PUBLISHED: 08:57 19 October 2018 Jessica Hill Ken O'Toole, chief executive of Stansted Airport. Picture: TONY PICK PHOTOGRAPHY © 2017 Tony Pick Although most of the 93,000 passengers passing through Stansted’s doors tomorrow for the start of their half term holidays will be blissfully unaware of it, the next few weeks will be a crucially defining moment in the history of Stansted Airport. London Stansted CEO, Ken O’Toole at the recent launch of Emirates service to Dubai Picture: STEVE BATESEnabling airports to increase their passenger numbers always sparks huge controversy in the UK, and Stansted’s own plans to raise the cap from 35m to 43m a year have met with some local opposition. The campaign group Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) tried to get the decision about raising the cap taken out of Uttlesford District Council’s hands by serving legal papers for central Government to take control, but their attempt was unsuccessful and … [Read more...] about Our in-depth interview with Stansted’s chief executive Ken O’Toole
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By Olivia P. Tallet Published 5:00 am CDT, Thursday, September 20, 2018 As the Houston area’s foreign-born population continues to grow, diversify and participate in the regional economy, the area is becoming a national bellwether on how recent immigration policies are negatively impacting immigrant communities, according to a new report. Entitled “A profile of Houston’s diverse immigrant population in a rapidly changing policy landscape,” the report was released Thursday by the Migration Policy Institute, an immigration think tank in Washington .D.C. It was commissioned by the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, a coalition of organizations providing legal services to low-income immigrants. “Houston is like a model case in the country to look at how national immigration policy changes are affecting immigrant and the cities (nationwide), because it has such a large population of foreign-born, it’s close to the border and … [Read more...] about Report: Immigrant community in Houston region growing more diverse but facing challenges
opinion Neal Rubin The Detroit News Published 4:03 p.m. UTC Jul 14, 2018 A play about Shri Thanedar based on Shri Thanedar's autobiography drew applause and approval Friday from five dozen people who had started their evening by shaking hands or taking selfies with Shri Thanedar. It was not, in other words, a hypercritical crowd. As for Shri Thanedar, Democratic candidate for governor, he cried. "And my wife cried," he said. Maybe the series of vignettes came slowly, brief scenes punctuated by long set changes, but the part where he left his family in India behind and came to America? The problems at the visa office? The car wreck? "Things came alive for us." "The Blue Suitcase," based on the self-published book by the same name, had certain flaws. Sound, for instance, provided only by two microphones planted on stands. Lighting, provided only by a spotlight. The aforementioned pace. But it had sincerity on its side, which was worth a lot. And a nice performance as Thanedar … [Read more...] about Shri Thanedar’s story takes center stage — in a play
Gerry Shih Associated Press Published 2:22 p.m. UTC May 28, 2018 Almaty, Kazakhstan — Hour upon hour, day upon day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China’s new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist Party. When Bekali, a Kazakh Muslim, refused to follow orders each day, he was forced to stand at a wall for five hours at a time. A week later, he was sent to solitary confinement, where he was deprived of food for 24 hours. After 20 days in the heavily guarded camp, he wanted to kill himself. “The psychological pressure is enormous, when you have to criticize yourself, denounce your thinking — your own ethnic group,” said Bekali, who broke down in tears as he described the camp. “I still think about it every night, until the sun rises. I can’t sleep. The thoughts are with me all the time.” Since last spring, Chinese … [Read more...] about China’s re-education camps evoke Mao
Published 5:00 am, Friday, May 4, 2018 Photo: Marie D. De Jesus, Houston Chronicle / Houston Chronicle Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Matt McCarroll, is founder, President and CEO of Fieldwood Energy LLC, the largest operator on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf. The company recently emerged from bankruptcy protection. Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Houston. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle ) less Matt McCarroll, is founder, President and CEO of Fieldwood Energy LLC, the largest operator on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf. The company recently emerged from bankruptcy protection. Thursday, April 19, 2018, in ... more Photo: Marie D. De Jesus, Houston Chronicle / Houston Chronicle What does future hold for the offshore sector? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery What does the future hold for offshore drilling? Matt McCarroll, CEO of … [Read more...] about What does future hold for the offshore sector?