Bapsy Jain

Bapsy Jain is an Indian entrepreneur and author noted for her bestselling novel Lucky Everyday which portrays the introspective spiritual journey of a woman faced with surprising life challenges. Bapsy Jain was born in India, she completed her schooling from Presentation Convent and graduated from the Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai. She left for the UK to further pursue her education in finance and became a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, she married Nitish Jain on 23 November 1985 and they have two sons. Together Bapsy and Nitish Jain have set up business schools under the name of S P Jain School of Global Management in Dubai, Mumbai and Sydney. Bapsy Jain is on the board of several international organizations. A period of forced bed rest allowed her to start led to her first book Lucky Everyday. Bapsy Jain worked for ten years on The Blind Pilgrim published by Penguin. After the book became a bestseller in India, Penguin acquired world rights for the book in March, 2009 and subsequently published the book worldwide under a new title Lucky Everyday.

Jain is working on a sequel titled Night Vision. Lucky Everyday concerns itself with the human spirit’s ability to adjust to the challenges that life throws our way. Named a bestseller by Mike Bryan, CEO and President, Penguin Books, this descriptive version of the formula East meets West takes readers on an introspective journey following the life of Lucky Boyce as she transitions from being a professional working in New York to becoming the wife of a wealthy Indian businessman and on to leading the life of a divorced teacher of yoga, she has shown spiritual leaders, yoga practitioners and readers worldwide, a new way of looking at the everyday and her writing is an inspiring reminder that love and spirituality have a place in both turbulent and peaceful times. The Official website for the book Lucky Everday Penguin Books Bapsy Jain's Blog The Official website for the book Blind Pilgrim A Star Called Lucky Free chapter A STAR CALLED LUCKY

Military Accessions Vital to National Interest

Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest is a recruitment program by the United States Department of Defense, through which legal non-immigrants with certain critical skills are recruited into the military services of US. Certain health care professionals and experts in certain languages relevant to the US military meet eligibility requirements for recruitment through this program. Soldiers belonging to the enlisted rank, recruited through this program, become citizens of the United States at the end of their Basic Combat Training. MAVNI was spearheaded by immigration attorney Margaret Stock, a former U. S. Army Reserve officer and West Point professor; the program started in 2008 under the George W. Bush administration as a one-year pilot program with a cap of 1000 recruits; the program was suspended following the 2009 Fort Hood shooting and a revision of Army vetting procedures, before being resumed in 2012 with the new vetting procedure. In October 2014, people belonging to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals category became eligible for the MAVNI program.

In December 2014, the program has been extended until 2016 with a raised cap of 5000 recruits. Enlistments are permitted for both active-duty and reserve assignments, but not in the National Guard; as of December 2016, MAVNI is under review and closed indefinitely to new recruits, as the Trump administration was unenthusiastic. Several lawsuits happened due to the Defense Department attempting to pressure out existing MAVNI service members, including outright discharging 40 members in July 2018 for failing new background checks; these new background checks were criticized as being shoddy and relying on trivial information such as a MAVNI member having parents living in a foreign country as a reason to reject the check due to "foreign ties". The softer methods included an "administrative discharge" of not sending soldiers to required training or giving them new contracts; this process of discharging MAVNI members itself was suspended on July 2018, one month later. A related legal dispute ended in February 2019 with U.

S. District Judge Thomas Zilly of the Western District of Washington ordering the Defense Department to stop unequal treatment of soldiers in the program, such as by forcing them to submit to "continuous monitoring" background checks without any case-by-case reason, when other soldiers are not subject to similar restrictions; the MAVNI program has several notable recruiting successes. S. Army Soldier of the Year for 2012, Augustus Maiyo, the winner of the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon, it enlisted world class athletes like Paul Chelimo, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist at 5000 meters and many others. MAVNI recruits of the Army have a lower attrition rate than other recruits, many hold higher educational credentials than other enlistees. Around 30% of MAVNI recruits were assigned to Special Operations units due to their language abilities, which facilitate operations in territories with few English speakers. Several MAVNI recruits have written about their experiences in the program. With the suspension of MAVNI, the US Defense Department has weakened its requirements on would-be native citizens in an attempt to fill up missing headcount, such as allowing more waivers for people with criminal backgrounds or histories of illegal drug use to join the military

Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport is an international airport serving Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. It is operated by DAA; the airport is located in Collinstown, near Swords, Dublin. In 2019, 32.9 million passengers passed through the airport, making it the airport's busiest year on record. It is the 12th busiest airport in Europe, is by far the busiest of Ireland's airports by total passenger traffic; the airport has an extensive short and medium haul network, served by an array of carriers, as well as a significant long-haul network focused on North America, the Middle East and East Asia. It serves as the headquarters of Ireland's flag carrierAer Lingus, regional airline Stobart Air, Europe's largest low-cost carrier – Ryanair, ASL Airlines Ireland, together with another two airlines, CityJet and Norwegian Air International. United States border preclearance services are available at the airport for U. S.-bound passengers. Shannon Airport is the only other airport in Europe to offer this facility. In 1917, during World War I, the townland of Collinstown was selected as the site of a base for the British Royal Flying Corps.

By April 1918, when the Flying Corps was renamed the Royal Air Force, Collinstown Aerodrome was more than 20% complete. Construction was completed in 1919. On 20 March 1919 a group of 30 Irish Volunteers, including five employed by the RAF, stole 75 rifles and 5,000 rounds of ammunition from the base; as Collinstown Camp the site was used for internment of Irish republicans. At the end of 1922 the land and buildings at Collinstown were transferred to the Irish Free State; the airfield fell into disrepair and grass grew on the former runways. In 1936, the Executive Council of the Irish Free State established a new civil airline, Aer Lingus, which began operating from the military aerodrome, Casement Aerodrome, at Baldonnel to the southwest of Dublin. A decision was made; the former Collinstown site, extended into the neighbouring townlands of Rock and Corballis, was chosen. Work on the new airport began in 1937. By the end of 1939, a grass airfield surface, internal roads, car parks and electrical power and lighting were set up.

The inaugural flight from Dublin took place on 19 January 1940 to Liverpool. In August 1938, work began on a new airport terminal building; the terminal building was designed by architect Desmond FitzGerald, brother of politician Garret FitzGerald. FitzGerald, who had designed an airport terminal as part of his college studies, led a team of architects that included Kevin Barry, Daithí Hanley, Charles Aliaga Kelly, Dermot O'Toole and Harry Robson; the terminal building opened in early 1941, with its design influenced by the tiered structure of the luxury ocean liners of the time. The terminal was awarded the Triennial Gold Medal of the Royal Hibernian Institute of Architects in 1942 and is today a listed building. Due to World War II, known as The Emergency in Ireland, services were restricted at Dublin Airport until late 1945; the only international scheduled routes operated during this time were by Aer Lingus to Liverpool. The end of the war meant the beginning of a major expansion in services at the airport.

Aer Lingus resumed its London service to Croydon in November 1945. In 1947, KLM started the first European flights to Dublin with a service to Amsterdam. Three new concrete runways were completed in 1948, in 1950 - after ten years in operation - the airport had welcomed a total of 920,000 passengers. Throughout the 1950s Dublin Airport expanded with uninterrupted traffic growth. Runway extensions and terminal enhancements were carried out to deal with the influx of traffic and passengers. New airlines began serving the airport also; these included British European Airways, BKS. In 1958, a new transatlantic service was started by Aer Lingus via Shannon Airport. By the mid 1950s, it was clear that the original terminal building was too small to cope with growing passenger numbers. A new North Terminal was opened in June 1959; the plan was that North Terminal would handle all US and European flights, but instead it became the arrivals terminal for all Dublin Airport passengers, while the original passenger terminal was used for departures.

During the 1960s, the number of scheduled carriers continued to grow. By the close of the 1960s, a sizeable number of Boeing 737s, BAC One-Elevens, Boeing 707s and Hawker Siddeley Tridents were using the airport regularly. To cope with larger aircraft in the late 1960s new departure gate piers were added close to the old terminal to cope with larger aircraft; these piers would subsequently be connected to Terminal 1. During 1969, the airport handled 1,737,151 passengers; the advent of wide-body aircraft posed challenges for aviation. In 1971, Aer Lingus took delivery of two new Boeing 747 aircraft. To cope with this, a new £10 million passenger terminal capable of handling six million passengers per year, which became known as Terminal 1, was opened in June 1972; the growth, anticipated at Dublin's airport during the 1970s did not materialise immediately. In 1983 Aer Lingus opened its'Aer Lingus Commuter' division which took delivery of Shorts, Saab AB an