News / The ‘world’s newest cargo carrier’, ASL Airlines UK, takes off

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 30/03/2021 “We want to offer our customers flexibility in their route planning when they want to operate domestically in the UK, or in time, to fly from the UK to the EU,” he continued.While Belfast is part of “domestic UK”, it remains in the EU Customs area, causing some complications for shippers, with the ‘border’ now in the Irish Sea.Currently, the AOC only allows cargo flights on this single route, but the airline is looking at opportunities to grow its domestic UK network. It said it was applying for EASA Third Country Operator (TCO) authorisation for cargo flights from the UK to Europe.ASL Aviation Holdings’ group includes four European airlines and two associated non-European carriers. They fly for express operators, as well as Amazon. The group said the UK arm would be “closely aligned” with ASL Airlines Ireland, with common procedures and sharing support services.“This corresponds with ASL Group’s programme to harmonise operations, remove unnecessary duplication and the creation of ‘centres of excellence’ serving all airlines,” it said.CEO Dave Andrew added: “The launch of ASL Airlines UK further strengthens our customer offering. We will continue to explore opportunities to grow by offering all customers, new and old, a neutral service with the agility to deliver, develop and grow according to their requirements.”ASL Airlines UK’s ICAO three-letter designator is ABV, and its callsign is ‘Cargoblue’. There is a new UK cargo airline – but details of its plans remain scant at the moment.ASL Aviation Holdings, a European express-focused operator, has received an air operator certificate (AOC) and operating licence from the UK Civil Aviation Authority.Claiming to be “the world’s newest cargo airline”, ASL Airlines UK has operated its first flight, with an ATR72-200 freighter, from its new base at East Midlands Airport to Belfast International, a route it will service daily.“Our decision to establish a UK airline was customer-focused,” said Colin Grant, chief operating officer of ASL Aviation Holdings.last_img read more

No longer the hot new thing? Teen vaping falls, study says

first_img NEW YORK — Teen vaping, which has been skyrocketing, fell dramatically last year in the United States.A government survey released Thursday suggests the number of high school and middle school students using electronic cigarettes fell to 2.2 million last year, from 3 million the year before.Health officials have worried about the booming popularity of vaping products among kids and the potential impact on adult smoking rates in the future.advertisement Please enter a valid email address. They’re generally considered a less dangerous alternative to regular cigarettes. But health officials have warned nicotine in e-cigarettes is harmful to developing brains.The CDC study is based on a questionnaire filled out annually by about 20,000 students in grades 6 through 12. It focused on “current users” — kids who said they had used a tobacco product within the 30 days before they answered the survey.It found an overall decline in use of vaping devices, traditional cigarettes, and other tobacco products. Based on the survey responses, the CDC estimates that the number of middle and high school students using tobacco products fell to 3.9 million last year, from 4.7 million the year before.Adolescent cigarette smoking has been falling for many years, but the decline in e-cigarette and hookah use was more remarkable.In 2011, 1.5 percent of high school students said they’d recently vaped. That jumped to 16 percent in 2015, and it’s become more common than cigarette smoking. But it dropped to about 11 percent last year, the CDC said.For middle school students, about 5 percent said they’d recently vaped in 2015. That fell to about 4 percent last year, the study found.— Mike Stobbe HealthNo longer the hot new thing? Teen vaping falls, study says Privacy Policy “It certainly is a public health win,” said Brian King, an expert on smoking and health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About the Author Reprints Associated Press Leave this field empty if you’re human: It’s the first decline the CDC has reported in teen vaping since the agency began tracking it in 2011. The findings echo a recent University of Michigan survey, which also detected a decline in 2016.advertisementcenter_img It’s unclear why teen vaping fell last year, and it’s too soon to know if the numbers will continue to drop.One possibility may be a growing push to ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors, including a federal regulation that took effect in August. Another may be the influence of ad campaigns by the government and other organizations to discourage kids from smoking, the CDC said.E-cigarettes may also be losing their novelty among teens, said Matthew Farrelly, a tobacco control researcher at RTI International.Studies suggest many kids who vape use the products less often than kids who smoke cigarettes — a sign that vaping seems to be more social and experimental, some experts said.“These products were new and novel and now we’re starting to see that change,” said Robin Koval, president of Truth Initiative, a public health education organization that runs anti-tobacco ads.E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that provide users with aerosol puffs that can contain nicotine. Research has found kids like to vape flavorings like strawberry and bubble gum, though often in nicotine-free versions. Teen vaping fell dramatically last year in the U.S., according to the CDC. Nam Y. Huh/AP Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Tags public health By Associated Press June 15, 2017 Reprints FDA issues sweeping regulations for e-cigarettes for first time Related:last_img read more

Risk rating change for Fidelity International Value Fund

Related news TDAM makes fund risk rating change IE Staff The change will be reflected in the renewal of the simplified prospectus of the fund, which will be filed with Canadian securities regulators on October 30. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Toronto-based Fidelity Investments Canada ULC Tuesday announced a change to the risk rating of Fidelity International Value Fund. Fidelity has changed the risk rating for the fund from “medium” risk to “medium to high” risk. The objective and strategies of the fund remain the same. Keywords Risk profileCompanies Fidelity Investments Canada ULC Dynamic announces risk rating changes on three funds TD Target Return Conservative Fund risk rating lowered Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Steering Committee for National Beautification Programme

first_imgRelatedSteering Committee for National Beautification Programme Steering Committee for National Beautification Programme UncategorizedOctober 10, 2006 Advertisements RelatedSteering Committee for National Beautification Programmecenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture, Aloun Assamba has said that the islandwide beautification programme recently announced by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, will involve public and private partnership, through the establishment of a steering committee. Addressing the weekly post-Cabinet briefing at Jamaica House on (Oct. 9), Mrs. Assamba said the committee for the $635 million, six-months campaign would have “clearly define roles and responsibilities, a plan of action, time frame, and the necessary committed funds for success”.The steering committee, which will be chaired by the Minister of Local Government and Environment, Dean Peart, will include representatives from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Tourism Product Development Company, the Social Development Commission, the Urban Development Corporation, Local Organizing Committee for Cricket 2007, parish council representatives, the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), and the Jamaica Promotions Corporation.Noting that the beautification programme would be financed under the PetroCaribe Agreement, and the Tourism Enhancement Fund, the Minister informed that the scope of work would include “the cleaning of open lots, median strips and verges so as to accommodate landscaping, the removal of derelict buildings, and the execution of landscaping projects”.Other areas targeted for beautification are entrances to town centres and communities, community parks, and public open spaces.The Minister added that, “already some funds have been identified and some projects slated for beautification are National Heroes Park, Devon House, the Jose Marti round-a-bout, Mandeville Park, Mineral Heights round-a-bout in Clarendon, Neville Antonio Park in Portland, Watson Taylor Park in Lucea and Naggo Head in Portmore”.“The parks department of the NSWMA will be charged with the responsibility for monitoring the project and efforts are now underway to identify a project manager. We will work along with communities and private sector and service clubs,” the Minister disclosed. RelatedSteering Committee for National Beautification Programmelast_img read more

Next-gen Ford Ranger Raptor may come to U.S. (and Canada) after all

first_img See More Videos Ford is redesigning the Ranger for 2022, and along with it will come another Raptor variant, which might be coming to North American markets for the first time.Sources claim the next-generation Ranger Raptor will be available with three different engine options, according to Car Expert, including one powertrain already available in the F-150 Raptor.In other markets, the Ranger Raptor was designed to house a diesel powerplant between its fenders, which is why it was never offered in the U.S. The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder produced 210 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2022 Raptor will be powered by that same engine but will also be joined by a variety of V6s, including a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel with 250 horsepower and 440 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 2.7-litre turbocharged gasoline engine with 325 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque, according to these reports.RELATED RELATED TAGSFordRangerPickup TruckNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury advertisement PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Hennessey wants to give the new Ford Ranger an 80-hp bump We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The redesigned Ranger Raptor will be unveiled in 2021 as a 2022 model, along with the standard Ranger. It’s not quite a Ford Ranger Raptor, but we’ll take itWhile the diesel powertrains will likely not make it to the U.S.- or Canadian-spec model, we’re betting the 2.7-litre V6 will. A 3.5-litre variant of that engine is already used in the F-150 Raptor with slightly more power, so it would be easy to de-tune it for the smaller Ranger. The engine could make its way, too, to the Bronco, as the T6 platform it rides on will also underpin the next-generation Ranger. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Setting a new benchmark in off-road capability, the Ranger Raptor has been purposefully-designed to incorporate Ford Performance DNA as well as the toughness of core Ranger design and engineering capability Trending in Canada ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

2 stereotypes that diminish the humanity of the Atlanta shooting victims—and all Asian Americans

first_img Published: March 29, 2021 The media tends to render Asian Americans as either a “perpetual foreigner” or “model minority”—both stereotypes that have been levied in tandem against immigrants from Asia since the 1830s. Associate Professor Angie Chuang shares on The Conversation. Read the Article The Conversation on CUBT Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Categories:The ConversationNews Headlineslast_img

RADA Officers Benefit from Training to Improve Sorrel Harvesting

first_imgRelatedRADA Officers Benefit from Training to Improve Sorrel Harvesting RelatedRADA Officers Benefit from Training to Improve Sorrel Harvesting FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Several Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) extension officers are currently engaged in a two-day sorrel harvesting training programme, aimed at equipping them with knowledge on production techniques to be transferred to farmers. Experts from the University of Chapingo in Mexico, are providing training to 20 officers from all parishes on the correct use of the sorrel harvesting machine, designed and manufactured by the university, to reduce harvesting time and cost.  They will also receive instruction in colour stabilisation in sorrel and secondary products. Speaking at the opening ceremony for the training programme, held at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) at Hope Gardens, St. Andrew on November 7, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, said the initiative will help to increase the efficiency of sorrel production and reduce labour costs. “In Jamaica, the challenge exists in the harvesting of the sorrel, which is very labour intensive. It takes two persons approximately 15 days to harvest one acre of sorrel. In order to increase our competitiveness on the global market, we must find a way to reduce our labour cost,” he said. Minister Clarke further expressed the hope that the knowledge and practical skills garnered in the training programme “will not end with our extension officers but will be promulgated to our farmer groups, agro-processors and even the small and medium entrepreneurs”. Mexican Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency, Gerardo Lozano, reiterated Mexico’s commitment to “continue consolidating our co-operation exchanges with Jamaica within the primary fields of agriculture modernisation, crop health and food safety”. He reminded that through a previous co-operation programme between Jamaica and Mexico, the Scientific Research Council (SRC) gained knowledge on sorrel cultivation, harvesting and processing operations developed in Mexico, while Mexico identified new areas for development of sorrel. “Based on this good experience, the Jamaican authorities were able to identify the potential of the utilisation of the sorrel harvesting machine as a relevant tool to increase effectiveness in sorrel harvesting,” the Ambassador said. The extension officers will participate in a demonstration exercise today on the proper use of the machine at the Bodles Research Station in St. Catherine. RADA Officers Benefit from Training to Improve Sorrel Harvesting AgricultureNovember 8, 2012center_img Advertisements RelatedRADA Officers Benefit from Training to Improve Sorrel Harvestinglast_img read more

MTS ups forecast but Ukraine concerns persist

first_img Vodafone, MTS extend partnership to 2023 MTS readies first mmWave phone for Russia Previous ArticleYahoo buys photo aggregation app maker CoolirisNext ArticleApple teams up with 25 apps to fund AIDS research AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 25 NOV 2014 FinancialMTS Author Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Relatedcenter_img Russia’s MTS increased its guidance for 2014, while warning that “the situation in Ukraine remains highly volatile and creates uncertainty at the Group level”.“It is hard to forecast what the operational trends in Ukraine would be going forward,” Andrei Dubovskov, president and CEO (pictured), said.In a statement, the CEO noted that the company expects strength in Russia and “better-than-expected” performances in Ukraine and Armenia to raise revenue by “at least 2 per cent” for the year. Its prior guidance had been growth of 1 per cent.For Q3, the company reported a profit of RUB16.06 billion ($259.5 million), down from RUB18.08 billion in the prior-year quarter, on revenue of RUB107.15 billion, up 3.6 per cent.Profitability has been pressured through issues such as increased tax and spectrum fees, higher costs in areas such as payroll, electricity and site rentals, and the impact of currency devaluation on items denominated in foreign currencies.Revenue from its Russian mobile business increased by 9.1 per cent to RUB77.3 billion. The lion’s share of the company’s revenue – 93 per cent – comes from its home market.MTS’ strong mobile performance was attributed to factors including subscriber migration from feature phones to smartphones, tariffs which enable it to stimulate consumption of mobile data, and the expansion of its subscriber base.For the full year, the company is expecting MTS Russia to see revenue growth of 5 per cent, compared with prior guidance in the 3 per cent to 5 per cent range.While Ukraine and Turkmenistan saw Q3 revenue growth, there was a decline in Armenia.Other highlights include the signing of a deal with the Republic of Uzbekistan, resolving a long-running dispute, and enabling MTS to resume operations in the country.It has taken possession of a controlling stake in Universal Mobile Systems in this country (a business created from the assets of MTS’ previous Uzdunrobita operation), and plans to launch commercial operations at the start of December 2014. MTS chief backs open, local infrastructure drive Home MTS ups forecast but Ukraine concerns persist Tags Devices Steve Costello last_img read more

David Brooks Forgets to Oppose Some Suicides

first_img A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Medicine David Brooks Forgets to Oppose Some SuicidesWesley J. SmithMarch 23, 2019, 4:03 AM Tags”rational suicide”blacksDavid Brookseuphemismeuthanasia partiesindividualismLatinosmedical aid in dyingNative AmericansNew York Timesphysician-assisted suicidesuicide preventionteenage suicideterminal illnesswhites,Trending Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour In his New York Times column, the well-meaning David Brooks urges us to prevent suicide. The crisis is certainly real. From “How to Fight Suicide”:You’ve probably seen the recent statistics about the suicide epidemic — that suicide rates over all have risen by over 30 percent this century; that teenage suicides are rising at roughly twice that rate; that every year 45,000 Americans kill themselves.And yet we don’t talk about it much. It’s uncomfortable. Some people believe the falsehood that if we talk about suicide, it will plant the idea in the minds of vulnerable people. Many of us don’t know what to say or do.Indeed. Brooks argues that preventing suicide is a “collective task,” for which we are all responsible. We need to “help people cope,” he writes. Absolutely true. He then writes about the broader problem:Suicide is a societal problem. It’s strongly associated with social isolation. Men die at higher rates than women, single people more than married people, rural people more than urban people, Native Americans and whites more than blacks or Latinos.It’s also a values problem. Our individualistic culture means there are vast empty gaps in our social fabric where people suffer alone and invisible. It’s also a guns problem. A lot of people die simply because at their lowest moment, there happened to be a gun around.The Shallow WaterThat’s fine as far as it goes. But like so many others opposing suicide in the contemporary cultural milieu, Brooks remains in the shallow water by failing to grapple with the ubiquitous promotion of suicide we see all around us — including in his own damn paper, which has editorialized in favor of doctor-assisted suicide, favorably reported on other suicides, and even extolled euthanasia parties!Assisted-suicide advocates will be yelling right about now that assisted suicide isn’t really suicide but rather “medical aid in dying.” Bah! That’s a gooey euphemism. Intentionally overdosing oneself with poison prescribed by a doctor is to kill oneself, which, of course, is the definition of suicide.Some will say that assisted suicide is not the same because, as Brooks writes, often the “pain is temporary” and people who fail in their attempt are later glad to be alive. But studies show that people who want to kill themselves because of a terminal diagnosis also benefit greatly from suicide prevention — usually denied these days to patients requesting assisted suicide. Later, these once suicidal patients too may be very glad to still be alive. Indeed, I have met such people.Some will say that assisted suicide is not the same because people who do themselves in via prescribed poison want to live — but can’t, because of their illness, and so ending it isn’t about suicide but stopping the pain. But people who kill themselves because of, say, the death of a child, feel the same way. Indeed, their suffering may be far more severe, less subject to amelioration, and last far longer than that of the dying person. They too would want to live but for the intervening cause.“On Their Own Terms”Some will say that we should let people die “on their own terms” when they have a terminal illness. There is even a movement within the mental-health professions to permit “rational suicide.” If it is proper for some to “die on their own terms,” why not everyone with decision-making capacity?Moreover, the assisted-suicide movement explicitly promotes some suicides but also sends to people not targeted by the movement — those who want to die for reasons other than illness or disability — the insidious message that suicide is a proper and acceptable solution to their suffering too. Indeed, 0ne study found that legalization of assisted suicide “leads to increased inclination to suicide in others.” (This is a very important issue requiring far more analysis than it has received to date.)Opposing suicide is compassionate and validates the intrinsic value of human life. But to be effective — and to avoid the creation of a two-tiered society where some suicides are impeded and others facilitated — we must seek to prevent all suicides. I don’t think we will reverse the tide about which Brooks is so concerned until we approach the crisis with that understanding.Photo: David Brooks, by Miller Center Forum, via Flickr.Cross-posted at The Corner.center_img “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Wesley J. SmithChair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human ExceptionalismWesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.Follow WesleyProfileTwitterFacebook Share Recommended Culture & Ethics Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogoslast_img read more

Cope has still not received clarification on long term future of St Joseph’s

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – September 8, 2017 Cope has still not received clarification on long term future of St Joseph’s Facebook Twitter Google+ Donegal TD Pat The Cope Gallagher says he has still not heard from Junior Minister Jim Daly since an answer he received to a Dail question was subsequently contradicted by the minister in an interview on Highland Radio.Deputy Gallagher was told there were no future plans for long term beds in St Josephs Hospital in Stranorlar ; later, the minister said that was not correct, and his reply was basded on inaccurate information from the HSEHowever, Deputy Gallagher, the Leas Ceann Comhairle, says the original answer is the answer that is on the Dail record, and that has not been amended.Meanwhile, on the issue of the future of the Church of Ireland Chapel at St Joseph’s, Deputy Gallagher has been told by the HSE that it will consult with the church once plans have been finalised and funding secured for a replacement facility.However, he says that’s not good enough…………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Google+center_img WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Harps come back to win in Waterford RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleColeman back training with EvertonNext articleCross border health cooperation will continue after Brexit – Harris News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more