Enbridge hearing cancelled

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 After three days of public hearings in Toronto, the final day of hearings on Enbridge’s proposal to reverse the flow of Line 9 was cancelled today due to security concerns.The pipeline runs between southern Ontario and Montreal, and the postponement comes amid a large rally against the project in Toronto this afternoon.Kelda Yuen was there and filed this report.

Enbridge Gas files lawsuit against New Brunswick seeking at least 650 million

by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 30, 2012 4:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Enbridge Gas files lawsuit against New Brunswick seeking at least $650 million FREDERICTON – Enbridge Gas New Brunswick has launched a lawsuit against the provincial government seeking at least $650 million, alleging it has breached conditions of an agreement and in so doing, has harmed the company’s bottom line.In a statement of claim filed with the Court of Queen’s Bench last Thursday, Enbridge Gas New Brunswick alleges the government is not abiding by the terms of a general franchise agreement signed in 1999.The agreement said Enbridge would be the only natural gas distributor in the province until 2020 and allowed the company to recover costs to build a pipeline system.The statement of claim says the government failed to create a regulatory regime that would ensure that elements of the agreement would not be changed by the province’s Energy and Utilities Board and without the prior consent of Enbridge Gas New Brunswick.“There are commitments that we saw within the agreement that weren’t being lived up to by the province, and we believe that because of those breaches it put the value of our assets and our future revenues at risk,” Dave Charleson, general manager of Enbridge Gas New Brunswick, said in an interview Monday.“There are breaches within the agreement and those are breaches that continue today. That’s why we’ve moved forward with legal action.”One example cited by the company is an original return on equity of 13 per cent that the Energy and Utilities Board has since set at 10.9 per cent.The suit seeks $569 million in special damages for the fair market value of assets, and $81 million in special damages for loss of earnings. It also seeks general damages for breach of contract, legal costs and interest.None of the allegations has been proven in court and the government has not filed a statement of defence.An Energy Department spokesman said the government won’t comment while the matter is before the courts.Charleson said the lawsuit is not in connection with legislation passed in December that will allow other companies to ship natural gas to the northern half of the province.“Bill 18 contains clauses where they can’t be sued related to that, so these are other issues related to the general franchise agreement and we believe the province has been in breach of that agreement,” Charleson said.After that legislation was passed in December, Bud Bird — a director of Calgary-based parent company Enbridge (TSX:ENB) — said it was “the most oppressive legislation in the history of New Brunswick.”The government defended the legislation, saying it would lower distribution rates and provide greater incentives for customers to join the system.Enbridge’s pipeline network in New Brunswick has a capacity for 30,000 homes and businesses, but so far there are only 11,000 customers.The company says it has spent hundreds of million of dollars on that system and installed more than 800 kilometres of pipeline. read more

Striking Chronicle Herald workers mark oneyear anniversary of labour dispute

HALIFAX – The union representing striking workers at the Halifax Chronicle Herald are holding rallies throughout Nova Scotia Monday to mark the one-year anniversary of the labour dispute.The Halifax Typographical Union, which went on strike last Jan. 23, is holding pickets and rallies in various locations.Sixty-one newsroom staff walked off the job over a contract that included wage rollbacks and other cuts.The company announced last week that an unfair labour practice complaint against it was adjourned and would be heard by the Nova Scotia Labour Board on Feb. 8.The union said they are seeking to renew negotiations after lawyers from both sides met for informal discussions.Ian Scott, the Herald’s chief operating officer, said the company and the union last met for conciliation on Nov. 4. Striking Chronicle Herald workers mark one-year anniversary of labour dispute A sign for the Halifax Chronicle Herald is seen as members of the newsroom union picket outside the newspaper’s office after walking off the job in Halifax on Saturday, January 23, 2016. The union representing striking workers at the Halifax Chronicle Herald are holding rallies throughout Nova Scotia Monday to mark the one-year anniversary of the labour dispute. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 23, 2017 9:52 am MDT Last Updated Jan 23, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The Return of MLBs Youth

In 2013, about 28 percent of all Wins Above Replacement were created by the under-25 set. That was the ninth-largest share for any season since 1976. Output from youngsters has been on the upswing since the mid-to-late 1990s, when the percentage of WAR from young players hit its nadir. That nadir happened to occur at the height of baseball’s so-called steroid era.Further research is needed on the subject, but recent work on aging curves in the post-PED (performance enhancing drug) period suggests that today’s players are better earlier in their careers, and then decline much sooner and more sharply.Given that, it’s no surprise to see the game’s fresh faces producing a larger share of wins. A few years ago, Bill James — baseball writer and pagan god of sabermetrics — was asked whether baseball was in the midst of a golden age of great young stars. James created a “young talent inventory” (pay-walled), a somewhat elaborate methodology to measure whether runs were being created or saved by players aged 25 or younger.I’m not going to delve into so intricate a technique. But I like the 25-or-under cut-off (as do other prospect-watchers), so I decided to add up the Wins Above Replacement (WAR) produced by players in that age range for every season going back to 1976, the dawn of the free-agency/arbitration era. (Before then, player movement was far more restricted than it is now.)What proportion of total WAR in all of Major League Baseball has been generated by young players? read more

Grand Theft Auto IV without friction becomes Carmageddon

first_imgWith graphics having reached a degree of realism that advancement is subtle and no one’s really clamoring for photo-realism anymore, ultra-realistic physics engines have become the next holy grail of gaming. Not that that’s really a new thing, necessarily: developers have been struggling to come up with working physics simulations since Looking Glass Games’ classic titles, System Shock and Ultima Underworld, and way back in the late 90s, devs were pimping their supposedly realistic physics models in the press for games as execrable as Jurassic Park: Trespasser. It’s kind of funny, then, to see this incredible video making the rounds, in which Rockstar Games‘s Grand Theft Auto IV is played with one major physics element turned off: namely, the friction between the wheels of a car and the road.The result? The most insanely fun, cartoon-style freneticism Grand Theft Auto IV has ever seen. I only got halfway through GTAIV, so it’s ironic to me that for all the care that Rockstar put into the game to make it as detailed and realistic as possible, the simple flipping of a physics switch to the off position immediately makes the game a thousand times more fun.last_img read more

Brush fire burns along state Highway 14

first_imgOne lane was blocked and traffic slowed for about two hours after grass and brush alongside state Highway 14 near Lieser Road caught fire Wednesday afternoon.The fire burned on the hillside below homes and north of the the roadway, west of Lieser Road. The fire started around 2:45 p.m., according to emergency dispatch logs.One lane was blocked as firefighters responded, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation, as was the ramp to the highway from Lieser Road.The fire burned close to homes along the highway, and a man was in a back yard spraying down flames with a garden hose.There was also a crash nearby, in the eastbound lanes, that blocked a lane for a time.WSDOT said the road was cleared by 4:45 p.m.last_img

Sweden – England lineups announced

first_imgThe lineups for the Sweden – England World Cup 2018 quarter-final fixture have been announced.There are no surprises on either side. Both coaches are going with tested lineups and tactics.Sweden starting lineup vs. EnglandGoalkeeper – Robin Olsen Defenders – Ludwig Augustinsson, Andreas Granqvist, Victor Lindelof and Emil Krafth Midfielders – Sebastian Larsson, Viktor Claesson, Albin Ekdal and Emil Forsberg Forwards – Ola Toivonen and Marcus BergJanne Andersson is without his starting right back Mikael Lustig, who is suspended. Emil Krafth takes his spot. Viktor Claesson and Albin Ekdal are in danger of missing a potential semi-final in case of another booking today.England starting lineup vs. SwedenGoalkeeper – Jordan Pickford Defenders – Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire and Ashley Young Midfielders – Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Raheem Sterling Forward – Harry KaneGareth Southgate’s starting lineup is exactly the same one which started the game against Colombia. Kyle Walker, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jordan Henderson and Jesse Lingard go into the game on one booking and will be suspended for the semi-final if they are to receive yellow cards today.last_img read more

Vancouver Bicycle Club raises safety concerns

first_imgGlenn Teague admits that he probably made a cyclist’s mistake — one that could have cost him dearly.As he rode his bicycle near Vancouver Lake in June, he passed another rider as he approached a curve. It was a warm June day, and Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park was alive with activity. Teague and others were riding along Lower River Road, participating in the Vancouver Bicycle Club’s time trials, a test of how fast cyclists can ride a set distance.Traffic was heavier than usual, as it had been two weeks earlier when participants of the time trials witnessed a T-bone crash that resulted in a car spinning out of control in front of them. It spun in the opposite direction; otherwise, they would have been hit.Teague assumed he had plenty of room to navigate the move. It was a no-passing zone for vehicles, and the motorist coming toward the cyclists was keeping to his lane. But without warning, a second vehicle swooped into Teague’s lane to pass the first. As the other cyclist waved toward Teague — a warning — he looked up and saw the vehicle bearing down. The driver revved the engine.He had no place to go as the car zoomed by within inches of hitting Teague and the other cyclist, who was now behind him.last_img read more

Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have called off their relationship Heres looking

first_imgKatie Holmes and Jamie Foxx at the 2019 Met GalaTwitterJamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have called off their six-year-long relationship. In fact, a source has confirmed on the same that they apparently separated back in May! What further validates the split is the fact that Foxx was seen stepping out of a pub with singer Sela Vave. Shocking reports of Foxx holding hands with the up-and-coming singer Sela Vave as they left a nightclub got the tongues wagging. Soon after that, it was confirmed that Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes had split.As per a report on TMZ, Vave is Foxx’s new talent as he is a record producer apart from being an actor and singer. The two attended Lil Pump’s 19th birthday party at Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood. Meanwhile, Holmes was chilling in the Big Apple, keeping herself as far away from Foxx and Hollywood. On the same, a source did add, “She’s just a girl he’s helping out, a young singer.” However, the fact that the otherwise fiercely private actor didn’t mind holding hands of his up-and-coming talent, did make everyone wonder if there is something more brewing here.Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx first made headlines back in 2013. It was reported by In Touch magazine that Holmes and Foxx were taking their friendship to the next level. Although the actor instantly shut down rumours by stating that there is nothing cooking here. He told Entertainment Tonight, “[The rumours] are one hundred per cent not true. n fact, it’s quite hilarious because we simply danced at a charity event along with a lot of other people.” However, over the years that followed, romance rumours continued to take over Hollywood as the couple was often sighted holding hands and spending time together.Another picture of the couple holding hands while going through some work stuff at a recording studio further reignited all the rumours of them being together. This happened in 2015. Next, they were once again spotted spending Valentine’s Day together in 2017 by engaging in some sporty activities. Pictures of them from the pre-Grammys gala in January 2018 amplified all the rumours as they were seated together, with eyes only for each other. Be it in Miami or New York City or Los Angeles, Jamie and Katie’s whirlwind but private romance continued to make everyone believe that they were going super strong. Last December, as Katie celebrated her 40th birthday, Jamie was by her side as they enjoyed a good time at Serendipity in NYC. Even Katie’s mother Kathleen Slothers-Holmes was at the intimate birthday celebration. Katie Holmes and Jamie FoxxTwitterThe former couple were even spotted kissing in a Malibu beach back in 2018. Their relationship took a new level as they were holding hands and taking a midnight stroll in LA along with Foxx’s daughter Corinne Foxx. Lastly, they were spotted being in pretty good shape as they arrived for the 2019 Met Gala together.last_img read more

New Director Discusses Ways to Increase Employment in Baltimore

first_imgNew director of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development Jason Perkins-Cohen. (Courtesy Photo)Connecting city residents to jobs is the straightforward mission of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, and that means cultivating various paths to the skills needed for sustainable employment, says its new director, Jason Perkins-Cohen.Perkins-Cohen took over the office earlier this month, having previously served as the executive director for the Job Opportunities Task Force, a workforce development advocacy organization.“What we generally want to do is to get our residents prepared, and help them to obtain as many credentials as possible so that they have the skills that they need and the qualification they need to get a whole host of opportunities,” said Perkins-Cohen in an interview with the AFRO.The idea that we can improve workforce participation by ensuring residents have skills related to openings in a particular field or industry is something of a false promise, says the director, since no one industry has enough jobs for everyone that needs one. This is why it is important to make sure our residents are able to obtain skills and credentials that open up various opportunities, not simply ones related to jobs du jour.“When you’re talking about a city like Baltimore, the most obvious place to start is to make sure that as many people have a high school diploma or a GED [as possible], and then once they have that, then there’s either occupational credentials . . . or you help them advance to postsecondary education . . . where they’re focused on specific jobs or career pathways. It has to be about career pathways,” said Perkins-Cohen.And focusing our job preparedness efforts on career pathways means not relying solely on the promise of four-year college degrees to deliver middle-class or better employment.“College is a great avenue for lots of people and we don’t want to discourage people from obtaining an advanced degree, but there are an awful lot of jobs out there where four years of college is not a requirement, and some of these jobs provide a really strong wage and residents can move into those career pathways relatively quickly without having to take four years or the cost that they would incur (for a four year degree),” said Perkins-Cohen.Many people need a job now, and many employers also need workers now. Increasingly, says Perkins-Cohen, employers are coming to the realization that four year degrees do not always endow people with the specialized skills related to their employment needs, and so alternative paths to skill and job development must be cultivated.“That’s why apprenticeship models and the interest in apprenticeships has really taken off (nationally) in the last couple of years, because employers obviously want a skilled workforce and four years of college provide a well-rounded education, but not always the skills that employers are looking for. And so the apprenticeship model has become—where it was thought of in more of a hands-on sector, previously, and it still is, but now it’s being expanded to sectors like healthcare where apprenticeship wasn’t discussed as much until more recently,” said Perkins-Cohen.The working while learning model embodied by apprenticeships is a faster route to skill development for certain kinds of jobs, says Perkins-Cohen, which helps residents enter careers sooner as well as providing employers with the skilled workers they need in less time.And because connecting residents to efficient career pathways is the basic mission of the Office of Employment Development, Perkins-Cohen also emphasizes the importance of connecting youth to early employment opportunities through the city’s Hire 1 Youth initiative, part of the city’s broader youth employment programming under the banner of Youth Works. Last summer, the city’s efforts led to around 5,000 youths obtaining jobs, an accomplishment Perkins-Cohen wants to see repeated this year.“It is absolutely critical that we create these pathways, and create these opportunities for our youth. . . . [Summer employment] does three things that are incredibly important. One is it provides an income for six weeks in the summer, which is important, but it also teaches the value of work, and it creates an understanding, and an opportunity for a lot of young people to get their foot in the door for a career.”While 5,000 youth jobs is certainly something to be proud of, the city has 14,000 young people in need of employment, and Perkins-Cohen wants to impress upon employers the impact hiring a young person can have by helping to set them on an actual career pathway.“We’ve got 14,000 kids that want to work, which is tremendous, and now we have to come through with the opportunities.”ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

Archaeologist sees Bosnia stone sphere as the most massive in Europe

first_imgCredit: Sam Osmanagich An archaeologist is looking at a rock with great interest, a sphere unearthed in a forest, believed to be part of ancient civilization. Or is it just a very big rock? © 2016 Phys.org Explore further Citation: Archaeologist sees Bosnia stone sphere as the most massive in Europe (2016, April 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-archaeologist-bosnia-stone-sphere-massive.htmlcenter_img Prehistoric rock art engraving discovered in Brecon Beacons A stone ball in Podubravlje village near Zavidovici, Bosnia and Herzegovina was seen earlier this month, in the ground, in a forest.What can it tell us? Archaeologist Sam Osmanagich, who called his Bosnian stone ball the most massive in Europe, has some interesting answers.”I’ve been researching prehistoric stone ball phenomenon for 15 years,” he blogged last month.”By the mid of March 2016, it became obvious that the most massive stone ball in Europe has been discovered. Name of the location is village Podubravlje.”He said actually less than half of the ball is uncovered. “Preliminary results show the radius to be between 1.2 – 1.5 meters. Materials have not been analyzed yet. However, brown and red color of the ball point to very high content of the iron. So, the density has to be very high, close to the iron which is 7,8 kg/m3. If we take value of only 5 kg/c.c. we have all the elements for the preliminary calculation of the mass. Mass comes to be over 30 tons!”Why does he view this discovery as significant? “First, it would be another proof that Southern Europe, Balkan and Bosnia in particular, were home for advanced civilizations from distant past and we have no written records about them. Secondly, they had high technology, different than ours. Finally, they knew the power of geometrical shapes, because the sphere is one of the most powerful shapes along with pyramidal and conical shapes. No wonder, that pyramids and tumulus phenomena can also be found in Bosnia.”News.com.au said Osmanagich had examined granite stone balls in southern Costa Rica, volcanic stone spheres in western Mexico and Easter Island, and then turned his attention to Bosnia.If the huge stone in Bosnia is found to be hewn by human hands, it would be the largest man-made stone ball ever found – twice as heavy as the Costa Rican ones, said MailOnline.Do other experts see the rock formation as proof of an ancient civilization which thrived there? Voice of America reported that some scientists said the rock was likely a natural formation and not a human construct.Experts were quoted in MailOnline as saying they believed the boulder was not man made. A lecturer at the University of Manchester School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences told MailOnline that the spherical stone may be an example of concretion. This is when a compact mass of rock is formed by the precipitation of natural mineral cement within the spaces between sediment grains. The result is often spherical in shape, with the process forming the famed Koutu boulders in New Zealand. Experts at the Geological Society, according to MailOnline, said the round shape of the rock could come from spheroidal weathering. This is a type of weathering affecting jointed bedrock. The result is formation of concentric or spherical layers of highly decayed rock. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Large age gap may erode marital satisfaction

first_imgMen and women who have younger spouses are happier with their marriage, but this marital satisfaction fades over time in couples who have a significant age gap, a study has found. The findings, which examined 13 years of data from thousands of households, also suggest that marriages with large age gaps are less resilient in the face of economic downturns relative to their similarly-aged counterparts.Perhaps unsurprisingly, the findings show that men reported greater marital satisfaction when paired with a younger spouse, especially in the early years of marriage.However, the reverse appears to be true as well.”We find that men who are married to younger wives are the most satisfied, and men who are married to older wives are the least satisfied,” said Terra McKinnish, a professor at University of Colorado Boulder in the US.”Women are also particularly dissatisfied when they’re married to older husbands and particularly satisfied if they’re married to younger husbands,” said McKinnish.That initial satisfaction erodes rapidly, however, after 6-10 years of marriage for the couples with a big age gap between the partners.”Over time, the people who are married to a much older or younger spouse tend to have larger declines in marital satisfaction over time compared to those who are married to spouses who are similar in age,” said McKinnish.One mechanism for this decline could be how the age difference between spouses affects the couple’s ability to respond to negative economic shocks, such as a job loss, McKinnish said.”We looked at how couples respond to negative shocks and in particular, if they have a major bad economic shock or worsening of their household finances,” she said.”We find that when couples have a large age difference, that they tend to have a much larger decline in marital satisfaction when faced with an economic shock than couples that have a very small age difference,” she added.A possible explanation for this is that similarly-aged couples are more in sync on life decisions that affect both partners (having children; general spending habits) and thus may be better equipped to adjust to a negative financial shock, McKinnish said.By contrast, an unexpected financial shakeup could expose underlying tensions and mismatches in couples with a larger age gap. The study was published in the Journal of Population Economics.last_img read more

River overflowing with sewage

first_imgAn estimated 100,000 litres of sewage per day is running into the Klip River at the corner of Carbineer Road and Soldiers Way.This you will see if you drive down the dirt road. Standing on top of the hill next to the broken pump house, you can smell the terrible stench being carried by the wind. Imagine the residents of the area having to tolerate this foul odour on a daily basis? They probably don’t even open their windows unless they absolutely have to. Broken Pump houseBroken Pump houseWhere the sewer meet the riverWere the sewer flows. In the morning, from about 5am to 7am, and yet again from 6pm onwards at night, the situation gets worse due to the volume of people at their houses. In about 10 years, the pump house has only been fixed once and has broken yet again, leaving residents in a state of desperation. Complaints have been made to uThukela and yet the situation has not yet been rectified.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Sunwing Vacations extends Zero Deposit promotion

first_imgSunwing Vacations extends Zero Deposit promotion << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Sunwing Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Share TORONTO — Sunwing Vacations has extended its popular Zero Deposit promotion until Aug. 31 for now bookings with departures between Dec. 21, 2016 and Oct. 31, 2017.With the promo, travellers can now choose from a variety f vacations and book with no money down all summer long. In addition, they’ll benefit from Sunwing’s Price Drop Guarantee and early bird pricing. With Price Drop Guarantee, if the client’s vacation price drops outside of 21 days prior to the intended departure date, they will be entitled to claim up to $400 per person back. A $50 per person administration fee will be applied to all claims submitted.Included within the promotion are a host of Sunwing Selection resorts that are perfect for families and couples alike. A popular choice among families are Sunwing’s Smile Resorts, featuring Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE deals all year round, plus no single supplement for one-parent families.For more information go to sunwing.ca. Friday, July 22, 2016 last_img read more

Record numbers of tourists say gday to Australia

first_img“Arrivals from Malaysia were up by 40 per cent and from Hong Kong and Singapore by 26 per cent each.” The January 2014 figure is 8.7 per cent higher than the same time last year due to large numbers of visitors from New Zealand, China and the UK. “The largest growth in short-term visitor arrivals over the past year was from Asia,” ABS spokesperson Denise Carlton said. According to recently released Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures, there were 560,000 short term visitors who arrived in Australia during January 2014, despite a seasonally adjusted drop of 2.7 per cent. Foreign tourists are visiting Australia in greater numbers than ever before, with South-East Asia providing strong growth.center_img The 2.7 per cent figure draws a more accurate picture of the overall trends because it removes seasonal variations. Short term departures also decreased during January 2014, with a drop of 1.7 per cent to 751,800, following a 4.3 per cent increase in December 2013.  Source = ETB News: T.N.last_img read more

Flagstar Announces new Leader to Mortgage Business

first_imgFlagstar Announces new Leader to Mortgage Business Flagstar 2017-08-08 Brianna Gilpin Share Kristy Fercho (PRNewsfoto/Flagstar Bank)Flagstar Bank recently announced the addition of Kristy Fercho, who was previously SVO and Customer Delivery Executive for Fannie Mae, to lead Flagstar’s Mortgage Business. In 2016 alone, Flagstar originated $32 billion in home loans.”We couldn’t be more pleased than to have Kristy on board to lead our mortgage business,” said Alessandro DiNello, President and CEO of Flagstar. “She brings a wealth of industry experience from Fannie Mae, a powerhouse in the mortgage industry and a leading source of financing for home lenders. And the timing couldn’t be better with Flagstar primed to consolidate our position as the fifth largest bank originator in the country. Even better, she has worked with Flagstar since 2008 and knows our company well.”Fercho spent 15 years with Fannie Mae, originally as the VP of human resources responsible for the company’s people strategy, talent acquisition, and cultural transformation. Since then, she served in customer management roles and oversaw mortgage production of almost 2,000 lenders. As of late, she managed customer delivery strategy and business performance of all Western U.S. customers, delivering single-family home loans to the agency. She is a mortgage industry veteran with knowledge in mortgage originations, servicing, fulfillment, risk management, and regulation.center_img August 8, 2017 564 Views in Government, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

Atalanta Georgia – Reported by Elite Traveler th

first_imgAtalanta, Georgia – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineLeading the way in offering enhanced airborne broadband productivity to in-service aircraft owners, Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) today announced two new Wi-Fi broadband solutions for in-service Hawker 4000 and Hawker 800XP aircraft equipped with Honeywell avionics. Both Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) feature Aircell ATG 4000 and ATG 5000 equipment that utilizes global communication towers to deliver the fastest airborne connectivity available today.“Broadband connectivity significantly enhances the way corporate aircraft are used for businesses, governments and personal transportation,” said Christi Tannahill, HBC vice president, Global Customer Support. “We will continue to invest in these aftermarket technologies to provide our customers with the most advanced solutions available.”Utilizing the latest 3G mobile wireless technology, both systems turn Hawker cabins into Internet hot spots, permitting passengers with Wi-Fi enabled devices such as Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) and laptop computers to access the Internet. The Aircell ATG 4000 is designed for installation, along with the company’s Axxess voice communication system, while the ATG 5000 is designed to be installed as a stand alone broadband system. Airborne Internet access enhances the flight experience for passengers and creates new opportunities for commercial and government operators in the areas of air ambulance, surveillance and air taxi.HBS’s new broadband STCs complement the company’s existing Aircell and Thrane & Thrane international SwiftBroadband equipment in Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 equipped Hawker 900XP, 850XP, 800XP and 750 aircraft. HBS also has Thrane & Thrane international SwiftBroadband systems in development for Beechcraft King Air aircraft.Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) is dedicated to improving the value of HBC aircraft by employing products and services to simplify aircraft ownership, reduce operating cost and increase resale value. GCS is comprised of four functional groups that include Support Plus (cost predictability/warranty programs), Hawker Beechcraft Parts & Distribution (genuine factory parts), Hawker Beechcraft Services (factory-owned service centers) and Technical Support (Field Support Representatives, Hot Line specialists and Technical Publications).Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers.www.hawkerbeechcraft.comlast_img read more

Repatriation of 6th century mosaics important for cultural heritage

first_imgBy Maria KoniotouTHE repatriation of the last complete fragments from the nearly 1,500-year-old Kanakaria mosaics made 2018 a significant year for cultural heritage, according to Cypriot art historian Maria PaphitiMaria PaphitiIn an interview with the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), published on Saturday, Paphiti said the repatriation of the mosaics, stolen after 1974 from the church of Panagia Kanakaria in Lythrangomi, in the Famagusta district in the north, was important not only for Cyprus “but for the world cultural heritage too”.In 2014 it was Paphiti who identified the fragment of Apostle Andrew from the Church’s 6th century mosaic decoration, which was returned to the island in April. She said it was “the most emblematic of all and perhaps the most important treasure that had been missing from Cyprus,  a symbol of our looted cultural heritage in recent years.”In November, Dutch art investigator, Arthur Brand, returned to the Embassy of Cyprus in The Hague the mosaic of Apostle Mark, which was subsequently repatriated. Also, in September, the first liturgy was held in the church of Panagia Kanakaria since 1976, when the last Greek Cypriots that remained there after the 1974 Turkish invasion, were forced by the Turks to leave their village.“I believe that the three above events allow us to compare 2018 with 1989, a landmark year for Kanakaria, during which the Republic of Cyprus and the Church of Cyprus won a trial against art dealer Peg Goldberg, who had bought four fragments of the mosaic from the Turkish smuggler Aydin Dikmen, with the intention of selling them for 20 million dollars to the Paul J. Getty Museum,” Paphiti said.She said the Kanakaria trial, held in Indianapolis, US, was among the first high-profile cases of claiming cultural heritage worldwide. It set a precedent and it is referred to in a similar fashion to the present day. The four fragments won in 1989 depict the upper part of the body of Christ, an archangel and the Apostles James and Matthew.Asked how she got involved with the Kanakaria case, Paphiti explained that as an art consultant with specialisation in Byzantine and Russian art, she works with collectors in the respective fields from different countries.“A client of mine purchased a collection of icons and religious works of art, one of which was the mosaic of Apostle Andrew. I identified it when I was asked to study his new acquisitions. I wrote a report and then I explained to the client that the mosaic worth more than six million euros had been looted from occupied Cyprus. He was unpleasantly surprised and initially his reaction was negative because he himself had acquired the collection by lawful proceedings,” she said.“Then, after having assessed the situation, the client decided to hand over the mosaic for a token sum that would cover the costs of storage, insurance and maintenance while the artwork was in his possession. This settlement was indeed fair because under Article 6 of the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention the possessor is entitled to demand a reasonable compensation.”Apostle AndrewShe added that the alternative would be for Cyprus and its Church to proceed to litigation that would have probably ended victoriously, but would have been extremely time consuming and would have cost more than the €50,000 compensation given to the possessor. Two donors, Dr Andreas Pittas and Roys Poyiadjis paid the amount, while the legal services were provided free of charge by lawyer Michael Kοrelis. As a result, the cost to Cyprus and the Church was nil.Paphiti emphasised that “everyone, and especially the professionals in the field of art, must operate in an ethical and transparent way, but should also keep a watchful eye to identify artworks that are illegally marketed, whether they come from our country or elsewhere.”As far as the missing pieces of the mosaic are concerned, she said there is not much left. Yet, they are all important, because without each and every fragment, the composition that existed in the sanctuary apse pre-1974 cannot be recreated.Still missing are the mosaics of Apostle Philip, that was in a fragmented state before the pillaging, an unidentified saint, the lower part of Christ`s body and a non-figural decorative fragment, she added.Paphiti explained that the Kanakaria mosaics, dating back to the beginning of the 6th century, were of great importance to world art history because they are among a handful of Christian artefacts that survived iconoclasm (726-843 AD), thus providing vital information for the portrayal of divine persons during the early Byzantine era.The mosaic composition that adorned the sanctuary apse of Kanakaria church depicted the enthroned Virgin holding Christ, not as an infant, but as a young boy, framed by a frieze showing portraits of the Apostles in medallions.She added that the cultural significance of the mosaic was known for a long time. She saidfurther proof was the fact that the British colonial administration in Cyprus issued in 1955 a stamp that represented the church of Kanakaria.Paphiti added that the Cyprus Post in 1967 released a stamp dedicated to the mosaic of Apostle Andrew, who stood out from the rest of the Apostles, due to his unique features, namely, his long beard, dishevelled hair and blue eyes.Paphiti visited the church in Lythrangomi in September, when a liturgy took place there for the first time after 42 years. “Since my childhood, I listened with great interest discussions about the pillaging of our cultural heritage, especially the case of Kanakaria and the occasional repatriation of its fragments,” she said.“As an art historian I became even more aware of the church`s great importance. Also, due to my involvement in the repatriation of the Apostle Andrew fragment, I developed an emotional and personal relationship with the monument,” she added.“My visit to Kanakaria…was a pilgrimage, a return to a place that seemed familiar because of my involvement in the matter, yet one, which in fact, had been unknown to me,” she said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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first_imgA 35-year-old woman from Nicosia was stopped by the police driving at 172km/h on the Limassol to Nicosia highway, where the limit is 100.Members of the traffic police stopped her at 12.45 on Sunday morning near Latisa.According to police, they followed the woman for a short distance before pulling her over. An alcotest showed 75μg in her blood, almost four times the limit of 22.The woman was charged in writing to appear in court later.In a separate incident at around midnight members of the Larnaca traffic police stopped a car on Tasos Mitsopoulos Ave which was being driven at 123km/h as opposed to the allowed 50.The driver was a 20-year-old from Larnaca. He was pulled over and charged in writing to appear in court at a later date.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more