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A MATTER OF SAFETY

Another emergency landing for Allegiant
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05 AUG 2015:  An Allegiant Air flight leaving St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport made an emergency landing Monday in Greensboro, N.C., on its way to Richmond, Va.  This is just the latest in a number of incidents recently for the budget airline.  Since June Allegiant made three emergency landings at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, an emergency landing at Las Vegas on Saturday after reports of a left engine fire, and last week an emergency landing at a closed airport in Fargo, N.D., because it was running low on fuel. MORE

NOT NEUTRAL

Poster campaign at Stockholm subway station stirs outrage
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05 AUG 2015:  A poster campaign by the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats at a subway station in central Stockholm has stirred outrage in the Nordic country.  The posters plastered above the escalators are directed to tourists visiting the Swedish capital and apologize for “the mess” in Sweden, saying the country has a problem with “forced begging” organized by “international gangs.” MORE

TOO FUNNY

Just for Laughs offers comedy week at Cancun resort
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05 AUG 2015: Just for Laughs is partnering with the Royalton Riviera Cancun to offer a week of comic fun in the sun. The Montreal-based entertainment group known for its annual comedy fest and in-flight video gags shown by airlines plans to present the inaugural edition of “Just for Laughs Resort Week” at the Mexican resort from Nov. 8 to 14. MORE

A LOT OF BITCOINS

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05 AUG 2015:  LOT is one of the first airlines to introduce payments with Bitcoins. The online currency is becoming increasingly popular, and the number of places where they can be used for payment in constantly on the rise. Passengers can pay for tickets on lot.com, as well as in the mobile version and via mobile app. Transactions are convenient and fully secure. MORE

AIRLINES BAN HUNTING TROPHIES

A largely symbolic move
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05 AUG 2015:  This week,Air Canada and the big three US airlines have all banned the shipment of hunting trophies, although it is unclear how many - if any - they have been carrying in recent years. MORE

WALK ON BY

Free and affordable walking tours of the UK
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05 AUG 2015:  Here’s a ‘value add’ for your clients visiting the UK.  There are a large number of free or affordable walking tours to choose from, delving into subjects from literature and art, to music and LGBT heritage. Depending on their interests they’ll appreciate your suggestions. MORE

APPOINTMENTS

The Travel Agent Next Door expands support team
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05 AUG 2015:  The Travel Agent Next Door has added new members to its team as a result of rapid expansion of the host agency’s network of travel agents. “One of our key strategies is to fully support our agents and we have recently added several new people to ensure our service levels are maintained,” said Flemming Friisdahl, founder. MORE

CABOT CLIFFS, CAPE BRETON

Better than Pebble Beach on Steroids
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05 AUG 2015:  When Cabot Links opened in 2012 it caused a sensation in the golf world as Canada’s first and only true links course. How fitting that the game that was born in Scotland traversed the ocean and took root in Inverness, Cape Breton, first settled by Highland Scots in the 1800s and still a place with strong Celtic traditions. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

ZIMBABWE SUSPENDS HUNTING

Investigates other lion killing in area where Cecil the lion killed
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04 AUG 2015:  Zimbabwe has suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in an area where a lion popular with tourists was killed, and is investigating the killing of another lion in April that may have been illegal, the country's wildlife authority said over the weekend. MORE

JUST ANOTHER DELAY

And not such a friendly gesture
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04 AUG 2015: China's fast growing air travel market is the world's second biggest, but the heavy air traffic and tight control of airspace by the military have given it the world's worst record for flight delays. However, Chinese authorities have announced they will close Beijing's two airports during a military parade next month to mark the anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II. MORE

OUT OF CONTROL

On duty air traffic controller passed out and intoxicated
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04 AUG 2015: An on-duty air traffic controller was arrested after being found unconscious and intoxicated on the tower floor. A pilot on the tarmac preparing to take off couldn't get the tower to respond, said an airport official MORE

EPIC NEWS FOR PORT CANAVERAL

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04 AUG 2015:  Port Canaveral will homeport Norwegian Cruise Line’s largest ship and currently the third largest in the world—the Norwegian Epic—starting in November 2016, offering seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, as well as three- and four-day vacations to the Bahamas in 2017. MORE

ILLINOIS GETS THE BOOBY PRIZE

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04 AUG 2015: Breastfeeding at Chicago's two major airports and others in Illinois will soon be easier under a new law endorsed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.  The question however is, who foots the bill? MORE

CASHING OUT

Snoop Dogg stopped by Italian authorities
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04 AUG 2015: Snoop Dogg learned an expensive lesson after failing to declare a large amount of cash at an Italian airport.  The Rapper was on his way to the UK by private jet with  $422,000 in cash stuffed into two bags. MORE

HITCHHIKING ROBOT DESTROYED

Can robots trust humans
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04 AUG 2015: A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in the US.  The Canadian researchers who created hitchBOT as a social experiment said someone in Philadelphia vandalized the robot beyond repair early Saturday, ending its first American tour after about two weeks. MORE

WINSTON SALEM FLAIR

From Llama treks to crispy cookies
By MARGARET SWAINE
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04 AUG 2015:  Winston-Salem, nicknamed the “City of Arts and Innovation” was formed in 1913 when the city of Salem, known for its fine craftsmen and artisans merged with Winston, a bustling industrial center home to tycoons such as R.J. Reynolds and the Hanes family. Piedmont Airlines (subsequently US Airways and now part of American Airlines) and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts had their start here. Still today, whether it’s crafting fine furniture, wine or crispy cookies, the city’s got flair. MORE

FOO FAN

Putting a town on the map
By PAM STELLINI
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04 AUG 2015: Cesena is a small town in northern Italy with population around 100,000; the home place of two popes and a few opera singers. They depend on agriculture and tourism.  Cesena may not have tourist office representation around the world and they may not have a big budget to attract visitors; but they are getting world attention. Millions of people are now familiar with Cesena thanks to some die hard Foo Fighter fans. MORE
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