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Travel (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • The Arab Chamber of Commerce is planning a trip to China, open to the public (City, not ethnicity)

    07/19/2017 10:04:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    WHNT-TV ^ | July 18, 2017 | Laura Christmas
    ARAB, Ala. -- The Arab Chamber of Commerce is planning a trip to China with a goal to create business contacts and bring those back to Alabama. “This is a trip that we’re offering to the general public. It’s for anyone who is interested in the culture of China or for people who have business with China, companies that are here in the area that already have business, or companies that are looking to expand into the market,” said Arab Chamber of Commerce President Wes Kitchens. Kitchens says in regard to business and local leaders, the idea behind the trip...
  • No Trump slump in tourism but there could be a Trump bump

    07/17/2017 10:42:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The St. Augustine Record ^ | July 17, 2017 | The Associated Press
    NEW YORK — Last winter, the U.S. tourism industry fretted that Trump administration policies might lead to a “Trump slump” in travel. But those fears may have been premature. International arrivals and travel-related spending are up in 2017 compared with the same period in 2016. There might even be a “Trump bump,” says Roger Dow, CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, a nonprofit representing the travel industry....
  • New Footage Of What Happened Between Black American & His Serbian Foes In Greece!

    07/17/2017 7:55:06 AM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    TNN News Raw 2 ^ | July 17, 2017 | TOMMY SOTOMAYOR
    New Footage Of What Happened Between Black American & His Serbian Foes In Greece!
  • Resorts World Casino to begin $400M expansion to add 400-room hotel in South Ozone Park (1,000 jobs)

    07/14/2017 5:59:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    QNS ^ | July 14, 2017 | Anthony Giudice
    Queens’ only casino will be building brand new amenities for the over 10 million annual visitors to Resorts World Casino New York City in South Ozone Park as they broke ground on a $400 million expansion project on Thursday, July 13. Excitement was in the air as members of Resorts World, including President Scott Molina, and elected officials from across the borough gathered outside the casino located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., for the honorary groundbreaking ceremony commemorating the expansion that will bring a 400-room four-star hotel, four new dining outlets including a signature restaurant concept by a celebrity chef, new...
  • Black American Tourist In Greece Loses HisLife Over A Selfie With White Waitress!

    07/13/2017 7:47:49 AM PDT · by Morgana · 46 replies
    TNN News Raw 2 ^ | July 13, 2017 | TOMMY SOTOMAYOR
    Black American Tourist In Greece Loses HisLife Over A Selfie With White Waitress!
  • Former Supreme Court Justice Criticizes Trump Travel Ban [semi-satire]

    07/11/2017 9:49:31 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 9 July 2017 | John Semmens
    Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens criticized President Donald Trump’s policy temporarily banning travel from six Muslim countries and averred that “if I were still on the Court I would have upheld the lower court decision to veto that policy.” “I’m not indifferent to the need for national security, but we cannot put that ahead of religious freedom,” Stevens declared. “I do not deny that some of the precepts of Islam encourage adherents to take a hostile stance against non-Muslims, but we should not descend into intolerance of this religious difference just because it makes us uncomfortable, especially when...
  • Trump delays — and plans to eliminate – foreign founder visas

    07/11/2017 9:42:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Axios ^ | July 10, 2017 | Kim Hart
    The Department of Homeland Security has delayed the effective date of the International Entrepreneur Rule. The official notice of the delay will be published in the federal register on Tuesday, according to the Federal Register website. The Trump administration also signaled its intent to ultimately eliminate the rule. The rule, put into place in the waning days of the Obama administration, would have allowed foreign entrepreneurs to come to the U.S. to start companies. Read more about it here and here. The July 17 effective date has been postponed until March 14, 2018. National Venture Capital Association Bobby Franklin said...
  • Why The Music In Ibiza Never Gets Old

    07/11/2017 1:21:49 AM PDT · by Logicbox · 3 replies
    Britznbeatz ^ | 10 July 2017 | Candice Schaffer
    While other vacation destinations tend to wax and wane in popularity over time, the allure of Ibiza has made it a hotspot for fans of trips that include sun, sand, and more importantly, music. The Spanish nightlife destination has long been a celebrity favourite, with A-listers making their way to the island to enjoy some of the world’s best DJs spin and check out new talent from around the globe. Before you decide where to spend your next vacation, check out our list of the reasons the music in Ibiza never gets old.
  • Trump Didn’t Get Invited to Hang in Germany With Shakira, Coldplay and Justin Trudeau

    07/06/2017 10:23:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Newsweek ^ | July 6, 2017 | Michele Gorman
    While many world leaders and top musicians will be taking the stage Thursday at the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany, ahead of the G20 summit, President Donald Trump won’t be there…because he wasn’t invited. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri, Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg and other world leaders will gather for the event with the likes of Coldplay, Pharrell Williams, Shakira and Ellie Goulding, all with the hope of raising as much as $661 million from governments for dealing with international health, gender equality and education issues. A source familiar with the policy goals of...
  • Climate centre on itinerary for sightseeing G20 spouses

    07/04/2017 11:03:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies ^ | July 4, 2017 | The Press Trust of India and Agence France Presse
    Berlin, Jul 4 (AFP) German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s scientist-husband will take leaders’ spouses at a G20 summit, including Melania Trump, to a climate research centre amid a bitter row over global warming. Joachim Sauer, who usually shuns publicity, will take the visiting dignitaries sightseeing through Hamburg on a river cruise and to the spectacular new Elbphilharmonie concert house. But the quantum chemist has also insisted they stop off at the German Climate Computing Centre — an itinerary point sure to put the spotlight on the US First Lady after President Donald Trump in June pulled out of the 2015 Paris...
  • ISIS Jihadis Complain About Job Prospects [semi-satire]

    07/04/2017 10:34:48 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 2 July 2017 | John Semmens
    Now that the Islamic State is on the verge of defeat, some of those who are fleeing back to the European countries that sheltered them before they left to join the jihad are having difficulties finding jobs. Sweden is now grappling with how to reintegrate these men into society. Returning jihadi Imak Udih complained, "I apply for a lot of jobs, but I can't get any. They say that because I killed unbelievers in Syria I can't be trusted. But I was just following my faith. Persecuting me for that violates my religious freedom." Swedish Culture and Democracy Minister Alice...
  • Sick Boy Gets Visit From Melania, Then Almost Immediately Gets The News

    06/29/2017 9:34:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    America Now ^ | June 28, 2017 | Charles Roberts, CNN
    A young Greek boy awaiting a heart transplant had his wish come true shortly after being visited by First Lady Melania Trump. The first lady visited the boy at a pediatric hospital in Rome on May 24, after she and her husband, President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, reports CNN. "Upon landing in Belgium, I learned a young boy and his family who had been waiting for a heart transplant was informed that the hospital has found a donor," the first lady said in a statement. "I read a book and held hands with this special...
  • A visit to China (vanity)

    06/29/2017 8:19:37 AM PDT · by Republicanprofessor · 15 replies
    6/29/17 | Republicanprofessor
    I saw some notices when I was in China of delighted Freepers who had also visited China recently. Yes, it was possible to get Free Republic in China!! I am interested in what those travelers, and others, thought of China.
  • Illegal Immigrants in Mexico Are Now Using Uber to Cross Border Points Undetected

    06/26/2017 7:14:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Pan Am Post ^ | June 26, 2017 | Elena Toledo
    Uber may be assisting in illegal immigration, some Mexican officials claim. Arnulfo Leon Campos of Mexico’s National Institute of Migration said that transporters of undocumented immigrants are using the private ride-sharing service to cross border points without being detected. “Traffickers of people going to the United States diversify their operations and now use private vehicle services like Uber to transport undocumented people,” he said. The statements were made last week after four Uber cars were stopped in the state of Zacatecas on their way to Durango. Cases like these have become more common, officials said, as it becomes increasingly complicated...
  • European Union Threatens Poland, Hungary [fake satire]

    06/25/2017 11:54:14 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Fake Satire ^ | 25 June 2017 | John Semmens
    The absence of Islamic terror attacks in Poland and Hungary has been attributed to these countries' refusal to take in an adequate portion of the flood of Muslim refugees that have swarmed into Europe over the last few years. The leaders of Hungary and Poland think this is a good thing. Hungarian Prime Minster Viktor Orban called these migrants "a poison" and said "every single migrant poses a public security and terror risk." Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydo called the European Union's policy of allowing mass migration from the Middle East "folly." EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos slammed the governments...
  • Obama takes a luxury trip down memory lane: Former first family fly into Indonesia....

    06/23/2017 5:24:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | June 23, 2017 | Jessica Chia
    Barack and Michelle Obama, along with their two daughters, are on a five-day luxurious resort holiday in Bali They will be staying at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Ubud, where villas overlook lush rice fields The former president will travel to the island of Java to speak at the 4th Indonesian Diaspora Congress Obama's stepfather was Indonesian, and the former president lived in Jakarta for a few years in the late 1960s Barack and Michelle Obama, along with their two daughters, are taking a luxury vacation to Indonesia - where the former president lived in the 1960s. Soldiers...
  • 8 International Fast Food Chains That Need to Come to the States

    06/20/2017 12:27:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Spoon University ^ | March 23, 2016 | Megan Smith, Purdue University
    With everyone running off to various parts of the world for exciting spring or summer plans, it seems only natural to address an issue regarding the lack of international franchise success within the U.S. Aside from all the McDonalds’, Starbucks’, and KFC’s lining most street corners of metropolitan locations worldwide, other countries have a few delicacies they’ve been covertly keeping to themselves all this time. It’s okay, we’re here to reveal these mouthwatering fast food restaurants from all over the world in efforts to finally bring them to the United States. I don’t know about you, but I could go...
  • Trump family making first visit to Camp David

    06/16/2017 10:09:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 16, 2017 | Julia Manchester
    President Trump and his family will make their first visit to Camp David this weekend, according to the White House. “The first family heads to Camp David. Hoping everyone has a wonderful weekend,” Stephanie Grisham, communications director for first lady Melania Trump, tweeted Friday evening. (TWEET-AT-LINK) Alerts of the president’s visit were issued by the federal government earlier this week, according to The Frederick News Post, which noted a Federal Aviation Administration notice being issued. Similar notifications were sent in March and May but didn't lead to a visit. This is the first visit Trump will make as president to...
  • Islamist extremism: Germany invests millions to prevent radicalization

    06/16/2017 8:28:30 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
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  • Throwback Tulsa: Controversial Creek Turnpike opened 25 years ago

    06/12/2017 7:13:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Tulsa World ^ | March 5, 2017 | Debbie Jackson
    Least terns. A federal lawsuit. Greenpeace. Vandals. Industrious beavers. Angry homeowners. Bureaucratic delays. These were among the obstacles and setbacks that had to be overcome before the Creek Turnpike was built. At one point, the chairman of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority declared it a “total disaster” and exclaimed: “The Creek Turnpike in Tulsa, God only knows when that’ll be completed,” John Kilpatrick said, as reported by the Tulsa World’s Wayne Greene on Oct. 19, 1990. “If we had it to do all over again, we wouldn’t do that project,” the exasperated Kilpatrick said after federal bureaucrats held up construction of...