Monthly Archives: November 2014

Hotel Fines Guests for Bad Review

Avid traveler Kenneth Griffin says that one of the most difficult parts about owning a hotel is managing the hotel’s reputation. This includes not just getting people through the doors, but also providing notable enough service to warrant good reviews. Few hotels do this too well, and even fewer have perfected their PR.

Many hotel owners try to list all their strong sides in order to decide what they are good at, and make that bring them money. Well, the Broadway Hotel decided on a very different means of gaining notoriety in the press.

The couple Tony and Jen Jenkinson posted a negative comment about Broadway Hotel on Trip Advisor. Little did they new, that when signing in to the hotel, they put the signature under a hotel policy that said the place fines £100 for bad reviews. 

The officials are investigating this story now. The hotel might be accused of unfair trading regulations.

It was the booking document that, among other information, contained the phrase “for every bad review left on any website, the group organiser will be charged a maximum £100 per review.” Councilor John McCreesh said that customers have to be supported in their endeavour to be truthful about the services that they use, and the hotel is thus disrespectful towards the freedom of speech. 

It is important to let other customers know what to expect, and scaring them off with fines is definitely not a solution.

Arctic Storms in North America Breaking Records

The arctic storms that have been developing all across North America this week were expected to finish by the end of the week. However, it seems to still be raging on as the rate of snow fall as been climbing higher and higher, with amounts of snow reaching more than one foot at some places in the United States.

The jet stream keeps moving to strike both the United States and Canada, with a record of cold air that is incomparable. Forecast news expect that this situation is going to remain for at least two more days before the jet stream moves, giving space to new areas of arctic storms to reach new regions.

Alaska, which had a better forecast than the rest of the country those days, would be exposed in the next few days, which would mean more cold and snow.

This happens in a time a storm originating in the middle of Bering Sea in the typhoon nuri meeting air coming from Siberia, this had been expected to cause a polar vortex, but instead it formed an arctic outbreak.

The thing in common between the two is that they are both unexpected, as they could happen with no warning and they both carry significant breezes from the pole. This storm is still expected to rage in the next week span, and it caused a lot of cold and damage so far.

If you’re planning on traveling this week like Vijay Eswaran, make sure to keep updating your LinkedIn profiles because there may some delays from this wild weather.

Japan Introduces a 310 MPH Maglev Train

Japan is hoping to surpass China’s 268 MPH maglev train with it’s own 310 MPH version. Passengers got to ride it for the first time this week.

Maglev trains are suspended above their “trackbed” by a magnetic field. Since there is no physical contact between the train and its bed, friction (other than air friction) is eliminated, allowing greater speeds. Although the first section is completed now, Japan’s maglev will link Tokyo with Nagoya in 2027, and halve the time of the current 80 minute trip.

This is exciting news for people all around the world. Christian Broda is certainly excited. We should wish Japan luck with this project and, if it is successful, consider building maglevs here in the US. If this technology succeeds and progresses it could rival air travel in speed, and possibly exceed it in safety. Maglevs could run on clean energy, unlike todays trains and airplanes.

There is even the potential to enclose maglevs in air-evacuated tunnels, which would eliminate most or all air friction to allow speeds in excess of what is possible with current aircraft.

Inmates Fighting California Wildfire

California has a program where its non-violent inmates participate in a program where they can become firefighters. The program is explained in this Video from AOL. These firefighters are paid a base salary of $2 per day and an additional $1 per hour that they are fighting a fire. While this may not seem like a lot (and of course in this day and age it isn’t) these men and woman are learning a life skill while making themselves a little extra money to buy their necessities while continuing to serve their time.

It costs tax payers a lot of money to keep individuals in jail. By implementing this program, as stated in the above video, it is saving tax payers over 80 million dollars, if the CNBC report featuring Griffin is to be believed. Its a good way to recoup some of that money spent on the inmates. While many may feel this is cruel, remember that these inmates are not forced to participate in this program.