October is the busiest month for corporate car rentals says Hertz

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share October is the busiest month for corporate car rentals, says Hertz Tags: Hertz, Trend Watch Travelweek Group center_img Monday, October 17, 2016 ESTERO, Fla. — If you’re finding more traffic than usual on the road this month, you’re not imagining it – Hertz has announced that more corporate customers are renting cars in the U.S. during October than any other month of the year.According to the company, corporate customers drive an estimated 114 million miles during October, which kicks off a busy stretch of conferences and conventions across the United States. Due to the fact that many business trips are scheduled around summer vacations or delayed for after the start of the school year – combined with the fact that it is the last full month of working days before the holiday season – October becomes the ideal month to hit the road for business.The top five busiest locations for Hertz in October are projected to be San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas and Chicago. Monday is expected to be the peak day of the week for business travel. To ensure travellers get on their way quickly during this high volume time, Hertz advises signing up for its free-to-join Gold Plus Rewards loyalty program, which provides a premier level of service and an expedited rental experience. In addition to enjoying many exclusive benefits such as earning free rental days, Gold Plus Rewards members can skip the counter at more than 50 airports and go directly to their vehicle. They can also experience faster returns with Hertz Express Return service and eReceipts, which allows members to simply drop off their car and go.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?To reward members with even more free rental days, Gold Plus Rewards members in the U.S. and Canada can earn 550 bonus points – enough for a free weekend day – when they rent twice from Hertz before Nov.13, 2016 and register at HertzFallRewards.com. Posted bylast_img read more

Ready or not Ontario legislation for allin travel pricing starts Jan 1

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Ready or not, Ontario legislation for all-in travel pricing starts Jan. 1, 2017 Travelweek Group Tags: TICO TORONTO — The industry has known about this deadline for months and now consumers do too: starting Jan. 1, 2017 travel ads in Ontario will have to include all taxes and fees, under new rules that the provincial government says are meant to protect consumers.The province says the rules, which take effect Jan. 1, will help reduce confusion and prevent surprises for travellers, as well as ensure a level playing field for the travel industry. The new regulations apply to any ads made by a registered travel agent or wholesaler that refer to the price of travel services.“People across Ontario can now research and buy their vacations and business travel with confidence and without surprises – the price advertised will now be the price paid,” Marie-France Lalonde, Ontario’s minister of government and consumer services, said in a statement.The change was also hailed by TICO, which said all-in pricing “provides consistent guidelines for the travel industry when advertising and promoting the price of travel services.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesMany major tours operators and retailers have been advertising all-in pricing for years. “Air Canada Vacations is already in compliance with the all-in-pricing requirement set out by TICO,” said Nino Montagnese, Managing Director, Sun Markets for ACV. “All of our vacations packages, hotel prices, flights and tours in all promotional formats – whether online or print – include transparent pricing and clearly outline all of the fees, services charges and taxes that consumers can expect to pay when booking our products. We want to make our travel partners’ and consumers’ booking process as seamless as possible.”Other tour operators are ready to comply. “As per recent legislation issued by the Province of Ontario, we can confirm that all our pricing will be displayed as ‘all in’ pricing from Jan. 1, 2017,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations, Sunwing Vacations. “Customers will be able to browse our selection of vacation packages with ease, and with the understanding that all taxes, surcharges and fees are already represented in the price quoted.”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Dawson said travellers should be “diligent when comparing prices as many online travel agents and hoteliers not covered by the legislation are likely to continue to show prices without taxes and fees included.”Flight Centre spokeswoman Allison Wallace said full transparency in pricing “will reduce confusion while at the same time encourage fair competition from sun wholesalers and retailers so this is very good news for both the consumer and the travel industry.” Posted by Wednesday, December 14, 2016 last_img read more

Laser tag and race track to debut on NCLs new Norwegian Bliss

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Laser tag and race track to debut on NCL’s new Norwegian Bliss Monday, August 14, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Share Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line LAS VEGAS — New details have emerged about the Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Cruise Line’s 16th ship that will sail to Alaska, the Caribbean and the Mexican Riviera (select voyages) beginning in June 2018.Currently being constructed at MEYER WERFT in Germany and scheduled for delivery in Spring 2018, the custom-built ship will boast many firsts at sea, including the largest competitive race track at sea and an open-air laser tag course. These exclusive details were announced earlier this week by Andy Stuart, NCL president and chief executive officer at Virtuoso Travel Week at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.“Norwegian Bliss will no doubt be our most incredible ship to date. We have elevated Norwegian Bliss’s onboard experience to new heights, bringing the best features from across our fleet plus exciting new first-at-sea activities like the largest race track and new dining concepts to create the ultimate cruising experience,” said Stuart.The two-level electric-car race track – the longest at sea at nearly 1,000 feet – will feature four speed settings to accommodate novice, intermediate and advanced drivers, reaching up to 30 miles per hour with a special ‘turbo boost’ available on each lap. The electric cars will run silent but the sounds of a race car engine will still be piped in through speakers located in the car’s headrest to give racers a more authentic experience.The laser tag course, available both day and night, will be themed as an abandoned space station. Guests of all ages can go into stealth mode and compete against family and friends with state-of-the-art laser guns.To wind down, passengers can relax at the ship’s expansive pool and sundeck featuring two pools and six infinity hot tubs that scale the side of the ship. There’ll also be the Aqua Park with two multi-storey waterslides: the high-speed Ocean Loops free fall slide featuring two loops, and the tandem Aqua Racer, which will allow guests to race side-by-side on inner tubes.2017 Norwegian Joy Architecture Photo ShootNorwegian Bliss Architectural RenderingNorwegian Bliss Architectural RenderingFor younger guests, there’ll be the Kids’ Aqua Park, a watery wonderland of splash pads, water cannons, tipping buckets and slides, as well as the Splash Academy, the fleet’s award-winning complimentary youth program featuring age-appropriate supervised activities for kids aged three to 12. Teens aged 13 through 17 can also enjoy their own space aboard at Entourage, home to gaming stations, foosball, air hockey and a dance floor. Even the youngest of guests – ages six months to under three years old – will have a dedicated space onboard the Bliss at the fleet’s largest Guppies playroom.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionDining will be both vast and varied, with restaurants like Q, the all-new Texas Smokehouse, and Los Lobos, which will serve elevated Mexican cuisine. Also onboard will be Cagney’s Steakhouse, The A-List Bar, Le Bistro for French food, La Cucina for Tuscan cuisine, Ocean Blue for fresh seafood, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at Sea, Teppanyaki for Japanese, the new Coco’s for à la carte dessert, and much more.Norwegian Bliss Architectural Rendering2017 Norwegian Joy Architecture Photo ShootNorwegian Bliss Architectural RenderingFor Wellness options the Mandara Spa on deck 16 aft will offer 24 treatment rooms, a full-service salon and barber shop, fitness centre and themal suite. At the fitness centre, guests can use state-of-the-art TechnoGym cardiovascular and strength training equipment, as well as sign up for personal training and group fitness classes like TRX, Norwegian Fight Club and RYDE Cycle. Equally impressive will be the thermal suite where guests can enjoy the vitality pool and heated whirlpool, steam room, sauna, snow room and 17 heated stone loungers. Passes to the thermal suite will be available for purchase for a limited number of guests each sailing.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthDuring her inaugural summer season, Norwegian Bliss will sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises each Saturday from Pier 66 in Seattle where it will be the largest ship to ever seasonally homeport on the West Coast. A first for any ship on the West coast will be The Waterfront, a popular feature that debuted on Norwegian Breakaway in 2013. This outdoor promenade will be home to al fresco dining, bars and lounge spaces with spectacular views of Alaska’s scenery and wildlife.As for nightlife, Norwegian Bliss will offer deck parties at Spice H2O and an expansive casino featuring hundreds of slot machines and table games. In a first for Norwegian, the casino will now offer a smoking and non-smoking casino to cater to all guest preferences. There’ll also be the Tony-Award winning Jersey Boys musical production and two observation lounges from where guests can spot whales and watch the sunset.Accommodations onboard run the gamut, from luxury suites in The Haven by Norwegian, to Studio staterooms for solo travellers and new connecting staterooms for large groups and families.The ship’s itinerary will feature calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia, along with scenic glacier cruising. Norwegian Bliss will sail her inaugural Winter season beginning in November 2018, sailing seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruises each Saturday from PortMiami, featuring calls in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas.last_img read more

LOT sale includes up to 50 off international flights

first_img WARSAW — Travellers can expect to see LOT flights selling like hotcakes over the next couple of weeks, thanks to a limited-time special offer on flights to global destinations.Starting today, as many as one million tickets for flights to nearly 70 destinations around the world via LOT’s hub in Warsaw are available at reduced prices for the next 14 days. This includes tickets for roundtrips from LOT destinations in Europe as well as from the U.S., Japan, South Korea and Canada. Connections via Warsaw to many destinations in Poland and worldwide are also included in the offer.Passengers can travel from cities such as Vilnius, Zurich, Frankfurt, Kosice, Madrid, London, Brussels, Paris and Sofia, as well as from New York City, Chicago, Toronto, Beijing or Tokyo with a discount of up to 50%. For example, flights from Berlin, Dusseldorf to Warsaw start at €69. Others like Larnaka, Cluj Napoka, Vilnius to Warsaw start at €79, and from Tel Aviv to Gdansk starting from US$89.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoFlights from New York to Krakow start at US$699; passengers can fly beyond into Europe via Warsaw, with New York to Vilnius priced from US$499.“It is not the first time that LOT has proven that comfortable travel does not have to be expensive. We offer the best value for the price. Our special offer comes not only with inexpensive tickets but with free checked baggage, meals onboard and flights to major hubs only. To passengers travelling from outside of Warsaw we ensure the most comfortable and short transfers at our hub at the Warsaw Chopin Airport,” said Adrian Kubicki, Director of Corporate Communications.Last year, LOT inaugurated 41 new connections, including Los Angeles, Seoul, Tokyo, Newark and Astana, all of which are included in the special offer.The offer ends on Sept. 19. Passengers can plan their travels from Nov. 1 until Dec. 16, 2017, and from Jan. 13 until May 31, 2018. LOT sale includes up to 50% off international flights Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Tags: LOT Polish Airlines, Promotions << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Travelweek Group Share Posted bylast_img read more

Youll never guess what Dubai has dreamed up next

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted by Tuesday, September 12, 2017 You’ll never guess what Dubai has dreamed up nextcenter_img DUBAI — Only in Dubai will you find the world’s tallest building, the world’s most luxurious hotel, and now…the world’s first underwater luxury vessel resort.Launched by the Kleindienst Group, ‘The Floating Venice’ will essentially bring a Venice experience to the heart of the Middle East. Valued at US$680 million, this unique floating resort will be located in The World Islands, four kilometres offshore from Dubai, and have a capacity of up to 3,000 guests daily.The Floating Venice gondola and Ca d’Oro view (PRNewsfoto/Kleindienst Group)Accommodations, restaurants and recreation will be split over four decks, one of which will be underwater. Guests will arrive by boat, seaplane or helicopter to the main Piazza San Marco, where they can check-in at the underwater lobby. Gondolas imported from Venice will transport guests to their cabins through winding canals; alternatively, guests can stroll through canal side walkways and across bridges to their awaiting cabins.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyUpon completion, there will be a range of 414 bespoke cabins arranged over four decks, including one that’s underwater that includes spectacular views of the coral reefs below. Other ultra-luxe amenities include 24 pools, some of which will have acrylic bases, over 400,000 square feet of corals, an on-site coral nursery, 12 floating beaches, 12 restaurants and bars, and the world’s first floating underwater spa.And to complement the wide range of artisanal shops and boutiques on site, there’ll also be traditional festivals like Carnivale di Venezia, Binnale di Venezia and Festa del Rendentore.The Floating Venice Arial Overview (PRNewsfoto/Kleindienst Group)“As a developer our vision supports and aligns with Dubai’s ambition to be a leading global destination and home of innovation as the world’s most forward-thinking city. I am extremely excited and proud of The Floating Venice. Our aim is to enhance the landscape of real estate and hospitality and deliver a new iconic experience,” said Josef Kleindienst, Chairman.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsThe Floating Venice is made possible through the new technologies developed creating The Floating Seahorse. Constructed from a mixture of concrete for the underwater sections and marine lightweight materials for the upper decks, The Floating Venice is designed to have a lifespan of at least 100 years. Construction is scheduled to begin in Q1 2018 with completion by Q4 2020. Travelweek Group Tags: Dubailast_img read more

Korea Tourism Organization gives Jeju Island the star treatment

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Jeju Island, Korea Tourism Organization Friday, July 19, 2019 Korea Tourism Organization gives Jeju Island the star treatment TORONTO — Few Canadians are familiar with Korea’s Jeju Island, but that’s about to change, says the Korea Tourism Organization.In the spirit of Korea Tourism Organization’s (KTO) new model of bringing popular Korean regional tourism organizations to Canada, the KTO gave Jeju Island the star treatment at trade events last week in Toronto and Vancouver.Dinner presentations attended by travel retailers and KTO supplier partners showcased Jeju Island’s culture and natural beauty.Jeju, Korea’s largest island and only an hour flight from Seoul, is filled with folklore and culture, says the KTO. The island is known for its beach resorts, volcanic coastline and cavelike lava tubes.At the Vancouver event: Douglas Yiu, Sales Manager of Korean Air Vancouver office; Youngdon Lim, Regional Manager of Korean Air Vancouver office; Hongbai Park, President of Jeju Tourism Organization; John Park, Director of Korea Tourism Organization Toronto officeIan Rhee, General Manager of the Jeju Tourism Organization (JTO), says: “Whether you are here just for travelling or relaxation, there are unlimited things you can do ranging from outdoor activities to various theme parks or you can enjoy ocean views at the cafes. Take a tea class and enjoy the freshly made teas at the largest green tea farm on the island is also another way to explore the island as it is famous for its green tea products.”More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamJeju Island has its own distinct culture that differs greatly from that of the mainland Korea, he added. Due to its special geographic location, both historically and in modern day, Jeju is a sought after and much-visited destination in Asia. The geographical evolution of the island is truly unique and offers a very different landscape and culture than the mainland of Korea.At the Toronto event: John Park, Director of Korea Tourism Organization Toronto office; Hongbai Park, President of Jeju Tourism Organization; Cheol Heum Hwang, Regional Manager of Korean Air’s Toronto officeJohn Park, Director of KTO, Toronto Office, added: “The island is famous for its strong winds, stone, and its women. Tourists will have a chance to experience and see Haenyeo, the female divers who played a key role in the economy of the island by harvesting seafood for many centuries.”Visitors can meet the divers and learn more about the Haenyeo culture by visiting the Haenyeo museum or Aqua Planet, notes Rhee. They can also learn to become a Haenyeo by visiting the fishing village or experience life in the ocean as a Haenyo at the diving school. As it is a disappearing culture, the government is trying to preserve and encourage a newer generation to become a Haenyeo.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerWith the announcement of world’s second largest Grand Hyatt hotel, plus a Four Seasons hotel, set to open on the island in 2020, Hong-Bai Park, president of JTO, says he believes the new developments will give visitors more choices in the increasingly popular tourist destination.Over 12 million passengers flew between Seoul and Jeju in 2016, making it the busiest air route in the world.More information about Korea is at visitkorea.or.kr.center_img Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Privatesector salary increase goes into effect Monday

first_imgAs of Monday, all private-sector workers  will receive a 3.65 percent increase in wages.The hike was set last October by the National Salary Council even though labor union representatives voted against the proposed figure.They asked for a salary hike of 4.06 percent, plus an extra 2 percent for workers receiving minimum wage, but the Council made the final decision.The increase is the highest in the last two years and was fully supported by employer chamber leaders.The raise will take effect from January 1. However, the law allows employers who cannot cover it immediately to pay on the last day of the month.Private-sector workers total more than 1.2 million, almost 85 percent of Costa Rica’s workforce, according to government figures. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img

Costa Rica takes a step toward inclusive tourism

first_imgCosta Rica has long been known as a destination for adventure, with thoughts of surfing, hiking through rain forests and tranquil beaches coming to mind, but this iconic image of the country has long been out of reach for Ticos and tourists in wheelchairs or with other disabilities.Innovative design in all-terrain wheelchairs and a growing social awareness of accessibility issues in Costa Rica, however, are poised to make the country’s national wonders available to people of all abilities and ages. Fernán González of Sistemas de Accesibilidad Total, an architecture and consulting company specializing in accessible design, unveiled two unique wheelchairs, perhaps the only of their kind in Costa Rica, during the Expo Travel trade show in San José last week. At first glance, the so-called “amphibious chairs” look like something left over from NASA’s Mars rover mission. Large, balloon-like yellow tires help stabilize the chairs over uneven surfaces and keep it from sinking into the sand. Another larger version equipped with life preservers can go into the ocean, allowing others to float alongside the person sitting down.“The topic of accessible tourism isn’t really addressed here in Costa Rica because everyone focuses on buildings, not in the enjoyment of tourism,” said González.  Carara National Park is one of the few protected areas in Costa Rica designed for people of all abilities, including low-incline paved trails, Braille and other information aids, and handicap-accessible bathrooms. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons No related posts.center_img But that may be changing. With several laws in effect requiring handicap accessibility in hotels and other public places, and pending legislation that would punish those who fail to comply with accessibility requirements, there is more pressure on the tourist industry to address accessibility issues for foreign and domestic visitors. The National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) met this week with González to see how they could make Manuel Antonio, a national park on the Pacific coast, more accessible to people of all abilities.Cecilia Montero of SINAC told The Tico Times that there are two national parks that are up to code for complete accessibility: Poás Volcano National Park and Carara National Park. Both parks have ramps, paved pathways, wayfinding and information aids.Montero said that SINAC hopes to make similar additions to six national parks total, including Izarú Volcano, Gayabo, Guanacaste, and Manuel Antonio. The SINAC representative said that they are exploring options to develop a wheel-chair accessible walkway to Manuel Antonio’s mangroves and beach, including a gangway that would allow wheelchair access to the ocean.But redesigning national parks does not come cheap: “The most difficult thing is to find funding for these projects,” observed Montero.Rita Chaves Casanova, leader of the Accessibility without Exclusion Party, PASE, agreed. The lawmaker told The Tico Times that there has been progress making the country’s iconic national parks more accessible to people of all abilities but funding remains a problem.“Often there are no resources to maintain a certain standard [of accessibility], much less adapt the parks,” Chaves said.The lawmaker pointed out that because the protected areas are public they too fall under the law’s accessibility requirements. Chaves added that PASE has proposed bill 18,238 that would give “teeth” to the country’s principal disability legislation, Law 7600, empowering authorities to sanction businesses or public places that do not comply with the law’s accessibility requirements.González hopes that these considerations will make Costa Rica more accessible to Ticos and create a new tourism niche for visitors who thought the country’s rugged image was out of reach.“You can put [a handicapped person] under a palm tree but they’re not really getting a chance to fully enjoy the experience,” González said, “People need to understand that the true value of a tourist destination is that everyone can enjoy it.”   Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Bus driver caught smuggling 30000 in his tennis shoes

first_imgRelated posts:Police carry out 9 anti-drug raids in Limón, arrest 4 The intellectual architect of the US’ modern war on drugs has died Brazilian Police release Tico accused of allegedly paying a minor for sex A letter from a Costa Rican jail Drug Control Police announced Friday the arrest of a Costa Rican bus driver caught smuggling more than $65,000 in cash into the country at Paso Canoas, at the border with Panama.Police found $30,000 in cash stuffed into a pair of tennis shoes and another $33,900 in the 45-year-old driver’s suitcase.Authorities found $65,736 and ₡122,000 – roughly $240 – in the suitcase, tennis shoes and other places on board the bus. Facebook Commentslast_img

The life the migrants leave behind The children of Guatemala

first_imgANTIGUA, Guatemala – Walk the streets of Guatemala and children are everywhere.They’re hoisted on their parents’ shoulders, blasting trumpets or banging drums in school parades, or playing pickup games of soccer. The luckier ones attend private schools and wear crisp uniforms. The most impoverished might walk barefoot, or chase after tourists in hopes of selling a trinket. Others offer a shoe shine for less than a dollar.Almost half of Guatemalans are younger than 19, making their country the youngest in Latin America. That means nearly 7 million citizens were not alive in 1996 when government and guerrilla leaders signed a peace accord ending a bloody 36-year civil war.But negotiated peace has done little to improve conditions in Guatemala. According to statistics tracked by several international organizations, the country lags behind most of its neighbors on measures of health care, education, literacy, malnutrition and public safety. A drum band performs in the streets of Antigua, Guatemala, on Aug. 21, 2014 as part of a parade to mark the 150th anniversary of a local school. Washington Post photo by Michael S. WilliamsonThat’s a major reason why so many families, mostly from the impoverished rural western region of Guatemala, have decided in recent years to send young children north to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. An influx of unaccompanied children from Mexico and Central America this summer strained federal agencies and sparked a new flash point in the years-long debate over immigration policy.As each child’s case is reviewed by U.S. officials, some will be reunited with family members in the United States, and others will be sent back.Once they return to Guatemala, “We have to put forth the effort and have the capacity to receive them, and take them to their place of origin, and once they’re home, provide them with education and with the social programs to help their families,” Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina said in a recent interview with The Washington Post.But Molina couldn’t detail how that process will unfold. It could take several months, maybe even years, to fully implement.By then, the young faces will be older. Will they grow into adulthood and stay in Guatemala? Or will they, like so many other countrymen, try going north? A young girl covers her ears in anticipation of fireworks that were set off as part of a parade that celebrated The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Aug. 21, 2014 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Washington Post photo by Michael S. Williamson© 2014, The Washington Post Related posts:Guatemala has no idea how many of its undocumented citizens live in the United States Experts at D.C. panel deny lax US border controls are to blame for immigration crisis Did we forget the lesson the ‘Greatest Generation’ fought so hard to learn? Remittances account for 10 percent of Guatemala’s GDP Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Sea Shepherd publishes vegan cookbook

first_imgSkeptics might find it odd that a group of vigilante activists would publish a book and sell it on Amazon, but the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has an active online store and has done a remarkable job of branding itself, not only with its own reality show but also with men’s “Jolly Roger” organic polo shirts.Indeed, the society funded “Think! Eat! Act!” through a Kickstarter campaign. They easily surpassed their goal of $3,000, raising $13,075.Instead of diving directly into the recipes, the book opens with a personal introduction from the author, then describes the virtues of animal-free diets and the many species that veganism spares from slaughter. Once you’ve learned how to make pasta, salad and soup in a rocking kitchen, you can read interviews with Sea Shepherd veterans.Most intriguing of all, the book lists websites for vegan political prisoners – not people incarcerated for avoiding cheese, but people that the society considers political prisoners who also happen to be vegan. If you’ve never heard of people like Eric McDavid (who was released in January) and Marius Mason, their stories make for provocative reading. Something to discuss over kale and couscous pilaf.Recommended: Shark fin scandal in Costa Rica has Solís administration on the defensive Facebook Comments Related posts:Sea Shepherd’s R/V Martin Sheen lands in Costa Rica for 4-month research mission One of Sea Shepherd’s missions in Costa Rica: Protecting whales Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson turns to human rights commission to block Costa Rica’s legal chase Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson files human rights lawsuit against Costa Rica To describe the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as “controversial” is like calling whaling “unpleasant.” But that’s to be expected, when you routinely use guerilla warfare to sabotage illegal fishing ships. Paul Watson, the white-goateed captain of the world-famous anti-poaching campaign, has acolorful relationship with Costa Rica, mostly involving Interpol, extradition requests, and naming a ship after a murdered Tico environmentalist. (Courtesy of Microcosm Publishing)Needless to say, Sea Shepherd gets a lot of attention in a country that both abhors shark finning and has repeatedly called for Watson’s arrest. But the latest from Sea Shepherd is far more benign: a book of vegan recipes, written by maritime cook Raffaella Tolicetti. Released by Microcosm Publishing, the 192-page “Think! Eat! Act!” is now available in paperback and Kindle.“I used to cook for myself and my friends after moving away from home,” Tolicetti writes in her introduction. “I liked it but was never really passionate about it.”Raised in Italy, Tolicetti does not present herself as a born chef. She had no particular aspirations to prepare food until a shipmate admitted that she hated cooking and wanted to hand off the responsibility. Tolicetti accepted, not because she suddenly had a desire to whip up animal-free victuals, but because of its political significance.“I developed a passion for cooking because it became a way for me to express my philosophy about ethics and animals to a lot of people and show them that you can have a beautiful and wide range of food exactly as with any other traditional diet,” she writes.If you’ve spent any time on a ship, Tolicetti’s descriptions of working a kitchen during rocky seas should sound familiar – although she has the added challenge of cooking while antagonistic vessels attempt to ram each other in Antarctic waters.last_img read more

VIDEO Traffic cop stops Costa Rican bicyclist Andrey Amador in bizarre highway

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican cyclist Andrey Amador surges to 2nd place in Giro d’Italia Costa Rica’s Román Urbina inducted into Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Colombia’s Luis Mejía claims second straight Ruta de los Conquistadores title Costa Rica’s Laurens Molina wins Los Angeles Marathon In a subsequent video from the Traffic Police, Amador appears to be upset by damage caused to his bike when the cop turned it over. He tells the traffic cop that he’ll have to pay for damages if he ever stops him like that again.“Do you know who I am?” Amador asks.“I don’t care,” responds the cop.A third video Tweeted out by Amador shows the confrontation continuing as the transit official says in Spanish to another man, “I don’t understand his attitude.”Amador responds, “He almost threw me off the road.”The renowned cyclist later asked on Twitter if someone could loan him a bike to keep training, as the transit cop confiscated his bike. A short time later, Amador posted a YouTube video in which he apologized and admitted his error. He said he knew what he did was a traffic violation, but was upset with the aggressive way the traffic cop reacted.“After pushing and cutting me off with his motorcycle, he put himself at risk and he put me instead of just stopping off at a safer spot on the highway,” Amador said in his video response. “That’s why I was so angry.”Transit police confirmed Tuesday morning that Amador paid the traffic fine of ₡50,000 (about $100) and got his bike back.Amador will return to San José’s streets Saturday when he is scheduled to be the grand marshall of the annual Festival de La Luz parade downtown. Facebook Comments Decorated Costa Rican cyclistAndrey Amador had a morning training session take an unexpected turn Tuesday morning.Amador illegally took his bike on Highway 27 near Escazú, violating the country’s transit laws, and was asked to pull over by a transit official. Video taken from the transit cop’s motorbike shows the officer get to the side of Amador, directing him to immediately stop. Amador responded that he wanted to stop at a bus stop up ahead to have more room and avoid an accident on the thin stretch of shoulder.“Don’t make this any harder,” the cop yells back.The officer eventually cuts Amador off and apparently shoves him after yelling, “Calm down!”The entire video, courtesy of the Costa Rican Traffic Police, can be seen here:last_img read more

Yoga in Costa Rica top tips to align your body during class

first_imgRelated posts:Inside a Costa Rican microbrewery – at the beach Planet-friendly fusion cuisine: a meal at Cala Luna How the Tamarindo Labyrinth was created The growth of the Tamarindo Diria Hotel Every year, people from around the world come to Costa Rica to practice yoga – whether they are experienced, erstwhile or brand-new practitioners. From beachfront to cityscape, Kundalini to Ashtanga, there is something for everyone. In many towns around the country, it’s easy to find a new technique or approach to yoga if you’re interested in trying something different.In that spirit, we headed to our first-ever Hatha yoga class, held at Ser Om Shanti in Tamarindo, Guanacaste. The small studio is owned by Mariel Andrea Marmorato, a certified yoga instructor with a master’s degree in therapeutic yoga who is also a math teacher. Marmorato, who hails from Argentina, focuses on personalizing her teaching to each student as she guides them throughout the class.We chose Hatha yoga because of its slow pace and emphasis on positioning the body correctly before doing more intense movements. Hatha yoga focuses on various postures that seek to align and adjust the body.Interested? Here are five basic steps for success in a Hatha yoga session that we gleaned from Marmorato’s class. Disclaimer: these tips are our interpretation based on our participation in the class; for direct guidance from yoga experts, turn to a certified teacher near you!Sit on a block with your spine very straightTo start the class, sit down with a nice, straight spine to align your back from the very beginning of the class. This also helps warm up your muscles to continue adjusting yourself for the rest of the class.Breathe in through your nose and breath out deeply through your mouthBe conscious of your breathing… breathing helps you to calm your mind. Regular, steady breathing helps keep your body well oxygenated so you can hold more difficult postures.When going downards, remember to move your feet up and downIf your legs are tight after various intense movements, while doing downward dog pose, move your feet up and down as if climbing small steps. This will keep your muscles active and prepare you for the next posture you’ll be doing.Place your hands  shoulders width apart when doing a posture in which the weight is on your hands and armsThis may sound simple, but always remember to align your hands and shoulders to avoid any injuries to your wrists. This will also help you to maintain your balance and strengthen your arms.When leaning down to reach your toes, don’t force your backAt all times when doing yoga, be sure to stop at the point where your body still feels comfortable. This applies when you’re asked to touch your toes: If you push too hard, you may hurt your back. Reach to your maximum potential, where your body is still aligning itself in a natural way.Ser Om Shanti donated a Hatha yoga lesson to The Tico Times for the purposes of this story. Ser Om Shanti has certified instructors and provides its students with personalized attention. The studio offers various classes such as power Vinyasa, gentle Hatha, Vinyasa flow, restorative yoga, and Pilates. For more information visit their website or their Facebook page. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

In Swiss city global anarchists reject govt debt

first_img How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories “We think that we are in a period of continental crisis, and we think that there is no government solution to this crisis. There is no solution within institutional policy,” he said. “We want to build in Europe a public space of resistance and solidarity.”Anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 people were expected to attend the gathering, which marked the 140th anniversary of the first anarchist worker congress in Saint-Imier in 1872.The Saint-Imier Anarchist International was created by anti-authoritarian members expelled from Karl Marx’s movement and local workers _ mostly watchmakers _ from French speaking areas of the Swiss Jura mountains. One of its champions was the well-known Russian revolutionary Mikhail Bakunin, considered the father of anarchist theory.There’s irony in the proletarian themes.The rolling pastures and green cliff-speckled hills of Saint-Imier gave rise to the Longines and Breitling luxury watch brands. The Swiss valley boasts skiing, alternative energy and an astronomical observatory.One street of Saint-Imier bears a plaque explaining that it is named for a French engineer who helped create Longines watches and was “a true industrial spy” at the 1876 World’s Fair in Philadelphia, returning with the shocking news of American competitors with cost-efficient production methods. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressSAINT-IMIER, Switzerland (AP) – It was a well-organized affair, particularly for a bunch of people who bristle at the thought of rigid organization. And in an era of discontent with debt-riddled government, they offered a striking solution: no government at all.The International Anarchism Gathering got underway Wednesday at the movement’s spiritual birthplace in Switzerland’s western Jura mountains, its many loose parts moving like Swiss clockwork. Which seemed fitting, given the host city’s pride at its historical role both in the development of the anarchist movement and of luxury watchmaking. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths They flocked by the hundreds, a well-mannered band of fringe thinkers and casually dressed youth aiming to create a world without rulers. The welcome in the lush mountain setting was a model of orderly and efficient hospitality, setting the stage for five days of alternative music, cinema and earnest discussions on topics such as utopia, revolution, militancy, sexuality and authority.At a time when many face harsh austerity programs, job losses and cutbacks in social safety nets in Europe, the congress drew people from anarchist movements around the world to celebrate a radically different vision for the future.Organizers opened the meeting with a call for demonstrations, worker strikes and other acts of defiance. They rejected the idea that workers should have to shoulder any of the debt or losses amassed by governments, banks and other capitalist enterprises.One thing they all agreed on: an emphatic rejection of the use of violence. That contrasted with the tactics of Italian anarchists who in the past couple of years have claimed responsibility for shooting an official with a nuclear energy company and sending letter bombs to embassies and a tax collection agency.“Capitalism goes from crisis to crisis, so this is an opportunity for us,” said Aristides Pedraza, part of a Lausanne-based movement and one of the main organizers.center_img As the morning shops along the main street opened, it was not too difficult to pick out some of the scruffy out-of-town anarchists from the local residents who cheerfully greeted everyone in their path.“From the beginning, the international anarchists’ organization struggled to abolish all forms of authority _ political, economic and social, religious, cultural or sexual,” said Frederic Gautheron of Bescancon, France, close to the western Swiss border. “As long as it eliminates the exploitation of man by man.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories Check your body, save your life Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Liberia Cabinet ministers sign contracts

first_img Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Parents, stop beating yourself up Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf signs “performance contracts” with her cabinet ministers to set specific targets and goals.Johnson Sirleaf, 73, signed the first set of contracts Tuesday with eight ministers including those of health, labor, commerce, internal affairs and foreign affairs.Under the agreements the ministers’ work will be evaluated in June and December next year. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The signing of the contracts comes in less than one month after Johnson Sirleaf suspended 46 officials for failing to declare their assets upon taking office.Johnson Sirleaf told The Associated Press, after the signings, that some of the suspended ministers have since declared their assets and said the action has paid off.The president is in the first year of her second six-year term.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologylast_img read more

Cambodia group blasts short penalty for pedophilia

first_imgA spokesman for the group Action Pour Les Enfants, which fights against sexual exploitation of children in Cambodia, called the sentences unacceptable. It said the convicted men would be encouraged to continue their behavior.The two men were arrested in October 2011 at a Battambang hotel and accused of luring two teenage boys from a local park and paying them for sex.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) BATTAMBANG, Cambodia (AP) – A Cambodian child protection organization has attacked the short jail sentences given to two Frenchmen convicted of pedophilia.A court in Battambang in northwestern Cambodia convicted 67-year-old Jean Vidon and 63-year-old Denis Page on Tuesday of child sex abuse and gave them jail terms of two years, with one year suspended. They are set to be released in about three weeks because of time already served. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help 0 Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories center_img Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Senate leadership race shows cracks in Nigerian government

first_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system Party officials say Buhari, who had returned Monday night from a G7 summit in Germany, called an urgent meeting Tuesday morning of his party’s senators to resolve the dispute about its candidate for Senate president. The party officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to reporters.While that meeting was going on, Saraki pushed the vote through, with the Senate clerk ruling there was a quorum in the 108-seat body. Fifty-seven senators were present, mostly from the opposition People’s Democratic Party. The PDP has 49 senators while the presidential coalition has 58.Saraki defected from the PDP to Buhari’s coalition last year. The coalition had chosen Ahmed Lawan, a longtime legislator from northeastern Yobe state, as its candidate while the opposition had publicly supported Saraki, despite his earlier defection.It could be a sign that defeated President Goodluck Jonathan’s party is building an alternative power base to undermine Buhari just days after his May 29 inauguration.Saraki, 52, was a two-term governor of Kwara state best known abroad for importing white Zimbabwean farmers to develop commercial agriculture in his state, a move that he said has transformed Kwara from a food importer to an exporter. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A former governor was elected Tuesday as head of Nigeria’s Senate — the third most powerful figure in the country — in a victory that highlights the cracks appearing in the coalition that brought President Muhammadu Buhari to power.Bukola Saraki, who was elected unopposed and immediately sworn in, belongs to Buhari’s coalition but he was not its choice for Senate president. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Parents, stop beating yourself up 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Kurds keep up offensive against extremists in northern Syria

first_imgWhen cornered in the past, the militants have used coordinated mass suicide car bombings and other scorched-earth tactics. The Observatory reported at least four suicide attacks Tuesday against Kurdish and allied forces in northern Syria. Initial reports said at least three Kurdish and allied fighters were killed.Syria’s official SANA news agency said two suicide bombings struck a roundabout in the northeastern city of Hassakeh, killing one person and wounding 13, including five children.Also Tuesday, a media arm of the Islamic State group in Iraq posted a video purporting to show the killing of over a dozen men it described as spies by drowning them in a cage, decapitating them with explosives, or firing a rocket-propelled grenade at them.___Associated Press writers Bassem Mroue in Beirut, Vivian Salama in Baghdad and Nancy Benac in Washington contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories He urged Sunni Muslims to use the time of piety and dawn-to-dusk fasting as an occasion to wage jihad and seek martyrdom.“Attack them everywhere and shake the ground beneath them,” he said in the morale-boosting message, his voice rising. “If you lose territory, you will win it back and more in the future, God willing.”It was not immediately possible to verify the recording, but it resembled previous audio statements from the group.The capture of Ein Issa does not necessarily mean that the immediate next move by the Kurdish forces and their allies will be to march on Raqqa, but it appears to have unsettled some of the city’s IS-linked residents.The wives and children of IS fighters were leaving Raqqa in droves Tuesday in anticipation of a possible attack, while the militants have redeployed to positions to better defend the city, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The group gets its information from a network of activists across Syria.Its director, Rami Abdurrahman, told The Associated Press that a band of about 20 IS fighters who had hidden in Ein Issa when the Kurdish troops stormed it have re-emerged, and battles were raging in the city. Other groups of IS fighters were also engaging the Kurds on the outskirts. He had no casualty figures and there was no immediate confirmation of continuing fighting. Comments   Share   Top Stories The U.S. has found a reliable partner in the YPG, which has been the main force battling the Islamic State group in Syria. The Kurds are moderate, mostly secular fighters, driven by revolutionary fervor and deep conviction in their cause. They are backed by Arab tribesmen, Assyrian Christian gunmen and members of the rebel faction known as Burkan al-Furat — Arabic for the “Volcano of the Euphrates.”“They are a cohesive, well-trained and highly motivated force,” said Mutlu Civiroglu, a Washington-based expert on Kurdish affairs. “They are defending their homes and they know the terrain well, unlike the foreign fighters who have joined the IS.”By contrast, Iraqi government forces and allied Shiite militiamen have been slow in retaking IS-held territory. The Iraqis have also suffered occasional losses.The Iraqis drove IS fighters from Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit in April, but lost Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province west of Baghdad, last month. It was a repeat of the meltdown government forces suffered when IS militants swept across much of the nation’s north and west last summer.It was unclear whether the Syrian Kurds will try to push farther toward Raqqa. Despite the Kurds’ recent gains, the Islamic State militants still have another supply line from Turkey that runs through northwestern Syria to Raqqa. The first step toward capturing Ein Issa came Monday night when its “Brigade 93” — a Syrian army military base that had been captured by the IS — was taken over by the Kurdish forces, according to the observatory and Kurdish activist Mustafa Bali.“Ein Issa and dozens of villages around it are under our control,” said Redur Khalil, a spokesman for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG. The next task is to reinforce and protect these areas because they know IS will strike back, he told AP.The Observatory said the YPG and its allies are also trying to gain control of a key highway linking Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, with the northeastern city of Hassakeh.The YPG’s official Facebook page said “dozens of Daesh mercenaries were killed” at the Brigade 93 base. The Observatory said the bodies of 26 IS fighters killed by airstrikes in Ein Issa were taken to Raqqa.“Operations will continue, but it is imperative that we first attempt to secure areas under our control,” said Nawaf Khalil, head of the Germany-based Kurdish Center for Studies. “Raqqa is a vast area, and attacking it will need a great deal of coordination with other groups and the international alliance.” BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by U.S.-led airstrikes and buoyed by battlefield successes, Kurdish fighters kept up an offensive through northern Syria on Tuesday, driving Islamic State militants out of a town near the extremists’ de facto capital of Raqqa.The capture of Ein Issa came just hours after the Kurdish forces had overrun a nearby military base, increasing the pressure on the Islamic State group less than two weeks after it lost the strategically located town of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border, severing a vital supply line.center_img The advances by the Kurdish fighters in Syria as well as in northern Iraq has been credited largely to a high level of coordination between the ground forces and the nearly year-old air campaign being led by Washington against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL in English and by its Arabic acronym, Daesh.White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest called the success by the Kurds “an indication of how critically important it is for the United States to have a capable, willing and effective partner fighting ISIL on the ground.”That was why the U.S. was dedicating “significant resources” to building up opposition forces, he said. That work was “a more difficult task” in Syria than Iraq, but that “this is a pretty good illustration of why that very difficult work is important,” Earnest added.Ein Issa is only 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Raqqa, the stronghold of the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate that spans parts of Syria and Iraq.The recent battlefield setbacks for IS were mentioned in an audio message by the group’s spokesman, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.“God never gave the mujahedeen a promise of victory every time,” al-Adnani said in the message posted on social media, adding that the faithful “may lose a battle or battles and may lose towns and areas, but will never be defeated.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Largely shielded from crisis tourists still enjoying Greece

first_img How do cataracts affect your vision? ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is known the world over for its historic sites, sparkling sea, and lovely, vine-shaded restaurants. Add riot police, shuttered banks, and lines at cash machines and the picture clouds.This is the reality facing tourism in Greece this year, as the peak summer season in the popular destination is threatened by a financial crisis of frightening proportions. Up until now, the charming cafes and outdoor restaurants near the Acropolis have remained overflowing with tourists, but considering the bad publicity of the past week’s events, many businesses say they are beginning to see cancellations and a slowdown in reservations. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “People are waiting before they commit,” she said. “Business is good right now but people are worried because groups are not committing.”The crisis could not have peaked at a worse time from the point of view of the hundreds of thousands of Greeks who depend on income from the frenetic summer months to keep their families going during the slack winter time.Elman Vasileios, manager of the Majestic Travel agency in central Athens, said the bank shutdown has made it impossible for him to conduct business as usual. To make matters worse, major airlines have emailed his agency in the last day telling him he cannot issue any tickets, even to customers with cash.“We cannot operate as we used to because we have no quick access to funds if people pay by credit cards,” he said. “We also have a huge amount of money stuck in the bank that we can’t get access to.”His agency is still accepting credits cards, but it is taking days or weeks for him to be able to get his hands on the money via various electronic bank transfer systems.He has several overlapping problems: Tourists are shortening or cancelling their trips to Greece, and, a substantial number of Greeks concerned about their own finances (and particularly their supply of cash) have cancelled their own summer holidays, traditionally taken on some of the treasured islands that dot the Mediterranean here. Top Stories “Our future bookings are down 20 to 30 percent,” said Edward Fisher, who owns and operates Athens Backpackers and Athens Studios, with prime locations near the Acropolis that cater mostly to youthful travelers without mega-budgets.He blamed the global media for the marked slowdown, and said he believes it will only be a “temporary blip” because of Greece’s timeless appeal.“There’s something mystical about Greece,” said the Australian who started his business 12 years ago. “It tickles a different sense. (…) So we’re not panicking. But I want to avoid a humanitarian crisis here.”Tourism and the foreign funds it generates are vital for Greece’s hoped-for recovery from its deeply indebted state. The World Travel and Tourism Council said tourism’s direct contribution to the Greek economy was more than 29 billion euros ($32 billion) in 2014, accounting for just over 17 percent of the country’s GDP.As such, the Greek National Tourist Board is taking steps to reassure tourists that their credit cards and bank cards will work normally and that restrictions applied to Greek citizens will not apply to visitors. Lyssandros Tsilidis, president of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies, maintained an optimistic view, saying tourism figures are holding steady nationwide. “Greeks going on holiday this summer have fallen to zero and I mean zero,” he said. “I just had a group of 40 cancel. They don’t have access to their funds and they don’t know when they will. This season has been destroyed. Foreign embassies are warning people about problems so people think twice about coming to Greece.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories center_img Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall A tourist holds an umbrella to protect from the sun as she visits the Temple of Zeus in Athens, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. This is Greek tourism – July 2015 style – as the peak summer season in one of the world’s most popular destinations is glitched by a financial crisis of frightening proportions. The World Travel and Tourism Council said tourism’s direct contribution to the Greek economy was more than 29 billion euros in 2014, accounting for just over 17 percent of the country’s GDP. (AP Photo/Spyros Tsakiris) Mesa family survives lightning strike to home “There are more rumors about cancellations than actual cancellations and reservations are still coming in,” he said. “Tourists are having no problems.”Visitors to the famed Acropolis and surrounding areas agreed, telling The Associated Press they had been able to enjoy normal holidays without disruption.“I have seen a few lines at ATMs but there are no huge lines,” said Luciane Souza, a Brazilian lawyer making her first trip to Greece. “I love the place. For having fun, it’s no problem.”John Kopari, visiting from Duluth, Minnesota, added the crisis hasn’t affected him and his family “one bit.”But for those who haven’t yet booked their trips, such assurances are not soothing fears that the ATMs and the banks may soon run out of cash altogether, unless there is an infusion of euros delivered by the European Central Bank or another emergency source.And some restaurants and hotels have posted signs saying they will not accept credit cards, despite the government’s pledges.Tour guide Christina Poulogiani, exhausted after leading German, Austrian and Swiss tourists to the Acropolis in the hot sun, said Tuesday was the busiest day of the year, but that future bookings are in doubt. Quick workouts for men Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homelast_img read more