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Capital One® VentureOne® Credit Card Overview

The no-annual-fee Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card offers the same great redemption options as its sister card, the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card — but with a lower rewards rate and fewer perks. The miles earned on the card can be transferred to airline and hotel partners or redeemed directly as a statement credit on eligible purchases. It also comes with a few benefits not usually seen with a no-annual-fee card. Card Rating*: ⭐⭐⭐

*Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG’s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.

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Cordova revives tourism with local tour packages

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Cordova revives tourism with local tour packages

Ehda M. Dagooc (The Freeman) – August 29, 2020 – 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  Heeding with the Provincial government’s push to re-open the tourism industry, the municipality of Cordova on Mactan Island is launching a series of activities to interest domestic tourists.

In an interview with Cordova Mayor Mary Therese Sitoy-Cho, she said the town will be launching its tourism recovery plan through “Dance with the Marine Life” and “Sing with the Mangroves” tour packages, to start off the re-opening of tourism, one of the town’s economic drivers.

“These tour packages were created to spur the economy and create source of income for the people while protecting them against Covid-19 contamination,” said Cho.

Considered as the home of the Netflix-featured “Bakasi” recipe delicacy, the town of Cordova, is now slowly attracting local tourists, the lady Mayor said.

The Dance with the Marine

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France and five other countries added to quarantine and ‘essential travel only’ lists

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Published on Thursday, August 13, 2020

France has been added to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)’s list advising against non-essential travel and has been taken off the UK’s ‘travel corridor list’, meaning Brits returning from the country must quarantine for 14 days.

The quarantine comes into effect from 4am on  Saturday (not Sunday, as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps mistakenly told Sky News) and applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Aruba and Turks & Caicos have also been added to the ‘non-essential travel’ and quarantine lists.

Grant Shapps said: “There has been a 66% increase in the number of positive tests in the last week alone, so unfortunately France is having to be added to the quarantine list and it means that if you are coming back from France then you must self-isolate for 14 days.”

The FCO update says: “The Foreign and Commonwealth

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Marriott International Opens New Hotel in Shanghai

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Marriott International announced the opening of a new hotel in an emerging business and leisure destination in Southeast Shanghai.

The opening of Shanghai Marriott Hotel Pudong South marks the seventh Marriott Hotels property in the buzzing city of Shanghai, China.

Featuring the brand’s iconic creative use of space, intuitive service, uplifting culinary offerings as well as flexible meeting facilities, the new hotel is set to become an ideal choice for both business and leisure travelers seeking to make the most out of their time in Southeast Shanghai.

“We are delighted to unveil Shanghai Marriott Hotel Pudong South, the seventh Marriott Hotels property in Shanghai. It marks an exciting moment as we proudly continue the robust growth in the region, further showcasing the company’s strong commitment to China,” said Henry Lee, President of Greater China, Marriott International.

“The new Shanghai Marriott Hotel Pudong South is setting the stage for an

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Take advantage of travel discounts with careful planning, following guidelines

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By Tim Viall
 |  Special to The Stockton Record

Months ago, as the coronavirus pandemic unfolded and worldwide deaths mounted, we realized that our planned timeshare trips to Maui and Newport Beach were not well-timed, so we joined and deposited our weeks in Interval International. As both our cabin fever mounted and California was enveloped by the catastrophic wildfires, Interval International’s hundreds of “last-minute getaways” for greatly discounted prices struck us a nice escape.

So, we took a look at Colorado, with the idea of both eyeing future skiing destinations and more of the state’s grand scenery, and found a week’s stay at Grand Colorado Resort at Peak 8, Breckenridge, for well less than $400 for the week. We added a week following, at Snowbird Resort in Utah at similar huge discount, and prepared to travel in the pandemic age.

More: Lassen Volcanic National Park in the age of pandemics

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Six Vacation Options for U.S. Travelers Craving the Great Outdoors

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“Our travel advisors have received requests from clients seeking RV rentals and luxury lodges and resorts near national parks and other places where they can safely socially distance not far from home,” said Roger E. Block, President of Travel Leaders Network.

A poll of Travel Leaders advisors show that clients are more willing to stay in a hotel, lodge or resort not far from home than they were a few weeks ago. More are also willing to take a flight to uncrowded destinations and engage private tours.

The Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Sequoia and the Grand Canyon top the National Parks list. Alaska is also a popular get away destination for those seeking nature in areas with fewer crowds. Florida remains a favorite for families interested in driving to Disney World or Universal Studios.

“For last-minute trips, consumers opt for extended weekends of three to five nights within a days’

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Airbus unveils plans for zero-emission air travel by 2035

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Airbus presented three new concepts for zero-emission planes yesterday (September 21). Two of the aircraft were traditional-looking – a turbofan capable of carrying 120-200 passengers, and a turboprop with propellers, for carrying 100 passengers.

The third “blended-wing body” model was more inventive, with a triangle-shaped, flying-wing design capable of carrying 200 passengers, and sails integrated into the main fuselage. 

As well as being the most unique design, Airbus engineers believe the blended-wing model has the potential to revolutionise long-haul air travel.

Director of engineering at Airbus, Jean-Brice Dumont, told news source Le Figaro: “The flying wing has an enormous

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Aussie Spratt out of road world champs

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Australian champion Amanda Spratt has ruled out of this weekend’s world championships road race in Italy.

Spratt was in doubt for Saturday’s race in Imola due to an injured right shoulder and concussion suffered when she crashed in the Giro Rosa last week.

Cycling Australia confirmed on Thursday that she is unable to compete with the 33-year-old’s place in Australia’s team taken by Tiffany Cromwell.

“Right now it feels pretty devastating that I am not well enough to be able to race the worlds,” Spratt said in a statement.

“My shoulder is recovering well but unfortunately, my concussion still needs some time.”

Spratt took took bronze in last year’s world championships road race after silver in 2018.

“The worlds was a huge target so it’s hard to come to terms with knowing the form was exactly where it needed to be,” Spratt said.

“But at the same time I am

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Slovenia, Guadeloupe Removed From Safe Travel Lists As Thailand, Singapore Added

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UPDATE: On 17 September, the relevant authorities announced that Slovenia and Guadeloupe have been removed from the list of safe travel corridors for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland following data showing a significant increase in confirmed cases of coronavirus.

That means travelers returning to the UK from those destinations after 4am on Saturday 19 September will need to self isolate for 14 days.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has also updated its travel advice to advise against all but essential travel to those countries.

At the same time, Thailand and Singapore have been added to the safe travel corridors lists, so travelers returning from those destinations from 4am on Saturday 19 September will no longer need to self-isolate, so long as they haven’t been in or transited through any other non-exempt countries in

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Christian Nielsen went on a murder spree over Labor Day weekend leaving four dead: ID investigates

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Mugshot of Christian Nielsen
Christian Nielsen when on a murder spree over the Labor Day weekend in 2006 when he killed four people. Pic credit: Oxford County Sheriff’s Office

In September 2006, Christian Nielsen was staying at the Black Bear Inn in Newry, Maine, when he went on a killing spree over the Labor Day weekend, which left four people dead.

Signs of a Psychopath are examining the case on ID, where they will be piecing together the tragic events of that long weekend and will be speculating as to Nielsen’s motives in a case that left the people of this quiet ski resort reeling in shock.

On Friday, September 1, Nielsen shot dead Arkansas native James Whitehurst, 50,  in a secluded wooded area near the Black Bear Inn. Whitehurst had been a fellow resident at the same Bed and Breakfast.

The next day, Nielsen dismembered Whitehurst’s

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