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  1. We are now being asked to apologize for Slavery. I fail to understand how the country of Canada should or can apologize since Canada never condoned or practiced "Slavery".
  2. Just goes to show that when allowing a relative to travel on your passes, you must make sure they understand the pass policy.
  3. Evidently everyone held their breath, crossed their fingers and all worked out.
  4. I imagine other customers will also ground their F-35s until the problem is resolved.
  5. Biden tests positive for COVID-19, returns to isolation President Joe Biden waves as he leaves after speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 27, 2022. Biden ended his COVID-19 isolation after testing negative for the virus on Tuesday night and again on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Zeke Miller The Associated Press Staff Contact Updated July 30, 2022 1:09 p.m. MDT Published July 30, 2022 12:57 p.m. MDT President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 again Saturday, slightly more than three days after he was cleared to exit coronavirus isolation, the White House said, in a rare case of "rebound" following treatment with an anti-viral drug. White House physician Dr. Kevin O'Connor said in a letter that Biden "has experienced no reemergence of symptoms, and continues to feel quite well." In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, Biden will reenter isolation for least five days. The agency says most rebound cases remain mild and that severe disease during that period has not been reported. Tracking every case of COVID-19 in Canada Biden tests positive for COVID-19, returns to isolation U.S. rules out summer COVID boosters to focus on fall campaign Face shields fail to give high levels of COVID protection: study Is it safe to travel right now? Experts weigh in on how to mitigate COVID risks on vacation North Korea claims no new fever cases amid doubts over COVID data Here's who can get COVID-19 antiviral Paxlovid in Canada, and how U.S. reaches deal with Moderna for Omicron COVID-19 vaccine Japan looks to regions to mount COVID-19 fight as variant spreads China backs away from growth goal, sticks to virus controls After pandemic pivots, where have Canadian workers gone? Project tracking COVID-19 in Canadian long-term care homes pauses due to lack of data Coronavirus stats worldwide: Compare Canada and other key nations Full coverage at CTVNews.ca/Coronavirus Word of Biden's positive test came just two hours after the White House announced a presidential visit to Michigan this coming Tuesday to highlight the passage of a bill to promote domestic high-tech manufacturing. Biden had also been scheduled to visit his home in Wilmington, Delaware, on Sunday morning, where first lady Jill Biden has been staying while the president was positive. Both trips have been canceled as Biden has returned to isolation. Biden, 79, was treated with the anti-viral drug Paxlovid, and tested negative for the virus on Tuesday and Wednesday. He was then cleared to leave isolation while wearing a mask indoors. His positive tests puts him among the minority of those prescribed the drug to experience a rebound case of the virus. While Biden was testing negative, he returned to holding in-person indoor events and meetings with staff at the White House and was wearing a mask, in accordance with CDC guidelines. But the president removed his mask indoors when delivering remarks on Thursday and during a meeting with CEOs on the White House complex. Asked why Biden appeared to be breaching CDC protocols, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, "They were socially distanced. They were far enough apart. So we made it safe for them to be together, to be on that stage." Regulators are still studying the prevalence and virulence of rebound cases, but the CDC in May warned doctors that it has been reported to occur within two days to eight days after initially testing negative for the virus. "Limited information currently available from case reports suggests that persons treated with Paxlovid who experience COVID-19 rebound have had mild illness; there are no reports of severe disease," the agency said at the time. When Biden was initially released from isolation on Wednesday, O'Connor said the president would "increase his testing cadence" to catch any potential rebound of the virus. White House COVID-19 coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha told reporters on Monday that "the clinical data suggests that between 5 and 8 percent of people have rebound" after Paxlovid treatment. Paxlovid has been proven to significantly reduce severe disease and death among those most vulnerable to COVID-19. U.S. health officials have encouraged those who test positive to consult their doctors or pharmacists to see if they should be prescribed the treatment, despite the rebound risk. Biden is fully vaccinated, after getting two doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine shortly before taking office, a first booster shot in September and an additional dose March 30. While patients who have recovered from earlier variants of COVID-19 have tended to have high levels of immunity to future reinfection for 90 days, Jha said that the BA.5 subvariant that infected Biden has proven to be more "immune-evasive." "We have seen lots of people get reinfected within 90 days," he said, adding that officials don't yet have data on how long those who have recovered from the BA.5 strain have protection from reinfection.
  6. Perhaps looking out of the forward starboard door to check the right landing gear? US authorities probe crew member’s fatal fall from stricken C212 By David Kaminski-Morrow30 July 2022 US authorities are probing a bizarre fatal accident in which a CASA C212 crew member either jumped or fell from the aircraft, before it was involved in a runway excursion upon landing at Raleigh-Durham airport with a landing-gear malfunction. The twin-engined cargo aircraft touched down on runway 23L at around 14:50 on 29 July, apparently missing its right-hand main wheel. The C212’s tricycle undercarriage is non-retractable. But only one of the two crew members was on board. Emergency services personnel located the body of the second crew member in a residential area of Fuquay-Varina, some 27km south of the airport. “We had officers that were responding in the area for the search and were flagged down by a resident,” says Wake County emergency management operations chief Darshan Patel. “They had heard something in their backyard, which led to us finding this individual.” Patel, speaking during a briefing, said there was “no indication that the individual had a parachute”. Source: Alan Wilson/Creative Commons Seen in an earlier colour scheme, N497CA was the aircraft involved in the Raleigh accident Fuquay-Varina police department states that law enforcement and fire service agencies had been tasked with “locating the co-pilot” who had “exited [the aircraft] while in mid-flight”. It adds that, after receiving information from a resident, police were able to “positively identify the co-pilot”. The aircraft had overflown the residential area some 10min before lining up for an initial approach to the runway, performing a fly-by before rejoining the circuit and landing. Emergency vehicles had been deployed for the touchdown. The aircraft landed on its remaining wheels, before listing to the right and veering off 23L. NOTAM information from Raleigh-Durham airport states that the runway has been closed until 1 August. Circumstances of the accident, and whether the landing-gear problem was directly linked to the fatality, have yet to be clarified. The C212’s design includes an aft loading ramp which can be opened in flight for activities such as skydiving. According to the US FAA the aircraft involved (N497CA) is a 1983 airframe, MSN291, owned by an entity called Spore, located in Colorado Springs, south of Denver. Fleet data from Cirium lists the C212’s operator as Rampart Aviation – co-located with Spore – which specialises in support services including military training using utility aircraft.
  7. ‘Decade of Results’: NASA Celebrates Space Station’s Benefits to Humanity Now entering its third decade of life, the International Space Station has evolved from an outpost on the edge of space into a highly capable microgravity laboratory. At any given time, the station hosts hundreds of investigations spanning every major scientific discipline. Scientific advancements made through microgravity research range from the tangible, such as air purification and water filtration products, to the potential, such as cleaner combustion engines or medical scans that expose patients to lower levels of radiation. Results are compounding, new benefits are materializing, and innovative research and technology demonstrations are producing a legacy that will be felt for decades to come. Our new e-book, International Space Station Benefits for Humanity 2022, highlights the immeasurable benefits brought on from microgravity research—for society, science, exploration, and the economy. This edition focuses on new areas of scientific study, future technologies for the exploration of the Moon and Mars, lives saved, and contributions to the growing low-Earth orbit economy. · Read: 15 Ways the Space Station Benefits Humanity · Watch: 15 Benefits of Space Station Research · Listen: Benefits of Station Research Themed Podcasts · Get the full digital book (PDF) For daily updates on the science happening aboard the International Space Station, follow us on Twitter @ISS_Research, on Facebook, or on our website.
  8. As time goes on, more is learned about covid
  9. Most US F-35s temporarily grounded as ejection seat issue threatens jets worldwide Air Force discovered defect in April but didn’t know its full scope By Rachel S. Cohen Jul 29, 12:51 PM U.S. Air Force and South Korean air force F-35A Lightning II aircraft soar in a tight formation over Korea, July 12, 2022. (Senior Airman Trevor Gordnier/Air Force) Editor’s note: This story was updated at 8:52 p.m. on July 29, 2022, with more information from the ejection seat manufacturer and the U.S. military. The U.S. military discovered a problem with the ejection seats used across its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet in April, but waited three months to ground those aircraft flown by the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps to fully investigate the issue, multiple sources told Air Force Times Friday. Officials initially saw the problem as a potentially isolated incident. But an ongoing investigation sourced the issue to the production line, prompting waves of temporary stand-downs this week. “During a routine maintenance inspection at Hill [Air Force Base, Utah,] in April ‘22, an anomaly was discovered with one of the seat cartridge actuated devices in the F-35 seat,” Steve Roberts, a spokesperson for seat manufacturer Martin-Baker, said Friday. “This was quickly traced back to a gap in the manufacturing process, which was addressed and changed.” Cartridges are the ejection seat component that explode to propel an aviator out of the cockpit and prompts their parachute to open. The defective part was loose and missing the magnesium powder used to ignite the propellant that shoots someone to safety, Roberts said.
  10. Some Details of the recent contract at YVR and YYC WestJet workers in Calgary and Vancouver ratify historic first contract 29 July 2022Canadian Aviation News CALGARY, AB, July 29, 2022 /CNW/ – Newly unionized WestJet workers in Calgary and Vancouver have ratified a first contract that gives members at least a 13% wage increase, their first increase in five years. “After nine months of challenging bargaining, the Local 531 bargaining committee achieved long overdue and significant wage increases, improved benefits and better working conditions,” said Scott Doherty, Executive Assistant to the National President and lead on the airline sector. Unifor Local 531 Bargaining Committee lead by Scott Doherty (CNW Group/Unifor) “Members starting out in the wage grid will see their wages rise as much as 40% and members at the top of the scale will see increases between 13% and 17% over the life of the agreement.” Unifor Local 531 represents nearly 800 baggage service agents,(BSA’s) customer service agents (CSA.s) and priority service agents (PSA’s) in Calgary and Vancouver airports after being certified in May of 2021. Steps have merged, condensing the time workers progress, ensuring faster wage increases. A 5% premium over CSA/PSA wage scale replaces the $1 per hour premium previously in place. An extra step at the top of the grid giving members an additional increase after 8 years of service. Other gains include a $100.00 yearly uniform allowance, paid breaks, 100 hour stat holiday credit, continuation of the WestJet Savings Plan, seniority rights, 12 sick days for full time and 10 for part time workers, minimum rest periods, and improved scheduling. The employer has also agreed that casual employees will not exceed 10% of the workforce. Bargaining began in October 2021, and Unifor Local 531 filed for conciliation with the Canadian government on April 26, 2022. “Together we have proven there is power in a union and we strongly encourage WestJetters in Edmonton to join Unifor Local 531. Our bargaining committee worked hard for these important gains and we appreciate the unwavering solidarity from the members,” said Sherwin Antonio, member of Local 531’s Calgary Bargaining Committee.
  11. When Russia leaves, what's next for the International Space Station? By Lucie Aubourg and Issam Ahmed Washington (AFP) July 29, 2022 Russia's announcement this week that it will leave the International Space Station "after 2024" raises critical questions about the outpost's future viability. Here's what you should know about Moscow's decision, and the potential effect on one of the last remaining examples of US-Russia cooperation. - Why does Russia want to leave? - Russia's invasion of Ukraine has pitted it against the West, eviscerating its relationship with the United States and leading to broad sanctions, including against its space industry. Back in March, Dmitry Rogozin, then-chief of Russian space agency Roscosmos, warned that without his nation's cooperation, the ISS could plummet to Earth on US or European territory. But Rogozin's penchant for bombast, combined with a lack of a firm plan, left things uncertain -- and just two weeks ago, Russia and the United States vowed to continue flying each other's cosmonauts and astronauts to the station. Scott Pace, director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, said that if anything, the new announcement by Rogozin's successor Yury Borisov was "mildly helpful." "The fact they said, 'We're going to be committed through 2024' is good," Pace, a former high-ranking government official, told AFP. It means Moscow isn't planning to pull out sooner, even though what precisely is meant by "after 2024" isn't yet clear. The year 2024 is what the partners had previously agreed to, though NASA's goal is to keep the ISS in orbit until at least 2030 and then transition to smaller commercial stations. The next step in the process is to notify a body called the multilateral control board, comprising all the ISS partners -- the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada -- at which point details of the transition will be defined. If Russia does follow through, it could end up grounding its once proud space program for some time. The country doesn't have a commercial space economy, and Russian analysts don't see the country building a new station anytime soon. - Can the station fly without Russia? - Probably -- but it would be challenging. The ISS was launched in 1998 at a time of hope for US-Russia cooperation following their Space Race competition during the Cold War. Since the Space Shuttle was retired, the ISS has relied on Russian propulsion systems for periodic boosts to maintain its orbit, some 250 miles (400 kilometers) above sea level. The US segment is responsible for electricity and life support systems. The United States has recently taken strides in gaining an independent propulsion system through Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft, which successfully carried out a re-boost test in late June. But altitude is only a part of the equation: the other is "attitude," or orientation. Cygnus "can push, but it can't keep the station pointed in the right direction while it pushes," explained astronomer and space watcher Jonathan McDowell. The ISS itself can make small attitude adjustments, but if the Russians pulled out, the United States would need a more permanent solution -- perhaps involving the SpaceX Dragon, Northrop Grumman's Cygnus or Orion, said Pace. Russia has two propulsion systems: progress spaceships that dock to the station and the Zvezda service module. All of the control systems are handled out of Moscow. It would be helpful if Russia left their segment in place rather than took it with them when they go -- one of the station's two bathrooms are on the Russian side -- observed Pace, but that's another unknown. "If it's still there, and we wanted to use it, would there be some sort of rental arrangement? I don't know." - What do experts predict? - NASA itself has adopted a bullish position. "We're running and gunning, we're gonna go to 2030 full up," Joel Montalbano, NASA ISS program manager, said Tuesday on the morning of the Russian announcement. "Anybody thinks that there's a different plan, you're wrong." But while Russia's withdrawal could present a new opportunity for the private sector, McDowell isn't so certain. For him, "how hard they really want to work to get an extra few years out of ISS" is an open question. "It's maybe not the right move for the US to go to extreme lengths to save (the) Station," he said, especially since NASA has bigger goals of building a lunar space station called Gateway, establishing a Moon presence and going to Mars. "Maybe they should take the Russian pull-out as an excuse, and go, 'Okay, bye.' And now let's put our money in Gateway." Related Links Space Tourism, Space Transport and Space Exploration News
  12. From the Main Stream Media: Reinfection, severe outcome more common with BA.5 variant; virus spike protein toxic to heart cells July 28 (Reuters) - The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review. Reinfections, severe outcomes may be more common with BA.5 Compared with the earlier Omicron BA.2 subvariant, currently dominant Omicron BA.5 is linked with higher odds of causing a second SARS-COV-2 infection regardless of vaccination status, a study from Portugal suggests. From late April through early June, researchers there studied 15,396 adults infected with the BA.2 variant and 12,306 infected with BA.5. Vaccines and boosters were equally effective against both sublineages, according to a report posted on Monday on medRxiv ahead of peer review. However, 10% of BA.5 cases were reinfections, compared to 5.6% of BA.2 cases, which suggests a reduction in protection conferred by previous infection against BA.5 compared to BA.2, the researchers said. Moreover, the vaccines appeared to be less effective in reducing the risk of severe outcomes for BA.5 compared with BA.2. "Among those infected with BA.5, booster vaccination was associated with 77% and 88% reduction in risk of COVID-19 hospitalization and death, respectively, while higher risk reduction was found for BA.2 cases, with 93% and 94%, respectively," the researchers wrote. While "COVID-19 booster vaccination still offers substantial protection against severe outcomes following BA.5 infection," they said, their findings provide "evidence to adjust public health measures during the BA.5 surge." Virus spike protein damages heart muscle cells The spike protein on its surface that the coronavirus uses to break into heart muscle cells also triggers a damaging attack from the immune system, according to new research. The SARS-CoV-2 spike protein interacts with other proteins in cardiac myocytes to cause inflammation, researchers said on Wednesday in a presentation at the American Heart Association's Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Scientific Sessions 2022. In experiments with mice hearts, comparing the effects of SARS-CoV2 spike proteins and spike proteins from a different, relatively harmless coronavirus, the researchers found that only the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein caused heart dysfunction, enlargement, and inflammation. Further, they found, in infected heart muscle cells only the SARS-CoV-2 spike interacted with so-called TLR4 proteins (Toll-like receptor-4) that recognize invaders and trigger inflammatory responses. In a deceased patient with COVID-19 inflammation, the researchers found the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and TLR4 protein in both heart muscle cells and other cell types. Both were absent in a biopsy of a healthy human heart. "That means once the heart is infected with SARS-CoV-2, it will activate the TLR4 signaling," Zhiqiang Lin of the Masonic Medical Research Institute in Utica, New York said in a statement. "We provided direct evidence that spike protein is toxic to the heart muscle cells and narrowed down the underlying mechanism as spike protein directly inflames the heart muscle cells," he told Reuters. "More work is being done in my lab to test whether and how spike protein kills heart muscle cells." Omicron-targeted antibody combo nears human trials A new monoclonal antibody combination can prevent and treat Omicron infections in monkeys, researchers reported on Monday in Nature Microbiology. The antibodies, called P2G3 and P5C3, recognize specific regions of the spike protein the SARS-CoV-2 virus uses to enter cells. "P5C3 alone can block all SARS-CoV-2 variants that had dominated the pandemic up to Omicron BA.2," said Dr. Didier Trono of the Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne. "P2G3 then comes to the rescue as it not only can neutralize all previous SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, but it can also block BA.4 and BA.5," he said. "P2G3 is even effective against some BA.2 or BA.4/BA.5 mutants capable of escaping (Eli Lilly's (LLY.N)) bebtelovimab, the only antibody approved for the clinics still displaying activity against the currently dominant BA.4/BA.5 subvariants." In lab experiments, mutations that might make SARS-CoV-2 variants resistant to P2G3 did not allow escape from P5C3, and P5C3 escape mutants were still blocked by P2G3, Trono said. "In essence, the two antibodies cover for each other, one filling in for the lapses of the other and vice versa." Aerium Therapeutics plans to start testing the combination in humans next month, said Trono, who is among the company's founders. If larger trials eventually confirm its effectiveness, the P5C3/P2G3 combination will be given by injection every three-to-six months to people who are immunocompromised and do not have a strong response to COVID-19 vaccines, the company has said. Click for a Reuters Global COVID-19 Tracker and for a Reuters COVID-19 Vaccination Tracker.
  13. CF Snowbirds in Vancouver & Calgary – Canadian Aviation News (wordpress.com)
  14. I wonder if reaction from the Giant next door will result in changes to the Censorship bill>
  15. New Aircraft added to Central Mountain Air’s Expanding Fleet 28 July 2022Canadian Aviation News (Smithers, BC July 28th, 2022) CMA announces the arrival of additional Dash 8-300 aircraft in its continued effort to support business growth and improve connectivity in Western Canada. Central Mountain Air (CMA) is pleased to announce the addition of another Dash 8-300 to its fleet. This addition will help grow the business, provide service to clients, and increase connectivity for communities across Western Canada. This Dash 8-300 will be primarily used to support growth in the airline’s charter service and meet the demand of existing and new clients. Recognized as a leader in its class, the Dash 8-300 is ideal for flights not only to cities but also to remote locations. It has a carrying capacity of up to 50 passengers and a cruising speed of 532km/h. CMA’s fleet is now comprised of 5 Dash-8 -300, 5 Dash-8 -100, 3 Dornier 328, and 12 Beech 1900D in passenger configuration, 2 Beech 1900D Cargo Configuration, with the ability to expand its fleet types to meet your needs. CMA operates scheduled service to ten communities and is able to provide charter flights throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Western Canada, and the United States. In addition, CMA’s affiliate partners have a fleet comprising of 1 King Air 350i (Medevac Configuration), 2 King Air 350s (1 Corporate and 1 Medevac Configuration), 2 Dash 8 -400s, and 1 CRJ 100/200 further expanding CMA’s capabilities and offerings. For more information on our fleet visit: https://www.flycma.com/our-fleet
  16. JetBlue, Spirit near takeover deal that could come on Thursday-source By Anirban Sen and Greg Roumeliotisto July 28 (Reuters) - JetBlue Airways Corp (JBLU.O) is nearing a deal to buy Spirit Airlines (SAVE.N) that could be announced as soon as Thursday, a source familiar with the matter said, after Spirit canceled its $2.7 billion sale to Frontier Group Holdings (ULCC.O). The latest developments mark a victory for JetBlue in its months-long battle for the ultra-low-cost carrier, though the potential combination is expected to kick off a fight with antitrust regulators, who have already sued to block JetBlue's alliance with American Airlines (AAL.O). A combination of JetBlue and Spirit would create the fifth-largest U.S. airline and be the most consequential U.S. airline industry merger since Alaska Air Group (ALK.N) bought Virgin America Inc for $2.6 billion in 2016. JetBlue is offering terms similar to what it had proposed earlier, the source said. In June, JetBlue had offered $33.50 per share for Spirit, or roughly $3.7 billion, and a breakup fee of $400 million. It will also keep its Northeast Alliance (NEA) partnership with American but is expected to announce minor route divestitures to ease antitrust concerns, according to the source. The Wall Street Journal first reported the potential agreement between JetBlue and Spirit. Both JetBlue and Spirit did not respond to Reuters requests for comment outside regular business hours. The source spoke on condition that they are not identified ahead of an official announcement of the agreement Earlier on Wednesday, Spirit canceled its sale to Frontier after failing to convince shareholders about its merits. That development, first reported by Reuters, came after Spirit pushed back a shareholder vote on the Frontier deal four times, hoping it could muster enough support. Spirit had earlier argued that antitrust regulators were unlikely to clear JetBlue's $3.7 billion bid. The outcome was a setback for Frontier and its chairman Bill Franke, who was instrumental in kicking off talks between the sides last year. Franke's airline-focused buyout firm, Indigo Partners, is a major shareholder in Frontier. "While we are disappointed that Spirit Airlines shareholders failed to recognize the value and consumer potential inherent in our proposed combination, the Frontier board took a disciplined approach," Franke said in a statement. JetBlue sees Spirit as an opportunity to expand its domestic footprint at a time when the U.S. airline industry is dogged by labor and aircraft shortages. "We are pleased that the merger agreement with Frontier has been terminated and we are engaged in ongoing discussions with Spirit toward a consensual agreement as soon as possible," JetBlue said in a statement. ANTITRUST RISK But Spirit also could choose to remain independent. The airline has expressed concern about JetBlue's partnership with American. The U.S. Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against American and JetBlue in September seeking to end the alliance, saying it would lead to higher fares in busy airports in the U.S. Northeast. JetBlue has refused to pull out of the alliance and instead offered sweeteners like a higher breakup fee and route divestments. Frontier shares rose 6.4% to close at $11.27 on Wednesday as investors expressed relief that the company exited what had become a bidding war for Spirit. Spirit shares rose 4% to $24.30, while JetBlue shares rose 3.6% to $8.35. With the end of the proposed Spirit-Frontier tie-up, Spirit will pay Frontier $25 million for merger-related costs that it incurred. As per the terms of the deal, Spirit would owe Frontier an additional $69 million if it ends up striking a merger deal with JetBlue or any other competitor within the next 12 months. “Now that Spirit Airlines has terminated the Frontier merger agreement, we hope that Frontier management will put aside its merger distraction and invest the same amount of resources and focus to improving conditions at their own airline," said the Frontier pilots' union, which is a subset of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA).
  17. Sorry I misunderstood. By the by, I travel mostly on AirCanada. Choices when my wife is up to travelling alone are limited to nonstop flights. When there are connections required I travel with her as her attendant so as to be able to guide her through the ever changing airport mazes.
  18. And your point is? This does not diminish WestJet's great service. Who also provided this type of service for the same length of time as AirCanada. Both airlines are / were governed by the rules of carriage set by CRTC Canada Gazette, Part 2, Volume 153, Number 14: Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations Also of course there is "required to" vs great service. My comments were about WestJet's GREAT service.
  19. Chinese rocket core on potentially dangerous free-fall to Earth — again By Michelle Butterfield Global News Posted July 27, 2022 11:53 am Updated July 27, 2022 11:56 am Another day, another Chinese rocket body falling uncontrolled from space. U.S. Space Command is warning that the remnants of the massive Chinese rocket that was shot into space last Sunday will likely fall to Earth soon, perhaps as early as July 31. The 10-storey, 21-tonne rocket was part of the Wentian space station module and docked with the country’s Tiangong space station this week. READ MORE: Huge Chinese rocket core falling ‘out of control’ back to Earth The uncrewed craft was blasted to space by a Long March 5B rocket from the Wenchang launch centre on the Chinese island of Hainan. The big problem, however, is that experts aren’t sure how much of the rocket will survive and, most concerning, they don’t know where it’s expected to crash-land “It is always difficult to assess the amount of surviving mass and number of fragments without knowing the design of the object, but a reasonable ‘rule-of-thumb’ is about 20 to 40 per cent of the original dry mass,” Holger Krag, head of the Space Safety Program Office for the European Space Agency, told SpaceNews. This is the third time China has decided not to control the disposal of the rocket body, once again putting the country under scrutiny. In both 2020 and 2021 China was responsible for similar uncontrolled falls. Many experts believe China is taking an unnecessary risk by not tracking or controlling the fall of the massive debris. According to Space.com, the danger to human life from a falling rocket is quite small, but the sheer size of the Long March 5B rocket makes it more of a threat. The last time this happened, in 2021, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said China was “failing to meet responsible standards regarding their space debris.” Last year, remnants of a rocket harmlessly splashed into the Indian Ocean, with the bulk of its components destroyed upon reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere. However, after the rocket’s maiden flight in May 2020, pieces of space junk fell on the Ivory Coast, causing no injuries but damaging several buildings. In the past, China has been defensive about their decision to allow the uncontrolled fall of the rocket body. According to the New York times, Hua Chunying, a senior spokesperson with China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, accused the United States of “hype.” “The U.S. and a few other countries have been hyping up the landing of the Chinese rocket debris over the past few days,” Ms. Hua said. To date, no damage by the landing debris has been reported. I’ve seen reports that since the launch of the first man-made satellite over 60 years ago, not a single incident has occurred where a piece of debris hit someone. U.S. experts put the chances of that at less than one in a billion,” she told the outlet last year. The rocket body’s flight path is hard to predict because of fluctuations in the atmosphere caused by changes in solar activity. Experts say this time around, a few tonnes of metal could fall anywhere along the booster’s orbital path, which travels as far north as 41.5 degrees north latitude and as far south as 41.5 degrees south latitude. In other words, major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Cairo and Sydney, Australia all lie in the rocket’s eventual descent path. According to a map shared to Twitter by The Aerospace Corporation, a non-profit largely financed by the U.S. government, it appears many Eastern Canadian cities, like Toronto, Montreal and Halifax, fall within the expected touch-down area, although it’s too soon to tell if they could be at threat.
  20. Interesting name change for a school in Toronto. Of further interest is that there is no record of her attaining a PHD but ........ From the article. Queen Victoria cancelled in Toronto, public school renamed to Dr. Rita Cox-Kina MInogok By Sue-Ann Levy - July 27, 2022 A group of black activists and Toronto school officials have quietly cancelled Queen Victoria. The name of a Parkdale public school was changed near the end of June from Queen Victoria to Dr. Rita Cox-Kina MInogok public school. The change came with little fanfare, likely considering the outrage from several at the prospect of cancelling history when the project was first announced in May of 2021. Since its founding in 1887, the school had been dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria, who ruled the British throne for 63 years. That was until June when Toronto District School Board (TDSB) officials, in conjunction with the Queen Victoria Renaming Committee, decided to give it an arduous double-barrelled name that pays tribute to both the black and Indigenous communities. Dr. Rita Cox was a long-time librarian in the same west Toronto neighbourhood as the school, as well as a black activist and children’s storyteller. The Kina MInogok part of this absurdly long name is an Indigenous term that stands for “all is growing well.” After her retirement in 1995 from the Toronto Public Library, Cox was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1997 for her work in storytelling and received honorary doctorates from Wilfred Laurier and York universities. Although she refers to herself as Dr. Rita Cox, there is no indication in any stories or bios about her that she completed a PhD program at any university in Ontario or outside Canada. A black and Caribbean library collection and an endowment fund are named after her, as well as a Toronto park near Lamport Stadium. The decision to change the name of the 700-student school had its roots in 2020 when a TDSB Black Student Success Committee decided to advocate against “colonialism.” The movement gathered steam in 2021 when parents brought up several allegations of “anti-Black racism” and “systemic discrimination” at the school. In a May 19, 2021 report to the TDSB, the Black Student Success Committee contended that the Queen Victoria school community, withstood “devastating challenges” in the year prior – including the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario job action, “ongoing experiences of anti-Black racism” and the pandemic. The rebranding of the school, they said, would be a “fresh start.” The 2021 report – authored by woke bureaucrats Andrew Gold and Debbie Donsky – also suggested that a group of TDSB educators involved in “anti-racism” work be created to look at the possibility of reviewing all school names so they reflect Toronto’s diversity. Fast forward to 2022 when some 150 new names for Queen Victoria school were shortlisted to five, including Martin Luther King Jr. and Michelle Obama. The selected name was accompanied by a 14-page report to trustees dated June 22 about how officials are addressing “anti-Black racism and hate” in the new Dr. Rita Cox-Kina MInogok public school community. The report was authored by nine senior bureaucrats including Gold and Donsky – who no doubt were trying to obtain a gold star from black activist board director Colleen Russell-Rawlins for tackling what they described as “dehumanizing acts of anti-Black racism.” They provided no details in the June 22 report or the one from last year as to what exactly those “dehumanizing acts” were. Nonetheless, the report indicates that the school’s student leadership team have conducted “specific learning about the harmful effects of colonization and the monarchy.” They’ve also learned about “identity and oppression” (code for Critical Race Theory.) The report says following an incident of “anti-Black racism” at nearby Parkdale Collegiate involving blackface, focus groups and student climate surveys were undertaken to improve programming. On Oct. 29 of last year, a Grade 9 teacher came to school dressed in blackface to commemorate Hallowe’en. The teacher was sent home and fired faster than he could say Justin Trudeau dressed the same way. Russell-Rawlins issued a lengthy statement of apology a few days after the incident. The June 22 report also notes that school administrators at both Parkdale and the former Queen Victoria school attend “frequent” Learning Network meetings to “address, interrupt and disrupt anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism and all forms of oppression.” (Cue Critical Race Theory). They are asked to engage in the study of books such as Me and White Supremacy and Become a Good Ancestor. The report says that at the newly named Dr. Rita Cox-Kina MInogok school, classroom instruction has included Social Justice Week which focussed on “Black affirming pedagogy, Black joy and excellence.” This report certainly provides an up-to-date insight into the selective treatment of black students within the TDSB by an education director who is more concerned with black activism than academic excellence. Cancelling Queen Victoria and an important chapter in Canada’s history is bad enough. But the idea that more schools could be re-named and that nine bureaucrats have devoted so much time and so many resources to addressing Russell-Rawlins’ skewed view of the world is downright obscene.
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