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Tuesday, August 8th, 2017


Lugano, Switzerland – Beautiful Lakeside Village in Ticino

Lugano, Switzerland 

Lugano is the biggest city in the Canton of Ticino, the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland.

The city is very affluent and it has been nicknamed “The Monaco of Switzerland”.

It has a Mediterranean climate and atmosphere and is Switzerland’s third most important financial center.

It is situated on Lake Lugano and surrounded by the picturesque mountains of Monte Bre, Monte San Salvatore, and Sighignola.

It is approximately 5 miles from the Italian border.

I have traveled to Lugano many times, flying into Milan, Italy and taking surface transportation to the central train station in Lugano. This is the type of city where you can go to clear your head and unwind. It is difficult to get depressed when everything around you is so beautiful.

Lugano is a tourist destination for Europeans and there are many scheduled events throughout the year. Peruse the Lugano tourism website below to view the entertainment scheduled for the year. Lugano Office of Tourism

The long lakeside promenade is lined with beautiful parks, fountains and statues. The mild climate allows for a variety of species of flora. Palm trees grow here. Yes, Palm Trees in Switzerland.

Lugano is home to Franklin University Switzerland. An American University fully accredited in the U.S. “and” Switzerland. It has a prestigious faculty that was selected from many different countries. The student body is multicultural and has a very strong alumni network. A uniqueness of the University is that it has purposeful academic travel incorporated into its curriculum. If you want your children to get an excellent education while becoming ”world-wise”, then this is the place to send them.

Franklin University Switzerland:

A Beautiful Video of Lugano posted to Youtube by Claudio Mortini:


Things I like to do when in Lugano: Take the funicular in Paradiso to the top of Monte San Salvatore and visit the small old stone church on the pinnacle and experience a few moments of silent contemplation. Have a cappuccino in the restaurant and enjoy the fantastic view. Get on board one of the regularly scheduled boat trips to the quaint Italian villas that dot the lakeside. — Gandria, Morcote, Parc Scherrer, Campione d’Italia, etc. — making sure that I take time to have a nice Italian meal at one of the stops.

Campione d’Italia is across the lake from Lugano. It is an Italian enclave. It has a colorful history, as it is a Tax Free Zone. It probably holds many secrets.

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Lake Lugano


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Franklin University Switzerland Campus


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Franklin University Switzerland Campus

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Lakeside Swimming Pool Lugano


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View from Promenade Lake Lugano


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Fountain at Lake Lugano


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Boat Dock Lake Lugano


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View from Restaurant Lake Lugano


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Lake Lugano Promenade


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U.S. Navy ‘Seabees’ And Medical Professionals Help Honduran Students (Southern Partnership Station 2017 Mission)

U.S. Navy Seabees And Medical Experts Help Honduran Students

SILIN, Honduras, Aug. 8, 2017 — Sailors assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 and medical professionals from the Navy Entomology Center of Excellence participated in a community relations project at the República de Colombia Elementary School in Silin, Honduras, Aug. 1.

The sailors provided entomology education to the students and made building improvements, including repairs to a faulty restroom, as part of the Southern Partnership Station 2017 mission.

“This was the first [community relations event] of the mission, and it was very successful and rewarding,” said Navy Chaplain (Lt. Cmdr.) Lee Rutledge, assigned to Naval Surface Squadron 14. “It was great to see the enthusiasm of our sailors and the joy on the children’s faces.”

During the project, the Seabees repaired the school’s restroom plumbing system by installing new PVC piping and replacing toilet assembly parts. The restroom’s plumbing had not worked properly for the past decade.

“I am really excited the Seabees are fixing our restroom,” said School Director Ivonne Dixiana Morazán. “We have brought many people throughout the years, and they could not fix it. These pipes have not worked since 2005.”

The community relations event was the first for Navy Seaman Dever Kelly since he joined the Navy, and he said he was excited to have the opportunity to enrich the lives of local children.

“It was meaningful for me to be here … and to provide a service that can benefit these children,” Kelly said. “I have never laid pipe down before, and I was able to do that. It was fun.”

Entomology Class

Seventy-eight students filled the classroom where Navy Lt. Cmdr. Ian Sutherland, technical director for the Navy Entomology Center of Excellence, and his colleagues taught. During the class, Sutherland gave a presentation on entomology, showing the differences between harmless and dangerous insects, and what precautions the children should take to stay healthy and prevent diseases.

“I had a blast in the class,” Sutherland said. “We had a game with the students, that if they answered a question right, they received a toy bug, which they were ecstatic about. And if they got it wrong, I had to do push-ups.”

The class later split up into groups for hands-on sessions with mosquito traps and with microscopes to observe live insect specimens. After the class, several students brought Sutherland the insects they caught in cups.

“When the students brought me the bugs, it gave me satisfaction and it verified that they received the information that we gave them,” Sutherland said.

The project marked the first time U.S. sailors have visited this school. Staff members expressed their gratitude for the support the sailors gave to them and the students.

“The class was very good, creative, and interesting,” Morazán said. “This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these students to see this kind of presentation, and for the sailors who provided it. We appreciated the sailors coming out and helping out the school.”

Southern Partnership 2017 sailors are scheduled to participate in four additional community relations events during the Honduras mission stop. Mission leaders are excited for the prospect of more similar opportunities in the future.
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“We are trying to breathe life into these schools, and we will continue to provide the services these children and schools need, regardless of the situation, from plumbing, painting or entomology training,” Rutledge said.


[Source: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jeremy Starr, Southern Partnership Station 17 ~ US DoD -/- Media Relations]
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A Flock Of Private Jets To Descend On Jackson Hole, Wyoming For The Solar Eclipse

August Is Peak Season And Already A Busy Month For Private Jet Activity In Jackson Hole

Total solar eclipse of March 9 1997

On August 21 at 11:35am Jackson Hole, Wyoming will be directly under the totality of the solar eclipse for 2 minutes, 20 seconds, with the partial eclipse lasting for over 2-1/2 hours.

The Jackson Hole valley includes Grand Teton National Park and is adjacent to Yellowstone National Park.  On the exact centerline of the eclipse totality, the southern part of Grand Teton National Park is one of the best places in the entire country to view this event.

A major summer vacation destination even without a total eclipse, Jackson Hole and the Parks are expected to exceed all-time records for visitors, lodging and traffic.  Visitor demand has been building for the eclipse for over a year.  Upscale lodging opportunities have expanded as a result; a recent advertisement featured a high-end 3-bedroom home with a guest house at $30,000 for the week.

This increased demand for the eclipse event is resulting in record private jet and charter aircraft traffic at the Jackson Hole Airport, already a popular hub for private jet travel and one of the top 3 summer mountain resort airport destinations in the U.S. along with Aspen, CO and Sun Valley, ID.  Located inside Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole Airport is the only airport in the country inside a national park.

The eclipse’s centerline path of totality will pass directly over the airport itself.  Private jet traffic surrounding the Aug. 21 date however, will be far from eclipsed.

Mt Owen and Mt St John across Jenny Lake

Private Jet Traffic Expected to Skyrocket

August is peak season and already a busy month for private jet activity in Jackson Hole, with daily private air operations averaging over 50 arrivals or departures plus more than 20 private aircraft parking on the ramp overnight.

Aircraft parking at Jackson Hole Aviation, the local FBO/private terminal, is expected to jump to near capacity with ramp space possibly filled and the potential of aircraft being turned away.  Depending on the volume of air traffic into Jackson Hole, the FAA may implement Special Traffic Management Programs (STMP) for private aircraft, where advance reservations known as “slots”, are needed for arrivals or departures.

Headquartered in Jackson Hole is New Flight Charters, a leader in nationwide private jet charter which arranges around 1,400 custom private jet flights per year.  The company monitors jet charter activity to and from Jackson Hole and is reporting up to ten times the normal activity of private charter aircraft to and from Jackson Hole Airport during this time.

August 18 to 23 is the busiest period, with peak traffic on August 18 and 22.

“Right now, August 18 looks to be busier than a December 26 at the airport,” said New Flight Charters president Rick Colson.  “We knew this would be busy but the numbers we are seeing are amazing.”  The day after Christmas is normally the busiest day of the year for private jet arrivals, bringing winter vacationers to Jackson Hole and its world renown ski destination Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the Four Seasons Resort and other high-end lodging.

Commercial airline traffic will be increased as well, an additional 15 commercial flights will be landing and departing between August 18 and 23 – three more per day than normal.  The Jackson Hole Airport is already the busiest airport in Wyoming

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Airport Runway Closing

The airport is planning for the eclipse.  With its location along the precise centerline of the eclipse’s path of totality, access to the airport will be limited for both those on the ground and in the air to help manage crowds and traffic.  The runway will be closed for 1 hour around the approximately 2-minute totality at 11:35am.  The closure will be from 30 minutes before, to 30 minutes after the totality.  And those driving to the airport that day will need their private aircraft’s tail number, an airline boarding pass, or a legitimate reason to access to the airport.

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Busiest Day Ever

Grand Teton National Park, where Jackson Hole Airport is located, is bracing for its busiest day ever.  The Park and Teton County are preparing for potential gridlocked roads, overwhelmed cell phone networks, and completely full public areas including parking lots, campgrounds, boat ramps, and roadway pullouts.

According to Teton park spokeswoman Denise Germann in the July 26 edition of the local Jackson Hole News & Guide, “’A typical August day is a very busy day at Grand Teton National Park,’ Germann said. ‘this Aug. 21, the day of the total eclipse, we’re expecting to be the busiest day in the history of the park.’

“Above all else, Germann stressed, visitors should come prepared for a long day. Bring food, water, a full gas tank and necessary medications.”

Arriving private jets would be wise to do the same.

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About New Flight Charters

Since 2004 charter aircraft owner and leading U.S. private jet charter brokerage New Flight Charters has arranged private domestic and international flights with top-rated operator aircraft along with its Best Price Guarantee, top aircraft availability, industry empty legs list, and a perfect safety history.  Extensive client reviews and industry ratings are available on the New Flight Charters website.  As a registered U.S. government contractor with an A+ rating by the BBB, and named to the Inc.500 fastest growing list four consecutive years, the jet charter company serves a wide variety of clientele including Fortune 500 companies, government heads of state, presidential campaigns, entertainment icons, private families and entrepreneurs.

For charter quotes or information nationwide, call (800) 732-1653.

Private jet charter information to and from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, including more than 40 current flight specials can be seen at Jackson Hole Jet Charter.


[Source: New Flight Charters -/- Media Relations]
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