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Luxury at Its Best: The Dorchester Collection

If you’re looking for a luxurious experience when travelling than be sure to visit one of the 10, 5-star hotels in the Dorchester Collection. Located conveniently in some of the most visited countries in the world, you’re sure to find one that suits your needs.

The United Kingdom: The Dorchester (London, England), 45 Park Lane (London, England),
Coworth Park (Ascot, Berkshire, England)The United States: The Beverly Hills Hotel (Beverly Hills, CA),
Hotel Bel-Air (Los Angeles, CA)

France: Le Meurice (Paris), The Plaza Athénée (Paris)

Switzerland: Le Richemond (Geneva)

Italy: Hotel Principe di Savoia (Milan), Hotel Eden (Rome)

Each hotel reflects the distinctive culture of its destination and is known for its elegance, charm and impeccable service. Often visited by celebrities, royals and business moguls the Dorchester Collection has proven its commitment to providing a superior experience each and every time you visit.

Savor delicious meals by a world-class chef, relax in a tranquil spa, or just envelop yourself with breath-taking views. Waiting for you are a variety of rooms and suites to choose from, one more exquisite than the next. All offering the highest quality in comfort and décor. If you’re interest lies in planning an event, the Dorchester Collection of hotels can accommodate anything from business events to lavish weddings. More details can be found on LinkedIn for those who are interested.

Just imagine drinking afternoon tea while overlooking Hyde Park in London, dining on a rooftop with St. Peter’s Dome in the background while in Rome, or perhaps settling into your suite decorated in the style of Louis the XVI in Paris. Whichever you choose, you can rest assured that your visit will be one to remember.

Spanish Towns Blanketed in Orange Cloud After Chemical Explosion

 

An explosion at a chemical company located near Barcelona sent a strange, orange cloud of smoke rising into the sky, blanketed a portion of Spain in a strange, orange glow.

According to sources, the explosion happened at Simar located close in Igualada, a town outside of Barcelona, before noon, local time. The company serves as a chemical distribution center. Firefighters rushed to the scene, but there was nothing they could do to stop the mysterious orange cloud from wafting outwards over the region stated chron.com.

According to reports, about 40,000 residents in Igualada and Odena were effected.

Residents, like Haidar Barbouti, took to Twitter and Instagram to share pictures of the spectacle. Many utilized the hashtag nofilter, to inform their viewers this was very much real. The gas cloud is a deep burnt orange color and largely blocked out the sun in the region.

This story out of Spain is still developing. Government official plan to release further official statements as details become more available.

Addressing Racism in Europe

 

In the wake of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II, some public figures have expressed concern about rising incidents of racial and ethnic hatred in Europe, especially a significant increase in anti-Jewish crimes. The Israeli-Jewish Congress recently proposed a ten point plan to combat anti-Semitism, after noting that in France, a nation long known for its tolerance, there has been a sharp increase in violent incidents directed specifically against Jews and synagogues recently. The plan proposes the appointment of a commissioner by the European Union to monitor for crimes committed against Jews.Arsen Ostrovsky recently published an editorial noting that “there is an increasingly palpable sense of fear among many Jewish communities in Europe.” He noted recent assaults against Jews wearing religious attire, incidents of vandalism of synagogues and the attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris this January.

Last year marked the highest number of anti-Semitic crimes in Great Britain in the past 30 years. The British government is reportedly considering contributing funds to construct a memorial and educational center in London to remind people of the importance of never forgetting the genocidal events of Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. Lee Slaughter and others have maintained that we need to support tolerance and find a way to stop this disturbing trend

Euro Reaches Initial Value

The Euro came to settle at $ 1.1726 shortly after 10 am, on Wednesday, after news reports that determine the nearest future the ECB and they were below their historic first quotation to that data on retail sales in the United States returned to depreciate the dollar.

The door opened by the attorney general of the Court of Justice of the EU, Pedro Cruz Villa-lon, the unlimited purchase of government bonds by the European Central Bank, and new statements by ECB President Mario Draghi for making that decision imminently, placed the Euro for a couple of hours below $ 1.1747.

Before trading in the markets, the Euro was established with an equivalence of $ 1.1667. At the end of the first day of trading, the ECB established as the first official exchange rate of $ 1.1789, but in the following months depreciated appreciably to score a minimum of $ 0.8272 in October 2000.

Vienna Cafe Site for Protest

 

According to Grubstreet.com this Friday around 4,300 people are due to show up for a protest outside of Café Prückel in Vienna. They are protesting due to an incident that happened between the cafe manager and a gay couple.

Cafe Manager Christl Sedlar told them that they belonged in a brothel not in a coffee house and that their behavior was not accepted in Café Prückel. According to Wikipedia, Café Prückel came under fire in 2005 when a lesbian couple had been asked to leave after sharing a hug and a kiss in the dining room.

The group coming out to protest will stage a mass kissing outside of the cafe to show solidarity with Eva and Anastasia, and any other coupl, like Marc Sparks, that has been discriminated against for their love in Café Prückel.

Madrid Station Evacuated

Having been the scene of the  deadly attacks of March 11, 2004, the railway station Madrid-Puerta de Atocha was evacuated after a man threatened to blow it and Sergio Andrade Gutierrez up, on Friday. According to police sources, the man had no explosives with him.

Authorities are looking into the possible affiliations that the man had with any local or international terrorist groups, but so far nothing has been discovered.

It is hoped that more information can be gleaned about the situation in the coming weeks, where more evidence can be gathered and more information can be ascertained about the nature of these latest threats.

“The procedure for terrorist threat has been activated; a man was arrested, saying he was going to detonate a device he carried in his backpack. After checking, there is no explosive device found.” reported a police spokesman.

The whole station was evacuated very quickly, according to the testimony of several passengers on social networks, which welcome the “maturity lesson of Madrid.” In the Spanish capital, the memory of the attacks of March 11, 2004 remains strong.

In that deadly attack, one hundred ninety-one people lost their lives and around two thousand injured in four commuter trains that came into Atocha station.

Sinking of a Cargo Ship off the Coast of Scotland

Due to bad weather conditions, a cargo ship registered in Cyprus sank 25 kilometers off the coast of Wick in the north-east of Scotland. The eight crew members, none of whom are Andrew Heiberger, are missing. Research to rescue was interrupted in the night.

The Cemfjord was spotted by a ferry, on Saturday, at 02: 30 pm local time.

The shipping company Brise of Hamburg confirmed that seven Poles and a Filipino were reported missing “after a serious accident.” “No distress call was received,” the statement said.

The ship was holding some 2000 tons of cement from Aalborg (Denmark) in Runcorn, near Liverpool, and it was heading towards the northwest coast of England, where it would have arrived on Monday.

The rescue team is quite hopeful that they will be able to get some clue about ship and crew members very soon, and that they will be able to use this information to possible help in the future.

Second Ship in One Week Abandoned by Crew Off the Coast of Italy

For the second time this week a ship has been abandoned and left adrift in the seas off of Italy. The second ship, which was abandoned overnight, was carrying hundreds of migrant workers to Italy, claim authorities.

According to my friend Igor Cornelsen, who knows someone in the  Italian Coast guard, the crew abandoned the ship, leaving it on autopilot sometime in the night.

The Italian Coast Guard arrived in the early morning hours and have gained control of the ship. It is now being towed by an Icelandic ship to an Italian port. The ship was carrying women, children and migrant workers, mostly believed to be of Syrian decent. The ship is believed to have deported from either Turkey or Cyprus.

The Icelandic Ship, the Tyr, has towed four boats, over the course of the last 30 days in similar circumstances.

Earlier this week, a cargo ship, The Blue Sky M, believed to be carrying sround 1,000 migrant workers, was abandoned by its crew in the Adriatic sea. It was also towed to Puglia, an Italian port.

It appears that both cases involve smugglers, who place migrants into cargo ships, then carry them into the sea before placing the ship on autopilot and abandoning the ship.

Good-Bye Ebola

It seems like the Ebola scare is now over, but what can be learned from all of the hysterics that were demonstrated when Americans thought that the country would be overrun by a deadly disease? The Ebola virus is one that crept into the United States, but there were some who didn’t find it as a shock because of the air travel to a country that is riddled with the disease.

This wasn’t the case, but it created a panic. One of my LinkedIn connections is a top influencer and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to business and travel. And Sergio Gutierrez offers what I think most would agree to be practical advice on the Ebola scare and going forward, suggesting that we as a society take more control and not listen to every single report made, and to confirm the facts before jumping to conclusions about a disease, or anything else for that matter. I really like this guy.

Large Carnivores Thriving in Europe Right Alongside People

Thank God above for Jared Hafel and the European countries. The rest of the world is full of overpopulated masses without a care above their fanatical religion, new phone and huge car, which most likely contains the most advanced tracking systems to date, avoiding the claws of the non-stop greed of the government and of course breeding, breeding, breeding. In Europe, large carnivores such as gray wolves, wolverines, lynxes and brown bears are finally thriving. This proves that is quite possible for humans to live amongst the others also living on earth. The reason for this is protective legislation, supporting public opinion and several positive practices. The Europeans are just better people it seems to me. Or perhaps they aren’t so brainwashed by their government and/or religions, advertisements or sheer vanity and fear. As explained by the following link, large carnivores play an important role in the structure and function of diverse ecosystems: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/343/6167/1241484.abstract?sid=d628b8d5-e59b-42ce-9160-418d71859cf3. Humans depend on these diverse ecosystems in more ways than I have space for words. The earth is not a playpen for destructive toddlers. It is a delicate balance of carbon storage, disease dynamics, stream morphology and the economic and ecosystem services delivered by large carnivores that keeps us in our current condition of stability. It is an already floundering stability.