King Mohammed VI No Social Class Exempt from Mandatory Military Service

Rabat – King Mohammed VI has reiterated his unwavering support for the Moroccan government’s decision to introduce mandatory military service.On Friday, the military service bill was part of the King’s agenda at the opening of Parliament’s fall session.The King chaired the opening of the first session of the third legislative year, marking the gathering of the tenth legislature. Representatives of both Parliament houses, the House of Councilors and the House of Representatives, were in attendance. Responding to one of the main concerns voiced by some youth, the King said that no one will be exempt from military service irrespective of social status or level of education.“With regard to performing military service, it must be emphasized that all the Moroccan citizens concerned–without exception–are equal, regardless of social background, diploma or education,” said the King.Read Also: Mandatory Military Service: To Some It’s Patriotic, To Others It’s PunishmentThe draft’s approval in August sparked confusion among the public, as the only indication that mandatory service would be reintroduced came just two days prior. Bill 44.18 on mandatory military service says that all Moroccan youth between the ages of 19 and 25 will spend 12 months participating in military service unless they are exempted for extenuating circumstances, such as physical or mental illnesses and those who support their families financially.After the bill was approved, the King issued a statement in support of military service; the statement emphasized that the obligatory service would aim to promote patriotism in youth.In today’s speech, the King reiterated elements of the royal statement, saying that mandatory service will enhance “the sense of belonging to the homeland.”Amid the increasing rate of unemployment, the King believes that military service will help curb the crisis, as it gives access to training “which opens up opportunities for the professional and social integration of qualified conscripts who demonstrate a sense of responsibility and commitment.”Read Also: Mandatory Military Service Might Not Include Moroccan BinationalsArticle 6 of Bill 44.18 on mandatory military service says that conscripts will be awarded grades according to the Royal Armed Forces’ current hierarchy standards. Conscripts will also receive MAD 2,000 each month, but they will not be able to collect the reward until the conclusion of the 12-month period.Glimpse into Moroccan mandatory military service historyMorocco first introduced an 18-month military service on June 9, 1966, in accordance with Royal Decree 137-66. According to the decree, the national military training aimed to enable youth to “contribute effectively and in all circumstances to the defense of their homeland.”At the time, every 18-year-old Moroccan man had to visit the qaid (governor) of his region, who evaluated whether he was qualified for the military. Men with physical illnesses were exempted from participating in the national military training.The measure aimed to increase conscripts’ skills and aid in their contributions “to the development of their country.” Morocco reduced the length of service to 12 months in 1999 and abolished military service completely in 2006.One out of manyReinstating mandatory military service is part of a long list of reforms the King has implemented in search of a solution to the ongoing unemployment crisis in the country.Other reforms focus on education and vocational training, which are “meant to benefit citizens, especially young people, and to enable them to help serve their country.”Vocational training and education have been the main priorities in most recent speeches of King Mohammed VI. He has said that vocational training aims to integrate youth into a new technical sector,  and practical applications of the skills they learn will enable them to find employment.“Vocational training is a powerful lever for employment, provided it receives the attention it deserves and so long as it is given a new status as well as a broader scope,” said the King.Read Also: Unemployment: King Urges Government to Create New Vocational Training ProgramsSince it was established in 1974, the Office of Vocational Training and Employment Promotion (OFPPT) has welcomed hundreds of students annually for training in several fields.There are several specializations available through OFPPT, including communications, business, IT, administration, and automotive mechanics. There are public training institutions that offer vocational training throughout the year across the country. According to the King, there should be a balance between theoretical training and practical and workplace training: “It is necessary to work on creating more bridges and links between vocational training programs and general education courses within a unified, integrated system.” read more

Algerias Constitutional Council Meets to Declare Presidency Vacant

Rabat – After the embattled Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika stepped down late Tuesday, April 2, the Constitutional Council convened a meeting to declare the presidency vacant.The Constitutional Council invoked Article 102 of the Algerian Constitution. The two houses of Parliament, the People’s National Assembly and the Council of the Nation, will have to approve the decision. Under the Algerian Constitution, Bouteflika’s long-standing ally Abdelkader Bensalah, 77, the current head of Algeria’s upper house of Parliament, will become interim leader for 90 days. Last week, army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah demanded that the president step down and called for the Constitutional Council to invoke Article 102 of the Constitution. The article gives the council power to remove the incumbent if judged unfit for office.Read also:Abdelaziz Bouteflika Resigns Before End of MandateSalah also called for the application of Articles 7 and 8 of the Constitution. Article 7 lays down that “the people are the source of power.”Since February 22, Algeria has witnessed hundreds of thousands of citizens flooding its streets calling for Bouteflika not to run for a fifth term in office. The 82-year-old  had been president since 1999.On March 8, after some of the biggest protests since February 22, Bouteflika caved in to popular demands and declared that he would not run for another term. read more

India Ban deplores recent string of bomb attacks against civilians

27 September 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his deep concern over recent bombings in Indian cities that target civilian areas, after a blast today at a market in the capital, Delhi, killed a 13-year-old boy and injured many others. Mr. Ban “strongly condemns these reprehensible acts that have caused the death and injury of many civilians and calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson. Further, he “reiterates his consistent position that no cause or grievance can justify the resort to terrorism.” In the statement, the Secretary-General also extended his sympathies to the families of those killed and injured, as well as to the Government and people of India.

SEC Companies can use social media to put out information so long

WASHINGTON – The Securities and Exchange Commission will allow public companies to make significant announcements on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites provided they alert investors which sites they intend to use.The decision allows companies to use social media in place of more formal websites. An SEC rule requires that all investors receive significant company information at the same time.Companies should alert investors in press releases or regulatory filings that they are going to use specific social media to disseminate information that could potentially affect the price of the company’s stock, the SEC said.The question arose after Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said on his Facebook page that monthly online viewing by customers had exceeded one billion for the first time, the agency said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SEC: Companies can use social media to put out information so long as they give advance alert by The Associated Press Posted Apr 2, 2013 4:17 pm MDT read more

Police say officers fatally shoot man pointing gun at them

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Police in Kentucky say officers fatally shot a man when he pointed a gun at them.News outlets report Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad says officers were called to a domestic dispute at a home Tuesday evening and a man raised a gun toward two officers, both of whom fired. Conrad says the man, identified as 49-year-old Anthony Wayne French Sr., was taken to a hospital, where he died.- Advertisement – He says two other people inside the home were taken to the hospital due to injuries suffered in the domestic dispute.Officers Lenert Elzy and Carlyn Alexander were placed on administrative reassignment per police department policy. They weren’t injured.

The next step Braxton Miller shows off development

CINCINNATI – The new-and-improved version of Braxton Miller has been on display inside the concrete walls of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for roughly the past month and a half. With a recently dyed, bleach blond hairdo, the junior quarterback has impressed his coaches, his teammates, media members and others with his progression this March and April at the Buckeyes’ training facility. Miller’s passing has been more precise, footwork more efficient and decision-making more to coach Urban Meyer’s liking during Ohio State’s 15 spring practices. On a bigger stage Saturday, Miller showcased his enhanced array of talents to a few thousand more people, leading his Scarlet squad to a 31-14 win against the Gray team in the Spring Game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati in front of a crowd of 37,643. The Huber Heights, Ohio, native finished the 2013 edition of the annual intra-squad scrimmage, moved from the homely confines of Ohio Stadium due to construction, with 217 yards passing on 16-of-25 attempts and two touchdowns. Miller’s stat line isn’t overly impressive. It pales in comparison to the numbers the then-sophomore put up in 2012, when the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder electrified OSU crowds on his way to breaking the Buckeyes’ record for total yards in a season. Wearing a black, no-contact jersey, Miller’s normally thrilling style of play highlighted by long scrambles that routinely ended past the goal line was hindered Saturday. So Miller had to rely on what he’s been working on all offseason: his fundamentals. Nearly all of the dual-threat quarterback’s throws came inside the pocket on a three- or five-step drop, as Miller is trying to better both his throwing technique and his footwork. “(It was) pretty good. I still have some things to work on and I made some mistakes,” Miller said. The 20-year-old is still far from a finished product, and he’ll be the first to downplay any recognition or praise given to him. There are chinks in the Heisman candidate’s armor, and Miller’s faults – while minor – were evident at times Saturday. Most of the ill tendencies in Miller’s game showed up outside of the pocket. He continues to drop his shoulder a little too much when making a throw on the run and will sporadically force passes in to heavy coverage. “If you see, fundamentally, he’s pretty good,” Meyer said. “But when it breaks down, that’s when it starts to go. And I thought today that was pretty good. He had a couple situations where it didn’t look very good, he went back to the old days and started running instead of keeping your eyes downfield. But he’s much improved.” The raw talent, and more importantly, the work Miller did over the winter and in to the spring to improve his game, overshadowed any mistakes the junior quarterback made. On the first play of the contest, Miller hit junior wide receiver Evan Spencer, in stride, for a 49-yard completion. He found junior wide out Devin Smith on a back-shoulder throw to the corner of the end zone for a touchdown a few plays later. Miller’s second touchdown pass of the day was a 3-yard slant to his favorite target from last season, senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown. “It was a pass-heavy game, an area that we weren’t very good at last year, an area that have we to get better in. I thought at times that Braxton Miller and a couple of the wide outs, Philly Brown in particular, did very well,” Meyer said. Being a more accurate thrower is the biggest stride Miller has admittedly made from the end of last season to now. “Placing the ball where it needed to be placed, especially hitting receivers in stride and back-shoulder throws,” Miller said, noting where he has made improvements. The athleticism showed up in spurts, too, as Miller ran five yards for a score in the third quarter and even caught a five-yard pass off a trick play late in the second half. “It’s always good to see him (being) very mobile. When he comes out of the pocket, he keeps drives alive and that’s what’s so good about Braxton,” said redshirt senior wide receiver Chris Fields. Miller’s evolving fundamentals, and his growing knowledge of OSU’s playbook, are what captivated his teammates and coaches most. Once the 2012 season ended, Meyer challenged Miller to become the most fundamentally-sound quarterback in the country. Miller obliged as best he could, traveling to California to work with quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. in December and over spring break, and watching film as much as possible. In terms of fulfilling his coach’s wishes, Miller might not be all the way there yet, but it’s clear that the junior is a smarter, more well-rounded football player than he was a season ago. “He’s working on his technique on throwing, being more accurate. I see the accuracy, it’s paying off from the offseason,” Fields said. Of all the players on OSU’s 2013 roster, possibly none spent more time in the film room and studying the playbook than Miller. “I know the plays better, how they’ll develop and where the guys are going to be. It allows me to move around the pocket more confidently,” Miller said. Miller’s increased knowledge is something that has his wide receivers excited for the fall. “All the athletic ability, that’s always going to be there, but him knowing the game way more than any other year and him studying way more than I’ve ever seen him, it’s showing up on the field,” Brown said. Miller’s teammates and coaches hope the steady development of their quarterback continues to show up on the field, especially come fall, when OSU will look to improve on its 12-0 record from a year prior. As for the golden locks, Miller said his blond hair is starting to grow out and will soon be completely gone. Miller, admittedly, has enough flashiness in his game, which will come back to life in August after being harnessed this spring. Meyer said he’s satisfied with where his quarterback, and his team, is right now. “I think we’re on track,” he said. OSU opens up its 2013 campaign Aug. 31 against Buffalo in Columbus. read more

Property millionaires exwife labelled an inconsistent witness as her friend is acquitted

first_imgThe ex-wife of a millionaire property tycoon was on Monday described as an “inconsistent” and not credible witness after a former friend was  acquitted in 15 minutes of charges she damaged a £30,000 oil painting. Caroline de Havillande claimed her former friend Gillian Kings deliberately  scratched the painting after the pair had fallen out in a row over the loan of a handbag. Ms de Havillande had previously lived in a £10 million home overlooking Hyde Park with her estranged husband Guy de Havillande, a property tycoon dubbed  the King of Belgravia. The Harry Bilson oil painting was being stored at Ms Kings’ address because Ms de Havillande’s current home is not big enough to hold it. But when Ms de Havillande’s mother Mary Quinlan arrived to pick up the  painting and return the handbag she claimed Ms Kings attacked it “like a  demon” deliberately scratching it three or four times.  Prosecutor Stuart Sampson told Hammersmith Magistrates court: “At about 7pm  on November 6 Ms Quinlan attended her home address in a taxi to collect the  painting. “Kings said it wasn’t a good time. She became angry and aggressive when the painting was going to be exchanged and, I should say, a handbag was being  returned. “The handbag was returned. The painting was brought down and the allegation  is Kings scratched it with her right hand and scratched it three or four times.”Giving evidence in the trial, Mary Quinlin told the court when she tried to  exchange the handbag for the painting Ms Kings “lunged at it and attacked the painting”. Ms Quinlan said: “She was something mad, like a demon, just grabbing at it  and trying to pull it back. She was drawing her hand down the painting. Then we came out and the driver saw the damage.” Ms de Havillande said she had bought the piece directly from the artist in  1993 and it was worth £25,000 to £30,000.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Gillian Kingscenter_img She said: “She (Ms Kings) had hacked at the painting and attacked it. She had damaged it. I heard the scuffle at the front door, but I didn’t see it happen.” She said she had seen the painting hanging in the front room of the  property from the street a couple of days before and it was in “immaculate” condition. Ms de Havillande claimed the damage was assessed by the artist himself who said repairs would cost £7,500 plus expenses to have it flown to Iceland  where he lived. In court Kings denied damaging the picture, and that she had made an  arrangement with Ms Ms de Havillande to pick up the picture the following  morning, November 7. She said: “I was very surprised to see her [Quinlan] there. Then she tried to agree some sort of barter arrangement that she would give me the handbag  for the painting. “I found this odd because there was no issue about giving the painting  back, I didn’t want the painting.” She also claimed there was already damage to the painting, which Ms de  Havillande believed was done by the auctioneers. Kings said she got the painting down from the wall and took it to the front  door after carefully carrying it though her home. She said: “I saw the taxi driver and Ms Quinlan at the door. It was quite windy and the painting was wobbling around and she took the painting and  threw me the handbag.” She said she had “no idea” why Ms de Havillande’s mother claims she clawed at  the painting and she doesn’t know how the artwork got damaged. The defendant also said she had looked into the value of the painting and said: “There is no way the painting is worth £30,000.” Acquitting Kings, of Fulham, West London, of criminal damage, chair of the magistrate panel. Janette Dalgliesh. said: “We didn’t find either  prosecution witnesses consistent or credible and there was no independent  evidence.”In Ms Kings evidence she said the damage could have been caused by  carrying it through the apartment, up the stairs or by putting it in the  taxi. “Therefore we cannot be satisfied so that we are sure that she caused the  damage recklessly or intentionally.”  Gillian Kings was acquittedCredit:Joe Newman /SWNSlast_img read more

New joint venture sees RPM operations expand to India

first_imgRungePincockMinarco (RPM) has expanded its operations to India through the establishment of a joint venture agreement with its new strategic partner, Deepak Mining Services. The new joint venture company will form a base of operations to deliver RPM’s leading software solutions, advisory expertise and professional development solutions to the growing natural resources sector of India. The April isue of International Mining will include a major article on India, its potential amd its failings, and how efforts are being made to correct these so that India can realise its great potential.Speaking from RPM’s Brisbane global head office, RPM Chief Executive Officer Richard Mathews said, “This transaction ends over two years of searching to find a partner who has both a significant footprint in the Indian mining industry and shares our customer-focussed approach towards business. Working with our new partner Deepak Mining Services, the new JV will service the Indian marketplace which is gearing up for massive growth. There’s enormous demand for efficient planning, development and operations by India’s large mining enterprises to secure the raw materials needed to fuel India’s rapid growth.“To meet this demand, we’re eager to introduce our advisory services, leading technology products and long-term relationships with global investment houses to India through this new partnership.”A Deepak Mining Services spokesperson said, “With the need for improved productivity in India’s energy sector, there is a dire need for worldclass mining services which can only be met by the application of best practice advisory and technology products for which RPM is respected globally.” RPM and Deepak Mining Services’ joint venture will also service the nearby mining industries of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan.last_img read more

SWISS FINAL Kadetten lead 20

← Previous Story THE END: French Ivry relegated after 57 years in elite! Next Story → RK VOJVODINA DEPARTURES: Mirkovic to Baia Mare, Kocic signs for Metalurg! Kadetten Schafhausen is on the right way to take back the trophy for the best Swiss team! Team coached by Markus Baur won the second match of the Play-Off Final over Pfadi Winterthur 27:26 in front of 2.000 home fans  and now lead 2:0 in the final series.The third match will be played in Winterthur next Sunday.Playoff Final: Kadetten Schaffhausen – Pfadi Winterthur 27:26 (15:14)Kadetten: Vaskevicius(1.-21. Uns 31.-60. Minute /11 saves), Maier(one save), Kukucka(2), Emrich(4), Graubner(2),  Pendic, Mamic(2), Starczan(3), Stojanovic(4), Heer, Jurca(6/6), Muggli(1),  Tominec(3), Geisser; Bemerkungen: Schelbert; Cvijetic, Küttel, Goepfert  kadettenSchaffhausenSwiss handball read more

Roy Keane shells out for 1966 World Cup programme signed by Bobby

first_imgFORMER IRELAND AND and Manchester United skipper Roy Keane is, it seems, a fan of England’s World Cup-winning captain, Bobby Moore.The Corkman was amongst sporting figures like Ricky Hatton and John Barnes who took part in a charity quiz event at Lancashire County Cricket Club to mark 20 years since Moore’s death last night.And Keane left with a 1966 match programme, signed by the West Ham icon, according to reports which suggest he paid £3,000 for the souvenir.CancerResearchUK confirmed that Keane did buy a lot in the charity auction but refused to say what exactly he picked up and for how much.Anyone who remembers Keane arguing with Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson during a players versus staff table quiz some years ago will hope ITV’s Clive Tyldesley – emcee for the night — set questions which were perceived to be fair by Keane.The proceeds went to the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.Robin van Persie fit for Real Madrid clashHome comforts key to Manchester United’s treble chances, admits Wayne Rooneylast_img read more

Residents on Irelands islands will now vote on the same day as

first_img Tuesday 16 Apr 2019, 7:51 PM CABINET HAS AGREED support a Bill from Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív which will mean that residents on the islands around Ireland will be able to vote on the same day as the rest of the country. Currently, islanders get to vote the day before in the general, local and European elections, as well as the presidential election and referendums. It is understood that early voting was introduced to allow for possible transport or weather related delays that could impact ballot boxes making it to the count centres. Islanders have been seeking to be allowed vote on the same day, stating that voting a day earlier puts them at a disadvantageToday, Cabinet approved a Money Message, (this is needed for a private members’ Bill if it will cost the State money) allowing the legislation to be drafted. A government spokesperson said the cost to change the system will be minimal, adding that the measures will not be in place before next month’s local and European elections. 10,503 Views Presiding Officer Carmel McBride and Garda Sergeant Paul McGee carry a ballot box away from a polling station after voting concluded on the island of Inishbofin in 2016. Image: PA Archive/PA Images Image: PA Archive/PA Images By Christina Finn Residents on Ireland’s islands will now vote on the same day as the rest of the country The changes won’t be in place before the May election datecenter_img Apr 16th 2019, 7:51 PM 10 Comments Presiding Officer Carmel McBride and Garda Sergeant Paul McGee carry a ballot box away from a polling station after voting concluded on the island of Inishbofin in 2016. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Share85 Tweet Email last_img read more

Rajshahi woman slaughtered

first_imgA woman was slaughtered by miscreants at Jitpur in Tanore, Rajshahi on Wednesday night. The deceased is Zohara Begum, 50, reports UNB. After separation with her husband Helal Uddin, she used to stay with her son Jahangir Alam at the village.Quoting locals, police said a group of miscreants stormed the house of Jahangir around 9:00pm and swooped on his wife Rumi Khatun with sharp weapons.As Zohara came in the rescue of Rumi, the attackers slit her throat, leaving her dead on the spot.Locals took injured Rumi to Tanore Upazila Health Complex.Officer-in-charge of Tanore police station Rezaul Islam said they were trying to arrest the culprits.last_img

Rest Easy Answers To Your Sleep Questions

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: It could be the most important public service we provide on Houston Matters: We help out you and other Houstonians to get something we all desperately need: a good night’s sleep.We welcome your questions about sleep and sleep disorders for Dr. Sudha Tallavajhula, medical director for TIRR Memorial Hermann’s Neurological Sleep Disorders Center and a neurologist at the UTHealth’s McGovern Medical School. X 00:00 /16:56center_img Listen Pexels Sharelast_img

Mueller Probe Indicts 13 Russian Nationals For Meddling In 2016 Elections

first_img Share Photo via Twitter @katkel_scSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller said a grand jury has indicted 13 Russian nationals.Thirteen Russians, including a businessman close to Vladimir Putin, were charged Friday in an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election through social media propaganda, aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump and harming the prospects of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.The federal indictment, brought by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, represents the most direct allegation to date of illegal Russian meddling during the campaign that sent Trump to the White House. It also marks the first criminal charges against Russians believed to have secretly worked to influence the outcome.Trump claimed vindication, noting in a tweet that Russian interference efforts alleged in the indictment began in 2014 — “long before I announced that I would run for President.”“The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong — no collusion!” he tweeted. However, the Mueller investigation continues.The collusion question, still unresolved, has been at the heart of the probe, which before Friday had produced charges against four Trump associates. The U.S. intelligence community has said the Russian government interfered to benefit Trump, including by orchestrating the hack of Democratic emails, and Mueller and his prosecutors have been assessing whether the campaign coordinated with Russia in any meddling.The latest indictment does not focus on the hacking but instead centers on a social media effort that began in 2014 and continued past the election, with the goal of producing confusion and discontent in the American political process. Trump himself has been reluctant to acknowledge the interference.Though the indictment lays out a vast and wide-ranging effort to sway political opinion during the presidential primaries and the bitterly contested general election, it does not allege that any American or Trump campaign associate knowingly participated. Trump campaign associates had only “unwitting” contact with Russians who posed as Americans during election season, it says.It alleges that Russians working in concert with the Internet Research Agency, a St. Petersburg-based troll farm, purchased internet advertisements in the names of Americans whose identities they had stolen, staged political rallies while posing as American political activists and paid people in the U.S. to promote or disparage candidates.The indictment says the Internet Research Agency was funded by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a St. Petersburg businessman dubbed “Putin’s chef” because his restaurants and catering businesses once hosted the Kremlin leader’s dinners with foreign dignitaries. The company was also funded by companies Prigozhin controlled, according to the indictment.The intent of the meddling, the indictment says, was to “sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 presidential election.”By early-to-mid 2016, the indictment alleges, Russian efforts included supporting Trump’s campaign and disparaging Democrat Clinton. The charges say that Russians also communicated with “unwitting individuals” associated with the Trump campaign and other political activists to coordinate activities.According to the indictment, the Internet Research Agency started interfering as early as 2014 in U.S. politics, extending to the 2016 presidential election. The defendants, “posing as U.S. persons and creating false U.S. personas,” operated social media groups designed to attract U.S. audiences by stealing U.S. identities and falsely claiming to be U.S. activists.“Over time, these social media accounts became defendants’ means to reach significant numbers of Americans for purposes of interfering with the U.S. political system,” the indictment reads.The defendants are charged with conspiring “to obstruct the lawful functions of the United States government through fraud and deceit,” including by making expenditures in connection with the 2016 election, failing to register as foreign agents carrying out political activities and obtaining visas through false and fraudulent statements.Some of the Russians traveled to the United States “under false pretenses” to collect intelligence, and they also used computer infrastructure based partly in the United States to hide the Russian origins of their work.last_img read more

Catching agencies before they go bust

first_img About roomsXMLlearn more here roomsXMLconnect today Source = roomsXML roomsXML connect today here www.roomsxml.comCatching agencies before they go bustA few weeks ago I was in Sydney, talking with an associate who knows the industry whose opinion I respect.  His words “Mark they are all over the place…. Agencies selling airfares at cost, or only 1%. Some are even charging less for the ticket than they are buying it for to try and drive more sales. Then they get more sales which just puts them into more debt… Once they start the spiral they can’t get out. Its EVERYWHERE.”Two weeks later I was back in Sydney presenting at AIITC about “selling India” .Sadly, in a horrible coincidence, these stories began appearing in the news the next day about “Value World Travel”, a travel agency servicing the Indian market, who had gone bust.Seems travel companies going bust are good click fodder for advertising.In some respects is not surprising as it’s been a tough year for many agents and after a quieter than expected October of the back of poor consumer sentiment. It could be the start of the tsunami. Agencies going broke are bad for travelers who lose their money, bad for the agency brands and terrible for an industry trying to compete against cashed up online travel agencies.But the information from my friend in Sydney a couple of weeks before is not a one-off; when CTS travel went broke everyone came out of the woodwork saying they expected as much as the gentlemen involved allegedly had a reputation as gambler. So everyone knew.  Socially, we knew who was going to go broke.So the question is, should we do anything about it, should we dob in an agency? Should AFTA play a role in minimising the damage?With regard to AFTA, this is not in their remit. I spoke to Gary O’Riordan earlier this year who confirmed that it would be nearly impossible for AFTA to get involved.So how about wholesalers? Should a company like roomsXML tell a competitor to look out for an agent who has stopped paying their bills? Should we be telling Airtickets? Does it breach a confidence? Is it giving away valuable IP sharing customer details with competitors? Are we open to legal action in case someone hears we’ve been suggesting their credit status is less than ideal .So the obvious answer is no and potentially open to abuse. So there is no room for a private room where wholesalers share information about risky customers.But it would definitely be beneficial if we could. Because if we stop supplying these companies, they can’t continue to sell and that’s minimising the risk. Banks in Western Australia are running analytics on farms and showing them that due to changing weather patterns, they will be broke in three years and giving them the chance to pull out now whilst they are ahead.Should the travel industry do the same? Do we have a duty of care to travelers to steer them towards the best agencies?A rhetorical question, but maybe it is time for a financial credit rating system for travel agencies.last_img read more

Lufthansa expands A380 fleet in Munich

first_imgLufthansa expands A380 fleet in MunichTwo additional Airbus A380 aircraft to be stationed in Munich as of Summer 2020From Munich, Lufthansa will operate to Boston with the A380 for the first time and San Francisco will offered year round with the double decker  Starting in Summer 2020, Lufthansa will be taking off from Munich with two additional Airbus A380 aircraft. This will increase the Munich A380 fleet to a total of seven aircraft, with the remaining seven stationed in Frankfurt. Soon, Lufthansa passengers can experience the world’s largest commercial aircraft on five routes from Munich, including the addition of two new destinations served by the double decker. For the first time, Lufthansa will be operating the A380 to Boston and serving San Francisco with an A380 year-round. In addition to these routes, Los Angeles, Beijing and Shanghai are also on Munich’s A380 flight schedule for summer 2020. “Since last March, the A380 has been operating very successfully from Munich. A few weeks ago, we welcomed the millionth A380 passenger on board in Munich. Our customers and our crews love the A380 experience. The flagship of our fleet is perfect for our 5-Star hub Munich. We will continue growing where quality and costs go hand in hand,” says Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.Currently, Lufthansa operates the Airbus A380 from Munich to Los Angeles, Beijing and Hong Kong. In the upcoming 2019/2020 Winter Schedule, the giant Airbus will operate to San Francisco, Miami and Hong Kong (until December 2019) as well as Shanghai (as of January 2020).The Airbus A380 has been the flagship of Lufthansa since 2010, with a fleet of 14 aircraft.  As of summer 2020, seven will be stationed in Munich and seven in Frankfurt. The Airbus A380 is the world’s largest commercial aircraft – 24 meters high and almost 73 meters long. Thanks to a high proportion of composite materials, the A380 is 15 tons lighter and has a 50 percent lower noise level than comparable long-haul aircraft. Moreover, the A380 flies in and out of airports, at the same speed of anA320. All of these characteristics contribute to the reduction of aircraft noise in airport surrounding areas.The A380 has 33 percent lower fuel consumption and correspondingly lower CO2 emissions than aircraft of the previous generation.Source = Lufthansa Grouplast_img read more

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