THE JUSTICE MINISTER Alan Shatter has today praised the Garda Commissioner and members of An Garda Síochána for the “proactive and targeted approach being taken to reduce burglary levels”.Shatter said an increase in burglaries were noted towards the end of 2011 and into 2012, which prompted the Commissioner to put in place Operation Fiacla – an intelligence-led operation carried out by the Garda Síochána Analysis Service regarding crime trends and other relevant data.Specific burglary related initiatives are being implemented in each Garda Region in support of Operation Fiacla, which have produced significant success: according to most recent figures, 4,226 persons have been arrested and 2,327 charged as at the end of February, Shatter said.Garda Authorities have also informed Minister Shatter that Operation Acer, which forms part of Operation Fiacla in the Dublin Region, has led to a 10 per cent reduction in the number of burglaries.“The success the Gardaí are having, as is clear from the figures, is undoubtedly evidence that ‘smart policing’ is very real and very effective,” Shatter said. “Operation Fiacla makes use of a combination of intelligence methods to identify prolific offenders and gangs involved in burglary, together with analysis of locations and times of burglaries, to anticipate and disrupt those involved in burglary.”“Contrary to some recent commentary, the impact of Operation Fiacla, Operation Acer and all of the other supporting regional operations, illustrates the point that freeing up Gardaí from desk jobs does in fact deliver more effective policing services for the public,” he added.Read: ‘I have given as much as I can’ – garda speaks out against pay cuts
Image: AP/Bochum Police Mar 10th 2017, 8:32 AM GERMAN POLICE HAVE arrested a 19-year-old man suspected of stabbing a nine-year-old boy to death and bragging about the murder in an online video.Police have also discovered another body.The man, named as Marcel Hesse, was arrested after he went into a restaurant in the northern town of Herne Thursday night and shouted: “Call the police, I’m wanted”, Bild newspaper reported.Authorities had been hunting for Hesse for several days after they were alerted by people who had viewed the clip on the “darknet”, a hidden online arena notoriously used by criminals to trade weapons, drugs and child pornography.A team of police discovered the child’s corpse on Monday when they searched the cellar of the suspect, who has been described as an unemployed and socially withdrawn man not previously known to authorities.The child had been Hesse’s neighbour and investigators said they could not rule out that he had also killed a woman.After his arrest last night, Hesse put the investigators on the trail of an apartment he had just burned and in which a second dead body was found.In a conversation on the internet Hesse had said that he had “fought a beast of 120 kilos” and that “she put up more of a fight than the child.”Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing.© – AFP 2017Read: Five injured in axe attack at Dusseldorf’s main train station in Germany >Read: Refugee targeted by trolls over selfie with Angela Merkel loses his case against Facebook > By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3280113 Photo of Marcel Hesse provided by police in Bochum. Image: AP/Bochum Police Fugitive German teenager who bragged about murder of child is arrested as police find second body Marcel Hesse was arrested after a three day manhunt. Friday 10 Mar 2017, 8:32 AM 26,449 Views Photo of Marcel Hesse provided by police in Bochum. Share Tweet Email No Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
McDonald’s pointé du doigt : des médecins lancent un spot publicitaire anti-malbouffeÉtats-Unis – Jeudi 16 septembre sera diffusée sur une chaîne de télévision de Washington une contre publicité évoquant les dangers mortels de l’abus de fast-food. Conçue par des médecins américains, la séquence irrite les responsables de McDonald’s, enseigne clairement visée par le clip.Émus par “le taux élevé de décès par maladies cardiaques à Washington et la forte densité d’enseignes de restauration rapide dans la ville”, des praticiens du Comité des médecins pour une pratique responsable (PCRM) vont faire diffuser à la télévision un spot inattendu. Montrant la veillée funèbre d’un (ex) amateur de hamburgers, il fait entendre le slogan : “Un taux élevé de cholestérol, une pression artérielle élevée, des crises cardiaques… Ce soir, mangez végétarien !”.À lire aussiLe beurre plus nocif pour le coeur que le fromageÉvoquant sans ambigüité la marque McDonald’s, dont il caricature les slogans publicitaires et le logo, le clip a provoqué une vive indignation chez les dirigeants du géant du burger, ainsi que chez d’autres professionnels de la restauration rapide. Ce qui n’empêche pas les médecins du PCRM d’envisager la diffusion du spot télévisé dans d’autres grandes villes comme Chicago, Detroit, Houston ou Los Angeles. Découvrir la vidéo : https://www.maxisciences.com/mcdonalds/une-publicite-anti-malbouffe-diffusee-par-un-comite-de-medecins-americains_art9199.htmlLe 15 septembre 2010 à 15:24 • Emmanuel Perrin
Le mystère de la régénération des membres enfin élucidé Des scientifiques de l’Université de Constance en Allemagne lèvent le voile sur le mystère de la régénération des membres. Après des années de recherches, des scientifiques de l’Université de Constance, en Allemagne, ont enfin découvert comment certains animaux peuvent régénérer des membres amputés ou des organes endommagés. Des travaux de recherche déployés dans le passé ont démontré chez ces espèces l’utilisation d’un acide particulier, permettant de faire repousser certaines parties de leur corps. Toutefois, encore personne n’avait encore identifié le mode de fonctionnement de ce processus. À lire aussiLe spectaculaire effet de l’acide sulfurique sur des épongesPour percer ce mystère, l’équipe de chercheurs a étudié un des plus grand maître dans l’art de la régénération : le poisson zèbre. Ce spécimen vivant des les eaux douces des zones tropicales est en effet capable de reformer ses membres ou même les muscles de son cœur suite à une altération conséquente. Le protocole a consisté à suivre consciencieusement le cycle d’une substance appelée acide rétinoïque au cours du processus de repousse d’une nageoire. Après avoir procédé à l’ablation d’un des ailerons du poisson zèbre, les scientifiques ont constaté une fermeture de la plaie réalisée grâce à de multiples couches de tissus. Cet amas de cellules non différenciées, appelé blastème, est la base permettant la construction du nouveau membre. Les résultats de l’étude montrent que l’animal utilise une astuce génétique spéciale, contrôlant la production d’acide rétinoïque dans l’objectif de générer le blastème. “C’est un énorme succès pour nous. Jusqu’à présent, personne n’avait vraiment identifié la fonction réelle de cet acide” concède à The Local Gerrit Begemann, directeur de l’étude. La substance clé produite par les animaux, y compris les humains, à partir de la vitamine A est capable d’activer les gènes nécessaires à la régénération. Il faudra toutefois encore un certain temps avant que cette nouvelle découverte puissent évoluée vers d’éventuelles applications adéquates à l’Homme. “Le problème est que l’humain est incapable de régénérer les tissus. C’est un fait que nous cherchons à présent à élucider” conclut le chercheur.Le 2 décembre 2011 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambert
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The fire that broke out at a textile factory in the capital’s Shyampur area early Monday, has been doused after one and half hours of frantic efforts, reports UNB.The fire originated at the Lucky Textile Mill housed at the second floor of the six-storey building around 4:30am and soon engulfed the entire floor, said Fire Service and Civil Defence duty officer Mahmudul Haque.On information, eight firefighting units rushed to the spot and brought the blaze under control around 6:00am.Fire fighters rescued some workers, who got trapped in the building.None was reportedly missing in the incident, he added.The cause of the fire as well as the extent of losses could not be ascertained yet.
Prime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday dismissed confusions surrounding holding of the next general elections, and assured the nation of a fair ballot.“We’ve not come here to steal the vote of the people; I am rather here to serve them and establish their rights,” she told a media briefing at her official Ganabhaban residence.Sheikh Hasina, also president of Bangladesh Awami League (AL), welcomed political alignment, especially the ‘national unity’ process spearheaded by former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Gano Forum chief Kamal Hossain, for the sake of competitive elections.She, however, blasted Kamal Hossain for his statement expressing doubts about the 11th parliamentary polls.“My question is: Do they themselves want elections? There are people who wait for opportunities in an atmosphere of unelected government. They want flag in their cars,” she said adding, “A section of people look at Uttarpara (north) [cantonment] for changeover.”The prime minister expressed her determination that nobody would be able to stop the next elections.The AL chief also criticised the principal opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) for opposing introduction of electronic voting machine (EVM) and demanding free and fair elections.“Those who were born elsewhere have no moral right to speak about fair elections,” she said.Dwelling on the EVM, the prime minister said: “EVM is used in many counties and I’m in favour of it.”“Let’s use EVM in some constituencies, let’s see how it works and gain experience in this regard,” she added, expressing her views that EVM should not be imposed as it is a new technology.Sheikh Hasina alleged that the BNP is opposing the EVM as the party “has technique to rig votes”.About the BNP’s demand for release of BNP chief Khaleda Zia, she said, “What can we do for her release?… Khaleda has to prove in the court that she is innocent to get released.”Otherwise, she said, the BNP chief has to seek the presidential clemency.About the BNP’s participation in or boycott of the next parliamentary elections, Sheikh Hasina said it is up to the BNP.She also ruled out any dialogue with the BNP. “After the death of her younger son, I went to her office to show my sympathy but they shut doors on my face and dishonoured me. No longer will I join any dialogue with the BNP, no matter what happens.” “I’ll just not talk to them.”The AL chief criticised the media for ‘poor coverage’ of the prime minister and official opposition party in parliament and regretted that ‘the media professionals do favour the BNP’.On dissolution of parliament and holding elections under a non-party administration, Hasina said, “Those who run the interim government are often unwilling to leave power.”She also claimed that elections are held in countries of parliamentary form of govenment, such as India and the United Kingdom keeping parliament.Asked if she discussed the Rohingya issue during the BIMSTEC summit in Kathmandu, the prime minister said, “On the sideline of the summit, I discussed with the representatives of Myanmar. They said they are ready to repatriate the Rohingyas.””Myanmar always assures us of repatriation but they don’t implement their pledge,” she added.
Share Callie Richmond for The Texas TribuneThe border fence sits atop a levee on the periphery of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Hidalgo County in February 2017.As a national debate raged about family separations at the border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection told a group of South Texas officials earlier this week that the federal government plans to move forward with private land seizures in the Rio Grande Valley to build sections of President Donald Trump’s border wall.“They said that they got the money, they got the authority and they’re going to move on trying to acquire the land,” said U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Laredo Democrat who attended the briefing in McAllen of a few dozen officials from cities, counties and foreign trade zones along the Texas-Mexico border.Cuellar, who serves on the House Homeland Security Committee, said land will be seized to build a combined 33 miles of border wall in Hidalgo and Starr counties that was funded in an omnibus spending bill Trump signed in March. The bill allocated $1.6 billion for construction of 25 miles of wall in Hidalgo County — to be built atop flood-control levees — and 8 miles in Starr County.“In the next week or so we’re going to find out how much more they’ll be asking for the fencing to be built,” Cuellar added.McAllen Mayor Jim Darling, who also attended the briefing, said he has heard that about 167 notices have been sent out to Hidalgo County landowners out of 300 who are expected to be impacted by wall construction.“They didn’t discuss the funding too much because the Border Patrol guys wouldn’t be involved in that,” Darling said. “They discussed plans not for the total wall but the [sections] they had prioritized for funding.”Asked about the agency’s plans, CBP spokesperson Daniel Hetlage said via email that, “We don’t comment on leaked information to neither confirm nor deny.”Cuellar emphasized that the land seizures “could take years,” noting that scores of eminent domain lawsuits still are pending from the last time the federal government seized land a decade ago under the George W. Bush administration to build the first sections of border fencing in the Valley.However, an investigation last year by ProPublica and The Texas Tribune found that the federal government invoked a little-known Great Depression-era law that allowed it to swiftly seize land to build the barrier and compensate landowners later. Dozens of landowners whose property was taken for the barrier still haven’t received compensation as lawsuits over the fair value of the seized land linger in court.The investigation also found that the during the process, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security cut unfair real estate deals, secretly waived legal safeguards for property owners and ultimately abused the government’s extraordinary power to take land from private citizens.Most of the land the federal government seized back then ran along the Rio Grande. All told, the agency paid $18.2 million to accumulate a ribbon of land occupying almost half the length of the 120 miles of the Valley.Darling, the McAllen mayor, said the federal government should be held to the same standard it holds cities and counties to when they use federal funds to buy land.“Under federal law when we take property, we always have to pay relocation, damages for the remainder,” he said. “It’s really weird: When we use federal money, it can delay projects for about a year for environmental impact (studies) and the federal government says, ‘Oh, we don’t have to do that.”
By J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFRO“My God, there’s going to be some action this summer,” the AFRO reported April 6, 1968. The quote is from an unnamed youth on Pennsylvania Avenue.The AFRO reporting of the immediate aftermath of the murder of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. describes a community almost physically struck or dazed at the news.“It don’t seem real, it just don’t seem real,” one youth stand on a Walbrook corner mumbled, his arms waving, pacing in front of two friends.Over 700 people were injured and almost 6,000 arrested during the Baltimore Riot of ’68. (Baltimore Police Department)Acts of arson were reported almost immediately, according to the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD) reports, but their record considers the first significant act of violence to have started at 12:38 a.m. It was a firebombing of Hoffman’s liquor store at Park Heights Avenue.The BPD was on the watch for anything, and marks the first signs of organized, or at least coalesced, unrest at Coppin State and Northwestern High School where students that Friday “refused to follow the regular academic routine.”“There was school Friday, although my mother wasn’t sure whether she wanted me to go because everybody felt that something wasn’t right,” Robert Birt told University of Baltimore interviewers in 2008. He’s now a professor with Bowie State University. “But I did, and students were talking about it at Mergenthaler. I started noticing a certain uneasiness in the interaction between Black and White students, more so than usual. Everybody knew what the deal was, but nobody really wanted to talk about it, but it would come out anyway, and then emotions would blow up in classrooms, and teachers would have a difficult time just trying to keep things civil.”The same day, Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro III declared Monday a Baltimore day of mourning, and Sunday a day of prayer.Simultaneously, Governor Spiro Agnew placed the Maryland National Guard and State Trooper at high levels of readiness.BPD reporting claims full control of the city, despite “sporadic” fires and incidents of looting, until Saturday morning.On April 5, approximately 300 mourners attend a peaceful memorial service for Dr. King from noon until 2 p.m. Additional services continue until 4 p.m the early evening.By 5 p.m., BPD begins receiving reports of smashed windows and looting in the 400 block of Gay Street. Police, attempting to cordon off 400 to 700 block, are confronted by rioters hurling bottles and stones.Before 7 p.m., a curfew is declared keeping all Baltimore City residents to their homes after 10 p.m.Not everyone obeyed the curfew, like Rev. Vernon Dobson.“One of the first things that I remember was my father going out after curfew one night to go get a soft drink around the corner,” Sandra Dobson, his daughter, told the AFRO. “He was in his robe and pajamas, because it wasn’t far from the house. And he was arrested-one of the many times he was arrested. They didn’t keep him there, but that was the first thing that stuck in my mind about the riots: its effect on folk.”While the riots were miles away, it was never as though Rev. Dobson was oblivious to the threat. Rioting and looting, coupled with the termination of public transit, left Baltimore residents unable to access regular supplies of food for days.“When stores were burned down and there was no place to go to get food or supplies,” Sandra Dobson said. “And that was one of the things that he started doing out of Union [Baptist Church], the Harvey Johnson Center, but then it overran the Harvey Johnson Center. The supplies couldn’t, there was no place to put them. So, he and Jim Rouse, the builder of Columbia, Peter Angelos, who now owns the Orioles, they got a warehouse.”The project to feed Baltimore ultimately evolved into the 1971 establishment of the Maryland Food Bank.The riots divided the Baltimore community.“When it was decided that law enforcement would use rubber bullets against looters; this was perceived by some as Selma Alabama,” John Savage, a University of Baltimore student at the time, told the AFRO. “However, there were just as many that felt this was justified to quell the disturbance and stop the destruction of business property that had just started to openly serve the Black community in a respectful manner on a daily basis. Whites were nervous, terrified and voiced their concerns that the loss of Dr. King was a complete destruction of ongoing progress in race relations versus the absolute immediate demands of The Nation of Islam and Stokely Carmichael.”Rioting and looting would continue for another four days. At peak, the US Army and National Guard deployed almost 11,000 troops. They would fire only four shots during the violence.Six Baltimoreans would die in the riots. Three died in a fire. Two are suspected to have been shot and killed by looters. One person, a looter, was shot and killed by police. Over 700 people were injured and almost 6,000 arrested.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. What do you think of when you hear about AI? Do you picture your favorite sci-fi movie or a book that you read when you were younger? In that favorite book or movie, were the robots smart? Could they learn?Today’s software robots can. In AI, we can find a subset of machine learning called “deep learning,” which is defined as networks that can learn unsupervised from unstructured data.Now the bigger question is: Are you ready to take advantage of deep learning in your business? The vast ocean of data grows exponentially every day. If you and your company can’t keep up, you’ll be left behind.It’s time to utilize intelligent automation to help your business grow, keep organized, and stay on top of the competition. Let’s discuss three advantages of deep learning for your company.1. Cost and time benefits.Neural networks are trainable “brains.” You give them your company’s information and train them to do a task, such as generating reports, and they will use that training, new information, and their “work experience” to adapt and improve in much the same way a human worker learns.Related: Elon Musk Says Mark Zuckerberg’s Understanding of AI Is ‘Limited’ After the Facebook CEO Called His Warnings ‘Irresponsible’Unlike a human worker, however, these software robots work at a much faster rate and never sleep. The utilization of deep learning in your business can save your company money spent in hiring extra employees or outsourcing for specified projects. It can also save your employees time.When repetitive or time-consuming work is done quickly and efficiently at the push of a button, your employees are freed up to do the creative work that will help your company grow. Let’s talk more about that next.2. Quality and accurate results.As the CEO of your company, you want accuracy. You want quality. Unfortunately, what you often get from your human worker is error-filled and inferior. This is especially true for repetitive tasks and data processing. Humans need rest and fuel. They get tired or hungry and make careless mistakes.Your AI worker doesn’t need rest and will not make mistakes. It uses deep learning to, well, learn. It takes in new information from the web, from your company’s data inputs, or from the results of its own “work” to develop new understandings, producing accurate, high-quality results.Related: Artificial Intelligence Is Likely to Make a Career in Finance, Medicine or Law a Lot Less LucrativeUsing deep learning, your software robots can recognize more data and images, understand spoken language, overcome problems, and work more efficiently.Image recognition algorithms are becoming increasingly accurate, and AI is becoming more widely used. Through the use of deep learning, your company will avoid common errors and save the time normally spent fixing them.With the improvements in intelligent automation, your employees might become concerned about their jobs, but they actually have the potential for growth.3. Job growth.Companies implementing machine learning must train or hire employees to use the software. This can mean advancement for the right human worker.Other employees can improve and grow in their current creative positions without the distractions of repetitive and time-consuming tasks that can be delegated to AI. When your employees are free to create, you are free to watch your company grow.Related: A VC Perspective – How Valid Is the Threat of Artificial Intelligence on the Job Market?Utilizing deep learning for your business will save you money and time in more ways than one. You, your company, and your employees will benefit when you decide to take advantage of what AI has to offer. Will you make a move toward deep learning in your company?Maybe they aren’t like the ones in books or movies, but robots are here, in one form or another. What is the future of AI? In some ways, that is up to you. 4 min read Register Now » March 12, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
JPEG Saver: photo slideshow screensaver by Martin Brinkmann on July 28, 2017 in Software – Last Update: July 28, 2017 – 3 commentsJPEG Saver is a free screensaver for Microsoft Windows devices that adds impressive photo slideshow capabilities to the screensaver functionality.Screensavers are not really used anymore on devices that are connected to modern displays to save the screen from burn ins. Instead, they are mostly there for aesthetic or informational purposes.This means that they are still useful to some users. Microsoft announced recently that it would deprecate some screensaving functionality in the upcoming version of Windows 10, something that is probably based on telemetry data that the company collects.The screensaver configuration is rather hidden on Windows 10, and that is probably one of the main reasons why usage has dropped in recent time.Tip: Check the installer to avoid installation of items that you don’t require, e.g. DirectX Runtime.JPEG SaverJPEG Saver is a free screensaver for Windows that adds photo slideshow capabilities to the operating system.Basically, what it lets you do is add photo folders that you want the screensaver to pull images from for the slideshow, and customize the slideshow by selecting effects, intervals, and other photo slideshow options.JPEG Saver needs to be installed. The program picks the Windows folder by default for installation for ease of use.The program picks the user’s pictures folder by default, and may select subfolders as well automatically. You need to click on the settings link in the screensaver control panel to customize the selection and options.First thing you may want to do is click on the folders tab in the interface to add and remove folders. This is useful if your photo collection is stored elsewhere, or if you want to select specific folders only for use by the application.You may use filters to filter which images are selected by the screensaver. Filters can be based on filenames, creation and modification dates, or file sizes.The five remaining tabs that are used to configure the screensaver slideshow offer the following options:Main — Set the image changing interval, transition effects (82 ship with the screensaver), and the mode in which photos are picked.Position/Resize — Select the position, color management, and what you want the program to do with larger and smaller images. Also, multi-monitor support is accessible here.Background – Customize the background, e.g. switch from a single color background to gradients or the computer desktop.Styles — Customize text output.Items — Add information to the screensaver. You can display information about the image, an analog clock, a text file, or information about a process.Other useful features include enabling auto-rotation based on EXIF information, and interactive options that you may enable to control the screensaver similarly to slideshows.JPEG Saver ships with options to save profile configurations. This can be used to save different configurations for use in the future. While you need to select these profiles manually whenever you want to switch, it is better than having to configure the screensaver options each time you do.VerdictJPEG Saver is a powerful screensaver that brings photo slideshow functionality to the operating system. Handy if you prefer to see different images when you are not using the computer for instance.Now You: do you use screensavers?Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 1 votes Software Name JPEG SaverOperating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page http://www.goat1000.com/jpegsaver.php Advertisement
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Google. Pfizer. Tesla. eBay. Capital One. AT&T. These companies were all founded, completely or in part, by immigrants, who account for close to 30 percent of all new entrepreneurs in the U.S. Victor Santos, who emigrated from Brazil at age 12, is one of them. Santos co-founded Airfox, a mobile financial services company for unbanked individuals in emerging markets, and he’s also a DACA recipient. (DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is an American immigration policy allowing for some immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to receive a renewable stay on deportation action.)On this episode of How Success Happens, Santos recalls how, during his fundraising process, venture capitalists told him they didn’t feel comfortable with his immigration status. He also shares his five-year plan for the company, his best advice for pitching a business idea and how his identity as an immigrant inspired him as an entrepreneur. 1 min read July 26, 2019 Register Now »
Travelweek Group Qantas, Air New Zealand join forces for codeshare deal Friday, June 1, 2018 Share SYDNEY — Long-time competitors Air New Zealand and Qantas have announced plans for a reciprocal codeshare agreement.Under the codeshare Qantas will add its code on up to 30 routes on Air New Zealand’s domestic network, while Air New Zealand will add its code on up to 85 routes on Qantas’ domestic network.Both carriers say the new deal will make travel within Australia and New Zealand easier. Coordination of check-in and handling at airports will mean shorter connection times, opening up more onward flights for passengers on each carrier’s domestic networks and faster journey times overall, say the airlines.While the two airlines “will continue to compete very strongly across all markets,” the codeshare will see two of the world’s best airlines offer their customers a full service experience when they make domestic connections within New Zealand or Australia, says Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon. Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce added that the two national carriers had a lot of shared history as well as a shared goal of making travel easier.“Our relationship with Air New Zealand goes back almost 80 years. We’ve been partners at various stages over that time and we have a lot of respect for them as a competitor. A codeshare deal on our domestic networks makes sense for customers because it leverages the strengths we each have in our home markets.”The codeshare and customer offering will exclude Trans-Tasman flights. Qantas will continue to codeshare on all connecting Jetstar New Zealand services.Tickets for the codeshare services will be available by the end of July, for travel from Oct. 28 onwards.Virgin Australia has already let it be known that it’s not impressed with the new codeshare deal. According to reports in The Sydney Morning Herald, a spokesperson for Virgin Australia said the codeshare will have knock-on effects for competition on the Tasman, adding “we are surprised that a partnership between the two major airline groups in New Zealand is allowed.” Posted by Tags: Air New Zealand, Codeshares, Qantas << Previous PostNext Post >>
Board names Air Canada exec Ben Smith as Air France-KLM CEO Posted by Share Friday, August 17, 2018 Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada, Air France, Promotions << Previous PostNext Post >> ROISSY — After much speculation comes official word that the Board of Directors of Air France-KLM has announced the appointment of Air Canada exec Benjamin Smith as Air France-KLM’s new CEO.In a statement issued by the board, Air France-KLM notes that Smith has played a major role at Air Canada over the past two decades, most recently as Air Canada’s President Airlines and Chief Operating Officer.A statement from Air Canada says Smith will resign his position with Air Canada effective Aug. 31. Smith will replace former Air France CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac, who quit more than three months ago when staff turned down his offer of a pay deal aimed at halting a wave of strikes. Smith, who has acted as chief negotiator during labour talks for Air Canada’s Rouge, will come on board amidst growing labour turmoil on the tarmac in Europe. Pilots at Air France, Brussels Airlines and Ryanair have all staged work stoppages in recent months. Smith will take up his duties at Air France-KLM at the latest on Sept. 30. In the meantime the board says the interim governance structure established on May 15, 2018 will remain in place. Anne-Marie Couderc, non-executive Chairman of the Air France-KLM and Air France Boards, and the Management Committee consisting of three members, will continue to perform their duties until Smith comes on board.Upon arrival Smith will take over executive management of the Air France-KLM Group and will establish its organizational structure. His priority? To revitalize Air France, to give a new strategic impulse to the Group and to work on a new leadership approach with all Air France-KLM’s teams.The Board also announced that Smith will be appointed as soon as possible as Director of Air France-KLM, with the full support of the French State.The Board says it will pull together as quickly as possible an updated Group’s governance structure as regards to the roles and missions of the non-executive Chairmanship of Air France-KLM and Air France.Said Couderc: “The arrival of Benjamin Smith is excellent news for the Group. Benjamin is a world-renowned leader in the airline sector who successfully transformed Air Canada. “As a man who prefers dialogue, he developed and implemented the historical long-term win-win agreements with the airline’s social partners for the benefit of Air Canada’s teams, the airline and all other stakeholders. Benjamin Smith will bring his in-depth knowledge of the sector and his unique energy to the job to resume dialogue with Air France-KLM teams around a shared vision and to define a new go-to-market plan that will address the challenges of strong global competition.“His on-the-ground experience will ensure a team-oriented approach to increase customer satisfaction and brand’s value. “On behalf of the Board, I welcome and assure him of our total support for the task ahead. The Board also wishes to thank the three members of the Management Committee for their unfailing dedication during this complex transition period.”Smith himself had this to say: “I am very enthusiastic about this new opportunity. Air France and KLM are both airlines well known for the professionalism and commitment of their teams. I am well aware of the competitive challenges the Air France-KLM Group is currently facing and I am convinced that the airlines’ teams have all the strengths to succeed in the global airline market. I am confident in the Group’s capacity to become one of the world’s leading players. “I look forward to earning the trust and respect of all teams, working together to win in this highly competitive and fast-changing customer service industry. I am approaching this new challenge with my passion for the aviation sector and with my deep willingness to listen to all stakeholders so we can work together and win. I have spent my entire career in this industry and I am convinced that the teams of the Air France-KLM Group are its strongest assets for its future success. “I believe that over the past two decades I have developed very strong trust-based relations with my colleagues at Air Canada and I am looking forward to meeting the teams at Air France-KLM in September to begin working alongside them. “I thank the Board of Directors of Air France-KLM to entrust me with this mandate.”Air Canada President and CEO, Calin Rovinescu, said: “We wish Ben well in his future endeavours and congratulate him on his appointment. On behalf of our Board of Directors, our executive team and our 30,000 employees, I thank Ben for his significant contributions in many various roles at Air Canada over the past two decades.”Rovinescu added: “There have been many architects of Air Canada’s highly successful transformation, and our deep and highly experienced leadership team will continue to deliver on our global ambitions, achieve our targets and drive our operational performance well into the future.”Smith started out in 1990 at Air Ontario and in 1992 set up his own retail corporate travel agency, heading up the company for eight years. In 1999 he simultaneously took on a consultancy role for Air Canada before finally joining the group in 2002. He was successively Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Network Planning, before joining the Air Canada executive management team in 2007.With files from The Canadian Press
Two online travel giants, Travelport and Priceline.com have recently announced that they have signed a long-term renewal agreement. According to the deal, Travelport will continue providing pricing, booking and ticketing technology and content to Priceline.“Travelport has proven to be a valued partner over the last twenty years in helping Priceline customers find and book the best deals,” said Brigit Zimmerman, Senior Vice President of flight, hotel and packages, Priceline.com.The two companies signed the first accord 20 years ago and after series of strong business, the companies have renewed the deal of doing the business together for a longer span of time. Both the industry giants have worked together to make the process of buying and selling travel and tourism products easier for customers who look for great deals.Jason Clarke, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Travelport, asserted about their long-standing relationship with Priceline and said, “We are committed to supporting Priceline with our industry-leading search and pricing capabilities, as well as offering Priceline new technologies that offer faster connections, greater content and more relevant choices.”
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Norwegian hero Roenneberg who blew up Nazi plant dies at 99 FILE – In this Thursday, April 25, 2013 file photo, Norwegian war hero and resistance fighter Joachim Roenneberg holds a Union flag as he walks in a park near the Palace of Westminster, after receiving the Union Jack Medal for his efforts and cooperation with the British during the second World War. Norway’s leader says World War II saboteur Roenneberg has died at 99, it was reported on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. In 1943, Roenneberg headed the four-man team that blew up a plant producing heavy water, which Nazi Germany could have used to produce nuclear weapons. P (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File) COPENHAGEN – Norway on Monday mourned World War II saboteur Joachim Roenneberg, who headed a five-man team that daringly blew up a plant producing heavy water, depriving Nazi Germany of a key ingredient it could have used to make nuclear weapons.Prime Minister Erna Solberg said Roenneberg, who died Sunday at 99, was “one of our finest resistance fighters” whose “courage contributed to what has been referred to as the most successful sabotage campaign” in Norway.Roenneberg, then 23, was tapped by the Special Operations Executive, or SOE — Britain’s war-time intelligence gathering and sabotage unit — to destroy key parts of the heavily guarded plant in Telemark, in southern Norway, in a raid in February 1943.In a 2014 Norwegian documentary in connection with his 95th birthday, Roenneberg said the daring operation went “like a dream” — a reference to the fact that not a single shot was fired.Parachuting onto snow-covered mountains, the group was joined by a handful of other commando soldiers before skiing to their destination. They then penetrated the fortress-like heavy-water plant to blow up its production line.Roenneberg said he made a last-minute decision to cut the length of his fuse from several minutes to seconds, ensuring that the explosion would take place but making it more difficult to escape. The group skied hundreds of kilometres (miles) across the mountains to escape and Roenneberg, wearing a British uniform, ended up in neighbouring neutral Sweden.Operation Gunnerside has been recounted in books, documentaries, films and TV series, including “The Heroes of Telemark,” starring Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris.“We must not forget what he stood for and has passed on to us,” said Eva Vinje Aurdal, mayor of his hometown of Aalesund, 380 kilometres (235 miles) northwest of the capital, Oslo.The town ordered flags to fly at half-mast Monday and flowers were laid at the foot of a sculpture of Roenneberg, showing him in a uniform, walking up a rocky path. Inaugurated in 2014 by Roenneberg, the granite monument carries the names of all the men who took part in the World War II raid.___This story has been corrected to the team consisted of five men, not four. by Jan M. Olsen, The Associated Press Posted Oct 22, 2018 3:51 am PDT Last Updated Oct 22, 2018 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The damage caused by the whirlwind on Sunday to more than 160 homes and other establishments in Ayious Trimithias and Paliometoho is estimated at €1.4m, Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides said on Tuesday.After the district administration finished recording damages in the two communities Petrides announced that in total 165 homes, three agricultural warehouses, two professional and four industrial establishments were damaged by the massive whirlwind.Initially, it was believed that only around 50 to 60 houses and other establishments had been damaged but the number rose as more and more people informed authorities that their property had been affected.Petrides said everyone whose property has been damaged would receive a financial assistance of €2,000 to start repairs. The minister is to seek Cabinet approval on Wednesday for this measure.Around 52 per cent of houses were insured, he said, and after damage is recorded, owners will be able to file a claim with their insurance company. Those not covered by insurance will receive compensation from the government depending on the damage done.Petrides reiterated that the state cannot pay compensation to those covered by insurance.Ayious Trimithias community leader Giorgos Iacovou told state broadcaster CyBC that some houses would need more than €100,000 in repairs.Works on Tuesday focused on restoring damaged roofs as more rain is expected over the coming days.The Nicosia district officer had said that ‘excess’ costs not covered by insurance companies would be covered by the state. For properties that do not enjoy insurance coverage, he said the state “will not be offering compensation, but assistance”.The 200-metre-high whirlwind damaged everything in its path. It lifted tiles off roofs and threw up dust, dirt and rubbish. Electricity lines were cut by falling trees, while window panes were smashed.No injuries were recorded but there are reports that several pets have died. This also concerns small farm animals such as chickens. A dog shelter in the area was also severely damaged but none of its animals were harmed.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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