US PRIVATE equity firm Carlyle Group has snapped up B&B Hotels from French holding firm Eurazeo in a deal valuing the chain at €480m (£413m).Eurazeo announced in July it was in exclusive negotiations with Carlyle to sell the budget hotel chain.B&B Hotels is France’s third-largest budget hotel group after Accor and Louvre Hotels, which is owned by US investment group Starwood capital.The sale will generate proceeds of €184m for Eurazeo, based on estimated net debt at the end of September.B&B Hotels also operates in Germany and is expanding in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Hungary. In 2009, the hotel chain posted an 11.3 per cent rise in operating profit to €71m.Eurazeo has a portfolio of almost €4bn in assets, with major shareholdings in companies including hotel group Accor and wholesaler Rexel.Earlier this week Carlyle sealed a joint venture deal with Generation Estates, heralding a big push in the student accommodation sector.The group recently scrapped plans to sell US defence and aviation group Arinc, after failing to find a buyer for the firm. Carlyle, is now thought to be pursuing an initial public offering. Show Comments ▼ Share Carlyle buys B&B Hotels from Eurazeo for €480m Tags: NULL whatsapp whatsapp Wednesday 29 September 2010 11:30 pm KCS-content Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap
Nestle Nigeria Plc (NESTLE.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Nestle Nigeria Plc (NESTLE.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nestle Nigeria Plc (NESTLE.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nestle Nigeria Plc (NESTLE.ng) 2014 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileNestle Nigeria Plc is a food manufacturing and marketing company in Nigeria and a subsidiary of the largest food and beverage company in the world. The company produces an extensive range of products for the retail and wholesale sectors. Famous brands in the food category include Maggi, Golden Morn, Nan, Lactogen, Nutrend and Cerelac. Brands in the beverages segment include Milo, Chocomilo, Nescafe, Nestle Pure Life and Nido. The company has an infants’ range which includes an infant formula, Nestle Nan; and infant cereals which includes Nestle Nutrend, Nestle Cerelac and Nestle Golden Morn. Nestle Nigeria also produce and market a brand of still water called Pure Life. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Nestle Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Cement Company Of Northern Nigeria Plc (CCNN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Cement Company Of Northern Nigeria Plc (CCNN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Cement Company Of Northern Nigeria Plc (CCNN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Cement Company Of Northern Nigeria Plc (CCNN.ng) 2017 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileCement Company of Northern Nigeria Plc manufactures and sells cement in Nigeria under the brand name Sokoto Cement. The company produces CEM II type cement which is used by the home building and construction sectors in Nigeria for making cement blocks as well as for plastering and concrete works. CEM II type cement is renowned for its high early strength, rapid setting and low heat of hydration which is ideal for major construction works. The cement brand name is taken from the founder of the company, the Premier of the then Northern Region, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of Sokoto. It was incorporated in 1962 and started producing cement in 1967 to meet the demand for cement needed for the expansion of Kalambaina Plant. Cement Company of Northern Nigeria Plc was privatised and a member of Heidelberg Cement Group, Scancem International ANS of Norway, was elected core investor and technical partner in 2000. A Nigerian-based firm, Damnaz Cement Company Limited, became the new core investor in 2008 when Heidelberg divested its stake in the business. BUA International Limited acquired Damnaz Cement Company and became the majority shareholder in Cement Company of Nigeria plc and its technical partner. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Cement Company of Northern Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
At the time of writing Ireland and Joe Schmidt have failed to comment on the matter.Related: Six Nations Round Four: Six Things We Learnt This incident is the latest controversy to circle around Eddie Jones and England.Another was a video of Jones making comments about Ireland and Wales which has divided opinion.Related: Eddie Jones Video Dividing OpinionThat incident, along with the referee debacle above, will inevitably add to the atmosphere on Saturday as Ireland, already 2018 Six Nations champions, look to record a Grand Slam. Controversial: Van Der Westhuizen was involved in England’s training this week (Getty Images) Clearly, Jones’s incendiary comments are sure to fire the team up at Twickenham, and considering England’s struggles last couple of rounds, it could turn into a colossal contest.Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter. South African Assistant Referee Stood Down After Appearing At England TrainingWorld Rugby have decided to replace assistant referee Marius van der Westhuizen with Nigel Owens for England versus Ireland in the last round of the Six Nations. They made their choice after it became public that the official was involved in a training session with the England team a couple of days ago.In their statement, World Rugby said: “The decision follows Marius’s attendance at an England training session this week. While greater dialogue and collaboration between match officials and teams (including attending team training on request) has been agreed by World Rugby and the teams, Marius should not have been involved given that he was a member of the match official team for the weekend’s match.“World Rugby takes responsibility for this oversight and has taken the proactive decision to stand Marius down to avoid any additional unfair and unnecessary conjecture. Marius is an outstanding talent with a big international future and both he and his employer SARU fully support the decision.”It is fairly regular for teams to ask referees to come in and advise on training with them, however, to many, this instance appeared to be a conflict of interest.Turbulent week: Eddie Jones has had a stressful build-up to England v IrelandBefore they took this step, World Rugby had already made it clear that they would talk to England’s training staff to make sure this kind of occurrence doesn’t happen again.The current rules in place stipulate that match day referees cannot train with international teams they will directly be involved with. However, it has taken this incident for World Rugby to stipulate that assistants – who could easily replace an injured ref – should be held to the same standard. They have stated: “senior elite teams will continue to have the opportunity to request that a member of the high-performance match official panel attends training providing that the individual is not a member of the match official team officiating that team at a later date within the current competition or test window”.This story was first reported by Alex Lowe of the Times. One of the assistant referees for the England vs Ireland match on Saturday got involved during an England training session.
Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Posted Apr 29, 2015 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit an Event Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector Columbus, GA Theological Education Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT School of Theology senior prizes announced Rector Washington, DC [School of Theology press release] On April 22, 2015, the School of Theology community gathered in the Chapel of the Apostles for a Eucharist in celebration of the upcoming commencement on May 8.At the luncheon following the service, the Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, dean of the School of Theology, accompanied by the University of the South’s Vice-Chancellor John M. McCardell Jr. and the School’s academic dean the Rev. Canon Jim Turrell, presented the School of Theology prizes to the seniors who exhibited the most outstanding academic achievement in the following categories:The School of Theology Prize in Biblical Studies was awarded to Joseph Robert Woodfin, an M. Div. student from the Diocese of Tennessee. Woodfin was also awarded The School of Theology Prize in Historical Studies. During his time at Sewanee, Woodfin also received a Griffin Scholarship to study in the Holy Land, the Freeman Award for Merit in his middler year, and served as student body president.“I am honored to have received these prizes from the School of Theology, and honored to have lived and worked with my wonderful classmates for the last three years,” said Woodfin. “I will always value the formation I have received in Sewanee, both academically and in the relationships that I will treasure throughout my ministry.”The School of Theology Prize in Theology and Ethics was awarded to Sarah Leanne Miller, an M.Div. student from the Diocese of Alabama. Miller shared the Freeman Award for Merit with Woodfin during her middler year and served on the Task Force to Reimagine The Episcopal Church. Miller, reflecting on her time on the Mountain, stated, “I am deeply grateful to have spent three years being formed by a dedicated faculty and a loving community of peers.”The School of Theology Prize in Practical Theology was awarded to Bonnie Gordy Underwood, an M.Div. student from the Diocese of Atlanta. Underwood also received a Griffin Scholarship and served as head sacristan at the seminary’s Chapel of the Apostles.“This recognition was such a surprise!” exclaimed Underwood. “I am truly humbled and very grateful for this honor. My time here in Sewanee has been such a blessing and I will always be thankful for the opportunity to learn and grow within this community.”The annual senior awards luncheon marks what is to be a bittersweet “leave-taking” process for the graduating students and the seminary community. “As we approach graduation, I reflect on how Sewanee is blessed with many outstanding students every year and how difficult it is for the faculty to determine just one recipient for the prizes,” explained Alexander. “This year the faculty acknowledged three equally deserving seminarians for academic achievement of the highest order.” People, Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Tags An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Press Release Service Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Tampa, FL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Events Rector Albany, NY Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Bath, NC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Collierville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Submit a Press Release Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Smithfield, NC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books
Slovenia Photographs: Matevž Paternoster + 23 Share Year: Projects Area: 180 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Architects: Prima d.o.o. Area Area of this architecture project House in Kranjska Gora / Prima d.o.o.Save this projectSaveHouse in Kranjska Gora / Prima d.o.o.Save this picture!© Matevž PaternosterHouses•Kranjska Gora, Slovenia “COPY” 2015 CopyAbout this officePrima d.o.o.OfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKranjska GoraSloveniaPublished on April 07, 2016Cite: “House in Kranjska Gora / Prima d.o.o. ” 07 Apr 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Oct. 23 — In response to the arrest of two Catalonian political leaders by the Spanish state and to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s announcement that the central regime would depose Catalonia’s regional government, 450,000 people took to the streets of Barcelona in protest on Oct. 21.Rajoy, who leads the Popular Party (PP), the most right-wing of the parliamentary parties, said he would apply Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution. This means seizing control of Catalonia, including its economy, telecommunications, radio, television, police and infrastructure, and imposing new elections in Catalonia within six months.The federal Senate, set to meet on Oct. 27, must authorize Article 155. The PP, along with the center-right Citizens party and the so-called Socialists (PSOE), are expected to join in authorizing Article 155. Since the PP in Catalonia won only 8.5 percent of the vote in the regional parliamentary elections, this would impose, in effect, a minority regime on the region’s 7.5 million people.Catalonia’s regional leader Carles Puigdemont, the head of the major bourgeois party currently promoting independence for the region, called a meeting of Parliament for Oct. 26. He says the Catalan government will then call for independence.Should this go forward, there could be a showdown on Oct. 27, which would involve the federal state using force against Catalonia’s struggle for self-determination.The last outpouring of state force against Catalans, when federal police tried to stop the Oct. 1 referendum on self-determination, led to a massive outpouring of Catalans, angry at the attempt to crush their rights. While the overall movement was led by bourgeois parties, leftists were active in broad-based Committees to Defend the Republic (CDRs) that organized and protected the voting places.Of the 2.3 million who voted, 40 percent of total voters, more than 90 percent opted for independence from the Spanish state.What does Spain consist of?The Spanish state rules over different peoples, not all of whom consider themselves Spanish. In particular, the peoples of Galicia in the northwest, the Basque Country in the north and Catalonia in the northeast have their own languages and cultures. In each of these regions there have been significant independence movements.After fascist Francisco Franco’s military rebels won the civil war in 1940, his regime imposed a brutal rule on all these peoples, outlawing local languages and crushing by force the workers’ movements throughout the Spanish state and any movement for self-determination.Following Franco’s death in 1975, a new regime was established in 1978 called the “Transition.” Left-wing parties were legalized and allowed to run for Parliament. A certain amount of autonomy, which eventually included language rights, was allowed to the regions.The rule of big capital remained. The old Falangist fascists remained in the police and army and in the judiciary, and its politicians formed the PP, which has alternated ruling the regime with the PSOE. A king was imposed on everyone.In the Basque Country, where the independence movement was broad and revolutionary, the central regime used brutal force to repress it.Currently, the Spanish state is part of the imperialist world, a member of NATO and the European Union. The EU and world imperialism in general, up to now, support the central government against the Catalans, despite the pro-capitalist leadership in Catalonia.Following the 2008 worldwide capitalist crisis, all the regions of the Spanish state were hit by economic collapse. There is still more than 20 percent unemployment and nearly 50 percent youth unemployment. While Catalonia has recovered somewhat better than other regions, unemployment is still at 17 percent. The economic collapse accentuated tensions among the different nationalities as well as between the workers and bosses in each region.Statement of Red RojaAnalyzing the seriousness of the current political crisis, Ángeles Maestro of Red Roja, a statewide revolutionary organization that supports self-determination, wrote:“The massive mobilization of the Catalan people — as in other times and in other ways, that of the Basque people — despite its determination and involvement of hundreds of thousands of people, has been unable to achieve its objectives of self-determination, but it has served to make it impossible for the structures of the state, which were built on the backbone of Francoism, to be capable of responding to political demands with anything other than repression. Likewise, the Catalan process — like any major struggle against hegemony — has engendered a major process of popular organization, around the CDRs, which should remain in place.”That is, the CDRs could provide a structure for truly popular resistance in Catalonia and inspire struggle among the other peoples to the regime in Madrid that has been running the Spanish state since the Transition of 1978.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Twitter Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] teens have been rescued after the boat they were in on the River Shannon lost power and began to drift down stream.Shortly after 7.45pm Limerick Fire and Rescue Service were mobilised to the River Shannon at Brown’s Quay after receiving reports that a boat with the three teens on board had lost power and was drifting down the river Shannon.Theee units including the fire service boat “fire swift” with 3 Swift water Rescue Swimmers on board were mobilised to the scene.Within three minutes of receiving the call, fire swift made contact with the stricken boat along with the other emergency services on scene and brought the teens to safety.Members of the Limerick Marine Search and Rescue and Limerick Civil Defence, who were training on the river at the time, also assisted in the rescue when they were notified by the Irish Coast Guard.The stricken boat, with one of the teens, was towed to a nearby slipway by Limerick Marine Search and Rescue while the other teens were brought ashore by Fire and Rescue personnel.There were no reported injuries. Advertisement WhatsApp Previous articleBanks ordered to engage with distressed borrowersNext articleGuests evacuated from Limerick hotel Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Linkedin NewsBreaking newsTeens rescued from stricken boat in ShannonBy Staff Reporter – September 11, 2015 397 Print Email
By Digital AIM Web Support – January 28, 2021 SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 28, 2021– Linc, the award-winning CX Automation platform, today announced it has been named a winner in the 2021 BIG Innovation Awards presented by the Business Intelligence Group. Linc was recognized as one of the top technology products after demonstrating significant success in improving its customers’ CX initiatives. The company’s platform delivers best in class customer experience through automated experiences, at scale, across webchat, email, SMS, Facebook, Google’s Business Messaging, and Voice connected platforms. The company recently launched its Promotion Support Digital Worker, the only solution in the market using automation to resolve promotion specific issues at consumers’ critical buying points. “It’s an honor to be recognized for our leadership in the CX space, especially after a challenging year for our customers. We’re glad to have generated success and growth that has made an impact in improving the customer experience and are optimistic about building upon that success in 2021,” says Fang Cheng, co-founder and CEO of Linc. Linc’s platform provides its best in class experience through high-fidelity automation exposed through web, chat and voice assistant interfaces. During the evaluation period of the BIG Innovation Awards, Linc’s customers deflected over 90%+ of commonly asked questions including ones for order support, promo support, consultative selling, returns & exchanges and product information. In addition, customers using Linc saw over 4x increases in Customer Satisfaction Score (CSAT) scores. Businesses using Linc have seen increased Lifetime Value with 30% repurchase frequency as well as 14% of product returns being converted to new purchases. “More than ever, the global society relies on innovation to help progress humanity and make our lives more productive, healthy and comfortable,” said Maria Jimenez, chief operating officer of the Business Intelligence Group. “We are thrilled to be honoring Linc Global as they are one of the organizations leading this charge and helping humanity progress.” Organizations from across the globe submitted their recent innovations for consideration in the BIG Innovation Awards. Nominations were then judged by a select group of business leaders and executives who volunteer their time and expertise to score submissions. About Linc Linc is an award-winning CX Automation platform delivering pre-built world-class customer experiences at scale and high-fidelity digital worker automations throughout the entire customer journey from pre-purchase to post-purchase, including solutions for brand awareness, consultative buying, buying assistance, order support, and customer retention. Linc has served billions of dollars of purchases across channels of shoppers’ choice, reducing customer service costs, turning each service moment into revenue, and engagement opportunities. Linc’s platform empowers leading brands like Kimberly Clark, Carter’s | Oshkosh, Levi’s, Vineyard Vines, Thrive Market, and many more to provide 24/7 assistance on all conversational channels, including SMS, Facebook, Google’s Business Messages, WhatsApp, and Voice connected platforms, enabling anywhere engagement and support. To learn more about Linc, visit: letslinc.com About Business Intelligence Group The Business Intelligence Group was founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world. Unlike other industry award programs, these programs are judged by business executives having experience and knowledge. The organization’s proprietary and unique scoring system selectively measures performance across multiple business domains and then rewards those companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210128005356/en/ CONTACT: Media: Paolo Ramos/North 6th Agency for Linc [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY MOBILE/WIRELESS CONSULTING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SOFTWARE INTERNET RETAIL OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES ONLINE RETAIL SOURCE: Linc Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/28/2021 09:00 AM/DISC: 01/28/2021 09:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210128005356/en Pinterest Facebook Linc Wins 2021 BIG Innovation Award, Recognized for Success in CX Automation Local NewsBusiness Previous articleSouthern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Publishes 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility ReportNext articleDAVACO Provides Rapid, Scalable Vaccine Deployment Solution Throughout the U.S. Digital AIM Web Support TAGS Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twitter
Top Stories[Airfare Refunds] SC Reserves Order In Plea Seeking Refund Of Flight Tickets Booking During Covid Induced Lockdown Sanya Talwar25 Sep 2020 6:17 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Friday reserved orders in plea(s) pertaining to the refund of airfare for tickets booking during the Covid19 lockdown induced lockdown.A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Subhash Reddy & MR Shah heard parties in the pleas and stated that it shall take into consideration all submissions by stakeholders.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the Court today that the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Friday reserved orders in plea(s) pertaining to the refund of airfare for tickets booking during the Covid19 lockdown induced lockdown.A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Subhash Reddy & MR Shah heard parties in the pleas and stated that it shall take into consideration all submissions by stakeholders.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the Court today that the Credit Shell facility could not be availed by travel agents who booked tickets during lockdown.”On the last occasion, one of My lords concern was if a passenger buys a ticket from a travel agent, whether the Credit share voucher for credit refunds shall accrue to passenger. We can’t regulate travel agents,” said the SGAt this juncture, the bench asked SG, “you said if voucher not availed by March 31,2021, the money will get credited back to the Operator?”SG replied to this, “We can only know the passenger who has been allotted the seat. But if he has paid the travel agent, that is the inter-se contract between the travel agent and the passenger. The DGCA cannot give direction to travel agents and therefore asking My Lords to do so.”Senior Advocate Pallav Sisodia appeared for travel agents and said that passengers have paid the money not to the airline, but to agents & in majority of the bookings, it was the travel agents who had made advance payments for bookings.Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi for Indigo Airlines argued that this arrangement stipulated by the Centre did not hurt the interest of Airlines.Senior Advocate Sanjay Hegde argued that even those people who had booked Indian carrier flights in foreign jurisdictions should be allowed refunds as the CAR had jurisdiction in those areas as well.Senior Advocate Arvind Datar for Go Air urged the court to extend the time for payment of refunds to passengers by at least 6 months after the stipulated date of March 31.”My Lords may kindly balance their equities. I have to repay 260 crores, I have already paid 40 crores. I am only seeking time to be extended to 31st March 2022 or at least till September, 2022. I have 6400 employees, all will lose their jobs,” Datar pointed out.Advocate for Travel Agents Federation submitted that the CAR had regulations over travel agents. “I don’t mind if credit shells come in accounts of travel agents and they are transferrable, but that should be the prerogative of the travel agent,” he said.Another intervenor argued that some relaxations for senior citizens, children and in cases of medical emergencies must be made.The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court earlier this week, informing that the credit shells for tickets booked during the lockdown period would only be applicable to passengers and not to travel agents.It was also stipulated that refunds would be applicable for only those flights, originally booked in India, whether domestic or internationally bound.The DGCA has categorised the passengers in three categories:1) For those who made bookings prior to lockdown for a period up till May 24, the refund would be governed by the credit shell scheme and the incentives thereunder;2) For bookings made during lockdown for travelling during lockdown, refund shall be made by airlines immediately “as the airlines were not supposed to book such tickets”;3) For bookings that were made for travelling in dates after May 24, the refund would be governed by the Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR).On the issue of the credit scheme, the DGCA has clarified that,”if the Tour operator has already paid the money to the airline for purchasing the ticket for the client but the client is yet to pay that money to the agents. then on cancellation of ticket and converting it in to credit shell, the ticket will remain in the name of passenger and in case passenger utilizes the credit shell he will pay to the agent and not to the airline. However, in case the passenger does not utilise the credit shell till 31st Mar 2021, then the airline will have to refund the amount as per proposed formulation and money will go back to same account of the agent from which the ticket amount was paid to the airline.”On September 9, a bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy & MR Shah had sought a clarification from the Centre on the issue of refund of flights cancelled after resumption of normal operations after lockdown. The bench also sought to know if the Centre’s proposal will cover the tickets which were booked during the pre-lockdown phase.The plea has been filed by Pravasi Legal Cell on behalf of Advocate Jose Abraham and highlights that the action of non-refund by airlines of the full amount collected for tickets due to cancellation is “arbitrary and in violation of the Civil Aviation Requirement issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation”.Next Story