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First shark fatality of the new year reported

It happened Sunday afternoon in South Africa, according to news reports and the Global Shark Accident File, which keeps track of shark incidents. A 25-year-old man died while swimming at Second Beach at Port St. Johns in the Eastern Cape Province, Bloomberg News reported. The swimmer received “multiple traumatic lacerations” to his torso, arms and […]

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Cruise Ship Toll Climbs as Transcript Shows Captain Drama

Publication of the transcripts added a dramatic new dimension to the accounts of the accident on Friday night, when Capt. Francesco Schettino, 52, apparently tried to show off the gleaming $450 million vessel to residents of this island off the coast of Tuscany, and in the process ripped a hole in its hull. The ship […]

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Olympus Managed Health Care Completes Successful 2011

Prestigious International ITIJ Award Highlights Year MIAMI, Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Olympus Managed Health Care Inc., a leading provider of health care claims administration and cost containment services and winner of the prestigious 2011 International Travel Insurance Journal (ITIJ) Cost Containment Company  of the Year Award, has completed one of  the most successful years in […]

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Obama assures job council that its private-sector ideas on improving economy …

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Recording suggests captain tried to abandon ship

Italian newspapers reported that Captain Francesco Schettino had steered the vessel too close to the island of Giglio to give a thrill to the islanders and had once told a magazine he enjoyed diverting from standard procedures. But the revelation that generated the most contempt was the recording released Tuesday of a conversation between Schettino […]

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Arctic Adventure: A 1,500-Mile Trip by Sea Kayak

“Sort of like a Heisman stiff-arm, hit him in the face and try to feed him the paddle,” he said. “Then start paddling.” The first 600 miles of the Ellesmere Island expedition had not been so sporting — lots of marching along on skis with skins, towing the boats. “Kind of a goofy sea kayak […]

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MyAssist gives customers a helping hand

Jan. 15, 2012 |(1) Comments When Gracie Schiro needs dinner reservations, concert tickets or even a Korean translator on short notice, the Malibu, Calif., jewelry designer calls a company in Stevens Point. MyAssist, her personal assistant service, takes it from there. The company helps people in the U.S., Canada and Europe with concierge, emergency travel […]

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Green tips for local outings

8. Farm Walk and Wine Dinner at Lowe Family Wine – David Lowe is a wine guru and shares his knowledge and wine-making secrets on regular Farm Walks and Wine Dinners. 9. The Drip at Goulburn River National Park – Walk through a cathedral-like atmosphere at The Drip, a towering sandstone cliff face dripping clear […]

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Loews Orlando resorts faces cat controversy

Cat activists are calling for a boycott of the Loews resorts at Universal Studios because they said last week that they’ll stop their unique feral cat management program, the Orlando Sentinel reported Friday. For the last five years, the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and its sister hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, had unofficially allowed the […]

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NFL’s Troy Vincent shares tips from the road

The five-time Pro Bowl cornerback played in the NFL for 15 years and now is helping shepherd budding, current and former players as the league’s vice president of player engagement. He’s a husband and father of five. And his weekly business trips have earned him one more title — professional traveler. “I’m in places they […]

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