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News / ASL Aviation takes up option for 10 more 737-800BCFs – but for whom?

first_imgASL signed a deal with Boeing in June 2019 for 10 firm orders for 737-800BCFs and 10 options. The first entered service last month with ASL Airlines France, while the second will join the group’s joint-venture, K-Mile Asia, in April.ASL said four aircraft were being converted, with another two due for induction in the coming weeks.It seems likely that Amazon, after launching its European hub in Leipzig Halle, is planning to expand its air network in Europe. It has recently expanded its air operations in Italy with ASL.ASL currently provides the e-commerce retailer with three aircraft for its European operations. In the US, Amazon leases a fleet of some 56 aircraft, but in its first foray into ownership has also acquired 11 aircraft to operate in that market.ASL said its decision to take the 737-800BCF options was made earlier than originally planned.Chief executive Dave Andrew said: “The aircraft offers an excellent option for our express cargo customers as they develop their networks to meet demand in the years ahead. It is ‘right-sized’ in payload and range and offers the improved carbon efficiency that ASL and our customers see as an essential element in fleet planning as we aim for carbon neutrality.”The 737-800BCF is up to 15% more fuel efficient and has lower CO2 per tonne than the 737-400SF. ASL’s airlines operate some 74 737-400Fs.Last year, ASL airlines transported 810,000 tonnes of cargo globally on customer ACMI flights and ASL’s own scheduled services. By Alex Lennane 16/02/2021 ASL Aviation is to take up 10 options for the 737-800BCF – but is remaining tight-lipped on potential customers for the capacity.Amazon supplier ASL said “most of the aircraft” would join its fleets in Europe – “but as yet none are assigned to any customer,” said Andrew Kelly, director of corporate affairs.“As you know we are a neutral service provider and we aim to have the assets to meet the requirements of our customers. This development is fleet, growth and market driven. This is part of an ASL programme to right-size aircraft for the developing market and for growth.”He added that some aircraft would be ear-marked for fleet replacement, in a bid to improve emissions, but overall, the group’s 140-strong fleet would grow.last_img read more

Our pick of the Top Stories of the Week

first_img200 jobs set for Obama Plaza style development outside PortlaoiseThere was a significant jobs boost this week with the news that 200 jobs will be created if a new Supermacs fast food plaza gets the go-ahead outside Portlaoise.SPORTStephen AttrideLaois GAA release a statement following star forward’s tweetThere was controversy leading up to the Division 4 League final after an ill-judged tweet by star forward Gary Walsh following the Belfast rape trial judgement.Ranking the Top 30 club football teams ahead of the 2018 seasonAs the GAA season prepared to get back into full swing, we decided to rank the top 30 football teams.Laois footballers crowned Division 4 league champions in Croke ParkThe sporting week ended on a high with the Laois senior footballers climbing the steps of the Hogan Stand to be crowned Division 4 league champions.Carlow footballer Murphy launches Twitter attack on Laois wing backThere was further Twitter controversy involving Laois after their Division 4 league final win.WE ARE LAOISJim and Esther McCormack looking across False Bay at Fish Hoek, the South African seaside resort where they moved to live last year. Retired Laois couple who moved to South Africa are loving their new lifeJust over a year ago Jim and Esther McCormack bade farewell to their native Portlaoise and headed for the warmer climes of South Africa.Breaking: Global music star set to play intimate gig in LaoisLaoisToday broke an exclusive story at the start of April about an international musical superstar coming to the county to perform.COLUMNISTSWired with Whelan: There are three sides to every storyJohn Whelan’s column focused on the changing face of news in Ireland and revealed that Ireland’s Own was the Tinder of its day.Fr Paddy: Easter – All is possibleOver Easter weekend, Fr Paddy Byrne’s column focused on hope and new beginnings. Pinterest WhatsApp SEE ALSO – €56k worth of cocaine seized in armed raid in Laois Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste TAGSDivision 4 League finalGary WalshLaois GAASupermacs NEWSTributes paid to young Portarlington woman following sad passingThere was widespread sadness following the death of teenager Rachel Flanagan in Portarlington earlier this week.Tragic Rachel Flanagan passed awayDaylight assault of teenagerShocking news emerged during the week following a daylight assault of a teenager. He underwent surgery on Tuesday for facial injuries.Stack family caused further pain by Sinn Féin senator apologyAustin Stack, son of a murdered Portlaoise Prison Officer,  said that his family have been caused further pain by Máire Devine’s apology during the week.Two brave Laois teenagers to skydive for Cystic FibrosisA heart-warming story this week told of how two 16-year-olds are lining up to do a charity skydive later in the month. Facebook Previous articleCarlow footballer Murphy launches Twitter attack on Laois wing backNext article€56k worth of cocaine seized in armed raid in Laois David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty By David Power – 2nd April 2018 Council Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining center_img Facebook Rugby Our pick of the Top Stories of the Week WhatsApp Twitter Community Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Home We Are Laois Our pick of the Top Stories of the Week We Are Laois Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

U.S. investors remain shy of stocks

Equity funds, on the other hand, suffered an outflow for the tenth time in eleven months in March. And, NBF says that cumulative outflows from U.S. domestic equity funds total US$163 billion over the past year, which “is the worst performance on record.” “At this juncture, retail investors are unwilling to let domestic equities account for more than 40% of their asset mix,” NBF concludes. “They are just redeploying profits as U.S. equity markets moves up.” Mutual fund sales outpaced ETFs in September U.S. retail investors remain skeptical of stocks observes National Bank Financial (NBF) in a new report. NBF reports that newly released data from the Investment Company Institute (ICI) shows that bonds remain in favour with U.S. retail investors. Bond mutual funds attracted US$31.8 billion in March, it says, pushing the first quarter total to “a whopping” US$94 billion, which the firm says is the best showing ever for a first quarter. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Canadian fund sales exceeded $23B in February Related news Mutual fund sales slump continued in November Facebook LinkedIn Twitter James Langton Keywords Fund sales read more

AMF charges pair with market manipulation

Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Pump and dump ends in ban, over $1 million in penalties The AMF said that it has filed two charges against Forget, “for influencing or attempting to influence the market price or the value of securities by means of unfair, improper or fraudulent practices.” It also filed one charge against his investment advisor, Claude Parent, for helping Forget carry out his trading in one instance. The allegations have not been proven. The AMF indicates that it is seeking $60,000 in fines against them. The AMF notes that the respondent Claude Parent should not be confused with Claude Parent, financial planner and dealing representative (mutual fund and exempt market dealer) attached to Fonds d’investissement FMOQ inc. and Société de gestion privée des Fonds FMOQ inc. Related news Keywords Market manipulationCompanies Autorité des marchés financiers SEC alleges trader used tweets to pump and dump stock The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) has brought market manipulation charges against a corporate executive and his investment advisor. The Quebec securities regulator said that it has launched a penal proceeding against Clément Forget, president of Les Technologies Clemex, alleging that he carried out trades designed to boost the company’s stock price. Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Manulife names global product lead in Europe

first_img PenderFund names new SVP for investments TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Corbally began his new role in November. He comes to Manulife AM from Edinburgh-based Standard Life Investments Ltd. where he was a senior product development manager. He also held similar roles with Ignis Asset Management Ltd., which was acquired by Standard Life Investments (Holdings) Ltd. in 2014, and London, U.K.-based Aviva Investors U.K. Fund Services Ltd. Corbally’s move to Manulife AM is the latest in a series of hirings for the firm’s European team. Claude Chene was appointed to the role of global head of distribution in June and a new global emerging markets equity portfolio management team was added in 2014. Both additions are based in London, U.K. CETFA elects new board leader Toronto-based Manulife Asset Management (AM) Ltd. continues to bolster its European team with the appointment of Robert Corbally to the role of managing director for the firm’s global product team in London, U.K. “As we continue to build our business in Europe, we are confident that Robert’s extensive experience with product development and management in Europe will help us accelerate our business plans and expand our global product offerings for our clients,” says Ian Filderman, senior managing director and global head of product at Manulife AM, through a statement released on Monday. “Robert has developed and managed an array of investments, including both traditional assets and alternatives, and we are pleased to welcome him to Manulife Asset Management.” Tessie Sanci Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Manulife Financial Corp. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media last_img read more

Put Down the Guns – Police Commissioner

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Commissioner of Police, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin, has warned criminals to put down their guns and give up the life of crime or face the consequences.“I am appealing to the shottas, the gunmen, and the criminals. The life of badness is a short one. You will either be killed by your cronies, rival gangs or the police. Give up your guns, come back to the mainstream,” he said during his first press conference held on (Dec. 20) at the Police Officers’ Club in Kingston.The Commissioner also empathised with those who have suffered the loss of a loved one to violence. “I know your pain and I know your grief because I have been there,” Rear Admiral Lewin said, noting that his mother and a family friend were murdered in Buckfield, Ocho Rios in 1990.Stating that “there needs to be a new resolve,” Commissioner Lewin said that “the resolve must be to do our utmost to ensure that in the future, there would be far fewer Jamaicans grieving and in pain arising from the loss of a loved one, a victim of violence.”“I believe the Jamaican people are so battered and bruised that they are ready to declare that enough is enough. I invite their mothers and fathers, where they exist, talk to your sons,” Rear Admiral Lewin said.He blamed the culture of greed, selfishness and corruption for the present state of disorder in the society and called on the political leadership to recommit to a set of values and a code of conduct consistent with the vision of a safe, peaceful and prosperous society.“Eliminate tribal attitudes and behaviour from the political landscape of our country. Re-establish and support legitimate leadership within communities without fear, favour or partisan consideration,” the Commissioner said, adding that there is need to empower communities and to put an end to excesses by agencies of the state.He noted further that the divide between the upper and the lower classes must be bridged and called on persons in the business community, who are involved in criminal activities, to desist from such acts. RelatedPut Down the Guns – Police Commissioner RelatedPut Down the Guns – Police Commissioner Put Down the Guns – Police Commissioner UncategorizedDecember 21, 2007center_img RelatedPut Down the Guns – Police Commissioner Advertisementslast_img read more

Historic wrestling seasons for La Center and Prairie

first_imgHistoric wrestling seasons for La Center and PrairiePosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Thursday, February 6, 2020in: Sportsshare 0 Programs win league titles for the first time The postseason begins this weekend for high school wrestling.Oh, but before getting there, allow the La Center Wildcats and Prairie Falcons the chance to celebrate the regular season one more time.After all, they’ve never been here.La Center won the Trico League title for the first time in program history. Meanwhile, Prairie won the Class 3A Greater St. Helens League’s dual season, a first for its program.The Prairie Falcons won the 3A Greater St. Helens League in wrestling, the first league title in program history. Photo courtesy Prairie wrestlingThe Prairie Falcons won the 3A Greater St. Helens League in wrestling, the first league title in program history. Photo courtesy Prairie wrestling“It’s been something my kids have been working for for a long time,” Prairie coach Rob Smith said.He recalled a solid team seven or eight years ago that “set the standard for what the program was going to be like.” Each team since then has picked up on those expectations and worked toward a title. The Falcons were close for so many years, finishing second. The 2019-20 Falcons got it done, going undefeated in league matches.La Center also went undefeated in the Trico League.blankThe La Center Wildcats won the Trico League in wrestling, the first league title in program history. Photo by Nona Mallicoat“Pretty damn awesome,” coach Kyle Simmons said. “It’s been something in the making.”When he arrived eight years ago, the program was having difficulty with numbers. The program finished with “seven or eight” wrestlers, total, that first year. This year? The Wildcats have 24 in the program, including seven senior leaders.And now, that elusive title is theirs.“I wasn’t going to stop until we did it,” Simmons said. “Cool to see it come to fruition.”Prairie understands that, too.“They were ecstatic,” Smith said of his Falcons. “They know they will forever be etched on the walls. They are wanting to put Prairie on the map.”To do that, though, it cannot be just a one-time thing. “The tough part … you’ve done it once, now the expectation is to do it again,” Smith said.The Falcons will be up for the challenge. Smith said one day he wants his wrestlers to walk into another gym and hear: “Oh man, those guys are here.”The key to La Center’s success has to be the numbers. Simmons said for years he has wanted to fill out the lineup. It is difficult to win duals, after all, with a bunch of forfeits.This season, for the first time, La Center had varsity wrestlers in all 14 weight classes. And for the first time, La Center beat perennial power Castle Rock.“They were so stoked,” Simmons said.Matt Cooke, the school’s athletic director who used to coach wrestling, said he shed tears of joy after that win.Among the top wrestlers to watch from Prairie going into district, regionals, and, they hope, state: Bridger Paradis (138 pounds) Jason Wilcox (145) Ben Matson (170) are all ranked second in the weight class in Class 3A by the Washington Wrestling Report. Brody Schlaefli is ranked fourth at 285. Among the top La Center wrestlers: Max Muffett is ranked sixth at 220, but he is expected to wrestle at 195 in the postseason, his coach said. Ian Crocker (126 pounds) and Hunter Mallicoat (138) are both ranked eighth in 1A. District tournaments will be held this weekend. Regional wrestling isFeb. 15. Mat Classic, the state wrestling championships, will be held Feb. 21-22 at the Tacoma Dome. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Brush PrairieClark CountyLa CenterLatestshare 0 Previous : Commission on Aging reports to County Council on seventh year’s accomplishments Next : February special election voters guideAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Vodafone Germany makes new 5G auction move

first_img Author Previous ArticleUK mulls rural roaming in regulatory reviewNext ArticleTele2 Russia backer plans withdrawal Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities Asia Home Vodafone Germany makes new 5G auction move Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more 5GGermanyTelefonicaVodafone Tags center_img Steve Costello Related Vodafone Germany filed an emergency application with a German court regarding the country’s planned 5G auction, stating a “recent rush procedure” by a competitor had changed the legal situation.While action by Germany’s big operators is not new (filings were made at the turn of the year) a new action has prompted the latest move by Vodafone to “be legally heard here and also to represent its own legal interests”.Although Vodafone did not name the rival which prompted the move, earlier this month Telefonica filed what it described as an “urgent request for legal clarification of the auction rules”, which it warned could delay the process.In a statement issued on 15 February, Vodafone said it “has always been and is still interested” in a quick 5G process, as it wants to deploy 5G “fast and wide” in the country. But it noted the original auction conditions submitted by Bundesnetzagentur have been “greatly altered” by external pressure, with new conditions created which make 5G investment more difficult, rather than easier.Telefonica’s argument was that rollout obligations could not be met with the spectrum being made available, meaning existing frequencies would have to be used, which is already covered by other coverage targets. Regulations with regard to cooperation between operators and domestic roaming were also branded unclear.Noting that the current draft regulations lack the clarity needed ahead of billions of euros of investment in 5G, Vodafone said the three main operators had already brought actions before one broke ranks.It was not just the big players which put forward arguments: Telefonica stated a total of nine companies made representations, more than ever before in a similar scenario.Vodafone Germany made its latest filing with Verwaltungsgericht Koln, the administrative court of Cologne. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 18 FEB 2019 Nokia scores Philippines 5G deal with Dito Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelonalast_img read more

Samooja pulls into tie for lead in Tenerife

first_imgTENERIFE, Spain — Kalle Samooja carded a 5-under 66 to pull level with overnight leader Nicolai von Dellingshausen and send both into the final round of the Tenerife Open with a one-shot lead on Saturday. Samooja of Finland made six birdies to go with one bogey over the third round at the Golf Costa Adeje course on the Canary Islands. “My short game was pretty spot on today,” Samooja said. “Ball-striking hasn’t been that pretty, especially today, so you need to find something in your game that works.” German golfer Von Dellingshausen started the day three shots up and held onto his share of the lead after carding a 70 on three birdies and two bogeys. Full-field scores from the Tenerife Open Both leaders have yet to win a European Tour event. “I would be lying if I said I didn’t have any nerves just going out here,” Von Dellingshausen said. “It’s a situation that is not completely new to me but it’s a different set up on the European Tour. I tried to stay patient and I did.” Dean Burmester was their nearest chaser. Yikeun Chang, Sebastián García, and Adrian Meronk were all two shots back.last_img read more

Kalispell Crowd Condemns Postal Service Consolidation

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. An energetic crowd of about 100 Flathead Valley residents attended a public meeting hosted by the U.S. Postal Service on Dec. 1 to address questions and solicit comments about the possible closure of the mail processing center in Kalispell. Representatives from Montana’s federal delegation and Secretary of State Linda McCulloch were at the meeting, held at the Red Lion Hotel in Kalispell. However, the majority of attendees were local residents, business owners and postal workers who told USPS representatives they opposed the plan to consolidate the Kalispell facility with one in Spokane, ending overnight mail service in western Montana. Earlier this year, USPS announced a plan to study the possibility of consolidating 252 distribution centers, where mail is sorted. Included were facilities in Kalispell and Missoula, which could both be combined with Spokane’s operations. John DiPeri, USPS district manager for Montana, said the postal service has consolidated facilities before, including some in Montana, but never before has service been affected. “I don’t want to see us close any facility or any station, but I also want to see us survive,” DiPeri said. But many in attendance were against losing their overnight service. Senior citizens worried about the delivery of their Christmas cards. Business people were concerned about costs. One person dressed like Santa Claus wore a sandwich board that read, “you were good this year and yes I got your letter. But it was delivered 3 days late!” Jon Cuthbertson, general manager for Montana Environmental Laboratory in Kalispell, which tests water for bars and restaurants, said his customers would have to drive water samples to his lab because the government requires the samples to be processed within 30 hours. The end of overnight mail service in western Montana would affect about 250 of his customers. “When you have a business, the last thing you want to do is piss off your customers,” Cuthbertson said, adding if the service were to end, he would take his business elsewhere. According to the postal service, moving the mail processing duties to Spokane would save the agency $575,412 annually. But some people, including Larry Hanson, who worked for the postal service for 25 years, said those savings are overstated. “This is tragic. It’s the demise of the postal system,” said Hanson, who at one time was the postmaster in Kalispell. “This is a stupid move.” Jefferson Oxford, president of American Postal Workers Union Local 683, said ending overnight service would only further hurt USPS and the drop-in mail volumes, at least locally, have been exaggerated. He said the biggest financial issues the postal service is facing, including employee benefits, are something the union is working with them on. “I know of no company that has made itself more viable by making itself less relevant to its customers,” he said. “It’s the U.S. Postal Service, not the U.S. postal disservice.” DiPeri said changes must be made at the postal service, but even if a facility is under consideration for closure, it doesn’t mean it will close. He also said the large turnout would be noted by postal management in Washington D.C., where the final decision will be made early next year. “If I came to this meeting and no one was here it would mean the postal service was irrelevant, but the fact that you guys came here means that you care,” he said. “The passion that people talked with here makes me think we’re going to make the right decision.” last_img read more