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Circus Parade to Hit Halifax Streets

first_imgThe Museum of Natural History is hitting the streets of Halifaxwith a children’s circus parade on Saturday, Aug. 23. It’s partof the museum’s program focusing on the World Circus exhibitvisiting from the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau,Que. For more than 200 years the circus parade was a powerful andalluring advertising tool used by the travelling circus to drawcustomers to performances under the “Big Top.” Before television,the circus and its parade was the “piece de resistance” ofentertainment. Historically, the parade included a procession of clowns,musicians, live exotic animals and fantastic and beautifullydecorated wagons. It wound through the city, ending at the showlot. “Our museum parade will also be a thrilling kaleidoscope ofcolour, sights and sounds,” said Alex Wilson, manager ofinterpretation at the museum. “Children can decorate theirtricycles, wagons or scooters. With music-makers and favouritestuffed animal toys, we will create our own version of a circusparade.” To help get ready for the parade, a decorating workshop will beheld from 10 a.m to noon. The museum is supplying all of theaccessories to adorn wagons or tricycles. Funny clown faces willbe provided by Rosie Facepainting. The sidewalk-parade begins at around 1 p.m. at the Museum ofNatural History and will proceed along Summer Street, SackvilleStreet and Bell Road. Children interested in joining can call themuseum at 902-424-3563. “Everyone loves a parade, and although our’s may be a tad modestcompared to that of Barnum and Bailey’s, it’s going to be greatfun,” said Mr. Wilson.last_img read more

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Top UN rights official says all sides must end deadly violence in

“Our human rights officers who have been monitoring events in the Terai have observed violence by protestors, as well as incidents of excessive use of force by the Armed Police Force and the Nepal Police,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, who last month completed a five-day mission to the impoverished Himalayan country where a landmark peace deal was signed in November seeking to ended a decade of civil war.“During my recent visit to Nepal I was encouraged by progress that had been made in human rights since April 2006,” she said. “The current deterioration in the situation is deeply disturbing. It is imperative that all parties do all they can to stop the violence as well as to address the issue of discrimination and representation.”Ms. Arbour called on the Government to abide by its international human rights obligations and also on the organizers of the demonstrations and their followers to employ only peaceful means of protest. She also urged all sides not to hinder the work of medical, human rights staff and others going about their essential business.“Clear instructions should be given by police officials and by demonstration leaders that the work of human rights defenders and journalists are not to be impeded in any way. Medical personnel must also be able to function without hindrance.”The High Commissioner called calling on “the leaders and their cadres to allow free access and freedom of movement to all UN staff to enable them to carry out their work in all locations and under any circumstances.”Ms. Arbour also called for all excluded groups to be represented in the political process, saying this was key to Nepal’s transition. On 21 November, the Government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) signed a peace agreement aimed at ending 10 years of civil war that killed approximately 15,000 people and displaced over 100,000 others. “Ending discrimination and ensuring appropriate representation of excluded groups at all level of decision-making during this critical time will be essential to the success of Nepal’s political transition,” she said, welcoming the recent initiatives to start engaging all parties in dialogue to resolve the current situation in the Terai and voicing hope that talks will immediately replace violence as the way forward.Last week, the World Food Programme (WFP) in Nepal appealed to all parties in the Terai region to allow safe passage for food convoys, warning that transport strikes and violence had severely disrupted aid deliveries and threaten the health of hundreds of thousands of people, including children. 7 February 2007Expressing deep concern over deadly violence in the south-eastern Terai region of Nepal, the top United Nations human rights official today said it was “imperative” for all sides to stop the clashes, which have claimed at least 23 lives, caused countless injuries and destroyed property. read more

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Welcoming Nobel Peace Prize UN officials praise Annans leadership

In a statement on behalf of the members of the Security Council, the body’s President, Ambassador Richard Ryan of Ireland, said the UN “is the embodiment of cooperation among States in safeguarding peace, advancing international development, and in combating common threats to the dignity and well being of peoples everywhere.” Referring to the “high esteem shared by people throughout the world for Secretary-General Kofi Annan,” the Council President said the Prize “rightly honours his exceptional achievements in the service of the United Nations and of the entire international community as well as honouring the achievements of the United Nations itself.” “It is the right decision at the right time to honour and praise Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the United Nations as the stronghold of our shared values and commitment for peace, security, freedom and prosperity for all,” said Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). “Kofi Annan has tirelessly rallied support for these values. Through his strong personal commitment, he has increased the credibility of the United Nations as we begin a new millennium.”Mary Robinson, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the award was an “explicit and timely recognition” of Mr. Annan’s leadership. “In the aftermath of the horrific attacks in the United States and in light of the terrible humanitarian situation facing civilians in Afghanistan and in that region, this recognition heartens all human rights defenders, in the United Nations and in civil society, and encourages us to continue the struggle for human dignity and human security,” she said. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers, said he was proud that the prize went to “my Secretary-General and a fabulous man.” All UN staff, he said, were “proud that the 100th Nobel Peace Prize for the first time honours not only the Secretary-General but also the United Nations as a whole.”Also congratulating the Secretary-General and UN staff for the award, the President of the UN General Assembly, Han Seung-soo of the Republic of Korea, expressed the hope that the international community would view the prize not just as a recognition of past achievements but, more importantly, as “a beacon illuminating the way forward for the United Nations as it rises to confront new challenges.” In Geneva, Vladimir Petrovsky, the Director-General of the UN Office there, called Mr. Annan “one of the world’s most visionary and democratic” leaders. “We cannot but note with great satisfaction the recognition of the important role of the United Nations in the world today in working to create a more benevolent international community across all lines of religion and race,” he said, stressing that the UN was the “main forum equipped to combat terrorism, as well as to provide legitimacy to whatever steps are taken to tackle this issue.”Numerous other UN officials and organizations, including the top UN official in the peacekeeping mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, also hailed this year’s decision by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. read more

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British Manly Exercises guidebook shows how gentlemen stayed trim in Georgian England

first_imgThe 1834 volume of British Manly Exercises  St John's College, Cambridge A guide to balancing  While the working classes spent most of their even shorter lives engaged in backbreaking manual labour in either field or factory, many members of higher classes suffered health problems due to inactivity.Walker aims to persuade readers that exercise had the potential to “prolong life and improve its happiness” and could combat and prevent ailments; “nay, it supersedes medicine by banishing disease”.Popular 19th century medicines often contained poisons and opiates and the poor, unable to afford these treatments, relied heavily on quack cures.Walker is keen to set his manual apart from this, stating that “All exhibitionary and quackish preparatory exercises, as they are termed, are here excluded … no tick-tack, cross-touch, kissing the ground, goats jump, spectre’s march etc”.And it notes that to improve the nation’s health, “education must be divided into two parts – physical and mental”. According to the manual to achieve ‘the highest condition’ gentleman should drink cold beer and cider exclusively, avoiding all other liquids save for a half pint of red wine after dinner.The author appropriates the diet to a Captain Barclay, while noting that it has received glowing user reviews and comes recommended by ‘professional men’. A man swims Avoiding vegetables and only drinking cider, beer and wine, may not seem the obvious way to stay trim, but in Georgian England it was the ultimate dietary regime for the ‘manly gentleman.’Researchers at St John’s College, Cambridge University, have unearthed an 1834 fitness manual which aimed to help the middle and upper classes – whose sedentary lives and fatty diets could lead to obesity and gout – to get in shape.The guide, entitled British Manly Exercises was written by Donald Walker and gives instructions on a range of physical activities deemed suitable for young gentlemen, from leaping and vaulting to skating and wrestling.But while it reveals that pre-Victorians knew much about the benefits of regular exercise, there is other more questionable advice. St John’s College, Cambridge A man swimscenter_img Whenever the gymnast feels tired, or falls behind his usual mark, he should resume his clothes and walk home.Donald Walker A spokesman for St John’s College, Cambridge said: “Little is known about Donald Walker other than the fact that he penned several other books including Exercises for Ladies and Literary Composition.“British Manly Exercises was donated to the Library by Hugh Gatty who was appointed college lecturer in history in 1936 and who left several valuable manuscripts to the Library and over five hundred early printed books.“It gives clear instructions on the art of adopting a healthier lifestyle and offers a fascinating insight into 19th century attitudes to exercise.” A guide to balancing  The guidebook, which claims to be the first to describe the procedures of rowing and sailing as exercise, gives instructions on how to exercise “with a direct, immediate and obvious purpose”.It was forward-thinking at a time when infectious disease was rife and, on average, a middle-class man could not expect to live past the grand old age of 45. As part of the regime a gentleman must gradually increase his level of exercise to 20 to 24 miles of walking and running a day, his diet should consist of lean meat, stale bread and biscuits – no other vegetable matter is permitted and “everything inducing flatulency must be carefully avoided”.It also stresses the importance of gentle and consistent training to avoid injury and recommends that: “No exertion should be carried to excess, and whenever the gymnast feels tired, or falls behind his usual mark, he should resume his clothes and walk home.” The 1834 volume of British Manly Exercises  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Lino Cervar about EHF decision Metalurg avoid destiny of Atletico Copenhagen and

← Previous Story Joao Silva in Chambery until 2017 Next Story → VIDEO: Pascual and Co. present historical seven trophies Lino CervarRK Metalurg The European Handball Federation gave the “green light” to RK Metalurg for another EHF CL experience in the upcoming season despite the weakest season in the last decade of former Macedonian giant. Two times EHF CL quarter-finalist in a row suffered serious financial troubles last winter, lost complete squad who was the “hit” of European elite competition, but Metalurg’s coach Lino Červar and the club’s officials still have high ambitions:– It makes me happy that Metalurg will again play directly in the Champions League. That is a victory of our club, the people who stayed, but also these who left. Our biggest success is that we saved the club, all his structures, and we didn’t let that Atletico Madrid, Copenhagen or Dinamo Minsk destiny happen in Skopje. We will continue to work and try to get back among the best teams in Europe. EHF did good thing with praising our merits for handball in region, but also in Europe. That is a big recognition for our work – concluded Cervar.  read more

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Biggest property auction yet This time with a golf course and four

first_img(Pic: Allsop Space)A GOLF COURSE and a four storey office block are among the lots being sold at an auction next week being descibed as “record breaking” by organisers.The auction will be held next week at the RDS Concert Hall in Dublin and will have 150 commercial and residential properties with a combined valuation of about €23 million.The public auction is being held by Allsop Space with the venue being changed after a similar auction in July was abandoned after protestors from various groups gained access to the auction room forcing organisers to halt the proceedings.Protests also took place at an Allsop auction at the RDS last month with the auctioneers having to confirm that no repossessed homes had been sold.Ahead of next Tuesday’s auction, Allsop have reiterated that no repossessed family homes would be sold at any of their auctions.The most expensive property being sold is a €2.8 million valued four storey office block in Limerick, River House on Charlotte Quay. The property is currently being occupied entirely by the Office of Public Works at an annual rent of between €340,000-€370,000 a year. The current lease with the OPW lasts until 2022.Another of the notable lots set to go under the hammer is an 18-hole golf course together with a golf club, practice area and pitch and putt course. Woodlands Golf Course situated north west of Naas, Co. Kildare is on a 127 acre site and has a current tenancy agreement that expires at the end of this month.Woodlands golf course and golf club. (Pic: Allsop Space)The most expensive residential house up for grabs in the auction is a five-bedroom semi-detached period home (top picture) on the Lower Drumcondra Road which has a reserve of between €500,000-€550,000.The auction catalogue shows that about 90 out the properties up for sale are available at under €100,000.The auction takes place next Tuesday 10 December 10th with registration beginning at 9 AM and the auction itself at 11 AM.Read: ‘I didn’t do anything wrong’ – Meath man protests auction of family business >Read: Clare hotel and Dublin Georgian house in distressed property auction >Read: Dublin property prices up 15 per cent as rest of country shows some positive signs >last_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Monday

first_img Monday 4 Mar 2019, 8:53 AM No Comments Short URL By Stephen McDermott Image: Shutterstock/Tatiana Bralnina Image: Shutterstock/Tatiana Bralnina The 9 at 9: Monday Here’s the news as you start your day. Get the 9 at 9 News audio Share6 Tweet Email Mar 4th 2019, 7:55 AM Comments have been closed as legal proceedings are active in one of the stories above. 10,843 Views https://jrnl.ie/4522570 Updated Mar 4th 2019, 8:53 AM EVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #ONLINE SAFETY New internet safety laws that would see the appointment of an Online Safety Commissioner to prosecute companies who break rules will be introduced by the government today.2. #SNOW GO A number of passengers were forced to sleep on the ground in Dublin Airport last night after experiencing long delays as a result of de-icing issues.3. #FREE CONTRACEPTION Minister for Health Simon Harris is set to establish a working group that will examine the removal of the cost of the contraceptive pill.4. #OVERSPEND Dublin City Council has warned that a deidicated team that will be set up to enforce new short-term letting rules will cost almost double what was originally estimated. 5. #THE BUST IS BACK Irish consumer sentiment fell sharply in February, with fears of a no-deal Brexit and the nurses’ strike driving a poor economic outlook last month, according to a new report by KBC. 6. #US At least 23 people have been killed after two tornadoes swept through the US state of Alabama last night.7. #DRUGS SEIZURE Three men will appear in court this morning in connection with the seizure of cannabis plants worth an estimated €640,000 on Saturday.8. #COURTS A new report is set to reveal that the average waiting time it takes for a Supreme Court appeal to be heard has fallen from five years to one year, RTÉ reports.9. #WEATHER A yellow snow-ice warning in place from last night has been lifted, but motorists have been urged to drive with caution this morning following reports of icy conditions around the country.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from TheJournal.ie, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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A niche in business and education

first_imgIn the business world of board meetings and suits, Roula Tsiolas stands out. I didn’t want to do anything like anyone else did.For a start, she’s a woman. And, as the the founder and managing director of a successful business, and committee member of the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI), it’s no mean feat. The Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency 2010 Census shows women hold only 8.4 per cent of board positions and 8 per cent of key executive roles, and she’s the only female committee member at HACCI. But the determined businesswoman says she’s certainly encountered her fair share of the glass ceiling along the way. “I certainly have, and I would be lying if I said no, but the most important thing for me is that I behave as an individual with my knowledge, skills and experience,” she says. “It is demanding, because I am a mother of three children as well, so your role is always dual if not triple, I am also a spouse and there are so many other roles within you.” Ms Tsiolas studied at Melbourne and Monash Universities, completing post-graduate studies in curriculum development and design. She then worked as a secondary teacher before she left the classroom to become a mother. Her return to education became more business-oriented, and Ms Tsiolas worked as a consultant establishing and managing a number of registered training organisations (RTOs). In 2007, she and her husband Stelios established their own RTO: Australian Industrial Systems Institute (AISI). Further proving she knows how to carve a niche, after months of market research, Ms Tsiolas developed the courses to specialise in automotive, building and construction courses, as well as English as a Second Language (ESL). “In offering the education we do we want to fill the gaps, and these are skill areas where there are huge gaps, not just in Australia but worldwide, so we’re ensuring that our graduates will be employable,” she said. “I didn’t want to do anything like anyone else did.” AISI has student intakes every month, which is another reason she says the school is so successful. Ms Tsiolas says the school has a strong focus on pastoral care: all of the 800 students at the AISI, are given Mr and Mrs Tsiolas’ mobile numbers. Not many schools would do that, but Ms Tsiolas says pastoral care is crucial for AISI, whose student base is mainly international students. She says when the issue of racism towards international students hit the news, AISI was proactive in involving counsellors and helping students to avoid danger. “We only had one particular incident where a student did come into some grief, but he was very good in contacting both myself and Stelios,” she says. “We’re on 24 hour call for our students.” She said that she certainly noticed the recent slump in international students, but AISI’s specialist courses meant the student flow was still fairly strong. “I think that’s what was our buoyancy during that quite destructive wave in the industry,” she said. “We haven’t been as directly affected, no, I can gladly say.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Legends of Tomorrow debuts JSA and Legion of Doom members teaser for

first_imgBesides Flashpoint being confirmed as the impetus for the third season of The Flash, there was some other big DC Comics television news that broke this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con. This upcoming fall season, the DC roster on the channel will expand to include the second season of previously CBS Supergirl, joining Arrow, The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. The latter show was devised as a superhero team-up that also used elements of time travel, but the announcement that Legends is going to make a television Legion of Doom and reveal some Justice Society of America characters is still damn exciting.The news came during DC’s Legends of Tomorrow panel with Executive Producers Marc Guggenheim and Phil Klemmer introducing returning cast members Arthur Darvill (Rip Hunter, Time Master), Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer, The Atom), Caity Lotz (Sara Lance, The White Canary), Victor Garber (Martin Stein, half of Firestorm), Franz Drameh (Jax Jackson, the other half of Firestorm), and Dominic Purcell (Mick Rory, Heat Wave).Joining the Legends cast this year on the JSA side is Nick Zano playing Dr. Nate Heywood (Citizen Steel). The CW Flarrowverse (Flash/Arrow shared universe) also recast Vixen, a character who made her first live-action appearance in the Flash/Arrow crossover last season. On season two of Legends, she’ll be portrayed by Maisie Richardson-Sellers.Given the cliffhanger that ended season one, Guggenheim didn’t waste any time on revealing what everyone wanted to know: What JSA members we’d be meeting in season two. The Legends of Tomorrow season two line-up will be Dr. Midnight, Stargirl, Obsidian, Commander Steel, and Vixen.But that’s not all! “If you’re gonna have a team of superheroes, you’ve gotta fight a team of supervillains,” Guggenheim added before announcing that Legends of Tomorrow wouldn’t have a single villain this year, but will form a DC television version of the Legion of Doom. Instead of introducing several new characters, Legends will pull from the other corners of the Flarrowverse: Matt Letscher’s Eobard Thawne is coming from The Flash, Neal McDonough’s Damien Darhk and John Barrowman’s Malcolm Merlyn will port from Arrow, and Wentworth Miller will return (from death?) as Captain Cold.Darhk, Reverse Flash, The Magician, Captain ColdThis represents a significant step up in the show’s crossover-palooza and the world building in the Flarrowverse. Imagine, we’re going to be doing JSA, Legion of Doom, and Flashpoint all at the same time this fall. It looks like Darhk will be the first of the Legion to show their face… with Nazis!… this October.It’s gonna be sweet.last_img read more

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New stadium will take Spurs to next step – Lloris

first_imgTottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has hailed their “fantastic” new stadium and says it will “bring the club to the next step”.The opening of the Spurs new stadium continues to be delayed amid reports of electrical and structural issues.The club released a statement on Wednesday saying that their clash against Manchester United on January 13 will be hosted at Wembley stadium.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We knew at the beginning of the season we were very excited, we knew we would have a chance to play in the new stadium,” Lloris told Sky Sports.“We don’t really know when it’s going to happen. There’s a lot of expectation from the players because it’s something fantastic for the club and will bring the club to the next step.”Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on Thursday said that he hopes the new stadium would be ready to host their first Champions League last-16 tie in February next year.last_img read more

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Weather Eye Its looking like first heat wave of summer is well

first_imgPatrick Timm Summer is in full swing, like big letters on a marquee for a blockbuster movie. And it will be an extended engagement for the foreseeable future. Warm today — okay, maybe hot — then a little cooler Wednesday and Thursday, and finally, if the pattern evolves just right, a long run of 90 degree weather. I foresee our first heat wave of the summer coming up by the weekend and into all of next week. Just thinking of that prospect while writing my column, I had to get out the iced tea. My definition of a heat wave is three straight days of 90 degrees (in the shade) or better. Increased moisture from the monsoons over the desert southwest will meander northward at times, bringing thunderstorms and downpours along with the heat. These should remain in southern Oregon and east of the Cascades. But you never know.So, if you are leaving home for vacation time this week or next, make plans for your yard, garden and potted plants to be watered each day. We will have a high evaporation rate. The coast will see an influx of low clouds and fog, especially whenever it heats up inland. But there will be instances of afternoon sunshine and temperatures in the 65-80 degree range.Okay, before we depart, let’s review some rainfall from June according yo your friends and neighbors: Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 6.62 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 3.39 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 2.02 inches; Irv St. Germain, Prune Hill, 2.94 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 4.67 inches; Phil Delany, Dole Valley, 6.20 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lake Shore, 1.54 inches; Pete Conrad, near Tukes Mountain, 3.74 inches; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt, 4.35 inches; Dave Campbell, one mile west of Heisson, 1.86 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 2.74 inches; Dan Hein, Camas, 3.60 inches; Barry Fitzthum, Amboy, 3.18 inches; Matt Sloan, McLoughlin Heights, 4.44 inches ; and Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 2.20 inches.last_img read more

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Advertisers

first_imgThe economy may be taking a toll on magazine advertising in general, but advertisers are beginning to show an interest in digital editions. They see the value and excitement of rich media ads, and the extraordinary measurability of e-media, and want to pull out all the stops. And they’re excited about the possibility of contextual advertising and serving relevant ads based on end-user reading preferences. During the last six months, we’ve seen more and more publisher clients with a really strong interest in using digital delivery for its ability to add special advertiser features,” says Trish Connelley, CEO of Advanced Publishing. “They’re using the power of the digital medium to enhance the opportunities and the value that they can provide to advertisers. Many are creating hybrid media kits to highlight all the extra features that their digital edition can provide and to price digital within the overall offerings. So that’s a key evolution that we expected to happen, but it’s really becoming very pronounced in recent months.” Almost as importantly, agencies are starting to realize that digital advertising presents new opportunities for them to participate, as well.For the most part, though, publishers with both print and digital editions still sell ad space as a package deal, with a premium of 10-15 percent for the digital buy. The incremental amount is so small that most print advertisers say, “Sure, throw it in.” Pay for PlaySometimes publishers will not activate links in an ad unless the advertiser pays the added price for the digital buy; non-paid ads appear flat. That’s the Interference Technology model. All ads appear in both formats, but to activate links and participate in the search capability (very valuable in a 300-page book) that is available in the digital edition, print advertisers must pay a 12 percent premium. Currently, more than two-thirds of the advertisers buy the package. In fact, digital sales for the title grew to about $160,000 in 2008, up 7 percent over 2007.Getting ad salespeople to focus on digital-edition enhancements and sponsorships continues to be a struggle for many publishers, although that’s also improving as salespeople become increasingly involved in selling online inventory and sponsorships. Even so, selling effective digital ad space requires an understanding of the specific technology and features available to advertisers in the digital edition. The advertising revenue for digital space is significant only when the advertiser enriches its ad with premium video, audio, animation, and other attention-getting devices or useful features.Selling SpaceSelling sponsored or premium space in a digital edition is an opportunity, as well. Advertisers “sponsor” section tabs on the digital issues of Interference Technology, for example; for one issue that doubles as a show guide, the publisher sold an interactive cover flap to one advertiser. And for Olive Software clients, and perhaps others, the landing page of the digital edition (opposite the front cover) is customizable real estate that is available for premium advertising or for cross-promotion to the dot.com side.  Incorporating IAB standards Digital magazine providers are now incorporating International Advertising Bureau-standard ads that publishers also use on their Web sites so that third-party reporting services can accurately and reliably measure the exact number of people who saw the digital ad, how much time they spent on the page, and whether they clicked through. “Publishers have had some difficulty communicating their digital programs to advertisers,” says Texterity’s Cimarron Buser. “These metrics should help bring digital advertising in line with other sales activities. They’ll show that ads in digital editions are working well and demonstrate to advertisers how they can expand their reach.”Also, the IAB-standard ads can be integrated with a subscriber database so that pertinent advertising can be delivered to a specific subscriber reading the digital magazine. By factoring in the content and the reader’s demographic data, two different people reading the same article could be served a slightly different ad. B-to-b readers might receive an ad featuring a relevant product along with a lead-generation form.  BoatUS (Digital) Helps Small AdvertisersBoatUS magazine, a bimonthly association publication, sells advertising on six or eight platforms, one of which is its digital edition. Ads appearing in the print edition automatically appear in the digital edition, and any links included in the ad text then become live. The digital edition primarily provides an alternative for advertisers who want exposure to the group’s members but can’t afford to buy print space. ‘With 600,000 members, our circulation is three to five times larger than that of the next boating publication,” Michael Vatalaro, editor, explains. “Even a low CPM would be relatively expensive in the boating world. So simply by being giant, we’re expensive.”Small advertisers—or, for that matter, any advertiser—can buy affordable, digital-only space, but only on a full-page basis, because that’s easiest to accomplish from a production standpoint. Prices are commensurate with the publication’s CPM relative to expected circulation. If the advertiser wants to add rich media (e.g., animation, audio, or a demonstration video) to give the ad a little more punch, BoatUS charges a small incremental increase in price—maybe $350 to $500, depending on the insertion. “On a full-page ad, that’s practically unnoticeable,” says Vatalaro.“We do see good reader engagement with the digital editions,” he adds. “The click-through rates are much higher than on our Web site, so we’re creating better relationships with our advertisers and giving them good numbers. And by switching a small portion of the membership to a digital-only format, we’re pretty much cost-neutral with our digital edition at this point. So the additional ad revenue is very good news.”Maximizing Lead GenerationMost full-service providers offer some type of lead-generation tool as an option. Nxtbook Media promotes its AdGen service, for example, which is what Marcus Grimm calls “an elegant way” to put a reader-response card right on the page of the digital magazine. The reader can fill in the form and immediately send it directly to the advertiser, completely bypassing the need to link to the advertiser’s Web site and negotiate the company’s sales funnel. “Publishers sometimes think that advertisers want people to go to their Web sites,” says Grimm, “because publishers want readers to go to their own Web sites. The reality is, the advertisers just want leads. And they want them as quickly as possible. If that can be accomplished right in the ad, that works best.”ITEM Publications’ Interference Technology, a Nxtbook client, sends a cumulative report to advertisers at the end of each month for each edition in which their ad appears. The report lists company Web addresses of the individuals (not their names) who have clicked on their ad.Lead GenerationTaking lead generation a step further, last year Interference Technology introduced an enhancement—for readers and advertisers alike—called “The red box tool.” A good-size red box now appears on every ad; by simply clicking it, the reader can request more information. Since the readers are logged in, the system can tell who they are, their company name, their e-mail address, and the product they’re viewing. Clicking the red box sends an automatic e-mail to the advertiser with the reader’s e-mail address, the ad and product being viewed, the page and edition of the magazine—all the information the sales manager needs to respond.“It’s a two-step process,” says ITEM’s Graham Kilshaw. “When readers click on the red box, they get a message that says we’re going to send an e-mail to the advertiser, who will reply directly. They can back out if they wish. But there’s no registration, no fields to fill in, no e-mail to send. At the end of the day, I believe the publisher’s job is to connect buyers and suppliers. If we keep that in focus, everything else falls in place.”BACK TO MAIN PAGElast_img read more

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Stephen Colvin Named New CEO of Robb Report

first_img “We’ll continue developing our unbelievable roster of Robb Report experiences,” says Colvin. “Through hallmark events including Car of the Year and our Health & Wellness Summit, Robb Report brings the brand to life and further assures that we continuously provide opportunities for our readers to live life to the fullest.” Curtis acquired Robb Report in 2002 before selling a majority stake late in 2014 to Rockbridge Growth Equity, a Detroit-based private equity firm led by Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. While single copy sales have declined, steady subscription figures have buoyed overall circulation, which sits at 101,444 as of June, 2015. Luxury lifestyle publisher Robb Report Media announced that COO Stephen Colvin will be the next CEO of the 40 year-old company, effective Monday, November 23. Current CEO Bill Curtis will shift to vice chairman of the board of directors, and will remain a consultant and a minority shareholder. Flagship title Robb Report has undergone an international expansion plan in recent years and is now available in nine languages in 14 international markets. Those numbers will grow in 2016, according to Colvin. “We plan to continue to grow and evolve by focusing on our four strategic areas: the evolution of our franchise brand, Robb Report magazine, our continued investment in digital, international development and experiential luxury,” Colvin tells Folio:.center_img Live events are another area in which Colvin will aim to grow the Robb Report brand. One of Robb Report’s first major initiatives under Colvin’s leadership will be the launch of Robb Gear, a new e-commerce platform designed to host a curated collection of luxury products for the brand’s active, enthusiast readers. To help leverage the magazine’s audience, the launch will be promoted in Robb Report’s upcoming December issue. “After 15 years building media companies, I’ve decided to focus on expanded board-level duties, along with a new consulting role here at Robb Report, in order to allow me time to develop other businesses,” said Curtis in an official release. “I am confident Robb Report is in good hands and Stephen is the right person to lead the company to the next level.” Colvin joined Robb Report in February and, as president of Robb Report Digital, has overseen the company’s digital operations. He was CEO of the Newsweek Daily Beast Company from 2009 to 2012 after spending two years as executive VP of CBS Interactive. He most recently served as executive in residence at Lerer Ventures.last_img read more

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12yearold girl to appear in Class 10 Bengal board exam

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) has allowed a 12-year-old girl — who never enrolled in school, and instead, studied at home — to sit for the Madhyamik Examination 2019 as an external candidate. WBBSE president Kalyanmoy Ganguly said Saifa Khatun qualified the eligibility test conducted by the WBBSE for external candidates in August, and her case was “unprecedented” in the history of Madhyamik Examination (Class 10 board examination) in the past two decades. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The minimum age to appear in the examination is 14, Ganguly said. Khatun, who hails from Howrah district, secured 52 per cent marks in the eligibility test, results of which were announced on October 11. Another board official said the girl’s father Mohammed Ainul had moved the WBBSE to allow her to sit for the Madhyamik Examination 2019. The last such instance of an external candidate appearing in the board examination before the minimum age was in the early 90s, the official said.last_img read more

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Going Going … Not Really Gone

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Days on the Market Home Home Prices Homebuyers homeowners HOUSING Inventory Listing Price Reduction Realtor.com 2019-01-03 Radhika Ojha The housing market continued to cool down in December with properties staying on the market for a longer time, especially in the large markets and 15 percent of listings seeing price reductions, according to a report by Realtor.com.The report indicated that while inventory increased by 5 percent across the nation, it rose by 10 percent in the larger markets in December. While homes sold at a pace of 80 days in December, three days faster than December 2017, the pace at which they’re selling is decelerating. “December 2017 saw homes sell six days faster compared to the previous year,” the report said.Nineteen of the top 45 metros saw properties spend more time on the market compared to December 2017 and included real estate in the hot housing markets of San Jose, California; Seattle, Washington; and Nashville, Tennessee. Homes in these markets spent 14, 10 and six more days on the markets respectively. In comparison, properties in Birmingham, Alabama; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Richmond, Virginia sold at the fastest pace at 12, 11, and 10 days respectively.Even as the median listing price grew 7 percent year-over-year to $289,000 in December, it was lower than the 8 percent listing price seen in December 2017. Despite the lower pricing, listings that saw price reductions increased to 15 percent in December compared with 13 percent in 2017 as home sellers adjusted their strategies in “slowing, pricey markets with growing availability of homes for sale.”The report found that some of the largest housing markets in the nation were driving these price reductions with 38 of the 45 top metros seeing an increase in such discounts. Charlotte, North Carolina, topped the list with the share of price reductions growing by 10 percent, from 14 percent in 2017 to 24 percent in December. It was followed by San Jose that saw an increase of 10 percent, Tampa (+9 percent), Phoenix (+9 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent).The steepest declines in median listing prices were seen in San Jose and San Francisco where listing prices declined by $130,000 and $33,000.Click here to read the full report. Going, Going … Not Really Gonecenter_img Share January 3, 2019 5,429 Views last_img read more

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Where to go on holiday in March

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While Sin City is best known for its glitzy casinos, there’s plenty to keep non-gamblers entertained too – whether it’s watching Cirque du Soleil, catching a 90’s supergroup live in concert or getting an adrenaline fix on the world’s highest thrill rides. With the wildflowers starting to bloom and the Aegean sparkling back to life, March is a wonderful time to visit the cradle of democracy. Athens is all about grand historic traditions with an chaotic edge – best seen in the hip Exarcheia neighbourhood, known for its anarchist bookshops and edgy bars. Best time to book flights to Muscat: 19 and 20 weeks before departureSaving: 7% on average flight prices from the UK to Muscat March is the perfect time to visit the Caribbean. It’s the month with the lowest rainfall and the weather is hot, with an average temperature of 29°C. Wherever you are on the ‘Friendly Island’, you’ll be assured a warm welcome and no shortage of fun: whether it’s horse riding, windsurfing or drowsing on a catamaran in the clear waters. Phnom Penh, Cambodia Best time to book flights to Valencia: 8 weeks before departureSaving: 14% on average flight prices from the UK to Valencia Where to stay in the Andaman Islands Best time to book flights to Athens: 6, 7 and 9 weeks before departureSaving: 8% on average flight prices from the UK to Athens The arrival of spring is super vibrant when you celebrate it in Delhi. Holi is a March holiday you – and your clothes – are unlikely to forget. People throw powdered paint, coloured water and confetti-like flower petals at each other in this raucous celebration of life. Here’s a full calendar of travel inspiration to help you plan your year. Where would you stay? One of the best things to see in Cambodia is the Angkor Archaeological Park, a complex of ancient temples belonging to the Khmer Empire – who dominated the area from the 9th to the 15th Century. No-one knows why these temples were abandoned, but strolling through the overgrown remains is guaranteed to make you feel like Lara Croft. If you don’t have time for the six hour bus ride or domestic flight to Siem Reap, you can explore the wonders of this ancient empire at Phnom Penh’s National Museum. Most accommodation in the Andaman Islands is on Havelock Island, a four hour boat ride from the airport at Port Blair. Luxury seekers will love a stay at the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, a complex of 50 villas which sit on stilts above the turquoise waters. Amenities include morning yoga by the Olympic length outdoor pool, guided rainforest walks, and a fine dining restaurant. If you’re on a tighter budget, head for the Symphony Palms Beach Resort – home to the oldest bar on the island. There are a few different takes on how the festival started. Many believe mischievous Lord Krishna started it all when he threw coloured water over a gaggle of milkmaids. Another version involves Prince Prahlad, Lord Vishnu and his (fire-resistant) aunt who tried to lure the Prince into a bonfire. Whichever interpretation you choose to believe, it basically comes down to good triumphing over evil and a hell of a lot of fun! ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Craving some heat along with your culture? Jet off to these southern cities where the sun shines year round and get your vitamin D fix early. Best time to book flights to Dublin: 20 weeks before departureSaving: 14% on average flight prices from the UK to Dublin Sample local flavours and get more from your trip with one of these fantastic March events around the world. Finish off your evening with a tipple in the Foreign Correspondents’ Club. Once a hub for aid workers and journalists during the country’s 13-year civil war, today it’s simply a laid back restaurant where you can watch the sun go down over the Tonlé Sap River. Average temperature: 15°C Average temperature: 31°C  Discover the island’s breathtaking scenery on the uphill track to Wilderness Beach on the northernmost point of the island, or if that’s too quiet for you head down to Orient Beach, grab a guavaberry rum and get your groove on to the steel bands. Average temperature: 21°C Where to stay in Muscat Average temperature: 34°C You get plenty of bang for your buck in Cambodia – the US dollar is the unofficial currency, and is often more readily accepted than the Cambodian Riel. Because of this, you can treat yourself to a stay in luxury accommodation like the LeBlanc Boutique Hotel. It has an indoor swimming pool where you can cool off after a long day of exploring, and the bar does a mean espresso martini. For a more local experience, look for hotels near the buzzing Russian Market. The Frangipani Living Arts Hotel is a great choice, and has one of the best rooftop views in the city. Con Dao, Vietnam If you really want to get away from it all, there are some unique desert hotels too. For example at Dunes by Al Nahda, you can treat yourself to some sand dune immersion – one of the world’s weirdest spa treatments. The tequila bar near the centre of town has a fantastic drink menu. The owners are a young couple who opened the bar a few years ago and are ready and willing to make any drink that your heart desires. The bar is situated outdoors with a lovely terrace to relax after a long day of walking. Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria Best time to book flights to Las Vegas: 22 and 24 weeks before departureSaving: 6% on average flight prices from the UK to Las Vegas 10 alternative city breaks for spring Sara Schiman from gregandsara.net gave us the low down on why this is the best place to go in March: Why will our readers love going there? Where would you go in Veliko Tarnovo? The festival centres around huge wooden monuments (Fallas) made of smaller models (ninots). These are set up in squares across the city, and each neighbourhood has its own guild of artists who are responsible for the design. They usually depict cultural events in a satirical way, or scenes of daily life in Valencia. Hotels in Las Vegas are an attraction in their own right, with casinos and signature shows drawing non-guests in their droves. If you don’t want to sleep where you play, a good place to get away from it all is the Waldorf Astoria. This non-smoking hotel has no casino – but does have luxurious amenities such as a massive spa, huge bathtubs and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the strip. It also has a swimming pool on the eighth floor deck, and an on-site French restaurant. How’s that for sophisticated? Best beaches to visit in March History buffs will be intrigued by the island’s dark past – it was a penal colony from 1862 until the Vietnam war ended in 1975. Over the past few years most visitors were government-sponsored groups of former Vietcong soldiers returning to pay their respects to colleagues buried on the island. But now, people are coming from further afield, attracted to Con Dao’s unspoilt natural environment. Who says it’s too early in the year for a beach holiday? These idyllic destinations will have you soaking up the sun and topping up your tan. This huge capital sprawls across chaotic, lively neighbourhoods, business districts and urban villages. There are hundreds of Delhi hotels, with some fantastic bargains to be had. Hotel Sunshine is a traveller favourite, with a homey feel and super cheap rooms (from just £12* per night). It’s hard to beat the location of Bloomrooms @ New Delhi Railway Station, and hard to miss the vibrant yellow modern design of this capsule hotel. Prices in Veliko Tarnovo are very reasonable and visitors should have no problem finding comfortable accommodation. For luxury travellers, the Yantra Grand Hotel offers stunning views of the fortress and has a fitness centre, spa, pool, and various restaurants on site. Budget travellers can rest easy in Bulgaria at local hostels like Hostel Mostel for around £12 per night. Any recommendations for bars, restaurants and cafes? Veliko Tarnovo is a great place for photographers, outdoor enthusiasts, and history buffs. The city is built into a mountain, so the views are incredible from almost everywhere in the city. There are plenty of places nearby to hike, explore, and even cliff jump, and there are a number of daily tours that dive into the rich history that Veliko Tarnovo has. Average temperature: 29°C Stay in the shadow of the Acropolis at the Hera Hotel, for good-value rooms (from £60*) a short stroll from the main attractions and metro station. Want to throw in a cheeky March beach holiday? Oasis Hotel Apartments is right on the coast, south of Athens in Glyfada, about a 20 minute drive or short train ride from the city. From the end of February until March 19th, Spain’s third-largest city goes wild for Las Fallas, a festival celebrated throughout the Valencia region to celebrate the end of winter and the revival of spring. *Updated October 2018. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability. Las Fallas, Valencia, Spain Muscat, Oman Hire a motorbike and head to Bai Nhat beach, which has some of the islands clearest waters, and stay late enough to catch the sun setting behind ‘Love Peak’ mountain. Trek through the thick forests, which are home to macaque monkeys and other local species. Around 80% of the island’s land area is part of Con Dao National Park, so there’s plenty of jungle to explore. Best time to book flights to Port Blair: 27 weeks before departureSaving: 21% on average flight prices from the UK to Port Blair Average temperature: 29°C Some of the best value hotels can be found to the north of the city centre, near the Dublin Writer’s Museum and Parnell Square. There are plenty of cosy B&Bs and small hotels to choose from, including the Belvedere Hotel. If you want to be within staggering distance of the festivities in Temple Bar, look south of the Liffey. The Fleet Street Hotel is in the heart of the action, and serves up an excellent Irish buffet breakfast to help you nurse your hangover. With French flair in the north, Dutch decadence in the south and Caribbean cool all over, St Maarten is a real triple threat destination. At just 34 square miles, this French/Dutch island is the smallest in the world to be divided between two nations – a historical quirk dating back to 1648. Where to stay in Athens Where to stay in Dublin In 2016, UNESCO added this unique celebration of spring to their Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. Try to arrive before the 14th of March to see the fallas in all their glory – they get set on fire and blaze for the final five days of the celebration. Andaman Islands, Bay of Bengal Athens, Greece March isn’t just start of spring, it’s also the beginning of shoulder season: when temperatures are warming up, tourist attractions are crowd-free and prices are generally lower. It’s an ideal time for a city break, and these destinations in particular are at their best. Dramatic cliffs, rolling hills and well-preserved coral reefs make this little spot off Vietnam’s southeast coast a dream destination. Despite being one of the most alluring island getaways in Southeast Asia – and that’s really saying something – Con Dao has managed to stay under the tourist radar. RelatedWhere’s hot in March?Spring hasn’t quite sprung, but it’s tantalisingly close. If you’re looking for a bit early sun, we’ve got plenty of suggestions, from the Dominican Republic to Morocco.The BEST time to holiday in the most popular destinationsDeciding when you should jet off can make or break a holiday. After weeks or months of planning, the last thing you want is a holiday plagued by monsoon rains or unbearable heat and crowds. Luckily for you, we’ve done the research and found the best times to visit all…A year-round Greek island holiday guide – where to go and whenIn partnership with Visit Greece You might think of the Greek islands as a summer destination. But thanks to a mild climate, laid back lifestyle and natural wonders, it’s worth a visit no matter the month. You can find peace in a balmy January on an island near Athens, or… What makes it such a great place to visit in March in particular? St. Martin/St. Maarten, Caribbean Where to stay in St Martin/St Maarten Best time to book flights to Phnom Penh: 19 weeks before departureSaving: 10% on average flight prices from the UK to Phnom Penh Six sizzling city breaks where spring feels like summer Where to stay in Delhi Average temperature: 32°C St. Patrick’s Day, Dublin, Ireland For the best views in the city, climb the Areopagus hill – where Saint Paul is said to have preached to the masses. There are plenty of amazing St Paddy’s parades around the world, but this year go straight to the source and check out the festivities in Dublin. For the five days surrounding March 17th, the city is decked in green and transforms into party central as locals and tourists raise a glass of Guinness to the man who (allegedly) drove the snakes out of Ireland back in the fifth century. The St Patrick’s Festival includes lots of main and fringe events, but the biggest attraction is the parade on the 17th, with lots of pyrotechnics, puppets and novelty hats. Afterwards join the crowds in the Temple Bar neighbourhood for some folk music, craic, and plenty of the black stuff. Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Take a wander through the Mutrah Souq, where weathered traders in flowing white robes sell frankincense, khanjar daggers, kumma caps and silver and gold jewellery. Stop for a cup of qahwa – the local coffee cardamom-flavoured coffee favoured by Sufi mystics. As you sip, contemplate a visit to the date-palm oases in the mountains or plan a night under the stars in the nearby Sharqiya (Wahiba) Sands desert. Best time to book flights to St Maarten: 14 weeks before departureSaving: 12% on average flight prices from the UK to St Maarten March is the perfect time to take a crash course in the city’s ancient culture, as the big sights are far less crowded. Kick off your trip at the Acropolis, home to the Parthenon temple. Dreamed up in the fifth century by the statesman Pericles, the building is a symbol of Western civilisation. After channelling your inner Narcissus with a few selfies, stroll downhill to the Acropolis Museum. This houses lots of statues and artefacts found in the Acropolis, but the Elgin Marbles are just a reproduction – the real thing is in London’s very own British Museum. NEXT: During March you can expect boisterous parties around St Patrick’s Day (March 17th), as every red-blooded American dons a “Kiss me, I’m Irish” T-shirt and quaffs their way through green lager. You’ll also have the chance to get involved in March Madness, when people flock to Vegas to bet on the NCAA College Basketball tournaments. Most bars put on free food and drink during the event, so even if you’re not having a punt it’s worth heading along to watch. Room prices on the island average £200 – £300, so it’s not exactly a budget destination. Unsurprisingly, resorts in this corner of the Caribbean are as luxurious as they come. Swim in the naturalised pools right next to the ocean at the Oyster Bay Beach Resort, just south of the French border. At the Marquis Boutique Hotel you can tuck into breakfast on your own private patio, overlooking Anse Marcel beach and the vibrant blue sea beyond. It’s only two miles from L’Espérance Airport, so a nice spot if you’re catching the red-eye home. After sunset on March 20th, locals will kick off the celebrations by lighting bonfires and throwing corn, coconut, flowers and chickpeas into the blaze. On the next day the multicoloured joy kicks in, with parades, feasts, dancing and fireworks. Festivities last a few days in March, and dates vary year to year. If you really don’t want the party to end, head three hours out of the city to Mathura and Vrindavan, the birthplace of Holi, where celebrations last for 40 days. Take lots of pictures, use a good moisturiser and don’t bring any designer white togs. If you want to be near all of Valencia’s attractions, look for hotels in the Ciutat Vella – the old town. The Melia Plaza Valencia is right on the main square, Plaza del Ayuntamiento, so if you don’t mind a bit of noise during the Fallas celebrations it’s the perfect base. For the budget conscious, the Russafa Youth Hostel is the perfect base. It’s in one of Valencia’s trendiest neighbourhoods and is a short stroll from the excitement of the city centre. With beds from £36 a night during the celebration, it’s easy on the pocket too. As the snow starts to melt, these cities – and their pavement cafés – start to come back to life. If you’re looking for a new place to check off your travel bucket list, these under-the-radar destinations are well worth a peek. Pastel pink cherry blossoms in Japan, blankets of bluebells in the UK and cute baby deer in Canada – we’ve put together a round-up of the most life-affirming places to go and things to see as nature springs back into life. Average temperature: 30°C Keep it closer to home with our roundup of the best British destinations for a spring holiday. From camping in Cornwall to strolling the cobbled streets of Edinburgh, there’s something for every type of traveller in our list. If you really want to get away from it all, the Andaman Islands are a dream come true. Set in the Bay of Bengal – closer to Myanmar than India – this archipelego of paradise islands is about as remote as they come. Swim with angelfish in crystal clear waters, sink your toes into the clean white sands, or simply ponder the fact that these islands were completely isolated from the world until the British colonised them in the 19th Century. Today more people are visiting – from daring backpackers to celebrities hiding from the paparazzi – so go now while the beaches are still fairly empty. Las Vegas, USA *Skyscanner looked at 250 million exits on flights over a three-year period to make the data as robust and accurate as possible. Our overall results should be considered as a guide for travellers. While Skyscanner has identified the average flight prices and best time to book, there will never be one date where it can guarantee that flight prices will be at their cheapest. However, there are clear trends we can see that are useful to show travellers. Average temperature: 10°C The Middle East does luxury like nowhere else, and the Chedi Muscat is an excellent example. This opulent complex has water features, a calming zen design, its own private beach and some sunken spa baths. Prices are lower if you stay outside the city, with cheap and cheerful accommodation options like the Pioneer Hotel Apartments. Just over 3 miles from Muscat centre, they have beautiful surroundings – ask for a third floor mountain view apartment and you’ll see what we mean. Or if you’d rather stay in the city, make time in your itinerary for the 15 best things to see and do in Delhi. Where to stay in Valencia More tips for spring trips here: In March, Bulgaria celebrates Martenitsa, a pagan tradition of giving close friends and family members a small, red and white wool doll, symbolizing good health. The threads are gifted on the first of March and are worn until the wearer sees a sign of spring. At this point, the threads are removed and hung on trees. In Veliko Tarnovo, the old walking paths are covered with red and white threads during the month of March, making the aged streets even more beautiful. Backed by the dramatic Al Hajar mountain range and gently lapped by the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Oman, Muscat is one of Arabia’s most beautiful destinations. Unlike Dubai and Abu Dhabi, with their glitzy high rises, the capital of Oman is mostly low-rise whitewashed buildings with intricately carved stonework. The occasional gold minaret pierces the skyline, with regular calls to prayer enhancing the evocative atmosphere. PREVIOUS: The Tsarevets Fortress is a must-see during a trip to Veliko Tarnovo, and if timed right can be paired with a sound and light show from the top of the city. There are a number of fantastic day trips from Veliko Tarnovo as well, such as visiting one of the largest monasteries in Bulgaria, the Transfiguration Monestary, or cooling off at the Kapinovski Waterfall just outside the city. Situated near the centre of Bulgaria lies the second-century capital, Veliko Tarnovo. Often referred to as the “City of Tsars”, Veliko Tarnovo has a history of over 7,000 years. From the subtle details of the old town to the breathtaking views found throughout the city, Veliko Tarnovo is a place that feels as if you’ve stepped back in time. 6 of the world’s most amazing natural wonders to see in spring The island’s first luxury hotel, Six Senses Con Dao, opened in 2010 and is still one of the most prestigious places to stay on the island. Guests get their own villas with private infinity pools, outdoor showers and breathtaking ocean views. If your budget doesn’t quite stretch that far – rooms go for around £600 per night – there are plenty of guesthouses and locally run hotels charging as little as £17 per night. Weather data provided by Weather2Travel. Best time to book flights to Ho Chi Minh City: 12 weeks before departureSaving: 6% on average flight prices from the UK to Ho Chi Minh City Average temperature: 19°C Holi, Delhi, India Where to stay in Las Vegas Best city breaks in March Phnom Penh is a beguiling mix of stately colonial buildings – a reminder of the country’s time as French Indochina – and sombre memorials to the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror. It’s tough going, but make time for a trip to the Killing Fields memorial and the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum. It’s important to bear witness to the country’s dark past, and understand the resilience of the country’s hospitable and gentle people. Where to stay in Con Dao Spring breaks: the best family holidays in the UK You’ll also see people dressed in traditional costumes – these are the Falleras and Falleros, young women and men who have been chosen to represent their neighbourhood. Where to stay in Phnom Penh Best time to book flights to New Delhi: 17 and 18 weeks before departureSaving: 3% on average flight prices from the UK to New Delhilast_img read more

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