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Bombardier CRJ Series Certified for Higher Maintenance Intervals

News Americas, MONTREAL, Canada, Sept. 24, 2018: 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.

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Bombardier Delivers First 90-Seat Aircraft To SpiceJet

News Americas, TORONTO, Canada, Fri. Sept. 21, 2018: Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today announced the delivery of its first 90-seat Q400 aircraft. The aircraft was handed over to India’s SpiceJet Limited (“SpiceJet”) the launch operator for the extra-capacity, 90-seat aircraft.

“We are excited to induct the 90-seat Q400 aircraft into our fleet,” said Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet. “The additional seats and performance improvements will result in substantial reduction in unit costs and also we will enable us to address our market needs in the regional space.”

“The delivery of the first 90-seat Q400 aircraft showcases the commitment of Bombardier’s Q Series turboprop program to respond to customer requirements as they address traffic growth in regional markets,” said Todd Young, Head of the Q Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“I thank and congratulate the employees and suppliers who have worked tirelessly to deliver this most recent enhancement to the Q400 aircraft, and I also thank our customer, SpiceJet for its strong support and collaboration in this continuous improvement program.”

“This is a very important milestone for the Q400 aircraft program because the 90-seat option demonstrates the increased profitability potential that this unique turboprop has to offer,” said
Colin Bole, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The increased passenger capacity allows 15 per cent reduction of seat cost compared to the previous standard Q400 aircraft and provides an enormous benefit for airlines. We are thrilled that SpiceJet will be the first operator to showcase the unique capabilities and unbeatable productivity of our turboprops.”

About SpiceJet Ltd
SpiceJet is India’s favourite airline that has made flying affordable for more Indians than ever before. SpiceJet operates 412 average daily flights to 54 destinations, including 47 domestic and 7 international ones. The airline connects its network with a fleet of 36 Boeing 737NG and 22 Bombardier Q400 aircraft. The majority of the airline’s fleet offers SpiceMax, the most spacious economy class seating in India.

SpiceJet also operates a dedicated air cargo service under the brand name SpiceXpress offering safe, on-time, efficient and seamless cargo connectivity across India and on international routes. SpiceJet is the first Indian airline to offer end-to-end cargo services and the airline’s freighters fleet consist of Boeing 737 aircraft.

SpiceJet’s standing as the country’s favourite airline has been further reinforced by the multiple awards and recognitions which includes the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum Leadership Award to Ajay Singh, , Global ‘Low-Cost Leadership Award’ conferred to Mr Singh at the Airline Strategy Awards 2018 in London, ‘BML Munjal Awards 2018’ for ‘Business Excellence through Learning and Development’, ‘Best Domestic Airline’ Award at Wings India 2018, ‘EY Entrepreneur of the year 2017 for Business Transformation’ by Ernst & Young, The CAPA Chairman’s Order of Merit for fastest turnaround in FY 2016, ‘Asia’s Greatest Brands – 2016’, ‘Global Asian of the Year Award’  & ‘Asia’s  Greatest CFO 2016’ at the AsiaOne Awards held in Singapore, ‘World Travel Leaders Award’ at WTM London, ‘Best Check- in Initiative’ award by Future Travel Experience global awards in Las Vegas, ‘Best Domestic Airline’ award at the 10th ASSOCHAM International Conference & Awards (Civil Aviation & Tourism).

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 US. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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Carnival-Themed Voter Promotion To Push Participation Of Caribbean Immigrants In U.S. Elections Launched

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 21, 2018: With 46 days until the November 6, 2018 mid-term election in the U.S. from today, September 21, 2018, CaribPR Wire, the PR newswire of the Caribbean and partner of the PR Newswire, is launching a carnival-themed voter promotion campaign across the United States to urge Caribbean immigrants and Caribbean Americans who are eligible to vote, to ensure they do.

The promotion is the brain-child of CaribPR Wire founder, Felicia J. Persaud, to stimulate and drum-up voter turn-out among the Caribbean immigrant voting bloc in the U.S. this November.

“This is the most critical election of our life-time as immigrants in this country, especially given the anti-immigrant policies being put in place by this administration,” said the Guyana-born, U.S. citizen and media entrepreneur. “Those of us who have earned the hard-fought right to vote need to use it on D-Day, Nov. 6th, or we may lose it forever and be shocked to find ourselves sucking salt back in the islands and nations we came from.”
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The campaign was conceptualized and created by award-winning digital media company, Hard Beat Communications and is aimed at keeping the beat of carnival going into the polls this November 6th. The creative social media targeted advertising campaign includes 9 Caribbean-centric messages as: “Lime, Wine, Vote” “Vote Or Your Lime Is History” and “Jam Up The Polls This Nov. 6th.” There are also culturally specific messages including: “Jab Jab To The Polls This Nov. 6th,” “Hot Gyal A Vote,” “Dutty Wine To The Polls This Nov. 6th” and “Ride De Riddim and Vote This Nov. 6th.”

Media houses and Caribbean nationals wishing to download the ads and share the message can access them on CaribPR’s Facebook page here.

“We urge all Caribbean immigrants, organizations, entertainers and Caribbean nationals globally to spread the message and to insist their family and friends who can vote in the U.S. do so this November 6th or the civil rights and liberties we see quickly eroding right now may be history,” Persaud added.

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This Caribbean Nation Has Seen 32 Cases Of Child Rape So Far This Year

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Sept. 19, 2018: Police in a single Caribbean nation are reporting that there have been 32 cases of rape of children over the past nine months of this year alone.

Wesler Appolon, a spokesperson for the National Police of Haiti, described the issue as a real plague on the island.

Police said that in the first nine months of this year they have arrested at least 20 people involved in rape against minors in the communes of Cerca-Carvajal, Thomassique and Thomonde.

Appolon said that the criminal acts were occurring because of a lack of police presence in several areas.

“These individuals are dangerous, they participate in the kidnapping of schoolchildren and aggravated rape on minors among others,” he said.

Among the cases to shock the nation this year was the kidnapping and rape of a 12-year-old girl by a 55-year-old head of a network specializing in the kidnapping of children.

Appolon said that the police would be increasing patrols to better protect students.

Last year, the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres, (MSF), said rampant sexual violence in Haiti against children, including some toddlers, should be treated as a public health issue and more care made available for survivors

Most of the 1,300 survivors of sexual violence who had been treated at one clinic run by MSF in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince since it opened in May 2015 were children, according to MSF.

Carl Frederic Casimir, deputy medical coordinator at the clinic, said last year that he had seen children as young as two years old treated for sexual assault at the clinic.

Just under half of all child victims of sexual assault who came to the clinic were referred by the police, a sign that authorities are playing an important role in helping girls and women get emergency care, MSF said.

The report also added that most children under 10 (71 percent) were abused in places where they should feel safe and about one in five minors who came to the clinic after sexual abuse was previously exposed to  Sexual And Gender Based Violence, (SGBV).

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Rhode Island Woman Found Guilty In Jamaican Lottery Scam


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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Sept. 17, 2018: A Providence, Rhode Island woman was the 27th defendant convicted late last week in a  Jamaican lottery scam case that was investigated and prosecuted over 6 years.

Melinda Bulgin was found guilty of 15 counts of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering by a federal jury in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Authorities say scammers called victims about bogus lottery winnings, persuading them to send advance fees or so-called taxes to receive the purported winnings, then keeping the money without paying anything to the victims.

Among the victims was an 82-year-old Harvey, North Dakota woman who was scammed out of $400,000.

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Costa Rican Utility Plans To Deploy An Intelligent Network, Distribution Automation And Sensing Devices

ATLANTA, Sept. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Landis+Gyr (SWISS: LAND.SW) announced it has been selected to provide smart grid automation technology and data services to Costa Rican utility ESPH as part of a comprehensive grid modernization project.

Based in Heredia, Costa Rica, ESPH provides electric, water, sanitation and telecommunications services to residential and commercial customers in the northern suburbs of the nation’s capital, San Jose. Landis+Gyr will supply its Gridstream® Connect solution, including an RF mesh network connecting intelligent meters and distribution sensors, to provide advanced metering, line sensing, recloser automation and street light management capabilities. The utility also plans to deploy a customer portal and prepay solution as part of the second phase of the project.

In addition to technology, Landis+Gyr will provide data hosting services and project management support as part of the contract. Landis+Gyr is partnering with its regional distributor, CFS Sistemas S.A., to deliver and deploy the system components.

“This project is an extensive effort to modernize electric service delivery and improve efficiency. We are delighted to be working with ESPH and CFS Sistemas to add grid intelligence that will support the utility’s current plans, and provide a foundation for future initiatives,” said Prasanna Venkatesan, regional President and CEO of Landis+Gyr Americas.

Gridstream Connect is a comprehensive IoT platform built on a leading-edge smart grid network that connects intelligent devices, such as meters and sensors, across the utility distribution system. By leveraging hardware, software and application development, Gridstream® Connect provides a strong and flexible platform for smart city and utility IoT applications.

About ESPH
The Public Services Company of Heredia (ESPH) provides quality services in the water, energy, sanitation, telecommunications and other sectors. For more than four decades, the utility has been recognized for offering a balance between efficiency, quality and rates to its customers. Its coverage area includes some of the most productive commercial and industrial sites in the country. ESPH is committed to innovation and continuous improvement to support the social and economic growth demanded by its inhabitants.

About CFS
CFS is a Costa Rican company dedicated to supplying products and services to regional utilities, specifically working to provide equipment to automate the electricity grids of Costa Rica. CFS offers its customers integral solutions for the automation of power and meter systems, equipment to improve the reliability of networks and enhance power quality indices, and high-value engineering for implementation.

About Landis+Gyr
Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management solutions for the utility sector. Offering one of the broadest portfolios of products and services to address complex industry challenges, the company delivers comprehensive solutions for the foundation of a smarter grid, including smart metering, distribution network sensing and automation tools, load control, analytics and energy storage. Landis+Gyr operates in over 30 countries across five continents. With sales of approximately USD 1.7 billion, the company employs c. 6,000 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. More information is available at www.landisgyr.com.

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Biman Signs Order for Three New Bombardier Q400 Aircraft

News Americas, TORONTO, Canada Sept. 10, 2018: Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd. has ordered three new Q400 turboprops by signing a purchase agreement with the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC).

Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$106 million.

“We are very pleased that Biman is expanding its Q400 fleet with this order for three new aircraft,” said François Cognard, VP, Sales, Asia Pacific. “The Q400’s greater seating and cargo capacity really set it apart from the competition. Furthermore, the Q400’s mix of turboprop economics and jet like performance were the best match for Biman’s mix of short and long-range routes. Operators coming back for more Q400 aircraft really validates the benefits of the aircraft’s unique characteristics.”

“We are very excited about adding these Q400s to our fleet. We currently operate two Q400s and without hesitation, we can say that these aircraft are ideal for our domestic and regional operations,” said Mr. A M Mosaddique Ahmed, Managing Director and CEO, Biman Bangladesh Airlines. With its outstanding economics, comfort and operational flexibility, the Q400 will allow us to offer high frequency services within Bangladesh and neighboring countries.”

“We are extremely pleased to be supporting Bombardier in selling their Q400 aircraft to Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd.,” said Ian McLeod, Vice-President of Business Development and Sales for the Canadian Commercial Corporation. “Canada and Bangladesh enjoy strong bi-lateral ties through trade and investment, development cooperation, and people-to-people links. Increasing the capacity of the national carrier supports these efforts and the economic growth of the country; improving their lives of Bangladeshis by increasing their access to domestic and international destinations.”

About Biman 
Biman Bangladesh Airlines is the National Flag Carrier airline of Bangladesh. Its main hub is at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka and it also operates flights from its secondary hubs at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong and Osmani International Airport in Sylhet. The airline provides international passenger and cargo services to Asia and Europe, as well as all domestic routes inside Bangladesh. Biman currently flies to 15 international and seven domestic routes.

About the Canadian Commercial Corporation
The Canadian Commercial Corporaiton (CCC) is the Government of Canada’s international government-to-government contracting organization. A Canadian Crown corporation, CCC helps Canadian exporters sell goods and services to foreign governments around the world using a government-to-government contract mechanism. In 2017-18, the Canadian Commercial Corporation was active in 78 countries around the world, working with 182 Canadian companies, to sign export contracts worth over $1.3 billion.

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.

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Former Air Jamaica Executive Named New Jamaica CG To Miami

News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Fri. Sept. 7, 2018: A former Air Jamaica executive has been named as the new counsel general of Jamaica in Miami.

Oliver Mair will replace Franz Hall, who returned to Jamaica to serve as the Director of Protocol at the Foreign Ministry late last year.

Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, made the announcement is a statement on Friday. She said Mair’s “wide experience in marketing, sales, business and the arts, spanning the tourism, agro-processing and real estate industries should serve him well as Consul General, where such varied knowledge base, talents and expertise will be needed to continue, expand and deepen the important work of the Jamaican Consulate in Miami.”

Mair is a former Air Jamaica regional marketing manager, a former sales and marketing manager at Jamaica Broilers and a realtor at Coldwell Banker Jamaica Limited.

He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Nova South Eastern University and Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a Management Studies minor.

 

 

 

 

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Hurricane Florence Could Regain Strength Today


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News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Fri. Sept. 7, 2018: Hurricane Florence, which was last night put less than 1,100 miles from Bermuda restrengthen late today into this weekend.

Last night, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said the storm had weakened from a category four Wednesday night and was clinging to hurricane status last night.

However, they said Florence could resurge, with swells generated by the storm beginning to affect Bermuda today. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Florence is the first major storm of the 2018 Hurricane Season.

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Antiaging And Regenerative Center Offers GAINSWave® in Distrito Nacional

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -Antiaging And Regenerative Center is pleased to announce they now offer GAINSWave! This breakthrough noninvasive medical therapy uses low-intensity shockwave therapy to enhance sexual performance and to treat Erectile Dysfunction (ED) symptoms.

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As men age, the vessels in their penis weaken, contract and fill with micro-plaque, which can lead to Erectile Dysfunction. As these tiny vessels become clogged, the penis decreases in sensitivity, making it harder for men to achieve and maintain an erection. Thankfully, the GAINSWave protocols can enhance a man’s performance by using high-frequency acoustic waves to repair existing blood vessels and improve blood flow.

Thanks to the numerous clinical studies on Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (Li-ESWT), we can see that this therapy improves not only Erectile Dysfunction symptoms but also sexual performance. “GAINSWave is an ideal solution for men looking to improve spontaneous erections without the use of Viagra or Cialis,” says Victor Atallah. Patients receiving GAINSWave therapy have reported improved erection quality, enhanced sexual performance and decreased refractory times between orgasms, which is why this a great alternative to ED medications.

This drug and surgery-free procedure only takes about 20 minutes and can enhance a man’s sex life while addressing the root cause of Erectile Dysfunction. Antiaging And Regenerative Center is now treating men with the GAINSWave Therapy in their offices located at Av. Abraham Lincoln 1009, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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Victor Atallah of the Antiaging and Regenerative Center focus on natural treatment therapy for male enhancement. Utilizing cutting-edge shockwave therapy (GAINSWave), the Antiaging and Regenerative Center provides drug-free, non-invasive solutions for men battling erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s disease in Santo Domingo.

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