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Restaurant Manager for Italian Restaurant – Abu Dhabi

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We are currently looking for a qualified Restaurant Manager for award-winning Italian Restaurant outlet of exclusive hotel in Abu Dhabi

Extensive fine-dining experience in high profile luxury Michelin star level hotel / restaurants is essential
Excellent leadership & management skills
Irreproachable customer service skills
Fluent Italian & English

Salary: 2100 USD $ + tips + full expat package
Starting: ASAP

Apply online at www.vhospitality.net or send application to recruitment@vhospitality.net

American Accused of Smuggling Guns to UK

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A former U.S. Marine with dual American/UK citizenship is being accused of using commercial airline flights to smuggle more than 80 handguns from the U.S. to Britain. In addition, authorities suspect he sold these weapons to criminal gangs in Britain.
Source: Planet Data

Flight Diverted in UK Due to Disruptive Passenger

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An Etihad Airways flight from Abu Dhabi to London's Heathrow Airport was diverted to Stansted Airport in Essex with a Royal Air Force escort on Monday because of a "disruptive" passenger aboard the commercial jet.
Source: Planet Data

Update on Moscow Airport Blast

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Here's a round up of some of what is being reported about the explosion at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport - the country's busiest - today (1/24). Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev has said it appears a suicide bomber is responsiblefor the blast.Russian airport and health officials are being quoted saying that at least 35 people are dead and more than 150 others are injured.Security has been tightened at Moscow's three airports as well as at other transportation hubs.Law enforcement officials said the power of the blast was equal to 11lbs (5kg) of TNT.Source: Planet Data

Wreckage of U.S. Stealth Fighter May Have Helped China

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China may be using American technology in its newly unveiled Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter jet. The Associated Press broke the news today that Balkan military officials say that parts that came from an American F-117 Nighthawk that was shot down over Serbia in 1999 were likely sold to the Chinese by local farmers who found the wreckage.
Source: Planet Data

NTSB Joins French Probe of Low Fuel Incident in Paris

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Air Transport Intelligence reports the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has joined a French investigation that is trying to determine why an Air Burkina MD-83 almost ran out of fuel after several landing attempts in poor weather at Paris' Orly airport on January 12.
Source: Planet Data

Cypriots’ travels abroad increased

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Cypriots’ travels abroad increased by 6.3% in 2010 compared to 2009. On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, issued today by the Statistical Service, 1.246.378 residents of Cyprus returned from a trip abroad during the period January – December 2010, compared to 1.172.268 in the corresponding period of last year recording an increase of 6.3%.

According to the survey, in January - December 2010 there was an increase of 2.6% on the trips of residents to Greece (from 417.710 in period January – December 2009 to 428.686 in period January – December 2010) and 9.7% increase to the United Kingdom (from 271.990 to 298.440 this year).

Some 89.228 residents of Cyprus returned from a trip abroad in December 2010 compared to 89.287 in the corresponding month last year recording a decrease of 0.1%.

Accordingly, in December 2010 there was a decrease of 9.1% on the trips of residents to Greece (30.410 in December 2010 compared to 33.461 in December 2009) as well as 2.6% decrease from the U…

2011: A vintage year for the European consumer

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 Ensuring consumers benefit fully from the EU's Internal Market is the work of Parliament's Internal Market and Consumer Protection committee or "IMCO" and it's off to a flying start to 2011, with the Consumer Protection Directive on its agenda this month. More will follow, from strengthening e-commerce and modernising package holiday rules to facilitating the introduction of innovative fibres in clothing and new, safer, materials in buildings. Watch this space, 2011 holds a lot of promise.

One Directive to unite them
The proposed Consumer Protection directive has one goal above all: to ensure maximum, although by no means total, harmonisation of consumer protection provisions throughout the European Union. As a legal instrument it will replace four existing directives, covering all forms of consumer rights, including protection from unfair terms imposed on consumers and the right to simply change their mind and walk away from a purchase they made over the inter…

General Manager required for a Small Luxury Hotel in the Midwest.

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This property is less than 150 rooms and offers great guest satisfaction levels and has an outstanding reputation for it food and beverage operation as well. This hotel is not in a city center but is located in a small town. The Owner of the hotel is a major corporation who entertains at the property often. Candidates must have strong team leadership skills and experience as a General Manager in an upscale or luxury resort or hotel. They also must have excellent owner relations skills as well as a strong food and beverage background

Applicants who do not already have legal permission to work in the United States will not be considered.

Please e-mail your resume in a Word document to: Kevin@ssirecruiting.com

General Manager needed for a Luxury Golf Resort in France

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This Award winning resort offers excellent resort amenities and guest service in one of the most beautiful regions of France. Candidates MUST have experience as a General Manager in an upscale or Luxury Resort or Hotel in France and must have managed a golf operation as well The ideal candidate will have a strong track record of success in leading a team of hospitality professionals, have strong organizational skills and be very creative and talented in developing a team as well as interacting with guests, clients and press.

Interested candidates should e-mail your resume in a Word document to: Kevin@ssirecruiting.com


US Airport Laser Beam Incidents Spike

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New data has been published that shows the alarming level of laser incidents at US airports.

More than 100 instances where lasers in private hands were directed at commercial passenger aircraft occurred at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) alone in 2010, while Chicago O’Hare International Airport experienced almost the same number.

In total, 2,836 airport laser incidents were recorded – a close-on 50 per cent increase compared to 2009. That’s according to the FAA – the US Federal Aviation Administration – which released details on the situation on 19 January 2011.

The FAA highlighted how, in a lot of cases, the laser beams were hitting moving aircraft. The takeoff and landing phases of flight demand more pilot concentration than any other, and sudden, blinding light beams have the potential to seriously distract.

Lasers shining into cockpits can cause temporary blindness and, said the FAA, there were instances of this occurring in 2010. Where it did, the affected pilots typicall…

Berlin Airport Landing Slots Row

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German flagship airline Lufthansa is reportedly calling for an embargo against Emirates landing slots at the new Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport.

Emirates – the national airline of Dubai – is accused of effectively monopolising air travel between Germany and Dubai. According to a representative for Lufthansa, Emirates already serves four German airports while, on the flipside, Lufthansa operates just a single flight to Dubai.

Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport is still being built and will open to commercial traffic in June of next year. At first, it will handle an annual total of 30 million passengers, with scope to increase this further down the line.
Berlin Landing Slots

Emirates initially made no comment over the Berlin landing slots issue but, today, has come out with a statement.

‘Emirates’ services to Berlin and Stuttgart, both of which remain under-serviced in terms of scheduled intercontinental routes, would benefit trade, investment, tourism and employment in …

Britain Needs New London Airport

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Plans for a new British airport to ease pressure at existing sites and gain more of a global market share have been given a new impetus, after the release of a new report on 18 January 2010.

Produced in collaboration with Transport for London and supported by the Mayor of London, the report puts forward that, without a new airport in London, other parts of Europe will benefit while the UK effectively suffers at their hands.

The report describes how flagship UK hub, London Heathrow, has lost some of its lustre. Two decades ago, only one other airport in the world flew to more destinations. Now, it says, there are six more that do.

The end result is that the airport that’s closest to the heart of London, in terms of distance, is missing out, and this is a message reinforced by London Mayor, Boris Johnson.

“The capital’s airports are full, our runways are rammed and we risk losing jobs to Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Madrid or other European cities should we fail to act”, he said today.

Brand N…

NASA Unveils Commercial Airplane Designs of the Future

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Jan 17, 2011 — NASA has unveiled three design concepts for the future of commercial aviation that were developed by Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Boeing. Northrop's design employs twin fuselages, and Boeing's looks more like a flying wing, while Lockheed's is the most traditional looking of the three.
Source: Planet Data

Suspicious Sound Sparks Security Scare at Miami Airport

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Jan 17, 2011 — There was a suspected security-related incident this morning at Miami International Airport involving a flight from Brazil. It appears that baggage handlers said they heard a suspicious noise in the cargo area while offloading bags. The bomb squad was called in and they found nothing dangerous. It is not clear what the offending sound was.
Source: Planet Data

Flights Delayed Due to San Jose Airport Security Breach

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Jan 14, 2011 — Several Southwest flights were delayed last night (1/13) at Mineta San Jose International Airport because of a security breach at one of the terminals. The Mercury News reports that a 22-year-old woman who had been screened left the secure area of the terminal and then returned without being screened again.
Source: Planet Data

Travel Warning for Nepal Cites Air Travel Risk

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Jan 13, 2011 — The U.S. State Department on Wednesday (1/12) issued a new Travel Warning for Nepal, replacing one issued last June, "to update information on the security and political situation, and to advise travelers about the continuing possibility of political demonstrations, unrest, and concerns about travel in Nepal by road and air." The full Travel Warning is available on the State Department website or in the PlanetData World News & Information section.
Source: Planet Data

Mount Etna Erupts, Airport Closed

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Jan 13, 2011 — The largest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna, erupted for a short while sending ash into the sky and lava down it slopes late Wednesday. The volcanic activity in Sicily forced officials to close the Fontanarossa airport until this morning, according to a report from Italy's AKI.
Source:Planet Data

Man Guilty of Shining Laser at Police Helicopter

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Jan 12, 2011 — A 52-year-old Massachusetts man was sentenced on Monday (1/10) to three years in prison for shining a laser at a State Police helicopter that was escorting a tanker ship through Boston Harbor. The guilty man, Gerard Sasso, is the second in the nation to be convicted for lasering an aircraft.
Source: Planet Data

Russia Blames Crew for Polish President Plane Crash

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Jan 12, 2011 — The Russian investigation into last April's plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and dozens of other prominent Poles has found pilot error to be the primary cause of the disaster. The flight was headed to Smolensk, Russia to commemorate the victims of the 1940 Katyn massacre.
Source: Planet Data

77 Die in Iran Passenger Plane Crash

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Jan 10, 2011 — An IranAir Boeing 727 crashed in northwestern Iran on Sunday killing at least 77 people. The cause of the crash is under investigation, but according to Iranian media, the pilots reported a technical problem; and Iranian officials have said poor weather may have played a role.
Source: Planet Data

Security Tightened at London Transport Hubs

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Jan 7, 2011 — Security has been tightened on railroads, and at airports and other transportation hubs in and around London. It is being reported that officials are saying there is no imminent threat, however there are indications that al-Qaeda or another group could be planning something. The BBC reports it has seen a letter sent from the Department for Transport to aviation officials that says al-Qaeda "may be considering an attack against a UK airport or aviation sector target" and it describes the reports as "credible".
Source: Planet Data

Man Makes Bomb Threat Aboard Turkish Airlines Flight

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Jan 6, 2011 — It is being reported that passengers aboard a Turkish Airlines Flight from Oslo to Istanbul overpowered a would-be hijacker claiming to have a bomb on Wednesday (1/5). The plane landed safely, the authorities arrested the suspect, and the "bomb" turned out to be a fake.
Source: Planet Data

UK Airport Terror Threat Now Severe: Airport Int. News

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Security has been tightened across Britain’s transport network – airports included – in a move described by officials as “precautionary”, but which represents an up-shift in terror concern.While the overall terrorism threat to the UK is presently labelled ‘Severe’, beneath this general rating, individual UK infrastructure elements have their own labelling system in place.
These ratings are usually kept away from the public domain but, courtesy of a number of news sources – who have reported on the situation this morning – it is understood that the transport sector is now considered under ‘Severe’ threat from terrorist action. This represents an increase over an earlier security rating – ‘Substantial’.
Reportedly, London’s airports – which include Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted – could be especially at risk.
New Airport Terror ThreatCommenting on the new airport terror threat level, officials have cautioned that the revision does not mean a terrorist attack is automatically on the way. …

Passengers Halt Turkish Mid-Air Hijack: Airport Int. News

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A potential mid-air hijacking incident was stopped on 5 January 2011, when the passengers onboard the aircraft successfully overcame the hijacker’s efforts.Earlier, the aircraft had taken off from an airport in Norway and was travelling to Turkey. Ultimately, it successfully landed at Turkey’s Istanbul (Ataturk) International Airport.
According to comments made by police officials, the figure responsible for the mid-air disruption was a Turkish male, and his goal was to try and reroute the aircraft back to Norway again, for reasons unknown.
Turkish media has suggested that the man announced he was carrying a bomb with him, and that he attempted to gain access to the cockpit. This move, said the police, was halted by those on board and, in fact, when the Turkish Airlines aircraft had completed its journey, security forces climbed onto the aircraft to discover a single passenger pinning the hijacker down.
Turkish Aircraft HijackAn arrest was subsequently made after the attempted Turkish …