Explore further Boeing lamented the crash and said: “Safety is our number one priority.” “The investigation is in its early stages, but at this point, based on the information available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators,” the company said in a statement.The FAA said it would review data and “if we identify an issue that affects safety, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action.” On Wall Street, Boeing shares plunged around 12 percent earlier in the day, before recovering about half its losses by the close of the trading day.US airlines remain confident in the manufacturer. A person with knowledge of the matter told AFP that American Airlines planned to continue operating flights aboard the company’s two dozen 737 MAX 8s as scheduled. And Canadian officials said they would not ground the three aircraft in use by the country’s airlines.”We remain confident in the safety and airworthiness of our fleet of more than 750 Boeing aircraft,” said a spokesman for Southwest Airlines, which operates a fleet of 34 737 MAX 8 aircraft.Grounding the 737 MAX 8 would be a major setback for Boeing. The aircraft is a key profit driver, with 350 currently in service. Following Sunday’s crash in Ethiopia of another Boeing 737 MAX 8, the second accident in five months, the flagship US manufacturer faces fresh questions about the planes’ airworthiness. American officials face difficulty in reassuring the flying public. A 737 MAX 8 is pictured at Boeing factory in Renton, Washington on March 13, 2018 Nations, airlines grounding Boeing’s 737 MAX (Update) Boeing is ‘strategic’A malfunction could cause the plane’s computers to detect a stall incorrectly and put the plane into a dive when it should climb instead.Boeing has sent experts to assist in the investigation and has so far delayed the official roll-out of its new long-haul 777X jet, which had been scheduled for Wednesday. Women mourn during a memorial ceremony in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday March 11, 2019 Boeing 737 MAX deliveries by company and region But are US authorities likely to ground these planes, a cash cow for the aerospace giant?American officials face a difficult task in reassuring the flying public, as passengers take to social media, saying they are afraid to board a 737.The Federal Aviation Administration said it has a team on-site working with investigators on the cause of the crash, and pledged to take “immediate” action if it finds any issues with the aircraft.In addition to the FAA, the US National Transportation Safety Board and Boeing all have sent officials to Ethiopia to help investigate.The cause of the crash remains unknown but the airline says investigators have recovered the black box flight recorders from the Nairobi-bound jet.”We don’t know anything for certain about this crash at this point but you certainly can’t rule out a grounding,” said Richard Aboulafia of Teal Group, an aerospace consultancy.China, Indonesia and Ethiopian Airlines have set a precedent by grounding the planes themselves, he added.But he said US authorities must not yield to political pressure despite Boeing’s economic importance as an exporter. “For the good of the system, and for the good of the industry in the long run, safety decisions are best left to professionals concerned solely with safety. Politicizing safety is not a good idea,” he said. A 737 MAX 8 operating as Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 crashed Sunday southeast of Addis Ababa shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 passengers and crew members aboard.The same model—a more fuel-efficient version of the 737—crashed in late October in Indonesia during a flight operated by Lion Air, leaving 189 people dead, also just moments after takeoff.Not since the 1970s—when the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 had successive fatal incidents—has a new model been involved in two deadly accidents in such a short period.The causes of the crashes are not yet known but the planes’ Angle of Attack sensors, which provide data about the angle at which air passes over the wings, have come under scrutiny. The economic fallout from grounding would great as Boeing employs more than 150,000 people in the United States When US authorities grounded the Boeing 787 six years ago due to problems with its batteries, only 50 were in operation.The economic fallout would be even greater as Boeing employs more than 150,000 people in the United States, with assembly plants in South Carolina and the state of Washington.As of Friday, it accounted for 11.3 percent of the benchmark Wall Street stock index, the Dow Jones Industrial Average.This year, Boeing also plans to increase the production rate for the 737 MAX to 57 aircraft per month from 52, in order fill 4,661 orders by January.”Boeing is strategic, it’s a tool of trade,” said Michel Merluzeau, an analyst at AirInsight.The 737 MAX also figures in the fraught current US-China trade talks, with American officials urging Beijing to purchase more of the jets and cut America’s soaring trade deficit with China, according to media reports.In this context, China’s decision to ground the 737 MAX is not necessarily related to security concerns, Merluzeau said.In addition to commercial airliners, Boeing also manufactures military aircraft, including the KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling jet, and is a contractor in US space programs. © 2019 AFP Citation: Grounding the Boeing 737 a touchy subject for US authorities (2019, March 11) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-grounding-boeing-touchy-subject-authorities.html This document is subject to copyright. 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TOKYO (Reuters) – Fire swept through an animation studio in Japan on Thursday, leaving 23 people feared dead and scores injured, authorities said, after a suspected arsonist was seen shouting “die” as he doused the building with fuel. An aerial view shows firefighters battling the fires at the site where a man started a fire after spraying a liquid, at a three-story studio of Kyoto Animation Co. in Kyoto, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo July 18, 2019. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERSPrime Minister Shinzo Abe called the fire in the city of Kyoto – the latest grisly killing in a country known for its low crime rates – “too appalling for words” on Twitter and offered condolences to the victims. Police had taken into custody a 41-year-old man who had shouted “die” as he poured what appeared to be petrol around the three-story Kyoto Animation building shortly after 10 a.m. (0100 GMT), public broadcaster NHK reported. Thirteen people were confirmed dead and at least 10 more had no vital signs after they were found in the studio, an official for the Kyoto City Fire Department said. White and black smoke billowed from the building’s charred windows, television footage showed. “I heard the sound of fire engines and stepped outside my house, and saw big flames spewing out of the building,” NHK quoted a 16-year-old boy as saying. “Fire department officials were trying to rescue the injured in a nearby park but it seemed like there weren’t enough of them,” he said. The prime minister said the cause was arson. “Today, many people were killed and wounded in an arson murder case in Kyoto,” Abe said in a post on Twitter. “It is too appalling for words.” POPULAR SERIES The studio produces popular series such as the “Sound! Euphonium”. Its “Free! Road to the World – The Dream” movie is due for release this month. The 10 people without vital sounds were found in the studio, some on third floor and others in a staircase leading up to the roof, the fire official said. Another 36 were injured, 10 of them seriously, the official said. The suspected arsonist was injured and was being treated in hospital, so police could not question him, NHK said. Kyoto police declined to comment. Slideshow (3 Images)There was an outpouring of support for the studio on Japanese-language social media, with some users posting pictures of animation. Many posted with the hashtag “#PrayForKyoani” – a reference to Kyoto Animation. Violent crime is relatively rare in Japan but occasional high-profile incidents have shocked the country. Less than two months ago, a knife-wielding man slashed at a group of schoolgirls at a bus stop in Kawasaki, a city just south of Tokyo, killing one girl and the father of another, while injuring more than a dozen children. In 2016, a man armed with a knife broke into a facility for the disabled in a small town near Tokyo and killed 19 patients. Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka, Chris Gallagher, Chang-Ran Kim, Linda Sieg and David Dolan; Editing by Michael Perry, Robert BirselOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
A Hong Kong dollar note is seen in this illustration photo May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White/Illustration HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) – The boring Hong Kong dollar has been more exciting of late. A couple months after a U.S. hedge fund manager targeted the currency, it is moving sharply. Two giant upcoming stock sales are a major factor, but the recurring phenomenon flags a peculiarity of the system. Since late May, Hong Kong’s dollar has been on a relative tear for a currency that trades in a narrow band against the U.S. dollar, to which it is pegged. It touched its strongest level in two years last week. The three-month Hong Kong Interbank Offered Rate ticked up to 2.7%, outstripping the equivalent U.S. dollar Libor rate of 2.3%. At least some of the buzz can be chalked up to brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Asian business seeking to raise nearly $10 billion in Hong Kong. Alibaba is also eyeing a listing on the local exchange that could pull in another $10 billion. Previous share offerings, including China Literature’s heavily subscribed one in 2017, have caused similar rate bounces. The two mega-deals come during peak dividend season for Hong Kong-listed Chinese companies; they’ll fork out almost $19 billion in July, Morgan Stanley analysts estimate. The upshot is that many of the city’s dollars are being snapped up at once. It’s a reminder of a local oddity. Issuers descend on the city to flog securities denominated in local dollars to investors who also hail from abroad. When combined with Hong Kong’s outsized financial sector – the $4 trillion total market capitalisation is more than 1,000% of local GDP, compared to about 150% for the United States, according to World Bank data – it means an occasional scramble for the money. There’s no obvious immediate threat to the peg. The sharp movements do, however, provide a reminder of Joseph Yam’s warning about how Chinese capitals flows could cause volatility to become more pronounced and even dangerous. The former head of Hong Kong’s de facto central bank said it is “unrealistic” to expect a currency designed for a 7-million-person economy to service the international investing needs of more than a billion people. Being a financial gateway has its rewards, but also some potentially mounting risks.BreakingviewsReuters Breakingviews is the world’s leading source of agenda-setting financial insight. As the Reuters brand for financial commentary, we dissect the big business and economic stories as they break around the world every day. A global team of about 30 correspondents in New York, London, Hong Kong and other major cities provides expert analysis in real time. Sign up for a free trial of our full service at https://www.breakingviews.com/trial and follow us on Twitter @Breakingviews and at www.breakingviews.com. All opinions expressed are those of the authors.
Telangana COMMENTS SHARE A day after Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao dared the Opposition to face Assembly elections this year, several months before it is due in 2019, the Congress said it was ready for the challenge.In a quick reaction on Monday, the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President, Uttam Kumar Reddy, said KCR, as the Chief Minister and TRS supremo is known, should immediately resign. “Earlier, too, we had stated our readiness [for elections] and will humble the ruling party”.The Congress claimed it was well-prepared, that the TRS was in for a drubbing as KCR had failed on all fronts and that the people were disappointed with his tall promises. The AICC Secretary in-charge of the Telangana affairs, Ramachandra Kuntia said there would be no change in the party leadership, and that Uttam Kumar Reddy would lead the Congress in the upcoming elections.The TPCC had a detailed meeting to take stock of political developments. Among the attendees were Jana Reddy, Mallu Ravi, Bhatti Vikramarka, DK Aruna, V Hanumantha Rao, Sabitha Indra Reddy, et al. The party had recently organised a ‘Bus Yatra’ to to the districts to highlight what they termed the misrule and failures of the KCR government.On Sunday evening, KCR challenged the opposition comprising the Congress, BJP and TDP, to face snap polls, although elections are scheduled for April-May 2019, when the Lok Sabha polls are also due. The Chief Minister claimed he had discussed advancing the elections during his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, in early June.KCR had, while admitting senior Congress leader Danam Nagender and his followers into the TRS, made scathing remarks against the Opposition. The Chief Minister asserted that the TRS would win over 100 seats in the 110-member Assembly, quoting a couple of recent surveys.Nagender, who lost in 2014 on a Congress ticket, was earlier with the Telugu Desam Party. A leader of the Backward Classes, he has a strong following in Hyderabad, but was one of the leaders who opposed the Telangana statehood agitation. His entry will buttress the TRS in urban areas. In Hyderabad’s old city area, the TRS already has friendly relations with the strong MIM.At the event, KCR had exuded confidence that his government’s flagship Mission Kakatiya (irrigation) and Mission Bhagiratha (drinking water) schemes, and the progress of the mammoth Kaleshwaram (irrigation) project will bring about significant change to rural Telangana.Similarly, the Rythu Bandhu scheme, and the wide range of welfare measures will help achieve a Bangaru (golden) Telangana, he felt. SHARE SHARE EMAIL June 25, 2018 Published on Telangana Congress chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy is flanked by AICC Secretaries Ramachandra Kuntia and SA Sampath Kumar at the party’s State headquarters in Hyderabad on Monday. – The Hindu state politics COMMENT
Published on A day after the Lok Sabha election results were declared, showing a massive saffron surge in West Bengal, the power equilibrium is already seen to be shifting distinctly towards the BJP in the State. Even as celebrations continued in the BJP camp, rumblings could be heard within the Trinamool Congress (TMC). Party supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she will take stock of the performance.An unprecedented Modi wave saw the BJP win 18 seats in the State, registering its best ever performance. The BJP wrested seven of the eight north Bengal seats and 11 more in south Bengal. The TMC saw its seat tally come down to 22 in 2019, from 34 in 2014.Post results, Mamata has maintained a low profile. She skipped her customary press conference and reportedly refused to meet senior leaders of her party. A tweet congratulating the winners and calling for a review of her party’s performance came barely five hours after the counting began. On Friday, she put out a poem title I do not agree.Rumblings within TMCAccording to party sources, a review meeting will take place on Saturday and all 22 winning MPs, the 20-odd losing candidates, grassroot-level leaders and other senior functionaries across different wings of the party have been invited. “Polarisation on religious lines have happened and money power was used to sway voters. The Modi wave and an organisational shortfall within the TMC are also factors (leading to the loss),” observed Firhad Hakim, Bengal’s Urban Development Minister. But the rumblings within the party are much stronger. A senior party functionary said he had raised objections to the “language” that was being used by the top leadership and other issues — like division of voters on religious lines — being taken too lightly. “The review meeting will see heads roll, and some being sidelined,” the leader pointed out.Mukul Roy at work?In what appears to be punitive action, the TMC suspended Subhranshu Roy, son on BJP leader Mukul Roy, for six years. While the party spokesperson cited “anti-party comments” as a reason, others claimed that it was Subhranshu’s failure to contain the BJP’s surge in parts of Barackpore. Barackpore became a prestige issue for Mamata after dissident leader Arjun Singh switched over to the BJP and won the seat, defeating Dinesh Trivedi. Mukul, a one time confidant of Mamata, was the architect of the switch.“I am proud of my father. He has single-handedly destroyed the party (TMC) that he once nurtured. But my party (TMC) perhaps does not trust me. But I will talk to my father,” Subhranshu said, hinting that he is open to all options. Meanwhile, the BJP stepped up its attack on the TMC. Party leaders claimed that “many disgruntled” TMC leaders are willing to switch over. In fact, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at an election rally here, had maintained that at least 40 TMC MLAs were in touch with him.The State BJP leadership is looking to up the ante on local issues like the alleged involvement of the ruling party leaders in ponzi scheme scams and “syndicates” (a loosely used term to denote extortion rackets). The BJP will organise a victory rally in Bengal that may be attended by party President Amit Shah. COMMENT May 24, 2019 Elections 2019 West Bengal SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE COMMENTS
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Asian News International TirumalaJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 15:30 IST ISRO chairman K Sivan (File photo: PTI)Chandrayaan-2 is a very important and prestigious mission for India, said ISRO chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan on Saturday ahead of the lunar mission’s launch on Monday.The ISRO chairman on Saturday visited the Sri Venkateswara temple here.Speaking to the media after visiting the temple, he said, “On Monday early morning at 2.51 am, we are going to launch the most important and prestigious mission, Chandrayaan II.””A GSLV Mark III vehicle is going to be used for the mission and after a successful launch; it will take nearly two months to land on the moon at the South Pole,” Sivan added.Chandryaan-2 will explore a region of moon where no mission has ever set foot. The landing site of the mission, at about 70 degrees south latitude, is the southernmost for any mission till date. No country has attempted this before.According to the ISRO chairman, the mission is expected to bring forth a lot of new revelations in the field of Lunar science.”This mission’s preparations are going on without any issue and we are ensuring that the launch takes place at the given time as planned.” Sivan said.READ | Chandrayaan-2 launch, date, time, mission objectives, all you need to know and frequently asked questionsALSO READ | What APJ Abdul Kalam advised Isro, Nasa scientists on Chandrayaan-2ALSO WATCH | From Aryabhatta to Chandrayaan II: India’s dash to outer spaceFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Bansal Tags :Follow Chandrayaan-2 Next Chandrayaan-2 the most important and prestigious mission, says ISRO chairmanAccording to the ISRO chairman, the mission is expected to bring forth a lot of new revelations in the field of Lunar science.advertisement
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