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WestJet CEO says new routes to Europe on Dreamliner partly a grab

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WestJet Airlines Ltd. plans to launch non-stop service from Calgary to Dublin, Paris and London’s Gatwick Airport using its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, challenging Air Canada with transatlantic flights that target business passengers and the jet set.“It’s really important for us to be able to attract what I would call bucket-list travellers, premium leisure travellers and, indeed, a share of business corporate travellers,” WestJet chief executive Ed Sims said in an telephone interview from Calgary.The airline aims to invest roughly $4 billion in new airplanes over the next six or seven years, including 10 Dreamliners, Sims said.The new routes reflect not just a grab for more would-be Air Canada passengers, but also an attempt to gin up new travellers.“We think the markets here are being very underserved, so I think there’s an opportunity to attract a new generation of travellers,” Sims said.“But of course, for outbound Canadians it now gives them a choice,” he added.The wide-body 320-seat Dreamliners include 16 lie-flat seats in a business cabin as well as 24 premium economy seats, as WestJet continues to recast itself as a large intercontinental carrier.“It’s a real evolution from WestJet being a clone of Southwest (Airlines) to becoming more and more similar in some ways to Air Canada — but trying to differentiate themselves,” said Karl Moore, an aviation expert at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management.WestJet is battling with Air Canada on a number of fronts. Its ultra-low-cost Swoop airline recently launched flights to the U.S., in competition with Air Canada’s six-year-old Rouge unit.On top of a long-range fleet that still dwarfs WestJet’s, Air Canada’s recent deal at the head of a consortium to buy the Aeroplan reward program from Aimia Inc. represents another potential advantage WestJet aims to reduce.WestJet announced Wednesday it will top up its WestJet Rewards program with a new platinum tier later this year.“Flying to Europe is not going to be all that dissimilar to Air Canada,” Moore said.“You’re going to have points, you’re going to have a business class, you’re flying long-haul in brand new planes.”WestJet remains outside the constellation of major airline alliances, however, which comprise Star Alliance — of which Air Canada is a member — Sky Team and Oneworld.“I’ve absolutely changed my behaviour because I can get points flying on non-Air Canada partner airlines,” Moore said. “I don’t think WestJet is as powerful to the global traveller as Air Canada with the Star Alliance.”WestJet’s three new routes are slated to start in the spring, with sales beginning Wednesday.The Dreamliner will fly daily between Calgary and Gatwick, four times a week to and from Paris and three times a week to and from Dublin. read more

Trump takes first step to scale back financial regulations

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by Jill Colvin, The Associated Press Posted Feb 3, 2017 3:39 am MDT Last Updated Feb 3, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Trump takes first step to scale back financial regulations In this Feb. 2, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Trump is taking his first steps aimed at scaling back financial services regulations. The president will sign an executive order Friday that will direct the Treasury secretary to review the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial oversight law, which reshaped financial regulation after the 2008-09 financial crisis. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is taking his first steps aimed at scaling back financial services regulations, and the Republican-run Congress cast a vote early Friday signalling that it’s eager to help.The president will sign an executive order Friday that will direct the Treasury secretary to review the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial oversight law, which reshaped financial regulation after the 2008-09 financial crisis.But first, the Senate used an unusual pre-dawn vote to approve legislation, 52-47, killing a regulation that has required oil and gas companies to disclose payments to the U.S. or foreign governments for commercial development. The House approved the measure this week, and Trump is expected to sign it.Republicans said the rejected regulation gives foreign competitors valuable information about U.S. firms and would hurt the economy. Democrats said erasing the requirement means big companies will be able to hide questionable dealings with foreign governments like Russia.Trump pledged during his campaign to repeal and replace the Dodd-Frank law, which also created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. A senior White House official outlined his executive order in a background briefing with reporters Thursday.“Dodd-Frank is a disaster,” Trump said earlier this week during a meeting with small business owners. “We’re going to be doing a big number on Dodd-Frank.”The president said he’ll be discussing the topic with top CEOs and banking executives at a meeting Friday morning at the White House, where attendees included Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase.“There’s nobody better to tell me about Dodd-Frank than Jamie, so you’re going to tell me about it,” Trump said.He told the group that he expects his administration “to be cutting a lot out of Dodd-Frank because frankly I have so many people, friends of mine that have nice businesses that can’t borrow money. They just can’t get any money because the banks just won’t let ’em borrow because of the rules and regulations of Dodd-Frank.”Trump’s order won’t have any immediate impact. But it directs the Treasury secretary to consult with members of different regulatory agencies and the Financial Stability Oversight Council and report back on potential changes.That likely includes a review of the CFPB, which vastly expanded regulators’ ability to police consumer products — from mortgages to credit cards to student loans.Trump administration officials, like other critics, argue Dodd-Frank did not achieve what it set out to do and portray it as an example of massive government over-reach.Trump will also sign a presidential memorandum Friday that instructs the Labor Department to delay implementing an Obama-era rule that requires financial professionals who charge commissions to put their clients’ best interests first when giving advice on retirement investments.The rule, which was set to take effect in April, will be delayed for 90 days while it’s reviewed.The so-called “fiduciary rule” was aimed at blocking financial advisers from steering clients toward investments with higher commissions and fees that can eat away at retirement savings.Critics argue the rule limits retirees’ investment choices by forcing asset managers to steer them to the lowest-risk options.__Follow Colvin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/colvinj read more

Tips for job seekers headed to Youth Hiring Fair next week

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The City of Calgary’s 19th annual Youth Hiring Fair is just around the corner and organizers are hoping those who come out are ready for the day.The fair drew more than 8,000 people last year.Jennifer MacSween with the Calgary Youth Employment Centre said there are some things job seekers can do to prepare.“Researching the companies beforehand, even stopping off at the Youth Employment Centre before the actual fair begins,” she said.She said they help 15 to 24 year olds put together a solid resume and they can meet with employment counselors.The fair runs Tuesday, March 28 from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the Big Four Building at Stampede Park.TOP 5 TIPS FOR SUCCESSMeet with an Employment Counsellor at YEC before you attendIdentify employers of choice and conduct research before attendingKnow what you want to achieve and make a plan: you can’t meet with everyone; prioritize your top five employersDeliver an “elevator pitch” and engage the recruiters in conversation. Use the face time you have to leave a positive impactApproach with confidence, but practice your way up to your #1 choice: “Last choice first, first choice last” SEPARATE YOURSELF FROM THE COMPETITIONDress for success: dress professionally and appropriately, some employers will be conducting interviews at the hiring fairBring in a targeted resume and cover letter for each employer of interestAsk for a business card from the recruiter or a way to follow-up with them after the hiring fair and then do it!Execute your plan individually. If you plan to attend the Fair with friends break-off, do your thing, then meet up afterwards.Talk to people and NETWORK. Engage exhibitors or recruiters, talk to staff and other attendees. You never know who has valuable information that may help your either your future or current job search! Tips for job seekers headed to Youth Hiring Fair next week Jobs seekers line up at the city’s 18th annual Youth Hiring Fair on April 8, 2016. (660 NEWS) by Mike Tarasko Posted Mar 24, 2017 7:17 am MDT Last Updated Mar 24, 2017 at 7:19 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NAIL YOUR HIRING FAIR INTERVIEW Be prepared and bring a professional binder containing: a notepad, pens, copies of your resumes, references, impactful questions to ask employers. Actively take notes during the interview, or write questions down, and show you’re engaged in the conversation.Know the employer, know yourself, and make strong connections: understand the employer/organization, the business, the customer base, the history, current projects, etc. – and how you will fit in and add value. Know why you want to work there and how you will contribute to their success.Be comfortable with silence and think before you speak! You don’t need to respond immediately after the employer asks a question. You also don’t want to end up rambling. Think about what the employer is asking you and then deliver a purposeful responseBe sure to follow-up with a thank you letter, reiterating your interest in the position, and noting something you took away from the conversation.Meet with a YEC Employment Counsellor, who conduct a tailor-made mock interviews and provide you with constructive feedback while engaging in a realistic interview preview. Practice and Rehearse: know how to respond to common questions and learn how to effectively speak to accomplishments you have outlined on your resume that allow you to stand out. Bring in written lists or responses if it will help you. read more

UN reports new allegations of sexual misconduct by peacekeepers in Central African

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“These new allegations relate to a case where three young females – including one minor –were victims of rape by members of a MINUSCA military contingent. The Mission was informed of these allegations on August 12 2015 by the families of the three women,” explained Diane Corner during a press conference from Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR).These allegations come on the heels of a case reported on 11 August by the human rights group Amnesty International, also regarding MINUSCA “blue helmets.” The day after the incident was revealed, MINUSCA chief General Babacar Gaye, resigned at the request of the Secretary-General.Mrs. Corner said upon learning of the charges, the Mission immediately informed the UN Headquarters in New York, which notified the UN Office of the Internal Oversight Services and the relevant troop-contributing country. Per procedure, within 10 days, the country should notify the Organization whether it intends to investigate these allegations itself. “If the country fails to open an investigation or does not respond to the request of UN Headquarters, the Organization will launch its own investigation,” explained the Deputy Special Representative.Last week, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that it was critical that troop contributing countries take swift action to appoint national investigation officers, conclude investigations and hold perpetrators accountable, UN spokesperson, Vannina Maestracci said today.MINUSCA, assured Mrs. Corner, will make sure to preserve all available evidence related to the allegations. Assuming the penal responsibility, the contributing country is ultimately responsible for the good conduct of his own peacekeepers. The Mission and the agencies it partners with provide assistance to victims of such claims, added Mrs. Corner.Reiterating MINUSCA’s firm commitment to fight all forms of misconduct by its personnel, she called for anyone with some information in this regard to share it with the Mission, which will guarantee anonymity and protection. Deployed in early 2014, MINUSCA is currently aiming to defuse sectarian tensions across the country. More than two years of civil war and violence have displaced thousands of people amid ongoing clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka alliance and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian. In addition, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) continues to operate in the south-eastern part of the country.The situation of deep instability is further exacerbated by a growing humanitarian crisis. The UN estimates that some 450,000 people remain displaced inside the country while thousands of others have sought asylum across the borders. Meanwhile, overall some 2.7 million people in the CAR remain in direct need of urgent humanitarian assistance. read more

11Seeds Are Dangerous This Year

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There’s been plenty of confusion surrounding the decisions that the NCAA Tournament selection committee made for this year’s bracket. Accusations of underseeding and overseeding abound. But do the numbers bear it all out? In this video, Neil Paine and Reuben Fischer-Baum dig deep into FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions to uncover the most head-scratching seedings, including a batch of 11-seeds ready to wreak havoc on your bracket.

Tyndall National Institute staff to picket over pay

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first_imgNot only is there a considerable pay gap with counterparts in UCC but that gap is going to widen as increments are paid to the other university staff. This dispute can be resolved if the departments of Education and Public Expenditure and Reform are willing to put forward concrete measures to address the widening pay gap.The SIPTU members involved include researchers, engineers, administration, technical and IT staff.The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) is also involved in the dispute,  but its members will not be placing an official picket due to procedural reasons, said SIPTU.It expects that IFUT members will support the SIPTU picket. The SIPTU members will picket at the five entrances to the Tyndall Institute, which is not part of the UCC main campus.Read: Staff to picket UCC’s Tyndall Institute tomorrow over pay dispute> STAFF AT THE Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork are due to picket this morning over pay concerns.The SIPTU members are to place pickets at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork (UCC) from 7am to 6pm today.The union said that their dispute concerns a pay inequity which they claim exists between a large number of Tyndall employees and their counterparts doing the same or similar work on UCC main campus.It says that the difference in pay is of the order of 10 per cent to 20 per cent.SIPTU Sector Organiser, Louise O’Reilly, commented:last_img read more

Integrated car infotainment a Greek invention

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In the near future, all General Motors cars, including its Opel and Vauxhall counterparts, will feature a Greek Australian designed music and radio service. Called miRoamer, the in-built platform will feature personalised infotainment that will introduce digital radio to cars for the first time. The Greek Australian creators have been working on the project for over eight years with the hope of connecting more useful and user friendly apps to an integrated dash, moving away from in-phone apps. The miRoamer radio and music service will be either pre-installed in new General Motors connected vehicles, or available via the soon-to-be-launched General Motors ‘walled garden’ application framework. The first shipment of connected vehicles is expected to begin in 2014, and will be sold to a global market. General Motors will be making the service available in all models, offering an opt-in option for cheaper models and more expensive models will have it included. miRoamer director George Parthimos says the company has secured a two year deal with GM, and sees a huge potential for all carmakers to get their customers better connected. “Connected cars are coming now,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “It’s like having an iPad on wheels.” The platform will feature a radio directory, like the popular app Tune In Radio, but will expand to offer premium and subscription services. For instance, the AFL can come to miRoamer and say specific video and audio content to become available to Holden drivers for a selected time. Something other platforms have not yet mastered. The service will give customers the chance to tailor their own listening habits, and import their online content, like playlists on platforms like Spotify, Rhapsody and Pandora. “Satellite navigation, internet radio, weather, facebook, everything will be in your dashboard,” summarises Mr Parthimos. The company, a completely Greek Australian run project was chosen to be a part of GM’s models thanks to its European and Asian market potential. GM’s Chief Infotainment Officer Phil Abram says customers are now demanding more connectivity and ask for more in-built applications, like GPS maps and digital radio as a given. “Today’s new car buyers want the same level of customisation and connectivity out of their cars that they’re accustomed to from handheld electronics,” said Mr Abram. “By developing an in-vehicle app framework and working with partners like miRoamer, General Motors is dedicated to bringing our owners digital lives into their vehicles.” MiRoamer will be launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, as part of the GM stall, with ticket holders getting the chance to road test the platform for themselves. GM manufactures 12 per cent the world’s cars and is the first to launch miRoamer in their fleet. Mr Parthimos says Volkswagen and Toyota are also in talks to take on the service. For more information, visit www.miroamer.comlast_img read more

Summerlike temperatures on way Thursday Friday could set records

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first_imgThis week’s weather will offer Clark County residents a summertime treat.While the temperature highs will hover around 80 degrees through Wednesday, the final two workdays might include highs near 90 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Thursday’s and Friday’s temperatures could set records, with Friday likely to be the hottest day, said Colby Neuman, a meteorologist with the weather service. The highest temperatures will be around 5 p.m.A high pressure system that was over the Gulf of Alaska on Sunday afternoon will strengthen and make its way toward Oregon and Washington later this week, Neuman said. The pressure system, combined with warm easterly winds, are likely to cause the balmier weather.“That’s kind of the pattern for us when we see warmer temperatures throughout the year, especially in the summer months,” Neuman said.The weather is expected to gradually cool Saturday and Sunday, but it will still be relatively warm, Neuman said. The weather service typically forecasts seven days in advance, so it’s not exactly clear when the warm air will be gone.“Sometimes it happens within 24 hours. Sometimes it takes two, three, four days,” Neuman said. “On average in this scenario, we don’t stay there for that long. So we should cool off, but it’s not a guarantee either.”Neuman added that while the weather is hot, rivers are relatively deep, cold and moving fast. With temperatures around 50 degrees in local rivers, those jumping in can expect hypothermia within minutes, and life jackets should be worn, Neuman said.last_img read more

Sarri insists Hazard can win Ballon dOr

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first_imgChelsea Football Club manager Maurizio Sarri insists Eden Hazard can win more trophies and the Ballon d’Or if he decides to stay at Stamford Bridge.The Belgium captain leads the club’s scoring chart with 10 goals across all competition and is currently joint top scorer of the Premier League, level on goals with Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang of Arsenal.“Of course Eden for us he is a fantastic player,” Sarri said, according to Metro.“It will be very important for us if he will remain with us, it will be very important.”Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I think also he can win everything, also the Ballon D’Or, here without playing in Spain. ‘Chelsea will be able to win the Champions League, Belgium will be able to win the European Cup.”Hazard was absent during Chelsea’s Carabao Cup victory over Derby County on Wednesday night due to a back injury but is expected to return this weekend.Chelsea, third in the Premier League, welcome struggling Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. The blues will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season so far whilst putting pressure on league leaders, Manchester City and Liverpool.last_img read more

Transcript of statement by parents of Bethany Storro

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first_imgJoe and Nancy Neuwelt, parents of Bethany Storro, gave a press conference in front of their Vancouver home on Friday afternoon. Here is a transcript of their remarks.Joe Neuwelt: “As I stand before you today, I would like our neighborhood, the city of Vancouver, our nation and the world as a whole to know that we are we are deeply sorry for what happened.“If I could find words to express myself other than text off a sheet of paper, I would. Nancy and I are deeply sorry. We’re going through a very tough time.“As any good parent would, we stood by our daughter when she told us these different scenarios. We stood by her. We believed her. Any good parent would do that, so that’s the course we took. Up until yesterday, we believed her fully — there was no reason to doubt her, at all.“We will lean on our faith, our families and our friends and our community to get our daughter the medial attention that she needs and the counseling that she deserves.Nancy Neuwelt: “We also acknowledge there was hurt and betrayal to the communities involved, and we want to apologize for that.“Bethany is extremely sorry for the pain to her friends, family, co-workers at Safeway and friends at Anytime Fitness in Vancouver, the Vancouver, Camas and Washougal communities and surrounding area, but now she can begin to heal because the truth has been revealed.”last_img read more

Lightning pelts Oregon starting new wildfires

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first_imgPORTLAND — More than 10,000 lightning strikes peppered the state Friday and Saturday, igniting many small wildfires in central and southern Oregon.The lightning was accompanied by some rain, but fire managers had yet to determine if it made much of an impact.“The precipitation did hamper some firefighting efforts. Firefighters couldn’t do back burn kind of things because of precipitation in certain areas,” said Sarah Levy, spokeswoman for the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.“But obviously precipitation is usually a good thing for fires,” she added. “Everyone’s still trying to sort out what the picture is.”There are eight major fires or complexes of fires in Oregon, all coming after barrages of lightning since late July. The largest active fire is the Douglas Complex in southwest Oregon, which has scorched about 70 square miles.Fire spokesman Paul D. Ries said crews would take advantage of less active fire behavior to strengthen containment lines and protect homes. Wet thunderstorms were in Saturday’s forecast, and they could be accompanied by gusty winds and hail.On the Big Windy Complex northwest of Grants Pass, a firefighter who suffered from a heart condition had to be evacuated late Friday afternoon. A spokesman for the incident team said the firefighter remained in the hospital Saturday and his condition is stable.A 19-year-old firefighter died at the same fire complex Tuesday when the water truck he was driving overturned.In Eastern Oregon, the state fire marshal said cool weather and light rain allowed officials monitoring the Grouse Mountain Fire near John Day to lift a warning that structures are threatened. The fire advanced toward neighborhoods on the edge of the city late Thursday but was stopped by an air-and-ground attack.Nearly 7,000 firefighters and support staff are tackling blazes across Oregon.last_img read more

Why Newsweek Chose Obama

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first_imgFor magazine editors covering politics, it’s been Huck-O-bamania since the candidates’ surprising Iowa Caucus wins last week. Newsweek chose Obama as its cover subject this week. Newsweek editor Jon Meacham explains why:A word about the decision to put Obama on our cover. Weekly magazines like ours have traditionally worried about looking stale or out of sync if the candidate we are featuring loses a different primary early in the week we publish. We suffered from that perennial concern until Thursday night. Then, when Obama’s victory— 8 points over John Edwards, and 9 over Hillary Clinton—became clear, so did the cover decision. Barack Obama has made not only news but history.In an election to choose a successor to an unpopular incumbent at an hour of danger, an African-American candidate for president convincingly won a state that is virtually all white; a 46-year-old first-term senator defeated two more seasoned national politicians; an insurgent is roiling the stately party establishment Bill Clinton built as the first two-term Democratic president since FDR. No matter what happens going forward, in New Hampshire, South Carolina and beyond, the Obama win—a vote for a viable candidate of color in a nation in which the issue of race has been called simply “the American dilemma”—is a new chapter in our long national story.Check out the video of Meacham’s explanation here …last_img read more

Will Ranbir Kapoor overshadow Ranveer Singh in coming days or vice versa

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first_imgRanbir Kapoor, Ranveer SinghReuters/ Varinder ChawlaRanbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh are two contemporaries, who are having a gala time as far as their career is concerned. Both the actors have delivered blockbusters in the form of their last movies, and now are ready with some highly anticipated upcoming movies.Ranbir broke several box office records with his last film Sanju. While he was having a dull phase in his career, Sanju brought him back on track. On the other side, Ranveer has been giving back to back hit movies with critically acclaimed performances.After Padmaavat, Ranveer maintained his box office dominance with Simmba and Gully Boy. He is currently one of the most successful stars of this generation.Now, both the two stars have a couple of movies in their kitty, making each other highly competitive for each other. To talk about Ranbir, he has two confirmed upcoming movies – Brahmastra and Shamshera.Both the films will present the actor in never-seen-before avatars. While Brahmastra is a super-hero film, Ranbir will be seen playing the character of a dacoit. Both the films are likely to have a great deal of VFX, and strong storyline. Hence, the two flicks are expected to create more box office records. Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer SinghMeanwhile, Ranveer also has two forthcoming films in his kitty – 83 and Takht. Based on India’s first Cricket World Cup victory in 1983, the movie 83 will present him playing the role of Kapil Dev. The film is highly awaited and is likely to create a storm at the box office. Similar is the case with multi-starrer Takht as it is also expected to become one of the biggest hits of Bollywood.With such movies in pipeline, it is difficult to predict if Ranbir will overshadow Ranveer in coming days or vice versa.last_img read more

Trump Says Transgender People Cant Serve In Military

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first_img Share Updated at 3:40 p.m. ETPresident Trump has announced that the government will not allow transgender people to serve in the U.S. military, a year after the Pentagon lifted its ban on transgender service members.In a series of tweets on Wednesday morning, he wrote:“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow … Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming … victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”Transgender people already serve in the military. It’s not immediately clear how Trump intends to implement the ban, but the Pentagon announced Wednesday that it will defer enlistments by transgender applicants.“Secretary [James] Mattis today approved a recommendation by the services to defer accessing transgender applicants into the military until Jan. 1, 2018,” Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said in a statement. “The services will review their accession plans and provide input on the impact to the readiness and lethality of our forces.”In a briefing on Wednesday afternoon, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump made this decision “after extensive discussions with his national security team to end this Obama policy,” which she called “expensive and disruptive.”The Pentagon had lifted the ban on transgender service members in June 2016.The president “came to the conclusion that it erodes military readiness and unit cohesion and made his decision based on that,” said Sanders, adding that the White House and the Pentagon will work together to implement the new policy “lawfully,” including what it will mean for transgender people already serving.“It’s obviously a very difficult decision, not a simple one, but the president thinks it’s the best one for the military,” she said.“When the president made the decision yesterday, the secretary of defense was immediately informed, as was the rest of the national security team,” said Sanders, responding to reports that the Pentagon had been caught off-guard by the announcement. “Once he made the decision, he didn’t think it was necessary to hold that decision.”Republican Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement that the president’s tweets are “yet another example of why major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter.”“The Department of Defense has already decided to allow currently-serving transgender individuals to stay in the military, and many are serving honorably today,” McCain said. “Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving. There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military —regardless of their gender identity.”McCain added that Pentagon is conducting a study on “the medical obligations it would incur, the impact on military readiness and related questions” associated with the enlistment of transgender people not yet in the military. “I do not believe that any new policy decision is appropriate until that study is complete and thoroughly reviewed by the Secretary of Defense, our military leadership, and the Congress,” he said.Trump’s announcement comes exactly 69 years after President Harry Truman issued an executive order desegregating the military.As NPR’s Merrit Kennedy reported last year when the ban was lifted, then-Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said the key reason for the change was “that the Defense Department and the military need to avail ourselves of all talent possible in order to remain what we are now — the finest fighting force the world has ever known.”The move was an acknowledgement of the transgender people already in the military. Carter said Rand Corp. researchers estimated that “about 2,500 people out of approximately 825,000 reserve service members are transgender, with the upper end of their range of estimates of around 7,000 in the active component and 4,000 in the reserves.”Trump’s announcement will likely be seen as running counter to a tweet he posted in 2016, in which Trump thanked the LGBT community. “I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs,” he pledged.Much of the early reaction to Trump’s announcement was critical.The Human Rights Campaign immediately tweeted its disapproval of Trump’s announcement. “Threatening 15K currently serving troops who put their lives at risk is unpatriotic and dangerous,” the LGBTQ rights organization said.The American Civil Liberties Union put out a call to transgender service members affected by the announcement. “This is an outrageous and desperate action,” the civil liberties group said in a statement. “This has been studied extensively, and the consensus is clear: There are no cost or military readiness drawbacks associated with allowing trans people to fight for their country. The president is trying to score cheap political points on the backs of military personnel who have put their lives on the line for their country.”“Every patriotic American who is qualified to serve in our military should be able to serve. Full stop,” tweeted former Vice President Joe Biden.“Quality people in uniform are what make our military the finest fighting force the world has ever seen,” said Carter in a statement. “I continue to maintain that what matters in choosing those who serve is that they are best qualified. To choose service members on other grounds than military qualifications is social policy and has no place in our military. There are already transgender individuals who are serving capably and honorably. This action would also send the wrong signal to a younger generation thinking about military service.”Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican congresswoman from Florida, tweeted her disapproval: “No American, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, should be prohibited from honor + privilege of serving our nation #LGBT.”Congressman Ted Lieu, a Democrat from California, released a statement critical of the announcement. “The President’s exclusion of Americans who happen to be transgender from serving in the military is not based on facts, it is based on naked bigotry. I know because I served on active duty. The military doesn’t care what your sexual orientation or identity is, or who you love. It cares about whether you can shoot straight and complete the mission. The President’s discriminatory decision harms our military readiness for our volunteer-based military.” Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

UMES names new Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

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first_imgDr. D. Jason DeSousaDr. D. Jason DeSousa is the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s next Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.DeSousa’s first day at UMES will be April 20.He currently works at Fayetteville (N.C.) State University, where he has been assistant vice chancellor for student retention since January 2012.“Dr. DeSousa is the right person at the right time to fill this important leadership post at UMES,” President Juliette B. Bell said. “I know our campus community will make him feel welcome.”“He brings a wealth of experience and success in the challenging field of college enrollment, and I am confident he will help us achieve our goals in that critical area,” Bell said.A 1987 Morgan State University graduate, DeSousa’s two-decade career in higher education has included administrator positions at his alma mater as well as Tuskegee University, Alabama State University, Savannah State University, Huston-Tillotson University in Texas and Clark Atlanta University.“UMES is known as the kind of institution genuinely concerned about providing an educational experience that is compelling, innovative and transformative,” he said. “And that approach is very exciting to me.”DeSousa holds a master’s degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and a doctorate in higher education administration from Indiana University, where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow.He has brought in some $3 million in grants to institutions where he has worked to support projects focusing on “student retention, student leadership and enriching educational experiences,” including a $1 million award from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation announced just last month.That grant will support a program that provides learning resources, tutoring and mentors targeting students capable of doing college work but who are struggling to keep pace with classmates.He has testified before a U.S. Senate committee in May 2014 on “Strengthening Minority Serving Institutions,” and shared his expertise with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities on strategies to attract more minority men to those institutions and keep them motivated to graduate.Inspire magazine in 2013 named DeSousa one on its “Top 40 Inspirers” and Morgan State honored him with its 2003 Distinguished Male alumnus award. He is also a former president of the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals.DeSousa says he envisions UMES aggressively using cutting-edge technology to bolster traditional recruiting methods as well as enlisting outgoing students to work alongside admissions counselors to help “sell” the university as “the right choice.”“I see my role as being the person responsible for ensuring campus life is robust, interesting and that students have access to a spectrum of co-curricular experiences that enriches their time at UMES,” DeSousa said.And when UMES plays his alma mater, Morgan State, in basketball, who will he root for?“I’ll be sitting at half court,” DeSousa diplomatically said with a laugh.Bill Robinson, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355last_img read more

Riding the spirit of freedom

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first_imgP K Goyal, Director Finance, Indian Oil Corporation Limited flagged off the IndianOil sponsored Spirit of Freedom Motorbike Expedition of Pathfinders to Ladakh on Monday. T.S. Khwaja, General Manager Incharge, Delhi State Office, Indian Oil was also present on the occasion.As part of their motto, ‘Adventure for Social Outreach’, Pathfinders would donate laptops, stationery, sports gear, solar lamps and generators to government schools in its route along borders with Pakistan and China. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’P K Goyal lauded the efforts of the Pathfinders in embarking on an expedition which promises to make a difference to the people living in remote Himalayan region. One of the notable clutch of schools is in Turtuk, the northernmost village in the country that was liberated from Pakistan in 1971. Another school worth mentioning is at Sato in Durbuk block run for children of nomadic tribes. Goyal handed over the items for the schools to bikers before flagging off the expedition in the presence of IndianOil GM In-Charge, Delhi and Haryana State Office, Talib S Khwaja. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis year the expedition would visit Turtuk Village in Nurba Valley and Trishul village in Leh along with other locations. A troop of seven bikes with eleven members would roughly cover 3600 Kms in a span of 15 days. The aim of this expedition is to spread awareness about environment degradation in the Himayalas among the school children in the remote villages of Ladakh as well as to reach out to the underprivileged in these inaccessible and hilly areas. IndianOil has a long tradition of intense commitment towards sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. The various CSR initiatives supported by IndianOil are all aimed to benefit the community and to fulfill the social responsibility.last_img read more

Brain Break Watch This Kids Virtual Reality Wipeout

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first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. As if strapping a virtual reality headset to your face isn’t dorky enough, it could have you falling flat on your face, too.  At least that’s what happened to this poor kid. She gave a fancy $799 pair of HTC Vive VR goggles a spin, pawed her way around like a lost mole in the dark, and — whoops-a-daisy — she biffed. Hard.Related: Brain Break: (Literally!) Hero Saves Boy From Flying Bat at Pirates GameLucky girl, someone posted the footage of her eating it on Imgur. A day later the funny clip made the rounds on Reddit, where a kind soul begged the critical question: “OUCH! Is the Vive okay?!?!” Thanks to the little human cushion, it appears to be. But we’re not so sure about the kid. She got a wicked harsh taste of reality — also known as the floor. 1 min read March 11, 2016center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

China Premier Li Keqiang addresses Thai Parliament

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first_img Top Stories Li told the Thai lawmakers that Thailand and China will boost their trade to $100 billion by the end of 2015 and that China will buy more Thai agricultural produce.“In the next five years, China will import 1 million tons of rice from Thailand and will also import more rubber,” Li said.Thailand’s government has struggled to sell much of the rice it has amassed in a rice-buying scheme that is a flagship policy of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s administration. The scheme has accumulated losses of at least $4.46 billion since it was introduced in 2011. Its inability to resell the high-priced rice on the international market allowed India and Vietnam to surpass Thailand in the value of their rice exports.Thai rubber farmers have staged a series of street demonstrations and blocked roads in recent months to pressure the government to shore up rubber prices, which have dropped since peaking in 2011 due to weak demand in a sluggish global economy.Li, who became premier in March, is the first foreign leader to give a speech in Parliament in at least 10 years. House speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont said he granted Li “an opportunity to speak directly to the representatives of the Thai people” because his visit was an “honor.” Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober BANGKOK (AP) – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang became the first foreign leader to address Thailand’s Parliament in more than a decade Friday as he began a three-day visit aimed at strengthening ties and seeking business for his country’s high-speed railway technology.Li’s speech underscored China’s growing influence in Southeast Asia a week after Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered the first speech by a foreign leader to Indonesia’s Parliament. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Sponsored Stories The demonstrators dispersed Thursday after being promised that they could return to the protest site after the Chinese premier’s visit ends.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Li asked the lawmakers to support Chinese train technology. He is to open an exhibit on China’s high-speed rail system in Bangkok on Saturday.The two governments also signed memorandums of understanding on cooperation in railway projects, investment, energy, culture and other areas.“China has expressed interest in helping to develop the high-speed railway. On this, in principle, Thailand is willing to work with them at the government level and is asking to pay part of the expenses with agricultural produce,” Yingluck told reporters after meeting with Li.Last month, Parliament authorized 2.2 trillion baht ($70 billion) in loans for large transportation projects, including four high-speed rail lines that would connect Bangkok to other key cities and dual-track rail lines that could reduce the country’s dependence on road transport.Li is to travel to Chiang Mai, Yingluck’s hometown in northern Thailand, and then leave for Vietnam on Sunday.The Thai Cabinet invoked the Internal Security Act in three Bangkok districts prior to Li’s visit to pressure a group of anti-government protesters to leave an area near the prime minister’s office where they had camped out. The law allows authorities to seal off roads, take action against security threats and impose curfews. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

Rep Hornberger ensures state library funding will benefit Michigan residents

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first_img15Mar Rep. Hornberger ensures state library funding will benefit Michigan residents Bill offers new provision to Interstate Library Compact entryThe Michigan House on Wednesday overwhelmingly advanced a bill sponsored by state Rep. Pamela Hornberger providing clarity to a previous law that entered Michigan into the Interstate Library Compact.With the signing of Public Act 173 of 2017, Michigan became the first state to join since 1976. The compact includes over 30 states nationwide, allowing out-of-state residents access to Michigan libraries in Indiana and Ohio, and vice versa. The agreement helps libraries provide more uniform services within their unique regions and is beneficial to residents in border communities who live closer to a library in another state than one within their own. While continuing to serve patrons from both Michigan and elsewhere in border areas, Hornberger wants to make sure only Michigan residents will be taken into account when library funding is requested and provided.“The way the language was written in the law states that libraries will receive funding on a per resident served basis,” said Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township. “This could prove to be a problematic interpretation when Indiana and Ohio residents are being served by Michigan libraries using state funding. This is a common sense agreement with other states, but it’s also common sense to demand state taxpayer funds benefit the people of Michigan and my bill offers that needed specificity.”House Bill 5618 now moves to the Senate for consideration. Categories: Hornberger News,Newslast_img read more