Media Ignores Crisis Of Indian Illegal Immigrants

first_imgAs the media floods the airwaves with coverage of Central American migrants, they have all but ignored a major development along the Southern border – the massive increase in illegal aliens coming from India. While Indians still comprise the largest population of H-1B visa holders, they now represent the fastest-growing illegal immigrant group in the nation.Read it at Immigration Reform Related Itemslast_img

Football: Veteran Goalkeeper, Lee Grant joins the Red Devils

first_imgAdvertisementManchester United have confirmed their 3rd signing of the summer. They have signed goalkeeper Lee Grant on a two-year deal from Stoke.The keeper was in contact for some time now and arrived for medicals some days back and has been signed as the 3rd choice keeper behind David De Gea and Sergio Romero.His being signed makes way for Portugal U21 keeper, Joel Pereira to be sent out on loan. This will help him grow and provide him with experience.Grant told the club’s official website: “Moving to Manchester United has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. This was an opportunity that I couldn’t let pass and I’m thrilled to become a part of such a historic club.Lee Grant appeared 30 times for Stoke in 2017-18 due to Butland’s injury but had 3 appearances last season.#MUFC is delighted to announce the signing of Lee Grant on a two-year deal: https://t.co/pebTQFjRaq pic.twitter.com/llAEkvvvkp— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 3, 2018Read Also:-FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 20FIFA World Cup 2018: England shakes off penalty curse and beats Los Cafeteros for a place in the Quarters Advertisementlast_img read more

Dalmiya elected Regional Chairman of Export Promotion Council

first_imgKolkata, Sep 15 (PTI) Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya who is also Director of ML Dalmiya & Co. Ltd, a leading construction company of India, was today elected as the Regional Chairman of the Export Promotion Council For Export Oriented Units (EOUs) and Special Economic Zones (SEZs) for the term 2016-2018. The Primary objectives of this Export Promotion Council is to promote exports from India and thereby help in earning more foreign exchange for the country. For promotion of exports, it organizes buyer-seller meets. In addition, it participates in trade fairs, exhibitions in India and abroad. Other functions, include facilitating interaction between exporting community and Government, both at Central and State Levels. It takes up issues affecting EOUs and SEZs with various ministries like Commerce, Finance, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Reserve Bank of India, etc. There is no doubt that the SEZ scheme is playing a significant role in the countrys economy creating infrastructure, promotion of export of goods and services and generation of employment,” said a statement from Avishek. Avishek is son of renowned Cricket Administrator Late Jagmohan Dalmiya who was a Former President of The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as well as the International Cricket Council (ICC). Avishek too is passionate about sports and is currently the Hony. Joint Secretary of The Cricket Association of Bengal. PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

Presentation of Catamaran Seafox at Port of Ostend (Belgium)

first_imgzoom On Friday November 8th the French shipbuilder NAVALU visited the port of Ostend. NAVALU presented its catamaran SEAFOX. This offshore wind farm service vessel is a catamaran with an aluminium hull.On Wednesday September 18th 2013 NAVALU shipyard managed successfully the sea launch of the SEAFOX at the coast of Vendeé in France. SEAFOX is on her way to the German offshore wind farms. SEAFOX is the first aluminium offshore wind farm service vessel built in France with Bureau Veritas approval, and dedicated to a British shipowner (Enviroserve Ltd) set up in Lowestoft (Suffolk) in North Sea.The main characteristics of this catamaran in aluminum hull are: 24 meters length by 9.90 meters beam with 1.75 meter draft at the safran and a 72 ton light weight. The aim of this catamaran is to transport up to 12 technicians and 12 tons cargo in the same time, in high speeds for Offshore Wind Farm installation and maintenance, thanks to its 4 powerful main engines (4 by 600 HP each).The 1st trial at sea of the SeaFox allowed to valid the waterlines of this catamaran and the high speed performances which exceeded 24 knots with 90% of the main engine powerful rate despite the unsuitable sea sailing conditions in the Atlantic Sea. The SeaFox also showed an excellent sea keeping. My location Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 NAVALU, November 11, 2013last_img read more

DP World NIIF to Build Free Trade Warehousing Zone in India

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: DP World A joint venture of DP World and National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) has won the bid to develop and operate the Free Trade Warehousing Zone (FTWZ) at India’s largest container gateway – Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT).Hindustan Infralog Private Limited (HIPL), the JV between Dubai’s port and terminal operator (65%) and India’s fund manager (35%), is to build FTWZ for USD 78 million. The facility is expected to be operational by 2020.HIPL is the recently created investment vehicle between DP World and NIIF to invest up to USD 3 billion in ports, logistics and related sectors in India. This is the second investment for HIPL following the acquisition of a 90% stake in multimodal logistics company Continental Warehousing Corporation (Nhava Sheva).As informed, the FTWZ comes with a long-term concession of 60 years and will be developed across 18 hectares at JNPT’s Special Economic Zone (SEZ).JNPT is a key gateway hub handling approximately 5 million TEU’s per annum which equates to 33% of India’s container traffic. The FTWZ’s strategic proximity to the port and the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport and western dedicated freight corridor, gives it direct access to global and domestic markets, according to DP World and NIIF.The project is aimed at positioning India as a global trading hub and further supporting the government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign.“We are delighted to have won this long-term concession to develop the Free Trade Warehousing Zone in such a strategic location (…) this asset strongly complements our port terminals in JNPT and our newly acquired inland Continental-Warehousing-Corporation business,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, said.last_img read more

Le test du GED se fera maintenant par ordinateur

first_imgLes Néo-Écossais qui veulent obtenir leur diplôme d’études secondaires par le truchement du programme du GED vont bientôt passer de la formule stylo-papier à un test sur ordinateur, ce qui rendra le processus plus facile et plus rapide et fournira des résultats immédiats. « Pendant que nous lançons cette formule numérique, nous voulons que tous les candidats au test aient le soutien dont ils ont besoin durant la période de transition, assure le ministre du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire par intérim, Leonard Preyra. Nous offrons des programmes de soutien pour aider les étudiants inscrits au programme du GED à continuer de réussir dans la préparation de leur avenir en passant le test. » Outre la nouvelle formule informatisée offerte à compter du 1er janvier 2014, le contenu du test sera mis à jour en 2015 ou 2016. Tous les étudiants actuels au programme du GED devront terminer les cinq volets du programme avant qu’ils n’expirent. Les cinq volets sont lecture, écriture/rédaction, mathématiques, sciences sociales et sciences. « Nous voulons préparer nos diplômés en vue des débouchés actuels et de ceux qui se présenteront dans l’avenir, souligne M. Preyra. Tous les ans, 500 Néo-Écossais reçoivent leur diplôme GED, ce qui veut dire que plus de Néo-Écossais ont accès à des emplois mieux rémunérés, peuvent perfectionner leurs compétences et peuvent entreprendre des études postsecondaires. » Les candidats au test devront quand même passer le test en personne à un centre autorisé de tests du GED. « Le programme du GED est incroyable car les connaissances que j’ai acquises m’ont donné la confiance nécessaire pour repasser le test d’aptitudes des Forces armées, dit Neil Fader, un candidat actuel au test du GED. Avec ce test, je pourrai avancer dans une nouvelle carrière, ce qui va changer la vie de ma famille à l’avenir. J’ai appris à réviser et à rédiger des textes et à résoudre des équations quadratiques. » La Nouvelle-Écosse fait passer des tests du GED depuis 1969 et elle a été la première province à offrir la certification. Le ministère du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire offre le test qui est conçu et administré au Canada par deux entreprises américaines, GED Testing Service et Pearson VUE. Les gens qui n’ont pas terminé leur formation au GED devraient téléphoner au 1-877-466-7725 ou visiter le www.gonssal.ca pour plus d’information.last_img read more

Two held for robbery

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday said that they have arrested two robbers from Mahipalpur area. The investigating agency was involved in the robbery of canter containing valuable of more than Rs 20 lakh. Police identified the accused as Vinit Kumar (22) and Amit Kumar (24). They were nabbed near Peer Baba Mazar, Rangpuri Pahadi in Mahipal Pur. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West) Devender Arya said that during sustained interrogation of both accused persons, they disclosed that they along with their associates robbed an Eicher Canter of Flipkart Company containing goods worth Rs 20-25 lakh in the month of February 2018. “Two of their associates involved in that incident were nabbed by the police at that time but both of them were absconding to evade their arrest,” said DCP Arya.last_img read more

Expastor convicted in wifes death secretly drugged her Crown argues

first_imgTORONTO — Prosecutors are asking an Ontario judge to rule that a former pastor convicted in the death of his pregnant wife was the one who gave her a sedative before she drowned.The Crown is making submissions on what the court should deem as a fact in sentencing Philip Grandine, who was found guilty of manslaughter in February in the death of his wife Anna Grandine.Jurors were told they could convict Philip Grandine if they found he secretly drugged his wife with the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam or provided it to her; or he knew she had taken it and did nothing to stop her from getting in the bath while under its influence.Now prosecutors say the judge should rule that Philip Grandine surreptitiously administered the medication better known as Ativan to his wife, having stolen it from his workplace with the intention of incapacitating her.They are also asking the court to find that Anna Grandine, who went by Karissa, did not knowingly consume the drug.Anna Grandine was 20 weeks pregnant when she died in October 2011, and tests later revealed she had lorazepam in her blood despite never being prescribed it.Defence lawyers had argued she took the medication herself and either slipped and drowned in the tub or took her own life.Court heard at trial that Philip Grandine had recently stepped down as pastor after his affair with a parishioner, who was also his wife’s friend, was uncovered.He then began working at a nursing home where he was responsible for distributing and disposing of medication, court heard.Superior Court Justice Faye McWatt will rule on the facts of the case at a later date, allowing the Crown and defence to make submissions on an appropriate sentence.This is Philip Grandine’s second trial in connection with his wife’s death.In the first trial, on a charge of first-degree murder, he was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in prison.The conviction was overturned on appeal, however, after Ontario’s highest court found the trial judge had made an error in answering a question from the jury.A new trial was ordered on the manslaughter charge, precluding prosecutors from arguing Philip Grandine intended to kill his wife.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Alaska House hopes for staff workaround while unorganized

first_imgJUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska House members hope to find a workaround to keep staff on the job while they try to organize a majority.The Legislature’s human resources manager, Skiff Lobaugh, last week warned that House session staff would not be authorized to work beginning Wednesday if the House remained unorganized.He said a temporary staffing authorization would expire the first day of session, which was Tuesday.Mike Mason is press secretary for the coalition that led the House the past two years.He says Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, the former House Rules chair, says members plan to resolve the issue on the floor Wednesday and lawmakers were told to have their staff report to work.Jessica Geary with the Legislative Affairs Agency says the agency is awaiting direction from the House.Becky Bohrer, The Associated Presslast_img read more

How major US stock indexes fared Monday

Stocks bounced back from an early slide and finished broadly higher Monday as gains in technology and industrial companies outweighed losses in other sectors.The market had gotten off to a weak start Monday after the government reported that factory orders fell in November, but by midday major indexes had turned higher, giving the S&P 500 to its fourth-straight gain.On Monday:The S&P 500 index rose 18.34 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 2,724.87.The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 175.48 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 25,239.37.The Nasdaq composite gained 83.67 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 7,347.54.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies picked up 15.48 points, or 1 per cent, to 1,517.54.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 218.02 points, or 8.7 per cent.The Dow is up 1,911.91 points, or 8.2 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 712.26 points, or 10.7 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 168.98 points, or 12.5 per cent.The Associated Press read more

Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to play a T800 in Terminator 5

first_imgI’m sure that many people, including myself, weren’t surprised to see Arnold Schwarzenegger return to acting once his political career came to an end. What I didn’t expect was that he would once again be taking up the role of a T-800 Terminator. But that is exactly what is happening.Schwarzenegger is set to start filming Terminator 5 in January or February next year. Very little is known about the movie yet, and rumors he would be playing a human in it have turned out to be false. But at 65 years of age the story either needs to paint a different picture of the form a T-800 can take, or they need some very good make-up artists working on set every day.Terminator Salvation, released in 2009, was originally meant to be the start of a new trilogy of movies. However, legal problems and the financial problems faced by Terminator rights holders The Halcyon Company, meant that hasn’t happened. Since then, Annapruna Pictures has acquired the rights to Terminator and two films are planned. The first will start Schwarzenegger and be called Terminator 5, but he won’t play the lead role. Instead a younger actor, whose identity is currently unknown, will be the lead.At 65, this must surely be the last time that Arnie plays a T-800 and I hope that unlike Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, it’s actually a great movie that sees him bow out in style. If two movies are planned, then it really has to be a hit to help reboot the franchise and get people excited about wanting to watch the next one.last_img read more

FortisTCI exposes free energy plans to consumers

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas Related Items:alan robinson, fortis tci, renewable energy expo Recommended for you FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Nov 2015 – Today FortisTCI held a Renewable Energy expo where residents were invited between 11am and 3pm to learn about two new programs which can see consumers save on electricity and join in the effort to conserve energy. We spoke to Alan Robinson, VP of Customer and Corporate Services who called it win-win. Alan Robinson, FortisTCI: “…that allow our customers to interconnect into our electricity grid. It has been a goal set not only by FortisTCI but also Government as stated in their Draft Energy Policy 2004 and today we are proud to offer energy free options to our customers.”Magnetic Media & Robinson: “How do you win here? Our customers, we’re showing them alternative ways in which they can save energy and reduce their bills and it is unlike a utility company. We are working with our customers.” TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieveslast_img read more

Field Of Flowers Signage Approval Moved To Next Meeting

first_imgPreviously Council Member Henry Knackstedt spoke about the project to install the sign: “An attractive sign will bring attention to the field from the highway, and shows that the field is a cooperative effort between the Airport and City of Kenai.” The approval of the signage will go before the city council at their meeting on December 5. The Kenai City Clerk’s note on the agenda stated “This item was referred to the Beautification Committee and then the Airport Commission; a Motion to Construct a Sign as Outlined by the Airport Commission in on the Floor.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai City Council approval of the proposed four foot by eight foot highway frontage sign for Lawton Acres, also known as Kenai’s ‘field of flowers’, will be up for discussion at the next council meeting. The sign proposal includes the airport logo or wording of “property of Kenai Municipal Airport”. City council members previously expressed opposition to the wording citing “cause for confusion”.last_img read more

Wilmington Public Schools Seeking Coordinator For Destination Imagination Program

first_imgLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools is currently hiring a Destination Imagination Coordinator (stipend position):The Destination Imagination Coordinator will be responsible for:Providing an information night to community about the Destination Imagination.Working with the school department to order team kits.Coordinating membershipRegistering for the eventsSupervising teams at the eventsThe stipend for this position is $1,250Qualifications:Prior Destination Imagination experience preferred.At least 1 year of relevant experience preferredBachelor degree preferredCitizenship, residency or work VISA in United States requiredPosition Type: Part-timeApply for the job via SchoolSpring. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Public Schools Seeking Destination Imagination CoordinatorIn “Education”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”NAME CHANGE: ‘Guidance Counselors’ Now Referred To As ‘School Counselors’ In WilmingtonIn “Education”last_img read more

Echo Show 5 Just 54 for students

first_img See It Share your voice $89 Now playing: Watch this: Amazon 8:39 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 1 The Amazon Echo Show 5 will wake you up and show you what you need to know Tags The Cheapskate $89 Only $54 for students. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Think an Amazon Echo Show 5 would make a good addition to a dorm room? Here’s your chance to find out on the cheap: For a limited time, Prime Student subscribers can get the Echo Show 5 for $53.99 with promo code SHOWFIVE40. It normally sells for $89.99, and the last time it was anywhere near this price was on Prime Day (when it was $50). Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it at AmazonAs you’ll see on Amazon’s offer page, other devices are on sale as well:The Echo Plus for $89.99 (save $60) with code PLUS40.The Echo Dot for $29.99 (save $20) with code DOT40.The Echo Spot for $77.99 (save $52) with code SPOT40.The Echo Input for $20 (save $15) with code INPUT40.Don’t have a Prime Student subscription? It’s free for the first six months, then $6.49 per month thereafter.Subscribe to Prime StudentThe standout here is definitely the Echo Show 5, which I do indeed think would be great for students. It can do all the Echo things like setting alarms and reminders, answering questions, playing music and, in this case, making video calls home to ask for more money.These deals will be available until Oct. 1, according to Amazon’s fine print. News • Amazon Echo Show 5 smart display coming in June for $90 See It 10 Photos Dell Crutchfield Best Buy See It See it Amazon Echo Show 5 Review • You can now get Alexa on a screen for under $100 $89 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Echo Show 5 (Charcoal) Comment Smart Display The Amazon Echo Show 5 helps Alexa fit nicely on your… $89 CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page.last_img read more

Aritrees class teacher sent to jail

first_imgVNSC students continue their protests for the third consecutive in front of Baiely Road branch on Thursday, 6 Dec, 2018. Photo: Dipu MalakarA court on Thursday sent Viqarunnisa Noon School and College class IX class teacher Hasna Hena to jail in a case filed in connection with suicide of Aritree Adhikari, reports UNB.Metropolitan magistrate Md Abu Sayeed passed the order denying her bail plea when inspector Kamrul HasanTalukdar of detective branch of police produced her before the court.Earlier, Hasna Hena’s lawyer Jahangir Alam submitted a petition seeking her bail.Detectives in a drive arrested Hasna Hena from the city’s Uttara area on Wednesday night.Aritree Adhikari, a Class-IX student, reportedly committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on Monday after allegedly being rebuked by teachers for using mobile phone during examination.Victim’s father Dilip Adhikari filed a case against three teachers of the school.last_img read more

Why Does The Price Of Turkeys Fall Just Before Thanksgiving

first_img Share Twitter User @ourpresidentsThanksgiving is a great U.S. holiday during which people consume huge quantities of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pie. One of the stranger things about this holiday, however, is that a few days before everyone starts cooking, whole turkeys are suddenly discounted by supermarkets and grocery stores. And this happens every holiday season: The price falls just before Thanksgiving and stays low until Christmas. For example, in the average year, November’s price per pound for turkey is about 10 percent lower than the price in September. Why does the price come down at the one time of the year when demand for the product spikes the most – before a holiday that’s literally dubbed “Turkey Day”? The turkey demand curveMost people expect turkey prices to rise because many more people are buying the birds. My family is an example of this buying phenomenon, since we almost never eat turkey except at Thanksgiving. In general, when there is a fixed quantity of something to sell and demand for the product spikes, prices rise. This is why a dozen long-stem red roses typically cost a lot more on Valentine’s Day than at other times of the year. In more formal economic language, the demand curve for turkeys shifts outward at Thanksgiving, which means people at this time of year are interested in buying more of these birds regardless of the price. Even the most casual shopper in food stores this week can observe this increase or shift in demand as more people are buying turkeys to cook. However, each Thanksgiving the price of turkeys doesn’t rise. Instead, it falls during the holiday period as many stores advertise special low turkey prices, and over time turkey prices have generally fallen. Not only do supermarkets that sell turkeys year-round make the bird a featured item, but some food stores and warehouse stores that don’t typically sell whole turkeys offer them for a limited period of time to customers. This means not only does demand for turkeys increase, but the supply of turkey increases too. This boost in supply drives prices downward. Food stores are not upset that the price of turkey falls at this time of the year because they are interested in maximizing profits – not in maximizing the revenue they get from selling each bird. Turkeys are not very profitable items, even at full price. The wholesale price of a whole frozen turkey in 2016 was US$1.17 per pound, while the average retail price was $1.55. This means at full price stores made less than 40 cents per pound. To give you a comparison, the USDA reports the difference between the wholesale and retail price in 2016 was $2.79 per pound for beef and $2.25 per pound for pork. Stores, however, know that people coming in to buy turkeys are likely to purchase other items, too, such as seasonings, disposable roasting pans and soda. The other items are where stores make their money, since the profit margins on these items are much higher than on frozen turkeys. Why does the turkey supply skyrocket?Because of the desire to attract people to stores, the supply of turkeys needs to skyrocket just before the holiday so that freezer cases overflow with the birds. How does this dramatic increase in supply happen? It occurs because turkeys are slaughtered continuously throughout the year and then put into cold storage. The Department of Agriculture has tracked the amount of turkey in wholesale freezers for the past century. The past few years of data show turkey stocks slowly build up each year until they reach a peak in September, when the U.S. has over half a billion pounds on reserve. Between September and December, turkey stocks plummet as stores purchase over 300 million pounds’ worth and put them on sale. Then farmers, processors and wholesalers slowly rebuild their stocks for the next year’s holiday season. The 500 to 600 million pounds of turkey in cold storage by the end of each summer means there are almost two pounds of turkey for every man, woman and child in the U.S. waiting to be released each holiday season. That figure doesn’t include live turkeys, which some people prefer, and also doesn’t take into account vegetarians (about 3 percent of the population), newborns who are not eating solid food (about 1 percent) and people like my brother-in-law and me who don’t like eating turkey at any time of the year. What does this mean for the typical consumer?The National Turkey Federation, the organization whose goal is to get the country to eat more turkey, estimates that 88 percent of Americans will eat turkey on Thanksgiving. If buying turkey is on your holiday or regular shopping list, then from now to Christmas it is the time to stock up, when prices are cheap. Otherwise, eating turkey at other times of the year means your wallet will get plucked for more money. For those of you eating turkey during this holiday, enjoy. My brother-in-law and I will be happily ensconced at the end of the table feasting on lamb and, while not eating turkey, appreciating and giving thanks for a day to be with friends and family. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article here: http://theconversation.com/why-does-the-price-of-turkeys-fall-just-before-thanksgiving-87473.last_img read more

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first_img RelatedTop 9 things to do in Washington DCWhere else on Earth can you find a park that’s home to a spaceship, the world’s tallest stone structure and a six metre-tall president?Stress-free holiday planning – the 10 steps you need to knowWant to take the stress out of holiday planning? Follow these easy tips and whether your dream holiday is the beach, a cosmopolitan city, or an epic road trip, you can even enjoy the research, booking and packing that will get you there. Imagine that!  1. Set your budget Photo credit: Christine Roy Your…A budgeter’s guide to booking aheadYou’ve booked the best deal on your flights and hotel, and the excitement is brimming… now what? Here are seven ways a little pre-holiday planning can save you money and have you breezing past the queues. 1. Book the essentials Photo credit: Austin Neill These are the items you can’t… Philadelphia is a city of firsts. It’s home to the US’s first ever fire department and America’s oldest ice cream company; its streets were the first of the grid-style metropolis that would come to dictate town-planning for years to come; and it was also the first capital of the USA.If you’re planning your own first, with an inaugural visit to the City of Brotherly Love, don’t feel overwhelmed by the wealth of things to do in Philadelphia, check out our nine essentials instead.1. Relive the Rocky stepsLoad up your iPod with Bill Conti’s Gonna Fly Now and put on your running shoes: we all know that famous scene. The steps to Philadelphia’s Museum of Art are one of the most popular attractions in the city, immortalized by Sylvester Stallone as a resilient Rocky Balboa in the 1976 film. Recreation of the epic scene is an absolute must for every visitor, and even if you’re not a Rocky fan, the views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Philadelphia skyline are worth the 72 step climb.https://instagram.com/p/130c-lkqYg/2. Get knocked out by cheese steakA Philly cheesesteak lunch will write off your afternoon: you’ll stumble around the city’s grid in a satiated haze of meat sweats and occasional palpitations. But don’t be put off by the cheesesteak coma; it’s every bit worth it as it is bad for your health. Created by accident on a hotdog stand in the 1930s, this long bread roll filled with ribeye beef and smothered in melted cheese has become a Philadelphia institution. Head to Jim’s Steaks on South Street for reliably ruinous fare.https://instagram.com/p/YDqXpPtFYP/3. Soak up powerful historyPhiladelphia is known as the birthplace of American democracy. It was inside Philly’s Independence Hall that the Founding Fathers of the USA debated and signed the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. Today, this area of the city has been designated a free-to-visit National Historical Park and Unesco Heritage Site. You can visit a museum to learn about prominent revolutionary and inventor Benjamin Franklin or pay homage to the Founding Fathers at the Christ Church Burial Ground.https://instagram.com/p/2CAp-cI71N/4. Get hands on at the Science MuseumSitting at the southern end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the science museum at the Franklin Institute is the perfect place to entertain the kids. They can climb through a two-storey tall neural network to learn about the brain, get star-struck in the Planetarium, and be bowled over by the 180-degree IMAX movie theatre.https://instagram.com/p/1_K0HMNjfA/5. Eat Amish cake at Reading Terminal MarketSince 1892 the Reading Terminal Market has been supplying the city’s residents with fresh farm produce from the surrounding countryside. Today, it’s one of the highlights of Philadelphia for locals and visitors alike, with vendors and food stalls serving up a huge variety of delicious food, from Asian cuisine to American classics. Our tip? Head to the northwestern corner of the building for some sickly-sweet Amish cakes.https://instagram.com/p/2BSxjlldVj/6. Marvel at great (and sometimes quirky) artWith more public art on view than any other city in the USA, Philadelphia is a creative’s dream destination. There are huge, striking murals on almost every corner and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the third largest art museum in the country, has an astonishing array of works. But for something a little offbeat, head to the Rodin Museum to see hundreds of naked forms sculpted by the famous Frenchman.https://instagram.com/p/2CPnz6jC97/7. Go guilt-free shoppingAs the birthplace of Urban Outfitters and home to some excellent designer outlet malls, Philadelphia’s shopping scene is a sight to behold for the bargain hunter. But it’s made even better by state-wide tax-free purchases on clothes and shoes. So bring nothing but the shirt on your back and a big bag – you won’t go home empty-handed.https://instagram.com/p/156vRfJEA6/8. Have a Prohibition-style night outPhilly after dark is as colourful as by day: you can relax in a suave rooftop bar overlooking the lights below, or sip locally-brewed craft beer in an old pub. But you definitely can’t visit Philadelphia without experiencing some live jazz. Time Bar & Restaurant has regular live music in its downstairs bar or, for a real speakeasy experience, seek out the extremely inconspicuous Ranstead Room. Once you find the discreet entrance, enjoy creative cocktails from your red leather booth or at the bar, where the bearded and bow-tied waiters will make drinks to suit any taste.https://instagram.com/p/xf8F63oaoZ/Get more USA holiday inspiration:10 great things to do in ChicagoFrom blues to views, baseball to beaches, art to science, shopping to… doughnuts, we take in 10 of Chicago’s top attractions.10 best things to do in New YorkGet the inside gen on NYC with our local’s guide to 10 of the best things to see, do and eat in New York. 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first_imgReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map *Published March 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Discover more of Spain, with our city break guidesMadrid’s top things to see and doWant to visit Madrid like a local? From tempting churros and tapas bars to experimental theatre, we bring you the best things to do in Madrid beyond the Plaza Mayor…Top attractions and things to do in BarcelonaBarcelona boasts striking architecture and beautiful city beaches that keep the tourists flocking in, but dig a little deeper and you’ll also find a distinctive Catalonian culture. The best of Malaga’s sights and attractionsWe bring you what to see and do in Malaga, capital of the Costa del Sol and brimful of Andalucian charm.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 6. Descend into Canelobre CavesCanelobre Caves are located in Busot, a scenic 24km drive from Alicante. Take a guided tour of the caves in the side of the mountain to see the jagged teeth of the stalacites and stalagmites, made all the more dramatic by the coloured lighting displays. Don’t miss the dramatic 70-metre high cave, one of the tallest in Spain, and resembling a vaulted cathedral ceiling. Tours are held throughout the day and take around 45 minutes. Opening times: (Sept to June) Tues to Fri 10.30am – 4.50pm, Sat, Sun & holidays 10.30am – 5.50pm. (July & Aug/Holy Week) Daily 10.30am – 7.30pm.Location: Busot, Alicante province.Price: Adults €7.50, Children 5-14 €3.50. 10. Buy localShops in Alicante are a treasure trove for locally produced leather pieces such as handbags and purses, along with crafts and handmade jewellery. The main shopping street is the Rambla de Mendez Nunez, a leafy thoroughfare dotted with cafes and bars. To the north of here, the fascinating Mercado Central farmer’s market is a must. Housed in a grand 100-year-old building, you’ll find dozens of stalls selling local produce including fresh fruit, wines and spices. 11. Cocktails on Plaza Portal de ElcheOne of Alicante’s favourite places to refuel is the fig-tree-festooned Plaza Portal de Elche, something of a hot spot as evening falls. It’s on the bottom half of the Rambla de Mendez Nunez, on the east side and is bristling with cafe bars with open-air tables spilling out into the street. Try 26 Cafe Lounge Bar for good-value cocktails with generous measures. 3. Browse the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art (MACA)Art enthusiasts will enjoy the collection of twentieth century contemporary art at the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art, hosted in a Baroque town house which also happens to be the oldest civil building in the Old Town of Alicante. There are over 800 pieces of art across three collections at the museum from greats such as Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris and Juana Frances, as well as local artist, Eusebio Sempere, who founded the collection.Opening times: Tues to Sat 10am – 8pm (summer opening at 11am); Sun & holidays 10am – 2pm. Location: Plaza de Santa Maria.Price: Free. 15. Head northExplore the Alicante province to the north, and you might find that slice of authentic Spanish life you’ve been craving. Jávea is a historic port just over an hour’s drive from the city, where you can wander through low-rise sandstone buildings and feel the breeze from the marine in the unchanged fishing community of Pueblo. Alternatively, head for the hills, to villages like the little-heard-of Sax, a town with an intriguing mix of medieval and Moorish heritage, looked over by a dramatic hill-top castle. Half the fun of exploring this region is the journey, where citrus-scented trees line the hills and the silence in the lush valleys is broken only by occasional parish church bells. Search for flights to Alicante here 9. Join in with Hogueras de San JuanAlicante has a calendar full of exciting events, yet none are more prominent than the Bonfires of Saint John, a summer solstice festival celebrated along the Spanish coast. It takes place between the 19th and 24th June, and events include an International Folklore Parade, Street Band Parade and a fireworks show culminating in the final event, the burning of the ninots, or wooden and papier maché figures; these days, they’re more often dressed up to look like contemporary politicians and celebrities. The Bonfires of Saint John are such an important part of Alicante culture that there is a Fogueres Festival Museum, documenting the traditions, costumes and wooden ninots from previous festivals who’ve managed to avoid a fiery demise. For visitors, it’s probably the best beach party you’re likely find in these parts. 5. Snorkel on Tabarca IslandAlicante isn’t traditionally thought of as a destination for snorkelling, yet an amazing place to do so is the islet of Tabarca, a few miles off the coast of Alicante. As a protected marine reserve, Tabarca is a haven for marine life and birds including loggerhead turtles, lobsters and a variety of fish. After snorkelling you can explore the small islet’s attractions which include beaches, quaint whitewashed streets, church, lighthouse and local restaurants serving Tabarca’s speciality dish; caldero, a rice and fish stew. There are three boats daily travelling between Tabarca Island and Alicante Port, taking around 45 minutes each way. 8. Basílica de Santa MaríaAlthough it’s not a particularly colourful building, both the exterior and interior of the Basílica de Santa María (Santa Maria Church) are impressive. Intricate stonework in a Baroque style outlines the door into the small church, which was built between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries. Inside, watch out for the intricate Rococo altarpiece and seventeenth century organ.Opening times: Mornings/religious services only – check with your hotel or tourist office for times.Location: Old Town, Plaza de Santa Maria.Price: Free. 4. Go traditional at Gravina Museum of Fine Arts (MUBAG)Continuing with the arts theme, the Gravina Museum of Fine Arts is little more traditional in its tastes, with a focus on paintings and sculptures of Alicante by regional artists from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century such as Antonio Gisbert, Francisco Salzillo and Joaquin Agrasot. Gravina Palace itself, or the Palacio Provincial, is worth a gander, too, its stone facade built from the mountain rock from the nearby Sierra de San Julián.Opening times: Tues to Sat 10am – 8pm, Sun & holidays 10am – 2pm. (July & Aug only) Tues to Sat 11am – 9pm, sun & holidays 11am – 3pm.Location: Gravina Palace, Carrer Gravina, Old Town.Price: Free. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Mapcenter_img 13. Pick your Alicante beachYou may be looking for a culture-fuelled city break, but you are on the Costa Blanca after all, so set aside at least one day for sunning yourself on the toasty warm sands. The shores hereabouts are well known for their Blue Flag standards, and there are lots of them, from central Postiguet beach to the more unusual Playa de Agua Amarga, developed specially with dogs in mind, including umbrella lounge pads where your pooch can relax in the shade! Crowded resorts not your thing? To spread out your towel without fearing of bumping elbows, go for a quiet spot like La Almadraba, perfect for watching the sun go down. 12. Taste fresh seafood at Pesca al PesoFor fresh unfussy seafood that speaks for itself, head to this local favourite. Its concept is simple – pick out the juicest-looking morsels from the market-style display, pay for what you eat by weight and collect when it’s ready and piping hot. Add sides like rice and salad and you’re done!Opening times: 12pm – 5pm & 7pm – 1am.Location: Calle Mayor 22.Price: Mains €9-20. 14. Sample the local vinesNot many people know the region around Alicante is a wine-producing hotspot. Vinalopó is a rural area some 45 minutes from the city where you can spend a leisurely day tasting various vintages in the local bodegas (wine cellars), often paired with other regional specialties like olives and antipasti. Look out for the local rich and fruity red, Monastrell. Tramuntana offer day tours with experienced guides who will offer up a little wine-making history on the side of your tipples. 1. Climb up to Santa Barbara CastleSanta Barbara Castle is a tenth century fortress which has played an important role in the history of Alicante. The imposing location is one of the main draws – from its position atop Mount Benacantil the castle provides unrivalled views of Alicante and the surrounding area, especially from ‘La Torreta’ or the upper keep. The Museum of the City of Alicante (MUSA) is located inside of the castle and has 10 exhibition halls covering the history of the city and the castle.Opening times: (Oct to Mar) Daily, 10am – 8pm; (April, May, June and Sept) 10am – 10pm; (July & Aug) 10am – 12am.Location: M­ount Benacantil. Walk, drive or take a lift (€2.70 per person) to the top from Postiguet Beach.Price: Free. 2. Dig deeper at MARQ Provincial Archaeological MuseumA visit to MARQ Provincial Archaeological Museum goes hand in hand with a trip to the Santa Barbara Castle and Museum and the Guadalest Valley (see below). The award-winning MARQ Museum explores the journey Alicante has taken from the Roman era to more recent times, local geography and the nature behind the varied landscapes which surround the city through interactive exhibitions, artefacts and audio-visual displays.Opening times: Tues to Fri 10am – 7pm, Sat 10am – 8.30pm, Sun & holidays 10am – 2pm.Location: Plaza Dr. Gómez Ulla. Price: €3, Concessions €1.50, under 8s are free. RelatedThe best hotels in Alicante for every budgetAlicante, on the Costa del Sol, is home to wide range of accommodation options if you’re looking to book a summer holiday. From good value, affordable hotels on the beach to boutique hotels in Alicante’s old town. Finding somewhere to stay that suits your budget is is easy, just read…Holiday destinations and inspiration: Travel guides for 2017Looking for holiday inspiration? Whether it’s Alicante or New York, a beach holiday or city break that you’re planning, here are some of the best holiday destinations in the world, with in-depth travel guides to help you pick the perfect escape.5 flights for less than £50!Five fantastic flights for under £50; everyone has an excuse to take a budget city break this month. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map How to get to AlicanteLike many other Spanish holiday destinations, you can get direct flights to Alicante from several regional UK airports like Newcastle and Belfast International, as well as London airports Luton, Stansted, Gatwick and Southend. With easyjet and Ryanair operating most of the routes, you’ll have no problem finding a budget fare.The nearest airport to Alicante is Alicante Airport, located in Elche, around 9km outside the city and also the closest to other Costa Blanca resorts like Benidorm.Start searching for your Alicante flights using our comparison tool: Where to stay in AlicanteFor the cheapest accommodation, try a city centre hostel like X Hostel Alicante, ideal for young travellers wanting to mix with the party crowd (but bring your earplugs if you want to sleep at the weekends!) Dorm beds cost from £14.More peaceful rooms can be found at Hotel Castilla Alicante, further up the coast near Playa San Juan, though the area is still well-populated with supermarkets and other amenities (from £34). Looking for a luxury hotel? Get a surprising amount for your money (£60+ a night) at El Plantio Golf Resort. Views from the rooms look over the lovely gardens, backed by mountain scenery, and it’s handily located between the city and Alicante Airport.Search for hotels in Alicante 7. Guadalest ValleyGuadalest Valley, 63km from Alicante, is one of the most visited attractions on the Costa Blanca. There are endless photo opportunities thanks to the stunning views, waterfalls and Guadalest Village situated on the mountain top, overlooking a reservoir. The village itself has a number of attractions such as the Guadalest Castle, shops selling local produce and crafts, and eight museums including the Miniatures of Manuel Ussa Museum and Doll’s Houses Museum. There are guided coach tours available from Alicante Marina to Guadalest Valley, or hire a car from Alicante to explore the area at your own pace (and make the most of those viewpoints!).last_img read more