FS1College football analyst Danny Kanell is about as anti-SEC as it gets. He’s also been a huge advocate of UCF getting a shot at playing for a national championship. Predictably, the Fiesta Bowl is not going well for him on Twitter.UCF, which entered the Fiesta Bowl contest against LSU with a 12-0 record, fell to the Tigers. While the final score was a respectable 40-32, it wasn’t as competitive as it looked. LSU out-gained UCF 555-250 in terms of yardage.Kanell’s mentions are on fire. UCF going down to an SEC team has a lot of people giving Kanell a piece of their mind.Check it out:Can we all agree that whoever loses the Fiesta Bowl won’t use any lame excuses?? Oh wait I forgot what we’re dealing with— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) January 1, 2019 pic.twitter.com/kqa7RtRHPm— Brad Logan (@BradLoganCOTE) January 1, 2019UCF played an SEC team on the field and lost!! On to your next set of excuses DK? The SEC IS the best conf in the country year in and tear out top to bottom. I respect your views cause you played the game at the highest level but this SEC bias is old find another story line!!#SEC— Robert D Leusenring (@dawg5380) January 1, 2019Couldn’t beat a depleted LSU team and got drilled today. We can now move on from the UCF whining banter— joose (@JoosePear) January 1, 2019Can we stop all of this “UCF deserves to be in the CFP” nonsense now?— Michael Cash (@mpcash) January 1, 2019Wonder oh Danny boy will come up with for catching this L— Alex Galvan (@galvini1979) January 1, 2019 pic.twitter.com/CegbEUi8Ne— Drew (@apkidd2) January 1, 2019The loss likely damages UCF’s future College Football Playoff chances as well. After all, it was the win over Auburn a year ago that had many thinking the Knights could compete with the big boys.Kanell, after the game, had a different take on Twitter.Gritty win for LSU. Joe Burrow tough as nails. UCF had the entire SEC sweating that game with their Backup QB. Absolutely proved they belong. Again.— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) January 1, 2019LSU, with the win, finishes the season with a 10-3 record.Kanell will likely take it in stride. This isn’t the first time he’s been crushed on Twitter for an unpopular opinion.
New Delhi: Railways received a budgetary allocation of Rs 65,837 crore and highest ever outlay for capital expenditure amounting to Rs 1.60 lakh crore in the Budget for the year 2019-20 presented on Friday, which includes a whopping 200 per cent increase in funds for passenger amenities. Last year, the outlay for the railways was Rs 1.48 lakh crore while the Budget allocation was Rs 55,088 crore. In the interim Budget, the allocation was Rs 1.58 lakh crore. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu In the 2019-20 Budget, funds of Rs 7,255 crore have been allocated for construction of new lines, Rs 2,200 crore for gauge conversion, Rs 700 crore for doubling, Rs 6,114.82 crore for rolling stock and Rs 1,750 crore for signalling and telecom. The allocations have remained the same as in the interim budget presented in February. “This is a budget for 130 crore Indians, rich or poor, for entrepreneurs, for the industry, promoting new work and opportunities,” said Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC The allocation for rail passenger comfort this fiscal has gone up to Rs 3,422.57 crore from Rs 1,657 crore in the Budget presented last year by then finance minister Arun Jaitley. In the 2017-2018 financial year, the budgetary allocation for railway passenger amenities was Rs 1,100.90 crore. Indication of the sharp rise was given in the interim Budget in which the allocation for passenger amenities jumped by 50 per cent from the amount allocated in 2018-2019. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while presenting the Budget, said the railway infrastructure would need an investment of Rs 50 lakh crores between 2018 and 2030 and proposed that a public private partnership (PPP) be used to unleash faster development and delivery of passenger freight services for railway projects to boost connectivity. “Railways will be encouraged to invest in suburban railways through special purpose vehicles (SPVs) and enhance metro rail network through PPPs,” she said. Government envisions using rivers for cargo transportation, which will also decongest roads and railways, Sitharaman said. Goyal said the Rs 50 lakh crore investment in railways that the Finance Minister talked about was needed to modernise stations and build passenger amenities like toilets, waiting rooms and better stations. “We have drawn up an whole programme. Some of the old projects like 100 per cent electrification, advanced signalling, station development was already there. Now, we have to worked out how to create additional capacities, so that our modal share of freight can go up, the cost of logistics start coming down and our passengers along with good amenities get more and more avenues to travel by trains to reach their preferred destination. “All this will entail more doubling, tripling, new dedicated freight corridors, some semi high speed freight corridors, very large gamut of investments in different sectors, regional connectivity, connectivity to aspirational districts. We have worked this out both through government expenditure and through public-private partnership,” he said. Sitharaman in her speech said that given the capital expenditure outlays of the railways are around Rs 1.5 to Rs 1.6 lakh crores per annum, completing even all sanctioned projects would take decades. She proposed the use of PPP model to unleash faster development and completion of tracks, rolling stock manufacturing and delivery of passenger freight services. “Wherever there are opportunities and viability of attracting more investments and better services for the passengers, we will keep an open mind. The passengers have a right to better services. We are open to it. “If there are economically viable projects and people are willing to invest in them, then, why not. For example, if Coal India opened a new mine and they need a railway line and a siding. Why should railways invest in it? Coal India need it to move their coal, so they can invest in it. We can co-invest in them. Whenever there are opportunities which are viable we should have an open mind,” Goyal said. The Finance Minister said railway stations modernisation will also be launched this year. However, what will remain the Railways’ major headache would be its revenue expenditure which includes an estimated salary payout of Rs 86,554.31 crore, about Rs 14,000 crore more than last year. The Budget estimates also allocated Rs 267.64 crore for Nirbhaya Fund, including provision of Rs 250 crore for Integrated Emergency Response Management System (IERM) (Video Surveillance System), and Rs 17.64 crore for Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. Estimates under Gross Traffic Receipts for the year 2019-20 have been placed at Rs 2,16,675 crore, an increase of Rs 19,961 crore over the revised estimates 2018-19. The railway minister also said that the national transporter will invest in creating metro coaches and stock, showing confidence in its manufacturing units, which have produced state of the art coaches like in Train18 and is in the process of manufacturing Train20. “We are not selling off government assets. Everybody’s jobs will be protected. Like we have IRCON, RITES, they are all corporatised government companies,” he said, amidst disquiet in its production units about the railways’ proposal to hive them off as one corporate entity. In fact the Budget allocation for rolling stock has increased from Rs 3,724.93 crore in 2018-2019 to Rs 6,114.82 in 2019-2020 – which was announced in the interim Budget.
New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved the first batch of reforms in the Army including relocation of 206 officers from the Army headquarters, setting up of a separate vigilance cell and forming an umbrella organisation to focus on human rights issues.Last year, the Army, based on 12 independent studies, finalised a reform roadmap to make the 1.3 million-strong force leaner and meaner as well as to enhance its combat capabilities. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The defence minister has approved certain decisions regarding re-organisation of Army headquarters,” the defence ministry said. It said 206 Army officers are being relocated from the Army headquarters and they will be be made available to various field formations and units. The officers to be relocated include three major generals, eight brigadiers, nine colonel and 186 Lt Colonel/Major. Another key approval given by Singh is to set up a separate vigilance cell under the Army Chief with tri-services representation. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KPresently, the vigilance department operates through multiple agencies and there is no single point interface. “An independent vigilance cell will be made functional under Chief of Army Staff (COAS). Accordingly, Additional Director General (vigilance) will be placed directly under the COAS for it,” the ministry said. The vigilance cell will have three Colonel-level officers, one each from Army, Indian Air Force and Navy. According to officials, the umbrella organisation for human rights issues will operate under the Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS). Officials said it is being set up to accord high priority to human rights convention and values. “It has been decided to set up a special human rights section headed by ADG (Major General rank officer) directly under the VCOAS,” the ministry said. The organisation will be nodal point to examine any reports of violation of human rights. “To enhance transparency and ensure the best of investigative expertise is available to the section, a Police officer of SSP/SP rank will be taken on deputation,” said the defence ministry. The reform initiatives were finalised by top commanders of the Army in October last year to usher in transformative reforms in the force. The reforms will also include restructuring the Army’s officer cadre, bringing down age of key commands, arresting rising revenue expenditure and “right-sizing” the force.
APTN National NewsA racist rant on Facebook by his wife four years ago has threatened to derail Gord Steeves’ mayoral hopes in Winnipeg.On Friday he made a campaign promise to crackdown on public intoxication downtown with a greater police presence.Then an anonymous Twitter account posted some remarks Steeves’ wife made on her Facebook in 2010 telling “drunken native guys” to get a job and stop begging for change.APTN’s Melissa Ridgen has the story.
Kathleen Martens APTN NewsA man suspected of extorting money from residential school survivors is being released on day parole with their support, APTN News has learned.The revelation about Ivan Johnny, who was serving time for first-degree murder in British Columbia, is contained in Parole Board of Canada documents shared with APTN Tuesday.The documents say the 68-year-old will be released on several conditions to seek treatment at a community residential facility before returning to live on his First Nation.A court order prevents APTN from naming the community to protect the identities of survivors.“The community advised that they would like to reassess you further after your treatment to see if you are ready for a community healing circle with the victims of this allegation,” says the nine-page decision, “noting that although you were not charged, many members of the community believe you committed fraud.”APTN has followed this case since 2012. It was one of several dysfunctional incidents that revealed a glaring gap of oversight in the Independent Assessment Process (IAP), which paid survivors compensation for severe physical and sexual abuse.Johnny, who says he was physically and sexually abused in residential school, was working for a Vancouver lawyer while on parole from his murder conviction when some survivors alleged he was ripping them off.His parole was revoked and he sought release many times since then.Two members of the four-member parole board voted in favour of his release while to others abstained.The decision paints a glowing description of Johnny’s rehabilitation saying he has overcome anger and addiction issues stemming from childhood abuse. And, it suggests he is at low risk to re-offend despite a lengthy criminal record that includes violence, firearms and rape charges.He was convicted in June 1984 of shooting and killing a man outside a bar.It says the community has faith in Johnny, who, among other things, wants to return to his love of carving.“At this time, they believe you have begun your spiritual journey and have taken positive steps towards a better future,” it says.The decision will be re-assessed after six months.
Airbus has launched first operations of a new Skywise service – Skywise Health Monitoring (SHM) – with Allegiant Air on its A320s. Dynamically coupled with Skywise Reliability Services (SRS) and Skywise Predictive Maintenance (SPM), SHM is hosted on Skywise, gathering live diagnostic feeds from the aircraft through its *ACARS link to the airline’s information system.Using the power of the Skywise aviation data platform, SHM collates and centralises the alerts, flight-deck effects, maintenance messages etc., prioritizes them, correlates any faults with the relevant troubleshooting procedures, highlights operational impacts, provides the maintenance history of the system (from the logbook and **MIS information collected through Skywise Core and stored in the data lake), allowing effective tracking of the alerts.When fully deployed, and following the in-service feedback from Allegiant Air and other ‘early adopters’, SHM will support airlines’ Maintenance Control Centers, Line Maintenance and Engineering departments in identifying, prioritizing, analyzing and handling in-service events, enabling quicker decision-making and preparation of the optimal solution to ensure aircraft on-time dispatch and minimizing AOG risks.Overall, SHM saves airlines time and decreases the cost of unscheduled maintenance. Natively interfaced with SPM and SRS to provide an integrated user-experience, and also ready to harness the new on-board Flight Operations and Maintenance Exchanger (“FOMAX”) data router which can capture over 20,000 real-time aircraft parameters, SHM enables end-to-end unscheduled event management/fixes for example by anticipating tools and parts’ availability closest to the aircraft. More early adopters will join in the months to come to pilot SHM for other Airbus aircraft, including A330, A350 and A380.*ACARS = Aircraft Communication Addressing and Reporting System **MIS = Maintenance Information SystemAbout AirbusAirbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018 it generated revenues of € 64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.
Royal Jordanian, the national flag carrier of Jordan, has selected Bluebox Aviation Systems to provide a wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) system on board the airline’s 4 Airbus A319 and 6 A320 aircraft.“Sky Connect”, as the new IFE service is called, is deployed on the Bluebox Wow portable wireless IFE system and goes live today. Royal Jordanian passengers are able to stream IFE content such as movies and TV shows for free to their own personal devices. Content includes music, games and airline information.Royal Jordanian President & CEO Stefan Pichler said: “We’re continually enhancing our passenger services across all touch points – and Bluebox Wow enables us to do that by delivering wireless IFE to passengers’ own devices. It is both a cost-effective and quick way of modernising the IFE on part of our medium- and short- haul fleet, and with Bluebox’s commitment to continually invest in new capabilities, we know that as the technology advances, so will our ability to deliver even more for our passengers.”“We are delighted that Royal Jordanian has chosen Bluebox Wow,” said Kevin Clark, CEO, Bluebox. “Both the technological innovation and the deployment model of Bluebox Wow make Royal Jordanian and its fleet of A319s and A320s a natural fit for Bluebox Wow – a solution that engages passengers with a variety of IFE content and offers airlines a flexible solution to the upgrade/retrofit question.”Bluebox Wow provides wireless content streamed to passenger devices in any aircraft cabin, including a wide range of film, TV, audio, games and other digital content. With a remarkably low cost of ownership, Bluebox Wow is a discrete, portable, lunchbox-sized unit stowed securely in overhead bins.About Bluebox Aviation Systems Ltd.Bluebox Aviation Systems Ltd. specialises in software solutions for the aviation industry. The Bluebox in-flight entertainment (IFE) portfolio provides airlines the latest technology in tablet-based and wireless IFE solutions (fitted and portable) as cost-effective alternatives to seatback IFE systems, and exploits these platforms to address a range of IFE requirements: service enhancement, service recovery, accessibility services (for passengers with hearing and visual impairments) and ancillary revenue generation.Headquartered in Dunfermline, Scotland, Bluebox Aviation Systems serves over 40 airlines and aircraft operators across the globe, and has a global support network in Europe, the US, Australia and Singapore.About Royal JordanianBeing a leading carrier in the region, Royal Jordanian’s vision is to be the Airline of Choice that connects Jordan and the Levant with the world. Back in 1963, RJ was established by a Royal Decree, as the national air carrier of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.From its hub at Queen Alia International Airport, RJ operates a fleet of 26 aircraft to reach 45 direct destinations providing an extensive travel network for its guests via Amman to Europe, the US and Canada, North Africa and the Far East.RJ is also a member in the oneworld airline alliance, along with big names in the air transport industry.As for air freighting, Royal Jordanian is a leading provider of air cargo services in the Middle East, offering fast, reliable and safe shipping services. RJ’s cargo sector plays an important role in enhancing the national economic development and supporting Jordan’s exports of vegetables, fruits, garments and pharmaceuticals, in addition to the courier mail.The airline is currently implementing a five-year turnaround plan that consists of four main pillars, including being the number 1 carrier in the Levant, achieving sustainable profitability, being a Customer Champion and an Employer of Choice.
Imagine a future where managers and executives at airframers and suppliers can move instantly from Toulouse to Tianjin, Seattle to Singapore, Cwmbran to Kadoma at the tap of a key, giving project managers and leadership real-time views of progress on an airframe, a seat, an inflight entertainment system.That’s the future that Altran sees, and the first step to getting there is a project that “recreated a complete aeronautical plant as part of a proof of concept for the smart factory of the future,” Altran spokesperson Karoline Heidtmann tells Runway Girl Network. “The application allows a virtual visit to the factory, including information about the operations of the plant through virtual dashboards in real time, with analytics performed on the IoT platform for predictive maintenance.”Including a training scenario for one of the maintenance processes from the factory and a management capability demonstration (rescheduling a maintenance operation), it’s clear that this is only the beginning for this technology, which is currently based on static imagery rather than live video.At present, it uses three technologies. To build the 3D model, Altran’s supplier used drone-based photogrammetry to take measurements, using GPS, angles and photographs to feed into its computer aided design, in this case CATIA, the software suite from Dassault. Images from the real factory were then placed on top of the CAD models by Altran and outsourced developers, and presented in the application, with from-scratch modeling of non-virtualized elements and object using the photogrammetry images as reference.But it’s not just a demonstrator. Altran is also planning to use some of the techniques for future projects, and has used the VR factory as a proof of concept. To create a live factory, Altran currently expects to require a large amount of data from the factory. That would include a digital twin process, where individual machines’ live performance from the real world part of the twin is fed back into the virtual twin, in a way that enginemakers and airframers are already using to greater and lesser extents on their products. Live streaming would also be required, but none of these needs are either revolutionary or dealbreakers.This is still very much a proof of concept, but it’s by no means an unreasonable dream. Image: John WaltonThere are, however, five key barriers that Altran sees. Firstly, industrial security and data regulations: nobody wants their live factory to be viewable by just anyone online. Secondly, network limitations, where infrastructure underinvestment in some countries may mean that connection improvements, redundancy or supplementation are required to deal with bandwidth, lag or other problems. Third, there may well be a large data acquisition effort: companies and factories may imagine that they are digital organizations when in fact they are not.Barriers four and five come when the live virtual factory wants to be two-way, with interaction between the remote participant and factory-based machinery a challenge, at which point the performance limits of the remote IT setup and the comms robustness between the remote and factory-based ends may also pose issues.Limitations of the remote-end computer system may end up being a temporary blocker. Image: John WaltonThe key technologies, though, are largely in place. Virtual reality, says Heidtmann, “is mature enough and it will be improved in terms of quality of the headset and how easy is the set up”. The IoT is well established on the ground even as it continues to push onto the aircraft, and sensors are increasingly connected and available. Analytics requires more consideration along the ‘solutions looking for problems’ sort of angle, while biometric monitoring (EEG in particular) raises huge ethical questions.But with supply chain problems from engines to cabins, the ability for an airframer’s program management team to hop instantly from the production site of lavatories, seats, galleys, engines, and any other crucial component will be nothing short of revolutionary.Using a virtual glove, Altran was demonstrating the possibilities of manipulating the virtual world. Image: John WaltonRelated Articles:Jamco uses Mixed Reality tech to help on-the-fly seat fixesVR could be a boon to aircraft interiors, if properly appliedOptech4D pitches AR, VR training and testing solutions to aviationRockwell Collins finds virtual reality drives seat designAltran opens up future of crew wearables with usable prototypePodcast 031: Getting real about Virtual Reality in aviation
US Federal Aviation Administration officials have committed to using Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Contract (ADS-C) technology to reduce separation of aircraft in US oceanic airspace in the near-term “since the automation platform used for that airspace was designed for ADS-C”, the FAA has confirmed in a statement.“The FAA will also be conducting a one-year operational evaluation of space-based ADS-B in the Caribbean beginning in March 2020 to evaluate further that technology and its potential benefits. Results from the operational evaluation will inform decision making around future investments,” added the agencyThe FAA felt compelled to clarify its position after a war of words erupted between Inmarsat and Aireon over whether the FAA intends to implement Aireon’s space-based ADS-B in US oceanic airspace to support forthcoming new minimum separation standards for aircraft.At the heart of the debate was a General Accountability Office (GAO) report which states flatly that the FAA has committed to using “enhanced ADS-C” to reduce separation of aircraft in US oceanic airspace, as part of its commitment to implement new international standards by 2022, while the agency will continue “to study space-based ADS-B for future use”.Notably, according to the GAO report, FAA officials believe operational challenges to using space-based ADS-B for the region “have not yet been resolved”. The challenges cited relate to both the safety and cost of implementing space-based ADS-B.Inmarsat’s Classic Aero and new SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) services already power ADS-C over oceans and will ably support “enhanced ADS-C”. This is described by the GAO as using “the same ADS-C technology already installed on FANS-equipped aircraft” but that the ATOP computer “would request that automatic position reports be sent more frequently to air traffic control. Aircraft equipped with ADS-C and transmitting position reports every 3.2 minutes would be eligible for ICAO’s proposed minimum separation standard of 20 nautical miles longitudinal.”In an interview with Runway Girl Network after the GAO report dropped, Inmarsat vice president aviation safety and cybersecurity, Joseph Teixeira said: “We were surprised by the thoroughness and the fairness of the report because we have been saying this all along.“We’re not against another layer of safety but we really did need a third party that would lay out the actual facts and we’re very happy the FAA and GAO laid out a very comprehensive report, and they checked with everyone – manufacturers and airlines, and the report really stands on its own.”The FAA does not need additional money to move forward with new minimum separation standards via enhanced ADS-C, he said, because that is already in the budget.Aireon, on the other hand, suggested that the GAO report is based on information that is up to two years old. “In the past year, substantial developments to both the regulatory standards, implementation and recognition of multiple operational, safety and cost avoidance benefit metrics have been made through extensive collaborative input from the US airlines, A4A, NATCA, ALPA and the FAA. In light of these advancements, the FAA’s position toward space-based ADS-B technology has changed considerably and FAA is exploring an accelerated path to implementation of space-based ADS-B in its oceanic airspace and the NAS,” said Aireon in a statement. “Aireon and the FAA are closely committed to using space-based ADS-B technology to create a safer airspace for the flying public.”Matt Desch, the CEO of Iridium, which owns a 24.5% slice of the Aireon joint venture, added in a statement to RGN: “That report is out of date. I think you’ll find the FAA is moving forward more quickly these days than that report would imply, and are seeing the benefits are greater than they had previously calculated. The airlines, controllers, pilots and other constituencies are pushing them hard for space-based ADS-B benefits, and the FAA won’t want to give up their leadership position to the rest of the world in this area.’”Responding to already-published media reports that Aireon sees the GAO report as old, Inmarsat’s Teixeira told RGN that it is “clearly not so. The decision was made by the FAA in April and the report is very clear.”Given the clear divide – and wanting to hear it from the horse’s mouth – RGN yesterday evening reached out to the FAA for clarity, asking if it stands by the findings in the GAO report, and if the agency is – as Aireon suggests – accelerating its efforts to adopt space-based ADS-B to meet minimum separation standards.The FAA has just released a statement, clarifying that it does not prefer one technology over another, but effectively confirming that it will press forward with ADS-C for reduced separation in the near-term.The FAA’s full statement reads:The FAA and its partners in the aviation industry are working to enhance safety and increase capacity in oceanic airspace through a phased approach that leverages near-term opportunities while the agency continues to gather data and study options for a long-term solution.The agency does not prefer one technology over another. The agency also notes that separation standards are dependent on the communications, navigation and surveillance capabilities in an airspace. Therefore, the FAA is considering the long-term evolution of all of these capabilities to improve safety and increase capacity in oceanic airspace.In the near-term, a technology called Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Contract (ADS-C) will be used to reduce separation in oceanic airspace since the automation platform used for that airspace was designed for ADS-C. ADS-C is an automated reporting system that provides an aircraft’s position and flight path intent, among other information, to air traffic controllers to apply separation in airspace without traditional surveillance coverage.The FAA will also be conducting a one-year operational evaluation of space-based ADS-B in the Caribbean beginning in March 2020 to evaluate further that technology and its potential benefits.Results from the operational evaluation will inform decision making around future investments.RGN thanks the FAA for its timely response to this query.Related Articles:With successful Iridium NEXT launch, new day dawns for flight trackingInmarsat expects Iris air traffic management to have global reachHow Inmarsat GX resellers are offering differentiated IFC solutionsHoneywell works with Inmarsat to make black box in the cloud a realityWideband, digital HF a go for the cockpit, says Collins AerospaceFAA 20-year forecast predicts further air traffic concentration at hubsAireon begins intensively testing orbiting space-based ADS-B payloadsAireon space-based ADS-B tracking exceeding SITAONAIR expectationsCobham eyes transatlantic airline partner for SB-Safety trialPodcast 047: Why hope is not a strategy for ADS-B Out equipageFAA’s adoption of space-based ADS-B is a near certainty: analyst
Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today that it will provide aero antennas with an initial agreement for tens of millions of dollars to a Tier-1 business aviation service provider. This expands Gilat’s aero offering into the business aviation market with a leading tail-mount antenna for business jets.The high-speed satellite-based global connectivity service being developed will be enabled by Gilat’s aero terminal which includes a 12” tail-mount Ku band antenna, and Gilat’s industry proven Taurus aero modem. Gilat’s solution is designed to provide the user experience this demanding market requires. The service for business aviation will be provided over one of the largest aero networks operating worldwide.“Gilat’s expansion from commercial aviation into the market segment of business aviation is a major milestone in our IFC strategy,” said Ron Levin, VP Mobility and Global Accounts at Gilat. “This achievement, of a potential of hundreds of terminals, further strengthens Gilat as a major IFC player in this fast-growing satellite communication market.”About GilatGilat Satellite Networks Ltd. is a leading global provider of satellite-based broadband communications. With 30 years of experience, we design and manufacture cutting-edge ground segment equipment, and provide comprehensive solutions and end-to-end services, powered by our innovative technology. Delivering high value competitive solutions, our portfolio comprises of a cloud based VSAT network platform, high-speed modems, high performance on-the-move antennas and high efficiency, high power Solid State Amplifiers (SSPA) and Block Upconverters (BUC).Gilat’s comprehensive solutions support multiple applications with a full portfolio of products to address key applications including broadband access, cellular backhaul, enterprise, in-flight connectivity, maritime, trains, defense and public safety, all while meeting the most stringent service level requirements. Gilat controlling shareholders are the FIMI Private Equity Funds.Certain statements made herein that are not historical are forward-look ng within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words “estimate”, “project”, “intend”, “expect”, “believe” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Gilat to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, among others, changes in general economic and business conditions, inability to maintain market acceptance to Gilat’s products, inability to timely develop and introduce new technologies, products and applications, rapid changes in the market for Gilat’s products, loss of market share and pressure on prices resulting from competition, introduction of competing products by other companies, inability to manage growth and expansion, loss of key OEM partners, inability to attract and retain qualified personnel, inability to protect the Company’s proprietary technology and risks associated with Gilat’s international operations and its location in Israel. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason. For additional information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties associated with Gilat’s business, reference is made to Gilat’s reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
In collaboration with Lufthansa, Miles & More and Lufthansa Technik, Lufthansa WorldShop is now offering an exclusive product range using materials from retired aircraft. The Lufthansa Upcycling Collection consists of 15 unique products created from parts of a Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 D-AIHO, in addition to discarded interior materials.Produced in Europe, using sustainable resources and suppliers, the comprehensive collection includes exclusive travel accessories from messenger bags, key rings and briefcases to limited edition furniture including wall clocks and coffee tables.Following ten years of service for Lufthansa, the decommissioned Airbus was professionally dismantled in Teruel, Spain with designers on hand to extract large elements of the aircraft fuselage amongst other materials to create the collection.“The world of flying has a very special fascination for many people. Foreign countries, the lively hustle and bustle at airports, big airplanes – all this immerses people in a unique world and many fans would like to take a part of this into everyday life”, says Sebastian Riedle, spokesperson and managing director of Miles & More GmbH.“The special thing about the Lufthansa Upcycling Collection is that something of the aircraft’s spirit can be preserved. There are so many possibilities to give discarded materials a second life in a different way. Together with our colleagues from Lufthansa and Lufthansa Technik we were enthusiastic about this idea right from the start and have created a true milestone with the new Lufthansa Upcycling Collection”.Lufthansa Upcycling Collection:Products and pricing Aviationtag, £22Gym Bag, £28Wash Bag, £44Heated Pillow, £52Wallet, £58Picnic Blanket, £106Messenger Backpack, £132Sculpture (white), £150Business Bag, £177Wall Clock, £612Wall Bar (original coating), £1,085Coffee Table (white), £1,242Wall Bar (brushed), £1,282Coffee Table (with glass), £1,972Flying Coffee Table, £2,262Product images can be downloaded here.Miles and MoreMiles & More GmbH operates the online shops www.wordshop.eu and www.swiss-shop.com with over 3,000 selected products from more than 200 premium brands, the stationary Lufthansa WorldShop and SWISS Shop Stores at selected airports and is responsible for on board sales for Lufthansa and SWISS.Lufthansa Group The Lufthansa Group is the world’s largest aviation group in terms of turnover as well as the market leader in Europe’s airline sector. The Group strives to be the “First Choice in Aviation” for its customers, employees, shareholders and partners. Safety, quality, reliability and innovation are the prime credentials and priorities of all its business activities.The Lufthansa Group is divided into the three strategic areas of Network Airlines, Eurowings and Aviation Services. The Group’s Network carriers and premium brands, Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines, serve the respective home markets from the hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Vienna. With its Eurowings brand, the Group also offers short- and long-haul point-to-point services in the growing private travel market. With its service companies, which are all global market leaders in their individual industries, the Lufthansa Group has found success in further areas of the aviation business.Lufthansa Group airlines serve 318 destinations in 102 countries, offering 13,267 weekly frequencies during summer 2019. The current fleet is comprised of 763 aircraft and the Group will continue to take delivery of new aircraft until 2025.
These are the six Namba Stations. Nankai Namba Station is the only one aboveground, while the others are all underground.Strategy Tips for Namba StationUse Nankai Namba as the Starting PointNankai Namba consists of a giant station building, so when entering the station from aboveground. It can easily be used as your starting pointas it is difficult to miss. JR Namba Station and Namba Station on the Yotsubashi Line are about five to ten minutes away on foot. The others are roughly in the same place. If you look at the signs while moving forward, you shouldn’t get too mixed up.Use the Name of the Line to Ask for DirectionsSince all of the stations are named Namba Station, better ask where a specific line is instead of asking where Namba Station is. Asking “Where’s the Nankai Line?” or “Where’s the Midosuji Line?” will get you better, more specific results.Next, let’s take a look at tourist spots that are easily accessible from each station!1. Nankai Namba Station – Easy Access to Kansai International Airport and Mt. Koya Let us explain how to get to the ticket gates at the Nankai Namba Station. Enter the building and go through the first floor to the escalator, pictured above. There are ticket gates on the 2nd floor and 3rd floor. The platforms bound for KIX and Mt. Koya are both on the 3rd floor. Take the escalator on the right, which will take you directly to the 3rd floor. Shinsaibashi And Dotonbori – 10 Fun Things To Do In Osaka! Explore Osaka’s Lively Downtown! Top 10 Spots To Visit In Namba 4. Yotsubashi Line Namba Station(Osaka Metro)Nara, Horyuji The Midosuji Line is very easy to use. The Osaka hub of Umeda Station, the Shinkansen stop at Shin-Osaka Station and Dobutsuenmae Station by Tsutenkaku are all stations on the Midosuji line. You can also walk one station over to Shinsaibashi Station (about 15 minutes on foot). There are several street-level entrances around Nankai Namba Station. You just have to go down the stairs to access the subway. There are station guides at each entrance, you can use them for reference.Getting to Shinsekai (Dobutsuenmae Station)No transfers needed, the travel time is about five minutes (180 yen).Getting to Umeda StationNo transfers needed, the travel time is about 10 minutes (230 yen).Getting to Shin Osaka StationNo transfers needed, the travel time is about 15 minutes (280 yen).4. Yotsubashi Line Namba Station – Go Shopping in Americamura Namba Station – Convenient for Osaka Sightseeing The Kintetsu and Hanshin ticket counters. Note that each line sells its own ticketsOsaka Namba Station provides easy access to Nara via the Kintetsu line, and to USJ (Universal Studios Japan) and Kobe via the Hanshin line.To get to USJ, take the Hanshin line to Universal City Station. You’ll need to transfer once to the Yumesaki Line. On that same train, you can get to Kobe-Sannomiya Station located in the center of Kobe without making any transfers. To get to Nara, take the Kintetsu line to Kintetsu-Nara Station. You won’t need to make any transfers.Access to USJ (Hanshin Line)Transfer at Nishi-Kujo Station to the Yumesaki Line and get off the train at Universal City Station. You will get there in about 25 minutes (260 yen).Access to Kobe (Hanshin Line)Get off the train at Kobe-Sannomiya Station. It will take about 45 minutes on the rapid train (410 yen) and there is no need to transfer.Access to Nara (Kintetsu Line)Exit the train at Kintetsu-Nara Station. You don’t need to transfer and will get there in 45 minutes (410 yen).Osaka Metro – Platform for the Midosuji Line, the Yotsubashi Line and the Sennichimae Line If you are not sure about something you can ask for help at the tourist information center next to the escalator on the 1st floor.Access to KIXThe limited express from KIX to Nankai Namba Station takes about 45 minutes (920 yen), and the rapi:t about 40 minutes (1,430 yen). The Nankai homepage offers discounts on tickets for the rapi:t, so we recommend checking before you buy the tickets at the station.Access to Mt. KoyaTake the “Limited Express Koya” from Nankai Namba Station and get off at Gokurakubashi Station (90 minutes, 2,040 yen). From there, you can take the cable car to Mt. Koya.2. Kintetsu and Hanshin Osaka Namba Station – Travel to Universal Studios Japan and Nara Yotsubashi Namba Station is a bit farther away from the other subway stations. It’s located on the way to JR Namba Station and five minutes on foot from Nankai Namba Station. Yotsubashi Station, only one station from Yotsubashi Namba Station, is the closest station to the fashion haven Americamura. The line is marked with a Y inside a blue circle.Getting to Americamura (Yotsubashi Station)No transfers and it takes only one minute by train (180 yen).5. Sennichimae Line Namba Station – Let’s Go to Nipponbashi and Tsuruhashi (Korea Town) The Nankai Namba Station is the only Namba Station at street level. This large combined building is home to the station, the Takashimaya department store and various shops.The rapi:t limited express train runs from Nankai Namba Station and arrives at KIX without any need for transfer, making it very convenient for visitors. You can also reach Mt. Koya by train from here. Osaka – 15 Must See Spots, Both Famous And Little Known Read also The language setting on the ticket machine can be changed to English, Chinese or Korean. 6.JR Line Namba StationNipponbashi, Tsuruhashi 5.Sennichimae Line Namba Station(Osaka Metro)Americamura JR Namba Station is located in a different place than the other Namba stations. You can access the World Heritage site Horyuji via Horyuji Station, as well as Nara Station and other famous spots using this line. 1.Nankai Namba StationKansai International Airport (KIX), Mt. Koya 3.Midosuji Line Namba Station(Osaka Metro)Nara, Universal Studios Japan (USJ) Kansai’s All-Access Travel Passes – A Complete Guide This is the Nankai Line ticket gate. The ticket counter and information booth are pictured on the left. Both the Kintetsu line and the Hanshin line run through Osaka Namba Station. They are different lines but occupy the same station. Take the Kintetsu line to get to Nara, and the Hanshin line to head towards Hyogo. JR Namba Station can be accessed from aboveground, but getting there this way is complicated. We recommend accessing it via the underground corridors instead. From Nankai Namba Station, it’s about five to ten minutes on foot. As you head toward JR Namba Station through the underground shopping arcades, you will eventually enter the Namba WALK (pictured above), lined by restaurants and shops on both sides. You might wonder, “Is this really the right way to the JR?”. Yes, it is! Just keep going. The Limited Express Train Connecting Namba Station and Kansai International Airport is called rapi:tNamba is one of Osaka’s leading terminal stations. It is located near major Osaka sightseeing spots like Dotonbori and the Shinsaibashi shopping street. Namba Station also offers fast access to Kansai International Airport (KIX), travel time is only about 35 minutes via the limited express rapi:t train. This makes it a very convenient place to use as a base when traveling around Osaka.Various train lines are concentrated in Namba. There are actually six Namba train stations and they all have almost the same name! You might be confused, thinking “Which Namba Station am I in right now?” or “Which Namba Station do I need to go to?” In this article will take a look at the differences between the six Namba Stations, and point out sightseeing areas that are easily accessible from each one.*Some stations have Namba written on their signs in kanji while others are displayed in hiragana. In general, people follow the reading for each station but refer to them all collectively using the kanji for Namba.What are the Six Namba Stations? DotonboriThere is a concentration of popular sightseeing and shopping spots around Namba Station. Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori are only five to ten minutes away on foot. Shinsekai and Tsutenkaku are five minutes away on the Midosuji line. You can easily find Osaka’s famous kushikatsu (grilled meat and vegetables on a skewer), takoyaki and other famous Osaka dishes at the restaurants around Namba station.If you keep the points in the article in mind, you should be able to navigate your way through Namba Station more efficiently and comfortably. In addition to this article, we have also created a guide to the all-access public transportation passes in Kansai, which will surely be useful when traveling to and in Osaka. Enjoy your trip! Lines and Station NamesMajor Tourist Destinations The bus terminal, known as OCAT, can be entered through this building.OCAT, located on the 2nd floor of JR Namba Station, is the highway bus terminal. Limousine buses to KIX and Osaka International Airport, as well as highway buses to destinations all over Japan, depart and arrive here. 2.Kintetsu Line and Hanshin Line Osaka Namba StationTsutenkaku, Shinsekai, Umeda (JR Osaka Station), Shin Osaka It can be difficult to find. Enter the building and you’ll see an escalator, but don’t get on. Go along the left-hand path in the photo and get on that escalator instead. Go up and you will see the arrival and departure area on the 2nd floor.Plenty of Places to Visit Around Namba Station The Sennichimae Line stops at Nipponbashi station. The is the closest access point to the Osaka’s electronics district Nipponbashi. It also stops at Tsuruhashi Station, which is where Koreatown and a concentration of yakiniku (grilled meat) restaurants are located. The line is marked with an S inside a pink circle.Access to NipponbashiNo transfers and the travel time is only one minute (180 yen).Access to TsuruhashiNo transfers and the travel time is about five minutes (180 yen).6. JR Namba Station – Visit Nara or Get to the Highway Bus Terminal The Midosuji Line, the Yotsubashi Line, and the Sennichimae Line are all part of the Osaka Metro subway system. The subway lines are connected inside the station, so you can switch lines without exiting the ticket gate. The Osaka Metro lines are all color-coded. As seen in the picture above, the station guide denotes each line by encircling the first letter of the line with its color.The Midosuji Line (M) is reded, the Yotsubashi Line (Y) is Blue and the Sennichimae Line (S) is Pink.3. Midosuji Line Namba Station: Umeda, Shin-Osaka, Tsutenkaku Once you see the moving walkway, JR Namba Station is right ahead.Getting to Horyuji StationTake the Yamatoji Line rapid train and get off at Horyuji Station. You will travel for about 35 minutes (460 yen).Getting to NaraTake the Yamatoji Line rapid train and get off at Nara Station. Travel time is about 45 minutes ( 560 yen)The JR Namba Building Also Houses the Highway Bus Terminal Original writer:Tomomi SawadaThis is a rewrite of an article originally published on June 3rd, 2016.
3. BICQLO BicCamera Shinjuku East Exit StoreHave you heard of Uniqlo before? Uniqlo is a Japanese apparel brand with overseas locations. The next electronics store we’ll be introducing is Bicqlo, which is a combination of Uniqlo and Bic Camera.At this store, you can buy clothes on the same floors that you purchase electronics on. On the first floor, clothes are sold alongside electronics. This store is expansive; merchandise is sold from the 3rd-floor basement all the way up to the 6th floor. Apparel is mainly found on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The rest of the floors mainly feature electronics. You can also find medicine, stationery, bedding goods, and many other kinds of merchandise.There’s a money exchange counter on the first floor that handles twelve different currencies: the American dollar, Euro, British Pound, Australian dollar, Chinese yuan, Taiwan dollar, Korean won, Rupiah, Singapore dollar, Hong Kong dollar, Thai baht, and Malaysian ringgit. Displays in the store are written in four languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. This store also features free Wi-Fi, as well as a service to ship purchased products directly to the airport.You can only find Bicqlo in Shinjuku, so you should definitely stop by if you’re in the area.Bicqlo Bic Camera Shinjuku East Exit StoreAddress: Tokyo, Shinjuku, Shinjuku 3-29-1Google MapWebsite: Bicqlo Bic Camera JR Shinjuku Station Guide For Beginners – How To Navigate And Transfer Lines Where to Go Electronics Shopping in ShinjukuOne of the major reasons for visiting Japan, in addition to sightseeing, food, or visiting hot springs, is shopping. In particular, countless people come to Japan to shop for one thing in particular: Japanese-made electronics. Great as souvenirs or for a gift for yourself, Japanese electronics, appliances, and brands are known for their high quality, multiple features, and reasonable prices when purchased in Japan.In this article, we will introduce the five best electronics stores in Shinjuku. These shops are all traveler-friendly and have duty-free services as well.1. Yodobashi Camera Multimedia Shinjuku East Exit StoreYodobashi Camera is a common store found in many cities throughout Japan. It is known for its large selection of cameras, computers, sound equipment, appliances. Located a one-minute walk from JR Shinjuku’s East Exit, this branch is an enormous nine stories.Due to this fact, you can also find a plethora of electronic goods, such as laptops, home appliances, and various audio and video devices. Also, on the first basement level, they sell travel products that may be useful during your journey.There is also a store located at JR Shinjuku Station’s West Exit, so you can adjust your schedule accordingly and visit both if needed.Yodobashi Camera Multimedia Shinjuku East Exit StoreAddress: Tokyo, Shinjuku, Shinjuku 3-26-7Google MapWebsite: Yodobashi Camera2. BicCamera Shinjuku East Exit StationThe next place we’d like to introduce is BicCamera. This store is always staffed by clerks fluent in Chinese and English, so you can feel comfortable shopping.The store is located just a two-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station’s East Exit. This store starts on the 2nd-floor basement and ends on the fifth floor. Shoppers will find a wide array of small household electronics like rice cookers. On the first floor, you can find a variety of items, as well as sake.On the fifth floor, you will find products useful for travel, such as transformers and adapter plugs for overseas use, and also items that you can use straight out of the box.BicCamera Shinjuku East Exit StationAddress: Tokyo, Shinjuku, Shinjuku 3-26-10Google MapWebsite: BicCamera 9 Exciting Things To Do In Shinjuku From Morning To Night Read also 4. Yamada Denki LABI Shinjuku East Exit BuildingYamada Denki LABI Shinjuku East Exit Building is located in between Shinjuku Station and Seibu Shinjuku Station. This large building with a huge electric display on its side is located near the station; it’s so prominent that so you can even see it from the trains. Its floors start from the 2nd-floor basement, up until the 7th floor, and each floor is quite spacious, making this Shinjuku’s largest electronics retail store.This store also has several items aside from electronics like watches, bags, medicine, make-up, and other types of items. Not to mention that all floors have duty-free support and guide signs written in English, Chinese and Korean, all of which make this a popular destination for international visitors.Yamada Denki LABIAddress: Tokyo, Shinjuku, Shinjuku 3-23-7Google MapWebsite: Yamada Denki Labi (Japanese)5. Map Camera Main BuildingThe last store we’ll introduce here is Map Camera Main Building, which is located just a five-minute walk from Shinjuku Station’s West Exit. You should definitely come here if you’re planning to purchase a camera. This store’s floors start from the 1st-floor basement, going up to the 5th floor, and offers products from Japanese makers as well as cameras from overseas makers such as Leica and Hasselblad. The store features both new and old items, so it is also recommended for those on a budget.At the Map Camera Purchase Center located nearby, you can also trade in cameras you no longer use and receive credit towards the purchase of a new camera here too.Map CameraAddress: Tokyo, Shinjuku, Nishi Shinjuku 1-12-5Google MapWebsite: Map CameraShop Until You Drop In Shinjuku!If you’re thinking of purchasing electronic appliances in Shinjuku, please use this article as a reference. All of the above-mentioned stores feature duty-free services. Depending on the day, some stores could be holding sales or special campaigns. Be sure to check out these stores for yourself. The Best Store for Electronics: Bic Camera Shibuya Read also Read also A Place To Buy Clothes And Appliances?! 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CALGARY, A.B. – Angry protesters demanding that Canada build new pipelines interrupted speeches by Calgary’s mayor and councillors at a downtown rally today.Loud boos rose from the crowd at any mention of Quebec or free trade after city council passed a resolution declaring its support for the oil and gas industry.The resolution also called for solutions to a crisis in low oil prices blamed on a lack of pipeline export capacity. Rally organizer Cody Battershill of Canada Action stepped up to ask the crowd of around 1,000 to stop shouting when Mayor Naheed Nenshi began to speak in French _ a message aimed at the people of Quebec.A volley of boos also rang out when Coun. Peter Demong pointed out that Quebec City council supports pipeline construction and, therefore, Calgary residents should buy Canadian cheese, not take part in trade boycotts.Tim Vader, who says he is an under-employed wellsite geologist, says he attended the rally to protest and send a message to Ottawa.“We’ve had enough of the globalist elite determining how the rest of the world and average Canadians are going to live,” he said Monday. “I’m tired of it.”There were a scattering of yellow construction vests in the audience but none of those interviewed said they are associated with the anti-United Nations Yellow Vest Canada group that held rallies in Calgary and other cities across Canada on Sunday.Vader, who was wearing a vest, said he identifies with vest-wearing French workers who have been recently staging sometimes-violent protests against their government.
Advertisement CHARLOTTETOWN — For the second year in a row, an event in small-town P.E.I. has won a national award for staging Canada’s best country music festival.The Canadian Country Music Association has chosen the Cavendish Beach Music Festival as 2019’s best country festival, fair or exhibition, over a number of well-known events including the Calgary Stampede.Other nominees for the prize were the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alta., the Boots And Hearts Music Festival in Oro-Medonte, Ont., and the Havelock Country Jamboree in Havelock, Ont. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement The annual award is voted on by members of the country music industry from across Canada.Festival organizers in Cavendish say 75 per cent of those who attended this year’s event in July came from outside the province.They say the event generated about $10 million in visitor spending and $1.2 million in wages.“It’s not a small feat to be recognized by industry as the country festival of the year with so many amazing events happening around our country,” said Jeff Squires, CEO of Whitecap Entertainment, the organization behind the festival.The Canadian Press Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement
Joi SJ Harris via Facebook; Fox CANADA PROBE FINDS ‘DEADPOOL 2′ PRODUCERS’ SAFETY LAW VIOLATIONS CONTRIBUTED TO DEATH OF STUNTWOMAN JOI HARRISThe Canadian safety organization that investigated a fatal 2017 motorcycle stunt crash on the set of Deadpool 2 has concluded the film’s production company violated numerous safety regulations, including “Instructing the stunt performer not to wear safety headgear while operating the motorcycle.”Joi Harris, who was performing her first movie stunt, was killed on the film’s set in Vancouver in August 2017 when she was ejected from the motorcycle she was operating and crashed through the window of a nearby building. READ MORESAFETY VIOLATIONS LED TO DEATH OF STUNT DRIVER ON DEADPOOL 2 SET, WORKSAFEBC SAYSVancouver subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox could be penalized for crash that killed ‘SJ’ Harris The filmmakers behind Deadpool 2 violated multiple workplace safety rules in the leadup to the death of a stunt driver in downtown Vancouver two years ago, investigators have found.WorkSafeBC released results Wednesday of its investigation into the August 2017 death of 40-year-old Sequana Joi “SJ” Harris, who was thrown off her motorcycle and propelled through a plate glass window.The investigation report says that TCF Vancouver Productions Ltd., a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox, failed to:conduct a risk assessment addressing things like safety controls, speed and limitations of the motorcycle.provide Harris with new worker orientation.make sure Harris was wearing safety headgearerect barriers to make sure Harris stayed within the set perimeter.provide adequate supervision.Harris’s motorcycle lies on the ground after the crash, just across from Jack Poole Plaza. (Don Marce/CBC)WorkSafeBC says the company violated three sections of the Workers Compensation Act and two sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.The workplace safety body is now considering an administrative penalty against TCF, which handles Fox productions in B.C. READ MOREDeadpool 2 stuntwoman Joi Harris died after she was ejected from the motorcycle she was operating and crashed into the window of a building.FILMMAKER FAILURES LED TO DEATH OF DEADPOOL 2 STUNTWOMAN: WORKSAFEBC REPORTSequana Joi Cooke Harris had been riding motorcycles for eight years when the career opportunity of a lifetime came along.Deadpool 2 needed a stunt double for Domino, a character in the sequel played by actor Zazie Beetz, for a motorcycle scene. It required a double to ride a powerful Ducati Hyperstrada 939 through the Vancouver Convention Centre and down a set of stairs outside before coming to a stop.An exception was made to bring in an American performer, Harris, from Brooklyn, N.Y., for the film, which stars Vancouver’s Ryan Reynolds as the titular Marvel Comics anti-hero.Harris, 40, died after she lost control of the motorcycle and was thrown into a plate-glass window. READ MORE The stunt driver who lost her life has been identified as Joi Harris, a professional motorcycle racer who went by the initials SJ. (Facebook)PRODUCTION FAILURES CONTRIBUTED TO STUNTWOMAN’S DEATH ON ‘DEADPOOL’ SET: REPORTVANCOUVER — The production company behind the superhero hit “Deadpool 2” violated a number of safety rules that contributed to the death of a stuntwoman, says British Columbia’s workplace safety agency.SJ Harris died after she was thrown from a motorcycle and crashed into the ground-floor window of a building in Vancouver on Aug. 14, 2017, says an investigation report by WorkSafeBC released Wednesday.The report outlines multiple failures committed by TCF Vancouver Productions Ltd., a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, including that it did not ensure Harris was wearing a helmet as required by regulations and the motorcycle manufacturer.The company also didn’t conduct a risk assessment addressing safety controls, motorcycle speed and equipment limitations or ensure that Harris was provided with new worker orientation and adequate supervision, the report says.The report adds that TCF failed to ensure that the set was designed with safety controls so Harris or the motorcycle could not proceed beyond the perimeter of the set.The company violated five sections of B.C.’s Workers Compensation Act as well as its own internal health and safety regulations, the report states.WorkSafeBC said in a news release that it’s now considering a penalty based on the findings of the report.In a statement, a spokesperson for 20th Century Fox said: “Safety is our top priority, and while we respectfully disagree with some of the report’s findings, Fox thoroughly reviewed its stunt safety protocols immediately following the tragic accident and has revised and implemented enhanced safety procedures and enforcement.”It did not elaborate on the findings it disagreed with in the WorkSafeBC report.TCF could not be reached for comment. The report says TCF operates out of Mammoth Studios in Burnaby, B.C., but a woman who answered the phone at the studio said no one affiliated with TCF or the “Deadpool 2” production remained on site.‘SJ’ Harris died in a 2017 motorcycle crash while filming a stunt for the film Deadpool 2. (SJ Harris/Instagram )The B.C. coroner’s service has said Harris, 40, of New York City, died at the scene. Friends have described her as a pioneering motorcycle racer who was an inspiration to African-American women pursuing the sport.The WorkSafeBC report says she was an experienced motorcycle racer but had no prior experience as a stunt double in the film industry.She was assigned the task of riding a motorcycle out of the Vancouver Convention Centre as part of a stunt sequence being filmed, it says.The scene required Harris to ride through the exit doors, narrowly missing a stunt man and causing him to drop an ice cream cone. She was then to make a left-hand turn, ride down a set of outdoor stairs and stop, the report says.It says the set was in a controlled area with no vehicle or pedestrian traffic, and a wooden ramp was placed over the stairs.Harris rehearsed the scene about seven times, beginning at quarter speed and progressing to the full speed of 20 to 25 kilometres per hour, the report says.Two other stunt performers and another crew member told WorkSafeBC that they saw Harris “grabbing” or “stabbing” the front brake of the motorcycle as she was stopping on the ramp, causing the front wheel to lock up and make the motorcycle unstable.The report says after some discussion, a second transition ramp was installed over a second set of outdoor stairs, just below the first set, to provide Harris with more distance to slow and avoid unsafe braking before stopping. No barriers were put in place.The entire incident was captured on video with audio, and the report summarizes what happened.When Harris transitioned onto the first ramp, the front wheel became airborne and as it landed, the rear wheel became airborne. When the rear wheel landed, the motorcycle accelerated, resulting in a loss of control, the report says.It says the motorcycle continued to speed up as it proceeded over the second ramp, becoming airborne.Harris was hanging on to the handlebars as her body bounced off the motorcycle seat and her feet were completely off the foot pegs, the report says, before the motorcycle struck a median on the road and ejected her.She struck the branches of a tree and then crashed through the window of Shaw Tower, striking her head on the window frame. The motorcycle continued on until it collided with the sidewalk curb, destroying the front wheel, the report says.Members of the Vancouver Police Department who were on site called 911 and paramedics arrived soon after. The incident was investigated by Vancouver police, the coroner’s service and WorkSafeBC.The report says no risk assessment was done to determine at what speed the motorcycle would become airborne as it travelled off the first ramp, nor to see if the addition of a second ramp would cause Harris to travel over the first ramp at a greater speed.The Ducati motorcycle selected for use in the scene is designed to navigate on smooth surfaces and certain adjustments made to the bike meant it was a “poor choice” for use in situations where it may fly into the air, the report says.For the remainder of the production, TCF did not use Ducati motorcycles and operators in all motorcycle-related sequences wore helmets, the report notes. 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Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Many jokes have been made at the expense of scorned arena rockers Nickelback, but it took an unwelcome meme from divisive U.S. President Donald Trump to rally public support for the oft-maligned Canadian band.Defenders came out of the woodwork this week after Trump enlisted one of the band’s biggest hits of the aughts in his ongoing campaign against former vice president Joe Biden, a dispute that has spiralled into impeachment proceedings.The line crossed involved the video for Nickelback’s 2005 earworm “Photograph,” which had been altered to include an image of Biden and his son standing alongside a Ukrainian gas executive and another man— an obvious reference to Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that the current frontrunner for the Democratic presidential primary wielded inappropriate influence in his son’s business dealings while in office. FILE – In this Aug. 1, 2012 file photo, members of Nickelback pose for photographers as they arrive on the red carpet at the Juno Awards in Ottawa. Twitter has removed President Donald Trump’s tweet of a Nickelback meme aimed at former Vice President Joe Biden because of a copyright complaint. The removed post, which featured the group’s 2015 music video “Photograph,” showed singer Chad Kroeger holding an edited photo of Biden, his son Hunter, a Ukrainian gas executive and another man. A Twitter spokesperson on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, said it responded “to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives.” (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick) Login/Register With: Advertisement A Twitter spokeswoman said Thursday the video link was removed due to a copyright complaint, but by then an apparent movement to reclaim the band’s pre-Trump stature was already well underway.“Donald Trump Drags Innocent Canadian Icons Nickelback Into Impeachment Mess” a HuffPost headline huffed, a perspective bolstered by a flurry of similarly sympathetic tweets and social media comments.“Hasn’t Nickelback suffered enough?” one popular tweet deadpanned, liked nearly 11,500 times by Friday morning.“And just like that, Trump made Nickelback cool,” declared another.Of course, Nickelback is still not cool by current pop culture metrics, but music industry veteran and ardent Nickelback booster Eric Alper suspects general distaste for Trump likely helped engender some sympathy for lead singer Chad Kroeger and his bandmates.Still, he argues there is a hidden affection for the band that heretofore has not been acknowledged.“There are a lot more Nickelback fans than most people realize,” says Alper, tracing more than a decade of public vitriol to professional critics “who were a little bit holier-than-thou.”Indeed, there has been a rare display of advocacy for the Hanna, Alta., rockers, otherwise panned by hipsters and tastemakers for a formulaic guitar-driven post-grunge bro-sound made all the more ignoble for its chart-topping popularity.“Why do people not like Nickelback? I feel like Nickelback gets way too much (crap); I think this is a jam!” the almighty Lizzo proclaimed while listening to “How You Remind Me” for a recent episode of CBC’s “Jam or Not a Jam” series.“I think they get a lot of (crap) because (Kroeger) had a curly blond perm. That’s the only reason they get (crap) because this is an amazing song.”Rising star Charlotte Cardin also put her indie cred behind the group in January when she offered a stripped down take on “How You Remind Me” for CBC’s music covers series, Junos 365, insisting the once-ubiquitous power ballad has been judged unfairly.“I genuinely love the song,” she says in a preamble.Fuelling prospective redemption is a wave of ’90s nostalgia, adds Alper, noting the requisite 20 years needed for retro lookbacks to invade pop culture now point directly to Nickelback’s emergence in the late ’90s/early ’00s.Indeed, fashion blogs are awash in hair scrunchies, overalls and fanny packs, while TV and streaming schedules are dotted with oldies and remakes including “Friends,” a revived “Will & Grace,” and upcoming reboots of “Mad About You” and “Party of Five.”Plus, music streaming services make it easy for fans to revisit yesteryear’s favourites without stigma, says Alper, who suggests that Nickelback, as well as NSync, the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera are being rediscovered with genuine approbation.“(Streaming) is allowing people to have truly easy access to music that they can listen to in their own home or on their own device without actually having to go publicly and buy something and maybe get snark from the record store guy,” says Alper, noting those in their formative years in the late ’90s are in their late 30s to early 50s today.“Those people who are now older who can’t find anything on the radio that speaks to them actually go back into those times where they were listening to music in a big way and (are) maybe taking a look at Nickelback again and re-evaluating how good they were.”It might explain the results of a favourable poll Maclean’s did in honour of Canada’s 150th that found 69 per cent of those asked considered Nickelback “a national treasure.”And sure, there will always be those who harbour a furious rage against Nickelback, a curious phenomenon unique even among other derided bands — Hootie & the Blowfish, Creed, the Spin Doctors among them — but that would only make the group’s eventual resurrection that much sweeter for devotees like Alper.He’s quick to point out that Bruce Springsteen, Journey, the Eagles, and AC/DC suffered their own spurned periods before ascending to revered positions today.If that could one day be Nickelback’s fate, they’d have no less than the President of the United States of America to thank for it.“Those guilty pleasures aren’t really guilty anymore,” says Alper.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 4, 2019.Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Pres LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
VANCOUVER — A drop by up to 10 per cent on the estimated value of some homes in Metro Vancouver reflects a broad softening in a once hot market that is being affected by wider economic shifts, say two experts.“It’s been a long time since we’ve had declining assessments,” said Tsur Somerville, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.Somerville said Wednesday the housing values released by BC Assessment, whose estimates are used to determine property taxes, show prices have softened more in the Lower Mainland than elsewhere in the province. Canada’s housing market correction isn’t over, analysts warn The ‘missing middle’ in real estate is missing for a reason: No one wants to live in mid-rise housing Toronto and Vancouver most ‘vulnerable’ to interest rate hikes as personal debt soars, CMHC warns “It’s softening across the board actually,” he added.BC Assessment says in other parts of the province, there have been five to 15 per cent increases in some property values.The agency estimates a property’s market value on July 1 of each year and its physical condition on Oct. 31.Assessor Tina Ireland said property values dipped on average “in the four per cent range” in Vancouver, Burnaby, the North Shore, Richmond and White Rock areas. But Surrey, Delta, Langley, Port Moody and Coquitlam saw increases of four to five per cent on an average.“It’s a real mix in property value changes, but the market can best be summed up as showing signs of stability across most areas of the province,” Ireland said in a news release. “Changes in property assessments really depend on where you live. For example, assessed values for detached single family homes in many areas of Metro Vancouver may see a softening in value, while other markets and areas of the province will see modest increases over last year’s values.”The agency said condominium values increased in 11 urban municipalities it highlighted, with Whistler seeing a 23 per cent increase.Andy Yan, the director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University, said the softening in the market reflects global changes coupled with tighter mortgage regulations and higher interest rates.The increased value of some condos reflects their affordability compared to detached homes, he said.“It was like, OK, fine, you can’t afford a single-family home. Fine, you’ll move over to condos,” he said.The average assessed value of a single-family residential property in Vancouver was about $1.83 million on July 1, 2017, which dipped one year later by about four per cent to $1.76 million. In nearby Port Moody, the average assessed value jumped from $1.28 million to $1.34 million during the same period, representing a five per cent increase.In 2016, the B.C. government introduced a foreign buyers tax in Metro Vancouver, which was expanded in February to other areas, including Victoria, the Fraser Valley and central Okanagan.Nationally, experts have said higher interest rates and a new mortgage stress test have also had an impact on property prices across the country.Yan said the impact of these changes will take time to determine but it is “arguably” what’s behind the latest property values from BC Assessment.Still, housing in the Vancouver area remains unaffordable, he said.“The summary of these declines in single-family detached values is that we’re far from mission accomplished nor have we achieved affordability in our time.”Commercial and industrial properties saw an increase of between 10 and 20 per cent across most of the province, with some markets around Metro Vancouver increasing by up to 30 per cent.Yan said the increase in commercial and industrial assessments is important because most businesses didn’t see similar increases in revenue.“Now we’re touching upon the issue of jobs and economic development,” he said.“So what is the downstream implications for businesses in terms of commercial and industrial properties going up?”Deputy assessor Keith MacLean-Talbot says increases in 2019 property assessments do not automatically translate into a corresponding increase in property taxes.
The 14-year-old who murdered his friend in Matthews Ridge, North West District Region 1 (Barima-Waini) last week was arraigned for heinous crime when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates Courts on Tuesday.The teen stood before Magistrate Faith McGusty and was not required to plea to the indictable charge which stated that on June 27, 2019 at Matthews Ridge, he murdered Joseph Bumbury.It was reported that the now dead 14-year-old and his cousin were imbibing alcohol at a popular shop in Matthews Ridge when they were attacked by suspect. Bumbury was dealt several punches about his body.However, upon seeing this, his cousin who is also a minor intervened but was also attacked by the knife wielding youth causing injuries to his hand.Nevertheless, the suspect continued his attack on the now dead teenager by stabbing him several times to his chest and hand. After committing the act, he escaped.The teen was rushed to the Matthews Ridge Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Detectives later arrested and charged him for murder after he confessed to murder. He also led detectives to an area where the murder weapon was hidden.The matter was adjourned for July 3 for assignment by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSuspect held over stabbing death of 14-yr-oldJune 28, 2019In “Crime”Sophia Miner arraigned with murder of girlfriendNovember 22, 2018In “Court”Carpenter arraigned for murder of reputed wifeMay 24, 2019In “Court”
Continental is expanding its production facilities in Lousado, Portugal, increasing capacity for the production of radial earthmoving and port tyres with a diameter larger than 24 in (610 mm).In the course of the ramp-up, more than 100 new jobs will be created, the company said.Christian Kötz, Member of the Executive Board at Continental and Head of the Tire division, said: “Both the port and earthmoving segments are among the key growth areas in the commercial specialty tyre market. The new production lines clearly reflect our commitment to these segments and the overall OTR (off-the-road) business.”The new production hall will be created adjacent to the radial agricultural tyre production facility, opened in 2017.“Equipped with state-of-the-art tyre building machinery and automated devices, it is designed to deliver cutting-edge radial tyres while following the highest of ergonomic standards,” Continental said. “Once at full speed, the production lines will deliver three earthmoving tyre lines and another three port tyre lines.”Besides the new production facilities, the research and development centre in Lousado is being expanded and will be used for continuous performance and quality tests of all agricultural, port and earthmoving tyres, the company said.Kötz concluded: “This investment strengthens our footprint in Lousado and transforms the top-efficiency plant into a competence centre for big radial tyres for off-road use.”