150 CAPITAL YEARS FOR WELLINGTON

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The grey marble facade of Parliament is having a makeover this weekend in celebration of Wellington’s 150th year as the capital city, reports Radio New Zealand International – www.radionz.co.nz

The reins of parliament were handed over in 1865, much to the despair of the then-capital Auckland, where it was felt that the city’s political and commercial advantages more readily lent it to being the capital than windy Wellington.

But the change went ahead, and a ship packed with all of the Government’s papers set sail south.

By July of that year, Parliament had settled in to its new Wellington home, based out of the now long-gone council chambers.

Wellington City Council is putting on a party to mark the milestone, with a light and sound show at Parliament on Saturday evening, projected onto the facade of the building, alongside performances from Dave Dobbyn and Wellington’s Orpheus Choir.

Event director Grant Stevenson said there was room for about 15,000 people to watch the show, and if more turn up, it would be re-run on following days.

For him, Wellington’s capital status goes beyond politics.

“We have the headquarters of our cultural infrastructure here, the National Library, the National Archives, Government House, Premier House – this is where the artefacts, the exhibitions, the stories of the nation are lodged, so it’s about identity.”

The council is also offering free buses for people to visit some of the city’s landmarks and historic places, including some that are not always open to the public, such as Premier House.

Wellington historian Redmer Yska, who wrote a biography of the city in 2006, said the city owed a lot to the decision to move the capital there.

In the 1800s, there was little going for economically but whaling and flax weaving and becoming home to government radically changed its economy, he said.

“It was described by one newspaper as ‘the tithe that leads to fortune’ – this was going to be the motherlode, this was going to be what made a difference for the city.”

“The seat of government is so important to Wellington’s economy – I think it’s the lifeblood of the city, and as far as Wellington is concerned, thank God it’s here.”

And while occasionally talk of moving the capital back to Auckland surfaces from time to time, in 1865, the city’s harbour, land and defence opportunities made Wellington the unambiguous first choice.

#Auckland #By #Ferie #Hovedstad #NewZealand #Oseania #Parlament #Radio #Reise #Stillehavet #Turisme #Wellington

#Capital #City #Holiday #Oceania #Pacific #Tourism #Travel

ORANGE DISCLOSES 4G, FIBRE PLANS FOR FRENCH GUIANA

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Orange officials have unveiled a 4G timeline for French Guiana, with a commercial launch anticipated in 2016, reports www.telegeography.com 

Vincent Poujol, CEO of Orange Caraibes, visited the capital Cayenne earlier this month and shared details of the Company’s planned Long Term Evolution (LTE) rollout at a media event.

While Orange is still waiting for permission to launch from watchdog Arcep, Mr Poujol confirmed that the infrastructure has already been upgraded in selected areas.

Since September 2014 the telco has been testing 4G technology in the capital, as well as the coastal city of Macouria. Going forward, LTE technology will be rolled out in Kaw, Camopi and Saint-Laurent.

In addition, Orange seeks to deploy fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology to around 30,000 properties by 2021. The telco’s fibre deployment will commence in September 2015, connecting around 8,600 Cayenne homes by 2016.

The suburbs of Remire-Montjoly and Matoury will be first in line for the rollout.

#By #Cayenne #Ferie #Frankrike #FranskGuiana #Guiana #Hovedstad #Mobil #Reise #Teknologi #Telefon #Turisme

#Capital #City #France #FrenchGuiana #Holiday #Mobile #Technology #Telephone #Tourism #Travel

MACAU COMPANY TO BUILD TOURIST RESORT WITH GAMBLING IN CAPE VERDE

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Macau Legend Development Ltd. Wednesday in Macau signed with the government of Cape Verde a contract for the construction of a tourist complex on the islet of Santa Maria, located opposite the capital, Praia, with a area of ​​152,700 square metres and which will have a gambling facility, reports www.macauhub.com.mo

David Chow Kam Fai, chief executive of Macau Legend Development and Honorary Consul of Cape Verde in Macau said he had US$273 million in the tourism project and that it should be completed within three years and be profitable in five.

Cape Verde also granted the Macau company a gaming concession for 25 years for the island of Santiago, 15 of which exclusively.

David Chow said the contract showed that Macau does have an important role as an economic and commercial platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries and showed that the Special Administrative Region was one of the important cities in the Chinese “One belt, One road” project.

In term of gambling Chow said that the resort would have between 30 and 40 gaming tables and slot machines intended for mass tourism.

After the ceremony attended by the Chief Executive of Macau, Chui Sai On and Cape Verde Minister of Tourism, Investment and Business Development, Leonesa Fortes the Cape Verdean official considered that

the Project “will mean a profound change, not only locally, in Praia, in the Windward region, but all over Cape Verde”.

During the contract signing ceremony, Leonesa Fortes, thanked “all the people of China” for their support “from the first moment of Independence” and recalled the signing of a memorandum of understanding with China in May, to boost Investment.

#By #Casino #Ferie #Gambling #Hovedstad #KappVerde #Kina #Konsul #Macau #Minister #Portugal #Praia #Reise #Santiago #Turisme

#CaboVerde #CapeVerde #Capital #China #City #Consul #Holiday #Tourism #Travel 

AFRICAN CUP TABLE TENNIS KICKS OFF IN YAOUNDE

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African Cup Table Tennis started Tuesday in Yaoundé, capital of Cameroon, with eight countries taking part, reports www.starafrica.com.

For three days, players from Algeria, Congo, Egypt, Morocco (Continental Champion), Nigeria, DR Congo, Togo and the host country Cameroon will compete for the African Games, a qualifying tournament for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games slated in September in Brazzaville, Congo.

#Algerie #Bordtennis #Brasil #Brazzaville #By #Ferie #Hovedstad #Kamerun #Kongo #Marokko #OL #Reise #RioDeJaneiro #Tennis #Turisme #Yaounde

#Algeria #Brazil #Cameroon #Capital #City #Congo #Holiday #Morocco #Olympics #TableTennis #Tourism #Travel

GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION TOO LATE FOR KIRIBATI

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South Tarawa, capital of Kiribati

The President of Kiribati Anote Tong says whatever action the world decides to take at climate change talks in Paris, it comes too late for low-lying island nations like his own, reports Radio New Zealand International – www.radionz.co.nz

Anote Tong was a keynote speaker at the UN General Assembly on Monday where he called for technical know how and resources to help low lying atoll states adapt to the immediate effects of climate change.

“We are reconciled to the reality that whatever measures we take to remain above the rising seas and more severe weather conditions our islands will never be able to accomodate the current level of population and we do not have the scale of resources required to do this on our own.”

Anote Tong wants them to be included as an outcome of COP 21 and he called for solidarity in facing what he described as an almost impossible challenge.

#By #Ferie #FN #Frankrike #Hovedstad #Kiribati #Klima #Miljø #NewZealand #Oseania #Paris #President #Radio #Reise #SouthTarawa #Stillehavet #Tarawa #Turisme

#Capital #City #Climate #Environment #France #Holiday #Oceania #Pacific #Tourism #Travel #UnitedNations #UN

EMIRATES MED HISTORISK LANDING I TAIWAN

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Emirates fikk æren av å være det første flyselskapet i historien til å bringe gigantflyet Airbus A380 til Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport ved hovedstaden Taipei, skriver www.travelnews.no

Flyplassen gjør i disse dager de siste oppgraderingene som er nødvendig for å ta imot dobbeltdekkere på jevnlig basis i fremtiden.

Både politikere og toppledere møtte opp da verdens største kommersielle passasjerfly i regi av Emirates landet på gate C2 ved den taiwanske flyplassen. Flyplassen har gjennomgått en rekke endringer for å muliggjøre flygninger med markedets aller største passasjerfly, og er nå i sluttfasen av forberedelsene.

Taiwan er et viktig marked for Emirates, som har sett en stor etterspørsel siden de startet opp daglige flygninger mellom hovedflyplassen i Dubai og Taipei i februar i fjor. 

– Emirates er stolte over å være det første flyselskapet som lander en Airbus A380 på Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Dette vil hjelpe flyplassen med å være forberedt på fremtidig drift av store flytyper, i tillegg til at det gir oss en mulighet til å vise fram våre moderne produkter og tjenester til passasjerer i Taiwan, uttaler norgessjef i Emirates Terje Grue.

David Fei, administrerende direktør ved Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, var meget fornøyd med gjennomføringen. 

– Denne landingen representerer ett år med grundige forberedelser, og vi er stolte av å kunne ønske A380 velkommen til flyplassen vår. Dette beviser at Taoyuan Airport er en flyplass med høy kvalitet, gode fasiliteter og operativ beredskap, kommenterer Fei.

Nordmenn som søker østover kan fly til Taiwan med kun en mellomlanding i Dubai, og nyte alle fordelene kunder av Emirates har, slik som muligheten til First eller Business Class, inkludert 30 kg bagasje og verdens beste underholdningssystem med hundrevis av filmer, serier og et stort utvalg av radio- og TV-kanaler. 

#Airbus #Airport #By #Dubai #Emiratene #Ferie #Fly #DeForenteArabiskeEmirater #Flyplass #Hovedstad #Kina #Reise #Taipei #Taiwan #Turisme

WHO: TURKMENISTAN HAR FÆRREST RØYKERE

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Den tidligere Sovjet-republikken Turkmenistan er det landet i verden med færrest røykere, ifølge Verdens helseorganisasjon (WHO).

Bare 8 prosent av befolkningen røyker, opplyste WHO-sjef Margaret Chan da hun besøkte landet tirsdag, skriver www.aftenposten.no / NTB.

– Dette er det laveste nasjonale tallet i verden. Jeg gratulerer dere med denne bragden, sa hun.

I 1990 var det 27 prosent av turkmenske menn over 15 år og 1 prosent av kvinner, som røykte, ifølge WHO.

I 2012 ble det forbudt å røyke på offentlige steder, i offentlige bygg og i militæret. Også reklamer for tobakk ble forbudt i landet.

Til sammenligning røykte 31,1 prosent av verdens menn over 15 år i 2012. 6,2 prosent av kvinnene var røykere.

Turkmenistans tidligere president Saparmurad Nijazov, som døde i 2006, gikk hardt ut mot røyking i sin tid. Han fikk blant annet laget en 36 kilometer lang «helsesti» i fjellene rundt hovedstaden Ashgabat som offentlige tjenestemenn ble tvunget til å gå i.

I Norge røyker 13 prosent daglig, viser 2014-tall fra Statistisk sentralbyrå (SSB). Tar man med andelen som røyker av og til, ender Norge på 22 prosent. Da målingene startet i 1973, var andelen dagligrøykere hele 42 prosent.

#Ashgabat #By #Ferie #FN #Helse #Hovedstad #President #Reise #Røykelov #Røyking #Sovjet #Turisme #Turkmenistan #WHO

ABIDJAN METRO CONCESSION SIGNED

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A French-Korean consortium signed a build-operate-transfer concession agreement for Abidjan metro Line 1 on July 6, reports www.railwaygazette.com

The consortium comprises Hyundai Rotem (33%), Bouygues subsidiaries DTP Terrassement and Bouygues Travaux Publics (33%), Keolis (25%) and Dongsan Engineering (9%). Hyundai Rotem is to supply rolling stock and signalling, Dongsan Engineering electrification, and DTP Terrassement and Bouygues Travaux Publics and will be responsible for engineering work. Keolis is to operate the line.

The 37 km line would connect the northern and southern suburbs via the city centre, and would serve Félix Houphouët-Boigny International Airport.

The consortium excluding Keolis signed an initial agreement on April 11 2014. Preparatory work is expected to cost US$40m, with construction estimated to last 5½ years. The first phase is due to be completed in 2019, with passenger services starting in 2020.

Yamoussoukro is the official capital of Cote d’Ivoire, while Abidjan is the commercial capital and seat of government, the national assembly and foreign embassies.

#Abidjan #Ambassade #By #CoteDIvoire #Elfenbenskysten #Ferie #Flyplass #Frankrike #Hovedstad #Korea #Metro #Nasjonalforsamling #Reise #SørKorea #Transport #Turisme #Undergrunnsbane #Yamoussoukro

#Airport #Capital #City #Embassy #France #Holiday #NationalAssembly #SouthKorea #Tourism #Travel #Underground

CUBAS AMBASSADE I WASHINGTON GJENÅPNET I DAG – ETTER 54 ÅR

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Det skulle ta 54 år før Cubas flagg offisielt heises i USAs hovedstad. Kubanske æresvakter i kritthvite uniformer foldet ut det røde, hvite og blå cubanske flagget ved bygningen som fra mandag fungerer som Havannas ambassade i Washington, skriver www.vg.no 

Folkemengden som overvar seremonien, klappet og ropte «Viva Cuba», før cubanske diplomater og andre gjester sang den cubanske nasjonalsangen utenfor ambassaden, som kun ligger et steinkast unna Det hvite hus.

USA gjenåpner sin ambassade i Havanna neste måned, når den amerikanske utenriksministeren John Kerry besøker Cuba.

I dag tok Kerry imot sin kubanske kollega Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla i utenriksdepartementet i Washington. Det er første gang siden 1958 at en kubansk utenriksminister er på offisielt besøk i den amerikanske hovedstaden.

#Ambassade #By #Cuba #DetHviteHus #Ferie #Havanna #Hovedstad #Reise #Turisme #USA #Utenriksminister #WashingtonDC

KAMPALA INTRODUCES CITY TOUR BUSES TO BOOST URBAN TOURISM

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Kampala is set to get its first city tour buses – a development that will come as a major boost for urban tourism and further diversify the tourism product offerings, reports www.eturbonews.com

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is working with Albrieux Africa tours to get the product running by the end of the year.

‪KCCA‬ public & corporate affairs manager, Peter Kaujju, confirmed the city tour bus project saying it is part of the various initiatives aimed at increasing the allure of the city.

Kampala is considered the entertainment capital of East Africa and is one of the most diverse capitals across Africa. Its social scene and night life is almost unparalled across the region with theatre, bar, culture, and live shows dotting the city center from Monday to Monday.

“Kampala has the heritage that makes it special and unique. This is a city with a long and impressive history and cultural attractions spread in different corners for visitors to explore”, said Albrieux Giacomo, the boss of Albrieux Africa Tours.

The city tour itinerary includes stopovers at various elegant historical features that remain almost a secret because of limited marketing. Among them is the Namugongo Martyrs Shrine, Bahai Temple, Old Kampala Mosque that enables a visitor to see the entire city skyline, Kasubi tombs, Uganda Museum, and Makerere University – one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in East and Central Africa.

KCCA placed the invitation for expression of interest for the product in 2014. Three companies expressed interest, submitted bids, and were considered by KCCA contracts Committee.

According to Kaujju, the best evaluated bidder was Albrieux Africa Tours and Travel agency.

“KCCA signed a memorandum of understanding With the company to supply the city bus tour services for 5 years, the provider has initiated the procurement of two new ‪Ashok‬ Leyland double decker buses”, noted Kaujju.

Kaujju said the locations for the ticketing booth have been approved by KCCA and will be at the National theatre, Kabaka njagalla road near independence monument, and at the national museum.

“The authority has also secured space at Jubilee Park Sheraton to set up a tourist information center where UTB offices, tour operators/guide offices, a craft shop, UWA souvenir shop, and café will be set up”, said Kaujju.

‪Giacomo‬ said the product is intended to maximize tourism revenue by taking them to places they would not have considered visiting because of traffic and lack of organized tours.

Globally, city tours enable short-stay visitors to experience the life of the country captured in the city but also add revenue to the economy through the purchase of souvenirs and spending on the short trips.

“We want to create brand/image and reputation for Kampala as a city of hospitality and recreation”, noted Giacomo.

The product, one of the many emerging, will also target to ignite domestic tourism ranging from schools to enthusiastic corporate groups and individuals as well as international tourists booked by tour operators and the walk in tourists.

It will also target conference and meeting delegates, foreign guests booked by foreign embassies, cultural tourists, religious tourists, business tourists, academic tourists, and political tourists

It will run under the theme “Kampala Landscape and Cultures” to let visitors have an experience of the “beautiful undulating scape and historical heritage” of Kampala, and the quiet and Scenic peaks of the hills. A suggested name for the tour is “The Seven Hills Odyssey”.

The main hotel cluster in the city, and thus the main embarkation point for visitors wishing to join the tour circuit, is the Nakasero area neighboring the major hotels of Sheraton, Serena, ‪Speke,‬ and Imperial Royal hotels.

“This is next to the independence green park and the Jubilee Park – all ideal for relaxing as you wait for your maiden ride”, noted Giacomo.

The company is proposing more use of the National Theatre complex in staging cultural shows and performances aimed at the tourism market.

They are also proposing the remodeling of the African Craft Village by removing the existing concrete structure to provide a setting which reflects Uganda’s cultural heritage with buildings reflecting indigenous architectural styles and materials.

#Attraksjon #Buss #By #Ferie #Hotell #Hovedstad #Kampala #Reise #Turisme #Uganda #Universitet

#Attraction #Bus #Capital #City #Holiday #Tourism #Travel #University