20 Aug
2019

WestJet Hainan Airlines sign codeshare agreement

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, September 23, 2016 Tags: Hainan Airlines, WestJet Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img Posted by CALGARY — WestJet has entered into a codeshare agreement allowing Hainan Airlines to place its HU code on WestJet-operated flights. The two carriers are building on an existing interline agreement that has been in place since 2013.The announcement marks WestJet’s 16th codeshare agreement.Hainan will be marketing HU codeshared flights to and from Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Prince George, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. All codeshare sales are offered through Hainan Airlines and its global distribution network.“The Chinese travel market is vast and growing; our newest code share with Hainan Airlines will allow even more guests to easily connect to the WestJet network,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. “This code-share agreement provides choice, streamlined service and connectivity to guests here at home and abroad. We look forward to welcoming Hainan’s guests on board to experience our caring service as the relationship expands to include codesharing.”More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthHou Wei, Vice President of Hainan Airlines, said, “cooperation with WestJet will further expand our network in Canada, giving our passengers more transfer options through Calgary and Toronto. We are confident that with Hainan’s SKYTRAX five-star service, now augmented by WestJet’s own high-level service standard, our customers will continue experiencing the kind of pleasant journey they’ve come to expect from us.” WestJet, Hainan Airlines sign codeshare agreementlast_img read more

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19 Aug
2019

Sunwings Luxury for Less sale on now through May 17

first_img Monday, May 13, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img TORONTO — With Sunwing’s Luxury for Less sale, clients can take advantage of vacation savings for bookings now until May 17.With this latest sale Sunwing is offering savings of up to $1,500 per couple at top resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.One property taking part in the deal is also one of Mexico’s newest resorts: Royalton Suites Cancun Resort and Spa. Families can enjoy amenities and activities plus accommodations that sleep families of five or more. Located on the white-sand shores of Cancun, this brand-new resort features a kids’ club and teen lounge.Riu Palace Tropic Bay in Negril is another family-friendly resort included in the Luxury for Less sale, featuring a new RiuLand kids club.For travellers seeking an adults-only getaway, Riu Republica in Punta Cana is another option. This resort, located on a white-sand beach, offers unlimited access to the sole adults only water park in the Caribbean. Amenities include unlimited reservation free-dining, in-room liquor dispensers, and free WiFi. Sunwing’s ‘Luxury for Less’ sale on now through May 17 Tags: Sunwinglast_img read more

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18 Jul
2019

New initiative to increase mothers ability to provide milk for very low

first_imgAlthough we were able to show improvement in our process measures and any mother’s milk for the first three weeks of hospitalization, these did not lead to sustained improvement in mother’s milk provision at discharge. While we did not find improvements in our main outcome, we did find several successful initiatives that can inform other hospitals looking to address this issue.”Corresponding author Margaret G. Parker, MD, MPH, a neonatologist at Boston Medical Center and assistant professor of pediatrics at BU School of Medicine Jun 20 2019Researchers at Boston Medical Center initiated a statewide quality improvement imitative to increase mothers’ ability to produce and provide milk for very low birth weight infants at their discharge, as well reduce the racial/ethnic disparities in milk production and provision to these infants.  A new study, published in Pediatrics, indicates that the initiative yielded positive results on improving rates of prenatal human milk education, early milk expression and skin to skin care among mothers of very low birth weight infants during initial hospitalization, but did not lead to sustained improvement in mother’s milk provision at hospital discharge.Related StoriesTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CT’Traffic light’ food labels associated with reduction in calories purchased by hospital employeesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyMother’s milk has many benefits for very low-birth-rate infants, including a reduction of necrotizing enterocolitis (infection of the intestine), sepsis, and chronic lung disease, and improvement in later childhood development. However, mothers of very low birth rate infants that are born prematurely often have challenges making milk. In addition, previous research has shown racial/ethnic disparities in mother’s milk provision at discharge or transfer, with white mothers having a higher rate of mother’s milk provision.The researchers examined three years of data from 1,670 mother-very low birth weight infant pairs from 10 level 3 neonatal intensive care units in Massachusetts. They found that the quality improvement program significantly improved hospital-based breastfeeding support practices, as well as first milk expression within six hours of birth, and any skin-to-skin care in the first month in all racial/ethnic groups. Although the researchers found no racial/ethnic disparities in provision of mother’s milk for the first three weeks of hospitalization, disparities emerged after three weeks. The authors note that, given these results, further research is needed on the effect of factors later in hospitalization on provision of mother’s milk at discharge. This work was supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Source:Boston Medical Centerlast_img read more

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18 Jul
2019

US radio giant iHeartMedia files for bankruptcy

Tribune leaves bankruptcy after 4 years Citation: US radio giant iHeartMedia files for bankruptcy (2018, March 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-radio-giant-iheartmedia-bankruptcy.html Leading US radio company iHeartMedia, which runs some of the country’s most popular Top 40 stations, has filed for bankruptcy protection as it struggles to pay $20 billion in debt. © 2018 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Bob Pittman, the chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, said that the deal would help in “achieving a capital structure that finally matches our impressive operating business” The Texas-based company said in a statement dated Wednesday that it was confident it had enough cash on hand to stay operational and that it had reached understandings to halve its debt.iHeartMedia runs 850 stations including 106.7 Lite FM, a New York soft rock channel which enjoys the highest listener numbers in the United States, and KIIS-FM, the premier Top 40 station in Los Angeles.While traditional radio has been shaken by the rise of streaming, iHeartMedia’s immediate problems stem from a messy process a decade ago for a leveraged buyout, which is when management buys a controlling share of a company with outside help.Buyers led by Bain Capital, the investment firm co-founded by former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, agreed in 2006 to $26.7 billion funded by big banks for the company then known as Clear Channel Communications.But with the global economic crisis soon biting, the banks balked and under a settlement iHeartMedia was saddled with the crushing debt to them.iHeartMedia, which last month missed an interest payment, said in its bankruptcy announcement that it had reached deals with debt holders to clear $10 billion of its burden.Bob Pittman, the chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, said that the deal would help in “achieving a capital structure that finally matches our impressive operating business.””We have transformed a traditional broadcast radio company into a true 21st century multi-platform, data-driven, digitally focused media and entertainment powerhouse with unparalleled reach,” he said in the statement.iHeartMedia, which has had repeated layoffs since its leveraged buyout, has moved to change with the times including by launching the iHeartRadio streaming service to compete with on-demand platforms such as Spotify.The company has also built a strong presence on social media and on Sunday had its latest iHeartRadio Music Awards, a fan-voted televised gala. read more

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18 Jul
2019

MoviePass operations under investigation by New York AG

first_img Citation: MoviePass operations under investigation by New York AG (2018, October 18) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-moviepass-york-ag.html © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Parent company Helios and Matheson of New York said in a prepared statement that it is aware of the investigation, but that it believes, “our public disclosures have been complete, timely and truthful and we have not misled investors.”The investigation was first reported by CNBC.Helios and Matheson has struggled financially and is facing class-action lawsuits filed on behalf of investors claiming the company failed to disclose aspects of a business model that were unsustainable.MoviePass drew in millions of subscribers, luring them with a $10 monthly rate. But that proved costly. Because MoviePass typically pays theaters the full cost of tickets—$15 or more in big cities—a single movie can put the service in the red. At one point Helios and Matheson had to take out a $5 million emergency loan to pay its payment processors after missed payments resulted in service outages.Over the summer MoviePass walked back a planned 50 percent price increase following a subscriber backlash. But the company imposed a cap of three movies per month, instead of one every day.Shares of Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc., which is in danger of being delisted by Nasdaq because they had fallen to about a penny, plunged in afternoon trading Thursday. Explore further No price hike, but new caps on MoviePass discount tix plancenter_img The company that runs the beleaguered MoviePass discount service for movie tickets is being investigated by the New York Attorney General on allegations that it misled investors. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. This Aug. 23, 2018, file photo shows Movie Pass debit cards and used movie tickets in New York. The company that runs the beleaguered MoviePass, a discount service for movie tickets at theaters, is being investigated by the New York Attorney General on allegations it misled investors. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)last_img read more

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18 Jul
2019

US lawmakers challenge Facebook over Libra cryptocurrency plan

first_imgWASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers bashed Facebook on Wednesday over its planned cryptocurrency, saying the company had not shown it could be trusted to safeguard the world financial system and consumers’ data. The social media company is fighting to get Washington on its side after it shocked regulators and lawmakers with its announcement on June 18 that it was hoping to launch a new digital coin called Libra in 2020. It has faced criticism from policymakers and financial watchdogs at home and abroad who fear widespread adoption of the digital currency by Facebook’s 2.38 billion users could upend the financial system. “I have serious concerns with Facebook’s plans to create a digital currency and digital wallet,” Maxine Waters, chairwoman of the Democrat-controlled House Financial Services Committee, said in her opening remarks. “If Facebook’s plan comes into fruition, the company and its partners will wield immense economic power that could destabilize currencies and governments.” Lawmakers on the House Financial Services Committee questioned David Marcus, the Facebook executive overseeing the project, who was grilled by the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday over the possible risks posed by Libra to data privacy, consumer protections and money laundering controls. The hearing in Congress proved to be even more tense on Wednesday. Facebook has been on the defence amid a backlash over mishandling user data and not doing enough to prevent Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. David Marcus, CEO of Facebook’s Calibra, testifies to the House Financial Services Committee hearing on “Examining Facebook’s Proposed Cryptocurrency and Its Impact on Consumers, Investors, and the American Financial System” on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 17, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts“You expect us to believe that you’re going to start collecting financial data and not share it because you promised not to do that?” said Democratic U.S. Representative Alma Adams. The social media company has said its digital wallet subsidiary Calibra will only share customer data with Facebook or external parties if it has consent, or in limited cases where it is necessary. Democratic Representative Carolyn Maloney pushed Marcus to commit to a Libra pilot programme with 1 million users overseen by U.S. financial regulators, including the Federal Reserve. “I don’t think you should launch Libra at all,” Maloney said. “At the very least you should agree to do this small pilot programme.” Marcus, who was president of PayPal from 2012 to 2014, did not commit to a pilot but tried to assuage lawmakers by pledging not to begin issuing Libra until regulatory concerns had been addressed. “We will take the time to get this right,” Marcus said. He said the company had unveiled the project at an early stage in order to get feedback from all stakeholders. ‘INNOVATION IS GOOD’ While many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle aired concerns and scepticism about the project, several Republicans argued the government should not be reflexively opposed to new ideas from the private sector. Some noted Libra could produce benefits for people lacking traditional banking services. “We should presume that innovation is good; it presents enormous opportunity,” said Republican U.S. Representative Andy Barr. Slideshow (7 Images)Congress members asked how Facebook will ensure sufficient consumer protection and prevent the cryptocurrency from being used for illegal activities such as money laundering or terrorist financing. “I’m concerned a 2020 launch date represents deep insensitivities about how Libra could impact U.S. financial security, the global financial system, the privacy of people across the globe, criminal activity and international human rights,” said Republican U.S. Representative Ann Wagner. Facebook has said Calibra will be carrying out compliance checks on customers who want to sign up. Reporting by Pete Schroeder and Anna Irrera; editing by Cynthia Osterman, Bernadette Baum, Susan Thomas and Jonathan OatisOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more

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