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London City Airport Ditches Plastic Straws


      'London City Airport yesterday announced it is to end the use of plastic straws at all its food and drink outlets, saving around 100,000 straws a year.

      'The airport said it would replace plastic straws with biodegradable alternatives, which would only be available on request.

      'The move makes it the first airport in the UK to implement a ban on disposable plastic straws.

      ''"We are pleased to see plastic straws depart from London City Airport, joining a range of waste management initiatives that we already implement as a zero landfill company," said Lewis Chenery, environmental compliance executive at London City Airport.

      '"Recent public interest in plastic waste has brought into sharp focus the issue, and we will be looking at new measures to further reduce our contribution, as we develop a new guide for our restaurants and retailers. We are also committed to increasing our recycling rate to 70 per cent by the end of this year."

      'The airport said it also provides free drinking water refills at all its food and drink outlets, with the exception of the airside Pret A Manger branch, in a bid to further reduce the use of single-use plastic wastage.'


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      Borowitz: Trump Names Palin Nambia Ambassador


          Satire from The Borowitz Report

          Trump Names Sarah Palin

          Ambassador to Nambia

          Photograph by Mary Altaffer / AP


          The Borowitz Report

          September 22, 2017

          WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Donald J. Trump on Friday capped a busy week of diplomatic activity by naming the former Alaska governor Sarah Palin the United States Ambassador to Nambia.

          By naming Palin to this diplomatic post, the United States has become the first nation in the world to formally recognize Nambia’s existence.

          In a joint appearance with Trump at the White House, Palin acknowledged that she “didn’t know a lot about Nambia” but said that she was looking forward to receiving a comprehensive briefing on the nation’s history, culture, and customs from the Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos.

          “Then it’s Nambia, here I come!” Palin exclaimed.

          In a sign that Palin’s appointment was a popular move, a new poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans support her permanent relocation to Nambia.

          Andy Borowitz is the New York Times best-selling author of “The 50 Funniest American Writers,” and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. He writes the Borowitz Report, a satirical column on the news, for newyorker.com.

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          Small Town By The Sea,usa

          Homeless or backpacker?

          Where I am, take a ferry to Canada. National Park behind my house.

          I think about them, wandering through town, backpackers have to register at the park, the sign on the highway says, and tells them where to go.

          The weather's good, it's time to see that none of this belongs to any of us, it's a gift to all of us if we have the compassion to embrace it.

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              (NAPSI)—This summer travel season may be the last year with train travel as an option for millions of Americans. The Administration’s proposed 2018 budget wipes out funding for almost all Amtrak trains except on the East and West coasts. More than 220 cities and towns will lose train service completely and 140 million people will completely lose an entire transportation mode.

              “If Congress enacts this budget, our national passenger rail network will largely cease to exist,” said Jim Mathews, National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) president and CEO. “These cuts will have a profound economic impact both nationally, regionally and locally.”


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