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When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more here.There are plenty of back-to-school and semiannual clearance sales to put some money back into your pocket this month. Retailers are discounting everything from affordable Chromebooks to stylish MacBooks to powerful iPads. So if you’re in need of a new portable PC on a budget, you’ve come to right place.We’re rounding up all the best laptop deals you can take advantage of right now. Amazon for instance, has the Samsung Chromebook 3 bundled with an Unlocked Galaxy S10e on sale for $749.99. Alone, the Galaxy Note S10e retails for $749.99, so this bundle basically nets you a free Chromebook. It’s one of the best back-to-school deals we’ve seen this summer. Meanwhile, Amazon’s back-to-school sale discounts various configurations of the Editor’s Choice Surface Pro 6. The base model packs a 12.3-inch 2736 x 1824 touchscreen LCD, 1.6GHz Core i5-8250U quad-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. 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Whether you picked up a premium laptop to record a podcast or a gaming laptop to stream the latest indie craze, you’re going to need a good USB microphone to deliver your lovely voice to the audience.First: Understand that there are generally four recording modes you can find in USB microphones: cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional and stereo. You need to know which one best suits your needs before you pick out a microphone.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-usb-microphones?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Cardioid records sources that are in front of the microphone (good for streaming), bidirectional is front and back (good for a two-person podcast), omnidirectional is each direction (good for multi-person podcasts or conference calls) and stereo builds off omnidirectional by using both left and right channels (good for musical instrumentals and ASMR).Here are the best USB microphones you can buy right now. Those looking to update their setup should also check out our roundups of the best noise-cancelling headphones, best webcams and best gaming monitors.Credit: Razer Blue Yeti The $120 Blue Yeti is one of the most popular USB microphones on the market. It features recording modes such as cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional and stereo. It also has on-the-spot gain control and a 3.5mm audio jack for headphones. You can also unscrew the microphone from the mount to attach a microphone stand to the bottom. The Blue Yeti has a simple plug-and-play setup that functions with Windows 10 and macOS. However, the Blue Yeti is a bit chunky, so keep that in mind if you plan on traveling with it.Pros: Four recording modes; Gain controlCons: ChunkyRecording modes: Cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, stereo | Compatibility: Windows 10, macOS | Size: 4.72 x 4.92 x 11.61 inches | Weight: 1.2 pounds (2.2 pounds w/ stand)Credit: Blue Rami Tabari, Blue Yeti Nano deals?US$92.99ViewUS$139.99US$99ViewUS$99.99ViewUS$99.99ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Samson Go Author Bio HyperX Quadcast Amazon Blue Yeti Nano by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoForbes.comSteph Curry’s Home Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilySavory Crab CakesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement If you’re looking to spend just under $100, you can go with the Razer Seiren X. Like the Yeti and Quadcast, the Seiren X has a simple plug-and-play setup for Windows 10 and macOS. However, the Seiren X packs only a single recording mode, which Razer dubs supercardioid. This is a tighter version of cardioid that eliminates more background noise, and is unique to the Seiren X. The Seiren X doesn’t have an adapter (3/8 to 5/8 inch) to attach to a boom arm, so you’ll have to purchase that separately.Pros: Unique recording mode; Compact aluminum designCons: One recording mode; No gain controlRecording modes: Cardioid (supercardioid) | Compatibility: Windows 10, macOS | Size: 4.1 x 7.7 x 8.4 inches | Weight: 1.86 poundsCredit: Razer As soon as Rami Tabari sprung out of the College of Staten Island, he hit the ground running as a Staff Writer for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder’s dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline in Tom’s Guide, taking on the latest Souls-like challenge. Amazon From $29.97 Blue Yeti deals?78 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$112.94ViewUS$115.99ViewUS$119.66ViewUS$181.98US$129ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by If you’re looking for a sleeker alternative, the HyperX Quadcast is the way to go. It offers the same features as the Blue Yeti, such as four recording modes, gain control and a headphone jack. But unlike the Blue Yeti, it features an internal pop filter, which’ll reduce background noise, and a shock mount, which suppresses unintentional rumbles. On top of the microphone is a tap-to-mute sensor. And it’s not only compatible with Windows 10 and macOS, but also with PS4. However, the Quadcast is a little pricer than the competition, at $140. Pros: Four recording modes; Gain control; Sleek; PS4 compatibleCons: PriceyRecording modes: Cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, stereo | Compatibility: Windows 10, macOS, PS4 | Size: 4 x 5.1 x 9.8 inches | Weight: 0.56 pounds (0.8 pounds w/ stand)Credit: HyperX From $99.99 From $139.99 From $117.79 Amazon Razer Seiren X deals?140 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$99.99US$84.59ViewUS$94.90ViewUS$99.99ViewUS$99.99ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Rami Tabari, on From $84.59 Razer Seiren X Bestbuy Amazon The Samson Go is a solid choice if you’re on a tight budget. For just $30, it offers cardioid and omnidirectional recording modes, a 3.5mm audio jack and a fold-up design with a clip that can attach to your laptop’s screen. Its compact design makes it easy to take with you anywhere, hence the “Go.” However, considering the size of the microphone, you’re bound to get a lower quality recording.Pros: Two recording modes; Super affordable; PortableCons: Lower-quality mic; No gain controlRecording modes: Cardioid, omnidirectional | Compatibility: Windows 10, macOS | Size: 6 x 1 x 5 inches | Weight: 0.5 poundsCredit: Samson If you’re sticking to Blue because you like the brand but still want to save a little extra money, the Blue Yeti Nano is your next best choice. Unlike the Razer Seiren X, the Yeti Nano comes with a 3/8- to 5/8-inch adapter to connect to a boom arm. It also features both cardioid and omnidirectional recording modes l. It has a 3.5mm audio jack for headphone monitoring like the others, but it doesn’t have any onboard gain controls.Pros: Two recording modes; Comes with mount adapter; CompactCons: No gain controlRecording modes: Cardioid, omnidirectional | Compatibility: Windows 10, macOS | Size: 4.29 x 3.78 x 8.31 inches | Weight: 1.39 poundsCredit: Blue
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Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Raul Benitez, a security expert at Mexico’s National Autonomous University, said Mexican military sources have told him that “the attack was not an error,” and “the objective was to annihilate the three passengers in the car.”“The same car with the same people had been going up and back (to the marine training camp) for a week, so perhaps some lookout who worked for drug traffickers informed the police, or the Beltrans” about the vehicle, Benitez said.He said the federal police must have known that they were attacking a diplomatic vehicle.“I don’t think we’re yet in a position to say definitively who did it, who paid them and why they did it,” the U.S. official said. “We have been assured repeatedly in private and in public that the government of Mexico will investigate this to the end and provide a final answer as to what occurred, and I think our posture at this stage is we take them at their word.”______Associated Press writers Mark Stevenson in Mexico City and Elliot Spagat in San Diego contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) – A senior U.S. official says there is strong circumstantial evidence that Mexican federal police who fired on a U.S. embassy vehicle, wounding two CIA agents, were working for organized crime on a targeted assassination attempt.Meanwhile, a Mexican official with knowledge of the case on the Aug. 24 ambush confirmed on Tuesday that prosecutors are investigating whether the Beltran Leyva Cartel was behind the attack. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Both the U.S. and Mexican officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the diplomatic issue.The federal police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The U.S. State Department declined to discuss details.“We will not comment on an ongoing investigation,” said William Ostick, a spokesman. “This is a matter of great significance to both our countries and we will continue to cooperate with Mexican authorities in their investigation.”The Mexican official said one line of investigation is that members of the Beltran Leyva Cartel were interested in attacking the people in the car because some of their lookouts had seen them passing through the area and presumed they were investigating the cartel. It’s possible they didn’t know they were Americans.The rural road near Cuernavaca where the attack took place is known territory of the remnants of the Beltran Leyva cartel, a once-powerful gang now run by Hector Beltran Leyvan since the Navy killed his brother, drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva, in Cuernavaca in late 2009. Beltran Leyva was once aligned with Mexico’s powerful cartel, Sinaloa, headed by fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. But the groups split in 2008 and continued government hits on Beltran Leyva leadership since then have splintered that cartel into small gangs warring for the area. The Mexican official said that is among several lines of investigation into the shooting up of an armored SUV clearly marked by diplomatic license plates on a rural road near Cuernavaca south of Mexico City. Federal police, historically known for infiltration and corruption by drug cartels, have said the shooting was a case of mistaken identity as officers were looking into the kidnapping of a government employee in that area.“That’s not a `We’re trying to shake down a couple people for a traffic violation’ sort of operation. That’s a `We are specifically trying to kill the people in this vehicle’,” a U.S. official familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press. “This is not a `Whoops, we got the wrong people.’ “Photos of the gray Toyota SUV, a model known to be used by Drug Enforcement Administration agents and other U.S. embassy employees working in Mexico, showed it riddled with heavy gunfire. The U.S. embassy called the attack an “ambush.”When asked by the AP if the Mexican federal police officers involved in the shooting were tied to organized crime, the U.S. official said, “The circumstantial evidence is pretty damn strong.” The CIA agents were heading down a dirt road to the military installation with a Mexican Navy captain in the vehicle when a carload of gunmen opened fire on them and chased them. The embassy SUV tried to escape, but three other cars joined the original vehicle in pursuing them down the road, according to the original Navy statement. Occupants of all four vehicles fired.“This is somebody with a powerful automatic weapon just unloading an entire clip, reloading, and continuing to fire at that same impact point, clearly with the intention of penetrating the armor and presumably killing those who are inside,” the U.S. official told the AP.Surveillance cameras in the area recorded two civilian vehicles chasing the U.S. embassy SUV, the Mexican official said. So far Mexican officials have said only federal police fired on the SUV.The two CIA agents received non-life-threatening wounds and have returned to the United States. The Navy captain was uninjured and radioed the Navy for help.Twelve officers have been detained in the case and are being held under a form of house arrest pending possible charges, and 51 officers have testified in the case.A Mexican federal police spokesman said last month that the officers may not have noticed the diplomatic plates. The official said police focused on the unusual sight of a bulletproof sport utility vehicle traveling at high speed on a rural road, not on the car’s distinctive diplomatic plates. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Comments Share
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the campaign kickoff that wasn’t.A California congresswoman Tuesday recalled a statement that announced she would kick off her campaign for U.S. Senate this week.The email from Rep. Loretta Sanchez, festooned with U.S. flags and stars-and-stripes imagery, invited supporters to join her Thursday at an Orange County train station to mark the start of her bid for the 2016 contest. “Together we will win,” the 10-term Democrat wrote. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments Share 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories “Having only recently achieved this position, I was very reluctant to leave it,” Schiff said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I’ll have a good opportunity to continue to work on the issues that I care most about.”Boxer’s retirement was expected to unleash a logjam of ambitious Democratic challengers seeking higher office in 2016. Instead, Harris has had the field mostly to herself, while Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took their names out of consideration.Two little-known Republicans are seeking the seat: Tom Del Beccaro, a former state party chairman, and two-term Assemblyman Rocky Chavez from San Diego County.Schiff, now serving his eighth term, said he knows he would have been “fighting the odds” had he entered the race. Still, he believes that a candidate from Southern California can make a strong run.“This was actually quite an attractive opportunity. Had this been a few years down the road when I had more time already in this position, it would have been a different calculus possibly,” Schiff said.___Blood reported from Los AngelesCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. But the electronic missive turned out to be a mistake. Sanchez adviser Bill Carrick said the email was a draft that was accidentally distributed and she hasn’t made up her mind about the Senate race.“This isn’t what you would want if you are running for city council, much less U.S. Senate,” said Democratic consultant Andrew Acosta.It’s a long way from the election but in a major campaign “you want to come out and show you are well organized. When you stumble out of the gate, it gives people pause,” Acosta added.The errant email brought a jolt of drama and confusion to a contest that so far has looked like a runaway for another Democrat, state Attorney General Kamala Harris. The party is strongly favored to hold the seat next year.Sanchez is among a string of Democrats considered possible contenders for the seat, which is being vacated by retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.Earlier Tuesday, Rep. Adam Schiff became the latest high-profile state Democrat to nix a bid for the post. Schiff said that his responsibilities as the ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence took precedence, because it gives him a chance to contribute to the nation’s security. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean
Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Patients with chronic pain give advice Meanwhile, FIFA protocol allowed Blatter to address all those meetings, without explicitly referring to the election. He also met voters when attending finals at the Asian Cup and African Cup of Nations.This strategy of official non-engagement has proved effective for Blatter, limiting possible mistakes and offering no stage for his opponents to make gains.The exception was UEFA’s annual meeting in Vienna.Blatter had a front row seat to hear executive committee colleague Prince Ali describe FIFA as “authoritarian,” and Van Praag talk of disarray, nepotism and corruption.Today, Blatter’s rivals remain relatively unknown to voters. It was very different four years ago.Then, the rival candidate was a confederation president, Asian soccer’s then-leader Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar.Bin Hammam challenged his former ally after more than a decade overseeing FIFA project grants totaling tens of millions of dollars to potential voters, and months after helping Qatar win the 2022 World Cup hosting rights.Carrying that momentum, Bin Hammam seemed a genuine threat until being taken down in a bribery scandal. Caribbean voters were each offered $40,000 in cash three weeks before election day. Sponsored Stories “I am not campaigning,” Blatter said in March at a FIFA news conference he was obliged to attend. “I am now 40 years in FIFA, and I am 17 years as president of FIFA. This is my manifesto.”Three rival candidates entered the race in January: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Luis Figo of Portugal and Michael van Praag of the Netherlands. Van Praag and Figo, however, both dropped out of the race on Thursday.By withdrawing, they showed how the task to sway Blatter’s rock-solid support looked impossible even before belatedly starting to seek votes.“If you really wanted to do this properly you should have started (campaigning) two years ago,” Van Praag, the Dutch soccer federation president, said in Vienna in March.Prince Ali is not even sure of widespread support from his home Asian Football Confederation, whose leaders have questioned the 39-year-old Jordanian’s decision to run.The outcome has looked clear since February 2014 when Blatter dropped his biggest hint that he would run again. He teased he “would not say no” if enough of FIFA’s 209 member federations asked him.They did.Despite the scandals and allegations often swirling around FIFA, voters worldwide show little or no desire for change at the top. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center GENEVA (AP) — For once, a major FIFA election is untainted by claims of vote-buying.There’s no need this time.Sepp Blatter’s widely expected re-election on May 29 as president of soccer’s world governing body for a fifth term has seldom seemed a real contest. His hold on the top job is so secure that Blatter published no manifesto, declined to debate opponents and rarely engaged with media worldwide. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility In 1998, when Bin Hammam was a key campaigner for Blatter’s first election, it was said that $50,000 offers to some African voters in a Paris hotel decisively swayed the result. Bin Hammam was also in Blatter’s inner circle for the 2002 election.Blatter has spent half his life devoted to FIFA and its family of officials, making him difficult to unseat. UEFA President Michel Platini, an all-time great player for France and one-time FIFA protege of Blatter, chose not to try.Announcing his decision last August not to run, Platini denied that an election fight against Blatter was “unwinnable.”However, it looks that way now.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share FILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, Luis Figo speaks to the media as he launches his FIFA Presidential Campaign manifesto, at Wembley Stadium, London. Sepp Blatter’s widely expected re-election on May 29 as president of soccer’s world governing body for a fifth term has seldom seemed a real contest. Three rival candidates entered the race in January: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Luis Figo of Portugal and Michael van Praag of the Netherlands. Van Praag, however, dropped out of the race on Thursday May 21, 2015, and switched his support to FIFA vice president Prince Ali. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File) Familiarity with Blatter has bred content. He was FIFA’s top administrator and, therefore, point man to members for 17 years before his controversial first election in 1998.On Blatter’s presidential watch, FIFA has risen from financial crisis in 2001 to sit on a growing $1.5 billion reserve fund.FIFA earned almost $5 billion directly from the 2014 World Cup and rewarded all 209 members equally well.The smallest island federation in the Caribbean or South Pacific got the same bonus payments totaling $1.05 million from FIFA’s tournament profits as World Cup champion Germany.Each member has equal voting power at the congress when changing FIFA rules or picking a president — as each federation helps do every four years in Zurich. FIFA pays for a three-person delegation from each of the 209 to attend the election in its home city, one of the world’s most expensive.It adds up to Blatter being able to count on most voters in five of FIFA’s six continental confederations during his reign. Even UEFA has pockets of support for him, especially within the Russian sphere of influence.Since the candidate deadline passed, four confederations which held their annual assemblies blocked Blatter’s opponents from making formal speeches to potential voters. The three rivals sat and watched in Asuncion, Paraguay; Cairo, Egypt; Nassau, Bahamas; and Manama, Bahrain as FIFA’s game of democracy played out. Top Stories
Pulitzer winning photographer Nick Ut gestures while talking with media at the place where he took his iconic ‘Napalm girl’ photo 43 years ago on Monday, June 8, 2015 in Trang Bang, Vietnam. Ut returned Monday to the location of his iconic photo with a tool from an entirely different era, a 4-ounce iPhone 5 equipped with the ability to send photos to the world in the blink of a digital eye. (AP Photo/Na Son Nguyen).n On Monday, 43 years later to the day, Ut went back to document some of his Vietnam War memories with a tool from an entirely different era — a 4-ounce iPhone 5 equipped with the ability to send photos to the world in the blink of a digital eye.“I stood here and watched the bombs come down,” Ut said of those long-ago moments just before he exposed a frame of Kodak Tri-X black-and-white film that carried the likeness of 9-year-old Kim Phuc, her body severely burned.“I was so young then,” the longtime Associated Press photographer said.Ut’s June 8, 1972, image of Kim Phuc, now known as the “napalm girl,” helped crystallize the debate America had been having for more than half a decade about a far-off war that was lethal to so many. But the image began its persuasive work on newspaper pages many hours later, not in the instantaneous fashion we see today.So when Ut returned to the village of Trang Bang on Monday, he came equipped with something more era-appropriate: He brought his iPhone with him and was given custody of AP Images’ Instagram account for the day.That gave him the power to upload, instantaneously, images that during the war would have taken hours to get 25 miles south to AP offices in Saigon, then in and out of the film-developing process before a print could be beamed to the world. TRANG BANG, Vietnam (AP) — He stands in the northbound lane of Vietnam’s Highway 1, traffic swirling around him, horns honking. He is pointing. Right there, he says — that’s where it happened. That’s where the screaming children appeared. That’s where I made the picture that the world couldn’t forget.Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut was 21 on that day more than half a lifetime ago when he stood on the same road, pointed his camera northeast and captured one of history’s most famous images — a naked Vietnamese girl screaming and fleeing after South Vietnamese planes looking for Viet Cong insurgents attacked with napalm from the air. Sitting in a van bound for Trang Bang, Ut, a digital Leica around his neck, took a few practice shots with the iPhone. As he headed north from Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, the scenery revealed the ways Highway 1 has changed since the war. Today’s roadside attractions include a restaurant called “Sushi World” and a roadside vendor hawking a small-scale Statue of Liberty.Then, as the van crossed a bridge, he announced arrival at the site of the famous image: “Right here! Right here!”He pressed the phone against the windshield to photograph the road, then followed up with an image of the temple where Kim Phuc and her family took refuge before the bombing.Ut has made this journey often — usually at least once a year in recent years, he says. It remains significant to him. He and the picture — and, by extension, the village — are forever linked.In Trang Bang, Ut visited a roadside stall operated by two of Kim Phuc’s cousins, then walked a kilometer down the road to where he made the famous image. There, he faced a gaggle of photographers as traffic changed lanes to avoid them.The scene that unfolded was a curious one: Ut taking pictures, Ut taking pictures of his own pictures, people taking pictures of Ut taking pictures. By the time it wrapped up, it was unclear whether more images were taken by Nick Ut or of him. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 0 Comments Share Ut ended up posting six images of Trang Bang on Instagram, including one of Ho Van Bon, 54, Kim Phuc’s cousin and the boy to her left in the 1972 photo. Today, sitting at the roadside stall, he says instantaneous photo sharing can be a potent force when bad things happen.“If this were to happen right now . it’s much better for the world now for these social networks to have instant attention for something,” he said through a translator. “It makes the world a better place.”It wouldn’t just be Ut uploading, though. His photo, as powerful as it is, would have had competition for the eyeballs of the world.“Imagine what it would have been like in 1972 if you had all the technology and systems of 2015,” says David Campbell, a visual storytelling expert and teacher in Newcastle, England.“Some of those people escaping that napalm attack would have had their own smartphones. Some of the soldiers would have had smartphones,” Campbell says. “In 1972, you got to see a very curated, edited selection of images that were much more isolated pieces of time. Now you would see greater scope, greater time scale and a much more comprehensive view.” New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Ut, whose AP photographer brother Huynh Thanh My was killed in the Vietnam War in 1965, suspects the conflict would have played very differently for people back in the United States — and their policymakers — if instantaneous photo sharing had existed then. He says that before he even got his film back to Saigon, “it would have been on Facebook.”“My God. Today in Vietnam everybody has a phone,” Ut says. “A couple hours, that was too long. Now two minutes you get it to the world. I couldn’t have imagined.”___EDITOR’S NOTE — Ted Anthony is the director of Asia-Pacific news for The Associated Press, based in Bangkok. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/anthonytedCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Check your body, save your life 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist
Top Stories Ali was sent a toy car containing a harmless powder that he believed was ricin.Police found a list on his computer with entries including “paid ricin guy” and “get pet to murder.”His cellphone showed Google and Yahoo searches for “how to make ricin” and “what poison kills you quick, is foolproof, easily found/made, easily concealed and hard to detect post mortem.”Ali denies attempting to possess a chemical weapon. Prosecutor Sally Howes told jurors at London’s Central Criminal Court on Tuesday that police found no evidence suggesting Ali was associated with terrorism activities or organizations.She said defense lawyers would claim Ali wanted to buy ricin out of curiosity, and would produce a psychological assessment that Ali has traits associated with Asperger’s syndrome.The trial is due to last two weeks.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall LONDON (AP) — A British software engineer tried to buy enough ricin over the Internet to kill hundreds of people, and planned to test it by killing a small animal, a prosecutor said Tuesday.Mohammed Ali, 31, allegedly contacted a seller in the U.S. about buying 500 milligrams of the poison for $500. The contact, who used the names Dark Mart and Psychochem, was an undercover FBI agent.Ricin is derived from the castor bean plant and is one of the world’s deadliest toxins. Prosecutors say the amount Ali sought would have killed between 700 and 1,400 people. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments Share Men’s health affects baby’s health too 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean
Mesa family survives lightning strike to home U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) echoed Taylor’s concerns with two pointed tweets that included articles about the moves. One that said, “This is no way to treat our allies, Mr. President,” and the other saying, “Trade wars do not end well.”Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the tariffs would be 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum, and go into effect on Friday, as the administration followed through on the penalties after earlier granting exemptions to buy time for negotiations. Trump had announced the tariffs in March, citing national security concerns.In response, Europe and Mexico pledged to retaliate quickly, exacerbating trans-Atlantic and North American trade tensions.Ross told reporters that talks with Canada and Mexico over revising the North American Free Trade Agreement were “taking longer than we had hoped.” Talks with Europe had “made some progress” but not enough for additional exemptions, he said in a conference call from Paris.Taylor said the new tariffs will only hurt the NAFTA negotiations.“What message does it send to our friends in Mexico and Canada and around the world when comes to negotiating trade deals that we would throw a monkey wrench like this into the process right in the middle of negotiations,” he said. “It’s the wrong message, wrong time, wrong policy.” PHOENIX – President Donald Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, Mexico and Canada from didn’t go over well in Arizona.Garrick Taylor, senior vice president of government relations and communications for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said Arizonans should be “very concerned for a number of reasons” about the plan the administration revealed Thursday.“This makes life more expensive for Arizonans and for Americans,” Taylor told KTAR News 92.3 FM. “We buy products made of steel, and now those tariffs, which are really taxes, get passed along to American consumers.” 21 Comments Share American producers, importers, exporters and consumers all will suffer, Taylor said.“This is the tit-for-tat things that happen in a trade war that is so bad for the economy,” he said.KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Kathy Cline and the Associated Press contributed to this report. Parents, stop beating yourself up Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Four benefits of having a wireless security system
How do cataracts affect your vision? Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Related LinksMcSally, Biggs laud progress in summit negotiations with North KoreaFlake, McCain criticize Trump plan to raise tariffs on steel, aluminumAnnual military drills between the United States and South Korea have been a major source of tension on the Korean Peninsula. The North has called them an invasion rehearsal and responded with its own weapons tests.McCain has been away from Washington since December while battling an aggressive form of brain cancer, but that hasn’t kept him from criticizing the president.The six-term Republican has contested Trump for raising tariffs on steel, congratulating Russia’s Vladimir Putin for his election win, and attacking the FBI and the press, among other things.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Sponsored Stories (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) 18 Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Quick workouts for men PHOENIX — Sen. John McCain of Arizona said it’s a mistake for the United States to suspend joint military exercises with South Korea as a concession to North Korea after President Donald Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un earlier this week.McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement Thursday:“Suspending U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises is a mistake. Making unnecessary and unreciprocated concessions is not in our interests — and it is a bad negotiating tactic. Parroting Chinese and North Korean propaganda by saying joint exercises are ‘provocative’ undermines our security and alliances. Moving forward, we must work closely with our allies, especially South Korea and Japan, which have critical equities in the outcome of this diplomatic process.“I continue to hope that President Trump will be successful in his diplomatic efforts to achieve the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. But we must not impose upon ourselves the burden of providing so-called ‘good faith’ concessions as the price for continued dialogue. “The United States must be clear: we want peace on the Korean Peninsula achieved through dialogue. But it is North Korea — through its nuclear and missile programs, aggressive behavior, and egregious human rights violations — that poses the greatest threat to peace. And until North Korea takes concrete steps to change that, no concessions should be made, and the sanctions must continue.”Trump met with Kim in Singapore on Tuesday to negotiate about North Korea’s nuclear program. Afterward, Trump said the joint military exercises would stop and that North Korea promised to work toward denuclearization. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist
New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Out of the more than 300 small businesses, six hailed from Arizona, receiving seven awards.Through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contracts, $43.5 million was distributed to the small businesses around the United States.South Phoenix residents push to stop light rail expansionA group of Phoenix residents are hoping to persuade city officials to reverse course and derail a planned expansion of the metro area’s light rail system.The city has already approved the 6-mile (10-kilometer) expansion into south Phoenix with construction expected to begin in 2019, The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday.The project will extend the light rail along Central Avenue south of downtown between Jefferson Street and Baseline Road.More than 200 residents recently gathered at a community center in south Phoenix to protest the project, claiming it will hurt businesses along the planned route by removing car lanes and diminishing their customer base. They also claim the extension will bring crime to their neighborhoods.Unorthodox Trump faces toughest test yet in NKorea summitEmbarking on a self-described “mission of peace,” President Donald Trump puts his seat-of-the-pants foreign policy to its toughest test yet as he attempts this week to personally broker an end to North Korea’s nuclear program in talks with Kim Jong Un. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Top holiday drink recipes Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Baffert won his first Triple Crown in 2015 with American Pharoah, ending a 37-year drought.And now, the white-haired trainer saddled a colt to a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.Trump delivers warning on trade as he leaves G-7 summitPresident Donald Trump delivered a stern warning on trade to foreign countries at the Group of Seven summit on Saturday, advising trading partners not to retaliate against U.S. tariffs on the imports of steel and aluminum. “If they retaliate, they’re making a mistake,” Trump declared.Trump told reporters he pressed for “fair and reciprocal” trade practices at the G-7 meeting in Canada, urging his foreign counterparts to eliminate all tariffs, trade barriers and subsidies in their trading practices. The president has been at odds with key allies over the new tariffs, which dominated his talks with the leaders of major industrialized nations in the Canadian resort town.In addition to the U.S. and Canada, the group includes Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Japan.NASA announces seven awards for Arizona small businessesSome of the states small businesses are taking one giant leap.In an way to benefit both NASA’s mission and the country’s ceremony, the company handed out funding to 348 awardees recently. How men can have a healthy 2019 PHOENIX — If you were too preoccupied with staying cool over the weekend to pay attention to the news, we’ve got you covered.Here are some of the biggest news stories that happened over the weekend, both in Arizona and nationwide:Arizona native brings home second Triple Crown victory in 4 yearsAn Arizona native made history Saturday as he took home his second Triple Crown victory in four years.Trainer Bob Baffert, a Nogales native, competed with Justify, a strapping chestnut colt who completed the series sweep on Saturday in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York. 0 Comments Share The impulsive American president, who just this weekend sowed chaos within the Western alliance, is set to face his match on the global stage as he prepares to meet Kim in Singapore on Tuesday.In the historic first meeting between the leaders of the technically-still-warring nations, Trump is prioritizing instinct over planning. Unlike traditional summits between heads of state, where most of the work is completed in advance, U.S. officials say the only thing certain ahead of these talks will be their unpredictability. How do cataracts affect your vision?
While on stage with Putin, however, Trump criticized the investigation led by Robert Mueller for playing a role in the conflict between the countries. Men’s health affects baby’s health too “It has had a negative impact upon the relationship between of two largest nuclear powers in the world. … It’s ridiculous what’s going on with the probe,” Trump said.The Arizona lawmakers weren’t the only members of Congress to take issue with Trump’s performance.House Speaker Paul Ryan delivered a strongly worded statement, saying there’s “no question” that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, and noting that U.S. intelligence agencies and a House panel agreed.“The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally,” Ryan said, in what was, for the mild-mannered speaker, akin to a reprimand. Ryan said Russia “remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals.”Even Trump’s sometimes ally Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina called the summit a “missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russia accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections.”Graham quipped that Trump ought to check a soccer ball Putin gave to Trump for listening devices, “and never allow it in the White House.”Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., called it “bizarre” and “flat-out wrong” for Trump to suggest that both countries are to blame for their deteriorated relationship. U.S. Rep. Kirsten Sinema (D-Arizona), who is running for the seat Flake is vacating, issued a statement saying she was “highly disturbed” by Trump’s comments.“Russia is an authoritarian regime that has attacked our democracy and continues to undermine the security of the United States and our allies,” her statement said. “I stand with our men and women in the U.S. intelligence community, and am highly disturbed by President Trump’s statements supporting Putin’s baseless, false claims of innocence.”A statement by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Arizona) had a similar sentiment: “President Trump’s meeting today with Vladimir Putin of Russia was an appalling display of self-serving posturing by both men. Americans should expect such behavior from President Putin. They should not expect, however, to be misrepresented and abandoned by the president of the United States.”On Friday, the special counsel investigating interference in the 2016 U.S. elections issued indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers.At the time, Flake tweeted that the indictments reaffirmed that Russia interfered with the elections. PHOENIX — John McCain and Jeff Flake, Arizona’s Republican U.S. senators, ripped into President Donald Trump for his comments while sharing the stage Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling the performance “disgraceful” and “shameful.”Flake, who isn’t running for re-election and has been a frequent critic of the president, took to Twitter after Trump and Putin held a joint news conference on Monday during their summit in Helsinki, Finland. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory,” McCain said in the statement. “The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake.” Comments Share Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Flake apparently was referring to Trump’s response when asked who was at fault for the decline in relations between the the U.S. and Russia.“I hold both countries responsible,” Trump said. “I think that the United States has been foolish. I think that we’ve all been foolish. We should have had this dialogue a long time ago, a long time, frankly, before I got to office.”McCain responded by tweeting out a link to a full statement, which called the meeting “a tragic mistake.” Top Stories Top Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said never in the history of the country has a U.S. president supported an adversary the way Trump supported Putin.The Associated Press contributed to this report. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Greek tourism operators are expecting strong demand in 2011, as the global economy continues to recover and tensions in North Africa and the Middle East force travellers to look elsewhere. Whilst recent unrest in Egypt and Tunisia may not send travellers flocking necessarily to Greece, authorities in the country do expect there to be enough demand for the entire region, AFP reported.”As an all-year destination, Spain is most likely to gain Egypt’s market, followed by Turkey,” Hellenic association of travel and tourist agencies (Hatta) deputy chairman Yiannis Papadakis said.”But we also stand to benefit as there will be a lack of availability. “Turkey is already between 80 and 85 percent booked and will be fully booked in about two months.” According to AFP, recent data from key European target markets shows family travel, in particular, moving away from strife-torn North Africa and the Middle East.”Bookings from Germany are up eight percent, Britain 12 percent and Russia by over 20 percent while France is also seeing a two-digit rise,” Panhellenic confederation of hoteliers head Andreas Andreadis said.”They were already rising from January before events in North Africa unfolded as these (European) countries have positive growth rates.” Despite Greece dealing with internal strife of its own last year, official data has shown that international arrivals into the country during the first nine months of 2010 had risen by 1.5 percent.According to AFP, tourism generates about 18 percent of Greece’s gross domestic product. Greece hopes to serve up more to tourists in 2011
Image Source: FlightGlobal Emirates has commenced daily services between Auckland and Dubai, with Melbourne Airport welcoming the first A380 service on Tuesday morning this week.Melbourne Airport chief executive Chris Woodruff eagerly anticipated the arrival of EK406.“I was thrilled to watch the inaugural Emirates A380 service touch-down this morning, further strengthening our close relationship which commenced in 1996 when Emirates chose Melbourne as their first Australian destination,” Mr Woodruff said.“Emirates is a valued customer of Melbourne Airport, and the new A380 services to Auckland and Dubai confirm Melbourne’s position as a key global destination.”Melbourne Airport’s increased international passenger growth, partnered with its curfew-free status has resulted in “unparalleled flexibility and convenience”, Mr Woodruff added.“Melbourne was the first major Australian airport to be A380 ready and we continue to invest in our facilities to enhance services, including recently opening two additional international gates and upgrading our aerobridges to accommodate more A380s.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T
“The introduction of our fifth daily service between Dubai and Singapore is a reflection of the growing passenger demand for flights between these two important global business, trade and tourism hubs and the increased frequency will allow our customers to connect seamlessly to other flights on Emirates’ extensive global network,” Emirates divisional senior vice president, commercial operations east Barry Brown said. Emirates’ fifth daily flight between Dubai and Singapore is set to take off 1 August, bringing the total number of Emirates flights between the cities to 35 per week. Having started its flights to Singapore in 1990, the destination remains an important gateway in the Far East and Australasia region for Emirates, connecting passengers to Melbourne, Brisbane, Colombo and Dubai, and onward to 35 destinations in Europe, nine destinations in the United States, and more than 20 destinations in Africa along with connections across the Middle East. Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich These include 28 non-stop services and seven via Colombo, in addition to Emirates’ daily services from Singapore to Brisbane and Melbourne.
Brand new brochure broadening travellers’ horizonsBrand new brochure broadening travellers’ horizonsCollette’s brand new US & Canada brochure offers a world of possibilities for the up- market travellerCollette has just launched its brand new US and Canada brochure adding three exciting new tours to its existing suite of American and Canadian itineraries; Charming French Canada, New England Charm and America’s Historic Hotels. With 31 classic tours, 2 Explorations, 6 Spotlights and 4 leisure stays, this brochure is jam-packed full of experiences to suit different types of travellers.For francophiles, Collette’s new 8-day Charming French Canada tour is just the ticket. Delving into Canada’s rich culture, brimming with French influence, guests on this tour will marvel at magnificent architecture, stroll the grounds of the rustic Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello and wander the streets of Quebec City, reminiscent of romantic Paris. Priced from $3,409, this itinerary offers a tour of Old Quebec and its many treasures, a visit to the scenic Mount Royal Park in Montreal and a stop at a Canadian sugar shack. Sampling one of the region’s famous treats, maple taffy made in the snow, this tour is sure to satisfy travellers with a sweet tooth.In New England Charm, travellers will spend 8-days basking in traditional elegance. From $3,469, guests on this trip will enjoy local lobster delicacies in Portsmouth, a tour of the Vanderbilt’s Marble House mansion, a Broadway-style theatre show in Vermont and a visit to Newport, the “Yachting Capital of the East”.For history-buffs, Collette’s 10-day America’s Historic Hotels is ideal. Priced from $5,129 per person, the tour features stays in some of the US’ most stately and sought-after hotels.“The US is Collette’s home turf and as a family-owned business we pride ourselves on staying true to our roots and delivering the very best travel experiences possible in these locations. From our private chauffeur experience, to our suite of Spotlight and Explorations tours, we have a range of fantastic new products and services that we are excited to showcase in our brochure,” said Alison Mead, Australian Business Manager, Collette.For the intrepid traveller, Collette’s new brochure also offers 2 small-group Exploration tours – Winter in Yellowstone and Newfoundland & Labrador Discovery. Travellers wanting to escape into the wilderness will explore the white wonderland that is Winter in Yellowstone, where exotic wildlife encounters await. In Newfoundland & Labrador Discovery, a picturesque world of lighthouses, pristine coasts and stunning marine life is perfect for adventurers.Other highlights of the brochure include 6 Spotlight tours – Collette’s short city stays which provide travellers with the opportunity to explore some of the world’s most iconic cities in-depth. Spotlight on New Orleans features in the brochure at the lead price of $1,759 per person representing great value for money for clients wanting to get to know the city’s rich, dynamic culture in a comprehensive 5 days.www.gocollette.com • 3/263 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 • 1300 792 195Four tours in the brochure feature multiple-night stays, allowing for a more relaxed pace and additional leisure time.Private Chauffeur ServiceCollette’s private chauffeur service is included on all Collette tours for customers wi thin 40km of an Australian international airport. as are tip s for the land portion of each tour.About ColletteEstablished in 1918, Collette is a third-generation, family-owned worldwide tour operator. With headquarters in Rhode Island, Collette’s recently- opened Sydney office adds to the company’s global presence which includes offices in Vancouver, Toronto and London.On offer is an extensive collection of four-star escorted tours, river and ocean cruises, rail journeys, small group tours, family tours and garden holidays. Renowned for connecting guests with cultural experiences which go far beyond those of an ordinary holiday, Collette prides itself on providing real value to its guests and agent partners. Knowledgeable tour managers, an industry-leading travel protection plan and inclusive touring are just part of the top-quality Collette experience. Just sit back, relax and be guided on your Collette adventure!Source = Collette
Celebrate International Day for Monuments and Sites on April 18 with ColletteCelebrate International Day for Monuments and Sites on April 18 with ColletteTo celebrate International Day for Monuments and Sites on April 18, Collette is launching its Special Collections brochure which offers Australian travellers the chance to visit some of the world’s most iconic monuments and sites.Available from 24 April, the Special Collections brochure features a range of exciting itineraries and destinations steeped in history and heritage, where travellers can appreciate both natural and manmade landmarks.As one of the world’s leading global tour operators, Collette recognises the importance of these monuments and the role they play in enriching tourism itineraries all around the world. Monuments and sites not only serve as exciting bucket-list items, but also serve to tell a story about the history, culture and traditions of a destination.These tours offer visitors the opportunity to admire some of the most well-known and aesthetically appealing monuments open to the public as well as lesser known monuments which may well become key attractions in the future.From traditional sites such as the Pyramids of Egypt and the majestic Taj Mahal, to the more recent Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai which stretches four hundred and sixty- eight metres into the sky, to the sumptuous Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Dubai and the striking Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon, there is much to celebrate.“Visits to monuments and sites are an invaluable and quintessential component of the tourism experience,” said Alison Mead, Collette Australia General Manager. “Tourism is an indispensable source of revenue and employment for so many countries. Of course monuments are major attractions and the catalyst for many travellers. At Collette we are striving to create more immersive ways to experience those monuments – such as having an included dining experience actually in the Eiffel tower.”For nature lovers, Collette’s Winter in Yellowstone offers an abundance of exotic wildlife and geothermal encounters, including the renowned Old Faithful Geyser, one of the world’s most sought-after natural hot-spots. Travellers can unlock the mysteries of the Incan citadel in Collette’s Macchu Picchu and the Galapagos, walk in the footsteps of traditional royalty in the Imperial Palace of Tokyo or marvel at monumental magnitude in Canyon Country.Collette’s Special Collections brochure features an array of monuments and sites which opens up a world of discovery for travellers.For details of the full tours or to book a trip:Contact your local travel agentCall Collette on 1300 792 195 or visit www.gocollette.comPrivate Chauffeur ServiceCollette’s private chauffeur service is included on all Collette tours for customers within 40km of an Australian international airport. as are tips for the land portion of each tour. For more information visit gocollette.com/chauffeurAbout ColletteEstablished in 1918, Collette is a third-generation, family-owned worldwide tour operator. With headquarters in Rhode Island, Collette’s recently- opened Sydney office adds to the company’s global presence which includes offices in Vancouver, Toronto and London.On offer is an extensive collection of four-star escorted tours, river and ocean cruises, rail journeys, small group tours, family tours and garden holidays. Renowned for connecting guests with cultural experiences which go far beyond those of an ordinary holiday, Collette prides itself on providing real value to its guests and agent partners. Knowledgeable tour managers, an industry-leading travel protection plan and inclusive touring are just part of the top-quality Collette experience. Just sit back, relax and be guided on your Collette adventure! Source = Collette
Source = Dreamworld Dreamworld Brings All Kinds of Happy to the School HolidaysDreamworld Brings All Kinds of Happy to the School HolidaysTrucks are currently rolling into Dreamworld with cargo for the Brickman Awesome Exhibition, made entirely of LEGO® bricks, making up part of Dreamworld’s AWESOME school holiday fun.The shipping crates are being unpacked, so The Brickman, Ryan McNaught, and his team can piece together the segments of 39 exclusive LEGO® models together tomorrow, for this weekend’s opening.Comprising more than 2 million bricks and totalling over 5,000 hours of build-time, Brickman Awesome will showcase LEGO® brick models like you’ve never seen before!“We’re on track to open this Saturday 15 September and we’re really excited to see another incredible attraction open at Dreamworld,” Philip Hancox, General Manager Marketing says.“Dreamworld is so unique and versatile. This exhibition will be another brick of excitement and imagination we’re adding to Australia’s largest theme park.”Brickman Awesome will also open for two exclusive nights next weekend so guests can experience the awesomeness, separately from the theme park, after dark.Sunset Safaris will also be available soon, so guests can harness their wild side while they encounter Dreamworld’s wildlife after park hours.By day, take a walk on the wild side with our tiger cubs Melati and Mya, before they make their big adventure to Canberra in October, to spread the important message of conservation.And keep your Trolls’ glitter in your pockets because the Bawd brothers are making their comeback, and they have their eyes on all things sparkly and gold.The infamous Bushrangers are set to wreak havoc on the Dreamworld Express once again – bringing back an iconic Dreamworld experience.With so much to see these school holidays, book your Dreamworld Season Pass today at Dreamworld.com.auSchool holiday schedule:Brickman Awesome LEGO® brick exhibition – 15 September to 14 OctoberBrickman Awesome Exclusive Nights – 21 & 22 SeptemberSunset Safari – 22 September to 14 OctoberTiger Cubs – Now until after Queensland school holidaysBushrangers – ongoing
To boost tourist numbers, Indonesia has approved the addition of 30 more countries to its visa-free list. Indonesia has officially granted visa-free entry to citizens of 45 countries including China, Japan, South Korea and US.The country’s Ministry of Tourism was pushing the visa-free travel facility claiming it would add at least 1 million more tourists, this year. “Offering visa-free travel is one of the easiest ways to boost tourist numbers,” said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.Out of the 45 countries listed, 15 have enjoyed visa-free entry before while 30 others are new, including China, Russia, South Korea, Japan, US, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, Oman and South Africa.Passport holders from the countries above will no longer need a visa when entering through the airports in Jakarta, Bali, Medan, Surabaya, Batam, and seaports of Sekupang and Batam Centre, Batam, Sri Bintan and Tanjung Uban Riau.Indonesia believes it can attract 11 million visits this year through the visa-free policy up from 9.44 million last year.