More people are looking for remote getaways lately — like a stay in an old-school covered wagon or sleeping in a truck camper in the woods. Another option to consider? An eco-friendly floating pod that can sail around the world.
Anthénea is a luxury, floating hotel suite and a water-based mobile home. It’s designed by architect Jean-Michel Ducancelle, whose inspiration for the vessel came from James Bond’s floating pod in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me.
The floating habitat runs off of solar energy and releases clean water back into the ocean using black and gray water stations. It uses sand screw anchoring to avoid any damage to the underwater ecosystem and environment. Inside, the dome-shaped vessel offers 360-views of the ocean. The bedroom includes an extra large round bed with an overflow round bathtub that can be filled with sea or freshwater. There’s also a small living area with kitchen necessities and fiberglass windows that allow you to see into the ocean. On top, the pod has an open, outdoor seating area that accommodates up to 12 people.
July 29, 2020, 8:00 AM 0:10 0:23 EmbedClosed Caption Settings Circa Resort and Casino to be an adults-only property
At the Vegas Vickie’s lobby bar inside Circa, the new-construction property developer Derek Stevens is creating in downtown Las Vegas, the centerpiece will be a neon kicking cowgirl known as Vegas Vickie. The iconic neon sign previously glowed above the downtown Glitter Gulch casino that turned into the Girls of Glitter Gulch strip club.
The bar will be part of Stevens plan to open the first five floors of the only 21-and-over casino-resort in Las Vegas on October 28. But don’t expect lap dances at Circa, which will offer a decidedly different kind of adults-only entertainment.
“I’ve had a lot of people ask,” said Stevens, who is the founder and CEO of Circa.” What does 21-and-over mean? Does it mean it’s triple-X or anything like that? No, there’s absolutely nothing like that. It just means you have to be 21 to get in. There’s nothing topless. It’s just an adult venue.”
Circa will have the world’s largest sportsbook (a three-level, stadium-style colossus where 1,000 people will be able to watch games on a 78-million-pixel high-definition screen), the 5,000-square-foot Stadium Swim amphitheater (with six pools, a 41-foot-tall LED screen and private cabanas) and a two-level casino (with 1,350 gaming machines and 49 tables).
“A lot of what we’re designing is oriented on people just coming to visit all these attractions,” says Stevens, who plans to open Circa’s 512 hotel rooms and suites in December. “We’re not leveraged to our hotel rooms. At Stadium Swim, we plan on doing 4,000 people a day. So obviously, we’re trying to attract more people than who’s staying at the hotel. A lot of what we’ve done is create these over-the-top venues that bring people to our property.”
Emirates has a new strategy for boosting passenger demand in the midst of a global pandemic: coronavirus insurance. If one of its passengers is diagnosed with COVID-19 during their journey, the Dubai-based airline will cover their medical expenses, up to €150,000 (about $176,000). It will pay €100 ($118) per day for quarantine costs — such as a hotel room — for up to two weeks.
And if the worst happens, Emirates will offer €1,500 (about $1,765) for a passenger’s funeral.
A plane crashed in a neighborhood in Utah killing three people including a 9-month-old baby girl.
Fox 13 Salt Lake City reported the Piper PA-32 plane took off from South Valley Regional Airport and crashed around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in West Jordan, Utah. In the midst of the crash one home was destroyed and two others were damaged, the report said.
The common belief with airplanes is that they fly themselves after take-off thanks to autopilot, and pilots can sit back and relax for most of the flight. But Airbus just took that idea to the next level after proving a passenger jet can perform complex maneuvers without any pilot input.
The European manufacturer just completed flight testing for its Autonomous Taxi, Take-off, and Landing project in June after its flagship aircraft successfully navigated each phase of flight on its own as pilots simply watched.
Over 500 flights were conducted with the new Airbus A350-1000 XWB that successfully utilized “image recognition technology” to essentially give the plane a pair of eyes. The technology, integrated with the A350’s exterior cameras, allowed it to perform the phases of flight entirely on its own, Airbus announced.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A scandal involving the abduction and exploitation of young children in a colonial Mexican city popular with tourists widened Wednesday when prosecutors released additional evidence that an adult apparently used other children to help kidnap a missing 2-year-old boy.
The search for Dylan Esaú Gómez Pérez led prosecutors in southern Chiapas state, on the Guatemalan border, to a house in San Cristobal de las Casas where 23 abducted children were being kept in deplorable conditions and forced to sell trinkets and handicrafts in the street.
But Dylan, who turns 3 in November, was not among them.
Reviewing surveillance cameras, state prosecutor Jorge Llaven said that a boy and a girl, both apparently around 12, were seen talking to a woman who is a suspect in the June 30 abduction. Llaven identified the woman as only as “Ofelia,” and offered a $13,500 reward for information about the location of her or the missing boy.
In photos from cameras, the boy and the girl enter the public market where Dylan’s mother worked in the colonial city. Dylan appears to follow the boy, and then the girl takes Dylan by the back of the jacket and walks out of the market with him. The girl is later seen returning alone, apparently having handed the missing boy over to someone else.
A Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant died after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this month in California, following an employee training at the airline’s headquarters.
Hawaiian Airlines President & CEO Peter Ingram told employees in an internal memo distributed on Tuesday that Jeff Kurtzman, a senior Los Angeles-based flight attendant, died this week.
He had been a part of the airline since 1986, “and over the past three decades had become well known to his in-flight colleagues for his passion for discovering new places, people and cultures; his terrific sense of humor and knack for easy conversation; and his caring heart,” Ingram wrote in the memo, obtained by USA TODAY.
“Our in-flight team has reached out to Jeff’s husband and we will, of course, offer all the support that we can,” Ingram also wrote. “I know you will join me and our Hawaiian Airlines ‘ohana in keeping his family in your thoughts during this time.”
James Ohliger and Romane Recalde traveled to the Turks and Caicos Islands in March for a five-day vacation.
But when the local government decided to close its borders until July in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the couple’s five-day trip turned into a five-month quarantine.
During this time, many Turks and Caicos businesses that rely on tourism have suffered.
“The island is completely dead,” Ohliger, cofounder of Jerry Media, told Business Insider Today. “All the reservations canceled. The beach is basically a private beach for us and everything shut down.”
Ohliger, who has traveled there for the past 33 years, said it’s been hard to see so many people out of work. His friend, Kamario Smith, normally works as a bartender at the Ocean Club Resort on the island of Providenciales, and called the impact “very, very devastating.”
The couple plans to return to New York on July 22, the day Turks and Caicos reopens its borders.
July 17, 2020, 1:53 PM 0:05 0:49 Las Vegas’ reopening amid coronavirus outbreak backfires terribly
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to pummel the United States, Las Vegas seems to be operating business as usual. Casinos have been open since June 4—undeterred by the 123 visitors who have tested positive for the highly contagious virus and the 51-year-old Caesars employee who died in late June.
But it’s not business as usual for doctors and nurses in Las Vegas’ besieged health-care system, who say they are “overwhelmed and terrified” about the massive influx of new cases in a state officially deemed a “red zone” by the White House.
“I would say in the last month we’ve been completely overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients and our hospital is running out of space,” one Las Vegas emergency room doctor, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of professional retaliation, told The Daily Beast on Friday. “Not only are we overwhelmed and terrified, but based on the numbers for the rest of the country, it’s only going to get worse for us.”