Holland America partners with Americas Test Kitchen for new handson dining experience

first_img“This is an incredible opportunity for fans of America’s Test Kitchen, and food lovers in general, to immerse themselves in the Test Kitchen experience,” said David Nussbaum, CEO of America’s Test Kitchen.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaThe classes will feature foolproof recipes made with accessible ingredients so that passengers can enjoy the recipes long after the voyage has ended. According to Nussbaum, “America’s Test Kitchen is the only test kitchen that tests each recipe 40 to 60 times and spends an average of $10,000 on each recipe.” The brand extends beyond the TV series and includes two magazines, ‘Cooks Illustrated’ and ‘Cook’s Science’, as well as one of the top digital sites for recipes with paid subscription.The curriculum will mimic the best parts of the television experience and will be designed specifically for the cruise line. “America’s Test Kitchen will bring a new take on cooking classes at sea that spans not only recipes, but also the science of the cooking process,” said Ashford.Each sailing will have eight different 45-minute demo courses that will feature a mix of video content, live instruction, taste tests and recipe samples. Courses under development include Asian Dumplings, Salad for Two, We Love Chocolate, Everything Salmon, Getting to Know Chiles, Flavors of the Mediterranean, Meatless Monday Meals and New Italian Favorites followed by taste testing.There will also be four hands-on, 90-minute workshops focused on teaching a specific skill, including pasta- and pie-making, cake decorating, plus an egg class (to learn how to make meringues, for example). Guests will also learn useful ‘how to’ skills like choosing the perfect knife.The onboard Culinary Arts Center will be transformed to reflect the America’s Test Kitchen Brand. Demo courses and workshops for the new program will begin aboard the Westerdam’s Oct. 18 sailing in Mexico and will be followed by Nieuw Amsterdam on Nov. 13 for its Caribbean season. Fleet-wide rollout is expected by June 2017. In addition, episodes of America’s Test Kitchen will be available to watch in staterooms.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthAshford went on to outline the enriching culinary experiences aboard HAL, including a variety of restaurants, influence from a number of world renowned chefs, regionally inspired menus that reflect destinations, a number of onboard culinary activities and experiences, culinary journeys ashore, an extensive variety of wine and spirits, and the flexibility for guests to dine as they wish.America’s Test Kitchen joins Holland America’s elite list of food and beverage collaborators who are the leading authorities in their fields. The line’s Culinary Council is led by Holland America Line’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, who is joined by international chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Elizabeth Falkner and Jacques Torres. The line also has exclusive partnerships with Sushi Chef Andy Matsuda and Master Mixologist Dale “King Cocktail” DeGroff.After the announcement, Ashford joined teachers Julia Collin Davidson, host of America’s Test Kitchen, and HAL cooking instructor Barbara Mills Schuchard in a quick demo making shumai, small Asian dumplings that guests were able to sample along with an assortment of other offerings.Holland America Line’s fleet of 14 ships offers more than 500 cruises to more than 400 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies around the world. Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Holland America partners with America’s Test Kitchen for new ‘hands-on’ dining experience << Previous PostNext Post >> NEW YORK CITY — North American travel media, senior staff and cruise industry veterans gathered at the prestigious Institute of Culinary Education in Lower Manhattan for the announcement of Holland America Line’s new culinary enrichment partnership with the PBS cooking show ‘America’s Test Kitchen’, the most popular how-to-cook show on TV.“We are excited to continue our bold new food story with America’s Test Kitchen,” stated HAL President, Orlando Ashford. “Holland America Line provides guests with tremendously immersive and authentic experiences to enrich their travel, and America’s Test Kitchen’s commitment to delivering a quality culinary experience with a focus on learning is a perfect match.”This new partnership is part of the many fun and exciting innovations that Holland America, a division of Carnival Corporation, has been adding to its product line. Over the past couple of years, the 143-year old cruise ship company has formed a number of new partnerships, invested over US$300 million dollars in its fleet and changed its company logo and tagline from ‘Signature of Excellence’ to ‘Savour the Journey’ to reflect the new direction HAL is taking. America’s Test Kitchen is part of enriching that journey.Ashford noted that surveys have shown that Holland America’s guests “love cooking, entertaining and learning about food.” The new collaboration with the 17-year running hit series will bring a dynamic new ‘hands-on’ approach to dining at sea by offering passengers cooking demonstrations and small group workshops led by HAL chefs trained by America’s Test Kitchen culinary experts. Posted by Share Tags: Holland America Line Francesca Spizzirri last_img read more

Manuel AntonioQuepos Tidings

first_imgWe have our own meditation garden now in Quepos. It is located next to the fire station. It is very pretty and tranquil inside, but it needs a little financial help to complete. If you can help, please contact Ivan Esteves at 8629-0023 or email IE77@live.com.–Jennifer Rice jennifer@kidssavingtherainforest.org Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img

Costa Ricas business climate still weak on hiring investment study finds

first_imgBased on second-quarter performance, business owners in Costa Rica are the most pessimistic they’ve been in the past three years, a recent report found.The latest survey by the Costa Rican Chambers Union and Private Business Sector Associations (UCCAEP) shows that 51 percent of employers believe the current business climate in the country is not favorable for short-term investments.Although most private-sector employers said they do not foresee layoffs in coming months, 65 percent said they do not plan to hire more staff, and 61 percent said they would not invest in the next six months.The business sector perception index, which covers April, May and June, is 4.5, the same number as in 2009, a year of global economic crisis.Costa Rican employers mostly blame distrust of the political sector, high electricity rates and recent credit restrictions imposed by the Central Bank for their pessimistic outlook, the study found.UCCAEP has been conducting the business perception survey for 17 years, and this year’s study surveyed some 500 business owners in the Central Valley. Survey results have a margin of error of 5 percent.Similar studies released earlier this year by consulting firm Manpower also anticipated a “modest hiring climate” for this year, with only 23 percent of employers expected to hire more workers in 2013. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica to sell new roya-resistant coffee variety Costa Rica-Peru Free Trade Agreement enters into force Costa Rica selected to host international medical tourism conference Costa Rica evaluates lifting ban on Mexican avocadoslast_img read more

Injury may keep Costa Ricas star goalkeeper Keylor Navas out of the

first_imgAn inflammation of the Achilles tendon could leave Costa Rica’s (andReal Madrid‘s) star goalkeeper Keylor Navas off the national team that currently is preparing for CONCACAF’s Gold Cup next month in the United States.Navas on Wednesday will undergo medical and physical evaluations to decide whether he can continue training for the tournament or if he must return to Spain to receive treatment by Real Madrid doctors.Adrián Gutiérrez, president of Costa Rica’s National Teams Committee, and also a doctor, said Navas’ situation will depend on a decision made by the national team’s medical staff.“We need to discuss this with the team’s orthopedist. I also plan to meet with the team’s other physicians, with coach [Paulo César] Wanchope and with Keylor to evaluate his case, and then we will talk to Real Madrid’s people to make a final decision,” Gutiérrez told the press on Tuesday.He said that the chronic injury is caused by playing several concurrent matches. Gutiérrez said Navas has not obtained proper rest in the past 24 months, due to an intense schedule with Costa Rica’s national men’s team, known as La Sele, and with his last two clubs, Levante UD and Real Madrid.Navas had a similar problem during FIFA’s World Cup last year in Brazil and was close to missing one of the matches. In the end, he overcame the pain and became Costa Rica’s top player at a tournament where La Sele finished eighth among 32 national teams.If doctors say Navas is not in good condition to play in the Gold Cup, the team’s starting goalkeeper likely would be AZ Alkmaar’s Esteban Alvarado. La Sele’s roster includes Deportivo Saprissa goalie Danny Carvajal and Alajuelense Patrick Pemberton. Coach Wanchope registered all of them to participate in the CONCACAF tournament scheduled to start on July 7.Real Madrid will begin the preseason in 24 days under the command of a new coach, Rafael Benítez, who has stated that he is counting on Navas for the next La Liga season in Spain.AFP contributed to this report. Facebook Comments Related posts:New-look Costa Rica football team headed in right direction: 3 thoughts from Óscar Ramírez’s debut Costa Rica impresses in 1-0 win over United States Costa Rica’s La Sele throttles Jamaica 3-0 Costa Rica humiliates the United States 4-0 in World Cup qualifierlast_img read more

Police catch poachers with more than 300 sea turtle eggs

first_imgMarauding tourists are hardly the only threat to sea turtles on Costa Rica’s northwest coast. Last Friday, two Coast Guard officers patrolling Junquillal beach near the town of Flamingo, Santa Cruz caught two poachers with hundreds of Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) sea turtle eggs, according to the Public Security Ministry.The suspects, identified with the surnames Carrera and Gutiérrez, were carrying their loot of 315 lora turtle eggs in several bags when law enforcement found them Friday evening. Coast Guard officers handed both suspects over to the flagrancy court in Flamingo. Commander Rodolfo Coto, director of the Flamingo Coast Guard station, said that the eggs were no longer viable and had to be destroyed, according to a statement from the Security Ministry.Olive Ridley turtles are listed as a “vulnerable” species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Egg harvesting, bycatch from industrial fishing and impacts to their habitat are listed as possible reasons for the sea turtles’ downward population trends.Coto said that Coast Guard officials have increased their patrols along the beach recently as Olive Ridley turtles come ashore in droves to lay their eggs between September and October along the northwestern coast.See also: Ojochal beach besieged by turtle poachers, biologists say Facebook Comments Related posts:5 more green sea turtles rescued by Costa Rican police in Caribbean  Police find 9,400 sea turtle eggs in car trunk outside Nicoya US government sued over sea turtles snared in shrimp nets Following threats, poachers allegedly attack sea turtle conservationists in Costa Rica, Sea Shepherd sayslast_img read more

Costa Rica postpones fiscal reform talks until next year

first_imgRelated posts:So much for dialogue and consensus: Legislative Assembly snubs President Solís’ 100-day report Less-than-impressive: It’s been a year of few achievements by Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly Government presents 2017 budget proposal with 12 percent hike Setback for Solís: Opposition parties gain control of Costa Rica’s legislative directorate Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly will not discuss any bills to create or increase taxes for the rest of the year, Presidency Minister Sergio Alfaro Salas announced Monday evening, following a meeting with lawmakers from several parties.At the meeting, Alfaro presented the administration’s list of priority bills for extraordinary legislative sessions that run from Dec. 1 to April 30. In those sessions, President Luis Guillermo Solís and members of his Cabinet set the agenda for legislative discussion and voting, both in the full Assembly and in commissions.The minister said the administration’s priorities include “the most viable projects,” meaning that the executive branch in December will not call up for discussion any bill that proposes new or higher taxes.“We are proposing the discussion of fiscal reforms aimed at improving tax collection and control,” he said.Take your pickCasa Presidencial sent lawmakers a total of 70 bills chosen from six priority areas: public employment and pensions, public security, human rights, transportation, taxes and improvements in production and the economy.Lawmakers will discuss a bill that sets limits on public-sector wages and extra wage benefits, and a bill to standardize salaries for public workers. These proposals seek to reduce public spending, a requirement set by opposition parties before agreeing to discuss new or increased taxes.The list also includes bills that President Solís had promised to prioritize, such as one to regulate in vitro fertilization, another for animal welfare, and a third to support Costa Rica’s Railroad Institute.The executive branch also included controversial proposals such as the reform of the country’s Family Law to grant rights to same-sex couples, a bill to allow terminally ill patients the right to refuse treatment, one to regulate the medical and industrial use of cannabis, and an asset forfeiture bill to authorize the government to confiscate assets purchased with illicit funds.Alfaro said bills aimed at creating or increasing taxes will be discussed next year. Among those is a proposed reform to increase sales tax from 13 to 15 percent and create a global income tax. The administration sent both draft bills last August, but they have been stalled in the legislative Financial Affairs Commission.The minister said that despite the delay, all initiatives seeking to increase revenue from taxes remain a priority for the government.“It’s not a secret that this administration is focused on solving the country’s fiscal situation,” he said.Alfaro added that following Monday’s meeting, he believed opposition parties supported the agenda, and he hoped for consensus to approve many of the items.Said the minister: “We hope for an efficient and successful period of extraordinary sessions.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Name that beach

first_imgSometimes it’s best to start the week with a little slice of heaven… and by that we mean a tempting view of Costa Rica’s coasts. Can you identify this Costa Rican beach, snapped by Andrés Madrigal?Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to kstanley@ticotimes.net. We’d love to see the sights with you. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica dreamin’ Turn off your phone, turn on the twinkly lights The blue skies (and waves) of summer Bring on the high seasonlast_img read more

Costa Rican Happy Hour 7 The ultimate World Cup playlist

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican Happy Hour #4: ‘No me visto para vos’ Costa Rican Happy Hour #5: Get your FIA 2018 groove on Costa Rican Happy Hour #6: A music video filmed at the Coca Cola Market All together, boys Costa Rican Friday Happy Hour #2: ‘Malpaís’ ‘El otro gol’ – GandhiThe popular Costa Rican rock group turned their attention to soccer in this ode to Costa Rica’s favorite sport. ‘Lo daremos todo’ – 1990 National TeamWe’ve arguably saved the best for last. Nothing is more heartwarming, futbolísticamente hablando, than watching Costa Rica’s World Cup pioneers, the 1990 Sele, pledge that ‘We’ll give it all.’ They sure did. (Watch for the magical costume change around the one-minute mark.) Take a listen and check out more of our Happy Hour selections here. Got a recommendation for us of a favorite Costa Rican or Costa Rica-inspired tune? Let us know at elang@ticotimes.net. Ready to get in the mood to watch Costa Rica’s 2018 World Cup debut on Sunday (at 6 am Costa Rica time, against Serbia)? Here’s our playlist of can’t-miss Costa Rican soccer tunes to kick off your weekend.‘Agárrense de las manos’ – La NotaA beloved classic and Costa Rica’s best-known soccer anthem. This video includes unforgettable moments from La Sele’s extraordinary performance at the first World Cup in which Costa Rica participated, in 1990, as well as later contests. ‘Playa, montaña y gol’ – Gonín featuring Alonso SolísFormer National Team player Solís was popularly known as ‘El Mariachi,’ in honor of his family’s mariachi band, and he put his vocal stylings on display in this number. ‘Agarrense de las manos’ 2018 Remix – William Fallas and Kenny ErickzonI mean, you really can’t listen to this one too many times. The best part of this video is the reaction of the barbers who are cutting hair while watching the 2014 tournament. (Free travel tip: Do NOT get a haircut from a Costa Rican during one of La Sele’s World Cup matches.) Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Help wanted Tijuana offers Central American migrants a job

first_imgRelated posts:At Mexico-US border, pope decries migrant ‘tragedy’ VIDEO: New Costa Rican documentary explains forced Central American migration Panama drops off Cuban migrants on Costa Rica’s doorstep Hondurans form a new US-bound caravan, drawing fire from Trump They’re not just migrants, they’re builders, cooks, painters and seamstresses: the caravan of Central Americans gathering at the U.S. border boasts an attractive workforce and Tijuana, their last stop before California, wants to tap it.Under a white awning near a packed shelter in a poor neighborhood of commercially bustling Tijuana, hundreds of the migrants line up for a job fair staged just for these determined travelers.Since setting out more than a month ago from Honduras, they have covered about 4,400 kilometers (2,700 miles), either walking or hitchhiking, until several thousand reached Tijuana, Mexico which is just across the border from San Diego, California on their journey seeking a better life in America, whose President Donald Trump has deployed soldiers to help stop them.“These are very strong people. They are a valuable workforce for our industry,” said Nayla Rangel of the National Employment Service and director of the job fair, which will last a month.Companies advertise job vacancies and interview candidates, while migration authorities and officers of the Mexican Commission for Aid to Refugees are also on hand to give the migrants temporary residency papers.“The idea is to give them a visa on humanitarian grounds while their residency status is sorted out so they can obtain a work permit,” said Rangel.Around 3,000 people who traveled with the caravan are now in Tijuana, most of them living in a makeshift shelter that Mexican authorities set up in an open-air sports arena, with tents and mattresses.Another 1,000 who lagged behind in the nearby town of Mexicali were on their way Tuesday to Tijuana, persevering along a hot, dry road. Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico’s Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. Photo by Pedro Pardo / AFPWork doing anything“Worker wanted,” reads a job ad that Wilmar Correa holds while waiting in line at the fair.He is a 27-year-old Honduran who studied to be a teacher, but he never made it because of the gang violence and lack of jobs in his country.Correa says he is willing to work at anything in the prosperous industries operating along the US-Mexico border.As in other cities along the frontier, what drives the economy in Tijuana is manufacturing, especially automobiles, aerospace, pharmaceuticals and electronics.To the south, along the fine beaches of Baja California, the state that includes Tijuana, restaurants and hotels catering to foreign tourists abound.US-Mexico bilateral trade totals about $500 billion a year and 80 percent of Mexico’s exports go to the US, its main trading partner.At the job fair, employers are offering 7,000 to 10,000 jobs in manufacturing and areas like the hospitality industry, said Salvador Diaz, president of a local manufacturing association.He says it’s a win-win situation: migrants get an above-board job and business get tax-deductible labor, said Diaz.For the equivalent of around $90 a week, Cesar Elvir hopes to work as a painter in a factory.This 20-year-old Honduran traveling with his wife and two children has already gone through the interview process and is waiting for the company to call him on his cell phone with a formal offer.“It looks good. My goal is not to stay in Tijuana, but while I am waiting for other opportunities I would stay here for a while,” Elvir said with a smile. (Photo by Pedro Pardo / AFP)Success storiesThe Central American caravan is giving a taste of deja vu to Tijuana, which two years ago saw the arrival of thousands of Haitians also bound for the US. Many made it but many also stayed and put down roots in Mexico.“The Haitian case was very positive,” said Diaz. About 2,500 of them ended up working, legally, in manufacturing plants, he said.“The most important thing is they blended in to society very well. We have not had any problems with them. We want to do the same thing with the Central Americans,” Diaz added.But hundreds of residents of Tijuana protested the presence of the caravan, asserting that many of the travelers are members of street gangs called “maras” and will trigger violence.Trump has made similar allegations.As of Tuesday, 40 migrants with the caravan have been deported, out of 57 detained for offenses such as drug possession, fighting and public disorder, city officials said.But the vast majority are families with good intentions and “they tell us they can help identify those people (gang members) and turn them over to be deported,” said Diaz.After filling out a job application, Karla Vallecio, 34, recalls that back in Honduras she worked taking care of babies, cleaning other people’s houses — “whatever I could get.”“If I got a job the first thing I would do is find a room for me so I can stay in Tijuana, she said, explaining that the process of asking for asylum in the United States is slower and more complicated than she expected.Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years. Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

5 killed in assault on oil well in Colombia

first_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – Colombian officials say attackers believed to be leftist rebels have killed five Colombian contractors for the state-owned oil company Ecopetrol at a well in a turbulent southern state.Ecopetrol says in a statement that attackers used automatic weapons during the assault early Wednesday in Puerto Caicedo in Putumayo state, which borders Ecuador. Five workers died and three were wounded.Ecopetrol says there have been more than 20 attacks this year by illegal armed groups on oil pipelines but this was the first on an oil well. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familycenter_img The Colombian army’s 27th Brigade is blaming the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia for the attack.The rebels have been fighting the Colombian state for nearly five decades and frequently extort businesses in areas where they operate.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

Police Italian Mafia boss nabbed in Venezuela

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Italian authorities said Bonomolo had been wanted in Italy since 2007, where he has been convicted and sentenced to 10 years and 4 months in prison for extortion and Mafia association. He is an alleged boss of the Porta Nuova crime clan in Palermo.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories center_img ROME (AP) – Italian authorities say a fugitive Sicilian Mafia boss has been arrested in Venezuela, with family ties aiding investigators on his trail.Police and prosecutors in Palermo, the Sicilian capital, told reporters Tuesday that Salvatore Bonomolo was shopping in a mall on Margarita Island, a popular tourist destination, when he was arrested Monday. They said investigators tracked him down by following the movement of money his family sent to him from Italy and by intercepting phone calls his relatives made to him. 0 Comments   Share   Check your body, save your life 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

Iran North Korea sign technology agreement

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Quick workouts for men Associated PressTEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran and North Korea signed a scientific and technological cooperation agreement Saturday, bringing the two nations deeply at odds with the U.S. closer together.Iranian state TV did not provide further details on the document but said it will include setting up joint scientific and technological laboratories, exchange of scientific teams between the two countries and transfer of technology in the fields of information technology, energy, environment, agriculture and food. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Any technical accord between Pyongyang and Tehran is likely to raise suspicions in the West. The U.S. has repeatedly accused North Korea of providing Iran with advanced missiles capable of targeting Western European capitals.Last year, Iran denied a U.N. panel report saying that North Korea and Iran appear to have been regularly exchanging ballistic missiles, components and technology in violation of U.N. sanctions.Iran’s state TV said the agreement was signed in Tehran in the presence of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and North Korea’s nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam, by Iran’s Minister of Science, Research and Technology Kamran Daneshjoo and North Korea’s Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun.Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Kim, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, that North Korea and Iran have “common enemies.”“Arrogant powers don’t tolerate independent governments,” Khamenei told Kim. “In the march towards great goals, one should be serious, and pressures, sanctions and threats should not cause any crack in (our) determination.”In a separate meeting, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Kim’s visit would have a “great impact on strengthening bilateral ties, expanding cooperation and boosting the anti-hegemonic front.” Sponsored Stories Both countries are bitter enemies of the U.S. and the West. Iranian and North Korean officials have said in the past that their nations are in “one trench” in the fight against the Western powers.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

Windwhipped rains lift Venice tide to 6th highest

first_imgVENICE, Italy (AP) – Heavy rains and seas whipped up by strong winds have flooded Venice and brought the lagoon city’s high tide mark to its sixth-highest level since records began being kept 150 years ago.Italian news reports said the same weather system that put 70 percent of central Venice under water on Sunday was wreaking havoc elsewhere in north and central Italy, with some 200 people evacuated from their homes in hard-hit Tuscany. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Flooding is common in Venice this time of year and Sunday’s high tide mark of 150 centimeters (59.06 inches) marked the sixth-highest level since 1872, according to the ANSA news agency.Moveable barriers that would rise from the sea bed to protect Venice from high tides have been in the works for years but will not be operational before 2014.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   center_img Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

New African art wows international collectors

first_img Parents, stop beating yourself up Mesa family survives lightning strike to home The sculptor and painter Ben Enwonwu, considered a pioneer of modern art in Nigeria, was the first African commissioned by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II to do a bust, for which she sat during a 1956 visit to the West African nation.Works by the now deceased Enwonwu and Anatsui were the best sellers at Bonham’s “Africa Now!” auction in May, breaking new records, according to Peppiatt.A wooden sculpture by Anatsui sold for $100,000 and one of Enwonwu’s iconic slender bronze figures fetched $118,000.Olatunji, the budding artist, said he likes to represent ordinary people with the tribal markings that are becoming a thing of the past.“It can be the young girl selling water, a fleeting glance at someone in the street, then I fashion a story around them,” he said, describing his desire to capture “the morphological characteristics” he sees from years of studying faces.To create the haunting portraits he uses shavings from charcoal and pastel chalks. Working on a piece of paper covering half a wall, he turns on some jazz and dances around his new work.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall For a century, African art was belittled. As late as 1994, poet and writer Okwui Enwezor bemoaned the fact that “The most enduring myth of all … is the specious assertion by many in the Western art establishments, that there really is no such thing as modern art from Africa.”Enwezor, a Nigerian, this year became the first African to curate the Venice Biennale.Honored there was El Anatsui, the Ghanaian-born rock star of African art who has long lived in Nigeria and received the Gold Lion for Lifetime Achievement. Anatsui’s work, spanning a nearly 50-year career as a sculptor and art professor, won international acclaim at the 2007 Biennale when he draped the facade of the Palazzo Fortuny with a magisterial glimmer from thousands of whisky bottle caps stitched together with copper wire.Using recycled materials linked to liquor, which played an important role in the economy of the slave trade, Anatsui has created works that resemble Ghana’s royal kente cloth, carrying a complicated message typical of African art.Art has always been an integral part of African life, from elaborate pottery, wooden masks sometimes worked with beads or beaten bronze to fabrics of hand-woven silks, linens and cottons colored with plant dyes. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for mencenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   ILE-IFE, Nigeria (AP) — Babajide Olatunji sold his first portrait for about $7. Seven years later, his charcoal renderings of faces with tribal markings sell for thousands of dollars.This 24-year-old’s success is part of a new global recognition of the value of contemporary African art.“It’s the new ‘Scramble for Africa,’ no longer for land, gold or diamonds, but for art,” said Giles Peppiatt, who holds the only auctions of modern African art outside the continent, at Bonham’s in London. “It’s a rather different kind of tussle that is making art a viable occupation for artists across Africa,” he said.Nigeria, with the continent’s largest economy and population, is leading the art field, too, with a host of established and up-and-coming painters, sculptors, printmakers, potters, photographers, glass and bead workers and batik masters.Olatunji struggled through art school, with help from his mother, who runs a small grocery stall from her home. He managed to sell some portraits. “But some days, I went to college on an empty stomach,” he told The Associated Press at his apartment-studio in Ile-Ife, a city about 200 kilometers (125 miles) northeast of Lagos, the commercial capital, that is one of several art centers in Nigeria.The artistic success of this West African nation better known as the continent’s biggest oil producer is no surprise to Adhiambo Odaga, who promoted the work of Nigerian artists when she headed the country office of the Ford Foundation.“It’s all part of the ‘Africa rising’ narrative and I don’t think you should divorce it from the increasing interest in investment in Africa,” she said. Top Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Up Up and Away More airlines resume services to Europe

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/24e3b/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Qantas resumed flights to and from Europe late last night after six days of cancellations caused by ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland. Two Australian-bound Qantas aircraft were kept on the tarmac at Heathrow last night after the airline received reports of a “significant meteorological report” of ash on the proposed flight path. One flight, QF30 to Melbourne was cancelled while the second, QF32 to Sydney via Singapore was due to depart 12:05pm local time and took off this morning after an 11 hour delay. Qantas flight QF6 from Frankfurt via Singapore touched at Sydney Airport this morning at 5:43am.The carrier is expected to resume normal schedules services from Australia to Europe today and passengers booked on QF9, QF5, QF31, QF1 and QF29 are confirmed for travel. The airline has estimated that it will take two to three weeks to clear the backlog of passengers.Chief Executive Alan Joyce said the airline has applied for extra landing slots at London’s Heathrow and Frankfurt’s airport to help around 15,500 passengers affected by the closures.”We are working on providing supplementary services to help clear the backlog and we will let our customers know as soon as possible,” he said. Mr Joyce said the cancellations were unlikely to have a big effect on full-year earnings, which is predicted to be between $300 million and $400 million this financial year. ”It won’t affect our earnings forecast,” Mr Joyce said. ”It’s five days of our operations not occurring into Europe, at between $1.5 million and $2 million [a day].” Mr Joyce said the airline has spent $700,000 a day “out of its own pocket” to assist the 2000 stranded Qantas passenger with accommodation and other needs. Qantas generates about 11% of its revenue from European flights, significantly less than its key regional rivals Singapore Airlines at 21%, Cathay Pacific at 20% and Air New Zealand at 30%.Flight updatesSingapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific are returning to a full European flight schedule with immediate effect. Air France, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Lufthansa have all taken to the skies for longer routes and also operated some of their medium- and shorter-haul routes. Air Berlin and easyJet are operating partial services and Ryanair is expected to announce plans to resume its Northern Europe service. Emirates said it operated all but two of its 39 scheduled flights to Europe, including 12 to the UK and seven to Germany, but warned there was a “long way to go before normality returns”. Emirates have also reopened flights for passengers travelling from Australia on confirmed tickets to all of its destinations in Europe.Etihad has recommenced its scheduled services to London, Paris, Brussels, and Geneva, and would continue to operate services to these destinations, subject to the airports remaining open. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

IASC set to extend Qantas SAA codeshare

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Qantas and South African Airways (SAA) are likely to be chums for another year as the International Air Services Commission (IASC) yesterday issued a draft decision to continue authorisation for the airlines’ codeshare agreement. The IASC determined that changes to the South Africa-Australia route such as increased available capacity, market transformations and new route entrants meant the continued codeshare between Qantas and SAA would not be detrimental to the public. “The Commission considers it unlikely that there will be any lessening of competition benefits from continuing the codeshare for a further period,” the IASC said, pointing to “the relatively subdued demand situation and the imminent addition of more capacity by Qantas and V Australia”.According to the IASC, Qantas’ only direct competitor on the route, V Australia, had a “significant” impact on air fares, increasing competition. “The presence of V Australia…has contributed to a situation where there has been incentive for Qantas and SAA to compete much more vigorously with each other, as well as with the new entrant and third-country carriers”, the IASC said.The IASC predicted V Australia would capture 15-20 per cent market share of the Australia-South Africa route should current trends continue, and pointed to Qantas’ claim that its share has fallen since V Australia’s entry. Despite this, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has argued the codeshare between SAA and Qantas was not as necessary as it was when the codeshare first came into place.“The ACCC considers that the increase in capacity on the route has altered the competitive dynamics in such a way that the need for codesharing arrangements between Qantas and SAA is likely to have diminished,” the ACCC said in a submission to the IASC.Qantas apparently responded to the ACCC’s submission, but “on a commercially confidential basis”, advising possible implications should codeshare approval be withdrawn.In its extension submission Qantas said a loss of approval “would raise average costs and reduce public benefits”, the IASC advised.Qantas will soon add its seventh weekly service between Sydney and Johannesburg as SAA operates daily return flights between Johannesburg and Perth and V Australia plans to add a third weekly service between Melbourne and Johannesburg.last_img read more

Goldman Travel Corp acquires Travelcall

first_imgGTC enter Melbourne market. Sydney-based Goldman Travel Corporation (GTC) will enter the Melbourne market with the acquisition of Travelcall.Travelcall is a Melbourne-based travel agency, founded by Cher Roscoe and Bill Munt in 1995.Travelcall will continue to operate as normal, under the Goldman Travel Group of companies.“The Travelcall business offers extensive synergies including business profile, structure and technology platforms,” GTC executive chairman Tom Goldman said.“Being a part of a larger agency with the similar business culture and systems will be of great benefit to both our clients and our team,” Travelcall founder Cher Roscoe said.The Goldman name is synonymous with service excellence gained through many years of experience and we look forward to contributing to this tradition in the years ahead.”Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T.last_img read more

roomsXML – New Features and Optimised for Business

first_imgroomsXML have launched a new business-focused dashboard for agents roomsXML has added new features to underpin better business for agents learn more about roomsXML.com hereSource = roomsXML.com For more information visit www.roomsxml.com Click here to meet the new roomsXML team members Mark Luckey, roomsXML Pacific MD says “Agents are busy and want well-priced and efficient wholesale partnerships they can rely on. We consulted agents to design and implement a practical, functional entry point underpinned by powerful and integrated back-end technology.”Matt Paterson, roomsXML CSM says “For months we collated phone calls and customer service queries to put the most relevant and important information available in one click.“Agents come to roomsXML to search, book, modify an existing booking or query. Those functions are available once logged in. Whilst we are happy to answer the phone, agents have told us that they would prefer to self-help in the first instance.roomsXML’s “Real Rewards”, progress is now also on the front page. Sasha Luckey, National BDM says “Real Rewards is the best returning rewards program. Agents love the tangible, real dollar value. This enhancement makes Real Rewards more accessible and gives an agent a clear view on their progress.”The dashboard enhancements include accessible searching for existing bookings, a list of bookings requiring payment as well as customer service updates from roomsXML’s award-winning CRM platform.“We’ve helped agents communicate with their customers through the launch of Q-Push.  The new dashboard demonstrates roomsXML’s commitment to helping agents do great business.”last_img read more

Campaign Clean India launched by the Tourism Ministry

first_imgMinistry of Tourism has launched the ‘Campaign Clean India’ to sensitise all sections of society on the importance of cleanliness and hygiene in public places particularly monuments and tourist destinations. This Campaign is to be sustained through adoption and involvement of private and public sector stakeholders as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). It is a voluntary scheme and no funds have been allocated by the Government for this campaign.India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) has adopted Qutab Minar in Delhi and a MoU has been signed between Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and the Ministry of Tourism for undertaking various works at Taj Mahal, Agra under this campaign.Further, Ministry of Tourism has operationalise two new Plan Schemes of Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD from 2014 – 15. Under these schemes the Ministry provides financial support for infrastructure development including wayside amenities, garbage bins, sewerage/effluent disposal, etc.last_img read more

ITB Asia 2016 to have a dedicated MICE Day

first_imgITB Asia 2016 will showcase its strongest Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) line up to-date with a full day conference programme dedicated to the growing sector. Organised by Messe Berlin (Singapore), ITB Asia will take place from October 19–21, 2016 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands.New partnerships with prominent industry heavyweights such as the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) and Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS), as well as a renewed agreement with the Incentive Conference & Event Society Asia Pacific (ICESAP) will ensure delegates learn more about the latest news and innovations from thought leaders in their respective fields.Taking place on October 20, the second day of ITB Asia, the inaugural MICE Day @ ITB Asia will be held at a specially designed conference room, and will include sessions from a wide range of industry partners, covering a full spectrum of topical issues facing the MICE sector today.“These dedicated sessions will provide real-world advice for MICE delegates, helping to keep them up-to-date on the latest developments in incentive travel and events and identify new business opportunities,” said Katrina Leung, Executive Director of Messe Berlin (Singapore), the organisers of ITB Asia.SITE will conduct two sessions under the theme of ‘Managing Incentive Travel Programmes’ covering the three pillars of incentive travel programme management- Delivery, Management and Service. The first session entitled ‘Incentive Travel Budget and Marketing’ will explore the fiscal and marketing challenges that managers and planners face. This course will outline practical solutions delegates can apply to their incentive travel programme planning. The second session entitled ‘The Customer Experience and the Importance of Communication’ will showcase how a service culture and strong communication can impact the success of incentive travel management.“SITE is delighted to be partnering with ITB Asia, not only to expand our footprint in Asia, but also to bring world class education to this all important forum,” said Rajeev Kohli, President, SITE.last_img read more