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Bombardier Signs Firm Purchase Agreement for Six Q400 Turboprops

TORONTO, April 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — March 29, 2019  Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that a customer, who has requested to remain unidentified at this time, has signed an order to acquire six new Q400 aircraft.

Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$ 202 million.high resolution

“The Q400 aircraft offers the perfect balance of passenger comfort and operating economics while maintaining its unmatched range and speed advantage versus other turboprops,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The demand for turboprop aircraft worldwide is tremendous and the Q Series aircraft are ideally positioned to meet the needs of regional airlines as they offer a unique ability to serve diverse and challenging environments. The Q400 offers the lowest seat costs amongst turboprops, with an enhanced passenger experience and a proven 99.5 per cent reliability.”

About Bombardier
With over 68,000 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, 2018, Bombardier posted revenues of $16.2 billion US. The company is recognized on the 2019 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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Nathalie Scott
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft

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Bombardier signe une entente d’achat ferme pour six biturbopropulseurs Q400

TORONTO, 01 avr. 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — 29 mars 2019  Bombardier Avions commerciaux a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’un client qui souhaite demeurer anonyme pour l’instant, avait passé une commande d’achat de six nouveaux avions Q400.high resolution

Selon le prix courant de l’avion Q400, la valeur de cette commande ferme s’élève à environ 202 millions de dollars américains.

« L’avion Q400 offre le parfait équilibre entre confort des passagers et économie d’exploitation tout en conservant son autonomie et sa vitesse inégalées par rapport aux autres avions biturbopropulsés », a déclaré Fred Cromer, président, Bombardier Avions commerciaux. « Les biturbopropulseurs sont en forte demande partout dans le monde et les avions Q Series répondent parfaitement aux besoins de compagnies aériennes régionales, car ils ont la capacité unique de desservir des environnements variés et difficiles. L’avion Q400 est le seul avion biturbopropulsé à offrir le plus bas coût par place parmi les biturbopropulseurs, une expérience améliorée aux passagers et une fiabilité éprouvée de 99,5 pour cent. »

À propos de Bombardier
Avec plus de 68 000 employés répartis entre quatre secteurs d’activité, Bombardier est un leader mondial de l’industrie du transport, créant des avions et des trains novateurs qui changent la donne sur leur marché. Nos produits et nos services offrent des expériences de transport de calibre international qui établissent de nouvelles normes en matière de confort des passagers, d’efficacité énergétique, de fiabilité et de sécurité.

Avec son siège social situé à Montréal, au Canada, Bombardier possède des installations de production et d’ingénierie dans 28 pays, couvrant les secteurs Transport, Avions d’affaires, Avions commerciaux et Aérostructures et Services d’ingénierie. Les actions de Bombardier se négocient à la Bourse de Toronto (BBD). Pour l’exercice clos le 31 décembre 2018, nos revenus ont été de 16,2 milliards $ US. Bombardier fait partie des 100 entreprises les plus durables au monde de l’indice Global 100 de 2019. Vous trouverez nouvelles et information à l’adresse bombardier.com ou en nous suivant sur Twitter : @Bombardier.

Notes aux rédacteurs
Des images de l’avion Q400 sont affichées avec le présent communiqué à l’adresse www.bombardier.com

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Bombardier, Q400 et Q Series sont des marques de commerce de Bombardier Inc. ou de ses filiales.

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Bombardier Avions commerciaux
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Sustaining peace at the local level: How to strengthen social cohesion at the Mauritania-Mali border

Bassikounou is a moughataa (district) and town of Hodh el Chargui region in Southeastern Mauritania, almost 1,200 kilometres from the capital Nouakchott. On the border with Mali, the landscape is dominated by sand dunes. Rain and pasture have become sparser over the last few years, and yet large herds of cows, sheep, goats, donkeys and camels roam the scant grasslands. They represent the livelihoods of the mostly nomadic communities on both sides of the border.

Like in many parts of the Sahel, the border here is invisible, and Mauritanians and Malians are linked by family ties, religion and trade. Since the start of the conflict in Mali in 2011, Malians have crossed the border and have not yet been able to return because of ongoing instability. Over 50,000 Malians live in a refugee camp about 20 kilometres from Bassikounou, effectively doubling the population of the district and making it Mauritania’s second largest urban area.

The increased pressure on natural resources and social services can lead to conflicts between refugees and hosts. And while tensions do exist in Bassikounou, the local population has been remarkably effective in ensuring that peace prevails. There is mediation by village elders, or through the local prefect, and more recently also the village committees. Shared religious values and a century-old culture of hospitality have also helped. And the government and international partners have done their utmost to support both refugees and locals.

However, there is always the risk of escalating tensions because of a continuous influx of refugees due to persistent insecurity and conflict in Mali, the very real risk of climate shocks, and limited public services and economic opportunities.

A peace lens

The international community has started to look at a more long-term approach, thinking about a developmental instead of a purely humanitarian response. This requires, among other things, deciding how refugees and their hosts can live together in dignity and harmony.

So how can we, as the UN contribute to sustained peace in Bassikounou? Together with the government, the UN has convened locals and the international community to start thinking about planning for the district, considering likely climate scenarios.

To put a peace lens into this development thinking, we deployed to Bassikounou as part of an interagency mission comprised of UNDP, UNICEF, FAO and OHCHR to jointly develop a project proposal to respond to the challenges they face.

We met both the international community and local leaders, including political and administrative authorities and mayors. We also met village committees, women’s cooperatives, teachers and parents, as well as youth representatives from the district and the refugee camp.

Their main concern? Contested natural resources, such as water, pastures and firewood. Vulnerable groups, including rural communities, women and youth, have limited work and limited government services. However, it also became clear that the village committees and networks of women and young people are important for building social cohesion. One way the UN can contribute to social cohesion and the prevention of crises in Bassikounou is by building on these local strengths.

The mission developed several approaches for this:

Support a joint plan to manage scarce natural resources. The participation of village committees?�?especially female members?�?will ensure inclusivity. They will monitor implementation and resolve disputes.

Enable district authorities to encourage local economic development, including a diversification of the economy. Joint cooperatives and shared value chains can create benefits for both refugees and hosts. One example is the production of leather goods by nomadic herders and local communities.

Support young people, in particular women, both in and out of school, to become peace agents and leaders. This involves training for non-violence and community leadership, joint activities between refugee and host community youth, and shared spaces to exchange economic and other learning skills.

Bassikounou demonstrates the often-overlooked potential for sustaining peace. It also illustrates the complexity of the challenges that communities across the Sahel face when the effects of instability spill over and affect their fragile livelihoods. Crucially, our experience taught us that working in these contexts requires UN agencies to pool their expertise and resources and work with national and local partners. Given the cross-border nature of social, community and economic life in Bassikounou, a comprehensive approach to sustaining peace could, as a next step, involve communities in Mali.

There is still much to learn about the ways in which the UN can work with governments and societies to sustain peace, where challenges are complex and?�?as is the case in Bassikounou?�?are compounded by regional instability, and the effects of climate change. A first step is to ask locals what works best.

About the authors

Tanya Pedersen Sierra is a programme analyst working with UNDP on local governance in fragile and crisis settings.

Laura Rutishauser is a political scientist who formerly worked as a programme analyst specializing in governance and peacebuilding at UNDP.

Henrik Hartmann is a specialist in peacebuilding, risk and resilience, formerly working with UNICEF.

Source: UN Development Programme

Red Cross: Health, Aid Workers Face Unabated Attacks

UNITED NATIONS Health and humanitarian workers in war zones are facing unabated and increasing attacks “and the impact on civilians is nothing but catastrophic,” the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross said Monday.

Peter Maurer told an informal Security Council meeting that three years after the council adopted a landmark resolution urging all countries to take action to prevent violence and threats against medical and aid workers, “the evidence of meaningful change on the ground is scarce.”

“The taboo that warring parties would not attack aid workers has been trashed,” he said. “We need strong leadership, political will and determined action to restore this taboo.”

Maurer said health services in conflict “must be protected in a neutral humanitarian space and not be part of military strategies to defeat the adversary.” And he said “rhetoric and practices which exclude adversaries � for example those labeled ‘terrorists’ � from basic health services must stop,” and “public health regulations must not be tainted by political and military considerations.”

U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock told the council that when he started working on these issues over 30 years ago “there was a broadly shared assumption that in most circumstances warring parties would not attack aid workers.”

In the last years, however, he said, “humanitarian and medical workers have systematically become targets of attack.”

Last year, Lowcock said, 317 attacks against aid workers resulted in 113 deaths, according to the aid worker security database. And 388 attacks against health personnel or facilities resulted in more than 300 deaths, according to the World Health Organization, he said.

The undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs called for better equipment and vehicles to improve security especially for local staff, saying about “94 percent of aid workers who were wounded, killed or abducted in 2018 were nationals of the country in which they were working.”

Lowcock said cooperation between civilian and military authorities is also important, explaining that this has enabled U.N. humanitarian staff to run the world’s biggest relief operation for between 8 million and 10 million people in Yemen in the last 12 months.

Trust is essential, he added, but it can only be sustained if governments don’t politicize assistance or criminalize engagement or aid to particular groups.

Time for action

David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee, told the council that with increasing attacks on aid and health workers, it’s time for action.

He called for an immediate and independent investigation of every aid worker’s death and urged governments to bring perpetrators to justice.

Miliband asked the council a series of questions including: “Will you block attempts to criminalize our ability to engage with armed actors in the name of counterterror restrictions? … Will you seek and speak the truth no matter how powerful the state, how sensitive the topic, or how uncomfortable the question?”

Miliband said IRC staff are waiting for action in Syria where they face increasing attacks, in Congo “where we are working to control an Ebola outbreak amid relentless arson attacks against treatment centers,” and in Yemen, “where Houthi [rebels’] land mines and [Saudi-led] coalition airstrikes mean humanitarians risk their lives with every movement.”

Source: Voice of America

Sudan Graffiti Artist Honors Anti-Government Protest Victims

KHARTOUM As Sudan’s government seeks to quell months of anti-government protests that have left more than 50 people dead, a Sudanese graffiti artist is painting portraits of deceased demonstrators.

Sudanese graffiti artist Assil Diab lives in Qatar but earlier this year returned to the country of her birth.

Diab came to honor protesters who were killed in Sudan’s months-long anti-government demonstrations.

“Initially I wanted to participate in the protests in Sudan,” Diab said. “It took a long time for me to convince my parents to come to Sudan and participate in the revolution. And, once I got here, I heard a lot of stories about the martyrs. It was very emotional, and I just had to do something about it.”

Diab began visiting families of protesters who were killed and painting their portraits as a memorial on the walls of the buildings where they once lived.

Relatives warmly welcomed Diab into their homes.

Abubakr Omer’s 24-year-old son, Abdulazeem, was killed in January, allegedly shot by police during a protest.

He says Diab’s painting has renewed the memory of Abdualazeem’s becoming a martyr. Whenever he sees the painting, adds Omer, he feels like Abdulazeem is still here with them.

Diab also paints those killed in earlier protest clashes – such as Adiyla Mustafa’s son, Musab, who was shot at age 26 during 2013 protests.

She says that when the painting was made, she wasn’t there. When she saw it for the first time, she was surprised. It’s a painful memory for her, says Mustafa.

At least 50 people have been killed in Sudan since protests broke out in late December over price hikes and shortages.

The demonstrations quickly morphed into calls for President Omar al-Bashir to leave power.

A pioneer of Sudan’s modern art, Rashid Diab — no relation — says Assil Diab’s work is empowering the protest movement.

He says that freedom of expression in painting is very important. It gives actual value to the revolutionary act, says Diab. It fuels the revolutionary act, increases its power, flame, and importance, he says. It creates the pillars of a future, civilized presence.

Diab’s portraits of protest victims can be found in Khartoum and in Omdurman and Bahri, Sudan’s other major cities.

At the street level, Diab says her graffiti spurs discussion about how unarmed protesters became casualties.

“And once I start painting in the street, people as well, the audience, they stop and ask,” Diab said. “It connects me with the families and the families with the public and there’s an immediate connection between everyone that walks past the art work.”

As Diab prepared to leave Sudan this month, she visited the families of the victims and gave some of the portraits a touch up.

Diab says she hopes that on her next visit to Sudan, there will be fewer portraits for her to paint.

Source: Voice of America