in Costa Rica

first_imgIt wasn’t long ago when the only solution to replace a missing tooth was a fixed bridge or a removable denture. With the advent of dental implants, patients at almost any age can choose a permanent fixed solution for missing teeth and bone loss.Millions of patients now have happy and confident smiles thanks to dental implants. The only drawback to dental implants is the price. Most patients who need dental implants are unable to afford the high price tag. In the USA, dental implants cost from $2,000 to $4,000, causing most patients to forego implants or look for a more affordable solution. In Costa Rica, top-quality dental implants are often priced below $1,000 each, and when placed by specialists, are an incredible value when compared to other parts of the world.What Are Dental Implants?Dental implants are like artificial teeth roots placed in your jawline to support a dental prosthesis like a bridge or a denture. Most dental implants are made of titanium. However, some newer implants are made of ceramic. The long-term reliability of these ceramic implants is still uncertain. Dental implants are placed into the jawbone to fuse into the bone itself, eventually becoming a stable root for artificial teeth or prostheses. Dental implants in Costa Rica are much less expensive than most dental clinics in the USA, making it an affordable long-term option for tooth replacement.Benefits of Dental Implants:Implants are fixed to your jawline for life and allow you to eat most foods (within reason).The success ratio for dental implants is very high.Implants are reliable long-term replacements for missing teethImplants can last a lifetime with proper care and hygieneHow to Get the Best Dental Implants in Costa RicaIf you are looking for the best, consider dental implants in Costa Rica. Implant prices in Costa Rica are less than 50% of the cost in the USA for comparable quality care and materials. Patients are encouraged to research and choose only clinics that offer high-quality American and German dental implant brands. The best clinics only use the leading dental implant brands like Zimmer, Straumann and other comparable brands to make sure that their patients receive the best possible implant solutions.Tips to Help You Get the Best ImplantsAccredited Clinics are Best:Choose accredited clinics that demonstrate their commitment to excellence. If you only focus on price, you may get the cheapest dental implants…but at what cost? Accredited clinics assure patients that the clinic meets international standards for quality care. If quality care is important, then you should seek clinics that have their quality verified by third party accreditation centers. For example, Goodness Dental is accredited by Global Clinic Rating and is ranked as the #1 dental clinic in Costa Rica.Experience Matters:When you choose dental implants in Costa Rica, check the experience of your dental surgeon who will provide your care.Read Patient Reviews on Google & Facebook:Read patient reviews online and in social media to confirm that your surgeon and the entire dental team has the experience you need. Related posts:Why Americans are saying ‘yes’ to dental tourism in Costa Rica Is Costa Rica a safe destination for dental tourism? All on 4 Dental Implants: Is it Cheaper in Costa Rica? Seven tips to get the best implants in Costa Rica Ask Reasonable Questions:Ask questions before you book your appointment to make sure that the dental clinic is responsive. Reputable clinics should be able to share answers to the following questions:How long have your surgeons been placing dental implants?How many implants does your surgeon or surgical team place very year?What is your success rate?Answers to these questions can be found at Global Clinic Rating.All Services are Provided in The Same Location:Why go to several dental clinics when one clinic can complete this same work at the same location? This is an important consideration when you seek cheap dental implants in Costa Rica. Good clinics should be able to offer the initial consultation, implants and prosthodontic work at the same location, saving you time and money.How Much Should You Save?It’s easy to find high quality, low-cost dental implants in Costa Rica. Do your homework and don’t choose a clinic just because it offers the lowest prices. Most patients choose top clinics and manage to save 50-70% when compared to prices for the same dental care in the USA. If you need to save more than 70%, you will be taking an unnecessary risk by compromising on the quality of the materials and the quality of the specialists placing your implants.Choose Specialists:The best dental implant clinics use periodontists or maxillofacial surgeons to place implants. The majority of clinics in Costa Rica use general dentists to place implants. This is like having your knee replacement surgery performed by a general surgeon instead of an orthopedic surgeon. Clinics that use general dentists to place dental implants charge less because they are not using specialists. Patients that choose the lowest prices will often have their implants placed by general dentists instead of periodontists or maxillofacial surgeons. This is an unnecessary risk and should be avoided.There are many good dental clinics in Costa Rica and a few truly excellent clinics. What patients may not realize is that with some research and negotiation, you can receive care at the best clinics for almost the same price as the lower-end clinics. Patients are also encouraged to visit CostaRicaDentalGuide.com to receive referrals to the best dental clinics in Costa Rica. Patrick GoodnessPatrick Goodness is the founder and CEO of Goodness Dental, ranked the #1 dental clinic in Costa Rica and one of the Top Ten Dental Clinics in the World by Global Clinic Ranking. Goodness writes and lectures frequently on global medical and dental tourism topics and is an outspoken advocate for affordable dental care for everyone.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Saudi officials arrest radical Shiite cleric

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The arrest could further escalate tensions in the area, where security forces have clashed with protesters demanding greater rights from Saudi’s Sunni monarchy.In 2009, al-Nimr threatened to lead a secession movement unless authorities address Shiite charges of discrimination, including being denied equal shares of the kingdom’s oil wealth.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) – Saudi authorities say they have arrested a radical Shiite cleric following a gunfight and car chase in an area of increasing tensions between the government and the country’s Shiite minority.The official Saudi Press Agency says Sheik Nimr al-Nimr was arrested after he and followers exchanged fire with security forces Sunday and crashed into one of the patrol vehicles. It said al-Nimr, who was wounded in the leg, faces charges of instigating unrest in the oil-rich eastern province. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home 5 treatments for adult scoliosiscenter_img Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Men’s health affects baby’s health too Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

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Campus sex crime reporting increases says Education Dept

first_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement WASHINGTON (AP) — Reports of sex offenses on college campuses provided to the Education Department have nearly doubled over a five-year period.In a letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., released Tuesday by her office, department officials said they believe the increase is the result of federal enforcement efforts and growing public attention to the issues of campus sexual assault.In 2009, there were 3,357 such sex offense cases reported to the department in annual crime statistics reports, compared to 6,073 cases in 2013, the letter said. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Education and law enforcement officials say sex offenses are underreported crimes, and the true number of such cases is likely much higher.The Obama administration has taken several steps to push colleges and universities to better tackle the problem of sexual assault, including releasing the names of colleges and universities facing Title IX investigations for their handling of such cases.Laura Palumbo, prevention campaign specialist with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, said the difference in the number of sex offense reports likely reflects that campuses are doing a better job following procedures and collecting and reporting such crimes. However, Palumbo said, campuses are still inconsistent in how they collect and report sexual offenses, and there have been complaints that they are underreporting the problem.The letter was released by Boxer along with Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Tim Kaine of Virginia. Boxer said the data makes clear why the department “must step up its efforts to address the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses, and why Congress must ensure it has the resources it needs to protect students.”The letter was signed by Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights at the Education Dpeartment, and James Runcie, chief operating officer for Federal Student Aid. The two said department officials expect the average amount of time to resolve cases will decrease as the agency closes its older cases or Congress increases funding to handle the cases. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Four benefits of having a wireless security system Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Among the other figures released in the letter:— The department’s Office of Civil Rights saw an increase in sexual violence complaints involving colleges and universities that went from 9 in 2009 to 102 in 2014.— Cases that resulted in “substantive closures” took, on average, 1,469 days in the 2014 budget year — or about four years — for the department or resolve.___Follow Kimberly Hefling on Twitter: http://twitter.com/kheflingCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

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Samoa leaps across dateline

first_imgSamoa will become one of the first nations to see the New Year Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Tourism Authority of Samoa has officially announced their plan to switch time zones to the west of the International dateline, to be in line with Australia and New Zealand.Samoa presently sits to the east of the international dateline and crosses through the middle of the Pacific, 11 hours behind GMT and is one of the last places on earth to see the sunset. The change will come into effect at midnight on 29 December, which will place Samoa one hour ahead of New Zealand and three hours ahead of Australia.According to the Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi the time change will allow for an increase in productivity and convenience for business trade with Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific Rim.Samoa Tourism Authority managing director Peter Sereno said the feedback on the change has been positive.“This will have a positive impact on Australian trade and tourism as it puts Samoa in a more convenient time zone.  It will mean better access and correspondence with our agents here and the operators in Samoa,” Mr Sereno said.Mr Sereno said although they will no longer be the last place on earth to see the sunset Samoa will gain by being one of the first nations to see the Sunrise of the New Year.“2012 will be a big year for us and we encourage everyone to come and visit and join in on the celebrations.”last_img read more

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Venue for 25th Brolga Awards Confirmed

first_imgSource = Northern Territory Government The Crowne Plaza Alice Springs has been confirmed as the venue for the 25th Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards.The renowned Gala Ceremony will take place on Saturday November 12.The Minister for Tourism, Malarndirri McCarthy welcomed the news and said the venue for the Brolga Awards promises to deliver a night to remember, with patrons dining and dancing under the stars.“Over the years the Brolgas has evolved into the most prestigious and prominent event on the Northern Territory tourism calendar,” said Ms McCarthy.“Winning a Brolga Award is the highest accolade for the NT tourism industry. The awards recognise the commitment and achievements of businesses and individuals in the tourism industry.“The Crowne Plaza Alice Springs is an excellent venue for this important event as it was the 2009 and 2010 winner of the Qantas Award for Sustainable Tourism at the Brolgas.”The Minister also announced the 2011 Judging Panel, with Tom Ganley, the Chief Financial Officer of Northern Territory Airports, chairing the panel for a second year.The list of 12 judges combines prominent personalities in the NT with business and industry champions, including Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan, Qantas Regional General Manager Julian Barry and previous winner of the Tourism Ministers’ Perpetual Trophy, Penni Tastula.To assist operators with the preparation of award winning entries, Tourism NT is offering a comprehensive assistance program, which is free of charge to entrants.Site inspections for each nominated business as part of the judging process will commence shortly. The deadline for submissions is on Friday 30 September.last_img read more

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TCF plans to review fees following audit

first_imgThe results of the Travel Compensation Fund’s (TCF) board meeting have triggered a decision to review the policies regarding the current level of fees and contributions paid by members. The review, which the Board noted “had not been done for some time”, will be completed against the background of TCF’s current financial position. The financial position of the industry remains positive with more than 80 percent of agents recording a profit, compared to 77 percent in 2010, according to a briefing released by the TCF. There has also been a recorded reduction in securities provided to the TCF. TCF’s current financial position is holding strong with “reserves at 31 May at $31.6 million”, the report said. Reasons for the high operating surplus can be contributed to “legal recoveries, higher receipts from fees and penalties, interest income made off investments, increased contributions income and a lower level of claims paid”. The report also recounted a lift in activity for 2012, with 22 percent and 41 percent year-on-year increases in head office and branch approvals respectively.In related news, TCF chairperson Fiona McLeod “has almost completed meeting the relevant State Ministers who are responsible for travel industry regulation”. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

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Tourism Australias new MoU with Air China

first_imgTourism Australia and Air China have teamed up under a new Memorandum of Understanding to work together and promote travel between Australia and China.Signed this week, the three year agreement will see the two parties cooperate on advertising, PR and events to attract the China market.Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy explained the deal would also “further foster Air China network expansion into Australia”.According to the bureau’s boss, growing aviation services from China is critical to ensuring Australia reaches it Tourism 2020 goal of 900,000 Chinese visitors by the end of this decade.“This deal provides a strong platform for us to work with Air China to grow aviation services and drive inbound tourism from China,” he said.China is Australia’s fastest growing international inbound market, with AU$4.2 billion in overnight expenditure in 2012 and a growth of 13 percent in 2011.Late last month, Tourism Australia also announced it had teamed up with Air New Zealand, to promote Australia  to key tourism markets.Click here for more information. Source = ETB News: NJ A new airline partnership to boost tourismto Australia. Image: Tourism Australialast_img read more

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Business travellers skimming out on vaccinations

first_imgResponsibility placed on employersto better manage health risks. Diseases such as typhoid, rabies and hepatitis A are common in destinations such as Asia and India. In 2006 74 percent of people considered seeing a doctor to get vaccinated an important priority, however, in 2012 only 36 percent of travellers prioritised vaccinations before travelling. New research by vaccine company Sanofi Pasteur has revealed that, despite frequent travel to risk-prone regions around the globe, 72 percent of employees are not receiving vaccinations. “Employers need to consider the threat posed by illness to their business if the necessary health precautions aren’t taken prior to sending their staff overseas,” Travel Doctor TMVC national medical advisor Dr Tony Gherardin said. 23 percent of vaccinations organised prior to employees’ last business trips were self-organised. Two thirds of Australian business travellers do not receive vaccinations, according to a new study. Source = ETB News: P.T. “Failure to properly manage the health risks of travelling employees can lead to productivity loss, compromise employee health, add unnecessary costs and cause disruption to major projects.” “Australian business professional’s today travel further, and at shorter notice, to more remote areas than ever before, increasing the need and importance for employers to protect the health of their staff while overseas and ensure they are appropriately vaccinated,” Dr Gherardin said. 87 percent of Australian employees believe their company should be responsible for covering any costs associated with illness contracted during work trips and 76 percent would consider legal action if their employer did not provide compensation.last_img read more

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Virgin Australia named the most attractive employer in Australia

first_imgVirgin Australia has been named Australia’s Most Attractive Employer at the annual Randstad Awards at Doltone House in Sydney, last night.Fifty per cent of all Australians claimed they would like to work for the airline, with the ABC finishing in second place.The Randstad Award recognises the organisations which are perceived as the most attractive employers in the country, according to over 12,000 Australians of working age.Randstad Australia chief executive officer Frank Ribuot, said Virgin Australia should be extremely proud to be recognised as Australia’s Most Attractive Employer.“The Virgin brand is widely recognised around the world and by people from all walks of life. For the past few years, Virgin Australia has been recognised as one of the best employers in Australia so it’s testament to the company’s continued investment towards building its employer brand,” Mr Ribuot said.Virgin Australia Group executive, people, culture and sustainability Geraldine Chin Moody, accepted the award on behalf of Virgin Australia.“Our people have been key to the successful transformation of the airline over the past few years, and this award is testament to their outstanding professionalism and dedication to excellence,” Ms Chin Moody said.While Qantas came in fifth place this year, they won the Youth Award – for being the Most Attractive Employer for the younger generation.With Virgin Australia taking the highest accolade and Qantas performing strongly, the Aviation Sector was announced the Most Attractive Sector to work for in the country.45 per cent of Australians surveyed said they would like to work for the Aviation companies or in the aviation industry.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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Solomon Islands tourism on track for record year

first_imgSource = Mike Parker-Brown – PR, Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau SIVBSolomon Islands tourism on track for record yearA strong increase in international visitor arrivals in August, a bumper Australian performance and a major upturn in the destination’s positioning as a new and exciting cruise destination has helped Solomon Islands tourism stay on track for what is shaping up to be one of its best years in recent times.Official figures released by the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office this week show a total of   1918 international visitor arrivals arrived across the month, the figure eclipsing the 1426 recorded for the same period in 2015 by 34.5 per cent.The August figures bring the destination’s eight-month tally for 2016 to 14, 953, a more than 11 per cent increase over the 13, 464 figure achieved for the same eight-month period in 2015.This has kept the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau bang on track for its projected 9 per cent visitor arrival increase in 2016.Australian arrivals continue to dominate, the 836 Aussie August intake up 46.6 per cent over the 570 total achieved in August 2015 and representing 41 per cent of all international visitation.The 6212 Australian total for January-August 2016 is now 6.38 per cent ahead of the 5839 achieved for the same period in 2015.The United States has maintained its second spot, figures for August climbing 25.2 per cent from 111 in 2015 to 139 this year.Collective US figures for the eight-month period January-August show a 14.3 per cent increase from the 931 recorded in 2015 to 1065 in 2016.Jo TuamotoCEOSolomon Islands Visitors BureauSolomon Islands Visitors Bureau CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said it was particularly pleasing to see New Zealand visitor arrivals start to climb with a total of 139 New Zealanders visiting the destination in August compared to 121 for the same month in 2015 – an increase of 14.8 per cent.The August Kiwi figures take the eight-month tally for New Zealand visitors for the year to 1037, a 9.7 increase over the 936 visiting last year and holding New Zealand firmly in place as the destination’s third most important visitor source.While the visitation figures, all recorded at Honiara International Airport, are extremely encouraging, Mr Tuamoto drew strong reference to the Solomon Islands’ ever-increasing positioning on the international cruise scene which so far this year has seen 10 major vessels entering Solomon Islands’ waters.“We have long recognised how tight our current hotel room inventory is and this does have impact on our ability to host more international visitors,” Mr Tuamoto said.“Having said that, we do know that the hosting of the Pacific Games in 2023 will play a role in seeing our overall tourism infrastructure expanded exponentially in the lead up to the event.“But in the meantime, our ongoing success in building ever-growing cruise visitation is certainly bearing fruit for our tourism aspirations.”Mr Tuamoto pointed towards the return last week of P&O’s Pacific Eden, visiting Honiara and Gizo for the second time this year with more than 1200 passengers on board.Three more vessels – Zegrahm Expeditions’ Caledonian Sky, Costa Cruises Costa Atlantica and Compagnie du Ponant’s L’Austral are all due to visit before the end of the year.“We can readily attribute all these results to efforts our government and tourism industry have gone to as part of a very vigorous process to seize on the opportunity tourism presents to the Solomon Islands,“ Mr Tuamoto said.“It’s taken a great deal of hard work by everyone involved to turn what represents huge potential into a hard reality and that is exactly what we are seeing as we move towards the close of 2016.“There can be no doubt the platform has been laid this year and it has been a solid effort.“But we will need to redouble our efforts if we are to continue in the same vein in 2017.” Visit Solomon Islandsdiscover paradise herelast_img read more

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Hotel Muse Bangkok wins the prestigious hospitality and lifestyle awar

first_imgHotel Muse Bangkok wins the prestigious hospitality and lifestyle awardsHotel Muse Bangkok wins the prestigious hospitality and lifestyle awards Hotel Muse Bangkok is delighted to announce that it has won the prestigious “Signum Virtutis”, the Seal of Excellence, from the “2016 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards” in the Hotels & Resorts sector, among thousands of entrants.The Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards are considered the pinnacle for luxury hospitality and lifestyle hotels and products worldwide. Created to identify the exceptional within the industry, winners are awarded a Signum Virtutis seal of excellence.The 2016 award-winners ceremony was held on 15th October 2016, at the Villa Padierna Palace Hotel in Marbella, Spain.A member of MGallery by Accor, a collection of exceptional hotels noted for remarkable vision, design, and history, Hotel Muse Bangkok is located in the heart of the city’s most fashionable upscale neighbourhoods, close to cosmopolitan dining, colourful entertainment, glitzy malls, and the convenience of the BTS SkyTrain.Hotel Muse Bangkok draws inspiration from the classic 1920s European design aesthetic enriched by exquisite fabrics and furnishings, intriguing artwork, Asian motifs, and seductive lighting throughout. The result is a unique hotel that skilfully recreates the style, ambience and decadence of the ‘golden age of travel’.For reservations or more information, please call 02 630 4000About Hotel Muse BangkokThe award winning Hotel Muse Bangkok is a member of the MGallery by Accor, a collection of exceptional hotels noted for remarkable vision, design, history and location. This exquisitely crafted boutique Bangkok hotel allows discerning guests ti immerse themselves in turn-of-the century grandeur with whimsical contemporary twist. Hotel Muse Bangkok offered 174 luxurious guestrooms and suites where interior blend classic European style with a touch of Asia. Guests can enjoy gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea at Le Salon .Authentic Italian cuisine at Medici Kitchen & Bar, sky-high and fine wines at The Speakeasy Rooftop Bar, and succulent imported steaks at Babette’s – The Steakhouse Bangkok. Source = Hotel Muse Bangkoklast_img read more

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