Get over the January blues by snapping up one of the magical holidays or unique opportunities on offer in our final charity appeal auction. Readers have the chance to bid on perfect minibreaks, from the premier suite of a stunning faux-fairytale castle perched in the Swiss mountains above Lucerne, to luxury villas in award-winning resorts on the Mediterranean, and hidden gems in Turkey and Marrakesh. Those looking to venture closer to home can bid on London lots including stays at top hotels by Kensington Palace and Soho, or join The Independent’s resident travel expert, Simon Calder, on a one-off “British travel masterclass”. An in-demand pair of tickets to Sir Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, to be used at any of the remaining tour dates worldwide, are up for grabs, as is a box at the Royal Albert Hall for any one of the iconic venue’s shows in the coming year. West Wing and Parks and Recreation fans can make a dream … [Read more...] about AIDSfree: Bid for a Cyprus sojourn or a box at the Royal Albert Hall in our final appeal auction
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BRITS heading to Florida can grab a bargain week's holiday in Orlando from £399pp, including return flights. There are two resorts to choose from, and they're both an easy drive from Walt Disney World. Wowcher has locked the price of the deal until midnight tonight (Thursday 17th January), meaning you'll have to be quick. Click here to book. You can choose between Avanti International Resort or Caribe Royale Orlando depending on the dates of your stay, and both are just a short drive away from Walt Disney World. The resorts feature facilities such as kid-friendly pools with fountains, fitness centres and a boutique on-site spa. Once you arrive in your chosen resort, you'll spend a week in a spacious double guest room with all the amenities you'll want. With the deal, you can also get a discount for tickets for Universal Studios: featuring Harry Potter world, the Simpsons ride, Diagon Alley, Grigotts Bank, and more. And you can choose to fly from Manchester or London, with travel … [Read more...] about Orlando holidays from £399pp – get a seven-night stay in Florida resort, including flights
Falco Ermert / Flickr (CC BY 2.0) For Russian businesses, Cyprus just isn’t what it used to be.New Cypriot anti-money laundering rules are compounding the effects of U.S. sanctions against Russia and its high-profile citizens, driving money away from the one-time haven.“Russians are downsizing in Cyprus,” said Kyriakos Iordanou, general manager of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus, whose members have clients from the country.The value of bank accounts at Cypriot lenders held by foreign nationals from outside the euro-area — mostly Russian — fell to 7.1 billion euros ($8.1 billion) at the end of November, according to the Central Bank of Cyprus. That’s down from a peak of 21.5 billion euros at the end of 2012.En+ Group plc said Nov. 2 it plans to move to Russia from Jersey rather than to Cyprus as previously planned. En+ is the main shareholder of aluminum giant United Co. Rusal, a company of billionaire Oleg Deripaska, who is … [Read more...] about Cyprus No Longer Mediterranean Haven for Russian Businesses
ENGINEERING work and other disruption threatens to hamper Bank Holiday plans for many. Here's your guide to help you plan your three-day weekend without disappointment. Trains Many train companies will be running revised timetables over the Bank Holiday weekend. Some will put on a Sunday timetable on Monday 27 August, while others will be changing entire routes altogether. Many rail firms are also running bus replacement services on some routes. Some stations are closing altogether, such as Euston station in London. This closure means no Virgin Trains on the West Coast Main Line will be running to or from London for the whole weekend — and the following two weekends. National Express coaches are putting on an extra 4,000 seats to accommodate for disrupted rail travel. You are advised to check the National Rail website for the latest guidance and information to help you make your journeys. Busses London busses are running a Sunday service on Monday 27 August. And disruption from … [Read more...] about August Bank Holiday travel disruption – what train and tube lines are down over the long weekend?