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AT LEAST TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY

By JEN SAVEDRA
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21 AUG 2018: This is a story that has been batted about over the past few weeks. We’ve been gathering accounts from both sides, so here are the facts and/or the ‘alternate facts’ - who knows which is which? Let’s see what you think? On July 13, Ellie Holman, a Swedish citizen living in Britain with her family, flew from London to Dubai, on Emirates with her daughter for a five-day holiday. They ended up in jail. MORE

ADULTS ONLY

Viking River Cruises makes changes
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21 AUG 2018: Viking River Cruises last week updated its terms and conditions on its website to exclude minors from its cruises and tours booked after Aug. 1, 2018. According to the updated terms, Viking’s new policy was made “due to the nature of our cruise and travel itineraries” and because Viking “does not maintain facilities or services on our ships for individuals under the age of 18 years.” MORE

THROWBACK

Check the boards
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21 AUG 2018: Gatwick Airport has resorted to using marking pens and whiteboards to post flight information after a technical failure caused electronic message boards to malfunction. Some people missed flights in the confusion as passengers crowded around boards filled with handwritten flight numbers and departure times. MORE

SMOKE SIGNALS

Wildfire smoke blots out mountains, skylines across US West
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21 AUG 2018: Smoke from wildfires clogged the sky across the US West, leading authorities to tell even healthy adults in the Seattle area to stay indoors, blotting out mountains and city skylines from Oregon to Colorado, and delaying flights. MORE

NOT ON OUR ISLAND

Maui targets illegal vacation rentals
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21 AUG 2018: Maui officials are expecting better results on cracking down on illegal vacation rentals with the help of a Colorado-based company hired to root out noncompliant properties. The department has usually found illegal short-term rentals through online advertisements, but operators have sometimes used workarounds to hide the properties from regulators, Planning Director Michele McLean said. MORE

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Tourists can now visit North Korean volcano
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21 AUG 2018: Foreign tourists looking to go off the beaten path in North Korea can now camp out on the country's biggest volcano. Hoping to open up a side of North Korea rarely seen by outsiders, a New Zealander who has extensive experience climbing the mountains of North and South Korea is leading the first group of foreign tourists allowed to trek off road and camp out under the stars on Mount Paektu, a huge volcano that straddles the border that separates China and North Korea. MORE

MAKING IT OFFICIAL

Surfing is the official sport of California.
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21 AUG 2018: Surf's up in California, where it's now the official state sport. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he has signed a bill making it so. The new law declares surfing to be “an iconic California sport” - though it acknowledges that surfing originated with the Polynesian people and was imported into California from Hawaii. MORE

VITALITY INFUSION

By CHRIS RYALL
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21 AUG 2018;: British Columbia’s capital, Victoria, has long been associated with “The newly wed and nearly dead.” But as Bob Dylan sang, “The Times They Are A Changin” and a recent visit to Victoria provided me with a new perspective and admiration. The beautifully landscaped English gardens, seafood restaurants and scenic harbour are still there but what has emerged is a city with a new vitality and dare I say even a shade of hipness. Tagging along for this city reformation is one of Victoria’s iconic symbols, the Fairmont Empress. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

LONG LIFE

Ft. Lauderdale airport shooter gets five life sentences plus 120 years
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20 AUG 2018: An Alaska man will spend the rest of his life in prison for the January 2017 Florida airport shooting that left five people dead and six wounded. US District Judge Beth Bloom accepted a plea deal in which Esteban Santiago, 28, agreed to admit to the shooting if prosecutors would not seek the death penalty. MORE

HEDGING ITS BETS

Air Canada wants into the insurance game
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20 AUG 2018: Air Canada is seeking finance ministry approval to form its own life insurance company as a gateway to the annuities market and a hedge against looming pension payouts. The airline apparently aims to shore up pension risks by buying annuities from Canadian insurers and reinsuring the fixed payments through an insurance subsidiary. MORE

NO PENALTIES

Airlines allow changes to flights affected by wildfires
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20 AUG 2018: The BC government declared a state of emergency Wednesday in response to more than 500 fires that have burned through the province's firefighting capacity and triggered international support. WestJet and Air Canada have announced more flexible flight options for passengers booked to fly in or out of some cities in BC, that have been affected by the wildfires. MORE

A LONG NIGHT

Woman rescued after fall from cruise chip
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20 AUG 2018: Croatia's coast guard says a British woman has been saved after spending 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea at night after falling from a cruise ship. Kay Longstaff is understood to have fallen from the seventh deck of the 92,000-ton Norwegian Star 60 miles off the Croatian coast as it headed towards Venice.  MORE

PARKS CANADA VS SUNSHINE VILLAGE

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20 AUG 2018: Sunshine Village, a ski resort in Banff National Park, is concerned that a proposal by Parks Canada could hinder its future success.  Parks Canada says  that Sunshine is the last ski area in the mountain national parks without such guidelines and a plan is needed to carefully manage growth in a way that protects the environment. MORE

SPRINGFIELD BETS

Casino will improve city finances
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20 AUG 2018: Massachusetts's first Las Vegas-style resort casino is opening in a struggling city west of Boston. MGM Springfield opens Aug. 24 roughly three years after breaking ground. Casino officials recently gave The Associated Press a sneak peek as the facility nears completion. MORE

FROM SMOKING OYSTERS TO TEPPANYAKI

Ten fun tastes on Carnival Horizon
By WALLACE IMMEN
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20 AUG 2018: It’s never been said about a Carnival Cruise that there aren’t enough opportunities to eat. But somehow, the new Carnival Horizon manages to pack in even more opportunities to dine than her similarly sized fleet mates. MORE

NEWS ROUND UP

Aug. 13-17, 2018
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In case you missed it, and even if you didn’t, here’s a quick look at some of last week’s need-to-know travel news: MORE
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