Thai Resort Offers to Drop Lawsuit Against Jailed American Guest if He Apologizes for Bad Reviews

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Thailand’s Sea View Koh Chang resort says it will drop the criminal defamation suit it filed against an American guest, as long as he apologizes for the negative reviews and makes amends.

Over the weekend, the Associated Press reported that the hotel, located on the island of Koh Chang, emailed them a statement saying they “would be pleased to conclude the complaint under conditions that Mr. Barnes shows his sincerity and takes full responsibility for what had happened and remedy the situation.”

Last month, Wesley Barnes, a U.S. citizen who lives in the Asian country, posted a series of Tripadvisor reviews slamming the Sea View Koh Chang resort, prompting the hotel to take legal action against him. The resort issued a complaint to local police citing Thailand’s defamation laws.

Barnes was taken into custody and stayed behind bars for a weekend as he was

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“The Longest Walk” American Indian Movement makes a stop in Nevada

From the words of an Ojibwa man, it’s human to be addicted to all kinds of things, such as money, jobs—something.

But sometimes, those addictions can cause major issues and are in need of spiritual assistance, especially when it comes to domestic violence and drug abuse.

That insight comes from Ray Muckuk of Ontario, Canada, whom is walking across the United States with a group of 40 to help spread awareness, and educate the public about the dangers of substance abuse and domestic violence.

It’s otherwise known as “The Longest Walk.”

“We want to encourage everyone they can get through addictions, too,” he said. “I’m a recovering addict going on 10 years of sobriety. I went back to school, graduated, and now I’m giving back.”

American Indian activists and supporters have done these walks for the last 39 years. Each year, they pick a section of the country to travel

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The First American Woman to Captain a Cruise Ship Hilariously Shuts Down a Troll in Viral Video

Kate McCue has no patience for grammatically incorrect internet trolls.



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Earlier this week, the social-media-famous cruise captain went viral when she addressed a sexist comment made on one of her TikTok videos about her status as a female captain.

The unnamed troll wrote, “How can you be a captain? Your [sic] only a woman.”

“Normally, when I’m scrolling through comments and I see something like this, I totally ignore it and move on with my life,” said McCue, speaking from her ship, Celebrity Edge. “But I think it’s about high time that I address this, because it’s 2020, and in this day and age, I’m shocked …”



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“I think it’s about high time that I address this, because it’s 2020,” Kate McCue said

After a dramatic pause, she continued, “…that someone still doesn’t know the difference between you’re and your.”

“So

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The first American woman to captain a cruise ship schools internet troll in viral video



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The first mistake the internet troll made was questioning a woman’s ability to be a cruise ship captain.

The second mistake he or she made (we suspect it’s a he) was directing the comments at Kate McCue, the social media-savvy captain of Celebrity Cruises’ one-year-old Celebrity Edge.

“How can you be a captain? Your [sic] only a woman,” the unnamed commenter wrote on one of McCue’s social media pages.

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Captain Kate, as she is known by her many fans, responded this week with what is likely the most viral 45-second video in the history of cruising. Now bouncing around TikTok, Instagram and Twitter, it

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American Cruise Lines Execs Talk New Ships, Booking Trends and More

“This has been quite a year for the cruise industry, and we are all ready for the promise of next year,” Charles B. Robertson, president and CEO of American Cruise Lines, told reporters attending the line’s press conference at Seatrade Cruise Virtual this week.

While the U.S.-flagged line is still hopeful that it could possibly cruise the lower portion of the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Memphis in 2020, that’s not yet known. If the sailing schedule would need to be pushed into 2021, the line would begin American river sailings in February with voyages continuing through December 2021.

2021 Booking Trends

Also participating in the briefing was Susan Shultz-Gelino, vice president of trade relations, American Cruise Lines, who said she’s learned from her chats with travel advisors that “2021 is going to be absolutely huge. People are ready to travel. They want to get

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American, United to furlough 32,000 as time runs out on aid | WGN Radio 720

American Airlines and United Airlines say they will begin to furlough 32,000 employees after lawmakers and the White House failed to agree on a broad pandemic relief package that includes more federal aid for airlines.

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said that if Washington comes up with a deal with $25 billion for airlines “over the next few days,” the company will reverse 19,000 furloughs set to begin Thursday and recall the workers.

United said the impasse forced it to furlough 13,000 workers. United said it told leaders in the Trump administration and Congress that if payroll aid is approved in the next few days, it too could undo the furloughs.

The moves by two of the nation’s four biggest airlines represent the first — and likely the largest part — of involuntary job cuts across the industry in coming days.

Airline employees and executives made 11th-hour appeals this week

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American Express Will Pay You $150 to Book a Vacation

American Express announced this morning a new set of perks for its Platinum Card holders, including a $150 bonus for trips booked this fall.



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If you’ve got a Platinum Card, you’re in luck: American Express wants to sweeten your next vacation with free nights and money back.

Holders of the American Express Platinum Card can now enroll in an Amex offer to score the $150 statement credit if they spend at least $800 on hotel bookings by Dec. 7. Card members can also earn a free night at one of more than 200 hotels by booking a trip before Dec. 18 and staying before Dec. 20 of next year. (Trips must be booked through AmexTravel.com to earn the credits.)



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Additionally, American Express says it will start offering platinum card holders “access to lower fares on select domestic routes and

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United, American start furloughs of 32,000 airline workers

Two major US airlines started furloughing more than 32,000 workers Thursday as federal funding to keep them on the payroll ran out.

American Airlines said it would sideline some 19,000 employees while United Airlines will furlough more than 13,000 after the feds’ $25 billion Payroll Support Program for passenger carriers expired Wednesday.

Both companies said they would reverse the furloughs if Congress approves another bailout for the aviation industry.

But it’s uncertain that more aid will come as Congress and the White House continue negotiations on another spending package to address the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

“We implore our elected leaders to reach a compromise, get a deal done now, and save jobs,” Chicago-based United said in a Wednesday evening note to employees.

In a memo to American staffers, CEO Doug Parker said he was told by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that the White House and Democratic House Speaker

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American, United to furlough 32,000 employees as time runs out on airline aid

American Airlines and United Airlines say they will begin to furlough 32,000 employees after lawmakers and the White House failed to agree on a broad pandemic relief package that includes more federal aid for airlines.

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said that if Washington comes up with a deal with $25 billion for airlines “over the next few days,” the company will reverse 19,000 furloughs set to begin Thursday and recall the workers.

United said the impasse forced it to furlough 13,000 workers. United said it told leaders in the Trump administration and Congress that if payroll aid is approved in the next few days, it too could undo the furloughs.

The moves by two of the nation’s four biggest airlines represent the first — and likely the largest part — of involuntary job cuts across the industry in coming days.

Airline employees and executives made 11th-hour appeals this week

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American, United to furlough 32,000 as time runs out on aid

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American Airlines ticket agent Henry Gemdron, left, works with a customer at Miami International Airport during the coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Miami. The airline industry has been decimated by the pandemic. The Payroll Support Program given to the airlines as part of the CARES Act runs out Thursday.

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American Airlines and United Airlines say they will begin to furlough 32,000 employees after lawmakers and the White House failed to agree on a broad pandemic relief package that includes more federal aid for airlines.

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said that if Washington comes up with a deal with $25 billion for airlines “over the next few days,” the company will reverse 19,000 furloughs set to begin Thursday and recall the workers.

United said the impasse forced it to furlough 13,000 workers. United said it told leaders in the Trump administration and Congress that if

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