first_imgWashington: As US government regulators act tough on tech giants over privacy violations and anti-trust activities, Amazon and Facebook spent the maximum in lobbying – around $4 million each – in the second quarter (Q2) this year. The anti-trust regulators in the US are scrutinising Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google’s parent company Alphabet over biased market practices and data privacy violations. “Facebook and Amazon each notched a quarterly sum above $4 million for the first time ever in the three-month period from April to June,” Politico reported on Tuesday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Facebook spent $4.1 million on lobbying activity while Amazon shelled out just over $4 million. Google shelled out $2.94 million on lobbying in the second quarter. Apple spent $1.81 million on federal lobbying while Twitter spent around $440,000. Microsoft spent $2.7 million on lobbying activity for the quarter. Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook faced two US House hearings on anti-trust issues and Facebook’s planned cryptocurrency ‘Libra’ this month. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The House Committee on Judiciary discussed anti-trust issues while the Senate Banking Committee deliberated upon Facebook’s digital currency ‘Libra’ that is slated to arrive in 2020. Amazon is often criticized for undercutting competition on price. “Facebook and Google have struggled with questions around privacy, free speech and election interference. Amazon and Apple meanwhile have grown so large and powerful, some lawmakers say they have become monopolies that need to be split up,” said CNET in a recent report. Facebook has reached a whopping $5 billion settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the Cambridge Analytica privacy violations. Google has abused its market dominance by imposing a number of restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites which prevented Google’s rivals from placing their search adverts on these websites, according to the European Commission. The European Union’s anti-trust regulators in March fined Google 1.49 billion euros ($1.7 billion) for abusing its dominance in the online search market by blocking rivals.last_img read more


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s high-profile trade offensives have grabbed headlines and rattled financial markets around the world. He’s battling China over the industries of the future, strong-arming Canada and Mexico into reshaping North American trade and threatening to tax cars from Europe.But his trade warriors are fighting dozens of more obscure battles — over laminated woven sacks from Vietnam, dried tart cherries from Turkey, rubber bands from Thailand and many others.Under the radar, the Trump administration has launched 162 investigations into allegations that U.S. trading partners dump products at cut-rate prices or unfairly subsidize their exporters — a 224% jump from the number of cases the Obama administration pursued in the same time in office.If the U.S Commerce Department finds that U.S. companies have been hurt — and ultimately if the independent International Trade Commission goes along — the offending imports are slapped with duties that can price them out of the market.On Thursday, for instance, the department announced levies of up to 337% in combat over kitchen and bathroom countertops — or at least over the imported quartz slabs from China that many of them derive from.These cases have nothing directly to do with the mother of all Trump’s trade wars: a cage match with China over Beijing’s aggressive push to transform Chinese companies into world leaders in cutting-edge industries like artificial intelligence and electric cars. In that one, the world’s two biggest economies have slapped tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of each other’s products.The smaller antidumping and “countervailing duty” (aimed at unfair subsidies) cases are usually brought by U.S. companies or industries that say they’re being victimized by foreign competitors. But for the first time in more than 25 years, the administration in 2017 brought a case on its own — against a common alloy aluminum sheet from China — without waiting for an industry’s plea for help.“They’re much more aggressive in every way,” said Mary Lovely, a Syracuse University economist.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says that the administration’s trade policies have “irrevocably changed the conversation on trade” and that the dumping and subsidy cases “help level the playing field for U.S. companies and workers.”Like any conflict, though, the battles over remote patches of the commercial marketplace leave winners and losers. Lovely says the Trump administration’s intervention in trade cases risks “tilting the playing field toward particular industries,” driving up prices and making the economy less efficient by driving away competition.Whatever the impact, the administration’s America First approach to trade is encouraging more companies to bring more cases.“Everybody knows that this administration is concerned about unfair trade and is very willing to offset unfair trade where that is warranted.,” said Gilbert Kaplan, the Commerce Department’s under secretary for international trade.The dollar amounts in antidumping and countervailing duty cases are too small to make a real dent in the $21 trillion U.S. economy.But for the companies involved, the stakes often couldn’t be higher.America’s struggling newspapers, for instance, saw their costs spike when the Commerce Department last year imposed antidumping and countervailing duties on Canadian newsprint. Some newspaper companies planned layoffs as a result. But in August, the trade commission, which acts as an independent tribunal in trade cases, overturned the duties, sparing newspapers devastating cost increases.The newsprint case was brought by a single company: a hedge fund-owned paper producer in Washington state.Likewise, the offensive against imported quartz slabs from China originated from a single complaint: Cambria, a maker of quartz products, including high-end kitchen and bathroom countertops, based in Le Sueur, Minnesota.Cambria CEO Martin Davis says the U.S. marketplace was flooded by low-priced quartz slabs from China. Commerce Department figures show that imports from China surged 78% in 2016 and 54% in 2017. The influx, Davis said, was subsidized by the Chinese government.“My company was going down,” he said.Davis sought relief from the government. He said that pursuing the case has cost him $5 million. Commerce agreed to impose antidumping and countervailing duties on Chinese quartz slabs last year.On Thursday, the department announced its final decision on the duties, hitting Chinese quartz slabs with antidumping duties of up to 337% and with countervailing duties of up to 191%.The levies are bad news for U.S. companies that make countertops from imported quartz. Jeff Keck of Marble Uniques in Tipton, Indiana, says the higher duties struck while his company was working on a contract to provide quartz countertops to an apartment complex.“We will lose money on the project,” he said.Making things worse from his perspective: The duties are retroactive to August.Paul Nathanson, spokesman for the American Quartz Worker Coalition set up to fight the duties, said that Cambria is abusing trade law.“They are using the U.S. government to try to wipe out their competitors,” he said.The ITC held a hearing last week at which opponents of the duties argued that high-end Cambria doesn’t actually compete with inexpensive Chinese imports. The commission is expected to rule on the case next month. If it finds that Cambria wasn’t hurt by the imports, the ITC could strike down the duties.For now, the sanctions on quartz imports are helping some businesses, and not just Cambria. Among them is Blackbird Manufacturing, an Owensboro, Kentucky, company that makes stone countertops. CEO David Thomas said that Blackbird couldn’t compete with low-priced Chinese quartz for contracts with penny-pinching hotel chains.Now that Chinese quartz slabs are now being taxed out of the market, “we’re getting jobs landing twice a week, and they’re big jobs,” Thomas said. Blackbird has hired about 15 workers since June and now has a staff of 52. He plans to add 20 more this year.But as the administration mounts trade cases in dozens of industries, many companies, especially small ones, can be blindsided by duties they didn’t see coming, said Paula Connelly, a trade lawyer in Woburn, Massachusetts.“I’ve been in this business a long time, and I’ve never seen this volume of investigation,” she said.Recently, she has fielded calls from importers who were hit unexpectedly by the big tariffs on quartz. One business owner said he might have to close shop.“They had two days to come up with a couple of hundred thousand dollars in antidumping and countervailing duties,” she said.___Follow Paul Wiseman on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/PaulWisemanAPPaul Wiseman, The Associated Press read more


Developers were left with lots to think about this week after Norfolk council affirmed a moratorium on new projects in Port Dover.Council acted Tuesday after learning that the number of subdivision proposals and other projects in the queue have outstripped the county’s ability to deliver treated water.“I didn’t realize it was as bad as it sounds,” said Sam Bunting of Prominent Homes in Simcoe, a spokesperson for the Haldimand-Norfolk Home Builders Association.“They’re putting all new development applications on hold (in Port Dover). That’s pretty serious. I feel for developers who’ve bought sites and made big investments. Now they’re being told to wait. That’s not a good situation for them.“From a home-builders standpoint, we’re being caught up in this along with the rest of the public.”Prominent Homes is among the more fortunate developers. They have all necessary approvals for a 37-unit subdivision in Port Dover and will be allowed to build.Problems arise for developers who’ve invested in land, engineering, infrastructure and designs but haven’t received the green light to proceed. Some have made a substantial investment in Port Dover but may now have to wait months or years before they move forward.Bunting knows of a developer who recently closed a deal for a large parcel of land in Port Dover. That investment is stranded until further notice.Mayor Kristal Chopp – a resident of Port Dover — was elected last fall on a platform of reduced red tape and fewer restrictions on development across Norfolk County.Ironically, it was Chopp who sounded the alarm after studying the numbers related to water capacity and Norfolk’s ability to accommodate new developments in Port Dover.In her state-of-the-county address to the Simcoe & District Chamber of Commerce last month, Chopp noted that Port Dover has the capacity to treat 2,454 cubic metres of water a day. Meanwhile, at peak demand, there is the potential for customers to draw 4,579 cubic metres.“It is a nightmare,” Chopp told the chamber. “This is the Dover issue that keeps me up at night, not the Misner Dam.Also losing sleep are developers like John Lennox, owner of the massive Dover Coast subdivision project on the east side of Port Dover. Dover Coast has been underway since 2005. The project is at the point where Lennox is selling 100 homes a year.Lennox told council Tuesday he has two grocers interested in building stores in the Dover Coast neighbourhood.Lennox also has ambitious plans for a 124-unit hotel complex. Since the county issued a news release this weekend about the pending moratorium, Lennox says his phone has been ringing.“I’ve been through four public works managers,” Lennox said. “The whole time we were told there was going to be no issues.“The announcement has also affected our plans for long-term care on site. There has to be a short-term solution to this plus a long-term plan, and soon. We’ve got to pick this up and solve it quickly.”Port Dover Coun. Amy Martin agreed.“There needs to be some solution on this,” Martin said. “I want to drill down on this situation and face it full steam ahead.”The moratorium impacts more than 1,300 proposed housing units in different locations around Port Dover.These include Misner Landing (90 units), the Gamble Shipyard condominium proposal (up to 240 units), Clonmel Castle (36 units denied by Norfolk but referred to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal), Dover Coast Phases III and IV (288 units), Lynn River Heights Phase II (500 units), and the Eggink subdivision (181).Another 194 housing units that have been registered and have received all necessary approvals will be allowed to proceed.They are Dover Wharf (48 units), the Harbour Heights apartment building (51 units), Silver Lake Estates Phase VI (14 units), Black Creek condominiums (15 units), Dover Coast Phase II (two units), Somerset Phase IX (30 units) and Coast Road condominiums (34 units).The medical centre approved for the Dover Coast development can also proceed.Official county notices were issued to affected developers and project sponsors Wednesday. They have been invited to a meeting of county staff and officials June 14. There, the moratorium will be discussed in greater detail.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more


VANCOUVER — After 16 years, the U.S. women’s national team is again the world champion. On a sunny late afternoon here, the U.S. defeated reigning world champs Japan 5-2 and became the first country to win three Women’s World Cup titles.The Americans didn’t waste any time getting there, either, scoring four goals in less than 20 minutes — scoring those four goals faster than any one goal had ever been scored in a Women’s World Cup final. Carli Lloyd was deservedly tonight’s player of the match, scoring the first-ever hat trick in a Women’s World Cup final (only England’s Geoff Hurst has done it in a men’s final, in 1966) and also the earliest-ever hat trick; all three of her goals came in the first 16 minutes. Lloyd’s goals were representative of the U.S. team’s play; as soon as the whistle blew, the U.S. pressured Japan all over the field, not allowing the Japanese to settle the ball and play the technical soccer they prefer.But just when it looked like it might be another blowout like the Germany vs. Brazil match we saw last year at the men’s World Cup, Japan was on the board in the 27th minute with a nice turn and shot by Yuki Ogimi.Just after halftime, Japan scored again, and the 4-2 scoreline made it look like a game again. But the U.S. didn’t let up, and Tobin Heath’s goal (the U.S.’s fifth) in the 54th minute became the last of the highest-scoring Women’s World Cup final ever.Soccer is boring, right? No one ever scores? read more


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first_imgA MAN HAS been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following a stabbing in Bangor overnight.The PSNI said the stabbing took place in the Dufferin Avenue area of Bangor.Just after midnight on 18 September, police were called to a flat where a 57-year-old man was found with multiple stab wounds.The man was taken to hospital, where he is currently being treated. The PSNI said he is believed to be in a stable condition.Detectives are appealing for information about the stabbing and would like anyone with any information to contact them at Bangor on 0845 600 8000.Alternatively, information can be passed on anonymously via the Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111.last_img


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first_img It’s that time again: The U.S. Midwest and Northeast are bracing for a polar vortex that will blast cities with historic, record-breaking cold this week. But what do snowy (and icy) landscapes on Earth look like from space?Here, we collect stunning images of Earth’s more wintry features — from the glaciers of Antarctica to the ice fields of Patagonia to the “snow swamps” in the Yukon Territory and snowfall in the United States.View as: One Page Slides1/421. Patterns and Textures in the Beaufort SeaPhoto Credit: NASASpringtime sunlight and warmth had advanced the melting to produce some beautiful patterns and textures in the Beaufort Sea, located north of the Northwest Territories, the Yukon, and Alaska, and west of Canada’s Arctic island. The natural-color image was acquired by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 on April 15, 2018. 2. Sea Ice in Siberian IslandsPhoto Credit: NASASpanning 30,000 square kilometers, the New Siberian Islands are bisected by the Sannikov Strait, which connects the Laptev Sea with the East Siberian Sea. For most of the year, the strait is choked with ice. This image, acquired with the Operational Land Imager on Landsat 8, show the frozen sea water in June 2018 as the summer melt season is underway.3. Severnaya Zemlya ArchipelagoPhoto Credit: NASAThe Severnaya Zemlya archipelago on August 9, 2018, as observed by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8. Located in the Russian high Arctic, the archipelago is about the same area as the U.S. state of Indiana. The average daily temperature here in August is 0 degrees C (32 degrees F). Year-round ice covers about half of the archipelago.4. Ice on Lake EriePhoto Credit: NASAOn January 6, 2018, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this image of North America’s Great Lakes. 5. Yakutat GlacierPhoto Credit: NASAThe Operational Land Imager (OLI) captured this image of the Yakutat Glacier (and a small meltwater lake, Harlequin Lake) on September 21, 2018.6. Yana River Delta, RussiaPhoto Credit: NASAOn June 18, 2018, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired this image of the swampy, bog-filled terrain of the Yana River Delta in northern Russia. The Yana River Delta falls within a zone of continuous permafrost. Ground temperatures about 20 meters (65 feet) below the surface are roughly minus 10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) year round.7. Ice in the Amundsen GulfPhoto Credit: NASAOn May 29, 2017, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of ice covering the Amundsen Gulf, Great Bear Lake, and numerous small lakes in the northern reaches of Canada’s Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Sea ice generally forms in the Gulf of Amundsen in December or January and breaks up in June or July. Lake and river ice in this area follow roughly the same pattern, though shallow lakes freeze up earlier in the fall and melt earlier in the spring than larger, deeper lakes.8. Snow Over British Columbia (Canada) and Washington (U.S.)Photo Credit: NASAAn astronaut aboard the International Space Station shot this springtime photograph of the snow-covered regions of British Columbia (Canada) and the U.S. state of Washington on April 22, 2018.9. Sea Ice in Foxe BasinPhoto Credit: NASAThroughout most of the year, the waters of Foxe Basin are choked with sea ice. By the end of summer, however, open water typically dominates this part of the Canadian Arctic. That was the case when this image was acquired in September 3, 2018, as small patches of ice lingered in the northern reaches of Hudson Bay around Prince Charles Island and Baffin Island.10. Snow in the AndesPhoto Credit: NASAEvery austral winter in the central Andes, fresh snowfall covers and fills the gaps between mountaintops that have more permanent snow and ice. The continuous strip of winter white is visible in this image, acquired on July 30, 2018, with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite.11. Last Glacier Standing in VenezuelaPhoto Credit: NASAIn 1910, glaciers spanned an area of at least 10 square kilometers (4 square miles) in the mountainous region of northwestern Venezuela. Today less than one percent of that glaciated area remains, and all of it is locked up in one glacier. The ongoing retreat of Humboldt Glacier —Venezuela’s last patch of perennial ice — means that the country could soon be glacier-free. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired this natural-color image of the glacier on January 6, 2015. 12. Snow in Lesotho, AfricaPhoto Credit: NASAThe southern African kingdom of Lesotho has just one ski resort, and for most of the winter, the operators have to make artificial snow. But every so often, nature provides, as it did in early August 2018. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image, when a winter weather front dropped between 5 to 30 centimeters (2 to 12 inches) of snow on most of Lesotho on August 9 and 10, 2018 particularly in the Maluti Mountains.13. Ice Breaks Up in Hudson BayPhoto Credit: NASAThe Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of ice breaking up on Hudson Bay, inland sea indenting east-central Canada, on July 22, 2018.14. Snow in SiberiaPhoto Credit: NASAThe Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on Suomi NPP acquired this image of southern Siberia, cloaked in snow, on October 2018. 15. Icebergs in GreenlandPhoto Credit: NASAIcebergs can be seen just offshore from Innaarsuit, a small island village in northwestern Greenland, in July 2018. 16. Summer Clears Ice from Krasnoye Lake, RussiaPhoto Credit: NASAFor most of the year, snow blankets the region and thick ice covers the lake and river. June, July, August, and September offer a short reprieve before snow and ice return, generally in October. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired this image of the lake on June 16, 2018, just as the ice cover was breaking up. Sediment flowing into the lake from swampy terrain along the northern and southern shores stained parts of the lake brown.17. Snow in the Upper MidwestPhoto Credit: NASAThe Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this image on April 19, 2018 of late spring snow in the Upper Midwest of the U.S.18. Crater Lake, OregonPhoto Credit: NASAAn astronaut aboard the International Space Station shot this photograph of Crater Lake, in the Cascade Mountains of southwest Oregon. Snow still blankets most of the slopes surrounding the crater in late June 2017, and clouds cast dark shadows on the lake surface. Wizard Island, a cinder cone volcano, is almost hidden by the clouds over the western part of the lake. 19. Tendril of Ice in the Weddell SeaPhoto Credit: NASAOn April 4, 2018, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this natural-color image of sea ice between various levels of cloud cover in the Weddell Sea, deep embayment of the Antarctic coastline that forms the southernmost tip of the Atlantic Ocean.20. Snow in Western U.S.Photo Credit: NASAAstronauts aboard the International Space Station captured this photo while flying over the western United States on March 3, 2018. The wide field of view stretches from the Sierra Nevada of California to the Columbia Plateau of Oregon and the Snake River Valley of Idaho. Lake Tahoe is nestled on the border of California and Nevada. A few days before the was taken, the Sierra Nevada around Lake Tahoe received a near-record amount of snowfall. During March 2018, Lake Tahoe was buried with 230 inches of snow after an unusually dry winter.21. Decline of Glaciers in GreenlandPhoto Credit: NASAThis image was acquired on September 30, 2017, by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.22. Barents SeaPhoto Credit: NASASea ice in the Arctic Ocean grows each year throughout the fall and winter and reaches its maximum extent sometime between February and April. This year, sea ice peaked on March 17, 2018, at 14.48 million square kilometers (5.59 million square miles), making it the second-lowest maximum on record. There was still enough ice, however, to cool the air and help produce cloud streets—long, parallel bands of cumulus clouds that commonly form this time of year when cold air blows over warmer water. On March 15, 2018, two days before sea ice reached its maximum extent, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image of cloud streets over the Barents Sea. 23. When Glaciers and Rivers Collide in Shimshal Valley, PakistanPhoto Credit: NASAAs seen in this Landsat 8 image, several glaciers flow into the Shimshal Valley perpendicular to the flow of the river, and they have little room to move before they intersect with the water. In recent decades, the four glaciers most prone to blocking the river have been the Khurdopin, Yukshin Gardan, Yazghil, and Malungutti. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this image on May 13, 2017. Several surging glaciers flow into the Shimshal River in a steep gorge in northern Pakistan — a recipe for a steady stream of floods in villages downstream.24. Snow in the East Coast, U.S.Photo Credit: NASAA blanket of snow gave the northeastern United States a wintery appearance for the first few days of spring in March 2018.25. Torfajökull, IcelandPhoto Credit: NASAThe Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired this image of Torfajökull, a rhyolitic stratovolcano and complex of subglacial volcanoes, on Sep 20, 2014. Most of Torfajökull’s fast-retreating ice cap is gone (except for an area on the southeastern rim of the caldera), but the image highlights two active subglacial volcanoes to the south with plenty of ice remaining—Katla, which is beneath the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap, and Eyjafjallajökull.26. Sea Ice Swirls in the Labrador SeaPhoto Credit: NASAOn May 13, 2017, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image of sea ice swirling in the Labrador Sea, northwestern arm of the North Atlantic Ocean, between Labrador, Canada (southwest), and Greenland (northeast. A combination of winds and currents steered the ice into the interlocking swirls.27. North Patagonian IcefieldPhoto Credit: NASASan Rafael and San Quintín are among the largest glaciers draining ice from Patagonia’s northernmost icefield. The northern remnant is the smaller of the two icefields, covering about 4,000 square kilometers (about a third the size of the southern icefield). On April 16, 2017, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this rare cloud-free image of the North Patagonian Icefield.28. Pine Island Glacier in West AntarcticaPhoto Credit: NASAPine Island Glacier in West Antarctica is known for dispensing icebergs into the Amundsen Sea, but the frequency of such events appears to be on the rise. The most recent calving happened at the end of October 2018, when the Sentinel-1 satellite observed the glacier letting go of about 300-square-kilometers of ice. The largest piece, named Iceberg B-46, accounted for 226 square kilometers. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired this image on November 7, 2018.29. Sierra Nevada SnowpackPhoto Credit: NASAThe Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured an image of the mountains near Yosemite National Park and the Tuolumne watershed on June 7, 2017.30. South Patagonian IcefieldPhoto Credit: NASAOften shrouded in clouds and mist, the entirety of the South Patagonian Icefield is rarely visible from space. This mosaic combines cloud-free images acquired by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 on April 29, May 1, and May 24, 2016. The South Patagonian Icefield spans about 13,000 square kilometers, more than three times larger than the north icefield. Its ice spreads across the border between Chile and Argentina. 31. Chilko Lake, British Columbia, CanadaPhoto Credit: NASAAstronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) took this photograph of the south end of Chilko Lake in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. Seen here are the southern 11 kilometers (6 miles) of the lake. The lake surface lies at 1,175 meters (3,855 feet) elevation, with neighboring mountains reaching so high (more than 2,200 meters) that they support permanent ice fields and glaciers. Occupying a valley carved by glaciers, the remote lake dominates Ts’yl-os Provincial Park in British Columbia.32. Lingering Sea Ice on Hudson BayPhoto Credit: NASAShallow and surrounded by land, Hudson Bay in Canada freezes over completely in the winter but thaws for periods in the summer. Usually all of the sea ice is gone by August, and the bay begins to freeze over in October or November. In between, as the sea ice is breaking up, winds and currents cause flotillas of pack ice to cluster in certain parts of the bay. That is what was happening on June 29, 2017, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image. (It is a mosaic, composed from multiple satellite passes over the region.) Note how much of the sea ice is drifting along the western coastline.33. Ushuaia, ArgentinaPhoto Credit: NASAThe Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this image of Ushuaia on March 28, 2017. Located at the tip of South America, it is the capital city of Tierra del Fuego province in Argentina and a gateway to Antarctica.34. Glacier Under the Midnight SunPhoto Credit: NASAOn December 15, 2017, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired a natural-color image of an iceberg calved from Pine Island Glacier—one of the main outlets where the West Antarctic Ice Sheet flows into the ocean. An area of relatively warm water, known as a polyna, has kept the water ice free between the iceberg chunks and the glacier front. The image above was acquired near midnight local time.35. Sea of OkhotskPhoto Credit: NASAIn this image acquired by VIIRS on December 25, 2017, most of the northern and western reaches of the Sea of Okhotsk, a marginal sea of the western Pacific Ocean, are covered with sea ice. The region is the lowest latitude (45 degrees at the southern end) where sea ice regularly forms. Ice cover varies from 50 to 90 percent each winter depending on the weather. Ice often persists for nearly six months, typically from October to March. Aside from the cold winds from the Russian interior, the prodigious flow of fresh water from the Amur River freshens the sea, making the surface less saline and more likely to freeze than other seas and bays.36. Ice Jams on the Connecticut RiverPhoto Credit: NASAHeavy rains and swiftly warming temperatures followed a prolonged cold spell in the Northeastern U.S., leading to a long ice jam that clogged the Connecticut River. The Multi Spectral Imager (MSI) on the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 satellite acquired the data for a natural-color image of the ice jam on January 18, 2018. Iced-over parts of the river are white; open water is green. 37. Sea Ice Off of Canada’s Newfoundland and Labrador ProvincePhoto Credit: NASAAs sea ice at far northern latitudes approached its annual maximum extent, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of sea ice and clouds off of Canada’s Newfoundland and Labrador province. Though sea ice has been significantly below normal extent and thickness across much of the Arctic, the ice in the Labrador Sea has been relatively close to normal. In this image, acquired by MODIS on February 18, 2018, the coastline, the sea ice edge, and offshore clouds all present a clear edge to distinguish one from the next.38. HPS-12 Glacier in ChilePhoto Credit: NASAThe HPS-12 glacier in Chile has lost about half of its length in three decades. This image was acquired on February 4, 2017, by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8. 39. Snow in the AlpsPhoto Credit: NASAOn January 29, 2018, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired these images of snow cover and low clouds around the Alps. The first image uses natural color, while the second uses a combination of visible and shortwave infrared light (bands 7-2-1) to distinguish clouds and fog in the foothills from the snow and ice cover on the peaks.40. Cloud Streets in AntarcticaPhoto Credit: NASAA little more than 500 miles off of West Antarctica, a series of clouds in thin, parallel lines stretched over the open water of the Amundsen Sea. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer captured the scene on September 12, 2018. The long parallel bands of cumulus clouds — called cloud streets — are ultimately the visible result of nature trying to balance differences in energy.41. Rupert Bay, CanadaPhoto Credit: NASARupert Bay in Quebec is one of those places where it pays to look at the big picture. Up close, the water might appear relatively homogenous. But from space, wild patterns emerge—evidence of the fluid dynamics that occur when fresh river water meets sea water. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired this natural-color image on June 9, 2018.42. Snow-Capped Caucasus Mountain RangePhoto Credit: NASAOn February 2, 2018, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired a natural-color image of the snowcapped Caucasus mountain range, which rises up across the wide isthmus separating the Black and Caspian seas in the region where Europe and Asia converge. Click through the slideshow above to view the images, most of which were acquired by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite and by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite, and see some of Earth’s most incredible ice- and snow-covered landscapes — some even resembling stained-glass art and watercolor paintings.More on Geek.com:40 Incredible Images of the Surface of MarsWatch: Snow Tsunami Devours Siberian City20 Photos of Devastating Coral Bleaching and Coral Death Stay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System last_img read more


first_imgThe U.S. Energy Department has awarded nearly $1 million to Vancouver-based nLight Photonics as part of a nationwide $102 million grant program intended to help companies continue development of technologies that have a strong potential for commercialization and job creation. The grants are being given to 104 small businesses nationwide, including five in Washington.The company, which designs and manufactures high-power semiconductor lasers for commercial use, received funding for continued work on new designs “to significantly improve price, power, efficiency, and reliability as an essential step towards making fusion energy a practical reality,” according to the Energy Department.All of the grants are funded through the department’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. They are for Phase II work on projects now in the conceptual stage, with the funds available over two years.Other Washington companies receiving funding, all in the $1 million range, are Power Info LLC, of Bothell; Hummingbird Precision Machine Co., of Lacey; Vista Clara Inc., of Mukilteo; and Eagle Harbor Technologies Inc., of Seattle.last_img read more


first_imgA double stabbing in Southeast D.C. left a 40-year-old man dead and another victim wounded on Aug. 19, according to D.C. police.Authorities said Anthony Graham, a resident of Southeast D.C., was stabbed in the chest in the 800 block of Xenia Street, SE on the evening of Aug. 19.Anthony Graham was fatally stabbed on Aug. 19. No arrests have been made in the case. (Courtesy photo)D.C. police arrived to the scene of the incident around 7:44 p.m. after receiving reports of a stabbing. Officers found Graham and another man suffering from stab wounds on the side of a residence in the area.The second victim had been cut in the face and hand, and stabbed in the temple, according to police reports.Both victims were taken to local hospitals. Graham later died and the other man was admitted in critical condition, according to police reports.A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department, Sean Hickman, told the AFRO Aug. 28 that the case is still open, “There has not been an arrest and the case remains under investigation.”According to police reports, the altercation was the result of a domestic dispute involving a “lover’s quarrel.”Officials said there are no updates in this homicide, including lookout information of the suspects involved.“This breaks my heart. I still want somebody to say it ain’t so,” Kenisha Dickey, one of Graham’s loved ones, wrote in his obituary guestbook.As of Aug. 29, there have been 76 homicides in the District, and two homicides in the immediate area.last_img read more


first_img UPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to U.S. HospitalsWatch: Drone Captures Great White Sharks Interacting Off Cape Cod Stay on target Two weeks after Project Wing earned approval to make drone deliveries in Canberra, Australia, the Google offshoot got the greenlight to launch a similar service in the US.On Tuesday, Wing became the first drone delivery company to receive air carrier certification from the Federal Aviation Administration.“For communities across the country, this presents new opportunities,” the firm wrote in a blog announcement. “Goods like medicine or food can now be delivered faster by drone, giving families, shift workers, and other busy consumers more time to do the things that matter.”AdChoices广告Wing drones have already flown more than 70,000 test flights and completed more than 3,000 deliveries to doorsteps, driveways, and backyards for customers Down Under.Service is expected to take off soon, starting with 100 eligible homes in the Canberra suburbs of Crace, Palmerston, and Franklin, before expanding into Harrison and Gungahlin.A U.S. delivery trial, meanwhile, could start as early as “later this year” in Montgomery County, Va.“For the next several months, we’ll be reaching out to businesses and community members in the Blacksburg and Christiansburg areas to demonstrate out technology, answer questions, and solicit feedback,” Wing said.No further details—including how many drones or consumers will be involved—have been revealed.“This is an important step forward for the safe testing and integration of drones into our economy,” U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao said in a statement. “Safety continues to be our No. 1 priority as this technology continues to develop and realize its full potential.”While the drones can fly autonomously, Wing will have certified pilots on the ground, ready to take control if necessary, according to CNN.“Air delivery … provides greater autonomy to those who need assistance with mobility,” the company blog boasted. “Also, our all-electric drones will reduce traffic on our roads and pollution and carbon emissions in our skies.”More on Geek.com:UPS To Transport Medical Samples Via DroneKoala-Spotting Drones Outdo Human ExpertsBoeing Unveils ‘Wingman’ Drone That Could Fly Alongside Fighter Jetslast_img read more


first_img This story appears in the October 2011 issue of . Subscribe » October 4, 2011 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Many tablets can be less expensive, lighter and more portable than even the most ultra-portable laptop. Although the business software that’s available for these devices is nowhere near as full-featured as what is found on a PC, it’s still robust.Considering the importance of being mobile while getting a business off the ground, you’ll appreciate a device that allows you to quickly access your basic office functions–e-mail, calendar, word processing–on the road, without lugging a clunky laptop or squinting at your tiny smartphone.Here are our top tablet picks for firms just getting off the starting block.BlackBerry PlayBookStarts at $500 for 16 GBCanadian smartphone maker Research In Motion got off to a terrible start with the PlayBook, but don’t let the bad press and lack of direct e-mail support fool you. By using web-based e-mail, the PlayBook is a fast, multitasking business tool. BlackBerry smartphone users can easily work around the PlayBook’s deficiencies using the unique BlackBerry Bridge feature, a Bluetooth connection that fetches the e-mail, calendar and address book from nearby BlackBerrys and puts them on the PlayBook. It’s also handy as a second display. Mix the PlayBook’s über-portability (it has a 7-inch screen) with its ability to run several apps simultaneously, its HDMI connector for PowerPoint and other applications with its speed, and you get the most portable business tablet bang for your buck.ViewSonic ViewPad 10Starts at about $600 for 16 GB, 2 GB RAMThe ViewPad won’t win your startup any style points. It’s nearly a foot across diagonally, a hefty half-inch thick and the screen is average. But get past the frumpy exterior and this dual-boot tablet is a small-business wonder. It runs in either Google’s Android 2.2 or the Windows 7 operating system, so small businesses looking to replace pricey laptops with tablets for on-the-go computing will find that this machine truly offers the best of both worlds. In Android mode there are great apps for checking e-mail, video chatting and delivering presentations. For editing documents and viewing business-based web services, the Windows 7 mode provides PC-like efficiency. Two USB ports allow for a variety of useful peripherals and a Micro SD slot lets you add more than enough memory for whatever you’re working on. The ViewPad may be ridiculously clunky, but it’s also ridiculously useful.Motorola XOOM$500 for 32 GBUsually buying a tablet from a cell phone company is the best way to overpay. But for those road warriors who absolutely must stay connected, we really like the Motorola Xoom, sold via Verizon. The Xoom runs Android’s Honeycomb operating system–which is specifically designed for tablets–and is intuitive and lightning-fast, boasting a solid connection to Verizon’s cellular network. For cloud-based shops, assuming your data is sitting on a server, this could be the only mobile tool you need.Apple iPad 2Starts at $500 for 16 GBFor all the consumer branding, Apple has quietly aimed the iPad at small businesses with several nice hardware touches like excellent video tools and external volume control. The iTunes App Store is loaded with business apps. With the App Store Volume Purchase Program, you can buy these programs in bulk for use throughout your business. Other selling points include long battery life, beautiful two-way video conferencing and a slick, lightweight design. If you can get past the Apple connectors and nickel-and-dime nonsense (like $30 for a replacement charger), it’s tough to beat the iPad 2. 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more


first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterFrom the creation of the very first milk and white chocolates, to industry-leading innovation designed to improve the taste and texture of this savoury sweet, no country’s history is more infused with chocolate than Switzerland. Now, guests of Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, a brand inspired by the Swiss experience, can be fully immersed in the art and taste of authentically Swiss chocolate through experiences at its properties worldwide.Swiss people have long been the authority on chocolate indulgence – 2015 statistical data shows that they are not only the largest consumers of chocolate, but that the average Swiss person eats almost 20 pounds of it each year.  In support of these findings, the brand is excited to be taking its expertise in understanding and elevating this tasty treat to the next level.“We are dedicated to delivering Swiss authenticity and chocolate is a very tangible way for us to bring that experience to life in our locations around the world,” said Lilian Roten, Vice President, Swissôtel Brand. “Our hotels aim to be creative and to innovate, and are always looking to elevate this sweet staple in a unique way that celebrates chocolate as a dynamic, complex and inspiring ingredient that enhances both body and mind.”Chocolate has more than 600 unique flavour combinations and a multitude of benefits, making it a delicious option for health conscious consumption. Dark chocolate contains more disease-fighting flavonoid antioxidants than any other food, while milk chocolate triggers the release of endorphins that boost energy and reduce pain and stress.To share these benefits with guests, Swissôtel is incorporating chocolate culinary delicacies into its Vitality programming across the portfolio. At Swissôtel Kolkata, the annual Chocolate Brunch features gastronomic stylings – from main course to dessert – by a guest chef from the renowned Barry Callebaut Group, who have been producing chocolate and cocoa products for more than 150 years. The menu is curated to elevate dark, milk and white chocolate through unconventional pairings, including olives, gruyere and caviar. At the Swissôtel Mètropole Geneva, chocolate touch-points can be found throughout the hotel, including Swiss chocolate fountains and custom gifts boxes. This experience cumulates in the ultimate chocolate celebration – an annual Christmas challenge that brings local five-star hotels together to showcase chocolate creations. And for the winter traveller looking for warmth during the holiday season, Swissôtel Chicago’s Amuse restaurant features decadent hot chocolate offerings and specialized desserts.This year, Singapore’s Swissôtel The Stamford will even launch their very own chocolate bar – made from smooth milk chocolate with a delicious blend of honey and nougat flakes, combined to produce a truly Swiss taste.Beyond the kitchen, Swissôtel Büyük Efes, Izmir makes art a focal point with more than 800 masterpieces featured within a gallery onsite. The gallery includes famed Colombian artist Fernando Botero’s sculpture, ‘Man on Horse’, which was not only displayed here for the first time in a common area in Turkey, but has also been replicated in chocolate as an exclusive gift for VIP guests.Chocolate is also highlighted in Swissôtel’s exclusive Vitality Meeting packages at hotels worldwide, which feature signature afternoon coffee breaks paired with the sweet treat to re-energize travellers after a long day.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more


first_imgWhere to go for a family holiday in England?Family holidays in the UK are not just about Cornwall and the south (as beautiful as it is). Instead, herd your family up to the other end of England and try Northumberland. This old Borders badlands may be most known for its tumultuous struggles with the Scots, but for families it’s all about the clean, sandy beaches that unfurl up the North Sea coast. The best are in and around the pretty village of Alnwick, such as Bamburgh Beach and its seafront castle. In fact, legendary castles are rife round these parts and eagle-eyed little ones will recognise Alnwick Castle from the Harry Potter movies. It also boasts one of the world’s only ‘Poison Gardens’ – perfect gruesome fodder for older kids. Where to stay? One of our round up of the UK’s best holiday cottages, Crookhouse Mill in Kirknewton sits inside the Northumberland National Park and has four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Find cheap flights to Newcastle here and plan your northern escape! Where to go for a family holiday in Italy?Think your dreams of visiting Venice have to be put on hold when you have kids? Think again and head for Marina Venezia, a sprawling holiday oasis that is strikingly set on a massive Adriatic beach. You could spend a week here in the (free) water park, with the kids enjoying all sorts of entertainment, messing around on the beach with its watersports and dining in the many the many restaurants across the site. But then the charms of Venice await just a short vaporetto boat trip away – a giant playground of covered bridges, gondola rides and hidden nooks and crannies. We reckon this break offers the best of both worlds for city slickers with families in tow! Where to go for a family holiday in Scotland?Edinburgh is one of Europe’s top city breaks – and it’s ideal for families too. A great city for walking around, its most visited attraction is a crag-top castle straight out of a fairytale, plus it boasts Edinburgh Zoo and its celebrity panda couple, a flurry of family-friendly restaurants like Filling Station (branches on Rose Street and Royal Mile) and loads of green spaces. Then there is Our Dynamic Earth, a brilliantly fun hands-on experience that lets kids have fun, but also learn about the human and natural world as they go. Handily, it’s next door to the city’s favourite park, Holyrood, where adventurous families can also hike up Arthur’s Seat, the city’s highest point. Need a city guide to make sure you don’t miss a thing? Here you go… Image: Matthew Hartley, CC BY-SA 2.0.Want a complete guide to staycations in the UK? You’re welcome. ##**Where to go for a family holiday in Slovenia?**You might think that cities and kids don’t really go together, that is unless you’ve been to **[Ljubljana](http://www.skyscanner.net/flights-to/lju/cheap-flights-to-ljubljana-airport.html)**. The bijou Slovenian capital is seriously family-friendly and much of the city centre has been pedestrianised. The best way of getting around is by bike – head over to the Slovenian Tourist Information Centre on Kopitarjeva Uleva to join in with the easy, eco-friendly [Ljubljana Bike](https://www.visitljubljana.com/en/visitors/explore-the-region/traffic-and-transport/ljubljana-bike/) hire scheme. There’s the fairytale Ljubljana Castle to explore (which you can reach on a fun funicular railway) and there are loads of cute shops in the old town to delve into. Throw in boat cruises along the Ljubljanica river and the green delights of Tivoli Park and Ljubljana offers a compelling cocktail even without its two kiddie big hitters: [Atlantis Water Park](http://www.atlantis-vodnomesto.si/sl-si/) and the brilliantly fun [Mini City](http://minicity.si/). **For more ideas on entertaining the kids in Ljubljana, including dragon-spotting and sailing, check out [our guide to the city’s unmissable attractions](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/top-11-things-do-ljubljana).**![The Ljubljana skyline](http://content.skyscnr.com/072a25dd6acbf95b8198ed26e95b2509/ljub_494314513.jpg “Ljubljana cityscape”)### **Want more advice on taking the perfect family holiday? Read on:**### **[Flying with children: 20 top tips for keeping kids happy on board](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/flying-children-20-top-tips-keeping-kids-happy-board)**We’ve collated top tips from Skyscanner staff and travel blogger mum Monica Stott on how to survive a plane journey with the family so you feel prepared for take-off.### **[Family fun: top 5 beach destinations for kids](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/5-best-beach-destinations-families)**Sun, sea, sand and plenty of activities to keep the kids (and the adults!) entertained. We reveal the top five beach destinations for families.### **[Where to stay with the family in The Canary Islands](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/hotels/top-11-family-hotels-canary-islands/)**The Canary Islands are packed with family-friendly hotels where mum and dad won’t have to forego luxury to enjoy a fuss-free break with the kids, whatever their age. Here’s our pick of the 11 best family hotels in the archipelago._Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on [flights](http://www.skyscanner.net), [hotels](http://www.skyscanner.net/hotels) and [car hire](http://www.skyscanner.net/carhire)._ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Mapcenter_img Where to go for a family holiday in Spain?Tenerife really is the summer holiday island with it all. You’re talking Spain’s highest mountain (families can take a cable car up), an epic sweep of beaches, kid-friendly restaurants and a swathe of welcoming resorts. Then there’s the hugely popular waterpark [Siam Park](http://www.siampark.net/index.php/en/) (are you starting to see a pattern yet?) and an impressive zoo, [Loro Parque](http://www.loroparquetenerife.com), where you can watch Europe’s only killer whale show. Of the southern coast resorts, **Los Cristianos** has nice beaches and a more relaxed atmosphere than the more raucous Playa de Las Americas. For a serious touch of family luxury head further along the coast to the [Gran Melia Palacio de Isora](hhttp://www.skyscanner.net/hotels/hotel/Gran+Melia+Palacio+De+Isora?idx=0&id=115447661&sd), where kids can enjoy their own tiny dressing robes, private pools and even spa time. **For more Spanish summer holiday inspiration, check out [this guide to Spain’s most beautiful beaches](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/best-beaches-spain-top-10-perfect-playas-pictures).**![A golden sandy beach in Tenerife](http://content.skyscnr.com/eb46dc690bf0e78b27429e53def7031c/GettyImages-488663659.jpg “Tenerife beach”)##**Where to go for a family holiday in [France](http://www.skyscanner.net/flights-to/fr/cheap-flights-to-france.html)?**Got itchy feet and don’t want just one destination for your family summer holiday? Then hop on a boat and cruise France’s waterways for a week or two. You don’t need to be an experienced skipper to enjoy a live aboard self-guided cruise on the famous **Canal du Midi** with the likes of [Le Boat](http://www.leboat.com/vacations/destinations/france/canal-du-midi). This makes for a seriously relaxing family break as you ease along at an _escargot’s_ pace, mooring up and exploring anywhere that takes your fancy. There are a surprising number of leisure parks and other kid’s attractions in this part of the South of France, including brilliant watersports at Lac de Jouarres in Homps, and **Carcasonne**, a medieval walled city which will enthrall young history buffs. Retreat to your floating hotel at night, and sip a glass of French wine from the local vineyards of **Minervois** under the stars when the kids fall asleep. **[Fly to Carcassone](http://www.skyscanner.net/flights-to/ccf/cheap-flights-to-carcassonne-airport.html) to start your French holiday.**![The lavender fields of southern France](http://content.skyscnr.com/e7bbd7c3c56ed678982f85cb78a0d27a/fr_492264117.jpg “French countryside”)##**Where to go for a family holiday in [Florida](http://www.skyscanner.net/flights-to/mco/cheap-flights-to-orlando-international-airport.html)?**Pick anywhere else in the USA but Florida for a family holiday and you may have some serious explaining to do to your disgruntled little ones. Florida is clearly the number one choice for families heading Stateside, with the legendary charms of ‘Theme Park Capital of the World’, Orlando, just for starters. From the massive Disney World (really four theme parks in one) and Universal Studios, through to Seaward and Busch Gardens, you’ll be hard pushed to cover them all in a week so book at least a fortnight. For real theme park junkies you just have to stay at [Disney World](https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/), with everything available from camping through to luxury villas and plenty of options down the road like [Disney’s Boardwalk Inn](http://www.skyscanner.net/hotels/hotel/Disney%27S+Boardwalk+Inn?idx=1&id=115040723&sd), just under a mile from the Epcot entrance. **You can [fly direct to Orlando](http://www.skyscanner.net/flights-to/mco/cheap-flights-to-orlando-international-airport.html) from the UK with British Airways and plenty of other major airlines.**![Go to Orlando for a family holiday in Florida](http://content.skyscnr.com/c28501cdbe2c9e109ba3a073fcc58357/GettyImages-176999562.jpg “Go to Orlando for a family holiday in Florida”)##**Where to go for a family holiday in the Caribbean?**The Caribbean, as many North American families know, is not just for romantic honeymooners and cruise worshippers. The region boasts bath-temperature seas, dependably warm weather and epic sights that will awe the kids, from hazy mountains to old plantation trains like the [St Kitts Scenic Railway](http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20141226-the-last-railway-in-the-west-indies). This is also, of course, the land of the all-inclusive holiday, but these don’t have to be all about adults enjoying free cocktails. At [Beaches’ Ochios Rios resort](http://www.skyscanner.net/hotels/hotel/Beaches+Boscobel+Resort?idx=0&id=135884543&sd) in **Jamaica** it’s more about kid-friendly pools and swim-up soda bars. The rainbow-coloured Caribbean sunrises and sunsets come as part of the package, as do the sandy beaches and amazing natural attractions like nearby Dunn’s River Falls, a giant staircase of waterfalls and lagoons fun for older children – if you make sure you go with a reputable guide and watch out for deeper sections, younger kids can enjoy the scramble, too. [Montego Bay airport](http://www.skyscanner.net/flights-to/mbj/cheap-flights-to-montego-bay-airport.html) is around two hours from Ochios Rios, but before you search for flights on Skyscanner, **have a quick look at [the other amazing activities Jamaica has to offer](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/9-best-things-do-jamaica)**.![White sandy beach in Jamaica](http://content.skyscnr.com/58f966d2aa709e8f1474c741802f857a/GettyImages-100689479.jpg “Jamaica beach”)##**Where to go for a family holiday in Iceland?**Not a fan of boiling on the beach and getting sand between your toes? Then head for the frozen north for the milder climes of Iceland. Base yourself in the capital, **[Reykjavik](http://www.skyscanner.net/flights-to/kef/cheap-flights-to-reykjavik-keflavik-airport.html)**, an ideal family base with plenty of hotels, restaurants and shops, as well as great transport links. Hop on a bus or [hire a car](http://www.skyscanner.net/car-hire-in/reyk/car-hire-in-reykjavik.html) to get to the geothermal pools at the legendary **Blue Lagoon** with older kids, or thrill younger ones with dramatically spouting geysers, tumbling waterfalls like Gulfoss (Golden Falls) and sparkling icy lakes. Then there are whale watching trips and scooter rides on massive **Sólheimajökull** glacier – look up local tour operators like [GeoIceland](http://www.geoiceland.com/geoiceland-iceland-day-tours.html) for a good selection of day trips. And if you can’t make it to Iceland this summer then consider a winter holiday here to [see the awesome Aurora Borealis](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/6-best-places-see-northern-lights-winter-2015-2016) (or Northern Lights) from about November onwards. Where to go for a family holiday in Portugal?For families heading to Portugal it has to be the legendary oasis of the Algarve. The beaches here are superb and well set up for kids of all ages, and there are waterparks aplenty. The Zoomarine theme park is the number one family attraction, as you can enjoy dolphin and sea lion shows, plus kiddie-focused fun rides and plenty of water-soaked fun. The main family-friendly resorts are Albufeira and Praia da Luz. For those looking to chill at night rather than party, Rocha Brava Village Resort is set back from Praia do Carvoeiro beach in a lovely garden with three pools and a free kids club; apartments are kitted out with handy kitchens and washer/dryers. The nearest airport to the Algarve is Faro. Take the plunge and book a cheap holiday in Portugal, but before you do, imagine yourself on one of their perfect beaches. RelatedUK day trips: Fun things to do with the kids this summer holiday”I’m booooooored!” Worried this will be the battle cry of this year’s summer holiday? Arm yourself with our guide to Britain’s best family activities and we reckon you’ll hear nothing of the sort.12 of the best British weekend breaks for your wanderlust fixLooking for a weekend break in the UK? Let us help you find a short break that’s perfect for that last minute escape from it all. Whether you’re more at home among galleries and museums, or love a bonny beach, here’s everything you need to plan a weekend away right…Downton Abbey: 15 beautiful filming locations in the UKAs the sixth and final series of Downton Abbey hits the box this September, we invite you to take a tour of some of the TV show’s most memorable film locations – and help plan your pilgrimage to some of them.last_img read more


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