News / Iraq hits back at Kurdistan oil sales by banning freighter flights to the region

first_imgHowever, in an email seen by The Loadstar, the Iraqi CAA has sent a note to airlines: “ICAA would like to inform you that all cargo flights destination to Erbil And Sulaimanya Airports aren’t permitted in the present time”It added: “All the approvals for these airports granted to you will cancel from 10th July 2014 until further notice.”Freighters operating into Kurdistan carry much of the equipment needed for the region’s oil and gas industry. While passenger flights with belly cargo are still permitted, imports of large equipment on freighters are not.“This is pretty serious,” said one airline executive affected by the decision. “There were a lot of flights going in. No reason has been given.“Baghdad and Basra are still operating, but Erbil is the best place to do business. Dnata is based in Erbil, there are no security issues, it’s well organised – the Kurds have sorted it out. But Baghdad is a mess.”Forwarders are now seeking other routes to get freight into Kurdistan. “Everyone is going to fly it to Turkey, and then truck it to Iraq,” said one source.The EconomistHowever, he added, there was some considerable congestion in Istanbul at the moment.“Turkish Airlines hasn’t been able to accept some cargo in time, and we are hearing there’s a huge backlog in Istanbul. Some operations are moving to a new warehouse, which has caused it.”Turkish Airlines didn’t respond to The Loadstar before publication.The war of words between the Kurds and the Iraqi government has escalated in recent weeks. The oil-producing Kurdish region has built a pipeline to Turkey and has begun exporting oil directly to international markets.On the day flights were stopped, Kurdistan had threatened to sue buyers of Iraqi crude if they didn’t pay the Kurdistan Regional Government 17% of the sale, following a decision by the Iraqi government to reduce Kurdistan’s cut.Kurdistan recently announced plans for an independence referendum, while Kurdish ministers have said they would boycott going to Baghdad.The Iraqi prime minister, meanwhile, has called Erbil a base for terrorism and said the government “cannot stay silent”, according to Rudaw. Iraq’s Civil Aviation Authority has banned all freighter flights to Erbil and Sulaimani, in Kurdistan.The Iraqi CAA controls Kurdish airspace and the move signals worsening tensions between Iraq and Kurdistan, affecting four weekly flights by Emirates, three by Etihad and services from Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines.According to Kurdish media network Rudaw, the Iraqi transport minister, Hadi Al-Amiri, has denied any decision to stop flights to airports in Erbil and Sulaimani.“This is baseless and lies; no decision about stopping any flights to these two airports has been made,” he told Rudaw. By Alex Lennane 11/07/2014last_img read more

Soldotna to Find “Floating Money” For Special Election

first_imgCm. Marquez: “The wishes of the Council as a whole is to have this special election. It doesn’t really about our minority vote and so we have to fund that special election and the money has to come from some place. We can’t just say we’re not going to have the election.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Soldotna was left with an unfunded mandate last night when the City Council failed to pass an ordinance appropriating $3,400 for this year’s special election. City Manager Mark Dixson said he’ll find another way to finance the election… Soldotna resident Daniel Lynch criticized the decision to use “floating money” to pay for an election he doesn’t believe is necessary. For more on the original Council vote, click here. Councilor Meggean Marquez was in the minority on both votes, saying the question should wait until the general election in the fall… Last month the Council voted 4-2 to hold an election on May 10 to ask voters if they want to form a home rule charter commission; but with one councilor absent last night, the 3-2 vote wasn’t enough to approve the funding. The question was put to voters last year and failed. It was brought back to the ballot via voter initiative. Dixson: “It’s going to come from other appropriated monies. I have no idea where we’re going to be pulling that from. We’re going to be looking and seeing where we have appropriated or budgeted monies that aren’t going to be spent in this fiscal year and we will have to utilize that.”last_img read more

Youth football and rugby to get together

first_imgPittsburgh Harlequin Youth Rugby action. (Courtesy Photo)PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Football and rugby are getting together to promote player safety.A youth clinic featuring the Heads Up Tackling program will be held on May 31 as part of the final day of the Collegiate Rugby Championship.Former players and NFL executives will help educate coaches and young players on the value of safe tackling at the new Academy Fields located on the grounds of PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. All players and coaches are invited to stay for the day’s final Rugby 7’s championship match.NFL director of football development Matt Birk and former players Hollis Thomas and Ike Reese will participate.“I’m looking forward to learning more about rugby and its techniques, some of which I anticipate being useful and applicable to football,” said Birk, who won a Super Bowl with Baltimore in the 2012 season. “We at the NFL are open to learning and interested in any relationships or discussions that can help make our game safer.”Rhino Heads Up Tackling is a step-by-step protocol to safely teach the core principles of the skill, utilizing five fundamentals through a series of drills. The purpose is to reinforce proper tackling mechanics and teach them with a focus on reducing helmet contacts. It is a technique rugby long has used, significantly reducing head injuries and concussions in both 15’s rugby and 7’s, the game which will be part of the 2016 Olympics.“Both football and rugby have a common core of athleticism and teamwork,” said tournament director Donal Walsh, but most importantly they need to be safe and fun for all involved. We think this clinic will have great value for anyone interested in either football or rugby, and will educate both on how to play correctly.”The clinic will help conclude the two-day Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship festival, the largest gathering of collegiate and high school rugby teams in America. Twenty schools will be competing for the national title.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Zinedine Zidane will be on the cover of FIFA 20!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/EA SportsAdvertisement odrNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4lWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6a1n( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) vxkWould you ever consider trying this?😱cifuCan your students do this? 🌚25d1kRoller skating! Powered by Firework EA Sports have officially revealed the cover star for the FIFA 20 Ultimate Edition, which is the topmost version of the game, and its no other than the all time legend of the game itself – Zinedine Zidane, who will also be available an ICON player in the Ultimate Team game mode.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/EA SportsThe current coach and former Real Madrid star is the third player to be featured on the cover for this year’s FIFA installment, following Zizou’s new tutee at Santiago Bernabéu Eden Hazard and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, starring on the Standard and Champions Edition, respectively.The 1998 World Cup winner was the only Ballon d’Or winner who didn’t appear on the cover of any previous FIFA games.Advertisement The Frenchman has joined the list of Andrea Pirlo, Didier Drogba, Ian Wright, Ronald Koeman- all confirmed to be available in the FIFA 20’s Ultimate Team game mode as players.A total of 90 ICONs will be announced by EA Sports in the coming days- all available as players to build up teams. In addition to that, Zidane will also be available as a manager card, along with three different player cards.Advertisement FIFA 20 is launching on September 24 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows and Nintendo Switch, and is now available to pre order. Advertisementlast_img read more