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New itineraries ports in Europe Alaska Caribbean for Disney Cruise Line

New itineraries ports in Europe Alaska Caribbean for Disney Cruise Line

first_img Travelweek Group Share CELEBRATION, FL — Disney Cruise Line will set sail on new itineraries and to new ports, including first-time visits to destinations in Italy and Ireland, starting in summer 2018.Bookings open to the public on Feb. 23, 2017. More details on 2018 itineraries can be found on the Ports and Itineraries for 2018 page of disneycruise.com.For the first time Disney Cruise Line is bookending a Med cruise with Barcelona and Rome. On June 16, 2018, the Disney Magic will sail a seven-night cruise from Barcelona to Civitavecchia (Rome) with ports of call including Marseilles and Villefranche and Genoa (Milan), Livorno (Florence, Pisa) and Naples.On June 23, 2018, the Disney Magic will sail a seven-night itinerary from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Barcelona. Ports visited on this cruise are Naples, Livorno (Florence, Pisa) and Genoa (Milan and Cannes and Marseilles.Next year marks the first time Disney Cruise Line will call on Genoa. In addition to the two sailings above, a 10-night Mediterranean itinerary sailing from Barcelona on July 7, 2018, will also call on Genoa as well as other popular ports in Italy, France and Spain.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsIn Ireland, Disney Magic will call on Cork for the first time as part of Disney Cruise Line’s first-ever seven-night British Isles cruise, departing Sept. 2, 2018. Additional ports visited on this sailing include Dublin, Greenock (Scotland) and Liverpool.Throughout the summer the Disney Magic’s tour of Europe will continue with engagements in the Baltic, Norwegian fjords, British Isles and the Mediterranean.Meanwhile in 2018 the newly re-imagined Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for the summer season, with departures out of Vancouver. A variety of five-, seven- and nine-night itineraries include Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point and Tracy Arm Fjord.And the Disney Fantasy will embark on a special 11-night southern Caribbean itinerary departing June 30, 2018, visiting Aruba, Barbados, Martinique, St. Kitts, Puerto Rico and Castaway Cay.Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, is so popular that in 2018 Disney Dream will sail a series of cruises that include two stops at Castaway Cay.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaOn June 6, 20, and July 4, Disney Dream will sail from Port Canaveral on four-night cruises to Nassau with two stops at Castaway Cay. On June 1, 10, 15, 24, 29, and July 8, five-night Bahamas cruises onboard Disney Dream will also include two stops at Castaway Cay. New itineraries, ports in Europe, Alaska & Caribbean for Disney Cruise Line center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bylast_img read more

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Intrepid launches spring savings of up to 20 off on all trips

Intrepid launches spring savings of up to 20 off on all trips

first_img TORONTO — Intrepid Travel has a new spring in its step, thanks to a limited-time promotion that will treat travellers to savings of up to 20% off all trips.The promotion applies to trips departing from April 1 through Sept. 30, 2018 and runs from March 13-22, 2018. Offer excludes any external sell-ins, short breaks, expeditions and Polar.According to the company, the majority of its customers book their travel in Q1, making this an ideal time to choose from among its 1,500+ itineraries in more than 120 countries.Recommended itineraries include ‘Slovenia & Croatia Real Food Adventure’, ‘Cycle Tuscany’ and ‘Mainland Greece’, all of which Intrepid expects significant demand from clients.Demand for ‘Real Cycling Adventures’ has nearly tripled this past year. As a result, the collection has been expanded to 27 itineraries across 28 countries, including The Baltics, Indonesia and Jordan.As for food-focused travel, which has seen a 41% increase in bookings, Intrepid has three new ‘Real Food Adventure’ itineraries set in Jordan, Iran, and Israel & the Palestinian Territories.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?And for families, Intrepid Travel has unveiled six new tours specifically designed for solo parents and their children, in destinations that include Costa Rica, Morocco and Vietnam.Sister company Peregrine Adventures is also offering savings of their own – up to 35% off trips to Antarctica. Savings are available through April 30, 2018 for select departures from Nov. 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Intrepid Travel, Promotions Intrepid launches spring savings of up to 20% off on all trips Tuesday, March 13, 2018 last_img read more

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Guatemalan foreign minister Murdered indigenous protesters not something to make a big

first_imgGUATEMALA CITY – United Nations diplomats and ambassadors from the United States, European Union and Israel on Tuesday criticized Guatemala’s use of soldiers in public security operations, following violent military repression of a protest last Thursday that left eight indigenous Guatemalans dead in the western region of the country.Guatemalan Foreign Minister Harold Caballeros, who confirmed eight deaths instead of seven as originally reported, met with members of the international diplomatic corps to deliver an official report of the attack, which happened as members of the Guatemalan military broke up a protest in Totonicapán, 170 kilometers west of the capital.“With sadness, I recognize that in some parts of the world eight deaths is a very big deal, but, although it sounds bad to say this, … every day we have double that number of deaths [from violence]. So, it’s not something that we should make a big deal about,” Caballeros told members of the news media.According to the government’s Human Rights Office, soldiers opened fire on a group of thousands of indigenous protesters from the department of Totonicapán, who blocked a section of the Inter-American Highway to draw attention to increasing electricity rates and policies of the administration of President Otto Pérez Molina.“It’s sad that a legitimate protest has ended with deaths. The risks entailed with maintaining military forces in areas of public security policy are incredibly high,” the U.N.’s representative in Guatemala for the High Commission on Human Rights, Alberto Brunori, said.“The government has told us that the use of the military is provisional, but I don’t think that’s appropriate,” the European Union’s ambassador to Guatemala, Stella Zervoudaki, said.“The desire of the army is not to be involved in this [breaking up protests], and that’s not what we would hope to see happening,” U.S. Ambassador Arnold Chacón said.Israel’s ambassador, Eliahu López, said it was necessary to train security forces and analyze the role of the military in times of peace.“This is not a war, it’s not an armed conflict, it’s a protest, and it’s necessary to have the appropriate training to manage the situation,” López said.Since the killings, Pérez Molina has promised to review security protocol to avoid future violent confrontations between the military and protesters. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Venezuelas Chávez admits cancer relapse designates heir apparent

first_imgNo related posts. By Lissy de AbreuCARACAS, Venezuela – Leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez admitted a relapse of his cancer late Saturday and designated Vice President Nicolas Maduro as his heir apparent in case “something happened” to him.Speaking on national television, an emotional Chávez said a return of cancer cells was detected during his most recent visit to Cuba for medical examination, and he will return to the communist-ruled island as early as Sunday for another round of surgery.“During this thorough examination, they again detected some malignant cells in the same area as before,” Chávez said.He did not offer details, but his cancer was first detected in the pelvic area. Neither the Venezuelan leader, nor his Cuban doctors have ever disclosed what kind of cancer that was.He admitted he was suffering “somewhat strong” pain and was taking tranquilizers as part of preparation for his upcoming surgery.Chávez acknowledged that his Cuban medical team had conveyed to him a sense of urgency about the operation, which he said was now “absolutely necessary.”“The doctor recommended that I undergo surgery yesterday [Friday] at the latest, or this weekend,” he noted. “But I did not agree and came back home.”Chavez returned from Havana on Friday after a 10-day stay in Cuba. He had not been seen in public for three weeks.The Venezuelan leader also said that in the event “something happened” and he were incapacitated, Vice President Nicolas Maduro would step in and assume control of the government for the rest of the 2013-2019 term, as required by the constitution.But in what appeared like a presentation of his final will, the president also indicated he would like Maduro to take over the reins of power in a post-Chávez period, urging Venezuelans to vote for him in the next presidential elections.“You choose Maduro as president of the republic,” said Chávez told the nation. “I am asking you this from all my heart.”Maduro, who has been serving as Venezuala’s foreign minister for the past six years, was appointed vice president in the wake of the October presidential elections. He has held both portfolios since.Firebrand leader Chávez made his latest announcement despite frequent assurances on the campaign trail before his re-election in October that he had been cured of cancer.Recurring bouts of the disease have dogged Chávez’s presidency for the past couple of years, requiring him to spend weeks at a time being treated in Cuba.He had a cancerous tumor removed from near his pelvic area last year.The Venezuelan leader, 58, has repeatedly claimed to have beaten the cancer that was diagnosed in 2011 and shrugged off his illness to see off a unified opposition and secure another six-year term on Oct. 7.In Cuba last week, the official newspaper Granma explained that Chávez’s treatment consisted of oxygenation.The American Cancer Society says there is no evidence that this oxygen treatment – in which a patient gets inside a pressurized chamber and breathes pure oxygen for an hour – works against cancer.But the society says it can serve as treatment for ailments stemming from radiation treatment.Chávez, who has been in power since 1999 and gained global prominence as an anti-U.S. firebrand, appeared weak and subdued during the presidential campaign, but still managed to win another term that extends to 2019.Prior to Saturday’s surprise announcement, he had last been seen in public on Nov. 15, and two weeks later he went to Cuba for treatment.Over the past year and a half, Chávez has missed practically every regional meeting he was to have attended, such as the Summit of the Americas in Colombia, the Mercosur summit in Brazil and last month’s Ibero-American summit in Cadiz, Spain. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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New iPhones likely to hit Costa Rica stores by November

first_imgNo related posts. Apple on Tuesday officially unveiled two new iPhone models – the long-expectediPhone 5C, a lower-costing model, and the iPhone 5S.In Costa Rica, carriers Claro, Movistar and the state-owned Costa Rica Electricity Institute (ICE) announced that new models of the popular smartphone would take up to 60 days to be made available outside the United States, meaning the new iPhones likely would be available in Costa Rica by November.In the U.S. the iPhone 5C will go on sale on Sept. 20, with pre-orders starting on Sept. 13. It will cost $99 for a 16GB model or $199 for a 32 GB model, with contracts.As expected, the phone has a polycarbonate back and it comes in five colors: yellow, green, blue, red and white. Cases in the same colors will cost $29.Jonathan Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of design, described the iPhone 5C as “beautifully, unapologetically plastic.”It includes an A6 processor, an 8MP camera with a 3X video zoom camera app, an improved front-facing HD camera, dual-band WiFi, as well as “more LTE bands for world coverage,” Apple stated on its website.The high-end model iPhone 5S comes in silver, gold and slate gray.The 5S’ processor performs 40 times faster than the original iPhone thanks to a brand new chip called the M7, which is said to continuously measure motion data. This feature will allow the chip to support the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass.The iPhone’s battery life was improved on the 5S, and it will offer 10 hours of LTE and WiFi browsing, 40 hours of music and 250 hours of standby time.The iPhone’s camera also got a major upgrade as Apple increased the pixels to capture more light. Its camera can automatically detect white balance as soon as the app is launched, and it includes burst mode and true-tone flash.One of the most anticipated features also was confirmed Tuesday: the new iPhone will include Touch ID, a fingerprint sensor built into the home button. The sensor scans sub-epidermal skin layers and will have 360-degree readability. The fingerprint sensor can be used to unlock the iPhone or make purchases.“Your fingerprint is one of the best passes in the world. It’s always with you, and no two are exactly alike,” Ive said in a promotional video.Prices for the 5S in the U.S. (with a contract) are $199 for the 16 GB model, $299 for 32GB and $399 for the 64GB. The 5S also will go on sale in the U.S. on Sept. 20. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Mexico check girls DNA after US custody mixup

first_imgMORELIA, Mexico – Mexican authorities are conducting DNA tests on a girl who may be the daughter of a Texas woman afterthe wrong child was forcibly sent to the United States last month.In April, police seized 14-year-old Alondra Luna Núñez inside her school and sent her to Houston after a woman had mistakenly identified her as a daughter she had not seen in eight years.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oF9Xse4qiDwDNA tests conducted later in Texas showed she was the wrong girl and she was sent back to her real parents in Mexico’s central state of Guanajuato.In a bid to avoid another embarrassing mixup, authorities in Mexico are now awaiting DNA tests on a second girl identified as Alondra.The girl’s father took her to her paternal grandmother in the western state of Michoacán on Saturday, an official in the regional supreme court told AFP.The father, Reynaldo Díaz, delivered the girl after reaching an agreement with the mother, Dorotea García, to “withdraw any charges against him,” the official said.The case dates back to 2007, when Mexican authorities received García’s request for help to return her daughter, whose father brought her to the country from the United States.“I’m happy because I will be able to see my mother,” Alondra told Univision television.Mexican prosecutors have opened an investigation into the actions of authorities, including a judge in Michoacán who had ordered officials to send the wrong Alondra to Texas.García mistook the Guanajuato girl for her daughter because they share a similar scar between the eyebrows. Facebook Comments Related posts:Mexico horrified by suspected massacre, incineration of 43 students Mexicans’ search for bodies reveals a history of hidden deaths US urges progress on case of missing students in Mexico Mexico’s Peña Nieto wants expert debate on marijuana legalizationlast_img read more

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President Solís tells world leaders Costa Rica is a model of sustainable

President Solís tells world leaders Costa Rica is a model of sustainable

first_imgRelated posts:The Guardian names Costa Rican journalist among ‘young climate campaigners to watch’ ahead of Paris 2015 World failing to meet emissions level required to stave off disastrous global warming, analysts say Costa Rica now will accept Syrian refugees after president reverses course Costa Rica backs away from 2021 carbon neutrality goal Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solís told world leaders gathered in New York this past weekend that his country’s sustainable development model is worthy of emulation.Solís touted Costa Rica’s green path in a speech Sunday at the United Nations’ Post-2015 Development Agenda Summit. He urged other nations to realign their spending away from militarization and towards peace efforts and the 2030 Agenda Development Goals adopted by the U.N.Solís said that Costa Rica is a country with sustainable development “in its DNA”:“Today we say that it is possible and we urge the creation of other societies that are peaceful, just, and inclusive, free of fear and violence. The 2030 Agenda is clear: sustainable development is not possible without peace, nor can peace exist without sustainable development,” Solís said, according to a transcript made available by Casa Presidencial.The president took encouragement from Pope Francis’ speech to the U.N. Friday, saying that the pontiff described Costa Rica when he spoke about caring for the planet, sustainable development and peace.“This is a pope thinking about the Costa Rican model,” Solís said in a statement after the speech Friday.The president highlighted Costa Rica’s decision to abolish its armed forces in 1948 and its focus on clean energy — including the 213 days so far this year that Costa Rica has been able to generate electricity using only renewable sources — and repeated the country’s pledge to become carbon neutral by 2021.The Costa Rican leader called on the seven permanent member states of the U.N. Security Council to lead by example and reduce military spending in favor of projects that would help end extreme poverty.“There is no better formula for security in their own countries than to guarantee sustainable development for the whole world,” Solís said.During the weekend, Solís also participated in the Beijing + 20 meeting on women’s rights and empowerment. The president called for an end to sex discrimination in all levels of society and pledged that Costa Rica would establish a quality seal to certify gender equality in businesses and institutions, among other goals.Solís also met briefly with the Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis, the Islamic State group, and possible future investment opportunities in Costa Rica from the Middle East.Solís addresses the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday morning for the second time in his presidency. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Yearend campaign invites public to share why they love Costa Rica

Yearend campaign invites public to share why they love Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Guanacaste nonprofit celebrates 10 years of support for youth In this holiday season, finding ways to make a difference Costa Rica takes New York: Gala evening supports new expat mentoring program More U.S. tourists are taking vacations in Central America As a U.S. citizen living in Costa Rica, I’ve always felt a little sad about the fact that Black Friday is alive and well here without the counterweight of gratitude that Thanksgiving and, more recently, Giving Tuesday can represent. Of course, you don’t need a holiday to be thankful and give back, but it can be nice to have an outward reminder of what’s important. That’s why I’ve loved working on the #GraciasCostaRica campaign launched on Giving Tuesday (this past Dec. 1) by the Costa Rica U.S.A. Foundation for Cooperation, or CRUSA, where I am the development officer.The idea behind the campaign is pretty simple: Everyone who loves Costa Rica has a story, and we want to hear yours. Costa Ricans, international residents, one-time visitors, and even fans of the country who are still dreaming of coming here one day are invited to visit the campaign website, tell the world what they love most about the country – in English or Spanish – and upload a photo or video, if desired.No donation is required. We’ve been thrilled to see that many participants are inspired to check out the projects on the page and make a gift after they leave their message, but simply by joining in and sharing your message with your friends and family, you’ll help draw attention to the nonprofit initiatives in education, conservation and rural development that are featured on CRUSA’s unique binational donation platform, operated through Amigos of Costa Rica, a 501(c)(3) organization that serves as our branch in Washington, D.C.This week, you can even trigger a donation from someone else just by uploading a message. Donors to various projects will match messages with a gift. On Wednesday, Dec. 16, Cosí restaurants will match every message that mentions ASOBITICO with a donation to the International Baccalaureate in Public Schools program; on Thursday, Dec. 16, every message that mentions JumpStart will prompt a donation to JumpStart Costa Rica’s intensive English camps for low-income kids; and on Friday, Dec. 17, messages with the word “math” or “matemática” will be matched with a donation to the National Mathematics Reform that’s transforming public-school math programs. (Follow the campaign in Spanish or in English for further details on this week’s matching opportunities.)So far we’ve heard from celebrities such as news anchor Ginnés Rodríguez, television personality Mauricio Hoffman, and Mauricio “El Chunche” Montero of World Cup 1990 fame; expats who’ve shared their love for their adopted country; people who no longer live here, but who carry Costa Rica in their hearts or even started their families here; and, of course, Costa Ricans from far and wide, who have chosen to highlight their beloved hometowns or regions, snap a picture of themselves in the snow as they study abroad, or describe the causes close to their hearts. To see all of the messages left so far by people around the country and the world, visit us here.I invite readers of The Tico Times to join the campaign, active through Dec. 23, to help us end the year with a celebration of a country we love and a boost for projects that are working to give something back. Katherine Stanley Obando is The Tico Times’ arts and entertainment editor. She also is a freelance writer, translator, former teacher, development officer of the Costa Rica U.S.A. Foundation for Cooperation, and academic director of JumpStart Costa Rica. She lives in San José. Follow her on Twitter or visit her blog “The Dictionary of You,” where she writes about Costa Rican language and culture, and raising a child abroad.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Arts and culture in brief the week ahead in Costa Rica

Arts and culture in brief the week ahead in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica TheInternational Book Fair kicks off tomorrow at the Antigua Aduana in east-central San José. Visit just to stroll through the aisles and browse titles from publishing houses both large and small, or check out a workshop or lecture. The jam-packed agenda includes a poetry recital from participants in creative writing workshops at the Buen Pastor and La Reforma jails; panels featuring renowned U.S. poet Mary Jo Bang and other international guests; storytelling for kids, and much more (Friday, September 2 – Sunday, September 11).Hungry after all that readin’? Stick around downtown San José on Saturday for Chepecletas’ Nocturbano Gastronómico, a walking tour of downtown San José that will treat participants to Costa Rican classics such as tortillas de queso, helado de sorbetera and, of course, coffee. Chepecletas also offers a Santa Ana bike tour this Sunday (Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4).Teatro Espressivo brings “Isla de los Hombres Solos“ (“The Lonely Men’s Island”), the famed work from José León Sánchez based on his years in prison on Isla San Lucas, to the stage at Momentum Pinares in Curridabat, east of the capital (Friday, September 2 – Sunday, November 6).Down south, the Whale and Dolphin Festival in the Pacific coastal community of Bahía Ballena celebrates the arrival of humpback whales to give birth in Costa Rican waters, with tours and other events (Friday, September 2  – Sunday, September 4 and Friday, September 9 – Saturday, September 11). Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Will US call center bill affect jobs in Costa Rica

Will US call center bill affect jobs in Costa Rica

first_imgA bill that would punish U.S. companies for outsourcing their customer service call centers abroad should not concern local workers, the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) said in a news release.Chamber leaders said that the approval of the proposed bill would not have an impact on the local workforce in the short term, and asked the population “not to be alarmed.”Democratic and Republican Senators submitted the “US Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act” on March 2. The bill’s main goal is to bring jobs back to the United States; groups such as the Communications Workers of America already voiced their public support for the initiative.AMCHAM says the bill would only regulate call centers focused on customer service.“These should not be mistaken for the value-added services centers that now predominate in Costa Rica, and which would not be regulated by this bill,” the chamber’s statement said.Chamber President Dennis Whitelaw asked that people to remain calm and continue doing their work in the most professional way possible.“We don’t think this bill would affect contact centers located in Costa Rica in the short term,” he said.The chamber’s statement also noted that relocating call center operations back to the United States would involve high costs in infrastructure and in hiring new staff.CautionJorge Sequeira, the General Director of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE), told The Tico Times in a written response that because the defense of local jobs is a major political issue in the United States right now, the approach of a new Senate election might lead politicans to use this issue in order to win votes.Sequeira said that CINDE will keep monitoring all similar proposals, but that “people should be aware that all these proposals must go through a series of steps before its final approval.”Companies from Costa Rica’s services sector currently employ some 60,000 people, according to CINDE, but call centers represent only fraction of that. The agency does not have a precise figure of how many people work at contact centers, but 23 foreign companies offering such services are registered with CINDE.Bill H.R. 4604In its curent wording Bill H.R. 4604 requires the Secretary of Labor to maintain a publicly available list of all employers that relocate a call center overseas, and to make such companies ineligible for federal grants or taxpayer-guaranteed loans.If approved, it would require call center agents to disclose their location at the beginning of the call, and would grant U.S. customers the right to request that their calls be transferred to a U.S.-based call center.The bill has been submitted for approval several times since 2011. This time, it is back for discussion by Congress with the support of Democratic Senators Bob Casey, Sherrod Brown and Claire McCaskill. In the House of Representatives, Republican David McKinley and Democrat Gene Green sponsored the bill. Facebook Comments Related posts:Gallito candy, chocolates won’t be ‘Made in Costa Rica’ anymore Costa Rica drops two spots in global competitiveness ranking Will Donald Trump’s victory affect Costa Rica’s economy? US company Suttle to relocate its Costa Rica operations to Minnesotalast_img read more

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The Spanish neuter form lo que makes us loco

The Spanish neuter form lo que makes us loco

first_imgThis one’s going to be a bit tough to explain, but here goes.Spanish has four forms of the definite article, our “the” (el, la, los, las) and four forms of each of the three demonstrative adjectives, “this” and “these” (este, esta, estos, estas), “that” and “those” (ese, esa, esos, esas) and, finally, “that over there” and “those over there” (aquel, aquella, aquellos, aquellas).Right? Well, not exactly. The bad news is that both the Spanish definite article and the Spanish for “this,” “that” and “that over there” have not four, but five forms. There is a neuter form (“el neutro”) for each.This, unfortunately, requires that we distinguish between concrete and abstract or, more specifically, things that can have a definite article and things that cannot. These may be concepts, actions or adjectives acting as nouns.Don’t panic. It’s not as bad as it sounds. Here’s how it works:First of all, you can rely on the fact that every noun in Spanish is either masculine or feminine and, of course, single or plural, and that the articles follow suit: el muchacho, la muchacha, los muchachos, las muchachas. These words are definite articles because they refer to definite nouns: things, people, creatures or ideas, such as el libro (book), la mujer (woman), el perro (dog), la caridad (charity). The neuter article is lo, and it cannot be used before a definite noun because there are no neuter nouns.So when would you use lo? It turns out Spanish can do something English cannot; it can turn adjectives into nouns – indefinite ones – but to do so, it needs lo. Thus, lo is used before singular adjectives acting as nouns (sometimes including possessive pronouns) when they do not refer to a noun that requires an el or a la. For example, “Lo importante es hacer un esfuerzo” (“The important thing is to make an effort,” or “What is important is to make an effort”). Compare this to the sentence “La importante eres tú” (“The important person is you”).Your temptation, of course, will be to say “La cosa importante es …” and it’s not wrong, just not as elegant.Note, then, that if you’re translating into English, there is no literal way to translate lo; you need to supply a noun or noun clause (“the important thing,” “what is important”), depending on the context.Here are some sample sentences with possible translations:–Lo feo de su cara es el nariz. (The ugly part of his face is his nose.)–Lo nuevo es que me casé. (What’s new is that I got married.)–Me gusta lo inglés. (I like English things, or I like what is English. Note here that “Me gusta el inglés” means “I like the English language.”)–Boté lo inútil. (I threw away the useless stuff.)–Puedes quedar con lo tuyo. (You can keep what’s yours.)–Me alegro de lo feliz que estás. (I am glad about how happy you are.)What’s more, when you say, for example, “No lo creo” (I don’t believe it) or “Lo sé” (I know it), you are using a neuter. It may not look like a neuter because lo is also used as a masculine pronoun, but here it doesn’t refer to a definite noun, but rather a statement that has been made earlier or that is understood.Finally, the construction lo que is a neutral relative pronoun. In general, a relative pronoun introduces a clause that provides more information about a noun, as in “the woman who knows.” In Spanish, “que” is most always used: La mujer que sabe. But when the relative pronoun provides more information about an indefinite noun or noun construction, lo que is used instead. Here are some examples:–No sé lo que hagas. (I don’t know what you are doing.)–Papi entendió mal lo que dije. (Daddy misunderstood what I said.)–Lo que quiero es saber más. (What I want is to know more.)–Fabiana no ha llegado, lo que me extraña. (Fabiana hasn’t arrived, which surprises me.)In a sentence such as the last one, you can also use a neutral demonstrative pronoun: Fabiana no ha llegado, y esto me extraña (Fabiana hasn’t arrived, and this surprises me).The Spanish accented demonstrative pronouns éste and ésta (“this”), ése and ésa (“that”), and aquél and aquélla (“that over there”) are used to point at something or someone. The unaccented neuter equivalents esto, eso and aquello end in -o but, as is the case with lo, are used when they do not refer to a single noun that requires an el or a la. Here are some examples of their use:–Algunos dicen que la luna es vacía. No creo eso. (Some say the moon is hollow. I don’t believe that.)–El payaso se cayó en el queque. ¿Te gustó eso? (The clown fell on the cake. Did you like that?)–Mi padre está enojadísimo. No me gusta esto para nada. (My father is really mad. I don’t like this situation at all.)Indefinite demonstrative pronouns can also refer to an unknown object:–Éste es un DVD, pero ¿qué es aquello? (This is a DVD, but what is that over there?)–Ésto es algo que no conozco. (This is something unknown to me.)Whew! So much for the Spanish neutro. I know it’s hard to get at first, but take heart. As the poet Theodore Roethke once wrote, “I learn by going where I have to go.”Originally published on Jan. 11, 2012. Facebook Comments Related posts:El dilema of gender confusion in Spanish Say you, say me: using tú, vos and usted Clubs and organizations in Costa Rica Why aren’t eggs refrigerated at Costa Rican grocery stores?last_img read more

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Comedy for a good cause

Comedy for a good cause

first_img Facebook Comments Costa Rican organization seeks fresh approach to teenage pregnancy prevention Related posts:Raffle raises funds for Costa Rican cancer screening, treatment A conversation with Steve Aronson: ‘The character of Costa Ricans will save us’ Ballet performance raises funds for low-income patients and families This week in the Peace Corps: Cacao in Talamancacenter_img Come one, come all: A night of “sit down comedy” featuring renowned journalist Glenda Umaña and blogger Esther Lev, held at the Eugene O’Neill Theater at the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center in Barrio Dent, San Pedro, just east of San José.Umaña and Lev will share a mix of humorous and heartfelt reflections on women’s lives and challenges; each ticket includes a cocktail and participation in a raffle. Ticket sales will benefit Soy Niña, a nonprofit organization working to empower girls in low-income communities. Read our story about Soy Niña here.Tickets are 12,000 colones (approximately $24); the event starts at 7:30 pm. Visit the event website here. To learn more about the organization or make a donation to Soy Niña that is tax-deductible in the United States, visit Soy Niña’s Amigos of Costa Rica page here. Brought to you by the Costa Rica USA Foundation (CRUSA). Courtesy of CRUSAlast_img read more

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Tico Times TBT Costa Rican aviation

Tico Times TBT Costa Rican aviation

first_imgThe jet age has helped transform Costa Rica into a vacation destination for people worldwide. In today’s #TBT, we look at how aviation has changed in Costa Rica. Two worlds: Costa Rica’s sleepy, rural past and its dynamic, jet-age future cross paths. Tico Times Archives Facebook Comments Related posts:Tico Times #TBT: 2006 Arenal Volcano lava flows Tico Times #TBT: Small lake forms after earthquake Tico Times #TBT: Irazú Volcano’s two-year eruption Tico Times #TBT: The earthquake that rattled Costa Rica’s Caribbean coastlast_img read more

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Colombia blames deadly Bogota car bombing on ELN rebels

Colombia blames deadly Bogota car bombing on ELN rebels

first_imgRelated posts:Eight dead in car bomb attack at Colombian police school U.S. woman to be deported after living in airport in Colombia Colombian police bust child sex network run by Israelis UN rapporteur slams killings of Colombian rights defenders The Colombian government on Friday blamed leftist ELN rebels for the bombing of a police training academy in Bogota that killed 20 people as well as the attacker and dealt a body blow to the peace process.Defense Minister Guillermo Botero, speaking from the presidential palace, described Thursday’s car bombing as a long-planned “terrorist attack committed by the ELN.”The attack is a major setback to two years of peace talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN) —first hosted by Ecuador and currently by Cuba— that failed to go beyond the exploratory stage before stalling when hard-right President Ivan Duque took power in August 2018.“The national government knows and understands that the ELN has no will for peace,” Colombia’s peace commissioner Miguel Ceballos told reporters.Botero told the same press conference he had “full evidence” that the bomber —earlier identified as Jose Aldemar Rojas Rodriguez, 56— has been a member of the ELN for more than 25 years.Police said Rojas drove his explosives-packed Nissan pick-up into the cadet school compound, slewing around a vehicle checkpoint, and crashing it into a dormitory building before it detonated. Floral tributes left to the victims of a car bomb attack that killed 21 people and injured more than 80, lay outside General Santander Police Academy in Bogota, on January 18, 2019. Daniel Munoz / AFPSome 80 kilos (around 175 pounds) of explosives was used to set off a massive blast that also wounded 68 people. Ten were still being treated in hospital on Friday.Botero said that at this stage of the investigation police had no evidence to suggest the attacker wanted to commit suicide, and may have intended to set off the bomb with “an electronic device.”According to Botero, Rojas was known by his nickname “One-hand Kiko” for losing his left hand in a blast and was an intelligence chief in an ELN unit operating in the department of Arauca, on the border with Venezuela.“This was an operation that has been planned for the past 10 months,” Botero said, stating that the guerrilla group —Colombia’s last active rebel force— were the “intellectual authors” of the attack.The ELN has not responded to the allegations.Attorney General Nestor Humberto said another suspect also connected to the ELN, named as Ricardo Carvajal, was arrested overnight in Bogota.Soon after the attack authorities said they had identified the bomber, but added that he had no known links to armed guerrilla groups.The General Francisco de Paula Santander Officer’s School in the south of Bogota is the country’s largest police academy and was hosting a graduation ceremony for cadets at the time of the attack.Hardliner DuqueRocked by decades of armed conflict involving guerrillas, paramilitaries, state forces and drug traffickers, Colombia has experienced several years of relative calm since the 2016 peace accord signed by then-president Juan Manuel Santos and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas.With the landmark agreement turning the former rebels into a political party, the smaller ELN is considered the last active rebel group in the country.True to his election promises, Duque has taken a hard line against the ELN, including his demand they release all hostages as a prerequisite to kick-starting the peace process. The group is believed to be currently holding 17 hostages, some of them for several years.“It’s highly likely that President Duque will decide in the coming days to break off peace negotiations with the ELN, negotiations which were already deadlocked,” according to analyst Frederic Masse.The ELN, which numbers around 1,800 fighters, has rejected those demands as “unacceptable.” A flag of the ELN guerrilla – National Liberation Army- is seen on September 18, 2018 in the Catatumbo jungle, Colombia. (Luis Robayo / AFP)Since the FARC demobilized, the ELN has occupied territory it left vacant and strengthened militarily in many parts of the country.“The [peace] process was practically concluded,” said Ariel Avila, an expert from Colombia’s Foundation for Peace and Reconciliation, adding that the bombing amounted to “a declaration of war.”“The attack could be the work of the most radical elements of the ELN, acting with the aim of provoking a rupture in peace negotiations,” said Masse.Masse said the bombing could change the political landscape of Colombia over the coming years, with “an increasingly radicalized and divided ELN guerrilla, a strengthened security policy and the government taking on the ELN in a frontal struggle, plunging the country into a situation of neither war nor peace.”Thursday’s bombing was widely condemned. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he stood in solidarity with the people of Colombia and that “the perpetrators must be brought to justice.”Pope Francis, about to embark on a visit to neighboring Panama, condemned the “cruel terrorist attack” in a telegram of condolence to Bogota archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica.We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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The Tico Times Weekly Digest March 25 2019

first_imgAn indigenous land rights leader was murdered in his home, four cases of measles detected in Costa Rica and La Sele falls to Guatemala.Read the stories mentioned above:‘A tragic day for the Bribrí people’ as leader Sergio Rojas is killed – https://bit.ly/2HKW44LIn context: Costa Rica’s struggles with indigenous land rights –https://bit.ly/2TYzfRgCosta Rica issues invitation to Commission on Human Rights following murder of Bribrí leader –https://bit.ly/2TUuOarBribrí women commemorate Sergio Rojas and vow to keep his fight alive –https://bit.ly/2OsCN8ICosta Rica confirms measles cases in children of United States citizens –https://bit.ly/2YaQMo1Vaccinating children against measles is ‘an obligation’ for adults in Costa Rica –https://bit.ly/2FpAgrACosta Rica falls to Guatemala, 1-0, in soccer friendly –https://bit.ly/2CBTqtzOff the eaten path: Aroi Thai –https://bit.ly/2Ypulv8————————————————————————Follow The Tico Times:————————————————————————Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/TheTicoTimesInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theticotimesFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/TicoTimes————————————————————————Support The Tico Times:————————————————————————https://www.patreon.com/theticotimeshttps://pages.donately.com/theticotimes/campaign/the-tico-times-5-clubhttps://www.paypal.me/theticotimesCR————————————————————————Subscribe to The Tico Times Friday Newsletter:————————————————————————http://ticotimes.net/subscribe-to-our-friday-newsletter Facebook Comments Related posts:The Tico Times Weekly Digest: March 18, 2019 The Tico Times Weekly Digest: April 8, 2019 The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Oct. 1, 2018 The Tico Times Weekly Digest: April 1, 2019last_img read more

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Argentina deploys security forces against truckers

first_img 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Sponsored Stories Top Stories Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likecenter_img As the protest started generating fuel shortages Wednesday, Fernandez returned home early from a U.N. conference on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro and ordered security forces, including military police, to clear access to and from the refineries.Transportation minister Florencio Randazzo said a legal complaint will be filed against the head of the truckers union, Hugo Moyano, for the action. Moyano has clashed with Fernandez.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Argentine President Cristina Fernandez has ordered security forces to clear access to fuel refineries blocked by truckers demanding pay increases.In response, the powerful truckers union declared a national strike that could cause shortages in fuel and food.The truckers began blocking access roads to Argentina’s main refineries late Tuesday after talks with the government over a 30 percent pay hike broke down. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

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Expert Cape Town baboons out of control

first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Strum, who is also a professor at the University of California San Diego, said the baboons are raiding homes and restaurants, using their typical “ingenuity and adaptability.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center JOHANNESBURG (AP) – A renowned American primates expert says baboons are “out of control” on Africa’s southernmost tip because animal rights supporters have thwarted efforts to keep them in check.Kenya-based U.S. anthropologist Shirley Strum said Tuesday troops of baboons are roaming freely in parts of urban Cape Town and surrounding districts. Some even sleep on the roofs of buildings.In an open letter to the Cape Times newspaper, Strum said after visiting the Cape peninsula that she believed it may already be too late for fencing or other control measures to succeed, although that remains “the only option now, short of eliminating most or all of the baboons.” Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

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Oil spill fouls Curacao shore threatens flamingos

first_img(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) “This is probably the biggest (environmental) disaster in Curacao,” said Peter van Leeuwen of the Stichting SMOC group. “The whole area of Jan Kok is black. The birds are black. The crabs are black. The plants are black. Everything is draped in oil.”Curacao-based journalist Dick Drayer, who covers the Netherlands Antilles for Dutch television, estimated that the spill covers an area “of around 30 soccer fields.” He added that three distinct oil slicks are floating offshore and are “threatening the southern coast of Curacao.”Photographs of Curacao’s southern Jan Kok area show a darkened coast and gobs of oil dripping off of coastline rocks and mixing in the surf. Oil-smudged flamingos, crustaceans, and lizards can be seen struggling on the wind-swept reserve of salt flats.Van Leeuwen said the spill started threatening wildlife sometime last week but cleanup efforts by the company only recently got under way at the nature reserve, no more than 1,000 meters away from big tanks where Petroleos de Venezuela SA stores thousands of gallons of crude oil.“A lot of time has gone by without any action. It’s been about one week before somebody at the company has done anything at all,” he said, adding that workmen are now excavating holes on Jan Kok’s beach to capture the spilled oil and mix it with sand and soil in order to cart it away. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Curacao dive shop operator Ingrid Van Den Bosch said she has seen no evidence that the island’s world-class diving sites have been impacted by the spill. ___David McFadden on Twitter: http://twitter.com/dmcfadd Associated PressKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – An extensive fuel spill has fouled a stretch of shoreline and oiled pink flamingos and other wildlife in a nature preserve in Curacao, conservationists and residents of the tiny Dutch Caribbean island said Monday.The leader of a local environmental group asserted Monday that the spill of crude oil at Curacao’s Jan Kok preserve was from at least one storage tank owned by the Isla oil refinery, the largest business and employer on the southern Caribbean island best known for its diving opportunities and colorful capital of Willemstad. The island’s refinery is run by the state-owned oil company of Venezuela, only about 40 miles away. Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Numerous calls to Kenneth Gijsbertha, the Curacao spokesman for the Isla oil refinery, went unanswered Monday.The Isla refinery is a sprawling expanse of metal pipes, chemical converters and concrete by Willemstad’s bay. For years, activists have complained about the thick haze of smoke that sometimes blankets the area around the refinery, which can produce roughly 220,000 barrels a day.Venezuela’s state-owned oil company is grappling with arguably more pressing problems. On Saturday, a huge explosion rocked the energy-rich country’s biggest oil refinery, unleashing a ferocious fire that killed at least 41 people and injured more than 150 others.Jacintha Constancia, Curacao’s minister of public health, environment and nature, also did not answer calls on Monday to explain what the government was doing about the spill or to prevent future accidents.Nena Sanchez, a painter and former “Miss Curacao” who runs a plantation house and art studio on a hillside just above the Jan Kok salt flats, described the oil spill as “definitely extensive.”“We’re very, very upset about the whole deal. We don’t know if the damage is so bad that the flamingos will go somewhere else because there is nothing left to eat here,” Sanchez said from her cactus-studded retreat above Jan Kok. Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

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ACCC decision threatens Air NZ future CEO

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Air New Zealand has lashed out at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s decision to block a trans-Tasman alliance with Virgin Blue. “We believe the body charged with promoting competition is at serious risk of killing it off,” Air New Zealand CEO Rob Fyfe told the National Aviation Press Club in Sydney yesterday. “The ACCC’S preliminary finding represents a threat to our strategy, in effect, a threat to our future.” The proposed alliance between Virgin Blue and Air New Zealand would see the two carriers collaborate on pricing, revenue management, schedules, capacity and routes.In a draft ruling on September 10, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said the alliance was “likely to reduce competition in the market for trans-Tasman air passenger services”.The consumer watchdog admitted that the alliance could have some benefits but said it had “”doubts about the magnitude of these benefits”.According to Mr Fyfe, if the ACCC block the proposed alliance it will monopolize the market and “enable Qantas to go unchecked.” He said that if the alliance didn’t go ahead Air New Zealand could face the risk of being marginalized in the long term by major global operations.“This would mean the disappearance of smaller routes which could have a serious impact on regional tourism.” Mr Fyfe said he welcomed the ACCC’s invitation to present further information to support the proposed alliance today. He said gaining approval from New Zealand’s Ministry of Transport would also prove a major hurdle. Air New Zealand is open to working with Virgin in another capacity in the future if their proposed alliance is rejected, however, this too would require competition approval.  last_img read more

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