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NOT THAT SIMPLE

Canada, EU push back at US on Cuba shift
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18 APR 2019: Saying it doesn't necessarily make it happen. Canada and the European Union vowed on Wednesday to protect their businesses from the Trump administration's new policy to allow lawsuits against foreign companies connected to properties seized from American firms during the Cuban revolution.   MORE

DAMAGING DALLAS FORECAST

American, Southwest cancel flights due to weather
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18 APR 2019: American and Southwest Airlines are cancelling hundreds of flights in the Dallas-Fort Worth area because of a forecast of damaging weather. The weather forecast calls for a chance of large hail, damaging winds and perhaps even tornadoes.   MORE

CINE ES VIDA

International Film Festival boosts tourism to Panama
By LIN STRANBERG
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18 APR 2019: “Cine es Vida” – Film is Life - was the slogan of the 8th annual Panamá International Film Festival, which took place from April 4 – 10. And Panamá City came alive with local and global visitors drawn by the festival’s manageable size and its international scope of films, selected under the leadership of hands-on executive director Pituka Ortega Heilbron and artistic director Diana Sanchez, who is also senior director of film at TIFF.   MORE

DIFFERENT STROKES

FAA says classroom and computer instruction sufficient. Garneau calls for flight simulators before Max 8s can return to Canadian skies.
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18 APR 2019: Transport Minister Marc Garneau says airlines hoping to fly the Boeing 737 Max 8 in Canadian airspace must first train their pilots using a flight simulator. That call goes further than recommendations from US regulators as training procedures for the grounded plane come under continued scrutiny following two deadly crashes.   MORE

DONATIONS TO NOTRE DAME TOP ONE BILLION

Bells toll in France and England to commemorate fire
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18 APR 2019: The bells of France have tolled, ringing out from the nation's cathedrals and basilicas in commemoration of the Notre Dame fire. From Sacre Coeur in Paris' Montmartre district to Strasbourg in the east and Rouen in the west, the architectural treasures of France solemnly marked the inferno Wednesday evening, two days after it ravaged Notre Dame of Paris. On Thursday bells will be rung at churches and cathedrals across England in solidarity with France.   MORE

TIT FOR TAT

EU threatens to tax $20 billion of US goods over Boeing aid
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18 APR 2019: The European Union has drawn up a list of US $20 billion worth of US products it could tax in an escalating feud over plane industry subsidies, the EU's executive commission said Wednesday. The commission said the EU could tax the products, which range from aircraft parts to frozen fish, from early next year in retaliation for US financial support to Boeing that it says hurt Europe's Airbus.   MORE

FAINT HOPE

Lenders hope bidding process can save Jet Airways
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18 APR 2019: Creditors of India's beleaguered Jet Airways say that they are “reasonably hopeful” that a bidding process with potential investors for a controlling stake in the airline will save the company. MORE

UNITED TRIMS GROWTH PLAN FOR 2019

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18 APR 019: The grounding of its Boeing 737 Max jets is causing United Airlines to trim growth plans for this year, and the carrier expects to discuss potential compensation with Boeing.   MORE

OUT OF GAS

Portuguese gas stations run dry
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18 APR 2019: Gas stations across Portugal began to run dry Wednesday as a truckers' strike over pay and working conditions entered its second day. The ongoing walkout by some 800 truckers who transport hazardous materials prompted a rush to fill tanks has left hundreds of gas stations closed.   MORE

GRAY-NICHOLLS AND THE BATMAN OF ROBERTSBRIDGE

By CINDY-LOU DALE
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18 APR 2019: The sleepy East Sussex town of Robertsbridge in Sussex is home to Gray-Nicolls who, since 1855 have been manufacturing cricket bats for some of the world's greatest players like David Gower, Mike Atherton, Clive Lloyd and Brian Lara.   MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

UPPING THE PRESSURE ON CUBA

Allowing lawsuits against foreign companies doing property business after the revolution
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17 APR 2019: Stepping up pressure on Cuba, the Trump administration will allow lawsuits against foreign companies doing business in properties seized from Americans after the island's 1959 revolution, a senior administration official said Tuesday. The move marks a change in more than two decades of US policy on Cuba. MORE

SHOCK, SADNESS, BUT NO PANIC

Minutes that saved Notre Dame
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17 APR 2019: Fuelled by a lattice of centuries-old timbers, the fire moved hungrily across Notre Dame's rooftop toward the cathedral's iconic spire. It belched yellow smoke, spitting out gritty particles of wood, stone, lead and iron and sought more. Far below, their vision obscured by fumes and tears, firefighters, priests and municipal workers passed treasures hand-to-hand, hoping the speed of desperation could outrun the flames. MORE

BOMBARDIER LOOKS TO BEEF UP THE BACKLOG

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17 APR 2019: The head of Bombardier Inc. says the continuation of its regional jet program hinges on whether the company can fill up the CRJ's partly blank order book. “We're trying to keep this product line going, because there's only two competitors there,” Alain Bellemare said. MORE

RUNWAY AT BERLIN AIRPORT BLOCKED

German government plane malfunctions
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17 APR 2019: A German government plane with no passengers on board was blocking the runway after a rough landing at one of Berlin's airports on Tuesday, forcing authorities to divert other aircraft during the busy Easter travel season. MORE

THE BEST OF BLENHEIM

Winston’s world and more at Oxfordshire palace
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17 APR 2019: 'At Blenheim, I took two very important decisions: to be born and to marry. I am content with the decision I took on both occasions.' – Sir Winston Churchill. MORE

NOT A SPEEDWAY

Natchez Trace Parkway taking action to decrease wrecks
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17 APR 2019: Officials with scenic Natchez Trace Parkway are reminding motorists that the roadway is designed for leisurely drives and not interstate-style speeds. Chief Ranger Sarah Davis says in a news release that actions are being taken to decrease accidents on the roadway. She says rangers are being moved to areas where accident rates are highest, and more tickets are being written. MORE

EXPLODING E-CIGARETTE CAUSES PANIC

Passengers race to safety at Las Vegas airport
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17 APR 2019: An e-cigarette charging mishap briefly caused panic at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. Several loud bangs had passengers fearing it was gunfire charging for the exits. MORE

A FAVOURITE AMONG FAVOURITES

By SAM ION
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17 APR 2019: I get asked a lot what my favourite resort is, and my favourite destination. I’ll bet you do, too.I have lots, but one of my very favourites is Pineapple Beach Club Antigua. It is a very special resort of 180 rooms tucked away just 30 minutes from the airport on the north east coast. It is roomy on 30 acres, but the way it is built it feels intimate with the buildings clustered together. And you won’t have the urge to call a cab to get to the beach, because it is right there. MORE
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