TNT “Tidbits From TNT” Saturday 4-22-2023



CandyKisses:  In the Eid sermon. Al-Hakim confirms the rule and authority of the people


Baghdad (Nina) – The head of the National State Forces Alliance, Ammar al-Hakim, stressed the rule of the people and their authority over everyone who serves them or otherwise.


Al-Hakim said in the Eid al-Fitr prayer sermon held at his office in Baghdad, that “the democratic achievement through the consolidation of the pillars of freedom, pluralism and the peaceful transfer of power, overcame decades of tyranny, dictatorship and the domination of one party and the sole ruler.”


He added that “the constant equation of our people is that they have the power to stay or leave for everyone who serves their interests or deviates from the legal paths imposed by them, each according to his position, and this deliberative democratic achievement is the greatest victory for any people yearning for freedom, justice and the rule of the people for themselves.”


CandyKisses:  Learn about Iraq’s rank among the richest countries in the world.


Shafaq News / Iraq ranked 115th among the richest countries in the world in terms of GDP adjusted for purchasing power according to the American global Finance magazine.


“Inflation rates and the cost of domestic goods and services, we can get a more accurate picture of the country’s average standard of living: the resulting figure is the so-called purchasing power parity (PPP), often expressed in international dollars to allow comparisons between different countries,” the magazine said in its latest April 2023 report seen by Shafaq News.


“The 10 poorest countries in the world, the average purchasing power per capita is $1,380, while in the 10 richest countries, the average purchasing power per capita is over $05,000, and the purchasing power per capita grew by only $30 in poor countries and by more than $5,000 in high-income countries,” she explained.


According to the magazine, “Iraq ranked 115th in the richest countries in the world out of 193 countries listed in the table,” noting that “the per capita GDP in Iraq amounted to 12.927 thousand dollars.”


Globally, according to the magazine’s report, Ireland came first place in the richest countries in the world with a share of 145,196 dollars, followed by Luxembourg second with a share of 142.490 thousand dollars, Singapore came third with the share of 133.895 thousand dollars, and Qatar fourth with a share of 124.848, while South Sudan appended the table with 193 with the share of $516, preceded by Burundi $891.


In the Arab world, Qatar came in first place and fourth in the world with a share of 124,848 thousand dollars, followed by the UAE and 6th place in the world, with a share of 88.221 thousand dollars, followed by Saudi Arabia third and 23rd in the world with a share of 64,836 thousand dollars, followed by Bahrain fourth with 27th in the world with a share of 60,596 thousand dollars, followed by Kuwait fifth and 53rd in the world with a share of 53,037,000 dollars, followed by Oman sixth with a share of 42,288 thousand dollars, and then Libya came seventh with a share of 24,559 thousand dollars.



The magazine added that Egypt came eighth with a share of 16,979 thousand dollars, followed by Algeria ninth and with a share of 13.507 thousand dollars, and then Tunisia tenth with a share of 13.270 thousand dollars, then Iraq comes in 11th place followed by Jordan in 12th place in Arab countries and with a share of 12.893 thousand dollars, while the table did not address: Lebanon, Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine because there are no integrated official statistics in these countries.




Harambe:  Vietnam Website


Man buys $250,000 worth of plane tickets for just $17,000 after airline currency conversion mistake


| The Independent (4/21/23)


A man has bought $250,000 worth of plane tickets for just $17,000 after the Japanese airline All Nippon Airways listed incorrect prices for tickets due to a currency conversion error, according to Bloomberg.


Bloomberg reports that a man named Herman Yip said he purchased 25 tickets at a major discount after the popular Japanese carrier listed incorrect ticket prices on its Vietnam website. The 32-year-old, who runs a travel website from Hong Kong, said he even purchased a round-trip first class flight from Jakarta, Indonesia to Aruba, via Tokyo and New York, for only $890 – a discount that’s close to 95 per cent off its original ticket price.


On Wednesday 19 April, All Nippon Airways (ANA) said that airfares were listed incorrectly on its Vietnam website due to a glitch in its currency conversion. A spokesperson for the airline told Bloombergthat it’s “investigating the cause of the bug and the size of its damage,” but it’s still unclear how many people had secured discount tickets.


ANA has yet to make a final decision over whether the airline will honour the low-priced airfare, but discounted tickets will still be valid for those who fly before their decision is made.



“I guess ANA hasn’t made clear if they’re going to honor the tickets or not, because the impact from the incident seems so huge as the bug lasted for so long,” said Mr Yip, adding that the low ticket prices remained on the ANA website for at least 12 hours. “I know 20 people who knew about the incident, and that of course just multiplies the impact.”


In addition to his first class flight from Indonesia to the Caribbean, Mr Yip also snatched up plane tickets for his family and friends. “I didn’t even bother to ask them whether they were able to make it or not, as I needed to book really quickly,” he said.




Mr Yip also discovered that he could change his flight for free after the order was confirmed, so he updated his first class trip to begin in Bangkok, Thailand rather than Jakarta, because it was closer to his home in Hong Kong.


Many of the tickets affected by the currency conversion error were reportedly business class flights between North America and Asia, which usually range from $8,000 to $10,000, but went for as little as $300 at the time of the glitch. Another person who works in the airline industry told Bloomberg that he booked a return business class ticket from Jakarta to Honolulu via Tokyo for 13 million dong, or about $550. After the error was fixed, the flight returned to its usual fare of $8,200.


All Nippon Airways – which was founded in 1952 – has grown to become Japan’s largest airline, receiving a five-star ratingeach year over the past 10 years. It was ranked number three out of the world’s top 100 airlines for 2021, according to Skytrax, and in 2019 it was named the world’s cleanest airline.


The Japanese airline isn’t the only carrier to mistakenly sell airfare at a significantly low price. In 2019, Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways accidentally sold first and business class tickets from Vietnam to the United States for $675, a flight that would normally cost as much as $16,000.