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Bombardier CRJ Series Certified for Higher Maintenance Intervals

MONTREAL, Sept. 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) has granted approval for the maintenance intervals escalation of the CRJ700, CRJ900 and CRJ1000 aircraft. The line maintenance interval (A-check) is extended to 800 flight hours, and the heavy maintenance interval (C-check) at 8,000 flight hours.

“With the longest maintenance intervals on the regional jet market, the CRJ aircraft family continues to deliver more value to operators, along with its excellent reliability and its proven outstanding operational capability”, said Charles Comtois, Head of CRJ Series Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We are thrilled that our operators are benefitting from our continuous improvement mindset as with this evolution, the CRJ Series operators can now take advantage of 14 per cent less maintenance days, meaning more days of revenue flying.”

The maintenance intervals have doubled since the launch of the CRJ aircraft family. The new maintenance intervals are applicable for new production deliveries as well as all CRJ700, CRJ900, and CRJ1000 aircraft in service.

About Bombardier
With over 69,500 employees across four business segments, Bombardier is a global leader in the transportation industry, creating innovative and game-changing planes and trains. Our products and services provide world-class transportation experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in 28 countries across the segments of Transportation, Business Aircraft, Commercial Aircraft and Aerostructures and Engineering Services. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, Bombardier posted revenues of $16.2 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

Notes to Editors
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For Information
Nathalie Siphengphet
Head of Communications and Public Relations
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
+1 416-375-3030

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Les avions Bombardier CRJ Series certifiés pour un accroissement des intervalles de maintenance

MONTRÉAL, 24 sept. 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier Avions commerciaux a annoncé aujourd’hui que la Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) a donné son approbation relativement à l’accroissement des intervalles de maintenance pour les avions CRJ700, CRJ900 et CRJ1000. Les intervalles de maintenance en piste (visite A) et de révision générale (visite C) sont prolongés à 800 et à 8 000 heures de vol respectivement.

« Grâce aux plus longs intervalles de maintenance de tout le marché des biréacteurs régionaux, ainsi qu’à son excellente fiabilité et son exceptionnelle capacité opérationnelle qui font sa renommée, la gamme d’avions CRJ continue d’offrir davantage de valeur aux exploitants, a dit Charles Comtois, chef du programme d’avions CRJ Series, Bombardier Avions commerciaux. Nous sommes ravis que les exploitants de biréacteurs CRJ Series tirent parti de notre approche d’amélioration continue. Cette évolution signifie une réduction de 14 pour cent du nombre de jours de maintenance, ce qui permettra d’avoir davantage de jours consacrés au service qui engendre des revenus. »

Les intervalles de maintenance ont doublé depuis le lancement de la gamme d’avions CRJ. Les nouveaux intervalles de maintenance s’appliquent aux nouveaux avions de production ainsi qu’à tous les avions CRJ700, CRJ900 et CRJ1000 en service.

À propos de Bombardier
Comptant plus de 69 500 employés répartis entre quatre secteurs d’activité, Bombardier est un leader mondial de l’industrie du transport, créant des avions et des trains novateurs qui changent la donne sur leur marché. Nos produits et nos services offrent des expériences de transport de calibre international qui établissent de nouvelles normes de confort des passagers, d’efficacité énergétique, de fiabilité et de sécurité.

Avec son siège social situé à Montréal, au Canada, Bombardier possède des installations de production et d’ingénierie dans 28 pays, couvrant les secteurs Transport, Avions d’affaires, Avions commerciaux et Aérostructures et Services d’ingénierie. Les actions de Bombardier se négocient à la Bourse de Toronto (BBD). Au cours de l’exercice terminé le 31 décembre 2017, nous avons réalisé un chiffre d’affaires de 16,2 milliards de dollars. Vous trouverez nouvelles et information à l’adresse www.bombardier.com ou en nous suivant sur Twitter @Bombardier.

Notes aux rédacteurs
Une image d’un avion CRJ900 arborant les couleurs de Bombardier est affichée avec le présent communiqué à l’adresse www.bombardier.com.

Vous trouverez un document d’information sur les avions CRJ Series dans l’espace média de BAC.

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Bombardier, CRJ700, CRJ900, CRJ1000 et CRJ Series sont des marques de commerce de Bombardier Inc. ou de ses filiales.

Source d’information
Nathalie Siphengphet
Chef, Communications et relations publiques
Bombardier Avions commerciaux
+1 416 375-3030

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Gates Foundation Poll Finds Young People More Optimistic About Future Than Older Generations; Optimism Highest in Lower- and Middle-Income Countries

Goalkeepers Global Youth Poll reinforces role of youth in advancing the Global Goals

SEATTLE, Sept. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced the results of its Goalkeepers Global Youth Poll, an opinion poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs ahead of the foundation’s second annual Goalkeepers event in New York this week. The poll surveyed adults and young people in 15 countries, asking for their outlook on their personal lives, challenges for their communities, and the direction of their countries. Data were collected from more than 40,000 respondents ages 12 and older in higher-income countries (Australia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, the United States, and Saudi Arabia) and lower- and middle-income countries (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia), based on World Bank rankings.

The poll found that young people are more optimistic about their future, the future of their country, and the future of the world than older people. Levels of optimism are highest in lower- and middle-income countries, with young people (ages 12-24) in these countries being the most optimistic group across all measures. The poll also found that young people in these countries are more likely to believe they can affect the way their countries are governed and that their generation will have a more positive impact on the world than their parents’ generation.

In line with this year’s Goalkeepers Data Report released last week and co-authored and edited by Bill and Melinda Gates, the poll results suggest that decades of stunning progress in the fight against poverty and disease is being felt in lower- and middle-income countries. Since 2000, the number of people living in extreme poverty has declined by more than 1 billion. However, rapid population growth in the poorest countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, is putting future progress at risk. This year’s report makes the case that investing in young people, particularly in their health and education, will be critical to unlocking productivity and innovation, and continuing to drive progress.

Additional notable findings from the Goalkeepers Global Youth Poll include:

  • People in lower- and middle-income countries are far more likely to agree with the statement: “My generation will have a more positive impact on the world than my parents” (63 percent), compared with people in higher-income countries (39 percent). In both groups of countries, young people are more likely to agree with this statement than older people.
  • A total of 79 percent of 12- to 24-year-olds in lower- and middle-income countries say they are optimistic about the future of the world, compared with half in higher-income countries.
  • Of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals), ending poverty (33 percent), improving education (31 percent), and accessing jobs (27 percent) are the top priorities that people across age groups and regions think leaders should focus on.
  • In higher-income countries, ending poverty (29 percent), addressing climate change (24 percent), improving education (21 percent), and ending conflicts (21 percent) are the top priorities.
  • In lower- and middle-income countries, improving education (41 percent), ending poverty (37 percent), and accessing jobs (32 percent) are the top priorities.
  • Across lower-, middle-, and higher-income countries, women are more likely than men to agree with the statement: “Life is better for men and boys than women and girls.” The difference is more pronounced in higher-income countries, where 49 percent of women agreed vs. 37 percent of men. In lower- and medium-income countries, 45 percent of women agreed vs. 43 percent of men.

In conjunction with the report and global youth poll, Bill and Melinda Gates will be co-hosting the Goalkeepers event as leaders gather in New York City for the UN General Assembly. On September 26, dynamic young leaders from government, business, technology, media, entertainment, and the nonprofit sector will discuss innovations and approaches to achieve the Global Goals.

Co-hosted by Bill and Melinda Gates, the Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards will be presented on September 25, the evening before the Goalkeepers daytime event. In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UNICEF, the awards will celebrate outstanding youth-focused work around the world that is directly linked to the 17 Global Goals. The three award categories include the Progress Award, Changemaker Award, and Campaign Award.

Notes to Editors

About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

About Ipsos Public Affairs
Ipsos Public Affairs is a nonpartisan, objective, survey-based research practice made up of seasoned professionals. It conducts strategic research initiatives for a diverse number of American and international organizations, based not only on public opinion research, but elite stakeholder, corporate, and media opinion research. Ipsos has media partnerships with the most prestigious news organizations around the world. Through media partnerships, Ipsos Public Affairs is a leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and internationally. Ipsos Public Affairs is a member of the Ipsos Group, a leading global survey-based market research company.

About Ipsos
Ipsos is an independent market research company controlled and managed by research professionals. Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos has grown into a worldwide research group with a strong presence in all key markets. Ipsos ranks fourth in the global research industry.

With offices in 88 countries, Ipsos delivers insightful expertise across five research specializations: brand, advertising and media; customer loyalty; marketing; public affairs research; and survey management. Ipsos researchers assess market potential and interpret market trends. They develop and build brands. They help clients build long-term relationships with their customers. They test advertising and study audience responses to various media, and they measure public opinion around the globe.

About Goalkeepers
Goalkeepers is the foundation’s campaign to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (or Global Goals). By sharing stories and data behind the Global Goals through events and an annual report, we hope to inspire a new generation of leaders—Goalkeepers who raise awareness of progress, hold their leaders accountable, and drive action to achieve the Global Goals.

About the Global Goals
On September 25, 2015, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, 193 world leaders committed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (or Global Goals). These are a series of ambitious objectives and targets to achieve three extraordinary things by 2030: end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change.

Media Contact: media@gatesfoundation.org

Italy to Narrow Asylum Rights in Clampdown on Immigration

ROME Italy’s populist government on Monday escalated its clampdown on irregular immigration with a decree aimed at slashing the number of people awarded asylum and doubling the time irregular migrants can be detained.

The legislation promoted by Interior Minister MatteoSalvini, who leads the far-right League party, comes as boat arrivals plummet and the minister refuses to allow charity ships carrying rescued migrants to dock in Italy’s ports.

“This is a step towards making Italy safer,” Salvini tweeted.

The League, which took power in June in coalition with the 5-Star Movement, has promised to deport hundreds of thousands of irregular migrants. Already, the move to refuse to let rescue boats dock has proven popular, doubling opinion poll support for the League since the election in March to more than 30 percent.

The Salvini Decree aims to limit the use of a form of international protection that has been widely used in recent years but is not strictly tied to political persecution or war.

“Humanitarian” asylum was given to more than 20,000 people last year, or 25 percent of those who sought asylum, against the 16 percent of asylum seekers awarded one of the other two forms of international protection.

It is given to migrants who are deemed to have “serious reasons” to flee their home country a category that has often included homosexuals fleeing harsh anti-gay laws in Africa.

The decree limits humanitarian protection to victims of domestic violence, trafficking, work exploitation and natural disasters, to those needing urgent medical care, and to people who carry out “particularly valuable civic acts,” Salvini said.

“Humanitarian protection was supposed to be used sparingly,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told reporters. “In Italy, there has been an indiscriminate reception [of migrants] and the rules helped support this.”

Migration packaged with security

Other immigration measures include extending to 180 days from 90 the time an irregular migrant can be detained before being freed, to give the state more time to complete the deportation procedure.

The decree would also widen the range of criminal offenses that trigger the stripping of asylum privileges applied for or already granted.

Such a move could fall foul of the 1951 U.N. Refugee Convention, which is intended to protect all refugees, whether formally recognized or not, from being forcibly returned, except where they are a danger to public safety or national security.

Before the government approved the draft decree, a source in President Sergio Mattarella’s office had said parts of it might be unconstitutional which could open the way for Mattarella to block it

The new immigration guidelines were packaged together with new security rules in an emergency decree, which has 60 days to secure parliamentary approval. Salvini said parliament was likely to make changes.

The security measures include heightened controls on those who rent trucks, in response to a series of attacks in Europe aimed at causing mass casualties. It also foresees stripping naturalized foreigners who are convicted on terrorism charges of their Italian citizenship.

The head of the Italian Catholic bishops’ conference, NunzioGalantino, on Sunday criticzed the decision to link immigration and security in the same piece of legislation, saying: “We cannot consider the immigrant’s condition to be automatically that of a criminal.”

Source: Voice of America

Minister of Foreign Affairs, N. Kotzias, to participate in the proceedings of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias will participate in the Ministerial Week of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs will attend a markedly increased number of meetings and High-Level events centredaround issues of regional and international interest.

Inter alia, the ministerial working dinner on developments in the Middle East (23/9), President Trump’s event on tackling the world drug problem (24/9), the UN Secretary-General’s Meeting on action for Peacekeeping (25/9), and the Round Table discussion on the role of education for countering racism and discrimination (26/9). He will also participate in the Meeting of EU Foreign Ministers (24/9), as well as in the Transatlantic Dinner of Foreign Ministers (25/9), where he will have the opportunity to promote Greece’s positions.

At the same time, on the margins of the Assembly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs will have numerous bilateral meetings and contacts with his foreign counterparts, including the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Albania, Lebanon, Jordan, the UAE, Palestine, Peru, Azerbaijan, Morocco, and Kazakhstan, and with representatives of international and regional organizations, as well as representatives of Cypriot and Jewish organisations.

Mr. Kotzias’ program also includes the Quadrilateral Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Romania (26/9). In addition, on 27/9 and for the second year in a row, the Ministerial Meeting of the countries participating in the Ancient Civilizations Forum (ACForum), will convene on the margins of the Assembly. It was launched in Athens, in April 2017, at the initiative of the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, along with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.

Furthermore, on Thursday 27/9, the Minister of Foreign Affairs will be the keynote speaker at an open discussion on Greek foreign policy organised by the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations), an internationally renowned think tank. On the same day, he will also meet with the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the fYROM name issue, Matthew Nimetz.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic