Asia-Pacific airlines urge action on safety oversight

first_imgAsia Pacific airlines are “deeply concerned’’ about safety oversight in the region and want carriers facing bans because of inadequate national aviation regulatory systems to be given an opportunity to prove they are safe.The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, which represents a wide cross-section of the region’s airlines,  used its assembly of presidents on Friday to reiterate its call on South-East Asia’s governments to respect the primacy of standards required by the UN-backed International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). It urged governments to strongly support the “No Country Left Behind’’ campaign which aims to address differences in regulatory oversight between countries by helping laggards improve safety oversight implementation and compliance.AAPA expressed concern about authorities in foreign jurisdictions taking punitive action against airlines and holding them responsible for the shortcomings of regulatory authorities found to be deficient in audits.The issue arose in Indonesia were the country’s airlines were banned almost a decade ago from flying to the US and Europe because the national safety system failed to meet international standards and due to the nation’s poor record of air crashes. Europe scrapped its flight ban on the nation’s flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia, in 2009 after it passed a series of international audits. Yet it was not until this year, when the US Federal Aviation Administration upgraded its safety rating for Indonesia to Category 1, that Garuda was able to fly to the US.  Category 1 means that the FAA has found the country complies with international standards.The Asia-Pacific airline group said any additional restrictions on airlines should be based on transparent criteria and strong evidence while considering their potential extra-territorial impact.“AAPA also re-iterates the call on governments to allow foreign air carriers the opportunity to demonstrate that their safety systems and performance follow accepted international standards before imposing sanctions or restrictions on them,” it said.Other areas of concern by member airlines, included government protectionism, security, the environment, taxation and health pandemics.AAPA said it remained “resolute’’ in its determination to confront barriers imposed by governments that continue to threaten short-term profitability and maximum long-term potential.The organisation also warned the travelling public was being burdened with a proliferation of government taxes and charges as well as imposts by monopoly services providers.Some of these were in contravention to ICAO policy, it said.“A number of airports and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) around the world have increased or are planning to increase user charges without proper consultation with stakeholders,’’ it said “ In addition, a number of governments have recently introduced or increased taxes on air travel including Australia’s Passenger Movement Charge and the UK Air Passenger Duty.’’The airlines called on government to adhere to ICAO polices and carefully consider “the overall economic effects of putting further financial strain on the travelling public and the aviation industry and to refrain from increasing the tax burden in any form’’.On security, AAPA called for the development of better risk-based aviation security and for government regimes to better co-operate to avoid duplication.It said government should promote the use of “available technologies’’ and dedicate enough resources to ensure inbound and outbound passenger processing works better.The organsiation also endorsed ICAO’s move to introduce a global carbon offset scheme next decade to help meet the industry’s CO2 emissions targets.“The Association goes further in urging governments in Asia to commit the necessary investment in aviation infrastructure to keep pace with growth in demand to ensure improvements in operational efficiencies and reduction in environmental impact,’’ it said.Members of AAPA include Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways International, Korean Air, China Airlines, Asiana and Malaysia Airlines.last_img read more

Special economic zone for SA’s plantinum belt

first_imgA special economic zone (SEZ) is to be established in the Rustenburg platinum belt in the North West, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies announced last week.“The purpose of this SEZ will be to develop industries that use platinum as an input,” Mr Davies said. “These include jewellery, catalytic converters and fuel cell technology.”Davies announced the SEZ in his keynote address on reindustrialisation in South Africa and the Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) as part of the Japan Seminar held at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg last week. The seminar was hosted by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in South Africa and the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO).Davies said his department had made “significant gains” through iterations of Ipap since its inception in the 2007-08 financial year. Achievements were made in the clothing and textile, automotive, agro-processing and film sectors.Private-sector consultation“Ipap is neither a policy document nor a wish list,” he said. “It is a set of time-bound actions which have to be undertaken by different parts of government. These have been successful because they are developed in consultation with the private sector.”He said that, through Ipap, the government had succeeded in developing finance institutions and introducing a suite of incentives to support manufacturing and the competitiveness of companies.The theme of the seminar was Local Industrialisation in South Africa and the Contribution of Japanese Businesses – Lessons from East Asia.Japanese foreign direct investments are steadily increasing in South Africa, the DTI said. Japanese investments in the country have generated around 150 000 jobs. Companies such as Toyota are increasingly becoming involved in supplier development programmes, which are significantly raising the capacity of local manufacturers.The DTI said it had signed memoranda of understanding with JETRO as well as Japanese banks through its Trade and Investment Division.The objective of the agreements is to support the increase of trade between Japan and South Africa and to assist Japanese investors entering the local market.Source: The Department of Trade and IndustryRelated stories:Call for Africa to beneficiate its minerals Zuma announces measures to jump-start economylast_img read more

NCW pulls up Tripura police

first_imgThe National Commission for Women (NCW) has sought a ‘progress report’ from the Tripura police on the investigation into rape, molestation and murder of women in the State. It expressed serious concern over the ‘spate of outrageous incidents against women’. “I have told the DGP to send a detailed report within a reasonable time, failing which we would summon them before the Commission,” NCW member Sushma Sahu told newsmen in Agartala on Tuesday.last_img

Taksali leaders are B-team of the Congress, says Sukhbir

first_imgShiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday said by tying up with former Leader of the Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Taksali leaders have proved themselves to be the Congress ‘B-team’.Taksali (old guard) leaders MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Sewa Singh Sekhwan and Rattan Singh Ajnala had formed SAD (Taksali) party after raising a banner of revolt against the SAD leadership. SAD (Taksali) is now part of the Punjab Democratic Alliance which comprises Khaira’s Punjabi Ekta Party, Bains brothers and suspended AAP MP Dharmvira Gandhi. “The so called Taksali leaders have proved that they are the B-team of the Congress by tying up with another closeted Congressman Sukhpal Singh Khaira,” Mr. Badal alleged. Interacting with party workers at Attari and Baba Bakala, the SAD president said however much Mr. Brahmpura may deny his Congress links, the tie-up with former AAP leader Khaira has proved that he as well as Mr. Sekhwan and Mr. Ajnala were working as per the “Congress party’s agenda”.‘Conspiracy hatched’ “Mr. Brahmpura hatched a conspiracy during a meeting with the Chief Mnister. However he denies this… but the people will never forgive him for betraying his ‘panthic’ past to become a Congress agent,” he alleged.last_img read more

ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight Releases Updated College Football Playoff Probability Rankings

first_img538 week 11 playoff probability rankings.Twitter/@andrewflowersEvery week, ESPN’s advanced statistics-based FiveThirtyEight updates its probability rankings for the College Football Playoff, utilizing three different sets of rankings: the selection committee’s most recent Top 25, in-house Elo ratings, and ESPN’s predictive FPI. This week, FiveThirtyEight‘s top three teams match what the selection committee has, but No. 4 is a slight surprise: the Oklahoma Sooners. OU is aided by a No. 1 ranking by FPI, jumping them over teams like Notre Dame and Oklahoma State.For more on how FiveThirtyEight’s system works, read this by the site’s editor, Nate Silver. Here is the probability ranking table:Q: Notre Dame, what’s in your rearview mirror? A: the Big 12 coming for your playoff spot: https://t.co/FtHBJPCoM6 pic.twitter.com/BDsWBFe55N— Andrew Flowers (@andrewflowers) November 18, 2015[FiveThirtyEight]last_img read more

Rental vacancy rates increase across BC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In 2018, the rental vacancy rate has gone up across British Columbia.In a report released by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, it says that the average apartment vacancy rate in B.C. has increased to 1.4 percent in 2018 from 1.3 percent in 2017.Meanwhile, the report says vacancy rates in Northeast B.C. declined again in 2018 after peaking in 2016 following a broad-based pullback in commodity prices, particularly oil and natural gas. Despite some downward movement, vacancy rates in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek remain elevated at 16.7 percent and 9.0 percent; the highest percentages within the Peace. These rates are down from 19.2 percent and 11.7 percent.These high vacancy rates are expected to drop within the next year as oil and natural gas projects start returning to the Peace.CMHC conducts the survey based on telephone interviews and site visits, from information provided by owners, managers, or building superintendents. The survey is conducted during the first two weeks of October, and the results reflect market conditions at that time.last_img read more

Wellness guide to quit smoking drinking

first_imgMost lifestyle advice tells you to give that glass of wine or cigarette a miss. Serving as a reminder, a new book on healthy living reiterates the advice we know too well, topped off with practical tips that finally help you say ‘No. ‘Live Well To 101’, a wellness guide by doctor and television presenter Dawn Harper, lists useful tips to quit smoking and drinking: Cigarettes don’t contain just nicotine but a range of toxic, carcinogenic chemicals you wouldn’t want near your body. Next time you reach for a cigarette that looks quite appealing, imagine yourself licking tarmac or chewing on rubber cement. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIf you get the opportunity to talk to a smoker who has developed diseases as a result of smoking, knowing their stories might help put off your habit. To quit, go public! Telling everyone will keep you motivated. Also put aside cigarette money for something special. It’s easier never to start than it is to quit. Spread the message. Don’t wait for warning signs. They may not come. Be honest with yourself about your consumption and start putting in dry days in your diary. Recognise your triggers and work on them. For instance, if you reach for the bottle when your kids are asleep, find ways to keep yourself occupied and not be tempted.last_img read more

Cops recover body of woman from lodge room rescue baby

first_imgKolkata: Police recovered the body of a woman and rescued her one-and-a-half-month-old baby, who was found beside her, from a room at a lodge at Dankuni in Hooghly on Wednesday night.According to a source, on Wednesday, around 1:30 pm, a couple along with a baby arrived at the lodge located near the Delhi Road and hired a room. They posed themselves as husband and wife. Around 4:30 pm, some lodge staff heard the baby crying. As the baby didn’t stop crying, one of them went to the room. He found that the door of room was open. When he entered the room he saw the woman identified as Pinki Ghosh (25) was lying unconsciously and the baby was crying on the bed. Dankuni police station was immediately informed. Later, the police rushed Ghosh to a local hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. It is suspected that Ghosh died of strangulation. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhile scrutinising the documents provided by Ghosh and the unknown youth at the time of check-in, the police came to know about her identity and address. Police sources informed that they came to know that Ghosh was resident of Bhattanagar at Liluah in Howrah from her Aadhar card. Accordingly, the Liluah police station was informed and Ghosh family was informed by officers of Liluah police station. After her family members lodged a complaint, police officers initiated a murder case against the unknown youth. Police officers checked the CCTV camera footage of the lodge where the youth was seen moving out of the lodge during the evening. Cops are also checking the documents provided by him to verify if they are original or not. Till Thursday night, the suspected youth could not be traced.last_img read more

Commentary Lenzelle Smith Jr deserving of more recognition

Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) drives to the basket during a game against Delaware Dec. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 76-64.Credit: Mark Batke / For The LanternAaron Craft. LaQuinton Ross. Amir Williams.These are the names that come to mind first when most people think about the No. 3-ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team (15-0, 2-0).Someone that doesn’t often make the headlines is senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr.Smith Jr., the team’s lone senior aside from Craft, has been huge for the Buckeyes all season.Currently second on the team in scoring with an average 12.7 points per game, and third on the team in both rebounding and assists with 4.9 and 1.6 respectively, Smith Jr. should be one of the stars of the team.And yet he is less talked about then certain bench players like athletic junior forward Sam Thompson and sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle.The respect that Smith Jr. garners is not befitting of someone as vital as he is to the Buckeyes’ chances to success. He has scored in double figures in 11 of OSU’s 15 games this year, including a season high 20 in a 65-50 win against Wyoming Nov. 25.But perhaps Smith Jr.’s best performance of the season came when he was at his worst.Against Notre Dame Dec. 21, the Buckeyes were in danger of losing for the first time this season. Trailing by eight points with less than a minute remaining, OSU needed something to change to keep their unbeaten run alive.That change came in the form of Smith Jr.Failing to score up to that point in the game, Smith Jr. was struggling to make an impact. But in the final 50 seconds, he scored nine points and helped the Buckeyes go on a 14-3 run to win the game.Even though the final box score reads only nine points, Smith Jr.’s contribution was the difference in the final stretch.Players like Craft and Ross deserve their recognition, both are fantastic players, but the shadow they cast should not completely hide the work Smith Jr. has been doing for OSU.He is third on the team in minutes, just behind Craft and junior guard Shannon Scott, with an average of 27 a game. He is also third on the team in field goal percentage, behind only the teams two centers, and second in 3-point percentage.Although the season is not yet half over, the Buckeyes will need Smith Jr. to continue his stellar play if they hope to make another deep run in the NCAA tournament.Maybe then the senior guard not named Craft will be recognized by Buckeye fans for everything he has done. read more

Trippier backs Kane for being the captain

first_imgGareth Southgate decided to name Harry Kane the England national team captain over Jordan Henderson and Kieran Trippier insisted that it was a good choice by the manager because Kane is a great leader.Trippier is Kane’s teammate from Tottenham Hotspurs and they are about to play together in the national team as well – he insisted that the English star has helped the youngster a lot and he is a great role model.The full-back spoke about Kane’s leadership as he said, according to Football London🙂“I didn’t know anything about it. He is a top professional, on and off the field.”“He helps all the youngsters out at Tottenham, and us. He’s a real leader, all the boys know that and I couldn’t be happier for him.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“He’s got that fire inside him like everybody. He’s not the one to talk bad about people off the field.”“He’s just a top lad, top professional and I couldn’t be any happier and I think the lads are as well.”“We’ve got leaders all the way around the dressing room, everyone’s a leader.”“Everyone will help each other out – that’s the most important thing.”last_img read more