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"at your library" in the north island eagle: commemorate remembrance day with a good book or three Celebrate and commemorate Remembrance Day with a good book or three

Readers have told me they enjoy the themed booklists I’ve shared. Remembrance Day is an occasion to share another list. The Great War, as it was known at the time, has inspired countless authors, poets, playwrights, and screenwriters. Many authors have used the horrors of World War I as a lens to explore issues of war and the scars it leaves on all involved. Here are some excellent titles that may be of interest.

Title: Regeneration, The Ghost Road, The Eye in the Door (The Regeneration Trilogy)
Author: Pat Barker
What you’ll find: These novels, written in the 1990s by British novelist Pat Barker, were inspired by the real-life memoirs of soldier and poet Siegfried Sassoon. They are widely thought to be among the best historical fiction of our time.

Title: A Farewell to Arms
Author: Ernest Hemingway
What you’ll find: This 1929 novel is a classic for a reason. It is told in the first-person by an American serving as a medic in Italy, and explores war, love, courage, resistance, and so much more. A rich and deeply moving book.

Title: All Quiet on the Western Front
Author: Erich Maria Remarque
What you’ll find: This is often called both the greatest war novel of all time, and the greatest anti-war novel of all time. It is even more poignant for being told from the German point of view. 

Title: Birdsong
Author: Sebastian Faulk
What you’ll find: This family saga follows two parallel plots: a British soldier at the front in Amiens, and his granddaughter who is trying to understand his experiences, 60 years later. This book is lushly romantic, yet also deeply realistic.

Title: The Absolutist
Author: John Boyne
What you’ll find: Set in the trenches, this novel explores passion, jealousy, heroism, and betrayal. It’s chock full of tension and suspense, and a very surprising ending.

Title: The Winter Soldier
Author: Daniel Mason
What you’ll find: A young medical student enlists in the war effort, expecting heroism. Instead, he finds a desolate, freezing outpost, and decisions that will haunt him for a lifetime. A gripping saga of war, medicine, love, and redemption. 

Title: Fear
Author: Gabriel Chevallier
What you’ll find: This gripping novel is based on the author’s own experiences as a nineteen-year-old soldier in France. First published in 1939 – and banned until 1950 – it speaks to the vast gulf between the public, official view of war and the lived experiences of those who suffer through it. 

Title: At Night All Blood Is Black
Author: David Diop
Why: This story of a Sengalese soldier serving with the French forces, explores some surprising themes of vengeance, responsibility, and shame, along with racism and colonialism. It is unsparing and very graphic, also brutally honest and riveting.

Title: A Duty to the Dead
Author: Charles Todd
What you’ll find: This is the first book in a series featuring Bess Crawford, whose belief in honor and responsibility leads her to volunteer as a battlefield nurse. Her promise to fulfill a soldier’s dying wishes draws Bess into murder, intrigue, and tragedy, and tests her determination and courage.

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"at your library" in the north island eagle: back-to-school: your library can help Back-to-School: Your Library Can Help

With the kids back to school, both parents and students need all the help they can get. Your library has a wealth of resources to help families succeed.

The Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) has a wealth of e-resources that will come in handy for all types of research and reports, at every grade level. 

Solaro is a great resource for test preparation and study, specifically designed for the BC curriculum. On Solaro, you can find math, science, and language arts for grades 3 through 12. It’s very customizable, so you can tailor your study to exactly what you need. Homeschool families and students in traditional classrooms will both find Solaro fun and useful. 

Getting set up with Solaro is a two step process. First, find it through the VIRL website and enter your library card number. You will be assigned a username and password. Then, download the Solaro app, put in that username information, and you’re good to go. 

Solaro isn’t the only BC-centric learning tool that your library offers. The Encyclopedia of British Columbia is the definitive reference work on the province. It contains more than 4,000 entries, plus more than 1,500 photos, maps, charts, and tables, plus audio and video clips. It’s reliable and authoritative – a real go-to for research.

KnowBC contains more specialized information about our beautiful province – birds, plants, shells, and marine life. There are fascinating articles about hidden histories, such as the first Black pioneers of the province, the BC labour movement, and the history of First Nations fishing in this region.

Explora for Kids is a kid-friendly research database, featuring a huge range of topics and subjects. It’s great for homework, reports, and simply to answer questions. Younger kids – grades K through 3 – will want to use PebbleGo. Both are reliable, trustworthy sources.

Find all of these by visiting > learn > all databases, or learn > kids. 

Teens have even more choices when it comes to e-resources. Visit > learn > teens > homework help for teens. Whether a teen is exploring a topic they’re passionate about or researching a project, they’ll find resources here.

Parents need support, too! Your library has books to offer guidance, suggestions, advice, and support to help parents succeed in their most important jobs. Whether it’s homework help, anxiety, identity issues, bullying, decisions about college or university, health and nutrition, or just about anything else you can think of, your library is your go-to source for information. Let us help you find support. It’s confidential, and it’s free. Give us a try.

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"at your library" in the north island eagle: halloween is spooktacular at your library Halloween Is Spooktacular at Your Library

Halloween is almost here, and with almost everyone in the North Island vaccinated, be exchanging their everyday masks for spooky ones, making costumes, and trick-or-treating again. Your library is part of the Halloween fun.

Haunted Vancouver Island for Kids (author reading)

Tweens, teens, and the “senior kids” will want to tune in on October 26 for a special virtual program: Haunted Vancouver Island for Kids. 

Award-winning author Shanon Sinn will host a special young people’s edition of “The Haunting of Vancouver Island”. Sinn will introduce some of VI’s favourite ghosts and supernatural beings – and reveal the truth behind their legends. Sinn is a celebrated local author who belongs to the British Columbia Ghosts & Hauntings Research Society and Paranormal Studies and Inquiries Canada, and researches hauntings and supernatural events. 

This special viritual event takes place 6:30-7:30 pm, and you can join on any device. To get the Zoom link, email If you need help getting started, ask at your favourite library branch. Sinn’s visit is intended for people 9 years old and up.

Spooky Scavenger Hunt

For the younger kids, we have a Spooky Scavenger Hunt in the children’s area of every library branch. Every child who participates is entered in a draw to win a book prize.

We know kids love scavenger hunts, but did you know they’re a fantastic literacy builder? Scavenger hunts teach kids to recognize shapes, colours, and word, and build memory and problem-solving skills. 

If you’re not a frequent library user, the Spooky Scavenger Hunt is a great excuse to stop by. Your little one can have some educational fun, and you can pick up a book and a DVD. It’s a free and easy way to add a little something special to your day.

Halloween Phone Holders with 3D printing

Did you know that VIRL offers 3D printing, available to everyone with a library card? 

If you’ve never heard of 3D printing, or you’re curious to try it, the Halloween Phone Holder challenge is a great time to start. You’ll need to sign up with TinkerCAD (, a free website that teaches you how to design files for 3D printing. It’s not as difficult as it sounds! 

After you design your Halloween creation, submit it to VIRL’s Creativity Commons for printing. If you’re interested in this but don’t know where to start, contact Creativity Commons at or 1-877-415-8475. 

Halloween Storytimes at Port Hardy Library

This month storytimes at Port Hardy will have a Halloween theme. Join us any morning – or every morning! – at 10:00, Tuesday through Saturday, for an in-person storytime. Storytimes build literacy skills in so many ways, and it’s a great way to get into the habit of making the library a part of your child’s life. 

Spooky books and movies for all ages

Reading spooky stories and watching slightly scary movies is a Halloween tradition at many homes. Your library is your go-to for a fun family event. 

Log in to our the VIRL website at home, or visit your branch in person, to order Halloween-themed books and DVDs. If you have internet at home, Kanopy Kids is chocked full of high-quality kids’ entertainment. Find Kanopy at > read watch listen > streaming movies TV & DVDs. You can watch on any device, and it’s free with your library card. For help getting started, visit or call your favourite VIRL branch.

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"at your library" in the north island eagle: great things are happening at your libraries Great Things Are Happening At Your Libraries

Our North Island branches of the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) are back to our full pre-covid hours, and back to normal – or better.

Port Hardy new hours and programs

Have you heard the good news? The Port Hardy Library is now has longer – and better – open hours. 

The new hours mean:

- continuous hours – no more closures for lunch or dinner,

- open two nights each week, instead of one – but no late opening on those days,

- open all day on Friday, and

- a simplified schedule that should be easier to keep track of.

These are all things that you, our customers, have asked for. 

With the new open hours and increased staff hours, we’re now offering a storytime every day. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers can come to the library any day (Tue-Sat) at 10:00 and participate in a storytime. 

Some of the sessions will be led by library staff, and some by “Mother Goose”, thanks to the Mt. Waddington Family Literacy Society. Storytimes are one of the best ways to build literacy, so I hope you will join us. 

We’ll also be offering programming for adults every Wednesday night. There will be a game night, a movie night, a book club, and one Wednesday called “something different”. That might be an author visit, a talk or presentation, a craft night, adult Lego night, to name just a few ideas. 

I’ll be leading a book club on the last Wednesday of every month, so if that appeals to you, get in touch!

For all these programs, social distancing will be in effect, and continued mask use is greatly appreciated.

Port Alice refurbishment

If you use the library in Port Alice, you’re in for a treat. Work is about to begin on a branch refurbishment. The library will be getting a long-awaited facelift – new flooring, new paint, a new information desk, beautiful new mobile shelving, and some fun new seating in the children’s area. We hope to host a Customer Appreciation Day to celebrate the new look.

The brand-new Woss

Have you checked out the beautiful new Woss branch yet? It’s a knockout. There’s a lounge area for reading and relaxing, a dedicated children’s space, and a meeting room that members of the community can book free of charge. 

A library customer has generously donated their time and resources to planting a garden that will beautify the library exterior for years to come. 

Next time you’re driving down island, stop by! Sayward also has a new branch; staff there would be happy to show you around. 

Port McNeill and Sointula

Changes at our Sointula and Port McNeill branches are less dramatic, but still very beneficial for those communities. A Mother Goose from the Mt. Waddington Family Literacy Society will be leading storytimes in both communities; check with your branch for details. 

Sointula will be getting a new exterior sign and an interior paint job. Port McNeill has beautiful new cabinets created by a local craftsperson, and some important behind-the-scenes improvements. Both branches are now open for public computer use, too.

We’d love to hear from you

If you have ideas for your library, we’d love to hear from you. Whether it’s a program idea, a book club theme you’d like to see, a research project you want to start, or you need some tech help, we’re here to help.

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"at your library" in the north island eagle: literacy skills are essential in our world Literacy Is All Around Us

September is Literacy Month, a time to recognize and celebrate all the many ways literacy improves and enhances our lives.

As you go about your day, you use different forms of literacy all the time. Looking on Google Maps for directions. Following a recipe. Planting a garden. Reading food labels in the grocery store. Choosing a new tool for a project. Paying your bills. Taking the proper dose of medication. Looking on the internet for how to fix a problem – then watching a video and following directions. Every one of these tasks, and a million more, involve multiple literacies.

Of course to do any these things, you must be able to read and write. In our society, being literate is not optional. No matter how a person earns a living, having basic literacy skills is a must. But traditional literacy – reading and writing – is only the beginning.

Numerical literacy is the ability to use numbers for every day life – to read a price list and understand how much something costs, to make a budget, to understand a timecard at work.

Digital literacy means being able to use technology to access information, solve problems, and make your life easier. 

Together, these three literacies form a foundation of core literacy skills that every person in the 21st century needs. 

Contrary to what many people think, digital literacy is not a yes-or-no, on-or-off proposition. There’s a very wide spectrum of digital literacy, and most people fall somewhere in the vast middle: they have some limited skills. A mark of high digital literacy is our comfort level with learning new digital skills. Do you enjoy and embrace new technologies, or do find new technology scary and confusing? If you fall into the second category, you have a lot of company! 

Often we encounter stereotypes around literacy. Young people are supposedly all tech savvy, and all seniors are supposed to be baffled by technology. Men are supposed to be more numerically literate – “better at math” – than women. Guess what? False, false, false! 

Many young people lack access to technology. They know how to use their phones, but can they use Word to create a resume, can they download an e-book? On the other hand, many seniors thrive in the digital world. (Apparently as of my last birthday, I’m now a senior myself!)

As a librarian, I have a special interest in two other forms of literacy: health and media.

Health literacy means being able to communicate with health-care providers, follow instructions for medications, and find quality health information, to name just a few examples. The Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) has some great health resources, and we’d love to help you use them.

Media Literacy means being aware of and understanding the messages we get from all kinds of media – internet news, TV shows, movies, videogames, magazines. Someone who is media literate understands the difference between an advertisement that’s trying to sell something and impartial information. They can distinguish a solid source from a scam. It’s not always easy to do!

It’s not hard to see how digital literacy, media literacy, and health literacy are inter-related. How do we find good information? How do we separate facts from opinions? What media can we trust? Librarians can help you evaluate sources and sort through fact from fiction.

When you want to know more about the world, to learn a new skill, or pursue a new hobby, your library is the perfect place to start. The library is your home for all things literacy. We can suggest resources to get you started. And of course, our help is always free of charge. 

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What to Wear in New York City An outfit for every stop on your NYC itinerary. ]]> Sat, 23 Oct 2021 10:30:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel New York College New York City Travel Style Fashion Tips Outfit Inspiration United Airlines is launching a test program at LAX that lets you skip the TSA line with a reservation you can make on your smartphone LAX Fast Lane

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  • United Airlines has launched LAX Fast Lane at Los Angeles International Airport.
  • The new pilot program allows passengers to skip the TSA line by reserving a time slot in advance.
  • It's aimed at making the security process quicker and easier ahead of the busy holiday season.
United Airlines and Los Angeles World Airports have teamed up to quicken the TSA process for passengers traveling on United flights departing from terminals 7 or 8 at Los Angeles International Airport. United Airlines at LAX United Airlines at LAX

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The pilot program, known as LAX Fast Lane, allows travelers to book a 15-minute time slot to pass through security. The time windows, which are available between 6:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. during the trial period, are released 24 hours before the flight is scheduled to depart. LAX Fast Lane LAX Fast Lane

Los Angeles International Airport

Source: LAX Fast Lane

There's a dedicated website for booking a time slot, meaning travelers can make a reservation straight from their mobile device. Bookings must be done at least an hour before departure. Screenshot of booking tool online Screenshot of booking tool online

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Source: LAX Fast Lane, LAX Fast Lane booking website

There is no sign-up or account required to use Fast Lane. Passengers simply make a reservation on the website by searching for their flight and entering the number of passengers in their party. Up to 10 travelers can use a single appointment. Passengers going through TSA at LAX Passengers going through TSA at LAX

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Once booked, travelers will receive a QR code that they can present to the TSA agent to enter a dedicated expedited security lane. However, walk-in appointments are also available at the airport by scanning a QR code posted on LAX Fast Lane signs throughout the terminals. LAX Fast Lane LAX Fast Lane

Los Angeles International Airport

Source: LAX Fast Lane

Fast Lane is located at the east end of the checkpoint at terminal 7, which is where all passengers traveling through either terminal are screened. There is not a separate checkpoint for terminal 8. LAX terminal 7 aerial view LAX terminal 7 aerial view

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The pilot program is available for free to all customers traveling on United flights through LAX terminals 7 and 8. Those already enrolled in a trusted traveler program like TSA PreCheck or CLEAR who opt to use the Fast Lane will be subject to regular screening requirements, like taking out liquids and laptops. TSA Pre Check TSA Pre Check

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The goal is to streamline the security process and make the airport experience easier and less stressful ahead of the busy holiday season. The trial period started on October 20 and will run for 90 days through January 18, 2022. Travelers at LAX airport Travelers at LAX airport

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Source: LAX Fast Lane

"Providing a service that allows our guests to know exactly when and how long it will take to get through airport security is a compelling service that holds great potential for busy travelers," said Los Angeles World Airports chief executive officer Justin Erbacci. LAX Fast Lane LAX Fast Lane

Los Angeles International Airport

Source: LAX Fast Lane

"We expect this to be a useful way to save time for customers, especially those traveling this upcoming holiday season, said United managing director of LAX Jonna McGrath. "We're thrilled to be the launch airline to work with LAWA and TSA to bring this option to United customers at LAX." United Airlines at LAX United Airlines at LAX


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An airline pilot that's kicked passengers off planes for not wearing masks shares what goes on in the cockpit when passengers become unruly

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  • Pilots and flight attendants have been forced to deal with increased bouts of violence in the skies.
  • Tensions over the ongoing federal mask mandate have created hostile environments on some flights.
  • One airline pilot shared how he deals with unruly flyers and what goes on in the cockpit while incidents occur.
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The airline industry is facing unprecedented levels of violent incidents onboard airplanes as tensions rise over issues including the federal mask mandate. In the US, more than 3,200 cases of unruly behavior onboard aircraft have been reported by the Federal Aviation Administration as of early July.

And while flight attendants are tasked with dealing directly with unruly passengers, an aircraft's pilots have to ensure the security of the cockpit, communicate with their airlines' head offices, and most importantly, keep flying the plane.

One captain for a major US airline spoke to Insider on the condition of anonymity so he could speak freely on the pilot's perspective of these incidents.

In-flight violence is rare for this airline industry veteran of nearly 30 years. But during the pandemic, he's had to personally kick off a handful of passengers for unruly behavior while on the ground, some of whom were likely banned by the airline for their behavior.

One incident occurred in Los Angeles where a gate agent notified the pilot of a potentially problematic passenger, based on her mask's messaging. "It said 'fuck you' right in big bold yellow letters," he said.

The passenger ultimately turned the mask inside out at the request of the flight's gate agent. Once on board, the pilot left the cockpit with the agent to speak to the problem passenger and confirm that she wouldn't be an issue.

"No, captain, I told you I got it," he remembered the passenger as saying. But after the encounter, the pilot heard the passenger refer to the agent as a "Karen."

She was kicked off the plane and relegated to the next available flight.

Another incident occurred on a flight where two passengers tried to self-upgrade into an extra-legroom section. They were told they couldn't and started flouting the mask rule, trying to take advantage of the eating and drinking loophole by eating Skittles.

Flight attendants reminded the couple to mask up in between bites, to which the female passenger responded: "Well, yeah, we're eating now, bitch, so you can just fuck off." The aircraft was nearing the runway for departure when the flight attendants made the decision to call the cockpit and get the passengers off the plane.

"I felt like the dad driving to the resort, turning around, swatting the kids, saying, 'if you don't settle down, I'm just going to turn this car around," the pilot said.

Had the incident happened while in the air, a decision would have been made as to whether to continue on to the destination or divert.

Dennis Tajer, a captain for American Airlines and spokesperson for the Allied Pilots Association, told Insider that a diversion would only be considered if a problem is uncontainable and the distraction was too great to continue on with a flight.

"Our goal in any unruly passenger incidents is to deescalate and contain [to] keep everybody safe," Tajer said of diversions. "If for some reason that containment is in question, then it would be the captain's ultimate call after consultation with [airline] security."

Pilots also can't leave the cockpit to deal with these problems directly as it would compromise the integrity of cockpit security and serve as an additional distraction from flying the plane. "We are on full alert at all times for all possibilities," Tajer said of the cockpit environment.

Reporting unruly passengers takes away from that awareness, and also includes contacting dispatchers on the ground. Relevant departments and individuals are also looped in, taking them away from their primary work responsibilities.

"These [disruptive] people took attention away from several people who were just trying to operate the flight," the anonymous pilot said.

Like many, he doesn't want to have to wear a mask on an airplane but tells Insider that he has to ensure the safety of the aircraft and enforce the rules that his airline sets.

"I don't like wearing the mask, I don't want to wear the mask, I hate asking them to wear the mask," he said. "But we don't have any choice at this point."

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Alaska Airlines is launching 10 new routes to warm-weather vacation destinations this winter - see the full list An Alaska Airlines plane taking off at JFK.

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  • Alaska Airlines is launching 10 new routes from the West Coast to warm-weather cities this winter.
  • The carrier is expanding its international presence with three new nonstops to Mexico and one to Belize.
  • Alaska just announced its first profitable quarter since the pandemic during earnings on Thursday.

Alaska Airlines is starting 10 new routes from its hubs along the West Coast to sunny cities in Mexico, the Southeast, Texas, and Latin America.

The expansion comes as the airline continues to grow its international presence, having more nonstops to Mexico from the West Coast than any other US-based carrier. This winter, Alaska will have a total of 27 departures a day to Mexico from California and the Pacific Northwest.

"Our guests are eager to relax, disconnect and have fun, and the places we fly to in Mexico are ideal locations to do that," Alaska vice president of network and alliances Brett Catlin said in a release. "With a total of seven nonstop destinations from the Bay Area this winter, including options from San Francisco and San Jose, tropical paradise is just a few hours away."

Alaska's network expansion is also a result of increased passenger demand for air travel and the airline industry's continued post-pandemic recovery.

"Since March, our bookings for leisure travel have exceeded what they were before the pandemic. For many of our guests, there's an increased confidence that comes after being vaccinated. They were cooped up for well over a year - now they're ready to relax, enjoy, and explore," said Catlin.

The airline posted an income of $187 million for the third quarter on Thursday, excluding special items, marking the company's first profitable quarter since the pandemic. The company continues to expect growth with the expansion of routes and the delivery of 12 Boeing 737-9 aircraft to be received by 2024.

Here's a closer look at Alaska's 10 new winter routes.

Between Seattle and Belize City, Belize Belize City Belize Belize City, Belize

Alaska will start twice-weekly service on Fridays and Saturdays between Seattle and Belize City starting November 19 using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The outbound will depart at 8:30 a.m. and land at 4:35 p.m., with the return leaving at 11:00 a.m. and arriving at 3:55 p.m. The seasonal route will operate through May 22 and will face no competition.

Between Los Angeles and Belize City, Belize Los Angeles, California Los Angeles, California


Alaska will start four times weekly service on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays between Los Angeles and Belize City starting November 19 using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The outbound will depart at 11:00 a.m. and land at 5:30 p.m., with the return leaving at 10:00 a.m. and arriving at 1:30 p.m. The seasonal route will operate through May 24 and will face no competition.

Between Palm Springs, California and Austin, Texas Austin, Texas Austin, Texas

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Alaska will start five times weekly service on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between Austin and Palm Springs starting November 19 using an Embraer 175 aircraft. The outbound will depart at 11:05 a.m. and arrive at 4:10 p.m., with the return leaving at 9:00 a.m. and landing at 10:35 a.m. The seasonal route will operate through April 18 and will face no competition.

Between San Francisco and Cancun, Mexico Aerial view of Cancun, Mexico Cancun, Mexico

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Alaska will start four times weekly service on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays between San Francisco and Cancun starting December 16 using a Boeing 737 aircraft. The outbound will depart at 9:40 a.m. and land at 5:55 p.m., with the return leaving at 11:00 a.m. and arriving at 2:00 p.m. The seasonal route will operate through April 18 and will face competition from United Airlines and JetBlue Airways.

Between Portland, Oregon and Tampa, Florida Tampa, Florida Tampa, Florida

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Alaska will start weekly service between Portland and Tampa starting December 16 using a Boeing 737 aircraft. The outbound will depart at 12:10 p.m. and land at 8:29 p.m., with the return leaving at 8:00 a.m. and arriving at 11:00 a.m. The seasonal route will operate through April 18 and will face no competition.

Between Portland, Oregon and New Orleans, Louisiana A streetcar drives through the heart of New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana

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Alaska will start thrice-weekly service between Portland and New Orleans starting December 16 using a Boeing 737 aircraft. The outbound will depart at 12:00 p.m. and land at 6:30 p.m., with the return leaving at 8:00 a.m. and arriving at 11:10 a.m. The seasonal route will operate through April 18 and will face no competition.

Between San Francisco and Loreto, Mexico Loreto, Mexico Loreto, Mexico

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Alaska will start a Saturday-only service between San Francisco and Loreto starting December 18 using an Airbus A320 aircraft. The outbound will depart at 12:00 p.m. and land at 3:40 p.m., with the return leaving at 4:50 p.m. and arriving at 6:45 p.m. The seasonal route will operate through April 16 and will face no competition.

Between San Francisco and Mazatlán, Mexico Mazatlán Mexico Mazatlán, Mexico

Alaska will start a Saturday-only service between San Francisco and Mazatlán starting December 18 using an Airbus A320 aircraft. The outbound will depart at 11:50 p.m. and land at 4:10 p.m., with the return leaving at 5:15 p.m. and arriving at 8:01 p.m. The seasonal route will operate through April 16 and will face no competition.

Between San Francisco and Zihuatanejo, Mexico Zihuatanejo, Mexico Zihuatanejo, Mexico

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Alaska will start a Saturday-only service between San Francisco and Zihuatanejo starting December 18 using an Airbus A320 aircraft. The outbound will depart at 8:00 a.m. and land at 2:15 p.m., with the return leaving at 5:25 p.m. and arriving at 8:11 p.m. The seasonal route will operate through April 16 and will face no competition.

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Some old pictures from defence negotiations my father conducted for India ]]> Sat, 23 Oct 2021 07:34:25 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel India Indian Navy About Me British Aerospace PLC Sea Harriers A new Icelandic airline plans to launch flights to the US next spring - here's why the CEO thinks now is the right time PLAY A321


  • Icelandic startup PLAY has received initial permission from the DOT to operate nonstop flights to the US.
  • PLAY CEO Birgir Jónsson explained investor expectations in the long-term plan have pushed it to enter the US market.
  • The airline plans to target New York, Boston, and Washington DC with a single-class, no-frills product.

Iceland startup PLAY has gotten initial approval from the US Department of Transportation to operate flights to the US, and it hopes to welcome leisure travelers onboard flights to and from the East Coast next April.

In August, new Icelandic low-cost carrier PLAY sent an application to the DOT requesting permission to fly to the US starting next summer, though PLAY CEO Birgir Jónsson told Insider it's aiming for spring. The request, which the DOT initially approved on Tuesday, included the freedom to operate regularly scheduled commercial and charter service between Iceland and the US using single cabin Airbus A321 aircraft.

Although the application did not specify which routes it intends to fly, Jónsson told Insider it would be targeting daily flights to New York, Boston, and Washington DC, though nothing can be confirmed until the airline has acquired the slots at each airport.

PLAY was incorporated shortly after its predecessor, WOW Air, ceased operations in 2019. WOW regularly flew between Iceland and the US using Airbus A330 and A320 series aircraft, and PLAY plans to do the same, though with a different approach.

"WOW was successful in the market we are moving into, serving the East Coast and working in a 24-hour loop, meaning they got the aircraft out of Iceland in the afternoon and back in the following morning, which utilized the aircraft very well. However, the problem is they expanded too quickly and invested in wide-body jets to fly to the West Coast. Instead, PLAY will focus only on the 24-hour loop to the East Coast, essentially replicating the good things about WOW and avoiding its mistakes," explained Jónsson.

PLAY's onboard product to the US is still under discussion, but will likely be zero frills in a single-class configuration, meaning no inflight meals, wifi, or entertainment, and add-ons, like luggage, will be at a charge, says Jónsson.

"At the moment, we are focusing on the lowest price and a comfortable, clean, and secure way of transport, but it's not an experience," Jónsson told Insider.

Jónsson explained customers are looking for the lowest price, so they will win the market by having the lowest fare compared to competitors.

PLAY's reasoning for entering the US market now after only two months of service is due to investor expectations and the fact that the airline has gotten good deals on aircraft. According to Jónsson, the airline secured $90 million for its long-term business goal, which involves operating a hub-and-spoke model between the US, Iceland, and beyond. This financial strength has allowed the airline to secure a low price point for aircraft 10 to 12 years in the future, explained Jónsson.

Furthermore, PLAY has also secured a unique aircraft payment plan, known as "pay by the hour," meaning the company only pays for aircraft when it uses them, according to Jónsson. PLAY takes advantage of the setup by not flying on Wednesdays, so it pays nothing for its aircraft on that day. This has put the airline in a good financial position, allowing it to focus on long-term goals, like serving the US.

PLAY's ambitious move to the US comes soon after its June 24 launch. The airline has been steadily improving its load factor and on-time performance, having filled 52.1% of available seats in September and having 96.2% of flights arrive on time, according to the carrier. Jónsson hopes to continue its success as PLAY moves into the US and expands in Europe.

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Between a fig and a hard place Our poor little fig tree had an amazing year this year. I suppose it was all the rain. There are more figs on the tree this year than all previous years combined. Or close to it. That tells me that the tree needs to be watered more in drier years.

A few of this year's figs on our tree. Bite into one and lose a tooth.

I was so happy to see all the fruit and notice that the birds didn't seem to want them. I eagerly awaited harvest time (late summer) and dreamed of fresh fig tarts and eating figs with foie gras. But Lucy pulled the football away once again.* All of those beautiful figs are as hard as rocks. Not one of them is edible.

Maybe I'll pick them, cook them, and see if their salvageable that way.

* A reference to the cartoon "Peanuts" in which Lucy holds a football for Charlie Brown to kick and each and every time, despite her assurances to the contrary, she pulls the football away at the very last moment causing Charlie Brown to whiff and fall flat on his back. And he never learns.

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SkyPark at Santa's Village launches vintage airstream resortSkyPark at Santa's Village launches vintage airstream resort Sat, 23 Oct 2021 02:20:58 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Santa s Village Riviera Travel adds Alaska cruise extension to 2023 Canada toursRiviera Travel adds Alaska cruise extension to 2023 Canada tours Sat, 23 Oct 2021 00:15:49 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Canada Alaska Riviera Travel Mind bending new art installation lights up New York City skylineMind bending new art installation lights up New York City skyline Sat, 23 Oct 2021 00:15:49 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel New York City Experience Kissimmee welcomes back UK travellersExperience Kissimmee welcomes back UK travellers Sat, 23 Oct 2021 00:15:49 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel UK Kissimmee Daytona Beach showcases new attractions and old favouritesDaytona Beach showcases new attractions and old favourites Sat, 23 Oct 2021 00:15:49 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Daytona Beach favouritesDaytona Beach Jobless rate falls, health officials to authorize booster shots, Land Board to rule on Thirty Meter Telescope permit, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands copyright 2021 All Hawaii News all rights reserved Hawaii grocery store ©2021 All Hawaii News
Hawaii’s jobless rate falls to 6.6%. Hawaii’s labor force has been shrinking even as the unemployment rate has been declining. The drop in the labor force has been mainly caused by people either moving out of state, being discouraged and not looking for jobs, or unwilling to return to the workforce in the midst of the pandemic. Star-Advertiser. KITV4.

University of Hawaii regents defer controversial tenure proposal.
The University of Hawaii Board of Regents on Thursday deferred a controversial proposal to modify the tenure system following a morning session in which dozens of faculty members criticized the effort as detrimental to the university. Star-Advertiser.
Hawaii residents will need to press more buttons to make phone calls soon. Many are used to dialing seven digits to make local calls, but they will need to include the 8-0-8 area code before those seven digits when calling local numbers starting Sunday, Oct. 24. KHON2.
New Subpoenas From Panel Looking At State Auditor Raise Concerns. Rep. Belatti wants to hear from former city auditor Edwin Young and to look at Les Kondo’s rail audit. Civil Beat.
New task force to shine spotlight on missing and murdered Native Hawaiian women. It’s co-chaired by the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. There’s was no additional money attached to the task force, but they are looking for funds. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii health officials to authorize booster doses for Moderna, J&J vaccines.
The Hawaii Department of Health today said it will authorize booster doses for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines in the state according to federal guidelines. Star-Advertiser. Big Island Now. KITV4. KHON2.
About 119,000 people in Hawaii who chose a two-shot COVID-19 vaccine did not return for their second shot. Healthcare professionals say being fully-vaccinated is important because that maximizes the body's ability to receive full immunity. KITV4.
Hawaii reports 4 new coronavirus-related deaths, 156 additional infections. The new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 96 new cases on Oahu, 22 on Maui, 17 on Hawaii Island, seven on Kauai, and 14 Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state. Star-Advertiser.
Attorney General OKs Honolulu’s Process To Designate Important Ag Lands. The state attorney general’s office has ruled that Honolulu officials complied with state law in proposing to designate nearly one-eighth of Oahu as “important agricultural land,” tossing the final decision back to the Hawaii Land Use Commission. Civil Beat.
Plans to dramatically expand West Oahu, Downtown hospitals advance at City Council. The City Council’s Coning Committee on Thursday voted to advance plans to expand Queen’s Medical Center West Oahu and Straub Medical Center’s Downtown campus. Hawaii News Now.

Temporary fix planned for Honolulu rail’s too-narrow wheels
. The current long-range plan is for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and contractor Hitachi Rail Honolulu to retrofit each car with wider wheels, which could take a year to manufacture, ship to Honolulu and install because of a global supply issue. Star-Advertiser.
Honolulu Officers In Two Fatal Shootings Did Not Break The Law, Board Says. The Hawaii Law Enforcement Officer Independent Review Board ruled that the shootings of Kyle Thomas and Siatuu Tauai were justified. Civil Beat.
Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation Stops Short Of Demanding Closure Of Red Hill Fuel Facility. As the Hawaii Department of Health weighs whether to grant the U.S. Navy a permit for its Red Hill fuel facility, some community members are demanding the facility’s closure. Civil Beat.
Miske Attorneys Ask For Trial To Be Delayed Another Six Months. Attorneys representing Michael Miske, the former Honolulu businessman alleged to have controlled a sprawling racketeering conspiracy that prosecutors say extended over two decades, have asked for his trial to be extended for another six months, to September 2022. Civil Beat.
City to discuss bike lanes, other ‘complete streets’ plans for Kalihi thoroughfares. The city will host a virtual meeting Tuesday to discuss a “complete streets” initiative for Kalihi. At the meeting, a city team will discuss plans for North King, North School, Middle, and Houghtailing streets and Waiakamilo Road. Hawaii News Now.
Honolulu police target gambling in residential areas. Honolulu police Wednesday shut down an illegal game room near a school in Manoa, seizing a firearm, drugs and cash in the latest example of gambling operations disrupting the routines of residential neighborhoods. Star-Advertiser.

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Council seeks Sunshine Law changes. All nine members of the County Council on Wednesday embraced a resolution seeking changes to the state Sunshine Law, even though most of the details remain unclear. West Hawaii Today.
State Board to Rule on Whether UH Missed Deadline to Break Ground on TMT. The Board of Land and Natural Resources entered orders today indicating it will rule on a petition for declaratory orders from parties from the 2016-17 Thirty-Meter Telescope permit contested case. Maui Now.
Funds released to improve Waimea charter school. Construction of electrical and telecommunication system upgrades are set to begin at Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School following the release Monday of $1.2 million in Capital Improvement Project funds by Gov. David Ige. Tribune-Herald.
1,363 Acres In Kaʻū Acquired For Preservation. The County and State of Hawaiʻi, in partnership with various other non-profit associations, announced the voluntary sale, acquisition, and protection of 1,363 acres in Kaʻū known as Kaunāmano. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now.
Hotel occupancy down in September after governor’s request to not travel. Hotel occupancy down in September after governor’s request to not travel. West Hawaii Today.
West Maui group settles with renewable energy company. Agreement includes about $1.3 million for organizations, plans for hiring local. A West Maui Preservation Association settlement with a Canadian-based renewable energy company will net around $1.3 million in “community benefit” funds for West Maui. Maui News.
Hale Makua Submits Grant Application to Address Challenges with Aging Population. Hale Makua has submitted a Build Back Better Regional Challenge grant application to the US Department of Commerce. This is a federal grant opportunity as part of the country’s economic recovery from COVID-19. Maui Now.
Renters left scrambling as more homeowners take advantage of hot market. Maui County’s median sales price hit $998,000 last month. That’s a 25% increase from the previous year. Hawaii News Now.
Maui Hotels’ Average Daily Rate at $488, Up 54% from Pre-Pandemic September 2019. Despite lower occupancy, Maui County hotels earned $289 per available room in September 2021, which is 25.2% higher than pre-pandemic revenue in September 2019, according to the latest Hawaiʻi Hotel Performance Report from the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority. Maui Now.

Driver license, registration fees may rise.
Three bills were passed by the Kaua‘i County Council this week, two of which will increase fees for drivers on Kaua‘i and one of which will fund an upcoming special election. Garden Island.
County considering acquiring land. Signs indicating access being closed to the sole trail down to Hideaways Beach on Kenomene Bay have been in place since April, and now an easement to get down to the water is currently being reviewed for possible county acquisition and maintenance. Garden Island.
County has state’s highest jobless rate. The county’s rate this September, 8.5%, was down 0.4% from August, more than halving last year’s September unemployment rate of 20.4%. Garden Island.

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Gabriel Adores Olivia Gabriel Adores Olivia

A happy little family.

Gabriel adores Olivia.


When Gabriel started to consume solids I would say,

"Mmm, mmm, mmm, yummy for the tummy."

Gabriel started to say this too, especially when something was extra delicious.

He refers to being hungry, or wanting something to eat as, "Yum".

When Gabriel first saw his mother he let out a giggle, nearly leaping out of his father's arms

to get to his mother and his sister. He was very aware that a baby was coming referring to her as Papilotte.

After he kissed the baby he said, "mmm, mmm, mmm." in the sweetest little voice.

My heart melted with tenderness.



Gabriel Adores Olivia



(In French it is pronounced with three syllables and in English four I am told.)

Eight pounds.

Born October 21.

Chelsea had a natural, easy, speedy (two hours plus) labor. Amazing. 



Nobody guessed name, date, weight, and hair correctly in the guessing game.

Though some of you did guess the name, and a few the date, even fewer the weight...

Original I thought Ophelia, 10 lbs, October around the full moon and no hair.



Gabriel Adores Olivia


Hours old.

Thank you for supporting our family with love and kindness.

Overload to happiness.

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MV Coho arrives in Victoria, BC

Ferry service aboard the MV Coho between Port Angeles, WA and Victoria, BC resumes on Monday, November 8, 2021. There will be two sailings a day in each direction for the remainder of 2021. The popular service between the US and Canada has not been running for the past 18 months due to COVID-19.

All travelers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and be prepared to show a proof of vaccination card or a photo of it. Click on the link for the other requirements for entering Canada from the US.
The M/V Coho arrives in Port Angeles from Victoria
Travelers may begin making reservations online or by phone the morning of Monday, October 25. 
Daily Departures Port Angeles to Victoria: 8:20AM and 2:00 PM Victoria to Port Angeles 10:30AM and 4:00 PM Sailing time is 1 hour, 35 minutes
Read more about the  MV Coho  in a  previous blog post.  

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Yum Cha at Vinh Phat, Cabramatta ]]> Fri, 22 Oct 2021 17:56:56 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Yum Cha Cabramatta Vinh Phat Cabramatta Vinh Phat Oil hovers below recent highs; ends week up | Reuters Oil hovers below recent highs; ends week up | Reuters
Oil traded just below multi-year highs on Friday with bullish sentiment about low supplies tamped by concerns from world leaders that demand disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic may not be over.
Brent crude futures rose 92 cents, or 1.1%, to settle at $85.53 a barrel. The benchmark, which touched a three-year high of $86.10 on Thursday, was up 1% in the week, its seventh weekly gain.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained $1.26, or 1.5%, to settle at $83.76 a barrel, not far off a seven-year high hit this week. The contract gained 1.7% on the week and was up for a ninth straight week.
Prices have been boosted by worries about coal and gas shortages in China, India and Europe, spurring some power generators to switch from gas to fuel oil and diesel.

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