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NOT A RUMOUR

Benjamin Smith to become new CEO at Air France KLM
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17 AUG 2018: Congratulations to Air Canada's chief operating officer Ben Smith, who has been named the new CEO of Air France-KLM. The longtime No. 2 at Air Canada will be the first non-French national to helm the Franco-Dutch airline. MORE

THE QUEEN OF SOUL

Aretha Franklin 1942-2018
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17 AUG 2018: It is especially heart wrenching when a voice that epitomised and symbolized an era – in this case many eras, decades and generations is stilled. Aretha Franklin, whose legendary voice inaugurated her enduring reign as the Queen of Soul, has died at 76. MORE

WHO GETS TO FLY

Emotional support cat or allergic teenager
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17 AUG 2018: Here we have an 'emotional support cat' on an Alaska Airlines flight, right there along with a 15-year-old fellow passenger who, as it turns out, was severely allergic to cats. Something’s gotta give! Spoiler alert: Don’t hold your breath. MORE

UNPREDICTABLE. CONTRADICTORY. FASCINATING.

Madonna turns sixty
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16 AUG 2018: It’s musical Friday so we’re making the most of it. Madonna turned 60 on August 16. Yes, sixty. The material girl is a mature material woman. But love her or hate her, (there’s not many inbetween) Madonna has invented, reinvented and re-reinvented herself so often and so dramatically, that really, one has to admire her consistent inconsistency. MORE

DO NOT GET MICKY MAD

Disney puts luxury hotel plan on hold in feud with Anaheim
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17 AUG 2018: Walt Disney Co. has put a hold on construction plans for a luxury hotel in the Disneyland Resort's shopping district, citing a feud with Anaheim officials over tax subsidies. MORE

THE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL

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17 AUG 2018: And here’s our last musical video this Friday. Elvis Presley died on the August 16, 1977. I remember exactly where I was – at Club 22 at the Windsor Arms, in Toronto, couple of friends, at the piano bar listening to pianist Paul Drake. “What do you want to hear girls?” Asked Paul (we were regulars). A man sitting across from us said, “He’s dead. So, play something of Elvis Presley.” We weren’t amused, and let him know it, but turned out he was right and Paul, who usually sang standards and show tunes – sang Presley standards all night as we sang along, drank along, and shed a few tears. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

THE BIG RUMOUR

Will Ben Smith move from AC to AF KL
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16 AUG 2018: Two French airline unions blasted Air France-KLM this week after reports the Franco-Dutch carrier will name an Air Canada executive as its new CEO. Several French news outlets have reported Air Canada chief operating officer Ben Smith is poised to be placed in the pilot's seat at a board meeting Thursday. MORE

MONSOONS FLOOD KERALA

Death toll rises
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16 AUG 2018: Torrential monsoon rains have disrupted air and train services in the southern Indian state of Kerala where flooding, landslides, house and road bridge collapses have killed more than 67 people in the past week, officials said Wednesday. MORE

TIME OUT

Temporary shut down of flights at AMS
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16 AUG 2018: A problem with an air traffic control communications system briefly halted all flights to and from Amsterdam's busy Schiphol Airport. The airport reported early Wednesday afternoon that the problem grounded all flights, and a few minutes later, the airport tweeted that departures were gradually resuming. MORE

FLYING BLIND

Honk Kong traffic control system malfunctions
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16 AUG 2018: Hong Kong’s much-maligned air traffic control system malfunctioned again on Monday, after a lull in problems for more than a year. The “momentary hitch”, which lasted six minutes, was only disclosed on Wednesday morning, but the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) insisted the incident “did not affect aviation safety”. MORE

CZECH, PLEASE

Avoiding pitfalls in Prague
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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16 AUG 2018: Prague is too pretty for its own good, it seems. Like Venice, Barcelona, and some other European cities that are straining under the burden of too many visitors, the Czech capital is similarly looking for ways to find a balance between a healthy and necessary tourism industry and a liveable city for residents. MORE

LONGEST. FASTEST. TALLEST.

New roller coaster coming to Canada’s Wonderland
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16 AUG 2018: When Canada’s Wonderland opens its gates for the 2019 season, the park’s skyline will be forever transformed by Yukon Striker – the longest, fastest and tallest dive roller coaster in the world. Situated in the newly themed area Frontier Canada, Yukon Striker will be the country’s first dive coaster and the park’s 17th coaster, placing Canada’s Wonderland among the world’s top three amusement parks with the most roller coasters. MORE

GREEN LIGHT

Ride hailing services can work out of HNL
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16 AUG 2018: Hawaii will allow ride-hailing services to operate at the Honolulu airport on a permanent basis after changes were approved to administration rules. Uber and Lyft, which the state refers to as transportation network companies, have operated at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport since last year under a pilot programme to test feasibility. MORE

GOTTA GO

Sit down and think about this ladies
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16 AUG 2018: The city of Paris has responded to an urgent need in the city, by providing public urinals. Four units have been installed with another one on the way. Each is located in an area that has endured a high rate of people urinating on the street, so one would expect the new facilities to be welcome, but they are not. The installations are only ‘user friendly’ to those who relieve themselves standing up, and can do so in a public place. MORE

TRAFALGAR HIRES NEW SALES MANAGER FOR ALBERTA

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16 AUG 2018: Trafalgar has announced the appointment of Kaylyn Skulski as Sales Manager for Alberta.  

Skulski joins Trafalgar with many years of experience in sales and marketing, and has been in the travel industry for the past two years working on a cruise ship followed by a travel agency. MORE

THE ELECTRIC CITY

Who knew Peterborough had a foodie scene
By MARGARET SWAINE
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16 AUG 2018: I never thought of Peterborough as more than a gateway to pass through on my way to Ontario’s bucolic Kawarthas cottage country. That is until my friend Shari called and convinced me to come check out the foodie scene in her hometown. She’d returned there a number of years ago after living abroad and was brimming with excitement about current developments. MORE
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