Week in travel: 5 German cities to fight air pollution with free public transport

Week in travel: 5 German cities to fight air pollution with free public transport

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A Bahama’s resort is looking for a “chief flamingo officer”, a flatulating passenger forces a plane to make an emergency landing, and a Plymouth man completes a 20,000 mile pub adventure

If you ever dreamt of becoming a CFO – chief flamingo officer – now you have the chance. The Baha Mar luxury resort in the Bahamas is looking for someone to take care of the soon-to-be resident population of the iconic animal.

The resort’s advert says: “The Baha Mar culture begins with passion.”

“We have a passion for ‘better than best’ that leaves a lasting impression on our guests, and creates a timeless resort experience that is glamorous, fun and exceptional. Here is how you can ‘own the wow!’”

However, there is a twist – the job offer requires suitable qualification. The candidates need to have a zoology degree or at least a qualification in a relevant field. They must also have at least five years experience in a similar role.

The successful applicant will be housed in a Flamingo Mansion and will take care of programmes teaching tourists about the national bird of the Bahamas.

No more air pollution! Bonn, Essen, Herrenberg, Reutlingen and Mannheim to make public transport free

In a response to the threat of huge penalties by the European Union, Germany has decided to launch an ambitious project to reduce air pollution.

Bonn is one of five German cities that will fight air pollution with free public transport  — William Perugini / ShutterstockBonn is one of five German cities that will fight air pollution with free public transport
— William Perugini / Shutterstock

Five cities that face some of the highest levels of smog in the country will make their public transport networks free to citizens.  

The German government reportedly drafted a proposal to the European Environment Commissioner, Karmenu Vella. The radical move to reduce road traffic should be in place by the end of the year.  

The authorities also aim to establish low-emission zones for large transporter vehicles, boost incentives for electric cars and increase the number of electric taxis.

The move comes in the aftermath of the dieselgate scandal, where the car manufacturer Volkswagen provoked a wave of criticism toward the auto industry by falsifying the emissions recorded by its diesel cars.

Indonesia’s volcano blows its top, covering villages with ash

Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra violently roared back into life and blew its top on Monday, filling the internet with terrifying images and videos.

The active volcano that filled the sky with black smoke and covered nearby villages with ash went through the “biggest eruption this year”, according to Pak Kasbani, the chief of the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation.

Ash from Sinabung reached Lhokseumawe, a city more than 260 km away.

Officials distributed face masks and residents were urged to stay indoors.

“In some villages, the visibility was barely 5m after the eruption – it was pitch black,” local disaster mitigation agency official Nata Nail Perangin-angin said.

Luckily, the eruption caused no injuries, even though a video capturing children screaming as they fled a school suggests otherwise.

Flying into a headwind: Passenger who won’t stop farting forces plane to make an emergency landing

A Transavia Airlines flight from Dubai to Amsterdam Schiphol had to land unexpectedly in Vienna when passengers caused a disruption on board, Metro reports.

The reason for the incident was the least poetic possible – one passenger wouldn’t stop farting, even when asked by his co-travellers.


Two men and two women allegedly caused a ruckus over the indecent behaviour, which forced the pilot to make an emergency landing.

After the plane landed, the men and women were removed by police from the plane.

The women have taken the Dutch budget airline to the court, saying they had nothing to do with the incident at all.

“We had no idea who these boys were, we just had the bad luck to be in the same row and we didn’t do anything. All I will say is that the crew were really provocative and stirred things up,” Lacchab said to De Telegraph.

The carrier approved the actions of the cabin crew as their main concern is safety on board.

“Our crew must ensure a safe flight. When passengers pose risks, they immediately intervene. Our people are trained for that. They know very well where the boundaries are. Transavia is therefore square behind the cabin crew and the pilots,” the airline said in a statement.

Man travels 20,000 miles to visit pubs poles apart

Ben Coombs, a 38-year-old man from Plymouth in the UK, has completed a rather different kind of adventure.

He has completed a seven-month-long journey from the most northerly pub in the world to the most southerly in his sports car.

His adventure started in Pyramiden, an abandoned mining settlement on the Norwegian island of Svalbard, and after passing through the Americas he came across Puerto Williams in Tierra del Fuego, Chile – the pub that is the closest to the South Pole.  


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“Pyramiden is less than 700 miles from the North Pole, is the northernmost settlement on earth with a permanent civilian population, and has only one bar,” he told the BBC.

“The residents all live in the only building still functioning – the town’s old hotel – which happens to have a still-functioning bar.”

The final destination was a bit less stylish but Coombs says it’s the purpose that matters.

“It’s a bit of a dive actually,” he said.

“We’re talking plastic patio furniture inside, Chilean line dancing on the TV, and a menu which consists only of lager and cheap whisky.

“There are probably more appealing places to travel 20,000 miles to get to, but that’s not really the point. It’s the journey that matters, not the destination.”

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