News / Start-up carrier ACE Freighters Belgium eyes US routes for launch

first_img A planned new EU-based freighter airline from CAL Cargo Airlines is readying for launch. ACE Freighters Belgium has applied to the US Department of Transport (DoT) for routes between the EU and US, initially between Liege, and New York and Atlanta.In its application to the DoT, it added that it was planning to operate “ACMI service on behalf of other airlines”.“ACE plans to expand its service at a later date, and will ultimately operate both scheduled and charter all-cargo service to the United States using its own aircraft in the future.”While it does not yet have an Aircraft Operating Certificate (AOC) or License, it said it was applying to the Belgian Civil Aviation Authority.The airline is expected to launch its own operations with a 747-400F from its Israeli partner CAL Cargo Airlines. In December, CAL bagged the last of the Jade International aircraft that was listed on online auction site Taobao. It is expected to be delivered soon, and is likely to be registered with ACE rather than CAL.The aircraft, which cost some Rmb146m ($23m) at auction, is one of the youngest of its type, with less than 15,000 flying hours. It is CAL’s second ex-Jade aircraft.The EU-registered ACE will open up new options for CAL, which as an Israeli carrier is restricted from some routes, such as overflying Arab countries in North Africa, making destinations in Africa a struggle. India is another possible destination for ACE, according to media reports.The airline’s CEO is Eshel Heffetz, who has been in the role since its inception in January 2017. He was at CAL for 17 years, first as chief pilot, and finally as vice president fleet planning.Liege is becoming increasingly popular with all-cargo operators, and the airport plans invest some €50m in cargo infrastructure this year, including four new parking areas for freighters. By Alex Lennane 09/05/2018last_img read more

Guilt by association

first_imgTo continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

Claim against ‘discriminatory’ Jewish housing policy fails

first_imgThe High Court has refused an application for judicial review (JR) of a Jewish housing association’s policy of allocating homes to Orthodox families over non-Jewish people.In R v Hackney London Borough Council and Agudas Israel Housing Association (AIHA), published yesterday, the Divisional Court found in favour of AIHA.The JR application, brought by a non-Jewish mother and her son, challenged AIHA’s policy under the Equality Act 2010 on the basis that it prevents people who are not members of the Orthodox community from becoming tenants and discriminates against non members.AIHA was founded in 1986 as a charitable housing association to serve the UK’s Orthodox Jewish community. The claimants wanted to be allocated a home in AIHA’s new Aviv development in Stamford Hill, North London, but were not given the chance to bid.The judgment, handed down by Lord Justice Lindblom and Sir Kenneth Parker, found AIHA’s arrangements are ‘justified as proportionate’ and that the ‘disadvantages and needs of the Orthodox Jewish community are many and compelling’.It added: ‘We recognise the needs of other applicants for social housing, but in the particular market conditions to which we have referred, AIHA’s arrangements are proportionate in addressing the needs and disadvantages of the Orthodox Jewish Community, notwithstanding the fact that in those market conditions, a non-member cannot realistically expect AIHA to allocate to him or her any property that becomes available.’Assessing section 158 of the 2010 act the court found that the evidence ‘demonstrates that the “needs” of the Orthodox Jewish community are indeed different’. ‘The members of that community have a relevant need to live relatively close to each other, with a view to reducing apprehension and anxiety regarding personal security, anti-Semitic abuse and crime,’ it added.The court also recognised prejudice, including in the private rental sector, against Orthodox Jews on account of their appearance, language and religion.The judgment added that the London borough of Hackney had ‘no legal or realistically practical means’ of procuring or inducing AIHA to abandon, in whole or part, that aspect of AIHA’s arrangements that the claimants find objectionable, but which is ’entirely lawful’.AIHA was represented by London and Tel Aviv firm Asserson Law. The firm also acted for the claimants in the case against North London coroner Mary Hassell which challenged her ‘cab rank’ policy of not prioritising burials on account of religious belief.Partner Elliot Lister said: ‘The Jewish community and even more so the obviously Orthodox Jewish community, faces an ongoing battle against anti-Semitism, recognised by their lordships as widespread and increasing and overt. The Orthodox Jewish community’s members’ way of life requires them to live close by each other as a community, to the extent that many prefer to stay in unsuitable properties than to move away from their community. For an organisation that was established to counter discrimination and has that as its mission, this is a particularly important judgment.’London-based firm Hopkin Murray Beskine, which acted for claimant, said it intends to appeal.Rebekah Carrier, solicitor and director, said: ‘This is a very surprising case which involves direct discrimination on the grounds of religion. My clients have been assessed as in the very greatest need of housing by their local housing authority, but the discrimination in this context means that a very scarce publicly funded resource, social housing, is being allocated not to those assessed as in the greatest need but to those with the right religion.’She added: ‘There are many housing associations which, like Agudas Israel, have a proud history of providing good housing to particularly disadvantaged communities, but we could not find any that applied a similar religion or race based criterion. The judgment is very worrying as it may cause other organisations who believed that the Equality Act outlawed this sort of practice to think again. My clients are very disappointed and we intend to appeal.’Counsel for AIHA was Christopher Baker with Rea Murray at 4-5 Grays Inn Square. Ian Wise QC and Michael Armitage of Monckton Chambers acted for the claimants while Matt Hutchings QC (instructed by Hackney Legal Services) of Cornerstone Barristers acted for the London Borough of Hackney.last_img read more

IndyCar finale: Start time, lineup, TV for Grand Prix of Sonoma

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:6012cc5f2c8e04f876fb866a Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-141102-4445272269001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN Will Power will start on the pole for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. (Eric Risberg, AP)Will Power will start on the pole for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. (Eric Risberg, AP)It’s IndyCar race day at Sonoma Raceway, and we’ve got some essential information you need to get ready for today’s Verizon IndyCar Series season finale.START TIME: Drivers will be instructed to start their engines between 4:30 and 5 p.m. ET (1:30 and 2 PT), followed by the green flag at 5:07 p.m. ET. So if you want to skip the pre-race show and just tune in for the race, turn on your TV at 5:07 p.m.RACE DISTANCE: The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma is 85 laps around the 2.385-mile road course at Sonoma Raceway for a total of 202.73 miles.FINALE: Experience could be key to capturing IndyCar titleNATIONAL ANTHEM: Singer-songwriter Lindsay Bruce, a California native and a contestant on NBC’s The Voice in season six, will sing the anthem before today’s race.center_img TV SCHEDULE: NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will broadcast today’s race and has a pre-race show beginning at 4 p.m. ET.MONTOYA: On cusp of titleLIVE STREAMING: Available at RaceControl.IndyCar.com and for Verizon Wireless customers at The Verizon IndyCar 15 app.WEATHER: The National Weather service is calling for a beautiful summer day in Northern California’s wine country, with sunny skies and a high in the low 80s for the start of the race with a slight dip into the mid-high 70s toward the race’s conclusion.LAST TIME: Scott Dixon started third in the penultimate race of the 2014 season and won for the second time at Sonoma (also in 2007). Three-time Sonoma winner Will Power finished 10th to hang onto the points lead heading into last season’s finale.MONTOYA: Dixon may be biggest challenger for IndyCar titleSTARTING LINEUP: Power will start from the pole for the fifth time in eight career IndyCar races at Sonoma and for the sixth time this season. Points leader Juan Pablo Montoya will start fifth; Graham Rahal, who is second in the standings, will start sixth.Here is the starting lineup for the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Sonoma (car number in parentheses):1. (1) Will Power, Dallara-Chevrolet2. (67) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Chevrolet3. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda4. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Chevrolet5. (2) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevrolet6. (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda7. (83) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Chevrolet8. (27) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda9. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevrolet10. (8) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevrolet11. (10) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevrolet12. (26) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Honda13. (20) Luca Filippi, Dallara-Chevrolet14. (77) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda15. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevrolet16. (11) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevrolet17. (5) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda18. (14) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda19. (25) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Honda20. (4) Stefano Coletti, Dallara-Chevrolet21. (98) Gabby Chaves, Dallara-Honda22. (7) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda23. (19) Tristan Vautier, Dallara-Honda24. (18) Rodolfo Gonzalez, Dallara-Honda25. (41) Jack Hawksworth, Dallara-Hondalast_img read more