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‘Game of Thrones’ puts Northern Ireland on the map

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Giants, dragons and vengeful queens have for generations populated Northern Ireland’s folk tales. Now, such creatures are visiting the land in a different version – on the sets for the hit TV show “Game of Thrones.” But rather than spells and destruction, they’re bringing an economic boost to this British province …

Pepe’s Home

“Rizal’s house in Calamba is not just a tourist spot, it is a place that should inform, educate and inspire. It should open our eyes to new ways of seeing,” wrote Ambeth Ocampo, renowned historian and former chairman of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines or NHCP. While the kids of today are busy …

Amazon boat trips beckon World Cup visitors

MANAUS, Brazil — Light plays off the Solimoes River, duplicating the verdant canopy of the Amazon rainforest on the water’s surface. The landscape that glides by the Almirante Barbosa is breathtaking, but almost no one aboard the boat pays attention. Nearly all the passengers doze in dozens of hammocks strung from the boat’s rafters, lulled …

Winnipeg’s rivers and creeks offer a wilderness escape right in the city

WINNIPEG — The deer raised its head and froze, silent and still amid the tall grass on the river shoreline, as two canoeists drifted by. For almost a minute, the animal kept a wary eye on the humans and did not move a muscle until they passed downstream. It’s a scene played out in wilderness …

No Curfew: Saturday night Bangkok-style is back

BANGKOK — The generals who seized power in Thailand disrupted one of the country’s most lucrative industries – the go-go bars that were forced to close early because of a curfew. Now the junta has lifted the curfew, giving a green light for Bangkok’s red-light districts and other evening activities to roar back to life. …

Vancouver Aquarium unveils $45 million expansion featuring new exhibits

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Aquarium unveiled its expanded facilities Friday, showing off a new entrance, 360-degree digital screens and a 4.3-metre glowing blue globe with the North Pole at the bottom. The Earth has been “turned on its head” to enable visitors to see Canada more easily and highlight the Canadian Arctic, the aquarium said. …

White is the new black: Calgary Zoo’s unusual bear makes its debut

CALGARY — For a new bear at the Calgary Zoo, sometimes black really is white. The zoo’s newest bruin in the Canadian Wilds habitat is a rescued black bear that is decidedly light in colour. The distinctive animal came to the zoo last August from Elkford, B.C., where the three-year-old female had become a nuisance …

Hilton hotel group signs deal with local conglomerate for more hotels in Myanmar

  YANGON, Myanmar—Hilton Worldwide has signed a contract to operate five hotels in Myanmar, which is emerging as a popular Southeast Asian tourist destination after military rule was lifted in 2011. Hilton is teaming up with Eden Group, a Myanmar conglomerate with businesses from hotels to energy. Hilton says it will rebrand Eden hotels in the capital …

NAIA terminal fee to be included in airline ticket prices starting October

MANILA — Goodbye, long terminal fee queues. The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Wednesday said that starting October, passengers will no longer have to line up to pay their terminal fees. The terminal fee will already be included as soon as a passenger purchases an airline ticket — either online or through ticketing offices …

European taxi protest: Transport tech upheaval

LONDON — Roads snarled in London, Paris and several other major European cities Wednesday as taxi drivers and train workers protested new technology they say endangers passengers and gives upstart enterprises an unfair advantage. Drivers of London’s famed black cabs refused to pick up fares and drove at a snail’s pace through Trafalgar Square — …

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