Luxembourg constructs aircraft stands

first_imgIn the first four months of 2017, Luxembourg Airport handled 286,000 tonnes, a growth rate of 16.4 percent in comparison to the same period of 2016. According to Lux-Airport, the growth rate exceeds the worldwide 14 percent growth of airfreight, based on the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) first quarter statistics of 2017.The months of March and April saw growth rates at 22.1 percent and 19.4 percent respectively, growth rates not seen since the 2008 financial crisis, claims Lux-Airport.The first two stands will be available in April 2018, with the remaining two expected in October, 2018. The apron extension will be equipped with a hydrant refuelling system allowing faster and safer fuelling of freighter aircraft. www.lux-airport.lulast_img

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Swansea test available on Robins TV

first_imgLee Johnson’s side are looking to extend their unbeaten league run to seven matches, with an impressive four wins and two draws in their last six outings.The game is only available to international subscribers as per EFL Regulations. Click here to subscribe – £5 pay-per-view or £110 for an annual pass*.The fixture on Robins TV will include a multi-camera a feed, replays, graphics and co-commentary from a first-team squad member.Our audio commentary passes are available at £45 per season or £5 per month with dual commentary from BBC Radio Bristol.Match tickets are still on sale for fans able to get to Ashton Gate. Over 22,000 tickets have been sold to date.SECURE YOUR MATCH TICKET*Due to EFL broadcasting regulations, RobinsTV is not allowed to live stream FA Cup and Carabao Cup fixtures as well as matches chosen for Sky Sports or Overseas transmission.Match sponsor – Lancer Scottlast_img read more

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UK government wants Premier League back “as soon as possible”

first_img(Reuters) – The U.K government’s cabinet minister responsible for sport said he has been in talks with the Premier League with the aim of getting football back on the field as quickly as possible. Speaking at a parliamentary questions session, Oliver Dowden, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, said: “I personally have been in talks with the Premier League with a view to getting football up and running as soon as possible in order to support the whole football community.“But of course, any such moves would have to be consistent with public health guidance,” he said.The Premier League, which has been on hold since March 13, remains suspended until at least April 30 while lockdown measures are in place in the United Kingdom until May 7, when the government is set to review the current restrictions in place. But three London clubs, Arsenal, West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur, along with Brighton, have already re-opened their training grounds, allowing limited return to training while observing social distancing protocols.Those clubs say that players will only be using outdoor field facilities for individual work and will not take part in team activities.Premier League clubs will hold their latest conference call on Friday as they continue to evaluate various options for finishing the season but a re-start of matches is not expected until June at the earliest. Last week the league said it was “working through complex planning scenarios” and there are a number of practical hurdles that they face.With the ban on mass public gatherings likely to be one of the last restrictions to be removed, rescheduled games could be held behind closed doors, possibly at neutral venues.English cricket’s governing body, the ECB, has been given the leading role for all sport in the country, including soccer, in examining how to create ‘bio-secure’ venues, with the focus on stadiums with hotel facilities connected or nearby — to limit the need for extensive travel.last_img read more

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Former President George H.W. Bush Moved Out of ICU

first_imgABC News(HOUSTON) — Doctors treating former President George H.W. Bush and his wife at a Houston hospital said on Monday the former president is out of the ICU, and the former first lady has been discharged.George Bush, 92, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Jan. 14 after exhibiting shortness of breath, and has been treated for pneumonia in the intensive care unit during his stay.Barbara Bush, 91, entered the same hospital Wednesday with bronchitis. President and Mrs @GeorgeHWBush thank their fellow Americans and friends from around the world for their prayers and good wishes. pic.twitter.com/PhpXXGKl6p— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) January 23, 2017Drs. Amy Mynderse and Clint Doerr, who have been treating the Bushes, answered reporters’ questions about their medical treatment Monday morning.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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Art of flower arranging meets holiday decor

first_imgHoliday decorations in the U.S. are often symmetrical: Two candles on either side of the mantel, a round wreath in the center of the door, a centerpiece with matching sprigs of holly and pine on each side. The ancient Japanese art of ikebana, or flower arranging, can provide festive sparkle and color, too, with a much more modern feel.“The three basic tenets are line, movement and open space,” said Eileen Kay, a retired elementary-school teacher in Boulder, Colorado, who has been studying ikebana for years. “Most people go to the store and buy a bunch of flowers. But there’s no line. The line could be a piece of ivy, a ribbon, anything that lends itself to visual flow.”Mastering ikebana requires years of training, and there are many methods of approaching the art. The Sogetsu school of flower arranging, one of the largest and most accessible, teaches that anyone can arrange ikebana and with almost anything.Even for the uninitiated, a few basic tools and principles are sufficient to begin experimenting at home with this different aesthetic — just in time for holiday decor.“The biggest difference between Western arrangements and ikebana is asymmetry,” said Kimi Quinn, a Sogetsu-certified practitioner who has been designing ikebana arrangements in the U.S. and Japan for over 20 years. “Ikebana is about capturing the universe and nature. Nothing in the natural world is symmetrical.”In ikebana, the empty space between branches is as important as the branches themselves.“It’s like that Zen question asking about the sound of one hand clapping. The answer is silence. Space,” Quinn said.Many ikebana arrangements mix and match tall tree branches and much smaller flowers with no perfectly vertical or horizontal lines, plenty of space in between and, if a low dish is used, the water often in view.To begin, all that’s needed is a heavy pin board (kenzan) or a block of flower-arranging sponge, available at craft and floral-supply stores, and a low salad bowl or platter. The container should be filled with just enough water to barely cover the pin board or sponge.You might start with a decorative branch for a long defining line, a medium flower or branch and a shorter flower, and a large leaf or some other small flower to help cover the pin board.For the holidays, bare branches painted silver, gold or white are a good choice, as are pine, holly or even red roses.In general, “the longest stem should be twice as long as the container is wide,” Quinn said. “The medium stem should be around three-quarters the length of the longer branch, and the shorter stem should be around half the length of the medium stem.”Before arranging the stems and branches, trim excess foliage, and trim the stems while they are submerged in water. They should be clipped at an angle for tree branches and straight across for flower stems, Quinn said.“You don’t just stick them straight down into the pin board,” she said. “You angle them in different directions, some backward and others forward, to give some depth and perspective. Pay attention to the curve of the lines, and the spaces between the lines.”Think about the beauty of the natural forms, and allow your personality and feeling to come through, Quinn said.Ikebana displays typically last only three to five days.“It’s so sad when they go because I’ve put so much heart into them,” Quinn said. “But appreciating that fleeting beauty is really the essence of what it’s all about.”Online resources:www.ikenoboamerica.com (Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Japan, one of the oldest ikebana societies, with branches across North America)www.ikebanahq.org (Ikebana International, based in Japan, with chapters and events around the world)www.sogetsu.or.jp (The Sogetsu school of Ikebana offers classes, books and supplies)www.ziji.com (sells supplies for ikebana flower arrangements)last_img read more

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