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HURRICANE GONZALO HITS UK

Expect travel disruptions
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21 OCT 2014: Having wreaked havoc in the Caribbean, Hurricane Gonzalo is still going strong and is now giving UK travellers some headaches. Strong winds from the tail of the hurricane are causing delays and cancellations to flights and ferries. MORE

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Saint Martin cleans up
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21 OCT 2014: The Saint-Martin Tourist Office is congratulating the public services on their quick response in getting the island and its services back up and running in the aftermath of hurricane Gonzalo which struck the island on Monday, October 13. MORE

LUFTHANSA PILOTS STRIKE AGAIN

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21 OCT 2014: Lufthansa pilots are at it again. Their union, Vereinigung Cockpit has, at very short notice, once more called an official strike. The dispute is primarily over retirement benefits. MORE

TAKE THAT

Man defends kids against shark
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21 OCT 2014: A man surfing with his three young sons used his fist and surfboard to fend off a weekend shark attack in waters off Maui. That encounter and another one Monday prompted state officials to again warn people to stay out of murky water after a hurricane that churned past the state. MORE

NACC LAUNCHES SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME

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21 OCT 2014: The National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC) has announced that it is launching a new scholarship programme to help students pursuing post-secondary studies in an aviation-related programme in Canada. MORE

CHARLESTON NO 2 DESTINATION IN THE WORLD

Tops in US
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21 OCT 2014: Charleston has been ranked the No. 2 travel destination in the world by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine - second only to Florence, Italy. Really? Charleston? MORE

PUMPKIN CARVING WITH A DIFFERENCE

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21 OCT 2014: A crafty group of divers submerged 30 feet beneath the surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to carve jack-o-lanterns during the annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving contest Sunday off Key Largo. MORE

CHILLING OUT IN CROATIA

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21 OCT 2014: Battle weary soldiers during the Roman era would “take to the waters” to nurse their wounds and aching muscles. Even the father of medicine, Hippocrates was a strong proponent of water’s healing effects. On a recent visit to Croatia I decided to check out two completely different but equally therapeutic spa resorts where water springs if not eternal life at least a temporary reprieve from a stressful life. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

CRUISE PASSENGER TESTS NEGATIVE

Carnival Magic back in Galveston
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20 OCT 2014: A cruise ship carrying a Dallas health care worker who was being monitored for Ebola returned to port Sunday after a seven-day trip in which passengers had their vacations disrupted with an infectious disease scare. MORE

CLIA ISSUES EBOLA GUIDELINES

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20 OCT 2014: Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) president and CEO, Christine Duffy, commended Carnival for their handling of the situation on the Carnival Magic (see previous story) and issued guidelines for cruise line members “to reduce even further the already low risk of Ebola on a cruise ship.” MORE

NOT AS BAD AS EXPECTED

Hawaii rides out the storm
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20 OCT 2014: The powerful Pacific storm churning toward Hawaii became a hurricane but remained far enough away from the islands allowing tourists to make the most of Friday's sunny weather. However as the weather worsened over the weekend some airlines cancelled flights and waived change fees. MORE

IRAN SEES A SURGE IN TOURISM

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20 OCT 2014: Iran's top tourism official says the number of foreigners visiting the country has jumped dramatically over the 12-month period ending in March, with 35 percent more tourists compared to the same period a year earlier. MORE

A GLASS OF LUNCH

Historic London pubs
By CINDY-LOU DALE
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20 OCT 2014: Take an educational pub-crawl through London and visit a handful of the city’s finest and most remarkable pubs. Learn about Britain’s love affair with booze in 16th-century Shakespearian alehouses, Dickensian coaching inns and the story behind gin palaces. MORE

SLEEP.CHAT. DRINK

Survey reveals nationality reflects flying habits
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20 OCT 2014: A survey by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) suggests that onboard behaviour is predicated by nationality. So if your seat mate chats, sleeps or drinks – take a peek at their passport. MORE

LET IT SNOW

Colorado ski season starts
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20 OCT 2014: Ski season has officially started in Colorado with the opening of Arapahoe Basin. Skiers and snowboarders rode down the single intermediate trail that opened Friday under sunny skies. MORE

GIANT SEX TOY OR INFLATABLE CHRISTMAS TREE

Paris sculpture puzzles passersby
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20 OCT 2014: A giant green art installation on the tony Place Vendome in Paris is attracting perhaps more attention than American artist Paul McCarthy bargained for. It's called “Tree,” and vaguely resembles an inflatable Christmas tree. MORE

DEAR HOMO SAPIENS

Regards from artificial intelligence
By PAM STELLINI
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20 OCT 2014: By now we are all used to doing the captcha. You know, the command to re-type the distorted image of letters or digits that appear on the screen when you are trying to submit to a corporate website. The test is computer generated; done to make sure that submissions come from humans and not computers. Shame that companies don’t use actual humans to respond, as a fellow from Florida found out recently when he got an email back from an airline he complained to; that addressed him as Mr Human. MORE
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