Rabat – Israel’s Regional Cooperation Minister, Tzachi Hanegbi, has boasted that Israel is the only country that “has been killing Iranians,” after escalating tensions between the Western powers and Iran in the Gulf.“Israel is the only country in the world that has been killing Iranians for two years,” Hanegbi said on Sunday, July 22 in an interview with the Israeli radio station Kan Bet.“We strike the Iranians hundreds of times in Syria. Sometimes we acknowledge it and sometimes foreign reports reveal it,” he added. The country has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria against what it says are Iranian and Hezbollah military targets.Israel has vowed to impede Iran, the country’s main enemy, from entrenching itself militarily in the area.Hanegbi accused Iran of seeking to create “chaos” and “harm freedom of navigation.” In response, Iran’s state-run news outlet Press TV tweeted: “This is how Israelis are freely and proudly talking about killing Iranians! Just imagine what would happen if it was the other way around!”When the minister was asked if he feared that Israel would not receive the backing of the United States in case of a conflict with Iran, Hanegbi suggested that Tehran would avoid such a confrontation.“[Iranians] are very restrained in their responses and it’s not because they don’t have abilities, but because they understand that Israel means business,” Hanegbi said. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke along the same lines last week during an interaction with the cadets of the National Security College.Read also: US Navy ‘Destroys’ Iranian Drone in ‘Defensive Action,’ Says Trump“At the moment, the only army in the world to fight Iran is the Israeli army,” Netanyahu said.In June 2019, the Israeli Prime Minister had warned that Israeli fighter jets can reach out any region in the Middle East, including Iran.“Israel has acted hundreds of times to prevent Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria, while it actively and openly calls and works for [Israel’s] destruction,” Netanyahu said in June 2019.The Israeli minister’s comment amid Gulf tensionsTzachi Hanegbi’s remarks followed the seizure of a British-flagged tanker by Iran on Friday, July 19 in the Strait of Hormuz, rising tensions between London and Tehran.After the incident, Britain told the United Nations Security Council that, while it doesn’t want a confrontation with Iran, it considers the Islamic Republic’s actions in Omani territorial waters “unacceptable” and “highly escalatory.”“International law requires that the right of transit passage shall not be impeded, and therefore the Iranian action constitutes illegal interference,” the UK said in a letter seen by CNN.Earlier this month, Britain seized an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar after speculations that Iran was smuggling oil to Syria, defying the austere sanctions imposed by the United Nations.The United Kingdom-Iran spat has intensified the ongoing tensions in the Gulf unleashed by the US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from a landmark nuclear deal signed with Tehran in 2015.The UK has worked to safeguard the landmark nuclear agreement, while appeasing Washington, a balancing act that has become increasingly difficult as Iran raises the stakes in the Gulf.On Friday, July 19 the Pentagon declared the deployment of around 500 US military personnel to Saudi Arabia as “an additional deterrent” in the face of “emergent, credible threats” in the volatile region. read more

14 December 2010Senior United Nations officials today mourned the passing of veteran United States diplomat Richard Holbrooke, praising his skills as a top negotiator, peacemaker and champion of global causes. Mr. Holbrooke, who died following heart surgery on Monday at the age of 69, helped broker the 1995 Dayton agreement that ended the Bosnian war. More recently, he was US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called him “a giant and a legend in his time” in a letter he wrote to Mr. Holbrooke’s family upon hearing the news of the death.“His drive was immense. His desire to do good in the world was fierce, and he pursued all he set out to do with a resolution and tenacity that were second to none,” wrote Mr. Ban. “The advice on which so many relied reflected the rich breadth and challenge of his extraordinary career. He was there, a man of history: from architecting the Dayton peace accords, to working so hard to bring peace to the people of Afghanistan,” he said. “His legacy will be his works, an inspiration to so many around the world.”Staffan de Mistura, the top UN envoy in Afghanistan, issued a statement highlighting the “energy, vision and drive” that Mr. Holbrooke brought in particular to his role as the US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. “Ambassador Holbrooke has been a friend of the United Nations here in Afghanistan and a first-class diplomat,” said Mr. de Mistura, adding that the US statesman’s efforts will always be remembered.Mr. Holbrooke’s vast diplomatic experience also included a posting as US Ambassador to the UN from 1999 to 2001 under former President Bill Clinton.Voicing sadness at the passing of an “extraordinary American diplomat,” members of the Security Council expressed admiration for his contributions as US Ambassador to the UN, as well as for his “energetic and unrelenting” commitment to promoting peace and strengthening international cooperation at the world body.“They noted that Ambassador Holbrooke’s service spanned decades and continents, confronting profoundly difficult issues in global affairs,” according to a statement read out to the press by Ambassador Susan Rice of the US, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month.Robert Orr, who served as Mr. Holbrooke’s deputy during his tenure at the UN, lauded not only his diplomatic skills but also the relationship he had with the media as it relates to diplomacy.“Ambassador Holbrooke understood probably better than any individual I ever worked with the importance of the media,” Mr. Orr, who is the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning and Policy Coordination, told reporters at UN Headquarters.“So I think it’s not just the United States and the UN that has lost an important figure. I think the media has also lost someone who not only gave them a lot of good quotes but someone who really understood the importance of your profession as well.” read more

REUTERS/Patrick Doyle OTTAWA — Let the races begin, in all 338 ridings from coast to coast to coast.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Rideau Hall Wednesday morning to launch the 2019 federal election, with voting day set for Oct. 21.Informally the campaign has been well underway for months, as the party leaders have been criss-crossing the country to get their messages out and attack their opponents. But Wednesday will mark the formal start of the writ period as Trudeau visits Governor General Julie Payette to start the process to dissolve Parliament. The Liberals emerged from the 2015 campaign with 184 seats and 39.5 per cent of the popular vote, giving them a sizeable majority over the Conservatives, who finished with 99 seats and 31.9 per cent of the vote. But this will be a much different election for the Liberals, as they’ll now be defending their own record in government and searching for ways to recapture the energy that vaulted Trudeau to a majority.Entering the 2019 campaign, polls have shown the Liberals roughly tied with Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives in the low thirties. The New Democrats, led by Jagmeet Singh, and the Green Party, led by Elizabeth May, are both significantly further back at closer to 10 per cent.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Both the Conservatives and NDP have first-time leaders in this campaign, with Scheer having been elected in May 2017 and Singh in October 2017.  But while the Conservatives have been polling relatively strongly, the NDP has struggled since Singh took over, posting poor fundraising totals and lagging in the polls.The Green Party, meanwhile, is enjoying stronger-than-usual polling numbers and looking for a breakthrough, particularly in British Columbia. The party, which has been led by May since 2006, has two seats in Parliament. The NDP has 39 seats, while the Bloc Québécois has ten.Also looking to make a splash is Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada, a populist breakaway party started by Bernier after his bitter, razor-thin loss in the Conservative leadership race. The PPC is languishing far behind in the polls, but could still nab votes from the Conservatives in some ridings.Once the campaign begins, however, polls could shift dramatically over the next six weeks. In 2015, the Liberals entered the campaign in third place and then saw a steady rise in the polls that delivered a decisive victory — though that campaign was also unusually long at 11 weeks.While Trudeau is in Ottawa to launch the campaign, the other major party leaders will be spread across the country. Scheer will be kicking off the campaign in Trois-Rivières, Que. Singh is already in southern Ontario, where he has events scheduled in Hamilton, London and the Toronto area throughout the week. May will be holding her campaign launch in Victoria alongside other Green candidates from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.The first leaders debate is scheduled for Thursday night, hosted by Maclean’s and Citytv. Trudeau has so far refused to participate in it, meaning it may be just Scheer, May and Singh on the stage. Trudeau has also rejected appearing in the proposed Munk Debate on foreign policy.Trudeau is instead participating in the debates organized by the new Leaders’ Debates Commission, scheduled for Oct. 7 (in English) and Oct. 10 (in French). Those debates will also feature Scheer, May, Singh and Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet; the commission has not yet decided whether Bernier will be invited.In addition, Trudeau has agreed to a third debate organized by Quebec broadcaster TVA, scheduled for Oct. 2. Scheer, Singh and Blanchet are also invited to that one — but May is not, despite her protests.• Email: bplatt@postmedia.com | Twitter: Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau arrive at Rideau Hall on September 11, 2019, where he asked Governor General Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament, andformally start the federal election campaign. read more

Speaking to over 50 participants at a roundtable in Geneva, UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown stressed the importance for recipient countries to be allowed to choose which type of technical cooperation is best for them, drawing on models the world over.The week-long meeting, which wrapped up last Friday, was organized by UNDP and the World Bank Institute as part of a year-long study aimed at developing proposals for reforming technical cooperation.At the roundtable, the Deputy Director General of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jan Boer, emphasized the importance of “untying” development assistance from donor countries and stressed the difference between “doing things right” and “doing the right things.” The former, he said, may mean “doing the wrong things efficiently,” while the latter includes putting an end to “doing the wrong things, such as donor countries insisting on the use of their own experts on projects they support.” The Dutch Government, which supports the study on reforming technical cooperation, is the first donor to “untie” technical assistance. Recipient governments are no longer required to use Dutch experts and equipment and can choose freely where to procure services needed. Among the concerns raised by participants were the excessive reliance on expatriate consultants, reports by foreign experts that fail to reflect local realities, poaching of skilled people from national institutions, and the failure of many technical cooperation efforts to create sustainable local institutions. Another problem was that technical cooperation often bypasses parliamentary scrutiny and budgetary procedures in recipient countries. Participants proposed various ways of improving technical cooperation, including through South-South cooperation between developing countries, which often offers solutions better adapted to local conditions at a fraction of the cost. read more

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Growing digital outlets are bringing “a sense of momentum” to the news business even as long-term problems continue to plague the industry, a U.S.-based journalism think-tank said on Wednesday.The Pew Research Center’s annual state of the news media report illustrates the rapid changes in the business and in consumer habits. Pew pointed to growing staffs at news sites like BuzzFeed and Mashable, and the development of Vox.com behind former Washington Post journalist Ezra Klein, as positive developments. Also, several digital organizations such as Huffington Post and Vice Media are pumping more money into international coverage.More than their elders, young people are finding news clips online and spreading stories through social media — positive signs for a news industry that has struggled to reach a youthful audience, Pew said.“There are appetites that seem to be developing in the digital realm for potentially reaching more people with news,” said Amy Mitchell, director of journalism research at Pew.Yet digital news is a small slice of the industry, with an estimated 5,000 full-time jobs at nearly 500 outlets, Pew said.Meanwhile, full-time newspaper newsroom employment dropped 6.4 per cent in 2012, Pew said. Newspaper advertising revenue declined 52 per cent between 2003 and 2012.Other findings in the annual report:—SOCIAL NEWSHalf of people on Facebook and Twitter get news from the sites, and 62 per cent do on Reddit. Mostly, though, that consumption is incidental: nearly four in five Facebook users say they see news while on the site for other reasons. One-third of people on Facebook “like” either a news organization or a journalist.Entertainment is the biggest category of news that people say they get from Facebook.Pew’s research shows the growing importance of smartphone-wielding citizens as firsthand witnesses to news events: Ten per cent of social media users say they have posted news videos they took themselves.—LOCAL NEWSLocal television news saw its audience increase last year for the first time in five years. Local stations are also cash cows, driven by a growth in fees that stations charge cable companies for airing their content.—DIGITAL VIDEO CLIPSMore than a third of American adults (36 per cent) say they watch news video online, slightly higher than the percentage of people who watch cable news regularly (34 per cent). About half of adults under 50 say they watch news video online. Ad revenue from digital news video is still a relatively small part of the market, but it grew 44 per cent between 2012 and 2013. One sobering sign: the growth of people watching online news has slowed in the past couple of years.—INTERNATIONAL NEWSThere’s some stirring in international news coverage after years of decline in the mainstream media. Digital sites like Vice Media, the Huffington Post, Quartz and BuzzFeed are sinking resources into this area. Meanwhile, the number of international reporters working for U.S. newspapers declined by 24 per cent from 2003 to 2010, and broadcast evening news programs are devoting less than half of the time to overseas reports compared with the 1980s.—CABLE NEWSLast year was a rough one for cable news networks. CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC saw ratings sink, partly to be expected the year after a presidential election. Prime-time viewership at the three networks was at its lowest point since 2007. MSNBC was hit hardest, with a 24 per cent decline.___David Bauder can be reached at dbauder@ap.org or on Twitter@dbauder. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/david-bauder AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Report says digital sites bringing momentum to news, but still a slice of industry by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Mar 26, 2014 10:18 am MDT read more

Experienced TOP goalkeeper, Inna Suslina (33) is close to sign contract with recently ambitious women’s squad of Vardar Skopje. Curently Russian Rostov’s goalkeeper is ready to move to Macedonia and join new project together with seven other Russian players from Kirovcanka and other teams. Seven players already have training session in Skopje.Macedonian champion in Metalurg Skopje, but as in Men’s handball it is time to see a real derby match between Vardar and Metalurg.Suslina was a part of golden Russian team at World Championship in France 2007 and silver medal winner at Olympic Games in Beijing 2008 as well.photo: www.ehfcl.com ← Previous Story 24 hours till Women’s EHF CL MVP decision: “Dead heat” between Bojana and Anita Next Story → Macarena Aguilar joins Randers! Inna SuslinaVardar Skopje read more

first_img Short URL You have to have a certain degree of offensive power within the school. It can’t only be defence. You have to have protection within the school and we’re gonna work it out . But we are gonna be very, very powerful, strong on background checks. Especially having to do with people with mental problems.Trump went on to call 19-year-old shooter Nikolas Cruz “mentally deranged”.“This person that did this horrible act, he was mentally deranged and everybody knew it for a long period of time,” Trump said.“I guess they had 38 red flags, 39 red flags, unfortunately they didn’t catch him. They should have caught it. This should have been prevented, so the whole mental situation is very big. So background checks are very important and we have to strengthen up our schools.”- With reporting by Associated PressRead: NRA chief criticises ‘politicisation’ of Florida school shooting >Read: Here is what Trump’s notes for meeting with shooting survivors said > Donald Trump says armed officer who didn’t confront school shooter may be ‘a coward’ Trump said Deputy Scot Peterson ‘did a poor job’. Feb 23rd 2018, 3:47 PM Share480 Tweet Email 43,707 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Rónán Duffy Image: Andrew Harnik Image: Andrew Harnik 170 Comments But that’s a case where somebody was outside. They’re trained, they didn’t react properly under pressure or they’re a coward.It was announced last night that Deputy Scot Peterson was suspended without pay and placed under investigation before choosing to resign.At a news conference, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said that the deputy should have “went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer”.Trump’s criticism of the officer comes days after he suggested arming teachers in response to last week’s school shooting in Pakland, Florida in which 17 people were killed.Speaking today, Trump said there must be “offensive power” in schools. Friday 23 Feb 2018, 3:47 PM https://jrnl.ie/3868398 Source: FOX 10 Phoenix/YouTubeUS PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has cast doubts on the character of an armed deputy who remained outside during last week’s school shooting in Florida, saying he froze or was a “coward”.Speaking from the White House lawn, Trump said the armed officer “did a poor job”.“Deputy Sheriff Peterson, I guess his name is. They brought it out I was surprised, but it deserves to be brought out,” Trump said calling out Deputy Scot Peterson by name.“When it came time to get in and do something, he didn’t have the courage or something happened. But he certainly did a poor job, there’s no question about that. He was there for five minutes.last_img read more

first_imgErosion along the Mendenhall River. (Photo courtesy of the City and Borough of Juneau)In Western Alaska, the village of Newtok is in the process of leveraging federal funds to relocate. It has taken decades to find a solution. Meanwhile, in Juneau, a similar conversation is happening on a much smaller scale, where a couple of homes are at risk of crumbling into a glacial-fed river. The neighborhood can’t seem to agree: As the erosion gets worse, who should pay for it?Listen nowAt first glance, the neighborhood on Meander Way looks like any ordinary subdivision built in the 1980s. But there’s a unique feature snaking along some of the home’s backyards: the Mendenhall River.Joyce and Curt Goehring wave at paddlers floating down the river. For the couple, having the river right outside their door was a huge attraction. On their deck, they can see things they couldn’t have imagined at their old home in Utah.“We have beavers going up and down the river everyday … Sometimes we have harbor seals come up. I mean it’s just a wonderland,” Joyce Goehring said.A wonderland that isn’t as idyllic as it seems. Besides paddlers and seals, there’s another sight visible from the Goehrings: down the river, you can see a couple of homes that look dangerously close to river’s edge.The situation was alarming enough to catch the attention of a federal emergency watershed program. And for the past few years, the agency has been trying to develop a solution so the neighborhood could be placed on a priority funding list.That plan was to essentially build a large retention wall — big enough to protect 28 homes, including the Goehring’s. It would cut off several feet of their beloved backyard.“So we’d a walked out the door to a fence,” Joyce Goehring said.Joyce and Curt Goehring in their backyard on Meander Way. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Each homeowner would be responsible for paying up to $80,000 to build the wall, but that’s not what the Goehrings say upset them most about the plans. The vast majority of the money was to be spent from federal funds.“Just the absurdity of it all really fired us up,” Curt Goehring said.“Especially when you have all those people from California from the fires and the flooding and stuff,” Joyce Goehring added. “That, in our opinion, is what government funds of that nature should go to.”The Goehrings say they knew the risks when they bought this property.River erosion isn’t anything new. In fact, some of the homeowners who live on Meander Way built their own retention walls back in the 1990s. But what they couldn’t have expected was a surprise climatic event that would speed it up.Seven years ago, the couple saw the river rise in a matter of hours. Water started seeping into their grass.“We were just standing there watching going, ‘Wow, is this normal?’ And our neighbor over here said, ‘No, this is not normal,’” Joyce Goehring said.Eran Hood, a professor of environmental science at University of Alaska Southeast, says when the water started to rise back in 2011 it was a “huge mystery.”“It was July, it was sunny and it was a beautiful day,” Hood said.After receiving concerned calls from the city’s emergency response coordinator, he boarded a helicopter to try to figure out what was going on. He flew above the Mendenhall Glacier, which feeds the river.“You don’t have to fly very far up before you see Suicide Basin, and as soon as we pulled the helicopter into the basin you could see all these icebergs stranded,” Hood said. “So, it was very clear that it had been full of water.”That water used to be ice flowing down from the Suicide Basin Glacier. But as that glacier retreated, due to warming, it carved out a bowl.“That’s why this area is flooding now is because this basin is essentially a bathtub that can be filled up with millions of gallons of water,” Hood said.And that’s bad news for the Meander Way neighborhood. Because once that water spills over, it flows under the Mendenhall Glacier and eventually floods into the river. It’s happened every summer since 2011 — with some years being worse than others. Hood says this type of event could go on for decades, and it’s possible the flooding itself could become more severe.U.S Geological Survey webcam picture of Suicide Basin taken June 29, 2016. (Photo courtesy of U.S.G.S.)Back on Meander Way, Nico Bus describes some of the damage in one of the home’s backyards.“All that is sloughing off, too. See where the rock is falling and the lawn starts sagging,” Bus said.Bus has lived on Meander Way for about 30 years, almost as long as the neighborhood has been around.Lately, Bus has been playing the role of community organizer, knocking on doors trying to get everyone to reach an agreement, so the neighborhood could get some kind of uniform fix for the river erosion. He says the federal plan to build a giant retention wall between the river and the homes wasn’t perfect, but it was better than the alternative.“Without it, your backyard is going to be gone completely,” Bus said.In the end, Bus wasn’t able to drum up enough support in all 28 houses along the river. And with the neighborhood divided, the Juneau Assembly decided in May it didn’t want to force the issue and facilitate the federal funds.Bus says his backyard isn’t bad off. He’s done his own work to try to secure a barrier. But when he sees the river inching closer to his neighbor’s home — just a few doors down — he wonders if that’s his future.Curt and Joyce Goehring, the couple from before, agree with Bus that something should be done about the neighborhood erosion, but not at the expense of millions of dollars of taxpayer money. They have considered contributing to some kind of community nonprofit, where the most vulnerable homes would pitch in more, so someday, they could all fix the erosion problem themselves — as neighbors.But Joyce Goehring says right now she’s just ready to move on.“I don’t care if their houses go down the river at this point. I am just done,” Joyce Goehring said. “We’re responsible for this little slice of heaven, and that’s what I’m concerned with right now.”But the Goehrings are looking to share their “little slice of heaven” with someone else.Their home will be up for sale this summer.last_img read more

first_imgGlobal crude oil prices could trade between $35 to $40 a barrel by the end of the second-quarter of 2015, according to one of the world’s leading oil experts.Prices could even dip beyond those levels for a brief period, warned Fereidun Fesharaki, chairman of FACTS Global Energy (FGE).Brent crude was trading 1.63% lower to $54.42 a barrel at 08.26am on 23 March.US crude was trading 2.10% lower to 45.59 a barrel.The outlook could get worse if the US and Iran reach a nuclear deal. A former energy advisor to Iran, Fesharaki believes there is an 80% chance of the deal going though before the 31 March deadline, which could see a further $5 drop in oil prices.OpecExperts have attributed oil’s ongoing rout to cartel Opec’s refusal to slash production, in particular powerful members like Saudi Arabia, the world’s leading producer.Fesharaki does not expect that to change anytime soon, despite the pain that current prices were inflicting on poorer members like Venezuela.He also pointed out that the total cost of producing crude in Saudi Arabia was around $3 to $5 a barrel, as against a minimum of $40 for shale producers.No floorSpeaking to CNBC at the 18th annual Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference on 23 March, Fesharaki said: “Actually, there is no floor to the price of oil. The oil floor is the cash cost of shale, which is about $20-$25, so it can go as low as that but it won’t stay there.”As part of the deal, Iranians would like to increase their oil production to the pre-sanctions level, which is 1.2 million barrels per day higher… Within 3-6 months, they will be able to ramp up production, so its bad news for the market which is already jittery.”Saudi pictureFesharaki added: “[The Saudis] are willing to cut but only if everyone else cuts too, including shale producers and the Russians.”The only real cost that you have is the cost of enhancement or recovery to keep the flows going. Places like Saudi Arabia, you don’t need to do much to keep the flows going, it all flows naturally.”A member of the National Petroleum Council, Fesharaki also dismissed any long-term strain lower prices will have on the budgets of major Gulf producers like Saudi Arabia.”The budget issues in the Middle East are not the same as they are in the US, Europe or Asia. If they have less money, they spend less money, so there is a lot of flexibility.”last_img read more

first_imgAir India is trying to woo back its former pilots, but the plan may not succeed. The working conditions that prompted the pilots to quit the national carrier in the first place have not changed much since their exit over the past three years.The move, which has the approval of Ashwani Lohani, chairman and managing director of Air India, would offer a captive base of as many as 173 pilots who left the state-run, full-service carrier between 2012 and 2015, according to media reports.”If we take back these pilots who have left us in the past, we will not only be saving huge cost on training them, but also save a lot of time, which goes down in the induction process,” an Air India source told Press Trust of India.But there are many reasons why the move is likely to flop, according to a former Air India pilot.”Most pilots hated the bureaucratic setup. For instance, private airlines obtain the important Airport Entry Pass in a couple of days. Air India takes almost 14 days to do so. The list goes on. The HR policies of AI also change with seasons. There is no consistency and are altered as per Ministry and High Courts orders etc. Rather than wasting time in fighting the system, most pilots quit,” he told the International Business Times, India edition on condition of anonymity.Air India’s move of hiring the old pilots is seen as a cost-cutting measure of the airline to curb additional expenditure towards their training. But the airline says that the process of rehiring the pilots is aimed at its expansion plans and for the purpose of starting operations immediately without wasting time. Given the fact that Air India is a state-run airline, some of the pilots might want to opt for a government sector job.An expert said that while some pilots may want to come and be closer to home, not everyone will. “Whatever cost-saving Air India thinks it can make by hiring trained pilots will pale in comparison to the money Air India wastes elsewhere in its overstaffed operations,” Saj Ahmad, who is chief analyst at StrategicAero Research told IBTimes, India.Some of pilots who moved away from Air India are known to have joined the Gulf carriers due to their tax free perks. “It’s not a surprise to learn many former pilots do not want to go back and why would they? Many are flying new airplanes like the 777 and 787 at Qatar Airways, Etihad and Emirates – all of whom fly to more cities than Air India does and with the slew of corporate benefits that come along as part of their new roles,” Ahmad added.Air India has a market share of about 15 percent in India’s domestic air traffic. It will be interesting to see whether the state-run carrier succeeds in its “mission pilot recall.”last_img read more

Days After High School Shooting Florida House Votes Against Ban On Assault

first_imgREUTERS/Joe Skipper.Tyra Hemans, 19, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, boards buses with fellow students to travel to Tallahassee, Florida to meet with legislators in Coral Springs, Florida.Less than a week after 17 people were fatally shot at a Florida high school, the state House has voted down a motion to take up a bill that would ban assault rifles, effectively killing the measure for this session.The motion failed by a 36-71 vote.Two students from the Florida high school, Suzanna Barna and Lewis Mizen, talk to PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff about the shooting and the change they hope to drive in state and national gun laws.As the Florida House opened its session Tuesday, Democratic Rep. Kionne McGhee asked for a procedural move that would have allowed it to consider a bill to ban assault rifles and large capacity magazines. The bill had been assigned to three committees but was not scheduled for a hearing. The committees won’t meet again before the legislative session ends March 9.McGhee said that means the bill would be dead unless the House voted to remove it from the committees and let it be considered by the full House.Republican leaders in the House and Senate say they will consider proposals including raising age restrictions for gun purchases and the red-flag bill regarding temporarily taking away someone’s guns if they are deemed a threat to others. Sharelast_img read more

4M Fellowship Program Provides PostHarvey Legal Aid

first_img Share X Fellows will serve two-year terms in the Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Corps (DRLC) to assist groups facing additional barriers to disaster recovery. Immigrant communities in Houston are among those benefiting from aid. Some DRLC fellows are working with immigrant and mixed-status families to help with legal matters, like recovering wages after not getting paid for a Harvey-related repair. Other fellows, like YMCA International Services’ Robert Flores, will help directly with immigration legal issues. “That could be anything from citizenship to a green card renewal, to wanting to reunify with a family member so they want to do a family petition and that could also include legal defense in removal proceedings,” said Flores. Though Harvey impacted many communities, Fores said, immigrants often face additional barriers to recover because of their legal status.“And so when you compound those two issues together that can add to the hardship that person is already experiencing,” said Flores.  Fellows have also been placed at Human Rights First, Tahirih Justice Center, and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, among other organizations. A Kaiser Family Foundation report found immigrants are more likely to experience job and wage loss after Harvey and less likely to apply for disaster assistance.The American Red Cross, Bigglesworth Family Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Florida Bar Foundation, Greater Houston Community Foundation, Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and the Texas Access to Justice Foundation all contributed philanthropic support to the legal aid program.  00:00 /00:56center_img Listen Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Martinez, US Air National GuardA new $4 million program is funding 20 Houston-based legal fellows to provide aid after Harvey. Three additional fellows will be working in other cities to provide disaster relief legal assistance as part of the program.  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

first_img Enroll Now for Free This story originally appeared on PCMag March 28, 2018 At first glance, Apple’s new iPad is an iterative upgrade from last year’s model. It features improved specs at the same $329 price tag that makes it compelling for home use; the iPad Pro line remains for more professional applications, in the vein of the Microsoft Surface tablets and notebooks.If you already have a 2017 iPad or an iPad Air 2, it might be hard to tell if you should consider upgrading to the new iPad. Let’s dive in.A focus on educationOne glance at the product page for the new iPad tells you everything about where Apple envisions this tablet: in the classroom, not the office.Apple shows the tablet in a number of educational use cases, like taking notes and making presentations. It’s decidely a tablet intended for students and for casual home use, from putting together reports in Pages to playing with GarageBand.Apple’s marketing materials for the new iPad are also wildly different from how the company sells the pricier iPad Pro ($799.00 at Apple Store). To highlight that appeal, Apple is offering the new iPad for $299 to schools, $30 less than the retail price for home users. It’s also boosting the free iCloud storage offered to Apple IDs associated with schools from 5GB to 200GB.Apple Pencil supportUntil now, the powerful Apple Pencil stylus has only worked with the iPad Pro, but the new iPad adds Apple Pencil support.We chose the Apple Pencil as an Editors’ Choice for tablet stylii because of its reliability and accuracy; being able to use it on the much less expensive standard iPad is a boon to any aspiring artist. You still need to buy it separately for $99 ($89 for schools), but you’ll still be spending more than $300 less than if you bought an iPad Pro solely for the Apple Pencil.A faster processorThe new iPad uses Apple’s A10 Fusion chip, which puts it on the same generation of Apple chips as the iPhone 7. The A10 Fusion isn’t as powerful as the A10X used by the iPad Pro, but it’s a solid jump in performance from previous processors.Apple claims the A10 Fusion has a CPU that’s twice as fast and a GPU that’s 2.7 times as fast as the A8 chip in the iPad mini 4. That doesn’t tell us how much faster it is than the A9 used by the previous iPad, though, or even the A8X chip used by the iPad Air 2, so we’ll have to reserve judgment until we get the new iPad in the lab for testing. For comparison, Apple says the A10X chip in the iPad Pro has a CPU that’s 2.5 times faster and a GPU that’s a whopping 4.7 times faster than the A8.Augmented realityApple highlights the new iPad’s ability to use augmented reality (AR) apps, and it does indeed have the camera, processing power and software to do so. However, the single 8-megapixel, rear-facing camera and single 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera (the same as on the previous iPad) means the tablet can’t do some of the more advanced AR the iPhone X ($999.00 at Verizon Wireless) can do with its dual rear-facing cameras and 7-megapixel front-facing camera with 3D sensor.You can still use AR apps on the new iPad, like you can with nearly any modern mobile device with a camera, but without stereoscopic imaging or additional sensors for tracking depth, it isn’t a very future-proof device for AR. We have similar qualms with the iPhone 8 and its singular rear- and front-facing cameras.Not many other changesEverything else about the new iPad is virtually indistinguishable from the 2017 iPad. It still has the same 9.7-inch, 2,048-by-1,536 Retina display, cameras, touch sensor, wireless radios and even the exact same measurements as the previous model. Besides the A10 Fusion processor and Apple Pencil support, the new iPad is identical to the last iPad.Apple Pencil support is probably the biggest selling point for this new model. If you’re a graphic designer or an art student who doesn’t want to buy an iPad Pro just to use the Apple Pencil, the new iPad’s support for it is a good reason to consider upgrading. Otherwise, wait for our full review of the new iPad to see if its faster processor and tweaks are worth it. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 4 min readlast_img read more

A Tokyobound flight had to turn around four hours into its elevenhour

first_img LOS ANGELES — A Tokyo-bound flight returned to Los Angeles hours into the journey after the crew discovered that one of the passengers had boarded the wrong plane, All Nippon Airways said Wednesday.The pilot of Flight 175 decided to return to the originating airport as part of the airline’s security procedures, ANA said in statements that apologized to passengers but supported the decision.The flight left Los Angeles International Airport at 11:36 a.m. Tuesday and returned at 7:33 p.m.Model Chrissy Teigen and her singer husband, John Legend, were aboard and she live-tweeted the developments. She wondered on Twitter why the plane was turning around four hours into the 11-hour flight.“Why did we all get punished for this one person’s mistake? Why not just land in Tokyo and send the other person back? How is this the better idea, you ask? We all have the same questions,” she wrote.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksTeigen also tweeted photos, videos and updates as they waited to resume the trip.“Taking off!!!” she finally tweeted early Wednesday.FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the agency conducted interviews Tuesday night but made no arrest. She said no charges were filed, but the investigation is ongoing.A U.S. government official with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the incident involved two brothers – one ticketed on ANA and the other on a United Airlines flight leaving about the same time.The official who spoke on condition of anonymity says both cleared security and had valid boarding passes. ANA and United are codeshare partners.ANA said it was trying to determine how the passenger boarded the wrong flight.“At the time during the flight, the pilot in command was presented with information about the discrepancy in the passenger manifest. Based on the available information in flight, he made the correct decision to return to LAX,” ANA said.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthThe airline said it supported the pilot’s decision “out of the abundance of caution and safety for the passengers and crew.”“ANA would like to express its apologies to the passengers for the inconvenience,” the airline said. “We take great pride providing exemplary customer service, and on this flight we failed to do so.” By: John AntczakSource: The Associated Press Thursday, December 28, 2017 Tags: WTF A Tokyo-bound flight had to turn around four hours into its eleven-hour journey << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharelast_img read more

Princess Cruises cancels Japan calls

first_imgDiamond Princess in Tauranga In the wake of the recent devastation in Japan, Princess Cruises have decided to cancel upcoming calls to the country until May. The following voyages have been amended as part of this decision:Sun Princess S106 (departed March 5) Diamond Princess M107 (departing March 19)Ocean Princess 7107 (departing March 20)Ocean Princess 7108 (departing April 1)Diamond Princess M108 (departing April 4)Diamond Princess M109 (departing April 20)Diamond Princess M110 (departing May 6)Complete modified itineraries can be downloaded here Ocean Princess’ voyage 7109 (departing 13 April) is currently still scheduled to visit Okinawa, Japan with the area not affected by the disaster. In a statement released over the weekend, Princess Cruises expressed their hope that passengers will understand the decision. “The safety and well-being of our passengers and crew is our foremost priority.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Alast_img read more

National Geographic Expeditions has launched a new

first_imgNational Geographic Expeditions has launched a new travel section on its existing website platform, and has chosen World Expeditions as its operating partner in Australia for its new Active Expedition range.The new series of insightful adventures has been expertly crafted to take travellers to some of the world’s most incredible places, celebrating the uniqueness of each destination through meaningful experiences.“World Expeditions has a well established reputation for operational excellence and their commitment to sustainable travel is well recognised,” said Tim Jones, Vice President Travel Asia Pacific at National Geographic Partners. “The new National Geographic range of Active Expeditions has been crafted to take discerning travellers to some of the world’s most incredible places, celebrating the uniqueness of each destination through meaningful experiences.”World Expeditions CEO, Sue Badyari, said National Geographic’s Active Expeditions shared the World Expeditions philosophy of going deeper into a destination by getting active and taking the paths less travelled.“Each Active Expedition is led by expert local guides and incorporates additional inclusions to ensure participants get the most out of their chosen trip in comfort. The carefully designed itineraries are fully supported with most meals included, well appointed accommodation – and they are also all commissionable to travel agents.”The Active Expeditions range also offers exclusive experiences in Australia including a cultural and walking adventure in Kakadu National Park; three Tasmanian adventures, taking in the Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park World Heritage area, as well as the Tarkine, Cradle Mountain and Bruny and Maria Islands; an incredible red centre adventure, combining a walk on the iconic Larapinta Trail with a visit to King’s Canyon and Uluru.IMAGE: Larapinta Trail/Guy Wilkinson Active Expeditionadventureeco tourismNational Geographic ExpeditionsSustainableWorld Expeditionslast_img read more

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