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  1. U.S. World Opinion Politics More Expand / Collapse search Watch TV Hot Topics MEDIA Published 1 hour ago Last Update 38 mins ago CNN slights Mount Rushmore as 'monument of two slaveowners' after extolling its 'majesty' in 2016 "On land wrestled away from Native Americans" By Nick Givas | Fox News Facebook Twitter Flipboard Print Email Video Fox News Flash top headlines for July 3 Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on A CNN reporter on Friday described Mount Rushmore "a monument of two slaveowners" situated on stolen land ahead of President Trump's visit to the national monument. Grabien founder and editor Tom Elliot tweeted a clip of the report by correspondent Leyla Santiago in which she discussed Trump's planned remarks. "President Trump will be at Mount Rushmore, where he’ll be standing in front of a monument of two slave owners and on land wrestled away from Native Americans," she said. "I'm told that, uh, he'll be focusing on the effort to 'tear down our country's history.'" TRUMP TO ACCUSE 'LEFT-WING MOB' OF 'TOTALITARIAN BEHAVIOR' IN MOUNT RUSHMORE REMARKS In 2016, however, a CNN reporter described Mount Rushmore as a "monument to four great American presidents" while narrating a story about a visit to the monument by then-presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., "This is our country at it's very best," Sanders said at the time. "What an incredible achievement." The unidentified reporter's voice can be heard talking about the "majesty of the moment." "Just the accomplishment and the beauty, it really does make one very proud to be an American," Sanders added. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The 2016 clip was tweeted out Friday by The Intercept journalist Glenn Greenwald. Depictions of four American presidents -- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln -- are carved into the side of the mountain in the Black Hills. Washington and Jefferson owned slaves during their lifetime. Fox News reached out to CNN about the discrepancy but did not receive a reply to the request for comment.
  2. As with most things promised by a politician, I am not holding my breath waiting for it. As for me if it does arrive, it will be converted into some very decent Scotch and used for appropriate toasting. I see I have to fight for my heritage, Simon Fraser University teams are called clansmen (you know after the Scottish Clans) but some nut bars are saying that has to change as they must be renamed as the nuts believe the name actually glorifies the KKK from the good old US of A. More P.C. BS.
  3. The whole defund movement just leave it wide open for bull **bleep** vandalism like the following. I hope they catch the perps and apply the full punishment under our laws. But perhaps we should just spray paint them and lock them into a pillory for a period of time and see how they are treated by their peers without of course any protection police or otherwise. Statues honouring Calgary police and firefighters vandalized Monuments located within the Municipal Building plaza courtyard Joel Dryden · CBC News · Posted: Jul 03, 2020 3:22 PM MT | Last Updated: 3 hours ago Two monuments to Calgary's police and fire departments were defaced. The vandals spray-painted each statue and added a sash that read 'birthday girl.' (Submitted/Jonathan Akin/Helen Pike/CBC) Two statues dedicated to the city's police officers and firefighters at Calgary's city hall were vandalized sometime over the past 24 hours, though much of it had been cleaned up by Friday afternoon. The statues of the officer and the firefighter had been spray-painted with multiple colours, and sashes with the words "birthday girl" were attached. In a statement, Calgary police spokesperson Emma Poole called the vandalism a "disgusting act." "This memorial honours those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect Calgarians," Poole said. "Those who take issue with the Calgary Police Service should do so through meaningful dialogue and not deplorable acts of vandalism." A monument to Calgary police with the department's core values listed was defaced. (Submitted/Jonathan Akin) Asked about the vandalism Friday at a press conference, Ward 5 Coun. George Chahal called the incident "unfortunate." "If there are concerns for members of the public, let's have a conversation about it. But we should not be vandalising or damaging anybody's property," he said. "That's unacceptable." With files from Helen Pike and Elise von Scheel
  4. Coronavirus: Air France set to cut more than 7,500 jobs 3 July 2020GETTY IMAGES Air France-KLM plans to cut more than 7,500 jobs at its French arm as the airline industry reels from the coronavirus crisis. Europe's second-biggest airline will cut 6,560 staff at Air France, with its regional French carrier Hop! losing 1,020 jobs, the company said on Friday. In a statement, the firm said: "Recovery looks set to be very slow" due to uncertainties around Covid-19. The cuts will take place over the next three years. The group also cited the lifting of travel restrictions and changing customer demand as potential cause for concern in the future. EasyJet plans to close bases and cut staff German airline Lufthansa plans to cut 22,000 jobs At the height of the pandemic, revenues fell by 95% and the Air France airline was losing €15m (£13.5m) per day. Air France does not expect that activity will return to its pre-pandemic level before 2024. The group's flagship airline expects to have cut more than 6,000 jobs by the end of 2022, out of a current total of 41,000 staff. "Natural departures", such as retirements and employees who leave of their own accord, are expected to make up about half of the reductions at Air France. Its sister airline Hop! will see 1,020 jobs cut over the next three years. It currently employs more than 2,000 people. The company said: "Air France and Hop! are working together with the unions to implement plans that give priority to voluntary departures, early retirement arrangements and professional and geographical mobility." Air France also said that a wider "reconstruction plan" would be presented at the end of July, along with one for the wider Air France-KLM group. Union members and staff staged protests at several sites across France on Friday, including outside the company's offices near Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport. The French government has pledged billions of Euros to support Air France-KLM and the wider aviation industry as demand for travel has crashed as a result of coronavirus-related lockdown measures. Loans to Air France were contingent on the carrier scrapping some domestic flights in a bid to cut its carbon emissions. Other airlines have also been forced to adopt similar measures in anticipation of a long, slow return to former levels of demand. EasyJet previously said that it may need to reduce staff numbers by up to a third because of the coronavirus pandemic. In June, Lufthansa said it planned to cut 22,000 jobs, and British Airways said in April that it could cut up to 12,000 jobs from its 42,000-strong workforce.
  5. and back in the "real world" If there is loose COVID cash, stop the sewage flow now Calgary Herald 3 Jul 2020 JOHN IVISON SOTHEBY’S Matthew Wong’s The Realm of Appearances sold for US$1.82 million at Sotheby’s in New York last week. With the rosy glow from Canada Day still fresh in the memory, Canadians can reflect with pride on the watery wonderland they call home — a pristine wilderness, bordered by three mighty oceans, that contains one-fifth of the world’s fresh water and two million lakes. The reality is a little less pleasant on the senses. While 90 per cent of America’s community water systems were in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency standards in 2016, 24 per cent of Canada’s wastewater systems failed to meet Environment Canada’s quality criteria. In that year, two billion cubic metres (more than 500 billion gallons) of untreated, or under-treated, effluent was flushed into the country’s waterways. That’s enough wastewater to fill 800,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Worse, 85 of the 491 treatment systems that were tested, discharged effluent of “acute lethality” — designated as waste that at 100 per cent concentration would kill more than 50 per cent of rainbow trout exposed to it during a 96-hour period. Sewage isn’t sexy, which explains why politicians don’t relish spending taxpayers’ money on treating it. On occasion, they are forced to respond to particularly noxious events. The City of Montreal caused outrage five years ago with “flushgate,” when it released five million cubic metres or 1.3 billion gallons of untreated wastewater into the St. Lawrence. (No rainbow trout died, the city claimed.) The City of Ottawa has long courted controversy for allowing raw sewage to flow straight into the Ottawa River — 7.3 million cubic metres or nearly two billion gallons between 2006 and 2018 — at times when heavy rains overwhelm its combined sewer overflow, a single pipe that collects sanitary and stormwater. The city is spending $750 million to ameliorate a problem that is still polluting waterways in the national capital region. The reality is there is a massive disconnect between Canadians’ self-image and their stewardship of the country’s waterways. Both Conservative and Liberal governments have recognized this shortcoming and made efforts to remedy a national embarrassment. However, with so many competing demands on resources, there has been a tendency at the municipal level to neglect cleaning up rivers and lakes. Plants in a number of Canadian cities won’t meet effluent standards until 2040, including Montreal’s Jean R. Marcotte Wastewater Treatment Plant, the largest in North America, which releases billion of gallons of under-treated sewage into the St. Lawrence every year. It is currently undergoing a $500-million upgrade that critics contend still won’t meet federal and provincial effluent standards. The Liberals aroused fears last week that the number of communities allowed to pollute with impunity for another two decades is set to grow. The government released proposed regulations that the opposition says will grant even more municipalities a 20-year extension before they have to become compliant with federal standards. “It is shameful that as a developed G7 nation we still allow Third World wastewater practices in towns and cities, large and small,” said Conservative MP Peter Kent. “Canada is far behind other EU countries and the U.S., which has had mandatory secondary treatment since the 1970s.” Kent was environment minister when the Conservative government introduced the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations that require effluent to be treated to “secondary level” (a physical process to remove solid matter and a biological process to remove dissolved and suspended organic compounds). “In 2006, Environment Canada estimated Canadian municipalities of all sizes would need as much as $20 billion over two decades to bring wastewater systems up to acceptable standards,” he said. Many municipalities and provincial governments complained they did not have the fiscal capacity to meet the new standards and were given “transitional authorization” — or extensions — before they needed to be in compliance. Deadlines of 2020, 2030 and 2040 were assigned to cities, depending on the level of risk associated with the wastewater system. The 2040 target was meant to be for “low risk” systems, though no one has been able to explain to me how the massive Jean R. Marcotte plant in Montreal falls into that category, given the amount of pollution it discharges. Elaine Macdonald, healthy communities director at Ecojustice Canada, said she is worried the government has opened the door to more extensions. “We could see more municipalities added to the 2040 list, giving them the chance to de-prioritize wastewater treatment,” she said. The Liberal government, which pledged last year to keep waters “safe, clean and well-managed,” denies the proposed regulatory amendments weaken the timeline to compliance. Moira Kelly, a spokeswoman for Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, said the process has been reopened to allow municipalities that did not receive an extension to apply for one. “During our last mandate, we approved $1.6 billion in federal funding for 1,452 wastewater projects. In comparison, between 2011 and 2015, the previous Harper government approved only 216 wastewater projects, representing $641 million in federal funding,” she said. What that exchange suggests is that neither party has delivered on the promise to keep Canada’s fresh water safe and clean. Catherine Mckenna, the infrastructure minister, has a $33 billion “Investing in Canada” fund that will presumably be used as part of a POST-COVID economic recovery plan. It would seem a good opportunity to accelerate plans to end the practice of pumping a putrid discharge of “acute lethality” into waters in which fish swim and children swim.
  6. Interesting quote ""We are obviously disappointed by the decision by Air Canada to cut services to some regions. We know Air Canada profits from the most profitable routes in the country but we expect them to serve ... people who live in more distant regions," Trudeau told a news conference."
  7. SHARE TORONTO -- Britain is allowing travellers from dozens of countries to arrive without self-isolating for 14 days, but Canada and the U.S. are not on the list. On Friday, the British government announced it would cancel the two weeks self-isolation requirement for people arriving from countries deemed a “lower risk” for the coronavirus. According to the guidance, travellers who have only been to or stopped in the countries on the list during the previous 14 days won’t have to self-isolate upon their arrival in Britain. Some of the countries on the “travel corridor” list include Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Australia, and New Zealand. Both Canada and the U.S. did not make the list. Newsletter sign-up: Get The COVID-19 Brief sent to your inbox With confirmed cases of COVID-19 climbing in 40 of 50 U.S. states and a record 52,300 newly reported cases on Friday, the U.S. remains the hardest-hit country in the world. Canada, on the other hand, has seen a steady overall decline in new cases in recent weeks. Other notable omissions from the list of 59 countries include Russia, Sweden, Portugal, India, and China. No countries in North, Central, or South America were given the exemption. U.K. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps explained that countries will be given a colour based on a traffic-light system – meaning green is for low risk, amber is for medium-risk, and red is for high-risk. The U.S., for example, falls into the red category, according to the secretary. The changes come into effect July 10 and only apply to arrivals in England with the semi-autonomous administrations in the rest of the U.K. – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – refusing to lift the quarantine period for travellers on the list. The British government has chosen to relax the travel restrictions despite the fact that the U.K. has recorded nearly 44,000 deaths related to coronavirus, only behind the U.S. and Brazil as countries with the most deaths worldwide. With files from The Associated Press
  8. WE group to stop running federal volunteer program The Canadian PressStaff Contact Published Friday, July 3, 2020 10:14AM EDTLast Updated Friday, July 3, 2020 11:43AM EDT Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau appear on stage during WE Day UN in New York City, on Sept. 20, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Adrian Wyld) SHARE OTTAWA -- Youth Minister Bardish Chagger says the WE organization won't manage the federal government's $900-million program to pay students and fresh graduates for volunteer work this summer. In a statement this morning, Chagger says it's a "mutually agreed upon decision." Since the charity founded by brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger was announced as the manager of the program last week, the sole-sourced deal has been criticized because of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's close relationship with the group.
  9. Based on the current gun violence in Chicago, I suspect they will not have many visitors who will need to self quarantine. Would you go there? I know I would not. Chicago issues emergency coronavirus travel order on people from these states Connecticut, New York and New Jersey recently implemented similar measures By Shawn M. Carter | Fox News Chicago has issued an emergency travel order on people coming into the city from states with surges in COVID-19 cases, as the novel virus spikes in new hotspots across the country. “To preserve the gains Chicago has made, we're issuing an Emergency Travel Order directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a period of 14 days,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot wrote in a tweet. RUBIO URGES POOL TESTING IN LETTER TO PENCE, AZAR IN WAKE OF FLORIDA'S CORONAVIRUS CASE SPIKE The order, taking effect Monday, requires travelers from these states to quarantine for 14 days: Alabama Arkansas Arizona California Florida Georgia Idaho Louisiana Mississippi North Carolina Nevada South Carolina Tennessee Texas Utah MOST STATES SEE CORONAVIRUS SPIKES AS JULY 4 HOLIDAY WEEKEND APPROACHES Officials from the Chicago Department of Public Health said the above states have a significant degree of community-wide COVID-19 spread, registering more than 15 new cases per 100,000 resident population, per day, over the course of a seven-day rolling average. ABC7 reported the order will remain in effect until further notice and that individuals in violation could face fines between $100 and $500 a day, up to $7,000. Chicago reported 869 new COVID-19 cases and 36 additional deaths Thursday. The total number of positive cases in Illinois is roughly 144,882, including 6,987 deaths. The order follows a joint travel advisory from Connecticut, New York and N
  10. visiting friends, children , grandchildren, elderly relatives...........
  11. I know the Mayor of Seattle finally grew a backbone. Seattle police forcibly clear ‘lawless’ protest zone BY MARTHA BELLISLE AND LISA BAUMANN ASSOCIATED PRESS JULY 01, 2020 07:52 PM Seattle Police, at right, look on as Department of Transportation workers remove barricades at the intersection of 10th Ave. and Pine St., Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at the CHOP (Capitol Hill Occupied Protest) zone in Seattle. Protesters quickly moved couches, trash cans and other materials in to replace the cleared barricades. The area has been occupied by protesters since Seattle Police pulled back from their East Precinct building following violent clashes with demonstrators earlier in the month. TED S. WARREN AP SEATTLE Wearing helmets and wielding batons and rifles, Seattle police turned out in force at dawn Wednesday in the city’s “occupied” protest zone after the mayor ordered it cleared following two recent fatal shootings. Officers stood shoulder-to-shoulder on several streets while others created a makeshift fence with their bicycles, using it to push dozens of protesters back away from the center of the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” zone just east of downtown. The group had occupied several blocks around a park for about two weeks after police abandoned a precinct station following standoffs and clashes that were part of the nationwide unrest over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. As residents in the neighborhood watched from balconies, police cleared out the protesters’ tents from the park and made sure no one was left in the park’s bathrooms. More than three dozen people were arrested, charged with failure to disperse, obstruction, assault and unlawful weapon possession. “Our job is to support peaceful demonstration but what has happened on these streets over the last two weeks is lawless and it’s brutal and bottom line it is simply unacceptable,” Police Chief Carmen Best said. One protest organizer, Derrek Allen Jones II, said some demonstrators attempted to stay but were surprised by the early intervention by officers who were “trampling everything I seen in sight, flipping tables.” Breaking news & more Sign up for one of our many newsletters to be the first to know when big news breaks “People were trying to hold their ground but you could see the cops literally storm through people’s beds while they were sleeping. And literally say ‘If you don’t get out, we will force you out or arrest you,'" he said. One man dressed in black was peacefully led away in handcuffs and other demonstrators sat on the wet ground until their small group was handcuffed and detained. Police also tore down fences that protesters had erected around their tents and used batons to poke inside bushes, apparently looking for people who might be hiding. One officer took down a sign saying “We are not leaving until our demands are met: 1. Defund SPD by 50% now. 2. Fund Black Communities. 3. Free all protesters." After police evicted the protesters, heavy equipment was used to remove concrete barriers, cart away debris from the encampments while officers strung yellow caution tape from tree to tree warning people not to reenter. ’I was just stunned by the amount of graffiti, garbage and property destruction,” Best said after she walked around the area. “The recent public safety threats have been well documented," Mayor Jenny Durkan said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. ”These acts of gun violence resulted in the tragic deaths of two teenagers, with multiple others seriously wounded. Despite continued efforts to deescalate and bring community together, this violence demanded action." Durkan also said while she supported the police in making arrests Wednesday, she doesn't think many of those arrested for misdemeanors should be prosecuted. She also said she was committed to work that would dismantle systemic racism and build true community safety. “Events in the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone this morning, while necessary, should not diminish the cause of racial justice,” Gov. Jay Inslee said in an emailed statement. Best said in addition to the fatal shootings, robberies, assaults, violence and property crimes have occurred in the area in the last few weeks. She said she wanted police to move back into the precinct so officers could better respond to needs in the area. Protesters have said they should not be blamed for the violence in the area. There had been mounting calls by critics, including President Donald Trump, to remove protesters. A group of local business owners sued the city, claiming that officials abandoned the area and made it impossible to run businesses because there was no police or fire protection. U.S. Attorney General William Barr praised Best for what he called “her courage and leadership in restoring the rule of law in Seattle.” “Chief Best has rightly committed to continue the substantive discussion while ending the violence, which threatens innocent people and undermines the very rule-of-law principles that the protesters profess to defend," he said in a statement. Seattle Black Collective Voice, which was formed by people in the protest zone, said previously that their work would continue even if they were forced out of that area. On Wednesday afternoon the group said via Twitter, “We don’t end with CHOP.” 1 of 22 Protesters stand on barricades a block away as Seattle Department of Transportation workers remove other barricades at the intersection of 10th Ave. and Pine St., Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at the CHOP (Capitol Hill Occupied Protest) zone in Seattle. Protesters quickly moved couches, trash cans and other materials in to replace the cleared barricades. The area has been occupied by protesters since Seattle Police pulled back from their East Precinct building following violent clashes with demonstrators earlier in the month. TED S. WARREN AP
  12. Passengers near Manitoba COVID-19 case on June flights now told to self-isolate 2 July 2020Canadian Aviation News News from CBC News – link to story No new cases of COVID-19 announced in Manitoba on Thursday; province has 16 active cases Aidan Geary · CBC News · Posted: Jul 02, 2020 COVID-19 samples at the B.C Centre for Disease Control lab in this April file photo. No new cases of COVID-19 were announced in Manitoba on Thursday. (Ben Nelms/CBC) Some passengers on Air Canada flights last month are now being advised to self-isolate because they are considered close contacts of a COVID-19 case identified earlier this week in Manitoba, the province said Thursday. No new cases of COVID-19 in the province were announced on Thursday, with a total of 16 active cases in the province. The daily news release did, however, update a warning from earlier this week about a passenger who travelled by plane three times in June and tested positive for COVID-19. On Tuesday, the province advised passengers on the flights to simply self-monitor for symptoms. However, on Thursday, that advice was updated to instruct passengers in affected rows to self-isolate for 14 days following the flight. The province’s advisory includes: June 18: Air Canada flight AC 295, from Winnipeg to Vancouver, rows 19-25. June 21: Air Canada flight AC 122 from Vancouver to Toronto, rows not yet determined. June 23: Air Canada flight AC 259, from Toronto to Winnipeg, rows 24 to 30. People who were on those flights and in those rows are considered close contacts of the case, the province said. They are advised to self-isolate for 14 days from the time of the flight and monitor for symptoms. If you were on the flight but not in the affected rows, you should self-monitor for symptoms, the province said. Province seeks private health-care providers’ help to address backlog of surgeries due to COVID-19 In the past week, 10 new cases of COVID-19 have been announced in Manitoba. Eight of them were in the Winnipeg health region, according to provincial data, and the remaining two were in the Southern Health region. At least four of the cases were linked to the trucking industry. As of Thursday, 302 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Manitoba, the province said Thursday. A total of 325 confirmed or probable cases have been identified in the province since the pandemic began, and seven Manitobans have died. No one is currently in hospital or in intensive care for COVID-19, the province said. On Wednesday, 512 tests were completed, with a further 503 tests on Tuesday. That brings Manitoba’s total to 64,329 tests since early February.
  13. And when you look at the first one you show, it pretends to be about a real event but it never happened. It would seem to be fake news. More Than 1,000 Canadians March to US Embassy in Ottawa Chanting “We Love Trump” on Canada Day By Joe Hoft Published July 2, 2020 at 7:27am Share on Facebook(1.7k)TweetEmail On Canada Day in Ottawa a group of Trump lovers marched on the US Embassy chanting “We love Trump”.
  14. PAL Airlines Reaffirms Commitment to Atlantic Canadian and Quebec Markets 2 July 2020Canadian Aviation News From PAL Airlines ST. JOHN’S, NL, July 2, 2020 /CNW/ – PAL Airlines is reaffirming the company’s commitment of continued service to destinations in Atlantic Canada and Quebec. “PAL Airlines knows firsthand the uncertainty COVID-19 has created in Canadian commercial aviation,” said Calvin Ash, President of PAL Airlines. “Given recent events, we believe it is important to restate our commitment to serving our network in Atlantic Canada and Quebec and to assure our passengers that they can continue to book future travel with confidence in our airline.” PAL Airlines maintains an extensive presence throughout Atlantic Canada and Quebec with scheduled passenger and cargo services to a variety of destinations primarily operating De Havilland Dash 8 series aircraft. At this pivotal time for the aviation industry, PAL Airlines is proudly delivering essential air services throughout the region and responsibly increasing capacity to meet market demand. The airline will continue to monitor events in the market and progressively enhance scheduled services to meet community requirements. “Throughout our history, PAL Airlines’ strength has been our ability to offer a range of services that meet the diverse needs of our customers and businesses we serve,” said Jake Trainor, CEO of the PAL Group of Companies. “By following those principles through COVID-19, we have been able to keep flying safely at a time when our communities have needed us most.” Interline Partners PAL Airlines is pleased to offer an extensive route network throughout Eastern Canada as well as offering many great destinations beyond our network through our interline partner WestJet. The Interline agreement between PAL Airlines and WestJet facilitates domestic travel for passengers who require flights with more than one airline to reach their final destination. It will allow passengers to travel across the domestic networks of both carriers with the convenience of a single reservation and the confidence that their itinerary includes appropriate connection times. Please be sure to check in with the airline that is operating your flight; or if you have connecting flights, the airline that is operating the first portion of your flight as the baggage policies of the other carrier may apply. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the fees and policies of the airline that is operating your flight. For information on WestJet baggage policies, please click here. Please note that interline bookings between PAL Airlines and WestJet can only be made through Travel Agents and are not available for bookings through either operators website or call centre. To book your next interline flight, please contact your preferred local Travel Agent.
  15. American Airlines says it’s overstaffed by 20,000 employees for fall schedule PUBLISHED THU, JUL 2 20209:52 AM EDTUPDATED 11 MIN AGO Leslie Josephs@LESLIEJOSEPHS KEY POINTS American and its competitors are trying to reduce head count because of weak travel demand. U.S. carriers are prohibited from laying off or cutting the pay rates of staff through Sept. 30 under terms of $25 billion in federal aid. American said it reduced its daily cash burn from $100 million a day in April to less than $35 million a day in June. An airline employee walks past empty American Airlines check-in terminals at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on May 12, 2020. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS American Airlines on Thursday told staff it has more than 20,000 employees it doesn’t need for its reduced fall schedule as the carrier and its competitors face weak demand for air travel during the coronavirus pandemic. The Fort Worth-based carrier and other U.S. airlines are urging employees to take buyouts or early retirement options to reduce headcount before turning to involuntary measures like layoffs. U.S. carriers are prohibited from laying off or cutting the pay rates of their staff through Sept. 30 under the terms of $25 billion in government payroll support aimed at softening the impact of the virus on their business.5 der CARES Act “We currently anticipate having 20 to 30% — or more than 20,000 — more team members on payroll than we need to operate our schedule this fall,” CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom said in a staff note. “To be clear, this doesn’t mean 20,000 of our team members will be furloughed in October, it simply means we still have to work to do to right-size our team for the airline we operate.” American and its competitors have been shoring up liquidity and cutting costs as demand remains a fraction of 2019 levels, even for the peak summer travel season. American and four other airlines reached agreements for portions of $25 billion in federal loans to weather the crisis, the Treasury Department said Thursday. American said it expects to finalize the loan in the third quarter. At the depths of the demand crisis in April, American had around $11 million in cash receipts, which rose to $358 million in May and more than $1 billion in June, the executives said. “While that improvement is encouraging, it’s compared to an average of $4.2 billion each month during the same period in 2019, so we have a ways to go,” Parker and Isom wrote. The carrier was burning less than $35 million a day at the end of June, down from $100 million a day in April, they said. American expects international travel demand will stay muted into next year. Earlier this week, it said its long-haul international schedule in summer 2021 would be down 25% from what it offered in the 2019 season and that it would cut 19 routes. The carrier is also planning to cut wide-body cabin crew staffing for international and transcontinental routes and will shrink some of its flight-attendant bases and scrap bases in the Raleigh-Durham area and in St. Louis. WATCH: American airlines to lift capacity cap on flights
  16. NASA releases spectacular 10-year timelapse of the sun Denio Published Thursday, July 2, 2020 11:20AM EDTLast Updated Thursday, July 2, 2020 11:57AM EDT TORONTO -- It’s been 10 years since NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) began watching the sun non-stop. To celebrate a decade of operations, the space agency released some incredible time-lapse footage of its solar mission. Since 2010, the SDO has collected 425 million high-resolution images of the sun, amassing 20 million gigabytes of data. Using a variety of instruments, it was able to capture new images of the sun every 0.75 seconds for 10 years. Those images were spliced together to create the time-lapse video shown below. A decade of sun activity was condensed into the 61-minute video which features notable events, like transiting planets and solar eruptions. The SDO was launched in February 2010 to help researchers understand the sun’s influence on Earth by studying the solar atmosphere.
  17. anyway, in answer to your original question, yes there were BLM marches here in Calgary but quite limited and orderly. Impossible to stop without creating problems. I see the original tweet from the city is linked to one that reminds people that groups over 200 are not legal at the moment.
  18. Air Canada cancellations have long-term implications, says Atlantic business leader 2 July 2020Canadian Aviation News News from CBC News – link to story No Charlottetown-Halifax flights had been operating since April COVID-19 slowdown Kevin Yarr · CBC News · Posted: Jul 02, 2020 With demand down in the pandemic, Air Canada has suspended 30 routes indefinitely. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press) Atlantic Canada could be feeling an extended impact from Air Canada’s decision to suspend some key flights in the region, says the CEO of the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce. Earlier this week, the airline announced it was “indefinitely suspending” 30 flight routes, including trips from Charlottetown to Halifax and vice versa. In 2019, 35,000 people flew on that route, but planes have not flown the route since early April, when restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic set in. Air Canada said decreased demand due to the pandemic’s lingering impact does not support bringing the four daily round trips between Charlottetown and Halifax back in September, as the airline had originally planned. Air connections are important for businesses in particular, says Sheri Somerville, CEO of the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce — “not just economic recovery out of COVID, but also our recovery and growth for the future of Atlantic Canada.” The Atlantic Chamber of Commerce is hoping to work with government to find ways to help the economy in the region. In a news release announcing the changes, Canada’s biggest airline said: “Air Canada expects the industry’s recovery will take a minimum of three years. As a consequence, other changes to its network and schedule, as well as further service suspensions, will be considered over the coming weeks as the airline takes steps to decisively reduce its overall cost structure and cash burn rate.” With files from Lauren Toffan Labrador hit hard by Air Canada cuts, as leaders question airline motives 2 July 2020Canadian Aviation News News from CBC News – link to story Air Canada cut 7 routes in N.L. Tuesday CBC News · Posted: Jul 02, 2020 Wally Andersen, left, and Jordan Brown both see the loss of Air Canada as having major implications for travel to and from Labrador. (CBC) Political leaders in the Big Land are unhappy with Air Canada’s slashing of routes to the region, saying flights will now be scarcer and more expensive, and questioning the company’s motives. The airline announced on Tuesday it was pulling out of Wabush Airport, as well as dropping its flights from Happy Valley-Goose Bay and the island, as part of a 30-route cutback across Canada. Air Canada’s only service to Labrador is now its flight between Goose Bay and Halifax. “To have the mat pulled underneath our feet from Air Canada here, it’s devastating,” said Wally Andersen, the mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, noting the impacts ripple out to Labrador’s north and south coasts, where people rely on travel through Goose Bay to get to medical appointments on the island. The MHA for Labrador West echoed those concerns, with Jordan Brown calling the move “a big blow to the region.” “We get so busy here in Lab West, especially when the mines are having any rebuilds or anything like that. So this is going to create a massive bottleneck in the availability to travel out of the region,” he said. Both see all sorts of traffic affected, from leisure tourism to medical appointments, to construction workers commuting to jobs. With the current push for summer staycations in the province, Andersen said the Air Canada move means any extra boost of visitors to Labrador is “going to be almost impossible.” “We went through COVID-19 and were all looking forward to opening up a little bit. But to have your travel limited, it’s not something we were looking forward to,” he said. The Goose Bay Airport has lost all its Air Canada flights except to Halifax. ( COVID a convenient excuse? They also predict the price of remaining flights to and from the Big Land, already costly and in short supply, are set to skyrocket. A regular return ticket from Goose Bay to St. John’s easily tops $1,000, with last minute flights far more than that, and Andersen is left wondering about Air Canada’s rationale for the move. “For them to say they weren’t making money, when their planes were basically full … I question the reason why they’re pulling out of Goose Bay,” he said. Air Canada has stated the cutbacks are an attempt to staunch the financial bleeding its experienced since the start of the pandemic, as plane travel has nosedived. The carrier had a net loss of more than $1 billion in the first quarter of 2020 alone and trimmed its workforce by 20,000. Brown shares Andersen’s skepticism, noting that Air Canada has “slowly deteriorated” the quality of its Wabush service for years, downsizing from jets to an 18-seater Beechcraft. “I think they used this COVID as an excuse to just cut ties altogether with the region,” he said. Wabush Mayor Ron Barron took things a step further Tuesday, telling CBC News he sees the loss as a potential ploy for Air Canada to angle for a federal bailout. Air Canada lost more than $1 billion in the first quarter of 2020 alone. (Jonathan Dupaul/CBC) Other airlines Barron said he had spoken to PAL Airlines about possibly taking up some of Air Canada’s slack. PAL declined an interview with CBC, instead pointing to a statement it made on social media that did not address any future expansions. On Facebook, PAL stated its operations “will not be affected by Air Canada’s announcement.” Brown said he had no commitments as of yet from other carriers to step in and fill the Air Canada void in Wabush, while Andersen said regional leaders would be coming together to reach out to other airlines and advocate for more service. Wabush Airport is still served by PAL, as well as Pascan Aviation and a few other small regional carriers. Goose Bay remains served by PAL and its subsidiary Air Borealis. With files from Labrador Morning
  19. Strange I can not find that on the official site:
  20. U.S. regulator, Boeing complete 737 MAX certification test flights PUBLISHED WED, JUL 1 20208:40 PM EDT KEY POINTS The Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing have completed certification test flights on the 737 MAX, a key milestone toward the plane’s return to service, the U.S. regulator said on Wednesday. The MAX has been grounded since March 2019 after two fatal crashes in five months killed 346 people. The FAA said it must still evaluate data from the three days of testing and has other tasks to complete. A Boeing 737 MAX airplane lands after a test flight at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, U.S. June 29, 2020. Karen Ducey | Reuters The Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing have completed certification test flights on the 737 MAX, a key milestone toward the plane’s return to service, the U.S. regulator said on Wednesday. The MAX has been grounded since March 2019 after two fatal crashes in five months killed 346 people. The FAA said it must still evaluate data from the three days of testing and has other tasks to complete. “The agency is following a deliberate process and will take the time it needs to thoroughly review Boeing’s work,” the FAA said. “We will lift the grounding order only after FAA safety experts are satisfied that the aircraft meets certification standards.” Boeing declined to comment, saying it would defer to the FAA statement. WATCH NOW VIDEO02:15 Boeing shares move higher on news of 737 Max recertification flights The tests of Boeing’s proposed changes to the automated flight control system on the aircraft are a pivotal moment in the company’s worst-ever corporate crisis. The FAA must complete the data review, approve new pilot training procedures, among other steps, and is unlikely to approve the plane’s ungrounding until mid-September, Reuters reported this week. If that happens, the jet is on a path to resume U.S. service before year-end, in a process plagued by delays. The crisis has cost Boeing more than $18 billion, slashed production and hobbled its supply chain, with criminal and congressional investigations still ongoing. In December, Boeing fired Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg after scrutiny into the jet’s design and development tarnished its reputation with airlines and regulators. A Transportation Department inspector general report first reported by Reuters on Tuesday faulted Boeing for not disclosing information to the FAA about a key safety system known as MCAS tied to both fatal crashes. Boeing agreed to add significant safeguards to MCAS, make other software updates and move wiring bundles that the FAA said posed a safety hazard.
  21. Possible coronavirus exposure on WestJet flight from Toronto to Halifax By Alexander Quon Global News Posted July 1, 2020 11:32 am 5:09When will a COVID-19 vaccine be ready? The Nova Scotia Health Authority is warning of possible coronavirus exposure on a WestJet flight between Toronto and Halifax last week. WestJet flight WS 248 left Toronto at 10 a.m. ET, on June 26 and landed in Halifax at 1:04 p.m. AT. Officials with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) say that while anyone on the flight could have been exposed that passengers in rows 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 seats A-C are more likely to have had close contact. Passengers who were in those seats are asked to call 811 for advice. READ MORE: Nova Scotia reports 1 new travel-related case of COVID-19 on Canada Day The NSHA says it is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on the flight may develop symptoms up to, and including July 10, 2020
  22. HEALTH Coronavirus: Airline passengers on 3 flights to YVR should monitor for symptoms By Amy Judd Global News Posted July 1, 2020 6:04 pm Updated July 1, 2020 6:46 pm 0:22Coronavirus: Majority of Canadians say they’ll wait at least 6 months to travel The B.C. Centre for Disease Control is advising airline passengers of possible exposure to COVID-19 on another three recent flights to Vancouver. The first is Air Canada flight 217 from Saskatoon to Vancouver (YVR) on June 16. The second is also an Air Canada flight, number 557 from Los Angeles to YVR, on June 18. And most recently, Flair Airlines flight 8102 from Toronto to YVR on June 21. The BCCDC says as of March 27, B.C. no longer directly contacts passengers from domestic flights who were seated near a confirmed case during the flight. All passengers who flew on those flights are being asked to self-isolate and monitor symptoms for 14 days from the date of travel. As of March 25, it is mandatory under the Quarantine Act that anyone arriving in B.C. from outside of Canada is required to stay home for 14 days upon their arrival Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the June 21 Flair Airlines flight was out of Saskatoon, when it actually originated in Toronto.
  23. WORLD | News Florida sheriff: I'll deputize gun owners if violent protests erupt The Associated PressStaff Contact Published Wednesday, July 1, 2020 8:41PM EDT Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels appears in a video posted to Facebook on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. SHARE GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FLA. -- A Florida sheriff says he will deputize every gun owner in his county to put down any violent protests his deputies can't handle alone. Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels gave no indication in a three-minute video released Wednesday that any demonstrations are planned in his suburban Jacksonville county. Daniels also said he would protect any peaceful protests, but added that if anyone starts "tearing up Clay County, that is not going to be acceptable." "If we can't handle you, I'll exercise the power and authority as the sheriff and I'll make special deputies of every lawful gun owner in the county and I'll deputize them to this one purpose: to stand in the gap between lawlessness and civility," said Daniels, sporting a white cowboy hat as he stood in front of 18 deputies. Related Stories Couple draw guns at crowd heading to St. Louis mayor's home Daniels, who is African American, said in the video that his department has a "great relationship" with its residents, but "if you come to Clay County and think for one second we'll bend our backs for you, you're sadly mistaken." "The second you step out from up under the protection of the Constitution, we'll be waiting on you and give you everything you want: all the publicity, all the pain, all the glamour and glory for all that five minutes will give you." Daniels, a Republican finishing his first term, is being challenged by six opponents in the upcoming election. He is under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement after his former employer, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, announced last year that he'd had an affair with a co-worker when he was running its jails. Daniels, who is married, was accused of later having the woman falsely arrested. He issued an apology, but said he wouldn't discuss specifics. SHARE
  24. Talk about fake news. You are way off on this post. The decision from the city of Calgary is all about distancing and the need to keep our infection rate down, unlike what we see in Ontario and Quebec. So ......
  25. The one that made this forum was a WestJet issue. Posted Saturday at 12:49 PM Conditional Discharge (no record). Currently in right seat of A320 in Asia.