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Social conservatives find new voice in Ontario as Tory candidates duke it

first_imgTORONTO – The emergence of a Tory leadership candidate committed to repealing Ontario’s sex-ed curriculum may yet see the Progressive Conservative party, which was pushed to the centre under former leader Patrick Brown, shifting to the right — at least until the spring election campaign gets underway.While observers say it’s unlikely that Tanya Granic Allen will end up as party leader, social conservatives who feel betrayed by Brown are delighted with their new-found voice.“We worked hard to help Patrick Brown become the leader,” said evangelical activist Charles McVety. “Once he became the leader he took an about-face turn. Not only did he change the (sex-ed) policy, then he basically banned us from the party.”Brown, who recently stepped down as leader after denying allegations of sexual misconduct toward two young women, may yet have another crack at stamping his vision on the party, announcing on Friday that he was entering the leadership race.“We can’t lose the project we’ve been working on,” Brown said at the Tory party headquarters in Toronto after filing his papers. “It’s far too important.”Brown, who had actively courted the social conservative vote in his first run to become leader before realizing the party risked alienating the wider voting population, followed a well-worn path.Former Ontario premier Mike Harris firmly banished what became known as the “family values coalition” to the backbenches after he won office in the 1995 election. Among them was the late Jim Flaherty, who later went on to become provincial and federal finance minister, and whose wife Christine Elliott is running against Granic Allen.Similarly, former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper refused to allow anti-abortionists to gain traction — particularly in his first two elections.“Most voters hover around the centre of the political spectrum — that’s where the votes are,” said Anna Esselment, an associate professor of political science at the University of Waterloo. “What Mike Harris wanted was to ensure that they won, and Harper knew that they were not going to win the election if they were perceived as being branded as the scary hidden agenda.”McVety said the Ontario leadership candidates could also be making promises to social conservatives they will renege on later.“You’re always worried about that,” he said. “But then you have to look at the promises and the character of the people making the promises.”Among other things, Ontario’s three-year-old sex-ed curriculum has modules on same-sex relationships for Grade 3 students, lessons on masturbation for Grade 6ers, while anal sex is discussed in Grade 7 as part of a broader approach to avoiding sexually transmitted infections.In Thursday’s televised debate, Granic Allen, 37, slammed Brown’s past flip-flop on “radical sex ed,” repeatedly raising the spectre of “anal sex in the classroom” as she attempted to set herself apart from her leadership rivals, including former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford and lawyer Caroline Mulroney.“Where were these candidates when (Liberal Premier) Kathleen Wynne was ramming through crazy policies to our province, for example, like her sex-ed agenda?” Granic Allen said. “I was out there in the trenches with the grassroots speaking out again and again on these issues.”In response to her loud denunciation of the curriculum, all three of her rivals at the debate sought to condemn it as well — although Mulroney said she wouldn’t scrap it if she were elected leader and became premier. Ford was clear he, too, would change the sex-education curriculum if he manages to find his way into the premier’s office.Brown expressed surprise at finding the sex-ed issue back on the party’s agenda.“Some of the debates that we’re devolving into are debates that I wish we’d already move on from,” Brown said late Thursday on Toronto radio station AM640. “The fact we’re talking about sex ed again and climate change — I thought that that page had been turned.”Granic Allen, a married mother of four, is president of the group Parents As First Educators. She also sits on the board of the Catholic Civil Rights League, an anti-abortion advocacy group, and has been a spokeswoman for Campaign Life Coalition. She describes herself as a businesswoman, writer, commentator, and “staunch defender of parental rights.”Nelson Wiseman, a professor of political science at the University of Toronto, said candidates like Granic Allen inevitably pull the debate to the right.“One should not underestimate (her) potential impact,” he said.On the other hand, Esselment said, Granic Allen’s impact is likely to be moderated when Tory members and the leadership candidates themselves look beyond the immediate race.“You’re not always going to win based on the ends of the spectrum,” Esselment said. “So, the other three candidates will be careful about being drawn too much one way or the other.”For the moment, however, social conservatives like McVety are rejoicing at having both Granic Allen and Ford as leadership contenders of a party they feel has long ignored them. We aren’t asking for much, McVety said.“We just want one thing, at least,” McVety said. “Something, give us a bone to chew on.”last_img read more

When the Queen dies what happens next

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, one day, sometime soon, the world will stop. The bells will ring and Buckingham Palace will make an announcement that hasn’t been made in almost 70 years: The Queen is Dead. And what happens then?There is already a strict protocol, rehearsed in the dead of night, for the hours and days following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. But beyond the royal family itself, the world will be shifting in many ways, with Commonwealth countries like Canada perhaps leading the way. Will calls for the abolishment of the monarchy gather renewed support? Will Canada write the Crown out of so many of its little-known-but-crucial processes? The monarchy and the world have changed so much since the last time it had a new royal at its head, and one day sometime soon the world will have to reconcile those two realities.GUEST: Patricia Treble, Maclean’s and WriteRoyalty.comAudio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_07032019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

Samsung to sell refurbished safetyrecalled Note 7 phones

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related (AFP) Samsung announced Monday it would sell some Note 7 smartphones that were recalled for safety reasons as refurbished devices, in an effort to manage its stockpile in an “environmentally friendly” manner.The South Korean giant, the world’s largest smartphone maker, said it would sell Note 7s as “refurbished phones or rental phones,” after consultations with regulators in various markets.Samsung recalled an estimated four million of the flagship smartphones over concerns that batteries could overheat and burst into flames.Authorities in the US and elsewhere banned the device from use on planes and even from being placed in checked luggage.After an investigation, Samsung in January blamed faulty batteries for the problem.Until now, Samsung’s plans were unclear for the recalled phones, which could pose environmental hazards if handled as waste.A Samsung statement said that the devices would be “recycled and processed in an environmentally friendly manner” with any salvageable components detached for reuse and metals extracted by companies specializing in recycling.“Regarding the Galaxy Note 7 devices as refurbished phones or rental phones, applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand,” the statement said. “The markets and release dates will be determined accordingly.”The activist group Greenpeace welcomed the move, saying it came in response to months of campaigning and protests addressing the environmental impact of the recall.“People around the world signed petitions, emailed Samsung’s CEO, demonstrated in cities around the world, and finally Samsung has listened,” said Jude Lee of Greenpeace East Asia.“This is major win for everyone that took action, and a step towards shifting the way we produce and dispose of electronics.”But Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research said the decision “feels like a huge misstep” for Samsung as it readies a launch of its latest flagship handset this week.“While the desire to minimise the environmental impact is admirable, and Samsung would no doubt benefit financially from refurbishing the phones, it would have been better off simply doing what it originally said it would and abandoning the line entirely and merely recouping parts,” Dawson said in a blog post.Greenpeace said it would press Samsung for a detailed timeline on its efforts and step up its campaign to get other manufacturers to boost recycling and improve the handling of hazardous smartphone waste. read more

Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard for Mac now available

first_imgLate last year, Logitech offered a way for Windows users to green up (and de-tangle) their desktops with its Wireless Solar Keyboard. In addition to doing away with the troublesome AA or AAA batteries you’d typically find in a wireless keyboard, the Solar also keeps things environmentally friendly thanks to its PVC-free construction and 100% recyclable box. Now, nearly a year later, the company has finally released its OS X-customized cousin: the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac.Like its Windows cousin, the Mac version can store up enough charge to run for three months in total darkness. Though that’s more than enough juice to keep you going through your unlit, late-night gaming sessions, Logitech also provides the desktop Solar App to let you see just how much light your keyboard’s panels are drinking in. It’ll also chime in when power levels get critically low so that you can give your keyboard a quick, revitalizing solar soak. The app will even teach you how to keep your keyboard’s power reserves at optimum levels.The K750 for Mac remains every bit as portable as the original at just 1/3″ thick, and it’s available in five color options: black, silver/white and white with green, blue, or pink. Logitech’s crafty Unifying receiver provides the connection to your Mac and provides support for up to 5 additional devices.The original K750 currently sells for around $60, so you can expect to find the Mac version popping up on retail shelves soon at a similar price.More at Logitechlast_img read more

Google Translate website now supports handwriting

first_imgGoogle Translate, which has successfully swept away its predecessors and competitors to become the standard in online translation, has a new feature: handwriting translation. It’s a feature that’s actually been available on their Android app for almost two years, but finally it’s coming to the website version as well.Distinct from the translator in Google Goggles, which can be foiled by everything from distance to fancy fonts, this lets you turn written characters into digital with remarkable speed.The idea is only really necessary for languages with non-Latin characters that can’t be accessed through a standard keyboard. The feature currently supports 45 languages, most importantly the Asian languages, but it could be useful for other languages if you simply must see the meaning of a particularly arcane accented letter.Select, for instance, Chinese as your starting language. At the bottom left of the input box will be a drop-down menu containing a number of options. Choose “Chinese – Handwrite” to bring up the whiteboard and get started.Geek in Chinese. I think.Each time you draw a line on the whiteboard, Google’s parsimony algorithm suggests the character it thinks you’re most likely attempting to draw. Often you only have to draw half of a symbol to see it suggested, and a single click will add it to your message for translation. However, if you want to draw every stroke you can also draw out multiple symbols in a single whiteboard frame and add them as a group. At that point, though, you’re increasing your chances of a problem in guessing. Since there’s currently no way to erase as single line, only the whole whiteboard, it’s better to draw out each character individually.If you’ve got a flyer and want to know what it’s advertising, or a ticket and want to know its details, this could be an absolute life-saver. The smartphone app will likely be more useful when walking the streets of a foreign country, where you’re unlikely to have WiFi access or the will to pull out your laptop. However, this adds versatility to Google Translate and removes unnecessary divergence in function between the app and its web-based parent.last_img read more

Matias One Keyboard un clavier pour les contrôler tous

first_imgMatias One Keyboard, un clavier pour les contrôler tousLe One Keyboard est un clavier sans fil pour… ordinateur, iPhone et iPad ! Il suffit de la pression d’une touche pour que le clavier bascule d’un appareil à l’autre.Pour ceux qui rédigent toute la journée, un vrai clavier complet est absolument indispensable. Même un mail un peu long est pénible à rédiger sur un clavier tactile. Mais il n’est pas non plus très plaisant d’avoir un clavier dédié à l’iPad ou iPhone qui traine chez soi. Le fabricant Matias propose donc ce clavier, à la fois iPad/iPhone et ordinateur. Le clavier est branché en USB au pc ou au Mac, et un dock intégré peut accueillir un iPhone ou iPod. Il ne s’agit que d’un endroit où poser l’appareil, car la connexion est en fait Bluetooth. Pour le reste, il s’agit d’un clavier très classique, avec trois ports USB intégrés (pour les clefs USB par exemple). Il vient en trois versions : le One Keyboard a des interrupteurs (c’est-à-dire le mécanisme des touches) en dôme, ce qui est bon, mais pas parfait, tandis que le Tactile One Keyboard a des interrupteurs mécaniques. Ce sont des mécanismes Alps, assez connus pour leur qualité, qui offrent une course longue et agrémentée d’un clic distinctif. C’est un grand plus pour ceux qui tapent beaucoup, dans la mesure où cela permet moins de fatigue et plus de vitesse. À lire aussiLe baladeur : du walkman au MP3… 30 ans d’évolutionIl existe aussi une version nommée Slim One Keyboard, avec des touches de types pc portable (interrupteurs dits en saucisson), c’est-à-dire extrêmement plates, comme sur les claviers macs actuels. Ce dernier est plus petit, sans pavé numérique et sans dock pour poser l’iPhone. Il sera sans doute plus portable, mais puisqu’il est toujours USB et requiert un PC, on n’en voit pas forcément l’utilité.Autre souci : ils n’existent pour l’instant qu’en qwerty. Même si Matias invite les clients intéressés par d’autres versions à se manifester… Enfin, malheureusement, comme tous les claviers qui sortent un peu du lot, ces appareils coutent cher : comptez 100 $ pour le One Keyboard (78 euros), 200 pour le Tactile One (157 euros), et 80 pour le Slim One (environ 63 euros).Le 17 janvier 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Srisailam to produce 715 MU power

first_imgAmaravati: The energy department is planning to generate 715 MU (million units) of power this year from Srisailam dam which could be the highest in recent years. The hydel power generation could also be started from Nagarjunasagar also soon. They hydel power, which is available at Rs 1.6 per unit, will be useful to discoms (power distribution companies) in reducing costs. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us The officials of the energy department conducted a review meeting on Sunday on the hydropower generation possibilities in view of good inflows into reservoirs in Andhra Pradesh. Minister for energy Balineni Srinivasa Reddy held a teleconference with energy department officials over the impact of massive inflows into Srisailam project. He asked them to take steps for the generation of hydropower at cost-effective rates and maintain quality of power supply to the consumers. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us In view of the massive inflows to Srisailam, secretary for energy department Srikant Nagulapalli emphasised the need for preparing a revised action plan to meet the peak demand in kharif season. The overall power demand was recorded as 162 MU on Sunday as against the demand of 148 MU during the first week of August, he said. APGenco managing director B Sreedhar informed the minister that the Srisailam right bank power plant can generate 165 million units for the next 10 days at the rate of 16.5 MU per day given the inflows into the reservoir. Advertise With Us If the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) allocates 100 tmc ft to AP, the Genco would generate around 550 MU of hydel power. With this, the total hydel power generation from Srisailam can possibly aggregate to 715 MU at a cost of Rs 114.4 crore only (Rs 1.6 per unit) whereas the generation cost of thermal power for the same quantity will be Rs 329 crore at Rs 4.6 per unit. The expected to save with hydropower will be around Rs 215 crore. The Nagarjunasagar tail-pond powerplant with a capacity of 50 megawatt has already started to generate 1 MU a day. In addition, APGenco is expected to generate 3 MU per day through Nagarjunasagar right canal powerhouse (90 mw capacity) within a few days taking the total to 28 MU per day for some days, he said. Several officials were also present in the teleconference.last_img read more

SDCC 2019 Arnold Schwarzenegger on Why Hes Addicted to Terminator

first_imgStay on target ‘Death Saves’ D&D Streetwear: Interview With Designer D…Wesley Snipes Says ‘It’s All Good’ With Marvel Studios’ ‘Blade’ Reboot Film Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning for Terminator: Dark Fate and he is excited for his upcoming role in the new film.At a San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) panel on Thursday, Schwarzenegger discussed how the Terminator franchise was “life-changing” and gave fans a small preview of his reunion with Linda Hamilton, the actress who plays Sarah Connor in Terminator: Dark Fate, Entertainment Weekly reported.“Of course I need to come back, I’m addicted to Terminator,” Schwarzenegger explained at the panel. “Terminator was the movie that really launched my action movie career…From that moment on, everything has changed in my life.”Fans weren’t sure how Schwarzenegger’s character, T-800, would fit into director Tim Miller’s storyline, however, new footage shown at the SDCC panel teased some key details.Arnold Schwarzenegger was constantly quoting himself on the set of #TerminatorDarkFate and yells “Get to the Chopper!” for #SDCC fans https://t.co/vEsaEM2p1v pic.twitter.com/3lzE5TeqU6— Variety (@Variety) July 18, 2019In the footage, Dani (Natalia Reyes), Grace (Mackenzie Davis), and Sarah (Hamilton), arrive at a cabin where Sarah suddenly finds the Terminator, who was once supposed to end her life. Now, the Terminator is going by the name of “Carl,” and Sarah tells him, “I’m never going to f—ing call you Carl.” Sarah makes a promise to kill him. He replies, “Understood.”Schwarzenegger also added that he couldn’t wait for Terminator: Dark Fate to hit theaters, considering it’s been a while since him and Hamilton were on the big screen together, SYFY Wire noted.“I feel very indebted to Jim Cameron to creating this character and movies. And I’m so happy that he’s part of this one again,” he added. “And that he and Linda came back…I think that you will all be surprised with this movie because it has come out unbelievable. I was blown away by it when I first saw it.”Terminator: Dark Fate hits theaters on Nov. 1.More on Geek.com:‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Trailer Teases a New Judgement Day‘It Chapter Two’ Final Trailer Teases Pennywise’s Return at SDCC 2019 ‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners Are Not Coming to SDCC 2019last_img read more

Young turks for peace

first_imgThe programme is again making a difference with the visit of 50 delegates including 30 students of 15 schools from Lahore, Karanchi, Rawalpindi and Islamabad. With an aim to strengthen the relation, spread peace and friendship between the two nations, the Indo-Pak students along with Pakistan delegates were invited by Hon’ble High Commissioner, Pakistan High Commission Abdul Basit.Indian students from Dev Samaj School and Okhla, DPS shushantlok Gurgaon welcomed students from Pakistan who came from Lahore, Karanchi, Rawalpindi and Islamabad and they showcased greetings, letters, collage and video at Pakistan High commission in the presence of HC Abdul Basit, Rakesh Gupta, founder R2R and Tina Vachani, co-founder R2R. Pakistani students also shared their experience in India along with their Indian friends. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’High Commissioner, Pakistan High Commission Abdul Basit said, “The youth of both countries is the hope of the region, their courage, curiosity and spontaneity will surely bring a change. Young people on both sides are aware how important peace between India and Pakistan is to realise our potential. I am confident they are ready to work together to achieve the shared objective of peace and prosperity.” The event will see students from both the nations sharing their culture, lifestyle, familial tradition and even the ways in which they carry out conversation! “This excellent learning opportunity typically leaves students with better understanding of people and their lifestyle,” says Rakesh Gupta, Founder, Routes2Roots. He adds further, “The programme Exchange for Change has brought about visible change in the perception of the young participants from both the countries. And, not to mention, these students will be the leaders of tomorrow, so it is actually a positive step towards a peaceful future.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSwaleha Alam Shehzada, Citizen Archives of Pakistan, said, “Crossing over with Pakistani students and teachers through the historic gates of Wagah – Attari is always a special moment for the EFC participants. It brings us one step closer to our friends across the border, one step closer to appreciating each other and a final step towards a lasting commitment of friendship.”In order to spread happiness and peace, both the organisations have been working together to host many cultural activities in India and Pakistan. Sharing her experience for such initiative, Paayal Ramesh, student, Dawood Public School, Karachi says, “The two years of Exchange for Change have been wonderful. This has helped me polish my aim of making friends from Pakistan and India. It is actually like a long-lasting experience which I can’t describe in words.” With an opportunity to meet students from different parts of Pakistan, Adeeba, class 8th, student, Dev Samaj School shares, “Of course this is going to be a lifetime moment. Apart from fun and interesting sessions, it will be incredible to exchange thoughts and learn new things from them, even though it’s for a short span.” With an objective to spread peace and prosperity in India and Pakistan, Routes 2 Roots and The Citizens Archive of Pakistan have opted the future generations of both the nations. The initiative has been praised and endorsed by parents from both the countries.last_img read more

Flight attendant gets fired after saying yes to inflight wedding proposal

first_img SHANGHAI — Love is officially dead, and an airline may be to blame.As reported on inc.com, a Chinese Eastern Airlines flight attendant, 26-year-old Jiao, was given the surprise of her life last May when her boyfriend of four years proposed to her onboard a flight from Xi’an to Yichuan. Captured on video, the young man is seen on bended knee in the middle of the aisle, holding out a diamond ring.Jiao, obviously, said yes. Cue the applause and the tears. And then the boyfriend – now fiancé – adorably bowed toward the cabin before awkwardly embracing and kissing his beloved.Sweet, right? And super romantic. Only China Eastern Airlines doesn’t think so.Asia One has reported that Jiao was recently fired by the airline, which considered the whole proposal irresponsible behaviour and a security threat to all those onboard.Reactions in China have been mixed, with some defending Jiao (after all, how could she have known in advance of the proposal?), while others saying her boyfriend should’ve waited until the plane landed and kept their personal relationship on private mode.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongWhat do you think? Is there no place for love while in the air? Share Friday, September 14, 2018 Flight attendant gets fired after saying ‘yes’ to in-flight wedding proposal Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Tags: China Eastern Airlines, Romance & Weddings << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Libertarian lawmaker Otto Guevara files criminal complaint against port authority officials for

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Longshoremen suspend strike to protect paychecks Costa Rica’s Labor Ministry suspends talks with unions over port project after president’s picture burned UPDATE: Atlantic ports paralyzed after dockworkers go on ‘indefinite’ strike Hurting the bottom line: Delays from dock strike have impact on business More than 1,500 dockworkers affiliated with the union SINTRAJAPwent on strike for 16 days, yet the Atlantic Port Authority’s (JAPDEVA) board of directors on Wednesday voted to pay them full wages for their time away from the job. In response, the Libertarian Movement Party’s top lawmaker, Otto Guevara, on Thursday filed a criminal complaint alleging embezzlement against JAPDEVA’s Executive President Anne McKinley and other top officials at the agency.Guevara said the criminal lawsuit includes charges of alleged embezzlement, dereliction of duty and violation of the principle of legality.“Their decision constitutes a misuse of public funds, and they should be prosecuted. Whatever arguments they cited are irrelevant,” Guevara said on Thursday morning. The lawmaker and former presidential candidate said he would personally deliver the complaint to the Prosecutor’s Office at 3:30 p.m.JAPDEVA board members on Wednesday argued that because the strike had not yet been ruled illegal, it was inappropriate to take disciplinary action against employees.“The legality or illegality of the strike should only be considered for the purpose of firing employees without employer liability. The situation here is a decision about whether to pay public workers who failed to report for the job,” Guevara said.A court in the Caribbean port city of Limón declared the strike illegal last week, but SINTRAJAP has appealed that ruling. Government officials said it would be inappropriate to take disciplinary action before a ruling on that appeal.Government officials and SINTRAJAP leaders on Wednesday reached an agreement to end the strike thanks to mediation by the new ombudswoman, Montserrat Solano. Among the conditions for ending the strike, the two sides agreed there would be no sanctions against striking workers except those involved in acts of violence and vandalism.Related: Barely 2 weeks into her term, Costa Rica’s new ombudswoman has resolved half of the office’s pending casesGuevara said that agreements by public officials can’t violate the country’s laws.“All citizens are equal before the law. There are no excuses to pay employees for days they refused to work,” he said.SINTRAJAP leader José Luis Castillo told the news site AmeliaRueda.com that the union regretted the lawmaker’s decision and called Guevara’s statements “unfortunate.” The statements “will only exacerbate the situation,” he said.On his Facebook profile Guevara asked his followers if they supported the government’s decision to pay full salaries to employees who did not work during the strike.last_img read more

40 Spanish rescuers helping injured climber in deep cave

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The difference between men and women when it comes to pain MADRID (AP) — Emergency services in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia say they have deployed 40 rescue experts to extricate an injured caver from deep underground.A phone call Saturday alerted firefighters to the emergency inside the Cuberes cave in the municipality of Conca de Dalt. Preliminary information from the call indicated a caver had fallen six meters (20 feet) in an area about a three-hour hike from the cave entrance. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img A team including 19 rescue specialists, a doctor and nurse, seven underground climbers from the Catalan Speleology Federation and 12 police have been flown to the cave.Another emergency medical group arrived Sunday to wait for the rescuers to surface with the injured caver and the three other cave climbers who had been with him.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Virginia Haddon expe

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Virginia Haddon experiences the behind-the-scenes action of Malaysia Airlines, in light of a recent brand overhaul. Over the last 12 months Malaysia Airlines (MH) has been undergoing a major overhaul in line with a 12 point plan covering such critical items as fiscally viable and a complete shakeup with the airline’s executives. The recently appointed CEO, Christoff Mueller, was willing to confront the elephant in the room with refreshing honesty at a meeting last week where he answered all questions put to him and explained the rationale behind the changes.  “Changing a culture is a challenge. We’ve had a hierarchical structure which tends to slow change down,” said Mueller. “However we are currently streamlining processes.”Christoff MuellerOn 1 September 2015 MAS became a new legal entity: Malaysia Airlines Berhad – MAB, with 13,000 staff. Although the aircraft currently looks the same, it will have a branding ‘refresh’ – according to Mueller. Details of the extent of this refresh are to be announced in six to eight weeks. Mueller and his new team want seamless transitions and ‘kerbside to kerbside’ experiences to be improved. There will be new aircraft seats; renewed lounges and better connections between flights. Things like on-time flights and bag handling speeds are on Mueller’s hit-list however he feels most of the hiccups are in Kuala Lumpur and will be able to rectify these issues quickly.According to Mueller the challenge is to ensure the entire staff is motivated and engaged, especially those on the front line, with these major changes to guarantee the new culture filters through the entire company.  Although MAB does not have a union, as his first priority Mueller instituted staff representation, ensuring they have a voice in the remodelling of the airline and to instil confidence in the workforce.To catch a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes activities of any major operation is enlightening but this is especially so of an airline and one wishing to reinvent itself such as Malaysia Airlines. To see the scale is mind-boggling; to experience, even just for a moment, the depth of training undertaken by the staff, the seriousness taken in its safety and the dedication to on board quality and service is impressive.At Brahims Airline Catering, partially owned by Malaysia Airlines, action rarely stops and the numbers are massive. It’s arguably the largest Halal kitchen in the world; the preparation area alone is the equivalent of two football fields. Within this there are various cold and hot kitchens, a bakery, a patisserie, plating up areas and refrigerators and blast chillers on major industrial scale, which is to be expected when producing thousands of meals per day.Imagine cutting two and a half tonnes of fish; three to four tonnes of chicken, 300-600 kilograms of lamb and beef and three to four tonnes of fruit into a very specific portion size…personally, not by machine…in just one day. What about cooking a 123 kilograms of Massaman curry? And this is just for the flights leaving Kuala Lumpur. The only exception is the satay, offered to every business and first class MH passenger, and prepared only in Kuala Lumpur for every MH flight globally.  There are usually six to eight workers threading 16,000 to 20,000 lamb, beef and chicken skewers per day.  Yes! per day. Each worker averages 3,000 skewers per person per day.  The satay sticks are then cooked in the traditional way over hot coals and served on board with the spicy peanut sauce. This personal favourite has won MH the coveted Skytrax Signature Dish award numerous times.As with all major airlines safety is paramount at Malaysia Airlines. The in-house training for MH flight attendants is one of the most comprehensive in the industry at 63 days tuition for just one aircraft type – although this will be changing to 75 days for two aircraft in the future – with at least 19 days dedicated safety. Attendants must gain a pass mark of over 90 per cent in the safety category and can only re-sit the examination once if they are to fly with MH. Each attendant must update their safety training every year and is restricted to working on a maximum of three aircraft types in the fleet. Only one day is on grooming and deportment. Five days focuses on first aid from the straight forward to the potentially fatal: medical emergencies like asthma, epilepsy, heart attack, even childbirth – a baby girl was successfully delivered on board a flight in May this year; they are taught how to use defibrillators, and POCs (portable oxygen containers) and to perform CPR.Training is conducted in all levels of emergency from the simple to the worst case scenarios and major catastrophes and in all aspects of fire-fighting; signalling and survival equipment; the art of subduing of unruly passengers; rapid aircraft evacuation on land and sea with or without shoot or life raft; even ‘how to be tough’ with passengers so they will react in the correct and speedy way in an emergency. You definitely don’t want the first passenger jumping on the evacuation chute with heels as it will puncture the shoot and no one else will be able slide down.  (Hint: always wear flat shoes and always keep them on during a flight as its likely you won’t be able to find them in an emergency and you will sustain friction burns sliding down a chute.)Standing at the top of an evacuation chute on a 747 is scary without an emergency situation but jumping down it is exhilarating when it’s not one.  Serving the meal and drinks from the trolley is more complicated than expected.  Following a cabin crew in retraining was illuminating. The experience was indicative of the thorough ‘refresh’ Mueller and his band of executives are instituting at Malaysia Airlines Berhad.Final Hint: Recommend your traveller take the KLIA Ekspres rail journey between KLIA and KLIA2 to downtown KL.  It takes only 28 minutes compared to at least one hour by road.  There’s even free Wi-Fi and if heading home they can check in for their flight at the Central terminal.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Arrest after cocaine found in car

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