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NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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20 APR 2015: Think of New York and a dynamo of cosmopolitanism, comes to mind for many with towering skyscrapers, Times Square and the Statue of Liberty. On the other hand a group of New York tourism representatives arrived in Toronto to share a list of the state’s happenings that could fuel many ideas for your clients who want an add-on to their New York City vacation or for those who just feel like embarking on an easy drive destination. MORE

WATCHING YACHTING

Will lifting embargo cause yacht invasion
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20 APR 2015;  Easing tension between  the US and Cuba could prove to be a mixed blessing in many ways. One is yachting.  The lifting of the US embargo could see an influx of tens of thousands of US yachts descending on the island, whose infrastructure is ill prepared for such an invasion.    MORE

AMA WATERWAYS PARTNERS WITH DISNEY

Five family focused river cruises
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20 MAR 2015: Luxury river cruise line AmaWaterways has announced a partnership with Adventures by Disney, the tour arm of the entertainment empire, for a series of five family-focused European river cruises. MORE

OUT DAMNED SPOTS

US Measles outbreak over
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20 APR 2015:  California health authorities declared an end Friday to a large measles outbreak in the US that started at Disneyland and triggered a broader debate about vaccinations. MORE

PHONE CALLS COST MORE THESE DAYS

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20 APR 2015: Readers know we don't like those pesky unsolicited calls - who does? So here’s a 'gotcha' story - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that Metroland Media Group Ltd. has paid $240,000 as part of a settlement over violations of the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules. Metroland is the largest community newspaper publisher in Ontario. MORE

COKE IS IT

French customs make record cocaine seizure off Martinique
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20 APR 2015: French customs officers have seized 2.25 tons of cocaine, worth around US$108 million, on a yacht off the coast of Martinique. The haul and three arrests was made on Wednesday but only made public by French officials on Saturday. MORE

SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

How about a Houseboat Holiday
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20 APR 2015:  Okay so there are no climbing walls,  waterslides, ersatz Broadway shows, but, if you're looking for something different, more laid back, restful and real, your floating cottage will let you fish, swim and sightsee while changing your watery location daily - or not - your choice. MORE

MECURE AWARDS FOR AIR TRANSAT

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20APR 2015:  Air Transat has won two Mercure awards — for Large Business of the Year and for Sustainable Development — at the Mercuriades awards gala, in recognition of its programme for green dismantling of end-of-life aircraft. The project, completed in 2013, saw two Airbus A310s eco-responsibly and sustainably dismantled, with 87 percent of the aircrafts' components reclaimed.  MORE

CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN

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20 APR 2015: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has climbed the country's highest mountain, state media has reported.  It was a feat undertaken in order to inspire the troops. Given the image released from the 9,000 foot mountaintop, the leader's unusual climbing gear included street shoes and a dress overcoat. MORE

AUTHENTIC SEACOAST

Buying the town
By MARGARET SWAINE
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20 APR 2015:What do you do if your family’s beloved summer vacation spot, a seacoast village that hugs the eastern shores of Nova Scotia is struggling to stay afloat? If you are Torontonian Glynn Williams you start with buying the local inn built in 1837 and end up more or less owning the whole town. MORE
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DARE TO COMPARE

EU targets Google price comparison
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17 APR 2015: The European Union's escalating legal attack on Google is likely to ignite a debate about whether the Internet search leader makes life more convenient for consumers or abuses its power to squeeze out rivals who might have something better to offer. MORE

CANADIAN WARSHIP DEPLOYS TO THE CARIBBEAN

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17 APR 2015:  A Canadian warship has been dispatched from Halifax to the Caribbean to take part in a multinational mission to thwart illicit trafficking and organized crime. MORE

UP IN THE AIR

Not just plane speaking
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17 APR 2015: The chairman of the House committee that handles aviation legislation has acknowledged he has a private, personal relationship with an airline industry lobbyist. MORE

CRUISE TOURIST KILLED IN WATERCRAFT COLLISION

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17 APR 2015: A cruise ship passenger from Virginia died when the personal watercraft he was operating collided with another one driven by a teenage tourist, authorities said Thursday. MORE

SILVER SERVICE

Airline to add routes throughout Southeast
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17 APR 2015:  Silver Airways officials said in a statement Thursday they'll start operating routes to New Orleans, Birmingham, Alabama, and the Savannah-Hilton Head airport. MORE

LAST CALL

Miami Beach considers early morning ban on outdoor alcohol sales
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17 APR 2015:  The mayor of Miami Beach is proposing a ban on alcohol sales at sidewalk cafes, patios and open air bars in the wee hours of the morning. MORE

NOT THE REAL THING

Prehistoric paintings recreated
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17 MAR 2015:  Jean-Marie Chauvet noticed air whistling out from a crack on a plateau in southern France, so he and fellow cave enthusiasts went to investigate. What they found that Sunday in 1994 still fills Chauvet's voice with wonder: an immense cave covered with prehistoric paintings of horses, mammoths and rhinos - paintings so vivid, he says, it felt like the Stone Age artists had just moments ago put down their ochre and walked away. MORE

AN OVERACTION TO SNORING

To put a fine point on it
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17 APR 2015: Wouldn't a nudge or a shake have done it? A woman who was promptly dubbed Psycho Pen Lady by one of her fellow passengers was removed from a flight on Thursday after she allegedly stabbed a man in the arm with a pen because he was snoring.  MORE

READY TO RELAX

Jazz tonight in Toronto
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And a reminder today folks - if you're tired of crazy customers, piles of paperwork and complex  issues waiting to be resolved - here's a solution.  Sunwing Chairman Colin Hunter is performing at his Jazz Bistro in Downtown Toronto, tonight and tomorrow.  Is there  a better way to unwind after a hectic week? Music. Atmosphere. Something cold in a glass. I'm relaxing already. MORE

SETTLING IN TO AN ELEGANT HOME AT SEA

An Adventurous Azamara Journey
By WALLACE IMMEN
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17 APR 2015: Is Azamara Journey a big small ship or a small big ship? It’s a question I pondered on the gangway boarding Azamara Club Cruises’ newly upgraded Journey in Athens’ port of Piraeus. MORE
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