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  2. If I was the judge he would be at the very least facing a stiff fine along with some gaol time. B.C. man arrested after inflatable sex toy sent into Vancouver air space Staff Published Saturday, July 21, 2018 2:14PM EDT A North Vancouver man could face charges after allegedly sending a blow-up doll into flight paths at Vancouver Harbour. The West Vancouver Police Department said two men at Ambleside Beach in North Vancouver were filming a video on July 3 with “an adult-sized and shaped inflatable" with 10 large helium balloons attached to it. "The officer believed release of the inflatables posed a hazard to aircraft entering or leaving the harbour area," officers said in a news release. "As the officer approached, one of the males released the balloons and inflatable, which then floated several hundred metres into the air west of Lions Gate Bridge." Related Links WVPD: Balloon Release - Hazard To Harbour Aviation Police notified Transport Canada and the Civil Aviation Branch about the incident who in turn sent an alert to all aircraft in the area. Police arrested the men and seized their phones. They were both released pending an investigation. One of the accused, a 19-year-old North Vancouver man, was released from custody under a promise to appear in court. A YouTube prankster under the name BrodieTV claimed responsibility for the incident on Twitter. “I'm going to court September 19th on a charge of mischief for letting a sex doll that was strapped to a few balloons fly away,” he tweeted. “Just wanted to let everyone know that in Canada you must have no fun.” BrodieTV also tweeted he still intends to post the video. and he seems to think it was not a big deal....^tfw|twcamp^tweetembed|twterm^1019307946008694784&
  3. NAFTA appears headed into bilateral talks, with U.S. looking to strike quick deal with Mexico: experts ‎Yesterday, ‎July ‎20, ‎2018, ‏‎6:15:00 PM | Tom Blackwell WASHINGTON, D.C. – The on-again, off-again NAFTA talks appear headed in a whole new direction, one that could see the United States strike a quick deal with Mexico first, then turn to Canada with potentially added leverage, experts suggested Friday. The scenario might even result in the States sparing Mexico further punitive tariffs on steel or possibly cars, as Canada remains in the vice, said one analyst, citing sources in the administration and on Capitol Hill. “We are looking at a possible scenario that at some point in mid- or late-August, the U.S. announces automotive tariffs and exempts Mexico, but not Canada,” said Dan Ujczo, a trade lawyer and expert on Canada-U.S. relations. “That could be a significant challenge politically,” he added. “The trillion-dollar question is: Does Canada continue to rally around the prime minister at that point, or do we really start seeing the private sector push to take a deal (with concessions)?” On the other hand, Canada could benefit from a two-stream approach, as its interests and economic conditions are much closer to those of the U.S. than Mexico, said Chris Sands, head of the Center for Canadian Studies at Johns Hopkins University. The comments came after a flurry of developments this week pointing to a possible split in the negotiations. President Donald Trump suggested a separate deal with Mexico was near after the U.S. had a good session with its officials, while one with Canada might come “later”; close aides also talked of progress with Mexico; and the Mexican economics minister made plans to meet the chief U.S. trade negotiator in Washington, next week – a session that would not include Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday a trilateral approach was still the best path for increasing prosperity in the region. “That’s why we’re committed to renegotiating and improving and updating NAFTA,” he told reporters in Markham, Ont. Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s deputy ambassador to Washington, suggested in an interview earlier this week that three-way talks would get going as soon as Mexico was prepared after its recent election. “We are ready, willing and able to get going as soon as possible,” she said. Two sets of bilateral talks may yet result in a single, updated North American Free Trade Agreement, said Ujczo, but trilateral negotiations are unlikely to occur any time soon. Mexico’s Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarrea, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer during NAFTA negotiations in January 2018. More trilateral negotiations are unlikely to occur any time soon, one analyst says. A split in talks may not be inevitable, but is more likely than not, echoed Sands. Both analysts attribute that shift mainly to the opportunity presented by the long transition to power of Mexico’s newly elected president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. There is motivation for outgoing president Enrique Peña Nieto to strike a deal, and Obrador has said he would respect it when he takes office in December. The leftist Obrador might also push for his own accord, meaning the U.S. could play both politicians off each other, said Sands. But Canada’s approach has also contributed to the U.S. making Mexico a priority, he said. Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. Trade Representative, is known to be angry at Canada for failing to present creative proposals, not backing him on pushing for higher wages in Mexico and broadly challenging the States at the World Trade Organization, the Johns Hopkins professor said. “The tip of an iceberg really because Lighthizer has a long list of beefs with the Trudeau government on trade,” said Sands. “Both Trump and Lighthizer reacted badly to Trudeau and (Chrystia) Freeland lecturing them about the virtues of free trade while insisting on protection of dairy supply management.” Such irritation is likely part of the reason the negotiations seem to be splitting, agreed Ujczo. “We hear frustration from U.S. officials that Canada was dragging its feet in the negotiations,” he said. “That’s at least the U.S. perspective, whereas Canada would say, ‘We were negotiating in good faith, to try to get a win-win situation.’ ” • Email: tblackwell@postmedia
  4. Sorry for any post of mine but I had you crossed with another. Cheers

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    Skytrax best airlines

    boy oh buy, then next time I travel I guess I will have to let it slip out that I am an independent rater>
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    Trump 2.0 Continues

    I don't much care about his sexual adventures but rather have a real concern regarding his current behaviour…….. saying one thing, then the next day saying he didn't say it etc. On the other hand I see nothing wrong with his desire to be more friendly with Russia.
  7. The interesting part will be "Who supplies and crews" the aircraft? To earn the necessary points will be quite the task unless their Partner base is significantly increased.
  8. Or maybe not looking at all.
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    Trump 2.0 Continues

    My reply to you was mostly about your remarks in your 2 posts on the subject of his speech .
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    Trump 2.0 Continues

    ….proliferation, cyber attacks, trade, Ukraine, Middle East peace, North Korea and more. There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems…but they can ALL be solved! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2018 Trump asked National Security Adviser John Bolton to invite Putin, and “those discussions are already underway,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday. Trump earlier had tweeted that he looked forward to “our second meeting” as he defended his performance at Monday’s summit, in which the two leaders conferred on a range of issues including terrorism, Israeli security, nuclear proliferation and North Korea. “There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems … but they can ALL be solved!” Trump tweeted. In Moscow, Anatoly Antonov, Russian ambassador to the U.S., said it is important to “deal with the results” of their first summit before jumping too fast into a new one. But he said, “Russia was always open to such proposals. We are ready for discussions on this subject.” The Kremlin has the final say, but hasn’t responded yet to Trump’s invitation. In this file photo taken on February 13, 2018 Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testifies on worldwide threats during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. News of Trump’s invitation to Putin appeared to catch even the president’s top intelligence official by surprise. “Say that again,” National Intelligence Director Dan Coats responded, when informed of the invitation during an appearance at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. “OK,” he continued, pausing for a deep breath. “That’s going to be special.” The announcement came as the White House sought to clean up days of confounding post-summit Trump statements on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump’s public doubting of Russia’s responsibility in a joint news conference with Putin on Monday provoked withering criticism from Republicans as well as Democrats and forced the president to make a rare public admission of error. Then on Thursday, the White House said Trump “disagrees” with Putin’s offer to allow U.S. questioning of 12 Russians who have been indicted for election interference in exchange for Russian interviews with the former U.S. ambassador to Russia and other Americans the Kremlin accuses of unspecified crimes. Trump initially had described the idea as an “incredible offer.” In this July 16, 2018, photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shake hands at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland. The White House backtrack came just before the Senate voted overwhelmingly against the proposal. It was Congress’ first formal rebuke of Trump’s actions from the summit and its aftermath. Asked about the Putin invitation, Alaska Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan said “I wouldn’t do it, that’s for damn sure.” “If the Russians want a better relationship, trips to the White House aren’t going to help,” he added. “They should stop invading their neighbours.” Mixed messages from Trump have increased worries in Congress that the White House is not taking seriously the threat that senior officials say Russia now poses to the upcoming 2018 midterm elections. Democrats in the House sought Thursday to extend a state grant program for election security but were blocked by Republicans. There is $380 million approved in the current budget for the program, which is intended to help states strengthen election systems from hacking and other cyberattacks. Democratic lawmakers erupted into chants of “USA! USA!” during the debate, As for Putin’s offer on investigations, Sanders it was “made in sincerity” and the U.S. hopes he will have the indicted Russians “come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt.” The U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul. Just a day earlier, the White House had said the offer was under consideration, even though the State Department called Russia’s allegations against the Americans, including former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, “absurd.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday of the proposed Russian questioning, “That’s not going to happen.” “The administration is not going to send, force Americans to travel to Russia to be interrogated by Vladimir Putin and his team,” Pompeo said in an interview with The Christian Broadcasting Network. Senate Republicans joined Democrats in swiftly passing a resolution, 98-0, that put the Senate on record against the questioning of American officials by a foreign government. Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell hastily arranged the vote as lawmakers unleashed an avalanche of resolutions and other proposed actions expressing alarm over Trump’s meeting with Putin and the White House’s shifting response. Coats said Thursday he wished the president hadn’t undermined the conclusions of American intelligence agencies while standing next to Putin and felt it was his duty to correct the record. He restated the U.S. intelligence assessment about Russian meddling and Moscow’s “ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy.” U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for a joint press conference in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018. While they had met privately on three occasions in 2017, Trump opened the door to a potential White House meeting with Putin earlier this year. The Kremlin had said in April that the president had invited the Russian leader to the White House when they spoke by telephone in March. At the time, White House officials worked to convince a skeptical president that the Nordic capital would serve as a more effective backdrop — and warned of a firestorm should a West Wing meeting go through. Still, Trump has expressed a preference for the White House setting for major meetings, including floating an invitation to Washington for North Korea’s Kim Jong Un after their meeting in Singapore last month. Putin would be setting foot inside the building for the first time in more than a decade. He last visited the White House in 2005, when he met President George W. Bush, who welcomed the Russian leader in the East Room as “my friend.” U.S. President George W. Bush gestures next to Russian President Vladmir Putin in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, 16 September, 2005. President Barack Obama welcomed then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to the White House in 2010, and took him on a burger run at a joint just outside the capital. Putin, in his first public comments about the summit, told Russian diplomats that U.S.-Russian relations are “in some ways worse than during the Cold War,” but that the meeting with Trump allowed a start on “the path to positive change.” Meanwhile, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she still has not seen evidence that Moscow tried to help elect Trump. She said at the Aspen Forum that Russia is attempting to “cause chaos on both sides.” Associated Press writers Deb Riechmann in Aspen, Colorado, and Mary Clare Jalonick, Matthew Daly, Tami Abdollah, Darlene Superville and Susannah George in Washington contributed to this report.
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    WestJet and Delta

    Delta and WestJet finalise planned joint venture 19 July, 2018 SOURCE: Flight Dashboard BY: Edward Russell Washington DC Delta Air Lines and WestJet have finalised a joint venture agreement, as they move towards closer cooperation between Canada and the USA. The agreement will expand on the carriers' codeshare agreement and allow them to jointly coordinate schedules and plan growth, co-locate at key airports, provide reciprocal frequent flier benefits, and cooperate on cargo operations, Delta and WestJet say in a joint statement on 19 July. "Delta's future is global and together with WestJet, we can augment the two airlines' capabilities and bring together our strengths in this important trans-border market," says Ed Bastian, chief executive of Delta. The immunised partnership will be the Atlanta-based carrier's sixth joint venture with a foreign carrier, the latest being a tie up with Korean Air that began in May. "WestJet continues its drive toward becoming a global airline, and the signing of this agreement marks a major milestone in that journey," says Ed Sims, president and chief executive of WestJet. "The joint venture will allow us to maximise our existing partnership with Delta to benefit customers by bringing greater competition to the trans-border market." Delta and WestJet serve 63 trans-border markets, connecting 11 airports in Canada with 26 in the USA in July, FlightGlobal schedules show. Delta and WestJet's combined trans-border network, July 2018 FlightGlobal schedules The airlines combined have a 24.2% share of Canada-USA capacity in July, schedules show. This is second to Air Canada's 50.7% share of capacity, and ahead of United Airlines' 12.3% share. Delta and WestJet plan to file for antitrust approval in both Canada and the USA within the next month, and hope for a decision within a year, says WestJet. Sims told FlightGlobal in April that WestJet hoped for approval by the end of 2018, pending a mid-year application to regulatory authorities. The agreement follows a memorandum of understanding to form a joint venture between Delta and WestJet in December 2017.
  12. Aeroplan’s charter airline to launch after end of Air Canada partnership Calgary Herald 20 Jul 2018 ROSS MAROWITS AEROPLAN Members of Aimia’s loyalty program Aeroplan will be able to buy seats on any airline, any time, to any destination by July 2020. MONTREAL Aeroplan aims to get into the airline business by offering charter flights to its most popular destinations as the loyalty program prepares for the end of its exclusive partnership with Air Canada in 2020. “We have routes where we have enough redemption demand today that we can fly a daily charter throughout the year on some particular routes,” Jeremy Rabe said in his first media interview since taking over in May as CEO of parent company Aimia Inc. “Those will be dedicated Aeroplan aircraft that are flying just for Aeroplan.” Aimia is in negotiations with potential airline partners to operate narrowbody aircraft ideally suited for flights to sun destinations in the Caribbean. Details about the number of planes, their outside look and configuration will be announced in the next year or so, Rabe said. The big move shows the loyalty program is committed to providing the greatest value to members, he said. “We can optimize the itineraries, we can make sure that those planes are flying to the places where people actually want seats and again that’s a big difference than today.” The Montreal-based company is preparing for July 2020 when its 30-year partnership with Air Canada expires as the airline launches its own loyalty program. Industry analysts say the company ’s long-term prospects are unclear. As of the first quarter it cut $70 million in costs, but Stephanie Price of CIBC World Markets estimates the company will need an extra $200 million a year to buy flights at market rates after 2020. When its exclusive partnership with Air Canada ends, Aeroplan members will be able to buy seats on any airline, any time, to any destination instead of being limited to Canada’s largest airline and its Star Alliance partners. An Aeroplan survey found that 72 per cent of members said expanding redemptions to any airline would be a “big improvement” to the program. Aeroplan is working to sign up preferred airline partners and is also introducing several new program features that will create a more flexible program and a better member experience. Starting in September, Aeroplan will introduce a new online travel booking tool that will initially enable members to earn miles when they rent a car or book a hotel using cash. Within two years, miles alone or in combination with cash will be redeemable for a variety of travel, leisure and entertainment experiences, including concerts, spas and private jets. Additional digital tools, backed by the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning, will enhance the experience by anticipating member preferences based on their travel history, Rabe said. “So we’re going to get creative around things like suggesting maybe some cool destinations where you can think about travelling.” Aeroplan plans to maintain the current mileage grid required for about 95 per cent of its network of flights. That answers one of the biggest questions he’s heard from members about how Aeroplan will look after 2020, Rabe said. It is also introducing a points transfer program in 2020 that will allow members to convert Aeroplan Miles to the loyalty programs of nearly 20 airlines covering several alliances, giving them wider access to flights and hotels. Rabe downplayed the risk that the transfer program will be a conduit for members to end their loyalty to Aeroplan. “If members see that we’re going to have an incredible loyalty program, differentiated value, flexibility and experience then I’m confident that members will continue to engage in the program ...”
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    Airbus Beluga XL Revealed

    WHALE OF A FLIGHT Calgary Herald 20 Jul 2018 ERIC CABANIS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES The crew of an Airbus BelugaXL cargo plane salute staff at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France on Thursday, after its maiden test flight. The first A330-based BelugaXL aircraft is expected to enter service in mid-2019. More than 10,000 people were present at the launch.
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    Trump 2.0 Continues

    Sadly, I guess I know where you are coming from now. How about you start to think about Humans????? I was raised to be Colour Blind and so were my Children.