Although Gulfstream executives aren’t talking, most everyone else in business aviation is buzzing about the anticipated debut of the company’s newest large-cabin design, rumored to replace the G450 and give Dassault’s Falcon 5X — unveiled last October — a run for its money.
“We know what we are going to do next, but we haven’t announced what we are going to do next,” Gulfstream president Larry Flynn, told Flightglobal during a recent media flight on a G550.
However, since Flightglobal, an international media company dedicated to the aviation and aerospace industry, first mentioned P42 four years ago, references to the project have continued to pop up on websites around the world.
For example, a flight control engineer for Parker Aerospace, which developed the G650’s “fly by wire” systems, recently listed the Gulfstream P42 project on a LinkedIn resume. Another employee with a different supplier also touted work on the “Gulfstream P42 (-1, -2, -3),” insinuating that the company could have as many as three different versions in development.
Speculation heated up earlier this month when, on July 4, UK-based Corporate Jet Investor posted a story with the headline “Gulfstream discounts G550 prices as it prepares for P42 launch.”
[T]he Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition ($70,000), a bewitching bit of track-day excess that is spearheading Alfa Romeo’s return to North America this summer after two decades.
Alfa Romeo? I know, I know. It’s hard to trust again. But imagine, just hypothetically, a midengine, carbon-chassis Italian exotic in your driveway, 445 pounds lighter than a Porsche Cayman S, with turbo boost out the wazoo, with huge, taste-the-bile Brembo brakes, and styling known to cause spontaneous nudity. For between $55,000 and $70,000. Can I tempt you to hear more?
What relevance any of this has to do with the return of Alfa Romeo to the U.S., I'm still not clear. Alfa Romeo recently announced a five-year megaplan that targets global sales of 400,000 by 2018, with eight new vehicles and more than five times 2013 volume. The big picture calls for an expeditious transition to rear-drive or all-wheel-drive architectures and 50-50 weight distribution. Alfa wants to be the Italian Audi.
What happens when Turin's supply of nitrous oxide and antidepressants runs out, no one knows.
In one episode last month, at least 62 C.D.C. employees may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria after potentially infectious samples were sent to laboratories unequipped to handle them. Employees not wearing protective gear worked with bacteria that were supposed to have been killed but may not have been. All were offered a vaccine and antibiotics, and the agency said it believed no one was in danger.
In a second accident, disclosed Friday, a C.D.C. lab accidentally contaminated a relatively benign flu sample with a dangerous H5N1 bird flu strain that has killed 386 people since 2003. Fortunately, a United States Agriculture Department laboratory realized that the strain was more dangerous than expected and alerted the C.D.C.
In addition to those mistakes, Dr. Frieden also announced Friday that two of six vials of smallpox recently found stored in a National Institutes of Health laboratory since 1954 contained live virus capable of infecting people.
All the samples will be destroyed as soon as the genomes of the virus in them can be sequenced. The N.I.H. will scour its freezers and storerooms for other dangerous material, he said.
“These events revealed totally unacceptable behavior,” Dr. Frieden said. “They should never have happened. I’m upset, I’m angry, I’ve lost sleep over this, and I’m working on it until the issue is resolved.”
As many as 75 scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria after potentially infectious samples were sent to laboratories unequipped to handle dangerous pathogens, a spokesman for the federal health agency said Thursday.
The agency was testing a new way to kill anthrax, which it discovered did not work as well as expected.
None of the potentially infected scientists have any symptoms, but a number of them are being treated with antibiotics “out of an abundance of caution,” the spokesman, Thomas Skinner, said.
The lapse occurred sometime between June 6 and June 13. Workers in three labs who were not wearing protective gear moved and experimented with samples of the highly infectious bacteria that were supposed to have been deactivated, the agency said.
It added in a statement that procedures used in two of those laboratories in Atlanta, where the C.D.C. is based, may have “aerosolized the spores,” essentially blowing the bacteria into the air. The exposure was discovered June 13, when the bacterial plates were collected for disposal and live B. anthracis colonies, or anthrax bacteria, were found.
“The likelihood that anyone was actually exposed is very small,” Mr. Skinner said.
MARIETTA — This November, the county will begin a decade-long process of repaying each city portions of their taxes that have funded duplicated services.
Taxpayers fund duplicated services when their county taxes pay for services that their city taxes already provide.
The Cobb Board of Commissioners approved an agreement this week to dole out $50 million to Cobb’s six cities over the next 10 years.
While Chairman Tim Lee said commissioners and mayors spent almost three years hammering out an initial agreement ten years ago, he said the process this time around was completed in a series of meetings over the past six months.
“They were starting from scratch for an agreement to work off of, and there was disagreement at that time over what duplication of services cost,” Lee said of the previous agreement.
The plan passed this week worked off of what commissioners agreed upon under then-Chairman Sam Olens, adjusting the amount of money cities would receive for factors such as a cost of living increase, said county finance director Jim Pehrson.
Enough of the gamesmanship by Cobb Chairman Tim Lee in trying to get his bus rapid transit project included in the proposed special purpose local option sales tax referendum to be voted on in November.
Lee could find no support from fellow commissioners for putting his initial $100 million BRT line item in the “Tier 1” SPLOST list. So he has downsized the figure to $72.5 million and moved the BRT to the “Tier 2” list, which would be funded only if tax collections exceed the current $750 million estimate.
The chairman’s dream is a bus rapid transit line along the Cobb Parkway corridor from Acworth south to the Midtown MARTA station.
If he can get the local funding through the SPLOST, he would count on raising $300 million more in grants from other sources including federal funds to build the BRT — which would need still more millions each year in operating costs. Transit lines of whatever stripe need tax money to survive and do little if anything to relieve congestion. On top of that, there’s no groundswell of ridership support, and Cobb voters overwhelmingly rejected the similar “premium bus line” in the ill-fated T-SPLOST referendum two years ago.
The proper course for the sitting commission is to: (1) remove the BRT proposal from any “tier” of the SPLOST and submit the question to the voters in a separate referendum if that’s the will of the commission, (2) have the projected SPLOST collections re-estimated with the Braves projects included, and (3) spell out what projects would be funded from any excess taxes collected.
It will end the gamesmanship and demonstrate the stewardship this commission owes to the citizens of Cobb County.
The Marietta Daily Journal – Councilman Goldstein issues formal dissent calls crime reduction ordinance unconstitutional
MARIETTA — Councilman Philip Goldstein attacked an ordinance meant to reduce crime in apartment complexes once again, saying it was unconstitutional in a formal dissent he filed at Wednesday’s City Council meeting.
Mayor Steve Tumlin immediately vetoed Goldstein’s dissent of the ordinance, which was proposed by Marietta police and asks apartment complex owners to enroll in a crime reduction program if the crime rate on their property is higher than the city average.
The ordinance passed with a 6-1 vote in June, with Goldstein opposed.
Tumlin said his veto Wednesday was the only way he could get his opinion in opposition of Goldstein’s dissent on the public record.
Goldstein said his actions were a “legislative” matter allowing him to put his opposition of the ordinance, which is now part of the city’s code, on the record. Tumlin’s response, Goldstein said after the meeting, “was not unexpected.”
The dissent filed by Goldstein and the veto filed by the mayor do nothing but make their opinions a part of the public record, Tumlin said.
Tumlin sourced city attorney Doug Haynie’s argument against Goldstein for his veto.
MARIETTA — The City Council voted 6-1 Wednesday night, with Philip Goldstein opposed, to approve a potential list of projects to be funded by the 2016 special purpose local option sales tax voters will have a chance to approve in Nov. 4.
The list, which totals about $57 million, includes several road maintenance projects.
Mayor Steve Tumlin said the SPLOST is the only source of funding the city receives that can be used toward transportation projects.
“Money for maintenance and the support for getting rid of potholes used to come from the state, but now the SPLOST basically took that over,” Tumlin said.
MARIETTA — County Chairman Tim Lee’s bus rapid transit proposal was on the minds of a number of residents who turned out for a meeting hosted by Commissioner JoAnn Birrell on Wednesday.
The meeting was intended to inform voters about projects that may be funded by a potential 1 percent special purpose local option sales tax.
About 100 people attended the event at the East Cobb Senior Center off Sandy Plains Road.
Birrell was quizzed by Ron Sifen of Vinings, president of the Cobb County Civic Coalition, and Tricia Clements, the group’s secretary.
Sifen mentioned Lee’s announcement he had moved a $100 million earmark for bus rapid transit from the “Tier 1” SPLOST list to “Tier 2,” meaning the project would only be funded if tax collections exceed projections.
The initial draft list included a $100 million line item for Lee’s proposed half billion BRT project. The amount was revised to $78 million before Lee moved the BRT down to “Tier 2,” where the earmark for the transit line now stands at $72.5 million, according to county spokesman Robert Quigley.
Sifen said he predicted Lee would make this decision because the existing SPLOST, which expires in December 2015, is exceeding projections.
“This SPLOST is going to collect close to $100 million more than the $750 million that they’re claiming it’s going to raise,” Sifen said.
He suggested Lee knows it, too, which is why Lee moved his BRT proposal into the Tier 2 list.
“All of a sudden, the $100 million magically appears for Tier 2,” Sifen said.
MARIETTA — Juanita Stedman says experience on both sides of the bench has given her the knowledge to preside over Cobb’s Superior Court with more skill than her runoff opponent.
“I’m the only one of the two of us who has judicial experience,” Stedman said. “I’m the only one of the two of us who has done any civil work.”
Stedman has spent the past seven weeks squaring off against Ann Harris, a senior assistant district attorney, in the final leg of the race to fill retiring Judge Jim Bodiford’s seat on the Superior Court. Bodiford has spent five terms on Cobb’s bench since winning election in 1994.
Stedman touted her nearly 14 years as a judge as one of the biggest reasons she feels she would make the best addition to the court’s ten-person bench.