30 August 2013 South African Airways (SAA) and Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement to increase access to destinations in both countries for both leisure and business travellers. Destinations in Brazil that will be accessible through the agreement are from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Brasilia, Salvador, Florianopolis, Iguaçu Falls, Recife and Belo Horizonte. Brazilian passengers flying to South Africa will have access to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth. “Alliances and partnerships of this nature form a crucial part of modern airline management, which is about providing convenient connection for customers to as many destinations as possible without necessarily using your own resources,” SAA’s commercial acting general manager, Manoj Papa, said in a statement on Thursday. “This codeshare provides a platform to tap into the potential that lies in both carriers’ respective markets in a manner that would significantly enhance benefits for passengers of both airlines.” The collaboration will also offer leisure travellers a variety of holiday options, as well as business travellers access to multiple business centres. “This codeshare operation is vital in that customers travelling to and from various parts of Africa, South America and countries in the east are able to use SAA’s Johannesburg hub as a convenient connection point to various parts of the world,” Papa said. Members of SAA’s loyalty programme, Voyager, will continue to earn miles and obtain tier status when travelling on TAM flights, and members of the TAM Fidelidade programme will also continue to earn and redeem points when they travel on SAA flights. “We are seeking partnerships like this to offer our customers flights to all over the world,” said LATAM Airlines Group senior vice president of strategic alliances, Soledad Berrios. “Together with South African Airways we will make travelling between Brazil and South Africa easier, and the countries will be the gateways of the South American and African continents.” SAinfo reporter
In a veiled jibe at Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said those who had “cooled their heels” in prison had no right to question what he (Mr. Pawar) had done for Maharashtra.Hitting out at those who have deserted the party ahead of the Assembly elections, the NCP chief said they would soon be relegated to history, and expressed confidence that the political picture would look very different after the polls.“One of the leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party [Mr. Shah] who came here [to Solapur] demanded to know my contribution towards Maharashtra… Those who have cooled their heels in prison dare not question what I have done for the State,” NCP chief said, adding, “While I may have done many things, I have never been to jail.”Mr. Pawar was addressing a large gathering in Solapur district at the start of the first phase of his State-wide tour to rally the party rank-and-file ahead of the elections. The exodus of several NCP leaders has compelled the 79-year-old party chief to hit the campaign trail. Mr. Shah had attacked Mr. Pawar and the Congress in his Solapur address during the BJP’s Mahajanadesh Yatra. The NCP chief, in his response on Tuesday, was referring to Mr. Shah’s brief period behind bars in 2010 following his arrest by the CBI in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case. Mr. Pawar also attacked Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other ministers of the ruling coalition for conducting aerial surveys of flood-hit areas. He recalled that as Chief Minister during the devastating 1993 Latur earthquake, he was personally overseeing operations from the epicentre in Killari. “In contrast, the current ministers only conducted surveys on helicopter at the time of the Sangli and Kolhapur floods and disappeared from the spot in half an hour,” he said.Taking potshots at former NCP stalwarts like Vijaysinh Mohite-Patil and Dilip Sopal who switched alliances to enter the BJP, Mr. Pawar, without naming them, said the people would put such leaders in their place in the elections.“Do not worry about those who have left … this is only the first phase in this fight. The people in this self-respecting district will put such weaklings [NCP turncoats] in their place … Henceforth, speak of those young leaders who are about to take the party to victory,” the NCP chief told his supporters, remarking that while he might be nudging 80, he was not old and had yet to defeat many political opponents.
LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 9: Reggie Bush #5 of the USC Trojans prays in the middle of the field before the game against the California Golden Bears on October 9, 2004 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)Update: USC is saying this wasn’t an NBC cameraman, but rather someone from a local station. According to a #USC spokesman, the cameraman wearing the ND shirt was not from NBC, he was local.— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) October 14, 2015Earlier: USC and Notre Dame are playing their annual rivalry game this Saturday, and as you’d imagine, the Trojans aren’t in the mood for any tomfoolery, given the week they’ve had. Wednesday, according to a number of reporters covering USC’s practice, an NBC cameraman pulled a big no-no while filming.According to both Lindsey Thiry of the LA Times and Ryan Abraham of USCFootball.com, an NBC cameraman was wearing a Notre Dame shirt on the job. He was asked to change. Abraham called it a “legit confrontation.”A media member wore a Notre Dame shirt to #USC practice. Got the stare down from a position group. He left to change.— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) October 14, 2015Huge NBC TV crew at #USC practice today. A camera man wore ND shirt & was asked to change. He turned it inside out & wore a security vest.— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) October 14, 2015There was a legit confrontation with the NBC cameraman and #USC security. Players were staring at him as the discussion went on.— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) October 14, 2015The Trojans and Fighting Irish kick off Saturday at 7:30 PM ET on NBC. Apparently, they still don’t like each other.
Washington DC – State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, is encouraging members of the Diaspora to invest in Jamaica, which is wide open for business. The Minster, who was addressing a launch event for the upcoming 5th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, held at the Jamaica Consulate in New York City, said there is room for more investors on the island and he encouraged persons to capitalize on the tremendous benefits of brand Jamaica. “Other groups see the (potential) gold mine; however, we must move in and mine it for ourselves. Jamaicans working together can make Jamaica better,” Minister Brown said. He added that the newly introduced Diaspora Marketplace Exposition, would allow exhibitors to present business and investment opportunities to persons attending the conference, which is to be held at the Montego Bay Convention Center (MBCC), under the theme: ‘Nation on a Mission: Jamaica- Diaspora Partnership for Development,’ from June 16 to 19. Major projects on display will include; the Global Logistics Hub; Agro Parks; the redevelopment of downtown Kingston; ICT Parks; and partnerships for Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs). Distancing himself from what he termed, ‘the hat in hand mentality’, Minister Brown, who has portfolio responsibility for Diaspora Affairs, promised that the conference will break new and exciting ground in a number of areas, including the unveiling of a draft Diaspora policy document. Persons attending the Conference will also hear, first hand, how the government and stakeholders are dealing with such issues as national security/immigration; the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliant Act (FATCA); healthcare and education among other sectors. In the meantime, Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board Member for northeast USA, Irwin Clare, also emphasised the importance of the Diaspora preparing to capitalize on opportunities for partnership that will be presented at the conference. He pointed out that the conference is an invitation to “explore and sign on to the myriad of business ventures that are available in Jamaica”. Also addressing the launch was Jamaica’s Consul General to New York, Herman Lamont, who called on Diaspora members to support the event so that they can hear first-hand how the government is addressing a number of problems facing the country and participate in the ensuing discussions. Similar sector launches have so far been held in London, Miami and Canada. Contact Derrick Scott
zoomImage Courtesy: Capital Link The world’s largest shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has confirmed the order for four LNG carriers placed by Greek shipowner Capital Gas Carrier Corporation.The construction contract is worth KRW 836.5 billion (USD 744.2 million), the shipbuilder said.Evangelos Marinakis’ gas carrier company is scheduled to take delivery of the quartet by the end of the first half of 2021.As World Maritime News reported earlier this month, the LNG carriers would range between 170,000 and 180,000 cbm and would include a firm order for four units and two options containing three ships respectively.Marinakis-led vessel operator Capital Ship Management Corp has been involved in several sectors including containerships, tankers and bulkers, and the latest deal is seen as the company’s debut on the LNG market.World Maritime News Staff
TORONTO – Ontario transit agency Metrolinx said Wednesday it doesn’t believe it was specifically targeted in a recently thwarted cyberattack it claims came from North Korea. Anne Marie Aikins, a spokeswoman for the public transportation service in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, told the Canadian Press it was hit with malware that circulated the globe with many potential victims.When Metrolinx first revealed the attack Tuesday, it said it was routed through Russia and didn’t compromise personal information Metrolinx stores or its bus or train operations systems.Metrolinx would not reveal how the threat presented itself or whether it was circulated through a link, digital document or download.Ron Diebert, a global security expert and the director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, said malware “roams the internet like a common cold or flu virus,” but doesn’t always have a deliberate victim.Because it can easily be stumbled upon, he said, for example, “this could be someone at Metrolinx checking their Facebook Messenger and receiving a link that took them to a malicious system.”In most cases, malware is “very broadly targeted” and people wanting to use it for harm spread it around in hopes of ensnaring as many victims as possible, said Simon Frankel Pratt, an international security lecturer at the University of Toronto.North Korea has been linked to a wave of recent hacks, most prominently the WannaCry ransomware attack.It infiltrated hundreds of thousands of computers and wreaked havoc on Britain’s National Health Service, forcing some hospitals to cancel surgeries, in May.Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration blamed North Korea for WannaCry and said it managed to connect the country to such attacks through evidence and confirmation from the United Kingdom and companies including Microsoft.If the threat is related to WannaCry, then Diebert said it begs the question of why Metrolinx didn’t properly secure their infrastructure last year when patches were widely-circulated.However Pratt said that with the limited information shared about the attack, he doesn’t see any reason to assume the Metrolinx incident is connected to WannaCry.Aikins said Metrolinx uses “ethical hackers” to help it thwart attacks and works closely with the province on cybersecurity issues like the recent incident.Based on what he has heard, Pratt said Metrolinx has “done a fine job” handling the attack, which he considers to be “a routine occurrence.”“Don’t panic,” he stressed.“Our transit system isn’t at risk. Our safety is not threatened.”
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index nose dived Wednesday as oil and gas company stocks fell sharply and shares of Valeant Pharmaceutical International, Inc. tumbled on low guidance.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 228.57 points to 15,442.68, led by a more than three per cent decline in the energy sector amid falling oil prices.The April crude contract was down US$1.37 to US$61.64 per barrel after a report showed that the amount of oil in American inventories rose more than analysts expected last week.The health-care sector was another major decliner on the TSX after Valeant said it won’t return to growth for another year. Its shares were down $2.74 or 11.54 per cent to $21.01 at the closing of markets Wednesday.“Valeant forecasted weaker than expected revenue for 2018 and said that they expect it to be another year before a significant turnaround is expected,” said Kathryn Del Greco, an investment adviser with TD Wealth.Much of the Quebec-based company’s decrease follows the sale of several companies, continued loss of patent exclusivity on some drugs and currency fluctuations.South of the border, stocks slumped on Wall Street, breaking the longest streak of positive monthly returns in the history of the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.The S&P 500 index was down 30.45 points to 2,713.83. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 380.83 points to 25,029.20 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 57.34 points to 7,273.01.Del Greco attributed the U.S. sell-off to remarks made Tuesday by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, who told Congress that he’s more optimistic about the economy. That led some investors to anticipate four rate increases for 2018, up from the three of last year.“He really did open the door to another rate hike,” she said. “The market didn’t initially react negatively but I think after further evaluation sold off. … And I think we’re seeing a continuation of that today.”Higher rates make bonds more attractive as investments and can divert buyers away from stocks. Worries that rates will rise higher and more quickly than the market expected helped trigger a 10 per cent tumble for stocks worldwide earlier this month.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 78.07 cents US, down 0.42 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the April natural gas contract was down two cents at US$2.67 per mmBTU.The April gold contract was down 70 cents to US$1,317.90 an ounce and the May copper contract was down five cents to US$3.13 a pound.– With a file from The Associated Press.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version stated that the TSX energy sector declined by 6 per cent.
There are currently 90 firefighters, 7 helicopters, and 7 pieces of heavy equipment fighting the massive fire, and crews are primarily trying to establish machine guard and conduct controlled burning operations if conditions permit, in order to protect oil and gas infrastructure nearby. Crews are continuing to work at contain fire growth to the north of the North Nig Road and are building a guard west of the Tommy Lake Road towards the Beatton River. Sprinklers will be installed on the bridge at the 56 kilometre mark of the Tommy Lakes Forest Service Road. An area restriction remains in effect for the area surrounding the fire. The area restriction has been put in place to address public-safety concerns arising from the wildfire’s rate of spread and to avoid interference with fire control. The restriction will remain in place until noon on July 31st, or until the order is rescinded. Under this order and Section 11(2) of the Wildfire Act, a person must not remain in or enter the Tommy Lakes wildfire restricted area without prior written authorization of an official, designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, unless the person enters the area under the following circumstances only:travelling to or from his or her principal residence that is not under an evacuation order;using a highway as defined in the Transportation Act;travelling to or from an industrial activity or business location;travelling through or entering the area as a person acting in an official capacity; orthrough or entering the area for an approved purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities.An evacuation order has also been issued by the Peace River Regional District due to the immediate danger posed by the fire. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service is continuing its battle against the largest wildfire currently burning in this province, which is located about 150 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John.According to the latest update from the Wildfire Service, the Tommy Lake Fire is sitting at 16,954 hectares in size and is zero percent contained. An Incident Management Team has set up operations to spearhead efforts at battling the fire, which is currently burning in a northeasterly direction. A map of the area that has been scorched by the Tommy Lake Wildfire. Photo by BC Wildfire Service A map of the area that has been scorched by the Tommy Lake Wildfire. Photo by BC Wildfire Service A map of the evacuation order near the Tommy Lakes Fire. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. The evacuation area starts at the junction of the Beatton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road, following north along the Beatton Airport Road and ending at the bridge on the Beatton River; then SE along the Beatton River stopping at Two Creeks road near the Beatton River; and SW along the Two Creeks Road returning to the junction of the Beatton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road. A reception centre for evacuees has been set up at the Pomeroy Sports Centre located at 9324 96 Street, Fort St. John.
New Delhi: Leaders of as many as 22 opposition parties met the Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday and demanded verification of VVPAT slips of randomly-selected polling stations before the counting of the votes polled in the just-concluded Lok Sabha election begins on May 23. They also demanded that if any discrepancy is found during VVPAT verification, 100 per cent counting of the paper slips of VVPATs of all polling stations of that particular Assembly segment should be done and compared with the electronic voting machine (EVM) results. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “We told the EC that the VVPAT machines should be counted first and if there is any discrepancy, then all of them in that segment should be counted,” Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters here after meeting EC officials. Azad’s party colleague Abhishek Singhvi said despite requests to the EC since months, the poll body has now said it will meet on Wednesday to discuss the issue. “We are asking the EC to respect the mandate of people. It cannot be manipulated,” Telugu Desam Party’s (TDP) N Chandrababu Naidu told reporters. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Satish Chandra Mishra alleged that “there is large-scale bungling relating to EVMs in Uttar Pradesh. We demand deployment of central forces”. The opposition parties also raised concerns over the transportation of EVMs ahead of counting of votes and urged the EC to probe the issue. The opposition parties are seeking transparency and fairness in the counting of votes and respecting the mandate of the people of the country.
NEW ORLEANS – Jared Sullinger would not say whether he planned to return to Ohio State or leave school for the NBA after the Buckeyes’ 64-62 loss against Kansas in the Final Four Saturday. “I honestly don’t know,” Sullinger said. “I really don’t know my decision yet.” OSU’s sophomore forward pulled his jersey over his head after the final buzzer sounded. He walked slowly off the court and disappeared into the depths of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome along with the rest of his team after what could have been his final game as a Buckeye. He was asked at least three different ways about his future when reporters caught up to him, but the answer was always the same. “I’ll probably just sit down with my family and probably my coaches and just talk things through,” he said. “I don’t have a definite decision yet, but we’ll see when that time is right for me.” Sullinger had a decision to make last year too, but was much clearer about his intentions. After the Buckeyes fell to Kentucky in the Sweet 16, Sullinger definitively told the world he was coming back for his sophomore season. And that’s exactly what he did. He averaged 17.6 points and about 9.7 rebounds in the 2011-12 season and was named a First Team All-American for the second consecutive year as he helped lead OSU to the Final Four. After last season, most projections had Sullinger being selected in the top-five picks in the NBA Draft. His draft status appears to have dropped after staying another year, with many projections predicting him being selected in the middle of the first round. Though he won’t make a decision just yet, Sullinger said he’s glad to have options. “I have a choice if I want to come back or not,” he said. “It’s just tough to see somebody like (senior guard William Buford) that has no chance but to leave the program.” Buford played his last game for OSU, but he knows a little bit about what Sullinger is going through. He had the option to leave early for the NBA more than once, but opted to stay in school and get his degree. But after the game, Buford said that just because the best thing for him was to remain at OSU doesn’t mean Sullinger should do the same. He offered advice for Sullinger and fellow teammate, sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas, who is also facing draft entry speculation. “I’d tell them to do whatever is best for their life,” Buford said. “They can’t listen to other people. It’s their life. In my life I didn’t listen to other people. I still have a chance to get my degree next quarter so I have something to fall back on. If they want to leave early, that’s fine if that’s what they thought was the best decision.” Sullinger’s critics have suggested he struggles against longer defenders with athleticism. Sullinger faced one of those defenders Saturday in Kansas junior center Jeff Withey, who stands seven feet tall. Withey had seven blocks in the game, many on Sullinger, who struggled to find an offensive rhythm. OSU’s big man shot 5-19 from the floor, scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. In the second half, when OSU saw a 13-point lead disappear, Sullinger shot 2-11. “I couldn’t create space off of (Withey) because every time I tried to make a move there was a guard coming, swiping down trying to get the ball out,” Sullinger said. “In the second half, the big double with Thomas Robinson coming over it was just tough.” Sullinger said the loss was tough to deal with after the game, but he was proud of what OSU accomplished during the season. “We got to the point where we was one of the last four teams standing,” he said. “Only the best basketball teams play here and we just took a loss. It hurts.”