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  • Port Authority Bus Terminal closed due to snowstorm overcrowding

    11/15/2018 5:10:09 PM PST · by SMGFan · 37 replies
    NYPost ^ | November 15, 2018
    The Port Authority Bus Terminal is so crowded with commuters waiting for buses amid a massive winter storm that the agency is blocking any more people from entering, officials said. Officials closed the doors to the facility at about 5:15 p.m. because so many passengers are waiting for buses that aren’t heading in or out. “We’re recommending passengers take trains back to NJ due to weather causing bus delays,” said a PA spokesman. The agency even tweeted that riders should find other ways to get home.
  • New, steeper Bayonne Bridge shut down after cars can't make it up the incline in snow

    11/15/2018 2:34:52 PM PST · by SMGFan · 105 replies
    NJ Advanced Media ^ | November 15, 2018
    The Bayonne Bridge was shut down in both directions Thursday afternoon, making for a worse commute for those driving in the snow, sleet and rain. The bridge was shutdown by Port Authority due to slippery conditions and several cars becoming stuck on the incline of the renovated bridge, which is steeper than it used to be, spokesman Joe Pentangelo said.
  • Additional Cuba Travel Sanctions Dampen Tourism Interest

    11/15/2018 12:43:00 PM PST · by Simon Green · 11 replies
    The Points Guy ^ | 11/15/18 | Katherine Fan
    The Trump Administration added 26 new names to a blacklist of Cuban tourist attractions that Americans no longer are allowed to visit. The sanctions are designed to direct “economic activity away from the Cuban military,” according to a statement by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin last November. All 26 of the newly banned tourist attractions are owned by Cuba’s military business conglomerate, GAESA, ranging from the new five-star Iberostar Grand Packard and Paseo del Prado hotels in Old Havana, to small beachfront shopping centers far away from the island nation’s capital. American travelers are still allowed to visit Cuba, and the...
  • 5ft 2in company boss sues British Airways over back injuries after he was 'wedged in' next [tr]

    11/15/2018 3:26:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 15, 2018 | James Fielding
    A company director is taking British Airways to court after claiming he suffered a pelvic injury from being wedged in next to an obese passenger on a 13-hour flight. Stephen Prosser, who is only 5ft 2in, is suing the airline after claiming that he was forced to sit crushed against the side of the plane by a 6ft 5in man weighing 23-stone who was sat in the middle. Mr Prosser, 51, claims BA staff refused to intervene and ask the man to move seats, during the flight from Bangkok to London Heathrow.
  • The best tablets you can buy

    11/14/2018 12:08:02 PM PST · by Red Badger · 48 replies ^ | Nov. 14, 2018, 02:41 PM | Kyle Schurman,Malarie Gokey
    Tablets are ideal for kids, travelers, and professionals - it just depends on which one you buy. The best tablet for most people is Apple's 2018 9.7-inch iPad, but we've also included a number of other excellent tablets that are best for different uses. When I was a kid, and our family went on a long car ride, my parents would keep us entertained by making us play games like I Spy, Don't Hit Your Brother, and Who Can Stay Quietest the Longest. These days, though, kids are just as likely to have a tablet screen in the backseat, watching...
  • Hoverbikes are finally here, but don't expect to fly cheap

    11/14/2018 7:39:58 AM PST · by Red Badger · 56 replies ^ | Nov. 13, 2018 / 11:18 AM CST | By Tom Metcalfe
    California firm's long-anticipated flying motorcycle will set you back $150,000. This drone-like flying motorcycle can be yours for $150,000.Hoversurf Official via YouTube ______________________________________________________________ The era of the hoverbike is finally at hand, but you’ll have to be well-heeled to join in. A California company recently announced that it would begin deliveries of its long-anticipated flying motorcycle in the first half of 2019 for an estimated price of $150,000. The Hoversurf S3 looks a bit like what you’d get if you crossed a motorcycle with a quadcopter. It has a seat for one rider and four horizontally mounted electric propellers controlled...
  • Pilots Say Boeing Didn't Tell Them About a Safety Feature Tied to a Deadly Crash

    11/13/2018 1:42:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration issued directives last week telling flight crews about the system, which is designed to provide extra protection against pilots losing control. That prompted aviators, unions and training departments to realize that none of the documentation for the Max aircraft included an explanation of the system, the union leaders said. “We don’t like that we weren’t notified,” Few details have been released about the underlying causes of the Lion Air crash Oct. 29 in the sea near Jakarta, but Indonesian investigators say that an erroneous sensor prompted the plane’s computers to push the aircraft into...
  • Brexit Deal Done (maybe)

    11/13/2018 11:14:43 AM PST · by Tell It Right · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/13/2018 | Oliver JJ Lane
    A “technical level” Brexit deal has been struck between the United Kingdom and the European Union, Britain’s state broadcaster reported Tuesday afternoon, leading Prime Minister Theresa May to summon her cabinet to Downing Street to buy into the agreement before it is revealed to the British public.
  • Finland’s first sex doll brothel opens in Helsinki offering 100 euro robot romps ...

    11/13/2018 7:28:12 AM PST · by Red Badger · 78 replies ^ | 17:04 / 12.11.2018 SUN | Staff
    FINLAND will be opening its first sex doll BROTHEL later this week as demand for silicone companions blows up all over the world. Russian-owned Unique Dolls will open its doors in Helsinki on Thursday - charging frisky Finns €100 an hour with its demimonde dolls. The silicone brothel is located in a discrete location behind a shopping centre in the Finnish capital. And they say they'll only ever be allowing a maximum of four clients in the building at any one time to keep noise levels at a respectable level. Each of the four models has its own room at...
  • Pilot scared of flying was unfairly sacked, tribunal rules

    11/12/2018 9:19:55 AM PST · by Gamecock · 55 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11/11/2018 | Hayley Dixon
    A pilot sacked for being scared of flying has won an unfair dismissal claim after a tribunal heard he was told to do a crossword when he raised concern about his phobia. First officer Matthew Guest has been working for Flybe for almost a decade but became anxious and had "panic attacks" after being promoted to longer flights, a tribunal heard. On one occasion Mr Guest twice raised concerns with a boss about a four hour flight but was told to do a crossword or read a book whilst the plane was cruising. He called in sick the next day...
  • The world's largest cruise ship Symphony of the Seas makes its U.S. debut, with the $1.35bn [tr]

    11/12/2018 6:01:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 82 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 12, 2018 | Sadie Whitelocks
    The world's biggest cruise ship has made its U.S. debut, with the enormous vessel casting a shadow on Miami. Royal Caribbean's newest liner Symphony of the Seas, which cost $1.35 billion to build, boasts 18 decks, 22 restaurants, and room to accommodate 6,680 guests. Newly-released images of the large vessel show it pulling into Terminal A at Port Miami at night, with it putting on a dazzling light display.
  • Hidden and little known places: Kul-Oba an ancient archaeological site, eastern Crimea

    11/11/2018 3:56:56 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 45 replies
    Hidden and little known places 'blog ^ | September 28, 2016 | unidentified blogger (I couldn't find the name)
    Kul-Oba an ancient archaeological site, a Scythian burial tumulus (kurgan), located near Kerch in eastern Crimea. Kul-Oba was the first Scythian royal barrow to be excavated in modern times. Uncovered in 1830, the stone tomb yielded a wealth of precious artifacts which drew considerable public interest to Scythian world. Of particular interest is an intricately granulated earring with two Nike figurines and Serpent-Legged Goddess, now in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.The tomb was built around 400 to 350 BC. The body of the king lay by the east wall on a sumptuous wooden couch. His social position was highlighted by...
  • History of the Pontiac GTO: 1964-

    11/11/2018 7:25:49 AM PST · by ETL · 89 replies
    various sources | Nov 11, 2018
    NameThe name, which was DeLorean's idea, was inspired by the Ferrari 250 GTO, the successful race car. It is an Italian abbreviation for Gran Turismo Omologato ("grand tourer homologated"), which means officially certified for racing in the grand tourer class. But in reality, the Pontiac GTO was never really a certified Grand Tourer race car. Internally, it was initially called the "Grand Tempest Option", one of many automobiles in the Pontiac line up with a 'Grand' in it. Despite these things, the GTO is one of the fastest cars ever manufactured by Pontiac. First generation: 1964-67 Second generation: 1968-72 Third...
  • 'Incapacitated' air controller directs flights over McCarran Airport

    11/10/2018 2:25:46 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies ^ | Friday, November 9th 2018 | Antonio Castelan
    An "incapacitated" air traffic controller was directing the skies over McCarran Airport Wednesday night. Airport radio transmissions that from Wednesday night serve to illustrate the problem. The air traffic controller's speech seems slow and hard to understand. The woman is directing a frontier airlines pilot for takeoff, but has a problem giving the exact runway. The pilot tries to get a confirmation. ... Several pilots voiced their concerns to the air controller. … "On Wednesday evening, an air traffic controller at the Las Vegas tower became incapacitated while on duty. The FAA is deeply concerned by the incident, is thoroughly...
  • Revealed: The top travel 'hot spots' for 2019 - including a 'hidden gem' island [tr]

    11/09/2018 10:28:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 9, 2018 | Emilia Mazza
    The top 10 travel destinations to add to your bucket list in 2019 have been revealed - taking in some of the most stunning spots on the globe. The new 'hot spots' for the bold traveller are identified by the team at travel site They include the desert wilderness of Wadi Rum in Jordan and the unspoiled paradise of Bacalar in Mexico.
  • Archaeologists unearth stunning ancient statues by farmer planting olive trees in Greece

    11/09/2018 1:05:18 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies ^ | November 3, 2018 | unattributed
    At least four Kouros-type statues from the Archaic era were among four unearthed during excavations in October by the ephorate of antiquities of Fthiotida and Evrytania in the wider area of Atalanti in central Greece. Archaeologists commenced digging in the area after a landowner in Atalanti reported that he found the trunk of a naked male statue as he was tilling his field. Kouros is the name given to free-standing ancient Greek sculptures representing nude male youths. They first made their appearance in the Archaic period. Their figures began to appear in Greece about 615-590 BC. While many aspects of...
  • Advice Please - Normandy Tour, June 6th, 2019

    11/08/2018 4:35:40 PM PST · by PeteePie · 30 replies
    Self ^ | 8 Nov 2018 | PeteePie
    I am taking the to Normandy and can pretty much pick my arrival date to coincide with the D-Day anniversary. Was wondering if any of y'all have toured area. Looking for recommendations for reputable tour companies, BnB and places of interest not to be missed that are accessible and open to the public.
  • Nations that an American Man could Travel and Relocate to (if need be)

    11/08/2018 4:02:54 PM PST · by vannrox · 67 replies
    metallicman ^ | 9nov18 | editorial staff
    What happens when you are given a five minute notice before your company lays you off? Then they hand you a NDR, and expect you to sign it, or else they will prevent you from getting food stamps and support. What then? What options do you have? Another stab at getting yet another American job, and America boss in an American corporate environment? Is that what your options are? As an American man, just what are your options? The world is yours once you have lost everything. That includes nations, food, culture and girls. You can go anywhere and be...
  • Potatoes Were Not Just A Symbol Of The Elite In Ancient Peru, Archaeologists Find

    11/07/2018 8:56:01 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 2, 2018 | Kristina Killgrove
    We may think of potatoes as the most basic of foods, given their modern ubiquity and low cost, but in the Moche culture in ancient Peru, archaeologists had assumed they were highly charged symbols of the elite because they were found only in artifacts. New research, however, has shown that our understanding of New World potato consumption is biased by the fact the starchy vegetable is nearly always consumed in its entirety. In a forthcoming article in the Journal of Archaeological Science, researchers Guy Duke of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Victor Vásquez-Sanchez and Teresa Rosales-Tham of...
  • Could the number of flights per person be limited? Norway is leading the way (tr)

    11/07/2018 2:20:53 PM PST · by Simon Green · 72 replies
    Blue Swan ^ | 11/05/18
    The number of flights being taken by the average person is increasing dramatically and the arrival of LCCs mean flying is more affordable for more people. Between 2005 and 2018 global passenger numbers more than doubled from around two billion to four billion and forecasts suggest that it could double again over the next 20 years. Is this growth manageable? One Norwegian politician believes that a cap should be placed on travellers, a seemingly impractical suggestion, but one that is sure to have support. Summary: As global air travel demand continues to rise, one Norwegian politician recommends a cap of...