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Hilarious one-star reviews of top Texas attractions


We scoured Google, Yelp, and TripAdvisor for one-star reviews of some of the state’s most iconic tourist destinations. The results did not disappoint.

One TripAdvisor user disliked Big Bend National Park, saying “the lizards weren’t friendly.” Another thought the Alamo was too depressing “since it’s about death.”

To compile this list, the Express-News used the most commonly named Texas tourist destinations on the web.

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These one-star reviews have been edited for length but not grammar to preserve their authenticity.

The Alamo

Unusual perspective of the historic Spanish Mission and Texas Fort, The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas.

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“For those of us not from Texas, your time would be better spent looking for the place with the best margaritas.”

“It was a great visit but it’s a little depressing as it’s all about death.”

Walk on the San Antonio River

People enjoy the San Antonio River Walk through downtown, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, in San Antonio, TX.

People enjoy the San Antonio River Walk through downtown, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, in San Antonio, TX.

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“Just got home from the dirtiest, smelliest BOG in the country! Even NOLA isn’t that bad!

“I disinfected my shoes every time I returned to my hotel.”

“The Riverwalk is an awful nightmare of smells, walking hazards and crap restaurants.”

Houston Space Center

Crowd attending the opening ceremonies of Space Center Houston in 1992.

Crowd attending the opening ceremonies of Space Center Houston in 1992.

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“Mostly a sparse collection of poorly executed child button-pressing exercises and billboard presentations. They must get NASA engineers or doctors to reinvent the place, because it’s only shit all around.

“Is this the best the government can offer? I mean, it’s NASA for shouting out loud, they put a man on the moon.

“There’s nothing cool to see but a space toilet.”

Big Bend National Park

A hawk flies over the Chisos Basin October 16, 2016 in Big Bend National Park in West Texas.

A hawk flies over the Chisos Basin October 16, 2016 in Big Bend National Park in West Texas.

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“It rained on me. In the damn desert. I mean, what is that?

“The lizards weren’t friendly.”

“Too many stones.”

enchanted rock

The pond behind Enchanted Rock.

The pond behind Enchanted Rock.

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“I honestly had to go back and read why Enchanted Rock was so enchanting…it’s a round rock/mountain.”

“There’s nothing enchanted about that.”

“Just a cash grab.”

The Texas State Capitol

The Texas State Capitol in Austin on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

The Texas State Capitol in Austin on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

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“No Ann Richards or Rick Perry shot glasses in the gift shop. But they had a George W. Bush book. So I guess that’s fine.

“the ugliest state capital imo.”

“Too old.”

“It’s Texas, what are you waiting for?” »

The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza on November 21, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.  People visited the museum and Dealey Plaza on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy as he rode in a presidential motorcade at Dealey Plaza.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza on November 21, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. People visited the museum and Dealey Plaza on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy as he rode in a presidential motorcade at Dealey Plaza.

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“Honestly what a race, my wife wasn’t a fan and tried to leave but I was blown away. 1/5, don’t think I’ll be able to come back.”

“I was dozing off. Unless you’re a Kennedy fanatic, history buff, or assassination buff, this was an expensive waste of time.

Fort Worth Stockyards

Texas Longhorns at Fort Worth Stockyards.

Texas Longhorns at Fort Worth Stockyards.

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“Sad. Pamphlet made it look like a stampede. People queuing in the street for about 7 steers to slowly walk down the street with dog handlers. A bit overrated.

“Drunks and wannabe cowboys.”

“I guess if you like cattle and gift shops, this is a cool place. I don’t like any of these things.

Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac Ranch, a public art installation and sculpture created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels on December 22, 2020 in Amarillo, Texas.

Cadillac Ranch, a public art installation and sculpture created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels on December 22, 2020 in Amarillo, Texas.

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“I drove 2 hours 30 minutes from Lubbock Texas just to see spray painted cars half stuck in the ground…”

Natural Bridge Caverns

Natural caves from the bridge.

Natural caves from the bridge.

Carlos Javier Sanchez / Contribution

“Commercial Caverns would be a better name.”

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The Ultimate Guide to the Best Places to Eat in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi’s culinary scene is shaped by a myriad of influences. Emirati, French, Peruvian and Japanese, there is a plethora of cuisines to discover. Here’s what not to miss when you’re in Abu Dhabi, as you’ve experienced firsthand. By Chirag Mohanty Samal

Eating out in Abu Dhabi can be daunting – you’re inundated with a sea of ​​mind-boggling options and will need advice on what to choose. And we’re here to help! While five-star hotels in Abu Dhabi offer award-winning fine dining, there are also many iconic local restaurants that have maintained their tradition of serving unique and authentic dishes. If you love good food and a great atmosphere, Abu Dhabi is sure to exceed your expectations.

T+L recommends the following must-try restaurants when visiting Abu Dhabi.

Bou Tafish

One of Abu Dhabi’s oldest restaurants, Bu Tafish opened in 1968 as a humble restaurant on a boat selling fresh seafood cooked with flavorful spices using simple techniques – something which they have continued to this day. Founded by a Palestinian immigrant, Bu Tafish was named after the late Sheikh Zayed, who was a regular. Now located in Al Bateen Marina, the modern restaurant is designed in a nautical fashion with wooden boats, oars and lifebuoy rings forming part of the decor and waiters dressed in sailor attire. The wide range of fresh fish, shrimp, squid and oyster dishes will delight seafood lovers, and diners can choose from a mix of grilled meats served with a special sauce. According to Wael al Tamini, whose father founded Bu Tafish, it’s the “secret” sauce that has been hooking regulars for years. Some diners who came to the restaurant as children are now bringing their families for a trip down memory lane.


For a memorable dining experience, Coya is the place to be. Delicious Peruvian cuisine is perfectly complemented by sumptuous interiors, mood lighting, steel latticework partitions, leather upholstery and floor-to-ceiling windows offering sweeping views of the Al Maryah neighborhood. Must-try dishes include seafood ceviche, tuna tartare tacos, and veal chops with sesame and pickled radish. Or opt for the Chef’s Tasting Menu, a real highlight. Coya also offers some interesting cocktails with optional infusions that you must try!


A relatively new addition to Abu Dhabi’s bustling dining scene, Kaizu serves up authentic Japanese cuisine in an immersive, theatrical setting. The concept was born after founder Shadi Shawqi ate sushi for the first time in his life and was completely fascinated by it. After traveling to Japan to research and try different variations of sushi, he opened Kaizu. Dark wood interiors, dim lighting, and realistic murals create a sense of drama, but the food takes center stage. All types of sushi with a myriad of ingredients are aesthetically plated like works of art. Here, it’s a feast for the eyes and the stomach!


Located on Yas Island, Ishtar is named after an ancient Mesopotamian goddess and offers visitors a taste of Arabian culture through its ambiance, food, and entertainment. Contemporary interiors with Arabic lamps and traditional furnishings, as well as outdoor seating with stunning views of the Yas Marina Circuit, provide the perfect place to relax and have a good time. Ishtar adds a refined touch to the area’s street food and serves them with great enthusiasm. You can enjoy meat grills, seafood barbecues, hummus and a variety of local breads. Don’t miss the exceptional belly dancing performances beautifully choreographed to Arabic music!


Bushra by Buddha-Bar at Yas Bay Waterfront blends Middle Eastern and Levantine influences to present a unique menu curated by star chef Greg Malouf. The extensive menu features grilled lamb chops, wild sea bass risotto as well as French lentil tabbouleh, haloumi fondue and ras kibbeh. The cocktails created by Buddha-Bar’s expert mixologists also deserve a special mention. Try Bushra signatures like Levante, Bushra Mule and Crescent to taste unique concoctions infused with Levantine ingredients. As for the décor, inspired by 19th century literature, music and visual arts, the restaurant beautifully blends different colors with Arabic textures and patterns to create a unique experience.

Kai Lounge

Abu Dhabi has a vibrant nightlife and Kai Lounge, the posh dining establishment at the World Trade Center Mall, is a thriving example. The hip atmosphere with metallic shades, plush sofas, and high tables makes for an ideal venue for evening cocktails and an intimate party spot. Kai Lounge offers well-crafted cocktails and an impressive wine and champagne list. The fusion cuisine menu features Japanese sushi, sashimi and katsu as well as Latin favorites like taco bites and octopus carpaccio.

For more details on Abu Dhabi’s dining offerings, visit visitabudhabi.ae

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Royal Caribbean Stock: Covid is over (NYSE:RCL)



After recently ending many covid-related restrictions, the cruise industry has seen an increase in demand. Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE: RCL) remains undervalued, with the stock trading closer to covid lows than the 2021 rebound highs near $100. My investment thesis remains ultra-bullish on cruise lines, with covid officially declared over by President Joe Biden.

End of covid

On the Radio-Canada program 60 minutes which aired on Sunday, President Biden claimed that unofficial end of the covid pandemic. Many parts of the country were already operating with limited covid restrictions, but cruise lines were a notable area where CDC guidelines and internal management acceptance allowed the industry to have covid restrictions well beyond of the general travel industry.

In early August, cruise lines generally removed a ton of restrictions which helped improve bookings dramatically. The main restriction removed as of September 5 was the requirement for a vaccine to board a cruise ship. Cruise lines routinely reported extended bookings through next year at high levels, but travel closures were generally limited due to vaccine and testing requirements that discouraged passengers.

Many data points point to a big increase in bookings since the easing of covid restrictions. Based on discussions with travel agency executives, Truist forecasts a 30% increase in bookings for the month ending the first week of September compared to 2019.

The day before, Stifel had raised 2023/24 EBITDA targets for Royal Caribbean based on confidence in booking trends since the removal of most covid restrictions. Analyst Steven Wieczynski sees demand matching 2019 levels without China running, which will provide a huge upside to historic trends once the communist country finally emerges from covid lockdowns.

The only negative for Royal Caribbean is that there are indications that luxury bookings have increased by 40% compared to 2019, favoring Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) on Royal Caribbean and Carnival Corp. (CCL) at the lower end. Macroeconomic issues are limiting growth for all cruises, but the non-luxury market continues to see growth.

The only minor issue for Royal Caribbean is that some covid restrictions still exist. In the United States, the cruise line still requires a negative covid test for unvaccinated people 3 days before boarding a ship. Other regions, such as China, still have general restrictions on all travel and Canada requires a vaccine for stopovers in the country, including departures from Vancouver.

Even New York has lifted some covid restrictions, including the end of the vaccination mandates of business and private school activities. The city still has restrictions on healthcare workers and groups.

Focus on growth

With the end of covid, an investor can now focus on a full recovery of the cruise industry. In the case of Royal Caribbean, investors can once again focus on booking growth after a 3-year period of pent-up demand:

Returning to the Q2’22 earnings call, CEO Jason Liberty highlighted what was already a positive bookings environment before the end of more covid restrictions in August:

During the second quarter, we saw strong demand for close departures, which contributed to better than expected load factors. Bookings for 2022 departures averaged around 30% above 2019 levels throughout the second quarter and more recently reached 35%. The second half of 2022 is booked below historical ranges, but at higher prices than 2019 with and without future cruise credits.

Cancellations are at pre-COVID levels. Additionally, we are now seeing the booking window begin to expand, which builds confidence in forward-looking business as our customers plan thoughtfully for the future. As a result, all four quarters of 2023 are booked in historic ranges at record prices, with bookings accelerating each week. Deposits from our customers are at record highs and more than 90% of reservations made in the second quarter were new, while the study of FCC refunds continued.

The stock only trades at 3x 2024 EBITDA targets of $4.3 billion. Consensus estimates for 2024 continue to rise with the removal of more covid restrictions after hitting a low over the summer.

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Based on the bookings inflection point, Royal Caribbean could actually see 2024 EBITDA targets met next year. Consensus estimates once had 2023 EBITDA of around $4.0 billion, and expectations for next year may even be higher now.

Of course, the company has $21.1 billion in net debt, bringing the EV/EBITDA target to nearly 8x. The problem here is to value a stock based on net debt while ignoring net tangible assets. Not all debt is equal, and debt used to acquire assets (cruise ships in this case) should not be accounted for the same, in my view. Royal Caribbean has net property, plant and equipment in excess of debt of $7.0 billion.

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The key takeaway from investors is that once investors start pricing the company based on consensus 2024 EPS estimates near $7, the stock will likely rise. The market is currently focusing on all the negative aspects of rising fuel costs, debt and equity dilution without focusing on the real facts discussed above.

Investors should use this weakness to load on Royal Caribbean.

3 Top Articles You May Have Missed in August 2022


Scott T. Vergano, MD
Department of Pediatrics, King’s Daughters Children’s Hospital, Norfolk, VA

Vergano ST. 3 Top Articles You May Have Missed in August 2022. Consultant360. Published online September 21, 2022.

For this month’s column, I focus on carefully reading the latest revision of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) clinical practice guidelines on the management of hyperbilirubinemia. No matter how much you know about neonatal jaundice or how long you’ve been dealing with it, I think you’ll learn something from a careful examination of its contents. In case you don’t have the chance, I’ve shared some of the most interesting gems the committee included in the statement. Additionally, I briefly offer my thoughts on growing pains and the recent polio case in New York. Feel free to share with your colleagues, chat in your offices, and write to [email protected] with your thoughts and opinions.

Management of hyperbilirubinemia in infants born at 35 weeks or more of gestation1

Although the most important aspect of this AAP publication is the slight revision of the thresholds for the initiation of phototherapy in term and late preterm infants, the clinical pearls it contains are worth noting. read. The committee updated the levels at which initiation of phototherapy is recommended. In addition to increasing the levels slightly, they also stratified the characterized levels by week of gestation. A quick look at the phototherapy nomograms will reveal that the values ​​are separated by week of gestation, with different values ​​for a child born at 35 weeks than at 36 weeks and at 38 weeks than at 39 weeks.

Another key feature of the new guideline is the definition of a “care escalation threshold”, which for any newborn is a total serum bilirubin level of less than 2 mg/dL below the exchange transfusion level. These infants should be treated and monitored aggressively to avoid possible kernicterus. Recommendations include emergent intensive phototherapy, hydration of fluids by intravenous therapy, serial bilirubin levels at least every 2 hours, and consultation with a neonatologist to consider transfer to a neonatal intensive care unit capable of initiate an exchange transfusion.

As mentioned, many pearls and shades are included in the guideline, which makes it worthy of your reading. Here are a few:

  1. If the maternal blood group is Rh+ (therefore the mother does not need Rh immunoglobulins), blood grouping of the newborn is an option but is not mandatory if the other guidelines are followed.
  2. All neonates should have at least 1 transcutaneous or serum bilirubin level measured, whether or not they appear to have jaundice.
  3. Serum bilirubin, rather than transcutaneous bilirubin, is recommended at levels above 15 mg/dL or below 3 mg/dL of the phototherapy threshold.
  4. A fractionated bilirubin level is recommended at 2 weeks of age for formula-fed infants and at 3 to 4 weeks of age for breastfed infants who remain jaundiced, to assess direct hyperbilirubinemia.
  5. Repeating an elevated direct bilirubin within a few days is recommended, as 99% of neonates with a single elevated direct bilirubin (>1.0 mg/dL) will not have biliary atresia.
  6. Prolonged indirect hyperbilirubinemia in a breastfed infant, or breastmilk jaundice, can last up to 3 months and is almost always mild.
  7. G6PD deficiency should be suspected in a neonate with atypical hyperbilirubinemia, which includes early, prolonged, or rapidly increasing jaundice, as well as late jaundice, recurrent jaundice, or jaundice in a milk-fed neonate mothered. Additionally, testing for G6PD deficiency should be performed on any infant requiring escalation of care.
  8. The G6PD test may be falsely within the normal range after an acute hemolytic event or after an exchange transfusion and should be repeated 3 months later.
  9. The risk of rebound hyperbilirubinemia is highest in infants with hemolytic disease or who require phototherapy during hospitalization at birth. These infants require testing for rebound bilirubin levels. All others require clinical evaluation 1-2 days after stopping phototherapy but do not necessarily require repeat bilirubin levels.

Defining growing pains2

In order to better define growing pains, the authors of this article from Pediatrics carry out a review of the literature on the somewhat nebulous subject. They searched 8 electronic databases and 6 disease classification systems and included all peer-reviewed English-language articles or diagnostic codes that included growing or growing pains. They looked at each of the 145 studies, along with the ICD-10 and SNOWMED codes, for its definition of the condition.

No characteristic was cited in more than 50% of the definitions. The most consistent features included lower extremity pain (referenced in 50% of definitions), evening or night pain (48%), episodic or recurrent pain (42%), normal examination findings physical (35%) and bilateral pain (31%). %). They conclude that their scoping review provides no consistent characteristics of growing pains and that clinicians and researchers should be careful when drawing conclusions based on what they consider to be the condition.

I believe most GP clinicians have seen what we consider growing pains and the condition is real and common. I have always taught learners that in my definition, 4 criteria are required: (1) the pain must at some point involve both legs (it cannot be localized to just one area or one leg); (2) pain should occur primarily at night; (3) the pain cannot interfere with regular daytime activities; and (4) physical examination should be normal and, in particular, should not involve any swelling or tenderness. Any leg pain that does not meet these criteria requires further investigation. Although much less scientific than this scoping review, my 4 criteria have served me well in my clinical practice.

Public health response to a case of paralytic poliomyelitis in an unvaccinated person and detection of poliovirus in sewage3

This case report published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report provides details of the widely publicized case of paralytic poliomyelitis in an unvaccinated immunocompetent adult in Rockland County, New York. The man, who was transferred to a rehabilitation hospital and is recovering, did not travel abroad during the period of transmission and appears to have contracted the infection from a vaccine-associated strain transmitted by another person in the community who had been vaccinated with live attenuated vaccines. poliomyelitis vaccine. Investigations revealed significant vaccine-associated strains of poliovirus in sewage in Rockland and neighboring Orange Counties, and significantly low polio vaccination coverage (60.3% in children under 2 years of age) in Rockland County.

The last case of wild poliovirus transmission in the United States was in 1979. I remember starting practice at a time when there were 4 to 8 cases of polio infections each year in the United States. vaccine-associated poliomyelitis, leading to elimination of live virus. oral attenuated polio vaccine from the routine immunization schedule in 2000. This case should serve as a warning that if we allow immunization coverage to drop significantly, we will put our unvaccinated children and adults at risk of serious and life-threatening diseases that are now rare but still a threat. We must commit to educating our families and communities to eradicate these vaccine-preventable diseases.


  1. Kemper AR, Newman TB, Slaughter JL, et al. Revised clinical practice guidelines: management of hyperbilirubinemia in neonates 35 weeks or more of gestation. Pediatrics. 2022;150(3):e2022058859. do I:10.1542/peds.2022-058859
  2. O’Keeffe M, Kamper SJ, Montgomery L, et al. Defining growing pains: a scoping review. Pediatrics. 2022;150(2):e2021052578. do I:10.1542/peds.2021-052578
  3. Link-Gelles R, Lutterloh E, Schnabel Ruppert P, et al; United States Poliovirus Response Team 2022. Public health response to a case of paralytic poliomyelitis in an unvaccinated person and detection of poliovirus in sewage – New York, June-August 2022. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2022;71(33):1065-1068. do I:10.15585/mmwr.mm7133e2

Artist slammed for matching Instagram photos to open camera footage


On September 12, Dries Depoorter, a self-proclaimed “surveillance artist” based in Ghent, Belgium, launched his controversial project The follower on his Twitter account. Comprised of side-by-side comparisons of seemingly ‘perfect’ Instagram posts and webcam footage showing users taking grid-worthy photos, the project exposed the fabricated reality of social media – but some critics say the artist s engages dangerously in the culture of surveillance.

Using EarthCam, a live webcam streaming site, Depoorter recorded four weeks of footage from live feeds of tourist attractions such as Times Square in New York and the Temple Bar Pub in Dublin. Depoorter then developed a bot that scraped all public Instagram photos tagged with the same locations as open cameras and used facial recognition technology to match Instagram photos with real-time images of photographed users.

He created a video compilation juxtaposing the static, professional images of the content creators with the surveillance videos that captured them straightening their hair and clothes, striking different poses, and reviewing the snaps with their photographers before going to rush to their positions to secure the very image that made it to the grid. Even though the artist didn’t mention any usernames in his project, he left all faces unblurred.

Depoorter originally uploaded the video to YouTube, but EarthCam filed a copyright infringement suit. The artist told Hyperallergic that he is trying to resolve the claim and re-upload the video to YouTube. For now, viewers can access the video on the artist’s TikTok or through some GIFs on his website. (EarthCam has not yet responded to Hyperallergic’s request for comment.)

The follower has received mixed reactions from Twitter so far. Some users praised the project for highlighting the current state of surveillance. Others said it was unethical and could inspire bad actors such as stalkers, begging the artist to keep the software out of the public eye. As viewers discussed the intent of the project, Depoorter argued that the artwork lacked a message. “I think the work says enough,” the artist told Hyperallergic. When asked if the work should be considered a disclaimer, Depoorter simply answered “no”, but he mentioned that he would not release the software to the public. “I’m just one person. I have limited access to data, cameras…Governments can take this to another level,” he added.

Depoorter also wanted to clarify that the software doesn’t just grab images from influencers either. An Instagram user with less than 3,000 followers discovered that Depoorter’s project was featuring his image with a location tag at the Temple Bar Pub. Thinking that Depoorter went to her page specifically to repost the image alongside the saved footage, she was more upset that the image was used without consent rather than how Depoorter was able to find it.

“The problem is not the camera, the camera is on 24/7 and there is nothing to do,” the user, who preferred not to be named, told Hyperallergic via DM. “What he can’t do is go to my Instagram to grab the photo I took and post my photo I posted on his page.” She also said she messaged Depoorter on Instagram, saying it was a crime to use her image without permission and asking that it be taken down immediately. Depoorter hasn’t responded to him yet, but told Hyperallergic that he’s received so many messages that it will take him a while to respond to them all.

Stine Sønstebø, trademark and design attorney at European intellectual property consultancy Plougmann Vingtoft, described The follower as “creepy”, indicating that Depoorter may have violated both privacy ethics and copyright law.

“Photos uploaded to Instagram are not in the public domain (from a copyright perspective), but are still the property of the photographer and consent is required for any commercial use by others (except of Instagram, which has certain rights of use through their terms of use), “said Sønstebø in an email to Hyperallergic. “In this regard, the user of Instagram has real rights about how his image is reposted, even though his account is public.” Dr. Jason Hong, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute of Human-Computer Interaction, corroborated Sønstebø’s point but said that Depoorter could also have a possible case of fair use if he used the copyrighted material for purposes of criticism, scholarship or research.

This isn’t the first time an artist has faced backlash for using surveillance strategies to bolster their art practice. Arne Svenson, a New York-based photographer, ended up in court thanks to his series of photographs Neighbors, which some considered voyeuristic. The artist captured the daily activities of several New York residents through a telephoto lens aimed at their apartment windows. Svenson noted that his subjects were unaware they were being photographed, but took strict precautions to avoid disclosing their identities. When a group of Tribeca parents discovered that Svenson’s photos of them and their children were in an exhibit, they sued. The Appeals Division dismissed the case, citing that the First Amendment protected Svenson’s series of photographs “in art form.” In the same vein as Depoorter, Svenson insists that Neighbors did not concern anyone in particular. “Subjects should be viewed as representations of humanity, not identifiable as the actual people photographed,” the photographer told PetaPixel in 2015.

Unfazed by criticism so far, Depoorter pointed out that his project is more about the use of technology than just one person. When Input Mag pointed out that using unblurred images helped identify people, Depoorter doubled down. “Yes, but they also posted the photos,” he replied. It’s two to one so far as Depoorter faces EarthCam’s copyright infringement claim and backlash from Instagram users who are less than happy with the way their images look. used and contextualized.

The ultimate guide to who to tip while traveling


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Tipping on vacation is embarrassing. There is no way around it. Each country has its own standards and each hotel has a hundred employees who all seem worthy of a few extra dollars. But who do we really need to tip? When should we do it? And how often should we do it? And of course, how much?

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Fear no more, because Travel Off Path has you covered. Here’s the ultimate guide to who to tip while traveling.

From the airport to the hotel

Obviously it depends on how you get to your hotel. If you find your own way, tip yourself with a drink at the bar later. Otherwise, follow these rules.

Shuttle drivers

If you have a shuttle organized by your hotel, tip your driver. Many of them rely heavily on tips. Depending on the country, between $2.50 and $5.00 per person should suffice.

Taxi drivers

Don’t tip your taxi driver unless you really want to. They make money off your fare at a decent rate. Rates in tourist areas are often brutally inflated, so don’t bother for them.

In the hotel


Hotel porter

These guys can make checking in and out a breeze. Reward them as such. It doesn’t require anything crazy. A few dollars per bag is fine. A family of four might tip $10-$15, especially if they’re hauling luggage long enough or in bad weather. Many porters often set the mood for the whole stay with their attitude, so make sure they know they did a good job.


Often invisible, this team helps keep your room spotless when you return each day (at least they usually do). They are also among the lowest paid workers in the industry, so a tip for them can go a long way.

It’s important to leave a small amount each day rather than a large tip at the end, as you may have multiple cleaners in your room. It’s also a good idea to leave a slightly larger tip on the first day to help bring a little more attention to your room.

cleaning at the hotel

Don’t go crazy. $5 a day is at the higher end of what is needed, especially in countries with lower costs of living. Be sure to leave it somewhere obvious, so it’s clear to them.

The lobby team


In today’s internet-dominated world, the concierge has become a little less useful for many of us. But they are still present in most good hotels. They are still able to book things, sniff out a good reservation, and even give you a better room, but you might not use them as much. If you are a hotel regular, the concierge should still be a helpful person.

hotel concierge

Tip them based on their usage. If they just throw you a direction or two, it’s fine. But if they spend half an hour working on your day, give them about $5.

Front desk staff

As helpful as they can be, the front desk doesn’t require tipping. Many of them follow a managerial route and receive an annual salary instead of an hourly salary. The best thing you can do for them is to go online and name them in a good review of your hotel.

Eat outside

This is where things get complicated. In the United States, we tip almost every waiter or bartender who serves us. This is mainly due to the mode of remuneration of these workers. In Europe and other parts of the world, bar and restaurant staff are paid a fair hourly wage and no tipping is expected – in some cases this can be seen as an insult.

the waiter serves the table


As a general rule, always tip your servers in the Americas. North, Central and South America all expect some tip. In the United States, Canada and Colombia, for 15 to 20%. In other countries, you can swing a bit lower, in the 10-15% range. Brazil, Costa Rica, and Chile all include a service or occupancy charge, so you don’t need to tip there.

waiter smiles at customers


Europeans are much less likely to take tips than anywhere else in the world. Most of the countries there get good salaries, and often the waiters won’t get any anyway. Some countries now actively list their service charge (the price is the same) to indicate that tipping is not necessary.

At most of these places you can leave a little extra if the service was outstanding. Otherwise, don’t worry. If you are unsure of a particular country, ask someone when you arrive.

Africa and Middle East

Tipping is widely expected in the Middle East. Even countries like Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, which often include a service charge, want an extra 15-20% on the bill. Many African countries also look for around 10-15% of the bill in tips.

restaurant bill


Some Asian countries like China categorically reject tips, while others, like Japan, see them as something to be hard-earned, beyond the already expected good service. Some very touristy countries like Thailand become more receptive to tips after realizing the amount of money that can be earned.

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Global Online Travel Market was valued at USD 354.2 Billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 1,835.6 Billion by 2031, registering a CAGR of 13.1% from 2021 to 2027.

Travel and tourism is one of the largest and fastest growing industries as there has been an increase in the number of travelers in recent years, due to various reasons such as leisure, pleasure, relaxation and business The number of passengers and their travel costs has increased dramatically. To appeal to this potential target population, market players have used various techniques, the most effective of which is the Internet.

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Online travel services have gained popularity among travelers as it allows them to avail a number of services such as booking air tickets, hotels, vacation packages and car rentals at the same time. using their phone or computer, anytime and anywhere. Online travel services can be used either through online travel agencies (OTAs) or direct travel providers.

Online travel services provide convenient use of debit and credit cards and a platform to compare prices, features and services of online travel products, which has led to the increase in adoption of these services. Additionally, customers tend to rely on reviewing websites to avail of the best online travel deals. The hectic lifestyle, increase in disposable income and increase in purchasing power have encouraged people to plan vacation trips at frequent intervals, thus driving the growth of the online travel market. In addition, the introduction of established e-commerce companies such as Alibaba (online travel site Alitrip) into the online travel industry is increasing competition in the market.

The COVID-19 outbreak has had a negative impact on the overall growth of the online travel market. This is mainly attributed to the implementation of lockdown and social distancing norms in almost every country in the world, flights have been grounded, trains have stopped running and almost all public transport services have been interrupted. . Thus, the growth rate of the online travel market has decreased in 2020.

The online travel market is segmented into service types, platforms, mode of booking, age group and region. Based on service types, the market is categorized into transportation, travel accommodation, and vacation packages. By platforms, it is segmented into mobile and desktop. Based on booking mode, it is separated into online travel agencies (OTA) and direct travel providers. Based on age group, the market is segmented into 22-31 years old ¬ 32-43 years old ¬ 44-56 years old ¬ and >56 years old. By region, it is analyzed in North America (United States, Canada and Mexico), Europe (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, India , Japan, Australia, Korea and Rest of Asia-Pacific) and LAMEA (Brazil, Argentina, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Rest of LAMEA).

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Asia-Pacific has gained popularity in the global online travel market and is expected to maintain its traction during the forecast period. The growth is attributed to increasing disposable income, increasing middle class segment and higher internet adoption. The proliferation of social media and the adoption of artificial intelligence tools by travel and tourism service providers are mainly attributed to the growth of the Asia-Pacific online travel market.

Major players operating in the market are Expedia Group, Inc., Ebury Partners UK Ltd, Fareportal Inc., Hostelworld.com Limited, Hurb Co S/A, HRS, MakeMyTrip Ltd., Oracle Corporation, Priceline (Booking Holdings Inc.) , SABS Travel Technologies, Tavisca Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Thomas Cook India Ltd., travelomatix.com, Trip.com Group, Tripadvisor, Inc. and WEX Inc.


The study provides an in-depth analysis of the global online travel market with current trends and future estimations to elucidate the impending investment pockets in the market.
The report provides information on drivers, restraints and opportunities with impact analysis
Quantitative analysis from 2020 to 2031 is provided to showcase the financial competence of the market
Porter’s five industry forces model illustrates market competitiveness by analyzing various parameters such as the threat of new entrants, the threat of substitutes, the bargaining power of buyers, and the bargaining power of suppliers operating in the market .
The value chain analysis in the report provides a clear understanding of the roles of the stakeholders involved in the value chain
Competitive intelligence highlights the business practices followed by leading market players across various regions


By types of services

Travel accommodation
Vacation Packages

By platforms


By booking method

Online Travel Agencies (OTA)
Direct travel providers

By age group

22-31 years old
32-43 years old
44-56 years old
>56 years old

By region

North America
The rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of LAMEA

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Bangkok’s ‘private jet graveyard’ becomes a morbid tourist attraction


A morbid-looking aircraft graveyard in Thailand attracts visitors and sparks speculation.

Thailand’s winding side streets hold many mysteries. So perhaps we shouldn’t be so surprised by the latest revelation from the town of Sois: the creepy storage site for planes, where two private jets worth a combined A$122.8 million were thrown away.

The jet graveyard has now become a tourist attraction, with hundreds of visitors willing to pay 300 baht (AUD$12) to see the decomposed planes.

Both planes were once operated by Orient Thai Airlines, and after they were jettisoned, a businessman intended to turn them into outdoor bars. The plan was scrapped after running out of funds.

Image credit: Mladen Antonov/AFP

Photographer Dax Ward, who has visited the site before, said The sun“The project was a fiasco and the foreign investor left the site as it was.”

“As far as I know, there are currently no plans to move them, although the land they sit on is quite expensive.”

He added: “It’s very strange in the cemetery.”

The planes seem to have been there for quite some time. Coconut reported in 2014: “Today, aircraft interiors have been stripped, but carpeting, overhead bins and bathrooms are still intact. Oxygen masks, safety manuals and other items are strewn across the area, almost as if the planes had crashed there.

Also according to Coconutit used to cost a third of the price to go see them: “To catch a glimpse of this unexpected sight, head to Ramkhamhaeng Road Soi 101 and continue for about 100 meters,” Coconuts wrote in 2014. “The land is on the to left, next to a body repair shop.

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“It’s private property, but here’s a Coconut pro tip: the security guard accepts 100 THB (4 AUD) as the entrance fee. »


Coconut also reports that these are not the first planes to appear in this boneyard, alleging that circa 2010 “a pair of two Boeing 747 nose sections were waiting to be dismantled [there].”

“Seeing these massive sections of a jumbo jet once known as the ‘Queen of the Sky’ begs the question: how did they get there? Only one 747 nose remains, accompanied by MD-82s.


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Coconut added: ‘The MD-82 built by McDonnell Douglas was a commercial airliner which entered service in 1981. Since the registration numbers of the two seated inside Ramkamhaeng’s boneyard were painted, it is difficult to say when these aircraft were operated or retired. ”

“Even more mysterious is how their large bodies – the MD-82’s fuselage spanning over 40 meters in length – ended up here with so many other aircraft components so far from a runway. ‘landing.”


“It is interesting to note that the same model of aircraft, operated by the same airline, was involved in a fatal accident a few years ago,” Coconut added.

It’s not the only mysterious ossuary in the world. There is also one in Arizona, USA, where derelict military jets have sparked much speculation. Besides that, there is one in the south of Bali, where Dark Atlas reports, an abandoned Boeing 737 lies idle.

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7 ways to travel the world for free


Imagine a resolution passed at the United Nations that travel will now be free!! Everyone would quit their job and start planning their next tourist destination. Flying will then be free! How nice that would be!

But the reality is crude and crude. You can’t travel the world in 365 days for free!

There are magic tricks through which you can manage your travels without a single penny. Do you want to know them? Let’s hear it…here we reveal the secrets. Be with us.

Ways to travel the world for free

There are several ways to travel for free or at a lower cost!

For example, if you trade cryptocurrencies, you can get huge discounts on flight tickets! Thus, your cost of visits turns out to be nominal. So trade on Cryptos. With the genius of crypto, you can facilitate safe trading.

Let’s discuss ways you can truly make the impossible possible.

1. Work in a hostel

There are hotels where you can be part of the service teams. They offer free trips to its employees to travel the country. They do this to make employees feel recharged after a month of work.

If you want to be part of the hotel, you must have the required training. Once at the hotel, you can travel the country or the adjacent country for free.

2. Living in a boat

The cruise service also offers the team the opportunity to travel around the country for free. If you are part of such a cruise service, you too can move freely.

Cruise lines like to offer seasonal positions to newcomers. These positions come with responsibilities such as cleaning, people, cooking, and entertainment services.

They also provide plenty of amenities for their crew members to keep cool. So work for them and get free rides, sightseeing and other facilities.

3. Earn money teaching English abroad

Being a teacher in some English schools. Some countries offer vacancies for English teachers. For example, in the UAE, they recruit a large number of English teachers.

If you are going into a teaching profession, you may have the opportunity to travel across the country.

In addition, you also have the opportunity to attend teacher conferences organized in neighboring countries. Therefore, you have the opportunity to travel for free again.

4. Housekeeping

A house sitting job is also one of the selective opportunities that provide the ability to travel at a nominal cost. What are the duties of a house sitter?

If you’re a house sitter, you can do some housekeeping, gardening, babysitting, and other lighter work.

With house sitting, you have a great opportunity to travel to different parts of the country on weekends. Your hotel covers all costs. It’s another lucrative way to travel.

5. Plan your own volunteer trip

This one is the most engaging… the volunteer trip. If you also run a tourism business, you can travel anywhere without spending your own money.

Indeed, you can cover travel costs using travel costs paid to you by passengers.

6. Travel to the old country for free

This concept is not too old. There are countries that have a great plan to promote their tourist destinations. They invite non-residents to return to their roots and live them.

For example, if you are a Canadian by descent, residing in Italy, the Canadian government may allow you to return to the roots where your father and grandfather stayed. So you get a completely free Canadian tour.

7. Drive someone’s car across the country

Do you want to visit your neighboring country? Have you prepared your permits? Let us take your friend. Ask your friend to collect his car.

Take the SUV and start your free tour. Of course, you may need to bear a small expense for this. But in return you get a cheap dirt track.

What else do you want? Ask your friend to be a little benevolent this time… OK?

So everything is free, right?

Let’s be a bit honest at the end of the article. Nothing in this world is for “Free”.

But yes, if you want to get your tours at a nominal cost, you can get them in a much cheaper way. But you must appreciate our efforts to discuss cheap or free travel.

🌱 UT Student Shot, Killed + HCSO Office Ultimate Run raises $20,000


Hi friends! It’s Sunday in Tampa and I’m back in your inbox to update you on the most important things happening in town. I wish you all a nice day. Enjoy…

  • 🚓 A UT student was fatally shot early Saturday morning in South Tampa after taking an Uber home from SoHo.
  • ⚖️ A complaint has been filed against a non-party candidate running for office in Citrus County.
  • 🏃‍♂️ The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Ultimate Run raised $20,000 in a charity run.

Today is Locate an old friend. The day encourages people to reconnect with an old friend or loved one in a healthy way.

First, today’s weather forecast:

Sunny to partly cloudy. High: 86 Low: 75.

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Here are the top five stories in Tampa today:

1. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Ultimate Race raised $20,000 which will be shared between two organizations helping disadvantaged children in the region. Six hundred people participated in the race, which will benefit the Florida Sheriff Youth Ranches and Children with a Vision Inc. (WFLA)

2. A Homosassa woman filed a complaint to the Florida Elections Commissionnot claiming that a candidate with no party affiliation participated in a Citrus County Commission race to block the primary. The complaint said Paul Grogan only campaigned for District 2 on social media. (Florida politics)

3. One A student from the University of Tampa (UT) was shot and killed early Saturday morning in South Tampa, according to police. Police said the victim was hanging out on South Howard Ave. and caught an Uber to his home near the 1000 block of West Arch Street before he was shot, the agency said in a news release. Due to Marsy’s Law and the circumstances of the incident, neither the shooter nor the victim are identified right now. (WTSP)

4. Saint Petersburg Police Department said a woman was assaulted in her apartment at Tag 430 luxury apartments and escaped by running to a neighbor for help. The accused, William Roundtree, 43, was allegedly armed with a butcher knife and a steak knife according to the victim. Police say he broke into another apartment earlier in the day. Authorities said both victims were doing well. (ABC Action News)

5. Independent Bar St. Pete will permanently close the October 2 after nearly six years in the Edge District. The bar blamed the shutdown on struggles following the pandemic. Themlocation of the heights of eminole in Tampa will remain open. (Creative Loafing Tampa)

Today in Tampa:

  • Strides 360 Family with FIT4MOM at Armature Works. (9:30 a.m.)
  • Hispanic Heritage Month at The Connection SA. (10:30 a.m.)
  • SoHo Sunday Market and Flea Market at MacDinton’s SoHo. (11 a.m.)
  • The Sol exhibition: brunch edition in Hooch and Hive. (1 p.m.)
  • Spanish Sundays at the Black Pearl. (10 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • On Wednesday, the Florida Board of Governors unanimously approved the construction of a multi-story building, 100,000 square foot housing and student center at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Campus. (WUSF)
  • SMike Garofano of Pringstead High School won Coach of the week. The winners receive a $2,000 grant from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation to help maintain and improve their football program.”Tampa Bay Buccaneers via Facebook)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers raised WR Kaylon Geiger and ILB Kenny Young of the training team. (Tampa Bay Buccaneers via Facebook)
  • Join the Bucs for the 10th Annual 5K+ Fun Run Treasure Chests in person on October 9 or virtually from October 9 to 16. Registrations benefit local organizations specializing in breast cancer research and patient services. 💝 (Tampa Bay Buccaneers via Facebook)

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Avoid These Post-Pandemic Cruising Mistakes on Your Next Vacation

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  • As Americans head back to sea, they make all sorts of cruising mistakes.
  • Not checking passports is a common mistake.
  • As COVID continues to affect cruises in unexpected ways, expect a minefield of potential errors.

When Katie Whittington canceled her 14-day transatlantic crossing from New York to London on Norwegian Getaway, she made one of the most common post-pandemic cruise mistakes: she didn’t read the fine print on her ticket .

Instead, she took a representative from Norwegian Cruise Line at her word.

“I was told by a customer service representative that they could cancel my cruise and that I would receive a future cruise credit for the full amount I paid,” she says.

Whittington therefore expected a future cruise credit of $4,725. Instead, her cruise line applied a 75% cancellation fee and refunded the remaining 25%.

As Americans head back to sea, they’re making all kinds of cruising mistakes, whether it’s not remembering to check their test requirements, ignoring passport expirations, or forgetting about restrictions related to COVID-19. A lot has changed during the pandemic.

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Don’t Lose Your Credit By Making This Cruising Mistake

Whittington, a program manager from Tampa, immediately contacted Norwegian when she saw her cruise credit reduced. Where was the rest of his money?

“After careful review of your file, our records indicate that your reservation was canceled 41 days before your departure date,” a Norwegian representative told him. According to the cruise line’s policies, any reservation canceled 60 to 31 days before the departure date was subject to a 75% cancellation fee.

But a representative had told him otherwise. And she had the proof: a screenshot of the conversations between her and Norwegian.

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Initially, the cruise line would not honor the promise of a full cruise voucher. But after contacting the company on Whittington’s behalf — not a remedy available to all travelers — she provided her with a cruise credit equal to the 75% cancellation fee, making her whole as promised.

“People don’t pay attention to final payment dates or assume there’s more flexibility with penalties than there actually is,” said Marni Becker, senior director of cruise partnerships for Global Travel. Collection.

Other post-pandemic cruising mistakes to avoid

Here are some of the most common cruising mistakes, according to experts:

► Failing to check your passport. During the pandemic, no one bothered to check their passport because no one was traveling. “By far, one of the most common mistakes travelers can encounter is an expiring passport,” said John Mast, senior director of global cruise marketing at Expedia. As a general rule, US passports must have at least six months validity from the end of travel for international travel.

► Ignore international travel requirements. Entry requirements vary by country and have changed significantly since the pandemic. “Get familiar with the regulations early so you can be well prepared before departure,” advises Annie Scrivanich, senior vice president at Cruise Specialists. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, check the requirements with each respective country’s website or click here to visit Sherpa website. Scrivanich also recommends bringing a physical copy of your vaccination card with you.

► Not constantly checking the requirements of your cruise line. They look simple and almost identical to the ones you remember before the pandemic. For most major lines, COVID-19 vaccination is no longer required, but testing might be. “But it’s the finer details around these protocols that can trip some people up, causing potential delays or denied boarding,” said Tanner Callais, founder of Cruzely.com. Does the cruise line need a booster injection? What is valid proof of vaccination? Will a photo of your vaccine card work or does it have to be the hard copy?

► Not taking COVID-19 seriously. Many cruise lines say wearing a mask is optional. “There’s been an attitude that you can go maskless and party as usual,” said James Hills, editor of CruiseWestCoast.com. “But that’s just not true.” You can still get sick while cruising. And if you do, your cruise line may self-quarantine if you test positive or show preliminary signs such as a high temperature during a routine check.”

If you’re using future cruise credit, here’s a big mistake to avoid: “Not paying attention to a voucher’s expiration date,” said Jeff Rolander, director of claims at travel insurance startup Faye. Most cruise vouchers are valid for two years from the date of issue. Call your cruise line or travel agent and ask for an extension if you are approaching this date.

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And what about COVID?

Although we sometimes like to use the term “post-pandemic”, the truth is that COVID-19 is still with us. Cruise experts say it’s important to understand the cruise line’s COVID-19 rules and protocols.

“What would happen if you were to come down with COVID or test positive on board?” asked Narendra Khatri, director of travel insurance company Insubuy. “Would you be required to quarantine in a port city? Does your travel insurance cover quarantine and travel delay costs? And if so, how much?”

Some cruise lines still require a COVID-19 test. Even if they drop their demands, they could reinstate them at any time, given the unpredictable nature of the pandemic.

Stephanie Charboneau, travel counselor at Travel Creates Memories, recently faced a totally preventable testing emergency. His customers had arrived early for a cruise but had forgotten to get tested.

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“Of course, I had told them several times about this test,” she said. Charboneau helped them find an inexpensive test at their hotel and they were able to board the ship.

COVID-19 continues to affect cruises in unexpected ways. Jeremy Clubb, founder of Rainforest Cruises, said his customers often assume itineraries won’t change.

“But now more than ever, routes are subject to change,” he said. For example, its Amazon cruises cannot visit indigenous villages because they do not have access to COVID-19 vaccines.

“So be aware – and open-minded – that some routes may be different,” he said.

That’s good advice for anyone cruising in 2022. Expect a minefield of potential cruise mistakes. Pay attention to your paperwork and set realistic expectations to avoid sinking your next cruise.

Avoid These Cruising Mistakes Before Departure

► Waiting too long to purchase insurance. Cruise passengers must purchase travel insurance within 10 days of their first payment for their trip, said Damian Tysdal, founder of travel insurance site CoverTrip.com.

“Some coverage is time-sensitive, which means you can’t get it if you wait beyond that 10-day window,” he added.

Also consider a cruise-specific travel insurance policy like Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection’s WaveCare, which provides up to $750,000 in emergency medical evacuation benefits.

► Assuming the ship will not be crowded. EJ Kritz, a customer service consultant from Charleston, South Carolina, made this mistake on a recent Royal Caribbean cruise. “I assumed the ship wouldn’t be busy,” he said. But it was.

“Cruise passengers who expect dinner and show reservations to be no problem will be in for a nasty surprise,” he said. But aren’t some ships sailing at partial capacity? Yes, but they also sail with lower numbers, Kritz found. His advice: Make your reservations as soon as possible.

► Not reconfirming your travel requirements before your cruise. Why double check or triple check? Because requirements change.

“People check the requirements when they book the cruise, but they don’t reconfirm the requirements when it’s time to travel,” said travel consultant Kristin Jaffe of Winkaffe Global Travel. “Things change daily, so you should make sure you update your understanding of the requirements the day before you leave to make sure you’re covered.”

Construction of the new Corpus Christi Bridge has been halted as engineers say design flaws could cause it to collapse


In Corpus Christi, there is a construction project that has been giving officials headaches for almost six years: the new Harbor Bridge.

The new construction is expected to replace the current Harbor Bridge, which was built during World War II. But work has stalled, as engineers involved in the project fear design problems could lead to a collapse.

Corpus Christi Caller-Times reporter Chase Rogers says the project has sparked a lot of controversy. He joined the Texas Standard to share the latest news.

This transcript has been slightly edited for clarity:

Texas Standard: First of all, could you give us some background on this bridge project? I understand it was supposed to be done by 2020, but now the work is stopped indefinitely. Is it correct?

Chase Rogers: Yes sir. It really was a decades-long process. TxDOT first considered replacing the current Harbor Bridge in the early 2000s. The 1950s bridge is, they say, obsolete. It’s not high enough to allow big ships to enter the channel, and there are public safety issues with walking and stuff like that for the bridge. This new bridge was inaugurated in 2016, and it will have a kind of higher vertical clearance to allow larger ships to enter, and it will be more accessible on foot. It will, in fact, when completed, be the tallest structure in South Texas.

For people who don’t live in Corpus, can you explain the importance of this bridge for getting around and for the community as a whole?

Yes, so the current Harbor Bridge connects downtown Corpus Christi to its historic North Beach, which people may know is home to the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Lexington, as well as the Texas State Aquarium, which are two very popular tourist attractions. Thus, North Beach plays an important role in our local economy, and the bridge itself is just a signature of Corpus Christi. Chances are, if you’ve seen photos of Corpus Christi, you’ve seen the bridge before. It is truly a unique Corpus Christi landmark.

So what’s wrong with the engineers who said stop building now?

So it all started in mid-July, when TxDOT ordered the developer to suspend all construction on the bridge’s cable-stayed span. It is therefore the kind of main span on which the wagons circulate. Turns out they had hired an independent consultant to review the proposed design, and they found five main areas of concern, and those concerns were discussed for some time.

When they first announced this pause and held a subsequent press conference, they presented a timeline showing that these concerns had arisen earlier this year, but we had obtained correspondence that shows it had started as early as 2018 , 2019.

That people were discussing these potential issues?

Yes. This project has therefore already made national headlines. The former official engineer who designed this bridge, they had a bridge they also designed in Florida that collapsed and killed six people and injured 10. So after that, TxDOT kind of started the process with the developer to remove this official engineer. and find a new designer. So that also caused delays, and that’s why the project as it currently stands is about to go over budget by nearly $1 billion and is, in total, four years behind schedule. .

What awaits the people who are responsible for building this new bridge?

The latest is that TxDOT had given the developer a 15-day ultimatum to address these concerns or be removed from the project. We’re at the end of the 15 days, but TxDOT said they’ve entered into negotiations with the developer — talking about those concerns and coming up with a plan. So that’s where it was for the last time. They are still talking and discussing, and at the moment the developer is still on the project. As I understand it, they are still looking for potential solutions for these five design issues with the bridge.

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A guide to America’s oldest museum, the Charleston


Widely recognized as the nation’s oldest museum, the Charleston Museum was founded in 1773, before the official start of the American Revolution. It was the same year that the Boston Tea Party was held at that city’s Griffin’s Wharf, where political protesters threw hundreds of chests full of tea into the harbor as part of their tax-free demonstration.

The non-profit museum is said to have been inspired by the British Museum and was created by the Charleston Library Society. Organizers began cultivating various collections, with most items focusing on the natural history and culture of the South Carolina Lowcountry.


With its downtown location at 360 Meeting Street, the Charleston Museum is just blocks from the city’s bustling harbor and is open year-round. The museum complex includes two historic houses open for tours; a combination of museum and house tour tickets are available.

The museum features several themed galleries that house permanent collections, and two exhibits are on display in 2022. “Becoming Americans: Charleston in the Revolution” chronicles the city’s role in the American Revolution and the more than 100 military engagements that took place in the Charleston area. , including the famous Battle of Sullivan’s Island in 1776, considered the colonists’ first decisive victory over Britain’s Royal Navy.

In the “City Under Siege: Charleston in the Civil War” exhibit, artifacts and billboards illustrate the city’s role in the Civil War. Weapons, such as artillery shells, swords, rifles and pistols, as well as the personal belongings of soldiers and civilians, are on display. A highlight of this exhibit is the table and chairs that were used when state Secession Convention delegates drafted South Carolina’s secession ordinance in 1860.

Related: These are the best times to visit Charleston (and what to do there)

The Charleston Museum features several permanent collections

The Charleston Museum’s major permanent collections include fine arts, geology, pottery, ornithology, slave badges and plantations, weaponry, natural history and archeology, among others. South Carolina.

In the Charleston Museum’s Slave Badge Collection, visitors can see the copper badges that slaves were forced to wear. According to museum records, slave owners were required to obtain a city badge to be worn by any slave sent to work outside of the slave owner’s property. Another city rule required freed slaves age 15 and older to wear a freedman’s badge.

The museum’s collection of weapons features hunting, sporting and military items from the early 17th to mid-20th centuries. The photography collection has some 35,000 photos of Charleston’s streets and shoreline, including those showing post-Civil War devastation and the extreme damage wrought by Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Local judges, members of the Charleston’s clergy and prominent women are featured in paintings and portraits found in the museum’s Fine Arts Collection, with works from the 18th century to the early 20th century.

Visitors to the museum can view the clothing and accessories of 18th-century Charleston residents in the Costume Collection, which features a wide range of clothing, including elegant dresses and gowns, military uniforms, daytime swimsuits, as well as handbags, shoes and hats. .

In the museum’s Lowcountry History Room, exhibits range from Native American artifacts to tools that slaves used while working on the area’s plantations. Another gallery, titled Early Days, houses items that Charleston-area residents obtained while traveling around the world and then donated to the museum. These include an Egyptian mummy and mummy case, Roman and Greek artifacts, and even animal specimens.

Visits to historic homes can be part of a museum visit

Visitors to the Museum of Charleston can tour two historic homes, the Joseph Manigault House, also known as the Charleston Huguenot House and located adjacent to the museum, and the Heyward-Washington House, located nearby at 87 Church Street.

The Heyward-Washington House, which dates to 1772, was the home of Thomas Heyward Jr., signer of the Declaration of Independence. The residence also housed George Washington when he visited the city of Charleston in 1791.

Related: Charleston is home to the oldest garden in the United States

The grand antebellum Joseph Manigault home was built in 1803 for the Manigault family, who made their fortune from rice plantations operated by enslaved African Americans. According to the museum, Joseph Manigault inherited several plantations from his grandfather in 1788, as well as some 200 slaves. The house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973.

The property includes a period garden and interpretive signs point to smaller historic buildings on the site, including the kitchen, barn and slave quarters.

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Adult admission to the Charleston Museum is $12. With a tour of a historic home, it’s $18; with the two historic houses, the cost is $25. Visitors can take home a souvenir of their visit to the oldest museum in the country. The Charleston Museum store sells copies of historic city photos, 18th-century maps of the Lowcountry Harbor and Charleston, porcelain wares, puzzles, and more.

The city of Sylhet, Bangladesh, named one of the best places to visit in 2022 by TripAdvisor


Situated along the right bank of the Surma River, Sylhet is one of the oldest towns in Bangladesh, blessed with vast natural, historical and cultural heritage. Thanks to this, the city was named one of the best places to visit in 2022 by the online travel agency TripAdvisor.

Welcoming the news, a key spokesperson for Points of Interest in Sylhet, a local tourism agency, said: “Following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the escalating effects of climate change, the town of Sylhet has definitely borne the burden of lower visitor numbers. to that of previous years. Therefore, we were incredibly thrilled to see it feature at the top of TripAdvisor in 2022 and we hope this will help bring international attention to all that the city has to offer.

Offering tours and assistance with restaurants, resorts and hotels, Sylhet Tourist Places has remained committed to continuing to create the best and most authentic experiences for tourists, despite various recent challenges. “Travel like a local” is one of the guiding principles of their approach to tour services and which has received several accolades from customers all over the world.

‘Sylhet has so much to offer, amazing sights like the Bholaganj SadaPathorthe famous Ratargul Swamp Forest or the jaflong, to the historical tours of the city where one has the opportunity to see the handwritten copy of the Holy Quran at the Kendriya Muslim Sahitya Sangsad, to the incredible hospitality of the locals and the incredible gastronomy. There is certainly something to see and do for everyone and we remain at the service of our customers, ready to create memorable experiences for all who visit our beautiful city and our beautiful country. We want to create authentic experiences for tourists so they can truly interact with our awe-inspiring history, landmarks and culture. added the spokesperson.

Commenting on the best time to visit Sylhet, the company highlighted January-March as it is outside the peak travel season, but still enjoys good weather conditions and has the least amount of rainfall. The company encourages all interested persons to access its website to make reservations and obtain additional information.

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Provide information, support and reservation services to tourists, Points of Interest in Sylhet is recognized as one of the essential local agencies in the region. Their team of passionate and professional people helps customers with tour guides to the most famous and beautiful sights in the area, as well as information on hotels, resorts and restaurants.

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NSA expands student offerings – The Suffolk News-Herald


After going through a pandemic, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy headteacher Debbie Russell said school officials are delighted everyone is back with some COVID-19 restrictions as they expands its programming during the current school year.

“We hope this will be a normal year for our students, faculty and staff,” said Russell, “and we look forward to hosting many events and activities throughout the year to reconnect with our community. “

Among the additions this school year – a new Global Connections curriculum in junior high and the expansion of the language arts curriculum in sixth grade.

The NSA also has a partnership with Pursue Languages ​​which started before COVID-19 but was delayed due to international travel restrictions. It also has a partnership with Constellation Learning to allow high school students to take language of choice or world classes online.

The school added a mentorship program for new senior school students and renovated its fitness center.

The Primary School Global Connections curriculum centers around four concepts – form, belief, perspective and connection – and through inquiry-based learning, students will learn about the attributes, beliefs and values ​​of those with different traditions and cultures. It is intended, she said, to take a thematic approach, with most units focusing on one topic, as classes will then explore how different cultures relate to that topic.

“At our elementary school, we saw the need to expand our curriculum to provide our students with a more global perspective and the opportunity to explore other cultures,” Russell said.

The expansion of the sixth-grade language arts curriculum was intentional and based on current and future student needs, she said. Students will be exposed to a variety of genres, and while reading novels for the whole class, they will continue their independent reading to develop their reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. And by focusing on Greek and Latin roots, she expects students to improve their vocabulary.

“The sixth-grade language arts program is designed to engage students and improve their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills,” Russell said.

Through the Pursue Languages ​​partnership, seven Spanish students will attend NSA this year, and middle school students will have the opportunity to participate in a three-week immersive global experience through the Independent Schools Cultural Alliance.

The partnership started as an exchange program in 2019, when the school hosted 12 Spanish students for two weeks. The NSA students were scheduled to visit the same students in June 2020, but the pandemic forced the trip to be postponed.

At the end of the current school year, a group of NSA students will go to Spain for two weeks, and in the future, Russell said, they want to offer students the opportunity to spend a year at the foreigner in Spain.

This year, the school also welcomes students from China, Brazil and Germany.

Students can also develop their language skills through the NSA’s partnership with the Constellation Learning Institute. Russell said the program allows students with scheduling conflicts or who have an interest in a class the school doesn’t offer to take a language course led by teachers from other independent schools.

Russell said it was an idea of ​​a few high school students to have a more formal student mentorship program, and they worked with the high school administration to develop and implement one.

“The program has already proven to be very helpful for students,” said Russell, “and we are extremely proud of our student mentors for all of their hard work and leadership.”

The changes to campus programming and improvements, she said, align with the NSA Saints’ values ​​of character, community, excellence and discovery, while “solidifying our mission of ‘engage, inspire and empower our students’.

The school, with 927 students in kindergarten through 12th grade – 277 in grades nine through 12, 192 in grades six through eight, and 458 in kindergarten through fifth grade, which includes both its main campus on Pruden Boulevard and its view of the harbor campus in North Suffolk – is experiencing “greater demand for enrolment” and has seen increases across the board.

She said the school has taken steps to become more inclusive since the summer of 2020, when a group of current and former NSA students and board members, known as Anti-Racist Saints , called on it to recognize its past history and origins as a segregationist school and its contribution to injustice.

Russell said the school surveyed the NSA community on issues of inclusivity and multiculturalism and hired a consultant to work with members of the school community “to develop a plan, implement a plan with specific initiatives to continue our work in this area, to further diversify our board”. , faculty, staff, and student body as well as the training of our faculty, staff, and administrators, among other initiatives. He also has a page on his website that highlights the NSA’s efforts in the areas of inclusivity and multiculturalism.

The school is also working to navigate its way through the proposed rezoning for the Port 460 Logistics Center project. Russell said the school “will continue to work with all parties to mitigate any potential issues arising from the possible development”.

As an independent school, it has been able to “pivot and adapt” the program based on data and trends in student achievement and development. She said her staff continues to work to identify students’ academic and socio-emotional needs to remove barriers to learning.

“We are committed to the intellectual, physical, emotional and social development of each student,” Russell said. “Our program balances expectations of excellence with a sensitivity to individual differences and learning styles.”

Here’s a sneak peek at Gustav Klimt’s new immersive New York attraction


This week marks the debut of a glittering new attraction for New York: the Hall of Lights.

Located in the majestic and emblematic headquarters of the Beaux-Arts of the former savings bank for emigrants near the town hall, it arrives courtesy of Culturespaces, one of the major forces that propelled “Immersive Van Gogh” to international sensation status last year via his L’Atelier des Lumières in Paris. The latter’s immersive Van Gogh light show featured as a date in Netflix hit Emily in Paris.

To recreate this magic of trysts, Culturespaces is banking heavily on the Viennese painter Gustav Klimt. Now New Yorkers don’t have to cross the sea to the Belvedere Museum in Vienna to see the dorms’ favorite poster The kiss. Instead, they can see it brought to life and projected on a grand scale across the lavish interiors of the Hall of Lights for a show called “Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion,” alongside other famous Klimt works like the Beethoven frieze and Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (Languid animations of works by fellow Viennese successor Egon Schiele also make an appearance in the show).

If that’s not enough immersive entertainment for you, “Gold in Motion” loops with two other shows: one is an animated show dedicated to the rich designs of artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000) , bearing on the Viennese theme. ; the other is “Five Movements: Contemporary Creation,” a 10-minute experience featuring digitally augmented dance performances in five different styles from tech studio Nohlab.

Also be sure to drop down to the bank’s basement, where a gallery of new media has been tucked away in the giant vault of the Emigrant Savings Banks. A mirrored room in which plays a piece produced exclusively for Culturespaces by François Vautier, a disturbing and hovering digital animation.

To give an idea of ​​what awaits you at the Hall of Lights, take a look at the photos below.

The Hall of Lights, located in the former Caisse d’Epargne Industrielle des Emigrants. Photo by Ben Davis.

Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion

Installation view of ‘Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion’ at the new Hall of Lights in New York City. Photo by Ben Davis.

Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion

Installation view of ‘Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion’ at the new Hall of Lights in New York City. Photo by Ben Davis.

Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion

Installation view of ‘Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion’ at the new Hall of Lights in New York City. Photo by Ben Davis.

Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion

Installation view of ‘Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion’ at the new Hall of Lights in New York City. Photo by Ben Davis.

Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion

Installation view of ‘Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion’ at the new Hall of Lights in New York City. Photo by Ben Davis.

Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion

Installation view of ‘Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion’ at the new Hall of Lights in New York City. Photo by Ben Davis.

Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion

Installation view of ‘Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion’ at the new Hall of Lights in New York City. Photo by Ben Davis.

Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion

Installation view of ‘Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion’ at the new Hall of Lights in New York City. Photo by Ben Davis.

Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion

Installation view of ‘Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion’ at the new Hall of Lights in New York City. Photo by Ben Davis.

Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion

Installation view of ‘Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion’ at the new Hall of Lights in New York City. Photo by Ben Davis.

Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion

Installation view of ‘Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion’ at the new Hall of Lights in New York City. Photo by Ben Davis.

Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion

Installation view of ‘Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion’ at the new Hall of Lights in New York City. Photo by Ben Davis.

Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion

Installation view of ‘Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion’ at the new Hall of Lights in New York City. Photo by Ben Davis.

Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion

Installation view of ‘Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion’ at the new Hall of Lights in New York City. Photo by Ben Davis.

Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion

Installation view of ‘Immersive Klimt: Gold in Motion’ at the new Hall of Lights in New York City. Photo by Ben Davis.

Friedensreich Hundertwasser: In the wake of the Viennese Secession

Installation view of ‘Friedensreich Hundertwasser: In the wake of the Viennese Secession’ at the Hall of Lights. Photo by Ben Davis.

Friedensreich Hundertwasser: In the wake of the Viennese Secession

Installation view of ‘Friedensreich Hundertwasser: In the wake of the Viennese Secession’ at the Hall of Lights. Photo by Ben Davis.

Friedensreich Hundertwasser: In the wake of the Viennese Secession

Installation view of ‘Friedensreich Hundertwasser: In the wake of the Viennese Secession’ at the Hall of Lights. Photo by Ben Davis.

Friedensreich Hundertwasser: In the wake of the Viennese Secession

Installation view of ‘Friedensreich Hundertwasser: In the wake of the Viennese Secession’ at the Hall of Lights. Photo by Ben Davis.

Friedensreich Hundertwasser: In the wake of the Viennese Secession

Installation view of ‘Friedensreich Hundertwasser: In the wake of the Viennese Secession’ at the Hall of Lights. Photo by Ben Davis.

5 Movements: Contemporary Creation

“5 Movements: Contemporary Creation” at the Hall of Lights. Photo by Ben Davis.

5 Movements: Contemporary Creation

“5 Movements: Contemporary Creation” at the Hall of Lights. Photo by Ben Davis.

5 Movements: Contemporary Creation

“5 Movements: Contemporary Creation” at the Hall of Lights. Photo by Ben Davis.

5 Movements: Contemporary Creation

“5 Movements: Contemporary Creation” at the Hall of Lights. Photo by Ben Davis.

“5 Movements: Contemporary Creation” at the Hall of Lights. Photo by Ben Davis.

Hall of Lights

The entrance to the underground Hall of Lights gallery, in the old bank vault. Photo by Ben Davis.

François Vautier, Recoder Entropia

by Francois Vautier Recode Entropia in the Hall of Lights. Photo by Ben Davis.

Hall of Lights Shop

The Hall of Lights shop. Photo by Ben Davis.

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The Inside Guide to Kaunas, Lithuanian Capital of Culture for 2022


As European Capital of Culture in 2022, Lithuania’s second city is finally getting the applause it deserves. Like the capital, Vilnius, it has a laid-back old town, a ruined riverside castle and lively bars and restaurants, but Kaunas’ unique appeal is its concentration of in-between architecture. wars in his new city. Much of it was built between 1919 and 1939, when the city briefly served as Lithuania’s capital, and it’s hoped its modernist quarter will be approved for UNESCO World Heritage status next year.

Before you soak up the architecture, however, head to the farmers market, who sets up next to the castle every Saturday. Many of its stalls sell only one specialty, whether it be pickles, dark rye bread, forest honey, skilandis (smoked pork sausage) or sakotis, the traditional and sweet ‘tree cake’ baked on a spit. Nearby, on Jonavos gatve street, the two-storey building wise old man mural, which appeared in 2013, was one of the first efforts to revitalize tired public spaces with street art. New murals are constantly being added to the town – you can pick up the Wallographer’s Note Card from the tourist office to create a personalized walking tour.

Connect the old town to the new town, Laisvés Alėja (Freedom Avenue) is a mile-long boulevard flanked by lime trees, terraced bars and art deco buildings. Make a straight line for Spurginea 1960s donut bar with a counter laden with fluffy fries Euphorbia donuts. Opt for one of the savory options, stuffed with ground pork, or treat yourself to a sweet variety filled with apple jam or chocolate.

Freedom Avenue is also home to the best craft brewery in Lithuania, Genis. Try a beer flight on the terrace, in the shadow of the neo-Byzantine dome of St. Michael the Archangel Church, built in the 1890s when Kaunas was part of the Tsarist Russian Empire. Where to look Kamerinisa cocktail bar in a greenhouse, hidden inside the Kaunas Chamber Theatre.

Japan set to welcome unrestricted tourism by October – The Diplomat


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Japan’s struggling tourism sector is seeing a light at the end of the tunnel as “self-guided” tours give way to full trips.

After many false starts, Japan is set to fully reopen its borders to tourism next month after more than two years of strict COVID-19 border restrictions. According local mediathe daily entry cap for new arrivals, which was raised to 50,000 earlier this month, will be scrapped to make way for the pre-pandemic tourist visa waiver scheme originally available in 68 countries.

Under the current border restrictions related to COVID-19, foreign tourists must obtain a short-term visa and prepare their flights, itinerary, accommodation and car rental in advance through a travel agency. recognized trip. The Japanese government has scrapped mandatory pre-flight COVID-19 testing as long as visitors are triple vaccinated. It also removed the requirement for tourists to enter through a carefully monitored package tour with a licensed Japanese tour guide.

While the current situation is an improvement in terms of allowing independent travel, the continued restrictions on free and spontaneous travel have been criticized by experts as ineffective in helping the sluggish tourism sector recover to pre-war levels. pandemic. It may also deter tourists from choosing Japan as a travel destination, perhaps opting for Europe, which is currently embracing tourism.

In recent months, border restrictions have been eased with unprecedented speed. The daily entry cap for new arrivals was raised from 5,000 to 20,000 in June, then more than doubled to 50,000 on 7 September. countries and are continuously easing restrictions while monitoring COVID-19 infections. In a press conference, Kishida said, “Our fight against the virus is not easy but we must not be afraid to consider the Omicron variant.” He also explained that he wanted tourists to “take advantage of the weak Japanese yen”.

The Japanese government has come under immense pressure from the international community to remove barriers to travel. It is the only G-7 country that still imposes restrictions on arrivals. However, the government has been reluctant to fully reveal plans to open the border to international tourists. While authorities had confirmed plans to resume pre-pandemic travel this year, they were reluctant to give a timeline. Kishida said border restrictions will continue to be eased “as soon as possible”, leaving local businesses in tourist hotspots on edge and uncertain about whether to prepare for a surge in customers this fall. . The lack of details also makes it difficult for tourists to determine whether to travel now or come later when restrictions are fully lifted.

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Despite the gradual easing of border restrictions, there has been no rebound in the number of tourists traveling to Japan. In June, fewer than 300 foreign tourists entered Japan under the controversial package tour requirement. The following month, less than 8,000 tourists entered Japan.

A local company that rents kimonos to tourists in the usually bustling tourist hotspot of Asakusa said sales fell by half from 2019. Although it welcomed international visitors two months after the borders opened to tourists, no reservations was made for the rest of the year. Experts warn there will be no recovery in tourism unless tourism fully reopens.

Despite suffering a record seventh wave of COVID-19 infections this summer, Japan has shifted its focus to economic recovery and “living with COVID-19”. The central government is focusing on preventing coronavirus-related deaths rather than spreading infections. As part of the change, they plan to lift mandatory reporting of every COVID-19 infection in hospitals to ease administrative burdens on frontline physicians and allow them to spend more time with patients.

Currently, doctors are legally required to report all positive COVID-19 tests to public health centers. Until last year this was a handwritten process that had to be faxed, but it has since been replaced by an online process. The central government is now considering limiting mandatory reporting to only severe cases and people in high-risk categories who test positive. Kishida said “the priority will be to protect the most vulnerable in society, such as the elderly.”

The government is also considering giving each municipality the option to stop reporting all cases of COVID-19. The policy change will put the country in uncharted waters as the national infection tally will no longer be representative of the number of people officially testing positive for COVID-19. The government aims to change public perceptions of the coronavirus and is on track to downgrade COVID-19 to a level similar to seasonal flu.

Democratic Governor Dan McKee to face 4 challengers in Rhode Island: results


Rhode Island holds primary elections on Tuesday, the last day of primaries in the 2022 election cycle. Polls in most states close at 8 p.m. local time. Follow the results live.

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Rhode Island has two congressional districts, both occupied by Democrats. Both districts are up for grabs in November.

In the state’s competitive 2nd congressional district, six candidates are running in the Democratic primary to succeed incumbent Jim Langevin, who is retiring after 11 terms.

The Langevin District is located in the western region of the state and includes parts of Providence, Warwick, and Cranston.

State Treasurer General Seth Magaziner appears to be the overwhelming favorite in the race – he has been endorsed by Langevin and the state party, and polls indicate he comfortably leads his opponents. According to a recent survey by WPRI-TV CBS 12 and Roger Williams University, Magaziner leads with 37% of the vote, 29 percentage points ahead of former Providence City Councilman and State Rep. David Segal and Sarah Morgenthau, former deputy assistant secretary for travel and tourism at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Morgenthau, who follows Magaziner in Fund raisinghas argued that it’s time for the state to elect a Democratic woman to Congress for the first time, following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The winner of the Democratic primary will face Allan Fung, the only Republican contender. Republicans hope that Fung, the former mayor of Cranston and a self-proclaimed moderate republicanwill topple the 2nd District, which won President Joe Biden by 12 points in 2020. The district is one of 75 districts that the Republican National Congress Committee will target in November.

In a month of June survey by Suffolk University and the Boston Globe, Fung led Magaziner 44.9% to 38.5% in a match-up.

In the 1st Congressional District, incumbent Democrat David Cicilline is seeking to retain his seat against Republican Allen Waters, a former investment consultant, in November. Cicilline, an openly gay candidate who won re-election in 2020 with 71% of the vote, is running in a safe blue neighborhood in the eastern region of the state.


Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee is battling four Democratic challengers as he seeks his first full term. McKee took the seat last year when then-governor. Gina Raimondo has been named U.S. Secretary of Commerce in Biden’s cabinet.

Former Rhode Island Secretary of State Matt Brown, former CVS leader Helena Foulkes, Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea and physician Luis Daniel Muñoz. McKee, the former lieutenant governor, is vying for McKee’s seat.

The start, usually a strategic advantage, doesn’t do much for McKee as he faces a tough battle against Gorbea. A recent survey by Fleming & Associates/WPRI/Roger Williams University showed a tight race: 28% for McKee and 25% for Gorbea. a july Morning consultation A survey found that 43% of Rhode Island voters disapprove of McKee’s job performance, and his favor ranks last among all incumbent governors.

In November, the Democratic candidate will face one of the two candidates running for the Republican primary, Ashley Kalus and Jonathan Riccitelli.

Local races

Four other state executive positions are up for election this year: lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and treasurer. Additionally, all Rhode Island House and Senate seats are also on the ballot.

A step-by-step guide to backing up all your travel photos to Google


The most expensive goods these days are photos and videos. No matter where we go and what we do, we make sure to click the moments on our mobile or sometimes carry a camera. These memories in the form of images are there to stay forever without deteriorating their quality. When it comes to travel, we often come back with hearts full of memories and an SD card full of photos and videos. It is our responsibility to properly save these images and save them to Google.

Back up all your travel photos after your vacation!

If stored properly, photos are here to stay forever. It’s a very very simple process to keep our travel photos with us all the time and of course without an almost full SD card. Once you get back from your vacation, sit down with all the content and save it to Google. Following this, you will have no fear of accidentally losing the photos or even having to delete them due to storage issues.

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A backup of a Google account is very useful. You can keep all your apps, documents, pictures and videos safe. Android smartphones have ‘Google Photos’ and it is a storage service to share, store and backup all your photos to Google Drive. In case your mobile does not have this application, just download it from Google Play Store. The steps are quite simple and completely practical.

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A step-by-step guide to backing up your travel photos to Google:

  • Open the Google Photos app on your device.
  • Tap your profile icon in the upper right corner.
  • You will find an option “Enable backup” then click on it.
  • A dialog box will appear on the screen. Tap “Enable backup”.
  • Now you will have 2 options. One is to back up your travel photos in their original quality and size, which takes up more space on Google Drive. Another option is to save photos in “Storage saver” mode. This will allow you to save the photos using less storage and lower quality.
  • Once you are done, you need to click on the “Confirm” option.
  • By following these steps, Google Photos will back up all images.

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Melbourne’s new hotel offers a touch of class

One of Melbourne’s newest hotels, voco Melbourne Central, is located in the heart of the city and has introduced a host of eco-friendly features.

Part of Melbourne’s new 380 skyscraper, it is the fourth voco hotel to open in Australia following Gold Coast (2018), Hunter Valley (2019) and Brisbane earlier this year.

While the hotel’s address is 374 Lonsdale Street off Elizabeth Street, the entrance is through a lane off Timothy Lane. Guests check in on the sixth floor to a spacious lobby — called the Sky Lobby — that’s decorated with quirky bird-themed art.

The public spaces are dotted with plants, the result of a partnership with local ecological garden specialist Fytogreen.

All of the hotel’s 252 rooms offer stunning city views and one feature that will delight guests seeking fresh air: the windows can be opened!

There is free wifi and the rooms benefit from a modern design, king-size bed, smart TV and spectacular views from every room, even when taking a shower.

Have you ever arrived at your hotel and found you left your toothbrush at home? voco Melbourne Central is prepared for most eventualities and has items such as nail files, toothbrushes and shaving cream available free of charge from reception if you have forgotten yours.

Instead of providing guests with plastic drink bottles, you help yourself to a free bottle of still or sparkling water available from a bar fridge near reception.

The hotel has a rooftop plunge pool and gym with city views.

The main restaurant, open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (Tuesday through Saturday), is Blacksmith Brasserie run by South Korean executive chef Ian Lee.

Set in a bright space with seven meter high ceilings, there is plenty of indoor seating as well as an outdoor dining area which will be popular during the summer.

Tucked away nearby is the bar, one of the hotel’s popular hubs overlooking the pool deck with an extensive cocktail menu, wine list and range of local beers.

voco Melbourne Central has been keen to support local suppliers, from menu ingredients to artwork for public areas and china mugs in guest rooms.

The hotel is located near CBD shopping malls including Myer, Emporium, Melbourne Central and Bourke Street Mall, as well as popular lanes for casual dining.

voco Melbourne Central is part of the IHG group of hotels.

For more information, visit vocohotels.com/Melbourne

FBI Travel shortlisted for national award

Melbourne travel agency FBI Travel is a finalist in this year’s National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) in the Most Outstanding Travel Agency – Leisure category.

He is one of five finalists vying for the award, which will be announced at a gala ceremony in Sydney on October 15.

The NTIA is managed by the Federation of Australian Travel Agents and recognizes and rewards excellence in the Australian travel industry.

FBI Travel said in a statement, “We are honored to be recognized as a finalist for the incredible work the team has done over the past few years, especially during the COVID-19 border closures to repatriate thousands of fellow Australians who were isolated and stuck. around the world who desperately need to return home to their loved ones.

“Despite constant setbacks, the team remained motivated to keep trying for every person (mostly foreigners) who asked for help, using their skills and years of industry experience to guide and help. people to return to our shores.”

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Sweden’s right-wing opposition gets a head start in election cliffhanger


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  • Social Democrat Prime Minister Andersson facing right-wing opposition
  • Kristersson of the Moderates has allied with the Swedish Democrats
  • Campaigns focus on crime and cost of living crisis
  • Polling stations closed at 6:00 p.m. GMT, preliminary results expected on Wednesday

STOCKHOLM, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Sweden’s right-wing bloc slipped into the narrowest of tracks with around 90% of the vote counted after Sunday’s general election, with results pointing to a new government after eight years of social rule- democrat.

Early Monday figures showed the Moderates, Swedish Democrats, Christian Democrats and Liberals winning 176 seats in the 349-seat parliament to 173 for the centre-left.

In further evidence of a shift to the right, Sweden’s anti-immigration Democrats are poised to overtake the moderates as Sweden’s second-largest party and the largest in opposition – a historic shift in a country that has has long been praised for tolerance and openness.

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Nevertheless, moderate leader Ulf Kristersson is likely to be the right-wing candidate for prime minister.

“We don’t know what the outcome will be,” Kristersson told supporters. “But I am ready to do everything possible to form a stable and strong new government for the whole of Sweden and all its citizens.”

With overseas and some postal votes to count and the margin between the two blocs very thin, the results could still change. Social Democrat Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson did not concede defeat on election night, saying the results were too close to announce.

The election authority said a preliminary result would be available Wednesday at the earliest.

Kristersson said he would seek to form a government with the smaller Christian Democrats and, possibly, the Liberals, and would only count on the support of the Swedish Democrats in parliament. But it can be difficult for him to hold off a party that should be bigger than his own.

“Right now it looks like there will be a power shift. Our ambition is to sit in government,” Sweden’s Democratic leader Jimmie Akesson told cheering supporters at a post-election party.

“Twelve years ago we entered parliament, I think we finally got 5.7%. Right now we have 20.7%.”


The campaign had seen parties battling to be the toughest on gang crime, after a steady rise in shootings baffled voters, while soaring inflation and the energy crisis following the invasion of the Ukraine have increasingly taken center stage.

While public policy issues are the domain of the right, the mounting economic clouds as households and businesses face exorbitant electricity prices has been seen as a stimulus for the Prime Minister Andersson, considered a safe pair of hands and more popular than his party. Read more

Andersson served as finance minister for many years before becoming Sweden’s first female prime minister a year ago.

Kristersson presented himself as the only candidate capable of uniting the right and overthrowing it.


When Kristersson took over as leader of the moderates in 2017, the Swedish Democrats, an anti-immigration party with white supremacists among its founders, were shunned by right and left. But Kristersson has gradually deepened cross-party ties since an election defeat in 2018 and Sweden’s Democrats are increasingly seen as part of the mainstream right. Read more

The prospect of Sweden’s Democrats having a say in government policy or joining the cabinet has divided voters.

“I fear very much the arrival of a repressive and very right-wing government,” Malin Ericsson, 53, a travel consultant, said Sunday at a polling station in central Stockholm.

The strong result for Sweden’s Democrats matches a pattern of gains for the anti-immigration right across Europe where Italy looks set to elect a conservative bloc comprising Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy (FdI) and Matteo Salvini’s League later this month.

“I voted for a change of power,” Jorgen Hellstrom, 47, a small business owner, said as he voted near parliament. “Taxes need to come down drastically and we need to fix the crime problem. The last eight years have gone in the wrong direction.”

Whichever bloc wins, negotiations to form a government in a polarized and emotionally charged political landscape are likely to be long and difficult.

Andersson will need to win support from the Center and Left Party, who are ideological opposites, as well as the Green Party, if she wants a second term as prime minister.

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Munich City Guide: Your Weekend Sorted | Travel


Jhe rich Bavarian capital is a fascinating blend of proud tradition, world-class culture and global innovation. You’ll find a modern center against a backdrop of Italianate architecture, royal palaces, breweries and parks, including the Englischer Garten, one of Europe’s largest urban green spaces. Come during Oktoberfest for amped up levels of lederhosen.

As host of the European Athletics Championships in August, Munich is a city that attracts a sporting crowd. Locals swim in the river, ride their bikes and dust off their skis at the first sign of snow. Of course, others may feel more comfortable behind the wheel of a luxury engine or prefer to lift nothing more than a liter of beer.

● Home at Marienplatz, the neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus and the onion-domed Frauenkirche, the Old Town (Altstadt) is where your visit will soon count. Allow plenty of time to explore the grand interiors of the Munich Residenz, Germany’s largest city center palace (from £8; residencenz-muenchen.de).

The historic Hofbräuhaus brewery


● The Hofbräuhaus brewery (hofbraeuhaus.de) has been replicated around the world. While dumbfounded regulars at their usual tables remind you that the Munich branch is the original, it can still seem quite touristy. For less oomph, try leafy beer gardens, like Augustiner Keller (augustinerkeller.de) and Biergarten am Wiener Platz (hofbraeukeller.de), or craft beer bar Frisches Bier (frischesbier-muenchen.de).

● Many great museums and galleries are grouped together in an area known as Kunstareal. The choice here can be overwhelming, but one place stands out. Housed in a white box-like structure, the Munich Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism delves into the city’s Nazi past – starting with the surrounding buildings and the site itself (free; nsdoku .of).

● Bigger than New York’s Central Park, the English Garden is a mix of green lawns, winding paths, man-made waterways and thriving breweries. Head to the northern end for peace and quiet, and to the southern end for surfers riding a static wave known as Eisbachwelle (free; no website).

● Previously located on Marienplatz, the open-air food market Viktualienmarkt was moved to its present location — right next door — in 1807 (free; viktualienmarkt-muenchen.de). People come here to have a bite to eat or to do their shopping on the wooden stalls with striped awnings. Join the lunch queue for the very popular baked potatoes from Caspar Plautz (casparplautz.de) and try cheesecake from Patisserie Lea Zapf (leazapf.de).

● Finally, head to the Isar River. In summer, the banks are particularly busy with people who gather at the edge of the clear water to swim and socialize. Cycle south along the east bank of the Deutsches Museum for wilder, quieter spots (free; no website).

The coolest neighborhood

The Glockenbach area has gentrified since Freddie Mercury frequented his clubs, but remains a bustling area with lively bars and a cutting-edge food scene. It’s also a great place for shopping with fashionable boutiques and independent stores lining the streets around Gärtnerplatz. Try Madame Anna Ekke (madamannaekke.de) for breakfast, About Given (aboutgiven.de) for sustainable labels and Junge Römer (jungeroemer-muenchen.de) for fresh negronis.

Al fresco dining in Glockenbach

Al fresco dining in Glockenbach


Where to eat and drink

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A traditional yet contemporary Bavarian pub. The young owners, one of whom gives the bar its name, work closely with organic farmers and local producers to create an interesting menu. Find favorites like schnitzel, roast pork and macaroni-like käsespätzle. Leave room (and time) for kaiserschmarrn, a pancake pud that takes 25 minutes to make (dish from £12; xaver-s.de).

The Hutong Club
Once your eyes get used to this dimly lit restaurant in Schwabing, they’ll be drawn to the handmade noodles, colorful salads and steaming dumplings on offer, including lobster and saffron (dishes from £11 ; thehutongclub.de).

Käfer EssZimmer
On the third floor of the futuristic BMW World, this gourmet restaurant has two Michelin stars and a view of the car showroom below. The driving force behind the multi-course tasting menu is Bobby Bräuer, one of Germany’s top chefs (five courses £160; feinkost-kaefer.de/esszimmer-muenchen).

bean paste
This trendy cafe in the trendy Westend district specializes in white dishes and fresh waffles. Toppings vary but include combinations such as smoked salmon, pickled beets and sour cream (waffles from £8; bean-batter.de).

Cocktails at the curtain call

Cocktails at the curtain call

Run by the guys behind Illusionist, a gin produced in Munich, Curtain Call is a must for cocktail lovers. The dry gin, which changes from blue to purple-pink with the addition of tonic, makes an exciting base for their in-house creations (drinks from £8; curtaincall.bar).

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Weinbar Griabig
For a crash course in German wine, pull up on a stool or perch on the windowsill of this lively Old Town bar. Cozy and a little avant-garde, this place offers a wide selection of white and red wines from all over the country. Whatever you choose, the Brotzeit platters make a perfect match (mains from £4; das-griabig.de).

Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski

Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski


Where to stay

Cocoon Sendlinger Tor
This new budget hotel – one of three branches in Munich – is close to the southern gate of the Old Town. Since breakfast is more expensive, it might be worth going out. One of Munich’s best coffee roasters, Man Versus Machine, is just a ten-minute walk away (double room from £85; cocoon-hotels.de).

Hotel MOMA 1890
This charming hotel in Haidhausen has been run by the same family for generations. Thanks to its position next to the Ostbahnhof transport hub, you’ll have no problem finding fast connections around the city and to the airport (double room from £147; moma1890.com).

Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski
Located on Maximilianstrasse, Munich’s premier address for designer brands, this place is as luxurious as the shops that line it. With a classic charm, the hotel was opened in 1858. Its Michelin-starred restaurant, Schwarzreiter, serves ‘young Bavarian cuisine’ (double room from £318; kempinski.com).

If you only do one thing

For stunning views of the Old Town and beyond, climb the 306 steps to the top of St. Peter’s (Alter Peter). On a clear day you should see the Alps (£4; alterpeter.de).

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These tourists like to contemplate the sky


The Western Ghats of Karnataka and the Himalayan range are the favorite places of astronomers

The Western Ghats of Karnataka and the Himalayan range are the favorite places of astronomers

The days following the pandemic have seen tourists prefer lesser known and less crowded destinations. There is also a lot of demand to have new experiences. The last of these trends in Karnataka is astro (astronomical) tourism.

Although stargazing used to be just a hobby, now separate, pollution-free destinations are being set up for sky enthusiasts to visit and observe. While most astro enthusiasts usually make their trips to the village of Hanle near Ladakh or the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, two similar properties recently created in Kodagu by a private actor have attracted more than 2,000 tourists so far.

Starscapes, a startup, is offering astronomy experiences nationwide with its observatories, to meet growing interest. They provide state-of-the-art equipment for observations, astrophotography and research projects. In Karnataka, they launched their first property, a mobile observatory, in Madikeri and the second in Virajpet (both in Kodagu) in December 2021 and April 2022, respectively. Of more than 2,000 guests here, 20-25% were from Bengaluru, according to the company.

“During the off season (June to September and February to March), Starscapes has more tourists from Karnataka than other states,” the company said. After noticing the good response they received in Madikeri, they opened a new observatory in Ooty to attract more tourists from Bengaluru and Chennai.

However, local tour operators claim that the demand for such destinations has not yet increased as most travelers who visit still prefer the famous Raja Seat, Mandalapatti, Kushalnagar, etc. “We book around 25 to 30 tours a day. It is only recently that one or two tourists have inquired about this place of astrotourism. It has not yet gained popularity. Even few locals are aware of this, let alone tourists,” an employee of Skanda Coorg Travels told Madikeri.

An employee of the Coorg Home Stays Association said there had been inquiries about the observatories, but the numbers were very few.

The Western Ghats and the Northern Himalayas

In the state, deep in the Western Ghats, this is where astronomers go for astronomical tours. “It is impossible to see clear skies in places close to Bangalore. Many travel to the Kemmannugundi, Kuduremukha and Bhadra forest beyond Chikkamagaluru to observe the sky. There are a few pockets available in Karnataka, but the season is only from November to March,” said Ravindra Aradhya, president of the Bangalore Association of Amateur Astronomers.

Proximity to the sea makes observatories in South India a less preferred option due to often cloudy skies. This is why faithful astro-observers travel to the Himalayan range. This, however, can be an expensive affair as it includes transporting their telescopes, spending on warm clothes and other equipment.

“There are two reasons why astrotourists travel to the Himalayas: one is the climate and the other is the lack of light pollution. Those who go to the observatories of Kodagu or other hill stations prefer to go to the Himalayas to observe faint and deep sky objects. Something you can see in a small telescope in urban areas can be seen with the naked eye in the Himalayan range. Also, the colder it is, the better it is for astrophotography,” explained Naveen Nanjundappa, a member of the Bangalore Astronomical Society (BAS).

Hanle Village’s star parties can now take place on a dedicated 1,000-acre space, which is why deep-sky observers around the state make it a point to visit the location at least once in their lifetime. Others are great travelers. BAS member Vishwanath SK is preparing to visit Hanle for the first time this month. “It’s almost like a pilgrimage for us. One of the largest telescopes in the world at the Indian Astronomical Society and the least atmospheric space between the earth and the sky due to its high altitude makes it the most favorable place for observing the sky,” said he declared.

No plans to develop astrotourism sites in the state

Tourism department officials said that so far the government has not set up observatories for stargazing or astrotourism, but such relaxed vacations are being promoted as part of tourism. of well-being. “At this time, we have no plans to create such properties, but in the future, depending on demand, we may undertake astrotourism projects,” said T. Venkatesh, Director of the tourism department.

Chinese consumer spending resists three-day Mid-Autumn Festival


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Chinese consumer spending remained resilient, with local businesses ranging from traditional costumes to local tours all seeing strong sales during the first day of the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday.

Spending on specialty items, including Hanfu, a form of traditional Chinese clothing, has seen a surge, especially online orders.

An online vendor selling Hanfu on Chinese e-commerce site Taobao told the Global Times on Saturday that orders had started to pick up a week before the Mid-Autumn Festival, with most orders coming from young people.

“We have particular styles of costumes for the Mid-Autumn Festival that include images of moons and bunnies, and these are the most popular styles because they fit the festive theme,” the seller said.

A hanfu maker based in east China’s Zhejiang province said that over the past month, nearly 10,000 sets of hanfu featuring Mid-Autumn Festival elements such as moons, rabbits, lanterns and osmanthus perfumes had been ordered, double the same period last year. , according to timeweekly.com.

Although some Chinese people blindly worship foreign things and flatter foreign countries, in recent years, with the improvement of China’s national strength and self-confidence, more and more people have started to buy products containing rich Chinese elements.

According to iiMedia Research, China’s Hanfu market grew rapidly from 2015 to 2021, with the market size expected to reach 12.54 billion yuan ($1.8 billion) in 2022, an increase of 23.4%. year-on-year. The prevalence of local travel has been a key driver of increased sales, according to industry insiders.

A total of 6.25 million passengers nationwide were expected to travel by train on the first day of the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday on Saturday, with 317 additional passenger trains deployed to provide additional capacity.

Data from the Department of Transport revealed on Saturday that passenger transport on national highways is expected to reach 17.5 million commuters, an increase of 11.82% month on month, but 35.26% of less than the first day of the Mid-Autumn Festival in 2021.

“In the current epidemic situation, short-distance and local travel are still the mainstream for Mid-Autumn Festival travel, with self-guided tours and family tours two growing categories,” Hong Tao said. , professor at Beijing University of Technology and Commerce. the Global Times on Saturday.

In light of the 2022 Mid-Autumn Festival Homestay Market Report published by Muniao.com, short-distance or local tours have become the first choice for many during the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday. Mid-Autumn, with the volume of reservations during the holidays. 2.3 times more than the three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday in early June, according to media reports.

Countryside accommodation proved particularly popular, reaching 2.5 times that of this year’s Dragon Boat Festival, according to the report.

Meanwhile, the average mid-autumn airfare price hit a new low in the past five years, with many people shunning long-distance travel.

Data from China’s online travel agency platform Qunar showed the average fare for domestic routes during the Mid-Autumn Festival is around 556 yuan, down 20 percent from the peak. summery.

As short-distance travel gains popularity, self-guided tours and parent-child trips are expected to form the foundation of tourism spending during the Mid-Autumn Festival, Hong said.

Online searches for parent-child rooms are up 178% month-on-month, according to a Mid-Autumn Travel and Accommodation Forecast Data Report released by Xiaozhu.com, a provider of industry information services, according to the media.

Learn about Mayan history on the first hike through Mexico


West of Cancun’s tourist beaches, a network of old footpaths and disused railroad lines have been transformed into the Camino del Mayab (the Mayan Way), Mexico’s first long-distance trail.

Developed with Mayan locals, the trail tells the story of Mexico’s indigenous peoples and aims to lift the 14 communities that live along its 68-mile route from a history of colonial exploitation and cultural erosion.

A three-day bike ride or five-day hike takes visitors into the heart of the Mayan world of Yucatán, from Dzoyaxché, a small community built around the faded yellow walls of a 19th-century hacienda about 24 km south of Mérida, up to the excavated temples of Mayapán, one of the last great Mayan capitals.

“The main objective of Camino del Mayab is to protect the culture, history and heritage of Mayan communities – all things in danger of disappearing”, explains Alberto Gabriel Gutiérrez Cervera, director of EcoGuerreros, the conservation organization of the environment that helped build and manage the course. “Camino del Mayab is a project that is not just for tourists, it is a project for all people in all communities.”

After the Spanish conquest of Yucatán in the 16th century, the Maya found themselves at the bottom of a racial caste system imposed by European colonizers. The Mayan language came second to Spanish, as Mayan temples were demolished and stones used to build Christian churches.

The Mayans today remain disadvantaged in their country of origin, explains Gutiérrez Cervera, who is of Mayan origin. The lack of opportunities in rural areas forces many people to seek construction jobs in Mérida or hospitality jobs in Cancún, which continue to erode Mayan culture.

He hopes the Camino del Mayab can begin to change that. “We want to provide an opportunity through tourism, so people can make the choice to stay in their community,” he says.

A history of haciendas

Nearly 3,000 years ago, the first Mayan cities were carved out of forests like Dzoyaxché, where I join a small cycling group on the Camino del Mayab. By the seventh century AD, the Maya civilization had expanded across Central America and southern Mexico, building monumental temples such as those at Chichen Itza in Mexico and Tikal in Guatemala.

Drought, warfare and overpopulation caused the collapse of the Maya Empire in the 9th century. By the time Europeans arrived in the Americas in the late 15th century, Maya civilization had rebounded, only to meet the onslaught of Spanish colonization. Spanish conquistadors began ravaging Yucatán in 1527, and in 1542 the Spanish established Mérida on the site of a Maya settlement named Ti’ho. Colonialism and Old World diseases devastated the Maya, and their lands were parceled out and handed over to European settlers.

(Who were the Mayans? Deciphering the secrets of the ancient civilization.)

Today, Mayan communities along the trail are located on and near haciendas, estates around large central houses created by Europeans after the Spanish conquest. “The story of modern Yucatán is the story of the haciendas,” says Israel Ortiz, community leader and trail guide for EcoGuerreros.

In the 19th century, haciendas in Yucatán cultivated large quantities of henequen, a fibrous type of agave that can be spun into rope. This “green gold” allowed Mérida to grow rich, but it did so on the backs of the Mayans, who were forced into a system of indentured labor.

The hacienda system persisted until synthetics replaced the need for henequen after World War II. Today many of the grand houses once occupied by hacendados (hacienda owners) are ghostly, abandoned ruins where cyclists like us seek shelter from the sun.

Some, like Hacienda Yaxcopoil, where we stop for a history lesson shortly after the start of our trip, have been transformed into museums or charming accommodations. However, “nothing has really changed,” Ortiz points out, “because Hacienda Yaxcopoil is still owned by the same family as it was 200 years ago.”

Life on the Mayan Way

After a brief rest at Hacienda Yaxcopoil, we spend our first night in traditional thatched huts in San Antonio Mulix before departing early the next morning for Abalá. Following the ancient henequen transport routes, we pass beekeepers in the forest, where Ortiz points out the marks on the trees used to guide hunters. In a moment of pure joy, we pause in hushed silence as a motmot, or Toh in Maya, a turquoise-colored bird that the Maya believe led travelers to water sources, emerges from a well abandoned.

As we continue our journey, we stop at some of the 3,000 cenotes that dot the peninsula. These freshwater-filled sinkholes have become one of the region’s longest-lasting tourist attractions, providing money to local families who collectively own the land.

But since they were traditionally dedicated to Mayan deities like Chaac (the rain god) or seen as entrances to Xibalba (the Mayan underworld), it can be difficult to reconcile their development as tourist attractions with past traditions. . One of them, Cenote Kankirixche, still contains human remains and relics of Mayan rituals. “The Mayans consider cenotes sacred,” says Ortiz.

It’s a tough situation, but Ortiz says he’d rather see communities manage tourism themselves, than sell their natural resources to the highest bidder.

(Here are some of the most breathtaking underwater caves in the Yucatan.)

When we reach Abalá, we see another way the locals are reestablishing their culture. At Jose Pech Remi’s Abalá Craftsmen’s House, traditional Yucatán products, including Huipil dress, hand-carved jaguar statues and locally sourced honey, line the shelves. “A lot of people work the land here, but they don’t make a lot of money,” explains Rémi. “Sale [traditional] crafting gives people extra income [and] helps protect our culture and our roots.

This is significant as Remi speaks to the community’s alcohol and addiction issues stemming from a history of economic disadvantage. Besides the craft store, Remi has created a foundation that organizes opportunities, such as regular cultural events, where there is live music, food and market stalls, creating immediate work for locals, while showcasing the culture of Abalá.

“Traditions, traditional knowledge and the Mayan language are the most important characteristics of Mayan culture,” adds Gutiérrez Cervera. “To be Maya means to preserve the forest, the water, the animals and the plants. It is to preserve the Milpa [crop growing systems] and teach it to the next generations, to perform the Chaa Chaak [a religious ceremony] ask for rain and celebrate Hanal Pixan [“Food for the Souls,” the Maya version of Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead] remember the dead.

(This centuries-old British tradition may soon be lost.)

On our third and final morning, we refuel at Restaurante Comunitario, a once abandoned building transformed into a local restaurant run by the women of Mucuyche. The restaurant offers homemade alternatives to Hacienda Mucuyche, a popular cenote-filled tourist spot across the street owned by Xcaret, the same company that runs theme parks along the Riviera Maya.

Here, Elsie Maria Neydi Bacab helps prepare dishes such as papadzules (rolled corn tortillas filled with boiled eggs and topped with salsa), tamales (steamed corn dough with meat and vegetable toppings), and pok chuuc (grilled pork marinated in citrus fruits). “To be Mayan is to be proud,” says Neydi Bacab, adding that offering these dishes, in addition to dressing in handmade huipil and continuing to speak the Mayan language, is another important way to preserve the traditions.

Fortified, we cycle along paths overgrown with vegetation and wildlife, pushing towards Mayapán, the end point of the Camino del Mayab. There we leave our bikes at the door and, with burning legs and aching muscles, we climb the steep stone steps to the top of the Temple of Kukulkan, the centerpiece of this ancient Mayan capital. From this high vantage point, I can see the forests of Yucatán and the road we traveled ahead of us.

There is no doubt that Camino del Mayab is a return, a challenge, says Ortiz. It’s also a glimpse into a part of Mexico few travelers see, a part far removed from the all-inclusive hotel mentality of other, more familiar Mexican destinations. Gutiérrez Cervera plans to expand the Camino del Mayab to a network of trails circling the entire Yucatán Peninsula, so more travelers can experience this ambitious style of community tourism.

“With Camino del Mayab you don’t just travel”, says Gutiérrez Cervera, “you return something where you go”.

Richard Collett is a UK-based travel writer who focuses on offbeat destinations and cultural sights. Follow him on Instagram.

Mayor Cantrell says she won’t reimburse $30,000 in travel expenses


NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said she does not plan to reimburse the city for first-class travel upgrades on overseas flights, despite policies put in place. place by the city council.

The policy states that all traveling city employees are required to seek the lowest rates available or reimburse the city for luxury accommodations.

The chief executive said the legal department is still considering whether or not the mayor should repay nearly $30,000 in taxpayer money.

At a press conference on Thursday (Sept. 8), Mayor Cantrell said the trips and expenses were made to improve New Orleans.

“Any expenses incurred in doing business on behalf of the City of New Orleans will not be reimbursed to the City of New Orleans,” Mayor Cantrell said outside the Nix Library. “One thing is clear; I do my job and will continue to do so with distinction and integrity every step of the way.

Robert Collins, professor of public policy at Dillard University, says it appears the mayor is provocative.

The mayor’s staff says they are working to determine if the policy applies to the mayor, as she is an elected official and not a hired employee of the city.

“I think it’s still being studied with some kind of law to determine the variations between the CAO policy, the elected officials policy and the different variations,” CAO Gilbert Montaño said. “There is no ultimate conclusion at this time. Right now it’s in the law, and we’re evaluating it and I think there would be a decision as soon as possible. »

The mayor’s first-class tickets to France and Switzerland cost the city nearly $30,000. Cantrell has previously said his travel upgrades were not for luxury purposes but for safety concerns.

“Anyone who wants to wonder how I protect myself just doesn’t understand the world that black women walk around in,” Mayor Cantrell said in a statement.

However, Collins says that since the mayor receives salary and benefits from New Orleans, she should be considered an employee.

“It’s a bit like saying that the President of the United States is not a federal government employee. He gets paid, of course he is,” Collins said. “That’s like saying the governor of Louisiana is not an employee of the state government. Of course he is. He is the CEO of the state government. So to claim that there is some kind of legal difference between an elected official who receives a salary from a government agency and an employee of that government agency, I think is problematic.

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12 Type A Personality Careers for Highly Organized People


We all know Type A people. They’re the ones with color-coded to-do lists. They are organized. They multitask like nobody’s business. They hate queuing and wasting time. (And this short introduction is just their style.)

In their honor, let’s cut to the chase. There are plenty of jobs that are perfect for Type A personalities, and here’s a list of 12 of them.

12 Perfect Jobs For People With Type A Personalities

These Type A job ideas (in alphabetical order, as a list) vary by type. Some offer full-time opportunities, while others allow part-time work and flexible hours. Some require you to search for jobs in your city, and others allow you to work from home.

1. Subtitler/transcriptionist

Transcription is a precise task. Captioning requires attention to verbal detail. These jobs require error-free typing and sharp listening skills.

Usually, these jobs are paid by the audio hour, but this does not equate to a real hour, because you’ll likely find yourself pausing and rewinding.

Video captioning is similar, except you’ll be watching and listening. For instance, Rev.com pays $1.50 per minute of video.

You can also find work on other sites. Consider transcribeme, tiger fish, Quicktate and CrowdSurf.

2. Data entry clerk

Think: typist.

Some of these job descriptions include satisfying Type A key phrases such as “ensures consistency and accuracy”, “compiles and sorts information”, and “must be self-motivated, organized and detail oriented”.

Pay scales per hour or per project.

You can find office jobs as data entry clerks, but there are a number of specialist sites advertising work-from-home projects. These sites include Clickworker.com and DionDataSolutions.com.

Browse job openings in our Work From Home Jobs Portal.

3. Event Planner

Type A personalities thrive on stress. Few jobs scream “stress” like an event planner.

Planning events/weddings/meetings requires extremely organized people who know how to get by with a checklist or two. They must coordinate and hire others to successfully organize an event or meeting.

This job will likely require a degree and/or some experience, but you can always start as a “junior” or assistant. (Read how this woman started out as a wedding planner without prior experience.) If you’ve played any role in planning a wedding or major family event, you already have some experience to draw on.

Find a number of event planner jobs on mainstream job search sites such as In effect, career builder and just hired.

4. Grocery bagger

Many years ago, late night TV show host David Letterman featured the Grocery Bagger of the Year on his program. Letterman has always proclaimed that he once worked as a grocery bagger and took pride in his work.

Grocery baggers fill bags based on weight and type of food. Preferably the frozen items are in one bag and the produce goes in another. Heavy items are on the bottom while bread goes neatly on top.

It is a job that, when done correctly, requires thought and precision. This is definitely a job for a type A personality.

Check Snagajob.com, a site that aggregates jobs every hour. You can also do a simple In effect look up or ask the manager of your favorite grocery store in town.

5. Housekeeper

If you can make a perfect bed with clean edges and know how to handle a vacuum cleaner, this could be a way for you to earn some extra cash.

But there are also more exotic options. Consider becoming a housekeeper at a resort, ranch, vacation rental, or even on a cruise ship.

And if your significant other is at the same Type A level as you, match them up. Some places are looking couples to maintain the grounds.

For jobs like this, visit Cool works. For more “normal” gigs, look for In effect, Freak Where just hired. Care.com also has personal ads calling for housekeepers. Also consider task bunny.

6. Inventory Specialist

Transcriptionists, as mentioned earlier, require attention to verbal detail and the ability to type quickly. Inventory specialists must be numbers conscious and know how to use a calculator keypad.

Inventory specialists may also be called stock associates or inventory helpers. The job is perfect for a type A with an intense need to organize and sort store products.

To find a job, visit your favorite store’s career webpage, where you can probably search by state. Or you can go to any job search site and search by retailer or location. You can also ask your favorite store manager who manages their inventory.

7. Library Specialist/Technician

Also consider: library associate, assistant, circulation clerk, clerk.

These jobs vary widely – part-time and full-time, hourly and salaried. Some require high school diplomas; others require a master’s degree. Either way, these jobs offer a substantial salary.

Start your job search at governmentjobs.com. You can search by title and by city.

8. Market research

A step beyond data entry is market research. If your type A personality forces you to make sense of the numbers you see, or if you’ve always thought you’d make a good accountant, market research is a viable job option.

You will likely be asked to start at an entry-level position. A job search on Indeed, ZipRecruiter or other job sites for “entry level in market research” would help you get started. The goal is to have a data entry job that allows you to think, which will also allow you to earn more money.

9. Professional Organiser/Clutter Consultant

We wrote about Tova Weinstocka professional organizer and cleaner who earns $100 to $200 an hour for virtual consultations.

She’s kind of an independent organizer, setting her own schedules and also working with clients in person to clean NYC apartments. Projects can last an afternoon or continue for four days at a time. His customers affectionately call him “Tidy Tova”.

If you want to become the next Tidy Tova, the Profitable organizer has reading material for your reading. live in peace also offers resources.

10. Concealer

If you find pleasure in finding word, grammar, or punctuation errors in written copy, consider becoming proofreader working from home. It offers flexible scheduling and pay per page.

Freelance proofreader Caitlin Pyle offers this advice to those just starting out in the business world: “It’s important to remember that you’re getting paid per page! So if you get distracted or procrastinate and drag out those 50 pages over several hours, it might seem like you’re not making any money.

short pyle ReviewAnywhere.com, where you can take a free introductory workshop. You can find gigs on independent sites such as Upwork.com and Freelancer.com.

11. Travel Advisor

Along the same lines as event planning, travel counselors must be able to stay organized while taking care of a number of tasks – researching the best deals, creating itineraries and building relationships. .

You can find these types of jobs on your regular job search sites. You can also search for travel advisor websites, scroll down and click on the “Jobs” link.

12. Virtual Assistant

Many busy professionals want personal assistants, and today those assistants can work virtually, meaning you can stay home and get things done.

Duties and skills vary: customer service, data entry, research, social media management and website maintenance. It’s the perfect job for someone who can’t resist creating a daily to-do list. In this case, you will create one for someone else and get paid to do so.

Examine VANetworking.com and Zirtuelle for specific virtual assistant sites. Also, read our article on virtual assistants for more information and resources.

Kent McDill has been a seasoned journalist specializing in personal finance topics since 2013. He contributes to The Penny Hoarder. Carson Kohler, a former Penny Hoarder writer, contributed.

This was originally posted on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers around the world earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, giveaways and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest growing private media company in the United States in 2017.

Governor Hochul Announces Start of 2022 Fall Foliage and Travel Season in New York State


Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the start of the 2022 New York State fall foliage and travel season, highlighted by the return of I LOVE NY fall foliage reports and a new I LOVE NY broadcast and digital marketing campaign to showcase popular fall activities and attractions. I LOVE NY is also collaborating with the state’s Heritage Tourism Destinations Network on this year’s Path Through History Weekend, scheduled for October 8-10, which will feature special events and activations at the rich history and sites state histories.

“From colorful foliage and unparalleled natural scenery to breathtaking historic sites and one-of-a-kind state parks, nothing beats New York in the fall,” Governor Hochul said. “During this season, we invite travelers from New York and out of state to plan the perfect fall adventure – whether it’s climbing a peak in the Adirondacks, visiting a vineyard in Long Island or take a stroll along Buffalo’s waterfront – and see what our great state has to offer.”

Fall is one of New York’s most popular travel seasons, attracting visitors from around the world who support local businesses while exploring the state’s unique and diverse communities. To help travelers and foliage enthusiasts plan a fall getaway, I LOVE NY’s weekly foliage reports are released every Wednesday, starting September 14. They are compiled using field observations from the I LOVE NY team of over 85 volunteer leaf watchers. the state’s 11 vacation regions. Observers track color changes in their area, detailing the predominant leaf colors, approximate percentage change, and progression of color change from peak conditions.

The reports also include an interactive foliage map, available on the I LOVE NY website, which tracks weekly changes and progress across the state throughout the season. The map includes recommended foliage viewing locations in each of the state’s vacation regions, as well as examples of peak foliage in a given area and information on popular local and regional attractions. New this year, the interactive foliage map will include an option to filter attractions by category, including food and drink, and arts and culture.

Travelers are encouraged to share their photos of New York State’s scenic foliage on social media using the hashtag #NYLovesFall. Photos submitted to this hashtag have a chance to be featured on the I LOVE NY fall foliage website and official I LOVE NY social media accounts reaching over two million followers. I LOVE NY recently launched a TikTok account to reach additional audiences, in addition to its existing accounts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks in part to its size and location, New York State traditionally has one of the longest and most colorful foliage seasons in the country. Every weekend from late September through mid-November, part of the state is likely experiencing peak foliage. Fall foliage reports and the interactive map are available at www.iloveny.com/foliage, or toll-free at 800-CALL-NYS (800-225-5697) from anywhere in the United States, within its territories and in Canada.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said: “Tourism is a mainstay of New York’s economy, and fall travel is especially vital for family farms and small businesses, which are the backbone of so many communities across the state. This season provides the perfect opportunity to explore and experience the different regions of New York, each with their own unique fall festivals, offerings and events that invite and welcome everyone.”

Empire State Vice President of Development and Executive Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi said: “Every year, New York State becomes a wonderland of fall colors. From our weekly foliage report showing travelers where the colors peak, to interactive maps helping them find attractions and dining experiences, to a running slate of heritage events as part of Path Through History Weekend, I LOVE NY is pleased to provide tools to help guests take full advantage of one of the longest and most beautiful foliage seasons in the country. We welcome explorers from near and far to come be a part of it all and experience a fall in love here in upstate New York.”

I LOVE NY is also launching a new fall marketing campaign to encourage fall travel, which includes a new 30-second spot highlighting some of the many ways to enjoy the season across New York State. The announcement includes family-friendly fall favorites like harvest events at local farms, Halloween attractions, zoos and foliage hikes, plus destinations like the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown and Central Park in New York. The campaign launches today and the announcement can be viewed here.

Additionally, I LOVE NY will host a Path Through History weekend October 8-10 to showcase some of the state’s historic and heritage travel sites. The Path Through History initiative uses 14 themes to organize more than 700 sights, attractions, and locations across the state. The Path Through History website includes maps, an easy-to-use list of places organized by theme and region, and an itinerary builder to help you plan your trip. More information on Path Through History Weekend 2022 can be found here.

Tours in New York State have an economic impact of $85.5 billion and generate enough state and local taxes to save every household in the state more than $1,000 a year. Tourism and hospitality is the state’s third-largest industry, supporting one in 11 private sector jobs.

State Senator José M. Serrano said: “Fall in New York is such a beautiful time of year, especially in our state parks and historic sites. With breathtaking fall foliage colors all around, there’s no There really isn’t a better time to visit our parks and enjoy the great outdoors.The I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Reports are a great way to help visitors connect with nature during this wonderful time of year. .”

Assemblyman Daniel J. O’Donnell said: “Nothing beats the splendor of New York’s fall foliage. The magnificent views and stunning colors are famous for a reason! Whether you’re a nature lover or a city dweller, I encourage you to experience the beauty of New York , and explore incredible local attractions in every corner of our state.”

Cristyne Nicholas, chair of the New York State Tourism Advisory Council, said: “As the famous song goes, ‘Autumn in New York, why does it sound so inviting?’ Because Governor Hochul and the I LOVE NY team are launching a fall campaign encouraging travelers to rediscover the most colorful work of art, from the tip of Montauk to the wonder of Niagara Falls, with haunted headless horsemen and amazing corn mazes along the Fall is a major tourist season for New York City, so the state’s tourism industry really appreciates these efforts to welcome visitors back to the biggest and best technicolor landscape in the country.

To help you plan your next New York State vacation, visit www.iloveny.com.

About New York State

New York State is a premier vacation destination with world-class attractions, scenic natural beauty, local cuisine and a thriving craft beverage scene, a range of accommodations, and iconic festivals and events. all year. Its 11 diverse vacation regions feature some of the top-ranked beaches in the world; two of America’s three favorite state parks; breathtaking Niagara Falls; more ski areas than any other state; one of the longest foliage seasons in the country; several Halls of Fame; The longest, fastest and highest zip line in North America; largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States; and the longest multi-use trail in the country. Add to that the state’s unique museums, historic landmarks, cultural sites, charming small towns and urban playgrounds, and it’s no wonder New York has consistently been chosen as a top destination by publications and travel experts.

Reviews | Federal government makes two changes to airline travel rules



Bill Saporito is the editor of Inc. magazine.

Back in the glamorous days of air travel, that is, before we all became cargo – carriers had to comply with the little-known rule 240. This rule stated that if, for example, your Trans World Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles was delayed four hours and Pan Am had room for an earlier departure, TWA had to revalidate your ticket on Pan Am. only problem was: you had to know the rule.

Carriers haven’t exactly publicized the existence of Rule 240 and die-hard flyers have kept it to themselves, along with their official pocket airline guides – the monthly pocket book of scheduled flights we depended on before the internet. .

Rule 240 faded with airline deregulation, and in 2020 the Department of Transportation allowed each carrier to write its own individual contract of carriage regarding cancellations, rebookings, and refunds. It was like giving electric utilities the right to set their own emission standards.

Today, of course, Pan Am, TWA, and bulky OAGs are all gone. We can use our smartphones to find out all about current and future flights instantly. But this is almost useless information. There are limited alternatives when flights are canceled or delayed due to weather, labor shortages or air traffic control. This is because airlines, in the name of maximizing capacity, have few spare jets on hand for backups.

The bottom line is, well, what happened this summer, which the Department of Transportation says featured “an unacceptable level of flight delays and cancellations.” Passengers have been stranded for days at airports, or spent hours waiting in long lines, or found themselves stranded in customer service, after flights were delayed, canceled or rescheduled.

After months of chewing on carriers, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is finally laying down the law. Or, at least, establish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that aims to expedite refunds to passengers when carriers cancel or delay flights, in part by defining what, exactly, constitutes an unacceptable cancellation or delay.

It’s a good decision, as far as it goes. The NPRM will define a “cancelled flight” as a flight which is “published in the carrier’s computer reservation system at the time of ticket sale but which is not operated by the carrier”. Which could mean almost anything, but in practice should mean that if a flight is canceled or departs three or more hours late, then passengers are entitled to a refund within seven working days. Carriers may offer travel vouchers, but they must first let passengers know they can get a refund. The proposed rule states that the reason for the cancellation – weather, air traffic delay, mechanics, pandemic – does not matter.

Before the proposed rule is issued, the industry the trade association argued that passengers who buy non-refundable tickets should bear everything cancellation risks. If passengers want to be entitled to refunds, the airlines have said, they should buy more expensive, fully refundable tickets. The Department for Transport commendably refused to accept this logic, saying: ‘A reasonable consumer would not expect to have to pay more to buy a refundable ticket so that he could recover the price of the ticket when the airline did not provide the service. paid. for no action or fault of the consumer. »

Another useful change came just before Labor Day weekend, when the Department of Transportation introduced what it calls the Airline Customer Service Dashboard, which allows passengers to see what carriers agree to make up for them in the event of “controllable” (i.e., their fault) cancellations or significant delays. This is called ‘re-accommodation’ in the trade – re-accommodation – and it can take the form of re-booking on the same airline at no extra cost, or even on a competitor. As in the days of rule 240.

As the dashboard shows, however, some carriers won’t be so accommodating. Ultra low cost carriers such as Allegiant and Frontier, for example, will book you on their own flights but not on those of another carrier. Frontier will also not provide a hotel in the event of a cancellation or one night delay. The majors, warned a few weeks ago by the Department of Transport’s dashboard, now seem more willing to hand out food vouchers in the event of long delays or provide hotel rooms when scraping evening flights . Although carriers are already part of it, passengers can now use a simple dashboard rather than trying to read the contract of carriage on a carrier’s website to find out what they are or are not entitled to.

It could also help airline workers who now have to deal with confused and angry passengers.

When the travel network crashes, as it often did this summer, airlines use software, along with experienced humans, to decide which flights to cancel. The idea is to minimize both economic and passenger disruption. For example, flights with a lot of “terminators” – that is, passengers who end their journey where the plane lands – are more likely to be affected than those loaded with connecting passengers on another flight. , especially an international flight.

Airlines have reduced cancellations to a science. What the Department of Transport is saying now is that more rigor in dealing with the consequences of delays and cancellations is as late as some flights.

(BSGM), (OPFI) – 3 shares under $3 bought by insiders


The Dow Jones closed down more than 300 points on Friday. Investors, meanwhile, focused on some notable insider trades.

When insiders buy or sell stocks, it indicates their confidence or concern about the prospects of the company. Investors and traders interested in penny stocks may consider this as a factor in their overall investment or trading decision.

Below is an overview of some recent notable insider trades for penny stocks. To find out more, see Benzinga Insider Trading platform.3


  • The exchange: Opfi Inc. OPFI CEO Todd G. Schwartz purchased a total of 17,534 shares at an average price of $2.71. To acquire these shares, it cost approximately 47.58 thousand dollars.
  • What is happening: The company last month released upbeat quarterly results.
  • What OppFi does: OppFi Inc is a financial technology platform that enables banks to help the everyday consumer access credit.

Williams Industrial Services

  • The exchange: Williams Industrial Services Group Inc. WLM Director Nelson Obus acquired a total of 3,176 shares at an average price of $1.65. The insider spent approximately $5.24 thousand to purchase these shares.
  • What is happening: Williams Industrial last month posted a second-quarter loss of $0.18 per share.
  • What Williams Industrial Services does: Williams Industrial Services Group Inc provides a range of construction, maintenance and support services to customers in the energy, electrical and industrial end markets.

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  • The exchange: BioSig Technologies, Inc. OSGM CEO Kenneth L Londoner acquired a total of 17,240 shares at an average price of $1.08. To acquire these shares, it cost approximately $18.7 thousand.
  • What is happening: Shares of the company have jumped around 88% in the past month.
  • What BioSig Technologies does: BioSig Technologies Inc is a medical technology company. The company markets a proprietary biomedical signal processing platform designed to improve signal fidelity and uncover the full range of ECG and intracardiac signals.

MPT South, DOT Calabarzon and DILG IV-A Launch Biyaheng South Experiential Tour for National Tourism Month


Metro Pacific Tollways South (MPT South), in partnership with Department of Tourism CALABARZON (DOT Calabarzon) and Department of Interior and Local Government Region 4-A (DILG IV-A), joins the celebration of the Month national tourism this September 2022 through the “Biyaheng South” experiential tour.

Co-presented by Millennial Resorts Corporation and with sponsors GAC Motor Philippines and The Adventure, MPT South showcased its “Ka-Biyaheros” comprised of online content creators (Explore With Chelo PH, Hungry Byaheros, Lakwatsero Caviteno, All About Cavite , The Hungry Traveler PH, GO Cavite, GO Tagaytay, GO Batangas and GO Philippines) and lifestyle media partners (TripZilla and Lifestyle Inquirer) for an ultimate two-day road trip experience to the various tourist destinations in the progressive southern provinces, easily accessible via the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) toll road network.

The group started the tour by checking out MPT South’s sustainable headquarters, the MPT South HUB, a LEED Gold certified 4-storey building located in Imus, Cavite. They got a glimpse of its innovation and green technology: solar panel field, biophilic building design, dedicated electric vehicle (EV) charging station and its highly advanced traffic control room.

Taking the trip to the next level, the Ka-Biyaheros team was boarded in GAC Motor Philippines’ luxurious and world-class vehicles ranging from SUVs and vans. It passed through the operational segments of CALAX towards the route from Biyaheng South to Cavite and Batangas.

Cavite is not only home to historical sites, but also art galleries, museums, and even zoos. Biyaheng South took the team on a cultural journey and visited a secret garden, the Cordillera-inspired “Living Museum” in Silang, Cavite called Shambala Silang. This enchanting place allows Ka-Biyaheroes to experience nature, local art and authentic Filipino cuisine. The team also looked at the main attractions of Yoki’s Farm in Mendez, Cavite, a ten-hectare farm, zoo and museum all rolled into one, where they had the chance to feel young again by interacting up close with a variety of exotic animal farm species.

After exploring various art galleries and museums, Biyaheng South takes the trip to its “exciting part”. Less than a two-hour drive from Cavite, the Ka-Biyaheros team headed to Calatagan, Batangas, famous for its scenic seaside tourist spots and idyllic beaches. The team witnessed the glorious golden sunset overlooking the sea at Cape Santiago Lighthouse, which sits atop a cliff on the edge of Calatagan and is one of the country’s oldest lighthouses still in operation.

A few miles away, the whole team spent the night at Crusoe Cabins at Millennial Resorts’ Calatagan South Beach (CaSoBe), allowing them to relax, refresh and rejuvenate after a long day of travel. . Crusoe Cabins offers sustainable upcycled container vans transformed into innovative rooms that blend into a rustic seascape.

This year’s Biyaheng South Experiential Tour ended the trip by taking part in a Tai Chi Gong class and giving the Ka-Biyaheros team lessons in ecotherapy and healthy food preparation like making juice, in one of the “most relaxing spas in Asia” named by CNN. Go to the Nurture Wellness Village located in Tagaytay.

“We would like to thank our partners, the Department of Tourism Region 4-A (DOT Calabarzon), the Department of Interior and Local Government Region 4-A (DILG 4-A), our co-presenter Millennial Resorts, and our sponsors GAC Motor and The Adventure for making this event possible.As we join in the celebration of National Tourism Month, MPT South has high hopes for the rapid recovery of the tourism sector in Region 4-A in providing an accessible route and convenient travel for individuals, following the pandemic-induced closures,” said Ms. Arlette Capristrano, Assistant Vice President, Communications and Stakeholder Management Division, MPT South.

“Cavite and Batangas are fortunate to have many outdoor, nature, arts and culture based tourism products that our domestic travelers would love to experience when traveling amid the pandemic. And best of all, these tourist destinations and attractions are quickly and easily accessible from Metro Manila by land via the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX), which is the most ideal way to travel south. It is with the hope that the partnership forged between DOT IV – A and MPT South will foster a vibrant tourism service and strengthen our economy through the inclusive and sustainable development of tourism with the Biyaheng South program,” said Regional Director Marites Castro , Ministry of Tourism. Calabarzon.

“Promoting domestic travel in Batangas through programs such as Biyaheng South Experiential tour, Millennial Resorts and MPT South helps the tourism industry recover from the challenges of the times,” said Patrick C. Gregorio , Landco senior consultant for hospitality and tourism.

MPT South’s “Biyaheng South” is an award-winning tourism program by the toll road company which has been active on social media like Facebook and TikTok to promote its Manila-Cavite Expressway Toll Road Network (CAVITEX and CAVITEX C5 LINK) and Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) as a gateway to the sensational sights and attractions of the South. With over 20,000 followers combined for both digital platforms, Biyaheng South was able to generate over 1 million views on TikTok and gain a lifetime reach of 430,000 on Facebook, increasing the number of vehicles along its highways and helping to spur economic growth in impeded provinces. by the pandemic.

MPT South is a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the toll road development arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC). It is the largest builder and operator of toll roads in the country. In addition to CAVITEX and CALAX, MPTC’s national portfolio includes concessions for the North Luzon Freeway (NLEX), NLEX Connection Road, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Freeway (SCTEX) and Cebu-Cordova Link Freeway (CCLEX listen)) in Cebu.

Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure Attractions That Never Happened REDUX


During our SCRAPPED series, we explored the various Walt Disney World attractions and resorts that sadly never saw the light of day. This time we’re going to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure to see what could have been, but we’re going to do things a little differently. In 2014, Theme Park Tourist published an article about 18 attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure that never materialized. We’ll reevaluate this list and see which attractions have seen new life and which attractions are still guesswork 8 years later. You can read the original article here.

18. Batman Island

Image: Six Flags

Prior to the creation of Marvel Super Hero Island, there were earlier plans to incorporate a Batman-themed land called Gotham Island into what was originally to be Cartoon World (the original concept of Islands of Adventure). The immersive terrain would have included plenty of caped crusader-themed rides, including the suspended Batjets roller coaster, the Wild Mouse roller coaster from Joker’s Madhouse, a dark Batcar ride, and even the iconic Batcave.

Unfortunately, it was all about the money when Universal was negotiating with Warner Bros. to get the rights to the DC characters and that Looney Tunes and Universal apparently didn’t offer enough, so the plans fell through. The rights to these characters finally landed with Six Flags, and you can now find several Batman-themed rides throughout all of their parks.

17. Batman vs. Penguin

The original concept for what would later become Dueling Dragons. The coaster would have featured two coasters hanging in a duel. Although Batman vs. Penguin would have featured jet-like suspended vehicles.

Dragon Duel
Image: Universal Studios

16. Rocky the flying squirrel

This family coaster would have been incorporated into what is now Toon Lagoon. Not much else is known except that the theme would have been around Rocky from Rocky and Bullwinkle.

15. Otto’s Bus Ride

It is said that Universal originally wanted to incorporate the famous Simpson family into Islands of Adventure rather than Universal Studios where they now reside. However, at the time of development of the park, Universal was unable to obtain the rights to use the characters. This incorporation into Islands of Adventure would have included a simulator adventure where guests would board Otto’s school bus. Later we had different iterations of a simulator ride with The Simpsons Ride.

14. The Simpsons Dark Ride

The Simpsons ride
Image: Universal Studios

Around the time Islands of Adventure was preparing to open, Universal wanted to open a new attraction in the original park so that guests would still be drawn to Universal Studios. Several ideas have been thrown around, a few of which we will discuss later. One concept was a dark spin on The Simpsons. It would have seen the family take a trip to Orlando and featured satirical depictions of many local parks and sights. The ride they chose to build back then ended up being Men in Black: Alien Attack and of course we had a whole lot of Simpsons many years later.

13. Apollo 13 roller coaster

Another attraction considered to draw people to Universal Studios was the Apollo 13 roller coaster. Apparently Universal liked the idea of ​​a coaster because Islands of Adventure was to have three of them, Dueling Dragons and The Incredible Hulk. The interior coaster would have been housed in a replica of the Kennedy Space Center Vehicle Assembly Building. They also considered a disaster concept for the roller coaster, but ultimately it never materialized. The Disaster concept was used in the theme change of the Earthquake attraction when it became Disaster! A Major Motion Picture Ride… Starring YOU, which unfortunately is now closed.

Image: Universal Studios

12. Jurassic Park Helicopter Tours

The Helicoptours was supposed to be a simulator ride that would introduce technology similar to Disney’s Soarin’, but before Soarin’ even opened. While visiting the dinosaur-infested land, riders were reportedly attacked by pteranodons.

Image: Universal Studios

11. Jurassic Park Jeep Tour

It was to be like in the movie where guests take a tour of Jurassic Park and encounter dinosaurs along the way. It was decided that the ride was too similar to the River Adventure already in development. Interestingly, Jurassic Park River Adventure was originally intended to be built at Universal Studios. but once the development of a new park started, they decided to move it to the new park and incorporate a whole theme land. In fact, the inclusion of the Jurassic Park-themed land would be one of the main reasons the Cartoon World concept was scrapped.

10. Raptor Runners

Image: Universal Studios

The original concept for a raptor themed coaster was a wooden coaster. It is said to have also featured a dark driving part and some type of driving track movement. This idea is more like what riders experience in Hagrid’s Magical Motorbike Adventure than the amazing raptor-themed coaster we have today. As you might know, we finally got a raptor-themed coaster called the Jurassic World VelociCoaster, but it’s a bit more modern than the original concept and offers a fun, fast, and twisty ride.

The ultimate guide to hotels in Marrakech for 2022


Ideal for aesthetes

With a heady wealth of aesthetic detail, the Royal Mansour is one of the most sumptuous hotels in the world. Owned by the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, this Moorish-style palace is a showcase for the country’s most dazzling craftsmanship: from intricately carved cedar wood to embroidered damask curtains, virtually every decorative detail was created by one of the best craftsmen of Morocco. The hotel seems to have everything else fine. Also: The spa is top-notch, and guests occupy stand-alone three-story riads, complete with a rooftop plunge pool. Rates are high, but pampering treatments, restaurant reservations, and pool passes are available for day guests (a day pass costs MAD 1,250 [£105]), which means that Mansour’s magic remains somewhat accessible. In fact, at £38, afternoon tea here is a relative steal.

Rooms: From €1,400 (£1,200) including airport transfers and fast track immigration.

Ideal for demanding diners

As delicious as tagines are, frequent visitors to Marrakech may find many menus repetitive. Bad luck, however, at Dar Simons: a work of love for Belgian chef Carlo Simons, this little guest house on the edge of the souks is more like a restaurant with rooms. These small rooms are understated, tasteful, and quiet, though the real reason to bed down here is to get priority reservations at the intimate 12-seat gourmet restaurant. Incorporating the best of the day, the minimalist menu can offer crisp sea bass soaked in honey and saffron, or homemade ice cream streaked with whiskey, caramel and butter.

Rooms: From €90 (£77).

Airport strikes: Ground handling officers work walk-in for 24 hours in Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide


Travelers are being warned to expect massive delays at three major airports next week as hundreds of airline industry workers are set to strike.

Over 350 Dubai National Air Travel Agency (Dnata) ground handlers will leave work for 24 hours on September 12.

Employees will be based at Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide airports.

The strikes will primarily impact international operations, although the ripple effects are expected to hurt domestic travel.

Tasmanian Senator Jackie Lambie told the Today Show on Monday that the last thing the country needs is more strikes for a year.

“We cannot afford to do this in the country,” she said.

“If you want a smooth transition out of Covid, then give them the pay they deserve and keep going.”

Ms Lambie urged travelers not to direct their frustration at ground handlers, suggesting instead the root cause of the problem was outsourcing of jobs.

“We need to get back on our feet, so get back to the negotiating rooms,” she said.

Workers at both companies are demanding more guaranteed hours for part-time workers and fair wage increases in their company agreements.

Transport Workers Union (TWU) National Secretary Michael Caine says many employees are bedeviled by the threat to their pay and working conditions at a time when massive staff shortages are increasing pressure at work .

“Dnata and Menzies floor workers are forced to go on strike for the first time because they cannot afford to stay in this industry if the extreme downward spiral in wages and working conditions continues,” he said. he declared.

Many Dnata workers are currently only guaranteed 20 hours a week, despite huge understaffing and pressure on workers to get flights off the ground.

Mr Kaine pointed to the risk of losing more airline workers at a time when the industry is struggling.

“Ground handling is a highly skilled job, but thousands of experienced workers have been forced out of the industry by illegal Qantas outsourcing and the Morrison government denying Dnata workers JobKeeper,” Mr Kaine said.

“Those left are scrambling to pick up the pieces for the leftovers.”

A Qantas spokesperson told 9 News they had measures in place to deal with labor shortages on September 12 and the strike would be felt across the travel industry.

Originally published as Airport ground handlers to strike despite massive staff shortages

Vancouver leaders are working on a transportation transformation


Vancouver leaders are working to reshape neighborhoods so residents can get around car-free

When Dick Gill and his wife, Laura, lived in Chicago, they could shop for groceries, get to work, or enjoy the city’s restaurants by walking or taking public transportation.

Then they retired and moved to Vancouver in 2016.

“We immediately noticed that for most things you have to get in the car,” Gill said. “It’s basically a suburban area. It is built around numerous free car parks. It doesn’t make for the kind of community where things are close together and where you can walk or cycle without taking your life into your own hands to cross the road.

This is something Vancouver leaders are making a concerted effort to change. They imagine neighborhoods where people can live, work and shop without always depending on a car. This is necessary not only to maintain habitability as the population grows, they say, but also to cope with rising house prices and catastrophic climate change.

“As our city continues to grow and evolve, more and more people are looking for transforming neighborhoods where they have easy and convenient access to the businesses and services they use frequently, as well as their jobs. They want to get to the grocery store, a local restaurant, a refreshing park or a transit stop without relying heavily on their car,” said Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle.

Vancouver has already made some changes, such as swapping parking for bike lanes on Columbia Street. Others will take decades to come to fruition, like the redevelopment vision where Tower Mall, Vancouver’s first shopping center and its vast parking lot, once stood in the Heights neighborhood.

181 villages identified to be transformed into tourist destinations – Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism

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Step to strengthen rural economy, empower youth and women
Mohinder Verma
JAMMU, September 3: The Union Territory Government of Jammu and Kashmir has identified 181 villages of scenic beauty and cultural significance to be transformed into tourist destinations and this step will go a long way in boosting the rural economy and to empower youth and women through direct and indirect employment opportunities.
The Tourist Village Development Program was launched by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on September 3, 2021 to transform a large number of villages in the Union Territory known for their historical and scenic beauty and cultural significance into tourist villages.
Speaking on the occasion, the Lieutenant Governor said that through the Mission Youth initiative, registered youth and self-help groups will have the opportunity to be part of the government’s efforts to transform the villages of J&K.
Today, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mission Youth J&K, Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, issued a notification identifying 181 villages that will be transformed into tourist destinations by providing necessary support to young people in these areas.
“The youth-led sustainable tourism initiative will strengthen the rural economy and community entrepreneurship, empowering youth and women by providing direct and indirect employment opportunities,” officials said, adding that “this step showcase landscapes, indigenous knowledge systems, cultural diversity and local heritage, values ​​and traditions, in addition to encouraging filming and offering financial incentives as well as ensuring a digital platform to all these villages.
The program will help address the challenge of global warming and unemployment simultaneously and the young people will act as brand ambassadors for green tourism, making development more sustainable while bringing prosperity to the community, they added, adding that “the CEO of Mission Youth will work with the Department of Tourism to utilize available resources in the development of these villages as tourist villages.”
They said that the government will develop the basic infrastructure in these villages under the close supervision of a task force which has already been constituted and that any group willing to be part of the government initiative will receive Rs 10 lakh for the activities tourist. From this there will be a grant of almost half the amount in different forms.
Additionally, an amount of Rs one lakh will be granted for the establishment of a homestay establishment and there will be a grant of Rs 50,000. present,” officials said.
Additionally, up to Rs 10 lakh incentives will be provided for shooting movies in these villages and this is aimed at attracting Bollywood to these regions. Similarly, Rs 8 lakh will be given for the song in the movie. Even registered local artists with sufficient experience will be eligible to get up to Rs 2 lakh for filming songs.
In Doda district the villages identified are Basti, Balote, Dhara, Khellani and Thanala etc. while in Kishtwar district these villages are Afani Warwan, Patnazi Devi Gol, Chingam, Gulabgarh-Atholi-Paddar and Machail . Similarly in Ramban district the villages are Tatapani, Jabbarsar, Gool, Kalimasta, Bhorhardar, Neel, Dhanmasta, Senabhati, Alinbass, Mahoo, Demote-B, Adhwah and Bhanti while in Jammu the villages are Aithem, Suchetgarh, Baba-Ka-Talab, Daskal Ambrain, Gharana, Jhajjar Kotli, Mathwar and Surinsar.
In Reasi district the villages are Sangar, Devi Pindi, Chinkah, Baradari, Sujhandhar and Dhanwa while in Rajouri the villages are Darhal, Mankote, Plangarh, Qila Darhal, Kandi, DKG, Panjnara and Shahdara. In Poonch district the villages are Behramgala, Nangali, Mendha and Sakhi Maidan while in Kathua the villages are Sarthal, Sukrala, Bani, Suchair, Purthu, Jandi, Machhedi and Chew.
Panchari, Mantalai, Lehar and Incha are the villages of Udhampur and Chamliyal, Ghagwal, Mohergarh, Nud, Purmandal and Utterbehni are the villages of Samba district.
Detwas, Uppar Kudara, Achoora, Markoot, Zoorimanz Watlab, Ketson, SK Payeen, Sheikpora Tulail, Ajas Charwan, Bagtore, Athwathoo are the villages in Bandipora while in Budgam the villages are Khag, Sitharan, Beerwah, Rathsun, Makhama, Hardupanzoo, Raiyar, Khansahib, Poshkar, Pakharpora and Kachwari.
In Baramulla, the villages are Hajibal, Mohra, Salamabad, Nambian, Ringawali, Gogaldara, Qazipora-Katipora, Drang, Rafiabad, Chountpathri, Gohan, Banderkoot, Tujjar Pahlihar, Boniyar, Bandi Bala, Kitter Daji, Limber Vijji, Gawas and Parihaspora while that as in Srinagar, the villages are Asthanmarg, Athwajan, Zaina Kadal-Fateh Kadal, Fakir Gujri, Dara and Burzhama.
In Kulgam the villages are Banimullah, Quimoh, Malwan, Behibagh, Kutubal, Hallan Manzgam, Chimmer, Badibehak and Vaseknag while in Pulwama the villages are Samboora, Shaar Shaali, Kakpora, Awantipora, Litter, Bagh-Sangerwani, Barsoo, Quimoh, Aripal etc. Among the villages identified in Kupwara are Teetwal, Mawar, Keran, Didikote, Chahal Shahkoot, Reshwari, Wadder Bala, Diver and Chandigam.
Similarly, the villages identified with Ganderwal are Baba Nagri, Mammar, Manasbal, Tulmullah, Gultibagh, Sonamarg (Gangageer), Sarbal, Narang, Repora, Khurhama etc while Zampathri, Dubjan, Hirpora, Kapal Mochan, Sedow and Devpora are the villages of Shopian. Likewise, Kehribal, Dudhwogun, Omoh, Shalnad, Mehmoodabad, Thimran, Akingam, Dandipora and Panzeth are the villages of Anantnag.

Here’s a guide to Cape Cod’s historic lighthouses


Most tourists visit Cape Cod for its pristine beaches and numerous water activities like kayaking, boating, and fishing. But during their travels on the peninsula, they will surely notice the abundance of lighthouses, some of which date from the 18th century.

Before the construction of the Cape Cod Canal in 1914, providing a safe crossing of the Atlantic Ocean to Boston and north and to New York and south, ships sailing along the northeast coast had no no choice but to brave the notoriously treacherous ocean currents and storms along the east coast of Cape Cod.


Estimates of the number of shipwrecks along this stretch of ocean dating back hundreds of years exceed 3,000, and the National Park Service, which operates the Cape Cod National Seashore, says there were more than 1 000 shipwrecks in the waters between just two of Cape Town’s most distant cities, Truro and Wellfleet, where the peninsula reaches its easternmost point.

It’s no wonder, then, that from the late 1700s through the 19th century, more than a dozen lighthouses were erected at various locations along the shores of Cape Cod. Many lighthouses still shine at night and some of these historic lighthouses are open for public tours in the summer. Most of the time, tourists stroll through the grounds of the lighthouses, settle in with a picnic, and take selfies in front of these looming, life-saving structures.

With shifting sands and erosion constantly changing the Cape Cod coastline, most lighthouses have been moved from their original locations to avoid falling into the sea, and several have been rebuilt, sometimes more than once, over the past 150 years.

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Visitors can tour these historic Cape Cod lighthouses

Four of Cape Cod’s historic lighthouses are open seasonally for guided or self-guided tours. Three are located in the Cape Cod National Seashore: Highland Light, in North Truro, and Nauset Light and Three Sisters, all in Eastham. The fourth, Chatham Light, is still an active U.S. Coast Guard station performing search and rescue operations when needed. Lighthouse tours are usually free, although donations to help defray costs are always welcome.

Highland Light, also known as Cape Cod Light, was the first lighthouse built on Cape Cod in 1797 as a 45-foot tall wooden tower. In 1857 it was rebuilt into a 66-foot-tall brick tower, the tallest on Cape Cod, and was connected by a covered walkway to a keeper’s house. In the 1990s, Highland Light was a precarious 100 feet from the edge of the cliff on which it was built and was pushed back 450 feet. An on-site museum welcomes visitors, and guided tours are offered in the spring, summer, and fall.

Nauset Light is located across from Cape Cod National Seashore’s famous Nauset Light Beach in Eastham. Built in 1877, it was originally located about 20 miles south of Chatham. In the 1990s, the 48-foot-tall lighthouse was moved 300 feet from its cliff edge overlooking the beach. Volunteers tend the lighthouse in the summer, when visitors can explore and climb to the top of the light.

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Also in Eastham, the Three Sisters are a trio of historic lighthouses that originated as three 15-foot-tall masonry towers. According to the National Park Service, they were nicknamed The Three Sisters because, from afar; they reminded sailors of women in white dresses with black hats. NPS rangers offer tours of the site during the summer season.

Chatham Light is open for tours for limited hours in the summer. It was built in 1808 as two wooden light towers about 70 feet apart, which is why it is known as The Twin Lights. They were replaced in 1877 and one of the new towers was moved to Eastham and became today’s Nauset Light.

Provincetown is home to three lighthouses

At the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is home to three historic lighthouses, including Race Point Light. It was built in 1816, its tower was replaced and a keeper’s house was added in 1876. Located on a remote beach accessible only on foot or by 4×4 vehicle, the lighthouse keeper’s house and another cottage on the site can be rented by tourists during the summer.

Closer to downtown, Provincetown’s Long Point Light, built in 1875, and Wood End Light, dating from 1872, can be seen from the harbour. They are not open to the public, but visitors can explore and see the exterior of these historical sites.

Wood End can be reached by walking at low tide on the Provincetown Breakwater, located at the western end of town. This is a moderately difficult hike of around 45 minutes each way. Long Point marks the entrance to Provincetown Harbor and is accessible on foot or by boat.

Related: How Long to See Cape Cod and When to Go

Several other lighthouses are now privately owned, under repair or permanently closed and can only be viewed from a distance, often by boat or ferry. These include Monomoy Light and Stage Harbor Light in Chatham; the Bass River Lighthouse in West Dennis; Hyannis Harbor Lighthouse in Hyannis; Sandy Neck Light at Barnstable; Nobska Point Light at Woods Hole and Wings Neck Light at Pocasset.

Booyah for Travel Agencies as Booked Trips for Mid-Autumn Festival Boom


Travelers guess lantern puzzles while visiting a theme park in Handan, Hebei province, during last year’s Mid-Autumn Festival holiday on September 20. [Photo by HAO QUNYING/FOR CHINA DAILY]

The upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on September 10 this year, is expected to improve the performance of the domestic tourism market in short holiday breaks as the market gradually recovers from the negative impact of COVID-19. , according to a recent report.

On Tuesday, Trip.com Group, China’s largest online travel agency, saw domestic air ticket booking volumes double and train tickets quintuple for the Mid-Autumn Festival, compared with those recorded during the Dragon Boat Festival holiday in June.

Meanwhile, group tours and themed tours saw a noticeable recovery trend, and the two categories’ booking volumes on Trip.com increased by 453% and 525%, respectively, over the same period. the company said.

Although the holiday only lasts three days, the demand for long-distance travel has increased compared to the Dragon Boat Festival, thanks to the optimization of COVID-19 protocols in many cities and the resumption of consumer enthusiasm for the trips.

“This year, tourists have shortened their decision time and booked their trips only a few days in advance, and cancellation rates have been higher. This has compounded operational uncertainty for many businesses on the water side. offer,” said Xie Xiaoqing, senior researcher at the Trip.com Research Institute.

“Whether the domestic long-distance travel market can further drive growth still depends on the COVID-19 situation in various locations. How to encourage revisits with more products and improved content has become a new challenge for tourism businesses,” Xie said.

The campsite, which has established itself as a beacon of hope in the tourist market this year, has seen its popularity continue. The gross merchandise volume of bookings of camping products for the Mid-Autumn Festival jumped 58% compared to the Dragon Boat Festival. What interests young travelers most is the existence of interesting activities, the beauty of the surrounding landscape and the quality of the selfies they can take, Trip.com said.

In addition, moon gazing, a traditional Mid-Autumn Festival cultural custom, has boosted the growth of the local night tourism market. Theme park tours, river cruises and city night tours are particularly popular with consumers, said Tongcheng Travel, an online travel agency.

Although the Mid-Autumn Festival is a holiday for family reunions when most people take trips to visit family members, more and more people opt for leisure vacations. Consumers in the Yangtze River Delta region and the Pearl River Delta region showed higher travel demand, Tongcheng said.

From Monday, the fuel surcharge for plane tickets will be reduced again after a drop in August. A fuel surcharge of 60 yuan ($8.7) will be charged for each passenger on domestic flights under 800 kilometers, and 120 yuan will be charged for each passenger on flights over 800 km. Both will be 20 yuan less than current levels, according to national carriers.

“Continued reduction of fuel surcharges will benefit the business performance of the domestic air transport market. For the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day holiday, more people are expected to travel by air,” said Cheng Chaogong, head of tourism research at Tongcheng.

Sketched plans for a sustainable tourist attraction | Midlands property news


Plans have been submitted to restore a historic site in Lincolnshire to enable the creation of a sustainable tourist attraction and educational experience.

Urban Edge Architecture has submitted proposals on behalf of Harlaxton College to regenerate the disused walled garden at Harlaxton Manor, near Grantham.

Urban Edge worked in conjunction with Harlaxton College to create a master plan for the approximately 139.9 acre site.

The walled garden will be made fully accessible and will be organized around a series of viewpoints dividing the area into a series of garden rooms.

The scheme includes associated visitor infrastructure such as a new car park, network of footpaths and playground, while a lawn will create flexible space for gatherings and events such as shows and parties .

Additionally, the listed Gardener’s House would be restored and converted by HP Architects Ltd into a cafe, visitor facilities and an education centre.

Andrew Cottage, Landscape Design Manager at Urban Edge, said: “This is an exceptional project where we have applied our landscape design skills and understanding of the historic environment to provide a practical project. and beautiful which will meet the needs of the college and satisfy the requirements of the historic England and planning authority.

“Once completed, the public will have access to assets of heritage significance that were previously inaccessible to visitors, helping them to understand, appreciate and interpret the past.

“This is a remarkable opportunity for us to be involved in a very exciting project to restore a historic walled garden and make it relevant in the 21st century, creating opportunities for education, participation and horticultural innovation.”

The full design team also includes Focus BCA consultants, CTP engineers, Focus consultants, Inspired Ecology and RPS.

Jamal Travel partners with Amadeus for expansion


Jamal Travel Agency, a leading provider of travel and tourism services in the United Arab Emirates, is collaborating with global travel technology company Amadeus to launch its B2B and B2C e-commerce platform.

The new agreement sees Jamal Travel Agency adopt Amadeus’ advanced technology solutions to help achieve the company’s strategic goals for greater efficiency, increased profitability and drive to enter new markets.

Jamal Travel Agency has built its strong reputation and customer base since its inception in 1988. By working with Amadeus, Jamal Travel Agency plans to offer a wide range of new technology-driven solutions with customer service at its core. Its goal is to make travel experiences more integrated and frictionless.

Ernesto Sanchez Beaumont, Managing Director of Amadeus Gulf, said: “We are ready to help Jamal Travel Agency strengthen its position as a leading travel agency by helping the company launch its new B2B e-commerce platform and B2C. Jamal Travel Agency will use a variety of Amadeus solutions ranging from e-commerce (Amadeus Web Services API) to increasing its non-air content revenue, automating processes through robotics and adopting the latest payment technologies. Our goal at Amadeus is to help travel agencies meet today’s challenges and help renew travel by delivering what customers need.”

Sainulabdeen Salim, Founder and Managing Director of Jamal Travel Agency, said, “Our partnership with Amadeus is focused on increasing productivity, streamlining customer service and giving our sales teams access to more markets. We will also be able to offer customers greater control in managing their travel bookings and process payments seamlessly and securely through our e-commerce platform. We are confident that this new alliance with Amadeus will strengthen our position as a trusted and supportive travel partner to the business and leisure community. »

The multi-year agreement sees Jamal Travel Agency using key Amadeus products including Amadeus Selling Platform Connect, Amadeus Ticket Changer, Amadeus B2B Wallet, Amadeus Value Hotels, and then adding Amadeus Fare Optimizer to the mix.

The award-winning travel agency looks forward to providing enhanced travel solutions to its partners and customers through its collaboration with Amadeus. – TradeArabia Press Office

Uneven enforcement of airline carriage rules frustrates travelers



Keep an eye on your luggage. As air travel returns to pre-pandemic levels, airlines appear to be getting stricter on carry-on baggage.

Brad Ritter has seen the clashes: gate agents rigidly enforce carry-on baggage weight and size limits – and force travelers to pay extra fees for checking their luggage at the gate rather than carrying them on board.

“They show no mercy,” says Ritter, a TV consultant from Los Angeles.

A few weeks ago, he saw a gate agent preventing a female passenger from boarding with her hand luggage. As Ritter boarded the plane, he saw the passenger stepping out of line, frantically moving the contents to other bags to lighten the carry-on.

Why are airlines so strict on hand luggage? The reason isn’t higher fuel costs or lack of space; it’s money.

“Airlines are probably doubling down on this strategy to extract as many customers as possible,” says Jeff Galack, who teaches marketing at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. “By being strict about what counts as carry-on, they can move free bags to paid bags.”

The industry sees a bright future in the charging of carry-on baggage. Global baggage fees hit a record $20.9 billion last year, according to a report by CarTrawler and IdeaWorksa company that consults travel agencies on ancillary revenue.

For example, last year, for flights within Europe, Aer Lingus began requiring passengers to book a more expensive “hand luggage with priority boarding” fare if they wanted to carry regulation-size luggage up to 22 pounds on the plane. AirAsia is now allowing travelers to double its regular hand luggage limit of 7 kilograms (15 pounds) – for a fee.

Revenues are substantial. American Airlines, for example, generated $1.22 billion in baggage revenue in 2021 and a record $7.42 per passenger, according to IdeaWorks and CarTrawler. Spirit Airlines has one of the highest baggage revenue rates in the world: $21.51 per passenger in 2021.

Which airlines are the strictest on hand luggage? And how do you avoid spending an extra $30 or $60 per passenger on your next flight?

Almost all airlines see dollar signs when it comes to baggage. An IdeaWorks and CarTrawler study found that all major national airlines, except Southwest, charged extra fees for checked bags – and sometimes for carry-on bags as well.

Historically, ultra-low cost airlines have been the most aggressive with baggage fees. Spirit Airlines’ baggage revenue rose from $28.9 million in 2007 to $663.2 million in 2021. The report found that the biggest increase per person came in 2010, the year Spirit added a charge for large carry-on bags.

“There is clearly a direct monetization strategy among airlines,” says Daniel Green, co-founder of the travel insurance company fay.

Green says many passengers think it’s nonsense to pay not just for checked baggage, but also for carry-on baggage. And the added level of aggression is off-putting. He suspects airlines are trying to make up for lost revenue in the early days of the pandemic.

“Nobody is happy,” he adds.

Long-time airline industry watcher William McGee says there is no consistency in how airlines enforce their baggage policies. When flights aren’t full, crews usually look away when passengers bring large carry-on bags. But when every seat is occupied, they strictly enforce the rules.

“This explains why some passengers may have to carry a bag without any problems on one flight, and then be prevented from carrying the same bag on another flight,” says McGee, senior researcher at the American Economic Liberties Project.

Monetizing baggage is a dance, with airlines always leading the way. You can play it safe and pay for your luggage in advance. Or you can call the airline’s bluff, hoping for a full flight and free checked baggage.

“I’m hearing more frequent gate announcements that flights are at capacity,” says Howie Honeycutt, senior vice president of global operations at GTA, a travel and expense management company. “Airlines offer free checked-in carry-on baggage.”

Jay Sorensen, president of IdeaWorks and co-author of the baggage fee study, says travelers are better off traveling with less luggage. I joined him in the UK, where he was on vacation for about two weeks. He and his wife each took a medium wheeled bag and a small backpack.

“We plan to do laundry halfway through our stay,” he says.

And on at least one level, charging for checked baggage doesn’t make sense. Tony Jilek, former line maintenance supervisor and mechanic for Alaska Airlines, claims that charging for checked baggage just means more passengers are trying to carry their luggage on the plane. When they can’t fit everything in the overhead bin, “I’ve seen them rip the bin doors off,” he says.

Airlines also need to know that charging more for baggage is not a way to endear themselves to customers. But then, US airlines have already received billions in federal aid during the pandemic and are likely eyeing a record summer for revenue. It seems like nothing can stop them from monetizing your luggage.

Prospective travelers should consider local and national public health guidelines regarding the pandemic before planning any travel. Information on travel health advice can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s interactive map showing travel recommendations by destination and the CDCs travel health advice webpage.

Vidanta is a proud participant in next week’s episodes of ABC’s hit TV series ‘The Bachelorette’


To agree monday september 5 and tuesday september 6 at 8/7c on ABC

RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico, August 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Vidanta is excited to star in the next two episodes of ABC’s “The Bachelorette.” These exciting episodes will feature special “one-on-one” dates at the award-winning and spectacular beachfront resort, Vidanta Riviera Maya, where newly singles Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey will enjoy romantic dinners at several of the impressive restaurants in the resort.

Culinary experiences include Havana Moon, which explores the flavors of Caribbean; Bistro Bleu, with impeccable French cuisine; and El Lago, where delicious cuisine merges with stunning views of the lake and surrounding lush gardens; as well as a romantic evening around a bonfire in Salum. These episodes of “The Bachelorette” will air September 5-6 at 8/7c on ABC.

Vidanta Riviera Maya is one of Grupo Vidanta’s most innovative resorts. The spectacular tropical paradise resort offers a wide range of attractions, including Cirque du Soleil JOYÀ, the first theater and culinary experience one of a kind in Mexico and permanent in the Riviera Maya. The resort is home to the Jungala Aqua Experience, an ultra-exclusive low-density waterscape that offers the ultimate way to enjoy the world’s best water attractions without the queues, crowds or hassle. The property boasts five different hotel brands, over 30 restaurants and bars, two luxurious spas, over 15 swimming pools, a Nicklaus Design golf course and many more extraordinary experiences.

by Vidanta New Vallarta and Riviera Maya properties have been featured on “The Bachelor” and now “The Bachelorette.” Through the seasons, the romantic resort has been the backdrop for singles and singles exploring new relationships, falling in love and experiencing heartbreak while surrounded by nature, majestic sunsets, exquisite dining experiences and magical memories on the Mexican coasts.


Grupo Vidanta, the leading developer of resorts and tourism infrastructure in Mexico and Latin America, has earned a reputation as Mexico’s most impressive and luxurious destination due to its unparalleled entertainment offerings, its golf courses, its high-end amenities, its beach clubs, its countless culinary options, and unique experiences.

The company’s visionary approach to developing luxury beach destinations makes dream vacations a reality through spectacular resorts, including Cirque du Soleil JOYÀ, the first and only theater and dining experience of its kind in Mexico and permanent on the Riviera Maya; golf courses designed by Nicklaus Designs and Greg Norman Golf Course, as well as the Vidanta Vallarta golf course which hosts the Mexican Open, an official PGA TOUR tournament, and finally entertainment centers in the most coveted places in the Mexican coast – Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Acapulco, Puerto Peñasco, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán—with brands such as The Estates, Grand Luxxe, The Grand Bliss, The Grand Mayan, The Bliss, Mayan Palace and many more ‘others.

Recently, Grupo Vidanta announced the launch of Vidanta Cruises, Mexico’s first luxury cruise line that offers sophisticated, adults-only exploration at sea on an exclusive mega yacht. Grupo Vidanta is also home to the Vidanta SkyDream Parks gondola, the world’s first gondola in a resort. The Vidanta SkyDream Parks Gondola is part of one of the most ambitious projects ever, VidantaWorld, which will transform family vacations by reimagining traditional theme parks.

To learn more about Grupo Vidanta’s extraordinary destinations, events and projects, please visit Vidanta.com and follow @Vidanta on Instagram and Facebook.


In this season of ABC’s hit reality series “The Bachelorette,“two lucky women are offered the chance to find true love. Eligible singles embark on a romantic journey, get to know a number of handsome men, gradually narrowing the field as they continue their search for their soul mates. the end of this romantic journey, if they found that one, will there be a proposal – and will they say yes? “The Bachelorette” is a production of Next Entertainment and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon.

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Breanna Celeste Miethe | review review


Breanna Celeste Miethe, 45, of Roachdale died on Friday August 26, 2022.

She was born on October 24, 1976 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Rick and Julie (Frazier) Adams.

Breanna graduated in 1995 from North Putnam High School. She owned and operated her own travel agency as well as the Sugar Emporium in Roachdale, where she made many cakes for special occasions. She loved spending time with her family, cooking, cooking, traveling and spending time with her grandson. She was a caregiver to many and her memory will be cherished by those she leaves behind.

She is survived by her children, Wren Miethe, Raven (Artie) Lewis and Reese Gant; grandson Weston Ford; father Rick Adams; sister Mecca Willis; nieces, Lainey and Kyla; and his nephew Logan.

She was predeceased by her mother, Julie Adams.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 at Roachdale Christian Church, 1 N. Walnut St., Roachdale, with Pastor Nate Bryan officiating. Interment will follow at Roachdale Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit family from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, August 31 at the church. Servies & Morgan Funeral Home has been entrusted with Breanna’s funeral arrangements

You are invited to visit www.serviesmorgan.com where you can leave a condolence online or share a memory with the family.

DC Social Media Accounts to Follow – The GW Hatchet


Media Credit: Photo illustration by Krishna Rajpara I Assistant Photo Editor

From local GW food influencers to local DC news outlets, follow these accounts to stay up to date with the latest District news this year.

From the Smithsonian Institution to restaurants tucked away in unassuming alleyways, the district’s scope is endless when it comes to famous landmarks and hidden gems.

Fortunately, social media accounts within the DMV have made it easy to find essential restaurants, activities, and general news to keep you up to date with the area. When you return to campus this fall, check out this list of handles for the next brunch, weekend adventure, or local headline.

To eat and drink:
@dcfoodgod brought to you by DC natives who grew up in the best places in town. The owners offer a holistic view of DC’s culinary scene, showcasing DC’s rich culture and encouraging the local community. The account will satisfy the cravings of those looking for likes from around the world without leaving the DMV.

@danieatsdc is a GW senior who visits the best local eateries, including eateries, cafes and ice cream parlours. Her occasional giveaways of food and gift cards are reason enough to check out her Instagram account.

@dmvfoodfinds is always the first to feature new restaurants opening in the DMV. Account owner Maddie Smith has all the best happy hour deals and hidden speakeasies for students to enjoy. From Georgetown to U Street, she has food and drink for all of our favorite DC neighborhoods.

@dcveganlife caters to the district’s vegan population. They facilitate veganism by displaying the tastiest and cheapest vegan dishes and groceries, while emphasizing support for small businesses.

For events and activities:
@dcnowevents is the ultimate guide to upcoming activities in the DMV. Their Instagram account promotes events for couples, families and singles with pop-ups, festivals, drive-ins and all the information you need to attend.

@dcfrolics publicizes the neighborhood’s most irresistible happenings, from previews of new museum exhibits to nearby festivals to fill your weekend. The account provides insights and tips you didn’t know you needed, like the best local parks to check out and where to find discount movie tickets.

For the best attractions and places to explore:
@visitwashingtondc covers all things DC The account shares sporting events, nightlife, restaurants and more, featuring popular tourist attractions and small business partnerships.

@washingtonianmag showcases the best of DC culture, from DC love stories to new apps to prime real estate. Read their top brunch picks or seasonal bucket lists — whatever the topic, Washingtonian has Instagram-worthy events, restaurants, and activities for you and your friends to enjoy.

@outdoordatesdc shares the latest and greatest places for dates in the district. The account focuses on outdoor dating destinations, like restaurants, brasseries and rooftop bars. Their hidden picnic spots are guaranteed to mark you on that second date.

For local news and updates:
@DCist provides helpful updates ranging from local restaurant and bar openings to health, politics and all forms of local information. To be aware of everything and anything in the District, DCist is the first handful to follow.

@metroforward is the official Instagram account of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Follow their account to follow updates on subway construction, safety and delays.

@GWPolice is the official Twitter profile of the GW Police Department. Their account shares security information, GW alerts and weather advisories with the GW community.

@DCPoliceDepartment is the official account of the Metropolitan Police Department. Their Twitter offers updates on active incidents, information on missing persons, and notices of upcoming events throughout the district.

The British Isles that are disappearing every day


It is a liminal place – a place in between – in more ways than one. Floating between Britain and France, the Minquiers have long been subject not only to the vagaries of the tides, but also to the feuds of duchies and governments, torn between Normans, Britons and French for over 1,000 years. Today they are under the jurisdiction of Jersey, counting as a self-governing part of the British Isles but not part of the United Kingdom.

“It’s been fought over since 955 CE,” said Josh Dearing, the skipper of the Jersey Seafaris boat that had just ferried me to Maîtresse via a creperie in La Manche, “but the buildings have been there since the 1800s. “.

Dearing – who doubles as a tour guide – led me through the ghostly village of Mistress, its stone buildings in various states of disrepair and disrepair. “They were built by fishermen from the port of La Rocque [in southern Jersey]but also miners and quarrymen [who were] after island granite,” Dearing said. The gatherers of vraic – seaweed used as fertilizer – also landed here. On the northern shore of the island are the ruins of an old hospital, used to treat miners’ injuries during the 19th century mining period. The constructions sit on the only part of the island that does not disappear with the tides. For the same reason, it is the only piece of land in the Minquiers that supports greenery, in the form of fragrant pelargoniums – planted by fishermen who used their soft leaves as toilet paper.

Dearing pointed to carefully carved graffiti on the exterior wall of the hospital, displaying the initials “C BS” above a date: 1865. Most of the buildings date from this era. Today a few of the cottages are still used by fishermen, but most are owned by a handful of Jersey families, who spend a night or two on Maîtresse when the weather is fine. There are no permanent residents and no hotels – or anywhere else – where tourists can stay. Sales of chalets are rare and the owners are protective of their property.

Akasa Air Suffers Mega Data Breach and Shares Details with Government Agency


Akasa Air suffered a mega data breach involving personal data of its passengers on August 25, the Indian domestic airliner informed the Computer Emergency Response Team India (CERT-In) team. . Akasa Air said it informed CERT-In that passenger details such as name, gender, phone number and email ids had been leaked.

“This is to inform you that a temporary technical configuration error related to our login and registration service was reported on Thursday, August 25, 2022,” Akasa Air said in a letter.

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However, he said no confidential passenger details, such as travel records or payment information, were exposed in the leak.

The airline claimed to have reported the data breach to CERT-In itself. The security agency is likely to conduct a full investigation to delve into the depths of the incident.

“We reported the incident to CERT-In (which is the government-authorized nodal agency responsible for handling incidents of this nature). Despite having extensive protocols in place to prevent incidents of this nature, we have undertaken additional reviews to ensure that the security of all of our systems is further strengthened,” the above post read.

Besides the CERT-In notification, Akasa Air also sent emails on Saturday and Sunday to its passengers who had registered with the airline and shared their personal data.

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“At Akasa Air, system security and the protection of customer information are paramount, and our goal is to always provide a secure and reliable customer experience. We are continually strengthening our systems, including working with experts and the research community, to make sure they are sturdy,” he said. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused as a result of this incident,” the airliner added in Sunday’s post.

Previously, the login and registration services were stopped by Air Akasa during the breach period, but they have resumed to be available to new users.

ALL POINTS CEO PHIL MONKRESS: Our neighbors usher in the next generation of American space travel


All Points supports Boeing in the development of SLS, the most powerful rocket ever built

PHIL MONKRESS, CEO of ALL POINTS: Today, aerospace workers at All Points in Brevard County, Florida, and other NASA facilities are ushering in the next generation of American space travel and opening the door to returning to the Moon and Mars. . The highly anticipated liftoff of the Artemis 1 lunar mission is scheduled for Monday from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39B, with a two-hour launch window opening at 8:33 a.m. local time. (NASA picture)

By Phil Monkress, President and CEO of All Points

THE SPACE COAST, FLORIDA • UNITED STATES – More than 53 years ago, an exceptional generation of men and women helped launch Americans into space and land NASA astronauts on the Moon.

Today, aerospace workers at All Points in Brevard County, Florida, and other NASA facilities are ushering in the next generation of American space travel and opening the door to returning to the Moon and Mars. .

Working with innovative space companies and providers in all 50 states, NASA’s visionary plan to return American astronauts to lunar orbit by 2024 and send Americans to Mars by the 2030s is taking shape.

Our astronauts will board the Orion spacecraft launched by the Space Launch System (SLS) – the most powerful rocket ever built.

The rocket and spacecraft were completed and tested this year in preparation for their first moon launch on Monday – aand our neighbors are helping to build it.

At Kennedy Space Center and other NASA Michoud assembly facilities, All Points supports Boeing in the development of the SLS by providing quality engineering and IT support.

More than 53 years ago, an exceptional generation of men and women helped launch Americans into space and land NASA astronauts on the Moon. Buzz Aldrin, above, walked on the Moon with Neil Armstrong on Apollo 11, July 20-21, 1969. (NASA image)

All Points is working with Lockheed Martin to design, develop and test the software that will be used to control and fly the Orion capsule and provide ground support.

We help assemble, integrate and test Orion prototypes using state-of-the-art test rigs in Houston and Denver.

Our engineers use these testbeds to test and verify actual flight hardware and interfaces with NASA’s Mission Control Center which will conduct flight operations and the training systems used to prepare astronauts for their mission at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

They cannot do this without a comprehensive federal space policy that supports innovation, American manufacturing, STEM education, and space exploration.

Owning the world’s only exploration-class spacecraft and rockets provides the United States with an opportunity to continue its global leadership through the 21st Century.

Through the dedication and passion of aerospace workers, like the All Points workforce, we can propel our country into the next era of American space leadership.

ALL POINTS PRESIDENT AND CEO: “As a disabled veteran and owner of All Points, based on Merritt Island, I am determined to see Americans return to deep space. Bright, hardworking and dedicated workers, highly skilled in science, technology, engineering and math, are essential to this mission. »

As a disabled veteran and owner of All Points, based on Merritt Island, I am determined to see Americans return to deep space. Bright, hardworking and dedicated workers, highly skilled in science, technology, engineering and math, are essential to this mission.

America’s unparalleled legacy in space is built in part by companies like ours and aerospace workers like your neighbors.

Reaching for the Moon for the first time was a national endeavor with broad public and federal support.

Returning to the Moon, establishing a gateway for deep space exploration, and eventually sending an American astronaut to Mars require the same national effort. We must support federal policies that invest in STEM education.

The bold undertaking of human spaceflight is sparking the interest and imagination of the next generation of engineers, scientists and astronauts.

A determined commitment to exploring deep space brings benefits to Earth through our continued advancements in technology and innovation and secures our legacy as a world leader in space.


Phil Monkress is President and CEO of Merritt Island, Florida-based All Points, a veteran-owned CMMI-DEV Maturity Level 3 CMMI-DEV Small Business, providing products and services to a diverse set of federal and civilian agencies. .

He leads the strategic and financial direction of the company as head of All Point’s executive team and a leader in delivering best-in-class products, services and solutions to the government and commercial marketplace.

Prior to All Points, Monkress served as a Field Engineer for KPMG, performing various roles as a consultant supporting multiple clients in various IT environments in the United States and overseas. In 1999, he joined All Points as Chief Operating Officer.

In 2009, he assumed full ownership of the company as President and CEO. Monkress is credited with and instrumental in the significant growth of All Points into a multi-million dollar company, supporting and delivering major government contracts.

A veteran of the United States Navy, Phil earned a Bachelor of Science in Technical and Industrial Education from Valdosta State University.

Based on the Space Coast in Florida, All Points has offices in Reston, Virginia; Houston, TX; and Huntsville, Alabama.

All Points provides a full range of critical technologies and services within the core competencies of the business, including systems engineering and technical services; information technology and cybersecurity; Support for program management; Software development, testing and verification; Life cycle logistics; intelligence services; Warfighter and Mission Support; and Hardware and Software (VAR) Integration and Solutions.


Be a two-wheeled tourist in Alpharetta, GA!


Alpharetta, Georgia epitomizes Southern charm, bringing stunning purchasesdelectable to eatunique events and 30 awesome accommodation together to create the perfect getaway. One of the most unique and enchanting parts of Alpharetta is the city’s connectivity, which makes getting from one area to another as easy as riding a bike!

Referred to as a Cycling Community in 2018 by The League of American Cyclists, Alpharetta is one of less than 500 communities across the United States to boast this distinction. This means that when you’re in Alpharetta, exploring the city on two wheels isn’t just possible, it’s one of the best and most enjoyable ways to experience our beautiful community!

Whether it’s an avid cyclist or a casual tourist pedaler, Alpharetta offers the perfect opportunity you need to blast your way through the city. Rent an electric bike at Pedego Alpharetta, a local retailer offering bike rentals and individual and group tours in Alpharetta. Rentals are available until 8 am and delivery can easily be arranged directly to your hotel so you can visit Alpharetta’s shops, restaurants and attractions at your own pace.

No matter where you are in the city, there are trails and paths that make biking a breeze. Start your exploration at Big Creek Greenway entrance located next to Windward Parkway where you can easily access Alpharetta’s own Jekyll Brewery. Continue south along the beautiful 12-foot Greenway paved path to Old Milton Parkway to access more than 60 upscale retailers, restaurants and activities in Avalon.

Then set your sights and turn your wheels towards downtown Alpharetta and the coast along the beautiful scenery and landscapes of the AlphaLoop. During the warmer months, be prepared to descend and enjoy live music performances at Brooke Street Park or the Town Green at City Center. In the city center, discover more 100 shops and restaurants that await your discovery all year round. Head south on Main Street for The Maxwto one and enjoy a quick round of mini golf at social fairway. Before hitting the trails, quench your thirst with a cocktail or enjoy an aperitif at the The city eats the kitchen. To complete your two-wheeled tour, return to Big Creek Greenway along North Point Parkway where you’ll discover a variety of popular shops and restaurants or simply immerse yourself in nature on the trails themselves.

No matter where you decide to start pedaling, you will find yourself in an ideal place. Join us here at Alpharetta and find out how YOU can have your own experience Two-wheeled tourist adventure!

Champions League: How to travel smart as Celtic and Rangers head to Europe


With both Old Firm sides set to take on Europe’s best in the UEFA Champions League, football fans will be looking to travel across the continent to cheer on their teams.

Thursday’s group stage draw brought together big names to take on Scottish sides, with Celtic facing Real Madrid, Shahktar-Donetsk and Leipzig, while Rangers take on Liverpool, Ajax and Napoli.

Bookings immediately increased after the draw, with Skyscanner reporting a 31% increase in bookings in Italy and a further 27% in the Netherlands.

There was also a 19% increase in flights booked from Glasgow International Airport.

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Outside the Johan Cruijff Arena football stadium, home of the Ajax side who will face Rangers.

Bracing for the rush to take off, Skyscanner travel expert – and self-proclaimed football fanatic – Laura Lindsay has shared some top strategies for snagging a bargain.

Matches will take place throughout the fall over two-day periods – September 6, 7, 13 and 14; October 4, 5, 11, 12, 25 and 26; and November 1 and 2.

Book ‘the first doors’

Acting quickly can be the difference between getting a good deal and losing your chance.

Thousands of Rangers fans expressed regret at not planning ahead when their side booked their place in the Europa League final earlier this year, with many embarking on the ‘trip of a lifetime’ in ways that little orthodox.

Setting up price alerts can help ensure you’re on the front line when prices to your destination change.

Some locations may be more popular than others for big-ticket games, so booking ‘early’ can mean avoiding disappointment as interest grows.

Go wide!

The days immediately before and after any game are certain to be more expensive and will get cheaper the further you go.

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Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu football stadium is home to Real Madrid, who will face Celtic.

Because some dates are more popular than others, prices vary.

Consider leaving a few days earlier or staying a little longer to save money.

Skyscanner offers a monthly view option, which shows prices for all dates throughout the month and allows you to customize trips for big savings.

Get off the beaten track

Searching by multiple airports can also help save a lot of money, as different airports have varying routes.

Making your way a little further to another airport could mean a more direct flight, or better prices – or both!

The same can be said for the destination airport – flying to an airport a little further from the game and then getting there via public transport or a rental car could help reduce travel time and save money money.

Mixing and matching the airlines you choose is also a way to cut costs considerably.

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Anfield is home to Liverpool FC, who are set to face Rangers this fall.

Fares don’t always have to be booked as returns – consider flying with one airline and returning with another to save money.

Final whistle

Airline prices are largely determined by algorithms, and getting online and booking quickly after the draw could result in a bargain.

However, any sudden increase in interest in a specific flight or route can mean a steep price increase in the days or even hours that follow.

If you are unable to book quickly, setting up price alerts will allow you to be the first to know when prices drop in the event of an additional discount or additional offer.

If you mark a flight or flights you’re interested in, Skyscanner will email you whenever the price goes up or down.

Hahalolo app paves way for revival of global tourism


LINCOLN, Neb., Aug. 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hahalolo, a pioneering travel social networking app, promises to explode in growth by the end of 2022 with expansion plans in the Asia-Pacific region and Africa.

The Covid pandemic has affected the global tourism industry, forcing companies to change their models to overcome the difficulties.

In addition to the OTA applications available, social networks are considered an effective platform to promote cultural destinations while helping businesses to increase their revenue and directly approach customers.

Hahalolo has become a new leader in integrating OTA and social media features on the same app. Launched in 2019 amid the Covid pandemic, this super app has helped the tourism industry in 192 countries and territories overcome challenges and rebound when tourism reopened.

In partnership with thousands of travel agencies, hotels and hundreds of airlines around the world, Hahalolo has the best facilities of an online travel agency. This awesome app has integrated features of a leading social network to help users easily book travel services and share their experiences on their personal pages. Hahalolo creates opportunities for users to earn money by posting high-quality content on their personal pages or participating in affiliate marketing programs when booking flights, hotels, and tours. Mr. James Dang, CEO of Hahalolo USA, said the app had attracted nearly 10 million users in two years. However, the rate of active users would be higher when the coin mining feature is launched on the platform. New users will receive coins equivalent to 10 USD after registration. For other activities, users will receive up to $1 per day in vouchers to book flights, hotels or tours. Bonus points would encourage users to create high quality content. This makes Hahalolo a valuable hub of information about different destinations and cultures around the world.

“Hahalolo aims to honor and promote cultural values ​​around the world and bring people together,” said Mr. James Dang.

Based on the achievements of reviving global tourism after the pandemic, Hahalolo has started planning its expansion in late 2022 in popular markets such as: India, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Africa region with the aim to reach 25 million users by December 2022. Hahalolo will have a grand opening for the branch in India on August 29. The US headquarters will also be modernized and opened in November 2022.



DECA I/II Specialist – United States of America



Digital Frontiers is a $90 million membership facility available to USAID offices and missions from 2017-2024. DAI implements the Digital Frontiers project, which works closely with the Center for Innovation, Technology and Research (ITR), USAID Missions, the private sector, and international and local development organizations to identify successful and sustainable digital development approaches and scale their impact globally.

Digital Frontiers played a key role in supporting the development and launch of the USAID Digital Strategy in April 2020 and continues to play a key role in the implementation of the digital strategy. This strategy will reinforce USAID’s goals of (1) improving development and humanitarian assistance results through the responsible use of digital technology; and (2) strengthen the openness, inclusiveness and security of national digital ecosystems.

The flagship initiative of the digital strategy is the National Digital Ecosystem Assessment (THIS SIDE). Digital Frontiers provides support to the USAID ITR team in iterating and scaling up DECAs and to USAID Missions worldwide interested in conducting a DECA

DAI and Digital Frontiers are committed to infusing anti-racism into DAI by attracting and retaining the best employees of all races and backgrounds and growing through broad perspectives. Through these efforts, DAI will become a better development partner, becoming a strong community advocate and building dynamic partnerships to facilitate positive change.


East digital borders Recruit a DECA I/II specialist to help manage DECAs and contribute to DECA technical research. The DECA is a six-month evaluation that informs the development, design, and implementation of USAID mission strategies, projects, and activities. It revolves around three research axes: digital infrastructure and adoption; digital society, rights and governance; and the digital economy. Learn more about USAID DECA Webpage.

DECA I/II specialist must have US work authorization and ability to hold EST hours, DAI is unable to sponsor visas.


The DECA I/II specialist will be dedicated to the management of DECA Digital Frontiers. The specific tasks are detailed below:

Project management (40%)

  • Manage the implementation of multiple and concurrent CAEDs with guidance from the Senior CAED Manager by ensuring adherence to the approved work plan, addressing deviations, and overseeing independent consultants and contractors.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact with USAID Missions conducting DECAs through Digital Frontiers. From start to finish, this includes preparing work plans, organizing project files and documents, initiating the project, and monitoring the engagement of consultants and subcontractors with the assignment, demonstrating the appropriate level of flexibility and professionalism throughout. This requires planning and leading meetings with clients and taking notes.
  • Oversee the recruitment, onboarding and management of consultants or, in some cases, subrecipients. This includes developing scopes of work, sourcing candidates/companies, coordinating and conducting candidate interviews, reviewing essay tests, and communicating with the Finance and Digital Operations team. Frontiers to ensure timely integration.
  • Regularly monitor and update the DECA budget(s) to ensure that all consultant or subcontractor work is tracked against budget. Provide updates to DECA Senior Manager and Digital Frontiers Operations team.
  • Manage in-country logistics and in-person interviews with key informants as needed. This may include overseas travel, coordinating travel arrangements, sourcing drivers and translators, planning daily schedules and in-country logistics, among other related tasks, in accordance with travel policies and regulations. sourcing from DAI and Digital Frontiers.
  • Manage the finalization of DECA reports, including reviewing consultant writing, incorporating client feedback, coordinating with USAID missions on clearances, and working with the Digital Frontiers Communications Advisor for the editing and design.
  • Contribute to the DECA process and content iteration by sharing learnings and feedback with the Senior DECA Manager.
  • Report DECA progress and upcoming issues/needs to DECA Senior Manager, Digital Strategy Project Director, Digital Frontiers core staff, and USAID as appropriate.

Technical research (40%)

  • Manage the review of all technical deliverables (desk research, report outlines, draft reports, final reports) with particular attention to ensuring that written materials are of high quality and that research is technically sound and remains within the scope of the THIS SIDE.
  • Provide short-term technical support to DECAs, including conducting research and analysis, writing substantial sections of the report, participating in key informant interviews, taking detailed notes (at the transcript level) during meetings and interviews with key informants, editing and other tasks.
  • Share technical learnings and thought leadership with the DECA team for adaptation and iteration.

Operations and reports (20%)

  • Manage operational issues related to CAEDs, including but not limited to contractual, operational, MEL, reporting and financial issues.
  • Liaise with communication, monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) teams and operations and finance support teams within Digital Frontiers.
  • Ensure activities are managed in accordance with USAID regulations and DAI procurement policies.


  • Must be located and eligible to work in the United States; DAI is unable to sponsor visas.
  • Ability to meet US Eastern Time working hours


  • At least 5 years of experience and a bachelor’s degree or 3 years of experience with a master’s degree in international development or comparable work in another industry
  • Knowledge of digital development topics
  • Experience conducting qualitative research studies, including conducting desk research and key informant interviews
  • Experience in effective and simultaneous coordination of multiple activities
  • Experience working in a customer-centric role with excellent customer service and customer relationship management skills
  • Experience in developing, managing and monitoring budgets
  • Proven experience in managing sub-grants, contractors or independent consultants
  • Experience of respectful work in various teams and communities around the world
  • Ability to interpret and communicate quantitative data
  • Strong critical thinking skills with an ability to quickly assess situational needs, develop problem solving strategies and implement lasting solutions
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Willingness to travel internationally if necessary


  • At least 6 years of experience and a bachelor’s degree or 4 years of experience with a master’s degree in international development or a related field, or comparable work in another industry
  • Experience implementing government or donor funded programs in developing countries
  • Experience working on USAID projects
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in digital development topics either in the DECA pillars or in-depth expertise in one or more of the DECA pillars
  • Knowledge of US government regulations, policies and procedures
  • Fluency in French and/or Spanish is a plus


  • October 2022 – August 2023, with a likelihood of extension until July 2024
  • Reporting to Susannah Horton, Senior Digital Strategy Manager DECA

MANUAL Submit a resume and cover letter with your application at the link below.

How to register

Candidates should apply on this link. https://phf.tbe.taleo.net/phf04/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=DAINC&cws=1&rid=7208

NorCal theft networks are accused of burglaries targeting tourists at Griffith Park in Los Angeles


Thieves targeting rental cars at LA’s most popular landmarks

Thieves targeting rental cars at LA’s most popular landmarks


LOS ANGELES — Organized robbery rings across Northern California are targeting the vehicles of tourists and other visitors to Los Angeles’ Griffith Park, the vast urban wilderness home to some of the city’s most famous attractions.

Thieves break into vehicles, especially rental cars, in the most popular areas of the park and take off with valuables in seconds, Los Angeles police officials said at a conference call Tuesday. press in front of the iconic three-domed Griffith Observatory.

“Car thieves target property left in plain sight such as luggage, purses, electronics, laptops, tablets, expensive sunglasses and even passports,” Capt. Gary Walters said. , commander of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Area Patrol.

The mountainous park spans over 4,200 acres (1,700 hectares) in the middle of the city. In addition to the observatory, it houses the Hollywood Sign, the Greek Theater, the LA Zoo, the Autry Museum of the American West, the Travel Town Railroad Museum, and the LA Equestrian Center. Daily visitors include hikers, joggers and cyclists.

The park is patrolled by municipal police, rangers and community volunteers.

Detective Michael Ventura said some of the thieves are local, but license plate surveillance camera footage shows many are organized groups who use rental cars to travel from Northern California to Griffith Park.

Ventura said his department primarily shares crime information with authorities in San Francisco and Oakland.

In particular, thieves are looking for rental cars that can be easily identified by the markings rental companies use to scan vehicles entering and exiting their lots, Ventura said.

He urged visitors to leave valuables in their accommodation or lock them out of sight in the trunk of their car.

“Your windshield was smashed and your property was taken, that’s probably the quickest way to ruin someone’s vacation,” he said.

The best surf spots in Baja California


2,038. This is the number of miles of coastline surrounding Baja California and its islands. The approximately 800 mile long peninsula is the second largest peninsula in the world, which means countless beaches for surfers where they can stop, unload a board and jump into the water. On most surfers’ wish list, a trip to the Baja coast only stops for waves, fish tacos and tequila drinks. For those who want that to happen, here are the six best beaches from north to south for surfers along Baja’s Pacific Coast.

Known for its consistent beach breaks and some of the biggest waves on the peninsula, Baja Malibu Beach is the first popular surfing hotspot once you cross the border. Located in Rosarito, just 18 miles south of the US-Mexico border, Baja Malibu is a quick day trip from San Diego. When all the elements line up, the beach is known as a world-class surf spot for intermediate and advanced surfers. The winter months are when the waves really shine with huge barrels thanks to the northwest swells. The summer months can see a decent, albeit inconsistent, beach vacation. Most surfers bypass Baja Malibu for classic Baja spots like K38, La Fonda, and San Miguel 30 minutes south, which means the water is never too crowded and there’s always room in programming.

This famous group of excellent surf breaks is known as K-38 because it is located at mile 38 of Baja Highway 1. January is the best month for K-38 where according to surf forecasts around the half the time the waves hold up. well for long runs in the prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions. That said, the exposed coral reef produces surfable waves all year round. Because K-38 is famous for its consistent, high-quality waves, the beach is known to get crowded on weekends. A midweek surf trip to Baja is ideal if you don’t want to fight for the waves.

A fall is the rocky surfaces. Booties to protect feet from rocks, reefs and sea urchins are always a good idea. Also try to find secure parking at a hotel or paid parking with a security guard. The area is notorious for burglaries and vehicle thefts.

Not to be confused with the town of Todos Santos at the southern tip of Baja, Isla Todos Santos is an island 10 miles off the coast of Ensenada. The waves here are not for the casual surfer. The break, known as the Killers, produces some of the strongest waves in the world. Waves in the area can reach a potential face of 50 feet. Strong currents, rocks and huge waves make the water unsuitable for anyone but the most experienced big wave surfers. The infamous point-break is only accessible by boat.

The best time to surf Todos Santos’ Killers is early morning from November to March. Even if you’re not a big wave surfer, hopping on a charter boat from Ensenada to watch the surfers battle the big waves is a great way to spend a day.

In recent years, the small fishing village of San Juanico, better known as Scorpion Bay, has transformed into a classic Baja surf spot. The long, wide beach has four break points that produce very different types of waves, making it a perfect spot for groups of surfers with different skill levels. The first and second points are usually smaller waves, which makes it exceptional for beginner surfers and longboarders. The third and fourth breakpoints are steeper, creating long barrels where surfers can ride the waves for a minute or more.

When all the right conditions are right, the bay can produce world-class waves, although Scorpion Bay is known for its erratic surf conditions. In general, spring and summer offer the most consistent waves. If the waves aren’t pumping, hire a fishing boat and go fishing with the local fishermen. Due to its remote location, the water never gets too crowded. Nearby campsites and a hotel house overnight guests.

About 20 minutes from the famous artist town of Todos Santos is Playa Los Cerritos. The long sandy beach backs onto the rocky tip of a cliff. The beach is known for its very consistent waves, which makes any day of the year a great day for surfing. Because of the consistency, surf schools gravitate to this beach to teach beginner surfers how to catch a wave.

The beach caters for beginners and experienced surfers depending on the size of the swell. Due to increased tourism in the area, the beach can get very crowded. To escape the crowds, head away from the rocky point to a secluded area on the north side of the beach. Despite the crowded water, the area retains a laid-back, friendly vibe. The sunsets are a spectacular reason to stay after a long day of surfing.

Finally, we come to the southern tip of the peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of ​​Cortez. The Los Cabos area is home to scenic beaches popular with snorkelers, snorkelers, and surfers. For surfers, Costa Azul Beach at the southwest end of San José del Cabo might have the best break in the entire region. The low-key sandy beach is popular with locals and tourists of all skill levels.

The surf here breaks in two places along the beach. The northernmost break is ideal for intermediate surfers. The far south of the beach is best for beginners as the swell is more sheltered and tends to form a gentler wave. Summer surf is great at Costa Azul Beach, but winter surf can be hit or miss.

Jennifer Simonson is a travel writer by trade and a lover of the world’s food, cultures, drinks and outdoor spaces by nature.

Stellar Business Plans founder shares tips on writing a winning business plan


Ishan Chadha, Founder, Stellar Business Plans

LONDON, GREATER LONDON, UK, August 23, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Ishan Chadha, Founder of Startup Consulting Firm Stellar Business Plans, has helped countless companies develop a winning business strategy for their startup over the past decade. “Every business is different. And so, crafting a unique strategy and business plan around the founder’s idea and vision can sometimes be difficult for founders and consultants like me. I can’t stress how important a business plan is for a startup, especially in the early stages,” notes Ishan.

Business plans tend to take a long time to write, and sometimes you may think it’s easier to just ignore them. After all, it’s your business and you know how to handle it, don’t you? Well, it’s not that simple! Here are a few reasons why every business needs a business plan.

Help bring the MONEY
Pretty self-explanatory! Every business needs to raise money at some point in its journey, whether it’s for product development, marketing, working capital, or expansion. A business plan provides investors with a detailed blueprint of your business – who the founders are, their vision/mission, products/services offered, plans for the future, how the business has performed so far, intended use of funds raised and projected performance.

Effective internal planning
As the name suggests, this is a plan for your business for the next 5 years. It helps set a direction for everyone in the business – founders, vendors, and employees. “Failing to plan means planning to fail – that phrase has never sounded truer,” says Ishan. It helps to define the goals and objectives of a business and a well-planned roadmap to achieve them.

Refine marketing and growth strategy
A business plan outlines the company’s marketing and customer acquisition strategy. One of the most important factors for the success of a business are its “customers”. If there are no buyers, who would you sell your products to? Answers to crucial questions such as “who are the main customers?” What influences their buying behavior? How do we reach these customers? Are there large-scale prospects? are essential to ensure the success of your business.

Effective financial planning and forecasting
One of the most important uses of a business plan is to plan and manage your money. It clearly shows how the money raised by the business will be used and allocated. Furthermore, the plan also details the performance of the business in figures forecasting the revenue and hence the profit over the next 3 or 5 years. It also defines the underlying assumptions made to arrive at these forecasts and thus gives confidence to the reader (investor or potential partners) on the future prospects of the company.

Blueprint for your business
Whether you’re applying for a bank loan or pitching yourself to an investor, you need a business plan to demonstrate your business, products and services, marketing, sales, growth strategy, and use of the investment. You can also use your business plan to apply for grants, SBA loans, immigration applications, or licensing/partnership requirements.

Who needs a business plan?
In short, everyone. Whether you’re a startup or an established company looking to grow, a business plan can help you move forward. A business plan can help companies define and refine their goals, strategies and finances. This process can also help companies build a stronger foundation and make better decisions for their future. If you want to take your business to the next level, start with the basics and write a comprehensive business plan!

Over time, it is also important that the business plan be kept up to date as the business grows and learns. The plan’s objectives, strategies and financial projections may need to be revised as the business gains new knowledge, so that no matter what, the business is operating at full capacity!

Stellar Business Plans — Strategic Planning Experts
Stellar Business Plans has been working with start-up entrepreneurs for almost 10 years. They work side-by-side with founders and help them create “stellar” business plans, winning investor pitches, solid financial models, and credible business valuation reports.

Their clients include companies from a wide range of industries and in the last year alone they have worked with over 50 companies. The team is based in the UK and the US. They have 13 expert consultants with impeccable academic and professional backgrounds

Ishan Chadha is a seasoned corporate finance consultant with extensive experience in corporate planning, strategy and financial modeling. Before being a startup consultant, Ishan was a successful entrepreneur himself. He founded a fashion brand and was one of the first to introduce online shopping in remote/rural parts of India. After this digitalization in the company, his company almost doubled its turnover and finally managed an acquisition in 2014.

His own startup journey taught him a number of valuable lessons, which is why he embarked on this journey to help others in a similar situation. Under his leadership, Stellar has worked on nearly 800 projects and helped companies in various industries including healthcare, real estate, technology, fintech, fashion, sports, energy, travel, marine , e-commerce, etc., to raise funds.

For more information, contact Stellar Business Plans at https://www.stellarbusinessplans.com/ at any time!

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One of Australia’s newest caravanning resorts – Moama Waters for sale via CRE


Moama Waters is one of Australia’s newest caravan park resorts, so it should attract strong interest from owner-operators and investors alike.

The property is being offered to the market as the sellers seek to retire, so the full property and business is for sale by the Expression of Interest closing deadline on Tuesday, September 15, 2022 until Kevin Connolly of CRE.

Developed over the past eight years to now be fully completed, Moama Waters offers state-of-the-art facilities with the property enjoying prized frontage on the Murray River (Horseshoe Lagoon) on a site of approximately 20.58 hectares (50. 83 acres).

The resort includes three “man-made” lakes, two resort pools, two amenity blocks, tennis courts, a sizable three-bedroom residence and private boat launch, and a licensed waterfront restaurant. of water that is rented.

Other accommodation includes a total of 26 villa units comprising a mix of one, two and three bedrooms, as well as another 70 private units of which 18 are in the rental pool. There are 67 self-storage sheds as well as a play area, indoor and outdoor dining areas and laundry rooms.

Mr. Connolly said the Moama and Echuca areas are popular tourist destinations, so strong interest in the property is expected.

The two river towns of Moama/Echuca are situated on either side of the mighty Murray River, approximately 205 kilometers north of Melbourne, 230 kilometers west of Albury-Wodonga and 822 kilometers south-west of Sidney. Moama/Echuca has a combined population of approximately 24,000.

Echuca is a regional commercial area, with a police station, private and public schools, motels and hotels and, of note, a large tourist infrastructure based on the Moama Bowling Club, the Rich River Country Club, the Moama RSL Club and Moama Sports. Club.

The Murray River in the historic port of Echuca/Moama has been developed on paddle steamer rides, houseboat vacation rentals, and a theme primarily of water skiing as a focus for tourism.

Mr. Connolly said Echuca/Moama has a constant influx of tourists, especially during all major long weekends, school holiday periods as well as a variety of music festivals and other major tourist events throughout the year . Pre-Covid, 2019 was a very strong year with 797,000 domestic overnight visitors – up 4.2% from the year ending March 2019. Visitors spent over 2.4 million nights in region – up 15.2% from the year ending March 2019.

“Visitors spent more than 2.4 million nights in the region, an increase of 15.2% over YE March 2019. National visitor overnight spending in the region was $388 million, while that domestic excursion expenditures were $94 million. Total spending for this period was $482 million, an average of $1.3 million spent per day. Reference: 2019-2020 Echuca Moama and District Tourism Development Association Inc. Annual Report »

Mr. Connolly added that the station was highly successful and in a location where post-Covid has seen its popularity translate into strong national visits.

To request a copy of the information memorandum, please contact CRE Marketing Officer Kevin Connolly using the contact details below.

10 Cheap Places to Travel From Canada Over Labor Day Weekend in 2022


If you’re dreading the end of summer, you can end the season on a high with a cheap last-minute vacation from Canada.

Travel agency KAYAK recently shared the cheapest destinations Canadians can fly to over Labor Day weekend, including tons of bucket-list-worthy domestic and international spots.

To determine the locations, KAYAK looked at searches originating in Canada between May 1 and August 5 for travel between September 1 and September 5, 2022.

The results show that Canadians are looking for amazing trips that won’t break the bank over the holiday weekend. If you’re feeling spontaneous, here are the 10 cheapest destinations for Labor Day long weekends in Canada and abroad.

National destinations


Average price: $330 round trip

Why you need to go: Calgary is where you’ll find incredible hikes and trails that lead to brilliant blue lakes and breathtaking views.

You can also visit unique natural wonders not far from the city, such as the Canadian badlands.


Average price: $385 round trip

Why you need to go: You can visit Halifax for a taste of relaxed east coast living, where you can stroll through historic towns, see scenic lighthouses like the famous Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, and visit stunning white-sand beaches .


Average price: $422 round trip

Why you need to go: You can get all the charm of Europe without having to leave the country by visiting Montreal.

Canada’s second largest city is home to cobbled streets, beautiful architecture, quaint cafes and shops to explore that provide that old world feel.

International destinations

New York, United States

Average price: $424 round trip

Why you need to go: You can visit the iconic American city where there is a seemingly endless amount of things to do.

Must-do activities include stroll through Central Parkshop in Times Square and explore the city’s famous fashion and food scenes.

Lisbon, Portugal

Average price: $930 round trip

Why you need to go: Lisbon has been called a modern metropolis, but there’s so much history to explore here.

You can visit the Jeronimos Monasterya UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see a famous example of European Gothic architecture, or soak up the sun at one of the city’s many sites. perfect beaches.

Paris, France

Average price: $971 round trip

Why You Need To Go: Who hasn’t dreamed of eating French pastries while enjoying a view of the Eiffel Tower?

Paris is where you’ll find amazing art, museums, food and culture, and has understandably been named one of the best cities in the world.

London, England

Average price: $1,176 round trip

Why you need to go: London is often on travel bucket lists thanks to its rich history and vibrant culture.

Here you will find legendary attractions and landmarks like Big Ben, the iconic clock tower bell, Buckingham Palace and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Before you go, check out our responsible travel guide to be informed, be safe, be smart, and above all, be respectful on your adventure.

Palestinians fly to Cyprus in Israeli airport pilot program



JERUSALEM — Several dozen Palestinians flew into Cyprus Monday from an airport in southern Israel as part of a pilot program to allow Palestinians from the occupied West Bank to fly abroad.

The move was part of a series of moves Israel says it is making to improve the living conditions of Palestinians in both the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Critics say the measures do not address the daily humiliations of the decades-long occupation and do not pave the way for a Palestinian state.

Forty-three residents of the West Bank cities of Bethlehem, Jericho, Ramallah and Nablus flew from Ramon Airport to Larnaca, Cyprus, said Amir Assi, a strategic consultant who coordinated the flights.

COGAT, the Israeli military body responsible for the management of civil affairs in the West Bank, confirmed that Palestinians were boarding an international flight from Ramon airport for the first time and that “the work of the personnel is still in progress” to facilitate scheduled flights for Palestinians.

The newly opened Ramon Airport is located near the Israeli resort of Eilat, about 230 kilometers (140 miles) south of Jerusalem. It is smaller than Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport outside of Tel Aviv, has fewer flights and destinations, and is less crowded.

Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip do not have their own airport and must apply for a hard-to-obtain airport permit to use Ben Gurion Airport. These permits are not approved, if any, until shortly before take-off.

Those from the West Bank wishing to fly abroad must travel to Amman, the Jordanian capital, through a crowded Israeli border crossing. The crossing is not open 24 hours a day, forcing many travelers to pay to stay at a nearby hotel before their flight. There are also travel costs and transit fees that make travel an additional financial burden.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade since the militant group Hamas took power in 2007, and all movement in and out of the territory is severely restricted.

The airport authority said earlier this month there would be two weekly flights for Palestinians from Ramon to Antalya, Turkey, later in August and flights to Istanbul would begin in September.

Israel captured both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 Middle East war, and the Palestinians are seeking them for a future state. There have been no substantive peace talks for over a decade.

Tourism Spending in Burke Reaches New Record in 2021 | Govt. and politics


Special for the News Herald

Tourism is alive and well in Burke County and the state of North Carolina, according to new data released last week.

Domestic and international visitors to and within Burke County spent $121.27 million in 2021, an increase of 46.9% from 2020. The data comes from an annual study commissioned by Visit North Carolina, a unit of the North Carolina Economic Development Partnership.

“Burke County’s tourism economy continues to grow exponentially and outpaces all counties that border Burke,” said Ed Phillips, CEO of the Burke County Tourism Development Authority. “Public lands, parks and other outdoor attractions make Burke an attractive destination in western North Carolina. Business travel related to industrial development and other corporate initiatives also plays a significant role in tourism in Burke County.

Tourism impact highlights for 2021 include:

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  • The travel and tourism industry directly employs over 800 people in Burke County.
  • The total payroll generated by the tourism industry in Burke was $27.5 million.
  • State tax revenue generated at Burke totaled $5.3 million through state sales and excise taxes and personal and corporate income taxes. Approximately $4.2 million in local taxes was generated from business sales and property tax revenues generated and supported by travel.

These statistics come from “Economic Impact of Travel on North Carolina Counties 2021,” accessible at partners.visitnc.com/economic-impact-studies. The study was prepared for Visit North Carolina by Tourism Economics in conjunction with the US Travel Association.

Statewide, visitor spending in 2021 rebounded 44.9% to $28.9 billion. Following devastating 2020 pandemic-related losses, the total fell just short of the record $29.22 billion spent in 2019. Direct tourism employment rose 10.5% to 197 500.

“These discoveries are something everyone in North Carolina can celebrate,” said Wit Tuttell, director of Visit NC. “They are a testament to the resilience of our businesses and residents, and the enduring appeal of destinations that include everything a traveler could want. The economic well-being of the state and all of its communities increases with the delights travelers find in the natural beauty of our public spaces, our culinary traditions and innovations, our remarkable cities, and our vibrant cities. North Carolina can claim it all.

Statewide highlights include:

  • Total spending by domestic and international visitors to North Carolina reached $28.9 billion in 2021. This amount represents a 44.9% increase over spending in 2020. This figure is 1% below the record of $29.22 billion spent in 2019.
  • Domestic travelers spent a record $28.6 billion in 2021. Spending rose 45.2% from $19.7 billion in 2020.
  • International travelers spent $337 million in 2021, up 25.6% from the previous year.
  • Visitors to North Carolina generated $3.9 billion in federal, state and local taxes in 2021. The total represents a 29% increase from 2020.
  • State tax revenue from visitor spending increased 34% to nearly $1.2 billion in 2021.
  • Local tax revenue increased 26% to $1.1 billion.
  • Direct tourism employment in North Carolina increased 10.5% to 197,500.
  • Direct tourism payroll rose 18.9% to $7.7 billion.
  • Visitors spent more than $79 million daily in North Carolina. These expenditures added $6.4 million a day to state and local tax revenue (about $3.3 million in state taxes and $3.1 million in local taxes).
  • Each North Carolina household saved an average of $580 in state and local taxes as a direct result of in-state visitor spending. Savings per capita averaged $222.
  • North Carolina welcomed nearly 45 million visitors in 2021.

The Biggest Road Trip Mistakes Made While Traveling Solo in Croatia


I spent two weeks in Croatia on a solo road trip, and it’s one of my favorite places I’ve ever been. But if I could go back and start over, there are some things I would do differently.

I planned a road trip for my first visit to Croatia. It was also my longest solo getaway.

Wendy Rose Gould

From a young age, travel has been essential to my personal growth and I am fortunate to have seen many parts of the world. So, after several years of not being able to shake off my travel itch due to the pandemic, I decided to plan a big solo adventure.

I knew I wanted to visit somewhere with fewer crowds, where I would feel comfortable as a solo traveler, and somewhere that could offer me a mix of history, culture and natural beauty.

My research led me to Croatia, a crescent-shaped country that borders the Adriatic Sea in southeastern Europe with medieval architecture, an abundance of beautiful national parks, and a diverse range of experiences.

I decided to take a road trip so I could maximize my time while working my own schedule. My itinerary involved landing in Zagreb and then slowly descending to Dubrovnik over two weeks.

It would be my first time in Croatia, my longest getaway on my own, and also my first solo road trip abroad. The trip was nothing short of magical, and I know I will be back, but I made a few mistakes that I would do again if I could.

Railways to tender for consultant to monetize customer data, may withdraw it over privacy concerns – The New Indian Express



NEW DELHI: Railways has launched a tender to hire a consultant to monetize its passenger and freight customer data with the aim of generating revenue of up to Rs 1,000 crore, but sources said it may be removed due to privacy concerns.

While many social media outlets, including advocacy groups, have raised concerns about breaching data privacy issues, government sources clarified that the consultant would advise the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on the steps to take to improve its existing business and plan monetization strategies. future opportunities.

Although the railways have not officially commented on the tender, senior sources have said it will be withdrawn “in view of the fact that the draft data protection law has not been finalized”.

According to the tender document, the data to be studied will include information captured by the carrier’s various public applications such as “name, age, mobile phone number, gender, address, email id, class of travel, payment method, login or password” and other details.

IRCTC has over 10 crore users, of which 7.5 crore are active users.

The document also states that the consultant, once finalized, will receive the details of the applications and data collected for carrying out the study on “Indian Railways Digital Data Monetization”.

The consultant will study data from passenger, freight and parcel companies of Indian Railways such as PRS, NGeT, NTES, UTS, Rail Madad, FOIS, TMS, e-CRM and PMS, as well as supplier data from apps. such as IREPS, VMS and IPAS.

The document entitled “The Scope of Work for Project A: For study of Monetization of Digital Data of Indian Railways(IR)” indicates that the consultant will also have access to digital data systems that generate behavioral data such as passenger flow, the class of the trip, frequency of the trip, duration of the trip, duration of reservation, age group and gender, method of payment, number of destinations and methods of reservation.

The objective of the exercise, he said, is for the IRCTC to leverage its data assets and market position to generate strong revenue growth.

This can be achieved by improving the customer experience, expanding the product portfolio offered to customers and/or developing new lines of business and partnerships, the document states.

“IRCTC envisions the potential to generate revenue of Rs 1,000 Cr through the monetization of its digital assets. IRCTC wishes to engage a consultancy firm to assist in the identification, design, development and deployment of monetization opportunities data,” he said.

Although the railways have yet to officially respond, sources familiar with the development said the IRCTC does not “sell its data and has no intention of doing so”.

They said the consultant was engaged to advise IRCTC on steps to improve its existing business and plan strategies to monetize future businesses.

It will also focus on how the IRCTC could embrace new business opportunities.

“IRCTC will also develop new activities on its own platform and will need the help of market leaders. IRCTC does not store any financial data of its customers on its side, because at the time of online payment for its various services, the check is passed to the respective payment gateway or bank for payment,” the sources said.

The document also indicates that the consultant will study various laws or statutes, including the Computer Act 2000 and its amendments, user data privacy laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation and the current “draft Personal Data Protection Act, 2018”, and accordingly, to propose the business models for the monetization of digital assets.

The consultant would also prepare a roadmap for the monetization of digital data collected in various applications for customers and suppliers, including zonal railways, divisions and other units such as CRIS and power supplies such as IRCTC, Railtel, etc.

Listed tasks for the appointed consultant include segregating monetizable datasets, identifying market potential internationally, and preparing a roadmap for digital data monetization.

Internet Freedom Foundation, a Delhi-based non-governmental organization that champions digital rights and freedoms, raised concerns about the tender and described its pitfalls in a series of tweets.

“Hey train travellers, your data will soon be monetized by the government. And that too, in the absence of data protection legislation! A goal of maximizing profits will mean greater incentives for data collection data, in violation of the principles of data minimization and purpose limitation.

Past experiences of misuse of the Vahan database amplify fears of mass surveillance and security risks,” he said.

“IRCTC, a government-controlled monopoly, must not prioritize perverse commercial interests over the rights and interests of citizens. And given the recent withdrawal of the Data Protection Bill, 2021, such monetization becomes even more worrying,” added the NGO.

NEW DELHI: Railways has launched a tender to hire a consultant to monetize its passenger and freight customer data with the aim of generating revenue of up to Rs 1,000 crore, but sources said it may be removed due to privacy concerns. While many social media outlets, including advocacy groups, have raised concerns about breaching data privacy issues, government sources clarified that the consultant would advise the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on the steps to take to improve its existing business and plan monetization strategies. future opportunities. Although the railways have not officially commented on the tender, senior sources have said it will be withdrawn “in view of the fact that the draft data protection law has not been finalized”. According to the tender document, the data to be studied will include information captured by the carrier’s various public applications such as “name, age, mobile phone number, gender, address, email id, class of travel, payment method, login or password” and other details. IRCTC has over 10 crore users, of which 7.5 crore are active users. The document also states that the consultant, once finalized, will receive the details of the applications and data collected for carrying out the study on “Indian Railways Digital Data Monetization”. The consultant will study data from passenger, freight and parcel companies of Indian Railways such as PRS, NGeT, NTES, UTS, Rail Madad, FOIS, TMS, e-CRM and PMS, as well as supplier data from apps. such as IREPS, VMS and IPAS. The document entitled “The Scope of Work for Project A: For study of Monetization of Digital Data of Indian Railways(IR)” indicates that the consultant will also have access to digital data systems that generate behavioral data such as passenger flow, the class of the trip, frequency of the trip, duration of the trip, duration of reservation, age group and gender, method of payment, number of destinations and methods of reservation. The objective of the exercise, he said, is for the IRCTC to leverage its data assets and market position to generate strong revenue growth. This can be achieved by improving the customer experience, expanding the product portfolio offered to customers and/or developing new lines of business and partnerships, the document states. “IRCTC envisions the potential to generate revenue of Rs 1,000 Cr through the monetization of its digital assets. IRCTC wishes to engage a consultancy firm to assist in the identification, design, development and deployment of monetization opportunities data,” he said. Although the railways have yet to officially respond, sources familiar with the development said the IRCTC does not “sell its data and has no intention of doing so”. They said the consultant was engaged to advise IRCTC on steps to improve its existing business and plan strategies to monetize future businesses. It will also focus on how the IRCTC could embrace new business opportunities. “IRCTC will also develop new activities on its own platform and will need the help of market leaders. IRCTC does not store any financial data of its customers on its side, because at the time of online payment for its various services, control is passed to the respective payment gateway or bank for payment,” the sources said. user data privacy, including the General Data Protection Regulation and the current “Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018″, and accordingly, come up with the business models for monetizing digital assets. consultant will also prepare a roadmap for the monetization of digital data collected in various applications for customers and suppliers, including zonal railways, divisions and other units such as CRIS and feeders such as IRCTC, Railtel etc. the appointed consultant includes segregating monetizable datasets, identifying market potential internationally, and preparing a roadmap for digital data monetization. Internet Freedom Foundation, a Delhi-based non-governmental organization that champions digital rights and freedoms, raised concerns about the tender and described its pitfalls in a series of tweets. “Hey train travellers, your data will soon be monetized by the government. And that too, in the absence of data protection legislation! A goal of maximizing profits will mean greater incentives for data collection data, in violation of the principles of data minimization and purpose limitation. Past experiences of misuse of the Vahan database amplify fears of mass surveillance and security risks,” he said. . “IRCTC, a government-controlled monopoly, must not prioritize perverse commercial interests over the rights and interests of citizens. And given the recent withdrawal of the Data Protection Bill, 2021, such monetization becomes even more worrying,” added the NGO.

Association of travel agents plans to train more than 1,000 new tour guides and hospitality workers


PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/Asia News Network): The Cambodian Association of Travel Agents (CATA) held a two-month training session on tourism and hospitality skills for over 1,000 tour guides, members travel agency staff and hotel workers in Siem Collect.

CATA President Chhay Sivlin said at the opening of the training session on August 19 that it was designed to strengthen existing skills and help employees who work in tourism or who have lost their jobs in the tourism and hospitality industry to help them recover in the post-pandemic period.

She added that the training was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and CATA with the technical support of ATP Consultants and CHT and financed by the Ministry of Economy and Finance through the skills development fund. .

She added that the session was for 49 trainers who will be trained by ATP Consultants and will train over 1,000 other hospitality workers from August to October.

At the opening event, Minister of Tourism Thong Khon commended CATA’s efforts to create this capacity building course to address current industry issues.

“It is true that the Covid-19 crisis has left many tourism experts unemployed. It is therefore necessary that we again strengthen their skills after their long break during the pandemic and off-season,” he said.

Best Of Tourist Attraction in Switzerland and France


Tourist attractions in Switzerland and France

If you’re interested in skiing, hiking, or just a great view, you should consider a trip to Switzerland. With a variety of natural and man-made attractions, this country has something for everyone. While you’re in Switzerland, be sure to plan your itinerary well so you can see everything you want. This article will provide you with some useful tips. Read on for some of the best places to see in Switzerland.


Visiting France is a great idea if you’ve never been there. France’s diverse landscape is a rich source of architectural and cultural attractions. You can admire the magnificent architecture of medieval castles and abbeys, as well as medieval halls, amphitheatres, etc.


Many towns, villages and villages are quaint and offer a taste of local life. You can take a train or a road trip to reach some of the most beautiful and historical sites.

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This giant pyramid-shaped mountain is one of the most photographed in the world, making it a great place to visit in Switzerland. At 4,478 meters above sea level, mountaineers in search of thrills come from all over the world to climb the summit of this majestic mountain. You can also take the cable car if you’re not feeling so energetic. This mountain is home to the highest cable car station in the Alps. It offers spectacular views of the top of the mountain as well as the surroundings. A trip to the Matterhorn is a great way to experience Swiss culture.

The top of Europe

The most popular thing to do in the beautiful Bernese Oberland is to take the train to the Jungfraujoch, the “Top of Europe”, which has an observation deck as well as a scientific observatory at 3,454 meters. The Great Aletsch Glacier is the longest European glacier and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It starts at the Jungfraujoch. The famous Eiger trail connects Alpiglen with the Eiger glacier station. It clings to the rocks at the foot of the north face.


Interlaken, nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, is one of Switzerland’s most popular seaside resorts. Hohematte, a remarkable example of town planning, is located in the center of the town. It has 35 acres of open space. The Hoheweg is the city’s main street with stunning views of the mountains. There are many hotels, flower gardens and cafes around.


Imagine a blue-green lake surrounded by mountains, covered bridges, waterfront promenades and frescoed buildings. And, of course, sunny plazas filled with bubbling fountains. It’s no wonder that Lucerne (or Luzern in German) is a popular tourist destination. This Swiss city is well known for its music concerts. It attracts internationally renowned conductors and soloists to its annual International Music Festival. One of the most prestigious concert halls in the world is located at the Culture and Convention Center.

Chillon Castle

The Château de Chillon is a historic building that has inspired writers and artists for centuries. It is located near Montreux. Among the many luminaries who have written about this architectural treasure are Jean Jacques Rousseau and Victor Hugo.

Monuments of Joan of Arc

France’s national heroine, Joan of Arc, was only seventeen when she led France to victory in the Hundred Years’ War. The faithful still find inspiration in his divinely ordained mission, which was guided by heavenly voices.


The Riviera

The French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur, is a beautiful stretch of Mediterranean coast that takes its name from its deep azure blue waters. Due to the year-round sunshine in this region of southern France, the sky can often take on a captivating cerulean color.

Mont Saint Michel in Normandy

Mont Saint-Michel, a picturesque landscape of forests and apple orchards that surrounds Normandy, is a highlight. This must-see tourist attraction is number one on the long list of tourist destinations in Normandy. It includes stunning sights like historic castles or picture-perfect cities.

The castles of the Loire

The Loire Valley is dotted with magnificent castles, reminiscent of a scene from a fairy tale. The Loire Valley stretches for 280 km, starting in Sully-sur-Loire and ending in Chalonnes-sur-Loire, Anjou. It is the largest French site classified by UNESCO.

Reims and its magnificent Gothic cathedral

Reims is legitimately part of the French “Cities of Art and History”, which are “Cities of Art and History”. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Reims is the most famous of the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is where the kings of France were crowned. Joan of Arc led Charles VII to the cathedral for his coronation in July 1429.


Why is France famous?

French cuisine is world famous. From Brie to Roquefort, France has more than 1,000 varieties of cheese! Other famous French dishes include foie gras and baguettes, which are eaten around the world. The French also have a unique vision of wine. The cuisine of the country is a must for any gourmet! But what makes France famous? Let’s explore some of its most famous foods and find out.

How is France the best?

Whether you’re looking for cheap generic brands or designer brands, France has it all. And its department stores don’t hesitate to let you buy them during the annual sales. These stores are so popular in France that there are laws forcing them to reduce their prices at the same time. But the French department stores are not limited to cheap prices. The country’s luxury products, such as Dior and Louis Vuitton, are synonymous with French luxury.

How is Switzerland the best?

You may have heard of the amazing sights this country has to offer. If you are planning a trip to the country, you might want to know what is best in Switzerland. The Matterhorn is one of the most iconic sights in the country and there are several ways to see it, including from a private helicopter flight over the glacier. Another famous site is the Château de Chillon, also known as Château de Chillon. This medieval castle has many murals and underground rooms that make it an interesting place to visit. You can even take a walk there if you want!

Switzerland – A tourist attraction like no other

If you are looking for adventure and want to see a place like no other, Switzerland might just be the place for you. You can hike or hike in the country’s beautiful national parks, or enjoy some of the country’s most spectacular scenery, like the Matterhorn. The country is well known for its glistening glaciers and is also home to rare animals and plants.

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Travel to Italy is booming : Travel Weekly


If there’s one thing hotter than the heat wave in Europe this summer, it’s traveling to Italy.

Industry experts say Italy has consistently been among the top destinations for European summer bookings since international travel returned in the spring, and travel demand has soared to levels not seen since the start of the pandemic.

“Summer 2022 bookings for Italy have been in extremely high demand with about 75% of my bookings since April for Italy,” said Melinda Fortunato, owner of Best Travel in Fairfax, Va.

Italy’s tourism figures are on track to recover this year, with international arrivals from Canada, Australia, England and Spain returning to 2019 levels, according to Confcommercio, an Italian organization that represents businesses. tourist.

But it is the Americans who, according to the organization, are the number one market driving the recovery of tourism in Italy.

A recent survey by Confcommercio revealed that around 2.2 million Americans are expected to visit Italy by the end of the summer and are expected to spend 2.1 billion euros between July and September, an increase of 20% compared to 2019.

“Honeymoons, anniversaries and postponed trips from 2020 are the most reasons to travel to Italy,” Fortunato said of his customers, adding that last-minute bookings have increased in recent months. “People book two months instead of six to nine months.”

The Amalfi Coast has been the most requested destination for Fortunato bookings in Italy this year, followed by Tuscany, Rome, Florence and Venice.

“A few customers who have been to Italy before want Cinque Terre or Lake Como,” she said, adding that most of her travelers visit two to three destinations during their visit and make good use of rail services. between destinations.

“We’re doing tons of pre- and post-river cruise trips this year,” said Frank Marini, CEO of Railbookers Group, a rail travel and vacation organizer specializing in customizable FIT itineraries.

Marini said Switzerland is a popular starting point for travelers wanting to take a pre- or post-cruise rail extension tour of Italy, as a number of river cruises start or end on the Rhine in Basel.

Railbookers offers routes to Italy’s most popular destinations – including Lake Como, the Cinque Terre, Naples and the Amalfi Coast – on trips that can start in Basel, Geneva or Zurich after a river cruise.

Toni Lanotte-Day, owner of Toni Tours in Levittown, Pennsylvania, has also seen this market grow: She has a group of 20 post-cruise Emerald Azzurra people visiting Venice and Bologna this summer in Italy. She is also taking a group of 18 to Naples and Sicily in October, a trip rescheduled from 2020.

Pietro Radiocovich, a tour guide who works for Lake Como for you, said tourism to the area has “really increased over the past 10 years, mainly from the US and Britain, in particularly after Covid, where we are currently experiencing a big explosion in tourism.”

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A panel including CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci. Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images
  • The CDC director announced that the agency would undergo a major overhaul.
  • The reason for the overhaul was the agency’s belated response to COVID-19.
  • The CDC will also work to improve its communication with the public and restore public trust in the agency.

Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced on August 17 that the nation’s top public health agency would undergo a major overhaul, saying it had responded too slowly to the COVID-19 pandemic. .

In a meeting with CDC senior management, Walensky laid out his plans, reported CNN. This includes reorganizing the agency’s structure to focus on public health needs and responding to outbreaks such as those caused by the coronavirus and monkeypox virus.

With this in mind, there will be less emphasis on publishing scientific papers, with Walensky calling on staff members to produce “data for action” as opposed to “data for publication,” according to a briefing paper, as reported by the New York Times.

The CDC will also work to improve its communication with the public and restore public trust in the agency.

At times during the pandemic, his public messages — such as those on face masks, social distancing and reminders — were “confusing and overwhelming,” according to the briefing document.

“My goal is a new culture of public health action at CDC that emphasizes accountability, collaboration, communication, and timeliness. I look forward to working with the incredible people at CDC and our partners to realize the full potential of the agency to benefit the health and well-being of all Americans,” Walensky said in a statement.

The CDC’s overhaul plan follows a one month exam of the agency’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic by Jim Macrae, administrator at the Department of Health and Human Services. The report of this review has not yet been released.

Walensky also sought feedback from his own staff on the agency’s operations and performance.

The CDC’s missteps with the pandemic began in early 2020, with the agency releasing a faulty COVID-19 test to public health labs, which left public health officials in the dark about the true spread of the coronavirus in the country.

Some say the agency has also struggled to issue clear public health guidance on COVID-19 mitigations or respond quickly enough to a rapidly evolving and spreading coronavirus.

Susan HassigDrPH, MPH, Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Tulane University School of Public Health in New Orleans, said one of his issues with the CDC during the pandemic was when the agency said people who had received a COVID-19 vaccine no longer needed to wear face masks in indoor public spaces.

“It was a very bad decision, in terms of real prevention [of coronavirus spread]”, she said, “because mRNA vaccines have never been officially tested in the [clinical] trials for their ability to prevent infection. Masks, however, work to prevent infection.

Walensky acknowledged the agency’s pandemic shortcomings in his statement.

“For 75 years, the CDC and public health have been preparing for COVID-19, and in our big moment, our performance has not reliably met expectations,” she said.

Walensky has assigned HHS Assistant Secretary Mary Wakefield to oversee the agency’s reorganization, which will include:

  • The Office of Science and the Division of Laboratory Sciences will report directly to the Director of CDC.
  • A new Office of Intergovernmental Affairs will interact with state health departments and other federal agencies.
  • An agency executive board will set CDC priorities, influence budget decisions, and monitor progress on agency priorities.
  • A new Office of Equity will help increase the diversity of the CDC’s workforce and ensure that agency operations reflect the role of diversity in public health.
  • A new mechanism will be developed to share CDC data earlier, before publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • The agency will revamp its website to simplify and streamline advice for the public and healthcare providers.

Many of these can be accomplished through the CDC’s existing authority, but Walensky also plans to ask Congress to require state and local jurisdictions to share their public health data with the agency. Currently, this is done on a voluntary basis.

Walensky will also ask Congress for greater flexibility in how the agency can use its funding, to allow it to more quickly adapt to a public health crisis when it emerges.

The CDC has already begun implementing some of its proposed changes, including hiring Kevin Griffis, a former public affairs expert with the Department of Health and Human Services and Planned Parenthood, to lead the communications efforts of the agency.

Many public health experts point out that the CDC has been underfunded for years, so if the reorganization is successful, the agency will need the resources to make it happen.

“The pandemic has definitely made it clear that we need an overhaul [of the CDC]. So I hope Congress will provide the necessary funds to make this possible,” said Lorien AbromsScD, MA, Professor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University in Washington, DC

Abroms, a health communications expert, said the CDC also needs to change the way it communicates with the public, to better fit the way people currently consume information — 24/7 and largely through social media.

“In some ways, it feels [the agency is] still using communication strategies that were developed 40 years ago,” she said.

In addition to communicating clearly and consistently, Abroms said the agency will need to streamline its review process so it can publish its findings more quickly.

Otherwise, it “creates a vacuum” that could be filled by other groups, some of whom may not be sharing accurate information.

“A major challenge is understanding how to communicate in an environment where there is competing information – and often that information is misinformation,” she said.

Additionally, “the source of the message, i.e. the government agency, may not be trustworthy,” she said. “So there are more challenges [today] that there never was.

dr. Bruce Y. Leeprofessor at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy, said the agency’s problems are not limited to the pandemic.

“We have seen many issues over the past few years with the response to COVID-19, as well as the monkeypox outbreak,” he said. “So there’s a need to really reconsider how the CDC is organized.”

Lee said the agency has come under fire during the pandemic for a lack of communication about the scientific rationale for some of its decisions, including easing COVID-19 precautions such as face masks and social distancing.

“There have been a number of people in the public health community who have questioned why certain precautions were relaxed at certain times,” he said.

While much of the attention in recent months has been on how the CDC has handled the COVID-19 pandemic and monkeypox outbreak, Hassig said the agency has a lot more to do.

“They have a huge field of work. It’s not just infectious diseases, it’s osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, maternal health, injuries, etc. “, she said. “That’s all that affects the health of the American public.”

Over time, the CDC’s ability to address all of these areas has been hampered by shrinking budgets, she added.

Beyond funding, Hassig said there are certain aspects of the agency’s mission over which she has complete control. However, there are also things that are not entirely within the purview of the agency.

This includes the decentralized US healthcare system, which makes it difficult for some groups to access medical care and testing – this can make it difficult to monitor the spread of pathogens such as coronavirus and monkeypox virus.

“With monkeypox, most cases are in men who have sex with men,” Hassig said.

But “I can guarantee you that there are a lot more people in different subsets of this community – and possibly in other communities – who just aren’t being tested, because they don’t have access to the testing process,” she said.

Another challenge for the CDC, Hassig said, is that much of the public health work is done at the state level, where public health agencies are also underfunded — and sometimes politically influenced.

But even there, the CDC has options.

“These local agencies are really the foot soldiers for the implementation of public health activities in the United States,” she said. “One way for the CDC to get state and local agencies to cooperate is to use the funding ‘carrot’.”

Martin K. Brown, former principal of Greenfield School, community volunteer, mentor, traveler, dies at 97


Martin K. Brown, 97, of Philadelphia, longtime principal of the Albert M. Greenfield School, dedicated community volunteer, travel consultant, inner-city neighborhood stalwart, and Army veteran, died on Monday July 11 complications from dementia in her grandchildren. house in West Chester.

Revered for his welcoming and charitable spirit, his passion for education and community, and his ability to connect with others, Mr. Brown was beloved by alumni of Center City and Greenfield Schools, leaving an indelible mark on many young lives.

“He hasn’t forgotten,” said Mr Brown’s daughter, Karen Brown Vellucci. “He really knew the name of every kid in his school, every year…He really went out of his way to get to know not only the students, but also their parents and their family circumstances.”

Mr. Brown was quick to offer a job reference, career advice, a joke or a listening ear to his former students, said Vellucci, many of whom also lived in the neighborhood and stopped to catch up and tell stories of their time. in Greenfield. For decades and long after his retirement, Mr Brown exchanged birthday cards every year with a student who shared his date of birth, February 28.

Born in Philadelphia in 1925, the fourth of eight children, Mr Brown spent most of his youth in Haddon Heights, NJ He attended the University of Pennsylvania – the first in his family to go to college – but his schooling was interrupted when he was drafted into the army in 1943.

Mr. Brown served as a medic in the US Army, 91st Infantry Division, in Italy until the end of World War II. He received two bronze stars – one for heroism and one for meritorious service.

He would end up return to Italy with his family, walking the path he traveled during the war, paying tribute to his fallen American comrades and visiting the Italian families he had stayed with. For years, he exchanged Christmas gifts with some of these families.

After the war, Mr. Brown returned to Penn to complete his education. There he also met his future wife, Rita Giordanowho will become director of the Girard school.

In 1954, Mr. Brown was selected as principal of Center City School, the predecessor of the Greenfield School, where he served for 23 years. He also ran the Youth Study Center on the Benjamin Franklin Drive, a facility for young people awaiting court hearings.

In 1970 he became the first principal of the new Greenfield School. There, Mr Brown advocated for the school to include a lower secondary education and celebrated teaching students from diverse backgrounds and with special educational needs.

In Greenfield, Mr. Brown left behind his beloved garden and his longtime home in Delaware County to live in the town near the school. Because he resided on the same block as many of his students, Vellucci said, “it was like he was a 24/7 principal.”

“He always felt like he was Mr. Brown,” Vellucci said, adding that it was not uncommon for parents in the neighborhood to ask the principal to have a chat with their children if they were misbehaving. “He wouldn’t take out the trash if he didn’t have a tie.”

Fran Danish, a longtime eighth grade English teacher at Greenfield, recalled how during the teacher’s observation, Mr. Brown would not sit at the back of the class and silently take notes on his performance. Instead, she said, Mr Brown would join her on the board, teaching alongside her, “always with more humor”.

He invited students to his office to check their homework daily or sometimes to play a game.

“He was 120 per cent invested in every single person at that school,” recalls Seth Bach, a Greenfield student who grew up next to Mr Brown and saw him as “a second father”.

A neighborhood staple, Mr. Brown and his wife were known to work the food stand at the annual Fitler Square park fair, tossing hot dogs, burgers and lemon sticks.

He later coordinated volunteers for 11 years at WinterShelter through Trinity Memorial Church, which provides home-cooked meals to homeless men.

After Mr. Brown retired from Greenfield in 1982, he led the Philadelphia school for two years before changing courses again.

Wanting to spend more time with his young grandson, Vincent, and feed his passion for exploration, Mr Brown became a travel agent – a business he continued until he was 93. Mr Brown and his wife have visited a total of 52 countries and circumnavigated the globe twice, often bringing friends on their adventures.

These trips included visiting various sites dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, his favorite historical figure. At one point his license plate read “H2OLOO” – Waterloo – in honor of the French military leader.

Mr. Brown loved to read history and recite poetry, especially “If” by Rudyard Kipling — which contained advice he lived his life by, Vellucci said. He always arrived early, loved to make silver jewelry, and loved to painstakingly recreate movies from Spider Man at RoboCop with Vincent.

In addition to his daughter and grandson, Mr. Brown is survived by another family, including his great-grandchildren, Lilliana, Elle and Lucie.

Services were held on July 16, and he was buried with a small statue of Napoleon at his request.

Donations in Mr. Brown’s name can be made to winter shelter through Trinity Memorial Church.

US tourist dies at Sandals Bahamas resort after catching coronavirus


A United States man who tested positive for the coronavirus died Tuesday at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort in Great Exuma, Bahamas, local police said.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force did not share the man’s identity or age with The Washington Post, as they said his family had not yet been notified. A public affairs department official said the man died after suffering a seizure and had been quarantining in his room since testing positive on Saturday.

“Unfortunately, one guest has died of apparent natural causes,” Sandals Resorts said in a statement sent to The Washington Post, adding “Bahamian authorities do not suspect foul play.”

Three Americans died at the same resort in May due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Sandals later said it was installing carbon monoxide detectors in every room on the property. Sandals operates Bahamas resorts in Great Exuma and Nassau.

The Bahamas requires travelers 12 and older to show proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test before boarding a flight to the islands.

A travel advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that the Bahamas is a level 3 (high) risk for the coronavirus. The health agency recommends travelers avoid traveling to the Bahamas if they are not up to date with their coronavirus vaccines.

USTOA Advocates for Responsible Travel with Sustainable Susie


The United States Travel Operators Association (USTOA) would like you to meet “Sustainable Suzie”, the star of its new comic strip, which promotes responsible travel.

“By day, she is a USTOA tour guide named Susan who provides advice for travelers as well as examples of destinations and travel companies that are adopting viable and sustainable practices to ensure there is a world to explore for future generations,” the organization said.


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“Meanwhile, her alter-ego Suzie battles with the villains bent on contaminating the planet.”

USTOA has a long history of advocating for sustainable tourism and hosted its first Sustainability is Responsibility Summit with Visit Norway in Bodo, Norway last May.

“Travelling sustainably means being aware of the impact tourism has on the environment and the communities we visit, and our goal for the comic is to break down any barriers travelers might have to understanding that even small steps can make a big difference,” USTOA said. President and CEO Terry Dale.

“While a comic strip may seem unorthodox, Sustainable Suzie humorously conveys the essential messages of responsible travel, a much more digestible way of understanding problems, issues and solutions.”

In the comic, which emphasizes the need to protect nature reserves and cultural resources, Tour Guide Susan leads a small group of travelers to such committed to sustainable tourism as Korea, Tenerife and Norway.

“The storyline cleverly uses classic comic book tropes – superhero beats villain – to illustrate that sustainable travel is about choice,” USTOA said.

“Awareness is key,” Dale said. “And that’s what Sustainable Suzie is all about, to make ‘sustainability’ accessible and achievable so we can all make responsible travel decisions that respect the places and people we visit, leave a smaller footprint and, most importantly, do no harm.”

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Travefy Launches New Integration with Vacation Express to Support Travel Advisor Efficiency


Vacation Express is now integrated with Travefy’s award-winning itinerary and proposition for travel advisors.

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LINCOLN, Neb., Aug. 17, 2022 (Newswire.com) –
Travefy – the leading itinerary and proposal tool for travel advisors – has released a new integration with Vacation Express.

With this integration, travel advisors can seamlessly import rich information from Vacation Express reservations on any itinerary or proposal. With this new functionality, travel advisors can save significant time building customer itineraries, allowing them to scale their business more efficiently.

“We are very pleased to work with the team at Vacation Express and appreciate their commitment to new technologies that help the travel advisor community grow. This integration is extremely valuable to the travel advisors we all serve. two, as a way to help them more effectively sell travel and grow their business. I’m excited for all that lies ahead,” said Travefy CEO David Chait.

“Travefy has been the most requested guest management system by travel advisors, which is why we’re so excited to now be connected and provide agents with this great tool,” said Rene Jongmans, President of Vacation. Express.


Travely’s mission is to fuel the success of travel professionals. Our award-winning suite of itinerary, proposal, client management and marketing tools help travel advisors and professionals save time, impress clients and sell more.

Travefy powers thousands of travel businesses around the world, ranging from small independent travel consultants to the largest travel agencies, consortia and organizations. Travely has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journaland Forbes, among other publications, and has won numerous industry awards, including the ASTA Entrepreneur of the Year award.

For more information on Travely, please see: https://travefy.com.


Atlanta-based Vacation Express, part of Sunwing Travel Group, is a tour operator specializing in quality, affordable vacation packages to more than 30 destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica. Now in business for over 30 years, Vacation Express is one of the largest and most trusted tour operators in the country. Exclusive charter flights are offered seasonally from 11 US cities to stops in Mexico and the Caribbean. Check our flight schedules at https://pro.vacationexpress.com/flight-schedule/. Travel agents looking for the most affordable all-inclusive vacation can book Vacation Express by registering online at VACATIONEXPRESS.com or by phone seven days a week at 1-800-309-4717.

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Youngkin plans Michigan trip, criticizes Justice Department over Trump raid

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) said Tuesday he would travel to Michigan later this month to campaign for that state’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, the latest in a series of nationwide campaigns political trips which should continue in the fall.

After remarks at the Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce at the Colonial Heritage Golf Club, Youngkin also renewed his criticism of Biden’s Justice Department on Tuesday for its handling of the search for former President Donald. Trump’s home in Florida last week, where federal agents seized sets of classified documents.

Youngkin’s forays into the national spotlight continue to fuel speculation that the political newcomer has presidential ambitions — chatter he calls humiliating without specifically refuting them. Youngkin traveled to Nebraska last month to speak with Republicans in the state and participate in a fundraiser with GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Pillen. On Tuesday, Youngkin said he intended to choose more candidates later this year.

Youngkin hits Nebraska like a GOP star, but some want him to slow down

“I will go to work in the fall to support Republican governors in their races,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of help from Republican governors in my campaign, and I look forward to reciprocating them. … There will be more trips planned in the fall.

Youngkin will travel to Michigan to headline the state’s GOP on August 27 convention and campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon, which echoes some of the K-12 education themes Youngkin presented at the Executive Mansion last year as she tries to overthrow Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) in November.

“Governor Youngkin’s victory in Virginia demonstrated the political power of parents who want to get involved in ensuring their children receive a good education,” Dixon said in a written statement. “He also understood the economic challenges facing families and the need for safe communities. I’m honored to have him join me and help create a family Michigan.

Ron Weiser, Michigan GOP chairman, said Youngkin would help the party “rally the troops.”

Left-leaning Progress Michigan greeted the announcement with a harshly worded statement that called out Youngkin for his personal opposition to same-sex marriage and for a lawsuit against him and several other current and former Carlyle Group executives accusing them of profiting at the expense. investors and taxpayers.

Youngkin’s spokeswoman, Macaulay Porter, noted that all of Carlyle’s transactions are reviewed by “independent experts and advisors.”

“Democrats should learn that governing requires more than just throwing mud,” said Kristin Davison, Youngkin’s political consultant, in response to Progress Michigan.

On Tuesday, Youngkin was questioned by reporters about his comments criticizing the Justice Department for its search for Mar-a-Lago and he repeated the accusation that the effort lacked “transparency.”

Youngkin said many Americans had “lost faith” in the Justice Department, in part because it was “investigating relatives in Loudoun County for attending council meetings.” The comment echoed a tweet he posted Aug. 9 on his personal Twitter account accusing the department of “selective politically motivated actions” in its action at Mar-a-Lago.

The tweet said it was a “staggering move” and accused the administration of “labeling Loudoun County parents as terrorists.”

Youngkin’s comments appeared to be a reference to the Biden administration’s efforts last year to investigate reports of threats and harassment at school board meetings after a letter from the National School Boards Association said that some of the incidents “could amount to a form of domestic terrorism”. .” The Biden administration itself, however, did not specifically mention Loudoun County or call the parents “terrorists.”

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) last week accused Youngkin of misrepresenting the facts. “Where is there any evidence that the DOJ labeled Loudoun’s parents as ‘terrorists’?” Kaine tweetedsaying later in a news media interview that Youngkin’s comment was “just a lie”.

Asked on Tuesday whether it was wrong to say the Biden administration called the parents terrorists, Youngkin appeared to double down on his criticism.

“I believe they did. I think the Department of Justice was investigating the parents,” he said.

Further emphasizing whether they called them terrorists, he said: “The Department of Justice was investigating the parents. And they were clear that they were. And what we saw were accusations that they were terrorists.

Youngkin’s appearance at a business breakfast also gave him insight into some of the priorities for next year’s General Assembly session, including economic development, workforce, education and affordable housing.

He said he convened a task force to think about how to improve housing availability to attract people to stay in Virginia, from young people building careers to older residents looking for a job. a place to retire. Youngkin said he’s particularly interested in how the state can work with localities to change zoning and regulatory policies that he says are hampering high-density housing construction efforts, adding that he asked the state Department of Environmental Quality to help find ways to reduce demands. on developers.

Youngkin also cited the need for transportation funding and infrastructure investment as a tool for economic development. And while he touted his efforts to cut taxes — including some $4 billion in overall tax cuts in the two-year budget passed this year — he made no mention of his failed efforts to cut the state gas tax, which would reduce the money flowing into the state transportation accounts.

Democrats and a state Senate Republican have repeatedly blocked Youngkin’s proposed cut, saying the state needs the money and the wholesale gas industry and out-of-state drivers would benefit disproportionately from a reduction.

Iconic Bada Imambara at Lucknow Dome collapses in rain, restoration work begins


A dome of the iconic Bada Imambara in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh collapsed on Monday night due to heavy rain in the city. Restoration work on the historic structure began on Tuesday.

Habibul Hasan, head of the Bada Imambara, said a small dome collapsed on Monday night due to rain and wind around 6 p.m. “No one was injured when the small structure collapsed. We removed the debris. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) team has started the restoration work. A stone has been cracked and it is being restored,” he said.

The dome that collapsed was located above the ‘Bhool Bhulaiya’ gate in the Bada Imambara. “For today, tourist entry to ‘Bhool Bhulaiya’ (The Maze) has been halted. Entry to Bada Imambara is permitted as usual. We hope entry to ‘Bhool Bhulaiya’ will resume soon Hasan said.

The Bada Imambara, which is one of the major tourist attractions in Lucknow, was built by Nawab of Awadh Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784.

The Imambara complex includes the Asfi Mosque, the Bhul Bhulaiya and a Bowli (water reservoir).

An ASI officer said restoration work was underway. “We have assessed the damage and our teams are working to restore the damaged parts. I think the work will be finished in a day or two and tourists will be allowed in the next day,” the official said.

Mrs. Wheelchair America is coming to Grand Rapids


A nationwide competition is taking place this week as contestants champion people with disabilities.

Ms. Wheelchair America kicks off her week-long competition today at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Ave. NW in Grand Rapids, as 22 candidates arrive to represent their state in a series of events designed to find the most accomplished and articulate spokesperson among them.

The competition will run from August 15-21 and contestants will participate in workshops on advocacy, self-care and leadership. They will attend group dinners every night, a citywide scavenger hunt on Tuesdays, and a dance on Thursday nights.

The competition will conclude with two events open to the public, an evening speech at 7:30 p.m. Friday and the coronation gala at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Both events will be broadcast live on Mary Free Bed’s Facebook page. A $10 donation to Mrs. Wheelchair America is requested for in-person attendees.

This year’s nominees include Ms. Wheelchair Michigan, Sarah Nassar of Dearborn, law student and founder of the Disability Law Association; and Ms Kansas, Marci Clare, a mother of four who worked in healthcare before her accident and now has her sights set on returning as a registered nurse.

Ms. Minnesota, Linda Hood, is a clinical scientist who has volunteered at eight Olympic Games; and Ms. Texas, Kristy Durso, owns a travel agency specializing in accessible travel.

This year’s event will be Ms. Wheelchair America’s first in-person competition since 2019. The event was canceled in 2020 and held virtually in 2021.

The Mary Free Bed Guild is this year’s title sponsor and has taken over the virtual aspects of the event to help keep contestants safe and broadcast to thousands of people online.

Winchester Mystery House celebrates 100 years as a tourist attraction – The Mercury News


The Winchester Mystery House is jumping on its centenary as a tourist attraction with multiple events planned to celebrate the occasion. The San Jose estate officially opened for public tours on June 30, 1923.

Prior to this, the mansion and gardens were owned and occupied by Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune. Winchester died on September 5, 1922, and a celebration of her life is scheduled for the same date 100 years later, when guests are encouraged to leave flowers, cards, photos and keepsakes in the front gardens.

While Winchester’s affinity for seances may have been exaggerated over the years, visitors to his home will have the chance on September 5 to connect with his spirit and those of others at animated “Beyond the Veil”. by medium James Van Praagh. During visits at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Van Praagh will walk through the house with 25 guests and attempt to make contact with the other side. Tickets are $250 at winchestermysteryhouse.com.

Visitors to the Winchester Mystery House last had the opportunity to become “Unhinged” in 2019. The popular immersive Halloween spectacle returns this fall with “Unhinged: Nightshade’s Curse,” billed as a real-life paranormal thriller. Visitors can take several routes through the mansion as guests of Madame Nightshade, owner of a small traveling carnival and self-proclaimed investigator of supernatural phenomena.

Before entering the lair, you can enjoy a variety of activities, including Madame Nightshade’s Spirit Carnival and the Spookeasy Bar.

Rumor has it that Madame Nightshade has convinced the owners of the Winchester Estate to hold her show for 13 select nights from Friday 30 September to Monday 31 October. General admission tickets start at $64.99 at winchesterunhinged.com.

As “Nightmare Before Christmas” proved, adding a little Halloween can make the holidays more interesting. The folks at the Winchester Mystery House seem to agree, as they’re hosting the Menagerie’s fourth annual Holiday Oddities Market on December 3-4, with vendors selling everything from taxidermy to dark art. Shoppers can take self-guided tours of the mansion before or after the market. Tickets will be available from October 31 on winchestermysteryhouse.com.

walk with the spirits

Alongside the centenary celebration, the Winchester Mystery House is already allowing visitors to “walk with the spirits” in a new interactive tour experience focusing on spiritualism and the paranormal.

The tour begins with a Victorian vigil in the front drawing room, where a guide will explain the most gruesome traditions of death and mourning in the 19th century.

Guests will then proceed to the upper floors of the mansion, where they will hear about spiritualists actively practicing in the Santa Clara Valley in the late 1880s and experience a Victorian seance. They will also be privy to the stories of supernatural and spiritual phenomena that guests and employees of Winchester Mystery House have recorded over the years. The tour ends in the basement, where guests can have their own supernatural experiences.

For tickets to “Walk with Spirits,” visit winchestermysteryhouse.com.

For the centenary next June, Winchester Mystery House will unveil an exhibit that explores the attraction’s effect on pop culture, with original marketing materials, photos and never-before-seen artifacts curated by the estate historian. Race dates and tickets will be announced later.

A weekend guide to Rhode Island


Being the smallest state in the Union (by land mass), there is certainly plenty to see and do in Rhode Island. Summer is definitely the most ideal time to visit, having been a premier weekend getaway for New Yorkers, Bostonians, and New Englanders since the 19th century.

Even before the recent HBO series, there’s plenty to satisfy that Golden Age itch or, if you’re looking for more modern vibes, the Taylor Swift of the Folklore era with “The Last Great American Dynasty”.

This is by no means an exhaustive travel guide to everything in and around Rhode Island, but simply a few suggestions for filling a regular weekend or even a long weekend consisting of a day at the beach and some excursions.

Newport has more historic 18th century structures than any other city in America.

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What to see and do

The Breakers: Newport is home to some of the most impressive mansions in the United States, many of which are built in styles inspired by the grand castles and villas of France and Italy. None are grander than the Vanderbilt family’s former summer getaway. Go for a guided tour if you can as the tour guides on site are sources of knowledge. (The house also served as one of the main sets for HBO’s Golden age.)

Hobbit Maker’s Mark Houses: When you hear hobbit houses, you’re probably scratching your head thinking they’re in New Zealand, where the New Line-produced trilogy was filmed. But these are the only official and licensed hobbit houses in North America. And they make the perfect setting for a rustic private dinner, which can be set up with tasting menus paired with new and rare bottles from the Maker’s Mark portfolio.

Newport Harbor: Being the original home of the famous America’s Cup sailing race, you can’t go to Newport without sailing yourself. Although you don’t have to (and probably shouldn’t) try to take a ride on some of the more modern racing catamarans, you can take a ride on a previous winner from the 1960s with America’s Cup Charters, for a sail around the bay.

Newport Jaguar Tours: Taking note of former Newport residents from the last century, travel around Newport in style. The tour operator has a choice of different Jaguars, including a convertible that can accommodate two people. Being a coastal town popular with tourists in the summer, you might not realize that Newport is quite big. Although you can walk to many places, you can see much more in the space of two to three hours, while seated in a luxury vehicle, while learning about Newport’s famous (and infamous) former residents .

The Sailing Museum: Among Newport’s new attractions, the nonprofit educational organization houses the National Sailing Hall of Fame and the America’s Cup Hall of Fame in the space once used as the America’s Cup press room.

Bowen Wharf: San Francisco has Fisherman’s Wharf and Newport has Bowen’s Wharf. It is an unmissable and unmissable hub for boutiques, galleries, cafes, ice cream parlors and restaurants ideal for lunch and nightlife.

Sunset at Sachuest Beach in Middletown RI

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Where to eat and drink

Sydney Providence: This all-day Australian cafe offers some of the best breakfast options in Providence, from the healthiest to the most indulgent. Even if you don’t like avocado toast, you should still order it here. Also try the “brekkie bowl,” with a surprise layer of lemon curd and one of the specialty iced coffee drinks.

Bellini Providence: Located in The Beatrice hotel, Bellini prepares simple Italian dishes, with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients, expertly paired with an extensive and well-curated wine list. And even if you don’t go for a full meal, grab a cocktail in the beautiful bar and lounge.

Thea at Dune Cottage: Open this year only, Thēa, which translates to “view,” offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. (And on a clear day, you can even see as far as Montauk.)

Bar’Cino: This Italian bistro is a neighborhood favorite in the heart of Newport’s historic Washington Square, which is often overlooked by tourists and more frequented by locals. Almost everything on the menu here is a winner, but don’t stop without ordering one of the restaurant’s signature grilled pizzas.

Restaurant Cara: Tucked away in a small private room in the Chanler at Cliff Walk, this five-star restaurant offers contemporary and creative blind tasting menus based on your dietary preferences, all inspired by local ingredients and European cuisine with food pairings and special wines. Tasting menu dinners can last two to three hours, and at the moment the restaurant only serves at 5 and 8 p.m. And while the food is all you crave, you’ll also be spoiled for panoramic views of the beach and ocean at sunset.

The Vanderbilt Rooftop Terrace: Located at the very top of the historic downtown Newport mansion, it’s the perfect outdoor spot to watch the sunset and enjoy sweeping views of the historic town and harbor. The hotel, now an Auberge property, also has one of the best cocktail bars in the area, including a special “gold leaf” martini.

An aerial view of Newport Harbour.

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Where to stay

The Beatrice Hotel: Opened just before the pandemic, The Beatrice is a great choice for any type of trip, from business to pleasure. Try making a reservation for one of the corner suites among the 47 rooms on site, which offer floor-to-ceiling windows and lovely views of the Financial District. The Beatrice is also conveniently located downtown, near the river and Brown University. like the arts district, full of options for day and night life. )

The Preserve Sporting Club & Residences: This is the ultimate luxury getaway in Rhode Island. You can get there by car…or by helicopter…or even by private jet if you are a member of the club. Accommodations range from luxurious hotel suites to multi-room townhouses to “tiny houses,” which may not seem so small if you’re from New York or Boston, but are nonetheless comfortable and fun ( especially for children). (And soon, the property plans to open its treehouses starting this fall.) And while there are plenty of services and amenities on-site (such as a full-service hair and nail salon, spa , an outdoor pool, and a fitness center), the real draw here is all that is wonderful about the great outdoors. Among the many activities you can indulge in are tennis, archery, clay shooting, fishing and, of course, golf on the property’s championship mountain course.

Hotel Hammets: Run by the same hotel group as The Beatrice, among other properties in New England, Hammetts is one of Newport’s best-located hotels, right in the middle of the waterfront, a few blocks from Bowen’s Wharf. The hotel has all the amenities you need, including a 24-hour gym, coffee service in the lobby in the morning, and on-site parking with valet parking. (Valet parking is plentiful in Newport.)

ocean house: There is perhaps nowhere more iconic in Rhode Island than the pale yellow Victorian mansion than Ocean House on Watch Hill, an affluent coastal area that has a long history as a summer getaway destination for New Englanders, but could also become a place of pilgrimage for young travelers in that it was an inspirational site for one of Taylor Swift’s albums. Ocean House meets the needs of any traveler, whether you need to work remotely, want to spend time with your family, host a birthday party, or just relax in a private cabana. And if you’re looking for athletic options, there’s a croquet lawn, underground squash courts, a full gym, and access to ocean paddleboards and boogie boards. (The hotel is also pet-friendly and will be happy to set up your best friend with treats, toys, a ceramic water bowl and their own dining menu, either in your room or in the hotel. one of the beach huts.)

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    Country risks losing consultant to head only genetic testing service for rare fetal abnormalities


    Ireland is at risk of losing the consultant who runs the only genetic testing service for babies with rare fetal abnormalities, just a year after the service was introduced.

    r Sam Doyle says she cannot agree to a service that would only be available to certain patients in Dublin, and she has raised concerns about patients being made to pay privately for tests.

    The Perinatal Genomics Service at the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) in Holles Street can help mothers who have suffered multiple losses have healthy babies and can significantly improve the quality of life of babies with severe disabilities and rare congenital diseases. .

    State-of-the-art technology can now diagnose genetic diseases as early as 20 weeks of pregnancy. Holles Street said that without genetic testing, the same children might go undiagnosed and subjected to unnecessary treatments. A diagnosis can also help parents know if their baby is likely to live or die after birth.

    Dr Doyle, a clinical geneticist and consultant biochemist, took a sabbatical from work in Birmingham to set up the service in August 2021. Dr Doyle is one of 15-20 consultants worldwide who practice this sub-specialty of clinical genetics. But the expert said she is now considering returning to the UK as the HSE has not agreed to fund a permanent role in a state-funded national service. At present, Dr Doyle is primarily able to provide the service to NMH patients through a temporary position, funded by Holles Street.

    Addressing the Irish IndependentDr. Doyle said she could only agree to a service that would accept families from across the country – not just those who are NMH patients.

    “Whether you live in Dublin 4 or Farranfore [if] your baby has an abnormality, you should receive the same treatment. That’s not what we have at the moment, and I’m convinced it’s wrong,” Dr Doyle said.

    Of the 400 consultations she performed last year, Dr Doyle said there were several cases where she discovered the baby’s mother or father had a milder version of the same condition. . Sometimes people may have siblings who may be carriers of the same disease who are pregnant but who are patients in a different hospital.

    “The fact that I’m sitting with a family member who has a pregnant sister who goes to another hospital in the country, who can’t get what my patient is getting, that’s something I find difficult. I don’t think inequity is right.

    “I sit with these people who are devastated by the news they receive and then worry about their sister or brother. Then I say I can’t see them,” Dr Doyle said.

    “It’s something that makes me feel like a return to the UK would probably be something that I would find easier to manage because the service there is fairer.”

    Dr Doyle has set up a private practice for patients attending other Irish hospitals, but said the cost of private tests can be exorbitant – with some tests costing €5,000.

    “A lot of patients collect the money for private consultation and treatment, and I know they don’t have it,” she said.

    Genetic testing can help parents who have suffered a loss predict their chances of having a healthy baby, including through genetic testing of embryos used for IVF treatment.

    Early genetic diagnosis can also mean parents and doctors can plan to ease pain and improve treatment for babies with rare diseases, including those expected to die soon after birth.

    In some cases, this may mean that parents choose to give birth in a hospital closer to home, without major procedures, where grandparents may be present. Dr Doyle said that in the past, without early diagnosis, babies could be rushed to Crumlin Children’s Hospital after birth and die while separated from their mothers.

    A genetic diagnosis can also more accurately predict whether a baby with a life-threatening condition may die within 28 days of birth, meaning doctors can advise whether those who wish can access a legal abortion in Ireland or s they have to go to the UK.

    Dr Doyle added that a number of those who have traveled to the UK for a medically terminated pregnancy and then discovered their baby has a genetic condition, must also see her privately on their return .

    “If they are not our patients before they leave, they must pay privately when they return. And they do it because they want to know why their baby died,” she said.

    Although the Ministry of Health has promised to fund a perinatal genome service, it has not yet been agreed whether it will be a national service.

    “The HSE National Women’s and Infants’ Health Program has developed a national framework and is engaging with stakeholders on the appropriate design of this service. The Perinatal Service will form part of the overall National Genomics Service when it is developed,” an HSE spokesperson said.

    MISSION TRAVEL FAITH TOURS offers Christian tour packages for inspirational Bible adventures


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    When asked about this, “One of our main goals is to increase faith and love for God as you travel with us. To do this, we will concoct a Christian or Jewish tour adapted to your preferences and your budget. You can be sure that the group traveling with you will be on a private tour only. Depending on the number of people in your group, we will do our best to get you the best possible price,” the MISSION TRAVEL FAITH TOURS spokesperson replied.

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    Stanley Travel wins two Routeone Awards – Consett Magazine


    Ian Scott is personally in the ring for Engineer of the Year in the 50-150 vehicle weight class, and the company itself is a finalist for Medium Coach Operator of the Year.

    The finalists of the 2022 edition routeone rewards were announced: the most outstanding humans in the coach and bus industry.

    The awards are for those nominated by their industry peers: being invited to participate is an accomplishment in itself. All nominees were invited to submit an entry, explaining why they deserve the highest accolades in the industry.

    Now, a diverse judging panel of industry experts has come together to create a shortlist of potential winners from an outstanding selection of entries. The finalists are now set to be recognized as the best in the business in a spectacular black-tie event on Wednesday November 2 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

    Helen Conway, Event Director, said: “After two years of industry disruption, we are delighted to welcome the routeone rewards again in November.

    “As always, the awards aim to recognize individuals and operators for their exemplary achievements during a fantastic in-person pitch night where we can truly celebrate the best of our industry. It’s a huge achievement to be shortlisted, and we wish all of our finalists the best of luck.

    A total of 68 finalists will compete in 15 categories, including two new categories. The Above and Beyond award recognizes individuals or companies who have gone the extra mile to support their organization and the wider coach and bus industry since 2020.

    Exceptional Customer Experience recognizes the individual or team that has put the experience of their customers at the forefront of their thinking and intends to maintain it.

    The finalists are:

    Above and beyond

    In partnership with Drivetech

    • Aaron Lockhart, Nottingham City Transport

    • Candice Mason, Masons minibus and coach hire

    • Kevin Mayne, Maynes trainers

    • Mubarak Mahmed, Premier West Yorkshire

    • Richard Bamber, Anthony’s journey

    Manager of the Year, Small/Medium Operator (up to 150 vehicles)

    In partnership with Omnibus

    • Candice Mason, Masons minibus and coach hire

    • Jim Thorpe, Uno Bus

    • Mark Hodgson, Coatham coaches

    • Shane Grindey, Blackpool Transport Services

    • Thomas Manship, Grant Palmer

    Manager of the year, major operator (more than 150 vehicles)

    In partnership with Freeway Fleet Systems

    • Adam Keen, Adventure Travel

    • Chris Speed, First Eastern Counties

    • Marc Reddy, first Hampshire, Dorset and Berkshire

    • Richard Stevens, Go South West

    • Richard Thomas, Edwards Coaches

    Outstanding Customer Experience Award

    In partnership with Arthur Spriggs Busworld

    • First explorer of the Southwest

    • Coach National Express United Kingdom

    • Oxford Bus Company

    • Stagecoach East

    Engineer of the Year, Small/Medium Operator (up to 150 vehicles)

    In partnership with Pelican Bus & Coach

    • Barry Arents, Hunt trainers

    Ian Scott, Stanley Travel