Bran the Builder in Game of Thrones prequelGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Now that Game of Thrones has finally ended, Westeros fans are eagerly waiting to see Game of Thrones prequel, rumored titled Bloodmoon.As per earlier interviews, Game of Thrones prequel is set around 5000 years ago before the events showed in the television adaptation of The Song of Ice and Fire. The prequel will chronicle the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. As per several speculations, darkest hour in the series means the birth of Night King and subsequently the rise of White Walkers.As per George RR Martins books, the Age of Heroes is the time period in which the Children of the Forest made a pact with humans or men, and when Bran the Builder — the Stark ancestor lived. As per the old nan tales, Bran the Builder is the one who built The Wall to keep the White Walkers at the bay.Since the prequel is going to feature Bran the Builder, it is most likely that we finally get to see the construction of the Winterfell and The Wall.As per the books, the Wall is a colossal fortification which stretches for more than 482 kilometers along the Northern border of the Seven Kingdoms, separating the entire realm from the domain of the wildlings who live beyond. The wall is reported to be over 700 feet tall and it averages 300 feet in width. Bran Stark is the Night KingFacebookThe Wall was constructed by Bran the Builder and is supposed to have all sorts of magic to protect it from the White Walkers. As per the events are shown in Game of Thrones, the Wall has grown considerably since it was first constructed by Bran, as the Night’s Watch has spent thousands of years augmenting it with huge ice blocks and has even upgraded its defense system.As of now, there is nothing sure about Game of Thrones prequel. The production is likely to begin from this June and fans are hoping to see something magical when it will finally air on HBO in 2020 or 2021. The much-awaited Game of Thrones prequel will feature an ensemble cast of Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Sheila Atim. The show’s story is written by George RR Martin and Jane Goldman is overlooking the project as the showrunner.
By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgAlthough White residents may now make up 44 percent of the District’s population, Washington, D.C., once coined “Chocolate City,” is still majority African American with 47.7 percent of residents identifying as Black, according to the U.S. Census.Washingtonian Magazine completely disregarded the District’s majority population in a recently launched social media campaign. In a series of photos located in various places around the city, people are seen wearing shirts that read, “I’M NOT A TOURIST. I LIVE HERE.” Every single person featured in the campaign- a campaign about living in a predominantly Black city- is White.A screenshot of the from Tony Lewis Jr.’s Instagram account admonishing the Washingtonian Magazine campaign “I am Not A Tourist.” (Screenshot)As soon as the campaign dropped, Black Twitter and Washingtonians immediately chastised the magazine and its tone deaf marketing.“PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT [Washingtonian Magazine’s] DEPICTION OF WHO ‘LIVES HERE’… NOT ONE BLACK FACE IN THE ENTIRE PIECE,” social media influencer and community activist, Tony Lewis Jr. wrote on Instagram and Twitter. Lewis wrote in all capital letters similarly to the campaign t-shirts.“BLACK PEOPLE STILL MAKE UP [47 percent] OF THIS CITY. THIS IS DISRESPECTFUL, CARELESS, AND RACIST (YEAH I SAID IT, RACIST). THIS IS VERY REPRESENATIVE OF HOW WE FEEL IN OUR OWN CITY, THAT WE ARE INVISIBLE, THAT WE DON’T EXIST. THAT PEOPLE MOVE HERE HAVE MORE VALUE THAN THOSE BORN HERE. THAT WHEN WE DIE IN THE STREETS IT ISN’T IMPORTANT, THAT THE NEW RESTAURANT OR CONDO SUPERCEDES OUR EXISTENCE,” Lewis wrote.He then encouraged Washingtonians to not support the magazine.The controversy surrounding the shirts and campaign quickly escalated, prompting Washingtonian to delete the campaign and apologize.“As a native Washingtonian, I am very sorry that our latest ‘I Am Not A Tourist’ marketing campaign did not represent the wonderfully diverse city in which we live,” Washingtonian Magazine CEO and president Catherine Merrill Williams wrote in a statement.“This was the very beginning of a campaign in which all intentions are to include the many communities that make up our city. We solicited pictures from a diverse group of people and put the pictures up in the order they came in. People who saw the initial gallery of pictures had no way of knowing that it was not, in fact, the entirety of the marketing campaign. We took down the initial post because it created an impression that was inconsistent with our values and standards. We’re confident that when the campaign is complete it will reflect the diversity of the readership that we serve,” she wrote.Despite the apology some Washingtonians are still outraged.In response to Washingtonian’s campaign, Lewis is putting together a photoshoot on May 20 at Union Market for residents “born, raised and educated” in D.C.“We will provide a counter narrative that there are still folks who were born, raised, and educated in this city still here. We will provide a counter image that not every person living in the city is a [White] millennial,” Lewis wrote on Instagram.The dress code for the photo shoot is all black.
A 27-year-old man accused of plotting the July 15 shootout of a gangster here has been arrested, police said on Saturday. Kavinder Singh of Baund Kalan village in Haryana’s Bhiwani district was arrested from his hideout in Gurgaon’s Garhi Harsaru village on Friday night by the Crime Branch.Gangster Rakesh Hayatpur was shot at by four men in a car while driving to the district court. One person was killed and two were injured when his SUV rammed into an autorickshaw after the shooting near Central Mall. Kavinder Singh, a graduate, who plotted the attack, was produced before a magistrate on Saturday and sent to two days police remand. “Rakesh escaped the attack because
Thursday, August 30, 2018 Air Canada issues Q&A in wake of mobile app data breach Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada, Security, Technology << Previous PostNext Post >> Share MONTREAL — Air Canada says travellers can use Air Canada’s mobile app and mobile products with confidence and has posted a Q&A for any clients who have questions about this week’s data breach.As reported yesterday at Travelweek.ca, up to 20,000 Air Canada customers may have had their personal information improperly accessed due to a breach in the airline’s mobile app. The breach prompted a lock-down on all 1.7 million accounts until consumers change their passwords.Air Canada says it detected “unusual login behaviour” with the app Aug. 22 – 24. “We immediately took action to block these attempts and implemented additional protocols to protect against further unauthorized attempts. As an additional security precaution, we have locked all Air Canada mobile App accounts to protect our customers’ data.”Clients are advised to follow emailed instructions to reactivate their Air Canada mobile App account, or follow the prompts the next time they log into the app.Air Canada is assuring clients that their credit card information is protected. It also notes that Aeroplan passwords are not stored on the app.For clients who stored passport information on their profile, the Government of Canada’s passport website advises that the risk of a third party obtaining a passport in the client’s name is low, if they still have their passport, proof of citizenship and supporting identity documents.The website also notes that the Government of Canada cannot issue a new passport to anyone based on only the information found in a passport.“Your privacy and the protection of your data are extremely important to Air Canada. Our security is multi-layered, and we work with leading industry experts to continuously improve our practices as technology and security procedures evolve.”Here’s the Q&A Air Canada issued in the wake of the breach:Q: What happened?A: “We recently detected unusual login behaviour with Air Canada’s mobile app between Aug. 22-24, 2018. We immediately took action to block these attempts and implemented additional protocols to block further repeated unauthorized attempts. As an additional security precaution, we have locked all Air Canada mobile app accounts to protect our customers’ data.”Q: How many customer user profiles are affected?A: “There are approximately 1.7 million Air Canada mobile app user profiles, and our investigation has determined that approximately one per cent or 20,000 profiles may potentially have been improperly accessed. We are contacting potentially affected customers directly.”More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJQ: What steps have you taken?A: “In addition to taking immediate action to block these attempts to gain unauthorized access, we have locked all Air Canada mobile app user accounts as a precaution.“We contacted potentially affected customers directly by email starting Aug. 29 to tell them if we determined their account may potentially have been accessed improperly.“We are also requiring all Air Canada mobile app users to re-set their passwords using improved password guidelines to further enhance security measures. A more robust password provides an extra layer of protection.”Q: How do I know if my account has been improperly accessed?A: “Starting Aug. 29, 2018, we have sent emails to customers whose accounts may have been improperly accessed.“If you did not receive an email from Air Canada specifically advising you that your Air Canada mobile app account may have been improperly accessed, we are confident your account was unaffected during this period. As an additional precaution however, we are contacting all Air Canada mobile app users requiring all users to re-set their passwords.”Q: What type of user information is on the Air Canada mobile app?A: “Basic profile data stored on the Air Canada mobile app account includes your name, email address, and telephone number.“Information that you may add to your profile includes: Aeroplan number, Passport number, NEXUS number, Known Traveler Number, gender, birthdate, nationality, passport expiration date, passport country of issuance and country of residence.“Credit cards that are saved to your profile are encrypted and stored in compliance with security standards set by the payment card industry or PCI standards.”Q: Is my credit card information protected?A: “Your credit card information is protected. Credit cards that are saved to your profile are encrypted and stored in compliance with security standards set by the payment card industry or PCI standards. As a best practice, customers should always monitor their transactions and credit rating carefully and contact their financial services provider immediately if they become aware of any unusual or unauthorized activities.”More news: Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaQ: Is my Aeroplan information safe?A: “Your Aeroplan password is not stored in the Air Canada mobile app. As a precaution and as a best practice, we recommend customers always review all transactions regularly, and immediately report any irregular or unfamiliar transactions to Aeroplan immediately.”Q: Is my passport information safe?A: “According to the Government of Canada’s passport website, the risk of a third party getting a passport in your name is low if you still have your passport, proof of citizenship, and supporting identity documents. Also according to the website, the Government of Canada cannot issue a new passport to anyone based on only the information found in a passport.”Q: What should I do to secure my information?A: “We’ve taken steps to lock down your account, and you can unlock it by following the password reset instructions in the email sent to you, or via the instructions the next time you log into your Air Canada mobile app. It is important to select a robust password as per our instructions when you reset your account.“We recommend customers regularly review their financial transactions, be aware of any changes in their credit rating, and contact their financial services provider immediately if they become aware of any unusual or unauthorized transactions.“Customers should also review Aeroplan transactions and contact Aeroplan immediately if they become aware of any unusual or unauthorized activities.Q: Can I trust Air Canada’s mobile app and its other systems?A: “The security of Air Canada’s systems is of paramount importance, and Air Canada takes security of its customers’ privacy and data very seriously. Air Canada approaches security in a multi-layered manner, and we also work with leading cyber security and industry experts to detect irregularities and take action quickly. We continuously improve our practices as technology and security practices evolve. Customers can continue to use Air Canada’s mobile app and mobile products with confidence.”Q: I have an account on aircanada.com. Is that account affected?A: “No, your aircanada.com account is not linked to your Air Canada mobile app account.”The number to call for more information is 1-855-541-0738.
Travelweek Group Thursday, February 21, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Share TORONTO — In its 20-year history, soft adventure specialist On The Go Tours has never had a North America office – until now.Opening this summer in Toronto, the brand new office will be headed by Mike Quinto, General Manager-North America, who’ll lead a six-member team that will work with travel agents to increase the U.K.-based company’s visibility in the North American market.Quinto, who spoke exclusively with Travelweek alongside Hollie Youlden, On The Go’s Marketing Manager, said that opening a Canadian office was pivotal to the company’s growth, particularly in light of the numbers coming out of Canada.“Canada is a stronger market for us than the U.S.,” he said, adding that reps have been in Canada for the past 10 years compared to just the past six months in the United States. “North Americans like to deal with North Americans. Plus, the new office will help with the challenge of working in different time zones. Now, we’ll be able to help North American agents in real time and answer their calls immediately.”So who is On The Go Tours? With the company expected to make its presence known even further in Canada, agents should know the following:They go all over the world. On The Go Tours has grown immensely since its inception 20 years ago. Starting with just Egypt tours, the company now offers 60 destinations around the world. Egypt remains its top-selling destination, but watch out for emerging hotspots like Sri Lanka and returning favourites like Turkey, which Youlden says is “coming back in a big way.”More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesThey know how to do soft adventure. Its guided small-group tours take travellers to some of the world’s most remote places, and include such high-thrill activities like camel trekking in Morocco, bike riding in Cambodia, and felucca sailing down the Nile.Camel trekking in MoroccoIt has five product ranges.Signature Range: ‘Exciting days and comfortable nights’ featuring 3- to 4-star accommodation, English-speaking local guides (in Egypt, groups are led by highly-trained Egyptologists), and a maximum group size of 24Budget Range: Similar to Signature but with less inclusions and a lower price pointHandpicked Range: While its Signature tours are all operated by On The Go, Handpicked tours work with local operators as a nod to sustainable tourismActive: Off-the-beaten track tours that include walking, trekking or cyclingIndependent: FIT private itineraries for clients who want all the details taken care of but do not want to travel in a groupTheir target demographic may surprise you.Despite its reputation for being a soft adventure specialist, On The Go sells mostly to an older clientele. Its core demographic for its most popular product range (Signature) is 35-50 year olds, and even older among North Americans (45-60).They can customize.Knowing that more seasoned travellers don’t necessarily want to ‘rough it’ all the time, Quinto noted that on most tours, upgrades are available to enhance comfort. For example, while on one of the Vietnam itineraries, clients can forego an overnight sleeper train and upgrade to a flight for an additional $300, while on the best-selling King Ramses tour in Egypt, a two-night felucca sailing can be upgraded to a four-star river cruise up the Nile for an extra $450.Abu Simbel TempleThey just launched tours to the Baltics.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTIn response to a growing demand for ‘off-the-beaten-track’ destinations, the company has launched four new tours to Latvia, Estonia, Poland and Lithuania, with departure dates running from March 2019 through to September. These include the eight-day ‘Highlights of the Baltics’, which visits Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn; the eight-day ‘Baltic Capitals Explorer’, which takes in the highlights of the Baltic capitals plus the seaside town of Klaipeda; the 10-day ‘Best of the Baltics’, which includes Lahemaa National Park and Rundale Palace; and the 12-day ‘Poland and Baltic Discover’, which visits Krakow, Warsaw and more.They can’t wait to work with Canadian agents.According to Quinto, agents can expect a North American ‘blitz’ this year that includes a grand opening party in Toronto this summer. Knowing full well how important front-line agents are to the business, Quinto is also reminding them of On The Go’s ‘Sell 4, Go For Free’ program, which runs until March 31, 2019. When agents sell four tours, they’ll earn a free tour to one of the company’s six top destinations: Egypt, Jordan, China, Turkey, Sri Lanka and India.For more information go to onthegotours.com. Posted by Tags: On The Go Tours, Openings & Renovations On The Go Tours to open Toronto office, here’s what you need to know