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THE SKY IS THE LIMIT

Women move into the cockpit
By JEN SAVEDRA
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26 SEP 2018: Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to go to Seattle to ‘pick-up’ Sunwing’s newest plane, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 right from the factory. The first officer on the flight was one of Sunwing’s newest and youngest pilots, Jessalyn Teed, who was eight years old when she first decided she wanted to be a pilot. We had an opportunity to chat with Teed and found an inspiring story for women who might be looking at a career in the cockpit. MORE

GAVIOTA TOURISM GROUP RAMPS UP FOR WINTER

By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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26 SEP 2018: Cuba's largest tourist company is growing so you can expect even more travel products to the popular sun-kissed nation. Frank Pais Oltuski, marketing vice president with Gaviota Tourism Group announced yesterday at a trade media luncheon hosted by the Cuba Tourist Board in Toronto, that the Cuban tourism company powerhouse has grown by more than 12 percent due to a slate of projects, investments, and new hotel openings on the books through 2025. MORE

IF THEY BUILD IT

Transat takes first step toward building resort chain
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26 SEP 2018: Transat A.T. has taken its first step toward getting shovels in the sand on its $750-million plan develop a hotel chain in the Riviera Maya and the Caribbean, announcing a deal Tuesday to buy land on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. MORE

NO GO

Court upholds Kuwait Airways refusal of Israeli passenger
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26 SEP 2018: A German appeals court has upheld a ruling that Kuwait's national airline did not have to transport an Israeli citizen because of Kuwait's boycott of Israel. The Israeli man had sued the airline after he booked a flight from Frankfurt to Bangkok with a stop-over in Kuwait City. Kuwait Airways cancelled his booking when he revealed he had an Israeli passport and offered to book him on another airline.   MORE

NATIONWIDE STRIKE IN ARGENTINA

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26 SEP 2018: Unions called a nationwide strike Tuesday to protest Argentina's economic crisis, and walkouts grounded airline flights, paralyzed bus and train lines and forced the closure of the main agricultural port.   MORE

SLOW DOWN

California initiative seeks to end high speed rail
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26 SEP 2018: Opponents of the California gas tax increase passed by state legislators last year have proposed a new ballot measure for 2020 to provide money for road repairs and eliminate the state's $77 billion high-speed rail project. MORE

LIGHT AND HEALTHY

American expands inflight food options on domestic routes
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26 SEP 2018: American Airlines is expanding its inflight food options with the addition of a light and healthy Mediterranean menu. The world's largest carrier on Monday announced an agreement with the restaurant chain Zoe's Kitchen.   MORE

NO TROUBLESOME TIME ZONES

By ALLAN LYNCH
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26 SEP 2018: It’s official, WestJet says it is faster to fly east-to-west than west-to-east. At least that’s what their ticketing says. While travellers have wondered if the earth’s west-east rotation made it faster to travel east-to-west vs west-to-east (some of the same travellers have wondered why if you jump up in a plane you don’t land at the back of the aircraft), a recent WestJet ticket definitely shows faster flights travelling east-to-west. MORE

SWINGING BAJAN STYLE

By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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26 SEP 2018: Tiger Woods vowed “I do” at a sunset ceremony at Sandy Lane Resort on Barbados’s west “Platinum” coast back in 2004. OK Tiger’s marriage to Swedish model Elin Nordegren didn’t turn out so well, but that’s another story. Plenty of other celebrities have been spotted at Sandy Lane including Gwyneth Paltrow, David and Victoria Beckham, Hugh Grant and local singer Rihanna. The singer has just been appointed "Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary" to her home country of Barbados. Several years ago I saw the late opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti on the driving range. MORE
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THE POLITICS OF SPITE

Nasty. Petty. Childish.
By JEN SAVEDRA
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25 SEP 2018: He might just as well have stamped his foot and stuck out his tongue. Like a spoiled child, Donald Trump has declared he is an 'absolute no' on statehood for Puerto Rico because, yes - this truly is the reason - he doesn’t like the Mayor of San Juan. Carmen Yulín Cruz has had the audacity to criticize the administration's response to hurricanes on the island last year, and Trump made it clear, yet again, in unrelenting overwrought and personal attacks that he cannot tolerate criticism.  MORE

AND ON IT GOES

10 days after Hurricane Florence
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25 SEP 2018: Ten days after Hurricane Florence came ashore, the storm caused fresh chaos Monday across the Carolinas, where rivers kept rising and thousands more people were told to be ready to evacuate. Authorities urged up to 8,000 people in Georgetown County, on the South Carolina coast, to be prepared to flee from potential flood zones. MORE

NEW ONLINE PLANNING TOOL

Disney World changes flexible pricing
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25 SEP 2018: Ticket prices at Walt Disney World will vary based on the date picked with a new online planning tool debuting next month. Disney World officials said Monday that prices at the resort's four theme parks will be tweaked next month so they're the same instead of Magic Kingdom having a higher price. MORE

FACE OFF

Delta to launch first US biometric terminal
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25 SEP 2018: Delta Air Lines has announced the impending launch of what it calls the first biometric terminal in the US, with facial recognition 'from curb to gate' at Atlanta. MORE

GOING BATTY

Dense swarm of bats at Vienna airport
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25 SEP 2018: Birds are a well-known hazard for airport operators, but Vienna airport officials have had to deal with different winged intruders: bats. The dense swarm of bats descended on one runway for about 45 minutes Wednesday evening. MORE

DRONES USED TO SPOT TAX CHEATS

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25 SEP 2018: Tax authorities say they have used surveillance drones in Greece for the first time to spot violations on Santorini, where tourists were allegedly being taken on boat tours of the island's sea-filled volcanic crater without getting receipts. MORE

AU REVOIR

Celine to end Las Vegas concert residency
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25 SEP 2018: If you’ve been procrastinating about seeing Celine Dion in Las Vegas, time to get serious. The Canadian Diva has announced she will end her Caesars Palace residency next year. The singer announced on social media Monday that she will leave in June 2019. MORE

AMBASSADOR EXTRAORDINARY AND PLENIPOTENTIARY

A new role for Rihanna
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25 SEP 2018: Rihanna has been given a special role by the Barbados government, which includes promoting the island to holidaymakers. Under the title Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, the 30-year-old will promote tourism as well as education and investment for her home country. MORE

SHERRI BOURNE AT TRANSAT

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25 SEP 2018: Transat has announced the appointment of Sherri Bourne as business development manager, Atlantic Canada, responsible for representing Transat’s Sun, Europe and Cruise package product. MORE

GRATITUDE

Why you should give thanks this Thanksgiving
By SABRINA SANTER
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25 SEP 2018: With Canadian Thanksgiving fast approaching, we are headed into the holiday season at what feels like warp speed. While often touted “the most wonderful time of the year”, paradoxically the holidays are also synonymous with stress. Thanksgiving is, as the name suggests, about giving thanks for what we have. A message that seems to have been lost beneath copious amounts of turkey gravy, quirky family dynamics, and door-busting Black Friday deals. MORE
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