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Gerstner, Jr., who later went on to become CEO of RJR Nabisco and then IBM.

not take this job, Lou told me over and over, Chenault, now the chairman and CEO of American Express, said during a recent Wharton Leadership Lecture. I said, I want to take on a challenge. I never shied away from taking a risk, and I felt this was the way I should go. My view is often to take on the assignments that no one else wants, particularly early on in a career. Everyone wants to be in the glamorous part of a business. I wanted to learn. takes many forms, but one thing that is most important is to realize that change is inevitable, especially in the age we live in now, and that you always have to be adaptable to change, noted Chenault. Fargo and John Butterfield founded to move freight. Burberry Outlet freight [was] not a business with a lot of glamour, he said. they instituted core values that we still hold 163 years later in our day to day operations integrity and customer commitment It is pretty extraordinary that a freight company founded in 1850 established a brand that remains relevant in 2013 in the digital age. took over as CEO in 2001 after a series of jobs that he held for 20 years at the com Burberry Outlet pany. It was unusual for an African American to reach the top of an American corporation, but Chenault has never felt his race either qualified him for a position or prevented him from getting it. He said he just had confidence in himself as a leader and went about his work methodically, never back biting and always seeking advice even from executives who might have been competitors.

really did not focus on becoming a CEO until around 10 years before it happened, but I worked with people who could be viewed as competition and worked well with them, he stated. had straightforward conversations with them and said, us focus on what is best for the company. I thought by doing that, everything would work out for the best. When he became CEO, the top 10 executives in the 70,000 employee company all stayed on although over time, some left for other positions.

Chenault described his leadership style as both simple and complex. The simple part, he said, is that he feels he has kept his integrity, that he has never tried to fool anyone and that he has been consistent in his goals: to serve that traditional triumvirate of customers, employees and shareholders.

Chenault oversaw a restructuring of American Express business in 1995 as vice chairman. When it became clear he would have to eliminate nearly 16,000 jobs, he said decided to tell people up to 18 months before their actual departure date so that they would have time to adjust to the layoffs. do what you can to be compassionate, even when the news is bad, Chenault said, which Burberry Outlet leads to another of his leadership principles that the leader himself has to be a team player. point is not to just be a nice person, but be effective, too. Chenault said he does not devalue intellect after all, he went to Bowdoin College, one of the nation best liberal arts schools, and Harvard Law School what he values more than IQ is EQ Executional Quotient. good leader wants to get it done, he said. is the most important thing to have the focus to get whatever the job at hand is completed. believes leadership can, indeed, be taught, and while American Express does not have formal leadership training, Chenault hopes to teach by his own example. For instance, he likes to not only get consultations from his higher executives, but values feedback from every part of the company. That creates a positive attitude about the company. Several times a year, he will go to different parts of the country and world and hold brown bag lunches with about 25 employees, none of them senior executives. physical presence of a leader is important. It shows the organization, no matter how large, cares about its [employees].

ask them only one thing, that when they leave the meeting, tell 20 people about it, he said. don care if they say, is a jerk, because at least it brings a connection. Role Models

Chenault admires a number of leaders, but pointed to two favorites: Nelson Mandela and Warren Buffett.

The most important thing he has learned from Mandela is that even when you are in a crisis, you have to think about the future. was someone in prison who came out a stronger person, noted Chenault. was not just about survival.

being a team player is using what I call constructive confrontation. Chenault

He said he doesn admire Buffett just because he owns 14% of American Express through Berkshire Hathaway. is someone who has an intellectual curiosity and is also incredibly genuine as a person, said Chenault. He has a nice swift way to say, not in a harsh way, but [in a way that] does not waste people time. favorite quote about leadership is one he attributes to Napoleon: role of a leader is to define reality and give hope. It is really difficult, he said, to find out the facts of a situation and to understand the ultimate implications. have to be open and honest to find reality, to get the right answers to your questions. But then you have to tell the people you lead what the reasons are to be hopeful, to tell them why you should inspire them.

Intriguing retrospective on a remarkable career.

Warren has always spoken fondly of Kenneth during shareholder meetings. He refers to him as an manager noting his execution and long term total returns in a similar manner as Warren refers to Tony Nicely of GEICO.

I particularly fond of Kenneth approach to spreading employee to employee connections across an organization:

“I ask them only one thing, that when they leave the meeting, tell 20 people about it. personally like to hear Kenneth describe a time in his career when he was at conflict with his own EQ (desire for execution). A time when his hands were tied, either due to circumstances inside or outside of his control. How did he break the cycle and move forward? Inevitably this will occur for many of us in the course of our careers. The inspiration would be invaluable.

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American Eagle mishandle in March

Department of Transportation.

Mishandl Burberry Outlet ed luggage includes reports on lost, damaged or delayed baggage.

Atlantic Southeast performed the worst, with 9.13 mishandled luggage reports per every 1,000 passengers. Regional airline American Eagle ranked second, with 8.35 reports per 1,000 passengers.

American Airlines Inc. (NYSE: AMR) came in at No. 11, with 4.43 mishandled bag Burberry Outlet reports per 1,000 passengers. Dallas based Southwest (NYSE: LUV) fared better, with 3.6 Burberry Outlet 4 mishandled bag reports per every1,000 passengers.

Southwest also performed well in the flight cancellation category, with a cancellation rate of 0.8 percent for the mont Burberry Outlet h of March.

In March, American also had a flight cancellation rate of 1.3 percent when analyzing data provided by 29 select airports. American’s regional affiliate American Eagle had a cancellation rate of 1.6 percent in the same month.

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American Eagle Could Be Fined

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a $2.5 million fine against American Eagle, the feeder airline for American Airlines, for Burberry Outlet failing to appropriately account for the weight of luggage on more than 150 flights.

The FAA became super sensitized to how airlines calculate the weight of passengers and luggage after the 2003 crash of Air Midwest Flight 5481 which was blamed on a faulty estimate and distribution of passenger weight due to the airline industr Burberry Outlet y’s use of outdated weight tables.

The FAA proposes the civil penalty because it says American Eagle f Burberry Outlet ailed to adequately ensure the weight of baggage was properly calculated on at least 154 flights flown in 2008. That means the plane could have been too heavy for safe takeoffs and landings.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the traveling public has to be confident airlines are following important safety rules. The FAA says the flights in question showed cargo sheet baggage weights disagreed with the company’s Electronic Weight and Balance System.

And even after the FAA told Eagle of the discrepancy, it says Eagle flew 39 more flights without correcting the problem. The carrier calls the penalties excessive and inappropriate and says it operates a safe carrier.

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American driver Tim Tetrick bags a record four victories

The American driver won four races Saturday night at the $6.2 million Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack, the first time a driver has ever won four races on a single championship night.

Tetrick broke the mark by leading 5 year old Anndrovette to a second straight victory in the $326,660 open mare pace with a time of 1:50.1. Drop The Ball finished second, ahead of Rebeka Bayama.

For the secon Burberry Outlet d straight year all 12 championship harness races were held at Woodbine Racetrack in the richest horse racing event in Canada this season.

Canadian Yannick Gingras delivered the biggest shocker of the night.

The native of Sorel, Que., drove Rockin Amadeus, a 17 1 longshot, to a stunning victory in the $591,240 2 year old colt pace. Gingras took Rockin Amadeus past prohibitive 1 5 favourite Captaintreacherous down the stretch for the victory in 1:51.2. Wake Up Peter, an 8 1 pick, took second ahead of Tetrick and Captaintreacherous, which had won eight of nine events this season.

Gingras had three wins on a track upgraded from sloppy to good prior to the start of racing after a Burberry Outlet rainy day in southern Ontario. Jim Takter became the first trainer to register three victories on a single cha Burberry Outlet mpionship night, boosting his Crown record for conditioners to 15.

“I’ve always liked this horse,” said winning owner Susan Grange of Cheltenham, Ont. “I’ve always thought he had a lot of heart and he showed it tonight.”

Rockin Amadeus earned just a third win in 10 races this season.

“Not to take anything away from Captaintreacherous because he’s had a great season, but I knew my horse had this type of performance in him,” Takter said. “I’ve never won a two year old pacing Crown so I’m happy to get this win.”

Tetrick took Captaintreacherous to the lead at about the half mile mark but Rockin Amadeus was right behind. Down the stretch, Gingras took Rockin Amadeus to the outside of Captaintreacherous, which couldn’t hold the lead racing on the rail.

Wheeling N Dealin, with driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, Ont., remained unbeaten after taking the $591,240 2 year old colt trot. The even money favourite finished in 1:56.0 for a ninth straight victory.

Tetrick also drove Chapter Seven, last year’s 3 year old colt trot winner, to victory in the $591,240 Breeders Crown Trot in 1:52.3. Tetrick had the 3 5 favourite sitting second behind Commander Crowe at the top of the final turn before surging ahead for the victory. Mister Herbie finished second while Commander Crowe held on for third.

“He deserves every accolade he gets. I give credit to everybody involved, it’s a team effort. This year is a culmination of everybody worki Burberry Outlet ng together and getting him here. I just went along for the ride. It’s amazing. I can’t dream this big.”

Takter also won with American Jewel in the $492,700 3 year old filly pace and To Dream On in the $591,240 2 year old filly trot in a stakes record tying time of 1:54.4.

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American Dream endures in one of country’s most equal places

Comparing the Divide: Middlesbrough, England and Sheboygan, Wis. both built thriving middle classes over decades of successful manufacturing. In the United Kingdom, income inequality is climbing and threatens to return places like Middlesbrough to an Dickensian age of “haves” and “have nots.” Sheboygan, with an income inequality level slightly higher than England’s, is proving resilient to a similar trend of middle class erosion across the United States.

Read about Middlesbrough, England, here.

SHEBOYGAN, Wisconsin Lake Michigan was wide and blue and a little menacing in the distance as a hard wind chopped at the lake off the breakwater near the mouth of the Sheboygan River.

But inside the harbor, where wind and waves were blunted by land, Kristopher Panick, a laid off construction worker, found his ice fishing spot. He knelt over a hole he’d bored through six inches of ice, dropped a line baited with a silver minnow, stood and then cracked open a freezing beer.

Winter is quiet for roofers and siders in Sheboygan, and this winter has been quieter than most. Panick, 35, wearing glasses and a couple layers of hooded sweatshirts, has no health insurance and lives paycheck to paycheck. He draws on unemployment when he must.

“Lately it’s been hard to come by work,” he said. “I’ve never seen it so slow.”

Panick’s small refuge, a patch of ice atop the dark, frigid water of a Great Lake, is a bit like Sheboygan itself. The town of 50,000 is a spot of relative economic calm and security amid a cold, forbidding economic landscape in America, where the income gap is growing and the middle class is shrinking. Just halfway up the west coast of Lake Michigan, the dream of a prosperous and growing American middle class has somehow sur Burberry Outlet vived.

In 2010, Sheboygan County had the most even distribution of wealth for a metropolitan area in the United States, according to a formula for income inequality developed by Italian economist Corrado Gini. Sheboygan County, it turns out, is on par internationally with European countries like the United Kingdom. And in this part of GlobalPost’s ongoing series, The Great Divide, we set out to compare Sheboygan with Middlesbrough, an English industrial town on the North Sea about an hour south of Newcastle. They share an industrial past, a hardworking people and an anxious middle class hanging on even as the ground shifts beneath it.

Sheboygan has a few advantages in preserving its ideal self as a Midwestern middle class archetype. It’s small. It also has a booming food industry that economists say is largely resistant to recession. And Sheboygan’s middle class depends on at least one other force: The private business empires that dominate the regional economy.

Names like Kohler, Vollrath, Stayer, Gentine, Sartori, Bemis and Brotz carry weight in Sheboygan County, because those families built companies that have provided jobs and sustained the towns of Plymouth, Sheboygan Falls and Sheboygan. These businesses are all private, often run by the descendants of founders.

The families who founded Kohler Company, Sargento Foods and Johnsonville Sausage don’t have to answer to shareholders or pay dividends. They build golf courses and marinas, art museums and shopping centers and they spend money on their businesses.

“It’s these strong, family owned businesses that really can look beyond quarter to quarter, that really look down the road,” said Dave Sachse, a native of Sheboygan and serial industrialist who now owns a company called Nutrients, Inc., which makes vinegar. “Most of these guys who ran those places were very benevolent to the community.”

Corrado Gini figured out a way to measure income distribution across a population so that a score of zero indicates perfect income equality and a score of one means perfect inequality. metro areas in 2010. Four of the ten most equal cities in the United States by this Burberry Outlet measure are in Wisconsin, including Appleton, Wausau and Janesville.

The question, of course, is how long this will last. Company towns run by family companies have suffered across the Midwest for decades. Views within a family shift, or ownership changes hands. is still almost twice as high as the national average in Sweden. Census Bureau.

Midwestern states were among the earliest and most enthusiastic participants in the second industrial revolution. From Detroit to Milwaukee to Mankato, people built foundries and steel mills and factories. They built the crucial machines of the 20th century cars, cameras, backhoes, pacemakers, tra Burberry Outlet ctors, radios, motorcycles, washing machines and airplanes. The auto industry in Detroit led the way, but its supply chain reached into towns across the region, including Sheboygan. And the Midwest was the nation’s breadbasket too. It had the best farmland on the continent and giant food companies like Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill and General Mills.

Workers could expect to graduate from high school, get a job at a factory, raise a family, send their kids to a Big Ten university and retire comfortably. The Midwest was the “place that created the American mass middle class,” wrote Lou Glazer, president of the economic and public policy group Michigan Future. “Largely because of high paid, unionized factory jobs this was the place where if you worked hard you were most likely to realize the American Dream.”

The future of human consumption is anyone’s guess, but one thing is certain: $30 per hour on the assembly line will be tough to come by. What workers expected and received in the Midwest after World War II which Glazer refers to as the “American Dream” looks now like a highly specific moment in human history, one that doesn’t translate to the future.

The Sheboygan River winds its way across the level land to the big lake, and the first residents of the city settled on its banks in the 1830s. The first wave of German immigrants came in the 1840s, bringing with them an enduring reputation for thrift, industry and sausage making. Sawmills, flour mills and cheese factories sprang up across the region. The city’s south pier eventually came to serve as a dock where large lake boats unloaded coal onto smaller boats that could make their way to other towns further inland by navigating the little rivers that empty into the lake. (It is now a resort and hotel.)

The Kohler Company was founded in 1873 by an Austrian immigrant named John Michael Kohler, when he and a partner bought a foundry that made field plows and feed cutters for farmers.

Kohler introduced enameled steel bathtubs to American consumers in the 1880s. Now the company sells all kinds of bathroom fixtures and motors and owns resorts and golf courses in Wisconsin and Scotland. The firm is one of the largest privately held companies in America and employs about a tenth of metro Sheboygan’s workforce.

The front office at Kohler looks like an administrative building at an Ivy League college. There’s a clock tower and a green lawn out front. Behind that is a complex of factories and parking lots stretching nearly a mile to the east. Opposite the office, on the other side of the street, stands the American Club, where bellhops in red coats and black bowler hats carry bags for tourists from Chicago. The club was built in 1918 as a dormitory for immigrant workers. Now it is an elaborate resort where people stay when they come to Sheboygan to play golf. A wood fire burned in a waiting room and women at the front desk were handing Burberry Outlet out champagne on a Saturday in January. The company’s tagline is “gracious living.”

“I don’t work for the money,” says Herbert Vollrath Kohler Jr., president of the company, in a promotional video at the Kohler Design Center. “I work to advance living environments, if you will, and I get very excited about that, whether it’s a golf course, whether it’s the interior of a house, whatever.”

The Kohlers have built their own little “living environment” around Sheboygan, including the American Club, an art center downtown adjoining the founder’s original home, and some famous golf courses. Whistling Straits, a traditional links course among man made dunes next to the lake north of Sheboygan, has twice hosted the PGA Championship.


Over in Plymouth, Mayor Don Pohlman was bragging about his town and one of its companies, Sargento Cheese. It was Friday night at City Club, a bar in the middle of town. Waitresses were serving fried perch and brandy old fashioneds garnished with olives. Pohlman noted his town’s work ethic, its high wages and its output of cheese.

Sargento, founded in 1953, cuts and packages cheese. If you live in America and shop for groceries, you’ve probably seen the name. The business generated a billion dollars in revenue in 2011.

“You don’t go there and goof off. You go there and work!” said the mayor. “There are no $20,000 a year jobs at these cheese factories, they don’t exist.”

As sure as the sideburns that stretch down below his ears, Pohlman is confident in the family held businesses that employ most of the citizens of his town. He tells stories about leaders from Sargento and Sartori remembering the birthday of a line employee, or showing up to a worker’s funeral. The companies pay well and they’re loyal, he said. They might not be if they weren’t owned by local families.

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American director’s film Patang bags two honours at the South

The two received the awards at a ceremony here.Patang is one of the most critically celebrated Indian films of Burberry Outlet the year. Patang had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and its North American premiere in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival.The film has gone on to play at 30 film festivals worldwide and won numerous accolades including Best Feature Narrative at the Hawaii International Film Festival, Best World Narrative at the Indy Film Festival, Special Burberry Outlet Jury Award and the Best Feature Narrative a Burberry Outlet t the Dc Apa Film Festival and the Special Jury Award at the Osian’s Film Festival (New Delhi).Described as a poetic journey to the old city of Ahmedabad, Patang weaves together the stories of six people transformed by the energy of India’s largest kite festival.Seven years in the making, the cast Burberry Outlet features award winning actress Seema Biswas (Water, Bandit Queen), Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Gangs Of Wasseypur, Peepli Live, Dev D) and Sugandha Garg (Tere Bin Laden, My Name is Khan, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na).Hailed as a “masterful” filmmaker with “hypnotically beautiful visuals”, “naturalistic storytelling” and a “colourfully vivid” poetic style, Prashant Bhargava stands at the leading edge of independent Indian cinema.Patang is his feature length debut. Born and raised in Chicago, Bhargava started out as a graffiti artist. He went on to study computer science at Cornell University and theatrical directing at The Actors Studio MFA program.Don’t Miss”I Feel Like a Newcomer”Sangeeta Bijlani, who may be dating Salman again, has a film after 19 yearsAirline Steward Misbehaves With Celina JaitlyIn flight problems in business classKapil Sharma Rescues Toddler During Live ShowLittle girl lost parents in crowdEvelyn Sharma Harassed in GermanyBy three men who looked IndianKriti Sanon Wanted to Skip Heropanti KissDidn’t know what her conservative family would sayThis Woman has Two Billionaires Fighting Over HerBrawling on street outside her houseHave You Met Megan Fox’s Adorable Sons?She showed off baby photos on EllenThis is Oprah From Her First Audition TapeDates from 1983. She got the jobAmal Thought Clooney’s Proposal Was a PrankHe had to ask twiceThis Movie has Food, Scarlett Johansson Sofia VergaraBut mostly food

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American Dad

Stan Smith: [picks up the phone] This is Stan Smith.

Principal Lewis: Mr. Smith, I’m afraid there’s a problem with your son.

Stanley Smith: Oh, God, he’s gay. This is it. This is the gay call. I’ve been ready for this for years. [takes out a vial and starts chugging down pills]

Principal Lewis: Uhh, no. It’s just that he’s gone mad with power. He evacuated the entire school and barricaded himself in my office.

Stan Smith: I see. [foam starts coming out of his mouth] Henry, antidote.

Stan Smith: Francine, you be careful when out there today; we’re at terror alert orange! Which means something could go down somewhere in some way at some point in time, SO LOOK SHARP!

Hayley Smith: Burberry Outlet You know, Dad, it’s great that you and your CIA buddies have made up some fun little way to keep the masses paralyzed in fear.

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Hayley Smith: [staring at Stan in shock with the rest of the family] It’s just toast, Dad. This one will be mine. [claims the shot up toast]

Girl: Hey, I love your dog.

Guy: Hey, want to come back to my apartment and pet my schnauzer?

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Stan Smith: [holding gun to her head] Pass him the salt.

Stan Smith: Hilary, look out for the mines! [off screen explosion] What did I just say? You heard me. What did I just say?

Steve Smith: You said, “Look out for the mines.”

Stan Smith: I said, “Look out for the mines.”

Stan Smith: Rigging elections is my bread and butter, Roger. You know how many votes George Bush actually got in the first election? Seven.

Principal Lewis: Smith! What’s the meaning of this?!

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American Cutting Flights

As the price of oil keeps rising it’s now more than $135 a barrel American Airlines has announced its biggest cuts in service since 9/11. It’s also adding a new baggage fee.

NPR’s Scott Horsley reports.

SCOTT HORSLEY: American Airlines’ CEO says the industry wasn’t built to withstand oil Burberry Outlet prices that are this high. Eight other airlines have already filed for bankruptcy this year, and five have quit flying altogether.

David Castelveter of the Air Transport Association says airline fuel prices have more than tripled since the year 2000, while airline ticket prices have barely budged.

Mr. DAVID CASTELVETER (Air Transport Association): Every time we see the price of fuel go up a dollar, this industry absorbs about $465 million in additional expenses.

HORSLEY: American is hoping to recoup part of its additional fuel cost with a new surcharge of $15 for a checked bag. The charge goes into effect with tickets purchased starting June 15. Castelveter says this kind of charge is a way for airlines to raise revenue without having to raise overall fares.

Mr. CASTELVETER: The c Burberry Outlet ustomers have said if I don’t want a meal, don’t charge me for it. If I don’t travel with checked luggage, don’t charge me for it. So the carriers have stripped away a lot of those services and now they’re charging you for it.

HORSLEY: Some air travelers may prefer this ala carte pricing, but not Mark Standbower(ph), who was getting off an American Airlines flight in Chicago yesterday. He thinks the extra charge on checked suitcases could backfire.

Mr. MARK STANDBOWER (Passenger): It’s going to mean more stuff that goes into the plane, people jamming bags up top. One bag checked is actually good for the plane, rather than having people carry everything on and filing up the overhead space.

HORSLEY: And it’s not just the overhead bins Burberry Outlet that are getting more crowded. American is planning to eliminate about 11 percent of its daily flights beginning in October. The Air Transport Association’s Castelveter says the announcement of the cutback com Burberry Outlet es at a time when planes are already flying about 85 percent full.

Mr. CASTELVETER: You know, especially in key markets, heavily traveled, popular markets. Going in and out of Florida, for example, you know, often times you’ll find every seat on every airplane full.

HORSLEY: By eliminating flights and parking up to 85 planes, American expects to save on fuel and labor costs.

As planes get more crowded, the airline industry as a whole will be in a better position to raise ticket prices. That’s not good news for the corporate travelers that Bill Connors represents with the National Business Travel Association, but he acknowledges airlines don’t have much choice.

Mr. BILL CONNORS (National Business Travel Association): They’ve cut costs everywhere they could cut, and it still hasn’t paid off for them because of the oil situation. So yeah, we are very aware that there are going to be some pricing implications over the next few months as long as oil stays where it’s at.

HORSLEY: Connors notes that even as they scale back on domestic service, airlines are not scrapping the international routes that are in growing demand with business travelers.

Mr. CONNORS: Big corporations, to be competitive they need to be in places like Brazil and China and India. They need to be in the emerging markets. So we don’t think that travel is going to decline, and that’s what I think the airlines are betting on too.

HORSLEY: It’s those emerging markets and their growing demand for oil that’s helping to keep the cost of jet fuel sky high.

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It’s time for air travelers to say goodbye to the beloved second bag for extra jackets and shoes, hiking boots and beach towels. And for sports enthusiasts, it’s time to wrap some extra cash around those golf clubs and skis to pay for their passage. carriers began charging $25 this week for coach passengers who want to check a second bag on domestic flights breaking from a longstanding policy of allowing two checked bags for free.

There are exceptions to the rule, mainly for first and business class passengers and for those with certain types of mileage rewards. And some airlines will waive the policy and the fee for international travel.

Each bag must weigh less than 50 pounds, and its dimensions (length plus width plus depth) must be less than 62 inches. For those who might consider beating the system, let’s face it there is no easy way to disguise a second checked bag as a carry on or as your one “personal item.” And because the change comes on the cusp of the summer travel season, donning extra layers in lieu of a second checked bag might get pretty uncomfortable.

If those prices don’t make you cringe, why not go all out and splurge for an extra seat like some cellists do for their priceless instruments? A few hours of quality time with your duffel in coach could also buy you elbow room if you book the middle seat for your overstuffed companion.

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American Cotton ProduceBags

Produce bags are reusable bags that (as the name suggests), you put your loose produce in.

There are two kinds of bag available on the market cotton and polyester mesh. I prefer the cotton as they are biodegradable but the mesh bags have the advantage of being see through.

I love these produce bags are cotton from eco bags. This American companysupply unbleached cotton bags made in India using fair wage fair trade. These bags are really handy Burberry Outlet not Burberry Outlet just for produce butshoes, knitting, odd socks waiting to be reunited wi Burberry Outlet th their partners, gubbins and general things.

Available in Large (43cm Dx 33cmW)or Medium (25cm D x 20cm W)

I have also bought cotton bags from another American company Reusable Bags

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HO Burberry Outlet WEVER they too are an American based company which has ramifications for the UK buyer.

Be aware import duty, customs charges and handling fees are payable on all goods purchased from America last month I was summoned to the post office to pay 16.00 charges on a parcel worth 45.00. Do bear it in mind.

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American colleges offering to pay students to take a year off

Lydia Collins looks out from her dorm building at Tufts University in Medford, Mass. Collins spent the year after high school working in Ecuador through Global Citizen. (Elise Amendola/Associated Press)

MEDFORD, Mass. Colleges are paying students to take a year off after high school to travel, volunteer or do internships so that students of all income brackets can benefit from years. new program at Tufts University and existing ones at a handful of other schools aim to remove the financial barriers that can keep cash strapped students from exploring different communities and challenge their comfort zones before jumping right into college.

Although gap years are more popular in Europe, they have started to gain traction in the United States. About 40,000 Americans participated in gap year programs in 2013, an increase of nearly 20 percent since 2006, according to data gathered by a nonprofit called the American Gap Year Association.

In 2009, Princeton University began offering applicants gap year aid based on need. Nearly 100 students have participated, volunteering in Brazil, China, India, Peru and Senegal.

The University of North Carolina offers $7,500 to gap year applicants, while students at Wisconsin’s St. Norbert College can Burberry Outlet receive financial aid based on need, althoug Burberry Outlet h airfare isn’t covered.

Lydia Collins, a 19 year old Tufts freshman from Evanston, Ill., said she took a gap year because she wanted to see what was outside of the classroom before committing to four more years of school.

lot of kids are very burnt out afte Burberry Outlet r high school, Collins said. this time to be with yourself and see yourself in a new community and light will only help you to succeed in college. worked in microfinance in Ecuador through the poverty fighting group Global Citizen and said the experience inspired her to pursue international relations, something she would not have known about beforehand.

Students who take part are able to see the world beyond the bubble they grew up in and return to school with a better perspective of their future, said Holly Bull, president of the Center of Interim Programs, which counsels students on taking gap years. Bull said the benefit of the structured time away from school is too valuable to exclude lower income students.

return to the classroom more focused, independent and confident, said Bull, who took a gap year herself to Hawaii and Greece. She said the students also tend to have less trouble adjusting to dorm life.

experience taught me that everything I learn in the classroom will be able to help me when I leave Princeton, Rotblat said. is easy at times to question the purpose behind all the school work. But seeing the value firsthand encourages me to push myself academically. selected for Tufts’ 1+4 program will be able to defer their admission for a year while still remaining tied to the university through video chat and email. Tufts is planning to work with organizations including Global Citizen, City Year and Lift which offer volunteering positions in areas such as education, economics, health and the environment to create packages that fit students’ financial needs, including travel and living costs.

Patrick Callan, founding president of the Na Burberry Outlet tional Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, applauds the gap year experience but said structure is key.

for less motivated students, taking a year off could lead to them never coming back, he said, adding that students that go in without concrete goals can be sidetracked from their studies. need to come in having a plan. Collins, working in a foreign country away from her family and friends was a reality check.