Tourists in Thailand warned not to behave badly in wake of king's death

Embassies in Thailand have advised tourists to respect the feelings of the Thai people following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a man seen as a father-figure in the country. King Bhumibol, who was the world’s longest-reigning monarch, died on Thursday aged 88, sparking an outpouring of grief. The government has declared one year of official mourning and asked Thais to wear black and avoid “festivities” for 30 days.Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, however, has called on businesses to stay active. The cabinet declared a government holiday for mourning on Friday but the Stock Exchange of Thailand and banks operated normally. READ MORE:* Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who ruled for 70 years, dies at 88* Thai succession sees Crown Prince rise to power* Thai island Koh…

Checking In: A kids'-eye view of the updated Stowe Mountain Resort Kids rule at the newly expanded Stowe Mountain Resort. The largest leisure development in the northeast U.S. boasts a revolutionary array of entertainment and sports tailored for youth, from toddlers to teens. The resort has expanded into a car-free community, the Spruce Peak Village, where juniors can shop, eat, swim, play and snowboard or ski on their own. To boot, guests who stay at the slopeside Stowe Mountain Lodge are privy to discounts of up to 49 per cent on lift tickets at certain times, particularly mid-week. Among the activity highlights: the $28-million Adventure Center opened this year with an indoor climbing gym; the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center offers new Kids Free tickets; and skiers age five and under ski and ride for...

More than 40 unruly passengers removed from Brussels Airlines flight A large group of passengers had to be removed from a flight before take-off when they became unruly and aggressive towards crew members. The incident happened as the Brussels Airlines flight, with 136 passengers on board, was preparing for take-off in Brussels on Saturday. The flight was delayed more than two hours when the captain decided to turn back from the runway so that the 41 people, who reportedly had been drinking, could be taken off the airplane. "The take-off was going fine at first. But when the plane was heading towards the runway, a group of individuals started misbehaving," a spokesperson for the airline told The Brussels Times. Read more:* Man locks himself in airplane toilet during drunken air rage* Air rage so...

The single road north: A post-divorce road adventure Sometimes my darlings (now would be a good time to cover the ears of any children in the room), fairytales don't end with a happily-ever after. Sometimes, the witch eats you. I know. I'm sorry. Blame Disney if you like. Instead of hacking through the enchanted thorn forest to save the princess, sometimes the prince just calls her an idiot, leaving her single at 46 (so much sadder than being single at 26) and smelling of eau de pathetic. Like a film running backwards fast, a house pain-stakingly furnished and decorated over 15 years takes less than three hours to pack up. Grey rectangles of thick woolly dust appear in the spaces things have been, a spinning top, old postcards fallen behind.  The shifters have seen/heard...

Freedom camping legal Freedom campers are about to have a lot more choice as to where they pitch their tent in Auckland - and residents are apprehensive. Between February and March 2017, Auckland Council will conduct a trial of 65 new sites across the city that could become free legal campsites. But residents in one proposed site, the busy Brown's Bay beach on Auckland's North Shore, were not too keen on the idea. "I don't think Brown's Bay has the right facilities for that, so I'd prefer them not to open it up to freedom camping. There's no real shower facilities, I don't think it's an appropriate spot," Browns Bay resident Alta Rall said. READ MORE:* Freedom camping won't be solved by fines and chasing the campers away* Freedom campers take...

Five reasons to make tracks at Ski Bromont this season There is a rich skiing history at Bromont, montagne d’expériences, from legendary Canadian freestyle skiing pioneer Greg Athans winning Moguls and Ballet events at the 1979 World Cup Freestyle, to the FIS World Cup races in 1986. Located just 45 minutes from Montreal in the Eastern Townships, it’s become North America’s largest night-skiing resort.   Bromont has spent $1.5 million preparing for this season, in addition to $50 million invested over the past decade. As a result, it features a skiable terrain of 450 acres on seven slope sides, 1,200 snow guns, 141 trails — 97 of them lit — and 31 glades, while welcoming some 650,000 skiers per year. “Every year, I make sure to ski at least one run on every trail,” said Charles Désourdy, a passionate lifelong skier and president and CEO...

Niagara Falls gets $4M lighting makeover; LED brightens view NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario (AP) - A $4 million lighting makeover promises to dial up the wow factor of Niagara Falls at night. Officials say energy-efficient LED lighting being unveiled Thursday will provide brighter and more robust color than the halogen technology that’s been used to cast the Falls in rainbow hues after dark for the past 20 years. The light beams emanate from banks of spotlights on the Canadian side of the Falls, lighting up the Horseshoe and American Falls that, along with the Bridal Veil Falls, make up the bi-national tourist attraction. The Falls were lit for the first time in 1860 with 200 lights like those used to signal for help at sea. Electricity was first used in 1879. The Illumination Tower where most of the lights are...

MH370 relatives embark on debris search The search for MH370 continues... Credit: AFP     Relatives of missing MH370 passengers were headed to Madagascar on Saturday, harbouring hopes of finding seaborne debris, 1 001 days since the mysterious disappearance of the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines jet.  Four Malaysians and two Chinese nationals left from Kuala Lumpur and will be joined in Madagascar by other MH370 next-of-kin travelling from France. The Boeing 777 jet was carrying 239 passengers and crew when it disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.  It is believed to have crashed into the Indian Ocean, but an extensive deep-sea hunt off Australia's west coast has so far failed to find a single piece of debris from the plane, with the search set to end by early 2017. "It has fallen into...