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Mayan Believers: Coastal Turkish Town To Be Spared Doomsday, Ark Awaits

The Aegean town of Sirince has just 600 residents, but thousands are flocking there to survive supposed "end of the world" on Friday.

HURRIYET, ANATOLIAN NEWS AGENCY (Turkey)

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SIRINCE - Thousands of believers in the "Doomsday" scenario based on an interpretation of the Mayan Calendar are flocking to this small Aegean town that some New Age groups say will survive Friday's supposed End of the World.

For Sirince, along with a village in the south of France, the predicted impending Apocalypse has been good business. The town of 600 residents, is normally popular in the summer tourist season thanks to its proximity to the Greek historic city of Ephesus, but is always quiet in December, with only a few rooms in guesthouses being occupied, notes the Istanbul-based daily Hurriyet.

This year, the town is far above capacity with more 60,000 visitors expected in the lead up to Friday's "duck the doomsday" event. An international organization called the Blue Energy Group, has spread the belief that Sirince and the French village of Bugarach will be the only two locations to survive Dec. 21.

Doomsday believers claim that Sirince has good energy and some Christians believe that it was the place where the Virgin Mary ascended to heaven. Some groups believe that a boat resembling Noah’s Ark, will arrive at the foot of the village and rescue believers.

Locals in Sirince are viewing the event as a business opportunity, with hotel owners bumping up their rates and local restaurants creating "doomsday" fixed menus and special cocktails.

"Thanks to this doomsday belief, the number of people visiting Sirince and (nearby) Selcuk has increased." Ä°zmir’s Culture and Tourism Director Abdülaziz Ediz told the Anatolian News Agency. "We can’t ignore people who believe in the end of the world, but at the same time, we cannot believe that the doomsday will actually occur."

Local villagers in Sirince are also happy to welcome "doomsday" tourists. "I wish this was a yearly occurrence, so more people would come to our village in the winter and bring more business," Sirince resident Ä°brahim Katac told Hurriyet.

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In Nicaragua, A Tour Of Nightlife Under Dictatorship

Nicaraguan publication Divergentes takes a night tour of entertainment spots popular with locals in Managua, the country's capital, to see how dictatorship and emigration have affected nightlife.

In Nicaragua, A Tour Of Nightlife Under Dictatorship

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MANAGUA — Owners of bars, restaurants and nightclubs in the Nicaraguan capital have noticed a drop in business, although some traditional “nichos” — smaller and more hidden spots — and new trendy spots are full. Here, it's still possible to dance and listen to music, as long as it is not political.

There are hardly any official statistics to confirm whether the level of consumption and nightlife has decreased. The only reliable way to check is to go and look for ourselves, and ask business owners what they are seeing.

This article is not intended as a criticism of those who set aside the hustle and bustle and unwind in a bar or restaurant. It is rather a look at what nightlife is like under a dictatorship.

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