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VIOLENT PROTESTS IN HAITI

Canadians wait at resort
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15 FEB 2019: A team of 26 aid workers with a missionary group from Quebec are among more than 100 Canadians trapped in Haiti after protesters blocked major highways across the Caribbean country in an effort to pressure President Jovenel Moise to resign. The Canadian embassy in the country has been closed since Wednesday amid violent street protests that have claimed several lives over the past week. MORE

A380 PRODUCTION ENDS

Loan remains outstanding
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15 FEB 2019: Germany's economy ministry says airplane manufacturer Airbus hasn't yet repaid all of the loan it received to develop the A380. The ministry said it was informed by Airbus ahead of the public announcement to end production of the world's biggest passenger plane. MORE

FIVE PAX INJURED IN TURBULENCE

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15 FEB 019: Five people suffered unspecified injuries when a Delta Airlines flight headed from Southern California to Seattle encountered severe turbulence and was forced to make an emergency landing in Reno. MORE

COLD STRESSED MANATEE RESCUED

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15 FEB 2019: Rescue teams in Florida are starting to see the effects of low water temperatures on the state’s manatee population. Earlier this week, a 725 lb. sub-adult male manatee arrived at SeaWorld Orlando’s critical care animal hospital, suffering from symptoms of cold stress and dehydration. MORE

COULD BE HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH

Vape pen causes small fire as passengers board plane
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15 FEB 2019: A small fire caused by an overheated vape pen battery delayed a Houston-bound flight from New York's LaGuardia airport. The incident occurred on Wednesday during the boarding of a SkyWest flight operating as s Delta Connection. MORE

THE MUSIC OF OUR LIVES

Beatles and Boomers
By ALLAN LYNCH
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15 FEB 2019: For Baby Boomers, the music of our lives was the Liverpool sound. Who among the Boomer generation can forget that Sunday night over 50 years ago (February 9, 1964) when 73 million people tuned in to see Ed Sullivan introduce four guys from Liverpool? MORE

NAME CHANGE

New North addition polarizes Macedonia
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15 FEB 2019: It's official: the Republic of North Macedonia has replaced Republic of Macedonia as part of a historic deal with Greece. As a first practical move, workers were replacing road signs on the border with Greece to reflect the name change, which ends a nearly three decade-long dispute with Greece over use of the term “Macedonia.” Later, the country will change signs at airports and on official buildings, web pages and printed materials. MORE

SOUTHWEST CONSIDERS LAS VEGAS HAWAII FLIGHTS

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15 FEB 2019: The chief executive of Southwest Airlines says the Dallas-based carrier is considering adding nonstop flights between Las Vegas and Hawaii. Gary Kelly says launching flights to Hawaii from four California cities is the airline's priority this year, but adding flights from Nevada to Hawaii could be possible next year. MORE

NO PLANES OR COWS

Trump warns of disappearance of air travel
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15 FEB 2019: If Democrats have their way, Donald Trump suggested, the United States will become a country without border security, airplanes or cows. Now while, of course, we care about border security and cows we were decidedly curious about the disappearing airplanes, especially when right wing radio commentator Rush Limbaugh repeated that threat on his radio show. MORE

THINK WARM THOUGHTS

Dream on
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15 FEB 2019: Today’s musical video was suggested by our editor at large who suggests “it captures the zeitgeist here in Canada at the moment”. Given that it was a chilly 14C last evening in Los Angeles you might want to dream someplace slightly warmer – but hey – it’s all relative. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

TOO BIG TO LAST

Airbus abandons iconic A380 superjumbo
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14 FEB 2019: European plane maker Airbus said today it will stop making its superjumbo A380 in 2021 for lack of customers, abandoning the world's biggest passenger jet and one of the aviation industry's most ambitious and most troubled endeavours.   MORE

THE BUSINESS OF FREEDOM

IATA CEO says aviation makes the world a better place
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14 FEB 2019: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged the United States government and industry to work together to ensure that aviation is able to accommodate an expected 62 percent rise in demand for air travel to, from and within the country over the next 20 years.   MORE

MORE COCKPIT SECURITY

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14 FEB 2019: Four US representatives claim there is still potential for 9/11 style hijackings and want to force the industry to add a secondary security door to cockpits. Congress agreed on a requirement for extra cockpit security for new planes last year but the new bill would expand this to all current operating aircraft. MORE

FLOWER POWER

Valentine roses not bugged
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14 FEB 2019: Throughout the five-week government shutdown, one essential government service continued at Miami International Airport: checking for exotic bugs in bunches of roses destined for Valentine's Day bouquets.   MORE

DALLAS WAS SMOKING

Air traffic disrupted at two major airports
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14 FEB 2019: Flights at Dallas' two major airports were temporarily halted after air traffic controllers were forced to evacuate a building because of smoke, and the resulting flight delays were expected to continue for hours.   MORE

EPIC PROBLEMS

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14 FEB 2019: After leaving Port Canaveral at the weekend, the Norwegian Epic had mechanical issues forcing it to skip port calls in Tortola and St Thomas in the Virgin Islands. It was rerouted to San Juan, where it crashed into the pier on arrival.   MORE

ACQUISITION

Southern Airways acquires Hawaiian carrier
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14 FEB 2019: Southern Airways has acquired Mokulele Airlines, adding flights in Hawaii and California to the commuter airline's portfolio. The airline announced Tuesday that it bought Hawaii's second-largest carrier in a deal that closed last week. Southern Airways did not disclose the terms of the deal.   MORE

DISCOVERING MARC CHAGALL IN THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE

By ANN WALLACE
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14 FEB 2019: It is one of my favourite places on Earth. (Well, I guess it has to be on Earth since I have not engaged in space travel.) It is a church, although I profess to no religion. Blink and you might miss it! Even if you do find yourself on the rutted laneway that leads to All Saints Church, Tudeley, in England’s beautiful county of Kent, it is unlikely you will be overly impressed with the unremarkable church that comes into view. Yet this little church is unique and beloved by many, including me.   MORE

AIR CANADA’S LOFTY AMBITIONS

By MARGARET SWAINE
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14 FEB 2019: At an event in Gatineau last week, Andrew Macfarlane, Airport Product Design Manager announced that Air Canada’s ambition is to be a top ten global airline carrier. The airline at present sits in number 30 position in the list of the best so I was excited to hear it has set such a lofty goal. At the very least this means better wines, food and lounges are coming.   MORE
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