En million sko, 370 000 tannbørster 413 millioner andre søppelgjenstander skylt i land på paradisøyer

Strand på Cocos (Keeling) øyene. Foto: Cocos Keeling Islands Visitor Centre / Facebook

Nær en million sko og over 370 000 tannbørster var blant de 414 millioner søppelgjenstandene som har blitt skylt i land på Cocos (Keeling)-øyene i Det Indiske havet, ifølge ny forskning.

Studien ble publisert i Scientific Reports torsdag, skriver CNN, ifølge NRK.

Cocos (Keeling) øyene er et delvis selvstyrt australsk territorium bestående av 27 øyer i to atoller, midtveis mellom Australia og Sri Lanka, og sør for Sumatra i Indonesia.

Bare to av øyene, West Island og Home Island, er bebodde. West Island er øygruppens hovedstad, Landarealet er 14 km2, og folketallet var i 2016 rundt 550.

Øyene har svært gode forhold for blant annet dykking, SCUBA-dykking, fisking, seiling, snorkling, saildboarding og kitesurfing,

Sri Lanka gjenåpner sosiale medier

Illustrasjon: commons.wikimedia

Myndighetene på Sri Lanka har opphevet stengingen av sosiale medier. Både Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube og andre medier ble stengt etter terrorangrepene mot kirker og hoteller i hovedstaden Colombo og andre steder i påsken, for å hindre ryktespredning og feilinformasjon, skriver nrk.no

 

Passasjerer får avbestille Sri Lanka-reisen

Emirates-fly på Oslo lufthavn (illustrasjonsfoto)

Flyselskapet Emirates, som flyr nordmenn til Sri Lanka via Dubai i De forente arabiske emirater, tilbyr nå passasjerer gratis avbestilling og ombooking etter terrorangrepene på Sri Lanka, melder flysmart.no.

Minst 321 mennesker mistet livet og flere hundre ble såret i terrorangrepene mot tre hoteller og flere kirker i hovedstaden Colombo.

31 utenlandske statsborgere, blant dem tre danske barn, er bekreftet omkommet, mens 14 er meldt savnet.

Det er ikke meldt om at norske statsborgere skal være rammet.

Det norske utenriksdepartementet fraråder nå reiser til eller opphold på Sri Lanka som ikke er strengt nødvendige. Myndighetene har innført unntakstilstand og portforbud, og sosiale medier er sperret. Folk i berørte områder tilrås å melde fra til familie og venner at de er trygge.

Kvinner på Sri Lanka får likevel ikke kjøpe alkohol

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Sri Lankas president Maithripala Sirisena har omgjort regjeringens beslutning om å la kvinner få kjøpe, selge og produsere alkohol etter å ha lest om vedtaket i avisene, skriver NTB, ifølge nrk.no

Regjeringen i landet kunngjorde onsdag at den opphever en 39 år gammel lov som har forbudt kvinner å kjøpe, selge eller produsere alkohol. Loven fra 1979 har lenge blitt kritisert for å være kvinneundertrykkende, og regjeringen fant derfor tiden inne til å slå en strek over den.

Kilde: www.nrk.no – NRK

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Alitalia launches Maldives direct flights from Rome

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Italian national carrier Alitalia will from 31 October launch its first ever scheduled direct flights between Italy and the Maldives, rustourismnews.com reported.

The new three-weekly Rome-Male service will operate for the whole winter season until 24 March 2018. The decision to launch this new service was taken to meet the increasing demand for flights between the two countries, especially during the winter period. 

The new service is the fifth long-haul destination launched by Alitalia since last year – after Santiago de Chile, Mexico City, Beijing and Havana – and represents an important investment which aims to strengthen Alitalia’s presence in key routes for tourism to and from the Indian Ocean.

The new Rome-Male service will depart from Rome Fiumicino airport every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 9.45 pm and will land at 11.05 am (local time) on the following day. The return flight from the Maldives capital Male city will depart every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 1.10 pm (local time) and will land in Rome Fiumicino at 7.30 pm.

The new route will be operated with 250-seat Airbus 330 aircraft configured in three classes of service: business, premium economy and economy.

On board the aircraft, Alitalia passengers will avail of newly renovated interiors, in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity for phone calls, Internet and e-mail.

Business class passengers will be able to relax in luxurious Italian-brand Poltrona Frau leather seats that recline fully to a comfortable flatbed position and enjoy award-winning onboard dining featuring the best of Italian regional food and wine.

Alitali’s new ‘dine anytime’ meal service allows customers to decide when they prefer to eat on board. Travelers in premium economy can relax in a quiet cabin with dedicated services. 

Furthermore, Alitalia flies to the Maldives thanks to its codeshare agreement on Etihad Airways flights to Male, via Abu Dhabi.

News source: www.rustourismnews.com

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Avduket “verdens høyeste juletre” på Sri Lanka

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Foto: Eranga Jayawardena, AP

Et 73 meter høyt juletre ble julaften avduket i byen Colombo i Sri Lanka. Ifølge folkene bak er dette verdens høyeste juletre og hele 13 meter høyere enn den forrige rekordholderen.

Treet er dekorert med over én million kongler og 600.000 LED-lys.

Sri Lankas hovedstad, med bl.a. sete for nasjonalforsamlingen, er Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, en forstad til Colombo, som tidligere var landets hovedstad, men som ennå har flere hovedstadsfunksjoner, med bl.a. presidentens kontor og flere regjeringskontorer. Colombo er også Sri Lankas finansielle sentrum.

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JAPAN OPENS AN EMBASSY IN MALDIVES

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Male, capital of Maldives.

Japan has opened it’s first ever embassy in the Maldives, reports haveeru.com

The embassy in the capital Male, was jointly opened Monday. Japan established diplomatic ties with the Maldives in 1967, and the Maldives established an embassy in Tokyo in 2007.

All of the dealings between both countries had since 1967 been made through the Japanese embassy in Sri Lankan capital Colombo.

Over the years, Japan has been one of the main sources of foreign aid to the Maldives. The most notable contributions made by Japan to the Maldives’ development include the building a seawall around capital Male and construction of several schools across the archipelago.

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom visited Japan last year. During his visit, the president met Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and held official talks on strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.

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OPPTØYER PÅ DEN AUSTRALSKE ASYLØYA CHRISTMAS ISLAND

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Asylsøkere skal ha rasert et mottaket og startet branner på den australske øya Christmas Island. Bråket skal ha blitt utløst da en kurdisk asylsøker fra Iran ble funnet død søndag, melder nrk.no

Flying Fish Cove, også kalt The Settlement, er hovedstaden på Christmas Island

Les mer om Christmas Island her http://hovedsteder.blogg.no/1398710775_flying_fish_cove_p_ch.html

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SAUDI ARABIA OPENS EMBASSY IN MALDIVES

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President Abdulla Yameen meets with the visiting delegation from Saudi Arabia in the Maldives to attend the Independence Day functions. Photo: Office of the President

City of Male

A Saudi-Arabia embassy opened in the Maldives capital Male on Sunday, according to the Saudi Press Agency, the www.haveeru.com.mv website reports. 

The move was based on the agreements between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Maldives to establish diplomatic relations between the two countries, Director of Media Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Osama bin Ahmad Nuqali said.
Ambassador Nuqali also said that the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is looking forward that the diplomatic relations between the two countries will contribute to developing bilateral relations and supporting joint interests.
During the recent visit of a top Saudi delegation to the Maldives, President Abdulla Yameen had said Maldives was open for joint venture investments with Saudi Arabia.
Highlighting the difficulties faced in travelling between Maldives and Saudi Arabia, President Yameen had also noted the importance of establishing better transportation between the two countries.

#Ambassade #Ambassadør #By #Ferie #Hovedstad #Maldivene #Male #President #Reise #SaudiArabia #Turisme

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HOTEL ASIA EXHIBITION AND INTERNATIONAL CULINARY CHALLENGE TO TAKE PLACE IN MALDIVES IN AUGUST

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Male, capital of Maldives

The Maldives largest annual food and hospitality event Hotel Asia Exhibition and International Culinary Challenge 2015 will be held at Dharubaaruge Exhibition Hall, Male Maldives from August 23 – 26, 2015, www.dailynews.lk reports.

This years event is supported and endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism of Maldives along with the Sri Lanka Maldives Bilateral Business Council and the National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka, who will host two major pavilions.

This years event is held during a significant time when Maldives celebrate their 50 years of Independence. Hotel Asia Exhibition has been included as part of this mega celebration which commences from July until the end of the year.

The event has sold out its 15000 square feet of exhibition space across 3 halls of the Dharubaaruge Exhibition Centre emphasizing and highlighting the strength of international interest and investment in one of South Asia’s most lucrative food, beverage and hospitality markets.

According to CEO of Lanka Exhibitions, the holding company of Maldives Exhibition and Conference Services, Aasim Mukthar, Hotel Asia offers the most comprehensive and contemporary products, services and insights for the food, beverage and hospitality Industry.

He said the Exhibition and the Culinary Challenge is more than a regional event, it is an international showcase and a global business arena. The event is a trading platform, a knowledge sharing experience, a networking opportunity and industry driver under one roof. Over 200 International suppliers and about 5000 industry professionals will attend the four day event.

The Hotel Asia International Culinary Challenge is the regions premier culinary competition with the participation of over 500 Chefs. The highlights of the Culinary Challenge is displaying the talents of these young chefs. It will be presented by judges representing the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS). The competition segment is worked out through a large number of categories which include classics such as Pastas, Hot Cooking Meat, Poultry and Seafood and Iced Mocktails.

Hotel Asia offers the most comprehensive and contemporary products, services and insights for the food, beverage and hospitality industry, not just across the South Asian region, but across the world, said Husnie Rauf, General Manager, Maldives Exhibition and Conference Services, organizer of the exhibition.

Alan Palmer, Chief Judge and Project Director and Veteran chefs in the likes of Otto Weibel, Thomas Gugler, Rudolf Muller, Michael Strautmanis, Kenny Kong, Tarek Ibrahim, Rohan Fernandopulle, Alvin Goh, James Antolin, Norbert Girnth, Penk Ching, Terence Chew, Yen Koh, and many others are distinguished members of the panel who provide their expertise in judging the entries for the competition. 

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