US and Canadian gov bans operation of Boeing 737 Max 8 & Max 9 aircraft

Canadian gov bans operation of Boeing 737 Max 8 & Max 9 aircraft in Canada and Canadian airspace. Air Canada confirms immediate compliance w notice. 

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Yesterday, due to the crash of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets within the last 6 months (with both incidents showing similar characteristics), 34 countries and nearly 30 airlines have suspended operation of the fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft in the last two days. At the time of that warning, U.S. and Canadian aviation authorities were still allowing the aircraft to operate in N. America.

A short time ago, Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau issued a statement indicating a safety notice was forthcoming to ban Max 8 & Max 9 aircraft flying into, out of, or across Canada.

Garneau says today’s action is based on satellite tracking data his officials just saw that suggested ‘some similarities’ between what happened Sunday in Ethiopia, killing 157 people, and the October Lion Air crash that took 189 lives in Indonesia. They compared vertical fluctuations and found a ‘similar profile.’ This is not conclusive, he warns, but it is something that points to a similar crash cause.

As of 1:15 PM EASTERN on 3/13/2019:

  • The FAA still allows the aircraft to operate in the U.S..
  • At least 47 countries have banned operation of the aircraft.
  • Dozens of airlines have voluntarily grounded the aircraft.

According to the FAA, there are ~350 MAX series aircraft in operation worldwide across 59 operators, all of which account for ~8500 flights weekly.

American Airlines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines use the jet in domestic and international flight operations.
AlertsUSA subscribers who are traveling should be in touch with their airlines to determine aircraft type on their flights, as well as to assess possible impact should the aircraft be grounded in N. America.

There will, for sure, be domestic and international flight interruptions.

Sites such as FlightStats.com or SeatGuru.com, can help you determine the type of aircraft you are booked on.

 

Update 2:55 PM

USGOV issuing emergency order grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft.

 

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Grounding of Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets spreading

34 nations incl all of EU + ~30 carriers ground Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets flwg 2 crashes. AA, UA & SW cont domestic use. Beware of poss travel impact. See email.

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Two Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets have crashed within the last 6 months, with the most recent Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 which crashed on Sunday, claiming 157 lives.

34 countries and nearly 30 airlines have suspended operation of the fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft in the last two days. U.S. and Canadian aviation authorities are still allowing the aircraft to operate in N. America until more information is available from the FAA.
According to the FAA, there are 350 MAX series aircraft in operation worldwide across 59 operators, all of which account for ~8500 flights weekly.

American Airlines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines use the jet in domestic and international flight operations.

Any who are traveling should be in touch with their airlines to determine aircraft type on their flights, as well as to assess possible impact should the aircraft be grounded in N. America.
The jet is currently grounded in the following countries:
European Union (28 countries)
Australia
China
Indonesia
Malaysia
Singapore
India
The jet is currently grounded by the following airlines:
China Southern Airlines
Air China
Shanghai Airlines
Hainan Airlines
Xiamen Airlines
Lion Air
GOL Airlines
Shandong Airlines
Aerolineas Argentinas
China Eastern Airlines
Ethiopian Airlines
Lucky Air
Cayman Airways
Fuzhou Airlines
Kumming Airlines
Okay Airways
Eastar Jet
Royal Air Maroc
9 Air
Comair
MIAT Mongolian Airlines
Garuda Indonesia
Norwegian Air Shuttle
Turkish Airlines
Iceland Air
Aeromexico
Cayman Airways
Jet Airways
LOT Polish Airlines

 

 

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Deteriorating situation in Venezuela – US withdraws remaining personnel

State Dept announces withdrawal of all remaining personnel from US Embassy Venezuela due to deteriorating situation in country. AlertsUSA monitoring.



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This late announcement was made by SecState Pompeo a short time ago.


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US to withdraw all remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela


U.S. To Pull Diplomats Out Of Embassy In Venezuela

The country has been beset by a major power outage in recent days, and drivers wait in line for hours at the few gas stations that are still operational.

Some neighborhoods have no functioning water pumps, the majority of the country’s Internet network remained offline.

For his part, Maduro said the outage was an “electric coup” carried out by “criminal minds” in the U.S., CNN reported. “The imperialist government of the United States ordered this attack,” he said.

Other reading:

Venezuelan breaking off relations with the US. American diplomatic personnel have 72 hours to leave.

In Venezuela, a Box of Pasta Can Cost $300 — And That’s Not Even the Worst of It

Stockpiling of Food Banned in Venezuela

Venezuela Enforces Fingerprint Registry to Buy Groceries: What to Do Before Rationing Starts in America

This Is What Food Shortages Look Like

Fingerprint Scans Required to buy Groceries

Argentine president battles inflation by launching government clothing line

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Indian AF jet down in conflict with Pakistan

Pak AF jets have entered Indian airspace. At least one Indian AF jet down, killing two pilots. Large mil force movement on both sides of border. Monitoring..

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Air combat engagements growing over Indo-Pak border. Pak Ministry of Defense claims 2 Indian AF jets down. India claims at least 1 Pak F-16 also shot down.

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India airstrikes in Pakistan

AlertsUSA is monitoring events in S. Asia. The Indian Air Force has carried out strikes in Pakistan territory. Tensions are high between the two nuclear powers.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi warns that India has committed aggression by violating the LoC & country is prepared and has the right to respond to attack.

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India and Pakistan, both modern nuclear powers, have gone to war in 1947, 1965, 1971 and 1999, along with numerous military operations other than war (MOOTW), skirmishes and standoffs. Control of Kashmir has been the principle cause of all major conflicts between the two countries, with the exception of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
A short time ago, the Indian Air Force crossed the Line of Control (LoC) by several miles within Pakistani-administered Kashmir and dropped ordnance. The action comes following a suicide bombing attack on an Indian security convoy in Pulwama, in Indian-administered Kashmir. If reports are accurate, this will be the first time since the 1971 that the Indian Air Force has crossed the LoC.

This is a dangerous situation. Many defense experts speculate that the next war between India and Pakistan will be with a nuclear backdrop.

AlertsUSA is monitoring the situation and will provide additional alerts as events warrant.

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Venezuelan breaking off relations with the US. American diplomatic personnel have 72 hours to leave.

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro says he is breaking off relations with the US. American diplomatic personnel have 72 hours to leave the country.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he was breaking diplomatic relations with the United States, after the Trump administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the South American country’s interim president.

Speaking to supporters outside the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, socialist leader Maduro said he would give U.S. diplomatic personnel 72 hours to leave Venezuela, which is suffering from a hyperinflationary economic collapse.

Earlier Wednesday, the Trump administration ratcheted up pressure on Maduro on Wednesday, announcing U.S. recognition of Guaido as interim president and signaling potential new sanctions against its vital oil sector.

With street protests against Maduro underway across Venezuela, Trump said the United States recognized Guaido, head of the opposition-controlled Congress, as the country’s leader and called socialist Maduro’s government “illegitimate.”

“I will continue to use the full weight of United States economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy,” Trump said in a statement, encouraging other governments in the Western Hemisphere to also recognize Guaido.

The administration had been waiting to issue its announcement after Guaido had been sworn in as the country’s temporary president on Wednesday, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Venezuelan opposition sympathizers had been urging Guaido to assume the presidency since Maduro was inaugurated to a second term on Jan. 10 following a widely boycotted election last year that the United States and many other foreign governments described as a fraudulent.

Guaido, a newcomer on the national scene who was elected to head Congress on Jan. 5, had said earlier he was willing to replace Maduro if he had the support of the military, with the aim of then calling for free elections.

U.S. officials in recent days had stated openly that Maduro no longer had a legitimate claim on power.

This story is developing.


Venezuela has been the example of what can happen to a country and the actions governments can take when things get bad.


Check out these other posts for more info:

2018

Venezuelans regret gun ban, ‘a declaration of war against an unarmed population’

2018 August – Venezuela slashes five zeros from its old currency, renaming it the Sovereign Bolivar and tying it to a state-backed cryptocurrency in a bid to tackle rampant hyperinflation.

The UN warns of a migration “crisis”, estimating that economic woes and food and medical shortages have caused more than two million Venezuelans to leave their country since 2014. Most are settling in nearby Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil, leading to tensions in the region.

2016 February – President Maduro announces measures aimed at fighting economic crisis, including currency devaluation and first petrol price rise in 20 years.


2016 September – Hundreds of thousands of people take part in a protest in Caracas calling for the removal of President Maduro, accusing him of responsibility for the economic crisis.

2016

In Venezuela, a Box of Pasta Can Cost $300 — And That’s Not Even the Worst of It

2015

Stockpiling of Food Banned in Venezuela

2014

Venezuela Enforces Fingerprint Registry to Buy Groceries: What to Do Before Rationing Starts in America

2014 February-March – Protests over poor security in the western states of Tachira and Merida spread to Caracas, where they win the backing of opposition parties and turn into anti-government rallies. The government accuses the opposition of seeking to launch a coup and breaks up the protests. At least 28 people die in the violence.


2013 September – A massive power cut leaves 70% of Venezuela, including parts of Caracas, without electricity. President Maduro blames “right-wing saboteurs”.


2013 November – With inflation running at more than 50% a year, the National Assembly gives President Maduro emergency powers for a year, prompting protests by opposition supporters. Mr Maduro uses the powers to limit profit margins.


2013 December – The ruling Socialist Party and allies win local elections by a margin of 10% in a poll widely seen as a test of the government’s handling of the continuing economic crisis.

2012

Venezuela bans private gun ownership

Venezuela profile – Timeline

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Alert – Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital on lockdown – 11/13/2018

Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital placed on lockdown for possible active shooter.


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Church Praise Teams and Security Teams

For many people, church is a haven, a safe place — often considered a second home full of brothers and sisters in Christ. It’s not the kind of environment in which you’d naturally think about firearms and self-defense. Perhaps that’s one reason evildoers choose to target churchgoers. Church should be a place of rest and worship, of renewal and peace. An environment of sharing words of scripture and singing hymns of faith doesn’t seem to fit with counter-assault tactics and firearms training. Of course, it doesn’t seem to fit with mass shootings either. Yet because violence can be anywhere and at any time, protecting houses of worship has become an important topic of discussion.

I have spent a lot of time in churches — from attending services and enjoying special presentations to listening to my father speak or even having the opportunity to perform. While I have read countless stories of martyrs and heard plenty of atrocities regarding countries that punish or even kill Christians, I never really considered those dangers as I slid into a pew with my family to soak up God’s Word. I assume that many other congregants have felt similarly … if not more strongly. In fact, according to a 2012 poll by the Public Religion Research Institute, approximately 75 percent of Americans were not in favor of guns in churches and places of worship. And, unfortunately, Religion News Service reported that “many denominations, from Lutherans to Methodists to Roman Catholics, either in the wake of Sutherland Springs or well before, have taken a stance on the issue, condemning gun violence and advocating for greater gun control.”

The problem is, even though a church should never be a place of violence, that doesn’t stop violent people from doing harm there. In fact, that’s a bit like saying gun-free zones keep killers with guns away. That simply doesn’t happen. We see the complete opposite; these gun-free zones and places that are traditionally (or stereotypically) absent of firearms are often targeted by criminals. It has been reported that as soft targets, “Places like public libraries, malls and movie theaters, as well as houses of worship, provide access to anyone who wishes to enter. This welcoming environment makes churches, synagogues and mosques particularly vulnerable to attack.”

So what can we do to protect churchgoers? Every person has the inherent right to protect himself or herself from harm … and that doesn’t change the moment you walk through the sanctuary doors. In fact, isn’t that exactly what criminals look for? The vulnerable? The trusting? The unprotected? You shouldn’t be rendered defenseless in any situation. Even though Christians may be instructed to love our enemies, we have never had the expectation or the obligation to be victims.

No doubt, in uncertain times like these, believers in God will turn to prayer for direction and for protection. But that doesn’t mean the church should stop there. It’s a situation in which the phrase “fail to plan, plan to fail” comes to mind. Since no one wants panicked people showing up in large groups with firearms they don’t know how to use, it’s imperative that leaders address the possibilities and the procedures. Churches can certainly employ armed security guards to keep the congregation safe. But planning and training are just as important for pastors, elders, deacons and church members. Nowadays, we should realize and accept that a security team should be just as commonplace in the church as a praise team.

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Free Homesteading, Cooking, Prepper, Survival eBooks & PDF’s for 10-31-18

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