Travel News: December 4, 2018

United Announces Sale Date for Premium Plus Seating Travel Pulse United Airlines announced that its newest premium seating, United Premium Plus will be on sale beginning December 3, for travel on select international flights starting March 30, 2019. The new premium economy experience will be available on 21 routes by the end of May 2019. Customers traveling in United Premium Plus will enjoy an elevated travel experience before their flight even leaves the ground, receiving complimentary standar...
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Chinese colours.

The winter at the Jardin des Plantes may be a bit dull. Of course, the “ménagerie” - the little zoo - and the different museums are there, but the gardens are not very colourful. (I guess this is my 8th post about the Jardin des Plantes – check them all here.) So... this year, there was obviously a decision to make the gardens more colourful also during the grey season. Some installations have been made, with the help of Chinese specialists - prehistoric and still existing animals...
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Updated: BSNL employee union to strike over the non-allocation of 4G spectrum

Update on December 3: The All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) has decided to postpone its indefinite strike to December 10th, reports The Economic Times. It will go ahead with the strike if its issues are not resolved in the proposed meeting with Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha. However, the... ...
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Big Cities Chicago Thursday 2017 May 18

Sleep was short last night. About the time I was into sleep hard winds and rain almost rocked my room. Suddenly the loudest possible boom of thunder surrounded me Did lightning hit the rod at the top of the hotel tower More rain and wind but only the
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a walk on the bay and a drive to nanaimo, plus photos of the rockies

I am in Nanaimo and will be in Campbell River, for two weeks of training. My former co-workers in the Mississauga Library are amazed and envious. Training in Mississauga ranged from nonexistent to inadequate. I'm at a lovely hotel in Nanaimo with a view of the harbor, but I'd much rather be home setting up my office or organizing closets. Allan and Diego are going to visit me on the weekend. I don't know what this training will entail, other than mandatory first aid. I'll keep you posted.Yesterd...
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Quiet Farm on the Aran Islands in Ireland

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Camera Gear: The Travel Cameras and Accessories to Buy

Updated: 12/2/2018 | December 2nd, 2018 Today, professional photographer Laurence Norah of Finding the Universe, continues his five-part series on taking better travel photos. Many of you are looking to improve your travel photography so Laurence is here to help us do just that. In this post, Laurence goes in-depth on how to pick the perfect travel camera and gear for your trip. There is a belief that better photography gear will equate to better photographs. While this is certainly the case in...
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How to Take Professional Travel Photos

Updated: 12/2/2018 | December 2nd, 2018 Travel photography. It’s not something I’ve very good at. I take all my pictures on an iPhone and, if they aren’t used on the blog, they mostly just sit on my hard drive. I’ve never taken the time to really improve my skills. Like learning a language, improving your photography takes time. Luckily, just like learning a language, anyone can do it! Travel photographs are memories. You look at a picture and it conjures up thoughts, feelings, and smells that...
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12 Ways to Shoot the Perfect Travel Photograph

Updated: 12/2/2018 | December 2nd, 2018 ­Today, professional photographer Laurence Norah of Finding the Universe, continues his five-part series on taking better travel photos. Photographs are important for the memories they represent so Laurence is here to help us take better pictures! Part two of the series is on how to get the perfect shot. In my first post in this series, I talked about the key compositional rules that you can use to create better travel photos. If you’re new to this series...
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Spirides Arranges $5 Million Hotel Construction Loan for New Radisson in Florence, SC

TAMPA, FL --  Spirides Hospitality Finance Company has successfully arranged, and its client has closed a $5 million construction to permanent first priority mortgage loan from a southeast U.S. headquartered bank to finance the development of a new Radisson Park Inn in Florence, South Carolina.
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Save 20 Percent on Room Rates With Hilton December 2018 in the Midwestern and Southern United States

You can save 20 percent on room rates at Hilton hotel properties in 11 cities in the southeastern United States if you book your reservations only from Monday, December 3, 2018 through Friday, December 7, 2018 at 11:59 in the evening Eastern Standard Time for stays completed from Thursday, December 6, 2018 through Monday, March 4, 2019. The catch is that... The post Save 20 Percent on Room Rates With Hilton December 2018 in the Midwestern and Southern United States appeared first on The Gate.
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Sleepy head.

2nd DecemberI wake up about 6.30 just as the sun is starting to rise. I pop to the loo open the van doors and climb back under the duvet for another hour or so. I could get used to waking up to the rising Sun the morning chorus and the sound of the w
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NORPA: 2019 Tickets Now On Sale

Welcome. Spring is a glorious time in the Northern Rivers – flame trees and jacarandas, daylight savings, afternoon swims in the ocean. It’s a time of new growth… We’ve just announced our 2019 Season, including a re-imagining of our sell-out show Dreamland and the premiere of Fold: A Domestic Circus directed by NORPA Associate Artist Darcy Grant. We’re looking for emerging artists to join us in the Indigenous Makers Studio, a new NORPA initiative, and this week we welcome Idiot Savant Theatre Co...
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Tourists on Tenerife asked to keep a look out for missing Brit

28-year-old trainer at Loro Parque hasn't been seen since Thursday
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Cambodian Goose Chase

I took one early morning last gasp at the Canadia Bank but alas it was shut up and dark. Resigned and a little worse for the wear I piled myself into the Phnom Penh pound bus minivan more like. At the time I bought my ticket a couple of days before I wa
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Gussie Clarke Says Reggae Spreads A Universal Message

Reggae music was added to the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. One of the pioneers of reggae, music producer, Augustus "Gussie" Clarke, shares how the genre impacts the world.(Image credit: Alwyn Kirk/UNESCO)
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Mistletoe Cupcakes – Easy Christmas Cupcakes You Can Make at Home!

Need an idea for Easy Christmas Cupcakes that you can make at home? These Mistletoe Cupcakes are super cute and a cinch to make with boxed cake mix, white frosting and a few candy decorations!  I’ve learned from experience that you should always have at least one easy Christmas cupcake recipe as a go-to for last […] The post Mistletoe Cupcakes – Easy Christmas Cupcakes You Can Make at Home! appeared first on Mommy Musings®.
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Tokyo hosts and the horribly drunk

Despite the clean cut and healthy appearance of the hosts staring back from the posters, their working lives are little more than one long drinking session after another. Basically, the more they drink, the better off they are, as their earnings are based on what female guests spend on them. A lifestyle that slowly but surely must take its toll — both mentally and physically. It’s a situation that’s the same for a good number of host club customers too, as many of the young women who frequent s...
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Nothing to report

I now have Ians manflu. Well actually its a hacking chesty cough and Ive had it a few days but today its really getting to me. I stay in bed all day.Ian has a quiet day reading books in the garden.We have a small shared kitchen here s
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On September 3 2018 we began the maiden voyage of our narrowboat Horatio Sprague. Strictly speaking this was not the maiden voyage as we had already sailed the boat from Steve Heywood's boatyard in Stone some 85 miles to Tewkesbury in February. But then
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Panoramic Panama

Friday morning we awoke early to find we were alreaady entering the Panama Canal. On Deck 3 forward they were serving coffee and a crowd had gathered to watch as we approached the first set of locks. These are the Gatun Locks and there was a cruise ship ah
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Christmas Spirit

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S&P: Abu Dhabi economic growth set for ‘steady’ rise

S&P: Abu Dhabi economic growth set for ‘steady’ rise:There is a stable outlook for Abu Dhabi’s economy, with growth set to “steadily recover” to hit 3 percent in 2021, according to an S&P Global Ratings report.The ratings agency affirmed its “AA/A-1+” sovereign credit rating for the emirate, saying that the government’s net asset position will “shield it against almost all possible external shocks.”“The stable outlook on Abu Dhabi reflects our expectation that economic growth will steadily recov...
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Qamco shares to trade on QSE from December 10 - The Peninsula Qatar

:The shares of newly-established Qatar Aluminium Manufacturing Company (Qamco) are expected to begin trading on the Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) from December 10, 2018, a source close to the company said on the sidelines of the Qamco’s first general assembly meeting yesterday.The AGM was held after the successful completion of the initial public offering (IPO) process recently, which was oversubscribed.In yesterday’s general assembly, the board received nod for all the items on the agenda of the m...
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Doha Bank selected in ‘FTSE4Good Emerging Index’

Doha Bank selected in ‘FTSE4Good Emerging Index’:Doha Bank has been selected in the ‘FTSE4Good Emerging Index’, reflecting the lender’s continued leadership in environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance.The bank was rated above the threshold for companies in emerging markets, as well as that of developed markets, by FTSE Russell. It was selected amongst 134 financial services companies from emerging markets, including China, Brazil, South Africa and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)...
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QCB ‘continuously strengthens’ regulatory, supervisory systems to ensure financial resilience

QCB ‘continuously strengthens’ regulatory, supervisory systems to ensure financial resilience:The Qatar Central Bank has been “continuously strengthening” the regulatory and supervisory systems to ensure that the “financial system remains resilient” enough to address global financial risks and unforeseen challenges, said HE the QCB Governor Sheikh Abdullah bin Saoud al-Thani. Moreover, he said “frequent and various stress tests” are undertaken to assess the ability of the banking sector to withs...
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Saudi’s Tadawul Leads Gauges in Middle East Markets: Inside EM - Bloomberg

:The Tadawul All Share Index rose as much as 2 percent, leading gains in Middle East equity gauges, following upbeat third-quarter earnings and deal announcements.“All recent deals and corporate announcements are positive, so there are expectations for foreign portfolio flows into the country, which could happen starting early next year,” said Muhammad Faisal Potrik, head of research at Riyad Capital. "News and sentiment is expected to be positive until year-end or early next year."Saudi Company...
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Putin Says Russia, Saudi Arabia Will Extend OPEC+ Oil Pact - Bloomberg

Putin Says Russia, Saudi Arabia Will Extend OPEC+ Oil Pact - Bloomberg:Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to extend into 2019 their deal to manage the oil market, known as OPEC+, although Moscow and Riyadh have yet to confirm any fresh output cuts. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the extension after a meeting Saturday on the sidelines of the Group of 20 with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The comments open the door for a deal at the OPEC meeting next week in Vienna. OPEC ...
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MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi hits one-month high; Global Telecom drags Egypt down | Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi hits one-month high; Global Telecom drags Egypt down | Reuters:Saudi Arabia’s stock market closed on Sunday at its highest level since early November amid solid gains by a number of blue chips, while Egypt’s bourse closed in negative territory, dragged down by Global Telecom’s huge losses.United Arab Emirates markets were closed for a public holiday while other Gulf markets were mixed in lacklustre trade.The Saudi index jumped 1.8 percent, recording its highest level since N...
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Alitalia Raises Prices on Best Award Tickets, Only Promises Not to Do It Again for One Month

Hyperinflating currencies force vendors to change their pricing all the time. Alitalia only guarantees these redemption rates for January. So we could see them go up again in February! Continue reading Alitalia Raises Prices on Best Award Tickets, Only Promises Not to Do It Again for One Month...
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