ANTANANARIVO, May 19 (Xinhua) -- Madagascar will organize its second International Whale Watching Festival between July 2 to 10, in the eastern region of Sainte Marie Island which is frequented by a high number of humpback whales, organizers said on Wednesday.

"Parades, carnivals, sports animation and tours of Sainte Marie Island have been programed for the 2016 edition," head of Sainte Marie Tourism Office Rindra Rakotoarisoa told Xinhua.

This year's festival will be sponsored by Julien Lepers, a French television star who will also attend the exhibition of the event during the Madagascar International Tourism fair that will kick off on June 2, 2016.

"Whale eco-tourism or watching of whales in their natural habitat, is a tourism activity that has today gained huge popularity and it offers the country strong tourism potential," Rakotoarisoa said.

The official said between four to five thousand tourists are expected to attend the festival which will be an occasion to create awareness about this mode of tourism that encourages respect for the environment and protection of the ecosystem. Enditem

LONDON cheap adidas nmd high tops sale , June 17 (Xinhua) -- Britain attracted the highest number of foreign direct investments (FDI) among any other nation in Europe in the past year, official government figures revealed Wednesday.

It means Britain has maintained its position as the number one destination for such inward investment projects.

The investments in the 12 months to April 2015 resulted in over 85,000 new jobs being created and a further 23 cheap adidas nmd high tops ,000 jobs safeguarded. It also took FDI stock in Britain passed the 1 trillion pounds mark (1.57 trillion U.S. dollars) for the first time ever.

The British government's main investment arm, the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), published its annual investment figures Tuesday cheap adidas nmd city sock sale , revealing for the 201415 financial year Britain attracted 1,988 FDI projects, or 12 percent more than in 201314.

A UKTI spokesman said in London: "The UK's strong performance during 2014 has seen the country's inward FDI stock -- the value of accumulated FDI in the UK -- break the 1 trillion pounds level for the first time. This is the highest in Europe and third in the world after the United States and China."

British Prime Minister David Cameron said: "The scale of foreign investment is a huge success story which shows that Britain is the place to do business and is more evidence that our long term economic plan is working."

"Securing investment from overseas is a key part of our 'One Nation' policies to create thousands of jobs cheap adidas nmd city sock , provide security and opportunities for working people throughout the UK," said Cameron.

Trade and Investment Minister Lord Maude commented: "2014 was an exceptional year for UK inward investment and we are proud to be bucking the global trend. The government will continue to work hard to attract investment from across the globe to further strengthen the UK economy."

The UKTI statistics show that FDI into Britain came from more than 70 countries, including the world's leading emerging markets.

The United States remains the largest source of inward investment cheap adidas nmd chukka suede sale , with a total of 564 projects in 201415, followed by France (124 projects). China was in the fourth place in the investment table with 112 projects.

Investment from India increased by 65 percent making it Britain's third largest source of FDI accounting for over 9,000 new and safeguarded jobs.

The UKTI spokesman added: "There was also evidence of a strengthening relationship with China with 112 projects in 201415 resulting in almost 6 cheap adidas nmd chukka suede ,000 new and safeguarded jobs."

The figures came as Cameron and Maude traveled to Italy to meet with British and international businesses at Milan Expo 2015.

To strengthen Britain's key global relationships, Maude announced Tuesday the date for the fifth Great Global Investment Conference, which will take place in London on Sept. 17 this year.

The conference will bring together global corporate leaders and other investment stakeholders to hear from industry leaders as they share their success stories.

Sci-fi adventure-drama Tomorrowland starring George Clooney went straight to the top of the North American box office on its debut weekend , estimates showed Sunday.

The Disney movie, which has had mixed reviews, was projected to pull in $40.7 million over the Memorial Day long weekend cheap adidas nmd sale , according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Directed by Brad Bird, the film tells the story of former boy genius Frank (Clooney) and the precocious Casey (Britt Robertson) in their danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of a mysterious place known only as "Tomorrowland."

The movie relegated musical comedy sequel Pitch Perfect 2 into second place in the box office standings, expected to rake in $38 million over four days to Monday in the US and Canada.

Starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson cheap adidas nmd shoes , it follows the fortunes of the Barden Bellas singing team as they chase international success after being banned from the competitive circuit.

Third was the reboot of Australian director George Miller's Mad Max franchise, with $30 million.

It is the fourth film of the iconic series and the first since 1985's Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.

Fourth in the box office was a new entry for horror classic Poltergeist ($27.7 million) on its debut weekend in movie theaters.

The new, 3D take on the 1982 hit tells the disturbing story of a family whose home is haunted by evil forces that abduct their youngest daughter.

The movie just sneaked in ahead of superhero blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron cheap adidas nmd , which was shunted down to fifth spot with $26.8 million for a total haul of $410 million since release.

Sixth in the box office was the critically panned comedy Hot Pursuit with $4.3 million and seventh, with $2.9.