August 19, 2019

Health Ministry extends deadline to perform improvements at Manuel Antonio

first_imgRelated posts:Health Ministry orders improvements at Manuel Antonio National Park Manuel Antonio National Park administration moving to comply with Health Ministry orders Municipal project to build cableway to Chirripó’s peak faces opposition Alleged gold miners end protest at Corcovado National Park The administration ofManuel Antonio National Park failed to comply with a Health Ministry deadline to conduct improvement works in the park’s infrastructure, prompting the Ministry to extend the deadline for three additional months.Ministry officials reported that they reached an agreement with Environment Ministry (MINAE) officials to extend the deadline, issued last week. The Health Ministry had issued a sanitary order asking the park’s administration to perform a series of improvements in the national park, the most visited in the country.Health Ministry staff conducted an inspection of the park on Tuesday morning and concluded that problems with the toilets’ drainage system, the drinking water supply system, and accessibility standards persist.“The only compliance was with improvements on the park’s emergency plan,” inspectors reported.PetitionThe extension comes after MINAE officials presented a petition asking for more time to resolve the park’s problems. The petition detailed current actions being performed to address the issues, and indicated that most of the work would be done through public bids to private contractors.MINAE indicated it will allocate ₡550 million ($970,000) to repair damaged infrastructure, build tourist trails and fix the drainage and the water supply systems.One of the Health Ministry’s main requests to the park administration was that new tourist trails meet accessibility standards, according to provisions of local legislation. MINAE reported that new trails they are building provide “all required measures to address visual, motor, hearing and sensory disabilities.”Legislative Assembly hearingOn Tuesday afternoon, the Legislative Committee on Environmental Issues asked Environment Minister Édgar Gutiérrez to appear before them on Thursday evening to explain the situation at the park. Committee members will ask Gutiérrez to explain the reasons for failing to comply with the Health Ministry deadline.Social Christian Unity Party legislator Gerardo Vargas said at the committee session that MINAE has a lot of explaining to do regarding Manuel Antonio’s management, and that their handling of the park “leaves much to be desired.”He added that problems at Manuel Antonio affect thousands of people, “not only tourists, but also local residents who depend on businesses related to the park’s attractions.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Read more
August 10, 2019

Paris France – Reported by Elite Traveler the Pr

first_imgParis, France – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineStarting 6 June 2011, Air France will operate a daily A380 service between Paris and Washington.The national capital of the United States will thereby become the 2nd U.S. destination served by the airline’s super jumbo, after New York, launched one year ago.Flight Schedules (local time) :-AF028: Depart Paris-Charles de Gaulle :10:40 – Arrive Washington D.C. 13 :00 -AF039 :Depart Washington D.C. :16:25 – Arrive Paris-Charles de Gaulle 05:45 (+1)Flight bookings and ticket sales are open beginning today, 30 November 2010.In June 2011, Air France will thus operate the A380 to 5 destinations out of Paris-Charles de Gaulle : New York-JFK, Johannesburg, Tokyo, Montreal and Washington.With the A380, Air France can rationalize its frequencies on these busy routes by combining two flights which leave at similar times, while offering the same seat capacity at a 20% reduction in operating costs. The main deck of the A380 boasts equivalent capacity to a Boeing 777-200 and the upper deck of an Airbus A340-300.Air France’s A380 is currently equipped with 538 seats, divided between three classes: La Première (First) with 9 seats on the main deck, Business Class, comprising 80 seats on the upper deck, and Voyageur (Economy), with 449 seats divided between the two decks. Starting in summer 2011, the A380s will be progressively equipped with Premium Voyageur, situated between the Business and Voyageur cabins, offering 9 seats in Première, 80 in Business, 38 in Premium Voyageur and 389 in Voyageur.“With Washington, three of the five destinations served by Air France’s A380 during summer 2011 will be in North America. This effectively illustrates the airline’s investment in the North trans-Atlantic network. The A380, highly appreciated by our customers, will strengthen our assets in one of the world’s most competitive markets”, said Patrick Roux, Senior Vice President Americas.The A380 is the most environmentally-friendly aircraft – with less than 75g of CO2 produced per passenger kilometer – and the quietest aircraft in its category. The roomier cabin offers increased comfort and space. On board this super jumbo, Air France has innovated with special lighting ambiences that change depending on the various stages of the flight, special areas geared towards relaxation and conviviality, and a brand new in-flight entertainment system, featuring larger video screens.www.airfrance.com/uslast_img read more

Read more