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TOO SOON TOO JUDGE

Lawsuit over sex offender passport marker dismissed
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27 SEP 2016:  A lawsuit challenging a law that requires a marker to be placed in the passports of people convicted of sex offences against children is premature because the marker provision is not yet in effect, a federal judge said in a ruling dismissing the suit. MORE

TYPHOON CLOSES TAIWAN

Schools, offices shut ahead of island wide typhoon
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27 SEP 2016: Taiwan closed schools and offices as a large typhoon with 162 kilometres- (100 miles-) per-hour winds approached the mountainous island Tuesday. Authorities raised alert levels because Typhoon Megi's bands of wind and rain were expected to cover the entire island, which is prone to landslides and flooding. MORE

PLANE LANDS SAFELY IN MANILA AFTER SMOKE SEEN IN CABIN

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27 SEP 2016: A Philippine Airlines plane en route to Haneda airport in Tokyo returned to Manila's airport 20 minutes into its flight Monday after the crew detected smoke in the cabin. The plane with 235 people on board landed safely and there were no reports of injury. MORE

NEW WHITE LABEL FRANCHISE FOR BEST WESTERN

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27 SEP 2016:  Best Western Hotels and Resorts today have introduced SureStay Hotels - a  new ‘white label’ franchise model in the hotel industry. SureStay will operate as a separate subsidiary while plugging hotel owners into the company’s infrastructure and distribution channels. MORE

COSTLY SILENCE

Trump Hotels fined for waiting to notify cardholders of data breach
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27 SEP 2016: Trump Hotels has agreed to pay a US $50,000 penalty and will beef up its data security protocols following two data breaches at the hotel chain. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the fine was imposed because Trump Hotel Collection left it nearly four months before notifying affected card users. MORE

TURKEY COOKS SALES

But Thomas Cook reports summer 2017 bookings encouraging
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27 SEP 2016: Thomas Cook’s latest trading update reveals that bookings for summer 2016 are down four percent overall.  However if Turkey is excluded the picture changes and booking are eight percent higher year on year. MORE

MARRIOTT BRINGS BACK THE DESK

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27 SEP 2016:  Marriott is redesigning its hotel rooms, and desks with chairs are once again a standard feature.  (A personal 'thank you' for that.)  Desks had started to disappear from hotel rooms partly due to a perception that they were unnecessary in the era of laptops and cellphones, and that younger travellers weren't using them. Rooms without desks also seemed to fit into a larger trend in the hotel industry toward minimalist decor.Bu MORE

TERROR FOUND

Ship found in Arctic was from Franklin expedition
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27 SEP 2016: Parks Canada is confirming that a submerged wreck found in the Arctic earlier this month was part of the doomed Franklin expedition. Underwater archeologists say the vessel found off King William Island in Nunavut is the HMS Terror, which went down more than 160 years ago during a search for the Northwest Passage. MORE

REMAINS OF THE DAY

Austrian customs officials find human intestines in luggage
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27 Sep 2016:  Austrian customs officials are used to finding unusual items in travellers' luggage. But human intestines were not on their list - until now. The Austrian Press Agency reports that the organ parts were found packed tightly in plastic containers and formaldehyde in a Moroccan woman's baggage during a recent check at the airport of the southern city of Graz. MORE

MOOSE MEET

By PAM STELLINI
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27 SEP 2016: When I got back from Cape Breton Island and told friends I had seen a moose on the Cabot Trail most responded with comments like, ‘cool’ or ‘neat’ or ‘wow.’  That’s not what I was looking for.  When I told my friend Wendy, she remarked “What a privilege to have seen such an animal.” Yes, that’s exactly how I felt. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

ABOUT TIME

New system will use satellites to track planes
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26 SEP 2016:  It is almost unbelievable that with the technology available today that planes can actually vanish as Malaysia Airlines MH370 did. But perhaps those days are behind us.  Two US companies claim they have developed an airline tracking system that would prevent planes disappearing. MORE

ROOM FOR A GAIN AS CARNIVAL REPORTS

Stock Has Upside if Bookings Hold Up Despite Zika
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26 SEP 2016:  Carnival Corp. finally had regained steam nicely when Zika forced a course correction. Concern that the mosquito-borne disease could hurt tourism have weighed on the sector in recent months. MORE

LIGHT FINGERED

MIA airport official accused of multi million scam worked his way to top
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26 SEP 2016: The director of terminal maintenance at Miami International Airport who was charged in a multimillion fraud case owned a Porsche, wore hand-tailored designer suits and rented sky boxes for concerts. MORE

TAKING ANOTHER LOOK

UK MP wants investigation into disappearance on Disney Wonder
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26 SEP 2016:  In March 2011, Rebecca Coriam, a 24-year-old British child-minder working on the Disney Wonder, disappeared off the cruise ship somewhere between California and Mexico.  Her body was never found and UK police were prevented from investigating her disappearance because the ship was registered in the Bahamas. A British MP has conducted his own research into the case and fears she might have been murdered. MORE

KARL PASSES BERMUDA HEADS FOR THE UK

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26 SEP 2016:  Tropical Storm Karl passed southeast of Bermuda early Saturday and lashed the island with powerful winds and squalls before turning toward the north Atlantic. Karl was expected to strengthen some over the next couple of days as it moved on a track toward the open Atlantic Ocean, where the storm should become a hurricane by Sunday and should reach the northern UK by Tuesday. MORE

NO SMOKING

Indian airline says Samsung Note 2 emitted smoke on flight
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26 SEP 2016:  A Samsung Note 2 phone emitted smoke and sparks on a flight from Singapore to southern India. The phone was found in the bag of a passenger in an overhead bin after other passengers reported smelling smoke in the plane, IndiGo said. There was no fire but sparks and smoke were coming from the phone. MORE

FIVE BOMB THREATS IN HALIFAX

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26 SEP 2016:  Police in the Halifax area say they responded to five unfounded bomb threats within about an hour early Sunday. The RCMP say they received a call at about 1:30 a.m. from an anonymous male who claimed he was in the parking lot of a sports facility in Cole Harbour with bombs and a hunting rifle. MORE

NEW SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM CHRONICLES BLACK HISTORY

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26 SEP 2016:  America's first national museum dedicated to African-American history and culture opened Saturday with emotional but joyful words from the country's first black president, who said he hoped the stories contained inside will help everyone “walk away that much more in love” with their country. MORE

ABSOLUT IDIOTS

Paying the price for bad behaviour
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26 SEP 2016: As passenger behaviour continues to deteriorate and grow more disruptive - this is a solution whose time has most definitely come. UK low cost carrier Jet2 has banned six passengers from its flights.  The airline claimed the group was rude and aggressive to staff on a flight to Tenerife from Newcastle last week. Three of them have been banned for a year and the airline is refusing to fly the other three home. MORE

A PRINCE OF A COUNTY

By MARGARET SWAINE
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26 SEP 2016: Ontario’s Prince Edward County has gone from being virtually unknown a decade or so ago to winning the attention of foodies and wine connoisseurs near and far. The area’s allure in the past had been its giant sand dunes, quaint towns and nature trails. Now chefs and winemakers are flocking here to set up shop and take advantage of The County’s fertile appeal. Fast on their heels are the tourists. MORE
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