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These are the world’s best fine dining restaurants

<p>It serves contemporary European cuisine inside a Beijing historical temple dating back to the Qing Dynasty.</p> <p>And now, TRB Hutong has won the title of best fine dining restaurant in the world, coming on top of the 2019 Travellers’ Choice list based on <span>millions of reviews and ratings left by <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/TravelersChoice-Restaurants-cFineDining-g1" target="_blank">TripAdvisor</a> users over the past year</span>.</p> <p>The Beijing restaurant, which charges 688RMB (AU$143 or NZ$155 or SG$134) for a five-course menu, was first opened in 2012. Since then, it has earned various accolades, including Restaurant of the Year awards from<em> The Beijinger </em>and <em>Time Out</em>.</p> <p>“Charismatic GM and former sommelier Ignace Lecleir takes pains to make every guest feel like a VIP, and the regular arrivals of complimentary amuse bouche ensures nobody leaves unsatisfied,” the verdict read, according to <span><a href="https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/tripadvisor-worlds-best-restaurants-2019/index.html"><em>CNN Travel</em></a></span>.</p> <p>Coming in second place was France’s Epicure, a three Michelin star restaurant headed by acclaimed chef Eric Frechon. Ristorante Ville Crespi in Italy grabbed the third spot, with the reviews noting its “creative, delicious and unique dining experience”.</p> <p><strong>The world’s best fine dining restaurants in 2019 according to TripAdvisor</strong></p> <ol> <li>TRB Hutong, Beijing, China</li> <li>Epicure, Paris, France</li> <li>Ristorante Villa Crespi, Orta San Giulio, Italy</li> <li>Restaurante Benazuza, Cancun, Mexico</li> <li>The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium</li> <li>Le Brouillarta, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France</li> <li>David's Kitchen, Chiang Mai, Thailand</li> <li>El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain</li> <li>Aramburu, Buenos Aires, Argentina</li> <li>Adam's, Birmingham, United Kingdom</li> </ol>

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Qantas pledges zero carbon emissions by 2050

<p><span>Qantas has vowed to eliminate carbon emissions completely by 2050, becoming the second airline in the world to put forward such a pledge.</span></p> <p><span>Chief executive Alan Joyce said the airline is set to cap net emissions at their 2020 level and cut them gradually over the next 30 years. </span></p> <p><span>It will also invest $50 million over the next decade to “help develop a sustainable aviation fuel industry” in Australia and double the number of flights which offset carbon emissions by matching every dollar spent by customers who opt for the offsetting scheme when they book tickets.</span></p> <p><span>Joyce said the goal to be net carbon neutral by 2050 is “ambitious, but achievable”.</span></p> <p><span>“Concerns about emissions and climate change are real, but we can’t lose sight of the contribution that air travel makes to society and the economy,” Joyce said.</span></p> <p><span>“The industry has already come a long way in cutting its footprint and the solution from here isn’t to simply fly less but to make it more sustainable.”</span></p> <p><span>The airline also highlights its ongoing plan to obtain more fuel-efficient aircrafts such as Boeing 787 Dreamliners and A321neos. </span></p> <p><span>“We recognise that airlines have a responsibility to cut emissions and combat climate change. We’ve already made some good progress, especially by investing in newer aircraft that have a much smaller carbon footprint,” said Joyce.</span></p> <p><span>“We want to do more, and faster.”</span></p> <p><span>In adopting the net zero emissions goal, the Australian airline joins pan-European airline company IAG, which unveiled its <a href="https://www.iairgroup.com/en/sustainability/flightpath-net-zero">Flightpath net zero</a> plan in October.</span></p> <p>The announcement comes amid increasing scrutiny of the aviation industry’s carbon footprint. The industry contributes about 2 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions.</p>

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Ash Barty's heartbreak at Fed Cup defeat

<p><span>Australia’s bid to end its 45-year Fed Cup drought has failed after France secured a 3-2 win in Perth on Sunday.</span></p> <p><span>World number one Ash Barty and Samantha Stosur were defeated 4-6 3-6 in the fifth-rubber decider by French duo Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia, bringing France its third Fed Cup title.</span></p> <p><span>French no. 1 Mladenovic – who ranked 40<sup>th</sup> in the world – also triumphed in both her single matches, including her 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7-1) win against Barty.</span></p> <p><span>Barty was visibly distraught at the trophy presentation. </span></p> <p><span>“Obviously it’s bitterly disappointing to be sitting here not with the result that we were after,” the 23-year-old said.</span></p> <p><span>“But all in all, it’s about taking a little bit of perspective and this team – this group of girls – personally, I wouldn’t want to be sitting here with anyone else.</span></p> <p><span>“It’s been an amazing journey.”</span></p> <p><span>Fed Cup debutant Ajla Tomljanović suffered a 1-6 1-6 loss against Mladenovic in the opening singles rubber but evened out the ledger with a 6-4 7-5 win over Pauline Parmentier.</span></p> <p><span>“Honestly, I have never felt so sick after a match like I did yesterday,” Tomljanović said.</span></p> <p><span>“It was such a different feeling compared to some other matches I’ve lost in my career.</span></p> <p><span>“But there’s not a lot of time that you can dwell and this team is so unbelievable with the atmosphere and the energy … they’re so chilled but at the same time competitive, and that is maybe a bit like my personality. They really pulled me through after that loss.”</span></p> <p><span>Australia captain Alicia Molik said she had no regrets.</span></p> <p><span>“We gave everything today. We fell just a fraction short. That happens,” Molik said.</span></p> <p><span>“I don’t regret any step of the way. We’ve had to come together for such a long period of time now. We’re such a close-knit team. We’ve faced so much adversity. We’ve done that for the last few years and this year particularly in Asheville and Brisbane. We were up against it for so much of the time.”</span></p> <p><span>Molik praised Mladenovic’s performance at the final. “I think she carried all of the French team on her shoulders,” Molik said.</span></p> <p><span>“It was an unbelievable display. She sort of took it out of our hands, I felt.”</span></p> <p><span>France captain Julien Benneteau, who headed the team for the first time this year, said the victory was a “dream” come true.</span></p> <p><span>“I’m the proudest man on the planet right now. I’m so proud of my girls and my team – they deserve it because they fought for a long time for this title,” he said.</span></p> <p><span>“It’s a dream for me. I tried to imagine that at the beginning of the year when I knew that I could have the best team with me on the court. Now, eight months later, here we are.”</span></p>

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How airplane crash investigations work

<p>The <a href="https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/ethiopian-airlines-plane-crash/index.html">fatal crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302</a> has resulted in the <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/canada-grounds-boeing-737-max-8-leaving-us-as-last-major-user-of-plane/2019/03/13/25ac2414-459d-11e9-90f0-0ccfeec87a61_story.html">worldwide grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft</a>. Investigators are probing the crash and <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/report-on-airline-crash-that-killed-189-people-draws-few-conclusions/2018/11/27/a07b833c-f274-11e8-80d0-f7e1948d55f4_story.html">another like it that occurred less than five months earlier</a> in Indonesia.</p> <p>As an experienced airline pilot, aircraft accident investigator and <a href="https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=I0IMxAkAAAAJ&amp;hl=en">professor of aviation</a>, I know that such major crash investigations are an enormous effort often involving many countries’ governments and input from dozens of industry partners. The inquiries can take months of painstaking work. They often yield important insights that improve flight safety for everyone long into the future. Here’s how an investigation generally goes.</p> <p><strong>A massive collaboration</strong></p> <p>The accident investigation process is laid out by the standards and recommended practices in an international agreement called <a href="https://store.icao.int/index.php/annexes/13-aircraft-accident-and-incident-investigation.html">Annex 13</a> of the <a href="https://www.icao.int/publications/pages/doc7300.aspx">Convention on International Civil Aviation</a>. That document outlines the <a href="https://www.icao.int/safety/airnavigation/aig/pages/documents.aspx">process of gathering and analyzing information</a> and drawing conclusions – including determining the causes of a crash and making safety recommendations.</p> <p>The government of the country where the crash occurred takes the lead in the investigation. Also involved are investigators from the countries where the aircraft is registered, where the airline’s headquarters is, where the aircraft designer is based and where the aircraft was assembled. Countries where the engines or other major aircraft components were designed and assembled and those with citizens killed or seriously injured in the crash may also take part in the investigations.</p> <p>The Ethiopian Airlines crash is under investigation by Ethiopian authorities, with the assistance of members of the U.S. <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/10/ethiopian-airlines-flight-302-no-survivors-in-crash-of-boeing-737.html">National Transportation Safety Board</a>. Other countries – including Kenya, France, Canada, China, Italy and the U.K., which all <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/10/world/africa/ethiopian-airlines-plane-crash-victims.html">lost several citizens in the crash</a> – may ask to be part of the process.</p> <p>Ethiopian investigators can seek technical advice not only from participating countries’ representatives, such as the NTSB, but also from the companies that made the plane and its engines – in this case, Boeing and CFM international, respectively.</p> <p><strong>From emergency to inquiry</strong></p> <p>At the beginning of the inquiry, the investigator-in-charge, usually an investigator from the lead country’s aviation safety board, coordinates with local first responders to determine what hazards may be present at the crash site, and ensures safe access for investigators to visit the wreckage. Dangerous debris could include hazardous cargo, flammable or toxic materials and gases, sharp or heavy objects and pressurized equipment. Human remains or blood from injured victims may also pose dangers of disease, meaning investigators must protect themselves against viruses, bacteria or parasites.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/process/pages/default.aspx">investigators on the scene</a> take photos and videos of the wreckage and collect as much physical evidence as they can. They also conduct interviews with eyewitnesses and draw charts showing the debris field and any indications of how the aircraft hit the ground, such as the angle of impact, the distribution of debris and other details.</p> <p>If parts of aircraft can be salvaged, they can be moved to a secure facility such as a hangar for wreckage reassembling. This can assist in determining missing or damaged components, and gaining a fuller idea of what happened.</p> <p>Investigators also collect all the documents related the plane, its crew and its recent flights for forensic analysis.</p> <p>An early priority is locating the crucial evidence in what are often called the plane’s “black boxes.” There are two kinds. The flight data recorders keep track of flight parameters such altitude, heading, instrument readings, power settings and flight control inputs. The cockpit voice recorders store all communications with the aircraft, including from air traffic controllers, and record any conversations among cockpit occupants and other audible cockpit sounds for the two hours leading up to the crash. All that information lets analysts reconstruct, and even create video simulations of, the last moments of the plane’s flight.</p> <p>If either of those devices is damaged, authorities may ask the aircraft’s manufacturer to verify the salvaged data. Ethiopian investigators have asked for foreign help to analyze the black-box data. They originally asked Germany’s Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation, but that agency said it <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-airplane-germany/germany-says-will-not-analyse-ethiopian-airlines-black-box-idUSKCN1QU2HG">didn’t have the technical know-how</a> either. France’s Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety, one of the <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-airplane/ethiopian-crash-black-boxes-arrive-in-paris-for-analysis-idUSKCN1QV0UF">most experienced crash investigation agencies</a> in the world, is handling them instead.</p> <p>In the early stages of an investigation, there are a lot of people working on different aspects of the inquiry all at once. As the preliminary lead accident investigator for the <a href="https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Helicopter-Crash-at-Adukrom-117151">Ghanaian MI-17 helicopter crash</a> in Adukrom, Ghana, in January 2007, I had to coordinate the securing of the crash site and do field interviews of witnesses while charting the debris and recovering the “black box” for further analysis.</p> <p><strong>Technical groups assemble</strong></p> <p>Other teams look at technical aspects that might have contributed in any way to the crash. They look at air traffic control activity and instructions, weather, human performance issues like crew experience and training, maintenance records, emergency response, safety equipment, aircraft performance and subsystems.</p> <p>They may disassemble the crashed plane’s engines or other components and use flight simulators to attempt to experience what the pilots were dealing with. Analysts even study the metals used to make components to see how they should perform – to later compare that information with what actually happened during the crash.</p> <p>A team also interviews any survivors, rescue personnel and subject-matter experts. Forensic teams and medical examiners will analyze victims’ remains to identify them for family members and to examine the injuries they suffered, and test for any drugs, alcohol or even carbon monoxide in their bodies that might have impaired their judgment or performance.</p> <p>In some cases, especially high-profile crashes, investigators will hold public hearings, at which they gather more evidence and make public some of what they have found. This helps assure the public that the process is open and transparent, and is not covering up the responsibility of any guilty party.</p> <p><strong>Findings and conclusions</strong></p> <p>After they rigorously analyze all the data, devise, test and evaluate different hypotheses for what could have happened, the investigative team must determine causes and contributing factors. The goal is to identify anything – acts someone did (or didn’t) do, properties of a materials, gusts of wind, and so on – that had any role in the crash.</p> <p>The report should include both immediate causes – such as active failures of pilots or maintenance crew – and underlying reasons, like insufficient training or pressure to rush through a task.</p> <p>Within 30 days after the crash, the investigation team must release a preliminary report to the <a href="https://www.icao.int/">International Civil Aviation Organization</a>, the U.N.-related global agency overseeing commercial air travel. A final report is normally expected to follow before a year has passed. In cases where a <a href="http://www.mh370.gov.my/en/">final report can’t be issued</a> on that timeline, the team should release an <a href="http://www.mh370.gov.my/en/442-4th-interim-statement-mh370-safety-investigation-8-march-2018">interim report on each anniversary</a> of the event, detailing the progress so far.</p> <p><strong>Improving safety</strong></p> <p>At any point during the investigation, investigators can recommend any preventative action that it has identified as necessary to improve flight safety. In the wake of the Lion Air crash, Boeing was reportedly working on <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/boeing-to-make-key-change-in-max-cockpit-software-11552413489">a fix to a software system</a>, but it didn’t get released before the Ethiopian Airlines crash.</p> <p>The final report, including all the safety recommendations, is released by the country that conducted the investigation to the public and is aimed at improving aviation safety and not to apportion blame.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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Family outraged after couple cancel wedding but keep money for their honeymoon

<p>Guests who were supposed to be attending an upcoming wedding have been left gobsmacked and furious over the bride and groom’s decision to cancel the wedding but keep the money donated for the honeymoon.</p> <p>The couple had raked in over $43,000 (US $30,000) from generous friends and family and did not give guests the opportunity to get their money back as it was “donated”.</p> <p>Naturally, friends and family of the bride have been left furious as they found all of this out in a lengthy Facebook post by the bride.</p> <p>“Hi invitees to the wedding.” The post cheerily started.</p> <p>“After much reflection and tear-filled conversation with our closest family members, we have decided to cancel our upcoming winter wedding. We will further notify this group when we are in a better place to reschedule.</p> <p>“We thank each and every one of you for your generous early donations to our money fund. Can you believe we have raised over $30,000??? Unbelievable!”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">How disgusting <a href="https://t.co/YaW9cOhm5p">pic.twitter.com/YaW9cOhm5p</a></p> — christ on a bike’s AUDACITY (@wthDARIELLE) <a href="https://twitter.com/wthDARIELLE/status/1191407989472792578?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">4 November 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The bride goes onto explain that their donations will “not be used in vain”.</p> <p>“Don’t worry, the money you’ve donated will not be spent in vain but rather used towards a honeymoon in the coming months.</p> <p>“After we regain financial stability and hold calm in our hearts after a honeymoon, we will announce a new wedding date and re-open our money fund for any further gifts. Weddings are expensive!”</p> <p>Naturally, friends and family of the couple were furious.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Updated comment section 1 <a href="https://t.co/rIw0oq9cLP">pic.twitter.com/rIw0oq9cLP</a></p> — christ on a bike’s AUDACITY (@wthDARIELLE) <a href="https://twitter.com/wthDARIELLE/status/1191485743312580609?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">4 November 2019</a></blockquote> <p>One uncle, who generously donated the bride and groom $17,000 ($US 12,000) posted underneath his initial comment after the bride and groom didn’t get back to his calls and messages.</p> <p>“You are to return my more than generous $12,000 donation on behalf of the [blanked out] family in one week. If on 11/13/2019 I don’t see that money, IN CASH, in my bank account, I will be seeing you in court.”</p>

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'Joker' fans flocking to a Bronx stairway highlights tension of media tourism

<p>New York’s <a href="https://www.vulture.com/2019/10/the-joker-stairs-an-afternoon-at-nycs-newest-attraction.html">newest tourist attraction</a> isn’t a museum, park or art installation.</p> <p>It’s a stairway.</p> <p>Sandwiched between apartment buildings in the Bronx, it’s been dubbed by moviegoers the “Joker Stairs,” earning its name and fame after being featured prominently in “<a href="https://www.joker.movie/">Joker</a>.” Since the film’s release, fans have flocked to the stairs, where they’ve been posing for photos – much to the annoyance of <a href="https://gothamist.com/arts-entertainment/tourists-flood-joker-stairs-frustrating-bronx-residents">some local residents</a> – and uploading them to social media.</p> <p>As I’ve learned from studying <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21502552.2014.937923">film-related tourism</a>, it’s common for people to visit the places they see in their favorite movies and TV shows. But the relationships among tourist sites, visitors and locals aren’t always the same, and some destinations are more benign than others.</p> <p><strong>A place appears on screen – and is transformed</strong></p> <p>The Joker Stairs are the site of one of the movie’s most memorable scenes: when Arthur Fleck, played by Joaquin Phoenix, embraces his murderous Joker identity and blithely dances down a long stairway near his apartment.</p> <p>The film cues viewers to the significance of the moment. Peppy music eclipses the sounds of the city. Slow-motion shots allow viewers and Fleck to linger. The scene appears on <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joker_(2019_film)#/media/File:Joker_(2019_film)_poster.jpg">movie posters</a> and in other <a href="https://www.joker.movie/">publicity materials</a>.</p> <p>When fans learned that the iconic scene was filmed on location at the outdoor staircase connecting Shakespeare and Anderson Avenues in the Bronx, they started <a href="https://www.vulture.com/2019/10/the-joker-stairs-an-afternoon-at-nycs-newest-attraction.html">traveling to the site</a>. Some wore costumes. Some played music from the film’s soundtrack. Others simply brought their cameras. Images tagged <a href="https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/jokerstairs/">#JokerStairs</a> started appearing on Instagram, introducing the visually striking site to even more people, who then wanted to see it for themselves.</p> <p>It’s not unusual for people to visit sites they know from movies, TV shows, books or memes. Tourists strike their “<a href="https://www.artic.edu/artworks/6565/american-gothic">American Gothic</a>” pose in front of the Eldon, Iowa, house from Grant Wood’s famous painting. So many people flocked to the shore of Thailand’s Maya Bay after watching “<a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0163978/">The Beach</a>” that the site became overcrowded and polluted. In <a href="https://discovernorthernireland.com/things-to-do/attractions/game-of-thrones/game-of-thrones/">Northern Ireland</a>, official tours showcase places that appear in “Game of Thrones,” and <a href="https://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_ENG_6_4.jsp">South Korea’s tourism board</a> highlights sites from popular dramas.</p> <p>Tourists who visit these attractions view them through what scholars call a “<a href="https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/the-tourist-gaze-30/book234297">mediatized gaze</a>” – a way of seeing a place that’s been influenced by its depiction in some form of media. The mediatized gaze can change an otherwise unremarkable site into a must-see destination. It can make locals, not just visitors, think differently about a place.</p> <p>One of the most famous examples of this phenomenon involves another set of stairs. In 1976, “<a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075148/">Rocky</a>” sparked a fan practice that <a href="http://tupress.temple.edu/book/20000000009206">turned the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art</a> into a landmark now known as “the Rocky Steps.”</p> <p><strong>One set of stairs isn’t like the other</strong></p> <p>Beyond the fact that they’re both outdoor stairways that have become tourist destinations, the Rocky Steps and the Joker Stairs are more deeply intertwined.</p> <p>The film’s director, <a href="https://www.imdb.com/list/ls025720609/videoplayer/vi4003249945">Todd Phillips</a>, has acknowledged that “Joker” pays homage to many movies from the 1970s and early 1980s. Its scenes, stylistic features and characters include nods to films such as “<a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075314/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1">Taxi Driver</a>,” “<a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074958/?ref_=nv_sr_2?ref_=nv_sr_2">Network</a>” and “<a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085794/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1">The King of Comedy</a>.”</p> <p>Few critics, however, have made the connection to “Rocky.”</p> <p>Each film tells the story of a down-and-out guy who, over the course of the movie, gradually finds his confidence. And each film uses an architecturally striking set of stairs to symbolize the protagonist’s development.</p> <p>Rocky, the boxer played by Sylvester Stallone, initially struggles to run up the art museum steps; he’s out of shape and daunted by the prospect of training for the biggest boxing match of his life. Only after building up his physical strength and self-esteem does he bound up the steps, pump his fists and soak in the view of the Philadelphia skyline.</p> <p>In early scenes of “Joker,” Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck trudges up the long flight of stairs – a routine that underscores his sad existence. When he emerges as Joker, however, he navigates the stairs with eerie aplomb.</p> <p>At the turning point in “Rocky,” however, Rocky ascends the stairs; Fleck, on the other hand, descends. For one character, it represents his heroic potential. For the other, it symbolizes his descent into infamy.</p> <p>The Rocky Steps and the Joker Stairs are different in another important way. The Rocky Steps lead to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a space designed for crowds and tourists, and imbued with cultural power. The Joker Stairs are located in a more residential neighborhood that is poorer than other parts of the city.</p> <p>In the film and through tourism, the Rocky Steps bring people into a space of privilege. They represent success and accomplishment, both for the fans who spring up the stairs and for a city that has benefited from their pop culture fame.</p> <p>At the Joker Stairs, however, it’s the people with privilege who are more likely to descend on the neighborhood and its newly famous steps. They see and treat the site differently than locals who know the stairs as part of their commute, the place they used to skateboard or where their parents told them not to walk after dark.</p> <p>These differences contribute to the tension surrounding the Joker Stairs. While a tourist might be excited about the adventure of tapping into a piece of popular culture, a local might be wary about the attention from outsiders.</p> <p>To truly understand what’s happening at the Joker Stairs, it’s important to think about the role they play – both in the film and in real life.</p> <p><em>Written by <span>Laura M. Holzman, Associate Professor, Public Scholar of Curatorial Practices and Visual Art, IUPUI</span>. Republished with permission of </em><a rel="noopener" href="https://theconversation.com/joker-fans-flocking-to-a-bronx-stairway-highlights-tension-of-media-tourism-125907" target="_blank"><em>The Conversation</em></a><em>. </em><!-- End of code. If you don't see any code above, please get new code from the Advanced tab after you click the republish button. The page counter does not collect any personal data. More info: http://theconversation.com/republishing-guidelines --></p>

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The charming Italian town that offers free houses

<p><span>A town in the Italian island of Sicily is giving away free homes in a bid to attract new residents.</span></p> <p><span>The town of Cammarata – located about 60km southeast of Palermo – is offering homes around the town for naught in a new scheme to fight depopulation and urban decay.</span></p> <p><span>“I can’t stand to see this gorgeous, old historical center empty and turn into a ruin. It hurts me,” mayor Vincenzo Giambrone told <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/italy-cammarata-free-houses/index.html"><em>CNN Travel</em></a>.</span></p> <p><span>According to Giambrone, twelve stone buildings are available now, with “more to come shortly”.</span></p> <p><span>The scheme comes with a few conditions – interested parties must commit to renovating their new house within three years and pay the town a deposit of €5,000 (about AU$8,070), which will be returned once the building works are done. They will also be required to present a refurbishment proposal for the property.</span></p> <p><span>While all foreigners and Italians will be considered, the town will prioritise young couples with children as buyers and grant a €1,000 bonus for couples who settle and go on to have a baby there.</span></p> <p><span>New owners are allowed to transform the multi-story buildings into a private house, hotel, guest accommodation, shop or restaurant.</span></p> <p><span>Town councillors said the locals were “deterred” from living in Cammarata due to the town’s mountainous location and “tiny, winding roads, which were nigh on impossible to get a car around”, <a href="https://www.insider.com/italy-cheap-homes-sicilian-town-of-cammarata-offers-free-houses-2019-11"><em>Insider</em></a> reported.</span></p> <p><span>Giambrone said he hoped the move will help the town go back to “being a lively, vibrant place”.</span></p>

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Inside Sinatra's $11.5 million Beverly Hills home

<p><span>The Sinatra family mainstay in Beverly Hills has been listed for an eye-watering AUD $11.5 million. </span></p> <p>It belonged to music legend, Frank Sinatra’s first wife, Nancy Sinatra, who is also the mother of the iconic performer’s three children. </p> <p>Even though the couple departed ways in 1951, she remained an integral part of his life, throughout the myriad of affairs and three more wives throughout Frank’s life. </p> <p>The one-story home ranch, located Beverly Hills, was built in 1979 and while it isn’t the massive or flashy mansions celebrity fans aren’t used to, it has kept it’s elegant and regal warmth. </p> <p>Located in the hilly part of Beverly Hills at the end of a lengthy, private tree-lined drive, the home sits on a lot measuring over one acre. </p> <p>The home also offers serene canyon views and has many highlights including vaulted and coffered ceilings, beautiful french doors leading to a cosy courtyard. </p> <p>Among other unique features also has an incredible walk-in bae where it is stated: "where Hollywood and international celebrities have gathered to toast one another for decades."</p> <p>The master suite is a massive gem on its own and offers a double-sided fireplace, his-and-her baths, as well as soaring vaulted ceilings. </p> <p>Nancy Barbato Sinatra met Frank when she was just 17 and he was 19. The couple married in 1939, and it was a marriage that lasted for 12 years where she worked as a secretary and answered her husband’s endless fan mail. </p> <p><span>Frank’s movie career took off in the 1940s and a</span><span>s a result, the family  moved to Southern California. </span></p> <p><span>It is in Los Angeles where Nancy stayed for the rest of her life. </span></p> <p>In July 2018, Nancy Barbato Sinatra passed away at age 101. Frank died in 1998, but the former couple had reportedly remained on good terms. </p> <p><span>Interestingly enough, when questioned why she never remarried, she asked a journalist incredulously, "After Sinatra?"</span></p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the Beverly Hills home. </p>

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Should Mexico run a tourist train through its Mayan heartland?

<p>President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has a dream for the Yucatan Peninsula. He wants to build a <a href="https://www.eldiario.es/economia/Tren-Maya-convierte-ambicioso-Mexico_0_834666836.html">train</a> that will leverage the tourism economy of Cancun by bringing more visitors inland to the colonial cities, Mayan villages and archaeological sites that dot the region.</p> <p>The Yucatan is a unique Mexican cultural crossroads. Many Maya here continue to <a href="https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1890/120344">farm</a>, live and dress according to indigenous traditions developed millennia before the Spanish colonized the Americas. Travelers also come from across the globe to sunbathe along the modern, highly developed Riviera Maya. Over <a href="http://caribemexicano.travel/ARCHIVOS/REPORTE%20TURISMO%202017.pdf">16 million foreigners visited the area</a> in 2017; three-quarters of them were American.</p> <p>The Mexican government thinks that a tourist train could turn Maya villages into destinations, too, bringing an infusion of cash and jobs into one of its <a href="https://www.inegi.org.mx/contenidos/programas/enigh/nc/2016/doc/presentacion_resultados_enigh2016.pdf">poorest</a> and <a href="https://www.gob.mx/conapo/documentos/indice-de-marginacion-por-entidad-federativa-y-municipio-2015">most marginalized regions</a>. Commuters would also benefit from rail travel.</p> <p>But there are <a href="https://www.cicy.mx/Documentos/CICY/Desde_Herbario/2019/2019-06-20-Reyes-et-al.-El-Tren-maya.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2mtOFkmq6t5oO4GMO2XyNfwQn9L1Uc_GvFt6d8jMAFdUBWXnnWH9lsCyk">social and environmental consequences</a> to laying 932 miles of railway tracks across a region of dense jungle, pristine beaches and Maya villages. And in his <a href="https://www.milenio.com/politica/amlo-garantiza-construccion-tren-maya-ano">haste to start construction this year</a>, López Obrador – whose energy policy is focused on <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/09/world/americas/mexico-refinery-pemex.html?searchResultPosition=22">increasing fossil fuel production in Mexico</a> and rebuilding <a href="https://www.forbes.com.mx/amlo-apuesta-por-el-carbon-para-producir-mas-electricidad/">the coal industry</a> – has demonstrated little concern for conservation.</p> <p><strong>Pristine forests and Mayan ruins at risk</strong></p> <p>As a <a href="https://gabrieldiazmontemayor.academia.edu/">landscape architecture scholar</a> who has <a href="http://www.gabrieldiazmontemayor.com/The-Yucatan-Mayan-Town-UTSOA-Spring-2017">studied</a> Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, I agree that the Maya Train could bring substantial benefits to this region. But the train must be designed in a way that respects the delicate ecology, indigenous history and social fabric of the region.</p> <p>The Yucatan, a <a href="https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/124_2016_8">biodiverse</a> peninsula that’s geographically isolated from the rest of Mexico and Central America, has already suffered <a href="https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/03/deforestation-has-destroyed-40-of-the-yucatan-jungles/">mass deforestation</a> due to careless urban development, massive tourism and, in particular, <a href="https://www.nature.org/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/documents/TNC_JurisdictionalApproaches_CaseStudies_Mexico.pdf">unsustainable cattle ranching</a>.</p> <p>For stretches, the Maya Train will run on existing tracks. But other parts of its planned route will cut through some of the only unspoiled ancient forests on the Yucatan Peninsula that are not <a href="https://www.gob.mx/conanp/documentos/region-peninsula-de-yucatan-y-caribe-mexicano?state=published">federally protected as nature reserves</a>. That bodes badly for endangered native species like the <a href="http://www.dof.gob.mx/normasOficiales/4254/semarnat/semarnat.htm">kanzacam cactus and black howler monkey</a>.</p> <p>Running a train through virgin forest also puts potentially hundreds of undiscovered ruins at risk. New technology has lead archaeologists to believe that the ancient Maya had many more <a href="https://science.sciencemag.org/content/361/6409/eaau0137">cities, shrines and settlements</a> than have been uncovered and excavated.</p> <p>There is concern, too, that the construction of a new train line may exacerbate a demographic shift <a href="http://www.ipublishing.co.in/ijesarticles/fourteen/articles/volsix/EIJES6032.pdf">already underway in the Yucatan</a>.</p> <p>As young Mexicans have left the small towns of the Yucatan to seek tourism jobs, many traditional Maya villages face abandonment. <a href="https://www.gob.mx/conapo/documentos/indice-de-marginacion-por-entidad-federativa-y-municipio-2015">In 2015</a>, 36% of Yucatec residents lived in traditional towns of fewer than 5,000 people – about 10% fewer than in <a href="https://www.inegi.org.mx/programas/ccpv/1990/default.html#Tabulados">1990</a>.</p> <p>A Maya Train with limited stations may spur development of a select few traditional towns. But many more – all those not located within the new rural tourism corridor – will likely see their population dwindle.</p> <p><strong>Building a better Maya Train</strong></p> <p>I don’t believe López Obrador’s ambitious signature infrastructure project should be killed. But the rushed construction schedule could be slowed down, giving the government time to study how the environmental and social costs of the Maya Train <a href="https://academiccommons.columbia.edu/doi/10.7916/D8S488ZF">can be mitigated</a>.</p> <p>Analysts have almost universally pointed out that the government’s <a href="https://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-america-latina-45254080">six-year timeline</a> necessarily precludes a deliberate, comprehensive and careful planning and construction process.</p> <p><a href="https://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/principles-of-landscape-ecology-13260702">Landscape ecology</a>, the study of natural systems, teaches us that simply maintaining green corridors connecting patches of unbroken wilderness can go a long way to protect wildlife, their habitat and the natural drainage patterns of the area.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.eluniversal.com.mx/nacion/politica/tren-maya-tendra-que-comprar-34-de-su-ruta">railway’s path</a> could probably be redesigned to avoid severing these ecological arteries, but a sound environmental impact assessment must first be conducted to determine the impact and feasibility of alternative routes. That has not yet been done.</p> <p>The possible negative social consequences of the Maya Train could also be avoided, or at least compensated for, if the communities impacted by the railway could participate fully in the planning process.</p> <p>López Obrador says that Mother Earth granted <a href="https://www.eleconomista.com.mx/politica/AMLO-participo-en-el-ritual-a-la-Madre-Tierra-para-iniciar-construccion-de-Tren-Maya-20181216-0007.html">permission</a> to build the train, but Mexico’s Maya Train was approved at a hastily called popular referendum last year with only <a href="https://lopezobrador.org.mx/2018/11/26/programas-y-proyectos-de-amlo-obtienen-aprobacion-ciudadana-superior-al-90-en-la-consulta-nacional-programas-prioritarios/">1% voter participation</a>. Some indigenous activists have <a href="https://www.animalpolitico.com/2018/11/comunidades-indigenas-rechazan-tren-maya/">rejected</a> the outcome of the vote, which polled Mexicans nationwide about a project that affects mainly Maya villagers.</p> <p>“We don’t accept it,” a representative of the Zapatistas, a southern Mexican indigenous insurgency, <a href="https://www.contrareplica.mx/nota-Ejercito-Zapatista-manifiesta-rechazo-al-Tren-Maya20192372">said of the train</a> on July 23. “We won’t allow [the government] to come in and destroy” the land.</p> <p>Other Yucatan residents appear to <a href="https://www.efe.com/efe/america/mexico/mayoria-de-indigenas-apoya-el-tren-maya-en-sureste-mexico-dice-activista/50000545-3908754">support the idea of a tourist train</a> but want to be consulted closely about its route, stops and offerings, asked about their concerns and given the chance to make design proposals.</p> <p>This kind of <a href="https://participatoryplanning.ca/participatory-planning">participatory planning</a> process would ensure that Yucatec residents are the beneficiaries, not the victims, of the anticipated economic boom.</p> <p>Done right, the Maya Train could actually trigger an economic conversion with sweeping environmental benefits for the Yucatan. If new ecotourism and <a href="https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2011/09/agrotourism-farm-fork">agrotourism</a> businesses grow up around the train, some rural residents will naturally move toward those trades and away from the high-impact, low-efficiency ranching that has so damaged the local ecology.</p> <p><strong>Slow down</strong></p> <p>Big public works like the Maya Train take patience, careful planning, thinking and rethinking.</p> <p>These are <a href="https://theconversation.com/lopez-obrador-takes-power-in-mexico-after-an-unstable-transition-and-broken-campaign-promises-105343">not the hallmarks of López Obrador’s leadership style</a>. The Mexican president insists the $6 billion train will be completed <a href="https://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-america-latina-45254080">before the end of his term in 2024</a> and has mocked journalists who <a href="https://www.contralinea.com.mx/archivo-revista/2019/05/01/amlo-defiende-tren-maya-es-un-procedimiento-legal/">question the train’s environmental impact</a>.</p> <p>But the public backlash appears to have forced his government to do some quick course correction.</p> <p>United Nations-Habitat, the U.N.‘s urban development agency, began <a href="http://www.onuhabitat.org.mx/index.php/noticias/noticias-de-onu-habitat-en-mexico/tren-maya">consulting with the Mexico government</a> in May. U.N.-Habitat’s interim director, Eduardo López Moreno, has called for a more holistic vision of the Maya Train.</p> <p>“This is not 1,525 kilometers of track,” he said after joining the project. “It’s 1,525 kilometers of opportunities that will improve the quality of life for all inhabitants of southeast Mexico.”</p> <p><em>Written by <span>Gabriel Diaz Montemayor, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Arkansas</span>. Republished with permission of </em><a rel="noopener" href="https://theconversation.com/mexico-wants-to-run-a-tourist-train-through-its-mayan-heartland-should-it-118090" target="_blank"><em>The Conversation</em></a><em>. </em></p>

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The world’s richest royal in 2019 revealed

<p><span>When you think of royalty, the British royal family might be the first thing that comes to mind – but when it comes to wealth, other royals around the world have the edge.</span></p> <p><span>A ranking of the world’s richest royals, published by <em><a href="https://ceoworld.biz/2019/09/18/these-are-the-worlds-richest-royals-2019/">The CEOWORLD Magazine</a></em>, found that no British royals made it to the top 10.</span></p> <p><span>Earning the top spot was Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn with an estimated net worth of US$43 billion. Following as a distant second was Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah with US$28 billion.</span></p> <p><span>Middle Eastern royals dominated the Top 10. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Abdulaziz bin Saud came in third with US$18 billion, while Abu Dhabi’s Emir Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Morocco’s King Mohammed VI took the fourth and fifth place.</span></p> <p><span>Queen Elizabeth II (US$520 million) and Prince Charles (US$420 million) placed at number 11 and 12 respectively, while Prince William and Prince Harry came in at number 15 and 16 with an estimated wealth of US$40 million each.</span></p> <p><strong><span>The wealthiest royals:</span></strong></p> <ol> <li>King Maha Vajiralogkorn, Thailand: $43 billion</li> <li>Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Brunei: $28 billion</li> <li>King Salman Abdulaziz bin Saud, Saudi Arabia: $18 billion</li> <li>Emir Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi, UAE: $15 billion</li> <li>King Mohammed VI, Morocco: $8.2 billion</li> <li>Prince Hans Adam II, Liechtenstein: $7.2 billion</li> <li>Emir Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai, UAE: $4 billion</li> <li>Grand Duke Henri, Luxembourg: $4 billion</li> <li>Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar: $2.1 billion</li> <li>Prince Albert, Monaco: $1 billion</li> <li>Queen Elizabeth II, UK: $520 million</li> <li>Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, UK: $420 million</li> <li>King Carl XVI Gustaf, Sweden: $70 million</li> <li>Queen Margrethe, Denmark: $40 million</li> <li>Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, UK: $40 million</li> <li>Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, UK: $40 million</li> <li>Harald V, Norway: $30 million</li> <li>Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, UK: $30 million</li> <li>Felipe VI, Spain: $20 million</li> <li>Kate Middleton, UK: $10 million</li> <li>Meghan Markle, UK: $5 million</li> </ol>

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Famous Czech ossuary to clamp down on tourist photographs

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic’s medieval city of Kutna Hora has become the latest tourist attraction to clamp down on photography, with new rules to be enforced starting next year. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The chapel, also known as the “Church of Bones”, features bones from nearly 60,000 skeletons as decoration. Some of the most popular include a chandelier made from every bone in the human skeleton.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to the parish director Radka Krejčí, many tourists have removed bones from the walls, kissed skeletons, put hats or sunglasses on skulls for photos or committed other disrespectful acts despite signs in many languages asking guests to be polite and mindful.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Under the new rules, visitors will have to request permission to take photos at the parish for at least three days prior to their visit.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We believe that our visitors will respect this decision and at the same time understand the reasons that led us to this step,” Krejčí told news agency </span><a href="https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/photos-famous-czech-site-permission-in-advance"><span style="font-weight: 400;">CTK</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Krejčí said in 2017 about half a million guests visited the chapel, a number that is expected to keep rising.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The nearby Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, both managed by the Sedlec parish, will also be subject to the three-day rule.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some popular sites around the world, such as Mexico’s </span><a href="https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/sedlec-ossuary-selfie-ban-intl-hk/index.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Casa Azul</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and </span><a href="https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/famous-mexican-archaeological-site-to-charge-selfie-taking-tourists"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tulum National Park</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, charge a fee for visitors looking to take a snapshot.</span></p>

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Roger Federer praises young gun Aussie “demon”

<p>Roger Federer has tipped “so many more things to come” for Australian tennis player Alex De Minaur after defeating him again. </p> <p>The 28-year-old sportsman has now won an unbelievable 103 career single titles - six shy of Jimmy Connors’ all time record. </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4I4eb_H1t3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4I4eb_H1t3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Phil Bonney 🇦🇺 (@phil_bonney)</a> on Oct 27, 2019 at 3:41pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>De Minaur is making his own strides in the tennis world however, who has three titles under his belt at 20-years-old. </p> <p>"I was really hoping that Roger was going to get sick of winning here and give someone else a chance," de Minaur said.</p> <p>"Too good again. That was amazing."</p> <p>Federer praised his opponent, saying: "So many more things to come for you. You are going up from here."</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4D_xRjA9hs/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4D_xRjA9hs/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Alex De Minaur Fan Page (@alexdeminaur_fan_page)</a> on Oct 25, 2019 at 6:09pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>De Minaur had won all three of his finals this year, but proved to be no match for Federer, who converted four of 10 break points and also didn't drop serve during the 68-minute clinic.</p> <p>"It was fast but very nice, I think I played a great match," Federer said. </p> <p>While Federer claimed a fourth title of the season to go with Halle, Miami and Dubai, de Minaur got a rankings rise into the world's top 20 for the first time on Monday - an incredible achievement in itself. </p> <p>"I thought Alex played a great tournament as well, and I think we both can be very happy," Federer said.</p> <p>"But what a moment for me to win my 10th here in my hometown of Basel."</p> <p>De Minaur’s defeat was his first loss in four title deciders this year, having won in Sydney, Atlanta and Zhuhai.</p>

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Princess Diana’s butler weighs in on Harry and Meghan

<p>Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell has weighed in on Meghan and Harry, saying they will survive whatever is coming towards them because they’re in love.</p> <p>Burrell worked for the Princess as her butler and personal assistant before she tragically passed away in a car accident in 1997.</p> <p>He was there to witness Diana and Prince Charles struggle with media scrutiny after their fairytale wedding in 1981.</p> <p>He says the main difference between Prince Harry’s parents and his own relationship is that Diana and Charles “didn’t have love”.</p> <p>“They didn’t have what Harry and Meghan have,” he told<span> </span><em>Reuters</em>. “They didn’t have love.”</p> <p>According to Burrell, Princess Diana and Prince Charles were “very, very close to each other” until Diana gave birth to Harry, which changed their entire dynamic.</p> <p>This was also documented in biographer Andrew Morton’s book<span> </span><em>Diana: Her True Story</em>, in which Morton revealed that the first comment Charles made when seeing Harry was: “Oh God, it’s a boy.”</p> <p>Charles had reportedly always wanted a girl, and the comment forced Diana to shut herself off.</p> <p>Burrell was then asked about the speculation the Duke and Duchess of Sussex may move to Africa, and he said: “I hope we don’t lose Harry and Meghan because they are a tremendous asset to the royal family, and to Britain.”</p>

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Angelina Jolie pens powerfully touching essay on her family's struggle with cancer

<p>Angelina Jolie has penned an emotional essay where she opened up about struggling with the loss of her mother to cancer. </p> <p>The actress’ personal essay was featured in<span> </span><em>Times<span> </span></em>and touched on her own personal tragedy of losing her mother and grandmother to cancer, and preventative procedures she elected to have. </p> <p>"I simply feel I made choices to improve my odds of being here to see my children grow into adults, and of meeting my grandchildren," Jolie explained on her choice to get a preventative double mastectomy and remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes.</p> <p>"My hope is to give as many years as I can to their lives, and to be here for them."</p> <p>The actress shares six children with ex-husband and fellow actor Brad Pitt: Maddox, 18, Pax, 15, Zahara, 14, Shiloh, 13, and 11-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3eZMB0pIMT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3eZMB0pIMT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Angelina Jolie (@angelinajolieofficial)</a> on Oct 11, 2019 at 3:40am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"I have lived over a decade now without a mom. She met only a few of her grandchildren and was often too sick to play with them," Jolie wrote.</p> <p>"It's hard now for me to consider anything in this life divinely guided when I think of how much their lives would have benefited from time with her and the protection of her love and grace. </p> <p>“My mother fought the disease for a decade and made it into her 50s. My grandmother died in her 40s. I'm hoping my choices allow me to live a bit longer."</p> <p>Marcheline Bertrand, Angelina’s mother, died of breast and ovarian cancer at the age of 56 in 2007. </p> <p>In 2009, Jolie decided to remove her ovarian and fallopian tubes. </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B0QIGYEI69Y/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B0QIGYEI69Y/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Cinema, Music and More💫 (@people__choice)</a> on Jul 23, 2019 at 1:07am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>However it was not until 2013, after the loss of her aunt who passed away from breast cancer, that she decided to get a double mastectomy done after a genetic test revealed she carried the BRCAI gene. </p> <p>This meant Jolie had an estimated 87 per cent risk of developing the disease and a 50 per cent risk of getting ovarian cancer. </p> <p>"People also ask how I feel about the physical scars I carry," Jolie said.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B07mPIjHdek/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B07mPIjHdek/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Angelina Jolie 😈 (@joliedream)</a> on Aug 8, 2019 at 10:22pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"I think our scars remind us of what we have overcome. They are part of what makes each of us unique. That diversity is one of the things that is most beautiful about human existence."</p> <p>Jolie ended her emotional essay by touching on the emotional toll and care needed for anyone battling the disease. </p> <p>"I have learned that when it comes to women's health, medical advances are only one part of the picture" she said. </p> <p>"Mental and emotional health, and physical safety, are just as important."</p>

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ROYAL SALE: The Queen and Prince Philip's first marital home goes under the hammer

<p>The mansion which served the then Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip with a number of heartfelt memories for three years of their marriage will be transformed into a tourist attraction. </p> <p>Villa Guardamangia was a royal residence for the newlywed Princess between 1949 and 1951 before she became Queen.</p> <p>While her husband served as a Royal Navy officer with the Mediterranean Fleet, the royal spent her time on the island, before her coronation in 1953 following her father’s unexpected death.</p> <p>Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced the purchase of the property in parliament late on Tuesday - with plans to turn it into a stunning attraction for royal fans eager to get a glimpse into the life of Queen Elizabeth.    </p> <p>The beautiful villa boasts a large terrace and garden and stands on top of a hill overlooking Malta’s second harbour Marsamxett. </p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="/travel/international-travel/got-10-million-the-queen-and-prince-philip-s-first-marital-home-is-for-sale">Got $10 million? The Queen and Prince Philip’s first marital home is for sale</a></p> <p>It sprawls over 1,560sq and also boasts two garages, stables and cellars and servants quarters.</p> <p>The Queen has been open about her affections of Malta and her former home and was presented with a special painting of the building when she was in Malta again in 2015. </p> <p>“Visiting Malta is always very special for me. I remember happy days here with Prince Philip when we were first married,” she said during her visit. </p> <p>It is understood the Monarch enjoyed a normal and ordinary life on the island, prior to her coronation. </p> <p>She also celebrated her 60th wedding anniversary there in 2007. </p> <p>Both the Queen and Prince Philip were saddened in 2015 when they were unable to visit the villa, which she’d said looked “rather sad now”. </p> <p>Former Maltese President Marie Louise Coleiro gifted the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh a watercolour of Villa Guardamangia during the trip, to remind them of their stay.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the former home of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. </p>

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Oo la la: “Sultry” Paris 2024 Olympics logo creates a stir

<p>If the logo is anything to go by, the 2024 Olympics are going to be sultrier than anything.</p> <p>Paris introduced “Marianne” to the world this week – and she’s winning hearts around the globe.</p> <p>“It is a SULTRY logo,” wrote<em><span> </span>USA Today’s</em><span> </span>Nate Scott. “This logo will stub out a cigarette on the sidewalk in front of you, give you a coy smile, and haunt you forever.”</p> <p>Freelance journalist Megan Clement had her own thoughts.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">The French Olympic logo tumbles out of bed on a Parisian morning. She tousles her messy bob, dons breton stripes and ballet flats and whisks down the stairs from her fifth-floor apartment to grab a baguette before enigmatically texting two men who are pursuing her romantically. <a href="https://t.co/5R2PVaXaa6">pic.twitter.com/5R2PVaXaa6</a></p> — Megan Clement (@MegClement) <a href="https://twitter.com/MegClement/status/1186368272037494785?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">21 October 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">The French Olympic logo has an expresso and a cigarette for lunch. She hops on a vintage bicycle and pedals past the Eiffel Tower on her way to a café where she will sit and read Baudelaire with her fluffy white dog at her feet.</p> — Megan Clement (@MegClement) <a href="https://twitter.com/MegClement/status/1186369325113978881?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">21 October 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">The French Olympic logo's child does not have tantrums. He eats dinner with her in restaurants at 10pm, and the French Olympic logo lets him have some of her wine, of course.</p> — Megan Clement (@MegClement) <a href="https://twitter.com/MegClement/status/1186372456782729216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">21 October 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The logo is comprised of the Olympic flame sitting inside a gold medal. It also includes the lips and outline of Marianne, the personification of the French Republic since the revolution in 1789.</p> <p>The circular design has generated quite a bit of noise for all the right reasons.</p> <p>The organiser said the three symbols combined to deliver a “simple and powerful” statement: “The gold medal, symbol of sport. The flame, icon of the Olympic and Paralympic movement. Marianne, image of France. These symbols reveal a face that embodies our ambition to put people at the heart of the Games.”</p> <p>They said it’s a “new phase” in the project where the objective was no longer the bid but the promotion of the Games themselves to the public and potential sponsors.</p> <p>“For the first time in the history of the Games, our emblem will be common to the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games,” they said.</p> <p>“Because we are taking on both challenges with the same passion, the same determination, the same ambition.</p> <p>“Through this artistry, the emblem honours French culture and creativity. It expresses the pride of a country which will welcome the world in 2024, to its capital city, Paris.”</p>

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Is sailing the secret to eco-friendly travel?

<p>I have travelled from Plymouth to the UN headquarters in New York many times, often to discuss how to protect the oceans from climate change. The deeply uncomfortable irony was that the carbon emitted on my fossil fuel-powered journey directly contributed to the problem I was there to solve.</p> <p>Greta Thunberg’s decision to travel the exact same journey to the <a href="https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/un-climate-summit-2019.shtml">UN Climate Action Summit</a> on state-of-the-art sailing boat Malizia II shows that there are principled alternatives. But is there a way for the rest of us to cross the Atlantic without taking to the skies?</p> <p>Thunberg’s <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/28/greta-thunberg-arrival-in-new-york-delayed-by-rough-seas">14-day voyage</a> was significantly faster than the typical sail time of three to four weeks, but that’s still not for anyone in a rush. Speed comes at the cost of comfort, too. Pictures from inside Malizia II show a pared-down interior, even lacking a functional toilet on board. Such extreme measures are unlikely to interest most travellers and, at any rate, hopping on one of the world’s fastest wind-powered yachts isn’t an option for most of us.</p> <p>But sailing is a more feasible option than you might think. Private boats cross the ocean constantly. New online services that match boat owners with travellers mean that hitching a ride is more plausible than ever. For those with the right skills, this could be as a member of the boat’s crew or for those without, as a passenger. Some boats require payment, others don’t.</p> <p>The market is changing, too. Companies such as UK-based VoyageVert are actively exploring opportunities to develop sail-powered oceanic travel for groups of up to 200 people and envisage a fleet of transoceanic sail-powered passenger vessels. Travelling in such a way would drastically cut the carbon cost of crossing the Atlantic – though it’s not likely to be cheap. For climate-conscious travelers with time – and probably money – to spare, sailing is the only way to travel.</p> <p><strong>A transatlantic ferry service?</strong></p> <p>But what about travel for the masses? A potentially quicker and more cost-effective alternative would be to take a ferry. Many countries are connected by ferries, but a transatlantic ferry service does not yet exist – largely because of plentiful, faster and cheaper flights. The closest alternative is to take a seven-day voyage in a cruise ship, which would set you back around £1,700 for a basic cabin and a return ticket.</p> <p>This isn’t exactly cheap either – and nor will it save much on your carbon footprint. Cruise vessels are one of the most energy-intensive of all tourism activities, emitting <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0966692318309116">significant quantities</a> of greenhouse gases and health-damaging pollutants including nitrous oxide, sulphur dioxide and particulate matter. In fact, perhaps unexpectedly, the carbon dioxide generated per passenger in a standard class cabin on a seven-day cruise on board a large modern vessel is approximately <a href="https://www.myclimate.org/compensate/">1.5 times</a> that of a single economy flight between London and New York.</p> <p>Admittedly, some of these emissions will be from the many activities on the ship rather than fuel and basic power consumption. An alternative ferry service with many of the luxuries of the cruise ship experience stripped away would be more climate-friendly, though by how much is difficult to say as ferry companies don’t routinely disclose carbon emissions. And the isolation of a seven-day oceanic journey with few activities may not appeal to many travellers.</p> <p>But the carbon cost of these journeys should come down significantly in the next 20 years. The traditional reliance of vessels on <a href="https://www.wired.com/story/container-ships-use-super-dirty-fuel-that-needs-to-change/">heavy fuel oil</a>, which creates air pollution and contributes to climate heating, is reducing. Thanks to new International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regulations to substantially reduce <a href="http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/HotTopics/Pages/Sulphur-2020.aspx">air pollutant</a> and <a href="http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/HotTopics/Pages/Reducing-greenhouse-gas-emissions-from-ships.aspx">greenhouse gas</a> emissions from ships in the next decade, greener fuels are slowly coming into use.</p> <p>Like cars, hybrid vessels combining conventional engines with batteries are also becoming increasingly common. Cruise companies are considering even greater use of battery power in response to the new 2020 regulations, as well as to minimise pollution in the sensitive environments many of their boats disturb, such as coral reefs and fjords.</p> <p>Other technologies such as solar collectors, conventional sails and keel-mounted turbines are also increasingly contributing to the propulsion, electricity and heating of ships. My estimate is that collectively, these technologies could reduce carbon emissions by as much as 50% over the next 20 years.</p> <p>But while these innovations will reduce both carbon emissions and damaging <a href="https://reader.elsevier.com/reader/sd/pii/S1361920915002023?token=88F2092F9CC654CF5311A3934274314C7518870B54B7814951D6E986DFBDA95C811A4C08133526FD8C77E111BD6C5E01">air pollution</a> from vessels, if anything they’re likely to increase travel time. As such, transatlantic surface travel is likely to remain of limited appeal, even if prices become more affordable.</p> <p><a href="https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/27350/the-u-s-navy-has-unveiled-a-new-hydrofoil-its-first-in-decades">Hydrofoil technology</a> that lifts a vessel’s hull out of water – thereby reducing drag and increasing speed – does have the potential to significantly reduce journey times. But for this to affect transatlantic crossings, the size and weight of ocean-going vessels would need to tumble, which means using much lighter materials that either don’t yet exist or are cost-prohibitive.</p> <p>Until then, journey time will remain the primary barrier to low-carbon ocean travel. For now, the only answer for most of us wanting to minimise our impact on the planet is to minimise how much we travel across it – especially when it comes to crossing vast expanses of water.</p> <p><em>Written by <span>Steve Fletcher, Professor of Ocean Policy and Economy, University of Portsmouth</span>. Republished with permission of </em><a rel="noopener" href="https://theconversation.com/greta-thunberg-made-it-to-new-york-emissions-free-but-the-ocean-doesnt-yet-hold-the-key-to-low-carbon-travel-122518" target="_blank"><em>The Conversation</em></a><em>. </em></p>

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A quick and easy guide to planning your dream European holiday

<p><span>When it comes to travelling, Europe has no shortage of attractions. The continent, which spans across 50 countries, is the birthplace of Western civilisation and home to impressive cultural heritage sites, breathtaking natural wonders, historic architecture, amazing artworks and lavish delicacies – and that’s really only the beginning.</span></p> <p><span>With so much to cover, planning an effective and inspiring tinerary is certainly not the easiest of feats. But a smooth, hassle-free trip to the continent is within reach. Cosmos’ fully escorted touring can take you to the front seat of all the essential gems across Europe, leaving no stone unturned while allowing you to just sit back, relax and take in the glorious views.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Travel your way</span></strong></p> <p><span>Every traveller has their own distinct style – whatever your preferences are, there are options to suit. With <a href="https://www.cosmostours.com.au/?utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=over60&amp;utm_campaign=cosmos-2020-global-oct&amp;utm_content=content-story-weblink">Cosmos</a>, you have the freedom and flexibility to explore all the sights or simply go at your own pace.</span></p> <p><span>Want to check off a bucket list of must-see landmarks? How about setting foot in 12 different countries in the month-long <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.cosmostours.com.au/europe-tours/all-about-europe-5290?season=2020&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=over60&amp;utm_campaign=cosmos-2020-europe-oct&amp;utm_content=all-about-europe" target="_blank">All About Europe tour</a>, where you can experience all the essentials from visiting Vatican City and snapping a picture with the Leaning Tower of Pisa, to trying your hand at Flamenco dance in Barcelona or setting out on a romantic, serenaded gondola ride in Venice. For a more compact vacation, you can take in a selction of the top capital cities, including Czech Republic’s Prague and Austria’s Vienna, in the two-week <a href="https://www.cosmostours.com.au/europe-tours/european-capitals-4760?season=2020&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=over60&amp;utm_campaign=cosmos-2020-europe-oct&amp;utm_content=europe-capitals-tour">European Capitals tour</a>.</span></p> <p><span>Or perhaps you’d rather take the road less travelled: you can experience authentic tradition and local charms in the off-the-beaten-path towns and landscapes of the Cosmos Undiscovered series. The <a href="https://www.cosmostours.com.au/europe-tours/discover-the-eastern-med-6730?season=2020&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=over60&amp;utm_campaign=cosmos-2020-europe-oct&amp;utm_content=discover-easternmed-tour">Eastern Med tour</a> will take you along southeast Europe, starting from the mediaeval walled city of Dubrovnik to the seaside citadel of Montenegro’s Kotor before bringing you onto an overnight ferry trip across the Adriatic Sea to arrive in Italy’s port city of Bari.</span></p> <p><span>Those looking for adventure at a more leisurely pace can opt for the <a href="https://www.cosmostours.com.au/europe-tours/sicily-6280?season=2020&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=over60&amp;utm_campaign=cosmos-2020-europe-oct&amp;utm_content=sicily-tour">Sicily tour</a>, in which you will spend eight days on the Mediterranean’s largest island doing everything from sightseeing the iconic Palatine Chapel and the Acropolis and going on a cable-car ride to the mediaeval hilltop town of Erice, to walking among the charms of the coastal town of Cefalù and the majestic volcano of Mount Etna. Foodies can also try the affordable <a href="https://www.cosmostours.com.au/europe-tours/gourmet-tuscany-6240?season=2020&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=over60&amp;utm_campaign=cosmos-2020-europe-oct&amp;utm_content=gourmet-tuscany-tour">Gourmet Tuscany</a> package, in which you can indulge in local produce, world-class wines and gourmet fare you’ll be savouring for a lifetime.</span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3N1zPBdzs9k"></iframe></div> <p><span>Whatever you want to do, wherever you want to go – there will be something amazing in store for you. Cosmos is always on the lookout for exciting places to go, unique experiences and fresh ways of doing things, keeping a finger on the pulse of today’s travel trends and getting ahead of them wherever possible. </span>Adventure is out there, just waiting to be experienced.</p> <p><strong><span>Every little detail covered</span></strong></p> <p><span>It’s always the finer details that can make or break your holiday – luckily, Cosmos has got all the logistics handled so you can simply live it up and enjoy a smooth, seamless voyage.</span></p> <p><span>With 50 years of touring experience, Cosmos is well-versed in the very best experiences and destinations around the globe. No need to worry about getting around or finding a place to stay – the motorcoach is ready to take you from point A to point B. Once you’re done with the excursions of the day, simply recline and plug into WiFi as you make your way back to your comfortable lodgings, be it the hotel room, the overnight cruise ship, or the train making its steady way through the Swiss Alps.</span></p> <p><span>Thanks to their insider knowledge and tailored suggestions, each tour director and local guide will help you become immersed in and make the most out of the activities and excursions, ensuring that you will have an adventure to remember. </span></p> <p><span>Your dream European holiday awaits – so get inspired and start building your vacation plans today. </span></p> <p><em><span>This is a sponsored article written in partnership with </span></em><span><a href="https://www.cosmostours.com.au/?utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=over60&amp;utm_campaign=cosmos-2020-global-oct&amp;utm_content=content-story-weblink"><em>Cosmos</em></a><em>.</em> </span></p>

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Prince Harry's sweet Dad moment

<p>Prince Harry had a sweet dad moment in his and Duchess Meghan’s new documentary,<span> </span>Harry and Meghan: An African Documentary. </p> <p>The program aired in the UK on Sunday and showed intimate behind-the-scenes footage of the couple’s first official royal tour in South Africa. </p> <p>The doco also gave the public a rare glimpse of their adorable son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor. </p> <p>In September, Prince Harry, 35, and Duchess Meghan, 38, introduced their baby boy to Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at a tea party. </p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7831946/meghan-harry-archie-michelle-obama.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/15c313c0273847cd82ea02ab09044642" /></p> <p>Thandeka could be heard laughing and smiling with little Archie, as his father tried to wipe dribble away from his mouth. </p> <p>The royal explained his first child is developing a cute personality. </p> <p>"I think he knows exactly what's going on," he said.</p> <p>The Duchess of Sussex also admitted Archie was “happiest” in South Africa and had been finding his voice and confidence on the trip, which Harry agreed with. </p> <p>"He's the happiest here. So chatty over the last few days,” Duchess Meghan said. </p> <p>The young royal made headlines in September for the cute moments he shared with his parents on camera. </p> <p>"I just noticed that little Archie has his daddy's sparkling eyes. What a lovely lad,” one royal fan wrote to Twitter. </p> <p>Another added “Archie is adorable. So so cute!!!” </p>

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