Dreaded gangster Kaushal brought back to India

first_imgGurugram: It was a deja vu moment for the Haryana police and the government as months of it strenuous and tacit effort finally bore fruit with the dreaded gangster Kaushal being brought back to India. The 37-year-old arrived in Delhi at around 3:30 am on Monday.After his arrival, he was produced in Gurugram district courts where he was sent on four-day police remand. “The arrest of Kaushal is a big achievement for our team. We now hope that with this arrest the fear that was prevalent among the businessmen of being called randomly for ransom will stop,” said KK Rao, the new Faridabad Police Commissioner, whose earlier stint as STF chief was key in the arrest of the feared gangster. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe terror of Kaushal gang can be gauged from the fact that in just this year itself there have been four murders that have occurred in Gurugram. Just as in the case of Vikas Chaudhary, the victims were gunned down in the busy streets. In one of the murders, the sharpshooters pumped twelve bullets into the body of a village head in Manesar. The increased number of criminal incidents had resulted in the special task force and Gurugram police training their guns on weakening the ground and in just this year itself, 44 people from his gang have been arrested. Despite the setbacks, the 38-year-old who is based in Dubai continues to be a challenge the law enforcement officials. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn December 2016, he jumped parole when he was let out of Bhondsi jail. The son of a property dealer in Naharpur Rupa village, Kaushal used to sell and fix submersible pumps. His started his criminal activities in 2004, in a land dispute with gangster Sudesh alias Chhelu. Their fight resulted in nine murders, who stopped on December 12, 2006, when Kaushal’s men shot dead Chhelu in police custody at Rajiv Chowk. Meanwhile, the rivalry between the city’s two biggest gangsters, Binder Gujjar and Sandeep Gadoli, appeared to have ended, after Gadoli was eliminated by Gurugram police in Mumbai on February 7, 2016. Kaushal then teamed up with Surender Gang to murder Gujjar’s brother Manish and aide Mahesh ‘Attack’ in March 2017. Geong was hoping to eliminate his rivals to expand his gambling and illicit liquor businesses in Gururugram. He was eventually killed in an encounter in Karnal in April 2017. To eliminate his rivals, Kaushal also joined hands with the Rajesh Bharti gang but Bharti and his aides Sanjeet Badro and Umesh Don who were recently eliminated by Delhi Police in Chhattarpur.last_img read more

Canadas provinces promote free trade in Washington Some conditions apply

first_imgWASHINGTON – The premiers of Canada’s two largest provinces came to Washington on Friday to sing the praises of free trade: lower prices, more jobs, better selection at the grocery store and supply chains that create geo-political bonds.But that trade-liberalizing passion comes with some caveats.The premiers of Quebec and Ontario acknowledged that their own trade practices are not perfectly open in every sector and will not suddenly become that way in a newly renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement.In one exchange, the governor of Colorado voiced a desire for freer trade in dairy. He made the request on a panel while seated beside Kathleen Wynne and Philippe Couillard — premiers of the two main dairy-producing provinces in a country that limits dairy imports.“Colorado is a big cheese-manufacturing state. So I’d probably want to negotiate a little bit about the cheese,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper.“Because we all have our specific things that we think, maybe, aren’t quite as fair.”Dairy isn’t the only protected sector in Canada. So is poultry. In addition, sub-national jurisdictions protect certain types of government contracts. Also, Couillard said it’s important for Quebec to maintain protections on cultural products in order to preserve its francophone culture.Couillard said it’s normal to maintain some protections in a trade deal.“I would say, tongue in cheek, there’s no such thing as a free-trade agreement. There are trade agreements with exceptions and specificities — ones countries need to keep in order to keep their policies and priorities moving forward,” Couillard told a panel at the Washington International Trade Association.“So, (let’s proceed with) modernizing (NAFTA). Keeping each others’ interests in perspective. Being able to put yourself in the other person’s shoes — to understand why (certain sectors are) so important… But overall let’s keep markets open.”On government procurement, Couillard told reporters he’s considering whether to speed up planned renovations of Montreal metro cars in order to provide work for Bombardier, as layoffs are threatened there.States and provinces have the right to exempt certain public agencies from competitive bidding under WTO rules, although Canada entered these NAFTA negotiations hoping to expand free trade for public contracts with the giant U.S. market.The U.S. has taken the opposite approach — it’s looking to limit trade in public works. That’s one of several controversial proposals from the Americans, who have also proposed creating a so-called sunset clause that could end NAFTA every five years.Wynne said this negotiation has been unusual.“Do I think there needs to be some systematic approach to reviewing (NAFTA)? I think we can all agree,” she said.“(But) what has triggered this review is not a systematic or rational process. That was not a political comment. But if there were a way to have a more rational (five-year) trigger, I think that would make sense.”Events a few kilometres away underscored her point.As Wynne was speaking at that panel, U.S. President Donald Trump was just outside the city at a conservative political conference where, in his speech to partisans, he trashed NAFTA.“NAFTA is no good. It never was any good. But, for some reason, nobody ever changed it,” Trump said.“They emptied our factories. You’ve got to see the car plants and the auto plants in Mexico. Like, you’ve never seen anything like it before. I want those companies — and they’re starting — I want them back here.”Ironically, he was saying this at a conference made famous by Ronald Reagan — the conservative favourite who spearheaded North American free-trade talks. Meanwhile, in downtown Washington, D.C., the premiers were promoting NAFTA inside the Ronald Reagan Building.The premiers are in Washington for the annual winter conference of state governors. State leaders have proven to be influential allies to people trying save NAFTA — writing letters, lobbying U.S. President Donald Trump and sharing their concerns with Vice-President Mike Pence.Couillard said he and his Ontario counterpart have met dozens of U.S. governors since last year — and every one supports NAFTA. He said they understand the benefits of free trade — cheaper fruits and vegetables available throughout the year, minerals from Canada that supply manufacturing in the southern U.S., an integrated defence-industrial base and nine million jobs linked to trade in the U.S. alone.“Open markets create jobs,” Couillard said. “Closed markets kill jobs. … Closed markets increase prices, for people who have economic difficulties.”He urged the countries to reach a quick agreement. He said businesses hate uncertainty, and said the uncertainty at some point needs to end.Projections from Scotiabank and the Bank of Canada estimate that if ambiguity lingers over NAFTA into next year, the ensuing investment concerns would reduce Canada’s GDP by about one-fifth of one per cent through 2019.last_img read more

Godfather of Gnawa Mahmoud Guinia dies at 64

Rabat – Moroccan pioneer of Gnawa music, Mohamed Guinia, died yesterday at the age of 64.Mahmoud Guinia was a Gnawa musician and guembri player, born in Essaouira in 1951. He passed away after fighting with a lengthy illness.“It’s an immense sorrow that I have heard about the death of the icon of Gnawa Music, Maalem Mahmoud Guinia, after he was sick,” Neila Tazi, the founder of Gnawa Festival, stated to news website H24info. “On behalf of the association and the team of the festival I’d like to express my sorrow to his wife Malika and his children Bouchra, Houssam and Hamza as well as his whole family and his fans. May he rest in peace; surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return,” she added. Mr. Guinia belonged to an artistic family, which played a major role in developing Gnawa music in Morocco. He is the second son of a legend of Gnawa Music, Maâllem Boubker Guinia, who passed away 15 years ago.His grandfather was from Mali and confronted slavery in Africa’s desert before his father moved to Essaouira with the passion for Gnawa during times when it was a marginalized art known only to be performed by beggars to earn a living.He started playing guembri at the age of 12, and is regarded as a master of fusion music by virtue of his participation in various worldwide festivals in France, Japan, Italy and the US along with Carlos Santana, Adam Rudolph, Will Calhoun, Issaka Sow and Aly Keita.Mr. Guinia often spoke with pride about his ancestors and his journey with Gnawa during the openings of his shows.He concluded a recent edition of Gnawa World Music alongside the Algerian artist Karim Ziad. read more

King Abdullah Muslims Christians and Jews Must Unite to Defeat ISIS

Casablanca – King Abdullah has announced that defeating the ‘global threat’ represented by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) requires the union of Muslims, Christians and Jews. King Abdullah II of Jordan declared in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Company, in conjunction with his visit to Australia with Queen Rania, that everyone should prioritize putting an end to ISIS. He continued, saying that ISIS cannot be overcome “without the help of Christians and Jews, and other religions and other nations.”The Jordanian Monarch explained that Muslims, Christians, and Jews are “actually all in the same trench,” facing what he is calling “religious outlaws.” “This thing is not just located in Syria or Iraq. It’s in Libya — we’re dealing with Boko Haram and Shabab… you have the Al Taliban and actually, in this neck of the woods, you also have your challenges. So, unless we look at this with a global, holistic approach, we’re never going to win,” King Abdullah said.Asked about the result of the US elections, the Jordanian King stated that the US under Trump’s presidency would not be very different in matters of foreign policy.“There will be some changes in policy, but I don’t think to the extent that everybody’s panicking about,” Abdullah said. He also revealed that he spoke with Trump on the phone last week, saying, “I have had the opportunity to speak to President-elect Donald Trump last week. The synergy was very good during our telephone conversation.” read more

In West Africa UN and partners pledge cooperation in fight against drugs

At a meeting in Dakar, Senegal, participants discussed how to streamline their efforts against drugs and crime in the region, with the production of counterfeit medicines and the smuggling of cigarettes also identified as major problems.The inaugural session of the High-Level Policy Committee of the West Africa Coast Initiative was chaired by Said Djinnit, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa.The meeting follows a regional action plan adopted in 2009 with the aim of tackling illicit trafficking, organized crime and drug abuse among locals.That plan followed a report from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which revealed that the value of illicit flows in the region sometimes surpassed the countries’ gross domestic product (GDP).Cigarette smuggling in West Africa, for example, generates about $775 million, more than the GDP of the Gambia, while the trade in counterfeit anti-malarial tablets surpasses the GDP of Guinea-Bissau.Today’s meeting reviewed recent initiatives in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea-Bissau and also discussed the impact of the recent post-election crisis in Côte d’Ivoire.The attendees included representatives of the UN, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU) and Interpol, as well as justice or interior ministers from Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Sierra Leone. 20 June 2011United Nations officials, government ministers and representatives of Interpol pledged today to work together in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime in West Africa, which has become a key transit point for the shipment of cocaine from Latin America to Europe. read more

Fans celebrate at the Fan Expo

The ultimate fans of comics, science fiction, horror and anime celebrated the long weekend at the Fan Expo in Toronto.More than 120,000 people attended the event.It was a Comic-Con event full of surprises, lots of new merchandise and meet and greets with celebrities.Fans had close encounters with Star Trek legend Patrick Stewart and many voice actors.Over a thousand booths were set up around the Toronto Convention Centre.Popular areas included the Dr. Who section where fans posed with Tardis and the batmobile display with a full-sized replica of the 1966 model.There was something for everyone to enjoy.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,280.72 up 80.32 points):Colossus Minerals Inc. (TSX:CSI). Miner. Down 8.5 cents, or 34 per cent, at 16.5 cents on 10.05 million shares. The Toronto-based exploration company will stop activities at its Serra Pelada Mine, which is a gold-platinum-palladium joint-venture project with Cooperativa de Mineracao dos Garimpeiros de Serra Pelada in Brazil. Colossus needs to raise about US$70 million to fund the operation.ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX:PLI). Biotechnology. Down a penny, or 1.10 per cent, at 90 cents on 4.67 million shares.Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD). Oilfield services. Up 42 cents, or 4.50 per cent, at $9.75 on 4.24 million shares. On Thursday, its largest shareholder, Alberta Investment Management Company, sold its 20 per cent stake in the oil services giant.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment maker. Up nine cents, or 1.96 per cent, at $4.69 on 4.21 million shares.Suncor Energy (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Down 54 cents, or 1.49 per cent, at $35.73 on 3.15 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (916.65 up 1.86 points):Alexander Energy Ltd. (TSXV:ALX). Oil and gas. Up 35 cents, or 175 per cent, at 55 cents on 20.17 million shares.The Calgary-based company announced a finance recapitalization and new management team Thursday, as part of its transformation to a new company. It is also changing its name to Spartan Energy Corp.IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. (TSXV:IB). Copper distributor. Down 1.5 cents, or 8.33 per cent, at 16.5 cents on 6.3 million shares.Companies reporting major news:ADF Group Inc. (TSX:DRX). Metal fabrication. Up 20 cents, or 7.69 per cent, at $2.80 on 155,765 shares. Third-quarter earnings totalled $4.4 million or 13 cents per share, reversing a year-ago loss of $1.16 million or four cents per share. Revenue more than tripled to $33.8 million as recently-awarded contracts start to yield results for the company.Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS). Bank. Up 66 cents, or 1.04 per cent, at $63.98 on 2.37 million shares. Fourth-quarter results were higher compared with a year ago yet they were still shy of investor expectations. Profit for the last quarter rose to $1.7 billion or $1.30 per share, up from $1.52 billion or $1.18 per share. Revenue increased to $5.42 billion versus $4.86 billion. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 6, 2013 3:16 pm MDT read more

The world is on the side of those who are involved in

“These skills are quite rare in our world today because there are not thousands and thousands of people who are really experienced in Ebola and its management,” Dr. David Nabarro, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy on Ebola, said in an interview with the Department of Public Information at the headquarters of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) in Accra, Ghana.“And so what we’re doing is looking very hard for the best people in the world and encouraging them to come and work with the governments of the affected countries,” Dr. Nabarro said.Dr. Nabarro gave the interview together with UNMEER chief Anthony Banbury, in the lead-up to the 1 December target set by the mission, which aims to try to get 70 per cent of the cases isolated and treated, and 70 per cent of the deceased safely buried within 60 days from the beginning of October to 1 December. According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 15,935 cases have been confirmed in Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Spain and the United States and two previously affected countries of Nigeria and Senegal as of 23 November, with 5,689 reported deaths.Both Dr. Nabarro and Mr. Banbury said progress so far has been uneven but that they were very pleased by what has been achieved in some parts of the affected countries.“Tremendous progress has been achieved in some areas,” Mr. Banbury said. “That’s thanks to the hard work of the communities themselves but also very much the responders, the national and international responders.” “Where we’ve been able to put the elements of the response in place, we’ve seen dramatic improvements in the situation,” he said. “So we’re very heartened by that. It shows the strategy works.” “Unfortunately,” he went on to say, “We’ve not been able to put the elements of the response in place everywhere, and where it’s lacking, we see the significant or very bad situation in many of these communities, and that’s got to be the focus of our efforts going forward: spreading out our geographic response.”Specifically, Dr. Nabarro said: “We’ve seen these incredible and promising results from Liberia. We’ve seen very good results from parts of Sierra Leone. But there are other parts of Sierra Leone and parts of Guinea where the numbers of cases continue to accelerate day by day.”The envoy also noted the spread of the virus into Mali, saying that “the next few weeks are going to be really important.”Dr. Nabarro also drew attention to the fact that “the services in order to respond to Ebola in the affected countries are short of the people who will provide patient care and also who will undertake some of the contact tracing and analysis of how the outbreak is evolving.”And Mr. Banbury elaborated by saying: “Specifically, it means more field crisis managers for UNMEER on the ground, more WHO epidemiologists on the ground, more information management specialists on the ground but we critically need more trained medical teams operating effective Ebola treatment facilities in many places.”“And we need the laboratories to quickly test the samples, the blood samples, of possible Ebola patients, to quickly determine whether they are in fact sick with Ebola so that they can be treated accordingly,” he said.Another priority for UNMEER, he said, is to have more rapid deployment of teams out in the districts. “If we are going to beat this disease out in the districts we need to be present out there,” he said. “Deploying more people to the districts is our highest priority. We’re working hard to make it happen.”Mr. Banbury, however, said “it’s hard to attract the kinds of people that we need with the right skills who are willing to go out there and live in some austere environments particularly with the holidays coming up. So it’s a challenge for us.”Dr. Nabarro said he was heartened by the fact that there was “no donor fatigue.”“The extraordinary thing about this is that the whole world is willing to have a quick and successful response to this outbreak,” he said. “They want to see it treated at source; they want to see the countries being able to recover quickly; they want the world not to be threatened by a disease that causes a lot of fear and leads frequently to people to take extreme actions when they’re nervous about getting Ebola.”“So I actually, think that the world is on the side of those who are involved in this fight,” the UN envoy said. read more

O2 mobile network angers users with 18 content filter on 3G Internet

first_imgAnyone using the O2 mobile network in the UK may find that some websites will no longer load when accessing them over a 3G connection. The reason is down to a new content filtering system O2 has rolled out this week blocking content not suitable for the under eighteens.The block has been implemented at the DNS level, but only applies to 3G connections. That means if you flick over to Wi-Fi no such content block is in place. The problem is the type of content being blocked, with Wired stating Google Translate and a sexual health charity being on the block list when they clearly shouldn’t be.O2 explain on its blog that it has implemented this filtering system to protect children who increasingly have their own smartphones capable of accessing the web. While commendable, the method of applying it to all phones without warning seems like a decision that was made without any forethought and has angered many subscribers.In order to have the block removed from your phone you have to prove your age. This can be done by visiting an O2 store with a passport proving your age, or by phoning a free automated service and using your credit card for verification. That second method costs a couple of dollars, but you get it back on your next phone bill.Because O2 hasn’t warned customers it was doing this, many have thought the age verification message that pops up for certain sites was spam. As you can imagine, the forums for the network have lit up with questions and complaints.Read more at WiredMatthew’s OpinionWhile offering an age verification system for your mobile network is a great idea, it’s one that should be an opt-in rather than opt-out service. Parents will want to activate it for their kid’s phones, but the majority of O2 users are going to be adults who don’t want this.It really doesn’t make much sense to apply it by default unless O2 was trying to save itself some marketing money for informing subscribers about the service. The alternative it has created is a lot of angry customers.I wouldn’t be surprised to see the new filter turned off before the week is out and an opt-in alternative given.last_img read more

He served the people of Northern Ireland Tributes pour in across the

first_img A political giant, an inspirational leader and a lover of life and people. Ireland has lost a true patriot in Martin McGuinness. Heartbroken— David Cullinane (@davidcullinane) March 21, 2017 30,100 Views 87 Comments Source: David Cullinane/Twitter Mar 21st 2017, 7:47 AM McGuinness and Kenny pictured in November of last year. Source: Sam BoalForeign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said the island of Ireland lost an important political figure and he acknowledged his contribution to peace in Northern Ireland.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Flanagan said he had seen “first hand” the manner in which he embraced and worked within the peace process.“I’ve seen firsthand the manner in which he… professionally engaged in ensuring that peace and stability as envisaged in the Good Friday Agreement was realised,” he said.Flanagan also said that he liked McGuinness on a personal level, and referenced the “threats he withstood on a daily basis” from dissident republicans who didn’t support the peace process. (From left to right) Former Northern Ireland first minister Peter Robinson, Charlie Flanagan and Martin McGuinness. Source: PA Archive/PA Images“I liked Martin McGuinness, I liked him personally, he was personally very charming,” said Flanagan.“He was always very courteous, but having experienced first hand his personal contribution to building peace and consolidating the peace process I feel sad.A sad day. Martin McGuinness was a man who travelled on a long journey and he did so with great conviction.Former UK government press secretary Alastair Campbell described him as a “great guy”.“So sad Martin McGuinness has died,” he tweeted.Some will never forgive his past but without him there would be no peace. The man I knew was a great guy.As well as opposition politicians, tributes and expressions of grief have been pouring in from Sinn Féin TDs and rank and file members on the loss of one of their political giants. http://jrnl.ie/3298280 By Cormac Fitzgerald Michael D Higgins, right, and Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness during the Source: AP/Press Association ImagesTaoiseach Enda Kenny said McGuinness will “always be remembered for the remarkable political journey that he undertook in his lifetime”.“Not only did Martin come to believe that peace must prevail, he committed himself to working tirelessly to that end,” he said.British Prime Minister Theresa May said that she could not support what he did before turning to politics, but that he was a “vital part” of the peace process.“While I can never condone the path he took in the earlier part of his life, Martin McGuinness ultimately played a defining role in leading the republican movement away from violence,” she said. “In doing so, he made an essential and historic contribution to the extraordinary journey of Northern Ireland from conflict to peace.” Source: Mary Lou McDonald/Twitter Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeMeanwhile, Sinn Féin TDs and politicians from the UK and Ireland both north and south of the border have paid tribute to McGuinness.Speaking outside Leinster House, Mary Lou McDonald said:“Martin was an inspirational Irish republican, a tireless worker for Ireland, for unity, for peace, and for reconciliation. It was my privilege to call him my friend. He will never be forgotten. (From left to right) Martin McGuinness, Michelle O’Neill, Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams outside Stormont earlier this year. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesAcross the political divide, DUP leader Arlene Foster has also paid tribute to McGuinness, expressing her sympathies with his family.“I want to express my sincere condolences, both personally and on behalf of our party, to the McGuinness family upon hearing the news of the passing of former deputy first minister Martin McGuinness,” Foster said.“History will record differing views and opinions on the role Martin McGuinness played throughout the recent and not so recent past but history will also show that his contribution to the political and peace process was significant.He served the people of Northern Ireland as deputy first minister for nearly a decade and was pivotal in bringing the republican movement towards a position of using peaceful and democratic means.Foster said that McGuinness had worked to build “the relative peace we now enjoy” in Northern Ireland. McGuinness and Foster pictured in October. Source: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/PA Images“While our differing backgrounds and life experiences inevitably meant there was much to separate us, we shared a deep desire to see the devolved institutions working to achieve positive results for everyone,” she said.I know that he believed that the institutions were the basis for building stability. ‘He served the people of Northern Ireland’: Tributes pour in across the political divide for Martin McGuinness Tributes have poured in across the political divide on the death of McGuinness. Tuesday 21 Mar 2017, 7:47 AM May the road rise up to meet you.May the wind be always at your back. pic.twitter.com/21WVPYHqFd— Mary Lou McDonald (@MaryLouMcDonald) March 21, 2017 His legacy is a peaceful future, that future that he helped to secure for our island and the advancement of the movement for Irish unity which gathers pace year-on-year.Sinn Féin leader in the North Michelle O’Neill described him as a “legend” and a “friend and mentor”.“My heart is broke this morning,” she said.We have lost a legend, a giant of a man. I’m very proud to say he was my friend and mentor.Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams released a statement, saying that McGuinness had shown “great determination, dignity and humility” throughout his life and his illness.“He was a passionate republican who worked tirelessly for peace and reconciliation and for the re-unification of his country.  But above all he loved his family and the people of Derry and he was immensely proud of both,” Adams said. Words always fail us at moments like these. A great loss to his family, community & country. Martin McGuinness was a real political leader. pic.twitter.com/RYs8278g69— Eoin Ó Broin (@EOBroin) March 21, 2017 McGuinness is survived by his wife Bernie, his four children Grainne, Fiachra, Fionnuala and Emmet, and his grandchildren and extended family.Read: Martin McGuinness has died at the age of 66 Short URL Share1667 Tweet Email8 File photo of Martin McGuinness who has passed away, aged 66. Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall IrelandTRIBUTES HAVE POURED in across the political divide following the announcement of the death of former Northern Ireland deputy first minister Martin McGuinness.The longstanding Sinn Féin member had been one of the dominant personas in Northern Ireland politics since the 1980s.He played a vital role in the peace process, taking on the job of chief negotiator for Sinn Féin in the talks that led to the Good Friday Agreement.President Michael D Higgins released a statement this morning paying tribute to McGuinness and expressing sympathy with his family.“The world of politics and the people across this island will miss the leadership he gave, shown most clearly during the difficult times of the peace process, and his commitment to the values of genuine democracy that he demonstrated in the development of the institutions in Northern Ireland,” President Higgins said.As President of Ireland, I wish to pay tribute to his immense contribution to the advancement of peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland – a contribution which has rightly been recognised across all shades of opinion. 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North Carolina man non responsive to CPR

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:beach, cpr, death, North Carolina, ocean, Snorkel, vacation, water Former US President Barack Obama Visits Turks and Caicos Bahamas Govt to pay for residents new notable water supply Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPolice say despite CPR being administered to the 40 year old tourist man yesterday on that lower Bight beach, he died after 4pm; it was pronounced so by the medics at Cheshire Hall Medical Center by minutes to 6pm. The man, reported to Magnetic Media to be from North Carolina, complained of not feeling well to his girlfriend and was brought to shore but lost consciousness. The couple had arrived in Provo on Sunday and was out snorkeling when they abruptly ended their fun. There is no identity released as yet; Police say the man was brought to shore near the Beach House and that autopsy will say for sure how he died. Haitian gov’t official under investigation commits suicidelast_img read more

Criscito calls for Genoa to beat Sampdoria

first_imgThe so-called Derby Della Lanterna will be played on Sunday but the Grifone hasn’t defeated its neighbors since 2016The Derby Della Lanterna will be played with Genoa and Sampdoria on Sunday.But the Grifone hasn’t defeated its neighbors since May 2016.This is why footballer Domenico Criscito is calling for his team to give it its all in order to get a victory.“We’ve had a lot of time to prepare for this match, seeing as there was the break for international duty,” he was quoted by Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“It’s an important game both for us and the fans.”“We always try to give our best and want to make the fans happy, because it’s been too long since Genoa won the derby,” he explained.“This is why we’ve got to give everything we have for our fans.”“Playing the derby as captain will be truly special and exciting,” he added.“Nobody can forget what happened to the people of Genoa and we’ll always remember the tragedy. I too crossed that bridge just a few minutes before it collapsed.”last_img read more

El Cajon businesses evacuated 1 in the hospital after carbon monoxide leak

first_imgEl Cajon businesses evacuated, 1 in the hospital after carbon monoxide leak June 17, 2018 Updated: 2:31 PM Posted: June 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom center_img EL CAJON (KUSI) – An exhaust fan that appeared to have been accidentally turned off led to high levels of carbon monoxide at an El Cajon shopping center Sunday, triggering evacuations of multiple businesses.Firefighters were called to a Starbucks on Fletcher Parkway near Navajo Road about 8:15 a.m. to assist with an employee who reported difficulty breathing, said Heartland Fire and Rescue spokesperson Sonny Saghera.While at the scene, the firefighters monitored the air and noticed carbon monoxide inside the coffee shop, Saghera said. Workers and customers were cleared out of the Starbucks and nearby businesses, including an adjacent bagel shop, the Golden Bagel Cafe.Firefighters were able to trace the carbon monoxide to the bagel shop, and found an exhaust fan above a boiler had apparently been turned off, allowing the gas to collect and spread, Saghera said.A hazardous materials team was able to ventilate the businesses, and people were then allowed back inside.The Starbucks employee was taken to a hospital for treatment.Carbon monoxide is not poisonous in itself, but where it accumulates it displaces oxygen, and can be lethal. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Yahoos Marissa Mayer Answers to Me Me Me

first_imgMore on this topic Starcom MediaVest Group’s Mac Delaney to Keynote Folio: Show What Brands Want From Content Marketing Anyway You Search, M&A Market is Watching Behind The Atlantic’s Brand Reinvention Folio: Show Update: New CMO Keynote Panel to Address Convergence of Audience, Brands and Custom Ad Services Marissa MayerJust In Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQPowered by Marissa Mayer was the emcee of her own keynote presentation at CES on Tuesday, deflecting the spotlight from her and onto the key people leading some of the changes at Yahoo. A packed theatre at CES welcomed the hour-long advertisement from the Yahoo CEO because, well, it was interesting and entertaining. It was about the most important people: us. Whether it was David Pogue, the new vp of content, unveiling the Yahoo Tech digital magazine or Katie Couric, the new global anchor for Yahoo, talking about the importance of trust-worthy journalism, Mayer made sure the key takeaway for stockholders (and us) was that Yahoo was innovating, pivoting and rejiggering for none other than us. Yahoo is a platform customizable to your habits, so much so that it just acquired a service called Aviate that predicts which apps you’ll need at any given moment and moves them to your homescreen (we don’t have time anymore to swipe to the next screen). The CES audience, which comprises what Pogue called “the Geekheads” versus 85 percent of everyone else, “the Normals”, wanted to hear what Yahoo has done to become relevant again and what it will do to become more useful. As is evident in the 3,200+ exhibits at CES this year, technology is complex and the choices for how we spend our time are abundant. Yahoo and other brand leaders are answering the call to give us what we want when we want it. Mayer’s goal could mirror most brands’: to turn “complexity into clarity.” For Yahoo that means focusing on four key areas: Search, Communications, Digital Magazines (mini-sites, not actual magazines) and Video. Its acquisition of Flickr and Tumblr validate what we already know to be true: that photos and storytelling are the future, and most likely on your mobile device. Its hiring of Katie Couric sent a message to its community that a quality interview requires a great interviewer. A few SNL “Weekly Update” cast members, plus a John Legend mini-concert—all during Mayer’s keynote—were crafted to showcase Yahoo’s coolness.     Mayer and her cohort of presenters representing Yahoo wanted us to know that personalization and simplification are what we should expect from this media brand starting now. It should get many marketers and media companies thinking the same thing about their brands. The challenge is that being simple is not so simple.last_img read more

Maserati commits to building electrified sports car at Modena in 2020

first_img 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Enlarge ImageEven though it’s a few years old, the Alfieri concept remains a stunner. Here’s hoping the production version looks even half this good. Maserati Maserati’s GranTurismo and GranCabrio are on the way out, and their replacement — based on the Alfieri concepts we’ve seen in the past — will be built starting next year in a modernized version of the automaker’s historic home.Maserati this week announced its intent to modernize its factory in Modena, Italy, reaffirming the FCA Industrial Plan that was unveiled last year. According to Maserati’s press release, it will “be dedicated to the manufacturing of special high performance, high technology sports cars.” Maserati has had a presence in Modena since 1939.The plant will be upgraded starting in the fall. The hope is to have it ready to start cranking out preproduction prototypes of the Alfieri in the first half of 2020. Production models will likely follow in 2021, according to Autocar’s estimates.FCA keyed us into the Alfieri’s aspirations last year. It’ll run on a lightweight aluminum chassis, adopting the curvy good looks of its concept predecessors. While a plug-in hybrid is rumored to be on offer, the real attention will be on the fully electric variant. It’ll have three electric motors, granting all-wheel drive, and it’s estimated to reach 62 mph in about 2 seconds, with a top speed above 186 mph. Yikes.That’s not all Maserati has in store for the near future. It intends to completely revamp its line by 2022, adding new plug-in hybrid variants of the Quattroporte, Levante and Ghibli. At the same time, the Quattroporte and Levante are also slated to get EV variants. There’s also a new midsize SUV on the way, slotting beneath the Levante. Maserati, much like Dutch Van der Linde, clearly has a plan. 20 Photos More about 2018 Maserati Ghibli Maserati previews new century design with Alfieri concept (pictures) Maserati Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Post a comment 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 71 Photos Review • 2018 Maserati Ghibli: A good car among greats 81 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Future Cars Hybrids Luxury cars Electric Cars Sports Cars 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 18 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Share your voice Maserati,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec modelcenter_img 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 0 Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  68 Photos 4 Car Industry Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 49 Photos 52 Photos 26 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. More From Roadshow GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 12 Photos 10 Photos Share your voice 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 69 Photos Comments More From Roadshow Tags 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

Politicians call for crackdown on social media toxic swamp after mosque shooting

first_img But while Morrison did not mention the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube by name, his political opponent, Labor leader Shorten, was more forthright.”A platform like Facebook goes to potential advertisers and says, ‘We know everything about the users of Facebook, we can tell you everything so that you can geo-target and you can market to them,'” Shorten wrote in an op-ed for the Herald-Sun newspaper. “Well, if that’s your business model, fair enough; but you can’t go missing when it comes to hate speech.””Social media is a marvelous tool that has the potential to empower us, but too often it resembles a toxic swamp where wrongdoers can hide and where evil is nurtured,” he added.The comments follow a terrorist attack in New Zealand on Friday, when a gunman entered a mosque in central Christchurch and shot worshipers while they prayed, livestreaming the shooting on Facebook. The attack, which also involved a second shooting at another Christchurch mosque, claimed 50 lives. The alleged attacker, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, was an Australian national. New Zealand mass shooting shows tech companies can’t control viral tragedies 1.5M videos of New Zealand mosque massacre deleted by Facebook How Facebook, Twitter rely on you to stop spread of mosque shooting video Share your voice A man sits outside the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, following the mass shooting.  Marty Melville/Getty Images Facebook has been accused of “going missing” when it comes to fighting hate speech and playing an “unrestricted role” in terrorist attacks, following two mass shootings at mosques in New Zealand on Friday.The comments come from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the country’s opposition leader, Bill Shorten, who haven’t held back in criticizing the role technology companies have played in amplifying extremist views.Both politicians warn that the internet has given a home to the kind of white supremacist hate speech espoused by the alleged mosque shooter, an Australian national, saying tech companies must do more to stamp it out.In a letter to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of the upcoming G20 summit in Osaka, Morrison said internet technologies are playing an “unrestricted role” in the spread of extremism, and that world leaders must lay out “clear consequences” not only for those who carry out terrorist attacks, but also “for those who facilitate them.” The letter was also sent to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has said she plans on discussing the issue “directly with Facebook.” Facebook Twitter YouTube 1 As New Zealand counts the cost of the deadliest mass shooting in New Zealand history, attention has turned to the role the internet and social media played in the attack. While Facebook and Twitter deleted the alleged attacker’s social media accounts within hours of the attack, footage of the shooting spread quickly. The roughly 17-minute live clip was downloaded from Facebook and reuploaded across the internet on sites such as YouTube, with some users editing out the more graphic content in an attempt to circumvent censors.In a statement, a spokesperson for Twitter said the company was “committed to working and cooperating with governments around the world, particularly as it relates to safety and wellbeing” and that it has “rigorous and rapid response processes in place” for emergency situations.Facebook has previously said it deleted 1.5 million versions of the video within the first 24 hours of the attack. But Morrison is calling for a tougher approach to weeding out extremist content on the internet, saying technology firms have a “moral obligation to protect the communities which they serve and from which they profit.” He added that social media companies, content service providers and gaming platforms all had a part to play to keep communities safe. “We know that violent extremists use the internet for recruitment, radicalisation and to carry out their evil acts,” the prime minister’s letter reads. “That they will continue to try to use any means their disposal does not mean governments and technology firms should abrogate their responsibilities to keep our communities safe.”Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.Originally published March 18 at 5:32 p.m. PT.Update on March 18 at 9:27 p.m.: Adds comments from Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten.Update on March 19 at 4:02 p.m.: Adds comment from Twitter.  Related storiescenter_img Tags 1:23 Comment Facebook deletes 1.5M videos after shooting, Democrats… Tech Industry Internet Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

SpiceJet shares skyrocket 6 close to 52week high

first_imgA SpiceJet passenger plane moves on the runway at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad January 8, 2014.Reuters fileShares of low-cost carrier SpiceJet rose as much as 6.33 percent to hit an intraday high of Rs 82.70 on the BSE before shedding gains and were trading at Rs 82 at around 2.45 pm. Other aviation stocks such as IndiGo-owner Interglobe Aviation and Jet Airways were trading with minor gains.The 52-week high for SpiceJet is Rs 85.60.The spurt in SpiceJet share prices was apparently due to the carrier’s CMD Ajay Singh saying that the Delhi government’s decision to slash sales on ATF prices from 25 percent to 1 percent on RCS routes will benefit the company. RCS, or regional connectivity scheme, is aimed at promoting aviation services in remote areas of the country. SpiceJet is one of the carriers to have bid for flying under the scheme. The government of India is likely to officially announce the RCS routes to the concerned carriers and services are expected to commence as early as April.”…it seems that what the Delhi government has done is they have passed on that same benefit aircraft which are fuelling in Delhi. So all aircraft which are flying under the RCS scheme, when they fuel their aircraft in Delhi will have to pay a reduced sales tax of 1 percent when they travel on these RCS routes,” Ajay Singh told news channel CNBC-TV18.Under the RCS norms, airlines serving the destinations will be entitled to ATF that will attract a concessional sales tax rate of 1 percent. Once the same is extended by the Delhi government also, it would result in cost savings for SpiceJet, Singh added.In January 2017, SpiceJet’s market share in the domestic air traffic business stood at 12.8 percent. The largest carrier by volume is IndiGo, at about 40 percent. Domestic carriers flew 95.79 lakh (9.57 million) passengers during the month, marking a growth of 25.13 percent over 76.55 lakh passengers flown in January 2016.There are 12 domestic carriers in the Indian civil aviation space comprising budget carriers IndiGo, SpiceJet and AirAsia India, and full-service airlines including national carrier Air India, Jet Airways and Vistara. The Tatas have a stake in AirAsia India and Vistara, the latter co-owned by Singapore Airlines.last_img read more

Merger of Jet Airways and Air India will save both but will

first_imgA Jet Airways Boeing 737 aircraft taxis past an Air India Airbus A321 aircraft at Mumbai’s Chhatrapathi Shivaji International Airport February 3, 2013. Picture taken February 3, 2013.Reuters fileThe debt conundrum in two of India’s leading airlines, Jet Airways and state-owned Air India, can be dealt with a silver bullet, experts have said. That silver bullet is nothing but the merger of the two. It may appear foolhardy to marry the two ailing airlines, but industry observers see merit in this option.Jet Airways had earlier brushed aside the option of acquiring debt laden rival Air India, when the latter’s privatisation was floated. Now Jet itself has landed on the block, waiting for a suitor.The irony is that Indian demand for travel continues to grow, with passengers on domestic flights rising by double digits for 46 straight months since September 2014. The market reached the milestone of 100 million travelers in 2017, and shows no signs of slowing down this year.Writing in Bloomberg, David Fickling argues that the merger of Jet airways and Air India will address the key reason behind the recent troubles of both, especially those of Jet. He says that cutthroat price war in Indian aviation scene, which has been forcing airlines into deep discounting, is one of the primary reasons behind the continued struggles at Jet Airways.And the major share of the blame is on Air India, which has no hopes of turning around, even if they didn’t depress prices further. In the event, once-healthy airlines like Jet have been in a losing battle against the state-owned carrier.Besides brutal price competition, the Indian airlines have also been in major fleet expansion drive in the last decade, another byproduct of intense competition. Both the Maharaja and Jet Airways are being crushed under the weight of a reckless fleet expansion drive, he points out.Suicidal discountingIf the only two full service carriers in India were to merge, both could do away with suicidal discounting, he argues. A rationlisation of ticketing will itself be a crucial part of the turnaround of both the airlines, he says. Besides, the “the seasoned professional management that the Maharajah so desperately needs would be on hand in the shape of Goyal, Jet’s chairman, and his executive team,” avers Flickling.Well, this route might may not resolve all of the issues plaguing the two airlines, especially, Air India, with its plethora of legacy issues. However, it does seem to be a step in the right direction, though at the cost of the customers.A look at the way air travel in India is shaping up will baffle observers. India is one of the most thriving airline markets in the world the country has an emerging middle class. Air travel demand is growing each year.The Nikkei daily put this paradox in perspective in a report in August 2018:”The irony is that Indian demand for travel continues to grow, with passengers on domestic flights rising by double digits for 46 straight months since September 2014. The market reached the milestone of 100 million travelers in 2017, and shows no signs of slowing down this year.” ReutersYet, airline companies are bleeding, owing to a factor euphemistically termed as “competitive fare environment.”If major airlines in India have been losing altitude despite the county being one of the biggest markets, then there’s a problem at hand. Many experts have already said the looming crises at Jet Airways and Air India will finally pose a threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s re-election bid as well. It would be sad if a private person buys the iconic Air India building: Nitin Gadkari The failure of Kingfisher Airlines is still an unfinished page in the book of great Indian corporate fiascos. Air India was given a very expensive bailout in 2012 and is still on life support system. And Jet Airways is the latest entrant to the roll of dishonour. The government will have to get down and get its hand dirty sooner rather than later.Will a merger of two weak airlines create a healthy airline? That paradoxical proposition is worth a try, by all means.center_img Closelast_img read more

Durr Scores 29 No 4 Louisville Tops No 22 Florida State

first_img TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Asia Durr bounced back from her worst game of the season with 29 points, and No. 4 Louisville jumped out to an early lead in a 68-49 win over No. 22 Florida State on Thursday night.Durr shot 10 of 16 from the floor with seven rebounds to lead the Cardinals (18-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) to their fourth straight victory. The senior guard had her 49th career 20-point game five days after scoring only eight in a win over Wake Forest.Kiah Gillespie had 13 points and six rebounds for Florida State (16-3, 4-2). Nicki Ekhomu added 11 points.Kylee Shook grabbed nine rebounds for Louisville, which had a 37-25 edge on the boards. The 6-foot-4 Shook also had eight points and five blocks.Sam Fuehring scored 11 points for the Cardinals.Louisville used an 18-2 run to build a 20-6 advantage after the first quarter. The Cardinals led 32-23 at halftime and by double figures throughout the second half.Louisville shot 55.6 percent (25 of 45) from the floor and 45.5 percent (5 of 11) from 3-point range.Florida State shot 32.1 percent (18 of 56) from the field and just 16.7 percent (3 of 18) from beyond the 3-point arc.BIG PICTURELouisville: The Cardinals recorded their 14th win by 10 or more points. Louisville was ninth in the nation with a 20.3 scoring margin going into the game.Florida State: The Seminoles trailed by double digits most of the way and were unable to defeat Louisville for a second straight season.UP NEXTLouisville hosts Pittsburgh on Sunday.Florida State plays at Virginia Tech on Sunday.Print Friendly Version Story Links Box Score (PDF) last_img read more

Player Spotlight on Paige Schindler

first_img The University of Louisville Softball Player Spotlight series features short interviews with each of the Cardinals’ players. Episode nine features sophomore Paige Schindler. Story Links Episode 9: Paige SchindlerThe Paige Schindler FileNumber: 7Full name: Paige Johanna SchindlerNickname: PagClass: SophomorePosition: PitcherBats/Throws: R/RHometown:  Borden, Ind.   High School: BordenTravel Team: OC EliteMajor: Exercise scienceFun Fact: Post college ambition is to become a physical therapist Print Friendly Versionlast_img