January 2014

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has unveiled the 18 finalists for its 2014 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The Awards are one of the highest accolades in the global Travel & Tourism industry, recognising sustainable tourism best practices in businesses and destinations worldwide. Award applications were received this year from 56 countries, representing all […]

The past six months have presented few opportunities for Bulgarian socialist leader Sergei Stanishev to score PR victories, either at home or abroad, in his capacity as president of the Party of European Socialists. From wide-spread anti-government protests last year, sparked by the controversial appointment of media mogul Delyan Peevski as director of the State […]

Elvira M. Jukic The National Catalan Assembly has distanced itself from Milorad Dodik, the President of Repulika Srpska, who said last November that the mainly Serbian entity looked to Scotland and Catalonia as models for gaining independence. ?The National Catalan Assembly, the main popular Catalan movement promoting the independence of Catalonia, which is independent of […]

Members of the Bosnian Olympic Committee are due to again discuss who should carry the state flag and lead the march at the opening of Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. On Wednesday they failed to agree on a sportsperson. The dispute was over whether Zana Novakovic, a skier from Republika Srpska, or Igor Lajkert, […]

BRO-TISINAL JANUARY 29, 2014 Now You Can Spend $35.99 on ‘Small Batch’ Artisanal Toothpicks When I was a kid, I could imagine no worse job than working in a toothpick factory. It seemed like the epitome of tedium, and I always chose it as my “bad” option in fortune-telling games like MASH. It never occurred […]

I can probably go a step further than this in saying? DUH! Skype Exorcisms Are Worthless, Say Full-Time Exorcists | Vocativ. Skype exorcisms would be an exciting advance in an otherwise ancient world of rituals?if, of course, they weren?t an Internet scam. ?They just can?t be done that way,? says Reverend Isaac Kramer, director of […]

Beppe Grillo We are alone against all, but we are not populists. And we will win. Those were the words of Beppe Grillo, who chose the foreign press office to officially launch his campaign for the European elections that will be held in May. Meanwhile, starting today, tickets for his new show ?I?ll give Europe […]

Don?t underestimate Ukraine!

January 30, 2014

In the late 1940s, the mortality rate for Soviet troops fighting Ukrainian insurgents in Western Ukraine was higher than the mortality rate for Soviet troops fighting in Afghanistan in the 1980s. This little known fact, long suppressed by Soviet censors, helps to explain why, after two months of harsh winter weather, Ukrainians are still manning barricades […]

Elvira M. Jukic Bosnia’s two entities, the Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, have agreed with EU representatives to divide up around 50 million euro sitting in the account of Bosnia’s electricity distribution company, Elektroprenos, which the entities say they need. The two entity prime ministers, Nermin Niksic and Zeljka Cvijanovic, said […]

It is with great pleasure that Asilia Africa announces the addition of Dave van Smeerdijk to our team as Director of Marketing and Sales. Dave brings with him 25 years of safari industry experience, of which 21 years was with Wilderness Safaris. He has in-depth experience in all aspects of the industry, having worked across […]

Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, who has led Ukraine?s government since President Viktor Yanukovych took power in 2010, has resigned. Azarov said in a January 28 2014 statement: ?The conflict situation that prevailed in the country, threatening the economic and social life of Ukraine , is a threat to the entire Ukrainian society and every citizen. […]

Flammable: Farting cows

January 29, 2014

All you need is a source of fuel and ignition? BBC News ? German cows cause methane blast in Rasdorf. Methane gas released by dairy cows has caused an explosion in a cow shed in Germany, police said. Thanks to the belches and flatulence of the 90 dairy cows in the shed, high levels of […]

Two international energy companies have told the BBC they have ruled out fracking in the West Midlands. The government says a new shale gas industry could lower energy bills and generate thousands of jobs. But Sunday Politics in the Midlands has been told the geology of the West Midlands region prevents commercial drilling for shale […]

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