Breaking Travel News interview: Martin Aeberli, acting chief executive, Royal Brunei Airlines | Focus
MA: This is our 45th year of flying with our commercial flights beginning on May 14th, 1975. In this region there are a large number of carriers and we believe RB stands out as a full-serviced airline providing award-winning services and high level of standards at competitive prices to our guests. Our service philosophy is a key point of differentiation for the RB brand and winning these accolades will support us in sharing that news to more guests who we hope we’ll be able to welcome on board in the future.BTN: How is Royal Brunei Airlines working to overcome the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic – are operations back to normal as we enter late 2020?MA: The health and safety of our guests and employees is of paramount importance. We are working closely in partnership with stakeholder and governments to ensure the enhanced and precautionary measures we undertook offers peace of mind for our guests and restore their confidence when they travel with us. In terms of RB’s strategic direction to navigate the challenges, we have to be creative and find opportunity. Recently we developed a concept sight-seeing flight, and the response was overwhelming. The sight-seeing flight has helped our operating crew to keep their licenses current. Operations-wise, we are developing our operating program in response to the evolving changes in travel demand and government policy.BTN: What can be expect from the carrier next year as it seeks to defend the prestigious World Travel Awards trophy?MA: RB is a remarkable airline proudly serving Brunei, the Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures, to the world from its hub in Bandar Seri Begawan. At the heart of the airline are our remarkable people, Team RB, who are dynamic and constantly at the forefront to showcase the little things that make our service special.They’re part of what makes RB the better way to fly and we are very proud of our teams who deliver this day in and day out. The airline will continue to respond to the market and are working on a number of improvements to our products and services in order to achieve the utmost excellence in guest experience and exceed their expectations. You’ll also see us sharing these to more people than ever before through innovative marketing campaigns when the time is right and making it even easier to interact with us through digital channels.We’re proud to serve Brunei and showcase this wonderful country to the world.More InformationRoyal Brunei Airlines connects Brunei Darussalam to the world from its hub in Bandar Seri Begawan and has been serving the nation for nearly half a century.The airline is a full-service carrier, offering year-round low fares with free meals, baggage and entertainment as part of its offer.Find out more on the official website. Royal Brunei Airlines’ cabin crew have been recognised as the best in the business by World Travel Awards – here Breaking Travel News talks with chief executive Martin Aeberli to find out moreBreaking Travel News: Royal Brunei Airlines has taken the title of Asia’s Leading Cabin Crew at the World Travel Awards – how does it feel to have won?- Advertisement – In spite of the tough times facing the world today, it has been a huge few years for the airline where we achieved significant milestones from the host of awards, we have won to launching initiatives that support our development and growth. On behalf of our crew and team Royal Brunei, we would like to say a big thank you to our loyal guests and supporters who have voted for us and trusted our truly Bruneian hospitality.BTN: How do accolades such as these help build the Royal Brunei brand in the competitive Asian aviation market?- Advertisement – OlderBreaking Travel News interview: Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa Martin Aeberli: The team in Royal Brunei Airlines are delighted and excited to be receiving the title of Asia’s Leading Cabin Crew from the prestigious World Travel Awards for the very first time.As the national carrier of Brunei Darussalam, we reflect our Bruneian values in everything we do and the defining trait being the hospitality we provide to our guests. We’re very proud this has been recognised with the amazing services our crew provide as a representation of the airline and Brunei with their personalised, warm and characteristic Bruneian hospitality.- Advertisement –
But Netflix has yet to share any plans to place its servers locally or open an office in Vietnam.The firm said in a statement last month that it was working with Vietnamese authorities to set up a mechanism for tax collection.Netflix had no immediate comment when contacted by Reuters and said it would provide a response later.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Hung said the information ministry, finance ministry and tax department were working together to facilitate tax collection by calculating foreign streaming firms’ revenues in Vietnam since their entries into the market.Tech giants are increasingly facing tougher fiscal regimes in Southeast Asia, where regulators held talks last year on a regional push to tax tech giants more.The Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia have recently passed or drafted legislation hoping to ensure taxes are paid.© Thomson Reuters 2020Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Vietnam’s information minister on Tuesday accused foreign streaming companies like Netflix and Apple of skirting their tax responsibilities, saying it would create unfair competition for domestic firms.Foreign stream firms, which have combined revenues of nearly VND 1 trillion (roughy Rs. 300 crores) from one million subscribers, according to the information and communications ministry’s calculations, have never paid tax in Vietnam.- Advertisement – “Domestic companies have to abide by tax and content regulations while foreign firms do not, which is unfair competition,” the minister, Nguyen Manh Hung, told a government meeting.“Some content on Netflix has flouted regulations related to the history and sovereignty of the country, violence, drug use, and sex,” he added.Vietnam introduced a cyber-security law two years ago that requires all foreign businesses earning income from online activities in Vietnam to store their data in the country.- Advertisement –
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The lame duck president, Donald Trump, and his Republican supporters refuse to believe that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the election by millions of popular (and plenty of electoral) votes. Trump clearly is still in command of the Republican Party with guys like Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and Kevin McCarthy spreading any crackpot vote conspiracy that comes along.When it comes to supporting their failed president or supporting democracy, they go with Trump. With all the reshuffling over at the Pentagon and elsewhere, there are some ominous signs but I think it’s more likely a cover-your-ass move by the president. I don’t believe we are witnessing the beginnings of a successful coup. What we are seeing is a concerted attempt by the Party of Trump to undermine the Biden presidency at all costs.- Advertisement – With the Biden/Harris lead, it’s going to be next to impossible to claw back hundreds of thousands of votes that were cast for the Democratic ticket. Even though Trump has loaded up the Supreme Court, remember that Bush v. Gore was centered on 537 votes in Florida — not hundreds of thousands of votes across multiple states. I sure hope I’m right. I have to admit, I am definitely worried about the coup-yness of what is going on right now. Fingers crossed for democracy.Enjoy the cartoon, and please stop by my Patreon pages, where you can support my work, go behind the scenes and pick up prints and other goodies! – Advertisement –
The new colour variant of the Nubia smartphone may not be available in international markets and may remain exclusive to European markets.Which are the best truly wireless earphones under Rs. 10,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. The Red Magic Cyberpods are priced at EUR 50 (roughly Rs. 4,400) in Europe, as per a report. They will be available for purchase November 20 onwards through Nubia’s website. The earbuds are expected to be available globally soon as well, but there is no timeline available for the same.Red Magic Cyberpods featuresThe earbuds come with 8mm drivers on each earpiece, as per the report. They have Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and a special low-latency mode for gaming. The Red Magic Cyberpods have touch control features on the buds and a one-touch connect feature with Nubia phones. Citing the company, the report says that the Red Magic Cyberpods have a 20-hour battery life combined with its charging case that charges with USB-C. The earbuds have RGB lighting as well.Red Magic 5S Eclipse BlackRed Magic 5S which was launched in July of this year, is now available in a new Eclipse Black colour variant. It is black and has silver and red accents around it. The new edition of the gaming smartphone is available in a single 8GB + 128GB storage configuration and is priced at EUR 579 (roughly Rs. 51,100).- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Red Magic Cyberpods TWS gaming earbuds with Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and a low-latency mode have been launched in Europe. Nubia had announced the Red Magic TWS gaming earphones back in July and will now roll it out globally. The Red Magic Cyberpods will be available for purchase in Europe from November 20, as per a report, and will have a global rollout at a later date. Besides that, the Red Magic 5S gaming smartphone has also reportedly now been released in a new Eclipse Black colour variant.Nubia introduced the Red Magic Cyberpods True Wireless Gaming Earbuds through a video on YouTube, but the earbuds haven’t gone live on the company’s website so far. The Red Magic Cyperpods were announced in July by Nubia and are primarily made for smartphone gaming.Red Magic Cyberpods price, availability- Advertisement –
Apr 2, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Officials in West Virginia yesterday planned to cull about 25,000 turkeys at a farm after routine tests indicated that some were probably exposed to a low-pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced yesterday.Authorities discovered the virus 2 days ago during preslaughter surveillance conducted by a poultry industry group, the USDA said in a press release. The birds showed no signs of illness, and none had died. A West Virginia Department of Agriculture official said the farm is in Pendleton County in the east-central part of the state, according to a Reuters report.”We can say for certain that this is not the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus that has spread through birds in Asia, Europe, and Africa,” John Clifford, the USDA’s chief veterinary officer, said in the press release. He added that the test results suggested that the virus was a low-pathogenic strain, which poses no risk to human health but is common in birds and typically produces minor illness or no noticeable symptoms.The USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory will conduct sequencing and pathogenicity tests to further identify the virus, Clifford said.The USDA’s policy is to cull birds that have H5 or H7 influenza viruses, because they can mutate into highly pathogenic strains, Clifford said. The poultry’s owner participates in the National Poultry Improvement Plan and therefore will be compensated for the loss.The last H5N2 avian flu outbreak in the United States occurred in February 2004 at a chicken farm in Gonzales County, Tex. A flock of 7,000 broiler chickens was culled after the H5N2 outbreak, the country’s first in 20 years.A genetic study of the 2004 Texas H5N2 outbreak strain showed it was highly pathogenic, though the clinical signs were consistent with a low-pathogenic strain. The findings led researchers to reexamine what avian flu viruses should be reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), according to a 2005 report in the Journal of Virology. Clifford said countries must now report all H5 and H7 detections to the OIE.See also:Apr 1 USDA press releaseLee CW, Swayne DE, Linares JA, et al. H5N2 avian influenza outbreak in Texas in 2004: the first highly pathogenic strain in the United States in 20 years? J Virol 2005 Sep;79(17):11412-21 [Full text]Feb 23, 2004, CIDRAP News report “Avian flu in Texas is highly pathogenic”
Aug 22, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – It was secondary bacterial pneumonia—not the influenza virus by itself—that killed most of the millions who perished in the 1918 flu pandemic, which suggests that current pandemic preparations should include stockpiling of antibiotics and bacterial vaccines, influenza researchers reported this week.Experts at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) examined pieces of lung tissue preserved from 58 victims of the 1918 pandemic and reviewed reports distilled from thousands of autopsies to reach their conclusions, published online by the Journal of Infectious Diseases.”Histological and bacteriologic evidence suggests that the vast majority of influenza deaths resulted from secondary bacterial pneumonia,” says the report by David M. Morens, MD, Jeffery K. Taubenberger, MD, PhD, and NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, MD.Many accounts of the 1918 pandemic have emphasized how quickly patients succumbed to the infection, creating an impression that a large share of the victims died of the virus’s direct effects on the lungs or the immune system’s intense response to the infection. But the new report suggests that more than 90% actually died of invading bacterial pneumonia after the virus wiped out cells lining the bronchial tubes and lungs.”In essence, the virus landed the first blow while bacteria delivered the knockout punch,” said Fauci in an NIAID news release.Lung sections and autopsy reviewsThe researchers pursued two strategies. First, they examined sections newly cut from blocks of lung tissue preserved from 58 military members who died during the pandemic, representing all known 1918 flu cases in a tissue collection at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.Second, they reviewed 1918-era literature on influenza pathology and bacteriology, gleaning 109 reports providing useful bacteriologic information from 173 series of autopsies. These covered 8,398 autopsies from 15 countries.Nearly all of the lung tissue examinations yielded “compelling histologic evidence of severe acute bacterial pneumonia, either as the predominant pathology or in conjunction with underlying pathologic features now believed to be associated with influenza virus infection,” including damage to the bronchial epithelium, the report says. Bacteria were often present in “massive numbers.”In perusing the contemporary autopsy studies, the authors found 96 reports of lung tissue culture results from 5,266 patients, in which only 4.2% showed no bacterial growth. In 68 “higher quality” autopsy series, representing 3,074 patients, 92.7% of the lung cultures were positive for at least one bacterial species. Cultures of blood samples from another 1,887 victims were positive for bacteria in 70.3% of cases.At the time of the pandemic, nearly all experts agreed that deaths were almost never caused by the then-unidentified flu virus itself, “but resulted directly from severe secondary pneumonia caused by well-known bacterial ‘pneumopathogens’ that colonized the upper respiratory tract,” the report states. The most common pathogens were pneumococci, streptococci, and staphylococci.The authors also reviewed evidence from the relatively mild pandemic of 1957-58 and determined that most deaths were due to secondary bacterial pneumonia. In addition, the “few relevant data from the 1968-1969 pandemic” reflect the same pattern, they write.”We believe that the weight of 90 years of evidence, including the exceptional but largely forgotten work of an earlier generation of pathologists, indicates that the vast majority of pulmonary deaths from pandemic influenza viruses have resulted from poorly understood interactions between the infecting virus and secondary infections due to bacteria that colonize the upper respiratory tract,” the report says.Severity still unexplainedThe researchers say their findings leave the extreme severity of the 1918 pandemic unexplained. Because they found evidence of many different types of invading bacteria, it was probably not due to specific virulent bacterial strains. Instead, they speculate that “any influenza virus with an enhanced capacity to spread to and damage bronchial and/or bronchiolar epithelial cells” could pave the way for bacteria in the upper respiratory tract to invade the lungs and cause a severe infection.The authors suggest that, as in past pandemics, secondary bacterial pneumonia is likely to be the leading killer in the next pandemic—if it is caused by “a human-adapted virus similar to those recognized since 1918.” If that’s the case, they assert, pandemic preparations must go beyond the development and stockpiling of influenza vaccines and antiviral drugs; efforts should also include the stockpiling of antibiotics and bacterial vaccines to protect against bacterial pneumonia.However, the investigators also write that if a derivative of the H5N1 avian flu virus causes a future pandemic, lessons from past pandemics may not be “strictly applicable.” That virus’s pathogenic mechanisms may be atypical because it is poorly adapted to humans and because it causes unusual pathology in animals. On the other hand, they say that if the H5N1 virus fully adapts to humans, the spectrum of resulting disease could revert to something more similar to what was seen in past pandemics.Study may change thinkingWilliam Schaffner, MD, an influenza expert and chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, said the new study may change the general understanding of the causes of death in the 1918 pandemic.”The general notion at least heretofore is that there were two kinds of deadly illnesses, the first caused by the virus all by itself,” Schaffner told CIDRAP News. “We know that the influenza virus can cause primary pneumonia, and the time course was so brief from onset to death in many patients that it was thought this was likely due to an extremely virulent influenza virus—an influenza virus on steroids.”But it has also been assumed that bacterial pneumonia often complicated flu cases then, as it does today, and was fatal for many patients in that pre-antibiotic era, he added. “So the general notion was that there were two causes of death. The general sense was that the former, the virus, was more important than the latter. This comes largely from repeated stories about the rapidity with which this carried people off.”But the findings of Morens and colleagues indicate that secondary bacterial pneumonia was the more common cause of death. “The impressive thing is, though this is a tiny, tiny sample of what went on, they showed bacterial pneumonia was extraordinarily common,” Schaffner said. “I think they make the point that it was in every one of the autopsy sections they examined. I have to tell you that made me sit up.”He suggested one possible source of inadvertent bias in the study: Because the evidence is derived from autopsies, the subjects included in the study could represent a skewed sample. The victims most likely to be autopsied were those who died in hospitals, and they probably were less sick initially and had a longer course of illness than those who died at home, Schaffner said. Those who died at home were much less likely to be autopsied.Nevertheless, the study is an important contribution for showing that bacterial pneumonia was common in the 1918 pandemic, Schaffner added. “I’m still not convinced that that bimodal concept [of the causes of death in 1918] is not true,” he said. “These fellows have nailed the second part; I’m just not sure they represent the entire population of deaths.”Schaffner observed that the idea of including bacterial pneumonia in pandemic planning has already been under discussion for a while. “But the fact that Tony Fauci lends his name to these discussions gives them impetus because of his central role in the pandemic planning process in Washington,” he said.He said the federal stockpile of drugs and medical supplies for public health emergencies includes some antibiotics, but they are mainly intended for bioterrorism-related diseases, such as ciprofloxacin for anthrax. But some of the antibiotics might be useful for both bioterrorism-linked diseases and pneumonia, he said.No vaccines to prevent bacterial pneumonia have been included in the federal stockpile, Schaffner said. However, he noted that between 40% and 50% of people aged 65 and older have been vaccinated against pneumococcal disease, as recommended by federal guidelines.Morens DM, Taubenberger JK, Fauci AS. Predominant role of bacterial pneumonia as a cause of death in pandemic influenza: implications for pandemic influenza preparedness. J Infect Dis 2008 Oct;198 (published online Aug 18) [Full text]See also:Accompanying commentary by Jonathan A. McCullers on the above reporthttp://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/full/10.1086/592165
Dec 12, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today reported that a 19-year-old man from Cambodia has been hospitalized with H5N1 avian influenza, the country’s first case in nearly a year and a half.The man, from Kandal province, got sick on Nov 28 and first sought care from his local health center 2 day later, according to the WHO report. He is now listed as Cambodia’s eighth H5N1 case, of which seven have been fatal.Sok Touch, head of the ministry’s communicable diseases department, said the man is in stable condition in a hospital in Calmette, the provincial capital, Reuters reported today. Kandal province is in southern Cambodia, just south of Phnom Penh.Presence of the H5N1 virus in the man’s samples were confirmed yesterday by the National Influenza Centre at the Institut Pasteur in Phnom Penh, the WHO reported.Officials from Cambodia’s health ministry are investigating the source of the man’s infection, according to the WHO report. Ly Sovann, a ministry bird flu expert, said the man became ill after handling a sick chicken at his home, the Associated Press reported today.The health ministry is identifying his contacts and providing them with antiviral prophylaxis, the WHO said.Cambodia’s last H5N1 case was reported in April 2007 when a 13-year-old girl from Kampong Chang province died after poultry deaths were reported in her village and after eating a sick chicken, according to a previous report from the WHO.The country’s latest case raises the WHO’s global H5N1 count to 390 cases and 246 deaths.See also:Dec 12 WHO statementApr 10, 2007, WHO statement
The Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality (FMTU) from Opatija has opened the 2nd generation of the lifelong learning program “Camping Resort Management”.This is the first lifelong learning program in camping management in Croatia, developed to enable participants to learn and master specific knowledge in the field of modern camping services. Special emphasis is placed on the implementation of the latest trends in the field of camping services, point out the FMTU, and after the program participants will be able to take responsibility for providing more complex camping services and build entrepreneurial skills to build and run a camp.In the 21st century, camping is undergoing a significant transformation under the influence of global trends such as the popularity of outdoor activities, the desire for freedom of movement and stay in the destination and the growing demand for high quality accommodation in campsites. In the 21st century, campsites are being transformed into camping resorts, and camping itself is becoming more and more “glamping”, ie “open-air hotel”. There is a growing demand for accommodation in camps, for quality camping service and rich facilities, among which water attractions stand out, and more and more wellness and spa services. Accommodation in camps is becoming more diverse and innovative. It is estimated that in the last 10 years, around 10.000 mobile homes have been set up in Croatian camps alone, and glamping accommodation is increasingly present. The high quality and comfort of this accommodation in the landscaped green oases of camps with numerous entertainment and recreational facilities attracts new segments of guests to the camps and contributes to the overall competitiveness of the camps.All these are more than enough reasons for the need of camp managers, all with the aim to make our tourist product competitive and to offer a modern camping service, so we should certainly praise the introduction of lifelong learning program “Camping Resort Management” by the Faculty of Management in tourism and catering from Opatija. By the way, this is the first lifelong learning program in camping management in Croatia and one of the extremely rare educational modules in Europe. In the academic year 2016/2017 The “Camping Resort Management” program was successfully completed by 26 participants, and in this 2017/2018. A total of 35 program participants were enrolled in the academic year.Photo Camp Rehut, MurterLifelong learning program: “Camping resort management”The “Camping Resort Management” program was developed to enable participants to learn and master specific knowledge in the field of modern camping services, point out the Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality from Opatija and add that participants will be able to take on more complex tasks. various areas of camping services and build entrepreneurial skills of creating and running a camp.Acquired knowledge and competencies from various areas of camping services will contribute to the development of the overall camping offer in the direction of quality differentiation and specialization, which in general achieves a significant competitive advantage of Croatian camping services in the Mediterranean.Upon completion of the Program, participants will gain 10 ECTS credits and the following competencies: Know the basics of camping management and organization of camping tourism in the world and in Croatia, be able to monitor camp operations through key indicators and interpret them correctly, know the basics of camping marketing and marketing mix. services, and the specifics of camping accommodation, know the basics of business and standards of operations of individual departments in the camping resort, communicate properly with guests, employees, superiors and business partners, understand the basics of experience and event management, implement safety management procedures and know the basics of sustainable management development of the camp, including procedures related to the maintenance and rational use of resources and get acquainted with the basics of development, management and implementation of investment projects in the camping resort.
Photo: Valamar Riviera In the photo gallery, see what the Valamar House on Krk and the Valamar House in Rabac look like, with about 600 seasonal employees. Valamar House in Poreč, Rabac, Krk and Dubronvik The company provides all its employees who come to work in Valamar’s destinations from other parts of Croatia and the region with quality accommodation through the Valamar House concept. House Valamar on Krk Valamar house in Rabac So far, the Croatian tourist company has invested between 80 and 100 million kuna in accommodation for employees of the Valamar House in Poreč (two facilities), Rabac and on the island of Krk, and the Valamar House in Dubrovnik is also under construction. Thus, Valamar guarantees its employees a minimum net income in the amount of HRK 5.000 to HRK 7.500 for a full monthly fund of hours, a 13th salary in the amount of HRK 5.000 net to all permanent employees and those who will work for at least 2019 months in 10, special rewards in the amount of from 1.200 to 2.000 kuna for seasonal workers and a Christmas bonus of 2.000 kuna for full-time employees. The concept of the Valamar House, in addition to the newly renovated rooms and suites, includes a shared kitchen and a laundry and drying room. For socializing after work, there is also a space for video and social games, and in their free time, employees can relax in the living room with a shared TV and in the outdoor areas for socializing by the barbecue or pool. With competitive salaries, a system of motivation and rewards, as well as career development opportunities and employee health care, Valamar Riviera justifies its status as a top employer in tourism.