DONEGAL FAVOURITE ‘PORTAVENTURA’ WILL SURPRISE MANY THIS SEASON WITH NEW ATTRACTION

first_imgIt’s the Disneyland of Spain and has long been a favourite stopping-off point for Donegal families holidaying there. Now PortAventura will surprise this season’s visitors with a spectacular new attraction: Angkor: Adventure in the Lost Kingdom.This novelty is framed in the context of the resort’s development strategy to become the best holiday destination for European families: a concept that can be defined as European Destination Resort. This project enhances the company’s internationalisation strategy as well as being another step towards the investment commitment that has led PortAventura to spend more than 100 million euros in new projects and equipment since 2009.The new attraction will open on April 11th to coincide with the start of the 2014 PortAventura season.Inspired by the Asian jungles, the new chapter of the theme park will be a new water boat ride that will be unique in Europe because of its length (300 meters) as well as fantastic theme detail.The new attraction will be located in the China area of the resort near Shambhala (Europe’s highest roller-coaster), and is based on the Cambodian temple of Angkor Wat, considered the world’s largest religious structure. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1992, Angkor Wat means “city of temples” and experts believe that it was built between the ninth and fifteenth centuries. Legends and mysteries abound in the lush jungles and dangerous mangrove forests surrounding it, where our trip begins.Visitors will board rafts equipped with water guns to take on the dangers they will face in the jungle ahead.Their journey will take them through different areas full of surprises and interactive challenges: mysterious villages, snakes that rise from the river, tigers hidden in caves, monkeys that inhabit ruined temples and magnificent stone elephants. Passengers can shoot at them with their water jets, or even take aim at other boats and onlookers.Angkor covers 10,500 m2, a huge space that is almost the equivalent of a complete theme area, and offers a journey time of about 10 minutes.This makes it one of the longest boat ride attractions in Europe. It has been designed by MACK Rides, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of resort attractions and owner of Germany’s Europa Park. The ride will have 14 boats, each seating up to 8 people, and an hourly capacity of 726 people. In keeping with the meticulous attention to atmospheric detail that characterizes PortAventura, Angkor: Adventure in the Lost Kingdom is an ambitious recreation of Cambodian temples and jungles, including Hindu and Buddhist references. The attraction offers families the opportunity to share an experience suitable for all ages, combining adventure and fun in a refreshing environment.As well as Angkor, PortAventura will also offer another spectacular summer arrival: the world-famous Cirque du Soleil. Their latest presentation, KOOZA, is an incomparable adventure full of acrobatics and excitement, set in a fantastic realm. PortAventura is the first resort in Europe to host Cirque du Soleil and more than 2,400 visitors will enjoy the show each day.These new additions consolidate PortAventura’s national and international reputation as one of the best family entertainment resorts in Europe.They form part of the new investment plan recently announced by Investindustrial and KKR, which aims to boost the resort’s success with both domestic and foreign tourists. To this end, the resort has in recent years added new, unique attractions every year, such as the Shambhala roller-coaster, which holds three European records (for height, drop distance and speed), and the expansion of the Costa Caribe Aquatic Park with King Khajuna, the highest free fall water slide in Europe. PortAventura with almost 4 million visitors, is a themed holiday resort on the Costa Dorada, south of Barcelona. It opened in 1995 as Spain’s first theme park, with the goal of offering a journey around the world in a single day. After meeting great initial success, and thanks to the opening of its hotels and Costa Caribe Aquatic Park, PortAventura has become an internationally renowned tourist destination in itself.The resort offers four themed, four-star hotels: Hotel PortAventura, Hotel El Paso, Hotel Caribe and Hotel Gold River, all connected to the theme park. The park’s six themed areas – Mediterrània, Far West, México, China, Polynesia and SésamoAventura – boast more than 30 rides, 15 daily shows, 75 restaurants and food outlets, and 27 handicrafts and gift shops.The Costa Caribe Aquatic Park, expanded and completely updated in 2013, is a key feature of PortAventura and the resort’s comprehensive facilities also include a 4,000-person capacity convention centre.All of this, together with its excellent location on the Costa Dorada, its transport connections, its convenient closeness to Barcelona and Reus airports and the high-speed AVE train link, makes PortAventura one of the best European holiday destinations on the shores of the Mediterranean.DONEGAL FAVOURITE ‘PORTAVENTURA’ WILL SURPRISE MANY THIS SEASON WITH NEW ATTRACTION was last modified: January 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Angkornew attractionPortaventuraspainlast_img read more

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Half-time: Fulham 1 Brighton 1

first_imgTom Cairney’s sensational strike lit up an otherwise flat Fulham display to pull them level at the break.Brighton looked the sharper side for much of the first half and twice had early shots on goal.Beram Kayal’s effort was gathered by Whites keeper Marcus Bettinelli and Tomer Hemed’s firmly-struck shot clipped the top of the bar.Fulham had to wait to wait until the 29th minute to get their first serious shot away, with Cairney shooting over from the edge of the box, but Brighton went ahead with the next attack.Full-back Bruno clipped a terrific low cross beyond the outstretched leg of Nikolay Bodurov and Sam Baldock produced a cool finish.Matt Smith nodded over for Fulham from a corner before Cairney, collecting a ball from Lasse Vigen Christensen, fizzed in a left-footed shot from the corner of the box beyond former Whites keeper David Stockdale.And Fulham could have been ahead going into half-time but Smith was unfortunate to see his header from a free-kick come back off the inside of the post.Fulham: Bettinelli; Richards, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Voser; Cairney, Christensen, O’Hara, Pringle; McCormack, Smith. Subs: Lonergan, Kacaniklic, Mattila, Woodrow, Tunnicliffe, Dembele, Burn.Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Winter Meetings wrap up: Bumgarner at first base?

first_imgLAS VEGAS–The Winter Meetings are billed as the ultimate destination for baseball’s deal-makers, a hub where executives and agents lock themselves in hotel rooms late into the night to negotiate, strategize and take care of business.The reality, however, is far different from the public perception.If you’re the type that enjoys exchanging pleasantries, shaking hands and discussing over-priced restaurant options, the lobby of the Mandalay Bay resort and casino was the place to be this week.The …last_img

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Ireland boost for SA housing

first_img16 January 2008The Irish government has approved a €5-million (about R50-million) grant for building township houses in South Africa, visiting Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern announced on Monday.Ahern said the Irish government’s development agency, Irish Aid, would give the money to the Niall Mellon Township Trust, created by Irish philanthropist Niall Mellon to build homes for impoverished South Africans.“It is up to all of us who care about the future of South Africa to take responsibility and do our bit,” Ahern said during an official visit to the Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town site where Mellon’s charity is on the verge of completing 330 homes.So far, 239 families have moved out of ramshackle homes in the area into their new brick houses, with the Niall Mellon Townships Initiative aiming to complete 450 homes in the impoverished part of the huge township.The house-building charity has also homes elsewhere in cape Town, and is already well known by the Imizamo Yethu community of Hout Bay in Cape Town for providing many families there with decent homes.Mellon, whose charity began building homes for impoverished South Africans six years ago, accompanied Ahern, Irish Minister of State for Overseas Development Michael Kitt, and Ireland’s ambassador to South Africa, Colin Wrafter, on a tour of Freedom Park.Ahern visited the shack of the Van Schalkwyk family on the edge of the Freedom Park site, in which they have been living for almost 10 years, before viewing the Garden of Hope and the community centre, built by 1 370 Irish volunteers last year.Speaking to reporters and the entourage afterwards, Ahern said he expected that the van Schalkwyk family would be living in a modern brick home before long.This year, the Niall Mellon Township Trust aims to recruit 2 008 volunteers from Ireland to come and spend a week in the area in November and build more homes, and will be chartering seven aircraft to bring them over from Ireland.Already, 3 000 volunteers – drawn from almost every village on the small island of Ireland – have been to South Africa to contribute towards the government’s objective of providing decent homes for all South Africa.This was part of “a deep-rooted desire by Irish people to do their part”, Mellon said.Mellon added that the charity had expanded dramatically in recent years and that he would be removing his name from it at the end of this year in acknowledgement of the efforts of the volunteers and members of the recipient communities.Since its inception in 2002, the charity has built more than 5 000 houses for shack-dwellers, and now provides employment for almost 2 000 people in South Africa, most of them from the townships in which it is working.The charity is hoping to have built 7 000 houses by the end of this year.“It is very difficult to build a good school and send a child home to a shack and expect them to do well academically,” Mellon said.Greeted with applause from the community a song from a group of toddlers, Ahern later escorted a disabled woman, Joyce Saal, and her niece into their new home and handed them the keys.The Irish prime minister said that Ireland was now in sixth position in the world in terms of its aid per capita, adding that the Irish government was committed to reaching the industrialised nations’ target of providing 0.7 percent of GDP to development assistance, and to “stay there at that level of aid”.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Germany’s Highest Letterbox — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedHagen med det rare i— Geocache of the weekJanuary 11, 2017In “Geocache of the Week”Top 10 Geocaches of the Week 2017December 27, 2017In “Geocache of the Week”Selfie Letterbox — Geocache of the WeekMay 23, 2018In “Community” Location:Bavaria, GermanyN 47° 20.885 E 010° 12.946 Share with your Friends:More A geocache that has the words “oldest”, “highest”, or “largest” in its title is bound to be interesting. Because—let’s face it—geocachers are drawn to extremes like a magnet is drawn to the underside of a park bench. But isn’t it especially great when the cache that’s the something-est is also just a really cool cache in itself?That’s exactly what makes GC6F6C8 Geocache of the Week.Yes, it’s the Höchste Letterbox Deutschlands (highest letterbox in Germany). It also has a remarkably beautiful view, is large enough to carry trackables, and greets you when you open it.Geocachers 123MAINE in front of GC6F6C8That’s right. When GC6F6C8  is opened or closed, the pastoral sound of a cowbell rings out. (You know, in case you’d missed the flowering meadows, towering white-capped peaks, and swinging cable-car next door and didn’t realize you were in the Bavarian Alps.)The mailbox-like metal container is safely secured—it can only be opened with a key hidden in a nearby hide-a-key box—and for good reason. The cache is plainly visible and clearly labelled, making stealthiness a bit irrelevant. Thanks to hubersports for placing and maintaining this bucket-list geocache!Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. LetterboxGC6F6C8by hubersports Difficulty:2Terrain:2.5last_img read more

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3 Pieces of Advice To Build Your Creative Business

first_imgCheck out these quick videos on building your creative business in the fast changing digital frontier.Even though many business tips may ‘fit into a soundbite’ these ideas, insights and inspiration might contain a golden nugget that transforms the rest of your career. Check out these three resources for many great pieces of advice…#1. Eat Big Fish – Advice CollectionEat Big Fish is a challenger brand consultancy with a great website with a ton of ”3 pieces of advice” videos from marketing, brand, creative and business experts who pack a lifetime of learning into a short space.In this 1 minute video Porter Gale, former VP of marketing at Virgin America and a marketing expert with over 2 decades worth of experience in branding, advertising and social media, packs 3 great pieces of advice on transparency, mobile and social media into just 60 seconds. “96% of millienials are on social media…how’s that going to impact your brand or service?” This 30 second gem from challenger Jeans brand – Huit Denim – encapsulates the fundamentals for any successful would-be entrepreneur.#2. Seth Godin – Guru of GurusSeth Godin is a social media ‘guru’ (in the nicest possible way) whose website is chock full of great free stuff as well as daily thoughts on how to create more, do better and get recognized  Time reading or watching Seth is always time well spent. This classic and hugely entertaining TED talk from Seth will get you hooked on what he has to say.#3. A piece of advice on how to make the most of social media.Warren Cass lays out his top tips for anyone entering into the social media frenzy.  Check out this simple, but foundational, wisdom on how and why you need to be making the most of Twitter, Linked In, Facebook and the rest.last_img read more

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D-League: Che-Lu-San Sebastian whips Go for Gold for back-to-back wins

first_imgMichael Calisaan also notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards to guide the Revellers to their fourth win in seven games.“We’re more prepared this time out,” said coach Stevenson Tiu as his side moved to fifth place with its 4-3 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChe’Lu-San Sebastian set the tone early in the game, going on a 15-2 start before punishing Go for Gold for its 25 turnovers which led to 33 easy points for the Revellers.Despite coming out on top, Tiu isn’t resting on his laurels knowing the remaining four games remain crucial for his team’s chances in the playoffs. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We’re still not safe. There’s still a lot that can happen. So that’s the challenge for our guys to make it to the quarterfinals,” he said.Justin Gutang paced the Scratchers (2-3) with 12 points and six rebounds in the loss.The Scores:CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 87 — Bulanadi 15, De Leon 14, Calisaan 13, Collado 11, Ilagan 8, Batino 6, Faundo 4, Capobres 3, Jeruta 3, Siruma 3, Santos 2, Costelo 0, Lao 0.GO FOR GOLD 65 — Gutang 12, Salem 11, Haruna 9, Domingo 8, Alejandro 5, Ocampo 3, Pasturan 3, Young 3, Gaco 2, Leutcheu 2, Naboa 1, Casiño 0, Pili 0.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netChe’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian coasted to its first back-to-back wins in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, shutting down Go for Gold, 87-65, Tuesday at Marikina Sports Center.Allyn Bulanadi scattered 15 points and three rebounds, while Samboy de Leon went 3-of-4 from downtown to wound up with 14 markers.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Quarters: 17-12, 39-29, 58-42, 87-65. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next American triumph and disappointment in Olympic ice dancelast_img read more

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Bahamas Police  Woman stabbed teen stabbed

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 8, 2017 – Nassau – Police reports confirmed that around 12:30am Wednesday, a woman was found stabbed to death at her Peter Street home, off Market Street. Neighbours reportedly found the woman’s lifeless body on the floor in her home and phoned the police.  Police are now searching for a male suspect in connection with the stabbing after witnesses said he was last seen leaving her home before they discovered her dead. Police also confirm the stabbing of a student of HO Nash  junior high during a fight with another teenager.   Senior ACP Stephen Dean says they have a boy in custody and labeled the stab wounds of the other boy, as minor and done with a knife with a small blade. #MagneticMediaNews#twostabbingsinNassau Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #twostabbingsinNassaulast_img read more

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WHS Class Of 2003 Announce 15Year Reunion

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School Class of 2003 is celebrating its 15-Year Reunion on Saturday, November 24, 2018, from 7pm to 11pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (downstairs).Tickets cost $5 at the door. Email any questions to KristieC@chchne.com.(Do you know of any other Wilmington High or Shawsheen Tech reunions coming up? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Class Of 1969 Announces 50th Reunion On September 14In “Education”WHS Class Of 1979 Announces 40th Reunion On September 21In “Education”Shawsheen Tech Alumni Association Announces 3 Class ReunionsIn “Education”last_img read more

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2019 Ram Heavy Duty contorts pavement with 1000 lbft of torque

first_img Share your voice 1 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value See All Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better A good lookin’ body, inside and outI have to give credit to Ram for building a heavy-duty truck that doesn’t look all that different from the Ram 1500. The Ram HD is properly handsome, and these days that seems like a weird thing to say, considering how “meh” the Ford Super Duty is, and how “oh heavens no” the Chevy Silverado HD is. The body is literally slick, too, with a decent drag coefficient of 0.409, which Ram claims is the best in the segment.If you want to look properly beefy, opt for the Power Wagon, which is the Ram HD’s most off-road-friendly variant. It’s taller than the standard Ram, with a special suspension for off-roading, locking differentials, a disconnecting sway bar and a 12,000-pound Warn winch. It also has a 360-degree camera to help navigate around obstacles. Despite the new kit, the truck is 28 pounds lighter than before.Under the body is a brand new frame made of 98.5 percent high-strength steel. It has six crossmembers, fully boxed rear rails and it’s ready for both fifth-wheel and gooseneck hitches. Despite all the beefiness, a good deal of which is necessary when your truck makes one thousand torques, use of lightweight materials results in a truck that’s up to 143 pounds lighter than before.The interior of the Ram HD borrows the same updates from its light-duty sibling. There’s a nice amount of layering on the dashboard, with plenty of storage space obvious as the eye moves downward. There’s still a healthy amount of physical switchgear, even when the infotainment screen expands to epic proportions.Enlarge ImageApparently, it is possible to make a heavy-duty truck that doesn’t look bad. Ram Good tech for a truckSpeaking of screens, the Ram 1500’s monster 12-inch Uconnect infotainment screen is available, but as with the 1500 before it, it’s not standard on every trim. The big boy can display either one page across the height of the screen, or it can run two applications simultaneously. Uconnect is one of our favorite systems across the industry, so this is definitely a good thing. A second, 7-inch screen in the gauge cluster is also available.The tech doesn’t end there. The interior rocks active noise cancellation and special acoustic glass designed to minimize unwanted noises — Ram claims this updated HD model reduces interior noise by 10 decibels. Even the HVAC system has been tweaked to deliver more air with less noise. Electric heating elements are tucked into the vents to deliver warm air faster in the winter.USB ports are all over the darn place, including Type-C ports. You can also kit out the interior with up to three 115-volt plugs, all of which can handle up to 400 watts for charging or powering various items.  On the safety front, the Ram HD can be optioned with automatic emergency braking, a 360-degree camera and a second rearview camera that looks into the bed. The truck can also monitor up to six tire pressures on the truck and an additional 12 tires for a trailer. The Ram 3500 has unique parking sensors designed to work with dually rear ends. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is manufactured in Mexico. Given the 2019 model year, it shouldn’t be too long before it goes on sale. Detroit Auto Show 2019 Ram 1:44 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show 2019 Ram Heavy Duty has all the torque Detroit Auto Show 2019 Detroit Auto Show: See all the latest coverage.Trucks: Like truck stuff? This is for you. Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago More From Roadshow Ram just took the Torque Wars to a whole new level, one that finally stretches into four digits.A mind-blowing powertrainThe 2019 Ram Heavy Duty (2500 and 3500) is officially the first heavy-duty truck from the US’ Big Three to reach 1,000 pound-feet of torque. That monster output comes as part of an optional 6.7-liter Cummins diesel I6, which also makes 400 horsepower. Yet, the engine weighs some 60 pounds less than its previous iteration, thanks to a new cast-iron cylinder head, lighter pistons, new connecting rods and bearings, in addition to an all-new exhaust manifold and tweaked variable-geometry turbocharger.Of course, there are other engines on offer for the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty. The base engine is a 6.4-liter V8 putting out 410 hp and 429 lb-ft. If you’re after diesel, but not the full-bore kit, there’s another Cummins on offer with 370 hp and 850 lb-ft.In terms of transmissions, the big-boy Cummins mates to a six-speed Aisin automatic that’s built specifically to handle all that torque. The other, less powerful Cummins variant uses a different six-speed automatic, while the gas V8 hooks up to an eight-speed automatic. So what does that translate to in terms of capability? To put it brusquely, it has a crapload of capability. The Ram HD will haul up to 7,680 pounds in the bed, and it will tow up to 35,100 pounds. reading • 2019 Ram Heavy Duty contorts pavement with 1,000 lb-ft of torque Trucks May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend 2019 Ram HD brings a handsome face, 1,000 lb-ft of torque… Comment • Tags 99 Photos Ramlast_img read more

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