first_img[PEOPLE] Anjuna/APG appoints new BDM, Canada Posted by Travelweek Group Friday, November 11, 2016 TORONTO – Anjuna, a global airline service provider and the exclusive member for APG in Canada, has welcomed Mable Tang as its new Business Development Manager, Canada.Tang brings with her 25 years of travel industry experience, having previously worked at Sita World Group as Regional Sales Manager – Western Canada for 23 years. She can be reached at mable.tang@anjuna.global or m.tang@apg-ga.ca.Anjuna/APG currently represents 28 airlines in Canada. With over 100 offices covering over 170 countries, APG is the world’s largest GSA airline representation network, partnering with over 200 airline clients. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_img Share MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands’ is launching a series of flash sales to entice clients to book winter vacations.The sales include exclusive promotions, “incomparable deals”, low rates and more, available for a 24-hour period at a time.TravelBrands says its ultimate goal is to propose unparalleled offers in the marketplace to a wide selection of destinations: Caribbean, Mexico, U.S., Canada, Europe and more. “Travel agents will access a variety of selling tools to help them close the sale.” For more information visit travelbrandsagent.com. Thursday, January 5, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img Tags: TravelBrands TravelBrands introduces 24-hour flash sales Posted bylast_img read more

first_img Share Posted by Travelweek Group ANAHEIM — Would you recognize Mark Hamill if he walked into a room? Or would you simply feel The Force that surrounds him everywhere he goes?A group of unsuspecting and completely overjoyed Disneyland guests had the ultimate celebrity encounter earlier this week when Luke Skywalker himself crashed their ‘Star Tours’ experience.While reading from his script, the Star Tours guide suddenly veered off-course and said, “Actually, you know what? The captain did mention something about a special passenger. Oh, and The Force is strong with this one.”It took me long enough- but my childhood dream of working Disneyland finally came true! #TheLastJedi #StarTours @DisneyStudios @StarWars pic.twitter.com/mgDzgCjSRr— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) November 15, 2017That’s when Hamill, 66, entered stage right, gleefully addressing the crowd with ‘Hello, everyone!”As we’re sure he’s accustomed to, the entire crowd broke out into gasps, with many people raising their phones to snap a pic of the iconic Star Wars actor.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perks“Wait a minute, there’s no Star Wars fans here, right?” joked Hamill.Although his appearance was considered out of the blue, this isn’t the first time Hamill surprised movie fans. In late 2015, he walked down Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles while wearing a stormtrooper uniform, handing out tickets to the premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.So be on high alert – The Force is everywhere! Mark Hamill surprises fans at Disneyland and sci-fi nerds everywhere are freaking outcenter_img Tags: Disney Thursday, November 16, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_img Posted by Tags: Carnival Cruise Line Friday, December 1, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharecenter_img MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line has announced the name of its new Vista-Class ship, set to debut in fall 2019.Carnival Panorama is the third in the line’s highly successful Vista-class series, which are all named to reflect the connection between the ships and the sea. Panorama will join its sister ships: Vista, which entered service in 2016, and Horizon, set to debut on April 2, 2018. The three 3,954-passenger Vista-class ships are the largest ever constructed for Carnival Cruise Line.Like its name implies, Carnival Panorama will offer venues with both indoor and al fresco experiences, including the Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, Library Bar, and Bonsai Sushi, along with open-air attractions like the groundbreaking bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction SkyRide, a massive WaterWorks aqua park, and the SportSquare recreation area.Also featured will be a vibrant Havana section with tropics-inspired staterooms and its own Cuban-themed bar and pool, Family Harbor featuring extra-roomy accommodations, the Family Harbor Lounge, a luxurious Cloud 9 Spa and Ocean Plaza, a spacious dining and entertainment venue with indoor and outdoor seating.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?“Carnival Panorama is the perfect name to reflect the design inspiration of our Vista-class ships providing more venues and opportunities to connect with the sea,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Carnival Panorama will offer a wide variety of fun indoor and outdoor experiences along with exciting one-of-a-kind features that will provide our guests with a lifetime of wonderful vacation memories,” she added.Currently under construction at the Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy, Carnival Panorama is scheduled to enter service in November 2019. Homeport and itinerary, along with other new features of this ship, will be announced at a later date. And the name of Carnival’s new Vista-Class ship is… Travelweek Group last_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. The Salk Institute of Biological Studies gave two groups of mice the same high-fat diet, but one group only had access to food during an eight-hour period. After 100 days, the restricted-access group exhibited less weight gain, less liver damage and lower levels of inflammation. Although this was an experiment on animals, theoretically the logic could apply to people. It could be that our systems and organs each have their own biological clock, so at certain times of the day, our liver is at peak performance in processing toxins and fats and our digestion simply works better. If we match our eating schedule to these biological schedules, we could help fight obesity, high cholesterol and other modern illnesses. Although human trials are necessary to test and refine this daily-restriction theory, one human study on another form of restrictive eating did show positive benefits.For people who are happy with a grazing diet style, feel free to continue eating five or six small meals a day. No point messing around with something that works (and it works for many individuals). People are different and what suits one person’s biological circumstance does not necessarily work for others. But if you have reached a weight loss plateau, or if the eat-little-and-often concept has not worked, then you could test this daily time restriction for yourself; just remember to keep your calorie intake at current levels and restrict eating to daylight hours when you are most active (assuming that you keep a normal schedule). Ideally, you should eat sensibly during your eight hours; i.e. lean protein, fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates and good fats such as oily fish, nuts and olive oil. However if your current diet is distant from this ideal, stick to what you eat now and see if simply applying the eating window makes a difference to your weight and mood. You can experiment with the exact timing of this window as long as it is within daylight hours, but be aware that you will need time to adapt. Stick with it for a month to decide whether or not the regime works for you. Unless you have a diagnosed medical condition such as diabetes, this style of restricted consumption should not be detrimental to your health, as long as you are sensible. If you are concerned about possible consequences, consult a doctor or nutritional therapist and ask for dietary supervision. Julie Godfrey BSc (Hons) is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and full member of the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT). See www.foreverhealthyco.com or email jgodfrey@foreverhealthyco.com.News sources:“Americans Find Doing Their Own Taxes easier Than Diet and Health,” www.sciencedaily.com.“When You Eat Matters, Not Just What,” www.sciencedaily.com.“Extended Daily Fasting Overrides Harmful Effects of High Fat Diet,” www.sciencedaily.com.“Alternate Day Fasting and Chronic Disease Prevention,” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Facebook Comments From the print editionA recent survey by on food and health by the International Food Information Council concluded that 52 percent of U.S. citizens find it easier to figure out a tax return than to understand what they should and should not consume to be healthy. Now we’ll add to the confusion. After years of being told to eat “little and often,” scientists are now saying that starving ourselves for a few hours each day could help control weight and delay the onset of degenerative diseases. center_img Julie Godfreylast_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. FORT MEADE, Maryland – U.S. military prosecutors demanded Monday that Pfc. Bradley Manning spend at least 60 years in jail for handing a vast trove of classified government files to anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks.Capt. Joe Morrow urged the trial judge to impose a tough six-decade sentence and a $100,000 fine to “send a message to any soldier contemplating stealing classified information.”Manning’s defense counsel, David Coombs, insisted that this would be far too harsh a sentence for a young man with a chance of rehabilitation, who had expressed remorse and who had cooperated with the court.Coombs said that if a defendant like Manning had been jailed in 1953, he would have missed a huge slice of modern history and events like the moon landing through the Watergate scandal and the invention of the cellphone to the present day.He pleaded for a sentence that would allow Manning one day to walk free, find love, get married and live his life, arguing that he had acted out of a humane but naive desire to halt the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.“He is a young man, he is a very intelligent man,” Coombs said. “He’s caring, he’s respectful, he’s a young man. He was in fact young, was in fact naive, but certainly was good intentioned.”The military judge overseeing Manning’s court martial, Col. Denise Lind, brought the sentencing hearing to a close and said she would briefly reconvene the court on Tuesday before retiring to consider the punishment.Last month, the 25-year-old former army intelligence analyst was convicted on a raft of espionage and theft charges that could see him jailed for up to 90 years.Lind is to decide how many years Manning will serve on each charge after a sentencing hearing at Fort Meade, a military base just outside Washington, D.C.Manning pleaded guilty to charges that could see him serve 20 years in a military prison, and Lind has deemed him guilty of several more.Morrow dismissed the argument that Manning was a naive and troubled soldier who believed he was doing good by exposing abuses in the U.S.’ conduct of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Instead, the prosecutor branded the leaks “destructive” and said Manning was a “determined insider who exploited an imperfect system.”Manning, a former intelligence analyst who obtained the files when he was deployed in Iraq, has become a hero to his supporters, who see him as a whistleblower who lifted the lid on U.S. foreign policy.More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for his nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize.But the U.S. government painted him as a reckless traitor who put fellow soldiers and his country in danger when he handed 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks, which published them.The defense contends that Manning hoped to spark a debate on U.S. policy, and that his superiors ignored repeated signs of his emotional distress and should never have sent him to Iraq nor given him security clearance.Expert witnesses testified during the sentencing hearing that Manning was confused about his gender and sexuality and under enormous psychological stress.For his part, Manning took the opportunity of the sentencing hearing to apologize for his actions.“I’m sorry that my actions have hurt people and have hurt the United States,” he told Lind last week.“I want to go forward,” he said. “I understand I must pay the price.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. For 97 years, the Zoológico Simón Bolívar in San José has housed and protected wild animals and educated visitors about the natural world. Many Ticosgrew up visiting the zoo, where they encountered live lions and panthers for the first time.When the government recently announced that Costa Rica would become a “cage-free” nation, the zoo faced imminent closure.The decision caused widespread controversy and global attention. While zoo proponents and environmentalists continue to battle in the courtroom, The Tico Times’ Robert Isenberg took his camera to the zoo to see for himself what this century-old institution is like. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgLast year, a total of 139 wildfires occurred across Costa Rica – 88 of them within protected areas. Approximately 30,440 hectares were damaged, the Fire Department reported. Two of those fires occurred in Palo Verde National Park, burning 70 hectares of protected land.Chávez said that 90 percent of forest fires are intentionally set, either by farmers or arsonists.The National Commission on Wildfires last Monday reported that the effects of climate change this year have caused a serious lack of rainfall across the country, making the country vulnerable to wildfires.Palo Verde National Park houses a diverse group of wetland habitats bordered by rivers and a row of limestone hills. Within its 71 square miles are salt and freshwater lagoons, swamps, grasslands, mangroves, pastures, open-area forests, mixed forests, water-born trees, tree-lined grasslands, freshwater swamp forests and evergreens.It also has a large concentration of aquatic and wading birds – both local and migratory – making Palo Verde one of the best bird-watching areas in Central America. Related posts:Farmer charged with arson in Palo Verde National Park blaze Palo Verde Forest Fire Set by Illegal Hunters 1,500 More Hectares Burn In Palo Verde Park More than 500 hectares of protected areas destroyed by wildfires this year Facebook Commentscenter_img Firefighters in the northwestern province of Guanacaste worked until 3 a.m. on Wednesday to extinguish a wildfire that destroyed at least five hectares of Palo Verde National Park. The damaged area is mostly pastureland and secondary forest, park administrator Ulises Chavarría García said.Firefighter Chief Héctor Chaves said calls came in at about 1 p.m. on Tuesday, and crews were able to control the fire’s spread at about 7 p.m. Crews resumed the effort later Wednesday morning in order to extinguish ongoing hotspots. Chavarría said firefighters would conduct daily inspections for at least five days.Guanacaste firefighters responded with three trucks and obtained assistance from Environment Ministry staff, park rangers and volunteers from nearby areas.While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, Chavarría said investigators were working to determine if hunters were responsible.The wildfire is the sixth this year in Costa Rica, and a total of 158 hectares have been destroyed. This week, firefighters and several government agencies launched a media campaign to raise awareness about wildfires, which usually increase in frequency during the dry season from December to April.last_img read more

first_imgThe 2015 Women’s World Cup is less than a month away, and for the first time ever Costa Rica will be competing in the tournament. Monday night President Luis Guillermo Solís held a ceremony at Casa Presidencial to honor the team.“This is really much more than a sports competition,” Solís said during the ceremony. “This shows that now in our society, in every national sphere, we have women in positions of leadership.”Costa Rica will spend the next month training before heading to Canada for the World Cup in June.Las Ticas, as the national women’s soccer team is known, qualified for the tournament after a surprise performance in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October. The Costa Rican team fought its way to the quarterfinals where it was expected to fall to heavily-favored Mexico. But the team pulled out a 1-0 win to advance to the semi-finals.Las Ticas then clinched their place in the tournament after Costa Rican keeper Dinnia Díaz, shut out Trinidad and Tobago in a shoot-out. Costa Rica went on to place second after a 6-0 loss to the U.S. in the championship game.Las Ticas face tough odds in Canada. At 37th in the world, Costa Rica is one of the worst ranked teams in the tournament. Facing top-ranked Brazil and middle-of-the-road Spain and South Korea in the first round of the tournament, it seems unlikely Las Ticas will advance to the second round. These challenges haven’t escaped the sportsbooks, most of which give Costa Rica 1/250 odds at winning the World Cup.But Costa Rica seems to have made a national habit of shocking the world. Last year, the men’s squad took out three former world champions and tied the Netherlands in the World Cup quarterfinals. The team had not even been expected to score a goal in the entire tournament.You can catch a sneak peak of the World Cup team in action during two friendly matches against Mexico on May 25 and 28. Costa Rica will then take on Spain for its first World Cup game on June 9. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s Ticas one match away from FIFA World Cup Canada 2015 PHOTOS: Bulls, beer and injuries at Costa Rica’s annual Zapote festival Palmares festival, Allende play, and other happenings around Costa Rica Costa Rican Noelia Bermúdez named best goalkeeper in Spain’s La Ligalast_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Van Gogh’s Ear, a storytelling festival, and other happenings around Costa Rica Christmas-themed theater warms hearts this month Bullfights, punk bands, and other happenings around Costa Rica Festival of Light, Egyptian dancers, and other happenings around Costa Rica On Thursday, the XVII Festival of Flowers of the African Diaspora and Other Cultures kicked off at Lincoln Plaza with the presence of President Luis Guillermo Solís, CECC/SICA secretary general Carlos Lépiz, Afro-Costa Rican writer Quince Duncan and Chinese Ambassador Song Yanbin.The national band Master Key delighted the audience with three a cappella songs, including their original “Happy Days.”Afterwards, organizers presented a video about the country’s Afro-Costa Rican culture.Afro-Costa Rican writer Quince Duncan spoke about his experience of living in a multicultural and multiethnic environment as a citizen of Costa Rica. “Beyond tolerance we have to acquire respect. We have to go through the path of comprehension; comprehend and understand each other,” Duncan said. Master Key performs at the inauguration of the 2015 African Diasphora Festival. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesChinese Ambassador Song Yanbin spoke of the importance of a multicultural and multiethnic Costa Rica. He mentioned that the Popular Republic of China has 56 different ethnicities and 55 of those ethnicities are minorities that have their own language.Festival organizer Carol Britton gave an honorary mention to former congresswoman Joycelyn Sawyers Royal, who first proposed a law declaring Costa Rica multicultural and multiethnic in 1998. Sawyers’ sister, Mavis Sawyers Royal, was there to receive the honorary mention.Costa Rican composer Manuel Monestel performed afterwards, playing a set of Calypso songs.President Luis Guillermo Solís noted the importance of the recent change to the country’s constitution declaring Costa Rica multicultural and multiethnic.“The country is on a path of unity and diversity,” Solís said.The President also inaugurated a photo exhibit celebrating Costa Rica’s diversity as part of the festival.The festival runs through Sunday. The schedule of events is available on the festival’s website. Singer Manuel Monestel performs at the inauguration of the 2015 African Diasphora Festival. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgA 45-year-old U.S. man who has been living in Costa Rica since 2009 has filed for asylum in the country because he says he fears for his life should he be sent back to the United States.Bill Perry’s case, which is currently under appeal through the Immigration Administration Court, began when he was detained at his apartment in downtown San José on April 6 and put into an immigration detention center in Hatillo, where he remains.According to the initial, April 29 resolution from Immigration denying a refugee visa for Perry, the man’s request was based on his assertion that he suffered harassment from authorities in his home state of Indiana, including from a state police master trooper.Perry wrote in a letter from the detention center: “At the prison (sic) I made it clear I wanted to apply for refugee/asylum in Costa Rica due to the fact I have been on the run for my life from police corruption in the United States for over seven years.”Perry told The Tico Times he was involved in a small-town conflict with police, who he said harassed him over a girl he was dating at the time.To gain asylum in Costa Rica, one must prove persecution based on race, religion, nationality, gender, membership in a certain social group, or political opinion. The initial ruling from the Immigration Administration denying Perry’s request stated that “it’s not possible to determine a causal link between this situation and any of the stated grounds.”Perry’s attorney, Germán Solano, said it would be difficult for Perry to obtain asylum in Costa Rica based on any of the above categories. Plus, Perry was in Costa Rica illegally when he applied.In a phone call Monday from the immigration detention center in Hatillo, Perry said he should qualify for asylum based on political grounds.“This is political what is happening to me,” he said. “The thing between the judges and police back home is all political.”Solano said if Perry loses his appeal through the Immigration Administration Court, he could get deported to the U.S.Jonathan Mora, the director of the Hatillo immigration detention center, said an anonymous complaint led to Perry’s detention in April.Court documents appear to indicate that authorities were suspicious of the timing of Perry’s asylum request, which came after he was picked up.“It calls to our attention that the applicant made this request for asylum once he was apprehended for being found in the country illegally,” the initial Immigration Administration ruling read.Perry said he has been suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts during his stay in the detention center, but claimed that repeated requests for a psychiatric evaluation and for attention for other medical emergencies have gone unanswered.Detention center director Mora said officials have responded to all of Perry’s medical needs. Mora also noted that the U.S. citizen has lodged a “high number” of medical complaints and that all checkups and tests carried out have indicated that Perry is healthy.The detention center usually does not hold people for more than 30 days, but Mora said that Perry, who will spend his 42nd day in the center on Wednesday, remains detained because of the asylum appeal.A spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy said she could not comment on Perry’s specific case due to the U.S. Privacy Act. Facebook Comments Related posts:Former U.S. convict Dan Fowlie speaks out against being barred entry to Costa Rica again A chat with Pan-American director Patrick Miller: ‘It’s time to give back’ U.S. family works to set up Costa Rican halfway house in wake of son’s death Panama drops off Cuban migrants on Costa Rica’s doorsteplast_img read more

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Police arrest two key figures in Chinese cement case Prosecutors requests six months of prison for seven cement case detainees UPDATED: Court orders three months of prison for cement case detainees The real reason the ‘cementazo’ is so scary for Costa Rica – and so important “Costa Ricans: I’ve always told you the truth. I say it today, and I’ll continue to say it, looking you straight in the eye.”President Luis Guillermo Solís released a video Tuesday evening about the unfolding Chinese cement scandal in which he reiterated that while he supported changes in public policy to end the country’s duopoly on cement in order to reduce prices for consumers, he was not party to any of the alleged wrongdoing that took place when the policy changes were put into practice.“Because of my duties as President, I didn’t participate in and was not aware of the details of that implementation. It was one of many other issues on my agenda,” he said in the video message.The scandal, popularly known as the “cementazo,” has implicated members of all three branches of government – as well as board members and managerial staff of one of the country’s public banks – who allegedly misused their positions to improperly promote the Chinese cement import business of Juan Carlos Bolaños.Bolaños and six Banco de Costa Rica staff members were arrested Friday and ordered to serve three months of preventive detention while the investigation continues.Read more about how the scandal began, its potential impact on Costa Ricans’ trust in their government, and what it means for the Judicial Branch. last_img read more

first_imgHow were the trainings organized when most, if not all, players work full time?“All of my guys either work or go to school, so we trained three nights a week. Also, some guys have business trips or, for example, one of my players has to work a lot each month-end closing so we have to adapt according to everyone’s needs. With experience, you learn that is better to talk with them right away to discuss availability, but sometimes we have to work with what we have. It is challenging but normal in the sport.Usually, we start at 8:00 p.m. once we are done with our other obligations. I always try to eat a snack before training. Practice goes like this: 10-to-15 minutes to warm up, then the next 30-to-40 minutes we work on individual skills and conditioning, and then the last hour we do tactical work, five-by-five scrimmage or we work on defense. At the very end, at least in my practices, we make the losers of the scrimmage run. I want players to hate losing in practice and sometimes we have arguments because of that (nothing too serious) because they hate running — everyone hates that and that is exactly what I want. We would shoot free throws and then if they miss a free throw, their team has to run, so it puts pressure on the free throw shooter. Every coach does his or her practice in different ways; I learned my techniques from my years in North Carolina and I am very comfortable leading the practice this way and it works.” Clifford Smith & Nicolás Marín María José Braddick Serrano / The Tico Times Why do you think is that not enough people attend basketball games?“Over the last 10 years, we have lost brands of Costa Rican basketball. Liceo, Seminario, Limon and Barva, those four teams were probably the best known teams. This is like if in soccer, Saprissa, La Liga, Heredia and Cartago left. We have lost such strong organizations, and the League has become top heavy, and that means that for the last two years we have seen the same team beat another one by 80 points. The truth is that no one wants to see that from a fan’s perspective — it is not interesting. I think fans want suspense, they want close games, they want drama.“The best basketball we have seen in Costa Rica was when there were six or seven strong teams. When I first came into the League, there were 12 teams, and six of them were really good, and even the other ones would beat the good teams every once in a while. Last year, the champions did not lose any games, which is historically very interesting. But from a fan’s perspective, if it is not exciting, it loses a lot of appeal.“[…] Years ago the newspapers and TV had regular coverage. For some reason, mainstream media has decided that they just want to cover soccer, so what our teams resort to is social media — but a lot of these teams are good at other things and not necessarily social media. I think is a combination of the structure of the League, losing the best brands, and losing access to mainstream media.” What do you think needs to be improved in the national basketball scene?“I think basketball in Costa Rica is an excellent illustration of the good and the bad of our society. I believe one of the biggest gaps is the organization capacity. For example, a few years ago, I went to the Summer Camp of North Carolina as a Coach and with the experience that I had gained in Costa Rica, I did not feel less than my colleagues there — so in terms of technical capacity I did not feel any disadvantage.“But what surprised me was how well organized they were. There were hundreds of kids and young people in charge of making sure the activities were done on time, that the gyms were ready, and so on. If I compare that to Costa Rica, taking Escazú as a reference because I believe our organization is decent, but there are times where we do not even have the gym to train and that is just a matter of communication. I have voiced my concerns before; we went to Limón one time a few seasons ago and when we got there, right in the middle of the gym, there was a stage built. Those types of setbacks happen — that is just life — but of course if there is a lack of management is going to affect [the sport]. “[…] Finally, in Costa Rica, basketball is not the main sport, and I think another problem is in how to market it. It is a challenge, but I like to think there is a better future for it when I think about the Little Leagues and the enthusiasm of the kids, their parents and the organized committees.” Tico Times: Have you seen an evolution in the sport’s organization through the years?Cubero: “Actually, basketball is still an amateur sport [in Costa Rica] because there is no money in order to create a real professional league. For me, since I started as a leader in 2009, it has been really difficult — some years we do well and others not so much. Unfortunately, the lack of well-structured organizations and the lack of money take their toll on this beautiful sport.”What benefits could you observe in the cultural exchange between the foreign players and the fans/community? “That has been very good. We have had them as minor league coaches, and the children admire them so much, which generates in them more motivation. It has also been interesting to see the interaction with society. Even though they do not learn much Spanish, they learn to communicate, and they are very dear to the community.”How can we take advantage of Sports as Human Rights and work through them to shift into a more positive society? “I think we should do educational campaigns, especially with parents, to avoid following trends of racism or discrimination of any kind. We have to start educating children so that the new generation does not carry these vices that society has today.”With ARBA, how do you prepare the team both physically and mentally for each season? “Physically, we always do a month long pre-season where we train four or five times a week, and we also have psychological support for our athletes in order to work on their emotional intelligence during the season. Also, it is extremely important to treat them as people and not as a number [on a jersey]. In our organization, we always want to be the best. Even if we do not win, what we care about is to have a team where everyone feels welcome.” Walk Like a Champion, Talk Like a ChampionEscazú has its own basketball team, which was the winner of the previous Championship. Nicolas Marin, the team’s head coach, was born in Nicaragua and went to the United States for college. At a University of North Carolina camp, he honed his basketball skills, then started working as a coach in Costa Rica in 1996. He joined the Premier League in 2006, and for the last 10 years has been working with Escazú’s team on and off. How was the journey to the Championship this season?“The first step was recruiting. We started with the foreign players and hired Giorgio Milligan, who also played in San Ramon and Grecia before and is part of the National Team of the Virgin Islands. He has been one of the best foreign players in the League, but we also kept most of our regular players such as Alonso Sánchez, Clifford Smith, Dave Milliner, Rohel Wilson — who came from Barva — and Gabriel Quesada was another of our great recruitments and he also played with Barva before. We achieved creating a great team with young talents from the Minor Leagues, and at the end we saw that the team had great flexibility and capacity. There were some experienced players as well, so it was a great combination, and this season we only lost against San Ramon.” Basketball is not Costa Rica’s most popular sport, but it has been been my favorite sport since 2006, when I discovered there is an organized league here. The Tico Times brings you closer to some of the country’s stars as they discuss the sport’s growth in Costa Rica, the joy of winning a championship, and their physical and mental preparation, among other topics. Ballin’ Bigger Than LeBronWe do not have a tico King James yet, but believe it or not, basketball was once upon a time a trendy sport in this coffee land. The best way to learn about that history is to go to the source, so I spoke to some of the sport’s leading figures.Franklin Cubero, President of the Basketball Association of San Ramón (ARBA), has 41 years of experience and has been involved in the sport since he was only 11 years old. Cubero started as a player and in 2009 took a role in leadership. The team in San Ramón, Alajuela, has been one of the strongest of the Premier League, winning the title two seasons ago and finishing runners-up in the last Tournament. Clifford Smith is one of the players responsible for that recent title. He started playing basketball when he was 12 years old and has vast experience abroad, including with Barry University in the United States. He mentioned the importance of discipline and time management as the majority of players work or study. Was this Final different than others in which you have played?“It was a very special final. I have won a National Championship three times, and this one was very exciting, because it was not predictable. There was a fifth game to break the series tie and that meant playing at a neutral court. In those type of games, the team that wins is the one that makes less mistakes, and that it is completely focus. We played against San Ramon at the Palacio de los Deportes in Heredia, which is a place with basketball tradition, so this helped, and this time there was a significant crowd. That is something that is very difficult to achieve in alternative sports. We already know that the number one sport in the country is soccer — and I personally love it, soccer attracts a lot of fans — but in basketball there is still a lack of promotion.What happened right after the winning hoop?“When you win, you feel relief, and then you celebrate with your family and with the fans. Some of them even go to the away games, and we really appreciate that. We went up to the bleachers to celebrate with everyone there, and then we went back to the locker room and I believe that is a like a mystical moment, when you look at your teammates, the people with whom you have worked hard for a long time, and that is what we will remember for the rest of our lives. We, besides being teammates, are also very good friends, so right after the Final, we celebrated together and then we had the opportunity to participate in other activities. For example, we were part of the Independence Day Parade in Escazú.”Train Like Mike “The Mind Coach” María José Braddick Serrano / The Tico TimesSome of the greatest basketball athletes in the world, such as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O’Neal, practiced mindfulness, meaning they would strengthen their mental skills through meditation. I wanted to ask an expert on the topic and found Jorge Chaverri, who is known as “The Mind Coach.” Chaverri is a certified business coach and a neuro-linguistic programming practitioner. Chaverri said that mental training can help athletes be more present in the moment while they are training or playing. He teaches athletes how to focus without distraction.“A mental or business coach is the person who asks questions, which is one of the main tools of a coach,” he said. “They are not supposed to tell you what to do; instead, they will you options and provide new perspectives and paths to reach a specific goal.”Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years. 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first_imgCosta Rica launches quest to replace most single-use plastic by 2021 The Corcovado Foundation is Costa Rica’s lone representative as a finalist for international funding through the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA).EOCA selected the Corcovado Foundation for its proposal to reduce plastic waste in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. “This diverse and fragile bio-region harbours 13 major ecosystems from sea level to 745m, with mangroves, sandy beaches, and primary forests, including coastal lowland rainforests,” the EOCA summary reads. “The main threat is plastic pollution on both land and sea, in particular to marine wildlife.” The winning organization will be decided via an online vote, which ends April 11. Click here to review the finalists and to make your selection. The winning organization will receive 26,000 euros from EOCA (about $29,200) to help fund its project. The Corcovado Foundation is the only finalist from Central America. The Corcovado Foundation aims to “increase awareness and understanding of the impact of single-use plastic through education. […] The focus is to reduce solid waste through proper disposal and substantial reduction of single-use plastics ultimately making ‘Osa Free of Plastic.’”The Health Ministry says that Costa Rica generates 4,000 tons of waste every day, 11% of which is plastic that ends up in rivers and oceans. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, “half of all plastic produced is designed to be used only once — and then thrown away.” Click here to vote.Visit the Corcovado Foundation’s donation page at Amigos of Costa Rica to learn more and support the foundation. Amigos of Costa Rica was established by the Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) to allow outstanding Costa Rican initiatives to receive U.S. tax-deductible donations. CRUSA sponsors the Costa Rica Changemakers section at The Tico Times to share news about Costa Rican philanthropy and community initiatives. Visit the section here. Brought to you by the Costa Rica USA Foundation (CRUSA). Courtesy of CRUSARead more in The Tico Times about plastic waste reduction: Puerto Viejo Deep Dive: Costa Rica free from plastic Puerto Viejo Deep Dive: Costa Rica free from plastic This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5% Club. If only 5 percent of our readers donated at least $5 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentscenter_img Related posts:Alleged gold miners camp outside Corcovado National Park, demand compensation  Alleged gold miners end protest at Corcovado National Park UNESCO declares Costa Rica’s Savegre a Biosphere Reserve It’s a bug’s life: Protecting Costa Rica’s buggy biodiversity Costa Rica launches quest to replace most single-use plastic by 2021last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Despite Zika virus, Garabito mayor says “no chance” World Surfing Games will be cancelled Caja to stop printing social security slips starting next year U.S. volunteer specialists perform spine surgeries on 11 Costa Rican children Costa Rica welcomes first IVF baby after 16-year ban At the 72nd Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO), Costa Rica launched a global plan to cut snakebite mortality in half by 2030.The roadmap will mobilize $80 million in funding to counteract the human consequences of venomous snakes, according to a press release from the Foreign Ministry.“It is a great joy to see that WHO is following step-by-step the proposal that was promoted by Costa Rica since 2016 and adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2018, so that there is an adequate response worldwide to this health problem,” said Elayne Whyte, Costa Rica’s Ambassador to the United Nations.“Costa Rica has had the support of many countries, experts and organizations on this road, and the Director General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, highlighted this strategy as one of the milestones of the WHO in 2019.“Costa Rica must feel proud of this great achievement at a global level, which reflects decades of scientific work in our country.”The plan is also headed by Nigeria, a country with a high frequency of snakebite mortality that has supported Costa Rica since it announced the initiative in 2016.Read: Top snakebite tips and prevention tricksObjectives will include making safe and effective treatments available worldwide, strengthening health systems, and improving community education.“Our universal health system with trained personnel allows us to deal with each case of snake bite in a timely fashion, preventing and reducing mortality,” said Daniel Salas, the Minister of Health. “At the global level, we can be a model in the approach to snakebites, which allows us to assume a leading role in confronting the problem at national, regional and global levels.”WHO estimates 5.4 million snakebites occur each year, resulting in at least 1.8 million cases of envenoming (poisoning from snakebites) and 81,400 deaths.Of the 140 species of snakes in Costa Rica, 23 are venomous, according to the Clodomiro Picado Institute. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressMANILA, Philippines (AP) – A veteran Middle Eastern TV reporter who had interviewed Osama bin Laden months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has disappeared with four other people on a restive southern Philippine island where Muslim militants are active, officials said Friday.Baker Atyani, Al-Arabiya’s TV bureau chief for Southeast Asia, has not contacted authorities since Tuesday, when he was last seen on Jolo Island while on a reporting trip, said Sulu provincial police chief Antonio Freyra. The militants on Jolo are holding two Europeans and a Japanese. There are conflicting reports whether an Indian hostage has died in captivity.Atyani, a 43-year-old Jordanian based in Jakarta, Indonesia, was working for the Arabic satellite channel Middle East Broadcasting Corp. in June 2001 when he met bin Laden and his aides in Afghanistan and said they told him that the coming weeks would hold “important surprises that will target American and Israeli interests in the world.”He later moved to Dubai-based Al-Arabiya TV as its Asia bureau chief.Amin expressed fear for the journalists’ safety even though Atyani was an experienced reporter.“Well, he doesn’t know what he got into this time. These gunmen are bandits and drug addicts. They can enter but it’s uncertain if they can exit,” Amin said.Abu Sayyaf militants have launched more attacks in the last four years despite U.S.-backed offensives on Jolo and neighboring islands. Authorities have failed to cut off a flow of money, food and weapons to the terrorists, the Philippine military said in a recent report.The Abu Sayyaf is a more radical offshoot of a Muslim rebellion that has been raging in the predominantly Catholic nation’s south for decades. The violence is fueled by abject poverty, corruption and proliferation of weapons. ___Associated Press writers Hrvoje Hranjski and Oliver Teves contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories center_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Also missing are two Manila-based TV crewmen, a local female guide and the driver of the journalists’ van, Freyra said.Authorities were trying to verify unconfirmed reports that Atyani may have traveled to Jolo’s mountainous jungles to seek an interview with Abu Sayyaf militants and some of their foreign hostages as part of a TV documentary on the southern Philippines, a military intelligence official told The Associated Press. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.Atyani and his crew arrived Monday in Jolo, a hotbed of militants notorious for bomb attacks, kidnappings and beheadings about 950 kilometers (590 miles) south of Manila.Freyra said the three men left their Jolo hostel early Tuesday and were picked up by a minivan. They failed to show up for Philippine Independence Day rites later that day despite telling officials they would cover the event.“We don’t know if he has been kidnapped. We don’t know their objective here,” Jolo Mayor Hussin Amin told the AP by phone. “He’s been declared missing for now.”A Filipino TV reporter, Ces Drilon, was planning to interview leaders of the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group on Jolo in 2008 when the group held her ransom for 10 days. Top Stories Quick workouts for men Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   last_img read more

first_imgAssociated PressABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) – Mali would welcome a West African military intervention force, not just to help recapture the north from rebels enforcing strict Islamic law but also to assist in other parts of the country, its military chief of staff said Thursday.Ibrahim Dembele’s comments came after a two-day emergency meeting of West African military chiefs of staff in Ivory Coast to discuss the proposed intervention in Mali, where the democratically elected president was ousted in a coup back in March. Coup leader Capt. Amadou Sanogo had initially expressed opposition to accepting assistance from foreign troops, and Thursday’s announcement appeared to be a softening of that position.Ethnic Tuareg rebels took control of Mali’s north after the coup, but have since been driven out by Islamist rebels who want to impose a strict version of Islamic law. An estimated 300,000 people have fled the region.Dembele said Thursday that Malian officials would agree to “security assistance” in addition to help in taking back the troubled north.“Before deployment of the foreign troops, there should be public awareness about the mission’s objective,” he said. “Once people understand, it will facilitate the presence of foreign troops.”The proposal for a 3,000-member military intervention force is still awaiting approval from the U.N. Security Council.On Thursday, officials declined to give a timeframe for such an operation, though they emphasized that all efforts would be conducted alongside Malian forces.The International Crisis Group issued a report earlier this month warning against military intervention in Mali from the West African regional bloc known as ECOWAS. “ECOWAS countries willing to send troops do not appear to fully grasp the complex social situation in northern Mali, and underestimate the high risk of inter-tribal settling of scores that would result from external military intervention,” the report said.But Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, ECOWAS commissioner for political affairs, dismissed suggestions that intervention could do more harm than good.“Look at what is happening in the north of the country,” Suleiman said. “Without serious action taken, that place is going to turn into a haven for terrorists, for drug peddlers, for international criminals. And that is not only threatening to the ECOWAS region but to the entire international community.”Mali’s decision to accept the troops means the only remaining hurdle is approval from the U.N. Security Council, said Sumaila Bakayoko, chief of staff of Ivory Coast’s armed forces,ECOWAS leaders said Thursday that the proposed mission would ensure an orderly transition to a new government, strengthen Mali’s armed forces and reverse gains made by rebels in the country’s north.While the junta leaders have handed power to an interim government, they have continued to wield their authority in the country. The regional bloc previously had given Mali’s interim government a deadline of July 31 to establish a unity government. The country’s interim president, Dioncounda Traore, sought medical treatment in France in May after he was badly beaten by protesters not long after taking office. An official, who spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter, said Traore now planned to leave on Friday.“You’ll all remember what happened in the past when the interim president was assaulted, so those kinds of issues will not occur once we have a stand-by force in place in Mali,” Suleiman said.Dioncounda was beaten by protesters allied with Sanogo, and soldiers who had been assigned to protect the interim president allowed the demonstrators to break through the security cordon.___Associated Press writer Jamey Keaten in Paris contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homecenter_img Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

first_img Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   Top Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like The loss is particularly poignant for the zoo. Two female giraffes that were with Tofik in his enclosure during the May attack died of complications because of the stress.“It is a very bad year for us,” she said. “It is hard not to talk of bad luck.”The endangered animals earned widespread media attention and compassion in Poland after hooligans tossed garbage cans and benches near their enclosure _ frightening the normally skittish animals. In a nation that loves its creatures, the public was horrified that anyone would attack helpless zoo specimens.After Tofik was left alone, zoo officials brought in three other giraffes to mate with him and keep him company, hoping that it would help his recovery. They had been doing well until he fell ill.New management at the zoo, appointed after the May attack revealed shortcomings in security, would like to bring in a new male in due time, Janiszewska said.x(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) – Tofik, a male giraffe who won sympathy in Poland after he lost his two female companions in the wake of an attack by hoodlums near their zoo enclosure, has died during surgery for digestive problems, zoo officials said Monday.The 5-year-old Rothschild giraffe died Sunday, said Magdalena Janiszewska, the head of the zoo in Lodz, some 75 miles (120 kilometers) west of Warsaw. His stomach condition is believed to not be related to the attack. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonalast_img read more

first_imgAssociated PressBEIJING (AP) – The wife of a long-imprisoned ethnic Mongolian activist in China said Monday that she has spent nearly two years in detention and house arrest on a fabricated charge to silence her family, and that her husband is suffering from depression.Xinna told The Associated Press by telephone that her husband, Hada, who was accused of separatism and spying in China’s region of Inner Mongolia and has been detained for 17 years, has become “very depressed” in custody. Many ethnic Mongolians use only one name. Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Xinna appealed for the international community to help win Hada’s release.“He is in a very bad state,” Xinna said by telephone Monday from the regional capital of Hohhot, adding she has seen her husband about once a month recently.“I asked him to walk around, but he wouldn’t. The doctor suggested that he should be transferred to a mental health hospital, but they won’t allow that. They don’t even give him toilet paper,” she said.She said he is being kept at a police-rented compound inside an ecological park near Hohhot airport.Xinna, 57, said she and her son, Weilesi, 28, were initially detained at the same place in December 2010 _ she on charges of bootlegging CDs and he on drug charges _ and that both have been under tight surveillance since her release in April.Weilesi was released on bail in September 2011, and authorities decided not to prosecute him last month, Xinna said. She was given a three-year sentence in April that was commuted to house arrest. Both have denied any wrongdoing, and Xinna said the charges were aimed at silencing them.While ethnic separatism is not well known in Inner Mongolia, it’s a sensitive issue for China’s government, which fears the spread of the violent unrest that has hit its regions of Tibet and Xinjiang in recent years. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   4 must play golf courses in Arizona Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Repeated calls to police and government offices in Hohhot rang unanswered Monday.Chinese authorities routinely harass family members of prominent dissidents, subjecting them to monitoring, questioning, house arrest or detention to silence them or to pressure the activists into compliance.Hada formed a political group in the early 1990s that strived for self-determination for Inner Mongolia, a Chinese region bordering the independent state of Mongolia. The family bookstore in Hohhot became the center of the movement.A court ordered Hada to spend 15 years in prison and to be deprived of his political rights for four years. At the time of his scheduled release in December 2010 he was detained again by authorities. Xinna and Weilesi were taken into custody shortly before Hada’s scheduled release.Xinna said police told them they were keeping him detained because he had been deprived of his political rights. Under Chinese law, people deprived of their political rights are subject to police surveillance and lose the freedoms of speech and assembly.Mother and son now share a rented house in a Hohhot suburb.“There are several cameras that have been installed around my house,” Xinna said. “If I go out I need to get approval from authorities and I am followed by police.” Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

first_img Comments   Share   He said climate change and rising sea levels jeopardize the readiness of U.S. forces and threaten to aggravate social tensions and political instability around the globe.The president’s message to climate change skeptics was unequivocal: “Denying it or refusing to deal with it undermines our national security”“Make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country,” Obama said on a crisp, sunny morning at Cadet Memorial Field. “We need to act and we need to act now.”Seated before him were 218 white-uniformed graduates, pondering where military service will take them in life.Obama drew a line from climate change to national security that had multiple strands:–increased risk of natural disasters resulting in humanitarian crises, with the potential to increase refugee flows and worsen conflicts over food and water.–aggravating conditions such as poverty, political instability and social tensions that can lead to terrorist activity and other violence.–new threats to the U.S. economy from rising oceans that threaten thousands of miles of highways, roads, railways and energy facilities.–new challenges for military bases and training areas from seas, drought and other conditions. “Around Norfolk, high tides and storms increasingly flood parts of our Navy base and an air base,” Obama said of military facilities in Virginia. “In Alaska, thawing permafrost is damaging military facilities. Out West, deeper droughts and longer wildfires could threaten training areas our troops depend on.”Preparing for and adapting to climate change won’t be enough, he said. “The only way the world is going to prevent the worst effects of climate change is to slow down the warming of the planet.”He laid out his administration’s steps to reduce carbon greenhouse gas emissions, including strict limits on emissions from vehicles and power plants. The government expects those emission reductions to provide the U.S. contribution to a global climate treaty that world leaders are expected to finalize in December. Obama said it doesn’t take a scientist to know that climate change is happening.The evidence is “indisputable,” he said.Without identifying the skeptics or those who resist action on climate change, Obama acknowledged the difficult terrain in Washington. “The politics will be tough, but there is no other way.” He repeated: “This will be tough.” 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 5 ways to recognize low testosterone New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — President Barack Obama has argued for action on climate change as a matter of health, environmental protection and international obligation. On Wednesday, he added national security.Those who deny global warming are putting at risk the United States and the military sworn to defend it, he told cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Failure to act would be “dereliction of duty,” their commander in chief said. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober His message was reinforced by Secretary of State John Kerry, just back from meetings in Asia. Kerry said in a statement that the idea of climate change as a national security issue “was a primary topic of discussion” throughout his conversations with Asian leaders.Retired Rear Adm. David Titley, of the private Center for Climate and Security, said Obama’s “rhetoric is all good,” but he was waiting to see if the administration commits enough money to deal with the challenges the president identified.Obama’s appearance at the Coast Guard Academy was his second and last commencement address of the season after speaking earlier in May at a community college in South Dakota. The president traditionally delivers a commencement address every year to one of the service academies.Afterward, Obama traveled to Stamford, Connecticut, to attend a Democratic fundraiser at the home of philanthropist Michael Whittingham. About 30 supporters were contributing up to $33,400 each.___Associated Press writer Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report.___Follow Nancy Benac on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nbenacCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How do cataracts affect your vision? Obama’s climate change agenda has drawn strong political opposition from the GOP-led Congress and faces a number of legal challenges. Many Republican lawmakers either have denied the science of climate change or have distanced themselves from it, saying they lack the expertise to issue an opinion.Some of the 2016 GOP presidential candidates have rejected unilateral moves to address the issue, saying they could hurt the U.S. economy.The Republican chairmen of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, meanwhile, issued derisive retorts to Obama’s address, questioning his focus on climate change when the Islamic State group is on the move in Iraq and Syria, refugees are multiplying and much in the world is amiss.“What does the president of the United States say today? Well, it’s climate change we have to worry about,” said Sen. John McCain of Arizona.“Our adversaries are not motivated by the weather; they are emboldened by America’s withdrawal from the world,” said Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas.Obama had a determined and hopeful response to the opposition, but one not likely to be fulfilled: “This cannot be subject to the usual politics and the usual rhetoric.” Top Stories Sponsored Stories last_img read more