If election night didn’t offer up enough political drama, now you can follow another race involving Stephen Harper.
An online petition is gathering steam, calling on the Calgary International Airport to be renamed after the soon-to-be-former prime minister.
But a rival petition has garnered, to date, even more support — this one calling for the airport to not be renamed after Harper.
Who will win? Time will tell.
Does it matter? Probably not.
The petitions are, of course, completely non-binding and, even as an expression of public sentiment, they’re somewhat dubious.
Among the names on the pro-Harper side, for example, is one person who signed as “Stephen Harper.”
Others have signed the pro-Harper petition but added virulently anti-Harper messages.
Many of the supporters on both sides are also anonymous.
“Harper was a great Prime Minister!” wrote “Name not displayed, AB.”
A signatory to the anti-Harper petition, meanwhile, suggested a slightly different moniker — and acronym — should the re-naming go ahead.
“Stephen Harper International Terminal,” wrote “Name not displayed, ON.”
Twitter, of course, had a field day with the whole thing.
The #HarperAirport was trending in Calgary and across Canada.
Prevent Renaming the Calgary International Airport
Potsdam. Further breakdown of the capital airport: After the building due to heavy Smoke removal fans need to be on the site also have 600 fire walls to be renewed.
“We have a good number of walls, the as fire barriers are defined, but not were built,” said Airport Karsten Mühlenfeld in Flughafenausschuss of the Brandenburg state Parliament. Therefore would need around 600 walls were torn down and rebuilt, because unauthorised copies of the porous stones were used.
The Airport expects because of the glitches with a Bauverzögerung of three to four months at BER in Schönefeld. The scheduled construction completion by March 2016 would therefore be to not hold any more, said Mühlenfeld. “We have, but still potential for the technical commissioning, so that we have the opportunity, in the second half of 2017.”
One of the uckermärkischen CDU member of the Bundestag Jens Koeppen into the conversation brought new building of the Airport rejects the Brandenburg state government. “What is striking here from the political side it is argued, does not help,” said the submitted to the airport coordinator of the Federal state government, Rainer Bretschneider. “It increases the timing issues and it increases the cost problems.”
Koeppen had in a newspaper interview, said: “If we really get stuck, you have the building either remove the seeds – that is to say: the concrete and leave the inside to make all things new – or you can build one really new.”
A demolition and new construction would take at least five to seven years, explained Bretschneider, the Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the airport company. Would be added to a new planning approval, against the in two instances to be processed, could be.
“I accept that the citizens and our politicians are slowly getting fed up of the bad news,” said Bretschneider. “But I ask also that we are once again properly Express and come to solutions.” Mühlenfeld hit the same score. “Discuss, you can only do that if you believe, you may still be ten years with Tegel and Schönefeld-Old life.”
Also, the CDU Chairman of the airport Committee, Rainer Genilke, turned against his party friend Koeppen. “We have since in Schönefeld six billion euros in fixed assets,” said Genilke the German press Agency. “We now concentrate on the fact that we there is a working and quickly Start walking the airport first.” In addition, should the Airport be rapidly expanded. “It is, and remains, an airport, the provisionals, because of the constant increase in passenger figures in terms of design never been taken into account,” noted Genilke.
Cape Town – The landing of a Beechcraft King Air 200 aircraft on the Island of St Helen has signaled the end of an era.
St Helena Island Tourism has confirmed that the historic flight landed at 13:50 GMT at St Helena’s new Airport on Tuesday 15 September.
The plane from South African TAB Charters took off on Monday, making its way to Ondangwa, Namibia, then onwards to Namibé on the Angolan coast – performing a series of calibration flights before making the epic first landing at Prosperous Bay airport.
Stepping out of the aircraft, Captain Grant Brighton said, “It feels fantastic and we’re privileged to have flown the first plane to land on St Helena and to be part of your wonderful project.
“The trip over was good. It was interesting landing here, a bit windy on the threshold but a terrific runway, surface, Airport and facility.”
Watching the landing – together with numerous residents at various vantage points – Councillor Lawson Henry said, “First of all this is quite emotional – we’ve waited so long for this moment and it has finally happened. This is history in the making and we’re a part of it.”
The government of Saint Helena announced in March that it was in negotiations with Comair to fly once a week from Johannesburg to the new airport due to be fully operation by February 2016. The flight on the 138-seat Boeing 737 will take four and half hours – in stark contrast to the five days it currently takes on an irregular boat service from Cape Town.
Greeting the crew on the Airport Apron, Governor Mark Capes said, “Today we witnessed an event that will feature prominently in the history of this Island. For the Airport project another important piece of the jigsaw has slotted firmly into place.
“When we launched this work almost four years ago, such were the many obstacles to overcome that there were those who doubted that it would succeed and yet, behold, a plane has landed at St Helena Airport.”
The island has been served by the world’s last regular mail ship and by cargo ships that sometimes anchor there, but the journey took a week from Cape Town and meant that “Saints” have not had regular contact with their relatives in SA, many of whom live in Pietermaritzburg.
The island’s isolation made it a perfect prison, and Britain sent Napoleon Bonaparte there after his defeat in the early 1800s, as well as thousands of captives from the Boer War, and Zulu King Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo.
Hundreds of the island’s 5 000 inhabitants were reportedly at the airport to witness the end to the island’s lost-in-time isolation.