Holiday bookings up 35% in Spain amid budding recovery
But general manager Brandon Ward initially claimed ignorance of the project in a series of heated e-mails. I dont know anything about bitcoin at the Holiday Inn Express and EVERYTHING operationally at that asset runs through me, Ward wrote on June 24. He changed his tune this week, confirming the change in a one-line e-mail. Paid for hotel stay at Brooklyn Holiday Inn using #bitcoin . @sovbtc @TheBitMom H/T @CharlieShrem @BitPay makes it EZ! pic.twitter.com/cYcoVHGMeV Yes we are accepting bitcoin now, Ward wrote on Wednesday. He has not explained his sudden flip flop.
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Send them on a free holiday: China’s new method of taking on dissidents
For his college career, Stauskas shot 44 percent from 3-point range. The very next pick in the NBA Draft was also a Holiday Invitational alum. Vonleh (Indiana) was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the ninth overall pick. Vonleh led his New Hampton (NH) team into the Holiday Invitational in 2012 and earned all-tournament honors as New Hampton fell to Word of God in the championship game. Vonleh was held to just seven points in the final. At Indiana, the 6-foot-9 and 247-pound Vonleh averaged 11.3 points, 9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.
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In fact, just over half (60%) of all respondants booked their annual vacation in May and June. In what regards destinations, most locals will swarm destinations within the country’s borders to save money on flight connections. Among these, Ibiza tops the ranking of favourite destinations. Elsewhere, the UK and iconic holiday cities in Italy are also mentioned as favourite holiday spots abroad. Bookings to European travel destinations account for 45% of all reservations, with London coming out on top in the ranking of preferred holiday spots. Accordingly, Spain still holds great appeal for European holidaymakers. A glance at the ranking of foreign visitor arrivals shows that Britons will flight en masse to the Spanish Costas yet another summer. Italians and French visitors trail behind, the figures show.
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“We would spend up to 1,000 yuan ($160) on a single meal.”‘Stability maintenance’China’s ruling Communist party keeps a tight grip on power, frequently detaining those who speak out against government abuses.Over the last decade domestic security spending has soared, regularly exceeding Beijing’s declared military outlays.It has built a vast “stability maintenance” apparatus and President Xi Jinping has sought to further stifle dissent since his 2012 ascension to the top of the ruling party.State-enforced travel spiked this year ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown — where the army killed hundreds of protesters — on 4 June.According to US-based advocacy group Human Rights in China, 15 people were taken on forced vacations beforehand.”I’ve just returned from Beijing after being travelled,” Yan Zhengxue, a painter and government critic, told AFP.Police “went with me everyday, and paid for everything” on a trip to Ningxia in the northwest, including the towering dunes of the Tengger desert.”If you refuse to go travelling, there will be consequences,” he said. “You have to go. Even though you are at tourist sites, you have been forced to go, so you’re not in the mood to enjoy it.”Government personnel relish the trips, some regular forced travellers suggest.”We ate the best food, and drank the best alcohol. The security officials enjoyed it too. Not just any security official can go on this kind of trip, they need to be above a certain rank,” said environmental campaigner Wu Lihong, adding he was taken to the ancient city of Xian for two weeks in March.”Quite a few” officials from Beijing’s secretive ministry of state security accompanied him, he said.They stayed at Xian’s “best hotel”, he said, and saw the Unesco-listed Terracotta Warriors, as well as the “Wild Goose Pagoda”, a Tang dynasty tower that hosts night-time laser shows.”They are usually stuck inside using their computers and reading the papers, but by accompanying me they have a chance to travel and eat well,” he added.’Moving jail’When Chinese citizens travel to Beijing seeking redress from higher authorities for local government abuses they risk detention in makeshift “black jails”, where they are sometimes beaten before being sent home.More persistent ones, though, are targeted for holidays.”If you’re really grassroots you’ll be held in a black jail. Forced travel is for fairly well-known activists,” said Maya Wang, of US-based campaign group Human Rights Watch.”It’s a form of illegal detention,” she added. “This kind of forced travel depriving people of their freedom is unlawful.”China’s foreign ministry often says that detained activists are treated according to the law.
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