One lane of eastbound Interstate 84 on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge reopened at 9 p.m. today after a landslide near milepost 61 had all eastbound lanes closed since Wednesday evening.The lane, which opened three miles west of Hood River, will allow all vehicles through except for oversized loads wider than 16 feet, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.ODOT officials said they plan to announce today when the other eastbound lane can reopen.“We’ll reopen the rest of the interstate as soon as it is safe to do so,” ODOT Region 1 Manager Jason Tell said Sunday in a news release. “Trucks and excavators will continue to work until all rocks have been moved.”The closure of eastbound I-84 diverted traffic onto state Highway 14 on the Washington side of the Gorge as crews worked to remove the roughly 2,000 cubic yards of rock and debris.
On the back of Qantas’ free flights and aiming to pick-up its MICE appeal, Virgin Australia has kicked off a Business Class sale on most of its Australian domestic routes.For travel on 18 January next year, the sale is across the airline’s fleet of Airbus A330; Boeing 737-700 and 800s; and Embraer aircraft.“With Business Class now on sale across our domestic network, for the first time in almost a decade, travellers will have a choice in Business Class within the Australian domestic market,” Group Executive commercial Liz Savage said.Meanwhile, Virgin Australia picked up fewer long distance travellers in September, with its international load falling 17 percent from 253,152 in September last year to 210,077.The dip comes despite a rise in its international revenue pax kilometres picking up 8.6 percent from 978,000 to one million.While long-haul fell, the carrier saw its domestic business pick up 3.2 percent more passengers in September 2011 compared to the corresponding month last year to 1.39 million from 1.35 million.All up for the month, the carrier’s entire passenger load remained at 1.6 million while its revenue load factor picked up 0.9 points from 81.3 percent to 82.2 percent.The carrier’s on-time performance saw improvements of 6.6 percent compared to the same month last year, arriving on-time 92.5 percent of the time from 86.7 percent last year.Late last month Virgin Australia launched direct return flights between Port Macquarie and Brisbane as a means to increase its domestic load.Click here for more information on Virgin’s services into Brisbane. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “He’s a great leader for us.”Though it would be unwise to try to take too much away from just one game, it does appear that the Cardinals’ offense is very much improved from last year. Now, the only question is whether or not that will translate to more wins. – / 27 Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share “Coach Arians’ offense is unbelievable,” Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald told ESPN’s SportsCenter Tuesday. “He has so many different ideas and formations, and puts guys in position to have success.”Fitz himself had an outstanding day, catching eight passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns, but Andre Roberts (8 catches, 97 yards) and Michael Floyd (four catches, 82 yards) also got in on the fun. In all, eight different Cardinals caught a pass. “He knows what guys’ strengths are,” Fitzgerald added. “He’s going to put you in position to go out there and play at your best and play fast.”Arians’ play-calling aside, it’s tough to see the Cardinals being as effective without the change at quarterback. While the veteran did throw an interception, he was on target much of the day and showed why the team acquired him from the Oakland Raiders.“It’s great to have that stabilizing figure at the quarterback position,” Fitzgerald said, adding Palmer brings a calming presence to the huddle. “He’s poised, and to have that, you know you have an opportunity to go out there and have success every single Sunday. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals did not win their season opener, but that does not mean the afternoon was a total loss.Sure, the team has every reason to be disappointed in the 27-24 loss to the St. Louis Rams, but there were some positives to take away from the game, especially on the offensive side of the ball.New quarterback Carson Palmer looked sharp running new coach Bruce Arians’ offense, and the Cardinals piled up 390 yards of total offense against one of the better defenses in the league. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact