Internal federal watchdog says Boeing crashes have ‘shaken’ confidence in FAA

(CNN)The Department of Transportation’s inspector general told senators on Wednesday that the agency’s actions in response to the fatal crashes of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft had “shaken” confidence in the Federal Aviation Administration. “It is very questionable if these were safety oriented additions why they were not part of the required template of measures that should go into an airplane,” she said in testimony before the Senate, where she was appearing to answer questions about her annual budget request. Yet Chao defended the decision of the FAA not to ground Boeing’s signature plane after the first of two fatal crashes. “The FAA is a very professional, fact-based organization, and they don’t make decisions that are too hasty,” she said. FAA …

Brexiters pile on pressure as Mays deal drifts away

High-stakes Chequers summit breaks up without agreement Theresa Mays prospects of getting her Brexit deal through parliament this week dramatically receded on Sunday night after a high-stakes summit with Boris Johnson and other leading hard-Brexiters at her country retreat broke up without agreement. Tory rebels present said that the prime minister repeated all the same lines about her deal and that nothing new emerged during the three-hour meeting, at which Jacob Rees-Mogg, Iain Duncan Smith and Dominic Raab were also present. One source said May was told by some of those present, including Rees-Mogg, that to get her Brexit deal through she needed to spell out when she was quitting No 10 so that another prime minister could lead the …

MPs debate Brexit options ahead of votes

The prime minister is preparing to meet her backbenchers later at the Conservative 1922 committee to push for further support for her withdrawal agreement. Live: MPs debate way forward for Brexit What are indicative votes? How the indicative vote process will work Prime Minister’s Questions: The verdict Earlier, the government ordered their MPs to vote against a business motion securing the indicative votes for this evening, but lost by 331 to 287. Conservative backbencher Sir Oliver Letwin, whose cross-party proposal ushered in today’s debate, said the only way leaving the EU with no-deal can be prevented is by crystallising an alternative majority and trying to carry it forward. He said that if MPs supported the prime minister’s deal in another …

The Apple Card Sounds Like A Billy McFarland Scam Betches

On Monday, Apple hosted a major event at its headquarters in California and made some major announcements about upcoming projects. The most exciting was the official reveal of Apple TV+, the new streaming service that is Apple’s direct competitor to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. They announced some enticing new shows, namely The Morning Show, a drama starring Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carell. It debuts this fall, and I’m basically already counting down the days. But now that I’ve had a few hours to process my excitement about Reese Witherspoon, it’s time to talk about the other huge announcement Apple made on Monday: they’re making a credit card. I have questions, and so should you. It’s called Apple Card, and …

Hangover-Free “Alcohol” Could Be Available For Your Consumption In The Next Five Years, Says Creator

When the drunken festivities of the night before turn into the crushing headache and existential dread of the morning after, who hasn’t come to regret that last glass of wine. The good news is that hangovers could soon be a thing of the past. According to researchers, synthetic alcohol that provides the buzz without the aftereffects could be available to purchase within the next five years. The man behind this magical elixir is David Nutt. Nutt is someone you may have heard of: he used to be the UK’s government drugs advisor but was promptly sacked when he argued horse riding (one serious adverse effect per every 350 exposures) was more dangerous than taking ecstasy (one per every 10,000). Afterward, …

Tory Brexiters want May resignation date in order to back deal

Prime minister under pressure to say publicly she will hand over next stage to new leader Theresa May is under intense pressure to set out a timetable for her departure from Downing Street to seal the support of Brexit hardliners for her twice-rejected deal. The prime minister will address Conservative MPs at a meeting of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers on Wednesday as the House of Commons prepares to vote on alternatives to her Brexit deal. There are renewed signs that leavers are reluctantly preparing to back her in a third meaningful vote rather than risk seeing Brexit slip away altogether. Photograph: Conservative Party/AFP Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. However, one Johnson supporter said May would need …

New York sues billionaire Sackler family over alleged role in opioid crisis

State attorney generals announcement comes after Oklahoma chooses to settle for $270m over Purdues marketing of OxyContin New York state has sued the billionaire tumultuous two weeks for Purdue Pharma, the Connecticut-based maker of OxyContin, and the leading members of the Sackler family that wholly own the private company. Purdue and the Sacklers opioid epidemic, after negotiating with the Oklahoma attorney general. Part of the settlement will go towards a treatment center. The Sacklers said their $75m payment was a voluntary pledge to establish an addiction and treatment centre in Oklahoma and did not amount to an admission of culpability. Just days earlier, one of the wealthy Sackler charitable foundations said it was suspending its donations to the arts, amid …

Amazon’s cloud will connect Volkswagen’s vast factory network

London (CNN Business)Volkswagen and Amazon are teaming up to develop cloud computing that should make the German carmaker’s vast factory network more productive. The goal is to make Volkswagen’s operations more efficient — for example by adjusting delivery times, reducing waste or identifying gaps in production. The system could launch before the end oftheyear. Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, said in a statement that the cloud project will “reinvent [Volkswagen’s] manufacturing and logistics processes.” Volkswagen (VLKAF) is investing heavily in new technology as it seeks to catch up to competitors in the transition to electric vehicles and turn the page on its diesel emissions scandal. Company executives have acknowledged that productivity issues are harming its bottom line. In …

30 People Share Their Worst Airbnb Experiences

AirBNB in Toronto. Sister and I brought our passports. They demanded we forfeit the passports on arrival. We said absolutely not and after hesitation were shown to our space. The rooms did not match the pictures posted at all. The place reeked of bleach that had been used recently. We took photos of every room, and quietly slipped out when no one was watching. Reported everything to AirBNB and were given a full refund. Their ad was removed and host blocked. Seriously believe we narrowly escaped being trafficked that day. We arrived at our AirB&B in Austin to find that the master bedroom had been quite literally blocked off by the pool table. We thought ”Eh, no biggie, they were …

Ministers tipped to replace PM rally round

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May’s de-facto deputy backs her leadership Two ministers touted as a potential caretaker PM in reports of a cabinet coup say they fully back Theresa May. Environment Secretary Michael Gove told reporters it was “not the time to change the captain of the ship”. And the PM’s de facto deputy David Lidington insisted he was “100% behind” Mrs May. Meanwhile, the Brexit secretary said an election will become more likely if MPs vote this week for a Brexit option the government does not want. MPs are expected to get the chance to hold a series of so-called indicative votes on possible alternatives to Mrs May’s withdrawal deal, but Brexit Secretary Stephen …

EU cannot betray ‘increasing majority’ who want UK to remain, says Tusk

EC president hails those who marched against Brexit and revoke article 50 petitioners Donald Tusk has issued a rallying call to the increasing majority of British people who want to cancel Brexit and stay in the EU. In a stirring intervention, the European council president has praised those Guy Verhofstadt compares Nigel Farage to Blackadder character video Tusks comments came as the million people who have signed a UK parliament petition seeking the revocation of article 50. The email informed signatories that this government will not revoke article 50. It went on: Revoking article 50 would break the promises made by government to the British people, disrespect the clear instruction from a democratic vote, and in turn reduce confidence in …

Disney tops Hollywood hierarchy closing 21st Century Fox deal

Disneys deal is a fightback against tech industry, Netflix and Amazon. Six changes to expect Disney closed its while also dominating globally. Overnight this has jumped to 36% after the Fox takeover. By comparison, its closest competitor, Warner Brothers, had a 16% share last year. Expect fewer X-Men as the Marvel team comes together When Disneys deal to buy Fox was first announced Marvel fans rejoiced at the prospect of (most of) the Marvel universe being brought back together for the first time in almost three decades. Chunks of rights to franchises, including the X-Men and Fantastic Four, had been sold off to different studios when Marvel hit hard times in the 1990s. The Disney deal has brought them back …

Craft workers ‘need their own titles’

The levels of apprenticeships are “poorly understood” by the public, the think tank says – and introducing titles could be a way of showing people’s achievements. Sign of respect Those who have vocational qualifications equivalent to a university degree could be known as “craftsman” or “craftswoman”, the think tank says. The exhausting road to my apprenticeship dream Firms re-labelling jobs as apprenticeships Eight things about apprenticeships But those who have advanced further could be known as “master craftsman” or “master craftswoman”. The report points to the example of Germany, where a “meister” will have achieved high professional qualifications. Related Topics Apprenticeships Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Vote on PM’s deal may not take place

That was one of four “clear choices” she outlined, along with revoking Article 50 which she says would “betray the result of the referendum”, leaving with no deal, or getting her deal approved next week. The final option relies on Commons Speaker John Bercow allowing her to bring the deal back after he previously ruled that another vote couldn’t be held without “substantial” changes to the deal. She offered to talk to MPs over the coming days “as Parliament prepares to take momentous decisions”. Ministers ‘divided’ on Brexit votes process Brexit’s fate in British hands, says Tusk MPs set to vote on alternative Brexit plans Brexit: What just happened? Mrs May also referred to her televised address on Wednesday, in …

Airbus lands a massive deal with China as Boeing battles its 737 Max crisis

Hong Kong (CNN Business)As Boeing struggles with the 737 Max crisis, its big rival Airbus has announced a huge order from China. The massive Airbus order contrasts starkly with the problems facing Boeing, whose bestselling jetliner, the 737 Max, has been idled worldwide after being involved in two deadly crashes in less than five months. China was the first country to ground the 737 Max earlier this month following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight. The 737 Max competes directly with Airbus’ A320neo. The two single-aisle aircraft, which fly short- and medium-haul routes, have each amassed thousands of orders from carriers around the globe. Indonesian airline Garuda said last week that it is seeking to cancel a multibillion-dollar order …

‘I feel like a pariah’ how art dealer Mary Boone fell from grace

One of New Yorks most renowned art dealers and gallerists is heading to prison for filing false tax returns, closing her gallery simultaneously During New Yorks Armory week, the citys foremost art fair, most of the art openings were a celebration but there was one that was bittersweet. The Mary Boone Gallery poured free wine for one of the final times before closing next month. Its famed gallerist will soon be sent to federal prison for two and a half years after the New York Times, as her gallery is slated to close on 27 April. At her last opening reception, more than $3m in taxes and has already paid back over $6m in arrears and restitution to the IRS. …