Bulgaria Skeletons treated for vampirism found

first_img How men can have a healthy 2019 New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories center_img SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) – Bulgarian archaeologists say they have unearthed centuries-old skeletons pinned down through their chests with iron rods _ a practice believed to stop the dead from becoming vampiresAccording to Bozhidar Dimitrov, head of the National History Museum in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, two skeletons from the Middle Ages were found in such a state last weekend near the Black Sea town of Sozopol. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Comments   Share   Check your body, save your life He said Tuesday that corpses were regularly treated in such a way before being buried in some parts of Bulgaria, even until the beginning of the last century.Widespread superstition led to iron rods being hammered through the chest bones and hearts of those who did evil during their lifetimes for fear they would return after death to feast on the blood of the living.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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Islamists Couple in northern Mali stoned to death

first_img Quick workouts for men Men’s health affects baby’s health too More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Associated PressBAMAKO, Mali (AP) – A spokesman for the radical Islamic group controlling northern Mali says a couple who had an adulterous relationship was stoned to death this weekend in the town of Aguelhok.Sanda Abou Mohamed, a spokesman for the group Ansar Dine, told The Associated Press by telephone on Sunday that the couple was executed according to Shariah law.A resident of the northern city of Kidal, who had spoken to witnesses in nearby Aguelhok, said the man and woman were buried up to their necks, then pelted with stones until they died earlier Sunday. The resident requested anonymity because he feared for his safety. Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories The northern half of Mali was overrun by the rebels, including the Islamic group, in early April, following a coup in Mali’s capital.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Parents, stop beating yourself uplast_img read more

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Wife gets 18 years in Argentine governors murder

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The difference between men and women when it comes to pain New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Top holiday drink recipes BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – The widow of a provincial Argentine governor has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing her husband in a drunken rage last New Year’s Day.Susana Freydoz, 61, made no statements during her trial or Tuesday’s sentencing in the death of her husband, Rio Negro Gov. Carlos Soria, and will remain hospitalized for the immediate future.Her lawyers argued that she should be absolved due to “mental alienation.” Sponsored Stories Prosecutors wanted life in prison. But the judges found extenuating circumstances including drunkenness, drug use, suicide attempts and obsessive efforts to catch the ruling party governor with a lover.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

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UK political dispute over foster kids removal

first_img Sponsored Stories LONDON (AP) – Britain’s education secretary says he will investigate how local officials removed three children from their foster family because of concerns about the parents’ political beliefs.The Rotherham borough council sparked criticism Saturday when it was revealed that its social workers removed the children, who are European migrants, because their foster parents are members of the right-wing U.K. Independence Party. The vital role family plays in society Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 0 Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Top Stories The party wants Britain to withdraw from the EU and favors immigration curbs. Social workers said they were concerned that the children’s “cultural and ethnic needs” may not be met in the foster family.Education Secretary Michael Gove condemned the decision as arbitrary and indefensible, saying that political beliefs should not stop anyone from fostering children.Rotherham is near Manchester.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

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GOP candidates divided over renewing USA Patriot Act

first_imgAcross Congress, the political divisions cut along complex lines. Libertarian-leaning Republicans like Cruz and Paul are aligned with many liberal Democrats, insisting that a secret intelligence agency should not be storing the records of every American phone call. But other Democrats and Republicans say the program is needed now more than ever given the Islamic State group’s determination to inspire terrorist attacks on American soil.Graham, the only one of the four who has not formally announced his candidacy, is siding with Rubio in favor of the NSA’s spy powers but competing with him for support among defense hawks.“I’m open-minded to doing reforms,” Graham told reporters Thursday. “I just don’t want to diminish the capacity of the program to prevent another 9/11. I believe if the program were in operation before 9/11, we probably would have prevented 9/11.”Sen. John McCain, the GOP’s 2008 presidential nominee, previewed one likely argument. He cited the incident in Texas last Sunday in which two gunmen were shot dead while trying to attack a provocative event that featured cartoon images of the Prophet Muhammad. In the aftermath, authorities described an alarming trend involving potential homegrown extremists with access to social media and possible exposure to Islamic State group propaganda. On one side, Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina want Congress to permanently reauthorize parts of the law, giving the NSA much of its surveillance authority.If there were another attack, “the first question out of everyone’s mouth is going to be, ‘why didn’t we know about it?’” Rubio said this week in a speech on the Senate floor. “And the answer better not be, ‘because this Congress failed to authorize a program that might have helped us know about it.’”The rise of Islamic State militants, the continued threat from al-Qaida and the ongoing civil war in Syria have pushed national security to the forefront in the 2016 race for the GOP nomination, with some candidates determined to show their toughness. On NSA surveillance, however, Americans are wary of government intrusion.Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky say the law infringes on citizens’ privacy.“They want nothing more than to keep the national security spy state growing until it tracks, traces and catalogues virtually every detail about every aspect of our lives,” Paul said in a campaign email to his supporters. “Once government bureaucrats know every aspect of our lives — what we watch, what we buy, what we eat, where we worship — it won’t be long until they try to run them ‘for our own good.’” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Under the law, the NSA collects information on the number called and the date and time of the call, then stores it in a database that it queries using phone numbers associated with terrorists overseas. Officials say they don’t use the information for any other purpose, and that the legal powers that enable the program are essential to the hunt for terrorists. Opponents say the seizure and search of telephone company records violates Americans’ expectations of privacy under the Fourth Amendment.Adding a wrinkle to the debate was Thursday’s federal appeals court ruling that the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records is illegal. The court all but pleaded for Congress to sharpen the boundaries between security and privacy rights.The House is slated to vote next week on a bill to reauthorize the law while also ending the government’s dragnet collection of records, and Cruz has endorsed the measure, saying it “strikes the right balance between privacy rights and national security interests.”But Senate leaders, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, have spoken forcefully for a competing measure to reauthorize the law as-is. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top holiday drink recipes FILE – In this April 15, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks in Washington. Republican senators eyeing the presidency split over the renewal of the Patriot Act surveillance law, with civil libertarians at odds with traditional defense hawks who back tough spying powers in the fight against terrorism. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File) Top Stories Comments   Share   center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators eyeing the presidency split over the renewal of the USA Patriot Act surveillance law, with civil libertarians at odds with traditional defense hawks who back tough spying powers in the fight against terrorism.The political divide will be on stark display this month as Congress debates reauthorization of the post-Sept. 11 law ahead of a June 1 deadline. The broader question of privacy rights has gained attention since a former National Security Agency systems administrator, Edward Snowden, disclosed in 2013 that the NSA had been collecting and storing data on nearly every American’s phone calls for years. “We must do everything in our power to stop these attacks before they happen,” McCain, the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, said.FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that although the bureau had opened a new investigation into one of the gunmen, Elton Simpson, agents had no reason to believe he was going to attack the event.___Follow Laurie Kellman at www.twitter.com/APLaurieKellmanCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

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Survivors tell of terror during deadly Mexico tornado

first_imgPeople stand near a destroyed vehicle after a powerful tornado swept past in Ciudad Acuna, northern Mexico, Monday, May 25, 2015. A tornado raged through the city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes and flinging cars like matchsticks. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said. The twister hit a seven-block area, which Victor Zamora, interior secretary of the northern state of Coahuila, described as “devastated.” (AP Photo) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   The house had been flattened by the storm, and bulldozers were sent in Tuesday to clear the rubble and allow the family to salvage any possessions. Gerardo was able to find only his stepfather’s wallet and a pair of mismatched shoes.“I don’t have papers, I don’t have anything. There are a lot of people who lost everything,” said Perla Isabel Aguinaga. “We have no place to live.”Their stepfather, Edgar Gerardo Gonzalez, 37, their mother, Alma Isabel Galindo Chavez, and Perla’s 5-year-old son, Bryan, were in the house when the twister hit.Galindo and Bryan hid under a bed as the building collapsed around them. Their truck ended up on the roof of a nearby home. She survived with back injuries and bruises, and Bryan suffered gashes to his head.But the stepfather was standing at the back of the house, leaning against a wall that fell on him, injuring him more seriously. Despite his wounds, the stepfather managed to dig himself out, rescue his wife and the boy and take them to a neighbor’s house.“Whenever I close my eyes, I see what happened,” Galindo said a day after the storm.Four adjacent houses also were flattened. In several, the only things left standing were the bathrooms, precisely the place where Mexican authorities advise people to take shelter in storms. CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico (AP) — Jose Francisco Contreras and his wife were driving to the bus he takes to his job at a factory in northern Mexico when the winds picked up and torrential rain began to fall.They tried to turn around and flee, but their car was lifted by a howling tornado and flung about 650 feet (200 meters) to land on its roof in a grassy plaza. Airborne bricks and concrete blocks made loud bangs as they pummeled the vehicle. Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories “We were spinning around in the air, like four times,” Contreras said. His wife, Araceli Alcala, said she “was terrified.”Contreras broke his ankle trying to kick their way out of the car, but both survived the sudden, devastating twister in Ciudad Acuna that killed 13 people, including a baby boy and destroyed more than 200 homes.The child’s body was found amid the rubble of shattered houses in the city across the border from Del Rio, Texas, Ciudad Acuna Mayor Evaristo Perez said Tuesday.Neighbor Angelica Elizabeth Garcia said the 11-month-old identified as Osvaldo Govea was being dropped off at his grandmother’s house when the tornado ripped him and his mother from their car. Garcia spoke after attending a funeral for the boy and two of his relatives who also died. The mother suffered a punctured lung and was in the hospital.The tornado that touched down early Monday also injured about 300 people and damaged about 800 homes, affecting some 4,000 residents. Some of the houses were reduced to mounds of cinderblock and rubble, making the search more difficult.Gerardo Aguinaga and his sister, Perla Isabel, stood in front of a concrete slab where the family’s home and taco business once stood. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of President Enrique Pena Nieto toured the area to survey damage and help coordinate rescue efforts. Bulldozers and cranes worked to move rubble, fallen light posts and crumpled cars.Questions began to center on the lack of any warning system, though tornados are infrequent in Mexico and officials said this one struck too quickly to give much warningThe last major tornado hit to the southeast of Ciudad Acuna in 2007 in the nearby border city of Piedras Negras, across from Eagle Pass, Texas, killing three people.After escaping the vehicle Monday, Contreras lay on the ground nearby until some people in a truck appeared to take him and his wife home. On Tuesday he sat, still rattled and with a cast on his ankle, outside their now-windowless house.He hasn’t gone back to see the car, but his wife did.“It was totally crushed,” Alcala said.___Associated Press writer Mark Stevenson contributed to this report from Mexico City.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Fed up with failing peace Ukraine rebels eager to fight

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk “So they fire at us at the checkpoints. Fine, we’re fighters here,” said a bespectacled rebel militiaman, who adopted the nom de guerre Odessa in honor of his native city. “But there are civilians living near here. They just hurl stuff at them too.”One shell last week fell onto Yelena Ignatova’s roof, but spared her meticulously tended garden plot of tomatoes, peppers and cabbages. Residents like Ignatova pray desperately for peace, but have little faith that diplomacy is the way to achieve it.“What did we need the peace agreement for?” she said. “Just to give the Ukrainian army the chance to reinforce here?”The diplomatic path’s prospects appeared to further dim this month when the latest round of talks between rebels, Russia and Ukraine ended with no visible progress. On Saturday, the talks’ moderator, Swiss diplomat Heidi Tagliavini, resigned.The units holding the line in Dokuchayevsk are a varied crew. Some are from nearby towns and cities. The voyage there has been longer for others, like Valery, an ethnic Evenk from the Siberian region of Yakutia in Russia, around 5,500 kilometers (3,300 miles) to the east. Valery, who agreed only to give his first name, said he completed a three-year contract with the Russian army in September and decided to travel to Ukraine after growing bored of civilian life.“My granny told me that men should fight, so I came here,” he said.Dokuchayevsk is only one of multiple potential flashpoints. The worst violence to hit east Ukraine in months broke out Wednesday in Marinka, a satellite suburb of apartment buildings outside Donetsk.Following a well-rehearsed pattern, both sides blamed one another for sparking the fighting. An official account by monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe describes movements of rebel forces in Donetsk on the eve of the battle that suggest the initiative may have been with them.Ukrainian and separatist officials appear to be dissembling about the scale of their losses.Kiev says five of its troops were killed, although soldiers told The Associated Press of a battle so ferocious that they feared none of them would survive. One complained that they had little with which to repel that attack — his unit’s anti-tank rocket launcher was damaged and the portable grenade launcher is of little use against armored vehicles. DOKUCHAYEVSK, Ukraine (AP) — In this front-line town in eastern Ukraine, the cease-fire called more than three months ago seems to be only an insulting guise. Shelling rocks the area so often that dogs have learned to head for the basement at the first blast.Everyone wants the shelling to stop, both the town’s civilians and the rebels who control it. That weariness points paradoxically toward new violence. The vital role family plays in society At his post, Odessa says there is only one conclusion to be drawn.“As soon as we get the order, we will go ahead. We all want to get this over with as soon as possible,” he said. “What are all these negotiations for?”___Evgeniy Maloletka in Marinka, Ukraine, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Rebel leaders are admitting to 16 deaths among combatants, but the rank-and-file privately admit the true number ranges into several dozen.Separatists quietly buried some of their dead Friday and then more of them over the weekend.Nobody appears to have lost or gained ground in the fighting, so the only certain dividend has been a further intensification in the anger and frustration felt by the fighters.In the wake of the events in Marinka, Ukrainian officials had to admit they used heavy weaponry proscribed under the cease-fire agreement in their battle to hold onto the town.Such arms may give their users power but they have proven disastrously imprecise. The trail of destruction created by the Marinka unrest led deep into Donetsk, where part of a market was burned to the ground after being struck by a projectile.OSCE accounts also indicate that rebels haven’t refrained from deploying multiple rocket launchers and several other weapons prohibited from being anywhere near the front.In Dokuchayevsk, rebel fighters say the shelling has worsened in the last two weeks and that the Ukrainian army has taken to using Grad rocket launchers and large-caliber artillery, along with the usual mortars and tanks. Relatively fresh impact craters seen on the grounds of an oil depot in the town Friday were several feet deep — a potential confirmation of that claim. A separatist sniper in eastern Ukraine talks at his position in the town of Dokuchayevsk, Ukraine, on Friday, June 5, 2015. A tense calm is holding in the east of the country in the days after a bloody battle Wednesday between separatist and government forces erupted in a suburb of the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk. (AP Photo/Peter Leonard) Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 ways to recognize low testosterone The rebels are itching for an end to the pretense and wish their leaders would give the order for a full-out assault.“We’ve asked them for permission, but all they say is: ‘no, no, no,’” said one rebel sniper, who goes by the call-sign Rzhavy.The hollowness of the phony armistice was rudely exposed this week as a ferocious one-day battle erupted on the western edge of the main rebel stronghold, Donetsk. International appeals for calm and restraint duly followed.Instead, the menacing sound of heavy-duty artillery is again being heard along the front.Under the internationally-brokered peace agreement, all firepower with a caliber over 100mm should have been pulled far back from the front line. But international monitors say the heavy weapons may be getting brought back — recent trips to holding points for the big guns found many that had once been there to be gone.At the intersection of a country lane leading out of Dokuchayevsk, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Donetsk, separatist militiaman take turns on guard by an anti-tank rocket propped on concrete blocks.Across the road stands an Orthodox crucifix pocked with bullet holes and the words “save and protect” written on a crossbeam. The roof of a dilapidated warehouse nearby bears signs of a shell strike. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

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LOT distinguished in prestigious OAG Airline Industry Awards 2009 poll

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/16f18/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> LOT Polish Airlines received the official distinction of “Highly commended Airline based in Central/Eastern Europe” in the prestigious OAG Airline Awards 2009 poll. Regarded as the “Oscars of the Airline Industry”, the OAG poll celebrated its 27th edition in 2009.  The awards presented through the poll are among the most highly prized in the airline industry, because they are based on the voting of frequent flyers on airlines all over the world. The OAG Airline Industry Awards poll is proof of excellent quality of services in the airline industry promoted by OAG.The selection of winners is conducted through the use of survey forms directed to frequent passengers, in which they are asked to indicate the three top airlines that they have travelled on in the past twelve months in specific categories. All votes are submitted over the Internet.The categories of prizes have changed over the years, but they continue, as always, to be awarded on the basis of the same principles – the opinions of the word’s business travellers, whose votes are based on their personal experience from the preceding twelve months. The results of the poll for 2009 were published on the Internet. The airline industry, like many others, is still going through a difficult period and in the opinion of the organizers, the holding of a lavish presentation ceremony would have been inappropriate considering the budgetary restraints felt by our customers.An official certificate, signed by President Peter Von Moltke of UBM Aviation Worldwide, was received by Andrzej Wysocki, LOT’s Regional Director for Great Britain and Ireland.In December of last year, LOT received the distinction of “Best Airline in Eastern and Central Europe 2009” from the American magazine Business Traveler USA, and in January of this year LOT Polish Airlines took first place in the category “Best Airline in Eastern Europe” in the poll of awards “GT Tested Awards 2009”, organized by the prestigious American magazine Global Traveler.center_img Source = LOT Polish Airlineslast_img read more

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Manchester sweeps the board at Englands Northwest Tourism Awards

first_imgSource = Marketing Manchester Manchester swept the board at the England’s Northwest Tourism Awards last night – taking home five of the 16 awards up for grabs. Manchester Art Gallery was named Large Visitor Attraction, while the Radisson Edwardian Hotel was awarded Large Hotel of the Year.  Manchester Central Convention Complex took home the award for Business Tourism, while Chill Factore was awarded Tourism for All and the Manchester International Festival claimed Tourism Event. Cherry Clough Farmhouse in Saddleworth was also ‘Highly Commended’ in the Bed and Breakfast category.Organised by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), the 2010 England’s Northwest Tourism Awards once again celebrated the best of the region’s tourism sector, providing a showcase for industry best-practice and top-quality tourism businesses in Cumbria, Lancashire, Manchester, Liverpool City Region and Cheshire.The award ceremony took place at The Point at Lancashire County Cricket Club.Andrew Stokes, chief executive of Marketing Manchester, the agency charged with promoting the city-region on a national and international stage, said: “It was a great night for Manchester. Our winners highlight three of our biggest strengths – business tourism, culture and sport.“We can now look forward to representing the region in the VisitEngland national awards, where we will compete with other regional award winners. My congratulations to all the Manchester winners.”A total of 16 accolades were presented to winners from across the region. In addition to receiving a prestigious title, regional winners will also have the opportunity to represent the Northwest in the national awards, organised by VisitEngland in 2011.The winners were:Bed & Breakfast                        Number 43, Arnside, Cumbria Holiday Park                            Woodclose Park, Kirby Lonsdale, CumbriaSelf Catering                            The Old Shippon at Mellor, LancashireTaste of England’s Northwest   The Cottage in the Wood, Keswick, CumbriaTourism for All                        Chill Factore, Trafford, ManchesterTourist Information Centre      Morecambe Visitor Information Centre, LancashireTourism Experience                  Cumbrian Heavy Horses, Millom, Cumbria Small Visitor Attraction           Chester Heritage Tours, Chester, CheshireLarge Visitor Attraction           Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Excellence in Customer Service Sandcastle Waterpark Team, Blackpool, LancashireSustainable Tourism Award      Clough Bottom Farm Cottages, Clitheroe, LancashirePublic Space Award                  Dream, St Helens, Liverpool City RegionTourism Event                          Manchester International Festival, ManchesterBusiness Tourism                     Manchester Central Convention ComplexSmall Hotel                              Overwater Hall, near Keswick, Cumbria Large Hotel                              The Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Manchester Six judges’ commendations were also handed out on the night, in recognition of the exceptionally high standards in a number of the award categories.Felicity Goodey, chair of Tourism England’s Northwest, said: “It just gets better and better. Each year we celebrate some of the best of our many outstanding businesses which, together, have established the Northwest as one of the most popular visitor destinations in the country. We are used to them going on to win national awards and I have every confidence that last night’s winners will be the ones to beat at the next National finals. The region owes them a big ‘thank you’. It’s their vision backed up by hard work, training and investment which have built tourism into one of this region’s most important industries.”Nick Brooks-Sykes, director of tourism at the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) added: “Tonight’s event has been very special and all our winners should be very proud of their achievements. Tourism in England’s Northwest is marked by a quality and passion that will continue in the future, making the region a destination of choice.”last_img read more

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Dreamliner sets speed and distance record

first_imgBoeing’s new 787 Dreamliner has set world records for both speed and distanceImage source: Boeing Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner Jet has set a new world record for both speed and distance for the airliners weight class.The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, the first airplane manufactured using fewer hazardous materials and designed to consume less fuel has broken the record previously held by the Airbus A330 based on a 16,903 km flight in 2002.In a Boeing online statement, Scott Fancher, Vice President and General Manager of the 787 program said speed and distance capabilities are fundamental to the value the 787 brings to the market.”These records are a great way to demonstrate that this airplane is the game-changer we have promised.” Mr Fancher said.Boeing’s sixth 787, ZA006, departed from Boeing Field in Seattle at 11:02am on the 06 December and set the distance record for its class (440,000-550,000 lbs with a 19,835km flight to Dhaka, Bangladesh, with credit for 19,144 km.Following an approximate two-hour stop for refueling in Dhaka, the aircraft returned to Seattle on a 18,027 km flight. The aircraft landed at 5:29am on 08 December setting a new record for speed around the world eastbound with a total trip time of 42 hours and 27 minutes. The Boeing 787 carried 13 people in total, including six pilots, an observer for the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), and operations and other Boeing employees.After crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the airplane entered European air space at Santiago, Spain, and proceeded down the Mediterranean, across Egypt to Luxor, across the Middle East and over India to Bangladesh. On the second segment, the Dreamliner flew over Singapore, the Philippines and Guam before entering U.S. airspace over Honolulu and returning to Seattle.Boeing holds world records for longest distance flights in five weight classes with records set by the KC-135, 767-200ER (extended range), 777-200 and 777-200LR (longer range). The 777-200 also holds the speed record for its weight class. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

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Switzerland Tourism opens in Singapore

first_imgSwitzerland’s national tourist organisation, Switzerland Tourism is planning to open a regional office in Singapore from 01 June this year.Switzerland Tourism Executive Vice President for MICE Mr Urs Eberhard said the decision to set up an office in Singapore was to tap into the South East Asia tourist market.The role of the new Director, which has not been appointed, will be to build strong relationships and drive marketing and sales initiatives in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.The new regional office will also obtain support from the Swiss embassies in all four countries mentioned.Mr Eberhard who recently lead a delegation of representatives from Swiss tour agencies to Singapore said that the new office will also act as an educational facility to educate travel agents.He added that it will also carry out joint promotions, work with mainstream and social media platforms and apply e-marketing.Mr Eberhard said that on the whole Switzerland Tourism predicted the tourism arrival figures from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia to grow to 415,000 overnight visitors by 2015. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

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Student lands aircraft after losing a wheel midflight

first_imgThe 21-year-old student gets a pat on the back after the successful landing Image: Ten A student with only 120 hours flying time made a dramatic landing at Mangalore Airport, north of Melbourne, on Monday, after losing one of the aircrafts three wheels mid flight.The 21-year-old man contacted his instructor after noticing a problem with his wheels and was told to fly over the airport for a visual inspection, where it was revealed that one of the wheels was missing, The Daily Mail reported.The student was then forced to circle the airport for five hours to burn off fuel, so as to decrease the chance of the aircraft catching fire in the event of a crash.When the man finally touched down, his plane turned 180 degrees before successfully stopping.Fire fighters sprayed the aircraft with foam, whilst the student was still inside, to ensure a fire did not erupt.The student was then finally escorted from the plane by emergency services, with a Senior Sergeant commenting on his “excellent landing.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.Nlast_img read more

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Brisbane Abu Dhabi reaffirm Sister City partnership

first_imgBrisbane and Abu Dhabi have re-announced their sister city relationship, during a Brisbane business delegation to the Emirati capital.Lord Mayor of Brisbane Graham Quirk said that the re-confirmed partnership will help benefit both cities through increased business and investment opportunities.“The Abu Dhabi-Brisbane relationship has generated more than $450 million worth of economic benefits for Brisbane companies since 2009,” Mayor Quirk said.“This relationship has also seen the transfer of valuable knowledge and skills between the city’s local government agencies, as well as secondary education exchanges and the delivery of a multi-million dollar upgrade of local laws and regulations.“Over the next five years, business and cultural exchanges will be pursued in areas such as international education, infrastructure, investment and knowledge sharing.”The Brisbane Lord Mayor is currently in Abu Dhabi with 30 business delegates to meet with local business leaders and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund. The delegation will also visit a range of industry and business precincts and receive briefings on local market conditions for trade and investment.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

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PATA expects big turnout at Annual Summit

first_imgFrom April 23-26, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) will hold the PATA Annual Summit 2015 in Leshan, Sichuan, China.PATA expects more than 300 international and local delegates are expected to be in attendance, including representatives from the national tourism bureaus of Malaysia, Palau, Guam, Solomon Islands and others.During the Summit, in addition to the conference, Executive Board, Board and Committee Meetings, and Annual General Meeting (AGM), many Leshan related events and activities will be held.The PATA Annual Summit represents one of the Association’s three signature events during the year, with 64 AGMs having been held in more than 40 countries.During the PATA Annual Summit 2015, Leshan will arrange various tours for delegates to experience Emei Mountain, Leshan Giant Buddha, Xianzhizhujian, and the Qianweijiayang train tour.The highlight of the event will be the conference held on Friday, April 24, under the theme, New Dimensions of Heritage and Culture Tourism, the conference will explore the challenge between increasing tourism growth and the appropriate management of heritage and cultural sites.Key industry thought leaders from around the world will share their insights and knowledge with conference delegates.Local delegates will have the chance to learn how the double world heritages of Emei Mountain and Leshan Giant Buddha can contribute to the Complete Visitor Economy in Leshan.According to the Leshan City Tourism and Sports Committee, preparations for the event are underway and the city hopes that co-hosting the PATA Annual Summit 2015, it can further push the local tourism industry.Source = Pacific Asia Travel Associationlast_img read more

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Be part of Australias voice for Global Exhibitions Day

first_imgBe part of Australia’s voice for Global Exhibitions DayThe Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is calling on government and industry to show its support for the Power of Exhibitions ahead of Global Exhibitions Day 2017 (#GED17) on 7 June.#GED17 is an initiative of UFI, the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry, and Australia will be the first country to kick off the campaign around the world.The EEAA has targeted 75 local, state and federal politicians, business leaders and industry stakeholders around the country to put a spotlight on the value of exhibitions and events to broad sectors of Australia’s economy and business life.Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio, said Global Exhibitions Day was an important day for the industry and she encouraged individuals, teams and companies to be part of the united global industry voice celebrating and promoting the power of exhibitions and events.“Advocacy for our sector is a collective responsibility and there is more impact if we all join in the global effort,” Ms DiMascio said.“Anyone in the exhibition and event industry can be involved. Together, we can amplify Australia’s voice on the global stage and give power to this campaign globally.“I commend UFI for this initiative and I encourage the Australasian industry to participate.”For the second year, the EEAA will align two of its major member events with #GED – the EEAA 2017 Annual General Meeting and EEAA 2017 Leaders Forum on 7 and 8 June. This year, Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Honourable Keith Pitt MP will join the industry at this important event.Other EEAA activities to support #GED17 include:7 June – Global Exhibitions Day Reception, with Mr Jonathan O’Dea, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for the Premier and Treasurer.8 June – Mumbrella360 masterclass session, where exhibition industry leaders Reed Exhibitions and Eventbrite will present alongside EEAA to pitch the merits of exhibitions and events to senior-level marketers at Australia’s leading media and marketing conference. #GED17 Get involved hereSource = The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasialast_img read more

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Vive La France – roomsXML in the land of Baguettes and Boules

first_imgFrance remains near the top of world Tourism for very good reasons; culture, architecture and baguettes. Maybe not the baguettes; although nothing beats lining up at the boulongerie at 5pm for warm freshly baked breadFrom the warm and sunny South, to the wide streets of Pars, there is something for everyone. Don’t buy into the myth that the French are rude; they are just very and are fighting a difficult battle in retaining the purity and distinctiveness of their language, which is undoubtedly the sweetest sounding on EarthParis:  You cant go past the Louvre, Notre Dame, Arc De Triomphe and Eiffel tower. Sure its a  bit of a cliché,  but most definitely a must see. Take a riverboat down the Seine for a romantic evening.roomsXML has 1111 Properties in ParisNice: Originally founded by the greeks, Nice found itself being the destination of the French Elite. Located on the French Riviera, Nice is a  haven for artists, with galleries galore, up the winding roads and paths. Works of Henry Mattise can be found at Musée MatisseroomsXML has 122 properties in Nice.Bordeaux: Don’t drive. Bordeaux is the wine growing region in S-W France. Mansions, wine, and gardens are some of the highlights.  Don’t miss the Bordeaux Catherderal, the Grand Theatre de Bordeaux and Place de la Bourse.roomsXML has 78 Properties in Bordeaux Vive La France – roomsXML in the land of Baguettes and Boules roomsXML has over 96,000 properties worldwide . If you are unsure about which property to book, always check for the ‘Preferred’ logo next to the hotel; that means its been recommended by other Travel Agents. Thanks for Wikitravel for the tips.center_img roomsXML.comconnect today roomsXML.comdiscover more here Source = roomsxml.comlast_img read more

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Residence Inn Hotel to open at SeaTac Airport

first_imgSource = Residence Inn by Marriott Residence Inn Hotel to open at Sea-Tac AirportResidence Inn Hotel to open at Sea-Tac AirportStylish and functional hotel design lets extended-stay guests thrive on the roadThe 170-suite Residence Inn by Marriott in Seattle, Washington is scheduled to open today. Located at 19608 International Boulevard, the all-suite Residence Inn Seattle Sea-Tac Airport will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Western International and managed by Texas Western International Partners LP of Dallas, Texas. The hotel is located two miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and 20 minutes from downtown Seattle, and its well know attractions like the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and CenturyLink Field. The Residence Inn Seattle Sea-Tac Airport offers its guests convenient access to Angle Lake Park, Westfield Southcenter Mall and is within walking distance to the Angle Lake Station on the Link Light Rail, offering stops to downtown and the University of Washington. Rates vary depending on length of stay and season. “We are pleased with the continued growth of Residence Inn hotels in the Seattle area,” said Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager, Residence Inn. “When on the road for an extended period, our guests need space to spread out, maintain their life’s pace and restore their energy to help them maintain a healthy balance and routine while traveling. This new hotel offers them a seamless blend of modern style and functionality that allows them to settle in and thrive.” The Residence Inn Seattle Sea-Tac Airport is an all-suite hotel that offers studios, some featuring balconies overlooking Angle Lake. Guests looking for a revitalizing sleep experience will enjoy the hotel’s plush mattresses and crisp linens, while guests focused on being productive will value their suite’s large, well-lit work desk, ergonomic chair, and complimentary high-speed Internet access. Designed for stays of five nights or more, each suite also has a fully-equipped kitchen with a coffeemaker, microwave oven and residential-sized appliances. The Residence Inn Seattle Sea-Tac Airport rotates a wide selection of healthy choices at our free hot breakfast every day. Start with favorites like bacon and eggs, Greek yogurt, cut fruit or waffles and make it yours with our extensive toppings, ranging from fresh spinach and cheese to sliced almonds and strawberries. Enjoy all the options you need to start your morning with endless possibilities. Extending the feeling of comfortable living on the road, the property offers guests inviting and functional public spaces to relax or collaborate. Road warriors and families alike enjoy the hotel’s grocery delivery service, complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour onsite food and beverage market, dry cleaning services, and onsite guest laundry room. The hotel’s weeknight evening gatherings – the RI MixÔ offer a casual, relaxing environment where guests can be as social as they want, while enjoying premium beers and connection to local flavors. The hotel also maintains a business library where guests can fax, copy and print materials, and provides guests with a meeting room, an onsite bar, a rooftop deck for lake views, a fitness center and access to Angle Lake. About Residence Inn by MarriottResidence Inn by Marriott is the global leader in the extended-stay lodging segment, with more than 700 properties located in 10 countries and territories. Designed for long stays, the brand offers spacious suites with separate living, working, and sleeping zones. Fully functional kitchens; grocery delivery service; 24-hour markets and complimentary breakfasts help guests maximize their time and thrive while they travel. The RI MixÔ evening events afford guests the opportunity to socialize and connect with the local community. Each Residence Inn offers free Wi-Fi in both public and guests spaces to ensure continuous connectivity while on the road. As a member of the Marriott International portfolio, Residence Inn is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information or reservations, visit residenceinn.marriott.com. For travel tips, the latest on the brand or to connect with other travelers, “like” Residence Inn on Facebook and follow @ResidenceInn on Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

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Curacao expects tourism boom this year

first_imgOne of the ABC islands in the Dutch Caribbean (alongside Aruba and Bonaire), Curacao – a sliver of land favourably sited off the Sea’s hurricane belt—is chiefly admired for its glistening waters, white sand beaches, and extraordinary reefs.According to Curacao Tourist Board (CTB) data, Curacao is benefitting from an early season bookings surge. The southern Caribbean destination hosted 39,676 overnight visitors in March 2015, and 11% increase over the 35,690 recorded during the same period in 2014.Curacao has also recorded a 13.7% increase in arrivals in January and February of 2015, according to Caribbean Tourism Organisation statistics, with 82,398 visitors in 2015 versus the same period in 2014.Air Canada is expanding its service to the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao in time for the summer season. The carrier announced that it would be expanding its seasonal service to year-round flights, with a nonstop Toronto-Curacao flight every Friday.A Courtyard by Marriott is also coming to the island of Curacao which will have 177 rooms and suites, and is scheduled to open in 2017.last_img read more

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Investments in Algeria to provide a fillip to tourism

first_imgAlgeria recorded 2.7 million arrivals last year. With its ancient Roman ruins and golden beaches set against lush hills, the country has adequate potential to lure Intercontinental Group and Holiday Inn in the current year. In fact, Tipaza could be a star of the Mediterranean tourist industry.This would however require more investment. Even as the government cut spending this year by nine percent, it pledged not to axe infrastructure that will support a more diversified economy, including the construction of ports and airports. Nearly 1,000 tourist projects worth at least $3.9 billion have been approved, said Tourism Minister Amar Ghoul.A new mechanism will be put in place to encourage operators in the sector including travel agencies to invest in the implementation of tourist structures, he added. This will aim towards encouraging public and private tourism agencies to improve the quality of services and to invest in the implementation of hotel facilities and tourist villages. A national meeting involving the tourism and travel agencies will be held soon to address the concerns of operators in the sector and present the program of the Ministry of Town Planning, Tourism and Craft Industry based on three main areas: local tourism, tourism towards the Algerian community abroad and tourism towards foreign tourists.last_img read more

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Brand USAs fifth annual India Mission draws largest US delegation to date

first_imgBrand USA has had an immensely successful innings with its fifth annual India Mission organised for the travel trade from September 18–23, 2016. The mission, travelling across three Indian metro cities of Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi witnessed an excellent response from the Indian travel industry professionals.The mission provided an opportunity for U.S. suppliers to engage with key decision makers through free flow one-on-one appointments with the goal of increasing destination and product knowledge, business cooperation and travel bookings. Additionally, a dedicated media day was organised in New Delhi with leading travel trade and consumer media to interact with the U.S. partners participating in the mission.Christopher L Thompson, President & CEO, Brand USA, said, “In 2015, more than 1.1 million Indians visited the United States, a 17% increase over 2014. India will surely be a key contributor toward our goal of welcoming 100 million international visitors to the United States by 2021.”Cathleen Domanico, Vice President- Global Trade, Brand USA, informed that the top source markets from India remain Mumbai and Delhi. In order to tap the Tier 2 cities of India, Brand USA conducted 10 Educational Seminars last year which was a great success and attended by top travel agents.Domanico also updated on the ‘USA Discovery Program’, an interactive online training programme that provides travel agents with the knowledge and skills needed to sell trips to the USA more effectively. Currently, over 3,300 travel agents from across India have completed the USA Discovery Program, she added.Sheema Vohra, Managing Director, Brand USA in India, added, “We are thrilled by a great response from the Indian travel trade in all three cities are confident that this trend will continue over the next decade providing an excellent opportunity for our Indian travel partners to cultivate lucrative business opportunities with the USA.”The U.S. delegation included representatives from 37 U.S. companies including destinations, attractions, hotels and receptive operators.The California delegation was a cross-section of the Golden state’s iconic destinations and attractions, including the California Academy of Sciences, Hornblower Cruises & Events, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, Red and White Fleet, San Francisco Travel Association, San Francisco International Airport, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, TravDek- DMC and Universal Studios Hollywood.Alex Vigil, Manager, Europe & India Marketing, Visit California, informed that more than 258 million visitors travelled to California in 2015 from every corner of the world; 291,000 of them from India. “Indian travellers stayed an average 18.5 days on their trip, spending $ 1785 each, making them a valuable target for California tourism businesses,” he said.Sandeep Talwar, President & CEO, TravDek, informed that they will launch a mobile application by January 2017 offering vacation packages and customised itineraries to destinations throughout USA.Ann Tok, International Communications Manager, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, updated the travel trade and media on new hotel and attraction openings and shared all Philadelphia has to offer within its compact, walkable, safe and clean downtown. “India continues to be a key market for Philadelphia, which welcomed more than 25,000 travellers from India in 2015, making it one of the city’s top ten markets for overseas visitors according to data released by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Travel and Tourism Office,” she added.New York City welcomed an estimated 283,000 visitors from India in 2015, reflecting a growth of nine percent since the previous year.Las Vegas is known as the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’, a destination that has something for everyone. “India is an important market for Las Vegas and we are delighted to be a part of the Brand USA India Mission once again this year. It gives us the opportunity to share the latest updates from the world’s most exciting destination with our travel industry partners in India,” said Michael Goldsmith, Vice President of International Marketing, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.last_img read more

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