Andhra CM blames BJP for violence in Kolkata

first_imgAmaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday strongly condemned the violence “perpetrated” by the BJP in Kolkata on Tuesday. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief alleged that after desperately trying to destabilise the West Bengal government through the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax Department, the BJP was now resorting to direct violence which shows its true colours. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “Vandalising the statue of a great reformer like Sri Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar is an indication of the pseudo-nationalism practiced by the BJP. This incident underlines the need for all the opposition parties to stand united against the destructive tactics of Amit Shah-led BJP,” Naidu tweeted. The TDP leader, in his tweets in Telugu, alleged that Amit Shah during his rally in Kolkata used vandals to create violence. He said in the past people of the country saw how Narendra Modi used Amit Shah to create hatred among people in Gujarat. He said in West Bengal where BJP has no strength, the party is trying to create disturbances targeting a senior woman leader like Mamata Banerjee and maligning her government.last_img read more

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Moroccan Woman Falls From a Mountain at Oued Kanar Park Near

Rabat – A Moroccan activist as young as 21-year-old, Yousra Kourki, died immediately after falling from a high summit of Oued el Kanar park, province of Chefchaouen.The tragedy happened on the evening of Sunday, July 28, when Kourki fell after trying to cross a dangerous passage. She sustained severe injuries to her spinal cord which caused her immediate death, according to several Facebook posts.The posts also state that Kourki’s body was recovered by passersby after the civil protection’s delayed arrival. Kourki was transferred to a Health Center in Stihat where she was pronounced dead due to her injuries. The deceased was a student of the Higher International Institute of Tourism of Tangier (ISITT) and an activist who dedicated her life to sharing knowledge and fighting for the neediest people, according to Facebook posts.She was also part of Tangier’s Young Leaders Council and the Choualla Association for Education and Culture.Internet users stated that the Oued el Knar park lacks basic security measures. read more

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SecretaryGeneral calls on Iraqi leaders to reach agreement on new constitution

“He believes such an agreement will constitute a major milestone in Iraq’s political transition,” his spokesman said in a statement delivered at the noon briefing at United Nations Headquarters in New York.”The Secretary-General emphasizes that compromise and mutual understanding are critical if the parties are to quickly resolve the remaining issues under consideration,” the spokesman added.With the 15 August deadline to complete the draft constitution fast approaching, Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, met this past Tuesday with Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Ja’fari to review progress and obstacles. On the same day, the Security Council held discussions on ways the world body could support the country’s ongoing political transition.Speaking to the press after the Council meeting, Ambassador Kenzo Oshima of Japan, which holds the 15-nation body’s rotating presidency for the month of August, acknowledged that the exercise was occurring under difficult conditions and that there were some remaining differences among the broad spectrum of negotiators.Nevertheless, the Council had received reports of a “good spirit of compromise,” and was hopeful that in this final week, all efforts would be deployed to overcome those differences. read more

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Energy board OKs its first 40year naturalgas export licence for LNG Canada

by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 7, 2016 10:19 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Energy board OK’s its first 40-year natural-gas export licence for LNG Canada VANCOUVER – The board that regulates natural-gas exploration and production in Canada has approved its first 40-year export licence to a joint-venture company led by Shell.The National Energy Board permit will allow LNG Canada to export up to 1,494-billion cubic metres of liquefied natural gas from a terminal that will be located near the B.C. north-coast community of Kitimat.Until the National Energy Board Act was amended in June 2015, the maximum term length of an export permit was 25 years.The licence must still be approved by the prime minister and his cabinet.The announcement comes just days after the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission approved an LNG Canada facility permit, which outlines design, construction and operation requirements.Shell Canada Energy and affiliates of PetroChina, Korea Gas Corp. and Mitsubishi Corp. are members of LNG Canada, which has not yet made a final investment decision on the project.“We have determined that the quantity of natural gas proposed to be exported by LNG Canada, for a term of 40 years, is surplus to Canadian needs,” says a letter published Thursday by the board.“The board is satisfied that the natural gas resource base in Canada, as well as North America overall, is large and can accommodate reasonably foreseeable Canadian demand, including the natural gas exports proposed in this application, and a plausible potential increase in demand.”The board says in its letter that the licence will expire Dec. 31, 2022 unless exports have begun.The project is one of 20 LNG proposals in B.C. Four have received environmental approval from the province, while two have been granted permission to proceed by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.The B.C. Liberal government has staked its political future on the LNG industry, with promises of 100,000 new jobs and $100 billion in revenue over 30 years. read more

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Komatsu launches Tier 4 interim articulated mining truck at Conexpo

first_imgKomatsu America has just introduced the HM300-3 articulated dump truck (ADT) at the Conexpo show in Las Vegas.  With a flywheel horsepower of 242 kW, the HM300-3 is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D125E-6 engine and is EPA Tier 4 Interim and EU Stage 3B emission certified.  Built upon a proven Tier 3 engine platform, Komatsu stated that it believes it has “leveraged its leadership in technology and innovation to design an environmentally friendly engine that increases power while decreasing fuel consumption.”The HM300-3 features a maximum gross vehicle weight 52.23 t and can haul up to a 28.1 t payload at its maximum ground speed of 58.6 km/h. Improved operating performance, lower fuel consumption, improved operator comfort and enhanced serviceability are additional features of the HM300-3 that provide “maximum productivity and lower operating costs.” The HM300-3 is also equipped with the latest Komtrax technology, which sends machine operating information to a secure website utilising wireless technology.  Data such as daily fuel consumption, machine utilisation, operating hours, location, cautions and maintenance alerts are relayed to the web application for analysis.last_img read more

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Flotation maximising fine coal recovery in Canada

first_imgA large Canadian metallurgical coal plant sought help in maximising fine coal recovery, minimising moisture and optimising the performance of its coal flotation circuit. It also wanted to improve the environmental footprint by replacing diesel as a collector in their coal flotation process. Another local company has been fined in excess of $100,000 for polluting the environment, and imprisonment had been involved. Having extensive knowledge of the customer’s operations, and after a thorough evaluation that included both laboratory and in-plant flotation testing, it was determined that Nalco’s NALFLOTE 9899 flotation reagent could help the customer meet its goals. NALFLOTE 9899 is an alternative to using fuel oil (a diesel collector). Its active chemistry is derived from renewable resources. Diesel on the other hand is derived from petroleum oil, with documented negative impact on the environment.The customer had been dosing diesel collector at 3,600 cc/min. With NALFLOTE 9899, it only needed to dose at 1,400 cc/min. Moreover, the customer replaced the frother reagent (methyl isobutyl carbinol) with Nalco’s NAFLOTE 9897. The result was an increase in metallurgical coal tonnage of 14 t/h. And the ash content of the recovered coal decreased by 5%.In addition, Nalco reports “the NALFLOTE program is more forgiving – it adapts to different coal seams mined. Under the diesel collector program, dosage can increase as high as 4,500 cc/min if the coal seam is of poorer quality.Ancillary benefits observed from implementing the program include a decrease in the solids loading on the fine refuse circuit and corresponding decrease in the cost of water clarification as the result of reduced flocculant consumption. Total benefit of the NALFLOTE program is estimated to be $25 million.“The successful NALFLOTE integration at this site improved the customer’s productivity and profitability while decreasing the environmental footprint. Further, the success enjoyed at this site has resulted in plant management recommending that sister plants also evaluate the NALFLOTE alternative. So far four plants have adopted this new approach, adding millions of dollars in annual clean coal recovery.last_img read more

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Womens EHF EURO 2010 Andrea Penezić stopped Montenegro

← Previous Story EHF EUR0 2010 (Group “A”): Serious Romania for the biggest Serbian defeat ever Next Story → Croatian NT coach, Vladimir Canjuga: “Biggest win of my career” (VIDEO) Very good match of Group “B” of the EHF EURO 2010 named as “Balkan clash” between Croatia and Montenegro 29:28 is ended with a victory of team coached by Vladimir Canjuga. Two very important points on the wings of fantastic Andrea Penezić (10/12) won Croatia and now is the situation in new formed Main Group very complicated.In the first match of Preliminary Group “B”, Russia had easy job against Iceland 30:21, who is going home.Main Round – Group – Standing:Dennmark 4Russia 2Romania 2Montenegro 2Croatia 2Spain 0 Andrea PenezićCroatia handball read more

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Razer Brings New Laptops and Headphones to E3

first_imgStay on target The Xbox One X Looks Nice, But Twice as Nice as the Xbox One?Super Mario Odyssey and Other E3 Nintendo Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda We couldn’t go to E3 without checking in with our friends at Razer. Somebody’s gotta be there to make sure no one steals their crazy prototype laptops. As one of the premier names in PC gaming hardware, we were unsurprised to see Razer unveil a revised version of its hit Razer Blade Stealth laptop. However, the company also showed off the Razer Thresher Ultimate, their first stab at console gaming headsets.Let’s start with the Razer Blade Stealth. A gaming laptop without dedicated graphics may sound like an oxymoron, but we along with our colleagues at PCMag have been impressed by the line ever since its 2015 launch. The most recent ultraportable models make use of a 2.8GHz i7-7700HQ processor. They can also take advantage of the clever Razer Core optional device. Connect the laptop to the Core via Thunderbolt 3 and gain access to external graphics, either NVIDIA or AMD, for massively improved gaming performance.New at E3 is the 13.3-inch gunmetal gray model of the Stealth. While the IGZO touchscreen is only 3200 x 1800 QHD as opposed to 4K, is it larger thanks to the reduced bezel. Meanwhile, the more modest color scheme, without pulsating green lights, may be attractive to more professional users who don’t need their laptops to scream “Gamer!” The new Razer Blade Stealth ships this summer starting at $1399 for 16GB of RAM and Intel HD Graphics 620. You can also save $100 if you buy the Razer at the same time for $399.We all know that Razer knows PCs, that’s why to me their other E3 announcement was more intriguing. On paper, the Razer Thresher Ultimate sounds like a totally solid gaming headset. It’s available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (including Xbox One X like all Xbox One accessories). It provides Dolby 7.1 surround sound. The 2.4 Ghz wireless connection extends for 40 feet and tries to find the clearest, most lag-free signal possible, tech that sounds not unlike the Razer Lancehead wireless mouse. Other quality of life features include a mic designed to specifically pick up mouth sounds, “eSports comfort” memory foam ear cups, a band that can accommodate glasses, and controls for balancing audio so super moves in Injustice 2 aren’t quite so deafening.As far as gaming headsets go, when the Razer Thresher Ultimate launches this summer for $250 it won’t be the only device in its class. However, it is worth paying attention to as a harbinger for Razer’s future console endeavors. The line between PC and console gaming has never been more blurred. Razer is in a unique position to take advantage of that breakdown.last_img read more

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Wednesday rainfall breaks Vancouver record for date

first_imgHeavy rainfall across the Northwest broke records in numerous places Wednesday, including Vancouver.The city saw 1.7 inches of rain Wednesday, easily beating the previous record for that date, according to the National Weather Service in Portland. The old mark for Oct. 22 was 1.06 inches, set in 1963, according to the weather service.The storm brought even more rain to other parts of Clark County. Just before 8 a.m. this morning, Battle Ground had recorded 2.13 inches in the past 24 hours, according to the weather service. Larch Mountain had seen 2.61 inches. And Canyon Creek, in the northeast corner of the county, had recorded 2.77 inches of rain, according to the weather service.Vancouver will see showers today, before another strong storm system is expected to bring steadier rain to the region on Friday and into this weekend, according to the weather service.last_img read more

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Sing With Merrimack Valley A Cappella Chorus Open House On May 3

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMerrimack Valley A Cappella To Run FREE Workshops For Middle School & High School Female Singers In WilmingtonIn “Community”Wilmington’s Merrimack Valley Chorus Seeking New MembersIn “Community”Wilmington-Based Merrimack Valley Chorus Is Looking For New MembersIn “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — Join the Merrimack Valley A Cappella Chorus for the first three Thursdays in May for an Open House! That’s May 3, May 10 and May 17th. Singers of all levels are welcome! Don’t know how to read music, but love to sing in the car? The chorus has plenty of members just like you! Know what a Coda is and suffer from perfect-pitch-itis? Again, the chorus have members just like that, too! Chorus members just love to sing, move their bodies, have fun and show off.Join the fun! Contact bevjane62@gmail.com or just show up at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue, Route 62) at 7:30pm. Bring a friend!(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Merrimack Valley Chorus.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

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UEFA Champions League Final Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspurs Live streaming and match

first_imgBoth the English clubs are going to fight it out for the Champions League.ReutersLiverpool FC is going to battle it out against English rivals Tottenham Hotspurs in the 2019 Champions League Final at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid. This is the first instance of an all English Champions League Final since 2008 when Manchester United beat Chelsea in a penalty shootout after both teams could not break the deadlock in regular time.Both teams have had ups and downs throughout the tournament. The Reds made a memorable comeback from being 3-0 down against Barcelona to qualify with a 4-3 lead after winning the second leg at Anfield whereas the Lilywhites won due to a higher number of away goals against Ajax. When and where to watchThe Final begins at 9 PM local time and 12:30 AM (Thursday) IST. Viewers can catch the action live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. For online viewers, Sony LIV will be the platform for live streaming.Preview Liverpool is looking forward to win the Champions League for the sixth time with their charismatic manager Jurgen Klopp at the helm. After losing to Real Madrid in last year’s edition, the Anfield-based side is waiting to taste victory at European level for the first time since 2005. They also lost the English Premier League title to Manchester City despite losing only one game in the entire season.The Red’s road to Madrid was not at all smooth. They had a rollercoaster journey this year. They were placed in a tough group along with teams like PSG and Napoli. Liverpool finished second in the group to meet Bayern Munich in the Round of 16, whom they beat 3-1 on aggregate score. Liverpool looking forward to end their European Cup droughtReutersTheir biggest challenge came against Barcelona FC in the semi-finals. The Lionel Messi-led side was in sublime form with the captain leading the way. After losing 3-0 at Camp Nou, the Reds made a near-impossible comeback in the second leg at home. They beat the Blaugrana 4-0 to march into the Finals. Klopp now has a full squad to pick from with Roberto Firminho back in the frame after he was confirmed fit.On the other hand, Tottenham Hotspur was placed in a much more difficult group than Liverpool along with Barcelona and Inter Milan. After the Lilywhites did not buy any new faces from the transfer window everybody thought they will exit the tournament in the group stage itself. But they proved all wrong and after facing many ups and downs throughout the season, the Mauricio Pochettino managed side made it to the Finals. Pochettino will hope that Kane will be fit for the match.On their way to the last hurdle before the trophy, they beat Manchester City in the quarterfinals 4-3 on aggregate score. The second fixture had a controversial VAR decision which helped Spurs greatly in going through to the semis.In the last-4 stage, they defeated a totally rejuvenated Ajax side on the basis of more away goals to set up a date with Liverpool. The situation of the squad is much better at this moment with Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen, Harry Winks and Davinson Sanchez back in training.Liverpool have defeated Tottenham in this season’s Premier League twice, so they are the favourites. But it does not mean that Spurs will let them win easily. The Lilywhites will give their best to win the most coveted trophy in pan-European football.last_img read more

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Reliance pips TCS to become mostvalued firm on DStreet

first_imgReliance Communications Chairman Anil Ambani. REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeReliance Industries (RIL) Friday rallied over 2 per cent helping the oil-to-telecom major pip Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to become the most-valued company in terms of market capitalisation.At the end of trade on the BSE, RIL’s market capitalisation was Rs 7,14,668.54 crore, while India’s largest IT firm by revenue TCS slipped to the second spot with a valuation of Rs 7,06,292.61 crore.A stock of RIL settled 2.79 per cent higher at Rs 1,127.50.The scrip had opened at Rs 1,096.10, then gained further ground and touched an intra-day high of Rs 1,129.30, up 2.95 per cent, over its previous closing price.The stock of TCS closed at Rs 1,882.25, up 0.9 per cent, from the previous closing. In intra-day, it had a high of Rs 1,898.55 and a low of Rs 1,868.Over the past few months, RIL and TCS are competing with each other to claim the number one position in terms of market capitalisation. RIL had on August 23, 2018, became the first Indian company to cross the Rs 8 lakh crore market capitalisation mark.The m-cap figure of companies changes daily with stock price movement. Meanwhile, the BSE’s benchmark Sensex closed 196.62 points, or 0.56 per cent higher at 35,457.16.last_img read more

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EN ESPAÑOL Cuáles son las consecuencias de la salida del acuerdo climático

first_img Share El presidente Donald Trump anunció el jueves que Estados Unidos abandona el acuerdo climático de París, del que son parte todas las naciones desarrolladas y casi todas las naciones en desarrollo, y que fue firmado en 2015 para controlar y disminuir la emisión de gases de infecto invernadero que contribuyen al cambio climático. Algunas de las reacciones nacionales han sido inmediatas, por ejemplo la de un grupo de más de 60 ciudades del país que  formado por los llamados  alcaldes climáticos para seguir adheridos al acuerdo y a sus requerimientos. Houston es una de esas ciudades.A nivel internacional, los jefes de Estado de los principales países occidentales han expresado su desacuerdo con la decisión de Trump y han asegurado que ellos continuarán la tarea propuesta en el acuerdo para evitar el deterioro del planeta.Pero, ¿por qué es esta decisión del gobierno tan importante para nosotros?Como cada viernes, nuestro experto en política, en profesor de la Universidad de Houston Jerónimo Cortina, te lo explica En Pocas Palabras.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/02114026/6-1-17-EnPocasPalabras1.mp400:0000:0001:39Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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White Addresses Ward 7 Concerns

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comD.C. Council member Robert White was the keynote speaker at the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization’s “First Fridays” meeting May 4 at the organization’s headquarters in Northeast. White is one of a series of speakers designed to bring the District’s leaders to the ward to talk about matters concerning economic development and governance.In the past few months, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) and Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) have addressed the group. White spoke to a group of 50 people and he didn’t mince words.Robert White is an at-large Democrat on the D.C. Council. (Courtesy Photo)“When I came to the council, the things that I wanted to prioritize consistently were affordable housing, education, workforce development and addressing the concerns of returning citizens,” he said. “I want to be a voice of the people and those who are left behind on the council.”Ward 7 has the highest percentage of Black residents with 94 percent of its population followed closely by its neighbor, Ward 8, that is 92 percent African American. The ward has working class neighborhoods such as Marshall Heights, Lincoln Heights, Benning Heights, Benning Ridge and Capitol View plus solid middle-class enclaves such as Hillcrest and Penn Branch and gentrifying areas such as Deanwood and Kenilworth.The D.C. Council is considering the comprehensive housing plan that deals with the land use and how the city will use its housing stock and manage its housing policy. White said, in response to a question by the AFRO, that he doesn’t like the comprehensive plan. “I think the comp plan needs to go back to the beginning,” he said. “It doesn’t talk about gentrification and doesn’t sufficiently address how it will keep people from being pushed out of the city. As a result, I am a vocal critic of it.”White is a strong advocate of returning citizens since joining the council in 2016. He is working to get returning citizens a transportation stipend, a free identification card and another staff person added to the District’s office of returning citizens. He also is working on getting $1.5 million for returning citizens to be able to start their own businesses. “All returning citizens want is a shot,” he said.White said that like many District residents with a small child, he deals with paying the high cost of child care. As a legislator, he is dealing with the issue. “It costs $1,800 per month, per child, in the city for quality child care. That is too much,” he said. “Plus, you have many dedicated child care workers who want to work with children but they make an average of $26,000 a year in the city and that is not enough.”Babatunde A. Oloyede is the president of the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization. The “First Fridays” is his brainchild. “We have these forums so that residents and business owners can come meet with city officials and network,” Oloyede told the AFRO. “That way, we can help these businesses grow.”last_img read more

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KD Was Right to Play in Game 5

first_imgGuests:Nick Wright, Ric Bucher, Bucky Brooks, and Cuttino Mobley KD was right to play in Game 5Kevin Durant will likely miss the entire 2020 season after apparently tearing his Achilles tendon, and many are second guessing his decision. Colin thinks KD was right to play in Game 5 and try to save the Warriors season because that’s the mentality that big-time athletes have, and it’s produced some of the greatest moments in sports,  like Kirk Gibson’s World Series home run and Curt Schilling’s bloody sock game.It didn’t work out for Durant, but he deserves credit for giving it a shot and trying to be great. Also:-USWNT shouldn’t apologize for celebrations-The Golden State pile-on is already out of hand-Colin surveys the potential 2020 NBA landscapelast_img read more

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Playing the long game American Airlines outlines its future

first_img Monday, October 2, 2017 DALLAS-FORT WORTH — The future was the theme at American Airlines’ Media and Investor Day on Thursday. “Today is all about investing in the future,” proclaimed Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO, American Airlines to a group of media and investment companies in Dallas-Fort Worth.The world’s largest airline has seen some massive profits since it merged with US Airways in 2013. From 1978 to 2013, both airlines (AA and US Airways) combined saw a collective profit of just $1 billion over the 35 years. In comparison, post merger, the company saw $19.2 billion in profits between 2014-2017.It could be said the company is going through a cyclical lift in profits similar to the massive earnings it saw in the 1990s before a big dip in the 2000s. Parker wanted to ensure investors that’s not the case. “Our industry and our airline have been materially and permanently transformed,” he said.In the past the company could be accused of being reactive to customers; now, it’s taking a long-term view and isn’t going to let competitors or short-term events like Irma affect its strategy.‘Playing the long game’ continued to the be theme of the event with product upgrades, human resources, and technology being identified as the keys to the future success.Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO, American AirlinesBuilding a world-class product“Bet on American [Airlines] because it’s a winning bet,” said Robert Isom, President of the airline. And with aggressive competitors, especially ultra-low-cost carriers (ULCCs), AA is banking on its network, which as the world’s largest can’t be beat.With nine hubs that are strategically placed across the U.S. (Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, Miami, Charlotte, Washington, Philadelphia and NYC), the airline is able to offer 350 destinations, 1,050 nonstops and cater to 35,000 markets.It has also continued to grow the network through partnerships with British Airways and Iberia in Europe, helping it to cater to important business routes like London and Madrid.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoThis year AA is also growing in Asia Pacific with a $200 million stake in China Southern, announced in March, as well as a strenghtened relationship with Qantas.With its partnerships AA has a hulking 950 destinations, 2,800 nonstops and caters to 50,000 routes.“On a peak day we have half a million passengers,” said Isom, attributing the airline’s competitive advantage to its growing network.With capacity in place, AA has looked to cabin classes to cater to more client needs. In response to the pressure put on from ULCCs, AA created Basic Economy, a stripped back version of Economy where clients won’t be allowed a carry-on, seat assignment or upgrades.“Basic economy is not a price-cut,” assured Isom. “We offered a product that was far superior than anything else” referring to their pricing compared to other ULCC airlines. “Basic Economy allows us to better compete.”Isom was quick to note that it’s “still a superior product”, with snacks and drinks, service recovery and the option of Wi-Fi, all of which are major benefits compared to ULCCs.Looking at the other end, AA also has Main Cabin Extra and Premium Economy classes, which have helped filled the gap between clients who want more comfort than Economy but can’t afford the price point of Flagship Business or Flagship First.“Our strategy is working,” said Isom, with surveys showing that customer satisfaction is higher and revenue has grown. AA has also added 13,000 new small- to medium-sized business accounts.There’s a lot more to comeUpgrading its aging fleet is a priority for American Airlines, which has the largest fleet modernization project in aviation history starting in Q, 2017. At this time, the first of 550 narrow-body aircraft will be retrofitted with new seats, satellite Wi-Fi, in-seat power and larger overhead bins.AA will also be younger airline with the delivery of 496 new planes and retiring 469 planes. Without significantly increasing plane numbers, it is looking towards operating bigger planes, being able to offer more premium product,s and having more fuel-efficient planes to increase capacity and profits.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaOn the sales end, AA is adding 132 members to its sales team by 2018, and has also relaunched its groups product with simplified contracts and more flexibility. Also, this past March the airline launched a New Distribution Capability (NDC).l-r: Steven Johnson, Executive Vice President – Corporate Affairs; Maya Leibman, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer; Robert Isom, President; Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO; Derek Kerr, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Elise Eberwein, Executive Vice President – People and Communications.A team effortAA boasts 120,000 team members with an estimated two million customer interactions a day. After United’s dragging incident, the airline is more than aware how important service interactions are. “Everyone has a weapon called a cellphone now,” said Elise Eberwein, Executive Vice President – People and Communications.Initiatives that have been implemented have increased salaries by 39%. Plus AA has introduced health programs that have seen an average 8-pound weight loss per team member, and has increased maternity leave to 10 weeks from 6 weeks.AA will also be seeing a lot of change within its ranks, with 70% of its pilots looking to retire in the next 10 years.TechnologyBeyond the NDC upgrade, the airline recently launched a new app for clients that offers flight information, baggage notifications, a dynamic rebooking tool and ‘iSolve’, which allows AA to offer vouchers or other benefits to cater to complaints.Beyond the app, Maya Leibman, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer reinforced the airline’s commitment to cyber security. It continues to invest in the area to make sure it’s not the next airline to be in the news over a security breach.AA is also looking at machine learning so that when unforeseen issues happen, its back-end programs can switch gears without needing a team to rebuild it.“We are incredibly excited and bullish about our future,” said Parker, who’s confident that the airline isn’t just the world’s largest airline, but also the best. Michael Smith ‘Playing the long game’, American Airlines outlines its future << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Share Posted by Tags: American Airlines, Profit Report, Trend Watchlast_img read more

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New Zealand to cohost Rugby League World Cup 2017

first_imgNew Zealand will host some of the world’s top rugby league in 2017 when world cup matches are played across four regions of the North and South Island.Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) comes to New Zealand in October 2017 and promises to be another sporting festival which showcases the country’s unique form of welcome and hospitality. Auckland, Hamilton, and Wellington in the North Island as well as Christchurch in the South Island will host games as part of the RLWC2017 tournament played across New Zealand, Australia and Papua New Guinea.The best players from world’s top 14 teams will battle it out over 28 games from October 27 to December 2, 2017 in the quest for the ultimate prize – The Paul Barriere Trophy.New Zealand will host seven matches including two quarter finals and a semi-final. The Kiwis will be joined on home soil by visiting teams from Samoa, Tonga and Scotland.With 11 teams already confirmed, the final three teams will come from the European Qualifying Tournament to be played in October and November this year.  The teams who are still in the race include Wales, Ireland, Russia, Serbia, Italy and Spain.last_img read more

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Taj Beyond has launched new ecofriendly food pro

first_imgTaj &Beyond has launched new eco-friendly food production programs at Baghvan Pench Jungle Lodge and Pashan Garh Wilderness Lodge, both located in the Central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh. In addition to providing guests with amazing wildlife viewing, the lodges serve delicious traditional food, much of which is grown on the property. This new initiative ensures that the lodge kitchens are stocked with organic produce directly from the lodge’s Baghiya, a traditional vegetable garden found in this region of India.Under the supervision of Chef Manish Tyagi, the vegetable garden provides potatoes, leeks, two types of tomatoes, celery, coriander, spinach, red and yellow peppers, lemons, oranges, bananas, cabbages and zucchini.Guests of Baghvan and Pashan Garh can visit the gardens and then learn about the preparation of traditional central Indian cuisine in the lodges’ interactive kitchens. Mouthwatering dishes include stuffed lamb and marinated chicken in sealed banana leaves, and roasted vegetables and chicken tikka, all served with a variety of naan breads, homemade pickles and mint chutneys.Neighboring Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Mahua Kothi features 12 suites constructed in the charming local Madhya Pradesh style and built by the neighboring community. Adjacent to Pench Tiger Reserve, Baghvan’s 12 suites all have rooftop terraces, perfect for sleep outs under Indian skies. Banjaar Tola boasts 18 tented suites spread out along banks of the Banjaar River, overlooking Kanha Tiger Reserve. Pashan Garh is within easy reach of both Panna Tiger Reserve and the world famous temples of Khajuraho.www.andBeyond.comlast_img read more

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