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  1. Air Canada resumes passenger flights from Ireland 6 July 2020Canadian Aviation News News from The Irish Times – link to story Service from Dublin to Toronto will operate on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays Colin Gleeson | 6 July 2020 The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner service between Dublin and Toronto will also carry a range of commodities, including general cargo Air Canada has resumed passenger flights from Ireland, with an initial three-times weekly, non-stop service between Dublin and its Toronto hub. The service features Air Canada signature class, premium economy and economy seating. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft will also carry a range of commodities, including general cargo and temperature-controlled goods, machinery and industrial parts, and aircraft spares. In addition, it will carry pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, manufactured by both Irish and Ireland-based multinational companies. The Government is currently advising against all non-essential travel, although it is also drawing up a “green list” of countries that it believes are safe to visit. The outbound service from Dublin to Toronto will operate on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and the return service from Toronto on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Share this:
  2. Except for one thing, they do have the force of a superior court and can force the airline to continue service for a period of time, that has been used in the past. But of course they also have the same force to apply to other carriers (WestJet for instance) if they are the sole carrier that would provide the service, smart money is to get out first and leave the other carrier holding the bag so to speak.
  3. Critics predict 'book burnings' after Washington Post takes aim at 'problematic books' "I imagine the Libs will also be the arbiters of which books ... are to be burned," Donald Trump Jr. tweeted. By Joseph A. Wulfsohn | Fox News Video Fox News Flash top headlines for July 6 Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on The Washington Post raised eyebrows over the Fourth of July weekend after tweeting about "problematic books" that could be swept up in the cultural shift following the death of George Floyd. Over the past several weeks, many television shows and films have been the subject of re-examination. Shows like "Cops" and "Live PD" have been canceled, sitcom episodes that feature blackface have been pulled and "Gone With the Wind" was temporarily removed from the HBO Max library. Washington Post book critic Ron Charles suggested books will also face a day of reckoning in a piece headlined "While offensive TV shows get pulled, problematic books are still inspiring debate and conversation." In the piece published on Friday, Charles invokes famous literature that may be seized upon in the national dialogue like William Shakespeare's "Othello," Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin." While he opposed the tolerance of "plainly racist books," Charles decried cancel culture as the anecdote to address famous novels with nuanced depictions of race. THE NEW YORK TIMES SLAMMED AS 'WOKE POLICE' FOR REPORT TARGETING MOUNT RUSHMORE "If cancel culture has a weakness, it’s that it risks short-circuiting the process of critical engagement that leads to our enlightenment," Charles wrote. "What’s more insidious is the self-satisfaction that comes from calibrating our Racism Detector to spot only a few obvious sins. Scanning videos for blackface or searching text files for the n-word is so much easier than contending with, say, the systemic tokenism of TV rom-coms or the unbearable whiteness of Jane Austen." However, despite his opposition to cancel culture, critics piled on The Washington Post over the weekend after it shared Charles' piece on Twitter, many drawing focus to the "problematic books" in the headline. "The tweet is idiotic. The piece actually rejects the tweet," Ben Shapiro pointed out the conflicting suggestions between the tweet and Charles' article. "They’re not going to stop," conservative commentator Stephen Miller reacted. Many warned that such a reexamination of books will lead to "book burnings." "They’re never going to stop… I imagine the Libs will also be the arbiters of which books are acceptable and which ones are to be burned," Donald Trump Jr. said. TIME MAGAZINE BLASTED AFTER WRITER CALLS FOR SUPERHEROES TO BE 'RE-EXAMINED' ALONG WITH POLICE "They were inevitably going to burn books," National Review senior writer Dan McLaughlin tweeted. "Book burners have never been on the right side of history," radio host Dana Loesch wrote.
  4. The following problem for bringing Boeing Co.’s 737 MAX jets again into service is slated to play out as early as this week, with one other authorities check flight assessing the security of software program fixes. Known as an operational readiness overview, it’s amongst a sequence of check flights anticipated over the subsequent a number of weeks that includes federal pilots together with airline crews from all over the world, all meant to vet modifications to the fleet’s flight-control system, in line with individuals accustomed to the small print. Among the many objectives of the upcoming airborne checks and ground-simulator classes is to find out how effectively common airline pilots globally might be in a position to handle emergencies utilizing the revised software program. The approaching check is a beforehand scheduled follow-up to 3 days of formal certification flight assessments carried out by Boeing and Federal Aviation Administration pilots final week. If all goes effectively, the FAA order that grounded the planes in March of 2019 is predicted to be lifted in September. As soon as pilot-training mandates are finalized and upkeep necessities are accomplished, authorities and trade officers accustomed to the method envision the MAX fleet being approved to hold passengers across the finish of the 12 months. Timelines for returning the MAX fleet to the air, although, have repeatedly slipped over many months, resulting in widespread predictions that further delays are attainable. Most lately, arranging the logistics and contributors for among the anticipated worldwide check flights has turned out to be extra controversial and time-consuming than initially thought, the officers mentioned. That’s partly as a result of journey restrictions attributable to the coronavirus pandemic, but additionally displays variations amongst nationwide aviation regulators about which pilots ought to take part in sure check flights. The FAA and Canada’s air-safety regulator proceed to debate the make-up of particular flight crews, with one official briefed on the matter saying the conflicting views have prompted disagreements and friction between the U.S. facet and Transport Canada. Pilots from Brazil and Europe are also anticipated to take part in among the check flights. Transport Canada didn’t have any quick remark. Boeing declined to touch upon the standing of future flight assessments or any FAA-Canadian discussions, with a spokesman saying, “We proceed to work diligently on safely returning the MAX to service.” After final week’s flights, the FAA known as them an necessary milestone however reiterated the company is “following a deliberate course of and can take the time it must totally overview Boeing’s work.” Along with extra check flying, the FAA has mentioned it could take into account suggestions from consultants from different federal businesses earlier than giving the inexperienced gentle to the MAX. FAA chief Steve Dickson and his deputy, Daniel Elwell—each former U.S. Air Power and business pilots—are additionally anticipated to personally check out the software program fixes throughout their very own check flights Individually, Democratic leaders of the Home Transportation Committee are placing the ending touches on a invoice looking for to revamp the certification course of for brand spanking new plane designs, significantly the best way some firm personnel are designated to hold out oversight duties on behalf of the FAA. The laws taking form, in line with an individual briefed on the invoice, would require a few of these so-called designees to be paid by the FAA for the time they spend engaged on the company’s behalf. At the moment these designees are paid completely by their firms, elevating questions on loyalty and features of authority. The Transportation Division’s inside watchdog launched a report final week highlighting a breakdown in communication between such dual-hatted firm officers and FAA consultants overseeing preliminary improvement and security approval of the MAX. Two 737 MAX planes went into fatal nosedives lower than 5 months aside, as the identical automated flight-control characteristic known as MCAS misfired and overpowered efforts by pilots to keep away from crashes. The accidents took 346 lives, put the MAX fleet on the bottom and prompted a monetary and reputational disaster for the Chicago airplane maker. For the reason that crashes, a string of out of doors reviews even have criticized the FAA and Boeing for failing, in the course of the preliminary certification course of, to adequately take into account how rapidly common business pilots would react to an MCAS misfire and ensuing emergency. Historically, Boeing and worldwide air-safety regulators relied on enter from check pilots or different extremely skilled firm pilots to set the benchmark for a way these common pilots had been anticipated to reply. Particularly, trade tips anticipated that pilots would start responding to such emergencies inside 4 seconds. Prompted by a string of out of doors reviews, each the FAA and Boeing have mentioned publicly that they jettisoned that decades-old design assumption. Via: WSJ Tags: 737 maxBoeingBoeing 737 MAX
  5. As a pedestrian / motorist, I have a problem with a lot of folks who are riding around on their bikes confused as to if they are fish or fowl so to speak. I refer of course to those riding on sidewalks (with little regard to folks who are walking), riding across streets using crosswalks and ignoring DoNot walk signs, cutting between stopped cars etc.
  6. All Air Lines in Canada serving destinations within Canada, can discontinue such service under the following. I don'[t know of any points that AC must service but perhaps Dagger can advise us. Reduction or Discontinuance of Domestic Services [SOR/2001-71, s. 1] 14 (1) For the purposes of subsection 64(1) of the Act, a licensee proposing to discontinue or to reduce the frequency of a domestic service to a point to less than one flight per week, where, as a result of the proposed discontinuance or reduction, there will be only one licensee or no licensee offering at least one flight per week to that point, shall give notice of the proposal (a) to the Agency, to the Minister and to the minister responsible for transportation in the province or territory where the area to be affected is located, by sending them a notice in the form set out in Schedule III; and (b) to holders of domestic licences operating in the area to be affected by the proposal and to persons resident therein, by publishing notice in the form set out in Schedule III in newspapers with the largest circulation in that area in each official language, the names of which newspapers shall be obtainable from the Agency on request by the licensee. (1.1) For the purposes of subsection 64(1.1) of the Act, a licensee proposing to discontinue a year-round non-stop scheduled air service between two points in Canada, where the proposed discontinuance would result in a reduction, as compared to the week before the proposal is to take effect, of at least 50% of the weekly passenger-carrying capacity of all licensees operating year-round non-stop scheduled air services between those two points, shall give notice of the proposal to the persons, and in the manner, referred to in paragraphs (1)(a) and (b). (2) The date of the notice referred to in paragraph (1)(b) shall be the same as the date on which the notice appears in the newspaper.
  7. Portuguese state takes control of TAP to prevent bankruptcy By Cirium3 July 2020 Portugal’s government has agreed to pay €55 million ($62 million) to increase its stake in national carrier TAP to 72.5% in order to prevent the airline from going bankrupt. The government currently holds a 50% stake in TAP after partially privatising it in 2015. The state originally sold a 61% stake in the airline to Atlantic Gateway – a consortium comprised of Portuguese businessman Humberto Pedrosa and JetBlue Airways and Azul founder David Neeleman – but later increased its shareholding back up to 50% from 34%. This left Atlantic Gateway with a 45% stake, the remaining 5% being held by TAP employees. Neeleman has now agreed to sell his 22.5% stake back to the government, leaving Pedrosa with 22.5% and employees with 5%. Portuguese infrastructure minister Pedro Nuno Santos states that “the alternative was insolvency”, adding that “the loss of TAP would go far beyond the effort that we will have to make to maintain it”. The renationalisation will unlock a €1.2 billion state rescue loan for TAP, which was approved by the European Commission in June but had been subject to approval from the airline’s board. “The state now takes 72.5% of the capital of the TAP group, ensuring control of the company,” states Portuguese finance minister Joao Leao. “In this way, it is possible to unblock the loan to TAP and avoid the bankruptcy of an essential company for the country.” Portugal’s government says it will not run the airline following the transaction but will hire “a company specialised in looking for qualified, experienced and competent aviation managers in the international market”. On 30 June, TAP disclosed plans to further reduce its fleet after first-quarter net losses almost quadrupled to €395 million amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
  8. SA Express jets and other assets put up for auction By David Kaminski-Morrow5 July 2020 Assets of South African regional carrier SA Express, including Bombardier CRJ200 jets, are being offered for sale through an online auction as the airline edges towards liquidation. The airline was placed in provisional liquidation on 28 April but a final liquidation order has been deferred until early September. But an online auction platform, Go-Dove, is seeking expressions of interest for several assets of the airline which, it states, are “immediately available for negotiation”. The site is advertising sale of the business in its entirety, but is also inviting offers from purchasers for specific assets as well as investment offers from potential equity partners. Its list of available assets includes CRJ200s, engines, spares and retables, ground-support equipment, tooling, and workshop equipment. Source: Go-Dove This CRJ200, ZS-NME, features on the SA Express auction site The platform is also advertising operating and maintenance licences, IT infrastructure, and other intangible assets “required to operate [an] airline in southern Africa”. Owing to the coronavirus crisis, it points out to buyers, there might be “some difficulty in viewing and collection of assets”. The assets will be sold on an “as is, where is” condition, it states, and the buyer will be responsible for prior inspection.
  9. SIA Group sends another two A380s and two 787s to Alice Springs By Cirium3 July 2020 Singapore Airlines Group recently parked another four aircraft – two Airbus A380s and two Boeing 787-8s – at Alice Springs Airport in Australia. The company tells Cirium it now has a total of 22 aircraft parked there, at Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage. This comprises seven A380s and three 777-200ERs from the mainline carrier, six 737 Maxes from regional unit SilkAir, as well as four A320s and two 787s from low-cost subsidiary Scoot. In response to Covid-19’s impact on air travel, the group will cut approximately 94% of passenger capacity originally scheduled for July. Out of the SIA Group’s fleet of about 200 aircraft, 25 are deployed on passenger services, it says. Its fleet of seven freighters are operating as normal, while about 30 passenger aircraft have been deployed on pure cargo services. “As a result, Singapore Airlines [Group] has parked a large number of its aircraft at Singapore Changi Airport, with a few aircraft parked overseas. The aircraft are parked in locations where they can be appropriately maintained during this period. We will continue to monitor the situation and, when appropriate, will return the aircraft to Singapore ahead of reintroducing them to our operations.” It adds: “Singapore Airlines follows the stringent maintenance procedures set by the aircraft manufacturers to ensure that the aircraft remain airworthy while they are parked. Dedicated maintenance teams are looking after the aircraft during this time. ” The group is also expecting the return of seven 777-200s it owns, from NokScoot, which is 49% owned by Scoot. “We are progressively taking back the Boeing 777-200 aircraft as NokScoot does not have the ability to make lease payments. We will make a decision on the aircraft in the near future.” Cirium fleets data show the 777-200s with NokScoot average 18 years of age. These have an average indicative market lease rate of $192,000 and an average indicative market value of $15 million.
  10. Pilot stand-off piles more pressure on El Al By David Kaminski-Morrow3 July 2020 Israeli carrier El Al is putting another 400 personnel on furlough after the carrier’s pilots chose not to operate a number of the airline’s services. The airline had been operating a limited number of passenger and cargo services from Israel, although its scheduled passenger flights had been suspended until 31 July. But it says the “non-staffing” of flights by the airline’s pilots has forced it to cancel remaining services at least until this date. El Al has been trying to reach an agreement with the Israeli finance ministry for a $400 million loan but requires productivity deals with its employees. The airline is under increasing financial pressure having recorded a heavy first-quarter loss and it has warned that the loan is crucial to its survival. Chief financial officer Dganit Palti says the crisis has resulted in a “serious liquidity problem” at the airline. Palti states that the airline had a substantial cash balance of $264 million at the beginning of the year. But the burden of debt taken on during the fleet modernisation, as El Al replaced its Boeing 767s and 747s with 787s, has been exacerbated by the slump in the airline’s revenues – down 25% in the first three months. “The decrease in fuel prices – which in normal times is a blessing – has led to losses in hedging transactions which, at low consumption rates, are in part not recognized as effective,” says Palti. El Al recorded a charge of $56 million attributed to this situation in the quarter. It has secured agreements to defer lease payments, and increased its liquidity by arranging the sale-and-leaseback of three aircraft. The company has also sold its stake in logistics firm Maman.
  11. In the Libertal land of Nod, then I guess we would all pay for it with money divided out to support local airports.
  12. Even more reasons why we are fortunate to be north of the 49th. Fourth of July weekend marked by violence as girl, 7, among dead in Chicago, cities see deadly shootings New York City, Memphis, Philadelphia, Baltimore all saw shootings this weekend By Travis Fedschun | Fox News Video Chicago violence erupts during holiday weekend, at least 67 shot and 13 killed Nine of the victims were minors involved in the Chicago violence, with two fatalities so far; Garrett Tenney reports. The Fourth of July holiday weekend across the U.S. was marred by violence as more than 14 were killed and dozens were injured in shootings, including at a nightclub in South Carolina. In Chicago, a city known for its bloody gun violence, more than 67 people were shot over the holiday weekend and at least 13 were killed, including a 7-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. “Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Twitter late Saturday. “As a city, we must wrap our arms around our youth so they understand there’s a future for them that isn’t wrapped up in gun violence.” CHICAGO VIOLENCE ERUPTS DURING HOLIDAY WEEKEND, AT LEAST 67 SHOT AND 13 KILLED The Chicago Police Department said one of the shootings happened just before midnight on Saturday when four males opened fire on a large gathering in the street in the Englewood neighborhood. Police work the scene where a 19-year-old man was shot in the 400 block of West 77th Street in Chicago on July 3, 2020. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images) Two males died at the scene and two more, including a 14-year-old boy, died at a hospital, according to police spokesman Tom Ahern. Around 7 p.m. on Saturday, a 7-year-old girl was fatally shot in the head while standing on the sidewalk at her grandmother's house during a Fourth of July party in the Austin neighborhood. No one has been arrested for either of those shootings involving children, which came a week after a 1-year-old boy riding in a car with his mother and a 10-year-old girl on her couch were shot and killed. The city of Chicago was not alone in facing a violent holiday weekend. New York City In the nation's largest city at least three people were killed in overnight shootings, police said Sunday morning. The New York Police Department said a 20-year-old man was found dead in front of a police precinct on Atkins Avenue just after midnight on Sunday. Warning, graphic content: Police search for gunman in fatal Brooklyn shooting Hours later, at 4:22 a.m. officers discovered a 19-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the chest and a 27-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the left shoulder on East 39 Street in Brooklyn. EMS transported the 19-year-old to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, while the 27-year-old was listed in stable condition. NEW YORK CITY GUNMAN SHOOTS MAN DEAD, WOUNDS WOMAN IN DAYLIGHT ATTACK CAUGHT ON VIDEO, POLICE SAY At 5:09 a.m. police said a 40-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound to the chest in another Brooklyn neighborhood. The man was transported to Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. No arrest has been made in connection with any of the three deadly overnight shootings. NYPD: Shootings up 42 percent, murders up 23.9 percent The New York Post reported that nearly 30 people were shot overnight in New York City, with 14 of them in northern Manhattan. Authorities are still searching for a gunman who opened fire in board daylight last week, killing a 20-year-old man. Baltimore Several shootings in the city of Baltimore over the weekend left at least one person dead and eight injured. The Baltimore Police Department said a woman was killed and a man was injured in a double shooting in south Baltimore on Saturday morning. Baltimore's Democratic mayor insists he's not to blame for city's skyrocketing murder rate That incident happened after four women were shot in a quadruple shooting in southwest Baltimore Friday night, FOX45 reported. Around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, police said a 20-year-old man and 21-year-old man were injured in a shooting in Baltimore. Both ended up at hospitals in the northwest section of the city. A 28-year-old man was found in southeast Baltimore early Sunday with gunshot wounds. Information about his condition was not released. Detroit A family of five was driving through a Detroit neighborhood early Saturday morning when someone in another vehicle opened fire. A family of five was shot and a mother was killed in quintuple shooting in Detroit early Saturday. (FOX2) Detroit Police told FOX2 that a 39-year-old woman died, while a 40-year-old man and three boys, 15, 12, and 9 were hurt. The incident happened in Homer Street near Mullane Street near the city's Mexicantown neighborhood. One man who asked to not be identified told FOX2 he frequently hears the gunshots at night when he's already in bed. “I just turned 80 and it’s been going on forever it gets to the point what are you going to do you can’t go out in the first place because they might come around your house too," he told FOX2. Detroit police chief rejects criticism from Rep. Rashida Tlaib after police vehicle encounters angry mob A 15-year-old was also shot early Saturday on the city's west side. In that incident, a vehicle pulled up, a passenger asked the victim a question, and then shot the teenager, FOX2 reported. Earlier in the weekend, a 19-year-old woman was shot and killed on the city's west side around 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Memphis A woman in Memphis was shot dead while watching fireworks on Saturday night as other shootings were reported in the city. The Memphis Police Department told FOX13 they were called just after 10 p.m. Saturday to Methodist University Hospital for a "dead on arrival" unknown call. Earlier in the day, two men were in a parking lot when a vehicle pulled open and opened fire. Both were taken to area hospitals, where one of the men is in critical condition and the other is stable, according to police. Police told FOX13 four men have been detained in connection with that shooting. Philadelphia Four people were shot overnight in two separate shootings across Philadephia. Four people were shot overnight in two separate shootings across Philadelphia. (FOX29) The Philadelphia Police Department told FOX29 the first incident was reported around 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the city's East Germantown neighborhood. A 37-year-old woman was shot twice in her legs and a 21-year-old male was grazed by a bullet in the head, according to police. Both were taken to an area hospital and were in stable condition. Another shooting was reported in South Philadelphia near 6th and South Streets, where a 26-year-old man and a 22-year-old man were found suffering from gunshot wounds to the legs. Both were transported to an area hospital and were in stable condition. St. Louis A child was in critical condition after being shot in the head on Saturday night. The St. Louis Police Department told FOX2 shooting happened at the intersection of Page Boulevard and Pendleton Avenue at 10:45 p.m. Details of the child’s age and gender were not available. Cleveland An 8-year-old girl was injured after being shot inside a vehicle on Saturday night. The Cleveland Police Department told FOX8 the girl was sitting in the backseat of a vehicle near the intersection of East 138 St. and Harvard Ave. when someone started shooting and struck her in the arm. The child was conscious and talking and in stable condition at an area hospital. Greenville, S.C. Two people were killed and eight were hurt after a shooting early Sunday at a nightclub in South Carolina, according to officials. Lavish Lounge in Greenville, S.C., is seen in a Sunday, July 5, 2020 photo. (AP Photo/Rebecca Santana) The Greenville County Sheriff's Office said the shooting happened just before 2 a.m. at the Lavish Lounge, located about 5 miles southwest of downtown Greenville, in South Carolina's Upstate region. "It's a terrible situation to be quite honest," Sheriff Hobart Lewis said at a press conference early Sunday. Lewis said two Greenville County sheriff's deputies were driving by when they noticed a disturbance at Lavish Lounge just before 2 a.m. and saw a large crowd running out of the building. Both Lewis and Bolt initially said 12 people had been wounded — with at least four in critical condition, Lewis said — but Bolt later confirmed to Fox News the casualty figure had been revised. South Carolina nightclub shooting leaves 2 dead, 8 hurt, officials say Bolt said there were 10 victims from the shooting and two have succumbed to their injuries. The eight other victims' injuries range from non-life-threatening to critical. Two suspects are being sought though there is limited information on them, Fox Carolina reported. Fox News' Brie Stimson, Peter Aitken, Dom
  13. and according to recent numbers, we are also faced with those who are in denial and are now catching the disease. 20 - 40 year olds, don't care folks, and those who have always behaved as if they were nbr."1" and somehow above the crowd. The following statement is therefore modified: Thank goodness however, we live north of the 49th and have benefited by the nature of our health system and of course the dedicated folks who provide the care, maintain our hospitals, etc etc etc.
  14. I see the Trump Eagle is looking left so as to keep it's eye on the Lefties. regarding the nazi connection, just another example of fake news.
  15. eople flocked to beaches in Virginia over the weekend, despite the statewide stay at home directive aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. The Virginia Beach oceanfront was busy despite the beach being closed under the order, with people buying food and gifts and sunbathing near the water. Many groups maintained their distance and people on the boardwalk wore masks, The Virginian-Pilot reported. Kayla Thomas, a concession stand worker, told the newspaper that the crowds looked like those she might see during the summer. "I'm just shocked by the amount of people," she said.