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Eurovision 2009 winner announcement may come from space

May 15, 2009

www.eurovision.tv On 16 May, the hosts of Eurovision 2009 will speak to the International Space Station crew during the contest finale, and media reports are circulating that the winner of the song contest may actually be announced from space. “We will not disclose all secrets. But TV viewers in Europe will see ...

Star Trek first weekend gross tops Imax record

May 14, 2009

www.imax.com On Tuesday, Imax Corp announced that during its first weekend in release, "Star Trek" grossed a record $8.5 million in earnings, amid complaints that screens in the company’s theaters were not large enough to do the film justice. The eagerly-awaited release of the science fiction movie brought in $79.2 million at ...

Ministers outraged by National Express seat reservation fee

May 13, 2009

www.nationalexpress.com A major rail operator on the Scotland-London route has angered ministers by revealing its plan to charge passengers making seat reservations, according to a report in The Scotsman. The National Express East Coast line plan has also been condemned by industry experts and passenger watchdogs, who are saying it would harm ...

Strength of Euro sends Britons to new destinations

May 12, 2009

www.skyscanner.net A new study has shown that increasing numbers of Britons are looking outside the eurozone for holiday destinations this summer, to find better value for money. Figures released by flight comparison website Skyscanner are pointing to a dropping off of holidaymaker interest in destinations such as Cork, Paphos and Prague, but ...

Business travelers opting for seats in economy

May 11, 2009

www.americanexpress.com For the first time since 1999 when American Express Business Travel began to track the airfare purchases of its business travelers, it has found that over half are now flying in the economy cabin on long-haul, overseas flights. During the first quarter of this year, business travelers flying in economy class ...

Premier Inn opening second Dubai hotel

May 8, 2009

www.premierinn.com Although many hotel groups have slowed down expansion and cut their operational costs during the current financial crisis, Premier Inn, the UK’s largest hotel brand, is opening their second Dubai hotel, located at Dubai Silicon Oasis. The hotel chain has said that it is committed to providing value for money ...

Shopper buying teaspoons required to show proof of age

May 7, 2009

www.asda.co.uk A shopper left ASDA quite confused recently when she visited the store to stock up on picnic equipment and supplies and was required to show proof of her age in order to purchase a set of teaspoons. The shop assistant told her that as someone once used a teaspoon to commit ...

InterContinental Hotels wins eco lodging award

May 6, 2009

www.ichotelsgroup.com InterContinental Hotels (IHG), which has the largest number of rooms of any hotel group in the world, was honoured with the Eco-lodging Award at the recent China Hotel Investment Summit (CHIS). The award is given as a recognition of the group’s initiatives and commitment to sustainable accommodation in the Asia ...

BlackBerry outsells iPhone during first quarter

May 5, 2009

www.blackberry.com Research in Motion (RIM) recently moved ahead in the smartphone wars when its BlackBerry mobile device outsold the Apple iPhone during the first quarter of this year. BlackBerry jumped to first position with 50 percent of the smartphone market in the US, an increase of 15 percent over its share ...

ASDA introduces bargain baby buggy

May 4, 2009

www.asda.co.uk ASDA has introduced a new low-priced baby buggy that it says is meant to help new mothers cope with the recession. At £25 it is priced to be affordable to those hit by the credit crunch and tighter budgets. The National Health Service (NHS) has recently reported that the birth rate ...

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