SA Airways awarded 4-star rating

first_img The rating recognises the airline’s improvement in onboard product and service levels and in enhancing the customer experience. “South African Airways have managed to maintain quality levels throughout the past year and are delivering a solid project and service standard to their customers, making their 4-star ranking well-deserved,” Skytrax chief executive, Edward Plaisted, said in a statement on Tuesday. “The Skytrax star ranking audit examines more than 800 areas of product and service delivery, across all areas of the airport operations and the cabin experience, and demonstrates that South African Airways passengers can look forward to a high quality of product and service.” Obtaining a 4-star rating means that the airline in question has achieved high standards across all travel categories, including staff service standards. “Accolades and rankings such as this one from Skytrax reconfirms that our dedication and focus on strategic objectives to improve our customer value proposition will ensure that we eventually become a fully sustainable business that can compete successfully in the global airline market in the near future,” said SAA customer service executive, Suretha Cruse. “This ranking, together with a number of awards from other foremost institutions as well as the prestigious Skytrax Best Airline in Africa Award for 10 years in a row and the Skytrax Excellence Award for the third consecutive year, further exemplifies our customer-focused efforts.” SAinfo reporter 14 February 2013 South African Airways has been awarded a 4-star airline rating by global independent airline rating firm Skytrax for the 11th year running.last_img read more

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Win a pair of tickets to the African Music Concert

first_imgThe objective of the concert is to help strengthen a sense of unity among African nations and promote a spirit of oneness among Africans.Some of Africa’s leading musicians will perform at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg to harness the power of music to unite people of different nationalities across the continent.The African Music Concert takes place on Saturday, 21 November and offers fans the opportunity to see some of Africa’s finest performers, such as Wiz Kid, AKA, Davido, KO, Flavour and Bucie, live in action.A star-studded line-up will feature performances from Uhuru, RunTown, Vanessa Mdee, Victoria Kimani, Burna Boy, Durban Nyts, Emmy G, and Anatii as well as the world-renowned Soweto Gospel Choir, among many others.The objective of the concert is to help strengthen a sense of unity among African nations and promote a spirit of oneness among Africans.Brand South Africa has partnered with the African Music Concert under the theme Agenda 2063: The Ties that Bind Us.In this capacity Brand South Africa offers you the chance join the celebration and win double tickets to the African Music Concert. Two sets of double tickets are up for grabs for a pair of the best seats in the house in the concert’s golden circle – ensuring you won’t miss a beat.To enter the competition and stand a chance of getting your hands on these tickets have a look at Play Your Part’s Facebook and Twitter pages.Concert gates open at 1pm and the show begins at 2.45pm.last_img read more

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Open Source: Big-Vendor Strategies Intrigue Governments

first_imgWith few exceptions, federal and state governments have been hesitant to adopt Open Source.  The Apache web server is one exception of Open Source that has been successfully deployed widely within government, but beyond that, Open Source adoption has been fairly limited.Governments have viewed Open Source as something too risky and not very well understood.  But as big-name vendors like IBM, Sun Microsystems, Novell, Unisys, and Oracle have begun building major product strategies around Open Source, governments are giving Open Source a second look.  Large systems integrators that work with governments are beginning to frequently use Open Source on their commercial accounts.  Governments see the support and acceptance from these vendors and integrators as a validation that Open Source can be used in ways that can provide significant value. They also can see value in Open Source because it tends to be more flexible with more frequent release cycles and lower total costs than proprietary software solutions.And vendors are providing solid support and indemnification of Open Source.  For example, IBM has hundereds of developers involved in Open Source, and Sun has Open Sourced their Solaris Unix operating systems, Java and other software tools. As large vendors and integrators become involved in developing for and responding to government requests for proposals, it is likely that we will see more and more government acceptance of Open Source solutions.last_img read more

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Comparison: Xiaomi RedMi 1S Vs Android One

first_imgThe Indian budget smartphone market is heating up day by day with ultra affordable, feature rich smartphones flooding a highly lucrative market. Among devices that have created the most splash are Xiaomi’s Mi3 and RedMi 1S, which have been overwhelmingly scarce, and proportionally high in demand. Yesterday, Google announced the first set of Android One devices and the Micromax Canvas A1 was quick to sell out on Amazon India. We’re rounding up the two most talked about device ranges and comparing what’s on offer.RedMi 1S vs Android One…here we go!Computing powerThe new Android One devices for now sport a 1.3Ghz quad core Mediatek processor with 1GB RAM while the RedMi 1S comes with a slightly bumped 1.6GHz quad core Qualcomm processor also coupled with 1GB RAM. Both devices are dual-SIM equipped. Operating system Xiaomi provides users with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with its own MIUI layer on top. Google on the other hand has pushed the latest 4.4 KitKat flavor running on stock to provide a no-frills, high performance experience.DisplayMicromax, Spice and Karbonn have offered 4.5 inch IPS screens in their devices with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels with no additional screen protection while Xiaomi’s offering comes with 4.7 inch 1280 x720P,  scratch resistant Dragontail panel.CameraAndroid One devices sport a 5MP primary camera, with full HD video recording which is offset by the 8MP Exmor R CMOS shooter on the RedMi 1S. While the RedMi has the edge down back, Android One phones trump the RedMi’s 1.6MP front camera with their 2MP shooter.advertisementStorageXiaomi has provided 8GB of inbuilt storage in the RedMi 1S which can be taken to 64GB via microSD. In comparison the Android One devices come with 4GB internal storage and 32GB microSD support. Battery and PricingThe Android One devices we saw yesterday come equipped with a 1700mAh battery and can be purchased in the Rs. 6k-7k range. RedMi 1S packs a 2000mAh battery and can be had (if one manages to) for Rs. 5,999.last_img read more

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Seven Stars Ambassador Awards

first_img T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened Related Items:#SevenStarsResort, magneticmedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 11th 2017 – Providenciales – The Seven Stars Resort located on Grace Bay Road, Providenciales celebrated many of their employees’ achievements on Wednesday 10th May, by hosting their Ambassador Awards Event.The purpose of the awards showed recognition to the hard work and dedication that many of their employees demonstrate to their guests. Recipients of these awards were chosen due to the amount of times guests wrote their names and gave compliments to their service.Among the awardees was, Breakfast Assistant Restaurant Manager, Beatrice Tellus topping the Platinum category (having over 24 mentions by guests.) Housekeeping Attendant, Madura  Karuntha topped the Gold category (having 15-24 mentions). In the Silver category, Breakfast Omelet cook, Baniel Zamour received the award for gaining 14 mentions and Breakfast Bartender, Larrica Thomas won the Bronze cateogory for receiving 10 mentions. The employee of the month title was awarded to Jean Occilien.And to top off the Ambassador Awards was Seven Star’s Concierge Supervisor, Mr. Demond Lighbourne who was selected to pursue becoming a part of the golden keys society.    The Golden Keys Society, is the highest society for the Concierge Department.    He will also be going to London for two weeks intern at a Five Star Resort and an interview with the society .Congratulations go out to all awardees.center_img Recommended for you TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flames Jean Occilien – Employee of the month              Beatrice Tellus – Platinum award winner (85 mentions)Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

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Man robs Vista gas station leads police pursuit through Riverside

first_img Posted: April 28, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Man robs Vista gas station, leads police pursuit through Riverside KUSI Newsroom, VISTA (KUSI) — A man who is believed to have robbed a gas station in Vista early Saturday led law enforcement on a pursuit through multiple cities before ending up in Riverside County, deputies said.Augustine Robinson, 23, was arrested on suspicion of robbery and felony reckless evading.According to San Diego County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Harrison, at about 5:25 a.m., Robinson walked into a Shell gas station at 400 Sycamore Ave. in Vista and told the clerk to put money on the gas pump where his car was parked. When the clerk told the man he had to pay for the fuel, Robinson stuck his hand in his pocket “as if he had a gun” and told the clerk, “you should put thefuel on the pump,” Harrison said.The clerk complied, and Robinson allegedly took a drink from the station’s refrigerator before pumping his gas and driving away. The clerk called to report the robbery after the suspect left.A short time later, a sheriff’s deputy in San Marcos noticed a car matching the suspect vehicle’s description and tried to pull it over. A chase ensued, lasting for nearly an hour and stretching through San Marcos, Vista, Escondido and into Temecula, Harrison said.According to Harrison, Robinson stopped at Pechanga Casino in Temecula and tried to run inside to flee from deputies but was apprehended outside the front entrance.Robinson was booked into the Vista Detention Center just before 10 a.m. April 28, 2018last_img read more

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5 Trends Reinventing Healthcare

first_imgMay 10, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read Digital technology and innovation are helping healthcare organizations provide higher-level service for patients, with better diagnoses and care. This ongoing transformation of healthcare is also greatly shifting how doctors, nurses, patients and families are getting and communicating healthcare information.These are five of the biggest healthcare trends reverberating through the industry now.1. Responsive web design.Responsiveness is seldom what hospitals and other health organizations are recognized for. However, that’s changing as these entities come online. According to PEW Research, 72 percent of U.S. internet users acquired health-related information online last year. As the number of mobile users skyrockets, using Responsive Web Design (RWD) is crucial. RWD can automatically adapt to all different phones and devices for easy navigation, making a huge impact on how information is viewed and engaged.The Children’s National Health System has found success with RWD. In 2014 nearly half of their website visits came from mobile devices. Their RWD includes interactive floor plans, personalization, social media integration and engaging content. This upgrade has paid huge dividends in page views (up 15 percent), session duration (up 161.45 percent) and donations (54 percent). John Berndt, CEO of the organization’s digital agency, TBG, says “[The] site is truly a model for patient-focused high content medical websites.”Related: Signing Her Grandmother’s Do Not Resuscitate Order Led This Entrepreneur to Found a Health Tech Startup2. Telemedicine.Telemedicine is the future of healthcare everyone saw coming. Telemedicine gives patients and specialists remote access to each other from hospitals or even after they’ve left care.One of the better examples of this technology is The ACT. It’s consists of a pendant and small electrodes a patient receives via mail and attaches themselves. The system monitors the heart automatically, transmitting information to a center using WiFi. Healthcare professionals get updates if anything unusual comes up and can contact the patient immediately.The lack of rural health professionals has also lead to virtual partnerships between rural and urban healthcare sites. Doctors can virtually hear heartbeats, look into throats or ears and decide if they need to make the long trip to the urban centers. The Southern Illinois Telemedicine Initiative is taking advantage of this technology. With the initiative, patients arrive at a rural hospital with stroke symptoms and have instant access to a neuroscience specialty center that would be hours away from their homes. It also allows for one healthcare professional to simultaneously monitor the vitals of many patients, which decreases costs.Related: Why Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes Should Be Banned3. HIPAA-ComplianceHIPAA has long been a pertinent topic but as health data continues to be leaked, HIPAA compliance remains at the forefront. In 2009, under the HITECH Act, personal information became much more serious as breaches could cost organizations up to $1 million in fines. In fact, healthcare organizations are taking more action to be HIPAA compliant than two years ago, according to a 2016 HIPAA Survey Update.Working towards compliance is now more prevalent with the use of healthcare apps that collect information. It’s a bit concerning that only 31 percent of healthcare organizations use encryption extensively, 49 percent use it sometimes, and 20 percent don’t use encryption at all. As Hoala Greevy, CEO of HIPAA-compliant email provider, Paubox explains, “Encryption is tough for many organizations to implement because it usually requires extra steps for users, and any time you add steps you slow down adoption.”Compliance has become such an issue that the FTC has created a tool for healthcare app developers to check if they’re compliant. Companies such as TigerText are also joining in with tools that keep messaging more secure than ever.Related: Why Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes Should Be Banned4. Wearables.Brands including FitBit and Jawbone have pioneered the wearable industry, but it quickly moved beyond fitness to health tracking. I’ve recently noticed advertisements for Spire, which monitors your breath through a wearable on your waist. It can see when your breath is erratic, and the accompanying app guides you through breathing exercises that calm you during tense periods of the work day.Wearable technology is now in many forms such as headbands, shoes, patches and glasses, with the capability of detecting brain injury and measuring blood oxygen levels. Corporations, including giants Apple and Google, are working to get market share while navigating complex regulations and approvals from insurance provider.As Telemedicine continues to grow, the need and use of wearables is skyrocketing. However, issues with consumer confidence and accuracy remain. According to a new report, shipments for healthcare wearables will rise from 2.5 million this year to 97.6 million units annually by 2021, accounting for almost $18 billion in revenue.5. Social media.As many industries have done, healthcare is moving towards social media, creating pages and humanizing content. Already 31 percent of health professionals are using social media for networking and even more patients are using it for medical advice, especially millennials. Social media is much more efficient at connecting and sharing information compared to the legacy systems in place. “I’m always looking at tools to help me amplify my brain and be in more places and moments in time,” Chuck Webster, MD, explained to Healthcare IT News. He uses applications such as Hootsuite and TweetDeck to manage his consistent social media presence.New social media platforms are in development aiming to fill the void. Prepared Health is creating a new platform that allows patients, caregivers and families to follow along with someone’s healthcare. The platform streamlines communications and creates a more enjoyable way to get reports, updates and photos similar to Facebook. This technology is encrypted and HIPAA compliant. The ease of sharing through social media will continue to accelerate how the healthcare field adopts new platforms for information sharing.Overall, digital and technological trends continue to take the healthcare industry by storm. As technology improves, these care and service changes will go from being what’s new to the everyday standards of healthcare. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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Agents applaud Air Canadas new direct routes It is definitely good for

first_img VANCOUVER — Air Canada’s roster of new direct flights into transborder and international markets taking off this year drew applause from travel agents attending the airline’s Vancouver launch party at the Waterview events venue.New 2017 routes offering more direct flights include Vancouver to Boston, Denver and Phoenix in the U.S., Frankfurt and Gatwick in Europe and Nagoya and Taipei in the Asian market.“We are investing billions of dollars in Western Canada,” said Duncan Bureau, VP Global Sales for Air Canada, as he addressed agents attending the launch.Vancouver is not only seeing more flights departing from YVR but will also now be home to some of the newly-acquired Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft plus others arriving in 2017 and into 2019. It will give Air Canada the reach it needs to provide nonstop service to many of the new destinations and provide better fuel economy and payloads. “This is an incredible investment,” he said, crediting the work of agents in Western Canada.Air Canada’s launch of new routes out of Vancouver includes Nagoya, Japan. Credit: Jean SorensenBureau said that between 2014 and into 2017, the “footprint” of Air Canada has deepened – and continues to deepen – in the Western Canadian market. “The number of flights that depart Vancouver on a yearly basis has grown over 15%,” he said. “The number of seats has grown 50%.”As Air Canada heads into its 80th year of business in 2017, the newly announced routes follow on heels of the 2016 expansion which saw Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge start 15 new international routes out of Canada, including the first scheduled service to Africa and 12 U.S. transborder routes.Air Canada’s daily seasonal service from Vancouver to Boston begins June 23 and continues until Sept. 4 using 120-seat Airbus 319s. Vancouver to Denver will be twice daily beginning May 18 and Vancouver to Phoenix will begin May 1 with daily service. Daily seasonal flights from Vancouver to Frankfurt begin June 1, while three times a week service to London Gatwick begin June 8. Vancouver-Frankfurt flights will be operated with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners and Vancouver-London Gatwick service will be operated by Air Canada Rouge with Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesVancouver to Nagoya will launch June 1 with three times a week service moving to four times weekly for August and September and also using the Air Canada Rouge B767-300s. Vancouver to Taipei will begin June 8 after 14-year absence. Air Canada started the route in 1999 but suspended it in 2003. Currently it is the only Canadian carrier offering nonstop service on the route and the year-round service will feature the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.The 2016 and 2017 route expansions build on Air Canada’s two major initiatives. The first is a massive fleet renewal program with the emphasis on more wide-bodied aircraft offering lower fuel and maintenance costs and higher per seat pay-loads followed by refreshing is narrow-bodied fleet. The second is a move to direct those aircrafts into lucrative markets, namely the U.S., Europe and Pacific markets, all areas where in 2016 Air Canada saw revenue grow 7.2%, 9%, and 12% respectively. In 2016, 90% of the airlines growth was focused internationally. In the U.S., Air Canada’s strategy is focused on the origins and destination sector of the market but also to attract a large share of the connecting traffic, an area where Air Canada in 2016 saw a significant increase.Air Canada has identified major gateways in Canada and in Western Canada, those are Calgary and, in particularly, Vancouver – a tipping point into the Asian countries.Air Canada has on order $12 billion in new aircraft. In 2016 and early 2017, it received 12 more 787 Dreamliners, bringing its total to 24. Six more will be delivered throughout the rest of 2017 and the fleet number will rise to 37 within the next two years. It also has an option for with Boeing for 15 more. AC also completed the reconfiguration of its entire Boeing 777 fleet of 25 aircraft that of the Dreamliner cabin design. Both aircraft now give it increased wide-body capacity.In terms of narrow-body fleet conversion, in 2017, the first of 61 Boeing 737 Max aircraft will arrive and in 2016, Air Canada finalized the arrangements for 45 Bombardier CS 300 C Series aircraft with option for another 30. The aircraft give a fuel saving and payload return of approximately 15%.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”The challenge now facing Air Canada is finding routes for the mega-purchase of new aircraft and increased number of seats. The new routes announced with nonstop service are finding favour with travel agents. Agents applaud Air Canada’s new direct routes: “It is definitely good for business” Monday, April 10, 2017 Share Posted by Jean Sorensen Air Canada executives were on hand for the Vancouver launch party for the new 2017 U.S. and international routes. Left to right are: Timothy Liu, Senior Director of Commercial Strategy; Duncan Bureau, VP Global Sales; Bonnie Walker, Director of Sales for Western Canada; VP Commercial Sales John MacLeod; and Virgilio Russi, Senior Director of Sales for Canada. Photo credit: Jean Sorensen“It is going to be great for those people looking for a direct flight,” said Michelle York, an agent with TSI Travel. She said corporate travellers as well as middle-aged and senior travellers are all key markets for direct routes. “It is really only the young people who are concerned about price-points and more willing to stopover,” she said.“It is definitely good for business,” said Sena Dolanjski of Sena Travel, a 26-year veteran of the industry who said the majority of her sales are with Air Canada and Lufthansa. New destinations increase the sales potential for agents and also provide additional destinations and departures for travellers. “You are able to promote further out,” she said.The convenience of direct flights is trumping the pocketbook. “People do not mind paying more for direct flights,” she said, if travel is made easier. Connecting flights or layovers all come with the rigors of going through another security screening, the chance of missing a flight, dealing with more complex airports and even losing luggage.Travel agent David Elmy with The Travel Group said there are a growing number of direct service flights, in a response to the market. It has changed travel as airlines no longer have to rely on hub-and-spoke configurations. Travel agent Craig Sabasch agrees that direct flights are now what travellers want, especially those senior travellers whom may have limited mobility reaching various terminals at stopover terminals.Air Canada’s Bureau said aircraft like the 787-9 Dreamliners are providing reach into Asia, Europe and India as well. “It has opened new markets and we are able to offer nonstop,” he said, adding it is the right-sized aircraft for longer haul markets. Tags: Air Canada << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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People Dudley jumps ship for BDM position with AmaWaterways

first_img Posted by Tags: AmaWaterways, People [People] Dudley jumps ship for BDM position with AmaWaterways << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img Neil DudleyCALABASAS, CA — AmaWaterways has appointed Neil Dudley as its new Business Development Manager responsible for Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.Dudley joins the Canadian sales team consisting of Sandra Gardiner, Director National Accounts and BDM for Atlantic Canada and Shauna Carter, BDM for B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan.A native of Ontario with over 20 years of experience in the travel industry, Dudley brings a wealth of international travel expertise, in depth river cruise knowledge and strong travel industry client relationships, says the cruise line.Most recently Dudley was Director, Business Development – Canada for Scenic Tours & Cruises. His other stints in the travel industry include Sales and Reservations Manager for Boomerang Tours, and Inside Sales with Goway.“What impressed us the most was Neil’s exceptional support of his retail travel partners,” said Kristin Karst, Executive Vice President and Co-Owner of AmaWaterways. “We have exciting plans to grow our current fleet of 20 award-winning ships and Neil is going to be a terrific asset as we step up our sales and marketing initiatives in Canada to drive valuable sales leads to our travel partners.”More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Since AmaWaterways’ inception 15 years ago, the leader in river cruising innovation has enjoyed remarkable support from the Canadian travel agent community, she adds, guided by the company’s focus on training and providing fam opportunities.“I am very excited to be joining the AmaFamily,” said Dudley. “I love the challenge of bringing new products to the market and with three new ships launching in 2019 including the revolutionary AmaMagna, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to be part of this next phase of growth for this innovative industry leader.”All AmaWaterways cruises can be booked in Canadian dollars and promotions advertised to the public include port charges in compliance with TICO and OPC regulations.Through Dec. 31, 2017, Canadian residents can benefit from a special $400 Fall Savings per stateroom on all new bookings for 2018 departures. The limited time offer is combinable with most retail and consortium offers as well as Past Passenger Privilege and Onboard Future Cruise Benefit Programs.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in July“Canadians are resilient international travellers. Not only were they early enthusiasts for river cruising but they have remained very loyal repeat guests for AmaWaterways,” said Gardiner. “Our Canadian Resident Offer is one way of saying thank you to our Canadian guests for making 2017 another successful year for AmaWaterways.” Share Monday, December 4, 2017 last_img read more

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