zoom South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries saw its earnings drop in the third quarter of 2017, mainly due to deliveries of low-priced vessels and a decrease in orders.The shipbuilder’s net income for the three-month period ended September 30 plunged by 82 percent to KRW 23.4 billion (USD 21 million) from KRW 128.6 billion (USD 115.5 million) reported in the same period a year earlier.The company ended the quarter with an operating profit of KRW 23.6 billion, against an operating profit of KRW 84.1 billion, representing a drop of 72 percent year-on-year.During the quarter, SHI’s sales were down by 37 percent to KRW 1.75 trillion, compared to KRW 2.77 trillion reached in the same three months in 2016.In mid-2017, Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) unveiled its self-rescue plan, under which it would undertake workforce cuts through an early retirement scheme, and seek from its executives to return part of their salaries.Although the exact number of workforce which would be reduced this year was not unveiled, the shipbuilder is expected to slash a total of 5,000 jobs by 2018, of which it already cut 1,500 during 2016.On the back of a drop in new orders, SHI was forced to shut down some of its floating docks. The shipbuilder, which operates eight docks, including four floating docks, reportedly closed one of its three on-road docks in June and was planning to stop operations at another one in late July.Samsung Heavy Industries earlier informed that it expects to end the year with some USD 6.2 billion worth of orders, slightly less than its 2017 goal of USD 6.5 billion.World Maritime News Staff
Rabat – After months of anticipation, Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred will be released this evening from the Fleury-Merogis prison in France, according to his lawyer’s statement to Huffpost Maghreb.Lamjarred’s lawyer, Eric Dupond-Moretti, has revealed that “Saad Lamjarred will be released from prison tonight, April 13 under electronic surveillance. However, he will have to remain in France.”Electronic tagging involves the use of an electronic device, usually a tag fitted to the ankle of a prisoner, who is mandated to wear it upon release from prison. According to the French Ministry of Justice’s website, the electronic tag “compels the person wearing it to stay at his or her home or at a host’s property at certain times fixed by the judge, commonly from 7:00 pm to 8:00 am.”Electronic tagging, according to the same source, is a method of accommodating a prison sentence without actual imprisonment.Lamjarred will wear the tag on his ankle. If he attempts to leave his property outside the fixed hours, a prison guard will immediately be notified by a remote alarm.Just before he was about to take to the stage on October 31 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, an important moment in any artist’s career, Lamjarred was arrested for the second time on charges of sexual assault.According to articles 222-27 to 222-30 of the French penal code, the pop star risks up to ten years in prison if he is found guilty.
Rabat – The Royal Armed Forces (FAR) have announced plans to build ten new surveillance posts on the Moroccan-Algerian border in order to reinforce security in the kingdom’s eastern provinces. The border surveillance centers along the frontier with Algeria are designed to counter several threats, including drug smuggling rings, migrant traffickers, as well as to prevent infiltration by terrorist elements in the region, according to Moroccan newspaper Al Massae.The new centers will be equipped with sophisticated ground and air surveillance equipment that will include 33 border surveillance cameras that will be operational around the clock, seven days a week.In October 2017, Algeria announced the construction of a border wall along the Moroccan-Algerian border, intended to fight contraband smuggling and trafficking as well as to strengthen the country’s international security.The announcement was made only a few days after Morocco announced its intention to launch its first reconnaissance satellite.Algeria’s is also building new monitoring posts along the shared border region between the two countries, including posts near the Moroccan cities of Oujda, Berkane, Taourirt and Jerada.Morocco’s new border observation centers will be operational next April, allowing Morocco to increase the level and quality of internal security and border surveillance, added Al Massae.
The Pacific island nation of Palau was the busiest Member State, signing up to each such pacts or protocols – part of 34 separate treaty actions taken by 21 countries on the sidelines of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York.Palau signed up to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.It also signed the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.El Salvador also signed the ICESCR with a declaration, Montenegro ratified – also with a declaration – the enforced disappearances convention, and New Zealand ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.Beyond the human rights sphere, Nigeria acceded to both the Convention relating to the status of Stateless Persons and Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.New Zealand ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Safety of UN and Associated Personnel and Côte d’Ivoire signed the International Cocoa Agreement, 2010.On the environment, 13 countries signed the Nagoya Protocol, a key text on equitably sharing Earth’s genetic resources and their benefits, while four European Union countries signed a supplementary protocol on biosafety.Suriname ratified the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and acceded to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal.The annual treaty event, which began in 2000, continues until 27 September. 20 September 2011Ten conventions or protocols dealing with human rights received signatures or ratifications today as the annual United Nations event aimed at promoting greater participation in global treaties and international law kicked off.
NEW YORK — The French fashion house Louis Vuitton says it is in contact with Mexican artisans after the Mexican government questioned part of a new chair line over possible cultural appropriation.Louis Vuitton said Wednesday in a brief statement that it is “currently in a relationship with artisans of Tenango de Doria … with the perspective of collaborating together to produce this collection.”The response comes after Mexican Culture Secretary Alejandra Frausto sent the company a letter last week expressing “surprise” that a chair in the Dolls by Raw Edges line incorporated colorful embroidery motifs similar to those traditional to Tenango de Doria, in the central state of Hidalgo.Frausto said the government felt obligated to “respectfully” ask whether the community and its artisans had been part of the project.The Associated Press
On 4 May, an attack by ethnic Misseriya pastoralist tribesmen on the UN convoy resulted in the deaths of Ngok Dinka Paramount Chief Kuol Deng Kuol and an Ethiopian peacekeeper, while wounding two other UN blue helmets in the process. In a statement released today, the 15-member Council expressed its condolences to the families of those killed in the attack and reiterated its full support for UNISFA by calling on all parties in the Abyei area “to exercise maximum restraint, to cooperate fully with the mission, and to use mechanisms they have put in place to facilitate an effective investigation” into the acts of violence.In addition, the Council welcomed the Government of Sudan’s announcement of an “urgent, transparent, thorough, and fair” investigation into the incident as well as the Government of South Sudan’s continuing commitment to UNISFA. The attack was the latest episode of violence in an ongoing feud pitting Ngok Dinka farmers against the Misseriya – two groups which have repeatedly clashed in the past, particularly in the area between Sudan and South Sudan which lacks clearly demarcated borders.Due to the highly contested nature of Abyei, a 20 June 2011 Agreement signed by the Government of Sudan and representatives of South Sudan, ahead of its official independence, called for the area’s demilitarization and the establishment of an administrative and police service.The following week, the Security Council established UNISFA to oversee progress on the Agreement, and authorized the blue helmets to use force to protect civilians and humanitarian workers.“The members of the Security Council underline the critical importance of immediate and full implementation of the agreements reached between Sudan and South Sudan as well as the need for continued hard work by all relevant parties to resolve the details and outstanding issues that remain to be agreed, including the final status of Abyei,” the statement added.
OSU freshman running back Mike Weber (25) outruns two MSU players during their game on Nov. 19, 2016 at Spartan Stadium. The Buckeyes won 17-16. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorAll season long, Ohio State has been the team to wear down defenses with the run, supplemented by the veteran passing presence of redshirt junior J.T. Barrett. However, No. 2 Clemson has recently been hitting its stride defending the run, and has a veteran presence that could put the OSU offense to the test.The Buckeyes, ranked No. 3 and in the College Football Playoff for the second time in the playoff’s three-year existence, are averaging 258.3 yards rushing per game this season. The smashmouth style of redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and the dynamic ability of junior H-back Curtis Samuel has propelled OSU.However, Clemson (12-1) is not the kind of defense the Buckeyes are used to this season. Although OSU had some success running the ball late against Michigan, it took well into the third quarter before the run game woke up after just 41 yards in the first half.The Tigers have given up a little over 132 yards per game on the ground this season, but have limited teams to an average of less than 100 total rushing yards in the last three games. Anchored on the weakside by senior linebacker Ben Boulware, Clemson is a veteran unit that prides themselves in its stifling defense. Weber, after a disappointing 26 yards on 11 carries against the Wolverines, knows that Boulware is the kind of guy who can give he and the rest of the Buckeyes fits.“He’s a fly-around guy,” he said. “Good tackler, good hitter. I didn’t know he was the leader of their defense until Coach Alford told me, but after he told me, you could see it. You could see by his body language by how he plays and how he flies around.”Boulware, who can make plays in the middle of the field as well as on the edges, could be the biggest thorn in the side of Samuel, who depends mostly on outside runs for big gains.Five of Clemson’s starting defenders are upperclassmen, bringing years of experience to a defense that allows an average of just 19.9 points per game. Although the entire season has been a success as a whole, the Tigers have given up quite a few yards and points to anemic offenses such as Troy and Pittsburgh. Even with some outlier performances of defensive lapses, OSU coach Urban Meyer said his team must improve from Michigan on the offensive side of the ball. Two weeks ago, he talked about how the Buckeyes will need to work on not just the passing game, but also the rushing attack.“We’re going to do quite a bit,” Meyer said. “It’s not just passing the ball. We have to protect. We have to do a better job running the ball, too. I think we ran for 200 some yards against our rivals. That’s definitely why we’re going to practice.”Although size doesn’t mean everything in football, a large defensive front can wreak havoc for an offense’s run game. Weber, a predominantly between-the-tackles runner, has more to worry about than just the play-making ability of Boulware.Clemson’s defensive line is led by redshirt senior defensive tackle Carlos Watkins in the middle. Standing at 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, he is a perfect representation of the massive stature of the Tigers’ defensive line.“Really big guys,” Weber said. “I think their whole defensive line is over 300 pounds. I think they have one guy that’s like 285 or 290. They’re hard to move. Physical. They plug the holes up.”Even with a stout unit facing him before he takes a snap, Barrett is ready for the challenge.In fact, the redshirt junior, who received his degree on Sunday, said he will be looking forward to the first contact to get the ball rolling.“With me, in order to get a little rhythm, or knock the little butterflies you got, run the ball and get hit one time and ‘All right, we’re good,’” he said. “And also, too, just completing a pass, see the ball leave my hands complete to a receiver, I think that’s something else. Either one of those I feel like get me going.”OSU faces Clemson on Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. in Glendale, Arizona, in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCarter Center meets with Opposition LeaderSeptember 13, 2019In “latest news”Carter Center officials meet AG on current political situation; to engage other stakeholders September 11, 2019In “latest news”Elections must be held in 2019 as outlined in President’s meeting agenda- Opposition LeaderJanuary 9, 2019In “latest news” Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoRepresentatives from the US-based Carter Center who are in Guyana to determine the country’s level of preparedness to host General and Regional Elections, following the passage of the no confidence motion on December 21, on Monday, met with members of the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C).The Carter Center team included Associate Director, Brett Lacy, and Legal and Electoral Advisor, Anne Marlborough.In an interview with Inews following the meeting, the Opposition Leader said he briefed the visiting officials on his party’s perspective on the elections.“We welcomed the meeting and we’re pleased that they’ve shown continued interest in the governance issues in Guyana, particularly free and fair elections. We also used to the opportunity to outline our perspective on how the matters are evolving,” he stated.According to the Opposition Leader, he made it clear that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition seems “hell bent” on violating the Constitution.“I told them that there is almost no respect for the [High] Court’s decision and that Government is operating in a manner and have made public pronouncements that it is ‘business as usual’. There has been no good faith effort made by this Government to meet the constitutional deadline and that they are pushing us into a constitutional crisis once the March 19 deadline expires,” Jagdeo said he told the Carter Center representatives.Since the passage of the No-confidence motion, the Opposition has been reaching out to a number of international organisations to update them on the political situation in Guyana.As such, Jagdeo said this visit by the Carter Center demonstrates that Guyana and the events happening here are being watched closely.Already international pressure on the country has mounted. Only recently, United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator, Mikiko Tanaka urged the government to demonstrate its integrity and respect the Constitution as she reminded that building a peaceful and just society requires respect for the rule of law and confidence in national institutions.While the length of the Carter Center officials’ visit is unknown, the team has already met with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).During that meeting, they engaged Chairman, Justice (rtd) James Patterson; Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield; and the three Opposition Commissioners. The three Government Commissions did not show for the meeting on Monday.Later that day, the Carter Center representatives also met with Minister of State Joseph Harmon; Social Protection Minister Amna Ally; and Political Advisor, Dr Mark Kirton at the Ministry of the Presidency.
With an education aid project two years in the making, Volvo Construction Equipment says it is poised to play a key role in remedying the shortage of skilled technicians in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. Volvo CE is confronting a shortage of technicians in Sub-Saharan Africa with a Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) project to help support and modernise technical schools in Africa.Volvo CE says it will take a hands-on approach with a project at Selam Technical and Vocational College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, providing new equipment, training materials, teacher training, ongoing curriculum development and apprenticeship opportunities for students. The company states: “A lack of well-trained machine technicians is a serious problem in much of Africa and has meant that equipment dealers operating in countries like Ethiopia are often forced to hire expatriate technicians, rather than invest in local workers who would remain in the country permanently – and keep more money in the local economy. The few technicians who are local often have had inadequate training, as many technical schools in these countries use outmoded equipment – sometimes dating back to the 1970s or 1980s.”Developing a technical program will benefit OEMs like Volvo by providing a larger pool of skilled workers. Though students and apprentices won’t be under any obligation to work for Volvo, the project will provide Volvo a powerful way of building relationships with potential employees. “This project will increase the number of trained mechanics in our African markets, which benefits Volvo as well as other local OEMs,” says Jonas Rönnebratt, Aftermarket Director in EMEA South (Africa). “But we’re also doing this because we think we can make a real difference in Ethiopia by empowering and educating local people. That’s why this project is so exciting.”“A major obstacle to economic development in this region is the availability of skilled labour, especially in technical professions,” says Lena Ingelstam, Head of the Department for Global Cooperation at Sida. “We believe that this project can serve as a model for other vocational schools in the country and facilitate the emergence of new enterprises.” The project, which will train about 30 students a year, is a first for Volvo CE in Africa, but a similar Volvo program that trains homeless teenagers in Brazil was successful. If the new program works well, the company hopes to expand into other African countries in the future.Volvo CE organisers, who have been working on initiating the program since 2009, are targeting a course start date of January 2013. While Volvo deals with teacher training and equipment, the school will handle administration, recruitment of teachers and selection of students while the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) will oversee the project.
FLIGHT SCHEDULES IN airports across the UK and Ireland are said to be operating as normal today following an issue with the air traffic control system in the south of England yesterday that caused delays and some cancellations.The National Air Traffic Control Service (NATS) said a technical problem occurred in relation to an internal telephone system used by controllers but confirmed yesterday evening that this had been resolved.Today airports and airlines sought to reassure passengers that flight schedules have returned to normal and they would be operating on time.A number of flights from Dublin Airport to London have already departed on time this morning and a spokesperson for Aer Lingus told TheJournal.ie the airline is “operating a full service” today.Yesterday Eurocontrol said approximately 1,300 flights- almost 8 per cent of European traffic – were severely delayed by the glitch.Read: Flights getting back to normal after major air traffic control problem fixed>
Source: Sam BoalA MAN IS being treated for serious injuries at Dublin’s St James’s Hospital this evening, after an apparent assault on the city’s Aston Quay.It’s believed the man, aged in his 30s, was pushed in front of a Dublin Bus.The incident happened at around 6.30pm this evening. Gardaí and other emergency services attended the scene, and a number of witnesses have been interviewed.The area has been sealed off, and the double-decker bus remains in situ this evening. Source: AA Roadwatch/Twitter Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandPhotos taken at the scene this evening showed blood-spattered clothing next to the front wheel of the bus.The garda spokesperson said no arrests had been made in connection with the incident, and that anyone with information was being encouraged to come forward.It’s understood the incident is being investigated as an assault, not as a road traffic collision.Officers at Pearse Street can be reached on 01 666 9082. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandRead CIA chief apologises to US Senate intelligence committee for agents hacking its computers DUBLIN: The left lane remains closed at Aston Quay on the South Quays following an incident. Delays on approach- http://t.co/xKIOqj44mn— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) July 31, 2014
The HTC Merge is one of the most talked about handsets coming out this year. HTC this week announced that the phone will be available on multiple carriers, this Spring. None of the specific carriers have actually been announced, however. The Merge has Android 2.2, HTC Sense UI, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5MP camera with 720p video focus, and a3.8 touchscreen. No word on final pricing or a solid release date.AdChoices广告Via Engadget
Share11 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 24,203 Views Monday 27 Mar 2017, 9:14 AM Mar 27th 2017, 9:14 AM Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie A MAN REMAINS in hospital today after being run over and shot four times in Dublin last night.Eddie Staunton was shot around 10pm at the Liberty House flats on Railway Street in Dublin 1.Staunton was run over by the car before being shot in the chest.The shooting is believed to be related to the ongoing feud between the Hutch and Kinahan gangs. While Staunton is a friend of a member of the Hutch gang, Garda sources say he is not involved in the feud.He remains in the Mater Hospital in Dublin where his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.Sources say that the ongoing feud is unlikely to stop any time soon.“It won’t be an all-out war, but these things (shootings) will continue,” says one.Investigating gardaí are appealing for witnesses and who may have information or who may have seen anything unusual or suspicious to contact them at Store Street garda station on 01 666 800 The Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any garda station.Read: Man shot in Dublin’s north inner city Man remains in hospital after being run over and shot four times in Dublin He remains in the Mater Hospital in Dublin where his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie 10 Comments By Paul Hosford http://jrnl.ie/3308461 Short URL
Le Gulf Stream imperturbable face au réchauffement climatiqueEn utilisant des données recueillies sur la circulation thermohaline Atlantique, des chercheurs climatologues ont réalisé la première prédiction concernant le développement des courants océaniques. Selon eux, le Gulf Stream ne devrait pas être touché par le réchauffement climatique sur le court terme.Le Gulf Stream constitue un facteur déterminant dans le climat européen. C’est un courant océanique qui prend sa source entre la Floride et les Bahamas et se propage dans l’océan Atlantique vers la longitude du Groenland après avoir longé les côtes européennes. Il sert de régulateur climatique. Or, des chercheurs climatologues de l’Université d’Hambourg en Allemagne ont déterminé que la circulation Atlantique dont fait partie le Gulf Stream ne sera pas directement transformé par le réchauffement des températures. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Selon même, elle ne diminuera pas au moins durant les quatre prochaines années. Mais ce résultat n’est pas une découverte inédite alors qu’un article de 2010 publié par Geophysical Research Letters (GRL), révélait déjà que la Circulation Méridionale Atlantique (AMOC) ne montrait aucun signe d’essoufflement. Cette fois-ci, les chercheurs ont utilisé les données recueillies par des stations situées à 26,5 degrés de latitude Nord. Des informations avec lesquelles les climatologues peuvent maintenant prédire la force de la circulation thermohaline pour une période de sept ans. La circulation océanique a une influence considérable sur le climat de la façade océanique de l’Europe sur la fréquence des ouragans dans le Golfe du Mexique et celle des sécheresses dans la région du Sahel en Afrique de l’Ouest. “Étant donné le lien avec le climat, il est très important que nous soyons maintenant capables de prédire quand l’AMOC sera plus faible ou plus fort sur une période donnée”, a expliqué Jochem Marotzke, directeur à l’Institut de Météorologie Max Planck et chef de l’étude. “Nous pouvons également dire à coup sûr que la faiblesse de la circulation Atlantique en mars 2010 était seulement un phénomène passager”, a insisté Daniel Matel, autre chercheur qui a participé aux travaux.Une avancée majeure pour les prédictions climatiques Désormais, “nous pouvons prévoir le temps correctement pour quelques jours et nous pouvons calculer le changement climatique à long-terme, mais notre habilité à prédire efficacement les effets du climats à cause de l’activité humaine pour les années à venir est très limitée. Le fait que nous puissions prédire maintenant la circulation Atlantique pour plusieurs années signifie une avancée majeure pour les prévisions climatiques dans seulement quelques années”, conclut Jochem Marotzke cité par notre-planete.info.Le 19 février 2012 à 17:42 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Sept 2014 – Yet another incident where a member of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is implicated as in the wrong.MAgnetic Media today learned of an alleged scuffle between an officer and a former student of CLement Howell High School. The young man who is said to be registered has not yet turned up for classes this year. The son of popular pastor Elva Talbot-Swann, was hanging out across from the campus, according to our source, when he spotted the regular Police on duty and suddenly took off running.One officer reportedly pursued and was said to have been attacked and beaten up. That officer was treated at hospital.The story of Pastor Elva differs starkly. She says it is her son who was kicked and punched; he also needed medical care. She was audibly distraught.The school principal explained none of it was on CHHS campus, nor did it disrupt class. Eagles win again at InterHigh Championships Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:clement howell high school, Elva talbot swann, royal turks and caicos police force Recommended for you Nearly 100 Haitian migrants caught by TCI Police Marine division Clement Howell High get their hands dirty for World Wetlands Day 2016
Tracy Morgan was released from a New Jersey hospital on Friday, two weeks after the comedian was seriously injured in a highway crash that left one man dead.Hospital spokesman Peter Haigney told the Los Angeles Times that Morgan had been released and he confirmed details of a statement circulated by Morgan’s publicist.“While he is continuing to show signs of improvement, he still has a long way to go,” the statement from publicist Lewis Kay read. “He and (wife) Megan wanted to publicly express their deepest gratitude to everyone at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for the unbelievable care and attention they provided him.”The statement said Morgan was being relocated from the Brunswick, N.J., hospital to an undisclosed rehabilitation center.Morgan will likely be in rehab for weeks, Kay’s statement said.On June 7, Morgan and several others were headed north on the New Jersey Turnpike after a performance in Delaware when their limousine was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer. The limousine spun out of control and flipped over, according to the New Jersey State Police, and the crash left 63-year-old James McNair, better known as comedian Jimmy Mack, dead.Three others were injured in the crash. Ardley Fuqua Jr. and Jeffrey Millea, among the injured, remain hospitalized, Haigney told the Times. Fuqua is in serious condition and Millea is in good condition, according to Haigney.
Car Culture Modern convenience in an Airstream travel trailer (pictures) 1:45 Share your voice 2017 Fiat 124 Spider: The Fiata is Fi-awesome Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageAirstream’s Caravel is small, lightweight and designed to be towed by just about anything with a hitch but that doesn’t mean it skimps on any of the classic Airstream style. Airstream The odds are good that if you’re a chic Gen X-er or even an elder Millennial, you’ve had at least one severe fit of desire for an Airstream trailer. How could you not? They’re all sleek and shiny and lightweight. They’re also traditionally superexpensive.Now though, the classic Airstream style gets a little more affordable because the company announced Monday that it would be offering two new single-axle entry-level models with names from the brand’s storied past: Bambi and Caravel.The Bambi got its name after a Capetown to Cairo trip led by Airstream’s founder Wally Byam because it’s lightweight, agile and surprisingly hardy. It’s a nickname that’s been traditionally used to describe all of the single-axle trailers in Airstream’s lineup. The new Bambi model is designed to be easy for those new to towing and trailering to hook up and manage, and its light weight means that it can be pulled easily by a surprisingly large variety of vehicles. So that means that you probably won’t have to go and trade your crossover or station wagon for a truck or full-size SUV.The Bambi line is available in lengths from 16 to 22 feet and four different floor plans. It can sleep up to four people and starts at around $49,000. So, it’s not cheap, but it’s also not compromising on any of the luxury features or build quality of the larger and more expensive models.”When it comes to our travel trailer lineup, we have set the bar in regard to design, quality craftsmanship and staying true to our brand heritage – Bambi and Caravel are no exception,” Bob Wheeler, president and CEO of Airstream, said in a statement. “With the all-new Bambi and Caravel models, we wanted to honor our roots while offering design-forward, accessible, easy-to-tow travel trailers that will inspire new or experienced consumers to explore the world one highway at a time.”The Caravel is, like the Bambi, a single-axle trailer designed to be easily towed by crossovers, cars or wagons. It’s available in the same four lengths and also can be had in any of four floor plans. Where it differs from the Bambi is in its interior appointments. The Bambi is meant to be the lowest price point for a traditionally styled Airstream, and the Caravel is its more expensive and more luxurious cousin.The Caravel also features panoramic windows, stainless-steel rock guards (necessary when your whole trailer is made from easily dentable polished aluminum) and more storage. The Caravel is a sizable step up from the Bambi and starts at $60,900. For some perspective, the next step up in price for Airstream is the Flying Cloud model, which sleeps eight and starts at $76,900. 18 Photos Comments Tags 2 Airstream goes into the future with Smart Control Technology
A package of sales tax recommendations that could take a big bite out of the city’s anticipated $7.2 million budget deficit is headed for public hearing.Download AudioThe Juneau Assembly’s Tax Exemption Review Committee completed its six-month examination of municipal tax breaks Thursday.The committee recommends:Raising the maximum taxable value of big ticket items from $7,500 to $14,000,Limiting the senior sales tax exemption to Juneau residents,Limiting the senior sales tax exemption to food, fuel and electricity,And limiting the senior sales tax exemption on all other goods to seniors with incomes below 250 percent of the federal poverty level.The recommendations were made piecemeal. Deputy Mayor Mary Becker chaired the committee and noted the recommendations don’t constrain the Assembly’s policymaking authority.One proposal the committee did not recommend was raising the age of eligibility for the senior sales tax exemption from 65 to 70 over five years.“I would certainly not personally agree to that because I think it is a double whammy,” Becker said referring to the combination with the other changes to the senior sales tax exemption. “I think one or the other is fine with me.”Assemblywoman Kate Troll said she saw it as a double break.“They get two good benefits. Instead of eliminating the exemption altogether, we’re keeping it on essentials, we’re making it needs based,” Troll said.Assemblyman Jesse Kiehl argued that people are living longer, healthier and many are choosing to continue working past age 65.“And so some limited shift to reflect the realities of the world we live in I think is good tax policy, because it keeps, it keeps us in line with the economic realities of our age,” Kiehl said. The recommendation, which the Juneau Commission on Aging supported, failed in a 2-2 vote. Assemblyman Jerry Nankervis was the other no vote.Becker says she expects the Assembly’s Finance Committee to take up the recommendations after the public hearing scheduled for Jan. 8.Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story referred to a $9.2 million budget deficit. That figure did not reflect $2 million in cuts and new revenue to be carried forward from the current budget year.
A U.S. Senate bill introduced last week could allow Alaska Natives in five Southeast communities to form urban corporations. Haines, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Tenakee, and Wrangell each stand to gain about 23,000 acres of land if the bill passes. But, the legislation does not come without controversy.Download AudioPhoto by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage: Senator Lisa MurkowskiIn 1971, more than 200 Native corporations formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, known as ANCSA. But, Haines, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Tenakee and Wrangell were left out of the landmark legislation.The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Improvement Act was introduced May 26 by Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and could award those “landless” Native groups 23,040 acres of land each.Leo Barlow represents both the Southeast and Wrangell Landless Coalitions. He said while many Natives in these communities have benefited from Southeast’s regional Native corporation, Sealaska, which pays dividends and creates jobs, they lack the benefits provided by a local corporation.“Other village corporations in the region that have achieved such a settlement have done a lot of things with their land,” Barlow said. “They’ve been able to do a lot of economic activates to the benefit of their shareholders, start businesses and things like eco-tourism, hotels. A lot have relied on resource development on the land as a mean of providing an economic income.”If passed, the improvement act would allow the five corporations to pick land of historic, cultural and commercial value, but would not allow conservation lands to be awarded.The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council or SEACC is opposing the bill. Spokeswoman Emily Ferry said the group is concerned about the commercial activity.“We don’t know how they would be managed. The public doesn’t have very much input into this process,” Ferry said. “The land would be selected by the Native corporations, these new Native corporations and the secretary of the interior. As we know from the past, lands that were transferred to Native corporations, at least previously were heavily logged.”Ferry said SEACC called upon Senator Murkowski to include the general public by holding hearings on the issue. SEACC would also like more environmental protection, particularly forest preservation, added to the bill.“We would really like to see a dialog about how that can happen,” Ferry said. “That’s partly why we’re calling on Senator Murkowski to come to Southeast Alaska to open up a dialog, hold hearings, to talk with communities, both the people who would benefit from this legislation and the communities who rely on our public land.”Senator Murkowski’s office did not respond to requests for comment or information.The local corporations would have surface rights that would allow logging and other surface-based economic activity, but Barlow said he doesn’t expect any excessive clear cutting.“Obviously there are timber resources that could be harvested. The whole goal would be to do that on a sustainable basis, not like the old days when there were large extensive clear cuts all across the Tongass and Southeast Alaska,” Barlow said.He said the corporations could also focus on eco and cultural tourism to bring in money and said he thinks Natives would not be the only ones to see benefits.“It actually benefits the entire community, as you can see throughout Southeast Alaska that a lot of the employment created by other corporations throughout the region goes to Natives and non-Natives alike. It would have a tremendous impact on the region and the economy of the whole Southeast panhandle,” said Barlow.The ANCSA improvement bill is not the first legislative attempt at providing “landless” communities corporate status. The current version combines several Senate and House bills from decades past. Another section of the bill would allow Sealaska to exchange 23,000 acres of land on Admiralty Island for about 14,000 acres of more commercially viable land. The bill could also award Native Vietnam veterans land as well.SEACC spokeswoman Emily Ferry said the conservation group will wait for Senator Murkowski’s response before stepping up efforts to oppose the bill. Both Senator Murkowski and Sullivan were unavailable for comment for this story.