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Travel (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • VANITY--Trip to Maine

    06/18/2018 1:49:16 PM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 56 replies
    Planning a trip to Old Orchard Beach Maine the end of August. Hubs has never been there. Looking for some recommendations on fishing charters, restaurants, etc. We are big seafood fans! Will be arriving in Portland first.
  • The energizing American Shipbuilding Act of 2018

    06/17/2018 6:49:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    American Journal of Transportation ^ | June 7, 2018 | Stas Margaronis
    Last week, Congressman John Garamendi (D- CA), the ranking Democrat on the House Subcommittee for Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, introduced The Energizing American Shipbuilding Act of 2018. The bipartisan bill, which would require the construction of over fifty ships and the creation of thousands of maritime and mariners’ jobs, is being carried in the Senate by Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS). In an interview with AJOT, Garamendi said that projections of 50 new shipbuildings by 2040 comes from “the legislationwhich requires a small percentage of exported crude oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) to be transported on U.S.-built and U.S.-flagged...
  • Toronto Mayor Praises De Niro for ‘[bleep] Trump’ Rant

    06/12/2018 7:59:11 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/12/18 | Arthur Weinreb
    It was a disgraceful performance by the mayor of Canada’s largest city Actor Robert De Niro was in Toronto Monday in front of what will become his Nobu Restaurant, Hotel and Residences in the city’s trendy Entertainment District. De Niro’s visit comes one day after the actor’s rant at the Tony Awards where he said, “First I want to say, F**k Trump. It’s no longer ‘down with Trump, it’s f**k Trump.’” (CTV News, June 11) Yesterday, Toronto Mayor John Tory tweeted “I have two words for Robert De Niro during his stop in Toronto today; Thank you!”
  • North Korean diplomats are beating sanctions to raise cash with this Berlin hostel

    06/11/2018 1:37:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    KUOW-FM ^ | June 11, 2018 | Valerie Hamilton
    Step into the City Hostel Berlin and you'd be forgiven for not noticing anything strange at all. The budget backpacker hotel near the Brandenburg Gate in former East Berlin has a spacious lobby, a big-screen TV, a pool table and room for hundreds of guests in its no-frills shared bunkbed rooms. Multilingual receptionists hand out rental towels and bartenders take orders for 12 kinds of beer at the hostel's busy bar. But a few steps away from the building, a North Korean flag flies discreetly between the hostel and the Socialist dictatorship's bleak embassy building next door. North Korea owns...
  • Kim Jong Un steps out in Singapore for night out after mysterious travel plans revealed

    06/11/2018 9:24:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 11, 2018 | Katherine Lam
    Kim Jong Un wasted no time checking out the Singapore nightlife after arriving in unique style for the historic summit with President Trump, stepping out late Monday night local time with a phalanx of North Korean wingmen. Video of the portly potentate prowling the streets of the host city was released live, and showed Kim greeting tourists, taking selfies and visiting sights in the late evening hours after leaving St. Regis Hotel. The dictator rarely ventures out of the Hermit Kingdom, and has never traveled out of the country in the style seen on the current trip. Kim went to...
  • The Next 24 Hours Will Decide Peace Or War With North Korea! Donald Trump Has Arrived In Singapore!

    06/10/2018 11:46:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Joy 105 Digital Magazine ^ | June 11, 2018 | Raquel Jayson, NewsAsia
    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and United States President Donald Trump held a bilateral meeting on Monday (Jun 11), just one day before Mr Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are due to meet for a planned summit on Sentosa island. Mr Trump was received by Mr Lee at the Istana, and was accompanied by secretary of state Mike Pompeo, national security adviser John Bolton, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and White House chief of staff John Kelly. Mr Lee is also hosting a working lunch for Mr Trump and his delegation. Mr Trump’s motorcade left...
  • MasterChef man John Torode on new Asian street food inspired cookbook

    06/08/2018 6:05:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Irish News ^ | June 9, 2018 | Lauren Taylor
    IT MIGHT not feel like it, but MasterChef veteran John Torode has been putting amateur cooks, and some famous faces, through their paces for 13 years on the popular BBC show. And while you might know him best for his TV partnership with co-host Gregg Wallace, he's also just published his 11th cookbook. The chef, 52, hails from Melbourne, Australia, but has been living in England for 27 years. His first culinary love, however, comes from much further afield – the street food of the Far East, which, Torode says, "the world is slowly falling in love with". His new...
  • Who’s getting this? North Korea’s summit bill

    06/08/2018 11:48:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Nation ^ | June 9, 2018 | Agence France Presse
    North Korea has a habit of making others pick up its overseas travel tabs, and experts say either Singapore or South Korea is likely to get stuck with an eye-watering bill for next week’s historic North-US summit in a luxury resort. Preparations are in full swing for next Tuesday’s meeting on an island off Singapore, with authorities readying to lock down the city-state. Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump are reportedly set to stay at pricey hotels – although sanctions-hit Pyongyang will almost certainly not pay its own way. “Pyongyang has been conditioned to expect others to pay for...
  • China's gateway to N. Korea pins hopes on Kim-Trump summit

    06/06/2018 11:04:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | June 7, 2018 | Agence France Presse
    After a sanctions-driven hiatus, dozens of North Korean women are again cutting cloth, pedalling sewing machines and manning production lines at a garment factory in a Chinese city buoyed by hopes of peace across the border. The workshop had been silent for months, whipsawed by United Nations sanctions that sent North Korean workers home, but machines have sprung back to life in the trade gateway of Dandong as tensions ease on the Korean peninsula. Beijing, an old ally of Pyongyang, has officially shown no signs of lifting the punishing UN measures, but President Xi Jinping's embrace of his younger North...
  • Sebastian Gorka, Sean Hannity headed to Singapore for Trump-Kim summit

    06/06/2018 12:09:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 6, 2018 | Melissa Quinn
    Former White House aide Sebastian Gorka and Fox News host Sean Hannity will be in Singapore next week during President Trump’s historic summit there with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “I’m delighted to go with Sean Hannity and his team, so we will be there on the ground reporting for Fox and Fox Business,” Gorka told Fox Business on Tuesday. The June 12 summit will take place at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore....
  • Why North Korea Doesn't Want To Pay For Accommodations During Summit With U.S.

    06/05/2018 11:06:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his delegation are expected to stay at the Fullerton hotel in Singapore for the June 12 summit. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Washington Post reporter John Hudson about why North Korea doesn't want to pay for the accommodations. Transcript: MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: OK, the details involved in arranging this U.S.-North Korea summit - the details are many. But one basic question got our attention. Who will pay for Kim Jong Un's hotel room? If you assumed North Korea foots the bill for their supreme leader's accommodations, think again. The Washington Post's...
  • NYPost: Rodman considering trip to Singapore during US-North Korea summit

    06/05/2018 3:18:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 5, 2018 | Justin Wise
    Dennis Rodman, the NBA Hall of Famer and noted friend of Kim Jong Un, could reportedly be visiting Singapore when President Trump is scheduled to meet with the North Korean leader on June 12. Rodman will arrive in Singapore a day before the planned summit and could play a role in the negotiations, according to The New York Post. There has been no indication that Rodman would be involved in the summit, but a representative for Rodman, Darren Prince, told the news outlet that the trip to Singapore has not been confirmed, but that Rodman would be willing to go...
  • 2020 Dem Hopeful Slams Trump’s “Immoral” Policies [semi-satire]

    06/05/2018 11:15:10 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 3 June 2018 | John Semmens
    Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif) sought to take an early lead for her Party’s 2020 presidential nomination by assailing President Trump’s “immoral” policies. Two specific areas that sparked her anger were Trump’s “cruel insistence on blocking the free migration of people across man-made borders” and his “insane refusal to abolish the weapons of war.” “People have just as much right as birds do to migrate to places where they have a better chance of surviving and propagating,” Harris argued. “Trump’s wall and ICE goons seek to bar humans from enjoying this basic right. The contention that birds fend for themselves while...
  • Obama makes changes to FAA because too many white males were passing their classes [flashback]

    06/01/2018 9:02:34 PM PDT · by grundle · 15 replies
    wordpress ^ | July 5, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Obama administration makes changes to Federal Aviation Administration because too many white males were passing their air traffic controller classes The Obama administration has abandoned the old system for getting qualified air-traffic controller applicants because too many of them were white males, and replaced it with a new system that asks applicants how many different sports they played when they were in high school.The Federal Aviation Administration has stopped giving preferential treatment to air-traffic controller applicants who had passed classes from the 36 FAA-approved college aviation programs across the U.S., because too many of the people who passed these classes were...
  • Pilot Flying J is Hiring 5,000 Team Members This Summer

    05/30/2018 6:32:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 30, 2018
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., May 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Pilot Flying J, one of the largest privately held companies in North America, is expanding its team this summer by more than 5,000 as it prepares for the influx of travelers throughout the company's busiest time of the year. With more families and vacationers hitting the road and professional drivers working to deliver the goods that keep North America moving, year-over-year the company increases its team member count across its network of travel centers. "We are always looking for team members who wake up excited to be part of our team and to...
  • Seven Military Veterans Can Win Free Travel Franchise

    05/28/2018 3:02:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Cision PR Newswire ^ | May 28, 2018
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the past six years, business dreams have become a reality for 30 military veterans thanks to Dream Vacations' award-winning annual contest "Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General" contest. Each year five veterans are awarded a travel agency franchise, and in 2018, the best franchise opportunity for veterans is expanding its contest to award seven veterans with a free franchise, as a result of a grant from the International Franchise Association (IFA) for winning the Gold Franchising Gives Back award in the "Supporting our Veterans" category. The contest will begin on Memorial...
  • The U.S. needs 50,000 truck drivers to avoid a shipping squeeze

    05/28/2018 12:38:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    MSN ^ | May 28, 2018 | Jaden Urbi, CNBC
    Retailers are facing a shipping squeeze, and the trucking industry just can't keep up. According to the American Trucking Associations, there's a shortage of roughly 50,000 truck drivers across the country. And it's hitting both businesses and consumers in the wallet. Companies are complaining about how the driver shortage is impacting their business. Meanwhile, the cost of convenient shipping is starting to catch up with consumers. Amazon recently hiked its Prime membership to $119 a year from $99 a year. The retail giant said one of the reasons for the price jump was increased shipping costs. But the driver shortage...
  • Yakima officials return from South Korea with sister city enthusiasm

    05/26/2018 1:49:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Yakima Herald ^ | May 25, 2018 | Kaitlin Bain
    YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima City Councilwoman Holly Cousens is ready for Hadong County, South Korea, to become Yakima’s sister city. That sentiment comes after a weeklong trip to Hadong, during which she analyzed the city’s agriculture and education as well as possible cultural and emotional ties. The trip was completely funded by Hadong. “Today, more than ever, the concept of a sister city is not only endearing in that it brings communities together,” she said. “But it also stands as a beacon of hope and peace in a time I feel we need it the most.” Any action to form...
  • I'm off to London tomorrow morning!

    05/25/2018 6:48:36 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 212 replies
    Me | 05/25/18 | Simon Green
    West End musicals ("Chess" and "Young Frankenstein")! Imperial War Museum! London Bridge food tour! The Churchill War Rooms! The only annoying part is taking all day to get there. I know, First World Problems. I'll only be there for a week. Any last minute suggestions?
  • White House Team Might Still Head to North Korea Summit Site

    05/25/2018 11:25:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Roll Call ^ | May 25, 2018 | John T. Bennett
    A White House “advance team” slated to head to Singapore in preparation for the president’s canceled summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un might still make the trip. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders left open the possibility and reiterated that President Donald Trump still wants to meet with the North Korean leader about a nuclear disarmament pact. That came one day after Trump canceled the June 12 meeting, concluding the North’s change in behavior from receptive to chilly to hostile meant Kim had gotten cold feet. “We’ll see. We still have a few hours before that takes...