Ontario inquest bears echo of residential school tragedy First Nation leader

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA – An Ontario inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations high school students is raising difficult questions and themes sure to be echoed by a forthcoming inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, Aboriginal leaders say. The inquiry, which resumes Monday in Thunder Bay, is exploring how the deaths were investigated and the level of communication between officials and families, Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said in an interview. Nishnawbe Aski is one of the parties with standing at the inquest. “I think there are a couple of themes that have emerged from this inquest that we see a strong parallel with the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls,” Fiddler said. “One is the racism that these students experienced here in Thunder Bay and the lack of proper attention by the authorities into these deaths. There were delays in launching a full-scale search for these students once they were reported missing.” The inquest, which is being conducted in phases in front of a jury, is exploring what happened to 15-year-old Jethro Anderson, 18-year-old Curran Strang, 21-year-old Paul Panacheese, 19-year-old Robyn Harper, 17-year-old Kyle Morrisseau, 15-year-old Jordan Wabasse and 15-year-old Reggie Bushie. The deaths, which occurred between 2000 and 2011, all took place while the students were living in Thunder Bay, away from their First Nations communities, in order to be able to attend high school. Many northern Ontario communities lack high schools, which forces young people to live in boarding houses that are closer to available facilities, Fiddler said. “For the most part, you don’t have a choice but to go to high school _ whether it is in Sioux Lookout or Timmins or Thunder Bay,” he said. It’s an experience with which Fiddler has first-hand knowledge. “For me, it was the realization I was one of those kids,” he said, recalling the memory of leaving his First Nations community to attend school in Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay. “It hits pretty close to home. You can’t help but feel that you have to do something about what was happening _ and what is happening.” Although the jury’s conclusions are not binding, the hope is that it can make recommendations in order to prevent deaths in similar circumstances. The inquest is expected to highlight systemic problems with First Nations child welfare and access to education _ areas also flagged in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recent findings in its exhaustive study of Canada’s now-defunct residential school system. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett called the Thunder Bay deaths a “terrible tragedy.” “Obviously the child welfare system is not working and I have already promised that we will look at it and overhaul it to make sure that we can have families stay together whenever possible,” said Bennett. “This is truly sobering, this inquest … we want to be able to put in place concrete actions at all levels of government to prevent this tragedy in the future.” Canada may no longer have residential schools, but the attitudes and stigmas that helped bring them about are still a factor, said NDP Indigenous affairs critic Charlie Angus, whose northern Ontario riding includes a number of First Nations communities. “I’ve spoken with young people who have left home at 14 and lived in boarding houses,” Angus said.“ They talk about the residential schools; they say, ‘This is what my grandparents when through.”’ Young Indigenous people are often forced to leave their tight-knit home communities behind, ending up in big cities that can be dark and dangerous alternate worlds, Angus said. “Why is that situation happening? It is because the federal government doesn’t supply high schools in many of these communities.” Bennett said the new Liberal government is looking at solutions. “I’m heartened by the fact that so many people are thinking about these things and obviously it really touches Charlie Angus’s riding,” she said. “The kinds of supports and services that are there for those communities (are) clearly not adequate.”last_img read more

App to detect fake currency developed

first_imgKolkata: Researchers at IIT Kharagpur have developed a smartphone-based application to detect counterfeit currency and also provided solutions for industrial operations ranging from thermal power plants to nuclear radiation tracking, an official said. A group of six students from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering developed the code for a smartphone application to detecting counterfeit currency. The image processing application which can detect counterfeit currency, can be installed on smartphones and thus used by people at various points to reduce the chances of fraud, a statement said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”A user can upload a currency note image and the mobile app would verify its authenticity using 25 features extracted from the front and rear side of the currency note. In case of detection of a fake note, the user will also be notified…,” TYSS Santosh, the research leader, said. To address the issue of occupational hazard for people working in the domain of a nuclear-powered device, students were asked to develop a solution for visualising and localising a 3D radiation source along with its size, shape and orientation, given the data on spatial dosage. The 6-member student team proposed a solution based on Boltzmann Transport Equations dealing with the flow of heat in fluids from hotter regions to colder ones. The students solved the reverse Boltzmann Transport Equations using the dataset for a given area to estimate the source location. “This solution is well-suited to occupational workers carrying wearable sensors detecting radiation dose data.”last_img read more

Morocco to Celebrate Eid Al Mawlid November 20

Rabat-  In a statement, Morocco’s Ministry of Endowment and Islamic Affairs announced that as the 1st of Rabi Al Awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar fell on November 9, Eid Al Mawlid celebrated by Sunni Muslims on the 12th of Rabi Al Awwal, will be on November 20.Morocco observed the crescent moon indicating the start of Rabi Al Awwal in the evening of November 8 coinciding with the second Hijri month Safar 29, 1440 AH. While Sunni Muslims observe the birthday of Prophet Muhammad in the 12th of Rabi Al Awwal, Shia Muslims celebrate it on the 17th of the same month, falling this year on November 25. Read Also: 6-Year-Old Irish Boy Climbs Morocco’s Toubkal, North Africa’s Highest PeakUnlike Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan or Eid al-Adha (the festival of sacrifice), for Eid Al Mawlid there are no special Eid prayers which Muslims perform early in the early morning of Eid.Although Eid Al Mawlid has frequently been a subject of debate in the Islamic world on whether Muslims are allowed to celebrate it or not since many Muslim scholars consider birthdays “haram” (forbidden), many Moroccans see it as an occasion to express their devotion to their faith and love for their prophet.Eid Al Mawlid Nabawi is a spiritual day when Muslims recall the ideals of Islam and recite poems dedicated to the prophet. read more

Office of Research Services December podcast Sustainability

BrockUResearch: Consider This is a monthly podcast series launched Sept. 25 by the Office of Research Services and co-produced with Brock University’s radio station, CFBU.Each month, our researchers tackle an issue of interest to the community. They draw upon their findings, insights and experiences to broaden and deepen understanding in a particular area.Hosted by Mike Saunders, the podcast departs from the traditional question-and-answer approach. Our researchers – typically from different departments and disciplines – sit at the table and discuss and debate the issue with one another, each adding their unique piece of the puzzle.December’s podcast is: How can we build a “sustainable” society?Our planet is in trouble. Plant and animal species becoming extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they did before humans arrived on the scene, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reaching a record high in 2013 and mercury levels in much of the world’s oceans being double to triple what they were before the industrial revolution.There are more and more calls for us to lead “sustainable” lives. But what does that mean?The podcast is chock full of insights and advice on how we can lead more sustainable lives and why it is important to consider the impact we have on the environment. Guests are Liette Vasseur, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences; Ian Brindle, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Diane Dupont, professor in the Department of Economics. read more

Susan Kamil longtime publisher and editor dead at 69

NEW YORK — The publisher of Salman Rushdie, Ta-Nehisi Coates and other prominent writers has died. Susan Kamil was 69.Random House Publishing Group president Gina Centrello announced that Kamil died Sunday from complications relating to lung cancer. Kamil was most recently executive vice-president and publisher of Random House and such imprints as Dial Press and One World. Authors under her leadership ranged from Rushdie and Coates to Elizabeth Strout and Sophie Kinsella.As an editor, Kamil’s credits included Kinsella’s “Shopaholic” novels and Strout’s “My Name is Lucy Barton.”Kamil had been in publishing for more than 40 years, starting at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. She joined Random House in 1991.She is survived by her husband, Bob Kohn; two step-children and two brothers.The Associated Press read more

Trump announces at White House Ive approved the Keystone XL pipeline

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 24, 2017 8:51 am MDT Trump announces at White House: I’ve approved the Keystone XL pipeline WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has made it official: After eight years and six months, the United States government has approved the Keystone XL pipeline.The president announced that at the White House.He was accompanied by the president of TransCanada Corp., the Calgary-based pipeline company that has wrestled with lawsuits, resistant landowners, protesters and Washington Democrats.The new Republican president is removing one big obstacle, granting the permit that allows the pipeline to cross the Canada-U.S. border.But the company must still settle issues with landowners, gain state permits and face possible court challenges before building the northern leg of the pipeline and linking it to the already completed southern leg linked to Gulf of Mexico refineries.Keystone XL is one of several ongoing pipeline projects intended to carry oil from Alberta to refineries and international markets. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Monday, March 20, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) read more

Garda escort bikes out of action for two months

first_imgALL OF THE garda escort motorcycles in the country were taken off-road for July and August, while local traffic units covered escorts, TheJournal.ie has learned.The motorcycles, which are used for presidential escorts, in the transportation of prisoners to and from court and for escorting ambulances to hospitals in serious cases, are also used in regular traffic duty.There are around 20 of these bikes, based in the Dublin Metropolitan Region, and all of them were out of action for two months, under the premise that they would be undergoing health and safety checks, sources have said.“That would have taken no more than two weeks,” a source said. “People were asking why they were sitting there for another six weeks and why no one was using them.”Over this two month period, gardaí were doing escorts on traffic motorcycles which were described as “substandard”, as they are much less powerful than the Yamaha FJR escort bikes and cannot reach the speeds required.TheJournal.ie also learned that the traffic corps in Dublin had been pushing escorts towards local traffic units, though escort duty is generally performed by gardaí based at Dublin Castle.Stretched resourcesSources said there is a belief among gardaí that this move was taken to make immediate savings in the stretched garda budget. Overall numbers of garda vehicles have been decreasing in the last number of years from 2,677 in 2011 to 2,473 in June 2013.The number of garda motorcycles has fallen from 238 in 2009 to 170 in March of this year.Almost 130 of these vehicles were more than five-years-old with 71 of those being used for at least seven years. An Garda Síochána is required to replace vehicles once they reach a certain mileage but the limit for motorcycles is much lower than for cars and it is thought that the ageing bikes are being kept off the roads to delay their replacement.One garda source said the budget limits the purchase of new vehicles but there is a larger provision for repairs and so they are often fixed up multiple times – even if it costs more than replacing them.It is understood that last year, a garda car involved in a head-on collision in Limerick was repaired at a cost of almost €6,000, despite the fact that the car could have been replaced for about €3,000.“If that car had cost €10,000 to repair it would have been paid because the repairs budget is higher – there’s no lateral thinking”, the source explained. We’re in cars with wires exposed, radios and sirens not working, crashed and then patched up. There’s no budget for new cars but there’s a budget for repairing them so when something should be written off, instead there’s thousands poured into it to keep it on the road.‘Monitored and reviewed’In response to a query on the issue, the Garda Press Office said:The allocation of these vehicles will be determined by Garda Traffic, Dublin Castle consistent with operational requirements and the operational requirements in the Dublin Metropolitan Region will be considered within the the overall operational requirement of the organisation.“The allocation of garda motorcycles is monitored and reviewed on a continual basis to ensure the best match with operational requirements,” it added.When contacted by TheJournal.ie, the Department of Justice declined to comment.This report was first published on Monday, 23 September 2013, at 6am.Read: Gardaí feel like ‘sitting ducks’ after decision to withdraw Uzi submachine gun>Read: ‘I have given as much as I can’ – garda speaks out against pay cuts>last_img read more

First Dates Irelands Alice on dating I get a little tired of

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3239274 Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 8:30 PM Share161 Tweet Email Alice Marr Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 26 Comments First Dates Ireland’s Alice on dating: ‘I get a little tired of the games that we play’ If you’re in a relationship Valentine’s Day can be really fun and smug. But if you’re not, here is Alice from First Dates on how to find your boo.center_img 3,607 Views By Alice Marr First Dates is easily the most human dating show we’ve ever seen, although admittedly most of us watch its fly-on-the-wall intimacy through our fingers. First Dates Ireland waitress Alice Marr writes us a guest column about love, romance, first dates and Valentine’s Day.I’M NOT A dating expert. But from the eclectic assortment of dates I have been on, and all of the moments in the First Dates restaurant, I like to think I have picked up a few ideas about the dating world.When it comes to how to behave with your date, as much as it sounds cliché, I really put an emphasis on being yourself. Do you ever notice that you find yourself attracted to people who are really at ease and comfortable in their skin, no matter what they might look like? Confidence and self-assurance is sexy.So instead of putting all this energy into being who you think your date might want you to be, find ways to express the best parts of you. I would never complain or moan much on a date as who really wants to hear that. I tend to focus on the positive and on the real.But don’t delve too deeply into the personal. There will be plenty of time for that if the relationship grows.Embrace it, but be chillFrom working on First Dates, I’ve learned that everyone gets nervous. No matter who you are, in that moment when you are waiting to meet your possible match, you’re bound to be nervous.I would recommend getting something you know you will take your time drinking, so that you don’t accidentally drink a lot before getting to the main course. It’s lovely to have a drink or two as you ease into the date, but I would cap it there. We all know how we can get after having that one drink too many.Low expectations Source: Shutterstock/Kaspars GrinvaldsThere are many people we may initially find attractive. But with time how many end up being compatible with us? When heading out for a date I would keep expectations to a minimum.Yes, sometimes you can hope it will all go fantastically and you will never look at anyone else again, but sometimes being realistic is a necessity.Try to enjoy yourself, have a laugh and see where it may or may not go. Sometimes it is just really fun to date and keep it relaxed without being enveloped in expectations.Decoding body languageYou can read a lot about a person by their physicality, the distance they create between themselves and you, as they connect with you and focus on you. Watch out too if every exterior stimuli is distracting them.Everyone is different so obviously this is not a blanket statement. But if they are interested you can tell by how they are interacting with you verbally and physically.While I am on a date there are certain indications that lead me to believe that the date isn’t working. If the other person seems to be paying me very little attention and not connecting with me, I think it either means that they are just not that interested or that maybe they are a little too interested in themselves. Both of those are warning signs for me not to pursue this any further.I want to meet someone who is intrigued by meThis may seem harsh but sometimes in dating you have to be cut throat, so that you can foresee the car crashes before they happen.When you know you don’t want to see the other person again, in my experience the best way to deal with it is clarity. Say directly that you don’t want to pursue it anymore. This way there are no mixed signals and other than mild rejection, any major hurt is avoided.Mind gamesIn those exciting times when the date goes well (yay) I would try to gauge the possibility of us meeting again before we part. In the past I have allowed time pass and waited to see if they are interested enough to want to meet again. But at this stage I get a little tired of the games that we play when we are interested in someone.Of course, you don’t want to come on too strong. It’s best to keep some of your cards close to your chest. But when you are both hitting it off, there is no reason to be afraid of saying that you’d like to see each other again.So there you go, a little insight into Alice’s world of dating. This is what works for me, but as we know, every date is unique and comes with a different set of rules.Alice Marr is a waitress on First Dates Ireland. She is currently in her final year studying Drama and Theatre in Trinity College Dublin and plans to continue acting after graduation. First Dates Ireland airs Thursdays at 9:30pm on RTÉ2.Column: ‘My mum was dying. Her heart was failing. She was bedridden until she got a new heart’>The Burning Question*: Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?> Short URL Feb 14th 2017, 8:30 PM last_img read more

Optimus Hub LG rafraîchit son smartphone dentrée de gamme

first_imgOptimus Hub: LG rafraîchit son smartphone d’entrée de gammeSuccédant à l’Optimus One, sorti l’an passé, qui avait notamment connu un franc succès notamment auprès des jeunes, le nouveau né des smartphones LG compte bien séduire par ses qualités et son prix abordable.Reprenant la même recette que le One, son prédécesseur, LG a légèrement amélioré son noouveau modèle d’entrée de gamme, le LG Optimus Hub, en incluant tout d’abord une mise à jour du système d’exploitation, passant d’Android 2.2 à Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Les performances du smartphone sont donc boostées, complétées par une fréquence du CPU de 800 MHz, un appareil photo de  5 megapixels et un écran de 3.5 pouces affichant une résolution d’écran de 320×480 pixels. Le terminal est également équipé d’un GPS, des connexions Wi-Fi et Bluetooth 3.0 ainsi que de la technologie GSM quadri-bandes.Le tout pour un poids avoisinant les 123 grammes.Le fabriquant coréen veut donc continuer sur la lancée de l’Optimus One avec ce nouveau Hub, dont le prix, 200 euros sans abonnement, pourrait tenter les bourses les plus modestes désirant acquérir un mobile efficace et complet.Le 18 octobre 2011 à 13:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Soylent Stops Selling Powdered Meal Mix Because Its Making People Barf

first_imgStay on target Soylent’s efforts to replace regular solid food have been derailed. The Silicon Valley startup has been forced to take its flagship meal replacement powder off the market following multiple reports of nausea, vomiting, and other gastrointestinal issues. This is the second product Soylent has pulled in recent weeks because of customer complaints.The pitch for Soylent is that it’s easier and cheaper than eating regular healthy food. You can get a cheeseburger pretty cheap, but living entirely on fast food isn’t smart. Soylent is designed to include all the fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, protein, and other nutrients you need to consume in a day. So, instead of making dinner or paying someone else to do it, you mix up some Soylent when you have a spare moment and guzzle it down.Soylent has been gaining popularity, especially in the tech sector. Soylent announced the v2.0 update to its formula last year, but it has only been available as a pre-mixed bottle. The dry powder is the more economical option, and it’s still at v1.6. That’s what has been causing the stomach issues for consumers, but the v1.5 formulation wasn’t doing that. The company contends that only 0.1% of its customers have experienced any problems with the 1.6 powder. Testing has allegedly ruled out any food-borne pathogens or toxic materials.The recently released nutrition bars were pulled several weeks ago because of similar complaints. So, Soylent says it has narrowed the cause down to one of several ingredients that were added in the v1.6 powder and were present in the nutrition bar. For the time being, you can still buy the Soylent drink, which costs $32 for 12 bottles, but you drink five per day for a full Soylent diet. The powder was only $54 for a month supply. Internet Gutter: SoylentSoylent accused of containing unsafe levels of lead, but does it? last_img read more

Sinclair wants to shine again for Celtic

first_imgThe Hoops attacker used to be an award-winning footballer and had a difficult 12-month run in terms of personal formScott Sinclair’s name was once a very respected name in the Scottish Premier League club Celtic.But he had a difficult 12 months run that ended up costing him his personal form.Now he wants to climb back to the top.“When I go out there, I still believe in myself 100 percent. I know the goals will come and I’ll be back on top form again,” he told The Telegraph.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“Maybe opposition teams were also trying to man-mark or double-team me in certain games.”“They’re trying to stop me dribbling and scoring goals, but it’s up to me to come up with different ways and find solutions,” he added.“I like when people doubt me, that drives me on.”“As a footballer, you’re always going to get that, but the quality I showed a couple of seasons ago was proof of what I can do. It’s just about getting back up to that same level again,” he concluded.last_img read more

ASAs SoyGrowerscom Partners with MachineryLink to Help Farmers Bottomline Profit

first_imgAs much as 40 percent of a farmer’s total crop production expenses can be tied up in equipment. With that in mind, SoyGrowers.com, a service of the American Soybean Association (ASA), has joined with MachineryLink to help growers reduce that production cost.By signing on to www.SoyGrowers.com and using MachineryLink, farmers will be able to share, lease, sell or purchase equipment in ways that will help them make more efficient use of their equipment dollars. For example, the Innovation Managed Lease Program allows growers to utilize the newest, most efficient, name-brand combines for a fraction of the cost of full ownership or traditional leases. The Innovation Fractional Ownership Program provides similar benefits for those preferring to retain some ownership.“Growers from Montana to Oklahoma have been participating in the Innovation Programs and tell us these programs are far better than having expensive equipment sit idle for 10 months while finance, storage and insurance costs continue,” said David Forsee, President of MachineryLink.ASA President Bart Ruth of Rising City, NE, called the new alliance “a wonderful way to give farmers the opportunity to be more profitable in one expense area where they can make an impact on their bottom line while gaining efficiency.”A typical Innovation Program scenario includes the sharing of one combine by multiple growers on either a lease basis or through fractional ownership similar to the way corporate jets are shared. The combine might start with a grower in Oklahoma who harvests winter wheat, then moves to a North Dakota grower and finally moves to Iowa where a farmer harvests soybeans in the fall.MachineryLink, based in Kansas City, was started by Kansas farmer Dave Govert who set out to create a better ag machinery resource that would help growers reduce their total annual production costs. In addition to the Innovation Equipment Programs, MachineryLink offers an online Marketplace with more than 11,000 pieces of used ag equipment for sale, a Resource Center that includes tractor pricing guidelines, as well as other equipment resources for farmers.In addition to MachineryLink, SoyGrowers.com also offers a service called, “Crop and Yield Planner,” to help growers increase profitability. The service provides highly-accurate satellite-based projections of soybean, corn, and winter wheat yields a month prior to U.S. Department of Agriculture projections and projects growing season conditions and planting times several months ahead of the season.last_img read more

Unum acquires National Dental Plan

first_imgFinancial protection firm Unum has announced the acquisition of National Dental Plan (NDP) from Capita plc in a deal worth £31.7 million.The acquisition of the dental insurance provider, which remains subject to regulatory approval, will widen Unum’s portfolio of employee benefits.The deal will help both Unum and NDP to expand employee benefits to more customers, reach more brokers, and grow the dental market further.Peter O’Donnell (pictured), UK chief executive officer of Unum, said: “NDP is a great business, and we’re proud to have it become part of Unum. We see NDP as complementary to our existing operations, and Unum will retain NDP’s current management and employees.“They are vital for implementing our strategic vision for NDP, as well as continuing to deliver NDP’s service to their existing 500 corporate customers and 150,000 insured employees.“Dental insurance is a natural fit with our existing portfolio, as Unum looks to grow our employee benefits footprint, particularly in the health and wellbeing arena.”Andrew Bower, managing director of National Dental Plan, added: “Unum’s purchase of NDP creates tremendous potential to expand access to dental insurance through the worksite. We’re excited by the opportunity to broaden the reach of our proposition. This gives firm foundations for the continuity, growth and prosperity of this business.”last_img read more

Greenpeace wants Shells lawsuit over protest dismissed

first_imgAttorneys for Greenpeace Inc. have again asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by Royal Dutch Shell PLC seeking expanded, court-ordered safety zones to keep protesters away from Shell’s Arctic drill fleet.In a motion filed Monday in Anchorage, Greenpeace attorneys say Shell has demonstrated no property damage or delay from protesters last month boarding the Blue Marlin, a heavy-lift ship crossing the Pacific.The ship carried a drill rig leased by the oil company for use this summer in the Chukchi Sea.Lawyers for the conservation group say Shell wants to stop peaceful, legal protests.Shell attorneys last week said expanded safety zones are needed to protect crews and the protesters. They say Greenpeace’s boarding of the ship will cost the company time and money for inspections.last_img read more

Jet troubles worsen as other airlines refuse to fly passengers with cancelled

first_imgA Jet Airways passenger plane prepares to land as a new air traffic control tower under construction is seen in the background at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on May 24, 2013. The debt-laden airline is facing increasing flight cancellations as unpaid lessors force grounding of more planes. Reuters fileJet Airways is plunging into more trouble with other airlines refusing to accommodate passengers from cancelled flights at a time when an increasing number of planes are getting grounded as unpaid lessors harden their stand leading to more flight disruption.Air India and Vistara have cited the gap between the prevailing fares and what Jet pays under the flight interruption manifest (FIM) for the refusal to accept passengers booked on cancelled flights. The last seats are usually priced much higher than what Jet ends up paying, leading to a commercial loss for other airlines, according to aviation observers.The Naresh Goyal-founded airline is cancelling more than 100 flights daily with the number of available aircraft plummeting from 103 to 83, news reports say.An FIM is a document an airline releases as a substitute ticket that allows a passenger to board another airline’s flight in case the original flight is disrupted by a schedule change, overbooking or cancellation. In return, the airline whose flight got disrupted reimburses the fare to other carriers on a fortnightly basis at a pre-agreed rate.Sources aware of the development said Air India and Air Vistara cancelled the agreement on Friday, according to a report on Business Standard. “With immediate effect and till further notice, Jet Airways and JetLite Limited documents, including FIMs, are not to be accepted for travel on Air India flights,” a notice issued by the airline’s commercial department said.Industry sources said Vistara cancelled a basic interline agreement on Thursday as the airline felt that the Jet was taking advantage of the lower rate payable under the agreement causing commercial loss to Air Vistara. Air Vistara has cancelled an interline agreement with Jet Airways to carry passengers with Flight Interruption Manifest (FIM).Facebook/AirVistara”Basically, an interline agreement has this loophole where the airlines only pay a pre-determined value to its partner airline. Vistara felt that its last remaining seats, which sell at high fare, was being booked by Jet Airways at the pre-agreed value which is much lower than the current price of its tickets,” the report said quoting a source.While the last few seats on the Delhi-Mumbai flight sell for Rs 12,000, Jet could book them for about Rs 4,000 under the interline agreement. Travel industry sources believe this disparity has led to the cancellation of the deal.Analysts justify Air Vistara’s decision saying that last-minutes fares between metros have firmed up and it’s unviable to sell them at a prefixed lower rate.Time is ticking for Jet Airways as its operational standards are plummeting because the number of available aircraft is going down every day. A consortium of lenders led by the State Bank of India (SBI) has hammered out an agreement to refinance the airline along with its foreign partner, the Abu Dhabi-based United Arab Emirates (UAE) national carrier Etihad Airways. Though an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of Jet Airways has given its nod for the debt-equity swap that will find the lenders in the pilot’s seat of the airline with more than 50 percent of equity, the regulatory approvals are taking time. Some of the conditions set by Etihad that owns a 24 percent stake to bring in more funds also require regulatory sanctions.last_img read more