China takes the Pole position in Brit Test


The Chinese know more about life and culture in the UK than the British according to new research. Similar research two years ago placed Poland in the top spot, however they have been overtaken.

The news comes as the Home Office celebrates the fifth anniversary of the test this month. The pass mark is 18 for the test, and the Chinese scored an impressive 19.01, on average. Poland, meanwhile, plummeted to 29th place.

The Philippines and Jamaica came second and third, respectively. British born citizens achieved a dismal ranking of 40th with 15.14, although this was an improvement on Germany’s 43rd and France’s 46th.

Iran and Iraq both passed on average, and even Afghanistan scored 15.54 – a clear half a mark ahead of the British. Some continuity was preserved in that the US remain at the bottom of the table, although Argentina took last place.

The multiple-choice exam was based on the Home Office’s ‘Life in the UK Test’; questions included ‘When is the national day for England?’ (23rd April) and ‘What is the largest ethnic minority in Britain?’ (Indian).

George Sandison, Managing Editor of Red Squirrel Publishing, which carried out the test, said: ‘This shows the test is far from straightforward and the average Brit would fail.’

‘But these figures also reflect people who haven’t studied for the test and with effective study a pass is achievable.’ Sandison said.

London Prostitution Ring Busted

Three women and a man have been jailed for trying to sell the virginity of young girls to wealthy Arab businessmen for up to £150,000.

They offered girls aged between 14 and 20 for sex, some of whom could be “broken” by the client. The gang told undercover police officers they could provide women from Iran, England and Eastern Europe.

The Metropolitan Police learned of the plot after the gang had offered their services in a handwritten letter to the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel in Knightsbridge, central London.

Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Martin said: “It is thanks to diligence of the hotel staff in the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel that this ruthless gang was caught.

Defendants Mahrookh Jamali, 41, of West End Lane, Kilburn, north London; Sara Bordbar, of Finchley Road, north London; and husband and wife Fatima Hagnegat, 24, and Rasoul Gholampour, 30, of Redbrook Road, Wigan, pleaded guilty to conspiring to traffic six women aged between 17 and 22 from the North West to London between July and October last year for sexual exploitation.

Xenergy Now Available at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.


XYIENCE announces that Xenergy, the official energy drink of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), is now available at the famed Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Effective immediately, Bridgestone is offering guests Xenergy Premium Mango Guava and Xenergy Xtreme Cherry Rush at its concessions during the arena’s events, including the Country Music Awards on Nov. 10, 2010.

The relationship is a result of XYIENCE’s partnership with Tennessee-based distributor Kimbro Water. The partnership, established earlier this year, initially opened 300 retail doors for the XYIENCE brand, including Pilot and Rocky Top Convenience Stores.

Bridgestone Arena is home of the NHL’s Nashville Predators and also is the winner of the 2010 International Entertainment Buyers Association’s “Venue of the Year” award.

“Bridgestone Arena is a huge victory for XYIENCE and is a testament to Kimbro Water’s commitment to our brand,” says Jeff Lobus, XYIENCE’s sales manager for the southeastern region of the U.S. “The diversity of the arena’s events means that XYIENCE will reach a broad base of consumers.”

Starting October 1, 2010 Daily’s Convenience Stores in Nashville is running a Predators Win, You Win, a promotion that will continue through December 31. This exclusive promotion will offer Predators ticketholders the opportunity to redeem home game ticket stubs for a free Xenergy beverage at any Daily’s location whenever the Predators win. The promotion is supported by radio advertisements and in-house announcements during the games.

“Out of the gate, Xenergy performed well for our retailers, so we are confident that this new relationship with Bridgestone and the companion promotion at Daily’s will be successful for all of our retail partners carrying Xenergy,” says Chad Martin, vice president of Kimbro Water. “We are looking forward to working with XYIENCE to continue to bring our retail partners exciting promotions that consumers can get excited about and to continue building brand awareness for Xenergy in the Nashville market.” Adds XYIENCE’s Lobus: “We have been experiencing great success in this region of the country and are thrilled to work with our distributor and retail partners to achieve both our goals.”

Through televised broadcasts of UFC events, the XYIENCE brand reaches some 100 million-television households in North America.  As a part of XYIENCE’s UFC sponsorship relationship, its logo receives prime positioning on the mat and bumpers of the octagon. This often results in a fight’s critical moments taking place on or next to the XYIENCE and Xenergy logos, and translates into millions of viewer impressions for XYIENCE.  Internationally, XYIENCE reaches more than 420 million television households via UFC broadcasts and Pay-Per-View broadcasts.

Kulm Hotel St Moritz – On the Cresta Run


In this age of equality, there are very few things that women cannot do, but the rules of the privately-run St Moritz Toboggan Club, which oversees all activities relating to the Cresta Run, prevent them from the nerve-tingling sensation of hurling themselves down this world-famous ice run.

Luckily for all male adrenalin junkies over the age of 18 years of age, despite it being a private club, they can ride on non-race days (Saturdays, Sundays and one weekday during the season, which extends from just before Christmas until the end of February/early March, though it is dependent on weather conditions).

Probably the easiest way to get access to the ice run is to buy a Cresta Run Package from the Kulm Hotel St Moritz, which houses the Sunny Bar, home of the Cresta outside riding hours.  The Cresta Run Package includes 3 nights’ B&B accommodation, fresh fruit and water changed daily in the room, lunch daily in the Sunny Bar and five rides on the Cresta Run during your stay, as well as tuition, equipment and a 25-minute massage, which should come in handy to soothe bumps and bruises!

Though ladies are not allowed to ride the Cresta Run, they are welcome to accompany partners who are and can purchase the same Cresta Run Package, with the Cresta element substituted for a CHF400 (approx £260) credit in the hotel’s stunning Panorama Spa (please note that the credit for the spa treatments cannot be reimbursed if it is not used in full).

The Cresta Run

The Cresta is the only natural ice run in the world; it measures three quarters of a mile long and winds its way from above the ‘Leaning Tower’ in St Moritz not far from the Kulm Hotel St Moritz down a steep gully through ten testing corners, past the tiny hamlet of Cresta, to the village of Celerina. The total drop is 514 ft and the gradient varies from 1 in 2.8 to 1 in 8.7.

Rooted in tradition, the first Run was completed in January 1885 and took nearly nine weeks to build. Only the three upper banks received detailed work. The Cresta Run is still built from scratch every year using the natural contours of the valley and earth banks to provide a framework on which to pile the snow. The Run from Junction is built first, the upper banks second.

The Cresta has two starting points: Top and Junction. The current record from Top is 50.09 seconds, held by James Sunley. This means an average speed of over 53 m.p.h. ending at Finish at a speed close to 80 m.p.h. Riders from Junction begin opposite the Clubhouse, about one-third down the Run from Top. The current record from Junction, held by Johannes Badrutt, is 41.02 seconds.

Beginners start from Junction and are encouraged to go down in a time of between 65 and 75 seconds. Riders brake using the rakes on their boots and if they are out of control they are certain to go out at Shuttlecock, the most famous corner of the Run. Fallers at Shuttlecock automatically become members of the Shuttlecock Club and are entitled to wear a Shuttlecock tie.

There is only one Cresta Run; it is unique and remains one of the last truly amateur sports in the world.

KLM increases presence in Africa


KLM Royal Dutch Airline has announced its flights to Kigali, Rwanda. The new route is most likely to strengthen KLM’s position in Africa. It is reported that the airline will be operating its route from this November onwards, where five flights a week will be operating to Kigali. There will also be a short stopover in Entebbe. KLM offers flights in cooperation with Air France and also operate code share flights with a number of other airlines including Kenya Airways. The 2010 winter schedule of KLM released last month, also emphases on gaining stronger presence in African continent. The new route to Kigali is a part of this aim and strategically, very important for the airline’s future. This new service will be operated using Airbus A330-200 equipment. The capacity will be for 243 passenger’s approx, with 213 economy and 30 World Business Class seats available on the route. In comparison with 2009, KLM and Air France’s capacity is said to have been raised by about 4% in total. This means, the KLM-Air France Group will be serving 200 flights a week to 43 African destinations.

The airline is likely to give a tough competition to several other and existing flights in Africa. In 2011, where speculations are that the golden age of air travel will be over and air travel will be far from affordable, the new routes of popular airlines, like KLM make us predict otherwise.

The more the completion for cheap flights to Africa, the more it is likely to make availability of cheap flight fares easier. Also, stronger competition brings the cost down too. Africa is one of the most traveled continents in the world, yet with countable airline offering flights to Eastern Africa. The new winter schedule of KLM, involves connecting flights from popular routes such as Nairobi, Entebbe and Amsterdam. Such connections will also have an impact on the countries revenue.

Kenya Airways is a reliable airline and popular in both Europe and USA for its quality services and affordable airfares.

New Website Providing Support and Tips for Motorhome Travelers


The site includes tips and tricks, daily blogging about motorhomes and traveling along with a questions & comments page to receive quick, educated answers to any question a consumer may have.

The motorhome industry is wide-spread ranging from young families that like to travel on the weekends to retirees desiring full time travel. Whether using a motorhome for a couple of weekends out of the year to living in it, there will and always will be questions and problems. “A traveling RV is like a home constantly going through an earthquake.” states Greg Klepper, owner. This is where motorhomehelper.com comes in.

Motorhomehelper.com was created with the average consumer in mind. Klepper has been in the industry for over 11 years and met with a diverse range of individuals. The one thing they all have in common is questions, during the sales process and for years after the sale. Once these news owners drive off the lot, where do they go for answers? Now they can come to Motorhomehelper.com for anything from browsing through our daily tips & tricks to asking any question.

Motorhomes are a luxury item with millions of people enjoying them all over the world. The occasional bump in the road can easily be helped now by visiting http://www.motorhomehelper.com.

Simpsonville Hotel Recommends Pet Boarding for Guests


Holiday Inn Express Simpsonville Hotel announces the selection of Hi/Lo Kennels as a recommended boarding service for guests traveling with a dog or cat.  Located only a short drive from the hotel, Hi/Lo Kennels is a family owned facility situated on 6 acres of land.  They provide safe and comfortable accommodations for pets.  Features include:

*   Caring staff

*   Individual indoor/outdoor covered runs

*   Large exercise areas for private pet playtimes

*   Meals prepared as you do at home

*   Clean and pest free environment

*   Mason fencing, doors, and beds

*   Climate controlled boarding rooms

*   Dogs given a bath upon arrival

“We are pleased to recommend Hi/Lo Kennels to our hotel guests traveling with a pet,” explains Greg Carpenter, General Manager at the Holiday Inn Express Simpsonville SC Hotel.  Carpenter continues on to say, “Your pet is like part of your family and we want our guests to feel confident that they are leaving their dog or cat in a clean and caring facility that is fully staffed and equipped to handle all of their needs.”   Located just off I-385 and only 16 miles from the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport,        the Holiday Inn Express Simpsonville Hotel is a 4 story interior corridor property that provides guests with convenient smoking and nonsmoking rooms to choose from.

A top choice among other Simpsonville South Carolina hotels, travelers are sure to enjoy high-speed Internet access throughout the hotel, complimentary breakfast, a fitness center and an outdoor pool. They also offer special saving to groups needing 10 to 25 sleeping rooms and have an onsite meeting facility which includes a 456 square foot space.

With lots to see and do and many nearby area businesses including Caterpillar, Lockheed, Kemet Electronics, Blanchard Machinery, and ACI Industries guests are sure to enjoy the Holiday Inn Express’s convenient location.  For more information on Boarding Services provided by Hi/Lo Kennels call 864-967-4822 or visit www.hilokennel.com.  Please note that in order to board your pet at HI/Lo Kennels you must be able to provide proof of current “shots” and vaccines.   To book your stay at the Holiday Inn Express Simpsonville contact, 864-962-8500 or visit them online at http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/simpsonville/svlsc …

Attention all passengers, don’t leave your pets Unattended

The pet courier service provides an alternative to pet shipment via cargo (an option which many pet owners wish to avoid).

There are only several countries that require pet imports only on the condition that they be shipped as cargo (UK, Australia, Singapore etc.) and in addition 10%-15% of pets are shipped abroad as cargo into countries that it is not mandatory. According to Dr. Kreiner, head veterinarian at Animal Airways most families that ship their pets abroad are just not able to fly with their pets and have no other choice but to explore the cargo option.

Dr. Kreiner: “Our clients treat their pets as a part of the family in all respect. Just as they will not consider sending their 10 year old unsupervised on a domestic flight let alone fly him solo  on an international flight, the thought of sending pets by cargo makes many clients postpone or even cancel their plans just to avoid sending their pets by themselves.”

Animal Airways initiated a courier service to give pet owners peas of mind knowing that a professional pet attendant would accompany their pet from their home to their final destination where the pet is personally delivered to a family member or a representative on his behalf.

The pet courier service was innovated and developed at Animal Airways’ flight management department in the UK after recognizing the customers’ urgent need for a humane alternative to the cargo shipment. Since its official launch this year, the service has enjoyed great demand from pet owners all over the world. Animal Airways’ pet attendants have literally covered the globe providing personal pet courier to and from airports in every continent.

In additional to the pet courier service we offer pre-flight veterinary consultation and guidance, documents & regulation supervision, custom clearance at departure and arrival points, airline ticket reservation, shuttles to and from the airport, airline approved kennels and every other ground or flight services you might be in the need for.

Animal Airways’ devoted team is at your service 24-7 conversing in more than 10 languages for your convenience. We provide our pet courier service with at least three week notice in advance in order to guarantee the most competitive prices on the market.

Dr. Kreiner says that more than two million pet owners are scheduled to fly abroad during the upcoming holiday season and that the pet courier service will definitely be an incentive for them to take their pets along with the family.