If I had to choose, I’d say that the most colorful turns of phrase in the languages I know and love can be found in their comparisons. To the poet, these are an opportunity for beauty — when it comes to that famous summer’s day, “thou art more lovely and more temperate.” However, to the everyday speaker, those who forge language in the trenches, they are an opportunity to be silly, fun and lewd. Hotter than hell, colder than a witch’s teat, happy as a pig in … well, you know how it goes.Spanish is no different and, as usual, I believe that Costa Rica does these particularly well, though the selection that follows includes phrases from both Costa Rica and beyond. Here are a few gems.Más agarrado que una viejita en moto: Cheaper/more miserly than an old lady on a motorcycle. This doesn’t work at all in English because of the dual meaning of “agarrado” — it means hanging on tight to an object, like handlebars, but also hanging on tight to money.Más fresco(a) que una lechuga: fresher than a head of lettuce (famously switched around by Mexican comedian Chesperito in the introduction to El Chapulín Colorado, who is “nobler than a head of lettuce”).Más incómodo que dormir con la suegra: more uncomfortable than sleeping with your mother-in-law. Err, enough said.Más delicado que una cría de chompipes: more delicate/touchy/difficult to handle than turkey hatchlings.Más limpio que el cuello de una monja: “Limpio” means clean but also broke (as in, your pockets are clean), so this is another that doesn’t translate well. More or less, my pockets are cleaner than a nun’s neck.Más ahüevado que un mono con un banano de plástico: We’ve looked before at how tricky ahüevado and similarly eggy expressions are to translate, but it’s somewhere between frustrated, bummed out, annoyed. So, more bummed out than a monkey with a plastic banana.Más metido que un yuyo (or jode más que un yuyo): More persistent, hard to get rid of, annoying than a foot fungus.Más perdido que Adán en el Día de la Madre: More lost than Adam on Mother’s Day.Más largo que orinada de balcón: My husband raised his eyebrows at me when I found this in one of my favorite resources, “Dichos y Refranes de los Ticos” by María Mayela Padilla, and said he couldn’t remember ever hearing it, but I love it just because it’s so ridiculous. Longer than peeing off a balcony.What did I miss? What are your favorites? Let me know. Otherwise I’ll be más aburrida que un chancho en una alforja (more bored than a pig in a bag). Facebook Comments Read previous Maeology columns here.Katherine Stanley Obando is The Tico Times’ arts and entertainment editor. She also is a freelance writer, translator, former teacher and academic director of JumpStart Costa Rica. She lives in San José. Read more from Katherine at “The Dictionary of You,” where she writes about Costa Rican language and culture, and raising a child abroad. “Maeology” is published every other Monday. Related posts:A love letter to Costa Rica’s second language On tweeting and twitteando: Should we resist when languages change? Costa Rica, The Quiz: How much has your adopted country changed you? Brush up your bathroom Spanish: a truly crappy language lesson
SAN SALVADOR,El Salvador — Thirty-five years after he was gunned down while delivering mass, controversial Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified Saturday, held up by Pope Francis as a symbol of a Catholic Church dedicated to the poor.In a move long resisted by conservative Catholics and the Salvadoran right, Romero will be declared “blessed” in a ceremony led by the pope’s envoy, Cardinal Angelo Amato, in San Salvador’s central plaza.Six cardinals, more than 100 bishops and archbishops, and 285,000 faithful are expected at the ceremony, which will bring the man nicknamed the “Voice of the Voiceless” one step from sainthood.“It will be an unforgettable day, a festival for the world,” said the auxiliary bishop of San Salvador, Gregorio Rosa Chávez. “This party is going to unite the whole world in the hope of a world where truth and the values that Monsignor Romero fought for become reality.”An outspoken critic of social injustice, Romero was shot through the heart by a sniper while performing mass at a hospital chapel on March 24, 1980, a day after exhorting El Salvador’s soldiers to stop killing civilians.Six days later, the army opened fire as more than 100,000 mourners gathered for his funeral, killing dozens.Timeline of major events in Romero’s life and his canonizationThe incidents occurred at the outset of El Salvador’s civil war, and propelled the country deeper into a brutal conflict that raged until 1992, when the rightwing government signed a peace deal with the leftist guerrillas of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN).No one was ever convicted of Romero’s killing, but a UN-sponsored truth commission concluded it was carried out by a rightwing death squad under the orders of Roberto D’Aubuisson, a former army officer who died the year the war ended.‘Stop the repression’ Romero, who was born August 15, 1917 in the northeastern town of Ciudad Barrios, studied theology in Rome and was ordained there in 1942, in the midst of World War II.He was considered a conservative cleric when he was named archbishop of San Salvador in 1977. But the following month his friend and colleague Rutilio Grande was killed in a hail of bullets with two humble farmers.The failure to investigate the killings started Romero down a path of increasingly vocal opposition to the government, which was fighting to stamp out a growing leftwing rebellion.His condemnation culminated in the famous homily he gave on the eve of his death, when we told rank-and-file soldiers: “I beg you, I plead with you, I order you in the name of God: stop the repression.”Romero’s murder had widespread impact in Latin America, a predominantly Roman Catholic region where several far-right regimes were then fighting wars against Marxist guerrillas.His life was depicted in the 1989 film “Romero” starring Raúl Julia.25-year processThe cause to make Romero a saint officially started in 1990, launched by his colleague Rafael Urrutia.But critics associated Romero with “liberation theology,” a movement rooted in Latin America that advocates working with the poor to bring about social change.He did not actually adhere to the theology. But his teachings on solidarity with the poor looked dangerously leftist to some.The petition to canonize him stalled at the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints. It finally moved forward in February when Pope Francis, who has also sought to champion the poor, named Romero a martyr for the church, clearing the way for his beatification.Attitudes are changing in El Salvador, too.The former leftist guerrilla army, the FMLN, is today governing the country. The international airport and a main avenue in San Salvador have been named for Romero, and adoring Salvadorans snap up T-shirts, key-chains and mugs with his image.In 2010, former president Mauricio Funes apologized in the name of El Salvador for Romero’s assassination and declared him “the spiritual guide of the nation.”Romero’s tomb in the basement of San Salvador’s cathedral now draws pilgrims from around the world.“What does the beatification mean for El Salvador and the world? It means that truth and social justice are now factors that will be present in the life of El Salvador,” President Salvador Sánchez Cerén said recently. Facebook Comments Related posts:On 35th anniversary of Romero’s murder, Salvadorans remember him finally as a martyr El Salvador’s ‘voice of the voiceless’ beatified El Salvador unites behind martyr Romero, 35 years on In El Salvador, Nicaragua, abortion can mean death or jail
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden won’t seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, ending months of deliberation and speculation and clearing the path for Hillary Clinton.The long process of grieving over the death of his son Beau has closed the window on any chance of mounting a presidential campaign, Biden said in a hastily arranged announcement from the White House Rose Garden with President Barack Obama and his wife, Jill Biden, at his side.“I couldn’t do this if the family wasn’t ready. The good news is the family has reached that point,” Biden said. “Unfortunately I think we are out of time.”Biden’s decision clarifies the choice before the party’s voters even as Clinton faces a challenge from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and two other Democrats in the race who are trying to position themselves as an alternative to the former secretary of state.See: Remember when US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders visited Costa Rica?At 72, Biden has likely run his last campaign for elected office, while he could be in play for secretary of state or other presidential nominations or appointments should Democrats prevail in next year’s general election. Biden served as a U.S. senator for 36 years and unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for president in 1988 and 2008 before becoming Obama’s running mate.“While I will not be a candidate I will not be silent,” Biden said Wednesday. “I intend to speak out as much as I can.”Biden always left open the possibility of running in 2016 when Obama’s second term was up. The vice president also saw his eldest child, Beau, a military veteran who served as Delaware’s attorney general and planned to run for governor, as the successor to his political legacy and a future presidential contender.Beau’s diagnosis of brain cancer in August 2013 put the vice president’s own political considerations on the back burner, and when the cancer came back after a remission, it proved fatal. Beau died in May at age 46, leaving Biden and his wife devastated and focused on their family through a long, sad summer. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden talks with his son Beau at Camp Victory on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq in 2009. Beau Biden, 46, died of cancer, a White House statement said late on May 30, 2015. Khalid Mohammed/AFPAs a potential candidate, Biden and his aides were confident he was better poised for a presidential after seven years as Obama’s understudy than in his two previous attempts, and felt that he better represented Democratic Party ideals than Clinton and could be less divisive in a general election. But was Biden emotionally ready for the toll of a campaign?Those close to him saw a shattered man. But in an Aug. 1 column in the New York Times, Maureen Dowd reported that Biden was “talking to friends, family and donors about jumping in” and that at the end of his life Beau sought to convince his father to run. An outside group, Draft Biden, was formed to raise money and lay organizational groundwork. And Biden ramped up his private and public dialogue, including meeting on Aug. 22 with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat and Wall Street critic embraced by many party liberals.At the same time, he was up against societal forces of change and a hunger in the Democratic Party for a first woman president to follow the first black president. He also faced a formidable opponent with Clinton, a former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady, who was amassing talented operatives, major donors and an organizational structure as Biden focused on and later grieved for his son.Nor did there seem to be a hunger among voters for Biden to enter the race. In a Bloomberg Politics/Saint Anselm New Hampshire Poll, Biden placed a distant third behind Clinton and Sanders.Biden, meanwhile, lacked strong bases of support in Iowa, the first caucus state. If he were to run, his success would hinge on an ability to win in South Carolina. Even then, his path likely would have required sizable portions of the Democratic establishment to abandon Clinton.Biden’s third place showing in most polls “is more to do with how strong her and Bernie’s hold is on their voters,” according to Joe Trippi, who was a chief strategist for Democratic presidential candidates Howard Dean in 2004 and John Edwards in 2008. That, he added, would have made it harder for Biden to go on the attack against his potential rivals.Angela Greiling Keane, Justin Sink and Mike Dorning contributed to this story.© 2015, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:US candidate Bernie Sanders sues party as Democrats on verge of open warfare Obama’s skin looks different in GOP ads Anger builds where Obama seeks shelter for migrant children Sanders to win Maine caucuses while Clinton nears half the delegates needed for nomination
Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments Share Top Stories The media events portray him as both exceptionally bold and just a regular guy who enjoys proletarian pastimes like hunting and fishing. Although critics say Putin is tremendously wealthy, his stunts are careful to avoid any suggestion of riches. Putin _ unlike John Kerry _ will never be filmed going windsurfing.Putin is even willing to show a vulnerable side. He confessed that the hang glider’s veering and yawing “gets the adrenaline going” and once was filmed being thrown to the mat by a 10-year-old Japanese girl who was a judo expert.Some of Putin’s notable stunts:TOP GUNPutin and George W. Bush may have had little in common, but they both understood that showing up in a fighter jet makes a dramatic entrance.Putin did it first, in March 2000, flying into war-torn Chechnya in the rear seat of a Sukhoi-27 advanced fighter jet.Coming just a few days before Russia’s presidential election, the stunt aimed to bolster Putin’s image as the man who could wipe out the Chechen separatists, in contrast to predecessor Boris Yeltsin, who had allowed Chechnya to become virtually independent and gruesomely lawless.SEABED FINDThe low point of Putin’s stunts may have been his 2011 scuba dive in the strait connecting the Black and Azov seas. He came up from the dive holding fragments of what were said to be 6th century B.C. Greek jugs, saying “the boys and I found them.” Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) – Start with manly ventures _ flying, hunting, scuba-diving. Add an element of danger _ polar bears, tigers, fighter jets. Throw in a bare chest here and there.In Russian politics, Vladimir Putin is both the star of the show and the stuntman.The Russian president’s flight Wednesday in a motorized hang glider purportedly helped young white Siberian cranes learn how to migrate. But it also was the latest in a dozen-year series of telegenic escapades. AN OLD SOFTIEPutin appears to have a genuine affection for animals, even being shown cuddling a puppy and getting a kiss from a poodle.He managed to combine sweetness and toughness in a 2010 trip to the Arctic where he accompanied scientists tracking polar bears. Kneeling next to a tranquilized bear, he stroked the animal, helped measure it and roll it onto its side.On his departure, he shook the bear’s paw and uttered: “Be well.”FLY WITH MELike some of his other stunts, Wednesday’s flights on a flimsy hang glider in Siberia aimed to portray Putin as being concerned about ecological issues.Critics were unconvinced.“He’s been ruling this country for 12 years, but a list of his fantasies never ends,” wrote Anton Orekh, a commentator for Ekho Moskvy radio. “This makes me think that he’s made all of his dreams come true and is now merely struggling with boredom.”But Putin did sidestep a possible photo debacle. Initial reports said he would likely don a fake beak so the storks being trained would think he was one of them.Huh? No chance.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Men’s health affects baby’s health too Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Critics snorted. The seabed was only about seven feet (a few meters) deep and the likelihood that the fragments had hidden in plain sight for more than 2,500 years seemed slim. Some joked that Putin’s staff had bought the pottery at IKEA.A few months later, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov admitted the jug fragments had been planted.THE SWIMMERWhatever sleight of hand or outright fakery may be involved in a Putin media moment, he obviously does a lot of the work himself.That was never more clear than in a 2009 photo of Putin swimming in a Siberian river. He chose to do the butterfly, swimming’s most visually dramatic stroke. Photographers caught his head and torso surging out of the water, his well-muscled arms extended and a look on his face that seemed to express both the joys of exertion and the coldness of the water.BEARDS AND BIKESPutin has described himself as being something of a hooligan as a youth and even at the pinnacle of power likes to show a raffish side. He’s made several visits to motorcycle rallies, consorting with brawny and bearded leather-clad bikers.It doesn’t seem to undermine his street cred when he rides with the posse on a three-wheeler instead of true hog. Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 3 international destinations to visit in 2019
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HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese state media blasted Hong Kong’s pro-democracy opposition lawmakers on Friday for being “destroyers” of democratic development a day after they shot down Beijing’s election blueprint for the British former colony.The Chinese Communist Party’s flagship newspaper published an editorial deploring the vote and accusing the pro-democracy camp of being “selfish” and not heeding public opinion in rejecting the government’s election proposals. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day “The actions of the opposition camp show they are the upsetters and destroyers of Hong Kong’s democratic development process,” the People’s Daily said.The Hong Kong government had proposed allowing voters in the Asian financial hub to choose the city’s leader for the first time in 2017 so long as candidates were vetted by a Beijing-friendly panel of elites.Tens of thousands of people took to the streets last year to protest the plan, which they branded “fake democracy,” and to demand genuine choice of candidates. The proposal was defeated Thursday because Hong Kong’s government could not muster enough support from pro-democracy lawmakers, who had stuck to their promise of voting against it.The People’s Daily editorial said pro-democracy lawmakers should take “full responsibility” for blocking the proposal but didn’t mention an embarrassing blunder by pro-establishment lawmakers that left most of them accidentally unable to vote in support.The 33 pro-establishment lawmakers took out a half-page newspaper ad to “deeply apologize” for walking out moments before the vote in a bungled attempt to prevent a quorum from being reached. They said they wanted more time for an elderly, ailing member to return to cast a vote. But some others remained inside because of miscommunication, allowing the vote to go ahead. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Sponsored Stories Comments Share Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “We did not accurately grasp the opportunity,” the statement said.One pro-establishment lawmaker, Regina Ip, broke down in tears during a radio show appearance after the host asked about the blunder.“I feel very sad and very sorry that we’ve failed many people’s expectations. I saw many of our supporters were scolding us online,” she said. “The error this time is very regrettable.”___Associated Press writer Chris Bodeen in Beijing contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Property Council of Australia/ Rider Levett Bucknall Overall Winner One Shelley Street NSW Netstrata Award for Residential DevelopmentsSydney Wharf NSW Thinc Award for Sustainable Developments workplace6 NSW Woodhead Award for Mixed Use Developments The Barracks QLD Shopping Centre Council Award for Shopping CentresRobina Town Centre Northern Malls RedevelopmentQLD Source = The Rialto Gadens Lawyers Award for Retirement LivingGoodwin Village Ainslie ACT Coffey Award for Future LeadersJamie Smith NSW <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/298ff/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Award for Heritage & Adaptive Reuses Goods Shed North VIC Award for Public Buildings Royal Women’s Hospital VIC Award for Government Leadership The Land Development AgencyOwn Place ACT Award for Office Fitouts Beaufort Building RedevelopmentVIC Bluescope Buildings Award for Business Industrial Parks Triniti Business CampusNSW Sydney Harbour YHA (Highly Commended) NSW Ryan Lawyers Award for Tourism & Leisure DevelopmentsInterContinental Melbourne, The RialtoVIC The refurbished InterContinental Melbourne, The Rialto has been judged Australia’s best tourism and leisure development at the fourth annual Property Council of Australia Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards. The $65 million facelift of the world class, 5 star hotel at 495 Collins Street was awarded the Ryan Lawyers Award for Tourism and Leisure Developments at the gala award dinner tonight at Star City in Sydney. The first international 5 star hotel in Melbourne’s financial district opened in December, 2008, following the 12 month refurbishment by owners Eureka Funds Management (EFM). Property Council of Australia CEO Peter Verwer said EFM had successfully delivered one of the largest hotel redevelopments undertaken by an Australian wholesale investment fund. “The new Intercontinental Melbourne, The Rialto, is a world class development which has achieved landmarks in sustainable design and heritage conservation goals,” Mr Verwer said. “As part of the architectural fabric of Melbourne, the building’s unique 19th century facade was maintained and now provides not only an entry point to Melbourne’s newest hotel, it extends the common character and heritage facades of Collins Street.” Mr Michael Kerr, Director of Rider Levett Bucknall Melbourne, said the Intercontinental Melbourne, The Rialto is the first refurbished hotel to obtain a Building Planning and Design Certification from Green Globe. “Improving the building’s performance in energy and resource management was a key project goal and EFM has been highly successful in this regard,” he said. “If the hotel was a car, it has been turned from a V8 Holden Commodore into a Toyota Lexus hybrid vehicle.”2010 National Awards Winners RPS Award for Masterplanned Communities Greater Springfield QLD Award for Office DevelopmentsOne Shelley Street NSW Bilfinger Berger Award for Emerging AssetsNSW PPP2 Schools ProgrammeNSW
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Rising oil prices and lowered profit predictions has Qantas reviewing its international fares.Earlier this week Macquarie Entities lowered its 2011 underlying pre-tax profit estimates for Qantas by 23 percent from AU$936 million to AU$720 million because of the airline’s increasing fuel bill, The Australian reported. According to the Macquarie group Australian jet fuel has risen up to AU$110 a barrel from $95 within months and expects Qantas’ to see its bill swell to AU$3.7 billion at the end of this financial year. “The steep increase in our jet fuel estimates of 15 to 20 per cent with no offset in the Australian dollar-US dollar relationship is driving earnings downgrades over the next two fiscal years,” Macquarie Entities said in a note that reduce Qantas’ prediction. The group has also downgraded its prediction for Virgin Blue this year by 21 percent from AU$91.5 million to AU$72.7 million. Virgin Blue chief executive John Borghetti told the source that “his airline would act accordingly if prices reached a point where a fuel surcharge were warranted”.”But you have to be cognisant also of the economic environment that we’re in and the demand environment,” he said.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J TripAdvisor has released an online statement advising its members that part of its mailing email list was stolen by an unauthorised hacker.The statement read that the company is investigating details into when the incident occurred, apologised to its reviewers and advised them that while password information was not retrieved, people can expect to receive SPAM mail.“We’re taking this incident very seriously,” the statement read. “We’ve identified the vulnerability, shut it down and are vigorously pursuing the matter with law enforcement.”TripAdvisor added that the company is looking into implementing new security precautions to prevent future incidents.The company warned members that any SPAM received may ask for personal information, credit card details as well as passwords and bank information.
Despite reports of a slow start to the ‘Million Dollar Memo’ campaign, Tourism Queensland chief executive Anthony Hayes said he is not concerned because the promotion is targeted towards the corporate market. Last week the campaign’s website had recorded up to 32,000 visitors and 80,000 hits, a decrease of 20,000 compared to the first day of the bureau’s 2009 ‘Best Job in the World’ promotion, The Australian reported. Mr Hayes said the key difference between the two competitions is that the latest is aimed at the business market, not individuals. The marketing campaign has also been dampened by recent flooding in the Sunshine state as well as the loss of its two key markets New Zealand and Japan as they focus on recovering from recent natural disasters.”It’s no surprise that we’ve been doing it pretty tough, but the reality is that none of our tourism destinations have been affected at all … even places in the tropical North like Cairns have been untouched,” Mr Hayes added.”The big problem at the moment is that our phones have stopped ringing. “This campaign is a great way let the public know that Queensland is still open for business.” Launched worldwide, Queensland has asked corporate companies to submit a 60 second video highlighting why their company deserves a holiday to the state. The winning business will then have its staff flowing to Queensland for a break worth up to one million dollars.”The story has also been picked up by 270 media outlets across the world, including interest from the UAE, which we haven’t seen before” Mr Hayes said.”The greatest interest so far has been from the US, UK, Germany, Malaysia, and of course Australia.”Submission close on 1 May this year, with the winner announced on 31 August. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J