Travelweek Group Share Tags: Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong, Promotions Tuesday, September 6, 2016 Cathay Pacific offering savings on Vancouver-Hong Kong flights until Sept. 14 Posted by VANCOUVER — To commemorate the launch of three additional A350 non-stop flights between Vancouver and Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific Airways has announced introductory savings of up to 27% off from Canada to over 40 destinations in Asia.For a limited time, the airline is offering savings up to 20% off select roundtrip Economy Class airfares and up to 27% off select roundtrip Premium Economy Class airfares. This offer is available until Sept. 14, 2016 for departures between March 28-May 31, 2017, inclusive.With this offer, Economy Class roundtrip airfares from Vancouver-Hong Kong are priced at $874, and $952 from Vancouver-Singapore. Premium Economy Class roundtrip airfares from Vancouver-Hong Kong are priced at $1,704, while Vancouver-Bangkok fares are priced at $1,792.Departures from other Canadian cities are available for an additional fee. Pricing is for Monday through Thursday departures (weekend fares available) and include taxes and fees (exact amount will be quoted once flights and dates are selected). Seats are limited and other rules and restrictions apply.More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongLast week, Cathay Pacific announced the addition of three new nonstop flights between Vancouver and Hong Kong starting March 28 on Airbus 350-900XWB aircraft. The three extra flights will be added to its existing twice daily nonstop service, increasing the frequency from 14 to 17 flights per week.For more details go to cathaypacific.com/ca. << Previous PostNext Post >>
Posted by Monday, September 12, 2016 Canada-bound WestJet plane makes emergency landing in Iceland Tags: WestJet Share LONDON — WestJet says a flight from London to Edmonton diverted to Iceland on Saturday after the crew discovered a “potential mechanical issue.’”The pilots aboard the Boeing 767 declared an in-flight emergency about two hours after taking off from Gatwick Airport, but landed safely at Keflavik airport.Dan Hayden, a passenger on the plane, said there was a large cracking noise about 90 minutes into the flight.“We joked that an engine had gone. About 30 minutes later the pilot confirmed that it was an engine fault and they had been unable to resolve it, so we would land in Keflavik,” Hayden said in an email.WestJet didn’t disclose the nature of the mechanical issue, but said the plane would remain in Iceland for maintenance, and passengers would be put up in hotels and given meal vouchers until alternate arrangements could be made.It wouldn’t say how many people were onboard flight WS27, citing competition reasons.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTWestJet spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said that declaring an emergency “does not necessarily mean an actual emergency has occurred,” and is a measure taken “out of an abundance of caution.”Video of the jet’s landing in Keflavik that was posted to YouTube appeared to show an uneventful daylight landing, although fire trucks with lights flashing could be seen near the runway.WestJet flights to London’s Gatwick airport began in May. According to the website planespotters.net the Boeing 767 that landed in Keflavik entered service in 1991 with Qantas.WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky said in July that issues with the used Boeing 767s that were added to the fleet for the London flights were partly to blame for the company’s drop in earnings in the first quarter of 2016.Saretsky said at the time that the company dealt with flight delays and cancellations, and that the problems were heightened because the aircraft were delivered 55 days late. But he said that “early teething pains” had been worked out.More news: A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerHayden, who was on his way from the UK to a wedding in Las Vegas, said they were still waiting for word about flights out of Iceland.“We have a few days before the wedding, but we have no clothes to handle the cold temperatures here so we hope it’s not a long stay,” Hayden said. << Previous PostNext Post >> The Canadian Press
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Amadeus Posted by Share Friday, June 9, 2017 Amadeus has a new way for passengers to pay for ancillaries NEW YORK — Starting this month Lufthansa Group will roll out Amadeus Airport Pay at check-in desks and ticket offices in over 170 airports, offering what it says are secure and seamless payment options for passengers choosing customized ancillary services for their flight while checking in or at the gate.Amadeus says the new system is the first wireless payment solution in the industry which accepts chip card payments. The Amadeus Airport Pay devices are pocket-sized and support all wireless connectivity options.“Payments in the airport have taken a big step forward towards convenience, security and flexibility with Amadeus Airport Pay,” said Celia Pereiro, head of Travel Payments at Amadeus. “Travellers will have the peace of mind that their payments are secured thanks to EMV technology. Airlines and ground handlers meanwhile can open the door to a much smoother trip – imagine roaming agents approaching you while queuing to offer the ancillary service you need – it’s a win-win for the airline and the traveller.”More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backThere are now more than 5 billion chip cards in circulation globally. At airports, EMV terminals are ubiquitous in duty-free shops but still a rarity in airline check-in desks. Lufthansa Group is Amadeus’ launch partner for the introduction of Amadeus Airport Pay, which the technology provider says can be customized for any airline. Travelweek Group
Related posts:Costa Rica dominates Nicaragua, 3-0, in national team’s first match since World Cup Watch Costa Rica’s three (yes, three!) goals in the victory over Uruguay Arsenal’s Joel Campbell stars on Costa Rica roster for Ticos’ first post-World Cup match Costa Rica’s Óscar Duarte, the first Nicaraguan to score in the World Cup, receives wonderful homecoming celebration Expectations will be sky-high for Costa Rica at this week’s Central America Cup — even though the team only will carry a handful of players fromits history-making World Cup squad. Fortunately for the Ticos, they open the tournament against the worst team in the region.Costa Rica will play Nicaragua on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. The Ticos come into the tournament as defending champions. But this tournament will feel a little different for Costa Rica. The Ticos not only enter as the best squad in Central America, but are coming off a World Cup performance where La Sele proved to be one of the best teams on the planet.The Ticos will hold their highest ever international ranking (No. 15) when they face Nicaragua (No. 175) in the first match of a triple-header in the U.S. capital. Still, the team only consists of seven players who saw the pitch in Brazil, including star forward Joel Campbell, newly anointed team captain Celso Borges and starting defender Óscar Duarte. Costa Rica also has a new coach, Paulo Wanchope, after the Costa Rica Football Federation (FEDEFUT) endured an ugly, public breakup with World Cup coach Jorge Luis Pinto in late July.The fallout was highlighted by the Colombian coach accusing his assistant Wanchope of betraying him. Pinto said Wanchope tried to have him fired during World Cup qualifying. But Wanchope is just a temporary fix at head coach as FEDEFUT searches for a veteran foreign coach to take over the team later this fall. Still, the pressure to succeed will be high for the former highly decorated Tico player and FEDEFUT. Both parties were subject to much vitriol from fans after Pinto’s ouster.On the other hand, Costa Rica shouldn’t need its best players to succeed at a tournament the country has won seven times in 12 editions.In the 2014 World Cup, La Sele bested Uruguay, Italy and Greece to reach the quarterfinals. The Ticos pushed three-time World Cup runners-up the Netherlands to penalty kicks before getting eliminated. At the Central America Cup, Costa Rica will take on a different class of opponent. Honduras is the lone Central America Cup participant besides the Ticos that qualified for this summer’s World Cup — and the Hondurans flamed out with three consecutive losses in the group stage.Honduras faces Belize following the match between the Ticos and the Nicas. The final match of the day pits Guatemala versus El Salvador.All seven countries in Central America compete in the cup. The top four teams secure an automatic berth to next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. Costa Rica is in Group B with Nicaragua and Panama. Group A contains the remaining sides: Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador. The tournament will take place in sites throughout the United States for the first time.Costa Rica plays Panama on Sunday in Dallas, Texas, with a berth in the Central America Cup championship likely on the line. The title game is set for Sept. 13 in Los Angeles, California.Keeper Patrick Pemberton, who likely will replace Keylor Navas in net for the tourney, insisted the Ticos will not underestimate their regional rivals. Nevertheless, Costa Rica should feel confident about its odds of repeating as champions. Campbell, a 22-year-old phenom who remains a member of English squad Arsenal after a controversial week, is easily the most talented player in the tournament. And the second and third best players at the cup might also be found on the Costa Rican roster.COSTA RICA CENTRAL AMERICA CUP ROSTER:Goalies: Daniel Cambronero* (Herediano); Kevin Briceño (Saprissa); Patrick Pemberton* (Alajuelense)Defenders: Johnny Acosta* (Alajuelense); Porfirio Lopez (Alajuelense); Juan Diego Madrigal (Inter Baku); Óscar Duarte* (Club Brugge); Christopher Meneses (IFK Norrköping); Dave Myrie* (Herediano); Pablo Salazar (Herediano)Midfielders: Celso Borges* (AIK); Armando Alonso (Alajuelense); David Ramirez (Saprissa); Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers); José Miguel Cubero* (Blackpool); Juan Gabriel Bustos (Saprissa); Johan Venegas (Alajuelense); Oscar Esteban Granados* (Herediano)Forwards: Joel Campbell* (Arsenal); Johan Condega (Cartaginés); Marco Ureña* (FC Midtjylland)* = Member of Costa Rica’s 23-man World Cup rosterBold = Played in World Cup Facebook Comments
Related posts:Supreme Court’s Constitutional Chamber to evaluate appointment of Lutheran bishop as presidency minister Supreme Court asks Solís to clarify Cabinet post for Lutheran bishop President Solís gets good grade from most Costa Ricans as first 100 days pass President Solís, church leaders discuss Cuban migrant crisis Facebook Comments Presidency Minister Melvin Jiménez got some good news Wednesday. The one-time Lutheran bishop has been cleared by the Supreme Court’s Constitutional Chamber to keep his seat in President Luis Guillermo Solís’ Cabinet when a majority of the justices ruled that a ban on religious authorities heading ministries only applied to Roman Catholic priests.The court ruled that the ban applied exclusively to Catholic priests for “historical-constitutional” reasons, according to a statement from the court on Wednesday. Costa Rica’s official state religion is Catholicism. The seven-seat Constitutional Chamber said in its decision that the ban also violated Article 23 of the American Convention on Human Rights that calls for equality in eligibility to participate in public office.The court’s decision upheld President Solís’ initial argument in May that the constitutional rule only prevented Catholic clergy from serving on the presidential Cabinet. The Catholic Church responded at the time by saying Solís’ statements were discriminatory.The Tico Times called the Archdiocese of San José for comment several times Wednesday but was unable to reach someone for comment.A constitutional complaint was brought against Jiménez’s appointment as presidency minster by Álvaro Orozco Carballo, a lawyer and a Catholic activist, soon after Solís appointed Jiménez to his Cabinet. Orozco argued that Jiménez’s role with the Lutheran Church prevented him from serving on the Cabinet under Article 142 of the Constitution.The Lutheran Church in Costa Rica had previously issued statements that Jiménez had resigned from his duties as a Lutheran bishop and was no longer active in the day-to-day operations of the church. In July, the Government Attorney’s Office issued an opinion that Jiménez’s appointment was unconstitutional. Jiménez is not the only man of the cloth in Solís’ administration. Father Gustavo Meneses, a Catholic priest, heads the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute, INCOPESCA. The constitutional phrasing, however, limits the ban on religious authorities holding ministry-level posts.Justices Nancy Hernández and Luis Fernando Salazar abstained from the vote. Justice Paul Rueda said the complaint was inadmissible.
Despite 40 percent growth in sales of medical devices during the first three months of 2015, overall exports from Costa Rica dropped 17 percent, the Foreign Trade Ministry (COMEX) and Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) reported Monday.Sales of medical devices during the first quarter of 2014 reached $364 million, while this year the figure was $519 million. The gain was driven mainly by higher sales to the U.S., Belgium and Japan.The medical device industry still leads Costa Rica’s export sector.But exports of all goods from the country dropped from $2.8 billion in the first quarter of 2014 to $2.3 billion this year, according to the latest report.The exit of technology giant Intel still is the main factor negatively affecting export figures. If electronic components are excluded from the total sales, the export figure is actually up 2 percent compared with the same period last year.Still, negative figures in the agriculture and food sectors also affected the quarterly results, driven mainly by lower exports of pineapple and banana. Pineapple sales fell by 14 percent and bananas by 23 percent.In total the agricultural sector was down 7 percent and the food industry decreased 3 percent compared to the same time period last year.Foreign Trade Minister Alexander Mora Delgado said that, according to local producers, unstable climatic factors are affecting agricultural productivity.“We expect business in these two sectors to be back to normal by mid-year and the negative impact to start decreasing,” he said.Mora said the quarterly figures were on par with the ministry’s projections. The government’s export goal for 2015 is $10.2 billion.Among the sectors that showed growth were the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors, which each grew by 5 percent. Rubber exports rose 2 percent.On Monday PROCOMER’s General Manager Pedro Beirute Prada said the government was working hard to reverse the overall downward trend.“Costa Rica maintains a diverse, dynamic and growing export model,” he said. “We are addressing the competitiveness challenges with a sense of urgency. We are offering training to new exporters, identifying new international buyers, we also are simplifying export procedures and expanding the platform for trade promotion abroad,” Beirute said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Intel’s exit still affecting Costa Rica export figures Costa Rica exports down 16 percent in first six months of 2015; ‘Intel effect’ continues Costa Rican exporters look to increase sales at international fair Costa Rica exports down 15 percent in 2015, mostly thanks to Intel exit
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See also: Why you should plant this multitasker in your tropical garden todayAt last the rains have returned after a scorching dry season, and the landscape is beginning to turn green again. For gardeners, the start of “winter” in Costa Rica also means the beginning of a new gardening season. I hope you’ll join the gardening party this year. It can be so rewarding in many ways.For me, there’s such a wonderful feeling that comes from preparing the soil, planting the seeds and tending the plants as they grow, and of course, preparing food that comes right from the garden. Those fresh garden greens, tomatoes, corn, beans and squash seem to taste so much better than store-bought produce. Perhaps it’s just in my mind; however, organic home-grown food has been shown to contain more mineral salts, which contribute better taste and nutritional value.Another reason for a home garden stems from the fact that Costa Rican farmers have a notorious fame for overuse of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. The residues of these chemicals in the food are now linked to a higher risk of health problems.Then there are the benefits of getting some good exercise while working in the garden, which can keep you in shape. Health seekers have also discovered the benefits of “grounding.” Walking barefoot in the grass or getting your hands in the soil eliminates a buildup of excess electrons and return the natural flow of electro-magnetic energy in our body.I hope this little pitch for gardening will inspire readers to join in on the fun of gardening this year.So, where to start? Well, from the ground up. Healthy soils are the key to healthy plants and people. Preparing your soil with compost fertilizer is the best way to ensure you will have good crops. Fortunately, leading nurseries around the country now offer different types of organic compost fertilizers. Adding this black gold to your garden beds and ornamentals will boost your yields.You can also begin to make your own compost at home. Each year during the dry season the sky turns gray with smog from farmers and homeowners burning organic matter, instead of returning it to the soil again. So bury it, don’t burn it. Dried leaves, grass clippings and food scraps can all be used to create fertile soil. You’ll find loads of tutorial videos online that can help you succeed in making your own black gold.Next, find a place to start your seeds in flats. A table located on the sunny side of the house under the eve of the roof is a great place. Most garden greens, tomatoes, peppers and herbs get a better start in flats which can then be transplanted to the garden when they are hardy. You’ll also find that nurseries and farmer’s markets sell seedling vegetables all ready to transplant into the garden.If you are just beginning, start small with one or two garden beds. If you have limited space you can also try growing a Mediterranean potted kitchen garden on a patio or balcony. Most vegetables take about three months before you begin to harvest, and if you plant a new flat of seeds each month, you’ll have a continual harvest all year.We are coming up on Arbor Day on June 15, so make a special effort to plant a tree this year to help restore our critically damaged environment. Nurseries have a wide variety of fruit and ornamental trees you can select for your home. The coastal regions and mid-elevations are perfect for planting mangos, avocados, coconut palms, citrus and many more exotic fruit trees. Highland regions are ideal for the Haas avocado, apples, apricots, and the delicious annona.Here’s my Arbor Day prose for this year: The pied piper of today masquerades as artificial intelligence luring our children with high tech marvels toward to the precipice of environment collapse and Death. Listen to the flute of Pan awakening all to the ancient wisdom of natural intelligence. Turn around, children, and tend the Tree of Life, which gives us health and peace.Read more of Ed Bernhardt’s monthly Home Gardening columns here.For more information on tropical gardening – naturally – visit Ed at http://thenewdawncenter.info/blog.html or contact him at email@example.com. Related posts:Cassava: tropical staple, drought-friendly… cancer-busting? Costa Rican plants for aches and pains Hydroponic gardening in Costa Rica: How to get started Moringa: small leaves with big nutrition Facebook Comments
With Alexandra Karpova, Co-Founder & CEO, Millennium Communications & Crypto PR LabCrypto assets have slowly assumed the reputation of being the next poster boy for the financial industry. However, throughout its long and tedious ascent to global reckoning, cryptocurrency still continues to beg the question of whether its eventual adoption is near anytime soon. I can’t help but notice issues that have continued to question its heralded status as a viable alternative to conventional financial systems.So, where has digital currency security failed and how has it affected the community as a whole?Crypto’s Once-Heralded InvulnerabilityAt its first go at global prominence, crypto enthusiasts would argue that crypto was the ultimate alternative to fiat. More so, security was naturally one of the major talking points used to back up this argument, as it is a technology that claims to enable immutability and topnotch encryption. In a way, this argument is valid considering how crypto has found a way around the drawbacks of decentralization (a feature that detaches the network from bureaucratic control).To ensure that decentralization would not give individuals the license to spend a coin multiple times, developers have made consensus-based verification, a core functionality of its underlying technology. Also, the immutable nature of the Blockchain establishes transparency that often evades traditional financial institutions. Similarly, state-of-the-art cryptography offers encryption; therefore, only holders of sets of keys can access digital assets.To simply put, these security measures make it almost impossible to hack a distributed network.Why Does Security Continue to Plague the Viability of Digital Currency? It all boils down to a series of flaws attributable to human error. From the known and documented cases of cryptocurrency theft, such recent Binance hack or The DAO, Mt. Gox, Bitfinex hack etc. These human factors are the security loopholes. Needless to say, human inputs to the development and maintenance of blockchain networks are some of the flaws enabling this security wrath.Also, remember that crypto owners have the responsibility of keeping their private keys safe. Consequently, our inability to keep these keys away from prying eyes is a major stumbling block.It wasn’t until the explosion of cryptocurrency to the mainstream in 2017, that analysts began to record a disturbing increase in crypto crimes which isn’t decreasing in 2019. The exponential increase of crypto crime suggests that the last bull run also ushered in fraudsters and hackers en masse into the digital asset space.Staggering StatisticsAccording to a June 2018 report by Carbon Black, in the first half of 2018, $1.1 billion worth of cryptocurrency was lost to various crypto theft schemes. More importantly, crypto exchange hacks contributed to a large chunk of this figure. In January 2019, CipherTrace Cryptocurrency Intelligence noted that crypto thieves had carted away with total of $1.7 billion worth of cryptocurrency in 2018.In the aftermath of CipherTrace’s another report by Chainalysis went on with crypto theft activities in 2018. According to the report, two entities, dubbed, “Alpha” and “Beta,” were responsible for many of these hacks, in what they describe as talented teams of computer scientists backed by organized crime syndicates. Consequently, it was becoming more clear that the average crypto owner stood very little chance against the evolving scope of the crypto crime world.Shifting to the first quarter of 2019, reports show that the value of stolen crypto in this timeframe had already hit $1.2 billion. This alarming revelation could suggest that s nefarious entities have stolen 70% of the total amount lost last year. Interestingly enough, unlike the high-profile crypto exchange hacks that made up the bulk of last year’s figure, crypto thieves are finding new ways in our digital age to steal crypto.How Does Security Vulnerability Translate to Adoption? Ordinarily, cryptocurrency is meant to afford users financial independence from centralized entities that charge ridiculous fees for transferring or storing money. In this new system, everyone has a say in the operation of the network. Decentralization is the buzzword as crypto gradually emerged as a disruptive force.Nevertheless, it is known that crypto’s ascendance up the echelon of mainstream acceptance stalled in 2018 as the prices slumped. It’s possible for one to assume that security issues had contributed to this situation, which is not far-fetched. The crypto was unable to escape the unrelenting battering, dished out by popular media platforms with security featuring prominently as a yardstick to determine its viability. Fortunately, the revamp of the market in 2019 is slowly sidelining this sentiment, as institutions are finding more reasons to have faith in the viability of cryptocurrency.In 2018, however, this narrative played a pivotal role in how much enterprises were willing to risk in their quest to explore crypto. These powerhouses did not show the sort of commitment I expect from innovation-driven enterprises. Moreover, the validity of this argument lies in the fact that similar disruptive technologies, such as internet of things, or IoT and artificial intelligence (“A.I.”), commanded more funds, bloated initiatives, and unmatched manpower.Take Goldman Sachs for example. Its contemplative interest in the market was a major talking point last year, which never came to fruition.Instead of massively banning cryptocurrencies, the majority of the regulators actually provided a clear framework on digital assets/virtual currencies. Some regions, however, decided to completely ban crypto, while others are setting up restrictions that are stifling its growth.To be fair there are other reasons for such bans, one simple summary can be described as fear of losing control.Another challenge this situation poses is determining who or what gets blamed for security breaches. Just as Michael Terpin, who lost his crypto holdings to SIM swapping, had won his lawsuit against AT&T for sending security codes to malefactors, there are countless victims out there searching for answers. In addition, not all crypto exchanges have an insurance fund lying around to pay affected users after a crypto hack as Binance did. In most cases, a lost private key means that the digital asset assigned to it is lost forever.What You Should Be Thinking AboutCrypto assets should avail financial security. Nonetheless, these vulnerabilities are slowly chipping off its security integrity. The question remains as to whether industry players are making the right conclusion from these events and investing more funds and efforts to secure the cybersecurity aspect of business.Let us not forget that crypto is still an emerging technology, and there is still time to work out solutions that would eliminate these threats. A lot of great minds are tirelessly working on building the infrastructure of the future.If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCocking
Ed O’Leary and Joe Kelly of The Good Room, the duo behind IMRO Award Winning Live At St. Luke’s concert series, have teamed up with Cork Opera House to present Cork’s first Podcast Festival, taking place in various venues across the city, including Cork Opera House, Crawford Art Gallery, The River Lee, Plugd Records, pubs, book shops and other nooks & crannies, from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th October 2019.The festival line-up, due to be announced throughout July, will feature a broad palette of talkers, thinkers, and doers, covering everything from fact and fiction, stories, and tales, sports to comedy, and beyond.Joe Kelly of The Good Room said: “Having watched the evolution of Podcasting from a small and unique listenership to the huge fanbase now, we felt that the time was right to host a weekend of Podcasting in Cork. Some of the acts that we have been dealing with over the years have created audio content with huge success. It is great to team up with Cork Opera House and other top venues to present this new festival in Cork.”Ashley Keating, interim CEO Cork Opera House, added: “It’s such a pleasure for the Cork Opera House to be involved in Cork’s first Podcast Festival, and an added bonus to be working with the fine humans at The Good Room once again. Here’s to a great weekend of the best, most interesting, and maybe even strange podcasts that the genre has to offer, see you there!”Full line up being announced throughout July. Stay tuned for more information and follow Cork PodcastFestival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the news.