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Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines Partners with Banfield Pet Hospital for Fur-st Class Pet Care. Alaska Airlines announced an exclusive partnership with Banfield[umlaut] Pet Hospital, the nation's largest general veterinary practice, to help travelers prepare their pets for takeoff. With more than 800 hospitals in 43 states, Banfield Pet Hospital is offering Alaska Airlines customers traveling with or shipping their pets a free office visit, travel consultation and $10 discount on a health certificate, which is required for all pets traveling in the cabin, as baggage or as air cargo. "We know pets play an important role in our lives and we share Alaska's commitment to fostering the human-pet bond by being one of the leading airlines for pet travel," said Dr. Karen Johnson, vice president and client advocate for Banfield Pet Hospital. "When it comes to pets, there is nothing more important than ensuring their health and safety whether at home or on a trip. We're proud to partner with such a well-respected organization that has a great track record of pet safety during travel." Alaska Airlines employees receive specialized training in safely transporting pets and follow strict guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service and the Consumer Division of the Department of Transportation. The carrier's pet-friendly practices were recognized by the website Smarter Traveler.com when it named Alaska the "Most Pet-Friendly Airline" in 2009. In addition to allowing customers to travel with their pets in the cabin through its Fur-st Class[umlaut] Care service, the airline also offers PetStreak[umlaut] Animal Express service for shipping animals via air freight in a safe and caring environment when their owner isn't traveling with them. To celebrate the new partnership with Banfield Pet Hospitals, Alaska Air Cargo is offering a 10 percent discount on PetStreak Animal Express shipments through June 9, 2012.* "Alaska is one of few airlines that still welcomes pets onboardNboth in the cabin and the cargo holdNand we're committed to pet care and safety," said Torque Zubeck, managing director of Alaska Air Cargo. "We are proud to partner with Banfield Pet Hospital to provide our customers a professional resource for ensuring their pet is prepared, safe and comfortable during air travel." To further enhance pet well-being, Alaska Airlines is implementing new kennel standards for animals traveling in the airplane hold, starting May 1, 2012. Kennels will require nut-and-bolt locks to ensure the animals remain safely in their kennel throughout their travel. "We also believe it is very important to acclimate pets to their kennel well in advance of the travel day to help reduce stress," Dr. Johnson said. "We recommend pet owners begin by putting the carrier in a common area in the house and gradually begin giving treats and feeding their pet inside the crate so they associate it as being a safe and positive place." Alaska Airlines' travelers with a pet reservation can learn more about the partnership offer by visiting www.banfield.com/alaskaairlines. Travelers can also find a list of pet travel tips, provided by Banfield veterinarians, and learn more about Alaska Airlines' pet travel polices, including its new kennel requirements, at www.alaskaair.com Mar 29, 2012

Corinthia Hotels Corinthia Hotels to Sponsor Clean Water Project in Tanzania . Alfred Pisani, founder and group chairman of Corinthia Hotels, dedicated Corinthia Hotels funds to sponsor a project in Tanzania. The project will create two water boreholes for the Tabata-Bima community in Dar es Salaam, with an overall population of around 30,000 people, which includes 10,000 students from primary school age to college level who will directly benefit from the clean water availability. The Tabata-Bima Corinthia Hotels/Just a Drop project started in mid March and is expected to be completed at the end of June, 2012. OCorinthia wanted its first year of commitment to directly support community driven projects in Africa like this one in Tabata-Bima in Dar es Salaam, providing long-term sustainable benefit to communities at the grass roots, directly helping to give children the gift of life and good health,O said Pisani. EEEEEEEEEEE H.E. Mwanaidi S. Maajar, TanzaniaOs ambassador to the U.S., said, OAlthough Tanzania is a country that is experiencing a fast-paced economic growth and booming tourism, without clean water, these communities will not benefit from this growth.O EEEEEEEEEEE Pisani started with a post-World War II loan in the newly independent island of Malta, building a restaurant that he grew to a luxury hotel empire. Today, the Corinthia has hotels in London, St. Petersburg, Budapest, Lisbon, Prague and Malta. In 2011, Corinthia Hotels, the five-star hotel collection, formally adopted the international water aid charity, Just a Drop, as its official charity. Mar 27, 2012

Ethiopian Airlines Ethiopian begins flights from Addis Ababa to Seychelles. Ethiopian Airlines has started its new weekly flight bound to the Seychelles islands from the Ethiopian capital main hub, Addis Ababa. The airlinesO Boeing HNOET879 inaugural commercial flight touched down at the Seychelles International airport at 1505 hours local time with 80 passengers. The flight was welcomed by the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Elsia Grandcourt, and it received its traditional water canon salute from the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority. The Chief Executive of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam, who was on board the maiden flight, has described this inaugural flight to the Seychelles Oas an important service,O saying that Oit connects passengers to the Seychelles from the companyOs core markets in Europe, the Middle East, the United States, and Asia.O Mr. Gebremariam said that OSeychelles, which features as a popular tourism destination, especially for the Asian market, is seen as profitable for the Ethiopian Airlines.O The Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Elsia Grandcourt, said that the Ethiopian Airlines inaugural flight to the Seychelles Ois a positive sign for the country as a tourism destination.O OThe Ethiopian Airlines weekly flights to the Seychelles represent a step ahead in the development of the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority, as it further links up the archipelago with four weekly flights to Africa and offers connecting flights to Europe, the Middle East, the United States, and Asia.O Mrs. Grandcourt said that Owith the Seychelles tapping into the Asian, Scandinavian, Europe, and Indian markets, the Ethiopian Airlines weekly flights to the Seychelles will bring more visitors to the Seychelles from these two potential destinations.O The Seychelles Tourism BoardOs Chief Executive Officer also explained that the Ohigh frequencies of flight arrivals in the Seychelles shows that the existing airline competition in the country is healthy, and this will help the Seychelles to pick up on its tourism arrivals.O Ethiopian Airlines, which currently operates in 63 international destinations, will arrive in the Seychelles from Addis Ababa on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. In January 2012, Ethiopian Airlines operated an inaugural charter flight to Seychelles from China. On board the flight were more than a hundred passengers from China. Seychelles is the airlineOs 48th destination. Source: Seychelles Ministry of Tourism & Culture Mar 28, 2012

HP, Ingram HP and Ingram team up to aid EHR adoption at hospitals. Implementing electronic health records can be costly for hospitals, even with the possibility of securing government funding, so those institutions are turning to cloud computing as a way to bring in EHRs as part of their IT infrastructure. Hewlett-Packard and distributor Ingram Micro are joining forces to offer HP tablet computers and workstations, together with cloud services managed by Ingram, to bring about EHRs in the cloud. Mar 29, 2012

HP, Ingram HP and Ingram team up to aid EHR adoption at hospitals. Implementing electronic health records can be costly for hospitals, even with the possibility of securing government funding, so those institutions are turning to cloud computing as a way to bring in EHRs as part of their IT infrastructure. Hewlett-Packard and distributor Ingram Micro are joining forces to offer HP tablet computers and workstations, together with cloud services managed by Ingram, to bring about EHRs in the cloud. Mar 28, 2012

JetBlue Airways JetBlue Still Upbeat, But Faces More Doubts. JetBlue's emergency response team barely had time to locate the Incident Operations Room at their new headquarters in Long Island City, Queens when they were summoned there to handle an emergency on March 27, a day after they moved in. JetBlue pilot Clayton Osbon was reported as behaving erratically on Flight 191 from New York to Las Vegas, running through...

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