Work on drugs bond ahead of schedule – Lawrence

first_img…says Kingston construction project more than 65 % completePlans to construct a Government-owned drugs bond — hatched after criticisms of the Sussex Street arrangement — are ahead of schedule; with the latest reports from engineers indicating that more than 65 per cent of the work has already been completed.The Sussex Street bondThis is according to Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, who made this disclosure when asked for an update on the side-lines of an anti-suicide walk through the streets of Georgetown on Sunday.“With regard to the bond in Kingston, the contractor is way ahead in terms of the percentage of work done so far. It was over 65 per cent of work, that was my last report a week ago, that has been completed,” she said.The Minister is optimistic that construction of the bond would be completed and the structure officially handed over ahead of schedule.One feature the bond will have, she explained, is the accommodation aspect that would facilitate staff staying on site.“So I’m quite certain that (the bond) will be handed over ahead of schedule. It is being built in a way that is off the ground, so we will avoid the flooding. And because it’s an entirely new bond, we are going to alleviate the leaking of the roof, which we had. And we’re doing it in various sections, so it can be more accessible. And in terms of storage, we will be able to do a better job, including accommodation for staff,” she detailed.The Minister also gave an update on the expansion of the Materials Management Unit’s (MMU) Bond at Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD).“Also, the expansion of the bond at Diamond, our Materials Management Unit; the entire framework is completed, the enclosure is done, and now they are working on the electrical and the air condition,” she explained.Last year, Government had invited tenders for the construction of a bond that would be located at Lot 1 Mudflat Kingston, as well as the extension of the MMU Bond at Diamond. Estimates for these projects were $2.4 million and $1.6 million respectively.Earlier this year, questions on notice from the parliamentary Opposition in the National Assembly revealed that the State had expended over $264 million in rental fees for the Sussex Street Drug Bond. In the response tabled by Minister Lawrence, it was stated that this sum was paid to Linden Holdings Incorporated for the period July 2016 to March 2018.In regard to action being taken to end the arrangement with the Sussex Street Bond, Minister Lawrence revealed that a Notice of Quit dated October 31, 2016 had been sent by the then Permanent Secretary of the Public Health Ministry, Trevor Thomas, and current Permanent Secretary Colette Adams had sent a reminder, dated October 3, 2017.The transaction first came to light in 2016 during consideration of Financial Papers. It was discovered then that Government had in fact entered a contract to pay a VAT-excluded $12.5 million monthly rental to Linden Holdings Inc for the use of the bond to store drugs and medical supplies.It was also discovered that $25 million had already been expended as a security deposit; in addition to $12.5 million, representing monthly rentals from August to December 2016.last_img read more

General says he needs more troops

first_imgWASHINGTON – The U.S. commander in northern Iraq said Friday he doesn’t have enough troops for the mission in increasingly violent Diyala province. Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon also said that Iraqi government officials are not moving fast enough to provide the “most powerful weapon” against insurgents – a government that works and supplies services for the people. Mixon commands the area that includes Diyala province, north of Baghdad. It was a hotbed of the Sunni insurgency before the start of the Baghdad security crackdown and has worsened since militants fled there to avoid the increased U.S.-led operations started in the capital in February. His comments on the Iraqi government were unusually candid and in keeping with the sentiment in Congress and among some administration officials as well as an American electorate becoming ever more impatient with the war. “I laid out a plan for General Odierno on the numbers of forces that I would need,” Mixon told Pentagon reporters by video conference from Iraq. “We have made progress … we have taken terrain back from the enemy. General Odierno intends to give me additional forces as they become available.” Additional troops have been flowing into Iraq for months as part of President George W. Bush’s plan to try to get a handle on violence in the four-year-old war. Initially, Bush ordered an extra 21,500 combat troops to the country – mainly to be used in Baghdad, but also in Anbar province. An additional 7,000 are going in support positions. There are some 146,000 U.S. troops in Iraq now.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mixon has already received extra troops, but violence in Diyala is on the rise, he said, both because more militants have moved in and because coalition forces are taking the offensive. “We are sure there are elements of both Sunni extremists and Shia extremists that have moved out of Baghdad and relocated into not only Diyala province, but also into Salah ad Din province,” he said. The U.S. is taking increasing casualties in Diyala. One soldier was killed Thursday from an explosion during combat operations in the province; one was killed and four others were wounded Tuesday in a shooting attack; and six U.S. soldiers were killed Sunday when a massive bomb destroyed their vehicle. “I do not have enough soldiers right now in Diyala province to get that security situation moving,” Mixon said. “We have plans to put additional forces in that region.” He declined to give details but said Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, the No. 2 commander in Iraq, is planning to send more forces. last_img read more

Military’s search for Torrance soldier ends sadly for family

first_img When word surfaced that the body bore a tattoo, the Anzacks continued to hold out hope, Anzack Sr. said. Last time he saw his son, he had no tattoos. “I was really thinking, ‘That’s a different person,’” he said. “Somebody said that God takes you away from the bad stuff. And evidently he took Joe. He didn’t want him going through any more bad stuff.” The tragic news came exactly one month after a false rumor of Anzack Jr.’s death circulated so widely, via MySpace and word-of-mouth, that his alma mater South High changed its marquee to read: “In Loving Memory – Joseph Anzack – 2005.” But after American Red Cross workers located him alive and well, the soldier himself dispelled the rumor with a phone call home, relieving family and friends across Torrance. After the rumor turned out to be just careless gossip, word of Anzack’s real disappearance in mid-May brought the toll of the war in Iraq home to students at South High, according to athletic director Robert Kutsch. “It’s really opened up a lot of kids’ eyes,” Kutsch said. “It’s somebody who walked the same hallways as them and is gone.” Denise Mandel’s son, Mike, a 12th-grader this year, played middle linebacker with Anzack two years ago and told the Daily Breeze in April he was a “great mentor.” After hearing the news Wednesday, Denise said the family was heartbroken. “This young man had nothing but class,” Mandel said. “He was a wonderful leader on the field, just as he was in life.” Chris Lee graduated two years ahead of Anzack and the two played together on South High’s varsity football team. Anzack, who played on the defensive line, made the team as a 10th-grader. His enthusiasm made an impression on Lee right away. “He was so excited to get out there, he forgot his assignment,” Lee said. Anzack Sr. said his son approached his military duty in much the same fashion, describing Joseph Jr. as “a man who made his own choices, stuck by his choices and gave 100 percent.” “I was honored to have him serve this country,” he said. “I know he went over there and made a difference.” “I’m so grateful to have had the relationship that I had with my son. It was an honor to be his father.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We said a prayer for the other two boys, then sat around and talked about Joseph,” he said, “just sharing the love of my son and why we all loved him.” “I’m not really sure where I’m going to go from here,” Anzack Sr. told the Breeze. “I don’t know what I’m supposed to do tomorrow. But I have to keep living. I have to keep my family strong. “His sister, she can’t believe it. His mom, she’s doing OK,” he added. “We lost our son. It’s not fair.” A former prep football standout who graduated from Torrance’s South High in 2005, Anzack Jr. was on his first tour of duty in Iraq, where he served as a gunner with the Army’s noted 10th Mountain Division. He and two fellow soldiers went missing after their patrol was ambushed south of Baghdad on May 12, leaving four soldiers and an Iraqi aide dead. Al-Qaida later claimed credit for the attack and the abductions of Anzack Jr., Spc. Alex R. Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, Mass., and Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Mich. Their families and America watched as military forces launched an intensive, exhaustive search involving thousands of troops that spanned desert, farmland and irrigation ditches. News broke early Wednesday that a body in an American uniform had been pulled from the Euphrates River. More than 10 days into a massive search for three missing American soldiers that has held the attention of a hopeful nation, the Torrance family of Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr., 20, learned the worst Wednesday. Late in the afternoon, Army representatives notified the infantryman’s father, Joseph Anzack Sr., that his son was the dead soldier found earlier in the Euphrates River. He had been “visually identified by the commander of his unit,” Anzack Sr. told the Daily Breeze. “The mourning started right then. Speaking by phone Wednesday night, Anzack Sr. said his immediate family and several extended family members held a vigil inside his apartment – a second-story stucco building with a yellow ribbon on the front door – that was led by an Army chaplain.last_img read more

Zamalek are toughest CC opponents – Oktay

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay takes his team through a pre-training talk during a session at teh Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 22, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Jan 22 – Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay believes they have been placed in a fair CAF Confederations Cup group stage pool, but has picked out Egyptian giants Zamalek as the toughest team from the pool.Gor have been placed in Group D alongside the Egyptian side, NA Hassan Dey of Algeria and Angola’s Petro Atletico. The Kenyan champions begin their campaign at home against Zamalek on February 3. “It is a very fair group for us. When you are in the group stage, you shouldn’t pick things. You have to go out and play for a result. What I have noticed with us is that we play great at home and that is something we will maximize,” the tactician told Capital Sport.The tactician added; “We now have to work to be good away from home and we need to get used to things like weather and different conditions,”“I think Zamalek is the toughest team there and they will give us a big challenge. But, I have friends over there in Egypt and during my time in Saudi Arabia, I also coached some Egyptians so I have an idea of what they are capable of,”Zamalek’s goalkeeper Ahmed Elshenawy let three goals past him during the first leg of the CAF Championship final on October 15, 2016 in Pretoria“I will do my research also about the Angolan and Algerian teams and we will be prepared very well for them.”Gor made it to their second consecutive group stage appearance in the Confederations Cup after holding Cameroonian side New Star de Douala to a barren draw in the return leg last weekend, having won the first leg 2-1 in Nairobi.Oktay says he was pleased with the result and furthermore how his players executed the pre-match plan for the game and he believes they will keep improving as time goes by.“It was very important for me and the team to qualify but most importantly for Kenyan football and the national team. It is a good test now to get into the group stages,”“It was a difficult match and I even told my players before. We knew how to contain them because they did not have a plan B or C. I had two play with two defensive midfielders so that we win all the second balls. I knew I have players who can keep the ball and we did that very well especially in the final 20 minutes when they pressed,” he added.Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge against Lobi Stars defender Itodo Cletus. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAs he plans to get into the group stages, Oktay’s biggest target is to plan better and improve the team especially in terms of finishing.“I did one mistake when we played Lobi Stars and I don’t want to do the same mistake again. We have to go step by step and strategize to get a result. I am not worried now because we have a great target and with such good players we will achieve it,” the tactician further stated.Last season, Gor missed out on a place in the quarter finals by just a point, with their loss at home to Rayon Sport toppling them out of contention.This time round though, Oktay is optimistic that with better planning, they can breach that group stage membrane and get into the last eight for the first time ever.“We will achieve that, I am not worried. We are improving day by day and the more matches we play the better we are. I found the team very unfit but now, they are getting into my philosophy very well. I have tried to inject some new things in the team and they are doing well,” he noted.After playing Zamalek on February 3, K’Ogalo will take a trip to Angola to take on Petro Atletico in Luanda 10 days later before facing Na Hassan Dey at Kasarani on February 24.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Transit worker strike disrupts public transportation system

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The dispute centers on Sarkozy’s plans to scrap a special pension plan meant to give advantages to those in physically tough jobs. They are able to retire earlier and on more generous terms than the majority of France’s working population. The government insists that reforms are needed to keep the pensions plan afloat for hundreds of thousands of workers. PARIS (AP) – Commuters roller-skated, drove and biked to work, or simply stayed home. The biggest strike in 12 years crippled France’s public transport system Thursday and handed President Nicolas Sarkozy the biggest political test of his young presidency. The walkout, which came on the same day Sarkozy announced his divorce from his wife, appeared set to continue for a second day and showed that the president’s ambitious plans to reform France will not be smooth. Only a third of the subway system was expected to run in Paris today. The government was unbowed in its determination to scrap special retirement privileges for some state workers – but unions also stood firm, hoping to repeat past successes in blocking efforts to make France more competitive. More than 90 percent of high-speed TGV trains were not running Thursday. Only one Paris subway line – which is automatic, with no drivers – was running as usual. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Jose Mourinho showing signs of ‘over-arousal’, says sports psychotherapist

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has shown signs of ‘anxiety, stress and over-arousal’ with his recent behaviour on the touchline, according to leading sports psychotherapist Gary Bloom.Bloom – the presenter of talkSPORT’s On the Sporting Couch series – believes the coach is ‘losing the plot’ as he struggles to cope with the pressure of the Red Devils’ turbulent start to the season.United booked their place in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday night with a late victory over Young Boys at Old Trafford.But Mourinho stole the headlines with his over-the-top celebration of Marouane Fellaini’s injury-time winning goal – kicking one bottle carrier full of energy drinks over and picking up another before smashing it to the ground. “The good thing is it [Mourinho’s celebration] happened so late in the game. If you’re going to display that level of passion and excitement it’s not something you want the players to see during the game as I think it might have put them off.“The collective psychology of the team is directly related to the behaviour of the coaching staff, not just the manager but the other first-team coaches as well.“Great football teams who are working really well together, the message from the coaches to the players has to be there is a measure of control in our emotional engagement in what’s going on.”Listen back to Gary Bloom’s verdict on Jose Mourinho’s behaviour IN FULL aboveOn the Sporting Coach with Gary Bloom is back on talkSPORT from 8pm this Sunday evening Mourinho celebrated by hurling a water bottle carrier to the floor Bloom studied the manager’s behaviour throughout the game.And asked what he saw in Mourinho’s body language, he told talkSPORT 2: “Anxiety, stress and something we call in sports psychology ‘over-arousal’.“It means you’ve kind of lost the plot a little bit.“When we try to measure the ideal performance for a footballer, or any sports person, we often measure under-arousal and over-arousal at points where performances don’t go particularly well.“Essentially, you’ve lost the concept of what you’re trying to achieve and you’ve got carried away with the moment. “I think that was really evident in watching him last night.“What you’re looking at there is pure and utter stress, and relief at just getting the victory and relief of getting the anxiety over and done with.”MORE: Mourinho sends message to his ‘lovers’ as Man United progress in EuropeManchester United have suffered a severe drop in performance levels in recent weeks and Bloom says it’s likely Mourinho’s conduct is having a negative effect on the team on the pitch.“I’ve worked with football clubs and I often say to the coaching staff: ‘Your behaviour will influence the player. If you’re screaming and shouting, what happens to them?’ Mourinho kicked off when Fellaini scored an injury-time winner for United center_img United have put in a string of sub-par displays both domestically and in Europe 3 3 3last_img read more

Woodward Scores 22 In An 82-74 Loss To End The Regular Season

first_img vs. Bradley 3/2/2017 – 8:30 p.m. Bradley (12-19, 7-11 MVC) earned its third-straight win while outrebounding Drake, 48-24, and recording 23 second-chance points compared to Drake’s eight. The Braves were led by Donte Thomas with 20 points and a game high 12 rebounds. Darrell Brown added 15 points while Koch Bar just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. “We had a hard time stopping them and a big part of stopping them is finishing the play with a rebounds and we had a very challenging day on the boards,” Rutter said.Despite a 7-of-29 shooting performance in the first half as both offenses struggled early, the Bulldogs were down only 30-26 going into halftime.”It was tough to find some flow in the first half,” Rutter said. “We had a couple pretty good spurts in the first half where we had that flow, but the second half was much better offensively.”Drake used a 7-0 run early in the second half to tie the game at 43-43, off a Schlatter jumper with 13:26 left. The Bulldogs stayed with two possessions for the next eight minutes until Bradley began to pull away to amass a 12-point, 78-66, lead with 2:50 left. The Bulldogs continued to battle and drew as close as eight points before ultimately falling in the season finale.Drake plays next at the State Farm MVC Tournament in St. Louis, Mo., as the No. 10 seed. The Bulldogs play the No. 7 seed Thursday, March 2 with tipoff at 8:30 p.m.”I’m a lucky guy having the chance to work with this team each and every day,” said head coach Jeff Rutter. “They are incredibly coachable, and really play for each other. We’re not done yet.”Print Friendly Version Box Score (PDF) Next Game: Box Score (HTML) Story Linkscenter_img Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines MVC TV Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Preview DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team closed out the regular season with an 82-74 loss to Bradley at the Knapp Center Saturday afternoon.Drake (7-23, 5-13 MVC) was led by redshirt junior Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) who scored a season-high 22 points and matched a career-high with five three-pointers on a 5-of-7 afternoon from the arc. Woodward has now made 15-of-25 three-pointers in his last four games to continue his strong play to end the season. He was followed by junior De’Antae McMurray (Alton, Ill.) and redshirt sophomore Casey Schlatter (Iowa Falls, Iowa) who recorded 15 and 10 points, respectively. McMurray also added five assists while Schlatter nabbed four rebounds.”I’m incredibly proud of our guys and how they fought this afternoon,” said Drake head coach Jeff Rutter. “We didn’t get the win we were hoping for, but we did some good things today.”last_img read more

Chelsea prospect ‘to go out on loan to the Championship’

first_imgNathaniel Chalobah is set to go out on loan to the Championship, the Daily Mirror report.Boss Roberto Di Matteo apparently believes the highly-rated Chelsea centre-back, 17, is ready to play first-team football.The Daily Mail say Barcelona are considering activating the buy-back clause in the contract of Blues midfielder Oriol Romeu. The 20-year-old is also believed to be wanted by Bolton.Chelsea are still tipped to sign Brazilian prospect Oscar, with The Guardian reporting that the club are confident of completing his £25m signing from Internacional.The Daily Telegraph suggest the Oscar deal is for £22m – and that Chelsea are planning a fresh bid for Bayer Leverkusen striker André Schürrle, which could lead to the departure of Daniel Sturridge.Meanwhile, QPR face competition from Liverpool for the signing of Celtic star Ki Sung-Yueng, according to The Sun.It is claimed that Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers is planning to offer £7m for the 23-year-old South Korean in a bid to beat R’s manager Mark Hughes to his signature.Rubin Kazan, Deportivo La Coruna and a number of German clubs are also said to be interested.Fulham are reportedly set to beat Everton to the signing of out-of-contract Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega.The Mirror say Aston Villa and Stoke were also in the frame to sign the Colombian, while The Sun claim Celtic were keen on him.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fossils that Defy Old Ages

first_img(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Here are three things assumed to be old that look young. It’s only the presumption of old age that forces the claims of millions of years.Mantis in amber: Fossil mantises are rare, Live Science says, but three have been found stuck in fossilized tree resin (amber) from Myanmar, Lebanon and Spain. “Sticky Amber Preserved Dinosaur-Age Insects for Millions of Years,” Laura Geggel writes, but do they really look 97, 105 and 128 million years old? They are assigned a Cretaceous label from the “age of dinosaurs” but they have the same kind of forelegs as modern-day mantises. The only thing they seem to lack is the “ultrasonic ‘ear’ on the metathorax (midbody) that helps today’s mantises avoid bat attacks.” This supposedly “developed in mantises during the Eocene, a period that lasted from 56 million to 33.9 million years ago.” How, exactly, did it “develop” and why did it take 31 million years to do it? Since fossil mantises are so rare, and living mantises are extremely diverse, how do the paleontologists know that (1) the “ear” escaped detection in their analysis of these fossils, or (2) that non-eared mantises are within the normal range of diversity for mantids? This is like quibbling about the lack of fog lights on a sedan; the rest of the creature is fully complex and capable. The article did not state if any original tissue remains inside the amber. The paper is published in the Journal of Cretaceous Research.The early bird in China: PhysOrg announces a “New basal ornithuromorph bird found in China.” This fossil appears to be fully bird; it belongs to the “most derived [evolved] avian group in the Early Cretaceous” about the same period as the mantises mentioned above. What’s more to evolve in this early bird? It seems as much a flyer as a modern shorebird.The new bird is preserved with its wings and legs fully outstretched, mimicking a dancer; and its manual claws are barely recurved; therefore, the new species is named Bellulornis rectusunguis to convey these features. A comprehensive phylogenetic analysis resolved the new taxon in a basal position that is only more derived than Archaeorhynchus and Jianchangornis among ornithuromorphs, increasing the morphological diversity of basal ornithuromorphs. The new specimen has a V-shaped furcula [wishbone] with a short hypocleidium, a feature otherwise known only in Schizooura among Cretaceous ornithuromorphs. We discuss the implications of the new taxon on the evolution of morphology of primitive ornithuromorphs, particularly of pectoral girdle, sternum and limb proportion pertaining to powered flight. The preserved gastroliths [crop stones for grinding food] and pedal morphology [feet] indicate herbivory and lakeshore adaption for this new species.Billion-year proteins? Another article in PhysOrg has the headline, “Scientists identify fragments of proteins that already existed billions of years ago.” This is a misleading statement. They didn’t find any fragments from 3.5 billion years ago; they just examined existing proteins in living creatures and inferred an evolutionary history from them on the assumption that they evolved from simpler forms.In a systematic analysis of modern proteins, they were able to identify 40 peptidic fragments that occur in seemingly unrelated proteins, yet bear striking resemblance in their sequences and structures. Based on their widespread occurrence in the most ancient proteins (e.g., ribosomal proteins) and on their involvement in basal functions (e.g., RNA-binding, DNA-binding), the authors propose that these fragments are the observable remnants of a primordial RNA-peptide world, a precursor form of the DNA-based life we know today.If proteins are designed, instead, nobody would be surprised that a designer used similar structures in unrelated situations—just as software engineers re-use modules of code for different purposes. RNA binding and DNA binding are very complex functions. The words “precursor” and “primordial” use the power of suggestion to cause readers to envision a simpler world of life. Yet the writers of this article are fully aware that the simplest life is extremely complex. “Proteins and languages share many similarities – both, for instance, yield their meaning through a proper arrangement of basic building blocks.”Millions and billions of years exist only in the imagination of secular materialists and evolutionists. Their ideology makes them refuse to accept the abundant evidence for design in mantises, birds, and living cells. The simplest protein defies a materialistic origin (source); the rest of the evolutionary tale is already falsified by that one fact.last_img read more

Fall in airfares continues to fuel air travel growth

first_imgThe price of air travel fell globally by 10 per cent in real terms over the past year and continues to fuel a robust growth in passenger travel, new International Air Transport Association statistics show.Despite a year that opened with attempts by the Trump Administration to ban travel to the US from six countries and the ongoing implications of Brexit, global passenger traffic in February was  4.8 per cent higher than a year ago.Adjusting for the fact that last year was a leap year and February had an extra day, this translated to growth of 8.6 per cent — slightly lower than January’s year-on-year growth of 8.9 per cent.Airlines also filled more seats with the global load factor rising 1.6 percentage points to 79.5 per cent , the highest figure ever recorded for February.IATA estimated more than half of the increased traffic demand was due to the 10 per cent estimated reduction in real fares.  “The strong demand momentum from January has continued, supported by lower fares and a healthier economic backdrop,’’ said IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac. “Although we remain concerned over the impact of any travel restrictions or closing of borders, we have not seen the attempted US ban on travel from six countries translate into an identifiable traffic trend.“Overall travel demand continues to grow at a robust rate.”International traffic rose 5.8 per cent in absolute terms but was slightly ahead of January’s 9.1 per cent when adjusted for the leap year.The February figures, which pre-date the laptop ban, saw Middle Eastern carriers record the strongest growth of 9.5 per cent in this category and North American carriers the slowest at 0.3  per cent, or 3.4 per cent when the leap year was taken into account.The increased interest in Asia by US carriers saw traffic between the regions continue to grow but trans-Atlantic demand continued a sideways trend started in mid-2016.February traffic for the Asia-Pacific region rose 5.2 per cent with continuing growth in intra-Asian traffic and recovery in Asia-Europe demand after last year’s terrorism-related slowdown.The resumption of traffic after last year’s terrorism incidents also saw February demand for Europe up by 6.5 per cent while Latin American airlines registered a 5.9 per cent increase and African carriers a rise of 7.1 per cent.Domestic travel rose 3.3 per cent globally in February, again affected by the leap year, with results varying widely. Australia registered a non-adjusted decline in traffic of 3.3 per cent but a 3.9 per cent fall in capacity saw the load factor improve slightly to 73.8 per cent.Brazil and the US also saw declines of 4.8 per cent and 0.4 per cent, respectively, while China (+9.1 per cent), India (+17 per cent)  and the Russian Federation (+13.3 per cent) all posted significant increases.IATA noted the US domestic market had stalled over the past six months despite strong consumer confidence surveys.“Russia has joined India and China among the fastest growing markets,’’ IATA said. “Traffic is now back on its trend line prior to the collapse of Transaero in late 2015, supported by steady recovery in the economy and ruble over the past year as oil prices have firmed.”last_img read more