Airbus Launches Ship Carrying First Components for A320 Family Production in the Unites States

Wings, Tail, Fuselage Sections Depart Port of Hamburg Bound for Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A.

29 MAY 2015

Airbus A320 family aircraft production in the U.S. is on schedule to begin this summer as the large aircraft components for the first U.S.-produced aircraft today depart from the port in Hamburg, Germany, bound for Mobile, Alabama. The major component assemblies (MCAs) consist of the wings produced in the UK, the rear fuselage section produced in Germany including the tail cone (produced in Spain), and the forward fuselage section, including the cockpit produced in France, all of which contain parts from all over the world. The horizontal (from Spain) and vertical (from Germany) stabilisers are also on board. The first aircraft is an A321ceo destined for delivery to JetBlue in 2016.

Airbus established the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile to assemble and deliver A319, A320 and A321 aircraft to meet the growing needs of its customers in the United States and elsewhere. It is the company’s first U.S.-based production facility, and the fourth in the network which includes Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; and Tianjin, China.

“This is a day of celebration as we reach another important milestone in aircraft production in the U.S.,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “North America is one of the largest single-aisle aircraft markets in the world. This manufacturing facility brings us closer to our customers, and strengthens the aerospace industry in the U.S., Europe and around the world. Production will begin in just a few weeks, with first delivery scheduled for 2016.”

Approximately 200 employees, including some from Mobile who are training in Hamburg, celebrated this first shipment in a ceremony held today to launch the cargo ship, in the presence of the U.S. Consul General in Hamburg, Nancy Corbett. Traditional songs from all four European Airbus nations and the U.S. were played as the ship, bearing German and U.S. flags, and flags of the city state of Hamburg and the state of Alabama, sailed off.

The sea voyage will take approximately 20 days, and can be tracked on Airbus in the U.S. Facebook and Twitter pages, or on www.vesselfinder.com (ship name BBC Atlantic).

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Dunga dispensa Marcelo e convoca Geferson para a Copa América

Lateral Geferson é chamado para jogar a Copa América pela Seleção Fernando Gomes/Agencia RBS

 

O lateral-esquerdo do Geferson do Internacional de Porto Alegre foi convocado para a Copa América no lugar de Marcelo do Real Madrid . A justificativa : “problemas médicos.” Geferson tem 21 anos e não foi relacionado na lista de 7 jogadores suplentes enviada para a Conmebol. O jogador esteve em campo na vitória por 2 a 0 contra o Independiente Santa Fe pela Libertadores da América . Ele vai se apresentar na segunda-feira com o resto do elenco. As informações são do Diário do Nordeste.

 

 

Band é condenada a exibir direito de resposta por ofensa aos ateus; entenda

Band é condenada a exibir direito de resposta por ofensa aos ateus; entenda

A Band terá que exibir vídeos se retratando por conta de ofensas feitas aos ateus no programa policial “Brasil Urgente”, apresentado nos fins de tarde por José Luiz Datena.

Segundo a revista Carta Capital, a emissora do Morumbi assinou um termo de conduta nesta semana, com o Ministério Público Federal, no qual se compromete a exibir pelo menos 72 vezes um programa produzido pelo MPF cujo objetivo é conscientizar a população sobre a laicidade do Estado brasileiro, o chamado “Direito de Resposta”.

A Procuradoria Regional dos Direitos do Cidadão disse no documento que a Band tem até o dia 1º de novembro deste ano para exibir a campanha sobre a diversidade de crenças no Brasil, incluindo o ateísmo. O vídeo de 40 segundos ressalta que o Estado brasileiro não possui religião oficial, garantindo a liberdade de todos para escolher entre ter ou não ter uma religião.

A campanha tem que ser mostrada nos comerciais de suas principais atrações jornalísticas, o “Brasil Urgente”, o “Jornal da Band” e o semanal “Canal Livre”.

O fato ocorreu em 2010, quando o apresentador José Luiz Datena repercutiu uma reportagem de Márcio Campos sobre o fuzilamento de um garoto e disse que a morte aconteceu por conta da “ausência de Deus”, já que “um sujeito que é ateu não tem limites e é por isso que a gente vê esses crimes aí”.

Irritado, Datena ainda esbravejou: “É por isso que o mundo está essa porcaria. Guerra, peste, fome e tudo mais, entendeu? São os caras do mau. Se bem que tem ateu que não é do mau, mas o sujeito que não respeita os limites de Deus, é porque, não sei, não respeita limite nenhum”.

 

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From the Archive: Japan’s 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup triumph

Kuala Lumpur: With the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 now just over a week away, the-afc.com takes a look back at Japan’s emotional success at the tournament’s edition in Germany four years ago.

Winning hearts and minds……

When Japan lifted the FIFA Women’s World Cup with a dramatic win over the USA in 2011, the prodigiously talented team not only claimed global bragging rights, but also delivered a major boost to the morale of a country still reeling from the deadly March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori made two saves as the final was settled by a penalty shoot-out before defender Saki Kumagai converted the spot-kick to give Japan their first World Cup title. It was sensational stuff.

Under captain Homare Sawa (pictured), Japan won the hearts of fans with impressive displays just four months after the national disaster.

Indeed, many neutral fans in football-crazy Germany had supported the Japanese team as they progressed through the rounds.

The massive earthquake – registering 8.9 on the richter scale – and the resulting tsunami had devastated the northeast coast of Japan, killing thousands and sparking the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Referring to the terror attacks of September 11 2001, Frankfurt business teacher Frank Forster summed up the feelings of many when he said: “After 9/11 we were all a little American; since Fukushima we are all a little Japanese.”

While none of the Japan squad were directly caught up in the disaster, the Japanese women’s football league was heavily affected.

Worst hit of all was the TEPCO Mareeze club, based near Fukushima, which was forced to suspend playing activity and withdraw from the L-League, Japan’s top women’s league, for the entire season.

The players were forced to train elsewhere, but left-back Aya Sameshima, who played in the final, was taken on by US team Boston Breakers.

The start of the season was delayed by a month to help conserve power, while the men’s professional J-League was put on hold for six weeks.

The women’s league was harder hit as the majority of players are amateurs who fit training and playing around their work or studies.

With morale low across the country, the players found it difficult to return to football, let alone think about the women’s World Cup.

“Early on, I felt that it might not be the right moment to play football and that I should have something else to do,” said Japan defender Azusa Iwashimizu.

“But after a while, when the team activities had stopped and I was training alone, it made me realise just how much I love to play football.”

Given that many of the Nadeshiko were based in Japan, their World Cup preparations were badly affected.

When the USA recorded back-to-back 2-0 wins over Japan during friendlies in March, coach Norio Sasaki admitted his side were not as well prepared as their American rivals.

But Japan matured and developed in Germany.

Group stage wins over New Zealand and Mexico were followed by a 2-0 defeat to England before Japan pulled off the giant-killing of the tournament to beat host nation Germany in the quarter-finals, then Sweden in the last four.

Their dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over the United States duly completed the fairytale as Sasaki’s charges beat the USA for the first time at the 26th attempt to seal the title and, perhaps just as importantly, go some way to healing the pain being felt in Japan.

Photo: FIFA / Getty Images

 

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