Southwest blames mechanics union for surge in cancellations

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines is lashing out at the union representing its mechanics, suggesting that they are purposely grounding planes in order to gain leverage in new contract negotiations.Southwest had cancelled more than 400 flights — 10 per cent of its schedule — by midmorning Wednesday.Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven says the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association has a history of work disruptions and says the airline is considering all options to fix its operations.The union says that Southwest is “scapegoating” mechanics, and warned that the conflict “does not bode well” for safety at one of the nation’s biggest airlines.Southwest has tangled with the union before — it has two pending lawsuits against it.David Koenig, The Associated Press read more

Latest LAPD reviewing officers actions in Costco shooting

LOS ANGELES — The Latest on a fatal shooting at a Costco Wholesale warehouse store in Southern California (all times local):12:45 p.m. MondayLos Angeles police say an off-duty officer who shot and killed a man inside a Southern California Costco store won’t have any contact with the public during a criminal investigation and separate department review.Police in the city of Corona are investigating the shooting Friday night that left Kenneth French dead and his parents critically wounded. Rick Shureih, French’s cousin, told the Riverside Press-Enterprise that the 32-year-old was a “gentle giant” who had mental disabilities. He declined to give specifics about his condition.Investigators say the off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer claims French attacked him without provocation as the officer held his young child.LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman says Monday that the officer, who has not been identified, has been assigned administrative duties during the investigations. She says the officer works at the LAPD’s Southwest station.___9:58 p.m. SundayThe Los Angeles Police Department is gathering evidence and video footage in an administrative investigation into an off-duty officer who shot and killed a man authorities say attacked him inside a Southern California Costco Wholesale warehouse store.Authorities did not respond Sunday to requests for comment about what provoked the Friday night confrontation and whether anyone but the officer was armed. Two others were critically injured in the shooting in Corona, which is about 40 miles (64 kilometres) east of Los Angeles.The officer opened fire after Kenneth French, 32, of Riverside, “assaulted” him “without provocation” as the officer held his young child, Corona police said Saturday.Bullets struck French and two of his family members, police said.Rick Shureih, French’s cousin, told The Press-Enterprise that he was a “gentle giant” who was mentally disabled. Shureih also identified the other two victims as French’s parents, Russell and Paola French, and said they remained in an intensive care unit Sunday.The Associated Press read more

UN chief calls for meaningful youth engagement in peace efforts not just

“Young women and men and their contributions to peace should stand at the very core of what will become our new common approach,” Mr. Guterres said, explaining that he has set in motion reforms to rethink the UN’s work on preventing war and sustaining peace. The event, co-chaired by Jordan and Norway, was held in support of Security Council Resolution 2250, a ground-breaking resolution adopted in 2015 which recognizes that “young people play an important and positive role in the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security.” Mr. Guterres noted that in today’s uncertain and unsettling world, young people find themselves left out of decision-making and increasingly unemployed. “We must do better in bridging these gaps and drawing on the enormous initiative, energy and ideas of the world’s young people. We must make the most of the power of young women and men as drivers of a culture of peace,” he said. In a larger sense, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by UN Member States in 2015, provides a tremendous foundation for action, he said, as it rightly defines young people as “critical agents of change” and as a priority across its 17 Goals. “In all we do, our destination is clear: empowerment,” he said. “We must commit to engaging young people fully – not as a symbol or to simply check a box. The goal must be meaningful participation.” In June, Mr. Guterres appointed Jayathma Wickramanayake as his Envoy on Youth to advance youth rights and priorities. read more

First Music Meals Mingle Big Success as Street Mural Draws Interest from

Price City Press ReleaseThe Price Business Improvement District committee put on the first Music Meals Mingle event on Thursday, May 2 and, judging by the crowds and comments from people who attended, it was a huge success. Kids dancing, a swing band in the Price Civic Auditorium, a half dozen food trucks lining Main Street, a bouncer, chalk drawings, a Price fire truck that kids (large and small) could sit in and more brought home the fact that Price’s Main Street is alive, well and a lot of fun to visit.One of the highlights was a mural that was drawn on Main Street in front of the Miners Memorial. It was designed and painted by members of the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association that was having their spring meeting in Price that week.According to Molly O’Neill Robinson, who headed up the project, the primary goals of the project were twofold. First, to present the completed project as a gift to the host community while building local interest and participation in planning and urban design. Second, it was to build tactical urbanism capacity amongst conference attendees in order to implement similar processes and projects in their home communities. A “tactical urbanism toolkit” or how-to manual is being developed for the conference attendees and the City of Price. The toolkit will include the step-by-step instructions, sample permits, materials list, and other information on how to plan, design, and execute similar projects.The resulting project was a painted crosswalk and “parklet.” The design is a series of rings and circles that appear to extend beyond the limits of the crosswalk. It is an interpretation of the molecular structure of carbon—as the power behind the local economy—which is surrounded by a bike gear, representing the growing recreation-based economy. The colors were inspired by the bright sky, vivid signage and other elements found along Main Street. The oversized rings are intentional and meant to inspire the local community to continue the design through the entire intersection, where Main Street and civic spaces meet.The design and implementation was a collaborative effort of a group of conference attendees, including professional planners, architects, landscape architects and others. Volunteers hailed from around Utah from Roy to Park City to Wellington. In addition, Price City Councilmember Boyd Marsing helped paint the mural. Materials for the project were provided by the APA Utah Chapter and the City of Price as part of their conference sponsorship.Robinson, a Planning Manager in the Planning Division for the Department of Community and Neighborhoods for Salt Lake City Corporation, noted the project was organized by members of the Utah Urban Design Committee, a collaboration of architects, planners, landscape architects and other design professionals from Utah. UDU’s goal is to elevate design consciousness and culture in Utah by advocating for the qualities and design details that make memorable places and livable neighborhoods for people.The Music Meals Mingle will become a regular event this year with another being held in conjunction with a number of the Culture Connections that have been a mainstay in Price for many years on Thursday nights. The next Music Meals Mingle is tentatively set for July 11 and then another in mid-September. read more

For Ohio State softballs Maddy McIntyre surfing still a passion

The warm sunshine beams down upon the tropical waters off the coast of San Diego, as Ohio State softball shortstop Maddy McIntyre sits on a surf board, bobbing in the Pacific Ocean and waiting for the next wave to ride. The serenity the ocean offers is a far cry from the stress of finals week or the pressure of hundreds of screaming fans. “(Surfing) is just a good way to take a break from everything,” McIntyre said. “Sometimes you’re out on the softball field or sometimes it gets intense with school and everything, so it’s just the best way to fall back and just relax. The feeling I get when I drop in is priceless.” McIntyre, a sophomore from San Diego, has started every game but one in her two-year OSU career. She’s a career .265 hitter with a .944 fielding percentage from her middle infield position. But while softball might be her first love, surfing has morphed from a fun hobby into something much more important to McIntyre. “It’s definitely her passion,” said senior teammate and third baseman Megan Coletta. “She really misses it (when she’s in Ohio) and she has a lot of passion for it and knowledge about the ocean.” McIntyre’s passion started at age 12, off the coast of Maui, Hawaii. It was there she first received personalized instruction with surfing trainers who immediately recognized her talent and passion for the sport. They encouraged her to keep riding when she returned home to California. Her father made sure that became a reality. “For one of my birthdays, my dad got me a board, and it was the best thing. He couldn’t keep me out of the water after that,” McIntyre said. She and her father – an avid surfer himself – have used their passions for surfing to develop an even tighter bond. They usually go in the summers, fitting in a quick, two-hour session before Marc McIntyre drops his daughter off back home and heads to work. The father-daughter surfing time is something they both cherish. “It’s awesome,” Marc McIntyre said. “She’s a better surfer than I am, but it’s still fun just being out there in the water with her. It makes you think, ‘It doesn’t get much better than this.’” The landlocked qualities of Columbus make surfing during softball season impossible for Maddy McIntyre, so when she gets home to San Diego, she feels like she has to make up for lost time. “I get really excited to surf when I go home,” Maddy McIntyre said. “But at home, everyone gets so mad, like, ‘Oh, the waves suck today,’ so they won’t go out. But now, for me, it’s like even if the waves suck, I still want to go out because I’m not out there very often.” Her father said she will go out at every opportunity when she’s home. Whenever she can get someone to go with her, be it morning, noon or night, she’ll hit the waves. OSU softball coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said she loves her shortstop’s passion for surfing, and encourages her to keep up with it as much as possible. When Schoenly takes recruiting trips to Calif., which is fairly frequently, Maddy McIntyre is often there, badgering her coach to catch some waves with her. “It’s really cool we have kids with such different passions,” Schoenly said. “I’ve never really known surfing, so when I hear about the waves, and just the love that she has for it, I’m really excited for her to have that.” For someone who is used to having all eyes on her whenever she competes, surfing offers Maddy McIntyre the chance to drop in and do what she loves, away from the fandom. “The thing I like most about (surfing) is it doesn’t have to be competitive,” Maddy McIntyre said. “I don’t have to go out and have to perform. I can go for something great and I don’t have to worry if I don’t land it, or if the wave eats me up, it doesn’t matter, I can just have fun with it.” Schoolwork and softball might be Maddy McIntyre’s primary focuses during the year, but once summer rolls around, her childhood passion takes center stage. Her bat and glove get swapped for a board, and her No. 30 jersey gets traded for a bathing suit. For Maddy McIntyre, summer is nearly here – the sun is out and the ocean beckons. read more

West Indies bat first after delayed start

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPREVIEW: West Indies T20 superstars take on England in today’s World Cup finalsApril 3, 2016In “Sports”World Cup ‘firsts’ still vivid for West Indies hero LloydFebruary 20, 2019In “latest news”Lewis, Joseph denied by England’s late DLS dashSeptember 27, 2017In “Sports” West Indies won the toss and decided to bat against EnglandUmpires and players inspect conditions Getty Images(ESPNcricinfo) West Indies opted to bat first in the opening one-day international at Old Trafford with the match trimmed to 42 overs per side due to a damp outfield.It means Chris Gayle’s ODI career will resume with bat in hand as he makes his first appearance in the format since the 2015 World Cup. Shai Hope, the star of the Test series, will take the keeping gloves having not been part of the T20 squad while two spinners – Ashley Nurse and Devendra Bishoo – have been included.England confirmed yesterday that Jonny Bairstow would open the batting. Chris Woakes and David Willey have been chosen ahead of Jake Ball and Tom Curran as part of the pace attack.Having inspected at 1pm – half an hour after the scheduled start – the officials, Tim Robinson and Simon Fry, opted to look again at 2pm and better news emerged when they decided the match would start at 2.30pm. The main problem areas had been around the edge of the square where the covers would stop.West Indies had been unhappy with conditions during the T20I at Chester-le-Street after rain towards the end of England’s which made the outfield very slippery. The T20 captain, Carlos Brathwaite, said the match had come close to being called off after Chadwick Walton, the wicketkeeper, had suffered a nasty slip behind the stumps.England 1 Alex Hales, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Liam Plunkett, 11 David WilleyWest Indies 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Evin Lewis, 3 Shai Hope (wk), 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Jason Mohammad, 6 Rovman Powell, 7 Jason Holder (capt), 8 Ashley Nurse, 9 Devendra Bishoo, 10 Jerome Taylor, 11 Keswick Williams read more

The iPad is responsible for 1 of the worlds web traffic

first_imgOne percent isn’t a large number, but one percent of all web traffic around the globe is still a lot of traffic. Accoridng to a NetMarketShare report from Net Applications, the Apple iPad is responsible now for over 1% of all web traffic in the world, and in the United States it’s more than double: approximately 2.1%.Normally it’s not terribly interesting when one device takes or gives up a percent of its web market share, but the iPad is a peculiar case. First of all, the product simply didn’t exist two years ago, and neither did the tablet market as we know it today.For a new product and a new market that didn’t exist 15 months ago, it’s fairly significant that enough people have purchased and are using the iPad to surf the web in large enough numbers to be noticeable. To compare, Net Applications notes that all smartphones and tablets only make up 5% of global web browsing, and 8.2% in the United States.The numbers say good things about the iPad, and how eager people have been to adopt the device for ostensibly what the device is best used for: browsing and using the web. At the same time, however, it finally answers the question of whether or not there’s a market for tablets: clearly there is, and the numbers prove it.The iPad’s web traffic numbers have been on the rise for months, and even though other tablet competitors have been met with skepticism from most analysts and reviewers, many consumers have embraced those devices as well. Consumers are clearly interested in tablets, and in large numbers. The real question is where that interest will peak, or whether a new device will emerge to take its place.Read morer at AllThingsDlast_img read more

Greek stamps honour Greeks abroad

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Hellenic Postal Service ELTA are due to release a new series of stamps next month entitled “Distinguished Greek Personalities”. The series, believed to be one of the few times Greeks in the diaspora have been commemorated in a stamp collection, will feature CEO of the Dow Chemicals and Greek Australian Andrew Liveris and CEO of Fox Entertainment Jim Giannopoulos, amongst others. By using the faces of these successful Greek personalities, with the new stamp series ELTA are aiming to project a positive image within Greece and abroad, stating that “stamps have the ability to strengthen the positive perception of the country.” The new series will be released on September 16 2013.last_img read more

Spalletti shrugs off Contes link to Inter

first_imgLuciano Spalletti has written off reports Antonio Conte met with Inter directors ahead of the Bologna game.Spalletti appears to be under intense pressure after managing to register one point in two Serie A games against Sassuolo and Torino coupled with their Coppa Italia exit to Lazio.However, the Italian gaffer pleaded for understanding and more time to arrest the rot this season.“We analyse every game to see what went wrong and can be improved. Clearly, there are things we need to do better, but the team was always in the match and it was very balanced,” insisted the Coach in his Press conference via Football Italia.“Inter could’ve gone through all the way until the final penalty of the shoot-out. We were eliminated from the Coppa Italia and the Champions League, which are important competitions, but we have to continue working on our idea of football and only after that structure is set can we aim at winning silverware.Inter are in poor form, and Luciano Spalletti has found himself coming under pressure, with Antonio Conte linked as a replacement.— Sportskeeda Football (@SK_Football) February 2, 2019Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“I realise fans have little patience left, because Inter haven’t won anything for many years, but I cannot shoulder all the blame for years in which Inter got further away from trophies rather than getting closer.“It takes time and there’s no need to throw the baby out with the bathwater.”The pressure on Spalletti grew after Conte was spotted outside the Inter HQ and said “no comment” when asked if he had met with Marotta.“When you keep repeating the same story, it seems like you are trying to create controversy where there is none.“Conte can go where he wants, it’s only right that Marotta tries to secure what is best for Inter’s future, but you are painting him in an unprofessional light. He knows what he’s doing and you are suggesting he is acting like an amateur and not a professional.“For a start, why would he meet someone at the club headquarters? It doesn’t hold water. What people are writing is so ridiculous. It becomes a strategy at that point, not remotely credible.”last_img read more

Mick Shutt longtime voice of PUD retires

first_imgMost of the 180,000-plus customers of Clark Public Utilities likely have never met Mick Shutt.But they’ve probably heard his voice.Shutt has served as Clark’s public spokesman for 32 years. Besides explaining everything from routine power outages to the intricacies of the Northwest electric grid to news reporters, Shutt, 62, has lent his voice to the utility’s radio advertising spots. He will go off the air for good at the end of this year.“He’s kind of one in a million, in my estimation,” said PUD Commissioner Byron Hanke, who, as a utility manager, hired Shutt in 1978. “And he’s certainly proved his ability by the longevity that he’s enjoyed.”Shutt started out as a radio news reporter in his hometown, Wenatchee. After several moves and job changes, Shutt landed in Southwest Washington. His baritone voice has resonated here on radio and television commercials ever since.Shutt takes responsibility for instigating the utility’s presence on public airwaves.At the time he was hired, the utility’s public outreach amounted to a 4-by-5-inch newspaper ad that ran every Friday.“Being a radio guy, I thought we needed to do some other stuff,” he said.Informational adsCritics have questioned over the years why a business with a built-in customer base — essentially anyone who uses electricity — advertises at all.Shutt said the utility focuses on informational advertising that largely revolves around energy efficiency and conservation. In fact, as a public utility, Clark is in the curious position of encouraging its customers to consume less of the product it sells. By tamping down long-term energy demand, the theory goes, the utility minimizes the need to build expensive new power plants.last_img read more

CTran receives 2 million grant for new buses

first_imgA $2 million federal grant will allow C-Tran to purchase four new hybrid buses, according to the agency.The grant, announced this week by the Federal Transit Administration, is part of the “State of Good Repair” program that awards money to agencies across the nation. C-Tran plans to replace four of its older buses with the newer hybrid model.After the purchases, C-Tran will have 20 hybrid buses in its fleet. The four new 40-foot vehicles will cost about $705,000 each. C-Tran plans to use dollars from a previous grant to cover the cost of the new buses, said public affairs director Scott Patterson.C-Tran’s grant was one of 14 State of Good Repair awards given out to Washington agencies, according to the FTA.last_img read more

Weather Eye Snow may fly as temperatures fall but not pile up

first_imgAnother round of winter weather will hit Washington and Oregon as a strong cold front moves inland late tonight. After a mild start, Wednesday will see falling temperatures and lowering snow levels.So today will be rainy and mild and then it returns to more wintry conditions the rest of the week. Will we get any snow at city levels? That is the big question. We may have cold enough air aloft but not enough moisture for much accumulation. But as always, these things are usually a last-minute event like the one on New Year’s Eve.It is safe to say that we most likely will see snow in the air and the heavier showers could leave light accumulations even at sea level. Enough to chain up or put those studs on? At this point, I doubt it, unless you are heading up to the mountains. While we dry out a bit Thursday and Friday more moisture will come from B.C. but stay off the coast as it heads toward California; Southern Oregon may be in the bulls-eye for snow.The mountains will get snow for sure, and even the foothills down to 1,000 feet. Avalanche levels went up on Monday as rain fell on the snow causing unstable conditions.I mentioned in Sunday’s column that we might reach 50 degrees on Monday — we surpassed that with a 53 degree high temperature. Almost springlike, wasn’t it? We haven’t been so warm since Dec. 10.last_img read more

Alaskas LNG project looking for private contractor to help with federal permitting

first_imgAn LNG tanker fills up at the ConocoPhillips liquid natural gas export facility in Nikiski, Alaska. A state-led LNG export project would ship gas from the North Slope to a nearby facility, before exporting it to countries in Asia. The state’s gasline corporation is currently seeking a private contractor to help it move through the federal permitting process. (Photo courtesy of ConocoPhillips)Alaska’s gasline corporation is planning to hire a private contractor to help it through the federal permitting process.Listen nowThe move comes after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) sent a letter to the state, asking for help. FERC is the lead agency doing the environmental and engineering review of the Alaska LNG project.“And in this case it is for the fire protection review,” Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Senior Vice President Frank Richards said. “That’s essentially examining the engineering plans and drawings that we’ve provided to them to make sure that they’re in compliance with code and good engineering practices.”Rchards says there’s a staffing shortage at the federal commission and they’re looking to outsource some of project review they usually do in-house.Last week, Bloomberg News reported a backlog of permit reviews at the federal commission, citing potential delays of 12 to 18 months.But, Richards said he met with staff from the federal commission after the state received the letter and they didn’t say there would be any delays in the schedule for permitting Alaska’s project.“I received no indication from FERC that that schedule is going to be slipped,” Richards said.Currently, Alaska’s gasline project is on an 18-month timeline to get through the environmental review — that schedule would see a final environmental review of the project by late 2019.last_img read more

Man killed in gunfight

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationA suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Monday.The deceased was Mufizur Rahman, 40, son of Golam Akbar of Hoaikang union’s Ulubunia Katakhali area of Teknaf upazila. He was a listed drug peddler.According to information given by Mufizur, a police team conducted a drive at a secret place to recover arms and drugs around 4:00am, said Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station.When the team reached the spot Mufizur’s cohorts opened fire on the law enforcers forcing them to fire back in self-defence that triggered the gunfight, leaving him bullet injured, he said.Police took bullet-hit Mufizur to Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead.According to the human rights organisation, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In the first four months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 115, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more

Tabbys star dims again multiple telescopes to examine its spectra

first_img There have been many theories regarding the reason for the changes in brightness, including multiple comets passing in front of it, a gas cloud, or an alien structure—but none have come close to being provable. Because of that, space scientists have been hoping and waiting for another dimming event to occur, an opportunity to examine the light changes in a variety of ways. Specifically, they would like to have multiple telescopes studying its spectra at the same time—if the light from the star is suddenly passing through a gas cloud, for example, researchers could tell by the way it impacts the light, even offering which types of chemicals might be in the gas. Examining the spectra over time would also allow scientists to discern if there is an object moving between us and the star.Making things difficult for the researchers was that dimming events are not periodic—they have instead proved to be quite unpredictable. That is why this new event has the space community excited, because it might be an opportunity to solve the mystery. To that end, word has gone out to telescope operators across the globe, even to amateurs, to suspend current activities and instead focus on Tabby’s star for as long as possible. Once the dimming event is over, it is hoped that massive amounts of data will have been collected which can be pored over by novices and experts alike, all searching for an answer for the strange dimming.ALERT:@tsboyajian’s star is dippingThis is not a drill.Astro tweeps on telescopes in the next 48 hours: spectra please!— Jason Wright (@Astro_Wright) May 19, 2017@ajebson @NASAKepler @LCO_Global @keckobservatory @AAVSO @nexssinfo @NASA @NASAHubble @Astro_Wright @BerkeleySETI @ESO its 2% in r’ band and looks like its the start— Tabetha Boyajian (@tsboyajian) May 19, 2017 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2017 Citation: Tabby’s star dims again, multiple telescopes to examine its spectra (2017, May 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Credit: @tsboyajiancenter_img (—Telescope operators around the world have been notified that “Boyajian’s star” (officially known as KIC 8462852) has dimmed again, offering space researchers a unique opportunity to study the star, which has baffled scientists ever since its discovery by a team at Yale University in 2015 led by Tabetha Boyajian. Subsequently nicknamed Tabby’s star, it has been found to dim periodically to differing degrees, which cannot be attributed to a planet passing between it and us. At one point in time, it was found to have dimmed approximately 22 percent—by comparison, if a planet the size of Jupiter was to pass in front of our own star, an observer 1,300 light years away (the distance that Tabby’s star is from us), would see just a 3 percent reduction of light. Latest study of Tabby’s star offers more weirdness Explore furtherlast_img read more

Cabinet ministers train gun on Centres privatisation move

first_imgKolkata: Senior cabinet ministers in the state on Thursday sharply reacted to the Centre’s privatisation move in which various public sector units are being handed over to private companies.The ruling party in the state moved a motion in the Assembly, protesting against the decision taken by the Centre. The leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Abdul Mannan and CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty also supported the move and echoed the voice of the government on the Centre’s stand. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataState Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said that as many as 26 PSUs have been liquidated by the Narendra Modi government in the last five years. Many others will either be liquidated or shut down by the Centre in the course of time. “What Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on privatisation is a dangerous trend. He said the government’s job is to run the government and it will not do business. Selling out PSU units is an attempt by the Centre to hide their failure. There have been attempts to sell out Navratna and Miniratna companies as well,” Chattopadhyay said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe also criticised the decision taken by the Vice-Chairman of Niti Aayog on the issue of privatisation. Foreign investments are being encouraged at the cost of state public sector units. He also criticised the Centre for changing the labour law, thereby infringing upon the rights of the workers. The workers have been denied bonus and gratuity. Even the right to strike for the workers has been withdrawn. Speaking on the issue, Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee said in the Assembly that various Centre owned units are being sold at a lower price and unemployment is gradually going up in the country. He also said that the matter would be discussed with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “The Centre had promised to bring back black money from foreign banks. But in reality the Centre is selling out its profitable units. There have even been attempts to hurt the sentiments of people in Bengal. The rail budget for Bengal has been slashed down drastically. They are also trying to financially bankrupt the state,” Partha Chatterjee said. The state government would urge the Centre to dissuade from selling out the profitable units after the motion taken up by both the ruling party and the oppositions gets passed in the Assembly.last_img read more

Female Captain announced at PO Cruises World Voyages

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L Captain Breton and Managing Director Carol Marlow P&O Cruises World Voyages introduced their first-ever female Captain this week.Captain Sarah Breton was officially welcomed as the Master of the 1,200 passenger ship Artemis, which she set sail this week.”We are delighted that Sarah Breton has been promoted to the role of Captain on board Artemis” said P&O Cruises World Voyages first female Managing Director, Carol Marlow.“Sarah has worked on board P&O Cruises ships for many years and truly deserves to be Master of Artemis. We wish her every success in her new role”45-year-old Breton has served on more than five ships as third officer, second officer, navigator, first officer and safety officer.She was first promoted to staff captain in 2001 on the original Pacific Princess and then went on to serve onboard Coral Princess, Tahitian Princess, the new Pacific Princess, Artemis and most recently Ocean Village.“Growing up near the water I always loved boats and the ocean, so it really does fulfil a lifelong ambition of mine to be a Captain with P&O Cruises” said Breton“It is made even more special to be Captain of the first cruise ship I ever served on, after joining P&O Cruises as third officer back in 1989.”last_img read more

eVisa scheme garners INR 14 billion revenue

first_imgSince the launch of the e-Visa scheme in 2014, the government has earned INR 14 billion as revenue from the scheme. Union Home Ministry officials said that the popular e-Visa scheme was availed by 1.9 million tourists in 2017 and it is expected that more than 2.5 million tourists will avail the facility in 2018.The e-Visa fees are divided into four slabs of zero, USD 25, USD 50 and USD 75 which were fixed on reciprocity and depending on nationality. The e-Visa scheme has been implemented by the foreigners’ division of the home ministry with a view to improving the efficiency and transparency of various services being provided to foreign nationals.The facility is now available for nationals of 163 countries for entry into India through 25 international airports and five seaports. Under the e-Visa scheme, an applicant, when an online application is submitted, receives an e-mail authorising him or her to travel to India after it has been approved.The tourist can travel with a print-out of this authorisation. On arrival, the visitor has to present the authorisation to the immigration authorities who would then allow the entry into the country.With a view to promoting cruise tourism, cruise tourists with e-Visas have been exempted from the requirement of biometric enrolment till December 31, 2020, as many of the cruise ships coming to India are mega ships with 2,000 – 4,000 passengers on board.last_img read more

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executive assistant to the Senate majority leader is a conflict with his unpaid job on the university’s governing boardThe situation "creates a fundamental systemic clash between the duties owed to the university by Regent Sviggum as a regent and the duties owed by Regent Sviggum to the Senate majority caucus as an employee" attorney John Stout wrote to the university "As long as these two positions are held simultaneously by Regent Sviggum this systemic conflict cannot be eliminated managed or cured including by means commonly used to address transactional periodic or incidental conflicts"Sviggum a Kenyon Republican who served in two commissioner jobs under then-Gov Tim Pawlenty said in an interview that he disagrees with the legal opinions However he added he plans to attend a Friday meeting on the matter"I obviously will partake on Friday" Sviggum said "I will listen to their advice I will try to see their position"Still he added: "It is fairly clear to me that no conflict exists"Sviggum suggested that if some people think there is a conflict "it can be handled like most things in life by a management plan"The ex-speaker said there is no conflict since he makes no decisions as a Senate employeeBut university General Counsel Mark Rotenberg wrote that Sviggum "will be involved in high-level partisan legislative deliberations"Regents Chairwoman Linda Cohen sought the legal opinions after thinking there could be a conflict"The process being undertaken by the board of regents is governed by our code of ethics and will be conducted in a deliberative manner with integrity to advance the university’s best interests" Cohen said in a statement "Each member of the board is committed to use our best informed judgment to arrive at an appropriate decision in this matter"Sviggum said that Cohen and others he asked about various job options before he took the Senate position did not see any problemsWhen legislators elected Sviggum a regent he worked for the Humphrey 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grow this is the place to start"St Louis County Board Chairman Keith Nelson agreed that people in the area know what they are doing"If it can’t be done safely here it can’t be done safely anywhere" Nelson saidPolyMet Twin Metals and others propose opening the new mines in an area that long has produced iron ore and taconiteMines employed 18000 Iron Rangers in 1980 but just 5000 now so union leaders joined government officials in supporting the mines"We’re ready to go to work" said Craig Olson president of the Duluth Building Trades UnionThe mine event was part of Duluth-St Louis County Day at the CapitolThe event was smaller than planned after a storm forced the cancelation of three buses that were to bring people to the CapitolDuluth and St Louis County residents visited with lawmakers to lobby for projects in the area including $3 million to establish an economic development corridor along Kensington Drive $7 million for a University of Minnesota Duluth American Indian Learning 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