News and Deals: February 28, 2012 – Argentina bars Carnival ships from docking, 15 tourists killed as bus plunges down ravine, Ukraine hotel prices for Euro 2012 still an issue and ‘Mom scare’ spooks Southwest passengers

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Argentina bars Carnival ships from docking
USA Today

Argentina turned away two Carnival Corp. cruise ships early Monday, for the first time invoking a law that bars vessels linked to Britain in a bid to gain leverage in its sovereignty dispute over the Falkland Islands.

Princess Cruises’ Star Princess and P&O Cruises’ Adonia ships were refused entry to Argentina’s southernmost city of Ushuaia early Monday after stopping at the islands en route to Chile.

The decision was made at 4 a.m. by Tierra del Fuego Gov. Fabiana Rios, an ally of President Cristina Fernandez. His province nominally includes the British territories Argentines claim as Las Malvinas, as well as the South Georgia and South Sandwich islands and their surrounding southern seas.

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15 tourists killed as bus plunges down ravine
‎AOL Travel UK

Fifteen people have been killed after a tourist bus plunged down a ravine in north China’s Shanxi Province.

The 35-seat bus, which was carrying 34 people, was en route to Jinzheng City in Shanxi Province from neighbouring Henan Province at the time of the incident.

The crash is reported to have killed 15 people while a further 19 had to be taken to hospital.

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Ukraine hotel prices for Euro 2012 still an issue
‎Boston.com

Organizers says curbing hotel prices in Ukraine and coordinating services in Poland are the main challenges remaining for the European Championship.

The soccer showcase begins in June and is the biggest international sports event either country has held. The neighboring host nations have been building and upgrading stadiums, hotels, airports and roads.

Euro 2012 operations director Martin Kallen said preparations are “under control” and close to finished. But he said very high prices in some hotels in Ukraine may give the country and the tournament a bad image. Speaking from Kiev, Ukraine, Kallen said he has “appealed for reason.”

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‘Mom scare’ spooks Southwest passengers
USA Today

An apparent simple misunderstanding led to quite a stir on a Friday Southwest flight from Baltimore/Washington to Long Island, according to media reports from the New York metro area.

The confusion apparently began when one of the pilots on Southwest Flight 1155 used the PA system to welcome the mother of an air traffic controller who had boarded the flight, according to Newsday of Long Island.

But many of the passengers insist they heard the pilot say there was a “bomb on board,” not a “mom on board.”

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