Despite the recent cancellation of Liberia’s representation to the on-going handball competition in Lome, Togo due to the outbreak of Ebola virus in the country, the chief of mission of Liberia’s delegation, to Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic in the People’s Republic of China, Fred Pratt has said that Liberia is still course, preparing for the games.Pratt told the Daily Observer yesterday that final documentations for Liberia’s participation have already been sent by the Organizing Committee to be filled in and subsequently returned before this weekend.Though, he did state what information is being requested but sources said it concerns personal information, including the current healthy status of athletes and other members of the delegation.Pratt said the two Liberian teenaged athletes, Tracy Chayee, 16 and Momolu Sambai, 17, are “very well and training and will serve as ambassadors to hoist the Liberian flag in China at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.” The games will run from August 16-28.Miss Chayee will run the 400m Hurdles while Momolu Sambai will compete in the 50m freestyle swimming event.The chief of mission disclosed that the team will depart the country on Tuesday, 12 August 2014, noting that bulk of the expenses will be underwritten by Olympic Solidarity of the International Olympics Committee (IOC).He indicated that prior to the departure each member of the 7-man delegation will produce an ‘Ebola Clarence’ certificate from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.Meanwhile, it has been realized since the deadly Ebola virus is not contacted merely by contact, except, “contact with someone who is acutely infected, and by the dead body of someone who has died by the virus,” it does not make sense for sports officials to cancel sporting programs.Knowing that someone who is acutely infected will not be active, strong, healthy or enthusiastic in going outside of his/her home and since such person will be helpless, broken down, there is no need why sports should be suspended in the country, knowledgeable sports lovers told the Daily Observer. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. 7 Boost Mobile Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 Turo Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $6 at Tidal Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment See It See at Amazon An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Best Buy Read the AirPods review Read DJI Osmo Action preview DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Share your voice $999 Angela Lang/CNET Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg won’t attend an international meeting in Canada this week to discuss misinformation and election interference, CNN reports. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg don’t plan to attend a hearing in Canada, later this week, CNN reported Monday, despite being subpoenaed by a Canadian Parliament committee.The Facebook executives were invited earlier this month to appear before the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy in Ottawa on May 28, but neither responded. Zuckerberg also ignored requests to address a Canadian committee looking into election meddling and disinformation on Facebook.Not attending the hearing could result in the executives being held in contempt of parliament, but the subpoena can only be enforced if Zuckerberg and Sandberg go to Canada.Lawmakers from about 210 countries are expected to attend the meeting, which is scheduled to be held in Ottawa on Tuesday. Zuckerberg also declined to attend a joint international hearing in London last year to investigate disinformation and election interference.Facebook told CNN that instead of Zuckerberg and Sandberg, it’s sending to the meeting Kevin Chan, its head of public policy for Facebook Canada, and Neil Potts, its director of public policy.Last year, Zuckerberg testified before Congress following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which data from as many as 87 million Facebook users was improperly shared with the political consultancy.Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Read the Rylo camera preview $59 at eBay DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Rylo $299 at Amazon $210 at Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Tags Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It Apple iPhone XS Sarah Tew/CNET What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Sheryl Sandberg,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $999 0 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Tags $520 at HP Chris Monroe/CNET Share your voice $155 at Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See It $60 at Best Buy Comments Tech Industry Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See it The Cheapskate HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) See at Turo Read Google Home Hub review I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Amazon
Asbury United Methodist Church in Annapolis invited certified navigators from Chatman to give a day long Obama Care enroll-a-thon at the church one recent Saturday. Church leaders, Yolanda Perry and Rhonda Green planned the enrollment event saying, “Our church’s mission is to serve the last, the least, and the lost,” so this Affordable Care Act enrollment event is a perfect collaboration for the church. Perry originally met Certified Navigator Bianca Harsley at the Severna Park Library, where Harsley told her Chatman had been charged with reaching the uninsured, educating them and enrolling them into Medicaid and Qualified Health Plans. She explained Chatman’s partnership with Healthcare Access Maryland, the Central Region Connecter Entity for the Maryland Health Connection and asked whether or not Asbury would hold an enrollment event. Perry said the church provides free lunch several days per week, including Wednesdays and Saturdays. They agreed a Saturday during the free lunch period would be the perfect time to hold the enrollment event. They were right. Many homeless persons came in for lunch and were enrolled into Medicaid right on the spot. Chatman president, Priscilla Chatman, said she was so pleased that they were able to enroll seven consumers within just a couple of hours and many enrollment appointments were made as well. It was most poignant when the church’s custodial engineer, Franklin Johnson, finished setting up the tables and chairs for lunch; he then walked over to Harsley and asked her to enroll him into a Qualified Health Plan. The church like any small business cannot afford to offer health insurance to its part time employees so Johnson did not have health coverage. Harsley enrolled him on the spot. Both he and the pastor, the Rev Dr. Carletta Allen, were so relieved that he now has health insurance. Johnson said, “I look forward to going to see a doctor. A big weight has been lifted off of my shoulders and I am at peace now!” Rev. Allen said, “it is also a great relief for me now that Mr. Johnson has quality health insurance.“ Navigators provide a free service to the community, educating consumers and enrolling them into affordable and in some cases free health plans. But navigators don’t just enroll; they listen to life stories and gain a level of trust in the time it takes to complete an application. Those who need health insurance come in all forms with different stories and backgrounds. This was apparent in the persons who came to Asbury to enroll. Not only were there the homeless who came for the free lunch and enrolled into Medicaid, but also two church members who had lost good jobs and employer-paid insurance sat down to enroll. The need for insurance crosses all communities. So Asbury UMC and Chatman will hold another enrollment event on March 22. Rev. Allen said the church is hosting these enrollment events because, “This is my service; this is my sermon.” The deadline for enrollment is March 31. Bianca Harsley is stationed at Asbury UMC every Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Contact her at 443.962.5295 to enroll or for more information.
She may have told only her partner and her parents, but data collected by Castlight Health could predict a female employee’s pregnancy before she has announced the news to her co-workers.The San Francisco-based company will make this determination by looking at a woman’s age, the ZIP code she lives in, the number of children who live in this woman’s household, the woman’s search history within the platform’s internal health resource library, what doctors the woman has visited lately, whether a woman has filled a prescription for prenatal vitamins, whether a woman has filled a prescription for birth control and other related digitized data. If the Castlight Health analytics software thinks that a woman may be pregnant, its system sends the individual relevant, personalized health information and advice within the platform.The goal is to empower employees to make better decisions about their health, says Alka Tandon, the Castlight Action product lead. Pregnancy is just one of any number of health conditions that the Castlight Health system can predict. Others include lower back pain, diabetes, hip and knee issues that may require surgery and cardiac care.These conditions be disruptive, expensive or even tragic, so getting personalized healthcare advice when you need it can be crucial — such as when taking steps to prevent a future child from being born with a birth defect. But this peek into the future comes with a high price.“Let’s be clear: There is always risk,” says Kevin Johnson, CEO of the cybersecurity firm Secure Ideas, a team of white-hat hackers paid by companies to break into their security systems. “If anybody tells you that there is no risk involved, punch them in the throat because they are lying to you.”Image credit: ShutterstockYour doctor has your personal health information. So does your insurance company. Now, many companies give employees the option to invite a third-party analytics company into the exam room. That means more eyeballs on your chart — and more potential cracks for that information to get out, according to Johnson.Related: Ready, Set, Hack: Pentagon Invites Hackers to Break Into its Computer SystemsThe question here — and with all exchanges of information in the digital realm — is whether the risk to the individual is worth it. Will this data actually help you make better health decisions? The potential benefits are huge — life changing — but the risks are just as great. The danger of having your health information tampered with is greater than the danger of having almost any other information tampered with. If your credit card security is breached, you can order a new credit card. It’s annoying, Johnson says, but it’s not going to put your life in jeopardy.In some cases, you may not become aware that your health information was tampered with until it’s too late. Johnson explains how this scenario could work. “One of the reasons that people steal health records is to qualify for insurance for themselves. So this person who has stolen my health records so that they can get healthcare is allergic to penicillin, but I am not,” he says. “All of a sudden, I have an emergency and my lungs are having problems, I am sick, I go to the hospital, they pull up my medical records, and because of this bad guy, they now believe that I am allergic to penicillin, so they don’t use it even though it would be the most effective treatment.”The business of analyzing your healthcare data.Healthcare costs have ballooned in the U.S. Employers are hiring these outside, third-party healthcare tech companies because there is more data and computing power than ever before. The goal is both to empower individuals to be proactive in their own care and to lower overall healthcare costs for employers.Image credit: ShutterstockFor example, Castlight Health’s software may help steer an employee away from costly back surgery to a less invasive, cheaper alternative. With the software, every employee gets access to a single, personalized healthcare dashboard that breaks down options by cost. In a testimonial on Castlight Health’s website, IT infrastructure services company Pomeroy said it had been facing projections that healthcare costs for its 3,500 employees would increase by 50 percent over the next four years. It’s been able to save millions of dollars on healthcare costs since implementing Castlight’s software.That has made healthcare tech big business. Other Castlight Health customers include Adobe, CVS Health, Nielsen and Viacom. Last year, Castlight Health had total revenues of $75.3 million, up 65 percent from 2014.Related: Meet the Middlemen Who Connect Hackers for Hire With Corporate AmericaAnother healthcare tech company, Dallas-headquartered HealthMine, collects historic health data from medical and prescription claims, biometric data from fitness and activity trackers and laboratory data from national labs that handle blood screening. Other data that HealthMine uses, such as an individual’s health and exercise habits, is self-reported. All of that information is used to generate a personal health score for employees. That health score is designed to provide recommendations that people understand — and allow them to fully comprehend diagnoses.“If you are diagnosed with hyperlipidemia, do you even know what hyperlipidemia is? Do you know what impact that has onto your life and your lifestyle?” asks Christopher Chang, the company’s chief technology officer. HealthMine aims to make sure the answer to both of those questions is yes.HealthMine does not disclose financial information, but companies like it are part of an exploding sector of the economy sitting at the intersection of healthcare and technology. By 2020, the global healthcare IT market is expected to reach $104.5 billion, according to a report from San Francisco-based market research and consulting company Grand View Research. In the coming years, investors are expected to seek out companies driving innovation around digitizing and integrating health records systems, the report predicts.Playing offense when it comes to privacy concerns.To be sure, these healthcare technology companies are aware of the fence they are dancing on. They understand that consumers are always living with the fear of their private medical information being compromised. “This is definitely a concern that we have addressed from the very beginning as we started to build the product,” says Tandon of Castlight. “It was one that we heard a lot from folks that we interviewed before we even wrote a single line of code.”Castlight keeps all of the data it collects about employees confidential, and its software is HIPAA compliant. “Employers that use our system never, under any circumstance, see individual employee data … the employee data is anonymized, aggregated,” says Jim Rivas, a spokesperson for Castlight, in an email with Entrepreneur.Instead, the Castlight software is able to see the size of a group of no fewer than 40 employees who may be at-risk for a specific condition. Then, Castlight can send tailored recommendations and advice. The minimum size of the at-risk group that Castlight contacts is almost four times the minimum size of 11 individuals for research cells that Medicare and Medicaid require, according to the Research Data Assistance Center for those using Medicare or Medicaid data. Image credit: Ariel Skelley | Getty ImagesRelated: The 12 Trends That Will Drive the Tech Conversation Over the Next YearTo ensure these messages aren’t too invasive, each one goes through a nearly two-day consumer testing process. “If, at any point in those 40 hours, the content is flagged as creepy or insensitive or too personal, we will throw out that content and start again,” Tandon says.At HealthMine, there are only a select few people within the company who have access to data tied to a person’s name. HealthMine also trains support staff to be hyper-vigilant in sniffing out fraudsters who try to break into technical systems by smooth-talking customer service agents. Often data breaches are the result of human error, not technical error, Chang says.And there’s always a way for employees to opt out, although knowledge of the extent of these programs plays a large role, Johnson says. Often, new employees are largely oblivious to what they are agreeing to in the first-day blur on a new job. “This idea that you have to ‘opt in’ sounds really, really, good, but when you start to think about benefits, when you start to think about the amount of paperwork people fill out when they join a company, nobody understands everything they are opting in to,” Johnson says. “So, that isn’t really a protection.”Transparency does go a long way, Chang says. “We explain exactly why we are gathering information, how they might benefit from this, and we try to create a habit loop: What is in it for me? What can I do about it? What do I get out of it?” he says. “You either trust or you don’t trust your employer. And if you don’t trust your employer and you believe that such data will be used against you, you simply opt out. You don’t have to participate.”HealthMine, healthcare management firm Jiff and Castlight Health all encrypt data both at rest and in transit, each company says. That’s a bit technical-wonky, but while it’s relatively standard practice for data to be encrypted, or scrambled, while it’s traveling from one source to another, encrypting data while it is at rest is a higher level of data protection than most companies employ. Having data encrypted at rest means that even if a hacker were able to penetrate a server where data is stored, the hacker would not be able to understand or retrieve that data.CEO Derek Newell (center, striped shirt) working with his team at a Jiff office.Image credit: JiffWe are more willing than ever to live our lives online, but our health information is still private. Consumers are living more and more of their lives online. Our expectations of privacy are being outweighed daily by the desire to get feedback and information. Mark Zuckerberg is partially to thank, or blame, for that.“In the last five years, with the explosion of smartphones and especially social media, people are just so much more comfortable. LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram, their lives are online and are shared largely publicly so their tolerance for sharing, they are more likely to share now than they were five years ago for sure,” says Derek Newell, CEO of Jiff.Related: 5 Remarkable Facts About the Future of Health CareEven as consumers live more and more of their lives online in a public format, they are still more hesitant to share health information than they are to post their latest vacation snapshots on Instagram. “Let’s say Facebook took people from willing to share 10 percent to willing to share 90 percent in their personal lives. We have gone from 1 percent willingness to share in the same time period to maybe 50 percent willingness to share” personal health information, Newell says. “People do not want their health information shared in any public way.”Image credit: Portra Images | Getty ImagesMountain View, Calif-headquartered company Jiff works with large corporate clients including Johnson & Johnson, Qualcomm, Activision Blizzard and Red Bull. In addition to gathering medical and biometric data, Jiff uses the search history of employees within the Jiff healthcare system to classify individuals in one of five categories depending on their engagement with their own healthcare: engaged, aspirational, independent, unmotivated, moderate. The company adjusts its outreach to employees based on their personality category.Beyond manila folders.Doctor’s offices aren’t going back to a world filled with manila folders that could easily be misplaced or stolen. Going forward, we are going to have to find a way to manage in a reality where our healthcare data is online and more and more parties are sifting through and sorting it for us.Customers of these third-party data analytics companies need to demand that the companies have gone through rigorous third-party cyber security checks, says Johnson, who runs a company that does just that.Also, one opportunity for the world of healthcare technology to become more secure is for there to be a centrally regulated database that all healthcare data checks against. Then, any malfeasance could be noticed, tracked and flagged. “A great business opportunity is out there right now for somebody right now to solve the problem of the decentralized medical records,” Johnson says.Related: Jump Into the Hot Health-Care Sector With These 10 BusinessesAbout 15 percent of employees opt out of using Jiff’s healthcare software, Newell says. But that means that a solid majority of employees working in companies that Jiff serves opt in. Individuals are willing to take on some level of risk in sharing personal data if they get a service in exchange that improves their life, he says.HealthMine says it’s not in the business of convincing customers to participate in its program. Instead, it presents the potential benefits and lets individuals measure their own temperature for perceived risk.“What we do is expose the value proposition to them such that it outweighs what they perceive as the risks,” Chang says. “It’s no different from you getting up in the morning and getting in a car, bus or subway and going to work and understanding that there is an innate risk in doing so. It’s not our job to basically tell you what you think is risky or not.” 12 min read June 3, 2016 Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 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Clients save up to 20% off with Contiki’s ‘Europe Everyday’ campaign Share Posted by Friday, June 8, 2018 TORONTO – As part of its new campaign, Contiki has penned a “love letter to Europe” in an effort to encourage young Canadians to book a trip during the peak summer months.The ‘Europe Everyday’ campaign, which runs until July 31, allows clients to save up to 20% off on a selection of last-minute Summer Europe adventures that depart this summer, as well as up to $365 off select trips to Europe this fall, winter and spring 2019.“We’re excited to launch this new campaign as an ode to such a beautiful region,” said Sheralyn Berry, President of Contiki Canada. “From the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland to the sheer romanticism of Paris during springtime, we want young Canadians to fall in love with Europe every day of the year.”According to Contiki, while Europe is still primarily seen as a summer vacation destination, the continent has seen a new trend among young travellers visiting during the off-season. Canadians are now seeing endless possibilities in off-peak months, which typically offer lower prices, fewer crowds and Christmas markets.More news: Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyHere are samples of last-minute summer deals, available at up to 20% off:Greek Island Hopping: Three nights in Mykonos, Ios, Santorini and AthensCroatia Island Escape: Island hopping from Hvar, Split, Dubrovnik and other hotspotsMediterranean Escape: Starts in Rome, to the Amalfi coast, ends in AthensHere are autumn itineraries, with savings up to $365 off, departing between October 2018 to March 2019:Simply Italy: 12-day journey that visits Rome, Florence, Milan, Venice and moreMediterranean Highlights: Highlights include Rome, the French Riviera, Barcelona and MadridSpanish Spree: A two-week journey that includes San Sebastian, Ibiza and moreWinter itineraries include the following, with savings up to $365 off, departing between October 2018 to March 2019:Iceland: This four-day adventure includes the Blue Lagoon and a search for the Northern LightsBerlin to Budapest: Ideal for the refined traveller, this journey includes everything from a goulash cooking class to Czech craft beer samplingEuropean Discovery: On this nine-country trip, highlights include a traditional German beer hall and gelateria in RomeMore news: Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsSpring itineraries include the following:Eastern Road: Clients can start in Berlin with the option to loop back around or end in WarsawSpain, Morocco & Portugal: Clients will visit medinas and mosques, cathedrals and kasbahs, and see seven World Heritage SitesWestern Quest: This one-week itinerary highlights the bustling city of Barcelona, the wine region of Bordeaux and the seaside town of San SebastianFor more information go to www.contiki.com/ca/en/activity/europe-everyday. << Previous PostNext Post >> Michael Smith Tags: Coktiki, Europe