Reigning in a region

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Boeing set to get blame in Ethiopian report on crash of 737 Max

first_imgThe NTSB has received a copy of the draft interim report, spokesman Eric Weiss said. The safety board can’t comment on the contents of the draft, Weiss said.A Boeing spokesman declined to comment on the draft.The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement it can’t comment before the report is released. The FAA isn’t a direct participant in the accident investigation, but is providing technical support under the NTSB because it certified the plane.The Ethiopian Transport Ministry and Ethiopian Airlines didn’t immediately respond to messages left after business hours.Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 suffered a malfunction to a sensor moments after liftoff. This triggered a safety feature known as Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System or MCAS that was programmed to automatically lower the nose and activated about 80 seconds into the flight.A preliminary report released by the Ethiopian investigators last April made clear that the MCAS system played a role in the accident. But it also said that pilots had let the plane fly too fast, which made it more difficult to control.The pilots began a Boeing procedure to disable MCAS, but apparently reactivated the system shortly before the plane entered a steep dive, according to the preliminary report.A committee of the US Congress released preliminary findings from its investigation on Friday, blasting US regulators and Boeing for a series of design and safety blunders.The 737 Max’s design and development “was marred by technical design failures, lack of transparency with both regulators and customers, and efforts to obfuscate information about the operation of the aircraft,” the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said in a summary of preliminary findings from its nearly yearlong probe of the aircraft. Ethiopian crash investigators have tentatively concluded that the crash of a Boeing Co. 737 Max last year was caused by the grounded plane’s design, according to a draft report that’s being circulated to participants in the probe.The conclusions, which say little or nothing about the performance of Ethiopian Airlines or its flight crew, have raised concern with some participants in the investigation, according to three people familiar with the situation.The Ethiopian draft contrasts with conclusions by Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee after a prior 737 Max crash in October 2018. Indonesian investigators cited multiple factors in the accident, including the plane’s design, poor maintenance and the pilots’ actions. Rather than release a full report, the Ethiopian Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau plans to publish an interim update before the anniversary of the March 10, 2019, crash.The conclusions, which include recommendations, are only in draft form and could be altered before release, said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter. It’s possible the US National Transportation Safety Board could request changes to the report or offer a dissenting opinion.Under United Nations provisions, other nations participating in an accident investigation should get 60 days to comment on a final report. The Ethiopian report wasn’t sent out for comment until about a week ago, according to one of the people involved.The provision doesn’t apply to an interim report, but they typically don’t include formal conclusions about the cause.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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India’s coronavirus tally crosses three million mark

first_imgIndia’s confirmed coronavirus cases crossed the three million mark Sunday with nearly 70,000 new infections, as the disease continues to surge in the world’s second most-populous nation.The health ministry said 69,239 cases were detected on Sunday, with 912 deaths taking the total number of fatalities to 56,706.Many experts say, however, that the real scale of the infection is much higher. Authorities in New Delhi said last week that an antibody study in the megacity suggested more than a quarter of the capital’s population had contracted the infection.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government imposed one of the world’s strictest lockdowns in late March that has been mostly eased in recent weeks.But the epidemic has left Asia’s third-largest economy reeling, and tens of millions of people have lost their jobs and livelihoods.Individual states and cities have imposed localized lockdowns — including Haryana and Punjab, where cases have spiked in recent weeks. Topics :center_img Previously the main hotspots have been the teeming megacities of New Delhi and Mumbai, home to some of the world’s biggest slums.”At the moment we are seeing a fairly sharp rise in cases overall for India,” said K Srinath Reddy, of the non-governmental Public Health Foundation of India.last_img read more

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PREMIUMFinance Ministry urges local govts to diversify infrastructure funding amid budget cuts

first_imgLog in with your social account Facebook Topics : Forgot Password ? infrastructure-development infrastructure-fund finance-ministry budget-reallocation viability-gap-funding West-Java regional-administrations state-budget Google Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here The Finance Ministry has urged regional administrations to look at alternative funding schemes, including public-private partnerships (PPP) and blended financing, to continue infrastructure development, as the state and regional budget will be geared toward fighting COVID-19.The prioritizing of COVID-19 recovery efforts in the state budget and regional budgets is expected to continue until 2022, according to the ministry’s director of state financial risk management, Brahmantio Isdijoso, on Wednesday.“We expect budget cuts for infrastructure projects and, therefore, we need to find new ways to fund the projects,” he said during an online discussion held by the ministry.The government plans to provide assistance in setting up new funding schemes for infrastructure development, including more progressive PPP schemes, municipal bonds, as well as project-linked …last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces Funding for New Public Library in Leland Center Building in Allegheny County

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Funding for New Public Library in Leland Center Building in Allegheny County August 16, 2018center_img Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding for major renovations to the first floor of the Leland Center building in Baldwin Borough, Allegheny County, that will repurpose the center into a modern and innovative public library for the community.“Public libraries are essential to quality of life and civic education in our communities and proud to work with Baldwin Borough and Senator Brewster to expand the offerings and size of this important part of their community,” Governor Wolf said. Baldwin Borough Public Library was approved for a $500,000 grant for the project, which includes a new parking area in front of the building with accessible spaces; renovation of the restrooms and all designed spaces to become ADA-compliant; significant expansion of connectivity and public access computers for patrons who are utilizing online resources to assist with job searches and career development; and construction of a 1,000-square-foot addition dedicated to youth services.“Libraries are an integral part of any community – and the Baldwin Borough Public Library is no exception,” said Senator James Brewster. “The Baldwin Borough Library has been incredibly forward thinking in their 21st century strategic plan, and this funding will enable them to bring that plan to life. I am so proud to have been able to work with the Governor and the community to bring state funding back home.”Baldwin Borough Public Library has outgrown its current facility and requires a larger space to accommodate the size of its collection and steadily increasing number of visitors. Creating a new library in this facility is essential for the long-term needs of the community and sustainability of library services. This project will create a safe, welcoming, modern community library and gathering space that is easily accessible for all residents and provides the library with a stable and permanent home in Baldwin Borough without putting excessive financial stress on residents.Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.MEDIA CONTACT: J.J. Abbott, 717-783-1116# # #last_img read more

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LGPS board reassures over ‘resilience’ in face of pandemic

first_imgSource: PLSARoger Phillips, chair of LGPS Scheme Advisory Board, spoke at a webinar today, replacing PLSA’s local authority conferenceContributions paid into the LGPS totalled £9.5bn, while the system paid out £10.5bn. This compared to contributions of £11.8bn and benefit payments of £9.9bn in the 2017-18 financial year.Earlier this week, the Local Government Association (LGA) warned that schemes could face a cashflow crunch later in the year as the effect of the government’s measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 began to hit employers within the LGPS.“We’re monitoring cashflow via surveys and employer contributions,” Phillips said. “Obviously, with 15,700 employers they vary, particularly those that are not backed by public precepts. We are all alert to the fact that we still can support them and there is some flexibility to payments during the financial year.“The initial signs are that while there were some problems with a small number [of employers], that hasn’t been an issue yet, but we’re alive to that risk.”The LGA said leisure centres and education organisations could be worst hit, leading to difficulties in meeting contribution deadlines. LGPS employers are permitted to delay payments during a financial year but cannot postpone them past the end of the year in which they fall due.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The body overseeing the UK’s local authority pension schemes has moved to reassure members about its “resilience and strength” during the COVID-19 pandemic.The Local Government Pension Scheme’s (LGPS) advisory board today published its annual report, covering the 12 months to 31 March 2019, which showed that the 88 public sector funds across England and Wales were in aggregate 98% funded at the end of the 2018-19 financial year.The schemes managed a total of £291bn (€325bn) between them, and had total liabilities of £297bn, according to the system’s 2019 formal actuarial valuation. This marked a significant improvement since the previous valuation in March 2016.Councillor Roger Phillips, chair of the advisory board, told IPE: “The report is from March 2019 which in the investment world was a totally different world to where we are now, but I think the report taken in its whole gives assurance on the capacity, resilience and strength of the LGPS, and in particular to cope with the current concerns, and going forward as well.” He added that the board’s work in recent years on improving communications and relationships with stakeholders – including government and regulators as well as authorities, employers and scheme members – had paid off in recent weeks.The LGPS board has added several pages of guidance to its website for local authorities, employers and members, and has set up a practitioner panel to give advice to those running the funds and share best practice.However, the annual report also held signs that the defined benefit (DB) schemes could face some cashflow issues in the future.Its active membership fell year-on-year to just over 1.9 million – the first time this figure had fallen in seven year – while the number of pensioners taking benefits rose to more than 1.7 million.last_img read more

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Townsville has some of Australia’s best suburbs to buy a positively geared investment property

first_img“I’ve had it on Airbnb for about two years now with it fully furnished and it’s tenanted 94 per cent of the time,” Ms Henry said. “It’s averaging between $450 and $500 per week in rent so the return is phenomenal.“In comparison to anywhere else on the Sunshine Coast it was half the price to buy in West End.”REMAX Excellence agent Michele Hyde who has sold multiple properties in West End said it was the affordability and convenience to the city which attracted people.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 “I sell a lot of properties in West End, particularly Queenalnders. “I think it’s quite popular among buyers and renters because of it’s location.“It’s much more affordable than North Ward or Belgian Gardens but it offers the same lifestyle.” The second Townsville suburb to make the Top Rental Performers list was Heatly which came in at number 28 in the country.The other three Townsville suburbs which made the list were Cranbrook which was ranked 37, Kirwan 84 and Aitkenvale 86.The Top Rental Performers list also featured 43 other Queensland suburbs. The Townsville suburbs which made the cut were West End which came in at number 24 in Australia.Owner of an investment property on Harold st in West End, Danielle Henry, said she often rents the unit out on Airbnb generating about $500 per week.Ms Henry has recently put the two-bedroom unit on the market for $165,000 to buy her forever home on the Sunshine Coast. Where property prices are risingcenter_img READ MORE This apartment at 3/165 Harold St in West End is on the market for $165,000.TOWNSVILLE has five of the best performing suburbs in Australia for rental yields, a report by Corelogic has found. The September Top Rental Performers list revealed 100 suburbs around the country where finding a positively geared investment was most likely.According to CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher, the areas to make thegrade as the ‘best for rents’ demonstrated solid rental yields of five per cent or more, consistent rental growth and vacancy rates of less than 3 per cent. READ MORE Step back in time with this charming Queenslander last_img read more

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Is this the ‘tobacco moment’ for cannabis?

first_imgThe Independent 17 April 2014Henry Cockburn was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2002 at the age of 20. Before that he was a heavy cannabis user.His father, Patrick Cockburn, The Independent’s award-winning foreign correspondent, has long wondered whether the two were linked and spent months speaking to the world’s leading experts in the field. In a four-part series prompted by his son’s condition, he will examine the medical evidence linking sustained cannabis use with schizophrenia, before going on to look at the way the mentally ill have been let down by the health service and stigmatised by public opinion, and concluding on Thursday with his manifesto for a more humane and effective system – accompanied each day by Henry’s account of his journey from pyschosis to a normal life.For cannabis it is the “tobacco moment”. The long-suspected link between consuming cannabis and developing schizophrenia has been repeatedly confirmed by recent studies. Observers say that for cannabis the present moment is similar to that half a century ago when scientific proof of a connection between smoking tobacco and cancer became so strong that no serious doctor or scientist could deny it.Popular perception of the risks involved for the 2.3 million people taking cannabis in Britain over the last year has lagged behind evidence of its toxicity as shown in a mounting number of scientific studies. One recent expert survey of the evidence published by different scientists in different countries says that research “has consistently found that cannabis use is associated with schizophrenia outcomes later in life”.http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/is-this-the-tobacco-moment-for-cannabis-8349054.htmllast_img read more

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Cannabis capital of New Zealand revealed

first_imgNZ Herald 26 September 2018Family First Comment: “Drugs were a huge part of policing in Northland because it was a major driver of crime, whether cannabis or methamphetamine. Meth in particular is seen as a scourge because of what it does to people and how quickly it becomes harmful, and the social issues and crimes associated with it. Meth is being driven by the gangs who control its manufacture and distribution.” www.SayNopeToDope.nz  #SayNoToDrugsNorthland is still the cannabis capital of New Zealand, according to a police report on a drug seek-and-destroy operation held earlier this year.The Annual Cannabis Operation report shows that Operation Jess, which took place in Northland from mid-January to mid-March, destroyed 16,307 cannabis plants — more plants than found in any other New Zealand Police 2018 national drug eradication programme.While there is a ledger of figures and values that can be applied to Operation Jess’s findings, there are hidden costs associated with drug use, supply and related crime that can’t be counted.Those include the social, health and education costs of the impact of drug crime on innocent bystanders like children and other family members, Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Shane Pilmer said.”During Operation Jess there were five concerns reported that led to referrals to Oranga Tamariki (child welfare services),” Pilmer said.”You can’t put a figure on the personal or long-term social costs.”READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12131458Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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County Minor A and B hurling finals decided.

first_imgMoyle Rovers are the County Minor A Hurling champions – they beat Newport Gaels on a scoreline of 3-14 to 2-14 in Semple Stadium.Newport – who led by 4 points at half time – had a penalty in the dying minutes to level the game but it was saved.In the County Minor B Final Kildangan ran out 4-17 to 5 point winners over Loughmore Castleiney.last_img

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