Club World Cup: FIFA Considers Moving Real Madrid Match to Marrakech

Rabat – The FIFA World Cup’s semi-finals game between Cruz Azul and Real Madrid scheduled to take place on Tuesday in Rabat may be transferred to the Grand Stadium in Marrakech due to the deluge of rain experienced at the Complexe Sportif Prince Moulay Abdellah, according to news reports.A source from the Royal Football Federation (FRMF) has said that the organizing committee of FIFA Club World Cup along with the FIFA delegation in Rabat are considering moving the semi-finals game between Real Madrid and Cruz Azul to Marrakesh’s Grand Stadium.According to the same source, the pitch of the Complexe Sportif Prince Moulay Abdellah in Rabat was affected by the heavy rain that fell on Saturday in Rabat and other regions of Morocco. The organizing committee is reportedly examining all the aspects of the case, and has not yet announced its official decision.

CannTrust shares dive on report that CEO chair knew of unlicensed pot

Companies in this story: (TSX: TRST) The Canadian Press VAUGHAN, Ont. — CannTrust Holdings Corp. shares have plummeted further after a media report alleging that the cannabis company’s chief executive and chairman of the board were aware of pot cultivation in rooms without government approval months before Health Canada discovered the illicit activity. Shares of the Vaughan, Ont.-based licensed producer were down more than 20 per cent in late morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange to $2.73 from its previous close of $3.43.A report published in the Globe and Mail late yesterday cites emails that suggest CannTrust chairman Eric Paul and its chief executive Peter Aceto were informed in November that the firm was growing pot in unlicensed rooms at its Ontario greenhouse.CannTrust is being investigated by Health Canada, which says it discovered during an unannounced inspection in June that the pot firm was growing cannabis in several rooms before it got the appropriate licences to do so.CannTrust disclosed Health Canada’s findings on July 8, and nearly 13,000 kilograms of cannabis products linked to the five unlicensed rooms have been put on hold by both the regulator and voluntarily by CannTrust as samples undergo testing at government laboratories.CannTrust voluntarily halted all shipments and sales of its products as Health Canada conducts its investigation and an independent special committee of its board of directors examines what transpired.Prior to the share price drop today, CannTrust’s stock had already lost roughly 47 per cent of its value from $6.46 on July 5 before the company disclosed Health Canada’s findings. read more

Girls around the world still face challenges of inequality UNICEF says

UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann Veneman will highlight these issues when she addresses the opening ceremony next Monday of the celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, which was held in Beijing, China, in 1995, her office said today. She will also join other senior UN officials for a roundtable called “Encounter with the United Nations.”On her fourth visit to the field since she became UNICEF Executive Director, she will also meet with senior Chinese officials in Beijing to discuss the country’s progress on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 on educating children, especially girls, and improving their general well-being and will also hear about China’s 2001-2010 National Plan of Action for Children.Before going to Beijing, Ms. Veneman will look at child survival programmes in Ningxia province, one of the least developed areas of China and home to about 6 million people, visiting projects focused on maternal and child health, child nutrition and early child development on Friday and Saturday. She will also see a programme engaging local religious leaders in educating the public on HIV/AIDS prevention. read more

Panthers Olsen reinjures right foot done for season

TAMPA, Fla. — If the Carolina Panthers are going to pull out of a frustrating tailspin, they’ll have to do it without three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen.Olsen re-injured his right foot during Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the latest blow to the 33-year-old’s bid to return to form after having surgery to repair the same foot last season.“I ruptured my plantar fascia. The plantar fascia on the bottom of my foot popped. It’s just something we’ve dealt with since I’ve come back,” said Olsen, who limped off the field early in the second quarter.“Since I’ve come back, I’ve dealt with a variety of pain and whatever in my foot. … Today, that plantar just finally had enough,” Olsen added. “It kind of just ruptured on me. … That first play of the second quarter, I just came out of my stance and I just knew right away what happened. It popped pretty good on me.”It’s Olsen’s third injury to same foot. He missed nine games last season with a broken foot and had surgery but returned to play.Then, he re-broke it this year, did not have surgery and came back quickly. Now, it appears his season is over.“It’s just been obviously a very frustrating two seasons now,” said Olsen, who had one catch for 13 yards against the Bucs.“It was actually getting pretty good as far as the bone was concerned. I developed some soft-tissue stuff over the course of the last six or seven weeks and dealt with it, and tried to keep it at bay as best we could,” the tight end added. “It’s just kind of one of those things that it’s just a matter of time. … It just kind of had enough.”Coach Ron Rivera called Olson’s injury “tough” but did not speculate about the outlook for the 12th-year pro.“We’ll see,” Rivera said. “Again, we’ll let the doctors determine that situation for us.”Olsen didn’t want to look ahead, either.“It’s tough. I think we’ve gotten about as much as we could’ve ever asked out of this foot in its current state,” Olsen said. “To go 10 years and not really have anything and then one little injury now will stall me for a good part of two seasons is frustrating. I can still play at a high level. It just hasn’t been in the plans right now.”Sunday’s loss was Carolina’s fourth straight following a 6-2 start.Olsen, who has 27 receptions for 291 yards and four touchdowns, said he doesn’t know what’s holding the team back.“I’m probably not the guy to ask right now,” said Olsen, who missed three games earlier this season because of his foot.Rivera said there’s only one way to get back on track: win.“At the end of the day, you give yourself a chance and fight to the very end. You can look at it, the last few games we have played have come down to the last opportunities we had had, whether it be on offence or defence,” Rivera said.“You just have to make a play. That is unfortunately something we haven’t been able to do right now,” the coach added. “We have not been able to make a play when it matters.”The Panthers haven’t won since beating Tampa Bay 42-28 on Nov. 4.Cam Newton conceded that after winning six of eight to begin the season, he never would have imagined the Panthers sitting at .500 a month later.“But, hey, we put ourselves in this situation,” Newton said, “and we have to get ourselves out.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLFred Goodall, The Associated Press read more

Culture and expansion of the Greek Precinct on Papastergiadis priority list

first_img“I’m not going to take any of this for granted,” says Bill Papastergiadis, President of the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV). “I believe that we need to work hard and demonstrate our credentials.”His comments set the tone for Sunday’s elections to determine the new board of the GOCMV and renew his Presidency – something that is practically secure, given that 19 of the 26 candidates are part of his ticket.The President himself sees the election as an opportunity for “members to form a view and form a judgement about past activities of the board.”As for the reason why he should be reelected, he points to the work done during his tenure. “When one looks at the body of work over the last 8-9 years, [they] will see that there are over 100 cultural events per annum, an extended schools program, a very successful Alphington Grammar academic program and also a much broader political and social connection with other institutions both domestically and overseas,” he said.However, what he describes as the current board’s “outstanding achievement” is that it has “galvanised a cooperative environment amongst different parts of our community, whether it’s the entrepreneurs, whether it’s the service industry, people offering education and culture programs, whether it’s the welfare aspect of our services, or the church.“Historically, as we know, the community was divided and largely unresponsive to many other segments of our community, both locally and nationally. […] What we’ve done is to unite many aspects of our community and find ways to collaborate.”Another equally important achievement has been demonstrated in the GOCMV’s finances. “We were able to raise significant level of funds, unprecedented in the history of the Greek Community, not for the sake of raising funds, but to develop the infrastructure that will allow and facilitate the organisation to move into its next phase”.The most tangible evidence of this is none other than the GOCMV’s 15-storey tower – the “Vertical Precinct” – standing on the corner of Lonsdale and Russell streets, the building that Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece, Terens Quick, described as a “global icon” for Hellenism. This is why the Greek Centre was chosen to host this year’s ‘Nostos- Return to the roots’ project, a forum that will bring together the Greek, Cypriot and Egyptian diaspora, as part of a trilateral cooperation.Nostos is the GOCMV’s first priority for 2019, along with another ambitious event. “We will organise a symposium and also a public discussion on the diaspora and hellenism, and we are going to invite leading academics from Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne and engage on their views of Hellenic Studies and then do a workshop with philanthropists and universities,” the President says, outlining his vision to create an academic program of hellenic diaspora studies.“These two things will be the vanguard of our cultural and educational signposts and foundations,” he explains. “They will help define the community in the next 10 years.”When it comes to infrastructure – particularly since the Bulleen site development is all but dead – the GOCMV’s focus is on the CBD.“We are going to further develop our precinct, not from a vertical but also a horizontal perspective, within the areas around our Centre,” he says. “We are the proud recipients of a $2.5 million grant, which is the largest grant I believe ever given by a Victorian government to a community organisation, which is for infrastructure purposes – particularly for new buildings. So we will be working with the Victorian government to expanding our cultural footprint within the Lonsdale and Russell street precinct area, so that we have more stores and buildings that reflect the cultural history of that precinct its hellenic roots.”In order for this to happen, new businesses have to come to the precinct. Attracting them might be a challenge, one might think. Mr Papastergiadis is optimistic.“If you don’t charge exorbitant rent, because the community is a non-profit organisation, then you can make it financially viable, whether it is a bookstore, a food-based offer for the elderly, if we are not charging exorbitant rents we can make this possible and I think that is the purpose of the Greek community.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Énergie solaire lAquitaine planche sur le photovoltaïque de demain

first_imgÉnergie solaire : l’Aquitaine planche sur le photovoltaïque de demainAquitaine, France – A l’initiative d’Alain Rousset, président du Conseil régional d’Aquitaine, la région vient d’accorder 400.000 euros à l’Institut Polytechnique de Bordeaux afin de financer la recherche sur les cellules photovoltaïques organiques.Cette somme permettra de financer les travaux du Professeur Georges Hadziioannouqui avec une équipe d’une cinquantaine de personnes, s’attèlera à “inventer le photovoltaïque de demain” a assuré Alain Rousset. Ces recherches ont pour but de remplacer les matériaux utilisés dans la fabrication des cellules photovoltaïques, tels que le silicium, par des matériaux organiques.Le budget de la région Aquitaine dédié aux “enjeux climatiques et énergétiques” est passé de 5 millions d’euros en 2008 à quelque 23 millions en 2009. Alain Rousset souhaite faire de la région une pionnière en matière de développement des énergies renouvelables, avec outre les recherches sur le photovoltaïque, un projet de développement des chaudières biomasse. Le 17 juin dernier, l’Aquitaine et 2ADI, l’agence de développement économique de la région, ainsi que les 8 autres membres du réseau Ecoterritoires, ont signé une charte d’engagement à l’occasion du Salon des Énergies Renouvelables. Via cette charte, les régions se sont engagées à mettre en œuvre un dispositif d’accompagnement particulier auprès des entreprises dont les activités sont liées à la croissance verte. Le 5 juillet 2010 à 18:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Elderly man reported missing in Pembroke Pines found safe

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – An elderly man who had gone missing in Pembroke Pines has been found safe, according to police.The Pembroke Pines Police Department had asked for the public’s help in finding 76-year-old Auguste Aurele, who walked out of his residence at 201 S.W. 68 Blvd., in Pembroke Pines, at around 7 p.m., Tuesday.A witness had reported seeing Aurele walking eastbound in the area of 7090 Pines Boulevard, at around 8 p.m.Aurele was found Wednesday afternoon, police said. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

TRS will bite the dust BJP

first_imgHanamkonda: BJP national secretary PK Krishnadas said that the day is not far away when the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) suffers the same fate as the Congress and the Telugu Desam Party. Reviewing the party’s membership drive here on Monday, he said that BJP has a better future in Telangana. “BJP is the only political party that can unseat the TRS government,” he said. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Referring to the launch of membership drive in the State by the BJP national president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, he said BJP is giving a lot of priority to Telangana. The BJP, which never secured one per cent votes in Tripura, is now at the helm of affairs of that State, Krishnadas said, expressing confidence that they would clinch power in Telangana in the 2023 elections. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us There is a growing discontent against the TRS government among the people, he said, pointing to the results of Parliament elections where the ruling party in the State lost the ground. On the other hand, the graph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is increasing multifold due to welfare and developmental programmes initiated by the BJP government, he said. Referring to the target set by Ami Shah, he urged the leaders to achieve 18 lakh memberships in the State before August 11. Advertise With Us Meanwhile, the BJP Urban district unit claimed that KTR Seva Samithi president Bakki Avinash and about 200 TRS leaders including M Srikanth and Chandu have joined their party. BJP State general secretary Mantri Srinivasulu, State Membership Pramukh M Dharma Rao, former minister Gunde Vijaya Rama Rao, senior leaders M Chandraiah, G Premender Reddy, E Rakesh Reddy, Vannala Sriramulu, Chada Srinivas Reddy, V Sammi Reddy, Dr Vijayalaxmi, G Narsaiah, R Kishan, G Yadagiri and Rao Amarender Reddy were among others present.last_img read more

World Mosquito Day organised Collector

first_imgKakinada: East Godavari Collector D Muralidhar Reddy called upon the public to maintain hygiene at their places and in surroundings to avert seasonal diseases. Flagging off the rally organised by medical and health department on the occasion of World Mosquito Day at collectorate on Tuesday, the collector said that besides maintaining personal hygiene and cleanliness in the surroundings, the public should take precautionary measures to stop throwing waste outside and use places meant for this purpose. The collector said that in total 24 mobile vans and 81 personnel from medical and health department have been engaged in the medical assistance to check Dengue and Malaria in East Godavari. East Godavari DMHO, Dr Satyr Seselwa and medical staff participated.last_img

Bethesdas new 350 Fallout 4 PipBoy is not a phone case

first_imgThe merchandise department at Bethesda has struggled to make a satisfying real-world counterpart to the game’s wrist-mounted “Personal Information Processor”, since way back when Fallout 3 came out.The first attempt was a rickety, over-sized wristwatch that disappointed people who shelled out for the Amazon exclusive “Survival Edition” of Fallout 3. With Fallout 4, the “Pip-Boy Edition” came with a sturdy life-sized Pip-Boy that delighted players who had a spare smartphone they could keep inside the device – and who weren’t expecting any calls until the wasteland was freed from the Synth menace. The latest shot at making a proper Pip-Boy is a fully integrated device, with a built-in screen and its own Pip-Os software.The version of the Pip-Boy that came with the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition was an authentic, and visually-impressive gadget. It was covered with buttons and lights, and could be used with a smartphone to run the game’s companion app. It was cool enough to be a cosplay accessory, but it did have the considerable drawback that it needed a smartphone to work.  This meant that cosplayers couldn’t take pictures with their phone’s camera while it was in the bulky case. Even people who just wore the thing while playing Fallout on their couch still had problems with it. The case blocked the speakers on their phone, and covered part of the screen, which made it difficult to take calls and answer messages. The new version has its own screen, speakers, and dedicated software, so it doesn’t need a phone to work. However, it does have a Bluetooth connection, so people can pair it with a phone if they want to, and can use it to make and receive calls, or receive messages (But not send messages).It can also stream music from a Bluetooth device, however the designers have built a USB drive into a replica “holotape” that fits in the cartridge port on the top.  It can be ejected, just like in the game and used to load up audio files to play, or it can be used as a standard USB storage drive. Aside from a working holotape deck, it also has several other functional buttons and dials that are really used to navigate the interface. This is a notable change from the version that was available at launch last year, which had few working buttons. No word on whether or not the Geiger counter and compass are real.Unfortunately, the item description specifically states that it does not interface with the game, which seems like a significant blunder. It also isn’t clear if it will be able to play Robco Fun minigames like Red Menace and Atomic Command, either.The Pip-Boy: Deluxe Bluetooth Edition comes with a Vault-tec themed case, as well as a stand that is both a charger and a speaker. It ships in November, but is available for pre-order now on Think Geek and the Bethesda store at the price of $349.99.After you shell out that admittedly pricey sum, you can wear the Pip-Boy while playing Fallout’s upcoming DLC. Check it out below:last_img read more

Nintendo Postpones 64GB Switch Games Until 2019

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch Stay on target As Geek Senior Editor Jordan Minor put it: 2017 belonged to Nintendo Switch.But the runaway success may hit a major roadblock next year.According to The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo Co. is delaying delivery of 64GB game cards for the hybrid console until 2019.Boasting 10 million units sold before the end of its first year (and first holiday season), the Switch is designed for home and on-the-go use; drop it into the docking station to connect to a TV, then carry it with you on a plane, train, or automobile for continuous play.One of the popular machine’s greatest flaws is its limited cache size. The Switch includes only 32GB of internal storage (and can be expanded up to 2TB using a microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC card).Game cartridges, meanwhile, currently hold up to 32GB of data each, which, as the WSJ pointed out, is less than the Blu-ray discs used by rivals PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which can store up to 50 gigs.Most of Nintendo’s flagship titles—like “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” “Super Mario Odyssey,” and “Splatoon 2″—take up few than 16 gigabytes.The company hoped to introduce 64GB cards by the second half of 2018, but recently postponed their release due to “technical issues,” the Journal said, citing “people with direct knowledge of the discussion.”The setback, according to one anonymous source, aims to ensure the quality of more data-heavy games.Consumers aren’t the only ones bummed about the wait for additional data-rich titles: US-based software makers, in particular, were reportedly disappointed by the news.So what can Switch players expect in the meantime? Geek’s own Jordan Minor offers some educated guesses about what’s in the 2018 pipeline, including the rollout of online functionality and a Virtual Console as well as the launch of new first- and third-party games.Nintendo also might want to consider retiring its successful 3DS handheld console, now that the Switch has skyrocketed.last_img read more

Could primordial black holes be dark matter

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — “We know that about 25% of the matter in the universe is dark matter, but we don’t know what it is,” Michael Kesden tells PhysOrg.com. “There are a number of different theories about what dark matter could be, but we think one alternative might be very small primordial black holes.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Black hole, star collisions may illuminate universe’s dark side When many of us think about black holes, we think of a huge cosmic event, sucking in everything around it. However, there is also the possibility of small black holes. “Einstein’s theory of relativity allows for black holes,” Kesden, a theoretical physicist at New York University, explains, “but doesn’t stipulate a size. It’s very possible that the early universe produced very small black holes. These would gravitate like massive black holes, floating through the universe and clustering.”Kesden worked with Shravan Hanasoge, from Princeton University and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, to work out method of using solar oscillations to determine whether a small, primordial black hole passed through a star. If the data can show that these small black holes formed near the beginning of the universe do exist, they might make good candidates for dark matter. Their work can be seen in Physical Review Letters: “Transient Solar Oscillations Driven by Primordial Black Holes.”“Our approach is to consider what happens if you have dark matter made of primordial black holes passing through the sun,” Kesden says. “It’s been thought of before, but no one has actually done the calculations that we have.”Kesden explains that the sun creates energy from the nuclear fusion at its center: “There is a balance between the outward pressure gradient due to the energy released by fusion and the inward force of gravity. If the sun, or any star, is perturbed it would shake a little.” “A small, primordial black hole would be the size of an atom but have the mass of an asteroid,” he points out. “Its strong gravitational field, as it cut through the sun, would squeeze it, then release, and cause the sun to oscillate before ultimately settling down.”The idea is to measure the oscillation, and determine what would cause it. “Shravan Hanasoge wrote a program to help us with a simulation to see what the sun would look like if a primordial black hole passed through. The smallest mass detectable is 10^21 grams,” Kesden continues. Now that Kesden and Hanasoge know what to look for, it is possible to measure the oscillations of different stars. Since these primordial black holes are thought to be moving through the universe, it should be observable in different stars. “By inferring the total amount of dark matter in the universe, it should be able to determine how often a primordial black hole would pass through the sun – if it’s dark matter,” Kesden says. Unfortunately, dark matter would only pass through the sun every millions of years. “That’s a long time to stare at our sun, waiting for the event.”Instead of waiting millions of years for a primordial black hole to pass through our sun, it is possible to monitor millions of stars; one of these stars would likely encounter a primordial black hole every few years. Kesden points out that current and future space missions could collect the needed data. “It is possible to look at the data collected from asteroseismic missions for these events, now that we know what to look for. Someone could even look through data collected in the past to try to spot these oscillations.”“At the Large Hadron Collider, some scientists are trying to determine if supersymmetry is dark matter,” Kesden says. “But if it isn’t found at the LHC, people will begin looking for other alternatives, and primordial black holes might be the answer to the outstanding question of what dark matter is.” Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img Explore further Citation: Could primordial black holes be dark matter? (2011, September 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-primordial-black-holes-dark.html More information: Michael Kesden and Shravan Hanasoge, “Transient Solar Oscillations Driven by Primordial Black Holes,” Physical Review Letters (2011). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.111101last_img read more

VIDEO Micd up Sean McVay is blown away by Brandin Cooks speed

first_imgIt only took one year for 32-year -old coaching phenom Sean McVay to establish himself as one of the best head coaches in the NFL, and this year he has a stacked roster he hopes can make a run to the Super Bowl.A mic’d up McVay was happier than a kid on Christmas to get to work at the Rams first OTA practice, and to get his first look at some of the new talent in the fold. He was blown away by the speed of newly acquired burner Brandin Cooks and was happy to tell anyone in earshot about it throughout the practice. Cooks should make this offense even more dangerous, which is terrifying for opponents.Aside from raving about Cooks, you can see how McVay’s youthful energy is infectious why he has the Rams believing they can make a Super Bowl run in only his second year. Dude is special.“Wooo! It’s good to be back, man!”Mic’d Up: Inside #LARams OTAs with Coach McVay! pic.twitter.com/DmWfkWUggZ— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) May 24, 2018 Advertisementlast_img

A beach and mountain escape in Malpaís

first_imgThe headlights from our truck illuminated only the craggy dirt road and the jungle that tried to cover it. The truck rocked side to side as we slowly rolled down hill, and the sparkle from the dark river’s reflection came into view.It reminded me of the scene from “Jurassic Park” when Dennis Nedry, desperate to escape the island (supposedly in Costa Rica, mind you) with valuable dinosaur embryos, crashes his truck into a tree before crossing a river just like this one. If we got stuck, would we also be dinner for a dilophosaurus lying in wait?What brand was my shaving cream anyway? Barbasol?We splashed through the river and slowly climbed the bumpy road up the hill until we reached Star Mountain Jungle Lodge.If we didn’t need four-wheel drive to get to Malpaís, we did for the hotel. SMJ sits 5 kilometers down the road and up the hill from the intersection that separates Malpaís and Santa Teresa, home to some of Costa Rica’s most beloved and remote beaches. Alberto Font Alberto Font While there aren’t any dinosaurs to see here, SMJ attracts birders and other wildlife enthusiasts. The owner, Andrew Rhee, called the property “a budding Cabo Blanco” for its proximity to the national park, Costa Rica’s first.Bird watching tours and horseback rides through the expansive property are available along the 1.4 miles of trails that wend through the property.SMJ offers horse tours of the peninsula’s famous beaches, too, but we opted for a half a day away from the waves and saddled up for a ride through the jungle. On the way to the stables we passed the yoga studio, a beautiful open-air space secluded from the hotel rooms and dining area.Keeping with its eco-tourism roots, the studio was built in part from reclaimed lumber from trees that fell during a storm. Crossing streams and climbing the mountain on our horses, we saw bromeliads, vines reaching down from the canopy and spectacularly tall trees. Howler monkeys continue to, well, howl, but the other animals were shy that day.We finally reach a clearing and the Pacific Oocean came into view. Cabo Blanco was to our backs but from our vantage point, there were no roads or developments or noises to mark the town of Cabuya, the entrance to the reserve, or the dusty roads of Santa Teresa, just uninterrupted green mountains.  While there is no beach access at Star Mountain Jungle Lodge, guests can enjoy the pool and waterfall Jacuzzi. The warmly decorated rooms are clean and inviting, including fresh flower arrangements from the lodge’s garden. Breakfast with a view. Start the day with fresh fruit, Costa Rican coffee, yogurt, granola, cereal or eggs and toast. Hammocks and chairs make the gazebo an inviting place to lounge after breakfast and enjoy a book or just the sounds of the jungle. As we pulled onto the lawn in the darkness, the groundskeeper greeted us with his assistant, a gray, white and brown calico cat.After a bit of shuteye in a comfortable bed in the warmly painted, clean room, I woke up the next morning to the sound of a heavy rainstorm on the roof overhead, the soft light of the morning filtering in through the slatted windows.With such famous beaches, it’s easy to forget the dramatic green mountains that rise over the coast here at the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. The lodge sits on 222 acres of undeveloped countryside, offering a unique chance to be immersed in the sights and sounds of the tropical jungle – with a pool and Jacuzzi nearby.Four hotel rooms, two doubles ($69 per night) and two triples ($95 per night), sit together under a shared porch. The rustic rooms are warmly decorated and come equipped with an overhead fan, two nightstands, mini fridge and a private bathroom with hot water. There are even arrangements of fresh flowers picked from around the lodge.A short way down the path is the Monkey House, a small cottage that’s popular with families for its privacy and ability to sleep four comfortably ($159).In the daylight, the property revealed itself to be a lush tropical garden. The path from the rooms to the large gazebo where breakfast was waiting was lined with red, yellow and magenta false birds-of-paradise flowers, green palms and countless other flora. A spread of yogurt, granola, cereal and milk was laid out on the table, alongside a large serving of papaya, pineapple and watermelon. I order scrambled eggs, too.The simple breakfast was a nice way to start the day but there’s no cook on hand so we would have to head back into town for lunch and dinner.The dining area also has lightning-fast WiFi, something that can be hard to come by in the neighboring beach towns.Finishing my coffee after the plates were cleared, I heard the first cry from a howler monkey. The jet-black monkey’s deep-throated moan, winding up to a staccato hoot, also made me think of dinosaurs.   Alberto Font Going ThereDriving from San José, take Route 27 west out of the city and follow it north along the coast after it turns into Route 23. When you near Puntarenas, go west on Route 17 and follow signs for the Paquera Tambor Ferry. ($24 per vehicle plus one driver; $1.50 per additional adult passengers). After crossing the Gulf of Nicoya, drive past Tambor and through the town of Paquera. Follow Route 160 into the town of Cóbano and turn left at the Banco Nacional. At the Mal País/Santa Teresa intersection take a left into Malpaís. At Mary’s restaurant take a left and drive 2 km on the jungle road towards Cabuya. After crossing two creeks the hotel will be on your right. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

San Josés Chinatown woes continue

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