Trump signs aviation deals in Vietnam

November 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HANOI, 13 November 2017: Vietnam and the United States signed a series of energy and aviation deals Sunday during a visit to Hanoi by US president Donald Trump, who railed against Washington’s yawning trade deficit with the fast-growing nation.

Trump was in the communist capital at the tail-end of his swing through Asia where he has promoted his “America First” mantra on global trade — prioritising “fair” bilateral deals over sprawling multilateral pacts.

Several agreements were signed during his state visit Sunday, including those covering the natural gas sector, transport and aviation. Read more

Trump slump confirmed by ForwardKeys

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 16 October 2017: International airline passenger arrivals in the United States have fallen consistently since President Donald Trump’s original travel ban on people from several mainly Muslim countries, according to the latest data from ForwardKeys.

ForwardKeys predicts future global travel patterns by analysing more than 17 million booking transactions daily.

The period of decline also coincides with a strengthening US dollar making the US a more expensive destination to visit. Read more

Trump ban gains partial reprieve

June 28, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 28 June 2017: The US Supreme Court on Monday partially reinstated Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban targeting citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries, prompting the president to claim a victory for national security.

The nine justices, who will hear arguments in the case in October, said the ban could now be enforced for travelers from the targeted countries “who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

The court tempered its ruling by saying the ban could not be implemented against people who have personal links to the US, citing the examples of foreign nationals wishing to visit family or students accepted to attend university. Read more

Americans flock to Cuba

June 16, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

HAVANA, CUBA, 16 June 2017: Some 300,000 Americans flocked to Cuba in the first five months of 2017, nearly the same number as for all of last year, officials in Havana said on Wednesday.

Just two days before US President Donald Trump was due to announce a new policy rolling back a rapprochement initiated by his predecessor Barack Obama, the official Cubadebate website published figures showing a continuing boom in tourism from the United States.

Havana’s national statistics bureau said that by the end of May, some 284,565 Americans had travelled to Cuba this year. Read more

Trump travel ban in court

May 9, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 9 May 2017: President Donald Trump’s amended travel faced a key test on Monday, when a US appeals court was set to take on a case that has stymied the administration’s controversial efforts to bar travellers from six Muslim-majority countries.

A Richmond, Virginia-based federal court started a crucial hearing to scrutinise a Maryland judge’s ruling that dealt Trump a humiliating blow by freezing his second attempt to close US borders to citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days.

Given the public importance of the case and the need for a timely decision, the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals headed straight for a full-court, or “en banc” hearing — bypassing the usual initial three-judge panel — for the first time in a quarter-century. Read more

Cameron takes pot shot at Trump

April 27, 2017 by  
Filed under News

BANGKOK, 27 April 2017: President Donald Trump’s attempts to ban people from six Muslim countries from travelling to the United States “played into the hands” of extremists, the UK’s former prime minister said Wednesday.

Trump has said a travel ban is needed to preserve national security and keep out extremists.

But federal judges have halted Trump’s revised executive order issued in March to temporarily close US borders to refugees and nationals from six Muslim-majority countries. Read more

Emirates cuts flights to US

April 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

BANGKOK, 21 April 2017: Emirates says it will reduce flights to the US in response to the Trump administration’s restrictive policies.

The airline said in a statement  travel demand to US has weakened.

It quoted recent actions taken by the US government to restrict entry visas, heightened security vetting and restrictions on electronic devices in aircraft cabins as the causes for a decline in bookings on US flights. Read more

Laptop ban: Is there a commercial plot?

March 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 23 March 2017: Trump’s arch enemy, The Washington Post, fielded an alternative explanation for the US laptop travel ban that it claimed was more to do with commercial reasons than a terrorism threat.

Writing in The Washington Post, Wednesday, Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman, professors at George Washington University, suggested that the ban might have been more to do with economic protectionism than a national security threat.

Domestic Homeland Security says the new rules were introduced because of intelligence that shows terrorists are continuing to target airlines flying to the United States. Read more

Trump ban back in court

March 15, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

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  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

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

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