Britain’s outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May spoke to her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on his election victory, discussing a range of issues including the G20 Summit in Japan next month and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England.In her conversation with Prime Minister Modi on Saturday, she praised India’s democratic exercise and processes, a Downing Street spokesperson said.May announced her resignation as the Conservative Party leader and British Prime Minister on Friday as a leadership contest triggered in Brexit-hit Britain.She will formally step down on June 7, after a three-day state visit to the UK by US President Donald Trump.”The Prime Minister (May) spoke to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to congratulate him on his success in the election.”The leaders agreed that the election was a significant exercise in democracy and that the authorities should be commended for delivering it so efficiently,” the spokesperson said.Prime Minister Modi on Thursday led his Bharatiya Janata Party to a landmark victory for a second five-year term in office, winning 303 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha.”They also discussed the upcoming Cricket World Cup which the UK will host in June and July, and the passion for the sport that is shared between our two countries.”Both leaders looked forward to continuing the close cooperation between our countries, including at the G20 Summit in Osaka next month,” the spokesperson said.At least eight candidates, including hard Brexiteer and former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, are in the race to take over the reins from May as the UK’s ruling Conservative Party leadership contest gets underway.advertisementREAD | Theresa May resigns, paving way for Brexit confrontation with EUALSO WATCH | Very sad on Theresa May stepping down, says Rami Ranger
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Eric Garcia deserved his chanceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Eric Garcia deserved his chance for their Carabao Cup quarterfinal shootout victory over Leicester City.Guardiola reserved special praise for Garcia at the final whistle. “Eric has a lot of personality,” he said.”He is a guy who has a lot of positional sense. He’s not the strongest one or the fastest but few times do the opponent beat him positionally.”He’s able to guide the line. He has good vision, a good pass. I’m very pleased. He didn’t make one mistake. One thing is a friendly and the other is a knockout game. He was incredible.”
Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Comedy legend Carol Burnett is one of the big names headlining the eighth annual JFL42 comedy festival, which runs September 19 to 29. The multi-talented Burnett will take part in a Q&A at the Sony Centre, soon to be called Meridian Hall, on September 26.Other headliners announced include John Mulaney & Pete Davidson, BFFs in real life, who will be performing together for their first joint Canadian show; Queer Eye personality, podcaster and expert hairstylist, Jonathan Van Ness; Mulaney’s Big Mouth and Oh, Hello co-star, Nick Kroll; Eric Andre, of The Eric Andre Show and soon to be heard in the live action Disney film The Lion King; podcaster, actor and writer Marc Maron; global sensation Gabriel Iglesias; and the hilarious trio behind the podcast How Did This Get Made? (Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas and June Diane Raphael), who will be performing a live version of the podcast. Pete Davidson and his BFF John Mulaney bring their double act to JFL42.
NEW YORK — Tesla is naming Oracle’s Larry Ellison and an executive from Walgreens to its board as part of a settlement with U.S. regulators who demanded more oversight of CEO Elon Musk.The company said Friday that Ellison and Kathleen Wilson-Thompson are the new independent directors, effective immediately.Wilson-Thompson spent 17 years at Kellogg and is currently an executive with Walgreens Boots Alliance.The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Tesla CEO Elon Musk with misleading investors in August with a tweet that said he had “funding secured” for taking the company private. The two board members are part of the agreement reached with the SEC.The Associated Press
14 May 2007A United Nations group that was formed to promote financial inclusion has released a series of key messages designed to remove the obstacles that prevent poor people from opening a bank account, taking a loan or buying insurance to protect their crops. The messages, which are targeted at governments, regulators, development partners and the private sector, were formed through a consultative process lead by the UN Advisors Group on Inclusive Financial Sectors. Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, a member of the Advisors Group and chairperson of the working group on advocacy, said she hopes the key messages clarify the role of the four different target groups. “We need to expand financial inclusion so that the poor can get access to financial services,” she said.“But let us be clear: microcredit can be a catalyst for growth but not a quick fix to the poverty problem. It takes a concerted development effort that calls on the private sector, governments, regulators and development partners alike to each play their natural role.”Richard Weingarten, Executive Secretary of the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), said the Advisors are fully engaged in advocacy efforts to address the obstacles that limit access to financial products and services. “The Advisors will bring these messages to governments, regulators, development partners and the private sector to underscore the constructive role each of those groups can play in broadening access to financial sectors.”Among other messages, the Group advises governments that inclusive financial sectors require building and supporting permanent, local financial institutions and embracing new technologies and systems that deliver a diverse range of financial products and services to the poor.It notes that governments’ vision for a well-functioning financial system should include access for all citizens to a broad range of financial products and services including savings, credit, insurance, and money transfers.Messages for Regulators include that their role is to establish environments that allow a diverse range of institutions to provide a wide variety of financial products and services.Regulators must be flexible in their approach; they must mitigate risks, without limiting access to financial services, the Group notes, adding that regulators must also exercise caution that anti-money laundering and related regulations do not block access to financial transfers that are critical for poor people.The Group points out that providing financial products and services to poor people represents a large business opportunity for the private sector. Providers of financial products and services should use their strengths to develop a range of products that better serve the needs of the poor, it says in messages to the private sector.Addressing development partners, the Group says development assistance for inclusive finance should complement private sector activities, not compete with them. Better information on the performance of development partner investment portfolios is essential, the Group says, noting that “what is not measured cannot be managed.”Created by the UN for a two-year term following the 2005 International Year of Microcredit, the Group’s principal role is to advise the United Nations system and member states on global issues relating to inclusive finance. The UNCDF, the UN organization that hosted the Secretariat for the 2005 International Year of Microcredit, also hosts the Secretariat for the UN Advisors Group in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
A poor response to the UN World Food Programme’s (WFP) appeals for funds or food for 400,000 people in a dozen camps in western Tanzania caused the ration reductions, which, in turn, have forced hungry refugees to search for illegal paid work outside what the Tanzanian Government has termed their “designated areas,” usually the immediate perimeter of the camps.“As a result of poor funding and the subsequent ration cuts, refugees say the food they receive every two weeks in the camps lasts for seven to 10 days rather than the intended 14 days, meaning that they must either let their families go hungry, or risk going outside the camps where they might be arrested, beaten, or raped,” said WFP Country Director Patrick Buckley.Unless WFP and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) soon receive $5 million, representing some 11,000 tons of food, ration reductions at the camps will continue through the end of this year. During this month and next the refugees will receive just 65 per cent of the necessary 2,100 daily kilocalories for healthy survival and without additional contributions by October the ratio will drop to 55 per cent.“It is not uncommon, especially the week between food distributions, for refugees to be eating just one meal a day. Lack of food increases tensions among neighbours and families in the camps. In a survey earlier this year, we found that the number one reason for domestic violence was arguments over food – husbands and wives arguing over who in the family will eat, who will go out of the camp to look for work and risk arrest, or worse,” UNHCR’S Representative in Tanzania Chrysantus Ache said.Some children were kept at home from school whenever food was scarce. A nutritional survey done last year showed that 37 per cent of children younger than five were chronically malnourished and 23 per cent were underweight. A follow-up study was scheduled for next month.As a result of the food shortages, some refugees were electing to return to their countries of origin, even when their areas were not yet safe. UNHCR quoted one Burundian as saying, “It is better to be killed in your own country than to die a slow death in the camps from hunger.”
Yards / target8.67.7 YesNo Gronkowski on the field? Targets400100 Receptions27772 Air yards / target9.47.4 Completion %69.272.0 Brady needs GronkPatriots’ receiving stats, 2017-18 season through Week 15 First downs / target0.690.32 Plenty of things went sideways down the stretch of Patriots-Steelers on Sunday. Pittsburgh tight end Jesse James either did or did not make a go-ahead touchdown catch with 28 seconds left in the game, and Ben Roethlisberger definitely didn’t spike the ball with eight seconds remaining to set up a field goal that very likely would have tied the game 27-27 and sent the game into overtime. But uncertainties aside, one thing beyond argument was the unalloyed dominance of Rob Gronkowski in his return from a one-game suspension.Gronkowski had nine catches for 168 yards against a defense that had been determined to stop him. He caught passes with defenders draped over him and inaccurate throws from Tom Brady. He created space down the seam and made catches in traffic over the middle. He was a lot.Gronkowski’s return also made a noticeable difference for Brady, who had looked vulnerable without his tight end, especially when going deep. The Patriots have been without top wideout Julian Edelman all season after he suffered a season-ending ACL tear during the preseason, and they were also without receiver Chris Hogan on Sunday. And even though the Patriots showed last season that they can succeed — win a Super Bowl! — without Gronkowski,1Gronkowski missed the Patriots last five regular-season games and all three playoff games. Edelman doubled his per-game receiving average in the second half of the season and had 342 yards in New England’s three playoff games. Brady has struggled over the past several seasons when neither Edelman nor Gronkowski is on the field.Here’s how New England’s passing game has gone with and without Gronkowski on the field this season (which has, of course, played out entirely without Edelman): Yards3,429771 Source: ESPN Stats & information group Gronk’s effect as a receiver himself should be obvious enough — he’s an enormous target with sure hands. But the way he opens up the offense overall, or perhaps the way the offense contracts when he isn’t around, has a greater effect on the offense as a whole than even his impressive personal numbers suggest. While the receiving yards per target gained remain about the same when Gronk sits — yards per target fall from 8.6 to 7.7 — the average air yards per target fall off considerably, as do the team’s first downs per target. And even though Brady is excellent at short, quick passes, it’s not the same without Gronkowski eating up chunks of yardage and opening up lanes for teammates to do the same.Even with Gronkowski’s standout performance, the game came down to that chaotic final minute. Maybe it goes differently if Pittsburgh doesn’t lose its own driving-engine receiver, Antonio Brown, early in the game. There are a lot of mysteries about what could have happened in this specific game. But any doubts raised by New England’s loss to Miami in Week 14 seem to have been put to rest: Brady and the Patriots are still just fine, so long as Gronkowski is on the field.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
Updated 10.50pmTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has said that the Northern Ireland Attorney General’s proposal to end all investigations, inquiries and prosecutions into killings that took place during the Troubles would be “difficult for families”.Kenny said that while it would not be “helpful” for him to comment on the proposal put forward by John Larkin this morning, he would foresee difficulties for families affected by the killings that took place during the Troubles.“I think it would be difficult for families on either side of the dark time in Northern Ireland if you were to follow that advice and put in place what the Attorney General recommended,” he said.Speaking at Leaders’ Questions this morning, Kenny said that if “subsequently, incontrovertible DNA evidence of the involvement of a person” in a particular killing were to emerge it would make it difficult for families that that could not be followed up.The Taoiseach was asked about the matter by the Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams who called for a debate on the issues in Northern Ireland. Adams reserved his judgement on Larkin’s proposal.He said that his party has proposed that there be “an international independent truth recovery process” but said these matters need to be discussed so that they can “move forward in a way that looks after the victims”.Kenny said he had no objection to have a proper debate in the Dáil or at the Good Friday Agreement committee, but said that this should wait until the outcome of the process involving US diplomat Dr Richard Haass.Haass is currently consulting with all parties in the North on the issues of parades, protests, flags and emblems and has also held discussions with the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste in Dublin.Kenny said he is “quite happy, when we see the conclusions of his work, to have such a debate here, one of many, where the narratives can be laid out, side-by-side and see if there is a conclusion”.Later during the Order of Business, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin expressed “grave concern” at the proposal from Larkin.“I think it would suit a lot of people if the past was completely buried,” he said and called for a debate.The Taoiseach repeated his preference for a debate to take place when the Haass process is concluded.Originally published 1.13pmRead: PSNI Chief Constable says dealing with historic Troubles cases is a “significant pressure”Read: Northern Ireland Attorney General calls for end to Troubles prosecutions
Short URL By Paul Hosford Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 16th 2017, 8:11 AM ENDA KENNY HAS been told that he must outline a timeline for his departure as party leader.During a “subdued” parliamentary party meeting last night, both Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney, seen as the leading contenders to replace Kenny, told their party colleagues they needed to prepare for an early election.It’s understood that Kenny may outline his plans at next week’s parliamentary party meeting on Wednesday.The move comes after the government survived a vote of confidence last night. Kenny last night argued that “the last thing this country needs is a general election” and defended his record as Taoiseach.However, Fine Gael deputies believe they cannot fight an election with Kenny as leader, with many stating to TheJournal.ie that there was a sense of panic within the party earlier this week that they could be 48 hours from a general election.The call for the Taoiseach to be clear about his plans comes just days after Varadkar distanced himself from backbench TD Noel Rock’s call for Kenny to set out a timetable for his departure.Speaking on RTÉ Radio One on Monday, Rock said:“We know Enda Kenny has said he won’t be leading us into the election.“Therefore there is a bit of a vacuum whenever people are asked in a poll who they will be voting for.“They don’t know who they will be voting for if they vote for Fine Gael necessarily. So we need to clear that up sooner rather than later.”During last night’s party meeting, Enda Kenny sat quietly as the party’s leading figures such as Paschal Donohoe outlined the need for the party to be proactive and prepare.Overall, the party was described as “calm” with a sense the time had come for the party to brace for the future.No movementParliamentary party chairman Martin Heydon told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that, despite some calls, he does not expect there to be an early meeting to discuss the issue.“At the minute the parliamentary party meets at 5.30pm on Wednesdays and I probably expect that to be the same next week.“There was different views expressed at last week’s meeting as to when we’d meet again, but I’m in the hands of the members. I don’t really see the need for another meeting.”Heydon said that the parliamentary party had discussed the no confidence motion and the issues surrounding Maurice McCabe’s treatment. He said that there was no in-depth discussion on elections or the party’s leadership.“I can only deal with the facts as they are. This wasn’t an issue that was discussed at the meeting last night.”He added that Kenny should be “given the space” to decide the timeline for his own departure.Speaking to the same programme, vice chair Pat Deering said it was time the party had a “new focus”. However, he declined to explicitly say that if Kenny does not step aside he would move a motion of no confidence or who he would support.Deputy party leader Senator James Reilly told RTÉ’s Sean O’Rourke programme today that as the longest serving TD in the Dáil, Enda Kenny’s mind is not consumed with reaching the history books as Fine Gael’s longest serving Taoiseach (John A. Costello currently holds the record).So when?Sources within the party indicate Kenny must give a timeline next week, and many expect it to be after the St Patrick’s Day trip to the White House.“Let him go to the White House and when he gets back the wheels will be in motion,” said one party member.While there has been speculation in the past that there could be a few Cabinet members interested in the job of Taoiseach, it really comes down to a two-horse race between Varadkar and Coveney.Choosing the next leader of Fine Gael can take up to three weeks and includes votes from parliamentary party members, MEPs, and councillors.“If we include the three-week contest after St Patrick’s Day, we are into April,” said one TD, who when asked if we would have a new Taoiseach by summer, said:“Easter comes before summer, it will be then.”However, one minister told TheJournal.ie that timeline predictions are a lot shorter than expected in reality.Additional reporting Christina FinnRead: Enda Kenny wins confidence motion in the governmentRead: Strike4Repeal to stage walkout on 8 March Enda Kenny and Leo Varadkar. Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Share Tweet Email Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 8:11 AM Enda Kenny and Leo Varadkar. 16,375 Views 84 Comments Kenny on the ropes as Fine Gael hopefuls line up to challenge him Kenny has a choice of resignation or facing a vote which sources say he is unlikely to survive. http://jrnl.ie/3242335
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The Manchester United footballer has said he’s not worried about the final position for the club and he needs to play game by gameFor Manchester United footballer Ander Herrera, the possibility to finish top-four in the English Premier League doesn’t bother him.“When I saw we were maybe 12 points behind, I decided not to think about it, go game-by-game and that’s what we did,” the Spaniard was quoted by France 24.“That’s what I did at least, and things are going well, so I don’t want to change. I am not going to think about that.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“If we continue this run, we will be closer to the top four but it’s not something that kills my mind right now,” he commented.“Very important for (goalkeeper) David (de Gea). We wanted to make David happy because he was a little bit disappointed the last games.”“I had to cope with him after the game, killing my mind, telling me that he wanted a clean sheet and I’m happy for him as well because he got a clean sheet,” Herrera concluded.
Hayatnagar: Corporator Koppula Vittal Reddy took out a rally in RTC Supervisors Colony on Sunday seeking community participation in ‘Saaf Hyderabad – Shandaar Hyderabad’.He sensitised people on the significance of segregating of dry and wet wastes. AMHO Prudhvi, GHMC staff, Swachh volunteers were present.
Asian shares slipped on Friday and the dollar nursed losses in a week marked by growing uncertainty about the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.4 percent after brushing its lowest levels since early August. It looked set for a loss of 1.6 for the week.Investors have been unnerved in recent days by signs that the presidential race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump may be tightening just days before Tuesday’s vote.That anxiety has rippled across global financial markets as investors ponder hedging the possible ramifications of a Trump presidency, overshadowing other events including Friday’s U.S. employment report for October.According to the latest Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project, Clinton, who is seen as the status quo candidate by markets, maintained her narrow lead over Trump.But several swing states that the Republican challenger must win shifted from favouring Clinton to toss-ups, offering Trump a possible route to victory.”Even if opinion polls show that Clinton is maintaining a lead, anything can happen at the last minute, something the Brexit outcome taught us,” said Norihiro Fujito, senior investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities, referring to Britain’s surprising vote in June to leave the European Union.Trump, a political novice, has campaigned to clamp down on immigration, rethink trade relations and slap high tariffs on imported goods. Some fear his election would pose risks for global trade and growth.”There remains scope for a significant sell-off if Trump wins,” wrote Ric Spooner at CMC Markets.”Markets are currently attempting to strike the right balance between the greater probability of a Clinton win and the possibility of a significant sell-off on a Trump victory,” Spooner said.”The more the market falls in advance of the election, the greater the potential for volatility and a significant bounce if Clinton does get up.”On Wall Street on Thursday, U.S. stocks sagged, with the S&P 500’s eighth straight losing session marking its longest streak since the 2008 financial crisis. A slump in Facebook shares (FB.O) and the U.S. election jitter sapped investor confidence.Japan’s Nikkei stock index slid 1.4 percent, reopening after a public holiday on Thursday and catching up to losses in the previous global session. It was down 3.2 percent for the week, dragged down by the resurgence of the perennial safe-haven yen as U.S. election jitters mount.The dollar clawed back some lost ground against the yen, rising 0.1 percent to 103.05 and pushing away from the previous session’s one-month low of 102.54 yen, though still down 1.6 percent for the week. The euro edged down 0.1 percent to $1.1088, up about 1 percent for the week.The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six rival currencies, inched up 0.1 percent to 97.242, down 1.1 percent for the week and not far from a more than three-week low of 97.041 struck overnight.The non-farm payrolls report due later Friday is expected to show employers added 175,000 jobs in October, according to the median estimate of 106 economists polled by Reuters.U.S. data on Thursday showed that services industry activity cooled last month amid a slowdown in new orders and hiring, while planned job cuts by U.S.-based employers dropped 31 percent to a five-month low.That underscored the labour market’s healthy fundamentals, though more Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week.The pound was a stand-out performer overnight, rising to a nearly one-month high of $1.2494 on Thursday after a British court ruled that the government needs parliamentary approval to start the process of leaving the European Union. That could potentially delay Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans.The pound also got a boost from the Bank of England, which scrapped its plan to cut interest rates and ramped up its forecasts for growth.Sterling was last up 0.1 percent at $1.2476, poised to gain 2.4 percent for the week.Oil prices took back some ground after settling down more than 1 percent on Thursday as investors reacted to a record weekly surge in U.S. crude inventories and remained skeptical that OPEC will actually implement its planned output curbs.U.S. crude CLc1 added 0.2 percent to $44.76 per barrel. Brent crude LCOc1 also rose 0.2 percent to $46.46.
French panel backs assisted procreation for lesbian couplesPosthumous wedding for French policeman killed in ISIS attackFrance welcomes the first refugee from Chechnya during Putin visitRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/french-president-says-sacked-bodyguard-was-not-his-lover/ There were rumours that a paparazzi photographer had managed to take some salacious pictures of Macron with Gallet in a forest.Macron sacked Gallet from Radio France earlier this year, following the media boss’s conviction of corruption. However, some reports suggest this was a cover to dispel talk of a gay affair between the two.Rumoured affair: Former Radio France ceo also linked to Macron in gay rumours. Photo: Mathieu_Gallet TwitterThe French leader also launched an astonishing Trump-like attack on the media and its coverage of the scandal.‘We have a press that no longer seeks truth’, he told his party. ‘The media says, ‘Look. Looped images of a scene [Benalla’s violence]’, which is unacceptable and which I condemn.‘But I would like to see the scene before, the scene after, the context, what happened.‘Are the images shown with the desire to seek truth and to present facts in a balanced manner?’ he asked.Macron, 40, has been married to his wife Brigitte, 64, since 2007. They met in Amiens when he was a teenager and she was his teacher. The 24 year age gap in their relationship is a constant source of fascination to many.See also:Russian media: Macron is a ‘gay psychopath that hates France’ French President Emmanuel Macron has denied rumours he was having a gay affair with his sacked former head of security. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Presidential denial: Macron says bodyguard was not his gay lover. Photo: Présidence de la République eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Twitter loses its mind over bromance between French and Canadian leaders Alexandre Benalla was sacked as Macron’s chief security officer last week, after a video of him beating protesters went public.The bodyguard: Arrested after video of him beating up protester emerged. Photo: Youtube videoThe French leader also had to assure party colleagues that the bodyguard did not have access to codes for the nation’s nuclear weapons.‘Alexandre Benalla has never had the nuclear codes … Alexandre Benalla is not my lover,’ he said at the beginning of a 30 minute address to his En Marche party.Macron also accepted full responsibility for the scandal surrounding the violent actions of his bodyguard in the video. He defended the sacking of Benalla, saying his behaviour in the video footage fell short of what he expected.‘What happened on May 1 is terrible, serious and, for me, it was a disappointment and a betrayal.’The Huffington Post has a video of the attack here:[embedded content]Police arrested Benalla earlier this week as investigators raided the Élysée Palace – the president’s residence – in connection with the investigation. Computers, notebooks and other material were confiscated according to the Daily Telegraph.Macron faced similar rumours with former radio bossIt is the second time Macron has had to deny he is gay. Earlier this year the French leader had to quash persistent rumours of a gay lover affair with handsome radio boss Mathieu Gallet. At the time, Gallet was ceo broadcaster, Radio France.
British Airways parent IAG eyeing a bid for Norwegian Air Thursday, April 12, 2018 Travelweek Group Share TORONTO — Just days after Norwegian Air put its plans for transatlantic flights out of Canada on hold, comes word that British Airways’ parent IAG could be looking to buy the airline.British Airways’ parent company said Thursday it is considering making an offer for the low-cost carrier.International Airlines Group says it has acquired 4.61% of Norwegian Air Shuttle “to establish a position from which to initiate discussions, including the possibility of a full offer for Norwegian.” IAG already operates LEVEL, a low-cost carrier out of Spain. With LEVEL’s launch IAG now has five main airline brands, including Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia and Vueling.IAG says no official discussions have taken place, and the company emphasized that it hasn’t decided whether it will make an offer.Shares in Norwegian Air jumped 37% on the news.Norwegian Air Shuttle has rocked the long-haul market with offers like US$140 tickets from Edinburgh to New York.More news: Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaHere in Canada, Norwegian Air filed with the Canadian Transportation Agency to possibly start transatlantic flights from this market starting summer 2018, however on Tuesday it was reported that the airline has pushed back plans for a possible Canada launch until at least spring or summer 2019 due to aircraft delivery delays.In a statement, the Oslo, Norway, based company said it had “no prior knowledge of this acquisition,” adding it had “not been in any discussions or dialogue with IAG about the matter.”“Norwegian believes that interest from one of the largest international aviation groups demonstrates the sustainability and potential of our business model and global growth,” it said.For months there has been talk of a possible LCC alliance between Ryanair and Norwegian. Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary has said he has no plans to expand Ryanair’s operations across the Atlantic but the airline has been in talks with Norwegian about a possible partnership that would see Ryanair piggyback on Norwegian’s long-haul routes. Ryanair is now the biggest European airline in terms of passengers flown – or at least it was until 2017, when a snafu with pilot holiday time schedules led to the cancellation of thousands of flights (and Lufthansa Group grabbed the title).More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problem With files from The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: British Airways, Norwegian Air Posted by
Calhoun County residents are invited to attend a town hall on Proposal 1 hosted by state Rep. John Bizon.The town hall will take place on Wednesday, April 29 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, located at 111 E. Michigan Ave. in Battle Creek. Joining Rep. Bizon will be House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Rep. Peter Pettalia.“There is a lot of information going around about this proposal, and I wanted to give local residents the chance to get answers to any questions they may have about it,” said Rep. Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “This is an important issue, and I want to make sure everyone is informed when they go to the polls.”Residents who cannot attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Bizon’s office at (517) 373-0555 or by email at DrJohnBizon@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Bizon News 22Apr Rep. Bizon hosting town hall on Proposal 1
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJuly 11, 2014; Washington PostIt must be difficult and scary to be an Israeli, having to run for air raid shelters as a defense against the small number of Hamas rockets that get through Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense. As of Friday, 123 Israelis had been treated for injuries—80 of them for shock and anxiety—as a result of the Hamas missiles, but no one had been killed.At the same time, there had been more than 100 Palestinian casualties due to the bombing of sites in Gaza by the Israel Defense Force. Late on Saturday, the death toll in Gaza due to the recent hostilities had reached 160, including 23 on Saturday alone, plus 1,100 people injured. While the Hamas rockets are simply instruments of terror without much military impact, the Israeli response is quite effective: Witness this compelling video of a building in Gaza as it receives a “knock on the roof” from an empty Israeli mortar shell, followed by a devastating bombing 57 seconds later—and Palestinians in Gaza generally don’t have bomb shelters to use.For the moment, we don’t need to explore the pros and cons of the counterproductive Hamas missile strategy, the uselessness of the Palestinian Authority under Abbas, or the “collective responsibility” character of the Israeli military response that is taking a huge toll on Palestinian civilians in the densely populated Gaza. Our issue in this newswire is how assistance is supposed to get in, given that the crossings in and out of Gaza to Israel have been generally closed even before the latest warfare started, and the crossing into Egypt at Rafah opened only recently so that Egyptian ambulances could take out some of the wounded.Charities associated with the wealthy Gulf emirates have begun to funnel money into Gaza. The Qatar Charity announced it is providing QR20 million for Gaza relief and reconstruction. The head of the Emirates Red Crescent showed up in Gaza to monitor whether relief convoys were reaching the embattled area. Despite having closed the Rafah crossing again, the Egyptian Army reports that it has ordered 500 tons of food and medical supplies back into Gaza.Malaysia and other countries are sending doctors, but the Egyptian pledge is noteworthy: Gaza needs supplies, particularly medical supplies. According to Doctors Without Borders, the problems of emergency treatment at hospitals will be worse because of the shortage of medical supplies that existed prior to the warfare.We’ve written in the past about the difficulty of getting humanitarian aid into Syria where the Assad government frequently refuses to guarantee secure corridors for aid workers to get to rebel territory. In Iraq, the collapse of the government and the passivity of many government and military leaders have led to an ongoing and worsening humanitarian crisis. For all the difficulties of getting aid into war-torn areas like Iraq and Syria, where rebels are fighting against less than fully functional military authorities, the Gaza situation is different. Gaza is facing off against a very powerful military able to use jets, helicopters, and drones with deadly efficiency, albeit with much collateral damage in the form of civilians injured or killed. Every possible access point for aid to get to civilians in Gaza is just about closed. It is difficult to fathom how aid—in the form of supplies—will get to Gazan Palestinians, how much of it will get through, and how much aid is simply not going to reach people whose lives are caught in a conflict without an easy and obvious end.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesImage Credit: Konstantin LeonovAugust 25, 2015; Bucks County Courier Times, Quad-Cities Online, and the News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)As NPQ readers may already know, three states—Pennsylvania, Illinois, and North Carolina—remain without budgets as Labor Day approaches. While governors and legislators remain at loggerheads over the role of government, the best way to encourage economic growth, state deficits, and whether or not they can or should raise more revenue, local officials and the leaders of nonprofits and schools struggle behind the scenes with the real impact of gridlock. And with each week without a solution to the impasse, these struggles become harder and harder.The Bucks County Courier Times recently provided a picture of how it looks in Pennsylvania:Since 1986, Chris Carabello, of Doylestown, has helped adults with disabilities find jobs. But after 54 days without a state budget, Carabello’s nonprofit organization, Employment Technologies Inc., is now worried about providing a paycheck to its caseworkers. […] Employment Technologies is one on many nonprofits contracted by federal and state governments to help the poor and disabled. […] Officials with the Pennsylvania Treasurer’s office confirmed it may not be able to release some federal grants without an approved state budget.To try to bridge the funding gap, local officials are stepping into the breach by funding organizations using available local funds and risking that when the state’s budget crisis is solved, they will be reimbursed. “I don’t think it’s a risk,” said Brian Hessenthaler, chief operating officer for Bucks County. “We’re paying out that money in the hopes of getting it back. We’re pretty confident that we will be able to fund these organizations.” Montgomery County Chief Financial Officer Uri Z. Monson said the county would use $14 million to pay the vendors.Where local governments are unable or unwilling to assume this risk, have not had the benefit of local governments providing bridge funding until the impasse ends. Larger, well-funded organizations may have the option of using reserve funds to allow them to bridge the funding gap. For smaller and less well funded organizations short term loans are an option if they can be found and afforded.In Illinois, Quad-Cities Online reported on one example of the stalemate’s impact.Since the new budget year began July 1st, groups such as Alternatives for the Older Adult in Moline have gone without funding from the state. “We’re living on a line of credit,” Kathy Weiman, the agency’s CEO, said at a forum Wednesday on how the budget standoff has affected local service providers. Ms. Weiman said her group helps about 18,000 seniors in 10 counties stay independent and out of nursing homes. She said home-delivered meals to Henderson County seniors have been stopped because of the lack of funding, and other programs could soon follow. […] Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging supports a number of smaller nonprofit organizations, said Jen Boedecker of the agency. But she said it will have to close its doors Sept. 1 unless the state sorts out the budget crisis.Late last week, North Carolina’s political leaders agreed on the amount of their new state government budget, but the lack of consensus on specific levels of funding for social services and education means uncertainty continues to plague those who will be funded. With public schools set to open, the News & Observer looked at how this uncertainty is unsettling school leaders:Without a final state budget, schools around North Carolina are opening Monday uncertain about how much state funding they’ll receive for the new school year. This means teachers and support staff don’t know if they’ll get any state raises. Thousands of teacher assistants don’t know if they’ll have a job. School districts don’t know if they’ll be offering driver’s education…Some school districts have put a hiring freeze on teacher assistants or warned those employees they may be laid off. Wake school officials have continued to hire teacher assistants as normal and say they’ll make any adjustments if needed.Doug Thilman, Wake County’s assistant superintendent for human resources, said at a press briefing Friday, “If we have to come up with a Plan B, we certainly will. We don’t have that yet because we’re confident that the folks at the legislature will recognize and see the value those TAs add to our classrooms.”—Martin LevineShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Chinese consumer electronics provider Hisense has chosen PacketVideo’s Twonky software for use in Google TV products and some Linux-powered connected TVs for international markets.Twonky is designed to enable smart TVs to play content from any device in a suer’s local network or to use their mobile phone or tablet to control the TV. Twonky software also makes Hisense TVs DLNA compatible, according to PacketVideo.“We are excited to work with Hisense, one of China’s leading and most innovative TV manufacturers, to create a truly innovative and unique multi-screen experience for end-users,” said Jim Brailean, CEO of PacketVideo. “Hisense shares our commitment in creating a seamless living room experience that bridges the gap between tablets and smartphones and the living room. We look forward to continuing to work with Hisense to bring the best possible experience to consumers.”
Apple’s brand preference rating fell by 5.1 points between Q2 and Q4 2013, according to new Strategy Analytics stats. The research firm said that Apple’s performance was one of the weakest of 21 major technology brands with its rating falling furthest in its “core affluent and younger demographics.”“This may be attributed to its relative lack of new product introductions,” said Strategy Analytics.The survey, which polled people in aged 15 to 65 in Europe and the US gave Apple a preference rating of 17.3 – behind HP with 19.7, Microsoft with 24.5, Sony with 43.9 and Samsung, which came top with a rating of 57.2.Samsung retained its place at the top with gains in continental Europe, despite falling back in the US and UK.However, “the best performance came from Chinese brand Huawei with an increase of 3.8 points since Q2 2013 and strong gains in upper income segments,” said Strategy Analytics.The brand preference rating is designed to indicate the balance between consumers who say they would choose a brand and those who would not, when buying technology products like TVs, computers and mobile phones.