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Miss Venezuela murder: Police arrest teenager on suspicion of homicide and aggravated robbery

January 30, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Monica Spear, 29, and her British husband Thomas Berry, 39, were shot after their car broke down on a motorway. Three men have already been jailed for murder.

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Crescent Head, New South Wales: Travel guide and things to do

January 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Crescent Head is a quiet holiday destination on a beautiful stretch of coastline.

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Penrose, New South Wales: Travel guide and things to do

January 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Penrose is a small township in the Southern Highlands.

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Port Gregory, Western Australia: Travel guide and things to do

January 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Port Gregory is an unusual and fascinating small seaside town.

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Queenscliff, Victoria: Travel guide and things to do

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Queenscliff is a delightful resort town on the Bellarine Peninsula.

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Expanded wizarding world at Universal’s Florida theme parks

January 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Last summer, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter expanded immensely extending into two Florida theme parks, Universal Orlando and the Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

The original Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Hogsmeade was located at the Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park. However, Universal converted its Jaws theme park area that is located within Universal Orlando into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley which was opened to the public last summer. To get from one park to the other you need to run through a brick wall and enter onto platform 9¾ and board a full scale Hogwarts Express that is equipped with steam and whistle. Just like in the movie. Unlike in the movie, this journey takes only seven minutes. But the journey is full of other memorabilia including Hagrid on his motorcycle, the Weasley twins on brooms, and the buckbeak.

Visitors enter through another brick wall to get into the Diagon Alley shops and the Knockturn Alley. You can pick up your wand at the Ollivanders and novelties at the Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes. Burgin and Burks still sells Death Eater masks and skulls. Gringotts Bank comes with a high-speed thrill ride that will take you deep into the vaults.

Marbella: The place to see and be seen

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Marbella is known to be the playground of the rich and famous, who own apartments, villas or have parked yachts there. It is situated along the Costa del Sol and offers the same lifestyle as the French city of St. Tropez.

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The Story of Mears Memorial Bridge

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Samuel Phineas Upham

Spanning the expanse of the Tanana River is the 700-foot engineering marvel of the Mears memorial bridge. It’s one of the largest simple truss-type bridges in the world, and it was built by the Alaska Engineering Commission. The commissions constructed the bridge as the final link in the great expanse of railroad snaking through the region.

The railroad was pivotal to the Alaskan economy, and the bridge became something of a battleground. The bridge was declared publicly owned, a response to the American distrust of monopolistic practices. The Alaskan Syndicate, headed by JP Morgan and Simon Guggenheim, quickly came to hold some of the most key producers for Alaska. They acquired copper mines, stretches of railroad, steamship and salmon packing operations.

As a result, a large debate grew over the bridge. The public felt that conceding this final stretch, what was quite likely to be a highly trafficked area, would be a drastic misstep in the governance of their own territory. James Wickersham, an Alaskan district judge, became the face of that struggle when he agreed and granted public ownership over the Mears Memorial. This is one of the early examples of a long history of Alaskan resistance to corporate influence, which has made mining for resources in the state a unique proposition.

The bridge was designed by a Chicago architectural firm, and was built by the American Bridge Company. It was completed in 1923, where it was officially recognized as the longest truss-style bridge that was in the United States, a title it still holds today.


About the Author: Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Samuel Phineas Upham website or LinkedIn.

Cheap air fares not enough, local tour operators say

January 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

PETALING JAYA, Jan 22 — Providing cheaper air fares is not good enough to increase domestic tourism, said local tourism associations. Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents (Matta)…

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SATTA welcomes China’s consulate-general office in KK

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KOTA KINABALU : The Sabah Association of Tour & Travel Agents (SATTA) welcomes the People’s Republic of China’s consulate-general office in Kota Kinabalu.

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