Empty hotels, idle boats: What happens when a Pacific island upsets China

REUTERS/Farah Master China believes Taiwan is part of China and wants the world to agree. China is putting pressure on Taiwan’s 18 diplomatic allies to turn their back on the island nation. Beijing last year banned Chinese people from visiting the Pacific island of Palau, one of Taiwan’s allies. The ban has led to a steep drop off in Chinese business and investment in Palau. KOROR, Palau (Reuters) – Empty…

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Third of fruit and veg ‘too ugly to sell’

Image copyright Getty Images More than a third of farmed fruit and vegetables never reaches supermarket shelves because it is misshapen or the wrong size, according to new research. A University of Edinburgh study found more than 50 million tonnes of fruit and vegetables grown across Europe were discarded each year. This was in part because they did not meet consumers’ expectations of how they should look. The study was…

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How Robots Are Changing Travel

It’s not like robots are going to completely replace humans—we still need people to offer face-to-face customer service. But at select hotels, airports, and gear shops around the world, machines of various types are being put to use. Here are a few handy things they’re doing to make your next vacation easier. Distribute Weather Forecasts and Trail Beta (Creative Commons) In the lobby of the Übergossene Alm Resort, at the…

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15 Video Games Coming Out This Year (And 10 Coming In 2019)

The world of video games is one that is consistently changing, with developers battling one another to get ahead and bring out the next big title that will get everybody talking. In the coming months and years, there are plenty of exciting releases set to come – some of which has been in the works for quite some time. Whether you play on PC, Macbook, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, or…

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I visited the futuristic park filled with towering ‘supertrees’ featured in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and it looks like something straight out of science-fiction

Harrison Jacobs/Business Insider Summer blockbuster “Crazy Rich Asians” is set in Singapore, which is known worldwide for its extravagance and wealth. The Gardens By The Bay, featured in “Crazy Rich Asians,” is a major landmark in Singapore, featuring more than a million plants, the world’s largest glass greenhouse, and a grove of 160-foot tall ‘supertrees.’ I recently visited the Gardens By The Bay to see what it was like and found myself marveling…

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Canary Security Systems: An Integration Guide

“In 2016, U.S. households experienced 15.9 million property crimes – a rate of 119.4 per 1,000 households.” Between June 2016 and July 2017, 381,367 burglaries occurred in cities with a population over 100,000. So, you have two options – stay at home 24/7 to personally protect your home, personal belongings, and family, or you can employ a security system with professional monitoring. Canary security systems offer some pretty advanced home…

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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom

Visitor Information Famous for: Nature, Serenity, Birds Entrance Fee:50 per adult Visiting Time: 6 AM to 5 PM (Daily) Visit Duration: 3 hours to 4 hours The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is the right place for bird and nature lovers to spend a lot of time in. Situated in Kumarakom in the state of Kerala, this location attracts a lot of tourists from every nook of the world. With a great…

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Camper Vans | Best Models of 2018

The Mechanic Doctor – Resources for Amateur and Pro Auto Mechanics Volkswagen Type 2Credits: Raizy Camper vans have been an all-time favorite of outdoor enthusiasts since the introduction, in 1950, of the Volkswagen Type 2. They quickly gained in popularity thanks to their versatility and affordability and, soon enough, competitors started building their own models. Nowadays, most manufacturers have their own version of a van designed for recreational use and it’s…

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All Of The Most Important Wiccan Holidays According To ‘The Wheel Of The Year’

The Wheel of the Year The Wheel of the Year is a representation of the eight major festivals and holidays falling during the calendar year. While various other minor holidays might be celebrated intermittently, the eight major holidays are represented on the wheel. These are the holidays that celebrate the changing seasons and cycles of life and celebrate the Earth and all that it gives to us. For modern Pagans…

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