Seychelles for sale: Island nation to protect marine wonders in exchange for international debt relief
A team of Chinese researchers has claimed to have designed a hypersonic jet that could travel at 6,000km/h, five times faster than the speed of sound. The team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences said the plane would be able to transport passengers and cargo from Beijing to New York in two hours – the journey currently takes an average of 13 and a half hours. Cui Kai, who headed up the research, published a paper on the new design in this month’s Physics, Mechanics and Astronomy journal, in which he said: “It will take only a couple of hours to travel from Beijing to New York at hypersonic speed”.
Disappointment is rife among passengers booked on the transatlantic voyage of TUI’s Marella Discovery 2. Havana, Nassau and Lisbon are off the discovery agenda, and annoyed passengers have contacted me by the lifeboatful.
Tens of thousands of Air France passengers have been stranded by a coordinated one-day strike involving pilots, cabin crew and ground staff. The airline’s management has offered a basic increase of one per cent to staff, but the unions are demanding a six per cent rise. Half the airline’s long-haul schedule has been cancelled, along with a quarter of medium-haul links and 15 per cent of short-haul services.
Heathrow Airport Ltd has warned that prosperity in post-Brexit Britain could be jeopardised unless the Government takes swift action on expansion. Europe’s busiest airport managed to grow at its fastest rate in five years in 2017, despite being effectively full, due to an increase in average loads per plane. The Government has committed to holding a vote in the first half of this year on the National Policy Statement for Heathrow expansion.
Gatwick airport will be cut off from London by rail for the next three Sundays. Engineering work is taking place on 25 February, 4 March and 11 March to replace a key junction at Earlswood, where the fast and slow lines to the airport converge. It is part of a £300m track modernisation programme.
Scottish beer manufacturer BrewDog is set to open its first hotel in Aberdeenshire in early 2019. BrewDog has also announced plans to build a similar hotel in Columbus, Ohio, and recently expanded its brewing operations with the opening of sour beer brewing facility, The Overworks, which opened in January. The prospective site in the mid-west state is described as the “world’s first crowdfunded craft beer hotel attached to a brand new BrewDog sour beer facility”.
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With the UK flitting between drizzly skies and bitterly cold conditions, now’s the perfect time to indulge in some beach porn.
"The feeling of pure embarrassment is something I’ll never forget. I loved myself so little back then that I let that her treat me that way."
A woman and her boyfriend were allegedly thrown off a £400 Dubai-bound Emirates flight shortly before it took off, after she told him that she was suffering from period pain. Beth Evans, 24, told her boyfriend that she had period pains before the plane left Birmingham Airport, describing them as a “one out of 10”. Speaking to The Sun, her boyfriend Joshua Moran, 26, said: ”To be kicked off for period pains, it was madness.