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Amsterdam bans controversial ‘beer-bikes’

The Hague, Netherlands | AFP | Amsterdam will enforce a new ban on ‘beer-bikes’ this week after years of complaints by locals about rowdy tourists getting drunk and disorderly while pedalling along its famous canals. As from Wednesday “the beer bicycle may be banned from the city centre to stop it …

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The ‘blue halo’ effect: How some flowers seduce bees

Paris, France | AFP | Hundreds of flower species have evolved the ability to project ethereal halos of blue light invisible to humans in order to lure pollinating bees, researchers revealed Wednesday. In laboratory experiments, bumblebees were drawn to synthetic flowers designed to generate the same kind of ultraviolent rings, they …

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Emirates eyes bigger brand in Uganda

Kampala, Uganda | JULIUS BUSINGE |  Emirates Airlines is focusing on making its brand in Uganda more vibrant in an effort to woo more travelers to its planes. Speaking to journalists in Kampala on Oct. 12, the Airline’s Country Manager for Uganda, Puneet Kohli said that they recently introduced new products …

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Grand opening of Pearl of Africa Hotel

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  A week after the Pearl of Africa Hotel Kampala officially opened its doors with fireworks, President Yoweri Museveni launched the 5-star facility at a colourful ceremony on Tuesday night. Museveni thanked the Aya Brothers for the investment that will create jobs for Ugandans and boost …

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MUSEVENI: Uganda is a world premier tourism destination

Kampala, Uganda | PPU | President Yoweri Museveni has said that there is no better place for tourism in the world than Uganda. The President made the remarks at the Uganda Giants’ Club Conservation and Tourism Investment Forum that took place at the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort and Spa Hotel …

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Troubled UNESCO begins picking new leader

Paris, France | AFP | The board of the UN’s cultural body on Wednesday began vetting eight candidates vying to head an organisation accused of bias in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and foot-dragging on reforms. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization infuriated Israel and its staunch ally the United States by …

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Monarch collapse leaves 110,000 holidaymakers stranded

London, United Kingdom | AFP | British short-haul carrier Monarch Airlines went bust Monday in the biggest airline failure in Britain, prompting the government to take emergency action to return home 110,000 stranded passengers. Monarch and its holidays business went into administration, with KPMG appointed to oversee the financial chaos …

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Ghanaian villagers profit from monkey business

Tafi Atome, Ghana | AFP | The villagers of Tafi Atome, in Ghana’s Volta Region, grew up listening to tales of their spiritual links to the 1,000 or so mona monkeys that inhabit the surrounding lush forest. But they have also turned that reverence into revenue, by making the cheeky primates …

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