Angry Passengers Wage Online War Against Royal Air Maroc

Rabat – Baggage handlers at Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport went on strike last weekend, causing flight and baggage delivery delays for the national airline company Royal Air Maroc (RAM).Some customers who flew to the US and lost their baggage on Sunday still don’t have their bags today. Angry at how RAM has handled the lost baggage claims, they have turned to Twitter to express their frustration. The main anger is around RAM’s lack of communication and “radio silence” on the whereabouts of people’s luggage. “We just spent 30 minutes on the phone and were basically yelled at for asking for information. They couldn’t even tell us if some bags have left Morocco, let alone where ours were,” tweeted one user.The bags on flights to New York and Miami were left on the tarmac at departure.“Zero communication regarding the bags that flight AT0200 left at Casablanca and departed for JFK. Waited on the Tarmac for an hour before departure to be told that we were leaving 60% of the baggage at Casablanca. How do I get my bags that were left?” said another user.“There is nothing more heartbreaking than calling an airline and them telling you they have no clue where your luggage is – meanwhile we saw a pile of bags sitting on the tarmac as we flew away. @RAM_Maroc can you provide us with any information?!”Read also: Baggage Handlers’ Strike Causes Delays at Casablanca AirportWhen contacted by Morocco World News, RAM’s Customer Service line was not available.In a press release on Monday, RAM denied responsibility for the baggage delays, shifting the blame on its subcontractor General Private Interim (GPI), the company responsible for RAM’s baggage handling services at Casablanca airport.RAM’s website, however, states that the aircraft takes responsibility for finding lost baggage, and will do “all it can to return it as quickly as possible.”For some passengers, RAM is clearly responsible.“By buying a ticket on RAM, we are in an agreement for you to take us and our bags safely to our destination,” tweeted one user.Passengers want to know where their bags are, and they want compensation from RAM.RAM and its baggage handling subcontractor GPI have been butting heads since mid-April over contract terms, each accusing the other of not respecting its obligations.  GPI accuses the airline of imposing additional work on baggage handlers without fair remuneration and baggage handlers want a pay rise to reflect what they feel is an increased workload.  RAM accuses GPI of breaching the contract by intentionally slowing down its baggage handling services and causing flight delays.The delays this week are another blow to RAM’s reputation. read more

Apple iAd Team Reportedly Getting NYC Office

first_imgApple is reportedly in the process of building a new office space next to Manhattan’s Union Square. According to the old anonymous sources, the company is looking to house the iAd mobile advertising team in the new space.The team is said to currently be holed up in the former Quattro Wireless space, which SF Gate says possesses a ” very start-up feel.” The space is very small, however, and not intended to hold more than 30 employees. The company has an even smaller space above its 14th st. store, west of where the new office is set to open.The new space is apparently an attempt to win over the Madison Avenue suits. AdChoices广告last_img

Greek Australian rapist John Xydias gets 28 year sentence

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram John Xydias was sentenced on Tuesday to 28 years in jail. Mr Xydias who was accused of sexually attacking 11 women between 1991 and 2006 is considered as one of the worst sex offenders ever prosecuted in Victoria. He pleaded guilty to a total of 86 charges including 25 of rape and 61 of sexual assault. Before his attacks he would drug his victims, possibly with the date rape drug Rohypnol and would later film these acts. His arrest was coincidental as the police was called in to investigate allegations of a hidden camera installed in a change room of a restaurant where Mr Xydias used to work as a chef.The hidden camera claims were never substantiated but as the case was unravelled police managed to recover 17 tapes that Mr Xydias had made of his victims which he kept in two family houses in Glen Iris and Dromana respectively. The victims aged between 19 and 39 only became aware of the attacks after they were shown the videos by the investigators.last_img read more

Klopp defends Salah over diving claims

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has risen to Mohamed Salah’s defence following allegations that he’s been diving to win penalties.The Egyptian forward has been at the centre of a growing debate over diving due to an apparent willingness to fall to the ground too easily in a challenge.As a result, several spot-kicks have come in Salah’s favour this term with Crystal Palace players even confronting him during Liverpool’s last game on January 19 when he was not awarded a penalty for falling to the ground.But Klopp is adamant that Salah would never dive on purpose and suggested that critics are only targetting him due to the fact he plays for a big club like Liverpool.“[Crystal Palace] was the first situation where he went down without [a penalty] and you speak about all the other situations as well,” said Klopp, according to FourFourTwo.“The other situations there is nothing to talk about – it is a penalty, done. If this is the first then why do we talk about?“There are other situations, much more obvious situations, that we don’t talk about and nobody is talking about because it’s not [Manchester] City, it’s not [Manchester] United, it’s not Liverpool, it’s not Arsenal or it’s not Chelsea.“All the others can do it from time to time and nobody really talks about it. It’s all fine.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“All the penalties against him were penalties, but people handle it like it was halfway diving – it was not. We don’t need blood for a foul in football. That’s all I will say about it.”Interestedly, Klopp then pointed out that Leicester City’s star striker Jamie Vardy falls to the ground in the same way as Salah does.The German made these comments ahead of tonight’s Premier League match against the Foxes at Anfield.“Did anyone talk to Jamie Vardy when, everybody saw [against Southampton], he jumped in? Is Jamie a bad person because of that?” Klopp added.“I don’t say now he is a diver. That is another situation.“You have them in the back, you are there, you feel something, do you have to go down?“Probably not. I don’t have to speak to players about obvious things. He knows that. Don’t go down in situations like that.”last_img read more

Poll 18 communicate relevant benefits to mark Mental Health Awareness Week

first_imgEmployee Benefits poll: Around a fifth (18%) of respondents are demonstrating their support for Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May 2017) by communicating relevant employee benefits to staff.A poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 33 responses, also found that more than a third (36%) of employer respondents are not running any initiatives to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.A further 15% of respondents are hosting dedicated mental health awareness events for employees, 3% are partnering with charities, and more than a quarter (27%) of respondents are conducting two or more of these initiatives.Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event, coordinated by the Mental Health Foundation. This year’s theme is ‘Surviving or thriving?’, which includes a focus on the difference between surviving and thriving, why there are not more people thriving with good mental health, and what can be done to support mental health and build resilience.Read more analysis, case studies, and opinion pieces about mental health in the workplace.last_img read more

Trump ready to assist India Pakistan over Kashmir if asked by

first_imgWashington: US President Donald Trump is “ready to assist” India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue if both sides ask for it, the White House said on Thursday, even as Washington was “very closely” monitoring the situation. Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after New Delhi abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories on August 5. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us “The United States is watching the situation in Kashmir very closely. We are continuing to call for calm and restraint, including on rhetoric,” a senior administration official said ahead of the bilateral meeting between Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of G7 Summit in France over the weekend. India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us According to the official, Trump is “very focused” on the situation in Kashmir because of the broader implications of the developments in Jammu and Kashmir and the potential for increased stability in the region. “What he (Trump) has indicated that he is ready to assist if both sides are interested in helping to reduce their tension. But we just know that India has not requested any formal mediation,” the official said requesting anonymity. Advertise With Us The official said that President Trump, during his meeting with Modi in France will likely want to hear how he intends to calm regional tensions in the aftermath of his decisions on Kashmir. “The President will likely want to hear from Prime Minister Modi on how he plans to reduce regional tensions and uphold respect for human rights in Kashmir, as part of India’s role as the world’s largest democracy,” he said. Trump on Tuesday said that he was willing to either mediate or do something to resolve the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan. But New Delhi has made it clear to the US that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and there was no role for a third party. According to the official, in light of this significant move by Modi on Kashmir, the president is likely to stress the need for dialogue among all sides of the conflict and he hopes that India will lift communication and movement restrictions in Kashmir and exercise utmost restrain in dealing with potential protests. Trump has said that he is friends with both the leaders of India and Pakistan and “stands ready to assist if they both would like him to do so”, the official said. “Certainly, president Trump is also calling on Pakistan to prevent infiltration of militants across the Line of Control that divides Kashmir and to crack down on groups on its territory that have attacked India in the past,” said the official. Trump, the official said, is very much looking forward to his meetings with Prime Minister Modi where they will discuss the strategic partnership and how they can cooperate more closely on issues like defence cooperation, counterterrorism and trade. “We expect the two leaders to build on a very productive discussion they had in Osaka at the G-20 as well as the phone call that they held earlier this week. They will look for solutions on the trade front. The US is looking to India to reduce tariffs and open its market,” said the official.last_img read more

Airbus wins China order for 300 jets as Xi visits France

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COPY LINKAD Loading … Trump Disagrees With Trade Chief In Front Of Chinese Officials And The Presscenter_img French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) applaud as President of Airbus’s commercial aircraft business Guillaume Faury (2ndR) and Chairman of China Aviation Supplies Co. (CASC) Jia Baojun shake hands during an agreement signing ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on March 25, 2019, as part of a state visit. YOAN VALAT/AFP/Getty ImagesAirbus signed a deal worth tens of billions of dollars on Monday to sell 300 aircraft to China, coinciding with a visit to Europe by Chinese President Xi Jinping and matching a China record held by US rival Boeing.The deal between Airbus and China’s state buying agency, China Aviation Supplies Holding Company, which regularly coordinates headline-grabbing deals during diplomatic visits, will include 290 A320-family jets and 10 A350 wide-body jets.French officials said the deal was worth some 30 billion euros at catalogue prices. Planemakers usually grant significant discounts.The larger-than-expected order, which matches an order for 300 Boeing planes when US Donald Trump visited Beijing in 2017, follows a year-long vacuum of purchases in which China failed to place significant orders amid global trade tensions.It also comes as the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX has left uncertainty over Boeing’s immediate hopes for a major jet order as the result of any warming of US-China trade ties.There was no evidence of any direct connection between the Airbus deal and Sino-US tensions or Boeing fleet problems, but China watchers say Beijing has a history of sending diplomatic signals or playing off suppliers through state aircraft deals. An Airbus A350-1000 conducts a test flight over Chateauroux airport, central France, on February 08, 2019. – Measuring nearly 74 metres from nose-to-tail, the A350-1000 is the longest-fuselage version of Airbus’ all-new family of twin-aisle, widebody jetliners.GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images”The conclusion of a big (aviation) contract … is an important step forward and an excellent signal in the current context,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in a joint address with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.The United States and China are edging towards a possible deal to ease a months-long tariff row and a deal involving as many as 200 to 300 Boeing jets had until recently been expected as part of the possible rapprochement.LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPChina was also the first to ground the newest version of Boeing’s workhorse 737 model earlier this month following a deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash, touching off a series of regulatory actions worldwide.Asked if negotiations had accelerated as a result of the Boeing grounding or other issues, Airbus planemaking chief and designated chief executive Guillaume Faury told reporters, “This is a long-term relationship with our Chinese partners that evolves over time; it is a strong sign of confidence.” President of Airbus’s commercial aircraft business Guillaume Faury (R) and Chairman of China Aviation Supplies Co. (CASC) Jia Baojun shake hands during an agreement signing ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on March 25, 2019, as part of a state visit.YOAN VALAT/AFP/Getty ImagesChina has become a key hunting ground for Airbus and its leading rival Boeing, thanks to surging travel demand.But whether Airbus or Boeing is involved, analysts say diplomatic deals frequently contain a mixture of new demand, repeats of older orders and credits against future deals, meaning the immediate impact is not always clear.One industry source said the latest Airbus order included Chinese government confirmation of an unspecified number of orders already counted on Airbus’ books but with the names of customers undisclosed. Airbus could not be reached for comment.The outlook has also been complicated by Beijing’s desire to grow its own industrial champions and, more recently for Boeing, the US-China trade war.French President Macron unexpectedly failed to clinch an Airbus order for 184 planes during a trip to China in early 2018 and the two sides have been working to salvage it.Industry sources have said the year’s delay in Airbus negotiations, as well as a buying freeze during the US tariff row, created latent demand for jets to feed China’s growth.last_img read more

UBS DBS Falcon face Singapore scrutiny over 1MDB transactions

first_imgSingapore’s central bank is scrutinising several banks, including UBS and DBS Group Holdings, to see if they broke anti-money laundering rules in handling transactions linked to scandal-hit Malaysian state fund 1MDB, three people with knowledge of the matter said.The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is looking at several aspects of the banks’ operations including whether they were diligent enough in knowing who their customers were and what the source of their funds was.The probe could lead to fines and other penalties if lapses are found, said the sources who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter. It is unclear which transactions by the banks are being examined.Switzerland’s Falcon Private Bank and Coutts International, which is owned by Geneva-based Union Bancaire Privee, are also among the banks under review, they said.UBS, Coutts, and DBS, which is Singapore’s top lender, all declined to comment.When asked about the MAS review, a Zurich-based spokesman for Falcon said: “We have transparently shared our view and have nothing to add.”Falcon, which is owned by one of the world’s leading sovereign wealth funds – Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) – has previously said it is in contact with Singapore’s central bank and cooperating with authorities.The MAS is in talks with several banks and will make an announcement on any punitive action against them after the review is completed, sources said. The full details are not known at this stage.Singapore faces pressure to show that banks in the city-state are complying with increasingly tough anti-money laundering rules around the world. While the United States has imposed hefty fines on banks for lapses related to money laundering, tax evasion and international sanctions, Asian regulators have been generally slow to act, some lawyers said.”It is also important for Singapore to be seen to be taking action against any abuse of its private banking sector for money laundering,” said Nizam Ismail, Singapore-based partner at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP, where he advises clients on financial services regulation and compliance.An MAS spokeswoman referred Reuters to its statement in March when it had said that “as part of its investigations into possible money-laundering and other offences in Singapore, it has been conducting a thorough review of various transactions as well as fund flows through our banking system.”1MDB referred Reuters to its earlier statements. In May, it had said it hadn’t been contacted by any foreign lawful authority on matters relating to the company, and that it remains committed to fully cooperating with the authorities.The latest probes follow MAS’s decision in late May to close down the operations of Swiss private bank BSI AG in Singapore for serious breaches of anti-money laundering rules. This is the first time in 32 years it has taken such action against a bank. MAS said then that there had been gross misconduct by some of BSI’s staff and poor management oversight of the bank’s operations.The MAS also imposed a S$13.3 million ($9.9 million) fine on the bank, and on the same day in May, the Swiss authorities said they would seize 95 million Swiss francs ($97 million) of BSI’s profits.In response, BSI announced that group CEO Stefano Coduri had stepped down and that it had undertaken steps to strengthen management, including introducing a new chief risk officer and appointing a new group legal counsel.Malaysian companies and banks linked to 1MDB are at the centre of corruption and money laundering probes that have led investigators to look at transactions and financial relationships across the globe – from Malaysia to Singapore and the Seychelles, from Abu Dhabi to offshore companies in the Caribbean, and from the United States to Switzerland.Probes are being conducted by authorities in the United States, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.One of the sources said DBS had identified certain questionable financial activities and had voluntarily reported them to the relevant authorities. Reuters couldn’t determine what those activities were.A Malaysian parliamentary investigation made public earlier this year found that $4.2 billion of 1MDB’s money was unaccounted for or went to overseas bank accounts, whose owners could not be ascertained.1MDB was founded by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in September 2009 to invest in strategic property and energy projects. Najib was the chairman of 1MDB’s advisory board until recently.Malaysia’s Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali cleared Najib in January of any corruption or criminal offences. He said that $681 million, deposited into Najib’s personal account in March 2013 before a Malaysian general election, was a gift from a member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family and most of it was returned.Najib has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.last_img read more

7 Indian firms in Fortune 500 list Indian Oil Corporation tops Reliance

first_imgA car enters an Indian Oil fuel station in New Delhi, India August 29, 2016 (representational image).Reuters fileSeven Indian companies feature in the Fortune 500 list of the world’s largest firms, with state-run Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) remaining the top-ranked Indian company in the 2018 rankings and Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) improving its position substantially.American retail giant Walmart tops the latest Fortune listing, while Indian Oil jumped to 137th position, from its 168th rank last year.”The world’s 500 largest companies generated $30 trillion in revenues and $1.9 trillion in profits in 2017. Together, this year’s Fortune Global 500 companies employ 67.7 million people worldwide and are represented by 33 countries,” Fortune said.The Mukesh Ambani-led RIL, whose main oil and gas business has been supplemented with the addition of telecom player Jio, was the top private company from India as its ranking improved by 55 places to 148, from being the 203rd last year.State-run explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), which did not figure in the 2017 list, returned among the Forbes 500 with a ranking of 197th. Mukesh AmbaniReutersIn the continuing good story for oil companies at a time of rising prices, two Chinese majors — China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) and the China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) — were at 3 and 4, respectively, while Royal Dutch Shell secured the 5th position on the list.State-run electric utility, State Grid Corporation of China is at the second position in the Fortune 500 of 2018.State-run oil marketer Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) moved up to 314th position, from 360th last year, while the government-owned State Bank of India (SBI) improved one place over last year to be at 216.Tata Motors improved its ranking to 232, from 247th last year.Private firm Rajesh Exports was the seventh Indian company on the list at the ranking of 405 as it fell over a hundred spots from 295 last year.In a separate category of globally most profitable companies topped by Apple, RIL became the most profitable Indian firm with a rank of 99.last_img read more

Harvey Weinstein Charged With Rape After Surrendering To NY Police

first_imgJulio Cortez/APHarvey Weinstein turns himself in to police at a station in Manhattan on Friday morning.Updated at 9:58 a.m. ETHarvey Weinstein surrendered Friday to authorities at a police station in New York City, where the Hollywood megaproducer has been charged with rape and sexual misconduct.Weinstein arrived early in the morning at the New York Police Department’s 1st Precinct in Lower Manhattan, ushered into the station by law enforcement officers as members of the media crowded behind metal barriers erected outside. He kept his gaze lowered while shuffling past a barrage of shouted questions.Once inside, Weinstein was charged with one count each of first- and third-degree rape, as well as first-degree criminal sex act. The felony charges concern “forcible sexual acts against two women in 2013 and 2004, respectively,” the Manhattan district attorney’s office announced Friday.“Today’s charges reflect significant progress in this active, ongoing investigation,” District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. “I thank the brave survivors who have come forward, and my Office’s prosecutors who have worked tirelessly on this investigation.”Officers later escorted Weinstein from the police station to a courtroom, where he entered wearing handcuffs for arraignment. There, a judge set bail at $1 million cash or $10 million bond and assigned Weinstein to wear a monitoring device that he must pay for himself.After the arraignment, his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, announced that Weinstein intends to plead not guilty. Weinstein has previously denied wrongdoing, asserting that he believes any sexual encounters he engaged in were consensual.Once one of the most powerful men in the film industry, Weinstein had long been rumored to have engaged in sexual misconduct — but it was not until reports in The New York Times and The New Yorker surfaced decades’ worth of sexual assault and harassment allegations that the producer experienced his precipitate fall from grace last autumn.According to the Times‘ Ben Mueller, one of the two women cited in the charges is actress Lucia Evans, who told her story to journalist Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker last year. Evans alleged that in 2004, Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him after luring her into an encounter under false pretenses.“I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,’ ” she told the publication, adding that in the end, “He’s a big guy. He overpowered me.”Evans’ allegations added to those of dozens of other women, who claimed that Weinstein had engaged in a vast range of sexual misconduct dating back nearly four decades, ranging from inappropriate touching to incidents of rape.And when women or journalists threatened to publicize these claims, Weinstein allegedly sought to pay for their silence or intimidate them with threats and even a reported “army of spies” to press for their silence.The claims against Weinstein helped catalyze a worldwide movement that came to be known by the social media hashtag #MeToo. Since Evans and others came forward, scores of women have shared their own stories of suffering sexual assault and harassment — stories that have implicated powerful men in Hollywood and beyond, from media and literature to politics and music.Weinstein, for his part, was fired by the board of the film studio he founded with his brother, Bob, not long after the initial reports were published last October. The Weinstein Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March and, after a winding path through the courts, received permission earlier this month to sell its assets to a private equity firm.Since the claims surfaced last fall, Harvey Weinstein himself has been investigated by police in several different cities in addition to New York, has been sued for sexual harassment and defamation, and has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

UH College Of Medicine To Be Built On Campus METROs First SelfDriving

first_img Share Thursday, November 15, 2018Top afternoon stories:Courtesy of University of HoustonThe UH College of Medicine building will be constructed on a 43-acre tract of undeveloped land near MacGregor Park.UH College Of Medicine To Be Built On CampusThe University of Houston’s Board of Regents approved Thursday that the College of Medicine building will be constructed on the UH campus on a 43-acre tract of undeveloped land UH purchased in 2008 near MacGregor Park on Martin Luther King Boulevard at Old Spanish Trail.The approximately 150,000 square foot medical school will focus on preparing primary care doctors to practice in underserved urban and rural communities.One of the main goals of the college is addressing a significant shortage of primary care doctors in the state. Texas ranks 47th out of 50 states in primary care physician-to-population ratio.The College of Medicine building is projected to be an approximately 150,000 square foot, four-story structure at an estimated cost of $65 million. The University will pay for the building using institutional capital funds reserved for construction projects.Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO)A shuttle similar to the one Metro plans to operate on the Texas Southern University campus.METRO’s First Self-Driving VehicleLast spring, METRO announced a plan to run an autonomous bus along Texas Southern University’s Tiger Walk, a shared-use path that cuts across the campus. Now, the transit agency said it will start a pilot program in January.METRO CEO Tom Lambert said they’re curious to see how autonomous vehicles function on a small scale, as they look for new ways to move commuters through the growing region. He added that a college campus is a good testing ground.“There’s a lot of pedestrian movement, cycling movement, golf cart movement,” Lambert said. “There’s a lot of things we can learn.”In the second phase of the pilot, Lambert said they hope to run the bus on nearby Cleburne Street to see how it interacts with vehicular traffic.Report: 1 In 5 Children In Texas Lives In PovertyA report released Thursday by the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) says one in five children in Texas lives in poverty, with African-American and Hispanic children disproportionately likely to live below the poverty line.The report also found that poverty rates for families with children headed by single-mothers (38 percent) are twice as high as they are for families with children headed by single-fathers (19 percent).Additionally, 671,000 children are still uninsured, despite access to health insurance has increased in the state. The CPPP notes that “significant barriers to health insurance coverage for Hispanic children persist.”The report also deals with education and points out that cuts to the Texas public education budget have led to a decrease in per-student spending at schools with a high percentage of low-income students.last_img read more

Skyline Sessions Jon Spencer

first_imgJon Spencer is best known as the leader of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, one of the most noteworthy bands to come out of the 1990s wave of alternative and indie rock. In 2017, Spencer’s music was introduced to new audiences when film director Edgar Wright utilized the Blues Explosion song “Bellbottoms” as the soundtrack to the opening car-chase scene in Baby Driver (Spencer also made a cameo appearance in the film as a prison guard). Though the Blues Explosion and Boss Hog–a band Spencer formed with his wife Cristina Martinez–are still sporadically active, Spencer went the solo route in 2018 with the album Spencer Sings the Hits, which features M. Sord on drums and Sam Coomes (Quasi, Sleater-Kinney, Elliott Smith) on synths. For the subsequent tour, Spencer added Bob Bert (Pussy Galore, Sonic Youth, Lydia Lunch) on percussion. While in Houston for a concert at the House of Blues, the band visited Houston Public Media to record “Ghost” (from Spencer Sings the Hits) and “Dang” (off the Blues Explosion’s landmark 1994 album Orange).Watch more Skyline SessionsSubscribe to the Skyline Sessions YouTube channel Sharelast_img read more

Spiritual connection

first_imgFrom devotional traditions of South India to Meera bhajans and ‘Nirgun’ bhakti songs, the second day of the Bhakti Sangeet festival captivated the audience with its diversity of spiritual and devotional renditions.As the evening opened, Meeta Pandit introduced the Delhi audience to the beautiful devotional traditions of South India; while Iqbal Ahmad Khan’s Meera bhajans reminded the audience of saint Meera’s selfless love and devotion to Lord Krishna.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Popular singer Shubha Mudgal of Abke Saawan fame ended the mesmerizing evening with chantings of devotion to the ‘Nirgun’ or formless Creator.Delhi’s much-loved annual Bhakti Sangeet festival is presented by Sahitya Kala Parishad and Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Govt of Delhi. This year it has nine individual and group performances of Bhakti and Sufiana renditions over three days at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri. No matter what language we speak or which culture we adhere to, there are certain elements of human consciousness that transcend all tangible differences. Devotion to the Ultimate Being is one of those universal sentiments that find expressions in multiple forms. Be it in the form of bhajans or qawwalis or Gospel music, devotional music is one form of expression that does not fail to strike the chords of believers. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Every individual soul finds its own way to connect with the eternal reality. Some perceive the Creator as a formless transcendent reality; others conceptualize Him in a human form. In different cultures and languages, people develop and nurture their own devotional traditions. Each region borrows from the saints that roamed in their lands. Music is a form that resonates with people across the world by aligning the mystic frequencies of a mind to verbal expression of love,” said Shubha Mudgal.  The annual Bhakti Sangeet Festival serves the purpose of unifying and bringing together the multiple traditions of Indian devotional music at one stage. From Kabir bhajans, to the distinct bhakti music from South India, to Sufiana kalams from Punjab! The stupendous diversity and variety of multiple traditions of devotional music of India is on full display at the Bhakti Sangeet Festival.Anup Jalota, who performed on the first day of the festival said, “We are a country known globally for its spirituality and we have multifarious ways of professing our love to God. The Bhakti Sangeet festival is a unique platform that brings together people from different genres of music and unites them by their love for the devotional music.” The last day of the festival will see four performances including one by Kabir Café, a band dedicated to Kabir bhajans. Others who will perform on the last day include Arshad Ali Khan (Krishna bhakti); Sumitra Guha (Ram Bhakti) and Master Saleem (Punjabi Sufiana Kalaam).Sahitya Kala Parishad, the cultural wing of the Government of NCT of Delhi was setup in 1968 for the promotion and propagation of Art and Culture in Delhi. As one of the most interactive department of the Delhi Government, Sahitya Kala Parishad for the past three decades and more has been carrying out its mandate with full vigor and dedication. Its projects and programmes concentrate more on youth, women and weaker sections of  society.last_img read more

S Bengal districts likely to receive heavy rainfall over weekend

first_imgKolkata: Some of the South Bengal districts may witness heavy rainfall later this week as another low pressure trough will form over north-west Bay of Bengal. The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore on Wednesday predicted districts like East Burdwan, West Burdwan, East and West Midnapore, Birbhum and Nadia will receive heavy rainfall along with lightning in some parts later this week. The other South Bengal districts may also witness moderate rainfall. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the weather office, a low pressure trough is likely to form over north-west Bay-of-Bengal resulting in more rain. There is also prediction of thundershowers in some parts. It may also rain in some of the North Bengal districts from Saturday. Due to the impact of heavy rain, the temperature may drop by a few notches in the city and some South Bengal districts.A senior official of the weather office said that the situation will remain complicated until August 25 due to the formation of a low pressure trough. The condition may improve from the next week, as predicted by the MeT office.It may be mentioned here that heavy rains lashed some of the coastal districts in the state a few days ago. The city and its adjoining areas have been witnessing scattered rainfall for the past few days. A senior weather official said the influence of the low pressure zone, which is likely to become more marked from next Saturday, may bring moderate rainfall in the neighbouring states like Odisha and Jharkhand.last_img read more

Sick dog removed from owners and put down

first_imgA dog was removed from its owners and put to sleep after Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) workers noticed people walking with a dog that was in a terrible condition along Helpmekaar Road recently.Annamarie Koen of the AACL stopped and asked the people where they was taking the dog. The reply was that they were trying to arrange for money to buy food for the animal and take it to the vet.A saddened Annamarie removed the dog and immediately took it to the vet.The dog refused to eat.Unfortunately, the poor animal had to be put down due to the poor state of health it was in. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

French court says phonetapping of Sarkozy lawyer was legal

first_imgPARIS (AP) — The Paris appeals court ruled Thursday that investigating judges didn’t break any laws when they tapped conversations between former President Nicolas Sarkozy and his lawyer, in connection with a probe into past campaign financing.The decision Thursday is a new blow to the conservative opposition leader as he eyes a 2017 presidential bid, because it allows investigations to resume.Sarkozy is under preliminary charges for active corruption and influence-peddling based on information gleaned from the phone taps. It’s among several legal cases he has faced since losing the presidency to Francois Hollande in 2012 — but it’s the case that has the greatest chances of seeing Sarkozy sent to trial. Sarkozy and his lawyer Thierry Herzog had protested the phone taps, saying they breached lawyer-client privilege and that the investigating judges didn’t get proper authorization.But the appeals court ruled in favor of investigators, according to Herzog’s lawyer, Paul-Albert Iweins. The court found that wiretapping on different phone lines used by Sarkozy under his own name and under the false identity of “Paul Bismuth” had been legally carried out, except for one minor phone line.Lawyers said Sarkozy and Herzog would appeal to France’s top court, the Cour de Cassation. “The fight for the confidentiality of communications between a lawyer and client is not just Thierry Herzog’s fight, it is the fight of all lawyers,” Iweins said.Investigators tapped the phones in 2013-2014 as part of a probe into illegal financing of Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential campaign. By chance, they discovered an alleged influence-peddling plot by Sarkozy and Herzog as they tried to obtain confidential information about the financing probe.That discovery prompted a new, separate investigation. The ruling Thursday means that investigation can now resume after a seven-month suspension. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center The charge of “active corruption” is graver than others that Sarkozy has faced. It means a suspect is believed to have actively orchestrated corrupt acts, not just participated in them. A conviction could draw a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.Sarkozy is also facing a corruption investigation into suspicions that his 2007 presidential campaign received illegal funding from late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s regime. Sarkozy has denied any wrongdoing.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   last_img read more

Jessie J and British Airways treat Tokyo to a slice of British

first_img British Airwaysbook flights hereAbout British AirwaysBritish Airways’ route network currently serves more than 190 destinations in 80 countries. It has been flying to Singapore for over 80 years and currently operates twice-daily flights between London Heathrow and Singapore, and daily flights between Singapore and Sydney.The airline operates from the award-winning London Heathrow Terminal 5, exclusive to British Airways’ and Iberia Airlines’ customers, Terminal 5 is capable of handling 30 million customers a year. In March 2016, Terminal 5 was named by Skytrax as the Best Airport Terminal for the fifth year running. London Heathrow Airport also won the Best Airport Shopping award.In October 2016 at the Business Traveller Awards, British Airways was awarded the Best Short-Haul Carrier and its frequent flyer programme, Executive Club was awarded the Best Frequent Flyer Programme for the 11th consecutive year. British Airways’ Concorde Room at London Heathrow Terminal 5 was awarded Best Airport Lounge. The oneworld alliance, of which British Airways was a founding airline, came in first in the Best Airline Alliance category for the fourth year running.In February 2016, British Airways was also named the top Business and Consumer Superbrand at the Superbrands 2016 Awards, becoming the first brand to win both prestigious titles two years in a row. Jessie J and British Airways treat Tokyo to a slice of British eccentricityJessie J and British Airways treat Tokyo to a slice of British eccentricity Pop star Jessie J brought a piece of London glamour to the streets of Tokyo as she boarded a red London bus in the heart of downtown Tokyo to help British Airways bring a slice of eccentric British culture to the Japanese capital.The star – famous for songs including Price Tag – surprised locals by appearing as part of British Airways’ London For Less campaign, which highlights the fantastic value foreign visitors can enjoy in England.British Airways’ pilots and crew took over Tokyo’s streets to celebrate how international travellers into London can currently enjoy the city’s most famous attractions for up to 45 per cent cheaper than usual following the appreciation of the Japanese Yen.The airline – which operates 14 flights a week between Tokyo and London – flew Jessie in from Los Angeles in America to meet her Tokyo fans. The historic bus toured the city between 1pm-8pm offering free rides between Roppongi, Harajuku and Shibuya.Chart-topper Jessie, 28, brought a smile to the faces of those on board, helping to judge a bus karaoke competition for Tokyoites to win a trip to London.Speaking after the event. Jessie said: “I grew up in London so I’m no stranger to riding double decker busses but it has been a lot of fun to ride around on one in Tokyo and meet my fans here. London has always been an unbelievable city to visit – and right now it’s even better value than ever.”As part of the event, members of the public were invited on board to meet Jessie J and take part in quizzes and karaoke contests to win prizes, including British Airways return flights to London in both its World Traveller and luxurious Club World cabins. Others picked up exclusive discount booking codes for ba.com.And for those who couldn’t make it on board the London bus, British Airways also ran a Twitter competition to win a pair of World Traveller economy class tickets to London. All locals had to do was simply share the London Bus service announcement on VisitBritain’s twitter account (https://twitter.com/visitbritain_jp) or comment using the #お手頃ロンドン(#Londonforless) hashtag to be in the draw.Jonty Brunner, British Airways’ regional general manager for Japan and Korea, said the show had been a huge success. “It’s not every day the people of Tokyo see a London bus coming around the corner – let alone get to ride one or meet a superstar like Jessie J on board,” he said.“Everybody seems to have enjoyed the experience and we look forward to welcoming them on board a British Airways flight to visit London in the near future. The exchange rate of the Japanese Yen is now so strong against the British Pound, it’s the perfect time to fit in some Christmas shopping.”Jessie gave her top tips for the festive season: “London in December has such a vibe. Whether you want to wander around the famous Harrods in Knightsbridge or bring out your inner child at Hamleys toy shop on Regent Street (I used to work there) visit Hyde Park and drink mulled wine at winter wonderland. Taking a walk and discovering hidden gems to eat all over London. Go to pop up cinemas in Hackney or see the lights at Tower Bridge or ice skate at the Natural History Museum! It’s beautiful! Biggest tip for me in London is to look up. You discover beauty everywhere when you look up,” she said.During the event in Tokyo, Jessie J took part in the mannequin challenge. Watch here.British Airways flies to its global hub, London Heathrow, from Tokyo 14 times a week where customers can experience British Airways’ state-of- the-art Terminal 5, which is exclusive to British Airways and Iberia customers and is capable of handling 30 million customers a year.center_img Source = British Airwayslast_img read more

ISGN Appoints Chief Product Officer

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors ISGN Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-05-29 Tory Barringer May 29, 2013 454 Views Sharecenter_img New,ISGN Appoints Chief Product Officer In Florida, “”ISGN Corporation””:http://www.isgn.com/ announced the addition of former Xerox executive Nancy Alley as the company’s chief product officer.[IMAGE]Alley has been in the industry more than 20 years, serving most recently as VP and general manager for Xerox Mortgage Services. Previously, she founded her own company, SignOnline, Inc., which provided e-signature and e-record technology for the mortgage industry. That company was acquired by Wave Systems, where Alley stayed for two years leading product management.””Joining ISGN allows me the opportunity to align my product management expertise with my passion to drive innovative solutions throughout the entire mortgage value chain,”” Alley said. “”Over the last year, the company has gained significant momentum, so becoming part of their team was a natural fit for me. I recognize ISGN’s potential for continued innovation and growth and look forward to being a part of their future success.””In her position at ISGN, she will oversee the company’s technology business unit, which includes all aspects of the mortgage life cycle from loan origination to servicing and default management, as well as construction lending, settlement services, and vendor management.””ISGN continues to rapidly grow, fueled by the increased demand for intelligent solutions across the mortgage industry,”” said Ritesh Idnani, CEO of ISGN. “”To support that growth, we have a strong need to recruit the very best of the industry and continue to expand our leadership team. By appointing Nancy to oversee technology products, we are encouraged that her leadership will play a pivotal role in driving our next generation technology to help the industry return to a profitable housing market.””last_img read more

Robert Beauchamp Joins TransUnion Board of Directors

first_img Analytics company and Credit rating agency TransUnion recently announced the addition of Robert E. Beauchamp to its Board of Directors. Beauchamp is currently the Chairman of BMC Software Inc. and formerly served as the software company’s President and CEO from 2001-2016.“Bob brings a great track record of leadership to TransUnion, with specialized expertise in cybersecurity and information technology innovation,” said Jim Peck, CEO, and President of TransUnion. “As we continue to grow and execute on our strategy, Bob’s proficiency in technology and security will help to keep us well-positioned to succeed for consumers and our customers.”Throughout his 27 years with BMC Software, Beauchamp held a variety of leadership roles. In addition to information technology and cybersecurity, he brings significant experience to TransUnion in the areas of strategic planning, risk management, global operations, sales, finance, and mergers and acquisitions.He is currently a board member of Agile Upstream, Forcepoint LLC, and Raytheon, Inc., and previously served on the board of National Oilwell Varco. He also served as a member of the Board of Regents of Baylor University for nine years.  Beauchamp earned a Master of Science from Houston Baptist University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.Using historical information and alternative data sources TransUnion helps markets and businesses to manage risk and consumers to manage their credit, personal information, and identity. TransUnion has a global presence in more than 30 countries across North America, Africa, Latin America, and Asia. in Headlines, News, Technology June 29, 2018 532 Views operations Risk Management sales TransUnion 2018-06-29 Radhika Ojhacenter_img Robert Beauchamp Joins TransUnion Board of Directors Sharelast_img read more