U.S. GOVERNMENT SEEKS BAN
ON FROLICKING WITH DOLPHINS
UNITED States federal officials are eyeing a ban on swimming with Hawaii's spinner dolphins, saying the popular tourist encounters are harming the nocturnal creatures' sleeping habits.
The proposal would ban swimming with Hawaiian spinner dolphins or approaching the animals within 45m.
The measure would affect highly popular excursions that allow tourists
to swim with the marine mammals
or get near them by boat.
QATAR LEVIES AIRPORT TAX
QATAR has started to impose a
new airport tax on passengers
as it seeks new revenue streams amid falling oil prices.
Every passenger leaving Qatar from Doha's Hamad International Airport, including transit passengers,
will be charged 35 riyals (S$13)
for using airport facilities.
Airport fees have until recently been avoided by Gulf states as they seek
to gain a competitive advantage for business and become regional hubs.