Hapag-Lloyd Introducing New Feeder Service

first_imgzoom German carrier Hapag-Lloyd is launching a new feeder service between Piraeus, Greece and Beirut, Lebanon.The company said that the weekly service will be operated by a 3rd party feeder.The service will kick off on April 27th with the first sailing of Marshal Islands-flagged containership MV King Byron from Piraeus.In addition, Hapag-Lloyd is planning to launch a series of new products between Asia and the western and eastern coasts of Latin America from July onwards.These services will employ over 50 ships in all, with Hapag-Lloyd contributing 20 of them. This includes CSAV’s seven efficient 9,300 TEU newbuildings.last_img

Freedom Mobile hit by data breach company says up to 15000 customers

However, the blog was posted under the title “Report: Freedom Mobile Customer Data Breach Exposes 1.5 Million Customers” based on the assumption that hackers could access unencrypted data from all of Freedom’s customer base.Freedom said in an emailed statement that “any reference to 1.5 million customers affected is inaccurate . . . ”The company said its investigation determined the breach began on March 25 and affected data processed by a new external third-party vendor, Apptium Technologies, that had been hired to streamline its retail customer support.“The internal systems of Freedom Mobile or (parent) Shaw Communications were not compromised as part of this third-party vendor security exposure,” the company said in a statement.It said the breach affected customers at 17 retail stores who opened or changed accounts as late as April 15 or made changes to opened accounts on April 16. It said the problem was fixed by April 23.Freedom also said that it had found no evidence, as of Tuesday, that any data has been misused “and we are conducting a full forensic investigation to determine the full scope of impact.”Valerie Lawton, of the federal privacy commissioner’s office, said in an email that it had received a breach report related to Freedom Mobile late Monday afternoon.“Canada’s federal private sector privacy law, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), includes confidentiality provisions and we don’t have further details to offer at this time,” Lawton said.Under PIPEDA, which was most recently updated in November, private-sector organizations that control personal information must advise the privacy watchdog of breaches that pose a “real risk of significant harm” to individuals.They must also notify affected individuals about the breaches and keep records.However, the Canadian law — in contrast to the European Union’s year-old General Data Protection Regulation — provides more flexibility about when organizations inform the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.Asked why it didn’t disclose close the leak sooner, the company said it took time to verify the legitimacy of the warning and verify details with its third-party vendor.Companies in this story: (TSX:SJR.B) TORONTO — Freedom Mobile confirmed Tuesday it had a data security breach from late March to late April, but the wireless carrier said only about 15,000 customers were affected — far fewer than an outside research firm’s estimate.The Calgary-based company — which operates networks in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia — was apparently warned of the breach by researchers at vpnMentor, which announced it to the press.The vpnMentor report said two of its researchers, Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, had warned Freedom of their findings on April 17, 18 and 23 but didn’t get a response from the company until April 24.“For ethical reasons, we didn’t download the database, so we don’t know exactly how many people were affected,” the blog said. read more

UN peace messenger Muhammad Ali encourages Afghan children to prepare for future

The former boxing champ said young Afghans would succeed if they readied their minds for the challenges of life, by studying hard, respecting teachings and following guidance.He also exhorted them to prepare their bodies, by practicing physical activity and sports, and to have faith, which, he said, “will help you through the most difficult days.”Mr. Ali said he had seen in Afghanistan that the humanitarian community had achieved much by working together with the country’s government and people. “To see young girls studying, knowing that they had been denied opportunities to learn for many years, was inspiring.” But above all, his visit showed him not just the Afghanistan of today, but of the future. “That tomorrow will be your tomorrow, and the world must not fail you,” he said.The Peace Messenger also voiced gratitude to the Afghan children. “I want to thank you, my young friends, for showing me how strong you are in spite of the hardships your country still faces,” he said. “You are the life and soul of Afghanistan.” read more

Onetime costs push Deltas 3Q profit lower adjusted earnings narrowly beat forecasts

by David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Oct 16, 2014 6:51 am MDT One-time costs push Delta’s 3Q profit lower; adjusted earnings narrowly beat forecasts DALLAS – Delta Air Lines Inc. said Thursday that third-quarter profit fell 74 per cent on one-time costs such as retiring older planes. The results excluding those items beat expectations.Revenue rose 7 per cent, but higher fuel and labour costs pushed expenses higher too.Officials said that they were monitoring bookings daily and saw no impact yet on travel from the Ebola scare. Two people who flew on domestic flights in the past month have tested positive for the virus — a man from Liberia died, one of his nurses is hospitalized in Atlanta. The nurse was cleared to fly Monday night by a monitor from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Delta CEO Richard Anderson said the CDC had admitted the mistake, and he was confident that the government could prevent a U.S. outbreak.“I think what is worth noting is you really can’t catch Ebola on an airplane, and the screening techniques that the government has put in place are going to detect folks coming from the risk areas in Africa in advance of entering the United States.” Anderson said.Delta is the first U.S. airline to report third-quarter figures, and Wall Street is looking for strong results covering the last part of the peak summer-travel season. Many planes were full, as airlines continued to hold down the number of flights, which also tends to push fares higher. Passengers paid 2 per cent more per mile.The company’s president, Ed Bastian, said the revenue outlook for the October-through-December fourth quarter looks solid. He said the company expects revenue growth and higher profit margins.The best chance for increased profit margins comes in international flying, Bastian said. Delta is reworking its network of flights to Asia and trimming planned growth on routes to Europe, where expansion by many foreign airlines has cut into profitability.The Atlanta-based airline said that net income fell to $357 million from $1.37 billion a year earlier. Adjusted for one-time costs, profit was $1.20 per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected $1.18.Revenue rose 7 per cent to $11.18 billion, topping analysts’ forecast of $11.12 billion.“Other” revenue, which includes money collected from fees that passengers pay for many services, jumped 15 per cent. Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. analyst Joseph DeNardi said that was the main reason that Delta’s adjusted profit beat expectations.Fuel, the airline’s biggest single expense, jumped 29 per cent to $2.95 billion, as Delta recorded $347 million in charges for adjustments to fuel-hedging. Those are contracts to protect against big spikes in fuel prices, and they can backfire if oil prices fall.Delta is forecasting lower fuel prices in the fourth quarter, which analysts said will be a boon.“Earnings beat our expectations, cost control is very good, and with oil prices down in the fourth quarter and into 2015 likely, the company has a nice tail wind,” Jim Corridore of S&P Capital IQ said in an interview.Labor, Delta’s second-biggest cost, rose 5 per cent to $2.07 billion. That doesn’t include a 54 per cent increase in profit-sharing, to $384 million.Passengers had little elbow room over the summer. The average flight was 86.4 per cent full, up from 86.0 per cent a year earlier. Passengers flew 4 per cent more miles.Delta’s shares rose 13 cents to $32.51 in midday trading. At the opening bell, they had gained 18 per cent for the year, easily beating the 1 per cent increase in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more