Billy Bishop Airport introduces enhanced screenings for ferry passengers

first_img Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Billy Bishop Airport introduces enhanced screenings for ferry passengers Tuesday, March 13, 2018 center_img TORONTO — Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) has implemented new enhanced security procedures that may require passengers to go through random screenings.Effective immediately, the new procedures were put in place by Transport Canada under the Domestic Ferry Security Regulations. According to the airport, this may result in random baggage/belongings checks of some passengers for the presence of explosives.“The random screening will be completed by swabbing the exterior of the baggage and/or belongings and analyzing the swab taken with a portable detection device,” said the airport on its website. “Passengers may expect to be approached by Billy Bishop Airport Security staff to participate in the screening process prior to boarding the ferry.”Passengers can also access the airport via the pedestrian tunnel that connects the facility to the mainland, however the airport has yet to confirm whether the security screenings will be applicable to this access point as well.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedThe last time YTZ updated its security measures was in July 2017 when it was authorized by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to conduct a secondary search and/or additional screening of electronics the size of a cell phone or larger. Tags: Airports, Billy Bishop Airport, Toronto Travelweek Group last_img read more

Sandy leaves scars of division in New York

first_imgBy Brigitte Dusseau | AFPNEW YORK – It is a tale of two cities. In one there is light, restaurants are open and the elevators work. In the other there is darkness, hardly any water and not even a $1 slice of pizza.This is the divide in Manhattan left by superstorm Sandy. The have-nots are the hundreds of thousands of people south of 39th Street who lost electricity when a power sub-station exploded in the middle of Monday’s storm.No showers, no toilets, hardly any mobile-phone signal, an Everest climb for those who live on the upper floors of apartment blocks.The only light in the chic streets of Greenwich Village and the East Village at night comes from police cars on patrol. No related posts. U.S. President Barack Obama comforts Dana Vanzant as he visits a neighborhood in Brigantine, New Jersey, on Oct. 31. Jewel Samad | AFPcenter_img The privileged in northern Manhattan enjoy warm showers, watch “American Idol” on television and go to the bistro as if Sandy was a distant memory.Traffic lights work, the iPad remains a permanent fixture, the Metropolitan Opera reopened on Wednesday and the gloved doorman still opens the door.To add insult to injury, when the New York Metro restarts its limited operation on Thursday it will be in northern Manhattan.Mike Shannon works on Wall Street and lives in the East Village, both on the dark side. He has to go north to get food and other essentials. “Nothing is open where I live,” he said.Shannon has two dogs he has to carry down to street level to do what all dogs do.Clement Bodmer, a French tourist, sat in a café on the light side of Lexington Avenue using a plug to recharge his laptop.The apartment that Bodmer and his family have rented for the week is on the ninth floor and has no power or water. The family has a daughter in a wheelchair who has to be carried down.They go to the north for the toilets and to eat.Many people in the south have tried to get hotel rooms in the north or sought a room with a friend, or at least to take a shower. Hotels are now all full – except those without electricity, which are now cutting prices.At one 25-story building on Sixth Avenue, three quarters of the residents have left, according to doorman Nick.The building managers have given out pocket lamps and bottles of water and set up portable toilets. A member of the staff will accompany any resident who is too scared to climb the darkened stairs alone.Nick has warned those who leave that there is no point returning before Saturday.On the west side of Manhattan, the light starts again at the Empire State Building on 34th Street. Life is its neon-normal with traffic jams and crowded restaurants.But there are still reminders of the crisis and division.Sonja Kazma, a German tourist, said there was no electricity or hot water in her hotel.“Everything is dark,” she said.“I wonder why Americans can fly to the moon but they cannot fix electricity problems within a couple of days. This is incredible. I never expected it to be like that,” she said.“I want to get out of here as quickly as possible, I am really fed up with this,” said Kazma. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

The Guardian Small British paper makes big impact with NSA stories

first_imgFor a newspaper that’s small and underweight even by British standards, the Guardian has a knack for making some big noises, both in its home market and across the pond.The venerable paper (founded in 1821) was one of five news organizations to publish stories based on WikiLeaks’s trove of leaked U.S. diplomatic cables in late 2010. The only U.S. newspaper to publish the leaks, the New York Times, did so thanks to the generosity of the Guardian, which shared the documents.Next, the Guardian’s revelations about the extent of illegal phone tapping by journalists at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World in 2011 helped bring down the massively popular British tabloid and led to a wave of criminal prosecutions in Britain.In late May, the Guardian was at it once more. The newspaper raced The Washington Post to break details of a massive National Security Agency surveillance program. It subsequently posted the first and only video interview with Edward Snowden, the young American security contractor who was the source of The Post’s and Guardian’s stories.Not a bad run of scoops for a financially struggling, frankly liberal newspaper with a newsprint circulation of fewer than 160,000 copies daily (which makes it roughly the size of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) but with a significantly larger digital following worldwide.The NSA stories, in particular, raised the Guardian’s profile to an Everest-like peak. Its video interview with Snowden, conducted by its star U.S. columnist Glenn Greenwald, attracted nearly 7 million unique views worldwide in one day. The total was a record for the paper’s website, which is already one of the world’s most heavily trafficked news sites with a high of 41 million unique monthly visitors.The NSA and WikiLeaks revelations also raise a question: Why is a London-based news organization revealing so many secrets about the United States government?“We’re just doing what journalists do,” replies Alan Rusbridger, the Guardian’s longtime editor and architect of its global digital strategy. “We were contacted, just as The Washington Post was contacted, [by a source] with some very interesting documents. No journalist in the world wouldn’t have been interested in this.”The Guardian, he points out, is equally dogged about domestic spying; it published revelations last month that the British equivalent of the NSA monitored the computers and phone calls of foreign officials during two G-20 summit meetings in London in 2009 — a story that embarrassed the British government on the eve of hosting another international summit.Since 2008, the Guardian has been making a major push to appeal to the U.S. market. After a bout of layoffs, it now employs 29 journalists in the United States, primarily in New York and Washington. Online visitors from the States are channeled to the Guardian’s U.S. edition, which features America-centric news. Monday’s page, for example, carried articles about the deaths of firefighters in Arizona and a retrospective of photos from the Battle of Gettysburg.Along the way, the paper has hired a succession of U.S. pundits such as Murdoch biographer Michael Wolff, NPR host Bob Garfield and former Wonkette blogger Ana Marie Cox.Its biggest hire, arguably, has been Greenwald, the crusading columnist who broke (along with The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman) the NSA surveillance stories.Greenwald joined the Guardian as a regular columnist and blogger last August. He said the decisive factor in his decision to leave Salon.com for the Guardian wasn’t money, but rather the newspaper’s approach to the powerful.“For at least a couple of years before I went there, I found myself citing Guardian articles quite frequently in the work I was doing,” Greenwald said in an exchange of emails from Rio de Janeiro, where he resides with his Brazilian husband. “They were extensively covering vital stories that most U.S. media outlets were either ignoring or downplaying in areas of U.S. foreign policy, civil liberties, secrecy, whistleblowing and the like.” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds up a copy of Britain’s Guardian newspaper as he addresses media on the grounds of Ellingham Hall in Norfolk, eastern England, on Dec. 17, 2010. Carl Court/AFP In Greenwald’s view, U.S. media outlets “tend to be far more reverent of and accommodating to political power than British media outlets, including the Guardian.”Then again, the Guardian has its own sacred cows. Unlike its U.S. media cousins, which have traditionally sought neutrality in their news reporting, the Guardian hews to the British model of identifying with a political party. The paper has been liberal since its founding by Manchester mill owners and cotton merchants; in the last British elections it supported the minority Liberal Democrats.It has played politics here, too. In 2004, it enlisted its readers to write to undecided voters in Ohio, advising them to vote against President George W. Bush. The campaign elicited a thunderous rebuke from U.S. and British readers alike and was scrapped.Rusbridger explains that some of the Guardian’s willingness to experiment, and much of its independence, is a result of its unusual ownership structure. The newspaper has been owned for decades by a charitable foundation, the Scott Trust Limited, whose “core purpose” is to secure the paper’s editorial independence “in perpetuity.” The trust also owns a sister newspaper, the Observer. (On Sunday, the Observer posted and then quickly withdrew a story that alleged the United States had worked with European Union countries to collect personal communications data; the piece was based solely on information from Wayne Madsen, a U.S. conspiracy theorist who has suggested that President Barack Obama is gay.)For all its nominal success abroad, the Guardian is troubled at home. Circulation of its domestic print edition has tumbled by more than half since the beginning of 2006; according to British media accounts, the paper lost about $1 million a week from 2009 to 2012. It continues to lose money, according to Rusbridger. “We’ve been through lean times like everyone else,” he says. “Last year wasn’t great.”But he notes that the paper is subsidized by other ventures owned by the trust, including Auto Trader, a highly profitable British car-sales site.Rusbridger isn’t blind to the irony. The next round of globe-rattling government-secrecy revelations, he says, may be brought to you by “a secondhand car magazine.”© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Commentscenter_img No related posts.last_img read more

Public health care interns protest to demand compensation

first_imgNo related posts. Facebook Comments Some 300 interns who work in the public health care system and say they haven’t been paid in seven months protested Wednesday in front of the Social Security System, or Caja, in downtown San José.According to Costa Rican law, medical interns working for the Caja should receive a scholarship equivalent to 36.6 percent of a general practitioner’s salary, about $440 per month.The wage incentive has been in place since 1982.Facing drastic budget constraints, Caja officials stopped paying the scholarships to the interns this year, and funds were transferred for use in management and administration of the institution, Caja President Ileana Balmaceda said at a press conference on Tuesday.The Caja is facing an ongoing financial crisis that has prompted government-imposed measures to cut costs. Medical students, however, say they often work six days a week during the one-year internship, and they should be compensated for their efforts.“This scholarship actually saves the Caja money because they don’t have to pay other professionals a full salary to do the job of 600 interns,” University of Costa Rica med student Fernando Morales said. “You have to take into account that a medical student, while working at an internship, has already completed all the course work.”On Tuesday, Balmaceda was emphatic that interns are not Caja employees, and internships are a requirement for graduation.“If interns go on strike, they are hurting themselves or their universities,” she said.“Universities don’t have much involvement in the internship process, and the hospitals and health care centers decide intern schedules and duties,” Morales countered.The Caja’s board of directors agreed to study the demands and respond in coming days.last_img read more

11 killed 15 wounded at Guatemala liquor store massacre

first_imgRelated posts:Guatemalan president: Pot legalization in Uruguay is ‘an important step’ Guatemala City street gets facelift, and what a difference it makes Guatemala’s Busito del Sabor: It’s a trip! Extradited Guatemalan ex-President Portillo due in U.S. court Tuesday GUATEMALA CITY — At least 11 people were killed and another 15 injured in an armed standoff at a liquor store in Guatemala, rescue officials said.Rescue workers who responded to the scene found victims dead in “hiding places,” in the store’s bathrooms, and in the alleys by the store, Sergio Vasquez, spokesman for the volunteer firefighters told local media.They arrived at the liquor store in the village of San Jose Nacahuil, about 25 kilometers (16 miles) north of the capital, after getting an emergency call “and a person with a calm voice indicated there were several injured,” Vaszquez said.An investigation is underway to determine the cause of, and who was behind, the carnage.Guatemala has seen a wave of violence that has left more than 6,000 people dead a year – one of the highest murder rates in the world.Officials estimate as many as half the violent deaths are associated with drug trafficking and the battle between gangs or “maras.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Hollywood celebrity Matt Damon and family vacation in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Beyoncé reunites with Destiny’s Child in Costa Rica for Kelly Rowland’s wedding Mexico said set to announce new capital airport opening in 2018 World’s fastest man Usain Bolt partying in Costa Rica Honduras to convert US-built airbase into airport for capital The actor who portrayed the down-on-his-luck Will Hunting looks like he’s living more like the talented Mr. Ripley these days. Oscar-winner Matt Damon and his family arevacationing in the Pacific beach town of Santa Teresa, according to the daily La Nación.Damon, 43, was reportedly seen surfing Tuesday morning off the famous beach. The “Ocean’s 11” star and his family strolled the dusty streets of Santa Teresa and posed for pictures and gave autographs, according to the dispatch.“They seem to really enjoy being here and they behave really well. [Damon] is a very friendly guy with everyone,” chef Gary González of the restaurant Habanero told La Nación.The daily reported that Damon and his wife, Luciana Barroso, and their daughters Isabella, Gia and Stella, and stepdaughter Alexia entered the country on June 28 and have not yet left.This is Damon’s third visit to Costa Rica, the Immigration Administration confirmed to The Tico Times. In July 2013, Damon and his family were also spotted in Santa Teresa.The Boston native’s latest film, “The Monuments Men,” was released in February. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Pura Vida takes a chill Costa Ricans play in Canadian ice hockey

first_imgCosta Rica was represented on Canadian ice when players from Costa Rica’s Castillo Knights hockey club participated in the Lac Beauport Pond Hockey Tournament near Quebec City. The massive annual tournament, held in late January, is played on outdoor ice on Lake Beauport and attracts some of the best pond hockey teams from across North America and Europe. Rodolfo Piña (far left) and Mariano Espinoza (second from right) proudly display the Costa Rican flag after winning their second game of the tournament. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s golf phenom Paul Chaplet prepares for moment on the sport’s biggest stage Costa Rica women’s beach volleyball team qualifies for first ever Olympic Games Costa Rica excels at Central American Surfing Championships Even Justin Trudeau is excited about Costa Rica’s first-ever international ice hockey tourneylast_img read more

Costa Rica blanked by Japan 30

first_imgRelated posts:Ex-Uruguay star Gustavo Matosas will lead La Sele Costa Ricans star as FC Cincinnati wins first MLS match Costa Rica great Paulo Wanchope insists Ticos will ‘keep surprising the world’ 28 photos from La Sele’s homecoming party in Costa Rica on Tuesday ¡En 15 minutos autogol de #LaSele !Ver más: https://t.co/J4QqmcHyj0 pic.twitter.com/EkYUk383Wf— Teletica Deportes (@TeleticaTD7) September 11, 2018Japan left no doubts with a dominating second half. Shoya Nakajima, who bothered Costa Rica with his pace and distribution on the left flank, helped Samurai Blue double their lead by unlocking La Sele’s defense with a through ball to Wataru Endo. The midfielder’s cross found Takumi Minamino for a routine finish. Costa Ricans awoke Tuesday morning to another disheartening result from their men’s national team.Despite a promising first half, La Sele fell to Japan, 3-0, in a friendly match at Panasonic Stadium near Osaka.The result extends a disappointing string of outcomes that began last September. Since stunning the United States in a World Cup qualifier, Costa Rica has managed just two wins over its last 15 matches. La Sele has averaged 0.67 goals per game in that span, which included a winless World Cup campaign that culminated with the dismissal of manager Óscar Ramírez.There has not been an immediate turnaround under interim manager Ronald González, who oversaw last Friday’s 2-0 defeat to South Korea, in addition to Tuesday’s result. Costa Rica created more offensive opportunities against Japan, but Randall Leal squandered his Costa Rica’s best chance early in the first half when his shot caromed off a defender.La Sele then gifted Japan its opening goal on a set-piece breakdown in the 16th minute. Sho Sasacki earned an unmarked header off a corner kick, and Costa Rican defender Bryan Oviedo’s deflection gave no chance for goalkeeper Leonel Moreira. ¡Takumi Minamino anota el segundo para Japón! #LaSele Ver más: https://t.co/J4QqmcHyj0 pic.twitter.com/Ii4ONHNrdl— Teletica Deportes (@TeleticaTD7) September 11, 2018Junya Ito added the final tally in the match’s waning moments, cutting inside a flat-footed defender to complete the rout. ¡Termina la gira asiática con goleada! 3-0 #LaSele pic.twitter.com/8AzdRXM9yZ— Teletica Deportes (@TeleticaTD7) September 11, 2018The lopsided scoreline could have been worse were it not for Moreira’s sprawling save on a Minamino shot late in the first half and defender Luis Hernández’s goal-line clearance in the 59th minute — all the more reason for concern given Costa Rica has been held goalless in four of its last five matches.Breaking the inauspicious streak of poor form won’t come easily. Costa Rica’s next action will be Oct. 12 against rivals Mexico in Monterrey, and it will face Colombia at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey on Oct. 16. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Hollande compares Toulouse attacks to Holocaust

first_img Sponsored Stories Associated PressPARIS (AP) – President Francois Hollande led ceremonies Sunday marking the 70th anniversary of the largest roundup of Jews in World War II France, and promised to crackdown on anti-Semitism in a country reeling from killings at a Jewish school in March.Some 13,000 Jews were deported by French police on July 16 and 17, 1942, many of whom were first holed up in harsh conditions at Paris’ Vel d’Hiv, or the Winter Velodrome stadium. Thousands of men, women and children were eventually taken to the Nazi’s Auschwitz death camp, where they were killed.Speaking from the site of the former stadium near the Eiffel Tower, Hollande told a gathering, which included Jewish leaders, that the crime “was committed in France by France.”“Not one German soldier, not one was mobilized during this entire operation,” Hollande said.Hollande invoked the memory of a killing of three Jewish schoolchildren and a rabbi in the southern French city of Toulouse in March.“Four months ago … children died for the same reason as those in the Vel d’Hiv _ because they were Jewish,” said Hollande.He said the security of the Jewish community is the business of the whole country.Hollande paid tribute to the “courage” of Jacques Chirac _ the last French president to lead a ceremony there in 1995 _ who, for the first time, acknowledged the state’s role in Jewish persecution.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Top Stories Check your body, save your life New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Comments   Share   last_img read more

Ethiopia gives Meles Zenawi state funeral

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Ethiopian officials said the state funeral in Addis Ababa was attended by hundreds of dignitaries from around the world, including several African leaders. Regional leaders praised Meles’ record, saying he provided leadership to the whole of Africa. President Jacob Zuma of South Africa said Ethiopia had lost “a patriot and a visionary.”“His was a life of immense courage, vision and enterprise which he devoted to the advancement of his fellow citizens in this country and across Africa,” said Rwandan President Paul Kagame.The U.S. delegation was led by Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., who described Meles as “unpretentious and direct.”For most Ethiopians, the funeral was the culmination of two weeks of national mourning. Posters, pictures and quotes from the late prime minister have been ubiquitous in nearly every street of the capital since the government announced Meles’ death. Many wailed when Meles’ casket arrived at Meskel Square, scene of the funeral ceremony, on a horse-drawn carriage. After the funeral service a procession carried the casket for burial at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where some of the country’s most illustrious people are interred. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Associated PressADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) – Thousands of mourners gathered near a public square in Ethiopia’s capital on Sunday to pay their final respects to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who was praised for lifting many out of poverty but vilified by some for restricting freedoms.Meles, who ruled for 21 years, died Aug. 20 of an undisclosed illness in a Belgian hospital. He was 57. During his rule Ethiopia was a strong U.S. ally on counter-terrorism issues, particularly in Somalia, and some saw him as Africa’s intellectual leader in efforts to fight poverty. Born on May 8, 1955, Meles became president in 1991 after helping to oust a Communist military junta that had been responsible for hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian deaths.Meles became prime minister in 1995, a position that is both the head of the federal government and armed forces. The U.S. saw Meles as a strong security partner and gave hundreds of millions of dollars in aid over the years. U.S. military drones that patrol East Africa _ especially over Somalia _ are stationed in Ethiopia. In the mid-2000s, the country saw strong economic growth, which won Meles international praise. The International Monetary Fund in 2008 said Ethiopia’s economy had grown faster than any non-oil exporting country in sub-Saharan Africa.But Ethiopia under Meles was criticized by human rights groups for the government’s strict control, especially of independent political groups and the press. A notable incident happened in November 2005, when nearly 200 people were killed by security forces in Addis Ababa after public protests stemming from disputed election results. Meles’ ruling coalition has since then tightened its grip on power, leaving the opposition with only one of the 547 seats in parliament. Patients with chronic pain give advice Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is currently acting as prime minister. It remains unclear when he will be sworn in, but Ethiopian officials say no elections are planned.Hailemariam is a relatively new figure on Ethiopia’s political scene. It is not clear if the old guard will allow him to keep the prime minister’s post in the long run.“Our great leader Meles Zenawi has been the chief architect of our country’s renaissance, which has been assured by double-digit growth over the last eight years,” Hailemariam said at Meles’ funeral.He said that the government’s policies would remain the same.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

EU court nixes Hungarys retirement age for judges

first_img Top holiday drink recipes The Commission had questioned whether the sudden change in the mandatory retirement age of judges from 70 to 62 was part of an attempt to erode judicial independence. Hungarian officials had said the change was necessary to standardize the retirement age for public employees.On Tuesday, the Court of Justice of the European Union rejected that argument, ruling that the measure is discriminatory. The court also said that judges had “a well-founded expectation” that they would be able to remain in office until they were 70, and the sudden change left them with no time to plan their retirements.Hungarian officials said Tuesday the government “takes notice” of the ruling, adding that it related to regulations already struck down in July by Hungary’s Constitutional Court.“Otherwise, the government does not wish to comment on the decision,” the Justice Ministry said in a statement.In July, the Constitutional Court said in a narrow decision that the forced early retirement of judges was unconstitutional because it violated the principle that they cannot be removed, except in exceptional circumstances _ one of the crucial guarantees of their independence. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation How do cataracts affect your vision? Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Hungary joined the European Union in 2004, part of an expansion that increased the number of EU member states from 17 to 27. Concerns about whether the country is meeting the EU’s democratic requirements have grown significantly since Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his right-wing Fidesz party swept into power in 2010. Orban and the party have used their two-thirds majority in parliament to radically change Hungary’s political, economic and social landscape.The EU and the United States have both expressed concerns that the country is not respecting civil liberties, and EU officials have on occasion summoned Orban to Brussels for talks on the issue.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories LUXEMBOURG (AP) – The EU’s highest court ruled Tuesday that Hungary’s reduced retirement age for judges constituted unjustified discrimination on the grounds of age, handing a victory to European Union officials who fear the country has begun a dangerous slide away from democratic principles.The European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, has taken issue with the actions of the current Hungarian government on a range of issues _ including respect for the independence of the judiciary, ensuring the independence of the country’s central bank, and protection of press freedom.last_img read more

MSC Cruises christens its 11th ship

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F MSC Magnifica was christened on Saturday, March 6 in Hamburg, Germany, making it the 11th ship in MSC Cruises‘ fleet. The vessel, which is the fourth Panamax cruise ship in the MSC Cruises Musica class, features 16 bars and lounges, four restaurants, a large new buffet area, called Sahara and an a la carte restaurant, L’Oasi, which will offer Moroccan fare. MSC Magnifica also offers a number of onboard entertainment features including a Tiger Bar 4D cinema, mini-bowling alley and a billiard table in the L’Olimpiade sports bar. The onboard spa, MSC Aurea Spa, provides a variety of treatments including massages, facials and other specialty spa treatments. Italian pop artist Eros Ramazzotti performed on stage during the christening while screen legend Sophia Loren, participated in the ribbon cutting as the godmother of her eighth MSC ship. MSC Magnifica will sail a seven-night Eastern Mediterranean itinerary calling at Venice and Bari, Italy; Katakolon, Greece; Izmir and Istanbul, Turkey; and Dubrovnik, Croatia.last_img read more

Qantas set to resume A380 flights to LA

first_imgQantas A380 set to take off to LA again Qantas Airways has announced that it will resume A380 services to Los Angeles (LA), commencing with QF93 from Melbourne to LA on 16 January. The suspension of its LA-Australia A380 operations was implemented to enable Qantas to monitor the performance of the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine, which on this route regularly requires maximum engine thrust. “As always, safety has been our first priority in assessing when and where to bring A380s back intoservice over the past month,” Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said. “Only when we, our manufacturers and our regulators were completely satisfied that it was safe to begin flying the aircraft again did we resume A380 services, initially on London routes only.”The announcement comes on the back of news last week that saw the carrier receive permission from engine maker Rolls Royce to operate its A380s on the LA route at full load. “In close consultation with Rolls-Royce, we are now confident that we can begin flying the A380 toand from Los Angeles without any conditions on the use of maximum engine thrust,” Mr Joyce said.“In the meantime, our A380 engine inspection process continues as we gradually restore the aircraftto our international network.”For the remainder of January, Qantas will operate 14 A380 services per week. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

ShangriLa well placed to take on Chinas secondary cities

first_imgWith almost half of the Shangri-La’s future developments set in China’s so called ‘secondary cities’, the Hong Kong based hotel company is preparing for a new market and a new traveller.From the cool of Shangri-La Sydney’s Horizon Club Lounge, the blistering heat of a Sydney summer looks relatively appealing, but talking to Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts corporate communications director Maria Kuhn, it is new Asian destinations which beckon.Set to open in the second quarter of this year, the Shangri-La Hotel, Manzhouli, on the China/Russian border is likely to cater to travellers from what is the largest inland port of entry in China.Featuring a range of restaurants including (what is likely to be very popular with Shangri-La’s potential target market) a Russian cuisine restaurant and 200 rooms, the new hotel is set to not only take advantage of the region’s potential but also encourage it.So too for China’s Chongqing, Haikou, Yangzhou, Diqing and Shenyang, destinations not common in the West.“You have to remember ‘secondary’ cities in China are home to millions,” Ms Kuhn told e-Travel Blackboard.“We have already got a strong base in China’s primary cities such as Beijing and Shanghai and we can actually build on that base and explore further into new regions.”According to Ms Kuhn, the focus beyond China’s primary cities will also bring a new generation of hospitality to the country thanks to training programmes such as the Shangri-La Academy.The hotel group has projects in Austria, Canada, mainland China, India, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Mongolia, Russia, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the United Kingdom in the development pipeline. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

Qantas passengers could pay carbon tax

first_imgQantas chief executive Alan Joyce has said carbon taxes will likely to be passed onto its passengers, with the carrier unable to “digest the full cost”.Travellers could be paying an extra AU$6 a passenger on a domestic flight to cover carbon taxes that could hit the carrier’s profits by up to AU$100 million, Mr Joyce said on ABC’s 7.30 last week.  “The ability for us to pass on [the charge] will obviously at the time depend on how robust the market is, how robust demand is, but it would be our intention that it would have to be passed on to the passengers ’cause the margins that we make in this business isn’t sufficient enough for us to digest this charge,” he stated.However, despite the possible affect on air travel fares and airline profits, Mr Joyce added that he understands the reason behind the government’s suggestion to charge carbon tax but thinks certain assurances need to be put in place.“We believe that trade-exposed industries shouldn’t be disadvantaged by this [carbon tax],” he noted in the ABC television interview.“We’re buying aircraft that are going to be operating for the next 20 years, so very important for us to have certainty about what the carbon price is going to be.“We also believe that it should be revenue-tax neutral so that whatever is actually raised in terms of the tax is either passed back to the consumers or the revenue is actually invested in things that make a difference for CO2.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Boeing 787 Dreamliner visits Sydney

first_imgThe Qantas group, celebrating its 91st birthday, welcomed the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Sydney today.  With 50 Dreamliner’s on order Jetstar will be the first to take delivery of the new aircraft in mid 2013 followed by Qantas from 2014 onwards.The Dreamliner represents the next generation of aircraft technology; it offers 20% greater fuel efficiency, lower operating costs and a better customer experience said Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.Qantas and Boeing have over 50 years of history together. Boeing used to fly as an airline and Qantas used to build its own aircraft though today we both specialise in what we do well. The history of our relationship has always been a game changer since 1959 with the delivery of the first Boeing 707. That transformed air transportation; it made air travel more economic for the masses said Mr Joyce.Bruce Buchanan Jetstar’s CEO reaffirmed Mr Joyce’s comments saying the Dreamliner would give Jetstar the competitive edge and help keep fares low. The Dreamliner is a watershed product that will change the industry and we are pleased to be the first low cost carrier in the world to introduce the 787 into their fleet and the first Australian airline.Boeing Chief Project Engineer Michael Sinnett and his team have spent the last two years proving the aircraft will do everything we said it will do. It’s a very unique milestone to bring the 787 into service with its 30% lower maintenance costs. These savings are due to the airplane being largely constructed of carbon fiber, which is a very efficient structural system, it takes a lot of weight off the aircraft and enabled us to build more aerodynamic wings. Because carbon fibre doesn’t corrode or fatigue like metal does the fuselage can be pressurised to higher levels, we can carry more oxygen, more humidity which will make passengers feel better said Mr Sinnett.The B787 will visit Melbourne tomorrow on the second leg of its Australian tour.Click here to view photo gallery on ETB News Facebook page Source = e-Travel Blackboard: R.M Qantas CEO Alan Joycelast_img read more

Qantas staff smooth on turbulent flight

first_imgTerrified passengers onboard a Qantas flight from London on Sunday that hit a pocket of turbulence have praised staff for their response.The flight experienced severe turbulence on route to Singapore when many passengers were walking freely through the plane.  Four people were hospitalised and others left injured according to ABC News.Passengers said the seatbelt sign was activated only moments before the A380 dropped violently, and those who were strapped in also became airborne.”It was pretty scary. We literally went up to the roof. Many people weren’t in seatbelts,” one passenger said.”Everything went flying high in the air, and for those that were in the loos, their heads hit the ceiling, so a bit scary,” another passenger said.Passengers praised the staff who were quick to check on the safety of passengers and calm everyone down. The captain is also reported to have come out and speak to everyone individually, talking to the children onboard about what happened and why. The plane remained in Singapore overnight with passengers put up in accommodation before continuing on to Sydney. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img read more

United Airlines celebrates 90 years of aviation firsts

first_imgSource = United Airlines United Airlines celebrates 90 years of aviation firstsWhen a Swallow aircraft took off from Pasco, Washington, on an airmail route bound for Boise, Idaho, on April 6, 1926, it marked the beginning of 90 years of aviation firsts for United Airlines. Since then, United has connected more than 4 billion people to important business meetings, family events, new experiences and cultures, and, most importantly, each other.“On our 90th birthday, I couldn’t be more proud of our rich heritage and the exciting future ahead of United. I want to thank our customers for your loyalty over the years, and we look forward to serving you for many more as we continue to elevate our customer experience today and into the future,” said Oscar Munoz, president and CEO of United Airlines. “I also want to express my deep gratitude to United’s more than 84,000 aviation professionals for your unsurpassed teamwork, passion and dedication. You’ve helped make the world a smaller place by safely and comfortably uniting billions of people around the globe.”United and the family of airlines that it represents has been at the forefront of innovation in the airline industry for the last 90 years. Some of these innovative firsts include: Creating commercial aviation’s first flight kitchen in 1936. The first meal served was a choice of fried chicken or scrambled eggs. Today, United serves more than 50 million meals per year.Instituting the industry’s first progressive maintenance program that dramatically improved efficiency. Today, United has 12,500 technical operations employees located at more than 60 stations around the world.Introducing live television to the airline industry in the 1960s. In the Boeing 707’s inflight lounge, passengers could sit together and briefly watch live TV while flying over major metropolitan areas. Now, United has 216 aircraft with live television, offers the largest selection of free streaming content among U.S. carriers and operates nearly 700 aircraft with satellite Wi-Fi, making it the world’s largest satellite Wi-Fi fleet.The first U.S. airline to order jetliners, introduced the Boeing 777, and was the North American launch customer for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.The first airline to fly to all 50 U.S. states, launched first-ever nonstop service between the United States and Chengdu, China, and was the first U.S. airline to serve Israel from the West Coast with service between San Francisco and Tel Aviv.United recently made history by becoming the first U.S. airline to begin use of commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights.Varney Air Lines operated its first flight exactly 90 years ago. Varney Air Lines, founded by Walter T. Varney, would become one of the founding carriers of United Airlines. In 1934, Varney also founded Varney Speed Lines, which would eventually become Continental Airlines. Visit United Hub for more stories, photos and videos highlighting the company’s proud history.last_img read more

THAI opens Puff Pie Food Truck Service

first_imgTHAI opens Puff & Pie Food Truck ServiceTHAI opens Puff & Pie Food Truck ServiceMrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo (fifth from left), Acting President, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), presided over the opening of THAI’s Puff & Pie Food Truck service, designed to accommodate a new generation’s lifestyle. This Puff & Pie Food truck serves premium foods, pastries, baked goods, and beverages, as well as signature dishes from Thai Catering Food Contest 2017 – Deep Fried Spicy Minced Chicken and Banana Caramel Cheese Cake. Mrs. Phakkhra Ruangsiradecho (seventh from left), Executive Vice President, Aviation Business Unit Department, along with Mrs. Suvimol Bualerd (second from left), Executive Vice President, Human Resources and General Administration Department, Flight Lieutenant Kanok Thongpurk (third from left), Executive Vice President, Legal Management Department, and Mrs.Varangkana Luerojvong (fourth from left), Managing Director, Catering Department, were present at the ceremony.The Puff & Pie Food Truck initially opened at THAI’s Head Office, THAI’s Operations Center on 13 November 2017 and afterwards will set up at the Big Mountain Music Festival, Suvarnabhumi Airport Operations Building, Assumption University Bangna Campus, and Central Westgate.Source = THAIlast_img read more

ACS convenes meeting on regional air connectivity

first_imgThe Association of Caribbean States (ACS), through its Directorate of Transport, convened the 24th Meeting of the Special Committee for Transport at the ACS Secretariat in Port of Spain.In the introductory remarks delivered on behalf of the government, the Fitzgerald Hinds, M P, Minister of Works and Transport of Trinidad and Tobago pledged to exert the best efforts to continue achievements by the Special Committee of Transport.Engineer Pedro Suarez Reyes representing Cuba, in its capacity as Chair of the Special Committee for Transport, stated that there continues to be motivation to improve transport in the region. This is evidenced by ACS initiatives such as: the Air and Transport Agreement, the Port and Maritime Strategy and the Maps of Maritime Routes of the Greater Caribbean.H.E. Alfonso Múnera, Secretary General of the ACS in his remarks stated that the ACS is currently engaged in dialogue with Avianca, Taca Airlines and Caribbean Airlines Limited with the aim of exploring possibilities to increase air connectivity throughout the Greater Caribbean Region. Once connectivity is achieved, the Greater Caribbean Region will realise its full potential as a multi-destination tourism zone.George Nicholson, ACS Director of Transport and Disaster Risk Reduction, presented a report on activities completed over the past year, ongoing projects, new initiatives and collaborative efforts in which the Directorate is currently engaged. Director Nicolson also presented the Directorate Work Programme 2016-2017.The report mentioned that significant results have been achieved in the following initiatives – the Port and Maritime Strategy and the Hydrographic Risk Assessment for the Greater Caribbean. The former seeks to meet the foreign trade needs of the Greater Caribbean regarding maritime-port development, taking into account the expansion of the Panama Canal while the latter intends to develop a risk assessment method which identifies the critical areas in need of hydrographic surveys.One of the highlights of the meeting was the signing of the MoU between the Port Management Association of the Caribbean (PMAC) and the ACS. This MoU aims to encourage cooperation between these two institutions to promote capacity development among the ports in the Greater Caribbean Region.The meeting welcomed participants from ACS Member, Associate Member and Observer Countries. Representatives from international organisations and institutions such as the Suriname Ports Management Company, the Port Managers Association of the Caribbean (PMAC), the University of the West Indies (UWI), the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Civil Aviation Institute of Cuba, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Caribbean Development Bank, the Maritime Safety, Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) of Guyana, and the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID).last_img read more