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News: Qantas urges airline manufacturers to cross final frontier

Qantas has urged aircraft manufacturers to go the extra mile and develop an aircraft that is able to link Australia to anywhere in the world. “We want the hop to be completely eradicated,” said Gareth Evans, chief executive, international, at Qantas. “Australasia and Europe are the last two continents on earth that are not connected by a direct air connection.” Qantas has unveiled plans to link Perth and London, using the Dreamliner 787-9 from spring next year. The 14,498-kilometre service will be the first regular passenger service to directly link…

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News: Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association urges hurricane precautions across region

The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association has expressed sympathy for the loss of life and hardship following the passage of Hurricane Irma. The regional tourism body has urged Caribbean residents and visitors in the projected path of the storm to take continued precautions as it makes its way through parts of the northern Caribbean. CHTA director general Frank Comito warned that the category five hurricane was packing winds of 180 miles per hour. The effects of the storm were already evident on the dual-island of St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Barthélemy…

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Governors' health care plan urges stabilizing markets

A bipartisan governor duo is urging Congress to retain the federal health care law’s unpopular individual mandate while seeking to stabilize individual insurance markets as legislators continue work on a long-term replacement law. The recommendation is part of a compromise plan that’s designed to be palatable to both parties. It was endorsed by six other governors. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, shared their plan in a letter to congressional leaders Thursday. They acknowledge retaining the mandate may be a difficult sell for…

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Bitcoin boss urges cautious investment

The head of the Bitcoin Foundation, Llew Claasen, has urged people to invest “no more than they can afford” in the crypto-currency. He was speaking at the TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania about the potential for Bitcoin in Africa. Billions lack access to formal banking, but the uptake of mobile money means many are willing to embrace alternatives. Bitcoin had been adopted in Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya, he said. The digital currency had particular resonance in countries with volatile economies, he said. “It offers people a chance to protect their…

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Storm Harvey: Coast Guard urges people not to tweet for help

The US Coast Guard is asking people not to seek help via social media if they need assistance during Storm Harvey. It is urging them to “keep trying” the emergency phone numbers instead, although some have pointed out that mobile phone batteries are running low. One expert said it could be because social media posts can be hard to verify. Many people are tweeting their addresses and asking to be rescued. However it is possible that not all the requests will be spotted – and they may not all be…

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EXCLUSIVE – Former Crystal Palace boss Iain Dowie urges club to give Frank de Boer time

Frank de Boer is already fighting for his Crystal Palace future Monday, August 28, 2017 Iain Dowie has called on Crystal Palace chiefs to give Frank de Boer more time to make his mark on the club. The Dutchman is reportedly on the verge of being sacked as Palace manager just 63 days after being appointed as Sam Allardyce’s successor. De Boer is trying to implement a possession-based style of football but Palace have endured a disastrous start under his stewardship, losing their opening three games to Huddersfield Town, Liverpool and Swansea…

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North Korea: China urges Trump not to worsen situation

Media playback is unsupported on your device China’s President Xi Jinping has urged Donald Trump and North Korea to avoid “words and actions” that worsen tensions, state media says. Mr Trump and North Korea have been exchanging hostile rhetoric, with the US president threatening to rain “fire and fury” on the North. But China, North Korea’s only major ally, has been urging restraint. A White House statement said the US and China agreed North Korea must stop “provocative and escalatory behaviour”. Long-standing tensions over North Korea’s nuclear programme worsened when…

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