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  • Uniguest Needs a Better Explanation for Why Conservative Sites Are Being Blocked

    07/02/2014 9:35:01 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 28 replies
    Red State ^ | July 2 2014 | Erick Erickson
    James Varney of the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, stayed at the Hyatt Place hotel in Riverhead, NY. He tried to look at the Drudge Report, but was blocked from doing so by his hotel’s internet connection. In fact, he tried looking at a number of conservative websites, including Powerline and Instapundit. They too were blocked. He then tried a number of liberal websites from Talking Points Memo to DailyKos. None of them had access problems. His hotel, Hyatt Place, uses Uniguest to connect its guests to the internet. Digging deeper, I contacted the good people of Uniguest. A cheery online...
  • Swanky California hotel uses drone delivery service

    06/22/2014 7:48:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    KXAN-TV / CNN ^ | June 20, 2014 | Gabe Slate
    SAUSALITO, Calif. (CNN/KRON) — A swanky California hotel is offering decadent, high-tech accommodation in the hopes of luring high-end guests. That includes a unique way of delivering room service, via a drone. You can see in the video that the drone is holding two bottles of champagne — on their way to guests. It’s a flying bell hop. “I think we’re going to set ourselves apart,” said hotel manager Sieste Nabben. Nabben is the general manager of Casa Madrona, the hotel and spa that is offering the drone delivery service. They are located in Downtown Sausalito, right off the water....
  • U.S. judge dismisses price-fixing claim against hotels, websites

    02/19/2014 5:53:32 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 19, 2014 | Joseph Ax
    A group of major U.S. hotel chains and online travel companies on Tuesday won the dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit accusing them of an industry-wide conspiracy to fix the online prices of hotel rooms. U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle in Dallas found that the lawsuit, brought by consumers who claimed they paid inflated prices for their rooms, failed to adequately show that such a conspiracy existed.
  • Mariott, Holiday Inn, Sheraton report credit card breach

    02/03/2014 5:09:21 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 6 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | FEBRUARY 03, 2014 | Reuters
    A credit card data breach had been detected that exposed guests at certain Marriott, Holiday Inn, Sheraton and other hotel properties to theft, hotel management firm White Lodging Services Corp said on Monday. The breach occurred at food and beverage outlets at 14 hotels, including some operated under the Westin, Renaissance and Radisson names, between March 20 and Dec. 16 of last year, White Lodging said in a statement. The company said information subject to potential theft by cyber criminals included names and numbers on consumers' debit or credit cards, security codes and card expiration dates.
  • Hotels and the pornography plague: an example of moral responsibility from Scandinavia

    09/10/2013 6:51:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    Life Site ^ | Robert P. George
    Spetember 10, 2013 (thePublicDiscourse) - A bit more than a year ago, we made public here on Public Discourse a letter we had sent to the chief executive officers of our nation’s largest hotel chains, respectfully asking them to stop offering pornography in their hotel rooms. We said: We are, respectively, a Christian and a Muslim, but we appeal to you not on the basis of truths revealed in our scriptures but on the basis of a commitment that should be shared by all people of reason and goodwill: a commitment to human dignity and the common good. As teachers...
  • They charge for that? Surprise fees on your hotel bill

    08/14/2013 1:11:00 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 13 replies
    If anyone is an educated hotel guest, it's Bjorn Hanson, dean of New York University's Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management. But even Hanson got confused during a business trip a few years ago when a hotel bill included $18 in charges for gratuities. One fee was for a bellman he didn't use and the other was for housekeeping service, even though he had already left a tip. It took some discussion with the manager to get the fees dropped. While travelers were complaining about airline fees - additional charges for putting luggage on planes, reserving...
  • Australian Woman Gang Raped in Dubai Then Jailed Under Retarded Islamic Sharia Law

    05/16/2013 1:25:21 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 35 replies
    Islamic Sharia law is outdated, controlling, un democratic, barbaric, racist, sexist and just plain stupid. It is completely incompatible with modern life in civilized  nations. It’s no wonder those who live under Sharia in Muslim countries or those who call for it in the west are often regarded as a bit backwards,because  Sharia  most definitely is retarded. How can throwing a female who is a victim of  not 1 repulsive rapist but of 3 evil rapists, into prison for having sex out of wedlock be any kind of justice. The woman never asked to be raped, she wasn’t flirting with the attackers or leading them on...
  • Staybridge Suites, Quality Inn Offer Discounts for Women Getting Abortions

    07/10/2013 7:50:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    A few different hotel chains are coming under criticism from pro-lifers for cooperating with an Atlanta, Georgia abortion business and offering women discounts for staying at the hotel if they are in town for abortions. Atlanta Center for Women’s Choice, which does abortions to 24 weeks, advertises that it is “providing pregnancy termination support for the entire family.” The abortion clinic’s web site lists the hotels that provide the abortion discounts. “The following are Hotels in the immediate area which offer reduced rates to our patients. You need only advise them that you are a patient at Atlanta Center for...
  • Shocker: AARP Gets An Obamacare Waiver

    05/20/2011 7:26:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    sa ^ | May 20, 2011 | Rob Port
    Outside of the unions, there was perhaps no group more ardent in its support of Obamacare than the AARP. The advocacy group spent $121 million on advertising in favor of Obamacare, and millions more lobbying for it on Washington DC. But now AARP’s insurance business, Medigap which competes with Medicare Advantage (a program AARP lobbied to have hamstrung by OBamacare), just got a waiver from complying with the law. ... Keep in mind, again, that AARP is set to rake in billions in profits now that Obamacare has effective knocked Medicare Advantage out of the market.
  • LA County plans move on immigrant birthing hotels

    01/29/2013 8:42:35 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    MSN ^ | 1/29/13 | ap
    LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County is planning a crackdown on makeshift maternity wards where mothers from other countries stay while giving birth so their children will be U.S. citizens. The county has received 60 complaints about such facilities in the past month, according to a report by the Planning Department submitted to the Board of Supervisors, the Los Angeles Times reported. That compared with just 15 complaints in the previous five years. The surge might be due to publicity over the closure of a house in Chino Hills that authorities contended had been used to house as many as...
  • Richmond Public Schools Grope for Answers to Massive Hotel Costs

    10/11/2012 9:04:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | October 11, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    As a part of EAGnews’ continuing school spending series, we revealed that the Richmond, Virginia school district spent a whopping $448,997 on hotels and $135,761 on a California-based travel agency in 2010-11.The title of the series is “Where Your School Dollars Go…” and the educrats running the show in Richmond can’t seem to come up with a straight answer for that question. Maybe that’s why government schools never seem to have enough money. CBS 6 reporter Sandra Jones broke the exclusive story Friday. At that time, district spokesperson Felicia Cosby told CBS 6: “The information reported by EAG is not...
  • Fifty shades of grey forcing Bible to take a back seat:

    07/13/2012 11:34:14 AM PDT · by Morgana · 41 replies
    Mail online ^ | 7.31.2012 | Bianca London
    FULL TITLE: Fifty shades of grey forcing Bible to take a back seat: Enterprising hotel manager replaces Gideons bible with copies of the racy novel It is the erotic thriller that has had blushing women rushing to the book store for their fix of 'mummy porn.' With sales totting up to 1m books and ebooks per week and the author herself netting approximately Ł862,069 per week for the 20 million copies sold worldwide, it seems that Fifty Shades of Grey is the novel of the year. One hotel manager certainly thinks so and he is swopping the Gideon bible, famed...
  • Turkish police dispose of bomb near Istanbul hotel

    04/02/2012 6:32:48 PM PDT · by Cindy
    (AP) via ^ | Turkish police dispose of bomb near Istanbul hotel | n/a
    TRT television says hotel cleaners discovered a bag outside the hotel early Monday and notified police. It said bomb squads determined that the bag contained a bomb, closed all adjacent roads and set it off in a controlled-explosion. (AP)
  • Suspected Iranian Blew Off His Own Leg In A Botched Terror Attack In Bangkok

    02/14/2012 6:47:29 AM PST · by blam · 43 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-14-2012 | Robert Johnson
    Suspected Iranian Blew Off His Own Leg In A Botched Terror Attack In Bangkok Robert JohnsonFeburary 14, 2012 One day after bombs targeting Israeli embassy staff went off in India and Georgia, another botched attack played out this morning in Bangkok. Through several reports, the incident appears to have played out something like this: Saeib Morabi, a suspected Iranian, was fleeing an explosion that rocked through his rented home in central Bangkok. While he was on the road looking for transportation, another explosion went off "on a nearby road." When Morabi finally managed to flag down a cab, the driver...
  • Steal This Continental Breakfast: The Urban Forager's Guide, Vol. 1

    11/30/2011 1:10:58 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | November 28, 2011 | David Minsky
    Times are tough, so many people are searching for hotels with free continental breakfasts. Problem is, some of those eating aren't guests, says Hampton Inn manager front desk clerk Alfonso Tobenas. That's right. Folks walk into tourist hotels and pose as guests to gain access to morning chow. Who would do such a thing? Lots of people, according to local hotel insiders. "It is what it is, bro, times are tough and they're hungry," Tobenas says. "They're just trying to beat the system and save a buck. The first time you're going to get away with it, the second and...
  • Bedbug infestations growing in certain settings, survey finds

    08/17/2011 1:00:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 51 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 17 | Lena H. Sun
    Just as students head back to college and families finish summer vacations comes the latest bad news from pest control companies: Bedbug infestations are getting worse and becoming more common in some places, including dorms, hotels, nursing homes, hospitals, office buildings, and schools and day-care centers. According to a survey released Wednesday by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky, pest control companies say there has been double-digit growth in infestations in the past year. About 54 percent of pest companies reported treating bedbugs in college dorms, compared with 35 percent in 2010; 80 percent reported treating...
  • California Law - Hotels Must Use 'Fitted Sheets'? Costs $15 Million...

    08/04/2011 3:09:36 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 56 replies · 1+ views
    cbs47 ^ | 8-4-11 | cakid1
    Its not a done deal yet, but lawmakers in Sacramento want a new law that would force all California hotels to start using 'fitted sheets.' The law, is designed to cut back on hotel health problems for maids. Supporters of the law - claim many of the injuries are preventable - if hotels started using fitted sheets and made other changes in the work load for hotel maids. The California State Senate has passed a bill proposed by Sen. Kevin de LeĎŚn (D-Los Angeles) that would help prevent or reduce housekeeper injuries. "A representative of the hotel industry, led by...
  • America's Dirtiest Hotels

    07/30/2011 9:36:17 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 33 replies ^ | Jane Levere
    Dirt-caked bathtubs, molding refrigerators and mystery stains are just a few of the horrors travelers say they’ve found at the Grand Resort Hotel and Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. In the past year, disgruntled and disturbed guests have called the hotel everything from “cockroach heaven” to a “filthy, disgusting dump” and have plastered the Internet with sordid photographic evidence to prove it. That’s bad news for the Grand Resort Hotel since generally the number one reason guests don’t return to a hotel is because of cleanliness issues, says Howard Adler, director of Purdue University’s Center for the Study of...
  • Upscale Budget Accommodation In Singapore

    07/18/2011 2:36:54 PM PDT · by expatguy · 2 replies
    An American Expat in Southeast Asia ^ | 19 July 2011 | expatguy
    A recent article in the Jakarta Globe states that some backpacker hostels in Singapore are going upmarket, to cater to a rising number of backpackers with bigger budgets.   Well, this isn't entirely true.   It isn't just backpackers looking for reasonably priced place to stay but businessmen and tourists as well who have been looking for a decent place to stay without having to pay an arm and a leg. If you are looking for a hotel room in Singapore expect to pay anywhere from S$200 (US$165) to S$600 (US$493) a night.  On the high end, Singapore has some of...
  • Hotels Warned of 'Mumbai-Style' Terror Threat

    06/17/2011 4:24:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Fox ^ | 6/17/11 | Mike Levine & Jennifer Griffin
    Federal authorities are warning hotels in major U.S. cities to be vigilant after intelligence recently obtained in Somalia shows Al Qaeda was planning to launch a “Mumbai-style” attack on an upscale hotel in London, England, Fox News has learned exclusively. The intelligence came from computer accessories and other materials gathered at the checkpoint in Mogadishu where Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, the Al Qaeda operative who masterminded the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa, was killed Saturday, according to sources. Al Qaeda was working on what one senior U.S. intelligence official described as an “aspirational” – but possibly operational – plot...
  • Queens Lawmaker Proposes "Panic Button" for Hotel Housekeepers

    05/23/2011 9:17:15 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 24 replies
    NBC New York ^ | May 23, 2011 | N/A
    A New York assemblyman says he wants the state to require hotels to provide their housekeepers with an emergency "panic button" that would help protect them from sexual assaults on the job. Assemblyman Rory Lancman, a Democrat from Queens, said he will introduce the bill Monday. The move comes a week after former International Monetary Fund Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged with sexually assaulting a Manhattan hotel maid. "We send hotel workers, housekeepers into rooms by themselves without any other staff, without any other security," Lancman said at a news conference Sunday outside the Sofitel Hotel, the site of Strauss-Kahn's...
  • California Hotel Groups Flat Out Reject Fitted Sheet Requirement in Proposed Housekeeping Bill

    05/11/2011 1:49:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/11/11 | Michelle Macaluso
    Fitted or flat? That’s the weighty question facing the California Legislature, which is considering a bill that would regulate what type of sheets can be used on hotel bed mattresses across the state. Supporters of the bill argue it will reduce worker injuries by eliminating the need for workers to repetitively lift extremely heavy mattresses when making beds. They contend that flat sheets cause workers to strain their backs, shoulders and wrists, and are often responsible for repetitive motion injuries. State Bill 432, sponsored by Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), also calls for the use of long-handled tools like...
  • Gettysburg - places to stay?

    05/01/2011 9:51:44 AM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 33 replies
    May 1 2011 | Beowulf9
    My husband and I are traveling to Gettysburg this month and currently are considering where to stay. I am looking at the Fairfield Inn, which is outside Gettysburg in Fairfield and looks lovely, including is from the year 1750s with a gorgeous tavern. But the reviews online are poor. Has anyone stayed there to give me any information? My husband prefers the Gettysburg Hotel, which is right in Gettysburg and has a lot going for it besides location, including a jacuzzi, fireplace and lovely restaurant, but is an old bank converted and to me doesn't seem to have the charm...
  • 22-story hotel planned for downtown L.A.(Foreign investors will get Green Cards!)

    04/19/2011 3:19:02 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 19, 2011 | Roger Vincent
    An Oregon developer plans to build a 22-story hotel near the L.A. Live entertainment center to serve a growing number of visitors to downtown Los Angeles. Marriott International Inc. would operate the proposed 377-room hotel on Olympic Boulevard under two of the company's brands: Residence Inn by Marriott and Courtyard by Marriott. Construction on the nearly $120-million project is set to begin next March and be completed by 2014. "Financing would be through the federal EB-5 program, which provides green cards to immigrant investors who put up a minimum investment of $500,000 for development in targeted areas. The immigrants would...
  • Boycott Urged of Hotels at March for Life Backing Planned Parenthood

    01/13/2011 8:30:47 AM PST · by julieee · 4 replies ^ | January 13, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Boycott Urged of Hotels at March for Life Backing Planned Parenthood Washington, DC -- A pro-life group that monitors corporate donations to Planned Parenthood is urging pro-life people attending the March for Life to not make reservations at hotels that support the abortion business.
  • Hotel replaces keys with mobile phones

    11/03/2010 6:07:55 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 5 replies ^ | 2010/11/03 | AFP/The Local
    A Stockholm hotel has launched a new pilot security system enabling guests to open their rooms, and even check in and out, with the help of their mobile phones, the participating companies said Tuesday. Starting this week the Clarion Hotel Stockholm provide a number of guests with telephones equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The chosen clients will not only be able to reserve their rooms and receive confirmation on the devices, they will have the option of checking in even before arriving at the hotel and have their electronic room key ready in the phone when they get...
  • Life as a hotel housekeeper in L.A.

    10/14/2010 9:07:28 PM PDT · by thecodont · 41 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | October 14, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
    As a hotel housekeeper, Amelia Acosta hustles to make the beds, vacuum the floors, scrub the toilets and empty the wastebaskets in at least 15 guest rooms a day. The smallest oversight — a soiled towel left on the bed — can be the difference between a reprimand from her boss and a generous tip from a guest. "I'm personally dedicated to my work," she said in Spanish, wiping smudge marks from a bathroom mirror at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in downtown Los Angeles. Though Acosta sees herself as just another hardworking single mother, she is also one...
  • Report: Suspected suicide bomber arrested in Copenhagen

    09/10/2010 1:56:24 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 71 replies · 1+ views
    M&C News ^ | 9-10-10 | STAFF
    Copenhagen - Police in Denmark arrested a suspected possible suicide bomber Friday following a small explosion at a hotel in central Copenhagen, media reports said. Danish daily Extra Bladet showed on its website a photo of the suspect, who had reportedly attempted to blow himself up. Police did not immediately confirm the report. No one was injured in the explosion at the Jorgensen Hotel. Police handcuffed the man after he was seen running away from the hotel and into the nearby Orstedsparken park. The park was evacuated and the surrounding streets were cordoned off as explosive experts were called in....
  • ...Non-Specific Threat to Serena Hotel Islamabad [Pakistan]

    08/05/2010 5:59:10 PM PDT · by Cindy ^ | August 5, 2010: | n/a
    NOTE The following text SNIPPET is a quote: YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report Warden Message: Non-Specific Threat to Serena Hotel Islamabad CONSULAR AFFAIRS BULLETINS South / Central Asia - Pakistan 5 Aug 2010 U.S. Embassy Islamabad released the following Warden Message on August 5, 2010: This Warden Notice is to notify American citizens that access to the Serena Hotel in Islamabad has been temporarily halted while security officials investigate a non-specific telephonic threat. The Embassy has no further details at this time, but has advised personnel to avoid the area around the Serena...
  • Al Gore Questioned by Police in Sex Assault Case, Says Report

    07/28/2010 2:33:55 AM PDT · by lbryce · 20 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News ^ | July 27, 2010 | Naimah Jabali-Nash
    NEW YORK (CBS) Portland police questioned former U.S. Vice President Al Gore in San Francisco Thursday regarding renewed allegations that he sexually assaulted massage therapist Molly Hagerty in 2006, according to t-v station KATU. On July 1, Portland police re-opened their investigation into the red-haired masseuse's claims that Gore, who was in Portland as part of a global warming speaking tour, attempted to sexually assault her during a massage at the posh downtown Hotel Lucia on Oct. 24, 2006. Police spokeswoman Mary Wheat refused to disclose the reason behind the case's re-opening after it was previously closed twice because of...
  • Video of Invisible Tree House, A Tree Huggers Paradise in Sweden

    07/25/2010 5:50:52 PM PDT · by Tom Hawks · 9 replies
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 7/25/10 | Chuck Wolk
    If I told you I found an Invisible Tree House would you believe me? I mean after all, if it is truly invisible how is I could find it?  Which really leaves me in a conundrum because if you cannot see it, then how can I prove it exists?  Well in Sweden there is a company that just built an eco-friendly hotel in a tree they claim is invisible. However, If truth be told this tree house is no more invisible then the Statue of Liberty was after David Copperfield supposedly made it vanish in a magic trick. Just...
  • 30 Pig Eyes: Fairmont Hotels reveals Strangest Requests (Concierge Asked to Fill in on a Blind Date)

    07/25/2010 1:46:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | JULY 25, 2010 | MISTY HARRIS
    One concierge was asked to fill in on a blind dateThe next time you forget to pack your toothbrush, hold your head high when requesting a spare from the hotel, confident in the knowledge that someone before you asked for something far less conventional -- 30 pig eyes on ice, say. That's just one of more than 100 extraordinary guest requests documented in an internal Fairmont Hotels document obtained by Postmedia News. Reading like the world's weirdest scavenger hunt, the concierge report -- which includes accounts from across Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia -- catalogues everything from late-night handcuff...
  • Video of Invisible Tree House, A Tree Huggers Paradise in Sweden

    07/25/2010 8:35:54 AM PDT · by OneVike · 52 replies · 2+ views
    ChicoER ^ | 7/25/10 | Chuck Wolk
    If I told you I found an Invisible Tree House would you believe me? I mean after all, if it is truly invisible how is I could find it?  Which really leaves me in a conundrum because if you cannot see it, then how can I prove it exists?  Well in Sweden there is a company that just built an eco-friendly hotel in a tree they claim is invisible. However, If truth be told this tree house is no more invisible then the Statue of Liberty was after David Copperfield supposedly made it vanish in a magic trick. Just...

    07/11/2010 2:43:05 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 3+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: JULY 9, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BLACK MARKET TRAVEL AGENTS 38 DEFENDANTS INDICTED IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FRAUD LOCAL INVESTIGATION EXPOSES NATIONWIDE NETWORK THAT USED STOLEN IDENTITIES, CREDIT CARDS TO PURCHASE AIRLINE TICKETS KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that 38 defendants from across the United States have been charged in a series of indictments that allege an extensive network of black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme...
  • The scariest pool in the world, 55 stories above ground

    06/27/2010 9:19:10 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 50 replies
    DVICE ^ | 25 June, 2010 | Kevin Hall
    The scariest pool in the world, 55 stories above ground The "Sands Skypark" in Singapore is a pool, greenway and casino with an usual location. The whole thing sits atop not one, but three skyscrapers that make up the Marina Bay Sands hotel. The infinity pool itself is nearly 500 feet in length and features no discernible edge. So what would happen if you swam over? Don't worry, you wouldn't just plummet to the streets below. Instead, you'd fall where the rest of the water does: a basin that also acts as a filter for the water and sends it...
  • NYC: Muslim Owned Hotel Exploits 14Th Amendment

    06/16/2010 4:44:05 AM PDT · by Islaminaction · 4 replies · 418+ views
    Logans Warning ^ | June 16Th, 2010 | Christopher Logan
    Talk about the enemy using our freedoms against us. This Muslim owned hotel is openly exploiting our 14Th Amendment. Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the...
  • French advisers seized in Somalia

    07/14/2009 11:41:13 PM PDT · by Cindy · 16 replies · 760+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | Page last updated at 13:33 GMT, Tuesday, 14 July 2009 14:33 UK | n/a
    Note: Photo included. # SNIPPET: "Two French security advisers helping the Somali government have been kidnapped in the capital Mogadishu, French officials have said. Gunmen who were wearing police uniforms entered the hotel where the two were staying and took them away, eyewitnesses said. The abductions took place in a government-held part of Mogadishu. Islamist rebels are battling troops from the UN-backed interim government for control of the city." SNIPPET: "The French foreign ministry said the two advisers were in Mogadishu on an official mission to provide help to the government. They were seized at the Sahafi Hotel, which has...
  • Jamaican Cleric Uses Web To Spread Jihad Message

    05/28/2010 3:28:41 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies · 404+ views - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO ^ | May 25, 2010 | by Dina Temple-Raston, NPR
    SNIPPET: "Young Muslims in the U.S. are becoming radicalized in a new way: on the Internet. Radical clerics such as Abdullah Faisal are directing young Muslim men to take up violent jihad. Faisal, who recently set up shop in Jamaica, has alleged ties to terrorist plots around the world." SNIPPET: "Faisal is one of the best known radical clerics on the Internet today." SNIPPET: "Faisal, 46, is a Jamaican convert to Islam..." SNIPPET: "We met him at an American hotel in Montego Bay. It became clear later that the Jamaican staff all knew exactly who he was and were rattled...
  • Investigators say arsonist may be mentally disturbed

    05/18/2010 5:03:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 19 replies · 480+ views - News ^ | Updated May 17, 2010, 8:24 pm | JIM BERGAMO/KVUE News
    Note: Video included. SNIPPET: "New information tonight about the man who confessed to setting fire to a Southeast Austin hotel. Arson investigators here say the man is a Moroccan National who went to school at St. Edward's in the 90's and who hasn't lived in the United States in eight years. His motive for setting the fire remains a mystery tonight. Flames and billowing black smoke poured out of the America's Best Value Inn Sunday. A day later, hotel guests relived the harrowing moments as they escaped the fire." SNIPPET: "Investigators say 33-year-old Mohamed Lahlou, who checked into the hotel...
  • Pakistani Man Found with Explosives on Hands at U.S. Embassy in Chile

    05/11/2010 4:13:11 PM PDT · by pissant · 16 replies · 404+ views
    ABC ^ | 5/11/10 | Pierre Thomas
    A Pakistani man was detained at the U.S. Embassy in Chile yesterday after field tests detected explosive residue on his hands and personal items, the State Department said today. A U.S. official tells ABC News the man had been recently added to a U.S. terror watch list, and as a result his U.S. visa was in the process of being revoked. In accordance with U.S. law, the man had been notified of the intention to revoke his U.S. visa and he was at the embassy to discuss the matter.
  • Arrests Continue in Indonesia

    04/16/2010 2:45:08 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 161+ views
    COUNTERTERRORISM ^ | April 12, 2010 08:37 PM | By Kenneth Conboy
    SNIPPET: "This past Sunday, six terrorists were captured in Medan, North Sumatra province, by Indonesia's counter-terrorist unit, Special Detachment 88. All were thought to be linked to a paramilitary camp in Aceh that was raided in February and two of them, Pandu Wicaksono Widyan Putro and Bayu Sena, were said to be tied to the twin hotel bombings in Jakarta last July." SNIPPET: "Special Detachment 88 will likely continue its raids in and around Aceh to round up those camp members that have thus far evaded the police dragnet."
  • Dallas area has a flood of hotel foreclosure filings

    04/10/2010 10:33:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies · 827+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | April 9, 2010 | STEVE BROWN /
    A perfect storm of overbuilding and a depressed economy is threatening a growing number of Dallas-Fort Worth hotels with foreclosure. In the first four months of 2010, more hotel foreclosure filings have been recorded in North Texas than in all of last year. And the industry outlook is for defaults to increase. So far this year, Foreclosure Listing Service has recorded 43 hotel and motel foreclosure filings in the four-county area. That's up from 41 for all of 2009 and just 18 in 2008. Worst since 1930s. Income from hotel properties has taken a big hit. From late 2006 to...
  • State Trying To Tax Hotels For 'Free' Breakfasts - (Tennessee)

    03/09/2010 7:05:19 AM PST · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 45 replies · 439+ views
    AP via NewsChannel5 ^ | 3/8/2010 | AP via NewsChannel5
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The so-called complimentary breakfasts at many hotels in Tennessee have stirred the appetite of state revenue officials. The state wants to tax the lodging businesses for the food they offer as part of free breakfasts that are included in their room rate.
  • Report: Hawaii hotels lost $741M last year

    02/16/2010 1:55:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 745+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/16/10 | AP
    HONOLULU – A new report says hotels in Hawaii lost $741 million last year, $1.1 billion since the tourism slump began in 2008. The report by the industry consulting firm Hospitality Advisors LLC says hotel occupancy throughout the state averaged 66.5 percent in 2009. That's down from 70.5 percent in 2008. Hospitality Advisors says last year's rate was the lowest since it began reporting hotel data in 1987.
  • SIX ARRESTED OVER HOTEL TERROR PLOT [..."targeting Americans..."] (PAKISTAN)

    02/10/2010 4:22:08 AM PST · by Cindy · 15 replies · 460+ views
    "Six arrested over hotel terror plot" (UKPA) – 1 day ago SNIPPET: "Pakistan police have arrested six suspected Taliban militants with a suicide vest and hand grenades allegedly on their way to attack a five-star hotel and kill Americans in the country's cultural capital. The militants arrested on the outskirts of Lahore included a 14-year-old boy and a prayer leader from Pakistan's Khyber tribal area near the Afghan border, said police official Zulfikar Hameed. The prayer leader was wearing a vest packed with explosives. They told police they were targeting Americans at the Pearl Continental hotel, he said."
  • Hotel Photo Fakeouts

    01/28/2010 1:52:39 AM PST · by lowbridge · 11 replies · 1,574+ views
    Hotel Photo Fakeouts What you see on a hotel’s slick Web site or in a glossy marketing brochure isn’t always what you get. Here are 11 examples of rooms where the reality is far different from the hype. _________________________ Misleading and deceptive hotel marketing photos are all over the web. Below is a series of cases where Oyster's undoctored photos revealed dramatic differences between the flattering images you'll see on these hotels' own websites and the reality guests find when they arrive.
  • Hotel owners, like home owners, behind on payments

    11/28/2009 9:06:27 PM PST · by george76 · 4 replies · 703+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 28, 2009 | Travis Reed
    Like many home owners, hotels are starting to drown in debt. They have been enticing travelers all year with sweet deals: credits for in-house spas and restaurants, up to 50 percent off five-star rooms, even free nights. But all that discounting hasn't stopped occupancy from dropping an average of 10 percent. The result? Hotel loans have begun falling into delinquency faster than any other kind of commercial real estate debt. The rising defaults paint a grim picture... The oversupply means room rates should stay low for at least another year, good news for consumers but not so great for hotel...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, Nov. 22-28, 2009: Rooms with a View (reader participation)

    11/23/2009 11:16:25 PM PST · by cogitator · 10 replies · 739+ views
    Sorry about not putting up an image last week -- circumstances intervened. But I had already come up with this idea, and I think it's appropriate for a holiday (at least in the U.S.) week where there are a lot of travelers. Also, this is a user participation thread. I invite readers to find other examples and post them here. If you've never done that before, if you find an image, you can (in Windows) click on it and get an option to "Copy Image Location". If you do that, then in a response you use HTML code: img src="image...
  • FBI raid at meat processor believed tied to immigration irregularities [UPDATE:TERROR PLOT -ARRESTS]

    10/21/2009 12:39:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 162 replies · 5,266+ views
    CHICAGO ^ | October 20, 2009 | Tribune staff report
    SNIPPET: "Search at Grundy County plant called part of ongoing probe" SNIPPET: "But a source said the owner of the plant, which processes lamb and goat, was taken into custody at his home in Chicago. Documents and records were taken from the plant and from a Chicago travel agency on West Devon Avenue, also owned by the same person, the source said."
  • Blast outside hotel in Pakistan garrison city

    11/01/2009 10:41:32 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 17 replies · 1,115+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | November 2. 2009
    <p>An explosion rocked the compound of a four-star hotel just off a main boulevard in Pakistan's garrison city of Rawalpindi on Monday and there were reports of casualties, police said. "According to initial reports the blast took place in the compound of the hotel. Our teams are there, they are updating us on the details," police officer Mohammed Akhlaq told AFP by telephone.</p>