first_imgSource = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinson Royal Caribbean has announced details of their newest ship, Harmony of the Seas, which is set to launch in April 2016.The ship will be the third in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class, the largest cruise ships in the world.Royal Caribbean International president and chief executive officer Michael Bayley explains the company’s philosophy behind the new ship.“We are orchestrating a medley of new exciting concepts with the best Royal Caribbean innovations to strike the perfect chord for adventurous holidaymakers,” Mr Bayley said.Royal Caribbean Cruise Limited chairman and chief executive officer Richard D. Fain says the Oasis class ships continually impress their guests, both new and existing.“They shatter preconceived notions of what cruising can be and continue to stand in a category by themselves,” said Mr Fain.“With Harmony of the Seas, we are making the most exciting experience at sea even better.”The Harmony of the Seas will feature the Oasis class’ signature design of seven distinct neighbourhoods and span 16 decks. The ship will carry 5,479 guests at double occupancy and feature 2,747 staterooms.The new ship offers guests a range of experiences and amenities including three multi-storey waterslides, classic games arcade, a climbing play area for children and a Starbucks café.The Harmony of the Seas will also feature new technology such as the use of Royal WOWBands, which allows guest to make purchases and access their rooms via an armband. Also onboard is a new Bionic Bar, where guests are served cocktails by robot bartenders.Guests are offered a range of dining options including new restaurants Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, Sabor Modern Mexican and Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine.The Harmony of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean’s third new ship to launch over the next 18 months alongside Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas.Itineraries for Harmony of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas will be released next month.last_img

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first_imgNearly three weeks after a fight broke out between boys basketball players from Hudson’s Bay and Mountain View high schools, juvenile prosecutors say the case is still under review, but the players involved likely won’t see a day in court.Deputy Prosecutor Rick Olson said Tuesday that the Jan. 8 case is being reviewed by Clark County’s juvenile services. But, Olson said, it appears the allegations would only result in, if anything, misdemeanor assault charges, which are not handled by a prosecutor.Minor misdemeanor cases are reviewed by juvenile intake officials. First-time offenders are offered a diversion program. Once it’s completed, the case is dismissed.Olson did not offer any more details on a timeline for the case to conclude.“I don’t know because I don’t make that decision,” he said.Olson did say that the case was complicated because there are conflicting reports on who instigated the confrontation. Three Hudson’s Bay athletes, ages 14 to 17, were disciplined by the school and two Mountain View players were hurt in the melee following the Saturday night game in which the Thunder beat Hudson’s Bay 56-54 at Mountain View. The players required medical attention but were not seriously injured.The fight broke out about 30 minutes after the game when Bay players were leaving the school and there were three Mountain View players nearby. Words were exchanged — the confrontation was captured on security cameras but there is no audio available — before it escalated into a brawl. A coach from each school was present but they were unsuccessful in stopping the fight.last_img

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Time growing short, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders failed to reach agreement Thursday night on a compromise to cut spending and head off a midnight Friday government shutdown that no one claimed to want.Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid all said the differences had been narrowed in a pair of White House meetings during the day. They directed their aides to work through the night in pursuit of a deal.“I expect an answer in the morning,” Obama said in an appearance in the White House briefing room shortly after the meeting ended. The comments capped a day in which the president, Reid and Boehner bargained and blustered by turns, struggling to settle their differences over spending cuts and other issues at the same time they maneuvered to avoid any political blame if they failed. With the economy just now beginning to create jobs in large numbers, the president said a shutdown would damage the recovery, adding that “for us to go backwards because Washington couldn’t get its act together is just unacceptable.With an agreement elusive, Republicans passed legislation through the House to fund the Pentagon for six months, cut $12 billion in domestic spending and keep the federal bureaucracy humming for an additional week. “There is absolutely no policy reason for the Senate to not follow the House in taking these responsible steps to support our troops and to keep our government open,” said Boehner.last_img

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