Kurtenbach: Raiders’ circus poised for flat Oakland finale

first_imgWhen Jon Gruden took over as the head coach of the Raiders in January 2018, he said his goal was to build “the best football team we can for the people here in Oakland.”He lied.As we enter the final season of the Raiders’ Oakland run, that much is clear. As soon as Gruden started his second, non-successive term, he began building for a grand debut in Las Vegas rather than a strong finish in the East Bay.Don’t get me wrong; rebuilding the Raiders was and remains a justifiable decision. …last_img

Microsoft tablets help Emirates customers work through laptop ban

first_imgEMIRATES has started loaning Microsoft Surface  tablets to customers on non-stop flights bound for the US so they can continue working.First and business class passengers will be able to borrow the complimentary tablets on flights from Dubai to the US, download their work to a USB drive and continue working. The tablets are equipped with Microsoft Office 2016 and a keyboard.The Emirates move comes after rival Qatar offered a similar loan service involving laptops to premium customers flying on its direct flights to the US.Both airlines have been caught up in a US ban requiring passengers on direct flights to the US from some Middle East and North African destinations to check-in laptops, tablets and other electronic devices bigger than a smart phone.The ban, which began March 25, has been widely criticised and the International Air Transport Association has urged authorities to find an alternative.US officials said the move stemmed from “evaluated intelligence”  that terrorists are increasing their focus on aviation.  Britain adopted a similar ban for some airports but excluded the big Gulf hubs in Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.Australia ramped up security requirements at the Gulf airports but stopped short of banning large devices in cabin baggage.Emirates has also introduced a laptop and tablet handling service for US-Bound passengers that allows them to use their devices in lounges and hand them in at the boarding gate.Available free to all classes, passengers must declare the devices and hand them over to security staff who then pack and tag the device for storage in the aircraft hold.The devices are returned to customers when they reach their US destination.The airline said almost 8,000 passengers have used the service on its 112 weekly non-stop flights to the US.Ironically, the US directive does not apply to Emirates flights travelling to the US via Milan and Athens. Nor does it apply to any flights to the affected destinations from the US.Separately, Emirates announced Thursday it would start a second daily flight to Bali using two-class  Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.The new flight starts July 2 and will offer connections to destinations across Europe.last_img read more

Power bill waiver extended for industries in Marathwada, Vidarbha

first_imgThe State government on Tuesday extended the electricity bill waiver scheme for industries in Marathwada and Vidarbha by five more years. This decision will put a ₹600-crore burden on the State exchequer. The move is among a set of sops announced ahead of State Assembly elections to be held in four months’ time, and marks a consolidation of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s recent victory in the Lok Sabha elections. “The reason for this scheme is to encourage more businesses come to Vidarbha and Marathwada and for the region’s industrial development,” said Power Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule.The Industrial Policy 2019 had announced a power bill waiver to micro, small and medium industries in C, D, D+ (State rankings based on the need for industrial improvement) and Naxal-affected areas. The Cabinet’s latest proposal applies to industries not mentioned in the policy. Mr. Bawankule said the scheme has till date resulted in an improvement in employment and an increase in the number of industries in Vidarbha and Marathwada in the past five years. “Out of the total ₹2,17,774.1 crore investment in the State’s power sector, Vidarbha-Marathwada has received the investment of ₹1,57,204.1 crore,” said the minister. Both the regions are industrially underdeveloped. “In the era of cut-throat competition in businesses, we think this will give a boost to businesses in Marathwada and Vidarbha,” said Mr Bawankule. In the 2019 general elections, the BJP and Shiv Sena swept the Marathwada region while losing two seats in Vidarbha.last_img read more