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Alternatives to Bad Credit Loans

Alternatives to Bad Credit Loans

Don’t be discouraged if you are able to get due to your weak credit rating and you think that there’s no other choice to pay for every financial commitment. In the darkest of times, there is a bright aspect.

These are some of the best methods to obtain the money you require: basic condition

Personal Loans

Individual lenders and third-party lenders can offer these loans online. They typically provide loans to individuals who are unable to charge their own credit and can do it in a matter of minutes. The loans can be paid in installments, much the same as bank loans.

They are increasingly sought-after by those with weak credit because they do not require any type of security especially when they’re supported by high-interest rates than the internet and credit. For short-term loans, it is possible to connect with these lenders online and then call these lenders directly.

In the event that the credit scores are higher than average, you will be able to pay less on the loan if the credit scores are lower than typical. But, the rates of these loans tend to be lower than the rates offered by banks that charge higher interest rates.

Beforehand by Credit Cards

It’s only one of the alternatives accessible to bad credit loans. Most of the time, you use credit cards to buy all the things you need and then pay back the full people with bad credit amounts later. But what is the best option if you badly needed urgent cash?

A bank will be allowing you to use cash credit in certain situations. Also instead of having to buy access funds, banks can give you cash to pay for costs.


If you have important possessions like jewelry, as an example, they’re worth selling or trading for, you can make the money you require swiftly. This could be the best option. It is unlikely to create problems when you stay clear of options that aren’t practical.

Borrow from Family Members

You can request your family and friends for a loan of a reasonable amount. Don’t think that it’s a given you’re borrowing funds from relatives or your close friends. Be sure to carry all conditions and terms, including your interest rates, the number of installments, and any additional charges (if appropriate).

If you have taken out a loan through an institution that is traditional, make sure that you have it from members of the family and also friends. Be aware that if you do not comply with the terms of your agreement you possibility of losing your friendship and that’s something you do not want to occur.

£10bn of energy bill support set to be announced


Around £10bn of support to help tackle rising energy bills is set to be unveiled by Boris Johnson’s government. Previous calls for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to announce an emergency budget to deal with the rising cost of living had been rebuffed.

But a new BBC report suggests that programs such as the Warm Homes Discount could be expanded by Mr. Sunak. It comes just days after Ofgem revealed energy bills are set to rise further later this year.

One-time payments for some of the most vulnerable households and a reduction in VAT on fuel could also be announced. The support package is set to be partly funded by a windfall tax on oil and gas companies which could raise £7billion.

The government is under increased scrutiny, with the cost of living continually hitting families in the pocket. But the BBC understands that some Cabinet members have resisted taxing big energy companies in case they cut the amounts they invest in the UK.

The broadcaster says the support package will come after Boris Johnson received a hammer blow in the form of Sue Gray’s report. The Prime Minister is said to be keen to move forward and implement what he says are the “people’s priorities”.

The Warm Homes Discount scheme, an incentive that could grow, currently offers low-income families a one-time discount of £150 between October and March. But Mr Sunak announced in February that it would be extended to even more families until March 2026, meaning millions more would be eligible.

This would be on top of the £200 reduction in energy bills that has already been announced in the form of a refundable ‘rebate’, with costs spread over the next five years. The money comes as the typical energy bill rose by an average of £700 in April, with a peak of £800 expected in October.

The “windfall tax” on energy companies had been backed by the Labor Party. But some ministers, including business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, had opposed the idea.

The tax is designed to collect funds from companies that have benefited from something for which they were not necessarily responsible. And it should come as Shell and BP have made record profits because gas and oil prices have soared, most recently due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

James Spencer, chief executive of fuel consultancy Portland Analytics, however, warned that energy companies did not believe they were “profiting unfairly”. “During the pandemic, Shell and BP have lost around £5bn… in 2020,” he told the BBC’s Today programme.

“They didn’t go to the bank with a cap in hand saying please bail us out, as banks normally do. In 2022 I think BP and Shell wrote off up to £10bn sterling maybe everyone in Russia.”

Proposals to tax the income of other power generators, such as some older wind farms and nuclear power plants, which also posted windfall gains, have been dropped.

5 comics that will make you laugh


Since 2015, the Rogue Island Comedy Festival has been bringing laughs to Newport and many parts of Aquidneck Island.

Established comedians such as Lamont Price, Orlando Baxter, Mark Normand, TJ Miller, Sean Patton and Mia Jackson have participated in previous editions, and it’s a stellar showcase of local and national talent.

Last year, the festival became semi-annual, with a Spring Fest taking place over Memorial Day weekend and a Fall Fest over Columbus Day weekend. This year’s Spring Fest kicks off Thursday, May 26 and runs through Sunday, May 30, with 13 shows and over 50 comics.

While picking a few from this esteemed lineup can be a daunting task, here are five acts you won’t want to miss:

Doug’s Key

I would be remiss if I didn’t include the set organizer, hometown hero, and a pretty funny guy. Key is from the Newport area who is currently based in New York and you can thank him for coming up with the idea for the Rogue Island Comedy Festival.

He had the pleasure of splitting the bills with “Saturday Night Live” cast member Michael Che while performing at the illustrious Carolines comedy club on Broadway in his adopted hometown.

He will host both the Thursday night 8pm show with Mitra and TikTok star Jimmy Cash and the Sunday night 8pm show with Sam Tallent and Ian Lara at Top Of Pelham, 3 Pelham Street in Newport.

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Key will also perform and host all three Saturday night shows at 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at the Jane Pickens Theater Film & Event Center, 49 Touro St. in Newport.

Yannis Papas

from Brooklyn Yannis Papas has been a comedian for over 20 years, although he took a few years off in the early 2000s after he was shot during a failed armed robbery attempt outside a nightclub.

He managed to turn that experience into a few jokes, and his talents landed him appearances on ABC’s “Good Morning America” ​​and “The Joe Rogan Experience,” as well as his own special on Comedy Central.

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Pappas will headline the late night show Saturday at 10 p.m. at the Jane Pickens Theater Film & Event Center.

Jenny Zigrino

Jenny Zigrino is a multi-talented person from Minnesota who can sing and perform while making people laugh. She had supporting roles in the parody film “Fifty Shades of Black” with Marlon Wayans and the holiday comedy “Bad Santa 2” with Billy Bob Thornton.

Find Jenny Zigrino at Diego's Barrio Cantina during the Rogue Island Comedy Festival.

Zigrino has also been a guest on the late-night talk shows “@midnight with Chris Hardwick” and “Conan” as well as the variety radio show “Live From Here.”

She will headline both early Friday evening shows Diego’s Barrio Cantina, 116 Aquidneck Ave. in Middletown

Mo Moussa

A staple of the Connecticut comedy scene, West Hartford’s Mo Moussa recently won New England’s funniest cartoon contest last year. He has been a regular performer at The Elbow Room in his hometown and has also performed at the Summit Lounge in Worcester and the Bishop’s Lounge in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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On Saturday at 6 p.m., Mussa will headline the Jane Pickens Theater Film & Event Center.

Ray Harington

Ray Harington hails from Warwick and he got a ton of local recognition just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020 due to a commemorative comedy about “Conan.”

Warwick's Ray Harrington is due to perform at the Rogue Island Comedy Festival.

He’s also the focus of the award-winning documentary “Be A Man,” which was released in 2016 and premiered on Hulu. As part of the final day of the festival, Harrington will headline Top Of Pelham on Monday at 6pm.

Due to recent fire at the Wayfinder Hotel at 151 Admiral Kalbfus Road, a few of the shows are moved to different locations.

To keep an eye out for future updates and announcements, log on to rogueislandcomedyfest.com or follow the festival’s Facebook page on facebook.com/rogueislandcomedyfest.

Maritime tonnage controlled by Greece hits record high


The fleet of over 1,000 gross tons, as of mid-March, peaked in both gross tonnage and deadweight and just eight vessels short of the 2018 record in terms of vessel count.

According to data compiled by the GSCC, as of March 10, Greek interests controlled 4,140 vessels of 355.34m dwt and 210.08m GT, an increase of 102 vessels, 4.9m dwt and 4, 43 m of gt in 12 months. The figures include 167 ships of various categories on order with the shipyards, totaling 16.264m dwt and 11.14m gross tonnage.

“Due to the challenges and opportunities related to Covid-19, as well as upcoming regulatory requirements, while market conditions have remained volatile, slight increases and decreases were seen across most fleet categories owned by Greece,” commented the London-based Greek. Maritime Cooperation Committee (GSCC) when releasing its 35th annual survey of the Greek-controlled fleet.

The fleet is registered under some 28 flags, one less than in 2021. The Greek-flagged fleet has decreased in terms of number of vessels, dwt and GT and as of mid-March comprised 570 vessels, from 35 .6 m gt and 59.6 m dwt against the previous year’s 584 ships, with a gross tonnage of 36.623 m and a dwt of 62.32 m.

Liberia leads the way with 1,014 vessels of 90.03m dwt, followed by the Marshall Islands, 1,009 vessels of 79.76m dwt, Malta 658 vessels of 62.7m dwt and Greece. Since mid-March 2021, the Marshall Islands has gained 132 ships, Liberia 83 ships, Cyprus seven and the Bahamas two ships.

In contrast, declines were recorded in the number of Panamanian, Singaporean and Hong Kong flagged vessels. These registers recorded losses of 113, 10 and nine ships, respectively. The number of vessels registered under the Maltese flag remained unchanged.

The order book for new construction stands at 54 tankers for Greek shipowners in mid-March, 18 chemical and petroleum product tankers, 43 LNG carriers, 17 ore and bulk carriers and 35 container ships.

What is remarkable is that the Greek parent companies represent 26.1% of the world tanker fleet and 15% of the mineral and bulk fleet. Overall, the Greek-owned fleet represents 7% of the world fleet in terms of number of vessels, 12.9% in terms of grt and 15.3% in terms of dwt.

The average age of the fleet increased slightly compared to the previous year, but remains 2.4 years below the world average. The average age of the Greek fleet in terms of vessels is 12.3 years compared to 14.7 years for the world fleet.

Classification societies ABS, LR, BV, DNV and RINA have the majority of the fleet on their books, with ABS and BV making considerable gains in the 12 months under review.

IMF chief expresses concern over protests in Sri Lanka – The Island


None of the Rajapaksas and those interviewed about the May 9 attacks included

By Shamindra Ferdinando

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday (23) invested SLFP Senior Deputy Chairman Mahinda Amaraweera and SLMC Deputy Leader who entered Parliament on the SJB ticket, Ahamed Naseer Zainulabdeen, as members of his Cabinet of Ministers.

Amaraweera was given the agriculture, wildlife and forestry portfolios while Zainulabdeen was given the environment. They are among the six newly appointed Cabinet members.

The other four ministers are Douglas Devananda (EPDP/Fisheries), Bandula Gunawardane (SLPP/Transport, Highways and Media), Vidura Wickramanayake (SLPP/Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs) and Roshan Ranasinghe (SLPP/Irrigation, Youth and Sports).

In addition to the six new ministers, Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella and Minister of Plantations, Dr. Ramesh Pathirana were sworn in as ministers of water supply and industries, respectively.

SLFP senior vice-president Prof Rohana Lakshman said that although the government has repeatedly declared the appointment of a cross-party cabinet comprising 20 ministers, including Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, only six represent other parties. policies. With the exception of EPDP General Secretary Douglas Devananda, the other five – Harin Fernando (SJB), Manusha Nanayakkara (SJB), Nimal Siripala de Silva (SLFP), Mahinda Amaraweera (SLFP) and Ahamed Naseer Zainulabdeen (SLMC ) had accepted portfolios against their will. of their parties, he said.

The SLFP participated in the last legislative elections of August 2020 on the SLPP ticket. So far, out of the 14 members of the SLFP parliamentary group, two seniors have switched allegiance to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa – Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government.

None of those questioned by police in connection with unprovoked attacks on the public demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa were not in the Cabinet of Ministers. Former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and former ministers Chamal Rajapaksa, Basil Rajapaksa, Namal Rajapaksa and Shashendra Rajapaksa were also left out.

Dissident MP Udaya Gammanpila said yesterday that of the rebel group made up of several political parties, six members had so far accepted portfolios. “There were in total around 53 members, of which Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, Susil Premjayanth, Nalin Fernando, Tiran Alles, Nimal Siripala de Silva and Mahinda Amaraweera accepted portfolios. However, we are confident that our strategy is in place,” lawyer Gammanpila said.

The SLPP won 145 seats in the last legislative elections in August 2020.

Informed sources said Prime Minister Wickremesinghe was still trying to win over other opposition members. Wickremesinghe had so far managed to reach consensus with Manusha Nanayakkara and Harin Fernando, sources said, adding that the SJB and CWC were being approached.

Sources speculated that the vital financial portfolio remained vacant as the government still believed Dr Harsha de Silva could somehow be convinced to accept the portfolio. Sources have stressed the urgent need to fill the post as the government is engaged in crucial talks with the IMF.

Sources said Polonnaruwa District MP Roshan Ranasinghe, who announced his resignation as Minister of State and SLFP District Organizer effective May 1, was among those who accepted portfolios .

In a letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Ranasinghe said he was resigning to pressure the government to give farmers deserved compensation for losses incurred due to the use of organic fertilizers during the last season Maha.

Editor of an anthology of poetry celebrating the Isles of Scotland


Editor of an anthology of poetry celebrating the Isles of Scotland

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Return to the Greek Islands, an uplifting and reinvented journey


In a small bay flanked by thyme-covered hills and a medieval castle-topped village, I floated in perfect solitude on the shimmering Aegean Sea.

Last summer I traveled for the fifth year to different Greek islands, such as the distant Astypalea. During the pandemic, the crystal clear waters of the islands, the white and blue villages, the sweeping vistas and the genuine welcome of the locals was just the escape I needed.

The absence last summer of the usual mass tourism in the most popular places, such as Santorini – where before the coronavirus I had to make my way to take a photo of the sunset near the famous windmills even one evening from mid-January – also offered a chance to rethink such a bucket list trip.

As travel restrictions have eased since the peak of the pandemic, the wide-open blue of the Greek islands is beckoning this spring and summer – with the ability to focus less on Instagrammable snapshots and more on chatting with a landlord of tavern around a cold glass of tsipourothe mighty Greek spirit, waiting for the octopus to take away.

A man leads a pack of donkeys down the stairs in the port of Santorini, one of the most popular and touristic Greek islands.

(Giovanna Dell’Orto/Associated Press)

Two archipelagos in the southern Aegean, the Cyclades and the Dodecanese, alone have dozens of islands, each offering a unique experience. From the least traveled to the most jet-set, here are my four favorites:

Astypalea: pirate treasure

As the ferry reached the midpoint of this butterfly-shaped island, I felt a momentary pang – if I had really just traveled 10 hours from Athens, the country’s monument-filled capital and air travel hub / ferry, for barren mountains and a lone dolphin playing in the waves?

Doubt turned to enchantment at first sight of the chora, or main town – a blue church dome surmounting a medieval castle towering above a white village lined with windmills and cascading down a rocky outcrop to the sea.

A man carries groceries down a steep alley in the compact, hilltop white village of Pyrgos on the island of Santorini, Greece.

A man carries provisions up the stairs in the hilltop village of Pyrgos in Santorini. Its narrow streets are home to taverns, galleries and shops.

(Giovanna Dell’Orto/Associated Press)

Over two long weekends, I never got tired of gazing at this 13th century castle, whether it was illuminated at night when the warm air smelled of aromatic herbs, or standing guard in the glorious sunshine when that I swam in the creeks that surrounded it, in the most multicolored waters. I saw outside a South Pacific lagoon.

After walking through the remains of the castle, where villagers once sheltered from pirates, I stopped to admire the white battlemented Portaitissa Church.

An elderly woman passing by gave me a handful of freshly picked yellow plumeria flowers that she was carrying. The way tropical flowers can grow in such a stark, windswept landscape is just another part of its magic.

Ancient statues and columns of a house rise just above the landing quay in the archaeological park of Delos, Greece.

Statues and ancient columns of a thousand-year-old house rise just above the landing quay in the archaeological park of Delos, Greece. The island was considered sacred by the ancient Greeks, as it was believed to be the birthplace of Apollo.

(Giovanna Dell’Orto/Associated Press)

Delos: divine birthplace

The mystical pull of these ancient islands is strongest on Delos, an islet a short boat ride from the party hub of Mykonos. The ancient Greeks considered Delos to be the birthplace of Apollo.

Its sanctuary, and the temples and mansions built around it from the 9th to the 1st century BC. J.-C., today constitute the archaeological park. I spent an entire day wandering among the mighty colonnades, lifelike carvings, risque fertility symbols, and intricate mosaics depicting frolicking dolphins and a tiger-riding deity.

Dovecotes built like fantastically carved towers dot the countryside among the stone-walled terraces of the island of Tinos, Greece.

A profusion of dovecotes built like sculpted towers dot the countryside among the stone-walled terraces on the island of Tinos, known for its marble quarries and the resulting marble craftsmanship.

(Giovanna Dell’Orto/Associated Press)

Tinos: proud villages

The nearby town of Tinos is steeped in a more recent sanctity. Its chora is home to a revered shrine to the Virgin Mary, which last summer masked pilgrims climbed on their knees more than half a mile from the harbour. A profusion of smaller churches dot the countryside amongst stone-walled terraces and dovecotes built like fantastically carved towers.

A large plane tree shades the cafe-lined central square of the village of Pyrgos on Tinos, which is paved with marble.

A large plane tree shades the cafe-lined central square of the village of Pyrgos on Tinos, which is paved with marble. Many villages of Tinos boast rich marble decorations.

(Giovanna Dell’Orto/Associated Press)

From the tallest steeple to the humblest house, the villages of Tinian are richly decorated with marble from local quarries. Pyrgos is home to the Museum of Marble Crafts, artists’ studios and a marble-paved central square with tiny low tables around a soaring plane tree.

I liked driving the mountain roads better at dusk, when the only traffic was a wayward goat, the only lights the blue silhouettes of church crosses.

Bougainvillea flourishes among the villages lining the caldera on the island of Santorini, Greece.

Bougainvillea flourishes among the villages lining Santorini’s caldera, with its quaint whitewashed, blue-domed buildings.

(Giovanna Dell’Orto/Associated Press)

Santorini: vertiginous luxury

Blue lights also stain the villages of Santorini – but these are the infinity pools and jacuzzis of luxury hotels carved into the edge of the island’s volcano that erupted into the sea 3,600 years ago.

The 10 km hike between the main town of Fira and Oia, the fanciest village perched on the caldera created during the explosion, crosses fields of black and red lava. On the white pumice stone grow tightly coiled vines of Assyrtiko, the native grape that family-run vineyards like Gavalas turn into unique intense whites.

The multicolored waters of the Aegean Sea sparkle near the islet of Kounoupa off the island of Astypalea, Greece.

The multicolored waters of the Aegean Sea sparkle near the islet of Kounoupa off the island of Astypalea, Greece.

(Giovanna Dell’Orto/Associated Press)

The eruption also buried the prehistoric city of Akrotiri, whose brightly colored frescoes are on display in the Fira museum, and whose site rivals in archaeological power with ancient Thira, perched on a high hill above the most beautiful beaches.
My last afternoon in the islands, I tear myself away from the black sand and navy blue waters of Perivolos beach to admire the sunset from Oia. Couples in matching white attire and sunburned tourists scurry along shop-lined lanes to the West Bank, filling every inch of intersecting terraces.

Next door is the small cistern-shaped chapel with a white and blue steeple featured in countless engagement photos and Instagram feeds. The children of the village have taken it over as a goal area for a football match.

A loud argument breaks out as the ball passes the bell; for a moment it is framed by the Aegean Sea, where the light dissolves from orange to pink.

It might be the perfect picture of a cruise ship brochure – but now it’s simply and refreshingly Greek.

Dell’Orto is a freelance writer and former Associated Press reporter, who provided this article.

‘Childhood sunburn gave me skin cancer in my 40s’ – the first sign


“My childhood sunburns gave me skin cancer in my 40s,” Emma said. As a child, after spending all day outside by the pool, his forehead was blistered and his arms were so sunburned that they had to wear bandages to soothe the pain.

Forty years later, the mother-of-two from Birmingham was left with skin cancer on the exact spot where her forehead had burned.

Diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma – one of the most common skin cancers, Emma is now left with a five centimeter scar.

Dr. Paul Banwellwho treated her said: “Childhood sun exposure is a significant contributor to the development of skin cancer.

“There are of course many other factors – sunburn episodes, skin type, family history, outdoor jobs and interests (sailing, gardening, surfing, tennis, cricket, cycling, golf, etc.) but the childhood years contribute significantly to sun exposure and this is very relevant for later life.”

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The doctor explained that although he was able to remove the cancer, Emma’s case speaks to the “dangers of sunburn at a young age”.

Emma said: “I was so shocked when I went through my story with Paul.

“In my adult life, I have been very conscious about applying an SPF and have been very careful since my early twenties to avoid premature aging.

“I’ve never been on a single transat too. I’m not one to lie in the sun and prefer to use fake tan.


Dr. Banwell explained that basal cell carcinomas can present in different ways.

He said: “Often they look like little pearly nodules with a crust.

“Common symptoms of skin cancer include a sore or area of ​​skin that does not heal in four weeks, looks unusual or painful, itches, bleeds, crusts or crusts for more than four weeks.

“If you are concerned about any area of ​​your skin or something has changed, please seek professional help.”

With summer behind the corner, the doctor urged all parents on the ‘vital importance’ of applying SPF to their children, as well as taking precautions including sun hats and not exposing themselves in the midday sun.

He said: “The majority of sun exposure occurs during childhood. We also know that episodes of sunburn in young people are a good predictor of future skin cancer formation in young people. years to come.”

He explained that most cases of skin cancer are triggered by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, tanning beds or sunlamps.

“More emphasis on the importance of regular SPF application, even when it is not sunny, is essential,” he added.

Emma, ​​who has two daughters aged eight and 11, said her daughters had been very shocked by what had happened to her and were no longer ‘moaning’ about applying their own sunscreen .

“Their aversion to sunscreen is gone and when they complain about sunscreen I said it was really important and now they see why,” she said.

Emma also urged people, especially those caring for children, to take sun precautions.

Teejay hits $250 million sales milestone in 2021-22 – The Island


The Commercial Bank of Ceylon announced that it has partnered with several insurance companies to offer special life and general insurance products with unrivaled low premium rates exclusively for female customers, as part of the “Anagi Women’s Banking” of the Bank.

Extending the scope of the Bank’s services to support this segment, insurance coverage includes options for life insurance, commercial insurance and home insurance, the Bank said.

In addition to the special premium rates that apply, coverage can be obtained through an extremely simplified process and can be extended to clients’ spouses. The Bank said the program is expected to promote financial inclusion, one of the main objectives of the Anagi Women’s Banking portfolio, through insurance protection.

The value of the life insurance policy provided under this scheme ranges from Rs 1 million to Rs 5 million and covers contingencies of ‘natural and accidental death’ of the insured life during the policy period.

Under this life insurance facility, a female Commercial Bank customer between the ages of 18 and 45 can take out a Rs 1 million policy by simply paying an annual premium of Rs 1,100. Spouse can get the same policy for Rs 1,500. Women aged 46 to 65 can opt for the same sum insured with an annual premium of Rs 2,200, if the policy is taken for themselves, or Rs 2,750 , if the policy is taken out to cover the spouse. Cover can be purchased at multiples of unit rates of Rs 1,100 or Rs 2,200.

Citing the 2020 report of the Insurance Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (IRCSL), the Bank said that these are incredibly affordable life insurance policies for women, considering that the average sum insured in Sri Lanka is only 1.4 million rupees that long-term policyholders pay for. an average annual bonus of Rs 28,655.

Commercial Bank customers who become life policyholders under this program are also entitled to value-added services such as access to free fitness classes from the leading online fitness provider Fitzky, and a 15% discount on consultations at any My Dentist clinic, the largest chain of dental clinics in Sri Lanka.

In addition to life cover, business women can also benefit from commercial insurance under “Anagi”. It offers protection against fire or lightning, explosions, malicious or aerial damage, a series of natural disasters, burglaries, acts of terrorism and disturbances, among other incidents. The policy covers damage to buildings, including permanent fixtures, fittings, machinery, inventory, cash and personal property of the policyholder as well as the cost of accidents at work, hospitalization, loss rent, debris removal, architect’s, surveyor’s and engineer’s fees due to damage or accidents, and damage to service lines, to name a few.

It also includes Individual Accident cover for employers and employees in the event of death or permanent disability, as well as civil liability cover.

SKY express and Delta offer more travel options between the United States and the Greek islands


Greek carrier SKY express and Delta Air Lines announced an interline agreement to provide convenient connections for customers between North America and Greece.

The interline agreement will allow passengers to enjoy a seamless journey with one ticket between the points of the networks of the two carriers.

Starting May 19, Delta customers from North America will be able to fly on any of its daily nonstop services to Athens and then connect to any of 34 unique destinations across Greece operated by SKY express.

Delta is offering a record number of flights between the United States and Athens this summer, with service from Atlanta, Boston and New York-JFK, as Greece continues to grow in popularity with American travelers.

“Greece is one of the most sought-after destinations this summer for U.S. travelers and with increased trade and tourism flows between our countries, Delta’s partnership with SKY express provides our customers with more versatility when traveling. it’s about planning the perfect Greek getaway,” said Perry CantaruttiDelta’s senior vice president of alliances.

According to SKY express, the partnership with Delta is another milestone and has been added to the Greek carrier’s list of strategic agreements which includes global airlines such as Air France, KLM, Qatar Airways, American Airlines, Cyprus Airways, Condor , El Al, Middle East Airlines, Transavia, Emirates.

SKY express actively aims to further increase demand and improve the quality of the Greek tourist product.

Image source: Delta Air Lines

Image source: Delta Air Lines

“With one of the youngest, greenest fleets and an unparalleled network, this agreement with Delta will allow customers across the United States to connect with the magical charm of the Greek islands,” said SKY’s chief commercial officer. express. Yannis Lidakis mentioned.

SKY express operates a fleet of modern and fuel-efficient aircraft including A320neos and ATR 72600s adapted to the geographical environment of the Greek islands.

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The ten best resorts in Greece


A LUXURY hotel in Rhodes has been ranked the top resort in Greece on Tripadvisor.

The review site listed on Atrium Platinum Luxury Resort Hotel & Spa as the best place for vacationers with reviews giving it full marks for cleanliness and service.


Corfu was not on the list of top ten resorts in GreeceCredit: tripadvisor

But it looks like a popular Greek holiday destination isn’t making the top ten.

The island of Corfu, a favorite of the British, was missing from the list.

Instead, the resorts of Crete, Santorini and Rhodes stole the top prizes.

Here are TripAdvisor’s top ten resorts in Greece:

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  1. Atrium Platinum Luxury Resort Hotel & Spa

It’s no surprise that this lavish 5-star resort on the sunny coast of Ialisos has come into its own, with impressive views over the picturesque cove of Ixia Bay and two huge swimming pools.

If you tire of sandy beaches, you are only 3 km from the town centre, home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Colossus of Rhodes.

If you tire of sandy beaches, you are only 3 km from the city center


If you tire of sandy beaches, you are only 3 km from the city centerCredit: Tripadvisor

2. Creta Maris Beach Resort

Second place goes to Creta Maris Resort where guests can fully relax in a therapeutic spa with specially designed “spa cabins”.

Rooms are as peaceful as the spa, with ocean and village views and fresh white furnishings.

3. Atrium Palace Thalasso Spa Resort & Villas

the Atrium Palace Thalasso Spa Resort & Villas is the sister resort to Greece’s number one hotel and it’s just as glamorous.

Close to the picturesque village of Lindos, the resort has upmarket traditional restaurants and two pool bars.

4. Mitsis Laguna Resort & Spa

Hotels don’t get more luxurious than that.

On the sunny coast of Hersonissos in Crete, Mitsis Laguna Resort & Spa exudes the sophistication of regal gilded headboards on beds with chandelier-like shades.

TripAdvisor visitors have praised the service and the large number of relaxing pools.

Mitsis Laguna Resort & Spa exudes sophistication


Mitsis Laguna Resort & Spa exudes sophisticationCredit: tripadvisor

5. Mitsis Alila Resort & Spa

It is virtually impossible to get bored when staying at the Mitsis Alila Resort & Spa in Rhodos.

There is an outdoor saltwater swimming pool, water slides, tennis court, beach volleyball court, water sports center and games room.

The highlight, however, is definitely the spa with detoxifying treatments using natural elements from the ocean.

6. Stella Palace Resort & Spa

Stella Palace Resort & Spa is in the top ten due to its fantastic family facilities, which include a huge water park with paddling pools, circular tubes and water towers.

Anyone going on an adventure can head to the nearby Analipsi Canyon, surrounded by mighty steep rocks.

Stella Palace Resort & Spa has fantastic family facilities, which include a huge water park


Stella Palace Resort & Spa has fantastic family facilities, which include a huge water parkCredit: tripadvisor

7. Mitsis Grand Hotel Beach Hotel

The third Mitsis hotel to make the list and with views that can top the other two, this hotel is bright and modern on the inside but still feels very Greek from the outside.

Guests can soak up the sun from two outdoor swimming pools or venture to the medieval town of Rhodes, less than 3 km away.

8. Kiani Beach Resort

Kiani Beach Resort really benefits from its impressive setting, especially in its restaurants.

The food here is Cretan through and through with dishes made with mostly local ingredients like virgin olive oil, green vegetables and fresh fish.

9. Andronis Luxury Suites

Overlooking a rocky volcanic crater, this resort only offers suites and villas.

It’s seriously pricey, with an average room costing over £900 a night, but each has a hot tub or infinity pool with sea views.

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10. Domes of Elounda

You can choose between a suite, a villa or a glamorous private residence Domes of Elounda in northern Crete.

There are four restaurants and four bars where you can enjoy dishes based on fresh fruit and local produce.

You can choose between a suite, a villa or a private residence at Domes of Elounda


You can choose between a suite, a villa or a private residence at Domes of EloundaCredit: tripadvisor

Cost of living: Minister responds to police chief’s call | United Kingdom | News


Comments by the new Constabulary Chief Inspector that police officers should be free to use their ‘discretion’ during the cost of living crisis are ‘outdated thinking’, has blasted Police Minister Kit Malthouse. Inspector Andy Cooke has warned that squeezing the cost of living will trigger more shoplifting, especially of food. Mr Cooke said: ‘The impact of poverty and the lack of opportunity for people is leading to increased crime. There are no two ways to do this.’

To correct the record, Police Minister Kit Malthouse rectified the misconception about LBC: ‘I’m afraid I find this a little old fashioned.

“We believe first and foremost that the law should be blind and that police officers should act without fear or favor in pursuit of the law.

“But second also, it’s not fair to say that the economy fluctuates, and so does crime.

“You know, we’ve seen economic problems in the past or not, whether crime has increased or not.”

“You know, our job is to get ahead of these kinds of crimes, especially in acquisitive neighborhood crimes which are now down very significantly after the pandemic, helped I must say by the pandemic.

“But to bring them down even further.”

The crime rate in the UK was around 80 per 1,000 people in 2021-22, an overall increase of 1.18% from 2020, according to data analysis project CrimeRate.

“And we can do it the smart way,” Minister Malthouse added.

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“So, for example, you said today’s drug summit

“We know that 50% of acquisition crimes – burglary, robbery, shoplifting – are driven by heroin and crack addiction, right?

“If we can treat this addiction, we can reduce crime.

“As you know, Nick, we GPS tag greedy criminals as they get out of jail – burglars, thieves – to make sure they don’t re-offend.

“We know where they are 24 hours a day. We can put a time and place next to a crime.

“These kinds of solutions will help us beat, I’m afraid, that slight assumption of the 1970s.”

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“You know, we think there’s growing evidence that says that while poverty doesn’t cause crime, in fact crime and violence cause poverty,” said Minister Malthouse, correcting the Mr. Cooke’s hypothesis.

“And when you take out crime and violence, very often people and neighborhoods soar and prosper.

“That’s not to say there isn’t a cost-of-living challenge. Of course there is.

“But our job is to make sure that we reduce crime, despite this challenge for everyone.”

UPDATE: Funeral arrangements set for Jody Cash, Calloway County Sheriff’s Deputy shot and killed


UPDATE (05/18/22) – Funeral arrangements have been announced for a Calloway County Sheriff’s Deputy shot and killed in the line of duty.

According to Imes Funeral Home & Crematory in Murray, the funeral service honoring the life of Deputy Chief Jody Cash is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2022 at the CFSB Center on the campus of Murray State University, 1401 KY-121, Murray, KY 42071. Joey Adair will officiate and full burial will follow at Murray City Cemetery.

According to the funeral home, the public is invited to visit from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2022 at Hardin Baptist Church, 6867 US-641, Hardin, KY 42048.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Bright Life Farms, 10200 Farmersville Rd, Princeton, KY 42445; Trooper Island, Dale Hollow Lk, Burkesville, KY 42717 and Supporting Heroes, 11400 Decimal Drive, Ste. 1002, PO Box 991547, Louisville, KY 40269-1547.

Tributes and keepsakes may be shared on the funeral home’s website HERE.

ORIGINAL POST (05/16/22)

BENTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Calloway County sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot in the line of duty and a suspect was also fatally shot. It all happened outside the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office Monday afternoon, according to investigators.

Taylorsville police identified the law enforcement victim as Deputy Jody Cash, a retired Kentucky State Police sergeant.

Deputy Cash and the suspect were pronounced dead at an area hospital. No further details have been released regarding the shooting involving an officer.

KSP says it happened around 2:10 p.m. CDT

The Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is investigating.

The KSP has statewide jurisdiction and investigates officer-involved shootings at the request of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

Governor Andy Beshear issued the following statement:

“Britain and I ask Kentuckians to join us in holding the family and loved ones of Deputy Calloway County in their prayers,” Governor Andy Beshear said. “This MP made the ultimate sacrifice today serving our common good. Let us honor the life, bravery and service of this MP.

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Mitsotakis reaffirms strong ties between Greece and the United States


Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis reaffirmed the strong historic ties between Greece and the United States while addressing several important issues, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Turkey’s conduct in the Eastern Mediterranean in a historic speech during the a joint session of the US Congress on Tuesday.

“I come before you to celebrate a miracle that all free people cherish but which binds Greeks and Americans in a unique way. This miracle, the Greek idea that would forever change the world, is that society works better if all citizens are equal and have the right to participate in the management of their state. In a word, democracy,” Mitsotakis said.

Noting that the two countries have fought “side by side in world wars to defend freedom and democracy,” he said: “Our democracies have battled internal demons. We are both countries that have endured the horrific pain of civil wars, the despair of economic crises, but we have emerged stronger and more determined to defend the values ​​for which our ancestors gave their lives.

Referring to Ukraine’s resistance to the Russian invasion, he told senators and congressmen that while the Greeks “have no animosity towards the Russian people with whom we have been so closely bound by faith and history… we simply cannot be indifferent to a struggle that reminds us so much of our own.

“We recognize the importance of taking sides, and we have taken sides unequivocally, we support Ukraine against Putin’s aggression,” he said, pointing to the sending of humanitarian aid, weapons and the reception of Ukrainian refugees by Greece.

He said it was vital that Russian President Vladimir Putin failed “to send a message to all other authoritarian leaders that historical revisionism and overt acts of aggression that violate international law will not be tolerated by the world community of democratic states”.

Regarding the Eastern Mediterranean, particularly Greece’s relations with Turkey, Mitsotakis called on Congress to help work towards a solution for Cyprus.

“This resentful language of imperial nostalgia revisionism cannot prevail. Speaking of acts of aggression, I ask you… not to forget an open wound that has caused Hellenism endless suffering over the past 48 years. I am referring to the invasion and subsequent division of Cyprus,” he said, adding that “this issue must be resolved in accordance with international law and in accordance with the relevant decisions of the United Nations Security Council.

“As I told President Biden yesterday, no one can and no one will ever agree to a two-state solution in Cyprus,” he said, to loud applause from the chamber.

Within the framework of Greek-Turkish relations, the Prime Minister called for an immediate halt to Turkish overflights of the Greek islands.

Greece is “a peace-seeking democracy that always extends a friendly hand to our neighbours. We are always open to dialogue but there is only one framework we can use to resolve our differences. International law and unwritten principles of good non-neighbourly relations,” he said.

“I want to be absolutely clear. We will not accept overt acts of aggression that violate our sovereignty and territorial rights, including overflights of the Greek islands which must cease immediately.

Returning to a point raised on the first day of his visit to the United States, he said that “the last thing NATO needs at a time when all the focus is on helping Ukraine defeat Russia’s aggression is another source of instability on NATO’s southeastern flank.”

He called on US lawmakers “to consider this when making defense procurement decisions regarding the Eastern Mediterranean”, a clear reference to reports that US President Joe Biden was considering asking Congress to vote for an upgrade of Turkish F-16 fighter jets.

He also called on Congress to play its part in supporting global democracy.

“We need to strengthen our democratic institutions to tackle the root causes of our citizens’ anger and mistrust. We must tackle income inequality without losing the dynamism of our open economies, we must reform social media so that it becomes less socially corrosive, and we must train our young people to seize the opportunities of democratic citizenship in this new era,” he said.

He admitted that the need to reinvent “democracy to meet the challenges of the 21st century may seem like a tall order, but it is the mission of our generation”.

Finally, Mitsotakis called the Greek-American community “an unbreakable bond that will always unite our two countries.”

“Those who sailed to this country were not philosophers and poets like their noble ancestors. For the most part, they were simple workers and they eagerly took any job they could. But no matter how uneducated the Greeks were or how menial the work, they generally applied themselves with great determination and seized every chance to prosper in life and educate their children,” he said. he stated about the tens of thousands of Greeks who emigrated to America.

The United States “has offered them a better future, fulfilling the solemn duty that each generation should be able to live a better life than the last. They lived the American dream but never forgot where they came from. Today, Greeks living in the United States and the three million Americans who identify as Greek include some of the most respected leaders in the arts, sciences, education, medicine, justice and politics.

“I bring you here today the promise of the people of Greece that we will stand with the people of the United States whenever necessary to ensure that the hopes of our ancestors bequeathed to the world 25 centuries ago will endure and that the dream of freedom because every human being on this planet will never die.

“Long live the friendship between Greece and the United States of America,” he concluded.

Attorney General warns New Yorkers to beware of scams in wake of Buffalo shooting | Featured story


STATEN ISLAND, NY (TNS) – Following the terrorist attack in Buffalo on Saturday in which 10 people were fatally shot, New York Attorney General Letitia James issued an alert warning all New York residents to beware of potential fraudulent charities.

Classified as a hate crime by authorities, 13 people were shot and 10 were killed in the shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo on Saturday. Eleven of the 13 victims were black, law enforcement officials said.

Payton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, NY, who drove into a Buffalo supermarket and allegedly killed 10 people on Saturday afternoon has been charged with murder, according to a report in www.syracuse.com, SILive.comsister site.

James’ office has warned that scammers are using the incidents as such to make money and divert donations from intended recipients.

James said scammers will take advantage of kindness for personal gain.

“As New Yorkers across the state show their support and solidarity with the Buffalo community, I urge them to be careful of fake charities and make sure they donate to organizations and trustworthy groups,” James said, “I join the entire Buffalo community and all of New York State in mourning this senseless and hate-filled act of terror.

The Attorney General’s office also released advice for those looking to donate to anyone affected by the Buffalo shootings: — Always check the charities you are donating to before donating money. Most charities are required to register and file financial reports with the Charities Bureau of the Attorney General’s Office if they solicit contributions from New Yorkers. To view his reports, go to CharitiesNYS.com. — Before donating money, ask yourself how your gift will be used. Find more than the case and research which entity will receive the money and the programs it runs. — In the aftermath of tragedies, new organizations are often created. While some are well-meaning and provide innovative support, others lack the experience or the infrastructure. Some may turn out to be scams. — If you receive an email about donations, it is best to contact the charity whose name is in the email and find out if the email is really from the charity. — If you donate through social media, be careful. Find the identity of the fundraiser organizer. Donors should only donate to campaigns run by people they know. Research the charity yourself to confirm that the charity is aware of the campaign and has given approved permission for the use of its name or logo. — If you receive text messages about a charity, make sure the charity allows contributions by text message. — When making a donation, give directly to the charity or by check payable to the charity. Otherwise, don’t give money. — When making a donation, be careful not to give out your credit card or personal information, whether by phone, text or social media. Make sure the charity and campaign are legitimate when you offer your information.

If you believe an organization is misrepresenting its work or a charity fundraiser or scam is underway, the Attorney General’s Office asks New Yorkers to contact the Charities Bureau at [email protected] .

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British mother raped on holiday in Corfu as ‘hotel worker’ arrested for ‘sexual assault’ after party


A UK mum was allegedly raped on the Greek island of Corfu after returning to her hotel after a night out.

A man who police sources say is a hotel employee has been arrested after the woman gave a description of him to police.


British tourist allegedly raped in Corfu, GreeceCredit: Getty

The woman went to police in the early hours of Sunday morning to tell police the man had assaulted her.

She would have been in a “bad state” when she arrived at the station located in the north of the island.

A police source told The Sun Online that the woman was on vacation with her boyfriend in North Corfu.

After a night out, the couple returned to the hotel but the woman woke up to find the man on top of her, the source said.

Police then arrested a 40-year-old man based on his description and brought him to the station, where the tourist identified him as his attacker.

The man denied the rape charge and claimed the woman had consented to have sex with him.

He remains in custody while a complaint is filed against him.

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The British tourist will undergo a forensic examination today, according to Greek media.

A spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We are in contact with the Greek authorities following an incident in Corfu and stand ready to provide support if required.”

The Sun Online has contacted Corfu Police for comment.

British mum raped on holiday in Corfu as ‘hotel worker’ arrested for ‘sexual assault’ after party


A UK mum was allegedly raped on the Greek island of Corfu after returning to her hotel after a night out.

A man who police sources say is a hotel employee has been arrested after the woman gave a description of him to police.


British tourist allegedly raped in Corfu, GreeceCredit: Getty

The woman went to police in the early hours of Sunday morning to tell police the man had assaulted her.

She would have been in “bad condition” when she arrived at the station located in the north of the island.

A police source told The Sun Online that the woman was on holiday with her boyfriend in North Corfu.

After a night out, the couple returned to the hotel but the woman woke up to find the man on top of her, the source said.

Police then arrested a 40-year-old man based on his description and brought him to the station, where the tourist identified him as his attacker.

The man denied the rape charge and claimed the woman had consented to have sex with him.

He remains in custody while a complaint is filed against him.

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The British tourist will undergo a forensic examination today, according to Greek media.

A spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We are in contact with the Greek authorities following an incident in Corfu and stand ready to provide support if required.”

The Sun Online has contacted Corfu Police for comment.

Hydra, one of Greece’s most captivating islands


What do you think of a trip to one of the most beautiful islands in Greece just an hour from Athens?

Hydra is a perfect escape from the city, making it an ideal day trip, where you can hike along the coast (head to the monastery of Profítis Ilías at the top of the hill) or simply spend a day at the pristine beaches.

Hydra Island
Marina on the island of Hydra

Just an hour’s journey from the port of Piraeus by hydrofoil, this wonderful island is undoubtedly a place worth spending more time, and was once home to musician Leonard Cohen and many other artists, who fell in love of this captivating island.


Widely known as one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, Hydra is part of the Saronic Islands and is only an hour by hydrofoil or two hours by ferry from Piraeus. Its most famous for its beautiful architecture, pebble beaches and captivating character.

Hydra Island

One of the greatest parts of this beautiful little paradise is that there are no cars allowed on the island other than garbage trucks and ambulances. The main mode of transport here is mules and donkeys, as well as water taxis.

Hydra Island

Its natural beauty and fascinating history began in the 18th century when Hydra was prosperous thanks to its commercial fleet which traded with countries like Spain, France and America. The island also played a major role in the 1821 War of Independence, providing a significant amount of ships and resources in the fight against the Ottoman Empire; their fleets were powerful and participated in crucial naval battles.

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Today, it thrives due to its natural beauty and charm, which has won over local Greeks and international visitors, including celebrities, fashion designers, artists, photographers and writers.

With 300 churches and six monasteries across the island, as well as plenty of gorgeous beaches, fabulous tavernas and hikes, there’s certainly plenty to see and see.

Hydra Island

Hydra’s main cathedral is located in the center of the harbor below the clock tower. It is said to have been built by a nun when she arrived in 1643 and consists of a magnificent Byzantine-style cathedral.

Founded in 1918, the Historical Archives Museum displays rare artifacts and documents related to the historical, traditional and cultural aspects of the island from 1708 to 1865. Within the museum is an Archives and Museum Section and a Library. Kountouriotis The museum is dedicated to Lazaros Koundouriotis, who played a key role in the War of Independence. It was built in 1780 and features beautiful interiors and paintings by Greek artists. Ecclesiastical Museum located on the west side of the monastery and housed in a former monk’s cell.

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Some of the must-see beaches include Vlychosa beautiful pebble beach in the picturesque town of the same name, just 2 km west of Hydra Town, Kaminia1 km west of Hydra town and near the village of Vlihos, the shallow waters of Kaminia make this pebble beach ideal for families and children, Spilia is a rocky “beach” with translucent blue waters and Agios Nikolaos, which is a secluded and beautiful sandy beach.

No visit to Hydra is complete until you’ve taken a boat trip as the island is just 50 square kilometers and is spectacular from the water.

Whichever direction you turn, it’s truly captivating!

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Lawyers for former CT resident Nathan Carman have been given time to ‘investigate’ the allegations, court documents show


RUTLAND, Vt. — A former Connecticut resident accused of killing his mother off Block Island in 2016 to inherit part of the family’s estate has asked to postpone his detention hearing scheduled for Monday to give his federal public defenders a chance to “investigate” the allegations.

Nathan Carman, 28, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday in a Vermont federal courthouse to first-degree murder and multiple fraud charges related to the death of his mother, Linda Carman.

The eight-count federal indictment, which was unsealed last week, also alleged that Nathan Carman shot and killed his grandfather, John Chakalos, at his Windsor home in 2013 to defraud insurance companies. assurance. However, Carman was not charged with this murder.

During a search of Carman’s home in Vermont last week, federal agents found $10,000 in cash, according to court documents seeking to hold him without bond.

“Carman’s alleged conduct clearly illustrates the danger to the community: the evidence shows he killed not once, but twice,” Vermont U.S. Attorney Nikolas Kerest said in his motion. “Furthermore, the individuals Carman killed were members of his own family. For an individual to kill members of his own family, nothing is excluded. »

A federal judge granted Kerest’s request to continue the case for three days, court staff said. But Carman’s public defenders were granted an extension on Friday after saying they needed more time to craft an argument against being held without bail while they review evidence, according to court documents.

“Counsel intends to search for potential witnesses, register and conduct further consultations and investigations, all of which will be of the utmost importance to this court’s consideration of … factors at the hearing. detention and the attorney’s argument for release,” said Federal Public Defender Michael Desautels. mentioned.

The assistant U.S. federal prosecutors prosecuting Carman did not object to the suit, Desautels said in the motion. Carman was asking for an “indefinite period” extension until his lawyers were ready to argue for his release.

Chief Justice Geoffrey Crawford granted the extension for 60 days while allowing the defense to file an extension if needed.

The lawsuit is the latest delay in a complex case that has baffled investigators for nearly a decade.

In 2016, authorities allege that Carman took his mother on a fishing trip aboard his boat – named the Chicken Pox – with the intention of killing her in hopes of inheriting her money, according to the deed. federal prosecution.

Nathan Carman, a former Middletown resident, was found alone in a life raft eight days after the boat left a Rhode Island marina. His mother was never found.

His grandfather’s estate is worth $42 million and has not been settled, according to Connecticut probate court records.

“As a central part of the scheme, Nathan Carman murdered John Chakalos and Linda Carman,” the indictment reads.

The alleged scheme began in November 2013 when Nathan Carman purchased a Sig Sauer rifle using a New Hampshire license he had obtained, despite living in a rented apartment in Bloomfield, according to the indictment.

The indictment alleged that “Nathan Carman murdered his grandfather, John Chakalos, shooting him twice with the Sig Sauer” as the man slept in his Windsor home on December 20, 2013.

Authorities believe Nathan Carman also threw a GPS device in his truck and his computer hard drive to cover up the murder, according to the indictment. Windsor police said they turned the investigation over to the state attorney general’s cold case unit.

After his grandfather died, the indictment claimed that Carman received approximately $550,000 between a beneficiary account at death and a college account created by Chakalos.

After moving to Vermont in 2014, Carman used up most of that money in 2016, according to the indictment.

“As of the fall of 2016, he lacked funds,” the indictment reads.

“In September 2016, Nathan Carman arranged to go on a chickenpox fishing trip with his mother, Linda Carman,” the indictment reads. “Nathan Carman planned to kill his mother on the trip. He also planned how he would report the sinking of the Chicken Pox and the disappearance of his mother at sea as accidents.

The indictment claimed Carman killed his mother and then hid from search and rescue teams after the ship failed to return. It was eventually picked up by a commercial vessel.

The following month, he filed an insurance claim for $85,000 for chickenpox, according to the indictment. He lost the claim after a nearly three-year court battle. His mother’s sisters also fought in probate court to bar Nathan Carman from inheriting his mother’s share of the estate.

The beautiful city over 2 hours from London that looks like the Cotswolds but without all the tourists


As we soon approach summer, many of us Londoners are looking forward to a well-deserved holiday respite – whether it’s a weekend getaway to Bath or a an all-inclusive package in Corfu, going on holiday is the perfect answer to everything. If you’re already flying off to somewhere tropical this summer and can’t get enough of the travel bug, then why not take a train and explore some of the most beautiful countryside the UK has to offer.

Unsurprisingly, the Cotswolds are a popular holiday destination for Britons and tourists alike, largely due to the excellent transport links offered by major cities such as London, Birmingham and Bristol. The quiet, delicate little towns of the gentle hills have plenty of beautiful scenery to offer while the cobbled streets are often lined with stone houses and tea rooms, giving visitors the perfect dose of ‘country living’.

For every town in the Cotswolds receiving endless accolades and attention, which we are not mistaken, is well deserved, but elsewhere in the UK there is an underrated town that remains a locals best kept secret. One of them is Stamford in Lincolnshire, which has every part of “the harmonious, honeyed aesthetic of the Cotswolds”, as a travel site described it as.

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Shoppers will love Stamford High Street and all its shops

In 2021, The Sunday Times dubbed it the best place to live in the Midlands and praised it for its ‘architectural eye candy’ which resembles the setting of a period drama. As it proudly celebrates its local independent shops including Sinclairs and Stamford Cheese & Deli.

Stamford’s magnificent Georgian architecture is home to some of the best-kept pubs and restaurants, including The Kings Head on Maiden Lane, which serves superb mouth-watering roasts and generous toast with chips. While The Mad Turk, a Turkish restaurant on Pauls Street, serves out-of-the-ordinary chicken skewers with colorful dips.

The perfect place to stay seems to be The George of Stamford, a historic hotel that has kept its period features intact. The rooms are traditional but remain comfortable and elegant. It’s no wonder this town is often compared to the Cotswolds, it has the charm, elegance and quirky shopping, without the overwhelming number of tourists who love to visit.

How to get there

It will take you just over two hours by car from London, while you can take a train from St Pancras International to Leicester followed by another train from Leicester to Stamford – which takes around an hour and 51 minutes in a good day. Very simple really.

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30 million migratory birds stop on the Greek islands


Thirty million birds “stop” on the Greek islands. About 185 million birds migrate to the country every year at this time.

Antikythera is one of the small islands in the Mediterranean, where small migratory birds, such as the most common shrub in Greece, as well as the rudd, stop to rest and eat on their way to Africa.

About 185 million birds migrate over Greece each year at this time. In fact, around 30 million of them have to “refuel” and relax on the first island that comes along. This highlights the need to protect small islands in the Aegean, Libyan and Ionian seas and to actively fight against poaching in the Ionian Sea.

The new data comes from a study conducted by the Department of Biology of the University of Ioannina in collaboration with the Ornithological Station of Antikythera.

The report was published by the Hellenic Ornithological Society on the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of Migratory Birds (Παγκόσμιας Ημέρας Μεταναστευτικών Πουλιών).

According to the study, every year billions of birds of thousands of species embark on a massive journey after wintering in Africa to breeding grounds in northern Europe. “Migration is the most complex activity in the life cycle of these birds, as it requires significant energy,” says Tassos Bunas, researcher at the University of Ioannina and head of the ROUTES research program.

“Migratory birds have to cross the Sahara Desert, perhaps with stops to rest and feed, which does not exist when crossing the Mediterranean. They can travel up to 2,800 kilometers without stopping,” says the expert.

We must protect the habitats of migratory birds and fight poaching, especially in the Ionian Sea.

Based on past (since 2007) and recent measurements, researchers estimate that around 185 million migratory birds pass through Greece each year. Of these, 60% belong to just three species: the swallow (σταυλοχελίδονο), the white warbler (θαμνοφυλλοσκόπο) and the ruddy warbler (θαμνοτσιροβάκο).

As part of the study, experts captured (in a way that did not harm them and then released) migratory birds of 18 species (out of 66 that pass during their migration above Greece) in Gavdos, Antikythera and Strofada.

Scientists measured their body fat and weight, thanks to which, using mathematical models, they calculated how long these birds could still fly (or had to stay on these islands for several days to feed and recover).

It is estimated that around 30 million birds arrive each year on the Greek islands so exhausted that they have to stay there for some time before continuing their flight.

The birds with the greatest amount of fat (23% of their mass) were yellow warblers (κιτρινοστριτσίδες), and those with the least were swallows (8.7%). “Very few birds come to the Greek islands with the strength to continue right away. “Most of them suffer from severe malnutrition,” says Bunas. A study offers a first quantification of birds likely to cope to future changes in their migration paths due to climate change.

In the future, climate change will threaten migratory birds. First, their breeding grounds will move further north, so they will have to travel greater distances. Secondly, according to the models, the Sahara desert will increase, so their food and leisure possibilities will be limited. These developments will further enhance the importance of the Greek islands as stopovers. Therefore, it is extremely important to protect bird habitats, as well as to fight against poaching, especially in the Ionian Sea.

ITA Airways launches the summer season on the French market


PARIS, May 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Yesterday at the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris, ITA Airways, Italy’s new national airline presented the summer season in the French market to representatives of the press as well as to commercial partners on the French market. The Company aims to offer eleven daily flights between France and Italy by June, in order to meet the travel needs of tourists and business travelers.

ITA Airways, which started operations on October 15, 2021, is an efficient and innovative air carrier that will be a point of reference in providing Italy with quality connectivity with national, international and intercontinental destinations. ITA places customers at the center of its strategy, thanks to a strong digitization of processes that guarantees a first-class experience and personalized services, combining it with environmental sustainability (new green and technologically advanced aircraft, use of sustainable fuels) and integrating sustainability into internal strategies and processes.

The development of the intercontinental network represents one of the main assets of the Company, a strategy which will also be consolidated thanks to the arrival at the end of May of the new latest generation Airbus A350, which will join the Airbus A330 already in service with the fleet since the start of the summer season on long-haul destinations.

ITA Airways’ route expansion for this summer focuses on the French market, which is the most strategic European market after Italy and the United States, as well as the one with the largest number of Italian- French. Indeed, the ITA Airways program for the French market will be reinforced with an additional line between Paris CDG and Milan Linate from May 16, which completes the offer with three daily flights. In addition, we are also strengthening the connections between Nice and Rome – already operational – from June 1, with a second direct flight to Rome Fiumicino.

Additionally, there are three daily flights to Rome Fiumicino from Paris CDG and three flights from Paris Orly to Milan Linate, the city’s airport.

The launch of these new routes consolidates the process of expanding the French market, which aims to reach a total of 72 weekly flights between France and Italy by July 2022, for a total of 11 daily flights.

The multiple offers from the Rome Fiumicino hub will allow ITA Airways to be the reference carrier from France to Italy and via Rome to Europe and the Mediterranean for the Italian community and the main communities in Mediterranean countries.

From Paris-CDG and Nice airports, connectivity is ensured with the main Italian destinations: Alghero, Brindisi, Bologna, Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Gene, Milan-Linate, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Reggio Calabria (from Paris- CDG only) , Lamezia Terme, Turin, Trieste, Venice. From July, the destinations of Florence and Verona will be added to the network. From Paris-Orly, the national destinations accessible by Milan-Linate are: Alghero, Brindisi, Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Naples, Palermo, Reggio Calabria, Lamezia Terme.

During the 2022 summer season, ITA Airways will also offer the most popular Mediterranean destinations with new flights to Italian islands, including Sardinia served by both Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate. As well as seasonal flights, departing from Rome FCO and Milan Linate, during the month of August to Spain, Greece and Croatia, Lampedusa, Pantelleria; (destinations served: Corfu, Heraklion, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Ibiza, Minorca, Majorca, Kefalonia, Dubrovnik, Split).

In addition to these five routes already operated to North America, a new destination from Rome Fiumicino to Los Angeles will be added in June, bringing the offer from Italy to the United States to a total of six daily flights.

The summer season will also see the addition of new flights from Rome Fiumicino to Buenos Aires and São Paulo from early June. These new routes will allow ITA Airways to expand in South America, which has always been a favorite destination for Italian vacationers and a country with the largest community of Italian origin.

The centrality of the French market in ITA Airways’ strategy is also reflected in the major marketing campaigns launched in recent months in Paris and Nice, with billboards in the main French stations and places of passage such as La Défense or the department stores in Boulevard Haussman.

Local presence is also provided by the ITA Airways France team who work with travel agencies, business partners and the web to ensure coverage of key customer segments, including business, leisure and of affinity.

Finally, thanks to a strong commercial partnership with the main commercial partners and companies, ITA Airways ensures the complete distribution of its flights covering each segment of passengers in France.

Launched in early March, ITA Airways’ summer 2022 season includes 64 new destinations, including 23 domestic, 34 international and 7 intercontinental. Through codeshare agreements with major international carriers, ITA Airways continues to grow its network through partnerships with other global carriers – providing a preferred route to the company’s most attractive markets, first and primarily in Europe and America, but also in Africa and Saudi Arabia.

The codeshare agreements allow ITA Airways to join the entire national network of other international carriers with direct flights from Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate to their hubs. A total of 24 codeshare agreements have been signed to date, for a total of more than 270 destinations served on which ITA Airways will use its own codes.

All ITA Airways flights can be purchased at ita-airways.com, at the ITA Airways call center or at travel agencies and airport counters.

Voluntary Program
Concerned about maximum customer orientation, ITA Airways launched on October 15, 2021 “Volare”, its new loyalty program, also available to French customers. It was designed as an open ecosystem of services and products, made available by ITA Airways and its partners to guarantee customers a unique 360° travel experience. Since March, the program has been enriched with new features that increase its flexibility and ease of use and offer frequent travelers everything they can expect from a program dedicated to them.

Volare extends its strength by relying on the four values ​​on which it was developed: “Freedom”, “Personalization”, “Choice ” and “Connection” :

Volare is a “tailor-made” program which consists of four exclusive clubs, on an ascending scale of increasing premium levels and dedicated priority services: Smart, Plus, Premium and Executive. With every purchase on ITA flights, customers can earn the points they need to upgrade the Club and enjoy various premium benefits and services. Moreover, from Club Smart, as the access threshold increases, the benefit for the customer also increases in terms of multipliers and services available.

Volare already has many members, both Italian and foreign. To date, the program has more than 361,500 members, of which more than 40,000 are Elite members (ie Club Plus, Premium and Executive). This result is also important because it is consolidating itself on the international market: 35% of participants in the Status Match campaign come from foreign companies.

About ITA Airways
ITA Airways is a company 100% owned by the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance for the exercise of activities in the air transport sector. ITA Airways aims to create an efficient and innovative air carrier that will become a point of reference for providing Italy with quality connectivity both in terms of international destinations, thus stimulating tourism and foreign trade, and within of the country, also taking advantage of air-train mobility integration. ITA Airways will place the best customer service at the center of its strategy (through a strong digitization of processes that guarantee a first-class experience and personalized services), combined with sustainability, in its environmental aspects (new green and technologically advanced aircraft, consumption of sustainable fuels), social (equality and inclusion for a gender-neutral company) and governance (integration of sustainability into strategies and processes) internal aspects). ITA Airways has been a member of the SkyTeam alliance since October 2021.

For more information:
LaPresse SpA Communications and Press Office Director
Barbara Sanicola [email protected]

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From Paris to Corfu, discover the best rated European hotels on Tripadvisor


With summer vacation fast approaching, many of us are putting the finishing touches on our travel plans.

And since accommodation is often the last thing to book, Tripadvisor’s latest award winners may be the inspiration you need. Results are available for 2022 stays, featuring top-rated hotels around the world.

Europe does well across all categories, and the UK particularly triumphed in the ‘best B&B’ league – with a humble Scarborough company topping the list two years in a row.

But if you like the sun, then these famous hotels in Spain, Italy, France and Greece are the places to go. As the winners are based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings posted on Tripadvisor over the past year, it is extremely unlikely that you will be disappointed.

The travel company has checked the listings to make sure they deserve the best billing.

From the best hotels overall to boutique bed and breakfasts and romantic resorts, here’s why thousands of travelers have given these places five stars.

7. Ikos Aria – Kos Island, Greece

This Greek gem ranked third of all hotels in the world in Tripadvisor’s Best Hotels category and, behind Costa Rica and Brazil, was the official European favorite.

Its location clearly helps, perched on the southwest coast of the island of Kos, with incredible views of the Aegean Sea. As part of the sunny Dodecanese Islands, the abundance of vitamin D surely prompts customers to write more positive reviews.

Grounds maintenance and friendly staff also receive commendations.

“An absolutely stunning hotel in the most breathtaking locations,” writes one reviewer. “With immaculately maintained grounds, a wide sandy beach, crystal clear sea and views of the beautiful island.”

6. Hotel Bless – Madrid, Spain

If you want to explore Madrid in style this year, this sophisticated hotel is your safest bet.

What better place to enjoy a siesta than on one of the sun loungers by the rooftop pool, after a morning spent strolling through the city’s incredible galleries and museums?

It came in 10th out of all hotels in the world, for a range of reasons, according to this reviewer.

“Not only is the place classy, ​​stylish and vibrant, but the staff are first class as well. They ensured that our stay at Bless was unique, memorable and incomparable,” they wrote.

5. Ikos Dassia – Corfu, Greece

Another Greek hotel closely followed the Bless Hotel – this time on the island of Corfu.

Ikos Dassia is a new 5 star resort with its own long sandy beach so there is no stress finding your place in the sun.

“The staff can’t seem to do enough for you, the restaurants including the buffet are very good, the place is spotless and the facilities second to none,” said one satisfied guest.

4. Favart House – Paris, France

It can be difficult to know where to start when booking accommodation in the French capital. Which district are you going to, when there are so many attractions around?

But only one place in Paris made the list of Tripadvisor’s top 25 hotels, and that’s La Maison Favart, in the 2nd arrondissement – between the Jardin de Tuileries and Montmartre.

Not only is it conveniently located, it’s also lavishly decorated and – according to at least one reviewer – “Absolutely brilliant in every way!” The staff are particularly attentive, they added, and there’s a wonderful spa to relax in after strolling the streets of Paris.

3. Salerno Centro Bed and Breakfast – Amalfi Coast, Italy

Although no Italian hotels are in the top 25, they are well represented in the Best B&B category (as well as the UK which, while not always perfect in all areas, excels in the fried breakfast department) .

Best of all is Salerno Centro on the beautiful Amalfi Coast. It is located in a former 15th century convent, a stone’s throw from the station. People report it’s very reasonably priced, with the owner overflowing with advice on what to do and where to visit.

A frequent guest was eager to return after last year’s lockdown. “It was quite a moving moment for me when I felt, again, the laughter and joy around Lena and Pasquale’s kitchen table during and after another cooking class,” they wrote.

2. Quinta Jardins do Lago – Madeira, Portugal

This year’s most romantic hotel in Europe is located in a botanical garden. From its Tripadvisor page, it is unclear where the gardens end and the accommodation begins.

But that’s clearly part of the beauty for thousands of guests who bumped it up to number 4 in the romance category.

“Wonderful quiet hotel,” one guest wrote last month. “Only a few minutes from the bustling tourist area of ​​Funchal, it is set in an outstanding botanical garden, with a lovely swimming pool overlooking the sea.”

If you’re curious about Madeira as a destination, check out our guide to the magical island of black sand beaches and ancient forests here.

1. Excelsior Parco Luxury Villa – Capri, Italy

Unsurprisingly, Italy is also full of romantic places to stay. As a couple or not, you will fall under the spell of Villa Excelsior.

There is a particular pleasure in staying on the site of a 2,000 year old ancient Roman residence, knowing that they would have enjoyed the same view of the Bay of Naples.

It underwent a major renovation in 2006 making it the elegant character villa it is today.

“There are only 11 rooms in this hotel and they are all unique,” ​​a newlywed wrote last month. But, “as beautiful as the hotel is, it’s the staff that really shines.”

Inside Sri Lanka’s Giant Economic Mess, The Big China Link


Crisis in Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka has declared that it will default on its external debt of 51 billion dollars. (Case)


Sri Lanka is going through its worst economic crisis since gaining independence from Britain in 1948. Months of prolonged blackouts and severe shortages of food, fuel and medicine have infuriated the public, with huge protests demanding the resignation of the government turning violent this week.

AFP reviews the origins of the economic disaster that has snowballed across the South Asian island nation:

– White elephants –

Sri Lanka has spent a lot of money on dodgy infrastructure projects backed by Chinese loans that have added to its already unsustainable debt.

In the southern district of Hambantota, a huge deepwater port haemorrhaged money from the start of its operations, losing $300 million in six years. Nearby are other Chinese-backed extravaganzas: a huge conference center, largely unused since it opened, and a $200 million airport that at one point couldn’t make enough money to pay his electricity bill.

The plans have been pushed by the powerful Rajapaksa family, which has dominated Sri Lankan politics for much of the past two decades.

– Unsustainable tax cuts –

President Mahinda Rajapaksa was removed from office in 2015, in part over a backlash against his government’s infrastructure campaign, which was mired in corruption claims.

His younger brother, Mr Gotabaya, succeeded him four years later, pledging economic aid and tough action against terrorism after the deadly 2019 Easter Sunday attacks on the island.

Days after taking office, Gotabaya appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister and unveiled the biggest tax cuts in Sri Lanka’s history, deepening chronic budget deficits.

Rating agencies quickly downgraded the country, fearing public debt was spiraling out of control, making it harder for the government to secure new loans.

– Pandemic blow –

The tax cuts were spectacularly ill-timed: a few months later, the coronavirus began to spread around the world.

International tourist arrivals have fallen to zero and remittances from Sri Lankans working abroad have dried up – two economic pillars on which the government has relied to service its debt.

Without these sources of overseas cash, the Rajapaksa administration began using its stockpiles of foreign currency to repay loans.

– Ban on fertilizers –

Sri Lanka has rapidly depleted its foreign exchange reserves at an alarming rate, prompting authorities in 2021 to ban several imports, including – critically – fertilizers and agricultural chemicals that farmers need to make grow their crops.

The government sold this policy as part of an effort to have Sri Lanka become the world’s first all-organic farming nation, but its effects have been disastrous.

Up to a third of the country’s agricultural fields have been left fallow by farmers and the resulting drop in yields has hit tea production, a vital source of export revenue.

The policy was eventually scrapped in late 2021 after protests by farm workers and soaring food prices.

– Shortages and breakdowns –

By the end of 2021, Sri Lanka’s reserves had fallen to $2.7 billion, down from $7.5 billion when Rajapaksa took office two years earlier.

Traders began to struggle to find foreign currency to purchase imported goods. Staples such as rice, lentils, sugar and powdered milk began to disappear from the shelves, forcing supermarkets to ration them. Then gas stations began to run out of gasoline and kerosene, and utilities were unable to purchase enough petroleum to meet electricity demand.

Long queues now form every day across the country by people waiting for hours to buy scant fuel, while power outages keep much of the capital Colombo in darkness each night.

– Debt and default –

Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed a new central bank chief in April, who quickly announced that Sri Lanka would default on its $51 billion external debt to save money for essential imports.

The move failed to shore up Sri Lanka’s deteriorating finances, and it had only about $50 million in usable foreign currency by early May. The country is currently in negotiations for a rescue plan from the International Monetary Fund.

Mahinda Rajapaksa, the prime minister, resigned on Monday in a bid to appease the public after weeks of protests against government mismanagement.

But central bank chief Nandalal Weerasinghe said on Wednesday that unless a new administration takes charge soon, the country faces imminent economic collapse.

“No one can save Sri Lanka at this stage,” he said.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

A Greek island is betting on a green future


When deciding where to test green technology, Greek policymakers chose the furthest point on the map: tiny Tilos.

Electricity and basic services, even access by ferry, are all challenges for the island of barely 500 inhabitants year-round.

His most recent problem involves plastic.

But authorities announced this week that more than 80% of Tilos’ waste is now recycled.

The shadows of visitors are seen on the old landfill on the island of Tilos in the Aegean Sea in southeastern Greece (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)

A landfill where untreated waste was once buried on a hillside has been permanently closed.

The island has already generated most of its own electricity since 2019, using a solar farm and a wind turbine linked to trailer-sized batteries that maintain an uninterrupted supply.

S-shaped and slightly larger than Manhattan in New York, Tilos is a distant member of a chain of islands in the southeastern Aegean, where most beaches are empty, goats roam beside the century-old churches and the jagged mountains smell of wild oregano.

Autonomy is a necessity here and a source of pride.

The same goes for technology adoption.

At the main port, electric vehicles buzz past tourists, transporting goods.

Solar panels power information panels at bus stops and a ramp for people with disabilities to access the sea.

Mayor Maria Kamma-Aliferi said the dwindling population of Tilos added to the urgency for change.

Tilos Mayor Maria Kamma-Aliferi in front of the map of the island as the sentence reads in Greek
Tilos Mayor Maria Kamma-Aliferi in front of the map of the island as the phrase reads in Greek ‘The future starts from zero’ at a recycling plant built on a former landfill (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)

“In the 1990s, there were 270 people left on this island. There were very few births. The school was in danger of closing because it had so few children – I was one of them,” she said.

“And the island was almost completely deserted.”

But the mayor stayed on the island and took college correspondence courses to prepare for business school and learn about public administration.

“We’ve come to the brink, and I think that’s what drives us now,” she said, standing at the site of the former landfill where flowers have now been planted.

With tourism in the Mediterranean set to rebound this summer from the worst of the pandemic, many Greek islands are facing urgent pressure on their resources: a lack of clean water and a reliance on diesel to generate electricity as energy prices continue to soar.

Greece has around 200 populated islands, many of which still experience power outages in the summer and struggle to cope with overflowing landfills, normally hidden in the hills.

Tilos is expecting 30,000 visitors this summer, while the neighboring island of Rhodes is expected to receive more than two million by air alone.

Starting in December, Tilos piloted a garbage collection program, with residents handing out recycling kits and asking them to wash and sort garbage.

An elderly woman picks up a recycling bag after workers picked up rubbish from her home on the island of Tilos in the Aegean Sea in southeastern Greece
An elderly woman picks up a recycling bag after workers picked up trash from her home (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)

“It’s working. We started with 10 houses and are now at over 400,” said Athanasios Polychronopoulos, who runs a Greek recycling company, Polygreen, which offered the service for free, hoping to expand its model. .

“It’s an island community that is open to change. He volunteered to host refugees and organized the first same-sex partnership ceremony in Greece. We had other options, but we knew we had to start here,” he said.

The old landfill site has been replaced with a recycling plant where waste is separated on steel sorting tables to produce powdered glass, cement mix, compost fertilizer, cardboard drums and compressed paper and plastic string that an art gallery is using to make 3D printed sofas and furniture.

The plant currently processes around two tonnes of waste per week, most of which is fully recycled.

Around a third is composted and 15% – classed as “non-recyclable” – is sterilized and ground up for use in construction.

Recycling plant workers separate waste on a sorting bench on the island of Tilos in the Aegean Sea, southeastern Greece
Recycling plant workers separate waste on a sorting bench (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)

The company uses a proprietary application to prepare incoming waste that is weighed at each door-to-door pickup.

It did not release financial details of the plan.

“We keep making mistakes and learning,” said Mr. Polychronopoulos.

“To our surprise, the elderly are the best at sorting waste. It makes sense, if you think about it: they can remember what things looked like before there was plastic. »

Some locals also remember that it was rare to see a ship pass by Tilos.

Rhodes is still two hours away by ferry; mainland Greece is 15.

Hotel owner Akis Sartzetakis and his friend are reflected in a mirror as three men walk by the beach on the Aegean island of Tilos in southeastern Greece
Hotel owner Akis Sartzetakis and his friend are reflected in a mirror as three men pass by Tilos beach (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)

“We always wondered where all the plastic would go. And deep down inside, we always thought we had to do something about it,” says beachfront restaurant owner Nikos Atsiknoudas.

Between preparing meals, waiting tables, and clearing them for new customers, staff pour everything into color-coded bins.

“It’s extra work, but no one can argue with the long-term benefits,” he says.

“We have a lot of foreign visitors. They are more used to recycling than us and they love it.

Official visits to Tilos are rare and greeted with fanfare, with children in traditional costumes congregating at the port.

The most recent was Greece’s energy and environment minister, Costas Skrekas, who arrived with aides from the prime minister’s office to tour the new recycling plant.

“Our small islands are facing difficulties due to the remoteness from the mainland and the (environmental) burden of tourism,” he said after meeting schoolchildren during a recycling awareness class.

“Once again the beautiful island of Tilos is a trendsetter.”

How Long Does Bad Credit Last? Find Out Now!

How Long Does Bad Credit Last? Find Out Now!

How Long Does the Good Stuff Stay on My Credit Report?

The average life span of positive information in your credit report can be between 10 and 10 years. At the end of that time, a account that has been closed usually ages away from your report and takes any positive information.

If you maintain your account maintained in good condition, the account may be a positive influence to the quality of your credit for an indefinite period of time. For instance, if you’ve maintained an identical credit card for over 20 years and always made payments on time it’s a good thing that is still on your credit report. This also increases the lifespan of your credit which is beneficial for your credit score.

Pro suggestion: If you’re able to do this without causing yourself to get into debt, you should keep your old credit cards open and make use of occasionally but make sure to pay the balances off immediately. This will keep the accounts in good standing and report towards your credit Bureaus. This could improve your credit score.

How Long Does Negative Information Stay on Your Credit Report?

The length of time negative information is for on your credit report is different. It is the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) defines the restrictions for reporting the various types of derogatory marks. However, certain limits differ based on state laws. This is how long the occurrences of negative credit background are generally recorded on consumer reports, as required under the FCRA.

Late Payments: Seven Years

Late payments are reported for up to seven years after the time the late payment occurred. For example, suppose you failed to make the credit card payment a few years ago, and you continue to use the credit card. Also, you have to make your payments punctually following the late payment. If the late payment has been 7 years old it generally will not be considered in the history of the particular account in your credit report.

Pro advice: If you make an unintentional payment Contact your credit card company to inquire if they could be willing to defer reporting it to credit bureaus, and/or to reduce the fee for late payments. A lot of credit card companies are willing to do this in the event that your payment track record is impeccable up to the mistake.

Charge-Offs: 7 Years

In the event that you do not pay your debts like a charged-off credit account or installment loan balance, can be listed in the credit file for seven years following the date that the charge was made. The term “charge-off” refers to the time when the creditor is authorized to write the debt off of its books as it is a loss.

Be aware that just because a creditor writes off your debt that is not paid as a loss does not mean that you aren’t responsible for the debt. Your creditor might sell the debt it has charged to a collection company for pennies per dollar. The collection agency could then try at collecting the amount on a new basis.

Pro advice: If the debt was paid off, you should contact the creditor who originally charged you to discuss an agreement. Since the debt is a long time ago and more likely to not pay, the lender might offer less than the amount you owe in order to make the debt settled.

Foreclosures and Short Sales: 7 Years

A foreclosure may be in your credit report for as long as seven years following the date that the filing of the foreclosure. Same goes for the short sale that could appear upon the credit file as an unpaid charge, settlement, a deed in lieu of foreclosure, or “settled for less than the full amount due.” However you report it, sale is considered to be a derogatory act.

Tips for a successful loan: In the event that you are unable to repay your loan due to financial difficulties Contact your lender as quickly as you can. You could be eligible for a variety of relief programs, which include specific programs like COVID mortgage relief, as well as loan programs offered by lenders, such as refinancing or forbearance.

Hard Inquiries: Two Years

There are two types of inquiries. Only one, a hard inquiry, can hurt the credit score. A soft inquiry, for instance, an account audit by the current credit card issuer, will not hurt your credit score.

Hard inquiries happen when you make an application for credit for example, an upcoming credit account, while a prospective lender is reviewing your application. A hard inquiry can hurt your credit score however, it shouldn’t be long-lasting. Hard inquiries are only in the credit record for two years and will only impact the credit score for a period of 12 months.

A tip for you: The majority of credit scoring models combine inquiries that to the same kind of loan, for example mortgages, which are available for 14 to 45 days, depending upon the credit scoring model. This permits borrowers to compare lenders. If you’re looking to compare for mortgage, auto or student loans, you can apply for them all in a short period of time so that your credit score will only be affected one time.

Collection Accounts: Seven and a Half Years

A collection account may be in the credit file for seven years, plus 180 days after the day of debt that was due prior to the any collection activity. In this case, let’s say you weren’t happy with your cable bill. You missed the bill in January but then caught up in February, only to be unable to pay it all over again in April and March. Then your cable company is able to send its bill directly to the debt collection agency. The collection account will remain in the credit file for seven years, plus 180 days from the day the bill was due in March.

Although evictions aren’t listed the report on the credit report, your collection account could when your landlord has you turned into the police for not paying rent.

This is the part that many people do not like whether or not you paid the debt collection account the account will remain on your report for the time. Except for medical debt collection, these are now likely to disappear once they’re paid. Certain credit scoring models don’t take in collections accounts after they’ve been paid, however many do.

Pro tip: Collections that are paid typically impact your score less than collections that are unpaid. It’s important to think about this in deciding if you should pay off a debt that you have owed.

Bankruptcy: 7 or 10 Years

Bankruptcies are reported in the public archives part in credit reports. Chapter 7 bankruptcies may be listed for 10 years after the date of filing. Chapter 13 bankruptcy discharges Chapter 13 bankruptcies are generally taken out after seven years following the date of filing.

A tip for you: Even if you’re undergoing bankruptcy, specifically one that is a Chapter 13, you can still have a positive effect on your credit score. Be punctual with your payments and manage credit prudently to aid in rebuilding your credit after bankruptcy.

Don’t Want to Wait? Here’s What You Can Do Now

These timelines assume that the information in the credit report is honest and exact. If you suspect that the collection account has been listed multiple times or the date is incorrect such as, for instance it could be an argument to question the validity of the report and have it deleted off the credit report. This can help increase the quality of your credit score.

If you suspect that incorrect information is harming your credit then you may want to work with an credit repair service to dispute the inaccurate information. Credible credit repair companies like Lexington Law Firm, can assist you in challenging incorrect information and assist you to take advantage of your right as a consumer . collaborate with credit bureaus to demand the removal of any unfair information removed from the credit report.

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Local hero – crazier than crazier


They love their sporting heroes in Australia, and one of them has brought the country to a complete halt. In 1987, Wayne Gardner became the first Australian to win the world premier class title. Australia has gone Grand Prix crazy. Each race was broadcast live on terrestrial television. The Phillip Island circuit, most famous for its penguins, was completely renovated to host the first-ever Australian Grand Prix in 1989. Gardner, who was voted Australian Sportsman of the Year in 1987 ahead of the Wimbledon tennis champion Pat Cash, had lost his title to Eddie Lawson in 1988. He came to the second round of the 1989 Championship in bad shape after nearly losing a vital part of his anatomy in a dreaded slip and fuel tank collision while finishing fourth at Suzuka. in Japan. Australia held their breath and Gardner didn’t let them down. Just 0.47s separated winner Gardner, Wayne Rainey and Christian Sarron after 30 laps of pure theater that put the whole nation on hold. My sister-in-law, a senior nurse at a Perth hospital, was the first to break through the barriers opposite the pit lane onto the track to celebrate. She was followed by thousands more as Australia went crazy. It was impossible to leave the island by bridge or ferry that night. The 100km journey to Melbourne the next morning took hours with roads adorned with flags and banners. Front-page headlines in all newspapers and television and radio news programs.

Fly into the well-heeled Athenian summer in Porto Heli, Greece


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THE WEEKEND: If you’ve done Crete, Corfu and Kos, follow the royalty, billionaires and famous celebrities on the Greek Riviera. Located in the eastern Peloponnese, pretty Porto Heli is known as the Hamptons of Greece and has been a favorite holiday destination for wealthy Athenians for years. It is the ideal break between two centers if you also have time to visit the capital. Everyone from Tom Hanks to Ronaldo retreats to the area’s clifftop villas to enjoy secluded coves, olive-covered hills and deserted beaches.

OR? A three-hour drive (or 20-minute helicopter jump) above the forested mountains of the capital, Porto Heli is a remote fishing town on the Aegean coast. Hotels are in short supply although chic global beach brand Nikki Beach has a property and major chains are moving in soon. Instead, bring a group and pick up a sprawling villa outside of town. The Greek Villas portfolio manages private properties across the country, but their Porto Heli locations offer supreme luxury to do nothing with style. Enormous Villa Esquire has a separate beach house larger than the average London flat while Villa Tatler is a modern, all-white laying rug that looks straight out of Love Island.

An aerial view of Villa Dwell

THE STAY: Villa Dwell is complete with its own bell tower, a mini vineyard and a garden filled with wildflowers, lavender and lemon trees. There is a huge saltwater swimming pool lined with day beds and a picturesque al fresco dining terrace overlooking the idyllic pebbled cove below, accessed by a private path through the gardens. Eight bedrooms sleeping 16 have spectacular sea views, limestone floors and marble en-suite bathrooms filled with organic produce made from local olive oil. Grab the master if you can for a vaulted wooden ceiling, spalike walk-in shower, and floor-to-ceiling glass doors to wake up to a view.

THE FOOD: There are several good restaurants in Porto Heli, but if you don’t want to spend half your trip navigating nausea-inducing winding roads, plan to eat there. A private chef can be arranged for an additional fee and is well worth it. Ours are stacked halloumi salads, delicious flaky cheese pies and grilled meat platters with tzatziki and pitta. They will also stock the fridge with wine and snacks for you to help yourself to while lazing by the pool.

The private swimming pool

ASK ABOUT: Island hopping without a backpacker. The villa’s concierge service can arrange a private boat to pick you up from the villa’s beach and take you directly to the elegant, car-free island of Spetses, once Greece‘s second largest shipping hub. Take horseback and carriage rides to tour the island, stroll through the old port, and people-watch at seafood restaurants.

AND AFTER THAT? A day trip to the ancient open-air theater of Epidaurus is worth a visit. Ascend to the upper tier of marble seating for mountain views and amazing acoustics to hear someone speaking without a microphone on the stage far below. Next, call in beautiful Nafplio, once the capital of Greece and now a charming seaside town with a magnificent Venetian fortress, narrow lanes draped in blooming bougainvillea, and a gelateria on every corner.

MUST KNOW: Rates per night at Villa Dwell start from €2,140 thegreekvillas.com or call +30 210 64 10 280

Airport chaos continues: TUI asks passengers to bring their own food and drink on board


Passengers on TUI flights have been warned that they may need to bring their own food and drink on board in the coming weeks.

Staffing issues at the company’s catering provider mean that, for now, they cannot serve hot or cold meals and sandwiches on short and medium-haul flights. The snacks and drinks they are able to provide might also be ‘limited’.

In a statement, the company said it is contacting customers to let them know they are bringing their own supplies on board.

“Customers may therefore want to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages on board (alcohol prohibited). All soft drinks over 100ml will need to be purchased after clearing security,” TUI said.

But buying airside food and drink can be difficult for those caught up in the long check-in and security queues that caused chaos in the UK and Europe in recent weeks.

Staff shortages at airports have left thousands of passengers running for their flights with no time to shop once they arrive airside.

Last week, Airports Council International (ACI) warned that delays were inevitable at most European airports this summer due to understaffing caused by a lack of financial support for the airline industry during the pandemic.

For which TUI flights do I have to buy food and drinks?

TUI stressed that the issue would not affect meal services on its long-haul flights to Aruba, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico, Orlando and Saint Lucia.

The Anglo-German holiday and flight company serves more than 70 destinations worldwide from 21 UK airports, including European holiday hotspots, the Greek Islands, the Balearic Islands, the the Canary IslandsTurkey, Croatia and mainland Spain.

Of the 21 airports from which TUI operates, 15 are affected by catering issues: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster Sheffield, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Humberside, Leeds Bradford, Luton, ManchesterNorwich and Teesside.

“Rest assured that we are continuously monitoring the situation and working closely with our suppliers to limit the impact on onboard service for our customers,” TUI said.

Meet Isa: she’s Gerber’s adorable new spokesperson


ISLAND OF STATEN, NY — Gerber announced the winner of its 12th annual photo search, who will serve as the 2022 Gerber Spokesbaby and the honorary role on Gerber’s Executive Committee as Chief Growth Officer (CGO).

Isa Slish of Edmond, Okla., captivated the jury with her overwhelming happiness and bright, bright personality, Gerber announced in a Press release.

“Isa is a strong, amazing little girl who loves interacting with the world around her and nothing will stop her. Her smile lights up the room and her laughter is irresistible,” said Meredith Slish, Isa’s mother. Before she was born in September 2021, we knew Isa was special, and she’s shown that to us every day since she came into our lives.”

When Slish was 18 weeks pregnant with Isa, the family learned that she would be born without a femur or fibula in her right leg. As spokespersons, the family hopes Isa’s story can “raise more awareness of member differences and create greater inclusion for kids like her,” according to Slish.

“Because, just like Isa, they too can be or do whatever they want!” she added.

Isa enjoys spending her days chatting with her older sister, Temperance, 4, and enjoying the breeze outside in the evenings with her dad John. Her favorite foods include Gerber Sweet Potato Puffs and Gerber 1st Foods Butternut Squash.

He’s a super happy baby who loves to play with his hippopotamus and listen to the soundtracks of his favorite movies.

As part of Spokesperson 2022 and CGO’s mandate, Isa will work with Gerber to help the next generation of babies grow and thrive. She will have the opportunity to act as the official Head Taste Tester to taste and review new baby food products and provide Gerber’s leadership team with “advice” on what babies need to eat. ‘coming.

“Gerber’s photo search is an opportunity to celebrate the joy that babies bring. We are thrilled to welcome Isa to the Gerber family as this year’s Spokesbaby and Chief Growing Officer,” said Tarun Malkani, President and CEO of Gerber. “Isa’s submission brought smiles to all of our faces, and she truly embodies the idea that every baby is a Gerber baby. We couldn’t be more excited to work with Isa and her family throughout. next year to find moments of joy for every Gerber baby.

Photo Search was inspired by countless photos sent in by parents who see their little one in the iconic Gerber baby logo, which features the original Gerber baby, Ann Turner Cook.

The campaign celebrates babies and families from all walks of life, underscoring the belief that every baby is a Gerber baby.

In addition to the opportunity to be featured in Gerber’s social media and marketing campaigns throughout the year, Isa and her family received a cash prize of $25,000, a free Gerber product for up to one year. , a $1,000 CGO wardrobe courtesy of Gerber Children’s Clothing and a $1,000 gift card from ezpz for all of Isa’s dishes and meal utensils.

In addition to being the spokesperson for Gerber and CGO this year, Gerber will match Isa’s $25,000 cash prize with a donation to support March of Dimes’ maternal and child health programs.

“With this year’s donation supporting March of Dimes Maternal and Child Health Programs, Gerber reinforces its long-standing partnership to give every family the best possible start,” said Stacey D. Stewart, President and CEO. of the leadership of the March of Dimes. “We are proud to be part of this year’s photo search and join Gerber in congratulating Isa and her family! »

To learn more about Isa and her journey to CGO, visit gerber.com/photosearch.


Our family vacation to Corfu was ruined after easyJet refused to let us on the flight


A MUM said a family holiday in Corfu was ruined after easyJet staff refused to let them board their flight.

Nicci Lou, 43, and her two children were heartbroken after being escorted out of Gatwick Airport, despite their papers still being up to date.


Nicci Lou and her children were hoping to fly to Corfu for their first holiday since the pandemic1 credit

The family had hoped to fly to the Greek island, their first vacation since the Covid pandemic, to celebrate Nicci’s divorce.

But their plans were dashed when gate staff told her she couldn’t fly because Nicci’s passport was about to expire, even though it was still up to date.

Under post-Brexit rules, countries require passports to be valid for at least three – or sometimes six – months after your travel dates.

The mother and her two children were in tears after being turned away and told to go to the information desk for help.

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However, when she arrived, she was escorted out of the building by two security guards.

Nicci told the Mirror: “I made a mistake and didn’t know for the three months from the date you pick up the rule. The problem I have is that I had gone as far as ‘to the gates, almost to the plane, before they said no.

“Then they told us to go to the information desk. They were trying to get rid of me and my crying children. The information desk said they had nothing to do with the theft and that there was no supervisor.

“They escorted us out of the airport, one in front, one behind.

“I had to go through passport control while my children were crying. Then we were left outside the airport gates.

“I shouldn’t have reached the plane doors to be chased away like a stowaway.”

Nicci said she scanned their passport five days in advance and everything was fine until they approached the boarding desk and were told they weren’t allowed in to get on the plane.

Despite kicking herself for making the mistake with her passport, she was stunned that easyJet didn’t warn her of the problem in advance.

“All I want the airline to tell me is if their technology as a digital airline does not allow their app to verify passport details, will they add a pop-up?” she asked.

“Something that will let people know that the boarding pass doesn’t mean they have access to the plane.

“Something that preferably shares the ‘average’ passport requirements. So that other people, other young children, don’t go through that.”

An easyJet spokesperson said: “easyJet follows current government rules on passport validity as set out by the governments where we operate.

“As his passport was unfortunately not valid for his flight, we were unable to allow him to travel on this occasion.

“We remind customers when booking and before they travel via email to ensure they are aware of the travel requirements for the destination they are traveling to and it is customers’ responsibility to s ensure they have valid documentation for the trip.”

The news comes after families were told not to book holidays until they have new passports.

As many as 9.5 million passport applications are expected to be filed this year, after millions expired during the pandemic.

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This has led many families to wait far longer than the recommended five to six weeks to collect their passports.

The government has since warned Britons should not book holidays until they collect their passports as they have different numbers.

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Greece gets 30% of Thomas Cook bookings


Greece is currently the destination with the most bookings at Thomas Cook, CEO Alan French said at a press conference in Athens on Wednesday, with 30% of the travel organization bookings for just one country.

French added that some popular Greek islands, such as Rhodes, have seen an increase in bookings compared to 2021.

He said he met Angela Gerekou, a resident of the Greek National Tourism Organization, and discussed both mistakes made in the past as well as the new business model that will guarantee its customers’ money. Thomas Cook now works exclusively as an online travel business under the international Fosum Tourism group. French and Gerekou also mentioned the promotion of off-season tourism.

As the executive said at the press conference, Greece can offer a wide range of holidays to all travelers throughout the year, while the country is among Thomas Cook’s top destinations in the world, and British and Dutch visitors in particular.

He said the company was aiming for more flexibility and would take advantage of several airlines and types of hotel alternatives in Greece.

According to the company’s data, he said, Rhodes is the most popular island, followed by Crete, Kos, Corfu and Santorini. Couples prefer Rhodes for summer holidays, while Santorini comes third. Compared to 2021, he said, bookings for Rhodes have increased sevenfold, those for Kos have increased by 5.2, Crete by 4.6, Santorini by 3.9 and Corfu by 3, 6.

Regarding the war in Ukraine, French said bookings were higher than six weeks ago and customers seemed less concerned about the war. Additionally, there are more bookings closer to departure dates – 52% of bookings are for the next 10 weeks, he said.

The figures show that customers mainly book four- and five-star hotels and all-inclusive packages. The company’s data for Greece shows that 45% of Thomas Cook travelers prefer five-star hotels, while 58% prefer all-inclusive hotel packages.

The average travel expenditure for holidays in Greece is calculated at 2,600 euros, an increase of 5% compared to 2021. The average expenditure in Greece is 30% higher than in Spain, indicating the high level of all-inclusive and five-star hotels. in Greece, says French.

Is “Mamma Mia” coming back to Greece for a third film?

The first Mama Mia movie was shot in Greece. Credit: Universal Pictures

Fourteen years after the first Mamma Mia film was filmed in Greece, star Colin Firth teased this week that he would be returning for a third film.

“I think it could happen,” Firth said on “Good Morning America” ​​on May 5. “If you manage to do a second, I guess you can do a third, a fourth and a fifth. It was already a miracle.

He added: “And if people want it, I would do it just to see my friends again on a beautiful island.”

Mamma Mia takes place on the fictional island of Kalokairi in Greece

Set on the Greek island of Kalokairi, “Mamma Mia” movie star Meryl Streep (and Lily James) as Donna, a hotel owner who doesn’t know which of her three ex-boyfriends is the father biological of his daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried).

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Firth, Stellan Skarsgard and Pierce Brosnan play the trio of former beaus who could be Sophie’s father; following “Here We Go Again”, everyone feels like grandparents to Sophie’s child.

Christine Baranski, Andy Garcia and Dominic Cooper round out the cast, which included a cameo from Cher in the sequel. Ol Parker directed both feature films.

Mamma Mia’s first film was shot in Greece

The first film, which was shot in Greece, Skopelos, Skiathos and Pilio, was directed by Phyllida Lloyd.

The second film in 2018 “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”, was filmed in Croatia and directed by Ol Parker. He did not return to cinema in the Greek islands because of the complications created by the Greek bureaucracy.

The producers moved the filming location to a remote Croatian island, although the story was still based in Greece. The bad press from Greece at least prompted the Greek Film Commission to streamline the filming process in Greece and on the Greek islands.

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Firth revealed that as “unlikely” as it may seem, the “Mamma Mia” films were just as endearing to make as they were to watch.

“Quite often it looks like fun, but it’s not,” Firth explained. “Actually, we’re at work, and it’s hard work to make something fun. Not so much this time.

The ‘Staircase’ star continued, “We weren’t as drunk as we looked, but it was just the sheer joy of this group of people.”

A trilogy in sight?

Plus, a catchy ABBA soundtrack makes it impossible not to party: “There’s something about ABBA,” Firth said. “Whatever you think – that you liked them back then… It connects us all anyway because everyone knows that, so I think there’s a magic to that.”

“Mamma Mia” producer Judy Craymer previously told Vulture that it was still the idea to do a trilogy.

“I don’t think it would be that hard to get everyone together,” Craymer said. “I know I said there probably will be. I know. But it’s become such a big brand, and you just have to get it right. There are ideas and thoughts, and ABBA wrote more songs. I just gotta move when I’m ready.

Best last minute vacation with unlimited water park access


Is there anything better than a family vacation with unlimited access to water parks?

First Choice has launched a sale with up to 55% off water park holidays, from £226 pp.


First Choice has launched a sale with up to 55% off water park holidays, from £226 ppCredit: Getty

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First Choice’s SplashWorld vacations offer guests free admission to a popular area water park. Some properties have on-site water parks, while others are a short walk or shuttle ride away.

Destinations include popular hotspots in Tenerife, Mallorca, Sunny Beach in Bulgaria and Greece.

For self-catering, seven nights at Villa Mandi and Siam Park in Playa de las Americas, Tenerife, cost from £335 per person (saving £302). Leaving Gatwick on May 6.

The Siam Park water park is the largest in Europe and guests have unlimited access.

The water park offers many rides, including nine slides, waterfalls, a huge wave pool and the “Tower of Power”, a 28m waterslide with speeds of up to 49mph, while traversing a stocked aquarium of sharks and rays.

The cheapest option is from Globales Los Delfines in Cala’n Forcat in Menorca from £226 per person (save £293), departing May 9 from Stansted.

We’ve rounded up the best water park holidays available in May and June, with prices from £226pp for seven-night stays:

  • 7 nights half board at Globales Los Delfines in Cala’n Forcat, Menorca, departing 9 May from Stansted – from £226 per person (saving £293)
  • 7 nights all-inclusive at Aqua Mirage Club in Marrakech, Morocco, departing May 9 from Gatwick – from £331 per person (saving £395)
  • 7 nights all inclusive at Globales Bouganvilla in Sa Coma, Majorca, departing 13th May from Glasgow – from £336 per person (saving £383)
  • 7 nights all-inclusive at Club Mac in Alcudia, Mallorca, departing 10 May from Birmingham – from £349 per person (saving £371)
  • 7 nights all-inclusive at Aqualand Resort and Waterpark in Corfu, Greece, departing 16 May from Cardiff – from £315 per person (saving £400)
  • 7 nights all-inclusive at Aqua Nevis Clubhotel in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, departing 23 May from Cardiff – from £387 per person (saving £319)
  • 7 Nights All Inclusive at Globales Playa Estepona in Estepona, Costa Del Sol departing 15th May from Belfast – from £399 per person (saving £349)
  • 7 nights all inclusive at Aquasplash Estival Resort in La Pineda, Costa Dorada, departing 4th June from Birmingham – from £424 per person (saving £329)
  • 7 nights all inclusive at Porto Bello Beach in Helona Beach, Kos, Greece, departing 10th May from Gatwick – from £466 per person (saving £208)
  • 7 nights all-inclusive at Pegasos World in Side, Antalya region, Turkey, departing 10 May from Newcastle – from £499 per person (saving £291)

Prices are based on two adults and two children traveling together and sharing accommodation.

We found the cheapest holidays to Greece in May and June with breaks from £157 pp.

We’ve also found the cheapest all-inclusive holidays in Turkey – from £33 pp per night at 5* resorts.

Alternatively, for a break in the UK, Britons can take advantage of the May heatwave with stays from £4 pp per night.

The Siam Park water park is the largest in Europe, and guests have unlimited access when booking partner accommodation with First Choice.


The Siam Park water park is the largest in Europe, and guests have unlimited access when booking partner accommodation with First Choice.Credit: First Choice

Olympia Financial Group Inc. Announces Increase in Monthly Cash Dividend and May Dividend


CALGARY, Alberta, May 7, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Olympia Financial Group Inc. (“Olympia”) (TSX: OLY) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has approved an increase of $0.04 in the monthly cash dividend paid on the common shares of Olympia from $0.23 to $0.27 per common share share. Olympia’s new monthly cash dividend of $0.27 per common share will begin with the May 2022 monthly cash dividend. Olympia’s cash dividend payments to holders of Olympia common stock are designated as “eligible dividends” for Canadian tax purposes.

Consistent with the foregoing, Olympia’s Board of Directors has also declared a monthly cash dividend on Olympia common stock of $0.27 per common share. This dividend will be payable on May 31, 2022 to shareholders of record on May 19, 2022. The ex-dividend date is May 18, 2022.

Olympia designates the full amount of such taxable cash dividend as an “Eligible Dividend” for the purposes of the income tax law (Canada), as amended from time to time. Please contact your tax advisor if you have any questions regarding the eligible dividend designation.

About Olympia Financial Group Inc.

Olympia Financial Group Inc. conducts most of its business through its subsidiary Olympia Trust Company, a non-depository trust company. Olympia Trust Company is licensed to carry on trust business in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Olympia Trust Company administers self-directed registered plan accounts, provides foreign exchange and payment services, corporate trust services and transfer agency services. Olympia also provides private health insurance plans and information technology services to exempt market dealers, registrants and issuers through its subsidiary Olympia Benefits Inc.

Olympia’s common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “OLY”.

Statements regarding forward-looking information

Portions of this press release and other public statements by Olympia contain “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws, which are also referred to as “forward-looking statements”, which may not be based on historical data. fact. Where possible, words such as “will”, “plan”, “expect”, “target”, “continue”, “estimate”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, ” intends”, “may”, and similar expressions or statements that certain actions, events or results “could”, “could”, “will”, “might” or “would” be taken, occur or be made, have been used to identify the forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements contained in Olympia’s public disclosure include, but are not limited to, Olympia’s earnings forecasts, fee income, expense levels, general economic, political and market factors in North America. North and internationally, interest and foreign exchange rates, global equity and capital markets, business, competition, changes in technology, changes in government regulations, unexpected legal or regulatory proceedings, events disasters and Olympia’s ability to complete strategic transactions and other factors. In addition, this press release contains forward-looking statements relating to the monthly dividend payments to holders of Olympia common stock.

All material assumptions used in making forward-looking statements are based on management’s knowledge of current business conditions and expectations of future business conditions and trends, including their knowledge of current interest rates and liquidity conditions affecting Olympia and the Canadian economy. Certain important factors or assumptions are applied by Olympia in making forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, factors and assumptions regarding interest and foreign exchange rates, the availability of key personnel, the effect of competition , government regulation of its business, computer failures or security. violations, future capital requirements, market acceptance of its products, its operating cost structure, current tax regime, and Olympia’s ability to obtain necessary third party and governmental approvals, if any .

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Saudi Arabia takes swift action to export solar panels worldwide


Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Commercial Director of Desert Technologies Eng. Majid Refae confirmed that Saudi Arabia offers several programs that support Saudi manufacturers and facilitate the export of solar panels to all countries in the world.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Refae revealed that the Kingdom has defined its priorities for the production of green energy and is pushing companies and institutions in the sector towards the achievement of key objectives while expanding and developing their activities. in the next step.

Regarding the export of solar panels, Refae said it is vital as it helps to increase and create more employment opportunities in the Kingdom and contributes to Saudi Arabia’s GDP growth.

He recalled that the export of national products is one of the most important axes of Saudi Arabia’s national transformation plan, Kingdom Vision 2030.

In coordination with the Saudi Ministry of Energy, Desert Technologies plans to meet the needs of the Kingdom’s market. This includes the construction of solar power plants with a capacity greater than 2 megawatts for citizens and large consumers inside their facilities and homes.

Any surplus would be exported to the public electricity grid in 2022.

Export of solar panels:

The Kingdom has made great strides in exporting solar panels through several programs that support Saudi manufacturers, such as Saudi Export-Import Bank, Saudi Development Fund, National Companies Leadership Program.

“As a specialized company, we have had the privilege of cooperating with the National Business Leadership Program and the Export-Import Bank to sign solar panel export agreements to Europe, Africa and the United States,” Refae told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Positive Feedback:

In addition to generating more job opportunities for the youth of the Kingdom, the export of solar panels also contributes to Saudi Arabia’s GDP growth by focusing on the export business, which is the one of the main objectives of Kingdom Vision 2030.

Additionally, the manufacture and export of solar panels helps advance the Saudi Green Initiative which brings together environmental protection, energy transformation and sustainability programs to work towards a green future.

Desert Technologies, the first Saudi factory and company to export solar panels, has been keen to be one of the main contributors to renewable energy projects, Refae pointed out.

The company has developed a production line to manufacture cumulative capacity solar panels. This will help make Desert Technologies one of the largest national solar panel factories in the region.

Ministry of Energy:

“Our plan is compatible with the Ministry of Energy and aims to meet the needs of the Kingdom’s market for solar energy products,” Refae said, noting that the Saudi market is one of the largest Arab markets in need. of solar products.

“The residential sector in the Kingdom constitutes more than 50% of the market size,” Refae noted, adding that demand is increasing with the rise of new towns such as Neom.

“We are working to help realize plans to expand the use of solar power at the commercial and residential levels,” Refae said.

Saudi manufacturing:

Refae pointed out that the “Saudi Made” program is an important step for all Saudi manufacturers, as it reflects the ability of the Saudi product to compete with high quality.

“Saudi Made” builds a cooperative society linking several companies, in which adequate support is provided to the public and private sectors. It also helps to make Kingdom goods and services a preferred and prominent option locally and globally.

Export outside the Kingdom:

Regarding foreign projects, Refae added that Desert Technologies has expanded its participation in the framework of supporting the “Saudi Made” program and increasing the volume of Saudi non-oil exports.

Its activities have reached Greece, where it is currently supplying solar panels for renewable energy projects on one of the Greek islands with a capacity of 11 megawatts.

“The company has signed a commercial agreement with an American company to export solar panels to its projects in the United States,” Refae revealed.

The agreement places Desert Technologies in a leading position in the US market and strengthens its position in the field of production and export of solar panels internationally.

And in April, Desert Technologies signed an agreement with the Swiss/German group meeco to export its solar panels to Germany to implement several projects in the town of Lambsheim. Reaching new markets that had not been reached before.


Kikilias: growing interest of Romanian travelers for Greece


ATHENS — Romanian travellers’ growing interest in Greece, despite the pandemic “drag” over the previous two summers, is becoming even more apparent this year with demand reaching levels that travel agents estimate 2022 will be. better than 2019. was the message they conveyed to Minister of Tourism Vassilis Kikilias, who is on a two-day visit to Bucharest, making contacts with tourism professionals and journalists.

“During a meeting I had with the Romanian Federation of Travel Agencies, they confirmed to me that Greece would be the first tourist destination this year for their summer holidays. Travelers from Romania will travel from first in Greece this year”, underlined Kikilias and added: “It is the result of very hard and constant work throughout the year, but also of a great collective and global effort made in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism, the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO), Marketing Greece and all the professionals in the country.We must be ready and organized to welcome people and offer them a unique tourist experience so that we can have them again with us next year.

Speaking to the Athenian-Macedonian News Agency, the vice-president of the Federation of Tour Operators of Romania pointed out that after two summers with restrictions and strict sanitary measures, this season opens with more freedom for Romanian tourists who show an even greater interest in Greece. and it is very likely that we will see higher arrivals than in 2019.

He also pointed out that Kikilias’ visit to Bucharest has a very strong impact on Romanian public opinion. As he said “the impact will be greater than advertisements that would cost a lot of money”, explaining that for Romanians “the presence of the Greek Minister of Tourism here is very important”.

“The first destination for those traveling by road is Thassos and Samothrace. These islands are now full of Romanians. However, they usually travel all the way from Alexandroupolis to Katerini and of course to Halkidiki. In recent years they have chosen other destinations like Corfu, Lefkada, Parga, Evia, etc. But apart from those who travel by road, it must be said that many people travel to the Greek islands by plane. In summer, 10-15 charter flights are launched from 10 cities in Romania,” he pointed out.

As noted by the head of the GNTO office in Bucharest, George Stafylakis, around 80% of travelers from Romania arrive in Greece by road. In 2019, the number of Romanian tourists to Greece reached 1,400,000.

Aquidneck Growers Market to Open at Embrace Home Loans


In the good news department, the Aquidneck Farmers Market has found a new home.

You can now find it every Saturday morning, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to noon at 25 Enterprise Way in Middletown on the Embrace Home Loans campus, just between City Hall and the adjacent mall. .

The new spot comes with some nice perks that buyers will appreciate. First of all, it is centrally located with easy access just off East Main Road. There’s also plenty of space for the more than 25 vendors to sell their wide selection of locally sourced foods, plants, prepared foods and beverages.

Best of all, there is plenty of free parking. We look forward to continued market success and growth in its new home.

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It was touch and go for a minute. If Middletown City Council hadn’t approved the market permit Monday night, the Farmers’ Market would have officially been homeless. Thankfully the council has passed and the market will debut in its new home on Saturday.

Congratulations also to the people of Embrace for taking over. As a company headquartered in Middletown, it’s nice to see their commitment to our island and their support of local nonprofits like the Aquidneck Community Table, the people who run the Growers Market.

“ACT is very grateful to Embrace Home Loans for offering to share their lovely place with us,” said ACT Board Chair Susan Wells. “It’s a great location with ample parking, and right on time too!”

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This will be the sixth move for the market in the past 30 months. That’s a lot of moving, making it a challenge for market goers who want a consistent presence. The market’s original home was at Newport Vineyards in Middletown, where it flourished for over 25 years. But as the winery and market grew, space became a challenge between parking issues and the conflicting needs of the event.

The market then moved to the roundhouse at Easton’ Beach in Newport, which seemed like the perfect fit. Then came COVID and the closure of all public buildings by the city, including the Rotunda. From there, the market was moved to the Gateway Visitor Center for some chilly Saturday mornings outdoors, and then to Pell Elementary School where it existed until the fall of 2021.

Karla Simmons of Simmons Farm assists a customer at the 2020 Aquidneck Farmer's Market.

For the winter, the market was moved to Stoneacre Garden in Newport, a good solution for the colder months, but not feasible for the busy spring and summer seasons. The market was due to return to Pell for the 2022 summer season, but very recently people learned that construction at the school would prevent the site from being used this summer.

Suddenly the market was homeless.

The Farmers Market is important to our community. It’s a place where we can all buy our locally grown fresh produce directly from growers and suppliers. There’s something special about filling your fridge with items you buy by putting money (or a credit card) in the hand of the person who actually harvested, cooked, or created it.

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It’s investing in our community — keeping our money local. Plus, the freshness of what you buy is unbeatable. Browsing the stalls on a Saturday morning looking for something to cook for dinner that night is as fresh as it gets. Additionally, you can afford some of the specialty items for sale.

But beyond the joy of shopping, the Growers Market has a significant impact on the community. Through a partnership with Farm Fresh RI, Aquidneck Community Table offers 100% matching for fruits and vegetables to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) customers who use their EBT allowance at a market.

In 2020-2021, ACT has matched nearly $30,000 for SNAP participants, which has had a substantial impact on addressing food insecurity in our own community. Many market vendors also accept WIC (women, infants and children). The Farmers Market helps provide our community with access to fresh, healthy, locally sourced food, as well as a food support program for community members struggling with food bills.

Young Ida can't wait to get to the Aquidneck Farmers' Market at her new home at Embrace Home Loans.

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That is what community markets are for.

The new home for the Embrace Home Loans on-campus market will welcome many visitors this weekend. I hope we will have a nice warm day to enjoy it. The market will be there regardless of the weather, and you should be there too.

Because when someone moves into the neighborhood, it’s nice to visit them, especially when there’s good food.

Dan Lederer is a Middletown resident with 30 years experience in the restaurant industry throughout New England. He continues to work locally behind the scenes in the industry and remains a dedicated fan of all things restaurant and hospitality. His column appears on newportri.com and Thursdays in The Daily News. Cheers!

10 Greek Islands to Visit Instead of Mykonos


Mykonos has long been a go-to destination for backpackers and honeymooners, but as tourism picks up, many people are looking for alternatives. Fortunately, the Greek islands are not lacking with crystal blue waters, whitewashed buildings, sandy beaches and volcanic cliffs.

Consider these 10 alternatives to Mykonos when looking for a budget-friendly, less crowded getaway.

ten Naxos

Travelers looking for the white-and-blue Cycladic architecture and design of Mykonos without the revelers and crowds should consider booking their Naxos vacation instead. Naxos is just over an hour from Mykonos by ferry and retains all the desirable benefits of visiting the South Aegean without the high price and tourist crowd density.

Visitors can relax on the white sands of Plaka Beach or visit the hilltop castle, Kastro. The whitewashed medieval houses of Chora will make your dreams of a Greek island vacation come true.

9 paros

A short ferry ride from Naxos is the popular Cycladic island of Paros. Although still a favorite among tourists, Paros is cheaper and less crowded than Mykonos or Santorini with all the charm. Paros has vibrant blue waters, romantic stone streets and whitewashed buildings with blue roofs.

The main attractions on the island include visiting Panagia Ekatontapiliani (a historic church) and the Frankish castle of Parikia. There are also many beautiful beaches like Kolymbithres beach, Monastiri beach and Piperi beach.

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8 Milo

Milos is an up-and-coming destination for travelers looking for more affordable alternatives to Mykonos and Santorini. It is still part of the Cyclades but is located west of the other popular islands in the region. The main settlement on the island is Plaka, but it’s worth venturing to the village of Firopotamos for at least a day to experience life in a Greek fishing village.

A must-see spot in Milos is Sarakiniko Beach, which features white volcanic cliffs that contrast beautifully with the vibrant blue of the Aegean Sea. Many visitors come here for the thrill of cliff jumping.

7 Zante

Travelers keen to explore islands outside the Cyclades can enjoy another side of Greece; that usually means lower prices and more local experiences. Zakynthos is an island in the Ionian Sea and has some of the best natural scenery in the region.

Zakynthos is particularly famous for Navagio Beach, nicknamed Shipwreck Beach. This sandy cove is on the northwest shore of the island and is where visitors can see Panagiotis, the ship that ran aground here in the early 1980s.

6 Icaria

Back towards the Aegean, Ikaria is a unique choice for a Greek island getaway. Ikaria is one of the five “blue zones” in the world, which are the regions where people statistically live the longest. Every third resident of Ikaria lives over 90 years old, and it is common for people to live here until they are 100 years old.

Spending time here can help travelers understand the secrets of a long life. There are valuable lessons to be learned by speaking with locals and observing their way of life. Besides being a blue zone, Ikaria offers beautiful beaches like Nas beach and quality wine at Afianes Wines.

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5 Rhodes

Rhodes is part of the Greek Dodecanese Islands and is closer to mainland Turkey than to mainland Greece. The medieval city of Rhodes is the island’s must-see attraction and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The landscapes of the island are spectacular with towering mountains and contrasting seascapes. Many visitors enjoy windsurfing and kite surfing on the south coast of the island.

4 Kefalonia

Located to the west of mainland Greece, Kefalonia sits on the Ionian Sea. It has a dry landscape, limestone cliffs and white sand beaches. The waters here are incredibly blue and the colorful buildings give the island a different feel to life than the Cyclades.

Kefalonia is easy to reach from Athens as it has its own airport (Kefalonia Anna Pollatou International Airport). Direct flights from Athens are short, taking just over an hour.

3 Skiathos

A lesser known group of islands off the coast of Greece is called the Sporades. The Sporades comprise 24 islands on the east coast of the country in the Aegean Sea. Travelers looking for a less touristy Greek destination will love the island of the Sporades, Skiathos. Skiathos has an outdoor cinema for evening entertainment, cafes and many quaint shops.

The main attraction is Lalaria beach, accessible only by boat. Lalaria offers shocking turquoise waters and white stone cliffs rising from the sea. It takes only 40 minutes to fly from Athens to Skiathos International Airport.

2 Kalymnos

Kalymnos is another island in the Dodecanese grouping and is the perfect marriage with Rhodes for a week-long Aegean getaway. Kalymnos was originally a sponge fishing village, with the industry supporting much of the island’s economy until the sponge fish population died out. Between 1859 and 1967 Kalymnos lost over 90% of its sponge-fishing population.

Today, tourism is booming on the island and becoming a popular destination for adventurous travelers who enjoy rock climbing. The easiest way to get there from Athens is to fly to Kos and take a ferry.

1 Anafi

Another jewel of the Cyclades, Anafi is located near Santorini. It offers the same whitewashed buildings and stone streets as Mykonos while taking travelers off the beaten track. Due to the limited tourist population here, there isn’t the same level of infrastructure as some of the other Greek islands on this list. Hence, one can spend a lot of time relaxing on peaceful beaches and enjoying the tranquility of this hidden oasis in Greece.

Visitors can admire the magnificent whitewashed architecture of the Church of Panagia Kalamiotissa before heading to the beach. Livoskopos, Roukouna and Katsouni are the most popular beaches on this small island.

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Greece will promote the tourist product through a “door-to-door” strategy


Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (R) with Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias and Deputy Tourism Minister Sofia Zacharaki.

Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias announced that he will follow a “door to door” strategy to promote Greece and thereby connect with target markets on a personal level.

Speaking in a recent interview with Real News, Kikilias said he soon plans to visit a number of countries in the near future and promote Greece “door to door” to spread the message that the country is “the most beautiful part of the world”. ”.

The first step of the Greek tourism minister will be Romaniaa country from which Greece could attract more travelers by road.

Next on the minister’s agenda will be a visit to Serbia, Germany and the Scandinavian countries.

Kikilias pointed out that the Greek government, after dealing with the main external challenges in recent years, has managed to create an “climate of trust and security” for Greece for foreign countries.

“The country’s brand name has been enhanced worldwide… This has resulted in a strong tourist flow, which creates significant prospects for boosting the Greek economy through tourism,” he said.

Target: Promote lesser-known destinations

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During the interview, Kikilias recalled that the ministry’s strategy includes spotlighting lesser-known tourist destinations.

“This year, for the first time, the GNTO and the ministry have launched a campaign that will run for 12 months of the year,” he said.

Year-round campaign promotes continental winter destinations; city ​​breaks in Athens, Thessaloniki and other cities; and all the islands, especially the lesser known ones.

“It’s our design. Promoting lesser-known destinations, incomparable beauties, unknown to many travelers, which are found in every corner of the country,” Kikilias said, stressing that tourism is the most powerful means of regional development and boosting the economy. .

“On our small islands and in our mountainous areas, investments are flowing in and tourism revenues are increasing strongly. In the same context, the tourism investments that are currently being implemented throughout Greece will improve the quality of our brand and contribute to the emergence of new destinations,” he said.

Greek tourism in 2022

Commenting on Greece’s tourism performance so far, the minister referred to “very encouraging” data which includes high numbers of foreign visitors during the recent Easter holidays.

“After two years (following the pandemic), our country welcomed travelers to winter destinations, weekend city breaks – mainly in Athens and Thessaloniki – and now for the first 20 days of April, the data are very positive for the Greek economy and for the income of the average Greek family,” said Kikilias.

The Minister also seemed optimistic that the Greek tourist season could again extend beyond autumn, as was the case last year when many Greek islands such as Rhodes and Corfu welcomed tourists during the winter months 2021 and 2022.

Additionally, in early March, Greece saw the first cruise ships of the season arriving in Piraeus, Thessaloniki and Heraklion, earlier than ever. Additionally, during this month, US carriers began launching the first direct flights for 2022 from the United States. The minister said he expects more than 470,000 travelers to arrive in Athens this year from Washington, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston and New York.

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“Our goal is to have tourists and visitors to Greece all year round,” he said.

Kikilias also spoke about the energy crisis, high prices and the general insecurity caused by the war which also affects Greece, as it does for all other countries.

“We are still living in a pandemic environment and unfortunately we are in the midst of a tragic war in the heart of Europe, which is of course affecting tourism worldwide. We will continue to work hard to achieve the best possible for the country,” he added.

30 million euros for the 2022 holiday subsidy program

At this point, the minister announced that the ministry plans to renew the “Tourism for All” holiday subsidy program for this year.

Aimed at low-income Greeks, the social tourism program “Tourism for All” offers subsidized holidays throughout the year. The program also aims to boost domestic tourism for the benefit of companies in the sector.

According to Kikilias, the program for 2022 will be launched in July and 30 million euros will be allocated from the state budget to give the possibility to Greeks to enjoy holidays in the country. More details should be released soon.

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Virgin Voyages heads down as Resilient Lady announces new Australian homeport


Resilient Lady, the newest Ladyship in Virgin Voyages’ four-ship fleet, will make its way down via a 44-night transcontinental voyage in October 2023, offering British sailors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to set sail Virgin Lane along the high seas from Athens to Sydney.

London, United Kingdom – Virgin tripsRichard Branson’s award-winning cruise line is targeting Australia and New Zealand, announcing Melbourne, Australia as the brand’s new homeport in 2023.

resilient ladythe newest Ladyship in Virgin Voyages’ four-ship fleet, will make its way down via a 44-night transcontinental voyage in October 2023, offering British sailors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to set sail Virgin-style along the high seas from Athens to Sydney.

With the UK being the fourth largest market for inbound visitors to Australia, transcontinental travel offers the perfect way to see the land Down Under, while stopping off at some of the most amazing places in the world along the way.

Sailors will experience the glamor and unparalleled service synonymous with the Virgin brand on three different routes leading Resilient Lady from Athens to Australia. The first 14-night stay takes sailors to Dubai, stopping in Santorini and Rhodes, before visiting Cairo and the Great Pyramid of Giza. From Dubai, Resilient Lady sails to Singapore via Mumbai and Goa, the final 15-night voyage taking her to Sydney, via the South Pacific, including an overnight stay in Bali. After this epic journey, Resilient Lady will arrive at her new home at Station Pier in Port Melbourne, Victoria.

President and Chief Experience Officer of Virgin Voyages, Nirmal Saverimuttumentioned: “New Zealand and Australia are two spectacular countries, and we knew these destinations, combined with the Virgin Voyages experience, would make for the most amazing vacation. With sister ship Scarlet Lady sailing the beautiful Caribbean seas and the Valiant Lady enjoying the Mediterranean sunshine, we can’t wait to mark the arrival of Resilient Lady to the South Pacific seas. We’re thrilled to now be able to offer travelers access to even more amazing destinations, and we look forward to welcome sailors – old and new – aboard for a sailing experience like never before.

Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson described it as an exciting milestone for the brand: “Australia and New Zealand hold a very special place in my heart and we can’t wait for them to meet our Resilient Lady and experience all she has to offer in true Virgin style.” said Sir Richard.

“For more than 50 years, Virgin businesses have been innovating and improving industries for our customers. Virgin Voyages is charting its own course, offering a new perspective on cruise travel with all the elements of the Virgin experience people love.

Exclusively for adults, voyages from Station Pier in Port Melbourne will take on a “superyacht style” envisioned by a creative collective of the world’s most renowned interior designers. Ranging from 2 to 14 nights with a mix of itineraries, sailors will experience culinary offerings led by Michelin-starred chefs at six iconic restaurants and over 14 other restaurants, unparalleled health and wellness offerings and entertainment from festival style – all inclusive.

New Zealand routes include stops in cities such as Auckland, Dunedin and Christchurch, with destinations across Australia including Hobart, Burnie and Sydney.

Resilient Lady will sail through New Zealand and Australia from December 11, 2023 to March 27, 2024. Bookings are now open and sailors can save up to 30% on voyage fares. For those wishing to board earlier, Resilient Lady will depart in August from Piraeus (Athens) calling at Santorini, Rhodes, Mykonos, Dubrovnik and Corfu.

10 affordable accommodations in Santorini to book this summer


Santorini is one of the most popular Greek islands for honeymooners, backpackers, and family getaways, and for good reason. This idyllic Cycladic island offers temperate blue waters, dreamy orange sunsets and delicious dining options. Santorini deserves a spot on every traveler’s bucket list, but for those on a budget, it might seem like an unreachable destination.

Luckily, there are several affordable lodging options, under $150 per night, for those who know where to look. These are 10 options to make those Santorini travel dreams come true without breaking the bank.

ten Villas in Stavros

Backpackers looking for budget accommodation on the island of Santorini should look no further than the charming Stavros Villas. Travelers can book these villas through Hostelworld.com and cost around $150 per night, depending on what time of year they plan to stay.

The low price is due to the villas location about 15 minutes from the main town of Fira, in an area called Karterados. The hostel is on a quiet country road and offers a nice pool and free breakfast included with the reservation. The owner and manager of the hostel, Steve Stavros, is a kind and helpful person who is ready to help guests rent a car and an ATV, so they can get around the island easily.

9 Lefteris Traditional Rooms

Lefteris Traditional Rooms offers budget accommodation in Santorini while providing a high quality guest experience. Travelers can book these double rooms through Booking.com for less than $75 a night, in the heart of Fira. Lefteris Traditional Rooms is 2.5 km from the beach and just 200 meters from the town centre.

Rooms have air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Guests also have access to a garden and sun terrace during their stay. Some rooms also have a private balcony. The double rooms have a private bathroom with free toiletries.

8 Pithos Apartments

Pithos Apartments cost just $130 per night and are centrally located on the island in the small village of Vothonas. For travelers wanting to stay out of the main tourist area, Pithos Apartments is great value for comfortable, clean accommodation that offers a traditional Greek experience.

The apartment is around 3km from the popular town of Fira, but Santorini has excellent bus services which make it easy to reach the town center at any time of the day.

7 Villa Koronios

Villa Koronios is another budget gem in Fira, located just 0.7 km from the city center. Visitors staying here will find themselves surrounded by the iconic whitewashed houses of the Greek islands. Standard double and twin rooms cost less than $130 per night and give travelers access to a host of amenities. There is a swimming pool, hot tub, sun terrace and sea view.

Each room is equipped with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Many of them also have a private balcony to enjoy the incredible views surrounding the villa.

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6 Vrachia Studios

For $150 a night, travelers can stay in the coveted town of Oia, famous for its unparalleled sunsets that paint white houses orange every night. Vrachia Studios is a beachfront location decorated in the traditional Cycladic style. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the property and a sun terrace for all guests to enjoy.

The room is equipped with air conditioning, a television, a coffee maker and a refrigerator. You can prepare your own breakfast daily with bread, jam, orange juice and coffee provided by the host.

5 Galatia Villas

Located just 0.5 km from Fira town center and only 2.2 km from the beach, Galatia Villas is located for the perfect Greek holiday. For those willing to sacrifice a room with a view, budget accommodation in such a beautiful location is available at Galatia Villas. Their economy double and twin rooms (no view) cost less than $140 per night.

The white stone walls and vibrant blue water of the swimming pool are the ideal backdrops for a dream getaway. The rooms are equipped with a fridge, TV, free Wi-Fi and a coffee/tea maker. The villa also offers an airport shuttle service to its guests.

4 Katefiani Villas

A great way to find nice places to stay at more affordable prices in Santorini is to venture outside of the two main towns of Fira and Oia. At the opposite end of the island of Oia is Perissa. This area has the famous black sand beach and many hotels and hostels at lower prices.

Katefiani Villas in Perissa is just 250 meters from the beach and rooms with an extra large double bed and private kitchenette cost less than $120 per night. The rooms are equipped with a refrigerator, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and a TV. The airport shuttle service is available on request (for a fee).

3 Anna Maria Rooms Santorini

Another affordable option to stay in the Perissa Beach area is Anna Maria Rooms Santorini, which is right on the beach and only 0.9 km from the city center. It is possible to book a standard double room for less than $100 per night, with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and mountain views.

The guesthouse is stunning, with the traditional white stone and blue accents that Santorini is famous for. It’s highly rated for cleanliness by reviewers, and each room has a private bathroom.

2 Cultural House Studio Village View

The rooms at this Airbnb are all inspired by Cycladic architecture, offering an authentic Greek island experience for less than $120 per night. Cultural House Studio Village is located in the town of Pyrgos, a medieval village known for its wine and taverns. Foodies will love staying here and they can do it on a budget.

The rooms are clean and modern, and each room has a private bathroom and a small balcony.

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1 Fira Backpacker’s Place

Travelers who are extremely budget conscious but still want to visit Santorini may prefer to stay in a hostel dorm. Fira Backpacker’s Place offers comfortable dorm-style accommodation in downtown Fira from just $68 per night. The hostel offers a shared kitchen, swimming pool and shared bathrooms.

Guests staying in a dormitory also have access to a private locker to store their luggage and valuables safely. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hostel, a washing machine and a TV for watching movies.

The hostel also helps guests arrange tours, ATV rentals, or other activities they want to enjoy while visiting.

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Book review: Shreya Sen-Handley’s memoir ‘Handle With Care: Travels With My Family’ celebrates life’s simple pleasures


Handle With care: Traveling with my family (to say nothing of the dog) is a delightful and fun travelogue that celebrates the simple joys of travel, finding new experiences, and pursuing dreams in the least ostentatious and inexpensive way possible. Writer Shreya Sen-Handley takes readers on a most unique journey to different parts of the world, where literature meets reality and the serious and the absurd alternate to create an exciting and often hilarious experience.

One of the most interesting aspects of the book is how the author’s love of literature often, consciously or unconsciously, dictates his choice of destination. She herself admits: “Our adventures, those on purpose and in which we did not fall by chance, were often literary. These seemingly formal outings took us off the beaten track, opening us up to new experiences…”. The book takes the reader to various interesting literary sites, including the original Baskerville Hall, built in 1839, where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a frequent visitor. Although it was here that Conan Doyle first heard of the local legend of the curse that inspired his The Hound of the Baskervilles, he set his story in Devon – away from Hay-on-Wye in Wales, close to where the Hall is – in order to protect the privacy of his guests. On the other hand, Devon also has the dark and eerie moors of Dartmoor so necessary to the story. Naturally, Shreya Sen-Handley and her cheerful and fearless family didn’t leave Dartmoor off their itinerary. Other interesting places the book talks about include James Herriot’s Yorkshire, immortalized in books such as All creatures big and small; the rocky Cornish beaches with their secret coves and low-wheeling seabirds, which were “the perfect place” for Daphne du Maurier Jamaica hostel; Dorset by Thomas Hardy; Corfu by Gerald Durrell; the North Yorkshire moors of the Brontë sisters; and many other sites made famous by literature. With her simple and elegant writing style, her infectious enthusiasm and energy, Shreya Sen-Handley has managed to bring these places to life for readers.

However, the book is much more than just a literary travelogue. The author is an avid traveler who enjoys a place’s greatest attractions without losing sight of local color, customs and cuisine. Food plays an important role in the enjoyment of travel, and Shreya Sen-Handley’s book is a foodie’s delight. Almost casually during her story, she provides crucial information about local dishes. Whether it’s stifado (“a magnificent Greek lamb stew”) with savatiano in Corfu; or the “tasty pastrami, fluffy matzo balls and hearty latkes” at Katz in New York; or the huge seafood dinners in Digha (West Bengal) and Puri (Odisha); or the French bread, thick slices of ham and big sack of freshly picked cherries from the medieval market hall of Ross-on-Wye in Wales; or the ‘worker’s cider’ at the haunted Queen’s Head, Sheffield’s oldest pub; or the “huge chocolate slabs of madness” at Baba’s, “the best little hash house in Amsterdam”, the author tries everything and gives up no experience, and that’s what makes the book enjoyable to read. “You learn to weather the storms and while you’re at it, have a ton of fun. And food,” she writes, and the book makes it clear that the author practices what she preaches.

Shreya Sen-Handley is funny, sometimes poignant, sometimes wise and has a very refined sense of the absurd. She paints images of places with her own colors and her own perception, but at the same time she never loses sight of the historical perspective. The book also talks about little-known nooks and crannies of the world, with their fascinating stories and histories.

What is more beautiful Handle with Care it’s not just a little travel book; it’s a celebration of life’s simple pleasures. “We don’t stretch our pockets, or even sometimes ourselves, except in the sweetest, most pleasant and most discreet way. But from this maelstrom that makes up our holidays, emerge the unexpected and the marvelous”, writes Shreya Sen-Handley.

Charleston area bus service offering free rides in May


Residents of the Charleston area can ride buses for free starting Sunday as the region’s public transportation system launches a campaign to encourage new riders.

Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority officials said Thursday that all bus rides will be free for the month of May as part of the agency’s “No Pay May” effort, which also aims to cut costs for those who regularly use public buses, The Post and Courier reported.

“It’s a great way for us, in a time when people have many challenges…to give back to our customer base and introduce CARTA to those who may not be driving it,” said Mike Seekings, President of the CARTA Board of Directors.

Passengers will be allowed to use any bus in the system without paying the traditional $2 fare. The initiative, which is a first in the history of CARTA, will continue until May 31.

The No Pay May project excludes CARTA OnDemand rides, which are contracted separately.

CARTA anticipates that the initiative will lead to increased ridership this spring after seeing a drop during the pandemic.

“It’s a way — a pretty big way — to scale our ridership to pre-pandemic numbers and beyond pre-pandemic,” Seekings said.

In addition to removing bus fares, CARTA has made other adjustments this year to make transportation more convenient.

CARTA and TriCounty Link announced a partnership on April 10 with Token Transit, a free mobile ticketing app that offers passengers a cashless payment option and eliminates the need for a paper pass. Passengers now have the option to purchase digital bus passes using credit or debit cards through the Token Transit app. Fares paid through the app can be used at the time of purchase or stored for later use and activation. Cash payments and paper passes will continue to be accepted.

James Molinaro’s grandson got caught with 100 pounds of pot


The grandson of a former Staten Island president was arrested with 100 pounds of pot after a shooting Wednesday, police said.

Steven Molinaro, 33, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with criminal possession of marijuana, police say.

Cops reportedly found the stash of marijuana and more than $100,000 in cash, according to the NYPD.

Police were called to the Staten Island building at 89 Lyman Ave. just before 5 p.m. for reports of a shooting.

A 21-year-old woman believed to be Molinaro’s girlfriend was found with a gunshot wound to her chest and was rushed to hospital, cops said. On Thursday evening, the woman was intubated at the hospital, cops said.

Detectives found a 9mm pistol in a nearby trash can.

Police are investigating a shooting on Lyman Avenue in Ft. Wadsworth section of Staten Island on April 27, 2022.
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Steven Molinaro enters court today at 67 Targee Street Staten Island, he was involved in the stabbing of a 14-year-old child.
Steven Molinaro has been charged with criminal possession of marijuana.
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Steven Molinero and Almir Rancic were arrested in Sonoma County in 2016 when a drug-sniffing dog found 100 pounds of marijuana in their rental car.
Steven Molinero and Almir Rancic were arrested in Sonoma County in 2016 when a drug-sniffing dog found 100 pounds of marijuana in their rental car.

Almir Ramic, 34, who also lives in the building, was arrested and charged with criminal possession of marijuana, cops said.

This isn’t the first time Molinaro — who is the grandson of former Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro — has had a run-in with the law.

In 2006, the 17-year-old was charged with attempted murder with a stab wound, he eventually pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced to five years, according to reports.

And in 2016 he was arrested in Sonoma County, California, with 100 pounds of marijuana, according to Staten Island Advance.

The elder Molinaro did not return calls Thursday.

New flights to Mediterranean holiday destinations announced from Manchester and Liverpool airports


Airline operators have announced that new flight routes will depart from Manchester Airport and Liverpool Airport and land in Mediterranean destinations this summer. Travelers can fly from these airports to the beautiful islands of Chania, Kos, Sardinia and Sicily from just £25.99 with easyJet and Jet2.

The airline and holiday travel agency Jet2 will launch new flights to the islands of Sardinia and Sicily from Manchester Airport this weekend. Popular destinations will be available to travelers from May 1 Wales Online Reports .

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and is a well-established destination with British holidaymakers, offering everything from beach holidays to city breaks. With its culture, cuisine, spectacular landscapes, mighty Mount Etna and stunning beaches, Sicily has something for everyone.

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Sicily vacation packages with Jet2holidays offer clients and independent travel agents a fantastic choice of beach resorts including Taormina, Taormina Mare, Giardini Naxos, Syracuse, Cefalu and Campofelice Di Roccella. In addition, packages are also on sale by Jet2CityBreaks to the historic city of Catania.

Sardinia features on many travel lists of must-see European beach destinations.

With snow-white sand plunging into shimmering turquoise waters, guests can head to the Costa Smeralda for a glamorous seaside experience or head south to Olbia for a vacation with an authentic twist.

Resorts on sale in Sardinia include Porto Cervo, Baia Sardinia, Budoni, San Teodoro, Cannigione, San Pantaleo, Orosei and Pittulongu, as well as city breaks in Olbia.

This summer, passengers can board a flight to Sardinia (via Olbia Airport) from Manchester Airport every Sunday from May 1 to October 16. From July 23, flights will depart up to twice a week on Saturday and Sunday.

There will also be two weekly flights from Manchester Airport to Sicily (via Catania Airport) on Tuesdays and Saturdays. These courses will begin on May 7 and end on October 29.

Steve Heapy, Managing Director of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: “We are delighted to announce our first flights to Sardinia and Sicily from Manchester and London Stansted airports on Sunday. The addition of these stunning Italian islands to our Summer 22 schedule has proven extremely popular. with guests seeking glorious sunshine alongside that authentic Italian experience.

“Sardinia and Sicily are fantastic additions to our huge Summer 22 schedule, and that means we’re significantly expanding our popular Italian offering.”

Flights to Greek Island Resorts

Low-cost airline easyJet has confirmed the launch of seven new holiday routes, including to popular resorts on the Greek islands of Kos, Kefalonia, Corfu and Chania in Crete. Demand for summer getaways added more than 100,000 new seats to Greek destinations from airports across the country, Wales reports online .

Travelers can get one-way tickets on an easyJet flight from just £25.99 to Greek resorts.

A flight from Manchester to Chania (in Crete) will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays from June 28. Fares are as low as £25.99 one way.

From Liverpool, a new route to Kos will operate on Sundays from July 3. Tickets are available from £39.99.

Package holidays are available to book for this summer on all new routes across easyJet Holidays , with a range of holiday types available from adult and family to luxury and discovery. All easyJet holidays include flights, accommodation, 23kg of checked baggage and transfers for beach breaks.

Ali Gayward, easyJet UK Country Director, said: “We are delighted to add new routes to our UK network for the summer and offer our customers an even wider range of fantastic destinations. We are proud to be the UK’s largest airline and remain committed to providing low fares and convenient connections and look forward to welcoming more customers on board again.

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Greece has the highest number of goats in Europe

A goat on the Greek island of Amorgos. Credit: Zde /Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

Greece is known for its adorable goats, especially on the islands.

According to a recent study conducted by the European Union’s statistical authority, Eurostat, Greece is the undisputed champion in the EU when it comes to its number of resident goats.

Specifically, according to the European Union’s report on agriculture, forestry and fisheries for 2020, Greece is at the forefront of the EU for the largest number of goats in its territory, possessing approximately 3,625,000 goats.

Second place goes to Spain with almost a million fewer goats than Greece.

The nation of Spain has up to 2,765,000 goats while Romania comes third with around 1,539,000 goats.

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France follows in fourth position with approximately 1,252,000 goats on its territory.

It is worth mentioning that the other aforementioned EU member states have a much larger land mass than Greece, but the mountainous countryside of Greece has somehow always proven to be a much more hospitable habitat for these adorable animals. .

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Goats in Halkidiki. Credit: Rosa-Maria Rinkl /Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

Goats feature prominently in Greek folklore, history

This news sparked a wave of humorous posts on Greek social media, as Greek folk tradition has always portrayed goatherds as quaint and outdated characters, synonymous with poverty and lack of education.

Of course, the country has a long agricultural tradition, no doubt dating back to ancient times, with goats being central to the production of various cheese, dairy and meat products.

Scientists say that goat’s milk has great medicinal qualities due to its high digestibility and hypoallergenic qualities, and they recommend it to people with cow’s milk allergy. Research results show that 40-100% of people with cow’s milk allergy can consume goat’s milk without any problem.

Most important is the traditional custom of having roast goat with spit roast lamb on Easter Sunday.

However, such a large population of these helpful animals comes at a cost.

Overgrazing could have a negative environmental impact

On the Greek island of Samothrace, for example, in the northern Aegean, goats now pose an imminent threat to the natural environment due to overgrazing.

Remarkably, goats far outnumber humans on the island.

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Goat in Samothrace. Credit: S.Nikolakakos /Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

While there are only 3,000 permanent inhabitants on Samothrace, the island currently contains over 45,000 goats, meaning there are 15 goats for every human on Samothrace.

This has created a real environmental emergency on the island as tens of thousands of goats have already eaten almost all of Samothrace’s precious wild vegetation.

For this reason, many of these animals are now malnourished and cannot even be marketed for their meat.

Thus, it seems that the traditional love that the Greeks historically have for goats might have reached its practical limit.

The unchecked goat population could lead to catastrophic loss of valuable hillside vegetation in places such as Samothrace Island, damaging its natural environment for decades.

Marriott Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa Getaways 20% off through May 29, 2022


Marriott has released its latest getaways at 20% off for stays in select countries in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa through May 29, 2022, which are available for bookings through Sunday.

Escapes have been available for stays in the Americas, and recently Marriott has expanded them elsewhere as well (still not Asia-Pacific).

In the Middle East and some North African countries, the weekend is defined as Wednesday to Saturday, while it is Thursday to Sunday elsewhere. Some hotels may offer availability throughout the week.

You must book this rate at least 48 hours in advance in the Americas, 24 hours in advance in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and at least seven days in advance in Asia Pacific.

The following brands do not participate in EDITION, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Bulgari, Marriott Vacation Club and Design Hotels.

Some weeks, there are not always hotels in the three zones on sale; Europe, Middle East and Africa.


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Marriott released the entire Escapes in one go this week. The Americas and Europe/Middle East/Africa/Asia are sometimes published separately.

Escapoes rates are also available in Asia Pacific, but Marriott does not specify at which hotels.

Valid at participating properties in the United States, Canada, Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Asia-Pacific (excluding Greater China, “APEC”) and Africa . Availability is extremely limited while supplies last. Details of each offer can be found on the offer’s booking page. Rates are prepaid at time of booking. Individual hotel cancellation policies in place at time of booking will apply. Changes to a booking are subject to availability and any fare differences.

The offer must be prepaid with a credit card with the following advance booking conditions: At least 48 hours before the stay in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America; at least 24 hours before the required stay in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and at least 7 days before staying in APEC. Refunds for prepaid reservations may take up to 90 days from the date of cancellation to be processed. The form and timing of refund may be subject to applicable laws where each hotel is located. Marriott Vacations Worldwide (for example, Marriott, Sheraton, and Westin Vacation Ownership hotels) is included in this policy for temporary bookings only.

For Marriott Bonvoy™ members, the offer consists of a 20% discount off the standard room rate (as defined below). For non-members, the offer consists of a 15% discount on the standard room rate. Offer discount may be lower at some APEC properties. “Standard Rate” means the public rate available at retail offered by Participating Hotels at the time of booking to Individual Guests. Unless otherwise specified below, rates are quoted for stays Thursday through Sunday. Thursday requires a Friday night stay. Sunday requires a Saturday night stay for properties in Europe.

Participating resorts worldwide and participating APEC hotels offer the discount every day of the week, subject to availability.

Some locations in the Middle East are offered for stays from Wednesday to Saturday. Wednesday requires a Thursday night stay. Saturday requires a Friday night stay.

New reality series Million Dollar Island is coming to Channel 7 in 2023


The world’s most exciting new reality TV show, The million dollar island will arrive on Channel 7 and 7plus Next year.

It comes from the creators of some of the world’s most popular reality shows, including Big brother and The voiceand is already qualified as “essential” TV.

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Million Dollar Island is a survival game set on a remote island, with 100 participants vying to win a massive million dollar prize.

Its creators, Stephen Lambert and John de Mol, launched the first version of the reality show in the Netherlands at the beginning of March.

An Australian version will be helmed by Eureka Productions, which previously produced the hit show Seven The farmer wants a wife.

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Million Dollar Island will see 100 people try to stay on a remote island as they compete for a chance to win $1 million.

But surviving on the island with limited means will not be the only challenge.

Each competitor begins the adventure with a bracelet worth $10,000.

While on the island, contestants can win and lose bracelets by participating in various games.

They may also receive wristbands from other competitors.

When someone gives up and decides to leave the island, they have to give their bracelet – or bracelets – to someone who stays behind.

On the final day, only a few contestants will remain on the island, and in a thrilling finale, they’ll have the chance to cash in their bracelets – but they could also lose it all at the last minute.

Competitors on the Dutch version of Million Dollar Island.
Competitors on the Dutch version of Million Dollar Island. Credit: Instagram/milliondollarislandsbs6

“John de Mol has developed some of the most original, successful and impactful formats in television history,” says Angus Ross, Content Director of Entertainment Programming at Seven.

“The game, the strategy, the emotion and the drama, set in a beautiful and remote location, will make Million Dollar Island one of the must-watch TV shows of 2023.”

Eureka Productions co-CEO Paul Franklin says Million Dollar Island will be full of exotic settings, intrigue, secret alliances and “incredibly high stakes”.

He describes the new show as “event television at its finest.”

Casting has begun for the series and the producers are calling people who want to participate to apply to www.milliondollarisland.com.au.

Million Dollar Island is coming to Channel 7 and 7plus in 2023.

Washington State is the reason this big national holiday exists


Can you name the national holiday that originated in Washington State?

There are many national holidays, but one holiday we observe originated here in Washington State.

Who is Sonora Smart Dodd?

Washington is considered the birthplace of many things like Starbucks, Amazonand Microsoft but a national holiday seems like an unusual birthplace for the evergreen state but it’s true, Washington State has something to do with a big party.

The story begins in Spokane Washington in 1908.

Sonora Smart Dodd has been credited with founding Father’s Day. Dodd’s father, smart william jackson was the inspiration for the holidays.

Was Father’s Day created in Spokane Washington?

After Dodd’s mother died after childbirth, Dodd’s father and Sound helped raise his siblings.

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After the new anointed Mothers’ Day was discussed in a sermon at his church in 1908, Dodd suggested the idea that the fathers should also be recognized.



Sonoran Church, Central Methodist Episcopal Churchand the Spokane Ministerial Alliance were approached and Sonora had suggested her father’s birthday as the official date for Fathers Day June 5.

The Alliance suggested that the date be the third Sunday in June instead, and the first Father’s Day service was held on June 19, 1910.

Is Spokane Washington recognized as the birthplace of Father’s Day?

Holidays faded in the 1920s but over time, Fathers Day became popular and was eventually embraced by the nation. An interesting note, President Woodrow Wilson sent a telegram to Spokane saying how much he loved the idea of ​​a Father’s Day service.

President Lyndon Johnsonin the year 1966 proclaimed Fathers Day on vacation and in 1973, President Richard Nixon officially announced Fathers Day as a nationally observed holiday.

Dodd died in 1978 at the age of ninety-six and is buried at Green wood Memorial terrace in Spokane.

Interestingly, without Dodd, we might not be celebrating Father’s Day as we know it today.

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Greeks celebrate Easter without restrictions


ATHENS, Greece — For the first time in three years, Greeks have been able to celebrate Orthodox Easter without the restrictions necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Beyond the obvious religious messages, in Greece, Easter signifies a return to the countryside, often to people’s ancestral homes, and a mass exodus from the big cities.

Police and port authorities say the outflow this year was significantly higher than before the 2019 pandemic.

In 2020, there was total containment; in 2021, some have dared to leave cities, often in violation of long-distance travel rules. The police had set up roadblocks on national roads to turn back offenders and impose fines.

Worshipers follow the procession of the funeral coffin of Jesus, known as the ‘epitaph’ in Greek, to the Agios Georgios church in the village of Myrodafni, Epirus region, northwestern Greece, on Friday 22 April 2022. (Credit: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP.)
Worshipers wearing face masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus, attend a religious service in Athens, Greece, Monday, April 18, 2022. For the first time in three years, Greeks were able to celebrate Easter without the restrictions necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

This year the churches were full and the events very well attended as well. A variety of customs, some pre-Christian, were celebrated locally. The solemn Friday evening procession of decorated funeral coffins, or epitaphs, was again well attended.

Crowds lined the narrow streets of Corfu’s old town on Saturday morning for one of the most spectacular events, called ‘botides’, which involves dropping clay pots filled with water from balconies to crash with a great noise in the streets below, spraying water on the participants. Locals consider it a miracle that there were no serious injuries from flying clay shards. The original purpose of this ancient event was to ward off evil spirits.

This year, the Resurrection was celebrated again on Saturday at midnight after pandemic measures had brought it forward to 9 p.m. the previous year. By midnight, the ‘Holy Light’ – miraculously lit, according to worshipers, at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem on Saturday – had reached almost every parish in Greece, having flown into Athens and been greeted with due honors. to a head on a state visit.

Orthodox worshipers take part in a Deposition of Jesus Christ ceremony at St. Catherine’s Church, in Athens, Greece, Friday, April 22, 2022. (Yorgos Karahalis/AP)
Residents watch the procession of the relics of Saint Spyridon, patron saint of Corfu, during Easter celebrations on the Ionian Sea island of Corfu, northwest Greece, Saturday, April 23, 2022. (Credit: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP.)

Celebratory fireworks, often to excess, became associated with the celebration of the Resurrection. And nowhere are they more excessive than on the island of Chios, in the village of Vrontado, where two parishes launch a barrage of fireworks. Injuries have been far from uncommon in the past, but none have been reported this year. Participants agreed to limit fireworks between 11 p.m. Saturday and 12:15 a.m. Sunday. Yet more than 10,000 fireworks were launched; the two churches and many houses had been covered with protective mesh.

Police said on Sunday they had arrested 11 people in the capital, Athens, for attempting to light fireworks; a recent variation is to throw incendiary bombs or Molotov cocktails. Police said they seized 27 of these bombs, along with several butane canisters and canisters filled with gasoline.

Sunday involves the usual slow roasting of a lamb, sometimes venison, on a spit and the cracking of Easter eggs, traditionally painted red.

Easter Monday is also a full public holiday, with authorities hoping people will have recovered enough from Sunday’s holiday to return home safely.

Shower Finder; Obstructionist Orc | sheriff’s log


The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls.

April 13

• A deputy from San Juan took a report of a housing rental scam. Although the victim provided personal information, there was no monetary loss. At the time of the report, no exploitable suspects were available.

• A deputy took a report of a stolen package on Cormorant Bay Road on Orcas.

• An Orcas deputy responded to a report of a plane being shot down on the 200 block of Lovers Lane.

• A deputy from San Juan took a report of a possible prowling vehicle. Later, the person reporting the hunt located the missing object.

• A deputy from San Juan responded to a report of a collision between two cars. There were no injuries, but both vehicles were damaged and one driver received a citation for misuse of the lane.

• An Orcas deputy was dispatched for a weapons infraction call.

April 14

• After an individual was found wandering a campsite on Lopez looking for a shower, a deputy was called. Since the campground had no vacant showers, the deputy directed the bather in need to try the public showers in the village or at an area resort.

• An Orcas Deputy investigated a report of harassment, indecent assault, interference with a service animal, and obstruction to a law enforcement officer. The suspect was located and arrested without incident.

• A deputy on Orcas took a report of an order violation that occurred a week before the report.

• A man was arrested by Orcas MPs for illegally camping on private property on Shaw Island. He was also in possession of stolen property, which was seized.

• An Orcas deputy responded to a domestic dispute and discovered that no crime had been committed. The other party to the dispute left the residence on their own, which solved the problem.

• An assistant on Orcas responded to a fraud complaint. The complainant said he received more than 20 phone calls from someone posing as a cell phone service provider. He recognized the calls as fraudulent and hung up immediately, without suffering any loss.

• A San Juan deputy responded to a report of a minor who was unconscious due to alcohol consumption. The minor was taken to hospital for treatment and his guardian was notified.

April 15

• A deputy on Orcas responded to an accident without injury on Orcas Road. The vehicle was safely off the roadway and the driver had arranged to have the vehicle towed. The deputy offered the driver a courtesy ride home.

• A San Juan deputy responded to a delayed report of an April 11 theft. The complainant reported that FedEx delivered a package to his porch while he was away and when he returned the package was not there. There is no video surveillance and no suspects or actionable leads at this time.

• A visitor to San Juan handed over a found credit card. The owner has been located and the card has been returned.

• A deputy Lopez was called in on a gunshot complaint. Once at the scene, the deputy heard no more gunshots and was unable to locate the source of the noise.

• A deputy on Orcas responded to a citizen protest. No crime had been committed and the parties were separated for the night.

April 16

• A citizen Orcas returned a small wallet she had found on a path. Unable to locate the owner who lives on the mainland, the deputy booked the wallet into the property room of the island’s substation.

• A Lopez resident reported a vehicle in a ditch following an overnight incident.

• A deputy from San Juan responded to a report of vandalism. A resident had erected a free library in his yard and an unidentified neighbor vandalized the stand and left two notes asking the owner to remove the stand.

• An Orcas deputy responded to a crate found on Marilee Lane which was later determined to be the same one stolen in a Rosario Resort & Spa burglary. The investigation is ongoing.

April 17

• A deputy responded to a docking issue at the Roche Harbor County wharf. The deputy issued five parking tickets to the vessels for not having their parking permit sticker.

• An Orcas deputy was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident call with no injuries.

• A deputy was dispatched with Orcas Fire & Rescue for an animal bite call.

• A deputy on Orcas carried out a traffic stop and issued the driver a speeding ticket for going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone.

• A driver traveling at 43 mph in a 25 mph zone was stopped by a deputy on Orcas and issued a speeding ticket.

• Orcas MPs responded to a report of someone illegally occupying a residence. The person had left upon arrival and abandoned property was documented and recovered.

• A Lopez’s deputy responded to a welfare check call when a person failed to return home for dinner with their spouse. The deputy located the individual, who was napping in his car after a long afternoon of gardening in the sun.

April 18

• A San Juan deputy took a report of a lost Sony camera near Lime Kiln State Park. Deputy entered camera information as lost item

• An off-leash chihuahua ran across the road in front of a Lopez deputy. Subsequently, the owner was located, the dog was returned, and the owner received a warning for letting his dog run loose.

April 19

• A San Juan deputy took a report of a vehicle not stopping for a school bus while its lights were on. After reviewing the evidence and speaking with the driver, the driver received a citation for passing a stopped school bus.

• A deputy of Lopez carried out a roadside check and issued the driver a warning for driving with the wheels off the road.

• San Juan deputies performed a wellness check on the children at their mother’s request after their other parent failed to bring them home on the agreed date. Contact was established with the children, and they seemed to be doing well.

• A San Juan deputy stopped the driver of a vehicle and issued a citation for speeding 54 mph in a posted 35 mph zone.

• A deputy responded to a harassment report on San Juan. No crime was committed, but the incident was documented.

Tornos news | Media report: Greeks welcome return of tourists again


During the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, it looked like it would never happen, but tourists from most countries are now allowed to enter Greece, which has relaxed health measures, and damn it , they always flow.

In a report, Britain’s The Guardian newspaper noted that arrivals are coming earlier than expected, with spring arriving after a cold delay, Athens’ tourist areas bustling and archaeological sites and islands filling up.

And after being shut out since 2019, people are sitting together and eating again in restaurants, which are near capacity in popular areas, and no sign that those who are not unvaccinated are being checked despite a requirement.

“It may be April, but Athens is bustling with the noise of tourists,” wrote the paper’s longtime correspondent Helena Smith, who knows more about the country than many locals.

A worker, Stelios Ballas, who continues to watch over the 1st century BC ruins at the Roman Agora, is now in his 50s and said he doesn’t remember so many people coming so soon and the place be so busy.

“The last few weeks have been something else,” he said from his guard’s cabin. “I talk to some of them and they seem to come from all over. The point is, they have the money and are they willing to spend it? »

These are eateries, especially in the Plaka section of Athens, the capital’s oldest commercial spot and a tourist magnet filled with curio shops and Greek favorite hawkers.

More than 33 million people – three times the country’s population – came in the record year of 2019 which now seems like distant memories where people let the good times roll, without masks, vaccines and social distancing.

“If it continues like this, we’ll be talking about a brilliant year,” said Vassilis Stathokostopoulos, who runs the newly renovated all-day bistro Ydria. “People don’t just come, it’s clear that after everything we’ve all been through, they want to have a good time. And for that, they are ready to dig deep into their pockets,” he said. And indeed they are.

This is what Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his New Democracy government are counting on in the hope of accelerating recovery from the forgotten pandemic despite dozens of deaths a day, from seasoned people to tragedies.

Tourism is the country’s main revenue driver, accounted for nearly a million workers at its peak, and contributes up to 18-20% of the gross domestic product (GDP) of 185.47 billion euros (200. $3 billion).

Greece is seen as perhaps the most sought-after tourist stop on the planet this year and big luxury resorts are springing up like crocuses in spring, catering to the super-rich who want all their needs met immediately.


It comes about 12 years after a brutal economic crisis, requiring 326 billion euros ($352.06 billion) that will take decades to repay and accompanied by harsh austerity measures targeting workers, pensioners and poor people.

Then came COVID.

Like a specter in the night, he fell upon the world with a shroud of fear and death, blocked international travel and made it seem like no one would come for years, and spirits sank.

The record tourism year of 2019 brought in 18.2 billion euros ($19.65 billion) in revenue, but that fell off a cliff the following year to just 4 billion euros ($4.32 billion) and 10 billion euros ($10.8 billion) in 2021.

Not even rampant inflation and the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which saw the European Union ban Russian airlines and tourists, is clouding people’s minds, people are mad to be happy again after seeing so much unhappiness.

Cruise ships will also dock in greater numbers, with Chinese management company COSCO making the port of Piraeus one of Europe’s busiest and the country’s largest ferry docking point.

“All the omens look positive,” Andreas Andreadis, former tourism boss and managing director of the phenomenally successful Sani/Ikos luxury resort group, told the Big Comeback newspaper.

“For a few weeks after the start of the war in Ukraine, demand fell, but since the end of March it picked up and is now excellent,” he said, although the boom could be better. if so many people were still not afraid to travel. , he said.

The Greek government has said that from May 1 it will not even require arrivals to have an EU Green Pass digital certificate and masks are coming off almost everywhere – they already are – from June 1.

“The season has started earlier than ever,” Tourism Minister Vasilis Kikilias said, and more major US airlines are now offering direct flights to Athens. “It’s a vote of confidence in our country,” he said.

He also said 765 cruise ships are lined up to anchor in ports across the country, with popular island destinations such as Mykonos, Kos and Corfu already drawing crowds.

Eugenios Vasilikos, vice-president of the Panhellenic Federation of Hoteliers, told the newspaper: “It is a fact confirmed by all the studies that people do not just want to travel, they need to travel. All signs indicate that it will be a very good year. It will probably depend on whether there are any other surprises.

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“All the omens seem positive”: Greece is grateful for the return of tourists | Greece


The buskers are out, the hotels are full, the archaeological sites are crowding, the shopkeepers are smiling, and good luck if you want a table in a decent restaurant.

It may be April, but Athens lives to the sound of tourists. In all his years surveying the 1st century BC ruins, Stelios Ballas, who is in his 50s, barely remembers so many visitors weaving their way through the scattered antiquities of the Roman agora.

“The last few weeks have been something else,” he says from his guard cabin nestled under a plane tree. “I talk to some of them and they seem to come from all over. The point is, they have the money and are they willing to spend it? »

At the corner of Adrianou Street, the oldest commercial artery of the Greek capital, the restaurateurs do not ask themselves this question – for the moment. Since 2019, when Greece attracted a record 33 million holidaymakers, business hasn’t been so good.

“If it continues like this, we’ll be talking about a brilliant year,” smiles Vassilis Stathokostopoulos, who runs the Ydria bistro, recently renovated and open all day. “He may be our new leader but people don’t just come, it’s clear that after everything we’ve all been through they want to have a good time. And for that they’re willing to dig deep into their pockets.

In a country so dependent on tourism – the sector accounts for 25% of Greece’s economic output and one in four jobs – the rebound has surprised even those who are optimistic. Athens has seen more upheaval in recent years than other EU metropolises, hit first by a nearly decade-long financial crisis that made its streets synonymous with protests and riots before the coronavirus hit. .

The pandemic-induced hiatus saw tourism revenues plummet from 18.2 billion euros in 2019 to 4 billion euros in 2020 as, in a record slump, the country recorded just 7 million arrivals. Although revenues from the industry exceeded 10 billion euros, better than expected, last year when Greece opened its borders in May, they were still well below pre-pandemic receipts.

But this year, despite the unexpected return of the specter of war to Europe following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, industry figures are confident that recovery has finally arrived. For the first time since 2019, cruise ships are disembarking at Greek ports – a testament, industry officials say, to travelers’ desire to put the pandemic behind them. Prepaid flight reservations are also on the rise.

Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias said the season had started “sooner than ever”. Photo: Costas Baltas/Reuters

“All the omens look positive,” says Andreas Andreadis, former tourism boss and managing director of the phenomenally successful Sani/Ikos luxury resort group. “For a few weeks after the start of the war in Ukraine, demand fell but since late March it has picked up and is now excellent.”

Holidaymakers, he says, are even less inclined given the spread of Covid to travel long distances, preferring destinations in Europe. “And the truth is, there aren’t that many options with quality destinations,” he says.

In an unprecedented step aimed at capitalizing on people’s thirst for travel, the tourist season kicked off in Greece earlier this year. Last week, officials announced that pandemic restrictions, including the requirement to present an EU Covid digital certificate to enter the Mediterranean nation, would be lifted from May 1 to reviewed in September.

What was considered a relatively successful handling of the pandemic by Athens last year has also helped revive the sector, although public health authorities have recorded a sharp increase in Covid deaths since due to falling vaccination rate.

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A bar in central Athens in July last year. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty

“The season has started earlier than ever,” said Vasilis Kikilias, Greece’s tourism minister, noting that the first direct flight from the United States, a key market for the economy, arrived on March 7. “It’s a vote of confidence in our country.”

The decision to open earlier seems to have paid off: bookings soared over Easter. As Greeks also prepare to mark the holiday – returning en masse to their ancestral villages for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic to celebrate the most important religious event in the Orthodox calendar – authorities say they are not showing no signs of slowing down. Airlines, says Kikilias, are not only competing for slots to Greece this summer, but 765 cruise ships are lined up to anchor in ports across the country, with popular island destinations such as Mykonos, Kos and Corfu set to sail. are already attracting crowds.

“It’s a fact confirmed by all the studies that people don’t just want to travel, they need to travel,” says Eugenios Vasilikos, vice president of the Panhellenic Federation of Hoteliers. “All signs point to a very good year.”

By 2023, the capital will have acquired 5,000 additional hotel rooms compared to 2019 when a city once bypassed for the islands managed to attract 5 million visitors.

The investment frenzy, evident in a building boom now changing the face of downtown Athens, is also indicative of the hopes entrepreneurs have placed in the revival of Greece’s heavy industry.

But Vasilikos, at the hoteliers’ federation, concedes there is little room for complacency. The glimpse of a carefree world that has revisited Athens as tourists wander its sights and streets is also fraught with the dangers inherent in a cost of living crisis and spiraling inflation rates that are feel globally. Unions representing Greeks who earn some of the lowest wages in the European Union have taken to the streets.

“A few weeks ago I might not have been so optimistic,” he says of bookings in the capital. “All the data points to last-minute bookings at our hotels which, although costs are rising, also have some of the lowest rates in Europe. People are no longer sure of anything. They wait until the last minute and, at the last minute, everything can change.

Macron vs Le Pen: France votes in a tense presidential second round | Government and politics



PARIS (AP) — France began voting on Sunday in a runoff in the presidential election with repercussions for the future of Europe, with centrist incumbent Emmanuel Macron the favorite but fighting a tough challenge from his far-right rival Marine Le Pen.

Centrist Macron is asking voters to trust him for a second five-year term despite a presidency troubled by protests, the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. A victory for Macron in this vote would make him the first French president in 20 years to win a second term.

The outcome of the vote in France, a nuclear-armed country with one of the largest economies in the world, could also have an impact on the conflict in Ukraine, as France has played a key role in diplomatic efforts and the support for sanctions against Russia.

Support for Le Pen in the French electorate has grown during this campaign to its highest level ever, and much will depend on how many people turn out to vote on Sunday. Many who should choose Macron do so to dismiss Le Pen and ideas considered too extreme and anti-democratic, such as his plan to ban the Muslim headscarf in public, or his ties to Russia.

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The two candidates are trying to court the 7.7 million votes of a leftist candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, beaten in the first round.

For many who voted for left-wing candidates in the first round on April 10, this runoff presents an unpleasant choice between a nationalist in Le Pen and a president who some say veered right in his first term. . The outcome could depend on the decision of leftist voters: between backing Macron or abstaining and letting him fend for himself against Le Pen.

All opinion polls in recent days point to a victory for the pro-European centrist, 44 – but the margin over his 53-year-old nationalist rival varies widely, from 6 to 15 percentage points, according to the poll. Polls are also predicting a possibly record number of people who will vote blank or not vote at all.

Earlier this week, Macron took the gloves off during a two-hour, 45-minute debate – the last of the campaign – tearing at his far-right opponent as he seeks the votes he needs to win.

Le Pen has sought to appeal to working-class voters struggling with soaring prices amid the fallout from Russia’s war in Ukraine – an approach that even Macron has acknowledged resonating with the general public. She said lowering the cost of living would be her priority if elected France’s first female president, and she ran as the candidate for voters unable to make ends meet.

She says Macron’s presidency has left the country deeply divided. She repeatedly referenced the so-called yellow vest protest movement that rocked her government before the COVID-19 pandemic, with months of violent protests against her economic policies that some said were hurting the poorest.

The French presidential campaign was particularly difficult for voters with an immigrant background and religious minorities. Polls suggest much of France’s Muslim population – the largest in Western Europe – voted for far-left candidates in the first round, so their vote could be decisive.

Macron has also touted his environmental and climate achievements in a bid to lure popular young voters over far-left candidates. Citizens and especially millennials voted en masse for Mélenchon. Many young voters are particularly concerned about climate issues.

Although Macron has been associated with the slogan “Make The Planet Great Again”, during his first five-year term he capitulated to angry protesters in yellow vests by scrapping a tax hike on fuel prices. Macron has said his next prime minister will be in charge of environmental planning as France seeks to become carbon neutral by 2050.

Le Pen, once seen as a climate change skeptic, wants to scrap renewable energy subsidies. It has pledged to dismantle wind farms and invest in nuclear and hydropower.

Follow AP’s coverage of the French elections at https://apnews.com/hub/french-election-2022

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10 things to know before visiting Venice


Venice is one of the most unique and beautiful cities in Europe, and arguably the whole world. What appears to be one large island is actually 117 small islands linked together by a maze of canals, bridges, charming neighborhoods and iconic buildings. This singularity has made Venice a mecca for tourism, bringing several challenges to the city such as its popularity and accessibility. grew up.

While planning our trip to Venice, I found that everyone I spoke to either loved it or hated it. Of course, it piqued my curiosity and made me want to see Venice for myself.

After visiting several times, I slowly understood why people had such strong opinions about Venice. I became determined to prepare my readers for Venice so that they had realistic expectations and fell in love with it the same way I did.

Let’s dive into my list of things to know before visiting Venice!

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1. Venice is crowded

One of the main things to know before visiting is that Venice is crowded and most of the people there are tourists. Be prepared to battle masses of people in the narrow streets, especially around famous sites like St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge.

As tourism to the city has increased, there really isn’t a “shoulder season” in Venice. However, late spring and summer, weekends, and carnival season attract the most visitors to Venice, so avoid visiting during these times if you don’t like crowds. Autumn often attracts fewer visitors, but it is also the time when Venice is prone to flooding and flooding.

Of course, like in other big cities, you can always get up early (before 7am) and go out late (after midnight) if you want to experience Venice with less crowds.

Tourists on the crowded bridge in Venice with a gondola below.
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2. Venice is expensive (especially gondola rides)

Increased tourism has led to higher prices, so be prepared to pay to gamble in Venice.

Expect to pay a premium price when visiting restaurants and bars near tourist attractions, especially around St. Mark’s Square. In addition to higher food and drink prices, sitting fees for tables in these areas are also much higher.

Avoid high prices and save money by venturing a bit off the beaten path. By staying away from tourist attractions, you can save money on food, drinks and table fees.

If a gondola ride through the Venetian canals is one of your dreams, you might reconsider your decision when you hear the price. A typical gondola ride that lasts about 30 minutes will cost you 80-120 Euros, or about $86-130!

To save money while still cruising the canals of Venice, consider taking a vaporetto (water bus). Vaporetto No. 1 navigates the Grand Canal, a perfect place to see some of Venice’s best sights.

Lots of people walking along the Grand Canal in Venice.
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3. You walk a lot in Venice

Venice is a maze of cobbled streets, canals and bridges. As cars are not allowed in Venice, you will have to walk a lot to see the city. The bridges that cross the city-wide canals often have stairs, making it difficult to get around in a wheelchair.

4. Cash is King

Cash is definitely king in Venice. There are many stores and restaurants that don’t accept credit cards, so it’s important to always have cash on hand.

A good tip for acquiring money when visiting is to go online and find your bank’s affiliate bank in Italy. Withdrawing money via the affiliated bank will allow you to save on foreign transaction fees!

Outdoor romantic restaurant in Venice, Italy in a winter day.
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5. You pay to dine in restaurants

Most restaurants in Venice (and Italy in general) charge a cooperto (cover charge) or service (service charge) to sit at a table.

The coperto helps cover restaurant-related expenses, such as water and electricity, and is usually only a few euros per person. The service fee is usually 10% of the bill and pays for the servers. This means that tipping is not necessary in Venice as waiters are paid a living wage through service charges.

It’s important to keep these fees in mind when deciding whether or not to sit in a restaurant. If you only want a simple cup of coffee, you better stay at the bar to avoid this charge.

You can usually view these fees before you sit down by looking at the restaurant menu.

6. Public restrooms are hard to find and cost money

In addition to the fees associated with going to restaurants, you should also be prepared to pay to use public restrooms.

The cost of using public restrooms is usually 1-2 euros ($1.08-2.16) per person. The money helps keep the washrooms stocked and clean, and in my experience they were very clean.

Of course, another option is to walk into a bar and order an espresso or a pastry. Once you have done this you are now a paying customer and can use the restroom.

St. Mark's Square (San Marco), St. Mark's Basilica, Venice.
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7. Buy tickets to top attractions in advance

The main attractions of Venice, such as St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace, are very crowded and often experience long waits to purchase tickets. Avoid those lines by purchasing tickets to top Venice attractions in advance.

Often these tickets can also include early access or skip-the-line entry saving you valuable vacation time!

Cobbled street in Venice, Italy.
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8. Venice is like a maze

Venice really looks like a maze. There seem to be little hidden cobbled streets everywhere you turn. When you combine that with having to find a bridge every time you want to cross a canal, it’s easy to turn around while walking the streets of Venice.

The majority of streets are unnamed, and some suddenly seem to cul-de-sac into a building or a canal. This can make navigating Venice a bit difficult.

During our stay in Venice, we quickly learned to embrace this city. If you’re in a hurry, use a map app on your phone to help you plan your trip and give you turn-by-turn directions. If you’re not in a hurry, just enjoy exploring the city. Even if you get lost once or twice, remember: you are on an island. You can’t stray too far from your destination!

Old colorful houses on the island of Burano near Venice, Italy.
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9. Do not miss the islands of Burano and Murano

A visit to the islands of Burano and Murano should definitely be on your Venice itinerary. Although often associated with Venice proper, the islands of Burano and Murano are fabulous escapes from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Burano is famous for its colorful houses and beautiful handmade lace, and Murano is world famous for its incredible glassblowing tradition. Both islands can be easily visited on a day trip from Venice.

You can take Vaporetto No. 12 from the Fondamente Nove platform in Venice. The journey to Burano (the furthest island) takes about 40 minutes. After visiting Burano for a few hours, you can then take the same vaporetto to Murano and enjoy the rest of your day.

Nightly dinners at a restaurant in Venice, Italy.
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10. Tips for dining in Venice

Meals in Italy, including Venice, are very different from meals in the United States. In addition to the table and service charges we discussed above, there are several other tips for dining in Venice that you should know.

It’s important to note that dining in Venice (and throughout Italy) is definitely on a different schedule than typical American dining. Generally, Italians eat their meals later than us in America. While most Americans have lunch around noon, most Italians have lunch between 1 and 3 p.m. This means that dinners in Venice usually start around 8 p.m. Take into account the opening hours of the restaurant because most of them close between lunch and dinner.

As I mentioned above, things are expensive in Venice. To ensure you save money and have a pleasant dining experience, chat with the locals and take their advice on where to eat.

It’s also important to note that meals in Italy seem to last longer than meals in America. The cover charge we talked about earlier means you have the table for as long as you want. Sit down and enjoy a multi-course meal and a glass of wine. Servers won’t rush you. In fact, they won’t even bring you the check until you ask for it!

My final cooking tip is how to order. Seafood and steaks are sold by weight unless otherwise specified on the menu. Some menu items are meant to be shared by two people. This will be noted with “x2”. And, while this is the case, the price you see is the price per person. Another difference is that servers will often ask you if you “want an appetizer for the table.” It does not mean sharing. They will bring one entry per person. Take note so you won’t be surprised when your bill arrives.

Reading these must-know tips before visiting Venice will help make your vacation as enjoyable as possible.

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Air Serbia will offer more than a thousand charters


Air Serbia will operate more than 1,000 charter flights this summer in cooperation with local tour operators. Today alone, the airline operates nine charters to the Egyptian resort of Hurghada, offering nearly 1,300 seats departing at the start of the Easter and school holidays. Another 20 Hurghada charters are expected to operate over the next week. The national airline will launch leisure flights to Turkey in May and to a number of other destinations in June, including Greece, Italy and Tunisia. Charters to the latter two will be operated for the first time in nearly three years with the carrier to serve the Sicily and Calabria regions of Italy.

Commenting on its lucrative charter business, Air Serbia’s General Manager for Commerce and Strategy Boško Rupić said: “We are delighted that together with our tour operator partners we can start renewing charter services, and we are particularly pleased with the expectations. increase in the number of flights. It is a fact that world events have led to an unprecedented increase in kerosene prices, and consequently the increase in the price of charter flights, but the good news is that it is possible to find budget-friendly tour packages of each one “. He added: “If travelers plan in time, they will be able to select their vacation spot from a large number of destinations to which we operate flights, according to their abilities and wishes. The existing demand shows that tourists are already planning vacations to attractive destinations that they can easily reach via direct flights from Belgrade and Niš”.

Turkey traditionally ranks first on the list of the most popular summer destinations in Air Serbia’s network. Egypt, which has experienced significant year-on-year growth, comes second. The carrier will also maintain charter services from Niš to Turkey and Egypt this summer. “The most popular with travelers are flights to destinations in Turkey – Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman and Alanya, followed by Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, as well as a large number of Greek islands such as Crete , Rhodes, Samos, Skiathos, Corfu, Kefalonia, Kos and Zakynthos,” Air Serbia concluded. The carrier also saw a significant number of tour operator bookings on its scheduled operations this summer, particularly on flights to Spain and Italy.

Where to travel during Eid Al Fitr holidays 2022


This Eid, drive through cypress-studded hills with exhilarating views while staying at the Savoy Hotel in romantic Florence. The hotel has partnered with SlowDrive, allowing guests to choose their dream vehicle from the incredible selection of stylish cars and enjoy a memorable escape through wildflower-lined roads, vineyards and plazas. village. Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and slow down to lose yourself in the joys of a scenic journey through the Chianti countryside. Assisted private tours and guided vintage tours are also available.

Perched on a dramatic hillside overlooking the Ionian Sea, Ultima Corfu is an elegantly appointed private villa available for single group bookings and ideal for families or groups of friends. The secluded and serene retreat will allow families to sit back, relax and reconnect in a Greek island paradise during this Eid break. Spread over two levels, allowing for multiple sea views, this sublime 7 bedroom villa offers stunning views of the azure waters and the horizon throughout the villa. Families can savor sunny days and evenings outdoors by the pool and enjoy holistic therapies, treatments and wellness programs personalized for their well-being. With the comforts of a luxury five-star hotel including an impressive hammam, ocean-view jacuzzi, two-tier infinity pools and outdoor dining areas.

Emirates Holidays offers a 3-night stay, including return economy class flights from Dh3,649 per person at the five-star SAii Laguna resort in Phuket, Thailand. Enjoy a lagoon view room, breakfast and 50% discount on your stay. The resort is nestled in the heart of Thailand’s premier resort community, Laguna Phuket, located directly on the beach.

The Raffles Seychelles is a 40-acre resort offering enticing packages for the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday. Customers traveling from GCC can benefit from a 15% discount on the best available rate. Offer includes newly renovated Pool Villas with private plunge pool, outdoor pavilion with lounge chairs, deep soaking tub with views, indoor and outdoor rain showers and balcony with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. The offer also includes a daily breakfast for two at the Losean Restaurant. Guests wishing to add an element of relaxation to their itinerary can choose between the 90-minute couples Thai massage or indulge in Raffles Spa’s Coconut Indulgence treatment, which includes a 60-minute couples full-body massage followed by a complimentary treatment hair and scalp for 15 minutes. both offered at 15%.

Located on Vagaru Island in Shaviyani Atoll, JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa is a multi-generational resort offering 60 beach and overwater villas, all with private pools, spacious wooden decks and outdoor pools. a wide range of equipment. Eclectic dining experiences are offered at the resort’s five restaurants, three full-service bars, a grape room that houses 1,200 collections, and private dining on the beach. Guests can book the all-inclusive ‘Savour Infinity’ package this Eid for stays longer than three nights and receive a 20% discount and daily breakfast, lunch and dinner at five restaurants and three full service bars. This package also includes a unique three-course beach dinner for two.

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From Florence to the Maldives: Where to travel during the Eid Al Fitr holiday 2022 – News


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Published: Fri 22 April 2022, 13:54

Last update: Fri 22 April 2022, 22:33

Drive through Florence

This Eid, drive through cypress-studded hills with exhilarating views while staying at the Savoy Hotel in romantic Florence. The hotel has partnered with SlowDrive, allowing guests to choose their dream vehicle from the incredible selection of stylish cars and enjoy a memorable escape through wildflower-lined roads, vineyards and plazas. village. Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and slow down to lose yourself in the joys of a scenic journey through the Chianti countryside. Assisted private tours and guided vintage tours are also available.

Visit https://www.roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/hotel-savoy/

Relax on a Greek island

Perched on a dramatic hillside overlooking the Ionian Sea, Ultima Corfu is an elegantly appointed private villa available for single group bookings and ideal for families or groups of friends. The secluded and serene retreat will allow families to sit back, relax and reconnect in a Greek island paradise during this Eid break. Split over two levels, allowing for multiple sea views, this sublime 7 bedroom villa boasts stunning views of the azure waters and horizon throughout the villa. Families can savor sunny days and evenings outdoors by the pool and enjoy holistic therapies, treatments and wellness programs personalized for their well-being. With the comforts of a five-star luxury hotel including an impressive hammam, ocean-view Jacuzzi, two-tier infinity pools and outdoor dining areas.

For more information, visit https://www.ultimacollection.com/en

Relax in Phuket

Emirates Holidays offers a 3-night stay, including return economy class flights from Dh3,649 per person at the five-star SAii Laguna resort in Phuket, Thailand. Enjoy a lagoon view room, breakfast and 50% discount on your stay. The resort is nestled in the heart of Thailand’s premier resort community, Laguna Phuket, located directly on the beach.

Visit emiratesholidays.com/ae_en/

Enjoy the beach in the Seychelles

The Raffles Seychelles is a 40-acre resort offering enticing packages for the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday. Customers traveling from GCC can benefit from a 15% discount on the best available rate. The offer includes the newly renovated Pool Villas featuring a private plunge pool, an outdoor pavilion with loungers, a deep soaking tub with a view, indoor and outdoor rain showers and a balcony with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. The offer also includes a daily breakfast for two at the Losean Restaurant. Guests wishing to add an element of relaxation to their itinerary can choose between the 90-minute couples Thai massage or indulge in Raffles Spa’s Coconut Indulgence treatment, which includes a 60-minute couples full-body massage followed by a complimentary treatment hair and scalp for 15 minutes. both offered at 15%.

Reservations can be made by contacting +248 429 6000 or emailing [email protected]

Relax in the Maldives

Located on Vagaru Island in Shaviyani Atoll, JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa is a multi-generational resort offering 60 beach and overwater villas, all with private pools, expansive wooden decks and outdoor pools. a wide range of equipment. Eclectic dining experiences are offered at the resort’s five restaurants, three full-service bars, a grape room that houses 1,200 collections, and private dining on the beach. Guests can book the all-inclusive ‘Savor the Endless’ package this Eid for stays longer than three nights and receive a 20% discount and daily breakfast, lunch and dinner at five restaurants and three bars full service. This package also includes a unique three-course beach dinner for two.

To book, visit https://www.marriott.com/offers/savor-the-endless-off-07518?propertycode=mlejs

Compiled by Enid Parker ([email protected])

Greece has two beaches on Europe’s 10 Best Beaches list — Greek City Times


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The site TripAdvisor recently unveiled its list of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Two beaches in Greece were of course on the list.

Lichadonisia at number 6 is also known as the Greek Bahamas is a group of 7 uninhabited and unspoiled islets of unique beauty

Ideally to leave a short distance from Athens.

Here you can escape the crowds and get lost in serene bays with fine golden sand, crystal clear waters and breathtaking scenery.

Monolia Island is the largest of the group and has tourist facilities with umbrellas, snacks, drinks and water sports. Going around on one of the islets there are Roman ruins to explore and on another a secluded lighthouse.

Explore a spectacular wreck in the west, and perhaps you will have pleasant contact with a lovely family of seals, which for some years have been chosen as their permanent residence in this region. The seals are very friendly and make appearances and pose for tourists during the day.

You can go by boat from Kammena Vourla or via Aidipsos to Kavos and take the short boat trip.

Greece has two beaches on the list of top 10 beaches in Europe 4

Elafonissi Beach at number 8 on the southwest coast of Crete you will find one of the most magical beaches. Elafonissi is one of the exotic beaches of Crete, about 80 km from Chania. It is characterized by white sand dunes, clear and shallow blue waters, and the peace and tranquility it offers its visitors.

The landscape of Elafonissi will leave you speechless as it is rare to come across something similar in the rest of Greece. To get to Elafonisi, you can take the suburban bus or drive there. Also, after walking west for a few minutes, you can easily reach the cedar forest. One thing is certain: a visit to this beautiful beach will be an unforgettable experience!

This selection, established according to the preferences of travelers from all over the world, has other surprises in store, including the presence of a Polish beach. If the destination is generally associated with city breaks, the top 10 reveals that Poland can also be a seaside holiday spot, thanks to the Hel Peninsula, located in the north, on the Baltic Sea. Hel Beach, in 10th place, can be reached by flying to Gdansk, where a huge 35 km long strip of sand awaits you.

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Greece has two beaches on the list of top 10 beaches in Europe 5

Top 10 of the most beautiful beaches in Europe according to European Best Destinations:

1. Porto Santo Golden Beach, Madeira Islands, Portugal

2. Bolonia Beach, Cadiz, Spain

3. Seixal Beach, Madeira Islands, Portugal

4. Cala Goloritze, Sardinia, Italy

5. Mitjaneta Beach, Menorca, Spain

6. Monolia Beach, Lichadonisia Island, Greece

7. Baia delle Zagare, Vieste, Puglia, Italy

8. Elafonissi Island, Crete, Greece

9. Santa Giulia Beach, Corsica, France

10. Hel Beach, Poland — ETX Studio

Todd Zeile’s Zest For Cooperstown’s Hall Classic Is Refreshing


Six weeks from now, a baseball tradition continues in Cooperstown and Todd Zeile is thrilled to be included.

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID restrictions, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Classic returns to Doubleday Field. Since the game’s inception in 2009, the plan was for each MLB franchise to be represented by a former player who once wore their team’s uniform. Through corporate sponsorship, in the past Ford Motor Company and currently Boeing, several Hall of Famers are recruited to manage and coach two teams for the seven-inning exhibition game.

Zeile will represent the New York Mets, a club he played for three of his 16 major league seasons. The classic, and all the small-town glory the village of Cooperstown has to offer, is a trip circled on Zeile’s calendar as soon as the date is confirmed. Along with his wife Kristin, as well as a few close friends, the former catcher/infielder travels to Otsego County in upstate New York from the southern part of the state.

“I like spending time in the Hall of Fame,” says Zeile, who has 2,004 hits in a career that has seen him play at 11 different clubs. “I can’t get enough of what the Hall has to offer. I feel an emotional connection to the game, every time I see the movie they (Hall of Fame) are showing in their theater.”

In today’s MLB landscape, where player salaries and reviews seem to get as much media coverage as diamond-set accomplishments, Zeile’s interest in those who paved the way for him to succeed is rare and rare. refreshing.

Prior to participating in the Classic, Zeile had the opportunity to visit the many exhibits inside the Baseball Museum at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown on numerous occasions. When there was an annual MLB Hall of Fame game, traditionally a club from the American and National Leagues traveled to Cooperstown mid-season, Zeile played in many of these exhibitions.

“I’ve played on a lot of different teams and in my career I’ve been able to play there (Hall of Fame Games). I’ve never had a problem taking any of our days off, get away from the usual routine of the season and go to Cooperstown,” said Zeile, who played in four Hall of Fame games (95 Cubs, 97 Dodgers, 99 Rangers and 2002 Rockies).

As a kid growing up in Los Angeles, Zeile was a fan of the Dodgers, a club with which he paid part for two seasons. Thanks to the club’s follow-up by his father, now that Zeile strolls through the Hall’s plaque gallery, one stop to throw the great (and former Dodger) Sandy Koufax, the bronze memory remains special.

There is another plaque, that of a player associated with an incredible home run, which Zeile is only happy to see again.

“Hank Aaron is one of my all-time favorite Hall of Famers,” says Zeile, who currently offers his baseball analysis on the New York Mets pregame and postgame shows on SNY TV. “Growing up, you knew your team, but you really didn’t know much about the other players. (Aaron) was a prolific home run, and he put up some fascinating numbers all around; doubles, runs scored and hits. Joe Torre tells me stories of hits before and after Hank in the lineup when they were teammates with the Braves.”

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Last playing in an MLB game 18 years ago, while with the Mets playing in the Classic makes Zeile feel “young”, not only putting on a uniform, but also donning the receiver’s equipment. At 56, you wonder what convinced Zeile, who burst into the big leagues in 1989 with the St. Louis Cardinals, to groom up and teammate his fellow MLB pitchers.

“The Mets gave me the equipment to use. Playing in (Classic) can be a double-edged sword. My body keeps me in check, all the way. I enjoy competing on some level. Before the game, I’ll play ball, I’ll practice batting and I’ll sweat it out,” Zeile said in a phone conversation earlier this week.

Being included in the Hall of Fame Classic allows Zeile to see the faces of former players from his era. Many former students participating in the Classic Zeile have not been in contact with them for some time. His visit to Cooperstown allows him the luxury of catching up and hearing about their life after baseball.

Kristin Zeile, Todd’s wife, also likes to visit Cooperstown every year in late May. Staying on the weekend at the Otesaga Resort Hotel on the south shore of Lake Otsego offers a quick walk to both Doubleday Field and the Baseball Museum.

“The weekend passes very quickly,” says Zeile. “The hall and the museum represent a part of my past. The fundraising that accompanies the game for the museum really makes me happy about my contribution to such an iconic place.”

Announced participants in the Classic (and possible teammates for Zeile) range from former pitcher Gio Gonzalez (representing the Washington Nationals) who played MLB games just two seasons ago in 2020 with the White Sox of Chicago, to Steve Sax (wearing Dodger colors), who retired after the 1994 season while playing seven games with the Oakland A’s.

As someone who respects baseball’s past, the coaching staff for this Classic will be filled with half a dozen Hall of Famers. Wade Boggs, Ferguson Jenkins and Ted Simmons are included in this unique gathering of baseball elites, for their fans and alumni to make the Classic a stress-free global environment

As well as mingling with his fellow players on the grass at Doubleday, later this Saturday night after the Classic, Zeile will have another opportunity to talk informally with the other players who complete the roster, as well as meet the fans. . For two hours on May 28, beginning at 6:00 p.m., Zeile and the rest of the players and coaching staff will be positioned in Doubleday Field for a “Night At The Ballpark” adventure. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the participants of the Classic at this time.

Potentially, this provides Zeile with more talk time with his brothers and creates additional lasting memories for fans attending this event. Let’s not forget, sharing time in his prospect team’s dugout will surely bring smiles and laughter to all involved.

Coming to Cooperstown for the Classic is like going back to the future for Zeile this Memorial Day weekend. Given his enthusiasm for the Hall of Fame event, chances are Zeile will be the first of his 29 other MLB alumni to pack up for his trip north. Why wouldn’t it be? Above all, Todd Zeile is a baseball fan.

Don Laible is a freelance sportswriter from the Mohawk Valley, now living in Florida. He has reported on professional baseball and hockey for print, radio and the web since the 1980s. His columns are featured weekly on WIBX950.com. Don can be contacted by email at [email protected]

All Enchanted Forest Water Safari Water Slides Ranked From Best To Worst

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Malta Air Boeing 737 stuck on Berlin runway for 90 minutes


A Malta Air Boeing 737 was stranded on a Berlin runway for 90 minutes after suffering a problem with its nose gear. The aircraft, operated on behalf of Ryanair, was repaired by maintenance crews on the runway before being towed to the apron.

Malta Air Boeing 737 repaired on the runway

A Boeing 737-800 operated by Malta Air was stuck on a runway for around 90 minutes after landing at Berlin Brandenburg Airport. The aircraft reportedly encountered problems with its nose gear after landing.

Maintenance crews had to carry out repairs while the plane was stuck on the runway. Replacement nose gear tires were installed and the aircraft was finally towed to the ramp approximately 90 minutes after landing.

Ryanair Malta Air Boeing 737

The aircraft (registration: 9H-QEL) was on Ryanair flight FR-268 from Corfu (CFU) to Berlin (BER) on 19 April. He landed on runway 07L at Berlin Brandenburg Airport at 4:30 p.m. local time before encountering the problem with his nose gear.

Return to service the next day

After undergoing maintenance, the Boeing 737 was returned to service less than 17 hours after landing. However, he departed on his first flight of the day approximately 90 minutes late.

Data from FlightRadar24.com shows the plane arrived in Heraklion on the morning of April 20, departing Berlin at 09:16. He made three more flights that day.

The aircraft involved was a Boeing 737-800 registered 9H-QEL. The aircraft is just over four years old and was delivered to Ryanair in March 2018 before arriving at Malta Air in January 2020. It has a capacity of 189 passengers, all in economy class.

Just a day before the Berlin incident, a Malta Air 737-800 in Liverpool aborted takeoff due to bird ingestion, coming to rest about 550 meters from the end of the runway. This aircraft also returned to service the following day, approximately 20 hours after the engine was ingested.

Lack of accuracy for another Malta Air 737

On April 2, 2021, another Malta Air Boeing 737-800 was involved in a potentially catastrophic incident. The plane (registration: 9H-QCJ) collided with four tankers at Malta International Airport.


The collision happened after the plane detached from its trailer and rolled into the stationary tankers. A report on the accident revealed that “if the plane had hit the bowser slightly further to the left it would have cracked it and there could have been a big explosion.”

The Bureau of Air Accidents Investigation (BAAI) final report concluded that a lack of training, clear procedures and an insufficient level of attention given to safety were to blame.

Were you on flight FR-268 from Corfu to Berlin on April 19? Have you ever been on a flight that got stuck on the runway? Let us know your stories in the comments.

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Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte odds and bets for world heavyweight title fight


Bookmakers expect Tyson Fury to overcome Dillian Whyte when the pair face off in front of 94,000 fans at Wembley on Saturday – but many fans are giving Whyte a chance to punch

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Fury promises to give fans ‘a real treat’ ahead of Dillian Whyte fight

Tyson Fury puts his unbeaten record on the line when he fights Dillian Whyte in a massive British heavyweight showdown at Wembley on Saturday night.

The Gypsy King, who is fighting in the UK for the first time since 2018, is set to defend his WBC Heavyweight crown against compatriot Brit Whyte, who is the WBC’s mandatory challenger after beating Alexander Povetkin in a match rematch in October of last year.

This is the first heavyweight title fight between two Britons since Whyte knocked down Derek Chisora ​​in the 11th round of their grudge match at The O2 in 2018.

A similar scenario seems unlikely against Fury, who is as short as 2/9 with Betfred to extend his unbeaten record to 33 fights. Whyte, who trained in Portugal and avoided most of the pre-fight hype, has a 7-2 chance of causing an upset but the 34-year-old East Londoner has a mighty punch and there is no doubt that it can hurt. Fury if he had the chance.

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The last time Tyson Fury fought in the UK was a 2018 fight against Francesco Pianeta at Windsor Park, Belfast and since then he has become the WBC heavyweight champion after an epic trilogy against American Deontay Wilder.

Whyte, meanwhile, is the WBC’s mandatory challenger after beating Alexander Povetkin in a rematch in October last year.

According to Betfred fight odds, a Tyson Fury knockout is by far the most likely outcome (4/6) at Wembley, with a Fury points win second most likely at 5/2.

Anyone looking to cling to a more expensive option will be drawn to the 21/5 (shade above 4/1) about Dillian Whyte landing one of those mighty punches, which could derail the bandwagon. by Tyson Fury.

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Tyson’s Fury “I’m only thinking about Dillian Whyte right now, I’m not thinking about retirement. All of that will come after I fight and we’ll think about what’s to come, what the future holds. the minute I have a colossal task at Dillian A lot of people underestimate Dillian Whyte, but not me.

“My promise is you’re going to see a great fight, Dillian has been training hard in Portugal, he’s bringing his ‘A game’, he’s going to fight the best Tyson Fury and hopefully I’m going to fight the best Dillian Whyte.”

“We’re going to give the fans a real treat because you’ve got two of the best heavyweights in the world crashing to pieces for the entertainment of the paying customer.”

Dillian Whyte : “It’s not the Tyson Fury show, his fights with Detonay Wider didn’t sell out, it’s not just the Tyson Fury show. This show sold out because of me and Tyson Fury It’s about Tyson Fury and I, it’s the Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte Show.

“I don’t dance to anyone’s tunes. We can dance together but it can’t be one way. I’m a disciplined guy, I’ve learned to be disciplined over the years. You want me to do Cool, but I’m a pro, I’ve had six or seven pay-per-view shows and I know how to do things and I’ve always dealt with my opponents if things were done wrong.

“When you’re swimming with sharks, you can’t look surprised and say, ‘I can’t believe I got bitten by a shark.’ The risk is always there.

“But it’s a shame because, if everything had been done correctly, we could have had a gigantic fight. It’s still a big fight but it should have been massive. I’m not a pushover. If you’re trying to pressure me, I’m not going to fold. I’m going to fight ten times.”

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Early start of tourist season in Greece has paid off, says minister


Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias says the country’s authorities have worked hard to kick off the start of the tourist season, pointing out that the data in Athens and Thessaloniki and the occupancy of accommodation available for the Easter period all justify the efforts that Greece has made.

In a press release issued by the Ministry of Tourism on April 18, Minister Kikilias also cited as a typical example of this achievement the island of Corfu as well as Santorini where many American visitors visited earlier this year, SchengenVisaInfo reports. .com.

“Tourism is the country’s popular economy, and money from tourism goes directly to the real economy, supporting the disposable income of Greeks and small and medium-sized businesses,” he also noted.

At the same time, he added that tourism is one of Greece’s most fundamental regional development tools. According to him, this is because the Greek islands are small and the mountainous areas attract investment and maintain their population through income from tourists.

In a separate statement issued on April 19, the Minister of Tourism also announced that visitors have already started coming to Greece, stressing that the decision to start the tourist season earlier than ever has played an important role in achieving the increase in the number of tourists at this time.

“The start of direct flights from the United States on March 7, the increase in cruise, with Piraeus as the home port brings passengers to Athens, and contributes to the increase in tourist flows, creating income for the economy of the city, Kikilias pointed out in this regard.

Additionally, Germany’s Condor launched flights from Düsseldorf and Leipzig on April 18 after nearly 20 years, and Condor’s decision to choose Athens airport reflects the company’s confidence in the Greek capital as a destination, according to the ministry.

According to Minister Kikilias, Aegean’s cooperation with TUI France is essential for the French market.

Based on trends from TUI France, Greece is also ranked first for pre-booking sales for 2022 across all destinations. Bookings this year have also increased at triple digit rates compared to summer 2021.

Moreover, the main destinations in Greece for the French are Athens, Crete, Kos, Rhodes and Corfu.

Tourism Minister Kikilias revealed that the Epirus region is a favorite tourist destination for this year, mentioning that the promotion of lesser-known destinations will intensify.

>> Greece to officially drop COVID-19 entry restrictions for all travelers on May 2

TUI France and AEGEAN join forces to make Greece the flagship summer destination


TUI France joins forces with the Greek national company AEGEAN Airlines will bring more French travelers to Greece this summer given the high demand, the tour operator announced this week on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the partnership between the two companies.

Member of the TUI Group, TUI France aims to bring 100,000 tourists to Greece this summer, adding that it is the best-selling destination in pre-bookings for the year. The tour operator also said it expects bookings to “explode” this summer, forecasting a triple-digit increase from summer 2021. French travelers are eager to visit Athens, Crete, Kos, Rhodes and Corfusaid TUI France.

Under the agreement with AEGEAN Airlines, TUI France offers 24 airlines, 12 departure airports, seven destinations – namely Athens, Heraklion, Corfu, Rhodes, Kalamata, Kos and Larnaca (Cyprus) – and 15 Marmara clubs and Lookea.

To respond to French demand, AEGEAN increases its available seats to more than one million to Greeceup 10% compared to 2019, and operating from Charles De Gaulle airport. Thus, the Greek national airline represents 41% of TUI France seats to Greece.

“Our solid partnership has allowed us to get through the Covid crisis with mutual goodwill despite a very difficult economic context. Today, we are delighted with the resumption of activity and are capitalizing on our exemplary collaboration,” said the managing director of TUI France. Dirk Van Holsbeke, who added that on the whole transport plan of the company, AEGEAN is one of our top 3 airline partners.

“We share the same requirements and we know that we offer our customers the best service when they come through your company. We have ‘renewed our vows’ working on a new contract which I am happy to sign here with you now,” van Holsbeke said.

For his part, the CEO of AEGEAN Dimitris Gerogiannis refers to the trust that TUI France has shown in airlines and in Greece over the past two decades.

“Through our cooperation, we have jointly served more than 3 million passengers in Greece and offered them a unique vacation experience. nearly 10 million, if we include all of our operations in France over the last 20 years. We have made it easy, comfortable and memorable for each of them to visit Greece. Our collaborators, the AEGEAN and TUI France teams did it for them. The cooperation, efficiency, flexibility, problem-solving ability and commitment of our two teams – who actually work as one – are the reasons for our success,” he said.

TUI France offers personalized travel experiences to its customers through 4,000 partner travel agencies, the TUI Stores network and its website.

Earlier this month, TUI group said it was moving full speed ahead with plans to bring more than 3 million visitors to Greece this year – much sooner than ever and surpassing pre-Covid 2019 levels. Cretethe company has appointed a TUI fly Boeing 737-8 “Heraklion” after the capital of the island, where the group operates and started its cruise season and home port cooperation with the departure of the cruise ship “Mein Schiff 5” with 1 650 passengers.

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Editorial Summary: Kansas | Hilton Head Island Package


Kansas City Star. April 14, 2022.

Editorial: Laura Kelly can recover from an unforced error if she scores a big win this month

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly remains in hot water for her unfortunate decision to sign a bill reversing parts of a Wyandotte County immigration ordinance.

Democrats and activists understand: it’s hard to motivate their voters when the choices are 1) Republican or 2) semi-Republican. Put Kelly in 2.

It’s time to flip the narrative. Here’s how: Within the next two to three weeks, the governor must insist on the immediate elimination, without conditions or conditions, of Kansas’ 6.5% food sales tax.

She must convince lawmakers to pass the bill and sign it into law. Putting more money in the pockets of the poor and middle class will remind Kansans why they voted for Kelly in the first place. Anything else will reinforce the perception that the governor is simply GOP-lite, not worthy of energy or support at the polls.

Republicans will do everything in their power to prevent a Kelly victory, or course. They are working on a bill that will phase out the food sales tax, reducing it to 4% next January, 2% in January 2024 and 0% the following year.

It’s true: Even if the Kansas budget is overflowing with extra money, some Republicans want to delay any sales tax relief for families until after Election Day, so Kelly won’t get credit for the cut. Which is just another brazen political stunt.

Republican leaders say they are fiscally responsible. Try not to laugh: Kansas’ food sales tax is one of the highest in the nation precisely because the GOP raised it to replace falling income tax revenues under the former Governor Sam Brownback.

It was a bad decision then, and wrong now. The top tax rate in Kansas is still lower than it was at the start of Brownback’s experiment, meaning hundreds of thousands of wealthy Kansans have enjoyed continued tax relief for years.

The poor, on the other hand, paid hundreds of dollars more for groceries during the same period. It has to end, and now is the time to make it happen.

Will the governor insist on immediate food sales tax relief? She made the right statements, calling for a “clean” food sales tax bill this year, which goes into effect July 1. Lawmakers gathered for the misnamed April 25 veto session will have a chance to propose such a measure.

There are indications that the GOP leadership could agree to a more immediate elimination of the tax, but there are also concerns that Kelly could agree to a phased reduction if it lands on his desk and then claims victory. The Kansans will not be fooled: a tax break one day is not really a tax break. (

Nor will they be fooled by ridiculous claims that Kelly vetoed an earlier version of a food sales tax cut. This bill was loaded with tax breaks for the wealthy, with a partial sales tax reduction added for purely political reasons.)

Re-election campaigns are always a chance for voters to vote on the incumbent. Kelly fixed the state budget mess, which is no small feat, but not unique either. Almost every other state is teeming with COVID-19 cash — Missouri is considering a $1 billion rebate.

Beyond the budget, what has Kelly accomplished? How has it improved the lives of voters? It’s not clear.

Democrats will claim Kelly ended the worst excesses of the GOP right-wing caucus. True or not, that’s not really the message that inspires supporters: “It could have been worse” doesn’t usually work as a campaign slogan.

Kelly’s re-election will be aided by his likely Republican challenger, Derek Schmidt, whose fingerprints on state politics remain undetectable to the naked eye. It has remained free from scandals and the state is clearly in better shape than four years ago.

But that may not be enough. Kelly stuck his thumb in the eye for the Wyandotte Countians this week, an unforced error. She can help them now by insisting on tax relief at the grocery counter immediately.


Topeka Capital-Journal. April 15, 2022.

Editorial: Kansas gets new state fruit — and a look at how the legislative process is supposed to work

Kansas now has a state fruit, the Canada plum.

We have the fourth graders at Sabetha Elementary School and some of their peers across the state to thank for this new symbol.

Rafael Garcia of the Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Governor Laura Kelly signed their sand plum bill with the class as witnesses, along with countless other students who helped lobby to support the new law. .

The process took a little over a year from start to finish, and that’s fast when you’re talking about almost anything legislative. It all started when the class asked why Kansas had no fruit?

“I was hoping it would go this far, but these kids worked so hard,” said Sabetha fourth-grade teacher Jobi Wertenberger. “Governor. Kelly told me asking other kids to help her is what got her through.

What a trip to take as a class.

“Every moment counted, and it’s been a long journey,” said Sabetha Elementary fourth-grade student Seth Brumback.

We are thrilled to see the reward for the hard work of these political novices. This could be the legislative welfare story of the session.

Garcia reports that in signing the bill, Kelly praised the students for pushing for the bill and keeping it alive. She hoped the children would continue to engage civically as they became voting adults.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s making sure your children’s schools are fully funded or your roads are paid for or your health care is efficient – whatever the issues, grow up and know it’s as well as you get things done,” she said. mentioned. “You have an idea, you gather all the information you need and you build a group of supporters.”

We’re glad it worked. What a great lesson in civic life for these young Kansans. What a great first experience in the political process. It got the students excited and they got to see results — something that doesn’t always happen in politics.

We should also thank lawmakers and Governor Kelly for making this possible. This legislation was important in a unique way because it shows us that an active and engaged population can make a difference in the political process.

Thanks to their work, not only does the state now have an official fruit, but we also have a tangible example of how the legislative process works. Many of us can learn from this.

Secondary government teachers should take note. Lawmakers should keep this example in mind when the going gets tough. Voters should remember this when they go to the polls.


Lawrence Journal-World. April 16, 2022.

Editorial: Happy Easter and best wishes for a hopeful season

We have reached a point in the calendar where it is appropriate to pause and take stock. There is a lot to consider in today’s world.

A European war that is already brutal and threatens to drag the nuclear powers into armed conflict. A virus that has been pushed back but is far from defeated and continues to mutate. The prices of everything from food to fuel to housing are rising at their fastest rate since the economically painful days of the 1980s.

In other words, difficulties never fail to arise.

But also remember this: Easter never fails to come. And it still is.

Easter, of course, is an extremely important holiday for Christians. If you are of this faith, celebrate in all its glory.

But, whatever your religious beliefs, Easter can be a wonderful time of year. There are changing seasons, and often spirits, as the weather warms up and people start to spend more time outdoors. That alone is cause for celebration.

The holidays, however, apparently have the ability to create a different mood than so many of our other celebrations. As far as vacations go, it’s one of the least commercial in America. Yes, somehow bunnies and eggs have made their way into Easter history and into your wallet, but compared to Christmas – or even Halloween or Valentine’s Day – Easter is far removed from the US trade corridor.

It is refreshing. It facilitates contemplation, which is surely one of the most important reasons why we should celebrate Easter. Everyone’s situation in life is different – and so what we each need to contemplate will be too. But here, hope your life is at a point where you can contemplate the value of hope.

As stated above, there is no shortage of difficulties that can easily temper a person’s hopes. Yet it also seems entirely reasonable to us to expect a lot of things that not so long ago were harder to imagine. Graduation ceremonies this spring should be full of families and friends who can come together freely. People who need and want a job should have an excellent chance of getting one. Russian brutality is likely to bring the Western world closer together and highlight the value of democracy and freedom.

Plus, as a bonus, there’s a good chance dinner today will include a plate of deviled eggs. (Who can object to this egg tradition this holiday?)

And there are many other reasons for hope. The key is to be open to seeing them. This is where the Easter holidays can come in handy. Take a moment to contemplate the value of hope in our lives, and the whole world’s view can change.

Hope alone won’t end a war, defeat a virus, or make our lives more affordable. But hope is not a dupe race either. As you celebrate today, consider this: there is very little risk in choosing to have hope. Pain most often occurs when you choose to give up hope.

Hopefully you can avoid this choice for as long as humanly possible.

Happy Easter.


Upward trend for Easter and summer bookings in Greece


Minister of Tourism Vassilis Kikilias

Tourism in Greece shows positive signs of post-covid recovery with reservations for Easter and the summer on the rise, said the Minister of Tourism Vassilis Kikilias Monday.

Referring to occupancy levels in Athens and Thessaloniki for the Easter period, Kikilias told SKAI TV that the ministry’s strategy to bring visitors to Greece earlier this year was paying off.

Other regions with good booking levels include Corfu, a traditional Easter destination, where occupancy is at 90 percent, Santorini more than 80%, Paros at 80%, in mainland Greece at Kalamata and the villages of Zagori at over 80%, while in Crete 40% of hotels have opened thanks to an increasing number of flights arriving earlier this year.

Easter in Corfu. Image source: @Visit Greece

Commenting on the positive reactions, the Minister underlined the importance of the industry for regional development. “Our small islands and mountainous regions are attracting investment and keeping people at home through tourism-related revenue,” he said.

“Tourism is the people’s economy and income from tourism goes directly into the real economy, supporting the disposable income of Greeks and small and medium-sized businesses,” he said.

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Michael Hoon | Obituaries | fredericknewspost.com


Mr. Michael Lee Hooton, 80, of Thurmont, Maryland, died Thursday, March 24, 2022 in Naples, Florida.

Born in Rowlesburg, West Virginia on October 3, 1941, he was the son of Paul (Goog) and Rita Hulstine Hooton.

Mike was well known in high school for his basketball abilities. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and studying astronomy. Mike attended West Virginia University (WVU) and graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. For many years he attended every home football game at WVU. He was the beloved husband of Gerilyn (Geri) K. Hooton. Mike and Geri went to elementary school and high school together. They did not see each other again until March 2021 and were married on June 25, 2021. They took up residence in Naples until Mike’s death on March 24.

Mike was devoted to his first wife Carolann Wiles Hooton from 50 until her death in March 2014. They were avid travellers. Their trips included eight visits to Egypt, several visits to Greece, the Greek Islands, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, the Holy Land and the Galapagos Islands. They spent a lot of time at their vacation home in Rowlesburg, West Virginia. Mike began his career with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the early 1960s and retired shortly before 2000. He began as a consumer safety officer in the Office of Vaccines in the Allergen Laboratory. Later, he joined the Compliance Office where he worked as a regulatory writer. Mike had a thorough understanding of the various statutes and regulations that serve as the foundation of FDA authority. His work in the Office of Vaccines and the Regulatory Branch served him well when he eventually became the head of the Congressional and Consumer Affairs Branch at the Center for Biologics. Although Mike was more than competent in his previous positions, he was exceptional as a branch manager where he mentored the employees who worked for him. His extensive knowledge of organic products, his composure, sense of humor and dedication to work served him well in overseeing responses to congressional and consumer inquiries. After several years as branch manager, he was promoted to division manager before retiring.

Mike is survived by his beloved wife, Geri; stepson, Ben; his devoted sisters, Lelia and Pam; his aunt, Patricia Horney; his sister-in-law, Cynthia Wiles Motter and her husband Jack Motter of Fort Myers, Florida; his nephew, Lan Motter, and his wife, Jennifer, and their sons, Zachary and Avery, of Orlando, Fla.; and many friends and colleagues in Frederick, Maryland and Rowlesburg.

Family will receive friends at 11 a.m. and a memorial service will be held to honor Mike’s life at noon on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at Resthaven Funeral Home, 9501 Catoctin Mountain Highway (US 15 N.) Frederick.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mike’s memory to the Rowlesburg Revitalization Committee, PO Box 135, Rowlesburg, WV 26425 (Shirley Hartley, Treasurer).

Vintage Verlander dominates as Astros thwart Mariners 4-0



Seattle Mariners center fielder Julio Rodriguez returns the ball after diving catch a fly ball hit by Houston Astros’ Michael Brantley in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 16, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)


Justin Verlander has recouped some of what made him the best pitcher in the American League three years ago and in doing so added some validation to the work needed coming back from Tommy John surgery.

Verlander threw three hits in eight innings for his first win since July 2020, and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Saturday night.

A day after watching the Mariners rack up 11 points against Houston’s throw, Verlander (1-1) appeared to be back in the form that won him the 2019 AL Cy Young Award. He picked up his first victory since winning over Seattle on July 24, 2020, the opening day of the shortened 2020 season, before undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

“I wouldn’t have done all this hard work if I hadn’t thought I could still throw at a high level,” Verlander said. “But that being said, it’s really rewarding to have that feeling again to go out there after a tough loss yesterday and to be able to recover ourselves and (go) deep into the game, and really do what I’m going for. expect to do most of the time outside.”

Relying mostly on his fastball and slider, Verlander went eight innings for the first time since Sept. 1, 2019, when he didn’t touch the Toronto Blue Jays. The only hits he allowed Seattle were an Adam Frazier single in the first and Ty France singles in the fourth and sixth.

Verlander struck out eight scoreless on 87 shots. The only other batter to reach base was JP Crawford, who was hit by a pitch in the seventh. Verlander was surprised to see his pitch count so low after seven innings, giving him a chance to come back for the eighth.

But there was no lobbying for the ninth.

“He kind of emptied the tank in that eighth inning,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “Now, in a month? He would probably want to finish this game.

Verlander threw five solid innings on his season debut last week against the Angels, only to be edged out by fellow recovered Tommy John Noah Syndergaard.

“That’s about as dominant a performance as you’re going to see and for a guy who’s been in this league for a long, long time,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said.

Martín Maldonado hit the mark on offense with a two-run homer for his first hit of the season.

Maldonado was hitless on his first 15 at-bats before driving an 0-1 pitch from Chris Flexen into left field for a 3-0 lead in fifth. Jeremy Peña started the inning with a sharp single to cap an eight-pitch at-bat, and Maldonado didn’t miss a misplaced fastball from Flexen.

“A really bad pitch that really cost us that one,” Flexen said. “Fought, was effective, but not the best.

Peña tripled in the seventh and scored on Jose Altuve’s reliever Matt Festa.

Flexen (0-2) nearly drew Verlander until he gave up the long ball. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out three. The Mariners are yet to score this season with Flexen on the mound.

SIR. 3000

Verlander has now pitched 3,001 innings in his career. He said being able to rack up innings over the course of a season was still meaningful to him.

“I’m very proud to take the ball every five days, every five games and just be there. So to reach this milestone, I think it’s just a testament to that,” Verlander said. .


Seattle acquired RHP Riley O’Brien from Cincinnati for either name or cash. O’Brien went to high school in the Seattle suburb of Shoreline and made a start last season for the Reds.


Astros: Closest All-Star Ryan Pressly has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right knee inflammation. Pressly returned to Houston for further examination. LHP Parker Mushinski was selected from Triple-A Sugar Land to take the place of Pressly. … DH Yordan Alvarez was back at the stadium after being sick for several days with a non-COVID-19 illness. Alvarez was involved in the pre-match work, but the decision to return to the roster won’t be made until Sunday.

Mariners: RF Mitch Haniger was placed on COVID-19 IL ahead of the game. Haniger reported symptoms and tested positive at the ballpark, Servais said. Seattle recalled INF Donovan Walton from Triple-A Tacoma to take Haniger’s place.


Astros: RHP José Urquidy (1-0, 1.80 ERA) allowed four hits and a run in five innings in his first start against the Angels.

Mariners: RHP Matt Brash (0-1, 3.38) makes his second league start. Brash pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs in his debut against the White Sox.


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Avoid hay fever hell with TUI offering a selection of low pollen holiday options


Spring has arrived, which for most is a time of warmer weather, blooming flowers and picnics in the park. However, for the 16 million Britons who suffer from hay fever, it can be a time of runny noses, itchy eyes and avoiding the outdoors as much as possible.

However, a recent Pollen Info study has researched and ranked the best areas of the world for lowest pollen counts where Brits can escape this year. Portugal (especially the Algarve and Madeira), the Canary Islands and the Greek islands such as Corfu and Kos are beautiful gems that will keep allergies at bay. Egypt also ranks among the best places to go for hay fever sufferers.

UK’s largest tour operator TUI has put together a selection of places with low pollen counts, so hay fever sufferers can swap the indoors for the outdoors this allergy season.

Algarve, Portugal

Head to the award-winning Algarve where you can rest assured pollen counts stay low due to westerly winds off the sea. Enjoy golden beaches, hidden coves, crescent-shaped bays and rocky coves all along the Algarve coast. For those looking for an action-packed adventure, the Algarve offers a range of diving excursions, as well as bustling golf courses for something a little more relaxed.

The Algarve – Under £650

Seven night vacation in Olhos d’Agua staying at the 4T+ Falesia BLUE CASE half board. Prices from £613, based on two adults sharing, flights from London Gatwick Airport on May 5, 2022 and transfers.

Madeira, Portugal

Discover beautiful Madeira, a haven for some of Europe’s finest scenery – with botanical gardens, soaring mountains and rugged, windswept beaches. Highlights include the beautiful Floating Garden (Madeira’s answer to the Garden of Eden), the scenic coastline, the volcanic sands of Ribiera Brava, the capital city of Funchal and the holiday hotspot of Canico De Baixo.

Funchal is made up of colonial buildings, basalt churches and sleepy squares, as well as narrow old town lanes teeming with wine bars and family-run tavernas. Canico De Baixo is a luxury destination with an old parish quarter built around the 18th century and a charming new quarter filled with boutique hotels and clifftop villas.

Madeira – Under £450

Seven nights at 4T TUI BLUE Madeira Gardens on a bed and breakfast basis. Prices from £411 based on two adults sharing, flights from Birmingham Airport on 9th May 2022 and transfers.

Tenerife, Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are perfect for those prone to hay fever, as the pollen season is normally over at the end of May, meaning holidaymakers can catch some rays even before peak season. Tenerife has year-round sunshine, sandy beaches and plenty to do for everyone.

Tenerife – Under £450

Seven nights in Los Gigantes while staying at 4T+ BLUE TUI Los Gigantes half board. Prices from £407, based on two adults sharing, flights from London Gatwick Airport on May 10, 2022 and transfers.

Kos, Greece

Another resort with a low-pollen option is the Greek island of Kos. With a coastline that stretches over 290 kilometers, the island has its share of beaches. For something a little more lively, take a trip to the town of Kardmena where the streets are full of karaoke bars, pubs and bars. Or opt for Kefalos, a more low-key resort that combines old and new, paved with an idyllic old town and an array of tasty restaurants.

Kos – Under £600

Seven nights at 5T TUI BLUE Atlantica Belvedere Resort half board. Prices from £579, based on two adults sharing, flights from East Midlands Airport on May 18, 2022 and transfers.

Corfu, Greece

Known as the Emerald Isle, Corfu is the second largest of the Ionian Islands covered in cypresses, olive trees and wildflowers, and even then the pollen count remains low. For the quieter resorts of Corfu, head to Gouvia or San Stefanos, where there’s plenty of space on the wide, sandy beaches, as well as candlelit tavernas that tend to be family affairs.

The pace picks up in Sidari and Roda with the introduction of lively karaoke bars and restaurants. That said, there are still plenty of quiet coves on the coast when a bit of downtime is needed.

Corfu – Under £500

Seven nights at 5T TUI BLUE Atlantica Grand Mediterraneo Resort half board. Prices from £488 based on two adults sharing, flights from Cardiff Airport on May 16, 2022 and transfers.

Hurghada, Egypt

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Egypt is up there with one of the best places to go for hay fever sufferers due to the hot climate and lack of pollen-rich plants. The city of Hurghada is the largest settlement in this part of Egypt and is home to dozens of sandstrips, many of which are close to some of the largest coral reefs and shipwrecks.

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There’s also a Saint-Tropez-style marina that’s backed by gourmet restaurants, as well as an old quarter that’s home to a huge mosque and bustling bazaar.

Egypt – Under £550

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Covid UK: British families have to pay over £1,000 to get to popular European hotspots


Did Covid kill a budget vacation? British families have to pay over £1,000 to get to popular European hotspots as airlines take advantage of post-lockdown demand

  • UK families have to pay over £1,000 to get to European hotspots
  • Flying from Heathrow to Malaga will cost travelers £1,208
  • A family of four flying there between May 28 and June 4 would pay £4,112
  • Airlines have raised prices following demand for post-Covid travel

Most of us dreamed of being able to fly abroad while we were confined to our homes during the pandemic.

But sadly, we now have to shell out huge sums of money to fly to popular European hotspots like Spain this summer.

With families now having to pay £1,000 to travel to the mainland, it looks like Covid has killed the economic holiday.

Airlines known for cheap overseas travel more than tripled their prices for flights in June, July and August.

Steal from London Heathrow to Malaga on a straight economy return on May 28 and June 4 – when most schools go their separate ways for half term – will now cost travelers £1,208, or £4,112 for a family of four.

Tourists and locals enjoy sunny weather at a beach in Barcelona, ​​Spain, April 15, 2022

Passengers queue in the departures area of ​​Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport in London, during the Easter Getaway, Friday April 15, 2022

Passengers queue in the departures area of ​​Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport in London, during the Easter Getaway, Friday April 15, 2022

A similar trip to Tenerife on the same dates costs £2,076, while the same Mallorca holiday costs £1,260, reports The Telegraph.

For Malta this comes to £1,956, while those hoping to relax in Corfu are likely to shell out a huge sum.

Short-haul flights with British Airways have also exploded to deter ticket purchases as it battles severe staff shortages, according to The Independent.

Experts have suggested that airlines have benefited from the surge in holiday demand in Europe after the lockdown.

Holidaymakers on Benidorm beach, Thursday April 14, 2022

Holidaymakers on Benidorm beach, Thursday April 14, 2022

Skyscanner’s Gemma Jamieson said: “The main driver of flight prices is supply and demand, and people are realizing that holidays are a viable option for them this year.”

“The demand is really increasing for people who wouldn’t have thought of it a few months ago.

“It’s achievable because the rules are much simpler and the confidence is much higher. The demand will be massive.

“People are going back to where they know and love.”

Airlines UK trade body and consumer watchdog Which? also said that the demand is exorbitant and this will have a ripple effect on prices.


Ignore the middle class naysayers – fly holidays never looked so good


Minimum visits

Like street musicians, cultural wonders will only make you feel guilty for ignoring them. Dubai may be preferable to Rome, for example, if you plan to spend the whole day by your hotel pool.


Proximity to the pool or the sea is essential on the fly and the flop, for the sense of well-being one gets just by lying beside it, watching the glitter of sunlight dance across the surface and lazily considering the possibility of a swim later. There’s probably a word for it in Italian.

good books

…and the bad ones. A whole week ahead of you – the perfect time to finally give Infinite Jest a try! But just in case, also take something easy and enjoyable – it’s about relaxing, not improving.

No children… or autonomous children

Many parents are capable of flying and collapsing with young children. I am not one of them. Poolside lifeguards, entertainment, sunscreen, meals, bedtime… Wait until they’re older or find a good kids’ club, if yours likes that sort of thing.

The psychology of just turning off

When the world is full of fascinating, little-explored corners, a week under the Balearic sun can seem like a guilty pleasure. But in fact, this kind of break is not only pleasant, it is essential for our mental and physical well-being, and certainly should not be felt as guilt.

“More than ever, I see employees exhausted to the point that they’re using their time off to simply recuperate,” says organizational psychologist Sally Evans of Perform and grow, specializing in health and wellness. “But our holidays should be about relaxing and having fun – not just recuperating to get back to the fray.”

According to the Health & Safety Executive website, 822,000 Britons suffer from stress and anxiety caused by work. Many don’t take their full vacation allowance, but the benefits of taking it, Evans says, shouldn’t be underestimated. “Holidays can reduce the risk of heart disease, improve our emotional, mental and physical health, and reduce stress.”

Here are his tips for quitting:

  • Turn off your phone. Our brains are overstimulated and we are always on the move. Taking the time to disconnect is crucial to recovering our cognitive energy.
  • Delete social media apps! Try to enjoy the present moment.
  • Slow down and take the time to notice the beautiful things around us, during walks in the trees, in the mountains or by the sea.

Wizz of Wales: Wizz Air launches Cardiff base


Cardiff Airport hosted the launch of Wizz Air’s fourth UK base. The airline will operate nine routes to sunny destinations, with one A321 neo based at the airport.

Cardiff Airport hosted the launch of Wizz Air’s fourth UK base. The airline will operate nine routes to sunny destinations, with one A321 neo based at the airport.

Routes include Alicante, Faro, Heraklion, Palma de Mallorca, Larnaca, Lanzarote and Tenerife, with flights to Corfu scheduled in June and to Sharm el-Sheikh in November.

Wizz Air’s new base represents a significant investment at Cardiff Airport and the local region creating over 40 direct jobs and over 250 indirect jobs. Connecting Wales to nine popular holiday destinations will boost the local economy by increasing Cardiff Airport’s annual capacity by over 330,000 seats.

The airline was also recently announced as the new title sponsor of the Cardiff Half Marathon, with the first Wizz Air Cardiff Half Marathon taking place on October 2, 2022. The sponsorship builds on Wizz Air’s successful partnerships with events in running across Europe, in cities such as Budapest, Skopje and Bucharest, and demonstrates its strong commitment to Cardiff and the promotion of inclusive sports tourism and active lifestyles.

“It’s a very exciting time for Wizz Air in the UK, as we celebrate the opening of our much anticipated base at Cardiff Airport,” said Marion Geoffroy, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK. “By bringing our efficient new Airbus aircraft, whose wings are manufactured in Wales, to Cardiff, we are giving a significant boost to the Welsh economy and creating jobs. The base, which is our fourth in the UK, will bring additional connectivity to the region, with passengers from Wales and the South West of England now able to take advantage of our ultra-low fares to ‘fly locally’ to their favorite getaways. , as we welcome new passengers with affordable direct flights to popular vacation destinations.

Spencer Birns, Managing Director of Cardiff Airport, said: “We are delighted to welcome the opening of the Wizz Air base, as it marks a real turning point for the airport in its post-COVID recovery plans. Our customers in Wales have been asking for a more cost effective choice for many years. What makes this launch so exciting is that Wizz Air is a super low cost airline which will help to increase competition and provide better choice for people living in Wales.

My Big Fat Greek Easter: Food and Show in Crete, Corfu and Tinos | Holidays in the Greek Islands


BBreathing in the incense-scented air and listening to the plaintive chant of the priest, we sat in darkness, lit only by the glow of the “eternal flame” – carried from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem more early in the day.

At midnight, the priest dressed in black brandishes the lantern in the air:Xristos anesti!” “Christ is risen!” he cries. As at the right moment, the bells rang wildly and firecrackers crackled in the dark streets of Palekastro, in eastern Crete.

Alithos anesti“Truly he is risen,” the crowd replied before queuing to light their candles from the flame, then rushing home to make the smoky black cross on the lintel above their doors of entry, to provide protection for the following year.

The red pot tossing phase of the ongoing celebrations in Corfu. Photography: E Nikitopoulou/Giwrgos Katehis

Unlike Easter in the UK, which is usually a more low-key affair, the Greek Orthodox version of this ancient spring festival is one of the biggest celebrations in the country. It usually takes place in April (this year on the 24th) when Bermuda buttercups bloom in the olive groves, the days are longer and warmer, and family members scattered around the world return home to celebrate with their loved ones. “It’s like Christmas and the New Year are one and the same,” a Greek pizzeria owner from New York told me who was in Crete to see his 80-year-old mother, as we toasted each other with some raki. “I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

Although most major resorts are closed at this time of year on the islands, many smaller, more authentic local hotels and restaurants are open. Since there are fewer people and the weather is usually beautiful – warm enough for t-shirts but still cool enough for hiking – this is one of my favorite times to visit.

When I first attended these celebrations in Crete, I was afraid to impose what is essentially a family occasion. I soon discovered, however, that the hospitable Greeks were more than happy to welcome me – a passing foreigner – to their tables which were usually set up in the street outside their homes, groaning under the weight of grilled meats and meze snacks, and baskets of crimson eggs. Dyed to symbolize the blood of Christ, the eggs are used for tsougrisma, an egg-y take on conkers where the “weapons” are clenched in fists rather than held on strings. “Filoxenia – love of strangers – is in our DNA,” a party girl said, handing me a plate full of the traditional sweet mastic bread. tsoureki.

From solemn candlelit processions on Good Friday to long, lazy lunches of sweet lamb in butter, slow roasted over charcoal on Easter Sunday – at tables in local taverns or in people’s homes – the main Orthodox Easter rituals remain the same. across the country, but there are countless regional variations. In a quest to see how other islands celebrated Greece’s biggest festival, I decided to visit Easter in Corfu.

Mentioned in the Odyssey as the birthplace of the blind musician Demodocus whose talent brought Homer to tears, Corfu is home to Greece’s first philharmonic orchestra, which was established in 1840 when Queen Victoria banned the participation of the orchestra from the British Army at Orthodox religious events on the island. The island’s Easter celebrations inevitably involve a lot of music.

A philharmonic group on an Easter procession in Corfu.
A philharmonic group on an Easter procession in Corfu. Photograph: Vasilis Ververidis/Alamy

Corfu now has around 17 orchestras and when I arrived on Good Friday I had a hard time deciding which one epitaphios procession to follow – each carrying a symbolic coffin which represents the coffin of Christ. I finally headed along the cobbled, candlelit streets behind the red-uniformed members of the Kapodistrias Philharmonic Band, who solemnly advanced, feathered hats waving like feather dusters to the beat of Chopin’s funeral march.

On Saturday, I followed the crowds to Piazza Spianada in the old town to discover the most spectacular tradition of this Ionian island. At 11am, as the bells rang for what is known locally as ‘the first resurrection’, on the high balconies along the main square – and along the nearby pedestrian streets known as cantonese – dozens of Corfiots emerged, dragging giant clay pots filled with water called botidesand threw them into the streets below, with cries of “Opa!” and “Xristos anesti!”

Red pitchers with the inscription kalo pasca (happy easter).
Red jugs with the inscription kalo pascha (Happy Easter). Photography: Mauritius Images/Alamy

As the red clay pots exploded on the glittering marble pavement, the crowd screamed and clapped loudly. “They say it started with the Venetians,” one pot thrower told me. “When they occupied the island from the 14th to the end of the 18th century, they threw old and useless objects out of their windows to celebrate the new year, but we do it to worship God.”

My last Easter experience, before Covid put the kibosh on Greek celebrations until this year, was in Tinos. A 20-minute ferry ride from Mykonos, this small member of the Cyclades is renowned for its marble sculptors. Author Lawrence Durrell has described Tinos as “the Lourdes of modern Greece” because of its Panagia Evangelistria church, which attracts pilgrims from all over the country, and because Easter on this 194 km2 island is celebrated with particular fervor. .

A priest speaks during a
A priest speaks during a ‘reconciliation dinner’ at Ktikados on Tinos. Villagers, visitors and tourists are invited to participate. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

On Friday evening, the church bells began their slow funeral toll and the Epitaphios of St. Nicholas headed for the small port of Chora, the island’s capital, where the porters – surrounded by a swarm of boats fishing by candlelight – waded into the freezing waters accompanied by the priest in full dress. Then, on Saturday evening, as the bells rang for the Resurrection, parishes across the island competed to make the loudest explosion with their “trombones” – traditional gunpowder-filled fireworks that look like old wooden muskets. “The trombones are so loud that we usually ask someone who is hard of hearing to turn them on,” said Maria, a resident of the nearby mountain village of Kardiani whom I met while watching the loud spectacle. The last explosion died down and we rushed together through the smoky streets to Chora where the taverns had opened their doors in celebration.

Maria invited me to sit with her family at one of the long trestle tables the taverns had set up for the occasion.

A musician began to play briskly nisiotika island chants, a firecracker whistled overhead, a donkey honked its horn loudly, and a gust of warm air swept across the paper tablecloth. “This is resurrection,” said Maria, as we slipped into our Magiritsathe traditional broth made from lamb’s liver, lungs, head and casings garnished with avgolemono (egg and lemon) sauce always served at Easter. “This is the real rebirth – when spring is in the air and winter is finally dead.”

Greece pays tribute to Giorgos Baltadoros who died after intercepting a Turkish plane — Greek City Times


Greece remembers Giorgos Baltadoros, the fighter pilot who died on April 12, 2018, when his Mirage 2000-5 plane crashed into the Aegean Sea after a mission to intercept Turkish planes that had violated airspace Greek.

To honor the fallen hero, the Hellenic Air Force recently inaugurated a Mirage fighter jet at Baltadoros’ birthplace in Morfovouni, a picturesque village near the city of Karditsa, Thessaly.

Greece pays tribute to Giorgos Baltadoros who died after intercepting a Turkish plane 3

“Four years have passed since the sacrifice of Squadron Leader George Baltadoros. He fell in service. We do not mourn. We honor him with pride. He identified with the ideals of the fatherland. IMMORTAL!” Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos tweeted on Tuesday.

Baltadoros served with No. 331 Squadron, based at Tanagra Air Base about 40 kilometers (26 miles) north of the Greek capital.

Pilot killed northeast of Greek island of Skyros

On April 12, 2018, the 34-year-old father of two was ordered to engage the Turkish plane that had violated Greek airspace.

The jet piloted by Baltadoros was one of two Mirages that took off from Skyros shortly after 11 a.m. to intercept a pair of Turkish F-16s that had violated Greek airspace in the area between the eastern Aegean islands from Lesbos and Chios.

Nevertheless, when the pair of Mirages arrived in the area, the Turkish jets had already departed and Baltadoros sent a signal that the F-16s were out of visual range.

Upon their return to Skyros, both aircraft were flying at low altitude due to low visibility due to cloudy weather and African sand present in the atmosphere.

An alert was raised after the pilot of the other Mirage said at 12:15 p.m. he saw the Baltadoros jet suddenly “diving” nine nautical miles northeast of Skyros.

His plane slammed into the sea as it approached Skyros airbase to land.

What is the best place in Greece for a family vacation? Best destinations from Rhodes to Corfu


The best places in Greece for family vacations, including the mainland and Greek islands such as Corfu, Crete, Mykonos, Rhodes, Athens and more for 2022

There are many brilliant Greek destinations for family vacations

Holidays to Greece are planned this summer as the country is open to all UK travellers, although it has Covid travel rules in place which differ depending on your vaccination status.

Under current rules, fully vaccinated Britons can visit without needing Covid tests, while those unvaccinated or partially vaccinated will need either a PCR test carried out within 72 hours before travel or a antigen test within 48 hours. Meanwhile, the country recently scrapped passenger locator forms, which means a bit less Covid administration.

Of course, with these gorgeous Greek islands, stunning historic sites and epic beaches, it’s no surprise that Greece continues to be a favorite with British holidaymakers – but where exactly are the best places for a family holiday?

We take a look at the best vacation destinations in Greece for families and why they’re worth being on your radar.

Check out our top picks below…

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Tsambika beach in Rhodes


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Rhodes is one of our picks of the best Greek islands, especially for families.

There are plenty of brilliant resorts that cater to families, with big buffets, huge pools, and even a cheeky water park or two. Tripadvisor has a handy guide to The best family hotels in Rhodes in 2022 to help you get started.

For those who like to explore there is plenty around the island including historical sites such as the Acropolis, the best beaches on the island with sandy shores and pebble coves that make up the coast.

Head into Rhodes Town and you’ll find plenty of shops, bars and restaurants – for the parents, there’s also great nightlife for a romantic night out away from the kids! You can also find out more in our Rhodes guide.


Corfu has long been a family favorite


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Corfu has a more laid back vibe than some of the other islands, although there is still brilliant nightlife to be found.

Corfu Town is where you’ll find the bulk of the shops, bars and restaurants, as well as quieter streets with quirky markets and other hidden gems – our guide to Corfu is full of plenty more tips on the best things to explore while you’re there.

The island has heaps of family-friendly beaches with nearby cafes, sun lounger rentals and other facilities, and there are also great spots for watersports for the more adventurous families.

If you are looking for cheap holidays, Loveholidays can be a good source with Holidays in Corfu from £111 pp available for 2022.


There are loads of things to see and do in Crete


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The largest of the Greek islands, Crete can accommodate a wide range of family vacations, whether you’re looking for easy all-inclusive vacations or looking for adventures ranging from family-friendly hikes to snorkeling.

The island is also full of beautiful historical sites, such as the ruins of Knossos, incredible gourmet restaurants and beautiful landscapes such as Mount Ida.

Then, of course, there are those amazing Cretan beaches with sandy shores, swimming-friendly waters and facilities like showers and toilets, making them ideal for family outings.


Mykonos is famous for its parties, but also has plenty of options for families

Mykonos might have a reputation for being a party island – and that’s certainly what you’re looking for – but the island is also home to quieter beaches, family-friendly restaurants and plenty of shiny resorts that cater to people. families with children. .

There are a few large luxury hotels across the island, but it’s possible to find slightly more budget-friendly accommodation if you consider dining and bed and breakfast options.

TUI can be a good source for Holidays in Mykonos especially if you are also looking for luxurious breaks.


St. Paul’s Cathedral in Thessaloniki, Greece


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If you are looking for a holiday filled with interesting places to visit, Thessaloniki will not disappoint. Ancient ruins, fascinating museums, excellent restaurants are all on the cards, not to mention that it can be a great base if you want to take day trips to other parts of Greece.

This is much more of a city break than a beach holiday, but there are a handful of scenic sandy beaches if you want to spend a day soaking up the sun.

Booking.com has a helpful guide to some of the area’s best family hotels, suitable for a wide range of budgets.


Halkidiki is a favorite with vacationers


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Nestled just south of Thessaloniki is this picturesque peninsula where you’ll find heaps of sandy beaches, lively promenades and seaside resorts packed with shops, restaurants and hotels.

The beaches also have a good range of facilities, including showers, cafes, toilets, snack bars and sun lounger hire, making it an ideal location for families looking for a stress-free day at the beach.

Tripadvisor has a handy guide to best family resorts in the area to help you get started!


Athens offers an unforgettable city break


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Looking for a fascinating city break that will appeal to teens?

Athens offers a glimpse of ancient Greece itself, with incredible ruins to visit, from the Acropolis to the Temple of Zeus. Meanwhile, the modern side of town offers vibrant nightlife, great family restaurants, and plenty of hotels to suit a wide range of budgets.

Our Athens city guide has plenty more tips on the best must-see attractions, as well as where to find hotels and deals.


There are so many beautiful Greek hotspots to explore on vacation


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The Peloponnese peninsula on mainland Greece has everything you could want for a holiday; archaeological sites, historic castles, beautiful beaches, and loads of those picture-perfect backdrops you’ve probably seen all over your social media feeds.

The area isn’t generally considered a classic family vacation destination, but it’s packed with restaurants, attractions, and hotels that cater to families, and it can be ideal for those looking to avoid some of the peak season crowds (although in the summer it’s still quite busy).


There is plenty to see and do in Kos


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Kos has sandy beaches (we’ve rounded up the best beaches here), family-friendly resorts, harbors where you’ll find great restaurants, plenty of coves to explore on boat trips, and heaps of breathtaking coastline. breath you won’t want to miss.

Our guide to Kos is packed with recommendations on the best attractions to visit, as well as advice on which holiday companies have some of the best deals if you want to travel on a budget – school holidays included!

Jetstar Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner economy class, Melbourne to Bali


The road

Flight JQ43, Melbourne Airport to Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali

The plane

Boeing 787-8 with 314 economy class seats and 21 business class seats

The loyalty program

Although there is no loyalty program as such, for $55 a year you can join the Jetstar Club which offers discounts on fares, seats and baggage, and also gives members a early access to sales.


Economy, seat 27F which is the aisle seat in the middle row, on a “Plus” fare which includes a standard seat, 7 kilograms of carry-on baggage and 20 kilograms of checked baggage, an in-flight meal and an option to change flight dates or times.


Six hours five minutes, scheduled departure at 9:10 a.m. and arrival at 1:15 p.m. in Denpasar. Our flight is the first from Australia to Bali in two years, and it is delayed due to “paperwork issues”. We are stranded on the tarmac for 1h23 and the flight leaves at 11:18 am to bring us to Bali around 2:30 pm.


Three flights per week, departing Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.


You must be fully vaccinated at least seven days before departure on an international flight with Jetstar and you will be required to provide proof of vaccination at check-in. If the requirements at your destination are stricter, these rules will apply. Masks must be worn on aircraft except when eating or drinking. If you have forgotten or lost yours, they can be given to you on boarding.

Carbon Dioxide Emission

The carbon emissions for this particular route are calculated at 0.722 tonnes for an Economy Class passenger. You can offset a trip like this at the end of the booking process for around $12.


The process is long considering the flight is full and the amount of paperwork required. In this case, you can save time by downloading the Indonesian COVID contract tracker app Penduli Lindungi and filling in your flight details and vaccination history before check-in, as this will be verified by airline staff. Aerial. You will also need a printed copy of your negative PCR test (which can be taken at the airport). Since the flight was early, Histopath opened at 6am and there was no queue for the PCR tests, and the results came in quickly (in about 15 minutes, but they say to allow some 90. Keep in mind that there were no other flights departing at this time on that particular day). You can register for the test at test2go.com.au. You will need your international vaccine certificate and proof of travel insurance with COVID-19 medical coverage of at least $25,000 (which you can purchase from Jetstar during the booking process).


I’m sitting in seat 27F, an aisle seat in a middle row of three. It’s on the last row of the “initial” seats offered by Jetstar for an additional $25 each way. Seats in the emergency exit row can also be purchased for extra legroom for an additional $38 per ride. The seats are leather and have a 30-inch (76 centimeter) pitch which I find sufficient for the six-hour trip, although taller passengers in front and behind seem to struggle. Economy seats are 17 inches (43 centimeters) wide. An “international cooling kit” is available as an extra for $25 and includes an eye mask, earplugs, inflatable pillow, socks, lip balm, blanket which was totally unnecessary for this short flight (bring a jacket in case the air conditioning gets cold).


My “Plus” rate includes 20 kg of checked baggage and 7 kg of hand luggage, which is perfectly sufficient for a week in Bali. On this trip, hand luggage is not weighed at check-in (likely due to the time it takes to go through the paperwork).


You have to pay extra for everything on Jetstar and entertainment is no exception. Each seat has a nine-inch screen, and it costs $10 to watch, play, or listen if you prepay during the reservation process. If you wait until you are in the flight, it will cost you $13 for an all-access pass or $9 for an individual movie, or $6 to listen to an album or play a game. There are about 100 movies among which to choose from, including a handful of new releases such as Dunes, spencer and The French Dispatch. TV is a bit light, with around 10 comedies, dramas, and lifestyle shows. There’s also plenty of music, a kids’ section, and games — but be sure to bring an adapter if you want to use your own headphones or you’ll be stuck with Jetstar’s basic headphones. There is also seat power via a USB port.

A service

I found the service to be hit or miss on this flight. Perhaps it was the stress of the first full flight to Bali in two years. Maybe he was “starving” from having waited so long on the tarmac and not having eaten before boarding. Things just weren’t as bright as I had hoped, after the party vibes at check-in and boarding.

It’s worth remembering that if you haven’t booked meals on board, you’ll need to be patient. Meals for these early risers are served first, with hot drinks and water, followed by two “kiosk” services. This therefore means no soft drinks, alcoholic drinks or snacks until these meals have been heated and served.


International meals include butter chicken and rice with two vegetarian options – macaroni and cheese with panko and cheese crumbs and spinach and feta or pumpkin quiche, available for $13, $12 and $10 $ respectively – if you buy in advance the meals include a hot drink at $14/15. Snacks are also available and include things like pot noodles and pringles, sandwiches, wraps and toast ($10), alcoholic beverages $9-$12, hot drinks ($5) and snacks. soft drinks ($4). I choose the macaroni and cheese that satisfies me for the flight, but I make a mental note to bring snacks on the way back. You can bring water on board, just keep an empty bottle handy to refill at a fountain at Melbourne Airport.

One more thing

Crossing Denpasar airport was a six step process and on this occasion took about two hours. You will need to present all of your documents for arrival screening (essentially the same documents you showed when checking in in Melbourne). Fortunately, additional PCR testing on arrival has now been waived (unless you have symptoms). At the time of my visit I had to pay for the PCR test in a queue and then have my PCR test in a separate queue (showing my receipt). Then it was off to queue for my visa on arrival. Then to immigration to show my passport and visa, and finally go through customs and immigration – to pass this final step you must complete a Bali customs declaration form electronically before flying and print the QR code he gives you. You can do it here: bcngurahrai.beacukai.go.id.

The verdict

Many of us would do almost anything to travel abroad these days, so being at an international destination in just six hours feels like a dream come true. With no other choice when flying direct to Bali from Melbourne at the moment, any preconceptions you have about Jetstar will have to be put aside. Just be sure to bring plenty of patience and snacks.

The writer flew as a guest of Jetstar

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Backlash in Osaka as ‘Dream Island’ leads race to open Japan’s first casino | Japan


Jhe center of Japan’s quest to open its first casino is an artificial island in Osaka that, if the city government has its way, will end decades of wrangling over the country’s strained relationship with poker tables and slot machines. under.

On a recent weekday morning, there was no indication that Yumeshima – “Dream Island” – could, by the end of the decade, be the site of an unprecedented experiment with gambling in the third largest economy. of the world.

A stream of trucks disappears into an underwater tunnel taking them to the island, while boats laden with earth plow the strip of water that separates it from the mainland. From a distance, Yumeshima looks more like a sprawling construction site than the possible location of the Japanese response to Macau or Las Vegas.

Six years after the government legalized casino development, Osaka is vying with Wakayama and the central city of Nagoya to open Japan’s first “integrated resort” – a complex of hotels, conference rooms and entertainment facilities with a worth 1 billion yen (£6 billion), with a casino as its money-making centerpiece.

The western Japanese city is now seen as the favorite after the local assembly, where right-wing populist Osaka Ishin no Kai is the strongest party, recently approved a candidacy to be sent to the central government ahead of the April 28 deadline.

The proposed complex will be “an engine of sustainable economic growth for Osaka and the region,” Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui told assembly members.

He has an ally in the Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, who has said integrated resorts are ‘key to Japan’s efforts to become a top tourist nation’ when it finally reopens to locked-out foreign visitors. during the coronavirus pandemic.

But despite campaigning locally on a pro-casino platform, Matsui and his allies are facing a backlash from citizen groups concerned about the cost of developing Yumeshima, which was built on land reclaimed during the boom years of the 1970s, and the casino. potential to become a magnet for organized crime and gambling addiction.

Yumeshima in 2017. Today it looks even more like a sprawling construction site than the possible location of the Japanese response in Macau or Las Vegas. Photography: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images

The city assembly has received more than 100 petitions demanding that the casino project be scrapped or at least put to a referendum, a move it has so far resisted.

Critics point to the city’s decision to charge taxpayers 79 billion yen at the request of would-be resort operators, MGM Resorts International and Japanese financial services group Orix, to cover the cost of protecting Yumeshima from the soil liquefaction.

Foreign casino operators have spent years lobbying Japanese authorities for access to a market that could generate huge profits, estimated by some analysts at $20 billion a year, if three casinos are built.

Despite the long ban on casinos, Japan is a nation of avid gamblers: horse, speedboat, motorbike and keirin bike races bring in the equivalent of billions of dollars a year, while pachinko, a game type pinball machine, generated 14.6 billion yen in sales in 2020, according to the Japan Productivity Center’s leisure white paper.

But there is a downside. A study carried out in 2017 by the Ministry of Health revealed that around 3.2 million people – around 3.6% of the adult population – are addicted to gambling, far more than the 1.2% in France, by example. The high addiction rate is widely blamed on pachinko, in which players circumvent strict gambling laws by exchanging prizes or chips for cash on the spot.

Teruo Sakurada, a professor at Hannan University in Osaka, believes the central government will reject Osaka’s application due to “irregularities” in its application.

“It’s a matter of money for the operator and the Japanese companies involved in building and running the resort,” said Sakurada, who leads a group campaigning to scrap the Yumeshima casino project. “Local businesses have lost a lot of their power and influence in recent years, and this is a way for them to reassert themselves and share in the profits.”

Media polls show that about 60% of Japanese oppose the building of casinos.

A bettor writes his picks on a form guide at Kawasaki keirin races
A bettor writes his picks on a form guide at keirin races in Kawasaki. Photography: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

In an attempt to address concerns that resorts will create a new generation of drug addicts, only three sites will receive licenses to operate. Japanese nationals will be required to pay an entrance fee of ¥6,000 and will be limited to 10 visits per month. In addition, each casino will occupy no more than 3% of the total area of ​​the complex.

“What I object to the most is that these casinos cater mainly to Japanese people,” said Sakurada, whose group has called for a local referendum on the Yumeshima project, confident that a majority of inhabitants of the city will reject him. “If the casino is built, they will have to pay for the land to be developed, and they will continue to pay in other ways, such as increased gambling addiction.”

Joji Kokuryo, managing director of Tokyo-based consultancy Bay City Ventures, acknowledged there was no guarantee the central government would approve casino applications, despite their potential economic benefits as “tourism gateways”.

“Integrated resorts will bring more opportunities to local economies simply by attracting more visitors, jobs and business opportunities, while bringing indirect and induced benefits to the economy,” Kokuryo said.

The cause of casinos was not helped last year when Tsukasa Akimoto, then vice minister in charge of tourism and casino promotion, was sentenced to four years in prison for accepting millions of yen in bribes- de-vin of a Chinese gambling operator who hoped to open a casino. business in Japan.

Osaka and its rivals will be keen to learn from the experience of Yokohama, whose pro-casino former mayor launched an integrated resort bid despite public opposition, only to be voted out in favor of a candidate who quickly abandoned the city’s casino ambitions.

“If Yokohama’s history has taught us anything, some form of local consent, whether through elections or referendums, seems like a necessary step to get integrated station development off to a good start.” , said Kokuryo.

Latest Greece travel restrictions for Britons including Covid testing and face mask rules


The latest Greece travel rules for Britons including Covid testing and vaccine requirements ahead of Easter and the 2022 half term holidays – and local Covid rules including face masks to be expected

We take a look at the latest travel rules in Greece

Holidays to Greece are planned for Britons this summer as the mainland and Greek islands are open to British travelers – although Covid travel rules are still in place.

The country still has rules including Covid testing, although these differ depending on your vaccination status. Still, there’s less administration to plan for this summer, because last month the vacation hotspot scrapped passenger locator forms for travellers.

With UK travel rules ending, this makes for a holiday with minimal pre-trip planning, whether you’re looking for a city break in Athens or looking to explore the Greek islands.

It should be noted that there are still local restrictions in place, such as the use of face masks and vaccine passes.

To give you a hand, we’ve put together a guide below that includes Greece’s latest travel rules, as well as its face mask and Covid vaccine pass requirements.

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Latest Greece Travel Rules

Greece still has Covid rules in place for holidaymakers


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Greece and the islands are open to British tourists, but the rules differ depending on your vaccination status.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can visit Greece without needing a pre-travel Covid test.

If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you will need to be able to present either proof of recovery from Covid or proof of a negative Covid test result. This can either be a PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival or an antigen test within 48 hours.

Face mask rules in Greece

According to the UK Foreign Office: “It is compulsory to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces, in all regions of Greece. In some areas, such as supermarkets and pharmacies, and on public transport, you will need to wear either double masks (at least one of which must be surgical), or an N95/FFP2 mask.

The Covid vaccine passes in Greece

Proof of vaccination is required to enter places, including stores, restaurants, museums and cinemas, to name a few.

According to its travel advice, the UK Foreign Office says that if you are not fully vaccinated or if you are partially vaccinated, you will not be able to enter nightclubs, indoor restaurants, theatres, cinemas, museums, exhibitions, conferences, gymnasiums and stadiums.

However, you can visit outside shops and restaurants if you have proof of a negative Covid test taken within 48 hours of entry – this may be a rapid antigen test.

  • Travel restrictions and local rules can change quickly due to the nature of the pandemic. Always check the latest travel advice from the UK Foreign Office before you book or travel.

12 most beautiful places in the world


Traveling is one of the best hobbies one can have. It’s like a breath of fresh air that invites a change of routine in your life. Exploring different places and cultures around the world is not only good for the mood but also improves your knowledge. You will learn about the people, their eating habits, the history of all the places you visit and so on. In short, traveling brings all the good things into your life.

Now that many countries have reopened international travel to tourists, it’s time to plan your vacation to the most beautiful places in the world.

What are the most beautiful places in the world?

Visiting these places will steal your heart and amaze you. If you are a travel enthusiast, add these places to your to-do list.

  1. Santorini, Greece

Greece happens to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Oia in Santorini is the most popular, beautiful and picturesque village on the Greek island. Santorini will charm you with the traditional stone houses that line the narrow streets. Breathtaking blue-domed churches and sun-drenched verandas are all praiseworthy. This place has everything to have a good time – souvenir shops, taverns, cafes, etc.

  1. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is the only living thing seen from space. It is located in northeastern Australia off the coast of Queensland and happens to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. The ecosystem spans 2,300 kilometers and includes more than 3,000 individual reef systems, hundreds of islands, coral cays and sandy beaches.

  1. Garden of the Gods, Colorado

Garden of the Gods is located in the United States. It is a public park in the city that does not need any man-made attractions, the wonders of nature are enough to let you admire the beauty. There are bridges, hundreds of red sandstone spiers and other rock formations. Descend the trail and explore this wonder at its best. Rock climbing is a famous activity practiced here.

  1. Appenzell, Switzerland

Appenzell is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and for all the right reasons. The charming landscape of this small village is enough to delight you. It is the most traditional of all Swiss regions. Exploring the rural world of this place will be a feast for your eyes, we promise. This place is exactly like a fairy tale from your childhood.

  1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

If you are an island person, visiting Bora Bora is a must. This place is far in the vast region of the South Pacific. The dream island has a dormant volcano at its heart, further covered with thick jungle and flanked by an emerald necklace from the small sand-fringed island forming a turquoise lagoon. All of these highlights also make it one of the most sought-after honeymoon destinations.

  1. Sossusvlei, Namibia

This salt and clay pan is located in the Namibian-Naukluft National Park and is one of the most attractive places in the world. The huge red dunes in this place are worth exploring. The dunes prevent the water of the Tasauchab River from flowing further. Most of the time, the pan stays dry. But when it rains, it fills with water, something to glimpse.

  1. Cappadocia, Turkey

Turkey welcomes millions of tourists from all over the world every year. The culture, vibe and friendliness of the locals are reason enough to visit here. Cappadocia of Turkey is where you will come across beautiful fairy chimneys and other rock formations on earth. This place is very hospitable. You can find excellent accommodation options. Enjoy the food, the hot air balloon experience and shop thoroughly.

  1. Venice, Italy

Venice, the city of love, is also one of the most beautiful places in the world. The Italian city sits on water and spans 118 islands. There is an extensive network of canals connected by 409 bridges. Yes, you heard right. The restaurants serve the most mouth-watering Italian cuisine. This makes it one of the most popular honeymoon destinations among honeymooners.

  1. Keukenhof Park, Holland

Keukenhof Park in Holland, the Netherlands is known as the Garden of Europe. This is where you will find the largest flower gardens. Don’t be surprised if we tell you that seven million flower bulbs are planted here every year. The view from this park is breathtaking. There are water gardens, fountains, ponds and its own historic garden to explore.

  1. Marble Caves, Chile

If you enjoy exploring caves and delving deeper into history using this medium, the Marble Caves in Chile are a must visit place. It rests in the Patagonian Andes, bordering a secluded glacial lake. Also known as Cuevas de Marmol, this place encompasses a unique geological formation made up of solid marble that has been worn down by water for over 6,200 years.

  1. Mount Fuji, Japan

Japan is full of beautiful wonders of the world, and Mount Fuji is one of them. It’s a great place to visit on your trip to Japan. The mountain and its surroundings are full of temples, shrines and the ever-popular Chureito Pagoda, which is a short drive away. If you want to get the most out of an adventure seeker in you, climb the mountain during its climbing season – from early July to early September. We promise you will come back here.

  1. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya (the thundering smoke), is a breathtaking spectacle of beauty and majesty. It is billed as the largest water curtain in the world. The beautiful view of water flowing from gigantic mountains will uplift your mood. This magnificent place often remains at the top of the tourist itinerary. The nearby forest area is where you can go hiking.

Traveling to these places will leave you with some of the most beautiful memories. So why wait? Start doubling your savings so you can visit all those places, click your best photos, and post on your social media to brag about your love for travel.

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“We need a smarter government”


By Houchen’s calculations, suspending consumer green levies – which encourage energy efficiency measures – for a year would cost the Treasury more than £12billion. But above all, it would be a postponement rather than a public holiday, with the costs recovered through the green levy scheme being extended for a year.

The locally born and raised Mayor of Tees Valley is at the forefront when it comes to seeing the impact of the cost of living crisis on working class families. His fear is that short-term help may not be available as Whitehall is not in touch enough to know what life beyond the M25 is like.

“I think a lot of people in Westminster, while some are talking about it, a lot of them don’t fundamentally understand the impact that people are going to feel,” he explains.

“There are too many economic purists in the public service. And the [opposition to] intervention in which the government can play a serious role in energy security is entirely based on a purely economic view of how you run an economy.

“We all know the world is not on a level playing field. The French are subsidizing their power. The Russians are using gas as a geopolitical tool, and you have the North Americans using fracking gas.

“If we write academic papers, then yes, you are right. But not everyone plays by the same rules.

“Economic purists and the Treasury would say, ‘We don’t need to produce our own energy, we’ll just buy cheap energy from France.’ Well, you know what, when geopolitics and other factors come into play, it’s pretty poor politics.

Houchen’s thinking is a brand of economic policy that is not to everyone’s liking. Its core is to spend relatively small amounts of public money as a catalyst to attract private capital.

He is obviously resentful of being called an “interventionist conservative”, arguing “[it] fundamentally not true”.

“You get the right settlement, it shouldn’t, in theory, cost the government very much,” he says.

“Is it spending, is it little spending? Is it number 10 versus number 11? In fact, to some extent, both are right and both are wrong. We need smarter government.

“That’s what we often do in Teesside. But this is misinterpreted as some type of interventionist or anti-low tax gimmick.

“Boris is King”

Ihlenfeld: Counterfeit pills ‘an exploding problem’ in Ohio Valley | News, Sports, Jobs


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William Ihlenfeld, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, speaks Friday at the Wheeling State Police Barracks about the dangers of fentanyl in fake pills being sold online. Standing back row, left to right, Moundsville Police Chief Tom Mitchell; sergeant. James Dean of the West Virginia State Police; and Assistant U.S. Attorney CJ Reid.

WHEELING – Fetanyl and a pill press used to make fake Xanax pills were among the items seized during a drug arrest on Wheeling Island last month, bringing a growing national problem closer to home, according to the U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld

Fake fentanyl pills are being sold online to many people looking for Xanax without a prescription, and taking these pills can be both dangerous and deadly, he warned.

Ihlenfeld was joined Thursday at the West Virginia State Police barracks in Wheeling by representatives of the West Virginia State Police; the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the United States Drug Enforcement Administration; and the Moundsville Police Department.

He spoke about the federal indictment this week of Christopher W. Thomas, 32, of Thornville, Ohio. Thomas is charged with possession with intent to distribute both fentanyl and methamphetamine, as well as unlawful possession of a firearm.

Thomas was arrested by state police March 3 on Wheeling Island. Arresting officers found 240 grams of alleged fentanyl in his possession – both in powder form and in the form of counterfeit Xanax pills.

Thomas also had other items needed to make pills in his vehicle, including a metal press with a hydraulic ram, cutting agents and a portable mixer, according to Ihlenfeld.

“Mr. Thomas had a portable lab in his car and had everything he needed to make his own tablets and sell them to unsuspecting customers in the Ohio Valley,” he said.

Officers at the scene also recovered a loaded Sig Sauer 9mm pistol, a box of ammunition, approximately $5,000 in cash and 81 grams of methamphetamine.

Thomas was transported to the Northern Regional Prison. He faces up to 20 years in prison for each of the drug counts and 10 years for the firearms count, according to information provided by Ihlenfeld’s office.

Ihlenfeld said law enforcement investigated Thomas. They found out that he was known to enjoy coming to Wheeling to gamble and also didn’t have a valid driver’s license.

State police waited for him to vacate casino property and issued an arrest based on the fact that he did not have a license, Ihlenfeld said. A search of his car followed.

“The production of counterfeit fentanyl is one of the greatest threats facing law enforcement today,” Ihlenfeld said. “It’s a trend we’re seeing not just on the southern border and in major cities, but right here in West Virginia and Ohio and every other state across the country.”

Counterfeit fentanyl-containing pills are being marketed online as legitimate prescription pills, and police are seizing fake pharmaceuticals at a rate 50 times higher than just four years ago, he added.

“It’s an exploding problem,” Ihlenfeld said. “It’s a real-time problem. This is the biggest threat we face when it comes to drug law enforcement.

According to Ihlenfeld, drug cartels are increasingly selling fentanyl in pill form because they have found it more profitable to sell the drug that way. He explained that people are often more comfortable taking pills than injecting or snorting drugs.

Students who want to stay awake all night often search online for pharmaceutical products that will keep them up at night and don’t require a doctor’s prescription.

They think they’re buying Adderall or Xanax for anxiety. What they get is something else – something that could kill them.

“People like Mr. Thomas don’t have a chemistry degree,” Ihlenfeld said. “It’s not concerned with quality control like you would see in a manufacturing lab.”

And a single pill has the potential to kill the user, he continued.

Ihlenfeld encouraged parents to talk with their children — especially college-aged students — about the dangers of buying non-prescription drugs online.

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Heathrow and Gatwick: “I visited the beautiful island 4 hours from London which has amazing beaches and hidden coves to explore” – Martin Elvery


When it comes to treating yourself to a slice of summer holiday paradise, you really are spoiled for choice when it comes to the Greek islands. But it can be difficult to find the right balance. Some islands are real party spots where you’ll be rocking the nightclubs until the wee hours of the morning, and others are tiny, secluded places with lots of scenery – which are great for explorers, but less accessible if you want a family vacation with the kids.

An easily accessible island ticks both boxes. Thassos has enough secluded beaches, coves and mountain tracks to be of interest to those seeking unspoilt seclusion, but it also has decent resorts and accommodation, though some are a bit dated.

Thassos is in the North Aegean group of islands and is much greener and lusher than most other islands. Large parts of it are covered with pines, plane trees and oaks. It’s an easy four-hour flight from London Gatwick to the former military airport in the city of Kavala, a short bus ride to the coastal pot of Keramoti, then a ferry ride from half an hour to the island. It’s a great way to get there, because after the flight you can stand on the ferry deck and watch the seagulls fly by and the mountainous island approach from across the sea. Azure.

READ MORE: The stunning European seaside town 3 hours flight from London Gatwick

Thassos’ main town, Limenas is a bustling center with plenty to explore (Getty Images)

You dock at the bustling port of Thassos or Limenas town which, as usual with the Greek islands, is punctuated by the sound of scooters going up and down the main streets. The harbor has a collection of small shops and restaurants, and it’s a laid-back affair. But there’s a lot more here than meets the eye and it’s worth taking the time out of your visit to explore it properly.

Along the colorful mountain-backed wharf, where many fishing boats still dock, numerous water taxis will take you on excursions to the island’s beaches. Just around the corner is the charming old port, with a small quay lined with small restaurants. It’s a wonderful place to sit and have a coffee or some calamari and a Greek salad.

The old market is 2,500 years old (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

A short but strenuous walk up the hill from here, and you can get an incredible view of the sea through the pine trees, and you can walk to a reconstructed Greek theater where they sometimes still play plays in the summer. Further up the hill, you can walk around the walls of the ancient fortress (Acropolis) that once dominated the port city. Be careful, it is quite tiring in the summer heat.

Then, hidden in the lanes behind the selection of low-key bars and restaurants, are the littered remains of an ancient market (Agora) where more than 2,400 years ago traders are believed to have sold their wares. Nearby is a lovely archaeological museum displaying some of the artifacts that have been excavated from the island’s many ancient sites, including coins, vases and statues.

Metalia Beach (Photo by Athanasios Gioumpasis/Getty Images)

There are many decent beaches on the island, but the best is probably Golden Beach on the east coast. It’s a short bus ride up the mountain road from the main town and it’s a 2km strip of golden sand surrounded by laid back tavernas, shops and apartments and surrounded by mountains. Above in the hills are several much more traditional villages with their own shady village squares, small fountains and traditional houses.

A great way to get around the island is to rent a small car or moped. It’s a good way to explore the small coves that dot the island’s coastline. Further down the east coast is the small village of Alyki, which has older ruins and a lovely secluded beach backed by traditional tavernas.

Theologos village is the oldest on the island (Getty Images)

At the foot of the island is another pleasant resort of Limenaria which has a few shops and restaurants and a pretty little beach. Watch out for sea urchins here, which cling to the rocks almost to the shore. Here you can also visit the marble mines that once made Thassos famous. From here a road leads into the interior of the island and you can visit the very traditional village of Theologos where life has remained much the same for centuries. It’s the oldest village on the island and – with its traditional chapels and flint roofs – it will take you back to a time before tourists first arrived here.

The western mantle of the island is where most of the larger and busier tourist resorts are, and it’s less spectacular than the beautiful eastern side, but there are still plenty of pleasant beaches. While you are here you can take a day trip to the mainland port of Kavala where there is a very interesting history dating back to when the Ottoman Turks occupied the city. It has old mosques and is dominated by a fortress above it. Back in port, you can sample excellent locally caught seafood.

Kavala is both charming and interesting (Photo by Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images)

If you are looking for a real adventure, you can return to the mainland and take a bus to the port of Aleaxdroupolis and then another ferry to the much less touristy island of Samothraki. I’ve never been this far, but it’s mountainous and isolated with a huge mountain peak in its center and forests of plane and oak trees. The jewel in its crown is an ancient site called the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, which was a shrine to the gods who ruled Greece long before the times of Zeus and Hera.

Overall, Thassos has a lot to offer and offers a great mix of modern and authentic. This is a place where you can get a traditional slice of Greece without having to go completely into the bush.

Samothrace is wilder and less touristy than Thassos (Getty Images)

How to get there:

There is no airport in Thassos, so you have to go to Kavala, a former military airport. The easiest way to get there directly is to book an organized trip with a company such as TUI or Olympic Holidays, as they will offer direct flights from Gatwick.

If you wish to travel independently, you can fly to Athens or Thessaloniki from London Gatwick or Heathrow and take a bus to the port of Keramoti to catch the ferry to Thassos, but this is a much longer route.

As of this writing, charter airlines are the only services offering direct flights to Kavala.

To visit Samothraki directly, you will need to fly to Athens or Thessaloniki from a London airport (many airlines offer these routes) and take an internal flight or bus to the port of Alexandroupolis before taking a ferry to Samothraki .

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Tornos news | Wizz Air


Wizz Air has launched a new base at Cardiff Airport with nine new routes to destinations including Tenerife, Lanzarote, Heraklion and Corfu, ttgmedia.com recordings.

The airport, which becomes the carrier’s fourth UK base, marks the airline’s first foray into Wales and will create nearly 300 new jobs in sectors including aviation, transport, hospitality and tourism .

The carrier will operate services to Alicante, Faro, Heraklion, Palma de Mallorca, Larnaca, Lanzarote and Tenerife, with flights to Corfu due to begin in June and Sharm El Sheikh in November.

Wizz said the move will “give a boost” to the local economy by increasing Cardiff Airport’s annual capacity by more than 330,000 seats.

The airline is currently recruiting cabin and flight crew at the airport and welcomes applications from both experienced and inexperienced cabin crew.

Marion Geoffroy, chief executive of Wizz Air UK, said the new base will provide a “significant boost” to the Welsh economy.

“It’s a very exciting time for Wizz Air in the UK, as we celebrate the opening of our much anticipated base at Cardiff Airport,” she added.

“By bringing our efficient new Airbus aircraft, whose wings are manufactured in Wales, to Cardiff, we are giving a significant boost to the Welsh economy and creating jobs.

“The base, which is our fourth in the UK, will bring additional connectivity to the region, with passengers from Wales and the South West of England now able to take advantage of our ultra-low fares to ‘fly locally’ to their favorite getaways.”

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Celebrate Easter with a delicious Tsoureki bread


By Mike Armstrong of Keighley, an award-winning master baker with a great passion for baking. See facebook.com/bakermike001

TSOUREKI bread is an Easter festive bread, traditionally eaten on Easter Sunday, given as a gift to godparents or grandparents of children.

The bread originated in Greece and is also very popular in Italy, as an Easter nest decorated with hard-boiled eggs dyed red representing the blood of Christ, the rebirth of Christ rising from the dead and sometimes called a rosebud if it is made at other times of the year. .

This bread is enriched with lots of butter, eggs and sugar, very similar to brioche bread. There’s something satisfying about it, giving a soft, tender slice with an eye-catching egg in the center that will have your family and friends drooling over your beautiful creation.

The week before Easter Sunday is called Holy Week, with church services held almost every evening. It’s also a busy week with the majority of the food preparation taking place during this time – planning the Easter Sunday family meal, baking simnel cake and hot buns, creating Easter cards with the kids, do lots of chocolate nests with an easter egg trail maybe planned too.

Easter traditions take place around the world, with Ukrainians throwing buckets of water on each other – known as Wet Easter Monday, a tradition linked to baptism. Hopefully Ukrainians will continue this tradition again this year, as the whole world has come together to support you in these troubled times.

In France, people gather on Easter Monday to share a huge omelet made from around 15,000 eggs, enough to feed thousands of people. Legend has it that French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte wanted to make one for his army.

Beyond Europe, the United States has an annual Easter egg roll at the White House that dates back to 1878 when President Rutherford ruled the country.

In Scandinavia, children dress up as witches and ask for chocolates, in Corfu, old pots are thrown out of windows into the streets. In the UK we have an Easter egg hunt and chocolate egg frenzy.

It is an important religious holiday that comes with many traditions and customs over the years. These practices should probably be celebrated by everyone, everywhere – even if you don’t believe in the Easter Bunny!




500g strong bread flour

10g salt

60g of sugar

2 eggs, beaten

50g of butter

2 packets of fast-acting dry yeast

200ml whole milk, hot

6 dyed hard-boiled eggs, traditionally red or alternate colors can be used

Hundreds and thousands to decorate


1. Place in a large mixing bowl the flour, salt, sugar and dry yeast, then fold them coarsely into the butter until crumbly.

2. Add beaten eggs and milk to form a sticky dough, kneading well until smooth and silky.

3. Return the dough to the bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel and let double in volume.

4. Divide the dough into 12 balls and roll out like a French stick, then tie two long pieces together by twisting them to form a nest, making sure to tuck under both ends to form a perfect nest for the egg to can sit down. .

5. Place your bread nests on a well buttered baking sheet, leaving room to rise, then place them in a warm place to rise a little.

6. Gently wash the eggs and sprinkle over the hundreds and thousands, then firmly place the hard-boiled eggs in the middle of the bread nests.

7. Bake for about 25-30 minutes at 200C/180C fan/Gas Mark 6 until golden brown and well puffed.



Over £4million has been distributed to hospitality and leisure businesses on the Isle of Wight through the government’s latest Covid support grants – but over £1million that could have been distributed have not been claimed.

The ‘Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant’ provided one-off payments, up to £6,000, to shops, offices, pubs and similar businesses.

The grants were intended for the accommodation, hospitality and leisure sectors, due to the impact of the increase in Omicron COVID-19 cases.

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The highly transmissible variant forced many people to work from home and saw Christmas celebrations cancelled, meaning businesses lost trade due to last-minute cancellations.

In December, the island’s director of public health, Simon Bryant, urged us to take reasonable precautions and stressed the importance of breaking the chain of transmission as soon as possible, as he warned that Omicron would become the dominant strain.

The Isle of Wight council has been allocated over £5.4million to distribute to businesses, with any remaining money being sent back to the government.

County Hall says £4,349,081 has been paid out, after letters were sent to eligible businesses and appeals were made on social media. However, £1,057,444 was never claimed.

Previous COVID-19 funding was automatically disbursed to businesses and there was no need to request money.

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Purvi Padia left a successful corporate career to start her own business from scratch


Purvi Padia cut his teeth in corporate design, working for beauty and fashion brands for 10 years before realizing he wasn’t the right fit. “I always felt that something was missing, that there had to be a way for me to feel more fulfilled professionally,” she explains. “Ever since I was a little girl, entrepreneurship was a dream of mine – and although I loved fashion and beauty, I soon realized that interiors were my true passion.”

So she went back to school, earned a degree in interior design from Parsons School of Design, and started her own business in 2010. “I pride myself on providing spaces that feel truly organized,” said the Ohio native. “What matters most to me about design is that each piece is special and evokes beauty and joy.”

Needless to say, she doesn’t believe in the following trends. “I’m not worried about design styles or eras — my only concern is creating a cohesive space that feels authentic,” she notes.

Padia’s biggest source of inspiration? “My children,” she smiles. “They constantly remind me to inject joy into my work and to always keep things in perspective. Their optimistic outlook on life and philosophy of endless possibilities inspire me to not only push the boundaries of my design work, but also of my life as a whole.

Below, the designer reveals her favorite paint color, why she loves TikTok, and which fellow creative she admires the most.

Discover Purvi Padia:

Tell us…

What’s underrated in decorating?

Listen to your own voice and collect an assortment of pieces that all resonate with you even if they don’t “all fit together”.

Name an inexpensive decorating trick that can have a big impact.

The arrangement of furniture in a room is so important. No matter what pieces you have, if they’re not placed correctly to play with proportions, silhouette, and lighting, you won’t get the feel you want.

What is the first thing someone should do when moving into a new space?

Buy fresh flowers. It’s easy, inexpensive, and instantly feels warm and beautiful while you’re settling in.

Who was your first design crush?

Kelly Wearstler. I love everything she represents. She created an empire by not being afraid to take risks and be different. She was a trailblazer – rather than trying to fit into the design landscape, she made it her business to stand out. That energy and that confidence is what I admire the most. Its design is over the top, but relatable – luxurious, yet comfortable. And of course, the fact that she accomplished all of this while raising a family is even more impressive!

What is your favorite and why?

Design styling:

Modern French.

Online shop:


Local shopping destination:




Collectible item:

Jewelry! It has always served as an inspiration to me.

Travel destination:

Paris, Anguilla, the Greek islands, the Bahamas… too many to choose just one!

Decorative item you buy on Amazon:

Glass — vases, tumblers and cake stands!

Paint color:

Collingwood by Benjamin Moore.

All-weather room:

The Sunset Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel in Anguilla. Kelly Wearstler was the creative genius behind the space, and all the details are so perfect. Nothing seems to match, but everything is perfectly coherent and the stone and marble elements are so solid and beautiful. The frame doesn’t hurt either!

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USAID-Supported Sri [email protected] Shares Customer Outreach and Retention Strategies with SMEs in Jaffna – The Island


Cargills Bank is offering its customers something to celebrate this Avurudhu by offering the highest interest rate among banks for one-year fixed deposits and offering Cargills Food City vouchers worth up to 30 000 LKR for all new fixed deposits. This special seasonal offer is valid until 31 May 2022. Customers can visit www.cargillsbank.com or call the Bank’s 24/7 customer support hotline on 011 7 640 640 for more information .

Launching this promotion, AGM – Retail Banking & SME, Lasantha Mahendrarajah said, “Avurudhu is a special time of year for all Sri Lankans. People often want to start the year off right by saving. However, purchasing power has been eroded by rising prices of essential goods. Therefore, we have decided to give our depositors something to smile about by offering instant rewards in the form of Cargills Food City vouchers. As we aim to be the most inclusive bank in Sri Lanka, we have extended this promotion to all FD sizes ranging from LKR 50,000 to LKR 5,000,000. Thus, we urge everyone to seize this opportunity and enjoy the festive season while saving for the future this Avurudhu.

Cargills Bank is rated AA-(lka) with a stable outlook by Fitch Ratings Lanka, underscoring the bank’s stability with the backing of the Cargills Group. This rating is comparable to that of the major commercial banks in Sri Lanka.

Cargills Bank offers its customers a full range of products and services, including savings accounts, investment planner accounts, credit and debit cards, consumer loans, agricultural and micro-credit loans. financing, SME and corporate bank loans and trade facilities. The Bank also offers a range of flexible and convenient digital banking services, ensuring 24/7 access and absolute convenience. Cargills Bank accounts are also accessible through Cargills FoodCity outlets across the island and customers enjoy free cash withdrawals and deposits at any Cargills FoodCity counter, courtesy of Cargills Cash Service .

Cargills Bank is headquartered at Colpetty in Colombo and has branches at Maitland Crescent, Maharagama, Old Moor Street, Wattala, Kandy, Peradeniya, Nuwara Eliya, Chilaw, Fort, Rajagiriya, Ratnapura, Thanamalwila, Matara, Galle, Kurunegala, Kaduruwela , Vavuniya, Chunnakam, Jaffna and Nawalapitiya.

Avoid travel chaos by departing from these stress-free alternative airports


The country is currently in the throes of airport chaos and disruption with 1,143 flights canceled last week. Passengers have been warned to expect flight cancellations caused by understaffing to continue.

UK flights have been axed in recent days due to crews stopping work amid a rise in coronavirus cases, while experts also said airlines and airports were struggling due to the number of job cuts made during the pandemic.

Aeronautical Data Company Cirium said 1,143 UK flights were canceled last week, compared to just 197 in the same period in 2019. The vast majority of cancellations last week were from easyJet and British Airways.

Paul Charles, managing director of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said: ‘This is a staggering level of flight cancellations caused by a cocktail of understaffing and staff shortages induced by Covid. Airlines are certainly experiencing a high demand for flights, but are simply unable to meet this demand due to a lack of resources. It’s a nightmarish situation for airlines and airports right now.

Passengers at Heathrow, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham airports have also reported long queues in recent days, with some travelers missing flights due to the chaos. Travel agents have reported customers requesting flight tickets to be transferred to hubs without reporting any issues.

Here are some alternatives:

Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Aeronautical Analysis Society Cirium reported that more flights depart on time from Liverpool than from any other airport in England. Data collected by Cirium in 2021 shows that 90.23% of all flights departed within 15 minutes of the scheduled time, which is considered on time in the aviation industry.

Liverpool is at the top of the performance table compared to other airports in England and just behind the best performing airports in the UK, Belfast International and George Best Belfast City. Airlines operating from Liverpool include Ryanair, easyJet, Wizz Air, Loganair and Lufthansa to destinations in Spain, Turkey, Germany, Norway and cities in Eastern Europe.

Passenger planes wait at the gates of Manchester Airport

Doncaster Robin Hood Airport

Most holiday destinations are served from Doncaster Robin Hood Airport, with TUI flights making up a large proportion of air traffic. Robin Hood Airport is the UK’s fastest growing airport outside of London, operating flights to a wide range of over 40 destinations worldwide.

Flights go to Bulgaria, Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, Greece, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and the United States. The airport – formerly RAF Finningley – has one of the longest runways in the country dating back to its use as a former long-range nuclear bomber base and has been designated a Space Shuttle emergency landing site.

Teesside Airport

Teesside Airport boasts that its “state of the art security equipment makes for a quick and easy security experience. You don’t even have to take your liquids or electrical devices out of your bag”. No-frills airline Ryanair offers twice-weekly flights to Mallorca and Faro alongside its year-round service to Alicante.

A weekly service to Corfu also begins on June 3. Balkan Holidays is also launching its route to Bulgaria in early June and TUI, the UK’s largest tour operator, will launch flights to Mallorca on May 10.

Norwich Airport

The airlines Blue Islands, Loganair, TUI and KLM operate connections from the airport located just outside the city. There are refreshment facilities for passengers, who are advised to arrive up to three hours before any international flight.

Cardiff Airport

There are over 50 destinations served directly from Cardiff. Low-cost airline Wizz Air UK is launching core operations to nine holiday destinations in Cyprus, Greece, Portugal and Spain later this month.

The airport newcomer will add to the existing network offered by TUI, to more than 20 destinations across traditional Mediterranean hotspots as well as to the Canary Islands, Croatia, Tunisia and Turkey. Improved global connections will be available from May 24 when KLM increases flights to its Amsterdam hub, making it easier to connect passengers to distant points like Las Vegas, New York, Toronto, Bangkok, Dubai and Aruba.

Our two other low-cost airlines Ryanair and Vueling are offering flights to six European destinations this summer.

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Bournemouth Airport

No-frills carrier Ryanair is operating 14 routes from the South Coast hub this summer. TUI also serves the airport with a multitude of flights to traditional Mediterranean hotspots, such as Spain (Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Mallorca, Menorca, Tenerife), Greece (Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Rhodes, Zante) , Cyprus (Paphos), and Turkey (Antalya, Dalaman).

East Midlands Airport

More than 250,000 passengers are expected to pass through the airport during the Easter holidays. Ryanair, Jet2.com, TUI, Flybe, Alderney and Blue Islands airlines will fly to more than 50 destinations this year, including Bulgaria, Channel Islands, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Portugal. Italy, Poland, Portugal and the Republic of Ireland. , Spain (as well as the Canaries and the Balearics), Turkey and the Republic of Ireland.

Another boost for passenger choice is the launch of Ryanair’s route to Marseille on May 2 while Jet2 adds Izmir to its list of Turkish destinations from May 3.

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Air Serbia begins expansion campaign


Air Serbia will start expanding its network this month with the introduction and resumption of routes, additional flights, expansion of its charter network and growth in capacity. From next week, the airline will increase its frequencies to a number of destinations from its Belgrade base, including Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Milan, Oslo, Paris, Podgorica, Rome, Sarajevo, Skopje, Stockholm, Tivat, Zagreb and Zurich. The carrier will also resume operations to Venice next week after more than two years. During this month, Air Serbia will launch the first of its thirteen new routes, with services to Valencia to be inaugurated on April 21. Sales for the first flight are doing well, with the carrier upgrading capacity to the Airbus A320.

Starting next week, Air Serbia launches its summer charter program with the launch of operations in Hurghada. This year, the carrier will maintain leisure flights to Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Italy and Algeria. Destinations include Antalya, Bodrum, Kefalonia, Chania, Corfu, Gazipasa, Dalaman, Heraklion, Hurghada, Izmir, Oran, Palermo, Rhodes, Samos, Sharm el-Sheikh, Skiathos and Zakynthos. The most frequent are again Antalya in Turkey and Hurghada in Egypt. Air Serbia will also operate charters from Niš to Antalya, Gizpasa and Hurghada, with services beginning in mid-June. “While the peak period for travel is still June, July, August and mid-September, in recent years we have also seen growth in charter services in April, May, October and November,” the company said. airline company. Last year, Air Serbia operated a total of 1,100 round-trip charter flights, carrying some 140,000 passengers.

The Serbian carrier is expected to see a surge in demand next month after the EuroLeague Final Four basketball tournament, which was due to be held in Berlin, was moved to Belgrade due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In line with expected finalists and increased demand, the airline is increasing its capacity on flights to Athens and Barcelona, ​​with teams from Greece, Spain and Turkey expected to participate. In the coming period, Air Serbia also plans to expand its Airbus fleet, to complement the addition of regional turboprop aircraft. The carrier’s CEO, Jiri Marek, recently said, “We are continuing to massively expand our network to complement existing service and offer passengers the widest possible choice when planning trips and vacations. We plan to fly to over sixty destinations in Europe, North America and the Middle East this year. An exciting and dynamic period awaits us.”

Georgia lawmakers pass measures on taxes, voting and schools



Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan throws a ceremonial “first pitch” to begin the session in the Senate on Sine Die, on the last day of the General Assembly in Atlanta on Monday, April 4, 2022. Duncan was a pitcher for Georgia Tech. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)


Georgia lawmakers pushed through dozens of bills in a swift conclusion to their 2022 session on Monday, offering a tax cut and banning teaching about “dividing concepts” in schools. But lawmakers failed to take a step that could have required physical exams before a woman could be prescribed abortion pills, rejected an expansion of gambling and denied a further pay rise for themselves. Some key proposals have already been passed, including a mental health reform measure, a relaxation of gun laws and a bill allowing parents to remove their children from school mask mandates. Other measures died earlier, including a bill that would increase penalties for unlawful acts during protests and an attempt to regulate social media.



MENTAL HEALTH: House Bill 1013 seeks to require insurers to pay for mental health and addiction treatment the same way they pay for other health care. The measure also allows a police officer to take someone in for an evaluation after getting permission from a doctor, instead of arresting them for a crime.

GASOLINE TAX DAY: Bill 304, signed into law, suspended state fuel taxes through May 31, including a levy of 29.1 cents per gallon for gasoline and 32.6 cents per gallon for diesel. Suspending collections could take more than $400 million away from road construction. The governor plans to use some of last year’s surplus to replace the cash.

INCOME TAX REDUCTION: The House and Senate agreed to create what would be an eventual state income tax at 4.99% in House Bill 1437. The rate would be implemented in stages over a number of years, depending on income.

TRANSGENDER ATHLETES: The Georgia High School Association would be allowed to bar transgender boys and girls from playing on public school sports teams that match their gender identity under Bill 1084.

CRITICAL RACE THEORY: House Bill 1084 would ban the teaching of certain racial concepts that Republicans say are divisive. Opponents say the measure would scare teachers away from honest classroom discussion about race in history and the present.

INCOME TAX REFUNDS: Bill 1302, signed into law, provides $1.1 billion in income tax refunds, including $250 to single filers, $375 to single adults who lead a household with dependents and $500 to married couples filing jointly.

VACCINE MANDATE: Senate Bill 345 would prevent state agencies and local governments from requiring COVID-19 vaccines.

FIREARMS IN PUBLIC: Senate Bill 319 would abolish Georgia’s background check and license requirement to carry a handgun in public. Republicans say it violates Second Amendment gun rights for people who must apply for a license and pay a fee, usually around $75.

VOTE: Senate Bill 441 would allow the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate voter fraud.

PARENTS’ STATEMENT OF RIGHTS: House Bill 1178 would put into one law a number of parental rights that already exist, including saying that parents have the right to review all classroom materials.

MASKS IN SCHOOLS: Senate Bill 514, already signed into law, will allow parents to exclude their children from mask mandates.

SCHOLARSHIP TAX CREDITS: House Bill 517 would increase tax credits available to private scholarship organizations from $100 million to $120 million.

RIGHT TO FARM: House Bill 1150 would strengthen protections for farmers from nuisance lawsuits brought by neighbors for issues such as odor, shielding them from most lawsuits after two years of operation.

SCHOOL RECEIVABLES: Bill 1283 would require daily recess for all public school children in grades K-5.

LEGISLATIVE PENSIONS: Legislative pensions would increase by about 40% under Bill 824.



GAMBLING: Senate Resolution 135 would have legalized all forms of gambling – including sports betting, horse racing and casinos – if voters had approved a constitutional amendment. Senate Bill 142 would have regulated sports betting. The resolution was amended to reduce timber taxes.

ABORTION PILLS: Senate Bill 456 would have required a woman to undergo a medical exam and ultrasound in person before she could be prescribed abortion pills.

LEGISLATIVE COMPENSATION: The salary of Georgia’s 180 House members and 56 senators would have reached 50% of the state’s median household income, up to about $30,000, under a constitutional amendment proposed by the House Resolution 842.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA: House Bill 1425 would have changed the way licenses are granted under the state’s medical marijuana program in an effort to reinvigorate a licensing process tied to legal issues.

FELONY BAIL: Senate Bill 504 would have required cash bail for a judge to release from jail anyone charged with a crime.

PROTESTS: Senate Bill 171 would have required a permit for any gathering, increased criminal penalties for protests, made it a crime to block a highway or deface a monument, let people sue local governments if protests became violent and made it legal for someone to run over someone else fleeing a protest if the fleeing person believed their life was in danger.

SOCIAL MEDIA REGULATION: Senate Bill 393 sought to prohibit social media platforms from removing or censoring content.

Airport chaos – live: EasyJet and British Airways flights canceled ahead of Easter holidays


UK airports are in chaos after staff shortages led to hundreds of canceled flights and hours-long delays over the weekend.

EasyJet was one of the hardest hit airlines, forced to cut 222 flights due to staff shortages.

An easyJet spokesperson said: “Due to the current high rates of Covid infections across Europe, like all businesses, easyJet is experiencing higher levels of employee illness than usual.”

BA also canceled hundreds of flights on Saturday and Sunday, with another 90 cancellations so far.

Elsewhere, passengers at Heathrow and Manchester airports faced long queues and delays when they arrived to fly out for the Easter holidays.

The former attributed the congestion to Covid checks required by destinations and “high passenger volumes”. Travelers also reported long wait times at electronic passport gates, with the Home Office confirming there had been a ‘technical problem’ but saying the issue did not cause the ‘length to be exceeded’ standard” queues at Heathrow.

Manchester Airport has caused delays due to staff shortages and ‘recruitment difficulties’, alongside a further increase in travel demand as coronavirus restrictions lift.

Meanwhile, more than 3,000 flights were canceled in the United States over the weekend, with airlines citing Florida weather and other issues as the cause.

Follow all the latest updates below.


Airlines are canceling more than 3,500 US flights this weekend

Airlines canceled more than 3,500 US flights over the weekend and delayed thousands more, citing Florida weather and other issues.

FlightAware, a website that tracks flights, noted major disruptions at several Florida airports, including Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa and Orlando, as well as Baltimore, New York and other airports nationwide.

JetBlue, Southwest, Alaska Airlines, Frontier, Spirit and American Airlines were the hardest hit, according to FlightAware, with JetBlue and Spirit canceling a third of Sunday’s scheduled flights.

Local news reported storms in Florida on Saturday. Several airlines said on Sunday that operations were returning to normal.

The wave of cancellations came as air travel rebounded from the pandemic, with strong demand for spring break flights. People on social media complained of waiting on hold or queuing for hours for their canceled flights to be rescheduled and being stuck for days.

Via the AP NewswireApril 4, 2022 9:34 a.m.


EasyJet grounds more than 100 flights

Britain’s biggest low-cost airline, easyJet, blamed high levels of Covid-19 infections for another day of 100 or more flight cancellations. The worst affected airport is Gatwick, its largest base, with at least 40 grounded departures and arrivals.

Passengers at many other UK airports are affected. Early morning departures from Bristol to Murcia in Spain and the Greek islands of Kos and Corfu have been cancelled.

A dozen easyJet flights have so far been canceled to and from Luton: connections with Krakow, Milan, Edinburgh, Barcelona, ​​Malaga and Amsterdam.

Simon CalderApril 4, 2022 9:13 a.m.


Manchester airport problems could continue ‘until the summer’, adviser warns

Manchester Councilor Pat Karney has warned that the problems seen at Manchester Airport last week could continue “until the summer”.

He criticized the airport for not preparing for renewed passenger demand following the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

Following a meeting with airport bosses in response to hours-long queues, he told the BBC management had “totally underestimated the airport’s recovery time”.

“Two million people passed through the airport in February [and] the year before it was 70,000, so you had to plan ahead,” Mr Karney said.

“They should have seen all of this. They should have known that the recovery was going to be very quick.

Helene CoffeyApril 4, 2022 8:56 a.m.


Passengers not informed of their rights

Many passengers claim they were not properly informed of their rights when their flights are canceled at short notice.

A British Airways passenger booked on a flight from London Heathrow to Lisbon on Sunday morning was told her flight had been canceled upon arrival at the airport.

She was not informed of the airline’s obligation to carry her on any other carrier available on the same day. Instead, she was booked on a Monday afternoon flight to Madrid, where she waits four hours for a connection to the Portuguese capital.

She was also not told of her right to £350 cash compensation.

Consumer law is clear and on the passenger side. You are entitled to travel on the day of original departure, if there is a commercial means of getting to your destination. You must give the airline the opportunity to arrange a new flight. Airlines naturally want to keep passengers on their own services, but there are clear limits. The Civil Aviation Authority says that if the canceling airline has another flight on the same day, they can rebook you (and provide meals while you wait).

If the airline cannot or does not want to fulfill its obligation, you must buy a ticket and then claim it. If you need hotel accommodation, the airline should provide it, as well as transportation to and from the airport. If not, you must make your own arrangements, seeking to minimize the cost as much as possible.

Simon CalderApril 4, 2022 8:43 a.m.


Headaches at Heathrow for 15,000 British Airways passengers

Simon Calder is at Heathrow this morning. He brings back :

With the Easter school holidays underway for many families across the UK, the international transport network is creaking badly. Thousands of British travelers are waking up where they don’t want to be – after easyJet and British Airways canceled hundreds of flights over the weekend.

At Heathrow Terminals 3 and 5, British Airways has so far recorded a further 90 cancellations. Many were made days or even weeks in advance. But there was another round of cancellations overnight, including in Toulouse, Oslo, Marseille and Munich.

There are also very long delays – arrivals from Marrakech and Krakow are 20 and 21 hours late respectively, while last night’s British Airways flight to Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires is 24 hours late – with the stopover in the Argentine capital cancelled.

Simon CalderApril 4, 2022 8:27 a.m.


EasyJet cancels more than 200 flights this weekend

EasyJet canceled more than 200 flights over the weekend, leaving some passengers stranded amid travel chaos at some of Britain’s biggest airports.

The airline blamed the disruption on staff shortages caused by Covid, with at least 222 trips axed since Friday.

He said he had made efforts to make up for staffing shortages by ‘arranging’ an additional reserve team at the weekend, but was forced to make ‘additional cancellations for today (Sunday ) and tomorrow”.


Hello and welcome to The IndependentThe live travel blog. We’ll keep you up to date with all the latest news from UK airports throughout the day.

Helene CoffeyApril 4, 2022 8:10 a.m.

Grand Island Elementary ‘family’ throws pies to help fellow student | Grand Island Local News


Students at Jefferson Elementary School contributed a slice of the pie and were rewarded by throwing some in the teachers’ faces.

Each class raised funds through a “coin war” as a challenge, with the classes’ total efforts going towards a fellow Jefferson student and his family, who are going through medical hardship.

To preserve the confidentiality of this year’s recipients, school officials declined to name the family.

For two weeks, Jefferson students waged a coin war – the silver coins counted against the money and pennies collected. Each day, students were updated on class totals.

At a special after-school assembly, the results of the students’ efforts were revealed, and the winning class – Jefferson’s sophomores – were rewarded by throwing pies in the faces of teachers dressed in trash bags and wearing glasses.

Second-grade students also won first prize by trying out new recess equipment during extra recess.

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Jefferson Elementary fifth-grade teacher Keo Leiser said helping each other is part of the makeup of Jefferson Elementary.

Ashley Mueller, a second-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, motivates students before announcing which Jefferson class won the fundraising effort. Some students seem particularly enthusiastic about throwing pies at their professors.

Independent/Jessica Votipka

“We’re just a close-knit family,” Leiser said. “When we know someone is in need, we are always there to help. It’s a way to help our family.

Mueller said fundraising projects for Jefferson staff and students have taken place in the past. This year has been special, she said, because the beneficiary family has a student currently enrolled at Jefferson.

The Jefferson family raised $2,827.44 – and several whipped cream pie pans for the faces of some Jefferson staffers.

The real reason behind the pies and pennies hasn’t been forgotten, however, Mueller told the cheering Jefferson All-Stars crowd, “You should be really proud of yourself for helping the (student’s) family “.

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Jessica Votipka is an education reporter at the Grand Island Independent. She can be reached at 308-381-5420.

a look at great travel writing, old and new


Not sure where to go on vacation this year? Flipping through the pages of classic and new novels and travelogues could point you in some interesting directions.

Whether you want the warm, sunny climes of Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence, the classical architecture of Florence and Rome in Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady, or exploring different cultures and climates, a few good reads might have you covered. Inspire. a travel bucket load.

Get ready to make your wish list with these best reads…

Greek history buffs with a fondness for the islands will be glued to Victoria Hislop’s stories, transporting you to a colorful Greece, which began with her 2005 debut novel The Island (Headline Review) – which gives a vivid description of Cretan life, weaving in the history of Greece’s leper colony on Spinalonga. It has sold over two million copies worldwide to date and has been made into a hit Greek TV series (Victoria and her husband, Private Eye editor Ian Hislop, had roles as extras).

The sequel, One August Night (Headline Review) reveals what happened when the leper colony closed and how its inhabitants behaved upon their return to the mainland.

For a sunny escape, pick up Mandy Baggot’s lighthearted romantic comedy Staying Out For Summer (Head Of Zeus), which sees a young nurse’s vacation in Corfu open up romantic possibilities with the village doctor.


Fancy a city break in Paris? Amanda Bestor-Siegal’s directorial debut, The Caretakers (Little, Brown, out April 12), focuses on several dynamic women from an affluent suburb of Paris and a life-changing event, told through six women who live very different city lives. The film rights were picked up by Emma Stone’s production company.

Peter Mayle’s witty classic memoir A Year in Provence (Penguin), in which he recounts his funny and sometimes tense experiences of moving into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the south of France, will bring enormous sunshine to travelers and non-travelers alike.


As a former Rome travel guide who lived in Italy for many years, Donna Leon has an eye for detail. Her new novel Give Unto Others (Hutchinson Heinemann, March 3), in which she examines the corruption within an Italian charity, weaves into the magnificent architecture of Venice, the constant and tantalizing presence of food, the lover and loyal Brunetti family and the sense of menace that lurks around the corner.

Among the timeless classic novels that will have you salivating over Italy is A Room With A View by EM Forster (Penguin Classics), where a young woman’s repressed and rigid upbringing is turned upside down when she visits Florence, a city which offers a multitude of romantic opportunities. ; and The Portrait Of A Lady by Henry James (William Collins), with fine descriptions of Florence and Rome.


Even though Dune (Hodder Paperbacks) is a sci-fi book, Norway’s Stadlandet comes in as the latest film adaptation to let the imagination take readers to “Caladan”, the stark, inhospitable, windswept planet 20 Light Years From Earth, first created by author Frank Herbert in 1965. The film boosted tourism to the area, but in addition to reimagining the dramatic setting of the book, visitors may also want to follow the winding road of the Atlantic Ocean Road, as does another cinematic icon, James Bond. in No Time to Die.

A small water taxi in Kerala, India, which served as the setting for Arundhati Roy’s ‘The God of Little Things’.


From Shetlands to Cornwall, no literary stone will be left unturned, whether you want to investigate Brighton with famed writer Peter James, through his acclaimed Det Supt Roy Grace, or Edinburgh with Rebus creator Ian Rankin, or disappear into the romance and relationships in Cornwall with Fern Britton, Judy Finnigan and a host of other novelists.

If you want to explore Britain’s lost cities, Matthew Green’s factual book Shadowlands: A Journey Through Britain (Faber & Faber, March 17) takes you on an atmospheric tour of ghost towns and vanished villages, a colony Neolithic Orkney buried in sand, to a swept medieval town of a shingle island.

The Island Home by Libby Page (Orion) is set on a remote Scottish island in the Hebrides, based on the Isle of Eigg, in which a woman returns with her daughter to the island where she grew up and where her family could relocate. to fix. His descriptions of the dramatic scenery, black lochs, coves and jagged hills will make you feel like you’ve been there – or certainly make you want to visit.

Those planning to visit the East of England should seek out writer Elly Griffiths, whose Norfolk is a big part of the story in every novel in her best-selling detective series Dr Ruth Galloway, including the latest, The Locked Room (Quercus), sees her as a detective archaeologist helping to solve a series of mysterious deaths.

Meanwhile, award-winning crime writer Ann Cleeves, already well known for her detective series Vera and Shetland Island, sets her sights on North Devon for her latest book, The Heron’s Cry (Pan Macmillan). It’s set in a glorious summer filled with tourists, where Detective Matthew Venn investigates an elaborately staged murder among a group of entertainers.


The setting for so many inspiring reads – from Sally Rooney’s emotionally charged Normal People (Faber & Faber), about the complex relationship between two teenagers Connell and Marianne and set in and around Dublin, to the latest exploration of the family, friendships by best-selling author Marian Keyes and relationships in Again, Rachel (Michael Joseph), her sequel to Rachel’s Holiday.


All is not fickle and flop in the Caribbean, as readers discover in What A Mother’s Love Don’t Teach You by Sharma Taylor (Virago, released July 7). It’s a novel set in Kingston, Jamaica, about a woman who reunites with her son, 18 years after giving him a baby to the wealthy couple she worked for before they left. A story of belonging and identity, it brings together a chorus of voices to evoke Jamaica’s dance halls and underworld, at the heart of which is a mother’s love for her son.


Anyone planning a safari should pick up a copy of The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony (Pan), a South African conservationist who accepted a herd of “rogue” elephants into his Thula Thula Game Reserve. Risking his life to bond with the elephants, he assumes an extremely special relationship with the herd, the wise matriarch Nana and her warrior sister Frankie. This ultimately heartwarming memory shines a light on the emotional intelligence of these majestic animals.


A land full of color, culture and fascinating history, many writers have been drawn to storyboarding India. Arundhati Roy won the prestigious Booker Prize in 1997 for her debut novel The God Of Small Things (Harper Perennial), a story about Rahel and Estha, twin girls who grow up among vats of bananas and peppercorns in the factory of their blind grandmother, amid scenes of political turbulence. in Kerala.

And who can resist Salman Rushdie’s Booker Prize-winning second novel, Midnight’s Children (Vintage Classics)? This much-loved historical fantasy reflects the issues that India faced after independence, including culture, language, and religion.

Wizz Air cancels flights to Russia all summer


European low-cost airline Wizz Air has announced that it will cancel all flights to and from Russia over the summer due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the current geopolitical instability. In the region. Let’s investigate further.

Do not fly to Russia

On April 1, Wizz Air, one of Europe’s largest low-cost carriers, announced that it would continue to halt all flights to Russia during the International Air Transport Association’s summer season ( IATA).

On social media, Wizz Air said,

“Wizz Air is constantly monitoring the current situation, therefore all flights to/from Russia will be canceled for the entire summer season until October 30. The flights are removed from the reservation system. All further changes will be announced in due course.”

The airline first suspended all flights to and from Russia on Feb. 27 after Russia invaded Ukraine.


Wizz Air has also suspended all flights to and from Ukraine until at least the end of June.

In January 2022, Wizz Air operated nearly 1,300 flights to Russia and Ukraine, making over 253,000 seats available in these markets. The airline’s most important routes were Budapest (BUD) to Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) with a daily flight and Warsaw (WAW) to kyiv (IEV). Wizz Air mainly used its Airbus A321neo fleet on these routes.

Who currently flies between Europe and Russia?

Due to Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine, the European Union has banned Russian airlines and planes from its airspace, among many other economic sanctions aimed at crippling the Kremlin’s economy.

In January 2022, connectivity between Russia and the European Union had more than 4,200 monthly flights and more than 700,000 seats available on more than 20 airlines.

According to data provided by Cirium, there will be 285 scheduled commercial flights between Russia and the European Union, with 55,251 seats available in April. Compared to January, this is a decrease of 93.3% and 92.2%, respectively.

Turkish Airlines remains the leading player connecting Russia and Europe via the 822 scheduled flights from Turkey, according to Cirium. This month, Air Serbia only plans 86 flights from Serbia to Russia. The airline has become an escape route for Russians to enter Europe and has faced bomb threats and political pressure.


Wizz Air offers more than 20,000 flights in April 2022. Photo: Getty Images.

Wizz Air’s new routes

Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air has opened several new routes in recent months.

On March 31, the airline announced on social media the launch of three new routes from Cluj-Napoca (CLJ) in Romania to Turin and Naples in Italy and Corfu in Greece. The low-cost operator will also launch new routes from Bucharest (OTP) to Rimini, Italy, and Preveza-Aktion, Germany.

Wizz Air has announced new routes from Albania, connecting Tirana (TIA) to Lyon (France), Nuremberg (Germany) and Warsaw (Poland).

Overall, Wizz Air is looking to offer 810 routes over the summer, connecting destinations like Budapest to Akaba in Jordan or Cardiff to Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.

In April, Wizz Air will offer more than 20,000 flights and more than 4 million seats on its routes. Compared to 2019 levels, this represents an increase of 19.8% and 26.6%, respectively.

What do you think of Wizz Air’s latest announcement? Let us know in the comments below.

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‘Concorde pricing’ as British Airways struggles to maintain Heathrow flight times


As British Airways makes mass cancellations to and from its main base at London Heathrow, The Independent found that the airline was effectively blocking sales on short-haul flights until Easter Monday.

While seats on a wide range of European and domestic flights from Heathrow are still shown as available on its website, economy fares are set at levels designed to deter any rational traveler from buying them.

The lowest fare for the 151-mile jump from Heathrow to Manchester until and including April 17 is £415 – a rate of £2.75 per mile.

Fares on other routes, including Paris and Amsterdam, are over £2 per mile. From Heathrow to Dublin the fare is “just” £1.50 per mile – but the one-way fare of £419 is completely out of step with the competition.

On April 12, for example, Ryanair is selling London Stansted-Dublin tickets for less than £8, less than a 50th of a ticket with British Airways.

On a range of routes, including to Frankfurt, Geneva, Milan and Nice, the price per mile is even higher than the highest fare on Concorde when flying between London and New York.

The supersonic jet had only one class, and in-flight service included champagne, caviar and cigars (although smoking was banned when Concorde’s flying career ended in 2003).

The last known time an airline imposed “disincentive” fares was in 2017 on Monarch. As the carrier faced imminent collapse, prices were raised to several hundred pounds to prevent future bookings while last-ditch efforts continued to save the airline.

There is no indication that British Airways is in financial difficulty. But it appears unable to meet its scheduled schedule, and the price change appears to be aimed at reducing the potential number of passengers affected by cancellations – and making room for travelers who need to be booked from ground flights.

With many schools closed for the Easter holidays, this weekend is expected to see passenger demand at its highest since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

But a combination of issues ranging from high rates of staff sickness to retraining needs means BA is making large-scale cancellations.

The number of canceled short-haul flights on British Airways from Heathrow doubled overnight, with more than 100 departures blocked on Saturday.

More than 10,000 passengers, including travelers to Athens, Marrakech and Stockholm, have been told their flights have been cancelled, with limited rebooking options.

But air passenger rights rules require BA to rebook passengers on the first available flight on any airline, as well as provide cash compensation.

The Independent asked British Airways for a response.

Other airlines are making short-notice cancellations due to resource issues; in Manchester, easyJet canceled morning flights to Copenhagen, Corfu and Mykonos with hours notice.

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  • Amsterdam (213 miles): £516, £2.42 per mile.
  • Dublin (280 miles): £419, £1.50 per mile.
  • Frankfurt (408 miles): £622, £1.52 per mile.
  • Geneva (470 miles): £613, £1.30 per mile.
  • Manchester (151 miles): £415, £2.75 per mile.
  • Milan (583 miles): £657, £1.13 per mile.
  • Nice (647 miles): £735, £1.14 per mile
  • Paris CDG (216 miles): £450, £2.08 per mile.

Air France is strengthening its network of nearly 200 destinations as it approaches its 2019 capacity


Air France is expected to serve up to 196 destinations on five continents during the peak summer season. The carrier increased its capacity to 90% of pre-pandemic levels and even exceeded its 2019 activity on routes in North America, Africa, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean.

The French national carrier is increasing its capacity on its long-haul network and has relaunched several routes in recent weeks. Flights to Dallas-Fort Worth resumed in March from the airline’s hub at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), and service to Quebec City (YQB) begins next month.


Upcoming Shuttle Service with Delta to New York

The Skyteam alliance carrier will operate nearly 200 weekly flights to 14 destinations in the United States this summer, making it the airline’s main long-haul destination. The airline resumed service from Paris-Orly to New York (JFK) on March 27. The route had been suspended since the start of the crisis, the carrier consolidating its service from New York to Paris Charles de Gaulle.

The airline is also launching a “shuttle” service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and New York City (JFK) in collaboration with Skyteam partner Delta Air Lines. The carriers will begin eight daily flights in early June, six of which will be operated by Air France and the other two by Delta.

Passengers between the two cities will see regular departures every one to two hours throughout the day from Paris Charles-de-Gaulle. Those departing from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport will enjoy nearly hourly service starting in the late afternoon.

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The carrier launched a new route to Canada and exceeds its 2019 capacity in the region. Photo: Air France

In addition to the five-week service to Dallas, the airline has also resumed service to Denver, Colorado. The flights will be operated three times a week aboard the carrier’s 280-seat Boeing 777-200ER and are positioned to upgrade to a Boeing 787-9 in the future.

Long-haul network above 2019 capacity in several markets

Air France is also positioning itself as the first European airline to serve Canada, with a 25% increase in capacity compared to pre-crisis levels. In May, the airline will also launch a non-stop service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Quebec. The city pair is currently served by Air Transat on board an Airbus A321neo, making Air France the only widebody on the route.

Air France will also return to its pre-crisis level of activity in Africa during the summer season. The company will offer two daily flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) and will extend its seasonal services to both Zanzibar (Tanzania) and Banjul (Gambia).

From Paris-Orly, the airline will launch three daily flights to Algiers (Algeria) and one daily flight to Tunis (Tunisia). These two routes will be added to existing Air France services on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

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Air France has taken over most of its long-haul network and added several new destinations. Photo: Air France

New seasonal connections from French regional airports

France is also cutting domestic flights on journeys that can be made by train in two and a half hours. Significantly, flights that connect to international destinations are exempt from the ban, which comes into effect this month.

The national carrier responded by cutting flights from its secondary hub for domestic and overseas flights at Orly International Airport, which also serves the French capital, and redeploying capacity on leisure routes.

The airline will offer 23 seasonal routes departing from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, including three new ones for the season. Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands continues from the winter season. The carrier is also adding the Greek island of Zakynthos (ZTH) and the Albanian capital Tirana (TIA) to the summer schedule.

Passengers from the southern city of Marseille will see new routes open to both the sunny Greek island of Santorini and the Tunisian capital of Tunis from early July. The carrier is also launching service from Nice Côte d’Azur Airport on the French Riviera to Heraklion (HER) on the Greek island of Crete and London Heathrow Airport (LHR).

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The airline is redeploying capacity on major leisure routes ahead of the domestic flight ban. Photo: Air France

The French island of Corsica, located in the Mediterranean above Sicily and Sardinia is served this year from Bordeaux, Caen, Clermont-Ferrand, Lille, Lyon, Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly, Pau, Rennes and Strasbourg.

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Family properties abroad in Spain, Greece and more for Easter from Vrbo


Easter holidays can be stressful – especially when you have young children – but Vrbo is here to save the day with these friendly and family property selections.

Whether it’s your first getaway with your little one or you’re looking for a bargain, look no further than these stunning vacation homes from the world’s leading vacation rental expert in family has gathered for you.

According to a survey by Atomik Research35% of parents say the most convenient type of vacation accommodation to bring their babies and toddlers would be a vacation rental.

This is followed by 27% choosing a hotel and 15% choosing a resort to socialize with other people.

Three family properties where you can stay at Easter. 1 credit

Shada Lambert, aka ‘Nanny Sharz’, child care expert and celebrity ‘nanny’, said: ‘Parents with young children can feel like they are on duty 24 hours a day which can be a heavy burden on vacation when they try to relax too!

Nanny Sharz added: “Arranging to go away with other adults for support, from family members to nannies, can be a great way to share responsibilities and help holidays feel like a break. restful for everyone!”

With that in mind, the vacation rental company has brought together some of its best properties in some of today’s hottest destinations.

Prepare your passports, here are five homesteads you can fly away for Easter.

Family Properties to Stay at Vrbo’s Easter


Dudley News: Holiday home in Viranos in Valencia.  1 creditHoliday home in Viranos in Valencia. 1 credit

Soak up the sun this spring with an unforgettable trip to Viranos in Valencia.

The magnificent property has no shortage of features to keep the whole family entertained, including an outdoor saltwater pool.

In addition, you can enjoy the peaceful private terrace and admire the sunset once the children are down!

Sleeps: 6

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Features: private saltwater pool, dining room, pets allowed, air conditioning and oil central heating.

Average cost per night: £144

Book a stay through the Vrbo website.


Dudley News: Villa Savvina in Corfu.  1 creditVilla Savvina in Corfu. 1 credit

If you’ve been dreaming of a Greek getaway, look no further than this child friendly villa in Corfu.

Villa Savvina offers breathtaking panoramic views of Corfu Town and is just a short distance from the beach and marina.

Sleeps: 6

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 4

Special features: outdoor playground, trampoline, swimming pool, gym and tree house

Average cost per night: £294

Book a stay through the Vrbo website.


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Fulfill your French fantasy by fly to Géradmer this Easter.

The luxurious chalet is built on three levels and has panoramic view of Lake Gérardmer and don’t miss out on fantastic facilities to help you and the family relax.

Sleeps: 10

Bedrooms: 7

Bathrooms: 4

Special features: Private heated indoor swimming pool, integrated jacuzzi, private parking for 5 cars, games room, baby equipment (high chair, travel cot)

Average cost per night: £415

Book a stay through the Vrbo website.

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If you are thinking of venturing across the Atlantic during the Easter holidays, a stay at this beautiful cabin in North Carolina might just be what you were looking for.

The jewel of a property is fully equipped with a fully equipped kitchen, veranda, stunning mountain views and a few furry friends to keep you company in its own private zoo!

Sleeps: 6

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Special features: hot tub, pets allowed, private petting zoo, fire pit, waterfall, hammock and rocking chairs

Average cost per night: $332 / £253

Book a stay through the Vrbo website.


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Discover the delights of Dubrovnik or just bask this historic villa in Croatia this Easter – it’s entirely up to you!

The villa by the water combines historic features with modern conveniences, making it the perfect vacation center for you and your family.

Sleeps: 8

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 5

Special features: heated outdoor swimming pool with counter-current swimming function for massages, fruit trees and vegetable garden, outdoor ping-pong table, air conditioning and Smart TV in each room. Speedboat tours, restaurant reservations and private vaccinated tour guides can be arranged by the property.

Average cost per night: £586

Book a stay through the Vrbo website.

California has $600 million in unclaimed can and bottle deposits



FILE – Cans and plastic bottles brought in to recycle refill containers at a recycling center in Sacramento, California, July 5, 2016. Governor Gavin Newsom’s administration proposed Friday, April 1, 2022 to temporarily double typical refunds of California nickel for bottles and cans to boost recycling and help spend an estimated $600 million surplus accumulated during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)


California is sitting on a $600 million pile of unclaimed nickel deposits and pennies on recyclable cans and bottles and now wants to return some of it to consumers.

To get the state’s nearly 40 million residents to recycle more and send more deposits back to them, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration on Friday unveiled a plan to temporarily double the one-bottle refund to a penny. or a 12 ounce (355 milliliter) can. California already pays 10 cents on containers over 24 ounces (709 milliliters), and that would temporarily double to 20 cents.

The move would make California one of the highest-paying recycling programs in the nation. Rachel Machi Wagoner, director of the California Department of Recycling and Resource Recovery, said the effort will help California return to being the recycling leader it was 35 years ago when it launched its rebate program in species.

When someone in California buys a regular-sized soda, a 5-cent charge is applied that can be recouped if the container is returned for recycling. Under Newsom’s plan, the deposit fee would remain the same, but the return amount would double. The goal is to increase the recycling rate for beverage containers from 70% to at least 80%.

Oregon and Michigan already offer 10-cent refunds, and advocacy groups say the amount for each glass or plastic or aluminum bottle was enough for consumers to recycle at least nine out of 10 containers.

Consumer Watchdog advocacy group chairman Jamie Court, a frequent critic of the recycling scheme, called the plan “not very positive” and “a bold proposal to give people their money back”.

“This money is not benefiting anyone sitting in the bank,” Court said. “We need a full structural solution, but this is a good interim step.”

California’s proposal fuels the latest national effort to boost recycling as beverage distributors face increased pressure to include higher percentages of recycled materials in their containers, said the executive director of the National Stewardship Action Council, Heidi Sanborn.

Only 10 of 50 states currently have deposit programs, but many are considering them — potentially creating a confusing patchwork and cluttered drink labels with deposit amounts from different states, something distributors want to avoid.

The doubling of California’s reimbursements would be temporary – the duration of the change has not yet been decided – and is expected to cost $100 million. If approved by the Legislative Assembly, the increased reimbursement would take effect in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

It’s uncertain whether any increase in recycling will last after the price hike ends, Sanborn acknowledged, but instead hopes California decides to make the increase permanent. She also hopes state pressure will boost attempts by U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal of California and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon to craft a nationwide bottle bill.

Newsom’s plan also attempts to ease a bottleneck that began years ago with more neighborhood recycling centers closing, and Consumer Watchdog said many grocery stores are also refusing to take back in-store empties. if needed.

To increase access, the Newsom administration is proposing to spend $100 million in grants to add about 2,000 automated recycling machines, also called reverse vending machines, to high schools, colleges and retailers. Consumers empty their empty containers into the machines, which refund.

Another $55 million would go to state-funded mobile recycling programs in rural areas and other places with few recycling options.

Consumers are very upset “not being able to return their bottles and cans and get their money back as promised,” said Sanborn, who also heads California’s Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets & Curbside Recycling.

Sanborn blamed the closure of many California recycling centers on the state’s inability to quickly adjust its complicated payment formula to meet changing market conditions.

Many recyclables from California are routed to China, which in 2017 tightened standards for accepting contaminated materials, including plastics. The move “totally slammed the recycling industry” nationwide, said Kate O’Neill, a professor of environmental science at the University of California, Berkeley and author of the 2019 book “Waste.”

The U.S. market is now recovering with the addition of domestic recycling facilities, but there’s still a problem matching supply with demand, O’Neill said.

Recycling officials expected beverage consumption to decline during the pandemic, as it does during most economic downturns, Wagoner said. Instead, container sales in California grew by 2.5 billion over three years, to 27 billion last year, signifying a record number of deposits going to the state’s recycling fund.

The number of returnable containers recycled in California meanwhile hit a record high of more than 18.8 billion in 2021 — but that still left a lot of money on the table.

Repeated attempts to improve the state’s recycling system have run into trouble in the Legislature, even as California tries to increase its recycling rates, minimize food waste and work towards a low-cost economy. circular use.

Wagoner said Friday’s proposal was an interim step while the administration continued discussions with lawmakers on permanent solutions.

Democratic State Sen. Bob Wieckowski said he tried a bill last year with proposals similar to what the administration is now suggesting, “and they didn’t want to hear about it.” He predicts people are now hoarding their recyclables until the double buy-in period, then facing long queues once it starts.

His proposal this year would make producers more responsible for recycling their containers.

“It’s got a bit of a whimsical nature to it,” Wieckowski said of the state’s plan. “We have 45 dressings on this program, and sometimes you have to get out of the dressing business.”

Close family ties keep the Lalaounis jewelry store alive

Clockwise from top left: Demetra, Ioanna, Aikaterini and Maria Lalaounis © Eirini Vourloumis/New York Times/Redux/eyevine

If there is a company that could claim to have been the first to put the art of Greek jewelry on the international map, it is undoubtedly Lalaounis. Founded in 1969 by Ilias Lalaounis, who died in 2013, the company has been run since 1998 by his four daughters: Demetra, Ioanna, Aikaterini and Maria.

Lalaounis is also one of the few family-owned jewelry companies of this era to have expanded internationally, adapted to the digital age and survived several financial upheavals.

So what’s behind Lalaounis’ strength and endurance?

“The family element has given a lot of continuity and identity to the brand, which gives them longevity,” says Victor Lee, a consultant for luxury brands who has worked with the company.

“[Being] a family, all pulling in the same direction, without competing interests, is a huge strength for them. Their uniqueness is another crucial strength. Like Louis Vuitton, Chanel or Hermès, Lalaounis has remained faithful to his heritage, he has not weakened.

Henry Bailey, head of jewelery at Christie’s in London, explains the impact of Lalaounis: “In the 1980s, gold jewelery was popular and Lalaounis designs corresponded to the fashion of the time, with bolder shapes than in previous decades. Lalaounis revived a generation of artisans in Greece and inspired other contemporary jewelers.

“The jewelry is very recognizable and one immediately thinks of Greece, but Lalaounis’ collector base is beyond Greece – it’s not just a local brand but an international collection.”

Like the few remaining private international niche jewelry companies, Lalaounis faces challenges. It competes in a $280 billion global market dominated by three luxury conglomerates – Richemont, Kering and LVMH – and trades high-value commodities amid fluctuating gold prices.

Lalaounis had to adapt its sales strategy from its own stores to a combination of these alongside wholesale and e-commerce, while maintaining its market share with a limited promotional budget.

Jewelry also brings a layer of complexity in the form of international luxury taxes, import tariffs and hallmarking requirements. Small businesses must overcome these hurdles without the economies of scale of the big luxury brands that dominate retail space from Mayfair to Ginza.

“The jewelry industry has grown and changed tremendously over the past two decades,” says Demetra Lalaounis Auersperg, Co-CEO and Director of International Operations. “I don’t think any other luxury sector has developed in the same way, and jewelery has been the most explosive of all the luxury categories, despite the complexity of the production chain and the costs.”

The company, which does not disclose any financial information, employs 70 people, mainly in Greece. It is often compared to Buccellati, the Florentine family home, due to the distinctive intricate gold work of its lace jewelry. Buccellati was acquired by Chinese group Gangtai in 2017 and two years later was sold to Richemont for an undisclosed price.

As for identity and heritage, the Lalaounis sisters — and their children, because they are old enough to join the family business — keep history alive with a zeal inherited from the founder. The instantly recognizable style is supported by the activities of the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum in Athens, which opened in 1994 and is dedicated to Greek jewelry making.

Ilias Lalaounis’ granddaughters are also in the family business. Lila (top), with her sister Athena (bottom right) and their cousin Alexia (left)

In the 1940s, Ilias Lalaounis, a graduate in law and economics passionate about history, was entrusted with the management of Zolotas, the jewelry house of his uncle for three generations during the difficult years of the Second World War. For two decades, Ilias successfully steered the company towards international growth, but his desire to do something different led to a parting of ways.

Beyond producing generic jewelry, he wanted to bring his love of Greek culture to his work and create jewelry with deeper meaning. The results were his striking Hellenic-themed jewelry crafted in hand-hammered 22-karat gold that proved to be a turning point in the history of Greek jewelry.

Challenging his artisans to make jewelry like their ancestors, he revived techniques such as granulation, filigree and weaving – time-consuming manual skills essential to the house’s distinctive look. Unlike other “revivalist” jewelers like Castellani, Lalaounis did not just reproduce museum jewelry but drew inspiration from details from many disciplines, including architecture and pottery.

The timing was right for the company as post-war optimism rekindled travel and spending, giving rise to the jet set. Jackie O’s glamor shone international spotlight on the glittering beaches of the Greek islands and Lalaounis was on hand to provide treasured memories with a distinctive look.

By the early 1990s, the company had 14 boutiques in Greece, France, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Japan and the United States, with thousands of designs that embraced a wider range of global cultural references. His fame was such that Ilias became the first jeweler to receive the French Legion of Honor.

When it comes to the company’s products today, large-scale original designs are less feasible now that gold prices have quadrupled since the 1980s. So Maria Lalaounis, Co-CEO and Chief Design Officer, subtly opted for lighter pieces that use less gold but look physically grand in the house’s distinctive style.

The American market is particularly fond of the addition of precious stones, such as diamonds. And, by adding diamonds, jewelry can fetch higher prices than all-gold or colored gemstone pieces.

Despite a broader trend to lower costs towards production in Asia, all Lalaounis jewelry is still handcrafted in its Athens workshops, in keeping with the founder’s commitment to maintaining traditional craftsmanship and supporting the local economy.

Consultant Lee sees the artisanal element of the brand as a key benefit. “Those in the top 10% don’t have many choices when it comes to handmade jewelry,” he says. “They know big names with multi-product offerings, but not the niche ones. Once people learn how Lalaounis jewelry is made, it becomes an aspiration because the craftsmanship is so rare. have artisans who have been with them for decades.

However, the combined effect of 9/11, the financial crisis and the Greek debt crisis meant that by 2017 the only remaining Lalaounis shops were in Greece and New York, along with distribution channels in other key locations.

“The decision to close the stores was financially strategic and allowed us to restructure our business,” explains Lalaounis Auersperg. “It proved to be very timely, given subsequent issues such as Covid.” The company now has three stores of its own in Athens, one in New York and, during the holiday season, a presence on the Greek islands of Mykonos, Santorini and Corfu.

“Greece is our main market due to local customers as well as international customers, followed by the United States and the Middle East,” explains Lalaounis Auersperg. “The Asian market, and the Chinese in particular, is a very interesting expansion area because of their love of gold and fine craftsmanship and, of course, the vastness of the region. We’re also looking at Japan, where the Lalaounis name has strong historical appeal, but we’re taking a slow and cautious approach. New York office expands US wholesale [arm] and a small consignment business.

Late last year, Lalaounis launched its e-commerce platform and is focusing on digital channels to increase brand awareness. All advertising and marketing is done in-house to save costs and, in keeping with tradition, sometimes uses family members as role models.

The Lalaounis sisters are looking to the future. “We are adding to the traditional print advertising model with Instagram and e-commerce to grow and reach a younger audience, while maintaining a physical retail presence and a close connection to our customers, which our father always had. done,” explains Lalaounis Auersperg.

Hooker Furniture Unveils Two Whole Home Collections at High Point Market


Hooker Furniture unveils two major new whole home collections at High Point Market, April 2-6, 2022, featuring over 100 new designs for the bedroom, dining room, living room, home office, casual and entertainment.

For inspiration, the company’s design team looked to the natural beauty of the American wilderness for Big Sky, 60 pieces designed to evoke the peace and ease of being one with nature. , and far beyond on one of the most iconic islands in the world for Santorini, with 50 rooms evoking the grace and classicism of ancient Greek architecture.

“As much time as we have spent in our homes over the past few years, we believe consumers are always looking for opportunities to make their homes special. Part of that inspiration is bringing a look and feel into their physical space of places they have visited and loved. Big Sky speaks directly to consumers’ respect for nature and the sense of peace and spiritual connection it offers. Santorini evokes a sense of the grace, elegance, history and sheer beauty of this coastal European gem,” said Mike Harris, President of Hooker Furniture.

“Rustic, organic and comforting, Big Sky offers two very distinct style personalities. The former is created for the traditionalist, with classic and transitional elements like wood-style design, metal turnings and hand-forged hardware, while pieces that incorporate plank detailing, cascading edges, hatched surfaces and more linear shapes evoke a more modern vibe,” he added.

Two master bedrooms in the collection exemplify Big Sky’s dual sensibility. One, crafted from haphazard-cut hickory veneers in a warm, lightly worn Vintage Natural finish, is centered on a large-scale manor-style bed with substantial corbels and crown molding. The other is a more modern panel bed in Vintage Natural with substantial mitered framing and cross-cut stitched inner panels in a finish called Furrowed Bark. A four-poster bed finished in charred wood with a suspended linen padded headboard surrounded by decorative nailheads and an oxidized metal canopy works effortlessly between the two perspectives. Although the beds are stylistically different, distinct architectural influences such as the heft and weight of post and beam construction are evident in both designs and weave their way through the entire collection.
“We are stylistically following what is currently happening in high-end residential construction by using heavier organic materials, and while there is a rustic side to Big Sky, there is also a sharpness and air of sophistication” , said Tim O’Hare, senior vice president of design at Hooker. “These designs can live just as easily in high-end urban environments as in Aspen, Jackson Hole, Sonoma or Tahoe. If you’re looking for rustic, it’s here, but we’ve tried to create a flexibility and eclectic feel to the collection that makes it easy to mix and match with pieces consumers may already own. Making Big Sky part of your lifestyle doesn’t require you to redo your entire home. »

While the Charred Timber finish is inspired by the restorative beauty of a fire-ravaged forest, Avalanche is reminiscent of the blankets of snow that feed the streams and rivers of Western American landscapes. “The Dusk finish reminds you of the calm, peace and beauty of a sunset behind a mountain ridge, while Furrowed Bark, a charcoal finish, is used with a crosshatched texture,” Harris noted. “Watch for the spectacular pairings of all four with Vintage Natural. Among the must-see pieces: A tall cabinet finished in Vintage Natural that opens to reveal the surprise of a charred wood interior; an entertainment console that combines the crosshatched texture of Furrowed Bark; and another console that combines the Vintage Natural finish with the pure white of Avalanche to great effect.

Encompassing the dining room as well as the bedroom, in addition to the home office and accent furniture, other iconic Big Sky silhouettes include a highly stylized Parson’s legged dining table and boy chests on turned metal bases. Signature materials range from natural grained glass and premium leather to cast iron and raw hessian, the latter enveloping a striking oval chest decorated with nailheads.

Hooker looked to the Greek islands for the inspirations behind Santorini.

“In creating the new Santorini collection, which also includes bedroom, dining room, casuals and home office, we asked ourselves what people living on the island would see when they turned away from the view of the sea from the window, inside their room,” Jenni said. Jungers, executive vice president of merchandising.

“We think traditionalists will revel in this collection’s classic ornamentation, details such as rope moldings, fluted columns, and egg and dart patterns rendered in cathedral oak veneers, to the hardware treasure that mimics the look of ancient coins collected from the sand of white lava beaches,” Jungers described. “Santorini is also designed to speak to true romantics seeking sanctuary and peace, which, we hopefully will revolve around the collection’s soft, serpentine shapes with floral elements evoking Greek-inspired sculpture.”

Harris thinks fans of both styles will appreciate how each of Santorini’s design elements can combine to create spaces as iconic and unforgettable as the whitewashed villages nestled in the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean.

“Santorini is a true celebration of culture, history and natural beauty, rendered in cool painted finishes like Villa, used to highlight the softer, more elegant lines of classical architecture; White Cap, representing the seas that surround the island; Ocean Breeze, an accent color of blue hues with a hint of ocean and sky; and hardware finished in Ancient Coin, mimicking the look of oxidized coinage.

Here again, the two bedrooms in the collection are aimed at fans of traditional and romantic styles. On the one hand, a substantial panel bed finished in the Parthenon features fluted column detailing and speaks to the region’s history and strength, while an upholstered sleigh bed with intricate metal fretwork detailing in the headboard is decidedly feminine.

Along the same lines, the region’s architecture has inspired many of the collection’s shapes and details, from display cases that echo the arches of doors, to the serpentine silhouettes of half-moons, and an eclectic chest with details of reeds. As one would expect from collections inspired by classical Greek architecture, acanthus leaf motifs and other gracefully carved floral elements appear throughout.

Kentucky lawmakers begin wrapping up budget work


Kentucky lawmakers began wrapping up work on the state’s next two-year budget on Wednesday, which boosts education spending and offers big pay raises for state employees.

The spending plan passed the Senate with bipartisan support. The measure returned to the House for a deciding vote that would send it to Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear.

“It’s a great budget that makes the necessary investments in the Commonwealth,” said GOP Sen. Phillip Wheeler. “He’s not just investing in the ‘Golden Triangle’, he’s making a lot of investments in rural areas.”

The measure injects money into renovating state parks and state fairgrounds. It provides public pension systems with additional liquidity to help repay unfunded liabilities. Lawmakers funded full-day kindergarten, reflecting a demand from school districts.

State employees would receive a salary increase of at least 8% in the first year of the biennium. State police troopers and social workers are among those awaiting even larger increases. The bill sets aside enough money for a 12% salary increase in the second year. Specific increases for state workers would be based on a Personnel Cabinet study taking into account cost of living, duties and other variables.

Despite the investments, Democratic Sen. Morgan McGarvey called the final budget a “missed opportunity” to do more, pointing to huge state revenue surpluses.

Shell House team open Topikós, a Greek restaurant and bar in Bondi Beach’s former public bar space


A new Greek restaurant from a group of hospitality heavyweights is coming to Bondi – and it’s occupying the space once occupied by the Bondi Beach Public Bar (BBPB). The Point Group, which is also behind Shell House and The Dolphin, and operated BBPB before it closed, will open Topikós Dining Room & Bar in mid-April, offering an elegant Greek dining experience with quality cocktails and wine, and a sprawling street. front terrace.

Group Culinary Director Joel Bickford (ex-Aria), who also oversees menus for Shell House’s dining room, bars and bistro, will work with Group Executive Chef Danny Corbett and newly appointed Chef Charles Woodward (ex-Pilu at Freshwater) on dishes for the bar and dining rooms. The inspiration is drawn from the islands of Greece and their different cuisines.

In the dining room, Greek dishes will be prepared with Australian produce, with a good amount of meze, tons of vegetables, fresh seafood cooked on a charcoal grill and homemade pitas.

“We stay true to Greek cuisine, using traditional recipes, cooking techniques and flavours, combined with incredible Australian produce,” Bickford said in a statement. “We present our contemporary take on classic Greek cuisine. At the heart of the menu are the must-haves, an olive oil program and homemade pitas – a simple foundation to build our menu.

The bar menu is more casual – there will be a variety of souvlaki, sharing platters and gyros, all loaded with seafood and meat. Other highlights include the split king prawns cooked on the grill saganaki style with lemon, garlic and olive oil; wood-fired octopus; and feta and pepper filo tart.

Like its sibling The Dolphin, the wine list will be stacked with fun and funky drops that rotate regularly, chosen by the group’s food and beverage director, sommelier Alex Kirkwood. And Josh Reynolds’ jazzy cocktail list (The Dolphin, Shell House, ex-Scout) is full of myriad spritzes, as well as an Old Fashioned Baklava.

Punters can settle in the elegant dining room, sit at the 100-seat bar or people-watch from one of the 60 seats on the street-side terrace.

Topikós Dining Room & Bar is set to open April 14 at 180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach. Reservations are now open.


The 5 new holiday destinations served by Leeds Bradford Airport – including Santorini and Sicily

Leeds Bradford Airport currently offers flights to a variety of destinations and recently announced flights to five new destinations.

Travel restrictions are now a thing of the past and many people are hoping to go abroad this year.

Leeds Bradford Airport offers flights to a variety of destinations and has recently announced flights to new destinations.

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Nicola McMullen, Director of Aviation at Leeds Bradford Airport, said: “It is fantastic to welcome Flybe back to LBA, to strengthen connectivity with Belfast and reintroduce a vital link to Heathrow.

“This announcement not only marks an important moment for our airport but also for the region, as businesses and consumers can once again expect a faster connection to our capital and the four corners of the world via the largest airport in the world. UK.

“Yorkshire deserves the connectivity that matches the ambitions of its people, and we are proud to play our part in creating it.”

These are the best new holiday destinations you can fly to from Leeds Bradford Airport.

Santorini is one of the most popular Greek islands for holidaymakers and travelers can now fly direct from Leeds Bradford Airport.

The caldera formed by the volcanic eruption centuries ago gave rise to stunning sea views – this is complemented by the magnificent sunsets.

Leeds Bradford Airport will now offer direct flights to the beautiful Greek island of Skiathos, which was used to film Mamma Mia.

The island is best known for its beautiful beaches, restaurants on the harbor and turquoise waters.

Now you can fly direct to this beautiful island nestled in the middle of the Mediterranean near Italy.

It has nearly 2,000 km of coastline, mountains and fine sandy beaches perfect for sunbathing.

Tourists come from far and wide to enjoy this picturesque place.

If you’re looking to hit the slopes for winter sports, Chambéry has everything you need.

This beautiful town at the foot of the French Alps is popular among city breakers and snow sports fanatics.

You can hit the slopes for a ski session or spend the day exploring the maze of cobblestones that lead to ancient castles, mansions, museums and more.

You can fly to the largest Mediterranean island of Sicily, home to ancient Greek and Roman ruins, as well as the active volcano, Etna.

It has sandy beaches with long stretches of shallow water, and in summer the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea is so warm that it matches the temperature on land.

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الوكالة الوطنية للإعلام – MEA announces SPA agreement with Sky express


NNA – Middle East Airlines-Air Lebanon (MEA) has announced its special pro rata agreement (SPA) with Sky express offering seamless connections between Beirut and Greece via Athens and vice versa.

Customers booking through www.mea.com.lb are now able to travel between Beirut and several destinations in Greece such as Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes and Corfu by connecting seamlessly between the two airlines at Beirut International Airport. ‘Athens with a unique booking reference and registration.

Mr. Marwan Haber, Head of Sales and Marketing at Middle East Airlines, said:

At MEA, we are committed to making travel as easy as possible in addition to providing great value with more choice for our passengers. Through this new partnership with SKY express, we aim to meet the growing demand to visit Greece; offer our loyal customers the opportunity to visit several destinations in Greece; land of beauty with an endless variety of landscapes.

This summer, MEA & SKY express passengers will have the chance to explore and enjoy both; Greek and Lebanese attractions through a single booking reference.

“We again thank Middle East Airlines for their cooperation. Our goal and systematic efforts are to have more new collaborations with important companies in our region. This cooperation reinforces our strategy, the main objective of which is to offer more options to our passengers, but also to strengthen the potential of our country as a dynamic travel destination around the world,” said Mr Yannis. Lidakis, commercial manager of SKY express. –Middle East Airlines – Air Liban (MEA)


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The story of British Airtours Flight 328


It was August 22, 1985 and the start of another busy summer day at Manchester Airport in the north of England. Passengers were gathered, excited to embark on their annual flight to the sun for a week or two.

Families, couples and friends lined up at British Airtours check-in counters, handing over their bags for their early morning flight to Corfu, one of Greece’s largest islands. Nevertheless. of the 131 passengers boarding this flight, 55 of them (along with two crew members) would not even survive beyond the airport limits. Let’s look at one of the most horrific events in British airline history.


Just a routine vacation flight

British Airtours was the charter arm of British Airways and operated long and short haul flights for its sister company, British Airways Holidays, alongside other inclusive tour operators. British Airtours Flight 328 (call sign ‘Beatours 28M’) was to be operated by a Boeing 737-200 that day, registration G-BGJL and named ‘River Orrin’.

At 06:08, with all 131 passengers and baggage on board and its two engines running, the aircraft with two pilots and four cabin crew was cleared to taxi to Manchester’s then-single runway 24 for departure.

At 06:12, the airplane was lined up at the end of the runway then authorized to take off. Back in the briefing room, the flight crew had decided that the first officer, Brian Love (52), would be the assistance pilot for the Manchester-Corfu sector that day.


Aborted takeoff

As the 737 accelerated down the runway, Captain Peter Terrington (39) issued the routine speed check call at 80 knots. However, just twelve seconds later, as the plane rapidly approached “V1”, the speed beyond which the plane commits to flying regardless of what might happen, a massive “hit” struck. was audible to all on board.

Following standard procedure and fearing that a tire had burst or a bird strike had occurred, the captain immediately called “stop”, refusing takeoff. The throttles were closed and reverse thrust was selected to slow the aircraft. The maximum speed recorded during the take-off run was 126 knots.

Forty-five seconds after the aircraft began its take-off roll and nine seconds after the “thud” was heard, the aircraft decelerated 85 knots. Fire bells rang for engine one in the cockpit, and the captain passed it on to air traffic control.


Evacuation ordered

An evacuation was ordered 25 seconds after the “thump” and 20 seconds before the plane came to a complete stop. Air traffic controllers on duty, already seeing smoke billowing from the aircraft, responded by informing them that airport firefighters (AFS) were immediately dispatched to the aircraft. However, firefighters had already launched a response, seeing the plane land on its own. After taking advice from tower controllers, the flight crew ordered passengers to depart from the right or starboard side of the aircraft once it came to a stop.

This move, in theory, should have kept passengers away from the left (port) side, where the number one engine was already engulfed in fire. The aircraft departed the active runway, clearing onto a short taxiway known as “link D”. The aircraft eventually came to rest facing northwest, fortuitously close to the airport fire station.

After the aircraft stopped, the flight crew conducted the number one engine fire drill, and the number two engine was shut down. Once this was completed, the evacuation of the passengers was carried out, with the fire rapidly spreading forward on the left side of the aircraft. The two flight crew members escaped through the sliding window on the right side of the cockpit.


Passengers exited the aircraft through forward evacuation slides and the over-wing exit on the right side. Photo: Getty Images

Inferno engulfs the rear fuselage

An intense fire quickly developed on the left side of the aircraft as a light wind 7–8 mph (11–13 km/h) from the west fanned the fire and dense smoke directly over and to the rear of the passenger cabin.

The cabin windows began to crack and the skin of the fuselage buckled as the intense heat entered the cabin. Arrived at a stop, the passengers tried to go up the plane towards the exits.


In the chaotic series of events that followed, the flight’s purser attempted to open the right forward door (R1), although the escape slide container stuck on the door frame prevented the slide from deploy and block the door.

The purser walked to the left entry door and opened it (contrary to the captain’s instructions). Twenty-five seconds had now passed since the plane stopped. He then returned to the right door and freed her. It was now 85 seconds after the plane stopped.

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Passengers hampered in the evacuation

In the meantime, the passengers had also managed to open the right wing exit. Additionally, the right rear door (R2) had also been opened, but due to the heavy smoke and intense heat at the rear of the chain, no one chose to escape through this exit.

The ensuing investigation revealed that 17 surviving passengers escaped through the L1 door, 34 through R1 and 27 through the over-wing exit. However, serious difficulties were encountered around the wing exits.

The exit over the left wing was blocked with smoke and flames, while the passengers seated at the exit over the right wing did not fully understand how to operate the hatch. At the time of the accident, passengers in the exit row did not need to be instructed how and when to open the over-wing exit.

Once the exit hatch, which weighed 22 kg (48 lb), was finally freed, it fell inwards, trapping the passenger seated next to it. Although two passengers placed the hatch on a seat in the next row, the tight spacing of the seats and having the armrests lowered for take-off severely impeded the exit of passengers through this exit.

Passengers towards the rear of the plane panicked as smoke and flames poured into the cabin, causing a scramble to escape the burning plane. There were 82 survivors of the crash, while 55 died as a result.

A combination of toxic smoke and fire was found to be the cause of death for 53 passengers and two cabin crew, 48 of whom were due to smoke inhalation alone. Seventy-eight passengers and four crew members escaped, and 15 people were seriously injured.


During a subsequent investigation, the UK Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) discovered that the cause of the accident was an uncontained failure of the left engine, initiated by a failure of the combustion box which had been improperly repaired following a recent inspection.

Sections of the turbine disc were forcibly ejected from the engine, struck and fractured an underwing fuel tank access panel. Fuel flowed from this fracture point and immediately ignited. The ensuing fire developed primarily due to the unfavorable orientation of the parked aircraft to the wind, even though the wind was light.

The AAIB noted that contributing factors were the vulnerability of the wing tank access panels to impact, the lack of any adequate provisions to fight large fires inside the cabin of the aircraft, the vulnerability of the aircraft hull to external fires, and the highly toxic nature of the emissions from burning interior materials.

The primary cause of fatalities was rapid incapacitation due to inhalation of the dense atmosphere of toxic/irritating smoke inside the cabin, compounded by evacuation delays caused by a malfunctioning front right door and a restricted access to exits.


The majority of fatalities were seated in the rear half of the passenger cabin. Photo: Getty Images

Findings of the investigation

Summarizing its findings following the accident investigation, the AAIB said the following factors aggravated the loss of life aboard Flight 328,

  • Vulnerability of side tank access panels to impact from objects;
  • Lack of adequate provisions for fighting fires inside the aircraft cabin;
  • Vulnerability of the aircraft skin to external heat and fire;
  • The highly toxic nature of emissions from burning interior materials; and
  • The aircraft’s final orientation gave the direction of the wind at the time of the accident.

The lessons learned from this tragic event

There were many lessons for the aviation industry to learn as a result. Following the appalling loss of life, changes were introduced to passenger aviation, the impacts of which remain evident today.

Seat spacing adjacent to emergency exits and over-wing exits has been increased, with briefings for passengers seated in these rows regarding how to use the exits having become a requirement. Additional fire extinguishers should also be provided in the passenger cabin.


The introduction of emergency floor lighting and new rules regarding the use of fire resistant seat coverings, wall panels and ceiling panels have been introduced. Finally, passengers should be reminded that their nearest exits may be behind them during pre-takeoff. safety briefing.

Although research on the introduction of smoke hoods for passengers followed the accident, the results of the research were never adopted by airlines, given the conflicting conclusions of this research. It has been found that while balaclavas can save lives, the time it takes for passengers to find and put them on can take up precious seconds of critical time, especially in a smoky cabin.


The crash of British Airtours Flight 328 almost 37 years ago has been described as a defining moment in the history of civil aviation, following the introduction of these new safety measures. When introduced, flying is now safer than it has ever been.


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Lauren Pazienza has hearing in New York death of Broadway singing coach


The woman accused of pushing an 87-year-old New York vocal coach had a hearing on Friday that could lead to a subsequent indictment, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

Lauren Pazienza, 26, accused of fatally shoving Barbara Maier Gustern in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, was arrested on Tuesday for first-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault.

Legal experts told NBC News earlier this week that Pazienza could face more serious charges. She is due back in court on April 25.

Pazienza already faces up to 25 years of manslaughter charges, according to Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Justin McNabney.

She is being held at the Rose M. Singer Center in Rikers on a $500,000 cash bond or $1 million bond from the insurance company, according to prison records.

His attorney, Arthur Aidala, who represented Harvey Weinstein and Rudy Giuliani, did not respond to requests for comment on Friday. He said earlier in the week that she would be posting bail “in the next few days”.

“We look forward to the production of discovery materials by the district attorney’s office.” The Pazienza family joins the rest of the city in mourning the loss of Barbara Gustern,” Aidala said.

Pazienza is accused of pushing Gustern on the night of March 10. McNabney said after the push, Pazienza quickly walked away from the stage, leaving Gustern on the ground, bleeding profusely from the head.

But then she stayed in the area. She first had a physical confrontation with her fiancé, then stayed nearby long enough to see an ambulance arrive for Gustern.

Pazienza and her fiancé were then seen north of Chelsea at Penn Station, where they boarded the subway for Astoria, Queens, McNabney said.

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Laurent Pazienza.New York Police Department

Locked away in her Shore Towers condominium unit, Pazienza deleted each of her social media profiles, including her LinkedIn account and her account on Zola, a site for engaged couples to post their wedding records and details.

Pazienza and her fiancé were scheduled to wed in June, McNabney’s office said.

Gustern died March 15 of blunt force trauma to the head, the city medical examiner’s office said.

The next day, as more media attention focused on the case, Pazienza fled to her parents’ home on Long Island, McNabney said. She then stopped using her cell phone and eventually hid it at her aunt’s house.

Police detectives arrived at the home of Pazienza’s parents in Suffolk County on Monday. Her father said Pazienza was not home, according to McNabney. Her lawyer arranged for her to surrender on Tuesday.

CORRECTION (March 25, 2022, 4:05 p.m. ET): A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Lauren Pazienza was charged. She had a hearing that could lead to an indictment; she was not charged.

Shannon’s season set to take off as key routes resume


THIS Sunday, the 7.40am Shannon-Heathrow flight will resume, marking the full restoration of crucial London services.

The following day, the Shannon-Newark service will also be back after nearly two years, with flights scheduled seven days a week.

Ryanair’s services to Palma and Malta also begin on Sunday, with the start of the airport’s summer timetable.

Shannon currently offers 26 destinations including options to Budapest, Corfu, Marseille, Barcelona, ​​Faro, Lanzarote and Edinburgh and more.

The full resumption of service from Heathrow is very good news for Shannon, as London Airport is one of the world’s most important hubs, providing connectivity to a huge range of destinations.

While Shannon has connectivity to other London airports, Heathrow’s service is much more important to local tourist interests and Ennis hotelier Sean Lally said his return was extremely welcome.

“This is probably the most important route to and from Shannon Airport. It’s not just a hub for UK and EU business, many US customers also return through Heathrow, it just has connections all over the US, and it’s always been one of the key routes.

“I am delighted to see better flight times also in terms of the business market. This is great news and is the key route to and from Shannon Airport.

Significant numbers of American tourists will soon arrive in Clare via this service, while the resumption of the Shannon-Newark route is also a huge boost for the tourism sector here.

Mr Lally said American visitors are crucial to the tourism sector in Clare, while he said even in recent weeks their impact has been noticeable.

“Americans are the biggest spenders, they go all over the county, they stay longer too. It struck me last week around St. Patrick’s Day, they wanted to do everything from horseback riding to historical tours to the usual things like Bunratty, the cliffs and the Burren, they do the walking tours.”

“They really want to live like a local like I say, they want to see traditional music, do whiskey tastings. We missed it and I had a little shock, I had to pull out all the files we would have had from previous seasons and hand them over.

“I kept telling them it was great to hear American accents everywhere, we’ve really missed them for the past two years.”

He says the US market should be strong in 2022, but there are some issues.

“I think there’s a huge pent-up demand there. The catch is the whole situation with Ukraine, and the impact on food inflation and energy costs.

“I don’t know if we’ve seen the full impact of that yet, I think there will be a lot of inflationary pressures there and that will be a challenge.

“It’s not all straightforward, but there’s a lot of pent-up demand there in the US market and I hope they would see us as a safe destination to travel to, being in the far west of Europe. , but it’s a worry, there’s no doubt about it.

He said the hospitality sector was seeing plenty of receptions and celebrations from the domestic market, which also has significant pent-up demand after two years of tight restrictions.

Like many sectors of the economy, Mr Lally said hoteliers have seen their costs rise dramatically and quite suddenly.

“Our costs have increased significantly. When you look at the energy and food side. We have seen 30% growth on certain food products over the past few weeks. »

Shannon welcomed more than 21,000 passengers during the extended St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, its busiest time since before the pandemic.

Niall Maloney, Director of Airport Operations at Shannon Airport, said: “Like other airports around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has taken its toll and that is why two years on we look forward to do what we do best and provide our passengers with a warm welcome and make their journey through our airport easier.

“With the lifting of travel restrictions and the expanded range of air services from Shannon this summer, we are starting to see a growing desire to take a much-needed break or reconnect with family and friends overseas.

“We are really pleased with the very positive feedback from our customers using our new security screening system which eliminates the 100ml rule for our passengers.

“This means they no longer have to separate their liquids and gels into clear plastic bags and these and other items like laptops can stay in their carry-on bag, speeding up their journey through the airport security check.”

Owen Ryan

Owen Ryan has been a reporter for the Clare Champion since 2007, having worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.

Royal Family: Prince Charles and Camilla’s favorite holiday destination you can fly to for £15 from London Stansted


We all have our favorite holiday destination, whether it’s a stay in England or somewhere a little sunnier. There are plenty of places Britons like to flock to, such as Ibiza, Sicily and the Greek island of Corfu.

The latter is famous for its cheap prices, as well as the Kavos party zone, but not only. It was also a favorite holiday destination of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall for some time.

It is also very cheap to get to, if you want to take advantage of the sun’s rays. According to flight website SkyScanner, on April 25 there is a flight to the island from London Stansted that will cost you just £15. It’s cheaper than taking the train to Birmingham from Euston – so go in Greece – especially if you’re on a budget.

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The couple love spending their holidays in Greece

Despite its small size, the island has about 6,000 different species of herbs and flowers, rarely found elsewhere, such as 55 species of wild orchids. Corfu is also famous for its vast amounts of olive trees. There are around 4,000 trees and around 3% of the world’s olive oil comes from Corfu.

A traveler who recently visited Corfu shared his opinion on Tripadvisor. He said: “We visited as part of a trip, arrived in Corfu town late afternoon by boat and were blown away. Such a beautiful town with quaint alleys and streets and The port area is beautiful and well worth a visit.”

But Corfu is not the only Mediterranean island favored by the royal family. The Queen and Prince Philip spent entire summers on the beautiful island of Malta. Her Majesty once said: “Malta has always been very special to me. I remember the happy days here with Prince Philip when we first married.”

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