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REPORT ON FLL JANUARY SHOOTING

Lack of command stymied response
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16 AUG 2017: According to a report released Tuesday, law enforcement command and communication systems broke down following last January's deadly shooting at the airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, leading to confusion and eventually panic as a false report of a second gunman spread among officers, passengers and employees.   MORE

AIR BERLIN FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY

Etihad pulls plug
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16 AUG 2017: Germany's second largest airline, Air Berlin, has filed for bankruptcy protection after its main shareholder, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, said it would make no more financing available following years of unsuccessful turnaround attempts. MORE

STIFF COMPETITION

Cathay Pacific posts large loss
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16 AUG 2017: Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific is reporting another loss as fierce competition from rivals took a further toll. The airline said Wednesday that it lost HK $2.1 billion ($342) in the first six months of the year, compared with a HK$353 ($57.4) million profit from the previous year. MORE

LONG HOT SUMMER

Las Vegas heat continues to delay, cancel flights
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16 AUG 2017: The extreme heat this summer in Las Vegas caused a multitude of delays and cancellations at McCarran International Airport, including one airline that suspended service for the season and another that had to adjust its departure schedule.   MORE

PACKING UP PUPPY

By ALLAN LYNCH
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16 AUG 2017: It’s always sad to read of animals who die or are lost in transit. But, like incidents with human passengers, those are a minority. Every day unseen herds of animals fly safely across continents and oceans. Some are just lucky with their travel, while others have the benefit of the specialized services of professionals, who are essentially travel agents for animals.   MORE

AIRBNB TO REMIT HOTEL TAX IN OKLAHOMA CITY

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16 AUG 2017: The home-sharing company Airbnb says it's reached a deal to begin collecting and remitting hotel taxes to Oklahoma City. The company says it will start collecting the 5.5 percent city hotel tax on all eligible bookings starting Sept. 1. Airbnb says the company previously reached a separate agreement with Oklahoma to begin collecting the state's 4.5 percent state sales tax, which began July 1.   MORE

SAFETY FIRST FOR SNORKELLERS

New safety rules at Great Barrier Reef
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16 AUG 2017: After a spate of deaths on the Great Barrier Reef in recent months, snorkelers may now be required to disclose any health conditions before taking to the water. Those deemed 'at risk' could be permitted into the water but will be made to wear colour coded equipment so they can be monitored. The new measures aim to cut fatalities after 10 people died in just six months last year on the reef. MORE

GROWING GROWING

the fastest growing tourism destinations
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16 AUG 2017: Three out of the top five fastest-growing tourist destinations for 2017 are in the Middle East, according to the latest statistical report from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The number of international tourists visiting the area also grew by 10.4 percent in the first four months of this year compared to the same period last year, says the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. The region now receives approximately 54 million international tourists a year. MORE

GRIZZLY HUNT BAN

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16 AUG 2017: Killing grizzly bears for trophy will come to an end in British Columbia, but not before hunters get one more shot this season. The provincial government announced yesterday that trophy killing of grizzlies across the province, and all hunting of the species within the Great Bear Rainforest, will be banned as of November 30th. MORE

CANYON TAGGED WITH ANTI TRUMP AND OTHER GRAFFITI

Sad
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16 AUG 2017: A scenic Idaho canyon has been tagged with profane references to President Donald Trump, the name “Sierra” and two sets of initials with hearts. Visitors spotted the graffiti on the canyon wall at the Perrine Coulee waterfall in the Snake River Canyon. The tagged wall is in a “grey area” in terms of authority jurisdiction, Twin Falls Police Department Lt. Terry Thueson said. MORE

I LOVE NEW YORK

What is not to like
By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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16 AUG 2017: My husband and I are just back from a few days in The Big Apple and I’m happy to report that you don’t have to be related to Donald Trump or the Rockefellers to have a wonderful time. From freebies to bargains to a few well-deserved indulgences, here’s where to save and splurge in the city that never sleeps.   MORE
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CANADIANS KILLED IN RESTAURANT ATTACK

Two Canadians among 18 dead in Burkina Faso
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15 AUG 2017: Tammy Mackay Chen and Bilel Diffalah were among the victims of an attack at a popular restaurant in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. Local media reports identified most of the dead, including Chen and her husband, Mehsen Fenaich of Senegal. MORE

SUNWING TRAVEL GROUP RANKED ON THE FP500 LIST

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15 AUG 2017: The Sunwing Travel Group has been included in Financial Post’s ranking of Canada’s top 500 earning corporations for the first time. The FP500 is an annual listing of the 500 largest corporations in Canada based on revenues from the previous year.   MORE

WESTJET ADDS DENVER

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15 AUG 2017: WestJet has announced it will begin serving Denver International Airport (DEN) daily from Calgary International Airport (YYC) starting March 8, 2018. "Calgarians have enjoyed WestJet's low fares and great guest experience since our inception and we are proud to bring our trusted brand to the Mile-High City, Denver," said Ed Sims, WestJet executive vice-president, Commercial.   MORE

THREE YEARS LATER

US company offers to take financial risk of new MH370 search
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15 AUG 2017: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared on March 8th 2014. After an extensive almost three-year search in the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia, Australia and China suspended search operations in January. They had scoured nearly 120,000 square kilometres (46,000 square miles) of remote seabed but failed to find any trace of the missing plane or its passengers.   MORE

IS NAACP ADVISORY HURTING HOTELS

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15 AUG 2017: According to the local tourism board, some St. Louis hotels are losing meetings because of a travel advisory issued by the NAACP over concerns about a state law that rolls back discrimination protections for workers. However, its tourism counterpart in Kansas City has reported no issues. MORE

JOLLY GOOD

Blue Diamond Resorts to take over management of Antigua Resort
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15 AUG 2017: Blue Diamond Resorts has announced that, beginning September 01, it will be taking over the management and operation of Antigua's largest all-inclusive resort, the 464-room Jolly Beach Resort and Spa.   MORE

SOLAR ECLIPSE TIP

Put down your smartphone and watch it
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15 AUG 2017: Prominent astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has a suggestion for anyone with a view of next week's solar eclipse: Put down your smartphone and take in the phenomenon yourself. The Aug. 21 event will be the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to cross a coast-to-coast swath of the United States. A total solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, completely blotting out the sunlight. MORE

DRINKING PROBLEM

Ryanair wants UK airports to curb alcohol
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15 AUG 2017: Ryanair is calling on British airports to curb alcohol sales following sharp increases in the number of incidents involving disruptive passengers. The carrier issued a statement Monday calling for a ban on alcohol sales before 10 a.m. and for limiting the number of drinks in bars and restaurants to a maximum of two.   MORE

WORDS MATTER

By PAM STELLINI
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15 AUG 2017: You will have to excuse me for gushing, but I am enamoured with the story of a family’s vacation plan that was predicated by ‘words.’ It started with words of mystery by an accomplished writer, and subsequently heartfelt words in a letter of condolence. This is how US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her family came to spend a vacation in the eastern townships of Quebec.   MORE
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