Head to Goa this winter to get a taste of its Portuguese heritage with films, food and music

It’s always celebration time in Goa. A two-month-long celebration of Goa’s colonial tryst with Portugal, “Semana de Cultura Indo-Portuguesa”, got underway in the coastal state on Friday, with a Portuguese film festival. Over a period of two months, Goa will celebrate its colonial past with the Lusofonian state via the three-day film festival, fusion foods and wine and musical galas in order to promote cultural ties between the two regions. Organised in association with the Portuguese consulate in Goa, the film festival got underway in Panaji on Friday and features…

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Move over Disney, Mexico plans $840 million Mayan theme park

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced plans Monday for an $840 million Mayan theme park on the Caribbean coast to rival the major theme parks in the United States. The park, dubbed Amikoo – or ‘friend’ in the Mayan language – will have rides and characters based on Mayan mythology and be built in two phases in the so-called Riviera Maya, a stretch of pristine beaches on Mexico’s southeastern coast. “We’re going to compete with other (parks) up there (in the United States), and I’m sure ours will be better,”…

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Eco-heaven: This resort on Marlon Brando’s island runs on seawater & coconut oil

The tiny, palm-fringed atoll of Tetiaroa was once a favourite holiday spot for Tahitian royalty before the late American movie star fell in love with it while filming Mutiny on the Bounty in 1961 on islands close by. Brando married co-star Tarita Teriipaia and the couple raised a family on Tetiaroa, now home to a luxury eco-resort that bears the reclusive actor’s name and regularly pampers A-list clientele such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp and Barack Obama. Guests at The Brando help fund research projects by paying up to $10,000…

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Dubai to get world’s first underwater luxury resort and it’s breathtaking. See pics

Dubai has always been known for its world-class innovations and for being a preferred destination among Indians. It’s set to get one more jewel in its crown. To be located 4km offshore from Dubai’s mainland, the USD 680 million Floating Venice will recreate the city’s labyrinthine alleyways, canals and main square, Piazza San Marco, in the form of a luxury resort that will be able to accommodate up to 3,000 guests. Gondolas will be imported straight from Venice to ferry guests to their cabins. (Kleindienst Group) While the laundry list of specs…

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iBall Slide PenBook 2-in-1 launched at Rs 24,999: Specs, features

Domestic consumer electronics company iBall on Thursday launched a two-in-one “iBall Slide PenBook” in India Priced at Rs 24,999, the Windows-based device is available via Amazon.in and retail stores. The device with 10.1-inch, full multi-touch HD display and IPS technology sports 5MP auto-focus rear camera and 2MP front camera. “iBall Slide PenBook” showcases a unique ‘Windows Hello,’ a quick fingerprint scanner feature. It also has’Cortana with Voice’ that helps users remember their tasks. “Our latest two-in-one ‘iBall Slide PenBook’ is a world-class offering with latest technology wonders of Windows inking,…

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Bill Gates isn’t a big fan of Control+ALT+Delete key combination either

Control+ALT+Delete is still a commonly used key combination among Windows users. The combination gives you access to functions like task manager, switch users, log off among others. While most of us have grown accustomed to the combination, turns out Microsoft founder Bill Gates isn’t a big fan of Control+ALT+Delete. He acknowledged that forcing users to a relatively complex key combination was a mistake and that he wanted it be to a single button. “You can’t go back and change the small things in your life without putting the other things…

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Planning a trip to Amsterdam? A proposed tourist tax hike could make it more expensive

In an effort to attract big spenders and curb “falafel-eating” tourists, who spend most of their holiday loitering around the red-light district, Amsterdam’s city officials are considering a tourist tax hike that could make visits to the Dutch capital more expensive. Currently, visitors pay 5% of their room rate in the city centre, which is expected to rise to 6% next year. But if Alderman Udo Kock has his way, that could rise to as much as €10 per night in 2019, according to local newspaper Het Parool. Because while the…

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Saint Helena, one of the most inaccessible islands where Napoleon was exiled, opens to tourism

Made famous by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who was exiled there from 1815 until his death in 1821, the island of Saint Helena has long been too remote to be affected by tourism. But this may be about to change. From October 14, the South African company Airlink will begin weekly flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight time will be about six hours with a stopover in Namibia. Until now, the tiny British territory was only accessible by boat. Located in the South Atlantic to the West of the…

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New York opens a ‘temple’ for gay liberation icon Oscar Wilde. It’ll be open for wedding ceremonies

A secular temple devoted to Oscar Wilde opened in the basement of a New York church Tuesday, crammed with devotional style religious art to honour a trailblazer of gay rights.Those involved in the project said it had been 20 years in the making but with transgender rights under threat from President Donald Trump’s administration and gays feeling more discrimination, it was more timely than ever. Conceived by artists David McDermott and Peter McGough at The Church of the Village, the space will be open to members of the public five days a…

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Things to Consider Before Traveling International with Your Trucking Business

When it comes to running a trucking business, you can almost guarantee you’re going to accept international work not only for the experience, but also to keep your trucking business ticking over. Traveling internationally for the first time is a nerve-wracking process, though, and there are many things to consider to ensure it’s a successful trip. Here are a few things to consider before you set off. Are You Well-Prepared for Roadside Problems? You’ll likely encounter many problems during your long-distance travel, so it’s best to come prepared. Bring extra…

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