Canada bars consulate staff from travelling outside Hong Kong

The Canadian consulate in Hong Kong has barred local staff from leaving the city on official business following the detention of a British consulate worker in mainland China. Announcing the travel restriction on Friday, Canada did not say whether it was related to the detention of Simon Cheng, who went missing two weeks ago from Hong Kong’s high-speed rail terminal to Shenzhen, a mainland city just across the border from the self-governing territory. “At present, locally engaged staff will not undertake official business travel outside of Hong Kong,” the Canadian Consulate said in a statement. The…

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Ljubljana, Slovenia: what to see plus the best hotels, bars and restaurants

Slovenia’s – and now Europe’s – green capital is a laid-back charmer of a city. Easily walkable, it boasts striking architecture and a vibrant outdoor eating and drinking culture Jože’s special one … Ljubljana’s Triple bridge was completed by celebrated architect Jože Plečnik. Photograph: Alamy As capital of one of Europe’s most forested countries, it’s perhaps fitting that Ljubljana is this year’s European Green Capital. A city of just 300,000 inhabitants, Ljubljana has often been ahead of the game when it comes to green initiatives – from the introduction of…

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Amsterdam Noord: the best galleries, bars, restaurants and hotels

A’DAM Toren, a new multi-venue tower, is the latest addition to Amsterdam’s creative hub, where a former shipyard and warehouses have been transformed into the city’s coolest waterfront district Tower time …The 22-storey A’dam Toren, former home of Shell, now houses clubs, bars and a restaurant. A’DAM Toren The landmark tower, Toren Overhoeks, will reopen in early May as A’DAM Toren – Amsterdam Dance And Music. The former home of Shell, the 22-storey waterfront tower will have clubs, bars, cafes, a revolving restaurant, a 360-degree observation deck, offices and a…

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Buenos Aires’ new cocktail bars look back to the future

Argentina’s capital has an honourable cocktail tradition, and today’s bartenders are tapping into the past to revive local drinks, albeit with a new twist Happy hour … Los Galgos, an historic Buenos Aires cafe, is now a cocktail bar, too. Photograph: Ciuffo You get an interesting reaction if you tell people in Buenos Aires that you’re going for a cocktail at Los Galgos, a small corner bar on a busy street a few blocks from the city’s courthouses. They will either offer a knowing nod of approval or, if they…

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Ljubljana, Slovenia: what to see plus the best hotels, bars and restaurants

As capital of one of Europe’s most forested countries, it’s perhaps fitting that Ljubljana is this year’s European Green Capital. A city of just 300,000 inhabitants, Ljubljana has often been ahead of the game when it comes to green initiatives – from the introduction of a sophisticated waste management system (Ljubljana was the first EU capital to adopt a zero-waste programme) and the creation of new green spaces from degraded urban land, to electrically powered golf buggy-type vehicles (kavalirs) offering free transport around the old town, which is otherwise closed…

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Students shun union bars in favour of coffee and study groups, research says

Student unions are no longer sticky bars filled with beer-swilling students avoiding their lectures. Today’s undergraduates are more likely to be found sipping a coffee in an academic study group than downing a cheap beer with their mates. New research from YouthSight and the National Union of Students (NUS) reveals that student unions are more often focused on providing academic clubs, support services and cafés than bargain booze. Life on university campuses has changed dramatically over the last 10 years and many unions now provide low-cost vegetables, run their own…

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