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Donald Trump luxury hotel opens just blocks from the White House

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump opened the latest outpost in his real estate empire on Monday, a luxury hotel in a historic building five blocks from the White House that underwent a two-year, $200 million ( 150m) renovation.

While staff members at the 263-room Trump International Hotel planned little hoopla for what they described as a “soft opening,” about 40 protesters opposed to the New York real estate developer’s presidential run gathered outside. The opening came eight weeks before the November 8 election1.

Donald Trump Luxury Hotel Opens Just Blocks From The White House Demonstrators from Answer Coalition protest outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC Credit: AFP

“It kind of fits his personality that he finds a way to be on Pennsylvania Avenue, one way or another,” said protester Judy Byron, 70, a Washington artist.

The hotel, which includes a $20,000-a-night suite, is less than a mile down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House. The hotel is housed in Washington’s third-tallest building, the 1899 Old Post Office, built in the Romanesque Revival architectural style. Mr Trump said on Twitter he had stopped by the property “to thank all of the tremendous men & women for their hard work!”

The protesters criticised some of Mr Trump’s positions, including a promise to build a wall along the Mexican border to block illegal immigrants2. Protest organiser Andrew Castro of Baltimore said: “We’re out here building a wall against racism.”

Stopped by @TrumpDC to thank all of the tremendous men & women for their hard work! pic.twitter.com/oGcJL4N45434

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Dozens of people filtered in and out on Monday afternoon, some to gawk and others pausing for a drink at the hotel’s bar. On his way in, Ric Hedlund, who works in port development, said he had been impressed by the renovations of a building that he said was previously “a dump.”

“I’m going in to drink Trump wine,” said Mr Hedlund, who added he also supported Mr Trump as a candidate.

Donald Trump Luxury Hotel Opens Just Blocks From The White House A view of the lobby in the Trump International Hotel just after it opened on Pennsylvania Avenue Credit: EPA

Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka6, who helped negotiate the 60-year lease with the US government and oversaw the building’s revamp and design, said the project had come in a year ahead of schedule and under budget.

“We have really positioned this hotel to not only be the finest hotel in DC but in the country,” she said in a telephone interview. A grand-opening ceremony is planned for next month.

The Republican nominee attended the 2014 groundbreaking for the renovations alongside local Democratic officials before launching his presidential campaign last year. While Mr Trump’s name is hard to escape in his native New York, where it adorns structures including the Trump Tower as well as a Bronx golf course, the hotel marks his most visible presence in Washington.

His comments describing some Mexican immigrants as criminals7 prompted celebrity chefs Jose Andres and Geoffrey Zakarian to pull out of the project. Mr Trump has sued them.

Donald Trump in quotes8

References

  1. ^ November 8 election (www.discountholidays.info)
  2. ^ Mr Trump’s positions, including a promise to build a wall along the Mexican border to block illegal immigrants (www.discountholidays.info)
  3. ^ @TrumpDC (twitter.com)
  4. ^ pic.twitter.com/oGcJL4N454 (t.co)
  5. ^ 12 September 2016 (twitter.com)
  6. ^ Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka (www.discountholidays.info)
  7. ^ His comments describing some Mexican immigrants as criminals (www.discountholidays.info)
  8. ^ Donald Trump in quotes (cf-particle-html.eip.discountholidays.info)

British tourists start mass poolside brawl at Benidorm hotel using WWE ‘spear’ technique

This is the shocking moment a pool party descended into a massive brawl in the US. Footage shows men in swimming trunks exchanging punches next to a row of sun loungers by a pool in San Marcos, Texas. At one point, a man can be seen sprinting at full pace towards his opponent and tackling him to the ground with a ‘spear’ technique similar to a move used in the WWE.

British Tourists Start Mass Poolside Brawl At Benidorm Hotel Using WWE 'spear' Technique British Tourists Start Mass Poolside Brawl At Benidorm Hotel Using WWE 'spear' Technique

Shocking footage shows the moment British tourists massive brawl breaks out between at a hotel. One man is sent tumbling into the pool (right) after a savage punch (left)

British Tourists Start Mass Poolside Brawl At Benidorm Hotel Using WWE 'spear' Technique

Footage shows men in swimming trunks exchanging punches next to a row of sun loungers by a pool in Texas

Another man is sent tumbling into the pool after a savage punch while the crowd cheers. The fight then escalates into two separate brawls with one in the pool and the other by the sun loungers.

Others scramble to break up the fight. The 40-second clip was uploaded on to social media over the weekend and has been shared thousands of times.

British Tourists Start Mass Poolside Brawl At Benidorm Hotel Using WWE 'spear' Technique

At one point, a tourist can be seen sprinting at full pace towards two brawling men and tackling his to the ground with a ‘spear’ technique used by the WWE wrestler Goldberg

British Tourists Start Mass Poolside Brawl At Benidorm Hotel Using WWE 'spear' Technique

The footage starts with two men squaring up to each other before one of them, wearing multi-coloured shorts, unleashes a punch

The footage starts with two men squaring up to each other before one of them, wearing multi-coloured shorts, unleashes a punch. He is then taken out with a flying rugby tackle before the entire pool area descends into chaos.

The exact location of the fight is not yet known.

Terrified tourist who took secret photo of ‘witch temple’ captured something incredibly unnerving on a chair

A terrified tourist who took a secret picture of a ‘witch’s temple’ captured what appears to be a spooky apparition sitting down on a chair. Lee Hart of Really Haunted UK1 was at the Niddry St Vaults in Edinburgh on Saturday when he says there were unexplained disturbances, including furniture being moved and missiles being lobbed at guests. He said stones and tables appeared to move on their own, with some lobbed at members of the public.

And those who attended say that eerie shot shows clearly a spirit presence on the chair to the left.

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The ghost hunters take members of the public to haunted locations, and on Saturday night had 20 guests.

“We split them into two teams, both using a ouija board at the time of the photo, around 1am.”

The room where the photo was taken is, Lee says, a “genuine witches’ temple that is actually still in use by modern day witches”.

The ‘temple’ area is closed off by bars, but when the phenomena started, the group were snapping photographs and captured what Lee identifies as “the holy grail of paranormal research, a spirit manifestation”.

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He goes on: “On the night we had guests being touched and this incredible photo.

“We had tables going crazy, stones were being thrown at some of the guests, it was quite an active night.”

After the photo was snapped, Lee says, it was “immediately shown to guests on the night to authenticate that we haven t edited it”.

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References

  1. ^ https://www.facebook.com/reallyhaunteduk/ (www.facebook.com)