No Southwest, no problem at Dayton airport

Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 8:12 AM

Airfare at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport has also decreased. FILE
Airfare at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport has also decreased. FILE

With construction underway at its terminal and passenger traffic increasing with its largest airlines, the Dayton International Airport is looking for a comeback in 2018.

Despite losing service from Southwest Airlines last year, the Dayton airport kicked off 2018 strong with steady passenger traffic in the first month of the year. Traffic dipped only slightly compared to the same time last year with 70,361 enplanements in January. That compares to about 70,690 in January 2017, when Southwest still had daily flights from the airport.

The 0.5 percent decrease in traffic year over year was seen as a positive by airport officials. The loss of Southwest was made up by big gains in passengers using three of the legacy carriers that serve the airport: American, Delta and United. Each of those airlines increased passenger traffic in January compared to the same month in 2017 — big increases in the case of two of them.

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Additional flights and larger aircraft made up for the deficit caused by Southwest’s departure from the airport last summer — a strategic plan put in motion by airport officials last year. In January 2017, Southwest served 6,901 passengers.

Terry Slaybaugh, director of the Dayton airport, told the Dayton Daily News the airport expects to see an increase in seat capacity offered by airlines like American Airlines, United Airlines and Allegiant Air.

More seats mean increased competition and, eventually, lower average fares, Slaybaugh said. More flight accommodations to markets across the country is critical for growing and retaining local businesses.

““I’m optimistic about [2018], we’ve got a lot going on,” Slaybaugh said in a previous interview.

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The growth by larger carriers comes as United prepares to add a new nonstop flight from Dayton to Houston. Dayton was one of eight cities chosen by United for the nonstop routes, according to the city. The new flights will begin June 7.

The addition of Houston will be the 17th nonstop destination from the Dayton airport.

Columbus International Airport scrambled to make up traffic after Frontier Airlines dropped flights to Las Vegas and cut back flights to Denver from Columbus. The airport saw just a 1.7 percent for the month, with 530,032 passengers using the John Glenn Airport. Frontier had a 26.3 percent drop year over year in Columbus.

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Meanwhile, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. CVG continued its air service growth in January, with a 17 percent increase in total enplanements year over year, the airport announced.

The airport served 7.8 million passengers in 2017, a 16 percent increase compared to 2016. Airport officials said the hub won’t slow down this year, introducing service by Icelandic low-cost carrier WOW air. International service begins in early May with flights to Keflavik Airport in Reykjavik, Iceland.

“The response from local travelers for WOW air’s low-cost international service has been extremely positive, and we appreciate WOW air adding a fifth frequency this summer to accommodate the strong demand,” said Candace McGraw, chief executive officer, CVG.

Other new flights include Allegiant’s nonstop service to Charleston, S.C., and Sarasota, Fla., starting in April. Frontier Airlines and Southwest are also adding new nonstop service to various cities this year.

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Recalls: Ladders and scarves 

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:35 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:30 PM

images: cpsc.gov
images: cpsc.gov

Dangerous ladders and women’s scarves are on this week’s list of recalled products from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

image: cpsc.gov

One person has reportedly been hurt in a fall from a broken Werner Multipurpose Telescoping Aluminum ladder. 

There are five models with the following model numbers, date codes, and sizes, under recall: 

Date codes: 121744XX or 011844XX

  • MT-IAA-13A -13 feet
  • MT-IAA-17A- 17 feet
  • MT-IAA-22A -22 feet
  • MT-IAA-26- 26 feet
  • MT-IAA-26A-26 feet

The ladders were sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s stores between April 2018 and May 2018. 

Don’t use a recalled ladder and contact Werner at 888-523-3370 or return it to the store to receive a full refund. 

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Butterfly print women’s scarves by Yangtze are under recall because they do not meet flammability standards.

No injuries have been reported but don’t wear the recalled 100 percent silk scarves which were sold under the name “Long Georgette Silk Scarf Butterfly Print” exclusively at amazon.com

 

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The scarves are approximately 67 x 22 inches and were sold in 11 colors from January 2017 through April 2018. 

Contact Yangtze Store at 877-861-1539 for a full refund. 

For more information on these and previous recalls visit www.cpsc.gov.

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Good Samaritan Hospital closing day set

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 2:57 PM

FILE
FILE

Good Samaritan Hospital will close 12:01 a.m. July 23.

Premier Health, which operates the hospital, shared the closing date late Friday afternoon.

Premier announced earlier this year that it would shut down Good Samaritan Hospital, moving 1,600 jobs out of northwest Dayton.

The Dayton-based health system had previously said it would close Good Samaritan no later than Aug. 29 but hadn’t set a specific date.

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The announcement has received some community backlash over the loss of the anchor institution, and a group of clergy in May filed a federal complaint saying the closure is a civil rights violation of black residents now served by the hospital.

Good Samaritan is the closest hospital for 38,600 people — 75 percent of them African American, according to a study of travel times by the Kirwan Institute at Ohio State University, the complaint stated. The complaint also states that the loss of the hospital will harm women through the loss of maternal health care in an area with high rates of infant mortality.

Premier leaders have said the closure was a difficult but necessary decision to reduce unnecessary duplication of services, pointing to the high number of empty beds and the high cost of maintaining an inefficient and out-of-date facility when Premier has another hospital in the city, Miami Valley.

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With hospital stays on the decline and health care shifting to outpatient centers, the need for large hospitals has declined, Premier officials have said. The hospital will be torn down, and Premier also plans to give $10 million toward redeveloping the site.

The hospital has already started winding down operations, and the emergency department will close at noon on July 19. The closing time was previously reported as 11:59 p.m. July 19 but the time has since changed. 

Obstetrics and gynecology was the first major health service to move out, and was transferred in April to Miami Valley Hospital.

The satellite locations – including Good Samaritan Health Center North in Englewood and Good Samaritan Health Center Huber Heights – will stay open but will be renamed Miami Valley to reflect the new main hospital they will be under.

The hospital dates back to 1928 when the Sisters of Charity and the community raised money to start construction on a new hospital in Dayton and has since been added on to many times.

Premier, with $1.7 billion in revenue, is the region’s largest private employer. Besides Good Samaritan, the health system operates Miami Valley Hospital, Atrium Medical Center, Upper Valley Medical Center, as well as a large network of physicians.

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Teradata sues German tech giant

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:21 PM

Teradata plans to move its headquarters in Maimi Township to San Diego were revealed in government filings earlier this month. More than 300 employees work at the Austin Landing location and could be gone be the end of 2018. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Teradata plans to move its headquarters in Maimi Township to San Diego were revealed in government filings earlier this month. More than 300 employees work at the Austin Landing location and could be gone be the end of 2018. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Teradata, a data and analytics company with a Dayton-area presence, this week sued SAP SE, SAP America, Inc. and SAP Labs, LLC (collectively known as “SAP”) in federal court for allegedly stealing Teradata’s intellectual property.

The action claims “trade secret misappropriation, copyright infringement and antitrust violations,” on SAP’s part, Teradata said in an announcement on the lawsuit.

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SAP, a German technology giant, released a statement saying the lawsuit “surprised” it.

Teradata — which in recent weeks announced that it is closing its Miami Twp. offices by year’s end — charges that SAP has engaged in “a decade-long campaign of anti-competitive behavior, to the detriment of the parties’ customers and Teradata alike.”

Teradata said SAP “lured” it into a “purported” joint venture to gain access to Teradata’s intellectual property.

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“SAP’s purpose for the joint venture was to steal Teradata’s trade secrets, developed over the course of four decades, and use them to quickly develop and introduce a competing though inferior product, SAP HANA,” Teradata said in its statement. “Upon release of SAP HANA, SAP promptly terminated the joint venture, and SAP is now attempting to coerce its customers into using HANA only, to the exclusion of Teradata.”

Teradata seeks an injunction barring SAP’s conduct, monetary damages and other relief the court may see fit to grant.

Reuters news service has reported that Teradata’s lawsuit draws on allegations by a “whistle-blower” whom Reuters said has been identified as former internal SAP auditor Thomas Waldbaum.

In a statement, SAP said it was “surprised” to learn of the complaint.

“Although SAP generally does not comment on pending litigation, SAP may issue a statement, if appropriate, after it has had an opportunity to review the complaint,” the company said.

Earlier this month, Teradata said it was moving functions from its offices in Miami Twp.’s Austin Landing, affecting 267 of 306 Dayton-area jobs.

Teradata is offering 39 Dayton-area employees a chance to continue working in the Miami Valley. The company will also offer 202 Dayton-area employees a chance to move to other company locations.

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Good Samaritan North to get new name

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 11:38 AM


            A groundbreaking ceremony was held in 2014 for the new Good Samaritan Hospital North Emergency Center in Englewood. LISA POWELL / STAFF
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in 2014 for the new Good Samaritan Hospital North Emergency Center in Englewood. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Good Samaritan North Health Center will be renamed Miami Valley Hospital North.

The Englewood health center and other sites with the Good Samaritan moniker will change names on July 23 to Miami Valley Hospital.

With the Good Samaritan Hospital’s main campus in Dayton set to close this year, the names are switching to reflect the the main hospital the branch locations are under.

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The center that will soon be called Miami Valley Hospital North is adding 46 inpatient beds. The site is also adding joint and spine care and a cardiac catheterization lab to open this fall.

“In addition to all the services currently offered at Good Samaritan North Health Center, a more comprehensive array of services will be offered at Miami Valley Hospital North,” Mike Maiberger, president of Miami Valley Hospital, said in a statement.

The center now has about 140 physicians and services like an ER, imaging and diagnostics, physical therapy and rehabilitation services, breast center, cancer center, sports medicine and an outpatient ambulatory surgery center.

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Premier Health announced earlier this year that it would close down Good Samaritan Hospital, moving 1,600 jobs out of northwest Dayton.

The announcement has received some community backlash over the loss of the anchor institution, and a group of clergy in May filed a federal complaint saying the closure is a civil rights violation.

Premier leaders have said the closure was a difficult but necessary decision to reduce unnecessary duplication of services, pointing to the high number of empty beds and the high cost of maintaining an inefficient and out-of-date facility when Premier has another hospital in the city, Miami Valley.

The hospital has already started winding down operations, and the emergency department will close 11:59 p.m. on July 19. The hospital will close 12:01 a.m. July 23.

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