Workers dangle from ropes to clean Skywalk glass PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 March 2014 06:51

PEACH SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) — Workers from a Phoenix-based company had an awe-inspiring view as they dangled from ropes to clean the glass at the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

The more than 40 panes of glass underneath the horseshoe-shaped bridge aren't easily accessible. Technicians from Abseilon USA had to hook up a series of ropes before polishing the underside Tuesday.

The structure juts out 70 feet from the edge of the Grand Canyon, offering visitors a view of the Colorado River 4,000 feet below.

Abseilon USA Vice President Kenneth Piposar says the company's work also has included rappelling down into the Grand Canyon to retrieve water bottles, hats and other trash.

The Skywalk is at the west end of the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai (WAHL'-uh-peye) reservation, outside the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park.

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Disasters led to $45B in insurance losses in 2013 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 March 2014 06:43

GENEVA (AP) — A leading Swiss firm says insurance claims paid out because of natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2013 totaled $45 billion globally, much of it due to floods in Europe and Typhoon Haiyan in Asia.

Zurich-based Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd., known as Swiss Re, says the tab covered by insurance companies represents only about a third of the $140 billion in economic losses, not to mention 26,000 lives lost, from 308 catastrophes worldwide last year.

Swiss Re said Wednesday the single biggest humanitarian catastrophe was Typhoon Haiyan, which left 7,500 people dead or missing and caused $12.5 billion in damage to the Philippines and Vietnam.

The most expensive natural disaster, it said, was the $16.5 billion in flood damage across Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.

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Social painting grows popular at bars, art studios PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 06:48

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Fox and Hound pub in downtown Philadelphia boasts all the fixings of a standard sports bar: huge TVs, numerous beers on draft and a menu filled with burgers, wings and nachos.

So what are all the easels and canvases for?

Welcome to Paint Nite, an opportunity to tap your inner van Gogh. Just order a drink, put on a smock and lighten up a bit as a friendly instructor takes you step-by-step through the brush strokes of a landscape, still life or skyline.

But be sure to reserve your spot ahead of time. The two-hour event, like more than a dozen others held weekly in Philadelphia, often sells out.

The experience known as social painting is seeing explosive growth in cities across the country as people seek to imbibe and relax while rediscovering their creative side.

"It's been crazy," said Laura Romaine, assistant manager of Painting with a Twist, another paint-and-sip business in the city. "They're like banging down the door to come in here and paint."

GE Aviation to build 200-job Indiana engine plant PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 March 2014 06:23

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — GE Aviation plans to invest $92 million and create 200 jobs at a jet engine manufacturing plant in Lafayette, a report Tuesday said.

The plant, the company's first in Indiana, will build the next-generation LEAP engine, which GE Aviation already has 6,000 orders for, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported ( ).

The jobs will pay an average of $36 per hour, or about $75,000 per year. The state is providing $3.3 million in tax credits, an industrial development grant of up to $1.35 million and $332,000 in training grants, the report said.

The board of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. discussed the company's plans during a meeting Tuesday. Board member Robert Taylor told the newspaper the investment was an "early phase of what could be more to come."

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