Contact the Victorian State Branch office for further details.The Touch Football Victoria website: www.victouch.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERROTORY (ACT)Play # 6 ACT Summer Competition Grand FinalsThis week sees the Grand Finals of the ACT Touch 07/8 Summer Domestic Season. The best of the 265 nominated teams will play off for competition honours in various divisions. Winning teams will receive a prize voucher that entitles them to a discount off next season’s nomination fees, or vouchers towards the purchase of uniforms or trophies. In what has become a tradition, all referees participating in the finals will be treated to a meal and refreshments each night after the final timeslot – this is just one of the ways that ACTTA says thanks to our valued whistleblowers. Best of luck to all grand finalists this week…To those teams not making the Grand Final, ACTTA hoped you enjoyed the season and is looking forward to seeing see you back in Winter season.Other Events: The ACTTA 2008 Winter Season will commence on 7 April 2008. Nominations are now open. To download a nomination form, please visit the ACTTA website. There are several great pricing incentives so don’t hesitate – nominate a team today.Enquiries should be directed to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or firstname.lastname@example.orgThat’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s website for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation. Victorian State Women’s U20 Head Coach. Touch Football Australia brings you the third edition of “A Set of Six” for 2008 with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around Australia. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Three for 2008.NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) Play # 1Premiers Flex their muscles in Darwin Touch Football CompetitionLast week in the Men’s Division One competition, reigning Premiers Crocs inflicted another loss on Palmerston Bulls. Crocs played with the confidence and poise of the champion outfit they are when they produced s polished performance to record a comfortable victory.Crocs came out firing; with their youthful stars showing the way with some well executed set plays to demoralize the Bulls.The Bulls are still trying to find some form after losing a few key players this season, but their task will get no easier with the undefeated Dream Team their next opponents.Dream Team disposed of Honkers 10 –1 in an emphatic display.Crocs will confront the ever-improving TCU Incredibles who lost a tight 5-4 tussle with Bundy Bears last week.Bundy Bears will play Honkers in what should be a close, entertaining clash.In the Women’s Competition, Scorpions have continued their winning start to the season accounting for Palmerston Bulls 4-3 in a closely contested battle. This week Scorpions will be out to keep their winning record alive when they take on All About Us in the early game. Palmerston Bulls will take on Crocs who showed they would be a force to reckon with this season after a comfortable 8-1 victory over Divas last week. Divas come up against Legless Emus and should account for the new girls on the block but will need to tread carefully with the young guns only just going down to the more experienced All About us 2-1 last week.Other Events: NT Touch would like to extend their congratulations to three players on their selection in the Australian Indigenous Touch Team to tour New Zealand from 1-7 April 2008. Congratulations to Scorpions duo Jordan Ahsam and Courtney Bailey, as well as Alice Springs player Kirstin Pearson.The Northern Territory website: www.nttouch.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA) Play # 2Beach Touch Finals Cap Summer of FunBeach Touch has been one of the highlights of TouchWest’s Summer of Touch. The “Sunset Series” involved teams playing from 6pm until sunset at Leighton Beach, Fremantle, The 3 attackers versus 2 defenders concept was played over four Friday nights. In the Division One Final, Leighton Creation defeated Snow Bunnies.Whilst in Division Two action, Craig Mostyn Group defeated Nice Try. Participants enjoyed the modified competition that will hopefully lead players into other TouchWest affiliated competitions.Other Events: WA Trainee Game Development Officer, Claire French, has completed her Certificate III in Sport and Recreation through Central TAFE. Claire has been completing her studies while working for TouchWest through an AFL Sportsready Traineeship. TouchWest congratulate Claire on her achievement and thank her for all the hard work she has done over the last twelve months. Claire will continue working for TouchWest and will commence her Certificate IV in Sport and Recreation in 2008.The TouchWest website: www.touchwest.comSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA) Play # 3Recognition for Mallee CoachJeff Topp of Mallee Touch Association, was awarded Coach of the Year at the Mallee Sports Assembly Annual Dinner and Presentation Night on Friday, 8th February 2008.Jeff was recognised for coaching Chaffey Secondary College’s school teams in the local Mallee Touch Competition and school tournaments. His association team is the current B Grade Affiliate Premiers in the Mallee Competition, and his school teams are current champions in all three divisions of the TFSA All Schools Mixed Championships.Other Events: Adelaide Shores Recreation Grounds received the thumbs up as a venue last night from players, officials, and spectators involved in the last of the minor rounds of State League. TFSA hope to secure the lush fields, clear markings, and fresh facilities for the State League finals to give TFSA’s elite participants the superior conditions they crave. The highly anticipated Finals Series begins this Friday, 22 February 2008 with Elimination Finals.The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD) Play # 4Brisbane City a hive of ActivityIt’s a busy time in the Brisbane City Region this weekend.On Saturday 23 February 2008, a Level 1 Coaching Course will be conducted at Cavendish Road State High School.On Sunday 24 February 2008, Level 1, 2, and 3 Referee Courses will be held at the same venue.Junior BMTA Mustang representative team trials will be held this Sunday from 11am-1pm at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association fields, whilst the Brisbane City Cobras will be conducting a Training Day for all National Touch League Teams this Sunday from 2-5pm at the BMTA venue after the Juniors strut their stuff.Other Events: The Sunshine Coast Junior Regional Championships, postponed last weekend due to inclement weather, will be conducted this Saturday 23 February 2008 at the Caboolture Touch Fields at Morayfield.The Queensland Touch Association website: www.qldtouch.com.auVICTORIA (VIC) Play # 5Elwood Park Grand Finals produce a ThrillerThe Elwood Park Sunday summer season wrapped up with a day of scintillating grand final action. The rest of the Elwood Park Affiliate Grand Finals are on this week at Elwood and Fawkner Parks.The highlight of the Grand Finals was undoubtedly the Men’s A Grand Final that went down to a thrilling drop-off before Saivans (8) prevailed over Te Te’ Hunters (7).FULL RESULTSWomen’s BHot Ice te Maro (2) def Hands Off (0)Men’s DSouthern Pirates (7) def Premium Staffing (6)Men’s EOD2 (3) def Phantoms (2)Men’s BWestern Touch (5) def SBFDTC (4)Men’s CSharks (7) def Amateurs (6)Women’s ASynergy (7) def Tsunami (2)Men’s AMaori Saiyans (8) def Hot Te’Te Hunters (7) – DropoffOther Events: Football Victoria is currently seeking written applications from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active coaches for the following positions: Victorian State Men’s U20 Head Coach
zoom French container carrier CMA CGM has decided to add a new service to directly connect Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.The new INDIGO line will provide a weekly direct service on the market and reduced transit times between Mexico and the Caribbean, according to the company.As part of the new service, CMA CGM will add a call in Kingston and a new port of call at Progresso in Mexico.Additionally, the service will allow access to the Cuban ports of Mariel and Santiago de Cuba.CMA CGM said that the new rotation will be as follows: Progreso, Altamira, Veracruz, Mariel, Kingston, Rio Haina, Kingston, Mariel, Progreso.The new service was announced less than a week after the company made a number of changes to its offering as it launched EUROSAL XL, a new service connecting the West Coast of South America and Northern Europe, and upgraded its Moroccan coverage by deploying six services linking the country with Russia, Europe and the Middle East.Furthermore, CMA CGM earlier said that it would enhanced its FEMEX service between North Europe and Turkey by adding new ports of call in Felixstowe, Valencia and Piraeus.Image Courtesy: CMA CGM
zoom Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat) has assumed full ship management and operations of Q-Flex LNG carrier Al Sheehaniya from Shell Trading and Shipping Company ( STASCo) with effect from 6 July 2017.The transition is part of the planned and phased transition announced in October 2016, which will see 25 LNG vessels previously managed by Shell moved to Nakilat’s mangement.These include fourteen Q-Max and eleven Q-Flex LNG carriers.With a cargo carrying capacity of 210,200 cubic meters, Al Sheehaniya is wholly-owned by Nakilat and chartered by Qatargas. The vessel, built in South Korea by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, was delivered in February 2009 and has been in service ever since.Al Sheehaniya is the ninth wholly-owned LNG vessel that will come under the management of Nakilat Shipping Qatar (NSQL), bringing the total number of vessels managed by NSQL to 17, comprising of 13 LNG and 4 LPG carriers.
Manchester: India suffered yet another injury scare after senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar suffered a hamstring niggle while bowling against Pakistan in their World Cup game here Sunday. According to BCCI media team, Bhuvneshwar suffered “tightness in his left hamstring” which forced him to leave the field after bowling 2.4 overs. He will take no further part in the game. His figures were 2.4-0-8-0. The team’s designated 12th man Ravindra Jadeja took the field for the remainder of the Pakistan run chase. It is yet to be ascertained how serious Bhuvneshwar’s injury is. If it turns out to be a tear, it will be another big jolt for India and he will be the second player after Shikhar Dhawan to sustain an injury during the tournament. Dhawan has suffered a hairline fracture and is out for a minimum period of two weeks. If Bhuvneshwar does not get fit in time for the Afghanistan game in Southampton on June 22, then Mohammed Shami will come in his place. In the worst case scenario, if Bhuvneshwar is ruled out of the tournament, India’s back-up pacer Khaleel Ahmed is travelling with the team.
CALGARY – The price tag for Calgary to host the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games will be about $4.6 billion, according to a bid exploration committee.The Calgary Bid Exploration Committee (CBEC) told city council Monday that revenue the Games generate would cover almost half the cost, but another $2.4 billion would be needed.The 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C., cost $7.7 billion.Calgary’s estimate is lower in part because the city can re-use venues from the 1988 Winter Games, CBEC chair Rick Hanson said.“Having pre-existing facilities made a significant impact,” Hanson said. “On average, you would have to look at $1.6 billion in some cases to built the facilities that are necessary for the Games.“Because we had existing facilities, we’ve got that number well under half a billion dollars.”CBEC and city administration will make final recommendations to council on a possible bid July 24.“I’ve always said I will be persuaded on this particular issue by the evidence, so I just see this as a presentation of a bunch of evidence,” Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi said. “Me and council and the public . . . will have to really cogitate over this and chew on some of these numbers and see if this is something we want to do.”The International Olympic Committee no longer requires the Canadian Olympic Committee to put forth a candidate city by September, which was the initial deadline the committee worked under, Hanson said.The IOC has yet to reveal bid procedures and guidelines for 2026. The IOC has indicated the formal bid process for 2026 won’t start until after February’s Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.“It means we’ve got some time to do some thinking here,” Nenshi said. “It would be very difficult for council to make a final decision to move forward without knowing what the IOC host city agreement will be.”A wrinkle in a potential Olympic bid is Calgary’s civic election on Oct. 16. Nenshi is running for a third term.CBEC was given $5 million by the city last year to investigate whether it is feasible for Calgary to host the 2026 Winter Games in a “financially responsible manner” and if it is “prudent” for the city to do so.Led by Hanson, a 17-member committee delved into facilities, security, community interest, finance and government support.With fewer cities interested in bidding for Olympic Games, the IOC has tried to make it easier and less costly to do so under an Agenda 2020 program that is essentially “reduce, re-use and recycle.”Calgary fits that bill having invested in its 1988 venues to keep them not just operational, but still hosting annual international events.But gaps exist particularly in hockey arenas. The city is currently negotiating with the Calgary Flames on location and who will play for what in a new NHL arena.Two NHL-sized arenas are needed to host a Winter Olympics, Hanson said.Calgary’s former police chief also addressed why the projected security budget of $610 million is less than Vancouver’s approximately $900 million.“It was a different world then. Canada was in Afghanistan. There was a war going on and they (Vancouver) had their own considerations. It’s a port city. That adds a level of complexity,” Hanson said.“A lot of the security planning was done post 9-11 leading up to 2010. There’s been another seven years since the 2010 Games,” he continued, pointing to more sophisticated security methods and measures worldwide.CBEC’s estimate showed operating costs exceeding operating revenues by $425 million.“I’m going to have to take a lot of convincing to be told we should be running an operation deficit in that range while other parties like the IOC and the COC actually make a lot of money off of sponsorship and TV rights,” Nenshi said.“The risk cannot be entirely held by the host city in my opinion.”Nenshi also reiterated that a bid can’t go ahead without financial support from the provincial and federal governments.“We haven’t had any indication yet that they’re in,” the mayor said.CBEC conducted a poll of 2,000 people in the Calgary and Bow Valley corridor in March with two-thirds indicating support for an Olympic bid, but over half expressing wariness about costs.“We are pleased to see high levels of public support for the bid fuelled by the overwhelmingly positive legacy of the 1988 Games that helped cement Calgary as a global leader in winter sport,” COC chief executive officer Chris Overholt said in a statement.“As CBEC works toward its final recommendations, we remain committed to working with the public and stakeholders at all levels to determine whether the right conditions exist for a 2026 bid to become a reality, for Calgary and for Canada.”Sion, Switzerland, Innsbruck, Austria, Almaty, Kazakhstan and Sapporo, Japan, are among cities that have also expressed interest in a 2026 bid.
Prince Harry met unemployed young people who are turning their lives around with help from The Prince’s Trust in Salford in Manchester on Monday.Prince Harry at Salford Fire StationCredit/Copyright: www.princehenryofwales.org/The Prince was visiting Salford Community Fire Station for the second time to meet young people from the charity’s Team programme delivered in partnership with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.Unemployment hotspot Salford has a stubbornly high levels of youth joblessness, with more than one in five young people (21%) struggling to find work.Current Team member Nicholas West-Keyes, 21, from Swinton, who met The Prince, said: “Being on the Team programme has been amazing so far and I’m doing things that I never thought I could do. I’ve gained since so much confidence since joining Team and now I have people who believe in me and that is such a huge help.“Meeting Prince Harry today was brilliant. He was very easy to talk to and he was really interested in what we were doing. It was a great way for us to say thank you for the support of his dad’s Trust.”As well as meeting with the young people, The Prince was also shown the fleet of engines and reintroduced to the fire crews working at the station, who he first met after the civil disorder in the area in 2011.The Trust’s Team programme is a 12-week personal development scheme which helps unemployed 16 to 25-year-olds build the skills and confidence they need to get a job. The Prince was also able to meet past members of the Team programme who have now turned their lives around and found work.Past Team member, Lee Waddicor, 20, of Boothstwon, Manchester, joined the Greater Manchester Fire Service as an apprentice after completing Team. He said: “Gaining this apprenticeship has really taught me that, with hard work and dedication, anything is possible. I have always wanted to work for the Fire Service, and The Prince’s Trust and the endless help of their staff has turned this dream into a reality.“I would recommend The Prince’s Trust Team programme to anybody struggling with their confidence. It really has made me a better person. Don’t doubt yourself and always chase your dreams because I nearly gave up on mine.”Jonathan Townsend, regional director of the North of England for The Prince’s Trust, said: “This visit has given our young people such a boost today. The work that we do in the area with the Team programme is vital and can often be life saving for them. We are working hard in partnership with the Fire Service to make sure these young people get all the help they need to overcome their barriers and achieve their best in life.”The visit follows on from The Prince’s last visit to Salford after the civil disorder in 2011. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) control operators took hundreds of calls and deployed fire crews to around 350 incidents. In the immediate aftermath, GMFRS worked with Greater Manchester Police and Salford Council to help provide reassurance and support to the community, and build relationships and trust with young people in the area.Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “It is fantastic that Prince Harry has come to visit firefighters, other staff and Prince’s Trust young people at Salford Community Fire Station and meet some of those who he met in 2011 following civil disturbance in the area.“The Prince’s Trust programme has been running in GMFRS for 12 years and has seen 100s of young people enrich their futures, taking with them a range of qualifications and life skills. Many who complete the scheme go on to find employment in Greater Manchester, including with GMFRS.”GMFRS has been working in partnership with The Prince’s Trust providing inspirational leadership and guidance to help young people in Salford since 2002. The Trust’s Team programme is run in partnership with the Fire Service, as well as other partners, across the country.Young people on the scheme take part in a residential, a community project and a work experience placement over the course of 12 weeks, while developing team-building skills and CV-writing skills. As well as gaining valuable teamwork, communication and social skills, Teams make a great contribution to the community, undertaking refurbishment projects for community centres and local parks, and working with other groups such as disabled children.Source:Prince’s Trust
Danielle Rochette APTN National NewsIn the past two months, a police officer and two members of the Lac Simon community have been killed.Public safety continues to be an issue in the small Algonquin community 200 kilometres northwest of Montreal.
Tapis Corporation (Tapis), renowned for high-performance fabrics for seating and vertical surface applications in the aviation industry, today announced that the firm will host an “Aircraft Seating Innovation Center” at its Aircraft Interiors Expo® (AIX) booth in Hamburg, Germany.Tapis strategically collaborated with the next generation of seating suppliers to transform the airline passenger experience. Tapis materials, including seat covers that provide a luxurious, sustainable and durable alternative to leather, will be featured on the prototype seats.“We partnered with the most forward-thinking, boutique seating manufacturers to produce breakthrough designs that have the potential to vastly improve aircraft interiors, both in business and economy classes,” said Jason Estes, vice president of global sales and marketing for Tapis. “These new products create a new standard for passenger comfort while maximizing the passenger envelope.”Finished with Tapis’ materials, a critical component to achieving the highest standards of passenger comfort and FAA fire retardant standards, the seats will be on display at the full-scale fuselage mockup at the Tapis AIX booth. Seats being showcased will include the following:Butterfly’s Single Aisle Lie Flat (SALF) seat. This award-winning SALF is a high-density and direct aisle access seat. The SALF is a flexible seating solution that allows for instant transformation between premium economy to regional first class, and long-haul flatbed suites. The trim and finish features the first use of Ultrasuede as a seat cover. The advanced haptic is synonymous with comfort in both seating and sleeping modes. The seat shell liner is upholstered in contrasting Tapisuede Flannel for a boutique luxury experience. The soft goods are dressed in contrasting Ultraleather, its exquisite handle providing a genuine luxury touch at the customer interface.Rebel Aero’s S3 seat featuring a flip-up seat-bottom cushion that allows passengers to sit and stand and acts as a booster for child seats, including a three-point harness for enhanced safety. The seat has a cradle recline that does not impinge on rear passenger space, and a patented sleep headrest. The seat is finished with laminated dress covers in a neutral Ultraleather Promessa Grey with a contrasting Ultratech material in the headrest. Ultratech has the robustness of leather but the haptic and comfort of fabric, creating a pillow like effect for maximum sleepability.Molon Labe’s side-slip seat, one of the most patented seats on the market, with a wider middle seat and staggered armrest. The Molon Labe seat gives all passengers space and privacy and dramatically improves the passenger experience in the center seat. The seats are configured in two rows to demonstrate the ability to increase the perceived value of an economy row of seating from only changing the trim and finish, creating an economy “plus” feel within the same seat. The economy plus row is upholstered in a beautifully streamlined laminated seat cover made from Ultraleather Brisa and Ultraleather Ultratech in the headrest. The Ultraleather Brisa has breathability and comfort attributes that exceed those of many fabrics. The visual aesthetic quality of the headrest is manufactured in a style that mimics the look and feel of comfortable pillow for maximum comfort. The second economy row is trimmed in a baseline style with Ultraleather Promessa and Ultratech Cora to accentuate the middle seat and the additional space that it provides. The innovative use of contrasting fabrics breaks up the appearance of the cabin, making it look and feel more like a residential interior.Safran Seats’ Slim Plus, the standard-bearer for regional seating for Embraer and Bombardier, is upholstered in a mixture of Promessa AV and Ultratech Metrotech. The center panel has a fabric look and feel for enhanced comfort both real and perceived.The Tapis expo booth will also celebrate the company’s Japanese manufacturing origins and will feature a sushi bar, in addition to a color and trim laboratory where customers can explore options, and a materials lab to experiment with texture, color and contrast of Tapis materials.Tapis’ booth will be in Hall 7, Stand 7C20 at AIX, April 2-4, in Hamburg, Germany.About Tapis CorporationSince its inception in 1977 Tapis Corporation has provided superior aircraft interior fabrics and continues to lead the industry in innovative design and implementation. A continued commitment to customers has been to persistently explore new ways to provide the highest quality of products and services for airplane interiors that meet FAA requirements.
SmartSky Networks is in the process of selecting the value added resellers (VARs) which will provide its 4G LTE inflight connectivity service to airlines and business aircraft operators.“So we are not going direct to the airlines meaning we are not going to be the ones providing the portal and doing all that. So, we are going to rely on our partners to do that. We’re making sure that we are selecting good partners. We are in the process of going through that,” SmartSky chief commercial officer Nancy Walker told RGN last week at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.She added: “We are not going to be the VAR. We are not going to be the one who is the customer/passenger facing front. That’s not what we are about.”Though the VAR route has been in the works for a while, the strategy has only just been finalized in recent months, confided Walker to RGN. It ensures SmartSky can focus on its proficiencies – providing a powerful broadband ATG pipe to operators – while enabling VARs to do what they’ve spent years and lots of money on perfecting: offering seamless logins and payment portals, as well as other applications for the pipe.Some of SmartSky’s potential resellers already “are doing a great job”, noted Walker, without disclosing their identities.Though SmartSky continues to see opportunities for developing 4G LTE inflight connectivity networks in other countries, including India, the US firm is “laser focused” on one thing right now – launching in the United States.“This is the year,” declared Walker, noting that SmartSky expects to have full coverage across CONUS by the end of 2019.The ball is certainly rolling for the firm. In January, JetSuiteX – a private air service owned by JetSuite that sells public charters – announced that it will become the first carrier to offer SmartSky’s next generation air-to-ground (ATG) solution. The system will be fitted to the 30-seat Embraer 135 aircraft flown by JetSuiteX between private terminals. Then, in March, StandardAero was awarded the first Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the ERJ135/140/145 series and the Legacy 600/650 aircraft models common in business aviation.JetSuiteX is pushing to start installs “right away”, said Walker, with a service-entry expected around the fall. JetSuiteX will offer the service for free to its passengers.SmartSky’s arrangement with JetSuiteX has helped to build excitement in the market. “When you are talking about an airline like JetSuite, with the highest net promoter score in the industry and it’s so much higher it’s not even [comparable] … to have us be endorsed by them really has opened up the floodgates. A lot of people wanting to talk to us. A lot of good things happening very quickly,” said Walker.To wit, SmartSky has enjoyed fruitful conversations with both business aircraft operators and commercial airlines. And there is “a lot of other things with commercial airlines in the works”, said Walker, noting, for example, that SmartSky is eyeing hybrid solutions for larger single-aisle aircraft which face capacity constraints in crowded US hubs. So in effect, SmartSky could step in and relieve the pressure with its ATG solution, even for operators equipped with a satellite system.For maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) firms that want a quick and easy way to validate their SmartSky ATG installs without flying the plane, SmartSky has an answer – its new patent-pending SmartCart package. SmartSky president Ryan Stone explained:So, the system mimics a ground-based tower and it actually contacts to our core.So you are fully provisioned … We actually use a laptop inside the airplane connected through the wifi, out the radio and antenna system to the cart and we move it around the aircraft validating that the beam selection is all working properly.SmartSky is also bolstering its electronic flight bag (EFB) offering to drive operational benefits for operators with its low-latency system. “Of course, we talk about passenger connectivity but it’s the operational savings and the operational data that the airlines are becoming more and more understanding that they have to be able to make great use out of that,” said Walker. “And that’s something that our pipes, our network allows and enables and that we are setting up to be able to do, help them do quite a bit with that data.”But, she reiterated, SmartSky is “laser focusing on making sure we get the network built out and everything done and aircraft in service this year”.Related Articles:Seamless Air Alliance lab work begins with multiple players at SprintSmartSky Networks impresses during flight demo as launch date nearsSmartSky eyes commercial go-live date for LTE network in near-termOne-on-one with SmartSky Networks president Ryan StoneSmartSky eyes spectrum options for 4G LTE networkPress Release: StandardAero swarded STC for SmartSky IFC on ERJsPress Release: JetSuiteX to launch SmartSky Networks’ inflight Internet
Ahead of EBACE 2019 Satcom Direct (SD), the business aviation solutions provider, notes a year on year increase of attempted cybersecurity attacks on business aviation aircraft subscribed to its multi-layered Cybersecurity Threat Monitoring module. 81% of around 600 subscribed aircraft have experienced a cyber event that has been thwarted by the SD service.In addition, the seriousness of the attempted attacks have amplified with a 54% increase in critical and high-level threats up from the same period last year. A critical threat represents activity that can affect default installations of widely deployed software resulting in the compromise of servers and devices, as well as leaving the “door open” for others with malicious intent. Trojans, viruses and operating system vulnerabilities all fall into the critical category. A high level represents a threat from web browser exploitation or malware, which can be elevated to a critical status. This type of threat can potentially cause serious long-term damage to corporate networks.In particular SD has identified a trend that shows an increase in attacks from advance persistent threat groups such as the well-known Fancy Bear, as well as sophisticated hackers, which are often commissioned by nation states or criminal organizations to specifically targeting VIPS.Josh Wheeler, senior director of cybersecurity at SD says, “These perpetrators making particularly nasty threats invariably involve a group of black-hat hackers working in a closed network that continuously attack aircraft. This determined, networked approach is harder to mitigate, but our sophisticated threat monitoring approach combines technology with human intervention to effectively detect, block, and prevent threats.”The SD Threat Monitoring module, accessible through the SD Pro® dashboard, constantly monitors all inbound and outbound threats from some 600 tails subscribed to the 24/7 monitoring service. Delivering a real-time, centralized in-flight view of the cabin network, it makes aircraft data activity visible to flight departments and the SD cybersecurity experts. Abnormal network behavior is highlighted using a variety of threat analysis and prevention solutions, as well as human expertise. Potential threats, attacks, and intrusions are blocked before they reach the digital devices or aircraft. If a compromised device is identified in flight, threats can be blocked before they propagate to other passengers or “call home” to a perpetrator with malicious intent. Operating in real-time, the system alerts users, identifies causes, and provides remedial steps. The systems works for all level of threats from low through to critical.“As the digitization of aviation trend continues aircraft are becoming operating systems in themselves so mitigating data risk is imperative,” adds Wheeler, “Regardless of whether you are on the ground or in the air, if you can see the internet, then the internet – and the hackers – are most definitely able to see you. Altitude does not make you safe and we are encouraging existing and new customers to be prepared,” adds Wheeler.About Satcom Direct: Satcom Direct (SD) and its companies provide global connectivity solutions for business and general aviation, military, government, and head of state aircraft. The company also provides land mobile services to areas with connectivity limitations. Since 1997, SD has worked to advance the technology of global connectivity, being first to market with many new capabilities in communications technology. SD’s industry leading connectivity solutions are complemented by their divisional capabilities including SD Avionics cabin and flight deck systems and SD software solutions. A premier Inmarsat distribution partner (including Jet ConneX), Iridium service partner, and ViaSat Ku preferred reseller, SD is also the exclusive service provider for SmartSky Networks, and the Master Distributor of Intelsat FlexExec.SD World Headquarters and primary operations center is located in Melbourne, Florida, with additional office locations in the United States, Canada, UK, UAE, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Australia, Russia, Brazil, and South Africa.
Inmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, today announced that its award-winning GX Aviation inflight broadband solution is now available to customers onboard the first of Virgin Atlantic’s brand new Airbus A350 aircraft.The milestone was achieved earlier today, when Virgin Atlantic operated its inaugural Airbus A350-1000 flight from London to New York. As part of the celebrations, the airline unveiled a promotion offering free access to GX Aviation for the next month, allowing passengers to browse the internet, check social media, instant message and more across their devices.Virgin Atlantic is scheduled to receive 12 Airbus A350-1000s over the next three years. All of the aircraft will be installed with GX Aviation, the world’s first and only global, high-speed inflight connectivity service delivered through a wholly-owned and operated network of high-throughput satellites. Inmarsat’s partner Deutsche Telekom, which is already the internet service provider on Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 787 and Airbus A330 fleets, has also been selected for the same role on the airline’s new Airbus A350 fleet.Philip Balaam, President of Inmarsat Aviation, said: “As one of the aviation industry’s greatest innovators, Virgin Atlantic is focused on providing a world-class experience onboard its aircraft. And that’s exactly what passengers can expect when flying on the airline’s brand new Airbus A350s from today. In addition to exciting new suites and social spaces, they will have access to a broadband service with fast, reliable and consistent coverage powered by GX Aviation.”Gail Yates, Head of Inflight Services at Virgin Atlantic, said: “Today we celebrated an exciting milestone for Virgin Atlantic as the first aircraft in our new Airbus A350-1000 fleet took to the skies. We are always looking to raise the bar and provide our passengers with a world-class experience. An industry-leading inflight connectivity solution is a fundamental part of this offering and we are delighted to have Inmarsat’s GX Aviation onboard to offer high-speed inflight broadband to our customers.”Approximately 1,700 aircraft are currently expected under signed contracts for Inmarsat’s next-generation inflight broadband solutions for airlines, with a new business pipeline of approximately 3,000 aircraft worldwide. To meet growing demand, Inmarsat has a fully-funded development roadmap, including eight fully-funded next-generation satellites. A fifth GX satellite will be launched later this year with a further two GX payloads scheduled to launch in 2020 and 2021. In addition, the next evolution of the network – delivering a further five GX payloads – will make Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network the most agile and flexible constellation ever conceived, assuring customers that their requirements will continue to be met for decades to come.About InmarsatInmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world’s best global portfolio of satellite networks, specifically designed for customer mobility, and holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides. Inmarsat’s long established global distribution network includes not only the world’s leading channel partners but also its own strong direct retail capabilities, enabling end to end customer service assurance. The company has an unrivalled track record of operating the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite networks, sustaining business and mission critical safety & operational applications for 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners. Inmarsat operates across a diversified portfolio of sectors with the financial resources to fund its business strategy and holds leading positions in the Maritime, Government and Aviation satcoms markets, operating consistently as a trusted, responsive and high quality partner to its customers across the globe.
North American stock markets plummeted today, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index erasing their year-to-date gains.At one point, the Dow was trading more than 1,500 points lower. It closed at 24,345 for a loss of 1,175 points or 4.6 per cent.Extreme volatility: the Dow falls as much as 1,500 points or 6% late in the session. But within minutes the loss was pared to ~1,000 points.TSX -1.6% or 257 points, led by banks. pic.twitter.com/o07IjoGV4F— Richard Dettman (@rwdettman) February 5, 2018The Dow sank 666 points on Friday as investors worried that signs of wage inflation might lead to a faster pace of interest rate increases by the U.S. Federal Reserve.The S&P 500 dropped 113 points or 4.1 per cent to 2,649. The Nasdaq was down 3.8 per cent of 273 points to 6,967. Canadian stocks suffered less, although the S&P/TSX Composite Index lost 271 points or 1.7 per cent to close at 15,335. Bank stocks and energy shares were among the decliners.Listen live for Money News at :26 and :56 past each hour.The Dow is down 820 points (3%) after being off more than 1,500 in the past half-hour. TSX is down 206 points (1.3%), led by financial shares. pic.twitter.com/DwcC4Hu2Qk— Richard Dettman (@rwdettman) February 5, 2018
Facebook Howard Bilerman always dreamed of recording Leonard Cohen. He even pitched unsolicited proposals to the legendary poet-singer through the mail slot of his Montreal home in the 1990s, when he was just in his 20s.So working on a Cohen album was an exciting experience for the 48-year-old engineer and co-owner of the hotel2tango recording studio in the city’s Mile-End neighbourhood.“Imagine being in the position to be able to push the solo button on that,” he said about isolating Cohen’s intense, gravely voice on his studio mixing board. “That was me.” Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen is seen during a tribute in Gijon, Spain, in October 2011. (Eloy Alonso/Reuters) Twitter
MONTREAL — DavidsTea probably can’t afford another wave of major changes such as those proposed by a co-founder who is trying to replace its board with a dissident slate of nominees, the company’s president and CEO Joel Silver said Tuesday.Herschel Segal’s offensive, which includes the nomination of seven candidates to replace the current board of directors, risks compromising the initiatives deployed over the last year, he said.“The whole process could be derailed and we will have to start again,” Silver said in an interview with The Canadian Press at its headquarters in Montreal.A crucial vote will take place at DavidsTea’s annual meeting June 14, when shareholders will choose between the slate of candidates nominated by the current board and the one offered by Segal, who resigned from the board in March.Since going public on the Nasdaq exchange in June 2015, the tea merchant has been facing profitability issues, leading to several reshuffles of senior management until the appointment of Silver, 47, last year.Segal is the company’s largest shareholder. His holding company Rainy Day Investments Ltd., owns about 46 per cent of the outstanding shares.However, three investment companies, that together control 36.5 per cent of the shares, oppose his plan.In his long list of criticisms, the 87-year-old businessman blames the board for taking too long to turn to online commerce and failing in its expansion to the United States.Silver said the current situation is not the result of decisions made over the past year but the last two to three years, which includes a period when Segal was a member of the board.Aware that he might lose his job if shareholders support Segal, Silver said his team should still be given a chance.The retailer spent $3 million to boost online sales to consumers and plans to enter into distribution agreements with partners such as supermarket chains to increase the brand’s reach.Companies in this story: (TSXV:CTU)
Scorers for H.C Holon: Philipp Kalu – 9/16, Yuval Katz – 7/10, Eden Gingihashvili – 3/3, Daniel Mosindi – 2/4, Hen Livgot – 2/5 Lior Gorman – 2/6, Patrick Obinna Nwaiwu – 1/1, Ran Yonish and Barel Lanziano – 1/2 each. The club with the biggest budget in the Israeli Handball history met the tough players of Nissim Falach that qualified to the historic final from the relegation playoffs zone. It was a very tied match. The score was pretty much equal until 11:11. For the half time, Maccabi went with 14:12 with the help of the final’s MVP, Yirmi Sidi. Written by Dean Shmuel Elmas Maccabi Rishon LeZion are the new the Israeli Cup holders after 31:28 on the surprising H.C Holon. Scorers for Maccabi Rishon LeZion: Yirmi Sidi – 9/11, Vladi Kofman – 6/11 Bar Masuri- 5/5, Amit Stelman – 5/6, Marko Matic – 2/5, Omer Gera and Ram Turkenic – 1/1 each, Rastko Stojkovic- 1/2, Ivan Karacic – 1/6. Saar Frenkel’s players ran for 18:14 and Holon came back to 22:21. Afterward, the yellows took a 29:26 lead and Holon scored two consecutive, but it was too much and the better team won 31:28. ← Previous Story Barca in race for Cindric – Servaas rejects “first attack”? Next Story → Matej Asanin to join RK PPD Zagreb
David Davis David Davis said:– I am grateful for the Club, the Management, the Players and of course our fans. It was important for me to do a great job with the team. I am happy, but for one man it is impossible to achieve great things and in these last three months, everyone helped. I could not be happier in Magyarország (Hungary). The Spanish coach David Davis will stay at Telekom Veszprem for one more year. The Egyptian NT coach came to Veszprem in a difficult moment in September after the departure of Ljubomir Vranjes, but his work and result became visible in the recent months. An option of contract extension is activated. Davis will lead the Hungarian vice-champions in season 2019/2020.– The board is fully satisfied with the work of Coach David Davis, which is proven with 16 consecutive victories, especially after the difficult situation of the team in the beginning of the season. Today’s decision signals a trust towards the coach and the team, strengthening everyone in the idea that we are on a good way and everyone works well towards our goals. The strength of the team is visible and sensible. This is why in our last game, in Skopje and at home against Brest, they could stand up from behind and win – said Dr. Zoltán Csík, the Managing Director of Veszprém Handball Team Co. Ltd. ← Previous Story RK Vardar beat PPD Zagreb for the first place at SEHA Gazprom League Next Story → Nora Mork next two years at CSM Bucuresti!
← Previous Story Serbian Handball Federation publish video with referees’ mistakes in match against Egypt Next Story → France beat Egypt for the final! Handball world received a terrible news that our colleague and friend, iconic person of Hungarian and European handball journalism, Joszef Simon, died in car accident at age 64.Handball-Planet.com will remember our Simon as one of the best persons who we meet during our 9 years-work, who had a great impact on promotion of our sport in Hungary through his work in Nemzeti Sport.Joszef was a regular member of our expert’s Jury in all Handball-Planet.com Voting Contests.We will remember you…rest in peace. Joszef Simon
Uros Zorman Slovenian Handball Federation announced that Uros Zorman will be the first assistant of Veselin Vujovic in coaching staff of the national team at the end of Olympic cycle until Tokyo 2020.Legendary playmaker, who began his coaching career as assistant of Talant Dujshebaev at PGE Vive Kielce, will replace Uros Serbec on that position, who wrote post on FB in which described his disappointment with such a decision of Federation.Also, Vujovic and Federation’s president Franjo Bobinac had talks with experienced players like Marko Bezjak and Sebastian Skube, who are ready to play for the national team at Men’s EHF EURO 2020 in Austria, Sweden and Norway. ← Previous Story Aalborg convincing win against Elverum Next Story → EHF CL 19/20 Round 1 BEST 7: Wolff, Skube, Bilyk, Ghionea…
IRAQ’S DIVISIVE PREMIER Nuri al-Maliki has dropped his bid to stay in power, bowing to huge domestic and international pressure as a jihadist-led offensive threatens to tear the country apart.The two-term premier threw in the towel after an acrimonious political battle and backed his designated successor Haidar al-Abadi, a fellow member of the Shiite party Dawa.“I announce before you today… the withdrawal of my candidacy in favour of the brother Doctor Haidar al-Abadi,” he said in a televised address, with Abadi standing next to him.WelcomedHis decision was swiftly welcomed by the US and the UN.“Today, Iraqis took another major step forward in uniting their country,” US National Security Advisor Susan Rice said in a statement.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Maliki’s withdrawal “will allow the crucial process to form a new government to proceed swiftly and within the time frame provided for in the constitution.”Pressing issuesHe urged the formation of “an inclusive, broad-based government ready to immediately tackle these pressing issues.”Maliki, 64, turned the page on eight years that saw him rise from the relative anonymity of a former exile who returned in the wake of the 2003 US-led invasion to become a feared and powerful ruler.He previously said he would sue the president in a desperate bid to cling to his job, deploying security forces across Baghdad even as violence raged in the north.Quelling fears a desperate bid to cling to power could worsen what is already Iraq’s worst crisis in years, Maliki said he was stepping aside to “facilitate the progress of the political process and the formation of the new government.”He defended his record at the helm but critics say his sectarian policies have alienated and radicalised the Sunni minority, most of whose heartland was overrun by extremist Islamic State fighters facing little or no popular resistance two months ago.- © AFP 2014Read: US troops in Iraq find plight of refugees ‘better than feared’ >More: What to do? The EU is to hold an extraordinary meeting on Iraq >