Laptops banned on US-bound flights

March 22, 2017 by  
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WASHINGTON, 22 March 2017: The United States and Britain on Tuesday banned larger electronic devices from the passenger cabin on flights from some airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa.

American officials warned that extremists are seeking “innovative” ways to attack airliners with smaller explosive devices hidden in consumer electronics bigger than smartphones.

The US has given nine airlines from eight countries until the weekend to tell travellers to America to pack laptops, tablets and portable game consoles in their hold luggage. Read more

Canada restricts drones

March 20, 2017 by  
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OTTAWA, 20 March 2017: Canada late last week announced limits on the use of drones for recreation following a surge in the number of incidents due to their rapid rise in popularity.

Drone operators will be prohibited from flying them above an altitude of 90 metres (295 feet) or within 75 metres of buildings, vehicles or people.

They will also be barred from using them at night, or within 9 km (six miles) of an airport, heliport or other aerodrome. Read more

Trump ban back in court

March 15, 2017 by  
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WASHINGTON, 15 March 2017: President Donald Trump insists his amended travel ban will survive any legal challenge and it’s time to see if he’s right, with the first court hearings on it scheduled for Wednesday.

“SEE YOU IN COURT,” Trump tweeted after his first executive order on immigration was stayed by a judge, 3 February.

It would seem people have taken him at his word, given the number of complaints — by states and rights groups — filed against his travel ban. The new iteration is supposed to take effect Thursday. Read more

Trump ban back in court

March 13, 2017 by  
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LOS ANGELES, 13 March 2017: President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban faced mounting new legal challenges at the weekend as the state of Washington, along with several other states, vowed to block the executive order.

The announcement came one day after Hawaii filed the first suit challenging the controversial new directive, which temporarily closes US borders to all refugees and citizens from six mainly-Muslim countries.

Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson, whose state was the first to sue over Trump’s initial travel ban that created airport chaos worldwide and was eventually blocked, said at least three other states — Minnesota, New York and Oregon — are expected to join in the new legal battle. Read more

Airbnb raises fresh funding

March 10, 2017 by  
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SAN FRANCISCO, 10 March 2017: Airbnb raised more than a billion dollars in a fresh funding round that valued the home-sharing startup at USD31 billion, a source close to the company told AFP Thursday.

Airbnb added USD448 million to the USD555 million in funding it took in last year, according to a filing Thursday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Airbnb became profitable in the second half of last year before accounting for interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation, according to the source. Read more

Hints of a Trump travel slump

March 10, 2017 by  
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NEW YORK, 10 March 2017: Donald Trump and his travel bans are dissuading some foreigners from vacationing in the United States, but a decline in visitors is also linked to the dollar and may be limited, experts say.

Although solid data is not yet available, the Republican president’s first travel ban sent a jolt through the world tourism industry when it came into effect in late January.

Besides travellers from the seven Muslim-majority countries initially targeted, anecdotal indicators show a knock-on effect further afield. Read more

Trump signs revamped ban

March 7, 2017 by  
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WASHINGTON, 7 March 2017: President Donald Trump’s administration issued a revised immigration ban, Monday.

It temporarily freezes US visa issuance to anyone from six mostly-Muslim countries and halts for 120 days all refugee arrivals.

What’s new in the revised order?  Here are the key points. Read more

EU demands the US eases visa rules

March 6, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 6 March 2017: A tit-for-tat policy maybe emerging between Europe and the Trump administration over a simmering dispute over visa-free travel.

In the latest round of sparring, the European Parliament says it will take a tough line with Washington demanding that the US extend visa-free travel to all 28 EU nations, rather than exclude five member nations.

Last Thursday, EU lawmakers voted in favour of ending the visa waiver for American travellers in a reaction to Trump’s tighter border control policies. Read more

Trump to sign revised travel ban

March 6, 2017 by  
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WASHINGTON, 6 March 2017: President Donald Trump is expected to sign a revised travel ban, Monday, just over a month after his original decree sowed controversy across the United States and chaos at airports, US media reported.

The president will sign the new executive order at the Department of Homeland Security, according to Politico, which cited senior government officials.

It was unclear what changes Trump planned to make, according to the publication. Read more

Travel bug inspires change

March 3, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News, TRENDING

NEW YORK, 3 March 2017: New global research commissioned by reveals that the thrill and excitement of first-time travel experiences positively increases confidence, broadens horizons and makes the traveller ultimately more successful in life.

The research showed that first-time travel experiences inspire us to make life-changing decisions.

It showed that more than one in 10 (13%) switched jobs or careers, one in 10 (13%) changed their relationship, and one in five (21%) deciding to move somewhere completely new. Read more

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