News / Atlas Air blames trade tension and disputes with pilots for poor Q2 performance

first_img Atlas Air has blamed tariffs, trade tension and labour disputes as the key factors for a “poor” first-half performance.Profits (adjusted ebitda) fell 7% to $204m, despite revenue climbing 7% to $1.3bn.Chief executive William Flynn said: “[Our] second quarter was below expectations, as cargo volumes and yields were affected in the near term by the widely reported impact of tariffs and trade tensions.“In addition, our results during the period were impacted by labour-related service disruptions.” By Alexander Whiteman 02/08/2019 The disappointing performance was in marked contrast to a strong first quarter, in which solid momentum generated in 2018 brought the airline surging revenue and profits.And laying partial blame on Atlas’s well-known labour troubles brought a strong response from Robert Kirchner, executive council chairman of Teamsters Local 1224 .“Atlas Air executives blaming trade tensions and labour-related disruptions for their poor performance is an attempt to deflect the blame,” said Mr Kirchner.“The lack of pilots and overpromising to customers like Amazon is resulting in operational chaos, with our pilots constantly being asked to fly on their days off due to poor planning.“This disorganisation led to more than 400 flights without an assigned crew in July… it [Atlas] can only put on this charade for so long.”Last month, a court of appeal upheld an injunction by the carrier preventing pilots from engaging in walk-outs and other disruptive behaviour, but Mr Flynn told investors yesterday the airline was still experiencing issues.“That behaviour has improved, but we’re still seeing an increase in some disruptive behaviour, and we have notified the union informally about this,” he said.“And the impact really is a cost impact because when we have disruptive behaviour, it costs us more because we need to move crew around and may have a late departure. Any disruption, whether it’s weather, maintenance, or in this case labour, adds extra cost into operation.”Mr Kirchner reiterated the union’s call for the carrier to stop “stonewalling” negotiations and agree a fair contract for pilots.During the investor call, Mr Flynn said Atlas was committed to reaching an agreement with pilots and that recent negotiations had made “progress”.Chief operating officer John Dietrich added: “We’ve continued to negotiate and be at the table; in fact, the team is together as we speak, negotiating and making progress towards our next collective bargaining agreement.”Pressure on the carrier grew following its first-quarter results when Amazon threatened to switch airlines if the dispute went unsettled. Since then, Atlas has ramped up operations for the e-commerce giant, making a further three 737s available for it.last_img read more

National Well-Being Improves

first_imgRelatedNational Well-Being Improves National Well-Being Improves DevelopmentFebruary 28, 2012Written by: Allan Brooks Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedNational Well-Being Improvescenter_img RelatedNational Well-Being Improves Story HighlightsThe latest key indicators of national well-being: ‘health status; education status and labour force quality’ under the Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan’, has revealed that tertiary level enrolment for 2011 recorded a 3.1 per cent increase over the previous year.Meanwhile,thelabour force quality quarterly survey, showed a 2 per cent improvement, while immunization coverage for children showed a marginal decline over the previous year.This was outlined in the Planning Institute of Jamaica’s (PIOJ) recent Health Status Report. The latest key indicators of national well-being: ‘health status; education status and labour force quality’ under the Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan’, has revealed that tertiary level enrolment for 2011 recorded a 3.1 per cent increase over the previous year.Meanwhile,thelabour force quality quarterly survey, showed a 2 per cent improvement, while immunization coverage for children showed a marginal decline over the previous year.This was outlined in the Planning Institute of Jamaica’s (PIOJ) recent Health Status Report.“In Education, the gross enrolment rate of students at the tertiary level for the academic year 2010/2011 has increased to 35.9 per cent, based on preliminary figures, up by 3.1 percentage points compared to the academic year 2009/2010,” the report stated.The PIOJ attributed the significant increase in tertiary enrolment in a single year to “an increase in the access to and number of tertiary educational institutions and programmes in Jamaica.”With respect to the quality of the labour force, the report stated that “an average of 23.2 per cent of the total labour force having vocational or professional certification based on the quarterly labour force surveys for 2011, (achieving) an increase of 2.0 percentage points from the previous year.”With respect to the immunization coverage for children, the report stated that for children between zero and 11 months the immunization covering tuberculosis, polio, diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus respectively, declined slightly to an average of 93.9 per cent in 2011, based on preliminary figures. This is down 0.8 percentage point from an average of 94.7 per cent in 2010.The report added that the immunization coverage for children between 12 and 23 months for covering measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) also fell slightly to 86.5 per cent in 2011, down 0.6 percentage point from 87.1 per cent in 2010.last_img read more

BSG a driving force for triathlon in South Africa

first_imgAs South African IT services company BSG notes, it has been involved in the sport of triathlon since 2007 in what appears, at the surface, an odd relationship. However when speaking to Greg Reis, CEO of BSG, the association becomes less odd and instead enviable: it’s not about what the company does but more about the why…BSG is passionate about being a proactive force for positive change, making a difference in everything it does. As an IT professional services company, BSG partners with clients to unlock their potential and accelerate their performance through consulting services and software development. BSG views the national Triseries in South Africa as a platform to support its purpose… The company wants to make a difference in the community and inspire people to enjoy healthy, outdoor activity.BSG has been actively involved with the sport of triathlon through sponsoring the well-known BSG Energade Triseries for the past four years and believes that there is still significant potential to be unlocked, with the company taking full ownership rights from 2012 for the Triseries: it’s now officially known as ‘The BSG Triseries’.Greg Reis, CEO of BSG, said “BSG aims to accelerate both the growth of and the participation in the sport of triathlon. Our vision for the Triseries remains constant – making healthy outdoor living fun for all members of the family and addressing our country’s dire need to support the education of our nation’s children.”Reis added, “We’re really excited about the potential that remains untapped. BSG will continue to invest to achieve this vision – to really use the Triseries as a platform to create positive change in the lives of everyone who is touched by this event in some way. BSG will continue to apply our passion for positive change with the Triseries.”Investments include: professional event management; improved online entry processes; regular athlete communications, utilising social media; and overall race-day format enhancements to ensure enjoyable and safe racing for all involved. The aim is to deliver a race that is accessible, do-able and fun, especially as a welcome mat for first-time triathletes.The company was the winner of the inaugural Discovery Healthy Company Index in 2011, and actively promotes wellness with staff members: the Triseries is an extension of putting its money where its mouth is.During the past four years, BSG has invested significantly in the growth of the sport with participation in the Triseries increasing by 44% (3,952 race participants in 2007 to 5,690 race participants in 2011). BSG also sponsors an Elite Triathlon team, of which three triathletes are competing at the 2012 London Olympics: Kate Roberts, Chris Felgate and Richard Murray.To make a real difference, BSG believes that investment in education is vital for the future of South Africa and the company continues to partner with the LEAP Science and Maths School, which aims to transform educationally disadvantaged communities in South Africa through mathematics and science-focused education initiatives.At this year’s Triseries all race participants automatically become ‘Education Heroes’ by donating R10 of their entry fee towards LEAP, helping the organisation reach a target of R 1 million in 2012. Participants can also raise additional funds for LEAP by requesting their network of friends, colleagues and family make a pledge through the BSG ‘MyPledge’ initiative on their behalf.In this way, the BSG multisport community can make a significant contribution towards building a new school for LEAP.As noted by BSG, ‘the Triseries is a platform that is elevating the company’s brand, but more importantly supporting its purpose.’BSG Triseries dates:Buffelspoort Dam, Northwest Province – 30 September 2012Abrahamsrus, Sasolburg, Free State – 14 OctoberHartbeespoort Dam, Northwest Province – 21 OctoberBrandvlei Dam, Worcester, Western Cape – 11 NovemberVanderbijlpark, Emerald Casino, Gauteng – 2 Decemberwww.bsgmultisport.co.za Relatedlast_img read more

Trump says ‘I do regret’ some caustic campaign statements

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Trump says ‘I do regret’ some caustic campaign statements Published: August 19, 2016 5:32 AM EDT SHAREcenter_img CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – In a highly uncharacteristic move aimed at resetting his struggling campaign, Donald Trump has said for the first time that he regrets some of the caustic comments he’s made that may have caused people pain.“Sometimes in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that,” the GOP nominee, reading from prepared text, said at a rally in Charlotte, N.C. Thursday night. “And believe it or not, I regret it – and I do regret it – particularly where it may have caused personal pain.”Trump didn’t specify what comments he was referring to, but he added that, “Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues.”It was a rare admission for a man who has said that he prefers “not to regret anything” and it underscores the dire situation he finds himself in. With just 80 days left until the election, Trump is trailing Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in preference polls of most key battleground states. At the same time, party leaders have conceded they may divert resources away from the presidential contest in favor of vulnerable Senate and House candidates if things don’t improve.The remarks came a day after Trump announced that he was overhauling his campaign operation, bringing in a new chief executive and appointing a new campaign manager. Rarely do presidential campaigns wait to advertise, or undergo such leadership tumult, at such a late stage of the general election.Yet Trump has struggled badly in recent weeks to offer voters a consistent message, overshadowing formal policy speeches with a steady stream of self-created controversies, including a public feud with an American Muslim family whose son was killed while serving in the U.S. military in Iraq.Trump’s decision to tap Stephen Bannon, a combative conservative media executive, as his new campaign chief suggested to some that he might continue the divisive rhetoric that has angered minorities and alienated large swaths of the general election electorate.Instead, a new Trump emerged on Thursday: a less combative, more inclusive candidate who said he was running to be the “voice for every forgotten part of this country that has been waiting and hoping for a better future” and for those who “don’t hear anyone speaking for them.”And the changes appear to be more than cosmetic. Earlier Thursday, Trump moved to invest nearly $5 million in battleground state advertising to address daunting challenges in the states that will make or break his White House ambitions.The New York businessman’s campaign reserved television ad space over the coming 10 days in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to Kantar Media’s political ad tracker. While Clinton has spent more than $75 million on advertising in 10 states since locking up her party’s nomination, Trump’s new investment marks his first of the general election season.Trump also made a last-minute scheduling change, scrapping a planned event in New York in order to travel with his running mate Mike Pence to tour the flood damage in Louisiana on Friday morning.But the visit was met with harsh words from Gov. John Bel Edwards, whose spokesman Richard Carbo said, “We welcome him to LA, but not for a photo-op.”In his remarks, Trump struck a new, inclusive tone and tried to appeal directly to non-white voters, who have so far resisted his candidacy.“I will not rest until children of every color in this country are fully included in the American Dream,” Trump said, urging African-American voters to give him a chance.“What do you have to lose by trying something new?” he asked.Clinton’s campaign, meanwhile, brushed off the speech off as just words he read from a teleprompter.“Donald Trump literally started his campaign by insulting people. He has continued to do so through each of the 428 days from then until now, without shame or regret,” said spokeswoman Christina Reynolds in a statement.“We learned tonight that his speechwriter and teleprompter knows he has much for which he should apologize. But that apology tonight is simply a well-written phrase until he tells us which of his many offensive, bullying and divisive comments he regrets and changes his tune altogether,” she said.It remains to be seen whether Trump’s reboot comes too late, and whether he has the discipline to maintain it.But several Trump supporters at the rally applauded the move.“It takes a lot of strength to say, ‘I’m sorry, ‘ to admit – not that he was wrong, but he wished he hadn’t done it,” said Cindy Ammons, 70, a Trump supporter from Spindale, North Carolina. “I think he’s evolving,” she said.Still, some said it was unnecessary.“I think the regime wanted him to say it. It was damage control,” said Jeff Devers, 46, visiting from Arkansas. “But I personally don’t regret anything that he’s said. What he has said should have been said, politically correct or not.” Author: Associated Press last_img read more

Bears Women trio line up for Wales against Red Roses

first_imgWales Women travel to London for the fourth round of the Women’s Six Nations as Chris Horsman’s side aim to thwart England’s attempt to secure the Triple Crown and ultimately the Grand Slam. Coach, Chris Horsman, said: “We know Saturday’s Test will be a huge challenge, England are one of the best teams in the world right now, if not the best.“We always knew this would be a challenging championship and following a tough day against France, England will certainly be no easier. However, the girls are ready to test themselves again against the best, that’s what they want to do in order to improve ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. We are fulfilling our aims of growing depth in the squad by exposing players to this level of the game.” Wales Women squad in full:15. Kayleigh Powell 14. Lisa Neumann 13. Hannah Jones 12. Kerin Lake 11. Caitlin Lewis 10. Robyn Wilkins 9. Keira Bevan; 1. Gwenllian Pyrs 2. Kelsey Jones 3. Cerys Hale 4. Georgia Evans 5. Natalia John 6. Alisha Butchers 7. Bethan Lewis 8. Siwan Lillicrap (capt)Replacements: 16. Molly Kelly 17. Cara Hope 18. Ruth Lewis 19. Gwen Crabb 20. Robyn Lock 21. Ffion Lewis 22. Hannah Bluck 23. Lauren Smythlast_img read more

26 killed as bus rams into mountain in Pak

first_imgPeshawar: A bus rammed into a mountain on Sunday after the driver lost control while taking a turn on a hilly road in Pakistan’s northwest, killing at least 26 people, including children, and injuring 13 others, police said. The accident happened in the Babusar Top area, bordering Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province with Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). The bus was going towards Rawalpindi from Skardu city and there were 40 passengers, including 16 Pakistan Army personnel, the Express Tribune reported. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportRasheed Arshad, a spokesman for the Gilgit-Baltistan chief minister, confirmed that 26 bodies, among them women and children, have been retrieved from the wreckage. He said 13 passengers were admitted to the district headquarters hospital in Chilas and some of them were in critical condition. The passenger bus, belonging to a private company, departed from Skardu on Saturday for Rawalpindi. On Sunday morning, the driver lost control of the bus while taking a turn and it collided against a mountain. It is not clear yet how the driver lost control of the vehicle, according to Diamer police spokesperson Mohammad Wakeel. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsPolice said that rescue and police teams had been dispatched to the site of the accident. Additionally, a helicopter has been requested from the GB government so as to transport the bodies to Skardu following identification, Dawn News reported. The Babusar Pass road, frequently used by tourists, remains open from the end of June to October every year. It is then closed following heavy snowfall at Babusar Top. The route presents the quickest road means to travel to Gilgit-Baltistan from Islamabad.last_img read more

Kolkata Two Durga Puja organisers in the city hav

first_imgKolkata: Two Durga Puja organisers in the city have chosen the struggle of the common man as their themes this year. The North Tridhara Puja Committee in north Kolkata has themed its puja on West Bengal’s first woman bus driver Pratima Devi, while Samaj Sebi Sangha in south Kolkata has focussed on labourers. “The North Tridhara puja has the tagline ‘Durbar Durga’ (unstoppable Durga) which is a tribute to women who struggle towards their goals,” Shekhar Tandon, general secretary of the puja committee, said on Tuesday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “We wanted to base our theme on women empowerment and Pratima Devi can be a role model for others,” he said. The puja will be inaugurated by Pratima Devi on Thursday. The exterior of the pandal is a replica of a red- yellow minibus plying on the Howrah-Nimta route with a model of Pratima Devi at the wheels, while the interiors have been decked up with different parts of a bus and a taxi. Illuminated digital images of conductors and drivers have also found place in the pandal. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Pratima Devi worked as a minibus conductor on the Howrah-Nimta route that her husband used to drive. After her husband met with an accident in 2011 that left him unfit to drive a heavy vehicle, she got behind the wheels. The Samaj Sebi Sangha, in its 74th year of celebration, has put models of labourers in different corners of its pandal. With the tag line ‘Kurnish’ (Salute), the puja “salutes the working class people who work tirelessly to make our lives easier and more comfortable but remain anonymous,” general secretary of Samaj Sebi Sangha, Arijit Maitra said.last_img read more

Paris Serge Gnabry scored four secondhalf goals

first_imgParis: Serge Gnabry scored four second-half goals as Bayern Munich came from behind to hand last season’s runners-up Tottenham Hotspur a stunning 7-2 home defeat in the Champions League on Tuesday after Real Madrid escaped with a 2-2 draw against Club Brugge. There were routine wins for Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid, while Cristiano Ronaldo netted in a comfortable Juventus victory, but most of the drama was in north London. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThe evening started well for Spurs as Son Heung-min fired across Manuel Neuer and into the far corner to give Mauricio Pochettino’s team the lead against Bayern. However, the German champions came roaring back to leave Spurs on the receiving end of the biggest ever home defeat for an English team in Europe. It was the first time they had ever conceded seven goals in a home game. Two super strikes from Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski had Bayern ahead at the break and Gnabry, the former Arsenal winger, then scored two goals two minutes apart to make it four early in the second half. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersHarry Kane reduced the arrears from the penalty spot, but Gnabry ran through to complete his hat-trick on 83 minutes and he smacked in the seventh goal after Lewandowski had netted his second of the evening. Gnabry is the first player to score four goals against English opposition since Lionel Messi achieved the same feat for Barcelona against Arsenal in 2010. The result means last season’s beaten finalists already face a struggle to qualify from Group B after they drew at Olympiakos in their opening game. The Greek club were beaten 3-1 at Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday despite Ruben Semedo giving them the lead as the second-half sending-off of Yassine Benzia for the visitors changed the game. Milos Vulic equalised for Red Star before late headers by Nemanja Milunovic and Richmond Boakye secured victory for the Serbian side, who go to Spurs next. Meanwhile, Manchester City beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium to make it two wins from two in Group C. Ilkay Gundogan hit the bar for Pep Guardiola’s team in the first half before Riyad Mahrez squared for Raheem Sterling to tap in the 66th-minute opener. Sterling then turned provider for Phil Foden to secure the points in stoppage time for City. In the same group, Israeli forward Manor Solomon netted the winner deep in injury time as Shakhtar Donetsk came from behind to beat Atalanta 2-1 in Milan. Duvan Zapata had given the Italian side a first-half lead after Josip Ilicic had a penalty saved, but Junior Moraes equalised for the Ukrainian champions prior to the break, before Solomon’s late heroics. In Madrid, record 13-time champions Real were 2-0 down at half-time at home to Club Brugge, for whom the Nigerian forward Emmanuel Dennis scored a first-half brace. But Zinedine Zidane’s team came storming back as Sergio Ramos headed in before Casemiro claimed a dramatic equaliser in the 85th minute, seconds after Ruud Vormer had been sent off for the visitors. It is a first point for Real in Group A, which is led by PSG. The French club, again missing the suspended Neymar, beat Galatasaray 1-0 in Istanbul thanks to Mauro Icardi’s second-half goal. Meanwhile, Gonzalo Higuain set Juventus on their way to a 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in Turin before he set up Federico Bernardeschi to double their lead and Ronaldo completed the scoring late on. That strike means the 34-year-old Portuguese forward has now scored a Champions League goal against 33 different opponents, equalling a record set by Raul.last_img read more

Washington India wants to see its relation with C

first_imgWashington: India wants to see its relation with China become “better and substantive” and would take a bilateral approach on issues like 5G which Beijing faces with other countries, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said. In fact, Jaishankar refused to join the Trump administration which describes 5G as a national security issue, by saying that for India it is a telecom issue and not political one. “Our intention obviously is to progress our relations with China. We are very clear on that and we get the sense that they too would like to see the relations become better and substantive,” Jaishankar told The Heritage Foundation think-tank on Wednesday in response to a question. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “On lot of the issues which different countries face with China, frankly, we would weigh the issues on their merit and largely take a bilateral approach,” he said responding to a question. “We actually, essentially handle China relationship very, very bilaterally. We believe that’s frankly the best way of moving forward,” he added. “Our position on 5G for example is we don’t see 5G as a political problem. 5G for us is a telecom issue. And we will make whatever decisions we have to at the right time on the merits of that particular decision,” Jaishankar said. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports “When it comes to China, for me what’s important is I have this neighbour who’s my biggest neighbour, who’s now the second biggest economy in the world, with whom I have a long history, not always an easy history. But I would like to make sure that this relationship remains… stability for me is my bottom-line requirement,” he said. Noting that it’s a very complicated relationship, he said India has given an enormous amount of time and priority to ties with China. “Because we believe that it’s not just our own two countries, but really the larger region, even the world has vested interest, has stakes in that in broadening the stability and the substance of that relationship, he said. As a result, a lot of India’s attention actually goes into this, he said. How do you, I mean, as I said, the minimum manager it and ideally grow it where you can. And in recent years, we’ve seen some positive developments. We have seen trade numbers improve. We’ve seen sectors where we didn’t have market access, we have now started to get market access, he said. “We have seen by and large the borders being very stable. So, our ability to engage and converse with them on a range of issues has really been, it’s sort of, it’s freer, its franker. Those to my mind have been good signs for us, Jaishankar said. “We were of course aware that there is a larger global context in which all of this is happening, he noted.last_img read more