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CANADIAN CRUISE PAX CHARGED IN SYDNEY DRUG BUST

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29 AUG 2016: Three Canadian cruise ship passengers were charged with drug smuggling Monday after Sydney police allegedly found 95 kilograms of cocaine in their cabin luggage. MORE

DID ZORRO CAUSE EVACUATION AT LAX

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29 Aug 2016:Passengers were evacuated from Los Angeles International Airport after reports of a gunman opening fire inside one of the terminals possibly near a baggage claim inside an arrivals terminal. However, it has since been reported the scare was a false alarm, and video emerged of police converging on a man dressed as Zorro and armed with a plastic sword outside one of the terminals and arresting him. MORE

DISRUPTION OVER

Austria flights resume in Vienna
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29 Apr 2016: Airline officials say technical problems that left hundreds of passengers stranded at Vienna's airport over the weekend have been resolved and flights are operating normally. MORE

SOMETHING SEEMS TO BE MISSING

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29 AUG 2016: A Southwest Airlines flight bound for Orlando, Florida, made an emergency landing Saturday morning due to a major problem with one of its two engines.  Images posted by passengers show part of an engine missing. MORE

REVENUE BOOST

Passenger fee added at Qatar international airport
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29 AUG 2016: Qatar's main Hamad International Airport is adding a $10 fee for all passengers departing from the airport, including on connection flights. MORE

WORKFORCE OPTIMIZATION

A layoff by any other name is still a lost job
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29 AUG 2016:  Bombardier handed out pink slips Friday to aerospace employees in Montreal as part of its efforts, announced in February, to trim 7,000 workers over two years. MORE

PILOT ERROR

Two United pilots suspected of being drunk arrested in Glasgow
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29 AUG 216:  Police and airline officials say two United Airlines pilots have been arrested for suspected intoxication before they were to fly 141 passengers from Scotland to the US. MORE

LOOKS LIKE A COLD WINTER COMING UP

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29 AUG 2016: Most of the country may still be enjoying balmy, summer temperatures, however the release of the latest, long range forecast by the 2016/2017 Farmers’ Almanac last week has served as a chilly reminder that winter is just around the corner. MORE

TELL IT LIKE IT IS

Airlines fined for lacking information about compensation
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29 AUG 2016: The US government is fining four airlines for failing to have accurate notices explaining compensation for passengers who are bumped from flights or whose baggage is damaged or lost. MORE

THIRD TIME LUCKY

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29 AUG 2016: A United Airlines ExpressJet flight from New Jersey to Toronto had to make an emergency landing in Rochester, New York, just hours after a previous flight carrying the same passengers had to return to the Newark airport. MORE

SAVING THE KIDS

Bystanders hold up collapsing roller coaster
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29 AUG 2016: Fire officials say several bystanders held up a kiddie roller coaster that had begun to collapse in Georgia, allowing six children and one adult to escape. MORE

TWENTY VALLEY AND THE OTHER JORDAN

By MARGARET SWAINE
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29 AUG 2016: Just about an hour drive from Toronto, is a beautiful valley and the natural wonder of the Niagara Escarpment. The linchpin of the Twenty Valley area is Canada’s Jordan, a tiny town with oversize charm, surrounded by 48 wineries and abundant farmers’ fields. Foodies, athletes, history buffs and music lovers will all find something to love on a visit here. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

BEAR ATTACK

Two cruise guides injured
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26 AUGUST 2016: A bear that mauled two cruise ship wilderness guides during a hiking excursion in Alaska attacked so quickly that there was little time to defend against the animal, said the CEO of the cruise ship company. MORE

NO ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT REQUIRED

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26 AUG 2016: Earlier this year Crystal Cruises submitted an application to the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) for the Crystal Serenity voyage through the Northwest Passage.  It is the first large cruise ship to navigate the waters of Canada’s Arctic archipelago. In spite of environmental concerns relayed during the application review process the board has decided that the sailing "is unlikely to result in significant adverse environmental and social impacts" suggesting that no environmental assessment is required. MORE

DONATION TO FLOOD VICTIMS

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26 AUG 2016:Carnival Corporation chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine have matched the $250,000 donation made recently by Carnival Cruise Line and parent company Carnival Corporation to aid organizations assisting victims of the Louisiana floods. MORE

DISNEY AND AMAWATERWAYS TWEAK THE PROGRAMME

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26 AUG 2016: This season’s partnership between Adventures by Disney and AmaWaterways has been a successful endeavour, with announcements that river cruises will include the Rhine in 2017.  But next year there will be a few changes to the dining options and the age limits. MORE

DISCOVERY UNDER THE SEA

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26 AUG 2016: "The deep sea is the largest museum on Earth" said famed oceanographer Robert Ballard after an underwater expedition along the California coast revealed for the first time a sunken World War II-era aircraft carrier once used in atomic tests in the Pacific. MORE

DECORATING THE QUEEN MARY II

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26 AUG 2016: The Queen Mary 2 re-launched earlier this summer after $132 million in renovations. Alison Clixby, director of hotel design and projects for Cunard and P&O Cruises, had to make the ship look fresh and contemporary while maintaining the look of luxury. She also had to keep in mind the ship's heritage. MORE

FLIGHT FIGHT

Plane delayed by cabin crew tiff
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26 AUG 2016:  Flight EZY835 from London Gatwick to Belfast International was due to take off around 3pm when the row broke out. Angered by the delay was passenger Sean McClenaghan from Dungannon. Posting on Facebook he wrote: “Sitting on a flight from Gatwick to Belfast on one of the hottest days of the year, with very poor air conditioning, and we get delayed because two members of the crew have a fight! Real professional airline easyJet, well done.” MORE

SEAWORTHY

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26 AUG 2016: According to Bernews, (Bermuda news source) a police spokesperson said, “At 1:40pm on August 20, 2016, police received a report of a death onboard the cruise ship, Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas which was berthed at Heritage Wharf in Dockyard. MORE

5 MUST SEES IN ROME

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26 Aug 2016: All roads may lead to Rome, but it’s still an hour’s drive away from Civitavecchia, where cruise ships have to dock. That means with travel time, a day on our own excursion to Rome from Oceania Cruise’s newly renovated Sirena, allows us about six hours to have a delightfully Roman experience. How to make the best use of it? MORE
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