Heres your first look at Lufthansas new Business Class coming 2020

first_imgTags: Lufthansa Here’s your first look at Lufthansa’s new Business Class, coming 2020 Tuesday, November 28, 2017 FRANKFURT — Lufthansa is promising the “finest and most peaceful sleep above the clouds” with its brand new Business Class concept, which will be available for the first time in 2020 with the rollout of the Boeing 777-9.Compared to its predecessors, the Boeing 777-9 features a considerably wider cabin. In the new Business Class, all passengers will have direct access to the aisle, made possibly by a 1-2-1 and 1-1-1 seat configuration.The new Business Class seats, which were developed exclusively for the German premium airline, stretch to a length of 86.6 inches, with backrests that make it possible for the shoulder to sink in while lying on one’s side. This allows for the spine to stay straight while lying down. Moreover, seats feature an increased amount of personal space, more privacy as well as generous storage compartments.Depending on their personal needs, passengers can choose between a variety of spatial configurations. For example, they can choose to have an extended-length bed or a seat with tice as much desk space.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionPlus, due to digital interfaces, all functions of the seat, as well as the in-flight entertainment system, can be controlled using the passenger’s personal device. Smartphones and tablets can be recharged at the seat using wireless technology. And in the future, anyone who wants to watch movies from the extensive entertainment program will be able to watch blockbusters on much larger screens, in full HD.“The new, ultra-modern Lufthansa Business Class creates a new global benchmark. It offers our passengers a unique travel experience,” said Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “We have consistently and continuously refined our range of premium products for our guests and modernized Lufthansa. Our focus is and has always been on the wishes of our customers and their specific needs. We want to provide them with the perfect travel experience. The new Business Class showcases the full innovative capacity of Lufthansa.”In the upcoming year, there will already be certain innovations in the existing Business Class that will significant improve comfort. These include mattresses geared to aid in sleep-wellness on long, intercontinental flights as of early 2018. Plus, not only will Business Class passengers be offered new, lined blankets, they’ll also be provided with sleepwear upon request, which have thus far only been available in First Class. Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Fly for free to Europe with ACVs latest offer

first_imgFly for free to Europe with ACV’s latest offer Posted by Travelweek Group Wednesday, November 7, 2018 MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations has launched a new limited-time offer with Celebrity Cruises that allows cruisers to fly for free to Europe.Until Nov. 25, when clients book a Celebrity Cruise to Europe departing from Rome, Barcelona, London, Athens or Venice, the first and second guest in the stateroom will fly for free and pay only flight taxes.This offer is valid when booking an oceanview stateroom or higher for select sailings between March 1 and Oct. 31, 2019.With nonstop flights from Toronto, clients can take advantage of itineraries like a seven-night Eastern Mediterranean & Adriatic cruise package aboard the Celebrity Infinity departing on Aug. 17, 2019 from Rome to Venice, inclusive of flights and starting at $2,199 per person, double occupancy.The promotion is based on Economy class service with a maximum flight savings of $299 per person from Toronto or Montreal. Guests are responsible for paying the flight taxes, which are approximately $600 per person.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthThe offer is only applicable to non-discounted fares, open jaw flights and new bookings with a minimum seven-night stay.ACV is also reminding agents of its checked baggage policy with Economy Basis fare, in which the first bag is free when booking a Europe cruise package with ACV.center_img Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Celebrity Cruises, Europe, Offers Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Canadian travellers safe after witnessing kidnapping of American tourist in Uganda

first_img Share Tags: Canada, Uganda Friday, April 5, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> KAMPALA — An elderly Canadian couple came face-to-face with armed gunmen while on safari in Uganda this week, but managed to escape unharmed.Global Affairs Canada confirms two Canadian citizens were present during an ambush of tourists in the country on Tuesday.Spokesman Richard Walker says the couple are safe and have been provided with consular services.Ugandan security forces are searching for a U.S. citizen and a local driver who were abducted in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and authorities say the kidnappers have demanded a $500,000 ransom.Police say the kidnapped American is a 35-year-old woman.Abductions in Uganda’s protected areas are rare. Queen Elizabeth National Park, in southwest Uganda along the porous border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, is a popular safari destination. Canadian travellers safe after witnessing kidnapping of American tourist in Uganda By: The Associated Presslast_img read more

Tamarindo Talk

first_imgNo related posts. Looking for a private chef? Try Jay’s Private Chef Services of Tamarindo/Langosta. Owner Jay Ferreira, a graduate of the Culinary Business Academy, offers culinary services for breakfast, lunch and dinner. As an added amenity, Jay will also give cooking classes for the kitchen-challenged. Check out his website,, or call 8578-1578.Lorena King is offering private yoga therapy and retreats in the Tamarindo area. She uses a holistic approach to her practice, and is certified in Bikram yoga, reiki and macrobiotic nutrition. Private sessions include a nutritional assessment, meditation and breath work with Thai massage, and reiki body work incorporating Hatha yoga poses. Lorena offers raw food, vegetarian and vegan catering with a private raw-foods chef. If you want a more rigorous yoga session, Lorena works with a certified Ashtanga teacher to fulfill those requirements. Information can be found at and you can email her at Coconut Restaurant is on its annual vacation. It will reopen June 5. El Coconut Beach Club in Potrero is also on a break, and it will reopen June 8.Tomorrow, The Village in front of Country Day School will have a flea market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and an organic market on Tuesday from 2-6 p.m.Lots of news from CEPIA. The annual Robert August Surf & Turf, which took place last April and drew participants from Europe, the U.S., Canada, Australia and Costa Rica, raised $13,000 for the organization. The money will go to activities like the After-School Program 2012, which offers classes to 240 kids. In addition, CEPIA offers popular free courses for those 16 and older who want to learn haircutting, massage, English, crafts, cooking, computing, yoga and how to make eco-jewelry.–Ellen Zoe Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Rican presidents State of the Nation speech focuses on security trade

first_imgIn her annual State of the Nation speech before members of the Legislative Assembly Wednesday night, Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla pushed forward the message that despite overwhelming public disapproval of her administration, her government has had achieved several major accomplishments. Yet in a tone that has become common for the unpopular president of the dominating National Liberation Party – which earlier in the day secured the presidency of the Assembly in an annual May Day vote by lawmakers – Chinchilla acknowledged that “there is still a lot of work to do and challenges that we have not been able not overcome.”Speaking to lawmakers, Cabinet members and invited dignitaries for 75 minutes, Chinchilla admitted her administration still faces high rates of unemployment and poverty, and officials have been unsuccessful at reducing a social-economic gap among citizens.Chinchilla, who took office in 2010 as Costa Rica’s first woman to hold the presidency, also cited progress, including 5 percent growth in the national economy, “the highest in the last 15 years,” as well as a drop in interest rates and the blockage of short-term investments that threatened the country’s economic balance.She highlighted an earlier and successful issuance of Eurobonds that helped reduce the country’s staggering fiscal deficit, which last year topped $2 billion, or 4.4 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. The speech also addressed foreign trade by highlighting an increase of 10 percent in exports and positive performance by companies, which helped Costa Rica surpass by $200 million a $2 billion annual export goal. That positive news came mostly because of high-technology and free-zone companies.On social development, Chinchilla said the most notable accomplishments include poverty rates that leveled off for the first time in five years and actually began decreasing (by 1 percent). She also highlighted the success of one of her flag projects: a national daycare program that increased coverage by 75 percent, with 79,000 new children added. Public security was another of the president’s main focuses. The president, who campaigned on the issue in 2010, reported a decrease of nearly 50 percent in homicides in 2012, of 15 percent for car theft, and 10.6 percent for home invasions. She said “local police forces were able to disrupt some 350 criminal organizations.”As for what is missing, Chinchilla said three factors are preventing her administration from moving forward: “First, our democratic system is not responding to the timing and quality demanded by our citizens,” she said.She cited limited management and technical skills in most public institutions, as well as a complicated system of rules that encourage paralysis in public administration.A second problem is caused by an incapacity for dialogue and the polarization of public debate, the president said. “The prevalence of antagonistic interests and the radicalization of positions hinders the necessary negotiation process for democracy to move forward,” she stated.Finally, the president refered to “despicable acts of corruption in public administration that have been generating a deep distrust of politics” referring probably to scandals such as the construcion of a road along the border with Nicaragua, that ended with the dismissal of several officials.Chinchilla ended her speech by asking lawmakers to increase dialogue in order to expedite bills in the Assembly, proposed government programs and public works projects. Those stalled bills include reform on in vitro fertilization – which Costa Rica must implement following a recent Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruling – and granting same-sex couples equal rights under the law.The president asked opposition parties to exercise “the unavoidable task of political control, which is essential yet taxing, and something with which the government is obliged to comply.”“My government does not ask for less, and expects no less,” Chinchilla said. No related posts. Facebook Commentscenter_img Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla delivers the annual State of the Nation address on Wednesday to lawmakers, administration officials, dignitaries and other invited guests at the Legislative Assembly in San José. Courtesy of Luis Navarro/La Naciónlast_img read more

Haitis first cardinal will tell pope of countrys woes

first_imgRelated posts:Haiti cholera victims file new lawsuit against UN How the Clintons’ Haiti development plans succeed – and disappoint Pope Francis to visit Cuba in latest move to support US-Cuba relations Pope Francis asks ‘forgiveness for the scandals’ PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – For the first time, a Haitian has been named a cardinal – and he’s vowing to “bring the reality” of his tiny, impoverished Caribbean country “into the heart of the Vatican.”Chibly Langlois, 56, is one of 19 who will be formally appointed to the Catholic Church’s College of Cardinals on Saturday at a ceremony at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome.Just like the others, he was first named in an announcement by Pope Francis on Jan. 12.But for Langlois, the day already held special significance as the fourth anniversary of a massive earthquake that devastated Haiti.Langlois said he was moved by the pontiff’s choice of date for the announcement.“We understand that, with this nomination, the pope wants to invite us to cultivate joy even in the midst of sadness,” he said. “The joy, the suffering, the pain of the Haitian people are equally those of the Haitian church.”Nearly 170,000 people in Haiti remain homeless after the 2010 earthquake shattered the country and its basic infrastructure and killed 250,000 people.These days, Haiti is also weathering political strife, with President Michel Martelly currently in talks with the opposition and parliament to end a months-long stalemate over holding parliamentary elections, which were due to take place two years ago.Langlois, as the head of Haiti’s Catholic Church, is involved in both issues: what he calls a “major economic crisis” and a “political and institutional crisis.”He told AFP he would take all this experience with him to Rome.“I’m bringing the reality of the Haitian church to the heart of the College of Cardinals,” he said, adding that the church’s reality “is also Haiti’s reality.”“I am going to share with the pope the reality of Haiti: speak to him of our riches, of our weaknesses and our limits,” Langlois said.Haiti in crisis“We are in a society where there are many difficulties on the economic front. And the church is not from outer space — it is part of reality. What the people experience, the church experiences as well,” he emphasized.Critics — both from the opposition and from the church — have attacked the government for the slow pace of reconstruction after the quake.The devastation is still keenly felt in Port-au-Prince, the teeming capital of the Americas’ poorest country, where many are still living in makeshift housing, in very precarious conditions and sometimes facing eviction.“There are a lot of problems in families. People don’t have the means to meet their needs, to take on their responsibilities,” Langlois said.Haiti has recently seen an increase in anti-government protests, giving rise to clashes.Protesters are calling for the resignation of Martelly, who has been in office since 2011, as well as for better living conditions.Meanwhile, Langlois is working as a mediator in talks to help negotiate an agreement leading to new elections.He said the process is difficult, but emphasized that the discussions are crucial for the future of the country.“We don’t want to have a crisis that brings us to cry again for deaths in the country,” Langlois said.But — despite the difficulty of arriving at a political agreement — he remains optimistic.“I believe that we are on the right path. We are confident because all the conditions are there for us to sign this agreement,” Langlois explained.“What we are hoping for is that any accord reached be respected — for the good of all the stakeholders and for the good of the country in general.”Haiti’s president will attend Saturday’s ceremony at Saint Peter’s Basilica along with a group of 50 Haitians from across the country.Langlois said he also planned to invite Pope Francis to visit Haiti. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Volcano beer returns to the beach

first_imgRelated posts:The beer revolution comes to Costa Rica 3rd annual Craft Beer Fest offers a taste of the future in Costa Rica Brewery Treintaycinco wins silver in Brazilian beer competition 3rd annual Craft Beer Festival happening Saturday TAMARINDO, Guanacaste – This summer, taking a six-pack of Imperial to the beach may not be the only option for surfers and sunbathers hitting the sand for a day of fun in the waves.Beer lovers in Tamarindo and its surrounding beach towns can thank Joe Walsh, longtime resident and owner of Witch’s Rock Surf Camp, for broadening beer selection in the Guanacaste region.“First and foremost, I’m a surfer,” he said over the phone between sets on a surf trip in the Osa Peninsla. “I’m a brewery owner second.”But this diehard surfer and California native knows a thing or two about the beer industry.After establishing Witch’s Rock in 2001 – a company that started out of the school bus Walsh drove from California as he surfed his way through Central America to land in Tamarindo – he spent the next 10 years building his brand. In 2011, Witch’s Rock was a thriving business, but something still didn’t feel right.“I started Witch’s because I felt like it was the thing missing at the time,” Walsh recalled. “That’s sort of what happened with Volcano Brewing Company – I always joked this place would be perfect if only they had pale ale, but good beer was really still nonexistent.” Suzanna Lourie/The Tico TimesIn the 2000s, Walsh and countless other nostalgic expats watched the microbrew industry explode across the U.S. and Canada. Bars donned row upon row of taps pouring artisanal brews from across the globe. Costa Ricans, however, continued to happily swig Imperial and Pilsen – craft beer wasn’t on their radar.Years passed. Sick of waiting for that magical pale ale to suddenly show up on the supermarket shelves, Walsh decided to take matters into his own hands.In 2011, he became one of the pioneers in Costa Rica’s budding microbrew industry by opening the doors of Volcano Brewing Co., a combination hotel and pub brewery on the shores of Lake Arenal in the Northern Zone. Good beer, it seemed, was the only thing that could tear Walsh away from the waves – just for a little bit.“I’m not really into the whole driving away from the waves to the mountains kind of thing. It’s beautiful up there – don’t get me wrong. But it was temporary. The goal was always to get back to the beach,” he said.Finally, after three years of mountain-beach travel, Walsh was ready to bring Volcano Brewing Co. back home to Tamarindo, where is it now housed under the Witch’s Rock umbrella.“Everything takes longer than it should, … especially in Costa Rica, but we’re excited to finally be back at the beach and have everything in one place,” Walsh said.Moving to Tamarindo also meant closing the Arenal Hotel, a sad, but necessary move that allows Walsh more time to focus more on his two passions – beer and surfing – while getting back to his original vision for Volcano Brewing Co.When he started the company three years ago, craft-brewing equipment was scarce in Costa Rica. So in 2011 when Walsh received an offer to take over the lease to a hotel with built-in brew facilities, he jumped at the chance. The out-of-the-way location on the far shore of Lake Arenal kept the operation small, allowing the company ample time and space to master the brewing process and work out any kinks before expanding.Up to this point, the beer has only been served only at the onsite Arenal brewpub and Eat at Joe’s and El Vaquero in Tamarindo. But next week, Volcano Brewing Co. will celebrate an important milestone when Sharky’s Sports Bar in downtown Tamarindo becomes the first non-Witch’s Rock venue to sell Gato Negro Dark Ale and Witch’s Rock Pale Ale on tap.Sharky’s is the first step of a plan to bring Volcano brews to the area. Over the next few months, distribution will begin in Tamarindo, starting with restaurants and bars that already have a tap system, such as Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo and Lola’s in Playa Avellanas. From there, distribution will continue throughout Guanacaste in upscale hotels such as the Four Seasons in Papagayo and nearby towns like Playas Flamingo and Potrero.“We actually don’t even have enough to serve everyone who wants to buy it right now, but it’s awesome to be growing in that direction,” Walsh said. “It’s a huge honor to know people want to sell our beer.”As the company expands, Walsh says Volcano Brewing will begin the canning process – a novel idea in the craft beer industry, but something Walsh feels is essential for a beach beer. Glass isn’t ideal for tossing in the cooler or the back of a pick-up truck, Walsh explained.“Cans aren’t necessarily the main packaging for a high-end beer, but that’s starting to change,” he added. “People are realizing quality beer can come in a can.”Another reason to can is the ease of distribution, particularly to bars that do not yet have tap systems in place. “There have definitely been hurdles,” Walsh says, “but it’s exciting to be part of an industry that is still in its infancy in this country.”He will also stay loyal to the surf world with Volcano Brewing’s planned distribution route – a path mirroring a traditional Costa Rican surf road trip beginning in northern Guanacaste and running down the Inter-American Highway all the way to the Panamanian border.“That’s basically our mission – to grow from Tamarindo, down the Coast and in San Jose as well,” Walsh said. “We’re a Tamarindo brand at heart, but there are a lot of thirsty surfers (and non-surfers) up and down the coast.”To stock Volcano brews in beach bars spanning over 500 kilometers from Witch’s Rock to Pavones, Walsh realizes Volcano Brewing still has a ways to go. Future plans include additional facilities, although the Tamarindo brew house will remain the Volcano Brewing Co’s showpiece at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp in Tamarindo.As things move forward, Wash and his 80-plus team at Witch’s Rock expect to refine the Tamarindo facilities even further – opening up the brewery to connect to El Vaquero, add a third beer-focused bar and add a large thatched-roof rancho to shade large event groups and parties.“It’s happening in a couple of steps, but getting back to Tamarindo was the major part,” Walsh said. “We need to stay true to what we’re all about and that’s the beach.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Beyond the carrot and the stick persuasion hacks that get results

first_imgRelated posts:4 things you need to know before investing in a local startup The different flavors of starting a business Why changing too fast can hurt new businesses Money for startups: The key to creating more companies? It doesn’t matter if you are managing your own business, supervising a small department, or simply running a tight ship at home – you are always trying to influence and persuade people. You want your employees to commit to the company, your team members to adhere to some procedures and ways of doing things, or your kids to pick up their mess.From an early age, we have experienced and most likely used the old “carrot and the stick” approach, which assumes rewards and punishments generate an unequivocal causality towards promoting desired behaviors and deterring unwanted ones. At its core, the rationale behind rewarding wanted behavior and punishing unwanted behavior is not completely flawed; after all, this is how we were raised, how our schools kept us in check, and how most companies try to guide the actions of their employees. They can’t all be wrong, right?But have you ever experienced the limitations of this approach? Have you ever seen kids (perhaps even yours) disobey in spite of being fully aware of the consequences, or employees not giving their best in spite of the attractive bonuses offered? There’s no easy way to influence behavior, even when common sense would tell us that everybody should want to obtain a reward and avoid a punishment. Surprising as it may sound, we don’t always act in our self-interest, and knowing what’s best for us is not always enough.Let me share some examples of how the old ways of stirring behavior often fall short, and what alternatives we have to be more successful at making others go our way.Example 1. I told them to do it, so why won’t they? Equally common among managers and parents, the assumption is that because we told someone what to do, or how to do it, this should automatically translate into them doing it. If you think about it, although coercion can sometimes do the trick, most of the time we do things when it makes sense to us, when it makes our lives easier, or when it helps us achieve something we want.Hack #1: Reframe by showing what’s in it for them. Authority alone doesn’t fly, especially with younger generations. Instead, try to frame the situation as a choice where there’s something they can get out of it. Instead of handing down the solution, work with them finding one and make it about simplifying things or achieving more. Change is uncomfortable, and we don’t want to do it unless we see a good reason to. Help people see that reason by reframing and you’ll be more successful at influencing their actions.Example 2. They know they shouldn’t do it, so why do they?  The administration at an apartment complex was struggling to make residents comply with the rule of picking up their dog’s poop and disposing of it properly. The idea of not accidentally stepping on poop should be incentive enough for people to comply, right? Wrong. People would let their pooch evacuate freely on the lawn in spite of all the signs warning and threatening offenders.Hack # 2: Make it easier for people to act. What’s true in game and app design is true in poop-disposing habits: want people to do something? Make it easy for them to do it. It turns out most people were breaking the rule because they kept forgetting the baggie upstairs, and no sign in the world was going to make them ride the elevator and come back to pick it up. The solution? Place bag dispensers all over with a positively worded sign encouraging residents to keep it clean for the sake of kids.Example 3. We all have to do it, so why won’t they? A friend from a network marketing company was having trouble with people attending the weekly meetings. Team members always had a good excuse not to be there in spite of having committed to show up the week before. The problem was that their commitment was towards an individual (my friend), so as long as they felt they had a good alibi, they were ok with breaking it.Hack # 3: Use social proof to your advantage. Nobody wants to be a castaway, and we will go to great lengths not to feel left out. I advised my friend to work on building a team identity and make the members commit to the team instead of to a person. Making everyone feel they were part of something bigger was the first step, because that is what connects one’s identity to the higher purpose of the team. Once members feel this, it is substantially harder to bail on each other. This works equally in the military, in church and on your soccer team. The second step was to have the members publicly commit to showing up to the meetings so that, if they failed to show, they were letting down not a person – whom they could later bluff – but rather the entire team.These are just a few of the many behavioral nudges that you can use to increase your ability to influence others and to help people, or yourself, make better decisions. The old carrot and the stick don’t always deliver, and our little irrationalities could always use an extra nudge. As always, feel free to comment below to share your own experiences or contact me if you have any questions.Read more “Doing Business columns” here. Randall Trejos works as a business developer, helping startups and medium-sized companies grow. He’s the co-director of the Founder Institute in Costa Rica and a strategy consultant at Grupo Impulso. You can follow his blog La Catapulta or contact him through LinkedIn. Stay tuned for the next edition of “Doing Business,” published twice-monthly. 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Costa Rican Keylor Navas keeps historic Champions League shutout streak alive

first_imgKeylor Navas in the Champions League for Real Madrid:7 games7 clean sheets13 savesThe Costa Rican Wall.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 17, 2016 The pride of Costa Rica continues to shoot up the record books on football’s biggest stage. With a 2-0 Real Madrid win over Roma in the Champions League Round of 16 match on Wednesday, goalie Keylor Navas has extended his shutout streak to 630 minutes.Roma’s attack failed to test Navas in net for the entirety of the first half but kept the Costa Rican plenty busy in the second period.In the 54th minute, Roma’s Stephan El Shaarawy broke away down the left half of the field with a defender trailing him when Navas came far out of goal to make a sliding save that kicked the ball from El Shaarawy and kept the score at 0-0. Minutes later, Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo responded with a golazo that broke the ice for Madrid, which started to bombard Roma’s defense with constant pressure.Navas has yet to allow a goal in his five Champions League starts this season. Including two Champions League shutout starts with Madrid last year, Navas’ scoreless streak now in his Champions League career ranks as the third longest of all-time, according to noted football statistician Alexis Martín-Tamayo, aka Mr. Chip. Related posts:WATCH: Keylor Navas takes flight to make a miraculous diving save WATCH: Keylor Navas makes soaring save in Saturday’s Madrid Derby Keylor Navas puts on a show in Real Madrid win Keylor Navas’ coach at Real Madrid sacked, Spanish media reportcenter_img On several occasions during the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16, Roma nearly ended the scoreless streak by getting through the notoriously inconsistent Madrid defense. Reminiscent of Navas’ last Champions League start against Paris St. Germain, a couple shots ended up going just inches past the goal posts. In the match against Paris, Navas broke the record for the longest a goalkeeper has gone without conceding a goal since his debut. Navas is now 223 minutes, or about two and a half games, from eclipsing the longest stretch of any kind without allowing a goal in Champions League.In what was manager Zinedine Zidane’s most important game in his month and a half at the helm, Real Madrid’s defense looked somewhat improved against the Italian side.An 87th minute goal by Jesé not only put the game away, but gave Los Merengues an important two-goal lead going into the second and final leg, meaning Roma would need to beat Madrid by three goals to keep the Spanish from advancing to the quarterfinals of Europe’s most biggest club-level tournament.Madrid returns to Champion’s League action for its second game against Roma on March 8. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

From the outside Costa Ricas president calls for SICA reforms

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica to ‘take a hard look’ at its diplomatic missions, foreign minister says after meeting with US Secretary of State Kerry Costa Rica ‘cautiously’ rejoins SICA Costa Rica celebrates 66th anniversary of the abolition of its army CELAC should become an extreme poverty-free zone, says Ecuador’s foreign minister President Luis Guillermo Solís called on the Central American Integration System (SICA) to take up new challenges like climate change, immigration, and health concerns such as Zika during a speech in New York Sunday. The reprimand of the regional club’s narrow focus comes shortly after Costa Rica decided it didn’t want to be a full member of SICA.Along with calls for expanding the scope of the group, which is dedicated to the political and economic integration of Central American countries, Solís highlighted several longstanding problems with SICA, including a lack of transparency, accountability and a regional vision to present to the rest of the world. But despite the bloc’s problems, Costa Rica has little option but to keep working with its neighbors, international relations experts say.Costa Rica left SICA in frustration after the regional bloc failed to agree on a solution to the wave of Cuban immigration that left nearly 8,000 migrants stranded here in December. Costa Rica no longer participates in SICA’s executive committee, which oversees policy implementation and evaluation, nor does it join meetings of presidents and foreign ministers, or the Central American Security Commission. It does still participate in other parts of SICA, including forums on commerce and trade.During a trip to Guatemala in February, Solís said that Costa Rica’s return to SICA would require a roadmap for “effective and efficient integration.”Carlos Cascante, Director of the School of International Relations at Costa Rica’s National University, told The Tico Times that Costa Rica does not appear to be interested in the political project of regional integration. Costa Rica is the most stable country in the isthmus and that sense of exceptionalism has pushed the country to more developed clics outside Central America like the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Alliance of the Pacific, a trade bloc of Latin America’s biggest economies.Cascante said that Costa Rica’s ambivalence toward the rest of Central America is balanced by its need to have established norms with its neighbors, especially when it comes to transportation, trade and commerce. Large trading partners, like the United States or the European Union, for example, insist on negotiating trade deals with the region as a single bloc. One reason is because of the market potential of Central America versus its individual countries. Costa Rica has just 4.8 million inhabitants while the total population of the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement member states is more than 50 million.“Whether or not the countries in Central America see themselves as a bloc, the rest of the world does,” Cascante said.Paola Solano, director of International Relations at the Latin American University of Science and Technology, agreed. She said that SICA is “fundamental” for Central America, warts and all. That’s why she said that Costa Rica’s decision to “throw a tantrum” and leave the political leadership was a mistake.“Costa Rica leaving the table has weakened SICA and its own image as partner in the region,” Solano said. The “CRexit” did nothing to resolve the Cuban immigration crisis or head off later crises, like the latest wave of African migration, and has done nothing to support reforms of the regional bloc, she said.“You need to maintain dialogue with your neighbors,” she said.In the meantime, the clock is ticking before Costa Rica is set to assume SICA’s presidency pro tempore in January 2017. It’s unclear whether or not Costa Rica will find a way to re-integrate itself fully into SICA by then. Solano noted, “It would be awkward for Costa Rica to assume the presidency of an organization to which it is not a full member.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

PHOTOS The rainy season in Jacó

first_img Joe Tabacca/The Tico Times Joe Tabacca/The Tico Times Joe Tabacca/The Tico Times Joe Tabacca/The Tico Times Joe Tabacca/The Tico Times Joe Tabacca/The Tico Times Joe Tabacca/The Tico Times Joe Tabacca/The Tico Times Joe Tabacca/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Joe Tabacca/The Tico Times It’s the rainiest time of the year in much of Costa Rica, including along the central Pacific coast. Thunderstorms roll across the ocean and afternoon downpours are a daily occurrence, bookended by brilliant bursts of sunlight.Photographer Joe Tabacca captured the striking visual contrasts of the “Green Season” in Jacó in this gallery for The Tico Times. Joe Tabacca/The Tico Times Joe Tabacca/The Tico Times Related posts:PHOTOS: Chasing Moby at Uvita’s Whale and Dolphin Festival PHOTOS: Happy Earth Day, Costa Rica Big waves, rip currents hit Pacific beaches Tropical wave increases rains over Costa Ricalast_img read more

Rebuilding the community of La Carpio through cultural education

first_imgIs it possible for a single organization to transform one of Costa Rica’s toughest neighborhoods? La Carpio, the shantytown located in La Uruca, San José, is synonymous in the minds of many Costa Ricans with poverty and violent crime. In 2011, however, Alicia Avilés and Maris Stella Fernández launched a quest to change this when they founded the Integrated System of Art Education for Social Inclusion (SIFAIS), an NGO seeking to promote cultural growth in the neighborhood. In this four-part series, The Tico Times sets out to show how this non-traditional cultural education model is trying to beat the odds and help this vulnerable community strive for a better future.It all began when Alicia Avilés acted on impulse.In 2011, the Nicaraguan resident of La Carpio, Costa Rica’s most infamous shantytown, was working as a maid, but also as a leader in the troubled community. The mother of five had come to Costa Rica more than 15 years earlier searching for a better life, and had found it, but was also plunged in the challenges facing her neighborhood: drug use, violence and poverty.She was working on a number of community initiatives, including a third-division soccer team for local kids. She met a woman named Maris Stella Fernández of the company Eureka Comunicación through mutual religious activities, and Fernández had helped Avilés by coordinating a donation of uniforms for the team.However, when a few of the children mentioned to Avilés that they didn’t like sports but would love to participate in an activity of their own, Avilés started nursing a bigger dream for her community: a symphony orchestra for the children of La Carpio. And one fine day, she got up the courage to talk to Fernández, a communications specialist, about this idea.The conversation between Avilés, 51, and Fernández, 52, sparked a series of events that led to the creation of an organization that is now renowned nationwide: the Integrated System of Art Education for Social Inclusion (SIFAIS), a non-governmental organization that unites La Carpio with volunteers who lead programs in the arts, athletics and education. The program’s non-traditional cultural education model aims to rebuild the community and change some of the stereotypes and stigmas that surround it.Not long after their initial conversation about the idea, Avilés and Fernández gathered in La Carpio with 50 children who happily waited to create music with 20 plastic flutes and 20 drumsticks. It was the beginning of an era: Avilés became the community director and the inspiration behind SIFAIS – one of her official titles on the organization’s website is “inspirer” – and Fernández the president.Fernández, who lives in Piedades de Santa Ana, organized an initial group of three volunteers to create music with the children. She immediately noticed the volunteers’ impact on the community.“Everyone within the community notices that the visitor is someone who can provide something to a population in need,” she told The Tico Times during an interview at the Eureka offices in the western San José neighborhood of Rohrmoser. “There’s a great satisfaction in that, because what makes people happy is not having material things, beauty or power: it’s being able to serve others. When you see so many people in need, you’re not uncomfortable with providing others with [what they need].” Maris Stella Fernández (left) and Alicia Avilés (right) created SIFAIS in 2011 with the purpose of providing La Carpio with better opportunities. (Courtesy of SIFAIS)Slowly, more volunteers began to join the movement with the same goal in mind: helping La Carpio move forward. According to Fernández, Avilés’ initial willingness to trust Fernández, an outsider, with her big idea, then led to the trust among the volunteers and the people from the community.“The fact that she trusted me made me wonder if I could do something I never thought I would do,” Fernández remembers. “If it hadn’t been for that, I wouldn’t have taken that initial step. Besides that, I trusted her that she’d protect me.“There’s also the trust given from the volunteers to their students. [The students] feel great because they’re being trusted as a person and not stigmatized as delinquents just because they’re from La Carpio. It creates a more integrated social tissue,” Fernández said, adding that the perseverance and consistency that the project requires reinforces this confidence. A volunteer teaching a child how to play the cello. (Courtesy of SIFAIS)The women describe core values that have shaped the organization. In addition to trust and constancy, one of those values is what they call the “positive madness” that has driven them to break barriers. A symphony orchestra was created in a place often dominated by fear, violence and drugs, establishing an unimaginable tenderness between the volunteers and the people from La Carpio.“The tenderness a teacher acquires when he or she notices that a child, adult or senior citizen is learning to play the violin helps the teacher build a stronger trust in order to persevere and set new, crazier goals,” Fernández said.As Fernández and Avilés moved forward with their improbable dream, funded through donations and sponsorships from a variety of sources, they set their sights on the construction of a building where volunteers could carry out their cultural workshops and classes.Making this a reality required contacting the architects Michael Smith and Alejandro Vallejo from the firm Entre Nos Atelier. However, throughout the process, SIFAIS faced several challenges.“At the beginning the architects created a design to remodel the building where we were working,” Fernández explained. “It was a very nice process because we were working on a terrain that was lent to us by an evangelical church. When we didn’t fit in the building anymore, we asked [the architects] if they could design a second floor without knowing that the people from La Carpio would get really upset. When someone remodels some part of the slum, the people of the community think that their property is being taken away.”Once more, SIFAIS made its goal more ambitious: the organization asked its architects to design two four-story, interconnected buildings. The budget? $500,000.Because SIFAIS did not own the land on which this structure was to be built, potential donors were skittish, Fernández recalled. The Cueva de Luz in construction during 2014 and 2015. (Courtesy of SIFAIS)“We had to go the Mixed Institute for Social Aid (IMAS) to tell them about what we were doing and planning on building in La Carpio. For the first time in the history of a slum in Costa Rica, the IMAS decided to grant us a loan, which is an arrangement in which we were conceded the use of the terrain for 15 years,” Fernández said. The Cueva de Luz (yellow building) during the construction process between 2014 and 2015. (Courtesy of SIFAIS)After further communication with the Municipality of San José and Ministry of Public Works and Transportation, SIFAIS continued with its fundraising efforts.“We contacted Rodrigo Uribe, who had already gotten to know La Carpio. He’s the owner of [the business] Cuestamoras. He trusted us, donated the first $150,000 and provoked a reactive chain of trust amongst other entrepreneurs. In a year we were able to recollect the $500,000,” Fernández, who said she is still amazed by the unbelievable gesture, told The Tico Times.Construction began on June 26, 2014, and the building was inaugurated on August 2, 2015. The building, known as the Cueva de Luz (Cave of Light), has a total of 137 volunteers and 350 collaborators working with about 950 people from La Carpio enrolled in the classes and workshops provided by SIFAIS. Both the Public Education Ministry and Justice Ministry now work alongside SIFAIS as well.Just think: it all began with the merging of trust, constancy, madness and tenderness to create a better community through the participation of volunteers, along with the constant hard work of a motivated and inspired administrative team.In the next story in our series, we sit down with Alicia Avilés to hear her extraordinary story. 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Football legend Dave Rimington Theres a lot to like about Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:A letter to our readers Will Pinto return to the World Cup? Panama firm pleads guilty in FIFA corruption scandal New grant program seeks to boost Costa Rican nonprofits ¡Touchdown! Crashing the Tropic Bowl Facebook Comments Following his professional career, Rimington has served with the Boomer Esiason Foundation in their fight against cystic fibrosis. He has been with the foundation since 1993 and has been president since 1995.In September, Rimington got a call from his alma mater and asked to come in as Interim Athletic Director. His heart is always with the Cornhuskers, so he asked Esiason for a leave of absence and got on a plane to Nebraska, where he helped coordinate the transition to permanent replacement Bill Moos, named to the post Oct. 12.I met Rimington 20 years ago and have been doing the logistics for several years for the Boomer Esiason fishing tournament fundraiser at Crocodile Bay for cystic fibrosis. I spoke to him by phone to ask about football, advances in the struggle against cystic fibrosis, and his love of Costa Rica. Excerpts follow.Congratulations on your appointment as Interim Athletic Director. Will this will become a permanent position?The Chancellor of the school called and asked me to help them out. Nebraska has always meant a lot to me, so with Boomer’s approval I am going to the best for whatever time I am here. I am thinking about retiring in a couple of years; in fact, Costa Rica is one of the destinations I am considering.How did you discover Costa Rica, and what do you love most about it?Boomer and I got invited to go on a Cannon Photo Safari to Costa Rica and Drake Bay… Between holding fishing tournaments in different locations and traveling a lot on my own, I find there is an awful lot to like about almost all of Costa Rica. For retirement I thought about looking somewhere up near Playas de Coco. Rimington in his playing days. Courtesy of Dave RimingtonTell me about 9/11. [The Boomer Esiason Foundation had offices in the World Trade Center when the attack occurred.]I was in Nebraska that day. Cantor Fitzgerald had floors 101 through 105 in the World Trade Center and donated office space to The Boomer Esiason Foundation. Between the two, there were 658 people working. The plane hit a couple of floors below and everyone perished. It was like losing 658 friends all at one time. Rimington in New York in the aftermath of 9-11. (Courtesy of Dave Rimington)What would you like to accomplish while in charge of the Athletic Director Post?I would like to see an improvement in the walk-on program [a walk-on is a player without a scholarship who just wants to try out for the team]. These kids come in and bust their butts sometimes waiting two to three years to get to play. They do not have financial aid like someone on a full scholarship. They motivate other players because the other players know there is someone who wants their spot just as badly as they do.I would also like to see better relations between former players and the school. These guys loved playing for Nebraska and they are the greatest promoters of the sports program.Finally, I would like a voice in choosing the permanent replacement. [He accomplished all three in 21 days when Bill Moos, former Athletic Director at Washington State, was named to the post.]What advances have you seen in working cystic fibrosis patients?We invested in research at the foundation and in pharmaceuticals for the treatment of the disease. With breakthroughs of the drug Kalydeco, we have seen outstanding results, and the profits from our investment will keep the Foumdation running for a long time.What is next in the battle against cystic fibrosis?There is a new set of challenges. When I started working with cystic fibrosis the life expectancy of a patient was 19. Today it is almost 40. This brings into play education and joining the work force. We are working very hard in those areas.Read Todd Staley’s Wetline Costa Rica columns here.Todd Staley has run fishing sport operations on both coasts of Costa Rica for over 25 years. He recently decided to take some time off to devote full time to marine conservation. Contact him at Courtesy of Dave RimingtonRead more World in Costa Rica interviews with residents and visitors to Costa Rica from around the world.center_img From Syria to Cartago: One immigrant’s four-generation family business in Costa Rica Unless you are a hardcore fan of American football, the name Dave Rimington may not immediately ring a bell. Offensive lineman, especially centers, don’t usually get the recognition that some of the more glamorous positions do. However, in this author’s humble opinion, if Rimington had picked a career in the military instead of football, he would be a five-star general today.Rimington, who has been visiting Costa Rica regularly for 20 years, is one of the most decorated offensive linemen in college football history and the only player ever to win the Outland Trophy in consecutive years (1981 and 1982) at the University of Nebraska. He also won the Lombardi Award in 1982 and placed fifth in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy that same year. He was picked in the first round of the 1983 NFL draft and played professionally for the Cincinnati Bengals, where he snapped the ball for Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason. He finished his career with the Philadelphia Eagles and retired from pro football at the end of the 1989 season.The Rimington Trophy is named in his honor. Since 2000, it has been given annually since 2000 to the nation’s top collegiate center; since 2003, a Rimington Trophy has also been awarded to the top center in each division of college football. Rimington was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.last_img read more

5 questions for a French artist in Costa Rica Jacques Hervot

first_imgRelated posts:5 questions for Costa Rican musician Manuel Obregón 5 questions for Italian interaction designer Massimo Banzi 5 questions for Costa Rican artist Rossella Matamoros 5 questions for a Costa Rican musicologist, composer and writer Jacques Hervot found art by chance, as a hobby; afterwards, it became his profession. The French artist, who now lives in Costa Rica, had always found art to be a source of distraction, enjoyment and a way to express beauty, ever since he was a child and doodled on his notebooks instead of paying attention in class. It wasn’t until adulthood that he chose to dedicate himself to art.After five years with the French Merchant Marines for five years, which allowed Hervot to travel around the world, Hervot met the love of his life in Greece: a Costa Rican woman, Magda Urcuyo. Their travels together were just beginning.“I bought a sailboat with Magda, and we decided to go around the world. We never finished the trip, but we spent two years coming from France to here [Costa Rica], with islands and ports in between to rest… We decided to stop the trip because we wanted a family, and on a sailboat it was complicated,” Hervot told The Tico Times.Once they settled down in Costa Rica, Hervot found work at a maritime agency without knowing a word of Spanish. Just one year later, Hervot decided to create his own business and build two hotels, one in Tamarindo, Guanacaste, and the other one in Barrio Amón, San José. Eventually, however, Hervot chose to sell his businesses and pursue a career as an artist.His hallmark: clean composition and bright colors, drawing heavily on pop art. Within Hervot’s pieces, the love he has for Costa Rica and its pura vida lifestyle are expressed by vibrant colors. He uses mixed media including clay, beeswax, pigment and charcoal with lots of texture. His commercial art can be seen in various hotels Costa Rica, and his private collections have been exhibited in many countries in Latin American and the Caribbean, as well as the United States and Europe.On a warm morning at Hervot’s home in Santa Ana, west of San José, The Tico Times sat down with the artist and his dog Milú to speak about his life and work. Excerpts follow. How did you decide to join the French Merchant Marines?It was a child’s dream. When I first started reading, it was always adventure and travel books. I’d imagine myself in my bed as if it were a boat. I never felt as if I were from a specific place. I was born in France, but my personality was about seeing more places, traveling and meeting people.Besides that, I’m from a Celtic part of France: Britannia. The Celts are sailors, so I think I inherited that aspect of traveling. It was also the generation of the hippies: it was very easy to take any bus to go Afghanistan or India or even hitchhike. “Rainy Days and Mondays” by Jacques Hervot explores the use of vibrant colors with lots of textures. Courtesy of Jacques HervotWhat was your first impression of Costa Rica?Lots of doubts, because I didn’t speak Spanish [laughs]. When I got a job at a maritime agency I was given the job of management assistant. The phone rang, someone spoke in Spanish and I didn’t understand anything, so I hung up [laughs]. That person then called the manager and complained; I had many challenges. Sometimes I felt like, what am I doing here? Because there were many job possibilities at the time in France. Now it has changed.At the beginning it was hard because one was used to many things that couldn’t be found here. There wasn’t any Amazon to purchase books, so we had to go to France once a year and return with the bag full of books. It was a fight with Magda because she wanted diapers for the children [laughs]. People did help me a lot because they were always kind. I was never rejected as a foreigner… and the weather and nature. Those three things helped me. “Just the Two of Us” by Jacques Hervot. Courtesy of Jacques HervotHow would you describe your artistic style?Alma Fernández was the person who agreed to do my first exhibition. That gave me confidence. I’m thankful to Alma for being the first one to trust me; then I did exhibitions in other galleries and sold a lot to hotels.As for the paintings [walks through his house to show off his work], I painted this with some of the remains of a palm leaf that I grabbed in Puerto Viejo and Punta Uva… I also worked for a long time with clay. I made this one when the war in Iraq was going on; I decided to use color pencils as if it were ammunition tape, with pencils rather than bullets. This one was carved with a knife [on wood]; those are album covers I downloaded from the internet and painted them red because it represented the red English phone booth. “How Deep is the Ocean” by Jacques Hervot. Courtesy of Jacques HervotWhat inspires your art, and how does pop art influence you?The colors and the materials. I like aesthetics and harmony a lot. I’m very square, so that’s why it’s symmetric.As for pop art, I like it a lot… every time I had a chance in France to see a piece by Jackson Pollock or Andy Warhol, I’d go, or buy books. I like the colors, and the possibility of people creating their own art. “Free as a Bird” by Jacques Hervot. Courtesy of Jacques HervotHas Costa Rican popular culture influenced your work?I believe it’s more universal. Obviously the country’s strong and vibrant colors do influence it. I see that people’s work in Europe is more grey and obscure, and that’s the time they have over there. Here the people are always pura vida. It’s true. That makes life beautiful. You wake up and see all the light.The pura vida culture has taught me to not complicate my life. If something has to happen, it’ll happen, but if it doesn’t, then it won’t happen. I got rid of stress. In Europe stress is very high, and you have terrible self-critical standards that don’t allow you to be free. Here, people allow you to be free, even in how you dress, and I love that about this country. There are no codes. “Femme Free as a Bird” by Jacques Hervot. Courtesy of Jacques HervotOur “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at Facebook Commentslast_img read more

5 questions for Costa Rican pop rock band Los Waldners

first_imgHow is music a tool for communication and expression?DO: We don’t seek to change someone’s opinion with our music. We try to make it true to what we really think.LC: There’s nothing nicer, I’d say, than when someone tells you that your music makes them feel good. That they’re not alone. That it’s ok to not be the strongest mae (guy) or strongest woman. You can be vulnerable.We see ourselves as agents of change in that sense, legitimizing and giving words to sensibility, honesty, vulnerability through our songs and what we try to express.DO: It’s not about giving answers in the songs. It’s better that it generate a question within you. Related posts:5 questions for Costa Rican actor Leynar Gómez 5 questions for Italian interaction designer Massimo Banzi 5 questions for US painter Suzahn King 5 questions for a Salvadoran street artist in Costa Rica It’s 2010. Luis Carballo and Daniel Ortuño meet each other through mutual friends: within the span of their first conversation, they begin discussing the creation of their own musical project.Fast-forward to 2018, and they’ve created their own band: Los Waldners, whose current lineup includes Carballo (vocals and guitar), Ortuño (guitar), Gustavo Quirós (bass) and Diego Zeledón (drums). The name of the band is inspired by Swedish table tennis champion Jan Ove Waldner, beginning as a joke among the members and reflective of the joking, happy personality of the band, which has performed around the country as well as in Peru, Colombia and Mexico.In 2014 the band released its first album, Eclipse Total del Corazón (Total Eclipse of the Heart), and their second in 2016, Malas Decisiones (Bad Decisions). This month they released their new single, No Me Visto Para Vos (I Don’t Dress For You). The band members say all their songs and albums reflect the values of the band.“It’s not only about going to a rehearsal and playing your part. There’s a lot of interaction and commitment,” Carballo told The Tico Times. “That’s why I think that until today we’ve lasted a long time together, changing certain members, but it in general there’s always been a closeness with the principles in the way of seeing the world.”On a sunny, warm morning at Franco Coffee Shop in Barrio Escalante, San José, The Tico Times sat down with Carballo and Ortuño to speak about Los Waldners’ strong musical message of love and respect at a difficult moment in Costa Rican history. Excerpts follow.How has the group evolved since its creation?DO: There are certain influences that brought us together when we started, which is the first thing where you coincide: musical tastes. We could say that there’s a very marked pop influence… based on that, we expanded it. As you begin trusting the members of the band, you start revealing more personal tastes that you reserve for yourself.We noticed at some point that we all like pop in a very wide sense. Not only as guitar underground bands with limited editions, but also things that appear on the radio and TV or music that we listened to when we were younger. There’s a lot of Latin American influence. I think that is more noticeable on the last album.LC: The band has changed a lot. Even how we compose has changed. At the beginning you’re getting to know the people, how they compose, what they do, what they can contribute and what their strengths are.We’ve learned and change a lot. I feel that today we compose better. We write more structured lyrics. We get along better with each other… It’s about having a healthy band that allows us to change, make decisions and respect each other’s directions. From left to right: Luis Carballo (vocals and guitar), Diego Zeledón (drums), Daniel Ortuño (guitar), and Gustavo Quirós (bass). Courtesy of Los WaldnersWhat’s your process like for creating a song?DO: We do operate within a framework. We’re a rock pop guitar band, so it’s not like one day someone will come with a drum machines and be like: ‘Hey, check out this new song I made.’LC: Who knows? Maybe the [drum machine] can be there.LC: The important thing, as Dani said, is trust. If I come in with an idea, maybe I have been working on that idea for a long time and Dani is like: ‘No. It doesn’t work,’ and maybe Tavo doesn’t like it.It’s not about being arrogant and saying no to others’ ideas… You work it out, and trust the other person and want him to do things better.Listen to Los Waldners’ album Eclipse Total del Corazón (Total Eclipse of the Heart):<a href=””>Eclipse Total Del Corazón by Los Waldners</a>What stories do you like to tell through music?LC: When I speak about something I try to focus on what I feel from an experience or what someone felt in an experience, because I think that’s what you identify with. It’s not about going out with someone, but with what you feel when you go out with someone… Applying that to what we are currently going through [in Costa Rica], we sometimes forget that. We focus on actions and not on the importance that they have for people or their feelings.Listen to Los Waldners’ album Malas Decisiones (Bad Decisions):<a href=””>Malas Decisiones by Los Waldners</a>Are the current political and social divisions in Costa Rica driving you to make new songs focused on the kind of empathy you’re describing?LC: We’ve always written about these things. What happens is that now we’re driven into telling them with more strength. It makes us shout them and not say them on a low level because we think it’s important for them to be listened to.It’s very easy to point and shout at someone, but it’s difficult to try to identify with that person and feel what that person is feeling. It’s this feeling of distance from others when you speak to someone you don’t know.When we narrate these stories of feeling, it’s one way or another saying: OK, get to know me. Get to know people who feel like we do and understand that I’m like you in many things. The current moment is very strange and particular.Watch Los Wadners’ video for Periodistas (Journalists): Costa Rican Happy Hour #4: ‘No me visto para vos’ “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Rican rapper Nativa releases new album

first_img Facebook Comments 5 questions for Costa Rica’s indigenous Jirondai Project Related posts:5 questions for Costa Rican artist Alejandro Villalobos PHOTOS: International Museum Day in Costa Rica Costa Rican artist Elizabeth Argüello designed a Google doodle for Sunday 5 questions for a Costa Rican musician, dancer and modelcenter_img Costa Rican rapper Nativa has released her second album, “Semilla Nativa” (“Native Seed”), which combines rap with Latin American rhythms and activist lyrics.The album is released by the record label Resistencia Subversiva (Subversive Resistance). and includes songs inspired by Nativa’s personal growth. Her lyrics provide social analysis of our times and focus on Latin American identity, politics, the environment and gender, according to a news release from the label. Costa Rican rapper Nativa released her new album Semilla Nativa. Artwork by Colombian muralist Gleo. Courtesy of NativaAccording to a press release, the album’s name is a tribute to the indigenous, afrodescendant and campesino (farmer) communities who are working to preserve their native seeds.“The seeds are nodes of relationships, pathway crossings, synthesis of history, starting points, knowledge that gives life. That’s what this album is about: the gathering of many Latin American artists who believe in the appropriation of our roots,” Nativa said in the statement.Listen to the album here:Nativa is not only a musician, but also a cultural manager and activist. Her album includes 12 tracks that feature six renowned creators of rap instrumentals from Costa Rica, Venezuela and Mexico. She also collaborated with Costa Rican musicians including Funka, Fabián “Choc” Vargas, and Tania Casarrubias, and Proyecto Jirondaí‘s indigenous Cabécar singer Luis Salazar.This musical homage to Costa Rica’s native seeds is now available on different digital platforms such as Spotify, SoundCloud and Resistencia Subversiva’s website. For more information follow Nativa on Facebook.last_img read more