The Canadian PressBISMARCK, N.D. _ A federal judge’s order for more environmental review of the already-operating Dakota Access oil pipeline has several potential outcomes, all of which could spark even more wrangling in a Washington, D.C., court room. The big question is whether the pipeline will be shut down while the case plays out _ and if so, for how long.Some questions and answers about the case:What is the pipeline again?The $3.8 billion pipeline built by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners moves oil from western North Dakota to a distribution point in Illinois, where it can be shipped to the Gulf Coast and potentially lucrative markets abroad. It began operating June 1 and has the capacity to move half of North Dakota’s daily oil production. American Indian Tribes in the Dakotas fear environmental and cultural harm _ which ETP disputes _ and are trying to persuade a federal judge to shut down the line that they’ve been battling nearly a year.Why is the court case still unresolved? U.S. District Judge James Boasberg on June 14 ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers “largely complied” with environmental law when permitting the pipeline. But he also said they didn’t adequately consider how an oil spill under the Missouri River might affect the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s fishing and hunting rights, or whether it might disproportionately affect the tribal community _ a concept known as environmental justice. That aims to ensure development projects aren’t built in areas where minority populations might not have the resources to defend their rights.In its analysis of the Missouri River crossing, the Corps studied the mostly white demographics in a 0.8-kilometre radius, which the agency maintains is standard. But if the agency had gone another 80 metres – about the length of a football field _ the study would have included the Standing Rock Reservation. The tribe accuses the Corps of gerrymandering.Boasberg has ordered the Corps to reconsider those areas of its environmental analysis.Will the additional review affect pipeline operations? It might.To shut down the pipeline, Boasberg would have to invalidate the Corps’ permission for the project while the agency does its review. He appears hesitant to do that, saying it “would carry serious consequences that a court should not lightly impose.”The judge isn’t rushing to a decision. His schedule has both sides submitting written arguments in July and August.ETP has expressed confidence that he won’t stop the pipeline in the meantime.How will the additional review play out? The tribes maintain that the “lawful” way to resolve it is through a full environmental study, which the Corps had planned to do before President Donald Trump took office and pushed through completion. If the Corps simply revises its analysis, expect another round of litigation, Standing Rock attorney Jan Hasselman said.“In effect, it resets the clock to where we were last fall, when we were pushing for (a full study) and asking for consideration of route alternatives,” he said. “We’ll be doing that again.”The tribes also are pushing for a review that includes public and tribal input.Corps and Justice Department officials declined to comment on what they will do, but they said they expect to propose a timeframe for the review in mid-July. The Corps has said a full environmental study could take up to two years.ETP expects a limited process, with the Corps reaffirming its conclusions. Spokeswoman Lisa Dillinger said “it is important to note that while Judge Boasberg asked the Corps to provide greater substantiation for its conclusions, the Court did not find the prior determinations to be erroneous.”The company has a point, said Connie Rogers, a Denver attorney who specializes in federal permits, natural resources, and Indian law. She compared the matter to a middle school math assignment in which students wouldn’t get full credit for correct answers unless they showed their work.“This could just be an issue that the Corps didn’t explain itself,” Rogers said. “They could do a supplemental (analysis) in a month or, if they actually did not analyze those things, it might take longer.“I think it’s going to come down to how confident is the Corps in its determination that there are no significant impacts,” she email@example.com
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is encouraging Canadian companies that work with Boeing to speak out against the U.S. aerospace giant’s trade dispute with Montreal-based rival Bombardier.The comments come after some of Canada’s largest aerospace firms wrote to Trudeau earlier this month urging his government not to walk away from its plan to buy 18 of Boeing’s Super Hornet fighter jets.The signatories said the country’s aerospace industry stands to greatly benefit from the purchase, an “interim” plan aimed at meeting the military’s immediate needs, and asked him to personally ensure the plan moves ahead.But instead of addressing the government, Trudeau said Tuesday, those companies should be directing any concerns they have about the trade battle — and its potential impacts on their business — at the source of the problem.“They should communicate that message to Boeing,” Trudeau said during a wide-ranging news conference in which he also addressed the deficit and proposed tax changes before flying to the UN in New York.“I encourage people who work with Boeing across the country to tell that company to what extent their actions against Canada’s aerospace industry is not in their interest, certainly not in the interests of Canadians.”The Liberal government has threatened for months to scrap its interim Super Hornet purchase — a temporary shore-up for Canada’s aging CF-18 fleet — at an estimated cost of $6 billion, unless Boeing backs off Bombardier.But Boeing has shown no signs of backing down.The company has accused Bombardier of selling its CSeries passenger jets to U.S.-based Delta Air Lines at an unfairly low price with help from government subsidies, and says the case has implications for its long-term health.The U.S. International Trade Commission will release the preliminary results of its investigation next week, and a finding against Bombardier could result in fines or tariffs.It could also threaten Bombardier’s deal with Delta, which involves up to 125 of the Canadian company’s CS100 passenger jets.The prime minister has gone out of his way to step up pressure on Boeing in recent weeks in the wake of unsuccessful secret talks between the Chicago-based company and the federal government.That includes calling the governor of Missouri, where the Super Hornets are built, and enlisting the help of British Prime Minister Theresa May, whose country is home to a large Bombardier plant.Trudeau has also hinted that Boeing could be blocked from taking part in an upcoming competition to replace Canada’s CF-18 fleet in its entirety, which will involve buying 88 new aircraft at an estimated cost of up to $19 billion.Such a course of action is unlikely, given the potential legal implications for the government if it tries to ban a specific company from vying for the contract.Many defence experts believe the real reason the Liberals wanted to buy interim Super Hornets in the first place was to sidestep the legal quandary associated with their promise not to purchase the oft-maligned F-35 stealth fighter.The prime minister said Tuesday that he was still hopeful the government, Bombardier and Boeing would be able to resolve the dispute through talks, even after the trade commission’s ruling on Sept. 25.“Regardless of the results of the preliminary ruling,” he said, “discussions will continue and we will continue to defend aerospace jobs in this country and the economic growth that comes with it.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter. read more
WASHINGTON – U.S. builders spent 0.8 per cent more on construction projects in November, the fourth consecutive monthly gain.November advance follows October’s revised 0.9 per cent gain, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. The increase brought total construction spending for the month to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of $1.26 trillion, an all-time high.Private construction spending, which was up 1 per cent from last month, also hit an all-time high.The increase in spending by builders, along with a robust manufacturing report released separately Wednesday, underscores the solid momentum of the U.S. economy heading into the new year.The November increase was led by a solid advance in homebuilding, which rose 1 per cent from October as strength in single-family construction offset weakness in apartment building. Construction of single-family homes rose 1.9 per cent in November, offsetting a 1.3 per cent drop in apartment building.Non-residential construction rebounded 0.9 per cent in November after declining four of the last five months, led by office building, which rose 5.5 per cent.Spending on transportation construction was up 3.7 per cent, putting it 42.2 per cent higher than a year ago, the largest advance by far by any sector.Government construction posted a modest 0.2 per cent increase after much bigger gains in the previous three months. Federal construction spending plunged 4.8 per cent, the biggest drop in five months. That weakness was offset by a 0.7 per cent rise in state and local construction, which accounts for more than 90 per cent of total government activity. read more
Images from the camp show teenage girls and boys carrying bags, heading towards separate white UN buses. Once they re-emerge on the other side of Yarmouk, many are embraced by relatives who have not seen them for months. The ninth-graders are sitting for the final exams which are carried out at the same time nationally. The two-week test will determine if they go on to secondary schools, which could lead them to become a doctor or lawyer, or to a technical school where they could learn to work in agriculture or an industry such as computer science.The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) coordinated for weeks with the Syrian Government to allow the children to temporarily leave the camp. Each is accommodated at UNRWA’s Palestine School and at a facility run by the General Administration for Palestine Arab Refugees (GAPAR).The UN agency “has already provided each student with basic amenities, including hygiene kits, and a small cash stipend,” said spokesperson Chris Gunness. However, it is not clear what opportunities will be available to the students after they finish the exams. Over half of the schools run by UNRWA in Syria closed in 2013, affecting some 45,000 children. At the time, the UN agency said of its 118 schools in Syria, only 49 would open for the 2013-2014 school year. The UN and its humanitarian partners appealed for $1 billion in January to save these refugees and millions of other children from becoming a “lost generation” in Syria, doomed by the civil war in their country to a life of despair, diminished opportunities and broken futures. Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, who visited Syria in 2013, said after that without a political solution, those children would continue to bear the brunt of the conflict, leaving a generation of angry, illiterate adults.After the exams, they will return to Yarmouk where 18,000 civilians remain trapped, according to UNRWA figures, and where, since 13 May, when Government military personnel were shot within the food distribution area, no food parcels have been allowed to get through.The people still living there are getting only a quarter of the minimum food needed to survive since January.“We are urgently seeking permission from the authorities to resume its food distribution operations in Yarmouk as soon as possible,” Mr. Gunness said. “We maintain our urgent appeals for continuous, substantial and safe humanitarian access to Yarmouk.” read more
“Innovation is the engine of economic growth in an increasingly knowledge-based global economy, but more investment is needed to help boost human creativity and economic output,” said Francis Gurry, Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and co-author of the 10th edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII): Innovation feeding the World. With an eye on how creativity in agriculture and the food sector is helping to feed the world – one of the major challenges of the 21st century – WIPO points out that innovation is key to sustaining the productivity growth required to meet the rising demand and to helping enhance the networks that integrate the sustainable food production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management known as food systems. According to the UN agency, rich countries continue to dominate global innovation in terms of most new products and services, with Switzerland at the top for the seventh year running and high-income economies taking 24 of the top 25 spots – China is the exception at 22, moving up three places in the last 12 months. “Innovation can help transform the current economic upswing into longer-term growth,” noted Mr. Gurry. A total of 17 economies comprise the ‘innovation achievers’ this year, with nine from the Sub-Saharan Africa region and three from Eastern Europe. Key findings show the rise of India as an emerging innovation centre in Asia, high innovation performance in Sub-Saharan Africa, including Kenya and Rwanda and an opportunity to improve innovation capacity in Latin America and the Caribbean – with Chile, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina showing particular strengths in institutions, infrastructure and business sophistication. Next to innovation powerhouses such as China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, a group of Asian economies including Indonesia, the Philippines and Viet Nam – dubbed by WIPO as the “new Asian tigers” – are actively working to improve their innovation ecosystems and rank high in a number of important indicators related to education, productivity growth and high-tech exports, among others.Innovation Feeding the World The theme of the GII 2017, ‘Innovation Feeding the World,’ spotlights innovation carried out in agriculture and food systems. Over the next decades, these sectors will face an enormous rise in global demand and increased competition for limited natural resources, in addition to adapting to climate change. The report underscores that innovation is key to sustaining the necessary productivity growth to help enhance networks that integrate the sustainable food production, processing, distribution, consumption, and waste management known as food systems. Each year, the GII surveys some 130 economies using dozens of metrics, from patent filings to education spending providing decision makers a high-level look at the innovative activity that increasingly drives economic and social growth. For the last ten years, it has observed an innovative capacity gap between developed and developing nations and lacklustre growth rates for research and development activities at both the government and corporate levels. read more
Question of the Week in the Women’s Handball is “Who will succeed Csaba Konkoly at the position of Gyori’s coach?”. Media speculation already started. From Denmark coming news that former Viborg’s coach (won Women’s EHF CL twice), Jakob Vestergaard is the first candidate to seat on the bench of Hungarian champion and one of the biggest favorite for the Champions League trophy.Vestergaard lost his job in Aalborg Men’s team this season. He doesn’t want to comment this media story. Gyori coachJakob Vestergaard ← Previous Story Lasse Boesen about EHF EURO 2012: “I won’t play if I’m not 100% ready” Next Story → SEHA League: Robert Markotic is the MVP of Round 7 read more
Abeilles : leur surmortalité engendrée par plusieurs facteursLes causes de l’inquiétante surmortalité qui touche les colonies d’abeilles depuis plusieurs années restent à ce jour encore inexpliquées. Mais pour les experts, il est clair que cette mortalité élevée n’est pas le fait d’un seul facteur.Le 6 juin, le Réseau biodiversité pour les abeilles et l’ONU ont organisé une réunion sur l’inquiétante surmortalité des insectes pollinisateurs dans tout l’hémisphère nord. Alors que les causes de ce phénomène restent mystérieuses, les experts s’accordent à penser que cette mortalité élevée est engendrée par plusieurs facteurs. “Le problème est complexe : il y a une interaction entre différents facteurs qui exacerbe l’ensemble du phénomène”, a expliqué Dennis Van Engelsdorp, chercheur de l’université de Pennsylvanie dont les propos sont rapportés par le site du Monde. Et de souligner qu’à ce jour, “soixante-quatre variables différentes, allant des pesticides aux modifications génétiques et agents chimiques” ont été identifiés. “Mais nous n’avons pas pu trouver LA solution”, déplore-t-il. À lire aussiUne médecin retire un effrayant habitant de la lèvre d’une femmeUn récent rapport du Programme des Nations unies pour l’environnement (PNUE) évoquait déjà de multiples facteurs pouvant être à l’origine de la mortalité des abeilles dans les pays industrialisés de l’hémisphère nord. Dans certaines régions, la chute de la populations d’abeilles a atteint 85%. Pesticides, pollution de l’air, parasite, et même les ondes électromagnétiques des téléphones portables (voir notre article), agissant de façon combinée ou séparément, sont considérés comme les potentielles causes de la surmortalité des abeilles.Le 17 mai dernier, les 27 Etats membres de l’Union européenne se sont engagés à accroître la surveillance de ces insectes pollinisateurs, et les recherches sur les diverses origines de leur surmortalité. “Il importe de se préoccuper de la santé des abeilles, dès lors que ces animaux délicats sont des indicateurs précoces des effets préjudiciables de la perte de biodiversité et de la pollution”, soulignaient alors les ministres européens de l’Agriculture.Le 12 juin 2011 à 12:01 • Emmanuel Perrin read more
Le Kobo by Fnac ouvert aux pré-commandesLe Kobo by Fnac sera disponible le 28 novembre prochain. Il est d’ores et déjà possible de pré-commander la liseuse.Après avoir lancé un premier modèle de lecteur ebook peu avant Noël dernier, et avoir annoncé l’arrivée de son Kobo by Fnac il y a un mois, la Fnac vient de démarrer l’enregistrement de précommandes pour son nouveau lecteur. Le 28 novembre prochain, les adeptes de lecture sur encre électronique pourront acquérir le Kobo by Fnac contre 129,90 euros. Il faut prendre en compte le fait qu’à ce tarif, l’acheteur aura accès à environ 80.000 titres français et 2 millions titres en anglais.Le lecteur présente l’avantage d’être tactile tout en utilisant la technologie d’encre électronique sans rétro-éclairage. La liseuse pèsera 185 grammes et peut stocker en mémoire près de 1.400 livres. Avec son autonomie d’un mois et la connectique WiFi, va-t-elle s’imposer comme un sérieux concurrent au Kindle d’Amazon, référence des lecteurs ebooks à l’international. Les adhérents Fnac peuvent néanmoins disposer de la tablette au tarif de 99,90 euros.Le 7 novembre 2011 à 16:32 • Maxime Lambert read more
Following Borussia Dortmund’s recent wins, Peter Stoger seems to be betting on the old English adage, often heard in the football world – you should never change a winning team.However, the BVB manager refuses to completely disregard any opportunities that might come knocking on the door.“There is no reason to think about it and yet it always remains a consideration: how has the training been this week? What’s the opposition like?” Stoger shared, according to the official website of BVB. “We now have a large group and more possibilities to implement changes.”Report: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…Although Shinji Kagawa is finally back from taking his time to rest and recover from an injury for the last two months, Stoger did not reveal whether he would risk putting him in the starting squad.“This season we’re yet to succeed in putting a run of two or three really good performances together,” reminded Stöger. “My hope is that we can continue from where we left off in the Leverkusen game. That means more of the same if at all possible. We’re now in a really decisive period. We missed an opportunity against Schalke but thankfully we beat a direct rival in Leverkusen. Now the task is to build on that in the next one or two weeks.” read more
Primary election results:Top two vote-getters in each race advance to the Nov. 5 general election budget.City of VancouverPosition 1Brian Joseph Smith: 2,862, 19.95 percentJack Burkman: 6,457, 45.0 percentMicheline Doan: 3,042, 21.20 percentOtto Guardado: 1,898, 13.23 percentCity of VancouverPosition 2Jeanne E. Stewart: 5,720, 39.5 percentAlishia Topper: 4,625, 31.94 percentTy Stober: 4,078, 28.16 percentCity of VancouverPosition 3Galina Burley: 2,641, 18.16 percentAnne McEnerny-Ogle: 5,184, 35.65 percentFrank Decker: 3,392, 23.32 percentJeanne Harris: 2,363, 16.25 percentAdam R. Fox: 911, 6.26 percent City of Battle GroundPosition 1Richard Brown: 225, 15.67 percentMichael J. Ciraulo: 525, 36.56 percentLyle Lamb: 444, 30.92 percentCherish L. DesRochers: 223, 15.53 percentCity of La CenterPosition 2Tim Hopkin: 122, 31.85 percentNathan J. Stokes: 70, 18.28 percentAl Luiz: 188, 49.09 percentCity of WashougalPosition 3Lisa D. Voeltz: 401, 32.82 percentPaul Greenlee: 638, 52.21 percentGeorge Kolin: 173, 14.16 percentWashougal School DistrictDistrict 3Blaine A. Peterson: 835, 57.43 percentEva-Maria Mull: 272, 18.71 percentJeanie Moran: 341, 23.45 percentClark County Fire & RescuePosition 1W. Frank Mazna: 927, 34.46 percentRichard Britschgi: 417, 15.50 percentDavid Town: 1,272, 47.29 percent read more
Road accident illustration by Prothom AloThree people were killed when a truck hit a motorbike on Dhaka-Pabna highway at Birahimpur of Aminpur upazila in Pabna on Monday, reports UNB.The deceased are Rafiqul Islam, 35, a resident of Chinakhara Adampara in Sujanagar upazila, Mokhter Hossain, 32, a resident of Birahimpur village and Isa Khan, 28, a resident of Atraisukha village in Sathia upazila.The accident took place around 12:30pm when the truck dashed the bike from behind, leaving its three riders killed on the spot.On information, police recovered the bodies and sent those to local hospital morgue for autopsy.Police seized the truck but its driver and his helper managed to flee the scene. read more
Kolkata: With a steady decline in audio CD sales in recent years, a leading music label has decided to use the digital media to launch a large collection of Rabindra Sangeet numbers, this Bengali New Year. Popular songs by late Rabindra Sangeet exponent Debrata Biswas would be posted on the platform, Mahua Lahiri said on behalf of Asha Audio.”Today’s generation is more adaptive to the digital medium and we can also include a large number of songs in a chip. This is our ‘Bangla Nababarsho’ gift for the Tagore lovers. It is named ‘Relive the Baritone Magic – 24 Carat Gold’ by Debabrata Biswas,” Lahiri said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWith the emergence of digital media, audiences cutting across age groups are hooked to the new medium, and so 500 timeless tracks by Biswas were loaded on a 16 GB memory card/music card, Lahiri said.The music label has already launched another composition called ‘Sajani Sajani’ – a compilation of Tagore songs by Debojyoti Mishra and Debalina Ghosh – on YouTube, she said.The company has earlier launched music of different genres on the digital platform – from ‘Babul More & Sab Loke Koy’ by Iman and Shovan, ‘Shiva Stotram Kal-Bhairab’ by Pt. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedTanmoy Bose and Jayati, ‘Labanye Purno Pran’ by Soumyajit-Sourendro among others. The company is also about to launch a music video of modern Bengali songs by Kumar Sanu. “The Album called ‘Ganga Tumi’ will have latest Bengali songs,” Lahiri said. However, keeping in mind the loyal audio CD listeners, Times Music has also launched ‘Anuraager Gaan’ with songs by Haimanti Shukla, Anwesshaa, Raghab Chatterjee and others. According to industry estimates, there has been 80 percent decline in audio CD releases over the past four to five years. read more
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Related posts:Limón residents keep up pressure on lawmakers to approve Chinese loan Lawmakers postpone vote on China loan until October Lawmakers could approve $395 million Chinese loan to expand Route 32 as early as this week Costa Rica’s Solís administration seeks changes to $485 million China-backed highway contract Public Works and Transport Minister Carlos Segnini on Thursday asked lawmakers to postpone for up to four months a final vote on a $485 million loan package from China to finance expansion of Route 32, the country’s main access to the Caribbean province of Limón.Segnini appeared at the Legislative Assembly to explain why the current administration hopes to renegotiate the terms of the contract signed by President Laura Chinchilla’s administration and the government of China to expand to four lanes 105 kilometers of the highway.The new transport minister said several provisions of the proposed contract need further review, particularly costs and a number of clauses stipulating substantial fines if Costa Rica fails to comply with the contract’s terms.Segnini said he recently met with engineers from the University of Costa Rica’s National Structural Materials and Models Laboratory (Lanamme) and other experts who supported the government’s call for a delay in approval in order to further study and renegotiate the contract.“We know the loan with the Export-Import Bank of China is the best option, but the people of Limón and the country deserve that the project is conducted under the best conditions, at the best price, in the shortest time and with the best quality. Therefore, it is necessary to review [the contract] and, if necessary, renegotiate some aspects of the agreements,” Segnini told lawmakers.He criticized the project’s design, saying it consisted only of 52 blueprints with a significantly poor level of accuracy, and that it lacked support from technical studies.The minister also questioned a Chinese request for $10 million to relocate public utilities – such as electricity, water and fuel – without a corresponding technical review from Costa Rican utilities agencies to justify the cost.“There is nothing that assures us that the budgeted amount is appropriate for these works,” he said.President Luis Guillermo Solís, currently on his first official trip to the United States, confirmed he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping to adjust the terms of the contract.The two presidents could meet at least twice later this year. The first encounter will take place in mid-July in Brazil during a Latin American tour of the Chinese president. The second could occur during Solís’ trip to China in October to attend a summit between Chinese officials and ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC, which Costa Rica currently chairs.However, Solís told reporters on Friday that the China trip would focus on CELAC business, and he would not enter into bilateral discussions over the highway project contract.Danny Hayling Carcache, a Limón lawmaker from the National Liberation Party, expressed disapproval with the government’s position.“We are certain that the Chinese loan is the solution most experts recommended for this project, but the government refuses to acknowledge the priority of its completion for Limón and for the country. The bill is ready to vote, our party has 18 votes to support its approval and there is no need to wait any longer,” he said.Before taking office on May 8, Solís told Chinese Ambassador Song Yanbin he would not accept the current loan terms, which also require Costa Rica to hire China Harbour Engineering Company to build the project. Among the contract provisions being questioned, the company would only employ Chinese workers for the project.Another pending bill in the Assembly is a second contract with China to build an oil refinery in Limón. Facebook Comments read more
Mr Walsh’s readiness to accelerate industry consolidation has led to much speculation over which airline is next in sight for Britain’s national carrier, with Australia’s Qantas the leading contender, said the newspaper. Alternatively, to strengthen its position in Europe, the newspaper suggested BA’s likely targets could include Portugal’s TAP, Poland’s LOT or Finnair, while the growing Asian market could spell an agreement with Cathay Pacific. In his speech, Mr Walsh made clear that BA had to expand beyond Britain to survive. “We can compete effectively for the next ten years,” he said. “But in 20 years the UK is going to be in a difficult position because we do not have the necessary infrastructure to compete. “We are not going to stand still, so we will look to participate at other hubs.” <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2956d/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> British Airways (BA) has set its sights on further global consolidations with plans of another airline alliance close on the heels of its merger with Spanish Iberia. “Our ambition is truly global…we want to be in a position to avail ourselves of opportunities if they present themselves in the first year [of the BA/Iberia merger],” BA chief executive Willie Walsh told industry executives at the London Aviation Club.BA and Iberia will emerge from their partnership as International Airlines (IACG), an umbrella company structured such that new acquisitions can be made, reported the Australian. “We have created an entity capable of being scaled up,” Mr Walsh said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A read more
Daughter tells of dad’s unlikely bond with Charles Barkley by The Associated Press Posted Dec 17, 2018 11:53 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BOSTON — A chance meeting in a hotel lobby sparked an unlikely friendship between former NBA star Charles Barkley and a cat litter scientist in Iowa.The story has been shared widely since it was told last week by the scientist’s daughter on “Only A Game,” an NPR sports show produced by Boston-based WBUR.Shirley Wang says that her father, Lin Wang, approached Barkley at a hotel while on a business trip. The two began talking, got dinner and exchanged numbers.They would meet up over the years to watch basketball games or hang out on the set of Barkley’s show.When Lin Wang died this year, Barkley showed up at his funeral in Iowa to the surprise of other attendees.Barkley tells Shirley Wang that their friendship gave him “great memories and great joy.”The Associated Press read more
Twitter removes Trump video for use of ‘Dark Knight’ score by The Associated Press Posted Apr 10, 2019 8:17 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON — Twitter removed a campaign video posted by President Donald Trump after Warner’s Bros. Pictures complained about the use of the score from its 2012 movie “The Dark Knight Rises.”Trump on Tuesday tweeted the video, which featured images of Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton juxtaposed with images from Trump’s two years in office. The text, set against the movie’s score, read: “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they call you a racist. Donald J. Trump. Your vote. Proved them all wrong.”Warner Bros. said use of the score from the Batman movie starring Christian Bale was “unauthorized.”Twitter replaced the video with this message: “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.”Trump’s campaign said it was a supporter’s video, not the campaign’s.“We like to share content from diehard supporters, and this is just another example of how hard Trump supporters fight for the President,” the campaign said.Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted Wednesday, “Sad to see an @ATT owned company pull such a great video made by an every day American in good fun. AT&T now owns @CNN and is positioning themselves as a weapon of the left.”Last June, AT&T completed an $81 billion acquisition of Time Warner, which it renamed WarnerMedia, which includes Warner Bros.The Associated Press President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) read more
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