News to go further News News Receive email alerts United StatesAmericas NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Devaughndre Broussard, a 19-year-old handyman employed by a Black Muslim organisation, was charged yesterday with the 2 August murder of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey. Police said he confessed to shooting Bailey because he was upset about Bailey’s investigating the finances of Your Black Muslim Bakery, the organisation he worked for. The police have not yet determined whether Broussard acted on his own.Created to provide a service to Oakland’s poor, Your Black Muslim Bakery also operates a security service and a school. Broussard was one of seven people arrested during raids on the bakery and other locations the day after the shooting, but he is the only one to have been formally charged. Two other employees are being questioned about their suspected involvement in the recent abduction of a woman.————————-03.08.07 – Oakland Post editor is victim of “targeted killing,” possibly linked to his workReporters Without Borders is stunned by yesterday’s murder of Chauncey Bailey, the editor of the Oakland Post weekly, in Oakland, California. Gunned down on an Oakland street, Bailey, was known for covering sensitive issues. Some of his colleagues and friends believe his murder may have been linked to his work.“We offer our condolences to the family and friends of Bailey, who took over as editor of the Oakland Post just two months ago,” the press freedom organisation said. “The Californian press has lost a leading journalist, while the local African-American community has lost one of its most active representatives.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The manner of Bailey’s death was as shocking as its impact. It was a targeted killing carried out in broad daylight with nothing being taken from the victim. It has not yet been established that it was linked to his work, but this seems plausible. We hope an investigation will quickly establish the facts and bring those responsible to justice.”Aged 57 and the father of a teenager, Bailey was shot on a downtown street near the Oakland courthouse at around 7:30 a.m. as he was walking to work. Witnesses said a masked man dressed in black walked up to him and fired twice. The first shot hit him in the back. The second one hit him in the head, and was fatal. The killer immediately took off. Police said nothing appeared to have been stolen.Oakland police spokesman Roland Holmgren told the press that the shooting “does not appear to be random” while assistant police chief Howard Jordan said, “we believe he was targeted.” Jordan added that the investigators would “look at all possible motives – financial, family, work-related.” The TV network CBS quoted colleagues and friends as saying Bailey had been working on a “highly sensitive case.”After working in television, Bailey was a reporter with the Oakland Tribune daily from 1992 to 2005, covering issues concerning the Afro-American community and local politics. He also wrote about corruption cases. He had been hired in June as editor of the Oakland Post, a newspaper geared towards the Bay Area black community. Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Help by sharing this information August 8, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Organisation RSF_en WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists April 28, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more June 3, 2021 Find out more Black Muslim bakery employee charged with Oakland newspaper editor’s murder Devaughndre Broussard, a handyman employed by an Oakland bakery operated by a Black Muslim organisation, was charged yesterday with the 2 August murder of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey. Follow the news on United States United StatesAmericas News
The Long Road Ahead for Default Servicing Subscribe Home / Daily Dose / The Long Road Ahead for Default Servicing in Daily Dose, Featured, Print Features Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 1 day ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 1 day ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Payment-Market Evolution Explained Next: Housing Market Forecast and Predictions for 2021 Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the December edition of DSNews, out now.When COVID-19 reached and spread across U.S. soil, it shocked every sector of American industry. The default servicing business was no exception—albeit several high-level executives say its collective response was nothing short of exceptional. The pandemic sent servicing workforces and their customers, like the entire country, into an initial panic. Delinquency levels spiked, and the government changed rules on the fly. Health and federal agencies compelled brokers, agents, lending staff, and consumers alike to stay home.However, from that place of perturbation emerged new perceptions and processes. Looking back on 2020, there is enough concrete and anecdotal evidence to suggest that the housing market has been a bright spot in an economy tattered by a national health crisis. Leaders reacted to the global disaster by revolutionizing everything from how employees do their jobs to the homebuying process itself. Housing-finance professionals have swiftly implemented systems to address distressed borrowers. What they are building, they believe, is a foundation that can withstand anything the coming year throws their way.As 2020 becomes 2021, we find these captains of industry training for the marathon ahead.PANDEMIC PANIC ENSUESAmericans’ way of life changed in March 2020, as the global pandemic became the mortgage market’s most significant challenge since the 2008 financial crisis. At once, lenders had to shift focus from current projects to deliver organization-wide responses to the virus and its implications.For servicers like Bob Caruso, CEO at ServiceMac, “the first thoughts were focused on how to best support our employees, customers, and the mortgage servicing rights (MSR) owners.”Caruso and several other high-level executives say their companies had implemented, or at least were on track, for a more-digitized enterprise. When COVID-19 arrived, it forced them to swiftly transform large in-office staff to remote workforces and fast-track new rules and technologies.“The pandemic impacted my team and me dramatically,” Caruso said. “I had been hearing about the virus and the warnings, but I didn’t think it would get serious enough to close significant parts of the country and major sectors of the economy.”He says he initially was nervous about closing the office and shifting employees to work from home; however, the result exceeded his expectations.“Our technology, being new and cloud-based, has worked exceptionally well, and our employees have been outstanding. We have been able to excel as a company in every facet of our work. Our focus quickly shifted to hiring and training new employees to support our rapid growth and still maintain the same culture that has helped with our success.”Courtney Thompson, SVP Default Mortgage at Flagstar, says her bank had decided to push all available roles to remote work before the declaration of the national emergency. That move proved pivotal as the country commenced to close.Prior to Friday, March 13 (“Go figure,” Thompson quipped), Flagstar had undergone a full-scale initiative “to bring default servicing to our homes,” she said. In other words, Flagstar went remote in advance of the forbearance wave that hit in the following weeks.“Default is a human business,” she said. She says she felt fortunate that “our humans on the inside of our operation were home safe and positioned to help our humans on the outside, our consumers.”Tim Rood, Head of Industry Relations at SitusAMC, says he had to “lean into data and analytics-driven processes like never before.”“Five-year strategic plans were collapsed into rapid development plans across entire enterprises to deal with a confluence of market events—record-low interest rates driving record-high loan production, social distancing impacting loan origination, processing, closing, and the need to have whole companies working remotely.”Those at the helm of major servicing businesses compared the pandemic’s effects to those of other environmental calamities.“When the forbearance wave hit in mid-March,” Thompson said, “it can only be likened to a large-scale-natural disaster in every state, county, city across the country.”Michael Keaton, Chief Servicing Officer at Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing, echoed that.“The challenges related to COVID-19 are similar to those servicers faced with floods, hurricanes, fires, and the like. However, the key difference is instead of a regional event impacting a segment of your loan population, COVID-19 impacted homeowners all over the country.”Thompson says her role shifted, immediately, “to the trenches, to ensure that we could keep up with the consumers, the quickly issued changes in the law, the need to recruit and train a new workforce, and beginning, early, to plan for what was to come.”SHIFTS IN BORROWING BEHAVIORWhile the country collectively dealt with rising turmoil, pundits saw some striking trends.“First, people were expecting the market to crater,” said Ralph Defranco, Chief Economist at Arch MI, “And it did, sort of, at first it did, and everyone was watching the news every day, but now, it’s come back stronger than ever.”He believes there are two major contributing factors, including record-low interest rates, thanks to the Federal Reserve, he says. The other is the fact that the home has never been more critical than it is now.“People have recognized the need for more space, more comfort, and they’re out there looking for a different housing situation.”… Read the rest of the feature on p. 46 of the December edition of DS News, available here. Related Articles December 7, 2020 14,080 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago DS5 2020-12-07 Christina Hughes Babb About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: DS5 Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Print This Post
Click here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — His elbow was not shredded and his rotator cuff was not torn. Unlike many other pitchers who know the devastating pain of injury, Jeff Samardzija knew surgery was not going to save his career.He also understand he could no longer pitch effectively with an ailing shoulder.For much of last summer, Samardzija’s future could be summed up with one big question mark. In Thursday’s 1-0 win over the …
Coach of the seasonThe Absa Premiership Coach of the Season award, not surprisingly, went to SuperSport United’s Gavin Hunt who, despite losing a number of players from his title-winning side of last season, led Matsatsantsa to their third league title in succession. Referee of the SeasonBuyile Gqubule – winner – R50 000Jerome DamonDaniel Bennett He was up against Katlego Mphela and Elias Pelembe, both of Mamelodi Sundowns, for the title, which was voted on by the coaches of the 16 PSL clubs. They unanimously agreed that Gould was choice. It was worth R250 000 to the defender. MTN8 Player of the TournamentNjabulo Manqana – winner – R150 000Dispy SelolwaneRichard Henyekane 24 May 2010 Goal of the seasonThe Absa-lutley Awesome Goal of the Season went to Maritzburg United’s Namibian international Rudolf Bester for his strike against Kaizer Chiefs on 12 September last year. Katlego Mphela picked up a second award, one which he had long ago secured when he finished as the top goalscorer in the PSL: the Absa Premiership Top Goalscorer. Telkom Knockout Player of the TournamentArthur Baartman – winner – R200 000Mandla MasangoDipsey Selolwane Golden Arrows won their first silverware when they crushed Ajax Cape Town 6-0 in the final of the MTN 8 and thus it was not a surprise when one of Arrows’ players won the MTN8 Player of the Tournament Award, with Njabulo Manqana receiving it. Absa Premiership Coach of the SeasonGavin Hunt – winner – R75 000Boebie SolomonsHristo Stoichkov SuperSport United defender Morgan Gould was named South Africa’s Premier Soccer League Player of the Year at a function at the State Theatre in Pretoria on Sunday evening. ‘Extremely happy’“It was an extremely challenging season, but I’m extremely happy at what we have achieved on and off the field.” Another player from SuperSport United, Daine Klate, picked up the Absa Premiership Player of the Season award, while Mphela was named the Absa Premiership Players Player of the Season. Chairman’s AwardSuperSport United – R100 000 Nedbank Cup awardsMidfielder Matthew Pattison won another award for Sundowns when he was named the Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament. Patrick Phungwayo of Nedbank Cup champions Bidvest Wits grabbed was named the tournament’s Most Promising Player. Kaizer Chiefs claimed the Telkom Knockout Cup and their goalkeeper Arthur Baartman, who plays behind Bafana Bafana incumbent Itumeleng Khune, was honoured with the Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament gong. Mamelodi Sundowns captured another award when defender Siyanda Xulu was named the Absa Red Hot Young Player. PSL Player of the Year Morgan Gould – winner – R250 000Elias PelembeKatlego Mphela “Tonight is not only a celebration of player excellence, but also the achievement of the PSL this season,” PSL CEO Kjetil Siem said. Absa Premiership Player of the SeasonDaine Klate – Winner – R150 000Morgan GouldKatlego Mphela Absa-lutley Awesome Goal of the SeasonRudolf Bester – winner – R50 000Tlou SegolelaVinent Khobola After leading Orlando Pirates to the best defensive record in the league, Moneeb Josephs won the Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season. Award Winners and Nominees “Congratulations to all the winners and nominees this evening. You certainly deserve all the accolades,” he added. National First Division Top GoalscorerMulondo Sikhiwhivilu and Tebogo Masahaba – R25 000 each Assistant Referee of the SeasonGeronimo Piedt – winner – R40 000Toko MaleboEnoch Molefe Absa Red Hot Young PlayerSiyanda Xulu – winner – R50 000Andile JaliThandani Ntshumayelo SuperSport United were presented with the Chairman’s Award by PSL chairman Irvin Khoza. Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament Matthew Pattison – winner – R100 000Pere Arewariyai Patrick Phungwayo SAinfo reporter and PSL Absa Premiership Players Player of the SeasonKatlego Mphela – Winner – R150 000Elias PelembeDaine Klate Absa Premiership Top GoalscorerKatlego Mphela – winner – R50 000 Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the SeasonMoeneeb Josephs – winner – R50 000Tshepo MotsoenengEmile Baron Nedbank Cup Most Promising PlayerPatrick Phungwayo – winner – R25 000Simangeliso BiyelaNdumiso Mabena
Here are five insights into landing those lucrative freelance agency gigs — and the guide to holding onto them once you do.In my time, I’ve been lucky enough to be on both sides of the freelancer table for agency video production gigs, and let me tell you that it’s just as fickle and arbitrary as you might fear.From a freelance videographer’s perspective, agency gigs can be some of the best, most lucrative jobs on the market. If they’re for large enough companies and brands, you can expect some of the best pay rates, plus peace of mind that you’ll be covered for your time and expenses. You can also be sure that your client won’t simply disappear — you’ll be paid for your work. (Although, often, you have to wait months for your paycheck to process.)From an agency’s perspective hiring a freelancer, working with outside videographers is usually a last resort, when in-house resources can’t fill the need. As a result, the gigs can often be rushed or last minute, and they require someone who can dive in immediately.Together, a symbiotic partnership is definitely possible, but both parties should strive to be aware of (as well as realistic about) what a freelance videographer can and should bring to the table.1. Camera(s) and GearImage via Elizaveta Galitckaia.Sadly, this might be what the majority of agencies ask about and look for when choosing a freelancer for a shoot. While there are plenty of instances wherein videographers might get hired without their own cameras — meaning they simply rent the requested camera — more often than not, agencies are looking for videographers who bring their own cameras to the table.Agencies don’t just look for the best camera available, either. They’ll often look for cameras that are most similar to the ones they already use in-house.If you’re a freelancer with your own camera(s), be sure to list this in your résumé or in any communication with the agency’s representatives. Include any other relevant gear you might already own, as well as other specific cameras you might not own but are proficient with, just in case they have access to this equipment.2. References and Word of MouthBefore we get to your demo reel or samples, agencies will probably choose to work with people they’ve worked with in the past, people referred to them, or people they’ve at least heard about or met — before they find anyone out of the blue.This is why I argue that networking and meeting people will always be more advantageous than just hunkering down and working on your demo reel or curating your Vimeo page. If you’ve done some solid work, stay in touch with those clients. Ask them for references or connections to other places where you might want to work.3. Relevant Samples (or Demo Reel)Image via FrameStockFootages.That being said, it’s helpful to have at least some sort of sample material to share with prospective new clients or agencies. A demo reel is great. Some old-school agencies might ask for a demo reel, and only a demo reel, to review your skills.However, the case usually comes down to relevant work samples. If you have a portfolio that demonstrates you’ve done similar shoots to the one you’re being considered for, that will be to your advantage.If you do have diverse work experiences, consider breaking down your portfolio into separate categories. You can always have multiple demo reels, for say, music videos, product videos, event films, weddings, etc.4. Reliability and ProfessionalismThis goes along with word of mouth. But in the agency world, you’re only as good as your reputation, and your reputation is only as good as your last shoot. If you’re serious about getting the top freelance agency video gigs, you must absolutely be reliable, show up early (not on time), and perform your work in a timely and professional manner.Sadly, all it takes is one bad step to find yourself blacklisted from entire networks.5. Positive Attitude and ResponsivenessHowever, try not to let the stakes get you down — agencies value positive, can-do attitudes above all else. From working on the inside, you’ll see agency representatives who might be a bit jaded, at times — don’t take your cues from them. They need you to be the lightening rod to get things done.Responsiveness might actually be the most important aspect of all. When a job need comes up, that first call is the most important. If you can’t answer the phone or email immediately, the job opportunity could easily pass you by.That doesn’t mean you need to sit around waiting by your phone 24/7. However, having a professional attitude, responding quickly and concisely, showing interest, explaining your expertise, and being up-front about your availabilities will keep you at the top of their lists.Cover image by gnepphoto.For more industry insights and advice, check out some of these resources:7 Tutorials on Adding The “Cinematic” Look to Your VideosFour Reasons You Should Use (and Love) Your Camera’s Stock Lens5 Ways to Add Value to Your Corporate Video Production ProjectsIndustry Insights: Careers in Commercial, Indie, or Corporate Filmmaking7 Things Clients Look For in a Video Production Company
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say AC Milan rival Arsenal, Liverpool for Donyell Malenby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe battle for PSV Eindhoven striker Donyell Malen is heating up.The Mirror says AC Milan have joined Arsenal and Liverpool in the race for Malen, according to latest reports from Italy.Arsenal are monitoring £50million-rated striker Malen, two years after allowing the young Dutchman to move back to Holland for just £500,000.Malen has scored 11 goals in just 13 matches in four competitions for Eindhoven this season after hitting double figures in his breakthrough campaign.Eindhoven believe he is already worth 100 times the sum they paid Arsenal to secure his services.Malen was dubbed the new Thierry Henry when he spent two seasons with the Gunners’ youth team. However, he featured in just two pre-season friendlies for Arsene Wenger before being sold to PSV in the summer of 2017.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency withdrew his nomination Wednesday after bipartisan opposition made his Senate confirmation unlikely.Officials at the White House and the Senate told The Associated Press that Michael Dourson had sent a letter asking his name to be removed from consideration to serve as head of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. The two officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.North Carolina’s two Republican senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, said last month they would vote against Dourson’s nomination after The Associated Press and other media outlets detailed his past work as a toxicologist hired to defend major chemical companies.The Senate’s 48 Democrats were united in opposition, meaning only one more GOP defection would be needed to defeat Dourson’s nomination.In his letter asking the president to withdraw his name from consideration, which was obtained by the AP, Dourson said his stepping aside “avoids unnecessarily politicizing the important environmental protection goals of Administrator Pruitt.”“I sincerely and deeply appreciate all the love and support by my family, friends and colleagues during this ‘surprising’ confirmation process,” he went on to say.Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said his staunch objections to Dourson’s nomination were never a matter of partisanship.“I sincerely believe he is the wrong person to hold this important position, and it’s become clear that, even with a Republican majority in the Senate, he could not be confirmed,” Carper said. “Dourson, an individual who has spent most of his career promoting less protective chemical safety standards, had no business overseeing our nation’s chemical safety laws.”The EPA’s press office did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday evening. Dourson has already been serving at the agency as a senior adviser to EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. It was not immediately clear whether he will continue in that role, which does not require Senate confirmation.The AP reported in September that Dourson has for years accepted payments for criticizing studies that raised concerns about the safety of his clients’ products, according to a review of financial records and his published work.Past corporate clients of Dourson and of a research group he ran include Dow Chemical Co., Koch Industries Inc. and Chevron Corp. His research has also been underwritten by industry trade and lobbying groups representing the makers of plastics, pesticides, processed foods and cigarettes.Burr and Tillis, both of whom are considered reliably pro-business conservatives, cited Dourson’s past work and worries among their home-state constituents about tainted drinking water in opposing his nomination.Marine veterans and their families have blamed decades-old contamination of wells at a North Carolina base with solvents and dry-cleaning chemicals for infant deaths and serious health problems, including cancer.More recently, concerns have been raised about undisclosed discharges of chemicals used to manufacture Teflon and GoreTex into the Cape Fear River, a source of municipal drinking water for Wilmington and other southeastern North Carolina communities.Dourson worked at the EPA for more than a decade, leaving in 1994 as the manager at a lab that assessed the health risks of exposure to chemicals. The following year, he founded Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment, a private, non-profit organization that tests chemicals and produces reports on which chemicals are hazardous in what quantities.Dourson’s views toward industry are consistent with others Trump has selected as top federal regulators. Among them is Pruitt, who in March overruled the findings of his agency’s own scientists to reverse an effort to ban chlorpyrifos, one of the nation’s most widely used pesticides.Court records show Dourson and his work have also often been called on when his corporate clients are seeking to fend off lawsuits.Dourson’s withdrawal was first reported Wednesday by Bloomberg News.___Follow Associated Press environmental reporter Michael Biesecker at http://twitter.com/mbieseck
BANGKOK — Microsoft, Google and other major technology companies have promised to help provide training in digital skills for around 20 million people in Southeast Asia by 2020 to make sure the region’s burgeoning working-age population is a fit for the future job market.The World Economic Forum announced Monday its “ASEAN Digital Skills Vision 2020” initiative to improve the technological capacity of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations with training, funds for scholarships, internships and shaping the curricula of technology and computing courses, among other measures.Southeast Asia is seeking to increase the digital skills of its workers as the shift to greater use of robots and other automation threatens to rob those without technological savvy of opportunities for employment, even in manufacturing and service industries.The Associated Press
Summer is full of wonderful things – but melting makeup, smeared eyeliner, and super-sticky lipstick are not among them. Here one need to adopt best tips for keeping makeup looking fresh and pretty, even when the weather is working against you. So here is the checklist of skin care habit to adopt in this summer to prevent melting makeup. Slather the sunscreen Skipping the sunscreen is a cardinal sin on any given day. But the effects of it are even harsher on days when the sun is at its brightest. Look for sunscreen with SPF 30 at least and make it a part of your daily skincare routine before you step out of the house. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHack to ensure you apply sunscreen everyday is to find a moisturiser that has a generous amount of SPF in it. Apply It generously not just on the face but also neck, arms, and chest or any part of the body that may be exposed to the sun. Scrub with care It’s during warmer months that your skin need exfoliation the most. Gentle exfoliation during the warmer months saves you from clogged pores and removes blackheads and whiteheads, which in turn gives your skin a chance to breathe. As with any skincare product, it’s best to scan the label beforehand for red flags such as fragrances and alcohol. For sensitive skin, explicators with micro-beads work best. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award Lighten the lotion Moisturisers don’t have to be banished to the back ends of your beauty drawer with the dawn of spring. In fact, using light, water-based moisturisers will keep your skin soft and nourished during these months. This holds especially true for these with sensitive skin as water-based moisturisers get absorbed easily and don’t leave a tacky layer behind the same theory applies to body lotions. Using oil- or glycerin-based body lotions can cause acne on your back and upper arms bringing your noodle strap top dreams to a resounding halt. Chuck out your old make-up We all have a soft corner for that limited edition blush or that perfect shade of lipstick we bought a few years ago even though our minds tell us to bin it. But you need to start listening to your logic and follow the expiry dates.This includes filtering the stash and getting rid of lipsticks that smell wired, foundations that have separated and blushes that have damaged bristles. (inputs by Yashu Jain, MD, Mattlook cosmetics)
Mumbai: Budget carrier SpiceJet on Monday said it has inked an initial pact with Gulf-based Emirates for code-share partnership, a move that will give wider connectivity to its passengers on the latter’s network across the US, Europe, Africa and Middle East. In turn, Emirates’ passengers will enjoy unhindered access to SpiceJet’s 51 domestic destinations — 10 through direct connectivity and rest 41 through connecting flights, the airline said in a release. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalSpiceJet’s first code-share partnership with Emirates, which is subject to regulatory approvals, assumes significance in the back drop of the temporary grounding of domestic carrier Jet Airways, which has investment from Emirates’ rival carrier Etihad. Before grounding all its flights to and from Etihad’s hub Abu Dhabi on March 18, Jet Airways had sizeable operations to the UAE capital city. “I am delighted to announce that as part of SpiceJet’s international expansion strategy, we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a code-share agreement with Emirates. This new partnership should immensely benefit passengers travelling on both airlines,” SpiceJet chairman and managing director Ajay Singh was quoted as saying in the release.