RSF deplores social network threats against Catalan newspaper

first_img Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more News The newspaper elicited angry reactions from the Catalan interior minister and the head of the Catalan regional police when it published its story on 31 August, just days after the Catalan authorities had denied getting any prior warnings about the attacks that took place in Barcelona and Cambrils on 17 August. By attacking the newspaper and questioning its credibility, the regional interior minister and police chief set off an unprecedented storm of hate messages on social networks that even included death threats against the newspaper’s editor, Enric Hernández. “We express our support for El Periódico de Catalunya, its editor Enric Hernández and the reporter Luis Mauri,” said Pauline Adès-Mevel, the head of RSF’s EU desk. “This kind of harassment is unworthy of a healthy, democratic society. It is the media’s job to bring information to the public’s attention, especially when it contradicts the official version.” RSF Spain secretary-general Rosa Meneses added: “In a healthy, democratic society, the authorities are subjected to criticism and must account for their handling of events in a transparent manner. It is journalists who demand explanations from those responsible for public security, not the other way round.” A prior CIA warning to the Catalan authorities about the threat of a large-scale terrorist attack during the summer had already been mentioned by El Periódico on 17 August, immediately after the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. The claim, which proved very controversial at a time of national trauma, was at first repeatedly denied by the Catalan authorities.On 31 August, they finally recognized that they had been alerted, albeit by different sources, but said the warnings had been accorded little credibility. Regional police chief Josep Lluís Trapero then cast doubt on El Periódico’s reporting and accused the newspaper of trying to discredit his force. Spain is ranked 29th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Receive email alerts December 2, 2020 Find out more SpainEurope – Central Asia Violence Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the social network lynching that the El Periódico de Catalunya newspaper and its editor received after reporting that the CIA had warned the Catalan police back in May about plans for a possible terrorist attack on Las Ramblas street in Barcelona. Help by sharing this information RSF_en September 7, 2017 RSF deplores social network threats against Catalan newspapercenter_img Follow the news on Spain News Josep Lluis Trapero, chief of the Catalan regional police and Interior Minister for the Catalan government Joaquim Forn to go further SpainEurope – Central Asia Violence Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso April 27, 2021 Find out more News News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EUlast_img read more

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Man Utd Refutes Zidane’s Link

first_imgSenior sources at United have dismissed any interest in Zidane, however, insisting that there is no potential vacancy to discuss.Mourinho signed a new United contract in January, extending his stay at Old Trafford until 2020 with the option of a furtherThe Portuguese hoped to add a central defender and a wide player to his squad during the summer transfer window but was left disappointed on both counts.United made only three signings – midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, teenage full-back Diogo Dalot from Porto and reserve goalkeeper Lee Grant.It is understood that while Mourinho wished to sign experienced players at the peak of their careers, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward sought younger players who could be developed.On Monday night, the former United full-back Gary Neville criticised Woodward, claiming he should have backed his manager in the transfer market.“The minute he gave Mourinho a contract extension in January, he had to buy him centre-backs,” he told Sky Sports.“(Toby) Alderweireld and (Harry) Maguire would have been good options. If it costs £120 million, that’s what you have to do.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The leadership of Manchester United has given its full support for Jose Mourinho to continue on the saddle despite speculations that former Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane may be signed on.United’s first Premier League away trip of the season ended in a 3-2 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.The poor result and lacklustre performance followed a summer of tension and frustration at United, with Mourinho disappointed by a lack of support in the transfer market.last_img read more

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Africa’s growth story ‘only just starting’

first_img10 May 2012Africa’s growth trajectory remains positive despite the current global economic turmoil, with sub-Saharan Africa set to grow at more than 5% over the coming decade, Brand South Africa said as international business and political leaders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the World Economic Forum on Africa.“Africa offers the highest returns on investment of any region and is home to seven of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world,” Brand South Africa said in a statement on Thursday.The Economist projects that WEF Africa host Ethiopia’s economy will grow at 8.1% between 2011 and 2015, making it the third-fastest growing economy in the world.Over the last decade, the continent’s economic output has tripled, while sub-Saharan Africa’s grow over the coming decade, at a projected average 5%, would make the continent second only to emerging Asia as the fastest-growing region in the world.Yet, according to Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, Africans “have not defined their economies and growth prospects to the world, but have allowed international bankers, political analysts and credit ratings agencies to take the initiative and write up – or sometimes belittle – the African growth story”.Africans ‘more confident in their continent’Speaking in Addis Ababa on Thursday, Matola said Africans were now demonstrating greater confidence in their continent.“According to recent Ernst & Young research, three of the top five fastest-growing investors into new projects in Africa between 2003-2011 were the African economic powerhouses – South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya,” Matola said.South African investment into Africa grew at a rate of 64.8% in this period.Regarding the various factors behind Africa’s phenomenal growth since the turn of the century, Matola said these included greater democratisation and stability, economic reform, urbanisation, improved uptake of ICT and financial services, a younger, growing and more affluent population, and the ongoing resources boom.According to Matola, the world is slowly waking up to the massive projects under way to build new roads, rail, ports and other infrastructure to link previously isolated countries and regions – to be accompanied by the expansion of free trade areas which will eventually encompass the whole continent.South Africa ‘pushing African investment, integration’To encourage further continental growth, South Africa is orientating its government policies, regulations and institutions to support African investment and integration.“Over the last decade South Africa has been the leading foreign direct investor in Africa, though it is now being joined by China and other developing nations,” Matola said. “Now our state institutions have been authorised to invest – particularly in infrastructure and industrialisation.”The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), South Africa’s state-owned development finance institution, has expanded its remit to include African investment and has established relationships with development finance institutions and regional forums in 34 African countries.The IDC will consider new or existing companies within Africa with funding needs of up to R1-billion (US$125-million).South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation (PIC) – which mainly manages government workers’ pensions and has over R1-trillion ($125-billion) in funds – has set 10% of its funds aside for international investment, half of which will be in Africa.Of this, 40%-60% (up to $3.8-billion) will be earmarked for private equity.Most pessimistic ‘the ones not doing business here’According to the recently released Ernst & Young 2012 Africa Attractiveness Survey, foreign direct investment projects in Africa grew 27% between 2010 and 2011.“Unsurprisingly, the report found that people already doing business in Africa were extremely positive,” Matola said.“There are lingering negative perceptions – but only among those who are not yet doing business in Africa. Executives who don’t do business here, those who have the least exposure – and one presumes the least knowledge – are the most negative about Africa.”To participate in the African growth story, Matola said South Africa was investing heavily to improve its competitiveness and reduce unemployment.“Over the next few years we are spending hundreds of billions of dollars on regional and South African infrastructure. This will enhance our advanced network of roads, ports, rail and communication networks which offer a trade link for the landlocked countries in southern Africa to the world, making South Africa a regional transhipment hub for sub-Saharan Africa.”Integrated Africa ‘on the way’According to Matola, no country in Africa can reach its full potential by working in isolation.“As South Africa, we will leverage our membership of BRICS [the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa grouping] to increase trade and investment into Africa and support the African agenda.“African countries should also promote their regional as well as their national advantages,” Matola said. “Investors are very excited about the pending 26-nation free trade area covering Southern, Central and East Africa.“By June 2014, nearly 60% of the economy of Africa, with a combined GDP of $1-trillion and encompassing 600-million people, will be a single free trade area.“Already we are creating the urban development corridors, the networks of interlocking regional infrastructure, and the reducing the non-tariff barriers which will unlock these huge markets.”South Africa, with its sophisticated and well-regulated banks, capital markets and services sectors, is being used as a deal-making, financial and professional services hub for the entire region to provide access to capital for African businesses and support inward investment and trade.Matola said there was an uplifting optimism in the air of Ethiopia’s capital.“There is a strong feeling that the continental progress in good governance and the more than decade-long growth spurt can be made sustainable. African countries and businesses seeking investment must tell their own story – or risk being misunderstood by potential investors and supporters.“Africa’s time has come,” Matola said. “It’s time the world knew.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Infographic: How much do you know about breast cancer?

first_imgWith October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the aim is to increase knowledge about the disease. If it is detected early, effective treatment can lead to a positive prognosis. We’ve collected handy information in an infographic.Early detection of breast cancer can save lives. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)Words and research: Priya PitamberDesign and infographic: Sandile KhumaloOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in South Africa. It brings a nationwide initiative by public and private healthcare to raise the level of attention given to the disease and spread knowledge about prevention, detection and treatment.Click on the image for a larger view.Sources:Cansa South African Governmentlast_img

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2012 Trans Tasman Series On Fox Sports

first_imgThe Women’s and Men’s divisions was first played on Fox Sports 2 on Wednesday, 13 June 2012. The three divisions will also be played on Saturday, 16 June 2012 at 9.00am (Mixed), 10.00am (Women’s) and 11.00am (Men’s) and will be replayed in the early morning on Wednesday, 20 June. To see what to expect from RJ Media’s production of the series please click on this link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHHx8bUJfa4&list=PLE49F532EEA20AC95&index=0&feature=plcpTouch Football on Fox Sports Saturday, 16 June 20122012 Trans Tasman Series – Mixed: 9.00am (Fox Sports 2)2012 Trans Tasman Series – Women’s: 10.00am (Fox Sports 2)2012 Trans Tasman Series – Men’s: 11.00am (Fox Sports 2)Wednesday, 20 June 20122012 Trans Tasman Series – Men’s: 01.30am (Fox Sports 2)2012 Trans Tasman Series – Women’s: 02.30am (Fox Sports 2)2012 Trans Tasman Series – Mixed: 03.30am (Fox Sports 2)Stay tuned to the website for more information about when you can see the 2012 Trans Tasman Series on television.Related LinksTrans Tasman On TVlast_img read more

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Report: Jalen Hurts Has “Won The Coaches And Team” At Alabama

first_imgAlabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium during a day gameInstagramCould Alabama start a true freshman at quarterback this season? According to Shannon B. Terry, Jalen Hurts has “won the coaches and team” heading into the 2016 season.Terry, the founder of 247Sports.com, took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to discuss Alabama’s quarterback situation heading into this year’s campaign. He notes that junior Cooper Bateman is “trending down”, redshirt freshman Blake Barnett is “improving” and true freshman Jalen Hurts has “won” the team over.Terry implies that even if Hurts isn’t named the starter at the beginning of the season, he expects him to be the quarterback by mid-season. That’s huge news, considering Hurts’ lack of experience.(1 of 2) #Alabama QB Bateman is trending down this fall, Barnett is improving and Hurts has won the coaches and team at this point.— Shannon B. Terry (@sbterry247) August 22, 2016(2 of 2) Only real decision 4 UA coaches is what is best way to develop Hurts? unless there’s a sig change, he will be the QB by mid-season— Shannon B. Terry (@sbterry247) August 22, 2016For the past two seasons, Alabama has turned to seniors to lead the team behind center. In 2014, Blake Sims helped the Crimson Tide reach the College Football Playoff. In 2015, it was Jake Coker leading the team to a national championship. Before that, it was AJ McCarron taking snaps for three seasons.Hurts getting the nod would be a surprise, but it’s never wise to doubt Nick Saban. It’ll be interesting to see who gets the call against USC.last_img read more

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How US intelligence created games to improve its forecasts with Canadian help

first_imgWASHINGTON, United States of America – Amir Bagherpour already has a detailed set of charts predicting how everything will play out in the NAFTA negotiations, even though they don’t actually start for another few weeks.He makes predictions for a living.The U.S. intelligence community runs a prediction market where forecasters across government compete for prognosticative supremacy — it looks like a golf tournament leaderboard, only instead of birdies and bogeys, people are ranked by how correctly they call coup d’etats and counter-insurgencies.Bagherpour was one of them. He was a State Department analyst under the Democrats and made predictions about things like Israeli-Palestinian peace, the Syrian conflict, Colombia’s negotiations with the FARC rebels, and the counter-ISIS campaign.His predictions are often bang on. He believed Donald Trump might win the presidency. He wrote a paper five years ago that predicted Bashar Assad would cling to power, with Syria’s conflict spiralling into a stalemate defined by religion. Sometimes they miss the mark: he gave Brexit a one-third chance of success.The administration he served took an active interest in the science of forecasting: “(Barack) Obama would ask, ‘Where’s the prediction market on this (topic)?”” says Bagherpour, who now runs a consultancy, Global Impact Strategies.The U.S. intelligence community has created more than a half-dozen forecasting programs over the last few years through its research unit, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), modeled after the older Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that helped create the Internet.One example is an ongoing tournament between hybrid teams combining humans and machines. It’s based on evidence that the best forecasting comes from a combination of computer algorithm and human guidance.“We love the concept of forecasting tournaments,” said Seth Goldstein, who is running IARPA’s human-machine Hybrid Forecasting Competition. He’s limited in what he can say about the tournment, but offers one example of how it works.“(We might ask), ‘Will Leader A in Country B be removed from power, by Date C?’ That would be the type of question…. We see what techniques work, and what techniques don’t work…“These tournaments (give us) a pretty good indication.”Participants come from all walks of life, in academia and industry, and receive a stipend for taking part. But there are no rewards for accurate predictions. That’s the lingering legacy of an old controversy, which forced a project to be shelved and the Pentagon boss running it to resign.The source of controversy: a terrorism futures market. Created after the 9/11 attacks, participants were allowed to place bets on the occurrence of future terrorist acts — which critics viewed as tasteless, at best, and as a dangerous perverse incentive at worst.The program was swiftly cancelled in 2003.The initiative was reborn with a new generation of projects years later. And Canadians played a major role in the resurrection.The team that dominated the first IARPA tournament was co-created by Philip Tetlock, a researcher, author, and University of Pennsylvania professor who was born in Toronto, and raised in Winnipeg and Vancouver.His team beat a control group by a whopping 60 per cent and 78 per cent in the competition’s first two years starting in 2011. It was so lopsided they ended the competition, and Tetlock’s team continued alone.The U.S. government has just released the data collected from his team to help future researchers.Some secrets to successful forecasting are quite simple, Tetlock says. He includes a so-called Ten Commandments in his book, “Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction,” co-authored with Canadian writer and public servant Dan Gardner.One trick: doubt yourself. Assume your prediction is wrong, ask why, and incorporate that doubt factor into your assessment. Another is to tackle a problem in pieces — break the question into bite-sized chunks.For example, Tetlock’s book cites a love-starved London forecaster who wants to determine his number of potential mates. He takes the local population figure, divides it by two for gender, isolates an age range, the likely singles population, the university-educated percentage, and finally the percentage he will likely attract and be attracted to.His conclusion: he has 26 potential mates in London.Tetlock says great forecasters use this approach. These are the people who score highest on the zero-to-two Brier scale, the standard unit for measuring predictive success.“I’m not talking about people who have Nostradamus clairvoyance properties,” Tetlock said in an interview.“We’re talking about people who are better at assigning realistic odds to everything. Does that mean they’re going to see everything — that whenever history hits a sharp corner they’re going to be able to see around the corner? Absolutely not. There are limits on foresight…“It helps to be smart. It helps to be well-informed.”Another Canadian provided expertise as the U.S. created IARPA’s programs.David Mandel is a behavioral scientist who works for Canada’s Department of National Defence and works to measure the accuracy of forecasts within the Canadian government, notably its elite Privy Council Office Intelligence Assessment Secretariat.He presented research at a workshop for the U.S. government in 2009 and was among a few researchers cited in a report prepared for the U.S. Director of National Intelligence as it set up its forecasting competition.A public example of his work is a paper he co-authored in 2014 that examined 1,514 forecasts from the PCO unit that found an impressive 94 per cent accuracy rate for predictions on whether events were more or less than 50-per-cent likely to occur.He’s trying to get his own country to build a prediction market.“I have been in discussion with managers in (Canada’s) intelligence community about that kind of issue,” Mandel said in an interview. “It’s just at the discussion stage…“But I sense more enthusiasm than I’ve sensed since I began this — which was about a decade ago.”So, what about NAFTA?Bagherpour used a blend of game theory, expert surveys, and data run through the software his company created to produce charts filled with predictions.They concluded: NAFTA will survive; there won’t be a trade war; the deal will be rebalanced slightly to reduce the U.S. trade deficit; the U.S. will open negotiations with hardball demands, then soften them to reach a deal.He predicts Canada won’t demand much. He shrugs when a reporter says Canada insists it has many demands, including softwood lumber and expanding professional visas.He replies: “That’s not what this shows.”last_img read more

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Trudeau Xi face off on future of trade as PM China trip

first_imgBEIJING, China – Smiles and warm handshakes, ceremony and splendour — all of it will be on vivid display on Monday when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang extends a red-carpet welcome to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.But the spectacle that will envelop Trudeau’s arrival at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People will shroud a starker reality: Canada’s uphill fight to forge a fair trading relationship with a big, ambitious country that plays by its own rules.The government is playing down the possibility that this trip would mark the start of formal free trade talks, but the prime minister will be looking to attract Chinese investors and move economic relations forward. China is eager to get on with actual negotiations after several long rounds of “exploratory” discussions with Canada.But Canada needs something else first: guarantees from China the talks won’t be strictly business.Senior government officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, say Canada wants China to agree to a framework for free trade talks that will include its so-called progressive trade agenda — environmental and labour, gender and governance issues.International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Saturday that Canada has raised those issues in exploratory talks in order to gauge the reaction of the Chinese.Chinese officials have repeatedly said any free trade deal with Canada should be divorced of human rights considerations. But Canada wants to continue to add what it sees as this broader progressive trade agenda that it successfully entrenched in its free trade deal with Europe and in the Trans-Pacific Partnership with Pacific Rim countries, not including China.As one of the architects of the current world trading order after the Second World War, Canada wants to protect and advance the rules of progressive international trade. Exactly how Canada persuades China to take a broader view has become a major preoccupation across many federal departments, officials say.“This is our turf in many respects. We’re not really going to let anyone else rewrite the rules,” one official said.The recently completed rounds of the exploratory talks were “about gathering intel, about understanding the situation.”Canada isn’t interested in negotiating a basic goods-and-services agreement similar to Australia’s pact with China, nor is it interested in negotiating piecemeal, sector by sector, the official said. That’s because if Canada and China strike a deal in aerospace, for instance, the principles that guide that agreement wouldn’t necessarily be applicable when a dispute arises in another, say agriculture.Champagne said in a recent speech that Canada wants to establish a broad framework “where issues can be addressed and rule of law is paramount.”Canada wants to level the playing field with a much larger country, including protecting the interests of small and medium sized companies, the minister said. And it is not interested in backing down from its progressive trade agenda.“When it comes to trade, Canadians expect us to be resolute and steadfast in the promotion of our values abroad, in preserving and protecting our national security, and all the while growing our economy,” Champagne said.“We must see the entire chessboard and plan our moves accordingly.”But many analysts say that chessboard is heavily stacked in China’s favour.Canada faces China’s most powerful leader in decades: President Xi Jinping, who solidified a bold vision for China’s future at a landmark party congress in October. With the protectionist Trump administration in Washington, Xi has positioned himself as the protector of liberalized trade. But his speech to the party congress promised to project a China worldview that he called “socialism with Chinese characteristics.”“They have made crystal clear the future for China is not democracy and western human rights, not today, not tomorrow and not in the long term,” said Paul Evans of the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia.“It means they are more rigid than even on their approach to human rights,” he added.“Chinese leadership is really going to be welcome in several fields but it may be changing the rules in ways we should be nervous about.”David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said Canada needs a more comprehensive China strategy that addresses its continued rise as well as Canada’s interests and values. So far, he said, he has not seen that.“Xi is less interested in market forces than his predecessors, much more inclined to state intervention and much more inclined to do things that really cause the playing field to be skewed in China’s favour,” said Mulroney.“Negotiating this with Xi Jinping makes the job a lot more difficult, but not impossible.”Trudeau is to meet Xi on Tuesday in Beijing.Wendy Dobson, co-director of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, said she doesn’t think Canada is prepared to start formal trade talks with China. The two countries need to establish some guidelines at the start “so that we’re not surprised later.”“The template for us is CETA and TPP, which are very high-standard agreements, which include goods, services, investment, competition policy, state-owned enterprises,” said Dobson.China’s view is more straightforward. “It’s probably agriculture and natural resources and maybe kick us in the pants to build a pipeline to the west coast.”Champagne argued in his speech that Canada is more than a county of 35 million people because it has preferential access to a market of 1.2 billion through trade deals such as the Canada-EU pact and the much-threatened NAFTA.Mulroney said Canada has other leverage, too. The Chinese continue to place stock in the long-standing historical connections to Norman Bethune and former prime minister Pierre Trudeau’s breakthrough in establishing diplomatic relations.“We may think it’s quaint, but it’s real to them,” added Dobson.“They’ve got 5,000 years (of history) and this is only five minutes ago.”last_img read more

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Governor General calls Southwest Airline pilot a hero for showing nerves of

first_imgMONTREAL – Canada’s governor general says a Southwest Airlines pilot who landed her plane safely after a mid-air engine explosion is rightfully being called a hero and a role model to many.Julie Payette told aviation officials Thursday that Capt. Tammie Jo Shults showed strength as she deployed years of training as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot to avoid greater injury.“Everyone in the last two days, rightly so, said the pilot had nerves of steel, she was extraordinary,” the former astronaut said in a Montreal speech.One person was killed and seven others were injured after the twin-engine Boeing 737 blew an engine at 30,000 feet Tuesday and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window.Media reports following the incident have drawn attention to the fact that Shults is a female pilot, in an industry still heavily dominated by men.But Payette asked why anyone would be surprised that a woman who is extraordinarily well-trained could excel in the face of danger.Alexandre de Juniac, director general of the International Air Transport Association, told the largely female luncheon audience that more needs to be done to address the severe underrepresentation of women in the industry, particularly at the airline association itself.IATA is taking a small step in a few weeks with the appointment of its first female board member.“I think that for our industry, hiring and promoting diverse talent will make us stronger, better and we’ll enjoy a much better business environment,” he said.IATA says the percentage of female aviation executives lags other industries. Just three per cent of aviation CEOs were women last year, compared with 12 per cent in other sectors.By contrast, about one-third of human resources directors are women, compared with 23 per cent in other industries.Kendra Kincade, founder of Elevate Aviation, which encourages women in the industry, said seeing Shults’ action will be an example for young women to consider aviation.“I think she just made us feel more secure in having women as leaders. I think she just helped propel that,” the Edmonton air traffic controller said in an interview.Val Wilson, president of Women in Aerospace Canada, said the shortage of women is on display every year at the world’s largest air show which takes place alternatively nearly London and Paris.“It’s a sea of black suits,” she said in an interview. “There are very few women that were there representing their companies other than in administrative positions.”Wilson, who is vice-president of Toronto area aerospace supplier Dishon Ltd., said the situation is slowly changing as more younger women enter engineering schools, which is frequently a stepping stone to higher positions.She said the paths are similar for other industries and working conditions are no more a roadblock in aviation. Wilson added that she doesn’t believe sexual harassment is any bigger an issue in aviation than other sectors.Wilson expects it could take another 15 years before change is seen in the C-suites.She said companies need to be aware of any hiring bias and should interview women for open positions.Former astronauts Payette and Roberta Bondar are huge role models for women interested in aviation careers, she added.“Roberta is always very positive when she speaks and Julie is in a position now to really do some good for women. So I think it’s very positive for us.”Payette said that recruitment of women isn’t enough, noting that questions about female representation have been asked for 30 years.She said efforts must be made to retain and promote women so they assume leadership positions.It’s been 40 years since Judy Cameron was hired by Air Canada, becoming the first woman hired as a pilot for a major Canadian airlines. Five years earlier, Rosella Bjornson became Canada’s first commercial pilot.There are currently 210 female pilots at the country’s largest airline and Air Canada Rouge, representing six per cent of total pilots employed.Women account for similar shares of pilots employed by WestJet, Air Transat and Jazz.According to Nav Canada, the private company that manages Canadian civil air navigation, less than 25 per cent of the workforce at the country’s air traffic control centres are women.About 19 per cent of the Royal Canadian Air Force officers were women in late 2017, including five per cent pilots, 15.7 per cent in air operations and almost 18 per cent in aerospace engineers.Aerospace schools are also trying to promote careers in aviation to women.Montreal’s Academy of Aeronautics says 11 per cent of its student pilots are women, an increase from past years.It says there is a surge of inquiries this year from high school graduates.Fang Lui, secretary general of the International Civil Aviation Organization, told an IATA conference this week that work needs to be done to attract women.“Both the public and private sectors need to be more proactive to achieving gender parity in aviation.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA, TSX:TRZ, TSX:CHR).last_img read more

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Aeroplan loses partnership with Esso as it moves to Loblaws PC Optimum

first_img“The number of miles you earn on any particular transaction is pretty low so it’s really not financially a big deal,” she said in an interview.Drew McReynolds of RBC Dominion Securities said Esso accounts for an undisclosed fraction of the 10 to 12 per cent gross billings from non-financial and non-Air Canada partners. However, the minimal financial impact doesn’t convey the overall effect on Aeroplan as it prepares for the departure of Air Canada.“The optics of any accumulation partner defections between now and 2020 are negative in our view, making new Aeroplan partner announcements between now and 2020 that much more critical to stem changes in member behaviour,” he wrote in a report.Loblaw Imperial Oil announced Tuesday they have signed a deal that will allow PC Optimum members to earn points at more than 1,800 Esso gas stations starting this summer. The company said members will earn 10 points per litre on fuel as well as 10 points per dollar on eligible convenience store purchases and car wash services at Esso stations. Registered members may also receive targeted offers.The PC Optimum program was launched earlier this year when Loblaw brought together the PC Plus and Shoppers Optimum programs. The company faced some issues during the merger, with some members complaining online about troubles with the new app and points conversions. The PC Optimum program is already available at Mobil gas stations.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Aimia’s shares gained nearly four per cent at $1.60 in morning trading. MONTREAL, Q.C. — Aeroplan loyalty card members will not be able to directly earn miles at Esso gas stations effective June 1 as Imperial Oil Ltd. shifts its relationship to Loblaw Companies Ltd.The loyalty card program notified members of the change to its 14-year partnership in an email. It noted that 1.5 miles for every dollar spent will continue to be earned when using Aeroplan-affiliated credit cards for purchases at any retailer, including Esso. Direct miles will continue to be earned at more than 75 partner brands, including Home Hardware, Toyota, Costco.ca, Avis and Marriott hotels.Aimia, the operator of Aeroplan, said it is working on a promotion to earn more miles with existing partners and developing a strategy for how the program will change once the long-term partnership with Air Canada ends in 2020. Cheryl Kim, Aimia’s vice-president of corporate reputation and public affairs, said Esso is not a material contributor to Aimia’s financial results and won’t affect the company’s financial guidance or strategy.last_img read more

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