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POSSIBLE DELAYS AT THE BORDER

Officers being diverted to Quebec from across Canada
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18 MAY 2018: The Canada Border Services Agency has advised its members throughhout the country that agents from across Canada will be sent to Quebec to alleviate pressures caused by the influx of refugee claimants coming across the Canada-US border at unofficial entry points. MORE

THE POWER OF THE KILAUEA ERUPTION

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18 MAY 2018: Sharing a deep connection to nature’s power—and to people displaced by it—two photographers document a volcano’s destruction and help the Leilani Estates community recover. MORE

FLIGHT CLAIM

Apps and websites help air passengers get compensation for flight problems
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18 MAY 2018: Airline passengers who use social media to vent their rage at being stuck on a tarmac for hours or waiting days for their luggage to arrive may get some apologetic words from the company, but are unlikely to recoup any money for their efforts. MORE

GETTING TOGETHER

KLM makes it happen
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18 MAY 2018: Inspired by International Family Day, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines recently surprised three people who live in Canada and are separated from their loved ones. Their emotional tales are part of a video launched on KLM Canada social media platforms and Youtube channel. MORE

GOING IT ALONE

A helping hand for solo travellers
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18 MAY 2018: The number of Google searches for ‘solo travel’ increased 40 percent between 2015 and 2017. So, what’s with the rising attraction to solo travel? It’s safe to say that technology has something to do with it. Viber is one of the messaging apps that encourage and assist people to travel alone.   MORE

CRUISING WITH ROBOT BARTENDERS

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18 MAY 2018: No word how good they are as listeners – a traditional bartender function, but at Royal Caribbean’s Robot bartenders are entertaining and efficient in mixing and serving up a drink – and they are fascinating to watch.   MORE

HOME SWEET HOTEL

San Francisco says couple illegally turned home into a hotel
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18 MAY 2018: A couple turned their home into an illegal hotel where a party held by guests last year ended in a shootout that sent partygoers fleeing from rooftop to rooftop and terrified neighbours. A lawsuit filed by the city alleges Erik M. Rogers and his wife, Anshu Singh, unlawfully rented their home through short-term rental websites for at least 319 nights between June 2016 and October 2017, sometimes charging more than US $800 a night. MORE

ON THE BEACH

Strange stuff washes up
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18 MAY 2018: Ever wonder what washes up on beaches and where it comes from? Well, everything from 80,000 pairs of Nike shoes to beaches full of bananas to giant Lego men have drifted ashore. From underwater mysteries to the most weird things, this top 10 list of awesome deep sea things will surprise you! Weird doesn’t begin to cover it. MORE

THIS IS AMERICA

A new video by Childish Gambino must be seen
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18 MAY 2018:  Donald Glover whom you may know from both his series "Atlanta" and his role as young Lando Calrissian in the forthcoming "Solo: A Star Wars Story," recently hosted "Saturday Night Live" has released a video under his ‘Childish Gambino’ musical alter ego and it is causing a great deal of comment. MORE
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AN AFFLAIR TO REMEMBER

Tait takes off
By JEN SAVEDRA
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17 MAY 2016: Here’s the shocker announcement: “Flair Airlines is delighted to announce that David M. Tait OBE has joined the Kelowna BC based low fare carrier in the capacity of Executive Chairman.” What? Our David Tait? Yes. It’s no joke folks – he’s crossed to the other side. MORE

WINDSHIELD BLOWOUT

Pilot nearly sucked from plane
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17 MAY 2018: Chinese authorities and Airbus are investigating why a plane's windshield blew out midflight, forcing an emergency landing, in an unusual mishap for a country with a booming aviation market and exemplary air safety record. Sichuan Airlines flight 8633 was en route from Chongqing, China, to Lhasa, Tibet, on Monday morning when the A319 jet's cockpit window jet flew off. MORE

DATABASE DOWN

Flights cancelled at FRA for hours
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17 MAY 2018: A technology failure at Frankfurt airport caused the cancellation of dozens of flights at Germany's busiest hub. Airport operator Fraport said an important database used to plan aircraft handling was out of action from 3:30 am until 1 pm on Wednesday. MORE

SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR MISSING CREW MEMBER

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17 MAY 2018: A search was underway near the US Virgin Islands on Wednesday for a crew member on a cruise ship who apparently went overboard in rough seas. Geneva-based MSC Cruises said the crew member on the MSC Seaside was reported missing before dawn while the ship was en route to Puerto Rico from St. Maarten.   MORE

COME ON CANADA

SeaWorld extends Canadian resident pricing
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17 MAY 2018: SeaWorld Orlando has extended Canadian resident pricing, which gives them a discount to SeaWorld properties any day of the week. Until August 31, 2018 Canadians can take advantage of offers at SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica, Busch Gardens and Adventure Island Tampa Bay. MORE

SAFETY FIRST

The first concern for women travelling alone
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17 MAY 2018: A recent women’s travel safety survey revealed that 45 percent of female travellers feel less safe or much less safe about travelling than they did five years ago. Results of the travel trends survey, commissioned by AIG Travel, a travel insurance company, also show that safety is top of mind for women while they are evaluating potential destinations as well as during their travels. MORE

COULD IT BE

Unsigned painted is attributed to Rembrandt
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17 MAY 2018: A painting newly attributed to Dutch Golden Age master Rembrandt van Rijn went on display Wednesday in Amsterdam. The Hermitage Amsterdam museum called it the first unknown Rembrandt to surface in 44 years. The unsigned, undated 17th-century portrait of a young man resplendent in a black cape and white lace ruff, at the time attributed to an unknown member of Rembrandt's circle, caught the eye of Amsterdam art dealer Jan Six when an auction catalogue plopped onto his gallery's doormat in 2016. MORE

ALL HARRY AND MEGHAN

BA celebrates with crew, cake and champagne
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17 MAY 2018: On Saturday, passengers on British Airway’s flight from London to Toronto will be on a flight dedicated to Britain’s royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. All the staff members scheduled for BA93 are named Harry or Megen, with one Meghan. MORE
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