first_imgThe GCAA made the decision to ban the heavy lift workhorse after setting up a special technical committee to determine airworthiness of foreign aircraft flying to UAE airports.The technical committee conducted a technical audit on the Antonov Design Bureau, the Ukrainian design bureau, to determine the airworthiness of the aircraft. The audit team also assessed the civil aviation administration system in Ukraine. The audit showed that the aircraft did not meet all the international safety standards, said the GCAA.Ismail Mohammed Al Balooshi, director of safety at GCAA said: “There were numerous incidents that involved Antonov aircraft in 2008, including three minor incidents at Sharjah International Airport and one crash in Iraq. That is why GCAA made an initial decision to temporarily ban this aircraft, pending the results of the assessment by the technical committee regarding the airworthiness of Antonov AN-12. The assessment showed that this aircraft cannot be operated safely.”last_img read more

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first_imgAunt Jemima frozen pancakes, waffles, French toast recalled Published: May 6, 2017 11:11 AM EDT Updated: May 6, 2017 11:16 AM EDT SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.center_img Author: Associated Press PARSIPPANY, N.J. (AP) A New Jersey-based food company is recalling Aunt Jemima frozen pancakes, waffles and French toast because they might be contaminated with Listeria.Pinnacle Foods Inc. said Friday the safety of its customers is its top priority and no illnesses have been reported. It says it initiated the recall when testing indicated the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the plant environment.Listeria monocytogenes can cause fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and people with weakened immune systems. Healthy people can suffer fevers and diarrhea. Pregnant women can suffer miscarriages and stillbirths.Pinnacle Foods says it’s working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the recall, which applies only to frozen products with “Best By” dates, not dry mixes or syrups.Distributors and retailers are being notified so they can remove products from U.S. and Mexican store shelves.last_img read more

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first_img Published: May 9, 2017 8:17 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Soccer coach comes out to team as transgender, video goes viral Lightner can often be seen driving players to and from practice or games, and is active on the club’s social media accounts. He also happens to be a transgender man, a fact about himself he hadn’t shared with many of the kids at the club — that is, until now. After one recent practice, he called his team into a huddle and came out to them in an inspiring speech that has since gone viral. “Some of you may or may not know this, but I am transgender,” Lightner says in a 7-minute video posted to YouTube on May 3. Throughout the video, which has over 52,000 views, the players on screen listen respectfully, and one can be seen walking up to Lightner to give him a hug. He explains to them in kid-friendly terms what that means and why he has chosen to tell them. “I’m a boy. I just look a little different on the insides than some other boys do. I think of myself as a boy,” he says, adding, “I was born a girl.”“I grew up playing soccer as a girl,” Lightner says. “And that’s not something I share with players or people in the sports world very often, because it’s not an easy thing. We have a lot of rules in sports about how boys play and how girls play and that’s not really fair,” he says. “I got told a lot of things about being a soccer player as a girl — that I couldn’t do this, I couldn’t do that,” Lightner continues. “I wasn’t good enough. I wasn’t strong enough, or I was too strong, I acted too much like a boy.”He wanted the kids to know the struggles that he has overcome, and the importance of living as your authentic self.“I may have this white skin and I may look like I just cruised through life with a lot of privilege — which I have had — but I have one thing that a lot of people don’t know about me … we should all be who we are, exactly who we want to be, and not hide who we are.”Putting it all in perspective, he added, “I’m still the same person, but now you just know a little something else about me.”Lightner admitted that he was nervous to confide in his team, but when he opened up the floor for questions, he got a surprising response. Instead of asking about his gender, the first question was a typical kid’s inquiry: “How old are you?”“That’s the important thing? That’s what you guys want to know?” he laughed. For the record: “I’m almost 37.”center_img (CBS) Kaig Lightner is the founder and director of coaching at the Portland Community Football Club in Portland, Oregon. Over the past five years, he and the club have been committed to making low-cost, high-quality athletics available to the area’s underprivileged youth. They provide equipment and coaching to give every kid in the community a chance to be active. SHARElast_img read more

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first_imgINTRO: Alstom LHB GmbH is supplying 24 lightweight coaches to Indian Railways. They will act as prototypes for local production under a technology transfer deal that includes staff training and technical assistance BYLINE: Dr-Ing Alfred Henning Director, Passenger Coach Group, Alstom LHB GmbHAT THE END of this year Alstom LHB GmbH of Germany will deliver the first of 24 prototype 1676mm gauge coaches to Indian Railways. IR will immediately begin running trials with the vehicles.IR had been looking to develop a new standard design for some time for manufacture at its Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala, and later at other plants including the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai. At the end of 1995, IR selected Alstom LHB as its development partner for the next generation of passenger rolling stock.IR subsequently awarded two contracts: one for supply of prototype vehicles and the other for technology transfer. As they are closely linked, the two contracts have been treated as a single project. The contract for supply of the all-steel lightweight vehicles for IR’s 1676mm network covers 19 air-conditioned second class coaches, two air-conditioned executive class cars and three generator/brake vans.Designed to meet specifications for operation on IR’s track in a hot climate at up to 160 km/h, the coaches ride on bogies supplied by Fiat-SIG based on the Eurofima design.Alstom is building the 24 prototype vehicles to test the design and manufacturing techniques it has developed to meet IR’s requirements. Currently producing some 1000 vehicles a year to an earlier standard design, IR’s Rail Coach Factory was set up in the early 1990s and has ISO9001 certification.The technology transfer agreement grants IR the non-exclusive right to manufacture in its factories the coaches designed by Alstom, and their Fiat-SIG bogies. The contract includes training of IR personnel at Alstom and Fiat in design and manufacture, as well as technical assistance to RCF at the start of manufacture. This will entail updating current manufacturing technology and equipment to suit the new design.Design for local manufactureBoth the design and manufacturing process have been developed with local conditions and requirements firmly in mind. Technology transfer agreements of this type are only guaranteed long-term success if materials and components for series production do not have to be imported by the country receiving the technology. Similarly, it must be possible for the manufacturing process to be easily assimilated and implemented by the local workforce.The agreement covers systems and components bought in from other suppliers including air-conditioning, brakes and seats. For series production, these components must also be sourced locally. This has required co-operation from the European companies that have supplied components for the Salzgitter-built prototypes, and Alstom will assist IR in developing the capability of domestic suppliers for series production.The bodyshell design has been developed to avoid corrosion in the finished vehicles, with three types of steel currently produced in India. For the trough floor and roof, most prone to corrosion, X5CrNi1810 austenitic stainless steel will be used. Side walls, end walls and the body frame will be made of X2Cr11 ferritic stainless steel, with low-alloy high-tensile steel meeting Indian Railway Standard IRSM-R41 used for other structural members such as the underframe.A new manufacturing technique has been adopted for the side walls. The frame consists of folded steel profiles that are partly cut so that two profiles can be put together and interlocked using mechanical fixtures. Before side panels are attached by spot welding, the profiles are fixed locally by tack welding to keep them in the correct position.Steel is bought mainly in sheets which are joined by laser cutting and welding. To avoid corrosion, all steel parts are shotblast before welding, as is the finished bodyshell before painting with polyurethane-based paint.For interior ceiling and side wall panels, as well as the toilet compartments, glass-reinforced plastic will be used. All the cars will have roof-mounted air-conditioning packs able to maintain a temperature of between 17í and 26°C inside the cars.TABLE: Principal suppliers Reader Enquiry Numbers:Main contractor: Alstom LHB 111Bogies: Fiat-SIG 112Air-conditioning: Hagenuk-Faiveley 113Electrical equipment: Schaltbau 114Brakes: Knorr Bremse 115Seats: Franz Kiel 116Doors: TechnoDevice 117CAPTION: First of the 24 bodyshells has been completed in Alstom LHB’s Salzgitter factoryCAPTION: Fig 1. Most of the 2+3 seating in the second class air-conditioned cars is arranged in a face-to-back layoutlast_img read more

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first_imgOscar Pistorius during a past court session. Oscar Pistorius during a past court session.The family of South Africa’s former paralympian Oscar Pistorius says it will sue the makers of a new film on the life of the athlete, who is serving a priton sentence for the murder of his girlfriend.A family statement released on Tuesday said the film, which is set to be released in November, was “a gross misrepresentation of the truth”.“The ‘film’ is rather a representation of what the prosecution tried to portray. We will be taking legal action,” it said.Pistorius, a double amputee, was in 2016 sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law graduate.In 2013, the athlete fired bullets from a handgun through a closed toilet door in his home in Pretoria, killing his girlfriend.In his defence, the 30-year-old said he thought he was shooting an intruder.Steenkamp’s family distanced themselves from the movie, Blade Runner Killer.“Any impression that is created that… the movie is endorsed by the Steenkamp family is untrue and incorrect,” the family said.The South African State will appeal Pistorius sentence in November, seeking to have him in jail for longer than the six years given. It argues that the sentence given was too lenient for a murder charge.last_img read more

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first_imgWhile the transhipment of coal continued to grow in the first quarter, it came to a standstill in the second quarter. This resulted in a 13.1% drop in dry bulk transhipment in January-June 2020 compared to the same period last year. This decrease is partly attributable to the growing supply of green energy, which reduced the need for coal, partly by reduced demand for coal from the steel sector and partly by a strong second quarter in 2019. Fertilisers, which represent the largest share of dry bulk volumes, grew slightly (+1%) compared to January-June 2019. Total goods throughput down by 4.9%; first signs of recovery visibleThe total throughput of the Port of Antwerp fell by 4.9% in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2019. After a strong first quarter, the port experienced a decline in the transhipment of all flows of goods, with the exception of the container sector. Despite the impact of the coronavirus crisis on global production and logistics chains and a pandemic-driven drop in demand, the port remained 100% operational. Impact coronavirus and prospects Slight recovery in breakbulk sector in June Seagoing vessels The automotive sector was already struggling in 2019 with the introduction of stricter rules on passenger car emissions in Europe and this trend continued in 2020. From March onwards, the coronavirus crisis only compounded this situation: less exports of new European cars, less supply of new Asian cars and downtime in the second-hand market due to travel restrictions. As a result, the total RoRo throughput fell by 21.8%. Bulk cargo declined due to reduced demand for energy Container traffic status quo For the third quarter, while the Port of Antwerp is still expecting blank sailings, it is also seeing the first signs of recovery and an upturn in the European economy. The Port of Antwerp is making every effort to continue to ensure the efficient functioning of the port. Liquid bulk decreased by 7.5% compared to the first half of 2019 because of the coronavirus crisis, which wiped out demand for oil products, combined with price wars. Thanks to the gradual lifting of the coronavirus measures and the recovery of the oil price, fuel throughput increased in May and June. Moreover, chemicals decreased by 8.9% compared to the first six months of 2019, mainly due to reduced demand from the automotive sector. Over the past six months, 6,797 seagoing vessels called at Antwerp, representing a decrease of 5.6% compared to the same period in 2019. The gross tonnage of these vessels fell by 7.9% to 193 million. Following discussions with the Antwerp port community about the consequences of the coronavirus crisis, the Port Authority decided to grant a postponement of payment for the shipping and inland navigation dues and for the domain concessions. Container traffic increased in the first quarter of the year, but felt the effects of cancelled sailings from April onwards. Nevertheless, for the period January-June 2020, container traffic recorded a slight increase of +0.4% in TEUs compared to the same period last year (with April and May 2019 as absolute record months). The number of calls made by vessels decreased, but this was compensated by a higher average volume per vessel and by additional calls on top of the normal sailing schedules. Notable climbers in this special period were the transhipment of pharmaceutical products, e-commerce and health foods. At the beginning of June, the port also welcomed the world’s newest largest container ship, the HMM Algeciras with a capacity of 23,964 TEU. Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO Port of Antwerp: “Port of Antwerp is a world port that follows the pace of the European and world economy. The impact of the shutdown of the global supply chain due to the coronavirus crisis has been felt from the second quarter onwards and will affect the total throughput of goods this year. The Port of Antwerp is holding up well in the Hamburg-Le Havre range because it is active in many sectors, it is not dependent on a single continent and because of its role as Europe’s largest integrated chemical cluster.” Sea News, July 9 Port of Antwerp grants postponement of payment Annick De Ridder, Port Alderman: “As the port of Antwerp, we are an important link in the chain between producers and consumers, and as such a perfect barometer for the global economy. Much will depend on how quickly industry is able to start up again and consumer confidence to return. As Antwerp port community, we remained 100% operational during this global crisis and our knowledge and experience are well documented as a valued trademark all over the world.” Since mid-2019, global trade issues continue to adversely affect goods flows in the conventional breakbulk sector. This has culminated in an overall 29% decrease for the period January-June compared to 2019, with inbound and outbound flows being affected to the same extent. The throughput of iron and steel, the most important freight group within this sector, experienced its best month of 2020 in June but a total decrease of 33.1% for the first six months of this year. Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

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first_imgMANILA – Ilonggo volleyballers Lawrence Borra and John Emmanuel Dedoroy will be suiting up for the University of Santo Tomas Tiger Cubs.Dedoroy and Borra were instrumental during the championship run of the Central Philippine University Golden Lions, representing Western Visayas, in the 2019 National Private Schools Athletic Association competition. BORRA, DEDOROY. FB PHOTOS The tournament hailed the five-foot-eleven Sara, Iloilo-native Borra as the best setter and the five-foot-eleven Dumangas, Iloilo-native Dedoroy as best middle blocker.Borra and Dedoroy are expected to showcase their calibers for the UST boys’ volleyball team which is aiming to bounce back the next University Athletic Association of the Philippines season.The squad was defeated by Far Eastern University Baby Tamaraws during the semifinals of the tournament last year./PNlast_img read more

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first_imgThe ninth round of the 2017 PETRONAS AAM Malaysian Cub Prix set to be held today at Stadium Batu Kawan, Penang has been cancelled due to extreme weather.Hours of non-stop rain and strong winds hit the island and mainland which has left many stranded due to rising waters.The final round of the 2017 Malaysian Cub Prix will be held in Bandar Penawar, Johor on 18 and 19 November 2017. Bad weather and hours of non-stop heavy rains have forced the organisers and promoters of the 2017 PETRONAS AAM Malaysian Cub Prix to regretfully cancel the penultimate round for this year’s season. Over 17 hours of torrential rains hit Penang where extreme weather ripped apart the race circuit and event grounds late last night.The ninth round of the 2017 Malaysian Cub Prix was scheduled to take place today near the Batu Kawan Stadium in Penang. Following the unexpected weather conditions, the AAM race stewards inspected the track earlier this morning and declared a force majeure that has left the majority part of the makeshift circuit near the Batu Kawan Sports Complex unsafe for racing.Major parts of the Penang Island and mainland was hit by the extreme weather which has left major roads and highways closed due to flooding. The authorities and volunteers have been pouring in with assistance to help with the situation.In relations to the Malaysian Cub Prix, the championship will head over to the final round in Bandar Penawar, Johor in two weeks’ time on 18 and 19 November 2017. Our heartfelt prayers to everyone who are affected by the unfortunate natural disaster.–Ads–last_img read more

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first_img Naomi Osaka, Toray Pan Pacific Open, Donna Vekic, Karolina Pliskova, Camila Giorgi Naomi Osaka had punched her ticket for the Toray Pan Pacific Open final and fielded questions from the media about 10 minutes. Now, she had a question of her own. “Um, what is that on your phone?” she asked Ichika Shingyo from Nippon Broadcasting System, Inc.The phone decoration in question was a cellphone strap toy featuring a variant design of Giorno Giovanna, a character from the anime “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.” KEYWORDS There was nothing bizarre about Osaka’s path, that adventure has been about as straight forward as it gets. As a matter of fact, she hasn’t been on the court too long either.The recently crowned U.S. Open champion used a booming serve and a strong all-around performance to earn a brisk 6-2, 6-3 victory over Italy’s Camila Giorgi in a semifinal match that took 1 hour and 10 minutes.“I knew coming into the match that she was going to play well,” Osaka said. “So I basically felt like I was trying to survive that match.”She’ll meet former No. 1, and current No. 8, Karolina Pliskova in the final.“I’ve played Pliskova twice already, once this year and once last year, and I know that she’s a great player,” Osaka said. “She has basically every shot and she has really good serves. So I know that it’s going to be a very difficult match.”Pliskova reached the final courtesy of a hard-fought 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Donna Vekic in Saturday’s other semifinal.“I think she’s having a very good run, by winning the U.S. Open and now getting into the final.” Pliskova said of Osaka. “For sure, she has to feel very confident.“I saw a little bit of her match. She’s playing well. She’s hitting the ball, she’s serving well. It’s not going to be easy.”Osaka dominated Giorgi with her serve, which was overwhelming for many stretches.She hit nine aces during the match. She served three straight during the sixth game of the first set. Giorgi got her racket on Osaka’s fourth serve, but her shot sailed out, giving Osaka the game.Osaka also won four of her seven break-point opportunities and faced none. She won 81 percent of her total service points.“I think I played a pretty solid match,” Osaka said. “Off the top of my head, I guess I could improve my returning.”Giorgi helped dig her own grave with mistakes, including eight double faults.Osaka has been on a roll as of late. She’s won 10 straight matches since her last loss, against Maria Sakkari in round of 64 at the Cincinnati Open, a stretch that includes her win over Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final on Sept. 8. She hasn’t dropped a set during the PPO.“I felt really good coming into the tournament and playing my matches,” Osaka said. “Today was the first match that I felt nervous. Other than that, I think I’ve been playing well and I’ve been trying to set little goals for myself. Because I know if you set a really high goal then normally, for me at least, I tend to overwhelm myself.”Pliskova was in control early in her match, taking the first set in just under 30 minutes. She had a 3-1 advantage in the second set when the momentum shifted.Vekic held serve in the next game and earned a break to tie it 3-3. She took three of the next four games, shouting “come on” after winners, to take the set.Neither player could hold serve in the first three games of the third set, with Pliskova breaking Vekic twice to take a 2-1 advantage.Pliskova held serve to win the next game and, after Vekic pulled to 3-2, finished on the right side of a few long rallies to go on to win the match.“Somehow, I lost a little bit of my concentration,” Pliskova said. “I started to feel more tired, I felt my legs a little bit. But she also played some good shots. It’s always both sides. But I was just happy I could come back in the third one, to forget about the second set, because I just think I was missing too much. I did a quick break for 2-1 in the third set and that was enough to close it.”Pliskova knows Osaka is going to have the home-crowd advantage tomorrow and is ready for it.“Of course, but to be honest, I don’t think Japanese fans are that noisy,” she joked. “Believe me, I’ve experienced worse crowds than here. I’m just ready for it. Of course, they’re going to cheer for her. We are in Japan.If she comes to Czech (Republic), people are going to be on my side. That’s normal, but it’s not something I’m scared of. I’m OK with that, I accept that. The crowd is not going to win you a match. We both have to still play tennis.” GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img RELATED PHOTOS Naomi Osaka plays a shot from Camila Giorgi in their semifinal match at the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Saturday. | REUTERS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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first_imgDOHA, (Reuters) – A United States quartet led by Christian Coleman blazed to the 4×100 metres relay title at the world athletics championships yesterday, clocking the second fastest time ever at 37.10 seconds to end a 12-year gold medal drought. Coleman, world 100m champion, put the Americans ahead with a stunning start and 200m gold medallist Noah Lyles completed the job, crossing the line with his arms raised triumphantly in the air as his team mates celebrated wrapped in American flags.“We were all motivated to do something special and it just happened, everybody wanted it,” said Lyles, who will leave his first world championships with double gold.“We all wanted to break the curse, a generational curse and bring on a new era,” he added. “That is the part that feels the most exciting to think the time we break the curse is the time something great happens.“Every time you come across in the relay with the USA it is magical, all of a sudden you get this energy to run around the track again.”Defending champions Britain took the silver in 37.36 seconds, a European record, as Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake failed to catch Lyles on the final straight. Japan won bronze with a time of 37.43 seconds, an Asian record.Joining Coleman and Lyles, the two rising stars on the global sprint scene, were veterans in Justin Gatlin, twice world champion, and 34-year-old Mike Rodgers, who had never before stood atop a world championship or Olympic podium.After a wobbly performance in the heats in which Canada filed a protest against the U.S. for failing to make a proper exchange, the American quartet had a meeting to ensure there were no hiccups in the final. Victims of sloppy exchanges and dropped batons over the years, the message came through loud and clear as the United States made four clean exchanges in a polished effort to come home just outside Jamaica’s world record 36.84. “We had a meeting in the morning,” said Coleman, who also heads home with two golds. “We just got to come together, everybody just got to execute, focus on what they need to do, have an open dialogue about what went wrong in the prelims and what we are going to do better in the final.“If you never have that conversation then you are just going to go there and you kind of can’t expect different results,” Coleman added.“So we just got to talk about what we needed to do and everybody locked in and we got it done.”last_img read more

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