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Travel Daily News: Ukrainian cruise ports lower fees to promote Black Sea

444 weeks ago
In order to enhance cruise ships call figures, the port of Odessa, Ukraine, will offer a 20% discount on port fees for cruise liners, starting from the 2010 cruise season. Furthermore, all Ukrainian cruise ports will provide a 50% discount on port fees from November 15th till March 15th every year. A 100% discount for tonnage will also be granted from the third call of any vessel of one cruise company to one Ukrainian port throughout a year. Read the story here.

Update: Bird flu outbreak in Romania, near Ukraine

444 weeks ago
BRUSSELS, March 16 (Reuters) - Romania has identified an outbreak of bird flu at a poultry farm and taken steps to control its spread, the European Union's executive said on March 16.

Romania reports bird flu outbreak

444 weeks ago
BRUSSELS, March 16 (Reuters) - Romania has identified an outbreak of bird flu at a poultry farm and taken steps to control its spread, the European Union's executive said on March 16.

Former Russian prime minister Chernomyrdin's wife dies

444 weeks ago
Moscow, March 13 (Interfax) - Valentina Chernomyrdina, the wife of former Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, has died in Moscow, Interfax was told by the family.

Travel Picks: Top 10 hotels to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

444 weeks ago
NEW YORK, March 12 (Reuters Life!) - St. Patrick's Day, which will be celebrated next week, has become a worldwide phenomenon with festivities that occur not only in the United States and Ireland, but also in the Caribbean, New Zealand and Japan.

Kuliniak heads Culture and Tourism Ministry

445 weeks ago
Mykhailo Kuliniak has been appointed head of the Ukrainian Culture and Tourism Ministry.

Ex-wife criticizes Mandela to British newspaper

445 weeks ago
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A British newspaper's interview quoting Nelson Mandela's ex-wife bitterly criticizing the anti-apartheid icon has prompted outraged headlines in South Africa.

Mauritius, Seychelles tourism recovery continues

445 weeks ago
PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - Tourist arrival numbers to Mauritius and Seychelles continued to improve through February although the Mauritian government said the strength of recovery in the sector had been subdued by a weakening euro.

Health Ministry: Situation for flu epidemic is favorable in Ukraine

445 weeks ago
A favorable situation for flu and acute respiratory diseases is seen in all regions of Ukraine, the press service of the Ukrainian Health Ministry has reported.

The Trumpet: Russia?s influence advances in Ukraine

445 weeks ago
Newly inaugurated Ukrainian President Viktor F. Yanukovych visited Moscow last Friday and promised Russian officials a “sharp turn” in bilateral relations between the two countries. Read the story here.

U.S. general's Kyrgyz visit rivals Russian influence

445 weeks ago
BISHKEK, March 10 (Reuters) - U.S. General David Petraeus arrived in Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday, a day after the United States said it would build an anti-terrorism training centre for the former Soviet republic in Central Asia.

Lavrov: Russia could take more steps to secure visa-free travel with EU

445 weeks ago
Moscow, March 9 (Interfax) - The authorities in Moscow are ready to take a number of steps that could lead to the introduction of visa-free travel between Russia and EU member states, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a news conference after talks with his Finnish counterpart Alexander Stubb in Moscow on Mar. 9.

Our Sports Central: Hosts of the Euro 2012 football championship travel to Utah

445 weeks ago
SANDY, Utah (Monday, March 8, 2010) - Where do the hosts of Europe's largest sporting event - the European Football Championship - go to learn tips of the trade? Utah - host of the 2002 Winter Olympics and home of Real Salt Lake, MLS Cup 2009 Champions. Read the story here.

Yanukovych hopes Ukrainians will travel to Europe without visas next year

445 weeks ago
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said he hopes that the visa regime between Ukraine and the European Union will be stopped next year.

Travel Picks: Top 10 famous movie hotels

445 weeks ago
NEW YORK, March 5 (Reuters Life!) - While most travellers can only dream of getting an Oscar or being on the silver screen, anyone can pretend to be star at U.S. hotels where countless movie scenes have been shot.

Estonia considers tourism priority sphere in cooperation with Ivano-Frankivsk region

445 weeks ago
Ivano-Frankivsk, March 5 (Interfax-Ukraine) - Estonia considers tourism one of the priority directions for its cooperation with Ivano-Frankivsk region, Estonian Ambassador to Ukraine Jaan Hein has said.

World in Ukraine: Small Japanese community has big influence on nation

446 weeks ago
Considering the extensive Japanese influence on Ukraine, from popular sushi restaurants to imported cars, the head count of expatriates from The Land of the Rising Sun may come as a surprise. There are only 200 Japanese nationals living in Ukraine, according to the Japanese Embassy.

Cruise travelers tell of deadly waves off Spain

446 weeks ago
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Mediterranean was heaving as the 68-year-old Italian stood in the cruise ship lounge. A moment later a monstrous wave shattered the windows and sent shards into her head, leaving her bleeding on the ground and calling out for her husband.

Experts Expecting Strengthening Of Influence Of Big Business On Politics During Yanukovych's Presidency

446 weeks ago

"We are stepping into the life, when the oligarchs will influence on the politics of the Ukrainian state. I believe, now, Yanukovych is in more vulnerable situation... And they [oligarchs] showed they are the major politicians in the country while the rule of Yuschenko...," Verkhovna Rada deputy of the Our Ukraine People's Self-Defense Bloc faction Oles Donii said.

Experts Expecting Strengthening Of Influence Of Big Business On Politics During Yanukovych's Presidency

Experts Expecting Strengthening Of Influence Of Big Business On Politics During Yanukovych's Presidency

446 weeks ago

"We are stepping into the life, when the oligarchs will influence on the politics of the Ukrainian state. I believe, now, Yanukovych is in more vulnerable situation... And they [oligarchs] showed they are the major politicians in the country while the rule of Yuschenko...," Verkhovna Rada deputy of the Our Ukraine People's Self-Defense Bloc faction Oles Donii said.

Experts Expecting Strengthening Of Influence Of Big Business On Politics During Yanukovych's Presidency

Ukraine to get visa-free travel, free trade zone with EU in a year

446 weeks ago
President of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych believes that Ukraine will enjoy visa-free regime and free trade zone with the EU no later than in a year.

Ukrainians can travel to Croatia without visas from April 1 until October 31

446 weeks ago
Croatia is to introduce a visa-free regime for short trips for Ukrainian citizens from April 1 until October 31.

Central Bank liquidating BIG Energy Bank

446 weeks ago
The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has decided to liquidate Kyiv-based BIG Energy Bank, the NBU said in a posting on its Web site.

Russia's influence on Picasso feted in Moscow

446 weeks ago
MOSCOW, Feb 26 (Reuters Life!) - Russia's influence on Pablo Picasso was celebrated at a new Moscow exhibit on the Spanish painter, sculptor and co-founder of the Cubism movement.

The Sofia Echo: New figures confirm impact of financial crisis on tourism in EU

447 weeks ago
The Sofia Echo reports: Bulgaria was among 26 European Union states that saw declines in hotel guest numbers in 2009, according to figures released by the bloc’s statistics office, Eurostat.In the 27 EU member states in 2009, the number of nights spent in hotels and similar establishments was just more than five per cent less than in 2008. Read the story here.

European Parliament may call on EU Council to draft roadmap towards visa-free travel for Ukraine

447 weeks ago
The European Parliament is planning to call on the EU Council to mandate the European Commission to work on a roadmap towards visa-free travel for Ukraine.

WHO to assess whether H1N1 has peaked within weeks

447 weeks ago
GENEVA, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Health experts will review the status of the H1N1 pandemic in a few weeks to decide whether it has peaked but it is already clear that it is less severe than previous outbreaks, the World Health Organisation said. The WHO's emergency committee decided on Tuesday that it was premature to declare the pandemic, which was declared in June and was the first in more than 40 years, was past its worst.

Sofia News Agency: Ukrainians to travel visa free to EU

447 weeks ago
The European Union will propose to the Ukraine a plan for a visa-free regime for travel inside the Union for Ukrainian citizens. The information was reported by the Italian Foreign Affairs Minister, Franco Frattini, after the meeting of the EU top diplomats in Brussels. Read the story here.

US warns about travel to two more Mexican states

447 weeks ago
WASHINGTON, Feb 23 - The U.S. State Department issued an updated travel alert for Mexico on Monday, adding Durango and Coahuila to a list of states with areas it urged U.S. citizens to avoid visiting due to rising violence.

Ukraine, Oman soon to sign agreement on visa-free travel for official delegations

447 weeks ago
Ukraine and Oman are planning soon to sign an agreement on a visa-free regime of travel for official delegations, according to a statement posted on the official Web site of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on Feb. 22.

New travel agency offers the bear necessities

447 weeks ago
PRAGUE, Feb 22 (Reuters Life!) - A newly formed Czech travel agency is offering escorted trips for pampered toys.

WHO to review H1N1 pandemic status on Feb. 23

448 weeks ago
GENEVA, Feb 18 (Reuters) - The World Health Organisation's emergency committee of experts will meet on Feb. 23 to decide whether the H1N1 flu pandemic has peaked, the WHO's top flu expert, Keiji Fukuda, said on Feb. 18.

World Health Organization to decide new flu vaccine formula

448 weeks ago
WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (Reuters) - World Health Organization advisers will announce the make-up of this coming year's seasonal flu vaccine on Thursday. Flu vaccine makers anxiously await the decision, scheduled to be announced at 5 a.m. EST/1000 GMT, because they need this guidance to start formulating vaccines for the Northern Hemisphere's fall vaccine mix.

Update: New seasonal vaccine to contain pandemic H1N1 strain

448 weeks ago
GENEVA, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Vaccine experts recommended onFeb. 18that the coming year's seasonal flu vaccine in the northern hemisphere contain three strains, including the pandemic H1N1 virus, officials said.

Hot Russian Brides.com: New eBook for men traveling to Russia or Ukraine available

448 weeks ago
HotRussianBrides.com, the most innovative and customer-service-oriented Russian brides website, announces the release of their new eBook entitled "Meeting for the First Time: A Gentleman's Guide to Traveling to Russian and Ukraine For Love" with the aim of helping men seeking love on Russian dating sites to have realistic expectation of the courtship process. Read the story here.

Twitter dating for tech-savvy singles

448 weeks ago
TORONTO, Feb 17 (Reuters Life!) - For tech-savvy singles who are unlucky in love, shy or just looking for a new way to meet people, Flitter could be the answer.

Relatively favorable situation with flu epidemic in all regions of Ukraine, apart from Volyn

448 weeks ago
Kyiv, February 17 (Interfax-Ukraine) - A relatively favorable epidemic situation is now being observed in all regions of Ukraine, apart from Volyn region, where the sickness rate from flu and acute respiratory diseases was approaching the epidemic threshold as of February 15, the Ukrainian Health Ministry's press service has reported. A total of 17 persons have died of flu and flu-like illnesses during the week from February 8-15. The largest number of deaths was recorded in Donetsk region (seven persons, including three women who were in labor).

About Kiev Ballet.

448 weeks ago
Kiev Ballet means: more than 200 years history, 24 ballets in repertory, and the parade of bright personalities which have always been considered among the most talented in the world.

Health Ministry confirms 1,093 deaths from influenza and acute respiratory infections

448 weeks ago
The Health Ministry has confirmed that 1,093 people died of influenza and acute respiratory viral infections in all the 24 regions of Ukraine as well as in the cities of Kyiv and Sevastopol, and the Crimean autonomous republic from October 29, 2009, to February 15, 2010.

Study: Online dating gaining worldwide acceptance

448 weeks ago
LONDON, Feb 15 (Reuters Life!) - If you spent Valentine's Day looking for love online then you are among the one in three Internet users who regard the web as a good place to find a relationship, according to a new study.

Ukraine hopes to sign agreement on visa-free travel with Israel in first half of 2010

448 weeks ago
Ukraine's Foreign Ministry hopes to sign an agreement on visa-free travel with Israel in the first half of this year, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Petro Poroshenko said at a briefing in Kyiv on Feb. 15.

Minister: Swine flu outbreak threatens at World Cup

448 weeks ago
CAPE TOWN, Feb 15 (Reuters) - South Africa faces a possible health crisis if a swine flu outbreak strikes during the soccer World Cup this year, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told parliament on Feb. 15.

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry hopes to sign roadmap on visa free travel with EU in first half of 2010

448 weeks ago
Ukraine's Foreign Ministry hopes to sign a roadmap on visa-free travel with the European Union in the first half of 2010, its chief said on Feb. 15.

Second wave of flu expected in Ukraine next week

448 weeks ago
A second wave of flu is expected in Ukraine late in February, the chief immunologist of Kyiv Center for Clinical Immunology, Oleh Nazar, has said.

Ukraine and Poland agree on cooperation in tourism

448 weeks ago
Poland and Ukraine have signed a joint memorandum on cooperation in the sphere of tourism.

Cold may cut plans for New Year travelers in China

449 weeks ago
BEIJING (AP) — Severe rain and snowstorms may create delays and dangerous road conditions for millions of travelers going home for the Lunar New Year this weekend, China's national meteorological bureau warned Feb. 12.

WHO to assess whether swine flu peak is over

449 weeks ago
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization will hold an expert meeting later this month to consider whether the swine flu pandemic's peak has passed.

Yanukovych consolidating power in Ukraine

449 weeks ago
Stanislav Krasnov marched with the hundreds of thousands demanding a pro-Western government during Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution.

That government's final days seem near now. A preliminary count of Ukraine's weekend presidential vote shows Russian-leaning candidate Viktor Yanukovych narrowly beating Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the blond-braided heroine of the Orange Revolution.

Ukraine instability fears as Tymoshenko plans next move

449 weeks ago
She has not said it herself so far but Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko seems to be preparing the ground to challenge the results of Sunday's presidential election.

The anticipated move comes despite the Central Election Commission (CEC) and international observers saying they have found no evidence of significant fraud and that both voting and counting were fair.

Members of the Tymoshenko bloc in the Ukrainian parliament have been lining up today to question the validity of the result in more than 1,000 polling stations out of a total of more than 30,000 across the country.

"We will appeal in the courts not against the quality of the election, which was evaluated by the international observers, but against the quality of counting the ballots," said Andriy Shkil.

"Believe me, public opinion [in Ukraine] and European opinion will coincide with ours when we prove this in the courts."

Other party members say the number of falsified votes is more than the margin of approximately 900,000 by which Mr Yanukovych won the election.

That means the entire election result may eventually be called into question by Mrs Tymoshenko.

So a battle looms.

Bumpy transition

The smooth transition of power that European election observers said should be a priority for political leaders here is looking less and less likely.

On the square outside the CEC, the number of Yanukovych supporters arriving from around the country is growing.

On Tuesday morning, Sergei Tyagni, a local organiser for Mr Yanukovych's Regions Party, was on stage telling the crowd they would stay on the square "until the end" in order to defend their victory.

"Yes, as a party member I will call for other members and supporters to come out on to the streets, to protest and unite [if the election results are challenged in court]," he told me.

"But the courts will not go in her favour."

It is all adding to a growing sense of uncertainty in Ukraine especially as some analysts believe the legal action by Mrs Tymoshenko's party is just part of her plan.

"To make this [legal action] more weighty, she will try to organise protests and I don't exclude the possibility of there being attempts to occupy official buildings," said Andriy Kulykov, a political journalist and well-known TV talk show host.

"I have no doubt there will be quite a havoc after the election and there's probably a plan to bring the situation to the boiling point before saying there's a need for a truce... and then they will be able to settle the arguments between them."

In the midst of a deep economic crisis, this is the last thing Ukraine needs as a result of the election.

Internal Affairs Ministry: Violations During Voting Not To Influence Presidential Elections Results

449 weeks ago

He said that the violations would not disrupt the elections.

Internal Affairs Ministry: Violations During Voting Not To Influence Presidential Elections Results