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Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 2:31 PM
— Update: 12:04 p.m. EST: American Airlines has announced that a “few hundred” of the 200,000 flights in December currently do not have pilots assigned, CNBC reported.
Update on American Airlines flights scheduled without pilots: “Out of the 200,000 flights American will operate in December, only a few hundred are currently unassigned to pilots."— Phil LeBeau (@Lebeaucarnews) November 30, 2017
Original story: A scheduling glitch could leave American Airlines passengers stranded for one of the busiest travel times of the year.
Multiple media outlets are reporting that American Airlines is blaming computer issues that allowed all pilots to take vacation over Christmas week.
BREAKING: American Airlines says computer glitch allowed all pilots to take vacation over Christmas week. Now union says thousands of flights are in jeopardy of cancellation. Americans says they’re offering 1.5x pay for pilots to fill in and expect to resolve the issue.— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) November 29, 2017
The union was notified last week that there was an issue with the system through which pilots request and are granted time off, CNBC reported.
Because of the problem, there are thousands of flights in December that could be affected, The Chicago Tribune reported.
American Airlines released the following statement:
“We are working diligently to address the issue and expect to avoid cancellations this holiday season. We have reserve pilots to help cover flying in December, and we are paying pilots who pick up certain open trips 150 percent of their hourly rate – as much as we are allowed to pay them per the contract. We will work with the APA to take care of our pilots and ensure we get our customers to where they need to go over the holidays.”
The Allied Pilots Association had filed a grievance, saying that the offer violates the labor contract between the union and company, The Tribune reported.
There are flights without either a captain, first officer or both, with itineraries from or to Dallas-Fort Worth, Boston, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City and Charlotte, Bloomberg reported.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:39 PM
SPRINGBORO, Ohio — New Year’s resolutions can begin in any month of the year. August 2015 is when a success story started for Springboro resident Christina Littleton.
Although athletic and thin during her younger years, her father’s passing from pancreatic cancer in 1999 left her reeling emotionally. She gained a lot of weight, met her husband, Jason, got married, got pregnant, and gained more weight.
“The summer of 2015 I was having too much fun, and eating too much. In August I looked at myself in the mirror and thought, ‘Who is this person?’” said Littleton, who weighed 284 pounds at that point. “I was determined that I was going to do this, so I took a picture of myself.”
The wedding photographer had been going to Weight Watchers on and off before, but this time she stuck with her weekly meetings at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Springboro. One and a half years later, she was down 115 pounds. It took her almost eight months to lose that last 10 pounds. The 5-foot-6-inch woman is now a fit and toned 159.
“Your main goal is to go in and lose weight. But there are things that you gain,” said Littleton, whose daughter, Ava, will be 11 next month. “Going through the journey I’ve learned to change my mindset. Before, I would secretly pick myself apart in the mirror. I didn’t want Ava to see that.”
She’d been very active when she was younger, with tennis, softball and running.
“So now I’m back to that side of me; being competitive. Developing more confidence in myself and taking more risks in my personal and professional life,” said Littleton, 40. “I completed a half-marathon in Nashville last year.”
She is teaching one weekly spin class, which will soon become two at the Coffman YMCA. In honor of her father, she participates in the 5K PanCan Run (fighting to end pancreatic cancer) in Kettering every year. She also runs on the treadmill.
The weight loss has an added bonus of giving her more energy to last through those long days with her camera equipment.
“I would be on my feet for hours; 12 hours from start to finish to photograph a wedding. I remember taking 800 milligrams of Motrin, and then again in the middle of the day just to get through it,” Littleton said. “And now I work out before a wedding.”
One of the reasons she has succeeded this time is her husband, who has always been supportive.
“There are so many programs out there, and just find one that works for you. Just create new habits,” Littleton said. “Instead of reaching for a bag of chips, you reach for an apple instead. You need to re-train your brain in the way you eat.”
In addition to her running and spin classes, she varies her workout sessions. She lifts weights, powers through a TRX core-based workout and does PiYo, a fast-paced yoga.
Lauren MacDonald, the instructor of the Weight Watcher’s group that Littleton has been attending, has a story of her own. She lost 110 pounds on the program, reaching her goal in 2012. She had some good words to say about her star pupil.
“She has done a amazing job. She’s stuck with it. A lot of people come and go, but she’s very motivational and inspirational to others,” said MacDonald, a Miamisburg resident who also works as a teacher.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:07 PM
— L’Oreal Paris made history when it featured model Amena Khan in its new hair product campaign.
Khan, a British beauty blogger, model and co-founder of Ardere Cosmetics, is the first hijab-wearing model to star in a hair campaign for a major international brand.
She revealed the video campaign to her more than 570,000 Instagram followers last week, calling it a “game changing” project.
On Twitter, L’Oreal and Khan received their share of praise and backlash.
My phone has been buzzing with messages since the campaign went live. The amount of support has been overwhelming 😫💓 From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who has sent even a nugget of positivity our way!!! #allworthit ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #Repost @osaama_official ・・・ Congratulations babe @amenaofficial She made me believe the impossible is possible. #loreal @elleuk @britishvogue @glamourmag @huffpost @thisisinsider @refinery29 @emirateswoman @voguearabia @popsugarbeauty @lorealhair
In an interview with Vogue UK published Sunday, Khan lauded the European brand for its commitment to inclusion. “They're literally putting a girl in a headscarf — whose hair you can't see — in a hair campaign ... because what they're really valuing through the campaign is the voices that we have,” Khan said.
"You have to wonder – why is it presumed that women that don't show their hair don't look after it?" she said. "The opposite of that would be that everyone that does show their hair only looks after it for the sake of showing it to others. And that mindset strips us of our autonomy and our sense of independence. Hair is a big part of self-care.”
On Twitter, L’Oreal and Khan received their share of praise and backlash.
Love that @amenaofficial is representing us hijabis. Yes, we do wash our hair. No, we don't shower with it on. No, we don't shave our heads. Some of us are Rapunzel under this hijab and we love a decent shampoo! #hijab #Sisterhood— Khadijah Hayley (@Khadalina) January 17, 2018
Guys I've just watched @amenaofficial's L'Oreal hair advert. I'm in tears, I love it. This is amazing for a muslim woman who wears a headscarf to be on an advert for HAIR, like girl yes we also want to be represented and have hair products to suit our needs. This is beautiful <3— R (@Ralliikhan) January 18, 2018
Amazing campaign by Loreal! So HAPPY to see my gal @amenaofficial on a hair commercial. Very empowering😌 💕💕 I get asked a lot why I spend so much on hair care if nobody sees my hair. Well I SEE my hair. Isn't that a good enough reason? https://t.co/TqlebHV6R9— Jayyida Badhry (@jayyida) January 19, 2018
The campaign reignited a controversial discussion about the hijab, with many arguing that the garment promotes oppression of women.
Hey @Loreal @LOrealParisUK you're promoting an oppressive garment.— Mark (@Marky_Mark1259) January 18, 2018
You're a disgrace.
Look at Muslim women fighting for the right *NOT* to wear hijab under an Islamic theocracy.
You're promoting oppression and so-called "modesty" to girls and women. https://t.co/SFhN94ecJX
SOME women are stoned for not wearing them. Amena Khan looks beautiful, strong and confident. I don’t think L’Oréal were trying to be “funny” as @Loobona said. I think they were being inclusive and showing regardless of race, colour and size, all women are beautiful.— Savannah (@Savannah_JH92) January 18, 2018
Last March, when Nike announced its new sports hijab, many Muslim women defended their choice to wear the hijab.
Muslim feminist Hanna Yusuf has also addressed critics of the hijab in the past and said that wearing hers is a feminist statement.
“In a world where a woman’s value is often reduced to her sexual allure, what could be more empowering than rejecting that notion?” she said in a video for The Guardian.
But, Yusuf said, her concern with the hijab being unfairly portrayed as oppression is not a denial of the fact that some women are forced to wear it in some parts of the world.
Still, some users felt that including a hijab-wearing model to promote hair products was “#pointless” or was just the company's attempt to make a statement.
I agree, hijab wearers have needs and in most cases take better care of their hair, but I think the ad is trying to put out a statement, not selling a product.— Abeer Mishkhas (@Abeer1_mishkhas) January 19, 2018
Khan was also criticized for some of her previous tweets, in which she referred to Israel as a “sinister state.” Those tweets have since been deleted.
Amena Khan was chosen by @LOrealParisUK to model for the company’s newest hair product campaign. However, a search of Khan’s Twitter account raises questions about the appropriateness of making her the face of the new campaign. Khan frequently espouses anti-Israel views. pic.twitter.com/ynMQ7dfjXJ— Aisha Murtad (@UmmAlMumineen) January 19, 2018
For reference, President Donald Trump recently recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, an action that the United Nations voted to condemn.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:52 PM
MONTREAL — A Montreal man was able to briefly dupe police with his creation after a snowstorm Monday.
KMSP reported that Simon Laprise created a sports car out of snow in a snow removal zone. The sculpture, which he posted photos of on Facebook, looked like a real car that had been parked during a snowstorm and was covered in powder.
Laprise, a 33-year-old machinist and artist, modeled the car after the DeLorean DMC-12, famously featured in the “Back to the Future” movies, KMSP reported. The final detail that made it so life-like was the Laprise’s incorporation of an actual windshield, which he found across the street.
Once he completed his duplicate, Laprise hid out of view and waited for the police.
A police car soon drove up to investigate the car in a snow removal zone. The officer soon realized the car was made entirely of snow.
Laprise got a “ticket” with a note that read, “You made our night hahahahaha :)”
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 4:51 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. — Friends and loved ones are mourning the loss of an Orlando man who his family said died after he caught the flu.
There have been least two other flu-related deaths, both of which were children, in the state this flu season.
Doctors said the symptoms of the flu can get very serious very quickly, which is why it's critical for people to pay attention to the signs and immediately contact a doctor.
Over the last week, hundreds of people have been packing medical offices to get treatment for the flu.
Loved ones are now grieving the loss of 58-year-old Joe Morrison, a man who they say was a doting father and a former Orlando area news photographer.
Morrison's family said he got the flu last week and died within 48 hours.
Dr. Richard Elloway, a family medicine physician with Centra Care, did not personally treat Morrison but has treated many flu patients.
He said in severe cases, the flu can quickly become deadly.
"Whenever I diagnose the flu, it's generally like a punch in the face. Just hits you really strong," Elloway said.
The Florida Department of Health said that of the two children in Florida who have died from the flu this winter, one had not been vaccinated and had underlying factors.
Elloway said the people most at risk of dying from the flu or its complications are people who can't fight it off as easily as healthier people.
"Generally, the people that die from the flu are either very, very young or very, very old. It's the people who don't have the immune systems necessarily to take care of the virus," he said.
Elloway said Centra Care has been packed in recent weeks with patients showing up with the flu.
Centra Care says last week it hit a record high of 874 cases in Orlando.
Elloway urges people not to ignore any warning signs if they already have the flu.
"Showing up at a doctor's office 24 to 48 hours into your symptoms, we can diagnose it and treat it," he said.