PHILIPPINE ACCESS ON THE RISE
Potentially good news for Toronto folks headed to the Philippines.
Philippine Airlines said Tuesday it will increase flights to Canada and the U.S. despite the global financial crisis. AP reports airline officials say they'll add one weekly flight to both Los Angeles and San Francisco, increasing weekly flights to LA to 10 and SF to eight.
PAL also said it will also fly daily direct to Vancouver starting March 23 to service a "sizeable Filipino migrant community" in Canada as well as business and leisure travellers.
It can't be anything but bad news for Ireland's tourism industry to see the recent incidents in Northern Ireland. With three killings in two days being claimed by an Irish Republican Army splinter group, tempers are dedicedly frayed.
The good news is that Protestant and Catholic leaders in the Northern Ireland coalition government, according to wire service reports, have jointly pledged to crush the dissident group and end a renewal of hostilities.
Police say they arrested two suspects in regards to Monday's shooting of a policeman in a Catholic neighborhood southwest of Belfast. Two British soldiers were gunned down in Northern Ireland on the weekend.
North Ireland leaders are to meet in Washington with American president Barack Obama on St. Patrick's Day, March 17.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY ON THE WAY
With the big day approaching, cnn.com put together a list of top spots in the U.S. to "Get your green on" on the 17th. We knew Boston, Chicago and New York were big on all things Irish, but hadn't thought about Seattle, Phoenix or Savannah, Georgia.
If you're talking about Canada, the best spot has to George Street in St. John's. Doncha think?