Early start for Transats 2018 Tel Aviv flights fares in the system

first_imgFlightOperation DaysFlight NumbersDepartureArrival Tags: Israel, New Routes, Transat Share FlightOperation DayFlight NumberDepartureArrival Montreal-Tel-AvivWednesdayTS27202: 00 pm07:25 am << Previous PostNext Post >> Tel-Aviv-MontrealMonday and ThursdayTS173 et TS27309:25 am02:10 pm Toronto-MontrealWednesdayTS49711:15 am12:30 pm From Toronto Tel-Aviv-MontrealMondayTS17309:25 am02:10 pm Montreal-TorontoMondayTS59406:45 pm07:55 pm Travelweek Group Posted by Tel-Aviv-MontrealThursdayTS27309:25 am02:10 pm Montreal-TorontoThursdayTS49604:40 pm05:55 pm Montreal-Tel-AvivSunday and WednesdayTS172 et TS27202:00 pm07:25 am Early start for Transat’s 2018 Tel Aviv flights; fares in the system now Friday, July 14, 2017 MONTREAL — Air Transat is getting a jump on its 2018 Israel program, moving up the start date for its Tel Aviv flights by one month. While its inaugural flights this year took off June 18, next year the season will start even earlier with weekly service beginning May 23, then going up to twice weekly June 10 – Oct. 29. The 2018 flights are now in the system and available for sale.Flying out of Montreal and also available from Toronto with a connection in Montreal, the A330-200 flights will offer 332 seats.Economy Class passengers travelling with Air Transat to or from Tel Aviv are allowed one piece of checked baggage of 30 kg and a carry-on of 10 kg.Air Transat reminds agents that all passengers can pre-order special meals including glatt kosher meals up to 72 hours before departure.Passengers travelling in Club Class to or from Tel Aviv get up to two pieces of checked baggage of 32 kg each, for a total of 64 kg.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterEconomy Class passengers who book an Option Plus upgrade are allowed one additional piece of checked baggage of 30 kg, for a total of 60 kg. Option Plus benefits also include seat selection, priority check-in, boarding and baggage handling.Transat’s Israel program also includes guided tours, packages with roundtrip flights, accommodations, transfers and certain meals, and à la carte visits for customized holidays.From Montréallast_img read more

Air Canadas yearround service to Melbourne takes flight

first_img Share Monday, April 23, 2018 Tags: Air Canada, Australia, New Routes << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Air Canada’s nonstop Vancouver-Melbourne service is now available year-round.The service, which took off on a year-round basis June 1, has already proved popular, initially offered with four times weekly flights when it first started in December 2017 as Canada’s only nonstop service to the Australian city and Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport.The route is serviced by Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with lie-flat seat suites, known as Executive Pods, in International Business Class, plus comfortable seating with plenty of amenities in Premium Economy and Economy Class.Air Canada passengers arriving in Melbourne will find that the elegant, artsy city is well-deserving of its reputation as one of Australia’s must-see destinations. From the beautiful blooms at Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens, to the retail shopping finds on Bourke St. and Collins St., to the bustling café culture that fuels the city’s bar and dining scene just about around the clock, there’s something here for every traveller.Melbourne is also the gateway to several of Autralia’s iconic experiences, from Yarra Valley winery tours to a spectacular coastal drive to see the 12 Apostles on Great Ocean Road.Air Canada’s new year-round Vancouver-Melbourne service “provides additional options for business and leisure travellers between our two continents,” said Benjamin Smith, President – Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.The Melbourne flights also offer convenient access for Canadian travellers looking to make the journey Down Under, he added. “The seamless connections through in-transit pre-clearance facilities combined with our extensive domestic Canada and USA network at our Vancouver hub positions YVR to be the preferred trans-Pacific gateway for business and leisure travellers travelling between North America and Australia.”center_img Travelweek Group Posted by Air Canada’s year-round service to Melbourne takes flightlast_img read more

Nowhere to go for Isla del Caño visitors

first_imgFrom the print editionDRAKE BAY, Puntarenas – Even in the most pristine and beautiful places, (human) nature calls. And finding an acceptable place to dispose of sewage is what led to the temporary and controversial closure of Isla del Caño biological reserve, the popular travel destination off the Pacific coast of Drake Bay, on the Osa Peninsula.Although snorkelers and scuba divers are still permitted in the reserve, hikers, picnickers, beachgoers and bathroom-seekers have been shut out since mid-February, when regional Health Ministry officials determined that the three outhouse-style stalls serving the island weren’t adequate to handle the volume of visitors. Now, two months into the three-month closure, with no solution in sight and high-season revenue on the line, local tourism operators are demanding answers from the government and dishing out criticism of the reserve’s management. And despite closing the island under the pretext of addressing the bathroom problem, the ranger station on the island has been painted, but no work has been done on the latrines. One guide, Arnoldo Samudio, expressed his frustration. “There isn’t any progress,” he said. “They’re only painting and repairing the ranger station, and now it’s almost the rainy season.”Hotel administrator Olman Brenes, of the Águila de Osa Inn, said instead of prohibiting visitors from the island, the government should be asking for help and resources to implement a bathroom system that can handle the influx of tourists.“There is not anything we can do about what has happened,” Brenes said. “Now we need to look at how we can reopen the island with bathrooms and showers.”Brenes said some clients arrive only for the walking tour of the island and to see the mysterious stone spheres on the bluffs, and when they find it closed, they become upset. He said people who find out beforehand cancel their reservations, which have dropped off by up to 15 percent in the past two months. He attributed that to the island’s closure.Other tourism operators said that not only the bathrooms need to be upgraded, but also some sort of emergency services installed on the island, such as a defibrillator. In the past six months, two people died from heart attacks while visiting the island. Many operators said they would be willing to contribute to the cause.Meanwhile, rumors are swirling in the community of Drake Bay that the move to temporarily close the island to visitors is the first step toward a complete exclusion of tourists and a new adherence to the island’s status as reserve, which permits certain scientific research and no general admission. At a town hall meeting of local tourism industry representatives on April 15, many expressed concern they were in the dark in regards to the decision-making process, saying notices of the island closure were sent out two days prior, leaving operators no time to inform clients. Also, many feared that confronting the problem head on and being too critical of decision makers could further prompt a full-scale closure.Director of the Osa Conservation Area, Etilma Morales, said the island is scheduled to remain closed to foot traffic for at least another month while capacity studies are conducted. She said that claims of permanent closure or kicking water recreationalists off the reefs are not on the agenda. She said the temporary closure was necessary. “It’s not that we closed it because we wanted to close it,” Morales said. “It’s because it’s threatening natural resources. This is the reality that we face.”Figures from the Environment, Energy and Telecommunications Ministry show that in 2011, the 330-hectare island saw nearly 20,000 visitors, compared to the nearby 46,000-hectare Corcovado National Park, which has five entrances and receives only a third more visitors.A majority of visitors to the island were there to snorkel and scuba dive at the world-famous reefs surrounding it. Bathrooms on the island are the closest available, apart from a 45-minute one-way trip to the mainland. But Morales said the ministry has no interest in expanding the reserve’s current bathrooms, or implementing a different system to handle the volume of visitors. She said all the fecal matter left by visitors must be hauled off the island and deposited on the mainland, and there is no room on the tiny island for expansion of bathroom services. Instead of expansion, Morales said island administration might never permit the same traffic of visitors it did in years past. She said when the island reopens it may be up to the responsibility of tour operators to put their own bathrooms on boats for clients. She said outfitting boats with bathrooms is a topic to be addressed by tourism agencies and not the park’s problem.However, local guides have expressed frustration that not only does the current closure cause a problem for people who need to use the bathroom, if one person on a 10-person boat trip to the island becomes seasick, the whole outing needs to return to the mainland, whereas before a person could be left to recover on the beach.President of the local guide association, Rebeca Quirós, said that telling people they can’t use bathrooms doesn’t stop people from needing to go.“Now everyone is peeing and pooping in the water,” Quirós said. “It’s bad for the coral.”Quirós said when the current latrine-style bathrooms were being implemented to replace the two flush-style ones that were used previously, the guide association spoke up and sent a signed letter to the park administration saying the system would not be adequate and that further research should be conducted.Another hotel owner, Larry Hustler, said Morales needs to consult engineers before determining that there is no system adequate enough. He said a quick search on the Internet shows many different solutions used around the world for providing sanitary services in restrictive situations. “[Morales] doesn’t know,” Hustler said. “She needs to bring in an engineer to tell her how to do it. She’s not qualified to make that decision. She’s just dragging her feet.”Hustler said he met April 17 with lawmaker Adonay Enrique Guevara, who represents Drake Bay clients, in an attempt to find a speedy solution. The meeting prompted a letter on behalf of Guevara in support of the community and his promise to attend the next town hall meeting Saturday.“If Etilma [Morales] can’t find a solution and work with the people of Drake Bay, it’s time for her to go,” Hustler said. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Police officers file assault charges against lawmakers following riot last week

first_img Facebook Comments Who is responsible for the violence at the recent Caja demonstration?  Police. They used excessive force to remove protesters excercising their rights.  Protesters. A small group of antagonists is instigating violence.  Both. Police used excessive force and protesters failed to cooperate peacefully. Riots during recent protests No related posts. Gabriela Gómez, Giselle Zúñiga and Octavio Quesada, police officers injured on Thursday during riots that broke out during a protest organized by unions of the Social Security System, filed a criminal complaint against Citizen Action Party (PAC) lawmakers Claudio Monge and José María Villalta, alleging aggression and instigation of violence.Gómez accused Monge of “grabbing me [Gómez] by the neck and throwing me to the pavement. So my helmet came off, and in that moment, lawmaker Villalta kicked me in the head.”That version was repeated by officer Zúñiga, who suffered a neck injury during the melee.Villalta denounced the allegations, saying, “That’s a blatant lie, I haven’t assaulted anyone. Instead, I was assaulted by a policeman who hit me with a baton. It’s a montage orchestrated by their bosses to tarnish my name,” Villalta said on Friday, promising to take legal action of his own.President Laura Chinchilla on Friday said her government would not allow “people shielded by immunity to physically attack our officers.” She also urged the officers to file a complaint to the courts and the National Women’s Institute.Officer Octavio Quesada also was injured and suffered a broken nose during the confrontation.The prosecutor’s office confirmed the officers’ complaints were received on Friday. PAC lawmakers likely will file their own charges this week.The riots last Thursday started during a march to protest budget cuts allegedly approved at several public hospitals.Tico Times Poll: last_img read more

Mexican fisherman accused of biggest poaching case in history at Costa Ricas

first_imgRelated posts:Illegal fishing continues unabated in Costa Rica’s treasured Isla del Coco National Park Actor Leonardo DiCaprio talks about illegal fishing in Costa Rica’s Cocos Island Costa Rica Supreme Court cries foul on environment minister’s participation in Jairo Mora protest Drones could help spot illegal fishing around Costa Rica’s Cocos Island A Mexican fishing boat captainbusted in 2008 with 12 tons of tuna well within the protected boundary waters of Costa Rica’s Isla del Coco National Park fled the country before his trial and has never faced justice.Ariel Bustamante Sánchez, 53, a Mexican national, was captain of the Tiuna fishing vessel when it was caught by Costa Rican officials 9.5 nautical miles northeast of Manuelita Island, part of Isla del Coco, with a massive load of tuna, making it the biggest poaching case in the national park’s history.Located 365 miles off Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, Isla del Coco is known as the country’s “Treasure Island” and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It forms part of an important marine biological corridor that connects with Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands.However, for decades park rangers have been outnumbered by poachers, who continue to fish the park’s waters mainly for tuna and sharks.Bustamante’s boat and helicopter were seized, and he was issued a court date to face charges of violations of the country’s Fishing Law. But he fled the country through Costa Rica’s southern border crossing at Paso Canoas just days before his trial, immigration records show. A judge on Sept. 10, 2009, asks Interpol to seek an international arrest alert for Mexican fishing captain Ariel Bustamante. As of Wed., March 19, 2014, no such alert exists on Interpol’s website. The Tico TimesOn Sept. 10, 2009, a judge issued a formal request to then head of the Department of Intelligence and Security, Erick Sandí, asking Interpol to issue an international arrest alert for Bustamante. But according to a search of the Interpol website on Wednesday, there is no record of any such alert. The Tico Times is verifying that Interpol received the request from the judge.According to a story in the daily La Nación at the time of his arrest, Bustamante faced a $5 million fine, a criminal trial, and the seizure of his boat. However, after the vessel was impounded for approximately two years, Bustamante, or one of his representatives, was allowed to recover it and remove it from the country, his attorney, Víctor Herrera, told The Tico Times.According to Herrera, the Costa Rican Fishing Institute, or Incopesca, was tasked with the boat’s maintenance while impounded, but Incopesca lacked the funds for its upkeep. Herrera said both Incopesca and the Prosecutor’s Office agreed to release the boat to its owner. Herrera added that his client recovered the vessel in poor condition, and the fishing company Bustamante represents had to pay for its upkeep while impounded.According to Bustamante’s attorney, the Tiuna captain returned to Costa Rica to face trial in 2009, but days before he was to appear in court, prosecutors upgraded charges against him from violations of the country’s Fishing Law to piracy. If convicted of Fishing Law violations, Bustamante likely would not have served jail time. Charges of piracy, however, carry a maximum penalty of up to 15 years in prison.“My client didn’t feel he could trust the Costa Rican justice system – how could he if they changed the charges on him days before the trial – so he fled,” Herrera said.Update, Wed., March 19, 6 p.m.: A Puntarenas assistant prosecutor responds to Herrera’s statements:For Puntarenas Assistant Prosecutor Tatiana Chaves, Herrera’s statements are “absurd.”“The facts of the case remain the same: He was illegally fishing inside Isla del Coco National Park. It’s illegal to fish inside the park,” Chaves told The Tico Times.Chaves also disputed the attorney’s claim that poaching inside a national park does not fall within the legal definition of piracy in Costa Rica. “Yes, it’s piracy,” Chaves said. “But regardless, the accused must appear in court to face the charges. You can’t just run.”Chaves also acknowledged that Bustamante’s tuna boat was so large, that it was impossible for the Costa Rican government to finance its upkeep. Prosecutors and Incopesca let the boat leave under the condition that it must return whenever a judge so orders. Also, Chaves said, Bustamante had to pay a bail of approximately $250,000, which he lost when he fled.As to whether or not Interpol ever issued an alert for Bustamante’s arrest, Chaves said Puntarenas’ chief prosecutor on Wednesday sent a request to the judicial branch in San José asking for confirmation that judge Luis Angulo sent it in the first place, in September 2009. The Tico Times asked a spokesman at the judicial branch for the same information, and will update the story once we receive it.The original story continues here:Conservationists are outraged that such a big case of alleged poaching could result in total impunity, particularly given Costa Rica’s aggressive effort to internationally pursue Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson and have him extradited to this country on charges of attempted shipwrecking over a 2002 incident off Guatemala’s coast.Asked why he thought Costa Rica would so aggressively pursue him and not Bustamante, Watson told The Tico Times in an email:“The difference is that Bustamante is a poacher  and I am a conservationist and under Chinchilla’s government conservationists were criminals and poachers were business associates. Bustamante is a criminal and the case against me is political because anti-poaching has been a crime and poaching has simply been good business as long as the right people got their cut.Strangely, both Watson and Bustamante’s attorney agree on one point: The Costa Rican justice system is flawed, they say. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Mexico fires mens football coach Miguel Herrera after he allegedly hit a

first_imgAmid a storm of corruption allegations involving the region’s officiating and its perceived favoring of Mexico’s national football team, a divine lightning bolt has struckEl Tri. Coach Miguel Herrera was fired Tuesday after he allegedly hit a television reporter at an airport Monday.The firing comes despite Mexico’s 3-1 victory in Sunday’s Gold Cup final over Jamaica, which succeeded a series of questionable calls in its quarterfinal match against Costa Rica and subsequent semifinal game opposite Panama in the bi-annual Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) tournament.Herrera’s reported dispute came against sports commentator Christian Martinoli of Mexico’s TV Azteca. Martinoli said Herrera punched his neck in the security line at the Philadelphia International Airport on Monday, but Herrera denied hitting the reporter, saying he only pushed him.The reporter had been one of the ex-manager’s most vocal critics during Herrera’s tenure that began in October 2013. At a press conference for the recent Copa América tournament, Herrera alluded to Martinoli as a “coward” and said he looked forward to running into the reporter again.“The next time we meet I’m going to have an argument with him,” Herrera said. “It’s not that I want to fight him. I just want to debate some things.”The former coach has become known for his temper, dating back to his days as a player for Mexico. Here is a clip of a younger Herrera holding a pole and needing to be held back in a 1997 brawl that broke out against Jamaica:http://i.imgur.com/gH0sUyJ.gifIn another moment of lost composure, Herrera blamed officiating and called out a referee by sarcastically thanking him immediately following his team’s elimination in the Copa América, where Mexico exited in the group stages without winning a match,https://vine.co/v/eiH1dhvwnjX/embedAs the winners of the 2015 Gold Cup, Mexico is set to face the United States, CONCACAF’s 2013 champions, on Oct. 9 in Pasadena, California, for a spot in the 2017 Confederation’s Cup. Facebook Comments Related posts:CONCACAF to review refs after Gold Cup furor FEDEFUTBOL official: FIFA scandal won’t affect Costa Rica’s upcoming matches It’s ‘Murder She Wrote’ as Reggae Boyz knock US out of Gold Cup Mexico defeats Jamaica 3-1 in Gold Cup finallast_img read more

9 Best Ways to Avoid Plagiarism in Your Essays

first_imgIt’s not always easy to come up with the information that you need for an essay that you are working on, as there are a number of rules that you must abide by. You cannot just take information from a source and then include this information in your work and simply add the source to your work as this could cause issues related to plagiarism, which is the last thing you’d want as it could cause you to have your work rejected. This is the last thing that you or anyone would want, especially after you’ve put a lot of work into creating your essay you can also buy online from professional paper writing services. This is especially if you haven’t meant to do it and you’ve plagiarised unintentionally.It’s crucial to make sure that you properly credit someone else’s work so it doesn’t look like you have copied it and there are many things that you can do to prevent this. Once you have got to grips with what plagiarism is and how you can avoid it you will be in a better position to make sure it’s something that you avoid. Below we will provide you with some tips on how to make sure that you avoid plagiarising someone else’s work.Speak to your teacherBefore you start working on your essay it is worth speaking to your teacher so that you are clear as to what is expected of the essay that you are going to complete. By simply speaking to your teacher you can save a lot of time thinking and worrying about something that is simple and ultimately this is just wasting valuable time. It is also important to as your teacher if you need to include an in-text citation as well as a reference page.  By doing all of this, you can rest assured that you are fully prepared to get to work on your essay.Give yourself enough timeWhen you know you have an essay due particular date, you need to make sure that you set yourself enough time to complete it and don’t leave it until the last minute. It’s very easy to make mistakes when you are rushing. If you make sure that you have plenty of time to complete your essay you will have time to do the necessary research and also make sure that the essay you write isn’t plagiarised. It’s clear to see that if you put yourself under pressure by leaving things until the last minute you are more likely to make silly mistakes.Remember to paraphraseIf you want to use someone else’s work you can do this but you need to credit it correctly.  You can paraphrase a sentence and not lose what the sentence is trying to say when you reword it. It is important that you put any sentences that you use in your own words correctly and this means not just replacing a word here or there.Use quotations where necessaryIf you are quoting someone then remember to use quotations. It’s a very quick and simple thing to do and it makes sense to do it as you are writing your essay, don’t leave it until the end as you may miss it. If you remember to quote any references you will avoid plagiarism.Add your own valueWhen you find information from a source don’t just use all of it in your own work. You need to try and add some of your own value to it by adding your thoughts and insights to it. This way not only will you add value to your work, but you will also score more marks too. By adding insight to your essay you show that you know and understand what you are talking about. This is because you can only add your insight to an essay once you have done thorough research and understood the subject properly.Cite sources correctlyIt is very important to cite the sources that you use but there is no use in doing this if you don’t do it correctly. Before you make a start on your essay make sure that you are clear about what you need and this way you can be sure that you complete it correctly. It’s not difficult to think that you are doing things correctly where in fact you are actually doing things incorrectly.Include a reference pageAnother simple way of avoiding plagiarism issues in your essay is to make sure that you have a reference page at the end of your essay. When you begin doing your research start adding any references to your reference page as you go along. It is best not to leave your reference page to the end as it is very easy to miss something out this way.Use a checkerIt is always worth using a plagiarism checker once you have completed your article. There are many available online and a lot of these plagiarism checkers are free to use. It doesn’t take much to use a checker so always try and remember to use one.Make sure you proofread your workOne way of making sure you don’t plagiarism is by proofreading your work. Even if you have had a professional proof-reader look over your work, it is crucial that you also proofread your own work. All in all, it does not take much to look over your essay and double check that you have cited any sources used correctly.last_img read more

Eyes in the sky preparing for the age of drones how to

first_imgGuest post by Kaladhar Voruganti Vice President Technology Innovation and Senior Fellow at Equinix.Do you look forward to the day when your dinner or latest online clothing order is delivered to your doorstep by a drone? The wait might not be long. Google’s Wing drone delivery service was recently the first to be approved for commercial flight in the United States. And other players, such as Amazon and Uber aren’t far behind as they continue to pilot different approaches.Drone deliveries might be the latest advanced technology use case capturing market attention, but it’s just one of the potential real-world business applications for these versatile devices. Like internet of things (IoT) sensor networks for industrial or smart city scenarios, drones offer an unprecedented opportunity to improve operations and user experiences while reducing costs. At the same time, safety and regulatory concerns, as well as the proliferation of data being collected, mean that the underlying IT infrastructure needs to be optimised to support the secure exchange of drone data without failures and at low latencies.Drones: from the war room to the boardroomDrones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) originated as military devices used for surveillance and targeted airstrikes. While the military segment may still be the largest share of the market in the short-term, recent advances in consumer and commercial grade drones are opening the door to a wide variety of applications. The market is just starting to take off, making projections difficult, but estimates range from $52-$144 billion by 2025. Here are a few examples of different types of UAVs and use cases:Military: Aircraft sized for long-term reconnaissance, search and rescue, and communications relays.Transportation and delivery: Retail and medical deliveries. Flying robo-taxis.Eye in the sky: Many cross-industry applications such as precision agriculture, inspections, and surveys, inventory management, emergency response, monitoring and tracking (infrastructure, land, disease, pollution, environment, wildlife etc.).Eye in the water: Fish farming, monitoring and tracking (underwater infrastructure, water bodies, climate/weather, wildlife, etc.)Services: Insect-sized for pollinating plants or surveillance. Solar-powered high-altitude drones to provide electricity and internet access to remote areas. Medium-large sized for water waste management, maritime navigation, construction, etc.Emergency Cellular Services: During natural disasters when the underlying communication infrastructure has been destroyed, drones can be dynamically deployed to help resuscitate the cellular network.The Economist might have put it best in their “Civilian Drones” report when they state, “Trying to imagine how drones will evolve, and the uses to which they will be put is a bit like trying to forecast the evolution of computing in the 1960s or mobile phones in the 1980s. Their potential as business tools was clear at the time, but the technology developed in unexpected ways. The same will surely be true of drones.”Meeting drone challenges in the middleAs exciting as these advances in drone applications are, they aren’t without challenges. Concerns about privacy, safety, and noise are making citizens wary of drones in their neighbourhoods. Criminal networks are using drones for everything from smuggling drugs and contraband to making assassination attempts. And, the regulatory environment, already slow to keep up with rapidly advancing drone technologies and applications, is also entrusted the responsibility of addressing these additional challenges.However, as evidenced by Google’s recent win with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), business and policymakers are beginning to find a middle ground. A big part of that middle ground is ensuring that the future world of drones everywhere is one where they are operating safely, securely and seamlessly. That will require a wireless infrastructure that is: 1) scalable 2) secure 3) provides low latency and 4) high bandwidth.Limitations of existing wireless infrastructureAs shown in Figure 1, drones communicate with their corresponding base stations using some type of wireless technology. Both control (in the range of kbps) message and data payload message transmissions (can be in the range of Mbps) occur between the drone and the base station. Typically, predictable low latency is needed for the control signals and high bandwidth for transferring the data payload. Existing wireless infrastructures deployed in many current drone solutions to communicate between the drone and the base station are inadequate for the following reasons:Point to Point Networks: These networks leverage the unlicensed band (ISM 2.4GHz), but they are plagued with low data rates, are unreliable, insecure and vulnerable to interference. Furthermore, they also have limitations on the range (distance).Satellite Systems: Some of the UAV navigation systems leverage Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for navigation. However, GPS signals are susceptible to being blocked by high buildings or bad weather conditions.Cellular Networks:  Existing cellular networks were designed to support asymmetric (one-way) high bandwidth traffic flow (e.g. for downloading or watching streaming video). However, many drone use cases will need high upload bandwidth – for example, to transmit high definition video footage captured by drones. Cellular antennas are also tilted downwards to provide better ground coverage and reduce inter-cell interference, but “eye in the sky” drone use cases will need high altitude coverage from their base stations.It is important to note that the above wireless techniques are not mutually exclusive and, depending upon the use case, a combination of them can be leveraged. There are proposals on the table to leverage existing cellular networks as the wireless communication mechanism between the drone and the base station. Cellular networks are pervasive and provide coverage in most major metros. The current cellular 4G networks are adequate for many of the existing drone applications, and, with the advent of 5G cellular networks, even higher scale, tighter latency and higher bandwidth requirements for next generation drone applications can be satisfied. However, the challenges noted above will need to be properly addressed. Fortunately, a lot of research is being done to clear the hurdles.Activating a drone-ready IT architecture Figure 2 illustrates how the control plane and data plane related processing for a drone application will be spread across the different nodes when using a cellular network as the wireless medium. The relevant nodes are the a) drone device b) cellular tower c) edge node (central office or a micro-data centre) d) interconnection data centre where the wireless networks offload traffic to the clouds (e.g. Equinix) and the backend cloud (e.g. a hyperscaler) in a distributed IT architecture. Depending upon the use case, the appropriate portion of the application will get processed at one of the above-mentioned locations. Current and future drone applications, including those that leverage swarm intelligence for drones to communicate and collaborate with each other, will require fast network speeds and minimal latency to exchange data traffic between drones and core clouds.With 200 International Business Exchange™(IBX®) data centres located in key metros around the world, Equinix enables the interconnection and distributed architecture required for the era of drones. Strategically located within 10 milliseconds from end customers, and 1-2 milliseconds away from the backend clouds, Equinix is an ideal location to deploy drone applications that need to be processed within the metro where the drone is operating due to latency, performance and security/compliance reasons.Moreover, the majority of cellular network carriers route their traffic to the backend clouds at Equinix. As the world’s largest marketplace of partners and providers (more than 1,800 network service providers and 2,900+ cloud and IT service providers), Equinix is the natural place for these providers to peer and exchange traffic between each other.Welcome to tomorrowAs a child, when I watched the movie “Blade Runner,” I always wondered whether I would live to see the day when something like that vision of thousands of drones/spaceships flying around would become a reality. With the recent U.S. Federal Aviation Administration ruling on commercial drones and the multi-billion-dollar investments pouring into commercial drone services, I think it will be sooner than later when we will have hundreds (if not thousands) of drones operating in our skies.last_img read more

Creating a early Crypto Exchange cause for Police Action

first_imgThe men who crashed thought Pete Wood’s front door early one morning were convinced he was the head of a credit card fraud ring. He was cautioned and brought into the police station in central London where he was shown documents literally picturing him at the head of a vice ring.Their caution was ringing in his ear – You do not have to say anything. However, it may harm your defence if you fail to mention when questioned anything you later rely on in court. Anything you say can be used in evidence.But this was not on a TV crime progamme and this was in real life. Pete’s only crime, if such it was, was to have received payment from a man who was wanted by the police. How had this come about? How was it that Pete was associating with a known criminal and worse, receiving funds from him? Well, if you are reading this article in its original publication – Blockleaders.io – the answer will not surprise you. This was 2015 and Pete had set up a bitcoin exchange and was receiving money from many people in return for bitcoin. He did do KYC as best he could but it was impossible to police the purchasers.The level of ignorance about bitcoin amongst the general public in 2015 was reflected in the police. Even as Pete tried to explain what bitcoin was he knew he was on a losing wicket. Eventually he was released but was still remanded on bail for a year. This cost him his job as when he tried to ask to call work to tell he would not be in, he was informed they knew already. What he found out afterwards was that a team of detectives had stormed his workplace and seized all computers and devices from his desk.“This was 2015. I worked in an open plan office of a large company. I reckoned everyone thought I was some sort of criminal or worse. I did not return to work.”As it happens work could not take him back while the case was open and he agreed to part company amicably. It is an ill wind that blows no good and the early morning arrest had catapulted him into his new full time career dealing in cryptocurrency. The case was dropped in a year and Pete was never charged. Instead he went onto to build a cryptocurrency exchange with a turnover of GBP 100 million.Actually Pete has been seen by the police at least four times since. There were two more early morning visits and then latterly a number of invitations to come into the station.“It has changed from arresting me to me advising the police. The information is still a bit spotty. You might have one detective up to speed in one station but then another station might have no knowledge. The joys of being involved in a nascent industry.”Pete returns to his native Luton to give talks to his local school. “It was a tough area when I was growing up but I think it’s getting worse,” he says.  “I’ve asked local businesses too and they think it is worse.“I go back and give talks to my old school because I want to show them that they can be successful but sometimes they just had to think outside the box.”I should point out at this point, Pete has never heard of the Luton airport song inspired by the unforgettable line uttered in the Campari TV ad by cockney actress Lorraine Chase. The song was performed by one-hit-wonder girl band Cats UK, while the music was inspired by the Squeeze hit from the same year, Cool for Cats.  For old time’s sake you can watch the 1979 video here. (Ed note – Pete pointed out reasonably that he was not even born when the song was recorded).Back to his talks in his old alma mater, Pete makes no secret of his inability to succeed academically once he hit secondary school. But he points out there are other ways to succeed – see the GDP 100 million company turnover above.A self-confessed nerd he was taking computers apart when he was 11 and then doing the same for his friends by the time he turned 13.“It was a puzzle I loved. It just made sense. I was also an avid gamer which proved handy in later life.”Entering high school the signs were all very positive. Pete showed precocious ability especially in maths. He was ranked the third smartest kid out of a pool of 200. He also excelled in sports, playing at representative level for at last three different games. He regularly achieved As and A+s.However, while he entered high school with great points, by the time he graduated his grades were all Cs: just enough to get him a place on an IT course. Asked to explain this regression, Pete shrugs on the phone. At least I imagine a resigned shrug down my end of the line. “Things were tough at home,” he says sparsely but without rancour.Regardless of the cause of the loss of interest, academic excellence never returned. At the same time, Pete was working part time with a local hospital. He approached the head of IT looking for work in that department. Unexpectedly but fortunately a job on the IT help desk turned up the next day. Pete dropped out of college and went to work full time in the IT department.For the next four years Pete was promoted year on year. He went from humble help desk assistant to second line technician to manager. However, the lack of a degree meant he could not progress any further.“Despite my previous form, I applied for and got a foundation course in IT in Portsmouth. I had a great year, made lots of friends and spent all my money. But I hated the course itself. I am just not made for academia.”Back to his old job but this time they suggested they would send him on an Open University degree course.“I agreed. It was ludicrous really. I just did not enjoy study – but put something practical in front of me and I was happy. That was the third – and last – time I tried to study.”Around this time, Pete moved company to get promoted and in his new workplace, a co-worker arrived in with a small black box.“I was fascinated. It was an ASIC miner of course and so I went out and got one too. That was in 2014 and I earned GDP 600 in eight months.”Despite not enjoying college, Pete would research any topic that interested him thoroughly.  Soon he had read everything he could get his hands on related to bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies. He also quickly realised that as the hashrate for bitcoin went up, he would need more powerful machines with graphics cards. Instead he looked into mining other alt coins and settled on Nova coin.Where he was working, he was in charge of several thousand machines – all bog standard. He realised he could use the computing power to mine very successfully as long as it did not interfere with the user’s ability to use their machine. So he wrote a script that paused mining on the machines while there were in use. Once there was a 10 second period with no keyboard or mouse activity the software would kick in again and start mining.He earned GDP 2000 in Nova and put that into bitcoin.He also realised that it was possible to use arbitrage to make money out of buying and selling bitcoin. He went onto wholesale sites to purchaser bitcoin and then re-sold it on retail sites such as localbitcoins.“It struck me forcibly that everyone was buying and selling but no one knew anyone else. The whole process lacked transparency. I wanted to bring the process out into the open and so I founded Bit Broker. Now you could see who you were trading with.“We slowly become the dominant UK exchange and by 2018 we had a turnover of GDP 100 million. Not bad for a kid who could not finish a university course. This was the message I had to tell the kids back in Luton.”Around the same time the unfortunately early morning arrest meant that Pete gave up the day job and moved full time in brokerage.  Now he set his sights on making cryptocurrency available for everyone.“Even on popular sites such as Coinbase, it is not intuitive for a newcomer to buy bitcoins or other alt coins. As a dominant site, there are also other issues such as poor service and high fees. I felt we could do a much better job and I believe we have in CoinBurp.”CoinBurp – a name you won’t forget – was formally launched a couple of months ago. It is very slick and easy to use. It caters for the retail market and in particular seeks to attract a new crypto-curious audience. Already there are 1000 customers and a GDP million in deposits.  Pete is finalising deals with banks and credit cards to more easily enable people to get onboard and he hopes to have Euro onboard within the month.“We are going over to a charity football match in Dublin at the end of August. Our advisor and well known celebrity Calum Best is setting this up. It promises to be an exciting day out and also another way of getting ordinary people involved in crypto.”Mass adoption of crypto is his goal. And if I were a betting woman I’d put some bitcoin on that – to win.For more information, please visit the website_______________________________________________________More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. 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