Here are a few more ideas for wonderful winter bre

first_imgHere are a few more ideas for wonderful winter breaks:10 of best cheap ski resorts in the worldLooking for the cheapest places to ski in Europe? There are plenty of bargain basement ski slopes in the French Alps, Italy and the USA, as well as a few hidden gems across Europe. Why winter is when Barcelona is at its bestWinter is one of the most beautiful seasons in Barcelona. It is when the people of the Catalan capital reclaim their city. Moving away from big crowds of tourists and with much less noise, it is a time of relaxation, great weather, family moments and good food. Where to go for guaranteed winter sunWinter getting you down? If you can’t stand the cold, why not jet off somewhere the sun is currently shining? Fly south to one of our top picks for winter sun and you’ll be topping up that tan before you know it.*Published September 2017. 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MoroccoOn the edge of the Sahara desert, Marrakech and Agadir remain warm throughout the winter. Chill on the beach against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains or, if that’s not relaxing enough, really treat yourself with a visit to a steamy spa-like hammam for some blissful pampering. Check out our guide to the top things to do in Marrakech, such as weaving between the street-food vendors and snake charmers of Djemma el-Fna.Find cheap flights to Morocco 2. Cape VerdeOnly a six-hour flight from the UK, Cape Verde is a stunning collection of islands off the coast of Senegal in west Africa. Its pristine sandy beaches are perfect for tanning, but if you want to do more than sun-worshipping, there’s always the option to try scuba diving, deep-sea fishing or windsurfing. Take a look at our guide to Sal, which is one of the most popular islands to visit and is home to some excellent kite surfing spots.Find cheap flights to Cape Verde 7. OmanPerhaps not an obvious destination, but this Middle Eastern blend of desert, coastal landscape, Portuguese colonial influence, rugged mountains and other natural wonders make Oman a great choice for the more adventurous winter sun seeker – especially as average temperatures remain comfortably in the 20s. Now head over this way to discover more of the hottest destinations to visit in February.Find cheap flights to Oman 5. MadeiraWith its pleasant winter climate, sea-and-mountain scenery and the old colonial charm of its capital Funchal, Madeira is made for a low-key relaxing winter holiday. For those who want a little more action, the island also offers water sports including windsurfing and sailing. Now head over here to discover more great places to visit in Portugal.Find cheap flights to Madeira ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 3. The GambiaA world away from Europe but only a six-hour flight from the UK, The Gambia offers an exotic yet accessible winter getaway. Get an intoxicating introduction to West Africa with a visit to the capital Banjul, or simply soak up the rays on a palm-fringed golden sandy beach. Sounds good, doesn’t it? We named the country as one of the best value holiday destinations, partly thanks to its super-cheap hotels, which can cost just £15* a night.Find cheap flights to The Gambia 8. Gran CanariaLying less than 100 miles off the coast of north-west Africa, it’s probably no surprise that winter on Gran Canaria is a most pleasant affair come the winter months. The sub-tropical south of the island boasts extensive white beaches that are particularly inviting for sunning yourself and forgetting the rain back home. Here are some tips on where to find the island’s best restaurants, and head this way to see Gran Canaria’s top attractions, including some Paleolithic cave paintings.Find cheap flights to Gran Canaria 1. TenerifeThe Canary Islands are probably the closest place to the UK to find winter sun, and Tenerife is tantalisingly temperate. With an average high of around 20°C, you’ll only need to pack a light jumper to wrap around your shoulders for evening dining on the terrace – beats pulling on a parka for a trip to the corner shop. Take a look at our guide for the best things to do while in Tenerife – including hiking up Spain’s highest mountain.Find cheap flights to Tenerife ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. DubaiYear-round sunshine is no mirage in Dubai. If you can tear yourself away from the largest shopping malls in the world, take an excursion into the desert by jeep and camel or simply soak up the sun and atmosphere in the more traditional Heritage Village. Take a look at this local’s guide to Dubai for more ideas on what to do, including where to find the best Emirati cuisine. Find cheap flights to Dubai 9. EgyptWhile Egypt has more than its fair share of sights, if you’d rather be sunned than stunned, head to the country’s Red Sea resorts. Sharm-el-Sheik is an immensely popular year-round destination offering superb scuba diving as well as limitless opportunities for getting a tan. If you’re worried about holidaying safely, take a look at this helpful advice for anyone thinking of travelling to Egypt.Find cheap flights to Egypt Didn’t find anything you fancied? Search for cheap flights and find your own deal here 10. DohaSometimes hailed as ‘the new Dubai’, Doha – the capital of Qatar – is one of the most up and coming cities in the Gulf. Stroll along the Corniche, a long seaside promenade that curves around Doha bay with places to eat and beautiful views. And Doha is just one of many Middle-Eastern cities that make a great alternative to the tourist hotspot of Dubai.Find cheap flights to Doha RelatedExit planet snow: 10 winter sun breaksExit planet snow: 10 winter sun breaks10 cheap winter sun destinations We’ve found 10 affordable hotspots where you can shed those winter layers and top up your vitamin D, all with great value off-season price tags. Explore cheap flight deals in the app 1. The Canary Islands Best for: a holiday with something for everyone There are several reasons UK travellers…Where to go on holiday for early summer sun in 2019Looking for a summer holiday but don’t want to travel during peak season when prices go through the roof? 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A Goldmine of Open Data about Nonprofits—Now at Your Fingertips

first_imgShare52Tweet5Share75Email132 SharesJune 16, 2016; Sunlight FoundationThe Sunlight Foundation reflects that though it takes years to liberate data, when the clouds part, you know it! So we should look at this moment, as the IRS begins to publish electronic nonprofit tax returns online in a machine-readable format on Amazon Web Services, as something of a historic watershed.It was almost a year ago that Rick Cohen wrote about Carl Malamud’s patient but dogged campaign to make 990s into open data. “This is a huge victory for the IRS,” wrote Malamud in an email to the Foundation. “The service stepped up to the plate and has squarely faced the issue of privacy breaches in public nonprofit returns and are now releasing machine-processible XML data for those returns. This is a huge release: 1.4 million e-file returns dating back to 2011 available for free and a commitment to update the data store on a monthly basis.”Malamud’s federal lawsuit resulted in a federal court order that required the IRS to disclose Form 990s as open data. This release of data from electronically filed nonprofit tax returns was to be made available online in a machine-readable format by early 2016, once privacy issues Malamud raised were resolved. As detailed in the White House’s third Open Government Action Plan, back in 2015:Tax filings for nonprofit organizations contain data that is legally required to be publicly released. Accessing the filings generally requires a request from the public, which can include a FOIA request, and results in more than 40 million pages provided in a non-machine-readable format. The Internal Revenue Service will launch a new process that will remove personally identifiable information before releasing the public information within electronically filed nonprofit tax filings. The electronically filed tax filings will be released as open, machine- readable data, allowing the public to review the finances and other information of more than 340,000 American nonprofit and charitable organizations.Now, anyone can access Form 990 data on Amazon Web Services for free. We expect researchers, regulators, and journalists will find this especially useful.“This is useful information to track nonprofits,” Malamud said. “A state attorney general could just search for all executives that received loans from their employer.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare52Tweet5Share75Email132 Shareslast_img read more