Backlash Against Donald Trump Takes a Toll on Ivanka Brand

Toronto – Ivanka Trump’s brand is taking a hit, because of  the visceral backlash her father’s Presidency is causing, especially among women. Demonstrations against Trump have spawned the creation of the #GrabYourWallet campaign and it’s creeping north into Canada,according to the CBC.Controversy has dogged Donald Trump, after his inauguration as President of the United States. Protest after protest has followed revelation upon revelation of sexual harassment and boasts of groping women with impunity. The Ivanka Trump brand is definitely suffering serious collateral damage as a result.According to the CBC report, one San Francisco woman decided she’d seen enough and had to act. Shannon Coulter, a marketing expert, founded the #GrabYourWallet boycott last October, as a way to bite back. The name, of course, is a defiant reference to the infamous quote made by Trump some months ago, about grabbing a particular part of a woman’s anatomy. Coulter found herself amazed at the deeply felt reactions shared by women who shared their experiences upon Ivanka Trump merchandise in their favorite department stores. “The responses are visceral. I’ve actually been keeping a collection of the physical responses people are describing to encountering her products… and a lot of them are physical: the word recoil is used quite a bit. Flinching. Running in the other direction. Feeling as though they’d just touched fire in fact, or spiders.”Like the protests that followed Trump’s inauguration, the #GrabYourWallet campaign has also gravitated north, crossing the US-Canada border. Canadian companies such as Hudson’s Bay are getting enormous pressure from savvy consumers to drop the Ivanka Trump product line. It makes sense to John Pylypczak, president of Concrete Design Communications, who says consumers are more knowledgeable now than ever. They know where their products are produced and how they’re made.“This plays into all the brands, but especially in Ivanka Trump’s brand,” he said. (when we have a quote we put period and we start a new sentence.) “So much of her brand is tied into her name and her name is so much tied into the personality of her father. That is a challenge, especially with what he is becoming known to stand for. Her [brand identity of] ‘women who work’- that seems at odds with how her father perceives women” he added.Last week Nordstrom made a formal move to terminate their business dealings with the Ivanka brand, prompting a very personal reaction from the President. Senior advisor, Kellyanne Conway, found herself in hot water and possible legal territory for openly encouraging the public to buy Ivanka products during a live interview on national television.As for Canadian reaction to the whirlwind, Susie Erjavec Parker, Canadian consumer and marketing strategist, saw the #GrabYourWallet campaign and felt inspired. “As Canadians, we can’t vote in the election, but I can vote with my wallet and I can decide not to purchase products that have the Trump name or brand on them, ” she said.The three major Canadian stores carrying the Ivanka Trump line are Hudson’s Bay, Nordstrom and Winners. Out of the  three only Nordstrom, responded to the CBC’s request for comment. “We have heard feedback from some customers. Right now, we don’t have plans to stop carrying the brand,” said Emily Sterken, Nordstrom spokesperson.Protestors and the #GrabYourWallet campaign aren’t going away any time soon. According to founder Shannon Coulter, “It’s heartening to see women flexing their consumer power.” read more

UN World Court orders United States to stay executions of Mexican nationals

16 July 2008The principal judicial organ of the United Nations today ordered the United States to delay the executions of five Mexican nationals on death row in its prisons until the court issues a final ruling on the matter. In a seven to five vote, judges sitting on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) said the US must “take all measures necessary” to ensure that the five men are not executed before the final ruling, unless and until their cases are reviewed and reconsidered in line with a 2004 ruling on the same issue by the ICJ. The court found then that the US had been in breach of its international obligations because authorities did not inform 51 Mexican nationals of their right to contact their consular representatives “without delay” after being arrested. The ICJ, also known as the World Court, found the US had breached several obligations contained in the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, and said the US should review and reconsider the convictions and sentences. Mexico applied to the court last month for a stay in the executions of five of the 51 nationals. One man, José Ernesto Medellín Rojas, is scheduled to be executed in Texas on 5 August. Four others – César Roberto Fierro Reyna, Rubén Ramirez Cárdenas, Humberto Leal García and Roberto Moreno Ramos – could soon receive execution dates. Mexico said requests by the men for review and reconsideration of their cases have repeatedly been denied. The ICJ also ruled, by 11 votes to one, that the US shall inform the court of the measures it is taking to implement today’s order. The World Court’s judgments are binding and cannot be appealed. read more

Adidas Greg Thomsen talks outdoors

NEW YORK — When 40-year outdoor industry veteran Greg Thomsen launched Adidas’s U.S. outdoors business back in 2010, he faced some big challenges.The outdoors market was overcrowded, and retailers were skeptical of the German company’s youthful, brightly colored designs that contrasted with the muted tones then offered by rivals. Its European tight fit also stood out. But Thomsen, whose diverse experiences include roles as entrepreneur, product designer and marketer, had to prove the outdoors division wasn’t just a flash in the pan. He first concentrated on selling to specialty outdoor merchants to gain authenticity before branching out to big chains. Other suppliers later adopted bright colours. And Adidas tweaked the fit for the U.S. customer to make it more forgiving. Now the products, including shoes and clothing, are in more than 800 outdoor specialty and sporting goods retailers. Thomsen declined to comment on specific sales but in the last few years, Adidas Outdoor has had a compounded growth of more than 25%.In January, Adidas Global confirmed that the management of the Adidas Outdoor business will move in-house and operations will move from Los Angeles to the division headquarters in Portland, Oregon by Dec. 31, 2020. Thomsen, chief outdoor officer of the division, says he plans to focus on making the transition as smooth and organized as possible.The Associated Press recently spoke with Thomsen about the highly competitive outdoor market and other new challenges. The conversation has been edited for clarity and length.Q. Can you describe the scene when you first launched Adidas Outdoor in 2010?A. At the time, no camping, footwear, apparel company had ever been able to break into the outdoor industry even though many have tried, including Adidas in the past. And what we found was the market was rather saturated with really good brands that had been around for 30 or 40 years. And all the retailers had all the space covered with the products that they were currently selling. So for us to break in, we actually had to take space away from existing brands, which is very difficult to do. The initial reaction was very skeptical. It was just a long hard discussion to prove that we weren’t going anywhere. That took about five years. Then it started to really take off because the product is really good.Q. What are some of the trends in outdoors?A. The blending of classic performance outdoor design with a new generation, streetwise details and sensibilities. In footwear, a good example of next generation design is the Free Hiker — a hiking boot that uses the newest technical performance materials and constructions that is equally suited for a backcountry trail or a fashion-forward city street scene.Q. What about the trend of getting back to nature?A. Similar to the rise of backpacking and adventure travel in the 1970s, the growth in car camping, van life, glamping and cultural travel are all growing areas of activity. Experiences over possessions. A growth in storytelling and experience-sharing, with everything documented on Facebook or Instagram as a means of identifying (and being labeled) as an environmentally-minded, active outdoor enthusiast.At Adidas Outdoor, we see a rise in interest in long-distance hiking, indoor and outdoor rock climbing, mountain biking, trail running and viewing the outdoor experience as essential and beneficial to a healthy lifestyle.Q. What are some of the steps you’re taking to make outdoor activities like hiking more accessible?A. Adidas Outdoor is making a substantial investment in bringing indoor climbing walls to Boys & Girls Club facilities. This year, Adidas will begin to roll out the first of 10 facilities in association with One Climb, spearheaded by Adidas athlete Kevin Jorgeson. These climbing walls, along with their connection to a local climbing gym, will introduce the sport to a number of kids who have never dreamed of climbing before.Q. How has Adidas been impacted by higher tariffs on imports from China?A. The tariffs are relatively new and currently affect specific categories of outdoor products, like backpacks, and everyone is working hard to try and minimize the impact to the consumer. But if higher tariffs on a broader range of products are put in place, cost will have to rise to the consumer. Most of the outdoor products made are also dutiable products that U.S. Customs charges from around 10% to 38% duty on already. The tariffs are in addition to those costs. It is a big tax on the U.S. consumer._________Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

Crucial medical supplies airlifted to northeast Syria to meet desperate need

United Nations map of Syria, 2012. Click here to enlarge.,“The health system in all three governorates has been badly disrupted, and the situation is compounded by the high numbers of internally displaced people living in dire conditions in camps and settlements”, she underscored.The first shipment, on 8 January, contained 20 tonnes of essential medical provisions.Pockets of ISIL, or Da’esh terrorist fighters remain in north-east Syria, where the US has led a coalition of countries against the group, backed by Syrian Kurdish fighters, who control much of the territory there, in opposition to the Government, and opposed by Turkish authorities in Ankara. In recent days, suicide bombers have targeted US and Kurdish forces, in the wake of the US announcement that it has begun to withdraw troops from the north-east.Since March 2011, Syria has been in the throes of a conflict that has forced more than half of the population to leave their homes. According to the UN humanitarian wing, OCHA, an estimated five million Syrians have fled the country while more than six million others are internally displaced. The crisis has left more than 13 million people in need of assistance.Contributions from the Government of Norway, Government of Japan, UK Aid and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the airlifts. “Hundreds of thousands of Syrians in the northeast are in desperate need of health care services”, Elizabeth Hoff, WHO Representative in Syria said on Wednesday.Targeting the Al-Hasakeh governorate, the UN health agency provided more than 28 tonnes of life-saving medical supplies, equipment and vaccines, amounting to around 106,000 individual medical treatments. These include antibiotics, intravenous fluids, anti-asthma and chronic disease medicines.,Among other items, WHO also sent incubators, ventilators, electricity generators, haemodialysis machines for kidney treatment, defibrillators and anaesthesia equipment.To bolster childhood vaccination efforts, the airlift contained 140,000 vaccines against polio, tuberculosis, tetanus, hepatitis, and MMR vaccines for treating measles, mumps, and rubella.“In addition to strengthening hospitals and health care centres, we are focusing on supporting the vaccination of children in north-east Syria, where vaccination coverage rates remain critically low”, Ms. Hoff explained.The medical aid will be distributed to hospitals and primary health care centers in the three north-eastern governorates of Al-Hasakeh, Ar-Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zor.,UN Department of Field Support/Cartographic Section read more

Bouygues Telecom 159000 abonnés perdus avec larrivée de Free Mobile

first_imgBouygues Telecom : 159.000 abonnés perdus avec l’arrivée de Free MobileL’entrée fracassante de Free sur le marché de la téléphonie mobile a frappé de plein fouet ses concurrents. Alors qu’Orange a perdu 201.000 abonnés et SFR 200.000, Bouygues annonce compter depuis l’arrivée du quatrième opérateur 159.000 clients en moins.A la date du 15 février, et depuis l’arrivée de Free dans la téléphonie mobile, Bouygues Telecom a perdu quelque 159.000 abonnés, a annoncé, selon le Figaro, Martin Bouygues, le PDG de Bouygues. Parmi eux, 134.000 ont quitté l’opérateur pour rejoindre Free. À lire aussiiPhone 5 : temporairement indisponible chez Free mobileDes chiffres présentés en même temps que les résultats annuels du groupe, qui entend appliquer en 2012 un plan de rigueur de 300 millions d’euros pour sa branche télécoms, indique le site du quotidien. Un plan dont les effets ne seront pas ressentis avant 2013, et qui passera notamment par une évolution des offres et des modes de distribution de Bouygues Telecom.Le chiffre d’affaires des télécoms souffrira de la baisse programmée du prix des terminaisons d’appel comme de la transformation du marché depuis l’arrivé du quatrième opérateur, a souligné Bouygues. Le groupe table sur une chute de 10% de son chiffre d’affaires en 2012, et ce malgré la “poursuite de la croissance du haut débit fixe” a indiqué Bouygues. Martin Bouygues a toutefois promis de n’envisager “aucune réduction brutale des effectifs”. Évoquant “la régulation, la baisse de la terminaison d’appel, le coût des terminaux, la loi Chatel qui est une des plus protectrices pour le consommateur, et bien sur l’arrivée de Free Mobile”, il s’est dit très “attentif à l’évolution du marché”.Le 1 mars 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

7 Sneakers Your Favorite DC Superhero Would Wear

first_imgStay on target Timberland Announces SpongeBob SquarePants CollaborationHarry Potter x Vans Collection Unveils ‘Magical’ Footwear for Fans More on Superhero Movies Still Stuck in Development Hell8 Eco-Brands Reimagining Fashion’s Future5 Comics Kickstarters You Should Backcenter_img Superheroes are inherently theatrical and stylish. Captain America doesn’t fight evil in an American flag tee from Walmart. Green Lantern’s spandex is functionally useless but it looks cool, so we don’t ask questions as to why it gets kept around. Fashion, and sneakers especially, are how humans (super or not) elevate their aesthetic. There are so many bizarre shoes from brands like Nike, Adidas, and Reebok that look like they’re ripped from comic books and sci-fi movies. Why not seize the opportunity to channel our love for those stories and characters through the clothes we wear?More importantly though, who would wear what? Which superheroes would be brand loyalists? Which would prefer function over fashion? Could Peter Parker even afford a nice pair of sneaks? Never fear. We’ve got the answers.Jay Garrick: Nike Kyrie 4 ‘Uncle Drew’Photo Credit: NikeAdmittedly it’s a little hard to imagine the founding father of the Flash Family getting into sneaker culture. Nonetheless, we can’t help but notice more than a few parallels between Jay and Uncle Drew, the fictional basketball player played by real-life court superstar Kyrie Irving in a series of Pepsi ads and, against all odds, a pretty fun movie. Both are a bit old to be running in their respective fields of basketball and, uh, superheroics, but neither lets it stop them. Quite contrary, actually. They wear their seniority like badges of pride and ultimately it’s their decades of experience that make them so great at what they do. As such, while Jay probably wouldn’t lean too hard into a sneakerhead habit, we think he’d dig the Nike Kyrie 4 in the colorway produced for Uncle Drew.Buy it at DicksSportingGoods.comJason Todd: Supra JagatiPhoto Credit: SupraJason Todd is the DC Universe’s trash mid-00s Hot Topic boy and this is why we love him. There’s no better way to reflect this in his sneaker choice than by sticking him in shoes from a brand popular among skate rats — high-top Supras. They’re big, gaudy, and make a statement – and that statement is that Jason Todd is trash. We love you, Jason. We promise.Buy it at SupraFootwear.comSuperman: TimberlandsPhoto Credit: TimberlandClark Kent is, at the end of the day, a farm boy. No matter how long he’s lived in Metropolis there’s always going to be a part of him that draws him back to the Kent family farm, and while he’s there he’s going to get to work doing farm stuff. Cleaning barns and plowing fields, the whole nine yards. Why splurge on a pricey pair of sneakers if they’re just going to get beat to hell as soon as you get back to the farm? Given this, we like to think Clark would kick it in a pair of classic Timberlands, the always-badass boot that looks just as good in a well-assembled fit as it does in a white tee and jeans tossing around bales of hay.But it at Timberland.comHal Jordan: Nike LeBron 16Photo Credit: NikeThere’s no member of the DC Universe that screams “LeBron stan” quite like Hal Jordan. The greatest (well, depending on who you ask) Green Lantern of them all is absolutely a LeBron die-hard whose team loyalty has changed every time James has graced a new city with his presence. Hal is also the kind of LeBron fan who cops the latest of the King’s signature shoes the day they drop. By that measure, right now he’s rocking the fresh new LeBron 16. Designed by Jason Petrie, it’s a slick, lower-cut silhouette featuring material with the coolest name possible: Nike’s Battleknit 2.0 tech. While it’s not currently available in a Green Lantern-appropriate colorway, we’re sure this is what Hal’s sporting when he’s off-duty (he can totally get his Cheetah on in the King edition, though).Buy it at Nike.comBatman: Yeezy Suede Combat BootPhoto Credit: Yeezy SupplyBeing one of the coolest superheroes of all time AND a billionaire playboy philanthropist means Bruce Wayne can wear, well, whatever sneaker he wants. He’ll be able to pull it off. If we had to narrow it down though, we’d stick him in the Yeezy Suede Combat Boot. It’s a futuristic, fashion-heavy silhouette that happens to have heavy Batman vibes. Maybe it wouldn’t be the ideal off-duty shoe for Bruce (we can’t say this one would pair too well with a suit) but it’s the perfect on-duty shoe for the Dark Knight. It’s just as great for scaling rooftops as it is for fighting your way through Gotham’s meanest.Buy it at YeezySupply.comZatanna: Air Jordan 4 Patent LeatherPhoto Credit: Stadium GoodsAny time Zatanna hits the stage it’s a black tie affair and her kicks have to reflect that. There are plenty of black and white sneakers and plenty that play off of her outfit well, but none that do so in quite so stellar a fashion as the patent leather colorway of the Air Jordan 4. It’s a sleek design that isn’t too showy – wouldn’t want to distract from the show, after all — and will look great onstage, offstage, or in a dark alternate dimension fighting crime alongside John Constantine.Buy it at StadiumGoods.comBooster Gold: Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Triple WhitePhoto Credit: Stadium GoodsYou know how Steve Rogers’ bisexuality is an unspoken truth in comics? The same applies to Booster Gold being a hypebeast. Booster Gold is the hypebeastiest superhero ever created. There’s no way that dude isn’t online at 1 in the morning trying to snag the newest Yeezy drops before they sell out a minute after going up for sale. Part of Booster’s charm is consistent inability to do much of anything right though, so we’ve got a feeling he misses the window on those kicks pretty regularly. But with the recent Yeezy Boost 350 V2 seeking to make the shoes in higher quantities than ever in an effort to make them more accessible to less-than-lucky hypebeasts, Booster would be all set in a pair of these.Buy it at StadiumGoods.comlast_img read more

Monk Seal With Eel Stuck Up Its Nose Caught on Camera

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ All of the seals that researchers have encountered with eels in their noses were quickly caught by response teams and the eel gently and successfully removed. All the seals were released and haven’t shown any issues from the incidents.“The eels, however, did not make it,” the HMSRP said in their Facebook post.But how did eels get into the seals’ noses in the first place?Hawaiian monk seals forage by shoving their mouth and nose into the crevasses of coral reefs, under rocks, or into the sand, said NOAA Fisheries. “They are looking for prey that likes to hide, like eels. This may be a case of an eel that was cornered trying to defend itself or escape. Alternatively, the seal could have swallowed the eel and regurgitated it so that the eel came out the wrong way. We might not ever know.”More on Shows Off Dead Iguana Prey to Tourists at Florida Wildlife RefugeGorgeous Mandarin Ducks Makes a Splash on Social MediaHow Do Spiders Survive the Wintercenter_img Having a stressful week at work? At least you don’t have an eel stuck up in your nose.This past summer, researchers from the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program (HMSRP), part of NOAA Fisheries, spotted a seal with an eel hanging from its nostril in the French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.They posted the photo of the seal in the slippery situation to their Facebook page on Monday.Apparently, “eels in seals’ noses” is a phenomenon that has been observed before, according to the researchers, albeit only “three or four times.”“In the nearly 40 years that we have been working to monitor and protect endangered Hawaiian monk seals, we have only started seeing ‘eels in noses’ in the last few years,” NOAA Fisheries said in a blog post. “We don’t know if this is just some strange statistical anomaly or something we will see more of in the future.”last_img read more

Gordon Banks – Butland should quit Stoke City

first_imgEngland World Cup winner Gordon Banks has advised Jack Butland to leave Stoke City and join a Premier League team in order to further his international career.Following an impressive World Cup, Jordan Pickford will retain his spot as England number one goalkeeper and Butland will be hoping to be handed a chance as England face Spain at Wembley on Saturday.Stoke City got relegated last season but Butland decided to stay and help the club win promotion back to the Premier League.Gordon Banks, however, believes that lack of top-flight football would be detrimental to his international ambitions.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I’d love Jack to stay at Stoke for the long term, we all would, because he’s a really super goalkeeper, but he might need to leave for the sake of his England career, which is a shame for Stoke fans though it’s understandable,” said Banks, who is an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk campaign in Stoke.“I definitely think he’s good enough for England, but the facts are, at the moment, you really need to play top-division football to be in with a shout of the England team. It’s the way the world works.“For now, though, Jack has just got to put that to one side, to the back of his mind, and focus on doing the best he can, giving it everything, for club and country, and everything will fall into place.”last_img read more

London records highest ethnicity pay gap in Britain at 217 for 2018

first_imgLondon recorded the largest regional ethnicity pay gap in 2018, at 21.7%. This is compared to an ethnicity pay gap of 6.5% in favour of those in groups other than white British in the North East, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Ethnicity pay gaps in Great Britain: 2018, published on 9 July 2019, used data from the Annual population survey to analyse ethnicity pay gaps in the UK. The research defines an ethnicity pay gap as the difference between the average hourly earnings of white British and other ethnic groups as a proportion of the average hourly earnings of white British wages.The ONS used 10 ethnicity categories for the purposes of this research: white British, white other, mixed or multiple ethnic groups, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese, any other Asian, Black African, Caribbean or black British and other ethnic group.Across Britain, Pakistani and Bangladeshi staff have experienced the largest ethnicity pay gap when compared to white British employees. In 2018, Pakistani staff saw a 16.9% gap while Bangladeshi employees faced a 20.2% ethnicity pay gap.Black African, Caribbean or black British employees and those who identity as other or white other on average earned between 5% and 10% less than their white British counterparts between 2012 and 2018. The ethnicity pay gap against other Asian individuals was 4% in 2018.Frances O’Grady, general secretary at the Trades Union Congress (TUC), said: “The harsh reality is that even today, race still plays a real role in determining pay. This problem isn’t simply going to disappear over time. Ministers must take bold action to confront inequality and racism in the labour market. The obvious first step is to introduce mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting without delay.”However, the report also found that employees identifying themselves as Chinese, Indian or of mixed and multiple ethnic origin had a higher median hourly pay in 2018 than white British staff, earning an average of £15.75, £13.47 and £12.33 an hour, respectively. In comparison, white British employees received a median hourly wage of £12.03.The groups with the lowest median hourly pay in 2018 were Bangladeshi, with £9.60, and Pakistani, at £10.All ethnicity groups experienced an annual growth in pay of between 1.5% and 3.1%, but those identifying as Chinese saw an average annual rate increase of 5.3%.Employees defining themselves as Chinese or Indian have consistently earned more than white British staff since 2012; the ethnicity pay gap is 12% in favour of Indian individuals and 30.9% in favour of Chinese employees. In alignment with this, the two ethnic groups with the highest proportion of employees in the highest pay quartile are Chinese (41.3%) and Indian (36.3%).Women in the Bangladeshi ethnic group earned more, on average, than their male counterparts in 2018; this equates to a 10.5% pay gap in favour of Bangladeshi women. In comparison, black African, Caribbean or black British men earned more than women of the same group in 2018, with a pay gap of 3.3%. Chinese men, on the other hand, earned 19.1% more an hour than Chinese women for 2018, and Indian men similarly received 23.3% more pay an hour compared to Indian women.Jamie Mackenzie, director at Sodexo Engage, added: “It’s positive to see greater transparency on pay gaps in the workplace, ensuring that all forms of diversity, from gender to race, are recognised. However, there needs to be action behind these numbers. Revealing these pay gaps can end up desensitising businesses and prevent them from making any realistic change.“If there’s not encouragement to narrow pay gaps, improve recruitment and hiring processes or have more diversity on board level, showing the numbers will mean nothing. While the name and shame approach is all well and good, if businesses are not feeling the pressure to improve practices, then it will all be for nothing.”last_img read more

Maren Morris Cooks Up New Flavors On Girl

first_img Maren Morris Cooks Up New Flavors On ‘Girl’ maren-morris-cooks-new-flavors-girl News Facebook Twitter Morris talks vulnerability, discovering new sounds and combating trollsJason ScottGRAMMYs Mar 8, 2019 – 10:42 am It’s not easy to experience every milestone of your life in the spotlight. Country juggernaut Maren Morris hasn’t had it easy; since the 2016 release of her major label debut, Hero, she’s worn a target on her back for genre purists and hate-mongering trolls. She’s not afraid to speak her mind, even when costs (and tempers) boil over. But she’s kept her held high, her sparkling crown a little bit crooked, and that hasn’t been more evident than on her second record, Girl, which exposes startling cracks and dents to her psyche.The album pops open with this emotional confession: “Man, this sh*t’s unflatterin’, all up in my head again.” The titular cut sees Morris writhing around in her insecurities, almost drawing them into herself to find peace, and she does, eventually, come to grips with reality and learns to accept every tattered edge of herself. It’s a long, winding journey, of course, and she digs her heels in on other such standouts as “A Song for Everything” and “Common,” a pairing with Brandi Carlile in which the two powerhouses process and cope with the world and their place within the raging firestorm.Husband and fellow musician Ryan Hurd emerges as a prominent muse for Morris, whose gaze locks with his for the second half of the record. The singer-songwriter has never been more evocative and honest as she has with songs like “Hell and Back,” a smokey stunner detailing past traumas and finding each other in the aftermath, and “Good Woman,” a handwritten promise to be better in the relationship. “I don’t scare you / And I guess that’s why you didn’t save me / You didn’t think I needed saving,” she observes on the former, a weepy shower of strings giving her wings.Front to back, Girl (co-produced by Morris, alongside Greg Kurstin and busbee on select tracks) is a confetti shower of ambition, tremendous heart and womanhood. Morris is firmly planted in the eye of lush productions that feel as much her usual self as a natural stylistic progression to her songcraft. She’s not only entering the second year of marriage to Hurd, but she’s riding high off a collection of GRAMMY nominations at the 2019 ceremony, including all-genre nods in Song and Record of the Year for her Zedd collaboration, “The Middle.”Girl is certainly a timely release, particularly in such a heated social and political climate when women continue to struggle to be heard at radio and on the festival circuit. “I think environmentally you just write what is around you or what you’re internalizing. When I started writing for this record, it was three and a half years ago. It was during the release of Hero that I was starting to write for this,” says Morris. “So, I’ve gone through a lot of things as a new artist that has been really impactful on my psyche and my heart. There were a lot of things I didn’t think I would get to accomplish so soon in my career.””While I’ve had success at country radio in a time when there’s been a pretty significant drought for women, it makes it all the more emphasized that there’s a lack of equality. I think as one of the few women who is getting played, I would like to stand up for me sisters and say, ‘Everyone deserves a seat at the table.’ In my own way, that’s where I was coming from when I made this album,” she says.Maren Morris spoke with The Recording Academy during her recent press tour about finding a new way in the world, diving into vulnerability, trolls, lessons learned in her 20s and much more.With Billboard, you mentioned how you felt braver on this album in exploring what you called “frightening vulnerability.” “Good Woman” is a great example of your grit and willingness to expose all parts of yourself. What provoked this song?I’ve been falling in love with Ryan for the last several years, but our marriage the last year has been incredibly inspiring to this project. Writing “Good Woman,” I just have never been in a love like this where I was OK to sit down and put words on paper that said, “Thank you for loving me, so in return, I’m going to love you the same way back.” I feel so accepted by him. His love is so loud.  A lot of times, I don’t know if I’ve always been the person to give that same amount. With this song, it’s a promise that I will try each and every day to give that love back.Love songs are so often cheesy or sticky sweet. But “Good Woman” feels very grounded and real to life.I know what you mean. If a love song is real, you don’t have to worry about it being cheesy or cliche. You always want to avoid that as a songwriter, but sometimes, just saying it like you say it to the person in-person is the best way to go about it. With all the love songs on this record, because there is such a bigger amount of them than there was on my first record, I wanted to touch on all the different facets of being in a healthy relationship this time around and do it in my own way that wasn’t too sentimental where you get lost. But it’s a very real kind of love being depicted.At what point did such vulnerability start to show up in your songwriting?I think just the exposure of being an artist in such a social media-driven world has made me feel very vulnerable in itself. Then, personally, my relationship with my husband has grown so much deeper in such a chaotic time in my life. So, really, you dive into the depths of my personal psyche (and his, as well) trying to deal with falling in love but feeling so exposed as artists in public. Really grappling with those terms has been a give and take over the years. Now, we’re in a sweet spot where we know how much of our relationship we want to share with the world and what is private just to us. I think we’ve hit a good balance.”While I’ve had success at country radio in a time when there’s been a pretty significant drought for women, it makes it all the more emphasized that there’s a lack of equality. I think as one of the few women who is getting played, I would like to stand up for me sisters and say, ‘Everyone deserves a seat at the table.’””Good Woman” is perfectly paired with closing track “Shade,” ending the album with a 1-2 sucker punch of emotion. They feel very triumphant, especially when you juxtapose them against the opener, “Girl.” What is that emotional journey for you leading into “Shade”?Staring the record with “Girl” is a really important move because it’s talking directly to myself and to the listener. It goes through the ebbs and flows of what it means to be a woman today and the insecurities of just being a person where we measure so much of our value on what other people are doing and how their lives are turning out. It felt like a really medicinal song to meet with that anxiety we currently all feel. Going through the journey of listening to the record, you get deeper into the elements that make me up.Ending with “Shade,” sonically, in the most simplest of terms, it just felt good. It’s so, almost Sgt. Pepper’s-esque with how weird it goes with the instrumentation. It felt like such a “hell yeah!” moment to end the album on. To be so self-reflective in “Girl” and then in “Shade” to be so partner-reflective, I loved ending there. It almost felt like…not closing the chapter but leaving a little crack for the next record and whatever happens next in my life. I can end there, but it’s an ellipses, not a period.You co-produced many of the standout songs on the record with busbee [Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum], including “Hell and Back” and “A Song for Everything.” What was your creative headspace and starting point of how you wanted to approach the production?Those two songs are the countrier songs of the album. When you have songs like that that are so lyric-driven, you don’t want to overproduce it. busbee is so great at finding the balance of making it sound like me, which is a little bit of everything, genre-wise, but also adding some air into the production, so you can actually hear the lyrics and be touched by them, hopefully. Production-wise, he has such a great ear when it comes to the L.A. and Nashville worlds. He’s always been able to blend the two so seamlessly and in a really edgy, cool way. That’s why I’ve always loved working with him.Then, on the other production end, this was my first time working with Greg Kurstin [Adele, Foo Fighters, Sia]. He’s obviously very renowned. I knew that going into it, but I didn’t really know what sound was going to come out. I love what he brought to the table. It was really inspiring to watch him work and create something out of nothing. He plays all the instruments on it. He really created a new sound that I hadn’t really touched on before. He’s never really worked with a country artist, and I’m a little left-of-center in those terms. I think it was a great fit with Greg. I’m excited for whatever we write next. He really took the music in such an interesting way. [Kurstin co-produced “Girl,” “Common” and “The Bones”]Strings are woven into the backbone of this album, making the music have a dream-like quality. How did that become a part of the process?We obviously had a little bit bigger of a budget for this record. [Laughs.] And I have always loved really orchestral elements to albums when the time calls for it. You don’t want to throw strings on everything. I thought we were really sparing with our use of strings. It was a really tasteful way of incorporating a heavenly sounding instrument. It was another shade of the sound evolving and really elevates it all, as well. I have a new guy [Matt Butler] in the band who plays cello. I love adding elements like that that aren’t expected in a country or pop setting. It’s a really beautiful, valuable element to add to a recording.The first half of the album digs into your journey to self-acceptance. Now that you’re nearing the end of your 20s, what things have been the hardest to accept of yourself?I’m pretty stubborn. I don’t know if that is from being a Texan or having been an artist for so long. I’ve learned that I’m not always right. Even though I’m very strong in my convictions, it doesn’t mean I can’t allow someone else’s opinion to meet mine and change my mind. I’ve learned how to have a little more creativity-relinquishing when I’m around really talented people. [Laughs.]I’ve also learned that it’s OK to have an opinion and not always share it. I feel like I’ve gotten a little bit of a rap, especially in Nashville, of being a really opinionated country artist. That is true. I have a lot of thoughts. I’ve learned you don’t need to share each and every single one. When it’s a big issue, you can just share it with your friends and family, and that’s OK. Then, when you’re really passionate about something and need to stand up for people or yourself, that is when you should speak up.Speaking of standing up, “Flavor” reads as an anthem against detractors, particularly on the bridge: “Won’t play the victim / Don’t fit that mold / I speak my peace / Don’t do what I’m told / Shut up and sing / Oh, hell no, I won’t.” What drove you to write this song?It was really being affected at the time by social media and trolls and people bashing an opinion I would have. People would threaten me with a career-end like the Dixie Chicks and that would happen to me if I kept opening my mouth. And I was so pissed off about that. It was such a cheap shot. The threat of being erased because you have an opinion just felt so unfair, so I wrote this song in the mindset of “shut up and sing / hell no, I won’t.” I’m not going to be talked down to or fit into the mold of what you assume I should be. This is my life, first and foremost. In a very sassy way, I wanted to say, “F U!” [Laughs.]Maren Morris: The Highway That Inspired “My Church”Read more Maren Morris Cooks Up New Flavors On ‘Girl’ Email last_img read more

End of Virat Kohli as RCB skipper Coach calls for structural changes

first_imgNew players were signed at the auctions, there was a new coach at the helm of affairs, there was Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers and there was plenty of excitement. But the story was similar for the Royal Challengers Bangalore – dumped out the league before the final week could commence and a season full of disappointments and frustrations.Over the last three editions of IPL, RCB have won only 13 games out of the available 43 and their coach Gary Kirsten believes that time has come for them to make fundamental changes to the setup. “There are some structural changes that need to be made and that have been around for quite a long time,” Kirsten said in Bengaluru on Friday. “This is my first year as the head coach, so I’ve got a better understanding of what those are. We’ll certainly discuss with our owners and look into that for next year.””It’s been a disappointing season” Kohli has not been able to get the best out of his players.Royal Challengers Bangalore InstagramSpeaking about the 2019 season, the South African said that he was quite encouraged with what he saw in the second half of the IPL where his side won four out of the seven games. But then he rues the shocking start to this year’s edition which cost them dearly.”It’s been a disappointing season. Obviously, we would have liked to have had better results. I’ve been very encouraged with the second half of the season since we only got two points in the first half. But we’ve won four of our last seven games, and one of them was a rained-out game. So that’s kind of back to the kind of consistency you need. We started to really get things going in the second half, but unfortunately, in IPL if you have a bad start you’re always going to be struggling,” he added.There seems to be a lack of direction in the RCB camp and the former India coach acknowledged the fact. He accepted that owing to poor results they had to keep chopping and changing players which never really helped. He spoke about how the successful sides have a settled core and there is continuity in the ranks. Virat KohliIANS”I think the most successful franchises in IPL have done that. We’re searching for that in RCB. While there might be some structural change next year, I’m hopeful and confident we’ll have some continuity in our players,” the RCB coach explained.Skipper Virat Kohli has harped on the fact that players need to enjoy themselves on the field. While Kirsten agrees, he also believes that, if things are not going for the side, the younger players feel the pinch. The reason being an extremely intense competition which the league witnesses and where the pressure is very high.last_img read more

UN rights boss deplores moves by India to deport Rohingyas

first_imgZeid Ra`ad Al Hussein UN High Commissioner for Human Rights attends a news conference in Geneva. Photo: ReutersThe top UN human rights official on Monday denounced Myanmar’s “brutal security operation” against Muslim Rohingyas in Rakhine state, saying it was disproportionate to insurgent attacks carried out last month.Communal tensions appeared to be rising across Myanmar on Monday after two weeks of violence in Rakhine state that have triggered an exodus of about 300,000 Rohingya Muslims, prompting the government to tighten security at Buddhist pagodas.Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council, said that more than 270,000 people had fled to Bangladesh, with more trapped on the border, amid reports of the burning of villages and extrajudicial killings.”We have received multiple reports and satellite imagery of security forces and local militia burning Rohingya villages, and consistent accounts of extrajudicial killings, including shooting fleeing civilians,” Zeid told the Geneva forum.He cited reports that Myanmar authorities had begun to lay landmines along the border with Bangladesh and would require returnees to provide “proof of citizenship”.Rohingya have been stripped of civil and political rights including citizenship rights for decades, he added.”I call on the government to end its current cruel military operation, with accountability for all violations that have occurred, and to reverse the pattern of severe and widespread discrimination against the Rohingya population,” Zeid said.”The situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”Last year Zeid’s office issued a report, based on interviews with Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh after a previous military assault, which he said on Monday had “suggested a widespread or systematic attack against the community, possibly amounting to crimes against humanity”.”I deplore current measures in India to deport Rohingyas at a time of such violence against them in their country,” Zeid said, noting that some 40,000 Rohingyas had settled in India, including 16,000 who have received refugee documentation.Noting India’s obligations under international law, he said: “India cannot carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations.”last_img

Proposed DDOT Traffic Fines Deemed Excessive Predatory

first_imgDistrict residents have long supported fines for breaking traffic rules, especially those that endanger children and pedestrians.  A new D.C. Department of Transportation series of traffic controls, introduced by Mayor Muriel Bowser under a plan for enforcing public safety, entitled Vision Zero, has citizens questioning the reasonability of the strategies, however.For instance, drivers in D.C. whose rates of speed are above the designated 15 miles per hour rate in school zones will received tickets of up to $1,000.While believed to force drivers into obeying laws and eliminating traffic fatalities, residents like Ward 6’s Johnathan Buggers said the amount of the fines is more likely to create greater issues than the actual infractions.“The District has become predatory in the way in which they manage fines – it is almost as if they are trying to punish beyond simply making drivers more aware,” Buggers said.  “In a city where new parking regulations are in force for the disappearing number of spaces, and tow trucks are sitting at the ready for the slightest infraction, it makes enforcement seem more like a money-making scheme than an effort to enforce the law.”In addition to rolling out 100 new cameras over the next two years, Bowser’s Vision Zero plan will increase the city’s automated enforcement, meaning less leeway for simple human error.Gabriel Snider said when the city employed more traffic wardens, rather than cameras, incidents could easily be waived away without receiving citations in the mail and having to go through a contestation process.  According to Snider, who lives in Ward 3, physical man hours used to enforce traffic rules would probably reduce the number of man hours needed to address adjudications later.“I was stuck out in the middle of the street when an ambulance came through a few months ago.  Once it passed I had no choice but to continue through the light or else be stuck in the middle of cross traffic.  When I received a ticket in the mail almost a month later, I was shocked,” said Snider.  “There was so much time and bureaucracy wasted on getting this ticket dismissed and it points to the problem of having too much automation doing the work of people.”The city currently operates 153 traffic cameras, including 97 speed, 42 red-light, seven stop sign, and seven oversize or weight cameras.last_img read more

This city is letting people try out selfdriving cars for free

first_imgIf you’re visiting Arlington, Texas, and have been itching to try out an autonomous vehicle, you’re in luck. Starting Friday, three self-driving cars (and eventually five) will be available to ride — for anyone, not just office workers, city officials, or a select group of “early riders.” Back in July, piloted the autonomous Nissan NV200 vans in Frisco, Texas. The Arlington deployment will be around for the next year.“This is a not a quick demonstration,” CEO Bijit Halder said in a phone call this week.If you’re interested, you can download the app or order a car from a kiosk at five pickup points. The cars are taking passengers along three routes that hit the Dallas Cowboys stadium, the Texas Rangers ballpark, the Arlington Convention Center, restaurant districts, and other venues. The cars aren’t entirely driverless — there’s a safety driver in the driver’s seat and a “chaperone” in the passenger seat. But they’re still recognizable as self-driving cars. CEO Halder called them “distinct.” They’re bright orange and blue, with a special city emblem on the side. “Self-driving cars should stand out and proclaim itself as a self-driving car,” Halder has three self-driving cars in its second Texas city.Human-robot interaction is a key component of’s vehicles. Digital panels on the car have images and words displayed to tell pedestrians, bicyclists, and others on the road what the car is going to do, such as stop for you to cross. They also inform people outside the car whether it’s in self-driving or manual mode.  Here’s what that looks like on the road.The year-long pilot will provide a trove of feedback about the self-driving experience, something Halder relishes.Back from the experience in Frisco, the autonomous vehicle company had thought riders would ask about safety. Instead many passengers asked about controlling the music that played during the ride. Halder took this as a promising sign. “If you’re bored, I’m happy,” he said. Try out a self-driving car for free in Arlington, Texas.By Sasha Lekach2018-10-19 23:33:02 UTClast_img read more

Combination Radiotherapy Beneficial in Treating Prostate Cancer

first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more March 27, 2018 — While there are many treatment options for men with prostate cancer, a recent national study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association compared the effectiveness of treatments for high-risk prostate cancer.Said Daniel Krauss, M.D., radiation oncologist and principal investigator at the Beaumont, Royal Oak research site, “Though retrospective, more than 1,800 very high-risk patients were relatively equally divided into treatment groups – primary surgery; external beam radiotherapy; and external beam with internal radiation (brachytherapy). Compared to other approaches, the combination of external beam and brachytherapy showed dramatic improvements in cancer mortality and metastatic disease rates – something radiation oncologists at Beaumont have suspected for some time.”Researchers found treating patients with a combination of external beam with brachytherapy resulted in a decline in metastatic cancer rates from 25 to 8 percent. Metastatic cancer is cancer that has spread to a body site remote from where it started. Cancer mortality rates decreased from 12 percent in patients treated with primary surgery or external radiation alone, to 3 percent in patients treated with the combination of external radiation plus brachytherapy.Brachytherapy is a form of radiation therapy that involves placing a radioactive source within the patient’s body at the site of the cancer. The radioactive source used to destroy the cancer is delivered by devices called implants.Brachytherapy may be performed in combination with external beam radiation therapy to help destroy the main mass of tumor cells for certain types of cancer.Krauss is a leading expert in treating prostate cancer with high-dose-rate brachytherapy. Depending on the type of prostate cancer, some patients can be treated entirely with two, or sometimes as little as one, minimally invasive brachytherapy treatment. He continues his research to further refine the treatment duration and establish an optimal treatment dose.For more information: www.jamanetwork.comReferenceKishan A.U., Cook R.R., Ciezki J.P., et al. “Radical Prostatectomy, External Beam Radiotherapy, or External Beam Radiotherapy With Brachytherapy Boost and Disease Progression and Mortality in Patients With Gleason Score 9-10 Prostate Cancer.” Journal of the American Medical Association, March 6, 2018. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.0587 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Prostate Cancer | March 27, 2018 Combination Radiotherapy Beneficial in Treating Prostate Cancer Study finds metastatic cancer rates and cancer mortality rates drop significantly when brachytherapy combined with external beam radiation therapy The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read morelast_img read more

Factors Shaping the Purchase Loans Market

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Share The share of purchase loans closed in September increased to 71 percent of total closed loans, according to data from Ellie Mae’s Origination Insight Report. The report indicated that closed refinance loans returned to their July average represented 29 percent of total closed loans.“We see refinances remain at a low percentage of aggregate closed loans and purchase inventory continues to be tight as we move into the fall,” said Jonathan Corr, President, and CEO of Ellie Mae.The report found that the percentage of adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) increased to 7.2 percent from 6.6 percent in August as the 30-year fixed-rate interest for all loans decreased for the first time in 2018 in September to 4.91 percent from a high of 4.92 percent in August.“We did see the first reduction in interest rates this month and with that, the percentage of ARMs began to increase. However, we believe that the seasonal decline in home buying and continued affordability constraints will shape the purchase market,” Corr said.September saw the closing rates for all loans rising to 71.1 percent—the highest percentage in 2018. The closing rate for purchase loans rose slightly to 76.4 percent from 75.9 percent in August and those for refinance loans increased from 63.5 percent in August to 64.4 percent in September.However, the time to close all loans increased to 44 days during the month, up by a day from 43 in August, the report said. While the time to close refinances loans also increased by four days from 38 in August to 42 in September, the time to close purchase loans remained steady at 45 days.Looking at consumer credit scores, the report indicated that the overall FICO scores increased by three points to 727 in September. Breaking these up, the report indicated that 70 percent of all closed loans had FICO scores over 700 while 72 percent of purchase loans had FICO scores over 700. Sixty-five percent of refinances had FICO scores over 700.During the month, loan-to-value held at 79 for the second consecutive month. The average debt-to-income ratio decreased to 25/39. October 18, 2018 671 Views center_img ARMS Ellie Mae FICO Score loans mortgage Purchase Loans Refinance 2018-10-18 Radhika Ojha Factors Shaping the Purchase Loans Marketlast_img read more

He knows hes here to help bring the young guys

first_imgHe knows he’s here to “help bring the young guys” around and be a role player.One of those young guys is his cousin, O’Brien Schofield. “Good to see him. Still not sure what he has going on with that hairdo.” Schofield has bleached a stripe down the middle of his hair.—Among the players waiting for the new collective bargaining agreement to be completed thus allowing them to practice (hopefully Thursday, August 4) is cornerback Michael Adams.“I might hit the first three people that I see catch a ball.”Adams is anxious to show off his “bionic arm” after off-season shoulder surgery.—Patrick Peterson has switched numbers. He’s now #21 while Hamza Abdullah is #23. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Another day, another new player.Vonnie Holliday, acquired in the deal that sent Tim Hightower to Washington, made his Cardinals debut Wednesday morning.Holliday was on the sideline watching practice even though he had practiced three times with the Redskins prior to the trade.A 14-year veteran, Holliday called the trade a “little bit of a surprise” but then added that “the situation here (in Arizona) is better.” Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Cyprus Airways deal with Blue Air offers better travel options

first_imgCyprus Airways and Blue Air announced on Thursday they have signed a codeshare agreement offering more travel destinations to their customers.As of December 3, customers of Cyprus Airways will be able to travel with Blue Air from Larnaca to London, Luton, Athens, Thessaloniki and Bucharest. The agreement allows Cyprus Airways to sell tickets using its own codes for flight destinations from Larnaca offered by Blue Air.Likewise, Blue Air will be using its own codes for flights of Cyprus Airways to Athens, Thessaloniki, Prague, Tel Aviv and Beirut.More destinations are to be added in the future.The codeshare agreement, offers customers of the two air carriers “more travel choices and improved flight schedules”, a press release said.“We are excited about our cooperation with Blue Air. Thanks to this collaboration, we can now offer our customers new travel opportunities. This partnership is perfectly in line with our strategy for global expansion of our network,” said Natalia Popova, commercial director of Cyprus Airways.“It is a historic day for Blue Air and the Cypriot market as we begin our planned cooperation with Cyprus Airways. We are confident that this collaboration will bring enormous benefits to our passengers as we have as a common goal to connect families and friends,” said Tudor Constantinescu, chief commercial officer of Blue Air.He added that the cooperation will allow the two companies to broaden travel choices for their passengers while keeping airfare rates at a low level “but at the highest quality level”.For tickets, or through Blue Air call centre (from Cyprus call toll free 9001 9010, from abroad +357 22755300), or through Cyprus Airways call centre (from Cyprus call toll free 8000 8111, from abroad +357 24000053)Bookings may also be made through travel agents.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoProstaGenix SupplementHow To: Boost Prostate Health (Do This Daily)ProstaGenix SupplementUndoComparisons.orgCalifornia Drivers With No Tickets In 3 Years Must Read ThisComparisons.orgUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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