Aircalin inks first Airbus A330neo order in Oceania market

first_imgThe toe-to-toe battle for aircraft sales in the Pacific region continues with Airbus registering a win on Tuesday with a maiden A330neo deal in the Oceania market.New Caledonian carrier Aircalin signed an agreement for two A320neos and two A330-900 aircraft at a ceremony in the French territory but has yet to reveal details about engines or cabin configuration.The narrow bodies will be deployed on existing regional routes such as Australia and New Zealand, while the A330neos will boost services to Japan as well as potentially open new routes to destinations such as China.Airbus touts the A330neo as the most cost-efficient aircraft in its size category,  offering a 14 per cent reduction in fuel burn,  a longer non-stop flying range of up to 4000 nautical miles and the lowest maintenance costs of any aircraft.It hopes other airlines will take note of the Aircalin decision.“They may only be a small airline but I think they’re well known for being very well run, very dependable and all of that,’’ Airbus executive vice president Europe, Africa and the Pacific Christopher Buckley told AirlineRatings from Noumea. “Hopefully it will lead to a few other A330neos elsewhere …  so it’s an important one for us.’’Although not the biggest of markets,  Oceania —  which includes Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands —  is still forecast to require more than 1000 new aircraft over the next 20 years worth $US160 billion.  Passenger traffic in the region is expected to grow at a respectable clip of  4.7 per cent per year.Both major manufacturers are counting coup wherever they can and Buckley conceded competition was  tough.Boeing announced last week that Fiji Airways had inked a deal to replace five Boeing 737s with  five B737 MAX’s to be used on the carrier’s short- and medium- haul network to destinations such as Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu. The first two of the five brand new B737 MAX 8 aircraft will arrive in 2018 with the others coming a year later.Fiji Airways chief executive Andre Viljoen said the decision had been made after “an extremely exhaustive procurement and selection process’’ that highlighted improved operating economics and product enhancements as compelling reasons for the decision.It was a similar story at Aircalin on Tuesday as chief executive Didier Tappero outlined the reasons for sticking with Airbus.“As part of our plan to boost tourism to New Caledonia, Aircalin has made a strategic decision to renew its complete fleet with the A320neo and the A330neo to grow routes and connect New Caledonia to the region,” Tappero said. “The neo aircraft,  with its state-of-the-art technology,  will burn less fuel, lower our operational costs and offer our loyal passengers the highest standards in cabin comfort.”Buckley argues his US rival  is competing even more aggressively because it needed to  fill  737 MAX production slots as it continues to ramp up the rate at its Seattle factory. But he said  Airbus was  still ahead.He cited one Airbus advantage as the flexibility provided by the bigger A321neo, a plane taken by Air New Zealand and which gives the A320 family a variety of ranges and capacities. He also believed the A320 family  was best for the passengers and had superior economics.“We never underestimate the competition out there,’’ he said. “We just have to make sure the airlines understand exactly what our aircraft can do. ‘’One sale Airbus is keen to make in Oceania was highlighted on Friday when latest version of Airbus A350, the bigger A350-1000, took to the air on its first test flight.The A350-900 is already in service and Buckley said the manufacturer was pleased with the way it was travelling,  despite some “little niggles’’.“It wouldn’t be any secret to say we’d certainly love to see some 350s in this part of the world,’’ he said, noting there were long-term opportunities for he aircraft as Boeing 777 replacement at Air New Zealand and as a Boeing 747 replacement at Qantas.Airbus is particularly interested in Qantas plans for ultra long-haul routes to destinations such as Europe and is introducing a ULR version of the A350-900 for Singapore Airlines.“We’d be extremely interested in trying to make something work at Qantas with future derivatives, what we might call an ultra-long range version of the 350-900s and potentially the -1000 as well,’’ he said, noting that the question was what Airbus could offer in the gap between its A380 superjumbo and the Boeing 787-9.“So in the long term, and I think it is quite the long term, there is a window of opportunity.’’last_img read more

Biking from Beitbridge to Cape Point

first_imgSouth Africans Misty and Dylan Weyer received a warm welcome at Cape Point on 1 November after completing a gruelling two-month mountain biking trip along the Dragon’s Spine – from Beitbridge, southern Zimbabwe, to Cape Town’s Cape Point, via neighbouring Lesotho – to raise funds for children with cerebral palsy.The couple, who hails from East London, set off from Beitbridge on Sunday 1 September, riding eight to 12 hours a day without a support crew to complete the 4 000 km mountain bike route, which runs mainly on district roads and jeep and animal tracks, with a few tar exceptions.Dylan and Misty Weyer getting into the funicular at Cape Point Nature Reserve to celebrate the end of their epic 4 000km journey from Beit Bridge border post to Cape Point to raise funds for children with cerebral palsyCape Point funicular staff, lead by general manager, Celeste Bell, welcomed the couple and treated them to a trip up the funicular to experience the unbeatable view from the topmost lighthouse.Bell says: “Upon hearing about Misty and Dylan’s epic journey we decided these inspiring people deserved a special welcome. A warm meal at the Two Oceans restaurant and a funicular ride to the top of the cliffs overlooking the Point with views of the colliding currents is a wonderful way to celebrate their achievement of raising awareness of cerebral palsy – we commend them.”Occupational therapist, Misty, and environmental scientist, Dylan, are extreme adventure seekers who put their minds, bodies and four-year marriage to the test in tackling the Dragon’s Spine.The couple wanted to raise funds for non-profit organisation (NPO) Malamulele Onward, where Misty works as a field therapist. She treats children with cerebral palsy in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape and is a project manager for the Carer-2-Carer training programme, where she trains parents of children with cerebral palsy to run workshops for other parents in 10 rural areas.“We had a strong conviction that our two-month adventure could not simply be for our own enjoyment, so we decided to do it for a cause,” said Misty.“We are blessed to have seen such a beautiful part of our country, while doing what we love and raising money for charity. Cerebral palsy is a complex disability and without access to specialised treatment and a good understanding of the condition, both parents and their children are victims of a very difficult journey.”Johannesburg-based Malamulele Onward provides specialised therapy services, equipment and caregiver training to 11 poorly resourced rural areas in South Africa and Lesotho, where children severely disabled by cerebral palsy have little or no access to rehabilitation therapy and equipment.The Weyers will also give 10% of funds raised to Greensleeves Place of Safety, an East London NPO providing residential care for abandoned and abused children.“Although we have not reached our goal of R200 000 yet, the funds are slowly coming in and are testament to the physical, mental and spiritual challenges we have experienced on this journey,” said Misty.“We will continue to use this event to raise funds and awareness for another three months and hopefully reach our goal by the end of January 2014.We are extremely grateful to each and every person who showed their support and opened their hearts, minds, pockets, and homes for our cause.”For more information visit www.groupspaces.com/DragonsSpine4CP or follow the Weyers on Twitter @wildweyers.MALAMULELE ONWARDEvery child matters regardless of their having disabilities or not and every child has the potential to change the world (Images: Malamulele Onwards)Malamulele Onward provides specialised treatment like physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy to poorly-resourced rural areas of South Africa and other African countries like Lesotho where children severely disabled by cerebral palsy have little or no hope of receiving treatment.At the heart of the organisation is a group of volunteer healthcare professionals who have been using their expertise to help ease the strain on families who cannot afford their children the care necessary for them to lead healthier and less strenuous lives.The organisation also offers caregiver training to parents and others who have children suffering from cerebral palsy in their care.The Malamulele staff believe that every child matters regardless of their having disabilities or not and that every child has the potential to change the world much like you readers at home have the potential to change theirs.Anybody who wants to make a difference in the lives of the children receiving care from the Malamulele Onwards organisation can visit their website to attain details on how to volunteer or donate to their cause.Alternatively you can contact the organisation via email or telephonically on 011 484-9456.Don’t hesitate, do best and play your part in bettering the lives of those in need.For more information visit www.capepoint.co.za or call the Information Centre on (021) 780 9010/11.last_img read more

Brand South Africa takes agenda to build competitiveness to Mpumalanga

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 16 September 2015 – Brand South Africa will on Thursday 17 September 2015 bring the country’s agenda of building competitiveness, pride and patriotism, to the province of Mpumalanga during a one-day workshop at the Mecure Nelspruit Hotel, in Nelspruit.This is in line with Brand South Africa’s agenda to encourage all South Africans to play their part in building South Africa as a globally competitive destination for investment, tourism and skills.Provinces and cities are crucial to the positive positioning of South Africa because they cumulatively contribute to perceptions about the country.These are the perceptions that drive the country’s reputation.Building positive perceptions about South Africa requires all citizens to have hands on deck and Brand South Africa is happy to host representatives of business, government and civil society at the workshop.The inputs from the workshop will contribute to Brand South Africa’s efforts to position the country as a competitive investment destination.Media are invited to attend the workshop. The details are as follows:Date: Thursday 17 September 2015Time: 08h30Venue: Mecure Nelspruit Hotel, Cnr. N4 & Graniet Street, NelspruitEnquiries/RVSP: Manusha Pillai on manushap@brandsouthafrica.com or SMS to 082 389 3587Follow the conversation on #CompetitiveSAlast_img read more

Latest Version of Chrome Now Available with Speedier, Safer Browsing

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters Google has long touted the speed of Chrome, most recently tying the Year of the Rabbit in to its announcement of a Chrome beta. Today, the stable version of the browser is being released.Google says the speed boost correspondents to a 66% improvement in JavaScript performance in benchmark tests.But speed isn’t just the “pure brawn” under the hood, says Google, and the new interface in this most recent version of Chrome is meant to help the user move more quickly as well, particularly when it comes to changing settings. The settings interface now takes up its own tab in the browser, and there’s a new search box so you can quickly find what you’re looking to manage.The new Chrome also lets you synchronize your passwords across the various computers you use. You can encrypt these for additional security. To enable this feature, visit the “Personal Stuff” section in Chrome’s settings.Google has also extended Chrome’s sandboxing to the browser’s integrated Flash Player, which will help protect you against malicious webpages.You can download the latest version here, or if you’re already using Chrome, you’ll be automatically updated soon.last_img read more

The Perfect Gear for One-Man Corporate Video Shoots

first_imgWhen you’ve got to go it alone, the right gear can make a big difference. Here’s what you need to pull off top-notch one-man corporate video shoots.Top image via Minojh MultimediaThere are any number of issues that can arise when working a corporate video job without a crew, but the right gear can make a big difference in the end. Let’s look at exactly what you need to pull off one-man corporate video shoots.Camera SetupWhen producing corporate videos on your own, you need to choose a camera loadout that’s easy to set up and break down. You’ll be moving from place to place in order to get the interview you need, plus the coverage for that interview. For this, a good ol’ tripod and camera will do just fine.Image via AWC MediaCorporate videos have a reputation for being bland and lifeless, but this mindset is changing. YouTube and similar sites have increased the audience for all manner of content, including corporate video. Because of this, corporate videos are becoming more cinematic. That means you’ll need to invest in a cinema camera and top-quality lenses. You’ll find some suggestions below. Image via The Flip SideBlackmagic USRA Mini 4K (Body Only): $2995Zeiss 50mm Prime Lens: $4499Lexar C-Fast 128GB Card: $506Benro Aero 4 Tripod Kit: $259If you’re looking for options beyond the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K, then check out the Canon C300 Mark II, Sony FS5, and RED SCARLET.Sound SetupWith your camera setup in place, you need to ensure that you can capture professional audio to go with your imagery. Since you’re a one-man band, you’ll probably want to get a shotgun mic that you can mount and connect directly to the camera. Additionally, you’ll need a lavalier microphone to capture clear and crisp interview sections. If you only have one audio input to the camera, a field recorder certainly wouldn’t be a bad addition to your gear. Below is a run down of audio gear you’ll need.Image via U Health NutRode NTG-1 Shotgun Mic: $250Lectrosonics Lavalier Mic: $150Zoom H6 Field Recorder: $349Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones: $99.95SanDisk 32GB Ultra SDHC Card: $12.28Also, don’t forget that music is an incredibly important part of the overall audio production. There are all sorts of high-quality corporate tracks here on PremiumBeat, such as Human Evolution, We’re Taking Off, and The Champions Song. You’ll have no problem finding something that works for your production.AccessoriesWith your camera and audio setups worked out, it’s time to turn your attention to some additional tools that can help make the overall production easier on you.Image via Video JeevesYou’ll obviously need some solid lighting. Beyond that, you’ll want to invest in some c-stands to hold up tools so you don’t have to. You can also look at purchasing a slider, Steadicam, or 3-axis gimbal for smoother moving shots. Just remember: all of this is secondary to your camera and audio setup.Image via Clear ConceptKessler Timelapse Slider: $995.99Genaray Spectro LED: $284.95 ea.Impact Light Stand: $44.99 ea.Glidecam HD 4000: $499.99DJI Ronin 3 Axis Gimbal: $2039.99 What steps do you take to prepare for one-man-band shooting situations? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Odisha Governor orders probe

first_imgOdisha Governor Ganeshi Lal has ordered a probe against S. Pasupalak, current Vice-Chancellor of Orissa University of Agriculture Technology (OUAT), a premier agriculture university of eastern India, for his alleged involvement in a corruption case.Stating that the corruption issues raised in a petition appeared to be genuine and serious, the office of the Governor directed Chief Secretary A.P. Padhi to get the allegation probed by the vigilance department.Pradip Maharathy, Minister for Agriculture and Panchayati Raj and pro-chancellor of OUAT, had received two petitions that detailed alleged manipulation of records for personal benefit, erroneous advertisement for recruitment in Krishi Vigyan Kendras, manipulation of records and abuse of position for undue personal benefits. The same petitions were forwarded to the Governor’s office.“After going through the documents, the Governor has directed an in-depth inquiry by State vigilance department. The inquiry report may be submitted within six weeks for taking appropriate action in the matter,” the Governor’s office said.Allegation of corruption and manipulation is not new in the OUAT. Two former Vice-Chancellors of the university had also faced allegations of corruption.last_img read more

Boxers in limbo say AIBA as IOC mull Tokyo 2020 exclusion

first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director LATEST STORIES “Boxers from around the world who have been training for years towards their Olympic dreams continue to be left in the dark about where, when and how they can qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games,” an AIBA statement said on Thursday.“AIBA has provided not one, but four comprehensive reports over the course of the last year to the IOC for review.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“(So) it is very surprising that the IOC are unable to provide a conclusive decision regarding boxing’s Olympic future at this time,” the statement said.Boxing’s inclusion in Tokyo depends on the outcome of an investigation into AIBA by the IOC, which has presented the body with a list of 41 questions via audit firm Deloitte. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Javee Mocon last-second tip lifts Rookies-Sophomores past Juniors View comments FILE – (R-L) Cuba’s Joahnys Argilagos, USA’s Nico Miguel Hernandez, Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov and Colombia’s Yurberjen Herney Martinez pose with their medals after winning in the boxing matches in the Rio Olympics at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZThe under-pressure International Boxing Federation (AIBA) criticized on Thursday the IOC’s decision to wait until late May before delivering their verdict on the sport’s Olympic fate as it fights for its place on the 2020 Tokyo roster after a storm of corruption allegations.AIBA said the International Olympic Committee’s refusal to comment on a wide-ranging audit for nearly another two months left their members “in limbo”.ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img “The matter is being studied and we will make no comment for the moment,” IOC spokesperson Christian Klaue said on Thursday.“We will file a full report at the IOC Lausanne executive committee meeting on May 22,” he added.Gafur Rakhimov stepped down as head of AIBA last week, which the IOC deemed as merely the first step in a long march towards the required standards.AIBA made a plea to the IOC on Wednesday, saying “significant progress” had been made on their accounting and claiming that the body would collapse without IOC support.The IOC has suspended AIBA’s Olympic qualification and may take control of that process itself.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Ducking and weaving for its survival, the AIBA says it should be given the chance to turn things around.“Considering where we were one year ago, AIBA has made significant progress towards reducing its debt and has gone from a negative cash flow,” AIBA executive director Tom Virgets said in a report.Virgets said of the report that the AIBA “is dependent on the Olympic dollars” for its survival.Relations between the IOC and AIBA were hit hard at the 2016 Rio Olympics when 36 officials and referees were suspended amid allegations of bout fixing.An internal investigation by AIBA has raised serious questions about the judging at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with particular suspicion falling on a French official.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Amazon has added two new features designed to make

first_imgAmazon has added two new features designed to make it easier for US subscribers to its Amazon Channels initiative to watch live programmes through their Fire TV device.Users that have signed up to access TV channels like HBO, Starz and Showtime through Amazon will now see a new row on their Fire TV homepage called On Now, which shows what programmes are playing live.A new Fire TV Channel Guide has also been introduced that lets users browse a full channel schedule, including what is due to air in the coming weeks.Additionally users can press the microphone button on your Alexa Voice Remote to access live TV by giving commands like “Alexa, watch HBO”.last_img

Growth and spread of deadly eye tumor suppressed in cells animals

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 12 2018By comparing genetic sequences in the eye tumors of children whose cancers spread with tumors that didn’t spread, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report new evidence that a domino effect in cells is responsible for the cancer spreading. Their experiments suggest that blocking part of the chain of events — which they successfully accomplished in zebra fish and human cells — stops the growth and spread of the eye tumor cells.The new findings, the researcher say, offer a tempting target for treating the most common eye cancer in children — retinoblastoma — that originates in the retina. According to the World Health Organization, the cancer affects an estimated 7,000-8,000 children and kills up to 4,000 worldwide each year.A report on the experiments was published Nov. 6th in the journal Oncogene.”There is no effective treatment for retinoblastoma that spreads,” says Laura Asnaghi, Ph.D., M.Sc., a research associate faculty member in the Department of Pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “However, there is a chance for us to treat this deadly cancer if caught early before the tumors spread. Therefore, we looked into the causes for the tumor invasion, which can help us develop targeted therapies to prevent invasion.”To uncover the series of molecular actions involved in tumor spread, the Johns Hopkins researchers started by analyzing tissues from 10 patients — five of the patients had invasive tumors and five had tumors that were not invasive. The researchers compared the RNA profiles of these two groups and found a twofold to threefold increase in RNA levels for the gene that codes for activin A receptor type 1C (ACVR1C) in invasive retinoblastoma cells compared to noninvasive cells. This finding stood out because the activin receptor gene is already known to have a role in other cancers, including gallbladder and breast cancer. Researchers considered that the activin receptor may be a key target for suppressing cancer spread and growth in retinoblastoma.Related StoriesStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessarySugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyNormally, when the activin receptor detects a growth signal, it triggers cells to grow and divide. The researchers treated cells with the drug SB505124, which blocks the activin receptor from detecting other growth signals, to see what would happen. They put the cells with the drug on a filter and measured invasion by looking at how many cells moved through the filter. Results showed that the growth, proliferation and invasion of retinoblastoma cells treated with the drug were suppressed by 60 to 80 percent.After confirming the activin receptor’s role in spreading retinoblastoma in cells, the researchers wanted to see whether this worked in live animals. They next pursued experiments in embryonic zebra fish, since this convenient model hasn’t quite developed its immune systems yet and won’t reject other types of cells transplanted into it. The researchers injected human retinoblastoma cells into 2-day-old zebra fish eyes, and they monitored the growth and spread of the cancer cells by measuring the diameters of eye tumors over the next four to six days.Then they administered the same drug (SB505124) used to inhibit the activin in the zebra fish eyes. According to the researchers, they saw a 55 percent reduction in the diameter of eye tumors compared to zebra fish eyes not injected with the drug. Overall, Asnaghi says, the experiments show that blocking the activin receptor could be effective in suppressing the growth and spread of invasive retinoblastoma cells in people.”We hope our findings will provide new therapies for retinoblastoma, and lead to preserving vision and improving outcomes in a greater number of children affected by retinoblastoma both in the United States and worldwide,” says Asnaghi. “We are cautiously optimistic though, because we need to do more research before any related therapies can be safely developed or tested for patients.” Source:https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/newsroom/news-releases/spread-of-deadly-eye-cancer-halted-in-cells-and-animalslast_img read more