Travel Safety News Daily - 31st August 2011

By , Travel Insights Editor Worldwide news-daily

We've gathered all the news you need to Keep Travelling Safely. Today -�Irene: Amtrak and airline flights are mostly back to normal -�Will it be �good night� to hurricanes named Irene? -�Japan to lift power-saving decree earlier than planned -�Gulf Air A320 skids off the runway in India -�Group calls for huge protest in Cairo -�Marsh fire smoke blankets New Orleans -�Bear shot near crowded festival -�Australian tourists warned help has its limits -�Singapore's first capsule hotel contravenes fire safety rules.

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Irene: Amtrak and airline flights are mostly back to normal

Boston.com reports:�Transportation services were largely back to normal today after disruptions caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

Will it be �good night� to hurricanes named Irene?

MSNBC reports: Having caused dozens of deaths and billions of dollars in damages, Hurricane Irene may be the last storm ever to bear that name. The World Meteorological Society often retires names (Katrina, for example) likely to evoke traumatic memories in storm survivors.

Japan to lift power-saving decree earlier than planned

Channel News Asia reports: Restrictions on power use in and around Tokyo will be lifted two weeks earlier than scheduled thanks to an improved supply and demand balance as the peak summer heat eases, the government said Tuesday.

Gulf Air A320 skids off the runway in India

Eturbo news reports: Several people were injured on early Monday morning when an Airbus 320 belonging to Gulf Air skidded off the runway at an airport in southwest India, the airline said.�

Group calls for huge protest in Cairo

UPI reports: Young Egyptian activists called Monday for a huge demonstration in Cairo to demand, among other things, an end to military trials of civilians.

Marsh fire smoke blankets New Orleans

CNN reports: A pesky marsh fire that has consumed hundreds of acres continued to burn Tuesday in an isolated corner of eastern New Orleans, sending smoke and haze drifting downtown.

Bear shot near crowded festival

UPI reports: A black bear was shot and killed Sunday after getting too close to a downtown street festival in Uniontown, Pa., police say.

The Big Picture - Hurricane Irene

Boston.com's 'The Big Picture' delivers a fantastic photojournalism set focusing on the impact and aftermath of Hurricane Irene

Australian tourists warned help has its limits

The Age reports: The head of the Foreign Affairs Department has warned that Australian tourists should not expect the government to automatically bail them out of trouble spots such as the north African countries swept by revolutions this year.

Singapore's first capsule hotel contravenes fire safety rules

Channel News Asia reports: It is touted as Singapore's first capsule hotel, offering capsule-style dormitory beds for the cost-conscious traveller.

We are not kidding here... The name of the hotel? The Matchbox.

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