<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:21:53 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Caldwell-Pope missed game because of travel restrictions]]> http://gazette.com/caldwell-pope-missed-game-because-of-travel-restrictions/article/feed/522159?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/caldwell-pope-missed-game-because-of-travel-restrictions/article/feed/522159?custom_click=rss EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed the team's loss Thursday night in Cleveland because of travel restrictions from his drunken driving arrest last season while with the Detroit Pistons.

"This is a legal matter, stemming from an incident that occurred last season while Kentavious was a member of another NBA team," the Lakers said Saturday in a statement The Los Angeles Lakers are abiding by the terms of a program for Kentavious that were established for him by a court in the state of Michigan. As such, we will have no further comment at this time.

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]]> Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:00:52 -0700 <![CDATA[In the Kingdom of Tonga, underwater wonders and Polynesian hospitality]]> http://gazette.com/in-the-kingdom-of-tonga-underwater-wonders-and-polynesian-hospitality/article/1617360?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-the-kingdom-of-tonga-underwater-wonders-and-polynesian-hospitality/article/1617360?custom_click=rss

As I stepped off the wee boat after 48 hours of travel, I felt a bit like Tom Sawyer - mostly because my family would be staying in a treehouse, but also because the island looked like something out of a book.

The jungle-covered knoll crested gently from the sea, a small dot punctuating the lagoon between larger islands. A hammock swung between coconut trees on a sliver of beach, the white sand stark against the green-blue water. The open-air eatery blended neatly into the landscape, its artistic curves mimicking nature's swoops and spirals.

I guessed that it would take 20 minutes, tops, to swim around the whole island.

"Welcome to paradise," said Ben Newton, owner of Mandala Island Resort. He nodded toward two black

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<![CDATA[Commuters lose transit, parking, biking benefits in tax bill]]> http://gazette.com/commuters-lose-transit-parking-biking-benefits-in-tax-bill/article/feed/521953?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/commuters-lose-transit-parking-biking-benefits-in-tax-bill/article/feed/521953?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Count commuters among the losers in the Republican tax bill that the House and Senate are expected to vote on next week.

The final bill agreed to by Republican negotiators and released late Friday eliminates the tax incentive for private employers that subsidize their employees' transit, parking and bicycle commuting expenses.

Currently, companies can provide parking or transit passes worth up to $255 a month to employees as a benefit to help pay for their commuting expenses, and then deduct the costs from their corporate taxes. That amount was set to increase to $260 a month on Jan. 1.

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]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:28:11 -0700 <![CDATA[In about-face, Ryanair recognizes unions to avert strikes]]> http://gazette.com/in-about-face-ryanair-recognizes-unions-to-avert-strikes/article/feed/521752?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-about-face-ryanair-recognizes-unions-to-avert-strikes/article/feed/521752?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — Budget carrier Ryanair said Friday it is reversing its longstanding refusal to recognize pilots' unions in a bid to avert strikes in several European countries over the busy Christmas season.

Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said the airline wants to ease customers' concerns "that they may be disrupted by pilot industrial action next week."

"If the best way to achieve this is to talk to our pilots through a recognized union process, then we are prepared to do so," he said.

Earlier this week, pilots in Ireland voted for a day of industrial action Dec. 20 and a union representing pilots in Germany threatened walkouts at "any time starting immediately" in disputes over pay and conditions.

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]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:59:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Berlin's much-delayed new airport slated to open in 2020]]> http://gazette.com/berlins-much-delayed-new-airport-slated-to-open-in-2020/article/feed/521826?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/berlins-much-delayed-new-airport-slated-to-open-in-2020/article/feed/521826?custom_click=rss

BERLIN (AP) — Officials say they plan to open Berlin's new airport, a project notorious for repeated delays, in 2020 — nearly a decade after it was first slated to start operations.

News agency dpa reports that supervisory board chairman Rainer Bretschneider said Friday that managers aim for an October 2020 opening date.

Construction started in 2006, and the airport was originally supposed to open in October 2011. That was put off until June 2012, and then the opening was spectacularly canceled with four weeks' notice because of problems with the fire protection system.

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]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:01:36 -0700 <![CDATA[Russia to resume flights to Egypt, halted after 2015 bombing]]> http://gazette.com/russia-to-resume-flights-to-egypt-halted-after-2015-bombing/article/feed/521737?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russia-to-resume-flights-to-egypt-halted-after-2015-bombing/article/feed/521737?custom_click=rss

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and Egypt signed a deal on Friday to resume flights between Moscow and the Egyptian capital of Cairo starting from February, after more than a two-year break, officials announced.

Moscow suspended flights to Egypt after a bomb by the local Islamic State affiliate brought down a Russian airliner over Sinai in October 2015, killing all 224 people on board.

The attack decimated Egypt's vital tourism industry. Egyptian authorities have since spent millions of dollars to upgrade security at its airports, hoping to get Moscow to change its mind.

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]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:40:43 -0700 <![CDATA[Germany extends facial recognition test at rail station]]> http://gazette.com/germany-extends-facial-recognition-test-at-rail-station/article/feed/521761?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/germany-extends-facial-recognition-test-at-rail-station/article/feed/521761?custom_click=rss

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security official is extending tests of automatic facial recognition technology after an initial six-month trial showed the system had a good success rate.

The tests used high-quality pictures of more than 200 volunteers to identify them as they passed through Berlin's Suedkreuz railway station.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Friday that cameras spotted the volunteers more than 70 percent of the time, with the wrong person flagged in less than 1 percent of cases.

De Maiziere said a second six-month trial will test whether the system can recognize a person as effectively using lower-quality images, such as when no police mug shot of a fugitive is available.

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]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:38:40 -0700 <![CDATA[Montana Republican gets behind Yellowstone mining ban]]> http://gazette.com/montana-republican-gets-behind-yellowstone-mining-ban/article/feed/521625?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/montana-republican-gets-behind-yellowstone-mining-ban/article/feed/521625?custom_click=rss BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte is sponsoring legislation to withdraw land near Yellowstone National Park from future mining, after describing an identical Senate measure as "dead on arrival" in the House.

Gianforte spokesman Travis Hall said the Republican has been working with other lawmakers to make sure the bill introduced Thursday can pass. Hall would not give further details.

The measure would remove public lands north of the park from future mining claims. An identical bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat, had stalled.

Two companies are seeking to develop gold mines north of Yellowstone.

Local residents and businesses say the projects could pollute waterways and disco

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]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:06:58 -0700 <![CDATA[More than 200 people sickened onboard Ovation of Seas cruise]]> http://gazette.com/more-than-200-people-sickened-onboard-ovation-of-seas-cruise/article/feed/521503?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/more-than-200-people-sickened-onboard-ovation-of-seas-cruise/article/feed/521503?custom_click=rss More than 200 people became sick and five were hospitalized in Australia after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness aboard a cruise ship earlier this month.

Symptoms were reported by 209 guests among the 5,796 people aboard Ovation of the Seas ship, according to Royal Caribbean International cruise line spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez. The ship returned to Sydney on Dec. 7 at the end of a 14-night cruise that departed Singapore on Nov. 23. "Those affected by the short-lived illness were treated by our ship's doctors with over-the-counter medication," Martinez told The Associated Press in an email.

She said sanitation experts were flown in to perform "enhanced sanitary procedures" to supplement routine cleaning protocols and

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]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:33:08 -0700 <![CDATA[AAA predicts record travel over Christmas and New Year's]]> http://gazette.com/aaa-predicts-record-travel-over-christmas-and-new-years/article/feed/521481?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aaa-predicts-record-travel-over-christmas-and-new-years/article/feed/521481?custom_click=rss Comforted by a strong economy, more Americans than ever are expected to travel over the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Auto club AAA said Thursday that 107 million people will travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 1, a 3.1 percent increase over last year.

It's the ninth straight increase in Christmas travel, according to AAA.

Most will travel by car — about 97 million — despite higher gasoline prices. More than 6 million are expected to fly, and AAA says nearly 4 million will take trains, buses or cruise ships.

While the national average gas price of $2.47 is 28 cents higher than last December, airfares and mid-range hotels are cheaper, according to AAA.

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]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:35:09 -0700 <![CDATA[Greenway, Ellis to be in South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame]]> http://gazette.com/greenway-ellis-to-be-in-south-dakota-sports-hall-of-fame/article/feed/521437?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/greenway-ellis-to-be-in-south-dakota-sports-hall-of-fame/article/feed/521437?custom_click=rss SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Two former professional athletes are being inducted into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame next year.

Linebacker Chad Greenway of Mount Vernon led Stickney-Mount Vernon to a state football title, earned All-American honors at the University of Iowa and then spent 11 years with the Minnesota Vikings.

Second baseman Mark Ellis of Rapid City won back-to-back American Legion Player of the Year honors, played in the College World Series with the University of Florida and then spent 12 seasons in the major leagues, mainly with Oakland.

Greenway and Ellis are among 16 people who will be inducted into the hall in Sioux Falls on April 14.

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]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:23:52 -0700 <![CDATA[Thousands of passengers affected by Niki airline's grounding]]> http://gazette.com/thousands-of-passengers-affected-by-niki-airlines-grounding/article/feed/521379?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thousands-of-passengers-affected-by-niki-airlines-grounding/article/feed/521379?custom_click=rss

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of European travelers could be left stranded by the bankruptcy of Austrian budget carrier Niki.

The airline ceased flight operations Thursday. Hopes for a swift rescue of Niki, a division of bankrupt Air Berlin, were dashed Wednesday when Lufthansa dropped its bid for the airline following resistance from the European Commission.

Niki posted a notice on its website saying passengers should contact their tour operator if possible. It said several other airlines have offered to fly passengers back to Germany, Austria and Switzerland for a small fee if they booked directly through Niki.

Austria's transport minister said up to 10,000 passengers could be affected by the bankruptcy over the coming tw

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]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:04:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Albuquerque high school students eyeing 'civil rights tour']]> http://gazette.com/albuquerque-high-school-students-eyeing-civil-rights-tour/article/feed/521356?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/albuquerque-high-school-students-eyeing-civil-rights-tour/article/feed/521356?custom_click=rss ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of Albuquerque high school students is trying to raise money to visit sites linked to the Civil Rights Movement in the American South.

Black Student Union director Joycelyn Jackson told The Associated Press that 40 students are working to raise around $28,000 to visit important landmarks in Atlanta, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Birmingham, Alabama next summer.

Jackson says the students want to see for themselves where civil rights leaders work to end racial segregation.

The Black Student Unions in Albuquerque Public Schools are made up of African American, Latino, white and Native American students studying the civil rights movement.

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]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:29:41 -0700 <![CDATA[As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs]]> http://gazette.com/as-olympics-near-south-korea-agonizes-over-post-games-costs/article/feed/521350?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/as-olympics-near-south-korea-agonizes-over-post-games-costs/article/feed/521350?custom_click=rss

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country's post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues.

As officials prepare for the games in and around the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, there are lingering worries over the huge financial burden facing one of the nation's poorest regions. Local officials hope that the Games will provide a badly needed economic boost by marking the area as a world-class tourist destination.

But past experience shows that hosts who justified their Olympics with expectations of financial windfalls were often left deeply disappointed w

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]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:34:31 -0700 <![CDATA['Mannequin Skywalker' rides Blue Origin's new crew capsule]]> http://gazette.com/mannequin-skywalker-rides-blue-origins-new-crew-capsule/article/feed/521125?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mannequin-skywalker-rides-blue-origins-new-crew-capsule/article/feed/521125?custom_click=rss

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Blue Origin's 'Mannequin Skywalker' has rocketed almost all the way to space, just in time for the new Star Wars movie.

The aerospace company led by Amazon's Jeff Bezos launched its New Shepard rocket Tuesday from West Texas for the seventh time. It marked the first flight, though, of the latest version of Blue Origin's crew capsule, featuring big windows for future space tourists.

An instrumented test dummy was aboard, named Mannequin Skywalker and dressed in a blue — naturally — flight suit.

"He had a great ride," Bezos said via Twitter.

The New Shepard rocket, named after the first American in space, Alan Shepard, landed back on the ground following the 10-minute suborbital fli

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]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:53:56 -0700 <![CDATA[Collision in Switzerland's Gotthard road tunnel kills 2]]> http://gazette.com/collision-in-switzerlands-gotthard-road-tunnel-kills-2/article/feed/521059?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/collision-in-switzerlands-gotthard-road-tunnel-kills-2/article/feed/521059?custom_click=rss BERLIN (AP) — A head-on collision Wednesday between a car and a truck in Switzerland's Gotthard Tunnel has left two people dead and forced the temporary closure of the tunnel, a key transit route through the Alps.

Police in Uri canton (state) said the car, which was on the wrong side of the road, collided with the truck about 5 kilometers (3 miles) inside the tunnel on Wednesday morning. In addition to the two dead, four people were injured.

The tunnel was closed for several hours following the crash, but was reopened in the late afternoon.

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]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:36:24 -0700 <![CDATA[Ultimate Colorado fourteener trophies are found in Leadville]]> http://gazette.com/ultimate-colorado-fourteener-trophies-are-found-in-leadville/article/1616890?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ultimate-colorado-fourteener-trophies-are-found-in-leadville/article/1616890?custom_click=rss

LEADVILLE - When Peter Frykholm steps out of his house and looks down the street at Colorado's highest peaks, mounts Elbert and Massive, he sees them as wooden blocks.

When he was a kid in Colorado Springs, mountains soaring 14,000 feet inspired his adventurous spirit. They still do; he's summited 35 of the 54, though now he prefers the lesser-traveled "thirteeners."

The fourteeners mostly inspire his entrepreneurial spirit these days.

During his recurring stroll through the Victorian, historic town he now calls home, Frykholm says: "People who don't know me are probably like, 'What is he doing? Is he mental, walking up and down my street?' Nah, just making money."

He's on his way to the woodshop where Precision

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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:17:39 -0700
<![CDATA[In Spain's northern Basque region, San Sebastian shines]]> http://gazette.com/in-spains-northern-basque-region-san-sebastian-shines/article/1616883?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-spains-northern-basque-region-san-sebastian-shines/article/1616883?custom_click=rss

We ended up in San Sebastian by happenstance. After committing to two weeks in southern France, my wife and I discovered that friends were planning a simultaneous two-week trip to Barcelona and parts south. We needed a compromise destination, and San Sebastian, rubbing against the French border on the northwest Spanish coast, was an equal detour.

All I knew about San Sebastian came from a brief passage in the 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises." The beach town was where Hemingway's antihero Jake Barnes retreated to recover from a prodigious weeklong drunk and having his heart gored by the preternaturally promiscuous Lady Brett Ashley. Stoic as ever, he walks from the hotel to the beach and dives into the surf.

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]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 04:10:08 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorful Colorado: How a Vietnam veteran's carousel dream came true]]> http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-how-a-vietnam-veterans-carousel-dream-came-true/article/1616442?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-how-a-vietnam-veterans-carousel-dream-came-true/article/1616442?custom_click=rss

NEDERLAND - Out on the boat he built to sail the Pacific and try to forget Vietnam's hellfire and everything he saw behind a machine gun and the world gone mad, Scott Harrison stopped beside a whale.

Two months had passed at sea. He was starting to doubt this solo "escape" he launched eight years after he fought; it had done nothing to ease his torment.

Now he looked at the whale's eye, and it looked back. It was as if the animal spoke to him:

"Hey, what the hell are you doing?" he later wrote in a journal. "You don't even know where you are going. Go back and do something good for yourself and for others."

Harrison went on to create the Carousel of Happiness, the nonprofit attraction in this quaint mountain

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Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:45:15 -0700
<![CDATA[Selfies with llamas? Leaning out of a helicopter? Travel photographer Gray Malin has done it all]]> http://gazette.com/selfies-with-llamas-leaning-out-of-a-helicopter-travel-photographer-gray-malin-has-done-it-all/article/1616438?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/selfies-with-llamas-leaning-out-of-a-helicopter-travel-photographer-gray-malin-has-done-it-all/article/1616438?custom_click=rss

Winter is coming, but you wouldn't know it by flipping through Gray Malin's new book.

"Escape," Malin's latest collection of travel photographs, can transport you from the sun-drenched beaches of St. Barts to the dusty plains of Namibia, no passport required.

The 31-year-old Los Angeles-based fine arts photographer, who got his start hawking travel prints at a West Hollywood flea market, now has more than 250,000 followers on Instagram, a devoted celebrity fan base (including Meghan Markle, Rihanna and Reese Witherspoon) and a New York Times best-seller, "Beaches."

Malin recently discussed his new book and favorite travel destinations.

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]]> Sun, 03 Dec 2017 04:15:11 -0700 <![CDATA[Earn your drink at these incredibly hard-to-reach bars]]> http://gazette.com/earn-your-drink-at-these-incredibly-hard-to-reach-bars/article/1616439?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/earn-your-drink-at-these-incredibly-hard-to-reach-bars/article/1616439?custom_click=rss

If you crave more than a generic corner pub or bar, don your explorer's hat and quench your thirst at these spots in the farthest-flung corners of the world.

Should you make your way to these barstools, you'll be rewarded with epic tales to share for the rest of your life.

◘ SubSix, Maldives

It's not quite "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea," but it certainly could pass for "The Little Mermaid"s splashy digs. Enveloped in the beauty of marine life, this posh underwater restaurant and bar belongs to Niyama Private Islands Maldives (a Per Aquum Retreats, Resorts and Residences property) on the island of Huluwalu in the Maldives.

You reach the luxury resort via a 40-minute seaplane ride from Malé International

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Sat, 02 Dec 2017 14:55:59 -0700