Trade deficit grows to 34 billion in August as exports move lower

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian exports fell for a third month in a row as the country’s trade deficit increased in August, Statistics Canada said Thursday.The trade deficit came in at $3.4 billion for the month compared with a $3.0-billion deficit in July.The increase came as overall exports slipped 1.0 per cent to $43.6 billion in August. Export volumes fell 1.9 per cent for the month.Imports were virtually unchanged in August at $47 billion.“In case there was any doubt that peak Canadian growth is behind us, this report all but cements the case,” Bank of Montreal senior economist Robert Kavcic wrote in a report.The Canadian economy roared through the first six months of the year. The strength helped prompt the Bank of Canada to raise its key interest rate target twice; however, the pace of growth is expected to slow in the second half of the year.Kavcic said the trade results were “another argument for the Bank of Canada to take a breather.”The larger trade deficit came as exports of consumer goods and basic and industrial chemical, plastic and rubber products, as well as metal ores and non-metallic minerals moved lower. Exports excluding energy products were down 1.4 per cent.Meanwhile, imports of motor vehicles and parts climbed 2.5 per cent to $9.3 billion, while metal ores and non-metallic minerals rose 9.9 per cent to $1.2 billion.Imports of consumer goods fell 1.8 per cent to $10.1 billion.TD Bank economist Dina Ignjatovic said, going forward, a healthy U.S. economy should help to prop up demand for Canadian-made goods, supporting export volumes.“However, the appreciation of the loonie since early-September has somewhat reduced the competitiveness of Canadian exporters and could provide some offset,” Ignjatovic wrote in a note to clients.“The outcome of the NAFTA renegotiations also poses some risk, but with negotiations moving slowly, it is unlikely to impact trade this year.”Canada’s trade surplus with the United States narrowed to $2.3 billion in August compared with $3.2 billion in July as the Canadian dollar strengthened relative to the U.S. currency.The country’s trade deficit with countries other than the United States slipped to $5.7 billion in August compared with $6.2 billion in July.last_img read more

ProGbagbo forces in Côte dIvoire inform UN of their intention to stop

5 April 2011The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire reported today that it has received telephone calls from the heads of forces loyal to former leader Laurent Gbagbo stating that their soldiers have been instructed to stop fighting and hand in their weapons to the UN. The UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) said the calls came from General Philippe Mangou, the chief-of-staff of the Defence and Security Forces, General Thiape Kassarate Edouard, the commander of the National Gendarmerie and General Bruno Dogbo Blé, the commander of the Republican Guard.Troops loyal to Mr. Gbagbo, the former president who refused to step down after losing the election in November to opposition leader Alassane Ouattara, have been engaged in fierce fighting with forces loyal to Mr. Ouattara, who have in recent weeks stepped up their offensive to force the ex-leader out of power. Mr. Ouattara is the internationally recognised President of Côte d’Ivoire.“UNOCI has given orders to its troops to receive arms wherever they are handed in and to offer protection to disarmed FDSCI [Defence and Security Forces of Côte d’Ivoire] elements, including the Special Forces,” the UN mission said in a press release.Meanwhile, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that the situation in Abidjan, the West African country’s commercial capital and the scene of the some fiercest fighting over the past week, is alarming.Most of the hospitals are not functioning and ambulances have been fired on when they tried to enter the city, according to OCHA.Valerie Amos, the UN Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs, who is visiting Côte d’Ivoire, reported that internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the western town of Duékoué, the scene of an alleged massacre of civilians last week, were “fearful and traumatized.”Ms. Amos, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and head of OCHA, stressed the need for physical protection for those affected and the distribution of sufficient humanitarian aid. Access to many civilians in need has, however, been severely restricted or completely cut off since mid-February when the fighting intensified, according to OCHA.The Emergency Relief Coordinator was accompanied on the visit to Duékoué yesterday by the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, who went to the town to look into the mass killings that allegedly took place last Wednesday.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) voiced alarm over the impact of the violence in Côte d’Ivoire on children.“We are especially troubled by reports that children are among the victims of a mass killing there,” said Anthony Lake, the UNICEF Executive Director. “And children continue to be recruited by armed forces on all sides of the conflict – a grave violation of their rights which jeopardizes not only their future but also the chances for achieving sustainable peace in Cote d’Ivoire.”“We fear outbreaks of disease if we and other agencies cannot reach the thousands of internally displaced families,” added Mr. Lake.Cote read more

13A a white elephant says Lalith

He also rejected the assertion that the actions of the government contravene the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). The government says administratively the 13th Amendment to the constitution is a “white elephant” and past experiences have proven this.In a live Twitter interview today, President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga said that the 13th Amendment must be viewed from the angle of the citizen. “It’s no secret that administratively it’s a white elephant. Pres Rajapaksa will always honour the Constitution. 13 A has to be viewed from people’s standpoint. Devolution must be to the village. Power must be devolved to the lowest possible level, the village – the Gramarajya or Panchayat. Sub nat’l level PCs haven’t served purpose,” he said. Speaking on the progress on implementing the recommendations of the LLRC, Weeratunga said that progress has been satisfactory but there are certain activities that take a long time to complete.“One cannot expect steady progress all the time,” he said. He also said that a website will be launched next week with updates on the National Plan of Action (NPOA) on the LLRC recommendations. This was the first time that such a high profile government official was taking part in a live social media interview.Asked for his views on a comment made by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa recently that socialk media can be seen as a threat to national security, Weeratunga said that he had a point since social media has been used for destructive purposes. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Michigan moves to be 1st state to ban flavoured ecigarettes

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is moving to make Michigan the first state to ban flavoured e-cigarettes.The Democrat announced Wednesday that she ordered the state health department to issue emergency rules. They will prohibit the sale and misleading marketing of flavoured nicotine vaping products.Whitmer says in a written statement that her No. 1 priority is keeping kids safe, and she wants to stop companies that are using candy flavours to “hook children on nicotine.”The federal government and nearly every state bar the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. Whitmer says Michigan will be the first to ban flavoured vaping products, including for adults.It was not immediately clear how quickly her administration would implement the rules.The Associated Press read more

Macmines draft China Stone EIS approved for public exhibition

first_imgProject China Stone involves the construction and operation of a large-scale coal mine on a greenfield site in Central Queensland at the northern end of the Galilee Basin. The mine will produce up to 55 Mt/y of Run of Mine (ROM) coal, which equates to approximately 38 Mt/y of thermal coal for the export market. The mine life will be in the order of 50 years.Coal will be mined using both open-pit and underground mining methods. Open-pit mining will involve multiple draglines and truck and shovel pre-stripping. Underground mining will involve up to three operating longwalls in two underground mining areas. Coal will be washed and processed on site and product coal will be transported from the site by rail.The project will provide substantial economic benefits to the region, Queensland and Australia. It will create up to about 3,900 jobs during construction and up to some 3,400 jobs in the operations phase. The project will contribute up to $1,700 million annually to the economy of the Northern and Mackay Regions during the operations phase. It will also contribute significant revenue to the Queensland and Australian governments through coal royalties (approximately $5.9 billion over the life of the mine) and additional revenues associated with other government taxes.Macmines Austasia was registered and established in Queensland, Australia in July 1999. Since its establishment, the company has been focusing on geological exploration and mining business in Queensland. In July 2007, Shanxi Meijin Energy Group in China had acquired 100% stakes of Macmines by its overseas company and became the sole shareholder of Macmines.Meijin Energy Group was founded in 1984. It is one of the largest enterprises manufacturing coke in China at present. It involves several fields including washing & selecting raw coal; producing coal; producing coke; purifying and deep processing of coal gas & coal tar; cogeneration of heat and power; building materials; transportation and so on.At present, the group has the production capacity of 6.3 Mt/y of coke. It also has annual production capacities of 150,000 t of coal tar, and 50,000 t of thick benzene. Besides, the group supplies Taiyuan city with coal gas, heating and so on.last_img read more

Ariane 5 lancement réussi de deux nouveaux satellites de télécommunication

first_imgAriane 5 : lancement réussi de deux nouveaux satellites de télécommunicationSamedi à 22h53 GMT, la société Arianespace a lancé avec succès la fusée Ariane 5 du Centre spatial de Kourou basé en Guyane. Elle transportait avec elle deux satellites de télécommunication qu’elle a réussi à placer en orbite de transfert géostationnaire. L’opération avait déjà été reportée deux fois.Cette fois-ci, le lancement s’est déroulé sans encombre. Samedi à 22h53 GMT, la fusée Ariane 5 a décollé sans difficulté depuis le Centre spatial guyanais de Kourou. Cela faisait déjà deux fois que les scientifiques d’Arianespace reportaient le tir initialement prévu pour le 1er juillet. Une anomalie avait en effet été détectée durant le compte à rebours, obligeant l’arrêt de l’opération. Celle-ci avait alors été fixée à vendredi dernier, mais les conditions météorologiques ont à nouveau empêché le tir. Samedi, la fusée a donc finalement réussi à partir pour son 203e tir, emportant avec elle deux satellites de télécommunication qu’elle a placés en orbite de transfert géostationnaire.    À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALes deux engins spatiaux en question sont le Astra 1N de l’opérateur luxembourgeois SES Astra et le BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R des opérateurs japonais B-SAT Corporation et SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation. D’une durée de vie opérationnelle d’environ 15 ans, le premier a pour but d’offrir  des services de télédiffusion directe DTH dans toute l’Europe alors que le second, d’une durée de vie de 16 ans, fournira des liaisons de télévision directe au Japon. Jean-Yves Le Gall (Le PDG d’Arianespace) a rappelé qu’il s’agissait du “45ème succès d’affilée” de la fusée. Il reste ainsi 18 lancements similaires a effectuer pour Ariane 5 auxquels s’ajoutent “sept autres lancements pour le lanceur russe Soyouz qui doit effectuer son premier tir depuis Kourou le 20 octobre prochain”, a indiqué Jean-Yves Le Gall.Le 8 août 2011 à 11:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

OBITUARY Steven J Haepers 34

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Steven J. Haepers, age 34, of Manchester, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away on September 22, 2018, at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH.Steven was born on January 14, 1984, in Malden, MA; he was the beloved son of Joseph and Nancy Haepers. Steven was raised and educated in Wilmington, MA and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 2002. Steven loved playing youth sports as well as playing football for the Wilmington High School Wildcats; he was proud of being a member of the football team when they were the Cape Ann League Champs.Steven was very outgoing and friendly; he made many life-long friends throughout the years. Steve was also known to be and avid outdoorsman who enjoyed water skiing, kayaking, fishing, snowboarding, snow skiing or anything else that had to do with being outside and having fun. He loved spending time with his family and friends at their home in New Hampshire where many wonderful memories were made throughout the years.Steven was dearly loved and will forever be missed by his family and friends.Steven was the cherished son of Joseph and Nancy (VonHandorf) Haepers of Acton formerly of Wilmington, beloved brother of Katie A. Haepers of Acton and Michael J. Haepers of Chelsea, dear nephew of Ellen Tentindo of Wilmington, Dorothy VonHandorf of Saugus, the late Joseph and James VonHandorf. Steven is also survived by many cousins and friends.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, September 26th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 25th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers donations in Steven’s memory may be made to http://www.namimass.org or NAMI of Massachusetts, The Schrafft Center, 529 Main St. Suite 1M17, Boston, MA 02129.Steven J. Haepers(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Brandon M. Long, 27In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lawrence “Mike” Considine, 63In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Five Mollywood investigative thrillers the world should watch

first_imgMollywood may be a very small industry, but over the course of time, filmmakers in Kerala have delivered some impeccable movies, and many of them were shot with International production standards. International Business Times, India, presents you the list of five Mollywood investigative thrillers the world should watch to understand the potential of Malayalam film industry.Mumbai Police (IMBD rating: 8)Mumbai Police is a real gem of a film crafted by versatile filmmaker Rosshan Andrews. The film, which released in 2013, had Prithviraj Sukumaran, Rahman, and Jayasurya in the lead roles.This investigative thriller portrayed the story of a police officer named Antony Moses who loses his memory following a car crash. With the help of his senior officer Farhan, Antony Moses starts investigating a case he was probing before the accident. Even after struggling a lot with memory issues, Antony Moses finds an unexpected culprit.It should be noted that Mumbai Police can be considered the first of its kind in Mollywood film which had gay relationships as a theme. The film upon its release garnered positive reviews from all corners, and audiences lauded Prithviraj Sukumaran for doing such a challenging role.The film is top-notch in its technical department. Director Rosshan Andrews crafted this film with sheer elegance. t is a treat to watch each and every frame of this movie.The script penned by Bobby-Sanjay is highly engaging, and it will not pull the audiences to boredom even for a second during it’s run time of 149 minutes. The background score composed by Gopi Sundar is elegant, and it plays a pivotal role in uplifting the overall mood of the proceedings.Mumbai Police can be now watched on Hotstar.Kariyilakkattu Pole (IMDB rating: 7.6)Kariyilakkattu Pole is a film released in 1986 directed by legendary filmmaker P Padmarajan. The story of Kariyilakkattu Pole was based on the radio drama Sisirathil Oru Prabhatham by Sudhakar Mangalodayam. The film is based on the mysterious death of a filmmaker, and the investigation carried out by an intelligent police officer.The film is widely considered as one of the classic investigative thrillers ever made in Malayalam, and audiences still praise Mammootty and Mohanlal for their mindblowing performance in the flick.Drishyam (IMDB rating: 8.8)Jeethu Joseph’s Drishyam that featured Mohanlal and Meena in the lead roles handled a murder coverup story. The film upon its release in 2013 emerged as the biggest blockbuster of the year, and it racked up more than Rs 65 crores at the box-office.The major highlight of the movie is its intriguing way of storytelling and Mohanlal’s amazing performance, especially in the climax sequences. The film was later remade into Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi, but none of these versions matched the quality of the original.Oru CBI Diary Kurippu (IMDB rating: 8.2)Mammootty’s Oru CBI Diary Kurippu that hit the screens in 1988 reshaped the cliche surrounding Mollywood investigative thrillers. The movie, directed by K Madhu, featured Mammootty playing the role of Sethuramayyar, an intelligent CBI officer.The film was loosely based on the notorious Polakkulam murder case, where investigative officers made use of a dummy to solve the crime. Upon the release, the film emerged as a huge hit at the box-office, and audiences praised K Madhu and scriptwriter SN Swamy for their uncompromising cinematic language.It should be also noted that this film primarily concentrated on the investigation, without the songs and dances that were necessarily associated with Indian commercial movies at the time.Chinthamani Kolacase (IMDB rating: 6.7)Chinthamani Kolacase is directed by Shaji Kailas. It featured Suresh Gopi playing the role of Lal Krishna Viradiyar (LK aka Licensed to Kill), a daring criminal lawyer who hunts down culprits to maintain cosmic law.Bhavana also played a crucial role in the film. She received positive responses from the audiences for her impeccable performance. Suresh Gopi’s portrayal as an advocate who has a haunting flashback also received critical acclaim.Chinthamani Kolacase is a dark thriller and unlike other investigation stories where a police officer is a lead hero, this film featured an advocate doing the probe.last_img read more

2 more drug suspects killed in reported gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationTwo suspected drug peddlers were killed in a reported gunfight between their cohorts and police in Bagmara in Khulna city early Wednesday.The deceased are Raju, 26, son of a certain Mohammad Babul of Bagmara and Manik Kha, 30, son of one Sultan Sheikh of Mistiripara in the city, reports UNB.A team of police arrested Raju and Manik from Dhaka and brought them to Khulna on Tuesday, said Kotwali police station sub-inspector Sumendu Kumar.On Tuesday night, police along with the arrestees conducted a drive in the area to nab their associates around 3:30am, he said.Sensing the presence of the law enforcement, the criminals opened fire to police, forcing them to fire back in self-defence, he added.At one stage, police recovered the bodies of Raju and Manik while the others managed to flee the scene, the SI said.Police recovered a pipe gun, two rounds of bullet and 200 pieces of yaba tablets from the spot, Sumendu Kumar said.The duo was wanted in several cases including that of murder, drugs and extortion, police said.Five policemen were injured during the gunfight and provided first aid at Khulna Medical College Hospital, SI Sumendu said.The law enforcement’s version of the event was, however, not verified independently as no version of the incident was available immediately either from any witnesses or from the victim’s family.With the latest, at least 121 people were killed in the alleged gunfights with members of law enforcement agencies while 37 bodies of suspected drug traders were recovered after reported gun battles between rival groups during the countrywide anti-narcotic drives since 15 May.last_img read more

Guilty Verdict For Terry Thompson First Anniversary Of Sutherland Springs Shooting And

first_img Share Monday, November 5, 2018Top afternoon stories:Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeTerry Thompson.Guilty Verdict For Terry ThompsonA Harris County jury convicted Terry Thompson Monday for the strangulation death of John Hernandez outside a Houston-area restaurant.Jurors found Terry Thompson guilty of murder. This is Thompson’s second trial because the first one, which took place in June, ended with a hung jury.Prosecutors argued Thompson wanted to kill 24-year-old Hernandez and kept him in a chokehold after he stopped resisting.Thompson’s attorneys countered that he was only defending himself after being punched. They insisted Thompson kept Hernandez subdued only until he stopped resisting.Eric Gay/APMemorials and messages continue to hang on a fence at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.First Anniversary Of Sutherland Springs ShootingMonday November 5, 2018, marks the first anniversary of the mass shooting at Sutherland Springs’ First Baptist Church, which left 25 people dead. Authorities put the official death toll at 26 because one of the victims was pregnant. More than half those killed were children.About 400 people attended a service and remembrance event on Sunday, November 4. The sanctuary where the shooting occurred still stands as a memorial.The sanctuary was full and people in a overflow tent watched and prayed along as Sunday’s sermon was delivered. Governor Greg Abbott attended the service.A new church is being built on the grounds and is expected to be open by April.Harris County Sheriff’s OfficePrisoner Van Catches Fire In HoustonTwo Sheriff’s deputies and six inmates had to evacuate a prisoner van that caught fire near the Harris County jail, located in downtown Houston, after a traffic accident.The Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) sent a tweet that shows the van on fire after it was hit, according to witnesses, by a pickup vehicle that ran a red light at the intersection of Jackson and Commerce before noon.The HCSO the deputies and the inmates were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.last_img read more

Teenagers not ruining the English language Study

first_imgAre teenagers changing the English language because they are texting or using shorthand or slang? No, says a new study. “Very commonly, people think that teenagers are ruining the essence of English language because of their way of  texting,” said Mary Kohn, assistant professor of English at Kansas State University in the US.In fact, teenagers may not be causing language change the way that we typically think, Kohn noted.Kohn found there was not a consistent language path that a person took from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood. Language change is more individualistic and varies for each person, she said.“Perhaps our stereotypes about how teenagers speak are often based on subgroups of teenagers that stand out to us as most distinct. We notice the kids who make bold fashion statements, so we also might notice the kids who are making dramatic linguistic changes,” Kohn explained.Kohn used the Frank Porter Graham project, which is a database that followed 67 children from infancy to their early 20s. The database includes audio and interview recordings from nearly every year of the children’s lives and also has recordings of family members, friends and teachers — all valuable information for understanding how language changes as individuals grow up.“The teenager subgroup did not stand out as a group from the rest of the subgroups, meaning there was nothing special about being a teenager,” Kohn said. “Just because you are a teenager does not mean you will change your language,” she pointed out.last_img read more

350 passengers 20 minutes Lufthansa launches biometric boarding at LAX

first_img350 passengers, 20 minutes: Lufthansa launches biometric boarding at LAX Tags: Airports, Lufthansa, Technology Share Monday, March 19, 2018 Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by LOS ANGELES — Lufthansa’s one-step biometric boarding is now available at LAX and the airline says it will introduce biometric boarding at more airports across the country.Lufthansa reports that it received “very positive” feedback from guests and boarded approximately 350 passengers onto an A380 in about 20 minutes.How does it work?Self-boarding gates with facial recognition cameras capture passengers’ facial images as they approach the deviceThe image is securely sent to the CBP database for real-time matching and verificationAfter a successful, instantaneous match within a few seconds, the system recognizes the passenger as ‘boarded’The passenger no longer needs to show a boarding pass or passport at the gateThe LAX pilot project is in collaboration with Lufthansa Group’s IT partner, Amadeus, as well as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Los Angeles World Airports Authority (LAWA).“The increasing need for airlines, airports and authorities to offer faster and more convenient processes for guests to move through the airport creates a unique opportunity for the use of biometrics,” said Bjoern Becker, Senior Director, Product Management Ground and Digital Services for Lufthansa. “Lufthansa strives to enhance the customer experience by applying advanced technologies and innovative solutions. This is a further step towards achieving that goal.”More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsHe adds that with ever-increasing passenger volumes and airport infrastructure limitations, biometrics are becoming a key element to speed up the airport process while ensuring passenger safety and security. In the U.S., airlines will not need to create and maintain their own biometric database as it can rely on data provided from a central source – the CBP – for efficiency and accuracy.Amadeus, the provider of Lufthansa’s Passenger Service System (Altéa) which includes the Altéa Departure Control solution, developed the biometric enhancement together with Lufthansa.Following the trial in Los Angeles, Lufthansa intends to expand the pilot program to additional U.S. gateways and other passenger touchpoints.Last year, over 1.6 billion passengers boarded planes using Amadeus Altéa technology.“Biometric boarding has enormous potential to make the travel experience easier and less stressful,” said Guido Haarmann, Managing Director, Central & Eastern Europe, Airlines, Amadeus.“We anticipate that in near time, biometric boarding, as well as other aspects of the air travel experience, will be widely utilized across the U.S. and beyond,” added Becker.last_img read more

Journalists in Burundi protest jailing of reporter

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family “The journalists are angry about the situation,” Nikiza said. “They feel that this decision is incompetent … and should not be respected.”Ruvakuki, who reported for Radio France Internationale, was sentenced along with 13 others for their alleged role in an attack in which gunmen killed more than 30 people at a bar in a town near the border with Tanzania last September.The court’s decision has been criticized by the Committee to Protect Journalists, which said in a statement Wednesday from Nairobi, Kenya, that an appeals court must acquit Ruvakuki.“Ruvakuki’s defense counsel said the judges had not been impartial during the trial that the government was pressuring the court to find a conviction, according to local journalists,” the statement said.According to CPJ, “the verdict was based on Ruvakuki’s November 2011 trip to a rebel-held area along Burundi’s border with Tanzania, during which he recorded an audio statement from Pierre Claver Kabirigi, a former police officer who claimed to be the leader of a new rebel group, the Front for the Restoration of Democracy-Abanyagihugu.”Burundi, among the poorest countries in the world, is slowly recovering from years of violence that often threatens to degenerate into civil war. It is also one of the most dangerous places for journalists to work, with independent reporters frequently clashing with the state. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Associated PressKAMPALA, Uganda (AP) – A Burundian journalist said Friday that a group of independent reporters would consider staging street protests over the conviction this week of a radio reporter on terrorism charges stemming from a deadly attack on a bar last year.Georges Nikiza, a freelance reporter who is a prominent member of an association of independent journalists in Burundi, said a court’s decision to give a life term to Hassan Ruvakuki was politically motivated and would be actively challenged in court and elsewhere. He said the association members would boycott government functions, including upcoming celebrations marking 50 years of independence for Burundi. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Last year Burundi’s National Security Council recommended that the government ban civil society groups and media organizations that had commented unfavorably on the attack for which Ruvakuki was jailed, Nikiza said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

THAI and Airbus Sign Cooperation Agreement

first_imgTHAI and Airbus Sign Cooperation AgreementTHAI and Airbus Sign Cooperation Agreement to Assess Maintenance, Repair, and Operations Business Opportunities at U-TapaoToday (15 December 2017) H.E. Mr. Somkid Jatusripitak, Deputy Prime Minister, presided over the THAI-Airbus Signing Ceremony on a Cooperation Agreement to assess Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) Business Opportunities at U-Tapao Airport, which will enable Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) and Airbus to establish the MRO center for the Asia Pacific region. Guests of honor included H.E. Mr. Uttama Savanayama, Minister of Industry, Mr. Pairin Chuchotethavorn, Deputy Minister of Transport, and Mr. Kanit Sangsubhan, Secretary-General, Eastern Economic Corridor Office of Thailand, H.E. Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Thai Ambassador to France, H.E. Mr. Peter Prügel, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, representatives of France, United Kingdom, Spain, and the European Union in Thailand, and THAI Board of Directors. The Cooperation Agreement was signed by Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, THAI Acting President, and Mr. Jean-Francois Laval, Airbus Executive Vice President, Customer Affairs, and was witnessed by THAI Management and Flying Officer Ronnachai Wongchaoum, THAI Vice President, TG MRO Campus Project, at the signing ceremony that took place at the THAI Head Office.Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, Acting President, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), said that the U-Tapao Airport Development Project is one of several important Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Development Projects and is a vitally important project for Thailand. This signing ceremony reflects a long-standing and strong partnership between THAI and Airbus in developing the MRO Development Project at U-Tapao in support of the Government’s EEC Development Project. It also reflects the progress and effectiveness of the project following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on March 8, 2017, whereby feasibility study results proved satisfactory for both companies. The Project Feasibility and Appraisal Report has been submitted to all related state agencies for consideration and will be submitted to the EEC Policy Committee, which is chaired by the Prime Minister, for further consideration and approval.The cooperation agreement between THAI and Airbus defines the framework of mutual cooperation to assess business opportunities related to the MRO development, which will lead to a possible future joint venture agreement. The elements of this cooperation agreement are as follows:1. To set the framework for discussion and analysis to further assess and evaluate potential business opportunities. The business opportunities at this initial stage of cooperation are as follows :– To establish a new MRO facility at U-Tapao International Airport to provide services that include heavy maintenance, line maintenance and aircraft painting services– To establish an aircraft maintenance training center at U-Tapao through coordination with related government organizations and CAT– To establish an Aircraft Composite Repair Shop– To adopt new technologies and innovation for MRO activities in a Smart Hangar– To establish a Store and Logistics Center to support U-Tapao MRO Project Operation– To support design and construction of appropriate buildings in the MRO Campus area – To establish a back shop to support Line Maintenance Operation2. To set up a joint committee, comprised of representatives from THAI and Airbus to negotiate, study, analyze, assess, and decide on each business opportunity identified in the cooperation agreement. 3. This cooperation agreement is not intended to constitute, and shall not constitute any legally binding obligations between both parties to proceed with or implement any business opportunities or enter into any business agreements, but rather is intended to set a framework of the cooperation and collaboration between both parties. Should the business opportunity assessment of any of the above-mentioned activities be mutually beneficial, then the two parties may enter into a joint venture agreement for each of the activities, beginning with the MRO activity which is estimated will begin in 2019.Mr. Jean-Francois Laval, Executive Vice President, Customer Affairs Asia, Airbus, said that Airbus is proud to be part of this development in the frame of the Eastern Economic Corridor which will offer great business opportunities for many aviation partner companies and suppliers. This Cooperation Agreement is a key milestone on the way to the establishment of a state of the art MRO campus in U-Tapao. Beyond the partnership between our two great companies, today’s announcement also represents a strategic development for Thailand’s exciting plan to strengthen its presence in the aerospace industry. It will be a cornerstone of the Eastern Economic Corridor vision. During the past months, teams at THAI and Airbus have studied the business case for the MRO hub at U-Tapao and are convinced that the geographic location, coupled with the skills in the country and the market potential in the region will bring great benefits for many years to come. It is predicted that the fleets operated by carriers in Asia and the Pacific will more than double in size over the next 20 years, from around 6,100 to almost 17,000 aircraft. Airbus estimates the value of maintenance and overhaul sector in this region alone will stand at around USD 664 billion over the next decade.U-Tapao Airport is able to handle aircraft of all sizes and is already home to extensive maintenance facilities operated by THAI. As of next year, THAI will start maintaining the Airbus A380 with the support of Airbus teams in U-Tapao. Early next decade, new hangar facilities will be built, while U-Tapao will become a growing airport with eventually two runways. Besides the MRO hub, where wide-body aircraft of all types will be maintained, a mechanic engineering school will be built in cooperation between the Civil Aviation Training Center (CATC), THAI, and Airbus. In order to build up technology transfer into this region, a composite component repair center will be built and this will prove further beneficial to Thailand’s vertical development in the aerospace sector.The Management of both companies have a joint vision for the new MRO campus to be the most modern aircraft maintenance facility equipped with the most modern aircraft technology, and can handling aircraft of all types and sizes for 20 years into the future. Furthermore, it will be able to provide on time aircraft maintenance at reasonable prices, high quality, and safety (on time, on cost, on quality). The MRO campus will be capable of providing aircraft maintenance in the apron area to heavy maintenance for various aircraft types using the latest in aircraft maintenance technology, in addition to being equipped with an intelligent Smart Hangar that will be of high quality, decrease investment costs, and will be environmentally friendly. The aircraft maintenance training center will train highly skilled technicians in accordance to international standards, facilitating continual growth in aircraft maintenance in the future. Both Airbus and THAI have high aspirations for U-Tapao to become a World Class MRO.Source = THAIlast_img read more

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