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East Coast Braces for Blizzard and Bitter Cold

East Coast Braces for Blizzard and Bitter Cold

The powerful winter storm that brought snow to Florida has the Northeast in its sights.
Referred to by some meteorologists as a “bomb cyclone,” the Nor’easter will result in whiteout conditions and power losses in many areas Thursday. In order to be called a bomb cyclone, barometric pressure must drop by a minimum of 24 millibars in 24 hours.
The storm has already resulted in flight delays and cancellations across the nation …

Deadly Winter Storm Batters Europe

Deadly Winter Storm Batters Europe

A major winter storm swept through much of Europe on Wednesday, bringing with it winds of up to 100 mph (160 km/h) and heavy rain. The storm battered homes with hail, cut power to tens of thousands of homes, flooded streets, impacted transport, and uprooted trees.
The severe weather resulted in over 500 flight cancellations and 5,048 flight delays. In Switzerland, a train was blown off its tracks, causing multiple injuries.
One …

Travel Chaos in the South as Brutal Winter Storm Wreaks Havoc

Travel Chaos in the South as Brutal Winter Storm Wreaks Havoc

The major winter storm that is heading to the Northeast is blanketing areas from north Florida to the Carolinas and Virginia with a mixture of freezing rain, sleet, and snow, creating dangerous travel conditions.
The storm is likely to set records in multiple cities including the one-day snowfall records in both Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina, as well as in the latter state’s Lowcountry.
Winter weather advisories are in effect for …

It’s a Spider Monkey. It’s a Strudel. It’s the Humble At Sign

Until the advent of the Internet, the humble pastry-like @ symbol had been relegated to a very specific and unglamorous task. That is, until e-mail inventor Ray Tomlinson came along and, in 1971, used @ to separate an individual’s user name from the name of their e-mail server, a scheme that has been in use ever since.
While English speakers read the at sign, or @, aloud as “at,” that isn’t …

British Airways to Introduce Group Boarding Process in January

British Airways to Introduce Group Boarding Process in January

British Airways will implement a new boarding process later this month, the airline said.
The change was announced in November 2017 with a planned start date of mid December but BA postpone the change to lessen the likelihood of confusion during the busy holiday travel period.
Passengers will be assigned one of five groups, although there will be variances based on whether the flight is long-haul or short-haul.
“This method has been used …

Big Freeze Continues in U.S. and Canada as New Year Approaches

Big Freeze Continues in U.S. and Canada as New Year Approaches

Many parts of the United States and Canada are experiencing bitterly cold temperatures this weekend and forecasters believe that the cold weather will continue well into the start of 2018.
Travel has become treacherous, as even the mere act of walking outside in some areas is dangerous due to the extreme cold. On Friday, over 9,600 flights were delayed in North America while 690 were cancelled. Numerous accidents on highways have …

Hilton Changes Do Not Disturb Policy in Wake of Las Vegas Shooting

Hilton Changes Do Not Disturb Policy in Wake of Las Vegas Shooting

Hilton Hotels and Resorts announced a change in its do-not-disturb policy specifying that management personnel will check rooms once every 24 hours under certain conditions.
The change was announced in an internal memorandum to hotels worldwide.
While the hotelier previously said it could enter a room if need be, the new language, distributed internally, is far more specific and states that cards that housekeepers would place under the door if a do-not-disturb …