US might extend electronics ban to all international flights

first_imgTags: America, Donald Trump U.S. “might” extend electronics ban to all international flights Share Source: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says he’s considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States.That would dramatically expand a ban announced in March that affects about 50 flights per day from 10 cities, mostly in the Middle East. The current ban was put in place because of concerns about terrorist attacks.The ban prevents travellers from bringing laptops, tablets and certain other devices on board with them in their carry-on bags. All electronics bigger than a smartphone must be checked in.Kelly was asked on “Fox News Sunday” whether he would expand the ban to cover laptops on all international flights into and out of the U.S.His answer: “I might.” << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, May 29, 2017 last_img read more

WestJet to launch new service between Hamilton and Las Vegas

first_img CALGARY — The city of Hamilton is getting a direct link to Sin City, courtesy of WestJet.The airline has announced new nonstop service between John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, starting Dec. 29, 2017.“As Hamilton International’s largest airline, as well as the carrier with the most international flights into Las Vegas, WestJet continues to add new service in Southern Ontario,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. “This new nonstop flight connects the community to a highly desirable leisure market and offers a great schedule to those looking to fly directly from Hamilton and surrounding communities without having to drive or connect through Toronto.”Service between the two cities will operate twice weekly (Monday and Friday), beginning Dec. 29 through April 27, 2018. Flights will be operated on WestJet’s Boeing 737 aircraft featuring the enhanced Plus product and WestJet Connect, WestJet’s inflight entertainment system accessed directly through smartphones, tablets or computers.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThis winter, WestJet has a total of 63 weekly flights to Las Vegas from eight cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto and Hamilton.“We are very pleased that WestJet is operating non-stop service from Hamilton,” said Rosemary Vassiliadis, Director of Aviation at McCarran International Airport. “Las Vegas has long been a proven winner among Canadians, particularly in the wintertime, so we’re looking forward to many more travellers taking advantage of the convenience offered by this latest extension of WestJet’s non-stop network into our area.” Posted by Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Travelweek Group Tags: WestJet WestJet to launch new service between Hamilton and Las Vegaslast_img read more

New images and an opening date for MSC Cruises Ocean Cay private

first_imgTags: Caribbean, MSC Cruises, Ocean Cay Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> FORT LAUDERDALE — MSC Cruises’ Ocean Cay will welcome its first guests on Nov. 9, 2019, according to the cruise line.Officially known as Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, the island is surrounded by 64 square miles of protected waters, and a coral nursery is being established to encourage and sustain the growth of new coral, says the cruise line.MSC is currently transforming a former industrial sand extraction site for its marine reserve and private island destination, and plans are underway for a marine laboratory to be situated on Ocean Cay for researching climate change-resistant coral.“Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve will bring something new and unique to our Caribbean itineraries from Miami and is set to become a truly memorable highlight for our guests,” says MSC Cruises CEO Gianni Onorato. “We have created a guest experience that complements the breathtaking natural beauty of this remarkable part of the Caribbean. There was no need for us to build extensively on an island that already had the ingredients of a natural paradise. However, we have undertaken extensive work to clean-up the island, removing tons of historic industrial waste and helping to return the beaches, and the entire 64 square miles of protected waters surrounding the island, to their pristine state.”Onorato adds: “For the guest services on the island we have kept it authentic and designed an experience that will allow guests to simply enjoy nature at its best. The ship is an integral part of the experience as we have built a pier so that guests can go easily back and forth between the ship throughout the day making full use of both the ashore and onboard facilities.”Here are the highlights:More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoSUN, SAND, SEA & SKYWith over two miles of white sandy beach shore formed from the world’s best aragonite sand, guests will be spoiled for choice with seven distinct beach areas, each with their own allure and character, says MSC.Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve features 7 beaches for guestsSun beds will be available on all beaches, and some beaches will offer cabanas that can be rented for the day. The Great Lagoon’s shallow crystal-clear water is ideal for protected swimming and water sports, while the smaller family lagoon is designed for younger guests to enjoy, offering very shallow, calm water and plenty of games. At over half a mile long, the Great Bimini Beach is the largest stretch of beach on the island, as well as the place to go to enjoy a variety of water sports.DISCOVER AND EXPLORE WITH EXCURSIONSMSC says its Ocean Cay excursions will allow visitors to explore, discover, relax and enjoy nature’s beauty at its best: “Discover the waters around the island through snorkel safaris, kayak tours and paddle boarding. The Family Explorer club will also offer fun activities for the entire family.”Ocean Cay guests will also be able to privately rent a smaller island close to the main body of land for the day, which will include: a private boat that will take the group to the island and remain at their disposal; and a marquee, sun beds and loungers and food and drinks. Near the island is an old shipwreck, making it a perfect spot for snorkelling.Swimming and water sports at the Great LagoonGuests can also participate in a wide range of entertainment activities including sports games and tournaments, dance lessons as well activities for the entire family.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsAnd here’s a bonus: ships can remain in port into the evening, allowing for a range of evening experiences.DRINKS & DININGMSC says that as part of the commitment to ensure that the island is sustainable and to minimize waste, there will be a select number of dining options on Ocean Cay. The ship will also be fully operational while docked at the island, and the furthest point from the ship is only a 20-minute walk, or there will be an electric carts service available to transport guests around the island. There will be buffet dining plus food carts including a taco truck, conch fitter truck and more. The trucks will be stationary during the day around the beaches and will move to the Marina area at night creating an atmospheric food festival-style feel.Food and beverage services will be offered at an additional cost with upgrades available to the beverage package, says MSC. As the ship is easily accessible guests are able to walk on and off at their leisure, allowing them to also be able to freely dine on board as they choose.Bar options are set to include an authentic Bahamian bar and a Lighthouse Bar. There will also be an Ice Cream Parlour and Coffee Bar.SHOPPING & SPAAcross four distinct shopping areas, MSC passengers will have the opportunity to take home unique and special souvenirs or find vacation essentials that they may need. For those guests looking to relax and rejuvenate on the island, there will be services provided by the aw MSC Aurea Spa will have a selection of relaxing body and facial treatments.center_img Posted by Travelweek Group New images and an opening date for MSC Cruises’ Ocean Cay private islandlast_img read more

G Adventures launches TailorMade tours March GNormous savings

first_imgTags: G Adventures, New Tours, Promotions << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by G Adventures launches ‘TailorMade’ tours & March G-Normous savings TORONTO — In response to agent feedback, G Adventures has launched a new range of tours called ‘TailorMade’.Featuring 11 destinations and sample itineraries priced from $1,219 per person, the tours come on the heels of a global survey in which 84% of 450 travel agent respondents reported an increase in requests for tailor-made travel and private tours. 44% of agents stated it as being “in high demand” while 40% said demand had increased in the past year.Bruce Poon Tip, founder, G Adventures, says there has been a distinct gap in the market for tailor-made travel solutions in adventure travel, specifically in the affordable and mid-market price ranges.“The flexibility of TailorMade means travellers can combine experiential travel with customization. While we’ve recognized an opportunity in the mid-range travel market, we’ll also be able to cater to higher-end tastes in transport, meals and accommodation,” he said.The 11 launch destinations for TailorMade travel in 2019 are Botswana, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador (including Galápagos), India, Laos, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam and Zimbabwe, with two or three sample itineraries available for each as inspiration for travellers making a TailorMade request.G Adventures’ is in the process of expanding its sales team and assigning dedicated specialists who will work with travel agents and customers to design the ideal itinerary. Options will include bespoke transportation, accommodation, meals, activities, pace of travel and budget. Travellers can opt to select a sample itinerary and depart on their own date, amend a sample itinerary, or create a whole new itinerary with the help of their private travel consultant.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksTailorMade tours are available for solo travelers or groups of nearly any size, and perfect for couples, families, friends, honeymooners, teams and affinity groups who enjoy G Adventures’ style of travel, but want to create an itinerary that caters to their unique needs.In other company news, throughout the month of March, agents can share special savings with clients as part of G Adventures’ ongoing ‘G-Normous’ promotion.The sixth-annual agent incentive, which launched in January and runs through April, is poised for a record-breaking year of sales across North America. Savings are available on select Active adventures all month long.By focusing on these ‘Active’ trips, the company aims to help agents boost sales while getting the word out about its nine newest active adventures for 2019. New offerings include multisport activities in Colombia, and trekking challenges and combination tours in South Africa, Tanzania and Nepal.There are now 70 Active options across 26 countries for adrenaline-seeking travellers.Throughout March, agents can also pass along a 15% discount on select Active-style tours with the promo code 19GA015ACT03. They can also earn extra cash and prizes for bookings when registered with the G-Normous incentive in Sherpa. The North American agent incentive program offers more than $100,000 in prizes, and runs from January through April.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe newest Active adventures in G Adventures’ 2019 lineup include: the 11-day ‘Colombia Multisport’ tour (Bogota to Medellin, from $2,405 per person); the 17-day ‘Colombia Multisport and Lost City Trek’ (Bogota to Santa Maria, from $3,110 per person); the eight-day ‘Tanzania Active Safari’ (roundtrip from Arusha, from $2,999 per person); the 17-day ‘Hiking South Africa’ tour (Cape Town to Johannesburg, from $2,752 per person); the 15-day ‘Trekking Langtang’ tour (roundtrip from Kathmandu, from $1,699 per person); and the 12-day ‘Kilimanjaro trek: Machame Route & Zanzibar Adventure’ (Moshi to Stone Town, from $3,999 per person, air separate).For more information about G-Normous, agents are encouraged to reach out to their local G Adventures Global Purpose Specialist and tune into the G-Normous Active Webinar on March 5 at 2pm ET.For more information about TailorMade tours, go to https://www.gadventures.com/travel-styles/private-travel/.center_img Travelweek Group Monday, March 4, 2019 Sharelast_img read more

AQSCs Steamboat Academy developed with ondemand training for agents

first_imgAQSC’s Steamboat Academy developed with on-demand training for agents Travelweek Group Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Share Posted bycenter_img Tags: AQSC MEMPHIS — When clients envision a paddlewheeler trip along America’s rivers, most likely what they’re picturing looks a lot like an American Queen Steamboat Company sailing.AQSC says it sets the standard for cruising on American rivers, where passengers can experience the romance of the past in modern comfort on the Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers onboard the company’s authentic paddlewheelers: the iconic and opulent flagship American Queen or the luxurious new boutique paddlewheeler, the American Duchess. Or clients may prefer to explore the great Pacific Northwest on the American Empress.AQSC’s all-inclusive cruises offer a pre-cruise hotel night prior to embarkation; all meals including 24-hour room service and alternative dining venues; snacks, specialty coffees, soft drinks, and bottled water throughout the voyage; wine and beer with dinner; and shore excursions in each port of call. Guests can also sit in on daily enrichment programs and check out nightly Broadway-caliber entertainment.AQSC’s travel agent support includes Steamboat Academy on-demand training, developed as a comprehensive, on-demand certification program that provides agents with the knowledge to speak confidently about AQSC’s products and destinations.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthThere are also opportunities to increase commission with trip enhancements such as additional hotel nights, City Stay packages, an Unlimited Beverage package, and premium shore excursions. Agents can also take advantage of marketing support such as customizable promotional flyers and online brochure ordering.For more information, visit americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Costa Rica targets undiscovered destinations at 35th annual Expotur

first_img Share By: Vawn Himmelsbach SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA — Costa Rica has built its tourism industry on ecotourism and soft adventure. But at this year’s 35th anniversary of Expotur, one of the most important travel marts in Latin America, the focus was on showcasing new consumer offerings.“We are very proud of what we have accomplished as a tourist destination,” said Maria Amalia Revelo, Costa Rica’s Minister of Tourism, during a press conference. But, she added, “we know we still have a lot of work to do.”Organized by the Costa Rican Association of Professionals in Tourism (ACOPROT), this year’s travel mart featured 230 purchasers with delegates from 35 countries, showcasing many of the country’s micro, small and mid-size businesses.The U.S. and Canada are considered priority markets, bringing in the highest number of tourists, though ACOPROT is further developing the European market, as well as the South American countries of Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Tags: adventure, Costa Rica, tourism, undiscovered, wildlife Costa Rica targets ‘undiscovered’ destinations at 35th annual Expotur Built on public-private partnerships, Costa Rica’s tourism industry has, for the most part, taken a consistent strategy for the past 25 years.“It wasn’t easy — we took one step forward and two steps back. But in the end we managed to agree that sustainable tourism was going to help us as a country, and Costa Rica has been successful because we’ve been very consistent,” said Revelo (through a Spanish-to-English translator). “We don’t change strategies because a new government comes in.” Ecotourism has been a natural fit, since Costa Rica is home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity, making it popular with nature-lovers, bird-watchers and conservationists. But while tourism is built around the country’s natural assets, “we have decided to try to add more value to other cultural aspects like gastronomy,” said Revelo.About one-third of tourists who come to Costa Rica by air are return visitors, she said. But many tourists go to the same places: Arenal volcano, the cloud forests of Monteverde and the beaches along the northern Pacific Coast.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT“I think that our idiosyncrasy is what makes tourists fall in love with this country and this is proven by the data of people who come back to the country, and coming back at different stages of their lives,” said Revelo.That’s why the country’s national tourism strategy — along with local tour operators — is focused on promoting the ‘undiscovered’ areas of Costa Rica, particularly to repeat visitors, while maintaining its commitment to sustainability.One such area highlighted at this year’s Expotur was Puntarenas — both a city and a province — on the central Pacific Coast. As the gateway to Costa Rica’s Gulf Islands, it’s only a 90-minute drive from the capital, San Jose.Billy Johnson, marketing manager of Vista Los Suenos Adventure Park, was at Expotur promoting the Central Pacific region, which he says has a lot of offer Canadians. While there’s much to see in the popular tourist destinations of Costa Rica, he believes the central Pacific Coast is an untapped region, and in the past year his company started offering day tours (with a choice of activities) directly from San Jose.The adventure park offers ziplining, ATVing and horseback riding, but it’s only three kilometres from the beach so visitors can also take surf lessons. “That’s very different than going to a place in the mountains because you only will be doing those [mountain] activities,” said Johnson.Aside from soft adventure, the central Pacific Coast is quieter, naturally lending itself to nature-based resorts and activities. In Puntarenas, for example, there are plenty of wildlife sanctuaries — but without the crowds and long queues.Outside the city of Puntarenas, for example, is Natuwa Wildlife Sanctuary, which rescues, rehabilitates and releases scarlet and great green macaws back into the wild. But it also provides refuge for other animals, such as monkeys, tapirs, ocelots and sloths, many of which eventually return to their natural habitat. For visitors, it’s a chance to see these animals in a natural setting and support conservation work.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesIn Curú National Wildlife Refuge, on the southern Nicoya Peninsula, it’s relatively easy to spot white-faced monkeys, white-tailed deer, collared peccary, coati and tropical birds. These species live in the wild, but the refuge is managed sustainably to protect threatened and endangered forested habitats, such as mangroves and tropical forests.There are several walking trails throughout Curú, ranging from easy to difficult; Sendero Finca de Los Monos is considered one of the best trails for spotting birds and small mammals.The region also offers Costa Rica’s only private-island resort, located in the Gulf of Nicoya. Isla Chiquita is a glamping resort with 15 tent suites and one new master tent suite that opened in February. The resort works with Canadian travel agents and offers meal plans, according to resident manager Jason Barahona.Isla Chiquita is designed as a back-to-nature getaway with no motorized vehicles and access to eco-adventures on land and sea, from ocean kayaking to artisan fishing, sunset cruising and beach hopping. But it can also accommodate groups and even corporate events.Back on the peninsula is Tambor Tropical, an adults-only boutique beach resort that offers a quiet escape on Tambor Bay — one of the country’s premiere bird-watching locales.“The advantage of being a small destination is we can still locally try to build it without having anything too large,” said general manager Juan Carlos Cruz. Activities include bird-watching and a turtle rescue program. “We have released over the last two years 17,000 baby turtles, so we’re trying to do activities that are nature-oriented, but they also have to be feasible [for the local community].”Expotur takes place annually; this year, the travel mart received a certificate of carbon neutrality for the fourth consecutive year. Tuesday, May 28, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Plenty of options for clients flying Aer Lingus to Dublin and beyond

first_img TORONTO — When clients fly Aer Lingus, they get Ireland and a whole lot more.The airline’s nonstop flights from Toronto to Dublin offer seamless connections from Canada via Ireland to Great Britain and continental Europe.From Dublin passengers can fly on to a long list of destinations if they choose, including Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Cardiff, Doncaster, Donegal, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Hamburg, Isle of Man, Kerry, Leeds Bradford, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nice, Paris and Southampton.Onward flights require a change of plane and may be operated by Aer Lingus partners Stobart Air (operating Aer Lingus Regional), British Airways and Flybe. Some destinations are seasonal.Plus, in addition to direct flights from Toronto, Aer Lingus with its partners including Air Canada and WestJet offers connecting service from many Canadian cities, including Calgary, Edmonton, Fredericton, Halifax, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Regina, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, St. John’s NL, Vancouver, Victoria and Winnipeg.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckBusiness Class passengers can relax with lie-flat beds, priority boarding, gourmet cuisine and a 16″ HD TV screen.The airline also has a new Revival Lounge in Dublin, and offers onboard WiFi on A330 aircraft. Plenty of options for clients flying Aer Lingus to Dublin and beyond Friday, June 7, 2019 Travelweek Group Tags: Aer Lingus, Airlines, Irelandcenter_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bylast_img read more

Dave the Dudes London Boy launches

first_imgFrom the print editionHotel Club del Mar was jumping Saturday night, Sept. 1. The resort, perched at the southern end of the central Pacific beach town of Jacó, hosted a book signing and concert to launch David Scott’s new book, “London Boy.”Celebrating the release in Costa Rica, the concert raised $800 to benefit La Biblioteca y Centro de Aprendizaje de Jacó, a nonprofit library and learning center. Philip Edwardes, owner of Hotel Club del Mar, said that The British Community Association donated $3,000 to the project, plus another $1,000 to the nearby one-room school house in Pochote. “I think that a book-signing followed by the concert was a very appropriate charitable event to raise funds for a library and learning center,” said Edwardes. “It’s with the deepest gratitude that we thank the Brits, David Scott, his wife Margie Scott, plus musicians Steve Arvey and Nancy Buchan. Without their dedicated help these extremely worthwhile projects would still be an impossible dream.” David Scott’s memoir, “London Boy,” is a fascinating read and remarkable tale of his life, from his birth in the East End of London to the present day. Scott takes you on a whirlwind journey and personal adventure, as he vividly describes how he survived whatever life threw at him by using his quick wit, street smarts and undeniable Cockney personality. He leads you from the backstreets of London to Franco’s Spain, the life of the rich and famous in California, the unforgettable ’60s and ’70s, plus the world of jazz, blues and rock-n-roll. He tells of how he confronted poverty, crime and punishment, drugs, sex, the depths of despair and the euphoric heights of happiness, love and success that will make you laugh and cry.  When asked how he came to write “London Boy” he said, “It all started with scribbled memories, making my life accountable and what I had done. I’m no literary genius,” he added with a laugh. “My wife Margie persuaded me to start writing a book and I admit I had many stumbling blocks, but would listen to my music collection, which reminded me of people, locations and events in my past.”Scott arrived in Costa Rica in 1990 and developed skills like cooking, owning a nightclub, writing poetry and songwriting on the fly. He had come on the advice of a friend, who was working on the movie “1492.” “I went to the wrong coast and never found where they were shooting,” he chuckles. Nevertheless, he stayed and subsequently became the morning DJ on 107.5. Known as “Dave the Dude,” he was a household name for 10 years, and with his wry humor and London barrow-boy accent, he delighted both English-speaking expats and Costa Ricans alike.“Dave the Dude” was famous for his wake-up call, and he had a dedicated following wherever The Blind Pig Blues Band played. In 2011, he was named the godfather of blues at the Costa Rica International Blues Festival. After all, he had introduced blues to Costa Rica.The band had been on hiatus while Scott was working on his book, and their comeback Saturday night was received with enthusiastic applause by friends and fans in the overflowing Hotel Club del Mar bar.The concert featured Scott, a vocalist, and Chicago Blues legend Steve Arvey, who tours as an electric and solo acoustic artist and has played throughout Europe, the U.S. and Australia. Arvey and Scott have performed together for 12 years and are recording an album of new songs they have written. Nancy Buchan, a New Orleans musician who now lives south of Jacó in the small beach community of Dominical, plays the electric and acoustic violin. She has recorded with Jimmy Buffet, the legendary Coco Robicheaux and Costa Rica’s Manuel Obregón, plus she has her own all-girls band.Having made their comeback, The Blind Pig Blues Band will continue entertaining blues fans at venues on the coast and around town, including Jazz Café. “London Boy” can be purchased at www.amazon.com for $14.99, and also at www.barnes&noble.com and W.H. Smith in England. Librería Internacional is planning to carry the book in Costa Rica. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Costa Rica seeks to reactivate the Union of Banana Exporting Countries

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rica will lead a process to evaluate if the countries that were part of the Union of Banana Exporting Countries (UPEB) are interested in reviving the organization, created in 1974.Tania López Lee, vice minister of agriculture and livestock, said that Costa Rica obtained the approval of other Central American countries to organize talks to revive UPEB and to incorporate Ecuador as a new member.This is one of the agreements reached at the last meeting of the Central American Agricultural Council, held in Colombia on Sept. 25.Past UPEB member countries included Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela. Ecuador, the world’s largest banana exporter, has confirmed interest in joining the organization.Efforts among member countries will be led by a working group from Costa Rica’s Agriculture and Livestock Ministry and the National Banana Corporation.A series of scandals involving bribe accusations, high taxes and lawsuits diminished UPEB’s influence in the world export market, and its activity has been limited to charging a small tax on corporate banana exports. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Selling ice cream is good business in Costa Rica

first_imgBe it soft serve, frozen custard or milk shakes, Ticos love their ice cream. Recently, three companies announced their intentions to cash in on all the dessert love by opening or expanding their businesses in the country. Those companies are Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yoghurt, Dairy Queen and POPS. Innovative new ice cream shop in townIn coming months, Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yoghurt will open its first location not only in Costa Rica, but also all of Latin America.The local franchise of the U.S.-based company expects to appeal to the Costa Rican market with its innovative cryogenic technique, consisting of freezing ice cream using liquid nitrogen.The brand was brought to Costa Rica by Bernard Trade Group, a company owned by expat Timothy Morales. Morales noticed the business idea on an episode of the reality show “Shark Tank.”Operations Manager for Latin America Humberto Brenes Binns said the company is evaluating the country to determine the location of a first store, which most likely will be at a mall in a metropolitan area.“Each location usually is managed by five employees, and all ingredients are obtained from local suppliers,” Brenes said.With 40 flavor and topping combinations, Sub Zero makes its ice cream out of cream, custard, soy milk or rice milk, allowing for low-fat ice cream and options for vegans and people with lactose intolerance. The cryogenic preparation  involves spraying liquid nitrogen into the mixture, which freezes it in a few seconds. This takes the place of storing the mixture in a freezer for several hours, significantly reducing the electricity bill.The on-the-spot preparation also ensures higher quality, as ice cream is always served fresh. “Plus it’s fun watching the fog that forms when nitrogen is sprayed on the mixture,” Brenes said.Two ice cream chains opening new stores The U.S. soft-serve and fast-food chain Dairy Queen returned to Costa Rica last September and opened its first stores at Mall MultiPlaza in Escazú and in downtown San José.In January, the company opened a third location at Paseo de las Flores Mall in Heredia, north of the capital. This week the company confirmed it will open three more stores.Two will be located east of the capital: one in San Pedro in June and another in Curridabat in November. The third store is scheduled to open in downtown Alajuela in October.POPS, a former longtime Tico brand now owned by Colombian group Nutresa, also has announced expansion plans.According to a report by the business weekly El Financiero, the popular brand soon will open two ice cream parlors in San José, one on the capital’s Avenida Central and another in the eastern suburb of Los Yoses. A third store is expected to open at Barreal, in Heredia, later this year.Currently POPS owns some 180 ice cream parlors distributed throughout Central America and in the U.S. state of Florida. Facebook Comments Related posts:Dippin’ Dots ice cream comes to Costa Rica Churchill: The rebirth of a Tico classic Rodrigo Brenes wants to take over the world, one ice cream cone at a time Yo Emprendedor gives entrepreneurs a startlast_img read more

Costa Rica unveils preliminary 30man roster for the World Cup

first_imgRelated posts:Signs point to a World Cup return for Costa Rican star Bryan Oviedo A sigh of relief for Costa Rica as Cristian Gamboa’s knee injury won’t require surgery 2 days before the World Cup, Costa Rica loses another player to injury Costa Rica great Paulo Wanchope insists Ticos will ‘keep surprising the world’ Costa Rica national team coach Jorge Luis Pinto revealed his preliminary 30-man roster for the World Cup on Monday morning. The players will report to the team’s pre-World Cup training camp. The roster will be whittled down to it is final 23 players on May 31.“There is a base. The training camp can subtract or add, that I made clear.” Pinto said during a press conference at team headquarters Proyecto Gol in San Rafael de Alajuela. “The players know that they have to give everything,”Pinto praised the strong play of Keylor Navas, Diego Calvo and Christian Bolaños entering the training camp. He also lamented the loss of injured star Bryan Oviedo. Waylon Francis, Junior Díaz and Heiner Mora will be among the players competing for Oviedo’s spot at left-back.Four players — Esteban Alvarado, Hansell Arauz, Jairo Arrieta and Ariel Rodríguez — are on the team’s waiting list. Alvarado, a talented goalkeeper in the Netherlands, was a mild surprise. Pinto and Alvarado had a falling out in 2011, but Alvarado reconciled with Pinto and the Costa Rica Football Federation over the past few monthsBesides Alvarado, other surprises included Kendall Waston, Mora and Arauz, of Costa Rica football league champions Saprissa, a title won by the team last night.The United States also named their 30-man roster today.Costa Rica 30-man rosterGoalkeepers:Keylor Navas (Levante)Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense)Daniel Cambronero (Herediano)Esteban Alvarado (AZ Alkmaar)Defenders:Giancarlo González (Columbus Crew)Jhonny Acosta (Alajuelense)Michael Umaña (Saprissa)Roy Miller (New York Red Bull)Óscar Duarte (Club Brujas)Junior Díaz (Mainz 05)Cristian Gamboa (Rosemborg)Heiner Mora (Saprissa)Kendall Waston (Saprissa)Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew)Midfielders:Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa)José Miguel Cubero (Herediano)Óscar Esteban Granados (Herediano)Carlos Hernández (Libre)Celso Borges (AIK)Ariel Rodríguez (Alajuelense)Michael Barrantes (Aalesund)Christian Bolaños (FC Copenhague)Diego Calvo (Valerenga)Hanzell Arauz (Saprissa)Forwards:Bryan Ruiz (PSV)Álvaro Saborío (Real Salt Lake)Joel Campbell (Olympiacos)Randall Brenes (Cartaginés)Jairo Arrieta (Columbus Crew)Marco Ureña (Kuban Krasnodar) Facebook Comments Esta es la lista de preseleccionados de Pinto. #LaSele ¿Qué opinan? pic.twitter.com/1fbo9BTHue— Puro Deporte (@PuroDeporteLN) May 12, 2014last_img read more

Costa Rica China to explore creation of special economic zones

first_imgCosta Rica could find itself once again as a center of high-tech manufacturing, including cars and renewable energy equipment, after President Luis Guillermo Solís and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a strategic partnership agreement that included future discussion of “special economic zones” in Costa Rica for Chinese enterprises, according to a statement from Casa Presidencial on Tuesday.Solís made the creation of high-quality jobs one of the cornerstones of his presidential campaign in 2014 and his National Development Plan, and said that he hoped the creation of such free trade zones could serve as a motor for economic development and new infrastructure, especially outside the San José Greater Metropolitan Area.The move may well be a bid for the next Intel, as the California-based microprocessor giant closed its manufacturing facility in Costa Rica that employed some 1,500 workers and accounted for 20 percent of the value of Costa Rica’s exports in recent years – about $2.4 billion, according to figures from the Foreign Trade Ministry.The Solís administration did not offer any specifics as to the benefits Chinese manufacturers or service providers could expect, but a statement from Casa Presidencial mentioned the free trade Economic-Technological Development Area in Tianjin, in northern China, as a possible model to export to Costa Rica. Solís specifically mentioned automobiles and solar panels as some of the possible products these zones could produce. A feasibility study examining the financial, geographic, environmental and commercial aspects of the proposal is expected by October.Foreign Trade Minister Alexander Mora, who is also traveling with the president in China, said that special economic zones would seek “anchor” businesses that could spark the growth of homegrown Costa Rican suppliers and other businesses around these areas, according to a statement.Mora added that Chinese investors see Costa Rica as a beachhead from which their products could enter new markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. Costa Rica is the only country in Central America and much of the Caribbean that has diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China instead of Taiwan.The trade minister said that the delegation was also seeking to increase exports to China by expediting the approval process for Costa Rican food products. Through the two countries’ free trade agreement, Costa Rica currently exports coffee, bananas, pork, and most recently, langostines to China.President Solís said Monday that he wanted more trade and fewer handouts from the world’s second-largest economy, but that didn’t stop him from accepting a $24 million donation in development aid from the Chinese government. Facebook Comments Related posts:President Solís calls for more trade, not just handouts from China China, Venezuela discuss energy, social development deals Costa Rica’s Solís calls for revival of free trade agreement with Canada Biofuels would be produced at Chinese refinery in Limón, says Costa Rica oil chieflast_img read more

Costa Ricans rank 2nd in the world for wellbeing just behind Panama

first_img Facebook Comments Costa Ricans are once again ranked among the world’s most fulfilled people, according to a new report from Gallup.The 2014 State of Global Well-Being Rankings placed Costa Rica second in the world, just behind Panama. Costa Rica outscored countries like Switzerland (4), Chile (6) and Denmark (7). Latin America scored well in the rankings, holding six of the top 10 spots.The rankings, measure whether or not people are “thriving” in at least three areas described as social, purpose, physical, financial and community.The report’s methodology defined the categories as:Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals.Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life.Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security.Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community.Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily.Costa Rica came in second place, behind Panama, with 47.6 percent of Ticos “thriving” in three or more categories. Panamanians ranked No. 1 in two categories, with 60 percent saying they are happy with their daily purpose in life and 52 percent saying they are in good physical condition.Costa Rica scored especially well in the social (2), physical (2) and purpose (3) categories, but lagged behind in the financial area (50). The country has struggled with a persistent 20 percent poverty rate during the last 20 years, and unemployment is over 10 percent.The United States came in at 23, while Canada was 24. Afghanistan came in last at 145 with zero percent of those surveyed thriving in at least three of the categories.The rankings are the result of 146,000 interviews with adults across 145 countries and areas conducted between Jan. 1, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2014.Ed. note: For some reason, this kind of good news just makes us want to dance: Related posts:Gallup: Central America is the world’s happiest region, despite sky-high homicide rates in some countries Costa Rica, Latin America home to some of world’s happiest people, surveys say Puerto Rican independence front and center at CELAC With COP21 talks in Paris moving forward after attacks, Latin America climate-change policies remain unclearlast_img read more

PHOTOS Zópilot blows everyone away with farewell show at San Josés Cine

first_imgZópilot! performed for the last time on Friday, Dec. 4 at Cine Magaly in San José. Dressed in white, Andrés Araya, David Bolaños, Marco Alfaro, Franco Valenciano and Jorge Guri (ex-Florian Droids) hit the stage at 10 p.m. for what was an unforgettable night. Marco Alfaro and David Bolaños rock on stage at the Cine Magaly. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesThe theater was transformed into a unique setting with cones covering the stage, some with black-and-white designs, and others plain white. Everything about the night was unusual: the venue, the music, the visuals.An ecstatic audience observed as if watching a live movie. The night began with heads bouncing in the audience along with Zópilot!’s melodies. Valenciano gestured for everyone to stand up, and two fans rushed to the front to dance. Andrés Araya and Franco Valenciano enjoying the night. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesThen, a peculiar character appeared on stage: the masked man. Drinking a beer, the masked character again told everyone to stand up. The audience responded.As the night progressed, so did Zópilot!, with their infectious form of progressive rock. The impeccable acoustics at Cine Magaly made the show crystal clear, and fans could perfectly listen to Bolaños’ and Alfaro’s guitars accompanied by Araya’s defined bass lines and Valenciano’s ecstatic drumming.Songs such as “La Prisa,” “Sornaca,” “Delorean,” and others from a new LP were all part of the setlist for the night.Zópilot! complemented the show with blissful audiovisuals projected on the cinema’s screen. Amazing animations by Pietro Valenciano injected an extra dosage of euphoria to the night. Franco Valenciano demonstrating his mad skills on the drums. Alberto Font/The Tico Times David Bolaños playing a guitar solo. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Andrés Araya rocking along with his bass. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Marco Alfaro killing it with his guitar solo. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesBand members seemed in a bit of disbelief by the number of people who joined them for their last performance – the theater was packed – and they channeled that energy into the music. Marco Alfaro, David Bolaños, Franco Valenciano and Andrés Araya happily saluting the audience after an amazing concert. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesThis was undoubtedly one of the best concerts of the year for the Costa Rican music scene. It was a show eight years in the making, and years of friendship were reflected in two hours of pure bliss. No one wanted the night to end.Long live Zópilot! Facebook Comments Related posts:PHOTOS: Sights and sounds of Costa Rica’s first Nrmal Festival Costa Rican band Zòpilot! performs for the last time tonight at Cine Magaly Jazz Café to host first annual Costa Rican Women in Music Festival VIDEO: AZ’s ‘Back To Myself,’ filmed in Costa Rica, makes the rounds ahead of ‘Doe or Die, Vol. 2’last_img read more

Whats at stake as 6 European nations vote

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona (AP) – Six European countries held elections Sunday. Here is a quick look at what was at stake:_FRANCE: Socialist challenger Francois Hollande defeats incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy for the presidency by capitalizing on anger over austerity measures. As president, Hollande is expected to push for a more stimulus-minded approach to the financial crisis in France and the rest of Europe._GREECE: Greeks punish the two main parties in parliamentary elections, with official projections showing both hemorrhaging support and no party gaining enough votes to form a government. The results could affect the country’s course as it grapples with a debt crisis that has shaken world markets. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   center_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories _SERBIA: Polls show pro-European Union candidate Boris Tadic and nationalist opponent Tomislav Nikolic are headed for a presidential runoff, while the ruling pro-Western party is likely to form the next coalition government. The outcomes could affect Serbia’s relations with the EU as well as Kosovo._GERMANY: Exit polls show voters in Germany’s northernmost state have likely ousted a governing center-right government made up of the same parties as the federal coalition, a blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel. About 2.24 million people were eligible to vote in Schleswig-Holstein state._ITALY: It’s the nation’s first election since Premier Mario Monti was tapped to save Italy from its debt crisis. The vote could gauge public anger against parties supporting his austerity measures. Some 9.5 million Italians were eligible to vote Sunday and Monday for 942 city councils and mayorships._ARMENIA: Some 2.5 million Armenians are eligible to vote for a new parliament. President Serge Sarkisian’s Republican Party was expected to win, but it wants the majority in the 131-seat parliament to avoid having to form a coalition. Results were expected Monday.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Top Stories last_img read more

Russian defense plant worker convicted of treason

first_img Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories Anna Lastovitskaya, a spokeswoman for the regional branch of the Russian Federal Security Service, the top KGB successor agency, said Gniteyev had divulged missile secrets to foreign intelligence, but wouldn’t say what country Gniteyev was spying for.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Twitter that Russia should toughen its punishment for espionage. “If they had sentenced him to 80 (years), that would have reduced the number of those eager to pass state secrets,” he tweeted.Rogozin said that Gniteyev had handed over secrets related to the Bulava missile, developed to arm the latest generation of Russian nuclear submarines.Military officials have repeatedly boasted of the Bulava’s ability to penetrate any prospective missile defenses and described it as the core of the nation’s nuclear deterrent for years to come. The Bulava suffered a string of failures during its development, but the latest launches have been fine and officials say it will be commissioned later this year.The court verdict follows February’s conviction of a Russian military officer accused of providing the CIA with secret information on new missiles. U.S.-Russian relations have also soured over U.S.-led NATO missile defense plans for Europe, which Russia sees as a potential threat to its nuclear forces. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family How do cataracts affect your vision? MOSCOW (AP) – A Russian defense company worker was convicted Friday of passing missile secrets to foreign intelligence in the latest espionage case amid a cold spell in Moscow’s relations with Washington.The Sverdlov Regional Court in the city of Yekaterinburg handed an eight-year prison sentence to Alexander Gniteyev, a worker at a defense company dealing with automatic systems. Court spokesman Yelena Maryina said Gniteyev also has been ordered to pay a 100,000 ruble ($3,200) fine. Vladimir Putin frequently lashed out at the U.S. during his campaign for a third presidential term, which he won in March, accusing Washington of driving the mass protests against his rule in an effort to weaken Russia. He has snubbed the Group of Eight Summit in Chicago this weekend, saying he is too busy forming his new Cabinet. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will represent Russia at the summit.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

Philippine leader signs law on terror financing

first_imgFinanciers of terrorism were previously treated as mere accomplices, but the new law considers them as key players in terrorism. Aside from a 40-year prison term, convicted offenders can be fined up to 1 million pesos ($23,255).The Philippines has long battled a number of al-Qaida-linked groups, including the Abu Sayyaf, which has been blamed for bombings, beheadings and kidnappings and accused of harboring foreign extremists.Now hard-up for funds and weakened by battle setbacks, the Abu Sayyaf and their allied gunmen have turned to kidnappings and extortion for survival.The new law empowers the government’s Anti-Money Laundering Council to examine assets and bank accounts of suspected financiers of terrorists and extremist groups even without a court order.Offenders can be punished even if the terrorist attacks they fund fail. The law applies only to financiers of extremists and organizations listed as terrorists by the Philippine government and the international community.Military spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos welcomed the new law, saying it would make it harder for the Abu Sayyaf and allied groups to acquire funds for new attacks and recruitment.The Abu Sayyaf, which is on a U.S. list of terrorist organizations, was blamed for detonating a bomb on a ferry in Manila Bay in 2004 that killed 116 people in the worst terrorist strike in the country. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino III signed a law Monday that makes terror financing a crime with a long prison term in a Southeast Asian nation that has been scarred by bloody attacks and continues to battle al-Qaida-linked militants.Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the “Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act” signed by Aquino is a new legal weapon against Abu Sayyaf gunmen, who have been crippled by years of U.S.-backed assaults but still pose a threat. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

US cozies up to outcast Uzbekistan for Afghan role

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Meanwhile, Uzbekistan has withdrawn from a Russian-led military alliance, signaling a downturn in its relations with the former overlords in Moscow. This has fed speculation that the nation, hoping to benefit from the transit of U.S. troops and hardware, could invite the United States to set up a military base on its soil _ a development that would infuriate Russia and raise tensions in the volatile region.Uzbekistan has been run with unflinching severity by 74-year-old former Soviet party boss Islam Karimov since before the country gained independence in 1991.After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Western leaders overcame their scruples in dealing with Karimov’s government and the United States secured a lease for the Karshi-Khanabad air base in Uzbekistan.That all ended when government troops indiscriminately gunned down hundreds of protesters in the eastern city of Andijan in 2005.Uzbek authorities expelled U.S. troops from the country in anger over Washington’s criticism and accused Western powers of complicity in the Andijan protests, which they said formed part of efforts to foment revolutions across the former Soviet Union. Uzbekistan has also been the subject of persistent allegations of torture of political prisoners and other human rights abuses. With access to the country barred to almost all foreign reporters, verifying claims by some State Department officials that the rights situation has improved marginally is virtually impossible.When NATO convoys through Pakistan began coming under sustained militant attack in 2009, U.S. military planners looked north and saw the makings of a route snaking thousands of kilometers (miles) through Central Asia and perennial strategic foe Russia.Trucks carrying NATO goods are rolling across Pakistan’s border into Afghanistan again after the U.S. apologized to Pakistan for the deaths of 24 Pakistani troops last fall. But despite the additional expense, the safety of the northern route makes it a more attractive option.Until now, the traffic through Uzbekistan has mainly gone in the direction of Afghanistan, but the priority in coming years will be shifted to reverse transit along the Northern Distribution Network.The most reliable route starts on a recently completed railroad that crosses the Amu-Darya River, which marks Uzbekistan’s 137-kilometer (82-mile) border with Afghanistan, and provides the speediest and simplest transportation northward.In an apparent effort to soothe concerns that the United States will abandon Central Asian as soon as its engagements in Afghanistan are wound down, investments enthusiastically backed by Washington are trickling in. Top Stories It looks possible that Central Asian governments could become recipients of U.S. military hardware as the Pentagon looks to limit the expense of hauling the materiel out of Afghanistan. The U.S diplomat said the process for the transfer of excess defense equipment would require approval from the State Department.Russian daily Kommersant in June cited an unnamed government source in Kyrgyzstan as saying talks on a plan over exchanging military hardware for Afghan access were held during a March visit by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. The newspaper suggested similar agreements were in place with other governments, including Uzbekistan’s.The centrality of Uzbekistan’s role in the Afghan drawdown means they will be in a strong bargaining position for obtaining as much as possible in return, however.“There is a significant, even likely, chance that the Uzbeks get their hands on some lethal stuff that originally was not planned,” said Alexander Cooley, political science professor at Columbia University. “If the Uzbeks ask for some specific pieces of equipment and are at first denied, they’ll keep trying and bargaining until they get them.” General Motors stepped up its local presence in November by opening a new engine plant. The GM Uzbekistan joint venture, in which the U.S. company controls a 25 percent stake, provides work for around 6,600 people and turns out 200,000 Chevrolet passenger vehicles annually.In June, U.S. engineering giant KBR said it will provide its technology to develop a chemical plant in Uzbekistan that will seek to better exploit the country’s substantial natural gas reserves.Still, U.S. officials hope to build on those types of achievements and a large congressional delegation is due soon for another round of diplomatic cordiality aimed at cementing business ties.There are also increasing hints that the U.S. will intensify military ties with Uzbekistan. That development would dismay the advocacy community, which has for years been drawing attention to the country’s egregious rights record.The U.S. in January waived a ban on providing military assistance to Uzbekistan, although the State Department insisted it would only be eligible to receive non-lethal equipment, including night vision goggles, uniforms, GPS devices and other defensive equipment.Last week, Uzbekistan announced it had suspended its participation in the Russia-dominated Collective Security Treaty Organization security pact. How do cataracts affect your vision? “Dropping out of the CSTO means that something deemed more desirable by Karimov’s regime is available elsewhere. That’s highly likely to be material benefits and international respect garnered by being a partner on the drawdown in Afghanistan,” said Deirdre Tynan, Central Asia project director for the International Crisis Group.Analysts across the former Soviet space have read the CSTO pullout as a prelude to closer cooperation with the United States.“We will soon hear about how Uzbekistan has entered into a new strategic alliance and granted its territory for U.S. military bases,” said Vadim Kozyulin, Central Asia expert at the Moscow-based Russian Center for Policy Studies, in a research note.A U.S. diplomat said on condition of anonymity that the United States has made no request to open a military base in Uzbekistan.Such a base would deeply antagonize Moscow, which has historically tried to assert its say on what foreign military presence is permitted in a region it considers its geopolitical backyard. The United States already has an air base in neighboring Kyrgyzstan that it uses for ferrying troops in and out of Afghanistan and staging airborne refueling mission. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Sponsored Stories Associated PressALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) – The bloodiest massacre of protesters since Tianamen Square turned Uzbekistan into a pariah state. Now, the United States needs its help over Afghanistan _ and has launched a flurry of overtures while putting aside concerns over human rights.Top U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have paid courtesy calls over the past year, while General Motors and other major U.S. companies look determined to deepen their involvement in the Central Asian nation.last_img read more

Brazil approves university affirmative action bill

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories Associated PressSAO PAULO (AP) – The Brazilian Senate has approved an affirmative action bill that reserves half the spots in federal universities for high school graduates of public schools, and distributes them according to the racial makeup of each state.The Senate’s news agency says the bill that was approved late Tuesday now goes to President Dilma Rousseff, who is expected to approve it.The reserved spots will be distributed among black, mixed race and indigenous students proportionally to the racial composition of each state, the official agency said. Sen. Paulo Paim said the bill will benefit most Brazilian students because private schools account for just one of 10 students.The Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that it was constitutional for universities to use racial quotas.Brazil has more citizens of African ancestry than any nation other than Nigeria. Fifty-one percent of Brazil’s 192 million people are black or of mixed-race,Backers say the use of scholarships, quotas and other policies aimed at getting more blacks and mixed-race Brazilians into universities is needed to right the historic wrongs of slavery, centuries of stark economic inequality and a society in which whites are overwhelmingly in leadership roles in government and business.“The bill makes social justice with a majority of Brazil’s population,” said Senator Ana Rita.Sen. Aloysio Nunes Ferreira voted against the bill, saying, “It straitjackets universities because it violates their management autonomy.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   center_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories The vital role family plays in society How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more