Aircraft operated by Emirates, at Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates.Christopher Pike | Bloomberg | Getty Images Emirates lost $3.4 billion in the first six months of the year, tipping the Dubai state-owned airline’s holding company into its first half-year loss in more than thirty years.The carrier, which temporarily suspended operations this year at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, said global flight and travel restrictions meant revenue dropped 75% to $3.2 billion as passenger traffic fell 95% to 1.5 million.Emirates Group, which includes the airline, said its workforce had shrunk by 24% to 81,334 staff as of Sept 30.- Advertisement – The airline confirmed it had received $2 billion in financial assistance from the government of Dubai as an equity investment.Emirates had reported a 862 million dirham profit for the first half of theprevious year. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Another tropical vacation has ended in tragedy as 55-year-old Joseph Allen of New Jersey becomes the ninth American tourist found dead in the Dominican Republic.Allen’s family told NBC News that he was found unresponsive in his hotel room at the Terra Linda Resort on June 13th while on a trip to celebrate a friend’s birthday.Dominican Republic officials are calling the nine mysterious deaths isolated incidents.However, multiple reports say that tainted alcohol could have played a role in the string of American deaths.Less than two years ago, the Dominican National Police shut down five labs manufacturing alcohol and seized 100 tanks of product that were unsuitable for human consumption.Fox News breaks down the mystery surrounding the deaths of the eight other American tourists which have occurred in less than a year.Allen’s family is reportedly in the process of trying to bring his body back to the U.S. in an attempt to determine his cause of death.They join eight other families currently searching for answers about the loss of their loved ones.
Justin Carter totaled 25 points and 10 rebounds and Wayne Andrews contributed 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Compton College men’s basketball team to an 87-77 victory over Chaffey in a Southern California Regional Playoffs first-round game Saturday night at Chaffey. Larry DeHughes added 13 points for the Tartars (21-9). Chaffey fell to to 28-7. Compton advances to play College of the Canyons on the road next Saturday at 7 p.m. BaseballLBCC 4, Orange Coast 3 Daniel Prieto allowed three runs – two earned – in six innings and Josh Furlong (2-2) followed with three shutout frames to lead the visiting Vikings (7-10) over the Pirates in nonconference play. Curtis Thompson went 3 for 4 for LBCC. CS Monterey Bay 11-7, CS Dominguez Hills 8-8, second game 7 inn. Houston Hernandez and Scott Moore each had three hits in the finale to help the Toros (5-6-1, 1-2) gain a CCAA split at home. SoftballLBCC 4-3, Palomar 3-2 The Vikings (5-7) swept the visiting Comets (8-9) in nonconference action. Sarah Frudakis allowed no earned runs in going the distance in the first game, and also drove in two runs. In the finale, LBCC’s Brittni Rodriguez earned the win and Frudakis got the save. Cypress 15, Cuesta 9, 5 inn.; Cypress 9, Bakersfield 0, 6 inn. Sydney Woolley (5-0) and Alyssa Gutierrez (6-1) recorded complete-game victories as the Chargers (11-1) won twice in Bakersfield. Brooke Pesley went 5 for 6 with a home run, three doubles and four RBI on the day. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
LANCASTER – The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is investigating whether four board members have had a conflict of interest in a contract between Antelope Valley Hospital and a local medical group. Until recently, four of the five hospital directors had financial ties to High Desert Medical Group. Rival candidates raised the issue in past hospital board elections. “We did receive a complaint, and we are reviewing it,” said Deputy District Attorney David Demerjian of the Public Integrity Division. “The complaint is there is a conflict of interest by one or more of the board members. It’s in the initial review stage at this point.” Demerjian said the complaint was received in February. Board members Dr. Abdallah Farrukh, Dr. John Manning, nurse-practitioner Berna Mayer and Dr. Don Parazo have or had financial relationships with High Desert. Farrukh was elected to the board in 2000, Parazo in 2002, and Manning and Meyer in 2004. They have in the past denied any conflict of interest. Mayer said she never did, or would put pressure on hospital administrators to secure a better contract for High Desert. “They are free to look into anything,” Mayer said. “As far as I know, nothing has been changed with any of the contracts. If anything has been changed, it hasn’t been changed by the board. The board member who has had no ties to High Desert, June Snow, welcomed the inquiry. In the 2006 election, Snow and two other candidates raised questions about potential conflicts of interest and whether High Desert Medical Group was wielding undue influence. “I really don’t know if there’s trouble or not trouble, but the potential is there, and I think it’s good the D.A. looks into it, and hopefully they will find nothing wrong,” Snow said. Manning works part time and Parazo full time at High Desert. Mayer was a nurse-practitioner there but resigned at the end of April because she said the hospital could not negotiate a new contract with High Desert with a board majority having ties to the medical group. Farrukh was not employed by High Desert but had a contract with the group to provide services. That contract has ended, hospital officials said. A three-year contract between the hospital and High Desert expired at the end of April. “(Hospital CEO Les Wong) said he could not renegotiate a new contract as long as four of us were on the board. So I had two choices. I could resign from the board or resign from High Desert Medical Group, and I just felt as a nurse-practitioner I could seek employment elsewhere,” Mayer said. “There’s three of us now with no ties, so a new contract could be negotiated.” Hospital attorney Craig Cannizzo said High Desert’s contract with the hospital goes back about 11 years, and the most recent amendment was approved May 1, 2004. Cannizzo said the hospital was not able to renew or amend the contract given the makeup of the board before Mayer and Farrukh severed their ties with High Desert. “The law allows a contract to continue if new board members come on that have a direct or indirect financial interest, but it does not allow the contract to be amended, renewed or modified while those officers continue to have financial relations with the contracting party,” Cannizzo said. The task of negotiating contracts with medical groups and insurance companies is handled by Wong and not brought before the board. “We are relieved that we no longer have the obstacles that we had previously. It wasn’t really something that the hospital could dictate,” Cannizzo said. When a new contract is negotiated, it would have to come before the board for consideration, and Manning and Parazo would have to recuse themselves, Cannizzo said. Even with no current direct contract between High Desert and the hospital, High Desert’s 66,000 members can still be treated at the hospital but at possibly higher group rates, officials said. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!