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Despite economic downturn, cruise vacations popular

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30/07/2009

The worldwide economy is in the doldrums and jobless numbers are rising but it hasn’t stopped people from taking cruises to get away from it all.

Globally, 13 million passengers took a cruise last year, four percent more than the previous year, including nearly 9 million who embarked from a U.S. port, according to a new report released by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Although the numbers marked a small decline from U.S. ports, Terry Dale, the president and CEO of CLIA, said demand increased in the European market.
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‘Paris-Moscow’ collection from cossack to Dr Zhivago inspirations

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30/07/2009

Chanel has started a Russian revolution. Its new ‘Paris-Moscow’ collection combines everything from cossack to Dr Zhivago inspirations. The collection is part of a regular Metier d’ Arts initiative which brings together the best handcrafts Paris has to offer; Lesage for embroidery, Lemarie for feathers and camellias, Massaro for shoes, Goossens and Guillet for costume jewellery, and Michel for hats, combined with the couturier and designer, Karl Lagerfeld’s skill for turning a theme into an instant, status, must-have.
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The Russian capital remains the most expensive for businessmen

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30/07/2009

kre2Moscow has again been named as the world’s most expensive city for business travellers, according to the latest research.
The Russian capital topped the list despite a 14 per cent drop in room rates between January and June this year, compared to the same period in 2008. The average room rate fell from £312.92 in 2008 to £268.11 in 2009, according to the bi-annual hote survey by Hogg Robinson Group (HRG), an international business travel company.
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“Herbivore boys” shun big bucks & sex

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27/07/2009

Hotel worker Roshinante has no interest in actively pursuing women, is nonchalant about a career and finds cars a bore — and he is not alone in opting for a quiet, uncompetitive lifestyle.

Roshinante, 31, who prefers the anonymity of his online handle, is one of a growing group of men dubbed “herbivorous boys” by the media, who are rejecting traditional masculinity when it comes to romance, jobs and consumption in an apparent reaction to the tougher economy.

Forget being a workaholic, corporate salary-man. These men, raised as the economic bubble burst, are turning their backs on Japan’s stereotypical male roles in what is seen as a symptom of growing disillusionment in their country’s troubled economy.
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Silvio Berlusconi continues to enjoy approval ratings that most leaders would die for

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25/07/2009

This week the smoking gun arrived: a recording of one of those escort girls, Patrizia D’Addario, being seduced, if that’s the word, by Berlusconi. She didn’t charge because generous Silvio promised to sort out a little planning issue for her – something he has since denied.

One would have thought that such scandals would be enough to end his career, but Italy is no normal country and Berlusconi is certainly no normal politician. He has, as always, come out fighting, saying “the Italians like me just the way I am”. And he seems to be right. He’s won three landslide elections in the past and, despite the depths of a recession and the throes of these scandals, he enjoys approval ratings that most leaders would die for.
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Fast cars? Wild women? No thanks

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23/07/2009

Forget fast cars and wild women. The recession has changed the way many younger men are living, with stability and security at work and home becoming top priorities, according to a survey.

It showed that men are putting a bigger emphasis on security in their jobs and at home in a return to traditionalism, including smartening up their wardrobes, although they are continuing to embrace new technology at a fast pace.

“We have seen a clear move by men toward seeking more security in their finances, in their relationships and in the workplace,” said James Bassil, editor in chief of the websiteAskMen.com, which conducted the poll.

“It seems guys haven’t been as affected as negatively
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48 hours in Ooty, India

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23/07/2009

Got 48 hours to explore Ooty, a picturesque town of tea estates, forests and mist-shrouded hills in India’s southern Nilgiri Hills?

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most from a short stay in the hill station established by the British colonial rulers in the early 19th century.
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Women choose beauty over budget

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23/07/2009

Most women under 50 have not turned their backs, or faces, on cosmetic beauty-enhancement, despite the state of the economy.

While the recession continues, a poll of 1,000 women carried out this month showed that 63 percent aged 18-34 and 73 percent of women aged 35-49
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Greek tourism hit hard as visitor numbers dive

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22/07/2009

Greek tourism industry groups said on Wednesday they see their revenues falling about 15 percent this year, dragging the country further into recession as a weak summer season hits a key driver of the economy.

The forecast, a bleak prospect for an economy where tourism accounts for one in five jobs and nearly a fifth of GDP, comes a day after the central bank announced a record 24.2 percent year-on-year drop in non-residents travel spending in May.
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Luxury label launches new concept store inspired by Apollinaire’s popular poem ‘Le Pont Mirabeau’

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22/07/2009

Prada has announced the opening of a five-month temporary shop at Place Beauvau, in Paris, inspired by the French poet, Apollinaire.
Designed by the architect, Roberto Baciocchi, the front of the store evokes the image of the Mirabeau Bridge, immortalised in Guillaume Apollinaire’s poem, ‘Le Pont Mirabeau’, and the first bridge in the city to be built from metal.

The bridge silhouette is emphasised by a dramatic trajectory towards the staircase, where mannequins are grouped to recreate a Parisian street scene. The motif is carried through more abstractly in ground floor areas,
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www.diafthora.com,our site soon:to Fight against Corruption in Greece-E.U

Ever since antiquity, corruption has been one of the most widespread and insidious of social evils. When it involves public officials and elected representatives, it is inimical to the administration of public affairs. Since the end of the 19th century, it has also been seen as a major threat in the private sphere, undermining the trust and confidence which are necessary for the maintenance and development of sustainable economic and social relations. It is estimated that hundreds of billions of Euros are paid in bribes every year.

Pentagon’s ‘lost’ trillions went to people connected to US military-industrial complex

Former Republican congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul has said that “the Pentagon’s lost trillions have nothing to do with defense, adding that the “money propping up the high lifestyles of those connected to the military-industrial complex.” Dr. Paul, a three-time American presidential candidate and the founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, made the remarks in an article published by his website on Monday. Deputy US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has recently acknowledged that the Pentagon has failed its first-ever comprehensive audit, saying, “We failed the audit, but we never expected to pass it.” “It was an audit on a $2.7 trillion dollar organization, so the fact that we did the audit is substantial,” Shanahan claimed. The first-ever audit of the of the $2.7 trillion enterprise that is the Pentagon identified widespread problems in cybersecurity, but found little in the way of savings that could offset potential budget cuts next year, according to officials. Pentagon’s comptroller David Norquist, who has played a key role in the audit, said after the report release that although no glaring instances of fraud were detected in the US military establishment, its Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Special Operations and the Transportation Command all received failing grades.

“The Outlook For The Global Economy Has Deteriorated”: Oil, Copper And Lumber

Oil, copper and lumber are all telling us the exact same thing, and it isn’t good news for the global economy. When economic activity is booming, demand for commodities such as oil, copper and lumber goes up and that generally causes prices to rise. But when economic activity is slowing down, demand for such commodities falls and that generally causes prices to decline. In recent weeks, we have witnessed a decline in commodity prices unlike anything that we have witnessed in years, and many are concerned that this is a very clear indication that hard times are ahead for the global economy. Let’s talk about oil first. The price of oil peaked in early October, but since that time it has fallen more than 25 percent, and the IEA is warning of “relatively weak” demand out of Asia and Europe…

Amazon Rolling Out ‘Amazon Pay’ Digital Wallet In Physical Stores

As FAANG stocks lead the market lower during what has become a relentless Q4 selloff, Amazon is hoping to reassure anxious investors that the company's relentless expansion and revenue growth will continue. To wit, the company is taking another big step toward establishing itself as the American WeChat or Alipay as it seeks to become the dominant player in electronic consumer payments in the US and beyond. According to the Wall Street Journal, the e-commerce giant is hoping to undercut Apple's Apple Pay by persuading more brick-and-mortar merchants to accept its Amazon Pay digital wallet. As it tries to build a foothold in payments outside of its Amazon Go stores, the company is reportedly focusing on building partnerships with restaurants and gas stations (businesses that have yet to be scalped by the Bezos revenue-absorption machine). To entice owners to give Amazon Pay a try, the company is dangling what appears to be a pretty enticing carrot: Amazon is promising to lower processing costs at a time when so-called "interchange" fees charged by Visa and MasterCard have been rising.

YouTube Lets California Fire Conspiracy Theories Run Wild

The Camp Fire in California has killed at least 79 people, left 699 people unaccounted for, and created more than a thousand migrants in Butte County, California. In these circumstances, reliable information can literally be a matter of life death. But on YouTube, conspiracy theories are thriving. Currently, when a user starts typing “California fire” into YouTube, the top autocomplete search suggestions are “conspiracy 2018,” “agenda 21,” and “laser beam,” all of which refer to conspiracy theories related to California’s wildfires. Similarly, typing in “California wildfire” leads YouTube to suggest “lasers,” “directed energy weapon,” and “dew,” which is an acronym for “directed energy weapon.” Simply typing “California fire” and searching it does return straightforward news coverage, which is an improvement over, say, the false flag and crisis actor conspiracies YouTube was surfacing about the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting earlier this year. Believers of this false California wildfire conspiracy theory think that the US government shoots directed energy weapons, or lasers, from a plane in order to to start fires at predetermined targets. The goal of this attack, which is not actually happening, is to support a bastardized interpretation of “Agenda 21,” a sustainable development plan developed by the United Nations in 1992. This conspiracy theory also gained a little bit of traction on Twitter. The conspiracy theorists use doctored or out-of-context images in order to falsely argue that directed energy weapons, or laser beams, caused the wildfires in California—not climate change. By incorrectly claiming that the houses were consciously struck, these theorists ignore ecological science which explains that the arrangement of homes and topography of the land