Irma lashes at Puerto Rico, leaves tiny Barbuda devastated

SEP 7 SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO: Hurricane Irma lashed Puerto Rico with heavy rain and powerful winds late Wednesday, leaving nearly 900,000 people without power as authorities struggled to get aid to small Caribbean islands already devastated by the historic storm. Florida rushed to prepare for a possible direct hit on the Miami area by the Category 5 storm with potentially catastrophic 185 mph winds.   Nearly every building on the island of Barbuda was damaged when the eye of...

Late Wood goal earns US 1-1 draw with Honduras

Sep 6:A late equaliser from substitute Bobby Wood earned the United States a valuable point after a 1-1 draw against Honduras in a World Cup qualifier in San Pedro Sula on Tuesday. A well-taken first half goal from Honduras midfielder Romell Quioto gave the hosts a chance to earn all three points in front of an enthusiastic crowd on a typically humid afternoon at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.   Striker Wood, however, popped up in the 85th minute to...

Next Miss America could be pilot, governor, alpaca farmer

Sep5 ATLANTIC CITY: One wants to be the first female governor of North Dakota. One is a half-blind baton twirler who performed at a Super Bowl. Another wants to chase tornadoes. One wants to run an alpaca farm, another is a former NFL cheerleader, yet another wants to sing the National Anthem at a Boston Red Sox game, and there is another who wants to be a criminal profiler for the FBI. The 51 women vying to become the next...

Brave Luxembourg hold France to draw in World Cup qualifier

September 04, 2017 TOULOUSE: Luxembourg resisted bravely under sustained pressure to hold France to a 0-0 draw in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday. Les Bleus, who had thrashed the Netherlands 4-0 on Thursday, created many opportunities and hit the woodwork twice but had to be content with a draw that puts them one point clear at the top of Group A with 17 points from eight games. Sweden are second one point back after beating Belarus 4-0 earlier on...

Barkley snubs Chelsea in dramatic end to deadline day

Sept 1:  LONDON: Chelsea suffered a dramatic late blow on transfer deadline day when Everton midfielder Ross Barkley rejected a move to the Premier League champions after travelling to their training ground for a medical. On a day of frenetic spending that took the Premier League total to a record far above one billion pounds ($1.29 billion), Antonio Conte’s side also missed out on two of their other targets – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fernando Llorente.   England midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain signed...

Harvey makes landfall again, Texas death toll mounts from record floods

 August 31,HOUSTON: Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall again on Wednesday near the Texas-Louisiana border, adding more rain after a record downpour that has caused catastrophic flooding and paralyzed the city of Houston. The storm that first came ashore on Friday as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years has killed at least 17 people and forced tens of thousands to leave their deluged homes.   Damage has been estimated at tens of billions of dollars,...

Air transport associations send open letter to European Council on urgent need to resolve border control delays

30 Aug,The imposition of a new regulation on border control checks by the European Union (regulation 458/2017) has caused chaos and significant delays to flights in Europe. The extra checks mean on average an extra 20 seconds processing time per passenger, meaning it can take an extra hour to process the passengers on a typical flight. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the European associations Airlines for Europe (A4E), Airlines Council International (ACI) Europe, European Regional Airlines (ERA) Association and Airlines International Representation in Europe (AIRE) have written to the...

The best time to book Thanksgiving travel starts today, according to Expedia data

29 Aug,BELLEVUE, WASH. – Summer still isn’t over, but Expedia.com flight data shows that getting an early start on planning holiday travel can yield significant savings. Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of the busiest travel periods each year, and in 2016, Expedia data revealed more than 85 percent of holiday travelers missed out on locking in the lowest fares. “Timing is a big factor in getting a good deal on airfare,” says Sarah Gavin, vice president of global communications for Expedia. “People typically know...

Canadian pastor escaped execution due to foreign citizenship: CBC

28 Aug,TORONTO: A Canadian pastor whom North Korea released this month after two years of imprisonment escaped execution and torture during his captivity because of his nationality, he told CBC News in his first interview since his return. Hyeon Soo Lim, the pastor from Toronto, said in an interview broadcast on Saturday that he was never harmed and that he would not hesitate to go back to North Korea if the country allowed him. A transcript of the interview was...

Korean peninsula crisis to trim Chinese airline profits

August 28,SHANGHAI: Beijing’s curbs on travel to South Korea are expected to take some shine off the first-half results of China’s top-three airlines, which have slashed seat numbers on flights between the countries amid tensions over North Korea. Air China (601111.SS), China Eastern Airlines (600115.SS) and China Southern Airlines (600029.SS) are expected to report higher earnings this week on the back of foreign exchange gains, but cuts on lucrative routes to South Korea could crimp yields.   Data compiled by...

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