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The Sultan of Brunei--whose Brunei Investment Agency owns the luxurious Dorchester Collection of hotels--announced yesterday that the first phase of the adoption of Sharia law for his country has begun.
This first phase, which is guided by Islamic principles, will administer fines or jail terms for offenses like pregnancy out of marriage, failure to perform Friday prayers and propagating other religions. The second phase will start next year and will issue amputations and/or whippings for thefts or alcohol consumption. Later next year, the law will introduce the death penalty by stoning for adultery, sodomy and insulting the Koran or the Prophet Muhammad. While most of the tiny country is Muslim, about 15 percent of the citizens are non-Muslims yet they will still be subjected to Sharia law.
The law was supposed to go into effect a few weeks so there is speculation that the Sultan was wavering but clearly, he decided to go ahead with it.
Meanwhile, the boycott of Dorchester Hotels in Beverly Hills is heating up.
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You can check in anytime you like but you probably can't leave until the fighting dies down in Tripoli.
Reports from Libya today have been all about the rebels taking down Qaddafi's nefarious regime in the capitol of Tripoli but the journalists responsible for getting those reports out are in a bit of a quandary themselves.
Approximately three dozen journalists are holed up in the five-star Rixos Al Nasr Hotel. Actually holed up is not the right word. Trapped is more like it.
The Guardian UK writes:
For months, many have feared they could be held by the regime as human shields if rebels reached the capital. The only exit route from Tripoli by land, the road to the Tunisian border, has been cut off by rebel fighters for more than a week.
Remember back in September when we cried tears of joy after hearing that Wyndham Hotels would be rolling out more Planet Hollywood Hotels? Our beloved early 90s movie-themed hotel would now be offered to us outside of Vegas.
We eagerly began jotting down a few possible trips--Planet Hollywood Miami, Planet Hollywood New York, Planet Hollywood Hollywood (duh) and Planet Hollywood London.
So imagine how utterly gutted we were when we found out that the first Planet Hollywood hotels would open, not here in America, but in China, Panama and Qatar. Why, god why?
USA Today reports:
Here's what Bill Marriott asked his secretary to type up and hand to the tech department to put on his blog about the buzz surrounding Edition:
We have other agreements in the works for hotels in more U.S., European and Caribbean destinations, but we're not ready to talk about them yet. In fact, interest from developers has been overwhelming right from the start and it's gaining momentum.
You know we were really skeptical about this partnership at the start. But then we realized it's something being put together by the two biggest hoteliers in the world. So it should be good. And we confess, we are really liking the name Edition.