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News: Dusit International signs on for operate dusitD2 Vung Tau, Vietnam

Suphajee Suthumpun, group chief executive, Dusit International, centre right, signs on the for the new property Dusit International has signed a management agreement with Ha Dat Company to operate dusitD2 Vung Tau, the first dusitD2 branded property in Vietnam. The hotel is slated to open in quarter two of 2018. Situated approximately 90 kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City in the south of Vietnam, Vung Tau is the former capital of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province and is spectacularly located on a peninsula with extensive beaches. Vung Tau serves as a…

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Google Maps adds the International Space Station

The International Space Station has become the first “off planet” addition to Google Maps’ Street View facility. Astronauts helped capture 360-degree panoramas of the insides of the ISS modules, as well as views down to the Earth below. Some of the photography features pop-up text descriptions, marking the first time such annotations have appeared on the Maps platform. This is not the first time 360-degree imagery has been captured beyond Earth. In 2015, the European Space Agency published its own interactive tour of the ISS. And last year Nasa repurposed…

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News: UNWTO: International tourist arrivals continue to boom

International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by six per cent in January-April of 2017 compared to the same period last year, with business confidence reaching its highest levels in a decade. Sustained growth in most major destinations and a steady rebound in others drove results. Prospects for May-August 2017 remain high. Destinations worldwide received 369 million international tourists (overnight visitors) in the first four months of the year, 21 million more than in the same months of 2016, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. The January-April period usually represents…

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Crystal Palace eye deal for Barcelona and Netherlands international goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen

Jasper Cillessen was Barcelona’s backup stopper last season Friday, July 7, 2017 Crystal Palace are ready to make a move for Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen. The 28-year-old only joined the Spanish giants last summer from Ajax for an initial fee of around £11.5m. However, the Dutchman has been restricted to appearances in cup competitions for Barca and he played just once in La Liga last season. That has forced Cillessen to consider his future and, according to AS, Palace are ready to offer him a way out. New Eagles boss…

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Manchester International Festival: Putting women in control of the world

What If Women Ruled The World? That’s the title of a show bringing together actresses and experts to explore whether women can come up with better solutions to the planet’s problems than men. “I absolutely do think the world would be a better place if women ruled it.” That’s Vicky Featherstone, who is the artistic director of the Royal Court, London’s leading theatre for new plays. “I absolutely do,” she continues. “I think there would be different conversations.” She’s directing What If Women Ruled The World?, a live performance-discussion event…

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UK to withdraw from international fishing arrangement

The government is to end an arrangement that allows other countries to fish in UK waters, it has been announced. The convention allows Irish, Dutch, French, German and Belgian vessels to fish within six and 12 nautical miles of UK coastline. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the move would help take back control of fishing access to UK waters. But Greenpeace said ending the arrangement would not alone improve the future of the UK’s fishing industry. The London Fisheries Convention sits alongside the EU Common Fisheries Policy, which allows all…

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