Authorities arrest man accused of plotting ‘mass casualty’ terrorist attack in California

first_imgFedorovekb/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — The Department of Justice announced Monday the arrest of a former U.S. Army infantryman who is accused of plotting a “mass casualty” terrorist attack at a white nationalist rally in Long Beach, California over the weekend.Agents arrested the suspect, Mark Steven Domingo of Reseda, California, on Friday evening after an undercover source for the FBI sent the suspect what he believed was a live bomb that he could use to carry out his attack.“This investigation successfully disrupted a very real threat posed by a trained combat soldier who repeatedly stated he wanted to cause the maximum number of casualties,” U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California Nick Hanna said in a statement.A 30-page affidavit filed with the criminal complaint against Domingo alleges that his planning to construct a bomb dates back to early March.Domingo “expressed support for violent jihad,” the affidavit alleges, and he had expressed intentions to target Jews, churches and police officers in revenge for attacks against Muslims. Domingo specifically cited the March attack against Muslim worshipers in New Zealand, posting online, “there mustbe retribution.”“Still mad…even more so…since I watched the vid,” he said according to court documents.The documents also indicated that Domingo said he kept an AK-47 in his bed, in light of the attack.Following those postings, an FBI informant contacted Domingo online and later met with him in person, where he further detailed his planning of potential attacks. He asked the FBI agent “to find a person to construct an IED that he said could cause 50 casualties,” according to the indictment.According to court documents, Domingo purchased 3-inch nails to use as shrapnel in the improvised explosive device that he intended to make.“Domingo said he specifically bought three inch nails because they would be long enough to penetrate the human body and puncture internal organs,” the compliant says.The indictment cited Domingo saying the United States needs “another vegas,” in reference to the October 2017 mass shooting where 58 people were killed by a lone gunman at a country music festival.Domingo also, according to the affidavit expressed support for the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.“This is why I like- I like al-Baghdadi, yeah cuz he took the direct stance…victory or martyrdom,” he said.Domingo also pointed out various police cars, churches and a National Guard Armory that were possible target locations, the indictment says.In discussing the possible fallout from his planned attack, Domingo cited the Boston Marathon bombings and said that he hoped his attack would parallel the chaos that gripped the city in the days after.“Remeber the Tsarnaev brothers, the Boston bombers, it stirred up a hornets nest…I we do this, LA is going to be locked down,” he said.If convicted on charges of providing and attempting to provide material support to terrorists, Domingo could face a maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Merriam crime report for 2015 shows only auto theft reports hitting a new five-year high

first_imgA Merriam crime statistics report for 2015 shows a spike in auto theft cases but no dramatic increase in other categories over the last five years.Reports of auto theft spiked from 53 in 2014 to 100 in 2015. Merriam Police Chief Mike Daniels told the city council this week that while auto theft nearly doubled in Merriam, it had also increased across the Kansas City metro in the last year. Auto theft cases had dropped from 81 in 2011 and been significantly lower in the last three years.Crime reports in 2015 were less than four percent above the five-year average for Merriam overall using the Part One crimes as defined by the FBI for the more serious categories of crime. None of the categories other than auto theft set a benchmark high in 2015 for the five-year period.Daniels said the vast majority of thefts are in the retail district which is large for a city the size of Merriam. IKEA generated fewer than 20 calls last year, Daniels said, but the store’s presence has increased traffic to Merriam which has possible resulted in more theft reports overall.The department handled 12,882 calls for service in 2015. During the year, officers made 1,245 arrests and only had to restrain 26 persons who resisted arrest. Of those, 18 were under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Officers had to point a Taser at three suspects, but only had to deploy it one time. In three incidents officers pointed firearms because they believed the suspect had the ability to resist with deadly force. All of those persons complied and were arrested without further incident.During the year, the department provided five families with wrist devices in its autism wrist band program. Daniels said police had not received calls to track the bands, but some of the parents had put the wrist bands to use.The full 2015 annual report by the department can be found here.last_img read more


Sports Bag: Joe Mooneyham appointed new ambassador for EGA

first_imgThe East Coast Golf Course Management Association (EGA) would like to announce that after serving for 5 years as Golf Chairman and Vice President of the Pattaya Sports Club, the EGA recently asked Joe Mooneyham if he would be interested in becoming the Expat Golf Ambassador for the EGA, and we are happy to report that he has accepted the role. Joe has previously been a tremendous asset to the EGA with the running of the Caddy Program/Championship.  He has come to most of our qualifying tournaments and serves as an on course rules official and also helps with the scoring.  We have seen these events grow every year and now have qualifying tournaments all over Thailand and the Championship has grown to include seven other Asian countries which now participate in the Champion’s tournament.Joe MooneyhamEverywhere we go, Joe has spread the word of Pattaya Sports Club and what they do to support local charities.  Almost 2 years ago, Joe was asked if he would like to represent Thailand at a goodwill fun golf tournament located in Japan and he said yes.  This event included business people from all over Thailand and Joe was the only foreigner to represent Thailand.  This was a 4-day event and besides Japan, China, Taiwan & S. Korea also sent their representatives for this worthy event. Again Joe told everyone about the great golf courses we have in Thailand and especially the Eastern Seaboard.  He told them why he had decided to retire in Pattaya and also about the Pattaya Sports Club.Because of this trip many people from these countries have come to Thailand and some have joined the Pattaya Sports Club.  It should also be noted that Joe paid for all his expenses to attend this event, including his air fare.The EGA is proud to make this announcement and please note that all proceeds from the Chonburi Golf Festival and the Caddy Championship go to charity.The EGA appreciates the support the Pattaya Sports Club has given the EGA in the past and hopes it continues long into the future.Sincerely yoursMike Mesommonta – President East Coast Golf Course Management Associationlast_img read more


Sam slams in a record

first_imgBy DAVID NAGEL THERE are a number of reasons why Pakenham’s newest cricket hero Sam Webster had been brooding in…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img


Eric Dier fired up by doubters who slammed Spurs’ lack of spending

first_imgERIC DIER is on a mission to “shut everyone up” – insisting Tottenham can challenge for honours despite their lack of signings.Spurs failed to add a single player in the summer – the first Premier League club to do so since the current transfer window system began in 2003.5 Eric Dier insists Tottenham can fight for honours despite not adding any new talentCredit: ReutersBut Dier reckons Tottenham have already proved their squad is good enough to beat the best teams in England and Europe.And even though their domestic rivals have splashed huge cash this summer, Dier has taunted them by suggesting they have not actually improved their teams.The England midfielder, 24, said: “For the last three years we’ve been challenging the best teams in the country.“And last year we were challenging the best teams in the Champions League with the squad that we have here today.“The manager said it before – we’re in a fight but we’re having to use different tools.RETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashPicturedMADD FOR ITPrem aces Dele, Maddison & Grealish enjoy hard-earned break in sun-soaked IbizaLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesMISS-RON IMPOSSIBLERonaldo LOSES Golden Boot race after axe from Juve squad for final game5 Spurs beat Newcastle on the opening day thanks to Dele Alli and Jan VertonghenCredit: Reuters5 Eric Dier is out to prove Tottenham’s critics wrong this seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty“And we’ve known that for the last three years and we have to try and compensate for what other clubs can do in different ways with our attitude, our work ethic, our desire.“That’s what we’ll try to do and it’ll make us better.“It’s a great challenge for us to shut everyone up really. We’re going to enjoy that challenge.“We’ve got a fantastic squad here, fantastic players throughout the team in every position.“To strengthen it is not easy as well.”Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino’s men scrape win thanks to Jan Vertonghen and Dele AlliWhile Tottenham did not spend a penny, Liverpool shelled out £176.75million and Chelsea paid £129m.But Dier said: “You can look at all the other teams around us.“They might have signed players but not many of those players that they’ve signed are better than the players they’ve already got.“Obviously there are signings that have been made which are players of very high quality.“But in many cases I don’t believe that they’ve signed players that are better than they already have.“If it’s trying to give the team a boost then that’s cool.“But we’ll find the same boost in a different way.“We’re really happy, the players are really happy and we’ve got a fantastic group here.“We all really enjoy training together, playing together, being with each other – and we’ll just try to continue to build on that.”5 Eric Dier and England crashed out in the World Cup semi-finalsCredit: Alamy Live News5 Team-mate Hugo Lloris went all the way with FranceCredit: Getty – ContributorDier admits he and his Tottenham team-mates are all desperate for glory this season, having reached the FA Cup semi-final last term.Nine of their squad also came close to silverware in the summer when they reached the last four of the World Cup – but Hugo Lloris was the only one who went on to win it.And Dier said: “We had a fantastic World Cup, we broke down many barriers as a national team.“We managed to get to the semi-finals which was incredible but at the same time winning is the most important thing.“Only Hugo can know what it feels like because he won it and only winning it matters. Nothing else matters.“Everyone else, back here at Tottenham, we got to the FA Cup semi-final last year but we need to go that one step further and win.“We’re all in this to win it and we all want to win.”Experience the atmosphere inside the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium before it even opens in FIFA 19 videoDier admits he and his Spurs pals look up to France captain Lloris even more now following his achievements in Russia.And he added: “He’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world, first and foremost.“He’s someone that everyone in the squad looks up to. Even more now.“To look up to the quality he brings, the work ethic he brings, the attitude he brings.“His style is a quiet style – but silence is sometimes deadly!”With the Premier League transfer window closed how well did Spurs, Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool do?last_img read more


Eriksen demands wage parity with Kane amid interest from Barca and Real Madrid

first_imgTOTTENHAM star Christian Eriksen has reportedly demanded wage parity with top-earner Harry Kane – with Barcelona and Real Madrid closely monitoring the situation.Spurs have been in talks with their Danish star regarding a new deal for six months, but discussions appear to have reached breaking point, according to The Daily Mail.3 Christian Eriksen is demanding wage parity with top-earner Harry KaneCredit: ReutersEriksen, 26, has under two years left on his current deal and is hoping for a bumper pay-rise to around £200,000-a-week.Kane recently penned a new mega-money deal in North London, while Hugo Lloris also pocketed a huge pay-rise going into the season.Now, star playmaker Eriksen is hoping to force Tottenham’s hand somewhat with an incredible demand in the latest round of contract negotiations.The Danish star has been on the radar of La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid all summer.3 Christian Eriksen is growing frustrated at the lack of progress regarding new dealCredit: Reuters3 Christian Eriksen is on the radar of Barcelona and Real MadridCredit: ReutersWith just a matter of days left to go in the Spanish transfer window, Eriksen could yet make a move away from the club should his demands not be met.Tottenham now face a dilemma: Pay Eriksen the big bucks or risk losing their real key cog.Eriksen moved to White Hart Lane from Ajax for just £11million in 2013 and has gradually become known as one of the best midfielders on the planet.If a new contract is not sorted soon, Spurs could soon be in the same boat as Arsenal are with Aaron Ramsey – with less than a year left on his deal now.Tottenham and France captain Hugo Lloris CHARGED with drink driving by British Police and issues grovelling apologyMOST READ IN FOOTBALLRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesPicturedMADD FOR ITPrem aces Dele, Maddison & Grealish enjoy hard-earned break in sun-soaked IbizaLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesMISS-RON IMPOSSIBLERonaldo LOSES Golden Boot race after axe from Juve squad for final gameIt’s match week 3 of the Premier League as Man Utd face down Spurs and Arsenal take on West Hamlast_img read more


Marshfield girls basketball comes up just short to Appleton North in WIAA Division 1 sectional final

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWESTON – Even in defeat, there is no questioning the Marshfield girls basketball team’s collective grit, guts and determination.After two tight playoff victories the Tigers’ magic came to an end Saturday as they lost to Appleton North 56-54 in a WIAA Division 1 girls basketball sectional final at D.C. Everest High School.Marshfield’s McKayla Scheuer searches for an open teammate during the Tigers’ WIAA Division 1 sectional final against Appleton North on Saturday at D.C. Everest High School. The Tigers lost 56-54.Marshfield (23-3) battled back from a 12-point deficit in the second half to take a one-point lead late but a basket by Callie Pohlman with 11 seconds to go was enough to give North the victory.Appleton North (22-4) advances to its first WIAA state tournament since 2001 where it will take on Verona (23-3) in a Division 1 semifinal Friday night at the Resch Center in Green Bay.Following Pohlman’s basket, Marshfield raced down court and fed the ball to Ema Fehrenbach, who had her shot blocked out of bounds with 5 seconds to go.After a timeout, Marshfield got the ball to McKayla Scheuer, who found Fehrenbach on a roll to the basket, but it was a split-second too late. Fehrenbach made the basket, however the horn had already sounded.“She got open late – one more second and it’s good,” Marshfield coach Heidi Michaelis said. “You want the ball with Ema going to the left side finishing. Appleton North covered it well and knew what it was. You always like to get a shot off at least and when you don’t it’s kind of hard.”Marshfield led for most of the first half – by as much as five at two spots – before North went on a 13-3 run during the final 5:42 to take a 31-24 lead. Kari Brekke, who led North with 18 points, scored seven in the run.North built its lead to 44-32 after a basket by Anna Laux, a 3-pointer from Sydney Levy, and a transition layup by Grace Garvey with 12:10 to go.Marshfield, which fought back from late deficits in its two previous playoff wins against Eau Claire North and Neenah, did it again.“We were turning the ball over, getting one shot and done, stopped being aggressive,” Michaelis said. “We took a timeout and it was simply a matter of saying, ‘This is the way we’re going to end our season but just going away? Not doing what we had been doing to get us to this point?’ They kind of got mad. They played that last eight minutes with a ‘what do we have to do attitude’ and played more freely.”A 3-pointer from Scheuer and baskets by Fehrenbach and Hannah Meverden sparked a 13-2 run that got the Tigers back in it.Marshfield’’s Maddie Nikolai drives in for a shot attempt during the Tigers’ loss to Appleton North on Saturday in a WIAA Division 1 sectional final at D.C. Everest High School.North went nearly 8 minutes without a field goal as Marshfield cut it to 46-45 on another Meverden hoop.Meg Bryan, who had a team-high 17 points, hit her fourth and fifth 3-pointers of the game to give Marshfield’s its first lead of the second half at 51-50 with 3:55 left.After two North free throws, Meverden hit another jumper and the Tigers led 53-52 with 2:28 remaining.That was the Tigers’ last made basket and lead of the game. Levy, who had 14 points, scored on a drive to the hoop with 1:56 left, and neither team scored for more than a minute.Fehrenbach made one of two free throws to tie the game with 48.8 seconds left before Pohlman hit her game-winner.“This hurts to lose this game because you’re so close, especially by two points on the last possession, but that’s the team – the way they ended those last eight minutes – (they) did that all year,” Michaelis said. “It says a lot about them. They believed to the very end that this was their time to go to state and we just came up a possession short.”Scheuer finished with 14 points and six rebounds, Fehrenbach had 11 points and six rebounds, and Meverden had nine points and eight boards for the Tigers, who won a school-record 23 games this season.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 56, Tigers 54Marshfield 24 30 – 54Appleton North 31 25 – 56MARSHFIELD (54): McKayla Scheuer 5-12 1-1 14, Meg Bryan 6-13 0-0 17, Sara Dasler 0-1 0-0 0, Jenna Jakobi 0-0 0-0 0, Maddie Nikolai 1-5 1-2 3, Ema Fehrenbach 3-9 5-7 11, Hannah Meverden 4-7 1-2 9. FG: 19-47. FT: 8-12. 3-pointers: 8-17 (Bryan 5-11, Scheuer 3-5, Dasler 0-1). Rebounds: 30 (Meverden 8). Turnovers: 13. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: none. Record: 23-3.APPLETON NORTH (56): Kari Brekke 5-13 6-7 18, Taylor Sieg 1-6 0-0 2, Sydney Squier 0-0 0-0 0, Paige Schabo 2-7 0-2 5, Anna Laux 2-3 3-3 7, Callie Pohlman 3-7 0-1 6, Kylee Beecher 0-0 0-0 0, Sydney Levy 6-10 0-2 14, Claire Riebau 0-1 0-0 0, Grace Garvey 2-2 0-0 4. FG: 21-49. FT: 9-15. 3-pointers: 5-15 (Brekke 2-3, Levy 2-3, Schabo 1-4, Laux 0-1, Riebau 0-1, Sieg 0-3). Rebounds: 23 (Schabo 4, Pohlman 4, Levy 4). Turnovers: 8. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: none. Record: 22-4.last_img read more


Crime down, but still too high: govt

first_img1 July 2008While South Africa’s crime statistics for 2007/08 show a continuation of the steady decline in crime levels over the past five years, the level of crime in the country is still unacceptably high, says Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula.Decrease in most contact crimesReleasing the crime stats in Pretoria on Monday, the South African Police Service said there was a decrease in most “contact crimes” in 2007/08.Decreases in eight contact crime categories resulted in an overall 6.4% decrease in contact crimes compared to the previous year.Common assault dropped by 6.6%, common robbery by 9.5%, indecent assault by 2.1%, rape by 8.8%, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm by 4.6%, and attempted murder by 7.5%.Murders decreased by 4.7%, and robbery with aggravating circumstances was down by 7.4% compared to 2006/07.Police analyst Chris de Kock said the decrease indicated that something was being done well. “This decrease shows that something is slowly but surely changing in society,” De Kock said. “It shows hard work not only from the police side but the non-governmental organisations and the society in general.”House and business robberies, vehicle hijackingsHowever, the increase in key sub-categories of robbery with aggravating circumstances was of extreme concern, De Kock said.House robberies increased by 13.5%, robberies at business premises rocketed by 47.4%, truck hijackings were up by 39.6% and car hijackings by 4.4%.“[The] government would have wanted to see a more drastic decrease in the levels, particularly given the interventions that have been made,” Minister Nqakula said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


SALT benefits small South African town

first_img4 June 2015The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) has placed South Africa and the continent on the global science map, but there have also been collateral benefits.The tiny town of Sutherland had been stagnant in terms of socio-economic development before the construction of SALT, explained Sivuyile Manxoyi, from the South African Astronomy Observatory (SAAO). Following the construction of the telescope, the town had gone from having two bed-and-breakfast establishments to having more than 40 options for accommodation.Manxoyi was speaking at the five-day SALT conference, taking place at Stellenbosch University until 5 June. The event was opened by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.“Sutherland has become a tourist destination, something that would have been unheard of before SALT,” Manxoyi said. “Now, between 10 000 and 12 000 tourists visit the area every year.”More importantly, SALT had presented an ideal opportunity to promote astronomy, mathematics, physical science and chemistry as subjects for study and career options. Manxoyi said the SAAO was providing guidance to teachers all over the country on the teaching of astronomy and building enthusiasm for mathematics and science.The observatory was also interacting with thousands of pupils, taking them to observatories and involving them in science clubs and star-gazing events. Through creating awareness about astronomy, the future of the impoverished region would be vastly improved.Speaking earlier at the conference, Pandor said astronomical sciences were an important facet of South Africa’s strategy for research, development and innovation, and that astronomy partnerships presented unique and invaluable opportunities. “Such partnerships build infrastructure for astronomy and for wider use.“Big telescopes require high-speed research networks and computing resources, which, in turn, enable our life and climate scientists to share and analyse huge data sets – a precondition for the development of new drugs and vaccines – as well as effectively combating and adapting to climate change.”Astronomy partnerships had also helped to popularise the study of astronomy in Africa and further afield. “As a result of the various human capital development programmes associated with Africa’s SKA [Square Kilometre Array] initiatives, new astronomy programmes have been established at several African universities, including in Kenya, Madagascar and Mozambique,” the minister said.“Under other programmes, several postgraduate students from Africa are studying at European universities, contributing to Europe’s knowledge generation, while leading European and American astronomers have taken up positions in Africa, for example through the South African Research Chairs Initiative.”She said astronomy was expanding Africa’s future workforce of scientists and engineers. “South Africa pursued the SKA project by using the lessons learned from SALT as the basis for our planning and partnerships. The links we developed through the SALT project allowed us to build on existing networks and partnerships to secure the iconic SKA, an extremely important strategic initiative that puts science and technology to work for the benefit of all Africans.”SALT has been available to scientists since 2012. By the end of April this year, it had produced 109 papers based on SALT observations. The paper on the discovery of the first-known stars in the Milky Way galaxy was published in the prestigious Nature journal. These stars are situated on the far side of the galaxy, 80 000 light years from Earth.“Our aim is to position Africa as a global centre of research excellence for multiwavelength astronomy, with optical, radio and gamma-ray telescopes working together to achieve common scientific goals,” Pandor said.“We need to do more to build bridges across the multiwavelength spectrum, but it is encouraging to see positive developments in this regard, for example, the MeerLICHT, a partnership between the South African, Dutch and British astronomy communities.”MeerLICHT aims to provide a real-time optical view of the radio-transient sky. It will receive its input from the MeerKAT operators in Cape Town so that simultaneous optical and radio data can be obtained.Source: Department of Science and Technologylast_img read more


Fresh Mint for JetBlue

first_imgWhile the product was designed for the demands of revenue-producing business travelers who frequent the transcon, JetBlue is doubling up on leisure focused Caribbean Mint flights early next year. Second Saturday-only seasonal roundtrips are set for JFK – St. Maarten from January 13, 2018, with Boston- Aruba and Boston-St. Maarten following from February 17. What’s in undeniable demand is lie-flat seating. Here’s where JetBlue plans to introduce it or increase such service in existing markets: The U.S. “transcon” (transcontinental) market is the prize here.Populated by the likes of Delta, American, United, and Alaska it’s the arena in which airlines roll out their cutting-edge ideas, especially up front, beyond the curtain separating their premium product from the “main cabin.” Beginning January 4, 2018, JetBlue will launch nonstop Boston Logan – Las Vegas Mint service with a couple of daily nonstops. U.S. airline JetBlue isn’t underestimating the allure of lie-flat seats.The low -fare/high-frills carrier is boosting the number of daily Mint flights to more than 80 beginning early next year. The move follows the airline’s already announced plans to begin Mint flights between New York JFK and Las Vegas this November. Word that JetBlue will strike at the heart of well-thought-of Alaska Airlines’ route system sets the table for some high-flying competition in the Seattle/Tacoma – Boston market this fall.  Two daily Mint nonstops get off the ground February 15, 2018.center_img A bit later in the year, JetBlue serves up Mint in between New York Kennedy and Seattle/Tacoma. There will be but one Mint flight on this route per day. A321s will do the heavy lifting on these routes. To illustrate how popular lie-flats are,  JetBlue adds an eleventh daily Los Angeles International – New York nonstop, as well as a fifth daily San Francisco – Boston frequency. Who’s best is largely a matter of taste, allegiance by corporate travel buyers and the elite frequent flyer status of customers. “Travelers are overdue for an upgrade of the so-called ‘first class’ offered by other airlines,” says Marty St. George, the carrier’s executive vice president commercial and planning.“In every city where we’ve introduced Mint we’ve transformed the premium travel business and boosted overall performance on the routes.”last_img read more


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