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Alaska Airlines Wants to Quadruple Its Number of Black Women Pilots

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 07:30
<p>African-American women make up less than one percent of the total number of commercial airline pilots. <a href="https://www.sistersoftheskies.org/" target="_blank">By some estimates</a>, there are fewer than 150 Black women in the U.S. who hold airline pilot, commercial, military, or certified flight instructor licenses.</p><p>During Black History Month, Alaska Airlines has <a href="https://blog.alaskaair.com/alaska-airlines/sisters-of-the-skies-pledge/" target="_blank">signed a pledge</a> to “increase our female African American pilots over the next six years across Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, and support the path to expose and inspire more young women to get there.”</p><p>The pledge was signed in partnership with <a href="https://www.sistersoftheskies.org/" target="_blank">Sisters of the Skies</a>, an aviation nonprofit dedicated to “cultivating and promoting minority women in the industry through scholarship, mentorship, and most of all emotional support.”</p><p>Currently, between Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, there are only four black female pilots. By 2025, the airline hopes to quadruple that number.</p><p>Hiring more female pilots of color is a challenge perpetuated by lack of visibility, according to Tara Wright, one of the airline’s Black pilots. “We need more support mechanisms in place, so young girls of color see aviation as a viable career path,” Wright said in a statement.</p><p>To follow through on its pledge, the airline has laid out a three-prong plan. First, it will establish support mechanisms to “assist in the retention and promotion of existing African American female pilots.” The airline will also enhance programs around education, mentorship and training to help black female pilots earn their certification. The airline will also go into schools and connect with children to try to “generate excitement in aviation.”</p><p>“It is also important to study the barriers to women of color getting to the flight deck and pathways to success in their careers,” Alaska Airlines First Officer Kim Ford said in a statement.</p><p>The aviation industry is currently operating with a commercial pilot shortage. As Alaska Airlines culls new talent to fill the workforce, it is specifically focusing on increasing diversity among its new hires.</p><p>“When we foster an inclusive environment that recognizes, respects, and visibly reflects all people, it makes us stronger,” Andy Schneider, the airline’s vice president of people, said in a statement. “Quite simply, creating an airline people love is not possible unless we walk the talk around diversity and inclusion.”</p><p>Last year, Alaska Airlines made history with <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/first-black-female-flight-crew-alaska-airlines" target="_blank">the first flight operated by two black women pilots</a>.</p>
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5 Things You Likely Never Knew About Boeing's 747

Forbes News Feed - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 06:57
How one aircraft revolutionized air travel and created a whole new generation just itching with wanderlust.
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Nicki Minaj's BF Kenneth Petty Allegedly Gifts Baby Mama Range Rover on Valentine's Day

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 06:50
New York dancer Noelle has taken to her Instagram account to show off some gifts she allegedly receives from her 'man' on the romantic day.
Categories: Celebrity

WOW Air Has $45 Flights to Iceland — Here's How to Book (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 06:26
<p>President’s Day weekend is upon us, which can only mean one thing: The sales are here. And WOW air is offering one whopper of a deal: $45 flights to Iceland.</p><p>WOW Air announced Friday that the airline is offering $45 one-way flights to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/iceland" target="_blank">Iceland</a> from New York City (EWR), Boston (BOS), Detroit (DTW), and Baltimore/Washington, D.C. (BWI).</p><p>To get the deal, all you need to is <a href="https://wowair.us/" target="_blank">book your flight on Presidents Day, February 18, for travel between March 1 - May 31, 2019</a>. But, you better act fast as the offer only applies to 1,000 seats on select flights. The deal is only valid when booked on a return trip, so travelers still have to cover the cost of an additional one-way ticket.</p><p>“We are thrilled to offer travelers an opportunity to explore Iceland this spring in honor of Presidents Day,” Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW Air, said in a statement.</p><p>As WOW Air notes, springtime really is one of the most desirable seasons to visit. The Northern Lights are still popping, the glaciers on Diamond Beach are still glimmering, and the nightlife in Reykjavik is still bumping.</p><img alt="Reykjavik, Iceland "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550252241/reykjavik-iceland-WOWNOW0219.jpg?itok=cX03g9Vy"><p>“At WOW air, we are committed to making travel more affordable and accessible to all, from the experienced globe-trotter to travel newbies and those in between,” Mogensen added.</p><p>Odds are you’ve been dreaming of taking a trip to Iceland for some time. The country was <em>Travel + Leisure</em>’s 2018 <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/readers-choice-destination-of-the-year-2018" target="_blank">readers’ choice winner for Destination of the Year</a>. So, stop waiting and start making your dreams come true. After you book your tickets read up on <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/iceland" target="_blank">everything you need to see and do in Iceland</a>.</p>
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31 Mark Twain Quotes About Travel and the World As He Saw It

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 06:13
<p>Mark Twain’s words, in some ways, transcend time. Though he penned some of his best work from the 1870s to 1890s, his words feel genuinely applicable to our lives today. His humor, insight, and vast cultural knowledge are so spot on that some Mark Twain quotes feel like they were written in response to our lives in 2019. (Though, admittedly, his use of “shall” dates him a bit.)</p><p>When it comes to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/photography/best-travel-quotes-photography" target="_blank">quotes about travel</a>, Mark Twain will excite and inspire you, while simultaneously bringing you back to reality. Mark Twain’s famous quotes will give you courage, confidence, and a good laugh when you most need one.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/books/robert-frost-quotes-travel-inspiration" target="_blank">Robert Frost Quotes That Will Inspire You to Travel 'The Road Not Taken'</a></p><p>Whether you have a quote on the tip of your tongue (trying to remember that one saying from Mark Twain, “travel is fatal to prejudice”… or something?) or you’re a Twain novice, we’ve got you covered. We gathered some of Twain’s best sayings, and verified their legitimacy with the <a href="https://marktwainstudies.com" target="_blank">Center for Mark Twain Studies</a>.</p><p>Here are 31 essential Mark Twain quotes for <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/get-more-out-of-travel" target="_blank">every type of traveler</a>:</p><h2>Mark Twain Quotes About Travel</h2><img alt="Friends Hiking in the Woods "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1549911862/friends-hiking-woods-MARKTWAIN0219.jpg?itok=F7IzRPsH"><p>“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”</p><p>“It liberates the vandal to travel — you never saw a bigoted, opinionated, stubborn, narrow-minded, self-conceited, almighty mean man in your life but he had stuck in one place since he was born and thought God made the world and dyspepsia and bile for his especial comfort and satisfaction.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/books/jack-kerouac-quotes" target="_blank">These Jack Kerouac Quotes Will Convince You to Get 'On the Road' and Leave It All Behind</a></p><p>“There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage.”</p><p>“Take the universe as a whole, and it is a very clever conception and quite competently carried out, but I don’t think much of this globe as a work of art. It would have been better to take more time to it and do it right, it seems to me, than to rush it through, helter-skelter, in six days, just for reputation.”</p><p>“It is a subject that is bound to stir the pulses of any man one talks seriously to about, for in this age of inventive wonders all men have come to believe that in some genius' brain sleeps the solution of the grand problem of aerial navigation — and along with that belief is the hope that that genius will reveal his miracle before they die, and likewise a dread that he will poke off somewhere and die himself before he finds out that he has such a wonder lying dormant in his brain.”</p><p>“I have found out there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”</p><h2>Famous Quotes From Mark Twain’s Books</h2><img alt="Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1549911862/adventures-of-tom-sawyer-mark-twain-MARKTWAIN0219.jpg?itok=OSkK9Aqg"><p>“In our day we don't allow a hundred and thirty years to elapse between glimpses of a marvel. If somebody should discover a creek in the county next to the one that the North Pole is in, Europe and America would start fifteen costly expeditions thither; one to explore the creek, and the other fourteen to hunt for each other.” — "Life on the Mississippi," 1883</p><p>"To do something, say something, see something, before anybody else — these are the things that confer a pleasure compared with other pleasures are tame and commonplace, other ecstasies cheap and trivial. Lifetimes of ecstasy crowded into a single moment." — "Innocents Abroad," 1869</p><p>"Consider well the proportion of things. It is better to be a young June-bug than an old bird of paradise." — “Pudd'nhead Wilson,” 1894</p><p>"One gets large impressions in boyhood, sometimes, which he has to fight against all his life." — "Innocents Abroad," 1869</p><p>"The elastic heart of youth cannot be compressed into one constrained shape long at a time." — "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," 1876</p><p>"It is curious — the space-annihilating power of thought." — "Following the Equator,” 1897</p><p>“Be good and you will be lonesome.” ― “Following the Equator,” 1897</p><p>"Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates." — "Life on the Mississippi," 1883</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/anthony-bourdain-travel-food-quotes" target="_blank">49 Anthony Bourdain Quotes That Will Inspire You to Travel More, Eat Better, and Enjoy Life (Video)</a></p><h2>Mark Twain Quotes on Courage</h2><img alt="Woman on summit of mountain "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1549911862/woman-summit-mountain-MARKTWAIN0219.jpg?itok=IWmNW5Cd"><p>“With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.”</p><p>“It is curious — curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.”</p><p>“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward, it is not a compliment to say he is brave; it is merely a loose misapplication of the word.”</p><h2>Mark Twain Quotes About Life</h2><p>“It is noble to teach oneself, but still nobler to teach others — and less trouble.”</p><p>“Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.”</p><p>“Everything has its limit — iron ore cannot be educated into gold.”</p><p>“What is the most rigorous law of our being? Growth.”</p><p>“I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.”</p><h2>Funny Mark Twain Quotes</h2><p>“Never refuse to do a kindness unless the act would work great injury to yourself, and never refuse to take a drink — under any circumstances.”</p><p>“Humor, to be comprehensible to anybody, must be built upon a foundation with which he is familiar. If he can't see the foundation the superstructure is to him merely a freak — like the Flatiron building without any visible means of support — something that ought to be arrested.”</p><p>“When your watch gets out of order you have a choice of two things to do: throw it in the fire or take it to the watch-tinker. The former is the quickest.”</p><p>“The funniest things are the forbidden.”</p><p>“Laughter without a tinge of philosophy is but a sneeze of humor. Genuine humor is replete with wisdom.”</p><p>“The only very marked difference between the average civilized man and the average savage is that the one is gilded and the other is painted.”</p><p>“Of course, no man is entirely in his right mind at any time.”</p><p>“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”</p><p>“There are no people who are quite so vulgar as the over-refined.”</p>
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Airbus Will Stop Producing Its Famous Double Decker Plane in 2021

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 06:12
<p>Airbus announced this week that it will end production of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/airbus-a380-biggest-passenger-plane#emirates-a380-economy-toys-a380117jpg" target="_blank">the world’s largest passenger jet, the A380</a>, in 2021.</p><p>Emirates reduced a previous order of 53 A380 aircraft to just 14, and Airbus said it will no longer take new orders and will halt production of the aircraft.</p><p>“As a result of this decision we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production, despite all our sales efforts with other airlines in recent years,” Airbus CEO Tom Enders <a href="http://aviationweek.com/commercial-aviation/airbus-terminating-a380-program-2021" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. “This leads to the end of A380 deliveries in 2021.”</p><p>The famous double-decker plane took its first commercial flight with Singapore Airlines back in 2007. Since its inception, Emirates has been Airbus’s main customer for the aircraft — but Emirates switched its large A380 order to 70 of the smaller and more fuel-efficient A330 and A350 aircraft.</p><p>“What we’re seeing here is the end of the large, four-engine aircraft,” Enders said at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/feb/14/a380-airbus-to-end-production-of-superjumbo" target="_blank">according to <em>The Guardian</em></a>. The death of the A380 signals a growing trend towards smaller, two-engine planes that are most cost-efficient for airlines to operate.</p><p>The gigantic A380 is capable of carrying more than 850 passengers, and its birth signaled what manufacturers thought would be the start of the megajet era. When the A380 debuted in 2005, Airbus had hoped on manufacturing 1,200 of the aircraft. To date, it has only produced 234, <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/14/business/a380-airbus-news-emirates/index.html" target="_blank">according to CNN</a>.</p><p>But although there won’t be any new A380 after 2021, the aircraft won’t disappear from the skies for quite a while. The plane will still be used by airlines like Singapore, Emirates, British Airways, Air France, and All Nippon on some of its longhaul flights.</p>
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David Oyelowo Shares Secret to Strong and Happy Marriage

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 06:02
Having been married to wife Jessica for 20 years, the 'Selma' actor claims that the two of them never go to bed upset with each other and always put their relationship as the center of their life.
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“Food is the most important material in the World”

Fine Dining Lovers News Feed - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 06:00
The "eating designer" Marije Vogelzang speaks with Fine Dining Lovers about her idea of art and her last project "Seeds", an installation in Toronto.
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The Weeknd's Envy-Inducing Valentine's Day Surprise for Bella Hadid Has Fans Squealing

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 05:53
For his surprise to the model, the Canadian singer gets more than two dozen containers of red roses to fill up an entire room.
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'Star Wars: Episode IX' Cast and Director Mark End of Skywalker Saga With Heartfelt Posts

Ace show biz movies - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 05:49
J.J. Abrams shares a new set picture showing Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac sharing an embrace on the last day of filming on the final installment in the main 'Star Wars' film franchise.
Categories: Movies

Men Booked in Jussie Smollett's Attack No Longer Considered Suspects, Freed Without Charging

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 05:04
Chicago Police Department confirms that the Osundairo brothers, who were booked for battery after being detained on Wednesday, have been released due to new evidence.
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John Legend Addresses Harrowing School Shooting, Criminal Justice in 'Preach' Music Video

Aces Show Biz News Feed Music - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 04:40
Besides school shooting and police brutality, the video also tackles the immigration issue where children are separated from their parents.
Categories: Music

Coco Rocha: Being Vocal About Sexual Harassment Has Cost Me Jobs

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 04:38
Asked to weigh in on #MeToo and Time's Up movements, the Canadian model acknowledges that the fashion industry is 'trying very hard to show diversity,' but notes that it comes 'very late.'
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Mel B Requests for Unsupervised Visits With Daughter After Passing Drug Tests

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 04:22
To the judge overseeing her custody battle with ex Stephen Belafonte, the Spice Girls member also asks for the removal of Madison's therapist whom she believes to have lost her objectivity.
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Ken Jeong Reveals How Bradley Cooper Supported Him During Wife's Breast Cancer Battle

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 04:08
During an interview to promote his Netflix comedy special, the 'Crazy Rich Asian' actor credits his 'The Hangover' co-star for helping him get through 'the most difficult period' of his life.
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Chrissy Teigen Has Most Hilarious Response to Kim Kardashian's Valentine's Day Present

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 04:04
Kanye West's Kenny G surprise for his wife sparks the 'Lip Sync Battle' co-host's curiosity about one thing.
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Victoria Beckham to Launch YouTube Channel With Live Stream From London Fashion Week

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 04:02
To be premiered on February 17, the former Spice Girls member's channel will be broadcast on Piccadilly Circus' giant screens and offer an inside look at her fall/winter 2019 collection.
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Abbie Cornish Reveals Engagement to MMA Fighter Boyfriend With Valentine Post

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 04:02
Posting a photo of her engagement ring, the 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' actress quotes poet John Keats before gushing that Adel Altamimi has swept her off her feet.
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Watch: Dave Chappelle Personally Hands Show Tickets to Couple Who Got Scammed Online

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 03:58
In an interview with local Charlotte station WBTV about his generous gesture, the former 'Chappelle's Show' host reveals that he thought it would be fun to surprise the Dickens for Valentine's Day.
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Miranda Lambert Tries to Hit Restaurant Guests During Altercation, 911 Calls Reveal

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 03:45
In a call made by the restaurant's employee, she alleges that the country singer is also 'flipping plates' on the guests.
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