Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s leader signalled Monday that her government will go ahead with proposed amendments to its extradition laws despite a massive protest against them that underscored fears about China’s broadening footprint in the semi-autonomous territory. Chief Executive Carrie Lam told reporters the legislation is important and will help Hong Kong uphold justice and fulfill its international obligations. Safeguards added in May will ensure that the legislation protects human rights, she said. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ In what appeared to be Hong Kong’s largest protest in more than a decade, hundreds of thousands of people marched through central Hong Kong on Sunday, three days before the Legislative Council is slated to take up the bill. Hong Kong was guaranteed the right to retain its own social, legal and political systems for 50 years under an agreement reached before its 1997 return to China from British rule. But China’s ruling Communist Party has been seen as increasingly reneging on that agreement by pushing through unpopular legal changes. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China The extradition bill amendments would allow Hong Kong to send people to mainland China to face charges, spurring criticism that defendants in the Chinese judicial system won’t have the same rights as they would in Hong Kong. Opponents contend the proposed legislation could make Hong Kong residents vulnerable to vague national security charges and unfair trials. Lam said Sunday’s protest shows Hong Kong’s enduring commitment to its people’s freedoms. She denied that she is taking orders from the central government in China’s capital. “I have not received any instruction or mandate from Beijing to do this bill,” she said. “We were doing it and we are still doing it out of our clear conscience, and our commitment to Hong Kong.” Hong Kong currently limits extraditions to jurisdictions with which it has existing agreements or to others on an individual basis under a law passed before 1997. China was excluded because of concerns over its poor record on legal independence and human rights. Lam was elected in 2017 by a committee of mostly pro-Beijing Hong Kong elites. Critics have accused her of ignoring widespread opposition to the extradition law amendments. She said Monday that the bill seeks to prevent Hong Kong from becoming a haven for fugitives and is not focused on mainland China. Western democracies have accused Hong Kong of failing to address issues such as money laundering and terrorist financing, Lam said. Sunday’s demonstration was mostly peaceful, though there were some late-night clashes between some remaining protesters and police. Three officers and one journalist were injured, according to Hong Kong media reports.
New Delhi: Taapsee Pannu has a message for the critics of the first poster of Mission Mangal which courted controversy for giving Akshay Kumar a bigger display than his women colleagues: star value is a “brutal truth” that must be accepted. Taapsee said instead of questioning the poster, people need to be the change they want to see. The actor plays Kritika Aggarwal, one of the female scientists spearheading India’s mission to send a spacecraft to orbit Mars in the film, slated to be released on Independence Day. Akshay plays Rakesh Dhawan, a scientist, who is in-charge of the mission. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”The problem is not from this end (the film). The people who are not happy about it, they need to do something because there’s a reason behind it… “The star value is such… That’s a brutal truth that we need to accept and then think that there is no point questioning it. Be the reason to change this truth,” said Taapsee. Mission Mangal is based on real-life scientists, who contributed to India’s first interplanetary expedition, Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), launched by Indian Research Space Organisation (ISRO) in 2013. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaThe 31-year-old actor said the film would have managed a good run at the box office even if the five female cast members – Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menon and her – were not a part of the movie. “Had we, the five women actors, not been a part of this film, there would have been some impact on the collections but not that much as the content of the movie would have remained as strong as it is now. There’s already a big superstar in the film,” she said referring to Akshay. “We 5 being a part of it just makes it go higher. But box office wouldn’t have dropped even if we were not in the film. Pick up any of our films, add them and compare the collection of the opening day of all those films with an Akshay movie…” she added. read more
CALGARY – Jessica Littlewood was returning to her downtown hotel room after a night out with friends during the Calgary Stampede when she had an unsettling encounter.It was 1:30 a.m. and the NDP member of the legislature was riding alone in the elevator with two men who seemed drunk. As the pair were about to exit the elevator, one asked Littlewood to go back to their room and give them oral sex.Littlewood wondered if anyone would be awake to hear if she were attacked, or how quickly she could access her phone.“It was just an offhand remark, but I didn’t know if I was going to get back to my hotel room in one piece,” she said in an interview. “They saw me as easy pickings.”The men left, and Littlewood got back to her room safely. She tweeted about the incident on Tuesday to highlight an all-too-common reality for many women: “Sexual violence is real. Please help us fix this.”Years before #MeToo, a group of Calgarians launched a social media campaign of their own to tackle some of the less savoury aspects of Stampede, an annual celebration of cowboy culture that for 10 days every July seizes the city with a party atmosphere.Office workers trade suits for bolo ties, checkered shirts and jeans. Bars and patios are packed and there are corporate shindigs aplenty.“We started talking about the not-so-great parts of Stampede, where for years and years the culture of sexual harassment and ‘anything goes sexually’ was rampant and no one was really talking about it,” said Pam Krause, CEO of the Centre for Sexuality.The group started the #SafeStampede campaign on Twitter in 2015. It has since expanded to training Stampede staff, including those who work at the rollicking Nashville North music venue on the festival grounds, on how to respond to any untoward behaviour they witness.“As #MeToo came along, I thought we started something really small along same lines locally a few years ago,” said Krause, referring to the social media movement that has inspired women to speak out against the sexual misdeeds of some of the most powerful men in Hollywood, politics and the media.Krause said she was pleasantly surprised by how enthusiastically Stampede officials embraced the #SafeStampede campaign.In reiterating the Stampede’s support for the initiative, CEO Warren Connell said in a release last week: “We believe putting on a cowboy hat is an opportunity to elevate behaviour and I would encourage all citizens to be active bystanders — if you see something, say something.”Krause said she’s also noticed a big difference in Stampede-week marketing this year, such as fewer scantily clad women on billboards and more of a focus on family friendly fun.“The awareness that #MeToo has made is huge. The spotlight is shining. I think it has made people think about their actions.”Debby Carreau, CEO of Inspired HR, said in the #MeToo era, Calgary employers need to take special care during Stampede.“It’s a great opportunity for people to get to know each other, to build new connections, to have some fun and blow off some steam with coworkers,” she said.But employers need to have firm sexual misconduct policies, train employees on the rules, communicate in advance what the expectations are in social settings and encourage moderation while celebrating.When alcohol is involved, work and fun can get mixed up, said Carreau.“Most often when we see challenges happen, it’s really the lines getting blurred between the two and people not clearly understanding what the expectations are around appropriate behaviour when it’s work or quasi-work related.” read more
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Rabat – Puerto Rican pop singer Ricky Martin and his spouse, Syrian-born Swedish painter, Jwan Yosef, have welcomed a baby girl into their family.Martin and Yosef are already parents to 9-year-old twin sons Matteo and Valentino.The couple wrote identical posts on their Instagram accounts making the special announcement accompanied by a photo of their daughter, named Lucia Martin-Yosef. “We are beyond happy to announce that we have become parents to a beautiful and healthy baby girl, Lucia Martin-Yosef. It has been a special time for us and we cant wait to see where this stellar baby will take us. Both her beautiful brothers and [us] have fallen in love with Lucia,” they wrote.Martin and Yosef announced their marriage in January 2018.Read Also: Tunisian LGBT Association to Hold First Festival in MENA Region read more
Expedia and major hotel companies were already facing two federal lawsuits alleging that they conspired to stifle competition. Now they’re also being investigated by Utah’s attorney general.In documents filed last week in Utah, the attorney general’s office revealed it’s investigating whether Marriott, Hilton and other hotel companies and Expedia violated antitrust laws.Utah-based TravelPass Group, a tech company that matches customers to available hotel rooms, claims the hotels and Expedia worked together to limit the results of Google searches, which hurt competition and kept prices high.TravelPass sued Expedia and the hotels in Texas last year. The allegations are also the subject of a 2018 class-action lawsuit in Illinois. Both cases are pending.Expedia, Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Caesar’s, Wyndham and Choice Hotels say they have no comment on the cases.Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press read more
OTTAWA — Trade talks have stalled between Canada and Japan — one of the Harper government’s priority countries for a breakthrough — because the Asian country has lost interest, The Canadian Press has learned.An internal memo from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development says the level of progress with Japan has failed to meet expectations since talks opened in March 2012.The memo says Japan is more interested in the ongoing 12-country Trans- Pacific Partnership talks with several of its neighbours as well as Canada, the United States, Mexico and Australia.Japan is dragging its heels on a date for the eighth round of bilateral trade talks with Canada, says the note, which was prepared for an April 17 meeting of department officials.Trade Minister Ed Fast told the House of Commons trade committee two weeks ago that Japan and Canada were still trying set a date for the next round.In March 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a free-trade deal with South Korea, touting it as a breakthrough in Asia and saying that Japan was one of the main targets for the next big trade agreement. The government has said that a joint study shows a free-trade deal with Japan would boost Canada’s economy by $3.8 billion a year.McDonald’s Corp to close stores in Japan after food scandals slam salesWhat the Bank of Japan’s stimulus shocker means for the global economyWhile some analysts have been upbeat about the possibilities of a Japan-Canada breakthrough, the internal memo tells a different story.It says Japan’s “overwhelming focus” on the Trans-Pacific deal overshadows the talks with Canada.“While some progress has been made in the CJEPA negotiations with seven rounds to date, overall, the CJEPA text remains less developed than expected after three years of negotiations.”The memo says Japan turned down two proposals by Canada to host an eighth round of talks in early 2015 and would prefer to see that happen after the next Trans-Pacific ministerial meeting.“Chief negotiators met in Tokyo April 9-10 to discuss a way forward, but Japan remains unwilling to agree to a date for the next round without more clarity on the TPP timeline and outcomes.”Liberal MP Geoff Regan tried to pin Fast down on a date for the resumption of the talks during the minister’s committee appearance.“We’re just in the process of trying to nail down exactly where that round will take place,” Fast said after Regan pressed him.Harper has positioned his government as ardent free traders and has made the deepening of trade and investment in Asia a key economic priority.He will likely cross paths with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G7 summit in Germany next month.We’re just in the process of trying to nail down exactly where that round will take placeThe Conservatives see Asia as a fertile market for Canadian energy products, especially since Keystone XL pipeline project, which would carry Alberta bitumen across the United States to Gulf coast refineries, has been stalled.In addition to finding new customers for energy products, the government has been trying to increase trade with big players like China and India, as well as trying to break into regional groups such as the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, which includes the Philippines, Vietnam and resource-rich Myanmar.Last year’s pact with South Korea hardly happened overnight. It took more than decade of on-again, off-again negotiation. It is expected to increase Canadian exports by 32 per cent and pump $1.7 billion into the Canadian economy. read more
by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Dec 7, 2015 1:06 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Student and auto loans fuel October increase in consumer borrowing WASHINGTON – U.S. consumers borrowed more heavily for auto and student loans in October, taking out debt that helps them find jobs and commute to work.The Federal Reserve said Monday that consumer borrowing rose $16 billion in October to $3.5 trillion. But the pace of borrowing decelerated sharply from the $28.5 billion increase in September.Nearly all of the October gain came from the category that covers auto and student loans, while credit card borrowing edged up a mere $200 million. The increase suggests that more Americans are borrowing to improve their educational skills and upgrade their cars and trucks, instead of relying on debt to fund their daily shopping and emergency expenses.Many economists expect that consumer spending will be relatively healthy in the coming months because of strong job gains that have bolstered auto and home sales for much of 2015. Yet a struggling global economy has tempered U.S. growth as the year draws to an end.The Labor Department reported last week that employers added 211,000 jobs in November and 298,000 in October. The unemployment rate held steady at 5 per cent last month. The report showed evidence that workers pushed to the sidelines during the Great Recession and sluggish six-year recovery are filtering back into the job market.The overall economy has advanced despite a waning global economy. A stronger dollar, slowing growth in China, a recession in Japan and a struggling Europe have been a drag on U.S. manufacturing, dampening overall growth. U.S. gross domestic product — aided by consumer spending — advanced at an annual rate of 2.1 per cent in the July-September quarter, down from a 3.9 per cent rate in the prior quarter.The deceleration is expected to continue.The Atlanta Fed forecasts that growth will slip in the final three months of 2015 to an annual rate of 1.5 per cent. The private forecasting firm Macroeconomic Advisers estimates that the rate will be 1.7 per cent. read more
“Overcoming the destructive and disruptive patterns of change in the 21st century requires collective and coordinated action at the global, regional, national, local and individual levels,” he declared. “Delivering on the promises of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the context of uncertainty requires re-examination of core functions, re-engineering of business processes, reinvigoration of organizational culture and value, and reform of systems of accountability,” he added. “The inherited model of the UN agencies as instruments of technical assistance and capacity building should be subjected to the market test, namely value for money and sustainability of results in comparison to government, private sector and non-governmental modes of delivery.”He stressed that the threat of international terrorism has played on Afghan soil, dominating the narrative of Afghanistan and driving the fate of its people for far too long, but also cited his country’s “enormous potential” to be the regional brokers of peace, a hub for economic prosperity, and a beacon of democratic values.“Afghanistan will, yet again, be the Asian Roundabout for dialogue of civilizations and a model of harmony and culture of tolerance and engagement,” he concluded.Full statement available here read more
Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski controlls the puck during a 4-0 loss to Penn State on Dec. 2. Credit: Nick Hudak | For the LanternThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team made it a goal to earn home ice throughout the Big Ten tournament and reach the championship game for the first time since 2014.With a different format than in the past, this year’s tournament allows the higher seeds to host their games at respective home arenas, which gave the Buckeyes a vision of playoff hockey at the Schottenstein Center early in the campaign.“We’ve talked about it all year starting in August when the team got here that we are playing for home ice this year in the playoffs,” junior forward Brendon Kearney said. “The different format was a big deal for us just to be able to stay in Columbus.”The second-seeded Buckeyes will open the Big Ten tournament at home with a best-of-three series against seventh-seeded Michigan State in the first round. The Buckeyes will not take the Spartans lightly given the result of the teams’ most recent meeting, a 6-3 Michigan State win. Michigan State, the lowest seed in the tournament, used a heavy forecheck to pin the Buckeyes in their own zone. The strategy forced turnovers and pucks piled into the back of their net. Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said multiple areas need improvement to ensure a different outcome.“Puck management, number one. I talk about that a lot. We turned the puck over a lot. If they are going to play that style and come down, we just got to make plays,” Rohlik said. “We got to take care of the puck, we got to support the puck. I think that’s the key against this team, and that’s the approach we are taking.”Michigan State has one of the conference’s most talented top lines, which has even earned a nickname of the “KHL line.” Sophomore forwards Patrick Khodorenko and Taro Hirose and freshman forward Mitchell Lewandowski accounted for 42 of the Spartans’ 86 goals this season.Rohlik said Ohio State will not abandon the defensive style that is allowing just the third-fewest goals-against per game in the country (2.06 goals) in order to shut down the Spartans. “We just got to take care of ourselves. Five-man defense, whoever’s out there, it doesn’t change. We got to stay connected,” Rohlik said. “I talk about this all year, it’s not just our goaltender or defense. We got to play solid five-man defense.”Ohio State could face some daunting opponents in the ensuing rounds if it gets past Michigan State. No team would be more daunting than Notre Dame in a potential Big Ten championship game, but the preceding rounds will not be easy, given the depth of the conference. Five Big Ten teams appeared in the regular season’s final USCHO top-20 poll. “It’s that time of year, and our league speaks for itself,” Rohlik said. “I think anybody could beat anybody on any given night.”With back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in 15 years, there is a sense of confidence that Ohio State has emerged as one of the conference’s top programs and will compete for a Big Ten championship beyond just this year.“It’s about our culture. You go out there and expect to win every night you play. It’s not going to happen. We understand that, but I think that’s the attitude that our guys have,” Rohlik said. “Credit to the 27 guys in the locker room, it’s great for the program, but certainly we’ve got a long way to go. We’re not satisfied with where we are at.”Ohio State’s opening game of the tournament against Michigan State will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and the second game will start at 7 p.m. Saturday. If necessary, the third game of the series would commence at 7 p.m. Sunday. All games will be at the Schottenstein Center. read more
Updated 11:40amAFTER ROLLING OUT auto-play videos on mobile, Facebook is launching video advertisements this week.The company announced the new feature today as part of an “initial, limited test.” It will start off by showing ads for the new film ‘Divergent.’The Wall Street Journal originally reported that the feature would be launched this week and it would begin appearing on users’ feeds – both on desktop and mobile – from Thursday onwards.The ads will play automatically in users’ feeds regardless of whether people click on them or not. If a user doesn’t want to watch a video, they can continue to scroll past it.When they are finished playing, a carousel of two additional videos will appear from similar advertisers.The company says that all videos shown on smartphones will have been downloaded in advance when it was connected to WiFi, meaning that users’ data plans will be unaffected when watching them.The company is hoping it can convince advertisers to invest in video ads on the site instead of TV ads. In the US, it’s said that it could charge as much as $2 million (€1.45 million) a day to let advertisers reach the site’s full audience of adults aged 18 to 54.Originally, Facebook had planned to release these ads during the summer, but delayed it because of fears ads would upset users. It had then pushed it the release date back to early 2014, but now looks like it’s releasing them in time for Christmas.Read: Instagram launches private photo messaging service >Read: 5 Facebook buttons we need immediately > read more
Séisme à Sumatra : une 2e alerte au tsunami après une réplique de 8,2Un peu plus de deux heures après le premier séisme, une réplique de magnitude 8,2 s’est déclenchée au large de Sumatra. Le phénomène a conduit l’Indonésie à émettre une seconde alerte au tsunami alors même que la première n’est toujours pas levée.Le niveau d’alerte reste à son maximal dans l’Océan Indien après le séisme survenu à 14H38 heure locale au large de l’île indonésienne de Sumatra. Au vu de la puissance de la secousse, les spécialistes des centres de la région et américain ont en effet annoncé qu’il y avait un risque de tsunami et ont décidé de déclencher l’alerte dans tout le bassin. Plusieurs pays ont ainsi ordonné aux habitants vivant sur les côtes de se réfugier dans les terres ou dans les hauteurs. Deux heures après le séisme, aucun déferlement de vague majeur n’a toutefois été enregistré. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Si une vague de 10 centimètres a été constaté en Thaïlande, une autre a atteint 80 centimètres en Indonésie. L’alerte reste donc maintenue d’autant plus qu’une réplique vient tout juste de survenir. De magnitude évaluée à 8,2, celle-ci s’est déclenchée à 16H43 heure locale à une distance encore plus éloignée des côtes. L’Institut de géophysique américain (USGS) a situé son épicentre à 476 kilomètres de Sinabang et 617 kilomètres de Banda Aceh en Indonésie pour une profondeur de 16 kilomètres. Une nouvelle secousse qui a conduit l’Indonésie a lancé une seconde alerte au tsunami. La précédente qui n’a toujours pas été levée concerne l’Indonésie, l’Inde, le Sri Lanka, l’Australie, la Birmanie, la Thaïlande, les Maldives et d’autres îles de l’océan Indien, la Malaisie, le Pakistan, la Somalie, Oman, l’Iran, le Bangladesh, le Kenya, l’Afrique du Sud et Singapour. Le 11 avril 2012 à 14:09 • Maxime Lambert read more
Tennis’ newest star, Coco Gauff, has become the latest cover girl for Teen Vogue.The 15-year-old phenom shared the cover on Twitter Wednesday morning. Gauff became an overnight sensation after becoming the youngest player to qualify for the main draw in Wimbledon’s history.She went on to upset Venus Williams in the first round in straight sets.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 😍😍😍😍😍@TeenVogue pic.twitter.com/zzS4QKhd1J— Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) August 21, 2019
WILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between March 21, 2019 and March 27, 2019.Thursday, March 21Im Amy Yin (44, Lowell) was arrested on a warrant. (12:40am)Brian Roy Ashdown (43, Wilmington) was arrested on a warrant. (6:19am)Eric L. Rodriguez (27, Framingham) was issued a summons for operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating a vehicle with no insurance. (10:59am)Ryan Sifferlen (28, North Andover) was arrested on OUI. (10:24pm)Friday, March 22Fridrik V. Fridrikkson (34, Beverly) was arrested for Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License. (6:43pm)Saturday, March 23Jesus Maria Mejia (29, Lowell) was arrested on a warrant. (5:39pm)Sunday, March 24Danny G. Alberto (36, Wilmington) was issued a summons for Assault & Battery. (2:41am)Monday, March 25NoneTuesday, March 26Lenon Leathers (28, Derry, NH) was arrested for OUI Liquor; Possession Of An Open Container Of Alcohol In A Motor Vehicle; and Leaving The Scene Of Property Damage. (12:59am)Wednesday, March 27None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issue 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log” read more
Top Stories The Federal Constitutional Court has typically been willing to approval measures deepening Germany’s integration into the European Union, but has in the past imposed additional requirements to consult with Parliament on bailout measures.But even if it does decide in favor of the measures, Schaeuble warned that if the case drags out it could delay the implementation of the new European Stability Mechanism bailout fund and cause widespread difficulties.“A significant postponement of the setup of the ESM, which was foreseen for July, could mean a serious unsettling of markets far beyond Germany and a serious loss of confidence in the eurozone,” he said. “Doubts about … the willingness of Germany to fend off the dangers to the financial stability of the eurozone could lead to a significant worsening of the current crisis symptoms.”Under the treaties, Germany would join the ESM, a (EURO)500 billion ($614.65 billion) bailout fund for troubled eurozone countries backed by taxpayers’ money. It would also adopt the new EU fiscal compact, a cherished project of Merkel’s, under which 25 countries agree to write strict debt limits into national laws. Sponsored Stories Schaeuble said after the hearing ended that opponents and supporters had an “intensive debate,” and he was optimistic the treaties would pass muster “because the government is sure that the treaties do not violate the constitution.” No date was set for a decision.He added that there was “a high degree of nervousness” in financial markets and “the constitutional court knows that.”Germany is not the only country that has yet to approve the ESM treaty, but it does not require unanimity. The fund will become operational as soon as member countries representing 90 percent of the fund’s capital commitments have ratified it. Germany is the largest contributor, at 27 percent of the total, so the fund cannot become operational without German ratification.The fiscal compact is due to into force on Jan. 1, 2013, if it has been ratified by at least 12 countries that use the euro by that time.German Parliament endorsed the treaties June 29 with a solid majority of more than two-thirds, but President Joachim Gauck held off signing them into law after complaints were filed with the Federal Constitutional Court.Opponents of the pacts argue that joining the bailout fund and debt pact would impose limits on the German Parliament’s constitutional power to say how taxpayer money is spent. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches 5 treatments for adult scoliosis More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements They’re asking the court to issue a temporary order blocking Gauck from signing while it fully considers the case. Court officials say a decision on the temporary order alone could take several weeks.Presiding Judge Andreas Vosskuhle said in his opening statement that coming to a decision is “in many respects not easy” and that the court will need to keep in mind Parliament’s broad leeway for discretion, especially for measures passed with a two-thirds majority, as it considers the constitutional argument.Plaintiffs include the hard-left opposition Left Party _ the only party to oppose the plans in Parliament _ and Peter Gauweiler, one of a few lawmakers in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right coalition who has consistently rejected bailouts.The Left Party argues that the debt treaty potentially binds the government to austerity imposed by the European Commission that would cut funding for social programs.Gauweiler’s attorney, Dietrich Murswiek, told the judges it was crucial for the court to prevent Gauck from signing the treaties before the case was heard in full.The treaties “are irrevocable, we can’t get out of them,” he said. AP Business WriterKARLSRUHE, Germany (AP) – Germany’s finance minister urged the country’s highest court Tuesday not to delay Europe’s new permanent bailout fund and budget discipline pact, warning any postponement to the country signing up to the measures could lead to market turmoil.Wolfgang Schaeuble told the panel of eight judges, hearing arguments that the two pacts would limit Germany’s power to say how its money should be spent, that the measures were “important steps toward a European stability union”. He added that Germany’s approval of them would send a “clear signal that solidity and solidarity belong together.” Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments Share Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family read more
AirAsia Group CEO Dato’ Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes was the proud recipient of the Masterclass Global CEO of the Year award at the 2nd Malaysia Business Leadership Award (MBLA) 2010 ceremony, held at the Grand Ballroom of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) today. Agriculture and Agro-based Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar presented Fernandes with the award in front of an impressive audience which consisted of government ministers, foreign diplomats and dignitaries from the Middle East representing their respective countries’ chamber of commerce.The ceremony, jointly organized by the Kuala Lumpur Malay Chamber of Commerce (KLMCC) and The Leaders Magazine — Malaysia‘s leading industrial magazine — given out awards for a total of 38 categories, honouring the achievements of various high profile business leaders in Malaysia and their immense contributions to the country’s economy. Fernandes said, “This award means so much not only to me but all of us in AirAsia. This is another major milestone for us and this further bolsters our pledge to provide unrivaled services to our guests. Our utmost appreciation goes to the organizers, the Kuala Lumpur Chamber of Commerce, for this honour. We also thank everyone instrumental to our success, especially the various government agencies for all their support to our efforts in boosting the nation’s economy and burnishing ‘Brand Malaysia’ across the globe.” Award winners were carefully selected by a panel of highly experienced and qualified judges who are experts in their respective fields. The judging panel consisted of Dato’ Sheikh Yahya Sheikh Mohammad, Deputy Director General of Labour Department Malaysia; Tan Sri Datuk Rajandram, CEO of Ratings Association Malaysia; Datuk Danny Ooi, Founder of Malaysia Book of Records; Prof. Adj Dato’ Syed Amin Aljeffri, President of KLMCC; and Arthur F. Carmazzi, Top Ten Ledership guru in the world. AirAsia, which has hubs in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, has democratized travel in the ASEAN region. It connects all 10 ASEAN capitals and more cities with ‘sky bridges’, linking and benefiting countless communities. By promoting travel in the region through low fares, an extensive network of destinations and great flight frequencies, it has helped Malaysia and the region achieve economic growth.Fernandes co-founded AirAsia and has led the airline in its transformation from a loss-making Malaysian airline into the ASEAN airline that it is now. AirAsia, Asia’s leading and largest low-cost carrier also connects the ASEAN region with China, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Australia. Through its low-cost long-haul affiliate AirAsia X, it connects the region with more destinations in Asia (China, Taiwan and India), Australia and Europe (through the United Kingdom).Under the leadership of Fernandes, in only eight years, AirAsia grew its fleet from two aircraft to 95, its staff from 250 to 7,000, and its routes from one to more than 132. It has to date flown more than 92 million guests.AirAsia was also chosen as the world’s best low-cost airline once again for two consecutive years (2009 & 2010). In the annual global survey conducted by respected London-based aviation consultants Skytrax, almost 18 million travelers polled worldwide chose AirAsia as the World’s Best Low Cost Airline. AirAsia came out tops in the independent survey that measures airlines’ product and service standards. This remarkable feat significantly reflects the aptitude of a Malaysian brand to excel at the world stage and stand tall amongst major international players, thus elevating the nation’s name to a higher level. Source = AirAsia read more
Source = Sabre Sabre enters agreement to acquire FarelogixSabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Farelogix, a recognized innovator in the travel industry with advanced offer management and NDC order delivery technology used by many of the world’s leading airlines. Sabre expects that upon close, the acquisition will allow the company to accelerate delivery of its end-to-end NDC-enabled retailing, distribution and fulfillment solutions.Based in Miami, Farelogix provides a suite of SaaS solutions that enables carriers to dynamically create, control, optimize and deliver personalized and differentiated offers across sales channels. These airline-controlled retailing, merchandising and distribution capabilities complement Sabre’s existing retailing and merchandising solutions and future product roadmap.“Farelogix’s investments in offer management and NDC order delivery will help us accelerate our plans to deliver future-ready retailing, distribution and fulfillment solutions that unlock increased value for the industry,” said Sean Menke, president & CEO of Sabre. “By integrating Farelogix’s capabilities into Sabre’s leading airline technology platform, we’ll be able to offer the innovative and comprehensive solutions that airlines require, backed by best-in-class technology and the deep expertise that our teams bring to market.”Building upon Farelogix’s GDS- and PSS-agnostic capabilities, Sabre expects to drive faster innovation in the dynamic and highly competitive airline IT space to enable airlines to accelerate their own growth and profitability while benefiting customers across the travel ecosystem.“For the past few years, Farelogix and Sabre have worked together with shared customers to implement our complementary technologies to solve some of the industry’s toughest challenges. Today’s announcement is a natural evolution of the successful, ongoing collaboration between our two companies,” said Jim Davidson, CEO of Farelogix. “Sabre shares our vision for innovation and has the leading technology, resources, and global presence to help us scale our solutions and grow our customer base.”Sabre’s agreement to acquire Farelogix is the next step in its broader effort to become the preferred platform at the center of the business of travel. Among other innovations, Sabre recently launched its digital commercial airline platform with several carriers, delivering end-to-end personalized retailing capabilities to maximize revenue and create a differentiated brand experience. In addition, through its Beyond NDC program, Sabre is partnering with a host of airlines and travel agencies to drive the travel industry forward through the design, development, integration and testing of end-to-end capabilities to process NDC-enabled offers and orders. The acquisition and integration of Farelogix technology will help Sabre accelerate these innovation efforts.At closing, Sabre will purchase Farelogix for approximately $360 million, funded by cash on hand and revolver borrowing. Farelogix expects full year 2018 revenue of approximately $40 million. The acquisition is expected to be neutral to Sabre’s 2019 Adjusted EPS.The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals and is expected to close in late 2018 or early 2019. Until closing, Sabre and Farelogix will continue to operate as separate businesses with no immediate changes to daily operations. read more
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According to media reports, the airline had been barred from flying from Vienna Airport after unsettled debts. Prague Airport announced similar measures for the same reason on Monday.The financial crisis triggered turbulences for the flight provider, which now has suspended operations completely following failed negotiations over temporary financial support measures.Thousands of travellers are now stranded all over Europe. According to Roland Schranz, press speaker for SkyEurope, 71 flights with around 7,900 passengers were planned for this Tuesday alone. Some 10,000 flights are thought to be affected in the period until February 2010.On SkyEurope’s website, the former flight provider expresses regret and advises passengers that they must now arrange alternative flights home at their own expense.RyanAir, WizzAir, EasyJet, Austrian Airlines, FlyNiki and Air Berlin all announced provisions to return stranded holiday makers to their homes. Some of these airlines are offering special fares for passengers with SkyEurope booking numbers.Here is Skyscanner’s overview of alternative flight options on SkyEurope routes.For stranded passengers: Flights To LondonFlights from Portugal to LondonFlights from Spain to LondonFlights from France to LondonFlights from Austria to LondonFlights from Belgium to LondonFlights from Slovakia to LondonFlights from the Czech Republic to LondonFlights from the Netherlands to LondonFlights from Italy to LondonFlights from Croatia to LondonFlights from Greece to LondonFlights from Romania to LondonFlights from Bulgaria to LondonFlights from Turkey to LondonFlights from Denmark to LondonFlights To ManchesterFlights from Portugal to ManchesterFlights from Spain to ManchesterFlights from France to ManchesterFlights from Austria to ManchesterFlights from Belgium to ManchesterFlights from Slovakia to ManchesterFlights from the Czech Republic to ManchesterFlights from the Netherlands to ManchesterFlights from Italy to ManchesterFlights from Croatia to ManchesterFlights from Greece to ManchesterFlights from Romania to ManchesterFlights from Bulgaria to ManchesterFlights from Turkey to ManchesterFlights from Denmark to Manchester**For disappointed holiday planersReturn flights from London and Manchester**Flights from London to any destinationFlights from Manchester to any destination ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map After months of fighting for their survival, Slovakian budget airline SkyEurope has filed for bankruptcy and announced the immediate grounding of their fleet on Sept 1. RelatedWizzAir steps in to help SkyEurope passengersWizz Air will offer flights to passengers affected by the suspension of SkyEurope at Vienna AirportSkyEurope leads LCCs on e-ticketing transitionSkyEurope Airlines has become the first low cost carrier (LCC) to meet international aviation requirements.Skyscanner search traffic jumps following cancelled Edinburgh Ryanair flightsPassengers stranded by Ryanair’s Edinburgh flight cancellations are searching Skyscanner for alternatives read more
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