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HOLY MAN CAVE

Toronto tunnel has no deep purpose
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03 MAR 2015: Seems that neither basement nor garage were good enough. Two young men who built a mysterious tunnel in Toronto apparently had no criminal intent - they just wanted a man cave, police said Monday. MORE

TOURIST KILLED AT GLACIER

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03 MAR 2015: Alaska State Troopers say a 28-year-old Italian tourist was killed when he was crushed by a large piece of ice that broke from a glacier. Alexander Hellweger died Sunday in the accident at the head of Lake George Glacier, north of Anchorage. MORE

LABOURS LOST

Disputes force flight cancellations at SAS and Norwegian
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03 MAR 2015: Scandinavian Airlines says some 50 flights were cancelled Monday to and from Denmark after members of a Danish cabin crew union walked out to protest the carrier's plan to transfer employees to a domestic airline acquired by SAS. MORE

GOOGLE RIDE

Zipping through the Amazon
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03 MAR 2015: - For its next technological trick, Google will show you what it's like to zip through trees in the Amazon jungle. The images released Monday are the latest addition to the diverse collection of photos supplementing Google's widely used digital maps. MORE

NEW ZEALAND PLAYS HOST

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03 MAR 2015: New Zealand is hosting two brand new events to the country in March: The Ultimate Waterman and Crankworx. Born in Whistler, Crankworx is the world’s largest mountain bike event and is now truly global. From March 25 to 29, Crankworx will be held in Rotorua. MORE

YOU CAN VISIT NOW

North Korea lifts Ebola instigated travel restrictions
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03 MAR 2015: North Korea has lifted severe restrictions on foreign travel it imposed last year to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. The already isolated country virtually closed its borders to foreigners last October, halting all non-essential visas and requiring those few foreigners allowed in to undergo three weeks of quarantine. The rules applied to diplomats, NGO workers and even senior North Korean officials returning from overseas trips. MORE

BRAZIL TAKES BEST BEACH

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03 MAR 2013: Earning the coveted No. 1 spot on Trip Advisor’s annual Travelers’ Choice awards global list of World’s Best Beaches for the second year in a row was Baia do Sancho on the Brazilian island of Fernando de Noronha, off the coast of Fortaleza. MORE

HELLO NITTY GRITTY

The lean bottom line
By PAM STELLINI
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03 MAR 2015: A strange hotel will be opening in Japan this summer. The owners are working on the recruitment process right now and have identified about ten of the staff members they hope will help them achieve the epitome in efficiency. They boast of their receptionists having girlish gestures. And if all goes well future staff members will appear to sweat. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

FEBRUARY WAS BRUTAL

Extreme weather in Ontario Quebec and Maritimes
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02 MAR 2015:  It was a chaotic month for travellers - and everyone else. Between Ontario and Quebec deep freezes and the Maritime snowpocalypse, Canadians are thankful both that February is a short month and that it is over. MORE

DID HIGH VISIBILITY HELP MALAYSIA TOURISM

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02 MAR 2014: Two airplane catastrophes put Malaysia on the map in a bad way in 2014. But they didn't hurt the country's tourism, and the higher visibility may even have helped: visitor numbers had their strongest growth in years. MORE

CABIN SMOKE

Toronto bound flight makes emergency landing
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02 MAR 2015: A Toronto-bound jet with 35 people aboard made an emergency landing in Pennsylvania over smoke from a shorted-out cabin light. Air Canada Express Flight 7316 landed safely at around noon Friday at Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, about 70 miles east of Pittsburgh. MORE

HOT STUFF

Disneyland ride reopens after nearby fire
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02 MAR 2015: A Disneyland attraction has reopened after a small fire nearby was quickly put out. The theme park says the “It's a Small World” ride resumed operations Saturday night. The fire broke out in some foliage in the backstage area of the attraction. MORE

STRIP SOUK

Vegas version of open air bazaar
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02 MAR 2015:  An outdoor shopping experience modelled after a more modern Middle Eastern marketplace, complete with a little bit of price haggling, has opened in front of Bally's Las Vegas. MORE

NIGHTMARE

Pax stuck on plane for nine hours
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02 MAR 2015:  American Airlines flight 382 was supposed to leave Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport at 1.45pm on Friday for Oklahoma City, a flight of approximately 30 minutes and under an hour gate to gate.  It didn't take off until 10.48 pm and the passengers stayed on board for the whole nine hours. MORE

NOVA SCOTIA CUTS COSTS

Big savings for tourism
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02 MAR 2015:  Two visitor information centres will close and seven provincial parks will switch to self-service as part of a cost-cutting programme review by the Nova Scotia government. MORE

THE HENNESSY 250 TOUR

By MARGARET SWAINE
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02 MAR 2015: The world’s most popular cognac house is celebrating its 250 anniversary this year in style combining art and heritage in a unique travelling exhibit. The house of Hennessy will embark shortly on “The Hennessy 250 Tour” following the footsteps of the grand world tours the Hennessy family has made through the centuries. MORE
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