APTN National NewsIt looks like team Nunavut is beginning to find its stride at the 2011 Canada Winter Games.Speed skating is relatively new to the territory.As APTN National News reporter James Hopkin found out, the sport is picking up speed at a break-neck pace.
Lahore: Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was released from jail on Wednesday, a day after the Supreme Court granted him six weeks’ bail to receive medical treatment within the country. Sharif, 69, was lodged in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail since December last year, serving a seven-year imprisonment in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills graft case. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo, who denies wrongdoing, has suffered four angina attacks in recent weeks, according to his daughter Maryam Nawaz. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US On Tuesday, a three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa accepted Sharif’s appeal and allowed him to get medical treatment from any health facility of his choice within the country. Sharif is barred from leaving Pakistan. The deposed prime minister’s supporters and party workers gathered in large numbers outside the jail and showered his car with flowers as he left the area. Some PML-N party workers moved along with Sharif’s car till his residence. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The three-time prime minister was received by PML-N leaders and his family at his house in the Jati Umra Raiwind area here. Sharif’s release got delayed as the court order and other required documents could not reach the jail for more than 10 hours after the bench’s direction. The Supreme Court observed in its order that several senior doctors had suggested that Sharif’s history of hypertension, cardiac and renal ailments may present a “mild-moderate risk” if he is to undergo angiography. Therefore, granting him relief for a limited period is a “reasonable” request, the top court said. It directed Sharif to deposit two bail bonds worth Rs 5 million Pakistani rupees (USD 35,423) each, receive medical treatment and surrender after six weeks. PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif thanked the court for “meeting the merits of justice”. “We thank the SC for considering gravity of the situation in the light of the medical reports of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif. We also thank the nation and workers of the PMLN whose prayers had made this day possible,” he said. He said that Sharif’s health and well-being is the utmost priority of the party and that would be their primal focus. The Sharif family has been complaining that the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan was not providing adequate treatment to the three-time former premier who has serious health complications. Three corruption cases – Avenfield properties, Flagship investment and Al-Azizia steel mills – were registered against the Sharif family by the anti-graft body in 2017 following a judgment by the Supreme Court that disqualified Sharif in the Panama Papers case in 2017. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the Avenfield corruption case in July 2018 which was related to his properties in London. Later he was given bail in September. In December, the accountability court convicted him in the Al-Azizia graft case but acquitted him in the Flagship corruption case. The Al-Azizia Steel Mill case is related to setting up steel mills in Saudi Arabia allegedly with corruption money.
BRUSSELS — Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says Brexit and the “horror show” of the British government leadership contest are signs that Scotland needs to chart a different future path, probably outside the United Kingdom.Sturgeon said Tuesday that “increasingly, Scotland and the U.K. are on different political paths. We have to confront whether the better response to that is to have the ability to be independent and shape our own future.”Speaking to European Union experts and journalists at the European Policy Centre think-tank in Brussels, she said “the people of Scotland have to have a choice before it’s too late to stop the damage of Brexit being done.”Sturgeon held talks with EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and was due to meet later with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.The Associated Press
by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Sep 18, 2013 2:15 pm MDT WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve has a more downbeat outlook on the U.S. economy for 2013 and 2014 than it did three months ago.The Fed predicts that the economy will grow just 2 per cent to 2.3 per cent this year, down from its previous forecast in June of 2.3 per cent to 2.6 per cent growth.Next year’s economic growth will be a barely healthy 3 per cent, the Fed predicts.But the Fed’s policymakers expect the unemployment rate to fall to 7.1 per cent to 7.3 per cent by the end of 2013, slightly below its June forecast of 7.2 per cent to 7.3 per cent. It predicts that unemployment will fall as low as 6.4 per cent next year, down from 6.5 per cent in its June forecast.The unemployment rate is now 7.3 per cent. Federal Reserve sketches a gloomier outlook for US economic growth for this year and next
by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 24, 2017 9:34 am MDT Last Updated Apr 24, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stock markets rally with pro-business candidate in lead to be French president TORONTO – North American stock indexes surged in what was described as a relief rally following the first round of France’s presidential elections.Emmanuel Macron, seen as pro-business and friendly to the concept of the European Union, won the most votes Sunday and is seen as the leading contender in a runoff election in which he will face anti-EU opponent Marine Le Pen in two weeks.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 103.64 points to 15,718.12, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 216.26 points to 20,764.02. The S&P 500 index added 23.82 points to 2,372.51, and the Nasdaq composite index was up 66.45 points to 5,976.97.The Canadian dollar was trading at 74.13 cents US, up a 0.08 of a cent from Friday.The June crude oil contract was down 40 cents at US$49.22 per barrel and the May natural gas contract was down four cents at US$3.06 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was down US$15.60 cents at US$1,273.50 an ounce and the May copper contract was up one cent at US$2.55 a pound.
“I condemn the murder of Edwin Rivera Paz,” Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in a statement, referring to an incident that took place on 9 July in Acayucan, a town in the state of Veracruz.“I call for a thorough investigation into this crime. Freedom of expression and freedom of information in the region will remain threatened as long as impunity is allowed to prevail for crimes against journalists and media workers,” she added.Rivera Paz is reported to have sought refuge in Mexico after the killing in January this year of Igor Padilla, the director and producer of a programme he had worked for at Honduran national television broadcaster HCH.His name will be added to UNESCO’s dedicated webpage commemorating the lives of journalists killed in the line of duty.
– criticises local Private Sector’s “guts”Finance Minister Winston Jordan has indicated that the problems affecting growth in the economy can be attributed to the lack of risks being taken by local private sector players.In responding to questions posed about the bleak economic situation in Guyana, during a diaspora meeting at the Guyana Embassy in Washington DC on Friday, Minister Jordan declared that the local private sector is not taking enough risks to stimulate the economy.Jordan said: “I met the existing private sector and they are stuck in their ways. We need to have an expanded breed of private sector players. We need a private sector who shall take more chances.”According to the Finance Minister, the private sector players are not making the necessary investments, internally and externally, that would help the economy to grow.New breedContacted on Saturday to clarify the comments he had made in Washington on Friday evening, Minister Jordan explained that his “new breed” of private sector players are those who are willing and prepared to think outside of the box; be creative and innovative in using cutting edge technology to improve productivity, thereby increasing competitiveness.Finance Minister Winston Jordan“My new ‘breed’ of private sector players would be seizing the many opportunities that are available for expansion, especially with oil on the horizon. They will try to form partnerships and alliances with the private sector in the Caribbean and further afield to overcome some of the barriers they face, such as financing and human resources,” Minister Jordan explained.He told this publication that the local private sector faces many limitations, but a significant number of players are “stuck in their ways” and are restricted in their growth because of a refusal to adjust to a changing and more challenging environment.“In spite of all the local content legislation we may put in place, few private sector firms will benefit if they do not re-orient the way they do business,” the minister stated.Jordan has, nevertheless, said he recognises the efforts of those private sector entities which have made strides in this regard.Risks and rewardsEconomist Sasenarine Singh, who attended the meeting in the USA, was perplexed about some of the minister’s statement. He contends that businesses will not pump money into an economy if the investment climate is not favourable.Singh explained that it all comes back to the ‘risks and rewards’ balance, and if the risks outweigh the rewards, then businessmen will not be encouraged to invest.“No businessman is going to invest if he is not going to make returns,” Singh contends. “Who is going to make investments in Guyana when the risks are so high and the returns are so low?” he questioned as he highlighted that there are other countries with greater risks involved, but businesses opt to make investments there because of the attractive rates of return.Investors’ confidenceTime and again, the private sector umbrella bodies in Guyana have raised concerns over the robust tax regime and its impact on investors’ confidence in the economy.Most recently, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) voiced to a visiting International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission its concerns about increased taxation, the declining value of the Guyana dollar, and uncertainty about the direction in which the economy is headed.“There has been a decline in the economy. We don’t have a sustainable growth rate, and both the Government and the PSC must work to fix this. I would like to see the Government offer businesses incentives and work to create a stable environment where businesses can operate,” PSC Chairman Eddie Boyer told a news entity in March 2017.The PSC, in a separate statement this year, also noted that growth and improvement in Guyana cannot continue if investors’ confidence continues to be eroded. The PSC has noted that the trajectory in which the country is heading at the moment does not inspire such confidence. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPrivate sector bodies say conditions in Guyana not favourable to investApril 24, 2017In “Business”Jagdeo criticises new foreign trade policy measures as “absolute madness”February 7, 2017In “latest news”No immediate need for Data protection laws – Finance MinisterNovember 18, 2015In “Politics”
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RESIDENTS IN THE Littleplace area of Dublin 15 disrupted the installation of water meters today in a protest against charges due to be introduced next year.The residents, as well as members of the Anti Austerity Alliance, disrupted the work for two hours.Speaking at the protest, local Socialist Party councillor, Ruth Coppinger, said : “It is scandalous that more than half a billion euro is being spent installing meters when the need for serious upgrade of the Dublin water network has been headline news this week.” On the estate today, we witnessed a brand new fleet of vans, new barriers, diggers, uniforms – a massive outlay of money from the taxpayer in order to charge people for water and eventually sell the network to private companies. Imagine if this money had been invested in upgrading the water pipes and finding secure sources of water for Dublin into the future. She said the protest was to send a warning to political parties that they will pay the price electorally next May if they persist with “this austerity tax”.Also at the protest today were Socialist TD Joe Higgins and MEP Paul Murphy:The Anti Austerity Alliance plans more protests and public meetings against water charges and austerity generally throughout the next months, it said today. It’s next local meeting is in Kavanagh’s, Laurel Lodge, Castleknock on Thursday 7 Nov at 8pm.
Clark County sheriff’s deputies and other rescuers are searching for a man who went missing Saturday night when he and his companion fell off their inner tubes while floating the Washougal River.Deputies responded about 8:15 p.m. to the 38700 block of Northeast Washougal River Road, near Milepost 7.5, for a woman who was screaming for help. Upon arrival, they found Emily McCauley, 28, of Portland, submerged up to her neck in the Washougal River. Her legs were pinned beneath the rapidly moving water, according to a sheriff’s office press release.It took about two hours to rescue McCauley, who became unconscious, and she was taken to a local hospital for treatment. She resumed consciousness there and was interviewed by deputies early Sunday morning.She told deputies she had been floating with Stephen Barnaby, 30, of Portland, on the “big eddy” on separate inner tubes near Milepost 8 of Washougal River Road. That area of water is described as deep rapids and swift moving, according to the sheriff’s office.They were swept into the fast-moving current and fell off their inner tubes. McCauley’s legs became stuck in some debris and rocks below the water. She said she remembered seeing Barnaby float by her when she became trapped, the sheriff’s office said.
AC Milan have completed the signing of Krzysztof Piatek from Genoa on a four-and-a-half-year deal, according to Sky Sports.The Rossoneri announced on Wednesday night that Piatek has completed his move to the Italian club on a deal that could keep him at the San Siro until June 2023. The deal will also see him earn around £34,000 per week (£1.7m per year).The £31m deal sees Genoa lower their initial asking price of €40m, but Milan will have to pay the transfer fee upfront and include add-ons should they finish in a top four spot in the Serie A come the end of the season.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Piatek, who is expected to put on the number 19 shirt, will be presented to the media on Thursday afternoon at noon and will join his new teammates for his first training session later that afternoon.Milan have moved for the former Cracovia striker after Gonzalo Higuain saw his loan deal with Gennaro Gattuso’s side cut short to join Chelsea on loan for the remainder of the season.The Polish international moved to Italy last summer and has been very successful, with 19 goals scored in 21 games for Genoa so far this season.
Members of AMPLIFIES’s M&E unit (Mensah, Tsikudo, Davis, Annankra, Bernhardt) are joined by ADRA’s Poultry Technical Officers (PTOs), Post-Harvest Technical Officers (PHTOs), and Credit Officers following the conclusion of a two-day Coordination Meeting in Kumasi/Ejisu, Ghana.James Bernhardt, ASA/WISHH’s Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Officer for the AMPLIFIES Ghana poultry and feed value chain development project recently co-facilitated a three-day Coordination Meeting in Kumasi/Ejisu, Ghana with a key implementing partner, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). The purpose of this meeting, which was attended by 27 AMPLIFIES and ADRA staff, was to provide ongoing data collection and reporting training (e.g., Excel, GIS, ODK Collect), discuss and resolve barriers to program implementation, and plan for the project’s upcoming midterm evaluation.Bernhardt, along with our in country M&E unit (Mensah, Tsikudo, Annankra, Anokye, Davis), participated in a two-day Working Group Meeting with Monitoring, Evaluation and Technical Support Services (METSS) in Accra, Ghana. This organization has been contracted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to coordinate a mandatory midterm evaluation of AMPLIFIES. This undertaking will include quarterly M&E working group meetings, a data quality assessment (DQA) of current performance indicators, an evaluation of the program’s performance to date, and a number of learning events intended to increase stakeholder awareness about the program.“The success of this project will mean more efficient production of poultry and eggs in Ghana including increased use of high quality soy,” said AMPLIFIES’s Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) John Asabere.
Hey @JupiterLunacy, you should name the newly discovered moon S/2018 J1 Pheraea. Pheraea was involved with Zeus, and their daughter was found and saved by a shepherd, or should I say Sheppard. #NameJupitersMoons— Carnegie Science (@carnegiescience) February 21, 2019 13 Photos Post a comment But wait. There’s more. Each individual moon has more specific needs. Three of the moons are retrograde (they orbit in an opposite direction to Jupiter’s rotation) and must have names ending in “e,” while the other two must end in “a.”Carnegie wants the public to offers suggestions on Twitter by tweeting to @JupiterLunacy with the hashtag #NameJupitersMoons.Some of the suggestions so far don’t fit the brief, but one viable idea comes from Carnegie Science itself: Pheraea, one of Zeus’ lovers. I was ready to suggest Persephone, but there’s already an asteroid with that name. NASA view of Jupiter looks like an infamous South Park character NASA captures cosmic ‘dolphin’ swimming in Jupiter’s clouds Space Sci-Tech 0 Share your voice While the rules seem strict, there are some good reasons for them. The International Astronomical Union, which governs the names of space objects, already has a stringent list of requirements. The moon rules will also keep the new names on theme for Jupiter. Jupiter has 79 known moons, including famous satellites Europa and Io and the likes of Adrastea (Zeus’s foster mom) and Callisto (one of Zeus’s lovers). We’re lucky there are so many characters in Roman and Greek mythology. As it turns out, sometimes a good name is hard to find. Jupiter swirls Tags Jaw-dropping Jupiter: NASA’s Juno mission eyes the gas giant Jupiter as seen by Hubble. Space Telescope Science Institute Polyphonte, this may be your time to shine.The Carnegie Institution for Science put out a call Thursday asking for the public’s help naming some recently discovered moons found orbiting Jupiter. But don’t get carried away. There are rules. Carnegie announced the 12 moons in mid-2018, and we get a say in draping monikers on five of them. Some of the ground rules are pretty straightforward: 16 characters or less, nothing offensive, nothing too similar to existing moon or asteroid names. You also can’t name them after a living person.Now the tunnel starts to narrow. The moons must be named after characters in Roman or Greek mythology who were either descendants of or lovers of Jupiter (Roman) or Zeus (Greek). OK, maybe we can still work with that, even though that rules out calling any of them Elon, Moony McMoonFace or Buzz.
Beijing : China’s former premier Li Peng, regarded as a staunch supporter of the ruling Communist Party’s iron-fisted clampdown on the pro-democracy student protests at the Tiananmen Square in 1989, died in Beijing, officials said here on Tuesday. Li died of illness in Beijing at the age of 91 on Monday night, an official statement said. He visited India in 2001 as the Chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), the communist nation’s Parliament. Also Read – Weak European inflation bolsters case for stimulus Advertise With Us The former premier was extolled as an “excellent party member, a time-tested and loyal communist soldier, and an outstanding proletarian revolutionist, statesman and leader of the party and the state” in an obituary notice jointly issued by the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, the NPC Standing Committee, the State Council and the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, state-run news agency Xinhua reported.
Kolkata: Three teenagers were killed in two separate road accidents in the city on Saturday night.The first incident took place on Belghoria Express Way when two teenagers who were riding a motorcycle were hit by a speeding truck. The incident took place in Nimta area at around 10 pm on Saturday. Another youth who was riding pillion also received injuries in the accident.The victims have been identified as Abhisek Acharya (19) and Shivnath Tudu (19). Police said the victims, who were residents of Dum Dum Airport area, were returning home on a motorcycle when the accident took place. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to preliminary investigation, police suspect that they were riding the bike at a high speed as a result of which they could not control it when a truck suddenly came from the opposite direction. The incident might have occurred while taking a sharp turn on the Belghoria Express Way, police suspect.According to police, Tudu and Acharya died on spot after being knocked down by a loaded truck while another, identified as Ritwik Singh (17) suffered critical injuries in the accident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPolice and locals rushed the injured victims to the College of Medicine and Sagar Dutta Hospital.Some of the locals heard a loud thud and found that the victims lying in a pool of blood. The driver of the truck fled the spot along with the vehicle immediately after the accident. Police have started a probe into the incident and conducting raids to nab the driver.In another incident, a 14-year-old boy who was returning home in a rickshaw along with his mother was killed after being hit by a speeding Tata Magic. The victim’s mother has been undergoing treatment in a private hospital. According to police, the victim, Sudiptonath Haldar (14) was returning home from private tuition along with his mother in a rickshaw when the accident occurred. When they were headedtowards Sanghashree ground near Garia station, the vehicle hit the rickshaw.The boy was rushed to the hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead. His mother, Rupa Haldar (35) received serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle fled the spot along with the vehicle after the accident. Police have started a probe.
President Daniel Ortega and Nicaragua’s opposition agreed Thursday to resume negotiations to resolve a long-running political crisis sparked by protests against his rule, with at least 320 people killed in a brutal government crackdown.Ortega said that the government is working to “set the table for negotiations next Wednesday” with representatives from the opposition, which is demanding his resignation.The opposition accepted his invitation to negotiate.Ortega made the appeal during an event commemorating the 85th anniversary of the death of guerrilla leader Augusto Sandino, to an audience of cabinet members, military personnel, the police and supporters.It comes as the government faces economic crisis and a $315 million deficit, as it struggles without funding and loans that would usually come in from multilateral organizations.Nicaragua’s GDP shrank four percent last year and some economists say it could contract 11 percent in 2019.Protests initially started last April over a now-ditched pension reform, and escalated quickly as they were met by a harsh government crackdown.The Nicaraguan opposition accuses former guerrilla leader Ortega, in power since 2007, of establishing a corrupt dictatorship with his wife and vice president Rosario Murillo.Negotiations broke down in June as Ortega refused the opposition’s main demands to step down and bring forward presidential elections.Protests lasted until October and as well as the many dead, more than 750 people were arrested and accused of terrorism. Thousands of people fled to neighboring Central American countries.Ortega’s handling of the protests drew international condemnation and sanctions from the United States.An opposition coalition called the Civic Alliance said it has named a six member team for the new talks.Neither side specified the agenda of the discussions. The Catholic church and civil society groups are demanding the government free jailed protesters and allow the unconditional return of people who fled the country because of all the violence.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Madelaine Caracas: the fierce Nicaraguan artist who stood up to Daniel Ortega Nicaraguan-Costa Rican journalist Lucía Pineda jailed and accused of inciting terrorism in Nicaragua La Prensa publishes blank front page to protest Nicaraguan government Nicaragua govt agrees to prisoner release to restart opposition talks
Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders Holiday Inn® Melbourne on Flinders to surprise and delightHoliday Inn® Melbourne on Flinders to surprise and delight with random acts of kindnessGuests staying at Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders during the school holidays will be surprised with ‘Random Acts of Kindness’, adding an extra dose of Holiday Inn’s famous ‘Joy of Travel’.Families with a hotel reservation for stays between Monday 25 September to Sunday 8 October 2017 stand a chance of receiving family passes to some of Melbourne’s top tourist attractions, including SEALIFE Melbourne, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne, Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, ACMI and Melbourne Zoo. Passes have been generously donated by the venues to showcase the best of Melbourne to Australian and international guests.The joy continues when families return to the hotel at the end of the day, with the ‘Glamp-in’ experience. Adults enjoy the comforts of a newly refurbished hotel room, while the kids have their very own ‘glamp-in’, including a tee-pee filled with pillows and blankets, and games for the whole family. After a great night’s sleep, buffet breakfast has been included for two adults and, of course, kids under 12 stay and eat free.Garry Beadel, Hotel Manager, Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders said: “Everyone loves to be surprised and delighted. We delight our guests 365 days per year with our exceptional service and true hospitality, but over the school holidays we intend to add an exciting element of surprise.We can’t wait to give a number of lucky families a day of unexpected wonder and excitement at some of the best attractions in the city.. “Kerry Seymour, mother of Instagram star PiperSienna, said “Our favourite Melbourne hotel just keeps getting better and better! We recently stayed and ordered the new kids Glamp-In package. It meant we stayed in one of the beautifully refurbished rooms and when we arrived the kids found their very own glamp-in setup complete with tee-pee, board games, puzzles, books and blankets to make sure they were comfortable. To say it was a huge hit with the kids is an understatement! It made my little travellers feel like VIP’s who didn’t want to leave the room when they were having so much fun playing.”To book the package guests can either book through www.holidayinnmelbourne.com.au or call 138 388.Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders has spent more than $6 million revitalising the hotel with all guest floors and corridors receiving a makeover. Guest rooms have been zoned for ultimate comfort and functionality, and all furnishings have been upgraded to create a contemporary feel with a high quality finish. The refurbishment is due to be completed late 2017. Source = Holiday Inn® Melbourne on Flinders
Air Canada updates schedule following the grounding of Boeing 737-MAXAir Canada said today that it has adjusted its schedule through to April 30 to cover 98 per cent of its planned flying following Transport Canada’s closure of Canadian airspace to Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operations. In compliance with the safety notice, Air Canada has grounded its 24 737 MAX aircraft and Boeing has advised that deliveries of its 737 MAX are currently suspended. Air Canada was expecting six new aircraft in March and April.Air Canada is now updating its May schedule to further optimize its fleet and re-accommodate customers. Because the timeline for the return to service of the 737 MAX is unknown, for planning purposes and to provide customers certainty for booking and travel, Air Canada intends to remove 737 MAX flying from its schedule until at least July 1, 2019.“The Boeing 737 MAX accounted for six per cent of Air Canada’s total flying, but there is a domino effect from removing the 737s from our fleet that impacts the schedule and ultimately will impact some customers. We have been working very hard to minimize that impact,” said Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada.“To bring certainty to our schedule for our customers when booking and travelling, we are revising our schedule until July and we have taken several steps to continue delivering substantially all of our planned capacity through our global network.“Customers who have travel plans between now and July can be reassured that we will keep them informed every step of the way as we revise our schedule. We have a deep global network and many partner airlines to provide solutions so serving our customers and minimizing any disruption is our first priority. We remain committed to delivering the same safe, reliable transportation customers expect from Air Canada. Customers can continue to book and travel on Air Canada with full confidence,” said Ms. Guillemette.Among the measures taken by Air Canada:MitigationsTo mitigate the impact, Air Canada has been substituting different aircraft on 737 MAX routes. This includes flying routes with similar-sized or larger aircraft. To help provide this replacement flying, the carrier has extended leases for aircraft which were scheduled to exit the fleet.Air Canada is also accelerating the in-take of recently acquired Airbus A321 aircraft from WOW Airlines into its fleet and has hired other carriers to provide immediate extra capacity. For example, Air Transat has been chartered on a temporary basis to operate one daily frequency between Vancouver and Montreal beginning March 20 until March 31. In addition, Air Canada has leased an aircraft from Air Transat from April 1 to April 30 in order to operate the Montreal to Cancun route.Schedule ChangesThe airline has implemented a number of route changes to date, either changing operating times or substituting larger aircraft with fewer frequencies on routes operated more frequently by smaller aircraft. In some cases, it has deployed Air Canada Rouge aircraft to serve mainline routes. The airline is also currently finalizing a new routing for the return leg of its Toronto-Delhi service, which continues to be impacted by the closure of Pakistani airspace. This flight will remain non-stop between Toronto and Delhi but now stop in Vancouver rather than Copenhagen on the return leg.Route SuspensionsIn a small number of cases, Air Canada has temporarily suspended until further notice service on certain 737 MAX routes where alternative aircraft are not presently available. This includes flights from Halifax and St. John’s to London Heathrow, for which it is re-accommodating customers over its Toronto and Montreal hubs. Air Canada remains committed to these routes and will resume service as soon as possible. It also includes seasonal flights from Vancouver to Kona, Lihue and Calgary-Palm Springs, with customers re-accommodated on other routings.Customer InformationAs changes are finalized in the flight schedule, customers whose flight times or flight numbers have changed can expect to receive an email detailing their updated itinerary. This information is also available in My Bookings on the Air Canada app or Air Canada website. Customers are advised, whether they have booked directly through Air Canada or not, to ensure their contact information is on their booking to facilitate communication of any flight changes.Air Canada has put in place a flexible rebooking policy with full fee waiver and a refund option for affected customers. Customers originally scheduled to travel on a 737 MAX can call Air Canada at 1-833-354-5963 for information within 72 hours of their planned flight. Customers who have booked flights through a Travel Agent should contact them for immediate assistance.Customers are further advised to check the status of their flight using the Flight Status function on the Air Canada app or on aircanada.com prior to going to the airport.Additional information, including specific changes to the April 737 MAX operation is provided in the special page Update on flights operated by the Boeing 737 MAX on aircanada.com which will be updated as warranted.About Air CanadaAir Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving nearly 220 airports on six continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2018 served nearly 51 million customers. 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LOS ANGELES — Ask Marta Kauffman if there will be a “Friends” reunion someday, and the answer is a crisp “nope.”Kauffman, who created the enduringly popular sitcom with David Crane and was an executive producer from start to finish, is focused on what’s now and next, not what’s past.She’s moved on from the 1994-2004 network-airbrushed adventures of young New York pals to the unvarnished pains and pleasures of older women — and, subordinately, men — in “Grace and Frankie.”The Netflix comedy is in the hunt to add 2019 Emmy Award nominations to those earned in its first four seasons by stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, who also have received Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe and other nods of recognition.“Friends” can boast of nabbing a best comedy series Emmy in 2002 and trophies for cast members Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow. But whatever lies ahead for “Grace and Frankie,” Kauffman, 62, has already gained rewards beyond another shelf-hogging statuette.Among them: How much viewers appreciate seeing their own experiences with aging reflected on screen, including the woman who shared her delight over one of the show’s candid, yes-it-went-there revelations of body changes “because she thought she was a freak,” Kauffman said.Then there’s the show’s unexpected appeal, she said.“We had no idea that we would speak to younger women,” Kauffman said, “that younger women were looking for role models, were looking for information, were looking for people to talk about the stuff that they’re going to expect.“But it’s also aspirational for women, period,” she added.Grace and Frankie team up to start their post-divorce lives anew after their husbands, long-time law partners played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, reveal they’re also long-time lovers who want to live together. The show is about resisting a reductive view of aging and, to put it in appropriate boomer-speak, the power of sisterhood.While gender equality may be getting a #MeToo-powered push in Hollywood, there’s been barely a dent in ageism, as the rarity of TV series or movies lead by older actors and from older producers can attest. “The Kominsky Method,” from producer Chuck Lorre (“The Big Bang Theory”) and starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, joins “Grace and Frankie” (created by Kauffman and Howard J. Morris), as an outlier.Kauffman’s disregard for the industry’s youth obsession extends to the personal: her hair, which started turning gray when she was 40, is untouched by dye and fully silver.No value in such cosmetic tricks? “Like who we fooling?” she replied, laughing.That her career flourished despite her gender and continues to be robust is proof of Kauffman’s writing and producing skills and her tenacity. It’s easy for her to summon early memories of being a woman in a man’s world.During meetings with her then-production company partners Crane and Kevin Bright, other men in the room would “look at Kevin and David, but not at me. So to a certain extent, I felt invisible.”Such attitudes survived despite the success of “Friends.” She recalled working through a taping one Friday night despite feeling unwell, and trying to brush off a man who asked about her apparent discomfort. She finally told him she had menstrual cramps — not exactly a fatal or uncommon condition.“And his comment was, ‘This is why I hate to hire women,’” Kauffman said. She declined to identify him, but said it wasn’t an isolated incident.There was “incredible misogyny and sexuality and objectification” connected with the show, she said. “And the way people dealt with me, I was a woman first. I would be called a ‘tough broad,’ a ‘tough cookie.’ The male producers were never called names like that. They never had to be qualified” by an adjective, she said.How did she overcome it?“I guess to a certain extent, just sheer resilience. I felt like I couldn’t let the demeaning men win,” she said. As for whether the outcry provoked by misconduct revelations is having an effect, Kauffman expresses measured optimism about the future: “Just because it’s out in the public doesn’t mean it’s going to change overnight, but I do think people are trying.”Hannah KS Canter, her daughter, offers an insider’s perspective on her mom’s success. Canter is a development executive with Okay Goodnight, Kauffman’s production company, and a producer on “Grace and Frankie.”She called Kauffman a strong, steady leader who fosters a humane workplace in which all voices can be heard, especially women’s. “She makes sure they are heard and supported and amplifies their voice when needed,” Canter said.Perhaps tongue-in-cheek, Kauffman suggests she’s saving the juicy career stuff, including names, for a post-retirement memoir (cue nervous male laughter). But that’s nowhere in sight, with Okay Goodnight’s projects including “Grace and Frankie,” development of a TV adaptation of Karen Jay Fowler’s novel “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” and the current Netflix documentary “Seeing Allred,” about activist-attorney Gloria Allred.So why isn’t revisiting “Friends” in some fashion on the horizon? The idea pops up now and then, most recently when Aniston, aka the sitcom’s Rachel Green, expressed interest after long dismissing the possibility. The actress later said there are no plans, and Kauffman insists it’s staying that way.“Why mess up a good thing?” she said. “We wouldn’t want a reunion to disappoint fans.”___Lynn Elber can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber .Lynn Elber, The Associated Press by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 14, 2019 11:21 am PDT This 2013 photo provided by Okay Goodnight shows Marta Kauffman. Kauffman, the creator of TV’s “Friends” says there are no plans for a reunion and there won’t be any. She said she wouldn’t want to “mess up a good thing” for fans with a potentially disappointing reunion. Kauffman and David Crane created and produced “Friends,” NBC’s hit sitcom that aired from 1994 to 2004. Kauffman’s current projects include the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie.” (Okay Goodnight via AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Friends,’ ‘Grace and Frankie’ creator outfoxes sexism
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