Protests at Exeter over OSFL abortion panel event

first_imgElla Richards commented, “We decided to organise the protest because we were really uncomfortable about the prospect of an antiabortion group holding a meeting at a place which is ultimately a home for a lot of people. One in three women in the UK will have an abortion before they are 45; statistically there will be students, staff , and fellows who have been personally aff ected by abortion in some way.”The event was also attended by many pro-life advocates, including a Sacristan at Pusey House, Guy Jackson, who told Cherwell, “A lot of people seem to assume that being pro-woman means being pro-choice as well. It was refreshing to hear from women who disagree.”On its website, OSFL claims that it is a nonsectarian group dedicated to “promoting a culture of life at the University and in the wider community, advocating the protection of human life and dignity from conception to natural death”.The society holds regular pro-life events which have attracted signifi cant attention in the past. Last term, OSFL had planned a debate between historian and writer Timothy Stanley and journalist Brendan O’Neill at Christ Church entitled ‘This House believes Britain’s Abortion Culture Hurts Us All’. After a large protest was organised by OxRevFems, the debate was deemed a “security issue” and ultimately abandoned. O’Neill described the protestors as “the new enemies of free speech”.After this week’s event, a member of OSFL told Cherwell, “Last night was less about winning arguments than about having a sensitive and responsible discussion of the complex issue of abortion, and we were grateful to the pro-choice audience members who came along and contributed. In their diff erent ways, our five speakers all offered hope that we can build a society which values both women and the unborn.”Emily Watson, a panel member, told Cherwell, “It’s wonderful to see dialogue being enabled around the important issue of abortion. It’s a serious issue that deserves attention, and a university like Oxford is a great place to discuss why more young people are declaring themselves pro-life.” Oxford Students for Life held a controversial panel event at Exeter College on Wednesday, attracting protesters from across Oxford University. Around 20 students turned out on the evening of the event to express their opposition to the event taking place in the College. Exeter College refused to cancel the event, however, citing concerns over freedom of speech.The pro-life event, entitled ‘Pro-life feminism: A panel discussion’ is part of OSFL’s ‘3rd Week focus on pro-life feminism’ and featured a panel of five female speakers discussing why they are both feminist and pro-life. The all-female panel featured a paediatrician, a qualified solicitor, a Rhodes Schola r, a trainee teacher, and a charity fundraiser explaining how they came to support a pro-life stance, and how they find a pro-life ethos to be compatible with their feminism.The panel was organised after a peer supporter at Exeter booked the College room. Despite calls from some, including students who had themselves had abortions, to have the event cancelled, College offi cials decided to proceed.A peaceful protest against the event was organised by Alice Nutting and Ella Richards, both English students at the College. The protest’s Facebook event stated that whilst OSFL were entitled to hold the discussion, Exeter College had a duty of care toward students and staff , which includes not making them feel uncomfortable in their home.Protestors proceeded to gather outside the Saskatchewan Room where the discussion was being held and made paper fl owers with pro-choice statements and expressions of discontent written on them.Before the event, Alice Nutting told Cherwell, “I’ve organised this protest as I want college to be a safe place for all those who’ve had an abortion – we’re here, we’ve made fl owers and we’re out in solidarity for all those who’ve had to have an abortion. We’ll be asking questions and making our views known.”Many of the protestors attended the discussion, using the Q&A session to question the pro-life views of the panel. All bar one of the questions asked came from pro-choice protesters. However, Richards responded, “We would still have preferred that the discussion was not held in a college and we are pleased that the College is now working out a system so that events like this don’t occur in future.”A film night was organised by the JCR for students who wanted to avoid the tense atmosphere around the debate. The JCR Executive and Exeter College declined to comment on their decision to allow the booking of the room and the discussion to proceed.Two anonymous testimonies from Exeter students who have had abortions were submitted to Cherwell. They can be read below:Person AI had an abortion whilst in my first year at Exeter. I couldn’t see how this event was in the academic or welfare interests of students; I couldn’t understand why the event had been advertised at other colleges but not at Exeter. I expressed these concerns to College.The event went ahead. After peacefully protesting outside, I went in to hear their views. The talk began with them stating that the event was not a debate; we were simply to hear the opinions of the pro-life speakers, and there could be questions at the end.Some what the speakers said was surprising. One speaker spoke of how abortion clinics in the USA “target” people, specifically “Black and Hispanic communities”. When, at the end, I asked how a clinic can “target” someone – does it hunt them down, get them pregnant, and force them to have an abortion? – members of the panel expressed the view that abortion in the USA was introduced as a form of “eugenics” aimed at controlling the Black and Hispanic population, and that the preponderance of abortion clinics in Black and Hispanic neighborhoods today is evidence of that campaign of “black genocide”.I defend the rights of women to be able to choose abortion. I defend the rights of Pro-Lifers to disagree with me. Sadly, though, the event did very little for free speech, and even less for the Pro-Life cause.Person BAs someone who had an abortion less than a month ago, I was deeply distressed to find that my own College, who had been made aware of my abortion at the time, decided to allow the event to occur – especially when I, along with others, expressed serious welfare concerns to the College.We held a peaceful, well-attended protest outside, writing positive, pro-choice feminist messages on origami flowers that talk attendees had to walk past. We then decided to go in and hear the panel’s views on ‘pro-life feminism’.Expecting discussion based on the concept that life begins at birth, instead the panel said some productive things about improving help for young single mothers, but balanced out any positivity with anecdotal evidence and claims such as: feminists should consider that abortion deprives men of fatherhood; some abortion clinics offer women no other advice and pressure women into abortion; and, moreover, that the panel wished to give women “more options”, but still wanted to abolish abortion.I found out later that the student from Exeter that booked the room did so believing that it was for a talk on increasing support for single young mothers, which was clearly not what it ended up being. I would have preferred that the talk was not held where I live, sleep and work, and I’m glad that in response a system is now being put in place by College to not allow this to occur again. In the meantime, attending the debate and hearing just how spurious, unfounded and frankly libellous much of what the pro-life speakers said made me have hope that their cause will go no further.last_img read more

Winter Storm Update

first_imgA Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Cape May & Atlantic Counties for Saturday.Get ready for a significant coastal snowstorm to affect our area on Saturday. Models have generally come into agreement that the storm track that was once supposed to stay to our south and give us a brush with some snow has now inched closer to us. As a result, Snow amounts forecast from this morning have increased a bit. With temperatures in the 20s, snow will accumulate easily on roads and sidewalks. Snow will become heavy at times on Saturday with near-blizzard like conditions as winds will increase out of the north 20-25mph with gusts to 30mph+. Hazardous travel is expected especially during the late morning and early afternoon as the highest snowfall rates occur. Travel will be troublesome even after the storm ends by late afternoon and into the night as winds will cause blowing and drifting of snow.Computer model shows heaviest snow falling as storm makes its closest pass by midday. (Courtesy: tropicaltidbits.com)With colder temperatures, the snow will be lighter, fluffy snow unlike the normal heavy wet snow we usually get. As a result, snow amounts will be higher due to fluff factor. Generally, snow to liquid ratio is 10 to 1 (10″ of snow to 1″ of liquid). In this case with colder temperatures, the ratio could be at least be 12 to 1. In this case, a .50″-.75″ liquid would equate to 6″-10″!High resolution computer model shows increased amounts but not as high as Southeast VA and New England where over a 12″+ will fall. (Courtesy: WSI)Here is the timeline of what to expect.4AM -Light snow arrives7AM -2PM -Brunt Of Storm-Snow, heavy at times, winds increase.After 5PM Snow Ends, Windy with Blowing SnowTOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS 6″-10″The maps below are from the NWS showing the most likely snowfall and worst case scenario.last_img read more

Big Gigantic Confirms Two-Night ‘Rowdytown 5’ At Red Rocks

first_imgBeloved duo Big Gigantic will once again bring the noise to the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, as the group has announced their 5th annual Rowdytown celebration. This year’s performances will take place from September 23-24, and special guests will be announced in the coming days and weeks.Rowdytown is always quite the fun time, as evidenced by the last four years of Big G’s performances on the Rocks. Last year’s performances included RL Grime, Snails, Thomas Jack, Defunk and more, and past editions have featured theNEWDEAL, The Floozies, Savoy and members of The Motet for a live Big G performance.Check out the poster below, and head to Big G’s website for tickets and more details about Rowdytown 5.last_img read more

Danica investment director departs as new strategy takes shape

first_imgDanica Pension’s investment director Peter Lindegaard is leaving the Danske Bank subsidiary as the firm hunts for a replacement with the skills to implement its new strategy focusing on direct holdings. A spokesman for Danica Pension said news reports that Lindegaard had been fired following years of disappointing investment results were “a bit strong”. He told IPE: “Jacob Aarup-Andersen (Danica Pension CFO) and Peter Lindegaard believe it is sensible to find another investment director with different skills.” The company and Lindegaard – who has held the position of investment director for five years – had agreed it was the best thing to do, he said.  Danica Pension will unveil a new investment strategy in the autumn that will focus on investing directly in companies. “The CFO is working on it right now,” the spokesman said. “In the future, we will do things differently from the way we have done up to now.” Last month, Danica Pension made its first major direct investment, heralding the start of its new strategy. The pensions firm bought a minority stake in marine logistics firm Unifeeder for DKK400m (€53.6m), as part of its overall strategy to replace some bond investments with this type of investment. Over the next two years, Danica Pension said it expected to make direct investments of more than DKK10bn. Although Lindegaard has not yet left the company, an interim investment director has been put in place, the spokesman said.  Lars Pano Thørs, who was already working in Danica Pension’s investment department, has taken over Lindegaard’s role temporarily, he said. Danica Pension had not yet initiated a search for a new investment director, but this process will begin very soon. Its spokesman added: “Peter has been a valued member of staff in Danica, and we thank him for his efforts.” Lindegaard himself was unavailable to comment. Aarup-Andersen joined Danica Pension at the beginning of June as CFO and one of the subsidiary’s three directors, coming to the pensions subsidiary from another part of the Danske Bank group – Danske Capital. At Danske Capital, he headed the launch of the Europe Long-Short Dynamic fund.  He has a background in hedge fund management, having co-founded the Montrica hedge fund in 2006, which was then sold to TPG-Axon in 2010. Before that, he worked in London for Goldman Sachs’s investment banking unit between 2002 and 2005.last_img read more

McDaniels posts double-double, alters Syracuse’s shots around rim

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse knew what it was getting in K.J. McDaniels before he arrived at the Carrier Dome, but once he got on the court he gave a reminder of the fearsome presence he can be.He leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in blocks per game with 2.6 and is perhaps the best shot blocker among players that aren’t big men in the entire country.One of the first times that Tyler Ennis tried to drive to the lane, McDaniels was caught a bit behind the play, but that didn’t matter. He caught up and swatted Ennis’ layup attempt off the backboard.“I just had to adjust to the way he plays defense and the way he crashes the boards and goes to the basket,” the SU guard said. “He’s a really good athlete — one of the best in the conference and definitely the country, as well.”The Clemson forward blocked two shots during his Tigers’ 57-44 loss to the No. 1 Orange on Sunday in the Carrier Dome, but he was a presence on both ends of the floor with 19 points and 10 rebounds to go along with his blocks.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textClemson only finished with four blocked shots, but the Tigers provided Syracuse with a physical challenge every time the Orange tried to get to the rim.SU forward C.J. Fair made a perfect pass to Michael Gbinije as he cut backdoor for a would-be easy dunk during the first half, but Clemson forward Landry Nnoko slid over in time to stuff Gbinije at the rim.Against a team that slows it down, every possession becomes critical, and blocked shots constitute wasted possessions.“You have to be patient. You have to be sure you get a good shot,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We aren’t going to try to do anything too fast.”McDaniels, however, was at the forefront of the Tigers’ defensive efforts. After McDaniels blocked Ennis, the guard didn’t score again until the final seven minutes of the game.The Orange dominated in the paint, outscoring Clemson 32-14, but several came on putback dunks and layups and a handful more came from Fair, who was about the only player that McDaniels couldn’t fluster.McDaniels was still able to rattle off a strong performance, but he wasn’t as dominant as he could have been.Said Fair: “I just wanted to keep him moving because he’s an active player on the offensive end.” Comments Published on February 9, 2014 at 11:46 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Sub-Slab Mineral Wool

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img UPDATED on April 5, 2016Most green builders who need a layer of horizontal insulation under a concrete slab specify expanded polystyrene (EPS), an affordable product that performs well in this application. If a builder specifies high-density EPS rated for below-grade use, the product is very durable.That said, many green builders don’t like EPS. Some object to the fact that polystyrene is made from petroleum, while others worry about possible health problems associated with the brominated flame retardants that polystyrene manufacturers add to EPS.These builders have always wished there was a good, affordable way to insulate concrete slabs without the use of foam.Mineral wool insulation is available in several different forms. Some builders have looked at the densest available mineral wool panels and wondered, “Are these insulation panels dense enough to install under a slab?” When asked that question, mineral wool manufacturers have usually answered “no” — at least until the last few months.A couple of years ago, I asked Iain Stuart, a technical solutions coordinator at Roxul, about using Roxul under concrete slabs. Stuart told me flatly that Roxul insulation products were “not for horizontal use under slabs.”After several years of dithering, however, the engineers at Roxul, a manufacturer of mineral wool insulation, recently gave builders the OK to use horizontal mineral wool insulation under concrete slabs.The first sign that Roxul was ready to change its public position came last fall. In the November 2014 issue of Environmental Building News, former editor Alex Wilson shared the news that a Roxul representative at a Passive House conference in Portland, Maine, announced that the company would “stand behind” the use of Roxul mineral wool insulation installed horizontally under slabs.Ever since Wilson shared that news, I’ve been waiting to see whether the oral announcement by a Roxul representative… last_img read more

Thermal and Moisture Control Layers

first_imgHow to Design a WallHow Risky Is Cold OSB Wall Sheathing? Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam SheathingVapor Retarders and Vapor BarriersRigid Foam Choices Installing Mineral Wool Insulation Over Exterior Wall SheathingInstalling Roxul Mineral Wool on Exterior Walls RELATED ARTICLES Choosing the best exterior insulationWith those decisions made, what should we use for exterior insulation? The most common exterior insulation is rigid foam, either XPS (extruded polystyrene) or polyisocyanurate (PIC). A third option is EPS (expanded polystyrene).Although my feeling is that foam insulation is probably the best use for oil, in debating what materials to use, I argued strongly against XPS. XPS’s blowing agents are nasty — they stay in the atmosphere, and even though XPS insulation saves energy, in terms of global warming potential, XPS is usually a net loss to the planet, according to research by David White. Additionally, as XPS ages, its R-value decreases, and at useful thicknesses, it’s fairly effective at blocking the ability of the wall to dry to the exterior. In the plus category, it’s readily available, has decent compressive strength, and is easy to work with. Until the industry changes to the more benign blowing agents used for XPS in Europe, though, it’s always my last choice for insulation.Roxul ComfortBoard ISPolyiso has fairly benign, pentane-based blowing agents, and it is advertised as having a high R-value per inch, but with its usual foil facing, it is a total vapor barrier. Not only does its R-value decline over time, but it also loses performance as the temperature drops, just when you need it the most.EPS is vapor semipermeable at thicknesses less than 3 inches, has relatively safe blowing agents, and stable R-value, plus it’s generally less expensive than the other options. It can be crumbly to work with, and it shares with XPS a brominated flame retardant that is not safe to ingest, but if I had to choose a foam, my first choice would be EPS. My second choice would be polyiso.Fortunately, there is an alternative that is good for the house and good for the planet: rigid mineral wool, in the form of Roxul ComfortBoard IS (the IS is for “insulating sheathing”). It will keep the sheathing warm and dry, and it has low global warming potential and stable R-values. It’s a lot like a wearing a wool coat compared to a rain slicker. It’s a bit of a pain to install compared to the other options, but it’s completely vapor-open. Not only will it allow the occasional raindrop that finds its way past the siding to drain freely, but it will let the wall sheathing dry to the exterior if and when it needs to. Installed with 1x strapping, it makes an excellent ventilated rainscreen that is open to air movement at both the top and bottom of the wall.Considering my obsession with managing water and water vapor and my strong desire to build resilient yet energy-efficient homes, I am happy with the ProHOME wall assembly. Editor’s note: This post originally was published as part of the ProHOME series at Fine Homebuilding magazine. Michael Maines is a Certified Passive House Consultant and residential designer based in Palermo, Maine. Detailing for Climate Zone 5To meet code requirements for limiting vapor transmission by diffusion into the wall in Climate Zone 5, we needed a Class 1 or Class 2 vapor retarder on the interior, but with at least R-7.5 exterior insulation, the code allows a Class 3 vapor retarder. (Class 1 is 0.1 perm or less; Class 2 is from 0.1 to 1.0 perms; Class 3 is from 1.0 to 10.0 perms. Over 10 perms is considered vapor-open.)CertainTeed is now selling kraft-faced batts with its vapor-variable MemBrain vapor retarder adhered to the kraft paper. The MemBrain normally blocks most water vapor diffusion as a Class 2 vapor retarder, but when the relative humidity reaches about 60% (when bad things can happen), it opens up to be vapor-open, allowing the wall to dry to the interior. With airtight sheathing, vapor movement by diffusion is not considered to be a major issue by prominent building scientists, but the MemBrain gives us insurance.If we needed a functional air barrier at the interior, as some builders try to do with poly sheeting, then MemBrain in sheet form would be a better choice. Because we are using Huber’s Zip System oriented strand board (OSB) sheathing as the airtight layer for the walls, we don’t need to worry about the interior of the walls being perfectly airtight, although there would be no harm if it were a second airtight layer.Zip System sheathing is denser and more airtight than regular OSB (I learned that the hard way on a Passive House project), and Zip’s tape system is now familiar to most contractors. Like other OSB products, though, it is more sensitive to moisture than materials such as plywood or solid lumber. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad product; just that moisture control needs to be considered when using any OSB.The phenolic coating on Zip sheds liquid water effectively and is open to water vapor. Huber does not publish data for the actual vapor permeance of its sheathing, but standard OSB is usually between 1.0 and 2.0 perms, with some third-party testing finding that Zip is below 1.0 perm. The permeability of OSB and plywood sheathing varies with relative humidity, so it’s hard to pin down. In any case, the Zip panel can be assumed to be borderline between a Class 2 and Class 3 vapor retarder, meaning that it will allow water vapor to pass through, albeit at a slow rate. If the sheathing temperature is below the dew point of the air, the water vapor will condense out of the air and onto the surface of the OSB. Capillary action will then draw the moisture into the OSB.center_img Exterior insulation protects the sheathingTo reduce the chances of the OSB becoming saturated, our main defense is to keep air from flowing through the assembly, which we’ve already covered. The next defense is to keep the sheathing above the dew point by installing continuous exterior insulation. One of the key details of a wall with exterior insulation in Climate Zones 3 and higher is to make sure the proportion of exterior to interior R-value is high enough to prevent condensation most of the year. The exterior insulation keeps the sheathing warmer than the outdoor air, but insulation slows heat flow in both directions, so the cavity insulation keeps indoor heat from reaching the sheathing.The 2012 IRC has a handy way to make sure the sheathing stays above the dew point most of the year: table R402.1.1, which shows the minimum R-value of cavity and exterior insulation. [Editor’s note: Strictly speaking, the previous sentence is inaccurate. For more information on this topic, see Comments #10 and #11, below, as well as a GBA article titled The 2012 Code Encourages Risky Wall Strategies.] For Rhode Island (Zone 5), it’s 13 + 5. In other words, a minimum of R-13 cavity insulation with a minimum of R-5 exterior insulation. What’s not clear from that table is that if you increase the levels of insulation, it’s very important to keep the proportional relationship the same, or to err on the side of additional exterior insulation. You can’t just keep code-minimum R-5 exterior insulation and bump the cavity insulation up to R-21; if you do, the sheathing will be too cold during a typical winter and condensation will occur.For Zone 5, the relationship is 38% exterior to 62% cavity. We have R-21 cavity, which means that we need at least R-8 exterior insulation to control condensation. Table R702.7.1 supports this math, requiring at least R-7.5 for a 2×6 wall if you want to use a Class 3 interior vapor retarder.We could have installed more exterior insulation; from an energy use point of view, more insulation is always better, but there are diminishing returns. Energy modeling showed that going from 2 inches to 4 inches of exterior insulation would save about 250kwh/year — less than $40 worth of electricity and less than the annual output of a single PV panel. I have designed Passive Houses with R-40 exterior insulation, so I’m not afraid of using too much, but considering the added expense and hassle of installing thicker rigid insulation, we opted to stick with 2 inches. At R-8 for the 2-inch thickness, we meet condensation-control requirements. When installed over an otherwise conventionally framed wall (or a wall built using advanced framing), continuous exterior insulation, also known as insulating sheathing, is a great way to improve whole-wall R-values and to keep the framing and sheathing dry. There are some tricks to choosing size and type of materials, though.Depending on the situation, I use different wall systems. For low-energy new construction, the builders I work with often prefer either double-stud walls with cellulose insulation, or Larson-truss type outriggers with infill insulation over a standard stud wall. Both can work well, but they have their downsides, including cost, wall thickness, and water-vapor management. Many builders, including Mike Guertin, prefer continuous exterior insulation. Since builders seem to have strong opinions on which wall type they prefer, and I think they can all work fine if designed and detailed well, I worked with Mike to design a durable, efficient wall detail at the ProHOME.The wall is framed with 2x6s 24 inches on center and insulated with fiberglass batts. The R-value of fiberglass batts is typically a bit more than that of cellulose and a bit less than mineral wool, but they’re all pretty similar. I have to say that fiberglass batts are rarely my first choice for insulation, but they are readily available and inexpensive, and in the right conditions — installed tightly in an airtight cavity with limited temperature differential across the batts — they can perform as intended. (The common assumption that they should not be compressed is wrong; if you compress them, their R-value per inch increases, up to a point.) It’s important to have at least one really good air barrier somewhere in the wall assembly. It’s OK to have more than one air barrier, but it’s never OK to have more than one vapor barrier. I prefer to use vapor retarders rather than vapor barriers, as I’ll describe below. Air barriers and vapor barriers (or vapor retarders) can be one product that does double duty, or they can be dedicated layers. For the ProHOME, we are using one air barrier and two vapor retarders (the sheathing is acting as both a vapor retarder and the principal air barrier).last_img read more

TMC files complaint against BJP for using Khali in poll campaign

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress has written to the Election Commission of India (ECI), protesting against BJP for engaging wrestler the Great Khali during an election campaign in favour of Anupam Hazra, who is contesting from the Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat on the saffron party’s ticket.A complaint lodged with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) raised questions on how a foreign national can take part election campaign for Hazra. The complaint also alleged that BJP is trying to influence the electors by using Khali, who is a national of the United States of America. The wrestler campaigned for Hazra on April 26. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”He (Khali) holds a US citizenship. Therefore, a foreigner shouldn’t be allowed to influence the minds of Indian electors,” reads the complaint. The complaint also says; “Dalip Singh Rana, who is known by the name the Great Khali, was seen campaigning for Anupam Hazra, the BJP candidate from Jadavpur. He was seen campaigning from an open top jeep on the streets of Jadavpur. Rana is not an Indian citizen and holds citizenship under the United States of America. BJP is using Rana’s celebrity status to misguide Indian voters.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt is also mentioned in the complaint that Khali gave an interview saying that he would be present for Hazra whenever he would be called in. “I have specially come from America to support my younger brother. He is filing his nomination papers. I want to request everyone to cast their votes for him. Do not waste your votes. Anupam is a learned man and he knows your troubles and will be able to serve you better than anyone else,” Khali was quoted in the complaint. During his campaign, Hazra said that Khali is a popular global youth icon and many of his supporters had requested him to do something exceptional. Hence, he thought it was a unique platform to bring in the popular wrestler. The letter alleged that BJP is desperate to win the elections by any means possible. In this case, utilising the help of a non-citizen who has no information about the intricacies of Indian politics or what may be the best option for the Indian electors. Trinamool urged the Election Commission to take action against the BJP candidate in this regard. Additional CEO Sanjay Basu said that they have received the complaint and an inquiry is being conducted into the incident. “We will comment on the issue after we receive a report in this regard,” he added.last_img read more

Vistara to hire 100 pilots 400 cabin crew from Jet

first_imgMumbai: In one of its largest hiring exercise since it began operations over three years back, the premium carrier Vistara is hiring around 500–100 pilots and 400 cabin crew–mostly from the grounded Jet Airways, say industry and airline sources. The grounding of Jet has come as an opportunity for the market to hire readily-available skilled workforce from the licenced categories–pilots, engineers and cabin crew–and deploy them directly into specifics roles, thereby saving time and money on training them, they said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraAfter unsuccessfully looking for an investor or fresh bank loans for months, Jet Airways had finally on April 17 stopped operations, leaving over 22,000 employees in the lurch. Of these around 1,300 are pilots and over 2,000 are cabin crew. Tuesday was the last day of the two-day recruitment drive for the cabin crew at the Tatas-Singapore Airline-run Vistara, which took place simultaneously in Mumbai and Gurugram, they said. “Vistara, which is likely to begin international operations soon, is in the process of inducting 100 pilots besides 400 cabin crew. Most of the new workforce is expected to come from the grounded carrier Jet,” said a source. A Vistara spokesperson was not available to comment.last_img read more