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WHAT IN WORLD WAR III IS HE ON ABOUT

Montenegro more puzzled than affronted
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20 JUL 2018: Of all the curious (to put it kindly) rhetoric that came from Donald Trump this week, perhaps the most puzzling was his warning/prediction/whatever that the tiny Balkan nation of Montenegro in southeastern Europe - which has a military of fewer than 2,000 members - could set off a global war. MORE

DELTA AND WESTJET IN TRANSBORDER JOINT VENTURE

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20 JUL 2018: Delta Air Lines and WestJet have signed an agreement to create a comprehensive transborder joint venture arrangement that will offer customers an extensive route network within the US and Canada.   MORE

NOT THE EX

Potential labour disruption at Exhibition Place
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20 JUL 2018: Despite bargaining efforts by Toronto, Exhibition Place to negotiate a 'stand-down' period for the beloved CNE Fair, the union representing stagehands, IATSE Local 58 have apparently refused to engage in discussions to mitigate impact on the event. Exhibition Place has advised that unless the union comes back to the table to reach an agreement, they will be locked out effective today (Friday, July 20) at 12:01am. MORE

THE LAST BEST PLACE ON EARTH

360-degree video reveals magnificent Montana
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20 JUL 018: Dubbed “the last best place on earth,” Montanans would have you believe that the only traffic jams in the spectacular western state are when an elk heard crosses the road, that cowboy boots count as formal wear, and August is just another word for huckleberry season. MORE

HAWAII SEARCHES FOR SAFE SPOTS TO VIEW LAVA

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20 JUL 2018: Authorities in Hawaii want to set up a site where the public can view lava erupting from the Kilauea volcano. But they're finding this difficult to do while keeping people safe. Images of the eruption have captivated people around the world, but it's nearly impossible for residents and visitors on the ground to see it. That's squeezing the tourism-dependent local economy. MORE

SHALL WE DRINK TO THAT

Whiskey summit hopes to defuse trade conflicts
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20 JUL 2018:  Concerned that global trade disputes could escalate - with Kentucky bourbon makers caught in the crosshairs - the industry has invited whiskey associations from across the world to discuss ways to defuse the conflicts MORE

A PLASTIC FREE VACATION

How to Eliminate Single Use Plastics on Vacation
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20 JUL 2018: We been writing quite a bit about plastics and environmental problems recently. Cutting back on single-use plastics might be easier than you think, suggests travel writer, Marie McGrory. Personally, I didn’t think it was all that simple, though I suppose it would depend on the type of holiday and the destination. MORE

SMELLY SEATMATE

Do most passengers remain polite
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20 JUL 2018: Incidents of passenger rage might make the news but most travelers remain civil when faced with at least one uncomfortable situation. When asked what they would do if their seatmate reeked – whether it was from body odor, perfume or from something they ate – 38 percent said they would say nothing and instead "grin and bear it." MORE

CLIA PRESIDENT AND CEO TO STEP DOWN

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20 JUL 2018: Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced that CEO and president Cindy D'Aoust will be stepping down from the association at the end of the year in order to focus on family priorities. She will remain in her role until a successor is found and will help oversee the transition of the new leader, said the cruise association today. MORE

WHAT A WEEK

A little light Friday music
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20 JUL 2018: You know we always like to end the week on a musical note and as this week has been somewhat hectic and stressful on a global scale, we thought a little upbeat Motown sound would cheer us all up. This seemed particularly appropriate. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

ON THE LEVEL

Why did airline cancel flights from YUL
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19 JUL 2018: When passengers arrived at Montreal’s Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport last Saturday they saw on the departures board that their flight to Paris had been cancelled, with no representative from the airline sight. Spanish owned Level Airline unexpectedly cancelled its flights on Saturday and Monday, citing “operational reasons.” MORE

WORLDS BEST LEISURE AIRLINE

Air Transat awarded for second time
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19 JUL 2018:  Air Transat has been named the World’s Best Leisure Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards. Jean-François Lemay, President-General Manager of Air Transat, was on hand in London to accept the award at the official ceremony. MORE

LOCATION. LOCATION. LOCATION

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19 JUL 2018: Parks Canada says it has reached an agreement to acquire a privately owned parcel of land in Ontario's Georgian Bay area to expand the Bruce Peninsula National Park. The agency says it is home to at least 10 federally listed species at risk, and dozens of ecologically, geologically and culturally significant cave systems. MORE

WHAT ABOUT THE PASSENGERS

Delays and profits up in European airports
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19 JUL 2018: Noticing more delays at Europe's airports? The leading trade group for global airlines is criticizing air traffic control agencies in Europe for seeking “super-normal profits” instead of investing to improve performance at a time when air travellers are facing longer waits. MORE

NO LIABILITY

MGM Resorts sues victims of Mandalay Bay shooter
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19 JUL 2018: MGM Resorts International has sued hundreds of victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history in a bid to avoid liability for the gunfire that rained down from its Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas. The company argues in lawsuits filed in Nevada, California, New York and other states this week and last that it has “no liability of any kind” to survivors or families of slain victims under a federal law enacted after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. MORE

GONE IN A PUFF

Air China pilots lose license for vaping
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19 JUL 2018: In 2006 Air China banned the use of e-cigarettes on board its flights to crew and passengers alike. A co-pilot recently breached this regulation by vaping on a flight from Hong Kong to Dalian. Although he intended to turn off the air circulation vents to prevent vapour from spreading to the cabin, he turned off the air conditioning instead, causing an abrupt drop in oxygen levels. MORE

RENOVATIONS COMPLETE

RIU Punta Cana reveals upgrades
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19 JUL 2018: Sunwing has announced that Riu Palace Punta Cana has re-opened with a new, sleek decor.  Set on Arena Gorda Beach the property is surrounded by acres of tropical gardens. The original architectural theme of a European palace has been preserved, but all 676 rooms have received makeovers that include bathrooms with walk-in showers. MORE

THE BEST SMALL CITY

By MARGARET SWAINE
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19 JUL 2018: Voted the number two Best Small City in the World in 2017 by Conde Nast readers, Victoria charms with its small-town walkability and friendliness while its scenic location, range of great local eats and drinks and awesome activities dazzle. Its transformation from merely quaint to “Best Small” is anchored by the recent $60+ million restoration of the iconic Fairmont Empress. MORE
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