Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas prepares to launch the first Anantara in Europe, with Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort scheduled to welcome its first guests on 1 April 2017.Located along southern Portugal’s Algarve Coast, Europe’s first Anantara will offer a retreat overlooking the Arnold Palmer-designed Oceânico golf course, just 15 minutes from Faro International Airport, close to the ocean and beaches, and a five-minute drive from the glamour of Vilamoura. The property is currently operating as Tivoli Victoria, with a number of key renovations being undertaken prior to relaunching as Anantara Vilamoura.The property will feature 280 guest rooms and suites with verandahs that face golf fairways and swimming pools. For holidays with families and friends, most guest rooms are interconnecting and a new luxury Family Suite category will accommodate up to four guests. The Two-Bedroom Anantara Suite will boast a huge terrace with a private dining area, Jacuzzi and sundeck.The refurbishment includes the main lobby, the Anantara Spa and the gym. In addition, the brand-new Anantara Explorer’s children’s and teens’ club, which has been designed by World Wide Kids Company, will ensure family-friendly experiences. Four swimming pools include Cascades, an adults-only pool with golf fairway views, and a children’s pool for family enjoyment with deckchairs by the kids’ club. Guests will be able to stay active at the floodlit tennis court and state-of-the-art fitness centre with a dedicated Personal Trainer. The re-branded Anantara Spa will offer Ayurveda based treatments and centuries-old Mediterranean therapies with a vista of golf greens. Yoga and tai chi sessions are also offered.Befitting its location overlooking the championship Oceânico golf course, Anantara Vilamoura will boast a Golf Guru, ensuring golfing holidays are tailored to each golfer’s needs, from booking tee times, to organising individual or group golf tuition.The resort will offer settings and venues for all types of events – from VIP dinners and weddings, to product launches and large scale conferences. The stand-alone Conference Centre has capacity for up to 800 people in its eight versatile rooms, most with natural light, and offers direct access for both delegates and set up vehicles, as well as to the hotel car park.
Visit Dallas and the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors’ Bureau have been on a week-long sales mission. The journey began in Auckland on Monday 8 May with a function for the travel industry and NZ Media at Miss Moonshine’s Restaurant in Ponsonby. Miss Moonshine’s specialises in slow-cooked street side food hot off the barbecue… great for a Texas-inspired evening. Austin Allsup, a Fort Worth ‘The Voice’ 2016 top 10 finalist played a set of his great songs and the evening was enjoyed by all.The next stop was Melbourne, where on Tuesday 9 an evening reception saw industry and media attend a similar event followed by media, including LATTE, on Wednesday at Tatler in Sydney and Thursday at the Basement finished off a very informative and fun mission spreading the message of the growth happening in tourism and shopping opportunities in Dallas and Fort Worth, the cities of Cowboys and Culture.As part of the events it was also announced that the Fort Worth Distilled TX Whiskey will be sold in Australia from 2018 and in the Sydney Media and Industry events special tastings were provided. Guests of the Sydney media and industry events were invited to have a taste, topping off the sales mission week in style.
Go back to the e-newsletterFollowing a series of award-winning design and renovation projects last year, Belmond has revealed details of seven highly distinctive developments across its portfolio of hotels, trains and cruises in 2018.Beginning with the launch of three new Art-Deco Grand Suites on board historic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Belmond’s diverse range of designs honour timeless craftsmanship, celebrate heritage and tradition, and look to the future working with innovative designers and local materials.This year will see the introduction of a new era of exploration and discovery at Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge in Botswana; celebrate local culture and traditional arts in Mexico with the reimagination of Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada; the completion of a historical renovation of Belmond Cadogan Hotel in London as well as the opening of the ultimate in beach-chic and relaxed luxury, Belmond Cap Juluca in Anguilla.“When you walk into a Belmond property you can feel the ‘soul’ of the place, and it’s our job to keep the soul and spirit alive with the design concepts. We are working with talented designers to carefully merge the genuine elements of the local culture with a modern-day relevance that resonates with our guest’s lifestyle and aspirations,” comments Joe Ferry, art and design director at Belmond.No two properties are the same, but each is influenced by local cultures and traditions and many are strongly connected to the history and heritage of the destination. Belmond’s properties are defined by their authentic and timeless designs; classical and elegant they embrace the personality of each destination.Traditional craftsmanship Three new private Grand Suites launched last week aboard the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, creating new levels of luxury accommodation aboard the historic train. Named after the romantic cities to which the train travels, Paris, Venice and Istanbul; interior designs of each cabin reflect the spirit of each city while staying true to the original 1920s art-deco design.Working with the very best craftsman including a traditional glassblower who has created the spectacular glass sinks and delicate light fixtures and famed mosaicist Jerome Clochard, an expert in the restoration of ancient mosaics, who piece by piece created the stunning patterns using marble, onyx, Venetian granite and Italian glass. Master atelier, Philippe Allemand has created the striking marquetry, an ancient skill that has passed through generations and has worked with the train since its restoration in 1997. The delicate process requires the layering of hundreds and thousands of exotic pieces of wood that are lacquered to create the most luxurious finish.Mexican masterpieceIn April 2018, Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada, in the heart of Mexico re-emerges from a masterful renovation as a timeless Mexican retreat. This ambitious restoration project protects the property’s original 16th–18th century features while finding new and inspiring ways to represent Mexican traditions and modern artisans.All 37 rooms and suites have been re-imagined and constructed like a piece of art; pastel pinks, blues and yellows colour the soft furnishings while one off pieces of Mexican art hang on the walls, and traditional Talavera bathroom tiles, tapestries and bed linens complement the authentic clay floors. Wooden furnishings have been hand-carved using local techniques and kumquats and orange trees are planted in the shady courtyards.Fashionable suitesCelebrated fashion designer, Matthew Williamson is designing a vibrant suite at Belmond La Residencia, Mallorca. Opening in April 2018, Suite 67 will feature Williamson’s signature botanicals and luxe textures, combined with a rustic decadence.Matthew brings his unique interior aesthetic while honouring the heritage and traditional Mallorcan feel of the property. Each space will have a distinct mood, balancing contemporary playful designs with eye-catching hues and hand-drawn fauna and floral patterns. The one-bed suite will feature an outdoor snug, private pool and garden, luxurious living space and a vibrant bathroom; set to be one of the most fashionable spaces on the island.Designs on the moveLaunching on the waterways of Champagne and Alsace in Summer 2018; two new luxury barges Pivoine and Lilas join the Belmond Afloat in France fleet. Carrying just eight guests, the barges are designed with every comfort and detail offering the most luxurious barging experience in France.Designed and built in France, both Pivoine and Lilas feature colours and materials that reflect the natural beauty of the landscapes they travel through. Pivoine’s light natural timber finish, terracotta flooring, and elegant white linens link the design to the colours of Champagne. Lilas’ more rustic interiors feature dark woods and rattan chairs, mixed with ironmongery, evocative of the ancient towns and villages of Alsace. Both feature open decks for al-fresco dining with private floating pools.Golden Age of exploration This summer, Belmond unveils its new-look Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge in the Chobe National Park, following a full redesign by Inge Moore of Muza Lab. Celebrating the golden age of exploration, the designs are inspired by the great explorers of history, from scientists, botanists and adventurers who pioneered a new era in travel.Respecting the nature and the wilderness of the region, sustainable design features include the removal of all concrete; the use of eco-friendly composite bamboo decking in the principal areas and the lodge will function on a 95% solar grid system.The lodge, which includes 12 tented rooms, spa, lounge, bar and open deck with pool and firepit, will be an authentic, timeless explorers retreat with modern luxuries to satisfy today’s curious adventurers.Island chic hideawayOpening in November 2018, a new era of beach-chic glamour and relaxed luxury is introduced to Belmond Cap Juluca, Anguilla, located in the British West Indies on Maundays Bay – one of the most serene white sandy beaches in the Caribbean.The design, by renowned interior design firm, Rottet Studio, pays homage to the surrounding nature and Anguillan heritage, blending the charms of old-world travel with new world comforts – offering a sanctuary for total escapism.A new sea view infinity-edge pool, ‘disappearing spa’, rustic beach bar The Cap Shack and elegant restaurants herald a new era for the resort. Colourful botanicals and indigenous plants spill in from the tropical surrounds and blend with new designs and the resort’s signature Greco-Moorish architecture.New romantic heroCompleting the year in style, Belmond opens the historic Belmond Cadogan Hotel in the heart of Chelsea, London. The multi-million-dollar refurbishment project preserves the unique heritage of the Queen Anne Style property dating back to 1887 and introduces a new retreat embracing quiet luxury.Interior design by GA Design International draws inspiration from the hotel’s original features and rich history and heritage – from Sir Hans Sloane, to Kings of England, artists and writers and the scandalous stories of Oscar Wilde and Lillie Langtry.With just 54 rooms, the hotel offers an intimate and welcoming ‘home’ in the heart of the city. Guests will have access to a private garden offering a tranquil escape in spring and summer and during winter the welcoming draw of the fireplaces throughout the hotel will provide a warm embrace.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterThe InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort on Thailand’s Koh Samui provides the perfect location to enjoy family holidays this year like never before with extensive activities for children and romance for parents.The InterContinental Koh Samui provides magical views of the Gulf of Thailand, breathless sunset views, mouth-watering cuisine and award-winning service to its 79 romantic luxury guest rooms, suites and villas.Featured is the multi award-winning Baan Thai Spa by HARNN offering a variety of aroma and relaxation therapies and pampering including therapeutic head-to-toe massage.On offer are free meals for kids and complimentary activities including the Resort’s own kids’ club Planet Trekkers, featuring activities and entertainment for children aged 4 –12 years.There are a host of recreation activities to enjoy during your school holiday stay – truly something for everyone. Including the following:SnorkellingThai boxingThai cooking classesYogaDolphin watchingWalks through the Angthong National Marine ParkWater Sports Centre offering stand-up-paddle boarding, windsurfing, kayaking and snorkellingPADI Dive CentreFully-equipped fitness centreYoga and PilatesThai ChiFit Ball classesAerobicsBeach volleyballMini beach soccerTable tennisMountain bikingThai cooking classes including a visit a local marketCocktail classesSpecial promotions have been created for the spring school holidays and are available until December 2018 only online and are subject to availability. Five islands of Koh Samui tour is now included in the offer for the first 25 guests to book.The Family Pleasure offer includes a stay at the luxurious Club Napa reserve Three Bedroom Residence Villa or three nights for two adults and two children at the Club Two Bedroom Residence Villa from THB 71,000 (AUD $2868.24).The package also includes free meals for children designed by our consultants of celebrity chefs in all outlets for the entire stay plus:Daily breakfast for the family at Amber, our Award-winning restaurant by Thailand TatlerComplimentary two-hour babysitting by our certified NanniesOne 60-minute therapeutic body massage for two adults at our Beach Sala (once per stay)Complimentary daily access to Planet Trekkers, InterContinental Samui’s signature Kids Club (for 2 kids)One Junior Master Chef Cooking Class for the children (once per stay)Welcome children’s amenitiesComplimentary WiFi access throughout the ResortKoh Samui is one of Thailand’s most popular island getaways. The 5-star award winning resort spans nine hectares (22 acres) on the unspoilt west coast of Koh Samui, only one hour by air from Bangkok and a 45-minute drive from the airport.Surrounded by more than 50 islands the property is a self-contained relaxed paradise that offers sheer tranquillity and romance for parents and a range of activities for the children. The resort is also idyllic for couples and honeymooners as well as weddings and corporate functions.The resort focusses on water fun with seven swimming pools and a variety of aquatic sports for guests supported by a fully equipped Fitness Center featuring life fitness cardio machines, resistance and free weights.Go back to the enewsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterCruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) Global Executive Committee has appointed Kelly Craighead as President and Chief Executive Officer effective 1 January 2019.Craighead will be taking over the role currently held by Cindy D’Aoust, who in July of this year announced her intent to leave her position by year’s end.Craighead has spent more than 15 years in the public and private sectors, recently serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Travel and Tourism in the US Department of Commerce where she advanced travel and tourism priorities within the Administration and with Congress.As the first Executive Director of the National Travel & Tourism Office, Kelly led initiatives that generated over $250 billion annually from International visitors to the US while also representing the United States internationally. Kelly remains active in global tourism efforts and is engaged with several international organisations focused on advancing travel and tourism priorities.I am extremely pleased that Kelly will be joining CLIA to support the global cruise industry during this golden age of cruising. Her extensive experience in the hospitality and travel industries, combined with her leadership skills and passion for results, are second to none. This is an exciting time for our industry, steeped in opportunity and I look forward to working with Kelly in the years to come.Arnold Donald, Global CLIA Chairman and President & CEO of Carnival Corporation & PLC.In the role of President and CEO, Craighead will direct CLIA’s global team to continue to unify, represent, advocate and promote the common interests of the organisation’s members and the global cruise industry. Among her top priorities will be to continue to share the tremendous value and excitement of cruise travel, making it the best holiday or vacation choice for every traveller around the world.“Demand for cruising is exhibiting strong growth, making the cruise industry a critical partner to localities, regions and nations around the world,” said Craighead. “I am excited to be joining such a strong and well-respected organisation at an important time for the industry. I look forward to listening, learning, and better understanding the needs of our members and building on the strong foundation and success of the current team, in order to most effectively lead CLIA in the years ahead.”Go back to the e-newsletter
LuggageLimits.com With more and more airlines now charging for check-in luggage – the number and the weight of your baggage has become an important factor in deciding which airline to fly with.It’s a legal requirement for airlines to display their luggage limits, however these can be hard to find, often buried deep within the airlines site – in fact – it’s almost as if some airlines would prefer you not to find them.It’s no coincidence that prices to check in excess baggage on the day of travel can be as high as £35 each way. Some airlines are particularly strict and will scrutinise the number of carry-on items – forcing you to have it all in one bag – or pay the hefty check-in charge.Enter LuggageLimits.com – the place to go for comprehensive luggage information. The simple site allows you to enter an airline, departure airport and arrival airport, and then gives you all the details on luggage size and weight limits, plus what it will cost you. You can also select ticket class to display the limits for each ticket type.The site claims to check for luggage info updates on a daily basis and currently offers information on 80 different airlines with more promised soon.See more Websites of the WeekReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedBritish Airways luggage allowance explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceBritish Airways recently restricted cabin luggage size: find out what the new BA cabin baggage allowance is and what their charges are for hold luggage, plus how to beat the airline fees!easyJet cabin luggage explained and how to maximise your hand baggage allowanceDon’t get caught out by easyJet hand luggage allowances; here are the latest baggage restrictions, plus a few tips on how to avoid paying cabin bag fees:Turkish Airlines cabin luggage explained and how to maximise your hand baggage allowanceFlying Turkish Airlines and need to know what their hand luggage and checked baggage allowances are? Here’s your essential Turkish Airlines baggage guide, plus tips on how to pack smartly so you can avoid paying for excess baggage.
RelatedFestival Frenzy: Music Festivals around the WorldSummer is here and the festivals are comingMusic Festival Fun: Skyscanner’s Top PicksHere at Skyscanner HQ, we love festivals; the music, the mud, the beer and the bands10 of the cheapest music festivals in Europe for 2016Fancy dancing in a field in Portsmouth, on the beach in Croatia, or how about a fortress in Serbia? This year’s music festivals are about to kick off all over Europe – including the UK, Belgium and Tenerife – but a summer of festival fun needn’t cost a fortune. Check… With summer festival season almost upon as, Skyscanner introduces ten excellent music festivals around the world.Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, UK23rd – 27th June 2010The king of all music festivals kicks off in June with its usual impressive line up of guests. The Pyramid Stage will be graced by the likes of U2, Stevie Wonder, Shakira, Scissor Sisters, Muse and Faithless.Elsewhere find Fat Boy Slim and N-Dubz to name but a very few of the hundreds of acts performing. Find cheap Bristol flightsRock Werchter, Rotselaar, Belgium1st – 4th July 2010Just 30km from Brussels, one of the key aspects of this increasingly popular festival is its keen interest in being as environmentally friendly as possible, and all aspects of it operate using renewable energy. It is appropriate therefore that Green Day will be headlining on the main stage, who will be followed by bands such as Rammstein, Pink and Pearl Jam. Find cheap Belgium flightsExit Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia8th – 11th July 2010Forget a muddy field in the middle of the countryside, Serbia’s largest festival is held in an eighteenth century fortress by the Danube. It’s not just about the music; the event also aims to bring current social issues to the fore as well. This year, performers include Mika, Placebo, Miss Elliott, Faith No More and The Chemical Brothers. Find cheap Belgrade flightsT in the Park, Balado, Kinross-shire, UK9th – 11th July 2010Scotland’s top festival kicks off again this year with some big names to entertain music devotees such as Eminem, Stereophonics, Kasabian and Jay-Z. In addition to the live acts there will also be a fairground, an open air cinema and market stalls. Don’t forget Fancy Dress Friday too, with prizes for the winning outfits and a chance to stand out from the crowds. Find cheap Edinburgh flightsBenicàssim Festival, Spain15th – 19th July 2010In its sixteenth year now, this festival is more than just a musical event. There will also be dance, art, theatre, a fashion show, a film festival as well as a plethora of markets, bars and places to grab some food. On top of all this, the venue is walking distance to the beach and also a huge water-park, making Benicàssim great for those who want bands and beach. Find cheap Spain flights Fuji Rock Festival, Naeba, JapanJuly 30th – August 1st 2010Probably one of the most beautiful settings for a music festival, Fuji Rock is held high in the Japanese Alps. The White Stage is in a forest clearing and you have to take a ski lift to reach the chill out zone.“Independence” and “Cooperation” are the “keys to fully enjoy this festival” but do watch out for stray bears and snakes. Expect to see Muse, Massive Attack and Roxy Music in the line up. Find cheap Tokyo flightsV Festival, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, UK21st – 22nd August 2010Sir Richard’s musical offering this summer will bring some highly popular performers to Essex and plenty of crowd pleasers. Those people lucky enough to have tickets (they’re already sold out) will be treated to Kings of Leon, The Prodigy, Paulo Nutini and FHM’s sexiest woman in the world: Cheryl Cole. For travel, get flights to London; Chelmsford is just a 30 minute train ride from the city. Find cheap London flightsReading Festival, Berkshire, UK27th – 29th August 2010Most people won’t realise that Reading Festival has been around (in one form or another) since 1961 when it began life as a jazz festival. It has grown and evolved over the years and continues to attract big international names. This year festival goers will be treated to the likes of Guns ‘n’ Roses, Blink 182, Dizzee Rascal, Lost Prophets and Cypress Hill. Find cheap London flightsBestival, Isle of Wight, UK9th – 12th September 2010Who needs to go to the festival when their website alone (bestival.net) is an audio visual treat in itself! The festival takes place at the Robin Hill Countryside Adventure Park near Newport, and as well as a huge line up of acts (including Rolf Harris), it is also a child friendly venue with plenty to keep the kids busy. There’s even the Breastival Baby Temple area for new mothers. Find cheap Southampton flightsSt Kilda Festival, Melbourne, Australia6th – 14th February 2011One of the great things about this festival, aside from the fact that it is held in a terrific city, is that it’s free – a saving which will go a little way to offsetting the cost of your flights to Melbourne. Over the last thirty years it has become one of the best known events in Australia and attracts hundreds of thousands of people. Initially just a two day street party, the nine day event is now a showcase for domestic music talent and performers of a variety of different genres. Find cheap Melbourne flightsReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
London – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineFor only four nights, the Courtyard at 51 will be transformed into an outdoor opera house complete with scenes from balconies and views from the VIP veranda amidst starry skies and delightful dining. Performances will be provided by ‘The Covent Garden Strings Company’ who have written the evenings’ performances specifically for the Courtyard at 51 taking into account the surroundings and history of the hotel as well as Shakespeare’s sylvan plays that adorn the hotel’s townhouses, including the famous scene from Romeo and Juliet as depicted in West Side Story.A three-course gourmet grill experience complements these performances with courses including sauteed tiger prawns with garlic and fresh tomatoes and whole baked sea bass with an almond chermoula. A choice of steaks and traditional grilled dishes will also be available.These operatic weekends will take place July 30th and 31st and August 20th and 21st, 2010. The Courtyard at 51 is one of London’s true hidden gems exuding tranquility in the heart of central London. Located minutes from the palace and within the grounds of 51 Buckingham Gate, the Courtyard at 51 boasts a beautiful cherub adorned fountain (allegedly donated by Queen Victoria) and the longest Shakespearean frieze, which runs along the fa_ade of the townhouses surrounding the award-winning Courtyard garden. 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences provides all the comforts of home plus concierge and butler services, nannies, a luxury spa and more.www.51-buckinghamgate.com/courtyard_51
by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Feb 20, 2018 9:10 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 20, 2018 at 10:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NBC’s Lindsey Vonn Show takes home Olympic bronze Fireworks from an Olympic celebration streak past the crescent moon at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Highlights from media coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics:THE LINDSEY VONN SHOW: NBC identified Lindsey Vonn and Shaun White as its two stars of the Olympics going in, and with White’s games over, was intent upon riding with Vonn to the bottom of the mountain. The focus bordered on the excessive, with the pre-race catalogue of her injuries, the l-o-n-g lingering camera shot as she waited for the starting gate to open and the two separate post-race interviews by Heather Cox. In the second interview, Cox followed NBC’s cringeworthy, get ’em to cry playbook by asking about a dead relative. In this case, it paid off because Cox stuck with her and, her emotions unleashed, Vonn talked movingly about her career and likely last hurrah at the Olympics.LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE: It was plain how determined NBC was to not repeat the embarrassment of the super-G competition when announcer Dan Hicks pronounced the race over before it was. And the network nearly succeeded. The downhill had roughly the same structure, with the last dozen or so racers having very little chance to win. This time NBC stuck with coverage nearly to the end, through racers that showed you why they had very little chance to win, forcing Hicks and partner Bode Miller to fill space through skiing’s version of basketball’s garbage time. Then, with nine racers left to go, a graphic flashed on the screen with the top three finishers and the still-premature label of “final results.”MILLER TIME: Miller’s had a rough Olympics, but he’s capable of insights you can only get from a recent, serious competitor. To an outsider, snow is snow. But Miller spotted a rough patch that caused one competitor to wipe out and spoke of the impact of different consistencies of snow. He also took the bold stance of suggesting the key factor in gold medal winner Sofia Goggia’s victory was her chosen starting time, fifth among all the skiers. We’re still hoping to learn what he means by the observation that a skier is taking an aggressive line.MILLER TIME, PART TWO: Is this Miller’s first and last Olympics with NBC? He sounded wistful hearing the story of Goggia working as a television commentator when she missed the Sochi Olympics due to an injury and when asked how she liked it, replied, “I like being a competitor a lot more.” Responded Miller: “I can agree with that.”SECOND CHOICE: NBC is getting the hang of using its NBCSN cable network as a complement to network coverage. On Tuesday, for example, the cable network gave extensive coverage of figure skating, allowing NBC the flexibility to stay longer on the downhill race and show more of the breadth of Olympic competition. It still needs to better communicate the choices that viewers have.RATINGS: An estimated 18.6 million viewers watched the Olympics in prime time Monday on either NBC, the cable network NBCSN or streaming services. That’s down 21 per cent from the 23.5 million viewers who saw the Olympics on the corresponding Monday night in Sochi four years ago. The 16.3 million who watched the NBC telecast Monday was down 31 per cent from Sochi. NBC says the average prime-time viewership for the Pyeongchang Games is 21.1 million, but no individual evening has topped the 20 million figure since last Tuesday.___More AP Olympic coverage: https://wintergames.ap.org
‘The Accountant of Auschwitz’ doc looks at prosecution of aging Nazi guards 94-year-old former SS sergeant Oskar Groening looks up as he listens to the verdict of his trial Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at a court in Lueneburg, northern Germany. As a German Nazi SS officer during the Second World War, Oskar Groening worked as an accountant at the Auschwitz concentration camp in occupied Poland. But he didn’t kill anyone nor sign orders to kill, according to his testimony at a high-profile 2015 trial, in which he was convicted as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews. The new documentary ???The Accountant of Auschwitz??? explores Groening’s case – looking at the complicity of him and other lower-level SS guards, and the debates surrounding their prosecution in the 1990s. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP – Tobias Schwarz, POOL by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 26, 2018 9:52 am PDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – As a German Nazi SS officer during the Second World War, Oskar Groening worked as an accountant at the Auschwitz concentration camp in occupied Poland.He documented and evaluated the worth of all the valuables of the prisoners as they arrived off the trains.But he didn’t kill anyone nor sign orders to kill, according to his testimony at a high-profile 2015 trial, in which he was convicted as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews.The new documentary “The Accountant of Auschwitz” explores Groening’s case — looking at the complicity of him and other lower-level SS guards, and the debates surrounding their prosecution.“The reason why he was on trial is because they could prove that he was on the ramp where the selections took place: this person goes to the gas chamber, this person goes to work,” said Matthew Shoychet, the doc’s Toronto-based director.“He was right there when the genocide was taking place, so just him being there makes him complicit.”Debuting Sunday at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, “The Accountant of Auschwitz” comes shortly after Groening’s death last month at age 96. He had yet to start his four-year prison sentence, which he was appealing.As Shoychet explains, Groening grew up in a nationalist family. After the war, he worked as a bookkeeper while living in his hometown in Germany.He wasn’t on the radar of prosecutors until 2005, when he did an interview with the BBC and candidly talked about his experiences at Auschwitz.That led to his trial, in which Holocaust survivors including Bill Glied of Toronto testified.Glied speaks in the doc, along with other survivors and a variety of academics, lawyers and journalists, among others.Also in the doc is Benjamin Ferencz, a U.S. prosecutor at the post-war Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders.Ricki Gurwitz, one of the doc’s producers, said she came up with the idea for the film after doing a segment on Groening’s trial while working as a TV news reporter.“One of the reasons we wanted to make this film is because the German judicial system, after the war, really did not prosecute Nazis,” said Gurwitz.“Their record is terrible. Out of the 6,500 SS guards at Auschwitz, only 49 were ever prosecuted…. In 2009 the interpretation of the law changed, so that meant that anyone who was just there could be prosecuted. That led prosecutors to (Groening).”The filmmakers said Groening wouldn’t do an interview with them for the doc, which does feature footage of him at his trial.The film also looks at other Nazi war crimes trials, including that of John Demjanjuk.“One of the questions, the central themes in our film, is Germany trying to make up for the mistakes of its past by prosecuting these lower-level SS guards who are 94, 95, today,” said Gurwitz.“How complicit are they? They didn’t shoot anyone, they were just there. They helped the system run but they weren’t actually killing anyone. All their contemporaries have died, all their superiors who actually did the killing died.“They’re the last men who are able to stand trial. Should they be facing prosecution because they’re the last men left standing? Or are they actually complicit because they were a cog in the machine and the machine would not have run without them there?”In the film, one of the survivors says she initially had sympathy for Groening when she saw how frail he was in court. But that vanished when she saw a look of disdain on his face.Yet another survivor forgave him and hugged him in court, said Gurwitz.“It just goes to show that this case is not so cut and dry, it’s not so black and white. There’s a lot of moral ambiguity.”Note to readers: CORRECTS to remove date reference in para 4
ORLANDO, Fla. – There may be no “Justice for Barb” at Universal Orlando’s haunted house based on the Netflix hit, “Stranger Things,” but the beloved, ill-fated character does appear in grand, gory style.The “Stranger Things” house is one of 10 haunted houses built for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights.It is the most haunted houses ever in 28 years of celebrating all things horror at the Orlando, Florida, theme park resort.“Stranger Things” haunted houses also are at Halloween Horror Nights celebrations at Universal parks in California and Singapore, running from mid-September to the beginning of November.Patrons walking through the “Stranger Things” haunted house follow the plot contours of the first season.There’s a monstrous Demogorgon seemingly around every corner, ready to scare the bejesus out of you. by Mike Schneider, The Associated Press Posted Oct 10, 2018 11:59 am PDT Last Updated Oct 10, 2018 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 photo, a monstrous Demogorgon seemingly around every corner is ready to scare you in the Stranger Things haunted house during Halloween Horror nights at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. The “Stranger Things” house is one of 10 haunted houses built for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights running through early November. (AP Photo/John Raoux) No live Barb, many Demogorgons at Universal haunted house
Man arrested for breaking into Mellencamp’s Indiana home by The Associated Press Posted Feb 7, 2019 1:08 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — An Indianapolis man has been arrested after ramming his SUV through a security gate at the home of rocker John Mellencamp and kicking in a door.The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department says 48-year-old Robert P. Carter was arrested about 6 a.m. Thursday by officers responding to an alarm at Mellencamp’s home outside Bloomington. No one was home at the time.Carter told officers he was there to “arrest Mellencamp for supporting a government” Carter doesn’t support. He was charged with burglary, residential entry and criminal trespass.Carter had been released from the Monroe County Jail after a court appearance Wednesday for having a handgun without a license. He also received a mental health evaluation.Court records don’t list an attorney for Carter who can comment on his behalf.The Associated Press
November 9, 2012Congratulations to the participants of the October 7th. 2012 five-week workshop upon their graduation: from back left: Mitzy Strebel will continue on at Arcosanti as a volunteer in the Soleri Archives, Eleanor McIntyre starts her planning internship, David Chan continues as a volunteer in the Soleri Archives. From front left: Julie Quinn continues as a volunteer in construction, Huang Chong continues as a volunteer in the maintenance department.[photo by Donald Mahoney]
The General Manager of the Cyprus Hydrocarbon Company (CHC), Panos Kelamis, appears optimistic about Cyprus’ energy prospects, pointing out at the same time that the situation in the oil and gas industry is dynamic which calls for patience and perseverance.In an interview with CNA, Kelamis referred to block “10” of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEA) which has attracted great interest among major oil and gas companies that participated in Cyprus’ third licensing round and in which ExxonMobil plans drilling in 2018.According to Kelamis, the companies “battled” for block “10” which is important according to their seismic and geological surveys and especially on the basis of the model of the Egyptian Zohr field.“Block ‘10’ is important, because of the geological analogies with Zohr, but in the future, we may have other important blocks which we are currently analyzing and examine”, he noted.At the same time, he did not rule out a fourth round of licensing by the Republic of Cyprus.He noted, however, that each licensing round must be successful before it even begins since both CHC and the Government must prepare all the data and incentives that need to be given to the companies. He stressed the need for networking, good coverage of seismic data, presentations abroad and proper preparation.Referring to the recent first licensing round of Lebanon, he said that, their success was limited, as opposed to Cyprus’ third licensing round which attracted major companies such as ExxonMobil, Qatar Petroleum, Statoil, ENI and Total.“The success of the third round shows that there was good preparation and that’s why it was successful. Of course, we will have the fourth round, at the right time, with the proper preparation and the right conditions, “he said.End of November a meeting with Total for the future of block “11”Panos Kelamis (Photo: CNA)According to Kelamis at the end of November, there will be a meeting with French Total where the energy companies will inform the Republic on its future plans for block “11”, following an exploratory drilling a few months ago at the target Onesiphoros.The outcome of drilling showed that Onesiphoros is not a stand-alone project, even though according to Kelamis, the findings were encouraging.“Block “11” is encouraging. It is not marketable, but we may have synergies in the future” he told CNA.At the same time, he emphasized the significance of the discovery in “11”, as not only gas was located, but most importantly, the same structure, the same oil system as Zohr, was discovered in Cyprus, in an area of 75,000 square kilometers.“We have two things that allow us and allow other companies to proceed to find Zohr – type, carbonate deposits in the Cypriot EEZ,” he explained, stressing that the “Onesiphoros” was the first source, so the results cannot be described as disappointing.Regarding the exploratory drilling planned by ENI in 2018, Kelamis estimated that it is more likely that the company will proceed to two drillings in two of the blocks for which it is licensed (‘3’,’6’,’8’).Furthermore, he referred to the drillings planned in block “10” by ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum in mid – 2018, pointing out the it’s a huge success for a small country like Cyprus to have five to six drilling in two years.Intensive negotiation for “Aphordite” field exploitation Regarding the exploitation of Aphrodite field and the prospects of exports to Egypt, Kelamis said that CHC is working intensively towards this direction, together with the companies of block “12”, Shell, Delek and Noble in order to achieve the best results.He noted that negotiations are not easy because prices are currently low, despite the upward trend, noting that one should be careful.“We want to clinch an agreement, because this would be an agreement for 15-20 years that will offer Cyprus the maximum. And we want the agreement to be clear, in order for every Cypriot to really understand why we sign it,” he said.He noted that since February 2016, there were 18-20 meetings with the interested companies in Egypt, and expressed the view that an outcome will be achieved and announced soon.“We need persistence and perseverance. We definitely want to go to Egypt, but we have certainly looked at the scenarios of a great discovery and the synergies that will exist,” he added, noting that more deposits give Cyprus more choices for development and commercial exploitation.“The whole situation in the oil and gas industry is a dynamic situation. We know where we want to go there, but there are many ways to go there “he said.Asked if there will be a clearer picture for the exploitation of deposits by the end of 2018, he said that for “Aphrodite” it will be even faster.At the same time, he said that the future of Eastern Mediterranean is auspicious regarding oil and gas.He also talked about a breakthrough such as the findings in the Egyptian Zohr field and how this has changed the game in the Eastern Mediterranean since 2015. Kelamis praised Nicosia’s quick response to this development.He expressed the view that the Eastern Mediterranean, due to Zohr’s discovery or new discoveries and thoughts about new oil systems in the future, is of great importance to the industry. Moreover, he stressed the importance of the fact that an energy giant such as Exxon Mobil has come to Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean.Asked if there is any evidence of hydrocarbons in the area north of Cyprus, where Turkey claims that may illegally proceed with drilling, Kelamis said there is no official evidence and it is premature for anyone to say anything.Saying that CHC has no data about the region, he expressed the hope that after a solution to the Cyprus problem, the Republic will be able to gather all the data. Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus’ northern part since they invaded in 1974, does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus and acts unilaterally and illegal in the areas it occupies.He said that special attention should be paid to security and environmental protection in order to minimize the likelihood of technical or human error, which, as he said in recent years, is the most important element in the industry.Kelamis, who has worked for years in the United States and Saudi Arabia with long-term experience in Saudi Arabia’s state-owned company Saudi Aramco, said that he was impressed by both the human resources in Cyprus in the field and the speed of the procedures for the third licensing round.“Cyprus must be proud of its scientists in oil and gas,” he added, saying that the country should invest in them not only in technical matters, but also in legal and economic matters. He noted that in Cyprus he has met good scientists with the right attitude.He told CNA that he was impressed by the collective effort made by all relevant Ministries and Services, headed by the Minister of Energy, for the third licensing round, pointing out that the negotiations were concluded in record time for the industry.CNAYou May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
New Cyprus negotiations under UN parameters could only begin when Greek Cypriots change their mentality and are willing to share power with their counterparts in the north of the island, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said.In an interview with Kathimerini published on Sunday, Cavusoglu also said that Block 6 of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) was within Turkey’s continental shelf.He criticised the Greek Cypriot side for what he called its unilateral activities on hydrocarbon exploration. “Turkish Cypriots, as co-owners of Cyprus, have an inalienable right to the natural resources of the island,” he was quoted as saying. Greek Cypriots were proceeding without discussion with or briefing of the Turkish Cypriots, he added.“Both Turkish Cypriots and Turkey have repeatedly pointed out that unilateral exploration and exploitation activities in the Eastern Mediterranean are not legitimate as there is no just, viable solution to the Cyprus problem,” Cavusoglu said.He argued that part of one of the areas delineated by the Republic of Cyprus, Block 6, was partly within the Turkish continental shelf. “Needless to say, we will never allow arbitrary exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons on our continental shelf,” he added.On the reports that Cyprus and Greece would delineate maritime borders, Cavusoglu said such a position was contrary to international law.“In this part of the Mediterranean, the delimitation of the maritime zones must be settled with an agreement between all the states in the region, based on the principle of equality and in alignment with international law,” he said. Turkey is not a signatory to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos).On the Cyprus negotiations, Cavusoglu said they failed because the Greek Cypriot side was not willing to share power. “They still believe they can absorb them [Turkish Cypriots] into the existing administration instead of establishing a genuine new partnership based on political equality,” he said. Turkish Cypriots would not accept being restricted to the status of a single minority.New negotiations under UN parameters could begin “only if Greek Cypriots change their mentality”. “We still believe that only a compromise resulting from negotiations can be sustainable. The question is what form this compromise will take and what will be the new goal. This is something that we all have to agree on. And only then can the new negotiations begin, ” said Cavusoglu.The two sides were currently in a period of reflection and there would be a clearer picture after Sunday’s elections in the south of the island, he concluded. said.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Nicosia on Thursday said it was working through diplomatic channels to resolve the current standoff with Turkey in the island’s economic waters, while Ankara reiterated it would not allow Greek Cypriots to ‘unilaterally’ exploit natural gas resources without sharing with Turkish Cypriots.Speaking to reporters, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said Cyprus’ objective remained the same: to ensure that the rig chartered by Italian oil major ENI carries out its planned gas exploratory drill in offshore block 3.Since last Friday Turkish warships have set up a blockade around the Saipem 12000 drillship, on the premise of conducting military exercises in the area. The drillship remains immobilized at a distance of some 50km from the site of the drill.Christodoulides refused to be drawn on what further diplomatic manoeuvres Nicosia had in store should Turkey extend the Navtex, or notice to mariners, by which it reserved for military drills the area in block 3.The Navtex in question is set to expire on February 22; Turkey could renew it at any time.“We are ready to handle the situation as it develops. Various things are being considered, alternative scenarios have been drawn up, and depending on how the situation evolves the Republic shall act accordingly,” the spokesman said.He said that during the informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Sofia, which began on Thursday, foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides would raise with his counterparts the issue of Turkey’s actions off the coast of Cyprus.Also attending the gathering in Sofia will be Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik.Ankara meanwhile indicated it was not prepared to budge. Speaking from Baku, Azerbaijan, where he was attending a conference on natural gas, Turkey’s energy minister Berat Albayrak underlined that his country is resolved to fully exercise its rights emanating from international law and to defend the Turkish Cypriots’ rights.Albayrak accused Greek Cypriots of seeking to create “facts on the ground” through their gas exploration activities, warning that Turkey would stand against this “to the very end.”Turkish Cypriots, he added, are joint and equal owners of the island’s natural resources.Turkish Cypriots signed a ‘Continental Shelf Delimitation Agreement’ with Turkey in September 2011. It is on this basis that Turkish Cypriots declared an ‘Exclusive Economic Zone’ of their own, which in effect claims that half of Cyprus’ EEZ belongs to them, including blocks 1,2,3,8,9,12 and 13.Turkey itself is laying claim to parts of various blocks in Cyprus’ EEZ saying the areas in question form part of its continental shelf. The claim includes part of blocks 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7.A key question is how long ENI can hold out in the event Turkey decides to continue blocking the drillship.It’s understood that, other than the financial cost to the company – up to €500,000 a day to lease the rig – ENI must at some point release the drillship for other projects.According to reports, the Saipem 12000 has next been chartered for work in Morocco in March. This leaves ENI a diminishing window of time to put the rig to use, as the exploratory drilling in Cyprus’ block 3 was expected to take between 20 and 25 days.Citing sources in the government, daily Politis said ENI could probably wait until February 22 to start drilling operations – but not much beyond that.February 22 is the date on which the Turkish Navtex expires.How the present situation unfolds could have an impact on future gas exploration in waters south and southeast of the island. Commentators suggest that other oil companies may be discouraged from pursuing projects offshore Cyprus should Turkey prevail in stopping this particular drill.Hubert Faustmann, professor of history and political science at the University of Nicosia says Turkey is more prepared than the other side (Cyprus and Italy) to push the envelope:“The Turks have been consistent, in that they always take the corresponding countermeasures to Greek Cypriot moves in the eastern Mediterranean.“They have gradually escalated their measures. In the beginning they used to send seismic ships into the Cypriot EEZ, now they’re dispatching warships.”Reports in the local media suggested energy companies won’t be deterred from their Cyprus operations.Phileleftheros writes that, far from backing away from its Cyprus projects, ENI has confirmed in writing to the government its commitment to honour its contractual obligations by carrying out at least three more drills.The Italian state is part-owner of ENI.On Thursday Italy’s defence minister Roberta Pinotti met her Turkish counterpart at the Nato defence ministerial gathering in Brussels.She later told reporters that the two governments were seeking a “commonly acceptable solution” to the dispute.ENI is scheduled to drill two more exploratory wells in any of its concessions in blocks 2, 3 and 9. In addition, the company is very likely to carry out an appraisal, or follow-up, drill at the site in block 6 where it recently announced a sizeable gas find.Meanwhile, Phileleftheros reports, the ExxonMobil-Qatar Petroleum joint venture is poised to conduct detailed surveys of the seabed in their block 10 license, in order to identify the targets of two drills scheduled for the second half of the year. You May Like2019 Cars | Sponsored LinksThese 2019 Cars Cost Under $20k2019 Cars | Sponsored LinksUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
To prove their point that air-conditioning is needed in classrooms during the summer, primary school teachers said on Wednesday that thermometers used the previous day recorded temperatures of up to 38C starting as early as 7.45am.Teachers had responded to their union Poed’s call to measure temperatures in what its chairman described a symbolic move.As early as 7.45am on Tuesday, the educators’ thermometers showed temperatures close to or above 30C in many classrooms while others measured 32C, 33C and even 38C.“Effectively an effort was made to prove what is self-evident but the issue is that it brings the matter, which is not new, back into the spotlight,” Phylios Phylactou said on Wednesday.He added that this time last year the matter was discussed by the House education committee and the ministry had announced a specific policy to study conditions inside classrooms.Phylactou said the issue was part of the wider chapter of health and safety and ways had to be found to overcome problems because for at least five months of the school year it was difficult for anyone to work.Of Tuesday’s measurements, Phylactou said they just used basic thermometers. If specialised equipment were to be used, measuring humidity and air quality, the results would be far worse, he said.On Tuesday, the education ministry said air conditioning in schools was unnecessary since they are closed when it is hottest in the early afternoon, and during the summer holidays.The ministry was against the idea of installing air-conditioning inside all school buildings though they exist in computer labs and headteachers’ offices.In September last year, 100 pupils in Limassol’s Lanitio Lyceum were suspended for a day after they refused to go to class because there was no air-conditioning.You May LikeFlexSafeThieves Can’t Steal Your Stuff If You Use ThisFlexSafeUndoRankerHeroic Medal of Honor RecipientsRankerUndoWarped SpeedCan You Ace This Puppy Quiz?Warped SpeedUndo LED-lighting the way by 2020UndoUrgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoCyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: Canfield News 22Oct Road funding solution passes House Canfield: We are standing behind the best plan for Michigan residentsThe House this week passed a multi-bill package to fix Michigan’s roads.The plan will dedicate $600 million in General Fund revenue to fix roads and bridges while also raising $600 million in new restricted revenue for the same purpose, equaling $1.2 billion in transportation funding when fully phased in over five years. In addition, the package increases the Homestead Property Tax Credit by $200 million for middle-class families, low-income residents and seniors.State Rep. Ned Canfield, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Transportation and sponsor of one of the bills in the package, says that this is a common-sense solution to fix the roads.“This is the compromise plan,” said Rep. Canfield, R-Sebewaing. “The results of Proposal 1 told us that Michigan residents want a roads-focused plan. This plan is about roads.”Rep. Canfield’s bill specifically would require a Request for Proposal process for all projects over $100,000 for MDOT. Local road agencies must do RFP’s for all projects, excluding routine maintenance, over $100,000, unless the local road agency affirmatively finds that they can do it themselves for less.The plan also creates more than $1 billion each year for our infrastructure by increasing registration fees by about $55 on average for all vehicles. In addition, the bills phase in a 3.3-cent gas tax increase per gallon by 2019.The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.
Categories: Bollin News 15May Rep. Bollin votes to protect Michigan youth from dangers of e-cigarettes Pinckney High School students advocate for reformState Rep. Ann Bollin welcomes Pinckney High School students Benjamin Welch and Kalie Alexander to the Capitol.State Rep. Ann Bollin today voted in favor of a plan to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and prevent individuals under 18 from possessing vaping products in Michigan.Bollin, of Brighton Township, welcomed two Pinckney High School students to the House to watch the historic vote. The students, Kalie Alexander and Benjamin Welch, testified before a Senate committee earlier this year to advocate for the reforms.“I applaud Kalie and Benjamin for standing up for an issue they believe in,” Bollin said. “They saw a problem, took action and became part of the solution.”Bollin said the number of teenagers who use e-cigarettes has increased dramatically over the past few years, drawing concern from parents, school administrators and law enforcement officers.“This new way of smoking has become popular among young people, most of whom incorrectly believe it is perfectly harmless,” Bollin said. “Vaping nicotine can have some dangerous long-term health effects for teenagers. It’s critically important that we start taking this more seriously.”Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that deliver nicotine and flavoring without burning tobacco. The devices are small and often look harmless – including a version that looks just like a computer flash drive – making them appealing to teens and difficult to detect in schools. In a recent study, one in five Michigan high school students reported having used an e-cigarette during the previous 30 days.According to the Centers for Disease Control, vaping nicotine can harm adolescent brain development and lead to addiction. Many vaping products also contain diacetyl, which is commonly associated with “popcorn lung” – a condition that damages airways.Senate Bills 106 and 155 received overwhelming support in the House and now head to the governor for consideration.###