first_imgAfter making his maiden quarterfinals at India Open, After making his maiden quarterfinals at India Open, Sameer said: “I had prepared for his game but he played better today. He is a tricky player with quality strokes. I think I am confident enough to go for my strokes. I will look to continue the momentum tomorrow.” The older of the Verma brothers, Sourabh was engaged in a fierce battle with another Hong Kong shuttler when Sameer took the court and while he completed his victory with consummate ease, Sourabh blew a 19-16 lead in the decider, despite making a roaring comeback in the second game where he had led from start to finish. In the end, the scoreline read 19-21 21-14 20-22 in favour of sixth seed Ng Ka Long Angus as Sourabh left crestfallen. While answering about the difference between their games, Sameer made an observation, saying: “He has a calm head and has a good rally game while I am more attacking, perhaps, if I can have his patience and he can have my aggression, we both will do well.” Before the verma brothers could finish their engagements, another Indian was facing an exceptionally unsual day where nothing seemed to go his way. Former champion Kidambi Srikanth had such an off day that he completely misjudged the length of the shuttle and struggled with his strokes and got buried in a heap of unforced errors. After 25 minutes, Rio Olympics bronze medallist Viktor Axelsen ended his agony with a 21-7 21-12 win. “Nothing went my way today. I was misjudging the shuttle completely. He was playing too well and I just couldnt?t compete,” Srikanth said. The Indian got some words of comfort from the strapping Dane. “I have been there when you enter the court and find nothing is right. But I know how good a player, Srikanth is,” said Axelsen, who had lost the finals to the Indian at 2015 edition here. Among others, B Sai Praneeth failed to match the seventh seeded Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei and was outclassed 14-21 16-21 in 36 minutes. Shruti Mundada and Anoushka Parikh were no match for the third seeded Japanese pair of Naoko Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao, while Syed Modi champions Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy, seeded seventh, lost 18-21 19-21 to Russian duo of Evgenij Dremin and Evgenia Dimova. Womens doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy suffered a 15-21 10-21 loss to fourth seeded Thai pair of Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai. PTI ATK PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgEden RichardsThe Alliance Cup has come to an end after three intense days of competition and two standout states have emerged.The Victorian Storm and the ACT Raiders have split the chocolates, with Victoria taking home the Women’s Open and ACT taking home the Men’s Open.The Storm avenged their 2016 Alliance Cup defeat in the Women’s Open, reversing last year’s result to defeat the Raiders 10-6 at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday afternoon.It is a well-deserved title for the Victorians who went through the competition undefeated after drawing 9-9 with ACT in the earlier stages of the competition.Simply put, Victoria learnt from that performance and were too good for the Raiders in the game that mattered, leading from start to finish in a fast-paced final.The Raiders must be congratulated for their efforts in making it to the grand final, but it just was not going to be their day after falling behind 4-2 at half-time.To their credit, ACT clawed back into the contest to trail 5-4 early in the second half, but the Storm composed themselves to restore a comfortable lead and run out 10-6 winners.It was now up to ACT’s male counterparts to get one back on Victoria and they fancied themselves to do just that after going through the competition undefeated.It was always going to be a tough ask for the Storm to beat a star-studded Raiders side, but they proved they were up to the challenge as both teams went into half-time level at 3-3.However, ACT soon flexed their premiership muscle, jumping ahead in the second 20 and never looking back.The gulf in class began to show as the match headed into the latter stages, with the Raiders jumping out to an 8-4 lead following a mountain of possession and a few classy touchdowns.Victoria scored a consolation touchdown late, but ACT had done enough to win 8-5 and claim the title on the back of a second-half blitz.last_img read more

first_img Talented designer and artist, Franz Christie, will be the first Jamaican to represent the country in the male pageant, Mister Supranational.He leaves the island on Wednesday (November 15) for Poland, where he will be participating in the first leg of the competition, which starts on November 19.The competition will take place in Poland and the Slovak Republic, while the finals will take place on December 2 in Krynica Zdroj, Poland.The winner of the competition will receive the title, ‘Mister Supranational 2017’, a prize of US$12,000 and a modelling contract.“I am ready to give it a shot. I am happy because it is the first time that Jamaica is participating, so all support from Jamaica is needed. Just show love, support and respect for the country,” Mr. Christie tells JIS News.He says the competition provides an opportunity to showcase the beauty of Jamaica. For the competition, Mr. Christie had to produce a 60-second video depicting himself and his country.Mr. Christie says the video has scenes of Jamaica’s first World Heritage Site, the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park inscribed to UNESCO’s world heritage list; the Reach (Reich) Falls and the Blue Lagoon in Portland.Additionally, he notes that photographs were taken at other places of interest in St. Thomas and St. Ann.“I don’t think they (foreigners) know much about what’s going on here, so we are trying to show off Jamaica in the video as much as possible,” he tells JIS News.The fashion designer, who has been improving his skills in the creative industries, says at first he was a bit hesitant to participate in the event, which is in its second year.“They (local organisers of the competition) have been asking me some two years, but I just wasn’t ready the first time. This year, I said I would give it a try. I was up against three other persons and they selected me,” he adds.The contestants will be judged in seven categories. These are a photo challenge, video challenge, top model runway challenge, best physique, elegance and posture, behaviour and personality.Apart from these challenges, Mr. Christie says there will be surprise extra points for other contests, such as swimming, cooking and best personality.Mr. Christie, who has a passion for cooking, says he is eager to share some of the “Caribbean flavours”.“Whatever I can gain from the experience, I will market my country and try to make sure that people are more aware… so, I am happy to represent,” he says.One of his long-term goals is to set up a charity fund system. “It has always been something that I wanted to do, just to try and empower the youth, especially in the area of creativity. I am in the creative industry, so I know there is a need for some push,’ he argues.Mr. Christie is a graduate of the London College of Fashion, the constituent college of the University of the Arts, London. He operates a sewing studio and showroom in Kingston and enjoys styling women and men “who dare to be bold with true elegance”.Some 36 countries and territories competed in the first contest in Poland. Mr. Christie says the video has scenes of Jamaica’s first World Heritage Site, the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park inscribed to UNESCO’s world heritage list; the Reach (Reich) Falls and the Blue Lagoon in Portland. He says the competition provides an opportunity to showcase the beauty of Jamaica. For the competition, Mr. Christie had to produce a 60-second video depicting himself and his country. Story Highlights Talented designer and artist, Franz Christie, will be the first Jamaican to represent the country in the male pageant, Mister Supranational. last_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Fincantieri Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri delivered the cruise ship Viking Jupiter to cruise line Viking from its Ancona shipyard on February 7.Viking Jupiter, which can accommodate 930 passengers, is the sixth of overall 16 units Fincantieri is set to deliver to Viking.With a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons, the vessel is a part of the small cruise ship segment. The keel-laying ceremony for the ship was held in October 2017.The first of the series, Viking Star, was built at the shipyard in Marghera and delivered in 2015. The other units, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Sun, and Viking Orion, handed over in 2016, 2017 and 2018, were all built at the Ancona yard.Other 10 units, options included, for Viking Cruises will take to the sea from the group’s Italian yards between 2021 and 2027.Working with Vard, Fincantieri is also entering the expedition vessels segment and has acquired an order from Viking for two special cruise ships which will be built in the group’s yards, the company said.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi government will soon bring the cabinet note on free rides for women in the government buses, the delay in the cabinet note is due to some ‘technical’ issues and the government is also pursuing the same matter with the Delhi Metro Railway Corporation, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal told the Millennium Post on Thursday.”I am personally looking into the matter, there are some technical issues which we are working on thereafter the cabinet note will be prepared soon. We are also pursuing the same matter with the DMRC and the proposal of free ride for women scheme will get the approvals soon, said Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. The Delhi CM ensured that the scheme will be implemented as early as possible. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticEarlier, on the second week of July Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot reportedly said that the cabinet note would be prepared by the end of the week as the note was almost prepared. After the Delhi Metro Railway Corporation told the Delhi government that to implement this scheme for the metro will take around 8 months, therefore, the Delhi government planned to bring two different cabinet notes on the matter. The first one would be for the Delhi government buses and the second one for the metro. The Delhi government currently has 5,521 buses that ply across Delhi-NCR. The city’s state-run buses have a daily ridership of over four million of which nearly 31 perecent are women. The DMRC is also exploring ways to take forward the Delhi government’s decision to make metro rides free for women while keeping in mind the financial implication and technical feasibility associated with the proposal. Announcing the proposal, Kejriwal had said that his government will provide subsidy to the three public transporters for providing free rides to women commuters in DTC buses and Delhi Metro.last_img read more

first_imgThe Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will recognize Emmy Award-winning actor Wayne Brady with a SAMHSA Special Recognition Award at the 2015 Voice Awards.Mr. Brady is being recognized for sharing his personal journey of recovery from depression and helping to improve public attitudes about mental health and addiction issues.The 10th annual Voice Awards event — to be hosted by actress Chandra Wilson of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” — will bring together the entertainment industry and the behavioral health community to recognize community champions and television and film productions that increase public awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery. This year, the event will spotlight the impact that suicide has on individuals, families, and communities.The Voice Awards recognizes consumer/peer leaders who share their personal stories of resilience to educate the public about behavioral health and demonstrate that people with mental and substance use disorders can recover, lead meaningful lives, and contribute to their communities. Consumer/Peer Leadership Awards will be presented to Veronica Alston (Lusby, MD), Neil Campbell (Atlanta, GA), Bob Carolla, J.D. (Arlington, VA), Dese’Rae L. Stage (Brooklyn, NY), and Cheryl Sharp (Annapolis, MD). The Young Adult Leadership Award will be presented to Hayley Winterberg (Glendale, AZ). DeQuincy Lezine of Fresno, CA, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for his exemplary leadership in suicide prevention research and advocacy at the community, state, and national levels.The Voice Awards also honor writers and producers who incorporate dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of behavioral health issues into their film and television productions. This year’s finalists include A Long Way Down; Cake; Infinitely Polar Bear; To Write Love On Her Arms; Welcome to Me; “Elementary” (CBS); “Empire” (FOX); and “Madame Secretary” (CBS).WHEN: Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Arrivals and Pre-Show—6 p.m. PDT
Awards Program—7:30 p.m. PDTWHERE: Royce Hall at UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095Find out more here.last_img read more

first_imgGurugram: With the admission process for the new academic session in progress, the private schools in Gurugram continue to face flak over their non-transparent procedures for admission of students. In the latest controversy, 50 students have been denied admission in private schools. There are over 1000 students that get admitted under section 134- A on yearly basis in Gurugram The failure of the private schools to comply with the norms have resulted in the miffed parents approaching the office of deputy commissioner for assistance. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar Despite the assurance given to them, the disappointed parents claim that they are being taken for a ride by the private school management that is working in unison over the denying admission to the poor students. A major reason cited for the Private schools not displaying their list of vacant seats online is to charge higher admission fees due to the limitation of seats in their schools. Another reason cited for the Private schools not being transparent is to prevent Economically Weaker Section (EWS) students in getting admission in their schools. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaBesides, not displaying the exact list of vacant seats online, there are also complaints against private schools of not being fully open about various components of the fees structures. There has also been a complaint against a private school in the city which had asked parents to pay the amount in admission through hard cash. “The state education department holds the power to cancel the license of the schools if they do not follow the law but we do not want to take such harsh measures on the schools,” said an official from the education department.last_img read more

Opposition and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R Sampanthan today urged President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to continue working together in the best interest of the Nation.Speaking in Parliament on Wickremesinghe completing 40 years in Parliament, Sampanthan said that the National issue must be resolved and both leaders need to work together to achieve this goal.

first_imgIt has been six long years since lines formed all over the world for the PlayStation 3. Sony is finally ready to update their popular gaming console, with what we are guessing will be the all-new PlayStation 4, via a globally broadcasted live stream.We’ve had rumors, renders, leaks, and hype all leading up to that bright light shining down on a pedestal with Hirai Kaz standing next to it. The next generation console, often referred to as Orbis, has huge shoes to fill. The last two version of Sony’s console have offered a secondary reason to own the console. For the PlayStation 2, the console doubled as a DVD player in a market where DVD players were still fairly expensive. For the PlayStation 3, the Blu-Ray support is still better than many of the low or even mid range standalone players on the market today. There’s no new optical media for Sony to support in this release, leaving only the ability to deliver a fantastic console gaming and media experience as its only weapon.From the leaks so far, we’ve seen the new controller in various stages of development. The light bar across the top looks like it is designed to work with Sony’s motion sensing properties, adding more functionality to the SIXAXIS controller for the PS3. We’ve seen whispers of a new camera experience, possibly designed to compete with the Kinect’s ability to deliver a controller free gaming experience. There’s even some suggesting that there will be smartphone and tablet control for the new console. Sony has done quite a bit with mobile recently with PlayStation certifications, and hopefully that means for more than just Sony’s smartphones and tablets.Starting at 6PM, Sony’s UStream account will be broadcasting live from the NYC event. Geek.com will be live, on-site to deliver a hands on account of the new console just after the event!last_img read more

first_imgElectree : le Bonsaï qui charge vos appareils grâce au soleilMis au point par un designer français, ce pseudo bonsaï est muni de panneaux solaires à la place des feuilles pour charger vos équipements qui se branchent en USB : un bonsaï Electree zen et écolo.Voilà un chargeur original qu’apprécieront tous les propriétaires d’iPhone à la fibre écolo. Enfin… pas que, puisque ce bonsaï charge en fait tous les équipements munis d’une prise USB. Mais pour cela, ce petit arbre n’a pas besoin d’être lui-même branché à une prise secteur. Son secret ? Ses feuilles panneaux solaires ! À lire aussiCette île artificielle pourrait fournir de l’électricité à 80 millions d’EuropéensC’est en s’inspirant de la photosynthèse que le designer français, Vivien Muller originaire de Metz, a eu l’idée de concevoir ce bonsaï-chargeur baptisée Electree. Ce produit qui allie écologie, esthétique et fonctionnalité a néanmoins été amélioré pendant 3 années pour aboutir à sa version finale. Avec ses 27 panneaux solaires en silicium amorphe (de 96 mm x 96 mm), l’Electree affiche aujourd’hui 40 centimètres de hauteur et une batterie de 13500 mAh, ainsi qu’une prise USB. Mais si le bonsaï est capable de charger tout type d’appareil du smartphone au caméscope en passant par la tablette, il a tout de même besoin de 36 heures de captation des rayons du soleil  pour acquérir assez d’énergie. Une durée qui va plus ou moins s’allonger en fonction de la météo évidemment. Pour plus d’efficacité, il est donc recommandé d’utiliser l’Electree près de la fenêtre en intérieur… et surtout ne pas l’arroser.Si toutefois il vous intéresse, vous pourrez vous le procurer ici, pour 299 euros. Et pour connaître quelques secrets de sa fabrication, rendez-vous ici.Le 31 décembre 2011 à 12:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgLittle is known about the plot of Maelstrom or even what kinds of characters we’ll be introduced to. Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian, Levi Meaden, and Ivanna Sakhno have all been cast, but their roles haven’t been announced. It’s been speculated that Charlie Hunnam, one of the stars of the first film, won’t be returning, even though Guillermo del Toro hasn’t confirmed this, and it’s unclear if Rinko Kikuchi has been cast.Story creator del Toro, along with Derek Connolly and Emily Carmichael, worked on the script.Pacific Rim: Maelstrom is scheduled to hit theaters Feb. 23, 2018. Stay on target Boyega posted a short video Tuesday of the dreary weather conditions in Sydney. “Grey skies today but here to put the beat down on some kaiju,” he said. “Sydney sorry for the exploding buildings and giant lizard sightings. It’s for your own safety -Pentecost.” Day 1 of shooting. The adventure begins… #PacificRim2 pic.twitter.com/IONAg1gsfd— Steven DeKnight (@stevendeknight) November 9, 2016Considering the heroes defeated a level five kaiju and blew up the rift where the monsters came from, we can only imagine what the Jaegers could be facing this time.Maelstrom had been referred to as a working title before this confirmation.Film star John Boyega was also on set for the first day of production, which he talked about briefly on his Instagram. The actor was cast as the son of Stacker Pentecost, who was played by Idris Elba in the first film.center_img Netflix is Launching New ‘Altered Carbon’ and ‘Pacific Rim’ Anime SeriesGEEK PICK: Tamashii Nations Robot Spirits Pacific Rim: Uprising Gipsy Av… Here’s something we needed today. With all the talk of the end of days, we could use somebody who will cancel the apocalypse.The sequel to Pacific Rim has officially begun production in Sydney, Australia and has an official title that isn’t Pacific Rim 2: Electric Boogaloo.According to new photos from the set, the sequel is titled Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, which is a perfect title for so many reasons. Not only is a maelstrom another name for a whirlpool, but it also signals that it’ll be a time of strife for everybody in that universe.Steven DeKnight, the director of the film, confirmed it on Twitter.last_img read more

first_img Who’s the sexiest fast food mascot? Who’s the Christian Grey of cheap greasy meat? Well the obvious, correct answer is late-night moon man crooner Mac Tonight, but he hasn’t been seen in ages. Sexy Hamburglar was a strong contender but he vanished nearly as fast as he arrived. KFC’s parade of Colonel Sanders actors, from Norm Macdonald to Vincent Kartheiser,  just keep getting hotter than spicy Nashville chicken by the day. But the best icon of surreal sensuality of among burger slingers just might be the Burger King and his creepy unending smile.While we can meaningfully debate until the end of time which fast food mascot is the best at boning, Burger King will soon be the definitive answer to which fast food meal will make the most babies. This Valentine’s Day, Burger King Israel is selling not Kid’s Meals but Adult Meals with “age-appropriate” toys inside. Finally, you can buy sex toys at a Burger King!The Burger King Adults Meal comes with two Whoppers (heh) and two serving of french fries, perfect for couples to share. The two include beers are the first sign this dinner is for adults only. But the biggest clue is the complementary sex toy. There aren’t many details as to what these toys might be, but the trailer offers some hints. Besides, we don’t want to spoil the mystery and ruin the mood.Consenting adults aged 18 and older can only buy the Burger King Adult Meal after 6 P.M. this Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, it looks like it’s only available in Israel. Hopefully it’s a success and Burger King makes the Adults Meal a permanent part of its menu. Last time I checked, lots of people like having sex any day of the week any time in every part of the world. As far as fast food gimmicks go, a box full of Burger King food and sex toys is way more appealing than a pizza made of fried chicken or a Big Mac cut into sushi, unless you’re into that sort of thing. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.Sex! Stay on target Finally, KFC Makes A Colonel Sanders Dating GameKFC Tests Plant-Based Beyond Fried Chicken in Atlanta last_img read more

first_img It certainly has been on the hot side here lately. But that upper low off the coast that we have been watching is forecast to move inland to our north, bringing clouds, cooler temperatures and perhaps a shower or two.Don’t get your hopes up for a soaker, because that’s not in the cards. I’m sure some areas in Western Washington will get measurable rainfall. I think there’s a 50-50 chance we’ll get some moisture here in Clark County — maybe only enough to settle the dust.We will take anything we can get at this point, right? Highs drop from the 90s today into the low 80s tomorrow and into the 70s Saturday. Then, as that low exits, we’ll go back to warm, dry weather. Highs Sunday through Wednesday range between 88 and 95 degrees. Another heat wave!?I have been receiving rainfall reports from last month from our local observers, but many had no rain to report and some had just a trace, so we won’t get into the details this month. The bottom line: July saw the warm, dry trend continue.If we didn’t have the haze and smoke overhead, we would have topped out at 100 degrees yesterday and today. A silver lining in the smoky skies? I’d rather have clear blue skies and be a bit warmer than have dirty air hanging over us. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 May 2015 – A unique midday spectacle today as islanders and guests were awed by the sun halo which seemed to be a special treat for the Turks and Caicos. Magnetic Media got photos from Grand Turk and South Caicos and all across Providenciales from observers. While some were prepared to proclaim the advent of judgment day, called it a sign of the times or thanked God for such a beautiful, mystical creation… it was explained as high riding cirrus clouds in a glorious clash with the rays of a brilliant sun. It could be a sign that rain is coming or a sign that a storm is coming; but for at least two hours, the TCI got to enjoy the sun and its halo – up to news production time, storms and rain were kept at bay. Related Items:sun halolast_img read more

first_imgIt was Wednesday evening and a capacity crowd filled a small cooking classroom at Chuck’s Produce in Cascade Park to learn how to make challah.Baked loaves were on display of the beautiful, traditional braided bread that many Jewish folks prepare for special occasions. Some had been washed with an egg mixture before baking, to make them shiny. Others contained raisins for a slightly sweet flavor.Long tables were set with bowls of white flour, yeast, salt, sugar and egg. There was so much excited chattering in the crowd of perhaps 50 that the teacher, Tzivie Greenberg, had to compete for some attention as she stood behind a cooking counter.Greenberg is the wife of Rabbi Shmulik Greenberg of Vancouver’s Chabad Jewish Center.With Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year according to the Hebrew calendar, coming up on Sept. 28 and 29, the class was well-timed.As the teacher demonstrated, the crowd of mostly women and girls put two-thirds of the sugar into the flour bowl, saving one-third to be placed into a small bowl of yeast, along with warm water. As they watched, the yeast activated.When the ingredients were all in the flour bowl, it was time for the students to get their hands messy.“You can’t make dough with a plastic fork,” the teacher advised, saying she uses a mixer at home.They kneaded the ingredients and later added more flour, to control the stickiness.And soon it was time to place plastic wrap over the bowls, to let the yeast do its work and start to rise.And Greenberg added some history and explanation of her faith.Whatever food and other blessings they have, Jews believe that God wanted them to be grateful and show it, she said.“It’s by God’s blessing that you have it,” she said.Challah is a word for a portion or tithe, and a portion is to be set aside, as Jews did in ancient times for a temple priest, as a reminder. These days a portion is set aside, burned and discarded to keep that tradition alive.last_img read more

first_imgA woman who crashed her car near Ridgefield on Wednesday evening said the sun got in her eyes, causing her to veer off the road.Around 5:30 p.m., the driver of a Buick LeSabre was westbound on Northeast 259th Street when the sun blinded her and she drove off the road, crashing into a ditch, said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy, spokesman for Clark County Fire & Rescue. The car came to a stop just before a driveway in the 1200 block of 259th Street, where emergency responders were dispatched. The impact of the crash crumpled the front of the car and pinned the driver, said to be 18 years old. Her name was not released.Firefighters cut off the front doors and the top of the Buick to free the woman, who was transported to a hospital, Dawdy said. She did not suffer life-threatening injuries, he said. Dawdy advises drivers to stow sunglasses in their vehicle and keep windows clean, inside and out, particularly during this time of the year when sun glare is a big problem. If you’re in a situation where you’re blinded, pull over rather than continue driving, he said.last_img read more

first_imgEthiopian Airlines, which is wholly owned by the Ethiopian government, plans to tap into India’s expanding aviation market. The African carrier plans to expand its India operations by adding more flights and upgrading aircraft.Ethiopian Airlines, a star-alliance member airline, operates a daily flight each from its capital city, Addis Ababa, to Delhi and Mumbai. The airline is currently in talks with India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and other civil aviation authorities, Press Trust of India quoted Tewolde Gebremariam, the Ethiopian Airlines CEO, as saying.”We are looking forward to launch flight operations to Chennai from Ethiopia. We are keenly looking at flying passengers from Chennai,” PTI quoted Gebremariam as saying.Last year, India and Ethiopia had signed a pact to allow the national carriers of both countries to increase weekly flight entitlements from 21 to 28. In addition, both the countries are part of a 27-member international alliance club and they share code-sharing pacts as well.Under a code-sharing pact, an airline allows passengers to book tickets on its partner carriers and provides transport facilities to other destinations, where the airline has no presence.”Air India is our Star-Alliance member and we have contributed a lot for India because of our long time association. We are now looking to expand the alliance (code share with Air India),” Gebremariam said.Ethiopian Airlines operates flights to 111 destinations across the globe. The carrier has a fleet of 68 Boeing aircraft and is regarded as the only profitable African carrier.last_img read more

first_imgMahbub TalukdarIssuing a ‘note of dissent’, election commissioner Mahbub Talukdar boycotted a meeting of the Election Commission again on Monday.Ten minutes after the start of the 36th meeting of the commission at Nirbachan Bhaban with chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair, Mahbub issued his ‘note of dissent’ and left the meeting room.He boycotted the meeting for not evaluating his opinions and disagreement on various issues, said Mahbub.On 30 August last, he boycotted another meeting of the commission issuing a ‘note of dissent’.last_img read more