Sky Bird Travel Voted Best Airline Consolidator at 2018 Travvy Awards

first_imgCaption: CEO Akshay Shah of Sky Bird Travel & Tours accepted the 1st Place award for Best Airline Consolidator.  February 2nd, 2018 – Sky Bird Travel & Tours won first place at the 2018 Travvy Awards in the category of Best Airline Consolidator. This achievement marks the second consecutive year Sky Bird has taken home gold and the third consecutive year Sky Bird garnered an award. The company received silver in 2015. The Travvy Awards are produced by travAlliancemedia and celebrate excellence in the travel industry. Categories range from Best Airline Consolidator to Best Travel Insurance. Winners are determined through the votes of travel agents and industry professionals. On January 24th, nominees gathered once again in Gotham Hall in New York City to see who would take home gold. Sky Bird received the top award in the category of Best Airline Consolidator. Akshay Shah, CEO of Sky Bird, expressed his gratitude for winning the coveted prize. “We strive to provide the highest level of customer service and the lowest net fares. This award is a reflection of our staff’s dedication to providing exceptional service to our customers,” Akshay stated. “It is a humbling honor to win gold for the second year. We acknowledge all who casted a vote for us and the service we provide. Additionally, we want to thank travAlliancemedia for producing the Travvys, as well as our incredible airline partners without whom we could not do what we do.”  About Sky Bird Travel & ToursFounded in 1976, Sky Bird Travel & Tours brings more than four decades of expertise to the table. Benefits offered include 24/7 customer service offered in over 25 languages, no hidden fees, no commission caps, low net fares across all seating classes, and a dedicated Groups Department to assist with complex group travel planning. In January of 2018, Sky Bird launched a new booking engine called WINGS. With upgrades like side-by-side net and published fare comparisons, the ability to request changes from the online portal, and live ticketing statuses, agents will enjoy an easier, faster, and smarter booking experience. For more information on airline consolidation and the services Sky Bird provides, call 1-888-759-2473, email [email protected], or visit You can also connect with Sky Bird on Facebook and Twitter for more updates.last_img read more

Uball Is the New Portable Basketball Hoop That Lets You Play Ball

first_img Pickpocket Prevention: Don’t Become a Mark While Traveling The Best Wireless Charging Pads and Stands, No Strings Attached Editors’ Recommendations Basketball is one of the best sports for pick-up games. You can just grab a ball and shoot some hoops with friends or even strangers. The one piece of equipment that you can’t carry with you, however, is the hoop — until now, that is, thanks to the innovative new Uball portable basketball hoop. This project, which has been in development for over a year, just went live on Kickstarter. If you back it now, you can score a Uball kit for as much as $100 off.It’s hard to imagine carrying a full-sized basketball rim, backboard, and pole on your back. The Uball makes basketball portable by scaling everything down a bit, including the balls themselves. The pole stands at 8.5 feet tall when fully extended, and can be shortened in 3-inch increments down to 5.5 feet to allow anyone, even kids, to play. The pole’s base screws securely into the ground (like a beach umbrella, but is sturdy enough to withstand dunking) and the rim and backboard are both reinforced with steel for long-lasting durability. The Uball kit — pole included — breaks down for carry via the backboard’s shoulder straps. The whole set weighing in at around 30 pounds.Learn MoreYou can use your Uball setup to play the traditional basketball game that we all know and love, of course, but the minds behind this innovative project have also created their own new games around the Uball hoop. A couple of these basketball variants incorporate rules from other games like hockey or lacrosse, while others simply allow for smaller groups to play so you can ball no matter how many people are present.Uball portable basketball hoop is live on Kickstarter with some Early Bird specials that let early backers grab a set for a nice discount: The first Early Bird tier starts at $149 and gets you a Uball hoop (including the rim, backboard, and pole) along with two basketballs, saving you $100 off of its launch price. Note that, as with other Kickstarter crowdfunding projects, these Early Bird offers are limited to a certain number of people before they’re gone. The Uball hoops are expected to ship in May 2020.Back This Project NowWe always encourage caution when participating in a crowdfunding venture. There are potential risks, including lack of funding and fulfillment. Our brother site, Digital Trends, has some neat tips on the matter. The Best Men’s Quilted Jackets Stitched for Every Occasion Score an RV Rental for $1 Per Day With Secret Repositioning Deals The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider last_img read more

Afghanistan UN relief effort continues amid persistent security concerns

“Access to Spin Boldek and Kandahar is not possible due to fighting,” spokesperson Stephanie Bunker told a press briefing in Islamabad. “However, there has also been some improvement in access in certain areas, making it possible for the UN system and its NGO [non-governmental organization] partners to transport much-needed humanitarian supplies.”Ms. Bunker noted that the Torkham-Jalalabad-Kabul road, which had been blocked for several weeks, “was reopened for a while, but security changes from day to day.” In the north, prevailing insecurity forced a postponement of UN missions scheduled to leave for Mazar-i-Sharif from Termez over the weekend. “We have received conflicting reports of fighting,” she said. Expressing concern over conditions facing internally displaced persons living in camps in Mazar-i-Sharif, she said the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator had contacted the local authorities about the alleged presence of armed elements and allegations about reported violence against women in certain areas.Meanwhile, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the agency was “extremely concerned about the plight of thousands of civilians in southern Afghanistan” following reports of renewed fighting there. “We fear that more people are going to be displaced and many more may be forced to flee into the neighbouring countries especially into Pakistan,” said Yusuf Hassan. “We are particularly concerned about the plight of people who have been displaced on more than one occasion and who are now cut off from any assistance.”According to UNHCR, refugees arriving at the Charman border post on Sunday said conditions in Spin Boldak on the Afghan side of the border – where an estimated 60,000 internally displaced people live – are poor and deteriorating rapidly. “The refugees, who come mainly from the area of Kandahar, also said that they fled because they feared forcible recruitment by the Taliban,” Mr. Hassan said. In another development, the UN today launched an updated appeal on the emergency relief effort for Afghanistan amounting to $662 million. The appeal, part of the $2.5 billion being sought to respond to crises around the world, also flags a 30-day emergency assistance plan which sets out estimated needs by region and sector, including food, other supplies, shelter, health, water and sanitation, education and mine action. read more