The Rundown: Ali Velshi, Etihad and More…


Media: Al Jazeera America has poached CNN’s Ali Velshi. His last day with CNN/CNNi was Friday. Velshi may work with Kamahl Santamaria who presents “Counting the Cost” on Al Jazeera English. Santamaria tells DC Internationalist: “AJAM will be a separate channel, but we will of course share resources. Give it time and we’ll see :)”

Media: Yalda Hakim has begun anchoring newscasts for BBC World News.

Travel: Etihad Airways added non-stop flights from Abu Dhabi to Dulles to its schedule last weekend. The airline also unveiled a lavish lounge. The press release states the following: “Located next to the airline’s departure gate in Terminal A, the lounge provides premium passengers with unfettered and convenient direct access to the aircraft without having to go through a traditional departure gate.” Nice!

Food: Le Pain Quotidien is on an expansion craze in the D.C. area. Chevy Chase and Union Station will soon get the Belgian cafe experience.


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