Online booking portal – Charter Bus Connect http://www.charterbusconnect.com/ Fri, 22 Oct 2021 10:37:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-2021-08-02T194406.989-138x136.png Online booking portal – Charter Bus Connect http://www.charterbusconnect.com/ 32 32 Wales changes rules on Covid testing for international travel https://www.charterbusconnect.com/wales-changes-rules-on-covid-testing-for-international-travel/ https://www.charterbusconnect.com/wales-changes-rules-on-covid-testing-for-international-travel/#respond Fri, 22 Oct 2021 09:15:32 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/wales-changes-rules-on-covid-testing-for-international-travel/ Fully vaccinated people arriving in Wales from non-redlisted countries will be able to take a cheaper and faster lateral flow test rather than the PCR version from October 31, it has been announced. The Welsh government has confirmed that the new rules for people in Wales will start a week after the rules are introduced […]]]>

Fully vaccinated people arriving in Wales from non-redlisted countries will be able to take a cheaper and faster lateral flow test rather than the PCR version from October 31, it has been announced.

The Welsh government has confirmed that the new rules for people in Wales will start a week after the rules are introduced for people arriving in England.

Read more:All the latest news on the coronaviruses affecting Wales can be found here

Welsh Health Minister Eluned Morgan said: ‘As of Sunday 31 October all adults in Wales, who have completed their cycle on two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and the majority of those under the age of 18 , who have traveled from countries that are not on the red list. , will be able to take a lateral flow test no later than the second day of arrival in the UK. “

If people have a positive lateral flow test when they return from overseas travel, they will need to self-isolate for 10 days and have a follow-up PCR test.

People will continue to have the option to book and take a PCR test as a required second day test, as they currently do.

Explaining the difference in start dates with England, Ms Morgan explained: “We are unable to introduce the changes at the same time as we have not received sufficient or timely information from the UK government on the how these changes will work in practice.

“This is not ideal. However, despite the differences for a short time, Welsh residents wishing to travel will be able to do so. The only difference with English residents will be that until October 31, Welsh residents will have to continue to book a day 2 PCR test. “

NHS PCR tests can be booked on the CTM booking portal and private sector testing can be booked from a private provider listed on GOV.UK .

The Prime Minister has repeatedly voiced concerns over the change in testing, accusing the UK government of risking the health of the country by scrapping two PCR tests on the day. Read why here.

The statement added: “We remain concerned about the UK government’s approach – and the speed at which it is opening up international travel and its decisions to change border health measures, which are important protections to prevent the risk of new cases – and new variants. coronavirus – to enter the UK.

“We have consistently urged the UK government to take a precautionary approach to reopening international travel.

“However, it is difficult for us to adopt a different testing regime than that required by the UK government, as the majority of Welsh travelers enter the UK through ports and airports in England. Different testing requirements would result in significant practical issues, confusion between the traveling public, logistics issues, enforcement at our borders and inconvenience for Welsh businesses.

“We made this decision balancing public health needs with those of the travel industry amid the growing openness of international travel. After considering the implications in detail, I reluctantly decided that for practical reasons , close alignment with UK Government arrangements are the most viable option.

“We continue to encourage people to travel only for essential reasons.

“I am concerned that in its haste to introduce these latest changes to international travel, the UK government has created a system that lacks oversight and standards to make the market work.”

The Minister of Health has written to the Ministry of Health and Welfare seeking assurances that the system of day two lateral flow tests will be strengthened for

  • Automatically send a PCR test to anyone who tests positive to minimize delays in the process
  • Explain how the system will be applied and how the concerns highlighted by the Autorité de la concurrence et des Marchés regarding a ‘race to the bottom’ of PCR tests will not recur for lateral flow tests
  • Ensuring the fast and accurate flow of test results from private test providers to Welsh systems, so that the ability of the NHS Test Trace Protect to contact trace persons arriving in Wales is not compromised.

Ms Morgan said: Decisions about international travel should be made on a true four country basis. These are decisions that affect people living in all parts of the UK and we cannot make them in isolation from each other. “

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Council says tip problem in Coventry is unrelated to tip reservation system https://www.charterbusconnect.com/council-says-tip-problem-in-coventry-is-unrelated-to-tip-reservation-system/ https://www.charterbusconnect.com/council-says-tip-problem-in-coventry-is-unrelated-to-tip-reservation-system/#respond Thu, 21 Oct 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/council-says-tip-problem-in-coventry-is-unrelated-to-tip-reservation-system/ Coventry City Council has denied claims that the fly dumping problems in the city are linked to the recycling and reuse center’s current reservation system. The London Road center, better known as the tip, currently has a reservation system for Coventry residents to get rid of their bulky waste. However, the system, which was put […]]]>

Coventry City Council has denied claims that the fly dumping problems in the city are linked to the recycling and reuse center’s current reservation system.

The London Road center, better known as the tip, currently has a reservation system for Coventry residents to get rid of their bulky waste.

However, the system, which was put in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic, comes with caveats that mean the method of switching and using it previously in place is no longer an option.

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Now you need to book a slot that provides personal information, including the address and registration of the car, and the type of garbage you are bringing.

You will then need to present proof of address on arrival and no more than two people can get out of the vehicle at a time.

The council’s reservation site warns that people who do not respect the above will “not be allowed to access the site.”



Fly-tipping near Richard Lee Primary School in Coventry

Many townspeople believe these warnings add to the rise in flying tips. Whitley, particularly Leaf Lane, is one such area that appears to be on the rise.

Councilor Roger Bailey says the fly spill on the quiet road is getting worse.

When asked about the connection, the board denied the two were related and did not respond when asked if the tip was expected to return to its pre-pandemic system.

A spokesperson for Coventry City Council said: ‘We do not believe fly spills in Leaf Lane have increased as a result of Tip changing operations on London Road.



Flight depot at Foleshill
Flight depot at Foleshill

“The site has been available throughout the pandemic for Coventry residents to dispose of their waste safely and correctly.

“We have received a lot of positive feedback from residents who have told us that the new system has made their visits to the peak much smoother.

“Residents can call our customer service on 0808 5834333 and one of the team members will be happy to help them book a slot.

“We would, however, encourage members of the public to report any fly spills and any evidence they may have to the Council either online at http://www.coventry.gov.uk/reportflytipping or by phone. on 08085 834333.

“The assistance we receive from members of the public is absolutely vital in apprehending offenders and ultimately reducing fly spills in our city.”

However, Councilor Peter Male says it is “difficult not to link the two issues” and calls on the council to reconsider the current system.



Cllr Roger Bailey and Brian Folan reside on Seymour Close, which has become a dumpster dump
Cllr Roger Bailey and Brian Folan reside on Seymour Close, which has become a dumpster dump

Cllr Male told CoventryLive: “It is recognized that tips are on the increase in Coventry. The state-of-the-art reservation system was introduced as a temporary measure during the pandemic. It is difficult not to link the two problems.

“I ask the Council to review the current situation.

“The possibilities include: a moratorium on landfill recharging, additional bulky waste collections in the city, an online portal for the public to report fly spills, a hybrid model at the landfill that would see a few days allocated by reservation and some with public access.

“We cannot continue with such high levels of tipping flies. The Council must develop a sustainable strategy to solve the problem. “

Cllr Roger Bailey is covering the Whitley area which has often been the target of dump trucks, and he thinks installing CCTV might help. He also acknowledged that the reservation system could play a role, but implies that it is too simplistic to blame only this.

Cllr Bailey said: “Part of it could be with reserving a space at the end, but there is capacity there and I think it’s a lot more complex than that.

“On Leaf Lane, for example, it’s often builders’ rubble and I also wonder if it’s cheap customs clearance, offering to clean up trash for £ 20 no questions asked – or just someone one who is lazy. CCTV would certainly have a deterrent effect. “

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Covid Scotland: Says Scottish government ‘moved goal posts’ on recall schedule https://www.charterbusconnect.com/covid-scotland-says-scottish-government-moved-goal-posts-on-recall-schedule/ https://www.charterbusconnect.com/covid-scotland-says-scottish-government-moved-goal-posts-on-recall-schedule/#respond Tue, 19 Oct 2021 19:24:58 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/covid-scotland-says-scottish-government-moved-goal-posts-on-recall-schedule/ The Scottish government has been accused of ‘moving the goalposts’ over the deployment of the Covid booster. Questions have been raised after an update on the NHS Inform website said eligible patients could book an appointment online “from mid-November”. However, when the recall plan was unveiled in September, the Scottish Government said online booking would […]]]>

The Scottish government has been accused of ‘moving the goalposts’ over the deployment of the Covid booster.

Questions have been raised after an update on the NHS Inform website said eligible patients could book an appointment online “from mid-November”.

However, when the recall plan was unveiled in September, the Scottish Government said online booking would be open to those over 50 and those aged 18 to 49 with underlying health conditions from mid-October.

Adults over 70 started receiving dating letters last week.

It comes as the decline in Covid cases in Scotland has stalled, with the number of confirmed infections peaking at around 2,500 per day since October 6.

Scottish Conservative Phantom Health Secretary Dr Sandesh Gulhane MSP said: “The SNP is slyly shifting the targets of its own immunization schedules. These documents show how they quietly abandoned their original goals.

“When the SNP should speed up the pace of the vaccine booster program at every turn, it slows it down instead.

“Humza Yousaf urgently needs to step up his game and ensure the jags are in the arms of eligible people as soon as possible.”

A Scottish government spokeswoman said it was “just plain wrong” that changes to the online booking portal slowed down the rollout of the reminder, but confirmed that appointments will only be open to people aged from 50 to 59 years old than in mid-November.

She said: “Our initial intention was to make the online portal available to certain groups from mid-October, but following feedback from boards of health and other stakeholders, we have adjusted our approach to help. speed up the recall program.

“People over 70 started receiving invitation letters last week, adults aged 60 to 69 and those aged 16 and older with underlying health conditions will start receiving letters appointments for vaccination from the end of October.

“We will be launching the portal for adults aged 50 to 59, unpaid caregivers aged 16 and over, and adult family contacts (16+) of immunocompromised people from mid-November, allowing these groups to take online reminder appointments from mid-November.

“This will help keep the pace of the vaccination program as we move into the flu season by maximizing the availability of scheduled appointments and ensuring people are effectively vaccinated against Covid-19 and seasonal flu.

“This follows advice from JCVI, who advised that the booster dose should not be offered earlier than six months after the end of the primary vaccination cycle.”

READ MORE: ‘Porn addict’ doctor stored Scottish patient records on laptop

It comes as Scottish Labor spokesperson Pat O’Kane wrote to Health Secretary Humza Yousaf to express concerns about access to seasonal flu vaccines, which are given in most areas. of Scotland by boards of health through community centers, rather than general practitioners’ offices.

In his letter, Mr O’Kane said he was contacted by voters living in Barrhead or Neilston who had been given appointments at a clinic more than 15 miles away in Port Glasgow on a Sunday .

Those who are eligible for the boosters are also supposed to be offered their flu shots at the same appointment.

Mr O’Kane said: “Many are elderly, have multiple health issues and are very concerned about the lack of public transport problems to Inverclyde from East Renfrewshire, especially given the industrial action in course in the railways on Sunday.

“A voter told me that due to mobility issues associated with a stroke, he would be physically unable to travel the distance to receive his jab.

“I was also told that when voters tried to get another date closer to home, they were offered West Dunbartonshire, which is even further away.”

READ MORE: Why have pregnant women remained so exposed to Covid?

Mr O’Kane added: ‘We are not yet in winter, but the NHS is already in crisis.

“If we are to avoid making this crisis worse, then we must see a rapid, effective and successful roll-out of the influenza vaccination and booster program.

“But voter evidence has revealed that many, including the elderly and the disabled, are being asked to travel tens of kilometers to be treated.

“It is ineffective, impractical and, as winter approaches, potentially dangerous.”

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OfficeRnD, a hybrid workplace management SaaS, wins $ 10 million – TechCrunch https://www.charterbusconnect.com/officernd-a-hybrid-workplace-management-saas-wins-10-million-techcrunch/ https://www.charterbusconnect.com/officernd-a-hybrid-workplace-management-saas-wins-10-million-techcrunch/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 11:24:07 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/officernd-a-hybrid-workplace-management-saas-wins-10-million-techcrunch/ The decentralized reality of office work after the COVID-19 pandemic continues to drive many startup activities. Namely: OfficeRnD, which makes workspace management software increasingly aimed at helping businesses deliver a “hybrid office” model, which means they offer flexible workspaces for staff who wants to spend some of their time working in a shared physical location, […]]]>

The decentralized reality of office work after the COVID-19 pandemic continues to drive many startup activities. Namely: OfficeRnD, which makes workspace management software increasingly aimed at helping businesses deliver a “hybrid office” model, which means they offer flexible workspaces for staff who wants to spend some of their time working in a shared physical location, don’t just log in and work remotely from your home.

The startup just closed a $ 10 million Series A to continue developing its workplace management SaaS for office owners and managers – which offers features like resource scheduling (meeting room reservation , etc.), the commitment of employee members / co-working spaces and financial management tools. via web and mobile applications.

Series A funding is led by Runa Capital with participation from Flashpoint Venture Capital and LAUNCHub Ventures.

The funding will be used to boost the marketing of OfficeRnD with the aim of increasing its market share, in particular by developing its partnerships.

At this point, OfficeRnD has over 1,000 clients using his tools to manage over 2,000 flexible spaces and deliver what he describes as a “work from anywhere” experience that currently reaches “tens of thousands”. tenants and more than 300,000 employees.

He says his tools for coworking spaces “fully automate the tenant / customer lifecycle” – from preparing a contract and having it electronically signed to having it automatically billed, automatically prompting employees to the space app. and the online portal, allowing them to reserve spaces and interact with other spaces, providing them with credits to use to reserve meeting spaces, as well as giving them Office access via the access management system, WiFi, document printing, etc.

Currently, OfficeRnD’s customers are in over 90 countries, but its best market is the United States, which accounts for 45% of its customers, followed by around 15% in the United Kingdom; 15% in the EU; 15% in APAC and 10% elsewhere.

The London-based startup was actually founded in 2015, launching the first version of its product in 2016 – so years before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and triggered a temporary closure of physical offices everywhere, followed by a slow and (still) partial reopening.

So, while its original goal was to help coworking spaces and commercial real estate better manage the use of their shared workplaces, since the pandemic hit, the startup says it has seen a strong increased demand from companies looking for tools to help them move to a more flexible and hybrid Office routine.

Therefore, although his typical clients remain coworking spaces and “flexible spaces” (he says he has around 800), followed by owners (~ 100) – he also now has around 50 midsize businesses. (with between 100 and 1000 employees). using its tools to reconfigure their approach to office work.

A recently launched product – called “OfficeRnD Hybrid” – is aimed at these corporate customers to help them move from the traditional “all hands 9-5” routine to a flexible, hybrid desktop model.

The new funding will be oriented towards a “heavy” investment in this hybrid work management offer, he says.

“We see a huge pull in this, as most companies now want to let their teams work in a hybrid fashion, which essentially means flexible work or collaborative work,” says OfficeRnD, adding, “We see a great opportunity to transfer our knowledge of co. -from workspaces to corporate clients and help them use their workspaces in the best possible way by giving their employees full flexibility to work the way they want.

“What has happened throughout COVID-19 is that flexible working has become a ‘bright’ future of work,” the startup also told TechCrunch, saying the change opened up two new markets for its product: first, the landlords who she said were looking to “provide flexibility and a better experience for their tenants”; and second, the aforementioned companies wishing to be able to offer what they call “flexibility and a better work experience” to their own staff.

“Essentially, we are now bringing products to anyone who wants to be able to manage a flexible space and provide a great workspace experience for people, whether they are a coworking space, an owner or an owner. ‘a business,’ he adds.

“Technology has been on a steady path to enabling flexible working for over a decade and COVID-19 has only served to speed up the process,” says Miroslav Miroslavov, co-founder and CEO, in a report. “Our platform enables flexible workspace owners, operators, and businesses to engage people and manage their workplaces on the principle of flexibility first. “

OfficeRnD has become extremely relevant to the industry which is largely shifting to a hybrid working model after testing it during the pandemic, ”adds Dmitry Chikhachev, general partner at Runa Capital, in another supporting statement. “Many companies that we know have developed while keeping the same lease on their Office and now realize that they want to use it differently and offer more opportunities to their employees ”.

On a competitive level, OfficeRnD names Nexudus, Essensys and Yardi as its main competitors in the coworking space market, as well as Envoy, Robin and Condeco in the corporate space market.

“What sets us apart from everyone else in terms of the feature set and customer benefits is the ease of use and depth of our workspace applications (employee / member) and the level of our integrations and automations, ”he says. “Other than that, it’s the quality of customer service that we strive to provide. We are a customer obsessed team and we always try to go above and beyond.

If you’re curious about the name, the “RnD” bit doesn’t mean research and development – but rather “bedrooms and offices” – so OfficeRnD is looking for an AirBnB-style naming vibe.

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Citizen volunteers behind the GCC vaccination portal https://www.charterbusconnect.com/citizen-volunteers-behind-the-gcc-vaccination-portal/ https://www.charterbusconnect.com/citizen-volunteers-behind-the-gcc-vaccination-portal/#respond Sat, 16 Oct 2021 17:45:06 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/citizen-volunteers-behind-the-gcc-vaccination-portal/ Meet the technicians from Chennai Shyam Sundar Nagarajan and Vikram Ravi Ramanathan who took on the challenge of facilitating the jab recording process In May, when vaccination was made available for 18-45 year olds, long queues became the order of the day. Booking a slot in Cowin proved difficult. Having experienced these issues first-hand, two […]]]>

Meet the technicians from Chennai Shyam Sundar Nagarajan and Vikram Ravi Ramanathan who took on the challenge of facilitating the jab recording process

In May, when vaccination was made available for 18-45 year olds, long queues became the order of the day. Booking a slot in Cowin proved difficult.

Having experienced these issues first-hand, two technicians from Chennai – Shyam Sundar Nagarajan and Vikram Ravi Ramanathan – jumped at an invitation from the Greater Chennai Corporation to create an immunization portal.

Launched in July, the GCC vaccination booking portal https://gccvaccine.in/ is the work of these two citizen volunteers who took advantage of the low-code technology offered by Zoho Creator to launch it.

According to Company data, the portal receives 80,000 visitors every day and has helped hundreds of thousands of residents get the jab.

Shyam and Vikram say the brief given to them was straightforward. GCC was on a massive campaign to get people vaccinated and didn’t want crowds in the centers. It was also special that the portal removed the barriers that people who did not know English faced.

“In response to the initial feedback we received, we tried to find a way to make the reservation process easier, even for someone unfamiliar with technology,” says Vikram, the founding team of Unmetrics.

Simple and agile

“Most booking platforms aren’t specific to people signing up and we skipped that step,” says Shyam, founder and CEO of GoFloaters. The app is equipped with a one-step login that redirects the user to the area selection and available slots, shortening the booking process.

Vikram Ravi and

Vikram Ravi and

The duo agree that many features like a vaccine availability notification alert and access via WhatsApp were made possible by Zoho Creator.

Another major addition to the platform, says Vikram, has been to modify the dashboard so that it gives information area by area.

“When we first launched it, we only had an overall Chennai dashboard, but based on our feedback, we made it easy for healthcare professionals and area workers to know. how many people in an area have been vaccinated, ”he says. Zone specific information, camp locations, reservations and validation have been added.

“I don’t know how to write code and the best part about using the software is that even after it goes live, you can still make changes quickly,” says Vikram.

As both had their day jobs, new vaccine developments that required portal changes made the exercise more difficult. Sputnik-V vaccines have been launched in the Chennai market, new locations have been added regularly and Corporation has even opened 24/7 vaccination.

“For a few months, every day there was something that needed to be updated,” says Vikram.

Shyam Sundar, CEO, GoFloaters

Shyam Sundar, CEO, GoFloaters

Both remember a development that gave them a high demand rate. The GCC has planned a big launch of the portal inviting senior officials and the coordination team with them has given them 5,000 doses of the vaccine as their target against the three-digit figure they were initially given.

Shyam acknowledges the help they received from Zoho’s team of architects. “They were with us online to offer support and that boosted our confidence,” says Shyam.

How did the two pocket this GCC mission? At the height of the second wave, a group of volunteers, including Vikram and Shyam, helped design a hospital management help desk, which allowed people to inquire about the availability of hospital beds. hospitals and other information.

“We started as a group of WhatsApp entrepreneurs and we have grown rapidly. GCC saw the impact it created, and when the invitation came, we jumped on it, ”says Shyam.

Trusting us to solve something for the city was heartwarming, they add.

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After Indian report, US considers bill to correct predatory practices of Amazon, Retail News, ET Retail https://www.charterbusconnect.com/after-indian-report-us-considers-bill-to-correct-predatory-practices-of-amazon-retail-news-et-retail/ https://www.charterbusconnect.com/after-indian-report-us-considers-bill-to-correct-predatory-practices-of-amazon-retail-news-et-retail/#respond Fri, 15 Oct 2021 12:38:00 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/after-indian-report-us-considers-bill-to-correct-predatory-practices-of-amazon-retail-news-et-retail/ Washington / New Delhi: After a report accused Amazon of secretly exploiting internal market data to copy products sold by other companies and manipulate search results, a group of U.S. senators announced plans to ” Introduce a non-discrimination bill that could revamp Amazon’s online marketplace. The American Choice and Innovation Online Act, led by Senators […]]]>
Washington / New Delhi: After a report accused Amazon of secretly exploiting internal market data to copy products sold by other companies and manipulate search results, a group of U.S. senators announced plans to ” Introduce a non-discrimination bill that could revamp Amazon’s online marketplace.

The American Choice and Innovation Online Act, led by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), would prevent platforms like Amazon, Apple and Google from using their online dominance to disadvantage others. companies, reports The Verge.

“When dominant technology companies exclude their rivals and kill the competition, it hurts small businesses and can increase costs for YOU,” Klobuchar said in a tweet Thursday.

“My new bipartisan legislation with Grassley will set new rules of conduct to prevent large companies from crowding out their smaller competitors,” he added.

Third-party sellers have long accused Amazon of similar anti-competitive behavior.

In India, the Alliance of Digital India Foundation (ADIF) and the Confederation of All Indian Traders (CAIT) condemned Amazon’s “predatory playbook” of copying, faking and killing Indian brands, urging the government to intervene in right time.

CAIT National President BC Bhartia and General Secretary Praveen Khandelwal demanded an immediate CBI investigation into the accusations made in the report.

A Reuters report had revealed that the Amazon team in India “secretly exploited Amazon.in’s internal data to copy products sold by other companies and then offered them on its platform,” and also had “rigged Amazon’s search results” so that the company’s products appear at the top.

Sijo Kuruvilla George, executive director of ADIF, said this highlights Amazon’s blatant disregard for competition laws, intellectual property rights and shameful predatory practices.

“The way the e-commerce giant has targeted the Indian market and the country’s major brands is highly deplorable and calls into question Amazon’s credibility as a bona fide operator in the Indian startup ecosystem,” said George.

The report alleged that among the victims of Amazon’s anti-market practices was a popular shirt brand in India called John Miller which is owned by Future Group, founded by Kishore Biyani, currently involved in a legal battle with Amazon.

Amazon is also the subject of an investigation by the Competition Commission of India (ICC) for alleged anti-competitive practices and a parallel investigation by the Enforcement Branch for violation of national laws.

The General Directorate of Tax Intelligence on Goods and Services (DGGI) also issued a notice of justification to one of its subsidiaries, Cloudtail, for GST and indirect tax fraud.

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Nova Scotia offers third doses of vaccine for work-related travel https://www.charterbusconnect.com/nova-scotia-offers-third-doses-of-vaccine-for-work-related-travel/ https://www.charterbusconnect.com/nova-scotia-offers-third-doses-of-vaccine-for-work-related-travel/#respond Thu, 14 Oct 2021 16:14:27 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/nova-scotia-offers-third-doses-of-vaccine-for-work-related-travel/ HALIFAX — The Government of Nova Scotia is offering third doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to certain travelers and people with compromised immune systems. In an Oct. 14 press release, the government said it is making third doses available to people who must travel to work to meet entry requirements or avoid isolation in a […]]]>

HALIFAX — The Government of Nova Scotia is offering third doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to certain travelers and people with compromised immune systems.

In an Oct. 14 press release, the government said it is making third doses available to people who must travel to work to meet entry requirements or avoid isolation in a country that does not recognize mixed doses. For example, the first dose of AstraZeneca and the second dose of Pfizer.

“The decision by some countries not to recognize mixed doses has created financial hardship for people whose jobs require them to travel,” the province said.

To become eligible for a third dose for business travel, people must:

  • Be a resident of Nova Scotia;
  • Provide an official copy of proof of vaccination for each of the two doses received;
  • Provide written confirmation from their employer that they are required to travel to a country as part of their work and that that country does not accept a series of mixed vaccines;
  • Provide official confirmation or documents from the country or place of travel indicating that a mixed vaccine series does not allow entry or requires entry isolation.

Since October 19, the province has also made third-dose vaccines available to people “moderately to severely immunocompromised” or who are taking drugs that significantly weaken their immune system.

To make an appointment, patients must meet the definition of moderately to severely immunocompromised. Immunization clinics will also review the information to make sure it meets the definition or is taking one of the eligible drugs.

For more information on who is eligible or for booking instructions, visit the provincial government’s Covid-19 online portal.

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AirAsia Digital becomes 1 of 3 unicorns based in Malaysia https://www.charterbusconnect.com/airasia-digital-becomes-1-of-3-unicorns-based-in-malaysia/ https://www.charterbusconnect.com/airasia-digital-becomes-1-of-3-unicorns-based-in-malaysia/#respond Wed, 13 Oct 2021 10:14:19 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/airasia-digital-becomes-1-of-3-unicorns-based-in-malaysia/ AirAsia Digital recently achieved unicorn status (a valuation of over US $ 1 billion) in what AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes described as a “record time” of less than 2 years. In a report by Switzerland-based global financial services company Credit Suisse, AirAsia Digital is now one of three Malaysia-based companies to be included in […]]]>

AirAsia Digital recently achieved unicorn status (a valuation of over US $ 1 billion) in what AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes described as a “record time” of less than 2 years.

In a report by Switzerland-based global financial services company Credit Suisse, AirAsia Digital is now one of three Malaysia-based companies to be included in SEA’s unicorn club.

The other two include Carsome, which became a unicorn in July 2021 after acquiring iCar Asia, and edotco, a telecommunications infrastructure services company.

For clarity, AirAsia Digital is the renowned digital business arm of the AirAsia Group. Previously, it had gone through RedBeat Ventures when it launched in 2018.

This recognition validates the company’s belief that its strategy to grow its digital services was the right thing to do, especially in the face of the pandemic.

But even before the pandemic, AirAsia Group was already digitizing aspects of its business, starting with a move to ticketless and introducing online booking through airasia.com in early 2002.

Since then, she has made more progress in digitizing her businesses, and we take a look back at some important milestones on her digital journey so far.

2005: Launch of mobile.airasia.com

This service allowed users to search, book and pay for AirAsia flights on their mobile phones or personal digital assistants (PDAs).

As mobile phone use grew rapidly, the goal was to reach even more consumers while reducing operating costs.

2008: Took another step into the e-commerce space

That year, AirAsia launched an online shopping portal called Red Megastore, which offered a range of exclusive AirAsia products.

Today, the site appears to no longer exist and its operations appear to have shifted to airasia travelmall, an online travel retail platform where more than AirAsia merchandise can be found.

2012: Redesign of its mobile application

In July 2012, AirAsia suspended operations of its mobile app to the confusion of customers, but several months later announced a revamped service.

It came with more features, such as the ability to pre-book meals, baggage weight, sports equipment storage, and more.

However, fans at the time noticed that the app had glaring shortcomings, particularly the inability to verify its flight reservation alongside other bugs and glitches.

While the company is always pushing the boundaries when it comes to technology, this rush to launch flawed new services is something AirAsia still seems to struggle with today, so our recent review of its food delivery service is to something to do. .

Over the next few years, AirAsia would continue to add features and enhancements to its mobile app.

2018: expansion in the fintech space

Following the name change from RedBeat Ventures to AirAsia Digital, BigPay was launched. The e-wallet came with a prepaid card for use wherever a MasterCard was accepted, making it one of the first of its kind in Malaysia at the time.

Image Credit: BigPay

One of its main selling points was the accessibility and ease of transacting money on a global scale, and in 2019, the introduction of its e-wallet transfer feature to the bank has again. increased the value of BigPay.

By 2020, it had expanded its services to Singapore. In February 2021, BigPay announced that it had 1.3 million users in Malaysia alone, and that it was one of the largest digital financial platforms in the country in terms of gross transaction value.

May 2020: Take a slice of the local food delivery market pie

After flights were stranded during the COVID-19 pandemic, the airline began to seek other digital opportunities to fill market gaps.

The company identified that many existing food delivery apps charge merchants an exorbitant 20-35% commission fee, and believe they can deliver the same quality for better prices.

Thus, airasia food was launched. It started out with zero commission fees, but as the business also needs to hold its own, it went on to introduce a 15% commission rate which is considered the lowest in the food delivery industry in Malaysia on time. current.

Image Credit: AirAsia

Within 3 months of its launch, airasia food reported having integrated 500 restaurants in Klang Valley and delivered nearly 15,000 orders.

October 2020: revealed its new application identity under the name of airasia Super App

You may be familiar with airasia Super App as one of the main areas where AirAsia has put a lot of effort to grow, especially during the pandemic.

The rebranding of the app was intended to reflect its goal of becoming a one-stop-shop e-commerce platform for its lifestyle and travel.

To this end, it offers more than 15 kinds of products and services, including the purchase of flights, hotels, food delivery, grocery delivery, beauty products, etc. In February 2021, Tony shared in an interview with NHK World that the super app serves 16 million users per month.

The same month, AirAsia Digital launched Redbeat Academy in partnership with Google. It was originally set up to hone and train Allstars (AirAsia employees) in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), software engineering, etc.

Image Credit: AirAsia

As the next step in the company’s digital transformation journey, the academy was opened to the public and its efforts were praised by then Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin. .

March 2021: Joined the food delivery scene in Singapore

Seeing other overseas food delivery opportunities as well, airasia food expanded to Singapore after one year in Malaysia.

Despite a slow start of just 100 daily orders even after 4 months, Tony remained unfazed, describing the performance as “exactly what we expected”.

He reiterated that their priority was just to launch it first and then improve the platform’s technological infrastructure, which appears to be AirAsia’s usual practice. Once the technology got better, they would focus on marketing.

August 2021: entry into the Malaysian carpooling scene

One of the most recent airasia Super App additions is airasia ride, the airline’s attempt to capture a share of the ridesharing market in Malaysia.

Image Credit: AirAsia

This came after Tony announced in March 2021 that he wasn’t fazed by ride-sharing giants like Grab’s grip on the local industry, and that AirAsia would soon be launching its own ridesharing service.

At the time of its launch, it had already on board around 1,500 drivers and planned to take on another 5,000 by January 2022. Based on the projections, airasia ride CEO Lim Chiew Shan said that it would need 30,000 drivers to meet the expected demand.

Similar to its low commission rates for food deliveries, airasia ride charges a 15% commission from driver-partners in an effort to secure a more attractive deal.

October 2021: Recognized as one of three unicorns based in Malaysia

This brings us to where we are now, with the affirmation of AirAsia Digital’s recognition as a unicorn by Credit Suisse.

Tony said: “It sends a strong message to the industry that our strategy to become more than just an airline in the digital age is not only on the right track, but is making a name for AirAsia. as a key player in the e-commerce and delivery space in Asean.

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Drone delivery is also on the horizon, if pilot testing of the technology by AirAsia in March 2021 results in something more substantial coupled with the development of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry in Malaysia. For the moment, there has been no further news on this adventure.

With a long history of growth behind AirAsia, it is likely that this article has failed to cover every one of its relevant digital milestones, but it suffices to show its ambition and dedication to its digital transformation.

At first, it appeared that AirAsia was the type to break the mold, but now goes the proven path.

While some of its efforts have been less than perfect, especially when it comes to its super app, I still commend the group for doing what they can to stay relevant and sustain themselves during the pandemic.

Note my words, we are going to be a major player in the digital economy of ASEAN. We recently won the Business Innovation category at the Airline Strategy Awards 2021. Our competitors are already noticing it and the best is yet to come, with new innovations and partnerships to be announced soon that will really shake up the industry, as we have revolutionized the industry. Asean air transport industry 20 years ago.

Tony Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia Group.

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3 things to know if you want to renew your Malaysian passport https://www.charterbusconnect.com/3-things-to-know-if-you-want-to-renew-your-malaysian-passport/ https://www.charterbusconnect.com/3-things-to-know-if-you-want-to-renew-your-malaysian-passport/#respond Tue, 12 Oct 2021 00:38:27 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/3-things-to-know-if-you-want-to-renew-your-malaysian-passport/ Justin ng Director of Digital Content, Kuala Lumpur No use for the 13e most powerful passport in the world if it has expired. A lot of water has flowed under the bridge for a year and a half. From couples forced to live apart due to the closure of international borders to cabin fever born […]]]>

No use for the 13e most powerful passport in the world if it has expired.

A lot of water has flowed under the bridge for a year and a half. From couples forced to live apart due to the closure of international borders to cabin fever born from the inability to travel abroad, the respite is finally granted by the Malaysian government. Citizens can now get on a plane and quench their desire to travel. Wait, what if your passport expires? Unlike the pre-pandemic time when you could just walk into the Immigration Department’s office out of the blue and expect to get a new lease in an hour, things are now done a little differently.

Here is a list of things to know if you are planning to renew your Malaysian passport.

By appointment only

Strictly no walk-in closet. To make an appointment, you must go to the portal indicated below, select the desired office and time slot, and wait for confirmation. Although you will need to bring the existing passport and NRIC, the appointment letter issued by the Immigration Department must also be printed. Otherwise, you will be refused entry. Don’t worry, the next vacancy is at least a few weeks from the day you apply. And oh, wear a dark collared shirt to avoid putting on a one-size-fits-all jacket worn by everyone before you.

There are plans to make the renewal process fully online in 2022.

Book your appointment here

Online renewal

Save yourself the trouble of booking, waiting and rushing to the place. The Malaysian passport can be renewed online, but you must collect it in person. The most demanding task remains meeting the strict photo requirements.

Renew online here

Electronic payment, no cash

The reason you might want to renew now, even if you don’t plan to fly in the immediate future, is to take advantage of the significant savings. The charge levied on the 5 year validity for 13 and 59 year olds is RM200. Seniors pay only RM100. If you are renewing your passport in person, keep in mind that only credit cards, debit cards, and the Touch ‘n Go e-wallet are accepted. Cash was banned. You always receive the new passport one hour after payment.

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Ceylon Roots Launches Online Logistics Platform to Support Tourism Industry – Other https://www.charterbusconnect.com/ceylon-roots-launches-online-logistics-platform-to-support-tourism-industry-other/ https://www.charterbusconnect.com/ceylon-roots-launches-online-logistics-platform-to-support-tourism-industry-other/#respond Sun, 10 Oct 2021 20:49:00 +0000 https://www.charterbusconnect.com/ceylon-roots-launches-online-logistics-platform-to-support-tourism-industry-other/ Ceylon Roots maintenance team regularly disinfect vehicles Ceylon Roots, the inbound tour arm of Browns Group, has launched a comprehensive online logistics platform dedicated to hoteliers and driver-guides to provide transportation facilities to their guests. Sri Lanka reopened its borders to international tourists earlier this year with a series of strict protocols and guidelines to […]]]>


Ceylon Roots maintenance team regularly disinfect vehicles

Ceylon Roots, the inbound tour arm of Browns Group, has launched a comprehensive online logistics platform dedicated to hoteliers and driver-guides to provide transportation facilities to their guests.

Sri Lanka reopened its borders to international tourists earlier this year with a series of strict protocols and guidelines to ensure the safety of visitors and residents as tourism resumes.

The Ceylon Roots online transport portal has been specially set up to help hoteliers and their transport providers organize their clients’ transport.

Although Ceylon Roots is equipped with its own trained and certified driver and driver-guides as well as a fleet of vehicles, partners also have the option of registering their own staff (driver / driver-guide) and vehicles (under minimum standards reserve) as part of the service.

Newly recruited staff will receive comprehensive training to ensure that they will work in strict accordance with the guidelines implemented by the authorities.

This portal is ideal for hotels that are not able to integrate their own transport management system with their respective websites, as the Ceylon Roots system can be added free of charge as a white label widget to any website. Thanks to this, customers can book their transportation options at the time of booking their hotel (mandatory under current COVID-19 regulations) hassle-free.

On the other hand, this initiative paves the way for the formalization of the logistics side of the tourism industry, which is a timely requirement.

Most importantly, Ceylon Roots is committed to strengthening the tourism industry and its key players, which are heavily impacted by the decline in travel.

Commenting on the launch, Browns Leisure Inbound / Outbound General Manager and Business Development Director Dishan Perera said, “There are many benefits to partnering with Ceylon Roots including a hassle-free and cost-free transportation management system. . Partners will be able to generate additional revenue by providing highly reliable hotel transfer options to their clients, under the current operating model. In addition, Ceylon Roots welcomes hotels on board that wish to manage their travel counter using this technology, which will allow them to organize all transport needs remotely, with a minimum of
staff involvement.

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