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Outbreak of Poisonous Browntail Moth Caterpillars Plagues Maine

While parts of the country deal with swarms of cicadas this summer, Maine is struggling with an infestation of an invasive species of caterpillar with poisonous hairs that can cause people to develop painful rashes and even breathing problems.The caterpillars, known as browntail moths, are about 1.5 inches long and have white dashes down their sides and two red dots on their backs.Browntail moths are most common along Maine’s coast and on Cape Cod, but they’ve been spotted this year in all of Maine’s 16 counties, said Jim Britt, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.“People are finding them everyplace: on the ground, on the picnic table, on the electrical box, on the corner — you name it,” Mr. Britt said. “They are heavily present. Folks will see...

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Off-Duty Flight Attendant Is Detained After an In-Flight Struggle, Delta Says

An off-duty flight attendant took control of the public address system and then fought with passengers and crew members on board a Delta Air Lines flight on Friday in the latest outburst of violent behavior by airline passengers, the airline said.Delta said that Flight 1730, which had been headed to Atlanta from Los Angeles, landed in Oklahoma City after the off-duty flight attendant grabbed the public address system and made an announcement about oxygen masks, setting off a struggle with passengers and crew members who subdued him.Video from the flight showed a violent confrontation near the front of the plane involving several people who wrestled the man to the floor, while someone said: “Get him down. Keep him down.”“The aircraft landed without incident and the passenger was removed ...

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What to Know About Testing and Vaccine Requirements for Travel

Celebrity Cruises, set to be the first U.S. cruise ship to restart operations on June 26 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said it’s optimistic that a resolution would be reached in time. It is requiring that guests 16 years and older be vaccinated, while children will be tested at the terminal.Carnival Cruises said on Monday that its first ship would set sail from the Port of Galveston, in Texas, on July 3 and would be available only for vaccinated passengers. Norwegian, which will begin to operate cruises from Miami in August, said it will require the same through October 31 and has threatened to skip Florida ports if the state does not allow cruise lines an exemption from the law banning vaccine requirements.Christine Duffy, the president of Carnival Cruise Line, said in a statement on Jun...

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Air Canada extends refund window | News

Air Canada has announced a 30-day extension of its Covid-19 refund policy. The policy allows eligible customers who purchased a non-refundable ticket before April 13th this year for travel on or after February 1st last year, but who did not fly for any reason, to submit their request for a refund online or with their travel agent. “The number of customers who have requested a refund is lower than anticipated and most have kept their travel credit, Air Canada Travel Voucher or Aeroplan points, which we are pleased to see as it is an indication, they plan on travelling in the future. “We also take this as a vote of confidence from our customers that they intend to fly with us on their next trip, and we are looking forward to welcoming them back onboard,” said Lucie Guillemette, execut...

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Emirates to return to Malta and Cyprus from next month | News

Emirates has announced it will resume three weekly services to Malta via Larnaca, Cyprus, from July 14th. The decision further expands its European network to 34 destinations, and offers customers worldwide more travel choices and enhanced connectivity via Dubai. With a successful vaccination programme and an overall decrease in daily Covid-19 cases in the country, Malta has officially welcomed UAE tourists back to the Maltese Islands on June 1st. Known for its beautiful beaches and diverse archaeological sites, customers travelling from the UAE can now enjoy quarantine-free travel to one of the most exciting Mediterranean destinations. Emirates flight EK 109 will depart Dubai (DXB) every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 08:00, arriving in Larnaca (LCA) at 11:10.The flight will leave ...

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Wizz Air launches first ever UK domestic service | News

Wizz Air is launching its first ever domestic service, with flights from its Doncaster Sheffield and Cardiff bases to Jersey. Beginning in July, these flights will operate twice weekly. With a short flight time and sunny climate, Jersey is an ideal getaway on England and Wales’ doorstep. Those who are looking forward to a well-deserved holiday this summer can now discover the beauty of Jersey and the surrounding Channel Islands. Jersey is the largest of the archipelago but is uncrowded and unspoilt.Teeming with natural beauty, Jersey boasts sandy beaches and aquamarine waters. Nature lovers and adventurers will enjoy exploring the island with its cliffside walking trails, and history buffs will find the underground hospital complex built during WW2 fascinating. Owain Jones, managin...

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American Airlines takes Vertical Aerospace stake | News

American Airlines will invest in Vertical Aerospace, a leading UK-headquartered engineering and aeronautical business developing electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. With the investment, the carrier is hoping to demonstrate its focus on emerging technologies to reduce carbon emissions and investing in innovative ways that could improve the customer journey. As part of its investment in Vertical, American has agreed to pre-order, subject to certain future agreed upon milestones and other terms, up to 250 aircraft, representing a potential pre-order commitment of $1 billion, and an option to order an additional 100 aircraft. The airline also expects to make a $25 million investment in Vertical through a private investment in public equity (PIPE) transaction. Vertic...

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MSC Group unveils new Explora Journeys brand | News

The MSC Group has announced its entry into the luxury cruise market with the launch of a new brand, Explora Journeys. Built by Fincantieri, the first of four luxury ships will set sail in 2023, with the remaining ships ready in 2024, 2025 and 2026. Each will utilise the latest in cutting-edge maritime technology to provide journeys of discovery through destinations on and off the beaten path. Guests will be hosted on a ship like no other, with the highest level of service and amenities.“Building a luxury brand that will redefine the cruise experience and create a category of its own has been a long-held vision of mine and my family,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Group’s cruise business and broader passenger division. “Inspired by our personal travel wishes, E...

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New luxury collection from Delphina hotels & resorts | News

Delphina hotels & resorts has launched a new high-end selection of accommodations as the company prepares for the resumption of tourism. Included in over €15 million of investments planned for 2021, the company is launching a new catalogue - Our best Suites & Villas. Prestigious suites and villas of large sizes, often with private swimming pools and breath-taking sea views, or just a few steps from the beach, are on offer to experience the unique nature of northern Sardinia in total freedom. There is also a chance to discover the beauty of the surroundings, panoramic flights and helicopter transfers to reach the five-star resorts. The old sailing ship Pulcinella sails among the islands of the La Maddalena Archipelago, as well as exclusive charter boats with a skipper to enjo...

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Calls for financial support if unlocking is delayed | News

If there are any changes to the June 21st ‘unlocking’ date this must be paired with details of economic measures to support affected businesses and industries, Labour has argued. Prime minister, Boris Johnson, is due to reveal whether the final step in the easing of Covid-19 restrictions can be taken on Monday. However, with cases rising, doubts are beginning to creep in. While Labour believes the roadmap should be guided by the science, the party argues throughout the crisis government incompetence has meant they have been too slow to act. Too often details of economic support have regularly trailed behind public health announcements, severely damaging business confidence, causing anxiety, and even leading to workers being let go unnecessarily, the party said. Ed Miliband, Labour sha...

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