Tour bus operator Gray Line Iceland will be laying off 15 employees next month due to an anticipated decline in business, Kjarninn reports. An announcement from the company explained that this decline will come as a result of the fact that the company will no longer be offering transportation to and from the Blue Lagoon. The 15 individuals who will be laid off make up about 5% of Gray Line’s employees. According to the company’s press release, this is the first time in Gray Line’s 30-year history that a decline in business has necessitated layoffs. Gray Line states that their Blue Lagoon trips—which included transportation to and from the spa, as well as an admission ticket—have been among their central offerings for 20 years. However, the company’s previous agreement with the Blue Lagoon regarding the sale of admission tickets has not been renewed, which, Gray Line contends, undercuts the value of the service they’re offering their customers. … [Read more...] about Gray Line Cancels Blue Lagoon Tours, Lays Off Fifteen Employees
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Fashion + Style Saying goodbye to dye was the best breakup of my life. Illustration by Rob Dobbi Gray is a misnomer. There’s literally nothing on my head that qualifies as gray. There’s every shade of brown (some of it homegrown), and then there’s white. Maybe we use the word “gray” to soften the aging blow, as if there’s some kind of graceful middle zone between youthful and elderly, but the hairs emerging from above my temples and scattered in and around the brown are not equivocating. They are white. Aggressively white. Unabashedly white. The very idea that they were once brown seems absurd. After years of fighting these bad boys, I’m finally welcoming them in—the final act in nearly half a century’s worth of mane struggles. “Ask a woman about her hair, and she just might tell you the story of her life,” Elizabeth Benedict writes in Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession. I’ll spare … [Read more...] about Gray Matters: Why I’m Saying Goodbye to Dye and Embracing Gray Hair
Mexican gray wolf (Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Agriculture) A federal judge has swatted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for not doing enough to ensure there is a viable population of the Mexican gray wolf in Arizona and New Mexico. In a 44-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer Zipps, a President Obama nominee, cited repeated instances where the agency ignored the advice of “leading wolf scientists” in adopting its own recovery plan. And the judge said Fish and Wildlife officials acted in an “arbitrary and capricious” manner in deciding what to do. “Moreover, this case is unique in that the same scientists that are cited by the agency (in crafting the plan) publicly communicated their concern that the agency misapplied and misinterpreted findings in such a manner that the recovery of the species is compromised,” Zipps wrote. “To ignore this dire warning was an egregious oversight by the agency.” U.S. District Court Judge … [Read more...] about Federal judge rejects plan to manage Mexican gray wolf population
Updated at 4:30 p.m. This week, Rep. Vance McAllister (R) joined the most welcoming society in Louisiana politics. After getting caught kissing a staffer, he is now one of many politicians in the state to have a scandal appended to his Wikipedia page, another data point in the argument that there must be something in the water there that makes politicians a magnet for bad behavior. Here is anthology of some of those scandals and political oddities, from the state consistently ranked one of our most corrupt. Then-newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., waits to be sworn in on Capitol Hill. McAllister says he's asking his family and constituents for forgiveness after a West Monroe newspaper published a video that it says shows the congressman kissing a female staffer in his congressional office in Monroe, La. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) A Joseph Acklen: The Louisiana representative was "young, rich, eccentric and a bachelor," which meant Washington, D.C,. was quite … [Read more...] about Vance McAllister is part of a long line of scandalized Louisiana politicians. A VERY long line.
By Tim Grobaty | [email protected] | Press-TelegramPUBLISHED: April 17, 2018 at 2:48 pm | UPDATED: April 18, 2018 at 12:38 am In its early splendor, the Ocean Center Building, built in 1929, was the gateway to the adventures and pleasures of the Pike. Visitors by the thousands passed through the arches on the 14-story building’s south side and headed west into the land of thrill rides, penny arcades, shrimp and hot dogs and tattoo parlors. Girls in their summer dresses strolled with sailors on shore leave to be photographed in novelty photographers’ booths and to listen to music and share cocktails both pouring from the buildings’ three bars, including the venerable Hollywood on the Pike. The Ocean Center Building at 110 W. Ocean Boulevard has been purchased by Pacific6, Long Beach based community investment and development partnership. Long Beach April 17, 2018. Photo by Brittany Murray, Press Telegram/SCNG The Ocean Center Building at 110 W. Ocean Boulevard has … [Read more...] about Long Beach’s Ocean Center Building on the verge of regaining its importance downtown