Bangalore-based Lakshmi Access Communications Systems has launched a $99, 4.3-inch Magnum Pepper Tablet PC based on Google’s Android operating system.“We have made it affordable, we have ensured it fits the pocket,” says Mahendraa Kumar Jain, the company’s managing director.The tablet features an 800-megahertz processor, 256 RAM, 4GB memory and works both on wireless Internet and 3G networks. Related Items
Airports Council International (ACI) World Governing Board recently discussed how the ACI can assist airports in their response to the Ebola outbreak.The focus on international efforts remains on providing the medical response to contain and prevent the spread of the disease in affected countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) and on the exit screening controls in those countries.The Board provided its support to ACI’s ongoing collaborative efforts with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and other stakeholders in the travel and transportation sectors.The meeting which took place in Durban during the 23rd Annual ACI Africa Assembly.
Go back to the enewsletterAfter 2016’s Cyclone Winston, Fiji is re-emerging on the luxury travel scene with new resorts that are putting an emphasis on conservation and sustainability. New authentic, cultural experiences showcase the island group’s diversity and are drawing Australian travellers to Fiji’s lesser-known outer islands.In 2017, Fiji saw the opening of Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay and Kokomo Private Island Fiji, while 2018 saw the opening of the hotly anticipated Six Senses Fiji in the Mamanuca Islands. These resorts are attracting those who seek luxury, authentic and immersive activities, as well as guests with an interest in eco-tourism.Fiji Marriott Resort Momi BaySix Senses Fiji is focused on sustainability and social responsibility. The resort is 100% solar powered by the largest microgrid in Fiji using Tesla batteries. The resort has its own garden and water-bottling plant using glass bottles (no plastics), and it will be sourcing all fish from local fisherman. The Alchemy Bar will produce its own tonics, ginger beers and probiotics using fresh ingredients from The Garden: the Living Cocktail menu is well worth trying.Kokomo Private Island has a coral gardening and restoration project allowing guests to harvest and propagate healthy super-coral fragments. The resort has an on-island water filtration system, greywater system and sewage treatment plant. There is a four-hectare tiered organic garden, free-range chicken coop, beehives and a flock of ducks.Nanuku Auberge has introduced a new Treetop Dining experience under the leadership of Executive Chef Oliver Scarf and Food & Beverage Director, Logan Miller. Nestled in a 70-year-old dilo tree, a suspended platform provides private over-ocean dining, allowing guests to enjoy the sound of waves lapping beneath them. The dining experience is completely personalised to the guests’ individual tastes and at any time of the day – champagne breakfast, private lunch, afternoon Devonshire tea or a romantic dinner with a private chef.Nanuku Auberge Resort’s Treetop DiningIt has also recently banned single-use plastics, such as straws and shampoo bottles, and has introduced coral nurseries and mangrove restoration projects with reused plastic water bottles to grow seedlings.Castaway Island has appointed an environment officer at the resort. He will be responsible for the environmentally sustainable use of both the marine and land-based resources of the resort.There have also been a number of resort refurbishments at destinations such as Yasawa Island Resort, Tropica, Matamanoa and Volivoli Beach Resort.Lead image: Kokomo Private Island ResortGo back to the enewsletter