Virginia dad claims Kingdom of North Sudan for his little princess

first_imgJeremiah Heaton was playing with his daughter in their Abingdon, Virginia, home last winter when she asked whether she could be a real princess.Heaton, a father of three who works in the mining industry, didn’t want to make any false promises to Emily, then 6, who was “big on being a princess.” But he still said yes.“As a parent, you sometimes go down paths you never thought you would,” Heaton said.Within months, Heaton was journeying through the desolate southern stretches of Egypt and into an unclaimed 800-square-mile patch of arid desert. There, on June 16 – Emily’s seventh birthday – he planted a blue flag with four stars and a crown on a rocky hill. The area, a sandy expanse sitting along the Sudanese border, morphed from what locals call Bir Tawil into what Heaton and his family call the “Kingdom of North Sudan.”There, Heaton is the self- proclaimed king and Emily is his princess.“I wanted to show my kids I will literally go to the ends of the earth to make their wishes and dreams come true,” Heaton said.Sheila Carapico, professor of political science and international studies at the University of Richmond, told the Bristol Herald Courier last week that Heaton would need legal recognition from neighboring countries, the United Nations or other groups to have actual political control of the land.last_img read more

More Brits have booked flights abroad during the w

first_imgMore Brits have booked flights abroad during the winter months, figures from cheap flights carrier easyJet have revealed.The airline has experienced a 17 percent increase in the number of passengers booking flights to European destinations this winter.According to psychologist Dr David Holmes, of Manchester Metropolitan University, a winter break benefits a person’s “mind, body and soul”.”Visiting countries with longer, brighter sunlight hours and/or taking an active holiday such as skiing or snowboarding is the perfect way to lift our spirits,” he said.”Physical activity increases the level of endorphins in our body which help boost feelings of control and happiness.”Ski destinations in Europe have enjoyed heavy snowfalls this year, with a number of resorts in Italy and France having opened a month ahead of schedule.easyJet flies to a number of airports close to ski resorts, including Geneva, Grenoble and Innsbruck.The airline recently announced that it has chosen the Alzheimer’s Society as its 2009 charity partner.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedCourchevel hosts Dali exhibition for skiersSkiers looking for a cultural destination this winter may head to Courchevel as the resort hosts a Dali exhibition.Brits hop on winter flights to EuropeBritish tourists are fleeing the UK to remedy their winter blues with some holiday cheer, according to easyJet.More cheap flights on offer from StanstedMore cheap flights on offer from Stanstedlast_img read more