Travel guide charge – We Are Africa http://we-are-africa.org/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 11:05:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://we-are-africa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Travel guide charge – We Are Africa http://we-are-africa.org/ 32 32 TRAVUT opens a travel information service, Handy Info Center, which provides highly reliable travel information through real-time chat with locals https://we-are-africa.org/travut-opens-a-travel-information-service-handy-info-center-which-provides-highly-reliable-travel-information-through-real-time-chat-with-locals/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 07:47:00 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/travut-opens-a-travel-information-service-handy-info-center-which-provides-highly-reliable-travel-information-through-real-time-chat-with-locals/ Seoul, South Korea, November 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — TRAVUT Travel Platform Released by REDBIK Co., Ltd Opens Real-time Travel Information Service, Practical information centerto provide travelers with the right travel information at the right time. Practical information center is open to all international travelers to Korea or planning to visit Korea for free. It is […]]]>

Seoul, South Korea, November 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — TRAVUT Travel Platform Released by REDBIK Co., Ltd Opens Real-time Travel Information Service, Practical information centerto provide travelers with the right travel information at the right time.

Practical information center is open to all international travelers to Korea or planning to visit Korea for free. It is a chat-based travel assistant service that responds flexibly in various circumstances, allowing travelers to request their travel needs such as directions and pricing information in emergency situations. ’emergency.

TRAVUT started with private tour services focusing on its “Local Guide Matching” business. It is always difficult to get instant information from Google or other map apps, especially after COVID-19, many foreign travelers so far get out-of-date information from Korean portal sites or social media. Indeed, TRAVUT revealed that the main requests for Practical information center include restaurant dress expectations, whether halal restaurants are still open after COVID-19, transportation, K-beauty shops, and spa and massage reservations.

In addition, TRAVUT not only offers its “Local Guide Matching” service, but also a travel curation service for guests of 27 hotels, including five stars. Providing services in English for now, TRAVUT plans to offer various languages ​​such as Chinese and Arabic.

TRAVUT, which offers on-demand P2P (Peer to Peer) travel services to individual travellers, will expand its business to South East Asia next year based on the actual database of VIP travelers from the UNITED STATESthe Middle Eastand Europe.

For more details, see the application downloadable from the link,
Google Play Store (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.travutspottraveler) and
Apple Appstore (https://apps.apple.com/kr/app/travut-travel-info-guides/id1513076313).

REDBIK Co., Ltd. / Rachel Yi / 82-2-784-0927

SOURCE REDBIK

]]>
Disney to begin layoffs, targeted hiring freezes and travel restrictions https://we-are-africa.org/disney-to-begin-layoffs-targeted-hiring-freezes-and-travel-restrictions/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 22:23:38 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/disney-to-begin-layoffs-targeted-hiring-freezes-and-travel-restrictions/ Disney will begin layoffs, implement a targeted hiring freeze and limit corporate travel as part of a broad cost-cutting campaign announced to management on Friday. In a note obtained by Variety, which was sent to top executives on Friday afternoon, Disney CEO Bob Chapek wrote, “I fully realize this will be a difficult process for […]]]>

Disney will begin layoffs, implement a targeted hiring freeze and limit corporate travel as part of a broad cost-cutting campaign announced to management on Friday.

In a note obtained by Variety, which was sent to top executives on Friday afternoon, Disney CEO Bob Chapek wrote, “I fully realize this will be a difficult process for many of you and your teams. We are going to have to make difficult and uncomfortable decisions. But that is exactly what leadership requires, and I thank you in advance for stepping up at this important time. Our company has overcome many challenges over its 100-year history, and I am confident that we will achieve our goals and create a more agile company that is better suited to the environment of tomorrow.

More Variety

The layoffs and cost-cutting news come four days after Disney reported rough third-quarter results and a lackluster fourth-quarter guidance, which sent the company’s stock plummeting to its lowest price. in more than two years.

As the company saw Disney+ subscriptions significantly beat Wall Street expectations, Disney reported an operating loss for its streaming segment of $1.47 billion for the quarter ended October 1, 2022. about $800 million more than the prior year period. Revenue rose 8% to $4.9 billion, which the company attributed to higher losses at Disney+ and ESPN+ and weaker results at Hulu. Meanwhile, revenue from Disney’s linear television networks (pay TV and broadcast) fell 5% in the quarter.

Chapek wrote on Friday that these “cost management efforts,” which he and Disney chief financial officer Christine McCarthy alluded to during the earnings call, and which are “taking place against a backdrop of economic uncertainty” affecting all of Hollywood, “will help us achieve the important goal of achieving profitability for Disney+ in fiscal year 2024 and making us a more efficient and agile company overall.

Disney representatives did not immediately respond to Varietyrequest for comment.

See Chapek’s memo in full below.

Disney executives-

As we begin fiscal 2023, I want to communicate directly with you about the cost management efforts that Christine McCarthy and I mentioned on this week’s earnings call. These efforts will help us both achieve the important goal of achieving profitability for Disney+ in fiscal year 2024 and make us a more efficient and agile company overall. This work is taking place against a backdrop of economic uncertainty that all businesses and our industry face.

Although some macroeconomic factors are beyond our control, to achieve these goals we must all continue to do our part to manage the things we can control, including our costs. You will all have a vital role to play in this effort, and as senior leaders, I know you will succeed.

To be clear, I am confident in our ability to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves, and in this management team to get us there.

To guide us on this journey, I have established a cost structure task force comprised of senior executives: our Chief Financial Officer, Christine McCarthy and our General Counsel, Horacio Gutierrez. With me, this team will make the important decisions necessary to achieve our goals.

We are not starting this work from scratch and have already defined several next steps, which I wanted you to hear from me directly.

First, we undertook a rigorous review of the company’s content and marketing spend in conjunction with our content managers and their teams. While we don’t sacrifice the quality or strength of our unrivaled synergy machine, we must ensure that our investments are both effective and deliver tangible benefits to both the public and the company.

Second, we are limiting headcount additions through a targeted hiring freeze. Hiring for the small subset of the most critical and business-focused positions will continue, but all other roles are on hold. Your segment managers and HR teams have more specific details on how this will apply to your teams.

Third, we are reviewing our SG&A costs and have determined that there is room for improved efficiency, as well as an opportunity to transform the organization to be more agile. The task force will drive this work in partnership with segment teams to achieve both cost savings and organizational improvements. During this evaluation process, we will review all operational and workforce opportunities to find savings, and we anticipate some staff reductions as part of this review. In the immediate future, business travel should now be limited to essential travel only. In-person or off-site work sessions requiring travel will require prior approval and review from a member of your leadership team (i.e., a direct report from the Segment President or General Manager of the company). Whenever possible, these meetings should take place virtually. Attendance at conferences and other external events will also be restricted and will require the approval of a member of your management team.

Our transformation is designed to ensure we thrive not just today, but well into the future – and you’ll hear more from our task force in the weeks and months ahead.

I am fully aware that this will be a difficult process for many of you and your teams. We are going to have to make difficult and uncomfortable decisions. But that is exactly what leadership requires, and I thank you in advance for stepping up at this important time. Our company has overcome many challenges over its 100-year history, and I am confident that we will achieve our goals and create a more agile company that is better suited to the environment of tomorrow.

Thanks again for your leadership.

-Bob

The best of variety

Subscribe to the Variety newsletter. For the latest news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Click here to read the full article.

]]>
Activities and recreation in Middleburg Virginia https://we-are-africa.org/activities-and-recreation-in-middleburg-virginia/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 15:29:12 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/activities-and-recreation-in-middleburg-virginia/ Jay Hubbard From Woodstock, Vermont, to Solvang, California, there’s no shortage of charming Christmas towns across the United States to add to your to-do list this holiday season. One that may not be on your radar, but absolutely should be? Middleburg, Virginia. Founded in 1787 by Revolutionary War Lt. Col. Leven Powell, who bought the […]]]>

Jay Hubbard

From Woodstock, Vermont, to Solvang, California, there’s no shortage of charming Christmas towns across the United States to add to your to-do list this holiday season. One that may not be on your radar, but absolutely should be? Middleburg, Virginia. Founded in 1787 by Revolutionary War Lt. Col. Leven Powell, who bought the land from George Washington’s first cousin, this charming village (population: 670) serves up an old-fashioned Christmas in the heart of Christmas country. horses and hunting in Virginia.

In Middleburg, the Christmas spirit is infused into virtually every aspect of the town once December rolls around. Whether you’re browsing the shelves of the year-round Christmas Shop, sipping hot toddy in the beautifully decorated lobby of the Salamander Resort, or admiring the hounds and riders on horseback in the Hunt & Hounds Parade Review, even the grumpiest of visitors will feel their hearts grow as they experience the festivities. (Seriously, how can you attend a Christmas parade with a “Corgi Corps” and not smile!?)

The best of all? Middleburg is just ninety minutes west of Washington, DC, so it’s very easy to get to once you arrive in the nation’s capital. (Charge those phone batteries on the way out, though, because once you get to town, you’ll find more Christmas decorating inspiration in the country than you know what to do with.) Read on for the best things to do in Middleburg , Virginia around Christmas, including cozy restaurants, festive shops, historic bed and breakfasts and more.

Advertising – Continue Reading Below

Bring some Christmas cheer to your morning meal with oversized scones and Peppermint Patty Hot Chocolates from Cuppa Gidy Up, a family roast.

Secure your spot along Washington Street for the Middleburg Hunt & Hounds Review. Scheduled for December 3, this cherished Christmas tradition sees members of the Middleburg Hunt Club trotting through town with dozens of loyal dogs by their side. Later in the day, the Middleburg Christmas Parade serves up a regular procession of antique fire trucks, festive floats, and a “Corgi Corps” of dogs dressed in holiday attire. Santa Claus brings up the rear in a horse-drawn carriage.

Detour to a delicatessen Locke’s Shop to Millwood for a deli counter lunch of tomato basil soup and chicken club sandwiches in a circa-1800s brick storefront. Back in Middleburg, King Street Oyster Bar offers seafood dishes suitable for the end of the year celebrations.

To compound nature, Jenn Pinneau keeps her cozy garden store stocked with artisan gardening tools and unique hand-strung wreaths adorned with magnolias and feathers. (Every November, she also hosts a wreath-making workshop.) Pick and cut your own tree—or just stop to enjoy the fresh smell of 36,000 Douglas fir and Colorado blue spruce trees— at 42 Snickers Gap Tree Farm.

Warm up after a day outdoors at the Mount Defiance Cider Mill, where small-batch hard cider (pictured), brandy and vermouth are all distilled from Virginia apples. To Greenhill Vineyards, the delicious Merlots and Chenin Blancs are made exclusively from Virginia grapes.

Open all year, The Christmas sleigh (pictured) is a destination for old-world holiday decor, including Christian Ulbricht nutcrackers, Wilhelm Schweizer pewter ornaments and Wendt & Kuhn mechanical music boxes. Antique dealers will want to enter American thistle for unique equestrian finds, including antique weathervanes and piggy banks.

At six acres National Sports Library and Museum, founded in 1954, visitors can explore the heritage and history of fox hunting, steeplechase and many other classic hunting pastimes.

Former Bergdorf Goodman buyer Wendy Osborn (pictured) keeps her shop Chloe from Middleburg filled with top-notch goodies (think: pima cotton pajamas, pet sweaters, and faux fur-covered ice scrapers). Led by former six-term mayor of Middleburg, Betsy Allen Davis, and her sister Page, The fun shop offers barware, children’s books and lots of fox-themed finds for the whole family.

Vintage enthusiasts across the region make it a point to purchase tickets well in advance of the annual rendezvous Holiday home Lucketts in Leesburg, where Suzanne Eblen and Amy Whyte are transforming a 3,000 square foot farmhouse piece by piece into a Christmas wonderland.

At the beloved “bustaurant” Johnny Monarch’s in nearby Marshall, you’ll order comfort food favorites (Meatloaf! Chicken Spedie! Fried Bologna!) from a ‘962 double-decker coach, then enjoy the music live in an outdoor dining area

Founded in 1728, the charming Red Fox Inn and Tavern (pictured) is believed to be America’s oldest continuously operated inn. BET co-founder, Sheila Johnson Salamander Resort is on the outskirts of town, but doesn’t skimp on the Christmas spirit. Expect decadent brunches, holiday-themed cooking classes, and cocktails with Cupcake the Miniature Horse in the beautifully decorated main lobby.

12

Explore even more small towns!

Advertising – Continue Reading Below

]]>
The memo | Forbes: Charge faster than Tesla; Setting and daylight saving time kill deer https://we-are-africa.org/the-memo-forbes-charge-faster-than-tesla-setting-and-daylight-saving-time-kill-deer/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/the-memo-forbes-charge-faster-than-tesla-setting-and-daylight-saving-time-kill-deer/ The unlikely victim of summer time Getty The memo is Forbes’ global weekly newsletter featuring the latest future trends, entrepreneurship and sustainability. Sent on Saturdays, it also includes everything you need to start your weekend, from must-have podcasts to new book releases and more. register here. The future of work Women make up the majority […]]]>

The memo is Forbes’ global weekly newsletter featuring the latest future trends, entrepreneurship and sustainability.

Sent on Saturdays, it also includes everything you need to start your weekend, from must-have podcasts to new book releases and more. register here.

The future of work

Women make up the majority of the world’s graduate workforce, yet employers still struggle to retain them, let alone promote them to leadership positions. The same old barriers to success remain: flexible working (or lack thereof) is holding back another generation of talented female leaders.

This week saw the launch of The best women-friendly companies in the worldForbes’ annual global ranking of companies that help women thrive. As Lorraine Hariton, President and CEO of Catalyst, a global nonprofit accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion, puts it:

“It’s more impactful for women, but I like to say that workplaces that work for women work for everyone.”

5 things we learned

New material could remove CO2 from coal-fired power plants. Aluminum fornate has shown the potential to filter and separate harmful gases emitted from coal-fired power plants. The technology is in its infancy but could be transformative in the developing world, where coal continues to be an important fuel source.

The wrong people use wearables. According to a new study from the American Heart Association, people with cardiovascular disease and over the age of 50 are the least likely to benefit from fitness trackers and smartwatches. Market leaders Apple and Fitbit are investigating the potential longer-term benefits of using wearables to improve health. The

UK’s newest EV charger is almost 50% faster than Tesla’s Supercharger. Braintree near London is home to next-generation chargers that can add 100 miles of range in less than 5 minutes. The catch: there are very few cars on the market that can charge that fast.

Netflix can choose your next vacation for you. “Setjetting” is the next big thing in travel – the new term for how our streaming habits now influence our travel decisions. From the colonial locations of The Crown to Daejeon, the backdrop of The Squid Game, What We Watch Online is rewriting the rules of travel.

DST is linked to nearly 37,000 deer deaths. The annual clock change is linked to an increase in car accidents, killing more than 30 people each year and ending the lives of tens of thousands of bambi’s besties.

Good

New RSV vaccine shows promising results. After malaria, RSV is the biggest killer of young infants in the world. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has asked regulators for approval to roll out the new vaccine later this year. Children’s hospitals across America and Europe are struggling to cope with an increase in RSV infections after the closures.

The bad

Shanghai Disneyland guests were locked in the park. Customers were reportedly barred from leaving until they provided a negative test result, after tough restrictions were announced. The resort remains closed to new guests until further notice. Locked up in Disneyland, a dream for some, a real nightmare for others.

register here to receive The Memo newsletter in your inbox every Saturday.

Do

Forbes Health Summit 2022. Join Forbes at the world’s most influential health event as we hear from the world’s most influential leaders in health, medicine, science, technology and business to discuss the breakthroughs and new patient-centered models. December 8, 2022, apply to attend.

look

Treat trains like planes. The rise of the low-cost airline has taken the travel industry by storm, making it the most affordable and intuitive way to travel across Europe and beyond. But for the first time in a long time, the European rail strategy is undergoing a fundamental change. Wendover Productions, free to watch worldwide.

Listen

Workplace monitoring. Across all industries and income brackets, technology allows employers to electronically monitor the activity and productivity of their workforce. But what does this reveal about our way of working? The Daily, available to listen worldwide.

Lily

The 21st Century Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide. We are living in the most prosperous time in our history, yet despite this, loneliness, depression, chronic illnesses and skyrocketing suicide rates continue to plague our society. But what causes this dichotomy and how do we react? Wallet, from $28.00.

To taste

Udon Taxi. Japan’s capital of udon, Kagawa has more than 700 restaurants specializing in udon. But if you’re struggling to decide where to go, the Udon Taxi excursion service will take you from restaurants to secret gems you’ll never find on your own.

]]>
Earn 30% more Air Canada Aeroplan points https://we-are-africa.org/earn-30-more-air-canada-aeroplan-points/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 14:36:41 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/earn-30-more-air-canada-aeroplan-points/ This article contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to these products. The content of this page is accurate as of the date of publication; however, some of the offers mentioned may have expired. For more information, see our Advertising Disclosure. Sending […]]]>
This article contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to these products. The content of this page is accurate as of the date of publication; however, some of the offers mentioned may have expired. For more information, see our Advertising Disclosure.

Sending your Chase Points from cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or the Chase Sapphire Reserve® directly to Chase transfer partners is one of the best ways to use them – especially when you can earn bonus miles in the process. And it’s one of the biggest (and most powerful) bonuses we’ve seen.

Until November 30, you’ll earn 30% more miles by transferring Chase Points to Air Canada Aeroplan. Aeroplan is one of the best mileage programs on the planet – and not just for traveling with Air Canada. You can use it to book cheap United award tickets to Hawaii and back, business class flights to Europe from 60,000 miles one-way or to Asia from 55,000 miles one-way, or book flights on over 50 airlines to get you almost anywhere on the globe.

A 30% bonus makes this case even stronger: transferring 50,000 Chase Points earns you 65,000 Aeroplan Points. This bonus first appeared on cardholders’ accounts over the weekend, but it’s actually working now, just in time for the start of November.

Read our complete guide on how (and where!) to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points!

Think of transfer awards as an easy way to earn free miles…and who’s to say no to that? Chase is also offering a 30% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic, although this ends on November 12.

These transfers are one-way – once you’ve sent them to an airline or hotel, you can’t get them back to your Chase account – so you should almost never transfer points without a specific purpose in mind, even with a big bonus. like this one.

Luckily for you, there are great ways to use your Aeroplan points. We’ll take a look.

How to transfer points to Aeroplan

Before the “where” and “why”, let’s get to the “how” – as in, how can you transfer Chase Points to Aeroplan and get that bonus? It’s easy and it works like all other Chase transfer partners.

To get started, be sure to create a free Aeroplan account if you don’t already have one. From there, you will need to log into your Chase account and access your Ultimate Rewards portal. Once you’ve done that, go to the “Transfer to Travel Partners” page pictured below.

chase aeroplan transfer partner

From there, scroll down and select Aeroplan from the list of over a dozen options. You’ll need to enter your Aeroplan account information, if you haven’t already. Once done, you can enter the number of Chase Points you wish to transfer to Aeroplan.

Unfortunately, Chase does not automatically calculate how many points you will get after taking into account this 30% bonus. Simply multiply your points by 1.3: 50,000 x 1.3 = 65,000 Aeroplan points, for example. Or, if you know you need a certain number of miles to book a ticket with Aeroplan, divide that number by 1.3…and be prepared to round to the nearest thousand.

Let’s say you need 60,000 Aeroplan points to book a United Polaris business class seat from Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) to London-Heathrow (LHR). With this calculation, 60,000 / 1.3 = 46,153, which means you will need to transfer 47,000 Chase Points to Aeroplan.

chase aeroplan transfer partner

Chase transfers to Aeroplan are usually instant – and award miles should also arrive in your account instantly.

Best Ways to Redeem Aeroplan Points

We could talk again and again about all the ways to use Aeroplan points and maximize that transfer bonus.

It is one of the most powerful and versatile airline programs in the world, allowing you to book flights on dozens of Star Alliance partners as well as a growing number of other partner airlines including Etihad, Oman Air, Gulf Air and many more. After a big change a few years ago, you won’t pay hefty cash fees on award redemptions anymore – plus you can add layovers to almost any award ticket for just an extra 5,000 points.

This list could go a lot longer, but here are a few highlights that get even sweeter with that 30% bonus.

Round-trip flights to Hawaii for 20,000 points

Most airline award charts treat Hawaii separately from the mainland. Not Aeroplan. And that opens up a huge sweet spot.

However, due to Aeroplan’s distance-based pricing model, you’ll want to start on the West Coast where flights are shorter. So your best bet is to look for flights from Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO) with United Airlines.

You can book a one-way flight for only 12,500 miles in economy class – around half of what United themselves would normally charge. Factor in that transfer bonus and you can book roundtrip flights to Hawaii using just 20,000 Chase Points.

aeroplan hawaii takeover

Great Business Class Awards in Europe

With reasonable fares and low fees, Aeroplan is one of the best ways to book business class recliner seats to Europe.

In some cases, you will only pay 60,000 Aeroplan points per trip. Some longer flights reach 70,000 miles each way, while starting from the west coast can earn you up to 85,000 points each way.

Factor in that 30% transfer bonus, and that means you can score a business class flight to Europe for just 47,000 Chase Points.

aeroplan ord to lhr

With all of Air Canada’s partner airlines, you have a wealth of options to travel with the new United Polaris seats, Swiss Business Class, Lufthansa Business Class or even Turkish Airlines Business Class. This 30% bonus makes Aeroplan one of the best ways to book them all.

thrifty traveler premium offer

Get reward alerts when you can fly business class with Thrifty Traveler Premium – and join now to save over $70 a year before prices go up tomorrow!

ANA Business Class to Tokyo for 43K and other Asia offers

Rejoice: Japan is open again. And somehow, a business class flight to Japan can be even cheaper than Europe using Aeroplan Miles.

The trick is to fly from Seattle (SEA) or Vancouver (YVR), where shorter flights cost less thanks to Aeroplan’s distance-based methods. These flights only total 55,000 Aeroplan points each way in ANA Business Class – which means only 43,000 Chase Points is all you need to get there.

ana aeroplan business class

Departing from other cities like Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), New York City (JFK), or Los Angeles (LAX), you’ll get 75,000 points each way, but it’s still a bargain considering you would only need to transfer 58,000 Chase points to book. But no matter where you’re flying from, finding ANA business class award space has been a hassle lately, especially if you’re hoping to fly in the airline’s unique new seats dubbed “The Room.”

These days, you’ll usually only find seats within three weeks (or less) of departure. We hope this will change as airlines add more flights to Tokyo. Otherwise… a last-minute trip to Japan doesn’t sound like the worst idea, does it?

Otherwise, you can quite easily book flights to destinations all over Southeast Asia on airlines like EVA Air for just 87,500 points in business class – only 68,000 Chase Points after taking into account this 30% bonus. How is a trip to Thailand or Bali?

aeorplan bali eva redemption

Short-haul domestic flights in economy class

Short-haul flights under 500 miles will cost 6,000 Aeroplan points each way on a partner airline and up to 10,000 points if you’re actually flying with Air Canada itself. It’s a small but lucrative sweet spot.

This can be a great way to book short-haul United Airlines flights as they will only cost 12,000 return – or just 10,000 Chase Points with this 30% bonus.

Domestic short-haul Aeroplan

Conclusion

We’ve seen other banks like Amex offer transfer bonuses to Aeroplan over the years, but a 30% bonus to one of the top airline programs is hard to beat.

Take advantage of this bonus with your Chase Points before this bonus ends on November 30!

]]>
Interview with Rick Wakeman: “Exmouth is my favorite place in the world” | Travel https://we-are-africa.org/interview-with-rick-wakeman-exmouth-is-my-favorite-place-in-the-world-travel/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 23:01:00 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/interview-with-rick-wakeman-exmouth-is-my-favorite-place-in-the-world-travel/ FFor the first 16 years of my life, I vacationed at the same guest house in Exmouth: Mrs Clark’s in Lawn Road. Mum woke me up at 4 a.m. and I stumbled downstairs, where Dad was loading the big trunk onto the roof of his 1938 Morris Eight. It was 180 miles from our house […]]]>

FFor the first 16 years of my life, I vacationed at the same guest house in Exmouth: Mrs Clark’s in Lawn Road. Mum woke me up at 4 a.m. and I stumbled downstairs, where Dad was loading the big trunk onto the roof of his 1938 Morris Eight. It was 180 miles from our house in Northolt to Mrs Clark’s, and the top speed of the Morris was 30 mph. We arrived at Exmouth around seven o’clock in the evening.

One year, Mrs. Clark came to our breakfast table and said in her charming West Country accent, “Is there anything the little boy would like for dinner?” My mom told him I liked french fries and molasses pudding. Mrs. Clark’s face lit up. “Oh, I’ve never made molasses pudding. She put it on the table that night and. . . it was like a bowl of cement. Dad twisted his spoon. We didn’t want to upset Mrs. Clark, so mum stuffed it into her purse and threw it over the wall at the end of the road. The next evening the molasses pudding came out. And the next night. I couldn’t help but feel guilty when Mrs. Clark waved us off for our evening walk. Always in the direction of this wall.

Package holidays were really starting to take off in the late 1960s and my friend, Pete, booked us a trip to Majorca. We must have been 17 or 18 years old. Bus for Luton airport, flights, hotel transfer, full board — fortnight for 49 pounds. I remember getting my first passport and thinking, “Wow, I’m going to another country.

Palma, Majorca

GETTY PICTURES

Things didn’t start well. Getting off the plane, the tour guide said, “There’s a problem with the hotel; it was not built. Luckily we have found you alternative accommodation.” Our new room didn’t actually have any windows, but they gave us a welcome drink – a large glass of wine – and suddenly the windows didn’t seem to matter anymore. I had a wad of pesetas in my pocket, the wine was cheap, the sun was shining and we lived like kings.

I joined Yes in 1971 and my first trip was to America the same year. We landed in Los Angeles and we might as well have been on another planet. Huge gas-guzzling cars, the size of London buses. Space age gadgets. Televisions with remote controls. It was as if we had traveled 20 years into the future.

Good music was everywhere: Neil Young, Carole King, the Carpenters. Yes, the city was full of people, but you felt that the music was really in charge. And at the center of it all was the Hyatt House hotel on Sunset, otherwise known as the Riot House. This is where rock bands ransacked their rooms. Jim Morrison, Led Zeppelin, The Who. . . they all stayed there.

Wakeman toured Los Angeles with Yes

Wakeman toured Los Angeles with Yes

GETTY PICTURES

Although I liked having a drink, Yes was never into all that rock ‘n’ roll mayhem. We joked about throwing the TV in the pool, but our tour manager said, ‘This TV is £300 and if it’s damaged you pay for it.’ As we were at £50 a week we decided to leave the TV where it was.

I spent a lot of time in Eastern Europe in the 1980s. Yes, it was supposed to be work, but I never got paid. Recipes always magically disappeared. My real reason for going there was that my first influences had all been Eastern European composers – Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Szymanowski. The cities were gray and people didn’t smile much, but when you were driving through the countryside you suddenly got a sense of what had inspired all those wonderful pieces of music.

● 21 amazing things to do in Los Angeles
● 29 of the best villas in Tenerife

I was in Plock in Poland a few years ago — there’s a wonderful art deco museum — and everything had changed. I was telling my wife, Rachel, how it was before the iron curtain came down and the guy showing us around said, “Come with me. He took us to a neighborhood outside the city that hadn’t changed since Stalin came to power. Rachel was amazed. She asked the guy, “How was life back then?” He said: “Before, we lived in black and white. Today we have color.

One place I return to year after year is Tenerife. I first went there in 1984 and eventually bought a place in Playa de las Vistas. I was going to say this is my favorite place in the world but believe it or not it would be Exmouth. Last summer, I went there with mom and dad, I said, “When I make some money, we won’t stay at Mrs. Clark’s.” We will be staying at the Imperial. It was the posh hotel on the esplanade. Dad liked to get a glimpse into the life of the other half.

Exmouth

Sadly we never went, but in the late 1990s – after dad passed away – I had reservations for a show at Exmouth, not far from the Imperial. After all that buildup, it wasn’t as fancy as we thought. The room was only about £30 but had a sea view. I sat on the bed and watched the lights dance over the English Channel. In a loud voice, I said, “Dad. . . This is for you.”

Rick Wakeman, 73, is best known as the keyboardist for progressive rock band Yes. He also enjoyed considerable solo success in the 1970s, before moving to television, where he became a regular guest on shows such as Countdown and Grumpy Old Men. He is on tour next month with dates across the UK (rwcc.com). He lives in Norfolk with his wife, Rachel

Sign up for our Times Travel newsletter and follow us on Instagram and Twitter

]]>
How to avoid flight delays and cancellations during the holidays https://we-are-africa.org/how-to-avoid-flight-delays-and-cancellations-during-the-holidays/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 13:00:03 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/how-to-avoid-flight-delays-and-cancellations-during-the-holidays/ Although air travel is slowly returning to normal, delays and cancellations are still commonplace. On October 24, more than 6,000 flights to, from or within the United States were delayed – and 231 were canceled. Overall, 3% of flights were canceled in August 2022. This is an improvement from the more than 7% that were […]]]>

Although air travel is slowly returning to normal, delays and cancellations are still commonplace. On October 24, more than 6,000 flights to, from or within the United States were delayed – and 231 were canceled.

Overall, 3% of flights were canceled in August 2022. This is an improvement from the more than 7% that were reduced earlier in the year, but it is still 50% above average 1.9% in 2019.

That year, US carriers had an on-time arrival rate of 79%. By June 2022, the rate had fallen to 73.5%.

Expect more headaches as we head into the busy holiday travel season: More than half of Americans plan to travel for Thanksgiving or Christmas, according to a survey by travel site Hopper.

There is little you can do to prevent a specific flight from being delayed or canceled. But there are a few common sense steps that will give you a better chance of getting to your destination on time.

Want more travel tips? Here’s what you should pack your next vacation and the best credit cards for earning miles.

1. Fly earlier in the day

Leave before 3 p.m. to reduce the risk of cancellation, according to the Official Airline Guide, a UK-based global travel data provider. Flights that depart later are on average 50% more likely to be disrupted.

Almost all airlines will endeavor to get you on the next available flight, but if you’ve booked the last flight of the day, this may mean having to wait until morning or later.

2. Fly out of season

Flight delays were 40 minutes shorter in March and April 2022 than during the popular summer months, according to the Official Airline Guide. Fall 2022 has seen delays decrease again, but that could change as the holiday travel season heats up. Maybe skip the Christmas trip to Grandma’s and see her in February instead?

3. Book a non-stop flight

Yes, it’s usually more expensive, but cutting out a connection (or two) drastically reduces your chances of missing a flight.

4. Allow extra time for layovers

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has 195 gates, the most in the world.

Aimin Tang/Getty Images

You might think that an hour is plenty for a connecting flight. But if the first leg of your trip is delayed, this time can be reduced to 30 minutes. And since most airlines close the doors of planes around 15 minutes before departure, you could easily miss your connection.

These are the busiest hubs during the Thanksgiving holiday of 2021, according to Statista.

  1. Hartsfield Jackson Airport (Atlanta)
  2. Dallas Fort Worth International
  3. Los Angeles International
  4. Denver International Airport
  5. Miami International Airport
  6. Chicago O’Hare International Airport
  7. Orlando International Airport
  8. Harry Reid International Airport (Las Vegas)
  9. John F. Kennedy International Airport (New York)
  10. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

5. Download your airline’s app

American Airlines app

Airline apps can help you navigate airports and find alternative flights.

Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Choose to receive flight notifications and start manually checking your flight status regularly at least 24 hours in advance. As soon as you learn that your flight has been delayed or cut, find out about transferring to another.

Many airline apps will also provide up-to-date information on your connecting flight’s departure gate and even how to get there.

6. Watch the weather at both airports

Start checking the weather at both locations a few days before your flight. Some airlines will reschedule your flight before a major weather front at no additional cost. If a storm is brewing, you might consider leaving a few days earlier or later or finding a different route.

7. These airports have the most delays and cancellations

According to a FlightAware analysis for CNN, these US hubs experienced the highest percentage of flight delays between May 27 and September 5, 2022.

  1. Chicago Midway International Airport: 37.7%
  2. Baltimore/Washington International Airport: 32.5%
  3. Orlando International Airport: 32.2%
  4. John F. Kennedy International Airport: 31%
  5. Harry Reid International Airport (Las Vegas): 31%
  6. Newark Liberty International Airport: 30.4%
  7. Dallas Love Field Airport: 29.1%
  8. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport: 28.3%
  9. Denver International Airport: 27.5%
  10. Charlotte Douglas International Airport: 27.2%

And these airports had the highest percentage of cancellations.

1. Newark Liberty International Airport (New Jersey): 6.7%
2. LaGuardia Airport (New York): 6.7%
3. Reagan National Airport (Washington, DC): 4.8%
4. Raleigh-Durham International Airport: 3.7%
5. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport: 3.5%
6. Pittsburgh International Airport: 3.4%
7. Boston Logan International Airport: 3%
8. John Glenn Columbus International Airport: 3%
9. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport: 2.9%
10. Indianapolis International Airport: 2.9%

To learn more about travel check best luggage for vacation travel and learn the Google Maps and Google Flights features to use before and during your trip.

]]>
Gotham Knights: How To Unlock Fast Travel | All Drone Locations Guide https://we-are-africa.org/gotham-knights-how-to-unlock-fast-travel-all-drone-locations-guide/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 04:17:15 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/gotham-knights-how-to-unlock-fast-travel-all-drone-locations-guide/ When your batcycle isn’t fast enough. Contents[Hide][Show] Getting around Gotham City doesn’t have to be a drag Gotham Knights. From the start of the game, your hero is equipped with a batcycle that instantly teleports whenever you are near a road. Yet driving around the city quickly becomes tedious. During your first few hours, you […]]]>

When your batcycle isn’t fast enough.

Contents[Hide][Show]

Getting around Gotham City doesn’t have to be a drag Gotham Knights. From the start of the game, your hero is equipped with a batcycle that instantly teleports whenever you are near a road. Yet driving around the city quickly becomes tedious. During your first few hours, you will only have one fast travel point on the map, and it will take you directly to the Belfry. Not really useful when trying to eliminate all crimes.

To move faster, you will have to unlock fast travel. Fast Travel becomes available in Case 2 and beyond. You will need to unlock each district fast travel marker by hacking drones. We’ll explain the full process below and where to find each drone with maps. Get around town in the fastest way possible with these drone drop locations.


More Gotham Knights guides:

All Batarang Collectibles | All Landmark Collectible Locations | All Street Art collection locations | How To Unlock Clayface Side Quest | How To Trade Heroes | Character Guide | Momentum explained | Chivalry Explained | All Investigation Puzzle Solutions | How to disable multiplayer


How to unlock fast travel

During Case 2.1several objectives will be assigned to you as part of your main folder. Unlock fast travel drones you have to follow the goal to visit Lucius Fox to Foxtec building. It will introduce you to the fast travel drone and how to complete each objective.

  • Fast travel challenges appear after finishing Case 2.1 and visit Lucius Fox. He will guide you through these missions.
    • At each marker, you must find 2 drones. There are two types of drones – unarmored drones can be scanned with your Augmented reality vision. Armored drones must docking station on a rooftop charger before you can scan them.

There exists a Fast travel challenge for each neighborhood. Unlocking them early will allow you to quickly access each district on the map, making it faster to find crimes.


All Drone Locations Guide

Two drones spawn in each district. You will need to find them and scan them with your AR visor. All characters can scan and hack drones. Once both drones are hacked, a fast travel marker will appear on your map.

Completing the starting quest will unlock fast travel markers in South side and the financial district.

  • Old Gotham Fast Travel Point:
    • UAV #1: Just southwest of the marker, flying above the building at Grand Avenue and Neville Street.
    • Drone #2: The armored drone lands on the tower directly north of the challenge marker.
  • Tricorn Island Fast travel point:
    • UAV #1: Slightly east of the marker. Above the church in Rue Arsenal. Climb to the top of the tower to get the scan.
    • Drone #2: Another circles around the warehouse on the west side of Arsenal Street.
  • west end Fast travel point:
    • UAV #1: Docks on a large building to the right of the challenge marker, slightly north.
    • Drone #2: Another armored drone docks on the lower building further north.
    • Drone #3: The other goes around the tallest building northwest of the challenge marker, very close.
  • Fast travel point Otisberg:
    • UAV #1: Three drones circle near the skyscraper at the marker. One can be scanned at the top of the building.
    • Drone #2: Another goes around the building halfway up. You have to go down on the scaffolding of the window cleaner and wait for him to go around to scan it.
    • Drone #3: The last drone can be scanned from the large crane to the south.
  • Gotham Heights Fast Travel Point:
    • UAV #1: An armored drone lands on a building directly north of the challenge marker. It practically touches the marker on the map. This drone circles the area – every large building in the square has a landing loader.
    • Drone #2: The second drone is stuck on the lower circuit. Find a charge on the lower building directly to the south. AR scan – all lower loaders can be used by this drone.
  • Bristol Fast travel point:
    • UAV #1: An armored drone floats above the rooftops of Mercey Street.
    • Drone #2: Another goes around the towers of Beacon Street.
    • Drone #3: And yet another lands on the charging stations west of the previous one.
]]>
Friday, October 21, 2022 – La Minute Monocle https://we-are-africa.org/friday-october-21-2022-la-minute-monocle/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 05:02:34 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/friday-october-21-2022-la-minute-monocle/ On August 8, 1827, British Prime Minister George Canning died in office, struck down by tuberculosis at the age of 57. He had been in charge for 119 days, the shortest stint ever served at 10 Downing Street. This long standing record has now been eclipsed, with time off, by Liz Truss (illustrated), who barely […]]]>

On August 8, 1827, British Prime Minister George Canning died in office, struck down by tuberculosis at the age of 57. He had been in charge for 119 days, the shortest stint ever served at 10 Downing Street. This long standing record has now been eclipsed, with time off, by Liz Truss (illustrated), who barely had time to unpack before his resignation yesterday.

Truss had been the winner of a second round of voting, from which Conservative party members were asked to choose a successor to Boris Johnson. She was duly named by Queen Elizabeth II on September 6. The monarch died two days later, bringing about a period of dismal formalities during which little happened – so in some respects Truss’ tenure was even shorter than it seemed.

Truss’ premiership imploded on September 23, when she allowed her new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng, to trigger a mini-budget. It brought down the markets, the pound and Truss’ meager credibility. Dismissing Kwarteng was the best, the worst, and the only thing she could do, but it would never be enough. In the annals of prime ministers’ calamitous unforced errors, Truss’ attempt at tax reform is comparable to Anthony Eden’s Suez misadventure or David Cameron’s reckless temptation to Brexit.

If his post as Prime Minister is to be remembered as anything other than an answer to a pub quiz or perhaps an instructive ‘How Not To’ chapter in a future prime minister’s guide, it’s like the inspiration for a splendid display of old-fashioned British tabloids. October 14, red-top scandal sheet The star of the day launched a Youtube live stream of a portrait of Truss alongside a lettuce, inviting speculation as to which would last the longest.

As I write these lines, 14,250 people watch the victorious vegetable, now wearing a crown, joined on his table by a bottle of bubbly, punctuated by a remix of Kool & The “Celebration” of the Gang. In its recent form, the UK could do worse than offer him the top job.

Andrew Mueller is the host of “The Foreign Desk” on Monocle 24.

]]>
Students will participate in the quest for the school cane for the blind on November 2 https://we-are-africa.org/students-will-participate-in-the-quest-for-the-school-cane-for-the-blind-on-november-2/ Tue, 18 Oct 2022 21:17:47 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/students-will-participate-in-the-quest-for-the-school-cane-for-the-blind-on-november-2/ (photo provided) Press release (MUSKOGEE, Okla.) — Thirty-eight candidates have registered to compete in the 10th annual Oklahoma Regional Cane Quest competition hosted by the Oklahoma School for the Blind. Cane Quest will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2. The competition is a national program of the Braille Institute […]]]>

Press release

(MUSKOGEE, Okla.) — Thirty-eight candidates have registered to compete in the 10th annual Oklahoma Regional Cane Quest competition hosted by the Oklahoma School for the Blind.

Cane Quest will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2. The competition is a national program of the Braille Institute of America, based in Los Angeles, California.

All competitors will use long white canes to move around to identify obstacles in their path, changes in surfaces, such as falls down stairs or curbs.

“White canes let the public know that people are visually impaired,” said Faye Miller, BSF’s orientation and mobility specialist and Cane Quest regional coordinator. “This is particularly important at railroad crossings, as a long cane increases the chances of a vehicle yielding when users are able to cross streets.”

Oklahoma law requires drivers to come to a complete stop within 15 feet of pedestrians who are visually impaired and identified by their use of red-tipped white canes or guide dogs. Persons who violate this law are guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to three months or a fine of $100 or both.

Cane Quest competitors in the Scouts category will compete at the Oklahoma School for the Blind campus in Muskogee. They will demonstrate a variety of human guiding skills, body and spatial awareness abilities, and safe stair negotiation.

Scouts earn coins for expert skills that they can use to purchase prizes.

Competitors in the Explorers and Trailblazers categories will compete in downtown Muskogee near the Muskogee Civic Center. They will walk through streets and alleys and demonstrate different long cane techniques while following recorded instructions.

These competitors have the opportunity to win gold, silver and bronze medals.

Miller said sponsors include Braille Institute of America, Frank Dirksen, Lawton Council of the Blind, Liberty Braille, Muskogee County Health Department, NanoPac, Oklahoma Chapter of Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of Blind and Visually Impaired, Oklahoma Council of the Blind, Oklahoma State University – High Obesity Program, Sapulpa Lions Club, Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Tulsa Downtown Lions Club.

Donations in memory of Bud Holder will also support the Cane Quest contest.

“Cane Quest is a great opportunity for students to demonstrate their cane skills and challenge themselves while having fun,” said BSF Superintendent Rita Echelle. “We appreciate Faye Miller, all of our sponsors and the volunteers who make this event possible.”

OSB is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

The OSB Residential and Commuter Student Academic Program meets all state-mandated educational requirements. Students also receive specialized training in Braille, orientation and mobility, technology and other areas. They attend lessons Monday through Thursday free of charge and are transported home during three-day weekends, vacations and summer holidays. BSF staff assist students with visual impairments who attend other public schools, their families and educators free of charge.

For more information about OSB, call toll-free 877-229-7136 or visit http://osb.k12.ok.us/.

]]>