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Bag Find Sparks Manchester Airport Security Alert

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A Manchester Airport security alert caused one terminal to be entirely evacuated today, with its flight scheduled rearranged while an investigation was carried out. By early afternoon, however, the measure had been lifted, although passengers were being warned of delays.

Security officials working at one of the UK's largest airports found a suspicious-looking bag at around 0830hrs this morning. At midday, Manchester's Terminal 1 remained closed to passengers and the list of cancelled flights had reached 11, while one individual was being questioned, in accordance with the terms of the Terrorist Act. No information's yet been published concerning this man's identity, place of origin or intended destination.

Manchester Airport Security Alert
While the Manchester Airport security alert was in force, Terminals 2 and 3 remained unaffected, with flights arriving and departing as per normal.

"We were alerted to a suspicious device and as a precaution have evacuated Terminal …

Autopass Passenger Screening At Dublin Terminal 1

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Dublin Airport Terminal 1 now hosts new passenger screening technology called Autopass, which allows travellers to scan their boarding cards prior to entering the security screening zone.

Autopass is intended as a security queue reduction measure, speeding up the passenger screening process required before those using the airport are permitted to fly to their onward destinations. According to a Dublin Airport press release, Terminal 1's passengers have responded positively to Autopass' introduction and the system's already proving its worth.

"Security queue times are already under seven minutes for over 97% of passengers, and the new facility would improve passenger flow even more", Passenger Services Manager at Terminal 1, Catherine Barber, explained.

The Autopass passenger screening system is comprised of 10 gates, positioned alongside a pair of lanes to be used by special needs passengers. It also features a dedicated pre-screening area, giving passengers a chanc…

Room Divisions Manager

 Job Description
Currently searching for an experienced Rooms Division Manager for an exciting new ‘floating hotel’ project in Oman.
As RDM, you will need to have a strong Housekeeping and Front Office background in both medium to large cruise ships, as well as in land based hotels within the Middle East.
Suitable candidates will also have pre-opening experience and be prepared to work in a very remote location.
As RDM, you will oversee the housekeeping division as well the front office division with up to 250 guest cabins and suites and a multi-national crew of around 150.
You will hold a relevant degree from a well respected European university; have fluent English and a strong operational approach.
Exceptional IT Skills will also be required.
Single Status candidates only. 

How to Apply
If your experience matches the above profile, please email your full resume and photo to lhodgson@vhospitality.net

Executive Pastry Chef for a luxury business & leisure hotel in the heart of Gurgaon, India.

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Job Description
V.Hospitality is currently seeking a qualified Executive Pastry Chef for a luxury business & leisure hotel in the heart of Gurgaon, India.

The hotel boasts extensive conference and banqueting facilities, 202 luxurious suites and gourmet experiences encompassing cuisines from around the world.

Candidates are required to have previous experience in Michelin starred establishments and luxury hotel/resort properties.
Formal culinary education is a must
Fluent English required

Salary range 5000-6000 USD + full expat package (including accommodation, travel, insurance etc)
Single status candidates preferred

How to Apply
Apply on line at: 

or send applications to recruitment@vhospitality.net

Experienced Night Auditor for a recently opened 5* hotel in France.

With previous experience in this position within a luxury hospitality environment, you are fully trained in Opera and have the ability to train your colleagues.
Fluent French is required. Only candidates with legal status to work in France may be considered. This is a short term mission starting as soon as possible. Accommodation provided. Further details will be provided upon interview.

How to Apply
Please send aplications to sbenon@vhospitality.net

DHS Changing Rules for Screening Kids

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Airplane Crashes in Crockery Township (Michigan)

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A private airstrip in Michigan had a non-fatal crash of a single-engine plane on Saturday (9/17). The pilot was attempting to take off when he experienced a "mechanical malfunction and lost power". He was taken to a hospital in Grand Rapids. The FAA and County Sheriff’s Department are investigating.

Alaska Airlines Bomb Scare

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Death Toll Rises in Reno Air Show Crash

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Fincantieri Launches the “Carnival breeze” at Monfalcone Yard

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At Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone there was the launch of the “Carnival Breeze”, the new flagship of Carnival Cruise Lines, a brand in Carnival Group, the world’s leading cruise operator. Delivery is scheduled for Spring 2012.

The launch was preceded by the customary “coin ceremony” to bring good luck by welding in place a silver dollar on the last deck of the ship, in keeping with an old shipbuilding tradition. Godmother to the ship was Monica Conte, a shipyard employee.

Weighing in at 130,000 gross tonnes, for a length of 306 metres with a beam of 37 the “Carnival Breeze” is the sister ship of “Carnival Dream” and “Carnival Magic” which Monfalcone shipyard delivered in 2009 and 2011 respectively.

In building the “Carnival Breeze” Fincantieri will further strengthen its leading position as builder of build the largest passenger ships in the history of Italian shipbuilding. Indeed the new vessel will have 1,845 cabins, plus 746 for the crew, for a total maximum capacity of ov…

Small plane crashes at Redlands Airport-Redlands, Calif.

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Authorities say a small biplane has crashed at Southern California's Redlands Municipal Airport, injuring the pilot.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the crash occurred shortly before 8:50 a.m. Monday on a street in front of the airport.

Authorities say the airplane clipped a vehicle and a bystander pulled the pilot out before the wreckage burned.

City spokesman Carl Baker says the pilot was taken to a hospital for treatment of head lacerations and complaints of back pain.


Source: planetdata.net

Aircraft Flight Data Streaming Technology Available in 2012

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An in-flight aircraft performance data transmission service that promises to vastly improve on aircraft communications addressing and reporting systems (ACARS) could be in service in early 2012.

EADS's Astrium Services unit presented its Airborne Data Service (ADS) concept at the Paris air show, where it attracted much interest during the then-ongoing search for the wreckage - and black box - from Air France flight AF447, which disappeared over the Atlantic earlier in the year. Astrium Services is currently testing the satellite system with aircraft of two commercial carriers, and expects to begin trials with a third European airline in the next few weeks.

A six-month trial will provide enough data to verify ADS's viability, but Astrium is confident that the system, being developed in partnership with Star Navigation in Canada - which developed the in-flight monitoring equipment - and using Iridium communication services is mature enough for commercial use.

Chief technology off…

EU Deploys to Contested Kosovo/Serbia Border Crossings

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The European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) in Kosovo on Friday (9/16) deployed officials to provide customs and police operational work at the contested Jarinje and Brnjak border crossing points between the Serbian enclave of northern Kosovo and Serbia.
RFE/RL reports that Kosovar customs officials, and some NATO troops are also working at the border crossings.
This escalating crisis began in July when Kosovo moved to secure its northern border with Serbia to enforce a ban on imported Serbian goods.


Source: planetdata.net

Lost in Transit somewhere in Beirut International

I recently encountered a rather odd scenario when I purchased a ticket from Larnaca to Cairo via Beirut. Everything seemed straight forward on paper and my reasons for selecting this route were based on convenience and cost combined, as it was the shortest route and seemingly hassle free for the particular day I was travelling, as no direct flights were available. After all what could go wrong?

Other options included via Malta and Athens which seemed to be going in the wrong direction.
As always I checked-in for both flights online to avoid airport queues and to ensure the minimum hassle. I only carried cabin luggage with me to avoid loss or delay of checked luggage.
The Larnaca part was perfect and it actually took me just 10 mins from the moment I arrived to the airport to get to my departure gate. This must be a record of some sort in Europe, considering security checks today!

Then it all went downhill as I arrived to Beirut a mere 30 mins away, but truly another world, certainly fr…

Construction Accident Closes Busiest U.S. Land Port of Entry for Hours

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A construction accident completely shutdown California's San Ysidro port of entry for about seven hours, forcing people to wait in line or move to alternative border crossing points before entering the U.S.
By 6:30 pm 14th September, the San Ysidro pedestrian bridge had reopened, but the port remained closed to vehicle traffic. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that 13 northbound lanes have now reopened.
At least 24 people sustained injuries in a collapse of construction scaffolding.
Source: planetdata.net

DHS Changing Rules for Screening Kids

DHS Secretary Napolitano said Tuesday that in the coming months children 12-years-old and younger will not have to take off their shoes to board airplanes, and they will get patted-down less frequently. DHS and TSA have not said exactly how they plan to implement these new procedures. And since kid's under 16 do not usually carry ID for domestic flights, presumably the only way a TSA officer will be able to tell a child's real age is by scanning the date-of-birth on a boarding pass and quickly calculating how old the kid really is. Hopefully, this will not backfire and actually slowdown boardings. TSA's current official identification policy is that only people 18-years or older have to show a photo ID to get on a domestic flight.

Source: planetdata.net

Russia Sets Dates for Return to Space Station

Russian space agency Roscosmos has set tentative launch dates for the next unmanned and manned missions bound for the International Space Station. The program had been on hold since an unmanned Progress cargo space craft failed to separate from its Soyuz-U carrier rocket and crashed back to Earth in Siberia in late August.

Roscosmos said it has found the source of the problem - a clogged fuel supply pipe in the Soyuz rocket. The next Progress launch is scheduled for October 30. Then if all goes as planned, a Soyuz manned mission will liftoff on November 12.
Source: planetdata.net

TSA Officers and Cops Busted for Oxycodone Smuggling

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Authorities arrested 19 people this week, including 3 TSA officers, a Westchester County (NY) police officer and a Florida state trooper, allegedly involved in a conspiracy to distribute tens of thousands pills of Oxycodone.
"[A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Connecticut] said the officials are accused of transporting...oxycodone pills from Florida to New York and Connecticut, or charged with carrying the cash proceeds from those sales back to Florida."
Source: planetdata.net

Iran 'to release' two US men jailed as spies

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Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal have been in an Iranian jail for more than two years [AFP]
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that Iran would release two US citizens imprisoned for spying in a "couple of days'" on bail, which their lawyer said had been set at $500,000 each. "I am helping to arrange for their release in a couple of days so they will be able to return home. This is of course going to be a unilateral humanitarian gesture," Ahmadinejad told The Washington Post on Tuesday.

"It is a unilateral pardon", he added. Asked by the Post how the pair would return to the US, Ahmadinejad said that "they are free to choose".

In a separate interview with the US network NBC, he said Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal would be released "in two days", but their lawyer Masoud Shafiei said they would be freed only when the bail had been paid. Bauer and Fattal were arrested in July 2009 near Iran's border with Iraq, where they say they were …

Seven dead in brazen Taliban assault on Kabul

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Afghan forces Wednesday struggled to dislodge the last of the Taliban fighters who mounted a spectacular assault on Kabul, targeting the US embassy and NATO headquarters with rockets and suicide bombs.

The chaotic battle which broke out on Tuesday moved into a second day, with authorities saying two insurgents were still holed up in a high-rise construction site where the attacks were launched.

Helicopters from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force were circling the building at daybreak while explosions from rocket-propelled grenades continued amid sporadic gunfire, an AFP reporter near the scene said.

"Yes, there are ISAF air assets providing support at the request of the Afghan national security forces," said ISAF spokesman Sergeant Christopher DeWitt.

It is believed to be the first time a Taliban attack on Kabul -- seen as relatively safe compared to many other parts of Afghanistan -- has dragged across two days.

The coordinated assault, which has left at l…

Tourists kidnapped by suspected Pirates from a Kenyan Beach Resort

Kenyan Police are on the hunt for suspected Pirates following the murder of a British tourist and the kidnapping of his wife, in a gang raid on an exclusive beach resort called the Kiwayu Safari Village in Kenya, dangerously close to the border with Somalia.

A finance director of publishing house Faber & Faber, David Tebbutt (58 years of age) from Bishop's Stortford was tragically shot dead in cold blood, as he attempted to resist the gang aggressors. His wife (26 years of age), Judith Tebbutt was forcibly rushed away in a motor boat.

Both British security officials and local Kenyan police immediately initiated a far reaching search for Judith Tebbutt following up from reports that she was captured by members of Harakat al Shabab al Mujahideen (an extremist group based in Somalia). The search involved a combination of Helicopters, Speedboats and a spotter plane, which was carried up to the border limits, however no sign of the gang of raiders or their hostage has so far been r…