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Three doctors convicted under PCPNDT Act

first_imgA court here sentenced three doctors to three years in jail in a 2009 sex-determination and female foeticide case. Judicial Magistrate First Class Prachi Patel on Monday convicted Sushma Trivedi, Sandhya Tiwari and S.K. Shrivastava under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, public prosecutor Ritesh Goyal said.₹5,000 fine The doctors were given three years’ imprisonment and the court slapped a fine of ₹5,000 on two of them — Sandhya Tiwari and S.K. Shrivastava — for running clinics without legal permission, he said.Mr. Goyal said a Delhi-based social organisation called Beti Bachao Samiti had conducted a sting operation separately on these three doctors in May 2009. In the sting operation, these doctors agreed to carry out sex-determination and female foeticide procedures in their clinics, he said. The organisation approached the District Collector with the recording of the sting operation, who directed the Chief Medical and Health Officer to file a case against the three under the PCPNDT Act, he said. The court found them guilty under section 23 of the PCPNDT Act.last_img read more

Aaron Hernandez had severe CTE; daughter sues NFL, Pats

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court claimed that the league and Patriots failed to protect their players’ safety, leading to the disease that deprived Hernandez’s 4-year-old daughter, Avielle, of her father’s companionship.“Defendants were fully aware of the dangers of exposing NFL players, such as Aaron, to repeated traumatic head impacts,” the lawsuit said. “Yet, defendants concealed and misrepresented the risks of repeated traumatic head impacts.”NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league had not yet seen the lawsuit and could not comment. A Patriots spokesman did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.The league recently agreed to pay $1 billion to retired players who claimed it misled them about the dangers of playing football.The “loss of consortium” lawsuit filed on Thursday is independent of the class-action suit that began making payments this summer. Baez said it was the first of its kind.ADVERTISEMENT “If we have to be groundbreakers in this area, it’s something we’re prepared to do,” he said.Hernandez committed suicide just hours before his former teammates visited the White House to celebrate their latest Super Bowl victory and a week after he was acquitted in the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men in Boston.Prosecutors had argued that Hernandez gunned the two men down after one accidentally spilled a drink on him in a nightclub, and then got a tattoo of a handgun and the words “God Forgives” to commemorate the crime.Hernandez did not raise CTE in his defense at either trial because he claimed actual innocence.“It’s something I deeply regret,” Baez said.A star for the University of Florida when it won the 2008 title, Hernandez dropped to the fourth round of the NFL draft because of trouble in college that included a failed drug test and a bar fight. His name had also come up in an investigation into a shooting.In three seasons with the Patriots, Hernandez joined Rob Gronkowski to form one of the most potent tight end duos in NFL history. In 2011, his second season, Hernandez caught 79 passes for 910 yards and seven touchdowns to help the team reach the Super Bowl, and he was rewarded with a $40 million contract.But the Patriots released him in 2013, shortly after he was arrested in the killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée. Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison; the conviction was voided because he died before his appeals were exhausted, though that ruling is itself being appealed. Read Next San Beda clinches Final 4 berth, edges JRU LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary In this file photo, Defendant Aaron Hernandez listens during his double murder trial in Suffolk Superior Court, in Boston. Massachusetts prison officials said Hernandez hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital. APBOSTON — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, his lawyer said on Thursday in announcing a lawsuit against the NFL and the team for hiding the true dangers of the sport.Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the CTE Center at Boston University, said Hernandez had Stage 3 (out of 4) of the disease, which can cause violent mood swings, depression and other cognitive disorders.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “We’re told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of Aaron’s age,” attorney Jose Baez said.Hernandez killed himself in April in the prison cell where he was serving a life-without-parole sentence for murder. Baez said Hernandez had shown signs of memory loss, impulsivity and aggression that could be attributed to CTE.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“When hindsight is 20-20, you look back and there are things you might have noticed,” he said. “But you don’t know.”CTE, which can only be diagnosed in an autopsy, has been found in former members of the military , football players and boxers and others who have been subjected to repeated head trauma. A recent study found signs of the disease in 110 of 111 NFL players whose brains were inspected. 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SEA Games: Suarez, two Filipino pugs enter semis; Paalam out

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Fil-Briton Felix John Nobel Tupas finished the card with a dominant debut for the Philippines team in 81kg, banging Cambodian Felix Merlin Martinez via unanimous decision.READ: ‘Solid’ PH boxing team capable of taking home golds But the victories were tinged by the questionable defeat of Carlo Paalam to Malaysian Muhamad Fuad Redzuan in the 49kg.Paalam, one of the most promising boxers in the country at only 19 years old, was clearly on top of everything against the fighter who had earlier in his career lost to Filipinos Rogen Ladon and Elmer Pamisa.But Redzuan kept Paalam busy by dragging him down at least four times throughout the match.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PH men’s volley team drops SEA Games opener to Vietnam Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “I told myself that I need to win the favor of the crowd,” said Suarez in Filipino who unloaded his power punches that put Azmi on all fours. The Malaysian, though, made the count.READ: PH boxers make rousing 2017 SEA Games debutsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMario Fernandez also advanced after a masterful unanimous decision win over Tran Phu Masuk of Vietnam in the 56kg.Fernandez, the defending champion in bantamweight division, controlled the match with his 1-2 combinations. READ: PH in for tough gold hunt in SEA Games; Athletics, boxing bright spotsThe Malaysian also threw haymakers coming from out of nowhere and landing very few.That decision shocked the Philippine team here drawing criticism as the Malaysian Sports Minister Brig. Gen. Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar was in the sidelines.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonycenter_img Charly Suarez of the Philippines dominates Khir Akyazlan Bin Azmi of Malaysia in the quarterfinals of the light welterweight class men’s boxing competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the MITEC Hall 8 in Kuala Lumpur. Suarez prevailed by unanimous decision. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Two-time champion Charly Suarez battered Malaysia foe to score a convincing decision win and lead two other Filipino boxers to the Southeast Asian Games semifinals at MITEC Hall 8.Suarez slammed left and right upper cuts to the solar plexus of Khir Akyazlan Azmi in the third to win the 64kg quarterfinal match before a band of uniformed, boisterous crowd trying to distract the Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View commentslast_img read more

Ukraine hunger-striker lost 15 kg but not giving up: Cousin

first_imgMoscow, Jul 5 (AFP) Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike for over 50 days in a remote Russian prison, has lost 15 kilos but is not planning to halt his protest, his cousin said today. The anti-Kremlin director and author, 41, launched his hunger strike on May 14 to demand Russia release Ukrainian political prisoners. He is serving a 20-year sentence on terrorism charges. Days before the start of the World Cup in Russia last month, President Vladimir Putin said talks with Ukraine were under way on a possible prisoner exchange. That raised hopes that Sentsov could be released during the world’s biggest sporting event. But Moscow has so far shown little enthusiasm for freeing Sentsov despite calls from Western governments and celebrities for him to be released. Nor has Moscow allowed Ukraine’s top rights official to visit him in his prison in Russia’s farth north. “Oleg, whose height is 190 centimetres (6.2 feet), now weighs 75 kilograms (165 pounds),” his cousin Natalya Kaplan said in televised remarks after visiting him, their first meeting since 2014. “He’s lost 15 kilograms (33 pounds) since the start of the hunger strike,” she told Ukraine’s Hromadske television. Sentsov has been fasting for 52 days, sustained by water and a glucose drip. On average, humans can survive without food for about eight weeks. Kaplan said Sentsov was not in critical condition although his general state varied day to day. “Yesterday he was very bad, today he’s feeling normal,” she told Hromadske. “He’s getting worse in the evenings,” Kaplan added. “He is not going to halt his hunger strike. He said he would go all the way and believes in his victory.”advertisement A vocal critic of the Kremlin, Sentsov is best known for his film “Gamer”, which screened to critical acclaim at the Rotterdam Film Festival in 2012. He was detained in Crimea in 2014 after Russia annexed the peninsula from Ukraine. Supporters say Russia wanted to make an example of him with the stiff sentence on charges of masterminding arson attacks, which he denies. (AFP) SCYSCYlast_img read more

Lovett Looking Forward To Coaching Role

first_imgNine debutants will take to the field for Australia at an Open level for the Mixed side in the Trans Tasman Test Series against New Zealand which starts tonight at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex. Despite only six players still in the side following Australia’s 2011 World Cup final defeat over New Zealand, Lovett is confident his team has what it takes to continue Australia’s recent strong record over the Kiwis in the Mixed division. “Most of them are coming out of our Youth program and our Youth program has been quite strong since it was rebuilt after the 2005 Youth World Cup that we lost.”“They are new to Open’s but they’ve played international Touch before and they’ve come from some very good programs in their regional level and even their club based stuff. It’s actually quite a very good balance for me, there are some young players that are coming through, probably the one that is really a debutant is Michael Law. He’s a bit of an excitement machine, he’s super fast, he’s very agile, he reads the game well. He’s going to be a player to watch once he finds his feet at that level,” Lovett said. Lovett started his coaching career close to 20 years ago and in recent times has coached the Australian 20’s Boys at the 2009 Youth Trans Tasman Series as well as being the Australian Women’s Open assistant coach for the 2009 and 2010 Trans Tasman events as well as the 2011 World Cup. Lovett says that it’s been a long pathway to get to where he has, but he can’t wait to take on the Kiwis from Thursday.“I’m pretty excited. Coming from a developing state (Victoria) it’s a massive honour, things are a little bit different when you don’t come from Queensland or New South Wales so you have to get up a little earlier and work a little bit harder to keep up on your skills and the modern trends of the sport because it’s not directly at your back door.”“I think both the roles I’ve had in the past four years have been pretty important, with the Men’s 20’s and the Women’s Open because obviously it’s a crossover between both the girls and guys and stepping into Mixed is a new arena for me.”“The Open’s Women’s was good exposure to the pointy end of the sport, I got to work with some really good athletes in the Women’s program and some coaches who have been around for a long period of time as well in Kerry (Norman) and Dean (Russell). Both of them have helped hone and develop my skills as I’ve come through as well as my other mentors, so it’s been good.”Mixed specialist Manu Wakely is Lovett’s assistant coach for the series, with Wakely’s experience  in the Mixed arena both as a player and as a coach to be invaluable for the side. “I’m looking forward to working with Manu Wakely, he’s been a very successful Mixed coach and loves the detail, he pretty much lives and breathes Touch so it’s great to work with Manu and see his passion for the game.”Lovett says he will be looking to the more experienced players in his team, including co-captain’s Kylie Hilder and Rohit Prasad as well as Jamie Chan and Sarah Spacie, to guide the debutants along the way in the Series. Seeing some of his Australian 20’s Boys side from the 2009 Youth Trans Tasman progress into the Mixed Open side will also be an exciting prospect for Lovett, as well as unleashing a few new faces against New Zealand for the first time. “I’m looking forward to building a new team together with the senior playing group and fostering some of the development of some of the 20’s Boys I’ve brought through and exposing some of the new players we have like Peter Watkins, it will be exciting.”“We’ve got a strong side that has a lot of potential, but we’ve got to live up to our potential and deliver on the park. It’s their opportunity now to basically come to the international stage and try to deliver, and some of the young kids, seeing someone like Michael Law getting his opportunity being able to apply his trade at this level and how he takes that into the Youth programs going forward is exciting.”There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012, including in the following ways: Websites: Facebook – Twitter – (be sure to use the hashtag #transtasman2012 in your tweets) YouTube – read more

Hero Maestro Edge 125, Hero Pleasure Plus 110 launched in India; price range starts at 47,300

first_img Varun Singh New DelhiMay 13, 2019UPDATED: May 13, 2019 13:03 IST The introduction of Hero Maestro Edge 125 (left) and Hero Pleasure Plus 110 (right) follows the launch of XPulse 200, XPulse 200T and Xtreme 200S by Hero MotoCorp on May 1.HIGHLIGHTSThe new Hero Maestro Edge FI version is priced at Rs 62,700 (ex-showroom, Delhi).The 2019 Hero Pleasure+ 110 Cast Wheel version is priced at Rs 49,300 (ex-showroom, Delhi).The new Pleasure Plus 110 sports a fresh retro front and dual texture seat.Hero MotoCorp today launched the new Maestro Edge 125 and Pleasure+ 110. While Hero Maestro Edge 125 comes at a starting price of Rs 58,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi), Hero Pleasure+ 110 price begins at Rs 47,300 (ex-showroom, Delhi).Below are the variant-wise price (ex-showroom, Delhi) details of the new Hero Maestro Edge 125 and new Pleasure+ 110.– Maestro Edge 125 i3S (Carb) – Rs 58,500 (Drum)– Maestro Edge 125 i3S (Carb) – Rs 60,000 (Disc)– Maestro Edge 125 (FI) – Rs 62,700– Pleasure+ 110 (Sheet Metal Wheel) – Rs 47,300– Pleasure+ 110 (Cast Wheel) – Rs 49,300The 2019 Hero Maestro Edge 125 gets a 124.6 cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder OHC engine that makes 8.7 bhp and 10.2 Nm of torque. In the FI version, the power output is slightly higher at 9.1 bhp. The engine is mated to a variomatic drive gearbox. Taking care of the suspension duties are telescopic forks in the front and single coil spring hydraulic type at the rear. There are 130 mm drum brakes at the front and rear, with an option for a 190 mm disc at the front. The FI version has a 190 mm disc at the front with no option for a drum. There is a 12-inch tyre at the front and a 10-inch tyre at the rear. The new Maestro Edge 125 gets a 5.5-litre fuel tank, while the FI version has a fuel tank capacity of 5 litre.The new Hero Pleasure+ 110 comes with a 110.9 cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder OHC engine that delivers 8 bhp and 8.70 Nm of torque. At the front, there is a bottom link suspension with spring loaded hydraulic damper and a swing arm at the rear. It has a 4.8-litre fuel tank.advertisementHero MotoCorp’s Maestro Edge 125 comes with features like LED headlamp and tail lamp, diamond cut cast wheels, textured seats, and frost whiskers. It also gets external fuel filing, mobile charging port, boot lamp, digital analog meter, side stand reminder and service due reminder.The carb variant of the 2019 Maestro Edge 125 is available in four all matt colour options — Matt Blue, Matt Red, Matt Brown and Matt Vernier Grey. On the contrary, Maestro Edge 125 FI version gets two colour combinations — Pearl White with Brown inner panel & Astro Gold front forks and Panther Black with a sporty Red inner panel.The new Pleasure Plus 110 sports a fresh retro front and dual texture seat. It gets features like a USB charger, LED boot lamp, Integrated Braking System and a new black-lit speedometer.The Sheet Metal Wheel variant of the 2019 Hero Pleasure+ 110 is available in four colours — Glossy Black, Glossy Blue, Glossy White and Glossy Red. The Cast Wheel variant of the scooter comes in three paint options — Matt Red, Matt Green and Matt Vernier Grey.The introduction of Maestro Edge 125 and Pleasure Plus 110 follows the launch of Hero XPulse 200, Hero XPulse 200T and Hero Xtreme 200S by Hero MotoCorp on May 1. While all the three bikes are loaded with features, there is good news for those who are looking to invest in the off-roader or the tourer. We have driven both XPulse 200 and XPulse 200T. You can read our first ride review of XPulse 200 and that of XPulse 200T for all the details.ALSO READ | David Beckham gets 6-month ban for using mobile phone while driving his BentleyALSO READ | 2019 Bajaj Avenger Street 160 launched in India, price starts at Rs 82,253ALSO READ | Hyundai Venue: Launch, features, specifications and everything else you need to knowGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Hero Maestro Edge 125Follow Maestro Edge 125Follow Hero Pleasure 110 PlusFollow Pleasure 110+Follow Maestro Edge 125 launchFollow Pleasure 110 Plus launch Hero Maestro Edge 125, Hero Pleasure Plus 110 launched in India; price range starts at 47,300The new Hero Maestro Edge 125 gets a 124.6 cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder OHC engine that makes 8.7 bhp and 10.2 Nm of torque. In the FI version, the power output is slightly higher at 9.1 bhp.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Wärtsilä to Unveil Latest Fuel-Saving System

first_imgPress Release; August 25, 2014 zoom Viking LadyWärtsilä is planning to launch its new Low Loss Hybrid (LLH) innovation at the ONS 2014 exhibition being held in Stavanger, Norway from August 25 to 28. The Wärtsilä LLH utilises different power sources in combination with energy storage devices to operate the prime movers closest to their optimum performance. The company claims that in addition to annual fuel savings of up to 15 per cent, depending on the type and configuration of the engine and mission profile, LLH ensures a substantial reduction in exhaust gas emissions.The overall hybrid control system is the key element in the total control and stability of the ship’s electrical system and the energy flows. The Wärtsilä LLH system is integrated with the inverter control units and interfaces with the conventional power management system.15 %cut in fuel consumptionThe total energy storage system is approved according to the new DNV class rules for battery power. The Wärtsilä LLH is suitable for application in a variety of market segments, including offshore vessels, tugs, ferries and coastal vessels, for new building as well as to upgrade existing installations.A key feature of the Wärtsilä LLH is its ability to reduce transient engine loads that cause increased fuel consumption and added emissions. Furthermore, by increasing the power redundancy, the system allows the engine to operate closer to its optimum design point where it has highest efficiency and least emissions.Reduced maintenance and increased system performance through rapid response from the energy storage system are also among the benefits offered. “Fuel efficiency and a reduced environmental footprint are central to the current and future needs of the entire marine sector. The Wärtsilä Low Loss Hybrid system supports both of these aims and is an important enabler for energy and cost efficient shipping. We look forward to introducing our customers to this concept at the ONS 2014 exhibition,” said Juhani Hupli, Vice President, Electrical & Automation, Wärtsilä Ship Power.The Wärtsilä LLH was earlier this year installed and tested aboard the Platform Supply Vessel ‘Viking Lady’.A comprehensive measurement programme that monitored transit mode in heavy weather conditions, critical operations, and standby mode confirmed actual fuel savings of 15 per cent. For this particular vessel, such savings would give an estimated payback time of less than four years.Emission reductions were also substantial, with local emissions in harbour virtually eliminated.last_img read more

160 IS members sympathisers arrested across India govt tells LS

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as 160 members and sympathisers of the banned terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS) have been arrested so far from different parts of the country, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Union minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said intelligence inputs on terror threats are regularly shared with the state governments and agencies concerned with the advice to take appropriate steps and sensitise their field formations to prevent any untoward incident. “The National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the states police have registered cases against IS members and sympathisers and have arrested 160 accused so far all over the country,” he said replying a written question. Reddy said some instances of individuals from different states including Kerala, joining the IS have come to the notice of central and state security agencies.last_img read more

School division sorry after employee dressed up as Spice Girl with blackface

first_imgSHERWOOD PARK, Alta. – An Alberta school division has apologized after a staff member at a Christian school wore blackface while dressed up as a member of the British band Spice Girls.Elk Island Public Schools said in a statement Monday that it is taking immediate action with the employee to address her conduct.“We do not condone behaviour that would be offensive or hurtful to any student, employee or member of our school community,” said the division.It added that an apology was also going home to parents.“In the days ahead, EIPS will seek out resources in order to further educate employees, both at this school and throughout the division, about the need to be respectful of all races and cultures.“It is our intention to ensure that an incident of this kind is not repeated.”Edmonton activist Bashir Mohamed said a friend who is a teacher sent him a link to the photo from a Facebook group. He then put the picture out on Twitter with several comments and asked how a black student at the school might feel about it.The photo shows a woman wearing dark face makeup while dressed up as Mel B, otherwise known as “Scary Spice” with the 1990s all-girl band.She is standing with other adults posing as celebrity judges in a talent event at Strathcona Christian Academy in Sherwood Park, just east of Edmonton.“Look who’s here for SCA’s Got Talent! Meet the judges: Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel!! All the best to our competitors!” said a caption of the photo from SCA Elementary.Mohamed said he didn’t put out the photo to get the employee fired. He wanted it to act as a teaching moment.“I think there’s a lot of opportunity for there to be education where they can understand why this is an issue and learn from it,” he said. “Because at the end of the day, this person is an educator and they are responsible for students.”He added that most people are likely to understand that blackface is wrong, but they don’t understand why, or realize that it has roots in Canadian history as well as in the United States.Education Minister David Eggen said even though the matter is being dealt with, he finds it disturbing.“It’s inappropriate behaviour that doesn’t belong in schools,” Eggen said.“It sets a bad example.”Marisa Peters, an Edmonton blogger who uses the Twitter handle Stream and Stone, said she is a former student of Strathcona Christian Academy’s secondary school.“In musical theater we were asked to fake tan and wore dark makeup to dress as Puerto Ricans for ‘West Side Story,’” said her tweet. “Blackface has a history at this school.”Laura McNabb, a spokeswoman for the school division, said officials would not be commenting further.— By Chris Purdy in Edmontonlast_img read more

Conflictofinterest screens working well Trudeau cabinet ministers say

first_imgOTTAWA – Several members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet are singing the praises of conflict-of-interest screens they have been using to avoid controversy — and that members of the previous Conservative government used as well.The screens, along with the use of numbered holding companies to separate ministers from their assets, have been pulled into an intense public debate in recent weeks amid allegations of conflict of interest that have stalked Finance Minister Bill Morneau.Morneau set up one of the screens after entering office in 2015 on a recommendation from the federal ethics commissioner, who told him a blind trust wouldn’t be necessary since his shares in his family’s firm were indirectly held through private companies, and therefore not subject to the Conflict of Interest Act.And he’s not the only one: Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould had a similar arrangement with assets until they were divested in April 2016.Political opponents have been attacking Morneau for choosing a screen rather than a blind trust. For his part, Morneau has maintained that has not been in a conflict of interest. And Morneau’s parliamentary secretary, Joel Lightbound, went on the offensive on his behalf Monday during question period.“What the finance minister has always done and will continue to do, so that he can deliver for Canadians, is to work with the ethics commissioner to make sure that all rules are followed, to follow recommendations,” Lightbound said in response to a question from Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre.Former Tory finance minister Joe Oliver was the sole owner of a corporation that held publicly traded securities, Lightbound noted. And former Conservative cabinet ministers Lisa Raitt and Denis Lebel both made use of conflict-of-interest screens, he added.“What I see is a bit of hypocrisy and a lot of amnesia,” Lightbound said.“At the same time, I can understand why those members are trying to forget their decade in power. Millions of Canadians are trying to forget.”Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson’s office said Monday that fewer than five cabinet ministers currently hold controlled assets indirectly. But it would not share the names nor provide a more-precise number.A government source said later Monday that only two current ministers had a history of controlled assets in a private corporation without setting up a blind trust: Morneau and Wilson-Raybould.Morneau is in the process of divesting and Wilson-Raybould has already divested.Dawson’s office also said some cabinet ministers in the previous Conservative administration — but fewer than five — held controlled assets indirectly.In a series of tweets Monday, Oliver said after his appointment to cabinet he disclosed all his assets, sold all his publicly traded shares and had all decisions on his fund portfolios made by third-party managers.A few of Morneau’s cabinet colleagues also have screens, but for different reasons.Wilson-Raybould and Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi are using conflict-of-interest screens to prevent them from participating in matters or decisions related to company holdings involving their spouses.Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc also has a screen to ensure he abstains from participating in decisions related to J.D. Irving Ltd. because of his close friendship with the Irving family.LeBlanc said Monday that Dawson recommended he set up an ethics screen for any cabinet or privy council documents that have anything to do with J.D. Irving Ltd., or its affiliates and subsidiaries.“Under the rules, you shouldn’t be using … your public office to benefit a friend,” LeBlanc said. “From my perspective it’s working very well.”LeBlanc’s screen, in place since early 2016, means he wouldn’t have been privy to cabinet information about shipbuilding contracts or even the Energy East pipeline, both of which have connections to Irving.Sohi said Monday that he has a screen in place to prevent him from participating in decisions that could benefit his wife’s holdings in a company that’s also a partial owner of farmland in Alberta.He argues the screen, which is overseen by his chief of staff, has already proven to be an effective tool.Sohi said because of the screen he’s been him removed from the approval process for an infrastructure project that was proposed by the province. It would be in close proximity to the farmland.“My chief of staff has made sure that I do not participate in any shape or form in the approval of that particular project,” Sohi said.“It will be done by a different minister and it would have to go the Treasury Board to make sure there’s no conflict whatsoever.”Wilson-Raybould’s profile on the ethics commissioner’s website states that she must abstain from decisions or matters related to self-government talks with First Nations and Indigenous communities with the consulting company, KaLoNa Group, in which she holds a significant interest. Her spouse is also the president and controlling interest holder of the firm.The added public scrutiny on the conflict-of-interest issue has been driven by allegations related to pension legislation Morneau introduced in the House of Commons.Opponents allege the pension reform could benefit Morneau Shepell, a human resources and pension management firm he helped build with his father before entering office. Morneau maintains he was never in a conflict of interest.In response to accusations that he’s personally profited from decisions he’s taken as finance minister, Morneau has promised to sell off $21 million worth of shares in his family’s company and place the rest his substantial assets in a blind trust.Morneau has also promised to donate to charity any gains in the value of his Morneau Shepell shares since he was elected two years ago. The gains are estimated to be worth more than $5 million.Dawson recommended the screen for Morneau to prevent any appearance of a conflict of interest and maintain the public’s confidence.The issue of indirect holdings in a company have been at the centre of the debate around Morneau.Dawson urged the previous Conservative government in 2013 to amend the law to require blind trusts for personal assets owned by ministers, regardless of whether they were directly or indirectly owned — a change that was never made.last_img read more

Trudeau met by more anti pipeline protesters on his BC long weekend

first_img“Most importantly I’m standing here by myself saying he’s not welcome here and neither is his pipeline,” George said after Trudeau’s speech concluded.As the prime minister reached the midway point of his address to a crowd of hundreds gathered at the Didar Berry Farm, George began to sing and drum.At one point during George’s demonstration, a woman from the crowd turned around and screamed “shut up” loudly at George.As George’s demonstration intensified the prime minister spoke loudly through the microphone and asked the crowd to applaud the indigenous peoples who had gathered at the farm 25 kilometres south of Vancouver.Earlier in the day, the prime minister marched down Robson Street as a raucous crowd of thousands lined the streets for the annual Pride Parade and spoke at a breakfast in Vancouver’s Davie Village hosted by PFLAG Canada.The prime minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke to reporters briefly before joining the parade and said that though there has been a lot of progress made for the LGBTQ community over the past two years, there was still much more to do. DELTA, B.C. – Drum beats and chanting followed Justin Trudeau to Delta, B.C., on Sunday, as anti-pipeline protesters attempted to disrupt the prime minister’s speech at a Liberal Party of Canada community barbecue.Like several other stops on the prime minister’s long weekend trip to B.C., the protesters appeared at a planned appearance by Trudeau with signs and placards denouncing the Trans Mountain pipeline.Tsleil-Waututh activist William George said he was excited to get access to the event and a chance to voice his opposition to the pipeline directly to the prime minister. Fifteen-year-old Layla Spies, adorned with two rainbow flags tucked into her hair, a rainbow neckband and strings of coloured beads draped around her neck, said she was excited to see Trudeau walk past her and her mother.Great time last night at the Richmond Night Market – it’s opened all weekend long to celebrate BC Day so be sure to stop by if you are in the area! For more information, check out their website:— Harjit Sajjan (@HarjitSajjan) August 5, 2018Spies said she thought it was a great sign for progress that the highest member of the Canadian government supports pride, noting that many places in the world do not tolerate homosexuality.“It just shows a lot about how far we’ve come, and a bit about how far we still need to go.”Trudeau told the audience gathered at the Junction Pub for breakfast that while many places in the world could do with more tolerance, Canada should move beyond simply tolerating the differences in its communities and choose to love them.“No religion in the world says ‘Tolerate thy neighbour,’ it’s love them, accept them, befriend them,” said Trudeau in front of a rainbow-coloured curtain.Trudeau was flanked onstage by longtime Vancouver Centre MP Hedy Fry and PFLAG Canada’s Vancouver chapter president Colin McKenna.Trudeau commended McKenna and the work PFLAG Canada does across the nation, saying their message of openness, respect, and compassion can impact society in a way the government cannot.“When you talk about social change, change in families and communities, we need more than just a government saying what you should be doing,” he said.The prime minister is expected to be in Penticton, B.C., for the B.C. Day Picnic at Gyro Park on Monday.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)center_img “ It’s really important to continue to march in pride. We know that far too many homeless youths are from the LGBT community, we know the rates of teenage suicide is four times as much as in other communities, and eight times as much where the kids don’t have supportive parents,” said the prime minister.Danny Romandan was marching with the float ahead of Trudeau, and said he was in awe that the prime minister would walk in the parade at all, let alone with him.He added coming to Canada had allowed him to truly be himself.“Here I find the prime minister of Canada is marching with me and it’s amazing, and beautiful, and means so much,” said a beaming Romandan before returning to his megaphone and rousing the crowd.last_img read more

UN officials meet with Israeli delegation on Jenin factfinding mission

During the meeting at UN Headquarters this afternoon, Kieran Prendergast, the Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, headed the UN team, which also included Legal Counsel Hans Corell, Assistant Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations Hédi Annabi and Military Adviser General Timothy Ford. Earlier in the day, Secretary-General Kofi Annan and aides conferred via teleconference with the members of the UN fact-finding team who are now in Geneva preparing for their mission.According to a UN spokesman, during the teleconference the leader of the fact-finding team, former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari, had with him former President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Cornelio Sommaruga and former UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Sadako Ogata. Also present were Mr. Ahtisaari’s military adviser, retired United States General William Nash, police adviser Commissioner Peter Fitzgerald of Ireland, the team’s new legal advisor, Tyge Lehmann, and support staff, spokesman Fred Eckhard told the noon briefing in New York.Mr. Eckhard also said that the Security Council had agreed to put off a vote on a draft resolution introduced yesterday by Syria on behalf of the Arab Group, “preferring to wait until the Secretariat meets with the Israeli delegation this afternoon.” Once those talks conclude, he said, the Council would be briefed in closed consultations on the outcome and then reconsider the Syrian draft. Meanwhile in Geneva, Mr. Ahtisaari and his team continued their internal organizational meetings, which will be held through tomorrow. A UN spokesman travelling with the team reported that General Nash would be assisted by two military staff officers, and that “more experts will be brought on board as needed.” The team expects to be in the Middle East on Saturday. read more

The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #CHILD BENEFIT: An expert group report into child benefit has recommended a new two-tier system which would see the payment remain universal but with top-up cash for poorer parents. The group rejected proposals for child benefit to be taxed and said adoption of the new two-tier system could save around €200 million a year.2. #MAGDALENES: The redress scheme which is being set up for survivors of Magdalene Laundries may be widened to include women held in two other notorious institutions. Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the inclusion of Bethany House in Dublin and the Summerhill Training Centre in Wexford is under consideration. A spokesperson for a survivors group said the “horrific” conditions at the Bethany House care home “tick all the boxes” for redress.3. #MARRIAGE: Kerry County Council has become the latest local authority to back same-sex marriage. A motion put forward by Labour councillor Gillian Wharton-Slattery passed by 18 votes to 7, making Kerry the fourteenth local authority to back marriage equality.4. #OSCAR PISTORIUS: Oscar Pistorius’s application for bail is to stretch into its third day tomorrow when the athlete will find out if he will be granted bail under “exceptional circumstances”. The court hearings today heard that Pistorius, who stands accused of the pre-meditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, may be considered a flight risk.5. #ANIMAL CRUELTY: An animal welfare group has said the death of a dog who was hacked to death with an axe by its owner in Wexford on Valentine’s Day was one of the most brutal cases of violence against an animal the group has ever encountered. The man told inspectors he was trying to put the dog down.last_img read more

Énergie Bruxelles propose un étiquetage des téléviseurs

first_imgÉnergie : Bruxelles propose un étiquetage des téléviseursEurope – La Commission européenne a proposé la mise en place d’un étiquetage énergétique pour les téléviseurs. A l’instar de celles équipant les réfrigérateurs, lave-linge et lave-vaisselle depuis 1992, cette signalétique devrait permettre aux consommateurs de choisir leur écran en fonction de sa consommation énergétique.Proposé par Günther Oettinger, le commissaire européen à l’Énergie, ce projet doit désormais être approuvé par le Parlement et le Conseil européens. Si le processus se déroule sans encombre, les premières étiquettes pourraient être apposées sur les téléviseurs dès le début 2011, sur une base volontaire, avant de devenir obligatoires dans un an.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalité”Les étiquettes font évoluer le marché en faveur de produits à haute efficacité énergétique, ce qui constitue une contribution majeure à la réalisation des objectifs de l’UE en matière d’efficacité énergétique, de compétitivité et de lutte contre le changement climatique”, a souligné Günther Oettinger dans un communiqué, avant d’évoquer les économies financières que peuvent permettre les appareils peu énergivores. Si sa porte-parole Malène Holzner admet qu’il “est évident qu’un téléviseur de la catégorie A sera plus cher qu’un téléviseur de la catégorie G”, elle précise que d’après les études de la Commission, les consommateurs peuvent réaliser une économie de 35 euros par an sur leur facture d’énergie en préférant un téléviseur noté A plutôt qu’un poste noté G.Comme le révèle toutefois l’UFC-Que Choisir, amortir l’achat d’un appareil économe en énergie peut prendre des années, voir ne jamais se réaliser. Selon l’association, dix ans sont en effet nécessaires pour rentabiliser le surcoût de 85 euros lié à l’achat d’un réfrigérateur-congélateur de classe A+ par rapport à un modèle A. Quant au modèle A++, son prix est tellement élevé qu’il ne sera pas amorti avant que le produit ne soit remplacé.Le 4 octobre 2010 à 16:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Employment tribunal rules in favour of Addison Lee drivers in workerstatus case

first_imgThe Central London Employment Tribunal has ruled that three drivers working for car and courier organisation Addison Lee are employed as workers rather than independent contractors, and are therefore entitled to employment rights such as the national minimum wage and holiday pay.Lang, Olszeski and Morahan v Addison Lee, involved three drivers who commenced work with Addison Lee at different points during June 2014 and June 2015, who argued that they should be classified as workers rather than as self-employed independent contractors. This would then entitle them to receive the national minimum wage, holiday pay, and protection against contract termination for being trade union members under the Employment Rights Act 1996 and related legislation.The claimants contended that they worked personally for Addison Lee as drivers, using branded vehicles that they had to hire through an associated organisation of Addison Lee. Employment judge Pearl agreed with the drivers, stating that by logging on to the online handheld computer that the organisation used to allocate jobs, the claimants were undertaking to accept jobs being given to them, and were therefore performing driving services.Jobs allocated in this fashion by a controller had to be accepted, or drivers had to provide an acceptable reason as to why they would not accept the job. If the controller deemed the reason as unacceptable, then the matter would be referred to a supervisor. In addition, drivers had no control or knowledge over the fare that was agreed. Payments were made either directly to Addison Lee by card, or in a cash payment to the driver that had already been pre-agreed, with no option for negotiation or alterations.Addison Lee further supplied information to drivers regarding standards that the organisation suggested be adhered to via a contract, which was re-issued in May 2015. This included a short script that could be used with customers, topics of conversation and lines of inquiry that were suitable to discuss, as well as a stipulated dress code. A March 2013 car control manual additionally specifies penalties for failing to log on in a timely fashion for pre-bookings, for example, a six-month ban from accepting pre-booked jobs.The handheld computer device enabled drivers to notify the controller when they decided to take a break or go home and the drivers also had to notify the organisation if they planned on taking any holiday. If drivers were logged off from the computer for more than three to four days, Addison Lee would make contact with the driver to find out why. The organisation also required drivers to undertake a set amount of work a week, otherwise drivers would receive a £35 weekly service charge.Employment judge Pearl ruled in favour of the claimants, finding that the drivers are workers because there is a contractual obligation for the drivers to provide services. Furthermore, the Addison Lee vehicle could not be used for other commercial or income-related purposes, meaning that the drivers were not working for other organisations at the same time as working for Addison Lee.In the court documents Pearl said: “We have come to the view that the claimants were workers as defined. We agree that there must be a contractual obligation by the drivers to provide services. The statutory wording is that there must be a contract ‘whereby the individual undertakes to do or perform personally any work or services’ for the other party. This was clearly the case here whenever each driver logged on. Ignoring the period between ‘log ons’, the drivers, when they logged on, were undertaking to accept the driving jobs allocated to them. They were undertaking to perform driving services personally. No other conclusion is possible.“They could not use the vehicle for other commercial or income-earning purposes. They did not market their services to the world and, even had they set up in business as drivers with some other vehicle, that would not connote that Addison Lee, on these arrangements, was one of their customers or clients. These claimants derived their whole income from this driving work.“Logging on undoubtedly put the drivers at the respondent’s disposal and during logging on periods the drivers would not always be transporting a passenger. That is inherent in the work. If the driver chose to park a vehicle and remain logged on, [she or he] was no less at the disposal of Addison Lee.”Liana Wood, solicitor at law firm Leigh Day, which represented the drivers, said: “We are delighted that the employment tribunal has found in favour of our clients. This judgment acknowledges the central contribution that Addison Lee’s drivers have made to the success of the [organisation] by confirming that its drivers are not self-employed but that they work for Addison Lee as part of Addison Lee’s business.“Addison Lee advertises itself as a premium driving service and seeks to ensure that its drivers meet the high standard required for that premium service. However, Addison Lee drivers very often work very long hours, in excess of 60 hours a week, in order to just earn enough to cover their basic living costs.  Addison Lee has sought to deny its drivers the most basic workers’ rights, including to be paid the national minimum wage and to receive paid holiday.“This is a very important decision by the employment tribunal and will go some way to addressing these issues. This decision will not just have an impact on the thousands of Addison Lee drivers but, following on from the decision in Uber, on all workers in the so-called gig economy whose employers classify them as self-employed and deny them the rights to which they are entitled.“There will now be a further hearing in the employment tribunal to calculate the holiday and pay that the drivers should receive.”Addison Lee was unavailable for comment at time of publication.last_img read more

Venezuelan company to furlough workers in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:President Solís takes credit for healthy economy; Business leaders push back Venezuela dominates agenda ahead of Trump’s Latin American visit Now in Costa Rica: Amazon direct delivery Costa Rica’s Epsy Campbell speaks out against Venezuelan elections A Venezuelan state-owned aluminum firm has announced it wants to furlough more than 300 workers at its Costa Rica plant because of lack of raw goods to operate, Costa Rica’s Labor Ministry announced this week.The situation is one more manifestation of Venezuela’s economic agony as it teeters on the brink of default and as its government scrambles to juggle its shrinking finances.The Venezuelan army general in charge of the factory in Costa Rica, Noel Martinez, told a group of the workers on Tuesday that Alunasa had problems sending needed aluminum from Venezuela for the plant to operate.He said he had asked Caracas for permission to source the metal from other markets.According to Costa Rica’s Labor Ministry, the company issued a notification on March 22 that it wanted to suspend all but 40 of the workers at the plant because of the lack of raw materials.The suspension would be for three months, the ministry said, adding that it was examining whether the request was justified.The factory is located in Esparza, 60 kilometers (40 miles) west of the Costa Rican capital, San José. It is the principal employer in the town and its surrounding area.Venezuela’s economy has sunk inexorably since 2014, when global prices for oil crashed. Venezuela is reliant on exports of crude.Since then, hyperinflation has set in, basic foodstuffs and medicine have become scarce, and state workers have seen their work week shortened to save electricity. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Gay couple married in US feted at Malaysia banquet

first_img 0 Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories The Malaysian government had no immediate reaction to news of Saturday’s event.Banquet guests ushered to their seats at a Chinese restaurant in Kuala Lumpur had found small, heart-shaped chocolates wrapped in Chinese-language notes that translated into “God loves gays.”Two guests serenaded each other with Lionel Richie and Diana Ross’ duet “Endless Love,” while a transgender entertainer tearfully praised Ngeo and Newborn for reminding everyone that “there is only one sexual orientation: love.”One guest, Eric Goh, said gay Malaysians “need to come out in bigger numbers and we need to have more straight people support us.”Ngeo made his trip back to Malaysia a month after Prime Minister Najib Razak said in in a speech that gay, lesbian and transsexual behavior was part of a “deviant culture” that should “not have any place in this country.”Najib’s statement marked a reiteration of the government’s stance and did not trigger new concerns. But for gay Malaysians, especially Muslims, it nevertheless meant that the door to public self-expression remained slammed shut.Most gay Malaysians live free from direct harassment by authorities, and a law that prescribes 20-year prison sentences for sodomy, even consensual, is rarely enforced. The most prominent person charged under that law was Anwar Ibrahim, an opposition leader acquitted this year of sodomizing a male former aide in what he claimed was a politically motivated case. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist The couple risked the ire of a government that has banned a gay arts festival, prosecuted a politician for sodomy and declared that homosexuality has no place in Malaysian society.“We’re thankful to be able to make Malaysian history here,” Newborn said.Ngeo, an ethnic Chinese pastor who has lived mainly in the United States since 1998, attracted criticism from Malaysian officials and religious groups when he married Newborn, a Broadway musical producer, last August.Even though Ngeo identifies himself as a Christian, Malaysia’s Cabinet minister for Islamic affairs voiced fears at the time that his nuptials could promote “extremism” among Malaysia’s 28 million people, including ethnic Malay Muslims who comprise nearly two-thirds of the population. A newspaper owned by the ruling party urged authorities to prevent Ngeo from holding any wedding celebration in Malaysia.But by this summer, the couple, both in their 40s, believed enough time had passed for them to fly to Malaysia for a few days without fanfare and invite Ngeo’s mother, friends, former colleagues and schoolmates for a traditional Chinese wedding feast.“It’s my right to celebrate my joy with the people I care about,” Ngeo told The Associated Press. “The government can make noise, the religious conservatives can make noise, but they’re not welcome here.” Patients with chronic pain give advice More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Associated PressKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – A gay pastor who married his musical producer boyfriend in New York last year has fulfilled a vow to hold a wedding banquet in his native Malaysia in what they believe is the first such event in the Muslim-majority country.Malaysian-born Ngeo Boon Lin and African-American husband Phineas Newborn III, quietly held the closed reception Saturday _ complete with public kisses and karaoke ballad performances _ with about 200 guests, including a handful of Chinese-language journalists who were asked not to report on the event until afterward. “I understand the sensitivities. I’m not demanding for gay marriage to be allowed now in Malaysia,” Ngeo said, adding that his advice to gay Malaysians was to “keep going and be creative.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

East Meadow NY –Lufthansa yesterday officially u

first_imgEast Meadow, NY –Lufthansa yesterday officially unveiled its new lounge at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The facility encompasses nearly 16,000 square feet, about twice the size of the airline’s original JFK lounge, and features three levels, each dedicated to one of Lufthansa’s premium passenger segments – Business Class, Senator and First Class/HON Circle. The $10 million upgrade is part of Lufthansa’s $200 million lounge renovation program.Previously, Lufthansa’s Senator and Business Class lounge was adjacent to its check-in counters before airport security. The new facility is located directly behind security in the airport’s Terminal 1, providing guests enhanced convenience and relaxation.“For business travelers and frequent flyers, comfort and convenience on the ground have become an essential part of a satisfying travel experience,” noted Jens Bischof, Vice President, the Americas at Lufthansa. “With its unique design and abundance of high-quality amenities, our new JFK lounge truly complements Lufthansa’s notable in-flight product and will become our flagship lounge in the U.S.”The First Class/HON Circle lounge area, located on the third level, is Lufthansa’s first such facility outside the airline’s three European hubs in Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich. First Class guests as well as HON Circle members – the highest status within Lufthansa’s frequent flyer program, Miles & More – are treated to exclusive service that begins upon entering a dedicated welcome reception area. Guests can choose to relax in the First Class area or enjoy a pre-flight dinner in the separate dining room, served at 12 linen covered tables for two. First Class guests also have access to premium-quality shower amenities.Menu options include a large buffet of international antipasti, fresh salads or finger sandwiches, as well as regional, Mediterranean and Asian a la carte dishes – all freshly produced. After dinner, guests can indulge in one of several delectable desserts, including Mousse au Chocolat and DEMEL’s Apple Strudel. The choice of drinks includes a broad selection of premium wines and a rich and international bar selection.The Senator Lounge, located on the second level, features parquet flooring, bistro and counter dining options, and a staffed bar area that offers an assortment of spirits as well as a variety of fine local and German wines and beers. Capacity has nearly doubled from the original Senator lounge and now offers seating for 124 guests. Premium shower amenities are also available in the Senator Lounge.The Business Class Lounge is located on the main level. The spacious area accommodates up to 171 passengers or about 75 percent more than the original lounge. In line with Lufthansa’s new global Business Lounge design, the lounge presents a modern feel with elements such as leather seats and Corian countertops. Amenities also include a separate, theater-style entertainment area with four LCD televisions and seating for 18 guests, a separate work table area with high-back leather seating that is integrated into the contours of the wall. Menu selections include finger sandwiches and a variety of salads and soups, such as creamy pumpkin soup.DO & CO, the Vienna-based premium restaurant and catering group, will provide the food and beverage service for the JFK lounge. DO & CO also provides food and beverage services for Lufthansa’s renowned First Class Terminal & Lounges in Frankfurt, and is an internationally-recognized name at various VIP sporting and corporate events around the world, such as the Formula 1 racing tour. DO & CO ’s famous Viennese bakery shop, DEMEL K.u.K. Hofzuckerbaecker, recently opened its doors on Manhattan’s upper west side.“Our flagship lounge at JFK airport is a key component of Lufthansa’s $200 million global lounge investment, which includes the building and refurbishment of Lufthansa lounges around the world,” said Oliver Wagner, Vice President, Global Airport Products & Services at Lufthansa. “During the first quarter of 2009, some seven lounges in locations like Mumbai and Paris are planned to open.”Other projects include the recent opening of Lufthansa’s Senator and Business lounge at Detroit’s new North Terminal, a new two-tiered lounge at Washington Dulles set toopen in February 2009, the first “Welcome Lounge” in Frankfurt for guests arriving on Lufthansa’s international flights, and a brand new First Class Lounge in Hall B atFrankfurt Airport — modeled after Lufthansa’s renowned First Class Terminal — also planned to open in February 2009.One of the world’s largest airlines, Lufthansa flies to 194 destinations in 79 countries, including 22 North American gateways. Lufthansa has hubs in Munich, Frankfurt, and, with its 2005 acquisition of SWISS into its portfolio, Zurich. Together with its partners, Lufthansa serves 416 destinations in approximately 100 countries. An industry innovator, Lufthansa has long been committed to environment protection and sustainability, operating the most technically-advanced and fuel-efficient fleet in the world. Lufthansa will be the largest European operator of the Airbus A380 and the launch customer for the new Boeing 747-8, the industries’ two most fuel-efficient passenger aircraft. For more information or reservations, visit www.lufthansa.comlast_img read more

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