Airbus is ready for pilotless jets – but are you

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> LE BOURGET, France — The chief salesman for Airbus says his company already has the technology to fly passenger planes without pilots at all – and is working on winning over regulators and travellers to the idea.Christian Scherer also said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday that Airbus hopes to be selling hybrid or electric passenger jets by around 2035.While the company is still far from ready to churn out battery-operated jumbo jets, Scherer said Airbus already has “the technology for autonomous flying” and for planes flown by just one pilot.“This is not a matter of technology – it’s a matter of interaction with the regulators, the perception in the travelling public,” he told The Associated Press.“When can we introduce it in large commercial aircraft? That is a matter we are discussing with regulators and customers, but technology-wise, we don’t see a hurdle.”Several manufacturers are presenting unmanned aircraft at the Paris Air Show, primarily for military purposes – and some are also proposing pilotless “air taxis” of the future.When it comes to autonomous passenger jets, safety is an obvious concern. It’s an issue that is on many minds after two deadly crashes of the Boeing 737 Max jet that have implicated problematic anti-stall software.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongScherer said the crashes “highlighted and underlined the need for absolute, uncompromising safety in this industry, whether from Airbus, Boeing or any other plane.”While he said Airbus’ sales strategy hasn’t changed as a result of the crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, “there is a capacity need that materialized as a result of this, and naturally you have airlines that are frustrated over capacity, that are looking for answers.”Airbus announced several orders Monday as the air show kicked off, while Boeing had an anemic day as it works to win back trust from customers.Scherer forecast continued growth in the aviation industry after several boom years, predicting the world will need at least 37,000 new aircraft in the next 20 years, especially in Asia – and that eventually the whole industry will stop creating emissions and “decarbonize.” Tags: Airbus Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Share Airbus is ready for pilotless jets – but are you? By: The Associated Presslast_img read more

Bayer sued in Germany over contraceptive pill after health scares

first_imgWILLSTÄTT, Germany – “If I’d known, I’d never have taken this pill,” says Felicitas Rohrer, who is suing German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer, claiming its oral contraceptive Yasminelle caused her to suffer a pulmonary embolism.The accusations against Bayer’s contraceptive pills Yasminelle and Yaz, based on drospirenone, are not new and the company has already paid out nearly $2 billion (€1.8 billion) to around 10,000 women in out-of-court settlements in the United States to avoid long and costly trials.But Rohrer’s case, which opens on Thursday, is highly symbolic in the company’s home country of Germany, where Bayer, maker of Aspirin, stands as a beacon for the domestic chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors.Rohrer is suing the company for €200,000 ($220,000) in damages and interest.But “the money cannot compensate for what I and other women have gone through,” she told AFP.“What I really hope for is justice,” she said in her home in Willstätt, not far from the French-German border, adding that her hope is for Yasminelle to be withdrawn from the market.At the age of 31, and following a pulmonary embolism — a blockage of the lung’s main artery — Rohrer now has to take an anti-coagulant that significantly reduces her chances of having a baby.She suffers from shortness of breath and is forced to wear anti-embolism compression stockings on car journeys of any length.She studied to become a vet but now works as a journalist because she is not allowed to carry any heavy loads.It was in June 2009 that Rohrer, hitherto a perfectly healthy young woman, suddenly collapsed. Her heart stopped for 20 minutes. And in an emergency operation, doctors found massive blood clots clogging her heart.Increased risk“The doctors couldn’t believe that a 25-year-old woman could suffer from a pulmonary embolism,” she said.And the doctors clearly pointed the finger at the pill.The self-help group Rohrer has since set up has collected testimony from around 250 women who suffered similar side effects.She is the first person in Germany to sue Bayer over the drug, accusing the company of not informing patients sufficiently about the risks associated with Yasminelle.The trial opens on Thursday in a court in Waldshut-Tiengen near the Swiss border. Bayer — which sold €768 million worth of the Yasmin group of contraceptive pills in 2014, compared with total overall group sales of €42 billion — rejects the accusations as “unjustified.”It insists the pills have a “positive” risk-benefit profile and are approved by every national drug agency.So far, the courts have agreed, notably in a case brought against Bayer in Switzerland.Nevertheless, a number of studies have suggested that contraceptive pills using drospirenone and other progestins double the risk of clotting blood vessels compared with earlier generations of contraceptive pills.In France, where Bayer has already been the target of a number of other high-profile cases, health insurers have halted reimbursements for the pills, hitting group sales there.A German medical journal claims that there has been a drop in the number of women admitted to hospital with pulmonary embolism in France.‘Lack of information’Taking the pills “increases the risks and women should be aware of that,” said Yana Vinogradova, a scientist at Nottingham University in Britain.Nevertheless, “the risks remain low, lower than those connected to pregnancy,” she added.One of the leading public health insurers in Germany, Techniker Krankenkasse, expressed alarm in a recent report about the “predominance of high-risk pills” on the market.“There is a lack of information on the part of the doctors and the pharmaceuticals industry,” said Gerd Glaeske, pharmacologist and co-author of the report.He said he viewed the lawsuit filed by Rohrer as “an important symbol.”All the more so, because Yasmin, with its anti water-retention effects, means patients are less likely to gain weight, Glaeske said.It is “the first pill that has a very clear marketing angle on beauty and well-being,” opening the way for boasts that contraceptive pills are effective in fighting acne, for example, he argued.In the meantime, in the United States, Bayer is also the target of a growing number of lawsuits against another of its contraceptive products, the implant Essure, which women complain has caused them pain and severe bleeding. Facebook Comments Related posts:Maternal exposure to antidepressant SSRIs linked to autism in children ‘Pharma Bro’ Shkreli arrested for securities fraud 92 percent of California patients say medical marijuana works Canada’s next big move? It may be legalizing pot.center_img Yasminelle, Yasmin, Yaz: Bayer nun auch in … – | Swiss Cloud Server— BW Breaking News (@BWBreaking) August 27, 2015last_img read more

US warns Nicaragua as more killed in unrest

first_imgStalled talksU.S. lawmakers are reported to be mulling a resolution condemning Nicaragua, and possibly preparing more sanctions on Ortega’s government.The Organization of American States has also backed early elections as a way out of the crisis.But talks between Ortega’s administration and the opposition, mediated by Catholic bishops in the country, have stalled for over a month, with Ortega refusing to bring forward polls.For Nicaragua’s 72-year-old president, a former left-wing guerrilla who has ruled over his poor nation for 22 of the past 39 years since his Sandinista rebels toppled a U.S.-backed dictator, the unrest has been the worst he has faced since returning to power in 2007.The protests were prompted by cutbacks to the social security system, but quickly spread as they tapped into broad disgruntlement with Ortega and his wife, whom he made his vice president.Ortega accuses the U.S. of financing opposition militias that he says are controlled dissident political groups.He said there was “a campaign of lies, terrible lies to try to hurt the image of Nicaragua and of its government.” Facebook Comments In Nicaragua 2018, living is resisting MANAGUA, Nicaragua — The United States on Tuesday warned Nicaragua to halt violence against opposition groups as at least four more people were killed in unrest that has gripped the country for three months.US Vice President Mike Pence said it was “undeniable” that Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s government was behind the violence, despite his denials.Pence used Twitter to call on Ortega to “end the violence NOW” and bow to opposition demands to hold early elections. “The world is watching!” Pence added.A day earlier, Ortega gave an interview to U.S. television channel Fox News saying that he would not step down and would see through his current term to 2021.He also asserted “the turmoil has stopped” in his country after offensives over the past couple of weeks against protest hubs, and denied his security forces and coordinating paramilitaries were attacking peaceful demonstrators. Members of Nicaragua’s Special Forces patrol a street after clashes with anti-government protesters at the Sandino neighborhood in Jinotega, Nicaragua on July 24, 2018. AFP Photo / Marvin RecinosBrazilian killedBut an AFP photographer in the city of Jinotega, north of the capital, saw funerals for two of three people locals said were killed by police and pro-government paramilitaries.Those killed included a boy, said the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights.In Managua, a 32-year-old Brazilian medical student was fatally shot while driving home in the middle of the night, one of her professors at the American University in the capital said.Brazil’s government expressed “profound outrage” at the killing.In a statement, it demanded the killers be brought to justice, and it condemned the “disproportionate and lethal use of force, as well as the use of paramilitary groups in operations with security teams.”According to the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights, there have been nearly 300 deaths since the unrest first erupted in mid-April. Most have been youths and university students who are at the forefront of the protests.Ortega, in his Fox interview, spoke only of “tens” of police officers killed in the violence. He also denied controlling paramilitaries acting against protesters.That prompted Pence to tweet: “State-sponsored violence in Nicaragua is undeniable. Ortega’s propaganda fools no one and changes nothing.”center_img Related posts:Nicaraguan student leaders meet with former President Oscar Arias Thousands march to back Nicaragua bishops after Ortega attacks Two dead in Nicaragua protest violence as Ortega calls for ‘peace’ Nicaraguan human rights group closes office after ‘alarming’ threatslast_img read more

American Airlines expanding service to Costa Rica

first_img Facebook Comments Visitors to Costa Rica will have additional flight options when the world’s largest airline expands it service to the country. Starting Dec. 18, 2019, American Airlines will offer a second daily flight from its Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) hub to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and another to Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR). The flights will be served by Boeing 737-800 aircraft, according to the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT). Both will be red-eyes — departing from Dallas to Costa Rica at night and returning to the United States in the early morning. The new flights will go on-sale Monday, May 13. “These new services between Dallas-Fort Worth, San José and Liberia-Guanacaste are a sign of our strong commitment to Costa Rica,” said Rafael Sánchez, American Airlines’s regional manager overseeing Central America. “Costa Rica was the first country in Central America where American began operating almost 30 years ago, and today our presence is stronger than ever and we continue to grow.” American Airlines currently operates the following routes to Costa Rica: DFW to SJO (daily) Miami to SJO (3x daily)Charlotte, North Carolina to SJO (daily)Phoenix, Arizona to SJO (weekly, and daily during tourism high season) DFW to LIR (5 days per week)Miami to LIR (2x daily)Charlotte to LIR (2 days per week during tourism high season)The two new flights to DFW will bring American Airlines’s presence in Costa Rica to 77 flights each week during tourism high season.“Texas is one of the states where there is a significant amount of travel to Costa Rica from the United States of America, and a night flight like this is especially appreciated by business travelers because it allows them to work all day at their destination of origin and fly back in the early morning without losing the next day of work in Dallas,” said María Amalia Revelo, the Minister of Tourism.In 2018, Costa Rica welcomed 1,265,067 visitors from the United States, comprising 42% of the country’s total number of international arrivals.center_img Related posts:Guanacaste airport expansion set to begin in January Manuel Antonio National Park administration moving to comply with Health Ministry orders European airlines plan to increase flights to Costa Rica, ICT says KLM, Air Canada increase flights to Costa Ricalast_img read more

US Navy helicopter with 5 crew crashes in Oman

first_imgThe Omani official was not authorized to release the information and spoke on condition of anonymity.No hostile activity was suspected.Raelson said an investigation is under way into crash of the MH-53E Sea Dragon. He said the helicopter was involved in heavy lift operations when it crashed on land some 58 miles (93 kilometers) southwest of the capital Muscat.A similar helicopter from the same squadron was on the scene carrying out search and rescue operations.The downed chopper is assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 15, which is based in Norfolk, Va. The duty officer at the squadron base in Virginia said he didn’t have any further details to report.The three-engine MH-53E is able to operate from aircraft carriers and other warships, and is mainly used for minesweeping operations.Oman lies on the southeastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. Along with Iran, it controls access to the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway at the mouth of the Gulf that is the route for a fifth of the world’s oil supply.The sultanate maintains close diplomatic ties with both Washington and Tehran.___Associated Press writer Zinie Chen Sampson contributed reporting from in Richmond, Va. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 treatments for adult scoliosis 0 Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Associated PressDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed Thursday in the Gulf nation of Oman with five crew members aboard, according to the U.S. military.Lt. Greg Raelson, a spokesman for the Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, gave no immediate word on the fate of the crew. But an Omani air force official said three of them have been found so far and are being treated in a hospital.last_img read more

Italy consul in Benghazi fired on not injured

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Associated PressROME (AP) – Militants opened fire on the car of the Italian consul in the Libyan city of Benghazi, but he wasn’t injured, officials in Rome and Libya said Saturday.A security detail traveling with Consul Guido De Sanctis returned fire, but the gunmen who were driving in a car alongside De Sanctis’ convoy sped away, a Libyan security official said. The shooting occurred in the evening as De Sanctis was leaving the consulate. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day A government official in Rome said De Sanctis wasn’t hurt because he was travelling in an armored car. Video footage shown on Sky TG24 showed several gunshots to the windows of the vehicle.The officials insisted on not being identified because they weren’t authorized to make the information public. The ANSA news agency said it spoke to De Sanctis, who confirmed he was fine.Benghazi was the site of a Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.___Esam Mohamed contributed to this report from Tripoli, Libya.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Israel minister criticizes Russia over Syria arms

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Russia has sided with Assad in Syria’s civil war, sending him weapons and shielding him against Western attempts to impose international sanctions.Israel is concerned advanced Russian weapons could fall into the hands of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group, another Assad ally.Landau says the Russian arms supplies “promote instability in the Middle East” and that “anyone who provides weaponry to terror organizations is siding with terror.”(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help JERUSALEM (AP) – An Israeli Cabinet minister is accusing Russia of destabilizing the Middle East by selling weapons to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.Monday’s remarks by Tourism Minister Uzi Landau are likely to raise tensions with Russia on the eve of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Moscow.Netanyahu is expected to press President Vladimir Putin to halt the arms sales to Assad’s government. Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Venezuela opposition claims new govt crackdown

first_img Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Maduro accuses the opposition of conspiring with foreign agents led by the United States to overthrow a democratically elected government.He denied Wednesday that his government was persecuting opponents. All cases against opposition members are based on “serious investigations, with evidence,” he said.___Associated Press writer Frank Bajak in Lima, Peru, contributed to this report.___Fabiola Sanchez on Twitter: It announced its intention to freeze the bank accounts of the Miguel Henrique Otero, publisher of El Nacional, one of Venezuela’s two remaining nationally circulated newspapers.Authorities jailed and froze the assets of the editor of a small independent paper and website, Leocenis Garcia of Sexto Poder, who has published detailed reports of alleged government corruption, including what he calls multimillion-dollar graft involving manipulation of currency controls.And the National Assembly, controlled by allies of Maduro, stripped opposition lawmaker Richard Mardo of immunity from prosecution, opening the way for the government to pursue a tax fraud case against him. The opposition calls it a trumped-up attempt to silence a critic.The late July vote by lawmakers drew especially vehement reproach from the opposition because the Constitution specifies that a two-thirds vote is required in the National Assembly to strip a deputy of immunity and the ruling socialists fell 12 votes short of that threshold in the 165-seat chamber.The opposition and international human rights groups accuse Maduro of trying to crush legitimate, law-abiding dissent by systematically flaunting the socialist administration’s control of all branches of government secured under Chavez. Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments   Share   CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuelan authorities ordered the arrest of a close aide to opposition leader Henrique Capriles and military agents removed documents, computers and cellphones from the man’s apartment Wednesday, the opposition said.It called the action proof of a new wave of political repression.Venezuela’s highest court, meanwhile, rejected Capriles’ bid to void the April 14 presidential election, which he narrowly lost to ruling party candidate Nicolas Maduro. It also fined Capriles $1,700 for what it called a “disrespectful” filing and asked the attorney general to prosecute the opposition leader for filing the petition. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies It charged that the arrest order was part of a strategy to divert attention from Venezuela’s problems, among them rampant crime that includes one of the world’s top five homicide rates according to the U.N. and crippling inflation that the government said this week is running at an annual rate of 42.6 percent.Also Wednesday, Venezuela’s Supreme Court threw out Capriles’ challenge to the election results. Capriles claims Maduro secured the 1.5-point victory through fraud after squandering a double-digit lead in the polls.The court declared was “unacceptable” for Capriles to seek the invalidation of the entire vote. It fined him 10,700 bolivars for the “offensive content” and “disrespectful terms” of his court filing and said prosecutors should investigate whether Capriles was criminally liable for trying to undermine the credibility of the election.Capriles on Wednesday called Maduro “a huge coward” on Twitter for going after his aide and said “millions and millions will run you out of Miraflores (Palace). Nothing will save you from when we apply the Constitution!”In recent weeks, the government has stepped up pressure on several key opposition members. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The 12-party MUD opposition coalition did not elaborate on the government’s stated reason for issuing the arrest warrant for Oscar Lopez, the chief of staff to Capriles in the Miranda state governor’s office.Maduro had announced earlier in the day that the government “today captured a chief of the corruption and of the mafias of the Venezuelan right.” He did not identify the person but said “he was caught red-handed.”The Associated Press telephoned the chief prosecutor’s office but it offered no comment.Lopez’s lawyer, Leonardo Palacios, told reporters that soldiers removed personal documents, computers and cellphones from his apartment Wednesday morning. He said a judicial order had sought bank account documents without specifying the nature of the investigation.Foreign Minister Elias Jaua suggested via Twitter that the probe was related to the financing of Capriles two presidential campaigns. In October, Capriles lost to long-time President Hugo Chavez, who died in March of cancer.MUD, in the statement announcing the arrest order, called it part of “a new attack against those who don’t stop fighting for the restitution of legality, justice and rights in Venezuela.” 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more

Greece makes IMF payment amid signs of bailout progress

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober And Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke by phone with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker Wednesday, and both said that “constructive talks should continue.”They issued a joint statement saying the two discussed “progress made in the talks … over the last few days” and spoke of details of the reforms Greece needs to implement.According to the statement, those include modernizing the pension system “so that it is fair, fiscally sustainable and effective in averting old-age poverty.” They also discussed “the need for wage developments and labor market institutions to be supportive of job creation, competitiveness and social cohesion.”The EU and IMF also sought to downplay talk that they are at loggerheads over the approach to Greece following criticism by Greek officials. In a statement, they said they “share the same objective of helping Greece achieve financial stability and growth.”Facing an acute liquidity problem, the Greek government has already ordered state enterprises, including municipalities and schools, to transfer their reserves into a Bank of Greece account where they can be used as a loan by the state. Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   4 must play golf courses in Arizona Sponsored Stories Wednesday’s repayment of interest on IMF’s loans was made without any problems. “The payment is proceeding normally,” a finance ministry official said, on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations.____Casert reported from Brussels.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 file photo, a worker cleans the paint-splattered by protesters entrance of the bank of Greece, in central Athens. Wednesday May 6 marks five years since Greece voted in its first bailout deal in the face of violent popular protests that left three dead. The day was followed by years of turmoil in which the country tried to overhaul its economy in the midst of a downturn matched in depth and length only by the Great Depression. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Greece has a much larger commitment of about 770 million euros to make to the IMF Tuesday. All indications are it will struggle to make that payment as well as meet some pensions and salaries due later that week.A potential Greek debt default could set off a chain reaction that jeopardizes its membership in Europe’s joint currency and roils the global economy.Hence the importance of reported progress in Greece’s talks with representatives from the European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF that could spill into Monday’s meeting of the eurozone’s 19 finance ministers.Greece’s left-wing government has been locked in negotiations with its creditors for the past three months over reforms required to unlock the remaining 7.2 billion-euro installment of its 240 billion-euro bailout.In Brussels, technical talks that started last week were extended beyond Wednesday amid hopes for a breakthrough. A eurozone official, who asked not to be identified because the negotiations were ongoing, confirmed there was now visible progress after the talks had been bogged down for weeks.Meanwhile, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis was in Rome to discuss the issue with his Italian counterpart Pier Carlo Padoan, before heading to Madrid on Friday to meet his peer Luis de Guindos. ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Cash-strapped Greece scraped together a 200 million-euro ($222 million) repayment to the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday amid signs its long-stalled bailout negotiations were making some progress.The payment came as Greek government officials continued their whirlwind European tour and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke to French President Francois Hollande on how to push matters forward. How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

House Roll Call TradeWorker Training

first_imgKANSASRepublicans — Huelskamp, N; Jenkins, N; Pompeo, N; Yoder, N.KENTUCKYDemocrats — Yarmuth, N.Republicans — Barr, Y; Guthrie, Y; Massie, N; Rogers, Y; Whitfield, Y.LOUISIANADemocrats — Richmond, Y.Republicans — Abraham, N; Boustany, Y; Fleming, N; Graves, N; Scalise, Y.MAINEDemocrats — Pingree, N.Republicans — Poliquin, N.MARYLANDDemocrats — Cummings, N; Delaney, Y; Edwards, N; Hoyer, Y; Ruppersberger, N; Sarbanes, N; Van Hollen, N.Republicans — Harris, N.MASSACHUSETTSDemocrats — Capuano, N; Clark, N; Keating, N; Kennedy, N; Lynch, N; McGovern, N; Moulton, N; Neal, N; Tsongas, N.MICHIGANDemocrats — Conyers, N; Dingell, N; Kildee, N; Lawrence, N; Levin, N.Republicans — Amash, N; Benishek, Y; Bishop, Y; Huizenga, Y; Miller, Y; Moolenaar, Y; Trott, Y; Upton, Y; Walberg, Y.MINNESOTADemocrats — Ellison, N; McCollum, N; Nolan, N; Peterson, N; Walz, N.Republicans — Emmer, Y; Kline, Y; Paulsen, Y.MISSISSIPPIDemocrats — Thompson, N.Republicans — Harper, N; Kelly, N; Palazzo, N.MISSOURIDemocrats — Clay, N; Cleaver, N.Republicans — Graves, Y; Hartzler, N; Long, N; Luetkemeyer, Y; Smith, N; Wagner, Y. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies WASHINGTON (AP) — The 302-126 roll call Friday by which the House rejected a worker training program, a key component of President Barack Obama’s trade agenda.A “yes” vote is a vote to pass the measure.Voting yes were 40 Democrats and 86 Republicans.Voting no were 144 Democrats and 158 Republicans.X denotes those not voting.There is 1 vacancy in the 435-member House.ALABAMADemocrats — Sewell, Y. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona UTAHRepublicans — Bishop, N; Chaffetz, N; Love, N; Stewart, N.VERMONTDemocrats — Welch, N.VIRGINIADemocrats — Beyer, Y; Connolly, Y; Scott, N.Republicans — Brat, N; Comstock, Y; Forbes, N; Goodlatte, N; Griffith, N; Hurt, Y; Rigell, Y; Wittman, N.WASHINGTONDemocrats — DelBene, Y; Heck, Y; Kilmer, Y; Larsen, Y; McDermott, N; Smith, Y.Republicans — Herrera Beutler, Y; McMorris Rodgers, Y; Newhouse, N; Reichert, Y.WEST VIRGINIARepublicans — Jenkins, N; McKinley, Y; Mooney, N.WISCONSINDemocrats — Kind, Y; Moore, N; Pocan, N.Republicans — Duffy, N; Grothman, Y; Ribble, N; Ryan, Y; Sensenbrenner, N.WYOMINGRepublicans — Lummis, N.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Republicans — Boehner, N; Chabot, N; Gibbs, N; Johnson, Y; Jordan, N; Joyce, N; Latta, N; Renacci, N; Stivers, Y; Tiberi, Y; Turner, Y; Wenstrup, N.OKLAHOMARepublicans — Bridenstine, N; Cole, Y; Lucas, N; Mullin, N; Russell, N.OREGONDemocrats — Blumenauer, Y; Bonamici, Y; DeFazio, N; Schrader, Y.Republicans — Walden, Y.PENNSYLVANIADemocrats — Boyle, Brendan F., N; Brady, N; Cartwright, N; Doyle, Michael F., N; Fattah, N.Republicans — Barletta, Y; Costello, Y; Dent, Y; Fitzpatrick, Y; Kelly, Y; Marino, Y; Meehan, Y; Murphy, Y; Perry, N; Pitts, Y; Rothfus, N; Shuster, Y; Thompson, Y.RHODE ISLANDDemocrats — Cicilline, N; Langevin, N.SOUTH CAROLINADemocrats — Clyburn, Y.Republicans — Duncan, N; Gowdy, N; Mulvaney, N; Rice, N; Sanford, N; Wilson, Y.SOUTH DAKOTARepublicans — Noem, N.TENNESSEEDemocrats — Cohen, N; Cooper, Y.Republicans — Black, N; Blackburn, N; DesJarlais, N; Duncan, N; Fincher, N; Fleischmann, N; Roe, N.TEXASDemocrats — Castro, N; Cuellar, Y; Doggett, N; Green, Al, N; Green, Gene, N; Hinojosa, N; Jackson Lee, N; Johnson, E. B., Y; O’Rourke, Y; Veasey, N; Vela, N.Republicans — Babin, N; Barton, Y; Brady, Y; Burgess, N; Carter, N; Conaway, N; Culberson, N; Farenthold, N; Flores, N; Gohmert, N; Granger, N; Hensarling, N; Hurd, N; Johnson, Sam, N; Marchant, N; McCaul, N; Neugebauer, N; Olson, N; Poe, N; Ratcliffe, N; Sessions, N; Smith, N; Thornberry, Y; Weber, N; Williams, N. MONTANARepublicans — Zinke, N.NEBRASKADemocrats — Ashford, Y.Republicans — Fortenberry, Y; Smith, N.NEVADADemocrats — Titus, N.Republicans — Amodei, X; Hardy, N; Heck, N.NEW HAMPSHIREDemocrats — Kuster, N.Republicans — Guinta, Y.NEW JERSEYDemocrats — Norcross, N; Pallone, N; Pascrell, N; Payne, N; Sires, N; Watson Coleman, N.Republicans — Frelinghuysen, Y; Garrett, N; Lance, N; LoBiondo, N; MacArthur, N; Smith, N.NEW MEXICODemocrats — Lujan Grisham, N; Lujan, Ben Ray, N.Republicans — Pearce, N.NEW YORKDemocrats — Clarke, N; Crowley, N; Engel, N; Higgins, N; Israel, Y; Jeffries, N; Lowey, N; Maloney, Carolyn, N; Maloney, Sean, N; Meeks, Y; Meng, N; Nadler, N; Rangel, N; Rice, Y; Serrano, N; Slaughter, N; Tonko, N; Velazquez, N.Republicans — Collins, N; Donovan, Y; Gibson, N; Hanna, Y; Katko, Y; King, Y; Reed, Y; Stefanik, Y; Zeldin, N.NORTH CAROLINADemocrats — Adams, N; Butterfield, N; Price, Y.Republicans — Ellmers, N; Foxx, N; Holding, N; Hudson, N; Jones, N; McHenry, Y; Meadows, N; Pittenger, N; Rouzer, N; Walker, N.NORTH DAKOTARepublicans — Cramer, N.OHIODemocrats — Beatty, N; Fudge, N; Kaptur, N; Ryan, N. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Republicans — Aderholt, Y; Brooks, N; Byrne, N; Palmer, N; Roby, N; Rogers, Y.ALASKARepublicans — Young, N.ARIZONADemocrats — Gallego, N; Grijalva, N; Kirkpatrick, N; Sinema, N.Republicans — Franks, N; Gosar, N; McSally, N; Salmon, N; Schweikert, N.ARKANSASRepublicans — Crawford, N; Hill, N; Westerman, N; Womack, N.CALIFORNIADemocrats — Aguilar, N; Bass, Y; Becerra, N; Bera, Y; Brownley, N; Capps, N; Cardenas, N; Chu, Judy, N; Costa, Y; Davis, Y; DeSaulnier, N; Eshoo, Y; Farr, Y; Garamendi, N; Hahn, N; Honda, N; Huffman, N; Lee, N; Lieu, Ted, N; Lofgren, N; Lowenthal, N; Matsui, N; McNerney, N; Napolitano, N; Pelosi, N; Peters, Y; Roybal-Allard, N; Ruiz, N; Sanchez, Linda T., N; Sanchez, Loretta, N; Schiff, N; Sherman, N; Speier, X; Swalwell, N; Takano, N; Thompson, X; Torres, N; Vargas, X; Waters, Maxine, N.Republicans — Calvert, Y; Cook, N; Denham, N; Hunter, N; Issa, Y; Knight, N; LaMalfa, X; McCarthy, Y; McClintock, N; Nunes, Y; Rohrabacher, N; Royce, Y; Valadao, Y; Walters, Mimi, Y.COLORADODemocrats — DeGette, N; Perlmutter, Y; Polis, Y.Republicans — Buck, N; Coffman, Y; Lamborn, N; Tipton, N.CONNECTICUTDemocrats — Courtney, N; DeLauro, N; Esty, N; Himes, Y; Larson, Y. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility DELAWAREDemocrats — Carney, Y.FLORIDADemocrats — Brown, N; Castor, N; Deutch, N; Frankel, N; Graham, N; Grayson, N; Hastings, N; Murphy, N; Wasserman Schultz, Y; Wilson, N.Republicans — Bilirakis, N; Buchanan, N; Clawson, N; Crenshaw, Y; Curbelo, Y; DeSantis, N; Diaz-Balart, N; Jolly, Y; Mica, Y; Miller, N; Nugent, N; Posey, N; Rooney, N; Ros-Lehtinen, N; Ross, N; Webster, N; Yoho, N.GEORGIADemocrats — Bishop, N; Johnson, N; Lewis, N; Scott, David, N.Republicans — Allen, N; Carter, N; Collins, N; Graves, N; Hice, Jody B., N; Loudermilk, N; Price, Tom, N; Scott, Austin, N; Westmoreland, N; Woodall, N.HAWAIIDemocrats — Gabbard, N; Takai, N.IDAHORepublicans — Labrador, N; Simpson, Y.ILLINOISDemocrats — Bustos, N; Davis, Danny, N; Duckworth, N; Foster, Y; Gutierrez, N; Kelly, N; Lipinski, N; Quigley, Y; Rush, N; Schakowsky, N.Republicans — Bost, Y; Davis, Rodney, Y; Dold, Y; Hultgren, N; Kinzinger, Y; Roskam, Y; Shimkus, Y.INDIANADemocrats — Carson, X; Visclosky, N.Republicans — Brooks, Y; Bucshon, N; Messer, Y; Rokita, Y; Stutzman, N; Walorski, N; Young, N.IOWADemocrats — Loebsack, N.Republicans — Blum, Y; King, N; Young, Y. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 0 Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

House votes to kill health laws Medicare savings panel

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Tuesday to kill a federal panel that is supposed to find ways to curb Medicare spending, as Republicans ignored a veto threat and leveled their latest blow at President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.Members of the Independent Payment Advisory Board have never been appointed, and the panel has never recommended savings from Medicare, the $600-billion-a-year health care program for the elderly. The board can only propose savings when the rate of Medicare spending growth hits specified levels that haven’t been reached — and are not expected to be reached — for years.Last week, the House voted to repeal another piece of the health care law taxing many medical devices.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Republicans have long targeted the board anyway, saying it would ration care and has too much power. When the health care law began working its way through Congress in 2009, defeated GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said the law would create “death panels” that could decide the care seniors would receive.Democrats argue that the statute specifically forbids the board from rationing care, increasing recipients’ premiums or reducing their coverage. That means its recommendations would fall largely on providers, such as doctors and nursing homes.The White House has threatened to veto the bill, saying repeal would eliminate a way to “help reduce the rate of Medicare growth responsibly.”Tuesday’s vote was a mostly party-line 244-154. The Senate has yet to consider similar legislation.Most Democrats consider the Republican repeal effort an attempt to weaken the health care law.Some Democrats agree that the board is too powerful, since its recommended savings automatically take effect unless Congress votes to change or block them.But much Democratic support for repealing the board evaporated when Republicans decided to pay the $7 billion, 10-year cost of eliminating it by cutting $8 billion from the health care law’s prevention and public health fund, which the GOP says wastes money. Democrats call the prevention program a valuable part of that law. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairylast_img read more

Obama Saudi foreign minister meet to discuss Iran deal

first_imgSaudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, left, arrives at the White House in Washington, Friday, July 17, 2015, for a meeting with President Barack Obama about the Iran nuclear deal. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Comments   Share   5 ways to recognize low testosterone Sponsored Stories Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister have discussed the Iranian nuclear deal at the White House.The White House says the meeting occurred on Friday at the request of Saudi King Salman, who spoke with Obama by phone earlier in the week. Saudi Arabia is among the Gulf nations wary of the nuclear accord.The White House says the meeting between Obama and Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir (AD’-duhl ahl-joo-BEHR’) focused on building stronger partnerships and enhancing regional security. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is expected to continue those conversations when he visits Saudi Arabia next week. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The White House says Obama and al-Jubeir also discussed the crises in Yemen and Syria.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

Syrias embattled president admits manpower shortage

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Assad’s televised speech Sunday morning, given to local dignitaries in the Syrian capital, Damascus, was his first public address since he was sworn in for a third, seven-year term in July last year. Assad has given interviews to several Arab and international media outlets in the meantime.Assad acknowledged that his generals have had to move forces from one front to another in order to protect areas that are militarily, politically or economically more important. He added that the loss of some areas to insurgents has led to “frustration” among Syrians.Syrian forces have suffered several setbacks since March, including the loss of the northwestern city of Idlib, the capital of a province that borders Turkey. In May, the government lost the historic central town of Palmyra to IS extremists, who also captured parts of the northeastern city of Hassakeh.Those losses could be partially offset by greater support from the government’s key ally, Iran, now that Tehran has agreed to a nuclear deal with world powers that would see international sanctions lifted.“We are not collapsing. We are steadfast and will achieve victory,” said Assad, who was interrupted several times by applause. “Defeat does not exist in the dictionary of the Syrian Arab army.” Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist “Regime forces are on the outskirts of the city of Palmyra,” said activist Bebars al-Talawy, who is based in the central province of Homs that includes the historic town. Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said troops and pro-government fighters are getting close to the town.Al-Manar reported that troops captured several mountains southwest of the Palmyra, adding that IS fighters are fleeing the area. It aired footage said to be taken in the desert outside the town with troops moving forward.Since IS captured Palmyra, many feared that the group would damage the archaeological site as the extremists did in Iraq earlier this year. Regaining control of it will be a major victory for Assad.Assad’s government announced a general amnesty for army deserters and draft dodgers Saturday. There are thousands of army deserters in and outside Syria, many of whom have gone on to fight with rebels. Many young men have fled the country to avoid compulsory military conscription.Assad has issued similar amnesties for criminals, but has not released any of the thousands of political prisoners believed to be in Syria’s prisons. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Top Stories This image made from video broadcast on Press TV, Iran’s English language state-run channel shows Syrian President Bashar Assad delivering a speech in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, July 26, 2015. Assad says he supports any political dialogue to end his country’s civil war even if its effects are limited. But he says any initiative that is not based on fighting “terrorism” will be “hollow” and “meaningless.” (Press TV via AP video) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Assad tried to justify the loss of some areas, including Idlib. Assad-allied forces, including fighters from the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and Iranian advisers, control a little less than half of Syria’s 185,000 square kilometers (71,400 square miles).“It was necessary to specify critical areas for our armed forces to hang on to,” Assad said. “Concern for our soldiers forces us to let go of some areas.”“When we concentrate our forces in an important area, what happens is that we bring reinforcements but this is usually at the expense of other areas,” Assad said. “Sometimes we have to abandon some areas in order to transfer these forces to the area that we want to hold.”“There is a shortage of manpower,” Assad said, adding that “I don’t want to give a dark image that hostile media will use to say that the president is saying that people are not joining the army.”Assad said that in recent months, mostly in April and May, the number of people joining the army has increased. He added: “Every inch of Syria is precious.”Hours after Assad spoke, activists and Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV said government forces were advancing on Palmyra and had captured several mountains overlooking the town, known for its UNESCO world heritage site marked by 2,000-year-old Roman colonnades. Check your body, save your life BEIRUT (AP) — In his first public address in a year, embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad vowed Sunday to win his country’s long-running civil war while acknowledging his troops had lost territory to rebel forces and were running short on manpower.Assad’s speech, while confident, came in the fifth year of a conflict pitting his forces against rebels, Islamist insurgents and the extremist Islamic State group. Turkey, which has long backed the rebels, has begun striking the IS group and Kurdish fighters battling the extremists, adding a new layer of complexity to a brutal war with no end in sight. The Observatory recently reported that at least 49,100 troops and 32,500 pro-government gunmen have been killed since the uprising began in March 2011.The group, which gathers information from a network of activists inside Syria, says there are some 70,000 draft dodgers in government-controlled areas alone.Last month, Syria’s prime minister called on young men to fulfill their mandatory military service obligation, promising better pay for troops on the front lines as well as one hot meal a day.Assad said his government did not want war, “but when it was imposed on us, the Syrian Arab army repelled the terrorists everywhere.” Assad refers to all those fighting against his rule as terrorists.The U.S. has begun training some moderate rebels who oppose Assad, but Islamic extremist groups have had the most success against his forces. The Islamic State group holds about a third of Syria and neighboring Iraq in its self-declared “caliphate.”Speaking about political dialogue, Assad said any initiative that is not based on fighting “terrorism” will be “hollow” and “meaningless.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Catch me if you can teen arrested for posing as a pilot

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> A Saudi Arabian teenager was arrested at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Monday when he posed as an airline pilot to enter a restricted area of the airport. According to airport immigration chief Ferdinand Sampol, the culprit Hani Abdulelah Buchari, 19, was wearing a Saudi Arabian Airlines pilot uniform when he was arrested in the arrival area of the Airport.Sampol said Buchari, a flying school student, used the disguise to enter the restricted areas of the airport to fetch his father – a retired Saudi pilot – who was expected to arrive that day. Buchari has been transferred to the Bureau of Immigration’s detention centre while authorities prepare to file criminal charges against him for breaching airport security and for overstaying his visa in the Philippines.last_img read more

The Skys the limit for SkyTeam

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M ::The Sky’s the limit for SkyTeam:: SkyTeam welcomed its newest member, China Airlines, in a VIP gala event in Sydney yesterday, attended by representatives from all other member airlines as well as trade partners. Marking the occasion as “an important move for China Airlines”, according to China Airlines, General Manager, Australia & New Zealand, S.C. Hsieh, the new alliance partner said the next step was to discuss bi-lateral arrangements for mutual co-operation with other members.Pinpointing AIR FRANCE KLM’s network into Europe, Mr Hsieh said it will benefit passengers “enormously now if we want to co-operate with them”.Noting the arrangements were both sided, Mr Hsieh said China Airlines’ network into Taiwan and mainland China would also further enhance the existing member airlines networks. The airline is looking to launch flights into Auckland in the next six months, and will add an additional Tuesday departure from November, taking total flights out of Sydney to five times per week.SkyTeam member airlines currently fly to 926 airports in 173 countries.last_img read more

Albatross guarantees 2013 European Summer departures

first_imgGiving agents confidence in booking, Albatross Tours has announced guaranteed departures on all its 2013 European Summer tours.The guarantee departure applies to the wholesaler’s six European Summer 2013 tours including those in; Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain and Portugal.Albatross managing director Euan Landsborough said not “juggling tours all over the world” gives the wholesaler an advantage.“We only offer our escorted tours to residents of Australia and New Zealand – so it’s very personalised and tailored to the way we like to travel,” he said.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J All 2013 European Summer tours are a go for Albatross. Image: read more

Smarter airport security

first_imgSource = ETB News: P.T. Under the previous security system, components of the checkpoints were tested individually, however, the SmartS system will test elements simultaneously to analyse operational interaction. The Airports Council International (ACI) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop Smart Security (SmartS). “Smart Security is the way forward,” IATA director general and chief executive Tony Tyler said. “Airports, airlines, control authorities and system suppliers all have a role to play in making the process more effective, efficient and pleasant for the passenger,” ACI World director general Angela Gittens said.center_img The two major aviation associations appointed with improving airport security checkpoints have developed a renewed focus on optimising resources and utilising new technologies. SmartS replaces the previous ‘Checkpoint of the Future’, which was launched in 2011. SmartS will assist passengers proceed through security checkpoints with minimal inconvenience, augment airport facilities and allocate security resources based on risk assessment.last_img read more

The ZUJI rumour is true S1000 worth of travel given daily

first_imgSource = ZUJI The ZUJI rumour is true: S$1000 worth of travel given daily!If you haven’t already heard the rumours, we wanted to personally get in touch and let you know that they’re true! ZUJI, the region’s leading online travel agent, has jumped on the GSS bandwagon, inspiring travelers to take the leap and get their holidays booked.From now until June 21, ZUJI is giving away S$1000 worth of discounts every day, with voucher denominations ranging from S$20 – S$100 each! To get the great deals, head over to the GSS Campaign page, but be quick, once your pop-up banner appears, you only have 30 minutes to complete your booking to score the discount. Thankfully the race against the clock is no sweat with the easy 4-step search-to-booking form!Tip: Log on every hour to try your luck at scoring the amazing discounts! Travel must be made by 31 December 2015.If you’ve already booked your trip but are keen to learn more about your destination, make a beeline for ZUJI Passport – our content hosting site where you’ll find a collection of articles to help you prepare for your getaway, or get you inspired for your next. The latest articles include:1.       10 hotel hacks that you wish you knew before2.       In and out of the airport in three hours flat3.       The babymoon travel trend for different personalitiesIf you have any questions, or are keen to discuss other opportunities, feel free to shoot us a note or give us a buzz, we’d be happy to help!ZUJIlast_img read more