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Ibis wants to transform from economy hotel to lifestyle destination

A brand shake up is expected to see Ibis hotels take on a stronger lifestyle focus and create social settings for guests and non-guests alike, including through the introduction of new entertainment, design and dining concepts. The strategy is in response to new customer expectations highlighted by an Ipsos study conducted across six countries on behalf of ibis: 80 per ...

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Santa Fe businesses enjoy snow effect

The good news about snow this winter isn’t limited to the peaks above Santa Fe. It has extended down the mountain to cash registers in town, where ski shops, hotels and restaurants report booming business like they haven’t seen in quite some time. “This year so far is the second biggest year we’ve had,” said Kale Snider, a manager at ...

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City Market Arts showcases local vendors

More than 35 vendors from Charlottesville showcased their locally-made products at Carver Recreation Center during the City Market Arts Show on Saturday. The showcase featured a variety of jewelry, paintings, pottery, and more all made in town. Justin McKenzie, manager of City Market Arts, said the market gives local business owners a chance to showcase their products. “We’re here to ...

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UK weather: temperatures to plummet again on Saturday night

Thousands of people have been trapped, delayed and had their journeys disrupted by heavy snow that swept across parts of the UK, as forecasters warned more severe weather was on the way over the weekend. Scotlandcould see lows of minus 16C (3.2F) over Saturday night into Sunday as the cold snap continues, the Met Office said. Hundreds of motorists were stranded ...

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Brazil: shocking video captures moment of deadly dam collapse

A week after the deadly collapse of a mining dam in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, dozens paid tribute to the 110 victims killed and 238 who are still missing, while newly released video footage showed the moment that a powerful wave of waste began sweeping over everything in its path. A ceremony was held at the site of the ...

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Health minister says no 2-tier health care planned for province

The Ontario government’s transformation of the health-care system will not include two-tier care, private hospitals or making patients pay for more services out of pocket, the health minister said Friday. Christine Elliott did a round of interviews to clarify the Progressive Conservative government’s position a day after she repeatedly refused to rule out further health system privatization at a hastily ...

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In Iraq, political wrangling spawns debate over US troops

BAGHDAD: From the halls of parliament to the lightning-fast rumour mills of social media, pro-Iran factions are demanding US troops withdraw from Iraq in a challenge to the country’s fragile government. The political wrangling is another indication of Iraq’s precarious position as it tries to balance ties between two key allies — the United States and the Islamic republic of ...

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The conflict between Israel and Iran in Syria has just escalated dramatically

Israel has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on Iranian military targets, in a rare move that risks escalating tensions between the two feuding countries. Israel said the latest strikes were in retaliation to Iranian forces launching a surface-to-surface missile from the Damascun area toward the northern part of the Israeli-held Golan Heights, The New York Times reported. The country made ...

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Israel sparks World War 3 fears with HUGE show of military force – ‘Complete success’

Officials said a dummy missile launched off the Israeli coast to simulate an enemy long-range ballistic rocket was successfully tracks and destroyed by the new system. The test was carried out by the Israeli Defence Ministry’s Missile Defence Organisation and the US Missile Defence Agency (MDA), with assistance from the Israeli Air Force and Israeli Aerospace Industries, which manufactures the ...

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Bill Gates is obsessed with redesigning the world’s toilets — and he just brought a jar of poop onstage to prove it

Bill Gates isn’t afraid of potty talk. On Tuesday, he got onstage in front of business leaders, investors, and government officials from around the world and unveiled what he politely referred to as a “little exhibit.” It was a glass jar filled with human feces. “It’s good to be reminded, in there could be over 200 trillion rotavirus particles, 20 billion Shigella ...

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