Squabbling over bill of rights Were not here to pick on the

first_img OTTAWA — Transport Minister Marc Garneau is pushing back against suggestions the Liberals’ proposed air passenger bill of rights is too heavy-handed with airlines, saying the government’s intent is not to pick on air carriers.Garneau told a Commons committee studying the proposal that the government’s goal is to create regulations that are fair to airlines and passengers to ensure everyone knows their rights and responsibilities.The regulations would impose what Garneau described as hefty fines on airlines in situations where a passenger has been bumped from an overbooked flight, had luggage lost or damaged, or was stuck on a tarmac for far too long – but only if these were within the carrier’s control.If it is something beyond the control of the airline – bad weather, air traffic control issues, or a security threat at an airport, for instance – then the carrier wouldn’t be held liable.“It is an objective of this to come up with something that clearly addresses passenger rights, but that is also fair to the airlines,” Garneau said. “We’re not here to pick on the airlines. We’re here to make sure that passenger rights are respected.“If it was a decision that was within the control of the airline that prevented you from taking that flight, there needs to be compensation.’’The ensuing hours of hearings on the legislation, known as Bill C-49, saw warnings from the airline industry that legislating compensation beyond the cost of a ticket and the cost to the passenger’s time would increase prices.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthBad publicity through social media is incentive enough for airlines to better their customer service, said IATA’s Douglas Lavin.Instead, Lavin and others suggested the government require airlines to be clear with passengers about fare agreements and let the consumer decide what level of service they are willing to pay for.The line between what is and isn’t in the airline’s control is at the centre of a hearing before the Canadian Transportation Agency in which Air Transat says it shouldn’t be liable for a much-publicized incident where two of its planes faced tarmac delays of more than five hours earlier this summer where passengers not allowed to disembark.One of the two flights ran out of fuel during the delay and lost power, shutting down the air conditioning.The ensuing heat led to mounting tensions, a child throwing up on board and, ultimately, a 911 call from a passenger on the Brussels flight.The transportation agency will release its decision later this fall.Air Transat executives told the committee that C-49 wouldn’t have made a difference in the situation.“Putting out an obligation or a penalty or a fine and saying, ‘if you don’t disembark your passengers after certain hours you’re going to pay this amount of money,’ that would not have helped those passengers that evening, I can assure you that, because we don’t need a financial incentive or threat to do what we’re doing,’’ said George Petsikas, Air Transat’s senior director of government and industry affairs.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochure“Our crews want to get those people where they’re going as quickly and as safely as possible.”Once passed, the bill would require the transportation agency to draft the regulations and submit them to the government for approval.Garneau said that the rules would be changed as needed “under compelling situations” if there are situations that aren’t addressed, or provisions that are found to be “inadequate in any way.”Garneau urged the committee to quickly pass the legislation to have the new passenger rights in place some time next year.Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt told Garneau she wanted to ensure the bill is indeed as fair as the government claims, given it also proposes changes to rail transport and foreign ownership rules for Canadian airlines.“Any time you move off of status quo, which C-49 does do, you’re going to have people who are winners and people who are losers and our attempt here is to try and figure out the best balance is,” said Raitt, a former transport minister. << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Friday, September 15, 2017 The Canadian Press center_img Tags: Canada Share Squabbling over bill of rights: “We’re not here to pick on the airlines”last_img read more

Sunwings New Year sale includes up to 50 off plus 100 vacation

first_img TORONTO — Sunwing has launched its biggest sale of the new year, available until midnight on Jan. 5.Clients can save up to 50% off vacation packages at top-rated resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. Plus, as part of the New Year sale, vacationers can enjoy additional savings of up to $100 per couple with a time-limited coupon that can be applied towards vacations booked by Jan. 1.Resorts participating in the sale include the family-favourite Memories Varadero Beach Resort in Cuba, which offers an array of active water sports, four pools, a kid’s waterslide, 10 bars and eight restaurants.There’s also the Viva Wyndham V Heavens in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, an intimate, adults-only resort featuring a large pool, five restaurants, two bars, cooking classes, live entertainment, fitness classes and outdoor sports.Those looking to save big on their next luxury vacation may opt for Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites Resort and Spa in Riviera Maya, Mexico. This top-rated adults-only resort offers beautiful rooms with access to swim-out pools and freshwater pools, a spa and Stay at 1, Play at 3 privileges with Grand Riviera Princess All Suites and Spa Resort and Grand Sunset Princess All Suites and Spa Resort.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaWhat’s more, depending on the resort, selected travellers can take advantage of a number of exclusive value-added perks like Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE deals, unlimited reservation-free à la carte dining, spa discounts and more.All Sunwing packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines. Travelweek Group Tags: Promotions, Sunwing Posted by Sharecenter_img Sunwing’s New Year sale includes up to 50% off plus $100 vacation coupon Friday, December 29, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Contiki launches new USA Canada program with 10 EBB

first_img Share Tags: Agent Incentives, Contiki, USA & Canada TORONTO — Just in time for Canada Day, Contiki has announced the launch of its new ‘USA & Canada 2018-20’ program featuring a range of 25 adventures across the continent.The new program comes on the heels of the company’s recent studies that showed a trend towards travel to areas of natural beauty, with half of young respondents highlighting nature and the outdoors as two major factors in their travel plans. Known worldwide for its abundance of untouched wilderness, Canadians are now increasingly looking to their own “backyards” for their travels, says Contiki.To entice Canadians to explore their own country, Contiki is offering savings up to $1,319, or 10% off, if they pay in full by Sept. 5, 2018. For clients looking to road trip with their group of friends and family, everyone can save 10% when 10 or more travellers book on the same adventure, or the 11th person travels free; 7.5% when seven or more book together; and 5% when four or more book.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughts“We’re excited to launch this new program as an ode to our beautiful country and continent,” said Sheralyn Berry, President of Contiki Canada. “From snow-capped Grouse Mountain, the never ending outside activities in Banff, ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ at the Calgary Stampede to the cobblestone streets of Quebec City, travelling on any of our Contiki road trips are guaranteed to be packed with immersive experiences, great value and of course, delicious quintessentially Canadian food!”New for 2018-20 is the ‘Orlando Explorer’, an un-escorted three- or five-day stay that includes admission for a one (three-day version of the trip) or two-day (five-day version) park to park admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure with easy access to the area’s famous amusement parks. This short-stay trip does not need to be booked in conjunction with a trip and can be booked as a standalone.Also available is the 13-day ‘Canada & The Rockies (plus Calgary Stampede) itinerary, which includes highlights like the Lillooet Mountain Range, Kamloops, Jasper, Banff, Calgary and Vancouver. Due to popular demand, more departures have been added during the Calgary Stampede, which features 10 days of nonstop entertainment.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthClients can also book the 20-day ‘Grand Canadian’ road trip, which takes in the sights of Vancouver, Toronto, Quebec City and Montreal and includes a stay in Jasper National Park.For more information go to www.contiki.com/ca/en/activity/usa-and-canada-deals. Posted by Contiki launches new USA & Canada program with 10% EBBcenter_img Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Porters nonstop flights to Myrtle Beach return midFebruary

first_imgPorter’s nonstop flights to Myrtle Beach return mid-February Tags: Myrtle Beach, Porter Airlines << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — Porter Airlines’ seasonal service to Myrtle Beach is set to begin Feb. 13, with twice weekly flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays and added frequency during March Break.The nonstop service out of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is scheduled to run through May 19, says Porter.“The warm air and ocean breezes of Myrtle Beach are just two hours away with Porter,” says Robert Deluce, President and CEO, Porter Airlines. “It’s the perfect time of year to think about getting away for a few days of relaxation.”Oceanfront hotels, sandy beaches and 100+ golf courses in the area make Myrtle Beach an ideal vacation for the entire family, he adds.Resort options with Porter Escapes include the Doubletree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront, Sheraton Broadway Plantation and Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort. Clients can also book attractions including Legends in Concert and Brookgreen Gardens, and tee times, in advance. Posted by Thursday, November 29, 2018 last_img read more

Russia to open market for Costa Rican beef products

first_imgRelated posts:Russia OKs imports of Costa Rican beef, milk powder China helps boost Costa Rica’s beef exports Costa Rican food producers look for new buyers at international fairs Government promises solutions to local producers hurt by import prices Health authorities from Russia arrived in Costa Rica Tuesday to evaluate trade possibilities for local animal products, the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry reported.Starting this week, the foreign delegation will evaluate National Animal Health Service facilities as well as local farms and slaughterhouses, through June 1.Meat, leather and milk from Tico companies including GICO, El Arreo, Montecillos, Visión Comercial and Dos Pinos are being considered for export potential.Members of the Russian delegation will audit official controls, regulations and protocols of epidemiological surveillance. As part of the procedure to allow exports to Russia, experts will also evaluate Costa Rica’s systems for disease reports, drug-residue controls, food safety in processing plants and hazard-analysis systems.After the mission’s final report, local firms will have to wait for the official approval from the Russian government to export their products. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Court strikes down bill aimed at stopping Caribbean Maritime Zone evictions

first_imgBill 18,207 would have prevented the government-sanctioned eviction of several families living within the Maritime Zone on Costa Rica’s Southern Caribbean coast by reducing the size of the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. But on Friday, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, struck it down as unconstitutional.Lawmakers had approved the bill, which “acknowledged the rights of Southern Caribbean residents,” after the Comptroller General’s Office ordered the Municipality of Talamanca to determine how many people lived within the area’s protected shoreline. The office issued a deadline of Nov. 30 for the municipality to carry out evictions.The Sala IV ruled the bill violates Article 50 of the Constitution, which outlines the right to a healthy environment, because a technical or scientific study was not performed to determine the consequences of changing the boundaries of the wildlife refuge.The bill now will be sent back to a Legislative Assembly commission, which will decide whether it should be modified or archived.A second bill that placed a two-year moratorium on evictions (through Nov. 30, 2014) was approved in the assembly on Sept. 6. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Costa Rican arrested in Spain for alleged financial crimes

first_imgRelated posts:Wife of Liberty Reserve founder to seek husband’s Costa Rica assets Liberty Reserve founder Arthur Budovsky pleads guilty to money laundering charges Liberty Reserve founder gets 20 years in prison for money laundering Founder of Costa Rica-based Liberty Reserve extradited to face US charges Arthur Budovsky Belanchuk, 39, on Friday was arrested in Spain as part of a money laundering investigation performed jointly by police agencies in the United States and Costa Rica.Costa Rican prosecutor José Pablo González said Budovsky, a Costa Rican citizen of Ukrainian origin, has been under investigation since 2011 for money laundering using a company he created in the country called Liberty Reserve.Local investigations began after a request from a prosecutor’s office in New York. On Friday, San José prosecutors conducted raids in Budovsky’s house and offices in Escazú, Santa Ana, southwest of San José, and in the province of Heredia, north of the capital.Budovsky’s businesses in Costa Rica apparently were financed by using money from child pornography websites and drug trafficking.New York convictionAccording to records from the U.S. Department of Justice, on July 27, 2006, Budovsky and a partner identified as Vladimir Kats were indicted by the state of New York on charges of operating an illegal financial business, GoldAge Inc., from their Brooklyn apartments.They had transmitted at least $30 million to digital currency accounts worldwide since beginning operations in 2002.The digital currency exchange, GoldAge, received and transmitted $4 million between Jan. 1, 2006, and June 30, 2006, as part of the money laundering scheme.Customers opened online GoldAge accounts with limited documentation of identity, then GoldAge purchased digital gold currency through those accounts; the defendants’ fees sometimes exceeded $100,000.Customers could choose their method of payment to GoldAge: wire remittances, cash deposits, postal money orders or checks.Finally, the customers could withdraw the money by requesting wire transfers to accounts anywhere in the world or by having checks sent to any identified individual.Budovsky and Kats were sentenced to five years in prison for engaging in the business of transmitting money without a license, a felony violation of state banking law, but got probation. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Rica police nab five men suspected of stealing 220000 from bank

first_imgA computer engineer with the last names López Víquez was arrested Thursday morning in the province of Alajuela, along with four other men, on suspicion of committing computer fraud against Davivienda bank, formerly known as HSBC.Agents from the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) conducted seven raids in Heredia Centro, Mercedez Norte and Barva, in San Rafael, Alajuela, and La Uruca, San José. Officers arrested López and four other men identified by the last names Cambronero Solano, Ramírez Arce, Ramírez Bolaños and Hidalgo Mora.Police reports stated that López, who works for a technology company, discovered a vulnerability in Davivienda’s Internet banking site, where he found a backdoor in the exchange rate area of the website.Investigations indicate that López and at least 24 other people opened bank accounts to use the backdoor and allegedly transferred some ₡110 million ($220,000) over a period of seven months from August 2012 to February of this year, when the bank’s security systems detected the intrusions.OIJ said more arrests could follow in coming hours, as the investigation continues to identify who opened accounts to access the website’s backdoor. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Central America is worlds first cluster bombfree region says Costa Rica official

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica calls for 100 countries to ban cluster bombs State Department official: Real improvement in regional security requires ‘new approach’ Guatemala to eliminate customs duties with Honduras Nearly 150,000 Central Americans expected to seek asylum this year SAN JOSÉ — From Guatemala down to Panama, Central America has become the world’s first region to declare itself free from cluster bombs, officials said Tuesday.The weapons, which eject explosive bomblets, have killed some 55,000 people worldwide in the past five years, experts say.Belize’s accession to the treaty banning them means they join the rest of Central America — Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.“With Belize joining in, Central America becomes the first region in the world free of cluster munitions,” Christian Guillermet, a Costa Rican diplomat working with UN bodies in Geneva, told reporters.Central America was rocked by several civil wars in the 1970s and 1980s.“So it’s important for us as a region that has been victim of wars to send such a clear message about our commitment to peace and development,” Guillermet said.Norway led the effort to get countries to agree to ban the highly destructive weapons.The treaty took effect in August 2010 with signatories opting not to make, store or use them. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

San José to celebrate summer with Transitarte

first_imgRelated posts:Van Gogh’s Ear, a storytelling festival, and other happenings around Costa Rica TEOR/éTica offers different views of urban life Bullfights, punk bands, and other happenings around Costa Rica Festival of Light, Egyptian dancers, and other happenings around Costa Rica Friday, March 13Market of Expression: Crafts fair, Parque Nacional, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.Popular Dances: Parque Nacional, 10 a.m.Danceworks: Dance performance, Parque España, 12 p.m.Marimba Performance: Parque Nacional, 12 p.m.Raymond Blanco: Mime, Parque España, 1:30 p.m.Al Andalus: Premiere flamenco company presents its latest production, “Cone el Alma Aferrada,” Parque Morazán, 6 p.m.Concert Band of San José: Big-band performance of standards, classics, and Broadway, National Park, 4 p.m. The Costa Rican summer is in full swing, and so is the country’s cultural scene: In a month replete with massive concerts, film screenings, epic races, a major edition of the Art City Tour and the International Design Festival, you may get a severe case of option paralysis.But the most dynamic event of the month is Transitarte, San José’s citywide arts festival taking place over the course of three action-packed days. Free and open to the public, Transitarte incorporates scores of performances, presentations, and workshops, all set against the leafy backdrop San José’s urban parks. If you’ve got a free day, you can drift effortlessly from one park to another, soaking up the artsy atmosphere.While you may see more dancers, raconteurs and craftsmen in one afternoon than you might otherwise see in a year, the real treat at Transitarte is its music lineup – so many bands, singer-songwriters, and DJs congregate here that you could spend all afternoon and evening trying to keep up with the breakneck performance schedule.Because the range of activities is frankly overwhelming, and no single person could attend them all, we have put together some highlights from the festival to help you schedule your long weekend. If you speak fluent Spanish, you will obviously get to enjoy a broader experience, from storytelling to poetry recitals and special classes. If not, you should be able to enjoy any of the following activities without having to bust out the phrasebook: 10:45 a.m. Fundación artística y cultural La Malacrianza12 m.d. Así baila mi gente1 p.m. Marfil. Música2:50 p.m. Síndrome de Estocolmo. Música3:50 p.m. Infibeat. Música5:10 p.m. Luci $ The Soul Breakers6:30 p.m. Malpaís.10 a.m. a 8 p.m. Mercado de la expresión.– See more at: http://redcultura.com/front/agenda.php?eventid=23&fecha=15-03-2015#sthash.jeqpISeS.dpuf 10:45 a.m. Fundación artística y cultural La Malacrianza12 m.d. Así baila mi gente1 p.m. Marfil. Música2:50 p.m. Síndrome de Estocolmo. Música3:50 p.m. Infibeat. Música5:10 p.m. Luci $ The Soul Breakers6:30 p.m. Malpaís.10 a.m. a 8 p.m. Mercado de la expresión.– See more at: http://redcultura.com/front/agenda.php?eventid=23&fecha=15-03-2015#sthash.jeqpISeS.dpuferrozompopo Facebook Commentscenter_img Saturday, March 14National Music Festival: Incredible lineup of major Costa Rican bands, from República Fortuna to Sonámbulo, Parque Nacional, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.“The Magic of the Little Earth”: Theatrical performance, Parque Morazán, 10 a.m.Raíces: Traditional dancing, Parque Morazán, 1:15 p.m.International Festival of Singer-Songwriters: Afternoon-long mini-festival showcases a range of poetic musicians, from local Alex Piedra to Nicaragua’s Perrozompopo. Parque Morazán, 2–7 p.m.Dogandul: Live music, Parque Morazán, 7:15 p.m.The Lubín Barahona Orchestra and The Gentlemen of Rhythm: Music headliners, Parque Morazán, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15Film Festival: Screenings of numerous Costa Rican films, including Esteban Ramírez’s masterpiece, “Gestación.” Metal Building, 1–4 p.m.Market of Expression: Craft fair, Parque Nacional, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.Peregrino Gris: Music, Parque Morazán, 12:30 p.m.Marfil: Music, Parque Nacional, 1 p.m.Parabólica: Music, Parque Morazán, 1:45 p.m.Stockholm Syndrome: Music, Parque Nacional, 2:50 p.m.Garbanzos: Music, Parque Morazán, 3 p.m.Infibeat: Music, Parque Nacional, 3:50 p.m.Zópilot: Music, Parque Morazán, 4:15 p.m.Luci & The Soul Breakers: Music, Parque Nacional, 5:10 p.m.DJ Nochi: Music, Parque Morazán, 5:30 p.m.Percance: Music, Parque Morazán, 6:30 p.m.Malpaís: Music, Parque Nacional, 6:30 p.m. 10:45 a.m. Fundación artística y cultural La Malacrianza12 m.d. Así baila mi gente1 p.m. Marfil. Música2:50 p.m. Síndrome de Estocolmo. Música3:50 p.m. Infibeat. Música5:10 p.m. Luci $ The Soul Breakers6:30 p.m. Malpaís.10 a.m. a 8 p.m. Mercado de la expresión.– See more at: http://redcultura.com/front/agenda.php?eventid=23&fecha=15-03-2015#sthash.jeqpISeS.dpuflast_img read more