Thomas Cook approached government for a £200m bailout

Thomas Cook has approached the UK government for a bailout to save itself from collapse after its lenders threatened to pull out of a proposed rescue deal. The travel group  was locked in talks yesterday with multiple potential investors which include the government providing a lifeline of £200m as part of the demand from its…

Airbnb IPO next year

Airbnb, the rental platform, valued at $31bn, with over $1bn revenue in its second quarter of 2019, and made more than $80bn from renting their homes since it was created, would float on the stock exchange by announcing its plans to go public next year. Brian Chesky, CEO, said the company would be ready for…

Underwater observatory vanishes without a trace

A large underwater observatory that was  stationed at a depth of 22 meters in the Baltic Sea has vanished without a trace. The $330,000 observatory managed by Ocean Research agencies  had been on seafloor in a restricted area off the northern coast of Germany since December 2016. Divers were sent to locate the observatory found…

Fosun’s £750m rescue plan for Thomas Cook

Chinese conglomerate Fosun has offered a £750m rescue package which put them in control of the 178-year-old tour operator, but will most likely wipe out existing shareholders. Shares plunged 60 per cent after Thomas Cook revealed plans to restructure its business while bonds rallied as investors began negotiations over a deal to swap debt  for…

Sony World Photography Awarding hotting up

Several budding and professional photographers are vying to win the Sony World Photography Awards 2019, as the deadline for submissions are drawing closer ( January 4, 2019) and competition organisers have revealed some of the most eye-catching snaps entered till now. There are ten categories in the competition including architecture, landscape, portraiture, wildlife and travel.…

Lihou Island is seeking a new janitor

Lihou Island surrounded by the Atlantic ocean, about 500m off the west coast of Guernsey, owned by the States of Guernsey, is seeking a janitor to maintain and run the island’s only house and natural swimming pool and the nature reserve’s wildlife. They are offering the successful candidate a tractor for a company car and…

Kodagu the most affluent hill station in South India

Kodagu also called Coorg is district in Karnataka State in South India, known for its hospitality and beautiful and colourful scenery,  thick wooded slopes, quaint villages and endless mountain ranges. The nearest railway station is Mysore about 100kms away and one has to travel by bus which takes about 4-5 hours on a rough winding…

Shooting star from heaven

  “I took New York life like a star shooting through the heavens” Bill Cunningham, a highly respected New York Times fashion photographer and critic’s  memoir discovered among the possessions reveals a life of live of beauty and exceptional surfaces. Cunningham’s early career as a milliner, Fashion climbing throws light into how its author rose…

Amazing gazing monkeys image wins top Wild Life Photography award

WPY is one of the most prestigious competitions in world photography, started in 1964, the competition is now organised by London’s Natural History Museum. Two snub-nosed monkeys resting on a stone staring intently into the wild, is the image captured by Marsel van Oosten in China’s Oinling Mountains has won the overall winner of the…