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Vote in the UK holiday ‘Oscars’ and win a dream holiday for free

Vote in this year s UK Discount Holidays © holiday Oscars and you could win a dream travel prize – but you’ll need to hurry! The Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror have teamed up with the prestigious 2016 British Travel Awards1 the benchmark for excellence for the firms that make your time off extra special and it s your votes that count. So don’t hang around the big public vote closes at midnight on September 30!

Quite simply, these are the UK travel industry s most prized accolades because they re voted for by the people who pay hard-earned money for their holidays and services. The 82 prize categories include best overseas tour operators, cruise lines, hotels and staycation leisure attractions. To thank you for taking the time to join in, everyone who submits a vote is entered into a draw for a treasure chest of fabulous getaway prizes with more being added regularly.

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There are some tremendous travel treats to win. In the Aladdin s cave of goodies, worth more than 35,000, there are Discount Holidays © holiday packages, cruises, flights, Discount Holidays © holiday vouchers and discounts. British Travel Awards chief Lorraine Barnes Burton said: The BTAs give Daily and Sunday Mirror readers the opportunity to vote for who they think provides the best service and products when it comes to those all-important holidays and you could be winning next year s holiday, just by voting. So don t miss out. This is the largest consumer-voted programme in the UK, and in 2015 more than 250,000 British households took part, casting well over a million votes.

The award winners will be announced at a glittering gala evening in London on November 23.

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How it works

Voting is all online at britishtravelawards.com2 – You simply register, then vote and it s all scrutinised by leading accountants Deloitte. It s not limited to UK residents, so if you re reading our international editions or you re an overseas online reader, then you can vote too. There are 82 award categories, but you don t have to vote in every one you can opt for as many or as few as you want, right up to midnight on September 30.

And it s really simple. If, for example, you only want to vote for your favourite all-inclusive Discount Holidays © holiday firm and nothing else, you can.

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The online voting form allows you to return to it as many times as you like up to September 30 to dip in and out, to change your votes or add new ones. You will also be invited to take part in a survey that looks at the nation s Discount Holidays © holiday plans for 2017. It s entirely voluntary and, like the awards voting, you can do as much or as little as you like.

As a thank you for taking part in the survey, you get a bonus entry in the Discount Holidays © holiday prize draw.

The fab prizes on offer simply for voting

Some of the amazing prizes you could win include:

  • A 14-night Titan tour of America s Deep South. This trip of a lifetime is for two people and is worth around 5,000. It takes in civil war and civil rights history, musical heritage in Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans, the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum in Tupelo, a steamboat jazz trip on the mighty Mississippi, a visit to Jack Daniel s Distillery and much more
  • A weekend break for two to Rome with HolidayPirates, including flights for two and accommodation for two nights in a three-star hotel, worth over 500. Soak up the history and culture of the Italian capital, visiting museums, art galleries and ancient monuments and be sure to sample the cuisine.
  • An eight-day cruise for two along the Danube with Viking Cruises, including flights, six guided tours and all meals on board, worth over 5,100. Hungary s vibrant capital Budapest, Vienna s elegant caf s and Austria s Wachau Valley all await you.
  • Two pairs of flights for two people with Opodo, worth 2,500. Choose between Lisbon and Porto for your sundrenched break in Portugal, then jet off to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Flights are with TAP Portugal.
  • A week s villa Discount Holidays © holiday for two in Kefalonia, Greece, with Ionian and Aegean Holidays, worth 2,500. Flights, accommodation and resort transfers or car hire are all included in this beautiful break to the largest island of the Ionian sea, with white sandy beaches and pebbled coves.
  • Rental of a sporty BMW X6 M for a long weekend with Sixt Rent-A-Car, worth over 1,100.

    Pick up your stylish wheels on Thursday at noon and hand the keys back on Monday morning

  • A five-day break for two to Krakow
  • A seven-day China tour for two people (excluding flights)
  • A 750 villa Discount Holidays © holiday voucher
  • Two 500 cottage Discount Holidays © holiday vouchers
  • A five-star, all-inclusive week for two by the Red Sea
  • Two flights to Rio de Janeiro
  • A week s skiing for two in the French Alps
  • A 1,000 Cornwall Discount Holidays © holiday home voucher

References

  1. ^ British Travel Awards (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ britishtravelawards.com (britishtravelawards.com)

New York police investigate hate crime as Scottish Muslim tourist has clothes set on fire

Police in New York are hunting for a man who set fire to a Scottish Muslim tourist s clothes while she was shopping on Fifth Avenue.

The 36-year-old woman was browsing the boutiques on Saturday evening when she felt heat on her arm. She looked down and realised her blouse had been set on fire.

She saw the suspect pull a lighter away and walk away1, a police source told The New York Daily News. He doesn t say anything. The woman, who was unharmed, went to the police who published photographs showing the suspect swaggering along East 54th Street, minutes after the attack. The young black man is wearing a black sleeveless vest, black trousers and a hat.

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Police are treating the incident as a possible hate crime2.

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, urged a full investigation.

I would obviously be concerned because it s symptomatic of the overall rise in Islamophobic sentiment in our society, he said. The attack on the tourist came days after a 32-year-old woman from Brooklyn, who had written anti-Islamic rants on Facebook, attacked two young mothers pushing their children in prams. Emirjeta Xhelili allegedly punched the women in the face and tried to rip the hijabs from their heads3.

Prosecutors claimed that Xhelili shouted Islamophobic abuse at the woman, telling them: Get the f— out of here. Get the f— out of America b—-s This is America you shouldn t be different from us.”

She was arrested around half an hour after the alleged assault, after the two women pointed her out to police officers. She was later arraigned on a charge of misdemeanor assault as a hate crime at Brooklyn Criminal Court.

She didn t even care for the well-being of a baby that s how serious this hate crime is, Kelli Muse, the assistant district attorney, told the court. She continued to taunt the victims in front of police while in custody, saying You guys don t belong here. Xhelili was held on $50,000 ( 37,500) bond or $25,000 cash bail.

She had posted numerous anti-Muslim comments on her Facebook page, including one the day before the alleged attack, saying: From this moment on, every woman that waers (sic) the jihab/hijab will go to hell!!

I cant stand you f—ing hypocrites.

You have been warned.”

References

  1. ^ pull a lighter away and walk away (www.nydailynews.com)
  2. ^ a possible hate crime (www.discountholidays.info)
  3. ^ punched the women in the face and tried to rip the hijabs from their heads (www.discountholidays.info)

First tourist town blast suspect arrested in Thailand

Thai authorities have arrested the first suspect linked to a string of bomb and arson attacks that rocked southern tourist towns last month, a police officer said on Saturday. The coordinated blasts erupted across seven provinces on August 11-121, killing four and injuring dozens, including foreign tourists. One suspected arsonist was arrested yesterday in his hometown in Pattani

Assistant national police chief Suchart Theerasawat

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing spree but analysts say it bore the hallmarks of ethnic Malay Muslim insurgents behind a 12-year rebellion concentrated further south.

The battle for greater autonomy from the Buddhist-majority state has killed than 6,500 people mainly civilians since 2004, but the violence rarely spills outside the southern border region.

One suspected arsonist was arrested yesterday in his hometown in Pattani, assistant national police chief Suchart Theerasawat told AFP on Saturday, referring to a province that lies in the heart of the insurgency. The man, identified by police as 36-year-old Abdul Kadae Salae, is accused of setting fire to a supermarket in Trang province. The flames severely damaged the building and struck during the same early morning window as bombings in other towns, including the beach resort of Hua Hin and the island of Phuket.

He is being questioned at a military camp, the officer added.

With bombings, Thai militants appear to be sending a message to the junta2

Like some of the four other suspects still at large, Salae has a record of involvement in the southern insurgency, according police. But officers insist it is too early to call the tourist town bombings an extension of the southern rebellion, suggesting the men could have been hired by other opponents of Thailand s military government.

Junta rules out link between latest bombings in southern Thailand and earlier deadly attacks3

Analysts say the junta, which came to power in a 2014 coup, would be loathe to admit to a major expansion of the insurgency as it would undercut their claims to have stemmed violence in the restive border region. Drive-by shootings and roadside bombs happen almost daily in the culturally and linguistically distinct zone bordering Malaysia.

Car bomb kills policeman, wounds two in rebel-hit Thai south4

On Saturday one person was killed when an explosive planted on a railway track derailed a train car in Pattani.

One train staff was killed and one person was injured, said Colonel Pramote Prom-in, a southern army spokesman.

The rebels never claim their attacks but factions are known to be frustrated with their lack of progress after more than a decade of fighting.

References

  1. ^ coordinated blasts erupted across seven provinces on August 11-12 (www.scmp.com)
  2. ^ With bombings, Thai militants appear to be sending a message to the junta (www.scmp.com)
  3. ^ Junta rules out link between latest bombings in southern Thailand and earlier deadly attacks (www.scmp.com)
  4. ^ Car bomb kills policeman, wounds two in rebel-hit Thai south (www.scmp.com)

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