first_imgNormally the reaction to a new addition to the royal family is quite predictable. When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s child enters the world this month, however, the British tabloids will have to grapple with the first hint of diversity in the royal bloodline. And if the coverage of the biracial couple’s romance, engagement and pregnancy have been any indication, it will lead to some very awkward questions and comments.Ebony-Renee Baker is a writer for and other publications. She’s also half Jamaican and half Filipino, and she knows firsthand how mixed-race children can be subject to stereotypes and fetishization. And that’s before being born into literally one of the whitest families on the planet. So how does a ravenous press, a history of colonization and a public that feels free to comment on the minutiae of every royal, never mind the newest baby, going to talk about the bundle of joy? We’ll find out any day now.GUEST: Ebony-Renee Baker, FLARE.comAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at read more

first_imgAfter a remarkable performance in ‘Sacred Games’, Elnaaz Norouzi gears up for its second season. Read on to know what the actor has to say about her experience working with A-listers of Bollywood, and what all the audience can expect from the much-awaited second season. How did things change after the success of Sacred Games? I have never seen such craze for a series or film. So, after the show went viral on web, things changed entirely for the better. People have started recognising me because of ‘Sacred Games’, and addressing me as Zoya madam (my character’s name)… which is pretty cool. Also, the fact that audience applauds my performance and doesn’t remember me as ‘just a pretty face’ is a compliment in itself. This is what I always wanted. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain Was it intimidating to work alongside established actors like Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin and others. Is there too much pressure of proving your potential and grabbing the eyeballs for your performance while working with A-listers? Initially, when I went on the set and started working with Saif sir and Nawazuddin sir, I was very stressed. After all, it was my first project with mega stars. But luckily, not for a second I felt that I was shooting with such established actors. Both of them are amazing beings and never treated me like a newcomer. Obviously, there is a lot of pressure to deliver my best, however even when I forgot my lines, they were patient and considerate towards me. All I can say is we had a lot of fun on the set. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award How difficult is it for an outsider to create a niche in the entertainment industry? It is very difficult… I don’t think I can define it in words. It needs a lot of dedication, hard work and focus to survive in this industry. To overcome all the obstacles coming your way, and prove yourself amidst so many great talents and star kids, is a huge struggle. If you could play some other character from Sacred Games, which one would that be? I don’t think I would want to play any other character in ‘Sacred Games’ other than Zoya and Jameela. There are many layers to my character which will be unveiled in Season 2. So, yes I am happy with what I have got. What can one expect from the second season of Sacred Games? One can expect a lot of new characters in Season 2. How the story is going to unfold will be crazy and amazing at the same time and just on another level. There is going to be a lot of entertainment. I can assure you that Sacred Games season 2 will be very exciting. Tell us about your role in ‘Zee5’s web series? ‘Abhay’ is a new Zee5 original web series which is doing exceptionally well among the audience. We are coming out episode wise and will have eight episodes in total. I am playing the main lead opposite Kunal Khemmu. The name of my character is called Natasha, an ex-cop who has an interesting past with Abhay. Unfortunately, I can’t reveal much because we are still shooting for the same. You have to wait and watch. An ongoing web series you want to be a part of? Made in heaven. I really loved it. A project you regret turning down? Thank god there has never been a project that I turned down and regretted later. Whatever I have turned down has turned out to be the right decision. Web shows or movies, what’s your pick? I feel web is not just the future but also the present. It has a much higher reach. So if there is a web show where my character is amazing and the story is relevant, I would choose it over a movie. An actor you admire for his/her choice of roles? Alia Bhatt.last_img read more

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban called the decision by the Japanese Government a “very positive development.”The Secretary-General appreciates Japan’s “generous and continued contributions to the efforts and commitment of the international community to promote reconstruction and stability in Afghanistan,” the statement added. 11 November 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed Japan’s intention to increase its assistance for Afghanistan to a total of up to $5 billion over the next five years, and said he hopes other nations will follow suit.

Tracy Sprinkle is no longer a member of the Ohio State football team, an OSU spokesman confirmed to The Lantern Monday afternoon.Sprinkle was arrested in Lorain County early Saturday morning and charged with rioting, failure to disperse, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia following a bar fight. According to the spokesman, Sprinkle’s status with the team will be re-evaluated at the end of the legal process.Sprinkle, who was set to be a defensive lineman for the Buckeyes, plead not guilty to all charges Monday morning, according to multiple reports.Sprinkle, who had yet to see the field in his time in Columbus, was a 2012 Associated Press first team All-Ohio selection out of Elyria High School. He enrolled early at OSU, joining the team in January of 2013.During his senior year of high school, Sprinkle recorded 103 tackles, including 19 sacks and 30 total tackles for loss. He was also the first defensive player since former OSU linebacker Matt Wilhelm to win the Lorain County Golden Helmet award, which goes to the best player in the county. Wilhelm won the award in 1999. read more

first_imgFor many people, Roku was the first piece of hardware to use a simple UI to bring the web to your TV. Now that we’ve sort of reached critical mass, where nearly everything we connect to the TV has at least one service that tries to do the same, Roku has released the third generation of their hardware with an improved UI and some interesting new features.The world of web connected set top boxes grows more cluttered by the day. Game consoles now double as streaming STBs, while many companies try to release home theater plugins to offer their attempt at bringing the web to your TV. Roku was one of the first on the scene, and they have worked hard to be one of the best at what they do, without feeling the need to bolt on a bunch of extra stuff.Despite the desires of the tech enthusiast, Roku doesn’t have a web browser, for example. Their focus is specifically on delivering streaming content in an inexpensive package, and they do that really well. The Roku 3 plans to hit shelves with very few external changes, but a lot of little updates on the inside.While the shape of the Roku 3 box is a little different, it still maintains that basic tiny cube shape with an incredibly simple remote control. The new remote features a headphone jack for private listening, so anything you are streaming through the Roku 3 you can choose to listen to with just the remote. Syncing the audio and video this way will be a neat trick, something we’ve seen already with the Wii U. While Roku doesn’t explicitly describe how this works, it’s likely that we’re not far from a teardown that will expose the feature a little more.Roku’s user interface is being adjusted to support the volume of channels that the service has gained over the years. The current UI places everything in a straight line and becomes tedious to use if you have more then 10 or 15 channels installed. A grid UI will take its place, making it easier to navigate across a larger set of channels. The faster hardware in the Roku 3 promises to make this experience nice and fluid as well. A software update will be available for existing Roku Best Price at Amazon owners that will update their units to this new experience.For $99, it’s still pretty hard to find something better than the Roku setup. As Smart TVs try to add features that replicate the simple interface of the Roku service, there’s still very little out there that compares. Roku plans to make their latest hardware available to everyone online and on shelves in April.last_img read more

first_imgHealthcare and wellbeing organisation Well Pharmacy has appointed Ben Turner HR director following a six-month interim period in the role.In this position, Turner will lead the organisation’s people strategy, as well as have day-to-day responsibility over organisational development and reward, resourcing, learning and development, engagement, and business partnering. He will also head up the HR and payroll teams.Turner has held numerous positions at Well Pharmacy, including head of learning, talent and resourcing, and interim learning and development project manager.He has also worked at One Stop Stores as head of HR, and at Tesco as learning and development lead.last_img

first_imgThe state of Alaska has agreed to settle trans-Alaska Pipeline tariff cases. The tariff is what pipeline owners charge for shipping North Slope crude down the line. It’s subtracted from the oil’s value, so the higher the tariff, the less the state collects in taxes and royalties. The state disputed TAPS tariffs applied from 2009 through 2015. The legal settlement announced earlier this month, lowers the tariff for those years. Chief assistant attorney general for regulatory affairs and public advocacy, John Ptacin says it will yield the state a windfall.Listen now”The state’s gonna recognize about $400 million of additional revenue in the form of taxes, royalties and interest as a result of the case being resolved,” Ptacin said.Ptacin says the agreement doesn’t allow past property taxes to be included in the tariff. Also barred from inclusion are $625 hundred million in costs related to reconfiguring pipeline pump stations, and Ptacin says that will also boost state revenue.”Over time, we believe that’ll translate into over a billion dollars additional revenue to the state,” Ptacin said.The settlement, which sets a methodology for TAPS tariff calculation through 2021, was filed with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, December 15th.last_img read more

first_imgShawn Mendes opted to celebrate his 21st birthday with his rumoured boo Camila Cabello. It is not surprising, considering how they have been spending way too much time together.The two singers were spotted on the streets of New York City, holding hands and walking alongside each other. They seemed pretty energetic as they strolled the city streets.An eyewitness told E! News that Camila was rather “giggly and kinda all over Shawn. She saw a store she wanted to go into, pointed at it and wanted to go in and so he stayed outside while she went inside and he was on the phone”.After reuniting post their break, Camila and Shawn’s stroll continued as they were laughing and talking. “Both Shawn and Camila were laughing and talking a lot,” the eyewitness added.The two have been inseparable ever since the news of them being together first surfaced. In fact, on their Miami vacation, things got kind of raunchy between them as Shawn and Camila engaged in some public make-out session. Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello in a still from Senorita music videoTwitter”It already feels to them like they’ve been together for a lot longer than they have,” a source previously told E! News. “They’ve known each other and been a part of each other’s lives for a while so it’s all very natural and moving quickly,” added the source.Another insider revealed, “Neither of them want to be away from each other. She has the opportunity to be there with him and she’s taking it.”While neither of them wishes to comment on what’s cooking, they certainly don’t mind letting the speculations take over social media. In fact, their constant kissing in public and being super romantic has many believe that perhaps they are only doing this for the media attention.#CamilaCabello and #ShawnMendes celebrate his 21st birthday out shopping together in New York City!?‍??‍????????— World Music Awards (@WORLDMUSICAWARD) August 9, 2019 Shawn Mendes and Camila CabelloTwitterSeems very unlikely as they look like they are in love. Not to mention the connection they have had for so long now. They wouldn’t jeopardise all this for media attention, right? Speculations will only be put to rest once either of them admits or denies.last_img read more

first_imgA sign that reads `Warning – Route for Wild Elephants` is pictured near Bangladesh`s Balukhali camp for Rohingya refugees on 14 October 2017. Wild elephants killed four Rohingya refugees including three children on 14 October as they were building a shack in Bangladesh`s southeast, police said. The incident occurred at Balukhali camp in Cox`s Bazar district, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have set up makeshift shelters since fleeing violence across the border in Myanmar.Wild elephants killed four Rohingya refugees including three children as they were building a shack on forest land in southern Bangladesh Saturday, police said.The incident occurred at Balukhali camp in Cox’s Bazar district, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have set up makeshift shelters since fleeing violence across the border in Myanmar.”They were trampled to death by seven or eight wild elephants. They include a woman and three children,” Afrozul Haq Tutul, deputy police chief of Cox’s Bazar, told AFP.Two people were also injured, he said, adding all the victims were Rohingya who were building a shack on in a part of the forest where wild elephants frequently search for food and shelter. This is the second time Rohingya refugees have been attacked by wild elephants in the area. Earlier two Rohingya — an elderly person and a child — were killed by elephants as they were sleeping in a makeshift shelter. An estimated 536,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since a fresh outbreak of violence erupted on 25 August in Myanmar’s westernmost Rakhine state.Space at established refugee camps in Bangladesh has been all but exhausted, with new arrivals hacking away trees and other vegetation anywhere they can to erect shelters from the monsoon rain.Many newly arrived refugees are camping in the open or along roadsides, where they rush aid trucks for food and other desperately needed supplies.The Bangladesh government has allocated 3,000 acres (1,214 hectares) of forest land to build proper shelters for the refugees but many have already set up shacks before the actual construction begins. A Cox’s Bazar district forest official told AFP that clashes between animals and refugees were “inevitable” as the camp areas have been a roaming ground for elephants for centuries.”This is a reserve forest land, frequented by wild Asian elephants all the time,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.  The authorities want to extend the existing camps around Kutupalong and Balukhali into a refugee city for 800,000 Rohingya, but the United Nations has warned such a settlement would be dangerously overcrowded.The latest violence erupted after Rohingya militant raids on 30 police posts in Rakhine triggered a military crackdown.The UN calls the army fightback a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” with villages set ablaze to drive Rohingya civilians out.last_img

first_imgNeo JMB leader Abu Sayeed alias Karim alias Shyamal was produced before the journalists at the office of Detective Branch of police in Bogra on Saturday noon. Photo: Sohel RanaDetective Branch of police overnight arrested most wanted JMB leader Abu Sayeed, a death row convict, from Omarpur area of Nandigram upazila in the district.Sayeed alias Karim alias Shyamal was the main accused of Khagragar bomb blast in Burdwan in the West Bengal state of India.A team of detectives of Police Headquarters and detective branch of police in Bogra conducted a drive at the Nandigram upazila around 1 am last night and arrested him and recovered firearms, ammunitions and a motorcycle.He was the southern wing chief of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), superintendant of police of Bogra Md Asaduzzaman told a press conference Saturday afternoon.Police sources said Sayeed joined JMB in 2002. In 2005, he was awarded death penalty in a case of launching bomb explosion in Naogaon. He fled to India in 2007.He got married to Khadiza, a daughter of militant outfit member Yadul in Murshidabad district and used to operate militant activities there.In 2014, Sayeed was accused of Burdwan blast. A case was lodged against him there.Following the Burdwan blast, National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Kolkata declared a reward of one million Indian rupees for credible information on his whereabouts. In 2015, he fled to Bangladesh.last_img read more

first_imgThere has been a lot of talk about managing to trademark the word candy this week. Not only because allowing such a generic word to be trademarked is ridiculous, but because of’s actions since securing the trademark. They are aggressively pursuing other developers using names similar to their own states this is their way of protecting games from clones and ensuring gamers don’t get confused due to similar naming, but apparently did exactly what it is trying to prevent before it hit the big time with releases like Candy Crush Saga.Back in 2009, attempted to license a game from indie developer Stolen Goose. It was an avoider game called Scamperghost. The deal almost went through, but in the end Stolen Goose received a more lucrative offer from and accepted it. That should have been the end of wasn’t happy, though, and they approached another indie developer called EpicShadow and asked them to clone the game. The reason given to EpicShadow was that Stolen Goose had signed a contract and then backed out, but that contract signing never happened. In the end, Scamperghost saw a release just before EpicShadow’s clone, which named Pac-Avoid.Proof that this happened is available on Matthew Cox’s website, one half of Stolen Goose. As well as a copy of the emails sent from and EpicShadow confirming they’d been asked to make a clone, the screenshot evidence is clear. This game was a copy of Scamperghost, had failed to secure.It seems unlikely this bit of history will have any bearing on’s current actions towards other developers. It’s also unlikely the company will ever want to speak of it. But now you know, and you have a better idea of how this company operates and why their actions towards other developers probably won’t stop regardless of how much bad press they are currently receiving.last_img read more

first_imgUrban reflections, is a collection of realistic and surreal images of Bombay (Mumbai, India), as seen by me, over the last seven years. These images capture the rapidly changing life in Mumbai, which has adopted the path of vertical growth during the last decade.The exhibition being held on March 13 to 23 at Arpana Caur Gallery at Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, Sri Fort Institutional Area, marks a significant departure in the professional career of well-known photojournalist Chandu Mhatre. After shooting all major news events unfolding in India in the past four decades, he has lately been focusing on what can be characterized as fine art photography.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Although the pictures that form Urban Reflections are primarily motivated by artistic considerations, they also tell the urban story of Mumbai’s soul. Urban Reflections is a result of Mhatre’s many journeys through Mumbai to chronicle how the city has changed under the impact of globalization and economic liberalization. The aim has been to capture the city far from its stereotypical images and give the city a touch of fine art photography.This ‘makeover’ in the name of ‘development’ is changing the city’s skyline rapidly; in their quest for materialism, people are uprooted from their cultural moorings thereby resulting in urban chaos. Sea links, highways and flyovers inundated with vehicles have added to the frantic pace of life. The resulting images are seen reflected, on mirrored walls, windows and doors. Contemporary life in Mumbai is a vibrant kaleidoscope of colours and images. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe continuous flow of migrants to Mumbai makes it a melting pot of cultures and traditions. People from all levels of society come with hope, intellectual inputs, traditional values, religious beliefs and cultural nuances. They provide manpower needed to keep the city running. This in turn has an impact on urban life, creating opportunities as well as tensions due to conflicts of interest, beliefs, values and their survival instinct.Based in New Delhi and Mumbai, India, Mhatre has worked for a wide variety of international media groups and global organizations.  Apart from all the leading publications, leading international and Indian magazines and newspapers as well as a variety of global organizations has published his works.  Chandu’s pictures have been extensively used by UNICEF, UNDP, United Press International, Associated Press, Reuters News Agency, Fortune, Forbes, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Washington Post, Geo, The Times London, The Independent, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Marg Publications, CBS 60 Minutes, Debonair, India Today, Bombay Magazine, The Illustrated Weekly of India, Onlooker, Mirror, Imprint, The Times of India and The Indian Express.Additionally, Chandu documented Portuguese history in Goa for the Institute of Cultural affairs in Macau, Government of Portugal. He photographed a book on The Warli for Lalit Kala Akadami. He has also researched and worked with CBS 60 Minutes for their program in India, 50 years of IIT, AIDS, Medical Tourism, Most beautiful woman in world, Aishwarya Rai and Bikram Yoga. He photo documented 1st Jazz Yatra, which was organized by The Bombay group in Mumbai in 1978.He also specializes in fine art photography and archive exhibition photo printing for which he has set up his own printing unit. At present he is working on photo features and projects in India on human, social and environmental issues.When: March 13 to 23Where: Arpana Caur Gallery at Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, 4/6 Sri Fort Institutional Arealast_img read more

first_imgFirefox’s Search Box future unclear by Martin Brinkmann on June 09, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: June 10, 2017 – 80 commentsMozilla plans to ship Firefox’s new interface Photon, out with Firefox 57, without a search box for new users of the web browser.Mozilla notes however that the search box won’t be removed entirely in Firefox 57. It remains visible for existing Firefox installations where it is displayed on, and remains also an option in the customize menu so that users who want to use it can add it to the main Firefox toolbar.Update:  Some commenters have pointed out that the newsletter does not indicate that Mozilla consider to remove the search box entirely from Firefox. I re-read the article, and have to admit that this is the most likely explanation.Mozilla’s reasoning for the change is summed up in the latest Photon Engineering Newsletter #5.The location bar now can do everything the search box can, and more. So at this point the search box is a vestigial leftover from how browsers worked 10+ years ago, and we’d like to remove it to reclaim precious UI space. Today, no other major browser ships with both a location field and search box.Lets take a closer look at the claim. It is true that neither Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Microsoft Internet Explorer ship with a search bar. In fact, all three of the browsers don’t support an extra search box.Other browsers for Windows, Vivaldi or Opera for instance, ship with search box functionality, but it is turned off by default. Some stats on how many users of these browsers (in percent) activate the search box would be useful in this regard.It should not really matter however what other browser developers do or don’t do. That’s where the second part of the argument comes into play.Mozilla wants to “reclaim precious UI space” by removing it. This is understandable, as the UI is used not only by core navigation buttons and the address bar, but also by a growing number of icons that are either placed by extensions there, or by the Firefox browser natively.If you check out the screenshot above, you will notice that the icons on the address bar take up more space than the search bar, and about the same space as the address bar.Three of the icons have been added by extensions, the remaining icons are default buttons of the Firefox browser.Firefox offers better controls than Google Chrome when it comes to toolbar buttons. Google Chrome users may move the buttons to the menu only for instance, while Firefox users may remove them entirely from the browser UI.The future of the search box in FutureMozilla runs user studies right now to understand better how users of the browser search, and to make sure that Firefox’s location bar matches the search needs of the user population. The organization launched on-off search functionality recently for instance in Firefox’s address bar for searching using non-default search engines.The organization does note however that it discusses internally what to do when it comes to the search bar for existing users.Photon won’t be removing the search box entirely, you’ll still be able to add it back through Customize Mode if you so desire. (Please put down your pitchforks and torches. Thank you.) We’re still discussing what to do for existing users…The last sentence may make Firefox users nervous who use the search bar, because, what is there to discuss? Mozilla states that it won’t remove the Search Box entirely when Firefox 57 comes along, so that new users may add it to the browser, and existing users will continue to have access to it.While it could mean disabling the Search Box by default for existing users of the browser as well, it could also mean considering to remove it entirely from Firefox at once point.The latter seems more likely, especially if the user tests come to the conclusion that the functionality provided by the location bar replicates the core functionality of the separate address bar.The next paragraph can be interpreted in that way as well.There’s a trade-off between proving a fresh, clean, and modern experience as part of the upgrade to Photon (especially for users who haven’t been using the search box), and removing a UI element that some people have come to expect and use.Closing WordsI have to admit that I don’t use the search box in Firefox as I run all my searches through the location bar (using keywords for the most part if I need to run a search using search engines that are not the default).I’m pretty sure that there will an an outcry by users who use the Search Box if Mozilla decides to remove it entirely. There is the question whether that is worth it, or if it would make more sense to keep the option if the cost of maintaining it is not unreasonably high.SummaryArticle NameFirefox’s Search Box future unclearDescriptionMozilla plans to ship Firefox’s new interface Photon, out with Firefox 57, without a search box for new users of the web browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgNew research from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law analyzed data from 141 countries.Since 1980, average levels of acceptance for LGBT people and rights have increased globally. But it’s also very polarizing, increasing in the most accepting countries and decreasing in the least.The Global Acceptance Index (GAI) collates data to analyze social attitudes to LGBT people.It found 80 of 141 countries experienced increases in acceptance since 1980, but decreased in 46 countries.It also revealed 15 countries experienced no change at all.A breakdown of the best and worst countriesThe data analyzes social attitudes between 2004 to 2008 and then 2009 to 2013.Breaking it down into each country, Iceland is the clear winner.This is because same-sex sexual activity has been legal since 1940, then came a host of LGBTI legislation in the 90s and 00s. Among these are equal age of consent, anti-discrimination laws, same-sex marriage, adoption and rights to change legal gender. Reykjavik Pride in Iceland. | Photo: Helgi Halldórsson / Flickr UNWTO and LGBT Tourism: Second Global report released at IGLTA SummitMalta will host first LGBT+ Tourism SummitLGBT history will be made at the Rio Olympics, starting with the first same-sex married couple to compete in the gamesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Iceland just topped a list of the fastest growing countries for LGBT acceptance. Vala Grand from Iceland. | Photo: Helgi Halldórsson / FlickrThen comes the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Andorra and Norway. At the bottom of the list and representing a decline in social attitudes is Azerbaijan, Georgia, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and Egypt.Surprisingly, there are some countries where attitudes to LGBT people remained the same over the last almost 40 years. These include Bolivia, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Estonia, and Venezuela.Social attitudes can have a positive trickle down effect when it comes to impacting economic growth.Lead author M.V. Lee Badgett said: ‘Social and legal inclusion has implications for global economic development policies.‘Programs that reduce violence, stigma and discrimination against LGBT people and policies that enhance access to education and health care will allow LGBT people the opportunity to realize their full economic potential, which will benefit the overall economy.See the full list.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

first_imgThe board added it expects to find a permanent replacement by 31 March, however, in the meantime SAA’s low-cost subsidiary, Mango chief executive Nico Bezuidenhout will act as the interim boss. Earlier this month, SAA was awarded the 4-Star Airline ranking for 2013 by Skytrax. Acting CEO suspended after receiving allegations.Image: Click here for more information. South African Airways (SAA) board of directors placed the airline’s acting chief executive, Vuyisile Kona on suspension, after receiving allegations against the temporary head honcho. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J. Although details of allegations are yet to be revealed, the suspension, which came into effect on 11 February 2013, allows the airline to investigate accusations, Bloomberg reported.last_img read more

first_imgQantas today reported an underlying profit before tax of $852 million and a statutory profit before tax of $715 million for the six months ended 31 December 2016.While the underlying result was down 7.5 per cent compared with the prior corresponding period, it was above the guidance range provided in October last year, with an upbeat chief executive Alan Joyce saying that the airline is “one of the best performing airline groups in the world.”Joyce said the result reflects a strong performance in a mixed global aviation market, with the national carrier’s integrated Group strategy and ongoing transformation enabling it to keep delivering value for shareholders while investing for customers.The fall in statutory profit compared with the first half of financial year 2016 largely reflects the inclusion in last year’s result of a $201 million gain from the sale of Qantas’ Sydney Airport terminal.All parts of the Qantas Group were profitable in the half. Combined domestic airline earnings across Qantas and Jetstar were $522 million, while Qantas Loyalty had a record result, giving the Group a strong, profitable core in an improving Australian economy. The Jetstar Group as a whole also had a record result.According to Joyce, the high levels of capacity growth affecting all major airlines impacted Qantas International’s profitability, but it achieved significantly higher margins than the industry average.“Our transformation program has built a strong, sustainable business that generates returns throughout the economic cycle,” Joyce said.“Qantas and Jetstar’s domestic operations produced an outstanding result and Qantas Loyalty continued to thrive. It’s a combination that keeps delivering and sets us apart from our competitors.”The airline also unveiled its new premium economy seat, which will debut on the airline’s fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners from October. Wider and with more functional space overall, the new seat has a unique recline motion that provides a class-leading level of comfort. When the rear of the seat reclines, several sections shift to support the body as passengers move into a more relaxing position.“The Qantas Dreamliner will by flying some of the longest routes in the world, including non-stop from Perth to London, so we’ve focused on making each cabin the most comfortable in its class,” said Joyce.Image: The new Qantas premium economy seat, revealed this morning at the release of the airline’s results premium economy seatqantaslast_img read more

first_imgHelloworld Travel and Qantas Holidays, proud supporters of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, entered two corporate teams in Sydney’s ‘Balmoral Burn’ annual fun run on Sunday 28 May, to help raise awareness and over $2 million for lifesaving medical equipment used in children’s hospital wards around the country.The support of the event builds on the long-standing partnership The AOT Group has had with the Foundation, that now continues under the Helloworld Travel brand.The “Burn” is aptly-named – anyone who knows the Balmoral Beach area will be well-acquainted with the precipitous streets, and participants take on the challenge of running up Awaba Street, one of the steepest streets in NSW!Qantas Holidays teammates at Sydney’s Balmoral Burn for the Humpty Dumpty FoundationHelloworld Travel Limited CEO and Managing Director Andrew Burnes, a longtime supporter of the foundation, said “it’s great for us to be part of this event again in 2017 and for the Helloworld Travel and Qantas Holidays staff and their families to be involved in supporting such a worthy cause”.Wallaby great and creator of the Balmoral Burn, Phil Kearns AM said “The support of Andrew Burnes and the team at Helloworld Travel is making a significant difference to the health and wellbeing of children in hospitals across Australia and we are very grateful of their involvement”. L-R: Colin Dunne – Team Helloworld Travel, Emma East – Team Qantas Holidays, Kealan Kelly – Team Helloworld Travel, Maryluz Escandor – Team Qantas Holidays, Benn Hartung – Team Helloworld Travel, Andrej Dopud – Team Qantas Holidays, Mark Brownlee – Team Helloworld Travel and Jim Milazzo – Team Qantas Holidays Helloworld TravelQantas Holidayslast_img read more

first_imgAugust 18, 2007 IT’S A BOY … Congratulations to the Begin-Tollas family, Nadia, Dave and their 10-year old son Tristan, on the birth of their newest family member. Nadia Begin with Paolo Soleri on August 8. 2007. Nadia made table decorations for the E.A.R. concert on August 11. 2007. [Photo & text: sa] The baby was born yesterday, August 16., around 5 o’clock in the afternoon, right during a thunder and lightning storm. He weighed 9 lbs 10 oz. Birth took place in the Begin-Tollas residence, the west foundry apartment, with guidance of a mid-wife. Mother and child are healthy and in good spirits. [Photo & text: sa] Welcome !!! More story and photos soon! [Photo & text: sa]last_img

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