Etihad flight EY461 faces flight to land in Jarkata | Luxury gorilla trekking in uganda

On its way from Melbourne to Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways Flight EY461 made an emergency landing in Jakarta after smoke was detected in the bathrooms midflight.

 

The aircraft was filled with smoke. The captain decided to divert the aircraft as precautionary measure in the Jakarta airport to conduct security assessment of the situation. A through search was conducted on the aircraft and the luggage and finally the flight continued to Abu Dhabi. It is not known if any passenger was removed from the aircraft. According to an updated statement from the airline, 12 passengers are being held by Abu Dhabi security authorities.

 

Despite strict control of passenger movement by the pilot the smoking bathrooms continued to happen. Another toilet alarm went off two hours before arrival in Abu Dhabi. The flight attendants kept close scrutiny on each passenger and their movement, on the restroom. The plane landed four hours behind schedule.

 

The passengers were in a quandary when the captain announced that there has been a  security breach and the plane is being diverted to Jakarta.

 

After smoke was detected in the aircraft semblance of normal service — including food and drink service —was abandoned. When another attempt was made about two hours (away) from Abu Dhabi all service were restricted including movement to the toilets, the toilets and trash were checked after each passenger left the toilets.

 

Two men of Middle Eastern origin were suspected and detained in Abu Dhabi by the police. A woman too was under suspect. One of the men intermittently changed seats throughout the flight.

 

All passengers were interviewed by the authorities upon landing in Abu Dhabi. The airline crews were lauded by the passenger for maintaining calm and keeping the passengers out of panic.

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Russian airline flight attendant falls out of plane | gorilla trekking safaris

A Russian stewardess was injured when she fell out of a plane and onto the tarmac at Dubai International Airport on Monday after a catering truck crashed into the aircraft.

The Urals Airlines plane, preparing to depart to the Russian city of Perm, was damaged in the incident, and a reserve aircraft was sent to take the passengers to their destination, the airline said.

According to a spokesperson for the Emirates Flight Catering company, the flight attendant had to be taken to a hospital for medical treatment.

“The incident is being investigated by the authorities, and we cannot comment on it at present,” the spokesperson told RIA Novosti.

Urals Airlines said in statement Monday that the stewardess was in stable condition and would continue to undergo medical treatment in Dubai until full recovery.

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Co-pilot hijacks Ethiopian plane to Geneva |Rwanda safari news

A co-pilot on an Ethiopian Airlines flight bound for Rome hijacked the airliner early Monday morning and flew it to Geneva, Switzerland, looking for asylum.

The man, an Ethiopian in his early 30s, was arrested when the plane landed at Geneva International Airport, police said. The 202 passengers and crew aboard the Boeing 767-300 were not harmed.

It was a welcome outcome from the last time an Ethiopian Airlines was hijacked.

In 1996, 125 people died after a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines crashed in the Indian Ocean after running out of fuel. In that case, the hijackers were seeking asylum in Australia.

Taking control

In Monday’s incident, Flight 702 had taken off from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa and was headed to Rome, the airline said.

The co-pilot took control of the plane when the pilot went to the restroom, said Swiss police spokesman Jean-Philippe Brandt.

The co-pilot, who was not named, closed the fortified door, police said. Instead of Rome, he then steered the plane toward Geneva.

At one point, as the plane hovered over Geneva’s airspace several times, he asked the control tower:

“And you have to give us lastly permission on board for asylum.”

“Yes I know,” the tower responded. “Sorry, but we are still waiting for the response. We are trying our best to get you the response, sir.”

The surrender

Eventually, the plane landed at Geneva International Airport.

“I will be coming out via the window,” the co-pilot told the control tower.

He then escaped through the cockpit window using a rope, and surrendered to police, Brandt said.

He was unarmed, authorities said.

“His act has been motivated by the fact that he feels threatened in his county and wants to make an asylum claim in Switzerland,” Swiss police spokesman Philippe Grangean said.

The passengers were not threatened or put in danger, police said.

Ethiopian Airlines, in a statement, would only say the plane was “forced to proceed” to the airport.

During the incident, Geneva International Airport was shut down. It reopened later Monday morning.

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Uganda Tourism Board gets news boss | Gorilla trekking tours

Uganda Tourism Board got a boost last week when the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage, Maria Mutagamba, confirmed Mr. Stephen Asiimwe as the new executive director.

He replaces Mr. Cuthbert Baguma who has been at the helm of the country’s premier tourism promotion agency for quite some time.

Mr. Asiimwe will be deputized by Mr. John Ssempebwa who together, the duo, will try to steer the budding and potentially rich tourism.

Mr. Asiimwe has been the Managing Director and Editor in Chief of the East African Business Week Newspaper that operates in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Ethiopia.

He brings a rich experience leadership, management, consultancy in various fields, marketing, human resource, journalism and management of professionals.

In an interview, an ecstatic Mr. Asiimwe pleaded to promote domestic tourism and encourage local investors to inject their money into sector to recreate the country as favorite tourism destination.

“Tourism is potentially the biggest foreign exchange earner for the country. There is so much to offer as a country but the country has been internally and externally silent,” Mr. Asiimwe stated.

The new team according to MR. Asiimwe wants to ensure that tourism contributes the highest foreign exchange earning to the economy, increase employment and to also ensure it boosts social transformation in the country.

Mr. Asiimwe explained that while there are remarkable achievements registered over the years, a lot needs to be done in branding, marketing and publicizing the country’s tourism potential and promoting internal tourism.

To start with, Mr. Asiimwe and his team have set their eyes on attracting investment in tourism from local business people and to engage government to spend more on tourism.

“Uganda spends less on tourism as compared to other African countries yet the receipts are huge. That’s going to be the priority for the team and the board,” he optimistically said.

He said his reign will involve engaging the whole nation and working with regional partners, conservation groups, local government, cultural institutions and the media and as per the country’s tourism master plan which is embedded in the country’s ambitious Vision2040.

“We are going to work with other countries on key tourism issues including the single tourism visa which will help grow the region,” he specified.

Uganda has a number of cultural and historical sites that are not being utilized due a number of reasons including sloppiness of government in reviving and marketing these tourism viable sites.

“We have a complete strategy to work with cultural institutions to revive such sites. Plans are underway with ministry and other stakeholders to see how to develop these sites,” he indicated.

“Uganda receives 1.2 million tourists as of 2012. We want to see that this number is doubled and quadrupled in the next four years,” he said adding that local investors should take keen interest in putting their money in tourism sector.

“Local people should be the biggest investors in construction of hotels, restaurants, accommodation facilities, transport, services, ICT and tour guides. When you over market and there is no capacity it can affect you negatively,” he noted saying that capacity building through training is another priority which will take center stage in his administration reign.

As a matter of routine in his daily work, Uganda Tourism Board will benefit from his demonstrated leadership abilities where he is well-positioned to developing, overseeing, supervising, implementing developing long and short term strategies, annual work programmes, budgets, procedures and systems.

Biography

Mr. Asiimwe is a multi-disciplined, skilled and experienced business manager. He is a pioneer media practitioner having worked as a journalist with the New Vision for 10 years, manager, marketer, businessman and editor.

He has built two media concerns in six Eastern African countries in the last 10 years and these are the East African Procurement News as Editor in Chief and managing Director and Editor in Chief of the East African Business Week since May 2005.

He is pursuing an MA in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) with the Development Associates International (DAI) and the Uganda Christian University (UCU).

He also has a BA in Political Science and Sociology Makerere University (1990-1993), a Post Graduate training in Management, Media, Education, Marketing and also has an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters awarded to him by the United Graduate College and Seminary, based in Tennessee, USA.

This was in recognition of being a founding member and best practices in business and developmental journalism.

He is also an international faculty with the Haggai Institute of Advanced Leadership based in the US. He is writer, editor, teacher, trainer, speaker, lobbyist and strategist.

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250 tourists cut off from the world in Peru | Book a 1 day gorilla trekking

Cut off from the rest of the world. 250 tourists are in this dangerous position when touring the Andean Country of Peru in South America

Landslides triggered by heavy rains washed away a bridge connecting the 15th century Inca site of Machu Picchu in Peru, stranding some 250 tourists from several countries, a local official said Tuesday.

With the collapse of the Aobamba bridge, said Ruben Pinto, mayor of the local Santa Teresa district, the visitors were cut off from the train station that shuttles visitors in and out of Machu Picchu.

The mayor asked the tourists to remain at the site before municipal workers could fix the bridge.

Declared a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Site in 1983, Machu Picchu is often referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas.”

In 2013, the site attracted 3.16 million visitors from around the world, according to official figures.

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New bridge between Rwanda and Tanzania | World travel news

Tanzania and Rwanda  are jointly progressing work on a new bridge over the Kagera River at Rusumo, which when completed in late 2014 will replace the old single lane bridge and allow larger cargo volumes to cross between the two member countries of the East African Community. The old bridge, currently used to cross the river which forms the border between Rwanda and Tanzania, is now over 40 years old and has weight restrictions which makes the use of today’s modern long distance trucks impossible, a problem the new bridge will finally resolve.
The new bridge and custom posts, are financed in a tripartite way, with the bulk of the money coming from Japan while Tanzania and Rwanda are paying for the balance on equal shares.
Both new facilities are expected to be ready by late 2014 and when formally inaugurated will operate 24 hours a day, instead of the present 16 hours which limit the movement of cargo and people across the common border.
The bridge is part of a major road corridor from the port of Dar es Salaam to Kigali and beyond, also serving Burundi and Eastern Congo. It could not be established why the two customs offices would not be unified to serve as a single customs clearance point, as is now emerging for instance between Kenya and Uganda, perhaps a signal that Tanzania is not quite ready yet to fully embrace the opportunities which are provided for under the various EAC protocols in addition to bilateral agreements.

In spite of the currently cooler relations between the two countries, triggered by suggestions from Tanzania last year that Rwanda ought to negotiate with the notorious killer militias holed up in the Eastern Congo, and upon the subsequent rejection by Kigali the expulsion of thousands of people from Western Tanzania into Rwanda for alleged immigration offenses, such key infrastructure projects appear to continue to roll out on schedule, offering a glimmer of hope that bilateral relations will eventually become warm and cordial again as they used to be. It is in particular the business community in Tanzania which is keen to improve trade and tourism links, mindful of the possibility to losing out to neighbors Kenya, which together with Uganda and Rwanda has formed a fast tracking alliance for several key projects which under the mainstream EAC have progressed too slowly if not faltered altogether, like the common tourist Visa and the unified customs clearance system, besides such mega projects as the standard gauge railway which is now under construction from Mombasa via Nairobi, through Uganda and on to Kigali.

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Burj Khalifa Dubai attracted 1.87 miliion visitors 2013

Burj Khalifa Dubai , at the top of the world’s highest observatory deck with an outdoor terrace, has defined its credentials as one of Dubai’s most popular tourist attractions, welcoming over 1.87 million visitors in 2013.

Visitors to the observatory deck, located on Level 124 of Emaar Properties’ global icon Burj Khalifa, increased 13 percent in 2013, up from 1.66 million visitors the previous year. International tourists accounted for over 50 per cent of all visitors to the leisure attraction, which offers majestic views across Dubai and the Arabian Gulf.
Germans comprised the most number of international tourists at 23 percent, followed by visitors from the UK (15 percent); Russia and India (11 percent each); US (10 percent); Saudi Arabia (7 percent); Australia, Italy, and China (5 percent each); and France and the Netherlands (4 percent each).
Further underlining its popularity, At the Top, Burj Khalifa, was this year crowned ‘Best Tourist Attraction in the Middle East‘ at the Conde Nast Reader’s Choice Awards.

Ahmad Al Falasi, Executive Director – Property Management of Emaar Properties PJSC, said: “At the Top, Burj Khalifa is a key contributor to Dubai’s tourism sector and is not only a must-see attraction for tourists but also popular among UAE residents. The one-of-a-kind attraction offers unparalleled views across the city, which inspires visitors to return time-and-time again.”
The observation deck served as a popular venue for media briefings and special events, and promoted local talent through the Art At The Top’ competition organised in partnership with The Ara Gallery, to encourage Emirati artists.
Supporting health and well-being initiatives, the destination also hosted yoga sessions and reached out to the community through a number of corporate social responsibility initiatives. Last year, more than 20 visits were organised for groups from different charity institutions.

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