News / New probe ordered into ‘cartel’ claims by India’s air cargo agents against IATA

first_img© Abhishek Singh | Dreamstime.com – Air India First Boeing 787 Dreamliner By Sam Whelan, Asia correspondent 15/12/2016 India’s competition authority has been ordered to re-investigate claims by air cargo agents that IATA and affiliate IATA India are operating an anti-competitive cartel.The controversy dates back to 2012 when the Air Cargo Agents Association of India (ACAAI) filed a complaint citing IATA’s “anti-competitive activities and abuse of dominant position”.The complaint, to the Competition Commission of India (CCI), claims CASS – IATA’s Cargo Accounts Settlement System – imposed rules on forwarders that are anti-competitive, unilateral and one-sided.Fast-forward to June 2015: the CCI ruled IATA had not contravened India’s Competition Act.The ACAAI appealed before the Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT), arguing that the CCI had not fully addressed the “aspect of abuse of dominant position” by IATA.And last month, COMPAT upheld the appeal and ordered the CCI to conduct a fresh investigation and submit a new report within 60 days.The ACAAI told The Loadstar it wanted “an equitable outcome” for Indian forwarders and IATA-member airlines from what it described as a “David versus Goliath battle”.“Currently, all decisions are made behind closed doors by the CAC (Cargo Agency Conference), which is a cartel of IATA airlines making rules unilaterally for agents to strictly follow, or be out of business,” said the forwarder body.“All rules and resolutions must be formulated by equal representation of both parties involved, across the table.”ACAAI also takes issue with IATA’s accreditation criteria for agents, claiming they are “nothing short of draconian”, with “separate standards conveniently for the western world”.The ACAAI said it was common in Asia-Pacific countries for forwarders to pay bank guarantees and bonds to IATA in addition to individual airlines, and that every agent must fulfil IATA’s financial criteria.It added: “In terms of penalties, the CASS rules – which are again one-sided and decided by the CAC alone – remain a hanging sword over every agent. For example, even if an airline were to make an invoicing error, the agent would first have to pay the airline and then go for a correction, refund or credit, as the case may be.“CASS payment dates as set by CAC are cast in stone, having little regard for any local holidays of the country.“It’s pay or perish!”IATA issued a statement in response to the COMPAT ruling. It said: “It is incorrect to say that ACAAI has won the case against IATA. The COMPAT order is not against IATA. It only relates to the procedural infirmities committed by the CCI in its investigation and order and in no manner affects the merits of the case or contains any adverse findings as far as IATA is concerned.“As such, a reading of the operative part of the order would reveal that the order does not contain any observations in relation to allegations pertaining to violations of section 3(3) of the act as well as CASS.“It is unfortunate that we have been caught in this technicality between the COMPAT and CCI. Nonetheless we continue to extend our full co-operation so as to reach a quick and satisfactory resolution to this.”It added: “It is pertinent to note that the COMPAT order does not make any adverse findings in relation to IATA or any of its activities, including CASS. In fact, neither the CCI nor the COMPAT have ever ruled against IATA on the substance of ACAAI’s complaint in these proceedings.“CASS has also never been held to be anticompetitive in any jurisdiction.”last_img read more


N700 pushes the speed envelope

first_imgINTRO: JR-Central and JR-West are developing a trainset that fully exploits line speed limits on the Tokaido and Sanyo ShinkansenMARCH 2005 should see completion of a pre-production N700 trainset for trials on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen. Being developed jointly by JR-Central and JR-West, the N700 is a 16-car train derived from the successful Series 700 design, also a joint JR-Central/ JR-West initiative.The N700 has several significant differences, and these include 14 rather than 12 powered cars, giving a nominal total rating of 17160 kW and a higher rate of acceleration (right). The maximum speed will be 300 km/h on the Sanyo Shinkansen, the same as JR-West’s Series 500.The N700 has 1323 seats, as on Series 700, with 200 seats in Green Car (first class) accommodation. A slightly reduced width and height should improve aerodynamic performance, as will several other features. The ’aero double wing’ nose is 10·7m long compared to the 9·2m nose of Series 700, and the height of the front section of the leading car is kept to 3500mm. In addition, inter-car gaps are fully enclosed.Other changes include the use of semi-active vibration control on all cars, and the introduction of body tilting. Using pre-programmed route information linked to the ATC system, the secondary air suspension bellows on one side of each car are inflated to lift the body by 1° when the train passes through curves with a radius of 2500m. This relatively small radius is a legacy of the Tokaido Shinkansen having been built during the early 1960s, limiting the speed of Series 700 trainsets through the curves to 250 km/h (p503). In contrast, the N700 will be able to run at the maximum line speed of 270 km/h.TABLE: Comparison of pre-production N700 trainset with Series 700 N700 Series 700Formation 14M+2T 12M+4TMax speed (Sanyo) km/h 300 285Max speed (Tokaido) km/h 270 270Starting acceleration m/s2 0·72 0·55Weight tonnes 700 708Car width mm 3360 3380Car height mm 3600 3650last_img read more


Serie A side look set to beat Leicester City in race…

first_imgTakvim report Serie A side Fiorentina are very close to beating Leicester City for the signature of Fenerbahce youngster Eljif Elmas. The Macedonian midfielder has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Cardiff City and Leicester City said to be interested, but according to Takvim Fiorentina are close to sealing a deal for the 19 year old.In today’s edition they report Fiorentina have offered €15m to Fenerbahce to sign Elmas and the Super Lig club are ready to accept this bid so they can bring in new players in the summer transfer window.Due to FFP implications Fenerbahce must sell some players to create a transfer budget.It’s reported again that Leicester City are keen to sign the talented midfielder, but it seems Fiorentina will beat them with their latest offer.Elmas has made 34 appearances for Fenerbahce in all competitions this season but his progression has been halted due to the poor campaign the Yellow Canaries have been experiencing.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameDon’t Play This Game, it’s Addictive.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comTung Chung is actually full of single men. Check them out on this premium dating site!Dating.comUndo熱門話題小心會瘦過快…網友推爆:「真的瘦的超誇張!」熱門話題UndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoPerfect-Dating.comThousands of successful men are looking for women in Tung ChungPerfect-Dating.comUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoSmart Tech TrendSelf Adjusting Glasses Take Hong Kong by StormSmart Tech TrendUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndolast_img read more


Utah Utes basketball: Rebels run right past Utes

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The third time was not so charming for the Utah basketball team.After beating UNLV twice during the regular season, the Utes had no answer for a determined Rebel squad and lost 73-61 in the first round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament Friday night at the Thomas and Mack Center.The defeat brought Utah’s topsy-turvy season to a merciful close as the Utes finished with a 14-17 record, only their third losing season in the past 20 years and the first since going 11-19 in 2006-07.UNLV, considered a lock for the NCAA tournament despite the two earlier losses to the Utes, improved to 24-7 on the season and will play BYU tonight in the semifinals at 9:30 p.m. MST.The Utes were trying to become the sixth straight No. 6 seed to win in the first round of the MWC tourney, but after pulling within one point early in the second half, they watched the Rebels went on a 32-13 run to put the game away.Tre’Von WIllis and Anthony Marshall led a balanced UNLV scoring attack with 13 points, while Chace Stanback had 10.For the Utes, Carlon Brown led the way with 12 points, while Luka Drca scored 11.After pulling within four points with a late rally in the first half, the Utes came out and quickly cut the margin to one on a three-point play by Brown. But the Rebels ran off 10 straight points to push the lead to 41-30 with 16:23 left and the rout was on.The UNLV lead got as high as 21 points at 66-45, before the Ute reserves cut the lead in the final minutes.The first half was similar to numerous Ute games this season as they fell behind by double digits only to rally and make a game of it when they looked dead and buried.The Utes overcame a couple of 13-point first-half deficits to pull within four at 29-25 at halftime, despite shooting just 30 percent from the field.David Foster, who sprained his ankle eight days earlier in a game against BYU, was deemed healthy enough to start, but less than three minutes into the game he fell to the court and limped off and into the locker room for treatment. He returned a few minutes later and promptly made four points to tie the game at 8.That’s when the Rebels went on a 10-0 run in less than three minutes as the pro-UNLV crowd started their “Re-bels, Re-bels” chant. A 3-pointer by Willis made it 21-8 before the Utes broke a six-minute scoring drought with a 3-pointer by Brown.Then in the last three minutes of the half, the Utes scored nine straight points on threes by Drca, Marshall Henderson and Chris Hines to cut the lead to 28-25 before Anthony Marshall sank a late free throw.GAME NOTES: UNLV’s win tied the all-time series with the Utes at 22-22 … Luka Drca had a tough night in his final game for the Utes with six turnovers … The Utes had lost four straight tournament games to the Rebels in the Thomas & Mack Center, including a 61-55 loss two years in the semifinals. The Utes had beaten the Rebels twice in the MWC Tournament when it was held in Denver in 2004 and 2005. Kim Tillie, who sprained his ankle in practice a week ago, was able to play in the game and had three points and three rebounds in his final game as a Ute … Foster had six points and five rebounds in 19 minutes … Every Ute player who suited up, played, except Jordan Cyphers, who didn’t play for the 12th straight game … Since losing to Utah on Feb. 17, the Rebels had reeled off four straight victories by an average margin of 75-51 … Earlier this year, the Utes beat the Rebels 73-69 in Las Vegas and 66-61 in Salt Lake City.Today’s MWC scheduleNo. 1 New Mexico vs. No. 4 San Diego St., 7 p.m.No. 2 BYU vs. No. 3 UNLV, 9:30 p.m.More hoop inside Utah, BYU women look to stay alive in MWC tournament, D2 Aggies beat Boise State, face Bulldogs in WAC semifinals, D4e-mail: [email protected]last_img read more


Playing off 16 Chris Slota wins at Pattavia with 42 points

first_imgAn even better score on the back nine than Chris, Bill Kana comes in with 25 to win division 2 with 41 points. Willy van Heetvelde is second on 37, John Doyle third on 35 and Rod Howett fourth with 34 points.Nearest the pins: Div 1. Paul Butler, Manny, Bob Poole and Chris Slota; Div 2. Alan Bissell, Bill Kana and Harry Vincenzi.Bob Poole birdied the 17th to take a rollover in division 1 and two rollovers in division 2 to Greenwood on Wednesday.It was Bon Voyage today to the hole in one star Harry Vincenzi and John Doyle.Wednesday,September 5Greenwood – StablefordAs we hit the 7 today there is a light drizzle and then as we head up towards the 331 the roads are saturated. It does not look too promising with the rain very heavy and intermittent. We turn off on the Pattavia road and the weather looks really bright ahead and the roads are dry here.Amazingly everyone turns up and there are two divisions out with the cut at 11-16 and 17+. We are playing the C and A nines today and 39 points is the highest with Willy Van Heetvelde taking podium position in division 2, Paul Young is second with 37 and Alan Bissell third with 36. Chris Slota wins division 1 with 36, Ian Speirs is second one point behind, and Manny beats Per Forsberg on a 17/15 countback after they both come in with 30 points.Nearest the pins Div 1. Per Forsberg and Ian Speirs; Div 2. Leo Adam and Frank Grainger.There are only four winners out of eight today in the nearest the pins and in the twos in division 1 a rollover to Crystal Bay on Monday. Three rollovers in division 2.Friday, September 7Eastern Star – StablefordAn almost identical cut as of Wednesday in the two divisions and with some very slick greens the best score returned is 36 points. John Carlin wins division 2 with Frank Kelly in second place on 34 and David Phillips is third with 32 points. 33 points is the winning score in division 1 for Colin Aspinall, with Per Forsberg in second place one point behind and Ian Speirs is third on 30.Nearest the pins: Div 1. Per Forsberg (2); Div 2. John Carlin, Steve Harris and Tony Thorne.There are now five rollovers in division 1 in the twos to next Friday but in division 2 with no birdies over the past three weeks John Carlin birdied the 6th and Tony Thorne the 17th to split the pot. Paul Butler, Willy van Heetvelde.The Jomtien Golf SocietyMonday, Sept. 3Pattavia -StablefordThe course here today was in good condition but every green had been sanded and there were a few moans after the game from some of the low handicappers.Playing off 16 Chris Slota with 24 points on the back nine and 18 on the front wins division 1 with 42 points. Nine points behind in second place is Per Forsberg beating Marc Brunner on an 18/14 back nine countback and in fourth place the Bristol boy Bob Poole beats Manny 16/14 after they both come in with 31 points.last_img read more


An opportunity to start over

first_imgFor a Government with a one-seat majority, the PNC-led coalition behaved after 2015 as if they had the two-thirds majority Forbes Burnham rigged for the PNC in 1973. Yet they had gone into a coalition with the AFC, which had earned five seats in the National Assembly in 2006 on the promise they would provide a countervailing force to both the PPP and PNC. Most of their supporters assumed they would maintain some semblance of independence to keep the PNC on the straight and narrow, since the withdrawal of their support on any spending bill could bring the Government down.But it was not to be, even though they had a signed agreement, dubbed the “Cummingsburg Accord”, to guarantee their autonomy of action. Their behaviour between 2011 and 2015, however, when they consistently supported the PNC/APNU positions against the PPP minority government, signalled their opportunism to the PNC. The latter’s first move after they acceded to office was to sweeten the pot on salaries and perks of the AFC leaders, so that when they, the PNC, reneged on all the promises of the Accord, the AFC not only stayed mum, but actively connived with them to introduce several authoritarian measures.  President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of the octogenarian Justice James Patterson to the Chair of GECOM, which vitiated the painstakingly-crafted Constitutional provision for the meaningful input of the Opposition Leader, was a case in point. AFC Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan gleefully allowed that he had actually suggested the feint to Granger.In his peroration as to why the PNC-led Coalition Government should not be allowed to finish its five-year term, Bharat Jagdeo, Leader of the Opposition, offered a masterful summation. Fundamentally, the clinching argument was based on the question of what the Government had to show after spending $1.3 trillion, apart for them enjoying the “good life” with their super salaries and their perks. Jagdeo also honed in on the chasm between their manifesto promises and the sordid reality of non-accomplishment.The “yes” vote by AFC MP Charandass Persaud stunned the Government, because they had come to believe that everyone on their benches would stifle their consciences. It was the quintessence of democratic representative Government when Persaud explained that, unlike his party leaders, he was not an automaton to be remote controlled by the PNC. As the British High Commissioner Greg Quinn said, “The democratic process as laid out in the Constitution has been followed.  It is important that everyone now respects the results.  Members of Parliament must be allowed to undertake their constitutionally mandated roles in the absence of fear or favour.”The Constitution, specifically Art 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution, states respectively: “The Cabinet, including the President, shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.” And “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall, by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly, determine…”After the vote, the Opposition Leader acknowledged that both sides have constituencies, and as such, he said, “We have to find a way now to ensure that we maximise all of the national skills and look past the politics of it, so that we can, in the upcoming era, which can be transformative, we can present a united face to the rest of the world. And this, although it may seem an unprecedented and maybe disappointing for the members of the Government side, it’s also an opportunity – and I would hope we all see it as an opportunity – for engagement very, very early on both sides, and decide on how we [move forward].”This newspaper supports the call for a free and fair election and a campaign fought on the issues that confront Guyana and its future development.last_img read more


The New “One Microsoft” Is About To Get Slimmer

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Fixing Microsoft#layoffs#Microsoft#Microsoft layoffs#Microsoft Windows#Microsoft Xbox#Nokia#Nokia Lumia#Nokia X#Satya Nadella#Windows#Windows 8#Xbox Bloomberg News reported today that Microsoft is on the verge of what could be its biggest round of layoffs in history. New CEO Satya Nadella will reportedly cut jobs in marketing and engineering, as well as positions made redundant when Microsoft absorbed Nokia’s cell-phone business in April. Where the biggest cuts from will soon tell us a lot about the direction that Microsoft is taking next.That’s crucial information, because Microsoft seems to be taking a new direction with alarming frequency of late. Before outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer left, he proclaimed that the company would be “One Microsoft” organized around “devices and services.”. When Nadella took over, he said that Microsoft was focused on “ubiquitous computing and ambient intelligence.” Now, Microsoft is a “productivity and platforms” organization, according to Nadella’s recent memo to employees.The new “One Microsoft” is apparently still many things. But that, too, may soon change.See also: The New “One Microsoft” Is—Finally—Poised For The FutureSlimming Down The Not-So-MicrosoftMicrosoft has its hand in a lot of pies. From the very top levels, the company continues to insist that it can be successful as both a consumer and an enterprise company. Nadella’s email to staffers last week shows Microsoft’s belief that people are “dual users” who use their devices for both work and life. By this theory, Microsoft must continue to cater to both of those worlds. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella faces hard choices.After attending Microsoft’s Build conference in April, I described Microsoft as a company organized around platforms and pillars. The platforms are Windows (including Windows Phone and Windows 8) and the cloud backbone of Azure. The pillars are the services that Microsoft deploys on those platforms (and increasingly to other non-Microsoft platforms, like its Office suite coming to the iPad). Office 365, Xbox, OneDrive and Microsoft’s many other apps and services are the pillars on which it builds its next empire. When the layoffs are announced, the brunt of the blow will spare these teams.Everything else is basically fair game.The first and most obvious chopping block will be Nokia. It will be curious to see who stays and who goes among the 25,000 employees Microsoft brought on board when it finalized the deal in April. For instance, Microsoft may do with the entire team at Nokia that focuses on developer relations and services in favor of Microsoft’s own long-standing developer-relations teams. Other redundant Nokia employees may find themselves on the outside as well, including marketing and communications specialists, software engineers, and the middle managers and executives in charge of those operations. Precedent elsewhere says that Microsoft trimming Nokia employees after the acquisition makes a lot of sense. When Google bought Motorola, it essentially gutted the company, installing a new CEO and wiping out most of the jobs in the manufacturing segment. It would not surprise anyone if Microsoft were to do something similar with Nokia. Which Way To Go?The layoffs will also tell us much about the device strategy that Microsoft will take in the future. The question basically becomes: Does Microsoft make its own hardware or does it farm out manufacturing to partners? No easy answer to that question exists. Microsoft has given mixed signals in that regard this year.On one hand, Microsoft just bought a smartphone manufacturer to, ostensibly, make smartphones. On the other hand, Microsoft created a reference design program for Windows Phone that it announced at Mobile World Congress this year that allows for partners in emerging markets to build cheap smartphones. Microsoft also made Windows licenses free for any devices with screens smaller than 9 inches across at Build this year, which would include most smartphones and tablets. On the PC side, Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 3 in May, and it still charges its PC partners licenses for Windows 8. The most telling sign may be the fact that Microsoft has not yet killed the Nokia X line of devices that do not run Windows Phone. Instead, X devices run Google’s Android operating system, but with Microsoft’s search, online-storage and maps apps replacing Google’s standard apps. When Nokia announced the X at Mobile World Congress, shortly before the Microsoft deal closed, its executives said over and over again that Microsoft wanted to get “the next billion people on the cloud.” Hence the Nokia X would be allowed to live in the new Microsoft. A Nokia executive told me at Build earlier this year that it is still planning on making second-generation Nokia X phones. Trimming The FatThe Bloomberg report suggests that global marketing for Xbox may be trimmed along with software testers who have become redundant in a world of cloud-based software, where its easier for engineers to test as they go. It is natural for a company the size of Microsoft to take stock of its portfolio every so often and axe teams that are not necessary to the core vision. That’s what healthy companies do. So, if Xbox’s international sales aren’t enough to merit paying marketers to reach consumers in some regions, those teams go. If engineering processes can get more efficient, there’s no reason to hold onto old ones.None of this is bad business. The good news is that Nadella has Microsoft focused. The bad news is he’s doing a poor job of communicating the changes inside and outside.Let’s just say it for him: It is high time that Nadella made Microsoft as efficient as possible. If that means cutting thousands of jobs, that’s what he needs to do. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinskicenter_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more


TAG Heuer unveils Carrera Tachymeter watch for men

first_imgTAG HEUER’S CARRERA TACHYMETER Rs 1,05,400TAG Heuer’s Carrera Tachymeter celebrates over 40 years of the Carrera. This new chronograph is powered with Calibre 16 automatic movement and combines refinement with the spirit of sport.It comes with a blue/silver and orange dial on a 41 mm polished steel case, a five-row,TAG HEUER’S CARRERA TACHYMETER Rs 1,05,400TAG Heuer’s Carrera Tachymeter celebrates over 40 years of the Carrera. This new chronograph is powered with Calibre 16 automatic movement and combines refinement with the spirit of sport.It comes with a blue/silver and orange dial on a 41 mm polished steel case, a five-row steel bracelet and a scratch-resistant sapphire case back.The functionality of the watch is reflected in the luminous hands and markers, the folding buckle with safety push buttons and the fact that it is water resistant up to 50 metres.Available at select outlets across the country.last_img read more


Alastair Cook suspended for one match for slow over rate

first_imgEngland captain Alastair Cook received a one-match suspension for a slow over rate in his team’s third one-day international against Sri Lanka.He was also fined 20 per cent of his match fee on Thursday, a day after England won the match by five wickets. The suspension from International Cricket Council match referee David Boon means Cook will miss the fourth match in the seven-match series on Sunday in Colombo.The penalties were imposed because Cook was guilty of the offense for a second time within 12 months.In the post-match interview after the match in Hambantota on Wednesday, Cook said he expected leniency considering the size of the ground, and the time it took for players to enter the playing area.last_img read more