Huawei certain Messi will lead global take-over

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain:Having sold over 100 million smart phones last year, Chinese-based cell phone giants Huawei remains confident its partnership with Lionel Messi will now lead its organisation to the top of global phone sales soon. Messi is a five-time Ballon d’Or/FIFA World Player of the year winner and as the first player to achieve that historic feat, many consider him one of the all time football greats.Messi, who represents Spanish club Barcelona was recently named global brand ambassador for Huawei during a press conference held in the city.With Messi being born in Rosario Argentina in the same year as Huawei’s inception in 1987, the organisation has labelled the partnership as a “perfect fit”.long-term partnership”We are seeking a long term partnership. He is a win-win, look to see Huawei and Messi in the future,” Kevin Ho, president, Handset Business, Huawei Consumer BG said.The Messi and Huawei partnership is over a three year period, but no official figure was released on how much it will cost the Asian brand.Huawei is also the official Smart phone partner of London-based English football club Arsenal. It is set to launch their new P9 smart phone in London on April 6.Despite Huawei’s global sales last year, it remains one of the three top smart phone vendors in the world, behind Apple and Samsung.They, however, lead the Asian market by beating Xiaomi, Lenovo, Apple and Samsung to become the top smart phone vendor.The company hopes Messi can help raise its brand awareness in markets it has been making inroads in like Latin America, Asia and Europe where football enjoys a cult-like following.Meanwhile, according to Ho, five reasons which make Huawei devices stand out from others are, “design, craftsmanship, user experience, long battery life and excellent camera quality”.He stressed that Huawei is happy to be a sponsor of the Digicel Rising Star in Jamaica.last_img read more

Ebola Task Force Gets US$10,000 from LBDI

first_imgThe Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) has contributed US$10,000 to the government of Liberia’s Ebola Task Force (ETF) to help with the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the country.LBDI also made a separate contribution of US$1,500 to complement the efforts of Montserrado County District #13 Representative, Saah Joseph, who is using his personal ambulance and logistics to transport Ebola patients and victims to hospitals and burial sites.  The bank’s donation is to buy fuel. “The donation is intended to awaken the interest of everyone to join the government in the fight against Ebola. Ebola has no cure and so it is the responsibility of all Liberians to join and support the fight against this deadly menace,” said LBDI president and chief executive officer Mr. John B. S. Davies, III when he presented the checks to the Task Force and Rep. Saah Joseph at the Bank’s 9th Street Corporate office in Sinkor yesterday.Mr. Davies acknowledged the efforts of the government and international partners in containing the virus and called on all Liberians to help in whatever way they can.  The Deputy Minister for  Fiscal Affairs at Finance and Development Planning (MFDP),  Dr. James Kollie, received the US$10,000 check on behalf of the government, while Rep. Saah Joseph was on hand to take delivery of the US$1,500 check. The LBDI CEO used the ceremony to applaud Rep. Saah Joseph for his ‘heroic’ efforts in using his personal resources [ambulances and cash) to fight the Ebola epidemic in Monrovia and its environs.  “You will agree with me that Rep. Saah Joseph is making a  very great impact in helping with the fight against the EVD,” Davies said. The LBDI boss observed how the Montserrado County legislator is using his personal resources to help save lives and also educating a number of Liberian children in his district at no cost.“I am a living testament of the efforts you’re applying in your district,” said the LBDI CEO. “You made us proud, Rep. Joseph.” The LBDI president disclosed that his bank, in collaboration with other banks under the umbrella of the Liberia Bankers Association (LBA) of which he is the current president, recently made available US$9,000 to the ETF to help fight the Ebola virus. “That contribution shows how much interest we have in making sure that the Ebola epidemic is defeated.”The LBDI CEO also disclosed that as a Liberian-own bank, LBDI is helping the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOSW) in many ways in the form of services which include providing free of charge services for all bank-related services on all Ebola-related accounts owned  by the Ministry of Health. “No bank service charge, no overdraft interest, no monthly service charge, no payment for manager’s checks for venders and no instrument charge at LBDI on MOHSW Ebola accounts,” he declared. “Ebola is a very difficult and troublesome disease that has plagued our nation,” Davies said. “And so we must ensure that this virus is put under control.”He expressed the hope that the Ministry of Health will continue to make gains with the meager help being provided by LBDI.“We know that Ebola is here; it is real and we know that it will take gargantuan efforts from the side of the government and international partners, but most critically, from the side of ordinary Liberians with regard to our attitudes to eradicate the EVD from Liberia.”    Receiving the check, Deputy Finance Minister for Fiscal Affairs Dr. James Kollie thanked LBDI Management for the donation.“I see that LBDI has been a true partner to the government of Liberia in many ways,” he said. The Deputy Finance Minister also expressed gratitude to the Board of Directors of LBDI, shareholders and customers as he took delivery of the check. “I am aware that someone somewhere is going to pay for this amount and so I just want to express how gratified I am to see LBDI doing it again,” Kollie added. He admonished people of faith to continue to pray for Liberia as the Ebola virus is dealing a deadly toll on the people of Liberia and the country’s economy. He also stressed the need for people to follow strictly all the rules of hygiene and other measures which the MOH has put in place, as cure for the deadly disease is yet to be found.“The way we break in transmission is to not come in contact with infected people. Each neighborhood must be able to fight Ebola. When strange people come to our neighborhoods and we don’t know where they’re coming from, we have to be on alert,” he said. The Deputy Finance Minister challenged the public to be on the watch for themselves, their families and the communities they live in. “This disease cannot come to an end if transmission is not broken,” Kollie added.For his part, District #13 Rep. Saah Joseph commended LBDI for the surprise donation and said it will serve as an impetus for him to continue to help save the lives of ordinary people. Rep. Joseph noted that helping the people of Liberia is a duty for him as a lawmaker. “It is not easy out there right now,” said Rep. Joseph, “especially to fuel and service the ambulances I am using to help my people 24 hours around the clock.” Rep. Joseph, who is Co-chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Banking and Currency, recalled how LBDI continued to help the Liberian people through various means. “LBDI has always been there for the Liberian people, even at the level of the Banking and Currency Committee on which I serve as Co-chair,” he said. Present at the ceremony were  LBDI Comptroller Mrs. Clavenda O. Payman and Acting General Manager, Mr. Johnson Baysawala.Also present were LBDI’s senior vice president for finance Mr. Reginald A. Bropleh, and other executives of the Bank,  including Lawrence George.        According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ebola virus has claimed the lives of about 1,900 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria with Senegal reporting its first Ebola case. The virus, WHO says, has also infected over 3,000 people in the five countries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Father of 5 jailed for armed robberies

first_imgA father of five was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery along with possession of illegal gun and ammunition.Raheem Abdul, a vendor of Lot 17 Broad Street, Charlestown, Georgetown, admitted to the four charges when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Wednesday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Raheem AbdulThe first charge stated that on August 17, 2019, at Lombard Street, Georgetown, while being in the company of others and armed with a gun, he robbed Amos Ramcharan of $70,000 and a phone valued at $42,000. The court further heard that on the same day and at the same location, while being in the company of others and armed with a gun, he robbed Qumar (only name given) of a phone valued at $39,000.The third charge stated that on August 17, 2019, at Broad Street, Charlestown, he had in his possession three live rounds of .38 ammunition when he was not the holder of a firearm licence. The last charge stated that on August 17, 2019, at Broad Street, Charlestown, he had in his possession a .38 revolver when he was not the holder of firearm licence.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that Abdul and the victims are known to each other since they are vendors on Lombard Street, Georgetown.The prosecutor informed the court that at about 03:30h on August 17, the victims were plying their trade on Lombard Street, when Abdul and two other individuals, who were armed with handguns, approached them. According to the prosecutor, the men pointed the guns at the victims’ heads and demanded that they hand over their valuables.The court heard that Abdul began demanding more money from Ramcharan and placed the gun to the man’s head and started a countdown while threatening him.In fear for his life, the vendor then led Abdul to his bus and handed over a purse containing cash and documents.After retrieving the items, Abdul along with his accomplices made good their escape on bicycles. The incident was reported to the police and based on information received, the police swooped down at a house in Broad Street, Georgetown, where they arrested Abdul.A search was also conducted at the house and the stolen articles along with the gun and matching rounds were found in his possession.He was subsequently arrested and positively identified by the victims. Magistrate McLennan sentenced Abdul to three years for each of the robbery charges. He was then sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and fined $50,000 for the illegal firearm possession charge along with two years’ imprisonment and a $50,000 fine for illegal ammunition possession.However, the sentences will run concurrently.last_img read more


first_imgFEATURES: Pink was the colour of the day and of the Month at the Sheil Hospital, Ballyshannon.Today the Sheil Hospital hosted a coffee morning and held a lunch timewalk as a fundraiser to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The coffee morning took place at the Sheil from 9:30am to 1:30pm.Proceeding this there was a walk leaving the Hospital, crossing the bridge up through the town of Ballyshannon, finishing at the Sheil.There was a huge turn out by HSE staff and members of the community who came along to have a coffee and enjoy some delicious home baking.Many of the residents at the Sheil also dressed in pink for the day in support of the event. A large group of participants took part on on the walk.All of the walkers adhered to the pink dress code creating a fabulous upliftingdisplay of pink colour through the town of Ballyshannon.The prize for the best dressed person was a lunch for two at the Sandhouse Hotel and this went to Laura Robinson.The second prize of lunch for two at Dorrians Hotel went to Joan O’Kane and third prize ofa bottle of wine went to Marie Hunter.Speaking at the fundraiser, Donna Reid Director of Nursing at the Sheil stated “We are thrilled to see the numbers of people who made the effort to dress in pink today and come along today to support this very worthwhile cause.“This is the second year we have held this fundraiser and we intend to build upon its success year after year.” The Sheil Hospital would like to thank all those who helped organise the fundraiser.And all who baked goods for the coffee morning a special word of thanks goes to the Sandhouse Hotel and Dorrians Hotel for their generous donation of prizes.All proceeds from today’s fundraiser will go towards the Irish Cancer Society.DONEGAL HOSPITAL HOSTS PINK DAY IN AID OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS was last modified: October 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Featuresnewslast_img read more

Inspection turns into a blessing

first_img“We’ve been on fire,” Thirkettle said. Thanks to the track inspectors, that fire might continue for another week. “That was a close call,” Thirkettle said. “You need those breaks once in a while. That was kind of a blessing.” Chris Houwen of Acton is seventh in the Late Model standings. The NASCAR Super Trucks, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks and Figure 8s are also scheduled to race tonight at Irwindale Speedway. Dave Blakenship of Stevenson Ranch is second in the Super Trucks standings. Rookie Brian Reed of Castaic is seventh and rookie Brent Cusick of Canyon Country is 10th. Gates open at 4 p.m. Races start at 7. Indy Racing League: Qualifying for the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 begins today, weather permitting, after last weekend’s sessions were rained out. Marlboro Team Penske driver Sam Hornish Jr. and Chip Ganassi’s Team Target driver Dan Wheldon have been the fastest drivers at Indianapolis Motor Speedway the past two weeks. Teams have been able to practice at the track, but rain and bad weather have postponed some of the scheduled events. Teams and drivers were able to turn some laps this week. Most were working on race set-up rather than qualifying on Wednesday and Thursday. As a result, the times have been a little slower than they were on Sunday, when teams were preparing to qualify for the race. Hornish had the top speed in Thursday’s session at 224.951 mph. His Penske teammate Helio Castroneves was second at 224.437 mph. Valencia’s Bryan Herta was 18th-fastest of the 31 drivers who practiced Thursday. His best lap was at 218.593 mph. “I went out (Thursday) and got a read on our starting car but felt like it wasn’t quite as good as it was (Wednesday),” said Herta, a Hart High of Newhall graduate and driver for Andretti Green Racing. “So we ran back to the garage to put (Wednesday’s) setup back on.” Drivers only had an hour and 20 minutes of practice time on Thursday. Rain and two accidents by rookies Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Thiago Medeiros prevented drivers from being on the track any longer. “The guys did a great job because they were under the gun on time and we got back out with what would have been 45 minutes of green (flag) time left,” Herta said. “Then Thiago had his accident and the rain came so we never got to go out and evaluate it.” Herta’s Andretti Green Racing teammate Tony Kanaan was seventh-fastest in Thursday’s session. His fastest lap was at 221.707 mph, tops among the Andretti Green drivers. (818) 713-3715160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAfter taking out the transmission, Thirkettle’s team noticed that it wasn’t in great condition. It probably wouldn’t have lasted another race. And without the inspection, the team probably wouldn’t have made any adjustments to fix it. “It was ready to break. It would’ve ruined our season,” said Thirkettle, a driver from Newhall. “Our goal was to contend for the championship, and it would have ruined us.” Instead of that possibly disastrous result, Thirkettle has a chance to win his third straight Late Model race tonight at Irwindale Speedway. After three races, Thirkettle leads the Late Model standings by three points over Tim Huddleston of Agoura Hills. Going back to last year, Thirkettle has won five of the past seven races at Irwindale Speedway. If Travis Thirkettle ends up winning the NASCAR Late Model championship at Irwindale Speedway, he may never complain about post-race inspections again. After winning the race on April 29, track officials wanted to inspect Thirkettle’s transmission. There is nothing unusual about inspecting the winning cars after a race, but targeting a transmission is a bit rare. It happens about once a season, and the track officials couldn’t have had better timing. last_img read more


first_imgGAA NEWS: Colaiste NaCarraige retained the U18 Markey Cup after a thrilling victory over St Columba’s Comprehensive, Glenties.The final was played in perfect conditions on a brilliant playing surface at O’Donnell Park.The old cliché in the GAA is that ‘goals win games’ and that assessment is appropriate to describe this match. Two gaols in the opening quarter done the damage and that meant St Columba’s were always chasing the game.They delivered a typically gutsy and spirited display and refused to give in as they battled desperately to get back into the game.St Columba’s are a quality outfit but just came up a little short against a top-class side in the form of Colaiste NaCarraige.Goals from Pauric Byrne, Aaron Doherty and Conor Doherty were crucial and they ensured the trophy return to Carrick. Carrick have enjoyed a golden period in schools football over the years and it shows no sings of ceasing anytime soon.Coláiste na Carraige will play the MacLarnon Cup winners, Our Lady’s, Castleblaney, in a play-off on Saturday 21st March to decide who will represent Ulster in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools ‘B’ semi-finalCongratulations to all the management and staff at Colaiste NaCarraige and commiserations to St Columba’s.DELIGHT FOR COLAISTE NACARRAIGE AS THEY RETAIN MARKEY CUP was last modified: March 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Colaiste NaCarraigeGAAnewsSportst columba’slast_img read more

Newtown man head-butted two Gardaí after high-speed chase

first_imgA NEWTOWNCUNNINGHAM man head butted two Gardaí and threatened to burn a Garda’s house after a seven-minute high-speed lunchtime chase.Letterkenny District Court heard that Graham McCarthy (29) of 6 Shona Park, Newtowncunningham had previously failed to carry out community service as instructed by the court.McCarthy appeared in court charged with incidents on July 16, 2017. At 1:07pm on the day in question, Garda Smith and Garda Giles received a report of a Ford Fusion driving recklessly on the Letterkenny Road.The Fusion had collided with another car a Ballinalecky. When the two cars subsequently pulled in, McCarthy punched Joe Gillespie, the driver of the other vehicle, before driving off.Gardaí pursued McCarthy, activating the blue lights and sirens. The vehicle failed to stop. Gardaí indicated for McCarthy to pull over, but he ignored the instruction and increased his sped.McCarthy continued at high speed, ‘veering over and back on the wrong side of the road’ at Raymochey’. McCarthy drove into the island at the Lifford entrance to the Manor Roundabout, where he was arrested on a suspicion of dangerous driving.McCarthy resisted arrest and told Garda Giles: ‘I know where you live. I’ll remember your face, I promise you that.’McCarthy continued to be highly abusive and, having been restrained in the back of the patrol car, he head-butted Garda Smith on the side of the head.Subsequently, McCarthy leaned over and head-butted Garda Giles on the right side of his face before launching a right-footed kick to the left-hand side of Garda Giles’ face.“He told Garda Giles that he’d burn his house down,” Sergeant Jim Collins told Letterkenny District Court, “and he told both Gardaí that he’d kick the shite out of them.” At Letterkenny Garda Station, McCarthy refused to prove a breath, blood or urine sample and, after being charged said: ‘This is a small country. I’ll see the Garda. He’ll see then.’McCarthy was further charged with an incident on June 24, 2017 when, after being stopped by Garda Ryan, he failed to produce documentation and the tax on the vehicle was out of date.McCarthy has 18 previous convictions and Judge Kelly described as ‘a shocking catalogue of offences’, the cases before him.“He has addressed his demons in the last while,” said defending solicitor Kieran O’Gorman. “He was suffering very seriously. He has very little memory or knowledge of what happened on the night. He is not denying it in any way.“These matters were over a period of time. He has had some difficulties, but he is putting his hands up and stating where he is now and not where he was then.”McCarthy, a machine technician who works in Derry, said he had ‘done all humanly possible to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future’.  He said he had not carried out his community service as he did not want to be in or around Letterkenny.Judge Paul Kelly said McCarthy had been given community service as an alternative to prison in 2017.“It is not optional,” Judge Kelly said. “It is given where the offence warrants a custodial sentence.”Judge Kelly adjourned the case to October 21 and sought a probation and community service report. Judge Kelly ordered that the outstanding community service be completed before that date.“It is going to be very difficult to avoid a custodial element, given the behaviour and the previous convictions,” Judge Kelly said.Newtown man head-butted two Gardaí after high-speed chase was last modified: June 18th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallnaleckydrumoghillGraham McCarthyJudge Paul KellyLetterkenny District CourtRaphoeSergeant Jim Collinslast_img read more

Donegal business owner sends stark warning to leaders over no-deal Brexit

first_imgA Donegal businessman who owns a coach hire company on the Donegal-Derry border has urged Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar to sit down and compromise over Brexit. Reddins Coach Hire is based on the Derry-­Donegal border and its boss Don Reddin said it feels like the area is caught in an international “game of poker”.He told a national newspaper: “It’s a very unstable time.” Mr Reddin says British Prime ­Minister Boris Johnson’s outright rejection of the backstop and ­Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s refusal to consider changes to the Withdrawal Agreement creates a “mad puzzle”.And the businessman says local anxiety hasn’t been as high since the Troubles, adding: “You don’t want people’s feelings running higher than they already are.”Mr Reddin claims a way to break the stalemate and to tackle the threat of a no-deal Brexit must be for both sides to give ground.He added: “If they leave ­without a deal, where do you start with sorting that out? “I understand where Boris is trying to come from, that Theresa May looked like a weak leader.“It’s all getting hot in the Tory kitchen. By the same token, as far as the EU is ­concerned they have done their negotiation.”The coach hire chief added: “If they leave ­without a deal, how do you sort that out? Where do you start? Transport regulations, all the cross border ­trading?“I close my eyes and shake my head in disbelief that they could be jeopardising so much.”Another business on the straddles between the Donegal and Fermanagh border has called for a solution “as quickly as possible”.He added: “Both sides are saying ‘this is a red line’ but at some stage or another somebody’s going to have to talk.”The backstop, hatched between former UK PM Theresa May and chiefs in Brussels, guarantees a seamless border between the Republic and Northern Ireland.It kicks in only if post-Brexit border trading and security talks fail. Advertisement But Mr Johnson says he can’t accept the UK keeping such close formal ties with the EU in any transition period after leaving at 11pm on Halloween night.The EU position, championed by Mr Varadkar, is that the backstop must be in place ahead of any deal being struck.That tense face-off means a no-deal Brexit, and the trading ­turmoil it could spark, is looking increasingly likely just 83 days from the deadline.Pub owner Pat Britton, whose bar in Pettigo village stands right on the border between counties Fermanagh and Donegal, said the issue was Britain’s to fix. Advertisement He sees no reason for UK and Irish leaders to hammer out ideas around the backstop.Mr Britton said: “It’s nothing to do with Leo Varadkar. The Tories are trying to bully the Irish Government into a position that is their fault.“It’s not our fight. It’s a fight with Europe. They voted to get out of Europe so it’s their problem.”Donegal business owner sends stark warning to leaders over no-deal Brexit was last modified: August 10th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Alitalia heads into bankruptcy proceedings

first_imgAlitalia’s board has filed for an “extraordinary administration” as the Italian flag carrier staggers towards what could be its final days.The move will see the Italian government provide temporary funds to keep the airline flying while administrators are appointed to decide whether to sell or liquidate it.The administrators will have 180 days to arrive at a decision with a possible extension of 90 days, Bloomberg reported.The   Italian government has indicated it will not renationalise the carrier and major investors have no appetite to put in more money after the airline’s workers rejected a 2 billion euro restructuring deal that would have seen job losses and pay cuts.The airline is estimated to have lost 3 billion euros since it last emerged from bankruptcy in 2009The airline’s board said in a statement issued on Tuesday that the bankruptcy proceedings acknowledged “the serious economic financial situation of the company, of the unavailability of the shareholders to refinance and of the impossibility to find in a short period of time an alternative’’. Alitalia’s flight schedule would continue to operate as planned, it said.Major shareholder Etihad Airways, which owns 49 per cent of Alitalia, said it was not prepared to continue to invest in the airline without support for the restructuring. Etihad invested  1.7 billion euros in Alitalia in 2014.Etihad Aviation Group chief executive James Hogan said the Abu Dhabi airline had done all it could to support Alitalia but it was clear the business required “fundamental and far-reaching restructuring” to survive and grow.“Without the support of all stakeholders for that restructuring, we are not prepared to continue to invest,’ he said. “We, therefore, support the necessary decision of the Alitalia Board to apply for extraordinary administration.“We are disappointed that despite Etihad’s significant investments in Alitalia, alongside those of the other shareholders, the airline was unable to proceed in its current form.’’Hogan said an initial strategy developed by Alitalia at the time of Etihad’s investment and implemented from 2015  had delivered “significant improvements”. “However, new marketplace challenges, including greater low-cost carrier competition and the impacts of terrorist events on tourism demand, meant further, deeper change was required,’’ he said.The Gulf airline is advising its passengers with Etihad bookings on Alitalia, or vice versa,  to proceed with their travel plans as normal. It said it would communicate promptly and directly with its affected guests if the situation changed.The decision by the Alitalia workers to reject the restructuring comes as polls show most Italians are reluctant to bail out the troubled airline.last_img read more

Scary Stories for Halloween

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members What’s scary for a green builder? Mold in the crawl space?Naw — mold is a routine problem. What’s really scary is the end of the world as we know it.A decade or two ago, the end of the world as we know it was a matter of concern for a few nutty survivalists in Idaho. Now it is a matter of discussion at academic conferences.Several mechanisms have been proposed for the coming economic collapse. Some are based on New Age nonsense, while others are based on hard science. If you’re a pessimist, you can pick from a long list of possible doomsday mechanisms:Most of the items on the list are perfectly capable of turning the world upside-down. As Robert Frost wrote,Some say the world will end in fire,Some say in ice.From what I’ve tasted of desireI hold with those who favor fire.But if it had to perish twice,I think I know enough of hateTo know that for destruction iceIs also greatAnd would suffice.Clearly, Frost was talking about emotional states rather than the literal end of the world. But in a pinch, his perception can be stretched from the metaphorical back to the literal. Although many of us may assume we know what’s going to cause the coming Great Disruption, Frost was right: other doomsday mechanisms are “also great and would suffice.” In today’s blog, I’m going to discuss a potential apple-cart-upsetter that is missing from most lists: a crash of the electrical grid caused by magnetic storms on the sun.I learned of this possibility in an episode of a syndicated Canadian program, Spark Radio. Sonya Buyting’s report, “The Future’s So Bright,” was broadcast on October 8, 2011.A solar… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more