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Rollout of 5G in US POSTPONED hours before switch-on over fears it could interfere with aeroplanes

Rollout of 5G in US POSTPONED hours before switch-on over fears it could interfere with aeroplanes

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What are US airlines worried about and could British planes be affected?The debate about whether 5G has the potential to interfere with crucial aeroplane instruments is intense and unresolved. What are the airlines worried about?Airlines are concerned that the new 5G network could affect aircraft instruments including altimeters, which measure a plane's distance from the ground. This is because both the new 5G network and the altimeters will operate at a similar wavelength. What are the networks saying?AT&T and Verizon say there is no evidence their new network will interfere with aircraft operating systems. They have previously delayed the rollout to allow for more research to take place.  What is the view in the UK and Europe?5G is not seen as a problem for ...
Why a Stranded Barge Has Become a Popular Vancouver Photo Spot

Why a Stranded Barge Has Become a Popular Vancouver Photo Spot

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Every local media outlet has latched onto the barge story line. In December, requests on social media were made to decorate the barge with Christmas lights (it didn’t happen). Memes, like the barge photoshopped as Vancouver’s next luxury condo building — a dig at the city’s notoriously unaffordable housing market, are mass circulated on social media. There is even a popular barge parody Twitter account.“In Vancouver, we have a unique sense of humor, a unique sense of levity, if you will,” said Donnie Rosa, the general manager of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.In fact, the Park Board, which, in 2014, famously approved the renaming of “Guelph Park” in the trendy Mount Pleasant neighborhood just south of downtown to “Dude Chilling Park,” in honor of an art sculpture that looked l...

UK holidays: Why Cornwall’s a cracker – whatever the season 

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We thump our foam boards down on Porthmeor Beach. Shrink-wrapped in a quartet of borrowed wetsuits, we're warm, despite a steady drizzle and temperatures the wrong side of ten degrees. Our chirpy St Ives Surf School instructor, Giacomo (there are no waves in Rome, so here he is), briefs us on the basics. 'Turn your back on the wave, lie belly-down on the board, look straight ahead and paddle, paddle, paddle! When the wave takes you, move to your standing position and head for shore.'Sounds so easy, doesn't it? And, on the beach at least, it is. In fact, with stances off pat, we are extremely good at faux-surfing, dude. Trouble is, 20 yards beyond us the sea looks almost alive and Giacomo calls the ferocious, white-crested ocean 'solid'. I ponder whether it's too late to sidestep Mother Nat...
Workers at Heathrow threaten to strike during February school holidays

Workers at Heathrow threaten to strike during February school holidays

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Travel firms are braced for a 'sucker punch' as workers at Heathrow threaten to strike during next month's school holidays. More than 400 employees of airport services company Menzies are being balloted for strike action.  Turbulence: More than 400 employees of airport services company Menzies, which carries out baggage handling and refuelling for major airlines, are being balloted for strike actionUnite general secretary Sharon Graham said staff are struggling after 'a two year pay freeze' and cost of living rises – and now need a pay rise. The staff provide two services – handling baggage for airlines including Lufthansa and Aer Lingus; and refuelling planes for British Airways. The poll will close on January 27 and potential industrial action could ...
Can a Gay Cruise Keep 5,500 People Safe Amid Covid?

Can a Gay Cruise Keep 5,500 People Safe Amid Covid?

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Out of the 2,700 rooms sold, Mr. Campbell said only 35 have been canceled since Jan. 1.For guests who cannot travel because of government restrictions or lockdowns, Atlantis is showing more flexibility and issuing credits for future cruises, Mr. Campbell said. Because of the fast-changing circumstances of the pandemic, he said, the company is approaching cancellation requests on a case-by-case basis and trying to accommodate as many people as possible.“We are here to take care of people and we are doing our best,” he said. “But if someone comes to us and just says they want their money back, because they don’t feel comfortable going on the cruise, then we recommend that they take out ‘cancel for any reason’ travel insurance.”Updated Jan. 15, 2022, 11:10 a.m. ETSince restarting operati...
UK daycations: Why checking into a hotel for a day is just the ticket if you need a quick pick-me-up

UK daycations: Why checking into a hotel for a day is just the ticket if you need a quick pick-me-up

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Stripping off isn’t normally the first thing I do after checking into a hotel.But within moments of entering my room in The Edwardian Manchester, my clothes are swapped for a bikini and I slip into the beige, waffle bathrobe hanging in the cupboard. It’s soft, oversized and snuggly, and will do nicely for the next few hours.A new travel trend has emerged from the pandemic and I’ve come to see what the fuss is about. Ten years ago, a French start-up began the online hotel booking platform Dayuse allowing guests to make daytime reservations at luxury hotels for a fraction of their nightly cost — a bargain for the consumer and an additional revenue stream for the hotel. Hotel life: Jo enjoys room service at The Edwardian Manchester as part of her 'daycation' And while booking a 9...
Spain holidays: Why a riding and glamping trip through the wilds of Andalucia is an epic adventure 

Spain holidays: Why a riding and glamping trip through the wilds of Andalucia is an epic adventure 

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Cowboys and Andalucia may not seem a perfect fit. But as I saddle up in the Sierra Norte de Sevilla, a protected wilderness of rolling green hills, I start to feel like one of the celebrated bandits who once roamed the region.Inland Andalucia is far removed from the Costa del Sol, with dozens of immense mountain ranges running through its eight provinces. With some 34 ,000 square miles of countryside (making it Spain’s second biggest region), it has many highlights, including Jaen’s Cazorla mountains, Granada’s Sierra Nevada and Malaga’s Serrania de Ronda.But the 280-mile-long Sierra Morena that cuts through four provinces from Huelva to Jaen takes some beating. A lost pocket of rural Europe, dozens of Golden and Imperial eagles patrol its skies, while growing numbers of wolves and Ib...
The new Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Photographs show the stunning ‘1,000 Trees’ building in China

The new Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Photographs show the stunning ‘1,000 Trees’ building in China

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It’s architecture that has branched out to stunning effect.These photographs show the breathtaking ‘1,000 Trees’ building, set along Suzhou Creek in Shanghai, China, that has been likened to the ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon’ thanks to its facade of illuminated hanging and standing plants.The 15-acre retail complex recently opened to the public and, with 1,000 living, breathing trees in place, was able to live up to its name from the off. But the greenery doesn't stop there - eventually, it will also be smothered in 250,000 plants, approximately 125,000 of which have already been planted.  A photograph shows the breathtaking ‘1,000 Trees’ building that is set along the Suzhou Creek in Shanghai, China British architecture firm Heatherwick Studio, which is jointly beh...
Amtrak Pays $2 Million to Passengers With Disabilities Who Faced Obstacles at Stations

Amtrak Pays $2 Million to Passengers With Disabilities Who Faced Obstacles at Stations

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Amtrak has paid more than $2 million to over 1,500 people with disabilities whom it discriminated against at nearly 80 train stations across the country, from Tuscaloosa to Topeka, the Justice Department announced on Wednesday.The payments are the first of several actions mandated by a settlement reached last year between the railroad and the Justice Department that requires Amtrak to rectify persistent barriers across its rail system to those with disabilities.Obstacles included narrow waiting areas, parking spaces without signs marking them as accessible, steep inclines for passenger platforms and track crossings, and toilets that didn’t accommodate wheelchairs, according to a lawsuit that the Justice Department brought against Amtrak alleging that those “failures” caused continued harm ...
Luxury holidays: The world’s top 100 hotel suites in 2022 revealed

Luxury holidays: The world’s top 100 hotel suites in 2022 revealed

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If the best won't do for a hotel room, if only the best of the best will cut the mustard, look no further. Lifestyle magazine Elite Traveler has drawn up a list of the 100 best hotel suites in the world for 2022, suites where luxury is taken to the next level and beyond.The ranking includes a £22,000-a-night suite in Paris that features an exact replica of a bed in Marie Antoinette's quarters, lodges set on an eroded volcanic crater in Rwanda, a room in a Scottish hotel described as an 'opulent extravaganza' and a four-floor chalet in Colorado costing a cool £33,000 ($45,500) a night.This year, though, eco-credentials have been taken into account.Elite Traveler says: 'Only the very best have been selected for our annual Top 100 Suites – as featured in the print edition of El...