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EARTHQUAKE BRINGS DEVASTATION

Death toll over three thousand
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27 APR 2015:  A sense of eerie calm and uneasiness hangs over Kathmandu, as the aftershocks keep coming for a third day after Saturday's massive quake. People are still trying to absorb what's happening to them and their city. Part of their anxiety appears to be fuelled by a near complete absence of any real information. MORE

SPRING IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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27 APR 2015:  Off the Place Bellecour in Lyon, footsteps from the Father of French Nouvelle Cuisine Paul Bocuse’s casual brasserie Le Sud, I’m at another foodie bastion – Le Grand Cafe Lyonnais carving into a succulent organic chicken leg bathed in a heavenly butter cream sauce. MORE

SPEED IT UP

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27 APR 2015: International travellers arriving at Chicago's O'Hare airport should find shorter lines at passport control thanks to a smartphone app.  The free Mobile Passport Control app was developed for US Customs and Border Protection. It allows travellers to plug in their passport information and submit customs declaration forms before arrival. MORE

EMOTIONAL CEREMONY AT GALLIPOLI

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27 APR 2015 - Almost 500 Australians and New Zealanders joined their fellow passengers on the decks of Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth for a very special memorial service as the ship sailed the waters off the Gallipoli Peninsula Friday morning. Marking Cunard’s long-standing association with Australian and New Zealand wartime campaigns, including Gallipoli, the emotional ceremony saw the ship’s crew and guests lay wreaths in the water in remembrance of the heroic soldiers who fought in the First World War campaign. MORE

KNOWN THREAT

Security heightened at LAX
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27 APR 2015: Security officers were out in force at Los Angeles International Airport and other airports in Southern California had heightened security on Saturday, because of a "known threat" to LAX from ISIS, according to a federal law enforcement official. Officials allegedly learned that ISIS called for attacks on uniformed personnel as part of a possible terror plot. MORE

OUTSTANDING GROWTH AND SERVICE

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27 APR 2015: UK and Ireland tour operator Rabbie's, is celebrating. The small group tour company received the prestigious Queen’s Award for International Trade in recognition of outstanding overseas sales growth over the last three years. Set up by Robin Worsnop in 1993, following a loan from his brother to buy his first mini-coach, Rabbie’s now employs over 100 staff in peak season and has a fleet of 52 mini-coaches. MORE

BOMB THREAT AT STATUE OF LIBERTY

Tourists evacuated
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27 APR 2015: The Statue of Liberty was evacuated as a precaution on Friday after a bomb threat, forcing hundreds of tourists to be herded off the New York island. A caller made the threat late Friday morning, "stating they were going to blow up the Statue of Liberty," the National Park Service said in a statement. MORE

GOING TO THE DOGS

In a good way
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27 APR 2015: Amtrak says it has not had a single complaint or problem with a pilot project in Illinois allowing customers to travel with small pets. So, it's making the programme permanent around the state. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

TALK ABOUT PRESSURE

Emergency landing as passengers lose consciouness
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24 APR 2015:  SkyWest Airlines and federal authorities say they still don't know what caused three passengers to lose consciousness on a flight  that then made an emergency landing in Buffalo Wednesday. The pilot feared a potential cabin pressure problem and dropped the plane to get breathable air, according to the FAA. MORE

RECORD PROFITS

United will speed up changes to fleet
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24 APR 2015: Lower fuel prices helped United Airlines earn a record first-quarter profit despite a dip in revenue. The airline predicted that a key revenue figure will fall in the second quarter, but CEO Jeff Smisek predicted another record profit in the April-through-June period on lower costs and higher margins. MORE

DRAMATIC GROWTH FOR INDIA

Poised to be leader in Business Travel
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24 APR 2015: The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Foundation, says India is poised for economic harmony as the region is growing strongly in the short-term and is also in an excellent position for the long-term.   Michael. McCormick, GBTA executive director and COO, said, “If India continues on its current growth path, it will be a world leader in business travel for decades to come.” MORE

CHEERS

Norwegian to offer free drinks on some short cruises out of Miami
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24 APR 2015: Norwegian Cruise Line is offering free drinks to attract more customers on short cruises out of Miami. The cruise line says it will include wine, beer, spirits and soda up to $11 in the cost of the fare on Norwegian Sky starting in January. The ship sails from Miami on three-and four-day cruises. MORE

MAKING IT EASIER

New Tool for low risk travellers from Brazil, Mexico and other countries
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24 APR 2015:  The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) has welcomed positive developments in the Government of Canada's plans to introduce an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) requirement for many travellers - including its use as a visa alternative for low-risk travellers from Brazil, Mexico, Bulgaria and Romania.  MORE

WE ALL TOOK NAPS

Astonishing claim of baggage handler
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25 APR 2015:  Willa Junior the baggage handler took a nap in the cargo hold of a plane at Seattle-Tacoma Airport last week only to wake up terrified when the plane was airborne, is still employed at his company, Menzies Aviation, but is no longer allowed to work on Alaska Airlines flights - one the largest airlines that fly out of Seattle.  MORE

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

A harmonious blend of technology and comfort
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24 APR 2015:   After a three-month massive makeover, the redesigned CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) is now open for business. “CAA is proud to unveil a unique retail experience for our members, customers and employees alike. The new, modern look and feel is the result of dedication, hard work and countless hours of planning, designing and constructing our new flagship store. This store remodel is the first of its kind and is the inspiration for future renovations,” said Kathy Kelly, director sales and distribution. MORE

SIX TASTY BITES OF HONG KONG

By WALLACE IMMEN
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24 APR 2015: A Michelin-starred meal for less than $20? You can find it in Hong Kong, along with a vast array of other gourmet treats in the most unpretentious of settings. Dining like the locals in Hong Kong requires going beyond the externals. On streets lined with hawkers’ stalls and walk-up apartment blocks, the aromas and sights of fresh food being prepared and cooked are pervasive. MORE
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