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Issue 654 - February 2019

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Monthly Archives: October 2017

134 years ago: A cathedral was founded on the place of the Empreror’s murder in St. Petersburg

Alexander II was killed by a terrorist bomb

Alexander II was known as the “Tsar liberator,” having banished serfdom from Russia. Although Alexander was the only emperor in Russia’s history to outlive 5 attempted murders, the 6th one ended in his death.

A member of the revolutionary organization Narodnaya Volya (The People’s Will) threw a bomb under the Tsar’s feet on March 1, 1881. Alexander passed away hours later, having planned to sign a new constitutional reform that very day.

La République de Chine à Taiwan honore Freesun News

From right to left : Mr. David Lin Yung-lo, Representative of “Taipei Representative Office in the European Union and Belgium”, Mr Jacques Schoonjans, Publisher & Editor in Chief Freesun News and his wife Mrs Marie Libert.

Le Bureau du Tourisme de la République de Chine (Taiwan) a tenu à honorer notre magazine en remettant son “Certificate of Award” à Jacques Schoonjans Editeur et Rédacteur en Chef de Freesun News “In recognition of his invaluable contributions in the field of tourism”.

Cette prestigieuse récompense a été remise à l’occasion de la célébration de la Fête Nationale du Double X par Mr. David Lin Yung-lo, Representative of “Taipei Representative Office in the European Union and Belgium. Mr. David Lin Yung-lo occupa par la suite la fonction de Ministre des Affaires Etrangères de la République de Chine un poste qu’il assuma jusqu’aux élections qui portèrent  Madame Tsai Ing-wen à la Présidence du pays.

LOT summed up a year of direct flights on Warsaw-Seoul Route : fastest growing long-haul connection

Warsaw, 19 October 2017 – Precisely one year after the launch of the connection, LOT summed up the first 12 months of its presence in South Korea. Until mid-October 2017, in total 67 thousand passengers benefitted from the direct flights and the aircraft load factor was on average 83%. Such excellent performance proves the potential for the connection’s expansion and the rise of the tourist and business traffic between Poland, the CEE region and South Korea.

airBaltic Carries 500 000 Passengers on Bombardier CS300

Riga. The Latvian airline airBaltic has carried over 500 000 passengers on the brand new CS300 aircraft and now every fourth passenger of airBaltic is flying CS300. In total airBaltic has flown to 40 destinations in the Baltics, Europe, Scandinavia, CIS and the Middle East with the Bombardier CS300 aircraft.

Martin Sedlacky, Chief Operations Officer of airBaltic: “CS300 is the most advanced jet aircraft in its class and is showing good operational results. Like all new aircraft, the implementation requires additional attention in terms of linking parts and systems of different manufacturers but our team together with Bombardier and other partners are doing excellent work so that our passengers could have the best flying experience.”

Pas de salafisme radical à la Grande Mosquée

Le ministre Jan Jambon, compétent pour la Régie des Bâtiments, a annoncé la résiliation de la concession de la Grande Mosquée de Bruxelles, suivant ainsi une recommandation de la commission parlementaire chargée d’enquêter sur les attentats terroristes de l’année dernière. « Un nouvel avenir va peut-être devoir être trouvé pour la Grande Mosquée », explique Jambon.

La mosquée est financée par des salafistes saoudiens. D’après la commission parlementaire, elle pourrait ainsi contribuer à propager le radicalisme violent. La commission propose de lutter contre l’ingérence et le financement étrangers. Une solution serait qu’une organisation reconnue – représentant plusieurs courants de l’islam – gère la mosquée.

Save the date of the European Conference on Natural Spas

The flagship spa & wellness event of the year in Central Europe will be held on 16th November 2017 in the natural Thermal Spa Resort of Radenci, which is known for its springs of the natural mineral water, Radenska. The Conference is organised by the Slovenian Spas Association, which is also celebrating its 60th anniversary, and will bring together leading experts in the fields of Balneology, Hydrotherapy, Physical Rehabilitation, Spas and Wellness for the occasion. You can expect very vivid discussions on all current topics.

airberlin to cease operating as part of oneworld from 28 October

airberlin will cease participating in the oneworld® alliance with effect from the close of business on 27 October 2017, following the filing by Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG’s (“airberlin”) for the opening of insolvency proceedings over its assets.

airberlin’s affiliate NIKI – which joined oneworld alongside airberlin in March 2012 – will no longer fly as part of oneworld at the same time.