WestJet offers gold status matching to all airline program members for the

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Tweet << Previous PostNext Post >> CALGARY — It’s not just Olympians who are bringing home the gold. WestJet has announced that it will be dishing out gold status in its WestJet Reward program to frequent flyers, regardless of which airline or travel rewards program they belong to.This represents the third time WestJet has offered the matching program to frequent Canadian flyers and the first time its has offered status match to all airline and travel rewards top-tier program members.Gold flight benefits will be awarded to those who sign up to become a WestJet Rewards member, provide proof of top-tier status prior to Sept. 23, 2016, and take a WestJet-marketed flight between now and Oct. 31, 2016.Gold flight benefits for eligible WestJet Rewards members include two free checked bags, 10 airport lounge vouchers, four advance seat selection vouchers, no fee to change to an earlier or later flight on the same day of travel, advance boarding and priority security screening at select airports. Qualifying members will enjoy gold flight benefits until Dec. 31, 2017.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winter“In six years, we have built a loyalty program that we believe offers the best value to the travelling public,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. “We recognize that it can take a long time to reach gold status when starting with a new program and we believe so strongly in our offering we invite loyalty members from any airline or travel rewards program to get gold status from a company that really cares.”center_img WestJet offers gold status matching to all airline program members for the first time Tags: WestJet Thursday, August 25, 2016 last_img read more

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Scott Kirby president moves from American to United

first_img Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Scott Kirby, president, moves from American to United Travelweek Group Share Posted by CHICAGO — United Continental today announced that Scott Kirby has been named president of United Airlines. In this newly created role, Kirby will assume responsibility for United’s operations, marketing, sales, alliances, network planning and revenue management.Kirby joins United from American Airlines, where he held the title of president since the merger of American and US Airways in 2013.“Scott is a proven leader, whose deep airline experience and expertise will further accelerate our efforts to build the best airline in the industry,” said Munoz. “Scott’s appointment, along with other recent leadership announcements, is the culmination of the formation of my senior leadership team. This is just the latest step in our mission to be an agile and innovative industry leader.”Kirby is a well-known industry veteran, with a broad and accomplished three-decade airline career with senior leadership roles at America West and US Airways, where he was named president in 2006.Kirby started his career at the Pentagon and in the technology sector and earned bachelor degrees in computer science and operations research from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master of Science in operations research from George Washington University.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong Kong“I am honored to be joining United at this important and exciting time and to have the opportunity to help accelerate the momentum the airline has achieved over the past year,” said Kirby. “I see real opportunity to build on the airline’s vast global network and, along with my 86,000 United teammates, create the world’s best airline for employees, customers, and shareholders.” << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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10 things you didnt know you can request on a plane

first_imgTags: Did you know << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — As the saying goes, “ask and you shall receive.” But who knew this applied to air passengers who, with today’s rising cost of airline ancillaries, have grown accustomed to a no-frills inflight experience?Little did you know that there’s a wide range of items you can request during a flight, small perks that will no doubt enhance your time onboard. The Daily Mail has compiled a list of products and services that many airlines are able to provide – all you have to do is ask. Here are our favourites:1. Medicine and bandagesIf you suffer a migraine or a paper cut mid flight, you’re in luck. Most planes come equipped with a first aid kit. Monday, January 23, 2017 Travelweek Group 10 things you didn’t know you can request on a plane 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10Next Share Posted bylast_img read more

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Insights air savings make it possible to fly to Europe on the

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Share TORONTO — Travellers can save on airfare this summer with Insight Vacations’ exclusive air savings on select Britain and Europe departures.Available on departures from now until the end of September, these savings are “making it easier than ever for Canadian guests to enjoy their well-deserved holidays,” said Cris David, president, Insight Vacations Canada.From now until April 27, 2017, travellers who book an Insight Vacations escorted journey that starts and ends in London and fly with WestJet by Sept. 30 will enjoy airfare from $699, tax included.The savings to Europe continue with a $400 economy air credit per couple, combinable with Insight’s 5% Early Payment Discount on land if travel is booked and paid in full by April 27.Insight has a wide range of Europe and Britain itineraries to sweeten the deal, including the 15-day ‘Elegance of Great Britain’, the 13-day ‘Country Roads of Ireland’, the 10-day ‘Highlights of Spain’, and the 12-day ‘Treasures of Italy’.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaFor more information go to insightvacations.com. Insight’s air savings make it possible to fly to Europe on the cheapcenter_img Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Tags: Insight Vacations << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Strong tourism numbers for Cuba ahead of FIT 2018

first_img Friday, April 13, 2018 TORONTO — Cuba has already surpassed the 500,000 visitor mark for 2018 and much of the credit goes to Canada, once again the island’s top source market.With the half-million milestone surpassed so early in the season, all signs point to another strong year of tourism growth for the popular island nation, says the Cuba Ministry of Tourism.More than one million Canadians make the trip to Cuba every year.The stats were released just ahead of the Cuba International Tourism Fair (FIT Cuba), the destination’s most important tourism industry event.Now entering its 38th year, the event will take place May 2 – 6 in Cayos del Norte de Villa Clara. Surrounded by sun, sand and sea, attendees will get to fully experience Cuba’s beauty and hospitality at the fairground on Cayo Santa Maria.FIT Cuba draws tourism industry attendees from all over the world, including tour operators and travel agents from Canada, Europe, South America and Asia.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesThe 2017 event hosted one of the largest groups ever, with more than 5,000 delegates from some 60 countries. The theme for FIT 2018 is ‘Sol y Playa’. Share Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Tags: Cuba, Trend Watch << Previous PostNext Post >> Strong tourism numbers for Cuba ahead of FIT 2018last_img read more

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Venezuela asks Interpol to issue red alert for exjudge Aponte

first_imgNo related posts. CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan prosecutors Friday asked Interpol to issue a “red alert” for former Supreme Court judge Eladio Aponte, who was fired in March for alleged links to drug traffickers and who levied accusations of judicial and political corruption in an interview Wednesday in the United States.“The Public Ministry [on Friday] requested that [Interpol] add to their database a red alert for former Supreme Court magistrate Eladio Aponte Aponte,” a press release from the Venezuelan Prosecutor’s Office said.On Wednesday, a Venezuelan tribunal issued an arrest warrant for Aponte, without making public the charges. In a TV interview Wednesday with a Miami-based news channel in the U.S., Aponte acknowledged the damage he caused to his country’s judicial system by allowing government officials with links to drug traffickers and guerrilla groups to influence court rulings. The Venezuelan government responded to Aponte’s claims by calling the former judge “a fugitive from justice” and “an absolutely discredited man.” Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro said Aponte “sold his soul to the [U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency] by traveling this week to the U.S. on a DEA plane from Costa Rica, where Aponte had been staying on a tourist visa since fleeing Venezuela. Maduro alleged that DEA agents could have filtered information that Aponte used during his TV interview.On Friday, Venezuelan Vice President Elías Jaua scolded Washington, asking “if the government of the United States is going to protect all the criminals prosecuted by the Venezuelan state.” Jaua urged the U.S. to “respect Venezuelan state institutions.” Venezuela’s top prosecutor ordered the investigative tribunal assigned to Aponte’s case to seize the former judge’s assets and freeze his bank accounts. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Police reopen Caribbean docks

first_imgSome 500 police officers on Thursday clashed with dock workers in the Caribbean province of Limón while trying to reopen operations of two docks blocked by a strike that began Tuesday.Workers were protesting a government decision to grant a new dock concession to Dutch conglomerate APM Terminals.Riot teams, members of specialized units from the Ministry of Public Security, took control of the province’s two main roads, through which near 80 percent of national trade passes.Unions from the Atlantic Port Administration are leading the strike, which paralyzed the loading and unloading of containers in both ports. So far, operations have not been restarted.At a cost of near $1 billion, the new port is supposed to start operations in 2016. The government has refused to discuss the conflict, arguing the project will actually create new jobs. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Crane at collapsed Bailey Bridge removed

first_imgAn 84-ton crane that collapsed a bridge Tuesday was removed at 3:23 p.m. Thursday by crews from two private companies hired by the crane’s owner, Grúas Quirós.The crane was placed on one side of the General Cañas Highway, which connects the capital San José with the province of Alajuela. Officials from the National Roadway Council (CONAVI) confirmed that crews will begin working Thursday night to replace the bridge, and then they will lay new asphalt.CONAVI director José Luis Salas said that they will increase the number of crew workers and that he “hopes to God” traffic in the area will be back to normal on Tuesday.Official figures released Wednesday by the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) say the fallen bridge caused daily losses of $1.5 million for the country, taking into account losses by the government, private businesses and citizens.It also prompted suspension of some school classes on Friday and Monday in the provinces of Alajuela, Heredia and San José. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Central Americas first penguins adapt to new home in Guatemala

first_imgThe six male and six female penguins were donated by France’s Beauval ZooParc on the condition that Guatemala would try to breed them and deliver their chicks to other zoos in South America and if possible release some of them into the wild.With money donated from local Guatemalan businesses over a four-year period, the zoo built a 240-square-meter aquatic park with a pool and nesting area to welcome their new guests. The pool holds 95,000 liters of water and is regulated at a temperature of between 19 and 23 degrees Celsius.“The penguins can tolerate temperatures up to 28 degrees. They were in quarantine for three weeks, in air conditioned rooms which we gradually adjusted, so that they’d acclimatize to the temperature in Guatemala. When they came out into the area they’re in now they were so happy, they went straight into the water and we couldn’t get them out,” said Silvia Rodríguez, another vet at La Aurora Zoo.It is reportedly the first time that there have been penguins in Central America, and the flightless birds have drawn quite a crowd. In June, the zoo had its busiest month since it first opened on Christmas Day in 1924 with visitors increasing by 20 percent.“The public’s reaction has been incredible; they’ve visited us a lot. We’ve had about twice the amount of people coming on the weekends and they’re so excited and interested to learn about the penguins. Many of them have doubts because there’s no ice, so they’ve been asking a lot of questions,” Castañeda said.The penguins, which are 1- and 2-years-old, are native to Chile and Peru and are expected to grow up to 70 centimeters in height.Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina attended the penguins’ inauguration and congratulated his country for working towards the protection and preservation of endangered species.“We’re confident that the Humboldt penguins will settle in well to their new habitat and what’s more that they will breed,” Pérez Molina said.Aurora Zoo currently hosts more than 110 different species and almost 1,000 animals. The park says it now wants to focus more on Guatemala’s native species and start conservation programs to protect them. Facebook Comments GUATEMALA CITY – Twelve Humboldt penguins (Spheniscus humboldti) have become the star attraction at a zoo in Guatemala City. The aquatic birds arrived from a conservation park in France last month as part of a European threatened species program and have been settling in well to their new habitat.“They’ve been adapting to the environment really well and to the people too. They really like swimming in the pool and they’re eating well. We’ve also been lucky with the weather as the heat’s passed,” said veterinarian Andrea Castañeda, who is in charge of looking after the penguins at La Aurora Zoo.center_img Related posts:Guatemala’s Busito del Sabor: It’s a trip! Power outages, landslides after strong Guatemala quake Guatemala’s message to investors: ‘You can feel safe here’ Guatemalan ex-dictator Ríos Montt denies being ‘genocidal’ as historic trial wraps uplast_img read more

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Mexico Panama sign freetrade pact

first_imgRelated posts:Chinchilla defends road map to join Pacific Alliance as candidates reserve judgment Costa Rica moves forward with Pacific Alliance efforts Costa Rica signs agreement to become full member of the Pacific Alliance Costa Rica’s agricultural sector opposes joining the Pacific Alliance Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, right, hugs his then Panamanian counterpart Ricardo Martinelli during a signing ceremony of a free trade agreement in Playa Bonita, near Panama City, on April 3, 2014. Rodrigo Arangua/AFPPANAMA CITY – Mexico and Panama signed a free-trade pact Thursday that could pave the way for the small Central American nation to join an alliance of Latin American partners turned toward Asia.Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto joined Panamanian counterpart Ricardo Martinelli at a signing ceremony during a regional meeting of the World Economic Forum in Panama City.Martinelli said he hoped the agreement would “allow Panama to join the Pacific Alliance,” which includes Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Peru.A requirement to join the alliance is signing free-trade deals with its founding members. Mexico was the only member with which Panama had not signed a pact.Recommended: Diplomats in Washington tout the emerging ‘Pumas of the Pacific’ Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Police detain suspect in Hatillo serial killer case

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica police struggle to track down suspected serial killer 30 years ago, La Cruz de Alajuelita massacre began the worst series of killings in Costa Rican history U.S. man says he’s dying in Costa Rica prison; officials say he’s getting proper care Costa Rica prosecutors seek 20 years in fraud case against US investor Cyrus Sepehr Read an update to this story here:There’s a serial killer on the loose in Costa Rica and no one seems to careCosta Rica police arrested a suspected serial killer early Wednesday morning in Hatillo, a southern suburb of San José, according to the Public Security Ministry. Seven women have been found dead in the area south of the capital since April, with the most recent victim discovered on Aug. 6.Luis Ángel Ávila, subdirector of the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ), told The Tico Times that each of the seven victims was homeless and had not been in contact with family, forcing investigators to find most of their leads through other homeless people in the neighborhood.The 30-year-old suspect, who is reportedly from Curridabat, an eastern suburb, was identified by his last name, Berrocal. Police said the suspect was captured at 1:24 a.m. Wednesday in a squatter’s shack in Hatillo’s Bajo de María Reina after two people reported him to authorities.Three of the seven victims have yet to be identified, Ávila said.The daily La Nación reported that police had also confiscated a vehicle supposedly used by the suspect.The case has brought back grisly memories for some Ticos of the country’s first documented serial killer, nicknamed “El Psicópata” (The Psychopath), suspected of killing at least 19 people between 1986 and 1996 in the eastern part of San José.No suspect was ever charged in that case and the killings went unsolved. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Taliban happy Pakistan reopened NATO supply line

first_img Check your body, save your life More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The insurgents have earned millions of dollars from Afghan security firms that illegally paid them not to attack trucks making the perilous journey from Pakistan to coalition bases throughout Afghanistan _ a practice the U.S. has tried to crack down on but admits likely still occurs.Militants often target the convoys in Pakistan as well, but there have been far fewer reports of trucking companies paying off the insurgents, possibly because the route there is less vulnerable to attack.Pakistan’s decision to close its border to NATO supplies in November in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani troops significantly reduced the flow of cash to militants operating in southern and eastern Afghanistan, where the convoys travel up from Pakistan, said Taliban commanders.Pakistan reopened the supply route in early July after the U.S. apologized for the deaths of the soldiers. The two countries signed a formal agreement regulating the shipment of troop supplies to and from Afghanistan on Tuesday.“Stopping these supplies caused us real trouble,” a Taliban commander who leads about 60 insurgents in eastern Ghazni province told The Associated Press in an interview. “Earnings dropped down pretty badly. Therefore the rebellion was not as strong as we had planned.” Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The vital role family plays in society Top Stories Associated PressKANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) – As the United States trumpeted its success in persuading Pakistan to end its seven-month blockade of supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan, another group privately cheered its good fortune: the Taliban.One of the Afghan war’s great ironies is that both NATO and the Taliban rely on the convoys to fuel their operations _ a recipe for seemingly endless conflict. The U.S. pushed Pakistan hard to reopen the NATO supply line through the country because it had been forced to use a longer route that runs into northern Afghanistan through Central Asia and costs an additional $100 million per month.The Taliban commanders interviewed by the AP said the northern route was less lucrative for them because fewer trucks passed through southern and eastern Afghanistan, and contractors seemed to have less money to direct toward the insurgents. It’s unclear if that is a result of the new trucking contract implemented by the military.But the commanders said they were determined to get their cut as the flow of trucks resumes from Pakistan _ a process that has been slowed by bureaucratic delays, disputes over compensation and concerns about security.“We charge these trucks as they pass through every area, and they are forced to pay,” said the commander operating in Ghazni. “If they don’t, the supplies never arrive, or they face the consequence of heavy attacks.”Prior to the November attack, the U.S. and other NATO countries shipped about 30 percent of their nonlethal supplies from Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi through two main crossings on the Afghan border. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family A congressional report in 2010 called “Warlord, Inc.” said trucking contractors pay tens of millions of dollars annually to local warlords across Afghanistan in exchange for guarding their supply convoys, some of which are suspected of paying off the Taliban.The military instituted a new, roughly $1 billion trucking contract last September with a different set of companies that it claims has reduced the flow of money to insurgents by providing greater visibility of which subcontractors those firms hire, said Maj. Gen. Richard Longo, head of a U.S. anti-corruption task force in Afghanistan.But it’s very difficult to cut off the illegal transfers completely, he said.“I think it would be naive on my part to suggest that no money is going to the enemy,” said Longo. “I think there is still money flowing to criminals, and I think that the nexus between criminals and the insurgency is there.”Rep. John Tierney, the Democrat from Massachusetts who led the Warlord, Inc. report, said the new contract has resulted in some increased contractor oversight and accountability, but “the Department of Defense must take more aggressive steps to keep our military personnel safe and to protect taxpayer dollars from going to our enemies in Afghanistan.” The route through Pakistan will become even more critical as the U.S. seeks to withdraw most of its combat troops by the end of 2014, a process that will require tens of thousands of containers carrying equipment and supplies.“We have had to wait these past seven months for the supply lines to reopen and our income to start again,” said the Taliban commander in Ghazni. “Now work is back to normal.”____Abbot reported from Islamabad and can be reached at https://twitter.com/sebabbot. Associated Press writer Richard Lardner contributed to this report from Washington. A second Taliban commander who controls several dozen fighters in southern Kandahar province said the money from security companies was a key source of financing for the insurgency, which uses it to pay fighters and buy weapons, ammunition and other supplies.“We are able to make money in bundles,” the commander told the AP by telephone. “Therefore, the NATO supply is very important for us.”Both commanders spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of being targeted by NATO or Afghan forces, and neither would specify exactly how much money they make off the convoys.The U.S. military estimated last year that $360 million in U.S. tax dollars ended up in the hands of the Taliban, criminals and power brokers with ties to both. More than half the losses flowed through a $2.1 billion contract to truck huge amounts of food, water and fuel to American troops across Afghanistan.The military said only a small percentage of the $360 million was funneled to the Taliban and other insurgent groups. But even a small percentage would mean millions of dollars, and the militants, who rely on crude weaponry, require relatively little money to operate.The military investigated one power broker who owned a private security company and was known to supply weapons to the Taliban. The power broker, who was not named, received payments from a trucking contractor doing business with the U.S. Over more than two years, the power broker funneled $8.5 million to the owners of an unlicensed money exchange service used by insurgents. The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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Angola extradites suspected Chinese gangsters

first_img Comments   Share   State media reports said they robbed Chinese businesses and kidnapped Chinese businessmen in broad daylight for ransom.To protect themselves, Chinese businessmen in Angola hired bodyguards, purchased bullet-proof vehicles, built homes that were difficult to access and disguised themselves when they went out, the article said.The news site said there were 14 kidnapping cases in 2011 and five people died. Out of fear, many Chinese businesses closed down in the country’s capital of Luanda and elsewhere, it said.In addition to government projects, private Chinese businesspeople go to Angola _ which is recovering from a civil war that ended in 2002 _ for opportunities in trade, construction, retail and food service.Another China Police article described the experience of two Chinese women lured to Angola with the promise of well-paying jobs in a Chinese restaurant there.Once in Angola, they were forced into prostitution, the article said.State-run China Central Television said about 260,000 Chinese are living in Angola.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement BEIJING (AP) – Chinese police on Saturday brought back 37 suspected Chinese gangsters from Angola, where they were arrested for alleged crimes against other Chinese such as kidnapping, armed robbery, extortion, human trafficking and forced prostitution.Such crimes are a major concern for China, which has become Africa’s main trading partner and a major source of infrastructure investment. As a result, many Chinese work in Africa, and their presence has brought problems such as crime among Chinese, especially in politically volatile countries that provide fertile ground for criminals. It is a sign that Chinese businesses continue to be troubled by the country’s stubborn gang culture as they expand overseas.The Ministry of Public Security said the Chinese government sent a special police force to Angola in July which worked with local police to break up 12 Chinese gangs, resolve 48 criminal cases and rescue 14 Chinese victims, most of whom had been forced into prostitution. At home, domestic police arrested 24 other people suspected of being involved in the cases, the ministry said.Following a request from Chinese authorities, the 37 men and women were extradited on Saturday to China, where they face trial on charges including kidnapping, armed robbery and extortion. They arrived in Beijing on a chartered plane, the ministry said.Such crimes hurt Chinese businesses overseas and tarnish the country’s image.As a rising world power, China also wants to be seen as being capable of protecting its citizens abroad and punishing those who commit violent crimes overseas.China Police, an online news site managed by the ministry, ran three articles on Saturday on crime fighting in Angola. In one article, Detective Liu Feng said many poorly educated, low-income Chinese became gangsters in the southwestern African country. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

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Egypt appoints new intelligence chief

first_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Morsi fired the previous chief over the Aug. 5 slaying of 16 Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai along the border with Gaza and Israel. Abdel-Wahed was originally named as interim head. The former intelligence chief, Murad Muwafi, was fired because he did not act on an Israeli warning that militants planned an imminent attack in Sinai.Muwafi was appointed by Hosni Mubarak to replace longtime intelligence chief and confidant Omar Suleiman, who was named vice president in the ousted leader’s final days in office before a popular uprising forced him to step down last year.Less than a week after he fired Muwafi, Morsi, an Islamist, ordered the retirement of the country’s top two military commanders, but that appeared to be more about the president asserting his authority than the Sinai slayings.The country’s State Security prosecutor, meanwhile, said on Wednesday that police arrested a main suspect in the Aug. 5 attack during protests last week outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo over an anti-Islam film.It said Mahmoud Fawzi was remanded in custody for 15 days pending the completion of the investigation. Fawzi was among more than 200 people arrested by police during last week’s protests. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day CAIRO (AP) – Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday appointed as the country’s new intelligence chief a veteran official who was involved in the brokering of last year’s release of an Israeli soldier captured by Palestinian militants, the official news agency said.Mohammed Raafat Abdel-Wahed was key in the Cairo-mediated deal between Hamas and Israel that led to the freeing of Gilad Schalit in 2011 in exchange for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. His appointment was reported by the Middle East News Agency. Rights groups say Egyptian security agencies often make indiscriminate mass arrests in the wake of major extremist attacks.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

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Philippine volcano spews ash no violent eruption expected

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The institute reminded local government units and the public that entering the 4-kilometer (2.5 mile) radius permanent danger zone is strictly prohibited. Pilots were advised to avoid flying close to the summit due to possible sudden ash explosions.Bulusan, one of 23 active volcanoes in the Philippines, is about 390 kilometers (240 miles) southeast of Manila.Solidum said he is not recommending further residential evacuations because most of the ash would fall on the upper slopes of the volcano. Settlements beyond the 4-kilometer radius may receive trace amounts of ash and residents should cover their mouths with handkerchiefs or masks, he added.Bulusan has not had a violent eruption since 1918. A 2011 explosion shot up an ash plume and prompted about 1,200 villagers to flee to shelters.The country is in the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” where volcanic activity and earthquakes are common. In 1991, Mount Pinatubo in the northern Philippines exploded in one of the biggest eruptions in the 20th century.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine volcano spewed plumes of ash Tuesday, but volcanologists say the steam-driven explosions do not indicate an imminent violent eruption.Mount Bulusan ejected ash up to a kilometer (0.6 mile) high for about 10 minutes and a smaller explosion hours later lasted a minute, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology director Renato Solidum said. There were no indications that the activity involved magma rising from below, he said. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Quick workouts for men The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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Cargo growth boosts hope for aviation

first_imgRising cargo volume is sparking signs of recovery for the North American aviation industry, Air Canada’s chief executive said last week.”We’ve seen some encouraging news from the cargo environment,” Air Canada Chief Executive Calin Rovinescu told reporters on Friday.”We are seeing a marked improvement over last year and generally cargo tends to be the bellwether indicator that the recovery is starting.”But Rovinescu is still not ready to declare a recovery, saying the airline industry still faces a weak market and must wait for business travel to rebound.”Businesses tend to need to recover first before … airlines that cater to businesses start seeing the recovery.”When Rovinescu took over as Air Canada’s chief executive last April, the carrier was struggling financially and dealing with rumours that it might need to file for bankruptcy protection.However, he has since strengthened the carrier’s liquidity position, lined up equity funding and cut both capacity and costs according to Reuters. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1f809/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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World Travel Awards announces global winners

first_imgAfter a challenging year for travel and tourism, the brands that have demonstrated the greatest strength in adversity are to pick up top honours at World Travel Awards 2010 Grand Final, being held at Grosvenor House hotel in London on Sunday 7 November.Awards to watch include “World’s Leading Airline”, which features a heavy Asian and Middle Eastern contingent, reflecting how the two regions are leading aviation out of recession. Nominees include Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.A host of VIPs will be attending the gala ceremony, including His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Al Faisal of Saudi Arabia, who will be picking up “Leading Personality of the Year” for his development of religious tourism in the Holy City of Makkah, and his pioneering philanthropic work for the King Faisal Foundation.Meanwhile, German businesswoman Regine Sixt, President of Sixt, will be collecting “Woman of the Year” for her pivotal role steering the car rental giant through the downturn.Other VIPs confirmed to attend include David Scowscill, President & CEO, WTTC; Sally Chatterjee, CEO, Visit Britain; H.E. Chumpol Silapa-Archa, Minister of Tourism & Sports, Thailand; Fiona Jeffery, Chairman, World Travel Market & Just a Drop; Alec Sanguinetti, CEO & Director General, CHTA; Josef Forstmayr, President, CHA; Tan Sri Dr.Mohd Munir bin Abdul Majid, Chairman, Malaysia Airlines; Dato’ Lee Choong Yan, President & COO, Resorts World Genting; Hon. Ed Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica andAdam Stewart, CEO, Sandals Resorts International. The power of celebrity – come good times or bad – is also being acknowledged with a new category. Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Beckham, Kevin Spacey, Usain Bolt, Rafael Nadal, Kevin Costner and Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickenson are among the favourites to win “Face of Travel 2010”, which recognises the celebrity endorsement that has made the biggest contribution to the travel industry over the past year.Hailed as “The Oscars of the Travel Industry” by the Wall Street Journal, the World Travel Awards is recognised globally as the ultimate travel accolade.The WTA Grand Final marks the climax of a year-long search to find the very best travel companies in the world, and follows heats in Dubai, Johannesburg, Antalya, Delhi and Jamaica. These regional winners will now go head to head on Sunday as they bid to be recognised as the very best of the best in travel.WTA nominations featured 5,000 companies in 1,000 categories across 162 countries. The winners were selected by thousands of industry professionals and consumers worldwide who have been voting online.Other brands competing on the night include the likes of Armani Hotels, Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental and Versace.Graham Cooke, President and Founder, World Travel Awards, said: “Our industry is under no illusions that 2010 has been one of the toughest on record. Yet these turbulent times have also seen the true leaders of travel turn adversity into opportunity. And winners on the night will all share this vision, entrepreneurial spirit and inner strength to succeed.”Established 17 years ago, World Travel Awards is committed to raising the standards of customer service and overall business performance throughout the international industry.Consumers are increasingly using the list of winners as a reliable guide and means of reassurance when choosing their holiday. Companies and destinations that make it on to the winners’ podium receive extensive commercial benefits and global coverage. Source = World Travel Awardslast_img read more

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Conrad Macao Awarded Chinas Leading Conference Hotel 2015

first_imgConrad Macao Awarded China’s Leading Conference Hotel 2015Conrad Macao, Cotai Central located at Sands® Cotai Central has added another prestigious award to its already long list of accolades: ‘China’s Leading Conference Hotel 2015’ at the annual World Travel Awards – Asia and Australasia region.  The announcement was made at a glittering event held in Hong Kong on 29 October.Originally established in 1993, the World Travel Awards™ acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.  In its historic 22nd year, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which others aspire.  Votes are made by professionals working within travel and tourism – senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators and travel agents. In 2014, over 650,000 individual votes were cast by travel professionals and high-end tourism consumers.Conrad Macao, the largest meetings hotel in Hilton’s Asia Pacific region, offers the perfect location for residential meetings with 654 guestrooms and suites. In addition, Conrad Macao offers 6,500 square metres of meeting facilities which includes 53 separate conferences, meetings and boardrooms to cater to functions of varied sizes and needs. The hotel also offers access to an additional six junior ballrooms and one grand ballroom spanning 13,500 square metres available within Sands Cotai Central.Meetings Concierge within Conrad Macao include banquet, entertainment, audio-visual, floral arrangement, as well as ground and ferry arrangements, helping to take care of every step of the event from planning stages to execution, ensuring it is managed efficiently and runs flawlessly.Guests can relax and unwind in the hotel’s Health Club, take a swim in the outdoor swimming pool or book a pampering spa treatment at Bodhi Spa.  If guest are looking to enjoy some retail therapy then they can explore more than 150 luxury designer and lifestyle shops within the Sands Cotai Central integrated resort or walk across to The Shoppes to enjoy an additional 500 stores. Guests are also spoilt for choice when it comes to dining – whether it is contemporary Chinese cuisine at the hotel’s signature restaurant Dynasty 8, international and Asian buffets at Grand Orbit or the array of international and local restaurants located within the resort complex, there is something to suit every palette. In addition, concerts and entertainment events almost every weekend, providing delegates with a variety of leisure activities to choose from after their meetings conclude. Conrad MacaoSource = Conrad Macaolast_img read more

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Amadeus accelerates expansion in hospitality

first_imgAmadeus accelerates expansion in hospitalityAmadeus accelerates expansion in hospitality sector with $1.52bn agreement to acquire TravelClickDeal will significantly expand Amadeus’ presence in the hospitality sector. Addition of TravelClick’s cloud-based solutions for mid-chain and independent hotels will enable Amadeus to reach all segments of the market with an en-hanced portfolio.Amadeus has agreed to acquire TravelClick from Thoma Bravo, a leading private equity investment firm, for USD $1.52bn.TravelClick, which is headquartered in New York City, is a leading global hospitality provider that serves more than 25,000 customers across 176 countries. It provides innovative cloud-based solutions, including an independent and mid-size hotel Central Reservation System (CRS) and Guest Management Solution (GMS), as well as business intelligence and media solutions. This portfolio gives hotels distribution reach across all channels, both digital and traditional. It also allows them to improve digital interaction with guests, increase revenues and performance, reduce cost and create a strong brand.The addition of TravelClick’s solutions to the Amadeus portfolio will create a hospitality leader providing a broad range of innovative technology to hotels and chains of all sizes across the globe. “TravelClick has a great team, great technology and a broad customer base, and we are looking forward to welcoming such a successful business into Amadeus,” said Luis Maroto, President and CEO of Amadeus. “Our ambition is to provide the hospitality industry with the tools they need to grow their businesses and deliver a great experience to their guests. The combination of our two portfolios will allow us to provide that to hotels of all shapes and sizes across the world.”“This deal marks the next stage in TravelClick’s incredible journey of success in delivering groundbreaking solutions for hoteliers,” said Larry Kutscher, CEO of TravelClick. “I couldn’t be more proud of our team or more excited about the impact our combined companies will have on the hospitality industry as we begin to deliver the next generation of innovation for hoteliers.”“This is a huge step forward for Amadeus in hospitality,” said Francisco Perez-Lozao, senior vice president Strategic Growth Businesses at Amadeus. “While we have already made strong progress with the large chains, TravelClick gives us access to the mid-chain and independent hotel segment that makes up almost three-quarters of the market. We can now serve the entire industry with a very broad portfolio of solutions and we are looking for significant growth in the years ahead.”“TravelClick is an excellent example of Thoma Bravo’s proven investment approach of acquiring a best in class vertical market software company and working alongside talented leadership to implement operational best practices and drive growth both organically and through M&A,” said Holden Spaht, a managing partner at Thoma Bravo. “We appreciate the outstanding execution of Larry Kutscher and the management team at TravelClick, and believe the company is well positioned to continue delivering innovative software, data analytics and marketing services that maximize revenue for hotels around the world.”As part of the acquisition, approximately 1,100 TravelClick employees are expected to join Amadeus.Amadeus and Thoma Bravo expect to close the acquisition in the fourth quarter of the calendar year 2018, following regulatory approvals.  The transaction will be debt-financed and immediately earnings accretive.Source = Amadeuslast_img read more

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Modern yet traditional Germany delights all

first_imgThe roots of German history and culture date back to the Germanic tribes and after that to the Holy Roman Empire. Since the early middle ages Germany started to split into hundreds of small states. It was the Napoleonic wars that started the process of unification, which ended in 1871, when a large number of previously independent German kingdoms united under Prussian leadership to form the German Empire (Deutsches Kaiserreich)After decades of separation, Germany was reunited peacefully in 1990. Germany is an economic powerhouse boasting the largest economy of Europe, and is in spite of its relatively small population the second largest country of the world in terms of exports.Being a federal republic, Germany is very much a decentralised country, which embraces the cultural differences between the regions. Some travellers will perhaps only think of beer, Lederhosen and Oktoberfest when Germany comes to mind, but Germany’s famous alpine and beer culture is mostly centered around Bavaria and MunichStuba has over 2,500 Properties in Germany:Munich:Bavaria’s capital and economic powerhouse combines high tech with fine arts, world class shopping, a vibrant nightlife and the Oktoberfest, and is the gateway to the Alps. With dozens of castles, palaces, churches and other sites, your clients will have a full itinerary !Frankfurt — Seat of the European Central Bank (ECB), with a skyline reminiscent of Manhattan (“Mainhattan”) . Skyscrapers and modern buildings mixed in with the tradition that tourists love. Brest time to visit is in late sprint to early autumn. Attractions include Römerberg, Eiserner Steg Alte Oper, and things such as Palmengarten  Staufenmauer: (remains of the old city wall), and even an ice skating rink at Am Bornheimer Hang 4 .Berlin — The reunified and re-invigorated capital of Germany; known for its division during the Cold War by the Berlin. Head to Museum Island which houses extensive Greek, Middle Eastern and Islamic art. Churches, landmarks, and restraunts abound. check out, check-point Charlie – cant be missed ! Modern yet traditional: Germany delights all Source = Stuba.comcenter_img Modern yet traditional: Germany delights all.last_img read more

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