Most customers yet to receive cash refunds for canceled flights

first_imgHowever, she added that travel agents have had difficulties in assisting customers’ cash refund requests as airlines has scrapped their auto-refund scheme, hence prolonging the process, as it requires the agents to manually follow-up the requests.With the auto-refund scheme, airlines usually automatically approved the refund request and transfer the money to travel agents within two to three weeks. However, airlines scrapped the system in March this year.The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has severely battered the travel industry, including airlines, as travel demand slowed and operational costs burden the companies. Airlines have also been forced to cancel flights due to travel restrictions to contain the virus.The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates a 49 percent drop in passenger numbers and an $8.2 billion drop in revenue for the Indonesian airline industry this year, compared to last year. Topics : Airlines have yet to approve most passengers’ requests for cash refunds of cancelled international flights following the massive number of cancellations amid the pandemic, the Indonesian Travel Agent Association (Astindo) has stated.From Rp 2.45 trillion (US$173.2 million) worth of cash refunds requested for cancelled international flights issued between January to February this year, only Rp 852 billion have been refunded so far, according to Astindo data collected from its members.“This is only for international flights, not to mention domestic flights,” Astindo secretary-general Pauline Soeharno told The Jakarta Post on Thursday, adding that customers still preferred cash refunds over travel vouchers.center_img Astindo travel agents have also reported a 90 percent drop in sales since the pandemic started.The refunding problem also plagues cancelled domestic flights, as travel agents are unable to help by refunding customers from their internal cash due to slumping sales.Airlines have only provided refunds in the form of credits and deposits for future booking to travel agents, which cannot be cashed out.Aviation observer Gerry Soejatman said on Thursday that both airlines and travel agents are in the middle of an unfortunate situation at the moment.“Through travel vouchers, airlines are trying to uphold consumer rights without making themselves bankrupt. If the airline goes bankrupt, the travel agent will also get affected and customers will be upset,” he said. He encouraged customers to use the travel vouchers option for the refunds, considering the current situation.“The best middle ground now is travel voucher as a form of refund,” Gerry said.IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac said in a statement on April 3 that passengers had the right to get their money, as they had spent money on a service that could not be delivered.However, during this difficult time, airlines were facing an imminent depletion of cash. Providing vouchers as a refund that could be used for future travel would give the industry “vital time to breathe” and eventually survive the crisis, he said.last_img read more

Ray Parlour picks Dennis Bergkamp over Thierry Henry as his best ever Arsenal teammate

first_imgRay Parlour picks Dennis Bergkamp over Thierry Henry as his best ever Arsenal teammate Comment Advertisement Parlour played alongside two of the Premier League’s greatest forwards (Pictures: Sky Sports & Getty)Ray Parlour has chosen Dennis Bergkamp above the likes of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Tony Adams as the best player he ever played alongside at Arsenal.The former England midfielder spent 12 years at the north London club, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups in that time.Parlour was surrounded by some of the greatest players to have graced the English game, including feared forwards Henry and Bergkamp who formed the front two of Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles in 2003-04.French World Cup winner Henry has scored the sixth-most goals in Premier League history, while Bergkamp was famed for his velvet touch and immaculate technique.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd when asked who came out on top out of all of his Gunners teammates, Parlour told Sky Sports’ The Football Show: ‘The best player, it’s got to go down to two players, it’s either Henry or Dennis Bergkamp.‘Henry was amazing, what he achieved at Arsenal. When he first turned up we thought he couldn’t hit a barn door, seven games, scoring no goals, we said we can’t win the league with Thierry. We’d just lost Nicolas Anelka who was a brilliant player. Advertisement Bergkamp earned himself a statue outside the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)‘But I’d have to pick Dennis [over Henry] slightly, because he changed the attitude a lot with the British players as well. ‘He first come in in 1996, his training methods, the professionalism of him was first class, he used to stay behind in training, practice on his own. ‘We were all looking at him like wait a minute, shouldn’t we be doing a bit more practicing. I think he influenced a lot, but what a special player as well. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Dennis was the one who would always be at the right place at the right time, if you were playing with him as well and he always read your mind. ‘If I was in a situation where I’ve only got one pass, Dennis would read that and he’d be tucking off of the centre-half and there he was picking the ball up in a dangerous area.‘So I think Dennis was a cut above everyone at that time, but Thierry would go very, very close to being the best as well.’MORE: How Jack Wilshere reacted to Arsenal selling Robin van Persie to Manchester UnitedMORE: Mikel Arteta ready to sell three Arsenal centre-halves this summer, including Rob HoldingFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 May 2020 12:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link953Shareslast_img read more

Jury finds Calibishie man guilty of attempted rape and indecent assault

first_imgLocalNews Jury finds Calibishie man guilty of attempted rape and indecent assault by: – June 12, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Court gavel. Photo credit: kirtok.comA nine member jury has found Frederick George guilty of attempted rape and indecent assault of a nineteen year old female on Tuesday. George was arrested in December of 2010 for attempting to rape and indecently assault the nineteen year old female who will be called “A” hereinafter as her name cannot be published.According to information revealed in Court, “A” was on her way to bathe in a “souce” [creek] where residents of the village usually bathe on Sunday 13th December, 2010 when she met the George coming up from the creek.“A” testified that George told her; “I swef” to which she responded, “I good where I am” but he wrestled with her, pushed her to the ground and tried to rape her.She explained further that she “bawled” as he “pushed his hand in her underwear” and was able to kick him which caused him to leave her alone.Bernard Paul, who heard screaming coming from the area of the creek while he was at the home of her neighbour, Etta Delsol, went to inquire what was going on.He testified that he met “A” lying on her back with only her underwear facing the mountains and screaming. He assisted her in gathering her items and walked up with her to Etta Delsol’s home where she telephoned her mother and waited for her.“A” and her mother made a report to the police and visited the doctor at the Marigot Hospital on 14th December, 2010.When police officer Andrew went to the defendant to inquire from him as to the allegation made by “A” he told him; “Yes I want to tell you something. I do not want to go to Court; I will negotiate with them in front of the police. I am sorry; I know them they are my neighbours”.In his unsworn statement from the prisoner’s dock on Tuesday, George told the Court; “We [“A”] were best friends, we were good friends; she used to come at my home, eat and drink. I used to work for her and she owed me $150.00. We make a bargain for the money she couldn’t pay me. We went down to the river, I went first and she came after. Your honour, I never touch …[“A”], I never wrestle with her. The officer who arrested me told me to shut up so I couldn’t say anything to ….[“A”]”.After two hours of deliberation; the six females, two males jury found George guilty of both charges.He has been remanded at the State’s prison awaiting sentencing which has been scheduled for July 6th, 2012.Dominica Vibes News 22 Views   one commentcenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Angels non-tender catcher Kevan Smith

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The Angels non-tendered catcher Kevan Smith, leaving them likely in the market for another catcher this winter.The only two catchers left on the 40-man roster are Max Stassi, who might not be ready for Opening Day after hip surgery, and Anthony Bemboom.The Angels tendered their remaining eight arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Andrew Heaney, Hansel Robles, Cam Bedrosian and Noé Ramírez, infielder Tommy La Stella, outfielder Brian Goodwin.Smith was projected to make about $1.3 million in 2020. The 31-year-old hit .251 with five homers and a .710 OPS in 191 at-bats last year. He missed time with a concussion and a hand injury. The list of available free agent catchers includes Robinson Chirinos, Jason Castro and Martín Maldonado. Maldonado, a former Angel, could be an attractive target as part of the Angels’ plan to lure free agent Gerrit Cole. Maldonado was Cole’s personal catcher during their two months together with the Houston Astros.Related Articlescenter_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

For Lakers teammates, it’s all about sharing court with Lonzo Ball

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“The way Julius was rolling to the basket in the fourth quarter (on Sunday),” Walton said, “I’d like to get them some minutes together. You could go down the line. … I’d like to keep Brook and Lonzo in together.”The problem with achieving all of those wishes should by now be obvious.“A lot of those guys are overlapping positions,” Walton lamented, “and we’re not going to play Lonzo 48 minutes.”Corey Brewer has often compared playing with Ball to his days alongside Andre Miller in Denver and Jason Kidd in Dallas.“He makes the game easier for you,” Brewer said. “When you’ve got a guy like that who’s going to get you the ball in the right spots, the game comes easy so you want to play with him.” LOS ANGELES — The close bond shared by Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball is on display during pregame banter in front of their side-by-side lockers and half-court shooting contests at practice. They live only a mile apart in Marina del Rey, though Kuzma joked Wednesday that the pair had not yet carpooled to practice.“He don’t want to pick me up,” Kuzma said. “He usually has a full car at practice. Brings the entourage.”As Kuzma teased, Ball rolled his eyes.The pair’s chemistry is reflected on the floor, as well. Coach Luke Walton said before the Lakers’ game against Washington that he is searching for opportunities to pair the pals on the floor more often. Although, the more he looked at that, he realized that was true of everyone.center_img Kuzma said he and Ball click so well on the floor because they are both comfortable playing fast.“He likes to push the pace on offense in transition,” Kuzma said. “I’m usually one of the first ones down the floor, (it leads to) just easy baskets like that. We’ve had good chemistry since summer league, just playing with each other.”The 27th pick in June’s draft, acquired along with Brook Lopez in the D’Angelo Russell deal, Kuzma has looked comfortable regardless of who he shares the floor with. In his first three games, he averaged 14.7 points while shooting 60.7 percent from the floor.In some ways, he has been surprised by his own NBA success, saying it has been “easier than what I thought, yes, but at the same time it’s hard, too.”“I’m a pretty smart basketball player,” said Kuzma, who played three years of college at Utah. “I pick up on things easily, but you’re still playing against the best players in the world and you have to guard those guys.”THE RETURN OF BRYANTThe Lakers on Wednesday assigned rookie Thomas Bryant to their G-League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers. A few hours later, they called him back.Expect that to happen frequently this season, as the team tries to get the center from the University of Indiana practice time in the NBA Gatorade League and with Walton’s Lakers.“The G-League is great for this reason,” Walton said. “He has been great in practice. He brings energy. He’s a good young player. But we’ve got three games in four nights. And again next week. There’s just not a ton of practice time.”Walton said Bryant, who has not appeared in a regular-season game, needs to be playing every day. On Wednesday, he participated in morning shootaround with the Lakers, practiced with the South Bay affiliate, and was back for tipoff against the Wizards.“It’s just getting those guys as much development as possible because there’s not minutes in the rotation for them,” Walton said. “It allows them to keep growing as players.”last_img read more

Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews scores 44th goal, keeps pace in Rocket Richard Trophy race

first_imgPlaying in arguably one of their biggest games of the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs needed their stars to shine Thursday — and their biggest star did just that.Rocket Richard Trophy candidate Auston Matthews knocked in his 44th goal of the season in a hotly contested, back-and-forth battle with the Panthers in Florida. The marker knotted the game 3-3 in the first period and capped a two-goal comeback by the Leafs with just over a minute left in the opening frame. Toronto would go on to win the contest 5-3 and maintain a hold on the Atlantic Division’s third spot. TRADE DEADLINE: Leafs do not seize the dayMatthews started the play with a dump-and-chase, tracked down the puck behind the goal line and threw a hit on MacKenzie Weegar that kept him out of the play. He then got the puck to Mitchell Marner, who set up Zach Hyman — and had all four Panthers down low focusing on him. Hyman’s attempted move around netminder Sergei Bobrovsky sent the puck right to an open Matthews for the goal.The goal is huge considering the Leafs are playing with just 11 forwards. Coach Sheldon Keefe opted to dress seven defenseman with a young and inexperienced blue-line group. Veteran defenseman Jake Muzzin suffered a broken hand in the team’s last game and joined Morgan Rielly and Cody Ceci on the sideline. He now has recorded 22 points (13 goals, nine assists) in 21 games against Atlantic Division teams this season and on Thursday night against Florida, he led the team in shots (six), shot attempts (11), faceoff wins (10) and takeaways (two). Despite not scoring in Toronto’s last three games and only having one goal in his last five, Matthews is now just two behind the Bruins’ David Pastrnak and one ahead of the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin for the Richard Trophy. He is on pace for 56 goals this season.last_img read more

Meet Keylee Marineau, Thurston County Public Health’s New Coordinator for the…

first_imgFacebook228Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Public Health and Social ServicesKeylee Marineau is smart, and funny—and she’s been working with the unsheltered population for close to ten years, ever since she was a contracted therapist for Partners in Prevention Education. Her experience at Rosie’s Place working with youth and young adults experiencing homelessness has given her a broad perspective. 40 percent of young people on the street identify as LGBTQ and most give their number one reason for being homeless as either being kicked out of their home, or feeling unsafe in their home. “That’s not a problem the County can solve alone.”“’Solving’ the problem of homelessness goes way beyond finding housing for people,” she explained. “Getting people off the street touches on all kinds of issues, and requires all kinds of partners. It’s about lack of affordable housing. It’s about mental health. It’s about homophobia, childhood traumas, and racism. It’s about health inequities—the availability of care, and systems inequities. It’s about chemical dependency. There is really no part of our culture that doesn’t impact this population. The problem is societal, and cultural—and so the solutions also have to be societal, and cultural. We will all have to work together.”As the Homeless Prevention Coordinator, Keylee is charged with working toward four overarching goals:Prevent homelessness before it happensIdentify those people who are without homesRespond to those unsheltered people with resourcesDevelop opportunities to develop affordable housingThe ultimate goal is to get unsheltered populations off the street and into affordable housing. To do this, Keylee represents the County by coordinating with all the partners and programs that are working on pieces of the problem. She’ll need to develop short and long-term goals, in collaboration with those partners, while engaging with the Thurston County community at large. The frustrations and hurdles are many, but Keylee is optimistic.“It’s not going to happen overnight,” she admitted. “I wish it could. But the bottom line is that we have incredibly active and caring organizations and program leaders across a broad sweep of the County, and we have lots of people in the broader community who want to help problem solve and find solutions.”It can be hard to get an accurate count of the homeless population because of the transient nature of the population. The current estimate is around 1000, but the actual count could be higher. The annual Point in Time census just took place on January 24th, so there will be updated numbers soon. While the numbers aren’t yet in for this year, we did see unprecedented turn out of community members wanting to volunteer. That is very hopeful for the future.Keylee’s currently reviewing the County 5-year Homelessness Plan and working with providers and the City of Olympia to develop next steps. She wants to engage with the broader community too. “I want to hear what innovative solutions people have in mind. The County wants to do everything it can to help, not only because these are community members that need our help, but because part of our mission is to acknowledge and address health inequities. The recent impacts of the Federal shutdown nation-wide are a good reminder that many more people are just one bad situation away from ending up on the streets themselves.”Regardless of the complexities of the problem, Thurston County is lucky to have Keylee’s experience and engagement focused on finding solutions.last_img read more

SPSCC Theatre Program Announces Auditions for Fun Home Musical

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) today announced that auditions for the Fun Home, the five-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, will take place from March 21 through 23 at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts. Those auditioning should prepare 16 bars from a song that represents their range and sign up for an audition slot.The musical, adapted from Alison Bechdel’s best-selling 2006 graphic memoir of the same name, focuses on Bechdel’s coming of age, emphasizing her turbulent relationship with her father and the discovery of her sexuality. Performances will take place on May 16 through 18 and May 23 through 25, at 7 p.m. on the Main Stage at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts. Tickets are on sale now.Audition TimesThursday, March 214 – 6 p.m.Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, Black Box TheatreFriday, March 224 – 6 p.m.Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, Main StageSaturday, March 2310 a.m. – 12 p.m.Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, Main StageSign up for an audition appointment at this link: TicketsThursday, May 16 at 7 p.m.Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m.Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m.Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m.Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m.Saturday, May 25 at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Thurston County Public Health Successfully Leads Critical COVID-19 Containment Efforts

first_imgFacebook132Tweet0Pin0Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Thurston County Public Health (Public Health) has proven that its systems and planning efforts are effective in keeping our county’s residents safe and healthy. Working closely with Thurston County Emergency Management (EM), Public Health and their team of infectious disease experts have directly contributed to keeping our case count relatively low compared to other Washington counties during the first few months of the pandemic.The Thurston County Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) has been activated in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic since January. The ECC is used as an administrative and logistical hub for natural disaster response such as flooding. Although the ECC has had far fewer people physically in the building during the COVID-19 response, the work is no less urgent. Photo courtesy: Thurston County“One of our primary roles is to ensure our healthcare system is ready and has the capacity to meet the needs of the community,” says Schelli Slaughter, director of Thurston County Public Health and Social Services. Her team has been working closely with hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities and medical first responders to be sure they have the equipment and capacity to meet potential demand. This includes making sure our hospitals had enough ventilators, ICU beds, and personnel. “All local hospitals are committed to reserving bed capacity in the event we need it” explains Slaughter.Early on in the response, there were not enough face masks for front line workers. The Thurston County acting Health Officer, Dr. Diana Yu had the difficult task of allocating available resources to the entities that needed them most. As Thurston County forged on through the crisis, residents took the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” orders seriously and the supply chain improved. “It was really helpful for us to be able to catch up and make sure our medical facilities had what they needed to prepare for a potential surge,” explains Slaughter.Public Health is also responsible for ensuring that everyone in the county who has been exposed to COVID-19 has a safe place to stay in isolation or quarantine. They have worked closely with Thurston County Emergency Management to secure a contracted care facility with over 100 beds where any individual who has been exposed to COVID-19 can stay in isolation or quarantine depending on their circumstances. Quarantine is for individuals who have been exposed to the disease but are awaiting test results. Isolation is required for all confirmed cases. This level of preparedness is essential for people who live with a high-risk individual and for people who are otherwise unsheltered.All staff and visitors arriving at the ECC must pass through a screening check point where a staff member takes their temperature. Visitors must also verbally confirm they have no symptoms of COVID-19. If an individual has a fever, they must leave immediately. Photo courtesy: Thurston CountyKurt Hardin is the director of Emergency Services, the department where Emergency Management is housed. He oversees the functionality of the Thurston County Emergency Coordination Center (ECC), which has been in an activated state since February for the Nisqually Flooding with a transition in March to serve as a logistical and administrative hub for the local pandemic response. His team is expandable, with 20 personnel working during normal times and up to 200 when there is a demand like we have now. This includes medical, logistical and administrative personnel, as well as PPE distribution for local healthcare. “It’s important that we have the capacity available in case we see a surge,” Hardin explains. “We can’t wait until the need is there to coordinate this system.”Preparedness is a key component of Public Health’s work supported by EM. Another vital aspect of Public Health’s work is contact tracing. Public Health’s team of disease investigators and contact tracers has swelled from 3 staff to 40 in the last 2 months. “This is a small but mighty team of dedicated, inspiring, hardworking individuals with a single purpose of protecting the health of Thurston County,” says Jeanie Knight, division director of disease control and prevention at Public Health.When a person tests positive for COVID-19, Knight’s team of infectious disease experts are responsible for collecting information from that person to aid in the prevention of spreading the disease. Individuals are asked to identify anyone who has been within 6 feet of them for longer than15 minutes in the 48 hours prior to showing symptoms. They are also asked to remember and share every place they have been outside their home. Once the infectious disease team has this information, they can start to determine where the individual contracted the disease and who else needs to be alerted to the possibility of infection. It is extensive investigative work that takes time. “We take this work really seriously and we do it as quickly as we can,” says Slaughter.Among the most important goals of Public Health is ensuring the public has access to reliable information from vetted scientific sources. If you have questions about any aspect of this outbreak or our county’s response, start by visiting the Thurston County Public Health website on COVID-19.One of the challenges Slaughter has observed is that because Thurston County has had a relatively low number of cases, there may be a false sense of security as we move into recovery. “We’ve seen smaller communities around the state be hit with some of the most devastating instances of loss and we don’t want to see that happen here. We don’t want to take that risk. The economy can come back but people cannot,” says Slaughter.Hardin, Slaughter and Knight all reiterate what an incredible team effort this has been on the part of the entire community. “We feel lucky to have the community we do here in Thurston County. I think it’s why our community is doing so well, because we can come together in a time of need,” says Slaughter. “I’m proud of every single person that has been a part of this response.”Sponsoredlast_img read more