Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.F <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/25e5d/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> The SkyTeam airline alliance is reportedly in talks with around 12 other airlines, two of whom may be added to the group by the end of the year. In an interview with Bloomberg, SkyTeam said new members were integral to expansion plans in Asia, India and Latin America, but declined to name which carriers were being pursued. Alliance chairman Leo van Wijk admitted only that most of the airlines currently in talks were regional carriers servicing either just one or a few countries. “Latin America is still a relatively wide spot for us,” he said. “It’s not easy to find a partner who covers all of it, so you have to go with multiple partners who cover pieces.” The alliance, which already includes Delta Air Lines Inc. and Air France-KLM, gained its 13th member this week with the official induction of Tarom Romanian Air Transport.Vietnam Airlines joined the alliance on June 10 and China Eastern is set to join in the coming months.
Share11TweetShare13Email24 SharesApril 20, 2016; Daily Campus (University of Connecticut)NPQ has written before about the movement to end university investments in the private prison industry. Now, the UConn Undergraduate Student Government is asking the UConn Foundation, which manages a $383 million endowment, to submit a statement showing any holdings it might have in private prisons.“The corporations profiting from private prisons have a financial incentive to promote the political and economic agendas of mass incarceration,” commuter student senator Haddiyyah Ali wrote in a statement of position, wherein it was also asserted that private prisons violate universal human rights, particularly those to “life, liberty, security of person, privacy, family, home, ownership of property and to not be arbitrarily deprived of property.”Last year at this time, Columbia University became the first university in the country to divest from private prisons, followed by Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., and the University of California divested themselves of $25 million of investments in private prison corporations following protests from their Black Student Unions.As NPQ readers may remember, philanthropic institutions have also felt pressure to divest from this industry. Last year, the California Endowment announced that it was divesting from companies “that derive significant annual revenue from the operation of private prisons, jails, detention centers and correctional facilities.”As Rick Cohen wrote in 2014, “Divestment…is a pro-values strategy. But it demands that the institutions of our society that purport to be mission- and value-driven, such as private foundations, cannot stand on the sidelines with their billions in tax exempt assets and assume that their five percent devoted to philanthropic output automatically outweighs and camouflages the impacts of the investment of their 95 percent.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare11TweetShare13Email24 Shares