President Solís lifts veto on Labor Procedures Bill promises to ban strikes

first_imgAnte la decisión del Presidente de levantar el veto, tendremos que recurrir a la Sala 4 por la forma y por el fondo— Otto Guevara Guth (@OttoGuevaraG) December 12, 2014 Related posts:For Solís, next key issue is striking workers in essential public services Costa Rican lawmakers go to battle against President Solís’ reversal of labor reform veto Costa Rica’s Solís denies secret agreement with unions on Monday’s strike Workers’ unions to demonstrate against raise in Social Security rate Libertarian Movement Party lawmaker Otto Guevara tweeted that he would file a complaint with the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court to block the law from implementation. Guevara argued on Twitter that the president’s decree would not stand up to the force of the law and that the move would not block essential services from striking.Tico Times reporter Zach Dyer contributed to this story. Facebook Commentscenter_img President Luis Guillermo Solís announced his decision to lift the veto on the controversial “Reforms of Labor Procedures Bill,” which would extend the right to strike to public-sector workers from hospitals, police and other essential services, during a ceremony at Casa Presidencial Friday morning. Former President Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014) had vetoed the bill after lawmakers approved it unanimously in 2012.But Solís added a caveat to his approval: “An element [of this bill] does not satisfy us nor other groups in our society. I speak of the possibility of strikes in essential services,” he said. The president promised that he would issue a decree banning strikes in essential services and establish action plans to guarantee services would continue without interruption. He urged lawmakers for their cooperation in approving it.Bill 15,990 will be published into law on Friday in the official government newspaper La Gaceta, but will not take effect until May 2016.The president defended his decision on the need to update the country’s labor laws, which he called obsolete. Among the new law’s provisions are protections for pregnant women and employees who have filed sexual harassment complaints. The law also prohibits firing someone based on their religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity. It also reforms the country’s labor courts with an aim to speed up resolutions.The decision came a day before the deadline to extend the bill’s period of discussion once again at the Legislative Assembly. Lawmakers from Solís’ Citizen Action Party in recent days sought an agreement to pass a decree that would allow resuming discussions on the bill and eventually include amendments, but the effort failed to garner enough support from other parties.“I reaffirm my belief in the need for this bill, and I call on the business sector to sit with me soon and discuss any doubts they have,” Solís said in anticipation of criticisms from the private sector, which had been a vocal opponent of the bill.The president’s announcement generated a flurry of negative reactions from business groups and pro-business lawmakers, who argued that lifting the veto on the bill’s current language would worsen the country’s foreign investment climate. Costa Rica’s Chamber of Commerce President Francisco Llobet said in a statement that “the country’s situation will get worse because the government’s decision will increase instability for the business sector.”Shortly after the announcement, José Manuel Hernando, president of the Costa Rican Food Industry Chamber, also lamented Solís’ decision.“Our business sector, mainly composed of micro- and small-sized businesses, can’t understand how the president travels abroad to attract foreign investment but then makes decisions such as this. These contradictions are becoming the hallmark of this administration and are bringing uncertainty to anyone willing to start a business and hire people here, as the national climate for doing business is reaching a breaking point,” he said.last_img read more

New Uruguay leader takes over from potfriendly farmer

first_imgA live microphone once caught him saying: “This old hag is worse than the one-eyed guy.” It was a reference to Argentine President Cristina Kirchner and her late husband and former President Néstor Kirchner, who had a lazy eye.Critics point to Mujica’s shortcomings, including his failure to implement education reform, even as the country’s academic achievements fell.Vázquez inherits a country facing a tougher economic climate than when he first took office in 2005.Uruguay has enjoyed 12 years of unbroken growth and record-low unemployment, but is now struggling to deal with the end of the global commodities boom.Inflation is now more than one point above the official target range of three to seven percent, and Uruguay’s giant neighbors Argentina and Brazil are both experiencing economic downturns. Facebook Comments MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Tabaré Vázquez was sworn in as president of Uruguay Sunday, returning to office a decade after first leading the left to power and drawing a curtain on folksy farmer José Mujica’s colorful rule. Related posts:Uruguay plan to sell pot at pharmacies slammed US prepares to ramp up transfers from Guantanamo Uruguay says it won’t take more Guantanamo inmates Uruguay to probe dictatorship crimescenter_img Mujica, a former guerrilla fighter known for legalizing marijuana, gay marriage and abortion, handed power back to his Broad Front, FA, party colleague, in a country that bars presidents from serving consecutive terms.Vázquez, a cancer doctor with a more buttoned-down style, won 53.6 percent of the vote in a November 30 presidential run-off, reclaiming the office he previously held from 2005 to 2010.After taking the oath of office before the National Assembly, he called for dialogue on issues facing the country, at a moment when the parties that long dominated Uruguayan politics, the Blancos (Whites) and Colorados (Reds), are reeling from a string of FA victories.“We can and we must analyze and dialogue respectfully together on the different paths to achieve the best public education for our people, to have quality health care for all, dignified housing,” he said. Former Uruguayan President José “Pepe” Mujica is seen inside his 1987 Volkswagen on his way to Plaza Independencia to attend new President Tabare Vázquez’s inauguration on March 1, 2015 in Montevideo. Known for his push to legalize cannabis, spartan lifestyle and devotion to his three-legged dog, Mujica stepped down Sunday, more popular than ever. Pablo Bielli/AFPVázquez, 75, cuts a more sober figure than the outspoken Mujica, and has criticized some of his reforms — including the still-unimplemented plan to sell marijuana at pharmacies, a key element of the new cannabis law.Known for his spartan lifestyle, his salty commentary and his devotion to his three-legged dog, Mujica steps down more popular than ever, with an approval rating over 60 percent.But after five years at the helm of this South American nation, the 79-year-old farmer leaves something of a mixed legacy for Vázquez.“There’s still so much to do and I hope that the next government will be better than mine and will have greater success,” Mujica said in an interview with a local newspaper Thursday.“I became president filled with idealism, but then reality hit.”The colorful rabble-rouser attracted international attention as much for his lifestyle as his policies.Eschewing the trappings of power, Mujica insisted on living on his modest farm and driving around in an aging Volkswagen Beetle.He was more likely to be seen in a beret with scruffy clothes, having just gotten down from his tractor, than wearing a suit. He also gave most of his salary to charity.Mujica would sometimes unexpectedly speak with journalists about the rate of inflation or diplomatic relations. Or he’d tell them what he was preparing to feed his canine companion Manuela.The dog lost one foot when Mujica accidentally rolled over it with his tractor. She now goes everywhere with him.Under Mujica, Uruguay became the first country in the world to fully legalize marijuana all the way from the cannabis field to the joint, setting up a regulated market for cultivation, sales and use. Former Uruguayan President José “Pepe” Mujica leaves the Plaza Independencia in his 1987 Volkswagen. Mario Goldman/AFPA sometimes overly-candid politicianThe leader was also known for his candid — and sometimes less-than-diplomatic — remarks.last_img read more

US Fed officials emphasize gradual tightening

first_imgRelated posts:Here’s what Wall Street is saying about Fed interest rates remaining unchanged This will be the biggest question when the Fed starts raising rates Greek talks ‘go backwards’ as default looms Costa Rica’s fiscal deficit to reach 6.9 percent of GDP in 2016 Federal Reserve officials stressed Thursday that policy should be tightened only gradually after U.S. interest rates are increased for the first time since 2006, with New York Fed President William C. Dudley saying the conditions for liftoff “could soon be satisfied.”Though Dudley declined to say if he expected rates to rise at next month’s meeting of the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee, he devoted considerable space in his speech to the Economic Club of New York to explaining why the central bank should proceed with caution as it raises rates above zero.“After liftoff commences, I expect that the pace of tightening will be quite gradual,” he said. “In part, that is because monetary policy is not as stimulative as the low level of the federal funds rate might suggest.”The FOMC said last month that it would consider moving at its “next meeting” on Dec. 15-16 and Chairwoman Janet Yellen told Congress last week that December was live for action. Officials must weigh ending seven years of near-zero rates amid solid employment gains, though inflation remains well below its 2 percent goal. Investors have increased bets that the Fed will move in December.Dudley’s speech followed comments by the Chicago Fed’s Charles Evans, Richmond’s Jeffrey Lacker and St. Louis Fed chief James Bullard. Yellen made welcoming remarks at a conference at the Fed Board in Washington, but didn’t discuss the policy outlook.Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer was scheduled to give a speech at 6 p.m. in Washington on the transmission from exchange-rate changes to output and inflation.Dudley, the only regional-bank chief with a permanent vote on the FOMC, said the Fed’s preferred gauge of price pressures was “substantially” short of its target, though the payroll report that showed employers created 271,000 new jobs in October was strong and he called the 0.3 percent rise in hours worked a solid gain.“I see the risks right now of moving too quickly versus moving too slowly as nearly balanced,” he said, explaining that the lingering hangover from the financial crisis and 2007-2009 recession may have depressed the so-called neutral rate of interest and that even though the Fed was near zero, “the current monetary policy stance is not exceptionally stimulative.”Evans, speaking earlier in Chicago, also stressed the need to tighten policy slowly and for officials to spell out this strategy as clearly as possible.“It is critically important to me that when we first raise rates the FOMC also strongly and effectively communicates its plan for a gradual path for future rate increases,” he told a National Communities Council leadership forum.Evans, an FOMC voter this year and one of the committee’s most dovish members, has argued that liftoff should be delayed until 2016.He said on Thursday that he favored liftoff later than many of his FOMC colleagues and that the benchmark federal funds rate should still be under 1 percent by the end of next year. The median estimate of policy makers’ forecasts submitted for the FOMC projected the rate at 1.4 percent by the end of 2016.St. Louis’s Bullard, in contrast, has been pushing the central bank to get on with rate increases and he repeated that call during a monetary policy conference at the Cato Institute in Washington.“Prudence alone suggests that, since the goals of policy have been met, we should be edging the policy rate and the balance sheet back toward more normal settings,” said Bullard, who called the Fed’s current policy settings “as extreme as they have been at any time since the recession ended.”He also said that the committee expected the pace of rate increases to be shallower than during previous Fed tightening cycles and officials would have to keep reiterating that point.Richmond’s Lacker, speaking at the same conference, said the central bank had not lost its ability to guide inflation, but had more limited scope to use monetary policy to lift real economic performance over the longer term. He said that his projected path for future rate increases was steeper than the median of forecast of policy makers.Lacker votes on the FOMC this year and dissented in September and October in favor of a 25 basis-point rate increase. Bullard will be an FOMC voter in 2016.Bloomberg’s Jennifer Surane, Jeanna Smialek and Craig Torres contributed.© 2015, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Introducing The Tico Times merchandise

first_imgWho doesn’t love Sloth Kong? Now you can own a little bit of Sloth Kong, support The Tico Times and help the environment at the same.We’re proud to launch our line of Tico Times merchandise with Zazzle starting with reusable Sloth Kong shopping bags. Ditch plastic bags at the grocery and have Sloth Kong help you lug around your weekly vegetables. Related posts:Here’s how you can donate to Hurricane Otto relief in Costa Rica Costa Rican pitching prospect signs with MLB’s Houston Astros Two Costa Ricans investigated for role in international child porn ring Defendants captured aboard supposed drug vessel accuse U.S. authorities of torture Sloth Kong reusable tote bagby TheTicoTimescenter_img You can also grab yourself a Tico Times 5% pin, a shirt or a Tico Times hat and help support independent journalism in Costa Rica. We’ll continue expanding our offerings throughout the year and stay tuned for exclusive discount codes and special holiday items. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Monti embraces dad of girl slain by school bomb

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches The school was named after a judge, Francesca Morvillo Falcone, who died with her husband, anti-Mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone, in a 1992 highway bombing in Sicily by Cosa Nostra. Brindisi and other cities over the weekend were commemorating the 20th anniversary of the killing of the Falcones, leading to one possible hypothesis that organized crime carried out the school blast.The blast _ caused by the explosion of canisters of fuel apparently left in or near a trash bin by a school gate _ revived dark memories for many Italians of the 1970s and 1980s, when terrorists, anarchists and organized crime outfits carried out dozens of bloody attacks across the country.Italy’s justice minister, Paola Severino, said no motive has been ruled out in the probe of the blast, which is in the hands of a team of prosecutors specializing in organized crime and terrorism cases. Brindisi police said no one has been detained in the case.The bombing follows a spate of attacks against Italian officials and government or public buildings by anarchists, including the shooting and wounding of an official from a nuclear engineering firm, which is part of a state-controlled company. An anti-nuclear anarchist group that previously had targeted Italy’s tax collection agency claimed responsibility for the shooting. ROME (AP) – Italian Premier Mario Monti on Monday embraced the grieving father of a 16-year-old girl who was killed by a bomb blast outside her school in southern Italy.Monti left the NATO summit in Chicago a day early to attend the funeral of Melissa Bassi near Brindisi. A bomb exploded just as Bassi and other students were arriving for class Saturday at a vocational high school in the Adriatic port city.Bassi’s father clutched a photograph of his daughter to his chest and appeared inconsolable as Monti embraced him. The victim’s mother, still in shock from her loss, didn’t attend the church ceremony. Four other girls are hospitalized for severe burns and other wounds.last_img read more

Myanmar power protests put new reforms to the test

first_imgAssociated PressBANGKOK (AP) – Protests in Myanmar over persistent power shortages have provided a test of how the country’s elected but military-backed government will respond to rising expectations sparked by the past year’s democratic reforms.Small demonstrations over the last week in Myanmar’s two largest cities and several towns could be seen as an indicator of the new openness under President Thein Sein, who has overseen the country’s emergence from decades of authoritarian rule and diplomatic isolation. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean From another point of view, the peaceful protests _ which have been limited to a few hundred people _ serve as a reminder of the early stages of past unrest. Previous uprisings have started as small affairs sparked by complaints over the economy and then snowballed into large-scale challenges to authority.In 2007, the former military regime used force to put down the so-called Saffron Revolution led by Buddhist monks. That rebellion began as small, localized protests over fuel price hikes.“Protests like this in Myanmar always have the potential to escalate and lead to political unrest,” said Trevor Wilson, a former Australian envoy to Myanmar who now teaches at Australian National University. “It is hard to predict how these protests might develop.”Thein Sein was prime minister of the previous repressive military government but shed his formal links with the army to run with its proxy political party in a 2010 general election. Those polls were boycotted by the party of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was under house arrest at the time.Last year, Thein Sein embarked on a reform program whose main objective was to win the easing of economic sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union. That goal has already been largely accomplished. The challengers to the government are the same activists who used to struggle against military rule, but are now emboldened by the new democratic opening.Their antagonist is the same military that smashed their dreams five years ago. Though he came to power through election, Thein Sein heads a government that serves at the sufferance of the military, which together with its civilian allies controls parliament and security affairs.The immediate prospects for strife are hard to calculate. The protests have been peaceful and relatively unassertive so far, with the crowd in Yangon _ Myanmar’s biggest city _ topping out at about 300 on Friday night.The peaceful demonstrations continued for a fifth night Saturday in Yangon, though the number of protesters dropped to about 200. Truckloads of riot police looked on but did nothing.Out of habit, deliberation or misunderstanding, the authorities are clearly nervous. In the central city of Mandalay, Special Branch political police held several protesters briefly for questioning.On Thursday in the central town of Pyay, police pressure on demonstrators led to a brawl and six arrests. The angered comrades of those detained gathered outside the local prison until the detainees were released, then carried on protesting. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths “Police violence encountered during the protests against power cuts shows just how Burma continues to grossly neglect and violate the basic rights to human dignity and freedom of expression,” said the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), a group that feels reforms have fallen way short of what is desirable. “It is clear that peaceful dissent is still not tolerated.”Others are not so pessimistic.“The timing of these protests is interesting because the new laws about peaceful assembly are in place and the new government’s attitude is different from that of its predecessors,” said Australian National University’s Wilson. “One would expect both sides to be more reasonable and tolerant now, and early signs are that this seems to be the case.”Thein Sein’s reforms included the passage of a bill allowing citizens to stage peaceful demonstrations _ although still-existing security laws continue to put protesters at legal risk.Myanmar has suffered from power shortages for more than a decade. It has plentiful natural gas supplies, but a poor power distribution infrastructure that has lagged even more as the economy has grown. Sean Turnell, an economist at Australia’s Macquarie University, said he believes what is significant about the current protest movement is “how it highlights the way that economic reform, and the changes that need to be made to make life easier here for the great bulk of people, are seriously lagging.”Up to now, much of Myanmar’s natural gas has been earmarked for neighboring Thailand and China, he noted.“For the previous regime, domestic considerations and the lives of the citizenry (as well as domestic business) took a back seat to the desire to secure foreign exchange,” Turnell said. “The current government, I think, is hopeful of doing something better, but at the moment the legacy of the past is weighing on them.”___Associated Press writer Aye Aye Win in Yangon, Myanmar, contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Also as a result of the reforms, the government won the cooperation of Suu Kyi, the once-implacable foe of army rule and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was freed after the 2010 elections. Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy party even agreed to run for parliament in last month’s by-elections, snaring 43 seats to play a small but historically significant legislative role.Along with the revival of parliamentary politics there has been a new assertiveness in civil society, especially in lobbying on environmental issues. One campaign, opposing the Chinese-funded Myitsone hydropower dam on the Irrawaddy River, won an astonishing victory when the government announced the cancellation of the project.Still, the potential for conflict in Myanmar _ also known as Burma _ lies in the space between the political reforms achieved so far and the shortfall in other fundamental changes, particularly in the economy.Suu Kyi has endorsed the protests, which have seen demonstrators holding candlelight vigils and marching in public streets.Speaking Tuesday at the opening of a branch office for her party, Suu Kyi said “the country suffers from power shortages because of mismanagement. I believe that the system has to be changed to get electricity or to get water or to get jobs.” Top holiday drink recipescenter_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img read more

Libyan officials US drones behind airport closure

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology “The drones are like bees,” he said, referring to the long hours the drones were seen, with their buzzing noise heard in different neighborhoods of Benghazi. Militias, known as brigades, fought regime forces during Libya’s eight-month civil war that led to Moammar Gadhafi’s fall last year. Since then, many have roles in keeping security, though they have not been integrated into government forces.An airport official confirmed the firing on the drones was the reason for the airport shutdown.U.S. officials said drones in Libya include Predators and Reapers, which are being used for surveillance and are largely unarmed. While drones have been there consistently, officials have increased their coverage and cycles. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak to the media.The American consulate in Benghazi came under deadly attack Tuesday night when angry mob and heavily armed Islamists demonstrating against a film denigrating Prophet Muhammad stormed the compound, setting the building on fire. Four Americans, including U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed.So far, the identity of the attackers is unknown, though Libyan leaders have vowed to work with the Americans in catching them. Authorities in Libya say they arrested four suspects linked to the attack. Haroun, however, said no one had been arrested and that the announcement is only for media consumption. Parents, stop beating yourself up Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Along with drone surveillance, the U.S. has deployed an FBI investigation team, and a small surge of U.S. intelligence officers to try to track down al-Qaida sympathizers thought responsible for turning the demonstration into a violent militant attack.___Associated Press writers Maggie Michael in Cairo and Kimberly Dozier in Washington contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) – U.S. drones hovered over the eastern city of Benghazi on Friday and militia forces fired toward the crafts, prompting authorities to close the airport for several hours for fear a commercial aircraft could be hit, Libyan officials said.Abdel-Basit Haroun, the head of the militia in charge of city security, said the drones could easily be spotted from the ground. He says men angry over perceived foreign intervention fired in the air and authorities closed the airport. The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more

Bosnian survives car accident on a mined hillside

first_imgA friend of Dzeko’s, Hazim Mujcinovic, said Dzeko had no idea he was in a mined area and could have triggered a mine had he managed to get out. Mujcinovic said “a higher force” must have intervened.Mujcinovic said it took two days to find Dzeko and then hours of work by deminers to safely remove him.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Top Stories TUZLA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) – A Bosnia man is recovering in a hospital after veering off a windy mountain road in his car and rolling down a hillside still dotted with mines from the 1992-95 war.Rasim Dzeko’s car slid 50 meters (yards) off the road Tuesday before hitting a tree. The 40 year-old extricated himself from the car but then slid another 300 meters down a mined slope, getting stuck in a water hole for two days. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   center_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Colombian man dies by euthanasia with government backing

first_imgBOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A 79-year old man suffering from incurable throat cancer has become the first Colombian to die by euthanasia with the full backing of the government.Ovidio Gonzalez died Friday in the western city of Pereira after weeks of public feuding with doctors and hospital administrators over a Health Ministry decree mandating that clinics perform the procedure when requested by terminally ill patients. How do cataracts affect your vision? Mesa family survives lightning strike to home “I’m dying to travel,” answers his father, suitcases in hand.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Men’s health affects baby’s health too A Constitutional Court ruling 17 years ago made Colombia the first and still only country in Latin America, and one of just a handful worldwide, to allow euthanasia. But Congress never passed laws regulating the procedure, as the high court had ordered, and in April the Health Ministry intervened, providing the regulatory guidelines for insurers and hospitals.Religious groups and many doctors were outraged and the country’s conservative inspector general tried to block application of the new rules, which requires all hospitals to form medical committees to evaluate a patient’s request for euthanasia. The Roman Catholic church threatened to close the dozens of hospitals it runs in the country if required to carry out the procedures.Gonzalez is the first to die in accordance with the government decree. Until now, most assisted suicides were carried out at patients’ homes and performed semi-clandestinely by doctors in a state of legal limbo.Gonzalez was assisted in his battle for euthanasia by his son, Julio Cesar Gonzalez, a cartoonist for top-selling daily El Tiempo. Gonzalez, whose pen name is “Matador,” or “Killer,” bade farewell to his father in a cartoon Friday showing the grim reaper, scythe in hand, asking his father why his bags are packed. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

Rendezvous hotel Melbourne takes home accommodation award for excellen

first_imgSource = The landmark Rendezvous Hotel The landmark Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne was awarded Outstanding Marketed Hotel of the Year at the Australian Hotels Association (Victoria) Accommodation Awards on Friday 20 May, 2011. Held at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne, the event celebrates the leaders of excellence within Victoria’s tourism industry for the 2010-2011 period.It was a big night for Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, which not only took home the award for Outstanding Marketed Hotel of the Year, but was also a finalist for the Superior Accommodation Hotel of the Year.  The Hotel’s employees were also recognised, with finalist nominations for Niall Blundell as the Front Office Service Employee of the Year and David West, who was nominated as Administration Employee of the Year.  “We are delighted to take home the Outstanding Marketed Hotel of the Year award, and are so proud of all of the staff, especially those finalists who work so diligently to ensure each guest’s stay is enjoyable in every aspect of the hotel,” said Alexander Billing, of Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne.Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, which is managed by Rendezvous Hospitality Group, is one of the few grand hotels remaining in Australia. Seeped in travel history since it was built in 1913, the hotel was originally home to the Commercial Travellers Club. Since then, the 4.5 star heritage listed Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne has been meticulously restored to retain the feel and style of the classical 1900’s era, whilst at the same time providing guests with leading 21st century technology and facilities.last_img read more