Four Seasons to open first mountain destination in Europe

first_img Friday, December 9, 2016 Tags: Four Seasons, France, Luxury Travel, Ski Resorts Four Seasons to open first mountain destination in Europe Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Set to open in late 2017 just 44 miles from Geneva International Airport is Four Seasons Hotel, Megève, Four Seasons’ third destination in France.Opening in time for the 2018 winter ski season, the 55-room property is Megève’s first hotel to offer direct access to the Mont d’Arbois slopes and is being billed as a preeminent skier’s paradise with over 130 groomed Alpine runs. It will be nestled into the base of Mont d’Arbois’ mountainside, creating a luxurious haven for skiers looking for ski in/ski out directly on the Alpine range.Within the village of Mont d’Arbois, a collection of existing chalets will be renovated prior to reopening as a Four Seasons hotel, offering guests a second destination in the historic ski village. In addition to the chalet and hotel, Four Seasons will also manage the 18-hole Golf du Mont D’Arbois course designed by Sir Henry Cotton, and four dining offerings throughout the two hotels.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureFour Seasons Hotel, Megève is a joint venture between Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Edmond de Rothschild Heritage, a lifestyle company owned by Benjamin and Ariane de Rothschild. Commenting on the new development, Ariane said, “This partnership will bring new dimensions not only to our hospitality at Mont d’Arbois but also to the town of Megève. The professionalism, international network and longstanding experience of Four Seasons in the hospitality industry are second to none, and I am particularly proud that the Hotel and Chalet in Megève will be Four Seasons first luxury mountain destination in Europe.”Four Seasons Hotel, Megève and the Chalet du Mont d’Arbois, Megève, A Four Seasons Hotel will mark the third Four Seasons destination in France, joining the legendary Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris and Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel in the French Riviera. The Hotel will be the fifth ski destination in the company’s portfolio, joining Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail, Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe and Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole. Sharelast_img read more

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Vegas What happens here slogan returns after shooting

first_imgVegas’ ‘What happens here’ slogan returns after shooting LAS VEGAS — The official slogan of Las Vegas, “What happens here, stays here,” is back by popular demand.The destination’s tourism agency revived the 15-year-old slogan this week, three months after it was put on hold following the October mass shooting.The slogan is included in a new ad running online and on TV networks, including Travel Channel, Food Network and USA.Cathy Tull is senior vice-president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. She says testing results showed the slogan still resonates with people.The ad shows some of the city’s casino-hotels as part of a time-travel story line.On Oct. 1, a high-stakes gambler killed 58 people and injured hundreds more after shattering the windows of his hotel suite and unleashing gunfire on a music festival below. Friday, January 5, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Las Vegascenter_img Share The Canadian Press Posted bylast_img read more

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Air Canada says mobile app breach may affect up to 20000 customers

first_img Wednesday, August 29, 2018 By: The Canadian Press Share Tags: Aeroplan, Air Canada, Technology MONTREAL — Air Canada says 20,000 customers may have had their personal information improperly accessed due to a breach in its mobile app, prompting a lock-down on all 1.7 million accounts until consumers change their passwords.The airline says it detected unusual login activity last week and tried to block the hacking attempt, locking the app accounts as an additional measure.Mobile app users received an email Wednesday morning alerting them as to whether their account had been affected.The app stores basic information including a user’s name, email and phone number. Air Canada says credit card information is encrypted and would be protected from a breach.The company says that Aeroplan numbers, passport numbers, birth dates, nationalities and countries of residence could have been accessed if users saved them in their account profile.Users can reactivate their account by following instructions emailed to them or prompts when logging in. Air Canada says mobile app breach may affect up to 20,000 customers << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Virgin Voyages deactivates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal

first_imgTags: Virgin Voyages MONTREAL — Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady will set sail April 1, 2020 with a Quebec-born captain but so far at least Quebec agents can’t book clients on to the ship.In a story covered by ProfessionVoyages.com, part of the Travelweek Group, all Quebec agent accounts on Virgin Voyages’ travel agent portal, FirstMates.com, had to be de-activated.Travel agent Larissa Lognay, with Passion Voyage in Montreal, received this message from Virgin Voyages:“Unfortunately, I am writing to advise that at this time, Virgin Voyages is unable to do business in Quebec – therefore, your First Mate and Agency Account will be made inactive.“As a French speaking province, there are certain commercial requirements for companies wishing to sell or market a product to meet if they wish to do business in Quebec. At this early stage of our business, we are not equipped to meet those requirements. Our website and all of our materials are in English only and as such, we are focused on selling and marketing proactively in the US, UK and other Canadian provinces for now. We don’t have any idea at this stage when or if this will change. Travel Advisors who work for agencies located outside of Quebec can register to do business with us at FirstMates.com.”More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongVirgin Voyages hasn’t closed all the doors on possible business with Quebec in the future, saying that the deactivation of the accounts was a necessary step until a solution can be found.Last June, Stacy Shaw, Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Virgin Voyages, had this to say: “At the moment, we are focusing on collaboration with partners. We just opened our doors in February, so of course we still have a lot of work to do to launch the activity in our main markets, which of course include Canada and Quebec. We obviously view Canada and Quebec as extremely important markets for us, but we currently have no opportunity to sell or market our products in languages other than English at this stage of our business. So, for the moment, we can be more efficient in trying to stimulate business in other Canadian provinces, but we are certainly looking for growth opportunities in Quebec in the future,” said Shaw.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckWhen the Scarlet Lady launches on April 1, 2020, Captain Wendy Williams, a Quebecker born in Sept-Îles, will be at the helm. Share Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal Tuesday, August 6, 2019 center_img Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Jacó Happenings

first_imgNo related posts. Last month, in the World Masters Surfing Championships in Playa Colorado, Nicaragua, Costa Rica finished 10th. Additionally, Andrea Díaz from Waves Costa Rica brought home a copper medal in the Women’s Masters Category. She was not the only one to grab a medal. Hermosa resident Jim Hogan brought home a gold for the Men’s Kahuna category, surfing for Team USA. Jim has an advanced surf camp in Playa Hermosa. For more, seewww.jimhogansurfcamp.com.  News from the Central Pacific Women’s Group: Lindsey Henderson is coordinating the August Lunch Bunch at EAT in Jacó, Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 12:30 p.m. RSVP to centralpacificwomensgroup@gmail.com by Aug. 13. EAT is a bistro located in Plaza El Jardín below Lemonzest, just south of Más X Menos. On Aug. 15 at 9 a.m. at the Hotel Cocal, The Central Pacific Women’s Group will feature Norma and Ken Kahn, who will share stories of their recent trip to Cambodia and Vietnam. For info, email centralpacificwomensgroup@gmail.com.Fortunately, it has been a mild beginning to rainy season. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared. Wayne Byrd, owner of Eco Tech Sistemas, offers great non-slip floor treatments and mold removal and control, and his company has exclusive rights to a product that changes the molecular structure of floors using nano technology. He also offers the exclusive anti-biological fog treatments that will purify your indoor air and eliminate mold. For more info, visit www.nonslipfloorscr.com or www.wekillmoldcr.com or call Wayne at 8707-4914 (English) or Joanna Carvajal 8835-3145 (Spanish).Danilo Domínguez from the Sibö Rainforest Spa & Retreat is offering a 35 percent discount to locals and residents until Dec. 15. Sibö Rainforest Spa & Retreat was named the third best hotel and spa in Central and South America in Travel & Leisure Magazine’s “World’s Best Awards 2011.” It’s located in the Central Pacific zone, 10 minutes from Jacó Beach in the Los Sueños Marriott. For an appointment, call 2630-9071 or visit www.lossuenosspa.com.The 25th Central American Tae Kwon Do Championships will be held Saturday, Aug. 4, at Morgan’s Cove on the south end of Jacó. Teams from Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Nicaragua will compete. For more info, call 5713-5668 or email tkditfcostarica@hotmail.es.–Christina Truittchristina_truitt@yahoo.com Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Get out the umbrellas Rainy season to start Friday local meteorologists say

first_imgRainy season, which in Costa Rica runs from May to November, is set to start on Friday, according to forecasts by the National Meteorological Institute (IMN). However, brief showers could fall over some areas of the Central Valley and the Pacific province of Puntarenas on Thursday evening, meteorologists said.Meteorologist Daniel Poleo said the first rains of the season would occur in the western part of the Central Valley. Showers are then expected to move to the northern part of the country.In recent days several communities in the provinces of San José, Cartago and Heredia have experienced water shortages, and the rain is a welcome sign for many residents.A lack of rainfall caused the Public Services Company of Heredia (ESPH) to implement water rationing of up to 8 hours per day. The measure will continue until water reserves reach optimum levels, as was announced this week. The rationing affects some 25,000 people in that province.According to the ESPH, water shortages during the dry season are the worst in the last 12 years.In the capital, residents of the cantons of Alajuelita (south), Santa Ana and Escazú (southwest), and El Guarco in Cartago also were forced to ration water for several weeks. This year’s rainy season is expected to be stronger than last year’s, when an El Niño phenomenon caused lower rainfall levels than normal. Meteorologist Werner Stoltz said experts expect 10-15 percent more rainfall this season, mostly in the Pacific region. On the Caribbean coast, however, rainfall could be slightly less than normal.Poleo said it would take at least a month after the start of the rainy season for water reservoirs to reach optimum levels. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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FIFA now officially an international joke

first_imgThe corruption probe of the World Cup bidding process may be predictably over, but the controversy surrounding FIFA’s decisions on who should host is just getting started.As expected, the tournament will still take place in Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, after the 18-month investigation found insufficient evidence of corruption. The ruling came down on Thursday from Hans-Joachim Eckert, the head judge of FIFA’s ethics committee, who released a 42-page summary of investigator Michael J. Garcia’s findings and concluded that any wrongdoing was of “very limited scope.”Garcia, a former U.S. attorney, immediately fired back, accusing Eckert of whitewashing his original 430-page report and reporting him to FIFA’s appeals committee. “Today’s decision by the Chairman of the Adjudicatory Chamber contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions detailed in the Investigatory Chamber’s report,” Garcia said. Politicians and soccer officials from Britain also criticized Eckert’s report, which accused England and Australia of breaching ethics in their unsuccessful bids to host the 2018 World Cup.There’s lots to take issue with here, from Eckert’s refusal to release Garcia’s full report, to the lack of cooperation from several Qatari officials, to Russia’s claim that destroying all records of the bidding process was standard operating procedure and not a cover-up. But the biggest problem remains the complete lack of independent oversight of one of the largest governing bodies in sports, tasked with investigating itself while having little motivation for transparency or the truth.If you thought the NFL was bad, consider FIFA. Garcia reportedly recommended imposing term limits on FIFA executives, which would go a long way in cutting into the organization’s dynastic aura. But FIFA is also too big for its own good. Dozens of corruption scandals in the past decade have done little to ebb the endless profits that come from running the most popular sport in the world. FIFA made $2 billion in profit from this year’s World Cup in Brazil. And this in spite of endless protests by the local poor who would see not one cent of that money, and the “slave-like” conditions faced by the migrant workers who built the stadiums.It will only get worse come 2022. In March, the International Trade Union Confederation estimated that 1,200 migrant workers had already died in Qatar. That number is expected to rise to 4,000 by the time the World Cup comes to Doha. Qatar has pledged numerous times to fix its problem with worker exploitation, most recently in an unenlightening interview with the Associated Press earlier this week. But report by Amnesty International released Wednesday demonstrated heavy foot-dragging by the Qatari government, stating that while some reforms have been proposed, most of them have yet to be implemented and offer solutions that are ancillary at best. “Time is running out fast,” the report states. “The legacy of the FIFA 2022 World Cup would be the hundreds of thousands of workers who were exploited to make it happen.”The human rights situation in Russia isn’t much better, and European Union officials have suggested boycotting the 2018 World Cup as a sort of “cultural sanction” to go along with the economic penalties being levied against the country during the ongoing Ukraine crisis. This has led to trite Cold War analogies, invoking the U.S.-led boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.While boycotts seem unlikely, foreign governments are remaining watchful of FIFA’s affairs. Unsatisfied with the ethics committee’s decision, the FBI will continue its own three-year investigation of FIFA. Meanwhile, a British MP has asked Britain’s Serious Fraud Office to look into the matter as well.Supporters of Russia and Qatar will no doubt cry foul, accusing these governments of bias and sour grapes for losing their own bids. FIFA president Sepp Blatter didn’t mince words when he dismissed criticism of the Qatar World Cup as motivated by “discrimination and racism.”But since FIFA can’t be trusted to police itself, it’s encouraging to see external institutions taking up the cause, an effort that would only be strengthened with participation from other international bodies outside the U.S. and UK. This isn’t just about East vs. West tensions or the perils of playing football in the desert heat or the opaque machinations of an organization begging for reform. This is also about the blatant disregard for the role of sports, recognized by the United Nations and much of the international community, to promote human rights as a universal ideal.Potentially prohibiting alcohol orimplementing a strict dress code on visiting soccer fans might be dismissed as cultural preservation, if not a poor tourism strategy. Upholding anti-gay practices and exploitative labor policies can’t be treated as lightly, and shouldn’t continue to receive an international stamp of approval.Kavitha A. Davidson writes about sports for Bloomberg View.© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:Chuck Blazer: The whistleblower at epicenter of FIFA arrests FIFA official: Russia, Qatar face losing World Cups if bribery proven Swiss prosecutors probe 53 ‘suspicious’ FIFA cases FIFA Scandal: Argentine suspects released from house arrestlast_img read more

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Costa Rica head football coach Wanchope quits

first_imgUPDATE:Wednesday, August 12, 3:30 p.m.After just six months, zero wins, and one public brawl, Paulo César Wanchope announced his resignation as the head coach of Costa Rica’s national football team on Wednesday at a press conference in Proyecto Gol.“We’re all human and sometimes we can lose our senses,” Wanchope said. “And yesterday I lost my senses disgracefully.”In front of an overflowing room of reporters and television anchors, Wanchope repeatedly said he regretted the way he reacted on Tuesday night, when he got into a scuffle at a match in Panama.“Until someone puts their hands on you, you never really know how you’re going to react,” he said about the fight, which was caught on video and immediately made its way to international media outlets and went viral on social media.The prompt resignation leaves FEDEFUTBOL officials little time to look for a coach ahead of “La Sele’s” Sept. 5 friendly with Brazil in New Jersey.“The important thing is to name a coach as soon as possible,” Federation President Jorge Hidalgo said. “We can’t wait long because there are games coming up next month. Football doesn’t wait for you.”Hidalgo said he has not yet decided on an interim head coach, but mentioned that he would talk to new assistant coach Oscar Ramírez to possibly gauge his interest in the position.Original post starts belowPaulo Wanchope has stepped down as the head coach of the Costa Rica men’s football team, according to the Costa Rican Football Federation (FEDEFUTBOL).Late Tuesday night Wanchope was involved in a fight at a pre-Olympic game of Costa Rica’s under-23 team in Panama. Video of the fight showed Wanchope hitting a security guard after he was reportedly denied access to the field. Wanchope’s short career ends with an official 0-4-5 record, though he did lead “La Sele” to a win in the Central America Cup as interim coach.We will update this story as more information becomes available. Facebook Comments “@MiDiarioPanama: [Noticia del momento] La pelea que protagonizó Wanchope en Panamá. http://t.co/rvmb1cBXG9 pic.twitter.com/MnfD6jPls2”— La Portada (@LaPortadaSPORT) August 12, 2015center_img Related posts:VIDEO: Costa Rica head coach Paulo Wanchope brawls with security guard at Panama football stadium Football: Spain comes from behind to hand Costa Rica its third consecutive loss Arsenal’s Joel Campbell stars on Costa Rica roster for Ticos’ first post-World Cup match WATCH: Saborío scores, Costa Rica edges Oman 4-3 in first leg of Asia tourlast_img read more

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Architecturally Beautiful Home Grecia For Sale

first_img Previous Image info heading info content Next Image https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/4812-2.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/4812-6.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/4812-9.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/4812-7.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/4812-15.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/4812-11.jpgcenter_img Related posts:COD 1040 – One-Story House in Excellent Location, Rohrmoser, For Sale Beautiful home for sale or rent in Escazú, reduced from $1.1 million to $750,000 One-Story House in Excellent Location, Rohrmoser, For Sale Heredia house for sale: Property overlooks 3 natural rivers with lush tropical gardens, many walking paths COD: 4812Email: realestate@ticotimes.netPhone: + (506)2258-1558See this and other listings in the new Tico Times Real Estate section here. FireplaceHot WaterTerrace https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/4812-10.jpg Facebook Comments https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/4812-3.jpg Price: $239,000Province: AlajuelaCantón: GreciaConstruction: 177m2Bedrooms: 2Bathrooms: 2Price: $239,000Contract type:  For SaleType: Residential – HomeLocation: Grecia and Naranjo areasCity: GreciaNeighborhood: Santa RosaConstruction area: 1 900(sq. Ft.)Meters Squared – Hectares: 3471.42Acre – Lot size (sq.Ft): Nearly an acreYear Built: 2008Phone lines: 1Cable TV: Satelite or BroadcastThis 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is not only extremely functional, and comfortable, it is an architectural delight. With gorgeous arches on the terrace and original rounded doorways, this is not your average ranch house. The ceilings are all natural hardwood, and artistically done. The home is built within the mountains which also surround the property. Included in the price of the home is all of the furniture and the option to purchase the car as well. Located only 15 minutes from downtown Grecia at an altitude of about 3900 feet, the climate is perfect. The home is extremely private as it is located on a paved access road more than 300 meters from the main paved road. The granite counter tops and hardwood cabinets make the kitchen a dream to cook in. Every room has gorgeous views of the gardens and the mountains in the distance. The stainless steel appliances are included in the price, and are all new and in great condition. The master bedroom has lots of windows, and a huge closet. The bathroom is tastefully done with marble counter tops. The guest room is large and will ensure your guests are comfortable and happy. Downstairs you will find a two car garage and a laundry area. This house is functional piece of art, you will love it.Home Featureslast_img read more

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New dad Zuckerberg vows to give away Facebook fortune

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday announced he had become a father — and pledged to give away his fortune to make the world a “better place” for baby daughter Max and others.In a letter to Max posted on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg and his wife said they were going to give away 99 percent of their company shares — with an estimated value of $45 billion — in an effort to make a happy and healthy world for her and all children.“Max, we love you and feel a great responsibility to leave the world a better place for you and all children. We wish you a life filled with the same love, hope and joy you give us. We can’t wait to see what you bring to this world,” the letter said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Facebook expands reach with $19 bn deal for WhatsApp Will we finally be able to dislike something on Facebook? Snapchat vanishing video viewing hits 6 billion daily Facebook topped $1.5 billion in quarterly profit at end of last yearlast_img read more

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Costa Ricas Circuito Guanacasteco de Surf A new surf philosophy

first_img Facebook Comments MARBELLA, Guanacaste – When the organizers of theCircuito Guanacasteco de Surf (CGS) conceived of a province-wide contest three years ago, their intention was to create an environment that would promote talent that could continue on to the more established Circuito Nacional de Surf of Costa Rica. Certainly that has been the case with many of its participants: Youngsters Aldo Chirinos of Playa Negra, and Malaikai Martínez and Zulay Martínez, both of Tamarindo, already are champions – or on their way to being one – on a national level.Meanwhile, the Tico pros also have been taking advantage of the Guanacaste dates to fine-tune their own competitive skills before moving on to contests in the international arena. When the best surfers in the country make their way to the Circuito Guanacasteco de Surf, or CGS, a second benefit occurs: the promotion of the northwestern province’s world-class waves.“Our mission is to encourage youth surfing and social interactions with friendship and good sportsmanship in a competitive environment,” says the CGS mission statement. “As well as invite the best surfers in the nation to our events to demonstrate the highest level of surfing in Costa Rica to our youngest competitors and the future of surfing: Dolphins.”Created in 2013 by former surf industry executive Toni Vandewalle, TIDE Academy founder Chelsea Lisaius and former national surf champion Andrea Díaz, CGS has grown in professionalism and popularity to the point where an average of 160 surfers now inscribe at each date.The contest is sanctioned by the Federación de Surf de Costa Rica, the organization that puts on the Circuito Nacional de Surf, as well as the Costa Rican Sports and Recreation Institute. Well-known surf journalist Carlos Brenes serves as the event’s announcer and publicist. Latin American champion Anthony Filligim, who won the first of its contests last month in Tamarindo, said, “It was good out there. I like the CGS better than the national contest because this one has better beaches.”This past weekend at the second date of this year’s CGS, at the Copa Tika Hut in Marbella, one familiar surfer ended up winning his division after a long hiatus from competition.Federico Pilurzu of Tamarindo, who was Costa Rica’s first national surf champion back in 1999 and the first Tico to compete in the World Surf League Qualifying Series (QS), took advantage of the CGS in Marbella to implement a new surf philosophy he will road test at the 2016 QS. Fresh from the SEAT Pro Netanya, a QS at Kontiki Beach, Israel – his first QS in five years – Pilurzu won the Open category this past weekend, utilizing the strategy.“I’ve been training hard these last six months,” he said. “Mentally, I’m ready. If your mind is ready that is the most important thing, because you have to be in rhythm with the ocean to get the right wave.”“For me and the other professionals, the CGS is very important for us to be able to practice in a safer environment,” Pilurzu added. “There’s a lot of pressure on the QS. On the CGS, I can push my level and replicate what I would like to do on the professional tour. I have the freedom to try things and see what works and what doesn’t. The more comfortable I am with my game, the better I’ll do when I go out of the country.” Federico Pilurzu takes a winning wave last weekend at the second date of this year’s Circuito Guanacasteco de Surf, in Marbella, Guanacaste. (Courtesy of BADFish Photography)Frequent international medalist Leilani McGonagle also took advantage of the CGS to bolster her profile, as she won both the Women and the Girls categories this past weekend. She, too, is doing QS dates this year and takes every opportunity to compete in country.Pilurzu took note of the young kids who are making a significant showing in the CGS. Sixteen-year-old Aldo Chirinos from Playa Negra and Malakai Martínez in particular made great statements this past weekend. While neither actually won a division, Chirinos ended up in 4th place in the Open final among heavyweight – and older – surfers Tomás King at 2nd (Tamarindo), Isaac Vega at 3rd (Tamarindo) and Pilurzu, taking 1st place. He also had a second-place showing in the Boys category, which was topped by Kyllian Guenn, who had one of four 10-point rides in the contest.Although Martínez only placed 3rd in the Boys, no one will remember that. What they will never forget, however, is that he made Costa Rican history on Sunday when he scored not one, but two perfect 10 waves in the Boys semifinals. He also had a 2nd place finish in Junior, which Lorenzo Wickstrom won.“It’s good to see the younger guys like Aldo really pushing his limits,” said Pilurzu. “I’m seeing kids from three years ago improve in their ability and be able to connect and get a 10, like Guenn, Martínez and Leo Calvo, which is really cool. You can’t get better than a 10.”One of the distinct characteristics of the CGS is the running of the Dolphin category. These heats feature surfers aged 12 and under who are pushed into the waves. Tamarindo’s Pietro Garroux won that heat, and while only in his second year competing at this level, he and the others who posted in the Dolphins will be watched as they move on up the contest ranks both locally and nationally.“We are very proud that we are the only contest that has a Dolphin category where parents can push into the waves the littlest kids. We have had enormous success with this and up to 30 kids participating,” Vandewalle said.Another first for Costa Rica is the implementation of the priority wave system, which is used on the professional QS and World Championship Tour but not with any other contest in this country. As a surfer completes a wave, she or he is moved to the bottom of the priority system, indicated by the Lycra jersey color on a board located on the beach. The color at the top represents the surfer in the water who has priority to get the next good wave. If the surfer chooses not to surf it, then the next color up is entitled to go.According to Pilurzu, “The priority system was great for two reasons: First, it implements an ethical respect that is seen all over the world in surf competitions. When it’s your turn it allows people to perform at a much higher level without having to look over your shoulder to see who is going for that wave you want; and second, it’s nice to see in these events that kids are educated about being respectful in the water, to wait your turn. This was even reflected in the free surfing afterwards, where surfers were waiting their turn, respecting others. This way everyone in the water has fun, and everybody is able to surf better. [It] teaches surfing, not hustling in the water.”While Pilurzu and King head out on to their next QS on March 10-13 at the Ron Jons Van Pro Cocoa Beach, the Circuito Guanacasteco moves to the Kina Surf in Santa Teresa from March 5-6. The remaining dates include Lola’s in Avellanas on April 2-3 and the finals at Hotel Playa Negra on May 14-15. Federico Pilurzu is all smiles with his Copa Tiki Hut win. (Courtesy of BADFish Photography)Copa Tiki Hut resultsFeb. 13-14, 2016OPENFederico PilurzuTomás KingIsaac VegaAldo ChrinosWOMENLeilani McGonagleEmily GussoniLady MeekCoral WigginsJUNIORLorenzo WickstromMalakai MartínezJosé LópezSam ReidyBOYSKyllian GuennAldo ChirinosMalakai MartínezDean VandevalleMASTERSIan BeanTrey BrownellChristian BoosMauroGIRLSLeilani McGonagleZullay MartínezSerna NavaElisa CazenaveGROMSAxel CastroSam ReidyKalani AberimoRuby BrownellDOLPHINSPietro GarrouxMax BabyakJulien MicheacleuxMarysol AllenLONGBOARDAndrés RojasNoldan ZúñigaAldolfo GómezAlex Gómez Related posts:‘Extreme’ Pacific winds create dangerous conditions for boaters, swimmers Costa Rica to host World Surf League comp in Esterillos Este Pavones: Fowlie, squatters, tuna farm and surfers collide in disturbing new book Update: NBA star Kobe Bryant vacations in Costa Ricalast_img read more

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United kicks off couple flying to their Costa Rican wedding

first_imgA couple flying to Costa Rica for their wedding, scheduled for later this week, were removed from aUnited Airlines flight in Houston, allegedly for not following crew instructions.Michael Hohl and his fiancee, Amber Maxwell, had planned on flying Saturday from Salt Lake City to Liberia, Guanacaste with a layover at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Hohl told TV news KHOU.They were unable to leave Texas that day because flight crews told them to deplane before takeoff, he told the TV station.United spokeswoman Maggie Schmerin said in a news statement that the passengers “repeatedly attempted to sit in upgraded seating they didn’t pay for” and did not follow instructions from crews to go back to their assigned seats. The two were then asked to leave the plane, she said.However, Hohl said that he and Maxwell moved to “two of the plenty vacant seats available” because a sleeping passenger was sprawled across their assigned seats a few rows away.He said after airline staff told them to go back to their assigned seats, they complied. However, law enforcement officers came in less than two minutes later and escorted them off the plane, he added.“We did politely, quietly and without incident,” Hohl said. “We got to the gate and asked why, and they said because we were in the wrong seat and being disruptive.”The couple was rebooked on another flight Sunday, still ahead of their wedding on Thursday.Ongoing incidentsThe new incident on a United flight came just days after a passenger was violently dragged off an overbooked flight for refusing to give up his seat for an off-duty crew member.David Dao, a 69-year-old doctor from Kentucky, reportedly suffered a concussion and a broken nose and lost two front teeth while he was pulled off a plane at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on April 9.Images of Dao covered in blood while being dragged out, as well as United management’s response to the incident, prompted worldwide outrage. Facebook Comments Related posts:‘Snowpocalypse’ strands air passengers in Costa Rica Low-cost airlines increase presence in Costa Rica United adds early flight from Costa Rica capital to Houston Air France to start direct flights between Paris and San Josélast_img read more

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Can you beat this view

first_imgReader Jan Hart, a writer and artist who lives in the mountains outside the Southern Zone city of Pérez Zeledón, sent us this image of the view from her neck of the woods. Read our Weekend Arts Spotlight interview with Jan here.Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series – the view from your home or favorite Costa Rican spot, or any other image you care to share? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to kstanley@ticotimes.net. We’d love to see the sights with you. Related posts:Name that beach On the ice and Florida-bound Espressivo brings ‘Battlefield’ to National Theater for iconic building’s anniversary Turn off your phone, turn on the twinkly lights Facebook Commentslast_img

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What is SD WAN and how can it benefit your business With

first_imgSD WAN (Software Defined Wide Area Network) enables you to connect multiple service providers to multiple interfaces on an SD WAN capable firewall.  The SD WAN firewall is application aware and automatically steers traffic over different service providers depending on certain conditions.For example, you might connect an MPLS network on one WAN connection and connect to the Internet on the second WAN connection.  With SD WAN the traffic would then dynamically route over either connection depending on policies you define.Overview To understand how SD WAN works and how it benefits your business it is important to first understand how things were configured previously.Consider hot and cold taps on an old fashioned wash hand basin. Imagine the hot tap (WAN 1 Interface) is connected to the MPLS Network and the cold tap (WAN 2 Interface) is connected to the Internet.When the hot tap and cold taps are operated separately it is difficult to control the temperature and flow of the water as they are totally independent of each other.  Similarly, prior to SD WAN it was difficult to mix, control and manage traffic (business applications) across separate independent WAN Interfaces (in this example MPLS and Internet) just like the water in an old wash hand basin.Why is SD WAN better?SD WAN is a bit like a modern wash hand basin with both the hot and cold taps combined in an easy to adjust mixer tap.  The temperature of the water can be controlled and can even be automatically regulated to give you the perfect water temperature at all times.With SD WAN you can have granular control over traffic across all WAN networks with advanced flexibility and agility. For example, you can define policies that always send traffic from your main business application over the MPLS network for example but automatically switch over to the Internet VPN if the MPLS network is conjected or unavailable.SD WAN transfers the burden of traffic management from physical devices to software and allows you to effectively and securely route traffic to remote locations such as branch offices. Centralised control gives full visibility across the network and enables ease of management.In summary SD WAN provides you with complete control over how you dynamically route and prioritise traffic based on application type and other factors such as congestion and availability.How can SD WAN benefit your business?– Lower bandwidth costs– Centralised network management– Full network visibility– Increased options for vendor selection and connection typeSD-WAN benefits businesses by removing expensive routing hardware and instead provisioning connectivity and services from the cloud. With the increased dependency on cloud-based services in the modern workplace SD WAN delivers a much more robust and reliable network.SD WAN is a much more flexible option which allows a business to scale connectivity up and down as their business dictates and can automatically adjust and steer cloud-based traffic over different routes when congestion or service provider failure occurs. This enables a business to run a much more efficient and cost-effective enterprise reducing bandwidth costs as needed without compromising availability. Businesses are effectively avoiding over-provisioning which lowers overall WAN costs.The centralised control enables changes to be implemented and quickly pushed out to network hardware such as routers and switches.After an initial investment SD-WAN can improve a business’s connectivity between branch locations, the main office, data centres and the cloud while reducing running costs making long term savings over time.Fortinet SD WAN Novi partner with Fortinet a leading global provider of network and content security solutions. Fortinet Secure SD WAN is an application aware, multipath WAN solution with the benefit of integrated next generation firewall security.SD WAN is an integrated feature of Fortinet firewalling technology that Novi implement as standard for our customers with one or more internet connections.  Multiple service providers enable us to steer traffic based on application type with automated rerouting should a single service provider fail or become degraded.  For example we might steer guest wireless over a different route to critical business cloud services.  SD WAN can also be implemented across a high availability cluster providing added redundancy for critical business applications.If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more

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