US crisis prompts BA to axe 7,000 jobs

first_img Previous Article Next Article US crisis prompts BA to axe 7,000 jobsOn 25 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today The airline industry has announced thousands of job losses on both sides ofthe Atlantic in response to anticipated falling passenger demand following theterrorist attack on the World Trade Center. In the UK, British Airways has announced 7,000 job losses and a 10 per centreduction in flying, and Virgin Atlantic is to cut 1,200 jobs and reduce itstransatlantic flights by 20 per cent. In the US, Boeing is planning to lay off between 20,000 and 30,000commercial airplane workers by the end of 2002, and Continental Airlinesproposing to shed 12,000 employees. Delta Air Lines, Northwest, United Airlines and American Airlines are alsoplanning major job losses following 20 per cent cuts to their operatingcapacity. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Phylum Tardigrada: an “individual” approach

first_imgPhylum Tardigrada consists of similar to 1000 tiny, hardy metazoan species distributed throughout terrestrial, limno-terrestrial and oceanic habitats. Their phylogenetic status has been debated, with current evidence placing them in the Ecdysozoa. Although there have been efforts to explore tardigrade phylogeny using both morphological and molecular data, limitations such as their few morphological characters and low genomic DNA concentrations have resulted in restricted taxonomic coverage. Using a protocol that allows us to identify and extract DNA from individuals, we have sequenced 18S rDNA from 343 tardigrades from across the globe. Using maximum parsimony and Bayesian analyses we have found support for dividing Order Parachela into three super-families and further evidence that indicates the traditional taxonomic perspective of families in the class Eutardigrada are nonmonophyletic and require re-working. It appears that conserved morphology within Tardigrada has resulted in conservative taxonomy as we have found cases of several discrete lineages grouped into single genera. Although this work substantially adds to the understanding of the evolution and taxonomy of the phylum, we highlight that inferences gained from this work are likely to be refined with the inclusion of further taxa-specifically representatives of the nine families yet to be sampled.last_img read more

DC will host a World Series game Sunday – but Trump won’t throw out the first pitch

first_img Written by Beau Lund October 26, 2019 /Sports News – National DC will host a World Series game Sunday – but Trump won’t throw out the first pitchcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTwitter/@chefjoseandres(WASHINGTON) — The Washington Nationals are guaranteed a World Series Game 5 in Washington, D.C. — but President Donald Trump won’t be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.Trump announced Thursday that if the series went to five games, he would attend Sunday’s Game 5 — which become necessary when the Houston Astros won Game 3 Friday night to cut the Nationals’ lead in the series to 2 games to 1.Trump joked to reporters Thursday in the Oval Office that he was not sure if he would throw out the first pitch.“I don’t know,” he said, when asked if he would do it. “They’re going to dress me up in a lot of heavy armor. I’ll look too heavy.”The president, however, won’t get the honor as the Nationals announced that Chef Jose Andres would be throwing out the first pitch in Sunday’s game. The popular chef owns restaurants in Washington and half a dozen other cities, and is the founder of World Central Kitchen, a humanitarian organization that provides meals to natural disaster victims.During the longest-ever government shutdown at the start of 2019, Andres’ organization set up a cafe and restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue to feed furloughed federal workers.Andres has also been a vocal critic of Trump’s immigration policies, and withdrew his plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel following Trump’s controversial comments about Mexican immigrants during the 2016 presidential campaign. A lawsuit ensued, and the two sides settled in 2017.Major League Baseball has said the decision on ceremonial first pitches is made between the league and the host team.Baseball’s fall classic returned to the nation’s capital Friday for the first time in 86 years. In 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt threw out the ceremonial first pitch.The last president to do so was George W. Bush, who threw out the first pitch at New York’s Yankee Stadium before Game 3 of the 2001 world Series.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Austal USA lands $43M LCS modification deal

first_imgThe US Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded Austal USA a modification to a previously awarded littoral combat ship (LCS) contract, the shipbuilder said. LCS is a highly maneuverable, lethal and adaptable warship designed to support mine countermeasures, anti-submarine and surface warfare missions. The Independence-variant LCS integrates new technology and capability to support current and future mission capability from deep water to the littorals. The contract modification exercises options for LCS class design services, material to support LCS class design services and the US Navy’s Integrated Data Product Model Environment (IDPME).  Photo: LCS 22 USS Kansas City. Image by Austal It is likely that Austal will match the DPA Agreement funding which would take the total investment to circa $100m. These investments will also have long-term benefits for US Navy shipbuilding while accelerating pandemic recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast region. Posted: 11 months ago View post tag: Austal USA The DPA Agreement will maintain, protect, and expand US domestic production of steel shipbuilding capability and capacity through capital projects that will be executed over the next 24 months, beginning in June 2020. View post tag: US Navy Share this article In late May 2020, Austal announced that the future USS Oakland (LCS 24) completed acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Austal USA’s Independence-class LCS program is at full rate production, with six ships currently under construction including Oakland. The modification provides Austal with a total potential additional value of US$43,362,000. Work is expected to be complete by June 2021. The US government, in support of the US Navy Shipbuilding Industrial Base, recently announced a $50 million Defense Production Act Title III Agreement (DPA Agreement) with Austal USA.  center_img US government investing $50 million in Austal USA shipbuilding and maintenance capacity Posted: 11 months ago US Navy’s new littoral combat ship passes acceptance trials Vessels Austal USA’s shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. Photo: Austal The DoD has entered into the agreement with Austal USA as part of the national response to COVID-19 to maintain, protect, and expand critical domestic shipbuilding and maintenance capacity. The scope of this agreement is still to be definitized but subject to agreement with the DoD, Austal intends to use the funds to commence investment in the development of additional capacity for steel naval vessel construction at the Mobile shipyard. Categories: View post tag: LCS Austal will also maintain an IDPME that shall enable navy access to enterprise LCS data management. Austal will provide LCS class design services to all LCS ships and services may include program management, fitting out services, change processing, software maintenance, engineering and lifecycle efforts. Related Articlelast_img read more

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign happening now through January 1

first_imgIndianaLocalMichiganNationalNews (Photo Supplied/Berrien County Sheriff’s Office) It’s the holiday season, and police are reminding drivers to either drive sober or get pulled over.From now through January 1, numerous law enforcement agencies nationwide will be increasing patrols while taking a zero tolerance approach to drunk and drugged driving.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 10,500 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2018. On average, more than 10,000 people were killed each year from 2014 through 2018, and one person was killed in a drunk driving crash every 50 minutes in 2018.As you head out to holiday festivities, remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. Designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening, and if you plan on drinking, don’t drive.Nationally, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, except in Utah where it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .05 or higher.For more information, click here. Facebook Pinterest By Brooklyne Beatty – December 11, 2020 0 294 WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Google+center_img TAGS20/202021campaigndecemberDrive Sober Or Get Pulled Overdrivingdrunkholidayjanuarypolice Previous articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana releases food distribution schedule, Dec. 14-18Next articleArea post offices open on Sundays leading up to Christmas Brooklyne Beatty Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign happening now through January 1 Twitter Google+ Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

News story: Penny Mordaunt represents UK Prime Minister at Sahel Conference

first_img Better infrastructure to improve the living conditions of the Nigerien G5 battalion – who are currently living in tents while tackling armed groups along the border with Mali. support to medical evacuation for G5 forces for troops in need of urgent medical care. Representing the UK Prime Minister alongside world leaders including President Macron of France and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ms Mordaunt announced further support to help strengthen security across the Sahel, where extremist groups including Da-esh, Al Qaeda and Boko Haram often operate freely.The Sahel area of Africa (Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso) is beset by trafficking, violence, instability and extremism – which present significant future risk to the UK. The Sahel also has the fastest growing population in the world and the humanitarian situation is acute and precarious – 21.7m people don’t have reliable access to their next meal.As announced by Prime Minister Theresa May and President Macron of France at the UK-France Summit last month, the UK is providing £50m of lifesaving UK aid to the area, three chinook helicopters for strategic airlift and considering options to enhance UK diplomatic presence in the Sahel – in order to tackle significant future threats.The additional support announced today will help improve the accommodation of Niger’s army, who are currently living in tents while tackling armed groups along the border with Mali, and will contribute to emergency medical evacuation airlift provision.The International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: Today the International Development Secretary announced £2 million non-ODA CSSF for the G5 Sahel Joint Force to be spent over the next two years. The G5 Joint Force is a Sahelian regional security initiative and so this will involve supporting Sahel states to improve their own security. This will include: Notes to Editorscenter_img The Sahel is one of the poorest places in the world, where over 40% of people struggle to live on less than $2 a day, and where violence, conflict and extremism are widespread. It’s essential we act now with our European partners to help the Sahelian nations build security and stability, while continuing to deliver emergency humanitarian aid to those in desperate need. By helping to keep hundreds of thousands of people safe from starvation and harm, we are tackling the causes of both migration and terrorism, to keep Britain safe. The announcement was made at the G5 Pledging Conference which saw international donors such as France and Germany provide additional funding to support the G5 Joint Force. The G5 countries are Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. The humanitarian need in the Sahel is acute and precarious. 21.7m people don’t have reliable access to their next meal – that’s 1/3 of the population of the UK. The Sahel is poor relative to the rest of Africa, and the Human Development Index rankings in the region are amongst the lowest in the world. Extremist groups such as Da-esh, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram already operate freely in much of the Sahel, and the area risks becoming a place of shelter for displaced extremists. It is also beset by widespread trafficking in people, drugs, weapons and illegal wildlife. The Sahel is also a key transit zone for modern slavery from Nigeria and the key illegal migration transit route for those travelling from West Africa to Libya and Algeria.last_img read more

Costa launches selfie zones

first_imgHigh street coffee chain Costa has installed selfie zones as part of its Seriously Summer refurbishments at selected stores. The three Costa Seriously Summer stores are in London, Leeds and Glasgow, and boast tropical décors featuring flamingos and parasols, to mark a new summer food and drink menu launch for the brand.The new menu includes Costa’s new Super Day Smoothies and Rainbow Salad Wraps.The three stores also have selfie zones, where customers can pose in a Miami-themed setting complete with sun loungers, fake grass and flamingos. If customers tag their selfie with #seriouslysummerselfie, they could be in with the chance of winning Seriously Summer in-store pieces.For a stylish new look, all Costa Baristas this summer will wear t-shirts specially designed by entertainment fashion website Refinery 29 as part of an ongoing partnership.DestinationCaroline Harris, UK and Ireland marketing director at Costa, said: “We hope the fresh look will encourage customers to see Costa as a seriously summer destination.”The three Seriously Summer stores will keep their summery looks until 27 June.Last month, Costa Coffee owner Whitbread reported that UK retail sales at the coffee chain were up 15.7% in the year ending 3 March.last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Kicks Off 4-Night Run In Nashville [Videos]

first_imgOn Friday night, Tedeschi Trucks Band continued their tour with the first of four performances at Nashville Tennessee’s Ryman Auditorium. With the band hot off a standout two-night run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, the powerhouse twelve-piece laid out a stellar two-set show (marketed as “An Evening With TTB”). Across the evening, the group laid out their characteristic mix of originals, both from Tedeschi Trucks Band, as well as a number of choice covers.The first set opened with a four-song string of original Tedeschi Trucks Band tunes, including “Anyhow” and “Laugh About It” off 2016’s Let Me Get By, “Part Of Me” off 2013’s Made Up Mind, “Laugh About It”, and the recently debuted “All The World”. After digging through their original catalog, the band then turned to a string of covers—Elmore James’ “The Sky Is Crying”, Toots & The Maytals’ “Sailing On”, and Derek Trucks Band’s “Mahjoun”—before landing in an extended drum segment featuring Tyler Greenwell and JJ Johnson and the set-closing original “Let Me Get By”.Returning for set two, the group offered up their beloved rendition of “Statesboro Blues” and a take on their relatively new song “Shame”. Following a cover of “Goin’ Down Slow” and the group’s own “Do I Look Worried?”, Derek Trucks led the band in a cover of Derek and the Dominos’ “Anyday”, which featured teases of the Allman Brothers Band’s “Blue Sky” throughout. As Tedeschi Trucks Band barrelled through to the close of the second set, the band laid out pristine versions of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” and Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers’ “How Blue Can You Get?” before ending the frame in full with “Idle Wind”. The show’s encore first saw Susan Tedeschi and Kofi Burbridge come out for a standout take on Leon Russell’s “A Song For You” before the band closed out the night in full with Derek Trucks Band’s “Get What You Deserve”.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Ryman Auditorium | Nashville, TN | 2/23/2018Set One: Anyhow, Part Of Me, Laugh About It, All The World, Sky Is Crying, Sailing On, Mahjoun, Let Me Get BySet Two: Statesboro Blues, Shame, Goin’ Down Slow, Do I Look Worried?, Anyday, Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right, How Blue Can You Get?, Idle WindEncore: A Song For You, Get What You DeserveYou can check out a number of clips from last night’s show below, courtesy of Heidi Burson and Neil Devine.“Shame”“Anyday”Derek Trucks Sololast_img read more

David K. Smith, former dean of Radcliffe admissions, 77

first_imgDavid K. “Deke” Smith of Topsham, Maine, died Aug. 14 at the age of 77, following a brief battle with cancer.Smith was born in Rochester, N.Y., and after graduating from Harvard College in 1958, he received an Ed.M. from Harvard in 1963. He began his career as a math and Latin teacher at Groton School and then moved to Harvard, where he became director of admissions and dean of admissions at Radcliffe College from 1963 to 1970. Following his work in admissions, Smith became the assistant director of the committee of the Permanent Charity Fund, now known as the Boston Foundation. In 1977, he returned to Harvard as a senior development officer; he was also the director of the $6 million renovation project for the Malkin Athletic Center. He was one of the founding coaches of the Harvard cycling team and an adviser to many students. He left Harvard in 1986.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Harvard University Cycling Association at the Office of the Recording Secretary, Harvard University, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138. Checks should be made payable to the President and Fellows of Harvard College, with “Harvard Cycling” in the memo field, or visit the association’s website.last_img read more

Bringing fairness to health care access

first_img Read Full Story Outside the gates of her Mexico City high school, Thalia Porteny would always see kids begging for food. “It made me feel uneasy and frustrated,” said Porteny. “I knew I’d had amazing opportunities given to me, and I felt responsible. I wanted to do something about it, but at the time I didn’t know how.”Porteny’s discomfort with the disparities she first witnessed as a teenager ultimately led her to Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), where she graduated this May with a master of science in global health and population. And her future plans will keep her around campus: In the fall, she will enter a Ph.D. program in health policy, focused on ethics. Her ultimate goal: to change health policy at the highest levels, so that health resources are more fairly distributed across Mexico and around the world. “I hope my ethics work will inform my health policy work,” she said.During college, Porteny considered becoming a doctor. After a summer internship with Doctors Without Borders in a clinic in Ghana, she realized that, “by focusing on the individual, I was tending to someone who was already sick. I wanted to do something with higher impact—to help prevent the sickness in the first place.”last_img read more