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DARE TO COMPARE

EU targets Google price comparison
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17 APR 2015: The European Union's escalating legal attack on Google is likely to ignite a debate about whether the Internet search leader makes life more convenient for consumers or abuses its power to squeeze out rivals who might have something better to offer. MORE

CANADIAN WARSHIP DEPLOYS TO THE CARIBBEAN

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17 APR 2015:  A Canadian warship has been dispatched from Halifax to the Caribbean to take part in a multinational mission to thwart illicit trafficking and organized crime. MORE

UP IN THE AIR

Not just plane speaking
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17 APR 2015: The chairman of the House committee that handles aviation legislation has acknowledged he has a private, personal relationship with an airline industry lobbyist. MORE

CRUISE TOURIST KILLED IN WATERCRAFT COLLISION

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17 APR 2015: A cruise ship passenger from Virginia died when the personal watercraft he was operating collided with another one driven by a teenage tourist, authorities said Thursday. MORE

SILVER SERVICE

Airline to add routes throughout Southeast
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17 APR 2015:  Silver Airways officials said in a statement Thursday they'll start operating routes to New Orleans, Birmingham, Alabama, and the Savannah-Hilton Head airport. MORE

LAST CALL

Miami Beach considers early morning ban on outdoor alcohol sales
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17 APR 2015:  The mayor of Miami Beach is proposing a ban on alcohol sales at sidewalk cafes, patios and open air bars in the wee hours of the morning. MORE

NOT THE REAL THING

Prehistoric paintings recreated
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17 MAR 2015:  Jean-Marie Chauvet noticed air whistling out from a crack on a plateau in southern France, so he and fellow cave enthusiasts went to investigate. What they found that Sunday in 1994 still fills Chauvet's voice with wonder: an immense cave covered with prehistoric paintings of horses, mammoths and rhinos - paintings so vivid, he says, it felt like the Stone Age artists had just moments ago put down their ochre and walked away. MORE

AN OVERACTION TO SNORING

To put a fine point on it
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17 APR 2015: Wouldn't a nudge or a shake have done it? A woman who was promptly dubbed Psycho Pen Lady by one of her fellow passengers was removed from a flight on Thursday after she allegedly stabbed a man in the arm with a pen because he was snoring.  MORE

READY TO RELAX

Jazz tonight in Toronto
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And a reminder today folks - if you're tired of crazy customers, piles of paperwork and complex  issues waiting to be resolved - here's a solution.  Sunwing Chairman Colin Hunter is performing at his Jazz Bistro in Downtown Toronto, tonight and tomorrow.  Is there  a better way to unwind after a hectic week? Music. Atmosphere. Something cold in a glass. I'm relaxing already. MORE

SETTLING IN TO AN ELEGANT HOME AT SEA

An Adventurous Azamara Journey
By WALLACE IMMEN
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17 APR 2015: Is Azamara Journey a big small ship or a small big ship? It’s a question I pondered on the gangway boarding Azamara Club Cruises’ newly upgraded Journey in Athens’ port of Piraeus. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

EXPLORING OPTIONS

CanJet hopeful re summer programme
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16 APR 2015:  Media reports yesterday questioned the  future of CanJet Airlines after the company laid off about two thirds of its staff including pilots and flight attendants and eliminated its planned European operations for this summer.  In a release, CanJet addressed the subject, saying it will be allocating aircraft to be positioned in the European market for the coming summer season. MORE

GERMANY REUNIFIED

25 years on
By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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15 APR 2015: Milestone anniversaries, grand festivals, and innovative developments were some of the themes discussed at a recent German National Tourist Office event. Antje Splettstoesser, director of marketing and sales in Canada for the German National Tourist Office hosted a media luncheon to showcase some of upcoming highlights from the various regions. In addition to the representatives who flew in from Germany, special guest German Consul General Walter Stechel was also in attendance.   MORE

BRAND CONFUSION

Not always a bad thing
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16 APR 2015:  Today's traveller faces a bewildering choice of hotel brands with similar-sounding and confusing names. Want to stay at a Hyatt? Take your pick. There's Hyatt Regency, Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt House, Hyatt Place and, coming soon, Hyatt Centric. MORE

PRINCESS HEADS SOUTH

Five ships to Australia
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16 APR 2015:   Princess Cruises has announced it will home port five ships in Australia to sail the cruise line’s largest-ever programme offering in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific for the 2016-2017 season. MORE

DEPEND ON IT

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16 APR 2015: Qatar Airways has been named the "World’s Most Dependable Airline" in a comprehensive study of all major carriers, published by CBS MoneyWatch and conducted by recognised travel site, WanderBat. MORE

A HUH MOMENT

No one on the alert
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16 APR 2015: Safety experts say the misadventure of a baggage handler who fell asleep in the cargo hold of a jetliner should be a warning for airlines to improve security procedures. MORE

HELPING HAND

60000 volunteer Applications for Pan Am Games
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16 APR 2015: This National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, the Toronto 2015 Pan Am - Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) is celebrating the thousands of volunteers from across the nation who dedicate their time and energy to making their communities a better place. MORE

CROCODILE HAZARD

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16 APR 2015: A golfer was bitten on the leg by a crocodile while playing at an Australian tourist resort. The man, aged in his 70s, had two puncture wounds in his left calf after he inadvertently disturbed the 1.2-meter (4-foot) saltwater crocodile earlier this week. MORE

WITH BOOMERS BOOMING

Opportunities and challenges are looming
By DAVID TAIT
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16 APR 2015: To celebrate the introduction of my slightly more mature TAIT on TRAVEL photographic image, I thought it might be appropriate to discuss the business (because that’s what it is) of aging. MORE
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