Air France pilots join embarrassing train garbage strikes

by Raphael Satter And Mstyslav Chernov, The Associated Press Posted Jun 11, 2016 3:55 am MDT Last Updated Jun 11, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Air France pilots join embarrassing train, garbage strikes PARIS – About a quarter of Air France pilots are striking to demand better working conditions — the latest challenge to travellers and France’s image as it hosts Europe’s biggest sporting event.Weeks of strikes and demonstrations over the country’s labour reforms and other industrial disputes have led to panic at the pumps, violent protests in the streets and, most recently, garbage rotting in the gutters. It’s a litany of headaches which some Parisians fear will scare away visitors.“I’m telling you, France has become a very ugly country,” Francoise Cuip, 60, told a reporter in Paris’ well-heeled 16th district. “It’s my country, but that’s the way it is.”French leaders had hoped to put the disruption behind them as the country turned its attention to the European Championship soccer tournament, which is expected to draw over 2 million visitors, but unions are planning to keep up the airline and trash strikes through Tuesday.Up to a fifth of flights are cancelled Saturday, Air France said, both domestic and international. Among those affected were flights carrying spectators to cities holding matches.French train drivers have also been on strike for days; France’s SNCF rail company was disrupted in the southeast, with cancellations possible. In Paris the rail link between the capital and Charles de Gaulle Airport was disrupted, with few trains running along the usually busy route.Meanwhile garbage was piling up uncollected because of a continuing strike and blockages by collectors.On the streets of the capital, there was exasperation at the drumbeat of disruption.“When it’s not the trains, when it’s not the metro, it’s the trash,” said Catherine Jacob, 48, who was walking past an overflowing garbage bin near Paris’ Trocardero. “In terms of hygiene, it’s not good for the tourists, it’s not good for the residents. Tomorrow we’ll have rats in the street.”Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Twitter that the city was “mobilizing all means, public and private” to clear the garbage.The strikes are occurring for different reasons, but the labour unrest is tapping into nationwide discontent as the government tries to change laws regulating working hours and layoffs.The influential CGT union, which is driving much of the action, may meet with the government over the weekend. read more

Jagdeo agrees to meet Granger over 2nd rejected GECOM list

Meanwhile, Jagdeo used the occasion to speculate on what the possible outcome of Monday’s meeting could be.According to the Opposition Leader, the President could request a third list—’a request with which he will have to comply with as per constitutional provisions’ he said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo says willing to explore nominating foreigner as GECOM ChairJune 27, 2019In “latest news”GECOM Chair 3rd list: Opposition Leader shortlists 10, says 1 already declinedJuly 12, 2017In “latest news”President, Opposition Leader to meet todayJuly 4, 2019In “latest news” Jagdeo however, said he disagreed with the “President’s interpretation.”Those on the second rejected list by Head of State Granger are Retired Justice of Appeal B.S Roy,  Retired Justice William Ramlall;  Attorney-at-law and a former Magistrate, Ms. Oneidge Walrond-Allicock; Attorney-at-Law, Kashir Khan;  Attorney-at-law, Nadia Sagar and businessman, Gerald Gouveia. …reiterates extra-parliamentary actions if President acts unilaterally Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo (L) and President David Granger (R)Leader of the Political Opposition, former President and Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) General Secretary Dr Bharrat Jagdeo has committed to meeting with Head of State, David Granger on Monday over the protracted impasse in the selection of a nominee for the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) with a second list rejected again this past week.   Jagdeo made the pronouncement today (June 8, 2017) as he met with members of the media at his Church Street, Leader of the Opposition Office and said despite his disagreement with the president’s decision, the offer to meet must be taken at face value as an attempt at a collaborative approach in solving the imbroglio.The Opposition Leader was quick to also reject recent speculations published in the public domain purportedly sourced to him as positions adopted in light of the President’s refusal of his nominees.According to Jagdeo, “I do not conduct negotiations or discussion of a critical nature in the media…Nor will I telegraph my position.”The opposition leader sought to make it clear that the Executive of the Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) will be meeting tomorrow at which time the matter will be discussed.The former President prefaced his remarks to the media by openly rejecting the interpretation offered by President Granger.Granger in his rejection of the second list of nominees said all of the persons did not meet within the criteria set out in the Constitution, and by him. He suggested too that the President could also decide to appoint a GECOM Chairman unilaterally and reminded that this course of action will be staunchly resisted.The PPP General Secretary indicated that this is a big concern for the party, “particularly given signals from the government that they may move to unilaterally, unconstitutionally, and unlawfully appoint a Chairman of GECOM.”He said should the President go this route he will be faced with “litigation and there are other actions that I will not speak about at this point in time.”According to the former President the party will be exercising extra-parliamentary and parliamentary actions.Jagdeo suggested too that the President could very well suggest a completely different course of action in resolving the imbroglio—a suggestion that would have to be taken under advisement.Meanwhile, on the matter of the pending court case filed by a private citizen with a view to secure an interpretation of the constitutional provision (Article 161 (2)) for the appointment of the GECOM Chair, Jagdeo said he will not be awaiting the determination of that case.  Jagdeo surmised there is no assurance that the matter will be determined in finality at its next hearing and in fact the matter could very well be appealed all the way to the Caribbean Court of Justice.He suggested that the matter is of such a nature that it would be imprudent for him to await its conclusion. read more

Simulators from Immersive Technologies increasing opportunities for the female workforce at Freeport

first_imgTrainees are given 10 hours of classroom training, followed by 20 hours in the LHD R1600G IN360 simulator. After completion, they conduct a further 20 hours of training within the Immersive Technologies’ Command for Underground simulator where they advance to practical training and evaluation.Hendra Sukoco, Freeport’s Underground Training Superintendent, acknowledges that female operators tend to be more consistent in following detailed instructions and, as a result, the level of machine abuse is lower when compared to male operators.After successfully passing the training requirements, this first group of women are successfully operating LHDs remotely and producing 300 buckets each per day (if location allows) which is equivalent to experienced operators with previous in-field LHD experience.“Due to the success, there are plans to increase the number of female operators going through training on the Immersive simulators and eventually into production.Simulation based training has been proven to dramatically reduce risk, cost and unscheduled maintenance, increasing trainer effectiveness and efficiency while maximising productivity. Female operators are the focus of a new initiative at PT Freeport Indonesia (part of FMI in Grasberg) where IM360 simulators from Immersive Technologies are used to train operators to remotely operate Caterpillar’s Semi-Autonomous Underground Load Haul Dumps (LHDs) using Cat Command for Underground.Historically, only operators with previous in-field experience in operating LHDs were permitted to operate them via Command for Underground. However, after implementing simulators from Immersive Technologies into the new female workforce program, PT Freeport Indonesia has created opportunities for women without prior in-field experience to take on operational roles.PT Freeport Indonesia has a long-standing commitment to employee diversity and continually seeks ways to recruit and foster career development for women. Investing in training solutions for remote operations has enabled PT Freeport Indonesia to increase opportunities for women in operational roles.last_img read more