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17 Jun
2019

Newcomers challenge half of Airbus-Boeing duopoly at 53rd Paris Air Show

FRANCE (WNF) - China, Russia and Japan planned to take on the long-established aerospace duopoly of Airbus and Boeing at the International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, but only the European manufacturer will be offering strong competition. Recent crashes of Boeing’s 737 MAX have set back the U.S. aerospace giant, and it is mired in a painful investigation of the disasters.
The crashes, one in the Java Sea near Indonesia on Oct 29 and the other in Ethiopia on Mar 10 killed a total of 346 people. The preliminary investigations reveals problems with the 737 MAX that have damaged confidence in all Boeing models.

Airbus appears to be reaping the benefits: Bloomberg reports that the company secured a US $35 Billion 300-plane order in April from China in a blow to Boeing.

A Sino-Russian newcomer, the CRAIC CR929, won’t be ready for the daily flying displays at the show, which are a main draw for trade and public buyers, but a full-scale mock-up might be available for viewing. CRAIC (China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Corporation) was set up specifically to develop an aircraft capable of breaking up Airbus’ and Boeing’s duopoly in the wide-body airliner market. Visitors to the 2018 Zuhai Air Show saw a mock-up of the plane, which is about a decade from roll-out.

Business Insider reports that the market for commercial jetliners is the most lucrative and arguably the most hotly contested segment in the aviation business. For the past 15 years, however, that white-hot competition has almost exclusively been between Airbus and Boeing.

Russia’s attempt to break into the lucrative segment is the new MS-21. Reuters describes it as the country’s first post-Soviet foray into production of a mainline commercial aircraft that it hopes will rival those of its Western competitors. It completed its first flight in May 2017.

China’s contender is its new 168-seat C919 passenger jet, which is designed to go head-to-head with the Airbus 320neo and the now beleaguered Boeing 737 MAX. The flight testing of the latest prototypes is under way. Its maker, COMAC (Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China) was founded in 2008 to design and produce indigenous airplanes for the country’s burgeoning airline industry.

The Mitsubishi MRJ is Japan’s first native commercial airliner in 50 years. Although the MRJ variants are much smaller any of the offerings from Airbus or Boeing, the plane represents a domestic alternative for a country whose airlines have long been one of Boeing’s most loyal customers.

In 2015 the show set an attendance record of 351,000 people from the aerospace business and the general public. In 2017 attendance dipped to 322,000. #22948 Updated: 05/19/2019 UPDATED MAY 19 TO REFLECT IMPACT OF BOEING CRASHES

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19 Jun
2019

Victoria becomes first Australian state to allow euthanasia

AUSTRALIA (WNF) - Terminally-ill Victorians will be able to end their own lives legally, making Victoria the first state in Australia to legalize assisted suicide. Western Australia and Northern Territory are among the states debating euthanasia.
Victoria’s legislature passed the law in Nov 2017, but mandated an 18-month wait implementation period. Substantial amendments had been agreed to overcome opposition, including lowering the proposed life-expectancy threshold from 12 months to six and committing more money to palliative care.

Australia’s sparsely populated Northern Territory in 1995 became the first jurisdiction in the world to legalize doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. But the Australian Parliament overturned that law in 1997 after four people had been helped to die. Britain’s Independent points out that parliament does not have power to overturn the law in several other states.

The push to allow medically-assisted death on a wider scale in the country faces high-profile objections among the medical community and fears that the program’s safeguards do not go far enough to protect the vulnerable.

The parliament of Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, rejected a doctor-assisted suicide bill in Nov 2017 by a single vote. A euthanasia bill also was defeated by a single vote in the South Australian House of Assembly a year earlier, and similar legislation was rejected by two votes in Tasmania’s House of Assembly in 2013. #22834 Updated: 11/16/2018 UPDATED MAY 15 WITH CONFIRMED DATE

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21 Jun
2019

New Toy Story movie introduces Forky

UNITED STATES (WNF) - Toy Story 4 hits theaters more than 20 years after the smash original in the franchise. The tale reportedly revolves around the gang learning to accept Forky, a spork, while also figuring out what makes something a toy.
Many fans expected the franchise to end with the third installment, according to MovieWeb, but the studio decided that a fourth movie was needed to wrap everything up.

The gang has a new home and is apparently happy again, living with Bonnie. The arrival of Forky, a spork (a hybrid of spoon and fork), with pipe-cleaner arms, throws everything off balance as he doesn’t consider himself to be a toy. Tony Hale voices the character.

The familiar characters are back: Woody, voiced by Tom Hanks; Buzz Lightyear by Tim Allen; and Jessie by Joan Cusack. Their new friends are Ducky, voiced by Keegan-Michael Key, and Bunny by Jordan Peele. MovieWeb reports that Keanu Reeves will join the gang as a surprise mystery toy. #22983 Published: 01/30/2019

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23 Jun
2019

IOC opens Olympic House headquarters on milestone Olympic Day

SWITZERLAND (WNF) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) inaugurates new headquarters in Lausanne on the 125th anniversary of an organization founded by Pierre de Coubertin on high ideals. They included fostering peace through sport, a legacy of the Olympic Truce. The world glimpsed the legacy at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
A crucial component of the Ancient Greek Games, the Olympic Truce made the competition possible as it allowed athletes and spectators from warring city-states to travel to the event and participate in complete safety. Athletes from the two Koreas, technically at war more than six decades after the Korean War, entered the stadium together for the opening ceremony, and competed together as part of a combined women’s hockey team. In Sep 2018 North and South Korea announced that they would jointly bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics.

The International Olympic Truce Foundation, inaugurated in 2000, formally builds the legacy into the IOC mission, with the aim of promoting “the Olympic ideals to serve peace, friendship and understanding in the world.”

The IOC selected Danish architecture firm 3XN to design the headquarters in 2014 after an international competition. Construction began in 2016. Named Olympic House, it will bring the 500 staff in four locations around the city under one roof. The Olympic Museum in the same city will host the general public. #23046 Published: 03/14/2019

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23 Jun
2019

Turkey president reruns Istanbul mayoral election won by opposition

TURKEY (WNF) - The ruling AKP party narrowly lost the Mar 31 election for mayor of Istanbul, and the country’s electoral authority has ordered a rerun at President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s request.
Erdogan, whose hometown is Istanbul, had argued that the margin of votes was too small for the opposition party win to be valid. The man who won the vote, Ekrem Imamoglu of the opposition CHP, said the electoral body had made a “treacherous decision.”

The decision by the High Electoral Council, which cited irregularities in how officials were chosen to oversee voting at some polling stations, left the opposition with the difficult decision of whether to take part in a new election that it considers illegitimate. #23100 Published: 05/10/2019

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24 Jun
2019

IOC holds 134th session with election of 2026 Winter Olympics host on agenda

SWITZERLAND (WNF) - The 134th International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Lausanne will select the host city for the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. There are just two contenders, Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy and Stockholm-Åre in Sweden, a worry for the IOC.
Sion, Graz, Sapporo and Calgary dropped out, and Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo and Stockholm-Åre, had to struggle for political support. The Stockholm 2026 campaign ran into a wall because of opposition to taxpayer funding, but business leaders have come forward with a rescue – assurances that the hosting will be self-funding. The Italian bid ran into the same kind of opposition, but recent reports from Italy suggest assurances will be forthcoming in time for the June meeting.

The cost of hosting any Olympics is prone to increase beyond the host city’s control. Britain’s Independent points out that not so long ago there were 11 cities bidding to host the 2004 Olympics, which was eventually won by Athens; yet only two cities bid to host the 2022 Winter Games, and only two are now left in the running for 2026.

The Winter Olympics are particularly niche, according to the newspaper, because not many major cities are in close proximity to a mountain range with reliable snowfall, even fewer have available the highly specialized facilities for winter sports and the cost of building them is expensive. #23047 Published: 03/14/2019

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24 Jun
2019

List of presidential contenders in Argentina election due for release

ARGENTINA (WNF) - The release of the names of presidential contenders in June is the prelude to the July campaigning and August party primary phases of the country’s October election, and offers a preview of the shape of the poll. Unexpectedly, Senator Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, immersed in a corruption scandal, won’t be competing for the presidency.
Many thought center-left former-president Kirchner of the Justicialist Party, the largest component of the Peronist movement, would be the main rival for incumbent center-right President Mauricio Macri of the Republican Proposal party. Kirchner has chosen instead to run for the vice presidency alongside Alberto Fernández, a little-known moderate Peronist who is described as a consensus-builder. He will need to unite a fractured opposition to take on Macri.

The first case against Kirchner goes to court in May. She is implicated in more than 10 corruption investigations, which she insists are politically-motivated. Partial immunity as a senator shields her from imprisonment, but not prosecution. Polls taken before she announced the vice-presidential run, had shown her to be the closest rival to Macri.

The dire state of the Argentine economy and the austerity measures Macri has introduced, which were the International Monetary Fund’s price for bailing out the country, hamper his re-election chances. Tens of thousands of Argentines demonstrated on Apr 30 in a partial strike that grounded airplanes and shut banks and other businesses to protest the Macri policies. The partial strike followed a protest called by trade unions in early April. The reported divisions in the opposition Peronists and the labor movement might offset Macri’s handicap.

Candidates well-positioned to benefit from the woes of the leading candidates are expected on the June list. They include: Buenos Aires governor Maria Eugenia Vidal, who is seen as a strong contender should Macri’s popular support dwindle additionally throughout the year; Roberto Lavagna, who is considered an elder statesman above partisan politics; Salta Governor Juan Manuel Urtubey, a self-defined moderate who is selling himself personally and politically as similar to Macri; and Sergio Massa, who benefits from a strong social media presence. Americas Quarterly, which reviewed the probable candidates on the list, reports that Massa has taken to filming Facebook live videos on road trips and may be the best known among the opposition Peronists hoping to break through the Macri-Kirchner polarization.

The August party primaries will trim the list of contenders. #23099 Updated: 05/19/2019 WRITE THROUGH UPDATE MAY 19 TO REFLECT DEVELOPMENTS

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NEW GRAPHIC NEWS - a new website for a new era.

28 years ago — April 2, 1991 — the original Graphic News launched using a precursor to today’s websites that used email technology. These enabled infographics to be delivered electronically around the world over telephone lines. What was possible was very limited - It took 10 minutes for a 100K file to download.

Since then delivery speeds and website technology have moved on. The new website will offer the best online experience possible now, adding many new features (and offering new opportunities for the future), but still enabling existing users to select and download infographics and enjoy the distinct brand of visual journalism that is Graphic News.


Over the coming weeks I will give further information. Please contact me if you have any questions. Fiona Roberts, froberts @ graphicnews.com



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